Entertainment News and History: Elvis on Ed Sullivan; Pacino is Spector

By: AP
By: AP

In 1963, "Wild Kingdom" premiered on NBC.
In 1964, The Rolling Stones began their first British tour as a headliner. The Ronettes were the opening act.
In 1977, EMI canceled its contract with the Sex Pistols, only three months after signing the band.
In 1980, Georgeanna Tillman Gordon of The Marvelettes died in Detroit after a long illness. She was 46.
In 1993, jazz great Dizzy Gillespie died of pancreatic cancer in Englewood, New Jersey. He was 75. The entertainment world also lost dancer Rudolph Nureyez, who was 54.
Also in 1993, bassist Bill Wyman confirmed he was quitting the Rolling Stones.
In 2005, singer Lou Rawls died in Los Angeles after fighting lung and brain cancer. He was 72.
Also in 2005, singer Pink married motorcross racer Carey Hart in Costa Rica.
In 2012, singer Jason Derulo broke one of his vertebra while practicing an acrobatic move for his concerts. He was forced to call off the tour.
Today's Birthdays: Actress Bonnie Franklin is 69. Accordionist Joey, the CowPolka King, of Riders in the Sky is 64. Singer Kim Wilson of the Fabulous Thunderbirds is 62. Country singer Jett Williams is 60. Guitarist Malcolm Young of AC/DC is 60. Actor-comedian Rowan Atkinson ("Mr. Bean") is 58. Singer Kathy Sledge of Sister Sledge is 54. Singer Eric Williams of BLACKstreet is 53. Director John Singleton is 45. "The Talk" co-host Julie Chen is 43. Actor Danny Pintauro ("Who's The Boss") is 37.

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) -- Makers of a Discovery network documentary on presidential chiefs of staff have a perfect participation record.
All 19 living men who had that job gave interviews for "The Presidents' Gatekeepers." The four-hour documentary is expected to air in two parts early this summer.
Filmmakers Jules and Gedeon Naudet (naw-DAY) said Saturday that their well-regarded previous documentary on the Sept. 11 terrorist attack in New York was a calling card that probably helped them convince some former chiefs to participate.
Their longest interview was with former Vice President Dick Cheney, who was President Gerald Ford's chief of staff in the 1970s. Cheney said a chief is more powerful than a vice president.

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) -- Al Pacino says he decided not to meet famed record producer Phil Spector before portraying him in an HBO movie -- only to find he already had.
A friend showed Pacino a 20-year-old photo in which the actor was standing next to Spector. Pacino said Friday he has no memory of the moment.
The movie, "Phil Spector," debuts in March. It focuses on the client-attorney relationship between Spector and Linda Kenney Baden, who represented him in his first trial on charges that he murdered actress Lana Clarkson. That ended in a mistrial, but Spector was convicted in a second trial and is now in prison.
Pacino says he didn't want to meet Spector in prison because he'd be a different man than the one Pacino is portraying, who hadn't yet been convicted.

Depardieu flies to Russia, may receive passport
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman says French actor Gerard Depardieu has flown to Sochi, where he is likely to meet with Putin and receive a Russian passport.
Putin on Thursday approved the actor's application for Russian citizenship, causing a scandal in France, where Depardieu has been fighting a proposed 75 percent income tax on the superrich.
Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov was quoted by the state RIA Novosti news agency as saying Depardieu arrived Saturday in Sochi, the host city of the 2014 Winter Olympics, and could meet with Putin on Saturday evening.
Peskov said "it cannot be excluded that during the meeting Depardieu could receive a passport."

France's Bardot threatens exile over elephants
PARIS (AP) -- Sex symbol-turned-animal rights activist Brigitte Bardot is threatening to join actor Gerard Depardieu in Russian exile unless France halts the scheduled euthanasia of two sick circus elephants.
The 1960s screen diva says authorities have ignored her "numerous proposals" to save Baby and Nepal, a pair of 42-year-old elephants dying of tuberculosis at a Lyon zoo.
In a statement on her foundation's website Bardot says that if the elephants are killed she will request Russian citizenship "to flee this country that is now just a graveyard for animals."
This week France was shocked to learn Depardieu, an Academy Award-winner and pillar of French cinema, had received Russian citizenship after he was called "pathetic" by France's prime minister in a bust-up over the country's proposed 75 percent income tax for the superrich.


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