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"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.
The Globes' and Oscars' new hosts: Dancing at the comedic edge
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - All eyes are on the three television comedians who will host two of the most prestigious Hollywood awards shows of 2013. On January 13, actresses Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will be first-time co-hosts of the Golden Globes, which hands out awards in both film and television. On February 24, "Family Guy" creator and voice talent Seth MacFarlane will host the Academy Awards for the first time.
Jimmy Kimmel beats Letterman, closes on Leno in new time slot
NEW YORK (Reuters) - In a late night riff on David and Goliath, TV talk show host Jimmy Kimmel beat out veteran David Letterman and nearly caught ratings champion Jay Leno with his first show in their time slot. The move from midnight to 11:35 p.m., which took effect on Tuesday, paid off big for ABC. "Jimmy Kimmel Live," with guest Jennifer Aniston, attracted 3.1 million viewers, the second-highest number ever for the 10-year-old show and a 59 percent increase over its usual audience, according to ratings data on Wednesday.
"Les Miserables" soundtrack tops Billboard album chart
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The soundtrack to the big screen adaption of Broadway musical "Les Miserables" topped the Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday, edging out British folk rockers Mumford & Sons. "Les Miserables" sold 92,000 albums in the week, according to data from Nielsen SoundScan, a 32 percent decline from last week for the star-studded production featuring the singing of Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway and Hugh Jackman. It was the No. 2 album last week.
Postponed by U.S. violence, "Gangster Squad" opening in theaters
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - After having its release delayed and scenes reshot because of last summer's mass movie-theater killing in Aurora, Colorado, crime drama "Gangster Squad" finally hits theaters on Friday. "Gangster," set in 1949 Los Angeles, stars Sean Penn as real-life gangster Mickey Cohen, who is ultimately brought down by a band of cops led by Josh Brolin and Ryan Gosling.
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.
Beyoncé to sing national anthem at Obama's inauguration
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - R&B singer Beyoncé Knowles has been chosen to sing the national anthem at President Barack Obama's inauguration ceremony on January 21, the presidential inauguration committee said Wednesday. The performer has been a regular guest at the White House. With her husband, rapper Jay-Z, the chart-topper has been a major donor to Obama's campaign.
"Twilight" tops Razzie "worst film" nominations
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The final installment of vampire saga "Twilight" on Wednesday dominated Razzie nominations for the worst films and movie performances of 2012, despite taking an impressive $814 million at the global box office. "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2" picked up 11 nominations at the Razzies, created in 1980 as an antidote to what organizers see as the backslapping lovefest of Hollywood's awards season culminating with the Oscars in late February.