Mar 07 - The day's top showbiz news and headlines including Aretha Franklin rocks the White House, Bono makes a plea for greater European unity, and ''Annie'' gets a facelift. Bob Mezan reports.
The White House rocked out on Thursday (March 06) as soul singers spanning different generations performed for a "women of soul" concert. Among those participating were Melissa Etheridge, Patti LaBelle, Janelle Monae, and Aretha Franklin - who all joined on stage for a collaboration of "Proud Mary." The concert, called "In Performance at the White House," will be broadcast on April 7 in the U.S. on PBS. Bono, the lead singer of Irish rock group U2, appeared at the European People's Party Congress in Dublin on Friday. The singer addressed senior European politicians making a plea for greater unity among European countries. The movie "Need for Speed" premiered in Los Angeles on Thursday (March 06). Stars arrived in muscle cars, and Aaron Paul got a surprise when his vintage Ford overheated on the red carpet, causing steam to billow out from the hood. The star took it in stride, however - greeting fans and posing for photos with his co-stars. Finally, the Broadway classic "Annie" is getting a revamp this Christmas. A sneak peek at the upcoming film has been released, revealing a disheveled Cameron Diaz as Miss Hannigan and Oscar nominee Quvenzhane Wallis in the title role as the lovable orphan. The film, which also stars Jamie Foxx and Rose Byrne is set for a December release.