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Jon Stewart to direct film

Tyler Act to Hawaii House

The Hawaii state Senate passed the so-called Steven Tyler Act Tuesday, a bill that seeks to protect celebrities from overeager paparazzi by creating a civil violation if people take unwanted photos or videos of others in their private moments. The Aerosmith frontman asked Senator Kalani English to sponsor the legislation after unwanted photos were taken of him and his girlfriend last December and published in a national magazine, causing family drama. Tyler owns a multimillion dollar home in Maui. Twenty-three of the state’s 25 Senate members voted in favor of the bill, which now goes to the House for consideration. Senator Sam Slom, the body’s only Republican, opposed the measure. Slom said Hawaii has adequate laws protecting privacy and this proposal is an attack on First Amendment rights. (AP)

Stewart to direct film

Comedy Central says Jon Stewart will take a break from ‘‘The Daily Show’’ starting in June to direct and produce his first feature film. The network said Tuesday that correspondent-writer John Oliver will host the fake news show for the eight weeks of original episodes scheduled during Stewart’s hiatus. The British-born Oliver has been a ‘‘Daily Show’’ regular since 2006. Stewart (inset) is expected back in the anchor chair shortly after Sept. 2. The film, titled ‘‘Rosewater,’’ was written by Stewart and is based on a book by Iranian journalist Maziar Bahari. London resident Bahari was falsely accused of being a spy and imprisoned by the Iranian government in 2009 while covering Iran’s presidential election. Before being jailed, he was interviewed in Iran by ‘‘Daily Show’’ correspondent Jason Jones. (AP)

Jepsen drops Scouts gig

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Carly Rae Jepsen is canceling her performance at the national Boy Scouts of America Jamboree because of the organization’s exclusion of gays. Jepsen, the Canadian pop singer best known for the inescapable hit ‘‘Call Me Maybe,’’ made the announcement Tuesday on Twitter. Rock band Train also has taken a stand, but pursued a different tack in a post on its website Friday. The group asked the BSA to reconsider its policy rather than immediately pull out of the July gathering in West Virginia. The event, held once every four years, is expected to draw more than 45,000 scouts and adults. Members of Train said Friday in a message on their website that they were unaware of the policy barring gay scouts and adult leaders from participating in the organization before agreeing to perform. Deron Smith, publicity director for the BSA, says the organization is moving forward with plans for the Jamboree. (AP)

‘Bible’ rates with viewers

In the latest television ratings, the Bible is hot and aspiring pop stars are not. The History network’s first installment of the miniseries ‘‘The Bible’’ was seen by 13.1 million people on Sunday. The series, produced by the husband-and-wife team of Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, will air in four more installments concluding March 31, which is Easter Sunday. Meanwhile, the Nielsen company said both episodes of ‘‘American Idol’’ last week had their smallest audiences since joining Fox’s regular schedule more than a decade ago. (AP)

Tribeca lineup announced

The 12th annual Tribeca Film Festival will feature everything from Will Forte’s dramatic film debut to a tale of arctic cowboys herding reindeer. The New York festival on Tuesday announced about half of the films that will make up this year’s lineup. Entries include the Brad Pitt-produced documentary ‘‘Big Men’’ about oil companies in Africa; the follow-up to ‘‘Sherry­baby’’ from filmmaker Laurie Collyer, starring Naomi Watts and Matt Dillon; and a documentary about China’s appetite for Bordeaux wine, narrated by Russell Crowe. Culled from more than 6,000 submissions, the slate is the typical grab bag of American independent films, issue-driven documentaries, and international curiosities. The festival opens April 17. (AP)

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