September 6, 2010

People & Entertainment
Deal will allow Hogan to return home to U.S.

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SYDNEY - Actor Paul Hogan, star of the "Crocodile Dundee" movie trilogy, has been cleared to return home to the United States after he was barred last month from leaving Australia because of a disputed tax bill, his lawyer said Friday.

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Australian-born actor Paul Hogan has been cleared to return to his Los Angeles home after he was barred from leaving Australia because of a disputed tax bill, his lawyer says.

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The 70-year-old Australian-born actor arrived in Sydney on Aug. 20 to attend his mother's funeral and was served with an Australian Taxation Office order barring him from leaving Australia until he settles a multimillion-dollar tax bill, lawyer Andrew Robinson said late last month.

On Friday, Robinson said after a meeting between Hogan's lawyers and tax officials, an agreement was reached that will allow Hogan to return to the U.S.

Australian tax and crime investigators have fought Hogan in a five-year legal battle in Australian and U.S. courts to investigate evidence he used offshore bank accounts to conceal earnings after his low-budget "Crocodile Dundee" movie became an international hit in 1986.

Hogan lives in Los Angeles with his wife, "Crocodile Dundee" co-star Linda Kozlowski, and their 12-year-old son Chance.

Rock hall honors instrumental senator

CLEVELAND - The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum has renamed its atrium to honor Ohio Sen. George Voinovich.

Officials from the museum called Voinovich a tenacious supporter of the hall as they celebrated its 15th anniversary on Friday.

As mayor of Cleveland in the '80s and former governor in the 1990s, Voinovich was instrumental in getting the hall built in Cleveland.

Voinovich said bringing the Rock Hall to Cleveland was a group effort.

The Republican senator said he'll continue to support the Rock Hall as long as his heart beats.

Opel puts new face on brand

BERLIN - General Motors Co.'s subsidiary Adam Opel GmbH says it has signed up the 19-year-old winner of the European Song Contest as its new brand image.

Opel spokesman Christof Birringer said Sunday that singer Lena Meyer-Landrut, known as "Lena," was introduced as the new face for the company's cars during a surprise concert for some 20,000 people at Opel's open house in Ruesselsheim on Saturday.

The German singer won the contest in May with her catchy pop song "Satellite."

Opel is eager to renew its brand image, which has suffered following GM's bankruptcy in 2009 and the ensuing uncertainty over the future of its European subsidiaries.

Ono paying tribute to Lennon

LONDON - Yoko Ono says John Lennon is still helping her in her endeavors as an artist and peace activist as she pays tribute to her late husband before what would have been his 70th birthday.

Ono visited Lennon's childhood home and school in Liverpool on Friday. She was welcomed by hundreds of students at Dovedale School, before she went to the family home that Lennon shared with his aunt from 1945 to 1963.

The musician was shot outside his New York home in 1980, when he was 40 years old. He would have been 70 on Oct. 9.

Ono will travel from her home in New York to Iceland on Lennon's birthday to light the Imagine Peace Tower, an illuminated memorial.


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