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PEOPLE & ENTERTAINMENT

November 18, 2008|By FROM SUN NEWS SERVICES

Obama gains 'GQ' honors, '60 Minutes' viewers

GQ has named Barack Obama one of its "Men of the Year" - along with Baltimore's Michael Phelps and actors Leonardo DiCaprio and Jon Hamm - with a cover and article that went to press before Election Day, says the Huffington Post.

The article about Obama - also named "Game Changer of the Year" - was written by Massachusetts Sen. Edward M. Kennedy.

Meanwhile, Obama's appearance on CBS' 60 Minutes on Sunday night gave the venerable news show its highest overnight ratings in nearly a decade, according to Nielsen Media Research.

Steve Kroft spent almost the entire hour interviewing the president-elect and Michelle Obama, drawing 24.5 million viewers, according to the preliminary Nielsen estimate.

That is more viewers than for any other episode of a prime-time show seen this season and is the biggest audience for 60 Minutes since January 1999.

The Boss is back

Bruce Springsteen is coming out with a new album in January - 15 months after Magic. That's unusually quick for an artist with a reputation as a perfectionist.

Working on a Dream will have 14 tracks with the E Street Band.

Springsteen said they recorded the album in Atlanta during breaks in their concert schedule.

Sykes speaks out

Comedian Wanda Sykes, who stars in the CBS sitcom The New Adventures of Old Christine, says the passage of a same-sex marriage ban in California has led her to be more outspoken about being gay.

"You know, I don't really talk about my sexual orientation. I didn't feel like I had to. I was just living my life," Sykes, 44, told a crowd at a gay-rights rally in Las Vegas on Saturday.

The Maryland-raised Sykes said the passage of California's Proposition 8 made her feel as if she had been "attacked."

"Now, I got to get in their face," she said. "I'm proud to be a woman. I'm proud to be a black woman, and I'm proud to be gay."

Michael Jackson sued

The son of an Arab monarch took the King of Pop to court yesterday, contending that Michael Jackson took $7 million as an advance on an album and an autobiography that he never produced.

Lawyers for Sheik Abdulla bin Hamad Al Khalifa of Bahrain say the money was given to Jackson as an advance on the book and joint recording project with the sheik, who is an amateur songwriter. Jackson says the money was a gift.

Al Khalifa first spoke with Jackson when he was on trial in California on charges of child molestation, saying he wanted to work with Jackson to rebuild his career, said Bankim Thanki, one of the sheik's lawyers. To that end, the sheik spent millions paying Jackson's legal fees, moving him to Bahrain and supporting Jackson, his family and entourage.

Jackson's finances fell apart after he was arrested in 2003 over allegations he molested a 13-year-old boy at his ranch. A jury cleared him of all the charges.

Last week, he was forced to give up the deed on Neverland, a 2,500-acre amusement park in California named for the mythical land of Peter Pan.

No 'ER' for Margulies

The final ER season is bringing back some of its original stars for guest shots, but Julianna Margulies won't be among them. She was invited, she says, but declined.

Margulies, who played nurse Carol Hathaway, left after six seasons. Her character left Chicago's County General for Seattle, settling down with Dr. Doug Ross, who had been played by George Clooney. It's not known whether he'll return.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS

Republican Sen. Ted Stevens of Alaska, 85.

Actress Linda Evans, 66.

Singer Graham Parker, 58.

Comedian Kevin Nealon, 55.

Actor Owen Wilson, 40.

Rapper Fabolous, 29.

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