- - Sunday, December 9, 2012

The Rolling Stones have been added to the list of artists performing at the Superstorm Sandy benefit concert this week in New York City.

Wednesday’s bill had already included Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, The Who, Alicia Keys, Kanye West and others.

Producers of the show said Friday they had already raised $30 million that will be distributed to storm victims in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut through the Robin Hood Foundation.

The show is sold out.

Producers also said they had no estimate of how many tickets had been bought by ticket brokers. They urged fans not to buy scalped tickets because the money won’t go to storm relief.

The concert is dubbed “12-12-12.” It will be held at Madison Square Garden.

Notorious B.I.G. lawyer blasts Los Angeles police

The lawyer for Notorious B.I.G.’s family and widow says it is ridiculous that arrests haven’t been made in the rapper’s 1997 killing since he’s been told the case has been solved.

Perry Sanders Jr. said a former police detective told him that the case was solved years ago and a current member of the police force also confirmed that to him.

Los Angeles police spokesman Richard French declined to comment, saying the killing of Notorious B.I.G. remains an open investigation.

Mr. Sanders has sued the city over its investigation of the 24-year-old’s rapper’s shooting death.

Notorious B.I.G., whose real name was Christopher Wallace, was killed in a drive-by shooting after leaving a music industry event.

An autopsy report released Friday said he was killed by a single bullet that pierced several vital organs.

Movie critic Roger Ebert in hospital with hip fracture

Famed Chicago movie critic Roger Ebert has been hospitalized with a hip fracture.

His wife, Chaz Ebert, told The Associated Press on Thursday that her husband was doing much better and “doctors are making assessments” about when he could leave the hospital.

Mr. Ebert then posted on Twitter that he does not need surgery.

Mrs. Ebert tweeted earlier in the day that her Pulitzer Prize-winning husband was doing well and “asking for computer, will probably tweet.” She jokingly attributed the fracture to “tricky disco dance moves.”

The 70-year-old Chicago Sun-Times film critic has had health problems over the last several years. He has battled cancer in his thyroid and salivary glands and lost his ability to speak and eat after cancer surgeries.

Alicia Keys raises $1.3M for AIDS relief charity

During the auction portion of Alicia Keys‘ Black Ball Redux, one man was ready to jump his bid from $100,000 to $250,000 for a trip to South Africa — if Miss Keys would join him and his friends.

“I’ll go for a little more,” Miss Keys said Thursday night at the Apollo Theater in New York, where her charity’s annual gala was held.

The man — pharmaceutical billionaire Stewart Rahr — didn’t raise his bid, but he later pledged $1 million to Keep a Child Alive, helping the R&B singer raise more than $1.3 million.

Miss Keys‘ charity assists those affected by HIV/AIDS in Africa and India. Thursday’s event originally was planned for Nov. 1, but was canceled due to Superstorm Sandy.

“There are places in the world where Keep a Child Alive serves where they have a Hurricane Sandy every day,” Miss Keys said in an interview on the red carpet. “They don’t have electricity, they don’t have heat … and that made me more invigorated to make sure this Black Ball happened.”

Miss Keys honored Oprah Winfrey at the event for the entrepreneur’s philanthropic efforts, including her school, the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa, which launched in 2007.

“It’s a universal truth, Oprah makes change happen,” Miss Keys said.

Miss Winfrey said she was honored to receive an award from Miss Keys, and that it confirms she’s “moving in the right direction.”

“You try to keep a child alive and I try to educate them as best as I can,” Miss Winfrey said onstage.

Beninese singer Angelique Kidjo also was honored and she joined Miss Keys onstage for some upbeat, drum-filled numbers.

Stephen Baldwin faces charges over N.Y. taxes

Actor Stephen Baldwin was charged Thursday with failing to pay New York state taxes for three years, amassing a $350,000 debt.

Rockland County District Attorney Thomas Zugibe said Mr. Baldwin, of Upper Grandview, skipped paying his taxes in 2008, 2009 and 2010.

The youngest of the four acting Baldwin brothers pleaded not guilty at an arraignment and was freed without bail. His lawyer, Russell Yankwitt, said Mr. Baldwin should not have been charged.

“Mr. Baldwin did not commit any crimes, and he’s working with the district attorney’s office and the New York state Tax Department to resolve any differences,” Mr. Yankwitt said.

The district attorney said Mr. Baldwin could face up to four years in prison if convicted. The actor is due back in court on Feb. 5.

Mr. Zugibe said Mr. Baldwin owes more than $350,000 in tax and penalties.

“We cannot afford to allow wealthy residents to break the law by cheating on their taxes,” the district attorney said. “The defendant’s repetitive failure to file returns and pay taxes over a period of several years contributes to the sweeping cutbacks and closures in local government and in our schools.”

Mr. Baldwin, 46, starred in 1995’s “The Usual Suspects” and appeared in 1989’s “Born on the Fourth of July.” He is scheduled to appear in March on NBC’s “The Celebrity Apprentice.”

Mr. Baldwin co-hosts a radio show with conservative talk figure Kevin McCullough.

Compiled from Web and wire reports



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