A new Beatles record
The long-dead Beatles will continue to look alive if Paul McCartney has anything to say about it. He announced Tuesday that a new number, called "Free Now" and featuring his three old bandmates on outtakes from late-'60s recording sessions, will be out Monday in Britain. It'll be part of a five-track offering, The Liverpool Sound Collage, that is billed as the first original Fab Four work since the 1995 single "Free as a Bird," in memory of John Lennon.
Said McCartney: "It's a new little piece of the Beatles ... a little side dish that is not to be confused with my other work." The "side dish," done in collaboration with the Welsh pop band Super Furry Animals, includes unreleased instrumental samples and studio chat by the Beatles.
David Bowie's wife, Iman, gave birth to Alexandria Zahra Jones in London Tuesday. It's the first of their eight-year marriage. She, 44, has a daughter, Zulekah, 22, from a previous union. He, 53, has a boy with his first wife, Angie. Originally Zowie Bowie, 29, he's changed his name to Duncan.
Dixie Chick Natalie Means and actor husband Adrian Pasdar expect their first child in April. Said he: "This is merely the first of 10 children."
Nugent angers Columbine parents
Rock star and gun enthusiast Ted Nugent suggests in his new book that students could have stopped last year's Columbine High massacre by rushing one of the two gunmen.
Nugent, a director of the National Rifle Assn., also wrote that the bloodbath proved people should be allowed to carry concealed weapons.
Nugent, 51, autographed copies of his book, "Gods, Guns and Rock N' Roll," Monday at a Denver bookstore as two police officers stood guard.
Tom Mauser, whose son Daniel was one of the 12 students killed at Columbine, called Nugent's statements "despicable."
"I think he's living in this fantasy world where kids are crybabies if they don't fight back against somebody holding a gun," Mauser said.
Little LeAnn grows up
Country sweetheart LeAnn Rimes admits that her legal dispute with her father over the handling of her money leaves her with a heavy heart. The 17-year-old singer-actress, who has a cameo in "Coyote Ugly" (and sings four of the film's songs), is suing her father and her manager, claiming they withheld more than $7 million of her earnings.
"It's been a very stressful time," she tells TV Guide Online. "I love my family very much. It's been a lesson to learn not to mix family with business. And my father and my mother, I love them as my father and mother. And I want to keep it that way. And then I get along with them fine."
Rimes isn't letting her legal woes get in the way of expressing herself, however. She effectively shed her wholesome image in "Coyote," in which she's seen dancing on a bar in cowboy boots, a halter top and snakeskin leather pants.
"I've gone from a little girl to a kind of sexy image in front of everyone's eyes," Rimes says.
Pitt goes out to 'Sea'
Brad Pitt and the Coen Brothers ("Fargo," "The Big Lebowski") may sound like an incongruous match, but The Hollywood Reporter confirms that Jennifer Aniston's recent groom will star in Joel and Ethan Coen's war drama "To the White Sea."
The story, based on "Deliverance" author James Dickey's novel of the same name, concerns a World War II American tail gunner stranded in Japan and his lengthy search for a way home. Shooting is expected to start in Japan next year.
Although Pitt's past few movies -- "Fight Club," "Meet Joe Black" and "Seven Years in Tibet" -- weren't exactly box-office sensations, his future projects look promising. He'll star in "Snatch," from writer-director Guy Ritchie (and new father of Madonna's baby, Rocco); "The Mexican," co-starring Julia Roberts and "Sopranos" boss James Gandolfini; and the all-star remake of "Oceans 11," with George Clooney.