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'Will & Grace' star gives birth to a son

By Wire services
Published April 9, 2004

LOS ANGELES - Now it's Will & Grace - and baby.

Debra Messing, co-star of the NBC sitcom, gave birth to a son Wednesday. The baby weighed 5 pounds and 14 ounces and was 19 inches long, publicist Annett Wolf said Thursday.

It's the first child for Messing and her husband, screenwriter Daniel Zelman.

Messing, 35, was unable to appear in this season's final four episodes of Will & Grace. She stars opposite Eric McCormack in the show about a straight woman and her gay best friend.

Wolf said Messing would return in the summer in time to start shooting episodes for next season.

Tampa film commissioner resigns, will focus on family

City of Tampa film commissioner Edie Emerald announced Thursday that she has resigned her post to spend more time with her infant daughter and pursue a career selling real estate.

The announcement came eight days before Tampa's largest film production in a decade, The Punisher starring Thomas Jane and John Travolta, opens in theaters nationwide.

Emerald was on maternity leave during production of The Punisher in August and September of 2003. The $34-million film is based on a Marvel Comics series.

Emerald served as Tampa's film commissioner since August 1996, operating through the Tampa Bay Convention and Visitors Bureau. Her last day on the job will be April 23.

Seven to be inducted into Songwriters Hall of Fame

NEW YORK - Charles Fox, Al Green, Daryl Hall and John Oates, Don McLean and songwriting duo Barrett Strong and Norman Whitfield are this year's inductees into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

The 35th annual induction ceremony is set for June 10 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel. Special award honorees will be announced later.

"We are looking forward to another terrific and memorable evening where we spotlight the accomplishments of those who have provided us with the words and music that form the soundtrack of our lives," Hal David, chairman and chief executive officer of the Songwriters Hall of Fame, said in a recent statement.

Pink to star as Janis Joplin, "Variety' magazine reports

Singer Pink is in line to star as Janis Joplin in a big-screen biography to be directed by Penelope Spheeris, according to Variety. The movie could start filming this summer, ahead of another film about the Texas blues-rock vocalist that actor Renee Zellweger has in the works.

It would be the acting debut for Pink, whose given name is Alecia Moore. "After trying to make a picture on Janis' life for 15 years, I'd call Alecia's screen test the most gratifying moment in my film career," Spheeris told Variety.

Her movie has the approval of Joplin's family and has the publishing rights to signature Joplin songs Move Over, Mercedes Benz and Down on Me.

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