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Hudson to sing national anthem at Super Bowl

Jennifer Hudson is using the Super Bowl to make her return to the spotlight after the killings of her mother, brother and 7-year-old nephew.

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy confirmed yesterday that Hudson will sing the national anthem at the Super Bowl in Tampa, Fla., on Feb. 1.

Bruce Springsteen is scheduled to sing during halftime of the pro football championship game.

Swayze: 'Almost in clear'

Days after checking himself into a Los Angeles hospital for pneumonia, Patrick Swayze says his condition is improving.

The actor, who is battling pancreatic cancer, tells People magazine: "I am alive and plan on continuing to stay that way. ... I am almost in the clear."

Swayze, 56, says he checked into the hospital Jan. 9 because of a cough that he suspected was the result of an infection. "I wanted to jump on it before it turned into a problem," he said.

Rock and Roll inductees

Run-DMC had one of its biggest hit albums with King of Rock, so it's fitting that the pioneering rap group has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

They join heavy metal band Metallica, guitarist Jeff Beck, soul singer Bobby Womack and doo-wop group Little Anthony and the Imperials as this year's inductee class.

The induction ceremony will be held in Cleveland, where the hall is based, on April 4.

30.1 million tune into 'Idol'

An estimated 30.1 million people watched American Idol's season debut Tuesday, making it the most-watched prime-time show of the TV season so far.

Nielsen Media Research said that audience is down 10 percent from the 33.4 million who watched the season opener of the Fox show in 2008. The 37.4 million who watched the 2007 debut represents the series' high point.

Before American Idol, the Indianapolis-San Diego NFL playoff game on Jan. 3, with 27.8 million, had been this TV season's high-water mark.

Mayer eyes show on CBS

CBS is close to a deal with pop star John Mayer for a music and variety TV show.

CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler told a meeting of the Television Critics Association that the project is under development and an agreement is near. She didn't provide details.

Mum on Oscar presenters

Guess who's coming to the Oscars this year?

Leslie Unger, a spokeswoman for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, says none of the superstar presenters will be announced before the live Feb. 22 telecast.

Awards shows typically hype celebrity presenters to generate interest. But Oscar producers are breaking tradition. They're hoping to attract viewers by keeping the star power a secret until showtime.


Actress Margaret O'Brien, 72.

Actress Andrea Martin, 62.

Director Mario Van Peebles, 52.

Actor Chad Lowe, 41.

Actress Regina King, 38.

Actor Eddie Cahill, 31.

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