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'Moonlight,' 'American Honey' to Vie at Spirit Awards

'Moonlight,' 'American Honey' to Vie at Spirit Awards

The last three best-feature winners at the Film Independent Spirit Awards have gone on to win best-picture the next day at the Academy Awards, but that streak appears likely to snap this year. The Oscar favorite "La La Land," a smidge too pricey with a $30 million budget to qualify for the indie awards, isn't in the hunt at Saturday's awards. The leading contenders are Barry Jenkins' coming-of-age tale "Moonlight" and Andrea Arnold's heartland odyssey "American Honey." Both are up for a leading six nods, including best feature and best director. While "Moonlight," up for eight Oscars, is likely to take home some awards Sunday, "American Honey" and other smaller releases will get their day in the sun Saturday. The Spirit Awards, held under a tent on the beach in Santa Monica, California, are the dressed-down, afternoon antidote to the Academy Awards, where cocktails and indie pride are consumed in equal measure. »

Song and Dance, Protest and Politics to Mingle at Oscars

Song and Dance, Protest and Politics to Mingle at Oscars

The 89th Academy Awards should be a very schizophrenic affair: equal parts pomp and politics. The only thing expected to take the stage more often than the frothy front-runner "La La Land" at Sunday's ceremony is protest (and probably some punchlines) over the policies of President Donald Trump. For largely liberal Hollywood, his election has proven a rallying cause-celebre throughout an awards season that has otherwise been a parade of honors for Damien Chazelle's celebrated musical. Just how political things are going to get at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles may be the biggest question of Sunday night's show, to be broadcast by ABC beginning at 8:30 p.m. EST, with red carpet coverage starting earlier. The current forecast for Sunday is only a slight chance of rain, though the inside of the Dolby Theatre is expected to be far stormier. »

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Why Emma Thompson Isn't in the 'Love Actually' Reunion

Why Emma Thompson Isn't in the 'Love Actually' Reunion

"It's absolutely right because it's supposed to be for Comic Relief but there isn't much comic relief in the loss of our dear friend really only just over a year ago," the actress said »

Celebrities Launch Pot Brands as California Legalizes Drug

Celebrities Launch Pot Brands as California Legalizes Drug

Country singer Willie Nelson, the children of the late reggae icon Bob Marley and comedian Whoopi Goldberg are just a few of the growing number of celebrities publicly jumping into the marijuana industry and eyeing the California pot market, which is expected to explode after voters legalized the recreational use of weed. Regulators are still scrambling to get California's recreational pot market launched and are racing to issue licenses to growers and sellers by early 2018. Still to be decided is who will receive the first licenses to grow, distribute and sell recreational marijuana. Growers already cleared to sell medical marijuana in California could be the first in line. »

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Young 'Moonlight' Star Ready for 89th Annual Academy Awards

With the 89th annual Academy Awards fast approaching, a South Florida native is making his way to Los Angeles for Sunday's big night. Norland Middle School student Alex Hibbert, who plays Chiron in “Moonlight," says he's ready to make the trip from Miami to the City of Angels. The film tells a story about Chiron's journey as a black, gay man living in Liberty City being raised by a mother with a drug addiction. »

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Lionel Richie Postpones Tour With Mariah Carey

The star was previously scheduled to hit the road in March »

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Oscars Preps: It's a Plastic Wrap for Red Carpet

The Oscars red carpet was under wraps Friday morning, ensuring it will look its best for awards night. Annette Arreola reports for Today in LA on Friday Feb. 24, 2017. »

Rocker Pleads Guilty: Carried Pistol on Plane, in Airport

Rocker Pleads Guilty: Carried Pistol on Plane, in Airport

Rock guitarist Rick Derringer has pleaded guilty and agreed to pay a $1,000 fine after stepping off a Delta Air Lines flight from Mexico with a loaded handgun in Atlanta's airport. »

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