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NATIONAL
February 6, 2014 | By Timothy M. Phelps
On a straight party-line vote Thursday, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved civil rights lawyer Debo Adegbile's nomination to head the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division. Adegbile, a longtime voting-rights specialist for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, had drawn opposition, in particular from Philadelphia officials, because of his representation of Mumia Abu-Jamal, a convicted cop-killer there. The Fraternal Order of Police called the nomination “a thumb in the eye of our nation's law enforcement officers.” Other law enforcement groups, the police officer's widow and, most recently, Philadelphia Dist.
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OPINION
February 6, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
Debo Adegbile, President Obama's nominee to head the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, is an experienced litigator and specialist in civil rights law. In a rational world, he would receive unanimous confirmation. But as the Senate Judiciary Committee prepares to vote on his nomination, Adegbile faces opposition from conservatives who don't like his legal philosophy and a law enforcement group that won't forgive him for participating in the appeal of a man convicted of killing a police officer.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 6, 2014 | By Michael Ordoña
In "Nebraska," 84-year-old June Squibb's Kate Grant is plain-spoken to a fault. Which is a nice way of saying she has reached an age at which she simply doesn't care what anyone thinks. Her brazen negativity can be off-putting at first. "At the beginning, you're not sure if you like her or not. In fact, you don't like her. She's a bitch," says the Oscar-nominated Squibb with appropriate directness. "But as you get to know her more, you understand why she is the way she is. We do a lot of question-and-answers after screenings, and so many people say, 'Boy, I hated you in the beginning.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 6, 2014 | By Lisa Rosen
Hollywood loves a Cinderella story, and few have ever fit that shoe better than Barkhad Abdi. The actor, who played Somali pirate leader Muse in the Paul Greengrass film "Captain Phillips" to great acclaim, was born in Mogadishu. He recalls an idyllic childhood there, making and flying kites and playing marbles, until the age of 7, when civil war broke out in Somalia. He and his family fled to Yemen, where his father was already working as a teacher. Seven years later, they immigrated to the U.S., joining a vibrant Somali community in Minneapolis.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 1, 2014 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
The 15 short films nominated for Oscars each year, five in each category - live action, animation and documentary - usually feel completely untethered to their longer siblings. But this year, the shorts, like the longs, are a serious, substantial bunch, with a great many international contenders among them. Oh, a little cheek slips in here and there. In "Get a Horse," director Lauren MacMullan takes a satirical swipe at the animation form itself by waging a 3-D-versus-2-D, color-versus-black-and-white debate with a little help from Mickey Mouse.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 1, 2014 | By Mark Olsen
The Writers Guild of America honored Spike Jonze for his future-set love story "Her" with its award for original screenplay and Billy Ray for "Captain Phillips," the true story of a hijacking at sea, for adapted screenplay on Saturday night. The awards were announced during simultaneous ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York. The original screenplay category matched up five-for-five in nominations with the Academy Awards, perhaps tipping the hand of what awards-watchers may expect to see at the Oscars in a few weeks.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 31, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik and Glenn Whipp
First the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences disqualified a song. Now it could be facing the music. For the first time in its history, the academy this week revoked an Oscar nomination on ethical grounds, citing improper campaigning by the composer of "Alone Yet Not Alone," which would have been one of the five contenders for original song at this year's Oscars. But the action has prompted criticism that the academy has cracked down on a small movie that can't compete with big-budget Oscar campaigns mounted by studios.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 30, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik and Glenn Whipp
It was always a long shot. Now, an Oscar nominee for best original song has no shot at all. In a startling turn, the Motion Picture Academy has revoked the nomination of "Alone Yet Not Alone," the song from a faith-based movie of the same name, citing improper actions by one of the songwriters. Bruce Broughton, who penned the song's music, also serves on the executive committee of the academy's music branch, whose members vote on the song nominations. The academy said Broughton improperly emailed members of the branch during the voting period, urging them to listen to "Alone Yet Not Alone.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 30, 2014 | By Meredith Blake
The LGBT advocacy organization GLAAD announced the nominees for its 25th Media Awards on Thursday, with television series such as "Orange Is the New Black," "The Fosters," "Modern Family" and "Orphan Black" earning recognition.  For outstanding drama series, the nominees are "The Fosters" (ABC Family), "Grey's Anatomy" (ABC), "Orphan Black" (BBC America), "Pretty Little Liars" (ABC Family) and "Shameless" (Showtime).  On the comedy side, GLAAD has nominated "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (Fox)
ENTERTAINMENT
January 30, 2014 | By Martin Tsai
The five Academy Award nominees for animated short film this year split up into two disparate groups: happy meal and white tablecloth. Originally shown with the Disney feature film "Frozen," "Get a Horse!" is the best known and most seen of the bunch. As with "Saving Mr. Banks," Disney has mined its archives to bring us a 3-D meta update of 1920s Mickey Mouse cartoons. It's a blend of folly and nostalgia that won a nomination over "The Blue Umbrella," the whimsical Pixar short that ran before "Monsters University.
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