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Following is a summary of current entertainment news briefs.

Affleck wins directors award as 'Argo' hurtles to Oscars

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Actor-turned-filmmaker Ben Affleck won the top honor from his peers at the Directors Guild of America on Saturday for the movie "Argo", cementing the Iran hostage drama's frontrunner status for the Oscars. The Hollywood directors' recognition for Affleck, however, is an awkward result for the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, which failed to nominate him for Best Director in what is considered one of the biggest snubs of this year's Oscars.

Zombie love story "Warm Bodies" heats up Super Bowl weekend

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - "Warm Bodies," a romantic comedy featuring a warm-hearted zombie, lured teenage girls to the theater, collecting $20 million in ticket sales in the U.S. and Canada to take the box office title on a weekend dominated by Super Bowl parties and football watching. Playing in more than 3,000 theaters, the odd-pairing of a pale-faced zombie with his breathing girlfriend faced little competition among new films and easily mauled last weekend's winner "Hansel and Gretel," an updated version of the classic fairy tale with witch-hunting siblings. The film collected $9.2 million this weekend, according to studio estimates.

The top films at the North American Box Office

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Following are the top 10 movies at North American box offices for the weekend starting February 1, led by Warm Bodies at No. 1, according to studio estimates compiled by Reuters. 1 (*) Warm Bodies................................$20.0 million 2 (1) Hansel and Gretel..........................$ 9.2 million 3 (3) Silver Linings Playbook....................$ 8.1 million 4 (2) Mama.......................................$ 6.7 million 5 (4) Zero Dark Thirty...........................$ 5.3 million 6 (*) Bullet to the Head.........................$ 4.5 million 7 (5) Parker.....................................$ 3.2 million 8 (6) Django Unchained...........................$ 3.0 million 9 (10)Les Miserables.............................$ 2.4 million 10 (11)Lincoln....................................$ 2.4 million NOTES: (*) = new release CUMULATIVE TOTALS: Lincoln.........................................$170.8 million Django Unchained................................$151.0 million Les Miserables..................................$141.5 million Silver Linings Playbook.........................$ 80.4 million Zero Dark Thirty................................$ 77.8 million Mama............................................$ 58.3 million Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters................$ 34.5 million Warm Bodies.....................................$ 20.0 million Parker..........................................$ 12.4 million Bullet to the Head..............................$ 4.5 million

Year of the Snake may smile on Psy, but health woes could bite

TAIPEI (Reuters) - The coming lunar Year of the Snake is likely to smile on South Korean rapper Psy with increased prosperity, but he will need to leave Korea to make money and could risk exhaustion. As Chinese communities around the globe prepare for the lunar New Year on Feb 1, which ushers in the Year of the Snake, a Taiwanese fortune teller predicted a mixed bag of luck for famous "snake" people around the world.

Singer Frank Ocean wants peace, says no charges against Chris Brown

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Rising R&B star Frank Ocean said on Saturday he will not press charges against singer Chris Brown, who he said had "jumped" him last week in a parking lot fracas. The encounter between Ocean and Brown still could derail Brown's efforts to remain in compliance with his probation stemming from his 2009 assault against singer Rihanna, his on-again, off-again girlfriend, a legal expert said.

Actress Kerry Washington wins big at NAACP Image Awards

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Actress Kerry Washington was the big winner at the NAACP Image Awards on Friday, picking up awards for her roles in the slavery-era Western film "Django Unchained" and television drama "Scandal," as well as a special honor for professional achievement and public service. But on a night that celebrated the successes of artists of color, actor and activist Harry Belafonte struck a somber note when he admonished the black community for failing to speak out in favor of gun control, saying "the group most devastated by America's obsession with the gun is African-Americans."

Ex-Israeli security chiefs speak out in Oscar documentary nominee

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Oscar-nominated documentary "The Gatekeepers" focuses on Israel, but its director says that all countries can gain insight about the risks that arise if secretive security agencies operate without adequate restraints. In "The Gatekeepers," six former heads of Israeli internal security and intelligence agency Shin Bet reflect on their failures and successes in gathering information on state enemies, orchestrating secret operations and tracking militants. They also offer some unexpected perspectives on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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