Following is a summary of current entertainment news briefs.
Cage channels caveman in animated film 'The Croods'
BERLIN (Reuters) - DreamWorks Animation's new 3D adventure "The Croods" brings the prehistoric age to the 21st century in the form of a dysfunctional family of cave dwellers forced to flee the comforts of home and search out a new life in the unknown. "Never not be afraid" and "Fear keeps us alive" are the mantras for Grug, the ape-like father voiced by Nicolas Cage and whose first instinct is always to find a cave, block up the entrance and stay there as long as possible.
Beyonce distraction helped pair sneak into Super Bowl
ATLANTA (Reuters) - Two Georgia college students who sneaked into the Super Bowl without tickets say Beyonce's half-time performance provided a distraction that helped them enter through a loading dock. They also hope a video they took of their experience might help the Superdome improve security, though neither the New Orleans stadium nor the National Football League has contacted them.
Opera world stages its own awards as faces budget crunch
LONDON (Reuters) - The world of opera, faced with budget cuts and wanting to raise appreciation of opera, has launched its own annual international awards, unveiling a shortlist of finalists in 23 categories. The Operas, which will be presented at a ceremony in London on April 22, are the brainchild of Opera Magazine and British businessman Harry Hyman.
Harlem Shake challenges 'Gangnam Style' on online dance floors
LONDON (Reuters) - Hot on the heels of South Korean rapper Psy's "Gangnam Style", a new dance craze is sweeping offices, universities, and even a museum as it goes viral - the Harlem Shake. The Harlem Shake began as a dance in the 1980s but the latest version featured on a flood of online videos is an electronic dance track by 23-year-old Brooklyn DJ Baauer who released the single last year with the record label Mad Decent.
Leading ladies dominate Berlin film awards buzz
BERLIN (Reuters) - If older women can't find work in Hollywood they might want to come to Berlin, where this year's film festival has been studded with performances by seasoned actresses that have put them and their movies in the running for top prizes. The 11-day cinema event, centered around the main competition of 19 films but showcasing hundreds more, winds up with an evening awards ceremony on Saturday.
River Phoenix rises again as final movie finished
BERLIN (Reuters) - American actor River Phoenix has returned to the big screen 20 years on from his death after "Dark Blood" director George Sluizer salvaged the footage of his incomplete 1993 film and filled in the gaps with voiceovers. Phoenix was considered one of the most promising performers of his generation before he died suddenly of a suspected drug overdose aged 23, 10 days before shooting on "Dark Blood" was scheduled to finish.
Hollywood actors face new worry as reality commercials rise
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - For a recent TV commercial, H&R Block's advertising agency passed on using actors and instead chose Riley Holmes, who works at the tax preparer's Chicago office, to pitch the company's free "second look service" that claims it can find new deductions from prior returns. "People bring in old tax returns and I'm like, 'Who did this to you?'" says Holmes in the 30-second TV commercial.
Irish composer Raymond Deane talks Achill, Alma and ABBA too
DUBLIN (Reuters) - Irish composer Raymond Deane chafes at what he sees as a lack of recognition in his homeland for classical composers in a country better known for traditional fiddling and rock supergroup U2 than for notes on staves. "Classical music means Mozart and Beethoven and when you say Irish classical music their eyes just widen," Deane, who recently turned 60, told Reuters over lunch at a French-style bistro in Dublin.
Prince to headline Montreux jazz with three pricey concerts
GENEVA (Reuters) - Prince returns to the Montreux Jazz Festival in July to give three concerts at the 47th edition, the first after the death of founder Claude Nobs, organizers said on Thursday. The American singer and musician is booked to give three shows on July 13, 14 and 15, the Swiss festival said in a statement.