Early Elvis photos discovered in archives

“MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Elvis Presley archivists have found three rare photos dating back more than 50 years that show the young singer greeting fans at the gates of Graceland.

Negatives of the photos were discovered as archivists pored through a vast collection of documents from the office of Vernon Presley, Elvis’ father. The office is a stop on the daily tour of Graceland, Elvis’ Memphis estate.

Angie Marchese, director of archives at Elvis Presley Enterprises, said the negatives were in a small envelope with no writing on it. Archivists scanned the negatives, and research revealed the photos were taken in 1957.

The three photos of the 22-year old performer have never been published, Marchese said, but a fourth picture from the same series has appeared on a limited basis in publications focusing on Elvis.

The black-and-white pictures give a glimpse of a young Elvis’ connection with his fans, just as his hit “All Shook Up” was enjoying a run at No. 1 on the charts. They show Elvis with his pompadour, a jacket and long pants. Fans are standing at the gates and perched along the wall and brick columns surrounding Graceland.

Marchese said the photos were taken shortly after Elvis bought the mansion.

The pictures will be displayed at a Graceland exhibit beginning today, through the end of Elvis Week on Aug. 16.

‘Bueller’ principal skips sex offender registration

LOS ANGELES – “Ferris Bueller” actor Jeffrey Jones was charged Wednesday with failing to update his sex offender registration status, authorities said.

Jones, 63, failed to update his information with California officials after his birthday in September, Los Angeles county district attorney spokeswoman Sandi Gibbons said.

Jail records show Los Angeles police arrested him on June 23. He was released after posting $20,000 bail.

Jones has appeared in numerous films, including “Beetlejuice” and “Sleepy Hollow,” but is probably best known for playing the malevolent principal in “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.”

He pleaded no contest in 2003 in Los Angeles to a felony charge of employing a 14-year-old boy to pose for sexually explicit photos.He is due for arraignment on July 14.

DeMarcus baby due in 2011

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts and his wife, Allison, are expecting their first child.

The bass player recently joked that he felt left out of baby discussions with bandmates Gary LeVox and Joe Don Rooney, both fathers. But he won’t be excluded anymore.

A news release says the child is due in January. The couple married in 2004.

DeMarcus says he’s confident his wife, a former Miss Tennessee and CMT personality, will be a great mother “because she has done an incredible job raising me over the past six years.

Warhol’s ‘Silver Liz’ fetches $10 million at auction

LONDON – Auction house Christie’s says a rare Andy Warhol portrait of Hollywood screen legend Elizabeth Taylor has sold for $10 million in London.

“Silver Liz” was painted in 1963, the year Taylor became the first actress to earn $1 million for a role. It has been in a private collection for 20 years and has not been seen in public.

The portrait went to an anonymous bidder for 6.76 million pounds ($10.1 million) in London late Wednesday.

Christie’s said “Silver Liz” was one of only two Warhol portraits to show the actress with her famous violet eyes.