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Academy revokes '13 Hours' sound mixer's Oscar nomination

LOS ANGELES (AP) — One day before the Oscars, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has voted to rescind the sound mixing nomination for Greg P. Russell for his work on “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi.” The decision, announced Saturday, was...

Fox News' Swedish 'security advisor' has heads scratching

NEW YORK (AP) — A trans-Atlantic wave of puzzlement is rippling across Sweden for the second time in a week, after a prominent Fox News program featured a “Swedish defense and national security advisor” who’s unknown to the country’s military and...

Foreign language directors gather once more before Oscars

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — One day after the Oscar-nominated directors of foreign language films issued an unprecedented joint statement decrying what they say is a climate of fascism, five of them gathered Saturday at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences to...

A cadre of casually-clad stars come through Oscar rehearsals

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dwayne Johnson posed for a solo pic on the Dolby Theatre stage. Taraji P. Henson pretended to run off with the wooden prop Oscar. And a makeup-free, casually clad Halle Berry made a rehearsal actor’s day when she kissed him on the cheek as he came...

'Hillary's America,' 'Batman v Superman' top Razzies

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Neither Batman nor Dinesh D’Souza could finagle their way out of a Razzie. The annual Golden Raspberry Awards bestowed a tying four “honors” to both D’Souza’s documentary “Hillary’s America: The Secret History of...

Five facts about Sunday's 89th Annual Academy Awards

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Five facts about Sunday’s 89th Annual Academy Awards: IT’S AN HONOR TO BE NOMINATED: But after 21 nominations, it would be nice for sound mixer Kevin O’Connell to finally win. The most nominated artist without a win, O’Connell has...

Song and dance, protest and politics to mingle at Oscars

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The 89th Academy Awards should be a very schizophrenic affair: equal parts pomp and politics. The only thing expected to take the stage more often than the frothy front-runner “La La Land” at Sunday’s ceremony is protest (and probably...

New York Times to broadcast 'truth' ad during Academy Awards

AP Photo/Mark Lennihan NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Times will broadcast a commercial called “The Truth Is Hard” during Sunday’s Academy Awards, just days after the company and other news organizations were blocked from joining an informal, on-the-record...

Celebrities launch pot brands as California legalizes drug

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Country singer Willie Nelson, the children of the late reggae icon Bob Marley and comedian Whoopi Goldberg are just a few of the growing number of celebrities publicly jumping into the marijuana industry and eyeing the California pot market. The market...

'Moonlight,' 'American Honey' to vie at Spirit Awards

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — The last three best-feature winners at the Film Independent Spirit Awards have gone on to win best-picture the next day at the Academy Awards, but that streak appears likely to snap this year. The Oscar favorite “La La Land,” a smidge...