Following is a summary of current entertainment news briefs.
Jennifer Hudson, Zeta-Jones to sing in Oscars musical tribute
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Oscar winners Russell Crowe, Jennifer Hudson and Catherine Zeta-Jones will perform at the Academy Awards in a tribute to the resurgence of big-screen musicals, organizers said on Wednesday. The performance, which will also feature Oscar nominees Anne Hathaway and Hugh Jackman from "Les Miserables," is part of the several musical acts at the annual Hollywood awards on Sunday.
Singer Sande in line for big prize at BRIT awards
LONDON (Reuters) - Scottish singer Emeli Sande is favorite to win the coveted British album of the year honor later on Wednesday when the BRIT Awards are handed out in London. Sande, whose profile received a major boost when she took part in the opening and closing ceremonies at the London Olympics last year, has been nominated for three prizes on British pop's biggest night.
Mumford & Sons storm to top of Billboard 200 after Grammy win
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - British folk band Mumford & Sons jumped to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday after their album "Babel" won a top Grammy honor, while several other Grammy performers received boosts on the U.S. charts. "Babel," which won the coveted Album of the Year prize at the Grammy awards on February 10, sold 185,000 copies according to figures from Nielsen SoundScan. The band also performed twice on the live television broadcast, which was watched by 28 million people.
Oscars in Hollywood cliffhanger over Best Picture, Director
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Sunday's Oscar ceremony is set for a cliffhanger ending after a topsy-turvy awards season that has left the two top prizes - Best Picture and Best Director - too close to call. With just days to go before the movie industry's highest honors are handed out on February 24, awards watchers are keyed up for one of the most exciting nights in recent Academy Awards history.
Oscar voting closes after fierce studio campaigns
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Voting for Sunday's Oscars, the highest honors in the movie industry, closed on Tuesday evening after a big spending campaign by Hollywood studios and the first online balloting system in the 85-year history of the Academy Awards. More than 5,800 movie industry professionals who are members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences were invited to vote in 24 Oscar categories, starting on February 8 and ending at 5 p.m. PST on Tuesday (0100 GMT On Wednesday).
Lawrence, Chastain, Riva in Oscar battle of youth versus experience
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A young widow, a bayou girl, an elderly woman, a mother and a CIA agent battle it out on Sunday for the Best Actress Oscar, a race that includes the youngest and oldest nominees in the category's history. Jennifer Lawrence of "Silver Linings Playbook," 9-year-old Quvenzhane Wallis from "Beasts of the Southern Wild," 85-year-old star of "Amour" Emmanuelle Riva, "The Impossible" lead Naomi Watts and "Zero Dark Thirty's" Jessica Chastain are competing for their first Academy Award.
Oscar "losers" to go home with $45,000 gift bags
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Oscar nominees who don't end up with a coveted gold statuette at the Academy Awards on Sunday won't go home empty handed after all. Los Angeles-based marketing firm Distinctive Assets will be handing out its annual "Everyone Wins at the Oscars Nominee Gift Bag", valued at more than $45,000, to the talented and well-dressed "losers," the company said on Tuesday.
A Minute With: Billy Crystal, former host of the Academy Awards
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Few people have more experience hosting the Academy Awards than actor Billy Crystal, who was the master of ceremonies for the movie industry's highest honors for the ninth time last year. As "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane prepares to host the Oscars for the first time on Sunday, Crystal, 64, spoke to Reuters about his own experiences and offered some tips.
Paul McCartney tops Bonnaroo music festival lineup
NASHVILLE, Tenn (Reuters) - Paul McCartney will perform at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Tennessee in June along with Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Mumford & Sons, Bjork and Wilco, festival organizers said on Tuesday. "Top to bottom, this is one of the strongest lineups we have ever had," Bonnaroo spokesman Jeff Cuellar said in an interview. "Looking at the festival landscape out there ... no other American festival has Mumford & Sons, Paul McCartney and Bjork all under one roof."