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October 2, 2004

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AC/DC becomes a street sign

Melbourne, Australia -- A downtown road in this southern city has been renamed ACDC Lane in honor of the Australian band, AC/DC, who sang the rock anthem "Highway to Hell."

"I say this is a lane to heaven. Let us rock," said the city's Lord Mayor John So as he erected the sign Friday to cheers and bagpipes playing the band's hit "Long Way to the Top."

AC/DC recorded one of their most famous videos in a nearby street and called Melbourne home when they were in Australia.

City officials have had several copies of the street signs made in case fans steal the original as a souvenir.

Warhol portraits on exhibit

Hanover, Germany -- A retrospective of Andy Warhol self-portraits spanning decades of the artist's work will go on exhibit this weekend at a museum in western Germany.

The show at the Sprengel Museum in Hanover brings together more than 50 paintings, along with 45 drawings, photographs, collages and films. Some of the portraits have been hung on walls papered with Warhol's image.

The self-portraits "mark the intersection between Andy Warhol, the media figure, and his artistic work," the museum said in a statement Friday. Curator Dietmar Eiger, who prepared the exhibition, said Warhol's self-portraits span a 43-year period.

Threat of 'Punk'd' remains alive

New York -- A warning to celebrities: You're not in the clear just yet.

"Punk'd," with host Ashton Kutcher, will continue for three more seasons, MTV spokesman David French confirmed Wednesday.

Kutcher and company will film 24 new episodes of the hidden-camera prank show, the first of which will air sometime next year.

In the past, Kutcher has been secretive and contradictory about the future of "Punk'd," perhaps with the idea of keeping celebrities unsuspecting.

Comic pans stand-up reality show

Raleigh, N.C. -- Ralphie May says NBC's jokefest "Last Comic Standing" is a joke itself.

The plus-sized comedian, who finished second during the first season and was voted off season three's competition Tuesday, says the talent contest hosted and produced by comedian Jay Mohr is past its prime.

"The whole show is a joke," he told The Associated Press recently. "The viewership's gone down the hill, and the show has jumped the shark."

May says comedy isn't always about getting the laughs, it's about pushing the boundaries and moving stand-up forward.

"That's why I don't have respect for audiences that laugh at 'Remember when you were a kid?' jokes. ... Let's move on, let's try something new," he said.

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