Changing his tune ...
Has fatherhood changed Sir Elton John's feelings about marriage for same-sex couples?
The 63-year-old singer made several blunt comments on the topic Wednesday night while performing at a private fundraiser for the ongoing legal challenge to California's gay marriage ban.
"It seems so ridiculous I could be with my partner for 17 years and we have a son, and my partner and I can't get married," John said during the 90-minute set at a sprawling Beverly Hills estate in which he banged out "Your Song," "Sixty Years On," "Levon" and other hits he wrote before he came out as gay.
John disappointed some gay rights activists after the ban, known as Proposition 8, passed in 2008 when he said he had no desire to get married and was satisfied with the civil partnership he and his longtime partner, David Furnish, had.
But Sir Elton was singing a different tune at Wednesday's concert, which raised $3 million for the American Foundation for Equal Rights. He praised the effort to overturn the ban and promised to do everything he could to support it, even though he is British.
No charge for Nugent ...
A South Dakota official says rocker and avid hunter Ted Nugent will not be charged with violating any state game laws for shooting pheasants last fall after some of his hunting privileges were revoked in California.
Both states are part of a compact in which they can honor each other's license revocations.
Andy Alban in South Dakota's Department of Game, Fish and Parks said officials determined that Nugent's license revocation in California for deer hunting didn't disqualify him from getting a license to hunt pheasants.
Nugent had hunted pheasants in southwest South Dakota last October. Alban says the Waco, Texas-area resident was exercising a small-game privilege that didn't have anything to do with what happened in California.
Clint and Beyonce ...
Clint Eastwood and Beyonce may be teaming up to make a musical version of "A Star Is Born."
Warner Bros. confirms that the two are in negotiations to remake the 1937 classic.
Eastwood is in talks to direct, while Beyonce, who has been attached to the project for some time, would star.
Set to produce are Billy Gerber, Basil Iwanyk and Jon Peters, who made the 1976 version of the film with Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson.
Corporate spokeswoman Jessica Zacholl notes that the deals have not been finalized and negotiations are ongoing.
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