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LOS ANGELES (AP) — So, who you got at the Oscars? This year’s competition is a somewhat wide-open affair — not like last year when the clear favorite was “La La Land,” which ultimately ended up on the wrong end of an envelope snafu. Among the favorites for best picture are “The Shape of Water” and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” But other movies like “Lady Bird,” ”Get Out” and “The Post” are all seen as having a chance to jump in and take the big prize, especially if the votes for best picture become split. The best actor hopefuls are Timothée Chalamet for “Call Me By Your Name,” Daniel Day-Lewis for “Phantom Thread,” Daniel Kaluuya for “Get Out,” Gary Oldman for “Darkest Hour” and Denzel Washington for “Roman J. Israel, Esq.” For best actress, the odds-on favorite is Frances McDormand for “Three Billboards…” Other nominees are Sally Hawkins for “The Shape of Water,” Margot Robbie for “I, Tonya,” Saoirse (SUR’-shuh) Ronan for “Lady Bird,” and Meryl Streep for “The Post.”


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WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (AP) — Will the Oscars red carpet feature another “black-out” in support of the Time’s Up movement? It’s unlikely — though that doesn’t mean the women’s rights movement has gone away. Organizers say they haven’t mandated a red carpet dress code — as when artists dressed in black at the Golden Globes in January or wore roses at the Grammys last month. But it’s expected at least some will speak out on the issue in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal. Ava DuVernay says it’s time for the Time’s Up movement to build into something that’s “sustainable, lasting and serious.” And Shona Rhimes says while Time’s Up was “launched on the red carpet,” it was “never intended to live there.”


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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mary J. Blige has a chance to go home with two Oscars on Sunday, one for singing and one for acting. She is up for the song “Mighty River” from “Mudbound.” Blige co-wrote it with Raphael Saadiq and Taura Stinson and she will get to sing it on the show — something she says leaves her “ecstatic.” Blige is also nominated for supporting actress for her work in “Mudbound.” Also up for best original song at this year’s Oscar are: Common and Diane Warren for “Stand Up For Something” from the movie “Marshall.” The other nominees are “Mystery of Love” by Sufjan (SOOF’-yan) Stevens from “Call Me By Your Name,” Miguel for “Remember Me” from “Coco” and “This Is Me” from “The Greatest Showman.”



006-r-47-(Mary J. Blige, performing “Mighty River” from the film “Mudbound”)–Mary J. Blige, performing “Mighty River” from the film “Mudbound.” (2 Mar 2018)

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NEW YORK (AP) — Less than a week ago, it was left for dead. Now, the effort to find a buyer for The Weinstein Company has been revived. A group of investors says it has resurrected an effort to buy the assets of the film and movie company, tarnished by the Harvey Weinstein sexual misconduct scandal. The talks were derailed after the New York State Attorney General’s office said any potential sale would require funds to be set aside to settle claims stemming from Weinstein’s alleged misdeeds. Both sides say there is now a provision in place to have a settlement fund. The A.G.’s office says it’s pleased the fund is now part of the deal.



001-v-38-(Shirley Smith, AP correspondent)–The Weinstein Co. might be saved from bankruptcy after all. AP correspondent Shirley Smith reports. (2 Mar 2018)

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002-v-33-(Shirley Smith, AP correspondent)–A group of investors, led by businesswoman Maria Contreras-Sweet, says it’s revived a deal to buy the assets of the Weinstein Co, which has been beset by lawsuits stemming from sexual assault and harassment allegations against its deposed CEO, Harvey Weinstein. AP correspondent Shirley Smith reports. (2 Mar 2018)

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003-c-14-(Shirley Smith, AP correspondent)–AP correspondent Shirley Smith reports the Weinstein Co. has revived a deal to sell its assets to a group of investors who want to transform the scandal-plagued film studio into a female-led entertainment venture. (2 Mar 2018)

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NEW YORK (AP) — We know about the who, what, where and when of the Harvey Weinstein case. But tonight, new documentary tries to answer the more difficult question in the scandal: why? The case is being examined in an edition of “Frontline.” It’s devoted to telling the story of those who were in position to know about Weinstein’s dealings with women — and those who did know and did nothing. Some industry insiders have expressed guilt over their failure to act on what they knew or suspected was going on.


NEW YORK (AP) — They are at it again — and this time it didn’t take an episode of “Saturday Night Live” to re-ignite the Twitter battle between President Donald Trump and actor Alec Baldwin. The two exchanged pointed words today — each accusing other of causing “agony.” Trump apparently reacted to an interview Baldwin gave to The Hollywood Reporter in which Baldwin says he doesn’t enjoy playing Trump, saying each time he does it now, it’s “agony.” Trump fired back that the portrayals were “agony” for those “forced to watch.” Trump also said before Baldwin latched on to his impersonation, he had a “dying mediocre career.” In response Baldwin said he’d be willing to endure the “agony” if it meant doing Trump for “the impeachment hearings, the resignation speech” and “the farewell helicopter ride.” Baldwin, a Democratic activist, won an Emmy this year for his Trump parody. The president has complained that Baldwin’s mimicking of him is “mean spirited and not very good.”



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LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles jury decided he didn’t do it. But next week, TV viewers will get to hear what O.J. Simpson has to say about the June 1994 night his ex-wife was knifed to death. Fox will be airing a two-hour Simpson special titled “O.J. Simpson: The Lost Confession?” It will feature an interview Simpson did in 2006 for a book titled “if I Did It” — which speculates on what might have happened when Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman were killed. The book never saw the light of day. Fox claims the taped interviews disappeared — and now, it says they’ve been found. The special is a week from Sunday at 8 p.m.


CLEVELAND (AP) — No game for you! NBA player J.R. Smith has been suspended for one game by the team — for throwing a bowl of soup at an assistant coach. That’s according to a person with direct knowledge of the situation, who says the soup-tossing came after the team’s morning shoot-around before last night’s game against Philadelphia. It’s unclear what prompted the incident — or whether Smith was just confused and forgot salads should be tossed and soup slurped. It is also unclear whether the soup-flinging incident will cost Smith any “clams” — as in a fine for his actions or his pay being docked for the game he was forced to sit out.

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