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Musical Oscar; Shirley Temple tribute

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The musical gang will all be there on Oscar night.

The band U2 is scheduled to perform its nominated song, "Ordinary Love," from "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" while Idina Menzel will bring "Let It Go" from "Frozen" to life and Karen O (lead singer of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs) will perform "The Moon Song" from the movie "Her" on the March 2 broadcast.

As announced, Pharrell Williams will perform his song, "Happy" from "Despicable Me 2."

There are only four songs in contention because the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences rescinded the nomination for "Alone Yet Not Alone" after an email about it was seen as undermining the integrity of the voting process.

In other Oscar news, the team responsible for overseeing the Governors Ball immediately after the ceremony has been announced. It will be staged on the top level of the Hollywood Highland Center.

Academy governor Jeffrey Kurland, event producer Cheryl Cecchetto and master chef Wolfgang Puck are returning for the post-Oscar celebration for 1,500 invited guests, including winners, nominees, presenters and other telecast participants.

Mr. Puck, along with chef Matt Bencivenga, will create the menu featuring more than 50 dishes, from one-bite hors d'oeuvres to small-plate entrees that will be passed throughout the evening.

A pastry team will prepare chocolate-dipped strawberry cheesecake pops, citrus panna cotta with funky chunky chocolate popcorn and a cake to honor Mr. Puck's 20th consecutive year creating the menu for the Governors Ball.

TCM Temple tribute

Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will pay tribute to Shirley Temple Black with a series of her films March 9 and 10. The retired actress died at age 85 at her home in Woodside, Calif., this week.

"Shirley Temple was a good friend and an extraordinary human being who, after being the most famous person in the world at age 6 and Hollywood's pint-sized queen at age 7, grew up to be such a lovely, civic-minded citizen, wife and mother, as well as the U.S. ambassador to two countries," TCM host Robert Osborne said in a statement.

The March 9-10 schedule:

4:30 p.m.: "Heidi" (1937)

6:15 p.m.: "Stowaway" (1936)

8 p.m.: "Bright Eyes" (1934)

9:30 p.m.: "The Little Princess" (1939)

11:15 p.m.: "I'll Be Seeing You" (1944)

12:45 a.m.: "The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer" (1947)

2:30 a.m.: "A Kiss for Corliss" (1949)

4:15 a.m.: "That Hagen Girl" (1947)

'Gravity' effects king

The Oscars are just the culmination of a very long, crowded awards season.

On Wednesday, the Visual Effects Society held its annual awards ceremony, recognizing artistry and innovation in film, animation, television, commercials, video games and special venues.

Comedian Patton Oswalt served as host to the 1,000-plus guests at the Beverly Hilton where honors were given in 24 categories. The teams from "Gravity," "Frozen," "Game of Thrones" and PETA led in their respective categories, with the space spectacle taking six, the animated movie four and the others three each.

Sandra Bullock was a surprise presenter, handing "Gravity" director Alfonso Cuaron the VES Visionary Award.

Former Pittsburgher Gary Brozenich was part of the winning team for outstanding supporting visual effects in a feature movie. He and three others won for "The Lone Ranger." See for a full list of winners.

Mr. Oswalt, who also will host the Film Independent Spirit Awards on March 1, has big (and odd) plans for the ceremony.

He announced this week that he will replace the symbolic avian trophies with a live bird for each winner at the event. It's a daytime luncheon held under a tent on the beach in Santa Monica. He is expected to reveal more details in a chat with the media today.

The awards honor artist-driven films made with an economy of means by filmmakers who embody independence and originality. "12 Years a Slave" will go into the ceremony with a leading seven nominations, including for feature, director Steve McQueen and actors Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong'o.

In brief

• "Tango Macbeth," described as "a play, within a documentary, within a film" about actors losing themselves in Shakespeare's world, will have its Pittsburgh theatrical premiere at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the SouthSide Works Cinema.

Director-writer Nadine Patterson and assistant director Martha Conley will field questions after the screening, being co-sponsored by Sembene -- The Film & Arts Festival.

Tickets are $10 through

• Filmmaker Nathan Silver will lead a discussion after a 7 p.m. Wednesday screening of his movie, "Soft in the Head," at the Melwood Screening Room, 477 Melwood Ave. in North Oakland.

A microbudget drama that runs 71 minutes, it's about a 25-year-old woman who is thrown out of her New York City apartment and relies on the kindness of friends and strangers, seemingly oblivious to the chaos she creates.

JFilm and J'Burgh, serving graduate students and young professionals, are presenting the evening. Tickets are $5 in advance or $10 at the door. Details, or 412-992-5203.

• Influential Iranian filmmaker Kamran Shirdel is coming to Pittsburgh for screenings of his work at the Carnegie Museum of Art and Pittsburgh Filmmakers as part of his first visit to the United States.

Hired in the 1960s as a filmmaker for the Ministry of Culture and Art, Mr. Shirdel later saw his work banned, censored and confiscated. He sought to make films reflecting the common people, preferring to shoot in the streets with nonactors.

On Thursday, there will be a happy hour with the artist in the Carnegie Cafe, on the main floor of the Museum of Art, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., with screenings and conversation in the CMA Theater from 7 to 9 p.m.

Admission, $10, includes one drink ticket; $15 ticket will also grant entry to Feb. 21 event, 7 to 9 p.m., at Pittsburgh Filmmakers' Melwood Screening Room. Admission Friday only, $10.

On Thursday, three films ranging from 11 to 35 minutes will be shown, while Friday will showcase four shorts 18 or 19 minutes in length. Details,

Movie editor Barbara Vancheri: or 412-263-1632. Read her blog:

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