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Barbra Streisand advocates for research funding

Barbra Streisand.

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Barbra Streisand.

Barbra Streisand is appealing to lawmakers on Capitol Hill for more funding and research devoted to heart disease in women. In a statement issued Wednesday, Streisand (inset) says heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women yet most research is focused on men. She says, ‘‘We cannot let another year pass when another 400,000 of our fellow women die because these disparities aren’t addressed.’’ In 2012, Streisand founded the Barbra Streisand Women’s Heart Center at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute to help research the disease that kills more women than all cancers combined. The Oscar, Emmy, Grammy, and Tony winner met with Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.), Representative Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), and both women’s caucuses.

Lopez to sing at World Cup

Jennifer Lopez.

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Jennifer Lopez.

Not so fast: J.Lo is performing at the World Cup after all. Jennifer Lopez said in an interview with the Associated Press that she is flying to Brazil on Tuesday night to perform during the tournament’s opening ceremony on Thursday. ‘‘I’m coming. I leave tonight. We always were going,’’ she said. ‘‘I think people get anxious, especially with me and my schedule. People get nervous and I think it was a little bit premature to announce anything,’’ she said. ‘‘But we are definitely going.’’ FIFA officials announced earlier this week that the singer wouldn’t perform the official tune ‘‘We Are One (Ole Ola)’’ alongside Pitbull and Claudia Leitte. But Lopez said they will perform before Brazil takes on Croatia at Thursday’s opening game in Sao Paulo. Lopez said the World Cup song was orchestrated by Pitbull, who invited her to join on the track. ‘‘I can’t take credit for this. This was one of Pitbull’s call-ins,’’ said Lopez, who has collaborated with the rapper on the hits ‘‘On the Floor’’ and ‘‘Dance Again.’’ ‘‘He had this record and he’s like, ‘I think this record could be great for the World Cup,’’ she recalled. ‘‘I’m so lucky that he gave me the opportunity.’’

Deen plans online network

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Celebrity cook Paula Deen, whose career was derailed after she admitted using racial slurs, is going digital. Paula Deen Ventures, a new company formed to help launch a comeback for Deen, announced plans Wednesday for the creation of the Paula Deen Network. The paid subscription-based network is set to launch in September and will be accessible by computer, smartphone, or tablet. The network will feature daily programming in an unscripted format with new recipes, episodes, and cooking tools. ‘‘We’re going to have so much fun being together and cooking up some wonderful new and classic dishes,’’ Deen said in a news release. ‘‘Y’all can get my recipes, tips and cooking anytime you want — this is for you. I can’t wait to crank up the oven and get cooking for the people I love: my family, my friends, and my fans!’’ Production for the network began last month at a new studio in Savannah that has been designed to look like the set of her first TV show, ‘‘Paula’s Home Cooking.’’ The set was built to accommodate a live studio audience, and guests are planned.

Chappelle on ‘Late Show’

Dave Chappelle says he never quit his Comedy Central show. He’s just seven years late to work. Chappelle appeared on ‘‘The Late Show With David Letterman’’ on Tuesday night, his first late-night appearance in more than six years. Chappelle has kept a mostly low-profile since abruptly exiting ‘‘Chappelle’s Show’’ in 2005. Said Chappelle: ‘‘Technically, I never quit. I’m seven years late for work.’’ The 40-year-old comic next week begins a string of stand-up performances at Radio City Music Hall. Chappelle announced on Letterman that the rapper Nas will join him for his June 23 show. The comedian acknowledged he sometimes misses the lucrative payoff of his Comedy Central contract. He says ‘‘the only difference between having $10 million and $50 million is an astounding $40 million.’’

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