No show for Depardieu in DUI charges

PARIS - French actor Gerard Depardieu, above, did not show up at a Paris court Tuesday to face drunken driving charges because he has clashing professional commitments abroad, his lawyer said Tuesday.

Depardieu's lawyer Eric de Caumont said his client was not trying to dodge French justice, but is abroad "meeting the producers of a movie," whose filming in the United States will begin in January.

The 64-year-old star of films such as "Green Card" and "Cyrano de Bergerac" was picked up last November by police after he fell off his scooter in northwest Paris.

The drunken driving hearing will now be deferred to a criminal court, and he could lose his driving license and could face up to two years in jail, Caumont said.

Depardieu has caused controversy in recent weeks for other reasons. On Saturday he received a Russian passport from President Vladimir Putin, after threatening to return his French passport after Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault called him "pathetic" for deciding to move to tax-friendly Belgium.

Winslet husband wins injunction

LONDON - Kate Winslet's new husband has won an injunction in a British court to stop a tabloid newspaper publishing photos of him at a costume party.

The High Court ruled Tuesday in favor of Ned Rocknroll, issuing an order preventing The Sun from running the images pending the outcome of his invasion of privacy claim. Lawyers for The Sun say the photos show Rocknroll partly naked.

The nephew of Virgin media tycoon Richard Branson says there is no public interest in running the 2010 photos. His lawyers argue Winslet's children could be bullied as a result of publication.

Rocknroll says he had been a "relative nobody" prior to his marriage to Winslet last month.

Judge Michael Briggs says he'll offer his reasoning for the decision later.

Scott, Maxwell return to festival

NEW ORLEANS - The Essence Music Festival is dropping the music - from its name, that is.

The festival held in New Orleans every July 4th weekend for the past 18 years has rebranded itself The Essence Festival. Organizers say the change is designed to showcase the event as more than a music festival.

Still, music will remain a focus for the 19th annual festival, which is July 4 to 7.

The lineup includes more than 30 acts - a number of them Essence veterans. On the roster are Jill Scott, Maxwell, New Edition, Charlie Wilson, Keyshia Cole, LL Cool J and Brandy.

As in past years, concerts will be held at the Superdome while empowerment seminars on health, beauty, careers, education and relationships are held at a nearby convention center.

Fans mark Elvis' birthday

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Elvis Presley fans from as far as Japan and Brazil have gathered in Memphis to sing "Happy Birthday" to the late rock n' roll icon on his 78th birthday.

Hundreds of Elvis devotees watched Tuesday as 13-year-old Isabella Scott cut a birthday cake on the lawn at Graceland, the singer's longtime Memphis home. Scott, of Bonifay, Fla., heads an Internet-based Elvis fan club with more than 2,000 members.

Presley was born in Tupelo, Miss. on Jan. 8, 1935, and moved to Memphis with his parents at age 13. He was 42 when he died Aug. 16, 1977, in Memphis.

A new exhibit about Presley's movies and concerts in Hawaii opens Tuesday at the Graceland tourist attraction, which is across the street from the mansion.

Donny & Marie extend Vegas stay

LAS VEGAS - Producers of Donny and Marie Osmond's Las Vegas Strip show say the brother-sister duo is extending a contract with the Flamingo resort.

Officials with the casino say tickets are on sale for performances running from February through June.

Marie Osmond said in a statement she's thrilled to have the residency extended. She said she and her brother signed a six-week contract in 2008 but never expected it to become a multi-year run.

The duo's 90-minute live show features music from their five decades of entertaining.

Tickets range from $95 to $260.

Bryan to join Shelton at ACMs

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Luke Bryan is joining Blake Shelton to co-host the 2013 Academy of Country Music Awards.

The Academy also says in a Tuesday news release this year's show will be held April 7 and Brad Paisley will host the ACM Fan Jam, a satellite event held simultaneously with the awards show.

Bryan replaces Reba McEntire. She served as host for more than a decade before stepping aside to concentrate on her new sitcom "Malibu Country."

Shelton is also a star on "The Voice" and began sharing hosting duties with McEntire two years ago. This will be Bryan's first gig hosting a live event.

The 48th annual ACM Awards will be broadcast live on CBS from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Fishburne granted restraining order

LOS ANGELES - Court records show Laurence Fishburne has obtained a temporary restraining order against an ex-convict who claims to own the actor's home.

Fishburne's attorney obtained an order Thursday requiring Anthony Francis, whose real name is Mark Francisco, to stay 100 yards away from the actor, his wife and daughter.

Francisco went to the actor's home on Jan. 1 and told Fishburne's wife that they were living there illegally. The filings state he also recently left a handwritten letter telling them to vacate the property and called police to try to get the Fishburne's evicted.

The filings state police told the actor to obtain a restraining order because Francis was agitated and had recently been paroled for a cyberstalking and criminal threats case.

Attempts to reach Francisco were unsuccessful.