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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.
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.
January 30, 2014 | By Martin Tsai
Only one Academy Award nominee in the live-action short film category truly merits the win. Following a battered woman and her children's escape from her abuser, "Just Before Losing Everything" ticks for half an hour as if it could explode at any moment. Actor Xavier Legrand's directorial debut draws on a conceivable scenario and booby-traps it with entirely plausible hurdles. Glimpses of the woman's bruises and a little one's screaming substantiate the high stakes. Claw your armrests.
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)
January 30, 2014 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
"That Awkward Moment," starring Zac Efron, Michael B. Jordan, Miles Teller and many beddable beauties, is technically about the moment when a woman wants the relationship to be something more and the guy walks away. What "Awkward" is theoretically about are the ways that moment gets dicey when guys figure out they actually care about the females in question. But what "Awkward" is actually about, albeit unintentionally, is how passing off misogyny for comedy has gotten so terribly passé, as insulting to the guys as to the young women.
January 30, 2014 | By Gary Goldstein
When the Academy Award nominations are announced, there are often surprises, sometimes including an underdog or two that may have burrowed their way into a finalist slot. It's rare, however, to find nominees who haven't been significantly promoted to Oscar voters or widely written about by award prognosticators. As with every year, 2013 had its share of smaller, indie or under-the-radar releases with elements perhaps as strong as some of their more ballyhooed brethren. But without the marketing muscle (read: money)
January 30, 2014 | By Ken Dilanian
WASHINGTON -- President Obama has nominated Navy Vice Adm. Michael S. Rogers, a 30-year Navy veteran, to head the National Security Agency and U.S. Cyber Command, officials said Thursday. If confirmed by the Senate, Rogers will take over an intelligence agency battered by leaks of classified documents from former contractor Edward Snowden about NSA surveillance and intelligence gathering programs at home and abroad. Rogers, a Chicago-area native who now commands Navy cyber operations, would replace Army Gen. Keith Alexander, who is retiring.
January 28, 2014 | By David Ng
The Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle has announced its award nominations for 2013, and leading the pack are the recent revivals of the musicals "Dreamgirls" by the DOMA Theatre Co. and "The Fantasticks" at South Coast Repertory, with six nominations each, followed by the play "The Nether," produced by Center Theatre Group, with five nominations.  This year's awards are scheduled to be handed out March 17 at a ceremony at the Colony Theatre in...
January 17, 2014 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before beating this slightly sore throat into submission. The Skinny: My colleague is on injured reserve with a bad cold and now my throat is bothering me. So I'm guzzling down meds because I'm not spending this weekend at home coughing and blowing my nose. Wish me luck. Friday's headlines include the weekend box-office preview, more Oscar analysis and a profile of Ellen DeGeneres. Have a good weekend! Daily Dose: While there seems to be no shortage of potential suitors for a new Thursday NFL package (see below)
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