TV soap opera 'Guiding Light' shoots final scenes
The cast and crew of "Guiding Light" - U.S. television's longest-running soap opera - have finished shooting their final scenes in a northern New Jersey town. Afterward, they gathered at Peapack Reformed Church for a service to remember the show. The church has served as the site for weddings and funerals in "Guiding Light's" fictional town of Springfield. The Rev. Kathryn Henry recalled that the show's title referred to a lamp put in a church window by the fictional Rev. Rutledge to welcome parishioners seeking guidance. CBS has canceled the program after a 72-year run that predates television. "Guiding Light" will air its last episode on Sept. 18. Yvonna Wright, who plays Mel Boudreau Bauer, says Tuesday's service offered some closure.
John Hughes mourned at private service in Illinois
Filmmaker John Hughes is being remembered by family and friends who gathered in a Chicago suburb for a private funeral. The director of "The Breakfast Club" and "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" died of a heart attack Thursday during a walk in Manhattan. The 59-year-old Hughes was in New York to visit family. In addition to family and friends, colleagues such as Vince Vaughn, Ben Stein and Matthew Broderick gathered Tuesday at the Wenban Funeral Home in Lake Forest for Hughes' memorial service. After the service, the mourners gathered in a procession to a Lake Forest cemetery, where Hughes was to be laid to rest.
Michael Jackson tribute in Vienna set for Sept. 26
A global tribute to Michael Jackson on the grounds of a 17th-century palace in Vienna will be held Sept. 26, and Jackson's brother Jermaine will announce the concert lineup soon, organizers said Wednesday. Event promoters said Jermaine Jackson would unveil details at a Vienna news conference later this month. The promoters said in a statement they were working "briskly" to line up major entertainers and a network to broadcast the event live. On Tuesday, World Media Awards chief Georg Kindel told the Associated Press the tribute was expected to run three hours and feature about 10 top artists performing 15 to 20 Jackson hits. They would perform on a crown-shaped stage to be built in front of Vienna's Schoenbrunn Palace. Last week, Jermaine Jackson said Vienna was chosen as the venue because his brother "loved castles."
In N.Y., Neeson walks first red carpet since wife died
Actor Liam Neeson has walked the red carpet for the first time since the death in March of his wife, actress Natasha Richardson. Publicists at the New York City screening of Neeson's new film, "Five Minutes of Heaven," told members of the media Tuesday all personal questions were strictly off-limits.