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Rocking into womanhood

Tom Gabel, the lead singer of punk rock band Against Me!, says he's becoming a woman.

The 31-year-old tells Rolling Stone that as a kid he felt disconnected from his body and has a condition called gender dysphoria. He plans to take hormones and undergo electrolysis. He also is considering gender reassignment surgery.

Says Gabel: "Growing up, my experience with transsexualism was nothing but shame."

Gabel says his new name will be Laura Jane Grace. He says he's not attracted to men and will still be married to his wife. They have a 2-year-old daughter.

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Atwell cast for new film

Hayley Atwell of "Captain America: The First Avenger" will be starring in a new film with a somewhat familiar title.

Intandem Films said Wednesday that Atwell has been cast in "10 Things I Hate About Life," a romantic comedy to be written and directed by Gil Junger.

Junger directed the hit 1999 movie "10 Things I Hate About You," which starred Heath Ledger, Julia Stiles and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Intandem will produce "10 Things I Hate About Life" with Mad Chance Productions, according to literary and talent agency APA.

The 30-year-old, London-born Atwell was a 2010 Laurence Olivier Awards nominee for the play "A View From the Bridge." Her other film credits include "The Duchess" and "Brideshead Revisited."

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Pitt to pitch Chanel No. 5

Brad Pitt is the new face of Chanel's No. 5 perfume.

The French-based company announced Wednesday that the 48-year-old actor will star in an upcoming ad campaign for its signature women's scent. Other famous names who have been the face of Chanel include Catherine Deneuve, Nicole Kidman and Audrey Tautou.

Chanel's founding designer, the late Coco Chanel, also modeled in ads in 1937 for what is now the company's oldest fragrance. It remains one of the world's top-selling perfumes.

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Barbra books Brooklyn

Superstar Barbra Streisand is going home to Brooklyn.

The Oscar- and Grammy-winning diva was born and raised in Brooklyn but has never performed publicly there -- until now.

Brooklyn's new Barclays Center arena announced Wednesday that Streisand will give a concert there Oct. 11.

Barclays Center is still under construction and will be home to the NBA's Nets. CEO Brett Yormark says Streisand's concert will be a defining moment for the arena.

Streisand spokesman Ken Sunshine said that performing near her old neighborhood will be very emotional and poignant for Streisand.

Streisand is one of the world's best-selling recording artists and is one of the few entertainers who have won an Oscar, Emmy, Grammy and Tony Award. She rarely performs in public.

-- From News and wire services