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Tom Cruise sues Life & Style magazine over story

A lawyer for Tom Cruise said he filed a $50 million defamation lawsuit Wednesday against the publishers of Life & Style magazine for articles that said the actor has abandoned Suri, his 6-year-old daughter. Bert Fields said to falsely claim the actor deserted his daughter is a ‘‘vicious lie.’’ ‘‘Tom is a caring father who dearly loves Suri. She’s a vital part of his life and always will be,’’ Fields said. ‘‘To say it in lurid headlines with a tearful picture of Suri is reprehensible.’’ The lawsuit was filed in a Los Angeles federal court. An e-mail message left for a spokeswoman for Bauer Publishing, which produces Life & Style, was not immediately returned. Cruise and Suri’s mother, Katie Holmes, were divorced earlier this year. They had been married for six years. If Cruise prevails, Fields said
his client would give the money to charity.

‘Rear Window’ to stage

A producing team has won the theatrical stage rights to ‘‘Rear Window,’’ the noir tale that Alfred Hitchcock made into a classic film. Producer Charlie Lyons, director Jay Russell, and actor Tim Guinee announced Wednesday that their two-year hunt for the rights had been successful and they’re hoping to mount the show on Broadway. ‘‘Rear Window’’ is based on a Cornell Woolrich short story, ‘‘It Had to Be Murder.’’ The 1954 film version, starring Jimmy Stewart and Grace Kelly, tells the story of a wheelchair-bound witness to a possible murder. Literary agent Sheldon Abend in 1971 purchased a copyright to the short story on which ‘‘Rear Window’’ was based. The new producing team bought the first stage option ever granted by Abend’s trust.

Awards show adds stars

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It’ll be a little bit country and a little bit rock ’n’ roll at next month’s American Music Awards. Organizers announced Wednesday that Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, and Linkin Park will perform at the 40th annual ceremony on Nov. 18. All are also up for awards. Minaj (inset) is the night’s leading nominee, along with Rihanna, with four bids each. Christina Aguilera will also perform at the ceremony at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, where it will be broadcast live on ABC.

Keys app tells her story

Alicia Keys is launching a storytelling app for kids. ‘‘The Journals of Mama Mae and LeeLee,’’ about a young New York girl’s relationship with her wise grandmother, is inspired by Keys’s relationship with her grandmother. The interactive app to be released Thursday lets users read books, play music, and write in a journal. Keys, a 14-time Grammy Award winner, said that after giving birth to her son two years ago she wanted to create learning tools for children.

Life lessons

“There comes a certain point in life when you have to stop blaming other people for how you feel or the misfortunes in your life.” - Actor Hugh Jackman, to Australian Women’s Weekly on forgiving his mother, who abandoned him at age 8.

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