PRINCE ALBERT: Monaco is to celebrate the wedding of Prince Albert and Charlene Wittstock with a fireworks display set to the music of Jean Michel Jarre, officials said.
Jarre is a French composer, performer and music producer.
The prince and his bride are to attend Friday's performance, which is to be filmed in high definition by 18 cameras for live feeds on Euronews and via Ustream online.
The couple's religious wedding ceremony is to take place Saturday.
"His Serene Highness Prince Albert's marriage to Miss Wittstock is a thrilling, once-in-a-lifetime occasion. It is a rare privilege for Monaco to shine on the international stage and to celebrate our country's traditions and rich heritage. As we rejoice in the first wedding of a sovereign in 56 years, we welcome visitors and guests and invite the world to experience firsthand the romance and enchantment of the Principality," Maguy Maccario of the Monaco Government Tourist Office said in a statement Thursday.
MARK HALPERIN: MSNBC said it has suspended indefinitely analyst Mark Halperin, who Thursday called U.S. President Barack Obama "kind of a dick" on the air.
Halperin smiled when he made the remark on the cable network's "Morning Joe" program as the other panelists laughed, egged him on and promised they would hit the censor button as he characterized how the president criticized Republican lawmakers the day before.
"Are we on the 7-second delay thing? I wanted to characterize how I thought the president behaved. I think he was kind of a dick yesterday," Halperin said. "I think he was posturing."
"Mark Halperin's comments this morning were completely inappropriate and unacceptable. We apologize to the president, the White House and all of our viewers," MSNBC said in a statement. "We strive for a high level of discourse and comments like these have no place on our air. Therefore, Mark will be suspended indefinitely from his role as an analyst."
Halperin issued a separate statement apologizing for his comment.
"I completely agree with everything in MSNBC's statement about my remark," he said. "I believe that the step they are taking in response is totally appropriate. Again, I want to offer a heartfelt and profound apology to the president, to my MSNBC colleagues, and to the viewers. My remark was unacceptable, and I deeply regret it."
'THE VOICE' COACHES: Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton are to return as music coaches on Season 2 of the U.S. vocal series, "The Voice," NBC said.
The announcement was made Thursday by Paul Telegdy, executive vice president of alternative programming for NBC and Universal Media Studios.
The competition show is expected to return mid-season.
Its first season wrapped up Wednesday night.
"Our fantastic coaches were integral to the tremendous success of 'The Voice' this year and we are thrilled that they are all returning," Telegdy said in a statement. "We look forward to building Season 2 and making 'The Voice' an even greater experience for fans."
CLARENCE CLEMONS: U.S. musician Little Steven Van Zandt is planning a tribute to his late E Street Band-mate Clarence Clemons on his SiriusXM Channel program.
The 2-hour special, "For Clarence," is intended to commemorate the saxophonist's career and life, Sirius said. It will air Friday on Sirius/XM Channel 21 on "Underground Garage."
Clemons, who along with Van Zandt was a member of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, died June 18 at the age of 69. He had suffered a stroke the previous week.
"The special will feature Little Steven reflecting on the career of his band-mate and friend and sharing stories and personal recollections of the beloved E Street Band member," Sirius said in a news release Thursday. "SiriusXM listeners will hear songs that feature the recognizable sound of Clemons' saxophone, including 'Tenth Avenue Freeze Out,' 'Mary Lou' and 'Jungleland.' 'For Clarence' will also feature songs from Clemons' solo career, including 'You're a Friend of Mine' and his cameos on other artists' records, including 'Freeway of Love' with Aretha Franklin and 'All of the Good Ones Are Taken' with Ian Hunter."
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