John Paul White and Joy Williams of the Civil Wars perform at the Austin City Limits Music Festival, in Austin, Texas, Oct. 14, 2012. Williams and White
John Paul White and Joy Williams of the Civil Wars perform at the Austin City Limits Music Festival, in Austin, Texas, Oct. 14, 2012. Williams and White issued a statement on their website Tuesday announcing the decision to split, which comes nearly two years after the duo pulled out of a world tour over irreconcilable differences. AP File Photo

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The Civil Wars music duo announce formal breakup

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 fans in the statement and issued a free download of "You Are My Sunshine."

Sherri Shepherd to make her Broadway debut

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" this Friday.

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

The traditional fairy tale has been given a sly and witty makeover by Douglas Carter Beane.


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The songs by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II include "In My Own Little Corner."

Wesley Snipes: 'You can't take life too seriously'

U.S. action star Wesley Snipes is back on the big screen for the first time since his release from prison as he joins Sylvester Stallone and the cast of "The Expendables 3."

Speaking ahead of the movie's world premiere Monday, Snipes joked that Stallone had him in mind for the first "Expendables" movie but he was "just a little occupied at the time."

"They reserved a spot for me and when the opportunity came along he reached out again and said come join us, we would like you to be a part of this."

Snipes was sentenced to three years in prison in 2008 after failing to file income tax returns. He began his jail term in December 2010.

The movie makes reference to Snipes' time behind bars with a tax-evasion joke in the opening scenes.

"Whether I do something really funny or really stupid, it is okay with me," says Snipes. "I think that is what life is about. You can't take life itself too seriously."

"At the end of the day, nobody really cares. You're going to be forgotten anyway. The issues and problems that you think are like mountains that you have to deal with now, after time goes by, nobody cares," he continues. "Might as well have a good time with it."

The 52-year-old actor is currently looking for new action projects, with a return to the blood-soaked universe of vampire "Blade" at the top of his list.

"A lot of people are calling for it and I would like to do it," he says.