Following is a summary of current entertainment news briefs.
"Lincoln" crowned Oscar frontrunner as big directors snubbed
BEVERLY HILLS (Reuters) - Steven Spielberg's tale of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln's battle to end slavery emerged as the front-runner for Oscar glory on Thursday, after Academy Awards voters snubbed four major filmmakers for the coveted best director trophy. In an eclectic shortlist that included thrillers, a comedy, an independent film and a harrowing French-language drama, "Lincoln" won a leading 12 nominations, including the top prize - best picture - and nods for actors Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field and Tommy Lee Jones.
"Life of Pi" director Ang Lee overwhelmed by Oscar nominations
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Ang Lee already has an Oscar for "Brokeback Mountain," but the Taiwanese director said he was overwhelmed by the wealth of nominations accorded his acclaimed fable "Life of Pi" on Thursday. "I am deeply honored, and frankly a little overwhelmed, by all of the nominations that 'Life of Pi' has received this morning," Lee said in a statement shortly after the fantasy shipwreck film received 11 Oscar nods, including one for best picture.
Bond foiled again in best picture Oscar mission
LONDON (Reuters) - The latest James Bond movie "Skyfall" won five Oscar nominations on Thursday, the highest tally for a 007 picture, but the major categories including best picture once again eluded the franchise that has just celebrated its 50th anniversary. Hopes had been raised by bookmakers and some film critics that one of Britain's most lucrative and best-loved cultural exports would finally make his mark at the Academy Awards at the 23rd time of asking.
Fox, Sony lead studios for Oscar nominations
Los Angeles (Reuters) - News Corp's <NWSA.O> 20th Century Fox received 31 Oscar nods on Thursday, taking the lead among studios in nominations for the 85th annual Academy Awards next month, and positioning it for the box office bounce that films' selections often bring. The nominations will trigger new and frenzied marketing efforts for the highlighted films, as studios jostle to take advantage of the buzz before Hollywood's biggest night, on February 24.
Spielberg postpones expensive sci-fi film "Robopocalypse"
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Steven Spielberg's DreamWorks studio has indefinitely postponed "Robopocalypse," the director's next film, distributor Walt Disney said in a statement on Wednesday. Disney did not give a reason for the delay, but a source with knowledge of the film said the director was dissatisfied with the script and production budget estimates.
Klaus Kinski's daughter Pola accuses him of childhood rape
BERLIN (Reuters) - A daughter of the late Klaus Kinski, the German actor with the haunted face who starred in epic films like "Fitzcarraldo", has accused him of raping her as a child, over a period of 14 years, in her new book. "I kept quiet for years because he forbade me from talking about it," Pola Kinski, who is 60, told Stern magazine in an interview published on Thursday.
'The Hunger Games' lead fan favorites at People's Choice awards
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Post-apocalyptic action film "The Hunger Games" was the big winner at the People's Choice Awards on Thursday, picking up five awards including favorite movie of the year, while singer Katy Perry again led in the music categories. Hosted by "The Big Bang Theory" actress Kaley Cuoco, the People's Choice Awards named winners in more than 40 categories across film, television and music. About 475 million fans voted through the People's Choice website.
Brash Brit Ricky Gervais turns sweeter in new comedy
PASADENA, California (Reuters) - Ricky Gervais, the brash Briton who built a career on biting satire, is showing off his sweeter side. Gervais stars in "Derek," a comedy he wrote about a man who works in a retirement home filled with many characters in their 80s and 90s.
"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.