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by Gino on January 11, 2013

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Junior Seau Had Brain Disease

National Institutes of Health researchers said on Thursday (January 10th) that former NFL player Junior Seau had the degenerative brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), which is linked with repeated blows to the head, when he killed himself last year. Seau, who was 43, had played in the NFL for 20 seasons before retiring in 2009. Seau’s family had requested the analysis of his brain, with his ex-wife, Gina, telling AP, “We saw changes in his behavior and things that didn’t add up with him.” His family said that in the final years of his life, Seau had wild behavioral swings, along with signs of irrationality, forgetfulness, insomnia and depression. Seau joins a list of several dozen football players who were found to have CTE.

Ex-Baseball Commish Suggests Separate Wing at Hall of Fame for ‘Cheaters’

In the wake of the baseball writers not voting anyone into the Hall of Fame this year as some of the stars of the “Steroid Era” became eligible, including superstars Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens, former Major League Baseball Commissioner Fay Vincent is suggesting a possible way to honor them, while also noting their suspected doping. Writing for, Vincent says that he agrees with the baseball writers’ decision not to vote anyone in this year. He is harsh in his judgment of Bonds and Clemens, saying, “[They] cheated and we all know it. I see little reason to honor them.” He also argues for waiting, saying, “Why rush to decide now when we have years of eligibility ahead. If one of these players had been elected and then wrote a book admitting longtime cheating, what would the Hall do?” He makes a suggestion for addressing these players: “I would propose to the Hall that it establish some new form of recognition for those who cheated, but put up career numbers that deserve Hall recognition. Perhaps there should be a separate wing for cheaters. And I would let the present members of the Hall decide which wing a player belonged in. Then if someone gets in under false pretenses, there is a corrective mechanic in place.”

Larry King Criticizes CNN Successor Piers Morgan: ‘Show is a Lot About Him’

Larry King criticized Piers Morgan, his successor in CNN’s 9 p.m. time slot, in an interview with HuffPost Live on Thursday (January 10th) in which he said, “I never gave opinions. Piers gives his opinions. The show is a lot about him as much as the guests. . . . He’s so different from me.” King’s comments come as Morgan has been drawing attention since the Newtown massacre by forcefully calling for tougher gun laws, bringing him into conflict with gun rights activists who appear as guests on his show. He has, for instance, called Gun Owners of America president Larry Pratt “dangerous,” “stupid” and an “idiot,” and aired a contentious interview with conspiracy theorist radio host Alex Jones earlier this week, who led a petition to have Morgan deported back to England over his calls for stronger gun laws. King also lamented the state of cable news shows in general, stating, “It’s not the quality that counts anymore. It’s how loud did you yell, how vituperative can you be.” In response to King’s comments, Morgan tweeted simply, “Zzzzzzz.”

Oscar Nominees Are Out

Emma Stone and Seth MacFarlane announced the nominees for the 84th Annual Academy Awards today (January 10th.) Predictably, most of the year’s critically acclaimed films scored multiple nominations including Lincoln, Zero Dark Thirty, and Silver Linings Playbook. There were a few surprises and Oscar firsts as well. Sundance favorite Beasts of the Southern Wild scored a best picture nod and its pint-sized star, nine-year-old Quvenzhane Wallis became the youngest actress ever to be nominated in the best actress category. She’s in the race against the oldest person ever to be nominated in the category — 85-year-old Emmanuelle Riva who starred in Amour.

  • Overall, Lincoln scored the most nominations with 12 followed by Life of Pi with 11.
  • Daniel Day-Lewis received his fifth nomination for his portrayal of Abraham Lincoln.
  • Surprisingly, neither Kathryn Bigelow or Ben Affleck were nominated in the best director category despite their films, Zero Dark Thirty and Argo, making it into the best picture category.
  • The Oscars will be hosted by Seth Macfarlane on Sunday, February 24th.


Performance by an actor in a leading role
Bradley Cooper
in Silver Linings Playbook
Daniel Day-Lewis in Lincoln
Hugh Jackman in Les Misérables
Joaquin Phoenix in The Master
Denzel Washington in Flight

Performance by an actor in a supporting role
Alan Arkin
in Argo
Robert De Niro in Silver Linings Playbook
Philip Seymour Hoffman in The Master
Tommy Lee Jones in Lincoln
Christoph Waltz in Django Unchained

Performance by an actress in a leading role
Jessica Chastain
in Zero Dark Thirty
Jennifer Lawrence in Silver Linings Playbook
Emmanuelle Riva in Amour
Quvenzhané Wallis in Beasts of the Southern Wild
Naomi Watts in The Impossible

Performance by an actress in a supporting role
Amy Adams
in The Master
Sally Field in Lincoln
Anne Hathaway in Les Misérables
Helen Hunt in The Sessions
Jacki Weaver in Silver Linings Playbook

Best animated feature film of the year
Brave Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman
Frankenweenie Tim Burton
ParaNorman Sam Fell and Chris Butler
The Pirates! Band of Misfits Peter Lord
Wreck-It Ralph Rich Moore

Achievement in directing
Amour Michael Haneke
Beasts of the Southern Wild Benh Zeitlin
Life of Pi Ang Lee
Lincoln Steven Spielberg
Silver Linings Playbook David O. Russell

Best documentary feature
5 Broken Cameras
Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi
The Gatekeepers
How to Survive a Plague
The Invisible War
Searching for Sugar Man

Best foreign language film of the year
Amour Austria
Kon-Tiki Norway
No Chile
A Royal Affair Denmark
War Witch Canada

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)
“Before My Time” from Chasing Ice
Music and Lyric by J. Ralph
“Everybody Needs A Best Friend” from Ted
Music by Walter Murphy; Lyric by Seth MacFarlane
“Pi’s Lullaby” from Life of Pi
Music by Mychael Danna; Lyric by Bombay Jayashri
“Skyfall” from Skyfall
Music and Lyric by Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth
“Suddenly” from Les Misérables
Music by Claude-Michel Schönberg; Lyric by Herbert Kretzmer and Alain Boublil

Best motion picture of the year
Beasts of the Southern Wild

Django Unchained
Les Misérables
Life of Pi
Silver Linings Playbook
Zero Dark Thirty

Adapted screenplay
Argo Screenplay by Chris Terrio
Beasts of the Southern Wild Screenplay by Lucy Alibar & Benh Zeitlin
Life of Pi Screenplay by David Magee
Lincoln Screenplay by Tony Kushner
Silver Linings Playbook Screenplay by David O. Russell

Original screenplay
Amour Written by Michael Haneke
Django Unchained Written by Quentin Tarantino
Flight Written by John Gatins
Moonrise Kingdom Written by Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola
Zero Dark Thirty Written by Mark Boal

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