Wed, 29/04/2009 - 22:15 by Inderjit Singh
New York -- U.S. actor Chris Noth is to reprise his role of Mr. Big in "Sex and the City 2," the sequel to 2008's hit film, which was a follow-up to the iconic TV series.
Big is the love interest of Sarah Jessica Parker's Carrie character in the "SATC" franchise.
Variety.com said Noth will received a seven-figure-paycheck to appear in the film writer-director Michael Patrick King will start shooting in early September.
It is slated to open in U.S. theaters May 28, 2010.
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Wed, 29/04/2009 - 22:13 by Inderjit Singh
Los Angeles -- Keisha Whitaker has signed on as the host of TV Guide Network's "Hollywood Moms: A Mother's Day Celebration."
The one-hour special slated to air Sunday night "gets up-close-and-personal with some of Hollywood's superstar moms and their families, and features celebrities who became new moms in the past year, as well as advice from veteran celebrity moms, and a look at fabulous and 40-something moms in Tinseltown," the network said in a news release.
Wed, 29/04/2009 - 22:11 by Inderjit Singh
Nashville -- Tennessee's Legislature approved a bill designating the section of Getwell Road between Interstate 240 and the Mississippi border "The Jerry Lee Lewis Highway."
The Memphis Commercial Appeal said the 73-year-old rock 'n' roll icon was on hand with his daughter Phoebe Lewis and manager J.W. Whitten when the House of Representatives announced the resolution Monday night.
The vote was 95-0 in favor of the bill, following a 33-0 vote in the Senate, The Appeal said.
The street-naming bill is intended to pay tribute to Lewis' "countless contributions (that) were recently recognized when he was named by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and Case Western Reserve University as an American Music Master," the newspaper said.
Wed, 29/04/2009 - 22:09 by Inderjit Singh
Louisville -- Rebel Stakes winner Win Willy fhas been pulled from Saturday's Kentucky Derby because of an ankle injury.
Trainer Mac Robertson said an X-ray of the colt's right front ankle indicated the start of a fracture, prompting the decision to scratch him from the race.
"It's nothing serious, but it could lead to something serious, and we're not going to take a chance," Robertson said.
Win Willy became the fourth horse to exit the Derby field.
Wed, 29/04/2009 - 22:05 by Inderjit Singh
Auburn Hills -- Analysts and White House officials remained uncertain if a month of intense negotiations would keep the third largest U.S. automaker out of bankruptcy court.
On Tuesday, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs would not rule out the option of Chrysler filing for bankruptcy protection.
"I wouldn't rule anything out," Gibbs said, The Detroit News reported.
Gibbs noted, "there's still some ways to go in these negotiations."
Wed, 29/04/2009 - 22:03 by Inderjit Singh
New York -- U.S. markets rose early Wednesday in spite of a Commerce Department report that the gross domestic product fell sharply in the first quarter.
The 6.1 percent decline followed a 6.3 percent fall in the fourth quarter and marked the third consecutive quarterly drop in the nation's output of goods and services.
Investors shook off the report, however.
In midmorning trading, the Dow Jones industrial average gained 96.69 points, or 1.21 percent, to 8,113.64. The Standard & Poor's 500 rose 1.26 percent, 10.77 points, to 865.93. The Nasdaq composite index gained 20.84 points, 1.24 percent, to 1,694.63.
The benchmark 10-year U.S. Treasury bond rose 2/32 to yield 3 percent.
Wed, 29/04/2009 - 22:01 by Inderjit Singh
San Diego -- U.S. scientists say they've created a device that provides a computer with much of the energy savings of sleep mode and some of the usefulness of awake mode.
Researchers from the University of California-San Diego and the Microsoft Corp. developed the plug-and-play hardware prototype for personal computers that induces a new energy saving state known as "sleep talking."
The USB-connected hardware and software plug-in system allows a PC to remain in sleep mode while continuing to maintain network presence and run well-defined application functions. It supports instant messaging, VoIP, large background web downloads, peer-to-peer file sharing networks and remote access.
Wed, 29/04/2009 - 21:56 by Inderjit Singh
New York -- Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg has declared Wednesday Duke Ellington Day in New York in honor of the 110th anniversary of the late jazz great's birth.
Ellington died in New York in 1974 at the age of 75.
To commemorate the musician's life, The Islands of the Bahamas said they are sponsoring a special run of New York's last surviving 1939 A Train, made famous in
Ellington's signature tune "Take the A Train."
Wed, 29/04/2009 - 21:54 by Inderjit Singh
Los Angeles -- Mel Gibson, who recently said he and his wife are divorcing, took his girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva to a Los Angeles screening of "X-Men Origins: Wolverine."
Gibson's wife, Robyn, filed for divorce this month after 28 years of marriage. The couple have seven children together.
Grigorieva, 39, is a singer signed to Gibson's Icon Records label.
"Mel has been single for almost three years and it's nice to see him getting out and enjoying himself," his publicist told People exclusively.
The magazine's Web site said the 53-year-old actor-director held hands with Grigorieva as they walked the red carpet before watching the Hugh Jackman movie at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.
Wed, 29/04/2009 - 21:53 by Inderjit Singh
Washington -- The U.S. Treasury's "stress tests" that put banks through hypothetical scenarios of increased economic strain have been stressful, banking officials said.
Citigroup Inc., Wells Fargo & Co., PNC Financial and Bank of America Corp. are disputing the results of the tests, which may require them to accept further government intervention, The New York Times reported Wednesday.
The Treasury Department tested the strength of the nation's 19 largest banks in scenarios that included rising unemployment, falling house prices and a decline in the gross domestic product. Banks learned the results of the tests Friday. The Treasury Department will release details to the public May 4.
Wed, 29/04/2009 - 21:46 by Inderjit Singh
Paris -- McLaren's Formula One race team was given a suspended three-race ban Wednesday during a World Motor Sport Council meeting in Paris.
The McLaren organization admitted to five breaches of the International Sporting Code. The race suspension will go in effect "if further facts emerge regarding the case or if, in the next 12 months, there is a further breach by the team" of the code, the WMSC said in a release.
The disciplinary action is in response to a March 29 incident at the Australian Grand Prix in which the McLaren team alleged Toyota's Jarno Trulli overtook the field while a safety car was on the track, the BBC said.
Wed, 29/04/2009 - 21:43 by Inderjit Singh
New York -- Concerns over cars, capital and creditors are coming into focus on Wall Street with analysts now predicting Chrysler LLC will avoid falling into bankruptcy.
Analysts and inside sources had pegged Thursday as the day the third largest U.S. automaker would file for court protection from creditors, including taxpayers who have loaned the recession-plagued company $4 billion.
The government had demanded a restructuring plan that included Chrysler cutting labor costs, reducing debt and forging an alliance with Fiat SpA of Italy, or face a cutoff in federal aid.