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November 23, 2004

McCartney to headline Super Bowl show


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Paul McCartney will headline the 2005 Super Bowl halftime show as the National Football League goes mainstream after the controversy over this year's show.

"There's nothing bigger than being asked to perform at the Super Bowl," McCartney said in a statement. "We're looking forward to rocking the millions at home and in the stadium."

The show will be televised by Fox from Jacksonville on Feb. 6, the NFL said. It will be McCartney's second Super Bowl appearance. He sang in the pre-game show in New Orleans in 2002.

Last Feb. 1 at Houston's Reliant Stadium, Justin Timberlake ripped off part of Janet Jackson's outfit while they were singing a duet, exposing her right breast to a TV audience of some 90 million people. Jackson blamed the incident on a "wardrobe malfunction."

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Hayek apologizes for missing opening


COATZACOALCOS, Mexico (AP) - Salma Hayek has apologized for missing the opening of a new theater in her hometown, saying she arrived late because of delays during the shooting of a movie she's making elsewhere in Mexico.

Hayek, who was born in Coatzacoalcos in the Gulf Coast state of Veracruz, had planned to attend the inauguration of a new 17,000-seat municipal theater and stay for a concert by opera star Luciano Pavarotti Friday night. But she arrived late to the concert, causing a stir in the local media, which had reported that Hayek would attend the inauguration ceremony.

The 36-year-old actress, who has been in the central state of Durango working on "Bandidas" with co-star Penelope Cruz, later issued an apology to Veracruz radio and TV stations.

Hayek's screen credits include "Frida," "Once Upon a Time in Mexico" and "After the Sunset."




Actor loses 63 pounds to play 'The Machinist'


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - To lose 63 pounds, Christian Bale stopped eating and kept on moving.

Normally weighing in at 185 pounds, the actor adhered to a fairly uncomplicated weight-loss regimen for the movie "The Machinist." He ignored food and ramped up his fat-burning power by running.

"I didn't look at the script and think, 'Oh my God, I get a chance to lose weight for this movie. Yes!'" Bale, 30, told the San Francisco Chronicle in Sunday's editions. "That would have been moronic. It was a matter of me liking the script so much that I wanted to achieve what I felt was necessary."

In "The Machinist," Bale plays Trevor Reznik, a paranoid, forgetful, guilt-ridden factory worker who is beset by hallucinations because he hasn't slept for a year.




Michaels asks fans for help to find guitar


PORTAGE, Ind. (AP) - Former Poison singer Bret Michaels has asked fans to help him find his custom-made guitar, which was apparently stolen at the end of a recent concert.

Michaels' red-and-white Holden six-string electric guitar with a picture of a skull wearing a top hat disappeared during a Nov. 12 concert at McCool's bar in Valparaiso, according to Michaels' Web site.

The Porter County Crime Stoppers program has offered a reward of up to $1,000 for information about the theft.

A photo of Michaels with the guitar was posted on the singer's Web site. A message said: "This guitar has a lot of sentimental value to Bret and we just want to get it back."




Durning and Bean recapture youths


LOS ANGELES (AP) - Veteran actors Orson Bean and Charles Durning have taken on TV roles that touch on very different periods in their youths.

Bean, 76, who was blacklisted for a year during the anti-communist fervor of the 1950s, played a former communist sympathizer now suspected in an unsolved 1953 murder case in an episode of CBS' "Cold Case."

Durning, 81, a decorated World War II veteran, appears in CBS' "NCIS" as a man who claims to have murdered a fellow Marine while fighting at Iwo Jima in 1945.

The "Cold Case" episode with Bean, titled "Red Glare," aired Sunday. Durning is in Tuesday's episode, "Call of Silence," on "NCIS."




9-year-old wins youth song contest


LILLEHAMMER, Norway (AP) - A 9-year-old Spanish girl won the second annual Junior Eurovision Song Contest.

Maria Isabel won the top prize Saturday with "Antes Muerta Que Sencilla (I'd Rather Be Dead Than Plain)," an ode to good clothes, good times and standing tall in the face of criticism by others.

The Ayamone native took an early lead in the balloting by viewers throughout Europe and never relinquished it.

Soloists, duos and bands performed original songs in their native language in the contest, a youth version of the wildly popular Eurovision Song Contest, most famous for launching the international career of Swedish pop group ABBA in the 1970s.




Beach musicians have day in sun


MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) - The Rickey Godfrey Band took home awards for best group album, song and group at the Carolina Beach Music Awards, which celebrated its 10th anniversary.

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