The ‘A' List

Phish rephorming

Those reunion rumors weren't just cut bait: Four years after disbanding, the time seems right to Phish.

The Vermont-bred foursome on Wednesday announced three concert dates next March in Hampton, Va., a longtime favorite venue for the band and its fiercely loyal fans. Other 2009 dates will be announced later, according to a notice posted on the band's Web site.

Ambrosia Healy, a spokeswoman for the band, confirmed in a news release the dates of March 6-8 at the Hampton Coliseum.

After a run of more than 20 years, Phish called it quits in 2004. Though fans continued to pack stadiums that year, it was clear that fatigue and personal problems had begun to subtly erode the band's intricate and demanding live sound.

But in recent months, its members began to muse about a renewed appetite for the music, causing fans to buzz that the reunion was all but a done deal.


‘Top Chef' frying up a few surprises

The latest contestants of the “Top Chef” franchise will have some surprises in store for them, including Martha Stewart, the Foo Fighters and a new judge.

Bravo announced Wednesday the lucky 17 new contestants to vie for the title of “Top Chef: New York,” the fifth season of the cable network's tastiest reality competition show.

As usual, the competitors will test their culinary mastery against each other, in hopes of winning $100,00 in seed money, a feature in Food & Wine magazine, a showcase at the Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen and the title of Top Chef.

But they'll be in for a few surprises as well, including a brand new judge. Toby Young is a British journalist, food critic and author of “How to Lose Friends and Alienate People,” a memoir that has been adapted into a movie starring Simon Pegg that will open on Friday. Young will join the returning Tom Colicchio, Gail Simmons and host Padma Lakshmi.

“Top Chef: New York” will premiere Nov. 12 at 10 p.m. on Bravo.


Psychologically, stars urge votes

How do you get kids to vote? Just say no.

Leonardo DiCaprio, Halle Berry, Jennifer Aniston, Tobey Maguire, Eva Longoria Parker and other stars are using reverse psychology to get young people into voting booths on election day.

In a new public service announcement that hit YouTube and other online outlets Wednesday, DiCaprio says: “Please – just don't vote.” Others echo his plea: “Don't vote.”

But the stars soon twist the message: Voting is a civic duty and the only way to effect change.

“I mean, seriously … after this whole video – if you're not gonna vote, I don't even know what to say. … You know you have to vote,” says DiCaprio, who produced the PSA.

Also appearing: Ellen DeGeneres, Forest Whitaker, Dustin Hoffman, Demi Moore, Sarah Silverman, Jonah Hill, Ashton Kutcher, Courteney Cox, Laura Linney, Natalie Portman, Jamie Foxx, Usher, Kyra Sedgwick and



Singer-songwriter Don McLean, 63. Photographer Annie Leibovitz, 59. Singer-actor Sting, 57. Actress Lorraine Bracco, 54. Actress-talk show host Kelly Ripa, 38. Singer Tiffany, 37. Actor Efren Ramirez, 35.

This day in history Oct. 2

1950: The comic strip “Peanuts,” created by Charles M. Schulz, was syndicated to seven newspapers.

1985: Actor Rock Hudson died at his home in Beverly Hills, Calif., at age 59 after battling AIDS.