Following is a summary of current entertainment news briefs.
"Argo" boosts Oscar chances with two weekend award
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Iran hostage drama "Argo" won its second big award in two days on Sunday, boosting its chances of winning a best picture Oscar next month in a race that had been considered wide open. "Argo" won best cast ensemble, the top prize, at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, while Daniel Day-Lewis and Jennifer Lawrence took lead acting honors.
Irish band Boomtown Rats reunites for UK festival
LONDON (Reuters) - Irish band The Boomtown Rats, best known for No. 1 hits "Rat Trap" and "I Don't Like Mondays", will reunite for the first time since 1986 at the Isle of Wight Festival in June, organisers said in a statement on Monday. Active in the 1970s and 80s, the group led by charity campaigner Bob Geldof will take the main stage at the festival held off the south coast of England.
Rome Trevi Fountain, symbol of Dolce Vita, to get big facelift
ROME (Reuters) - Anita Ekberg, who famously waded in Rome's Trevi Fountain with Marcello Mastroianni in the 1960 classic film "La Dolce Vita", would probably say "It's about time, darling!" The fountain, arguably the world's most recognizable, is about to get the most thorough face-lift since it was completed in 1762 and the restoration was presented on Monday by a man who also uses the word darling a lot: fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld.
Injured Bolshoi Ballet director forgives attackers
MOSCOW (Reuters) - The artistic director of Russia's Bolshoi Ballet says the attacker who splashed acid in his face was probably driven by ambition or resentment but that he has forgiven them. His head shaven and a bandage around his neck, Sergei Filin told a Russian television station from his hospital room that he was determined to return to work despite his injuries.
Studios snap up Sundance favorites, boosting indie film market
Park City, Utah (Reuters) - Movie studios have been searching for the next big thing at the Sundance Film Festival after the critical and commercial success of indie films such as "Beasts of the Southern Wild" with a slew of business deals being made during the festival. The biggest purchase came midway through the 10-day event when Fox Searchlight paid about $10 million for quirky coming-of-age comedy "The Way, Way Back", starring Steve Carell and Toni Collette, according to sources close to the deal.
Rock singer Morrissey postpones six more shows due to bleeding ulcer
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - British rock singer Morrissey is postponing six performances on his U.S. tour due to a bleeding ulcer, his spokeswoman said on Sunday. "Morrissey is expected to make a full recovery and thanks everyone concerned for their support during this time," his representative Lauren Papapietro said in a statement.
Dutch dance duo Bingo Players hit jackpot at top of UK pop chart
LONDON (Reuters) - Dutch dance duo Bingo Players secured their first British No. 1 single on Sunday with the club hit "Get Up (Rattle)", a collaboration with hip-hop group Far East Movement. They edged last week's No. 1 "Scream & Shout", by U.S. rapper and producer will.i.am and singer Britney Spears, into second place, the Official Charts Company said.
Hostage film "Argo" wins producers award as Oscars loom
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Iran hostage drama "Argo" continued its trophy-winning streak on Saturday, taking the top prize at the Producers Guild Awards in the latest boost to its chances at the Oscars. Guild picks regularly go on to win at the film industry's most prestigious event - for the last five years, the producers' choice of best-produced film has taken the best picture Oscar.