Newspaper publishes annual list of who, what are in, out

Washington -- Watch out, Clay Aiken and Spike Jonze. The Washington Post says you're out and Barry Manilow and Sofia Coppola are in.

The Post's Style section's traditional New Year's Day In and Out list also says Donatella Versace has been supplanted by Dutch designers Viktor and Rolf; the Segway scooter by the Honda Ruckus; "Bachelors" by "Average Joes"; the White Stripes by Whitening Strips; and "flash mobs" by Howard Dean mobs.

Other Outs: overscheduled kids, tiny dogs and saying something is "ne plus ultra," or the ultimate.

Other Ins: unrestricted playtime, hairless cats and saying something is "sui generis," or unique.

Role as bank robber sought by Woody Allen

New York -- Consider it a New Year's resolution for Woody Allen.

The Academy Award-winning filmmaker says he wants to act in, but not direct, a film about a New Year's 1972 robbery at the Pierre Hotel, the Daily News reported in Thursday's editions.

According to the paper, Allen said he's talked to actor John Cusack about the project. The film would be based on a book called "The Man Who Robbed the Pierre: The Story of Bobby Comfort" by Ira Berkow.

In the 1972 robbery, five men in tuxedos tied up 16 Pierre Hotel employees and took several million dollars in cash and jewelry.

Red-headed Stranger pens anti-war ballad

Austin, Texas -- Willie Nelson plans to debut an anti-war ballad he wrote Christmas Day at a fund-raising concert Saturday for Democratic presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich at Austin Music Hall.

Nelson said he planned to record "What Ever Happened to Peace on Earth" this week in Nashville, Tenn., and rush-release it as a single.

"Now, I haven't played it for Toby (Keith) yet," a laughing Nelson told the Austin American-Statesman for Tuesday editions. Although the two are close friends, the sentiments of Nelson's song are the polar opposite of Keith's angry-American anthem "Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue," with its call to arms.

"Toby wrote that song in reaction to 9/11, which was a totally different thing than watching U.S. soldiers die in Iraq," Nelson said. "Toby's said he's not a Republican or a Democrat; he's a Christian. So we're coming from the same place."

The song asks questions such as "How much oil is a human life worth?"

Nelson said he supported Kucinich, an outspoken critic of the war in Iraq, because of the four-term Ohio congressman's support of family farmers.


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