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Ailing Franklin cancels show

Aretha Franklin has canceled a Detroit-area performance set for July 27, citing ongoing treatment.

The show at DTE Energy Music Theatre in Clarkston, Mich., initially had been scheduled for June 22, but Franklin postponed it to later this month.

Then, in a letter written by the Grammy-winning singer and distributed Friday by her publicist, Franklin says she was canceling the show “one last time” due to an unspecified ongoing treatment.

Astin heads to SUNY Delhi

John Astin, who played Gomez in television’s “The Addams Family,” is bringing a one-man show to a festival at SUNY Delhi starting today.

Astin, 83, said “An Evening with John Astin: Gomez, Poe and The Usual Suspects” is a bit of an experiment. The actor was born in Baltimore and still lives there. Besides acting, he teaches at John Hopkins University.

“I would have gone into a career in science of math, if I hadn’t been in love with the theater,” he said. He spent about a decade, starting in the 1950’s, working in New York City theater. His big break came when he was performing in “Major Barbara,” where he came to the attention of the actor Tony Randall.

Playing Gomez was as much fun as it looked like to audiences, he said. He was told by a family member, “it was the perfect extension of my inner self,” and said “I feel fortunate I was able to work with the cast of that show.”

Depp eyeing Wounded Knee

For months, questions have swirled about whether developers, activists or tribes would be willing to plunk down millions to buy a portion of the Wounded Knee National Historic Landmark in South Dakota. Now there’s a new potential buyer in the mix: Johnny Depp.

But is the star of “The Lone Ranger” really preparing to be the one who buys the property where hundreds of Native Americans were killed? Or is it just the latest rumor in the contentious debate over the landmark’s future?

Depp touched off the story when he told London’s Daily Mail newspaper that he is working to buy a piece of the landmark on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation to give back to the tribe because it’s important to their culture. The site is where 300 Native American men, women and children were killed by the 7th Cavalry in 1890.

“I am doing my best to make that happen,” he told the newspaper of a possible purchase. “It’s land they were pushed on to and then they were massacred there. It really saddens me.”

Chou takes criticism well

Jay Chou wasn’t afraid to spend money to make his new film, “The Rooftop,” into a work of art. Nor is the Taiwanese superstar afraid of addressing criticism of his acting, something for which he has been berated ever since 2007’s “Secret.”

In his second directorial effort, he says he’s more open now and acting has become more natural for him.

“I opened up more, so people could get the feeling that this character isn’t the Jay Chou that most people are familiar with. If I played Jay Chou, I would only have one expression from the beginning to the end,” he joked.