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R&B Crooner Luther Vandross Dies at 54 (AP)
AP - Luther Vandross' style harkened back to a more genteel era of crooning, with songs that spoke to heartfelt emotions and gentle pillow talk rather than explicit sexuality.

Live 8 Shows Could Draw One Million Fans (AP)
AP - Nearly everyone in the world can tune in Saturday to Live 8, the all-star concerts urging a political solution to African poverty. "We want to stand shoulder to shoulder, to push to get countries to listen," said Live 8 worldwide producer Harvey Goldsmith. "These concerts are the mouthpieces of the public."

'Obie' Benson, of Four Tops, Dies at 69 (AP)
AP - Renaldo "Obie" Benson, a member of the legendary Motown singing group the Four Tops, died Friday. He was 69.

Judge Urged to Dismiss Suit Against Moore (AP)
AP - A lawyer for Michael Moore urged a federal judge Friday to dismiss a libel lawsuit against the documentary filmmaker filed by the brother of Oklahoma City bombing conspirator Terry Nichols.

Shields Rips Cruise's 'Ridiculous Rant' (AP)
AP - Brooke Shields took aim at Tom Cruise's "Today" show diatribe against antidepressants, saying the drugs helped her survive feelings of hopelessness after the birth of her first child. In an op-ed piece published Friday in The New York Times, Shields criticized what she called Cruise's "ridiculous rant."

Judge Urged to Dismiss Suit Against Moore (AP)
AP - A lawyer for Michael Moore urged a federal judge Friday to dismiss a libel lawsuit against the documentary filmmaker filed by the brother of Oklahoma City bombing conspirator Terry Nichols.

Supremes -- Grokster bad, music industry good (Reuters)
Reuters - At the Washington, D.C., headquarters of the Recording Industry Assn. of America on June 27, top officials watched computer screens in the conference room, eagerly awaiting the Supreme Court's ruling on what may be remembered as the most significant copyright case for the entertainment industry; when the news broke at about 11 a.m., they jumped, whooped and exchanged high-fives.

Guest Lineup for the Sunday TV News Shows (AP)
AP - Guest lineup for the Sunday TV news shows:

Analysts see challenge, not crisis, in DVD slump (Reuters)
Reuters - Shortfalls in sales of two of the summer's biggest DVD releases, "Shrek 2" and "The Incredibles," underscore the changing nature of the home-entertainment market but do not point to an impending slump, analysts said on Friday.

John Fiedler, Actor Who Played TV's Mr. Peterson and Broadway's 'Raisin in the Sun,' Dead at 80 (Playbill)
Playbill - John Fiedler, the thin-voiced Broadway character actor more widely known as nervous Mr. Peterson in TV's "The Bob Newhart Show" and (in voiceover) worrywart Piglet in Disney's "Winnie the Pooh" cartoons, died June 25 at age 80, according to The New York Times.

Judge Urged to Dismiss Suit Against Moore (AP)
AP - A lawyer for Michael Moore urged a federal judge Friday to dismiss a libel lawsuit against the documentary filmmaker filed by the brother of Oklahoma City bombing conspirator Terry Nichols.

50 Years On, 'Giant' a Touchstone for Town (AP)
AP - With its population eroded and the lone movie theater long shuttered, tiny Marfa clings to the memories of when it was "Giant."

'American Pie' Actress Files for Divorce (AP)
AP - Shannon Elizabeth, who played a sexy foreign exchange student on "American Pie," has filed for divorce from her husband of three years, according to court papers.

Shields Rips Cruise's 'Ridiculous Rant' (AP)
AP - Brooke Shields took aim at Tom Cruise's "Today" show diatribe against antidepressants, saying the drugs helped her survive feelings of hopelessness after the birth of her first child. In an op-ed piece published Friday in The New York Times, Shields criticized what she called Cruise's "ridiculous rant."

Cinemark Matches AMC Movie Guarantee (AP)
AP - More moviegoers may be watching "Cinderella Man" for free this weekend after the Cinemark theater chain said Friday it will match AMC Entertainment's money-back guarantee in certain cities.

'Nighthawks' Director Malmuth Dies at 71 (AP)
AP - Bruce Malmuth, an actor and writer who directed such films as "Nighthawks" and "Hard to Kill" and played bit parts in "The Karate Kid" and other films, died Tuesday of esophageal cancer. He was 71.

Brando Memorabilia Brings in $2.3 Million (AP)
AP - Marlon Brando's annotated script from 1972's "The Godfather" brought more than $300,000 in an auction of the star's memorabilia that netted a total of $2.3 million.

"War" Storms Box Office (E! Online)
E! Online - Cue the couch-jumping--Tom Cruise has something else to be really excited about.

'Worlds' Is Cruise's Top-Grossing Debut (AP)
AP - Steven Spielberg and Tom Cruise's sci-fi thriller "War of the Worlds" raked in about $21.3 million at the domestic box office on its opening day, according to studio estimates released Thursday.

Newly Hitched Affleck, Garner Expecting (AP)
AP - After months of speculation, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner have tied the knot — and she's pregnant. Representatives for both actors confirmed the marriage to The Associated Press on Thursday. Their publicists, Ken Sunshine and Nicole King, also confirmed that Garner is pregnant with her first child.

Supremes -- Grokster bad, music industry good (Reuters)
Reuters - At the Washington, D.C., headquarters of the Recording Industry Assn. of America on June 27, top officials watched computer screens in the conference room, eagerly awaiting the Supreme Court's ruling on what may be remembered as the most significant copyright case for the entertainment industry; when the news broke at about 11 a.m., they jumped, whooped and exchanged high-fives.

For smaller labels, file-sharing isn't all bad (Reuters)
Reuters - The Supreme Court's unanimous ruling Monday that anyone who distributes peer-to-peer software with the objective of promoting copyright infringement is liable for its users' actions was music to the ears of the major labels. But the indie labels are not exactly rejoicing.

Live 8 opens to rock world into helping the poor (Reuters)
Reuters - What has been billed as the greatest music show ever kicked off in Tokyo on Saturday, as the first in a galaxy of rock stars took to the stage in a global event aimed at pushing world leaders to do more to help the poor.

Live 8 Prepares to Rock Around the Globe (AP)
AP - When Paul McCartney walks onstage in London to kick off the flagship Live 8 concert, it's a good bet he'll belt out the first line of "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band": "It was 20 years ago today..."

Bjork, Good Charlotte Kick Off Live 8 (AP)
AP - Musicians Bjork and Good Charlotte joined a handful of Japanese bands on Saturday, kicking off the Live 8 global music marathon intended to raise awareness of African poverty.

R&B Crooner Luther Vandross Dies at 54 (AP)
AP - Luther Vandross' style harkened back to a more genteel era of crooning, with songs that spoke to heartfelt emotions and gentle pillow talk rather than explicit sexuality.

'Obie' Benson, of Four Tops, Dies at 69 (AP)
AP - Renaldo "Obie" Benson, a member of the legendary Motown singing group the Four Tops, died Friday. He was 69.

Lawsuit Against James Brown Dismissed (AP)
AP - A federal judge dismissed a woman's lawsuit that claimed singer James Brown was to blame for her suffering from Graves' disease because he allegedly raped her 17 years ago.

Parks Seeks Fees After OutKast Lawsuit (AP)
AP - Lawyers for Rosa Parks went before a federal judge to seek legal fees in the civil rights pioneer's settled lawsuit against the Atlanta-based rap duo OutKast.

Simple Minds go 'Black and White' on new disc (Reuters)
Reuters - With new wave revivalists like the Killers and the Bravery storming the U.S. charts, first wavers Simple Minds have picked a good time to release their first all-new studio album in three years.

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