News Roundup: Nov. 11

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Former Beatle George Harrison, currently undergoing radical cancer treatment at the Staten Island University Hospital in New York for lung and brain cancer, has recorded a new song for release this month. The song “Horse to the Water” was recorded with bandleader Jools Holland and is credited to “RIP Ltd. 2001,” obviously short for “rest in peace.” Holland commented to Reuters that the publishing credit “reveals George’s dark sense of humor.”


Veteran stuntman Bobby Bass, who worked on many hit movies, including Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Thelma & Louise and popular TV shows including The A Team and Star Trek, died Wednesday of Parkinson’s disease. Bass was 65. Bass also trained such Hollywood stars as John Wayne, Burt Reynolds and Sylvester Stallone.

In General

Veteran ABC newscaster Sam Donaldson hosted a town hall meeting discussing the war in Afghanistan and the struggling economy, which was broadcast live to a national radio audience Saturday. “Town meetings are nothing new,” said Donaldson. “It’s not like we’re breaking huge new ground, but for us it’s something new.” His guests included Senator John McCain of Arizona and Senator Pete Domenici of New Mexico.

Billy Crudup, star of Almost Famous and Jesus’s Son, will headline the Broadway revival of The Elephant Man early next year. Crudup will play the severely deformed John Merrick, who lived in Britain in the 1800s. John Hurt was nominated for an Academy Award for his performance in the 1980 David Lynch film.

Tickets to the Victoria’s Secret show Tuesday in New York are rumored to be valued at $25,000, the New York Post reported. In attendance will be supermodels Heidi Klum, Karolina Kurkova, Bridget Hall and Anouck Lepere. The proceeds will go to the children of the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks.

Rolling Stone frontman Mick Jagger will perform at a small party Nov. 15 at the El Rey Theater in Los Angeles to kick off the release of his new solo album Goddess in the Doorway, in advance of the Nov. 20 release date. Virgin Records is distributing the album. Jagger‘s spokeswoman stressed it would not be a full-blown concert, but Jagger will perform his new single “God Gave Me Everything,” which he co-wrote with Lenny Kravitz.