Seyfried as Lovelace
PARK CITY, Utah - It took the French Revolution to pull Amanda Seyfried away from her role as '70s porn star Linda Lovelace.
Seyfried delved deep into her character in the biopic "Lovelace," which premiered this week at the Sundance Film Festival. The 27-year-old actress says she was only able to shed the dark role by playing Cosette in the Oscar-nominated "Les Miserables."
She was grateful the musical part came just three weeks after "Lovelace" wrapped.
If not, Seyfried says she would have "carried Linda for a long time, and it could have been unhealthy."
"Lovelace" is directed by Oscar-winning documentarian Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman and was based in part on her memoir. The film hasn't yet been acquired at the annual independent-film showcase, so no theatrical release date is scheduled.
Manilow's Broadway opening
NEW YORK - Illness has forced Barry Manilow to postpone the opening night of his latest concert show on Broadway.
Producers said that Thursday's performance of "Manilow on Broadway" - as well as ones scheduled for Friday and Saturday - have been rescheduled for late February and early March. Wednesday's show was also canceled.
Producers said in a statement: "It turns out the only thing worse than hell and high water is bronchitis."
The Grammy Award-winning singer of such songs as "Mandy," ''I Write the Songs" and "Looks Like We Made It," will now hold his opening night on Tuesday at the St. James Theatre.
Producers said: "Barry is deeply sorry to disappoint his fans and is doing everything he can to ensure a speedy recovery."
Buble, wife expecting child
NEW YORK - Michael Buble has something new to sing about: becoming a father.
In an online video posted Thursday by the YouTube account of Buble's wife, Luisana Lopilato, a sonogram with the words "Mini Buble!!!" is shown. The 20-second video ends up with words: "We're having a baby Buble!!!!"
The 37-year-old Canadian singer and his 25-year-old Argentine actress-wife were married in 2011. The couple met in 2009 during a South American concert tour.
A representative for Buble confirmed that the couple are expecting.
Buble is a Grammy-winning pop singer who has sold millions of albums, including "Crazy Love" and 2011's "Christmas." Lopilato made her name as a model and in Argentine sitcoms and soap operas.
Romano at benefit
NEW YORK - While everybody loves Raymond, it's stand-up comedy that Ray Romano loves most.
The 55-year-old actor-comedian says performing live is his passion, so he jumped at the chance to participate in the "Garden of Laughs" event at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on Saturday.
"It's great to see some of the guys that I started doing stand-up with, like Brian Regan and Wanda (Sykes)," Romano said. "And Bob Costas is hosting."
Adam Ferrara and Darrell Hammond are also scheduled to perform in the comedy event, which will benefit the Garden of Dreams Foundation.
Madison Square Garden President and CEO Hank Ratner says the Garden of Dreams Foundation has conducted events and programs for more than 215,000 children and their families, including those facing homelessness, extreme poverty, illness and foster care.
McKellen, Stewart on stage
NEW YORK - Serious theater fans now have reason to freak out: Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart will team up on Broadway this fall in two of the most iconic plays of the 20th century.
Producers said Thursday that Stewart and McKellen will star in Harold Pinter's "No Man's Land" and Samuel Beckett's "Waiting for Godot" in repertoire under the direction of Sean Mathias.
The theatre, performance dates and schedule will be announced later.
Stewart and McKellen starred in a production of "Waiting for Godot" in London's West End in 2009. Prior to Broadway, "No Man's Land" will play an as-yet-unspecified out-of-town tryout this summer.
They first worked together in 1977 in Tom Stoppard's "Every Good Boy Deserves Favour." They've also starred in the "X-Men" movie franchise as Professor X and Magneto.
Bobby V carjacked
ATLANTA - Police say they've charged a man with armed robbery and vehicle hijacking in the carjacking of an R&B singer in midtown Atlanta.
Authorities say singer Robert Wilson - known as Bobby V or Bobby Valentino - parked a red 2013 Bentley outside the Hot Beats Recording Studio Tuesday night and was approached by two armed robbers. Police say Wilson complied with the men and they drove away. The Bentley was later found abandoned at a commuter train station.
Police said Thursday that Robert Unrico McFarland was being held on charges including robbery and vehicle hijacking charges. Jail records do not list an attorney for McFarland. Police are searching for a second suspect.
Wilson had a hit with the 2005 song "Slow Down" and was featured on "Mrs. Officer" by Lil Wayne in 2008.
Booker prize finalists
JAIPUR, India - American author Marilynne Robinson, Israel's Aharon Appelfeld and China's Yan Lianke are among 10 finalists for the Man Booker International Prize for fiction.
The award, an offshoot of Britain's better-known Man Booker novel-of-the-year prize, is awarded for a lifetime's work. It is open to authors of all nationalities whose work is available in English.
Finalists announced Thursday at the Jaipur Literary Festival in India include Lydia Davis of the United States, Pakistan's Intizar Husain, France's Marie NDiaye and Indian writer U.R. Ananthamurthy.
Josip Novakovich of Canada, Russia's Vladimir Sorokin and Swiss writer Peter Stamm round out the list.
Rushdie: India intolerant
NEW DELHI - Author Salman Rushdie says that India needs to ask itself why it's becoming a culturally intolerant country that bans books and movies that offend some people.
Rushdie was talking to CNN-IBN news channel about "Vishwaroopam," a Tamil language film recently banned in the southern state of Tamil Nadu after Muslim groups said it was offensive to Islam.
Rushdie said in the interview shown Thursday that India needed to ask itself why it was "so easy in this society to shut things down."
Rushdie had to cancel his appearance at a literary festival in India last year amid protests and threats linked to his book "The Satanic Verses," which some Muslims consider blasphemous. The book is banned in India, where Rushdie was born.