Billboard honors Perry, Jepsen
NEW YORK - Billboard named Katy Perry its woman of the year, but the pop star thought her year was 2011.
Perry, above with Carly Rae Jepsen, was interviewed by Jon Stewart at Billboard's Women in Music event Friday in New York City. The singer said she thought her mo-ment had passed. Perry released "Teenage Dream" in 2010, and it sparked five No. 1 hits on the Billboard charts that spilled over to 2011. This year, she rereleased the album, which launched two more hits and a top-grossing 3-D film.
She thanked her mom at the event, which honored women who work in the music industry.
Newcomer Jepsen also thanked her mom - and stepmom - when accepting the rising star honor. The "Call Me Maybe" singer said she's happy and surprised by her success.
Stone, Del Toro visit Puerto Rico
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Benicio Del Toro has collected on a favor he says Oliver Stone owed him for working extra hours on the set of his most recent movie, "Savages," released this year.
The favor? A trip to Del Toro's native Puerto Rico, which Stone hadn't visited since the early 1960s.
Del Toro recalled the conversation during a press conference Friday in the U.S. territory. He and Stone are helping raise money for one of the island's largest art museums, which is hosting its annual movie festival and will honor Stone's movies.
Museum curator Juan Carlos Lopez Quintero said the money raised will be used to enhance the museum's permanent collection, especially with Puerto Rican paintings from the 19th century and early 20th century.
No charges against Brown
MIAMI - Grammy-winning singer Chris Brown won't be charged with a crime after a woman claimed he snatched her cell phone when she tried to take his photo outside a Miami Beach club.
A memo released Friday by the Miami-Dade County State Attorney's office concludes there is no evidence Brown intended to steal the phone in February or that he deleted the photo. One or the other is necessary for him to be charged.
Prosecutors say Brown tossed the phone from his limo and it was picked up by security.
A felony charge against the 24-year-old might have triggered a violation of his probation for his 2009 assault on singer Rihanna, who was his girlfriend at the time. The two have recently collaborated on a new duet.
Eastwood 'Miss Golden Globe'
WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. - The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has named its newest Miss Golden Globe.
Francesca Eastwood was introduced as the 2013 honoree Thursday at Cecconi's restaurant in West Hollywood. The 19-year-old is the daughter of Hollywood icon Clint Eastwood.
Miss Golden Globe is traditionally the child of a celebrity who is invited to help during the ceremony. Previous honorees include Rumer Willis, Laura Dern, Melanie Griffith and Joely Fisher.
Francesca Eastwood is an actress who also stars with her stepmother, Dina Eastwood, her half-sister, Morgan Eastwood, and the South African boy band Overtone in the E! reality series "Mrs. Eastwood and Company." She's currently enrolled at the University of Southern California.
Pythons sued over 'Spamalot'
LONDON - A producer of the film "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" is suing the comedy troupe over royalties from the hit stage musical "Spamalot."
Producer Mark Forstater wants a bigger share of proceeds from the show, which is based on the 1975 movie spoof of the legend of King Arthur.
Python members Eric Idle, Michael Palin and Terry Jones are to give evidence during a five-day hearing that began Friday at London's High Court. Forstater is suing the trio and fellow Python members John Cleese and Terry Gilliam.
His lawyer, Tom Weisselberg, said under an agreement made when the film was produced, "for financial purposes Mr. Forstater was to be treated as the seventh Python." But the lawyer said Forstater had not received his fair share of royalties.