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South Park creators hit Broadway with Mormon musical

South Park creators hit Broadway with Mormon musical

NEW YORK – It’s sprinkled with jokes about Mormons discriminating against black people and repressed gay longings, but the creators of a new musical about Mormons say it won’t attract the sort of religious controversy they are famous for. One of the most anticipated musicals this Broadway season, “The Book of Mormon,” satirizes the history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, sexualizes the ritual of baptism and has plenty of politically incorrect jokes.

Lindsay Lohan’s dad arrested

Lindsay Lohan’s father Michael has been arrested on suspicion of domestic violence. The actress’ dad was apprehended in Los Angeles on Monday after an unidentified woman filed a police report claiming a heated argument with Lohan had turned violent. The unnamed female was said to have “visible marking” due to the alleged attack. Lohan is facing charges of domestic violence, false imprisonment, and preventing the reporting of victimisation.
A police officer reveals, “Mr. Lohan

Cowell rules Carey out of ‘X Factor’

Simon Cowell has been forced to rule Mariah Carey out of his ‘The X Factor’ judging panel because the pregnant singer will be too busy with her twins when the TV talent show begins. The music mogul has been desperate to recruit Carey for the upcoming American version of his hit TV talent show, which launched the career of Leona Lewis. But Cowell will have to find another star for the job because the ‘Hero’ hitmaker will need plenty of time off after she gives birth to her babies this

Fellowes to create Titanic TV show

‘Downton Abbey’ writer Julian Fellowes is creating a TV show about the Titanic to mark the centenary anniversary of the ship’s demise. The Oscar winner’s six-part period drama, due to begin filming in Hungary this spring, will follow both fictional and historical characters onboard the doomed liner, which builders boasted was unsinkable.
Bosses behind the show insist viewers will be taken on “a heart-wrenching journey through Titanic’s last hours”. The show will air in the U.K.,


Brown goes wild after TV quiz

Security guards were called to the set of Good Morning America on Tuesday after Chris Brown allegedly suffered a meltdown and smashed a window in a furious rage. The pop star made an appearance on the TV show to promote his new music, and after performing he was interviewed by host Robin Roberts in New York’s Times Square. The ‘Kiss Kiss’ hitmaker became increasingly annoyed by questions about his past legal troubles, including his 2009 assault on ex-girlfriend Rihanna.
He told

Writer sues Disney and Pixar for stolen ‘Cars’

LOS ANGELES – A British screenwriter is suing Disney and Pixar, claiming the animated hit ‘Cars’ and its forthcoming sequel are based in part on work he submitted in the early 1990s. Jake Mandeville-Anthony is seeking an injunction to stop the June 24 theatrical release of ‘Cars 2.’ He filed the claim this week in U.S. District Court. According to the complaint, Mandeville claimed he created a three-part screenplay titled ‘Cookie & Co.,’ about the true-life adventure of race-car

South Korea sweeps Asian Film Awards

HONG KONG – South Korea’s finest celebrated after they blitzed the annual Asian Film Awards on Monday, bolstering the country’s growing reputation as the pre-eminent force in the region. South Korean movie stars and filmmakers dominated the glitzy ceremony in Hong Kong, now in its fifth year, snapping up awards for best director, best screenplay, best actor, best supporting actress and best editing. Lee Chang-Dong clinched best director for the feature film ‘Poetry,’ which also won

Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa team up for movie

AUSTIN – Rap icon Snoop Dogg and upstart Wiz Khalifa are teaming up for a new film, ‘High School,’ which the former calls “a comedy stoner movie, a little something for the stoners.” Snoop told that the duo – who also joined forces for the song ‘This Weed is Mine’ for his forthcoming ‘Doggumentary’ album – will begin filming during the first week of May, and that the project grew out of a musical collaboration with the Pittsburgh MC. “Just being a fan of his music and likewise, he

Sheen may make ‘Men’ comeback

LAHORE – The Tinsel town rumour mill is buzzing that Charlie Sheen may be offered his old job back on ‘Two and a Half Men’. As unlikely as that scenario may seem the Hollywood Hills are alive with the sound of compromise between the show’s wayward star and the suits behind the scenes. The rumour was launched by an online story and also NBC News reporter Jeff Rossen posting the following to Twitter: “Sources close to Charlie Sheen tell NBC News, CBS has offered him his job back.

Eddie Murphy to receive Comedy Icon award

LOS ANGELES – Eddie Murphy will receive the Comedy Icon Award at the first annual The Comedy Awards, scheduled to air Sunday, April 10 on multiple MTV Networks channels. The honor will be given yearly to a modern icon, an individual who has contributed to comedy and whose impact has changed the landscape and inspired future generations of entertainers.
Murphy will be recognized for his stand-up, sketch, film and TV work. Among the presenters and attendees at The Comedy Awards

Jean has no clue who shot him Delmas

Rapper Wyclef Jean has spoken out after he was shot in his native Haiti on Saturday night, insisting he has “no idea” who opened fire on him. Jean came under attack while travelling with fellow rap star Busta Rhymes in the city of Delmas, where he was helping to drum up support for presidential candidate Michel Martelly. Shots were fired at the car they were travelling in and Jean’s hand was grazed by a bullet, but he didn’t realise he had been hit until he saw the blood.

Bryan Adams gets Hollywood star

LOS ANGELES – Bryan Adams is now enshrined in concrete. The Canadian singer, songwriter, guitarist, bassist and producer got his Hollywood Walk of Fame star Monday in front of the Musicians Institute. His hits include ‘Cut Like a Knife,’ ‘Summer of ’69,’ ‘Run to You,’ and ‘(Everything I Do) I Do It For You.’ Adam recalled visiting Hollywood Boulevard at 16 and marveling at the stars. He said he was humbled by seeing his own star.
Retired hockey star Wayne Gretzky was on hand for

Aspirant Muslim Miss Universe rebuffs critics

LONDON – Shanna Bukhari became the first Muslim to represent Britain in 2011 Miss Universe contest to be held in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Bukhari, 24-year-old who was born to Pakistani parents in Blackburn, announced her ambition last week to become the first Muslim to represent Great Britain at the beauty contest. She also got the unique distinction for being criticised both by Muslims and far right British people for her decision to participate in the beauty competition.

The supercar era continues in 2013

LAHORE – The lights are back on and factory floors are buzzing. Hot metal is pouring out of car companies that are leaner, greener, and meaner than ever. Four of the eagerly awaited vehicles coming soon from the world’s top automakers are as follows.
First, the Bugatti 16C Galibier…
This beast is expected to have a top speed of 320 km/h, a twin-supercharged 8.0-liter W-16 engine, all-wheel drive ceramic disc brakes and a Swiss-made Parmigiani Fleurier tourbillion clock in

Cameras finally roll on ‘The Hobbit’

WELLINGTON – After years of wrangling and delays, Oscar-winning director Peter Jackson finally called “action” on his latest Tolkien epic ‘The Hobbit.’
The $500 million project, a two-part prequel to ‘The Lord of the Rings’ trilogy, began filming in New Zealand Monday, Hollywood studio Warner Bros. said. “Production has commenced in Wellington,” Warner Bros. said in a statement.
‘The Hobbit’ has been dogged by problems, prompting British actor Martin Freeman, who plays the

Muhammad Ali’s Celebrity Fight Night unites stars for charity

PHOENIX – Every year, the greatest of all time, the champ, legendary Muhammad Ali brings knockouts like Halle Berry, Reba McEntire and Cristie Kerr along with heavy hitting celebrities such as Billy Crystal and Kevin Costner together for a very worthy cause.
For over 17 years, Celebrity Fight Night has raised over 65 million dollars for Parkinson’s research and remains the most anticipated charity event in the Valley and perhaps the entire country.
This year’s star-studded