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Led Zeppelin eyeing tour

TOKYO — Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page said Monday that he was ready to take the iconic band on a world tour after burning up the stage at last month's reunion concert in London, but it probably won't be before September. "The amount of work we put into O2 was what you would normally put into a world tour anyway," Page said of the intense rehearsing the band did for the Dec. 10 concert at London's O2 Arena. The band's three surviving members — Page, singer Robert Plant and bassist-keyboardist John Paul Jones — were joined at the sold-out benefit show by the late John Bonham's son Jason on drums.

Liberty Media moves to oust Diller

Liberty Media has filed a court action to remove IAC InterActiveCorp chairman and CEO Barry Diller from the IAC board of directors, the Wall Street Journal reported late Monday. Diller votes Liberty shares in IAC, but Diller and Liberty, IAC's controlling shareholder, are in a dispute over whether a planned spinoff of four units should go forward. IAC's businesses include Ticketmaster,, HSN and several assets. Liberty holds a voting stake in IAC by way of its entity BDTV; Liberty also is seeking to remove Diller as BDTV's sole director.

Nielsen to track Super Bowl ads

NEW YORK — Nielsen will use its social networking platform to assess the appeal of this year's batch of Super Bowl ads as they air during the game's Fox telecast Sunday. Nielsen, parent company of The Hollywood Reporter, launched the Hey! Nielsen platform in September as a forum for pop culture enthusiasts to share their views with one another, Nielsen clients and decisionmakers in the entertainment industry. The platform has 32,000 members. After each commercial break throughout Super Bowl XLII, participants will be asked to rate each ad on a scale of 1 to 4, with 1 being the most favorable. Panelists can add commentary.

Retraining days for Vick's dogs on NGC

LAS VEGAS — National Geographic Channel said Monday that its new series "Dogtown" will spend the next few months documenting the attempted rehabilitation of 22 dogs that belonged to jailed Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick. The dogs are now residing at Dogtown, the Best Friends animal sanctuary in Utah. "Dogtown," in production on new episodes set to premiere in the summer, will focus on four of the toughest cases as the experts at Dogtown try to "resocialize these seriously aggressive pit bulls."

CBS Interactive tunes Grammys

NEW YORK — CBS Interactive will be the official online partner of the Grammys in a two-year deal, the company said Monday. The network is taking over for Yahoo, who had the rights to the show last year. As part of the deal, CBS will stream the awards, broadcast on the network Feb. 10, on and and also present red-carpet and backstage footage.

Food Network to the 'Rescue'

Food Network on Monday announced a new series, "Rescue Chef." The half-hour show, featuring Danny Boome helping viewers nationwide overcome "personal culinary obstacles," is set to debut at noon March 1.