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Madonna: saved by the body

AP

Exercising regularly has been like a prayer answered for Madonna: The singer says thanks to staying active, she didn’t suffer much after falling during her Feb. 26 performance at the Brit Awards.

“If I wasn’t in good shape – tuck and roll,” the singer, laughing, said during an interview with The Associated Press on Thursday night. “I attribute a lot of the fact that I came out all right because I’m in good shape.”

The 56-year-old workout fanatic tumbled during a live performance after her dancers tugged at her flowing cape, dragging her down three steps. She got up after being yanked and continued her performance. Madonna said the cape had been tied too tightly at the neck and she suffered whiplash and was checked for a concussion.

SHOCK AND AWE

The doctor who came to Harrison Ford’s aid immediately after seeing his plane crash-land on a Los Angeles golf course says he was stunned to discover the actor at the controls. Dr. Sanjay Khurana (koo-rah-nah) was golfing Thursday when he saw the plane “drop like a rock” about 50 yards in front of him. He found the pilot stunned and complaining of pain below his waist and with a deep gash in his scalp. Khurana and other golfers pulled him from the wreckage, and the doctor assessed his condition. Ford is hospitalized with undisclosed injuries that his publicist says are not life-threatening.

BOOZE BAN

Idaho authorities are telling movie theaters serving alcohol that they can’t provide drinks during showings of the erotic blockbuster Fifty Shades of Grey. The Idaho State Police’s Alcohol Beverage Control has contacted at least two theaters showing the popular R-rated flick, ordering them to comply with a law banning businesses from serving booze to people watching sexually explicit films. The law lists types of scenes requiring a booze ban. Grey features bondage and sadomasochism scenes.

NEW CATCH PHRASE

“Duang!” That’s movie star Jackie Chan’s latest contribution to Chinese mass culture and entertainment.

It’s not a word, but a sound he made in an old TV commercial meaning something like “ta-da!” A new mash-up video of the old ad has made “duang” a trending topic on China’s social media.

The sound began circulating days before the rubberstamp legislature was called into session. Chan is now a quasi-politician appointed to a legislative advisory panel, and some observers see “duang” as a way for the public to question the credibility of delegates and express dissatisfaction with the political system.

WELCOME HOME

Cate Blanchett is a new mom, even though she was not pregnant, not this time around. The Cinderella actress recently welcomed her fourth child, a baby daughter, with husband Andrew Upton through adoption, her rep confirmed.

WHAT’S IN A NAME

Entertainment industry executive David Geffen has donated $100 million to New York’s Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. The performing arts building — long known as Avery Fisher Hall — will be renamed David Geffen Hall in September, Lincoln Center Chair Katherine Farley announced Wednesday.

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