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British academy to honor Mirren

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Oscar-winning actress Helen Mirren, whose roles have ranged from a hard-nosed detective to Queen Elizabeth II, is to receive the British Academy Film Awards’ highest honor.

The academy announced Monday that the 68-year-old will collect the BAFTA Fellowship at a London ceremony next month. Chairman John Willis said Mirren was being honored “as one of the most outstanding actresses of her generation.”

Previous fellowship recipients include Charlie Chaplin, Alfred Hitchcock, Elizabeth Taylor and Judi Dench. Mirren said that “to join that list of legendary names is overwhelming.”

Tarantino sues

Quentin Tarantino has sued a news and gossip site, saying it posted a leaked script of the director’s latest project.

Tarantino’s lawsuit accuses Gawker Media LLC of copyright infringement for posting a link to his 146-page script for a planned film called “The Hateful Eight.”

Gawker operates numerous sites and blogs and posted a link to Tarantino’s script on its Defamer website last week.

Tarantino’s lawsuit filed Monday in a federal court in Los Angeles states that he planned to publish the script and has received substantial royalties and advances by doing so with past projects.

No investigation

British police have decided not to investigate celebrity cook and author Nigella Lawson for admitting illegal drug use in a recent court case.

Police said Monday that “no further action” will be taken.

The 53-year-old Lawson told a court in December that she had used cocaine a handful of times but was not a regular user.

‘Ride’ stays on top

The top five movies from the weekend box office:

1. “Ride Along,” $21.3 million

2. “Lone Survivor,” $12.9 million

3. “The Nut Job,” $12.1 million

4. “Frozen,” $9.1 million

5. “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit,” $9.1 million

Happy birthday

Among celebrity birthdays today: Actor Alan Alda is 78. Guitarist Dave Sharp is 55. Singer Sam Phillips is 52. Singer-songwriter Sarah McLachlan is 46Singer Anthony Hamilton is 43. Rapper Rick Ross is 37. Singer Joey Fatone is 37. Singer Nick Carter is 34. Actor Elijah Wood is 33. Rapper J. Cole is 29. Actress Ariel Winter is 16.

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