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Documentary ‘Gasland’ pivotal to anti-fracking movement: study

BOSTON An Oscar-nominated HBO documentary that showed American homeowners near hydraulic fracturing sites setting fire to their tap water may have been the main trigger for a surge in public opposition to the oil and gas production technique, according to … Continue reading

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Man charged in connection to 1994 theft of O.J. Simpson’s Heisman Trophy

LOS ANGELES A man found in possession of O.J. Simpson’s Heisman Trophy, which disappeared from the University of Southern California in 1994, has been charged with receiving stolen property, Los Angeles prosecutors said on Wednesday. A spokesman for the Los … Continue reading

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FBI has kept tabs on Nevada’s Burning Man festival, documents say

The annual Burning Man counterculture festival now taking place in a Nevada desert is known for attracting scantily clad revelers, bike lovers, artists, musicians and as it turns out, even attention from the FBI. According to documents posted this week … Continue reading

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Disney unboxes the Force to drive buzz for ‘Star Wars’ toys

LOS ANGELES When technology and geek culture enthusiast Chris Pirillo purchased his iPhone 6 last year, he rushed home to broadcast himself unboxing the item live on YouTube. The video has garnered nearly 50,000 views and is part of the … Continue reading

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‘Everest’ director says he knows now why people climb it

VENICE Icelandic director Baltasar Kormakur has made many small-budget movies in his home country, but he says he did not feel out of his depth making the star-studded mountain disaster movie “Everest” that opened the Venice Film Festival on Wednesday. … Continue reading

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Ed Skrein takes over driving seat in ‘The Transporter Refueled’

LONDON Action thriller franchise “The Transporter” is back with a fourth installment and a new star, with British actor Ed Skrein stepping into the black suit of lead character, former special ops mercenary Frank Martin. Skrein, who appeared in the … Continue reading

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Congo bans documentary about renowned rape trauma surgeon

KINSHASA Democratic Republic of Congo on Wednesday banned a documentary film about a doctor who treats war rape victims, leading the film makers to say the government was trying to silence debate about sexual violence. Media Minister Lambert Mende gave … Continue reading

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‘Concussion’ football movie altered to avoid angering NFL -NY Times

NEW YORK Sony Pictures Entertainment executives altered the script of its forthcoming movie “Concussion,” about football-related brain trauma, to avoid antagonizing the National Football League, the New York Times reported on Wednesday. Citing emails between Sony studio executives that were … Continue reading

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Young and quirky YouTube stars lift traditional book publishers

LOS ANGELES Videos like “Walking Around Naked” and “Apps That Need to Be Invented” made Connor Franta a star on YouTube. More than nine million watched “Coming Out,” in which the introspective 22-year-old told his young fan base that he … Continue reading

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Director hits back at critics of Taylor Swift’s African video

NEW YORK The director of Taylor Swift’s new African-set music video on Wednesday sought to deflect mounting criticism over the absence of black people in the mini-film and its romanticized portrayal of the continent “Wildest Dreams,” a love story filmed … Continue reading

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