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It's all Paul ...
Paul McCartney is ready to rock the United States -- again.

McCartney's "US" tour will open Sept. 16 in Miami. The 28-performance tour spans 11 weeks, ending with a Nov. 29 show in Los Angeles.

"We are looking forward to playing again in America," McCartney said in a statement. "They know how to have a good time, and we're there to give it to them. It'll be fun to visit some new places, to see some old faces and to do things a bit differently this time. We're ready to rock."

McCartney's "Back in the U.S." tour swept through the country nearly four years ago. He performed at the Super Bowl in February.

The "US" tour, which is planned to coincide with a new McCartney recording, will include stops in Boston, New York, Chicago and Las Vegas. Des Moines, Iowa, and Omaha, Neb., will get their first-ever McCartney performances.

McCartney will perform Beatles hits as well as material from his solo career and songs by his 1970s band, Wings.

Lohan turns red ...
It's fascinating what actors do to prepare for a new role. So, much joy over a report about Lindsay Lohan's tribulations getting into character for her next flick, "A Prairie Home Companion": The redhead has dyed her hair strawberry-blond.

"Oh my god, it's so scary!" she said at a party over the weekend about the new hairdo. "I wouldn't do it for real, no way. It's for a movie. Meryl Streep is my mom, and we're supposed to match." Lee Strasberg, eat your heart out.

It's likely Lindsay's experience with Streep and "Prairie's" legendary director, Robert Altman, can only help the 18-year-old hone her already-awesome thespian-ness.

Leno represents ...
Jay Leno joked that as the only living host of "The Tonight Show," he was the obvious choice to represent the late-night talk show at its induction into the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame.

"As the only one left alive, they had to go to me," Leno laughed as he arrived at the Las Vegas Hilton this week to accept the award on behalf of the show.

Hosts of "The Tonight Show," which debuted in September 1954, include Steve Allen, Jack Paar and Johnny Carson. Leno took over in 1992.

Dennis Wharton, spokesman for the National Association of Broadcasters, said "The Tonight Show" earned the hall of fame honor for its "cultural significance" and five decades as "a treasured American television institution."

Leno attributed the show's longevity to its immediacy.

"It's never more than a few hours old," he said. "We don't tape shows two or three days ahead of time."

Leno, who turns 55 next week, will leave "Tonight" in 2009. He will be replaced by "Late Night" host Conan O'Brien.

Snyder ailing ...
Legendary broadcaster and talk-show host Tom Snyder has chronic lymphocytic leukemia. Snyder, 68, writes on his Web site, "My doctors say it's treatable."

"They say . . . people can live with it for 30 years," he writes. "Notice, they don't say people will live 30 years, but they can live up to 30 years. . . . I ain't looking for 30 years -- but 15 more would be nice!"

Known and loved for his biting humor, the tart, and always-opinionated Snyder hosted CBS' "The Late Late Show With Tom Snyder" until 1999, when it was reformatted for Craig Kilborn. He said his younger brother, John, also has been diagnosed with the same disease.