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Barbra Streisand to receive Lincoln Center's Chaplin Award

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Barbra Streisand will add the Film

Society of Lincoln Center's Chaplin Award to her roster of

honors, in recognition of her achievement as a director,

writer, producer and film star, the group said on Friday.

Streisand, who shot to fame in the 1960s on Broadway and as a

major recording star, will receive the honor at the 40th Annual

Chaplin Award gala in New York on April 22 which will feature

celebrity guests and a host of film and interview clips.

"Django Unchained" producers order end to slavery


LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The producers of Quentin

Tarantino's "Django Unchained" on Friday ordered a halt to the

production of action figures based on the Oscar-nominated

slavery movie after criticism that they were offensive to

African-Americans. The eight-inch (20-cm) dolls, which were

intended for people 17 and older, included gun-slinging freed

slave Django, his wife and cruel, white plantation owner


Bob Dylan considering Dylan Thomas centenary show in Wales

LONDON (Reuters) - American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan may

play a special concert in Wales to mark the centenary of the

birth of Dylan Thomas, the Welsh poet after whom he may or may

not have named himself. The member of parliament for West

Swansea, Geraint Davies, said he had asked Dylan if he would

perform in the city as part of a series of commemorative events

next year.

Former New Jersey governor "falls to grace" in post-scandal


PARK CITY, Utah (Reuters) - When New Jersey Governor Jim

McGreevey stepped down from office in 2004 in a gay sex

scandal, he became another disgraced politician brought down by

his own actions. Since then, the former Democratic governor,

now 55, has tried to step out of the spotlight after a messy

divorce from his second wife by swapping politics for volunteer

work with jailed women.

Surgery scheduled to restore Bolshoi ballet director's


MOSCOW (Reuters) - The artistic director of Russia's

Bolshoi Ballet will undergo surgery next week to try to save

his eyesight after an attacker threw acid in his face, the

theatre's chief said on Saturday. Sergei Filin, 42, spoke to

investigators in a Moscow hospital, Bolshoi director Anatoly

Iksanov said, adding that they also questioned his colleagues,

who said the attack was likely triggered by envy, rivalry or

competition for roles in Russia's most prestigious theatre.

Lance Armstrong biopic in the works from Paramount, J.J.


LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Paramount Pictures and "Star Trek"

producer J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot company have purchased the film

rights to a forthcoming book about cyclist Lance Armstrong's

fall from grace, according to a person with knowledge of the

transaction. Armstrong, whose name and celebrity status helped

build a multimillion dollar cancer foundation, admitted on

Thursday that he used performance-enhancing drugs to win a

record seven consecutive Tour de France championships after

denying doping allegations for years.

Schwarzenegger takes a "Stand" in new film, with cue from


LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Arnold Schwarzenegger, taking

inspiration from his idol, Clint Eastwood, returns to the big

screen on Friday in the action film "The Last Stand," his first

starring role since he took a seven-year break from moviemaking

to serve as California governor. In a departure from his

typical superhuman roles, Schwarzenegger plays a retired Los

Angeles policeman forced to protect a tiny border town from a

notorious drug kingpin. The 65-year-old former bodybuilder

looks every bit his age and admits in the film feeling "old" as

he takes a ribbing from some of his significantly younger


Eclectic opening for Sundance with films about Mideast,

Chile, U.S. Southwest

PARK CITY, Utah (Reuters) - The Sundance Film Festival

opens Thursday with movies and documentaries from around the

world, including a feature that examines the cultural divide

between the Middle East and the United States. The 10-day

Sundance Film Festival, founded by actor-director Robert

Redford and now in its 35th year, will showcase 119 films from

32 countries.

Stewart, Pattinson crowned top earning romantic film couple

NEW YORK (Reuters) - With three box office hits earning

$1.17 billion at the U.S. box office over the past three years,

Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson are Hollywood's

highest-grossing romantic film couple. The stars of the

"Twilight" vampire films easily surpassed all other film

twosomes in the Forbes list that looked at the top 10 grossing

romantic films of the last three years.