Mogul aims to hip-hop the vote

New York -- Some of the biggest names in hip-hop are stepping up their drive to register young people to vote with a radio campaign that could reach more than 2 million listeners a day.

The Hip-Hop Summit Action Network, founded by mogul Russell Simmons, announced its "One Mind. One Vote." partnership with syndicated radio personality Doug Banks at a news conference Wednesday. The new radio campaign will launch Jan. 19 in Times Square.

"Radio is the drumbeat of our community," said Benjamin Chavis, the hip-hop group's president and chief executive.

The nonpartisan network hopes to register 2 million voters in 2004 by reaching out to young hip-hop fans and holding registration drives at concerts and other events.

Broadway gets new Belle

New York -- Broadway's "Beauty and the Beast" has found its new Belle -- on the Disney Channel.

Christy Carlson Romano is well-known to fans of the television network. She portrays the super-striving Ren Stevens on its daytime series "Even Stevens" and is the voice of "Kim Possible," a prime-time animated series about an average high school girl out to save the world -- even on a school night.

The 19-year-old Romano will join the long-running musical Feb. 17. She's the 13th actress to play Belle since the musical opened in New York in April 1994.

Carrey tops moneymakers

New York -- Jim Carrey tops the list in a poll of the Top Ten Money-Making Stars of 2003 by Quigley Publishing Co., which conducts an annual survey of film exhibitors.

Nicole Kidman finished second, followed by Jack Nicholson, Tom Cruise, Julia Roberts, Johnny Depp, Russell Crowe, Tom Hanks, Will Ferrell and Renee Zellweger.

The Quigley Poll, conducted every year since 1932, asks motion picture exhibitors to vote for the 10 stars who generated the most box-office revenue for their theaters.

Exhibitors also were asked to name the Stars of Tomorrow for 2003 -- one actor and one actress who they feel will be top moneymakers in the years to come. The 2003 winners are Ashton Kutcher and Scarlett Johansson.

'Nemo' leads Annie Awards

New York -- "Finding Nemo" has a leading 12 feature nominations, including best animated theatrical feature, for the 31st annual Annie Awards, to be presented next month by the International Animated Film Society.

The Annie Awards recognize the year's best in animation from film, television, commercials and short subjects. Nominations were announced Tuesday, and the awards will be presented Feb. 7 at the Alex Theatre in Glendale, Calif.

Nominations for "Finding Nemo" also include directing, music, production design, character design and voice acting (Ellen DeGeneres as the voice of Dory).

Competing for the top prize for animated TV are "Captain Sturdy," "The Fairly OddParents," "Samurai Jack," "The Simpsons" and "Spider-Man Animated Series."


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