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Pseudo-Kardashians star in New York City musical

NEW YORK (AP) -- The Kardashians are in New York -- but they're not real.

Characters costumed as family members from the TV reality show are starring in a musical production of Kardashian impersonators singing "The Princess and the Pea" story.

It's part of a Gotham Chamber Opera show called "Baden-Baden 1927." Four pieces were presented that year in the German city, asking composers, "What is art? What is reality?"

Director Paul Curran says he's using what some Americans consider art today -- TV people who are special because they say so.

Soprano Maeve Hoglund stars as the princess. The Queen is played by soprano Helen Donath, a kind of Kardashian mother wondering if good taste is still alive.

"I chose the Kardashians because they're by far the most famous epitome of the falsehood of reality TV; it's such a huge industry, to just be yourself -- and apparently, it's art worth watching," says Curran, a Scottish native. "The point of the evening is, what is our perception of events -- the same question Andy Warhol asked with his Campbell soup art."

The one-act pieces are by composers Kurt Weill, Paul Hindemith, Darius Milhaud and Ernst Toch.

The show runs through Tuesday at the Gerald Lynch Theater.

Chris Brown released on assault charge in court

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Grammy Award-winning R&B singer Chris Brown was freed from custody Monday after facing a judge on a charge that he punched a man who tried to pose in a photograph with him.

Prosecutors reduced a felony assault charge to a misdemeanor as a District of Columbia judge released Brown, who exited the courthouse to cheers and flashed a peace sign to supporters after more than a day and a half in custody.

Even with the reduced charge, the assault case represents the latest legal trouble for the singer, who remains on probation for assaulting his on-again, off-again girlfriend Rihanna just before the 2009 Grammy Awards.

Brown and his bodyguard, Chris Hollosy, were arrested early Sunday outside the W Hotel in Washington after police responded to reports of a fight. A 20-year-old man told police that he had tried to take a picture with Brown and two women when Brown told him, "I ain't down with that gay s---t" and "I feel like boxing," according to charging documents in the case. The man, identified by police as Parker Isaac Adams of Beltsville, Md., said he was punched by both Brown and Hollosy.

Brown's lawyer, Danny Onorato, said outside court Monday that his client committed no crime.

"We understand that his security acted to protect Mr. Brown and Mr. Brown's property as he was authorized to do under District of Columbia law. We are confident that Mr. Brown will be exonerated of any wrongdoing," he said.

Emile Hirsch to play John Belushi in biopic

NEW YORK (AP) -- Emile Hirsch will play John Belushi in a biopic on the comedian.

Production company Film 360 confirmed Monday the casting of Hirsch in the currently untitled independent feature. Directing will be Steve Conrad, who wrote the screenplay of the upcoming Ben Stiller film, "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty." Conrad will also pen the screenplay, adapting the biography "Belushi."

The 28-year-old Hirsch has starred in Sean Penn's "Into the Wild" and the 2008 action film "Speed Racer." He co-starred earlier this year with Paul Rudd in David Gordon Green's "Prince Avalanche," and also co-stars in the upcoming Navy SEAL war film "Lone Survivor."

Production on the film is planned to begin in the spring.

     

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