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Festival Spotlight: Tribeca 2015 Reveals Film Selections

Tue, Mar 3, 2015 | Filed in: Film

Tribeca Film FestivalThe 2015 Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), presented by AT&T announced the World Narrative and Documentary Competition film selections, along with the films selected for the Viewpoints section, which recognizes fresh voices in international and American independent cinema. Fifty-one of the 97 feature-length titles were named as part of the film program of the Festival’s 14th edition.

The Festival also announced that AT&T will once again invite audiences to Festival screenings for free on Friday April 24 as part of AT&T’s “Film for All” Friday. TFF will take place from April 15 to 26 at locations throughout downtown Manhattan and will open with the documentary Live From New York!, an exploration of 40 years of American politics, tragedy, and popular culture through the comedic lens of “Saturday Night Live.”

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FORBES Lists The Top Billionaires In The World

Mon, Mar 2, 2015 | Filed in: Have You Heard . . .

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Bill Gates (No. 1) was once again on top as the world’s richest person on FORBES’ 29th annual ranking of the world’s billionaires in the Mar. 23, 2015 issue of Forbes magazine; the technology guru has topped the list for 16 of the last 21 years, with a current net worth of $79.2 billion, up from $76 billion in 2014.

For the second consecutive year Gates beat out telecom mogul Carlos Slim Helu (No. 2) whose net worth increased to $77.1 billion from $72 billion last year. Warren Buffett (No. 3) moved up one slot, with a net worth of $72.7 billion, ahead of Spanish clothing retailer Amancio Ortega (No. 4) (best known for the Zara fashion chain), who increased his net worth $500 million for a total of $64.5 billion.Oracle’s Larry Ellison (No. 5) remained in the fifth spot; his net worth increased to $54.3 billion.

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Box Office: Will Smith Is Back On Top With "Focus" At #1

Mon, Mar 2, 2015 | Filed in: Film

According to Rentrak, Universal's 'Fifty Shades of Grey' remains a staggering worldwide phenomenon with $486.2 million to date after adding nearly $50 million from 60 global territories this weekend.  The modestly budgeted erotic drama is expected to cross the $500 million mark later this week making it one of the most profitable films released over the past year.  Notably, with $139.1 million to date, Warner Bros.' 'American Sniper' now ranks as the highest grossing Clint Eastwood directed film internationally with a total that is closing in on the $500 million threshold worldwide.

1. Focus - Warner Bros. - $19.1M
2. Kingsman: The Secret Service - 20th Century Fox - $11.8M
3. Spongebob Squarepants: Sponge Out Of Water - Paramount - $11.2M
4. Fifty Shades Of Grey - Universal - $10.9M

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Thousands March In Honor Of Russian Opposition Leader Boris Nemtsov

Sun, Mar 1, 2015 | Filed in: Breaking News

Boris NemtsovPhoto: Nemtsov supporters gather at the site of his murder. USA Today film still

Two days after Russian opposition leader and former Deputy Prime Minister, Boris Nemtsov was shot and killed in the streets of Moscow, thousands of people marched at the site of his murder. They shouted in the streets "Russia without Putin," while waving banners which said, "I am not afraid." In Moscow, police reported up to 16,000 people. Thousands will also march in Saint Petersburg.

Known as an outspoken politician against President Vladimir Putin's views, Nemtsov was meant to speak at an anti-government rally on Sunday.

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Former Russian Deputy Prime Minister Boris Nemtsov Killed, Citizens Mourn In The Streets Of Moscow

Sat, Feb 28, 2015 | Filed in: Breaking News

Boris NemtsovPhoto: Wikipedia, Boris Nemtsov at the World Economic Forum in Russia, 2 October 2003, Moscow

Russian Politician and former deputy prime minister, Boris Nemtsov who often spoke out against President Vladimir Putin was shot and killed near the Kremlin on Friday. According to reports, killers in a white car shot Nemtsov four times as he was walking across a bridge in central Moscow. The woman he was with was unharmed, police said. 

Nemtsov's political career thrived during the 1990s, working under President Boris Yeltsin. More recently, he was helping to organize a rally against Putin's policies regarding Russian involvement in the war in Ukraine and the financial crisis in Russia.

Crowds have gathered at the scene of the crime to pay their respects. The fatal shooting has sparked outrage among fellow opposition figures.

Reuters published a quote from opposition leader, Setgei Mitrokhin saying, "I would say this is not only a blow to the opposition, it is a blow to all Russian society. It is a blow to Russia. If political views are punished this way, then this country simply has no future."

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