LOS ANGELES (AP) A jury should decide whether silent film star Mary Pickford signed away rights to sell two Oscars she was awarded, a judge ruled Monday.
Three women who inherited the statuettes and a third one awarded to Pickford's former husband, Charles "Buddy" Rogers, had hoped to win a dismissal of a lawsuit filed by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The academy, which each year awards film's highest honor, is seeking to block the public sale of the statuettes.
Pickford won the best actress Oscar in 1930 for "Coquette" and was given an honorary Oscar in 1976. Rogers won the academy's Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award in 1986.
The academy claims it has the right to buy back the Oscars for $10 each.
Russians caution against 'South Park'
MOSCOW (AP) An episode of the cartoon comedy "South Park" has been labeled as extremist by Russian prosecutors, who issued a warning Monday to the Russian TV station that broadcast it.
The Prosecutor General's Office did not identify which episode its investigators found objectionable but said it "offends the honor and dignity of Christians and Muslims and insults the feelings of believers irrespective of their faith."
Prosecutors issued the warning to private TV channel 2x2, which aired the episode on Jan. 9, and said they had appealed to a Moscow court to declare the episode extremist.
The all-cartoon 2x2 channel has received similar warnings in recent months about other animated series, leading to some media speculation that it may be the target of a takeover attempt. Corrupt Russian law enforcement officials are often used to force a change in company ownership.
Disney actress gets role in 'Avenue Q'
NEW YORK (AP) An actress with an impressive Disney resume will soon be living on "Avenue Q."
Christy Carlson Romano the voice of that high-achiever "Kim Possible" on Disney's animated TV series as well as one of the many Belles in Broadway's "Beauty and the Beast" joins the saucy "Avenue Q" on Sept. 29. She will appear as Kate Monster and Lucy in the show through Nov. 23.
The long-running hit, the Tony best-musical winner in 2004, has a score by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx and a book by Jeff Whitty. It deals with a group of spirited 20-somethings, including a few puppets, experiencing life and love in the big city.