stars turn out

for relief concert

NEW YORK - With the waters of Hurricane Katrina yet to recede, Randy Newman sang about a long-ago flood in "Louisiana 1927" to open a benefit program spread across dozens of television networks Friday.

The hourlong appeal was an echo of a somber event held four years ago to benefit victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack, with the same producer. This time, the telethon had more determination than shock and featured native jazz, gospel and swamp-rock sounds.

ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, UPN and the WB - the six biggest broadcast networks - aired it along with several cable networks. Viewers in nearly 100 countries were able to tune in. Contributions were being solicited for the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army.

Dodge City, Kan., honors 50 years

of 'Gunsmoke'

DODGE CITY, Kan. - Kansas had dozens of old West cow towns. Yet only one - Dodge City - is recognized around the world, thanks to a 20-year television run of "Gunsmoke."

This weekend, fans came to pay homage on the 50th anniversary of the start of the show, which drew upon the town's real Old West history, including the likes of Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson and Doc Holliday.

Cameron Crowe to attend show

in Elizabethtown

ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. - Cameron Crowe will attend the first U.S. screening of his new movie, "Elizabethtown," Sept. 17 in Elizabethtown.

Co-star Orlando Bloom will be on hand for a screening later that night in Louisville.

"Elizabethtown" is director Crowe's nod to his Kentucky roots; his father was raised in Powell County. Scenes for the movie, also starring Kirsten Dunst, were shot in Elizabethtown, Versailles and Louisville.

- From wire reports