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Oscars set dates for 2014, 2015


Film fans can already mark their calendars for the Academy Awards in 2014 and 2015.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Monday that next year’s Oscar ceremony will be on March 2. The 2015 trophies will be handed out Feb. 22.

Awards shows are juggling their calendars to avoid overlap with the 2014 Winter Olympics, which will be Feb. 7 to 23 in Sochi, Russia.

Nominations for the 86th annual Academy Awards will be announced Jan. 16.

Jolie in Congo

Angelina Jolie is meeting with women and girls in eastern Congo, where sexual violence is rampant.

Jolie, a special envoy for the U.N. refugee agency, traveled to the Nzulo camp near Goma on Monday along with British Foreign Secretary William Hague.

The International Rescue Committee says it’s provided care to more than 2,500 women and girls who have been raped or abused over the last year alone. The IRC is handing out kits with flashlights and whistles.

Band breaks up

Rock outfit My Chemical Romance has disbanded.

The band from New Jersey announced Saturday that “it has come time for it to end.”

Band members made a splash on the music scene in 2004 with the platinum-selling “Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge.” It featured the hit “Helena.”

‘Croods’ take lead

The top five movies from the weekend box office:

1. “The Croods,” $43.6 million

2. “Olympus Has Fallen,” $30.4 million

3. “Oz the Great and Powerful,” $21.6 million

4. “The Call,” $8.9 million

5. “Admission,” $6.2 million

Happy birthday

Among celebrity birthdays today: Actor Leonard Nimoy is 82. Actor Alan Arkin is 79. Actor James Caan is 73. Singer Diana Ross is 69. Singer Steven Tyler is 65. Singer-actress Vicki Lawrence is 64. Actor Martin Short is 63. Singer Ronnie McDowell is 63. Actor Michael Imperioli is 47. Singer Kenny Chesney is 45. Actress Keira Knightley is 28.