- - Thursday, January 12, 2012

Absent Katy Perry cleans up at People’s Choice Awards

Katy Perry is in the popular clique now.

The singer-actress won the most People’s Choice Awards at Wednesday’s 38th annual fan-favorite extravaganza, but viewers wouldn’t have known it from watching the ceremony. An absent Miss Perry was honored in five categories, including favorite female artist, tour headliner, song of the year for “E.T.” with Kanye West, music video for “Last Friday Night” and TV guest star for “How I Met Your Mother.”

Despite originally being touted by the show’s organizers as among the nominees expected to attend, Miss Perry told fans on Twitter earlier this week that she wouldn’t make it to the show. It would have marked her first public appearance since British actor-comedian Russell Brand filed for divorce last month to end their 14-month marriage.

“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2,” the final installment of the magical film series starring Daniel Radcliffe, had four People’s Choice wins for favorite movie, action movie, book adaptation and ensemble movie cast, but the film’s stars also weren’t present at the ceremony, leaving more screen time on the CBS broadcast for other winners in the show’s 43 categories honoring TV, film and music.

Among the TV winners were “How I Met Your Mother” for TV comedy, “2 Broke Girls” for new TV comedy, “Hot in Cleveland” for cable TV comedy, Neil Patrick Harris for TV comedy actor, “Supernatural” for TV drama and sci-fi/fantasy show, “Person of Interest” for new TV drama, “Pretty Little Liars” for cable TV drama and Nathan Fillion for TV drama actor.

Winners in the movie categories included Hugh Jackman for action star, “Bridesmaids” for comedy movie, “Water for Elephants” for drama movie, Adam Sandler for comedic movie actor and Ryan Reynolds as Green Lantern for favorite superhero. Morgan Freeman was bestowed with the first-ever favorite movie icon award.

Kelly Clarkson to sing anthem for Super Bowl

“American Idol” Kelly Clarkson is set to perform at the Super Bowl next month.

Miss Clarkson has been chosen to sing the national anthem before the NFL championship game at Indianapolis on Feb. 5, a person familiar with Super Bowl entertainment plans told the Associated Press on Wednesday.

The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because no announcement has been made. The league is expected to do so later this month.

Also slated to participate in the Super Bowl pregame festivities at Lucas Oil Stadium: country music couple Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton, singing “America the Beautiful.”

The NFL announced in December that Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Madonna will perform at halftime.

Kutcher wants to stay on ‘Two and a Half Men’

Ashton Kutcher said Wednesday that he’s interested in continuing with “Two and a Half Men” beyond this season — and CBS wants him, too.

Mr. Kutcher’s addition to television’s most popular comedy following star Charlie Sheen’s implosion was a grand experiment that has worked out better than CBS or the producers could have dreamed.

The show is up 20 percent in viewers over Mr. Sheen’s final season, the Nielsen ratings company said, and Mr. Kutcher also has brought in a younger crowd.

“I’ve had a blast,” said Mr. Kutcher, who plays the heartbroken Walden Schmidt. “Since I stopped doing ‘That ‘70s Show’ I’ve always wanted to go back and do television.”

Mr. Kutcher will be working on movies after filming for this season of “Two and a Half Men” concludes, but “right now I’m looking at it as a hiatus,” he said.

CBS would have to strike a new deal with actors and producers to continue the show beyond this season. All parties seem interested in working it out, CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler said.

Will Smith tapped to host Kids’ Choice Awards

Will Smith will host Nickelodeon’s 25th annual Kids’ Choice Awards.

Nickelodeon announced Wednesday that Mr. Smith, a 10-time winner, will host the March 31 ceremony from the Galen Center in Los Angeles. The show will air live on Nickelodeon.

The Kids’ Choice Awards honor children’s favorites in film, music, sports and television by tallying the votes of children online and via mobile devices.

Compiled from Web and wire service reports

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