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May 22, 2012 at 1:51 PM   |   Comments

Prince William slept little before wedding

LONDON, May 22 (UPI) -- Britain's Prince William admits he slept for only about 30 minutes the night before his 2011 wedding to Kate Middleton.

"[The crowds] were singing and cheering all night long, so the excitement of that, the nervousness of me and everyone singing -- I slept for about half an hour," UsMagazine.com quoted the 29-year-old prince as saying in an interview for an ITV1 documentary about his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, who is celebrating 60 years on the throne.

William also confessed he felt overwhelmed when palace staff handed him a list of 777 guests -- none of whom he or his bride-to-be knew -- several months before their high-profile London wedding ceremony.

"I went to [Queen Elizabeth] and said, 'Listen, I've got this list, not one person I know -- what do I do?' And she went: 'Get rid of it. Start from your friends and then we'll add those we need to in due course. It's your day,'" the prince recalled.


'Hunger Games' property up for auction

LOS ANGELES, May 22 (UPI) -- An abandoned mill town in North Carolina where "The Hunger Games" was filmed is up for sale, auction house Profiles in History announced.

The company run by Joe Maddalena said Monday it has acquired the Henry River Mill Village property, known as District 12 in the blockbuster film.

The lot is to be auctioned off via sealed bid through Profiles in History with a bidding deadline of July 31. The 72-acre abandoned mill town is valued in excess of $1.2 million, the auction house said.

Maddalena described the chance to buy a piece of property with such a cinematic legacy as "a once in a lifetime opportunity."

The town and Maddalena's acquisition of it will be featured on Syfy's "Hollywood Treasure" program June 5.

"The property exists exactly as it is seen in the film, from the bakery owned by Peeta Mellark's family to the house where Katniss Everdeen and her sister Prim lived. It is all there. Production came into the town and shot directly on site and didn't need to change a thing," said a release from Profiles in History.

Based on the best-selling survival adventure novel by Suzanne Collins, the movie stars Josh Hutcherson as Peeta, Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss and Willow Shields as Prim.


Chloe Sevigny to play transgender hit woman

EL SEGUNDO, Calif., May 22 (UPI) -- U.S. actress Chloe Sevigny is to play a transgender contract killer on the new U.S. drama series "Hit and Miss" on DirecTV's Audience Network, producers said.

The show is to debut July 11 after the premiere of the fifth and final season of Glenn Close's "Damages," which moved to the satellite network from FX.

Sevigny, 37, will play the central character of Mia in "Hit and Miss," which is written and produced by Paul Abbott, creator of "Shameless" and "State of Play." Sevigny is best known for her roles in the HBO series "Big Love" and the films "Kids," "Boys Don't Cry" and "Shattered Glass."

"Mia's life is sent into a tailspin when she receives a letter from an ex-girlfriend dying from cancer revealing that Mia fathered a son 11 years ago," a synopsis said. "Faced with a difficult decision, Mia becomes the guardian to a new family, forcing her to mix her killer instincts with her newly developing maternal instincts. 'Hit and Miss' tells the story of a lethal killer at the heart of a troubled family and how all of their lives will be dramatically changed forever."


Cruise, Baldwin sing on 'Rock of Ages' soundtrack

LOS ANGELES, May 22 (UPI) -- The soundtrack to the Hollywood movie musical "Rock of Ages," featuring Tom Cruise and Alec Baldwin singing 1980s anthems, is set for release next month.

WaterTower Music said those who pre-order the set through iTunes will get a free download of Cruise singing "Pour Some Sugar on Me."

Starring Cruise, Baldwin, Julianne Hough, Diego Boneta, Russell Brand, Paul Giamatti, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Malin Akerman and Mary J. Blige, the film and its soundtrack are set for release June 5.

In the film, Cruise plays "larger-than-life, arena-rocking champ 'Stacee Jaxx,'" a synopsis said.

He sings Bon Jovi's "Wanted Dead or Alive," Def Leppard's "Pour Some Sugar On Me" and Guns 'N Roses "Paradise City." He also duets with Akerman on Foreigner's "I Want to Know What Love Is" and with Hough on The Scorpions' "Rock You Like a Hurricane."

The soundtrack also features a medley of Night Ranger's "Sister Christian," David Lee Roth's "Just Like Paradise," and Poison's "Nothin' But a Good Time," which features Hough, Boneta, Brand and Baldwin.

Also included on the soundtrack are mash-ups of 1980s hits like Foreigner's "Juke Box Hero"/Joan Jett's "I Love Rock 'N Roll"; Extreme's "More Than Words"/Warrant's "Heaven"; Pat Benatar's "Shadows of the Night"/Quarterflash's "Harden My Heart"; and Starship's "We Built This City" woven into Twisted Sister's "We're Not Gonna Take It," all performed by the film's cast.

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