- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Miley not smiley

Pop star and 15-year-old Disney sensation Miley Cyrus tells “Entertainment Tonight” she’s “embarrassed” about an upcoming photograph of her appearing semitopless in the new issue of Vanity Fair.

The photo, on newsstands next week, accompanies an interview with Miley and her dad, Billy Ray Cyrus, and was shot by famed photographer Annie Leibovitz.

Vanity Fair editors responded by saying: “Miley’s parents and/or minders were on the set all day. Since the photo was taken digitally, they saw it on the shoot, and everyone thought it was a beautiful and natural portrait of Miley.”

Songwriter charged

A country music songwriter has been charged and arrested in the stabbing death of the father of TV comic Cheri Oteri, Associated Press reports.

Police yesterday charged Richard William Fagan, 61, with criminal homicide in the Saturday night death of 69-year-old Gaetano Thomas Oteri. Mr. Fagan and the victim were roommates, police said.

Authorities said the victim’s daughter, who was on the cast of “Saturday Night Live,” had been told of her father’s death.

Mr. Fagan is listed as co-writer on hits by singer John Michael Montgomery, including “Sold (the Grundy County Auction Incident),” “Be My Baby Tonight,” and “I Miss You a Little.”

Briefly

• Despite a reported $3 million payday, pop diva Whitney Houston delivered a less than stellar performance to a sold-out crowd Sunday at the Plymouth Jazz Festival, says TMZ.com, citing a report by Blackvoices.com. The diva was said to be raspy by the third song and also was unable to hit the big finish in “I Will Always Love You.” Miss Houston also repeatedly shouted to the crowd, “I Love you, Trinidad!” TMZ.com said. The concert took place in Tobago.

• Two-time Oscar nominee Djimon Hounsou will testify before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee this morning. He’ll discuss the need to support and fund programs for millions of homeless and runaway youth throughout the country.

• Kenny Chesney hurt his foot after it got caught between a rising platform and the stage but still put on his show before more than 44,000 fans at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, S.C., Denverpost.com reports.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from staff, Web and wire reports.


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