News Nuggets: Adele pulls off a ‘Titanic’ feat on the Billboard charts

Adele matches “Titanic” Billboard record: “For the sixteenth week in its 48-week run, Adele’s chart behemoth ‘21‘ topped the Billboard 200, selling 104,000 copies and matching ‘Titanic’s’ 16-week run atop the chart in 1998. All told, Adele’s ubiquitous album has now surpassed the 6 million mark, a feat last achieved by Taylor Swift’s ‘Fearless,’ which took twice the time — 96 weeks — to do so. If Adele can win a few Grammys next month (and let’s be honest, she probably will), there’s no telling how high ’21’ may soar.” EW.COM

The Artist” wins at the London Critics’ Circle Awards: “French black-and-white silent movie ‘The Artist’ scooped three big prizes at the London Film Critics’ Circle Awards on Thursday — best film, best director and best actor. The honors added to growing momentum for the sentimental throwback to the ‘pre-talkie’ Hollywood era after it won three Golden Globes and was the most-nominated movie for Britain’s BAFTA awards … Lead actor Jean Dujardin and director Michel Hazanavicius were both in London to receive their awards.” REUTERS

SAG stunt awards will be handed out before the main event: “Screen Actors Guild Awards Committee Chair JoBeth Williams and Awards Committee Member Scott Bakula, will announce the recipients of Screen Actors Guild’s Honors for Outstanding Action Performances by Film and Television Stunt Ensembles from the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards’ red carpet during the live SAG Awards digital pre-show which will be webcast on, and on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012 beginning at 6 p.m. (ET) / 3 p.m. (PT), 18th Annual SAG Awards Executive Producer and Director Jeff Margolis announced today. The Stunt Honors recipients will be announced at 6:15 p.m (ET) / 3:15 p.m. (PT).”

SAG Awards coverage will include web content: “TNT, TBS and People Magazine are once again teaming up for a special live webcast that will put viewers right in the middle of the glitz and glamour of the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday, Jan. 29. The webcast will begin outside the Shrine Exposition Center in Los Angeles with live coverage of the red-carpet arrivals on, and, beginning at 6 p.m. (ET)/3 p.m. (PT). In addition, will serve as ‘SAG Awards Central,’ offering a wide assortment of interactive functions and SAG Awards-related content designed to complement the on-air telecast with a dynamic digital experience.”

American Cinema Editors will honor Joel Cox and Doug Ibold with Lifetime Career Achievement Awards: “The Lifetime Career Achievement Award honors veteran editors whose body of work and reputation within the industry is outstanding. Clint Eastwood will present to Cox and Dick Wolf will present to Ibold.  As previously announced, Patton Oswalt will serve as the evening’s MC and winners of the ACE Eddie Awards will be announced that evening in nine categories of film, television and documentaries.  Nominees were announced January 16th.”

Rupert Murdoch carded at the Golden Globes: “Here’s what happened when the media mogul crossed into the pre-show real estate where HFPA member Ruben Nepales was working. Per Nepales: ‘Our instruction at the red carpet entrance was to ask arriving guests for their IDs only if they didn’t look familiar. Well, an assistant helping us asked Murdoch for his ID. Before we could say, “Not necessary,” the media tycoon had whisked it out.’ Good for Murdoch. He may still have one foot in the News of the World hacking scandal, but thanks to this kind of behavior and a recent Twitter outreach, he is doing his best to put the other one best-forward.” FISHBOWL LA

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