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How Kevin Smith’s near-death experience gave new life to his filmmaking

How Kevin Smith’s near-death experience gave new life to his filmmaking

“It’s clearly the post-heart attack movie,” chuckled writer-director Kevin Smith of his latest film project, “Jay and Silent Bob Reboot” in a nod to the 2018 cardiac incident that nearly took his life and prompted him to seriously embrace a healthier lifestyle. “It’s the movie, when you watch it you’re like, ‘Oh, he’s glad to…MORE

Lawyer: Giuliani associate ‘being cooperative’ with House impeachment probe

Lawyer: Giuliani associate ‘being cooperative’ with House impeachment probe

The House Intelligence Committee and one of Rudy Giuliani’s associates have reached “an understanding” for now to avoid a closed-door deposition over any knowledge he may have of Giuliani’s efforts to push the Ukrainian government to open an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden, according to the associate’s attorney. The committee had scheduled a…MORE

California pushes back school start times for middle and high school students

California pushes back school start times for middle and high school students

Students in California, rejoice. You’ll soon be able to sleep in a little more. Gov. Gavin Newsom signed legislation on Sunday that pushes school start times later. Under the new law, middle schools will start classes at 8 a.m. or after, while high schools will start classes at 8:30 a.m. or after. Optional early classes…MORE

Netflix is this year’s worst FAANG stock. But could it soon rebound?

Netflix is this year’s worst FAANG stock. But could it soon rebound?

Netflix has a lot to prove when it reports its third quarter results after the closing bell Wednesday. Concerns about increased competition have reached a fever pitch, and the streaming giant is no longer a stock market darling. Netflix spooked Wall Street in July when it said that it lost US streaming subscribers in the…MORE

Exposure to pollution linked to ‘silent miscarriages’

Exposure to pollution linked to ‘silent miscarriages’

Pregnant women who have been exposed to high levels of pollution face an increased risk of “silent miscarriage” in the first trimester, according to a new study. A “silent miscarriage” happens when a fetus hasn’t formed or has died, but the placenta and embryonic tissue remain. Researchers analyzed data from more than 250,000 pregnant women…MORE

Vaping is increasing among younger people — but not so for older adults, study says

Vaping is increasing among younger people — but not so for older adults, study says

Vaping, often described as an “epidemic” in middle and high schools, was not significantly different among adults in the United States in 2014 vs. 2018, according to survey results published Monday. However, those numbers had been declining from 2014 to 2017, preceding an uptick largely attributable to the increasing popularity of vaping among 18- to…MORE

ENTERTAINMENT

Brie Larson’s reaction to witnessing a proposal is so pure

Brie Larson’s reaction to witnessing a proposal is so pure

Brie Larson’s reaction to watching a couple get engaged over the weekend at ACE Comic Con was nothing short of super. The “Captain Marvel” star was in Chicago over the weekend for a comic book convention that brought together alums of the Marvel Cinematic Universe for a series of panels and meet-and-greets with fans. During…

Lauren Daigle’s the crossover artist leading the 50th GMA Dove Awards

Lauren Daigle’s the crossover artist leading the 50th GMA Dove Awards

Lauren Daigle’s song “You Say” has topped both the Christian and adult contemporary music charts and now she is leading this year’s Dove Awards. Daigle has six nominations, including artist of the year, heading into Tuesday’s Gospel Music Association Dove Awards. For King & Country and Kirk Franklin follow with five nominations each, while Phil…

‘Bourne’ again: ‘Treadstone’ moves thriller legacy into TV

‘Bourne’ again: ‘Treadstone’ moves thriller legacy into TV

The Jason Bourne movies brought stylized violence to Robert Ludlum’s nearly-40-year-old literary thrillers, with Matt Damon as the killing machine who turns on his handlers. The mythology of those films provides a sturdy if somewhat messy foundation for “Treadstone,” a USA series that also emphasizes action, while slowly teasing out a case about sleeper agents…