Quick Takes: Throat surgery for Adele

Adele’s voice has given her the biggest success this year — and the most trouble. The singer will have throat surgery and has now canceled all tour dates and promotional appearances for the year.

Columbia Records announced Friday that the “Rolling in the Deep” singer will have surgery “to alleviate the current issues with her throat.” A full recovery is expected.

Earlier this month, the 23-year-old performer canceled a U.S. concert run due to a hemorrhage in her vocal cord; she also canceled concerts in June due to laryngitis.

The statement said that doctors have ordered the Grammy winner to rest her voice and “completely recuperate before looking to schedule any work commitments.”

Adele’s “21" is the bestselling CD of the year in the United States with more than 4 million units sold.


—Associated Press

Stuntman killed in set explosion

One stuntman was killed and another one seriously injured in an explosion on the set of action film “The Expendables 2" in Bulgaria, the movie’s production company said Friday.

The stuntmen were part of a team that was filming scenes Thursday at Lake Ognyanovo, a reservoir in Southwest Bulgaria, for the movie that stars Bruce Willis, John Travolta and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

“The filmmakers are working closely with the

authorities in responding

to and investigating this accident,” production company Nu Image/Millennium Films said in a statement.

The name and nationality of the deceased man was not released.


Hartman to go ‘On the Road’

CBS News is reaching into its history to bring back the “On the Road” feature.

Reporter Steve Hartman takes over for the late Charles Kuralt as the wandering reporter searching for unusual features across the country.

His first story, which was scheduled to air Friday on the “CBS Evening News,” concerned a group of men who hoisted a replica of the Statue of Liberty on a railroad pier in the Susquehanna River in Pennsylvania 25 years ago. It remains standing today.

Starting in 1967, Kuralt spent much of his time exploring the nation’s back roads for stories. He and his crew logged more than a million miles on an old motor home, and filed more than 600 stories.

—Associated Press

Brown manager is sentenced

James Brown’s former manager has been sentenced to three years of home confinement on charges he took more money than allowed under contract from the late soul singer in his final years.

The Aiken Standard reported Friday that 72-year-old David Cannon of Barnwell, S.C., entered an Alford plea to two counts of breach of trust. The plea does not admit guilt, but acknowledges there is enough evidence for a conviction.

Prosecutors said Cannon was supposed to receive 5% of whatever Brown made in a year but instead gave himself close to 15%.

Cannon was also accused of stealing part of a $900,000 check, but his defense said that was a misunderstanding and that he was owed the money.

Brown died on Christmas Day 2006.

—Associated Press

Sheen’s ‘Anger’ finds a channel

The rock star from Mars has landed: Charlie Sheen’s new sitcom, “Anger Management,” will air on FX.

The cable network said it has picked up the show — loosely based on the 2003 movie about a therapist with issues of his own — for at least 10 episodes, starting next summer.

FX already airs repeats of Sheen’s former sitcom, “Two and a Half Men.” If the new show clicks, the company said it would order 90 additional episodes.

—Scott Collins

Forger, 2 others get prison time

An art forger and his three accomplices, who made at least $14 million by selling oil paintings they falsely attributed to famous artists, have been sentenced to prison terms by a court in Cologne, Germany.

Wolfgang Beltracchi, 60, was sentenced to six years in jail after he confessed to painting 14 works that he sold as masterpieces by Max Ernst, Max Pechstein, Heinrich Campendonk, André Derain, Fernand Léger and Kees van Dongen.

His wife, Helene Beltracchi, and two other people received lesser sentences.

On the side of the victims, Judge William Kremer said, “there was a great deal of frivolity in buying the paintings, which had perhaps something to do with the gains that could be made.” He noted that galleries and auction houses had sold the forgeries on to collectors at vast profit.

“No serious tests and investigations were conducted,” he said.

—Bloomberg News