Johansson has a baby girl
Scarlett Johansson is a first-time mom.
A spokesman for the 29-year-old actress said Thursday that Johansson and her fiance, Romain Dauriac, have welcomed a baby girl, whom they’ve named Rose. He says mother and daughter are doing well.
He added that the couple is seeking privacy and are supporters of the No Kids Policy, the celebrity effort to keep famous folks’ children out of the public eye.
Johansson and Dauriac, a French former journalist, have been engaged since September, 2013. She was previously married to Ryan Reynolds.
A mother-son ‘Music Man’
Academy Award winner Shirley Jones is about to hit the road with a concert version of “The Music Man,” and she’s bringing along a special guest: her son, Patrick Cassidy.
Jones, who starred as the librarian love interest in the 1957 classic film version, will start a seven-state tour this month with her middle son playing con man Harold Hill. The two have a long history with the musical: She was pregnant with Patrick while the film was being shot.
The new concert mixes some of the songs by Meredith Willson with behind-the-scenes stories by Jones about filming the movie opposite Robert Preston and a tale or two from Cassidy, who credits “The Music Man” for sparking his love of performing.
Jones this time will play Mrs. Paroo – the mother of the librarian – and will also be host of the show, which Cassidy helped develop. Mother and son will be backed by a cast of 12 actors, an orchestra and projected photos and images.
Performances will begin in Wilson’s home town of Mason City, Iowa, on Sept. 18.
Kennedy inductees announced
It’s a rare honor for an artist to receive accolades from the president, let alone have him sing one of your tunes.
Now Al Green can claim both, knowing that President Obama is a fan. Green is among five artists receiving this year’s Kennedy Center Honors, the national awards for influencing American culture through the arts, the center announced Thursday.
Tom Hanks, Sting, Lily Tomlin and ballerina Patricia McBride will also receive the honor. They will be saluted by top entertainers in a performance Dec. 7 and a reception at the White House. The show will be broadcast Dec. 30 on CBS.
Brooks takes the digital reins
Garth Brooks isn’t just going digital. He’s launching his own digital sales service.
Brooks announced Thursday that he’s partnered with the creators of digital pay site http://ghosttunes.com to release his back catalog and two new albums for about $30, and he is encouraging other artists to join him in taking control of their music.
The country music superstar made the announcement at Allstate Arena in the Chicago suburbs where he was to open his world tour later Thursday. It’s the first of 11 concerts planned in the Chicago area before shows in Atlanta and Jacksonville, Florida.
Brooks was one of the last holdout big-name musicians refusing to put his music on iTunes. He previously announced a deal with the Sony Music label for a new album.