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Jan. 9, 2013 at 2:00 PM   |   Comments

Williams arrested for missing court date

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- Comedian Katt Williams was arrested at his Los Angeles home after missing a court date in Sacramento, officials said.

A Sacramento judge issued a bench warrant for the entertainer's arrest Tuesday after he failed to appear for his arraignment in a case in which he was accused of evading a police officer while driving recklessly in November, TMZ reported.

He was released on $100,500 bail several hours after his arrest.

Williams told TMZ as he was leaving jail he missed the court date because he had another hearing involving the custody of his children.

Asked if the judge in that case returned his kids to him, Williams told the celebrity news website: "No, I actually don't [have custody] ... The lady who tried to take them and lost in court twice, they gave them to her."

It was unclear if the woman he was referring to was the children's mother.

Williams was arrested last month for allegedly endangering his four children by having guns and illegal drugs in his home.

He was released on $100,000 bail and his children placed in protective custody.


Beyonce to perform at inauguration

WASHINGTON, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- Beyonce will sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" and Kelly Clarkson "My Country 'Tis of Thee" at U.S. President Barack Obama's second inauguration, organizers said.

The pop stars will perform at the Jan. 21 event outside of the Capitol in Washington, Billboard.com said Wednesday.

James Taylor is also expected to sing "America the Beautiful."

Beyonce sang Etta James' "At Last" at one of the inaugural balls four years ago. It was the first official dance of Obama and his wife, Michelle, as president and first lady.


'Les Miserables' tops U.S. album chart

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- The soundtrack to the movie musical "Les Miserables" is No. 1 on the U.S. album chart, Billboard.com reported Wednesday.

Coming in at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 is Mumford & Sons' "Babel," followed by Taylor Swift's "Red" at No. 3, Phillip Phillips' "The World From the Side of the Moon" at No. 4 and One Direction's "Take Me Home" at No. 5.

Rounding out the top tier are Bruno Mars' "Unorthodox Jukebox" at No. 6, the "Pitch Perfect" soundtrack at No. 7, the Lumineers' self-titled album at No. 8, Alicia Keys' "Girl on Fire" at No. 9 and P!nk's "The Truth About Love" at No. 10.


'Lincoln' up for 10 BAFTAs

LONDON, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- "Lincoln," director Steven Spielberg's drama about the last months of the 16th American president's life, was nominated for 10 BAFTA Awards in London Wednesday.

The France-set movie musical "Les Miserables" and Indian fable "Life of Pi" are each nominated in nine categories, while the James Bond adventure "Skyfall" earned eight, the CIA thriller "Argo" garnered seven and the Russian tragedy "Anna Karenina" grabbed six.

"Django Unchained" and "Zero Dark Thirty" are each nominated five times, "The Master" and "Amour" earned four nominations apiece, and "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" and "Silver Linings Playbook" are up for three awards.

"Lincoln" is nominated for Best Film, Adapted Screenplay, Original Music, Cinematography, Production Design, Costume Design and Makeup and Hair. Its star Daniel Day-Lewis is nominated for Leading Actor, Tommy Lee Jones is nominated for Supporting Actor and Sally Field is nominated for Supporting Actress.

Competing with "Lincoln" for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts' top prize of Best Film are "Argo," "Life of Pi," "Les Miserables" and "Zero Dark Thirty."

Shortlisted for Best Director are Ben Affleck for "Argo," Ang Lee for "Life of Pi," Kathryn Bigelow for "Zero Dark Thirty," Quentin Tarantino for "Django Unchained" and Michael Haneke for "Amour."

Nominated alongside Day-Lewis for Leading Actor are Affleck for "Argo," Hugh Jackman for "Les Miserables," Bradley Cooper for "Silver Linings Playbook" and Joaquin Phoenix for "The Master."

Up for Leading Actress are "Silver Linings Playbook" star Jennifer Lawrence, Jessica Chastain for "Zero Dark Thirty," Marion Cotillard for "Rust and Bone," Helen Mirren for "Hitchcock" and Emmanuelle Riva "Amour."

The nominees for Best British Film are "Anna Karenina," "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel," "Les Miserables," "Seven Psychopaths" and "Skyfall."

The British Academy Film Awards ceremony are to take place Feb. 10 at the Royal Opera House in London.

Actor, writer and comedian Stephen Fry is to serve as host of the event.

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