Partying for DJ AM
Friends of DJ AM are throwing a party to welcome the celebrity disc jockey home after he survived a fiery plane crash last month in South Carolina.
Mark Ronson, Cut Chemist, Steve Aoki and other AM pals will perform at the event, which will be held Tuesday at the Avalon nightclub in Hollywood.
DJ AM and former Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker suffered severe burns in the Sept. 19 crash at the main airport in Columbia. Two pilots and two other passengers were killed.
All proceeds will go to memorial funds for the crash victims, organizers said Wednesday.
AM's publicist said she didn't know if he would attend the event. He and Barker were recently released from a burn hospital in Augusta, Ga.; Barker is now being treated at a hospital in Los Angeles.
In an interview with Us Weekly magazine this week, Barker said he's just glad to be alive.
“I hate planes,” he said. “My biggest fear ever is to be involved in a plane crash, so when that happened … well, I'm just thankful to be alive! I'm just grateful to be here at all.”
Spears' lawyer rejects plea deal
An attorney for Britney Spears has rejected a plea offer that would have placed her on a year's probation and forced her to pay a $150 fine in her misdemeanor driver's license case.
Attorney Michael Flanagan says Spears would consider an offer that reduces the charge to an infraction and requires her to pay a $10 fine. He says if the case does go to trial as scheduled later this month, he will appeal any conviction.
He says the 26-year-old singer is being unfairly targeted because she is a celebrity and doesn't deserve a blemish on her criminal record.
The charge is the last remnants of a criminal case that city prosecutors lodged against Spears after she hit a parked car in August 2007 and left without notifying the owner.
Linkin Park cancels its China tour
Linkin Park is canceling its China tour because lead singer Chester Bennington has suffered a back injury.
The band didn't say Tuesday how Bennington suffered the injury.
A statement posted on Linkin Park's official Web site said the band was canceling shows scheduled for October in Beijing, Shanghai, the central city Wuhan and the southern gambling enclave Macau.
The band also canceled its show in Taipei, the capital of Taiwan.
The concerts were fundraisers for victims of May's deadly earthquake in China's Sichuan province.
Platt to star in ‘Guys and Dolls'
Broadway has found its Nathan Detroit for the revival of “Guys and Dolls” – Oliver Platt. Platt will portray the unapologetic gambler in the classic Frank Loesser musical that will open March 1 at the Nederlander Theatre, producer Howard Panter said Wednesday.
Actress-TV personality Sharon Osbourne, 56. Actor Tony Shalhoub, 55. Actor Scott Bakula, 54. Actor John O'Hurley, 54. Golfer Annika Sorenstam, 38. Sean Lennon, 33. Actor Randy Spelling, 30. Actor Brandon Routh, 29. Actor Zachery Ty Bryan, 27.
This day in history Oct. 9
1888: The public was first admitted to the Washington Monument.
1930: Laura Ingalls became the first woman to fly across the United States as she completed a nine-stop journey from Roosevelt Field, N.Y., to Glendale, Calif.