Michael Jackson’s movie moments

Reports of Michael Jackson’s death have prompted many people to recollect his most influential effects on the world at large. From music videos to infamous dance moves, Jackson has provided his fans with vivid memories. However, there are less obvious ways that he has left his mark on the world: as an author, poet, and in films both acting in them and providing music for them.

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Johnny Depp: An outlaw outlook

The 46-year-old actor has never played by Hollywood's rules, and now his rebel streak taps a kindred spirit in the role of John Dillinger with 'Public Enemies.'

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Cameron Diaz takes a motherly turn in new movie

Cameron Diaz has never been a mom, but in her new movie "My Sister's Keeper" she faces a choice no mother would want, which is one reason the actress known mostly for comedic skill stepped into the serious drama.

In the movie opening in U.S. theaters on Friday, Diaz portrays a mom whose daughter suffers from leukemia. So, she gives birth to a genetically engineered second daughter in order to take life-saving umbilical cord blood from the younger sibling and give it to the sick one.

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Google grads seek traffic for how-to video startup

The Web is full of user-generated video, but for Sanjay Raman's tastes most of it is too bland and poorly produced to actually watch.

So last year he launched Howcast (www.howcast.com), a video-sharing website dedicated to do-it-yourself content with former Google colleagues Jason Liebman and Dan Blackman.

While at Google the three Howcast co-founders noticed how popular do-it-yourself content was, but how little of it was in video format.

"How-to content is something that is really popular in terms of user search queries," said Raman, who worked as product manager for Google Apps. "As video was really exploding online we saw the opportunity to marry those two concepts together.

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Michael Jackson dies at age 50

One of music’s most successful and influential artists, Michael Jackson died earlier today in Los Angeles at the age of 50, the L.A. County coroner's office confirms. No cause of death is available yet. During his nearly half-century career, Jackson recorded a series of pop classics as part of the Jackson 5 and then became a massive solo star. His 1982 album Thriller has been certified platinum 28 times in the U.S. and is the best-selling original collection ever released.

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‘Charlie’s Angel’ Farrah Fawcett dies at 62

Farrah Fawcett, the "Charlie's Angels" star whose feathered blond hair and dazzling smile made her one of the biggest sex symbols of the 1970s, died Thursday after battling cancer. She was 62.

The pop icon, who in the 1980s set aside the fantasy girl image to tackle serious roles, died shortly before 9:30 a.m. in a Santa Monica hospital, spokesman Paul Bloch said.

Ryan O'Neal, the longtime companion who had reunited with Fawcett as she fought anal cancer, was at her side, along with close friend Alana Stewart, Bloch said.

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‘Hurt Locker’ aims to break apathy for Iraq films

Films about the war on terror have not been high on audiences' must-see list. Yet the makers of the latest, "The Hurt Locker," hope they have the ingredients that box-office duds about Iraq and Afghanistan have lacked.

Director Kathryn Bigelow and her colleagues deliver nail-biting tension and a remarkable you-are-there feeling with "The Hurt Locker," giving viewers a real sense of the lives of bomb-defusing technicians in Baghdad.

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Has Hollywood run out of real men?

So let me get this straight. In 2009, People’s Hottest Bachelor is 23-year-old Chace Crawford. And the actor most likely to star in this year’s biggest box office hit is either 19-year-old Daniel Radcliffe, in “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,” or 23-year-old Shia LaBeouf, in “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.”

Suddenly, I feel very old. It’s as though Hollywood is trying to turn me into a cougar. And I hate that word. A lot. 

It’s even hard to watch the 44-year-old Sandra Bullock become a “cougar” opposite the 32-year-old Ryan Reynolds in "The Proposal." Compared to LaBeouf and Radcliffe, Reynolds is a grown-up. But in Hollywood, he becomes the boy to Bullock’s woman.

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Director Kathryn Bigelow on making ‘The Hurt Locker’

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INTERVIEW: Rueben Langdon – Motion Capture Artist for ‘Avatar’

Reuben Langdon is a motion capture artist in motion pictures and games — you’ve probably directed his actions without knowing it in such games as Resident Evil 5 and Dead Rising. Most recently he’s been working on James Cameron’s epic CG film, Avatar. He took some time out of his busy backflipping schedule to talk to us about motion capture, having his own studio, and working with Cameron on the biggest and most ambitious CG movie of all time.

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