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PEOPLE IN BRIEF: Producer sues Lady Gaga

NEW YORK -- A songwriter and music producer who claims he helped launch pop star Lady Gaga says she squeezed him out of her lucrative career after he co-wrote some of her songs, came up with her stage name and helped get her record deal.

Rob Fusari filed a $35 million lawsuit against the Grammy Award-winning pop star, saying his protege and former girlfriend ditched him as her career soared.

''All business is personal,'' said the lawsuit, filed Wednesday in a Manhattan state court.

Lady Gaga's spokesman, Dave Tomberlin, didn't immediately respond to an e-mail sent Thursday by The Associated Press.

Bullock cancels appearance amid rumors of husband's affair

LOS ANGELES -- Sandra Bullock canceled her appearance at the London premiere of ''The Blind Side'' days after Internet reports alleged she was having trouble in her marriage and that she had left the couple's Southern California home.

Calls and e-mails to representatives for Bullock and her husband, celebrity motorcycle builder Jesse James, weren't immediately answered.

Internet tabloid reports surfaced Wednesday alleging that 40-year-old motorcycle builder had been unfaithful to Bullock, whom he married in 2005.

The couple were last seen together publicly at the Oscars. While Bullock didn't specifically thank James in her acceptance speech for best actress, they walked hand-in-hand on the red carpet, and he attended numerous award shows with her leading up to the Oscars.

Fess Parker, TV's 'Davy Crockett,' dies at 85

LOS ANGELES -- Actor Fess Parker, who became every baby boomer's idol in the 1950s and launched a craze for coonskin caps as television's Davy Crockett, died Thursday of natural causes. He was 85.

Family spokeswoman Sao Anash said Parker, who was also TV's Daniel Boone and later a major California winemaker and developer, died at his Santa Ynez Valley home. His death comes on the 84th birthday of his wife of 50 years, Marcella.