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NEW YORK (AP) - The 1970s rock opera "Jesus Christ Superstar" is being resurrected for a North American tour. It was revealed Friday that the musical written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice about the last days of Jesus will start a 50-city tour in New Orleans on June 9. It will star punk legend John Lydon, Michelle Williams of Destiny's Child, Brandon Boyd of Incubus and JC Chasez of 'N Sync. The guitar- and keyboard-driven musical debuted on Broadway in 1971. It includes such songs as "What's the Buzz?" "Superstar," "Everything's Alright" and "I Don't Know How to Love Him." The original production earned five Tony Award nominations, including one for Ben Vereen, who played Judas. A film version was released in 1973. The last Broadway revival was staged in 2012. 

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - A spokesman for Paula Deen's family has confirmed that a Georgia restaurant at the center of a lawsuit that left the celebrity chef's reputation in shambles has closed its doors. Spokesman Jaret Keller says in a statement that Uncle Bubba's Oyster House in Savannah closed Thursday. Keller says owner and operator Bubba Hiers, who is Deen's brother, decided to close the business to explore development options for the waterfront property. Keller says a range of uses are being considered. The restaurant opened in 2004. Deen co-owned it with Hiers, who oversaw daily operations. Former manager Lisa Jackson sued them both in 2012, saying she worked in an environment rife with racial slurs and sexual innuendo. Savannah media, including The Savannah Morning News and WSAV-TV, first reported the restaurant's closing Thursday.

NEW YORK (AP) - "Jersey Shore" star Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi is expecting baby No. 2. The 26-year-old reality star says in an interview Friday with Us Weekly: "I'm due in the fall around my wedding time. Busy year!" The pregnancy was confirmed by her publicist. Polizzi and her fiance, Jionni LaValle, are the parents of a 19-month-old son, Lorenzo. Polizzi appeared on MTV's "Jersey Shore," a show about hard-partying Italian-American friends.

HOBBS, N.M. (AP) - Larry the Cable Guy has canceled a couple of upcoming performances in New Mexico and Utah due to an injury he suffered on a movie set. The Hobbs News-Sun reports the blue-collar comedy actor was hurt in a fall Wednesday night while on set filming in Vancouver, British Columbia. He won't be traveling to Hobbs, N.M., for a scheduled show. Lea County economic development administrator Lyn Edwards says the event center received news Thursday morning that the comedian would not be making the April 5 performance. Edwards says the comedian, whose real name is Daniel Whitney, was taken to the hospital after his injury but is expected to recover. He also canceled an upcoming Orem, Utah, show. Whitney was a member of the Blue Collar Comedy Tour, which also included Bill Engvall, Ron White and Jeff Foxworthy.

Friday, 04 April 2014 15:26

Brittany Murphy's final film opens today

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - Brittany Murphy's final movie is out today. But just in Eugene, Oregon. It's getting a test run in four states. Alaska, Idaho and Washington will be opening the movie over the next month. After that, Regal Cinemas will decide if it'll be released more widely. Murphy finished filming "Something Wicked" in July of 2009. She died five months later at the age of 32. The coroner said she died from a combination of pneumonia, anemia and too many prescription drugs.

Friday, 04 April 2014 15:25

Who'll replace Letterman?

NEW YORK (AP - The search is on for a replacement for David Letterman. Whoever it is will have to know how to use social media to compete with Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel. Albert Brooks joked about that when he tweeted that CBS "is frantically looking for someone named Jimmy." His name isn't Jimmy, but Craig Ferguson is a possibility. Letterman's the one who got him his talk show. But he's far from a likely choice. Other names being floated include longshots Conan O'Brien, Jon Stewart and Chelsea Handler. And there is a guy named Jimmy. TV Guide asked Jimmy Kimmel a month ago if he'd be interested in succeeding Letterman and he said he'd "definitely consider it."

NEW YORK (AP) - NBC says 80-year-old Willard Scott has tied the knot with his longtime girlfriend. The veteran "Today" show personality and Paris Keena were wed Tuesday in Fort Myers, Fla. They have been together for about 11 years, "Today" host Matt Lauer said in sharing the news on Wednesday morning's telecast. The jovial Scott has been a part of "Today" since 1980. Lauer framed the announcement as "another surprise wedding" in the "Today" family. Last month, co-anchor Savannah Guthrie made an on-the-air announcement of her marriage to communications strategist Mike Feldman two days earlier. She also told viewers she was four months pregnant.

Thursday, 03 April 2014 10:21

American Idol happenings

LOS ANGELES (AP) - There are just three girls left on this season of "American Idol." And the last two contestants to be voted off were girls. So, the guys would seem to have a slight advantage going into tonight's elimination. Jessica Meuse (MYOOS) was criticized for being a little stiff during her performance last night. Malaya (mih-LY'-ah) Watson was told she needs to work on her runs. J-Lo told Jena Irene that she has the vocal power to blow everyone away. Keith Urban calls Caleb Johnson a rock and roll Viking. But Harry Connick Junior says Caleb needs to show a softer side. Tonight, Daughtry performs before the elimination

WASHINGTON (AP) - Years from now, people will still be able to listen to "Cathy's Clown" by the Everly Brothers. The Library of Congress has chosen that song and 24 other recordings for its National Recording Registry. It's meant to preserve recordings of cultural, artistic or historical significance. "Theme From 'Shaft"' by Isaac Hayes is included, as is "Fortunate Son" by Creedence Clearwater Revival. Albums that are included are U2's "Joshua Tree," Linda Ronstadt's "Heart Like A Wheel" and Buck Owens' "Carnegie Hall Concert." Jeff Buckley's rendition of "Hallelujah" is included for turning Leonard Cohen's song into a "cultural phenomenon."

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott's marriage troubles are the subject of a new reality series. "True Tori" will show the friction in their marriage caused by reports of McDermott's infidelity and McDermott's decision to stop treatment for what he said were "the mistakes" he made and "the pain" he caused his family. Six episodes of "True Tori" will air on Lifetime starting April 22.

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