Host for Latin Grammys chosen

Miami -- Comedian-actor George Lopez will be the host for the fourth-annual Latin Grammy awards show Sept. 3.

Lopez, a longtime stand-up comedian, is co-creator, writer, producer and star of the ABC sitcom "George Lopez." He'll introduce presenters and performers at the show staged at the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami and broadcast on CBS.

Among the acts scheduled to perform are Ricky Martin, Alexandre Pires with Kelly Clarkson, Thalia, Bacilos and Molotov. Presenters will include television actors Jessica Alba of "Dark Angel" and Adam Rodriguez of "CSI: Miami," and model-actors Tyrese and Sofia Vergara.

Wise beyond her years

Boston -- Nikki Reed, the teenager who co-wrote and stars in "Thirteen," says the message of her film about rebellious junior high school girls is simple and sobering.

"You'll be anybody to be somebody," Reed told the Boston Herald for Sunday's editions. "The movie definitely stresses that and it's important for parents to remember and see. If they never went through it, which I find hard to believe, then maybe they should see the film."

The semi-autobiographical film traces the relationship between two girls (played by Reed and Evan Rachel Wood) as they navigate a teenage landscape of drugs, alcohol, sex, body-piercing and self-mutilation.

The movie is rated R but Reed says she thinks younger teens can learn from it.

"I know it's R but I think it's important for kids to see this," she said. "If some aren't ready, I understand it. It's not for kids only, but anyone who's hit 13 is ready."

The price of acquittal

Los Angeles -- O.J. Simpson says that without the money to pay for a "dream team" of lawyers, he wouldn't have been acquitted of murder charges.

In an interview with Playboy magazine nine years after his trial, Simpson repeatedly vowed he was innocent of killing his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and Ronald Goldman.

"I didn't commit the crime. That is why I got off," he said. "I feel in my heart that I got off because I was innocent. But I don't know if I could have proven my innocence if I didn't have the money. And that's a shame. Yes, it is a shame that in this country it costs so much to get good representation."

Fox drops Franken lawsuit

New York -- Fox News dropped its lawsuit against Al Franken on Monday, three days after a federal judge refused to block the liberal humorist from using the Fox slogan "Fair and Balanced" on the cover of his latest book.

Fox said it filed papers in federal court to withdraw the suit, which sought unspecified damages from Franken and Penguin Group, publisher of "Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right."

"It's time to return Al Franken to the obscurity that he's normally accustomed to," Fox spokeswoman Irena Steffen said.

Fox trademarked "Fair and Balanced" in 1998.


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