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Source: The Guradian

Charm City: the documentary on Baltimore's three most violent years

Thursday 15:26 GMT

“We contacted the Department of Justice and asked about cities looking for a way forward, and they said Baltimore, hands down.”

The cameras eventually began rolling, and she started to amass some solid footage for the feature that would come to be known as Charm City, released this week in the US. But then on 12 April 2015 when a 25-year-old man named Freddie Gray died in police custody from injuries sustained during his arrest.

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Source: The Guradian

China’s new diplomacy in Europe has a name: broken porcelain

Thursday 15:26 GMT

Earlier this month “broken porcelain” diplomacy moved on to the British Conservative party’s annual conference in Birmingham, as a journalist from state-owned China Central Television shouted down a panellist at an event on Hong Kong organised by the party’s human rights committee, which was attended by prominent members of the pro-democracy community in Hong Kong.

As an expert on China’s official discourse who studies its influence in Europe, I too struggled to make sense of this storm in a teapot – until a few days later, when a new tempest whirled into view.

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Source: CBS News

Secret Service responds to CBS News correspondent being prevented from questioning Jared Kushner

Friday 03:19 GMT

The Secret Service said Wednesday that they "in no way intended to impede those rights or the media's access to a Secret Service protectee" when they prevented CBS News correspondent Errol Barnett from asking Jared Kushner questions.

In the video, which Barnett posted to Twitter, he identified himself as a journalist with CBS News and displayed his White House credentials as Kushner and the Secret Service agents were exiting the plane.

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Source: DW

Banksy video says 'Balloon Girl' shredding went wrong

Friday 03:19 GMT

The renowned street artist Banksy has released a video suggesting that the shredding of "Balloon Girl" didn't go as planned.

Banksy posted a video on Wednesday indicating that the shredding of his "Balloon Girl" or "Girl With Balloon" picture — at the very moment it was auctioned — had gone wrong. Speculation about the artist's motives has been rife since the painting was partially shredded by a device inside the frame as the hammer went down, astonishing the audience at London's Sotheby auction house.

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Source: The Guradian

Mid90s review – Jonah Hill's directorial debut is stylish but empty

Friday 08:05 GMT

Actor Jonah Hill, he of raucous comedies from the House of Apatow, but also outstanding, Oscar-nominated supporting roles in films like Moneyball and The Wolf of Wall Street, has cashed in his Hollywood clout chips and directed his first film, based on an original script.

Hill has made it clear in interviews that writing and directing are where his interests lie, and considering his prominence in the industry he’s likely to come back with a second effort soon.

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Source: The Guradian

Suspected Spanish drug boss arrested after music video cameo

Thursday 12:41 GMT

One of Spain’s most wanted men has surrendered to police days after he surfaced in a reggaeton video featuring scantily clad women, a Bentley and a swimming pool.

Had appeared to taunt officers by taking part in a music video with the Cuban reggaeton singer Clase-A, which was uploaded to YouTube at the beginning of October. The video showed Tejón and the singer climbing out of a Bentley and performing a high-five before walking into a house full of champagne and women in bikinis.

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Source: Fox News

Houston Astros accused of cheating after man spotted filming opposing dugout; MLB investigating

Thursday 16:22 GMT

Down 2-1 in the best-of-seven American League Championship Series, the Houston Astros have been dealt another blow -- a complaint filed to Major League Baseball alleging a man associated with the Astros surreptitiously tried filming the Indians’ dugout during a playoff game last week.

MLB confirmed in a statement it was aware of a report by Metro Boston that a man claiming to be an Astros employee was removed from a credentialed area near the Boston Red Sox dugout during the ALCS opener at Fenway Park.

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Source: CBS News

Judy Blume's "Are You There God It's Me, Margaret" coming to the big screen

Friday 20:02 GMT

The book was published in 1970, and Blume has rejected several opportunities in the years since to adapt the book into a movie.

"I always say to them the reason you feel this way is because I represent your childhood, I bring back your childhood."

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Source: The Guradian

Back from the black: should Amy Winehouse and other stars be turned into holograms?

Saturday 06:04 GMT

It is difficult to say which image of Amy Winehouse has lingered loudest and longest – wild-eyed and desperate on a street corner in Camden; scuffling with a fan on stage at Glastonbury in 2008; or perhaps as she was portrayed in Asif Kapadia’s 2015 documentary, heaved on to a plane unconscious in the summer of 2011 to play what would be her final show in Belgrade.

In the case of Winehouse, proceeds from the tour will be channelled into the Amy Winehouse Foundation, the charity established after her death to aid vulnerable and disadvantaged young people, particularly those coping with substance abuse and emotional problems.

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Source: Common Domain

You won’t win the Mega Millions—so follow these steps to financial freedom instead

Friday 02:25 GMT

Consumers maintained a historically high average checking account balance for year-end June 30, 2018 at $3,673 for all financial institutions, Moebs Services, an economic-research firm in Lake Bluff, Ill. said last week.

A decade after Lehman Brothers collapse and the financial crisis that led to the Great Recession, millions of people remain deeply distrustful of Wall Street and are shy about investing.

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Source: Fox News

Malkin: 'Some Tried to Prevent' Exposure of 'Gosnell' Film Chronicling Murderous PA Abortion Doctor

Saturday 01:31 GMT

Author Michelle Malkin, a vocal proponent of the independent film "Gosnell" that premiered last weekend, said the movie is a "hit" despite repeated attempts to suppress its story from being disseminated.

The federal authorities suspected Gosnell was illegally prescribing hundreds of vials of medications fraudulently, but as Dean Cain's character in the film is seen finding instead, Gosnell had been running a much more grisly enterprise.

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Source: The Guradian

Gerard Butler's Pentagon briefing and other grandiose film campaigns

Friday 16:22 GMT

When you saw Gerard Butler in the Pentagon briefing room this week, admit it, you very briefly thought that he worked there now.

If you look closely at the photograph of the meeting, you’ll see that while Nixon looks genuinely enthused about getting to meet a zero-tolerance robotic policeman in the flesh, Robocop is clearly worried that his evil detectors will go off and cause something of a faux pas.

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Source: CBS News

Facebook executive demands answers after brother dies in police encounter

Thursday 20:57 GMT

— A Facebook executive is demanding answers after her brother died in a police encounter south of San Francisco this month.

Ebele Okobi, Facebook's director of public policy for Africa, told USA Today that she wants to know whether the deputies were trained in crisis intervention for people struggling with mental illness, and why they continued to Taser her brother rather than call for medical help.

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Source: Global News

Lady Gaga returns to No. 1 with ‘A Star Is Born’ soundtrack

Friday 16:22 GMT

Three other Gaga songs from the film soundtrack immediately follow, with Cooper’s Maybe it’s Time sitting at No. 6.. READ MORE: ‘A Star Is Born’ review: Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper make beautiful music together. Things are happening in her personal life too: Gaga revealed her engagement to agent Christian Carino in a speech during Elle‘s Women in Hollywood event on Monday night.

WATCH BELOW: Lady Gaga shares her excitement to work with Bradley Cooper on A Star is Born at an Elle celebration. As of this writing, Shallow is sitting on its second No. 1 week of three on the digital sales chart.

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Source: Global News

‘The Hate U Give’ review: Tense coming-of-age movie shows world is at a tipping point

Friday 16:22 GMT

The names of the fallen come up frequently in the movie, as they should, since The Hate U Give expertly depicts what it must be like to live as a black teen in today’s culture.

John Goodman says ‘The Conners’ has ‘hollow centre’ without Roseanne Barr. Given the recent tumult in the U.S. in regard to the fatal shootings of young black people — Philando Castile, Tamir Rice and Trayvon Martin among them — it’s resonant, to say the least.


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