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By United Press International   |   Nov. 29, 2011 at 4:00 AM

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GOTHAM INDEPENDENT FILM AWARDS: "Tree of Life" and "Beginners" tied for the Best Feature prize at the 2011 Gotham Independent Film Awards in New York Monday.

The cast of "Beginners" -- which included Ewan McGregor, Christopher Plummer, Melanie Laurent, Goran Visnjic, Kai Lennox, Mary Page Keller and Keegan Boos -- also earned the Best Ensemble honor.

Katie Galloway and Kelly Duane de la Vega's "Better this World" won the Best Documentary award, Dee Rees won the Breakthrough Director title for "Pariah" and Felicity Jones garnered the Breakthrough Actor gong for "Like Crazy."

"Scenes of a Crime" was declared the Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You and the Audience Choice Award went to "Girlfriend," which was directed by Justin Lerner.

Oliver Platt and Edie Falco served as hosts of the event at Manhattan's Cipriani Wall Street.


MONEY CLIP D: Dominic Levar Brown, a member of the Houston rap community known as Money Clip D, has been shot and killed, officials said. He was 34.

The Houston Chronicle said Brown was described by members of the music community as the "right-hand man" of rapper Trae.

Brown was shot early Friday as he sat in a car outside Breakers, a club in southwest Houston.

"This is one of those cases where we need witnesses to come forward," Houston police spokeswoman Jodi Silva told the newspaper.

No arrests have been made in Brown's death and no motives were immediately known.


JENNIFER NETTLES: Country music star Jennifer Nettles has married model-turned-entrepreneur Justin Miller in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee, People.com said.

The couple were wed during a sunset ceremony Saturday, the report said. Among the small group of guests who attended was Nettles' Sugarland bandmate Kristian Bush.

Miller, who appeared in Sugarland's 2006 music video for "Want To," dated Nettles for more than two years before they wed, People.com said.


VIRGINIA MADSEN: U.S. cable network TNT says it has ordered a TV movie based on Patricia Cornwell's crime novel "Hornet's Nest."

Starring Sherry Stringfield and Virginia Madsen, the telepicture is to air next year under the TNT Mystery Movie Night. Robbie Amell, Michael Boatman and Michael Silver are also set to star in the movie.

"Hornet's Nest" was a No. 1 New York Times best-seller. It is the first in Cornwell's series of mysteries featuring reporter Andy Brazil, as well as Police Chief Judy Hammer and her top deputy, Virginia West.

"Set in Charlotte, N.C., the story opens with everyone desperate to solve the latest crisis: a serial killer is specializing in out-of-town businessmen. Hammer and West make the murder investigation their top priority. But West is less than pleased when Hammer pairs her up with Brazil, a cub reporter assigned to cover the police department," a synopsis said.

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