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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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Neil Meron (born c. 1955) is an American film producer known for producing the 2002 film Chicago and the 2007 film Hairspray. With partner Craig Zadan he runs the production company "Storyline Entertainment".

Meron, born in Brooklyn, New York, attended Brooklyn College, graduating in 1976. He became Zadan's assistant with the duo working for Joseph Papp at the Public Theatre in the 1970s. They formed the production company "Storyline Entertainment", producing films and television features. He is openly gay.

Back, from Storyline Entertainment and CBS Paramount Network, is a 2009 CBS television pilot which centers on a man (Skeet Ulrich) who disappeared in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks- but who suddenly shows up, eight years later. The story follows the man as he reconnects with his family and adjusts to a world that has dramatically changed. Dean Widenmann wrote the project and will serve as supervising producer, while Storyline's Zadan and Meron will be Executive Producers.

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