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Following is a summary of current entertainment news
briefs.

NY prosecutors delay charging Lindsay Lohan in nightclub
clash

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Actress Lindsay Lohan skipped an
optional court appearance in New York on Monday over her role
in a November nightclub clash after prosecutors postponed
bringing criminal charges in the matter. Lohan, 26, was
originally due to appear in Manhattan criminal court on Monday
to answer charges that she punched a 28-year-old woman in the
face in the early morning of November 29 outside New York's
Avenue nightclub.

Actor Depardieu denies leaving France for tax reasons

PARIS (Reuters) - Film star Gerard Depardieu denied that he
was leaving his homeland for tax reasons on Monday, saying
that, although he now had a Russian passport, he was still very
much French. In an interview with sports channel L'Equipe 21 -
his first since a row broke out in December over his decision
to buy a house over the border in Belgium - Depardieu said that
if he had wanted to leave to avoid tax hikes he would have gone
earlier.

Founder of Montreux jazz fest in coma after ski fall

GENEVA (Reuters) - Claude Nobs, founder of the Montreux
Jazz Festival, one of Europe's most prestigious summer music
festivals, is in a coma after a cross-country skiing accident
during the holidays, festival organizers revealed on Monday.
The 76-year-old Swiss, who has lured some of the world's
greatest artists to Montreux - including Miles Davis, Ray
Charles and Prince - was operated on in a Swiss hospital after
his fall, it said.

Mariah Carey increased security in feud with fellow "Idol"
judge

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Pop diva Mariah Carey said she hired
increased security following what she described as threats
reportedly made against her by fellow 'American Idol' judge
Nicki Minaj, according to an interview on ABC News. Carey, 42,
one of three new judges to join the "American Idol" panel for
the hit talent show's new season on January 16, told Barbara
Walters in an interview airing on Monday, "it felt like an
unsafe work environment."

Women dominate UK film's "rising star" shortlist

LONDON (Reuters) - Actresses dominated the shortlist for
the British Academy of Film and Television Arts' Rising Star
awards on Monday, taking four of the five places. Juno Temple,
who appeared in the 2007 drama "Atonement", and Andrea
Riseborough, best known for her leading role in Madonna's
biopic of Wallis Simpson "W.E.", represent British interests on
the list.

Sony, BMG in joint bid for Parlophone, EMI labels - FT

TOKYO (Reuters) - Sony Corp <6758.T> is joining with BMG to
bid for Parlophone and other EMI labels on sale by Universal
Music, reuniting Sony and Bertelsmann <BERT.UL> four years
after they ended their music joint venture, the Financial Times
said on Monday. Vivendi-owned <VIV.PA> Universal is being
forced to sell Parlophone - EMI's oldest active label with
artists including Coldplay and Pet Shop Boys - to satisfy
regulators' concerns about its $1.9 billion purchase of EMI's
recorded music business.

'Zero Dark Thirty,' 'Silver Linings' get box-office boost

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - "Zero Dark Thirty" made the most of
its expansion this weekend, running up a very strong $45,834
per-screen average from 60 locations in 11 U.S. cities. Kathryn
Bigelow's tale of the hunt for Osama bin Laden brought in $2.75
million, after expanding from five locations in two markets
this weekend in the wake of several nominations from the
Producers Guild (PGA) and Writers Guild (WGA).

Schwarzenegger is back, and Hollywood hopes he's still a
star

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - As he famously droned on-screen in
his signature "Terminator" movies, Arnold Schwarzenegger is
back. A year after leaving the California governor's office and
becoming tabloid fodder for fathering a boy with his family's
housekeeper and splitting with his wife, Maria Shriver, the
65-year old former bodybuilder will star in no less than three
Hollywood movies over the next 12 months.

Calvin Harris returns to top of British album chart

LONDON (Reuters) - Scottish producer and singer Calvin
Harris returned to the top of the British album charts with "18
Months" in the first week of 2013, the Official Charts Company
said on Sunday. The release, his third studio album, had hit
the number one spot on its debut in November, and climbed from
seventh place to regain the best sellers' crown.

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