People & Entertainment


January 13, 2009|By FROM SUN NEWS SERVICES

All-star lineup of singers to salute Barack Obama

Judging by the lineup, Sunday's inaugural celebration for Barack Obama at the Lincoln Memorial is a coveted gig for music's top names.

Beyonce, Bono, Bruce Springsteen, John Mellencamp, Usher, Shakira, Sheryl Crow, Josh Groban and James Taylor are among the musicians scheduled to perform at the Sunday afternoon event, which is open to the public. The starting time has not been announced. The president-elect and his family are due to attend, with Obama expected to speak.

HBO will televise the show at 7 p.m. Sunday on an open feed, meaning the pay cable network will offer the telecast for free to cable and satellite customers.

The artists won't be performing their big hits, but will be asked to perform material appropriate to the occasion. The theme for the show is "We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial."

Other performers will include Stevie Wonder, Renee Fleming, Garth Brooks, Mary J. Blige, Herbie Hancock, Heather Headley, John Legend and Jennifer Nettles. Historical passages will be read by Jamie Foxx, Martin Luther King III, Queen Latifah and Denzel Washington.

Swift on 'CSI'

CBS says pop star Taylor Swift will appear on an episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.

Swift will play a teenage girl whose family manages a seedy Las Vegas motel and who undergoes personal changes that have tragic consequences. CBS didn't announce the air date for the CSI episode.

The 19-year-old country crossover singer was 2008's best-selling artist, with more than 4 million albums sold. Her sophomore effort, Fearless, debuted at No. 1 and includes the hit single "Love Story."

CSI, which airs at 9 p.m. Thursdays, says goodbye this week to star William Petersen. Laurence Fishburne has joined the series as a new forensics investigator.

Winehouse woes

A lawyer for Amy Winehouse's jailed husband said yesterday that his client will be seeking a divorce on the grounds of the soul diva's alleged infidelity.

Winehouse and Blake Fielder-Civil married in Miami in May 2007, but he was arrested six months later over an assault. In July, he was sentenced to 27 months in jail for beating up a bar manager and then offering him a bribe to keep quiet about it.

Fielder-Civil was released into a drug rehab center in November but sent back to prison weeks later for breaching his bail conditions.

Winehouse has been linked by tabloid newspapers to other men and recently has been photographed on holiday in the Caribbean with an alleged new beau, Josh Bowman.

Tarnished ratings

The glitz and glamour returned to the Golden Globes, but not all the audience.

An estimated 14.6 million people watched Sunday's ceremony from Hollywood. That's certainly better than the star-free Globes from last year, held during the writers' strike. Only 6 million watched in 2007.

But Nielsen Media Research said it was the smallest audience since the awards moved to network television in 1994. Two years ago, 20 million people watched the Globes on NBC. Slumdog Millionaire was a big winner this year.

'Carnage' for Gandolfini

James Gandolfini - from HBO's classic mob series The Sopranos - will star on Broadway with Jeff Daniels, Hope Davis and Marcia Gay Harden in God of Carnage, Yasmina Reza's four-character play about the clash between two liberal, middle-class couples.

The play opens March 22 at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre. It begins preview performances Feb. 28.


Actress Frances Sternhagen, 79.

Comedian Rip Taylor, 75.

Actor Richard Moll, 66.

Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus, 48.

Actor Patrick Dempsey, 43.

Actor Orlando Bloom, 32.

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