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Aug. 29, 2012 at 2:06 PM   |   Comments

Tony Scott cremated; wife keeping ashes

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 29 (UPI) -- British director Tony Scott has been cremated and his ashes will be kept at his Los Angeles home by his wife, Donna Wilson, his death certificate said.

Scott and Wilson married in 1994 and have twin 12-year-old sons.

The "Top Gun," "True Romance," "Crimson Tide" and "Unstoppable" filmmaker leaped to his death from California's Vincent Thomas Bridge Aug. 19. He was 68.

No reason for his suicide has been disclosed to the public and an official cause of death won't be determined until toxicology tests are evaluated.

EW.com said a private funeral was held for Scott last Friday after which he was cremated.

The death certificate released to the media Monday lists his home address as the "place of final disposition" of his ashes, the celebrity news Web site said.


Steve Burton leaving 'General Hospital'

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 29 (UPI) -- Steve Burton has confirmed he is leaving the U.S. soap opera "General Hospital" after playing Jason Morgan since 1991.

"I've been through 21 years of ups and downs with 'GH' -- regime changes, cast and crew changes, budget cuts, shakeups of one kind or another, and it's been nothing but a huge positive in my life and for my family," the Daytime Emmy Award winner told TVGuide.com. "I have no complaints, no negative feelings at all. But it's time to go. I'm going to take some time off and do nothing but relax, just enjoy life a little bit with my wife and kids. I've bought a home in Tennessee, way out in the country outside Nashville. ... I went there many years ago when I did the movie 'The Last Castle' and loved it. Tennessee reminded me of growing up in Ohio. The people are nice, it's family oriented and, now that my kids are 6 and almost 9, I want to get them planted. My contract was coming up at 'GH' so we put the house up for sale again and it went in, like, eight weeks. That opened the door for me to leave 'GH.'"

Burton did not divulge any details about whether the part of beloved gangster Jason will be written off the show or re-cast.

The actor told TVGuide.com his last scheduled taping day is Sept. 25 and he expects to be seen on the daily, hour-long show through the fall.


Duran Duran cancels rest of tour

LONDON, Aug. 29 (UPI) -- British pop group Duran Duran says it is ending its "All You Need Is Now" world concert tour early because keyboardist Nick Rhodes is ill.

The band said Tuesday their Friday and Saturday shows in Rama, Ontario, have been scrapped.

The announcement came after the cancellation of four shows this week in Pittsburgh; Atlantic City, N.J.; Kettering, Ohio; and Chicago. The 1980s music icons began their latest tour two years ago.

"Rhodes, who has been unwell now for over a week, was advised by doctors today that he is not yet ready to perform, as he is still experiencing the same symptoms that have kept him from the stage for the last few nights," a message on the band's Web site said Tuesday. "The band [members] are devastated that what has been a triumphant tour for them, with many highlights, has ended this way -- and know that the fans will be as disappointed as they are. Nick held out all week, hoping that he would be well enough to perform again for these final few shows, but unfortunately the medical advice he has been given today requires him to continue to rest."

Rhodes, 50, has been battling a viral infection, Billboard.com said.


'Chapter V' tops U.S. album chart

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 29 (UPI) -- Trey Songz's "Chapter V" is No. 1 on the U.S. album chart, Billboard.com reported Wednesday.

Coming in at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 is 2 Chainz's "Based on a T.R.U. Story," followed by the "Now 43" compilation CD at No. 3, DJ Khaled's "Kiss the Ring" at No. 4 and Justin Bieber's "Believe" at No. 5.

Rounding out the top tier are Maroon 5's "Overexposed" at No. 6, Owl City's "The Midsummer Station" at No. 7, Rick Ross' "God Forgives, I Don't" at No. 8, Tenth Avenue North's "The Struggle" at No. 9 and One Direction's "Up All Night" at No. 10.

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