Wednesday Apr 1, 2015

Playwright David Adjmi wins New York infringement court case

NEW YORK (AP) — A playwright who was accused of copyright infringement by lawyers representing the TV show "Three's Company" over his parody of 1970s sitcoms has won a victory in court. Loretta A. Preska, chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District...
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Playwright David Adjmi wins New York infringement court case
Wednesday Apr 1, 2015
Playwright David Adjmi wins New York infringement court case

NEW YORK (AP) — A playwright who was accused of copyright infringement by lawyers representing the TV show "Three's Company" over his parody of 1970s sitcoms has won a victory in court. Loretta A. Preska, chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, ruled Tuesday that David Adjmi, whose play "3C" had a run at Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre in 2012, is protected under the doctrine of fair use. "The play is a highly transformative parody of the television series that, although it appropriates a substantial amount of 'Three's Company,' is a drastic departure from the original that poses little risk to the market for the original," the judge wrote, noting that copyright law "is designed to foster creativity." Adjmi had the backing of many theater community heavyweights, including Jon Robin Baitz, Stephen Sondheim, Tony Kushner, John Guare and Terrence McNally. The play is about two girls — one a tomboy, the other a sexy ditz — and a guy who spontaneously become roommates in a rundown Santa Monica apartment after a wild party. They clash with a dislikable landlord who makes offensive, homophobic jokes. The playwright is exploring the idea of a culture avoiding difficult issues and problems by retreating into sex and drugs. The law firm Kenyon & Kenyon, which represents DLT Entertainment, the owners of the TV sitcom "Three's Company," sent Adjmi a letter demanding that he cease further performances of the play anywhere. The lawyers claimed that "3C" was damaging to a proposed stage version of "Three's Company." After the ruling, Adjmi tweeted: "Come and knock on my door..." ___ Mark Kennedy is at http://twitter.com/KennedyTwits Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Mark Kennedy from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Entrance fees rising in some national parks
Wednesday Apr 1, 2015
Entrance fees rising in some national parks

WASHINGTON (AP) — Be prepared to pay a bit more if you're headed to some national parks and recreation areas this summer. After a six-year moratorium, the federal government is increasing the price of admission at some of its public lands and raising the fees charged for camping, boating, cave tours and other activities. The National Park Service says the money expected to be raised is just a fraction of the $11.5 billion needed to repair and maintain roads, trails and park buildings. Some members of Congress have expressed concern about the fee increases, but National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis said at a March congressional hearing that visitors are still getting an incredible deal when compared to other recreational pursuits. "We cannot greet them with failing facilities," Jarvis said of the 295 million people expected to visit National Park Service properties, which also include sites like the Lincoln Memorial. Fees have increased in eight parks, including Yosemite, so far and are likely to rise in several dozen more parks in the coming months. Each park determines how much to charge visitors after public input and approval from Washington. Jarvis told park superintendents last September to begin the public outreach that must accompany fee increases. The service went to Facebook as part of its efforts to gauge the prospect of higher fees at Yosemite National Park. "Keep in mind — this belongs to the people, and it shouldn't be priced out of the reach of the average person," wrote Gayle Partmann of Rohnert Park, California. Partmann and her family spent several summer vacations at Yosemite when she was growing up. "I'd rather pay money to get into Yosemite than any theme park I've been to," wrote William Sanger of Berwick, Maine, who visited the park in October. Only about a third of the 400-plus properties within the National Park Service system charge an entrance fee. Even in those places that do charge a fee, many visitors are exempted. For example, federal law requires parks to issue free passes for the disabled and to provide the elderly with the option of buying a lifetime pass for just $10. Families can also buy an $80 annual pass that allows them to go to as many national parks as they desire, and that price will remain the same. By comparison, the cost of going to Disneyland for a day is a minimum of $99 for one person age 10 and over. Fees vary from park to park. At Yosemite National Park, the country's third-busiest national park last year, the annual pass increased from $40 to $60. Nick Haris, a motorcyclist who lives about two hours from Yosemite and travels there regularly, said the price increases are unlikely to deter him from coming back, but he's heard grumbling from other motorcyclists. Haris said area motorcyclists generally just want to ensure they're not singled out for steeper increases than other park visitors. The National Park Service helped alleviate some of those concerns by phasing in the increase and not charging as much as originally proposed. The rate per motorcycle has risen from $10 to $15 this year and will jump to $20 next year. "I think it's worth it," Haris said. Jarvis said the National Park Service collects about $180 million annually through fees and had hoped to raise $45 million more through all the fee increases. But officials have delayed or rescinded some proposed increases based on opposition from local residents and lawmakers. The agency's needs are numerous. Half of all paved roads in the national park system have been designated as in fair to poor condition. More than two dozen bridges need repair, as do more than one-third of the hiking trails — some 6,700 miles, according to the agency. Some Republican lawmakers have questioned the scale of the pending fee increases. Republican Rep. Doug LaMalfa, whose Northern California district includes Lassen Volcanic National Park, said the cost of "just driving through the park" is possibly jumping from $10 to $25 per vehicle, while hikers and bikers would see fees go up from $5 to $12 a person, and motorcyclists could see an increase from $5 to $20. He said a modest increase, perhaps 25 percent, could be understandable. But going beyond that "really starts making a difference in people's pocketbooks," LaMalfa said. Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Kevin Freking from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Kurt Russell features in 'Furious 7' clip
Wednesday Apr 1, 2015
Kurt Russell features in 'Furious 7' clip

Experienced actor Kurt Russell appears in 'Furious 7' as a government agent and used a talk show appearance to introduce a new clip.In his guise as a government agent, Russell recruits series mainstay Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) to hunt down a piece of high-powered tech. "If you get the Godseye for me, I've already got authorization for you to use it until you get Shaw," Petty says in reference to antagonist Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) who is looking for revenge on Toretto and his buddies. Presented during a spot on "Jimmy Kimmel Live," Russell expanded on his time working with Vin Diesel. "Very rarely do I work with actors that surprise me in this way," Russell said. "I just thought Vin was Toretto -- he totally sold me. He's the nicest guy, the sweetest guy: smart, loves acting." "He plays [Toretto] so realistically, so authentically, but he could do something completely different." Video - Kurt Russell on Making Furious 7: https://youtu.be/ywXMXVR8Q8E Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

TV vet takes to sky, dives into sea to help injured animals
Wednesday Apr 1, 2015
TV vet takes to sky, dives into sea to help injured animals

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Not every veterinarian would call it paradise. Scott Sims gets to far-flung locales in the Hawaiian Islands by flying a plane he built himself or by biking, riding an ATV or swimming to reach sick or injured animals. He will wrangle overweight pigs, scuba-dive to free a sea turtle tangled in a net and patch up patients in unexpected places, operating in a barn or the back of a truck. He stars in Nat Geo Wild's show "Aloha Vet" that debuted March 21. He treats pets, of course, but also takes flight or bumps along Kauai's lone cross-island road to help wild animals — something that sets him apart from other veterinarians in rural or hard-to-reach U.S. areas who often travel to treat livestock or pets. The 59-year-old vet, who sports a Hawaiian shirt and a worn-in hat lined with palm trees, soars above lush forests and lands on secluded beaches when he's not taking his car — tricked out with water, refrigeration and X-ray capabilities — to treat animals. In the first episode, Sims flies to Molokai to help a dog with a broken leg, which he thinks he can save despite another vet's recommendation to amputate. He also treats a runaway horse that got a large gash on its leg after falling into a river and making it through rapids and over rocks. Finally, Sims meets a pig for a manicure because its unkempt hooves threaten to outgrow it. In the second episode, Sims pulls a horse's cracked tooth, examines an endangered coot and checks on a portly pig that's blind from extra skin covering its eyes. Sims later removes the excess flesh so the pig can see again. This week, he treats a goat with constipation. Sims started his adventure by moving his practice from California to Hawaii in 2001. "I came here on vacation and fell in love with the beauty and warmth and clean air and everything else that is so spectacular in Hawaii," Sims said. The other animal clinics on the 571-square-mile island of Kauai are only for pets and don't make house calls, while Sims covers any animal, any size, anywhere, said Penny Cistaro, executive director of the Kauai Humane Society. "He has a genuine heart for the animals. He puts them first," Cistaro said. "He doesn't think anything of flying. It's all in a day's work." The vet spends half his time at his home clinic and the other half in the air or on the road — in often time-consuming trips. The lone road across Kauai is one lane each way and takes 2½ hours to cross, Cistaro said. Plus, his plane is hardly a jet. Sims says he made the two-seat propeller plane, a dynamic WT9, from a kit. His efforts get a "mahalo" from clients such as Katja Langholv, who visited Sims' home clinic so he could help her cat with an eye problem. Langholv, who has eight cats, three dogs, three cockatiels and eight horses, has had Sims treat most of her animals. "He always gives his all and you can call on him anytime for anything," she said. Despite the tough conditions, happy endings far outnumber the sad ones, Sims said. The horse he rescued from the riverbank in the March 28 show was one of his best memories, he said. The animal was left to a woman by her deceased soul mate, so she was very attached, Sims said. "It's just amazing the horse lived through this ordeal," Sims said. "We were able to get down there and put a sling under the horse and lift him up with a big crane. He's doing just great now." ___ Watch: — "Aloha Vet," 9 p.m. ET/PT Saturdays, Nat Geo Wild. Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by SUE MANNING from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

New boarding and pet programs: how airlines are trying to pull fast ones this April Fool's Day
Wednesday Apr 1, 2015
New boarding and pet programs: how airlines are trying to pull fast ones this April Fool's Day

From the world’s first dedicated airport lounge for pets to lounge seats that transform into airplane seats and a new name change aimed at mollifying sticklers for spelling, here’s an early look at some of the cheeky April Fool’s Day pranks from airlines around the world.When it comes to pulling off elaborate, viral pranks on April 1, Canadian no-frills carrier WestJet is no slouch. In 2012, in response to customer complaints of noisy, crying, bothersome knee-high flyers, the airline 'debuted' an innovative new service called Kargo Kids that placed kiddies in the cargo hold, allowing adults to travel in peace. In 2013, the airline also announced plans to ease their travel restrictions on pets with their Furry Family program, allowing monkeys, ducks, bears, and assorted amphibians to buy seats and reserve overhead storage bins. New this year, WestJet has introduced a new boarding concept that allows passengers to board seven times faster than traditional boarding practices thanks to their SmartSeats: a program that allows flyers to strap into their plane seats straight from the lounge. That’s right. To cut down pesky boarding times, the airline has developed a motorized system that wheels seated passengers directly between the waiting lounge onto the aircraft. The program is not, however, without its glitches, with jerky starts, steering, speed and coordination issues. In other news April Fool's Day news, Virgin Australia, perhaps inspired by WestJet’s Furry Family concept, likewise announced plans to open the world’s first lounge for pets as an extension of their (real) frequent flyer program for pets. Top tier members are privy to grooming and pampering services and gourmet dining experiences that include ‘à la cat’ and ‘dog-ustation’ meal options. And finally, Australia’s flagship carrier Qantas announced plans to finally mollify spelling sticklers once and for all by adding the letter ‘u’ to its name. Watch WestJet’s video at http://bit.ly/1CwgLWC and Virgin Australia’s prank at http://bit.ly/1C6GvVR. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Movies

'Boyhood' actress Patricia Arquette planning memoir
Wednesday Apr 1, 2015
'Boyhood' actress Patricia Arquette planning memoir

NEW YORK (AP) — Academy Award winner Patricia Arquette has lot more to say off screen than her Oscar acceptance speech. The actress cited in February for her performance in "Boyhood" has a deal with Random House for a memoir about her "unconventional family," single parenthood and life in Hollywood, the publisher announced Wednesday. The book is currently untitled and a release date has not been set. Arquette, who turns 46 next week, is the granddaughter of character actor and "Hollywood Squares" celebrity Cliff Arquette (aka "Charlie Weaver") and the daughter of actor Lewis Arquette. She has been married twice, including to fellow actor Nicholas Cage, and has two children. Her other films include "True Romance" and "Bringing Out the Dead." Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Audi ad features 'Avengers' and 'Ant-Man' footage
Wednesday Apr 1, 2015
Audi ad features 'Avengers' and 'Ant-Man' footage

Audi's commercial partnership with Marvel Studios surfaces a clip containing a decent chunk of preview material.Action scenes from "Avengers: Age of Ultron" are intercut with images of the 2015 Audi TTS and keywords designed to shape its commercial identity. Some of the footage has been seen in previous "Avengers" trailers, but a good deal is new. The same goes for an "Ant-Man" teaser appended to the ad. "Avengers: Age of Ultron" launches May 1, with "Ant-Man" to follow from July 17. Audi and The Avengers: "Striking" - Extended Version - youtu.be/fASbn5xEzog Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Kurt Russell features in 'Furious 7' clip
Wednesday Apr 1, 2015
Kurt Russell features in 'Furious 7' clip

Experienced actor Kurt Russell appears in 'Furious 7' as a government agent and used a talk show appearance to introduce a new clip.In his guise as a government agent, Russell recruits series mainstay Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) to hunt down a piece of high-powered tech. "If you get the Godseye for me, I've already got authorization for you to use it until you get Shaw," Petty says in reference to antagonist Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) who is looking for revenge on Toretto and his buddies. Presented during a spot on "Jimmy Kimmel Live," Russell expanded on his time working with Vin Diesel. "Very rarely do I work with actors that surprise me in this way," Russell said. "I just thought Vin was Toretto -- he totally sold me. He's the nicest guy, the sweetest guy: smart, loves acting." "He plays [Toretto] so realistically, so authentically, but he could do something completely different." Video - Kurt Russell on Making Furious 7: https://youtu.be/ywXMXVR8Q8E Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Eastwood linked with 1996 Olympics movie
Wednesday Apr 1, 2015
Eastwood linked with 1996 Olympics movie

Hollywood veteran Clint Eastwood is being closely linked with a Jonah Hill and Leonardo DiCaprio project about a security incident at the Atlanta 1996 Olympics.Eastwood is to direct, though the deal is thought to hinge on whether Fox and Eastwood's regular studio Warner Bros can find some common ground, according to Deadline. The picture has Jonah Hill as Richard Jewell, a security guard at the 1996 Summer Olympic Games who discovered a bomb-laden backpack during his rounds. Though initially hailed as a hero, he soon became known as a potential suspect, errant media reports turning public opinion against him as the investigation continued. It was an attorney acquaintance, L. Lin Wood (DiCaprio), who came to his defense and cleared Jewell's name in the libel lawsuits that followed. Hill and DiCaprio were Oscar nominated for their work together in Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street." Current thinking is that Fox and Warners are investigating the possibility of treating the Jewell project as a co-production. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Joni Mitchell fans sending good vibes to hospitalized singer
Wednesday Apr 1, 2015
Joni Mitchell fans sending good vibes to hospitalized singer

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Joni Mitchell's famous fans are voicing their support and worry for the folk song icon while she is hospitalized in Los Angeles. "Harry Potter" star Emma Watson said Wednesday on Twitter: "heard about Joni and haven't been able to concentrate all morning. So hope she's doing ok." Kiss lead singer Paul Stanley tweeted a recent picture of himself and the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, telling his followers to send her love and prayers. Kevin Bacon tweeted that he was "sending good wishes today to one of the finest singing, song-writing, guitar playing artists in history." Boy George, Bill Idol and Tori Amos were also among the well-wishers. Mitchell, 71, was found unconscious in her home Tuesday night and taken to a hospital by ambulance, according to her Twitter account and website. She was later in intensive care and undergoing tests. Her representatives did not immediately respond to phone and email messages and there was no further word on her condition Wednesday. Mitchell told Billboard magazine last year that she has a rare skin condition, Morgellons disease, which prevents her from performing. A native Canadian who became part of Southern California's flourishing folk-rock scene in the 1960s, Mitchell has won eight Grammy Awards, including a lifetime achievement award in 2002. She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997. Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Events

Jeremy Renner, estranged wife, settle custody dispute
Wednesday Apr 1, 2015
Jeremy Renner, estranged wife, settle custody dispute

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Oscar-nominated actor Jeremy Renner will share joint custody of his 2-year-old daughter with his estranged wife after the pair reached a custody agreement after a day of negotiations on Wednesday. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Whitaker approved the settlement, which calls for Renner to pay his wife $13,000 a month in child support. Sonni Pacheco, a model, filed for divorce from Renner in early December, less than a year after the pair had a secret wedding. A hearing had been scheduled for Thursday in the pair's custody dispute. Both sides had each raised issues with the other's parenting of their daughter. As part of the agreement, Renner and Pacheco agreed not to make disparaging remarks about their former partner in front of their daughter and will fashion a parenting plan along with a therapist. The settlement also lays out how Renner can make up time with his daughter when he is out of Los Angeles on film shoots. Renner, 44, hugged his attorney Laura Wasser after the settlement was approved. The actor had been prepared to testify at a hearing on child support and custody issues, but the proceedings were delayed while negotiations were ongoing. "Both parties greatly adore their daughter," Pacheco's attorney Mark Vincent Kaplan said after the hearing. He said the pair would "work together to make these orders work in a way that makes their daughter a winner today." Renner, who has received Academy Award acting nominations for his role in "The Hurt Locker" and "The Town," stars in in the upcoming film "Avengers: Age of Ultron." The custody agreement would form the basis for a final divorce judgment, Wasser said. ___ Anthony McCartney can be reached at http://twitter.com/mccartneyAP Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Anthony Mccartney from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

'Boyhood' actress Patricia Arquette planning memoir
Wednesday Apr 1, 2015
'Boyhood' actress Patricia Arquette planning memoir

NEW YORK (AP) — Academy Award winner Patricia Arquette has lot more to say off screen than her Oscar acceptance speech. The actress cited in February for her performance in "Boyhood" has a deal with Random House for a memoir about her "unconventional family," single parenthood and life in Hollywood, the publisher announced Wednesday. The book is currently untitled and a release date has not been set. Arquette, who turns 46 next week, is the granddaughter of character actor and "Hollywood Squares" celebrity Cliff Arquette (aka "Charlie Weaver") and the daughter of actor Lewis Arquette. She has been married twice, including to fellow actor Nicholas Cage, and has two children. Her other films include "True Romance" and "Bringing Out the Dead." Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

New Jersey school cancels Common as commencement speaker
Wednesday Apr 1, 2015
New Jersey school cancels Common as commencement speaker

UNION, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's Kean University has cancelled hip-hop artist Common as commencement speaker after police voiced concerns over a song about a woman convicted of killing a police officer who fled to Cuba. The school announced the Academy Award winner's selection on Monday, but said on its social media sites on Tuesday night that he would not be the speaker. University spokeswoman Susan Kayne told The Record (http://bit.ly/1yzl3Zi ) newspaper the announcement was made prematurely. Common won the Academy Award for composing the song "Glory" for the 2014 film "Selma." "The students expressed interest in Common because he composed the Oscar-winning song 'Glory' with our prior commencement speaker John Legend," Kayne said. "While we respect his talent, Kean is pursuing other speaker options." New Jersey State Police were troubled by the choice because of lyrics in Common's 2000 recording "A Song for Assata." The song is about Joanne Chesimard, who goes by the name Assata Shakur, and was convicted in 1977 of killing Trooper Werner Foerster in 1973. She escaped from prison and has been living in Cuba as a fugitive. Chris Burgos, president of the State Troopers Fraternal Association of New Jersey, called the choice a "slap in the face." "What is troubling here is that a state university that is subsidized with state taxpayer funds, is once again being questioned on their decision-making at the highest levels," Burgos said in an emailed statement. An email seeking comment from Comment's publicist was not immediately returned Wednesday. ___ Information from: The Record (Woodland Park, N.J.), http://www.northjersey.com Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Maya Angelou play in development by Tavis Smiley, Kenny Leon
Wednesday Apr 1, 2015
Maya Angelou play in development by Tavis Smiley, Kenny Leon

LOS ANGELES (AP) — In the nearly 30-year friendship that Tavis Smiley shared with Maya Angelou, he learned the renowned writer's views on life and how to live it to the fullest. One year after Angelou's death, TV and radio host Smiley is joining with Tony Award-winning director Kenny Leon to develop a stage adaptation of "My Journey With Maya," Smiley's new memoir about the invaluable relationship. "I haven't been this excited by a project in a long, long time," Leon said. "I don't think there is another person like her in my lifetime or in the last 100 years of American artistry and literary achievement." Angelou, a poet, professor and author of the acclaimed 1969 autobiography, "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings," had much to share with a young man eager to grow, Smiley said. He was 21 and she was 58 when they first met in the mid-1980s. "We find our path by walking it," Angelou told him repeatedly over the years, he recounted. She also said that "nothing human is alien to me." "That was her way of saying, 'Live your life on your own terms. Don't be afraid to try anything. Experience everything,'" Smiley said. He and Leon, who are starting their search for a writer for the play, said it's premature to discuss casting. The pair will be working around other projects, which for Leon includes directing the newly announced TV and Broadway versions of the 1970s hit musical "The Wiz." Leon won a Tony for the 2014 revival of "A Raisin in the Sun" starring Denzel Washington. Smiley is the host of PBS' "Tavis Smiley" and Public Radio International's "The Tavis Smiley Show," a writer whose other books include 2014's "Death of a King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Final Year" and founder of a nonprofit foundation tackling poverty in America. The release of "My Journey With Maya," co-written with David Ritz and out next Tuesday from publisher Little, Brown, coincides with the first-day-of-issuance ceremony in Washington for a Forever postage stamp honoring Angelou. The book is filled with Angelou's words and Smiley's remembrances of what she meant to him at difficult moments in his life. But there were conflicts as well: He writes of a 2008 call from Angelou expressing "a bit of alarm" that Smiley's broadcasts were pressing Democratic nominee Barack Obama too hard on the issues as he sought to become the first African-American president. Smiley said he defended his obligation to hold all candidates up to scrutiny, and his friendship with Angelou remained intact. Echoing Leon, Smiley said he believes her range of achievements — in fields ranging from acting to writing to teaching and more — are unparalleled. "I've been saying for the longest time she may be the greatest renaissance woman in black America. But I'm really wrestling with whether or not she may be the greatest renaissance woman, period," Smiley said. ___ Lynn Elber is a national television columnist for The Associated Press. She can be reached at lelber@ap.org and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/lynnelber. Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Lynn Elber from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Joni Mitchell fans sending good vibes to hospitalized singer
Wednesday Apr 1, 2015
Joni Mitchell fans sending good vibes to hospitalized singer

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Joni Mitchell's famous fans are voicing their support and worry for the folk song icon while she is hospitalized in Los Angeles. "Harry Potter" star Emma Watson said Wednesday on Twitter: "heard about Joni and haven't been able to concentrate all morning. So hope she's doing ok." Kiss lead singer Paul Stanley tweeted a recent picture of himself and the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, telling his followers to send her love and prayers. Kevin Bacon tweeted that he was "sending good wishes today to one of the finest singing, song-writing, guitar playing artists in history." Boy George, Bill Idol and Tori Amos were also among the well-wishers. Mitchell, 71, was found unconscious in her home Tuesday night and taken to a hospital by ambulance, according to her Twitter account and website. She was later in intensive care and undergoing tests. Her representatives did not immediately respond to phone and email messages and there was no further word on her condition Wednesday. Mitchell told Billboard magazine last year that she has a rare skin condition, Morgellons disease, which prevents her from performing. A native Canadian who became part of Southern California's flourishing folk-rock scene in the 1960s, Mitchell has won eight Grammy Awards, including a lifetime achievement award in 2002. She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997. Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.