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SINCE YOU ASKED [Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (PA)]

November 16, 2013


"I'm obviously not going to invite them to take part in this experience. I don't need to watch movies of theirs where they do things like this.e_SDRq

DAKOTA JOHNSON tells Britain's Now magazine she doesn't want her parents, actors Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson to visit the set of "50 Shades of Grey.",Chris done with rehab,Troubled singer Chris Brown is out of rehab.

Chris' representative Nicole Perna says the 24-year-old singer will continue treatment for anger issues as an outpatient in Los Angeles and "appreciates all of your encouragement and support."

He entered rehab voluntarily after his arrest in Washington, D.C., following a fight with a man that led to a misdemeanor assault charge that puts Chris' probation in jeopardy.

Perna says Chris is working on the community-service requirement of the deal he agreed to after pleading guilty to attacking then- girlfriend Rihanna in 2009.

Brown faces four years in prison if a judge decides to revoke his probation a second time. A judge briefly revoked it in August after a hit-and-run, and ordered him to perform an additional 1,000 hours of community service.

-- AP,Bon Jovi, Strait get tour awards

Road titan Bon Jovi has won top honors at the Billboard Touring Awards, and George Strait has been named the 2013 Legend of Live.

Bon Jovi took the top tour award as the highest-grossing tour and the top draw award as the best-selling road show of the year at a Nov. 14 ceremony in New York honoring the concert industry's top artists, venues and professionals.

One Direction won the magazine's breakthrough award, Taylor Swift won for the best package tour and The Rolling Stones and Citi won the best concert marketing & promotion award for their collaboration on the 50 & Counting Tour.

The awards are mostly based on Billboard's Boxscore chart and box- office performance for the previous year through Sept. 30. -- AP,I just saw "The Place Beyond the Pines" and thought Ryan Gosling was incredible. What will he be in next? -- A.S.

He stars in the upcoming crime drama "Only God Forgives" and an as-yet-untitled drama set against a musical background, by director Terrence Malick, co-starring Michael Fassbender, Natalie Portman and Christian Bale.

I really like actress Olivia Munn on "The Newsroom." Is she doing anything else until that series comes back? -- M.F.

Yes; she's shooting the crime drama "Mortdecai," with Johnny Depp and Ewan McGregor, and stars next in the crime-horror film "Beware the Night."

Whatever happened to actor Ryan Phillippe? Is he still acting? -- T.R.

Yes; he stars in the upcoming thriller "Shreveport" and is shooting the thriller "Reclaim," with John Cusack.

-- Robin Adams Sloan, King Features Syndicate,Folk singer charged with sex offenses

British police say veteran folk singer-songwriter Roy Harper has been charged with sexual offenses against an underage girl during the 1970s.

Roy, who has performed with acts including Pink Floyd, faces five charges, including unlawful sexual intercourse with a girl under 13, indecent assault and gross indecency with a girl under 14.

Police said Nov. 15 that the alleged offenses took place from 1975 to 1977 and involve one victim.

The West Mercia force says 72-year-old Roy is due to appear in court Nov. 18.

Roy, who has released more than 30 albums, provided vocals for the Pink Floyd track "Have a Cigar" and inspired the Led Zeppelin song "Hats Off to (Roy) Harper." -- AP,Jeter forms book imprint

Derek Jeter is trying out a new game -- publishing.

The New York Yankees superstar is forming his own imprint, Jeter Publishing, in partnership with Simon & Schuster. The imprint will feature a wide range of sports-themed and pop-culture books, from picture stories to nonfiction releases for adults.

Simon & Schuster announced the imprint Nov. 14, and said Derek will draw upon his many friendships in the sports world and use the "trust factor" to attract authors.

Derek, who turns 40 next year, is one of the top brand names from the sports world, an almost certain Hall of Famer untouched by scandal.

In a statement issued by Simon & Schuster, Derek said he looked forward to working on books that share "insights" from himself and others.

-- AP,Jake's bad luck

Jake Gyllenhaal needed stitches after shooting an intense scene for the film "Nightcrawler."

A spokeswoman for Jake says the 32-year-old actor returned to work Nov. 14 for a final day of filming after a few hours in the emergency room.

The spokeswoman said Jake was in character Nov. 13 when he hit a mirror, which unexpectedly broke and cut his hand. She said it was "badly cut up" and required "numerous stiches."

"Nightcrawler" is a crime drama also starring Rene Russo and Bill Paxton. The film is set for release next year.

-- Associated Press

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