Prince Charles opens pub in honor of poet
POUNDBURY, England -- Prince Charles has opened a pub called the Poet Laureate in honor of his friend, the late Ted Hughes.
The pub is part of Poundbury, a village on the edge of Dorchester in southwest England that has been constructed in keeping with Prince Charles' vision of a community with industry, offices, shops, houses and leisure facilities.
The prince was joined by local residents and Carol Hughes, widow of the former poet laureate, at the opening of the pub Wednesday.
"It's a great honor. One can never answer for someone who is not there for themselves, but he certainly supported the prince's vision and ideas for Poundbury as much as he knew of them," Carol Hughes said.
Ted Hughes, who became poet laureate in 1984, died of cancer in 1998.
Lifetime achievements garner Grammy awards
SANTA MONICA, Calif. -- R&B singer Etta James, crooner Johnny Mathis and folk duo Simon & Garfunkel are among the recipients of lifetime achievement awards from the Grammy organization.
Posthumous honorees include big-band leader Glenn Miller and Latin jazz performer Tito Puente.
Folk music archivist Alan Lomax and the New York Philharmonic will receive Trustees Awards.
The awards were announced Wednesday, but formal acknowledgments from the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences are scheduled to be made at the 45th annual Grammy telecast Feb. 23 in New York's Madison Square Garden.
The show is scheduled to be broadcast live on CBS.
Kline: American acting demands selling self
LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Actor Kevin Kline calls the film industry a circus.
To succeed as an actor, you need to play along with the circus part, he says, but that opens the way to exploring the art form of acting.
"It's nice to be able to get the big paycheck, so I can afford to do the theater, where you make no money at all. It's a juggling act. That's the American way; we all do a little whoring in order to be faithful to our muse," Kline said in an interview published Thursday in the Long Beach Press-Telegram.
Britney Spears gets out of restaurant business
NEW YORK -- Whether Britney Spears is a girl or a woman, she's no longer a restaurateur.
Spears has pulled out of Nyla, the midtown Manhattan restaurant she opened just five months ago.
The pop star, who turns 21 on Monday, said in a statement that she has "terminated her relationship" with the restaurant she formed a partnership with in March because of mismanagement and "management's failure to keep her fully apprised."
The restaurant at the Dylan Hotel, which she named for New York and her home state of Louisiana, served Southern-inspired cuisine. But it was plagued by lousy reviews.
--From wire reports