- - Sunday, August 19, 2012

David Beckham, sporting designer underwear, is making appearances around New York City — in the form of 10-foot-tall metallic statues, that is.

The massive sculptures have gone up as part of a promotion for the soccer player’s new underwear line for H&M, the Associated Press reports.

The New York Daily News said three of the larger-than-life statues have been placed inside H&M’s midtown-Manhattan store. There’s also one in Central Park and another at the South Street Seaport.

There are also two statues in Los Angeles and one in San Francisco.

They’ll remain on display until Aug. 31.

‘Gone With the Wind’ rights gifted to Atlanta archdiocese

A relative of the late author Margaret Mitchell is giving the Archdiocese of Atlanta a 50 percent stake in the literary rights to her best-selling novel, “Gone With the Wind.”

According to the Associated Press, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that the gift includes a 50 percent stake in the trademark to the book and items that belonged to Mitchell.

The bequest was made by Joseph Mitchell, nephew of the late author. Joseph Mitchell, who died in October, was a longtime member of the Cathedral of Christ the King.

Steve Swope, a deacon in the archdiocese who is overseeing the gift, said royalties could be in the “hundreds of thousands” of dollars annually from usage of the book just for productions like ballets and plays.

Songwriter Diane Warren writing for Beyonce

Diane Warren has found her latest muse, and it’s Beyonce.

Miss Warren, who wrote the ballad “I Was Here” for Beyonce’s latest album, “4,” said she’s writing material for the megastar’s upcoming album.

Miss Warren told the Associated Press she played a few songs for Beyonce in New York recently. “They’re great songs,” Miss Warren said of the new tracks she wrote for the 30-year-old singer. “I think they’re on the level of [‘I Was Here’] and I’m really excited about that.”

Miss Warren’s writing credits include Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing,” Celine Dion’s “Because You Loved Me,” Toni Braxton’s “Un-Break My Heart” and LeAnn Rimes’ “How Do I Live.” She’s scored multiple Academy Award nominations and has won a Grammy and a Golden Globe Award.

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