News on 'American Idol,' Eavis, Otha Turner
"American Idol" voting moves to a new niche as fans are being asked to select their choice for the poster to promote "From Justin to Kelly," an upcoming film featuring Kelly Clarkson and Justin Guarini, winner and runner-up, respectively, from the Fox television show's first season.
The 20th Century Fox film is due April 25 in U.S. theaters. Through the movie's official Web site, fans can vote for their choice of three movie posters, with the winner to be announced on Tuesday (March 4).
The second season of "American Idol" is well underway, with eight finalists already chosen. Four more will be picked by viewers following Tuesday's "wild card" episode. The show will feature eight contestants who were passed over by the public in previous rounds, but invited back by the judges for another shot. For more on the show, visit its official Web site.
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.
Emily Eavis, daughter of Glastonbury Festival founder Michael Eavis, is organizing a major anti-war concert, to be held March 15 at London's Wembley Arena. Scottish rock act Travis is understood to be one of the first acts lined up for the gig. A source close to Eavis says the event is still at the very early stages of development and declined to reveal other acts on the bill. According to unconfirmed reports, Coldplay, the Stereophonics, and Ms. Dynamite have already agreed to appear at the event.
-- Lars Brandle, London
Otha Turner, one of the last exponents of North Mississippi's pre-blues fife-and-drum tradition, died Wednesday in Gravel Springs, Miss., of pneumonia, Billboard Bulletin reports. He was 94.
Turner began playing cane fife at age 16. For 60 years, he led the Rising Star Fife and Drum Band, which in 1998 and 2000 released two Birdman Records albums produced by Luther Dickinson of the North Mississippi All Stars. Turner also appeared on sets by the All Stars and the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion and was recently filmed by Martin Scorsese for the PBS series "The Blues."
-- Chris Morris, L.A.