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Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries' divorce settlement approved

Plus: Martin Short could return to TV; Paramore and Paisley reign charts; Psy's Gentleman video praised and banned; Star Wars to come yearly starting 2015.

The actor and comedian Martin Short, left, with Lorne Michaels. AP
The actor and comedian Martin Short, left, with Lorne Michaels. AP

The marriage of Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries ended on Friday after a judge approved a divorce settlement following a protracted legal battle between the former couple. Humphries sent his lawyer, while Kardashian, who is pregnant with a child by her boyfriend Kanye West, appeared in a black silk maternity dress. The terms of the settlement were not disclosed. - AP

Martin Short may return to TV

Martin Short could be back in the TV business with his former Saturday Night Live boss, Lorne Michaels. Short says he's waiting to hear whether NBC will pick up a comedy pilot produced by Michaels as a series next season. The untitled sitcom stars the SNL writer John Mulaney and is loosely based on Mulaney's life. Short plays a quiz show host who uses jokes written by Mulaney's character. - AP

Paramore and Paisley reign in charts

The rock band Paramore ended Justin Timberlake's three-week reign at the top of the Billboard 200 album chart this week to score their first No 1 album, while the country singer Brad Paisley took the No 2 spot with his latest album Wheelhouse. Timberlake's The 20/20 Experience slipped to third. Eric Church landed at No 5 with new album Caught in the Act. Other debuts in the Top 10 include the rapper Tyga at No 7 with his third album Hotel California and the Danish metal-rockers Volbeat at No 9 with Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies. - Reuters

Psy praised by president - as state broadcaster bans his new video

Psy has been praised by South Korea's president - and slammed by its state broadcaster for his new song Gentleman. KBS television banned Gentleman's music video saying it could encourage antisocial behaviour. A KBS statement suggested the offending sequences in the video showed Psy jaywalking down an empty street and then kicking a traffic cone labelled "No Parking". KBS said the images might set a bad example to younger viewers and did not meet the standards set by the state broadcaster. The video ban came as President Park Geun-Hye favourably mentioned Psy during a meeting with policymakers in which she urged a "paradigm shift" from an economy based on manufacturing to one that embraced creativity. - AFP

Star Wars to come yearly, starting 2015

Disney is turning Star Wars films into an annual summer ritual. Walt Disney Co's chairman Alan Horn has announced that the studio will release films every year starting in 2015. The parade of films will start with Star Wars: Episode VII, directed by JJ Abrams. Horn said the studio will then alternate films in the new Star Wars trilogies with spin off films drawn from the same universe. - AP

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