Thursday, April 24, 2003

Dixie Chicks speak out

New York -- Bruce Springsteen and country peer Vince Gill have spoken out in defense of the Dixie Chicks, the country trio who suffered major fallout, boycotts and even death threats after lead singer Natalie Maines criticized President George W. Bush for the war in Iraq.

Now it's the embattled Chicks' turn to tell their side, to Diane Sawyer at 9 p.m. today on ABC's PrimeTime Thursday.

So will Maines admit she is sorry?: "I think it came down to it was ... in a foreign country and . . . I think the way I said it was disrespectful. I feel regret for, you know, the choice of words. Or the nonchoice of words. Am I sorry that I asked questions and that I don't just follow? No."

'Idol' winner tops charts

New York -- Kelly Clarkson didn't have to wait a lifetime to reach the top of the album chart -- she made it in one week.

The "American Idol" winner's first album, "Thankful," debuted at No. 1, selling more than 297,000 copies during its first week in stores, according to industry figures released Wednesday.

The album includes new mixes of "A Moment Like This" and "Before Your Love," the two songs Clarkson recorded last year after she won the Fox singing competition.

MTV Movie Awards hosts named

New York -- Justin Timberlake of 'N Sync and Seann William Scott of "Bulletproof Monk" and the "American Pie" movies will be co-hosts of the MTV Movie Awards.

The ceremony, which includes categories such as best villain and best kiss alongside best movie and best male and female performance, is set for May 31 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. The 12th annual show is scheduled to air on MTV at 8 p.m. CDT June 5.

"Spider-Man" and "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" lead the nominations with five each. Viewers can vote for their favorites at MTV's Web site.

Ferrell finishes marathon

Boston -- Will Ferrell, known for his antics on NBC's "Saturday Night Live," ran the Boston Marathon with his wife and achieved two goals: He finished in under four hours, and he beat the guy dressed as Elvis.

After saying at the start that he just wanted to finish, Ferrell did better than that with a time of 3 hours, 56 minutes, 12 seconds. The guy dressed as Elvis Presley -- actually, a friend of Ferrell's named Bob Babbitt -- came in at 4:28:33.

"It's truly an amazing event. Along with the history and everything, it's a bit of a blur," Ferrell said of Monday's race. "Heartbreak Hill felt like a lovely summer day ... and then you get hit over the head with a hammer."