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Dr. Seuss museum replaces mural some found insensitive

A Massachusetts museum dedicated to Dr. Seuss has replaced a mural that included a stereotype of a Chinese man.

The mural unveiled Tuesday includes illustrations from several of Dr. Seuss' books. The original mural in the entryway of the Springfield museum featured illustrations from the author's first children's book, "And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street," which included the stereotype that some found racist.

The original mural became the center of controversy when children's authors Mike Curato, Lisa Yee and Mo Willems said they would boycott an event at the museum because of the "jarring racial stereotype."

The decision to replace the mural drew criticism from the author's family and the city's mayor.

Dr. Seuss' real name was Theodor Geisel, and he grew up in Springfield.

'Wonder Woman' is left hanging and 8 other Oscar surprises

It is a mathematical impossibility for a group of Oscar nominations to please everyone, but this year came pretty close with meaningful love for "Get Out," ''Lady Bird" and "Phantom Thread," and the history-making nomination of "Mudbound" director of photography Rachel Morrison, who became the first woman to ever be nominated for cinematography.

Still, there were some significant surprises and even a few outright snubs:



It was a good day for women, generally speaking, with the first ever nomination for a female cinematographer (Rachel Morrison for "Mudbound") and Greta Gerwig becoming the fifth woman in history to get a best director nomination (for "Lady Bird"), but the love stopped short of one of the most populist female-driven projects of the year: "Wonder Woman." The Patty Jenkins-directed blockbuster received zero nominations, even in a year that was surprisingly friendly to big budget hits (like "Logan" and "Star Wars: The Last Jedi.")


You'd be forgiven if you weren't aware there was a Denzel Washington film out this year. Dan Gilroy's criminal court thriller "Roman J. Israel, Esq." came and went without much fanfare, to middling reviews and box office. Washington's performance as the activist lawyer was the one bright spot for many critics (although the New York Times said the film "doesn't serve" him). Still, Washington has hardly been at the forefront of the awards race this year, especially when compared with, say Tom Hanks, who wasn't nominated for playing Ben Bradlee in "The Post" (and hasn't been nominated in 17 years). Washington also perhaps took the spot from James Franco for "The Disaster Artist." This is Washington's sixth lead actor nomination (he's won twice).


The streaming service has gambled big in the past few years with would-be Oscar nominees, but found their first successful non-documentary contender in a film it acquired at the Sundance Film Festival — Dee Rees' American odyssey "Mudbound," about two families, one black, and one white, in the post-WWII South. "Mudbound" was nominated for best adapted screenplay, best supporting actress (Mary J. Blige), best original song and best cinematography. For some, it's been a question of whether the film academy had an anti-Netflix bias. Whatever the case was before, though, the times might be changing.


Paul Thomas Anderson's moody period piece is a favorite among hardcore cinephiles, but many were surprised Tuesday when Anderson was nominated for best director over both Steven Spielberg ("The Post") and Martin McDonagh ("Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri"). Anderson, an eight-time Oscar nominee (now twice for directing), didn't even get a Director's Guild or a Producer's Guild nomination for "Phantom Thread."


Snubs were almost becoming a way of life for documentary filmmaker Steve James who time and time again churns out excellent work to not much film Academy recognition. His "Hoop Dreams" was infamously only nominated for editing and then his sure bet, the Roger Ebert documentary "Life Itself," was also passed over. This year, James finally got nominated for "Abacus: Small Enough to Jail," about the family-owned community bank that was the only U.S. bank to face criminal charges following the 2008 subprime mortgage collapse.


By now, everyone knows how Ridley Scott replaced Kevin Spacey with Christopher Plummer as J. Paul Getty in "All the Money in the World" just six weeks before the film was set to hit theaters. That choice that was officially validated in the best possible way for the film — a supporting Oscar nomination for Plummer (his third).


The Oscars are not so white anymore, but one group that remains marginalized is Latino actors, who have not gotten an Oscar nomination since 2012. In fact, only three have won in the last 20 years (Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardem, and Benicio Del Toro). This year, Salma Hayek had the best shot for her role in the dark satire "Beatriz at Dinner."


Three days after Brett Morgen's highly acclaimed Jane Goodall documentary "Jane" picked up the Producers Guild Award in the documentary category, the film academy left it on the cutting room floor.


They can't take it back. A film that has a 52 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes — "The Boss Baby," in which Alec Baldwin voices a pint-sized, suit-wearing CEO — has been nominated for best animated feature.


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Haddish charms with creative announcement of Oscar nominees

Tiffany Haddish got some love on Twitter for her fun-loving presentation of the Oscar nominees, including a few dance moves and a creative pronunciation or two.

Haddish, a huge hit in "Girls Trip," bantered her way through the proceedings, injecting some needed energy into the early morning affair and getting co-announcer Andy Serkis into the spirit. They both giggled their way through the announcements.

"Do you think they can install a steam shower in my house?" she said of one group of nominees. "I need one."

At another point, she quipped: "I gotta see this 'Dunkirk. Seems like a lotta people like it."

Haddish got the most attention for her work-in-progress attempts at pronouncing the name Daniel Kaluuya, a best actor nominee for "Get Out." She ended with "Kallelujah!" and then quipped: "He knows his name." One Twitter user commented that Haddish could mispronounce his name anytime.

The actress also had some thoughts about the documentary short subject category, which included titles like "Traffic Stop" and "Knife Skills": "All these titles make a woman from an urban area very uncomfortable," she quipped. "I'm just saying."

Approaching the final category — best picture — Haddish asked Serkis if he wanted to announce it. He said they both should. "What could possibly go wrong?

"You don't know me," she said, before launching into the names.

Michigan man arrested for threatening to murder CNN employees

A Michigan man was arrested for threatening to come to CNN’s Atlanta headquarters and murder employees, according to a CBS46 report.

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The FBI arrested the man after he made 22 calls to CNN about a week ago. The story did not identify who he was.

He accused CNN of “fake news” and said he was going down to Georgia “right now to go (to) the CNN headquarters to … gun every single last one of you.”

President Donald Trump has frequently cited CNN as using “fake news” and bestowed the Atlanta-based news operation four “Fake News Awards” last week.

Photos: 2018 Academy Awards nominees

These are the nominees for this year’s Oscars.

Trivia about this year's Oscar nominations

Behind the headlines at the Academy Award nominations on Tuesday, there were some special achievements, including honors for Christopher Plummer and Kobe Bryant.

— At age 88, Christopher Plummer becomes the oldest acting nominee to date. He already holds the crown for the oldest acting winner, having won for his supporting role in "Beginners" in 2011 at age 82.

— Meryl Streep increased her lead as the most nominated actress in Oscar history by nabbing her 21st nomination for her work in "The Post." She has won three times.

— Former Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant could get an Oscar to go along with his NBA championships, MVP Awards and Olympic gold medals. His animated short film, "Dear Basketball," written and narrated by Bryant, got a nomination for best animated short film.

— Look out, Walt: Composer John Williams added to his record number of nominations for writing film scores with his 46th nod. His overall total of 51 nominations (including five for original song) is the most for any living person, and second only to Walt Disney at 59.

— Greta Gerwig became the fifth woman nominated as director for helming "Lady Bird," joining Lina Wertmuller for "Seven Beauties" (1976), Jane Campion for "The Piano" (1993), Sofia Coppola for "Lost in Translation" (2003) and Kathryn Bigelow (2009) for "The Hurt Locker."

— Welcome back: Actors Denzel Washington ("Roman J. Israel, Esq."), Meryl Streep ("The Post") and Octavia Spencer ("The Shape of Water") earned back-to-back Oscar nominations. Last year, Washington earned a nod for "Fences," Streep for "Florence Foster Jenkins" and Spencer for "Hidden Figures."

Where to see Oscar best-picture nominees

"The Shape of Water": 13 nominations, including best actress and best director. Where to see it: in theaters.

"Get Out": four nominations, including best actor and best director. Where to see it: Amazon, iTunes, DVD Netflix, Redbox, Google Play, YouTube Movies, HBO Go, HBO Now.

"Call Me By Your Name": four nominations, including best actor. Where to see it: in theaters.

"Darkest Hour": six nominations, including best actor. Where to see it: in theaters.

"Dunkirk": eight nominations, including best director. Where to see it: Amazon, iTunes, DVD Netflix, Redbox, Google Play, YouTube Movies.

"Lady Bird": five nominations, including best actress and best director. Where to see it: in theaters.

"Phantom Thread": six nominations, including best actor and best director. Where to see it: in theaters.

"The Post": two nominations, including best actress. Where to see it: in theaters.

"Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri": seven nominations, including best actress. Where to see it: in theaters.

'I got really emotional': Reactions to Oscar nominations

A round up of reaction to the Oscar nominations announced Tuesday:


"The real answer in this profession is you celebrate by working. I'm going to have an extra chicken sausage for breakfast. That will be my indulgence for the day." — "The Shape of Water" director Guillermo del Toro on how he will celebrate the film's leading 13 nominations, in an Associated Press interview

"I am honored beyond measure by this nomination for a film I love, a film that stands in defense of press freedom, and inclusion of women's voices in the movement of history. Proud of the film, and all her filmmakers. Thank you from a full heart." — "The Post" best actress nominee Meryl Streep, via email

"Oh man I was in my bed and my phone is ringing and blowing up. Anytime I see my publicist's name on my phone, I know something happened. So I answered the phone and she's yelling and screaming and I'm yelling and screaming. It's just so beautiful, yelling and screaming and about to cry." — "Mudbound" supporting actress and original song nominee Mary J. Blige.

"This nomination represents the great work of hundreds of people — from STX and our producers to Jessica Chastain and the entire cast and crew. I couldn't ask for a greater gang of people with whom to share this incredible honor." — "Molly's Game" best adapted screenplay nominee Aaron Sorkin, via email

"Films like 'The Shape of Water,' 'A Fantastic Woman,' 'Lady Bird,' and 'Call Me By Your Name' not only have complex, detailed, and moving portrayals, but prove that audiences and critics alike are hungry for stories which embrace diversity." — GLAAD president and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis, via email

"It's such great news for us and for Lebanon. It's been a very, very long and difficult road to get where we are. ... It says that in spite of all these things, there is a hope of reconciliation." — Best foreign language film nominee "The Insult" director Ziad Doueiri

"I got really emotional because everybody just poured their whole heart and soul into doing this film. I'm so happy for Greta and Saoirse and the whole movie." — "Lady Bird" best supporting actress nominee Laurie Metcalf to "Good Morning America"

"This nomination is for every single one of us who brought our hearts to this film. ... I am here because of the greatness of others. I stand on the shoulders of giants." — "The Shape of Water" best actress nominee Sally Hawkins, via email

"I'm so excited and thrilled by the nomination and for "The Shape of Water" team lead by Guillermo the Great. It is rare and humbling to be part of something so special." — supporting actor nominee Richard Jenkins, via email

"This is fantastic news! ... I am so thankful for Guillermo for his humanity and his artistic passion; he truly inspired all of us." — Best original score nominee Alexandre Desplat, for "The Shape of Water," via email

"It was a nice surprise this morning to hear of the nomination. This is a testament to and recognition of the work of all the people on this film." — "Blade Runner 2049" best cinematography nominee Roger Deakins, in a statement

"I couldn't be more surprised or thrilled that 'Mighty River' got a nomination. Working with Mary J. Blige and Taura Stinson is always a breeze. They are very talented. I am truly blessed." — Raphael Saadiq original song nominee, via email.

"We are thrilled and honored to be nominated for 'The Big Sick.' ... It was an incredibly unique challenge to take some of the most vulnerable, painful and beautiful moments from our life together and turn it into a movie." — Best original screenplay nominees Kumail Nanjiani and Emily Gordon, via email

"Thank you so much to The Academy for recognizing "This is Me" with a nomination! We are honored to be included in such great company with our fellow nominees. We share this nomination with the amazingly talented creative team behind this movie." — Original song nominees Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, via email

"At a time when women's voices are coming to the forefront, the story of a young girl using her voice for what she believes in is more relevant than ever. Recognizing stories like Parvana's helps point to the importance of women and girls being heard around the world." - Best animated feature film nominee "The Breadwinner" director Nora Twomey, via email

"I'm thrilled that our film has received seven nominations from the Academy, and that the beautiful work of our editor Jon Gregory, our composer Carter Burwell, my gentle brothers-in-arms Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell, and our fearless leader Frances McDormand, have all been recognized so wonderfully. I can't wait to celebrate with them all come March 4th." — "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" original screenplay nominee Martin McDonagh

"We are immensely proud of this work and grateful to the Academy for recognizing War for the Planet of the Apes with a nomination today. ... We've been really happy to see how audiences have been swept up by the emotional story of Caesar and his fellow ape characters." — Weta Digital senior visual effects supervisor Joe Letteri, in a statement

"I was just going through airport security when my phone started buzzing!! Thankfully they didn't stop me and I was able to celebrate!!! I thought they would arrest me for looking like a crazy man laughing and screaming!!!" — Carlos Saldanha, director of best animated feature nominee "Ferdinand," via email

"That such a tender film about the human condition is nominated for an Academy Award — my first film in nearly two decades, and in a year where so many exceptional women are being honored for their work behind-the-camera — humbles me. I am so proud to be representing Hungary in the Oscar race." — Ildiko Enyedi of the foreign language film nominee "On Body and Soul," in a statement


Associated Press writer Sandy Cohen in Los Angeles contributed to this report


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List of nominees for the 90th annual Academy Awards

List of nominees for the 90th annual Academy Awards presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Best Picture: "Call Me by Your Name," ''Darkest Hour," ''Dunkirk," ''Get Out," ''Lady Bird," ''Phantom Thread," ''The Post," ''The Shape of Water,""Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri."

Actor: Timothee Chalamet, "Call Me by Your Name"; Daniel Day-Lewis, "Phantom Thread"; Daniel Kaluuya, "Get Out"; Gary Oldman, "Darkest Hour"; Denzel Washington," Roman J. Israel, Esq."

Actress: Sally Hawkins, "The Shape of Water"; Frances McDormand, "Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri"; Margot Robbie in "I, Tonya"; Saoirse Ronan in "Lady Bird"; Meryl Streep in "The Post."

Supporting Actor: Willem Dafoe, "The Florida Project"; Woody Harrelson, "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri"; Richard Jenkins, "The Shape of Water"; Christopher Plummer, "All the Money in the World"; Sam Rockwell, "Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri."

Supporting Actress: Mary J. Blige, "Mudbound"; Allison Janney,"I, Tonya"; Lesley Manville, "Phantom Thread"; Laurie Metcalf, "Lady Bird"; Octavia Spencer, "The Shape of Water."

Directing: "Dunkirk," Christopher Nolan; "Get Out," Jordan Peele; "Lady Bird," Greta Gerwig; "Phantom Thread," Paul Thomas Anderson; "The Shape of Water," Guillermo del Toro.

Foreign Language Film: "A Fantastic Woman," Chile;"The Insult" Lebanon; "Loveless," Russia;"On Body and Soul," Hungary;"The Square" Sweden.

Adapted Screenplay: "Call Me By Your Name," ''The Disaster Artist," ''Logan," Molly's Game," ''Mudbound."

Original Screenplay: "The Big Sick," ''Get Out," ''Lady Bird," ''The Shape of Water," ''Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri."

Animated Feature Film: "The Boss Baby," ''The Breadwinner," ''Coco," ''Ferdinand": "Loving Vincent."

Production Design: "Beauty and the Beast," ''Blade Runner 2049," ''Darkest Hour," ''Dunkirk, "The Shape of Water."

Cinematography: "Blade Runner 2049," ''Darkest Hour," ''Dunkirk," ''Mudbound," ''The Shape of Water."

Sound Mixing: "Baby Driver," ''Blade Runner 2049," ''Dunkirk," ''The Shape of Water," ''Star Wars: The Last Jedi."

Sound Editing: "Baby Driver," ''Blade Runner 2049," ''Dunkirk," ''The Shape of Water," ''Star Wars: The Last Jedi."

Original Score: "Dunkirk," Hans Zimmer; "Phantom Thread," Jonny Greenwood; "The Shape of Water" Alexandre Desplat;"Star Wars: The Last Jedi," John Williams; "Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri," Carter Burwell.

Original Song: "Mighty River" from "Mudbound";''Mystery Of Love" from "Call Me by Your Name"; "Remember Me" from "Coco"; "Stand Up For Something" from "Marshall"; "This Is Me" from "The Greatest Showman."

Documentary Feature: "Abacus: Small Enough to Jail,""Faces Places," ''Icarus," ''Last Men in Aleppo," ''Strong Island"

Documentary (short subject): "Edith+Eddie," ''Heaven Is a Traffic Jam on the 405," ''Heroin(e)," ''Knife Skills," ''Traffic Stop"

Film Editing: "Baby Driver," ''Dunkirk," ''I, Tonya," ''The Shape of Water," ''Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri"

Makeup and Hairstyling: "Darkest Hour," ''Victoria & Abdul," ''Wonder."

Animated Short Film: "Dear Basketball," ''Garden Party," ''Lou," ''Negative Space," ''Revolting Rhymes."

Live Action Short Film: "DeKalb Elementary," ''The Eleven O'Clock," ''My Nephew Emmett," ''The Silent Child," ''Watu Wote/All of Us."

Visual Effects: "Blade Runner 2049," ''Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2," ''Kong: Skull Island," ''Star Wars: The Last Jedi," ''War for the Planet of the Apes."

Costume Design: "Beauty and the Beast," Jacqueline Durran; "Darkest Hour," Jacqueline Durran; "Phantom Thread," Mark Bridges; "The Shape of Water"; Luis Sequeira; "Victoria & Abdul" Consolata Boyle.

Russia revokes permit for satire about Stalin's death

Russia's Culture Ministry banned a satirical film about Soviet leader Josef Stalin's death from movie theaters Tuesday following criticism from communists and others that the British-French production made a mockery of Russian history.

The Culture Ministry declared it was rescinding the permit that would have allowed Scottish writer-director Armando Iannucci's "The Death of Stalin" to be shown in Russian theaters. The film, starring Steve Buscemi and Jason Isaacs, premiered in Britain in October and was scheduled to open in Russia Thursday.

The ministry's move reflects an admiration many in Russia still have for Stalin despite the dictator's brutal purges that killed millions, as well as the government's nervousness about the country's history.

"Many elderly people, and not only them, will see it as an insulting derision of the Soviet past, of the country that defeated Nazism, of the Soviet army and ordinary people, and, what is the most appalling, even of the victims of Stalinism," Culture Minister Vladimir Medinsky said in a statement.

He argued that while "we have no censorship" and "we aren't afraid of a critical view of our history ... there is a moral boundary between a critical analysis of history and a mockery of it."

Medinsky said the ministry would conduct an additional legal study of the film, but its fate seems to be pre-determined after revoking the license.

The withdrawal of the certificate for the movie's release came after some Russian lawmakers and other public figures watched the movie and urged the ministry to keep it out of theaters.

"This is a vicious and absolutely inappropriate 'comedy' that smears the memory of our people who defeated Nazism," a group of Russian cultural figures said in a letter to the Culture Ministry that was carried by Russian news agencies. "The release of the film on the eve of celebrations marking the 75th anniversary of the battle of Stalingrad spits in the face of all those who died there."

Communist lawmaker Elena Drapeko denounced the film as a "provocation, an attempt to convince us that our country is horrible, people are idiots and our rulers are fools."

Vladislav Kononov, the executive director of the Russian Military-Historical Society, called the movie "disgusting."

"It's an abomination and filth," Kononov told state-funded RT television. "All the characters are portrayed as idiots. They could have been tyrants, but they weren't idiots. It's how the West sees our people."

The ban was a top trending subject on Russian Twitter, with some liberal figures deriding the move.

"They would have placed Charlie Chaplin under house arrest here," tweeted Alexei Venediktov, the editor-in-chief of Ekho Moskvy radio.

Opinion polls show that Stalin, who led the Soviet Union from 1924 until his death in 1953, remains widely revered in Russia, where many credit him with leading the country to victory in World War II and making it a nuclear superpower.

President Vladimir Putin, a former KGB officer, has taken a cautious stance on Stalin's role in Russia's history, denouncing the purges but also emphasizing Soviet-era achievements.

Many Russians have been dismayed in recent years by government-sponsored school textbooks that painted Stalin in a largely positive light. Old Soviet national anthem lyrics praising Stalin were restored during a Moscow subway station's reconstruction.

Last fall, the Russian Military-Historical Society, an organization founded by Putin and led by his culture minister, unveiled a bust of Stalin as part of an "alley of rulers" in a park outside its Moscow offices.

Kremlin critics have denounced such actions as attempts to whitewash Stalin's image and part of Putin's rollback on democracy.

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