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Quick Takes: Kanye West upset at 'Today'

November 13, 2010

Kanye West backed out of a scheduled performance on NBC's "Today" show after getting upset with how his interview this week with host Matt Lauer was handled.

West tweeted Thursday night that he would not perform on the day after Thanksgiving, and "Today" confirmed that it received official word of the cancellation on Friday.

West became upset when "Today" showed a tape of the rapper when he interrupted Taylor Swift at last year's MTV Music Awards.

The incident prompted a tremendous backlash against West.

—Associated Press

Couple lands in 'Three Sisters'

Maggie Gyllenhaal and her husband, Peter Sarsgaard, will be together again on stage next year in another off-Broadway play by Anton Chekhov. The Classic Stage Company says the couple will appear alongside Jessica Hecht and Josh Hamilton in "Three Sisters." Previews begin Jan. 12 and the show will run until Feb. 20. The play will be directed by Austin Pendleton, who also directed Gyllenhaal and Sarsgaard in a 2009 production of Chekhov's "Uncle Vanya."

Sarsgaard, who appeared in a Broadway production of Chekhov's "The Seagull" in 2008, is a veteran of such films as "An Education" and "Kinsey." Gyllenhaal earned an Oscar nomination for "Crazy Heart."

—Associated Press

No contest in DiCaprio attack

A woman accused of slashing Leonardo DiCaprio's face with glass during a party five years ago has pleaded no contest to assault with a deadly weapon.

Aretha Wilson entered the plea Friday in Los Angeles County Superior Court. She is expected to be sentenced to two years in prison on Nov. 22.

The Academy Award-nominated actor required surgery to repair a gash on his face and neck from the 2005 attack. Wilson went to Canada after the attack and returned to Los Angeles to face the charge earlier this year. The 40-year-old had pleaded not guilty and was slated to begin trial on Friday. She faced up to seven years in state prison if convicted.

—Associated Press

Boston museum set to expand

Boston's Museum of Fine Arts has previewed a new wing that will feature more works of art from the Americas.

The museum on Friday gave its members and the media a sneak peak of the new building that will house more than 5,000 pieces, ranging from pre-Colombian gold to abstract expressionist paintings.

Officials say the new wing will allow the museum to more than double its collection of American work.

The new wing opens to the public next Saturday.

—Associated Press

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