NEW YORK (AP) -- Luciano Pavarotti, one of the world's most famous opera stars, has collaborated with a number of pop musicians, including U2's Bono, Mariah Carey, Ricky Martin and the Eurythmics' Annie Lennox.
But Madonna has been playing hard to get.
"I have wanted to sing with Madonna for a very long time," said Pavarotti in Sunday's editions of The New York Post. "She has promised that she would sing, but I do not know if she was joking or serious. But I think she was serious because she is a serious lady. She is also a superb singer."
Pavarotti, 64, is scheduled to perform at Madison Square Garden on Thursday.
Snoopys to be auctioned
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Even Snoopy has his price.
At least 50 Snoopy statues created by local artists and displayed throughout the city to honor cartoonist Charles Schulz in his hometown will be auctioned off by Sotheby's.
The city and United Media, which controls the late cartoonist's entertainment empire, are hoping Sotheby's can re-create the success of its "Cows on Parade" auction in Chicago. Last summer's auction of 140 cow statues generated $3.5 million, nearly seven times the pre-auction estimate. One cow sold for $110,000.
Part of the proceeds will be used to build a permanent bronze sculpture as a hometown tribute to Schulz, the creator of the comic strip "Peanuts."
Prinze buys home
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- As if being a movie star with Buffy the Vampire Slayer for a girlfriend weren't enough, Freddie Prinze Jr. now owns a $3 million home.
Prinze, 24, bought a five-bedroom, 4,000-square-foot house in Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley, the Los Angeles Times reported Sunday.
The one-story home, built in the 1930s, has a guest house and a pool. The home is in the Old World style, an architectural and design style that reflects European antiquity.
Prinze is dating Sarah Michelle Gellar, who plays the title role in TV's "Buffy the Vampire Slayer." He appeared in the movies "Boys and Girls" and "Down to You," released earlier this year, and co-stars in the upcoming comedy-romance "Head Over Heels."
Author has new advice
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- After years of writing about the cosmic differences between men and women, the author of "Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus" has a new piece of advice for both sexes: Stop being so dependent.
John Gray, who has written 10 books about relationships, says individuals make a mistake when they try to find happiness and love in others, in material things like money, and in doctors and medicine.
"What happens is that we disconnect with what makes us happy," Gray says.
Gray says people need to embrace their inner ability to find happiness, success and love.
His latest book "Practical Miracles for Mars and Venus: Nine Principles for Lasting Love, Increasing Success and Vibrant Health in the 21st Century" is set for release Tuesday.
Alexander endorses candidate
LINCOLN, N.H. (AP) -- Norman "NH" Jackman, a little known congressional hopeful, has attracted an election endorsement from a man best known for portraying a hapless loser.
Jackman, a Democrat, began running radio and television ads during the weekend featuring Jason Alexander, the bumbling George Costanza of TV's popular "Seinfeld" series.
"Throughout his career, Norman Jackman has focused on the interests of the little guy, the Costanzas of the world," Alexander said last week.
"Do something great," he urged. "Vote for Norman H. Jackman."
Jackman, 68, of Lincoln, said a son who works in Hollywood introduced him to the actor.
"Each time I visited with the family in California I have seen Jason," he said. "We've talked. He knows my positions on various issues."
Jackman, a semiretired lawyer, is making his first run for office. He faces an uphill primary battle for the chance to face incumbent Republican Charles Bass.
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