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Potter Phoenix

London, Jan. 15 (Reuters): Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, the fifth book of adventures of the boy wizard by author J.K. Rowling, is due to be published on June 21, its British publisher said today.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is absolutely superb and will delight all J K Rowling’ s fans. She has written a brilliant and utterly compelling new adventure,” Bloomsbury Publishing Plc chief executive Nigel Newton said.

The book, which at 38 chapters and 255,000 words, will be a third longer than the last book — Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire — is also being published by US children’s book publisher Scholastic Corp.

Fans will have had a three-year wait for Order of the Phoenix. Goblet of Fire was published on Saturday, July 8, 2000 and was the fastest-selling book in history on the first weekend of its publication.

Like Goblet of Fire, Order of the Phoenix is being published on a Saturday, meaning eager fans will not have to miss a day off school or work to buy the new book.

Pam pact

Los Angeles (AP): Tommy Lee and Pamela Anderson have agreed to end their bitter custody battle over their two sons, a lawyer for the actress said. Lee’s lawyer, Lance Spiegel, did not immediately return calls for comment. Suzanne Harris, Anderson’s attorney, said on Tuesday that the couple signed an agreement and submitted it to the court, where it is expected to be signed by the Superior Court judge. Harris said Anderson, 35, now has the option of moving Brandon, 6, and Dylan, 4, to Michigan, the home state of her fiance, rap-rocker Kid Rock.

Blues band

New York: Goodness gracious, it's only a hobby.

Dennis Quaid, who fronts a Hollywood rock-and-blues band called the Sharks, says he loves performing live — but don’t look for any record releases from the quintet, reports the Newsday paper. “I’m a dad,” said Quaid, who embodied rocker Jerry Lee Lewis in 1989’s Great Balls of Fire. “I don’t want to get into the music business. There’s too much work.” Quaid put together the Sharks two years ago, inspired by seeing friend Harry Dean Stanton play guitar in Los Angeles. The band — Quaid on lead vocals and rhythm guitar, Jamie James on guitar, Tom Slik on bass, Ken Stange on keyboards and Tom Walsh on drums — performs a mixture of original music and rock classics. They perform around Los Angeles on an almost weekly basis. The Sharks have nabbed some big gigs — headlining both the Aladdin and Caesars Palace in Las Vegas — but Quaid is limiting his musical aspirations. “We had another offer to perform in Vegas this New Year’s Eve,

but I decided to go to Montana and spend time with my son, instead,” he said.

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