Following is a summary of current entertainment news briefs.
Daniel Day-Lewis likely to win Best Actor Oscar, poll shows
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Daniel Day-Lewis is expected to make Hollywood history by winning his third Best Actor Oscar on February 24 but the public is split over who deserves the Best Supporting Actor prize, a Reuters poll showed on Wednesday. Day-Lewis, 55, has already picked up almost every major award this season for playing U.S. President Abraham Lincoln in Steven Spielberg's Civil War-era drama "Lincoln" and he is front-runner for the top British BAFTA award on February 10.
Court to probe singer Chris Brown's community service records
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Prosecutors on Tuesday asked a court to find R&B singer Chris Brown in violation of his probation because they say community service records stemming from his 2009 assault on girlfriend Rihanna contain "significant discrepancies." Brown is scheduled to appear at a hearing on Wednesday in Los Angeles, at which time a judge could decide to revoke the "Don't Wake Me Up" singer's probation.
Governor Christie, long a target of jokes, joins the fun on Letterman
NEW YORK (Reuters) - New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is one of the most closely watched figures in U.S. politics but he is also the frequent target of fat jokes. Now, Christie is making it clear he can play along. Appearing on Monday on "The Late Show with David Letterman," Christie recited one-liners the late-night comedian has performed at his expense. They included: "A billion dollars will be spent on potato chips for Super Bowl Sunday, and that's just at Governor Christie's house."
Smooth-singing Josh Groban offers edgier sound on new album
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - After selling more than 22 million albums in the United States and becoming a staple in the classical music field, singer Josh Groban is embracing an edgier sound for his latest record, "All That Echoes," out on Tuesday. Groban, 31, put together a collection of covers and original songs for the album, including a rendition of one of his personal favorites, "Falling Slowly" from the movie and stage musical "Once."
Singer Gloria Estefan, husband, plan Broadway show of their lives
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Cuban-American singer Gloria Estefan and her music entrepreneur husband, Emilio, are developing a new Broadway show based on their lives, the show's producer said on Tuesday. The couple is working with the Nederlander Organization on the show that will trace their lives from leaving Cuba to international stardom.
"Bridget Jones" author Fielding to publish new novel
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Helen Fielding, the British author of the bestselling "Bridget Jones's Diary" books that were made into successful films has written a new novel that will be released in November, her U.S. publisher said on Tuesday. In the still untitled book Fielding will continue to write in Bridget Jones' voice but will follow her in a later stage of her life in present-day London.
UK celebrity chef Delia Smith hangs up her TV apron
LONDON (Reuters) - Celebrity chef Delia Smith, who was inspired by the awfulness of British food, has decided to quit television, saying entertainment had overtaken education in modern cookery shows. Smith, 71, the UK's best-selling cookery author with more than 21 million copies sold, told fans at a trade show that she was leaving TV after about 40 years to focus on a new venture, the Delia Online Cookery School.
Netflix, Queen Latifah's film company strike TV distribution deal
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Online video streamer Netflix Inc <NFLX.O> has struck a deal to show the films produced by Flavor Unit Entertainment, the companies said on Tuesday. The deal will give Netflix the right of first refusal over the films by the production company, which has made films such as "Beauty Shop" and "Bringing Down the House," Netflix and Flavor Unit said in a joint release.
Robert De Niro cements place in Hollywood movies
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Double Oscar winner Robert De Niro cemented his place in acting history on Monday by placing his hands and feet in concrete in front of Hollywood's historic Chinese Theatre. De Niro, 69, gave a short thank you speech with a few punchlines of his own.
Oscar night to have something for everyone, producers say
BEVERLY HILLS (Reuters) - With a high five from 9-year-old actress Quvenzhane Wallis, and a pledge that Oscar night will have something for everyone, the Academy Awards kicked into high gear on Monday at a luncheon for more than 160 nominees. Jennifer Lawrence, Steven Spielberg, Jessica Chastain, Naomi Watts, Joaquin Phoenix, Kathryn Bigleow, Anne Hathaway and Denzel Washington were among the Oscar-nominated actors, directors and producers who mingled over cocktails and lunch at a Beverly Hills hotel before gathering for the traditional group photo of the Academy Award class of 2012.