Mandela launches comic book series about his life

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - Former President Nelson Mandela launched the first edition Friday of a series of comic books about his life aimed at encouraging young South Africans to read.

''You know you are really famous when becoming a comic character,'' the 87-year-old anti-apartheid icon joked at his Nelson Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg.

The nine books are among initiatives aimed at preserving Mandela's legacy.

Connick Jr. finds his Babe

NEW YORK - Harry Connick Jr. has found his Babe.

Kelli O'Hara will play Babe Williams to Connick's Sid Sorokin in the upcoming Broadway revival of ''The Pajama Game.''

The Roundabout Theatre Company production of one of the biggest musical hits of the 1950s begins preview performances Jan. 19 and opens Feb. 23.

Music helps Chesney deal with breakup

NEW YORK - Kenny Chesney says his music has helped him deal with the breakup of his brief marriage to ''Bridget Jones'' actress Renee Zellweger.

''It's like medicine - and obviously I need that now,'' the 37-year-old country singer tells Life magazine in an upcoming issue.

His new album, ''The Road and the Radio,'' is set for release Nov. 8.

Once neighbors, now co-stars

NEW YORK - Two former neighbors are now future co-stars.

Bruce Willis says Halle Berry brought him the script for the thriller ''Perfect Stranger,'' which is expected to start shooting in January.

''She knocked on the door and said, 'I'd like you to take a look at this,' and I'm doing it,'' Willis told ''Access Hollywood'' in an interview Thursday.

- From wire reports