VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Randy Quaid said Tuesday if it weren’t for Canada’s refugee system, he and his wife would be dead.

The actor made the comment Tuesday as he entered his immigration and refugee board hearing in Vancouver, where he and his wife, Evi, were picked up last month on an outstanding warrant in the United States.

The pair quickly claimed refugee status and their hearings have been conducted amid their bizarre claims of being hunted by what they call “Hollywood star whackers.”

They say many of their friends have died under mysterious circumstances and believe they could be next on the hit list. Quaid is hoping to convince Canada’s Immigration and Refugee board that he and his wife are targeted by Hollywood killers and thereby accomplish what no other American has ever done in Canada: Gain refugee status.

“I feel good. If it wasn’t for Canada’s refugee laws my wife and I would be dead,” Quaid said before he entered court.

Quaid and his wife remain fugitives from a California court after the couple failed to appear last week for their arraignment on felony vandalism charges for the fourth time.

Swift announces plans for 87-date tour

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Taylor Swift will be hitting the road again in early 2011 with an ambitious schedule that includes 19 countries on four continents.

Swift announced plans for an 87-date tour in a news release Tuesday that includes six stadium dates in the United States. The tour kicks off Feb. 9 in Singapore, then moves on to several European dates in March. The U.S. leg starts May 27 in Omaha, Neb. Swift will then hit Australia and New Zealand later in the year.

The 20-year-old is one of music’s top concert draws, selling out all 107 dates on her wildly successful Fearless Tour in 2009-10.

DMX denies violating probation with drugs

PHOENIX – Rapper DMX is denying allegations that he violated his probation by using cocaine and OxyContin.

A court official ordered the 39-year-old performer, whose real name is Earl Simmons, to remain in a Phoenix jail after he denied the charges on Wednesday. The official scheduled another hearing next month.

Court documents allege that he failed to submit to drug testing and drove on a suspended license. He was arrested last Thursday and was being held without bond.

Simmons was placed on probation last year after convictions for attempted aggravated assault for throwing a food tray at a jail guard, and theft for trying to using a fake name to avoid paying a $7,500 hospital bill.

‘Buffy’ remake in works

LOS ANGELES – Vampires, beware: Buffy is coming back.

A remake of the horror comedy “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” is in the works at Warner Bros., the studio said Tuesday.

A studio spokeswoman says the project is in the earliest stages of development. It hasn’t even been green-lit yet, and there’s no director or star attached.

One thing we do know: Joss Whedon, who wrote the first “Buffy” script and created the TV series starring Sarah Michelle Gellar that became a pop-culture phenomenon, is not involved. The new script comes from Whit Anderson, a 29-year-old actress-turned-writer.