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‘Twilight’ finale a hit at Razzie awards

SUNDAY, FEB. 24, 2013

The “Twilight” team finally has earned some love – or loathing – from Team Razzies.

“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2” was picked as last year’s worst picture Saturday by the Razzies, an Academy Awards spoof that hands out prizes for Hollywood’s lousiest movies on the eve of the Oscars.

The finale to the blockbuster supernatural romance dominated the Razzies with seven awards, including worst actress for Kristen Stewart, supporting actor for Taylor Lautner, director for Bill Condon and worst screen couple for Lautner and child co-star Mackenzie Foy.

Adam Sandler was named worst actor for the raunchy comedy “That’s My Boy,” his second-straight win after 2011’s “Jack and Jill,” which swept all 10 Razzie categories a year ago. Pop singer Rihanna won worst supporting actress for the action dud “Battleship.”

“Twilight” movies had been well represented in Razzie nominations over the years but had not won any key awards there. Razzie voters joke that they were waiting for the last “Twilight” flick on which to heap their scorn.

Stewart’s worst-actress prize came for both “Twilight” and her fairy-tale update “Snow White and the Huntsman.”

Depardieu gets Russian address

French actor Gerard Depardieu got a new permanent address in Russia – 1 Democracy Street – on Saturday, adding a final touch to his quest to get Russian citizenship.

After receiving his Russian passport from President Vladimir Putin last month, Depardieu had it stamped with the new address in Saransk, a city of 300,000 about 400 miles east of Moscow.

The actor has been at the center of a heated debate over tax exiles as France’s socialist government proposes a hefty tax on the rich, but he has denied that he accepted the passport to escape the taxman.

Saransk is the provincial capital of the Mordovia region, home to a sprawling web of Soviet-era prison camps, where one of the members of a Russian punk band is serving her two-year sentence for an irreverent “punk prayer” against Putin.

He said at the ceremony that he appreciated the symbolism of his new address.

“I want to be an ambassador of democracy to the world,” he said, according to Russia Today television, which quoted him as saying that “Russia is a country with a great democracy.”

Depardieu’s decision to accept citizenship has earned sarcastic comments from Putin’s critics, who say the actor is a tool of Kremlin spin.

The birthday bunch

Actor Abe Vigoda is 92. Actor Dominic Chianese (“The Sopranos”) is 82. Actor Edward James Olmos is 66. Musician George Thorogood is 63. Actress Debra Jo Rupp (“That ’70s Show”) is 62. News correspondent Paula Zahn is 57. Actor Billy Zane is 47. Actor Wilson Bethel (“Hart of Dixie”) is 29.


 

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