- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Mandel on the mend

Howie Mandel was hospitalized in Canada with an irregular heartbeat, Associated Press reports.

The comedian and “Deal or No Deal” host, 53, was in Toronto taping his new show “Howie Do It!” on Monday when he was taken to the hospital, said his publicist Lewis Kay, who added that Mr. Mandel “did not have a heart attack.”

Rock of golden-agers

When it comes to concert tours, it’s a baby boomer’s world, notes the Philadelphia Daily News.

Tour tracker Ray Waddell of Billboard magazine has factored 2008 into the magazine’s Top 10 tours of all time, and, thanks to higher prices, there are four new entries.

Please note: Anyone under 40 need not apply.

1. Rolling Stones’ 2005-07 A Bigger Bang tour ($558 million); 2. U2’s 2005-07 Vertigo tour ($389 million); 3. The Police’s 2007-08 reunion tour ($362 million); 4. Rolling Stones’ 1994-95 Voodoo Lounge tour ($320 million); 5. Rolling Stones 2002-03 Licks tour ($311 million); 6. Madonna’s 2008 Sticky & Sweet tour ($282 million estimated); 7. Rolling Stones 1997-98 Bridges to Babylon tour ($274 million); 8. Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band’s 2007-08 Magic tour ($232 million); 9. Bon Jovi’s 2007-08 Lost Highway tour ($210.6 million); and 10. Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band’s 2002-03 Rising tour ($207 million).

What the entry of the new tours did to the list is knock out the Eagles’ 1994 Hell Freezes Over tour ($197 million), Madonna’s 2006 Confessions tour ($194 million), Cher’s 2002-05 Farewell tour ($192.5 million) and U2’s 1998 PopMart tour ($174 million).

Tony may get a Tony

James Gandolfini is famous for playing a Tony.

A new role could win him one.

Producers of “God of Carnage” said the “Sopranos” heavy will star in the play by Yasmina Reza (“Art”), which begins previews on Feb. 28. It opens March 22 at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, the New York Daily News reports.

The play — which also stars Jeff Daniels, Hope Davis and Marcia Gay Harden — centers on two married couples who meet to talk after their boys get into a playground brawl.

“Carnage” marks Mr. Gandolfini’s return to Broadway after 14 years. He made his debut there in a small part in “A Streetcar Named Desire” in 1992 and appeared three years later in “On the Waterfront.”

Rock the writer

Chris Rock is making a comeback, as an author.

Grand Central Publishing says the superstar comic’s new book - not yet titled - will be full of “comedic observations.” It’s tentatively scheduled for release next year, AP says. His “Rock This!” was published in 1997.

Mr. Rock, 43, will have good comic company at Grand Central, which also publishes Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert.

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

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