Allen to open Spanish film fest

Madrid, Spain -- Woody Allen will open the 52nd San Sebastian Film Festival in September with the world premiere of his new film, "Melinda and Melinda."

The 68-year-old Allen also is to be honored with a lifetime achievement award, and the festival will show a retrospective of his work as a writer, director and actor, organizers said Friday.

"It is, indeed a great honor for us, a dream come true, to premiere 'Melinda and Melinda' at our opening, and with the presence of Woody Allen himself, no doubt one of the greatest film directors ever," festival director Mikel Olaciregui said in a statement.

A chick is born

Nashville, Tenn. -- The Dixie Chicks have added another baby to their brood.

Lead singer Natalie Maines has given birth to a baby boy, her second son with actor-husband Adrian Pasdar, the group's Web site announced Friday.

Beckett Finn Pasdar was born July 14. He weighed 7 pounds, 7 ounces.

"Mother and baby are doing fine," the Web site said.

Their first child, Slade, is 3 years old.

Pasdar has appeared in movies and in a recurring role on CBS' "Judging Amy."

Band plans free charity concert

San Fransisco -- The Dave Matthews Band is putting on a free concert in Golden Gate Park to benefit several San Francisco Bay-area charities.

A general admission ticket is needed for the Sept. 12 concert at the Polo Fields, according to the band's Web site. Tickets for the general public will be available through the Web site,, beginning today.

Members of the Warehouse,, the official fan association of the DMB, have had availability to tickets since Tuesday.

NPR host's future up in air

Woodstock, Vt. -- Bob Edwards, the former host of National Public Radio's "Morning Edition," isn't saying whether he'll stay with NPR after his book tour ends in two weeks.

"I'm on the road for the next two weeks continuing to do what I am doing, and then I'll do something else," he said in a phone interview with the Valley News of Lebanon, N.H.

When asked if that would include remaining on the air at NPR, Edwards said, "I'd rather not say."

Edwards, who was host of "Morning Edition" for nearly 25 years, left the show April 30.


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