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  • Sting, James Taylor, Paul Simon, Kevin Spacey & More Croon & Clown at 2014 Rainforest Benefit

    Kevin Mazur/WireImageSting singing Italian opera?  Kevin Spacey impersonating Bill Clinton...while standing next to Bill Clinton?  Paul Simon cracking jokes like a stand-up comic?  It could only happen at Sting's long-running Rainforest Benefit Concert, which marked 25 years of fundraising Thursday night at New York City's famed Carnegie Hall.

    As usual, Sting and his wife Trudie Styler put together a star-studded cast of musicians to entertain the crowd.  In addition to Sting himself, the lineup included Sting's recent tour mate Paul Simon, as well as James Taylor, Stephen Stills, Bruce Springsteen's wife and E Street Band member Patti Scialfa, Dionne Warwick, opera star Renee Fleming, trumpeter Chris Botti, Inside Llewyn Davis star Oscar Isaac, two of Sting's children and Spacey, who proved himself to be quite the entertainer all evening.

    The night began with Sting, Spacey, and Taylor performing the Cole Porter classic "Well, Did You Evah!,"  an over-the-top comical music number from the movie High Society.  Then, the tuxedo-clad Spacey offered up a spot-on imitation of Johnny Carson, before launching into a version of "That's Life," made famous by Frank Sinatra.  Throughout the evening, Spacey also joined in on group numbers.  However, he got the most laughs when Bill Clinton took the stage, and Spacey performed an uncanny impersonation of the former president while standing right next to him.

    "When I was president, people accused me of murder all the time!  Made a show of investigating it!" Clinton told the crowd, to much laughter.  Then, referring to Spacey's character Frank Underwood on the hit Netflix series House of Cards, he added, "Spacey's president for 15 minutes, and he gets away with murder!"

    The musical numbers ranged from opera -- with Sting even joining Renee Fleming for an aria from Mozart's Don Giovanni -- plus classic rock, classic pop and singer/songwriter classics.  The biggest highlights were watching Sting team up with Paul Simon on some of Simon's most famous Simon & Garfunkel numbers, as they recently did on their joint tour.  When Sting held the high note at the end of "Bridge Over Troubled Water," it brought down the house.  Simon also cracked a string of jokes about the rainforest; the crowd roared while Sting just shook his head.

    Over the 25 years that the Rainforest Foundation has been holding these benefit concerts, nearly $35 million has been raised to preserve and protect the world's rainforests, as well as the indigenous people who live there.

    Here's a partial set list of the numbers performed Thursday night:

    Sting, James Taylor, Kevin Spacey: "Well, Did You Evah!"
    Spacey: "That's Life"
    Renee Fleming: "O Mio Babbino Caro"
    Fleming, Sting, Spacey: "La Ci Darem La Mano"
    Taylor: "Fire and Rain"
    Chris Botti: "Sketches of Spain"
    Sting: "When We Dance"
    Dionne Warwick: "Walk on By" and "Anyone Who Had a Heart"
    Oscar Isaac: "Young Turks" (Rod Stewart cover)
    Sting: "America" (Simon & Garfunkel)
    Stephen Stills: "For What It's Worth"
    Stephen Stills: "Amazonia"
    Eliot Sumner (Sting's Daughter): "Born to Be Wild"
    Joe Sumner (Sting' Son): "Smells Like Teen Spirit"
    Sting & Patti Scialfa: "Stand By Me"
    Taylor: "How Sweet It Is (to Be Loved By You)"
    Paul Simon: "Graceland"
    Sting & Paul Simon: "The Boxer" (Simon & Garfunkel)
    Sting & Paul Simon: "Bridge Over Troubled Water" (Simon & Garfunkel)
    Stills & Entire Company: "Love the One You're With"

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  • "American Idol" Recap: Dexter Is Eliminated

    Michael Becker/FOXAmerican Idol said goodbye to Dexter Roberts on Thursday night. The 22-year-old country musician from Fayette, Alabama, was eliminated after falling into the bottom two with Jessica Meuse.

    For his swan song, Dexter took on Montgomery Gentry's "Lucky Man," which he previously performed last month, when the top 12 tackled songs that reminded them of home.

    On Wednesday night's "competitors' picks" performance show, Dexter covered Luke Bryan's "Muckalee Creek Water."

    The half-hour results show began with a cameo from Kevin Bacon, who stars in the Fox drama The Following.

    The top six will return to the American Idol stage next Wednesday night on Fox.

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  • John Legend to Executive Produce Documentary-Style Dance Film

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    John Legend is teaming up with Step Up 5 writer John Swetnam to create a new coming-of-age dance flick, titled Breaking Through.

    Deadline reports their upcoming project will serve as a "documentary-style drama for the YouTube generation." Legend will serve as an executive producer while Swetman will make his feature directorial debut.

    The independent film will begin casting and filming this summer.

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  • Paul McCartney Asks Fans to "Eat No Fish" on Good Friday

    PETA.orgAs Christians prepare to celebrate Easter this Sunday, Paul McCartney is continuing his ongoing support of animal rights and the vegan lifestyle by taking part in a new initiative encouraging people to forego eating meat for the holiday.  The ex-Beatles legend is appearing in an online campaign launched by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals in which he's wearing the organization's new "Eat No Fish" T-shirt.

    The promotion is timed to coincide with the pre-Easter holy day Good Friday, which Christians traditionally observe by eating fish rather than other meat such as beef, pork or chicken.  The new PETA ads also include a comment from McCartney in which he urges, "make it a Good Friday for animals -- try vegetarian."

    Explaining why he decided to stop eating fish, Sir Paul recalls, "Many years ago, I was fishing, and as I was reeling in the poor fish, I realized, 'I am killing him -- all for the passing pleasure it brings me.'  And something inside me clicked, I realized as I watched him fight for breath that his life was as important to him as mine is to me."

    The "Eat No Fish" T-shirt can be purchased at PETACatalog.com, and you can find more about the campaign by visiting PETA.org.  By the way, McCartney has previously promoted the sale of PETA's "Eat No Cow" and "Eat No Turkey" shirts, which also are available at the organization's online store.

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  • John Legend Executive-Producing Documentary-Style Dance Movie

    Frazer Harrison/Getty Images via ABCJohn Legend is teaming up with Step Up: All In writer John Swetnam to create a new coming-of-age dance flick, titled Breaking Through.

    Deadline reports their upcoming project will mix two movie subgenres -- dance movies and found footage -- to create a "documentary-style drama for the YouTube generation."  John will serve as an executive producer, while Swetman will make his feature directorial debut.

    The independent film will begin casting and filming this summer.

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