Ian McKellen hoping to play Gandalf again

WELLINGTON, New Zealand - Ian McKellen, who played Gandalf the Wizard in the ""Lord of the Rings' trilogy, is hoping to reprise the role in another tale from Middle Earth.

A fan asked McKellen on the actor's official Web site if he would play the role of Gandalf in ""The Hobbit,' which is being produced by Peter Jackson, director of the ""Rings' trilogy.

""Yes, I will, if Peter Jackson and I have anything to do with it, he being the producer and me being, on the whole, a very lucky actor,' McKellen, 68, said in a reply dated Wednesday.

Stars promote "Leatherheads'

GREENVILLE, S.C. - George Clooney can make just about any woman blush - even Renee Zellweger, his co-star in the new ""Leatherheads' movie.

""Tell them your favorite scene in the film, Renee. The kissing scene,' the 46-year-old actor-director joked during a promotional stop in Greenville, where scenes for the movie were shot.

Zellweger and Clooney greeted several hundred screaming fans who snapped photos and fought the large crowd just to catch a glimpse of the Hollywood stars. The pair signed autographs, posed for pictures and accepted keys to the city.

"Idol' vet to have surgery on polyp

LOS ANGELES - Frenchie Davis, the big-voiced ""American Idol' contestant who found success on Broadway in ""Rent,' will undergo surgery to remove a vocal cord polyp.

Davis said she's eager to take care of the condition that's begun to cause tiredness and hoarseness after performances.

Allman Brothers cancel shows

ATLANTA - An Allman Brothers Band member says Gregg Allman is unable to play several upcoming concerts because of his treatments for hepatitis C.

The band says Allman began treatment last year.