WASHINGTON — Prosecutors have dismissed a charge against the actress who played Pocahontas in the film “The New World” and was arrested after chaining herself to the White House fence.

Q’orianka Kilcher and her mother, Saskia Kilcher, were arrested last June after the actress chained herself to the fence and her mother poured a black substance over her. The 21-year-old, whose father is a Peruvian Indian, was protesting the sale of land in Peru to oil companies. Peru’s president, Alan Garcia, was meeting that day with President Obama, and Saskia Kilcher said their goal was to disrupt his visit.

The actress was charged with unlawful entry and her mother was charged with destroying property.

Prosecutors dropped the charges against both women Monday after they completed community service.

‘Larry Crowne’ film premieres in London

LONDON — Tom Hanks is in London for the world premiere of his new movie “Larry Crowne.”

The Academy Award-winning actor directed, co-wrote and also stars as the protagonist in the movie, which is about a middle-aged man who reinvents himself by going back to college after he loses his job.

Julia Roberts plays his romantic interest – a jaded teacher at a local college.

Hanks was joined at a movie theater in a shopping mall Monday evening by celebrities including actor David Hasselhoff and Rolling Stones’ guitarist Ronnie Wood.

Couric to try daytime for talk show in 2012

 

NEW YORK — Katie Couric has worked in morning television, the evening news and now – thanks in part to Oprah Winfrey – will try out a daytime talk show.

Winfrey’s exit from the market she dominated for much of the last two decades is providing Couric with an opening. The former “CBS Evening News” anchor and “Today” show host and ABC announced their long-anticipated deal on Monday, setting September 2012 for the premiere of Couric’s new show.

“Oprah leaving made it seem like it was feasible,” Couric said. “because to go up against Oprah would be pretty terrifying. I don’t think anybody could really do that.”

Couric will have a part ownership stake in her new talk show, which reunites her with Jeff Zucker. The former NBC Universal chief, who was in the control room during many of Couric’s years at the “Today” show, will be executive producer of the talk show, which doesn’t have a name yet. It will be based in New York.

Euro Pride 2011 gets Gaga

 

ROME — The U.S. ambassador to Italy said Lady Gaga has accepted an invitation to participate in a gay pride parade in Rome’s Circus Maximus – the closing event of 2011 Euro Pride.

David Thorne said Monday he is “very proud to have an Italian-American artist of her stature” come to the Italian capital. He quoted U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as saying “human rights are gay rights and gay rights are human rights.”

Lady Gaga’s new album “Born This Way” sold a million copies in its first week.