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Midler to sing at Oscars

Bette Midler will perform at the Academy Awards for the first time.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Midler’s booking Wednesday. The show’s producers declined to say what number Midler will perform.

As the team behind the films “Chicago” and “Hairspray,” producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron are quite familiar with musical performance. As Oscar producers last year, they featured a tribute to movie musicals that included Barbra Streisand.

The Oscars will be hosted by Ellen DeGeneres. ABC will broadcast the show live March 2 in Los Angeles.

Bassist charged with DUI

Todd Harrell, a founding member and bassist for 3 Doors Down, was arrested Tuesday night on a DUI charge in Mississippi, according to local news reports.

Police in south Mississippi arrested him on a second-offense DUI charge involving a substance other than alcohol, the Sun Herald newspaper and WLOX-TV reported. An Associated Press call to D’Ibervillepolice was not answered early Wednesday.

D’Iberville police had previously arrested Harrell in 2012, on another DUI charge. He was convicted and appealed. A judge denied his appeal, finding him guilty.

Lincoln Center to fete Reiner

Lincoln Center will honor Rob Reiner with its 41st annual Chaplin Award.

The Film Society of Lincoln Center announced Tuesday that the director and actor will receive the award at a gala April 28. Film Society Board Chairman Ann Tenenbaum called the 66-year-old Reiner a “master multi-hyphenate” who has made “some the most enduring and entertaining films in recent history.”

Son of the comedy legend Carl Reiner, the Bronx-born Reiner has directed films including “When Harry Met Sally ...,” ‘’This Is Spinal Tap,” “The Princess Bride” and “Stand By Me.” His acting work has ranged from “All in the Family” to, most recently, “The Wolf of Wall Street.”

Reagan statue proposed

Decades before he became known as the Teflon president and the Great Communicator, Ronald Reagan was a hunk in trunks.

For seven summers on the banks of the Rock River, north of Reagan’s boyhood hometown of Dixon, Ill., the young man who became president monitored the beach at Lowell Park. Locals say more than a few women faked peril in the water so that the strapping, handsome fellow would whisk them to safety.

“There are a lot of people who’ll come to town for a Reagan visit and the first thing they ask is, ‘Where is Lowell Park?’ “ Dixon Mayor Jim Burke said. “Then they’ll ask, ‘Where is the boyhood home?’ ”

Which is why Burke is leading a $200,000, privately funded effort to place what some might consider a slightly unpresidential sculpture of Reagan on the northern banks of the Rock River in Lowell Park. The sculpture of young Ron shows him in a one-piece tank top swimsuit that was ubiquitous in that era.