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Quick Takes: The Brits' music prizes

February 21, 2013

Some of the same singers and musicians who were honored at the Grammy Awards 10 days ago picked up more trophies in London at the Brit Awards.

Frank Ocean was named international male solo artist, the Black Keys won as international group, and Mumford & Sons collected the award for British group.

Chanteuse Emeli Sandé took the first award of the Wednesday evening event at the 02 Arena, for British female artist, and the last, album, for "Our Version of Events."

Adele won the British single prize for her James Bond theme "Skyfall." The soulful singer sent a message from Los Angeles, where she is rehearsing to perform the song at Sunday's Academy Awards.

Lana Del Rey took the trophy for international female solo artist. Coldplay was named the top British live act, beating nominees including the Rolling Stones, who celebrated their 50th anniversary with a series of sold-out shows last year.

—Associated Press

LaBeouf bows out of 'Orphans'

Shia LaBeouf won't be making his Broadway debut this season after all.

The 26-year-old actor has quit the upcoming revival production of the play "Orphans" in New York over "creative differences," according to a news release sent Wednesday.

LaBeouf, star of the "Transformers" movies, has left the show a month before preview performances are set to begin. "Orphans" is still scheduled to open at the Schoenfeld Theatre on April 7, with previews commencing on March 19. The production, directed by Daniel Sullivan, also features Alec Baldwin, in the role of a powerful man kidnapped by two brothers.

Wednesday's announcement did not elaborate on the nature of the creative differences that led to LaBeouf's departure, and no replacement for the actor has been announced.

—David Ng

Meyer working on 'Host' sequel

Stephenie Meyer's "The Host" doesn't have much in common with her "Twilight" series, except maybe the potential for a franchise.

Meyer is working on a sequel to the 2008 novel she began writing as an escape from the editing of "Eclipse," the third book in the Twilight vampire saga. And

now that "The Host" is ready to hit the big screen too, she's got more books in mind.

"Once you've created characters that have life to them, unless you kill them all, you know where their stories go. You're always aware of what happens next," Meyer said in an interview Tuesday. "I've got outlines for the next books. I would hope that this would be a three-book arc, but we'll see."

"The Host," which trades the vampires and werewolves of Meyer's previous works for space invaders, is due to reach theaters March 29.

—Associated Press

A Broadway first for Jane Lynch

Jane Lynch has something to be gleeful about: She's about to make her Broadway debut.

The "Glee" star said Wednesday she'll be replacing Tony Award-winning actress Katie Finneran as the evil orphanage matron Miss Hannigan in the current revival of "Annie."

"I'm so thrilled I can't see straight," the actress said in an interview. "It's a preposterous fantasy come true."

Lynch, a veteran of Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre Company, will play Miss Hannigan for eight weeks, from May 16 through July 14. Finneran will depart to film a new NBC comedy series with Michael J. Fox.

—Associated Press

Central Africa to Hollywood

A few years ago, Rachel Mwanza was fending for herself on the streets of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo; this week, the 16-year-old actress will be in attendance at Hollywood's biggest night.

Mwanza, star of the film "War Witch," has been granted a visa to travel to the U.S. and Canada to attend various award shows, including the Academy Awards, where the Canadian production is nominated for foreign-language film. (The film is in French and Lingala.)

"She's traveled to Paris, Berlin and Canada for the opening of the film, but I think this coming to Hollywood tops it all for her," producer Marie-Claude Poulin said.

"War Witch," directed by Kim Nguyen, tells the story of Komona (Mwanza), a girl kidnapped by rebel soldiers and enslaved into a life of guerrilla warfare in the African jungle.

The film was shot entirely in the DRC in 2011 and features many first-time actors.

—Oliver Gettell

Finally

Washington-bound: TBS late-night show host Conan O'Brien has been selected to headline the White House Correspondents' Assn. Dinner on April 27.

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