Oscar Hits the Road to Visit More Than 10 Cities


Oscar is going on a road trip.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences says one of the golden statuettes that are handed out at the Academy Awards will visit at least 10 cities as part of Oscar’s first national tour.
Beginning Monday in New York City, the golden guy’s journey will be chronicled online. Fans can follow the Oscar statue’s progress and even make suggestions for stops along the way.
The statuette will make appearances in Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Chicago, St. Louis, Kansas City, Mo., Houston, Dallas and Phoenix before arriving in Hollywood for the Academy Awards on Feb. 24. Fans in those cities will have a chance to pose for photos with the Oscar trophy.
Online: http://www.oscars.org (AP)


‘Argo,’ Lawrence, Day-Lewis Win at SAG

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The CIA thriller “Argo” continues to steamroll through awards season, winning the top honor for overall cast performance at the Screen Actors Guild Awards.
Sunday’s win came a day after “Argo” claimed the top honor from the Producers Guild of America.
SAG’s lead-acting honors went to Jennifer Lawrence won for her role as a troubled widow in a shaky new relationship in the lost-souls romance “Silver Linings Playbook” and Daniel Day-Lewis as Abraham Lincoln in the Civil War epic “Lincoln.”
The supporting film awards Sunday went to Anne Hathaway of “Les Miserables” and Tommy Lee Jones of “Lincoln.” Jones was not at the show, but the win boosts his prospects to become a two-time Academy Award winner, since the guild honors are a good forecast for who will go on to claim an Oscar on February 24th. Jones previously won a supporting-actor Oscar for “The Fugitive.”
The James Bond adventure “Skyfall” and the fantasy series “Game of Thrones” picked up prizes for best stunt work, honors announced on the red carpet before the official SAG Awards ceremony.
JoBeth Williams and Scott Bakula announced the winners, noting the value of stunt players, who often are overlooked for their contributions to film and television.
Bakula said stunt workers keep actors healthy, alive and working.
On the TV side, Bryan Cranston and Claire Danes win for drama. Alec Baldwin and Tina Fey win the comedy acting honors. It was Baldwin’s seventh-straight win, while Fey earned her fifth SAG award.
On a side note, the series finale of 30 Rock will air Thursday night on NBC at 8pm. (AP)

`Fruitvale,’ `Blood Brother’ Win Sundance Awards


The dramatic film “Fruitvale” and the documentary “Blood Brother” won over audiences and Sundance Film Festival judges.
Both American films won audience awards and grand jury prizes Saturday at the Sundance Awards.
“Fruitvale” tells the true story of Oscar Grant, who was 22 years old when he was shot and killed in a public transit station in Oakland, Calif. Twenty-six-year-old first-time filmmaker Ryan Coogler wrote and directed the dramatic narrative.
“Blood Brother” follows a young American, Rocky, who moved to India to work with orphans infected with HIV.
The Cambodian film “A River Changes Course” won the grand jury prize for international documentary, and a narrative film from South Korea, “Jiseul,” claimed the grand jury prize for dramatic world cinema. (AP, Sundance)

U. S. Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic Fruitvale

U. S. Grand Jury Prize: Documentary Blood Brother

World Cinema Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic Jiseul

World Cinema Grand Jury Prize: Documentary A River Changes Course

Audience Award: World Cinema Dramatic Metro Manila

Audience Award: World Cinema: Documentary The Square

Audience Award: U. S. Dramatic presented by Acura Fruitvale

Audience Award: U.S. Documentary presented by Acura Blood Brother

Audience Award: Best of NEXT This is Martin Bonner

Directing Award: U. S. Dramatic Afternoon Delight

Directing Award: U. S. Documentary Cutie and the Boxer

Directing Award: World Cinema Dramatic Crystal Fairy

Directing Award: World Cinema Documentary The Machine Which Makes Everything Disappear

Cinematography Award: World Cinema Dramatic Lasting

Cinematography Award: U. S. Documentary Dirty Wars

Cinematography Award: U. S. Dramatic Ain’t Them Bodies Saints

Cinematography Award: U. S. Dramatic Mother of George

Cinematography Award: World Cinema Documentary Who Is Dayani Cristal?

U. S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Achievement in Filmmaking Inequality for All

U. S. Documentary Special Jury award for Achievement in Filmmaking American Promise

U. S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Acting Miles Teller & Shailene Woodley, The Spectacular Now

U. S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Sound Design Shane Carruth & Johnny Marshall, Upstream Color

World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award Circles

World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award for Punk Spirit Pussy Riot – A Punk Prayer

Editing Award: World Cinema Documentary The Summit

Editing Award: U. S. Documentary Gideon’s Army

Screenwriting Award: World Cinema Dramatic Wajma (An Afghan Love Story)

Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award: U.S. Dramatic In A World…

Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize Computer Chess

Short Film Grand Jury Prize The Whistle

Short Film Jury Award: US Fiction Whiplash

Short Film Jury Award: International Fiction The Date

Short Film Jury Award: Non-fiction Skinningrove

Short Film Jury Award: Animation Irish Folk Furniture

Short Film Special Jury Award for Acting Joel Nagle, Palimpsest

Short Film Special Jury Award Kahlil Joseph, Until the Quiet Comes

Short Film Audience Award, Presented by YouTube Catnip: Egress to Oblivion

Jim, John Harbaugh Ready for Rematch at Super Bowl

These days, Jack Harbaugh stays away from game-planning chatter or strategy sessions with his Super Bowl-bound coaching sons. Baltimore’s John Harbaugh and little brother Jim of the San Francisco 49ers have been doing this long enough now to no longer need dad’s input.

Yet, they still regularly seek it. And, their father does offer one basic mantra: “Get ahead, stay ahead.”

“Probably the greatest advice that I’ve ever been given and the only advice that I’ve ever found to be true in all of coaching, I think we mentioned it to both John and Jim … the coaching advice is, ‘Get ahead, stay ahead,'” Jack Harbaugh said.

“If I’m called upon, I’ll repeat that same message.”

His boys still call home regularly to check in with the man who turned both on to the coaching profession years ago, and the mother who has handled everything behind the scenes for decades in a highly competitive, sports-crazed family – with all the routine sports clichés to show for it.

The Harbaugh brothers will become the first siblings to square off from opposite sidelines when their teams play for the NFL championship Feb. 3 at the New Orleans Superdome.

John Harbaugh watched the end of Jim’s game from the field in Foxborough, Mass., as Baltimore warmed up for the AFC championship game. Jim called his sister’s family from the team plane before takeoff after a win at Atlanta and asked how his big brother’s team was doing against New England.

The improbable Super Bowl that has quickly been nicknamed “Harbowl” or “Superbaugh” features a set of brothers known around the NFL as fierce competitors unafraid to make a bold move during the season.

In fact, each one made a major change midseason to get this far – John fired his offensive coordinator, while Jim boosted his offense with a quarterback switch from Alex Smith to Colin Kaepernick.

Leading up to Sunday’s games, proud parents Jack and Jackie said they would wait to decide whether to travel to New Orleans if both teams made it or stick to what has been working so well – watching from the comfort of their couch in Mequon, Wis.

“We enjoy it very much. We get down in our basement, turn on the television and just have a fantastic day watching outstanding football,” Jack said last week. “We share our misery with no one but ourselves. Not only the misery, but the ups and downs, the ins and outs of an outstanding professional game.”

And, no, the Harbaughs weren’t looking ahead to a potential big trip to the Big Easy.

Jack insists his wife is quick to pull out that old sports cliche: “It’s one game at a time. I think it’s very appropriate,” he said.

The brothers, separated in age by 15 months, have taken different paths to football’s biggest stage – years after their intense games of knee football at the family home.

Jim never reached a Super Bowl, falling a last-gasp pass short during a 15-year NFL career as a quarterback. John never played in the NFL.

“We can’t put into words what it means to see John and Jim achieve this incredible milestone,” their brother-in-law, Indiana basketball coach Tom Crean, said on Twitter. “We talked to Jim (before) his team plane left. All he wanted to know was how was John doing? How were they playing? One incredible family who puts the care, well-being and love for each other at the forefront like most families do. Again, we are very proud of them. Going to be exciting to watch it unfold.”


Online: http://pro32.ap.org/poll and http://twitter.com/AP_NFL

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Original Batmobile From TV Series Sells for $4.2 Million

The original Batmobile from the 1960s television series has sold at auction for $4.2 million.
A spokeswoman for the Barrett-Jackson Auction Co. in Scottsdale, Ariz., says the winning bidder has not been disclosed following Saturday’s auction.
The 19-foot-long black, bubble-topped car was used in the “Batman” TV show that starred Adam West as the Caped Crusader.
The car’s owner — famed auto customizer George Barris, of Los Angeles — transformed a one-of-a-kind 1955 Lincoln Futura concept car into the sleek crime-fighting machine. On the show, it boasted lasers and a “Batphone” and could lay down smoke screens and oil slicks.
Barris’ publicist says his client is pleased with the auction result. (AP)

Catdance Elevates the Cat Video to Sundance Level

Everyone’s favorite Internet meme — the cat video — has hit the big time.
Behold the Catdance Film Festival, a one-night celebration of camera-worthy cats at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.
The five short films featured Saturday night went beyond the typical surprised-kitty or cat-threatens-dog fare popular on YouTube. The Catdance films, culled from submissions by cat lovers across the country, told creative, feline-focused tales. There was the story of an aging Internet cat who can’t cope with the loss of fame and “A Cat’s Guide to Caring for a Human.”
Actress AnnaLynne McCord hosted the event, which was dreamt up by the Fresh Step cat-litter brand. Cat fans can watch the films online and vote for their favorite. The winning filmmaker will collect $10,000. (AP)