Following is a summary of current entertainment news briefs.
Hathaway, Waltz, "Amour" win as Oscars share out the honors
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Anne Hathaway won her first Oscar on Sunday and harrowing Austrian film "Amour" was voted Best Foreign Language Film as the movie industry scattered its highest honors across multiple films. Hathaway, who starved herself and chopped off her long brown locks to play tragic heroine Fantine in "Les Miserables," was considered the overwhelming favorite for supporting role in the screen version of the popular stage musical.
Pale blush, sparkle and gold grace Oscars red carpet
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Ethereal, strapless silhouettes and wavy tresses gave the Oscars red carpet a patina of old Hollywood glamour on Sunday as the year's top actresses and presenters led the way in blush, grey and black sequined gowns. "There were no misses this year, everyone had very good taste," said Avril Graham, executive fashion and beauty editor at Harper's Bazaar.
Rookie Oscar host Seth MacFarlane lives up to provocative image
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Rookie Oscar host Seth MacFarlane casually slung a string of zingers at some of Hollywood's biggest names, including a musical tribute to female frontal nudity in the movies, as he launched the Academy Awards show on Sunday on a decisively provocative note. In an opening monologue and package of song-and-dance numbers obviously calculated to live up to, and even lampoon, his own reputation for pushing the boundaries of taste, MacFarlane put his biting, edgy brand of humor front and center.
Shirley Bassey leads Oscars 50th birthday tribute to James Bond
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Dame Shirley Bassey earned a standing ovation at the Oscars on Sunday when she lead a tribute to James Bond's 50th birthday by singing "Goldfinger," the 1964 Bond theme song that launched her international career. Bassey, 76, wearing a gold dress, gold necklace and gold earrings, appeared on stage following a film and music tribute to the Bond movie franchise, which began in 1962 with the first Bond film "Dr. No," starring Sir Sean Connery.
Quvenzhané Wallis to play title role in "Annie" movie
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Nine-year-old Oscar nominee Quvenzhané Wallis will play the title role in "Annie," Sony's Columbia Pictures announced on Sunday. "Annie" is due to hit theaters in 2014 during the winter holiday season, and is based on the stage play about an orphan's adventures in finding her family and a better life while overcoming the schemes of orphanage mistress Miss Hannigan.
Comedy "Identity Thief" back on top of North American box office
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Comedy "Identity Thief" snatched the weekend box office title in the United States and Canada during its third weekend in theaters, narrowly beating new action movie "Snitch" as Hollywood focused on Sunday evening's Academy Awards ceremony. "Identity Thief" starring Melissa McCarthy grabbed $14 million in ticket sales from Friday through Sunday, according to studio estimates compiled by Reuters.
"Silver Linings" wins four honors at indie film awards
SANTA MONICA, California (Reuters) - Quirky comedy "Silver Linings Playbook" dominated the Independent Spirit Awards on the eve of Hollywood's Academy Awards ceremony, winning four prizes including for Best Feature. Jennifer Lawrence, 22, who plays a feisty young widow in "Silver Linings Playbook," was named best actress and David O. Russell picked up the best directing honor on Saturday.
Steel on the menu at sword swallowers' Hollywood sideshow
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - George the Giant, towering over onlookers gathered to see performers swallow steel, hammers a 6-1/2 inch nail up his nostril, rips a phone book in half with his bare hands and dangles a full bottle of Coke from his eyelids with fish hooks. The world's tallest sword swallower, at 7 feet 3 inches, he was under strict doctor's orders not to participate in the main event at the 6th Annual "World Sword Swallower's Day" due to an unrelated injury, but remained intent on pleasing the crowd.
Oracle CEO Ellison's daughter pans for Oscar gold
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Seven years ago Megan Ellison took a leave from the University of Southern California to climb the mountains of Nepal. On Sunday, the 27-year-old daughter of billionaire Oracle <ORCL.O> CEO Larry Ellison hopes to climb the Dolby Theater stage in Hollywood to accept the Best Picture Oscar for "Zero Dark Thirty." It could be a tough ascent for Ellison, who spent $43 million to produce the film, which is nominated for five Academy Awards. Director Kathryn Bigelow's drama about the mission to kill Osama bin Laden was passed over for a Golden Globe, often a predictor of the Oscars, and also missed out on the Screen Actors Guild's top film prize. "Argo" took both.
Final "Twilight Saga" movie gets mauling from Razzies
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Popular vampire movie "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2" was savaged at the Razzie Awards on Saturday, earning seven "wins" in the annual contest for the worst movies and performances of the year. "Twilight" star Kristen Stewart, co-star Taylor Lautner and director Bill Condon were awarded Golden Raspberry statuettes for their parts in the final installment of the blockbuster film franchise. That film alone has taken an impressive $829 million at the global box office.