News Nuggets: Costume designers get their own Academy branch

Costume designers finally get their own Academy branch; they were previously included in the Designers’ Branch alongside production designers, art directors, and set decorators. Leading the new branch will be Academy Governor Jeffrey Kurland, an Oscar nominee for dressing “Bullets Over Broadway” in 1994.

Peter Knegt on the uncharacteristically sexual lineup of this year’s Sundance Film Festival: “Dubbed by many as ‘Porndance,’ the 2013 edition of Sundance proved an endlessly and uniquely sexual affair which has brought forth considerable chatter from festivalgoers and countless ‘sex at Sundance’-themed articles from the mainstream media.” IndieWire

The SAG Awards, simulcast on TBS and TNT, drew a total of 5.2 million viewers, including 2.1 million in the coveted 18-49 demographic, an increase of 5% from last year’s total in the demo. SAG-AFTRA has also secured a new deal to air the SAG Awards on those networks for three more years.

CBS renews its entire daytime lineup, including two of the four remaining daytime soaps: “The Young and the Restless” and “The Bold and the Beautiful.” Hollywood Reporter

Michael Moore defends “Zero Dark Thirty” on Facebook.

Huffington Post looks back at 12 attractive actors who sacrificed their good looks for Oscar.

Will altercation between Frank Ocean and Chris Brown affect the Grammy telecast? Probably not, reports Entertainment Weekly.

-ADDPREDICTION:76:520:Click to predict Urban Contemp. Grammy:ADDPREDICTION-

Susan Wloszczyna examines why “Les Miserables” naysayers are so vitriolic: USA Today

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