White actor to play King of Pop

Joseph Fiennes will star as Michael Jackson in a one-off TV comedy set to broadcast later this year a casting decision that has added fuel to a raging debate about opportunities for nonwhite actors in movies and TV.

The white British star of Shakespeare in Love plays the black King of Pop in Elizabeth, Michael & Marlon, alongside Stockard Channing as Elizabeth Taylor and Brian Cox as Marlon Brando.

The script is based on a possibly fictitious road trip the three stars are rumored to have made in an attempt to leave New York after the Sept. 11 attacks.

Sky Arts, which commissioned the drama, said Wednesday that the show is in post-production.

Country star cancels shows

Country singer Tyler Farr is canceling upcoming shows to rest his voice after having surgery to remove a polyp on his vocal chords.

A statement released Wednesday from his label, Columbia Nashville, said the Redneck Crazy singer was diagnosed after getting a severe case of bronchitis at the end of last year. Following his surgery, his doctors at the Vanderbilt Voice Clinic recommended vocal rest followed by aggressive therapy.

Farr said in a statement that he hates canceling shows, but he wants his body to heal to hopefully prevent problems in the long run.