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No 'Hello, Aunt Dolly' in 'Hannah Montana,' Parton says she's out of movie

Dolly Parton says she won't be in the coming Hannah Montana movie, despite word to the contrary on the Web. But Parton wishes she had been.

The country legend says producers had asked her whether she would revisit her recurring role as Aunt Dolly from the TV show in the film.

But her character apparently didn't make the script.

Still, Parton says she loved playing the role on the TV show because it opened her up to a new generation of fans. She calls it "probably" the best move she's ever made.

A Joker's tribute

If Heath Ledger is named best supporting actor at Sunday's Academy Awards ceremony - as many are predicting he will be - his daughter, 3-year-old Matilda Rose Ledger, will become the owner of the Oscar statuette.

But because of her young age, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences came to that decision only after conversations with Matilda's mother, actress Michelle Williams, and Ledger's family.

Should Ledger's performance as the Joker in The Dark Knight win, the Oscar will be held in trust by illiams until Matilda turns 18. Then she - like Williams before her - will get to keep the statuette only if she signs the customary contract with the academy which requires the recipient to not sell it.

Big foot

Shaquille O'Neal, the Phoenix Suns center, wasn't there to greet President Barack Obama as he arrived at Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix on Tuesday, so Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon's son Jake substituted for him.

When Obama reached the tarmac after getting off Air Force One, Jake presented him with an orange-and-white sneaker - size 23 - personally autographed by O'Neal.

Obama set the sneaker on the ground next to his own, much-smaller shoe, and grinned as photographers captured the moment.

TV's top 10

Fox's American Idol kept a firm grip on TV ratings top spots for the week of Feb. 9-15, according to Nielsen Media Research. The Tuesday edition drew 24.9 million viewers, slightly ahead of the Wednesday show's 24.8 million viewers.

The Mentalist, the freshman CBS drama starring Simon Baker, landed squarely at No. 3 with 19.7 million viewers. The rest of the top 10 (in millions): NCIS, CBS, 18; CSI, CBS, 17.9; Grey's Anatomy, ABC, 15.2; Two and a Half Men, CBS, 15; Without a Trace, CBS, 14.3; Private Practice, ABC, 14.1; Desperate Housewives, ABC, 14.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS

Singer Smokey Robinson, 69.

Author Amy Tan, 57.

Britain's Prince Andrew, 49.

Actress Justine Bateman, 43.

Actor Benicio Del Toro, 42.

Pop singer Haylie Duff, 24.

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