Britney Vegas bound?
LAS VEGAS - After weeks of speculation, Caesars Entertainment is confirming that it's trying to lure Britney Spears to Las Vegas for a recurring gig at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino.
Spokeswoman Emily Wofford said Friday the company is in negotiations to install the pop princess on the Las Vegas Strip.
The 31-year-old "Scream & Shout" singer stoked residency rumors last week by responding with a "Viva Las Vegas" hashtag to a post from her dog's Twitter account asking if puppies can gamble in Sin City.
Spears left her position on the television singing contest "The X Factor" in January, telling fans she wanted to refocus on her music.
Caesars Entertainment currently is promoting residencies by singers Cee Lo Green at Planet Hollywood and Shania Twain at Caesars Palace.
HARTFORD, Conn. - The screenwriter for the movie "Lincoln" has conceded taking some liberties in its portrayal of a 19th century vote on slavery, but he said his changes adhered to widely accepted standards for the creation of historical drama.
A congressman who pointed out the flaw, U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney, said Friday that he was pleased screenwriter Tony Kushner acknowledged that Connecticut congressmen did not vote against a constitutional amendment outlawing slavery, as depicted in the film. He said he hopes a correction can be made before the film is released on DVD.
"My effort from the beginning has been to set the record straight on this vote, so people do not leave the theater believing Connecticut's representatives in the 38th Congress were on the wrong side of history," Courtney said.
After watching the movie over the weekend, Courtney praised the artistry of the film about President Abraham Lincoln's political struggle to abolish slavery, but he took issue with a scene that shows two Connecticut congressmen vote against the 13th amendment. He asked the Congressional Research Service to investigate, and it reported that all four Connecticut congressmen backed the amendment in a January 1865 vote.
Atkinson's repair bill
LONDON - Everyone who's had a fender bender knows the cost of repairs is going up. But few cars can be as costly to fix as "Mr. Bean" actor Rowan Atkinson's rare McLaren F1.
It took more than a year - and more than $1.4 million - to get his supercar up and running after a 2011 crash that left Atkinson with a badly damaged shoulder.
The high-performance car makes extensive use of carbon fiber and needed specialist care - it took weeks just to get a proper insurance estimate.
Rockers back privacy bill
HONOLULU - Rock stars Steven Tyler and Mick Fleetwood appeared Friday at a Hawaii legislative hearing to push a bill aimed at protecting celebrities' privacy.
The so-called Steven Tyler Act would give celebrities or anyone else the power to sue paparazzi who take photos or video of their private lives in an offensive way.
Tyler says he had his manager draft the bill and requested that Sen. Kalani English introduce it on his behalf.
More than two-thirds of the state Senate co-sponsored the measure. Britney Spears and Avril Lavigne are among more than a dozen celebrities who submitted testimony supporting the bill along with the Aerosmith and Fleetwood Mac rockers.
National media organizations oppose the measure and say the law would infringe on constitutional rights.
The state's largest newspaper, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, published an editorial Thursday that called lawmakers who support the bill "star-struck."
Oscar winner mulls activist career
VIENNA - Oscar-winner Mira Sorvino says she could see giving up acting for her other passion - human rights advocacy.
While saying she loves acting, she describes her efforts to stop human trafficking as "my calling."
That, she says, is so important that "in a decade or so, I wouldn't mind just switching to a career in humanitarian causes."
Sorvino spoke to The Associated Press on Friday after being extended as the U.N. Goodwill Ambassador to Combat Human Trafficking.
The 45-year-old won an Oscar as a prostitute with a golden heart in Woody Allen's "Mighty Aphrodite."
Andy Williams art collection
NEW YORK - Andy Williams' song repertoire was all American - but his art collection was eclectic.
Christie's will be auctioning his wide-ranging selection of artworks May 15-16. It's expected to realize $30 million.
The late singer's taste ranged from contemporary, impressionist and modern to Latin American and 20th century decorative art and design.
He collected over a 60-year period. He displayed the works at his California and Missouri homes, as well as his Moon River Theater in Branson, Mo.
Among the highlights are several Willem de Koonings and pieces by Richard Diebenkorn, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Pablo Picasso.
He died last year at age 84.
Patti Smith honored
BRYN MAWR, Pa. - Rock musician and writer Patti Smith was honored by Bryn Mawr College with a medal named after the late actress Katharine Hepburn.
She received the 2013 Katharine Hepburn Medal on Thursday night in a ceremony at the women's liberal arts school in suburban Philadelphia.
Smith is recognized as a rock 'n' roll trailblazer whose work as a musician, writer, performer and visual artist influenced multiple generations. Her 1975 debut album, "Horses," is considered one of rock's greatest albums and she received the 2010 National Book Award for non-fiction for her memoir, "Just Kids."
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Harvard University's Hasty Pudding roast for Golden Globe-winning actor Keifer Sutherland took place in spite of the snowstorm.
Sutherland has been named Man of the Year by Harvard's Hasty Pudding Theatricals. The 46-year-old Sutherland has been in dozens of films. He's perhaps best known for his role as Jack Bauer in the television series "24," for which he won Golden Globe and Primetime Emmy awards. He is currently starring in the television show "Touch."
Davis gala returns
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - Last year, Whitney Houston died hours before Clive Davis' annual pre-Grammy gala went on. This year, the music executive says she'll be remembered.
"In saying I'm proud of her legacy, I'm going to make sure that she's felt somehow during that night, yes," the 80-year-old said in an interview Thursday.
Davis' gala will take place tonight at the Beverly Hilton, where Houston died on Feb. 11, 2012, at age 48.
The annual event is where Davis introduced a young Houston to the music world more than two decades ago. Davis - Houston's mentor, producer, champion and longtime friend - memorialized her at last year's gala, held downstairs from the hotel where she died and where her body was being examined by coroner's officials.