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Documentaries, Celebrity Intervention Impact ‘West Memphis 3’ Case

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Like everything else about the now-infamous and controversial West Memphis 3 murder case, today’s news that an Arkansas judge granted defendants Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin, and Jessie Misskelley immediate freedom [...]

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MTV Adds Social Activism to VMAs Mix

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MTV’s annual Video Music Awards — the coveted Moonman presentations — are now in their 28th year, set to air Sunday, August 28. Among the network’s most popular features — [...]

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DJ’s Tweet Sparks Hollywood Riot

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What should have been a low-key documentary premiere turned into a near-riot, sparked by a DJ’s ill-conceived tweet. Five hundred or so invited moviegoers were expected at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre [...]

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4 Comic-Con Efforts That Hit the Mark

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Now in full swing: Comic-Con International, San Diego’s annual showcase of all things sci-fi-, fantasy-, superhero- and comics-related. Taking place over four packed days (it ends Sunday), it’s a chance for [...]

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L.A. Lawmakers Listen to the Bicycling Minority

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Give Angelinos one weekend of potential Carmageddon, and suddenly everyone’s all bike-happy. Seriously. A new law passed Wednesday by Los Angeles City Council — described as “groundbreaking” by League of [...]

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Emmy Noms Feature a Few Real Surprises

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With yesterday’s 63rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards nominations announcement came the usual frenzied follow-ups: TV critics’ listings of “snubs” and “shockers,” most of which weren’t. But there were a few [...]

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Chris Brown’s Rep Denies Tales of Recent Homophobic Temper Tantrum

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At the BET Awards just three weeks ago, it seemed as if Chris Brown had truly found redemption: He won five trophies, thrilled the audience with a tracks-medley from his [...]

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U.S. Restaurants Say ‘Vive la Révolution!’

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It could be connected to the Dominique Strauss-Kahn case, or the surprise success of Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris. Or maybe it’s just that the French keep insisting their food and wine [...]

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How at Risk Is Rupert Murdoch’s Reputation?

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Rupert Murdoch might like us to believe his decision to abruptly shutter Britain’s best-selling but scandal-plagued News of the World was solely a matter of journalism ethics, “to prevent a situation like [...]

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Martha Stewart Webtoons Aim to Endear Next Gen DIYers

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Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia may never recover its pre-scandal market value, but the popularity of its domestic-diva founder only continues to strengthen. And now she’s got her eye on the [...]

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Potato Proponents Speak Up for Study-Scarred Spud

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Defenders of America’s most popular vegetable are deep in damage-control mode following the release of a highly publicized study blaming potatoes for long-term weight gain. Among its many spud-disparaging findings, [...]

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With Supreme Court Decison, Video Game Outreach To Shift Focus

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Good news for the video-game industry: On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a California law that banned the sale of violent games to minors, and punished those who [...]

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Clean Energy’s New Dirty Word

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How did fracking become the energy industry’s new f-word? Oil companies have practiced hydraulic fracturing for decades, but it was the press surrounding Oscar-nominated documentary Gasland back in February that [...]

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Women Ask Subaru to Ship Out of Saudi Arabia

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We’ve written before about the efforts of Saudi Arabian women to drive — and the Saudi government’s efforts to put the brakes on their campaign. Today, the activist group Saudi Women [...]

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Military ‘Joining Forces’ With Hollywood

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Hollywood’s relationship with the military has needed counseling for quite some time. But it took Michelle Obama’s call for support with the White House’s Joining Forces initiative to get either [...]