Janet Jackson kicks off first tour in four years

Janet Jackson’s “Unbreakable” tour kicked off Monday night in Vancouver, and TMZ reports that her set included the song “Scream,” her duet with her late brother, Michael Jackson. Reports say she got a huge ovation from the crowd at the start of the show, causing her to get emotional. A review of the show in the New York Times said Jackson performed three unreleased songs, as well as a collaboration with Missy Elliott, who appeared on a video. Jackson’s tour hits Grand Rapids on Sept. 11 and The Palace of Auburn Hills on Feb. 5. Visit for details.

Bond author apologizes for calling actor ‘too street’

Anthony Horowitz, the man hired by IanFleming’s estate to write the new James Bond novels, came under fire this week after he was quoted in The Daily Mail as saying actor Idris Elba is “too street” to play the suave James Bond. “For me, Idris Elba is a bit too rough to play the part. It’s not a colour issue.” Elba — a 42-year-old British actor who is known for being stylish and was recently the first man to grace the cover of Maxim magazine — has played a variety of roles, from a drug boss in “The Wire” to Nelson Mandela. Horowitz took to Twitter on Tuesday to apologize. “I’m really sorry my comments about Idris Elba have cause offence,” his statement read. “That wasn’t my intention. I was asked in my interview if Idris Elba would make a good James Bond. In the article I expressed the opinion that to my mind Adrian Lester would be a better choice, but I’m a writer not a casting director so what do I know? Clumsily, I chose the word ‘street’ as Elba’s gritty portray of DCI John Luther was in my mind but I admit it was a poor choice of word. I am mortified to have cause offence.”

Billy Murray feels good about ‘Ghostbusters 3’ cameo

Actor Bill Murray — original “Ghostbuster” Dr. Peter Venkman — told Vulture that he feels really good about his cameo in the upcoming “Ghostbusters 3” film. He said it took him a long time to commit to making an appearance in the comedy. The situation of his cameo is uncertain, but it’s said that he will not be playing Dr. Venkman. “You know, they were incredibly nice to ask me, and I really enjoyed being there,” Murray said. “They have such a jolly group, and they are going to have great success with this project. I didn’t want to overshadow (them) or anything.” “Ghostbusters 3,” scheduled to be released next summer, stars Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones.

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■It’s been revealed that Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophie Hunter have named their 3-month-old son Christopher Carlton Cumberbatch.

Wednesday’s birthdays

Harvey Levin, 65

Mark Harmon, 64

Keanu Reeves, 51

Salma Hayek, 49

Katt Williams, 42

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