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PEOPLE IN BRIEF: Amanpour to start at ABC on Aug. 1

Amanpour to start at ABC on Aug. 1

NEW YORK -- ABC's Christiane Amanpour officially joins the Sunday morning talk world on Aug. 1.

ABC said Tuesday that the former CNN international reporter begins as host of ''This Week'' in less than three weeks. Amanpour was a surprise hire to replace George Stephanopoulos on the Sunday political show, which competes with NBC's ''Meet the Press'' and CBS' ''Face the Nation.''

With an August start, ABC wants Amanpour to get in the Sunday morning rhythm and get a few shows done before the political season starts in earnest.

Jake Tapper has filled in as host for the past several months.

Jolie says she wouldn't make a good spy

WASHINGTON -- Angelina Jolie said she's a lousy liar and wouldn't make a good spy in real life.

Jolie plays a CIA operative who is accused of being a Russian spy in her upcoming movie ''Salt.''

In a recent interview with The Associated Press, Jolie confided: ''I can keep a secret, but if pressed, I'm a bad liar.''

Ordinarily, she said, she speaks with authority. But the actress admits that she'd probably ''falter or stutter'' if she told a fib and it would quickly be detected.

Jolie is better at fighting. When she was in school, Jolie said someone insulted a person she cared about and she let fists fly. After a couple of punches ''it kind of ended there,'' she said.

Ne-Yo sued over failure to appear at Wash. concert

ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- R&B singer Ne-Yo and his booking agency are being sued in Maryland by a promoter over the performer's failure to appear at a 2008 New Year's Eve concert in Washington state.

The lawsuit is scheduled for trial later this month in Anne Arundel County, where Ne-Yo's booking agent, Mike Esterman, is based.

Kenyohn Clark's lawsuit seeks $1 million in damages from Ne-Yo, whose real name is Shaffer Smith, and Esterman. Clark claims the botched concert damaged his reputation and that Esterman refused to refund a $95,000 deposit.