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Slash leaps at chance to honor Les Paul - no strings attached

Not wanting to miss a chance to pay tribute to Les Paul, his guitar hero, former Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash signed up to play at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's tribute concert Nov. 15 without even hearing who he'd be playing with on stage.

"I'm just coming with my guitar," Slash said.

The lineup for the concert at Cleveland's State Theater includes Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top and Richie Sambora of Bon Jovi.

Slash, a member of Velvet Revolver, said he'd do anything for the 93-year-old Paul, known as the "Father of the Electric Guitar." Paul's many contributions to music include building the first solid-body electric guitar in 1941.

Sarah, meet Tina

The New York Post reports that a deal has been struck for Sarah Palin, the Republican candidate for vice president, to appear on NBC's Saturday Night Live on Oct. 25, where she could be expected to appear in a skit with Tina Fey. The former SNL cast member and now star of 30 Rock has drawn viewers and laughs for her Palin impression.

Neither the campaign nor NBC would confirm the report when asked by Fox News.

Disney of Arabia

Disney is poised to make its first Arabic-language film. Variety says the studio is in talks with Lebanese film auteur Chadi Zeneddine to produce The Last of the Storytellers, a fantasy based on a rich tradition of exotic folklore and myths.

The film will be made for Middle Eastern audiences as part of Disney's plan to wade into that market, where two-thirds of the region's 300 million people belong to the dream demographic of consumers younger than 30.


Harry Potter star Emma Watson visited the campus of Harvard University on Wednesday, reported campus paper The Crimson.

It reported that Watson, 18, checked out the dorms and visited the admissions office.

The university had no comment about whether she's enrolled there.

Quick clicks

* Psych, with James Roday, Dule Hill and Corbin Bernsen, and Burn Notice starring Jeffrey Donovan, have been renewed by the USA network for a fourth and third season, respectively. The rookie thriller In Plain Sight, starring Mary McCormack as a U.S. marshal working with the witness protection program, was renewed earlier this fall.

* Mark Burnett (Survivor, The Apprentice) and Ralph Edwards Productions are collaborating to produce a new edition of This Is Your Life, Variety reports. First aired in the early days of television, Life surprised guests with a retelling of their life stories, including visits by noteworthy people from their past.

today's birthdays

Actress Joan Cusack, 46.

Actor Luke Perry, 42.

Actress Jane Krakowski, 40.

Actress Emily Deschanel, 32.

Golfer Michelle Wie, 19.

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