On the List: Sylvester Stallone was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his big-screen return as Rocky Balboa in Creed, the Academy announced early Thursday morning. More surprising, though, was that Michael B. Jordan didn’t make the Best Actor list, despite earning rave reviews as the star of Creed (and our December 2015 cover). The Revenant and Mad Max: Fury Road dominated the list, earning 12 and 10 nominations respectively. [Variety]
Snubbed: Besides Jordan, a few other stars were left out of the lists. Idris Elba and Will Smith, who earned plaudits for his roles in Netflix’s Beasts of No Nation and Concussion, respectively, missed out on the Best Actor list. Star Wars: The Force Awakens was relegated to nominations for less ballyhooed visual effects awards. [Variety]
Hometown Hero: We’re not sure if the president of Latvia gets a vote in the NBA All-Star list, but it can’t hurt—right, Kristaps Porzingis?
Kristaps Porzingis #NBAVote
— Valsts prezidents (@Rigas_pils) January 14, 2016
Chipotle Strikes Back: Executives at Chipotle have vowed to launch a new marketing campaign aiming to lure customers back to the popular Mexican-styled eatery after outbreaks of foodborne disease in Boston, the Pacific northwest, and the Midwest left some customers ill. “I’m confident we’ll recover from this and win back our customers,” said Steve Ells, the founder and co-Chief Executive of the (still popular) fast-casual chain. Investors responded in kind, as Chipotle’s shares jumped 5.9% on Wednesday. [The Wall Street Journal]
Your New Ride to the Gym: Ford at the Detroit Auto Show on Tuesday unveiled the new 2017 Raptor Supercrew pickup, an aluminum-bodied beast with four full-sized doors, a high-output V6, and Ford’s new 10-speed automatic transmission. [Detroit Free Press]
Sign Us Up: NASA on Wednesday announced the creation of the awesome-sounding Planetary Defense Coordination Office, which will be tasked with detecting asteroids, mitigating interspace hazards, and (probably) hiring guys like Bruce Willis to teach those asteroids a lesson if we ever catch them around our galaxy again. [NASA]
“Here’s One I’ve Been Practicing”: A new way to screw with your favorite portable artificial intelligence: Ask Siri to beatbox, and she’ll repeat the phrase “boots and cats and boots and cats…” [CNET]
Rest in Peace, Professor Snape: Alan Rickman, the British actor beloved for his roles as a nemesis of Harry Potter and Bruce Willis (in Die Hard)—and for his more enlightened roles in Love, Actually and Truly, Madly, Deeply—died Thursday in London. He was 69. [The Guardian]
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