Being Elaine Stritch

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“One of her close friends — a friend! — calls Elaine Stritch ‘a Molotov cocktail of madness, sincerity, and genius.’ And now she’s the subject of an up-close and sometimes glaringly personal new documentary.”

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The Real Guy Behind The Dallas Buyers Club

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“Sitting behind a desk. Always by himself. No ‘customers’ lined inside or outside the drab, low-slung office space in a row of buildings close to downtown Dallas. Just this little, well-groomed, cursing man who was shuffling papers, placing calls and working a calculator.”

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How The Oscars Logistics Work

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“How those envelopes end up in those briefcases, how the ballots are counted, how they get transported to the ceremony via not just one clandestine route but two different routes — it’s all part of a security system so impregnable, not even the NSA could hack it.”

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Will The Visual Effects Picket At The Oscars Accomplish Anything?

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“It all comes down to foreign tax incentives, says David S. Cohen, who covers the special effects beat for Variety. Cohen says California cannot compete with the lavish subsidies studios get from Canada, Australia, the UK and New Zealand. He says other places can offer about 10 percent to even more than 50 percent back on the labor costs for visual effects.”

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Do The Oscars Mean Anything At All? [AUDIO]

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Bob Mondello: “I don’t think they mean anything. And it drives me nuts they’re taken so seriously. Let me give you an example. In 1952, the picture that won best picture was ‘Greatest Show on Earth,’ the circus movie. ‘Singing in the Rain’ was not nominated. What kind of sense does that make?”

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Here’s The New York Times’ Oscars Live Blog

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It’s far from the only live blog, but here’s one option for “real-time fashion highlights, interviews from the red carpet and backstage, live commentary during the telecast, reviews of the night’s best and worst looks and star turns, video, photos, social media features and more.”

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Are You Betting On The Oscars?

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“‘It’s by far the biggest non-sports occasion for us,’ says Kevin Bradley, sports book manager for Bovada, a sports betting site licensed in Canada. Bradley puts his site’s Oscar wagering in the ‘healthy’ six-figure range, adding that a lot of money comes from Hollywood.”

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How Can Amazon Ease The Pain Of A Prime Price Hike? Music.

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“Amazon needs to figure out how to hold onto Prime members, its most valuable retail customers. Since keeping them happy is so vital, any additional Prime offerings can’t just be afterthoughts. If Amazon does music, it has to do it right.”

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Amazon Can Bury Your Novel, Unless You Pay Up

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“I don’t know if my publisher, Little, Brown, has given Amazon a white envelope thick with green bills, but in recent weeks my novel has distanced itself from Sweet Valley High (‘What do you mean you broke up with Scott!’). Now, whenever you search for the book, you’ll find its company more appropriate.”

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