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Today's entertainment news: Rihanna and Chris Brown, together again?

Plus: Hollywood gears up for Oscars; Colbert Report returns after absence; Lindsay Lohan to guest-host SNL; Berlinale crowns Italian prison docu-drama; Midnight in Paris, The Descendants win WGA and Kim Kardashian's next guy to be screened by stepfather.

The singer Rihanna is reportedly remixing her song Birthday Cake with her ex-boyfriend Chris Brown. Jonathan Short / AP Photo
The singer Rihanna is reportedly remixing her song Birthday Cake with her ex-boyfriend Chris Brown. Jonathan Short / AP Photo

Rihanna is rumoured to have teamed up for a remix of her single Birthday Cake with her former boyfriend Chris Brown, who assaulted her three years ago, reported MTV.

There has been no confirmation from either camp, only a promise from producers that the track will "shock the world".

TMZ reported that Brown attended Rihanna's birthday party in Beverly Hills last week and that the two held hands most of the night. All guests were apparently asked to sign a confidentiality agreement, at Brown's insistence.

After performing at the Grammys, Brown received hateful comments on Twitter, to which he responded: "Right before the world's eyes a man shows how he can make a big mistake and learn from it but still has to deal with day to day hatred! You guys love to hate!!! But guess what??? HATE ALL U WANT BECUZ I GOT A GRAMMY NOW!"

Hollywood gears up for Oscars

The Oscars mega-circus is set to pitch its tent this week, for the climax of Tinseltown's annual awards season. With only days to go before Sunday's extravaganza, everyone knows the front-runners: Martin Scorsese's visually lavish adventure Hugo and the French-directed silent movie The Artist.

But there is little consensus over who will walk away with the golden statuette for Best Picture when the envelopes are opened at the Kodak Theatre.

Indeed, the mood is different this year: after less than a fortnight before the show, the Kodak Theatre lost its name when the photographic company filed for bankruptcy.

That hasn't stopped organisers from pressing ahead with plans for the event, watched by hundreds of millions around the world.

The line-up of presenters includes Ben Stiller, Bradley Cooper, Penelope Cruz, Angelina Jolie, Cameron Diaz, Halle Berry, Tom Cruise, Tom Hanks, Jennifer Lopez and Melissa McCarthy. The Canadian dance troupe Cirque du Soleil will also stage a one-off performance.

* Agence France-Presse

Colbert Report returns after absence

The Colbert Report returned to broadcast yesterday after a sudden break because of the failing health of Stephen Colbert's 91-year-old mother. The Comedy Central show had to resort to re-runs last week.

Earlier on Twitter, Colbert thanked those who had offered "thoughts and prayers" but didn't mention anything about his mother.

"They are a very private family," the New York Post quoted a source as saying. "It's not surprising that he didn't want anyone to know what was going on."

Colbert's father and two of his brothers were killed in an airplane crash in 1974.

Lindsay Lohan to guest-host SNL

Lindsay Lohan's comeback trail is leading her to Saturday Night Live.

NBC says the troubled actress, whose career in recent years has been upstaged by legal and personal problems, will serve as guest host on March 3, with Jack White as the musical guest.

It will be Lohan's fourth turn as host - she presided in 2004, 2005 and 2006, before her career faltered.

Berlinale crowns Italian prison docudrama

The 62nd Berlin film festival wrapped on Sunday, awarding its Golden Bear to Italy's prison docudrama Caesar Must Die, which shows real-life murderers from a high-security jail staging Shakespeare's tragedy Julius Caesar.

The Jury Grand Prix went to Just the Wind, which was inspired by a spree of killings in Hungary in 2008.

Rachel Mwanza, a 14-year-old from the Democratic Republic of Congo, appearing in the Canadian soldier drama War Witch, accepted the Silver Bear award for best actress from jury member Jake Gyllenhaal.

Denmark's Mikkel Boe Folsgaard, who played the mad king Christian VII in the costume drama A Royal Affair, took best actor.

Midnight in Paris, The Descendants win WGA

Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris and Alexander Payne's The Descendants won top screenplay honours from the Writers Guild of America on Sunday.

Allen earned the original screenplay prize, while Payne won the adapted screenplay honour.

The Artist was ineligible at the awards because it was not made under the union's contract guidelines.

Among the guild's TV winners: Breaking Bad for drama series, Modern Family for comedy series and Homeland for new series.

* Associated Press

Kim Kardashian's next guy to face her stepfather

In a recent episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Bruce Jenner said his stepdaughter Kim Kardashian's future boyfriend would have to "go through me".

"I can tell if it's going to work or not," he said.

Jenner admitted he "had questions" when Kris Humphries sought his approval to marry Kardashian: "In the back of my head I said: 'I don't know if she is going to say yes anyway'."

"Maybe we should start questioning some of their decisions," Jenner said about his entire brood.

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