'Johnny's Mic' sells for $50,787

DALLAS - An anonymous bidder Friday snatched a piece of TV history, offering $50,787 for the microphone that sat prominently on the desk of late-night king Johnny Carson until the 1980s. The offer was about twice that expected at auction.

The label on the 10-pound Shure model SM33 ribbon microphone bluntly declares: "Johnny's Mic... Not Ed's... Not Fred's" - a reference to announcer Ed McMahon and producer Fred DeCordova.

Ebert gets star on Walk of Fame

NEW YORK - Roger Ebert has thumbed his way to a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

"I just read that when Saul Bellow won the Nobel Prize, he said, 'The child in me is delighted. The adult in me is skeptical.' I feel the same way, except that the adult in me is delighted, too," Ebert said in a statement.

The movie critic will receive the honor on Hollywood Boulevard on June 23.

'Idol' contestant's band inks deal

EW YORK - The band of "American Idol" finalist Constantine Maroulis on May 10 will release its first CD, recorded before the singer's fame skyrocketed on the TV talent show.

Koch Records has announced a deal with Pray for the Soul of Betty, the New York band Maroulis fronted before auditioning for the Fox reality program.

Oscar winner Mills dies at 97

LONDON - Actor Sir John Mills, the quintessential British officer in scores of films, died Saturday after an Oscar-winning career spanning more than 50 years that included roles in "Gandhi" and "Ryan's Daughter." He was 97.

- From wire reports