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Beyoncé leads VMA nominees

Doing a visual album has paid off for Beyoncé: She’s the leading nominee at the MTV Video Music Awards.

MTV announced Thursday that Beyoncé is up for eight moonman trophies, including video of the year for “Drunk in Love.” Iggy Azalea and Eminem are nominated for seven awards each.

Pharrell is the only male nominated for the top prize. Along with Beyoncé, his “Happy” will compete with Azalea’s “Fancy,” Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball” and Sia’s “Chandelier” for video of the year.

Beyoncé’s “Partition” is nominated for best female video and cinematography, while the Jay Z-featured “Drunk in Love” is up for best collaboration.

The VMAs will air Aug. 24.

CBS eyes possible political host

CBS is taking a wide-open approach to replacing Craig Ferguson in late night, including the possibility of a host from politics, CBS Entertainment chief Nina Tassler said Thursday.

Details of the late-night transition from David Letterman to Stephen Colbert and from Ferguson to a yet-to-be-found replacement are undecided, Tassler said.

Whether the host of the 12:30 p.m. show that follows Colbert’s “Late Show” comes from comedy or perhaps even the political realm is under discussion, she said.

“We’re looking at it through a very different lens,” she said.

That raises the interesting if surprising possibility of a politics-focused late-night for CBS, depending on how Colbert approaches his new job.

Ferguson says that he will leave “The Late Late Show” at the end of this year.

Disney billboard up for auction

A large, colorful billboard from the 1937 release of the animated film “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” is up for auction.

Heritage Auctions said the rare billboard is expected to sell for at least $10,000 Saturday in Dallas. The 20-by-9-foot billboard was printed in England to promote the Disney film there. It features three scenes, the main one showing a rosy-cheeked Snow White in front of a castle in her classic outfit with bright yellow skirt, surrounded by the dwarfs and other characters from the film.

The billboard has been in a private collection for more than a decade.

Marvel unveils new Captain

The new Captain America will be an African-American.

Marvel Comics’ chief creative officer, Joe Quesada, says superhero Sam “The Falcon” Wilson will take over as the patriotic Avenger in an upcoming installment of the long-running comic book series.

He made the announcement Wednesday on “The Colbert Report.”

Wilson first appeared as winged superhero Falcon in 1969 and was one of comics’ first African-American superheroes.

The change will come this November in “All-New Captain America” No. 1.

The character was recently portrayed by actor Anthony Mackie in the film “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.”

– From News wire services