- - Monday, September 17, 2012

A custody case over one of Sarah Palin’s grandchildren has been closed.

State court records show the case between Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston involving their son, Tripp, was closed earlier this month after a lack of activity.

Johnston attorney Rex Butler says the best way to interpret this is that the parties are likely to work out their differences on their own.

In 2010, Bristol Palin and Mr. Johnston agreed Miss Palin would have primary physical custody and the two would share legal custody, subject to Miss Palin’s resolution if they couldn’t agree.

Miss Palin and Tripp appeared on the recent Lifetime series “Bristol Palin: Life’s a Tripp,” in which Mr. Johnston’s presence in his son’s life, or lack thereof, was part of the storyline. The website TMZ last month reported Mr. Johnston wanted full custody.

An attorney for Miss Palin didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

Nominees named for Pop Music Hall of Fame

The American Pop Music Hall of Fame won’t be open until next summer, but the first round of nominees to be inducted into the western Pennsylvania-based hall has been announced.

The Beatles, Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra are among the top 40 nominees.

The American Pop Music Hall of Fame is scheduled to open July in a temporary home in what’s now a cafe in Canonsburg, just outside Pittsburgh. Fundraising is under way for a permanent building.

Music fans and people in the industry can vote for their favorite nominees online starting later this week. The final list of 20 inductees will be inducted in May. Eligible artists must have lodged a national hit between 1946 and 1975.

Other nominees include the Beach Boys, Tony Bennett, the Carpenters, Chubby Checker, Bobby Darin, Neil Diamond, and Simon & Garfunkel.

Voters are also being asked to pick their top five songs, from a list of 100 released from 1966 to 1975, that best defined that generation. The finalists will be narrowed down by the Hall of Fame selection panel, with 10 eventually inducted.

Canonsburg calls itself the country’s “small-town music capital” and boasts native sons including Perry Como, Bobby Vinton and the Four Coins.

Amanda Bynes gets citation, car towed

Amanda Bynes had another run-in with the law when she was pulled over for driving on a suspended license by a Southern California airport.

Burbank’s Bob Hope Airport spokesman Victor Gill says airport police cited the actress and impounded her car Sunday.

He said in a statement that “police did cite Amanda Bynes for driving a vehicle with a suspended drivers license this morning.”

Miss Bynes’ driving privileges had been suspended after she was charged with hit-and-run in connection with two traffic crashes.

Los Angeles prosecutors accused Miss Bynes of leaving the scene of two accidents, one April 10 and another Aug. 4, without providing proper information. The first incident occurred just days after Miss Bynes was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving. She has pleaded not guilty in that case.

The 26-year-old is best known for her role in the WB’s “What I Like About You” and the film “Easy A.”

Emmy nominees share their favorite TV shows

Long before Kevin Costner, Bryan Cranston, Christina Hendricks and Nicole Kidman were Emmy nominees, they were children who loved watching TV.

“I liked ‘Man From U.N.C.L.E.’ and ‘High Chaparral,’” Mr. Costner said. “I really, really liked that when I was a kid.”

“I remember the transition from black-and-white to color,” continued Mr. Costner, who is nominated as both star and producer of the TV movie “Hatfields & McCoys.” “It was like one by one the televisions in my neighborhood became color TVs, and we would all go look at each other’s color TVs and ooh and aah at ‘Bonanza.’ I’m kind of glad I saw it all, in a way. I remember the TV would shut off at 11 and just play the national anthem all night long.”

Mr. Cranston, who is nominated for his role on “Breaking Bad” — which won him the Emmy Award three years in a row, grew up on “The Andy Griffith Show.”

“I love the character of Barney: Classic comic character of the absolute confident man with no ability whatsoever. Always funny. The calm and comforting tones of Andy Griffith, who we lost recently,” the actor said. “I think there was just something very sweet and comforting about watching that show, and the simplicity of the lifestyle and a days-gone-by kind of thing.”

Miss Hendricks, nominated for the third consecutive time for her supporting role in “Mad Men,” said her all-time favorites were “M*A*S*H” and “Northern Exposure.”

“Both of them had a sense of real community and camaraderie among the cast, a sense of friendship in this world that I remember responding to,” she said.

Miss Kidman, a first-time Emmy nominee for her lead role in the TV movie “Hemingway & Gellhorn,” said she was raised on “The Brady Bunch” and “Bewitched.”

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, a 13-time Emmy nominee and two-time winner, wants to bring back her favorite show from childhood: “Flipper.”

“Talking dolphin. How can you beat it?” she said. “Well, sort of talking. It communicated. A dolphin who beats the bad guy every week. I think we should redo that. I think I’m going to pitch that. That’s my new HBO show: ‘Flipper: Part II.’”

The Primetime Emmy Awards will be presented Sept. 23 at the Nokia Theatre and broadcast live on ABC.

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