LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Beach Boys are looking for a good lead guitarist. They are holding a contest to find someone to lay down a guitar solo for their previously unreleased track, "Goin' To The Beach." The winner will have their solo mixed into the track that will premiere on The Beach Boys' Facebook page, as well as an autographed Fender Stratocaster and some other Beach Boys prizes. Nine runners-up will also win prizes. On August 27, The Beach Boys will release a six-CD collection called "Made in California" that includes 60 previously unreleased tracks.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A Philadelphia museum dedicated to the city's most famous Founding Father is reopening after nearly two years of renovations. The new Benjamin Franklin Museum will welcome its first visitors on Aug. 24. The 7,000-square-foot underground facility had opened in 1976 at the downtown site where Franklin's house once stood. By 2011, many displays and exhibits were broken or dated. The facility closed that fall to undergo a $15 million refurbishment funded by a public-private partnership. The new museum features artifacts, computer animation and interactive displays. The location also includes a ghost structure outlining the size of Franklin's three-story brick house. The National Park Service said the museum's official grand opening celebration is scheduled for Sept. 19.
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) - Arsenio Hall is excited to get back in the late-night talk show game. He jokes that he's "been away making turkey bacon" since his old show went off the air in '94. Hall says he'll be using the old theme, along with a new bit of music he added to it. Hall tells the Television Critics Association no guests have been booked yet. The syndicated show debuts September 9.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The oldest daughter of Loretta Lynn has died. A family representative says Betty Sue Lynn died yesterday of complications from emphysema. She was 64 - and passed away in Waverly, Tennessee - near her mother's ranch in Hurricane Mills. She was one of Lynn's six children. The family says it is thankful to friends and fans for their thoughts and prayers.
DETROIT (AP) - U.S. border agents say they found marijuana on a bus with singer Justin Bieber's tour as it crossed into Detroit from Windsor, Canada. The Detroit Free Press reports that U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesman Ken Hammond confirms the bus was stopped Sunday as it attempted to enter the U.S. on the Ambassador Bridge. The singer was not on the bus at the time and performed later that night at Joe Louis Arena. Hammond says a police dog indicated the presence of drugs on the bus and that drug paraphernalia and a small amount of marijuana were found. He says the bus driver was cited and that the bus and its passengers were allowed to go.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Add Tim Allen to the list of white comedians who think it could be OK to use the "n-word" in a routine. The actor says in an interview in the Tampa Bay Times the euphemism "N-word," in his view, is worse than the racial slur it stands for. Allen says he thinks the criticism of non-black comedians from using the slur takes comedy a step backward - because he notes comedians like Richard Pryor and Lenny Bruce used it in their acts. Allen's comments haven't exactly been well received on social networking sites. But in a statement through his spokeswoman, Allen says he didn't mean to offend anyone.
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) - Michael J. Fox may have Parkinson's disease. But he feels the disease doesn't have him - nor does he feel it will be a major focus of the audience for his new sitcom. In "The Michael J. Fox Show," he plays a former NBC newscaster who has Parkinson's. The series sees him make the venture back to work after his kids grow up. Fox says he didn't think about how others who have Parkinson's will react to the show - he says the show is a reflection of his own experiences. He also feels viewers won't be put off by seeing his character with shaking hands on the series. "The Michael J. Fox Show" premieres September 26.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Between the claw-like hands and those mutton chops, the competition didn't stand a chance against "The Wolverine" at the box office. The Hugh Jackman film took in $55 million in its first weekend in theaters, more than doubling up the take from last weekend's top movie, "The Conjuring." It took in $22.1 million for second place. Checking in at number three is "Despicable Me 2" with $16 million. Rounding out the top five are "Turbo" and "Grown Ups 2."
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Hallmark has created a line of cards that when you open one, Keith Urban's voice comes out. The twelve cards each play a 15-second clip of an Urban song like "Long, Hot Summer" or "Sweet Thing." Urban says he loves knowing that the cards and his music will mark meaningful moments in people's lives. The cards sell for about $5.
NEW YORK (AP) - Lady Gaga will return to performing by appearing at the MTV Video Music Awards next month. She has not announced which single she will perform. It's the first time Lady Gaga has performed since having hip surgery in February that forced her to call off her tour. Other performers will be announced soon. The MTV VMAs will be August 25. Lady Gaga will release a new album, "ARTPOP," on November 11.