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For the last 31 years, the southern Illinois town of about 6,500, which shares a name with Clark Kent's home base (a city where the Daily Planet still makes money so you know it's fictional) has hosted a Superman festival, which this year runs from tomorrow through Sunday. Organizers say it draws 35,000 people.
This year, the festival will include two ceremonies where participants will be sworn in as citizens by Mayor Billy McDaniel in front of a 15-foot-tall bronze Superman statue. Each person will also receive a numbered certificate signed by the mayor and his daughter, president of the Chamber of Commerce.
Who's the Controller, Lex Luthor?
"The mayor would like [the new citizens] to pay taxes and be counted in the census," spokeswoman Lisa Gower joked. "But their pledge - we will hold them to that."
Yay, one more awards show
At the 13th annual Webby Awards ceremony Monday, Biz Stone, co-founder of the exceedingly annoying Twitter, took the prize for breakout of the year.
Sticking to the Webbys' tradition of acceptance speeches limited to just five words, he said: "Creativity is a renewable resource."
"Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane was honored for his Web series "Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy." Said MacFarlane: "What is this for again?"
Arianna Huffington, whose Huffington Post won for best political blog, said: "I didn't kill newspapers, OK?"
Jimmy Fallon, cited for using the Internet to flog his taking over NBC's "Late Night," said: "Thank God Conan got promoted."
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com reports that Miley Cyrus and Justin Gaston broke up on Sunday.
"They have been having trouble for a while," said an insider. "It's been hard for a long time since Miley has been working so much and traveling a lot."
It may also have been hard for Justin because Miley is 16 and allegedly saving herself for marriage.
Or at least until she's 17.
Cyrus' ex Nick Jonas "was not the reason for the split, but they have been spending time together," said the source.
Twistmagazine.com, meanwhile, reported that Nick and Miley put their breakup behind them to work on a duet called "Before the Storm," which will be on the Jonas Brothers' next album.
* Billboard.com reports Adam
Lambert has signed a record deal with 19 Recordings and RCA Records. Yesterday, "Idol" winner Kris Allen signed a similar record deal with 19/Jive Records.
Rolling Stone meanwhile reports that Lambert is gay, which is sort of like the Philadelphia Daily News reporting that the Phillies are a baseball team.
* Toni Braxton impersonator Tri-
na Johnson-Finn was acquitted yesterday of trying to fool paying customers in Suriname into thinking she was the real thing.
Judge Robby Rodrigues said it wasn't clear whether Trina knew that concert-goers had been led to believe she was really Braxton.
Maybe Suriname could have heard Trina's case before she spent three months in jail.
* DJ Jazzy Jeff stormed off the
stage during a weekend performance in Kansas City, saying venue managers did not like the type of music he was playing.
That would be hip-hop.
Officials with the Power & Light District say they just wanted Jeff's production crew to turn down the music because it was too loud for the sound system.
"His management was instructed on four occasions to turn the music down," said Power & Light District president Jon Stephens. "The system was maxed out and it would have damaged the equipment."
But in a Kansas City Star column, Jazzy Jeff told the reporter that venue officials said his set "attracted the wrong kind of element."
* If you want to sell a screenplay, it
sure helps to have a dad in the movie business.
The Hollywood Reporter says Universal and Imagine have picked up "The Originals," a drama written by Bryce Dallas Howard and (her soon-to-be brother-in-law) Dane Charbeneau.
The "Big Chill"-like script, about a group of twentysomethings who reunite after learning that a favored teacher from childhood has fallen into coma, may become a directing vehicle for Bryce's father, Ron Howard.
* According to a Nevada coro-
ner, Las Vegas superstar Danny Gans died accidentally last month because of a toxic reaction to a pain killer.
Coroner Mike Murphy said Gans had toxic levels of hydromorphone, an opiate used to treat chronic pain. He had a toxic reaction to the drug because of an existing heart condition.
* No Tonys, no point staying
Producer Howard Panter said yesterday that the Broadway revival of "Guys and Dolls" will fold Sunday after a run of 113 performances.
The production of the totally awesome Frank Loesser musical based on a Damon Runyon short story features Oliver Platt as gambler Nathan Detroit and Lauren Graham as his long-suffering girlfriend, Miss Adelaide.
A national tour is planned for the 2010-2011 season.
Producers of Neil LaBute's "reasons to be pretty" said Monday that play would also close at the end of the week.
* David Letterman is going to
continue working an hour a day.
The Hollywood Reporter says CBS is about to re-sign the Emmy-winning "Late Show" host to continue through the 2011-12 season. The agreement would mark a two-year extension of his contract, set to expire in 2010.
Given the recession, CBS will pay Letterman's company, Worldwide Pants, less money for the show. It is unclear whether Worldwide Pants will pay Letterman less money to do the show or whether the cost-cutting will come from other areas.
* John Travolta is thanking his
colleagues from "The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3" for promoting the film while he continues to mourn the death of his 16-year-old son, Jett, who died after a seizure in January.
Travolta posted a note on his personal Web site Monday thanking "Pelham" director Tony Scott and co-stars Denzel Washington, John Turturro, Luis Guzman and James Gandolfini for "their unselfish efforts" publicizing the picture, which allowed his family the additional time to reconcile their loss.
* Efrem Zimbalist Jr., who
portrayed Inspector Lewis Erskine on the TV series "The F.B.I." from 1965 to 1974, was named an honorary special agent Monday - the FBI's highest civilian honor.
Zimbalist was presented with the badge by FBI Director Robert Mueller, who praised the actor for inspiring a generation of FBI agents.
Then Mueller shipped the 91-year-old Zimbalist off to Bangkok to see if he could figure out what happened to David Carradine. *
Daily News wire services contributed to this report.
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