Following is a summary of current entertainment news briefs.
Beyonce lets others do talking on lip-synch drama
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Beyonce's lips remained sealed on Wednesday over her headline-making rendition of the U.S. national anthem at President Barack Obama's inauguration, leaving others to do the talking over whether she lip-synched to a pre-recorded track. Celebrity magazine Us Weekly quoted a source saying the Grammy-winning artist was disappointed by the controversy she stirred by singing "The Star-Spangled Banner" at Monday's solemn ceremony using a backing track - and drew a comparison to late Italian opera singer Luciano Pavarotti.
Shia LaBeouf's "Charlie Countryman" finds love in gritty Romania
Park City, Utah (Reuters) - Shia LaBeouf and Evan Rachel Wood spin a twist on classic fairytales in their new film "The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman," a modern day love story that swaps castles in the sky for the underbelly of Romania's capital, Bucharest. The film, which premiered at Sundance Film Festival this week, is a dark story of love unfolding between two unlikely people against the backdrop of a violent and crime-filled eastern European city.
Broadway's "Spider-Man" producers, Taymor, near settlement, again
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The producers of "Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark" and Julie Taymor, the musical's ousted director, are once again ready to settle their long-running court case, a court filing showed on Wednesday. "We anticipate notifying the Court within the next week that a final settlement agreement has been executed," attorney Charles T. Spada, who represents Taymor, wrote in a January 22 letter to U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest in Manhattan.
Adele to perform Bond theme song "Skyfall" live at Oscars
LONDON (Reuters) - British singer Adele will return to the stage next month after a year absence to perform her Oscar-nominated song "Skyfall" at the 85th Academy Awards, the show's producers said on Wednesday. The theme tune to the latest James Bond movie was written by Adele and Paul Epworth. It is the first Bond theme to be nominated for the original song award at the Oscars since "For Your Eyes Only" in 1981.
Charlie Brown voice actor pleads not guilty to threats, stalking
SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - The former child actor who was the voice of Charlie Brown in the 1960s "Peanuts" animated television specials pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to charges he threatened his girlfriend and a surgeon who carried out her breast enhancement surgery. Peter Robbins, 56, from Oceanside, California, pleaded not guilty in San Diego Superior Court to two counts of stalking and 10 counts of criminal threats. If convicted, he could face up to nine years in prison, Deputy District Attorney Elizabeth McClutchey said.
Country singer Gary Allan's new album gets label's early push
NASHVILLE, Tennessee (Reuters) - The release of country music singer Gary Allan's new album "Set You Free," this week, his first since undergoing vocal surgery in 2010, was not meant to happen so soon. But when his record label, MCA Nashville, saw his new song "Every Storm (Runs out of Rain)," race up the charts in September, the label pushed the album's release up two months from March.
Hollywood WikiLeaks movie won't attempt judgment, director says
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Filming has begun on a movie drama about Julian Assange and his WikiLeaks website that director Bill Condon said will not attempt to pass final judgment on the former hacker and his influence. Hollywood movie studio DreamWorks said on Wednesday that "The Fifth Estate," starring British actor Benedict Cumberbatch as Assange, will open in U.S. movie theaters in November 2013.
"Thrift Shop" bests Timberlake's "Suit & Tie" on Billboard chart
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Justin Timberlake's first single in five years - "Suit & Tie" - fell short of sales expectations for its first week and was kept from the top spot on the Billboard digital songs chart by a novelty rap act. "Suit & Tie," which features rapper Jay-Z, sold 314,000 downloads, according to figures released on Wednesday by Nielsen SoundScan.
Whitney Houston's mother wonders if she could have saved singer
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Whitney Houston's mother has told People magazine that she questions her skills as a parent and wonders if she could have saved her superstar daughter from the drug use that played a role in her death. "Was I a good mother?" Cissy Houston, 79, was quoted as telling the celebrity magazine in an advance excerpt released on Wednesday from the magazine's Friday edition.
Obama inauguration TV viewership down by 17.2 million from 2009
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Some 20.6 million Americans watched President Barack Obama's inauguration ceremony and related events on television, according to ratings data on Wednesday. That's down sharply from his first inauguration in 2009. TV ratings company Nielsen said 18 U.S. television networks and cable channels carried live coverage over about six hours of Monday's swearing-in ceremony, speech and parade in Washington.