LOS ANGELES (AP) - Which picture of Michael Jackson will jurors buy - the one of him as a brilliant pop star done in by a conniving promoter or a secretive drug addict? Both images of the late pop star were drawn by attorneys during opening arguments in his mother's wrongful death case against concert promoter AEG Live. Katherine Jackson says the concert promoter was negligent for hiring Dr. Conrad Murray - convicted of involuntary manslaughter in Jackson's June, 2009 death. But an attorney for AEG says while Jackson's death was tragic, the singer hid from people the fact that he was using the powerful anesthetic propofol. A jury of six men and six women will determine whether AEG should pay Jackson's mother and three children for their losses. Millions and possibly billions of dollars in damages are at stake in the case.
NASHVILLE, Tennessee (AP) - They were high school sweethearts. But the romance has gone sour for Jason Aldean and his wife, Jessica. The country music star has filed for divorce from his wife since August, 2001. The official reason: irreconcilable differences. There were reports recently that the couple had separated - and those reports were confirmed last week by reps for the singer. In a statement, Aldean says the divorce is "a really tough time" for all - and that they are committed to raising their two young daughters. Aldean is country music's top-selling male act, a top concert draw and won the Academy of Country Music Music's male vocalist of the year award.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Furniture, antiques, artwork and other things owned by Bob Hope and his wife Dolores will be auctioned off this Saturday for charity. Hope's daughter Linda says memorabilia from her dad's career will also be up for sale. Prices range from $10 to several hundred dollars. The Daily News of Los Angeles says the auction will help a family service center affiliated with a church Dolores Hope belonged to for 70 years.
NEW YORK (AP) - Tom Hanks is nominated for a Drama Desk award for his Broadway debut. He's up for best actor in a play for "Lucky Guy." His competition includes Nathan Lane for "The Nance." Trey Anastasio of Phish and Don Hart are up for two awards for outstanding music and orchestration for "Hands on a Hardbody." Keith Carradine is nominated for best featured actor in that musical. David Byrne and Fatboy Slim are nominated for outstanding music for "Here Lies Love." Tony Shalhoub is competing for best featured actor in a play for "Golden Boy." Andrea Martin is nominated for best featured actress in a musical for "Pippin." Holland Taylor is up for her one-woman play, "Ann," about the late Texas governor Ann Richards. Her competition includes Bette Midler for "I'll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers." Winners will be announced May 19.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Willie Nelson doesn't turn 80 until next week. But he's already started the party - with the taping of a TV special. He recorded a special edition of "CMT Crossroads" featuring guest appearances by Sheryl Crow, Norah Jones, Ashley Monroe, Leon Russell and Neil Young. Jack White - who's a big fan of Nelson - hosted the show from his Nashville studio. The special airs in late June.
NEW YORK (AP) - He only appeared in 12 episodes, but Allan Arbus will always be remembered as Major Sidney Freedman, the psychiatrist in "M-A-S-H." His most famous episode was the series finale that was watched by a record 106 million people. Hawkeye goes to see him after having what appears to be a nervous breakdown. Freedman gets him to remember being in a bus hiding from the enemy. A Korean woman smothered her baby to keep it quiet. Freedman left Hawkeye with his signature line: "take my advice, pull down your pants and slide on the ice." Arbus' daughter tells the LA Times that Arbus died at home at the age of 95.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Boxer Victor Ortiz is KO'd on "Dancing With the Stars." It's not much of a surprise because he had this week's lowest scores from the judges. But Andy Dick, who was tied with Ortiz at the bottom of the individual round, wasn't even in the bottom two. Sean Lowe was, even though he had his best performance yet this week. Ortiz says he had a blast being on the show. And he wants all his fellow celebs at ringside during his next title bout.
NEW YORK (AP) - People magazine has named Gwyneth Paltrow as the World's Most Beautiful Woman for 2013. The 40-year-old actress tops the magazine's annual list of the "World's Most Beautiful," announced Wednesday. Commenting on her selection, Paltrow says: "Around the house, I'm in jeans and a T-shirt. I don't really wear makeup." She credits her workout routine for keeping her looking young and feeling strong. Paltrow is married to Coldplay rocker Chris Martin. They have two children, Apple, 8, and Moses, 7.
NEW YORK (AP) - Alexandria, Va., and Knoxville, Tenn., are cities for readers, if not always the kinds of books your parents wanted you to read. Alexandria and Knoxville ranked No. 1 and No. 2 on Amazon.com's annual list of U.S. cities buying the most books, newspapers and magazines per capita from the online retailer. E L James' erotic "Fifty Shades of Grey" trilogy was a big hit in both places, especially in Knoxville, which advanced from No. 12 last year. The list released Wednesday includes cities with populations of 100,000 or more. Alexandria, located just outside Washington, D.C., also topped the list last year. Miami was No. 3. Next were Cambridge, Mass.; Orlando, Fla.; Ann Arbor, Mich.; Berkeley, Calif.; Cincinnati; Columbia, S.C.; and Pittsburgh.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - An attorney says 3 Doors Down bassist Robert Todd Harrell has checked himself into drug treatment after being charged with killing someone while driving under the influence. Attorney Ed Ryan says he could not disclose where Harrell is being treated. Harrell is facing multiple charges, including vehicular homicide by intoxication. Authorities say he caused a fatal interstate crash in a Nashville suburb last weekend. Records show authorities discovered that Harrell had numerous narcotics on him while he was being processed into the Nashville jail. Police say the 41-year-old bassist was speeding down Interstate 40 in his Cadillac CTS when he clipped the back of a pickup truck, causing a crash that killed the driver of the truck.