Oscars In Memoriam 2013 snubs Andy Griffith, Larry Hagman, Phyllis Diller and more

Where were Andy Griffith, Larry Hagman and other well-known celebrities in this year's Oscars In Memoriam montage? They were online at

Every year it's one of the more reliably ridiculous award show controversies: Who didn't make the cut for In Memoriam?

When it comes to the Oscars, these "snubs" are particularly sensitive given the prestige and viewership of the show, and the fact that the montage inevitably leaves out names and faces of recognizable stars -- usually those known far more for their work in television than their work in film, which is the medium that the Academy Awards actually celebrate.

However, the Academy is hip to the annual controversy and this year produced a supplemental slideshow on their website featuring 114 names and photos of entertainers and film craftspeople who passed away in the past year.

Among the late greats included in the slideshow but not on the
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Pacino Honoured With Medal By President Obama

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Pacino Honoured With Medal By President Obama
Hollywood icon Al Pacino and country singer Mel Tillis have been honoured by U.S. President Barack Obama for their contributions to American culture.

The stars were among the 17 honorees feted at the White House in Washington, D.C. on Monday - Oscar winner Pacino and Tillis joined sculptor Martin Puryear and pianist Andre Watts as the recipients of the 2011 National Medal of Arts, while award-winning poet John Ashbery and pianist/author Charles Rosen were among those presented with the National Humanities Medal.

Obama told the guests of honour, "We are told we are divided as a people, then suddenly the arts have the power to bring us together. You... bring new possibilities to all of us. That's a special trait."

In the Line of Fire

Among the lesser-known jobs in show business is that of the audition reader: an actor invited to attend casting sessions and read opposite those who are auditioning, so the casting person can focus on watching. Not all casting directors use readers. Many have assistants read the other roles, or they do it themselves. But if you've encountered the CDs that use readers, you've probably noticed the huge advantage of being able to audition opposite a real actor.Readers enjoy a rare perspective. They spend the day observing auditions—something few of us get to do. This opportunity to sit on the other side of the table, watching actor after actor read for the same roles, offers insight into the process. So who are these people? And what has their experience taught them that the rest of us don't know? The readers we spoke with all emphasized the highly educational nature of the job.
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Ferrara To Make Broadway Debut

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Ferrara To Make Broadway Debut
Abel Ferrara is set to make his Broadway debut, directing the revival of Miguel Pinero's Short Eyes.

The King of New York director is reviving the original 1974 production, which follows the lives of a racially-mixed group of inmates at a New York prison who are joined by a white middle-class man accused of raping a girl.

Carl Rumbaugh and Susan Batson - who worked on the 2004 Broadway revival of A Raisin in the Sun, starring Sean 'Diddy' Combs - will produce, along with Antone Pagan and Charles Rosen.

Casting has not yet begun on the show, which is expected to debut during the 2010-2011 season.

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