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Taking Names: Alec Baldwin goes Twitter-ballistic for fiancee

- - Tuesday, April 3, 2012

When it comes to his 28-year-old fiancee, Alec Baldwin is very protective.

He used Twitter to blast a New York newspaper for "crashing" yoga instructor Hilaria Thomas' class.

He tweeted Monday: "Shame on the no-talent trash from the Daily News for invading the privacy of 75 people in a yoga class to take a picture of someone."

Mr. Baldwin also posted the names of reporters at the class. He included a picture of one, and called her "nutty," followed by a mild curse word.

The actor celebrated his 54th birthday Tuesday. He popped the question last weekend.

The Daily News had no immediate response to comment requests Tuesday.

Ashley Judd to be Democratic convention delegate

Democratic leaders in Tennessee are sending actress Ashley Judd as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in September.

The Tennessean newspaper in Nashville reports that Miss Judd is one of three delegates selected by party officials in Williamson County to serve in at-large positions at the convention. Miss Judd has been outspoken on a variety of humanitarian and social justice issues and has supported local Democratic candidates in the past.

Miss Judd will join delegates from all 50 states at the convention to discuss the party's platform and formally nominate President Obama as the party's candidate.

The convention will be held in Charlotte, N.C., during the first week of September.

Beatles' children could form band, says McCartney's son

A fresh wave of Beatlemania could sweep the world after Paul McCartney's son said four of the legendary British rock group's children were considering setting up a band together.

James McCartney told the BBC website that he and John Lennon's son Sean, George Harrison's son Dhani and Ringo Starr's son Zak Starkey had mooted the idea of forming "The Beatles - The Next Generation."

"I'd be up for it," said the 34-year-old, who is launching a solo career as a singer and guitarist. "Sean seemed to be into it, Dhani seemed to be into it."

He added that Mr. Starkey was less keen.

All four have followed in their fathers' footsteps and pursued musical careers. Mr. Lennon is a New York-based singer-songwriter, while Mr. Harrison fronts London rock band thenewno2.

Mr. Starkey became a drummer like his father and has played with bands including the Who and Oasis.

Mr. McCartney, who strongly resembles his father, said he had "dreamt of being better than the Beatles."

"I'm not sure if I can do that," he told the BBC. "If anything, I would love to be equal to the Beatles - but even that's quite tough."

The younger McCartney was playing a gig Tuesday in Liverpool, England, at the famous Cavern Club where the Beatles first made their name.

His two EPs have been co-produced by his father, who at 69 shows no signs of retiring and released his latest album "Kisses on the Bottom" this year.

Beach Boys to open Dodgers game ahead of tour

The Beach Boys will sing the national anthem at the Los Angeles Dodgers' home opener next week as part of a season-long deal, the baseball club said Tuesday.

The Dodgers tie-in comes as the iconic California band prepares to start a 50th anniversary reunion tour later this month, which will include dates in Japan in August.

The Dodgers deal is to celebrate the 50th birthdays of both the band and the team's iconic Dodger Stadium, and will include co-branded merchandise featuring the band's 50th anniversary logo and the stadium's 50th anniversary logo.

"It's very special to us that we get to celebrate our 50 years alongside the Dodgers, a team we all love," said the Beach Boys in a statement released by the Dodgers.

"Generations of fans have supported our music just as much as their Boys in Blue and we're very happy to celebrate both LA traditions at Dodger Stadium this Opening Day."

Dodgers executive Tommy Lasorda said the team was "so pleased to share our golden anniversary with another California icon. ... Singing the national anthem any time is an honor, but especially on Opening Day."

Mr. Lasorda said he was "looking forward to their performance" next Tuesday, which will include a song by the Beach Boys and their rendition of the national anthem on the field at Dodger stadium.

'Little House' books to join U.S. literary canon

Laura Ingalls Wilder, who already holds a special place in the hearts of millions of parents and children, soon will be added to the country's official literary canon.

The Library of America announced Tuesday that it will issue two volumes this fall of Wilder's "Little House" series, including "Little House on the Prairie" and "Little House in the Big Woods." Wilder based the books on her family's experiences as pioneers in the 19th century. She died in 1957 at age 90.

Founded in 1979, the Library of America specializes in clothbound editions of classic American literature, including such works as "Moby-Dick" and "Portnoy's Complaint."