Swift makes $4 million gift
Taylor Swift has taught a generation of kids to appreciate country music over the last five years. Now, she's donating $4 million to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum to make sure that education continues.
The gift is the largest given to the museum by an artist and is the second largest from an individual, officials said. It will fund the Taylor Swift Education Center, an exhibit and classroom space scheduled to open in 2014.
"In terms of what it will allow us to do, we do education very well now," museum director Kyle Young said. "It will allow us to do what we do better, serve more people, develop new programs, and I'm happy to say that as we talked through this opportunity with Taylor, she very much wants to be involved in an advisory capacity in what we do. Is there a better person out there who's in touch with a young audience? I think not. I was joking we should be paying her to do that. I was only joking."
The new education center is part of the museum's $75 million "Working on a Building" expansion project that will increase the space more than 200,000 square feet to 350,000. The expansion is part of the new convention center project in downtown Nashville and will include a new concert theater, more room for exhibits and archives, and a shared entrance with a new hotel.
Stahl reported missing
Los Angeles police say "Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines" actor Nick Stahl has been reported missing by his wife.
Police Officer Cleon Joseph confirmed Thursday that the missing persons report was filed this week and the 32-year-old actor hasn't been found. The Los Angeles Times reports Stahl's wife last saw the actor May 9.
Foul play isn't suspected.
People magazine reports the couple has been embroiled in a child custody fight.
Stahl was a child star who first got attention of his performance in the 1993 film "The Man Without a Face."
As an adult, he appeared in the 2003-2005 HBO series "Carnivale'" and in 2003's "Terminator 3" as John Connor. He also starred in "Mirrors 2" in 2010.
Twain Award for Holbrook
Actor Hal Holbrook has been performing as Mark Twain for six decades. Now, he's getting an award named for the author and humorist.
The Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum in Hannibal, Mo., said Wednesday that Holbrook is the first recipient of the Mark Twain Lifetime Achievement Award to honor those whose life's work has furthered the legacy of the literary icon.
Holbrook will be presented the award when he appears at Hannibal High School on Nov. 17 to perform "Mark Twain Tonight!"
Holbrook has been portraying Twain since 1954 and won a Tony award for "Mark Twain Tonight!" in 1966. He wrote a memoir, "Harold: The Boy Who Became Mark Twain."
The award was created in collaboration with the centennial of the Twain home and museum.