Seacrest's name, in lights, on New Year's Eve

Dick Clark is still Mr. New Year's Eve - but he'll be sharing the title with Ryan Seacrest.


Starting this December, Clark's longtime end-of-year special will be called Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve With Ryan Seacrest, ABC and dick clark productions has announced. Seacrest will serve as co-host with Clark and as an executive producer on the broadcast for another three years, through the 2010 show ringing in 2011.

New Year's Rockin' Eve will mark its 37th year on Dec. 31 and include the customary countdown to midnight from New York City's Times Square.


Seacrest, host of American Idol, joined the program in December 2005, signing a deal that would eventually make him the program's host. Clark had a stroke that month but appeared on the 2005 show and in following years, his speech affected but enthusiasm intact.

Dreyfuss sues family

Richard Dreyfuss is suing his father and uncle over an $870,000 loan he claims was never repaid.

The lawsuit centers around a loan Dreyfuss claims he made to his relatives in 1984, who owned an interest in a downtown Los Angeles office building.

Roughly 24 years later, Dreyfuss says that loan - and interest - remains unpaid.

In his lawsuit filed Friday, Dreyfuss says his uncle, Gilbert Dreyfuss, has repeatedly refused to turn over records that would show its financial status.

Phone and e-mail messages left for Gilbert Dreyfuss were not immediately returned. A woman who answered the phone at an address registered to Dreyfuss' father, Norman Dreyfuss, said he could not be reached there.

Dreyfuss alleges his uncle and father, have acted with "fraud" and "malice." He is seeking a repayment of the loan, plus interest and punitive damages.


Politics and prose

He's written million-selling books about his early years and the meaning of public life. Now, Sen. Barack Obama, with the help of his campaign staff, has another side to share with readers: policy wonk.

Change We Can Believe In: Barack Obama's Plan to Renew America's Promise is coming out Sept. 9 as a paperback with an announced first printing of 300,000 copies and a list price of $13.95. The e-book, also $13.95, will go on sale the day before.

The book will include a foreword by Obama, the Democrats' presumptive presidential nominee, and feature sections - written by members of his presidential campaign - on such issues as health care, energy and national security. Change We Can Believe In also compiles some of his better-known speeches.