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By United Press International   |   Jan. 4, 2012 at 4:00 AM

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PRODUCERS GUILD OF AMERICA AWARDS: "The Artist," "Bridesmaids," "The Descendants" and "The Help" are among the Producers Guild of America's nominees for Best Picture of 2011.

Also nominated Tuesday are "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," "Hugo," "The Ides of March," "Midnight in Paris," "Moneyball" and "War Horse."

In the running for the PGA prize for Best Animated Picture are "The Adventures of Tintin," "Cars 2," "Kung Fu Panda 2," "Puss in Boots" and "Rango."

Producers Guild Award winners are to be announced Jan. 21 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif.


CONRAD MURRAY: The California medical license of Conrad Murray, the cardiologist convicted in the death of singer Michael Jackson, has been suspended, officials said Tuesday.

Murray is serving a four-year prison sentence for involuntary manslaughter. He was found guilty of administering lethal amounts of anesthesia and sedative to Jackson in his home to help the pop star sleep, then failing to come to Jackson's aid when he was in distress.

The cardiologist also was criticized during his trial for not having emergency equipment on hand or keeping records of his treatment of the recording artist.

TMZ said the Medical Board of California Tuesday ordered Murray to turn over his medical certificate within 15 days.

The celebrity news Web site said a medical license is automatically suspended when a doctor is convicted of a felony and sent to prison.


MELANIE AMARO: Melanie Amaro, Season 1 winner of the U.S. version of "The X Factor," has signed a $5 million recording deal with Epic Records, the label said Tuesday.

The 19-year-old singer also is to star in a Pepsi commercial to air during the upcoming Super Bowl XLVI.

"I joined 'The X Factor' to be able to discover undeniable talent such as Melanie," Epic Records Chairman/Chief Executive Officer and "The X Factor" judge Antonio "L.A." Reid said in a statement. "I am pleased that she is now signed to Epic Records because I believe we have only scratched the surface on uncovering her talent and her inevitable journey to super-stardom."

"We all agreed that Epic would be the right fit for Melanie. L.A. made it clear that he wanted the opportunity to work with her and with his track record, you can't say no to that," added "X Factor" judge Simon Cowell.

"I am so excited to start recording my debut album for Epic under the guidance of L.A. Reid and Simon Cowell," said Amaro. "This is a dream come true for me."


JOHNNY WEIR: U.S. figure-skating champion Johnny Weir said via Twitter he married his boyfriend Victor Voronov on New Year's Eve in New York.

"Wedding in summer! But all the official stuff is done now! No more livin' in sin!" The Philadelphia Inquirer quoted Weir as saying in his post.

Weir said he and his partner are honeymooning in the Dominican Republic.

Voronov is a Georgetown Law School graduate preparing for the New Jersey Bar exam, the Inquirer said.

"Ringing in the New Year with my new hubby @JohnnyGWeir! #ELATED," Voronov said in a separate message.

The couple, who plan to live in Bergen County, N.J., are officially changing their surnames to Weir-Voronov, the skater's publicist told People.com. Weir will continue to be known professionally as Johnny Weir.

The Inquirer did not say how long the couple had been together before they exchanged vows.

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