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My Chemical Romance split up after 12 years

Plus: Depp and Stewart win at Kids Choice; Winslet joins Divergent film adaptation; Arthur hits back at will.i.am; Swinton performs art of sleeping.

The American rock group My Chemical Romance are disbanding after 12 years together. Kevin Winter / Getty Images / AFP
The American rock group My Chemical Romance are disbanding after 12 years together. Kevin Winter / Getty Images / AFP

My Chemical Romance split

My Chemical Romance have split up after 12 years together, the American rock band confirmed on Saturday. “Being in this band for the past 12 years has been a true blessing. We’ve got to go places we never knew we would,” they said in a statement. “And now, like all great things, it has come time for it to end. Thanks for being part of the adventure.” The group recorded four studio albums, most notably the platinum-selling Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge in 2004. – AFP

Depp and Stewart top Kids Choice

Johnny Depp and Kristen Stewart came out on top at the Kids Choice Awards on Saturday. The Dark Shadows star won the Favorite Movie Actor award, while the Twilight leading lady was selected as Favorite Movie Actress. The show’s host, Josh Duhamel, said a record-breaking 350 million votes had been cast for this year’s viewer-voted ceremony, which honours children’s favourites in entertainment. Other winners included Katy Perry as Favorite Female Singer, Adam Sandler as Favorite Voice From an Animated Movie for Hotel Transylvania and The Hunger Games as favourite movie and book. – AP

Winslet joins Divergent film

Kate Winslet has been cast in the forthcoming film Divergent, boosting the profile of the latest adaptation from a best-selling novel to the big screen. Divergent, based on the first of a trilogy of young adult novels by Veronica Roth, is set in a society divided into five factions that define how a person lives their life. Winslet will play the leader of the Erudite people, who devote themselves to a lifelong pursuit of knowledge. The film, co-starring Shailene Woodley and the British newcomer Theo James, is scheduled to be released in March next year. – Reuters

Arthur hits back at will.i.am

James Arthur, the recent winner of The X Factor UK, has hit back at comments made by Danny O’Donoghue and will.i.am, who referred to him as a nobody. The Script’s frontman and the Black Eyed Peas star – judges in The Voice UK, the rival show of The X Factor – recently told reporters that they had never heard of Arthur, who actually auditioned for the show before going on to win The X Factor. “Who’s James Arthur? He was the dude keeping you off the top spot for weeks,” Arthur posted on Twitter this weekend. “Sights set higher than the voice #whereisthelove.” – IANS

Swinton performs art of sleeping

Tilda Swinton is performing the art of sleeping at New York City’s Museum of Modern Art. The actress debuted her one-person piece called The Maybe on Saturday, where she slept in a glass box for the day. The exhibit will move locations within the museum every time Swinton performs. There is no published schedule for the piece, which will occur about half-a-dozen more times until the end of the year. Swinton first performed the piece at the Serpentine Gallery in London in 1995. – AP