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Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake almost together again

Former couple Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake shared the stage Thursday night - but not with each other.

No, it was Madonna's appearance at Los Angeles' Dodger Stadium for her Sticky Sweet tour that put the pair at the same venue.

Spears joined Madonna during the singing of "Human Nature" while Timberlake joined Madonna to sing "4 Minutes." reports Alex Rodriguez - rumored to be the latest man in Madonna's life - was spotted in the audience.

He's in the money

Days after the election of Barack Obama, Edward Norton and his production company, Class 5 Films, have sold U.S. television rights to HBO of the as-yet-untitled documentary on the president-elect in a seven-figure deal.

Amy Rice and Alicia Sams are the directors. Sam Pollard, the award-winning editor of HBO's When the Levees Broke and 4 Little Girls as well as Eyes on the Prize, is editing the film.

After Rice took the idea to Norton in 2006, he secured Obama's cooperation and has had cameras rolling ever since, capturing, among other events, his presidential announcement in February 2007.


Fox's American Idol will return for its eighth season Jan. 13 while medical drama House is moving to a new night, the network said Thursday.

When American Idol returns, there will be a fourth judge, singer-songwriter Kara DioGuardi, joining Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson and Paula Abdul.

House, starring Hugh Laurie, will move to 8 p.m. Mondays, starting Jan. 19.

Also shifting time slots are Bones, moving to 8 p.m. Thursdays as of Jan. 15; game show Hole in the Wall, which will air back-to-back episodes at 7 p.m. Sundays, starting Jan. 18, and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, to 8 p.m. Fridays, starting Feb. 13.

Baby Baracks

Parents in Kenya and the United States are naming their newborns after the president-elect.

At the Nyanza Provincial General Hospital in Kisumu, western Kenya, the ancestral homeland of Barack Obama's father, several mothers were naming their babies after the U.S.'s first black president.

And South Florida couple Patrick and Sasha Hall were reported Wednesday to be among the first since the election to bestow the name Obama on their child, Obama Hall, according to the Miami Herald.

From Sun news services

today's birthdays

Actress June Havoc, 96.

Singer Patti Page, 81.

CBS newsman Morley Safer, 77.

Singer Bonnie Raitt, 59.

Actress Alfre Woodard, 55.

Actress Tara Reid, 33.

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