Day plans birthday auction
Screen legend Doris Day is celebrating a landmark birthday with an auction to benefit her favorite cause: animals.
A spokesman for Day said Tuesday the nonprofit Doris Day Animal Foundation will mark her 90th birthday in April with a bash in Carmel, Calif.
A sold-out fundraising celebration at Day’s Cypress Inn will include a doggie fashion show, adoption event and an April 4 tribute dinner for fans and friends.
Items autographed by Day and celebrity pals including Paul McCartney and Tony Bennett will be auctioned off online and at the dinner. Online bidding ends April 1.
Bieber trial date set
A May 5 trial date was set Tuesday for Justin Bieber in the Florida case charging him with driving under the influence, resisting arrest and possessing an invalid driver’s license.
Prosecutor Daniel Diaz-Balart also said at a brief hearing that no plea offer has been made for the 20-year-old pop singer, who has pleaded not guilty. Bieber’s attorney, Roy Black, also said there was no plea deal on the table and none had been rejected, even though first offenders in most similar cases are offered a plea to avoid potential jail time.
“All we’re going to say is, we’re going to prepare for a trial and that Mr. Bieber has pleaded not guilty,” Black told reporters.
The initial March trial date was postponed while attorneys for news organizations and Bieber wrestled with release of police videos of him giving a urine sample for a drug test. Those videos were made public last week with sensitive segments blacked out.
Lee is on Ebertfest roster
Director Spike Lee will attend a 25th-anniversary screening of “Do The Right Thing” at late movie critic Roger Ebert’s film festival.
The festival announced Tuesday that the screening will take place April 25 during the 16th annual Ebertfest at the Virginia Theatre in Champaign, Ill.
Ebert gave “Do The Right Thing” four stars when it debuted in 1989.
The festival previously announced that director Oliver Stone would attend a 25th-anniversary screening of his film “Born on the Fourth of July.” Comedian Patton Oswalt will attend a screening of his 2011 movie “Young Adult.”
Ebert died last April at age 70. The year’s Ebertfest is April 23-27. The full lineup will be announced soon.
Ebert’s alma mater, the University of Illinois, is based in Champaign and neighboring Urbana.
Queen musical to close
“We Will Rock You” won’t be rocking in London much longer.
The long-running musical set to the songs of rock band Queen will close May 31, after 12 years and 4,600 performances in London’s West End.
Producers say the show at London’s Dominion Theatre has been seen by more than 6.5 million people.
The musical’s creators – Brian May and Roger Taylor of Queen and the comedian Ben Elton – thanked “every one of the many hundreds of incredible musical theatre artists, musicians and crew with whom we’ve had the privilege of working at the Dominion since 2002.”