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Today in Soap Opera History (June 28)

1974: The Doctors' Toni learned she had a son.

1991: General Hospital's Anna and Robert were shocked by Faison.

1996: Stephen Nichols made his Gh debut as Stefan.

2010: Salem said goodbye to Alice Horton on Days."All true histories contain instruction; though, in some, the treasure may be hard to find, and when found, so trivial in quantity that the dry, shrivelled kernel scarcely compensates for the trouble of cracking the nut."

Anne Brontë in "Agnes Grey"

"Today in Soap Opera History" is a collection of the most memorable, interesting and influential events in the history of scripted, serialized programs. From birthdays and anniversaries to scandals and controversies, every day this column celebrates the soap opera in American culture.

On this date in...

1963: On Ben Jerrod, as the trial was reaching the conclusion, Ben's (Michael Ryan) strategy was on the verge of collapse.

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American Horror Project – Volume 1 | Blu-ray Review

In a commendable effort to save forgotten genre items either cloaked in obscurity or in danger of disappearing completely due to degrading source materials, distributor Arrow Video releases its first volume of a new series called American Horror Project. Fans of vintage indie horror from a game changing golden era should be enthused for this trio of inventive efforts even if not all live up to the excitement promised by the vibrant packaging. Lurid, carnivalesque, and even tawdry, it’s a new formidable platform for films unfairly dismissed upon release and deserving of another opportunity to provoke.

The earliest film here is the ungainly titled Malatesta’s Bucket of Blood, the 1973 debut and solo feature of Christopher Speeth. The plot synopsis promises palpable weirdness, concerning a middle aged couple, Mr. and Mrs. Norris (Paul Hostetler, Betsy Henn) who show up seeking employment at a seedy, run down carnival. Their zeal is a ruse,
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2015 "Oscars" Nominations

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Take another look @ the complete 'Oscar' nominations list for the 87th Annual Academy Awards, to be presented February 22, 2015 :

Best Picture

"American Sniper"

"Birdman"

"Boyhood"

"The Grand Budapest Hotel"

"The Imitation Game"

"Selma"

"The Theory of Everything"

"Whiplash"

Best Actor

Steve Carell, "Foxcatcher"

Bradley Cooper, "American Sniper"

Benedict Cumberbatch, "The Imitation Game"

Michael Keaton, "Birdman"

Eddie Redmayne, "The Theory of Everything"

Best Actress

Marion Cotillard, "Two Days, One Night"

Felicity Jones, "The Theory of Everything"

Julianne Moore, "Still Alice"

Rosamund Pike, "Gone Girl"

Reese Witherspoon, "Wild"

Best Supporting Actor

Robert Duvall, "The Judge"

Ethan Hawke, "Boyhood"

Edward Norton, "Birdman"

Mark Ruffalo, "Foxcatcher"

J.K. Simmons, "Whiplash"

Best Supporting Actress

Patricia Arquette, "Boyhood"

Laura Dern, "Wild"

Keira Knightley, "The Imitation Game"

Emma Stone, "Birdman"

Meryl Streep, "Into the Woods"

Best Director

Alejandro González Iñárritu, “Birdman

Richard Linklater, “Boyhood

Bennett Miller, “Foxcatcher

Wes Anderson, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”

Morten Tyldum, “The Imitation Game
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And the winners of the 87th Academy Awards are…

The 87th Academy Awards took place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood last night, with Birdman named Best Picture, as well as taking home a further three awards – Best Director (Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu), Best Original Screenplay and Best Cinematography.

Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel also managed a haul of four Oscars for Best Original Score, Best Production Design, Best Costume Design and Best Makeup and Hairstyling.

In the acting categories, Julianne Moore (Still Alice) and Eddie Redymayne (The Theory of Everything) were honoured with Best Actress and Best Actor respectively, while Patricia Arquette (Boyhood) and J.K. Simmons (Whiplash) received Best Supporting Actress and Best Supporting Actor.

You can check out a full list of the nominations below, with the winners highlighted in red…

Best Picture

American Sniper

Birdman

Boyhood

The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Imitation Game

Selma

The Theory of Everything

Whiplash

Achievement in directing

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
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87th Academy Awards: The Show, The Winners

It was another incredible night at the Academy Awards, as Neil Patrick Harris hosted the 87th running of the awards season pinnacle on Sunday (February 22).

Big wins went to J.K. Simmons (Whiplash) and Patricia Arquette (Boyhood) in the Supporting Actors categories, while Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything) and Julianne Moore (Still Alice) took home the golden statues for their work as Leading Actors.

Meanwhile, the night's top prize of Best Picture went to the cast and crew of "Birdman," with the Michael Keaton and Emma Stone starring film also garnering Best Director, Best Original Screenplay and Best Cinematography honors.

The star-studded Dolby Theatre held celebration also featured an entertaining lineup of musical performances by Adam Levine, Tim McGraw, Rita Ora, Jennifer Hudson, Lady Gaga and John Legend with Common.

Check out the full list of 2015 Academy Award winners below along with all of the pictures from this year's show!
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'Birdman' Wins Best Picture at '87th Academy Awards'

'Birdman' Wins Best Picture at '87th Academy Awards'
Birdman was honored with Best Picture at the 87th Annual Academy Awards, which took place tonight at the Dolby Theater in the Hollywood and Highland Center, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris. Birdman took home four Oscars tonight in total, winning for Best Picture, Best Director (Alejandro Gonz&#225lez I&#241&#225rritu), Best Original Screenplay (Alejandro Gonz&#225lez I&#241&#225rritu, Armando Bo, Alexander Dinelaris, Nicol&#225s Giacobone) and Best Cinematography (Emmanuel Lubezki). The film also tied for the most wins of the night with The Grand Budapest Hotel, which won for Best Costume Design, Best Makeup and Hairstyling, Best Production Design and Best Original Score.

All eight of the Best Picture nominees walked home with at least one award. American Sniper won for Best Sound Editing (Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman), Boyhood won for Best Supporting Actress (Patricia Arquette), The Imitation Game won for Best Adapted Screenplay (Graham Moore), Selma won
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Birdman wins best film, director

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Birdman wins best film, director
A memorable 87th annual Academy Awards for Fox Searchlight saw Birdman claim best film, director and two other statuettes to tie with The Grand Budapest Hotel’s four-strong haul.

Boyhood, which entered the evening on six nominations and had been expected to push Birdman in several of the senior categories on Sunday night, won a sole best supporting actress for Patricia Arquette.

The film’s time in the Oscar ceremony spotlight will not be forgotten, however, as Arquette paid tribute to her “Boyhood family” and made an impassioned plea for wage equality that spread like wildfire across social media.

Eddie Redmayne from The Theory Of Everything prevailed in a tight best actor contest to deny Michael Keaton another success for Birdman. The popular victory had the British actor jumping with excitement on stage at the Dolby Theatre.

Julianne Moore finally converted her fifth Academy Award nomination into a win for her performance in Still Alice in what
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The 2015 Oscars: Winners

The Oscars are over and so here is the full list of winners from The 87th Oscars.

Best Supporting Actor

Robert DuvallThe Judge

Ethan HawkeBoyhood

Edward Norton – Birdman

Mark RuffaloFoxcatcher

J.K. SimmonsWhiplash

Costume Design

Milena Canonero – The Grand Budapest Hotel

Mark BridgesInherent Vice

Colleen AtwoodInto The Woods

Anna B. Sheppard and Jane CliveMaleficent

Jacqueline DurranMr. Turner

Makeup and Hairstyling

FoxcatcherBill Corso and Dennis Liddiard

The Grand Budapest Hotel – Frances Hannon and Mark Coulier

Guardians Of The GalaxyElizabeth Yianni-Georgiou and David White

Foreign Language Film

Ida – Poland; Directed by Pawel Pawlikowski

Leviathan – Russia; Directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev

Tangerines – Estonia; Directed by Zaza Urushadze

Timbuktu – Mauritania; Directed by Abderrahmane Sissako

Wild Tales – Argentina; Directed by Damián Szifron

Short Film (Live Action)

AyaOded Binnun and Mihal Brezis

Boogaloo And GrahamMichael Lennox and Ronan Blaney

Butter Lamp (La Lampe Au Beurre De Yak
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87th Academy Award Winners: Birdman Tops Boyhood

Oscar 2015 winners (photo: Chris Pratt during Oscar 2015 rehearsals) The complete list of Oscar 2015 winners and nominees can be found below. See also: Oscar 2015 presenters and performers. Now, a little Oscar 2015 trivia. If you know a bit about the history of the Academy Awards, you'll have noticed several little curiosities about this year's nominations. For instance, there are quite a few first-time nominees in the acting and directing categories. In fact, nine of the nominated actors and three of the nominated directors are Oscar newcomers. Here's the list in the acting categories: Eddie Redmayne. Michael Keaton. Steve Carell. Benedict Cumberbatch. Felicity Jones. Rosamund Pike. J.K. Simmons. Emma Stone. Patricia Arquette. The three directors are: Morten Tyldum. Richard Linklater. Wes Anderson. Oscar 2015 comebacks Oscar 2015 also marks the Academy Awards' "comeback" of several performers and directors last nominated years ago. Marion Cotillard and Reese Witherspoon won Best Actress Oscars for, respectively, Olivier Dahan
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Oscars 2015: Live Blog

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Oscars 2015: Live Blog
All the winners from Sunday’s 87th Academy Awards.

Show host Harris signs off with a chirpy, “Buenos noches!”

Sean Penn walks on. It’s time for the big one. Best film. Will it be Birdman or Boyhood? It’s Birdman! The movie ends the night tied with The Grand Budapest Hotel on four Oscars. Inarritu, referring to his pal Alfonso Cuaron who enjoyed success with Gravity at last year’s show, says, “Two Mexicans in a row. That’s suspicious, I guess.” Slightly more seriously, Agi also calls on his fellow Mexicans to help build a strong future for his beloved country. Wow, a good night for Birdman and a surprisingly barren one for Boyhood. Pirates indeed, Ethan Hawke, but glorious pirates.

And now Matthew McConaughey saunters on stage to announce best actress. Julianne Moore, five times a nominee at the Oscars is the favourite. Will she get it this time for Still Alice? Yes she’s got
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Oscars 2015 Winners List!

Oscars 2015 Winners List!
The 87th Annual Academy Awards will be handed out tonight at the Dolby Theater in the Hollywood and Highland Center. Neil Patrick Harris is hosting the ceremony, which airs tonight at 7 Pm Et/4 Pm Pt on ABC today. We'll be updating this story live as they are announced, so stay tuned to find out who takes home all the big awards at tonight's star-studded ceremony.

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Best Picture

BirdmanAmerican SniperBoyhoodThe Grand Budapest HotelThe Imitation GameSelmaThe Theory of EverythingWhiplash

Best Actress In A Leading Role

Julianne Moore - Still AliceMarion Cotillard - Two Days, One NightFelicity Jones - The Theory of EverythingRosamund Pike - Gone GirlReese Witherspoon - Wild

Best Actor In A Leading Role

Eddie Redmayne - The Theory of EverythingSteve Carell - FoxcatcherBradley Cooper - American SniperBenedict Cumberbatch - The Imitation GameMichael Keaton - Birdman

Best Director

Alejandro Gonz&#225lez I&#241&#225rritu - BirdmanWes Anderson
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Oscars 2015 Winners: The Full List

The 2015 Academy Awards have (finally) arrived, and we can't wait to see what happens.

With huge international stars, like Julianne Moore, Reese Witherspoon, Meryl Streep, Eddie Redmayne, and Michael Keaton up for Oscars, and some big movies, like "Boyhood," "Whiplash," "The Imitation Game," "Birdman," and "American Sniper," vying for the top prize, this year's ceremony is as competitive as ever.

Throughout the night, we'll be watching and updating the list below, so come back to see who won (and who didn't) as Hollywood's best and brightest take home the awards.

Best Picture

"Birdman" - Winner

"Boyhood"

"American Sniper"

"The Grand Budapest Hotel"

"The Imitation Game"

"Selma"

"The Theory of Everything"

"Whiplash"

Best Actress

Julianne Moore, "Still Alice" - Winner

Marion Cotillard, "Two Days, One Night"

Felicity Jones, "The Theory of Everything"

Rosamund Pike, "Gone Girl"

Reese Witherspoon, "Wild"

Best Actor

Eddie Redmayne, "The Theory of Everything" - Winner

Steve Carell,
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Oscars Predictions 2015 According To Wamg

When the first Academy Awards were handed out on May 16, 1929, at an Academy banquet in the Blossom Room of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, movies had just begun to talk. The attendance was 270 and guest tickets cost $5. It was a long banquet, filled with speeches, but presentation of the statuettes was handled expeditiously by Academy President Douglas Fairbanks.

The suspense that now touches most of the world at Oscar time was not always a characteristic of the Awards presentation. That first year, the award recipients were announced to the public three months ahead of the ceremony.

Today, Oscar pundits and fans alike avidly watch the precursor and guild awards to ultimately make their predictions in the 24 categories. Academy members have cast their ballots, so now it’s our turn for our Oscar picks.

Need some help in that office Oscar pool or at the party you’re throwing at home? Wamg is here to help.
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Begin Again's Oscar-nominated 'Lost Stars' gets animated video

Begin Again's Oscar-nominated 'Lost Stars' gets animated video
The Oscar-nominated Begin Again track 'Lost Stars' has received a new animated music video.

Originally sung by Adam Levine and Keira Knightley in the musical drama, a new version of the track is performed by writers Gregg Alexander and Danielle Brisebois's band New Radicals.

Alexander and Brisebois wrote the song with Nick Lashley and Nick Southwood for Begin Again's official soundtrack.

Levine is scheduled to perform 'Lost Stars' at the 87th Academy Awards this weekend in Los Angeles.

Other Best Original Song nominees John Legend and Common (Selma), Rita Ora (Beyond the Lights) and Tegan & Sara and The Lonely Island (The Lego Movie) will sing as well.

Tim McGraw is scheduled to stand in for Glen Campbell to cover 'I'm Not Gonna Miss You' from Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me.

ABC airs live coverage of the Academy Awards in the Us on Sunday (February 22).

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Oscars: Adam Levine Can’t Wait to Sing “Perfect” Song “Lost Stars” on Telecast

By Scott Feinberg

The Hollywood Reporter

Adam Levine, the frontman for Maroon 5 and a host of The Voice, is one of the biggest pop stars in the world. He has won all the biggest music awards, played the world’s biggest arenas and scored multiple platinum and gold records. But he’s about to do something that he’s never done before, and that has him extremely excited: perform at the Academy Awards. On Feb. 22, Levine will sing Gregg Alexander and Danielle Brisebois’ best original song Oscar nominee “Lost Stars,” which was featured in John Carney’s music-centric drama Begin Again in which Levine starred and sang it.

“It’s such rarified air that we’re gonna be in,” Levine marveled when we spoke on Friday, “as far as being a musician at that particular show. I’ve always been a huge fan of the Oscars and the way they put it all together.
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Oscars: Best Original Song Nominees All In One Place – Hot Vids For Voters

Oscars: Best Original Song Nominees All In One Place – Hot Vids For Voters
An Academy voter yesterday told me she wished there was one place to hear all five of the Oscar-nominated songs at once. Alhough the Academy sends out a lavish DVD package of the Foreign Language, Documentary Feature and Live Action, Documentary and Animated Shorts, it does nothing regarding the songs, which at best show up in downloads or the occasional CD.

So instead of making you rummage through YouTube videos, Oscar voters, here is every one of the five nominees for Original Song. And this year they are, to quote the title of the first entry, awesome. Check out the contenders below.

“Everything Is Awesome” from The Lego Movie

Music and Lyric by Shawn Patterson

“Glory” from Selma

Music and Lyric by John Stephens and Lonnie Lynn

“Grateful” from Beyond The Lights

Music and Lyric by Diane Warren

“I’m Not Gonna Miss You” from Glen Campbell…I’ll Be
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THR Song Summit: Common, Diane Warren, Other Nominees Talk Music, Oscars (Podcast)

By Scott Feinberg

The Hollywood Reporter

People tune in to the all-star games of the various professional sports because they provide a rare chance to see a significant number of the great talents of a profession gather in one place and have fun with one another. In Hollywood, such opportunities are surprisingly rare. And in the music business, they are even rarer.

That’s why The Hollywood Reporter was so excited to corral almost all of this year’s best original song Oscar nominees for an extended conversation and photoshoot immediately following the Oscar Nominees Luncheon on Feb. 2. And perhaps that’s also why the six individuals who joined us — Gregg Alexander and Danielle Brisebois for “Lost Stars” from Begin Again, Common for “Glory” from Selma, Shawn Patterson for “Everything is Awesome” from The Lego Movie, Julian Raymond for “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” from Glen Campbell: I
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Oscar Nominees Luncheon Brings Out The Contenders Just As Ballots Are About To Go To Voters

Oscar Nominees Luncheon  Brings Out The Contenders Just As Ballots Are About To Go To Voters
One of the best events of the year, the annual Oscar Nominees Luncheon ran nearly three hours today at the Beverly Hilton. But it looked to me that no one wanted to leave when it ended. The mingling factor here, both during cocktail hour and when it was done, was epidemic. Next to the AFI Awards Luncheon, this is the one event surrounding the awards-season circus that actually is civilized and where everyone is a winner. More than 150 nominees from sound editors to superstars were democratically spread throughout the Hilton’s large ballroom as the Oscar show’s marketing slogan — “Imagine What’s Possible” — for the February 22 ABC broadcast was flashed on large screens over the stage. You have to think that that these contenders believe anything is possible, and just in case, they’d better start working on those 45-second acceptance speeches. And the importance of an appearance here can’t be underestimated,
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Adam Levine To Perform Oscar-Nominated Song “Lost Stars” At 87th Oscars

Grammy-winning singer, songwriter and actor Adam Levine will perform the Oscar-nominated song “Lost Stars” at the 87th Oscars, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. The Oscars, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, will air on Sunday, February 22, live on ABC.

Adam Levine is an exceptional and dynamic artist. We’re thrilled to have him make his Oscars stage debut this year,” said Zadan and Meron.

“Lost Stars,” written by Gregg Alexander and Danielle Brisebois for the film “Begin Again,” is nominated for Original Song.

The four other nominated songs are “Everything Is Awesome” from “The Lego Movie,” “Glory” from “Selma,” “Grateful” from “Beyond the Lights” and “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” from “Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me.”

Levine is the lead singer for the group Maroon 5, which has received three Grammy Awards, two for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals (2005 and
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Maroon 5’s Adam Levine will perform at the Oscars

Grammy®-winning singer, songwriter and actor Adam Levine will perform the Oscar®-nominated song “Lost Stars” at the 87th Oscars, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. The Oscars, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, will air on Sunday, February 22, live on ABC. “Adam Levine is an exceptional and dynamic artist. We’re thrilled to have him make his Oscars stage debut this year,” said Zadan and Meron. “Lost Stars,” written by Gregg Alexander and Danielle Brisebois for the film “Begin Again,” is nominated for Original Song. The four other nominated songs are “Everything Is Awesome” from “The Lego Movie,” “Glory” from “Selma,” “Grateful” from “Beyond the Lights” and “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” from “Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me.” Levine is the lead singer for the group Maroon 5, which has received three Grammy® Awards, two for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with
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