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Britney turning 30 ...

The singer who created a sensation when she hit the music world in pigtails and knee socks is turning 30 -- and Britney Spears says she's looking forward to it.

The U.S. pop star will be on the South American leg of her "Femme Fatale" world tour as she celebrates the landmark birthday Dec. 2.

"I hear the older you get, the wiser you get and the more you know what you want -- so hopefully it'll be a good year," the woman who was once one of the Internet's most-searched names told the Associated Press.

Spears kicked off a string of European tour dates Thursday in St. Petersburg, Russia, but is not scheduled to play on the birthday itself. She has spent the summer performing across North America to generally positive reviews.

"The audiences have been just amazing, they've been so great to bounce off of, and the energy I get from them, it's great, it's really cool," she said.

Her seventh studio album, "Femme Fatale," debuted at No. 1 in the U.S. Billboard charts and globally, and Spears targeted it at her female fans.

"With the big picture of being 'Femme Fatale,' I think it is really inspiring for girls all together feeling very empowered and having a voice and being heard," she said.


Swapping wives...

Former megachurch pastor Ted Haggard and Hollywood actor Gary Busey are trading wives for a week for an upcoming edition of ABC-TV's "Celebrity Wife Swap."

Haggard's wife, Gayle, will temporarily move in with Busey, while the actor's wife stays with Haggard.

Haggard's New Life Church in Colorado Springs had about 14,000 followers when he resigned in 2006 after a man said Haggard paid him for sex for more than three years. The reality show isn't about infidelity, but about each wife experiencing daily life in the other wife's home.

The Denver Post says the network and the production company confirmed the program plans.


Arnold's baaack...

Former California governor, four-time Mr. Universe and big box-office draw Arnold Schwarzenegger is set to publish a memoir with Simon and Schuster, the publisher announced Thursday. The book is tentatively titled "Total Recall" -- and despite the double-entendre on one of his best films, "I'll Be Back" might be even more appropriate.

Born in 1947, Schwarzenegger began weight training as a teenager in Austria. He first emigrated to London and then the United States, where he went to Venice, Calif., and continued bodybuilding. Then, despite a thick accent and admittedly thin acting chops to begin, he started on his way to international stardom -- he played a thug in the 1973 Robert Altman film "The Long Goodbye." His first starring role was in 1982's "Conan the Barbarian," and he became an action-movie star with films such as "Predator," "The Running Man," "Total Recall" and "Terminator 2." Then, after Gray Davis was recalled, the ambitious Republican political novice was elected governor of California.

Schwarzenegger has previously written and co-written a handful of memoirs about his life. On "Total Recall," which is subtitled "My Unbelievably True Life Story," he'll be collaborating with Peter Petre, former executive editor of Fortune and the co-author of autobiographies by Alan Greenspan and Norman Schwarzkopf.

Simon and Schuster announced Schwarzenegger's book breathlessly, writing: "Considered one of the most anticipated autobiographies of this generation, Schwarzenegger presents a larger-than-life portrait of his illustrious, controversial and ever-entertaining life in and out of the public eye."


No apologies

Lars von Trier is taking back his apology for saying at the Cannes Film Festival he sympathizes with Adolf Hitler.

Earlier this year at Cannes, the Danish filmmaker said he had believed he was Jewish until his mother told him on her deathbed that he wasn't. He said his German ancestry made him "sympathize with [Hitler] a little bit." He added that he supports Jews.

Von Trier, who was showcasing his film "Melancholia," apologized but was banned for the rest of the festival and declared "persona non grata."

But in the October issue of GQ magazine, von Trier says he's not sorry, only that he wishes he had made clear he was joking. He says, "I can't be sorry for what I said. It's against my nature."

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