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'Black Swan' leads with 12 Choice nods

Los Angeles -- The ballet drama "Black Swan" led with 12 nods for Critics' Choice Awards in the U.S. Broadcast Film Critics Association's announcement of its nominees Monday.

The 16th annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards are to be handed out Jan. 14 at the Hollywood Palladium.

This is the fourth year in a row VH1 will broadcast the gala live on the network and the first year the show will also be broadcast internationally.

"Black Swan" received an unprecedented 12 nominations Monday, the group said. The film was nominated for Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Editing, Best Costume Design, Best Makeup, Best Sound and Best Score.

Warne, Hurley confirm end of their respective marriages, get cozy

Reports ran rampant recently that British actress Elizabeth Hurley cheated on her Indian tycoon husband Arun Nayar with famed Australian cricketer Shane Warne. But, the model/actress addressed those rumors by saying she and the Indian businessman had ended their marriage months ago.

Nicole Richie weds longtime rocker beau in lavish ceremony

Former reality star Nicole Richie and rocker Joel Madden are now officially husband and wife! The longtime lovebirds wed in Beverly Hills on Saturday, according to multiple tabloid reports.

Miley Cyrus in another scandal: Caught smoking bong

Pop sensation Miley Cyrus is embroiled in bong-smoking scandal. Five days after her 18th birthday, she caught smoking salvia from a bong.

DreamWorks blending animation techniques

Glendale -- Hollywood's DreamWorks Animation SKG says it will use computer-generated and traditional animation techniques for its film "Me and My Shadow."

The original 3D project is slated for release in March 2013.
Mark Dindal is the film's director, and Melissa Cobb and Teresa Cheng are serving as producers.

Wesley Snipes begins serving 3-year jail term for tax evasion

Action star Wesley Snipes has begun serving a three-year sentence at a federal prison in Pennsylvania on Thursday for failing to file his tax returns, according to multiple tabloid reports.

Muscat gets its own opera house

Muscat -- An Italian style opera house is under construction in Muscat, Oman, Iman Hindawi, director-general of the Royal Opera House, said.

In an interview with Middle East Online, Hindawi said she hopes construction of the 16th century style building will be completed for the official opening next October.

Oman's music loving Sultan Qaboos initiated the project in 2001, the Web site said.

The initial concept was drawn up by Theatre Projects Consultants of Great Britain and the architectural firm Wimberly Allison Tong and Goo, Hindawi said.

Tearful Oprah denies she's lesbian, admits Stedman is her lover

American television queen Oprah Winfrey has cleared the long-simmering rumors about her sexuality. In an interview that aired Wednesday on ABC, the media-mogul queen opened up about her relationship with close friend Gayle King and persistent rumors that they are lesbian.

Chasen murder mystery: suicide victim likely killed her

Beverly Hills police claims to have solved the murder mystery of Hollywood publicist Ronni Chasen. Authorities investigating the case said on Wednesday that Chasen was murdered in a random shooting by a robber riding a bicycle.

Elizabeth Edwards dies of cancer

Elizabeth Edwards, the estranged wife of former presidential candidate John Edwards, died Tuesday morning at her home in Chapel Hill, N.C. She was 61.