Record conga line

PHILADELPHIA - Almost 300 dancers who strutted, shimmied and shook their way down a Soul Train line set a world record earlier this year in Philadelphia.

Guinness World Records has certified February's Soul Train line outside the Philadelphia Museum of Art as the world's longest. Two hundred ninety-one dancers took a hip trip between the two lines of swaying participants, breaking the old record of 211 dancers set at a high school last year.

The record-setting attempt was inspired by the death of longtime "Soul Train" host Don Cornelius on Feb. 1.

Hunter replaced on Broadway

NEW YORK - Scheduling conflicts have led to Holly Hunter bowing out of the world premiere of Hamish Linklater's play "The Vandal."

The Flea Theater said Tuesday that Drama Desk Award winner Deirdre O'Connell will replace Hunter in the play that will also star Zach Grenier and Noah Robbins. Previews begin Jan. 18 with opening slated for Jan. 31.

LaBeouf tries broadway

NEW YORK - Shia LaBeouf is about to transform - into a Broadway actor. The ex-star of the "Transformers" franchise will make his Broadway debut opposite Alec Baldwin in Lyle Kessler's "Orphans" at the Schoenfeld Theatre starting March 19. Daniel Sullivan will direct.

The play, which premiered in 1983, tells the story of two orphaned brothers living in a decrepit Philadelphia row house who decide to kidnap a wealthy man. LaBeouf plays one brother and Baldwin the target.

Parker praises peaceful EU

OSLO, Norway - Sarah Jessica Parker praised the EU on Tuesday for winning the Nobel Peace Prize for pacifying Europe and uniting its different cultures after World War II. She said the bloc should be an example to the United States, given the divisions recent elections have brought to the surface.

Not everyone approved the decision to give the prize to the EU, which was created 60 years ago as Europe was struggling to recover from a war that killed millions of people. Three Peace Prize laureates - South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Mairead Maguire of Northern Ireland and Adolfo Perez Esquivel from Argentina - said the bloc should not receive the $1.2 million in Peace Prize money because it relies on military force to ensure security.

Khalifa takes the day

PITTSBURGH - Pittsburgh City Council has declared today Wiz Khalifa Day in honor of the pot-promoting rapper who graduated from a city high school and will be performing tonight at Consol Energy Center.

The 25-year-old who frequently raps about smoking marijuana said "It means a lot to me, being a kid in Pittsburgh and riding buses, and going to school and just loving Pittsburgh so much."

Khalifa's hit song, "Black and Yellow" pays tribute to the city's sport teams and was released on his first album, "Rolling Papers."

Staged storage suit

LOS ANGELES - Some of the valuables found hidden in abandoned lockers on A&E's "Storage Wars" have been added by producers to deceive viewers, a former cast member of the show claims in a lawsuit filed Tuesday.

David Hester's suit claims producers added a BMW Mini and newspapers chronicling Elvis Presley's death to lockers in order to build drama for the show and his complaints about the practices led to his firing.

Hester is seeking more than $750,000 in his wrongful termination, breach of contract and unfair business practices lawsuit. A&E Television Network declined comment, citing the pending lawsuit.

Celeb-chefs back boys baking

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Some well-known male chefs are getting behind a New Jersey girl's call for Hasbro to make a gender-neutral Easy-Bake Oven.

Chefs including Manuel Trevino of TV's "Top Chef" and Michael Lomonaco of Porterhouse New York are featured in a YouTube video applauding McKenna Pope's online petition, which had reached about 40,000 signatures Tuesday on the website Change.org.

The 13-year-old 8th-grader from Garfield started the petition when she went to buy an Easy-Bake Oven for her 4-year-old-brother, Gavyn Boscio, but discovered it comes only in purple and pink. She wants Pawtucket, R.I.-based Hasbro to feature boys on the box of the toy and to make it in gender-neutral colors.

Celebrity chef Bobby Flay said last week he agreed that Hasbro should make an oven in other colors to appeal to boys, and in the nearly 3-minute-long video posted online Tuesday by Flay's publicist, several chefs from around the country joined in on the call.