* Ever since Prince William and Princess Kate tied the knot in April 2011, there have been eager ears all over the world waiting for news of a royal bun in the oven. Now that it’s been confirmed the Duchess of Cambridge is 12 weeks pregnant, the news is likely to dominate headlines for the next 9 months. Aside from the cultural implications, the birth will be historic because the baby, even if it’s a girl, will be third in line to inherit the Throne – after UK Prime Minister David Cameron last year agreed to give female royals the right to succession.
* We’re into the pre-game season of awards season (if my poor sports analogy is even remotely correct) and Oscar buzz is growing. The NY Film Critics Circle named their best films for the year, and topping the list was Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty for Best Picture. Bigelow was chosen for Best Director, with Lincoln’s Daniel Day-Lewis receiving Best Actor, and Sally Field getting Best Supporting Actress. Also, the short-list for the Documentary Feature category of the Oscars has been narrowed down to 15 from the original 126 that qualified, which will be slimmed down even more when the final 5 will be nominated.
* The Annie Awards announced its nominees for excellence in animation, pitting features like Paranorman and Wreck it Ralph up against Brave and Frankenweenie. Independent films have also scored nods – South Africa’s Adventures in Zambezia, which features the voice talents of Samuel L Jackson and Abigail Breslin – is up for Best Music and Best Voice Acting in an Animated Features.
* The Sundance Film Festival revealed its list of premieres and documentaries for 2013, which includes Ashton Kucher as Steve Jobs in jOBS and Amanda Seyfried as porn star Linda Lovelace in Lovelace.
* Fleetwood Mac are hitting the road – kicking off a world tour next year, in celebration of the 35th anniversary of Rumours, with singer Stevie Nicks declaring the band won’t ever stop touring.