The 89th Academy Awards should be a very schizophrenic affair: equal parts pomp and politics. The only thing expected to take the stage more often than the frothy front-runner "La La Land" at Sunday's ceremony is protest (and probably some punchlines) over the policies of President Donald Trump. For largely liberal Hollywood, his election has proven a rallying cause-celebre throughout an awards season that has otherwise been a parade of honors for Damien Chazelle's celebrated musical. Just how political things are going to get at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles may be the biggest question of Sunday night's show, to be broadcast by ABC beginning at 8:30 p.m. EST, with red carpet coverage starting earlier. The current forecast for Sunday is only a slight chance of rain, though the inside of the Dolby Theatre is expected to be far stormier.
Actor Bill Paxton died Saturday due to complications from surgery, a representative of his family told NBC News in a statement. He was 61. Paxton was known for his roles in Hollywood blockbusters like "Twister" and "Apollo 13." "It is with heavy hearts we share the news that Bill Paxton has passed away due to complications from surgery," a family representative told NBC News in a statement. "A loving husband and father, Bill began his career in Hollywood working on films in the art department and went on to have an illustrious career spanning four decades as a beloved and prolific actor and filmmaker."
When Tom Perez stepped to the stage as the newly elected Democratic national chairman, his first official act was to invite his vanquished rival to join him as deputy chairman. Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison accepted on the spot and two men stood together, smiling like a national ticket at a presidential nominating convention. Members of the Democratic National Committee cheered wildly at their gathering in Atlanta on Saturday, forgetting the competitive race that took two rounds of voting — unprecedented in recent memory for either major party.
Warren Buffett's Laguna Beach getaway is on the market for the first time in almost a half-century. You can own the "Oracle of Omaha's" Laguna Beach pad for $11 million.
A body was found Saturday on an island in the Los Angeles River during the search for a boy reported missing one week ago.
Authorities are searching for witnesses in a suspicious death investigation involving a person found dead early Sunday in Santa Monica.