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Director M. Night Shyamalan and his wife Bhavna attend the “After Earth” premiere at the Ziegfeld Theatre on Wednesday, May 29, 2013 in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Civil Wars officially broken up

The members of folk duo The Civil Wars have made it official: They're breaking up.

Joy Williams and John Paul White issued a statement on their website Tuesday morning announcing the decision, which comes nearly two years after the duo pulled out of a world tour over irreconcilable differences.

The duo met on a songwriting project and had instant chemistry as songwriters and performers. Championed by many fellow musicians like Taylor Swift, their first album went gold, and they won four Grammy Awards before personal differences ended their partnership. They released a second album but did not tour in support of it.

Each thanked their fans in the statement and issued a free download of “You Are My Sunshine.”

Shepherd on stage

A wicked stepmother has been picked for Cinderella on Broadway – Sherri Shepherd.

“The View” co-host said on the daytime talk show Tuesday that she will make her Broadway debut in the musical opposite Keke Palmer in the title role on Sept. 9 at the Broadway Theatre.

Shepherd will end seven years on “The View” on Friday.

She has been on “Dancing with the Stars” and on “30 Rock” as Angie Jordan, wife of Tracy Morgan's character. Her film credits include “Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire,” “Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa” and “Guess Who.”

Hearing postponed

A Miami-Dade County judge postponed a hearing to determine whether Justin Bieber will be tried on charges of driving under the influence and resisting arrest.

The judge on Tuesday postponed the hearing until 1:30 p.m. Aug. 13 at the request of prosecutors and Bieber's attorney.

It's unknown whether Bieber will attend the hearing.

Have fall listing?

We are seeking submissions for our Fall Events Guide, listing activities from Sept. 1 to May 25. The guide includes festivals in Indiana and Ohio, theater 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. 15.

Happy birthday

Among celebrity birthdays today:Actress Catherine Hicksis 63. Singer Pat MacDonald is 62. Actress Faith Prince is 57. Singer Randy DeBargeis 56. Singers Peggy and Patsy Lynn are 50. Actor Jeremy Ratchfordis 49. Singer Lisa Stewart is 46. Writer-director M. Night Shyamalan is 44. Singer Geri Halliwellis 42. Actor Jason O'Mara is 42. Actress Vera Farmiga is 41. Singer Travis McCoyis 33.

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