Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Film Academy Invites 276 People to Join Its Ranks

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Film Academy Invites 276 People to Join Its Ranks

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Clean-shaven brother joining 'Duck Dynasty'

A&E's "Duck Dynasty" has seen a lot of success showcasing the exploits of the gloriously bearded Robertson family of West Monroe, La., but for the show's upcoming fourth season, the show's producers are messing with the formula. They're adding another one of the Robertson brothers, but he's beardless.

Alan Robertson, 47, the eldest of the four Robertson brothers, will join the cast of the hit reality series when it returns on Aug. 14, according to the New York Post. And the most notable thing about the former pastor is that unlike his dad, uncle and younger brothers, he's got no whiskers.

Robertson has given up his job as a preacher to work for the family business, Duck Commander, as the "Beards and Beauty Wrangler," managing the family's numerous speaking engagements.

More Academy voters * Jennifer Lopez, Lena Dunham, Joseph Gordon- Levitt and Lucy Liu and 272 others have received invitations to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Other invitees include Jason Bateman, Rosario Dawson, "Machete" star Danny Trejo, "Bridesmaids" director Paul Feig and "Before Midnight" writer-star Julie Delpy. All 16 branches of the film academy extended invitations to new members, from hairstylists and sound engineers to producers and publicists.

Those who accept the invitations will be able to vote on the recipients of the next Academy Awards, set for March 2, 2014.

Player looking after himself * Apparently ESPN magazine didn't have to ask Gary Player twice to strip down for its fourth annual "Body Issue."At 77, the golf legend sounds downright proud of his birthday suit. He's the oldest athlete to be featured in the body- baring issue. Other athletes who stripped down this year include Wizards point guard John Wall, 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, WNBA star Swin Cash, beach volleyball player Kerri Walsh Jennings, Scottish golfer Carly Booth, snowboarder Elena Hight and Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton. …

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