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'Walking Dead' actor to stage one-man play

by The Associated Press on November 05, 2013 10:40 AM

ATLANTA — An Atlanta actor who played a starring role in the first seasons of TV’s “The Walking Dead” is bringing his one-man play to stages in Georgia and Alabama.

Robert “IronE” Singleton, who played “T-Dog” in the first three seasons of the AMC show, will portray 18 characters in “Blindsided by the Walking Dead.”

Georgia performances are planned for Friday in Athens and Saturday in Macon; Nov. 23 in Albany; and Dec. 7 in Americus.

A Birmingham, Ala., performance is set for Nov. 16.

The play tells the story of how Singleton, 38, grew up in Atlanta’s Perry Homes housing project during the city’s crack cocaine epidemic.

The actor says the play is a work of drama, comedy, dance, spoken word and rap.

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LOS ANGELES — Drew Barrymore is expanding her family.

A spokesman for the entertainer says Barrymore, 38, and her husband, Will Kopelman, are expecting their second child.

Publicist Chris Miller offered no other details Monday.

Barrymore and Kopelman, who were married in June 2012, are the parents of a 13-month-old daughter, Olive.

Barrymore recently launched her own beauty brand, Flower. Kopelman, the son of former Chanel CEO Arie Kopelman, is an art consultant.

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NEW YORK — Rocker Lou Reed’s life was decidedly unconventional, but he wanted his estate used for a very traditional purpose: to benefit his wife and other relatives.

Reed’s will was filed Monday in a New York City court. The Velvet Underground front man and “Walk on the Wild Side” singer died Oct. 27 of complications from a liver transplant. He was 71 and had no children.

The will leaves his Manhattan penthouse, his home in East Hampton, N.Y., and the bulk of his estate to his wife, musician Laurie Anderson. The longtime couple married in 2008.

Reed’s sister inherits about a quarter of his estate and a $500,000 bequest aimed at caring for their mother.

His business manager and accountant are assigned to handle licensing and copyrights for his music.

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LOS ANGELES — A Southern California insurance broker who overcharged Tom Hanks and his wife, Rita Wilson, hundreds of thousands of dollars has been sentenced to more than two years in federal prison.

City News Service says Jerry Goldman, 60, received a 27-month sentence Monday. He also was ordered to pay about $840,000 in restitution.

Prosecutors claimed that between 1998 and 2011, Goldman inflated premiums by as much as 600 percent and created phony invoices to hide the scam.

The original indictment claimed that Goldman also bilked others including Andy Summers, the former guitarist for The Police.

The Thousand Oaks man pleaded guilty in April to mail fraud involving Hanks and Wilson.

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BATON ROUGE, La. — George Strait, the King of Country Music, headlines an expanded 2014 Bayou Country Superfest as part of the final leg of his farewell tour.

He joins country music superstar Reba McEntire, who’s making her first-ever appearance at the festival, along with Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan and Louisiana’s Hunter Hayes.

Scheduled over Memorial Day weekend, next May 23-25, the event is Strait’s only announced festival appearance and it will be the only place to see Strait and McEntire together on one night, festival organizers said. The pair are to highlight opening night. Bryan headlines night two along with Florida Georgia Line, Lee Bice, Easton Corbin and Gloriana. Aldean will close the festival, which expands to three nights, with Eric Church, Hayes, Big & Rich + Cowboy Troy and Joe Nichols.

Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne said the extra day means “an even bigger economic impact on the city and state.”

Hotel revenues increased nearly 300 percent since the festival began, going from $1.3 million in 2009 to $2.9 million in 2012.

Three-day festival ticket packages, as well as traditional Saturday-Sunday only packages and single-day George Strait/Reba tickets go on sale today at 10 a.m. on, or by calling AXS at (888) 929-7849.

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