Jackman will host the Tony Awards again
NEW YORK - Neil Patrick Harris has given way to Hugh Jackman at the Tony Awards.
Producers of the annual telecast celebrating the best of Broadway said Tuesday that Jackman will once again take up hosting duties for the next awards on June 8 at Radio City Music Hall.
It will be Jackman's fourth time hosting the Tonys. He previously emceed the show from 2003-05.
Jackman is best known for being the hairy Wolverine in "The X-Men" franchise.
Davies, Donovan part of Songwriters Hall
NEW YORK - Ray Davies and Donovan are among the 2014 class of the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
The organization announced Tuesday that "Midnight Train to Georgia" writer Jim Weatherly and English songwriter Graham Gouldman also made the cut. Mark James, the writer of "Always on My Mind," covered by Elvis Presley and Willie Nelson, rounds out the list of five inductees.
The new class beat out top acts that were also up for nomination, including Madonna, John Mellencamp, Sade, Nile Rodgers and Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page and Robert Plant.
Davies, the Kinks leader singer and chief songwriter, penned the band's hits "You Really Got Me," "Tired of Waiting for You" and "All Day and All of the Night." He has also written for Van Halen and the Pretenders.
Scottish singer-songwriter Donovan's hits include "Sunshine Superman," "Mellow Yellow" and "Atlantis." Donovan has collaborated with Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ronnie Wood and Jeff Beck.
The 45th annual Songwriters Hall of Fame gala will be held June 12 at the New York Marriott Marquis.
Gabrielle Giffords plans gun control book
NEW YORK - Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is working on a book about gun control.
The Arizona Democrat and her husband, the retired Navy captain and astronaut Mark Kelly, are collaborating on "Enough: Our Fight to Keep America Safe from Gun Violence."
The book is based on an essay by Giffords that appeared in The New York Times last April, when she responded to the fatal shootings of 20 children and six educators in Newtown, Conn., in December 2012.