Names in the news, July 20, 2011

Posted July 19, 2011, at 5:02 p.m.

Unlikely viral video star Rebecca Black has released a follow-up to her first hit, “Friday.” “My Moment” debuted Monday. In less than 24 hours, it was watched more than 1.9 million times on YouTube. It’s also streaming on her website and is available on iTunes. Her “Friday” video amassed more than 160 million views before it was removed from YouTube last week. Black and her team have disputed the rights of the video with Ark Music Factory, the company Black’s parents paid $4,000 to produce it. In “My Moment,” the 14-year-old Black revels in her fame, with shots of her on the red carpet, in the studio and basking in newspaper headlines about her. … Four months after getting axed from CBS’ “Two and a Half Men” when he publicly attacked his bosses, Charlie Sheen was officially announced Monday as the star in “Anger Management,” a proposed sitcom adaptation loosely based on the 2003 movie starring Jack Nicholson and Adam Sandler. Sheen will play the Nicholson character, a provocative doctor with some odd therapeutic techniques. …Spiritual leader Deepak Chopra is hoping gamers will chill out with “Leela,” his ambitious new effort to combine gaming and meditation. “I personally believe that you can accelerate neural development and biological evolution through video games,” said Chopra. “Unfortunately, that’s not what we’re doing right now. What we’re doing is creating addictions to violence, adrenaline and mindlessness, rather than mindfulness.” “Deepak Chopra’s Leela” from THQ Inc. will use the Xbox 360 console’s controller-free Kinect system to detect users’ bodies, then guide them through meditation exercises. “Leela,” which translates to “play” in Sanskrit, is less of a game and more of an experience, though there are a few gameplay elements.

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