Fire rips Perry's studio
Investigators were trying Wednesday to find the cause of a fire that ripped through a simulated streetscape at Tyler Perry's Atlanta studios, sending flames soaring into the night sky.
There were no reports of injuries from the blaze, which began shortly before 9 p.m. Tuesday and burned through the exterior facade of a large building, Atlanta Fire Capt. Jolyon Bundrige said.
"It was all in flames," Dorothy Ware, who lives in a high-rise apartment next door to the studio complex, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Flames shot as high as nearby trees, which are about as high as a six-story building, Ware said.
"The building started popping," Ware said. "Whatever the fire was hitting, was blowing up. There were plenty of sparks coming over here where we are."
More than 100 firefighters responded to the four-alarm blaze.
The studio said Perry thanked Atlanta firefighters for their quick response and limiting the damage.
Allman cleared for book tour
Gregg Allman will begin a book tour next week after passing heart tests at the Mayo Clinic.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member had delayed the tour after experiencing arrhythmia following recent hernia surgery related to his 2010 liver transplant. Publicists say Allman underwent tests at the Jacksonville, Fla., clinic Friday and was cleared.
His new memoir, "My Cross to Bear," came out Tuesday.
The 62-year-old keyboard player and singer will start the tour Tuesday in Atlanta. Stops include Nashville, Chicago, Los Angeles and New York City.
Annie Leibovitz has photographed practically every celebrity, rock star and politician over the past four decades, but when she was honored by the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, she showed a photograph of Niagara Falls.
Leibovitz received the 7th MOCA Award to Distinguished Women in the Arts on Tuesday at a private luncheon at the Regent Beverly Wilshire hotel in Beverly Hills. She showed the Niagara Falls image and told a story about a recent trip there with her children featured in her new book, "Pilgrimage."
She said the MOCA honor "means a lot to me."
"This award has been given to a great group of women, very distinguished company," she said, noting that artist Barbara Kruger was among the guests Tuesday. "And here I am in California. This is where I learned to be a photographer."
Leibovitz, 62, started shooting for Rolling Stone magazine in 1970 while still a student at the San Francisco Art Institute. She went on to work for Vanity Fair and Vogue and has released several books of her photographs. Her "Pilgrimage" collection is currently on view at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
Some of her most iconic images include a naked John Lennon curled around clothed Yoko Ono, and Demi Moore nude and pregnant on the cover of Vanity Fair.