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"Django" and "Ted" lead comedies, superheros at MTV Movie Awards
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - "Django Unchained" and raunchy comedy "Ted" landed seven MTV Movie Awards nominations on Tuesday, leading a slew of comedies and superhero blockbusters among the nominees at the annual film awards voted for by youth audiences. Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence, 22, landed five nominations, including Best Female Performance for her role as young widow Tiffany in quirky comedy "Silver Linings Playbook," as well as Best Kiss, Best On-Screen Duo and Best Musical Moment with her co-star Bradley Cooper.
Bolshoi dancer who played villains admits acid attack
MOSCOW (Reuters) - A dancer at Russia's Bolshoi ballet who made his name playing villains has confessed to ordering the acid attack that nearly blinded its director, angry that his lover was being kept out of leading roles. Pavel Dmitrichenko, who has danced the crazed monarch in Ivan the Terrible and the villain in Swan Lake, was detained on Tuesday for a crime that shocked Russia and blackened the reputation of the world-famous theatre.
Visitors to Met museum in NYC sue over "deceptive" admission fee
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Visiting the venerable Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City can be a transformative experience for any art lover. And best of all, it's free. But a lawsuit filed on Tuesday against the museum complains that most museum-goers have no idea that the "recommended" $25 entrance fee is nothing more than a suggestion.
"Daily Show" host Stewart will take leave to direct feature film
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Comedian Jon Stewart will take a break as host of satirical television news show "The Daily Show" beginning in June to direct a serious film about a journalist's imprisonment in Iran, network Comedy Central said on Tuesday. The exact dates of Stewart's hiatus have yet to be finalized but he will miss eight weeks of original episodes of the popular show that has turned the 50-year-old comedian into a prominent political and social voice.
Taylor Swift slams Tina Fey, Amy Poehler on love life joke
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Country pop singer Taylor Swift hit back at comedians Tina Fey and Amy Poehler for mocking her love life at Hollywood's Golden Globe Awards this year, calling the jab sexist in an interview with magazine Vanity Fair on Tuesday. During the awards broadcast, hosts Fey and Poehler threw a barb at the singer, telling her to "stay away" from actor Michael J. Fox's 23-year-old son.
Paul McCartney's life focus of new comic book
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Singer Paul McCartney's decision to leave the Beatles and embark on a solo career is the subject of a new comic book that aims to give fans a new perspective on the breakup of the Fab Four, its publisher said on Tuesday. The 24-page "Paul McCartney: Carry that Weight" is the third comic book by U.S. publisher Bluewater Productions about the iconic British band, which spilt-up in 1970.
"Call Me Maybe" singer cancels Boy Scout concert over gay ban
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Canadian pop singer Carly Rae Jepsen on Tuesday pulled out of a concert for the Boy Scouts of America because of the organization's ban on gay members, becoming the second headliner to pull out of the Scouts' Summer Jamboree show. Jepsen, whose hit single "Call Me Maybe" was nominated for Grammy Song of the Year, said on Twitter that she would not perform for the Boy Scouts because of her support for gay rights.
Actor James Franco protests Australian ban of gay film
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Actor James Franco, star of Disney's new film "Oz the Great and Powerful", has launched an online appeal after censors banned a gay film from screening at Australian film festivals. The film "I Want Your Love," by director Travis Mathews, is the story of a gay man who has sex with his best friend while partying in Los Angeles. It has been screened at the Toronto LGBT Film Festival and other overseas festivals.
Czech court acquits US heavy metal singer over fan death
PRAGUE (Reuters) - A Czech court acquitted the frontman of U.S. heavy metal band Lamb of God of manslaughter charges on Tuesday in the death of a fan who was pushed off the stage at a concert in Prague. The prosecution accused Randy Blythe, 42, of shoving 19-year-old fan Daniel Nosek off the stage at the 2010 concert, causing him to hit his head when he crashed onto the floor. Nosek died in hospital a few weeks later from his head injury.