Following is a summary of current entertainment news briefs.
"Lincoln" leads BAFTA film nominations with 10
LONDON (Reuters) - "Lincoln", the story of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln's battle to end slavery starring Daniel Day-Lewis in the title role, won 10 BAFTA nominations on Wednesday, putting it ahead of the pack at Britain's top film honors. The biopic was shortlisted in categories including best film, actor, supporting actor (Tommy Lee Jones) and supporting actress (Sally Field), but director Steven Spielberg was not nominated.
A Minute With: "Glee" star Chris Colfer's "Lightning" film debut
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Chris Colfer, best known for portraying the openly gay Kurt Hummel on the hit musical television series "Glee," will make his feature-film acting and writing debut in dark indie comedy "Struck by Lightning" on Friday. Colfer, 22, plays a high-school student who blackmails the popular kids into contributing to his literary magazine. The film also stars comedienne Rebel Wilson and "Modern Family's" Sarah Hyland.
Hollywood heats up with Oscar nominations, Golden Globes ceremony
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The Hollywood award season moves into high gear this week as a slew of televised nominations and award shows trip over one another in the race for attention, kudos and one-upmanship. With Oscar nominations on Thursday, the Golden Globes ceremony in Beverly Hills on Sunday, and the annual People's Choice and Critics Choice shows wedged in on Wednesday and Thursday evenings, stars, pundits and fans have an embarrassment of movie riches to savor.
''Twilight,'' ''That's My Boy,'' Tyler Perry top Razzie nominations
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Vampires, a man in drag and a deadbeat dad scored the most Razzie nominations for the worst films and cinematic performances of 2012, the annual Hollywood lowlight awards said on Wednesday, the day before the Oscar nominations are announced. "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2," the final installment of the teenage vampire series, grabbed 11 Razzie nods, while the Adam Sandler comedy, "That's My Boy," about a father reuniting with his long-abandoned son, netted eight nominations.
Eager to build buzz, online sites hope to impress TV critics
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The Web comedy series "Old Jews Telling Jokes" has been viewed more than 18 million times since its 2009 launch on online video network Blip, but the show hasn't generated the level of media attention bestowed on big broadcast or cable TV programs. This week, Blip's CEO and three producers will descend on Pasadena, Calif., where reporters and critics will gather for the Television Critics Association Press Tour, a must-stop for any show to get the kind of publicity that helps grab eyeballs among the growing array of TV and digital content.
No joke: Obama to screen TV comedy "1600 Penn" at White House
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A "trophy wife" as first lady, a hapless college-aged son who burns down a fraternity house, and a daughter frantically taking pregnancy tests in a White House bathroom - this TV comedy had better be funny. On Wednesday, President Barack Obama is slated to hold a private screening at the White House with the cast and crew of "1600 Penn," an NBC series about a dysfunctional first family.
"Idol" judges Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj play nice after feud
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - New "American Idol" judges Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj shrugged off their widely publicized feud on Tuesday as a "trumped-up thing" that was merely a passionate difference of opinion over the TV talent show's contestants. In their first big media appearance ahead of the hit show's return to Fox television on January 16, the two pop stars showered each other with praise while barely looking at each other.
Hong Kong art house director Wong Kar Wai back with kung fu epic
HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong art house director Wong Kar Wai, whose slow-paced, pensive films earned him laurels at international festivals such as Cannes, where he won best director, has just come out with "The Grandmaster," his latest kung fu epic. The fruit of eight years of labor and selected as the opening movie for February's Berlin International Film Festival, The Grandmaster tells the legendary tale of Bruce Lee's master Yip Man, played by Wong's long-time collaborator and Cannes best actor award winner Tony Leung.
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.
Struggling Fox hopes for better new year in TV ratings
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Fox entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly on Tuesday acknowledged that his TV network had struggled to find an audience last season but said he hoped for a better performance going forward. "We limped our way in after 2011. Nobody is happier than us to get into a new year where hopefully there are better things to come," Reilly told television reporters.