Media hawk Crowe nuptials

Sydney, Australia -- The bride has arrived and so has Italian fashion designer Giorgio Armani with the dress. Despite a planning hiccup, the chapel is ready and tents are up to protect guests from the prying eyes of the media.

But that hasn't stopped reporters and photographers from trying to peek at the preparations for Russell Crowe's wedding to girlfriend Danielle Spencer -- mostly from helicopters hovering over the Oscar winner's ranch.

Crowe's publicist, Wendy Day, said Friday that news crews' attempts to cover the Monday nuptials were "irresponsible and outrageous."

"The (local) council has even acknowledged that these guys (helicopter operators), if you pay them enough, they'll be daredevils, they'll go below the safety line," Day said. "Frankly, I just think it's irresponsible and outrageous."

Crowe will marry Spencer on his 39th birthday in the family chapel on his ranch in the lush hills near Coffs Harbor, a resort town halfway between major east coast cities Sydney and Brisbane.

Meat Loaf makes final tour

New York -- You can love Meat Loaf -- you can love him forever -- but you can't see him in concert for much longer.

The singer-actor is embarking on his final world tour, which will last 15 months. The U.S. portion is scheduled to begin June 22 in Saratoga, Calif., and end Sept. 29 in West Springfield, Mass. Then he'll travel to Europe, Australia and Asia before returning to Europe and the United States.

"He wants to tour and then devote himself to acting," his spokesman, Dan Forman at Susan Blond Inc., said Friday. "He has the acting bug -- he's been doing that for a while and he's appeared in some great films."

McCartney revives Beatles tunes

London -- Paul McCartney says he was inspired by his young four-piece band to breathe new life into old Beatles classics for his European tour.

"I used to have a very, very strict view that the Beatles stuff was sacrosanct. It's slightly different this time and that mainly came from the band," McCartney said in an interview published Friday in The Times newspaper.

The singer's first European tour in a decade, which began last week in Paris and comes this weekend to Britain, includes at least 15 Beatles songs such as "Lady Madonna," "All My Loving" and "I Saw Her Standing There."

The tour includes a free concert in May outside Rome's Coliseum that's expected to attract an audience of up to 300,000.


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