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Zeppelin touts concert film, mum on groups future plans
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LONDON — The song remains the same, as Led Zeppelin once observed. But Zeppelin fans can visit the band’s music anew thanks to a film of the rock titans’ last show together in 2007.

That was the band’s first full show in 27 years. Singer Robert Plant, guitarist Jimmy Page and bassist John Paul Jones got together again Friday to promote the film — but that may be as close as fans will get to a new reunion.

At a news conference, the members flatly declined to answer when asked if they were tempted to perform together as Led Zeppelin.
The band members have moved on, with Plant, 64, in particular finding success in other genres. He has played with musicians from Mali and won a Grammy in 2009 for his rootsy collaborations with bluegrass musician Alison Krauss.

And, the singer admitted: “I struggle with some lyrics for particular periods of time” — particularly for the famously cryptic “Stairway to Heaven.”

Mirren to reprise Oscar-winning role

LONDON — Helen Mirren is returning to the regal role of Queen Elizabeth II in a new play about the monarch’s relationship with British prime ministers.

The actress won an Academy Award in 2007 for her performance as the British monarch in “The Queen,” a drama about the aftermath of the death of Princess Diana. Mirren won praise for her turn as a monarch whose stiff upper lip hides a beating heart.

She will play the queen again in “The Audience,” a play by Peter Morgan, who wrote “The Queen” and “Frost/Nixon.” The play imagines private meetings between the queen and the prime ministers of her 60-year reign, from Winston Churchill to David Cameron.

Lohan-pedestrian encounter on video

NEW YORK — Grainy surveillance footage released Thursday shows Lindsay Lohan’s car driving toward a man who says she hit him outside a nightclub and kept going.

The black-and-white video, released by police, shows Lohan’s Porsche turning from a Manhattan street onto an alley around 12:20 a.m. Wednesday as Jose Rodriguez, 34, passes in front of the car and apparently is struck. Rodriguez, a restaurant worker from Jersey City, N.J., stays on his feet and walks after the car as it drives away.

Rodriguez called 911 and was hospitalized with a knee injury.

Lohan, 26, later was arrested as she left the nightclub at the Dream Hotel in Manhattan, police said. No alcohol was involved, they said.

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