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Taking Names: Underwear-clad statues of Beckham appear in NYC

- - 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.

She compared writing for Beyonce to a screenwriter having Meryl Streep or Robert De Niro act in his or her movie.

"Some people come in my studio and I'm like, 'Oh god,' and you've got to fix them up and it's just hard," Miss Warren said. "Some of the people that get deals, you just can't understand. But then when you work with a Beyonce or so sadly Whitney [Houston] ... it's so beautiful."

She says she's also writing songs for Miss Dion, John Legend, Kylie Minogue and R&B newcomers Emeli Sande and Luke James. She's also writing "country stuff" and penned "a song that's probably going to be Aerosmith's single."

Beyonce isn't the only Destiny's Child member getting the Diane Warren treatment: "I'm working with Kelly Rowland because Beyonce was telling her to get together with me."

Taylor Swift to release fourth album, 'Red,' Oct. 22

Multiplatinum superstar Taylor Swift is releasing her fourth studio album, "Red," on Oct. 22.

According to the Associated Press, she announced the upcoming worldwide release during a live Web chat from Nashville, Tenn., last week before a living room full of fans. She said she named it "Red" because of all the different emotions she explores on the album.

"They're all pretty much about the kind of tumultuous, crazy, insane, intense, semitoxic relationships that I've experienced in the last two years," she said of the album.

"All those emotions spanning from intense love, intense frustration, jealousy, confusion, all of that, in my mind all those emotions are red. There's nothing in between. There's nothing beige about any of those feelings," she added.

The album will have 16 songs, including the title track. It also features collaborations with other artists, producers and songwriters, unlike 2010's "Speak Now" album, which was written entirely on her own.

Miss Swift confirmed there is a duet with British singer Ed Sheeran on the album and revealed they wrote it while sitting on a trampoline.

Wearing a red-and-white-striped silk dress, red earrings and red lipstick, the Grammy-winning singer took questions from the live audience and online. Fans joined in from places such as New York, Alabama, Ohio, Canada, Sweden, Brazil and England.

Miss Swift played the first single from the album, "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together," during the Web chat. She sarcastically described it as "really touching and sensitive," saying "it's a really romantic song that's to my lovely ex-boyfriend."

'Avengers' sequel set for release in May 2015

"The Avengers" are returning for a superhero sequel in three years.

According to the Associated Press, Disney and its Marvel Studios unit announced Thursday that the follow-up to this year's biggest hit will arrive in theaters on May 1, 2015.

The studio announced recently that Joss Whedon will be back to write and direct the as-yet-untitled sequel.

Released in May, "The Avengers" gathered such Marvel comic-book heroes as Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and Thor (Chris Hemsworth). The film has taken in nearly $1.5 billion worldwide.

There will be plenty of Marvel action building up to "The Avengers" follow-up. Mr. Downey's "Iron Man 3" is due out next May, followed by Mr. Hemsworth's "Thor" sequel in November 2013 and Mr. Evans' "Captain America" sequel in April 2014.

Compiled from Web and wire reports