Heaton in ‘Middle’ of family-friendly show

Patricia Heaton (“Everybody Loves Raymond”) plays the put-upon mom in ABC’s “The Middle,” a sprightly family comedy that’s slow in gaining fame.

Heaton finds the show is unusual because it appeals across the ages. “So many people have said constantly, ‘It’s the only show we can watch with our kids where we all laugh, we all find something about it that we relate to, and none of us are embarrassed or feel uncomfortable or wish our kids hadn’t watched the show because something inappropriate came up,’” she says.

“And I think executive producers Eileen (Heisler) and DeAnn (Heline) and our writers have done something really difficult, which is to have done funny, subversive, sophisticated humor that everybody can watch.”

Joel, Fleetwood Mac to headline Jazz Fest

NEW ORLEANS — Billy Joel, Maroon 5, Willie Nelson, Fleetwood Mac and Hall & Oates are among the acts headlining this year’s New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.

The outdoor spring music festival spans seven days over two weekends in such genres as jazz, gospel, rhythm and blues, Cajun and zydeco. In all, hundreds of acts will perform on about a dozen stages April 26-28 and May 2-5.

Other national acts include Earth Wind & Fire, Dave Matthews Band, John Mayer, Jill Scott, Widespread Panic and B.B. King. Most of the lineup is from Louisiana.

Bellucci: Next movie will be filmed in Bosnia

Bosnia-Herzegovina — Italian actress Monica Bellucci says her next movie will be filmed in Bosnia by Serbian director Emir Kusturica.

Bellucci arrived in Banja Luka, the capital of the Serb region of Bosnia, recently and was met by Kusturica. The two proceeded to a village in Serbia that he has built and where he is organizing a film festival.

Bellucci and Kusturica provided little information about the forthcoming movie, except to say it will be titled “Love and War” and that the shooting will begin in May in the Bosnian town of Trebinje.

Rihanna’s fashion collection to debut

NEW YORK — Rihanna’s collection for British brand River Island is slated for its debut next month during London Fashion Week.

Fashion Week organizers listed the pop star on its official calendar of fall previews.

The 24-year-old’s first collection of clothing and accessories will be shown Feb. 16. Items will be available in River Island stores in Great Britain, and in the United States and Japan starting March 5.

Rihanna said in a statement that an appearance at Fashion Week is “a dream come true.”

She already has another fashion commitment this year: She signed on to executive produce and star in the Style network reality series “Styled to Rock.”

Washington modest about 6th Oscar nod

London — Oscar-winning actor Denzel Washington isn’t taking his sixth nomination for granted, saying he’s just happy that people still value his work.

Washington, who was in London for the U.K. premiere of “Flight,” is a best actor contender at the Academy Awards for playing alcoholic pilot Whip Whitaker in the film.

The 58-year-old American already has two Oscars to his name for “Glory” (1989) and “Training Day” (2001). His other nominations came for “City Freedom,” “Malcolm X” and “The Hurricane.”

Washington says “it still feels good to know that people appreciate what you’re doing.”

Wire reports