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Following is a summary of current entertainment news briefs.

London play examines financial crisis using pile of cash

LONDON (Reuters) - One of the first things people see when they sit down to watch "Money the Game Show" at The Bush Theatre in London is a pile of 10,000 pound coins on the floor of the stage. Standing by is a security guard to ensure the cash does not go missing over the ensuing 90 minutes during which two "hedge fund managers" guide the audience through the world of derivatives trading and the 2008 financial crisis.

Russian Bolshoi ballet chief says knows in heart who attacked him

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Bolshoi Ballet's artistic director left hospital on Monday saying he knew in his heart who was behind the acid attack that threatens his sight and the reputation of one of the world's great theatres. Sergei Filin, his face scarred and eyes hidden by dark glasses, hinted last month's attack was linked to his work in the fiercely competitive world of ballet. He said his attacker had looked at him from behind a mask "with fear in his eyes".

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.

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