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Oscars speeches filled with political activism, pet issues

Oscars speeches filled with political activism, pet issues

Monday, Feb. 23, 2015
Much of the chatter going into the Oscars was about the lack of diversity in the Academy's choices, specifically the dearth of nominations for "Selma."
 
High collars, demure gowns on Oscars red carpet

High collars, demure gowns on Oscars red carpet

Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015
Classic Hollywood took hold of the Oscars red carpet Sunday night — and color made a show among early walkers that included Anna Kendrick in a demure pale coral look with a jeweled halter collar.
 
'Birdman' tops Oscars defined by advocacy
LOS ANGELES

'Birdman' tops Oscars defined by advocacy

Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015
The long take of "Birdman" has stretched all the way to the Academy Awards, where the jazzy, surreal comedy about an actor fleeing his superhero past, took Hollywood's top honor.
 
'Fifty Shades' can't be budged from top spot
LOS ANGELES

'Fifty Shades' can't be budged from top spot

Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015
Universal’s erotic drama "Fifty Shades of Grey" earned $23.2 million at No. 1 in its second weekend at the box office, according to studio estimates Sunday.
 
Screenwriter does L.A. job from Wilton home
WILTON

Screenwriter does L.A. job from Wilton home

Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015
For 29 years, Edithe Swensen has been creating screenplays for television from her home near Saratoga Springs
 

Author promotes shame as a tool for change

Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015
In her new book, “Is Shame Necessary: New Uses for an Old Tool,” New York University professor Jennifer Jacquet argues that it’s time to bring back shame as an effective tool for the weak against the strong.
 
Gazette columnist Sara Foss makes her Oscar contest selections

Gazette columnist Sara Foss makes her Oscar contest selections

Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015
This marks the sixth year The Gazette has sponsored a contest in which readers try to outguess my Oscar predictions.
 
Cosby's Albany show 'postponed indefinitely'
ALBANY

Cosby's Albany show 'postponed indefinitely'

Friday, Feb. 20, 2015
Bill Cosby’s April 24 show at the Palace Theatre in Albany has been “postponed indefinitely,” according to the theater.
 
Who hands over the Academy Awards statuettes? Team Oscar

Who hands over the Academy Awards statuettes? Team Oscar

Friday, Feb. 20, 2015
Six Hollywood hopefuls instantly became insiders when they won spots on the film academy's Team Oscar, and their superstar access began deep inside Disney's archives.
 

Cotillard shines in moving drama

Friday, Feb. 20, 2015
“Put yourself in my place.” It’s a line heard a number of times in “Two Days, One Night,” the exquisitely simple and moving new film from Belgium’s Dardenne brothers.
 

Costner pitch-perfect in feel-good ‘McFarland’

Friday, Feb. 20, 2015
"McFarland, USA” could so easily have been yet another mushy, feel-good, by-the-numbers sports underdog movie. And in beginning, it seems like it’s heading there.
 

High-school labels get come-uppance in fast-paced flick

Friday, Feb. 20, 2015
Mae Whitman sasses, sashays and sparkles in “The DUFF,” a snappy, sweet-spirited teen comedy about a smart girl who tries to fight high school labeling with wit and words. And the occasional punch.
 
Laughs are few in stoner time travel sequel ‘Hot Tub 2’

Laughs are few in stoner time travel sequel ‘Hot Tub 2’

Friday, Feb. 20, 2015
Actor John Cusack has been reduced to Z-grade action comedies, shot in Australia and co-starring Thomas Jane, at this stage of his career.
 
Umphrey’s McGee finds having families provides new impetus to perform

Umphrey’s McGee finds having families provides new impetus to perform

Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015
Members of Umphrey’s McGee are calming down. “We’re all getting into our mellow years and having kids, and storks are flying and dropping babies off everywhere,” said Jake Cinninger, one of the jam band’s two guitarists.
 
MacMaster, Leahy will unveil more modern sound at The Egg

MacMaster, Leahy will unveil more modern sound at The Egg

Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015
Fiddlers Natalie MacMaster and her husband, Donnell Leahy, are planning to give a powerhouse show on Wednesday, when they perform “Visions from Cape Breton and Beyond” at The Egg in Albany.
 
 

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