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McGraw, Hill hit Las Vegas

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Country music power couple Tim McGraw and Faith Hill are heading to Las Vegas.

They will be performing a 10-weekend run of shows at The Venetian starting Dec. 7. The couple announced the news Tuesday during a news conference at the hotel.

The show is called “Soul2Soul,” named after their hugely successful co-headlining tours in 2000 and 2006. According to Pollstar, their 2006-07 “Soul2Soul II” run remains the highest grossing North American tour in country music history.

Jones writing book

“Partridge Family” fans beware: Shirley Jones is writing a memoir that will reveal she was no Shirley Partridge.

The Oscar-winning actress and singer, best known as the matriarch of the singing TV family, has a book deal with an imprint of Simon & Schuster. She warns in a statement: Anyone expecting the “All-American mom,” Shirley Partridge, should be ready for a “few jolts.”

Gallery Books announced Tuesday that Jones will write openly about stars such as Frank Sinatra and her famous son, David Cassidy.

Whedon signs on

Joss Whedon has been hired on again for a sequel to “The Avengers.”

The news came Tuesday from Walt Disney Co. Chief Executive Officer Robert Iger, who said during a company earnings call that the filmmaker is returning to write and direct the sequel adapted from the Marvel Comics tales.

Iger also said Whedon is helping to develop a Marvel-based TV series for ABC. Marvel is a Disney subsidiary.

Have fall listing?

We are seeking submissions for our Fall Events Guide, listing activities from Sept. 2 to May 26. The guide includes festivals in Indiana and Ohio, concerts, stage performances and art exhibits. Send listings to Terri Richardson at trich@jg.net or fax 461-8648. Include event name, date, time, location, cost and a contact number. Deadline to receive items is Aug. 10.

Happy birthday

Among celebrity birthdays today: Actress Esther Williams is 91. Actor Dustin Hoffman is 75. Actress Connie Stevens is 74. Actor Larry Wilcox is 65. Actor Keith Carradine is 63. News anchor Deborah Norville is 54. Guitarist The Edge of U2 is 51. Singer Scott Stapp is 39. Singer Mark Wills is 39. Singer J.C. Chasez is 36. Singer Drew Lachey is 36. Actor Michael Urie is 32.

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