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Khan to honor Houston

Grammy award-winning singer Chaka Khan will perform a tribute to the late Whitney Houston at the Apollo Theater's gala and awards ceremony.

The historic Harlem theater confirmed Friday that the "I Feel for You" singer will perform in her friend's memory.

Lionel Richie and the late Etta James will be inducted into the theater's hall of fame during the June 4 gala. Soul Train creator Don Cornelius and songwriter Nick Ashford will also be honored posthumously.

Richie's first Apollo appearance was in the early 1970s. The "Hello" singer says he's thrilled to be chosen for the hall of fame.

James was known for ballads like "At Last." She performed at the Apollo in 1957 and again in the 1960s.

Past theater inductees include Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson and Aretha Franklin.


No more action for Chan

Jackie Chan says he is landing his last punch.

The Hong Kong actor told the AP on Friday that his latest film "Chinese Zodiac" will be his last action movie.

Chan, launching the film in Cannes with co-stars Kwone Sang Woo, Yao Xingtong and Liao Fan, said that people never believe him when he says he is going to retire.

"They say 'no, you're still young, you can still do it,' but I have to stop one day."

The 58-year-old says he is bowing out with "Chinese Zodiac" because it's one of the "most important" films in his career.

Chan wrote, produced, directed and coordinated fights scenes for the film -- in which his character searches for the 12 bronze heads of the Chinese zodiac.

Chan promised that he'll continue to make films, but with more acting than action, citing Robert DeNiro and Clint Eastwood as his role models.


Celebrity birthdays

Sunday: Singer Joe Cocker is 68. Singer-actress Cher is 66. Actor Dave Thomas is 63. Musician Warren Cann of Ultravox is 60. Actor Dean Butler ("Little House on the Prairie") is 56. Guitarist Jane Wiedlin of The Go-Go's is 54. Actor Bronson Pinchot is 53. Singer Susan Cowsill of The Cowsills is 53. Bassist Ryan Martinie of Mudvayne is 37. Actor Matt Czuchry ("Friday Night Lights," "Gilmore Girls") is 35.

Monday: Singer Ron Isley of the Isley Brothers is 71. Guitarist Hilton Valentine of The Animals is 69. Singer Leo Sayer is 64.

Tuesday: Actor Michael Constantine ("My Big Fat Greek Wedding," "Room 222") is 85. Actor-director Richard Benjamin is 74. Singer Morrissey is 53.

Wednesday: Actress Joan Collins is 79. Comedian Drew Carey is 54. Country singer Shelly West is 54. Actor Linden Ashby ("Melrose Place") is 52.

Thursday: Actor-comedian Tommy Chong is 74. Singer-songwriter Bob Dylan is 71. Actor Gary Burghoff ("M.A.S.H.") is 69. Singer Patti LaBelle is 68.

Friday: Country singer Tom T. Hall is 76. Actor Ian McKellen is 73. Country singer Jessi Colter is 69.

Next Saturday: Singer Stevie Nicks is 64. Actress Pam Grier is 63. Country singer Hank Williams Jr. is 63. "South Park" co-creator Matt Stone is 41. Bassist Nathan Cochran of MercyMe is 34.

-- From News and wire services