Jewel cancels tour after death

New York -- Jewel has canceled her North American tour due to the death of her bass player, her record company announced Thursday.

Terome "T-Bone" Hannon died Sept. 4 after suffering a stroke. The Detroit native, who was 39, had played with Jewel for three years.

"T-Bone was a phenomenal player and we all loved him," Jewel said in a statement released by Atlantic Records. "We are all just in shock and hurt."

The tour had been set to begin on Sept. 19 in North Charleston, S.C. Although Jewel will not perform with her band, Atlantic said she planned to perform alone at acoustic shows soon.

Cosby to get Bob Hope award

Los Angeles -- There's no punch line here: Bill Cosby will be honored with the Bob Hope Humanitarian Award at this month's Emmy Awards.

Cosby's television success includes the groundbreaking "I Spy," which in the 1960s became the first drama to feature a black actor, and the hit 1980s family sitcom "The Cosby Show."

Cosby, 66, is the second recipient of the award given by the academy in honor of Hope, who died in July at age 100. Talk-show host Oprah Winfrey received the inaugural award last year.

Ray Romano of "Everybody Loves Raymond" will present the award to Cosby Sept. 21 at the Emmy Awards, airing on Fox.

Actor tapped for next 'Batman'

Los Angeles -- Holy casting news! An "American Psycho" has been picked to star as Bruce Wayne in a new "Batman" movie.

Christian Bale will don the cape and mask in a film that will chronicle the early career of The Dark Knight, Warner Bros. Pictures announced Thursday.

"Memento" filmmaker Christopher Nolan will direct the movie, which is set to begin filming in early 2004.

Bale, 29, made his breakthrough in 1987 in Steven Spielberg's "Empire of the Sun," playing a boy trying to survive in a Japanese-run POW camp in China.

Warner Bros. is trying to resurrect the "Batman" franchise. The character became a top box office draw after director Tim Burton and star Michael Keaton made two hit movies "Batman" (1989) and "Batman Returns" (1992).

Diaz photographer faces bail

Los Angeles -- A photographer accused of trying to extort $3.3 million from Cameron Diaz for pictures taken before she became famous must stay jailed or pay a high bail amount.

Superior Court Judge Ann Jones Wednesday said John Rutter of Los Angeles must remain jailed in place of $250,000 bail.

In a related matter, Diaz has sued Rutter in civil court to keep the photographs from being published. That case begins today in Santa Monica Superior Court before Judge Alan B. Haber.

Rutter, 41, faces felony counts of attempted extortion, attempted grand theft, perjury and forgery.


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