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Published: Thursday, 3/29/2012

First lady to salute Taylor Swift


The first lady is making an appearance at the Kids' Choice Awards to celebrate Taylor Swift for her charity work.

Michelle Obama will give Swift the Big Help Award during Nickelodeon's 25th annual awards show Saturday night in Los Angeles. The award recognizes individuals whose charitable efforts have made an impact and inspired children to do the same.

Swift has been active in flood and storm relief, raising $750,000 when she opened her final "Speak Now" tour rehearsal to fans to benefit tornado victims in the South. She's also active with charities such as the Make-A-Wish Foundation, St. Jude Medical Center, and Habitat for Humanity.

Wedding singer

Martina McBride will perform her new single, "Marry Me," with Train lead singer Pat Monahan at the Academy of Country Music Awards Sunday while a couple from New Jersey gets married on stage. McBride picked Christina Davidson and her fiance Frank Tucci to tie the knot during her performance in Las Vegas.

They both lost their spouses in 2009 and met at a support group for young widows and widowers.

The ACM Awards air live on CBS Sunday.

'The Gatekeepers'

White House chief of staff can be a thankless job, and the Discovery TV network is poised to explain why.

Discovery said Wednesday that it will air a special series The Gatekeepers, about the people in charge of keeping a presidential administration running, sometime next year.

Filmmakers are seeking interviews with all the living former chiefs of staff, and have talked with former presidents Jimmy Carter and George H.W. Bush. Former Vice President Dick Cheney, who was President Ford's chief of staff, talks about what experience in that job he blames for his first heart attack.

Trailer pulled

Twentieth Century Fox has pulled early promotional materials for its comedy Neighborhood Watch in light of the Trayvon Martin shooting.

The studio said Tuesday that early "teaser" trailer and in-theater posters have been removed from Florida theaters and will soon be phased out nationally.

The film stars Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn as suburban dads who become neighborhood watch volunteers and eventually battle aliens.

Fox stressed in a statement that the film "bears absolutely no relation to the tragic events in Florida," and said the company is "very sensitive to the Trayvon Martin case." The film is set for release in July.

Last month, the unarmed, 17-year-old Martin was fatally shot in Sanford, Fla., by neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman, causing a national firestorm and demands for Zimmerman's arrest.

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