• OSCARS TO STREAM LIVE ONLINE FOR FIRST TIME: LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Academy Awards ceremony will stream live online for the first time to select cable providers in eight U.S. cities.
The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences and ABC announced Thursday that Sunday’s telecast will be available online and on mobile devices. A cable or satellite subscription login is required for the live stream at Oscar.com and ABC.com, or via the mobile app WatchABC.com.
The live stream will be available in eight cities where ABC owns the local station: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Houston, Raleigh-Durham, N.C., and Fresno, Calif. It’s also available only to subscribers of select cable companies: Comcast, Cablevision, Cox Communications, Charter Communications, Midcontinent Communications, Verizon FiOS, Google Fiber and AT&T U-verse.
• FIRST EGYPTIAN FILM AT OSCARS NOT SHOWN AT HOME: CAIRO (AP) — Directors of Egypt’s first Oscar-nominated film will be walking the red carpet at the Oscars ceremony next week in Los Angeles, but most Egyptians have yet to see the hard-hitting movie that chronicles the country’s unrest over the past three years.
Far from being widely celebrated in Egypt, the film has not been shown at Egyptian film festivals or theaters after running into problems with censorship authorities. The filmmakers say they have been blocked because of their portrayal of the country’s military-backed governments. They still hope to get approval for wider distribution.
“The Square,” named for Tahrir, or Liberty Square, is built around the geographic focal point of the uprising, where millions of Egyptians gathered to protest Hosni Mubarak’s regime, the rule of the generals who succeeded him and now-deposed Islamist President Mohammed Morsi. It recounts the country’s recent turmoil, beginning when Mubarak stepped down in 2011 through August 2013, right before security forces stormed two protest camps of Morsi supporters, killing hundreds.
• ANGELINA JOLIE WOWS OSCAR REHEARSAL ACTORS: LOS ANGELES (AP) — To the world, she’s a humanitarian, superstar actress and half of Hollywood’s most glamorous couple.
But to the workers who met Angelina Jolie Thursday at Oscar rehearsals, she was just “Angie.”
The 38-year-old Oscar winner, who was honored with the film academy’s Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award last year, came to the Dolby Theatre to run through the lines she’ll say in front of millions on Sunday. Afterward, she hung around chatting to show producers and introduced herself as “Angie” to a group of college students serving as trophy carriers this year.
“You’ll help make the night a fun night,” she said warmly to the star-struck students. One told her, “You were great out there.”