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George Lucas to get White House honor, "Pacific Rim" premieres

Friday, July 05, 2013 - 01:33

July 5 - The latest celebrity and entertainment headlines including George Lucas to get National Medal of Arts, Del Toro premieres ''Pacific Rim'' in London, and the royal baby media circus begins. Lindsay Claiborn reports.

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Star Wars director George Lucas is to be honored with the National Medal of Arts at a White House ceremony next week. The 69-year-old is among 12 recipients being recognized for their cultural contributions to the U.S. The White House praised the director for "combining the art of storytelling with boundless imagination and cutting-edge techniques." President Obama will award the medals next Wednesday. Director Guillermo Del Toro brought his robot-versus-aliens action flick "Pacific Rim" to London for its European premiere on Thursday (July 4). The Mexican director's $150 million film puts a comic book spin on the end of the world with epic battles between robots and monsters, with social insecurity at its core. The film stars Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi and Charlie Day. "Pacific Rim" opens in the U.S. and U.K. on July 12. The international media circus has begun outside the London hospital where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's royal baby will be born later this month. Dozens of ladders and metal barriers and the occasional camera are set up across the street from the hospital entrance. Once the baby is born, it is expected that Prince William and Kate, will emerge holding their new child and pose for the cameras at the main entrance of the private Lindo Wing at St. Mary's Hospital. And finally, two musicians you'd never think were actually friends: Megadeth's Dave Mustaine and saxophonist Kenny G. The pair have teamed up for a spoof video for FunnyorDie.com. The take-off on a commercial for clothing retailer Men's Wearhouse features Mustaine pitching the power of heavy metal albums at Megadeth Wearhouse, all with the musical accompaniment by Kenny G.

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George Lucas to get White House honor, "Pacific Rim" premieres

Friday, July 05, 2013 - 01:33

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