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Published: Sun, January 27, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

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Simon, Springsteen exhibits updated

CLEVELAND

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland has added some rock-star items to its exhibits.

The rock hall says it has put on display in recent weeks pieces from the collections of Paul Simon, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.

Simon’s 1967 acoustic guitar was used onstage during a Simon and Garfunkel appearance at Monterey Pop. He used the guitar throughout the 1960s.

Springsteen’s Gibson acoustic guitar also has made it into the rock hall. It was given to him as a Christmas present in 1988 by a record engineer who bought it in a pawn shop in 1972.

Huge amplifier stage props conceived by Young for his 1978 Rust Never Sleeps tour have been added to the main exhibit hall.

Kutcher takes on tech idol in ‘jOBS’

PARK CITY, Utah

Ashton Kutcher says playing Steve Jobs on screen “was, honestly, one of the most terrifying things I’ve ever tried to do in my life.”

The 34-year-old actor helped premiere the biopic “jOBS” on Friday, which was the closing-night film at the Sundance Film Festival.

Kutcher plays the Apple Inc. founder from the company’s humble origins in the 1970s until the launch of the first iPod in 2001. A digital entrepreneur himself, Kutcher said he considers Jobs a personal hero.

“He’s a guy who failed and got back on the horse,” Kutcher said. “I think we can all sort of relate to that at some point in life.”

But playing the real-life tech icon who died in 2011 still felt risky, he said, because “he’s fresh in our minds.”

“It was kind of like throwing myself into this gauntlet of, I know, massive amounts of criticism,” Kutcher said, adding that he expects some might take issue with the film’s depiction of the facts.

The actor watched “hundreds of hours of footage,” listened to Jobs’ past speeches and interviewed several of his friends to prepare for the role.

Kutcher even adopted the entrepreneur’s “fruitarian diet,” which he said “can lead to some serious issues.”

“I ended up in the hospital two days before we started shooting the movie,” he said. “I was like doubled over in pain, and my pancreas levels were completely out of whack, which was completely terrifying, considering everything.”

Jobs died of complications from pancreatic cancer.

Disney: JJ Abrams to direct ‘Star Wars’

LOS ANGELES

It’s official. The force is with J.J. Abrams.

The Walt Disney Co. issued a statement Friday night confirming reports that had been circulating for two days that Abrams, Emmy-award-winning creator of TV’s “Lost” and director of 2009’s “Star Trek” movie, has been pegged to direct the seventh installment of the “Star Wars” franchise.

“J.J. is the perfect director to helm this,” said Kathleen Kennedy, the movie’s producer and president of Lucasfilm, which was acquired by Disney last month for $4.06 billion.

Associated Press


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