Following is a summary of current entertainment news briefs. Diversity feted as Oscar nominees gather for class photo, and lunch
Pop singer Lady Gaga, Mexican director Alfonso Cuaron and African-American filmmaker Spike Lee were among scores of Oscar nominees who gathered for a group photo on Monday ahead of the Academy Awards ceremony in three weeks time, when only a handful will go home as winners. Actors Glenn Close, Bradley Cooper, Rami Malek and Amy Adams, along with dozens of producers, editors, costume designers, documentary makers and musicians in 24 categories were also among those attending the annual Oscar nominees luncheon in Beverly Hills. Alfonso Cuaron wins at Directors Guild for 'Roma,' Cooper empty-handed
Alfonso Cuaron was named best director by his peers on Saturday for his semi-autobiographical film "Roma," cementing his front-runner status ahead of the Oscars in three weeks time. In one of the last major Hollywood ceremonies before the Feb. 24 Oscars, the Directors Guild of America (DGA) awarded its top prize to the Mexican director for his critically-acclaimed black and white movie about a domestic worker in 1970s Mexico. Empire actor Smollett says he's OK at first show since alleged attack
Actor Jussie Smollett appeared onstage in Los Angeles on Saturday in his first public appearance since he told police he was the victim this week of a racist and homophobic attack. Smollett, an openly gay African-American who plays a gay character on the hip-hop drama "Empire," performed in West Hollywood less than a week after he reported to Chicago police that he was attacked on Tuesday by two men who shouted racist and homophobic slurs and put a rope around his neck. Box Office: 'Miss Bala' fumbles as 'Glass' leads slowest Super Bowl weekend in two decades
M. Night Shyamalan's "Glass" remained victorious at the domestic box office for the third weekend in a row -- not that the Universal Pictures thriller had much competition. "Glass" added another $9.5 million, enough to top box office charts as newcomer "Miss Bala," a drug-cartel drama starring Gina Rodriguez misfired with $6.7 million from 2,203 venues. With this weekend's bounty, "Glass" has made $88 million in North America. Rapper 21 Savage being held unfairly, attorneys claim
Attorneys for rapper 21 Savage, who was taken into custody in Atlanta on immigration charges over the weekend, said on Monday that he had been arrested based on incorrect information about his criminal record and should be released while awaiting court proceedings. The entertainer, whose real name is Sha Yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, was arrested on Sunday by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents over accusations that he had overstayed his visa by more than a decade. He came to the United States from Britain in 2005, officials said.