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By United Press International  |  Oct. 5, 2012 at 3:59 AM
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ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME NOMINEES: The late U.S. disco queen Donna Summer has been nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, organizers said Thursday.

The 2013 nominees list also includes The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Chic, Deep Purple, Heart, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Albert King, Kraftwerk, The Marvelettes, The Meters, Randy Newman, N.W.A, Procol Harum, Public Enemy and Rush.

More than 600 Rock Hall voters will whittle the number of music acts down to a short list and the winners will be honored at the 28th annual Rock Hall induction ceremony in Los Angeles April 18.

Acts are eligible for Rock Hall induction 25 years after the release of their first recording, album or single.

LIAM NEESON: Shutterfly donated $20,000 for breast-cancer treatment and research after actor Liam Neeson donned a pair of tiny pink briefs on U.S. television.

The Northern Ireland-born film star gamely took part in the stunt on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" this week.

Removing a pink robe to reveal the similarly hued undies, the "Taken 2" star joked, "If I take this off, does the $10,000 become $20,000?"

DeGeneres said some people might like to see that happen but stopped him before he could up the ante by removing the briefs, too.

"We get fined if you take those off," she quipped.

Neeson then climbed into the Shutterfly dunk tank where an audience member was called upon to dump a bucket of water over Neeson's head.

"Liam Neeson raised $20,042 wearing this outfit," the New York Daily News said DeGeneres tweeted along with a picture of the nearly nude actor.

"$20,043 from Shutterfly, and $43 in singles stuck in his speedo."

ANN ROMNEY: Ann Romney, the wife of Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, is to substitute for ailing Robin Roberts as co-anchor on "Good Morning America."

The Hollywood Reporter said Romney is to appear on Wednesday's edition of the morning program alongside Roberts' co-anchor, George Stephanopoulos, and correspondents Lara Spencer, Josh Elliott and Sam Champion.

ABC News is in discussions with first lady Michelle Obama to pull a shift as co-host of "GMA," the entertainment industry trade newspaper said.

Stephen Colbert, Oprah Winfrey, Diane Sawyer, Katie Couric, Barbara Walters and Jessica Simpson have all signed up to help with the broadcast in Roberts' absence.

Roberts, a breast-cancer survivor, left the show temporarily during the summer to undergo a bone-marrow transplant to battle myelodysplastic syndrome, a rare blood disease that can be caused by chemotherapy.

LISA NIEMI: Dancer and author Lisa Niemi's publicist says the wife of the late Hollywood actor Patrick Swayze has a new boyfriend.

The star of "Ghost," "Dirty Dancing" and "The Outsiders" died of pancreatic cancer in 2009. He was 57. said Thursday Swayze's wife of 34 years recently began dating jeweler Albert DePrisco, who she met through a mutual friend at a party.

"It's new, and they're taking it slow," the publicist told Thursday.

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