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By Rich Heldenfels Published: January 28, 2013

Busy weekend. Spent part of it on a Sunday shift, and over at Ohio.com you can find my writing about a steel-drum event and about a vigil for a local 4-year-old who died recently. Also, a column about "The Americans," premiering on FX later this week, and the weekly DVD/Blu-ray column, this one noting that season 3 of "Downton Abbey" will be available tomorrow. (A list of other Tuesday releases is here.)

Speaking of which, is "Downton Abbey" the most mispronounced TV title at the moment. Yet again this morning, I heard a local anchor refer to it as "Downtown." That was in a discussion of the Screen Actors Guild awards, the winners of which you can find here  And those awards are yet another indication that "Argo" is a runaway train heading into the Oscars.

Also of interest is this article about "Glee." I still watch "Glee." I am not sure why. The plots annoy me more and more, and the musical selections are less than inspired. What makes the item I have linked to so disturbing is that the only song I liked in last week's episode was "Baby Got Back" -- and that was apparently just lifted from Jonathan Coulton.

From ABC, word that Barbara Walters has ... chicken pox"

"We want to give you an update on Barbara. You all know that she fell and cut her head 10 days ago, and then was running a temperature, but it turns out it is all the result of a delayed childhood. Barbara has the chicken pox. She'd never had it as a child. So now she's been told to rest, she's not allowed any visitors. and we're telling you, Barbara, no scratching," Whoopi Goldberg said on "The View" today.

Walters transferred to a NY hospital late last week and expects to be home very soon.

I mentioned a couple of Oscar-related movie showings in a post and here's another one. AMC doesn't have any theaters close to Akron, but I know some of you are in different parts of the world. So here's the official word:

The Best Picture nominees have been announced and for the seventh straight year, AMC Theatres (AMC) is proud to announce its AMC Best Picture ShowcaseSM, an event much anticipated by movie lovers nationwide. Since 2007, AMC has offered guests the rare opportunity to experience every movie nominated for Best Picture by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for one great price.

The nine Best Picture nominees will be shown on Saturday, Feb. 16 and Saturday, Feb. 23 at more than 100 theatres in nearly every AMC market in the United States. Plus, 12 select theatres will host a Best Picture movie marathon where guests can watch all nine movies in a row.

"This has become a must-attend event for movie lovers around the country," said Stephen Colanero, executive vice president and chief marketing officer at AMC. "Whether it's to see them all for the first time, or to see them again in preparation for the Oscars, the AMC Best Picture Showcase has become a tradition for many of our guests who enjoy seeing all of the Best Picture nominees the way they were intended - on the big screen surrounded by movie aficionados."

The nominees are: AMOUR, ARGO, BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD, DJANGO UNCHAINED, LES MISERABLES, LIFE OF PI, LINCOLN, SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK, ZERO DARK THIRTY

Feb. 16 - 10:00 a.m.
AMOUR
LES MISERABLES
ARGO
DJANGO UNCHAINED

Feb. 23 - 10 a.m.
BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD
LIFE OF PI
LINCOLN
SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK
ZERO DARK THIRTY

Feb. 23 Marathon - 10 a.m.
AMOUR
LINCOLN
ARGO
DJANGO UNCHAINED
LES MISERABLES
ZERO DARK THIRTY
LIFE OF PI
SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK
BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD

AMC Best Picture Showcase Pricing:

?         Two-Day Pass: $60 (includes all nine movies on Feb. 16 and Feb. 23; available only at the box office)

?         Marathon Pass:$60 (includes all nine movies at select theatres on Feb. 23)

?         One-Day Pass (2/16):$30 (includes four movies on Feb. 16)

?         One-Day Pass (2/23): $40 (includes five movies on Feb. 23)

AMC Stubs members will receive an additional $5 credit added to their AMC Stubs card for each one-day pass purchased before the event day, up to four tickets. AMC Stubs members who purchase a two-day pass or purchase a ticket to the marathon event will receive $10 credit to their AMC Stubs card for purchasing prior to the event day. AMC Stubs credit can be used for concessions throughout that day.

Tickets go on sale online and at the box offices of participating AMC locations the evening of Friday, Jan. 11. For a list of participating theatres, showtimes, and to purchase one-day and marathon passes for the AMC Best Picture Showcase, please visit amctheatres.com/bps. The two-day pass is available only at the box office of participating theatres. Follow the Best Picture Oscar buzz on Twitter by using the hashtag #amcbps or on Facebook at facebook.com/amctheatres. Followers here will be the first to hear about any exciting news.
 

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