Entertainment briefs – February 17

Jessica Alba and her husband, Cash Warren, are expecting their second child.

Alba expecting second child

NEW YORK — Jessica Alba and her husband, Cash Warren, are expecting their second child.

Alba announced the news Wednesday on her Facebook page and Twitter account.

The 29-year-old actress wrote on the social networking site: “I thought I’d drop by to let you all in on some exciting news. Honor is going to be a Big Sister!”

She added: “Cash and I are thrilled.”

Their daughter, Honor Marie, was born in 2008.

Alba’s film credits include Little Fockers, Fantastic Four, The Love Guru and Meet Bill. She also starred on TV’s Dark Angel.


Basketball rivalry on Broadway

NEW YORK — The producers and playwright behind the Broadway play Lombardi aren’t done with sports just yet.

They’re planning to go from football to basketball with Magic/Bird, a new play that will chronicle the lives of Hall of Famers Larry Bird and Earvin “Magic” Johnson.

Lombardi playwright Eric Simonson’s script will trace the two basketball stars’ rivalry and friendship from their days as rookies in the NBA to the Olympic Dream Team.

The six-character play is scheduled to debut on Broadway in 2012.

Like Lombardi, which benefited from endorsement by the National Football League, the new play about Bird and Magic will be produced in association with the National Basketball Association.

Producers Fran Kirmser and Tony Ponturo say Johnson and Bird will participate in the creative process.


McLachlan, manager, part ways

TORONTO — Sarah McLachlan says she’s broken ties with longtime manager Terry McBride because it’s “time for a change.”

McLachlan had been represented by McBride and the Vancouver-based Nettwerk Music Group for her entire professional career, a 23-year run.

McLachlan says she wanted to explore new “opportunities with new representation.”

It’s yet another set back for Nettwerk, which celebrated its 25th anniversary last year.

The label and management company has seen a number of marquee acts walk away in recent years, including Avril Lavigne, the Barenaked Ladies, Dido, Chantal Kreviazuk, Sum 41 and Billy Talent.

The resurrection of McLachlan’s all-female tour Lilith Fair was also a flop this past summer.

The label still boasts a roster that includes Great Lake Swimmers, Delerium and the Weepies, while the management side includes such clients as k-os, Guster and Raine Maida.


Banton faces life sentence

TAMPA, Fla. — Jurors in Florida could soon begin deliberating in the trial of a Grammy-winning reggae singer who’s charged with drug conspiracy allegations.

Closing arguments are expected Thursday in the trial of Buju Banton, a 37-year-old Jamaican musician.

Banton, whose given name is Mark Myrie, testified at his trial Wednesday that the informant called him constantly after they met on a trans-Atlantic flight in July 2009 and insisted they meet to set up a cocaine buy. Banton says he’s ashamed for talking as much as he did about drugs with the informant. But he claims he never intended to deal in cocaine.

Banton is on trial on several cocaine charges for the second time in Tampa federal court. The jury deadlocked in his first trial. If convicted, he faces up to life in prison.

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