'Marigold,' 'Playbook,' 'Les Miz' snag key SAG nominations
LOS ANGELES, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- Hollywood's Screen Actors Guild nominated "Argo," "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel," "Les Miserables," "Lincoln" and "Silver Linings Playbook" for Best Ensemble.
Nominated Wednesday for SAG's Best Actor Award were Bradley Cooper for "Silver Linings Playbook," Daniel Day-Lewis for "Lincoln," John Hawkes for "The Sessions," Hugh Jackman for "Les Miserables" and Denzel Washington for "Flight."
Shortlisted for Best Actress are Jessica Chastain for "Zero Dark Thirty," Marion Cotillard for "Rust and Bone," Jennifer Lawrence for "Silver Linings Playbook," Helen Mirren for "Hitchcock" and Naomi Watts for "The Impossible."
In the running for Best Supporting Actor is Alan Arkin for "Argo," Javier Bardem for "Skyfall," Robert De Niro for "Silver Linings Playbook," Philip Seymour Hoffman for "The Master" and Tommy Lee Jones for "Lincoln."
Up for Best Supporting Actress are Sally Field for "Lincoln," Anne Hathaway for "Les Miserables,"
Helen Hunt for "The Sessions," Nicole Kidman for "The Paperboy" and Maggie Smith for "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel."
The winners will be announced at a Jan. 27 ceremony to be simulcast live on TNT and TBS.
Springsteen to kick off Hurricane Sandy benefit concert
NEW YORK, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band are to kick off Wednesday's star-studded Hurricane Sandy concert in New York, organizers said.
The rockers hail from New Jersey, parts of which were ravaged by the October super-storm, along with New York City and Long Island.
Also set to perform at the 12-12-12 fundraiser at Madison Square Garden are Bon Jovi, Eric Clapton, Dave Grohl, Billy Joel, Alicia Keys, Chris Martin, The Rolling Stones, Eddie Vedder, Roger Waters, Kanye West, The Who and Paul McCartney.
All proceeds will benefit the Robin Hood Relief Fund.
Celebrities expected to help out during the show include Steve Buscemi, Naomi Campbell, Chelsea Clinton, Sean Combs, Billy Crystal, Tony Danza, Jimmy Fallon, Jamie Foxx, James Gandolfini, Gina Gershon, Whoopi Goldberg, Jake Gyllenhaal, Katie Holmes, Blake Lively, Jeremy Piven, Adam Sandler, Steve Schirripa, Jon Stewart, Kristen Stewart, Ben Stiller, Quentin Tarantino and Olivia Wilde, as well as past and present stars of the New York Knicks and Rangers sports teams.
Columbia Records said a selection of 24 live tracks from the concert is available for pre-order on iTunes and a physical album will be made available as soon as possible.
The net proceeds from the soundtrack will go to the Robin Hood Relief Fund, which is providing money, material and know-how to local organizations that are serving families and individuals in the regions hardest hit by the hurricane.
George W. Bush 'fired up' over Jenna's pregnancy
NEW YORK, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- Former U.S. President George W. Bush says he is "fired up" to be a grandpa to daughter Jenna Bush Hager's first child.
Bush Hager, 31, announced on Wednesday's edition of "Today" she expects to deliver the baby this spring.
"I'm fired up. I'm looking forward to it," the two-term president said in a phone call to "Today," the morning program for which Bush Hager is a correspondent. "I could barely contain the news."
"We're both really thrilled," former first lady Laura Bush told People.com. "We've been looking forward to being grandparents for a long time and we're very excited about it."
"We're so excited," Bush Hager told People.com. "We can't wait."
Bush Hager married Henry Hager in 2008. She said they will wait until the baby is born to see if it is a boy or girl.
'Red' tops U.S. album chart
LOS ANGELES, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- Taylor Swift's "Red" is No. 1 on the U.S. album chart, Billboard.com reported Wednesday.
Coming in at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 is Wiz Khalifa's "O.N.I.F.C.," followed by Rod Stewart's "Merry Christmas, Baby" at No. 3, One Direction's "Take Me Home" at No. 4 and Michael Buble's "Christmas" at No. 5.
Rounding out the top tier are Ke$ha's "Warrior" at No. 6, Alicia Keys' "Girl on Fire" at No. 7, Blake Shelton's "Cheers, It's Christmas" at No. 8, Phillip Phillips' "The World From the Side at No. 9 and Florida Georgia Line's "Here's to the Good Times" at No. 10.