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Siegfried, Roy plan comeback

Las Vegas -- Almost six months after a white tiger mauled illusionist Roy Horn of "Siegfried & Roy," forcing the long-running stage show to close, he and Siegfried Fischbacher will soon be back in the business.

The duo will promote the NBC animated series, "Father of the Pride," about a family of white lions who work as performers in their show, officials said.

"It's the beginning of a new era for Siegfried & Roy," said Bernie Yuman, the duo's manager.

Yuman and NBC spokeswoman Rebecca Marks in Burbank, Calif., confirmed Friday that Fischbacher and Horn had agreed with DreamWorks to promote the animated series slated to debut this fall.

Nelson seeks presidential farm aid

Raleigh, N.C.-- Country singer Willie Nelson has asked President Bush to intervene in a land dispute between farmers and the Navy about a proposed jet practice field in rural eastern North Carolina.

The Navy says it plans to build the landing field on 33,000 acres of farmland south of Plymouth.

In a letter to Bush last week, Nelson, who also is president of Farm Aid, raised concerns about potential damage to the nearby Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge, the winter home to thousands of tundra swans and snow geese.

Nelson urged the president to order the Navy to find a different site, and other opponents have sent e-mails, letters and post cards to the White House.

007 is just a click away

Los Angeles -- The name is com -- PierceBrosnan.com.

The official Web site of Pierce Brosnan -- Agent 007 -- is up and running, and for fans of the actor, it offers a unique peek into his life and passions.

The Web site, launched by Green-i Software and Solutions, examines Brosnan as an actor, artist and environmental advocate.

"We worked closely with him throughout the development of this site, and it is our hope that we have successfully captured the many facets of this extraordinary man," Green-i president Rolf Wicklund said.

Taking grunge to New York

Salem, Ore.-- Director Gus Van Sant is moving production of his latest film from Portland to New York.

The movie, titled "Last Days," is a look at the Northwest's grunge music scene in the mid-1990s, with Michael Pitt starring as the lead singer of a Nirvana-like band.

Open casting calls for the HBO production recently drew about 5,000 hopefuls in Portland, Eugene and Washington.

"It was basically a matter of location, and his artistic vision of the film changed," said Liza McQuade, project coordinator for the Oregon Film & Video Office.

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