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PITCHED: No jokes about going to the dogs, but soccer star David Beckham is set to appear alongside cartoon canine detective Scooby-Doo in a new European ad campaign for Adidas, the sportswear giant has announced. In the ad, set to premiere Friday on cable and satellite TV, the Real Madrid teammate, 29, shows up as a ghost who is eventually exposed by Scooby-Doo and his human allies. Says Beckham: "I liked the idea that I would feature in a legendary cartoon that my kids watch." Beckham and wife Victoria have two children: Brooklyn, born in 1999, and Romeo, in 2002.
ORDERED: FOX TV has green-lighted a pilot for a variety show starring the Canadian-bred Barenaked Ladies – Steven Page, Jim Creeggan, Ed Robertson, Kevin Hearn and Tyler Stewart – that will feature the playful rock group performing music and comedy skits along with guest actors, AP reports. Tentative title: The Barenaked Ladies Variety Show.
DIED: American fashion master Geoffrey Beene, 77, known for his lightness of designs and for dressing several First Ladies, died from complications of pneumonia Tuesday at his Manhattan home. "He was a designer's designer, one of the most artistic creators in the world of fashion and someone who was really admired by his peers," fashion historian Valerie Steele, who is also director and chief curator of the museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, told Reuters.
SOUGHT: Singer Frankie Valli (real name: Frank Castelluccio) has filed for divorce from his wife of 20 years, reports the Associated Press. Divorce papers filed Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court show that Valli, 70, and his estranged wife, Randy, separated Thursday. The couple have 10-year-old twin boys and a 17-year-old son.
CELEBRATED: French sex symbol Brigitte Bardot turned 70 in Paris on Tuesday, setting off tributes and an auction of memorabilia from her 1950s and '60s films, reports Reuters. As Bardot recently told the French magazine OH LA! (as translated by The New York times): "I will drink a glass of champagne, have one or two friends over. I will be 70. I thank God for making it this far. But ... I would prefer being 30."
RANKED: Details magazine's new "Power Issue" lists the 50 most powerful men under 38. Among them: Google guys Sergey Brin and Larry Page, Leonardo DiCaprio, Scott Peterson, Will Ferrell, Chris Martin, A-Rod and White House communications director Dan Bartlett. "The Power List isn't just about celebrity status and bank accounts," says editor Dan Peres, whose choices, he insists, "represent power in all sense of the word, whether it was the rawest form of human power such as physical violation or delivering the most anticipated film of the year."
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