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By United Press International  |  Feb. 11, 2012 at 3:58 AM
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DON CORNELIUS: The Rev. Jesse Jackson is to eulogize "Soul Train" founder Don Cornelius at a memorial service in California's Forest Lawn Memorial Park, organizers said.

Cornelius, a Chicago native, fatally shot himself Feb. 1. He was 75 at the time of his death and was cremated Thursday.

The Chicago Sun-Times said music icons Stevie Wonder and Smokey Robinson are expected to perform at the semiprivate service for Cornelius in Hollywood Hills Feb. 16.

His family told the Sun-Times they are expecting about 1,000 family members and friends, including Lionel Richie, George Duke and Donnie McClurkin.

PAUL McCARTNEY: British singer-songwriter Paul McCartney has been presented with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

McCartney's star was unveiled Thursday on North Vine Street in front of the Capitol Records Building.

The marker was lined up on the famed walk alongside McCartney's fellow Beatles -- Ringo Starr, the late George Harrison and the late John Lennon.

"Having changed the world of music forever with the Beatles, McCartney has continued to push boundaries for more than 40 years as a solo artist, member of Wings, Brit Award-winning classical composer, half of the experimental project The Fireman, and composer for the New York City Ballet with last year's classical work 'Ocean's Kingdom,'" the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce's Web site noted.

His latest album "Kisses on the Bottom" was released this week.

NICOLAS CAGE: Hollywood actor Nicolas Cage insists he is not a vampire, despite the claims of the seller of an 1860s photo of a man who looks a lot like him.

The image made headlines last year when it was sold on eBay by a man who speculated the Oscar-winning actor is a "walking undead/vampire" who "reinvents himself once every 75 years."

"I don't drink blood and last time I looked in the mirror, I had a reflection," Cage told host David Letterman on Thursday night's edition of "Late Show."

"Let me say that there is a resemblance," Cage said. "But how can I be polite about this? It's a somewhat slowed-down version of me."

Cage is best known for his work in "Peggy Sue Got Married," "Moonstruck," "Leaving Las Vegas," "Gone in 60 Seconds," the "National Treasure" movies and "The Sorcerer's Apprentice."

EMMA STONE: Actress Emma Stone is to be a presenter at the 84th Academy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles, telecast producers said Friday.

This will be her first time as a presenter on the show.

Stone is part of the ensemble for the Best Picture nominee "The Help." Her other film credits include "Crazy, Stupid, Love," "Friends with Benefits," "Easy A" and "Superbad." She will be seen next in "The Amazing Spider-Man" and "Gangster Squad."

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2011 are to be presented on Feb. 26 at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center. The show will be televised live on ABC.

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