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Saturday, March 02, 2013 - Updated: 4:51 PM

George Lopez to host Playboy Jazz Festival

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- George Lopez is taking over as master of ceremonies of the annual Playboy Jazz Festival.

The comedian was announced as the festival's new host Thursday at an event at the Playboy Mansion.

"This is iconic," said the former star of the ABC sitcom "George Lopez" and the TBS talk show "Lopez Tonight." "I've never been here before. I was married for 17 years. I couldn't even have a Playboy air freshener."

Bill Cosby previously served as the festival's host for more than 30 years. Cosby was a fixture at the gathering of jazz luminaries since the first festival was held in 1979.

Lopez said Cosby called him to give him advice on the gig. His tips included not letting musicians in his dressing room "because they'll eat all your food and drink all your drink," joked Lopez.

This year's show will feature such artists as Herbie Hancock, Jeffrey Osborne, Sheila E. and Grace Kelly, who were on hand at Thursday's event.

The Playboy Jazz Festival is scheduled for June 15 and 16 at the Hollywood Bowl.

Bobby Brown sentenced to 55 days in jail for DUI

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Bobby Brown has been sentenced to 55 days in a Los Angeles jail and four years of probation for a drunken driving case.

City attorney's spokesman Frank Mateljan (mah-tell-JIN') says Brown was sentenced Tuesday after pleading no contest to charges he was under the influence and driving on a suspended license when he was arrested in October.

Brown was on probation for another DUI case at the time.

The 44-year-old "New Edition" singer was ordered to report to jail March 20. He also was placed on four years of informal probation and will be required to complete an 18-month alcohol treatment program.

Brown's attorney Tiffany Feder had no immediate comment on the sentence.

The sentence was first reported by celebrity website TMZ.

New dad Nick Lachey to release a lullaby album

NEW YORK (AP) -- First-time dad Nick Lachey knows all about rocking a baby to sleep. Now he wants to help other kids get their rest.

His new album, "A Father's Lullaby," will be released in a few weeks. It features 12 songs, including classics like "You Are My Sunshine" and "Brahms Lullaby." The album also features four original tracks that Lachey co-wrote, inspired by his own baby.

The 39-year-old singer and his wife, TV personality Vanessa Lachey, welcomed their son, Camden, last September.

"A Father's Lullaby" will be available on iTunes and Amazon on March 13. It will be in stores in April.

Lachey will release a new album, "2.0," in May with his group, 98 Degrees.

Toby Keith's bassist killed in Oklahoma crash

SLAUGHTERVILLE, Okla. (AP) -- Authorities say the bassist for country music star Toby Keith has been killed in a two-car crash in Oklahoma.

The Cleveland County Sheriff's Office says 54-year-old Carl "Chuck" Goff Jr. was killed in the crash Wednesday night in rural Cleveland County, about 35 miles south of Oklahoma City.

Keith said in a statement that he's "deeply saddened" by Goff's death. Keith says Goff was a close friend for more than 25 years, serving as band leader and bass player. Goff shared writing credits on "Upstairs Downtown" and "You Ain't Much Fun" on Keith's 1994 album "Boomtown."

The crash remains under investigation. Authorities say the driver of the second vehicle wasn't seriously injured.

First lady: Not surprised by reaction to Oscars

CHICAGO (AP) -- Michelle Obama says it was "absolutely not surprising" to her that her satellite appearance at the Academy Awards ceremony raised questions about whether it was appropriate.

Some conservatives have accused her of crashing the event to selfishly make it all about her.

In an interview Thursday in Chicago, she attributed the reaction to that of the bloggers, tweeters who talk about anything and everything all the time.

Mrs. Obama said only somewhat jokingly that even her bangs and her shoes can set off a national conversation.

She was beamed live from the White House into Sunday's awards ceremony to help announce the Best Picture award would go to "Argo."

Hers was not the first Oscar appearance by a first lady. In 2002, Laura Bush appeared at the ceremony on videotape.

'90210' to end in May; life expected to go on

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The countdown is under way for the end of the TV series "90210."

The CW network announced Thursday that the show will wrap in May after five seasons. That means it will have half the run of its inspiration, "Beverly Hills, 90210," which aired on Fox from 1990 to 2000.

Like the original, the CW series followed the lives of Beverly Hills teenagers from high school and beyond. Its cast includes Shenae Grimes, Tristan Wilds and AnnaLynne McCord.

The CW says seven episodes are left to air, with the finale set for 9 p.m. Monday, May 13.

Network President Mark Pedowitz says CW is proud of the "West Beverly High alumni."

Humanity: '90210' we can handle, but now this?

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The company behind the "Girls Gone Wild" video empire has filed for bankruptcy in a move it says is an effort to restructure its legal affairs after several disputed court judgments.

GGW Brands LLC and several subsidiaries filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Wednesday in Los Angeles, listing more than $16 million in disputed claims.

"Girls Gone Wild remains strong as a company and strong financially," the company said in a statement, likening itself to other businesses such as American Airlines and General Motors that have filed for bankruptcy to restructure. "The only reason Girls Gone Wild has elected to file for this reorganization is to re-structure its frivolous and burdensome legal affairs."

     

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