NEWS BRIEFS: Madonna Ready to Go Global

03/23/2004 AT 12:00 PM EST

LAUNCHED: Madonna, 45, will begin an international Re-Invention world tour in Los Angeles on May 24, with stops in New York City (June 16-17), London (Aug. 18) and Paris (Sept. 1), it was announced Monday. Her manager, Caresse Henry, said: "She can't wait to get back on stage to recreate her songs from the earliest days of her career up until the present." Madonna also will make stops in Las Vegas, Washington, D.C., Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago, Toronto, Atlanta and Miami.

WED: "Entertainment Tonight" anchor Bob Goen, 49, married HGTV's "Landscaper's Challenge" host Marianne Curan in a private ceremony in Southern California Saturday evening, reports the Associated Press. It was the second marriage for both. The ceremony was officiated by a friend of the couple, David Katzner, who was ordained online, said Goen's publicist Lee Wallman. Goen's best man was his 9-year-old son and the ring bearer was the couple's dog Stogie.


QUOTED: "Bless her cotton socks and good luck to her." -- Pierce Brosnan, 49, claiming ignorance about reports that Britney Spears will be the next Bond girl


ADMITTED: Aretha Franklin has been hospitalized in an undisclosed location for an undisclosed ailment but is in stable condition, her publicist said Monday. The Queen of Soul, who turns 62 on Thursday, lives in Detroit. Last month, she won a Grammy Award for best traditional R&B vocal performance for "Wonderful" from her latest CD, "So Damn Happy."

CHARGED: Alex Lifeson (real name: Alex Zivojinovich), 50, the lead guitarist for the rock band Rush, was charged Monday with two counts of battery, more than three months after a New Year's Eve scuffle with sheriff's deputies at a Naples, Fla., hotel, AP reports. Deputies said the fight started when the guitarist's son, Justin Zivojinovich, 33, refused to get off the stage at The Ritz-Carlton, where the house band was performing. Justin was charged with one count of resisting with violence, and Alex's wife was later charged with resisting arrest.

PACKAGED: Sony, the label to Beyonce and Bruce Springsteen, is working out a deal to promote the upcoming launch of its download music service through McDonald's, the Los Angeles Times reports. The fast-food chain is expected to commit about $30 million in advertising to the partnership in exchange for unspecified discounts to license some songs from Sony's new download service, Sony Connect. Those songs would then be offered to McDonald's patrons for free with the purchase of certain menu items. Both Sony and McDonald's declined to comment on the report.

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