MTV high on small sizes for movie awards

Thursday, April 25, 2002

NEW YORK -- Hobbits and elves rule this year's MTV Movie Awards, with "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" receiving a leading six nominations.

Elijah Wood was nominated for best male performance for his portrayal of the hobbit Frodo Baggins. Orlando Bloom, who played the archer elf Legolas, was nominated for male breakthrough performance.

"The Fellowship of the Ring," the first installment of the J.R.R. Tolkien trilogy, is up for æbest movie, as well as best villain (Christopher Lee), best action sequence and best fight.

Other best movie nominees announced Tuesday are "Black Hawk Down," "The Fast and the Furious," "Legally Blonde" and "Shrek."

"The Fast and the Furious" and "Rush Hour 2" received five nominations each, and "Moulin Rouge" and "Shrek" got four apiece.

The irreverent awards show, with categories including best kiss and best on-screen team, will be taped on June 1 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. It's scheduled to air on MTV at 9 p.m. EDT on June 6.

Crow's 'C'mon' settles as second-place album

NEW YORK -- Sheryl Crow came on strong, but her latest album, "C'mon C'mon," debuted in second place on the album chart.

R&B singer Ashanti's self-titled debut album remained in the top spot for the third straight week, according to industry figures released Wednesday. About 190,000 copies of "Ashanti" sold during the week ending April 21, while Crow sold about 185,000 copies.

The latest from Celine Dion, "A New Day Has Come" has gone platinum, selling 1.2 million copies since its release a month ago. The album dropped to No. 3 from the second spot last week.

Boxer files lawsuit against Mike Tyson

NEW YORK -- Golden Gloves boxer Mitchell Rose has filed a $66 million suit against Mike Tyson, claiming the former heavyweight champion permanently damaged his spine during a fight at a Brooklyn club last year.

The lawsuit, filed in Brooklyn Supreme Court on Tuesday, alleges Tyson physically hurt Rose during an encounter at a Brooklyn night spot, the Sugar Hill Club, on Dec. 16.

Rose also seeks damages for his personal property, including a mink coat that Tyson "ripped with his bare hands" and punitive damages of about $50 million, said Sanford Rubenstein, Rose's attorney.

Calls to Tyson's manager and spokesman were not immediately returned.

Kevin Costner picks Deadwood for sculpture

RAPID CITY, S.D. -- Kevin Costner has picked a site in Deadwood for the display of a 17-piece bronze sculpture showing Lakota hunters driving a herd of buffalo along and over a bluff.

The sculpture, which was to have been the centerpiece of Costner's proposed Dunbar Resort, is to be installed on Dunbar property on the northwest edge of town.

Officials said the sculpture likely won't be open to the public for about a year. Plans call for building a loop road, parking lot, heritage center, interpretive trail and viewing terraces.

Costner has been in Deadwood times in recent months scouting sites.

--From wire reports

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