Following is a summary of current entertainment news briefs.
"Argo" storms to Oscar victory on night of surprises
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - "Argo" stormed to Best Picture victory at the Oscars on Sunday on a night of surprises that ended in disappointment for frontrunner "Lincoln" and handed the most overall wins - four - to "Life of Pi." It was the first time since "Driving Miss Daisy" in 1990 that a film won the top prize at the Oscars without its director also being nominated.
Hollywood's elite mingle at glitzy post: Oscar parties
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Hollywood's elite headed into the night to celebrate or commiserate at a list of glitzy parties in Tinseltown after walking the red carpet and watching the year's Academy Awards presented. The party of all parties on Hollywood's biggest night is the strictly invite-only Governors Ball, thrown by The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences which hosts the Oscars, a lavish affair attended by about 1,500 guests.
"Zero Dark Thirty" fails at Oscars amid political fallout
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - "Zero Dark Thirty," about the decade-long U.S. hunt for Osama bin Laden, has received more attention in the U.S. Congress than it did at the Oscars on Sunday, amid political fallout over its depiction of torture and alleged intelligence leaks to the movie's makers. The film, which has sparked outrage among both Democrats and Republicans in Washington over its depiction of torture, and allegations that the Obama administration leaked classified intelligence to help the making of the film, won no major Oscars on Sunday and only one award overall.
Warner Bros. takes home Oscar gold, sales boost for "Argo"
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Time Warner Inc's <TWX.N> Warner Bros. basked in the golden glow of coveted Best Picture Oscar for its Iran hostage drama "Argo" on Sunday, giving the Ben Affleck film a likely boost for its ticket and home entertainment sales. Hollywood's big night often proves a boon to studios that take home Oscars, and this year the haul was spread among several major film companies.
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.
Michelle Obama surprises Oscars by presenting Best Picture award
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - U.S. first lady Michelle Obama made a surprise and unprecedented appearance on Sunday's Oscars telecast when she presented the award for Best Picture, the first time a president or first lady has ever presented an Academy Award. Appearing live on screen from the White House in Washington, almost 3,000 miles from the Oscars ceremony in Hollywood, Obama praised the work of the movie industry before announcing the Iran hostage drama "Argo" the Best Picture winner.
Actor Depardieu wants to make film in Russia's volatile Chechnya
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Film star Gerard Depardieu, who received a hug and a Russian passport from President Vladimir Putin last month, has announced he wants to make a movie in Chechnya after dining and dancing with the volatile region's strongarm leader. Depardieu abandoned his homeland of France to avoid a planned 75-percent tax on millionaires. He moved to Belgium last year but then continued east to Russia, where Putin granted him citizenship. The two men were shown on state television shaking hands and hugging.
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 Sunday on a decisively edgy note. First-time Oscar producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan recruited MacFarlane in a bid to inject a greater sense of the unexpected, and hopefully bigger television ratings, a year after veteran host Billy Crystal performed his ninth stint at the helm of the live broadcast.
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.