Kenny Rogers sues for royalties
Kenny Rogers is suing Capitol Records, claiming the company has not properly paid him for digital downloads, ringtones and other uses of his songs, The Associated Press reports. Rogers in the lawsuit filed in federal court in Nashville is seeking a declaration that under his contract, he is owed 50 percent of net royalties for the licensing of his master recordings to third parties such as iTunes and Verizon Wireless. A spokesman for Capitol Records did not return a call seeking comment. The suit states that Rogers began an audit of Capitol's books in 2007 and was engaged in fruitless settlement negotiations with the company for about three years before suing.
New action-thriller role for Gina Carano
Gina Carano, the mixed martial-arts fighter and breakthrough star of Steven Soderbergh's espionage-thriller "Haywire" has signed up for another action flick, Newsday's Rafer Guzmán reports. "In the Blood" is being described as similar to the Liam Neeson vehicle "Taken," with Carano playing a wife whose violent past comes in handy when her husband is apparently kidnapped during a Caribbean vacation. Director John Stockwell ("Blue Crush") is set to begin shooting in late spring or early summer in Puerto Rico.
Whitney Houston films, specials air
More Whitney Houston-related programming: Wednesday night at 9, E! will air a news special, "Whitney Houston: Last Days of a Legend," hosted by Giuliana Rancic. On Friday at 8 p.m., Encore will air two of Houston's films, "Waiting to Exhale" and "The Preacher's Wife." Lifetime will re-air Houston's first film "The Bodyguard," in which she co-stars opposite Kevin Costner, Saturday at 8 p.m. Immediately following, at 11 p.m., the network will air "Biography: Whitney Houston," which will look back at the singer's life and career.