Jazz pianist Hank Jones dies at 91 in NY
NEW YORK -- Jazz pianist and composer Hank Jones, whose 70-year career included a stint as Ella Fitzgerald's pianist and Marilyn Monroe's accompanist when she sang ''Happy Birthday'' to President John F. Kennedy, has died, his manager said Monday. He was 91. Jones, who won a Grammy lifetime achievement award last year and received the National Medal of Arts from President George W. Bush in 2008, died Sunday night at a New York hospital after a brief illness, Jean-Pierre Leduc said.
Conan O'Brien to work from Warner lot
NEW YORK -- Conan O'Brien will host his new TBS talk show from a California studio that most recently housed ''America's Best Dance Crew.'' But it does have a rich movie history.
His show begins in November, and will be recorded on the Warner Brothers lot in Burbank. That's close to where O'Brien did the ''Tonight'' show at NBC, a job he held for a little more than six months.
Warner's Stage 15 was where ''All The Presidents Men,'' ''Batman Returns,'' ''Ghostbusters,'' ''The Perfect Storm,'' ''The Music Man,'' ''Gremlins,'' ''Blazing Saddles'' and many other films were made.
O'Brien quipped: ''I can't wait to interview the cast of 'Jersey Shore' on the same lot where they filmed 'Casablanca.'''
Film to be about Obama's childhood
JAKARTA, Indonesia -- An Indonesian filmmaker said Monday that his upcoming movie about the childhood of President Barack Obama will portray how the diversity of Jakarta influenced the future president.
Obama lived in the city with his mother and Indonesian stepfather from 1967 to 1971.
Director Damien Dematra is basing his movie on a fictionalized account of Obama's childhood that he published earlier this year, using interviews with neighbors and friends of Obama and his family. The movie will be in both English and the Indonesian language.
''We want to show the world that Obama lived in Indonesia's pluralistic environment, with different religions and races, and his experiences of pluralism led him to become a great man,'' Dematra said.