THE ROCK AND ROLL Hall of Fame's board has voted, and this year's inductees are prog-rock speaker-busters
, "Queen of Disco"
and quirky singer/songwriter
"I'm very happy," Newman, 69, said from his Los Angeles home. "I thought I'd have to die first, but I'm glad I'm around to see it."
Clearly not many short people are on the hall's voter list.
Prolific producers Quincy Jones (Michael Jackson's "Thriller") and Lou Adler (Carole King's "Tapestry") will enter the hall as Ahmet Ertegun Award winners for their contributions to rock beyond performance.
All will be inducted into the hall April 18 in Los Angeles.
"Maybe it should be the Music Hall of Fame and not so much the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame," said Alex Lifeson of Rush.
"But maybe it all is rock 'n' roll. It started as a little seed and grew into this great big tree with a lot of branches. That's why it's so sad the whole progressive movement, bands like Yes and King Crimson, are not included in this.
"And I hope one day that they are, because they deserve to be in there way before we do. They were huge influences on us and so many other bands that have done fantastic work over the years.
"I know Deep Purple were up for this as well. It's a little unfortunate that they didn't make it in, because they were extremely influential. I hope there comes a time when these other artists and bands are included because they were equally as influential as any of the ones that are being inducted today."
saga gets weirder and weirder - it's easy to see why so many of these Hollywood teen starlets become twenty-something tweakers.
Chrisoula Workman, the mother of the "Modern Family" actress (she plays brainy middle child Alex Dunphy) has sued a male associate of her adult daughter, Shanelle Gray, for defamation, claiming that he, Matthew Borlenghi, falsely labeled Workman an "abusive monster" in an online comment about a custody struggle over Winter.
Borlenghi is an actor who teaches at a studio operated by Gray, Winter's adult sister, who now has custody of her. A judge temporarily stripped Workman of custody amid allegations she had been physically and emotionally abusive to the young actress.
A trial on whether Workman will be fully stripped of custody is set to begin Wednesday.
Borlenghi said he had not yet seen the lawsuit and declined to say whether he had posted a comment about the Workman-Winter battle on the Los Angeles Times website. The story centered on Workman's allegations that Winter was having an improper relationship with an 18-year-old actor.
Yeesh. She's 14.
"This is a total falsehood," the comment attributed to Borlenghi states. "The mother is grasping and clawing to find a way not to lose her money-maker, and hide the fact that she is an abusive monster."
is heading to the
Great White Way.
The ex-star of the "Transformers" franchise will debut on Broadway opposite Alec Baldwin in Lyle Kessler's "Orphans" at the Schoenfeld Theatre starting March 19. Daniel Sullivan will direct.
The 1983 play tells the story of two orphaned brothers living in a decrepit Philadelphia rowhouse who decide to kidnap a wealthy man.
* Pittsburgh City Council has
declared Wednesday Wiz Khalifa Day in honor of the pot-promoting rapper, who graduated from a city high school and will be performing Wednesday night at Consol Energy Center.
Wiz (a/k/a Cameron Jibril Thomaz) appreciated being on hand for Tuesday's proclamation and said, "It means a lot to me, being a kid in Pittsburgh and riding buses, and going to school and just loving Pittsburgh so much."
Wiz is engaged to very pregnant South Philly native Amber Rose.
* TNT said Tuesday that it will
hold a funeral for the late Larry Hagman's J.R. Ewing character at some point in the upcoming 15-episode season of "Dallas," but that it hasn't been filmed or scheduled yet. Hagman died at age 81 over the Thanksgiving weekend.
TNT spokeswoman Erin Felentzer says the network isn't saying how J.R. will be killed off.
* AskMen.com has announced
its list of the "99 Most Desirable Women" and No. 1 is "Hunger Games" beauty Jennifer Lawrence, that rare woman who is desirable even if she could shoot your cojones off with a crossbow.
The rest of the top 5: Mila Kunis, Kate Upton, Rihanna and Emma Stone.
* The London
Sun reports that Adele is in hot water across the pond because she missed the deadline to register her still-nameless baby son's birth with the necessary authorities.
Baby X was born on Oct. 19.
Adele and partner Simon Konecki will likely be hit with a $1,600 fine for their oversight.
* Lindsay Lohan is reportedly
so broke she can't pay her $8,000-per-month rent.
So she certainly can't pay her tax bill of nearly $234,000.
Hearing that Lindsay was in a cash bind, her "Scary Movie 5" co-star Charlie Sheen reportedly wrote her a $100,000 check to help her out.
"I'm still waiting for a text to say thank you. Anything, anything, you know?
"I wish her the best," Charlie said on starpulse.com. "She just needs a little bit of time. People need to give her some time to get her s--- together."
Don't hold your breath.
Hollywoodlife.com says Lindsay is skipping an L.A. court appearance Wednesday so she can be a global groupie (London! Dubai!) for frontman Max George and her fave band, The Wanted.
It probably won't be long until Lindsay is on Wanted posters.
- Daily News wire services
contributed to this report.