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WATCH LIVE: 87th Oscar Nominations Are Here

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The nominations for the 87th Academy Awards are set to begin rolling in at 8:30am ET. Alfonso Cuarón, J.J. Abrams, Chris Pine, and Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs will announce the nominees at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

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The Oscars, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, will air February 22. 

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Holiday Must-See Movie: 'Into the Woods'

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"Go to the wood!" is Streep's wish your command? 

BY NATHANIEL ROGERS 

Once upon a time Stephen Sondheim wrote a musical classic INTO THE WOODS. The first act brings together classic fairy tale characters into one comic misadventure and the second act debunks the “happily ever after” myth and transforms the whole play into a masterpiece about virtually all the Big Stuff: growing up, parenting, marriage, death, rebuilding after great loss.

Itw_CinderellaWhen it comes to lines we can repurpose to talk about the prospects of a film version, Little Red said it best:

It made me feel excited. well, excited and scared.

Isn’t that how devotees of the movie musical feel each time a new one arrives? A bit of background to justify the high-anxiety. The live-action movie musical died alongside Bob Fosse's alter ego in All That Jazz (1979). The genre was six feet under for two full decades despite intermittent attempts at excavating its exquisite corpse (Annie, Little Shop of Horrors, Newsies). The Disney animation renaissance of the 1990s renewed interest and the genre was successfully reborn at the turn of the century by the one-two-three-four punch of Dancer in the Dark, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Moulin Rouge! and Chicago. That's a four consecutive high quality film run that this ancient-newborn genre has yet to match since. And why is that exactly? Some people blame the lack of strong directors who are skilled in the form, others the resistance to new blood (nearly all modern musicals are adaptations). Still more culprits are Hollywood’s frequent miscasting since musical skill is considered optional.

But The Witch (Meryl Streep) would like us to stop bitching and get on with this review.

No, of course what really matters is the blame
Somebody to blame.
Fine, if that's the thing you enjoy, Placing the blame,
If that's the aim, Give me the blame-

So back to Into the Woods . Does it survive the transfer? With so much baggage brought into the movie theater I’ll admit that a traditional review has been tough to write. So herewith a ranked list of the musical numbers (in their current form) as a sneaky way to coax out all those thorny blinding feelings.

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The list, from worst to best, is AFTER THE JUMP...

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Chris Pine: U.S. Not Doing Enough to Protest Russia's Anti-Gay Laws

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Chris Pine, who is promoting a new film about a terror attack in the U.S. that originates in Russia, criticized the anti-gay law there and the U.S. response to it, in a recent interview, the AP reports:

Chris Pine says the U.S. should have done more in the run-up to the Sochi Olympics to protest Russia's anti-gay legislation, which he calls "clearly awful, archaic, hostile nonsense."

"I think we should do more than just send gay Olympians there," the 33-year-old actor said in an interview while promoting his film "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit." ''What's happening there in terms of gay rights or the lack of it is extraordinary and awful."

Obama announced last month that out athletes Billie Jean King, Brian Boitano and Caitlin Cahow would be in the official delegation to the Sochi Games.

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News: New Zealand, Glenn Greenwald, Katy Perry, Madonna

6a00d8341c730253ef019104c9523d970c Same-sex marriage will become legal in New Zealand tomorrow. So far, at least 31 gay and lesbian couples plan to marry on that day.

Glenn6a00d8341c730253ef019104c9523d970c Journalist Glenn Greenwald's partner detained and questioned under terrorism act at Heathrow Airport. Said Greenwald: "To detain my partner for a full nine hours while denying him a lawyer, and then seize large amounts of his possessions, is clearly intended to send a message of intimidation to those of us who have been reporting on the NSA and GCHQ."

6a00d8341c730253ef019104c9523d970c Al Jazeera America, the newest 24-hour cable news channel since Fox News, debuts tomorrow.

6a00d8341c730253ef019104c9523d970c The longest flight in the world to end for good.

6a00d8341c730253ef019104c9523d970c Bullied gay Italian teen takes his own life. Study shows many gay teens in that country contemplate suicide: "The study of 4,000 high school students, ages 14 to 18 years-old, found that about 5 percent identified as LGBT, of which one out of three contemplated suicide at least once."

6a00d8341c730253ef019104c9523d970c One gay writer's experience with being skinny-fat in the gay community.

6a00d8341c730253ef019104c9523d970c Listen to audio from an interview with Katy Perry and anti-gay Australian opposition leader Tony Abbott: "Let's talk about gay marriage...That's right. Love is equal.'"

6a00d8341c730253ef019104c9523d970c Madonna celebrates birthday number 55. Madonna

6a00d8341c730253ef019104c9523d970c Third gender option on German birth certificates: "A new German law stipulates that children who are born of indeterminate gender no longer have to be categorized as 'male"' or 'female.' Instead, parents can choose to leave the space blank on their child's birth certificate, according to German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung. Those individuals can eventually decide whether to identify as male, female or neither."

6a00d8341c730253ef019104c9523d970c Chris Pine takes a coffee break.

6a00d8341c730253ef019104c9523d970c Benedict Cumberbatch believes documenting the crisis in Egypt is more important than photographing a movie shoot.

6a00d8341c730253ef019104c9523d970c Gay wedding only shop opens in the UK: "We played around with the idea and thought there was a massive gap in the market for same sex marriages."


JJ Abrams Reveals Benedict Cumberbatch Shower Scene Cut from 'Star Trek: Into Darkness': VIDEO

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Facing charges of sexism over his objectification of women in the new Star Trek film Into Darkness, JJ Abrams appeared on Conan last night and argued that Chris Pine's shirtless body is shown off in the film. He also revealed a very wet, very nipply scene — that was cut — from the film, featuring its villain played by Benedict Cumberbatch.

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Ellen Tries to Make Chris Pine Cry: VIDEO

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Ellen welcomed Chris Pine to her show today and tried to reveal what a sensitive guy he is, but ended up talking about his nuts.

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