PEOPLE: Andy Griffith to be health care law pitchman

Andy Griffith to be health care law pitchman

WASHINGTON -- Actor Andy Griffith has a new role: pitching President Barack Obama's health care law to seniors in a cable television ad paid for by Medicare.

The TV star -- whose role as sheriff of Mayberry made him an enduring symbol of small-town American values -- tells seniors that ''good things are coming'' under the health care overhaul, including free preventive checkups and lower-cost prescriptions for Medicare recipients.

Polls show that seniors are more skeptical of the health care law than are younger people because Medicare cuts provide much of the financing to expand coverage for the uninsured.

Bullock wants out of video on Gulf restoration

NEW ORLEANS -- A spokeswoman for Sandra Bullock says the actress wants her parts of a video promoting Gulf Coast restoration removed until she learns whether oil companies influenced it.

The statement Thursday came after the website DeSmogBlog called the campaign an industry push to get support for drilling and taxpayer money to repair wetland damage caused by the BP oil spill.

Women of the Storm, a New Orleans group that produced the video, lists America's Wetland Foundation as a partner. The foundation lists BP and other oil companies as sponsors on its website.

Anne Milling, founder of Women of the Storm, says the foundation provided experts and information. But she says the video was not funded by oil companies.

Peas' 'I Gotta Feeling' hits 6M downloads

NEW YORK -- The Black Eyed Peas have more proof of the ubiquity of ''I Gotta Feeling.''

Their No. 1 hit has become the first song to reach the 6 million mark in digital downloads.

''We came out in '98 and our career, if you would look at it on chart, there's no dips in it,'' the group's leader, will.i.am, said.