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March 25, 2006

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West to be main attraction at Stockholm Jazz Festival

Stockholm, Sweden - Kanye West will be one of the main attractions at this year's Stockholm Jazz Festival.

The 27-year-old rapper-producer-songwriter will take the stage July 20 at the outdoor festival, one of the biggest annual music events in Sweden, organizers announced Friday.

West has won six Grammy Awards for his two albums.

Sting is also slated to appear at the July 18-22 festival.

Drew Lachey's wife gives birth to their daughter

Los Angeles - "Dancing With the Stars" winner Drew Lachey has a tiny new dancer - a baby girl.

Lachey's wife, Lea, gave birth to their daughter Thursday, publicist Holly Shakoor said in a statement. The baby is the couple's first child.

"Mom, dad and baby are all happy and healthy," the statement said. No other details were released.

Lachey, 29, a former singer in the pop band 98 Degrees, won the second season of ABC's ballroom hit, "Dancing With the Stars."

He will co-host the 2006 Miss USA pageant in Baltimore on April 21.

Randy Quaid sues for more 'Brokeback Mountain' bucks

Los Angeles - Randy Quaid, who plays a tough sheep rancher in "Brokeback Mountain," claims he was fleeced for his work in the movie.

Quaid filed a lawsuit Thursday in Los Angeles County Superior Court alleging producers got him to work cheap by falsely claiming "Brokeback" was "a low-budget, art-house film, with no prospect of making any money."

"Yet from day one, defendants fully intended that the film would not be made on a low budget, would be given a worldwide release, and would be supported as the studio picture it always was secretly intended to be," the lawsuit says.

Quaid agreed to waive his usual seven-figure fee and share of gross profits in favor of a much smaller payment, the lawsuit claims, although it doesn't say how much he was paid.

The lawsuit alleges intentional and negligent misrepresentation and seeks at least $10 million in damages. It names Focus Features LLC, Del Mar Productions LLC, which was formed by Focus to make the movie, and producers David Linde and James Schamus.

The lawsuit contends that industry guilds define a low-budget film as having a budget of $500,000 to $7 million, but the budget for "Brokeback" was about $15 million.

Bowles said the budget was $13.9 million.

"Brokeback Mountain" has grossed more than $82 million in North America.

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