PEOPLE IN BRIEF: Mariah Carey 'embarrassed' over concert

Mariah Carey ‘embarrassed’ over concert

NEW YORK — Mariah Carey said she was unaware that she was booked to perform a concert linked to Gadhafi’s clan — and she’s embarrassed ‘‘to have participated in this mess.’’

Carey is among a handful of entertainers who were paid handsome fees to give exclusive private concerts. It was later revealed the people behind those concerts were the family of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, whose country is in an open revolt against him and who faces an investigation for possible war crimes.

This week, Nelly Furtado announced she is giving the $1 million fee she was paid in 2007 to charity; Beyonce said in a statement Wednesday that she donated her fees for a 2009 New Year’s Eve performance in St. Bart’s to Haiti earthquake relief once she discovered the Gadhafi link.

DreamWorks buys rights to WikiLeaks book

LONDON — A British newspaper said Steven Spielberg’s DreamWorks Studio has bought screen rights to its book about WikiLeaks and its founder, Julian Assange.

The Guardian said DreamWorks has optioned ‘‘WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange’s War on Secrecy’’ by Guardian journalists David Leigh and Luke Harding, as well as ‘‘Inside WikiLeaks’’ by site defector Daniel Domscheit-Berg.

Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger described the proposed film Thursday as ‘‘Woodward and Bernstein meets Stieg Larsson meets Jason Bourne. Plus the odd moment of sheer farce.’’

No writer, director or cast have been lined up.

Piano Man tells all this summer

NEW YORK — The Piano Man will be bringing the news, good and bad, this summer.

HarperCollins announced details Thursday about Billy Joel’s ‘‘The Book of Joel,’’ coming out June 14. The memoir will take fans on an ‘‘emotional ride’’ from the writing of such favorites as ‘‘Just the Way You Are’’ and ‘‘New York State of Mind’’ to his broken marriage to Christie Brinkley and his struggles with depression and substance abuse.