Cyrus, Efron, Lautner join Oscars show
Los Angeles — Miley Cyrus, Zac Efron and “Twilight” co-stars Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner have joined the lineup at the Academy Awards.
Oscar organizers announced Monday that “Hannah Montana” star Cyrus, “High School Musical” co-star Efron and Stewart and Lautner will be presenters at the awards show March 7.
They are four of Hollywood’s biggest rising stars, bringing some youth appeal to the Oscars, whose overseers are trying to boost the show’s TV ratings.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences previously announced that Sean Penn, Kate Winslet and Penelope Cruz, who won acting Oscars a year ago, will present honors this time around.
It’s a girl for ’Top Chef’ host Padma Lakshmi
New York — “Top Chef” host Padma Lakshmi has given birth to a daughter, Krishna Thea Lakshmi.
Publicist Christina Papadopoulos said that the baby was born Saturday, and that both mother and daughter are “well and happy.” No other details were provided in an e-mail Monday.
Lakshmi is host of Bravo’s “Top Chef.” She is the author of “Tangy, Tart, Hot & Sweet: A World of Recipes for Every Day” and “Easy Exotic: A Model’s Low-Fat Recipes From Around the World.”
EMI says Abbey Road studios not for sale
London — Cash-strapped music company EMI Group Ltd. has shelved plans to sell Abbey Road and is now looking for an investor to help save the London recording studio made famous by The Beatles.
News last week that EMI had been speaking to potential buyers sparked dismay among music fans. Former Beatle Paul McCartney said he hoped Abbey Road could be preserved, and the National Trust heritage group said it was considering buying the building.
But EMI now says it wants to keep the facility and is talking to “interested and appropriate third parties” about a revitalization project.
Abbey Road is one of the world’s most famous music studios, used by artists including Pink Floyd, Jeff Beck and Radiohead.
EMI said Sunday it had rejected a $50 million offer for Abbey Road last year.