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Quick Takes: Andy Rooney ill after surgery

Andy Rooney, who announced his retirement from his regular commentator role on “60 Minutes” last month, is ailing following surgery, CBS said Tuesday.

“Andy Rooney underwent minor surgery last week and suffered serious complications,” CBS News wrote in a statement. “For that reason, he remains in the hospital, but his condition is stable.”

No other details were disclosed.

At his retirement, Rooney was 92, qualifying him as among the oldest persons still working on-air in television. (NBC’s Don Pardo still does some announcing for “Saturday Night Live” at age 93.)

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Rooney joined “60 Minutes” in 1978.

—Scott Collins

Jackson at top of Forbes list

Michael Jackson was named this year’s top-earning dead celebrity Tuesday in a list compiled by financial website Forbes.com, earning the title for the second year in a row following his death in 2009.

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The singer, who died of a drug overdose, is estimated to have earned $170 million in the last year, which also places him as the second-highest-earning pop music act this year, dead or alive, Forbes.com said.

Elvis Presley placed second on the list with earnings of $55 million. Marilyn Monroe earned nearly $27 million to place third.

—Reuters

Stallone sued over screenplay

Sylvester Stallone was accused of copying another writer’s screenplay to make “The Expendables,” a movie about mercenaries hired to defeat a military dictator.

The lawsuit was filed in Manhattan federal court on Tuesday by writer Marcus Webb, who said the screenplay for “The Expendables” is “strikingly similar and in some places identical” to his work, “The Cordoba Caper.”

Webb seeks unspecified damages for copyright infringement and an order from the court stopping further infringement in any sequel by Stallone, his credited coauthor David Callaham, Millennium Films, its Nu Image Films unit and Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.

Stallone’s publicist, Michelle Bega, declined to comment, as did an attorney for Millennium Films.

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—Reuters

Tyler’s tumble postpones show

An Aerosmith concert in Paraguay was postponed Tuesday after Steven Tyler fell in his hotel bathroom, hitting his face and losing two teeth, organizers said.

Garzia Group spokesman Marcelo Antunez described the accident as “minor” and said the concert in Asuncion would be held Wednesday.

Antunez said Tyler, 63, was treated at a hospital for cuts on his face and received two dental implants for the broken teeth.

—Associated Press

New York arts venue to reopen

New York City Center, one of the oldest major performing arts venues in New York, is being reintroduced this week following a renovation to the tune of $56 million.

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Old layers of paint have been scraped away with razor blades, and original color schemes have been restored. Seats have been ripped out, replaced with plusher, wider models. Better sloping has improved sightlines.

City Center has been a showplace for New York culture since 1943. It is home to the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, which recently signed a new 10-year deal, and to American Ballet Theatre’s fall season. It also brings in countless visiting dance troupes.

—Associated Press

Finally

Renewed: CBS has given full-season orders to freshman dramas “Unforgettable” and “Person of Interest.” And AMC picked up its zombie drama “The Walking Dead” for a third season.Rooney ill after surgery


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