Michaels settles suit
Bret Michaels and organizers of the Tony Awards have settled a lawsuit filed by the rocker after a 2009 incident in which he was hit in the head with a set piece and suffered injuries that he claimed contributed to a brain hemorrhage that nearly killed him.
The confidential settlement also covers Michaels' claims against CBS Broadcasting, which aired the show and the accident. The Poison frontman blamed the network for airing the moment, which became a viral video watched by tens of millions of people online, and claimed Tony Awards producers never warned him there would be a set change after he and his band performed "Nothin' But a Good Time."
The whack initially left Michaels with a busted lip and broken nose but also caused brain bleeding, the lawsuit claimed. He was hospitalized in April 2010, and doctors found he had a brain hemorrhage. He later suffered a warning stroke, which the musician says nearly killed him.
Sedaka finds new audience
Where has Neil Sedaka been all these years? Wiggling his way into the hearts of a new generation, for one, through picture books accompanied by mini-albums offering playful takes on some of his hits.
At 73, the singer-songwriter enlisted the aid of his twin granddaughters as kiddie backup singers on the three-song CD tucked into "Dinosaur Pet," released this month by Imagine Publishing and inspired by his 1960 song "Calendar Girl."
It's Sedaka's second picture book using child-tailored lyrics, a popular marketing hook for other performers looking to bring their oldies music to children. Two years ago it was an alligator character for "Waking Up Is Hard to Do," based on Sedaka's "Breaking Up Is Hard to Do."
"My grandchildren love Papa Neil's old rock 'n' roll songs. I used to sing them at their piano," he said in a recent interview.
Obama up on pop culture
President Obama can hold his own when it comes to pop culture: He's up on "The Avengers" superheroes, has a handle on the Kardashians and says he catches up with TV hits during long flights on Air Force One. But the president punted to wife Michelle when he was asked about the erotic fiction book "Fifty Shades of Grey."
Obama, who took a quick pop culture quiz during an appearance Tuesday on ABC's "The View," drew a blank when asked to name "the controversial sex book that's on millions of women's bedside tables."
"I'll ask Michelle when I get home," he promised, to hoots of laughter from the audience.
Obama did better with TV and celebrity trivia.
He knew which Kardashian was married for just 72 days.
"That would be Kim," he answered, saying he only knew because she was married to pro basketball player Kris Humphries.
He's seen "The Avengers" and was able to name three superheroes: Hulk, Captain America and Ironman.
And he knew that View participant Sherri Shepard had been on "Dancing With the Stars."
-- From News and wire services