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Denmark's Queen Margrethe II announces that she will abdicate her throne on Jan 14 -- 52 years to the day after she succeeded her father -- in favor of her son, Crown Prince Frederik.
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A new year means more works are now public domain. Mickey Mouse is the most notable. (Well, sort of).

https://web.law.duke.edu/cspd/publicdomainday/2024/
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Harvard President Claudine Gay resigns; at just over six months, hers is the shortest Presidential tenure in the university's history. Allegations of plagiarism had dogged Gay, coming on the heels of her testimony before a House of Representatives committee just under a month ago.
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Turns out Neptune and Uranus share a color scheme; the famous deep blue Neptune of Vger2 fame were specially processed to enhance atmospheric details.

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In Tuesday’s game, Nick Saban was a subject of a clue. On Wednesday, he announced his retirement.

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Thanks to the Emmy for Best Variety Special (Live) "Farewell From Dodger Stadium", Sir Elton John is now an EGOT winner.
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Doubt it comes up on J!, but I fully expect it on LL in the upcoming season or 2: Tara VanDerveer, women's basketball coach at Stanford, just became the all-time winningest basketball coach in NCAA history with win #1,203.

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"Karma" is the 2024 autobiography of Boy George.
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A few factoids from this morning's Academy Award nominations:

Best Actress nominee Lily Gladstone (Killers of the Flower Moon) is the first Native American acting nominee. Gladstone may be considered the second Native American nominee in any category, after Buffy Saint-Marie, who won for Best Song in 1983 and (though white) is a naturalized citizen of the Piapot First Nation. Previous Supporting Actor nominees Graham Greene (Dances with Wolves) and Chief Dan George (Little Big Man) hailed from indigenous Canadian tribes.

Martin Scorsese, 81, is the oldest ever nominee for Best Director and the first octogenarian. Prizzi’s Honor director John Huston, then 79, had held the record since 1986.

With his 10th nomination as Best Director, Scorsese trails only William Wyler, who was nominated 12 times in the category.

Justine Triet (Anatomy of a Fall) becomes the eighth woman nominated for Best Director.

With his 13th Best Picture nomination (for Maestro), Steven Spielberg extends his record as the most nominated producer ever.

Two producers of Best Picture nominees (Emma Stone and Bradley Cooper) were also nominated for acting. The only person to ever win for producing and acting in the same year is Frances McDormand for 2020’s Nomadland.

A record three Best Picture nominees are predominantly or entirely in a language other than English: Anatomy of a Fall, Past Lives, and The Zone of Interest.

20 Days in Mariupol, a documentary directed by Mstyslav Chernov, is the first submission from Ukraine ever nominated in the Best International Feature Film category.

Four out of five films nominated for Best Cinematography were shot entirely (El Conde) or partially (Oppenheimer, Poor Things, Maestro) in black-and-white. The fifth nominee, Killers of the Flower Moon, featured a few color-drained shots.

John Williams, 91, is the oldest Oscar nominee ever in any category, receiving his 49th nomination for Best Score (Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny) and 54th nomination overall. Williams was 35 when he received his first nomination in 1968. Walt Disney remains the Academy's most honored individual with 59 nominations and 22 wins.

Robert De Niro now holds the record for the longest time between first and most recent Oscar nominations, 49 years, overtaking Katharine Hepburn's previous record of 48 years. De Niro was first nominated (and won) for his supporting role as the young Vito Corleone in 1974's The Godfather, Part II. He is nominated again this year for his supporting role in 2023's Killers of the Flower Moon. (Thanks to Robert K S for this one!)
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This one also caught my eye: Robert De Niro broke the record of longest time between first and most recent Oscar nominations (49 years, overtaking Katharine Hepburn's previous record of 48 years).
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cinemaniax7 wrote: Tue Jan 23, 2024 11:05 am A record three producers of Best Picture nominees (Emma Stone, Margot Robbie, Bradley Cooper) were also nominated for acting.
As many, many, many, many, many people pointed out on social media today, Margot Robbie was not nominated for acting this year (but she is a previous acting nominee for both "I, Tonya" and "Bombshell").
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trainman wrote: Wed Jan 24, 2024 1:04 am
cinemaniax7 wrote: Tue Jan 23, 2024 11:05 am A record three producers of Best Picture nominees (Emma Stone, Margot Robbie, Bradley Cooper) were also nominated for acting.
As many, many, many, many, many people pointed out on social media today, Margot Robbie was not nominated for acting this year (but she is a previous acting nominee for both "I, Tonya" and "Bombshell").
I pulled that sentence directly from a usually reliable entertainment news site called The Wrap. I should have read it more closely. Both the website and my post have now been corrected.
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PALWORLD is a Pokemon-esque video game from Japanese developer Pocket Pair.

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the game is set in an open world populated with animal-like creatures called "Pals", which players can battle and capture to use for base building, traversal, and combat....The game's comedic premise, which involves using firearms and equipping Pals with them, has earned it the nickname "Pokémon with guns".
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palworld

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cinemaniax7 wrote: Tue Jan 23, 2024 11:05 am Best Actress nominee Lily Gladstone (Killers of the Flower Moon) is the first Native American acting nominee. Gladstone may be considered the second Native American nominee in any category, after Buffy Saint-Marie, who won for Best Song in 1983 and (though white) is a naturalized citizen of the Piapot First Nation. Previous Supporting Actor nominees Graham Greene (Dances with Wolves) and Chief Dan George (Little Big Man) hailed from indigenous Canadian tribes.
In view of the very large number of nominations over the past almost-hundred years, and historical changes, it's possible - maybe probable - that there are earlier nominees no one has identified.
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This may be more 2025:

Netflix is streaming a documentary: The Greatest Night in Pop

It's about USA for Africa recording "We Are The World" in 1985.

A FJ! clue could be made using the sign the artists saw: "Check your egos at the door"

or recognizing the significance of some names "in memory of" at the end including Michael Jackson & Harry Belafonte

From Billboard in May:

With Turner’s death, just one month after the death of musician and activist Harry Belafonte — who was the main driving force behind “We Are the World” — 10 of the singers on the smash have passed on. The first to die was Waylon Jennings in 2002, followed by Ray Charles in 2004 and June Pointer of The Pointer Sisters in 2006.

Michael Jackson, who co-wrote the song with Lionel Richie and was featured on the recording, died in 2009, followed by Al Jarreau in 2017, James Ingram in 2019 and Kenny Rogers in 2020. Rogers was managed in his 1980s heyday by Ken Kragen, who Belafonte enlisted to bring the vision to life. Kragen died in 2021.

Anita Pointer of The Pointer Sisters died in December 2022, followed by Belafonte on April 25, and now Turner.

Jackson and Richie won Grammys for song of the year for co-writing the song, but none of the artists on the recording were awarded Grammys. The Recording Academy elected to give the record of the year prize, and another the recording won – best pop performance by a duo or group with vocal – only to the single’s producer, Quincy Jones. Jones won a third Grammy on the night as video producer of “We Are the World – The Video Event,” which won best music video, short form. (The video director, Tom Trbovich, also won in that category).

Jones and Richie are still living, as are most of the other participants. The other singers on the record included: Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, Billy Joel, Diana Ross, Dionne Warwick, Willie Nelson, Bruce Springsteen, Kenny Loggins, Steve Perry, Cyndi Lauper, Kim Carnes, Bob Dylan, Lindsey Buckingham, Sheila E., Jeffrey Osborne, Smokey Robinson, Ruth Pointer of The Pointer Sisters and Daryl Hall and John Oates.
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Dan Aykroyd got snubbed! (I guess "included" means the list isn't comprehensive. Huey Lewis didn't get mentioned either.)
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The Oscars will be adding a new category, for Best Casting, an award for casting directors. The award will debut at the 98th Academy Awards in 2026 (for the films of 2025).
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Billy Joel's new single, which he performed at the Grammys, is "Turn The Lights Back On". It's his first new single since 2007.
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Iowa's Caitlin Clark breaks the NCAAW career scoring record. She needed 8 points to break Kelsey Plum's record and got 49.

She now has 3,569 points and is just 98 points behind Pete Maravich's record with 4 games to go (she's only scored fewer than 25 points 4 times this season -- 24, 24, 24, 21).
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econgator wrote: Thu Feb 15, 2024 10:03 pm Iowa's Caitlin Clark breaks the NCAAW career scoring record. She needed 8 points to break Kelsey Plum's record and got 49.

She now has 3,569 points and is just 98 points behind Pete Maravich's record with 4 games to go (she's only scored fewer than 25 points 4 times this season -- 24, 24, 24, 21).
4 regular season games to go, then 1-3 conference tournament games, then 1-6 NCAA tournament games. She's got as many as 13 games left to play.

She's been truly amazing as an athlete and the number of eyes she's brought to women's college basketball. Last year's final against Angel Reese and LSU was a boon for TV.

As an aside, Pistol Pete set the record in three years and less than 90 games as freshman were not allowed to play at that time. Also with no 3-point line, it was estimated his 44.2 college scoring average would have been 60 or more in the 3-point era. With college players competing in as many as 140 games nowadays his totals would have been beyond scary.
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