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Movie Review: "A Most Wanted Man" Is A Whip-Smart Espionage Thriller

Wed, Jul 23, 2014 | Filed in: Film / Movie Reviews

Movie review It’s been almost six months since Philip Seymour Hoffman’s tragic death, but he is still alive and well on the silver screen. After shining in what was otherwise a mediocre directorial debut from John Slattery in “God’s Pocket,” Hoffman is back in fine form in “A Most Wanted Man,” a Eurocentric spy thriller directed by Anton Corbijn (“The American”) and costarring Rachel McAdams, Willem Dafoe, and Robin Wright.

Based on the novel of the same name by legendary author (and former British spy) John le Carré, “A Most Wanted Man” is a sly, taut thriller that features a tension-dripping screenplay by Andrew Bovell, dynamic direction from Corbijn, and game performances from its international ensemble cast, highlighted by the irreplaceable talents of Hoffman.

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Ariana Grande, Coldplay, Taylor Swift & More Join 2014 iHeartRadio Music Festival

Wed, Jul 23, 2014 | Filed in: Music / Concert Dates

Taylor Swift iHeartRadio Music Festival 2014It's that time of year again. Clear Channel has announced the star-studded line-up for the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Festival, the weekend-long concert event that re-writes radio history each year, taking place on September 19 and 20 in Las Vegas

This year's lineup will feature Taylor Swift, Coldplay, Usher, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj, Motley Crue, Zac Brown Band, One Direction, Ed Sheeran, Paramore, Iggy Azalea, Train, Eric Church, Lorde, Calvin Harris, Bastille, Steve Aoki and more.

The fourth annual event will kick off Friday evening, September 19 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena with host Ryan Seacrest, host and producer of "On Air with Ryan Seacrest," his market-topping No. 1 nationally syndicated LA morning drive-time show for Clear Channel’s 102.7 KIIS-FM, as well as nationally-syndicated Top 40 radio show.

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Healthcare: ObamaCare Takes A Major Step Back After Court Ruling

Tue, Jul 22, 2014 | Filed in: Breaking News

Obamacare federal court rulingOn Tuesday, a panel of judges on the federal appeals court ruled in a 2-1 vote that government subsidies should be cut off for the majority of low and middle income residents who are currently receiving help with their insurance premiums under the Obamacare program. 

This is a major setback for the Affordable Care Act, which was meant to aid those with lower income. Millions of people obtained subsidies through the federally run exchange of www.HealthCare.gov. The panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled 2-1 that the IRS went too far in extending subsidies to those who buy insurance through that website.

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Box Office: "Planet Of The Apes" Climbs Above "The Purge"

Sun, Jul 20, 2014 | Filed in: Film

box office dawn of the planet of the apesAccording to Rentrak, "Transformers: Age of Extinction" continues to impress in the international markets with $81.2 million and a global total pushing in on $900 million

"Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" again makes its mark in the international marketplace adding another $61 millionand thus brings its global total to nearly a quarter of a billion dollars.

 

1. Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes - 20th Century Fox - $36.0M

2. The Purge: Anarchy - Universal - $28.4M

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Legendary Actor James Garner Passes Away At Age 86

Sun, Jul 20, 2014 | Filed in: Film

James GarnerActor James Garner rose to fame in the 1950's when he made his mark on the hit TV western "Maverick." The memorable Garner has died at the age of 86. He was found in his home in Brentwood, California on Saturday. 

Born James Bumgarner in Oklahoma, Garner moved to Los Angeles to live with his father and attend Hollywood High School in his teenage years. Later he joined the National Guard before returning home and taking on acting. He appeared in several films, including "Sayonara" with Marlon Brando, before taking on the starring role of professional gamber, Bret Maverick in the comedy Western series "Maverick" from 1957 to 1960.

Garner starred in several television series spanning a career of more than five decades which also included Jim Rockford in the 1970s detective drama, "The Rockford Files." On the silver screen, he starred in more than 50 films including "The Great Escape," Paddy Chayefsky's "The Americanization of Emily," "Grand Prix," Blake Edwards' "Victor Victoria," "Murphy's Romance" for which he received an Academy Award nomination, "The Notebook" and many more. 

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