* The night before the big game, Justin Timberlake was the toast of New Orleans, performing his first concert in five years - an hour-long show that featured the tux-wearing entertainer (he only wore a suit to the black-tie SAG Awards) with a big band and guest appearances by Timbaland and Jay-Z, who's featured on Justin's underwhelming comeback single, "Suit and Tie."
For the most part, the performance was a rundown of his greatest hits, but he also covered INXS' "What You Need" and the Jacksons' "Shake Your Body Down To the Ground," complete with trademark choreography.
The standing-room crowd - including Paul McCartney, S ofia Vergara, John Legend and New England Patriots owner Bob Kraft - danced most of the night.
* Thousands stood for hours to hear Stevie Wonder's pre-Super Bowl concert that also featured guitarist Gary Clark Jr.
Escorted onstage late Saturday by his daughter and backup singer Aisha Morris, Wonder opened with "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)."
That was followed by "Master Blaster," Michael Jackson's "The Way You Make Me Feel," and Wonder's own "Higher Ground."
Also part of the gig: Janelle Monae and DJ Martin Solveig.
* CeeLo was the featured performer at ESPN Magazine's "Next" party, which had a guest list that included Michael Phelps, NASCAR driver Kyle Busch, Kelly Rowland, Anthony Mackie, Jeremy Piven, Josh Hutcherson, and current and former football players like Emmitt Smith, new Hall of Famer Cris Carter and Eagle DeSean Jackson.
CeeLo performed with his old rap clique Goodie Mobb, which is coming out with a new album later this year.
* The stars were spread out across New Orleans: McCartney also showed at the Rolling Stone party, which featured performances by Flo Rida and Pitbull and guests that included Chace Crawford and busy Sofia Vergara.
At Audi's Super Bowl lounge, Will Ferrell, Jeremy Renner and Olivia Munn mingled, and Playboy attracted Neil Patrick Harris, David Arquette and others. Back at the ESPN party, David Gregory, a Redskins fan, admitted to playing hooky from "Meet the Press" for the big game.
* Playing a different type of hooky, Journey and Rascal Flatts got onstage together for CMT's "Crossroads" concert Saturday.
Both were rooting for the 49ers.
Ben Affleck and "Argo" are on quite a roll.
Affleck won the top film honor from the Directors Guild of America for his CIA thriller, further sealing its status as best-picture front-runner at the Academy Awards.
Affleck was not nominated for the Best Director Oscar.
Milos Forman ("One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," "Amadeus") received the group's lifetime-achievement award. Guild President Taylor Hackford led the crowd in a toast to Forman, who was ill and unable to attend.
Malik Bendjelloul won the documentary award for "Searching for Sugar Man," Jay Roach won for TV movies and miniseries for "Game Change," starring Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin.
Lena Dunham won for TV comedy for the "Girls" pilot, while Rian Johnson ("Looper") won for drama series for "Breaking Bad."
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu ("Babel," "Amores Perros") won for best commercial for a Procter and Gamble ad.
Brian Smith won the Reality award for "Master Chef," Glenn Weiss took home the musical variety prize for "The 66th Annual Tony Awards," Jill Mitwell won for daytime serial for "One Life to Live" and Paul Hoen won for children's program for "Let It Shine."
* Pixar romp "Wreck-It Ralph" won top animation honors at the Annie Awards.
Among live-action films, "The Avengers" won the Annie for animated effects and "Life of Pi" won for character animation.
For the TV side, an episode of Philly guy Seth Green's "Robot Chicken" won for best general audience animated show.
* Kerry Washington picked up a trio of trophies at the 44th annual NAACP Image Awards: Outstanding actress in a TV drama for "Scandal," supporting actress in a movie for "Django Unchained" and the President's Award, for exceptional public service.
Don Cheadle won outstanding actor in a comedy series for his role in "House of Lies."
Other winners included Denzel Washington for outstanding actor in a motion picture for "Flight," Viola Davis for outstanding actress in a motion picture for "Won't Back Down" and Omar Epps for supporting actor in a TV drama for "House."
"Red Tails," about the Tuskegee Airmen, was honored as outstanding motion picture.
LL Cool J, winner of outstanding actor in a TV drama for "NCIS: Los Angeles," dedicated his trophy to nominee Michael Clarke Duncan, who died last year.
Sidney Poitier presented Harry Belafonte with the Spingarn Award, which honors outstanding achievement by an African American. Wyclef Jean and Common serenaded Belafonte.
Other winners included Loretta Devine as supporting actress in a TV drama for "Grey's Anatomy," Cassi Davis as outstanding actress in a sitcom and Lance Gross as outstanding supporting actor in a sitcom for " Tyler Perry's House of Payne."
- Daily News wire services
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