- The Washington Times - Monday, April 13, 2009

Vonnegut volume coming

A posthumous collection of short stories by Kurt Vonnegut will be released in November, Associated Press reports.

The collection, called “Look at the Birdie,” contains 14 stories by the author of “Slaughterhouse-Five” and other works, Delacorte Press announced Friday.

The publisher says it plans to reissue 15 Vonnegut titles, including “Mother Night,” “The Sirens of Titan,” “Galapagos” and “Slaughterhouse-Five.” Also due: another collection of his unpublished writings and a book of letters sent to and from the author during his life.

Mr. Vonnegut died in April 2007 at age 84.

Dad defends the Boss

The father of the woman supposedly having an affair with Bruce Springsteensays it's all a lie and blasts his son-in-law for dragging her and the Boss “into the gutter.”

“My son-in-law and his attorney are just seeking sensationalism,” Steven Carton of Ocean, N.J., told the New York Daily News.

In divorce papers obtained by Star magazine, Arthur Kelly says Ann, his wife of 17 years, “committed adultery with one Bruce Springsteen … at various times and places too numerous to mention.”

“My daughter is guilty only of working out in the same gym as Bruce Springsteen and of talking to him,” Mr. Carton said.

More 'Sex' ahead

The “Sex and the City” sequel officially has a release date: May 28, 2010.

The second installment will debut around the same time as the 2008 film, which hit theaters last year on May 30 and earned $412 million worldwide.

Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Cynthia Nixon and Kristin Davis will reprise their roles.

So what happens this time around?

Chris Noth (Mr. Big) hinted to Us Weekly that producers are “probably thinking” about babies for Big and Carrie (played by Miss Parker), who wed at the end of the first movie.

Legal briefs

m John Rich has sued a former “Nashville Star” contestant, saying the aspiring singer defamed him by claiming Mr. Rich hit him in the face.

According to Associated Press, Mr. Rich, part of the duo Big & Rich, filed the lawsuit April 6 against Jared Ashley, a contestant during the fourth season of the TV show. Mr. Rich, who is seeking unspecified damages, claims Mr. Ashley entered his private club without permission and had to be removed by security on March 13. Mr. Ashley says Mr. Rich's claims are untrue.

m David Caruso's ex-girlfriend is seeking more than $1.2 million and a house she says the “CSI: Miami” star promised her, AP reports. Liza Marquez sued Mr. Caruso in Los Angeles Superior Court on Thursday, claiming he promised to support her even after their nearly four-year relationship ended. Stephen Kolodny, a lawyer for Mr. Caruso, says Miss Marquez's suit is filled with “false claims.”

m A judge on Friday ordered the son of Farrah Fawcett and actor Ryan O'Neal to be held without bail while he awaits sentencing on a probation violation. Redmond O'Neal appeared in court and admitted he had violated the terms of his probation for a previous drug conviction, court records show. He has been jailed since April 5, when he was arrested at a jail north of Los Angeles on suspicion of carrying heroin. The 24-year-old had been sentenced to a drug diversion program after pleading guilty to methamphetamine and heroin possession charges in June. Less than three months later, he was arrested along with his father on suspicion of having methamphetamine at the actor's Malibu home.

c Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from Web and wire reports

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