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Seven Osmond siblings plan TV reunion show in Vegas
Las Vegas – The Osmonds will reunite this summer for a TV special celebrating a half-century in the entertainment business.
Seven Osmond siblings – Alan, Wayne, Merrill, Jay, Donny, Marie and Jimmy – are scheduled to be onstage Aug. 13-14 at The Orleans Hotel Showroom, publicist Kevin Sasaki said Thursday from Los Angeles.
Tickets for the live shows range from $75 to $125.
The shows will be taped for “The Osmonds 50th Anniversary,” which will air next March on PBS stations.
“At first it was just a tribute to my brothers, but it came together as a celebration of everybody. It’s out of control,” Jimmy Osmond, producer of the special, said Thursday.
“We started so young, you would think 50 years means we’re a bunch of old guys. We aren’t a bunch of old guys,” he said, noting that family members perform frequently before audiences young and old.
Bono to receive Liberty Medal for African relief efforts
Philadelphia – Bono, who has helped bring worldwide attention to medical and economic problems in Africa, will receive this year’s Liberty Medal.
The National Constitution Center’s annual award honors an individual or organization that has “demonstrated leadership and vision in the pursuit of liberty of conscience or freedom from oppression, ignorance or deprivation.”
Bono and the organization he co-founded – DATA (Debt, AIDS, Trade, Africa) – will receive the medal at a Sept. 27 ceremony.
The medal comes with a $100,000 prize, which will be donated to Washington-based DATA.
The 47-year-old frontman for Irish band U2 co-founded DATA in 2002 to work with religious groups on global disease and hunger issues. In 2005, U2 was a headliner in the Live 8 concerts, which were held to raise awareness about African poverty and pressure world leaders to cancel debt for the poorest African nations.
Daughter’s ties to Portman pay off for McCartney video
New York – Paul McCartney snagged Natalie Portman to star in his new music video – thanks to his fashion designer-daughter, Stella.
Portman, 25, makes a cameo as a ghost in the video for “Dance Tonight,” a track from McCartney’s new studio album, “Memory Almost Full.” The video had its world premiere Wednesday on YouTube.com.
“The connection with Natalie came from my daughter Stella, who makes non-leather shoes that Natalie buys, so I just thought, ‘Well, I’ll ring her up and just see if she’ll do it.’ So I rang her up and said, ‘Hey, I’m Stella’s dad!”‘ the 64-year-old former Beatle said on his Web site.
Portman plays a “futurist electronic ghost” who is summoned by the sound of McCartney’s mandolin.