Like father, like son
Tom Hanks and his son, Colin, each have rooting interests in HBO's upcoming 10-part miniseries "Band of Brothers."
The elder Hanks is executive producer of the story, which recounts an Army regiment's journey through World War II. His son appears in the eighth installment of the miniseries, which debuts Sept. 9.
Colin Hanks made his television acting debut in The WB series "Roswell." He is the product of Hanks' first marriage to Samantha Lewes.
Folk musician Joan Baez is canceling a performance at a Philadelphia music festival because of her sister's life-threatening cancer.
Baez had been scheduled to appear July 21 at a music festival sponsored by WXPN-FM, the public radio station at the University of Pennsylvania.
The festival, called the Singer Songwriter Weekend, will continue with other performers, including Baez proteges Dave Carter and Tracy Grammer.
The station plans to present a tribute to Baez and have an immense get-well card for her sister, Mimi Farina, which festival participants can sign.
A big girl now
Britney Spears wants everyone to know she's not a little girl anymore.
That's the message in her third album, due out Nov. 6, and her live concert special from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas airing Nov. 18 on HBO.
"I really want this to be shocking and edgier," Spears said Friday at the Television Critics Assn. summer gathering. "This show will be an event. It's going to be to the next level as far as stunts."
The show will include Spears in a duet with her idol Cher on "The Beat Goes On," the old Sonny and Cher hit.
"I want to do things that people have never seen before," said Spears, 19. "I don't want to be considered a role model."
Artifacts and replicas from the blockbuster Mel Gibson movie "The Patriot" are being sold and raffled off this weekend to raise money for restoration projects at Historic Brattonsville, a 720-acre living history village and Revolutionary War battle site in Rock Hill, S.C.
"After all the interest in 'The Patriot' last year, we thought it would be a good way to raise some money for Historic Brattonsville," said Barry Grant, a board member of the Friends of Historic Brattonsville.
Items up for auction include 20 autographed photos of "The Patriot" stars including Gibson, movie banners, commemorative pins and coins, flintlock replica rifles and artifacts such as pipes, locks, buttons, buckles and keys from the mid-1700s.