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Famous writer Ray Bradbury died Tuesday night, according to his daughter Alexandra Bradbury, at the age of 91. Among his works, he authored the 1956 film version of "Moby Dick", and wrote for "The Twilight Zone" and other television programs, including "The Ray Bradbury Theater," for which he adapted dozens of his works and in a telling sign, wrote "Fahrenheit 451" which is studied in schools still alongside other works like "1984" by George Orwell.
Television legend Dick Clark has died in Santa Monica from a heart attack at the age of 82. He had previously suffered a serious stroke in 2004.
Clark was responsible for many teen dance shows, prime-time programming, specials, games shows, made-for-TV movies, and even feature films and restaurants over his life in show business since starting in 1951 and was voted most likely to sell the Brooklyn Bridge by classmates.
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Film director David Cameron has begun his decent with the words "release, release, release" indicating to the rest of his crew to release his wedged shape deep sea capsule into the deepest place on earth, Challenger Deep, at the south end of the Mariana Trench. The film director best known for his epic movie "Titanic", plans to film while at the bottom in hope of making a documentary.
The 84th Annual Academy Awards were held yesterday and in a move not since 1929 a black and white silent film won the coveted prize, The Artist. French director Michel Hazanavicius tribute to the late silent film days of Hollywood’s past was considered a strong contender. Lead Actor Jean Dujardin from The Artist edged out favorite George Clooney for best actor. In another nod to the past Best Actress went to Meryl Streep for her portrayal of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher which is her first win since 1982. Octavia Spenser won out for supporting actress for The Help.
The Help tops the winners for the Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles last night. The film based on the popular book about southern racism in the 60’s won trophies for actresses Octavia Spencer, Viola Davis, and best ensemble. In an upset a French comic actor Jean Dujardin beat out notables George Clooney, Brad Pitt, and Leonardo DiCaprio for outstanding male lead. HBO drama Boardwalk Empire won best ensemble in a drama series. ABC comedy hit Modern Family won best ensemble for a comedy series. Alec Baldwin, Betty White, Jessica Lange, and Kate Winslet were winners as well.
Redbox has announced that they are raising the price of DVD rentals from $1 to $1.20 to help cope with higher operating costs, but it is not raising the price of renting blue-ray discs at $1.50 it said, nor games which are $2.
The new price goes into affect October 31st, however if you reserve a DVD online before then and rent it on Oct 31st, Redbox said it will honor the $1 price when you return it the next day or sometime after.
Netflix announced on Saturday that it has lost over 1 million customers since raising their prices recently. In a public statement release, the company said that it had to do what is best for its customers and stockholders who demand more profits.
As a result of the announcement, prices for the stock on futures market have fallen 19%, and are expected to open on Monday trading down even more.