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Martin Scorsese to Exec Produce Grateful Dead Doc

hollywoodreporter.com — The Dead are rising. A new documentary from executive producer Martin Scorsese about landmark psychedelic rock group The Grateful Dead is headed our way. Set to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the legendary jam-band led by Bob Weir and the late Jerry Garcia, the career-spanning retrospective will be directed by Amir Bar-Lev (2010's The Tillman Story).

Neil Patrick Harris Wasn't the Academy's First Choice to Host the Oscars

yahoo.com — By Seth Abramovitch Neil Patrick Harris was not the Academy's first choice to host the 2015 Oscars. Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron first begged last year's host, Ellen DeGeneres, whose turn at the podium netted an 8 percent increase in viewership over the year prior.

Neil Patrick Harris Wasn't Academy's First Choice to Host the Oscars

hollywoodreporter.com — Neil Patrick Harris was not the Academy's first choice to host the 2015 Oscars. Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron first begged last year's host, Ellen DeGeneres, whose turn at the podium netted an 8 percent increase in viewership over the year prior.

Julianne Moore and Ellen Page's Lesbian Drama Barred From Shooting at Catholic School

hollywoodreporter.com — A Catholic boys' school finds itself the subject of unwanted scrutiny after refusing to let Freeheld -- a film in which Julianne Moore and Ellen Page play a lesbian couple -- shoot on its campus.

Professional Clown Club Attacks 'American Horror Story' Over Murderous Character

hollywoodreporter.com — Real clowns see nothing funny about their depiction in American Horror Story: Freak Show . The FX series from Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk revolves around Twisty the Clown ( John Carroll Lynch), a serial killer who stalks couples with scissors and imprisons children in an old school bus.

NYFF: Edward Snowden Doc ‘Citizenfour’ Reveals Existence of Second NSA Whistleblower

infowars.com — A second National Security Agency whistleblower exists within the ranks of government intelligence. That bombshell comes toward the end of Citizenfour, a new documentary from filmmaker Laura Poitras about NSA informant Edward Snowden that had its world premiere on Friday at the New York Film Festival.

NYFF: Edward Snowden Doc 'Citizenfour' Reveals Existence of Second NSA Whistleblower

hollywoodreporter.com — A second National Security Agency whistleblower exists within the ranks of government intelligence. That bombshell comes towards the end Citizenfour, a new documentary from filmmaker Laura Poitras about NSA informant Edward Snowden that had its world premiere on Friday at the New York Film Festival.

How Thom Yorke Kept His New Album a Surprise

billboard.com — Thom Yorke jolted fans Sept. 26 with a new album. Even more startling, however, was how the Radiohead frontman chose to release Tomorrow's Modern Boxes: via peer-to-peer file-sharing service BitTorrent. Once the preferred vessel of Internet pirates, BitTorrent -- actually a privately held company based in San Francisco -- has made a play for legitimacy, teaming with established artists like Moby to offer legal content in the form of "bundles."

How Radiohead's Thom Yorke Kept His New Album a Surprise

hollywoodreporter.com — Thom Yorke jolted fans Sept. 26 with a new album. Even more startling, however, was how the Radiohead frontman chose to release Tomorrow's Modern Boxes: via peer-to-peer file-sharing service BitTorrent. Once the preferred vessel of Internet pirates, BitTorrent -- actually a privately held company based in San Francisco -- has made a play for legitimacy, teaming with established artists like Moby to offer legal content in the form of "bundles."

A Conversation with Nicholas Sparks

movieline.com — One of the most successful crossover novelists to hit Hollywood since the days of John Grisham and Michael Crichton, North Carolinian writer Nicholas Sparks has seen his best-selling love stories (he considers the term "romance novel" a dirty word) adapted for the silver screen a half-dozen times now, beginning with 1996's Kevin Costner/Robin Wright Penn pairing Message in a Bottle, through to 2004's hit The Notebook, to this year's Iraq War weepie Dear John and the upcoming Miley Cyrus vehicle The Last Song, soon duking it out for your date-night dollars at a multiplex near you.
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Oct 25, 2014

@benmatthewempey I have this game where i try to figure out what you do based on your tweets

Oct 25, 2014

You know what scarier than evil clowns? Desperate pirates.

Oct 25, 2014

RT @NYMag: World Clown Association prez speaks out: "These horror clowns creep me out - and I'm a clown" nym.ag/1D8kVSi pic.twitter.com/POvkecXj2E

Oct 24, 2014

Was Manhattan Love Story about the Helmsleys?

Oct 24, 2014

First the Taylor Swift song, then Ebola, now this. RT @THR: ABC's 'Manhattan Love Story' Canceled thr.cm/iQYSPU

Oct 24, 2014

Oh how cool, youve wheatpasted an entire neighborhood in skulls holding cellphones, public art, awesome.

Oct 24, 2014

The way everyone feels about this Yosemite defacer is the way I feel about all street artists.

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