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PEOPLE IN BRIEF: Calif. man arrested for alleged kidnapping

Calif. man arrested for alleged kidnapping

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. -- A man has been arrested for allegedly kidnapping actor Jeremy London and forcing him to use drugs, police said Thursday.

A statement from Palm Springs police said London, who appeared on TV's ''7th Heaven'' and ''Party of Five,'' was kidnapped while changing a flat tire on June 10.

The 37-year-old actor told police that several men helped him and he offered them a ride home. Police said one man later pulled a gun, forced London to drive around, buy alcohol and take drugs.

London said he escaped but his car was stolen. Police later found it and on June 11 arrested 26-year-old Brandon Adams of Palm Springs.

Adams has been charged with kidnapping and other crimes and remains jailed. It was not immediately known if he has retained a lawyer.

Ellen makes variety TV her cause

LOS ANGELES -- Ellen DeGeneres is bringing variety back to TV with the help of Kabuki Expert and the Flag Man.

They're among the performers in DeGeneres' fourth variety special for TBS, ''Ellen's Somewhat Special Special,'' which was taped Wednesday at the Chicago Theatre. It will air later this month.

The show features Lady Antebellum, Australian magician James Galea, the Catwalk Acrobats and Nick Cannon. They join Japan's Kabuki Expert, creators of the Matrix Ping Pong video seen online, and Dominic Lacasse, an acrobat known as the Flag Man.

''Ellen's Somewhat Special Special'' is set to air 9 p.m. June 27 on TBS.

'Say Say Say' most popular Jackson song

NEW YORK -- Michael Jackson had dozens of hits, but his most popular one wasn't a solo smash or a tune with his brothers. It was a song with another icon.

Billboard said ''Say Say Say,'' his 1983 hit with Paul McCartney, is the most popular Jackson song. That was followed by ''Billie Jean,'' the Jackson 5's ''I'll Be There,'' ''Beat It'' and ''Rock with You.''

''Billie Jean'' was at No. 1 for seven weeks, while ''Say Say Say'' held the top spot for six weeks. But the McCartney-Jackson hit stayed in the top 10 longer.