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Jessica Simpson makes her Grand Old Opry debut

NASHVILLE, Tenn.: Pop star turned country singer Jessica Simpson told a crowd during her Grand Ole Opry debut that she burst into tears the first times she heard the song "Remember That" and knew God wanted her to sing it. "It's a very personal song for a lot of women," Simpson told the audience Saturday in introducing the track from her new album Do You Know, which hits stores tomorrow. Written by Rachel Proctor and Victoria Banks, the song deals with abuse and ends with the line, "Take it from me, I've stood in your shoes." She also sang "Sipping on History" and her single, "Come On Over," which peaked at No. 18 on the Billboard country chart. "It's such an honor to be standing here before you tonight. I feel very, very blessed," she said.

Tommy Lee Jones sues 'No Country' filmmakers

SAN ANTONIO : Tommy Lee Jones is suing the makers of No Country for Old Men for more than $10 million that the Oscar-winning actor claims he is owed for starring in the 2007 hit crime thriller. The lawsuit against Paramount Pictures claims that Jones was promised "significant box-office bonuses" and other compensation depending on the success of the film, which went on to make more than $160 million. The movie, which is set in Texas and based on a critically acclaimed Cormac McCarthy novel, garnered four Academy Awards, including "Best Picture." A message left for Paramount Pictures on Saturday was not immediately returned. Jones declined to comment through his publicist, Jennifer Allen, the San Antonio Express-News reported. "The paperwork stands for itself," Allen said. The lawsuit was filed Thursday in Bexar County in San Antonio. N.M. Classics, Inc., a Paramount subsidiary, is also named in the lawsuit. Jones, who played Sheriff Ed Tom Bell in the film, claims he was not paid promised bonuses and had expenses wrongly deducted. The suit says Jones was paid a reduced upfront fee in joining the film, and that his contract had known errors not corrected before the movie was made. Jones, 61, is asking that an auditor be named to review financial records to determine how much he should be paid.

Ron Reagan returns to radio today in Seattle

SEATTLE : Ron Reagan, the liberal son of the late President Ronald Reagan, is going back on the radio. Starting today, The Ron Reagan Show is scheduled for live broadcast from Seattle's KPTK-AM, Monday through Friday, with national syndication through Air America Radio. Reagan, 55, previously was host of a talk show on KIRO-AM in Seattle and was moderator of KPTK's Town Hall Forum, We The People. The Seattle resident also participated in Air America's coverage of the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn.

Pitt pleased to work for a laugh with Coen brothers

TORONTO: Brad Pitt has wanted to work with the Coen brothers for ages. Then he got wind of the birdbrain they had written for him to play.

"I've been knocking on the brothers' door for a few years, so I was really happy when they called me," Pitt told reporters at the Toronto International Film Festival on Saturday, a day after Joel and Ethan Coen's comedy Burn After Reading premiered there.

"Until I read the piece, and I was real upset," Pitt jokingly added.

Pitt's character, an ignoramus in way over his head on a blackmail scheme, is among a gaggle of boneheads caroming about in "Burn After Reading," whose cast includes his and the Coens' frequent collaborator George Clooney, plus John Malkovich, Tilda Swinton, Richard Jenkins and Joel Coen's wife, Frances McDormand.

birthdays

Comedian Sid Caesar, 86.

Singer Aimee Mann, 48.

Singer Neko Case, 38.

Actor David Arquette, 37.

Singer Pink, 29.

Actor Jonathan Taylor Thomas, 27.

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