Aggressive talk ...
Tim McGraw plays a former high-school football player in the movie, "Friday Night Lights," and now he's become a part owner of the Arena Football League's Nashville Kats.
Bud Adams, owner of the NFL's Tennessee Titans, announced that McGraw had joined him and Mark Bloom as co-owners of the franchise that Adams revived after the team moved to Atlanta.
"I'm part of the community here -- loving football, being part of the community and wanting to support anything that helps this community out," the country singer said at a news conference.
Jon Bon Jovi is part owner of the Philadelphia Soul AFL team, and McGraw joked he'd do anything to help promote his own new team, even if it means getting on the field with Bon Jovi.
"If he gets out there, I'll get out there because I know I can cream him," McGraw said.
Gabriel honored ...
Pop singer Peter Gabriel has been honored with the Music Industry Trusts' Award.
Those paying tribute to Gabriel, who began his career with Genesis before becoming a successful solo artist, included U2's Bono and R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe.
Gabriel, 54, received his award this week in a ceremony at London's Grosvenor House Hotel. It was presented by Richard Branson, who signed Gabriel to his then-label Virgin Records in the 1970s.
The honorary award is given each year to an artist who has made an outstanding contribution to the British music industry.
Senegalese singer Youssou N'Dour, one of Gabriel's longtime collaborators, performed at the ceremony, which raised money for Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy and the Brit Trust.
Stars from the film and music world sent video messages of congratulation.
In his, Stipe said: "I'm proud to be on the Earth at the same time as you are. If anyone deserves this award, it's you."
Bono credited Gabriel with being the "spark" to U2's career.
Clubbing it ...
Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt celebrated his 62nd birthday at his Paris strip club, with a nervous eye on the presidential election back home.
"Perhaps it will be necessary that I think of moving elsewhere, but actually I don't even dare to think of it," Flynt told the Associated Press during a party with friends and family at his 2-year-old Hustler Club, just off the Champs-Elysees.
Redefining edgy ...
Although actor and stand-up comic Sinbad hardly ever swears on stage, he said he appreciates some who have.
"This is the thing about Lenny Bruce and Richard Pryor and George Carlin and Redd Foxx, people who went that route. They believed in their convictions. They weren't cussing just to cuss," Sinbad told the San Antonio Express-News. "It was a time in America when it was uptight. They were pushing the uptightness of America." Then again, Sinbad said, "the thing that makes them different from a comic now who cusses -- they weren't rewarded for cussing. As a matter of fact, it was detrimental for their careers. I mean, Lenny and Richard would get arrested onstage.
"So when I look at a guy right now saying he's pushing the envelope, I say, 'You ain't pushing the envelope.' What's edge now? There's not a word that hasn't been used. There's not a curse word that hasn't been touched. Edgy right now, to me, is being yourself."