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March 3, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik and Oliver Gettell
Ellen DeGeneres was hired, some believed, in part because of her deep following on Twitter. On Sunday, she proved why that was a savvy move. In an Oscars culture that normally plays to the room and lets social media do its thing, DeGeneres went straight for the 140-character set . DeGeneres, who boasts more than 25 million Twitter followers, tweeted several photos from the Dolby Theatre and tried a number of social-media gambits - most notably,...
March 2, 2014 | By Amy Hubbard
Thanks to Ellen DeGeneres, this year's Academy Awards are shaping up as the Selfie Oscars. Ellen's celebrity-filled group selfie has smashed the previous retweet record holder, President Obama's "Four more years. " At 9 p.m. PST, the Ellen tweet was pushing 1.8 million retweets (although Twitter stuttered with the traffic load brought on by the tweet, and different users were seeing different totals). That obliterates the Obama retweet total of 778,801. The DeGeneres tweet was taken by Bradley Cooper, and included with Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, Meryl Streep (and her glasses)
March 2, 2014 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
The Academy Awards - Oscar to his friends - are upon us. The whole world is watching, as the kids used to say back in the Days of Rage, or pretending not to watch but watching out of the corner of its eye, or not watching but getting the news all the same. It is undeniably the case that people who make movies, and the movies themselves, will be praised and prized and patted on the back, backed by the institutional weight of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences - a celebration, seen around the world, of the signal art form of our time, except (you may also have heard)
February 26, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
Dan Patrick most certainly does not think same-sex marriage should be legal in Texas.  So in response to a federal judge's ruling Wednesday that the state's ban was unconstitutional, the Republican state senator and candidate for lieutenant governor took to Twitter to announce his position on the momentous ruling. "MARRIAGE= ONE MAN & ONE MAN," said the tweet from Patrick's account. "Enough of these activist judges. FAVORITE if you agree. I know the silent majority out there is with us!"
February 25, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
Steve Elkington must be feeling pretty good about himself right about now. The 51-year-old former PGA Championship winner appears to be the first famous athlete to make inappropriate comments on Twitter about Michael Sam, the NFL prospect who came out publicly as gay two weeks ago. ESPN covering Michael Sam as a gay athlete is embarrassing ..... - Steve Elkington (@elkpga) February 25, 2014 ESPN reporting Michael Sam is leading the handbag throw at NFL combine....
February 25, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
There are myriad ways to promote a film these days, most notably through trailers, billboards, media junkets and talk-show appearances. Now "Noah" star Russell Crowe is trying to reach a higher power, beseeching Pope Francis on Twitter to watch his upcoming biblical adventure, which is based on the Noah's Ark story from the Book of Genesis. Addressing the pontiff as "Dear Holy Father," Crowe on Monday tweeted , "#Noah film. Screening?The message of the film is powerful , fascinating , resonant.
February 14, 2014 | By Alana Semuels
NEW YORK -- Sometimes, Al Roker gets all hot and bothered about the weather. Thursday, for instance, when New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said that more snow fell in the city than had been predicted, weatherman  Roker took to Twitter to contradict the mayor and criticize the city's decision to keep schools open in the inclement weather. For that, he's sorry. Appearing on the "Today" show in Sochi this morning, Roker apologized for a comment that he said was a little “below the line.” He had written that his “long range DiBlasio forecast” was one term.
February 13, 2014 | By Houston Mitchell
Richie Incognito, who was suspended by the Miami Dolphins last season after being accused of bullying teammate Jonathan Martin, apparently decided Wednesday that it was time to vent some frustration. The guard sent out a series of tweets Wednesday, criticizing Martin.   I'm ready to move on with my life and career. I've been dragged through the mud for months by my "best friend". #betrayed #railroaded - Richie Incognito (@68INCOGNITO) February 12, 2014 Dear Jon Martin.....
February 12, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Twitter has begun testing a new look for its user profile pages that resembles profile pages on other social networks like Facebook and Google+. The redesign, which is currently only visible to a few users of the social network, places a bigger emphasis on users' header photos, which are the images located behind their profile photos. Currently, header photos are 1,252 by 626 pixels in size -- the test design bumps that up to 1,500 by 1,500 pixels, according to Mashable, which first spotted the redesign.
February 8, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
"Flappy Bird" will not be available for download after Sunday morning, game developer Dong Nguyen said Saturday in a surprising series of tweets. The game has recently risen to the top of charts of both the Apple App Store and Google Play . Users tap their smartphone screen to propel a bird through a series of gaps between green tubes, which look like the ones in the popular Mario Nintendo video games. If a user hits a tube, his character dies. The point of the game is to get the highest possible score, but "Flappy Bird" is notorious for its extreme level of difficulty.
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