NEW YORK (AP) – “National Anthem,” a documentary film by Albert Maysles and D.A. Pennebaker on the Vote for Change concert tour, will air Monday on the Sundance Channel.

The concert tour, presented by MoveOn PAC, was designed to focus on states expected to have the closest races in this year’s presidential election. It began Oct. 1, and was to take artists including Bruce Springsteen, R.E.M. and the Dixie Chicks to 33 cities in 11 states. Proceeds go to America Coming Together, or ACT, a group raising money for Democratic candidates.

The TV special, “National Anthem: Inside the “Vote for Change’ Concert Tour,” will include behind-the-scenes footage from the tour and live performances from the final concert Monday at the MCI Center in Washington. It will air from 6:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. ET.

“Sundance is pleased to present these legendary filmmakers’ view of the collision between pop culture and politics at this fascinating moment in U.S. history,” Sundance Channel founder Robert Redford said in a statement Thursday.

Redford described Maysles and Pennebaker as the “pre-eminent observers of politics and music in our time.”

Maysles’ films include “Gimme Shelter,” a documentary of the Rolling Stones’ 1969 tour. Pennebaker directed “Don’t Look Back,” a 1967 documentary on Bob Dylan, “Monterey Pop” and the David Bowie concert film, “Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars.” He co-directed “The War Room” with Chris Hegedus, a documentary of Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign.

Pennebaker and Maysles worked together on “Primary,” a documentary that followed presidential hopefuls John F. Kennedy and Hubert Humphrey during the 1960 Wisconsin primary.

LONDON (AP) – Fashion designer Stella McCartney, daughter of former Beatle Paul McCartney, has announced that she is expecting her first child.

McCartney made the announcement Thursday at the launch of her new spring/summer collection during Paris Fashion Week. A spokesman for the designer confirmed she was 3 1/2 months pregnant.

The designer told The Daily Telegraph newspaper she didn’t know whether the baby would be a boy or a girl.

“I want it to be a natural thing,” McCartney was quoted as saying. “I want it to be a surprise.”

McCartney, 33, married former publisher Alasdhair Willis in August 2003.

The baby will be the third grandchild for the former Beatle. His eldest daughter, Mary, has two sons. His wife, Heather Mills McCartney, gave birth to a daughter, Beatrice, last year.

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Tiger Woods finally confirmed Friday what everybody’s known for the last three days: He married Swedish model Elin Nordegren in Barbados.

“There certainly has been a lot of speculation about my personal life, which is why Elin and I wanted to confirm that we got married on Tuesday,” Woods said on his Web site. “Elin and I celebrated this wonderful occasion with our close friends and family, and we look forward to starting our new life together.”

Woods canceled an appearance Sunday in Orlando, Fla., where he was to meet with winners of the Buick Scramble, the world’s largest amateur golf event. Woods has an endorsement deal with Buick.

NEW YORK (AP) – Sean “P. Diddy” Combs is on the prowl for some ladies – who can sing and dance.

On Thursday, he announced dates for an open-call audition for his new MTV series, “Making the Band 3,” a reality show about Combs producing an all-girl pop group.

“I want a group of women that can sing like Christina Aguilera and dance like Usher,” Combs told The Associated Press by phone. “I’m looking to create an international supergroup to follow in the footsteps of the Supremes and Destiny’s Child.”

Combs hosted “Making the Band 2” for three seasons in which he formed the hip-hop group, Da Band, before disbanding them. This time around, Combs sees less opportunity for failure.

“Diddy with the ladies! How can you go wrong?” he told the AP on Thursday.

The rap and fashion mogul says the new group will still have hip-hop undertones, and will definitely have more determination. To detect the right girls, P. Diddy says he has an eye – and an ear and a nose – for talent.

“I have the ear. I can see it. I can smell it. I know in my gut,” he said.

This won’t be P. Diddy’s first time crafting an all-girl pop group. He was the mastermind behind Dream, a pop quartet who sang the hit “He Loves Me Not.”

The open-call auditions begin Tuesday in Los Angeles, then head to Miami on Oct. 18 and New York City on Oct. 21. Contestants must be at least 18 years old.

“Making the Band 3” will premiere on MTV early next year.

LOS ANGELES (AP) – A low-key Courtney Love made a brief court appearance and was told to return Oct. 27 for a preliminary hearing to determine if she stands trial for allegedly attacking a woman with a liquor bottle.

Love, who strode into court wearing a miniskirt and sweater over tights and thigh-high boots, softly answered “yes” Thursday when asked if she agreed to the next court date.

She was mobbed by TV and still photographers as she left the courthouse. A team of sheriff’s deputies was assigned to keep the media crowd under control.

“Look this way, Courtney!” one person shouted. But the 40-year-old singer-actress hurried to her car without posing or commenting.

Love has pleaded not guilty to the felony assault charge and is free on $150,000 bail. She allegedly attacked the woman at an ex-boyfriend’s home in April.

NEW YORK (AP) – Kathie Lee Gifford is going “Under the Bridge.”

The former daytime talk-show host has written the book and lyrics to a new musical based on the children’s book “The Family Under the Bridge” by Natalie Savage Carlson.

The story follows a Parisian hobo who must give up his solitary, carefree life when he finds three children and their mother seeking shelter under the bridge he also calls home. It was a 1959 Newbery Honor Book.

Directed by Eric Schaeffer with music by David Pomeranz, “Under the Bridge” will open a 12-week off-Broadway run at the Zipper Theatre on Dec. 1. The official opening is set for Jan. 6. Ed Dixon will star as the hobo.

Gifford, 51, a former Carnival Cruise Lines spokeswomen, stepped away from her “Live With Regis & Kathie Lee” chair in 2000. In May, she released the gospel album “Gentle Grace,” filled with songs she co-wrote. She also wrote the musical “Hurricane Aimee” about evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson.

LOS ANGELES (AP) – “Four Weddings and Funeral” actress Andie MacDowell and businessman Rhett Hartzog have called it quits after nearly three years of marriage.

On Thursday, MacDowell’s publicist, Karen Samfilippo, confirmed the divorce, which had been reported earlier by People magazine, but declined to comment further.

MacDowell, 46, and Hartzog, 45, married in November 2001 in Asheville, N.C. They had been classmates at Gaffney High School in South Carolina.

The actress has three children from her first marriage to Paul Qualley. Hartzog’s marriage to MacDowell was his first.

MacDowell will appear in the upcoming “Beauty Shop,” starring Queen Latifah. Her films also include “Michael, “Groundhog Day” and “Green Card.”

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) – The Spoleto Festival USA finished its 2004 season in the black for the ninth-straight season, festival managing director Nigel Redden said.

The festival closed its books with a $2,385 surplus in its $6.8 million budget.

Redden had said earlier the festival was taking a risk by presenting the Chinese opera “The Peony Pavilion” in six three-hour segments.

“Luckily, “The Peony Pavilion’ was well-received as was the appearance of Mikhail Baryshnikov,” Redden said Thursday. Baryshnikov appeared in the play “The Doctor and the Patient,” a new work by Rezo Gabriadze.

The festival also set a new box-office record, selling $2.5 million worth of tickets, about $21,000 more than in 2003, Redden said. There were a record 141 events during the 2004 festival, during which nearly 70,000 tickets were sold.

Spoleto Festival USA was founded in 1977 as the American counterpart to a festival held annually in Spoleto, Italy. It fills Charleston’s theaters, churches and outdoor spaces with performances of opera, theater, dance and music, as well as the visual arts.


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