PEOPLE IN BRIEF: Rapper Ja Rule pleads guilty in weapon case

NEW YORK — Ja Rule agreed Monday to go to prison for two years in a gun case, becoming the second platinum-selling rapper set to do time after arrests in the aftermath of a star-studded hip-hop concert in July 2007.

The rapper-actor — whose gravelly voice, thuggish tough talk and duets with R&B divas made him one of rap’s stars in the early 2000s — pleaded guilty to attempted criminal possession of a weapon. Lil Wayne was arrested separately the same night and later pleaded guilty to the same charge.

New York Film Critics pick ‘Social Network’

NEW YORK — ‘‘The Social Network’’ continued its virtual sweep of the early awards season, earning best film from the New York Film Critics Circle.

David Fincher, director of the Facebook drama, won best director in the awards, announced Monday. The New York critics followed the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, the National Board of Review and the New York Film Critics Online in choosing ‘‘The Social Network’’ as the year’s best film.

The NYFCC awarded best actor to Colin Firth for the British monarchy tale ‘‘The King’s Speech’’ and best actress to Annette Bening for the lesbian family drama ‘‘The Kids Are All Right.’’

Bullock, Berry, Bridges to present Oscars

LOS ANGELES — Academy Award winners Sandra Bullock, Jeff Bridges, Halle Berry and Marisa Tomei are among stars appearing on the next Oscar show, along with past nominee Oprah Winfrey.

Academy overseers announced Monday that all five will serve as presenters on the Feb. 27 telecast.

At the last Oscars, five-time nominee Bridges won the best-actor prize for ‘‘Crazy Heart,’’ while Bullock won best actress for ‘‘The Blind Side.’’

Berry was named best actress for 2001’s ‘‘Monster’s Ball.’’ Three-time nominee Tomei received the supporting-actress Oscar for 1992’s ‘‘My Cousin Vinny.’’

Nominations for the 83rd Oscars are due out Jan. 25.