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Washington to return to stage

Denzel Washington is returning to Broadway – but he won’t be singing.

Standing with his wife, Pauletta Pearson, on the red carpet Monday at the premiere his new movie, “2 Guns,” the Oscar- and Tony-winning actor said he’s set to appear in a revival of Lorraine Hansberry’s “A Raisin in the Sun.”

“We start previews in March,” he said.

Washington then explained his motivation for returning to the stage.

“I’m trying to keep up with my wife. My wife has been doing a lot more theater than me,” he said as Pearson smiled.

An apology for Rowling

Author J.K. Rowling accepted an apology and a charitable donation Wednesday from a law firm which revealed she wrote a crime novel under a pseudonym.

The “Harry Potter” author was exposed by a newspaper earlier this month as the author of “The Cuckoo’s Calling,” a thriller ostensibly written by former soldier and first-time novelist Robert Galbraith.

The book was published in April to good reviews but modest sales, and there was speculation that Rowling or her publisher had leaked the news to raise the book’s profile.

But the law firm Russells, which has done work for Rowling, acknowledged that one of its partners had let the information slip to his wife’s best friend, who tweeted it to a Sunday Times columnist.

Russells agreed to reimburse Rowling’s legal costs and to make a “substantial” donation to The Soldiers’ Charity, which helps former military personnel and their families.

Stars’ photos sold at auction

Tens of thousands of negatives of Marilyn Monroe and other stars by celebrity photographer Milton Greene have sold at auction for $1.8 million.

The archive includes 3,700 negatives and slides of Marilyn Monroe. All the material was sold with copyright.

Profiles in History auction house says the highlights included a collection of color transparencies of the Hollywood siren with Laurence Olivier from the movie “The Prince and the Showgirl.” It sold for $42,000.

A group of transparencies of Monroe from the movie “Bus Stop” fetched $39,000.

The seller is an American photography collector who purchased the archive 10 years ago. The items came from the Greene estate.

The buyers weren’t identified.

‘Dexter’ spin-off eyed

Showtime’s president is hinting that a “Dexter” spin-off may be forthcoming.

David Nevins said Tuesday that Showtime has signed a two-year deal with Scott Buck, the executive producer of “Dexter.” The serial killer drama starring Michael C. Hall is in its eighth and final season.

Showtime says Buck will be working with the premium cable channel on several new projects.

At a Television Critics Association meeting, Nevins was asked if there will be a follow-up series to “Dexter.” In response, the Showtime executive noted the deal with producer Buck and suggested that reporters draw their own conclusion.