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Radcliffe to bare it all



Published: Mon, October 23, 2006 @ 12:00 a.m.



Radcliffe to bare it all

NEW YORK -- The world knows him as boy wizard Harry Potter. Now, Daniel Radcliffe wants the world to see him differently.

Next summer, the 17-year-old will take to a London stage in the Tony Award-winning drama "Equus" and will perform nude during one scene, according Newsweek magazine in editions that will hit newsstands today.

"Part of me wants to shake up people's perception of me, just shove me in a blender," he told the magazine in an exclusive interview on the set of the fifth Harry Potter film, "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix."

"It's a really challenging play, and if I can pull it off -- we don't know if I can yet -- I hope people will stop and think, 'Maybe he can do something other than Harry,'" he said.

In "Equus," Radcliffe will play a "troubled young man with a religious-erotic obsession with horses," the magazine reported.

Hank's notebook stolen

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A music publishing company says a 59-year-old notebook that once belonged to the late country singer Hank Williams and is now in the hands of two collectors had been stolen from its offices.

Sony/ATV Music Publishing officials say they learned it was missing only after a Chicago Sun-Times article detailed how the collectors acquired the notebook, which contains lyrics to several unpublished Williams songs and has a value as high as 250,000.

The company filed a stolen-property report with police Sept. 20.

Stephen Shutts and Robert Reynolds said they acquired the notebook this past summer after being contacted by an older Nashville-area woman last November.

The two men run the Honky Tonk Hall of Fame, a traveling exhibit that includes among its 1,750 items a pair of Elvis' white underwear, circa 1970.

Neither man is suspected of any role in a possible theft, though it's unclear if they might face penalties for possession of stolen property. The notebook remains in their possession.

Sony/ATV President and CEO Troy Tomlinson said the company was taking the matter very seriously.

The notebook is a known artifact among Music Row historians, containing roughed-out song lyrics to about 20 unpublished songs and various musings written by Williams between May 2, 1947, and 1949.

Williams was a star in the late 1940s and early 1950s with hits like "Your Cheatin' Heart" and "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry." He died in 1953.

Police spokesman Don Aaron said an investigation is under way.

Today's birthdays

Movie director Philip Kaufman is 70. Soccer great Pele is 66. Author Michael Crichton is 64. Rhythm-and-blues singer Barbara Ann Hawkins (The Dixie Cups) is 63. Actor Michael Rupert is 55. Movie director Ang Lee is 52. Jazz singer Dianne Reeves is 50. Country singer Dwight Yoakam is 50. Movie director Sam Raimi is 47. Parodist "Weird Al" Yankovic is 47. Rock musician Robert Trujillo (Metallica) is 42. Rhythm-and-blues singer David Thomas (Take 6) is 40. Rock musician Brian Nevin (Big Head Todd and the Monsters) is 40. Country singer-musician Junior Bryant is 38. Country singer Jimmy Wayne is 34. Actor Ryan Reynolds is 30. Actress Masiela Lusha is 21.

Copyright 2006 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.




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