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AP Explains: Rio's Carnival, a high-stakes samba parade
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Rio de Janeiro's Carnival parade is world famous for the samba dancing, costumes that leave little to the imagination and the magnificent floats that roll down Avenida Marques de Sapucai, also known as the "sambadrome." For the competitors, getting to the big show is months in the making....

Academy revokes '13 Hours' sound mixer's Oscar nomination
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- One day before the Oscars, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has voted to rescind the sound mixing nomination for Greg P. Russell for his work on "13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi." The decision, announced Saturday, was due to Russell's violation of Academy campaign regulations....

'Moonlight' sweeps Spirit Awards; Affleck wins best actor
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) -- Sunday might be dominated by "La La Land," but Saturday belonged to "Moonlight."...

Foreign language directors gather once more before Oscars
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) -- One day after the Oscar-nominated directors of foreign language films issued an unprecedented joint statement decrying what they say is a climate of fascism, five of them gathered Saturday at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences to put the focus back on their work....

A cadre of casually clad stars come through Oscar rehearsals
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Dwayne Johnson posed for a solo pic on the Dolby Theatre stage. Taraji P. Henson pretended to run off with the wooden prop Oscar. And a makeup-free, casually clad Halle Berry made a rehearsal actor's day when she kissed him on the cheek as he came onstage to accept an award....

Muhammad Ali's son asked, 'Are you Muslim?' by border agents
Muhammad Ali's son, who bears the boxing great's name, was detained by immigration officials at a Florida airport and questioned about his ancestry and religion in what amounted to unconstitutional profiling, a family friend said Saturday....

'Hillary's America,' 'Batman v Superman' top Razzies
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Neither Batman nor Dinesh D'Souza could finagle their way out of a Razzie....

Song and dance, protest and politics to mingle at Oscars
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The 89th Academy Awards show promises to be equal parts pomp and politics....

Five facts about Sunday's 89th Annual Academy Awards
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Five facts about Sunday's 89th Annual Academy Awards:...

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