‘Queen of Soul’ celebrates birthday in style 

The fellas love Aretha Franklin: Denzel Washington helped the “Queen of Soul” celebrate her 72nd birthday in style, and rapper Andre 3000 and singer-songwriter Babyface are working on new music for the icon.

Franklin held an exclusive and small party Saturday in New York for her birthday, which is Tuesday. Washington entered the Ritz-Carlton Hotel quietly, though the crowd got excited after realizing it was the Oscar winner under a baseball cap.

Her longtime musical collaborator, Clive Davis, also attended.

The singer was all smiles at the event. She said in an interview that she’s working on new music with Andre 3000 and Babyface.

When asked what she wants for her birthday, Franklin said. “I’m looking for a record deal for my granddaughter Victorie, and my son Kecalf.”


James Rebhorn, the prolific character actor whose credits included “Homeland,” “Scent of a Woman” and “My Cousin Vinny,” has died. He was 65.

Tribeca Enterprises, the film company co-founded by Robert De Niro and the presenter of the Tribeca Film Festival, has sold a 50 percent stake to the Madison Square Garden Company.

The teen science-fiction thriller “Divergent” debuted with a box-office-leading $56 million over the weekend, according to studio estimates.


NFL quarterback Peyton Manning is 38.

TV personality Star Jones is 52.

Actress Kelly LeBrock is 54.

Comedian Louie Anderson is 61.

Fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger is 63.

Actor R. Lee Ermey is 70.

Fashion and costume designer Bob Mackie is 75.

Poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti is 95.

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