Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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'The Force Awakens' wins top honor

"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" took the top prize at the 25th annual MTV Movie Awards.

The audience at Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, Calif., waved what looked like red and blue lightsabers as star Daisy Ridley and director J.J. Abrams accepted the final golden popcorn trophy at Saturday night's ceremony.

The prize capped off the irreverent awards show, which presents fan-voted film awards and touts coming releases.

Will Smith and Melissa McCarthy each received special honors, and their heartfelt speeches were respites of sincerity in an expletive- laden show that featured more F-bombs than awards.

A nice century * As she turns 100, the feisty and witty author Beverly Cleary remembers the Oregon childhood that inspired the likes of characters Ramona and Beezus Quimby and Henry Huggins in the children's books that sold millions and enthralled generations of youngsters.

"I was a well-behaved little girl, not that I wanted to be," she said. "At the age of Ramona, in those days, children played outside. We played hopscotch and jump rope and I loved them and always had scraped knees."

Ramona, perhaps her best-known character, made her debut in "Henry Huggins" with only a brief mention. But that changed soon.

"All the children appeared to be only children so I tossed in a little sister and she didn't go away. She kept appearing in every book," she said in a telephone interview from her Carmel, Calif., home. Cleary herself was an only child.

Her birthday on Tuesday will be marked with a slice of carrot cake at her retirement home, where they'll show the movie "Discovering Beverly Cleary: An Oregon Art Beat." The documentary not only marks her 100th birthday but it also examines her Oregon roots, and the impact of her work.

She hasn't seen the film yet, but is quick to point out, "I think I'm much better looking in my photograph. …

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