Star has holding power
New York "Hairspray" star Marissa Jaret Winokur has styled a deal for herself to go from the Broadway stage to the television screen.
Winokur signed a one-year agreement with Touchstone Television and ABC to develop a project after the musical's run ends.
The actress has won rave reviews for her portrayal of Tracy Turnblad, a pudgy teen obsessed with a TV dance show in 1960s Baltimore. The musical, based on the campy John Waters movie of the same name, is this year's huge hit on Broadway.
Personal troubles provide lesson
Miami Columba Bush, wife of Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, urged a group of middle school girls to resist the lure of drugs, drawing on her own experience in helping her daughter battle addiction.
The rally at South Miami Middle School was part of a national campaign to prevent drug abuse among Hispanic girls.
It was one of the few times Columba Bush has spoken publicly about her daughter Noelle's struggle with drugs.
Noelle Bush, 25, was sentenced Thursday to 10 days in jail on drug-related charges.
"My daughter unfortunately is ill because drug addiction is an illness," Columba Bush said. "I've learned that drugs are not restricted to any one group or place. I have seen the terrible consequences that drug addiction has on its victims and their family members."
Terror concerns cancel concert
Manila, Philippines The British rock group Oasis canceled its concert in the Philippines after a spate of deadly bombings in the country and in Indonesia.
The band was scheduled to perform Wednesday in suburban Quezon City.
A statement from Oasis said, "The band did not wish to perform a show under the extreme security precautions that would have to be taken in order to guarantee crowd and band safety."
Harry Potter fans out of luck
London British author J.K. Rowling will not write an eighth episode of the popular "Harry Potter" series, her agent said Monday in London.
Rowling dismissed British media speculation she may be planning an extra book. The series will hold at seven.
Welcome to his nightmare, again
Phoenix Alice Cooper promises to make Halloween even scarier this year.
The rock star who has frightened audiences for years with gruesome concert performances featuring guillotines lopping off heads and infant dolls gushing blood has opened his latest haunted house attraction.
"Alice Cooper's Nightmare: The Breakdown," which opened Oct. 2 and runs through Nov. 2, is the sequel to 2001's "Alice Cooper's Nightmare," the Phoenix shock rocker's first foray into the haunted house business.
A second house has debuted in San Antonio. House operators hope Cooper-themed attractions will show up in other areas of the country for future Halloweens.