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Shia LaBeouf escorted from Broadway's 'Cabaret' in handcuffs (Updated)

Not everybody is willkommen.

During the Thursday evening performance of Broadway’s Cabaret, police escorted Shia LaBeouf in handcuffs out of New York’s Studio 54, EW has confirmed. Cast member Danny Burstein confirmed the news, posting on his Facebook: “‘Ladies and gentlemen, this is your places call for Act II. Also, to let you know, Shia LaBeouf has just been escorted from the building in handcuffs.’ Yep, that just happened.” Broadway World first reported the news. READ FULL STORY

'Nymphomaniac' film is banned in Turkey

Turkey’s film board has banned the screening of director Lars von Trier’s movie Nymphomaniac Volume 1 at cinemas in the country because of the film’s sex scenes.

Cem Erkul, who heads the Cinema General Directorate, said Wednesday the eight-member board voted 6-2 this week that the film is “pushing the boundaries of porn” and unfit for public viewing.

The film was due to be released this month.

Erkul said it decided against censoring the sex scenes from the movie because there were too many to cut out.

Its distributor can appeal the ruling in court, but the decision does not affect the film’s screening at the Istanbul Film Festival next month.

The two-part film is a drama about a woman’s erotic journey from birth to the age of 50.

Chelsea Handler's Oscar tweets draw accusations of racism

Comedian Chelsea Handler drew accusations of racism after she was invited to take over The Huffington Post’s Twitter account during Sunday night’s Oscars and repeatedly touted her upcoming book, Uganda Be Kidding Me, whenever 12 Years a Slave received an award.

In one, she tweeted, “Congratulations #12yearsaslave Go to Africa or buy #ugandabekiddingme http://amzn.to/1de1ka9 #aheadofthecurve #Oscars.”

People responded via Twitter with words like “disgraceful,” “offensive,” and “racist.”

Huffington Post senior executive director Perri Dorset said the site was upfront about the Twitter feed takeover and has invited celebrities to do so in the past, adding, “the views are theirs not ours.” READ FULL STORY

Scarlett Johansson steps down as Oxfam ambassador after Super Bowl ad

Scarlett Johansson is ending her relationship with a humanitarian group after being criticized over her support for an Israeli company that operates in the West Bank.

A statement released by Johansson’s spokesman Wednesday said the 29-year-old actress has “a fundamental difference of opinion” with Oxfam International because the humanitarian group opposes all trade from Israeli settlements, saying they are illegal and deny Palestinian rights.

“Scarlett Johansson has respectfully decided to end her ambassador role with Oxfam after eight years,” the statement said. “She and Oxfam have a fundamental difference of opinion in regards to the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement. She is very proud of her accomplishments and fundraising efforts during her tenure with Oxfam.”

Earlier this month, the Avengers and Her actress signed on as the first global brand ambassador of SodaStream International Ltd., and she’s set to appear in an ad for the at-home soda maker during the Super Bowl on Sunday.

SodaStream has come under fire from pro-Palestinian activists for maintaining a large factory in an Israeli settlement in the West Bank, a territory captured by Israel in 1967 and claimed by the Palestinians.
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Kate Middleton's phone was hacked, U.K. trial reveals

Intercepted phone messages from the days when Prince William and Kate Middleton were dating were read at Britain’s phone-hacking trial Thursday — he calls her “babykins” and makes jokes about almost being shot during a military training exercise.

But the future king was in no danger — the gun was loaded with blanks, not live ammunition.

The transcripts were read at the trial of seven people, including former senior executives in Rupert Murdoch’s U.K. newspaper empire, on charges related to phone hacking and other tabloid misbehavior.

The 2006 recordings reveal the extent of media intrusion into the lives of William, second-in-line to the throne, and Middleton, who at the time was a private citizen dating a senior royal.

The recorded messages were found among the belongings of private investigator Glenn Mulcaire, who has been convicted of hacking the phones of aides to William and his younger brother, Prince Harry, for one of Murdoch’s tabloids.
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Dave Chappelle should 'quit whining,' Hartford mayor says

The mayor of Hartford, Conn., says comedian Dave Chappelle should “quit whining” about being heckled.

Chappelle walked offstage last week after being heckled in Hartford, the state capital.

Audio posted on YouTube shows Chappelle praised an audience in Chicago on Tuesday for being “so much better than Hartford.” Chappelle told the crowd if North Korea drops an atomic bomb on the United States he hopes it “lands in Hartford,” best known for its insurance companies and as the home of writers including Mark Twain.

To cheers and laughter he said he wouldn’t even go back to Hartford for gas.

Mayor Pedro Segarra issued a statement Thursday calling Chappelle’s remarks “immature and inappropriate.” He sent a tweet saying Chappelle should “quit whining, do his job and try some yoga.”

CVS won't carry 'Rolling Stone' with alleged Boston Marathon bomber

Looking for a copy of the already-infamous Rolling Stone cover with accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on the cover? You won’t find it at CVS. The pharmacy chain announced it will not carry the current issue in stores.

“CVS/pharmacy has decided not to sell the current issue of Rolling Stone featuring a cover photo of the Boston Marathon bombing suspect. As a company with deep roots in New England and a strong presence in Boston, we believe this is the right decision out of respect for the victims of the attack and their loved ones,” a rep for CVS said in a statement to EW.

CVS appears to be in good company boycotting the current issue: A Facebook group calling on people not to buy it has climbed to over 56,000 fans.

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