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Walk of Fame adds LL Cool J star

HOLLYWOOD — LL Cool J received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Jan. 21, honoring a pioneering recording career that made him the first rap artist to amass 10 consecutive platinum-plus-selling albums. Queen Latifah and Sean “Diddy” Combs were among those speaking at the ceremony in front of the Hard Rock Cafe on Read More…

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‘The Revenant,’ ‘Mad Max’ lead Oscar nominations

BEVERLY HILLS — Director Alejandro Inarritu’s grueling drama “The Revenant” received a leading 12 Oscar nominations Jan. 14, with George Miller’s apocalyptic “Mad Max: Fury Road” on its heels with 10 nominations, with both well ahead of other contenders. The other best-picture nominees are “The Big Short,” “Bridge of Spies,” “Brooklyn,” “The Martian,” “Room” and Read More…

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Academy president addresses lack of diversity at Oscars

BEVERLY HILLS — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will take “dramatic steps to alter” its membership following criticism of all 20 acting nominations going to white performers for the second consecutive year, academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs said Jan. 18. In a statement released by the academy, Boone Isaacs said she was Read More…