Stones Call Off Tour After L’Wren Scott’s Death

The Rolling Stones have called off tour dates in Australia and New Zealand following the death of Mick Jagger’s girlfriend L’Wren Scott.

The iconic band said in a statement Tuesday they “are deeply sorry and disappointed to announce the postponement of the rest of their 14 ON FIRE tour.”

Band members thanked fans “for their support at this difficult time.”

The Stones were scheduled to play Wednesday in Perth, Australia, and at other stops this week and next week, including Melbourne and Sydney.

Scott, a noted fashion designer, died Monday in New York City of an apparent suicide.

Tickets holders should keep their tickets, the statement said.

Keith Richards said in a statement Wednesday that “no one saw this coming” and that Jagger has “always been my soul brother and we love him.”

He adds: “We’re thick as thieves and we’re all feeling for the man.”

Charlie Watts says their “first thought is to support Mick at this awful time.” Ronnie Wood echoed Watts’ statement, adding “we intend to be back out on that stage as soon as we can.”

Scott had been Jagger’s companion since 2001. (AP)

Leno, Murdoch Among TV Hall of Fame Inductees

There are six new members of the Television Academy Hall of Fame.

At a ceremony Tuesday night in Beverly Hills, the academy inducted Jay Leno, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, media baron Rupert Murdoch, writer-producer David E. Kelley and former ABC executive Brandon Stoddard.

Sound pioneer Ray Dolby was inducted posthumously, with his wife and son accepting the honor.

Leno got a spirited introduction from Bill Maher, who said his friend didn’t deserve the heat he took over Conan O’Brien’s short-lived tenure as “Tonight Show” host.

Murdoch, the chairman of News Corp. and 21st Century Fox, noted he was being honored on his 83rd birthday — a coincidence that he called particularly annoying because he doesn’t like to look back. (AP)

’12 Years’ Vies With ‘Hunger Games’ at MTV Awards

Oscar winner “12 Years a Slave” will face off with blockbusters like “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” and “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” at the MTV Movie Awards.

The network announced Thursday the nominees for its 24th annual Movie Awards. The other movie of the year nominees are “The Wolf of Wall Street” and “American Hustle.”

Most of the best male and female nominees reassemble recent Oscar contenders including Matthew McConaughey, Lupita Nyong’o and Leonardo DiCaprio.

The awards’ best kiss category will have a clear favorite: Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence’s smooch in “American Hustle.”

For best shirtless performance, Jennifer Aniston from “We’re the Millers” will vie with DiCaprio in “The Wolf of Wall Street.”

Conan O’Brien will host the show live April 13 from Los Angeles’ Nokia Theatre. (AP)

Conan O’Brien to Host MTV Movie Awards

Conan O’Brien will be serving up buckets of golden popcorn.

O’Brien announced Tuesday on his TBS talk show “Conan” that he’s hosting this year’s MTV Movie Awards. The annual movie celebration that honors winners with popcorn-shaped trophies is scheduled for April 13 at the Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles.

The comedian joked in a statement that he’s honored to host “MTV’s second most prestigious awards show.”

This year’s nominees in such silly categories as best kiss and best fight will be announced Thursday.

It marks the first time O’Brien has hosted the MTV Movie Awards. He hosted the Primetime Emmy Awards in 2002 and 2006.

Past hosts of the MTV Movie Awards have included Jimmy Fallon, Aziz Ansari, Russell Brand and Rebel Wilson. (AP)

DeGeneres’ Oscar Selfie Crashes Twitter

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Ellen DeGeneres’ goal of setting a retweet record with her star-studded selfie was achieved before the Oscars telecast was even over.

During a comic bit, the Oscars host prevailed upon actor Bradley Cooper to take a picture with her and several other stars crowding around, including Meryl Streep, Jennifer Lawrence, Kevin Spacey, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt.

Long before midnight Sunday, the photo had been retweeted more than 2 million times, breaking a record set by President Barack Obama with the picture of him hugging First Lady Michelle Obama after his re-election in 2012.

Twitter also sent out an apology because all of the retweeting disrupted service for more than 20 minutes after 10 p.m. ET.

Meanwhile, ratings for the Academy Awards telecast in the nation’s biggest television markets are up 7% over last year.

The Nielsen company said Monday that New York, Kansas City, Mo., and Chicago were the strongest markets for Sunday’s telecast, where “12 Years a Slave” won the Academy Award for best picture.

Nielsen’s estimate for how many people actually watched the show was expected later Monday. The Oscars are frequently the second most-watched television program of the year after the Super Bowl, with viewership topping 40 million people last year.

Overnight ratings in the nation’s 56 biggest markets are only a partial picture, however, and sometimes not reflective of the country as a whole. (AP)