Taking Names: Stars to perform to support Newman’s children’s camp
The Dec. 4 gathering at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles is being billed as “You’ve Got a Friend … A Celebration of Carole King and Her Music.” Miss King will perform alongside John Legend, Amy Grant, Herb Alpert and Lani Hall.
Newman’s Painted Turtle is a camp in Lake Hughes, Calif., in the SeriousFun Children’s Network, which the actor founded to assist children with serious illnesses as well as their families.
Tickets for the event go on sale Monday. A VIP party will follow at the Ray Dolby Ballroom.
Newman died in 2008.
Carly Rae Jepsen named Billboard’s Rising Star
Carly Rae Jepsen has had a breakout year, and now she’s being rewarded by Billboard, which has named her its Rising Star of 2012.
The “Call Me Maybe” singer will be honored at Billboard’s annual Women in Music event, to be held in New York City on Nov. 30, The Associated Press reports. She’ll join Katy Perry, who has been named Woman of the Year.
In a statement Thursday, Miss Jepsen said she was influenced by many female artists and hopes to inspire budding musicians the way her heroes inspired her. Miss Jepsen said she is truly honored by the award.
Schwarzenegger to return in new Conan film
Arnold Schwarzenegger is coming back — as Conan the Barbarian.
Universal Pictures said California’s former governor will star in “The Legend of Conan,” an action film being developed for the actor. Deadline Hollywood was the first to report the news Friday.
The 65-year-old Mr. Schwarzenegger starred in two previous films about the mythic hero: 1982’s “Conan the Barbarian” and 1984’s “Conan the Destroyer.”
Mr. Schwarzenegger told Deadline he loves the character and is “honored” to play him again.
Timberlake apologizes for ‘silly, unsavory video’
Justin Timberlake is apologizing for a “silly, unsavory video” that shows homeless people offering congratulatory wishes to the pop star and his new bride, Jessica Biel.
Mr. Timberlake posted an open letter on his website Friday saying he didn’t know about the video or contribute to it.
He said the video “was made as a joke on me” and wasn’t shown at his recent wedding in Italy.
Mr. Timberlake called the video “distasteful” and said he’s deeply sorry to anyone offended by it, but he acknowledged it was made by well-meaning friends.
The 19-second video is titled, “Greetings from your Hollywood friends who just couldn’t make it.” It shows three people who obviously don’t know the famous couple greeting them with wedding wishes.
Movie critic Gene Shalit faces charge in car crash
Television movie critic Gene Shalit faces a charge of driving to endanger after his vehicle struck a utility pole and came to rest against a home in western Massachusetts.
Lenox police said the 86-year-old Mr. Shalit told Chief Stephen O’Brien, who was first on the scene of Wednesday afternoon’s crash, that he fell asleep at the wheel.
Mr. Shalit received a summons to appear before a clerk magistrate in Southern Berkshire District Court in Great Barrington at a future date.
The film critic, known for his bushy hair and mustache, was unhurt. His vehicle was towed and the home suffered minor damage.
Mr. Shalit reviewed movies for NBC’s “Today” show from 1973 until he retired in 2010. He lives in neighboring Stockbridge.
He could not be reached for comment.
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