Schwarzenegger calls for gun debate

LONDON - Arnold Schwarzenegger has called for American leaders to think beyond gun laws in seeking ways to stop shooting tragedies.

The 65-year-old action star was in London on Tuesday for the U.K. premiere of the film "The Last Stand," his first leading role since serving as California's governor for seven years.

He says U.S. leaders need to address issues such as parenting and mental illness as well as laws on firearms when discussing ways to reduce gun violence.

Schwarzenegger's comments come as American politicians are under pressure to respond to the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, last month, in which a gunman killed 20 students and six staff.

Harvey to host NAACP Image Awards

LOS ANGELES - Steve Harvey is hosting next month's NAACP Image Awards.

The organization said Tuesday presenters will include "Django Unchained" nominees Samuel L. Jackson and Jamie Foxx. Queen Latifah and Tony Goldwyn also will be among the presenters. Dennis Haysbert will be the announcer for the live broadcast.

Comedian-TV talk show host Harvey said he's honored to host the ceremony and promised "great things in store for the night."

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Image Awards honor diversity in the arts. Contenders for the top movie prize are "Flight," ''Django Unchained," ''Beasts of the Southern Wild," ''Red Tails" and "Tyler Perry's Good Deeds."

The 44th annual ceremony is scheduled to air Feb. 1 on NBC.

Customers unhappy with R. Kelly

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.- The co-owner of a Winston-Salem nightclub says the business won't sponsor another celebrity appearance after customers complained about one involving R. Kelly.

The Winston-Salem Journal reported tickets to "An Intimate Birthday Celebration" with Kelly at Ziggy's nightclub sold for $35 to $55.

Customers said Kelly went on stage late Sunday night, smoking a cigar and drinking alcohol, and sang 15 seconds of his 1994 hit song "Bump 'N Grind." They said he sat down after making a few comments.

Ziggy's co-owner Charles Womack says the event was an appearance, not a concert. He says Ziggy's is looking for a way to make up with unsatisfied customers.

He says this was the first time and will be the last time Ziggy's will hold a celebrity appearance without a performance.

 

Green turned down singing gig

Al Green says if things had worked out, it would have been him serenading President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle at the inaugural ball.

Jennifer Hudson sang Green's classic "Let's Stay Together," leaving many to wonder why the soul legend wasn't singing his own hit for the first couple.

In a statement to The Associated Press, his representative said Green had been asked to sing, but scheduling conflicts prevented him from attending Monday's festivities. Green said he'd be honored to sing for the president in the future.

The Presidential Inaugural Committee did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Obama famously sang a snippet of the song at an event last year that Green attended.