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ADEL IMAM: Egyptian actor Adel Imam has been sentenced in absentia to three months of hard labor behind bars for playing unflattering Muslim characters, officials said.
Imam, whose film career has spanned four decades, was found guilty of "defaming Islam" through his performances in film and on stage, Ahram Online reported Thursday.
The report did not say where the 71-year-old star is now.
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band are confirmed to perform at the Grammy Awards show in Los Angeles, producers said Thursday.
LL Cool J is to serve as host of the event at the Staples Center. The show will air live on CBS.
Previously announced performers include Adele in her first live performance since undergoing vocal cord surgery last fall, Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson, Glen Campbell with The Band Perry and Blake Shelton, Coldplay and Rihanna, Foo Fighters, Bruno Mars, Paul McCartney, Nicki Minaj, Katy Perry and Taylor Swift.
KAT GRAHAM: Kat Graham, a cast member of the U.S. television drama "The Vampire Diaries," has signed a deal with A&M/Octone Records.
The label said it plans to release her first record, "Put Your Graffiti On Me," which was produced by the Australian duo Twice as Nice.
The video for the song is to debut soon and the record will be available on iTunes and other digital retailers in the near future, the label said.
"I wanted to come out swinging," Graham said in a statement about the song. "I wanted my introduction to be strong and in your face. Even though the song is about tagging and art, there's a sexual connotation. By being tagged, you're allowing yourself to be owned in a sensual way. It's a bit tongue-in-cheek, as well. The song basically says, 'If you want it, come and get it.' There's no mistake about the kind of artist I am."
"The first time I heard Kat, I felt something very special," said the label's chief executive officer and president, James Diener. "She's going to blossom into a major star, and it's an honor to be on this road with her. This is going to be an incredible creative partnership."
1970s TV ICONS: Danny Bonaduce, Barry Williams, Howard Hesseman and Sherilyn Fenn are to star in the TV movie "Bigfoot," U.S. cable network Syfy said Thursday.
"When Bigfoot is discovered in South Dakota, two life-long rivals [Williams and Bonaduce] battle to capture the creature -- one to exploit it and one to save it," a synopsis said.
The movie is scheduled to premiere on Syfy later this year.
Bonaduce is best known for his work on "The Partridge Family," while Williams co-starred on "The Brady Bunch."
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LOS ANGELES, May 20 (UPI) --Production has begun on "Star Wars Rebels," an animated television series to premiere in fall 2014 on America's Disney Channel, producers said Monday.
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NEW DELHI, May 20 (UPI) --The US Department of Energy's conditional approval a Texas liquefied natural gas terminal to export to nations that do not have a free trade agreement with the United States is seen as a potential boost for India's energy security.
SASKATOON, Saskatchewan, May 20 (UPI) --A Canadian jazz singer apologized for botching the U.S. national anthem at the Memorial Cup junior ice hockey game in Saskatchewan.