1. “Daft Punk wins big at Grammy Awards.” Macklemore & Lewis take four honors, and Lorde gets song of the year and best pop solo performance.
“Daft Punk didn’t have to stay up all night to get lucky. The helmet-clad French pop duo swept the five categories it was in Sunday night at the 56th annual Grammys. Their album Random Access Memories picked up three honors, for album of the year, best dance/electronica album and engineered album, and their single with Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers, ’Get Lucky,’ was named record of the year and best pop duo/group performance. ’On the behalf of the robots, I’d just like to say, man, thank you,’ Williams said, accepting for the silent Daft Punk twosome and drawing a laugh from the crowd when mentioning they wanted to thank their families.”
2. “Off Off Off Broadway (at Your Multiplex).” Theater Producers Weigh HD Broadcasts in Movie Theaters.
“For audiences unable to get to New York during the run of a show like Romeo and Juliet, watching a broadcast in a movie theater may be the next best thing. Not everyone with a desire to see, say, Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz in Betrayal can afford to schedule a visit during its brief run. (For that matter, many New Yorkers cannot afford Broadway ticket prices.) Still, the scattershot attempts to follow National Theater Live and the Met suggest that there is still plenty of head scratching about the financial and philosophical issues behind the idea of canning Broadway for mass consumption.”
3. “Inside the DGA Awards: Alfonso Cuaron Wins, Steven Soderbergh Gets a Surprise.” The Gravity director topped the 66th annual event, which featured appearances by Sandra Bullock, Tom Hanks and Bradley Cooper.
“The 66th annual Directors Guild of America (DGA) Awards unfolded in four-and-a-half hours on Saturday, Jan. 25, with a few surprises, several standing ovations and the top honor going to Gravity director Alfonso Cuaron. Cuaron was announced as the final winner of the night, but each of the five nominated film directors—Cuaron, Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave), David O. Russell (American Hustle), Paul Greengrass (Captain Phillips) and Martin Scorsese (Wolf of Wall Street)—was honored with a presentation and a medallion at different points throughout the night. On the TV side, Breaking Bad’s Vince Gilligan was honored with the dramatic series award, while Beth McCarthy-Miller (30 Rock) received the award for comedy series.”
4. “Sundance 2014 Winners.” Whiplash takes home Grand Jury and Audience Awards.
“Whiplash, director Damien Chazelle’s story of a young jazz drummer, took home both the U.S. Grand Jury and Audience Dramatic awards at the Sundance Film Festival awards Saturday night. The film grew out of a short from Chazelle that won the Short Film Jury Award at Sundance in 2013. Rich Hill, a story about a community in rural Missouri, won the U.S. Documentary Grand Jury award and Alive Inside: A Story of Music & Memory, about how music can help dementia patients, won the U.S. Audience Documentary award. Co-screenwriters Craig Johnson and Mark Heyman were honored with the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award for The Skeleton Twins, starring Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig. Cutter Hodierne won the U.S. Dramatic Award for Direction for Fishing Without Nets, his first feature film. The Prop 8 documentary The Case Against 8 brought home the U.S. Documentary Award for Direction for directors Ryan White and Ben Cotner. The Angelina Jolie-produced film about Ethiopia, Difret, won the Audience Award in the World Dramatic Competition.”
5. “Iowa Republican Party Posts Graphic Mocking Racism.” The post capped off a rocky one-year anniversary since the Republican Party announced it would redouble efforts to appeal to minority voters.
“The flowchart instructed the reader to determine racism as whether the person saying it is white and whether you like him. It includes the note, ’If you think this flowchart isn’t funny, then this flowchart is racist.’ According to the Daily Beast, the Iowa GOP quickly removed its posting from Facebook that night, and in its place now is an apology from Chairman A.J. Spiker. ’Earlier tonight, a contractor of the Iowa GOP made a post referencing a discussion on race that the GOP believes was in bad taste and inappropriate,’ it says. ’We apologize to those whom were offended, have removed the post and are ensuring it does not happen again.’”
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