Rebecca Spence

  • 12 Magic Movie Moments That Happened By Mistake

    What should have happened: In a climactic scene of Chris Nolan’s ‘The Dark Knight’, The Joker (Heath Ledger) casually walks away from the hospital, detonating the bombs he’s planted causing a huge explosion. Ledger never breaking character, stopped, gave the detonator a comical shake, tried the…

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  • Ex-Labor Department Employee Moonlighted As Movie Pirate

    A longtime Labor Department employee with a fondness for movies and undeclared cash has been sentenced to 24 months probation for bootlegging DVDs from the department’s Washington D.C. headquarters. Ricardo Taylor, 57, pleaded guilty to a federal copyright law violation in connection with his…

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  • Making Mars Exploration 'Smart and Cool': NASA and 'The Martian'

    At a recent media event that previewed NASA's "Journey to Mars" and the Ridley Scott film opening in theaters on Oct. 2, the director of the U.S. space agency's planetary science division integrated images from the movie into his talk about NASA's real missions to the Red Planet, subtly blurring…

    SPACE.com
  • Kristen Stewart sci-fi 'Equals' fails to add up for Venice critics

    By Michael Roddy VENICE (Reuters) - With Kristen Stewart of "Twilight" fame and Nicholas Hoult of "X-Men", the science-fiction film "Equals" is sure to have some box-office draw, but it failed to win much critical acclaim when screened in competition at the Venice Film Festival. Stewart and Hoult…

    Reuters
  • Minority winemakers look to change industry's stereotypes

    NORTH PLAINS, Ore. (AP) — Bertony Faustin didn't set out to be Oregon's first black winemaker. He just wanted to make good wine. But the disbelief that often comes when customers realize a black man owns the winery has worn on him.

    Associated Press
  • Telluride Film Review: ‘Heart of a Dog’

    Dogs have clearly become an avant-gardist’s best friend. First Jean-Luc Godard delivered a funny 3D valentine to a pooch named Roxy Mieville in “Goodbye to Language,” and now the New York-based musician/performance artist Laurie Anderson has woven a tide of personal stories, insights and…

    Variety
  • ‘King Of The Nerds’ Cancelled After Three Seasons On TBS

    The reality competition series hosted by  Robert Carradine and Curtis Armstrong won’t be returning for a fourth cycle. TBS has ended King Of The Nerds after three seasons. Armstrong announced the news on Twitter: Dearest nerds! Deeply sorry to announce that @KingofNerdsTBS will not be returning…

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    Star football player's life story resembles Oscar-winning film 'The Blind Side'

    An Irvine high school football player has turned his life around with the help of a family that took him in after his mother died, a story mirroring the Oscar-winning film "The Blind Side."

    KFSN – Fresno
  • Venice Film Review: ‘A War’

    It's a line often spoken in war-at-home dramas, as returning soldiers struggle to relate to unscarred civilians: "You can't imagine what it's like out there."

    Variety
  • Tattooed 'Dance Moms' Suspect Reveals He Sent Maddie Ziegler 11 Packages

    In a jailhouse interview, Phoenix Sundown talked about communicating with the 'Dance Moms' girls in code.

    The Hollywood Reporter
  • Relativity Bankruptcy: Justice Department Official Argues Against Bonus Pay

    Employee salary bonuses proposed as part of the Relativity Media bankruptcy should be denied because they are designed to retain executives and other workers and not to encourage a more optimal sales price when the company is auctioned Oct. 1, the U.S. Trustee’s office argued in a legal filing…

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    Star Wars fans feel merchandise force

    Star Wars fans feel the force of Disney merchandising as a new generation of intergalactic toys to mark the latest movie goes on sale around this planet. Grace Pascoe reports.

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  • #ForceFriday: Disney unveils 'Star Wars' toys amid marketing blitz

    The release of the new “Star Wars” movie may still be months off, but Disney is unleashing its full marketing “force” behind the launch of hundreds of toys and other items related to the film. The massive marketing blitz, which Disney has named “Force Friday,” spans all kinds of media and included…

    Yahoo News Digest
  • Why IMAX Corporation Shares Dipped 16% in August

    Silence is golden -- except when a quiet news flow makes investors latch on to all the wrong signals that are driving rival stocks lower.

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  • Tye White Joins OWN’s ‘Greenleaf’; Joe Dinicol In ‘Blindspot’, ‘Grey’s Anatomy’

    Tye White ( Drumline: A New Beat) has been cast as a series regular on OWN’s megachurch drama series Greenleaf, from Craig Wright and Lionsgate TV. Greenleaf focuses on the unscrupulous world of the Greenleaf family and their sprawling Memphis megachurch Greenleaf World Ministries, where…

    Deadline
  • Telluride Cancels Aretha Franklin Doc Screening of ‘Amazing Grace’ (Updated)

    Update 3:51 p.m.: The Telluride Film Festival has canceled Friday night’s scheduled screening of the Aretha Franklin concert film “Amazing Grace” per a U.S. District court ruling in favor of an emergency injunction filed by the singer. Three screenings of the film are slated for release at the…

    The Wrap
  • Composer A.R. Rahman Focuses on Projects Closer to Home in India

    Prolific Indian composer A.R. Rahman has decided to slow down in order to get more done. The composer, who won an Oscar for “Slumdog Millionaire” and was nominated for “127 Hours,” has decided to cut down his Hollywood assignments. His hitherto peripatetic life — he finished a summer concert series…

    Variety