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Actor Depardieu to play Chechen seeking revenge

GROZNY, Russia (AP) -- French actor Gerard Depardieu will star in a drama about a Chechen man who seeks revenge for the killing of his son.

Chechnya, a southern Russian province, has been in the spotlight since it emerged that the suspects in April's Boston marathon bombing are ethnic Chechens.

The predominantly Muslim province was devastated by two separatist wars with Moscow, and its current Kremlin-backed ruler has been widely criticized for human rights violations.

The ruler, Ramzan Kadyrov, has been a gracious host to Depardieu, giving him an expensive apartment in the Chechen capital, Grozny, after the actor got Russian citizenship in January.

Depardieu said Tuesday that the drama, titled "Turquoise," will be directed by French filmmaker Philippe Martinez and will also star British actress Elizabeth Hurley.

Carol Burnett to receive top US humor prize in DC

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Carol Burnett, who became famous for playing a variety of characters in sketch comedy routines on her namesake television show, has been named the winner of the nation's top humor prize.

The Kennedy Center in Washington announced Tuesday that Burnett will receive the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor on Oct. 20. A gala performance featuring top names in comedy will be broadcast nationally Oct. 30 on PBS.

In a written statement, the 80-year-old Burnett says she can't believe she is receiving the prize from the Kennedy Center. She says "it's almost impossible to be funnier than the people in Washington."

Burnett had her breakout on Broadway in "Once Upon a Mattress" in 1959. She is best known for her long-running variety show "The Carol Burnett Show." It ran from 1967 to 1978 on CBS.

Chris Harrison to host Miss America Pageant

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) -- "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette" host Chris Harrison will again emcee the Miss America Pageant this September in Atlantic City, N.J.

Harrison has hosted the telecast for the last four years.

The Miss America Organization says he'll be joined by Lara Spencer of "Good Morning America." Spencer served as a judge for the 2012 pageant.

The pageant will take place Sept. 15 in Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall. The pageant had been held in Las Vegas the past six years.

Eminem's publisher sues Facebook over song usage

DETROIT (AP) -- Eminem's song publisher is suing Facebook and an ad agency, saying they copied music from one of the rapper's songs.

Eight Mile Style filed a federal lawsuit in Detroit on Monday alleging that a 30-second Facebook ad broadcast online last month copied music from Eminem's 2000 song "Under the Influence."

The Detroit Free Press reports that the ad was featured in a webcast by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg to announce Facebook Home, an interface for Android phones.

The complaint says Portland, Ore., ad agency Wieden+Kennedy copied Eminem's music "in an effort to curry favor" with Facebook by catering to Zuckerberg's personal likes and to "invoke the same irreverent theme" of the song.

Facebook spokesman Andrew Noyes declined comment. A message seeking comment was left Tuesday with the ad agency.

     

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