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“I will barnstorm American living rooms,” she said in a candidate questionnaire submitted to the Green Party. “Mainstream media will be unable to ignore me, but more importantly they will be unable to overlook the needs of average Americans in the run-up to the 2012 election.”

Ms. Barr’s hit TV sitcom “Roseanne” aired from 1988 to 1997 and earned her an Emmy and a Golden Globe.

Billy Ray Cyrus inks deal with Amazon for memoir

Billy Ray Cyrus is the latest celebrity to sign up with Amazon.com

The singer of “Achy Breaky Heart” and father and former co-star of Miley Cyrus has a memoir, “Hillbilly Heart,” coming in spring 2013.

Amazon.com, which has been aggressively expanding its publishing operation, announced Thursday that Mr. Cyrus would discuss with “great candor” everything from his early years to life as the parent of a teen superstar. Mr. Cyrus and his daughter starred together in the hit TV series “Hannah Montana.”

Others with Amazon deals include actress-director Penny Marshall and actor James Franco. Those books, however, will not be available everywhere. Barnes & Noble Inc. announced earlier this week that it would not stock releases from its rival retailer.

Playwrights to mark Japan quake anniversary

Celebrated playwrights including Stephen Sondheim, Tony Kushner and Edward Albee have joined a fundraiser to mark the anniversary of last year’s devastating earthquake in Japan.

All will be offering 10-minute plays and songs to be performed March 11. The effort also has united 35 arts organizations across 12 states. Funds will help the Japanese theater community.

Participating artists include Suzan-Lori Parks and Richard Greenberg, both of whom will write original pieces. Mr. Sondheim with writer John Weidman will revise a section of their musical “Pacific Overtures.”

In New York, the effort has united some of the city’s most powerful theaters, including Lincoln Center Theater, Playwrights Horizons, the Public Theater and Manhattan Theatre Club. Theatre Communications Group said Thursday it’s leading the effort.

An earthquake and tsunami struck Japan last March 11, leaving 20,000 people dead or missing.

Bee Gee Robin Gibb reports his health has rebounded

Bee Gee star Robin Gibb said he is making a strong recovery and putting on weight after suffering from a serious illness.

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