- - Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Walt Disney Pictures has wrangled Jack White to compose the score for “The Lone Ranger.”

The studio announced Tuesday that the Grammy-winning rocker will write, produce and perform the score for director Gore Verbinski’s upcoming adaptation of “The Lone Ranger.”

“The Lone Ranger” will mark the White Stripes frontman’s first time scoring a feature film. The film stars Johnny Depp as Tonto and Armie Hammer as John Reid. It is set to debut May 31, 2013.

Mr. White’s first solo album, “Blunderbuss,” was released Tuesday. He previously wrote and performed the theme song to the 2008 James Bond film “Quantum of Solace” with Alicia Keys.

People names Beyonce ‘World’s Most Beautiful’

People magazine has named Beyonce as the World’s Most Beautiful Woman for 2012.

The 30-year-old singer tops the magazine’s annual list of the “World’s Most Beautiful” in a special double issue. The announcement was made Wednesday.

Commenting on her selection, Beyonce told People: “I feel more beautiful than I’ve ever felt because I’ve given birth. I have never felt so connected, never felt like I had such a purpose on this Earth.”

Beyonce, who is married to rapper Jay-Z, gave birth to a daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, in January.

“She’s just the cutest thing,” said the Grammy winner, who sings to her daughter and claims to “love” changing diapers.

Does Blue resemble mom or dad?

“She looks like Blue,” the singer said. “She’s her own person.”

“The best thing about having a daughter is having a true legacy,” she added. “The word ‘love’ means something completely different now.”

Other celebrities on the list include Julia Roberts, Nicole Kidman and Jessica Pare of “Mad Men.”

Sarajevo names Jolie an honorary citizen

Bosnia’s capital has named Angelina Jolie its honorary citizen.

A statement issued by authorities in Sarajevo Wednesday said it made the decision in recognition of Miss Jolie’s role in preserving the “truth about the war” in Bosnia, through her directorial debut “In the Land of Blood and Honey.”

The spokeswoman for the Sarajevo Canton, Lamija Bojadzic, said Wednesday it was not yet clear if Miss Jolie will attend a May 3 ceremony in Sarajevo.

Trump demands Scotland nix plans for wind turbines

He came, he saw, he blustered.

Donald Trump on Wednesday swept into Scotland’s parliament to demand the country end plans for an offshore wind farm he fears will spoil the view at his exclusive new $1.2-billion golf resort.

In a typically blunt display, the New York property tycoon told an inquiry into renewable energy to stop the wind power efforts in the country’s north, the Associated Press reports.

“Scotland, if you pursue this policy of these monstrous turbines, Scotland will go broke,” he said. “They are ugly, they are noisy and they are dangerous. If Scotland does this, Scotland will be in serious trouble and will lose tourism to places like Ireland, and they are laughing at us.”

Members of the committee are looking at how achievable the Scottish government’s green targets for 2020 are. The plans for 11 200-foot-tall wind turbines are part of the government’s goal of positioning itself as a leader in renewable energy.

When challenged to produce hard evidence about his claims on the negative impact of turbines, Mr. Trump said: “I am the evidence, I am a world class expert in tourism.”

The public gallery burst into laughter.

Mr. Trump claimed Scottish leader Alex Salmond and his predecessor Jack McConnell gave him verbal assurances a wind farm would not be built off the coast of his resort.

“They wanted my money,” Mr. Trump said. “I was lured into buying the site, after I had spent my money they came and announced the plan. At the time I bought the land I felt confident the wind farm was not going to happen.”

There was an irony to Mr. Trump’s complaints: When Mr. Salmond backed Mr. Trump’s plans for the resort, he was hailed as a “great man” by the tycoon.

Mr. Trump turned on the leader over plans to put the wind turbine farm off the coast and within view of the golf course. He claims the turbines will ruin the environment and will be bad for tourism.

But Mr. Trump’s course was built on sand dunes despite protests from locals and environmentalists. The dunes, which were home to rare wading birds, were bulldozed to make way for the fairways in 2009 and 2010.

Zac Brown Band album set for July 10 release

Describing the new Zac Brown Band album is anything but simple.

“It’s your basic country-Southern rock-bluegrass-reggae-jam record,” Mr. Brown joked.

“Uncaged” is out July 10 and Mr. Brown said its 11 tracks further push the boundaries of what fans can expect from the Atlanta-based band.

Mr. Brown wanted to keep most of the surprises on the band’s follow-up to 2010’s “You Get What You Give” under wraps in a Tuesday afternoon phone interview with the Associated Press.

He said the group has added Daniel de los Reyes, a percussionist who has worked with Earth, Wind & Fire, Sting and Jennifer Lopez, among others. His addition to the already existing rhythm section of bassist John Driskell Hopkins and drummer Chris Fryar has allowed the band to expand its sound into new territory.

Compiled from staff and wire reports

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