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The Critics' Choice Awards on Tuesday added "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" as an 11th best-picture nominee. After announcing their nominees last week, the group's board of directors reconvened to add J.J. Abrams' acclaimed "Star Wars" sequel to their best picture category. Its members hadn't been able to see "The Force Awakens" before sending in their ballots. (Film Frame/Lucasfilm via AP) 

The Critics’ Choice Awards have added “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” as an 11th best-picture nominee.

After announcing their nominees last week, the group’s board of directors reconvened to add J.J. Abrams’ acclaimed “Star Wars” sequel to their best picture category. Its members hadn’t been able to see “The Force Awakens” before sending in their ballots.

Many awards groups, like the Hollywood Foreign Press’ Golden Globes, announced their honors before seeing “The Force Awakens.” One exception was the American Film Institute, which selected “The Force Awakens” as one of its 10 best of the year after delaying its announcement in order to see it first.


Angela McEwan, who became a professional actress in her 70s and drew acclaim for her role in Alexander Payne’s “Nebraska,” has died. She was 81.

A publicist for McEwan confirmed Tuesday that McEwan died Sunday from complications due to lung cancer. The Los Angeles-born McEwan set out early in her life to become an actor, but largely gave it up to raise a family and work as a criminal-court Spanish interpreter.

But after her gastroenterologist husband, Guillermo McEwan, retired, she took acting lessons and landed roles in a handful of TV shows including “Parks and Recreation,” “New Girl” and HBO’s “Getting On.”

But it was her role as a small town newspaper editor in 2013’s “Nebraska” that captured the most attention. The New Yorker called her scene “the loveliest, most poignant scene in the film.”


An auction of Sylvester Stallone’s black leather “Rocky” jacket and other movie memorabilia has earned more than $3 million.

Heritage Auctions President Greg Rohan said Stallone’s leather jacket was the top item sold at the three-day auction, with a winning bid of $149,000. A poncho worn by Stallone in the first “Rambo” film fetched $60,000 in a sale that featured boxing trunks and gloves, and other items from the actor-director’s storied career.

Stallone attended the auction’s first day and mingled with fans.


A grand jury in New Jersey is set to decide whether to indict the truck driver who slammed into a limo carrying Tracy Morgan, killing one man and severely injuring the comedian.

That was revealed Tuesday in a court hearing where an attorney for Kevin Roper sought to have charges of vehicular homicide and assault by auto thrown out. The Jonesboro, Georgia, man was driving a Wal-Mart truck in June 2014 when he crashed into Morgan’s limo van, killing comedian James McNair and seriously injuring Morgan and others.

An assistant Middlesex County prosecutor told the judge that a county grand jury would release its findings today, NJ.com reported.


The groundbreaking live broadcast of the off-Broadway musical “Daddy Long Legs” got quite some attention. It was watched by more than 150,000 people in 135 countries, according to figures compiled by the show.

Producer Ken Davenport, who arranged for the first ever free online stream of any Broadway or off-Broadway show, said Tuesday that the data exceeded his expectations. He saw ticket sales increase in its wake and the show trend nationally on Twitter.

Many in the theater community were watching to see what results came of the experiment. Several sites, including the new BroadwayHD, make their business model offering stage shows on computers and phones.

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