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April 08, 2005

Bono leads campaign against AIDS

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) - Brad Pitt is among the A-list celebrities featured in new public service announcements for a campaign led by U2 singer Bono to fight poverty and AIDS.

The campaign wasn't immediately asking for donations but simply raising awareness and recruiting new advocates, Bono said Wednesday.

"We're not just asking for people to put cash in the pot here," the singer said. "Americans are generous, we know they'll do that. We're not actually asking for their money, we're asking for their voice."

Pitt, who visited Africa after being inspired by Bono's advocacy, said he was struck by how extreme poverty there has made it difficult for the sick to gain access to drugs to minimize the effects of AIDS.

A 60-second ad to air Sunday night on various networks and cable channels features actors, musicians and religious leaders, including Jewel, Penelope Cruz, Tom Hanks, Mos Def, Al Pacino and Jamie Foxx.


John touts Eminem as music immortal

NEW YORK (AP) - Elton John says that Eminem is on par with Jimi Hendrix and Mick Jagger.

In the new issue of Rolling Stone, the rapper is listed in the magazine's second "Immortals" edition, featuring another 50 of the greatest figures of rock 'n' roll with appreciations written by other artists. In his immortalizing of Eminem, John writes that he got goose bumps when he first rehearsed with him for their performance at the 2001 Grammy Awards.

"From the start, I've always admired Eminem's thinking," John writes. "That's the reason I wanted to appear on the Grammys with him when I was asked, despite all the nonsense talked about his being homophobic.

"Let the Boy Georges and the George Michaels of the world get up in a twist about it if they don't have the intelligence to see his intelligence."

Other contributors include Dave Matthews writing on Radiohead, Trey Anastasio on Frank Zappa, Beck on Hank Williams, David Bowie on Nine Inch Nails and Mos Def on Miles Davis.

The original top 50 "Immortals" were listed by Rolling Stone in 2004. Topping the ranks were the Beatles, Bob Dylan and Elvis Presley.

'The View' cohost reveals baby's name

NEW YORK (AP) - A day after her daughter was born, Elisabeth Hasselbeck called her co-hosts on ABC's "The View" to reveal the baby's name: Grace Elisabeth.

"I'm a little beat up, but it's all worth it," Hasselbeck said Thursday.

The baby was born at a New York hospital weighing 7 pounds, 8 ounces, Hasselbeck and her husband, Washington Redskins quarterback Tim Hasselbeck, announced Wednesday. She is the couple's first child.

The baby had been a frequent topic of conversation on the daytime chat fest.

"We feel like we all had a baby!" exclaimed co-host Joy Behar.

Hasselbeck, who will be on maternity leave for about six weeks, said she may be released from the hospital today.

Hasselbeck, 27, is a former contestant of "Survivor: The Australian Outback."

Beckingham Palace playhouse safe

LONDON (AP) - The playhouse at Beckingham Palace is safe.

David Beckham and his wife, Victoria, were told by local authorities they don't have to tear down the 16-foot brick playhouse being built on their property without permission.

The British soccer star now with Real Madrid had been warned he might have to demolish the half-built playhouse as well as a play castle - complete with mock tower, drawbridge, slides and rope swings - at the family's "Beckingham Palace" mansion north of London.

The East Hertfordshire District Council said Wednesday it had granted retrospective planning permission provided no one lived in the structures. The playhouse for sons Brooklyn, 6, Romeo, 2, and 6-week-old Cruz must not be used for "permanent habitable occupation" or a "separate unit of occupation."

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