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The concert will be held Dec. 11, the day after the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony, which this year honors President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and women’s rights activist Leymah Gbowee - both of Liberia - and democracy activist Tawakkul Karman of Yemen.

The lineup of artists includes Ahmed Fathi of Yemen and Liberian-born singer Miatta Fahnbulleh, as well as David Gray, Jill Scott, country duo Sugarland and World Youth Choir. Organizers said Friday that Ms. Mirren’s co-host will be announced later.

Liam Neeson to narrate ‘War of the Worlds’ musical

Liam Neeson is to have an out-of-body experience in an out-of-this world tale.

According to the Associated Press, the actor is slated to narrate a touring musical version of “War of the Worlds,” appearing onstage as a hologram.

The musical is adapted from composer Jeff Wayne’s 1978 album, which featured the late Richard Burton narrating the tale of a Martian invasion based on H.G. Wells’ novel.

Mr. Wayne plans to release a new version with updated music next year, followed by a British arena tour starting in December 2012.

Mr. Neeson said Friday he was flattered to be offered the role, because “I loved Richard Burton and I loved his voice” - but said he wouldn’t be imitating the Welsh star’s tones.

He said, “I had to put that aside and focus on the text.”

‘Twilight’s‘ Nikki Reed ready for next challenge

“The Twilight Saga” might be paying Nikki Reed’s bills now, but the actress said she’s ready to “hustle” for her next gig.

“These movies, as great as they are and as huge as they are, they don’t just spoon-feed you careers. It’s like you still have to go and bust your butt and work just like everybody else,” the 23-year-old actress said in an Associated Press interview Wednesday in New York.

Miss Reed, who plays Rosalie Hale, the standoffish vampire sister to Robert Pattinson’s Edward Cullen, said she won’t be resting on the laurels of the franchise’s success.

“Now that ‘Twilight’s‘ over, what I think is really important is going back to the hustle, you know, and working really hard,” she said.

Miss Reed’s post-“Twilight” plans include pursuing more comedic roles, though she worries fans are used to seeing her as the serious, standoffish vampire she’s played since the saga debuted in 2008.

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