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NEW YORK (AP) - You'd think with all the hoopla over the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' first performance on U.S. TV, a piece of memorabilia like this would have moved. But it didn't. An auction house tried to sell part of a stage backdrop signed by the Beatles during their Ed Sullivan show appearance. The 4-foot-by-2-foot plastic wall section was listed at $800,000 - but failed to draw that price. Other pieces of memorabilia from the Beatles appearance on Sullivan were for sale at the auction. They were bought by a collector who asked not to be identified.

Monday, 28 April 2014 12:01

George Clooney is engaged

UNDATED (AP) - People.com is reporting George Clooney has popped the question. People says a source confirms Clooney and British human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin are engaged. And People says a number of people have spotted her wearing quite a ring when she Clooney have gone out to eat at restaurants in the L-A area.

NEW YORK (AP) - The playwright of Valerie Harper's Broadway show "Looped" is suing the actress for $2 million, claiming she didn't disclose she had cancer until after she signed on to star in the play. According to the Daily News, Matthew Lombardo says Harper and her husband concealed her lung cancer from him until it spread to her brain. Harper had to pull out of last year's national tour of the play. The lawsuit says the 74-year-old former "Rhoda" star knew in 2009 she had lung cancer but "knowingly withheld the truth." The suit was filed in Manhattan Federal Court. It was a counterclaim to one Harper filed demanding she be paid for the production she left for health reasons. The Daily News says Harper couldn't be reached for comment.  

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Approaching a year since the Food Network pulled the plug on her TV show, Paula Deen plans to hit the road this summer to cook live for fans. Paula Deen Ventures announced Monday the celebrity cook is booking 20 shows across the U.S. starting in June. It says the 90-minute "Paula Deen Live!" shows will feature a mix of cooking demonstrations, games for audience members and personal stories. Deen is working on a comeback after her admission last year to having used racial slurs in the past. Only five cities have been announced so far, including in her home base of Savannah plus Atlanta, Nashville, Tenn., and San Antonio, Texas. The tour kicks off June 21 in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., where Deen has a new restaurant in the works.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - It was where The Beatles played their last paid concert in 1966. And Paul McCartney will be back this summer to help create some history for San Francisco's Candlestick Park. The singer says he will perform August 14 at what is being billed as the last concert at the stadium, which was home to the San Francisco Giants. It almost didn't happen. McCartney's people had been looking at doing a show to open the new 49ers stadium in Santa Clara, California. But The San Francisco Chronicle reports city official felt slighted - since the mayor had personally invited McCartney to close down the "Stick." Looks like McCartney was swayed by the argument.

Friday, 25 April 2014 15:16

Jared Leto: 'My Oscar is a filthy mess'

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jared Leto says that although his Oscar has led to new opportunities in Hollywood, he isn't overly concerned with the trophy itself. The 42-year-old actor-musician took home the gold-plated statuette last month for his supporting role as transgender drug addict Rayon in "Dallas Buyers Club." It has sustained a few scrapes since then after circulating among friends. Leto says his Oscar is "a filthy mess. Everybody was pawing that thing." He is now promoting "Artifact," a documentary he directed about the battle that his band, 30 Seconds to Mars, had with its record label over its contract and a $30 million lawsuit. The film, available on iTunes, airs Saturday on VH1 and Palladia.

NEW YORK (AP) - The cause is right for Bob Barker, whose love of animals is returning him to TV on Wednesday as a guest star on "The Bold and the Beautiful." Appearing as himself, the longtime animal rights activist will be interviewed by Liam Spencer, played by series regular Scott Clifton, for a feature article on control of the pet population. Barker encourages Liam to visit the local animal shelter and see the work that's being done to save homeless animals. It's part of a three-day story arc about animal rescue on the long-running CBS soap. The 90-year-old Barker was host of CBS' "The Price is Right" for 35 years. He signed off daily with the words, "Help control the pet population. Have your pet spayed or neutered."

Friday, 25 April 2014 15:13

American Idol-CJ voted off

LOS ANGELES (AP) - What a coincidence that CJ Harris was voted off "American Idol" one week after Dexter Roberts. They've been friends since meeting five years ago. Harris says he was playing guitar on the beach and Roberts asked if they could play together. Harris says "there was something about him" that he really liked. Turns out they lived within a half-hour of each other. They'll reunite on the Idol tour this summer. Harris says thinking of the tour takes some of the sting out of being voted off.

NEW YORK (AP) - People magazine has named Lupita Nyong'o as the "World's Most Beautiful" for 2014. The 31-year-old actress, who won a best supporting actress Oscar for her role in "12 Years a Slave," tops the magazine's list, announced Wednesday. Commenting on being selected for this year's cover, Nyong'o says: "It was exciting and just a major, major compliment. I was happy for all the girls who would see me on it and feel a little more seen."

MIAMI (AP) - A South Florida judge has delayed the trial of pop star Justin Bieber on charges of driving under the influence, resisting arrest and driving with an expired license until July. Miami-Dade County Judge William Altfield on Wednesday granted a motion for a postponement sought by Bieber's lawyers. His attorney Roy Black said more time was needed to examine evidence and make decisions about how to proceed. The trial was delayed from May 5 to July 7. The 20-year-old singer was arrested Jan. 23 in Miami Beach after what police described as an illegal street drag race. He wasn't charged with drag racing. Alcohol breath tests found Bieber's level below the 0.02 limit for underage drivers. Urine tests showed the presence of marijuana and an anti-anxiety drug in his system.

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