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The place for Hollywood insiders to be this week was not on the lot or a fancy restaurant in Beverly Hills. They weren't in California at all. Instead, all eyes were on Las Vegas.
The biggest stars, directors and studios crowded into a high-tech theater at Cesar's Palace, where they showed new trailers, behind-the-scenes footage and even some full-length films. Plus, the latest and greatest in sound and theater technology.
It's a confab you might not be familiar with, called CinemaCon. Unlike, say, Comic-Con, movie fans are not invited. Instead, theater owners from around the world come to see everything from the latest projectors, new food items to sell alongside the popcorn, and of course, the movies themselves.
"In this day and age, a theater owner could watch a trailer back home. But this is a way to sort of make them feel special and give them attention," said Pamela McClintock, senior film writer for the Hollywood Reporter, who was in Las Vegas covering the event.
That attention included big stars announcing big new projects. Vin Diesel paid homage to Paul Walker and announced that yes, there will be an eighth movie in the "Fast & Furious" franchise. Tom Cruise presented footage for the next "Mission: Impossible film." But that wasn't all.
He "talked about doing the stunt where he's hanging off the side of the airplane, which you see in the trailer," McClintock said. "They showed unedited footage and you could see the rope where we was hanging... It really was him."
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The U.S. epidemic of injected opioid use could lead to severe outbreaks of HIV and hepatitis C like those now occurring in Indiana, the Centers for Disease Control And Prevention said Friday.
Everyone who reserved a Las Vegas hotel room for a grand per night next weekend, you can breathe a little easier. The biggest boxing match in years is confirmed. A contract dispute between the two promoters meant tickets just went on sale yesterday for a fight that's years in the making and just a week away. That was a close one.
The pent-up demand for Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao to get into the ring is totaling up to big bucks.
"Its guys that are five years past the moment when they should’ve been having this fight," says Kenneth Shropshire from the Wharton Sports Business Initiative. "It’s not the heavyweights. This is where people are excited to see someone that is closer in size to the average man."
The clash at Gallipoli was one of the most memorable fights of World War I — and one of the most consequential. Its reverberations are still felt to this day in the chaotic Middle East.
In tests of anti-malarial pills and antibiotics, 9 to 41 percent didn't meet quality standards. And the world does a crummy job chasing criminals who reap $75 billion a year from counterfeit meds.
Sure, it's April 2015, but the 2016 election is well underway. Just this week, the Koch brothers, the billionaire conservatives, signaled that they may put their money behind Governor Scott Walker.
The time when candidates who may or may not run amass money and buzz is often called the "invisible primary," or the money primary. It is crucial to campaigns — it's the time when candidates gather funds and experts to back their campaigns. And, the invisible primary is getting longer.
Rick Wilson, a Republican media consultant based in Florida, says he hasn't signed on to any particular campaign — yet. But that's likely to change.
Wilson says he's been talking about the 2016 election on a professional level since two days after the 2012 election.
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Landfills, Star Wars, abstinence and breakfast cereal — just a few of the numbers the website Statistic Brain tracks.
There's also a tally on the value of black markets. Overall, Statistic Brain says there is about $625 billion of illicit trade in the U.S. every year, and 1.8 billion jobs are created by the black market globally.
Product counterfeiting tops out as one of the most lucrative categories, at a U.S. market value of $225 billion.
CEO Seth Harden says some of these numbers can be hard to come by, but here's a quick snapshot of some value of goods for sale on the black market, according to Statistic Brain:Average U.S. Street Value for Illicit Items Street Value AK-47 Price $400 Cocaine Price $174.2 per gram Ecstasy Price $35 per tablet Heroin Price $200 per gram Marijuana Price $20 – $1,800 per ounce Meth Price $3 – $500 per gram
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In the hills of Hollywood, California, a cluster of uniform, nondescript white buildings with red-tiled roofs isn't eye-catching from the street, especially behind high cement walls. But this is home for Dominican nuns, cloistered inside this Catholic monastery.
Author Maura Weiler researched cloistered nuns for her new book "Contrition," a fictional tale about two sisters separated at birth — one, a talented artist, who is a cloistered nun with a vow of silence.
Inside the Hollywood monastery, Sister Mary Pia explains what life is like as a real cloistered nun at the Monastery of the Angels.
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