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Cissy Houston calls pre-Grammy gala invite 'obscene' ... Marilyn Manson recovering from flu after passing out onstage ... Barbra Streisand preparing to direct first film since 1996's 'Mirror' ... Dame Shirley Bassey to sing at Oscars for the first time ... News from United Press International.
Dame Shirley Bassey to sing at Oscars for the first time

Dame Shirley Bassey to sing at Oscars for the first time

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Feb. 8 (UPI) -- British singer Shirley Bassey is to perform at this month's Oscars ceremony in Los Angeles, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced Friday.
Theron, Radcliffe, Levitt and Tatum set for Oscar telecast

Theron, Radcliffe, Levitt and Tatum set for Oscar telecast

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Feb. 7 (UPI) -- Charlize Theron, Channing Tatum, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Daniel Radcliffe are to make special appearances at this month's Oscars ceremony in Los Angeles.
'Avengers' stars Renner, Jackson to be Oscar presenters

'Avengers' stars Renner, Jackson to be Oscar presenters

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- The stars of the superhero ensemble picture "Marvel's the Avengers" are to serve as presenters at the Oscars ceremony in Los Angeles, producers said.
2012 Oscar winners Streep, Spencer to be presenters at this year's ceremony

2012 Oscar winners Streep, Spencer to be presenters at this year's ceremony

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Feb. 5 (UPI) -- Last year's Oscar winners Meryl Streep, Jean Dujardin, Octavia Spencer and Christopher Plummer are to be presenters on this month's telecast, producers said.

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Salman Khan charged with culpable homicide ... Alan Cumming bringing his one-man 'Macbeth' to Broadway ... Mark Wahlberg and Ted to be Oscar presenters ... Production begins on Season 4 of TNT's 'Rizzoli & Isles' ... News from United Press International.
Mark Wahlberg and Ted to be Oscar presenters

Mark Wahlberg and Ted to be Oscar presenters

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Feb. 1 (UPI) -- Actor-producer Mark Wahlberg and his teddy bear co-star from "Ted" are to be presenters at this month's Oscars show in Los Angeles, telecast producers said.

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Ban lifted on film Muslim groups oppose ... Blur, Wu-Tang Clan on Coachella bill ... Barbra Streisand to perform at the Oscars ... 'Set You Free' tops U.S. album chart ... News from United Press International.
Barbra Streisand to sing at the Oscars for first time in 36 years

Barbra Streisand to sing at the Oscars for first time in 36 years

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Jan. 30 (UPI) -- Two-time Oscar winner Barbra Streisand is to sing at next month's Academy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles, the telecast's producers announced Wednesday.
Norah Jones to sing 'Ted' theme at Oscars in LA next month

Norah Jones to sing 'Ted' theme at Oscars in LA next month

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Norah Jones is to perform "Everybody Needs a Best Friend" from "Ted" at the Oscars in Los Angeles next month.
Adele to perform 'Skyfall' at Oscars ceremony

Adele to perform 'Skyfall' at Oscars ceremony

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Jan. 23 (UPI) -- British singer-songwriter Adele is to perform her Oscar-nominated "Skyfall" at the 85th Academy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles next month, producers said.
Oscar tribute for James Bond's 50th anniversary planned

Oscar tribute for James Bond's 50th anniversary planned

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- Hollywood's 85th Academy Awards ceremony will include a tribute to the James Bond movie franchise, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary, organizers said.
Underwood cast in NBC's 'Sound of Music'

Underwood cast in NBC's 'Sound of Music'

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., Nov. 30 (UPI) -- U.S. country music star Carrie Underwood is to play Maria von Trapp in a live broadcast of "The Sound of Music," NBC said Friday.
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Seth MacFarlane to host the Oscars

Seth MacFarlane to host the Oscars

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Oct. 1 (UPI) -- "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane is to serve as host of the 85th Oscars telecast in Hollywood, producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced Monday.
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Craig Zadan (born April 15, 1949) is an American executive producer, director, and writer. Zadan is openly gay and is one half of the successful production team "Storyline Entertainment" with partner Neil Meron since their meeting many years ago in the New York Theatrical community.

Zadan was born in Miami, Florida. He moved with his family from Florida to New York City when he was 2 years old. He wrote for New York magazine and also contributed articles to such publications as After Dark. He co-produced a Broadway tribute to Stephen Sondheim, Sondheim: A Musical Tribute, featuring Angela Lansbury and Alexis Smith in 1973. He wrote a book relating the "behind-the-scenes" of the musicals of composer Stephen Sondheim titled "Sondheim & Co." in 1976, which has been updated with a subsequent edition and revisions until 1990. Meron invited Zadan to speak at a lecture series at Brooklyn College, and they became professional partners upon Meron's 1976 graduation. They worked for Joseph Papp at the Public Theater before going to California in the early 1980s to work for Peter Guber.

The duo is rapidly becoming a power force in the entertainment industry known for their careful planning, adherence to budget and uncompromising eye toward quality and honesty in their projects. The Zadan/Meron team is transforming film and television production with a philosophy and culture which is favorable to both studios and actors, yet retaining a high level of fiscal responsibility.

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