Taking Names: Bieber’s free concert in Mexico might outdraw McCartney’s

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The Bieber might outdraw the Beatle. That’s what Mexico City officials are saying as they prepare for Monday’s free concert by teen star Justin Bieber.

Paul McCartney’s May 10 concert in Mexico City’s central plaza attracted some 200,000 people and city Tourism Secretary Carlos Mackinlay said organizers expect “a little more” for the Bieber event.

Officials are planning elaborate security arrangements for the event, with nearly 6,000 police officers, two helicopters, 500 portable toilets and four rings of barriers. Checkpoints will limit the crowd in the plaza to about 80,000, with other fans directed to watch the concert on giant screens erected on neighboring streets.

'Car Talk' brothers pulling plug on NPR show

The chatty mechanics on NPR’s “Car Talk” are pulling in to the garage.

Tom and Ray Magliozzi said Friday that they will stop making new episodes of their comic auto advice show at the end of September, 25 years after “Car Talk” began in Boston. The show airs every Saturday morning and is National Public Radio’s most popular program.

Older brother Tom is 74 years old and the brothers say it’s time to stop and smell the cappuccino.

“Car Talk” isn’t disappearing, however. NPR said repurposed episodes will continue to air every week with material culled from the show’s archives.

‘Star Trek’ actors tapped for new video game

The actors who played Capt. James T. Kirk and Mr. Spock in the 2009 film reboot of “Star Trek” will give voice to those characters in a video game based on the beloved science-fiction franchise.

Paramount Pictures and game publisher Namco Bandai Games America Inc. announced last week that Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto will reprise their roles from the “Star Trek” film directed by J.J. Abrams.

“We are thrilled to have these incredible actors lending their voice to the legendary characters of Kirk and Spock in the video game realm,” said LeeAnne Stables, head of Paramount’s video-game unit. “Players are in for a truly authentic experience.”

The “Star Trek” video game is scheduled for release early next year, with versions tailored for play on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 consoles as well as on personal computers powered by Windows software.

An original storyline for the game was being created by Marianne Krawczyk, a writer known for her work on the hit “God of War” video-game franchise, and people working on an upcoming “Star Trek” film, according to Paramount.

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