Following is a summary of current entertainment news briefs.
Affleck, Spielberg, Bigelow among Directors Guild film nominees
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Filmmakers Steven Spielberg, Kathryn Bigelow, Ben Affleck, Tom Hooper and Ang Lee received nominations from the Directors Guild of America (DGA) on Tuesday, ahead of the Oscar nominations this week. Affleck, 40, landed his first Directors Guild film award nomination for Iran hostage thriller "Argo," alongside fellow U.S. directors Bigelow and Spielberg, Taiwanese director Lee and British filmmaker Hooper.
David Bowie breaks long silence with new music release
LONDON (Reuters) - British singer David Bowie released his first new song in nearly a decade on Tuesday in a surprise launch coinciding with his 66th birthday. "Where Are We Now?", produced by long-term collaborator Tony Visconti, is a melancholic look back to the time Bowie spent in Berlin in the 1970s with an accompanying video featuring black-and-white footage of the city when it was still divided.
Kate Winslet's husband wins UK photo court battle
LONDON (Reuters) - British actress Kate Winslet's husband won a court battle on Tuesday stopping The Sun newspaper printing photographs of him "semi-naked" at a private fancy dress party several years ago. Lawyers for Ned RocknRoll, 34, who married the "Titanic" star last month, argued that there was no public interest in the Sun publishing the pictures, that it would be a breach of his privacy and it could lead to Winslet's children being bullied.
Gun task force to meet this week with entertainment industry
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Vice President Joe Biden is slated to meet with representatives from the entertainment industry this week to discuss the role that movies and video games play in gun violence in America, the White House said on Tuesday. The task force is meeting with a wide range of groups, including victims of gun violence and gun owners, as Biden works on recommendations on how to respond to a mass shooting last month in Newtown, Connecticut, White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters.
"Snakes on a Plane" director David R. Ellis dies in South Africa
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - David R. Ellis, the child actor and former stuntman who went on to direct gory films including "Snakes on a Plane", has been found dead in a Johannesburg hotel. Ellis, 60, was last seen alive in a restaurant on Saturday. His body was discovered in a bathroom by a hotel manager at the weekend. There was no indication of foul play or robbery, police said in a statement on Tuesday.
Rushdie, Amis targeted in critical maulings of 2012
LONDON (Reuters) - Their status as literary heavyweights could not save them from the savage sarcasm of the critics. Novelists Martin Amis and Salman Rushdie and former poet laureate Andrew Motion were all up for critical mauling of the year in a shortlist published on Tuesday.
Disney joins JAKKS, LA billionaire to bring toys to life
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Walt Disney toys <DIS.N> are sold around the world. Now, children can find them in the cloud as well. The media giant is teaming up with toy company JAKKS Pacific and Patrick Soon-Shiong, Los Angeles' wealthiest person, on a new line of toys - with a nifty technological twist designed to link the goodies that kids lug home from the store with Disney's stable of well-known animated characters.
Depardieu skips court to set up Strauss-Kahn role
PARIS (Reuters) - French film star Gerard Depardieu skipped a court hearing on drink-driving charges on Tuesday as he pursued a headline-grabbing world tour that has seen him set up an alleged tax haven home in Belgium and pick up a passport in Russia. The garrulous actor's lawyer said he had missed the hearing in Paris because he was now in Montenegro for meetings about a film in which he will play disgraced former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn.
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.