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    Jimmy Fallon was able to face some Los Angeles demons recently.

    Back for a second year in the City of Angels to shoot a week of "Tonight Show" episodes, Fallon revealed how he reclaimed a tough memory when the show shot there last year.

    "I remember there was a Carl's Jr. right near CBS [studios on Radford Avenue]," Fallon said in a new interview with the Los Angeles Times. "I used to go on auditions and get nothing. It was really discouraging. I remember going into that Carl's Jr. and crying. Not sobbing, but almost losing it."

    Fallon lived in L.A. for two years, from 1996 to when he moved to New York in 1998 to join "Saturday Night Live."

    Two decades later, Fallon doesn't have to worry about unemployment. In the two years since becoming "Tonight Show" host, he has earned its highest-rated two seasons in six years. And aside from the week in which Stephen Colbert debuted at CBS's "Late Show," Fallon has consistently held on to the No. 1 spot in late night.

    With all that in his corner, Fallon returned to Carl's Jr. ready to get his pride back.

    "When I came here last year, I rented a convertible Bentley, which I didn't know you could do," he said. "But I took it to that Carl's Jr. and was like, 'Who's crying now?' I went in and got a burger — it's still a delicious burger."

    And well-deserved.

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    In news that brings back memories of when Washington and Hollywood combined forces to discuss how movies and TV should address the War on Terror following 9/11, it turns out Secretary of State John Kerry met with the heads of the major movie studios on Tuesday to brainstorm how to counter the ISIS narrative.

    And unlike the very secretive meetings post-9/11, Kerry wasn’t shy about showing what he was up to, as he tweeted this picture with those involved:

    "Daesh" is a transliteration of an Arabic acronym that refers to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

    According to Variety, the meeting took place at Universal Studios and lasted 90 minutes.

    The major-player participants were: Jeff Shell, chairman of Universal Filmed Entertainment Group; MPAA Chairman Chris Dodd; Warner Bros. Entertainment CEO Kevin Tsujihara; DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg; 20th Century Fox Chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos; 20th Century Fox Co-Chair Stacey Snider; Sean Bailey, president of Walt Disney Motion Picture Production; Universal Pictures Chairman Donna Langley; Tom Rothman, chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment’s Motion Picture Group; Universal Pictures President Jimmy Horowitz; Amblin Partners CEO Michael Wright; and NBCUniversal Vice Chairman Ron Meyer.

    “It was a give and take of ideas from all sides, more brainstorming without any defining principles established at the end,” an insider told Deadline

    Another insider told Variety that ideas were also given on ways to market movies and TV shows across cultures in ways that can counter how ISIS is spreading its network through social-media channels and with video propaganda.

    SEE ALSO: Fox News host grills Donald Trump in tense interview about his George W. Bush criticism

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    In what Barca TV is calling an "impossible" trick shot, Lionel Messi netted a goal from behind the actual goal in a recent training session. It may not be literally impossible, but the angle is ridiculous.

    Story by Tony Manfred and editing by Kristen Griffin

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    Jordyn Woods

    Gen Z — which consists of those born between 1996 and 2010, according to The New York Times— is a curious generation that retailers are scrambling to figure out.

    One way might be to look at who they like and which models and celebrities they find inspiring.

    According to research firm Wildness, one of Generation Z's favorite curvy models is 18-year-old Wilhelmina Curve model Jordyn Woods.

    Find out more about the model who is taking Instagram and the industry by storm.

    SEE ALSO: Teen Generation Z is being called 'millennials on steroids,' and that could be terrifying for retailers

    She had to start out somewhere — here's a #TBT she posted.

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    Woods has a huge following — over 775,000 followers on Instagram.

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    Woods is famously a part of Kylie Jenner's "squad." The two hang out all the time; they're best friends.

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    One of the highlights of the 2008 Ben Stiller comedy “Tropic Thunder” is Les Grossman, the venom-spewing, Diet Coke-drinking studio head who doesn’t care that the lead actor (Stiller) in his multimillion-dollar movie has been kidnapped in the jungles of Vietnam.

    The reason why the character is so memorable is simple: He's played by Tom Cruise.

    Well, it was probably the best time for Cruise to do something that’s not in his wheelhouse. Back then, Cruise was still getting over the box-office disaster of “Mission: Impossible 3,” and his public statements about Scientology caused Viacom chair Sumner Redstone to tell a reporter, “We don’t think that someone who effectuates creative suicide and costs the company revenue should be on the lot.”

    Thankfully, Cruise's friend Ben Stiller wanted him to be in “Thunder.” And as the movie’s coscreenwriter Justin Theroux tells it, they wanted Cruise to have a larger part.

    “We were talking to Tom about maybe doing Ben’s part — we wanted him in the movie,” Theroux told Business Insider while doing press for “Zoolander 2,” which he also cowrote. “We thought it would be a real coup to get him in the movie.”

    But Cruise pushed for the minor studio-head role, so Theroux went to work on the character.

    Justin Theroux Jeff Spicer Getty“I went back and started working on it and sketching it out and basically creating the most vile character I could create,” Theroux revealed. “And there was a moment of going, ‘Oh, s--t, eventually Tom is going to see these pages and he’s going to be like, 'What the hell are you doing?’”

    But that was far from the case. In fact, Cruise encouraged Theroux and Stiller to make the character even more offensive.

    And when it came to the Les Grossman look — balding and overweight — Cruise suggested another memorable feature.

    “He wanted these prosthetic hands — big, chubby hands,” Theroux said of Cruise's pointer.

    In many ways. the Les Grossman character made Cruise hip again to an audience that was starting to write him off.

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    Since the release of “Tropic Thunder,” many have pushed for a spinoff that focuses on Grossman.

    Theroux, for one, is game, and it seems like it might be tentatively in the works.

    “We’ve talked about it,” Theroux said. “But it’s one of those things where we go, we don’t want to jam anything, we just want to make sure the tone is right and it would be the right story.”

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    Kanye West has been tweeting a lot lately, following the release of his latest album "The Life of Pablo."

    He's covered topics from his "personal debt" to his intentions not to release his album on anything except Tidal.

    On Wednesday, the rapper went on an introspective tweet-spree about a rap "brotherhood" and his earlier claims of "taking the rap throne."

    He says that he no longer feels that way, calling the "throne" comment a "dated mentality." He added that every rapper "has something they do best." 



    After some self-reflection, he said, "A wise man should be humble enough to admit when he's wrong and change his mind based on new information."

    He mentioned his song "Ultra Light Beam" in keeping in tune with positive energy. "The Life of Pablo," according to Kanye, is "a gospel album with a whole lot of cursing on it."

    After mentioning a rap "brotherhood," he added, "My number-one enemy has been my ego. There is only one throne and that's God's." 





    SEE ALSO: Why Kanye West probably isn't $53 million in 'personal debt,' and what he has to say about it

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    new abc president channing dungey

    ABC Entertainment president Paul Lee has resigned from the post. He will be replaced by the woman who has been heading the network's drama programming, Channing Dungey.

    She will be the first black president of a broadcast network.

    “Channing is a gifted leader and a proven magnet for top creative talent, with an impressive record of developing compelling, breakthrough programming that resonates with viewers," said Ben Sherwood, co-chairman, Disney Media Networks, and president, Disney|ABC Television Group, in a statement on Wednesday. “We thank Paul for his many accomplishments at ABC and his devotion to the ABC brand, and we wish him continued success in the future.”

    According to the New York Times' sources, Sherwood pushed Lee out. The chairman pointed to ABC's soft ratings to garner support of Lee's removal inside the company.

    Dungey, who has headed the network's drama offerings, has overseen its hit series "Scandal," "How to Get Away with Murder," "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," and "Quantico," among many others.

    “I’m thrilled and humbled that Ben has entrusted me with this tremendous opportunity," Dungey said. "And I am truly grateful to Paul for being a valued mentor and friend. I’ve had the great honor of working alongside the talented team at ABC for many years and look forward to starting this exciting new chapter with them.”

    Despite the network's falling ratings, Lee has helped to bring diversity to the network with "Black-ish," "Fresh Off the Boat," and "Mr. Ken," among other shows. Other networks are now mimicking ABC's efforts in diversity.

    Lee said, “Leading ABC has been a fantastic experience. I'm especially proud of the incredible team I built and the strategic, creative vision we established and successfully executed for both the network and studio. Together, we've transformed ABC into one of the strongest brands in television, with shows like ‘Scandal,’ ‘Blackish,’ ‘Once Upon a Time,’ ‘How to Get Away with Murder,’ ‘The Goldbergs,’ ‘Revenge,’ ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.,’ ‘Quantico,’ ‘Fresh Off the Boat,’ and ‘American Crime.’ I wish Channing and Patrick all the best.”

    Lee headed youth-skewing ABC Family before taking over ABC in 2010 after Steve McPherson resigned amid sexual harassment allegations. He renewed his contract with ABC in 2014.

    SEE ALSO: ABC reportedly bans gay dancing on 'Dancing with the Stars'

    SEE ALSO: Meet Priyanka Chopra, the former Miss World winner who snagged the lead role on ABC's new hit show, 'Quantico'

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    When it opened on President's Day Weekend, "Deadpool" became an unlikely box office champ.

    According to The Hollywood Reporter, the comic book adaptation grossed $152.2 million during the holiday weekend. Amongst other records it broke, it had the biggest opening weekend ever for an R-rated movie, with $132.7 million over the actual two day weekend.

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    Fandando, the nation's leading movie-ticket platform, announced Wednesday that it has acquired Rotten Tomatoes and Flixster from Warner Bros. Entertainment. 

    Rotten Tomatoes is the most popular online aggregator of movie and TV reviews from professional critics and fans. Flixster is a website and mobile app for discovering movies, with more than 50 million app installs. 

    “Flixster and Rotten Tomatoes are invaluable resources for movie fans, and we look forward to growing these successful properties, driving more theatrical ticketing and super-serving consumers with all their movie needs,” said Fandango President Paul Yanover in a statement about the deal. “Our new expanded network will offer unparalleled capabilities for all of our exhibition, studio, and promotional partners to reach a massive entertainment audience with innovative marketing and ticketing solutions that benefit from original content, home entertainment products, ‘super tickets,’ gifts with purchase, and other new promotional opportunities.”

    With this acquisition, Fandango’s combined audience reach will grow to more than 63 million unique visitors per month, according to its release, which did not specify how much it acquired the brands for.

    Warner Bros. Entertainment will take a minority ownership stake in Fandango and serve as an ongoing strategic partner. Fandango will continue to operate as a unit of NBCUniversal/Comcast.

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    Kay Pike, 28, started painting herself on Twitch, a live streaming video platform, in December 2015. Her amazing artwork has helped her videos and photos reach over 20 million views across her social media platforms. 

    Story and editing by Alana Yzola

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    a trip to unicorn island

    Earlier this month, YouTube released the first original shows and movies on its Netflix competitor, YouTube Red.

    YouTube Red's pitch is that provides "premium," (relatively) big-budget content from your favorite YouTube stars. For that, you pay $9.99 per month, though you also get access to perks like ad-free YouTube.

    YouTube Red technically delivers on this promise, it's just boring and irrelevant for anyone over the age of 13.

    If you are the type of person who enjoys the high-quality dramas and comedies coming out of Netflix, HBO, Showtime, Amazon, and so on, you will not like YouTube Red. The only way I could imagine an adult truly falling for YouTube Red is as part of a strategy to bond with his or her kids over goofy videos. For the record, I think that's a completely valid reason to pay $9.99 a month.

    But let's get into the content.

    Here are the good things: the videos focus on YouTube creators (including PewDiePie), all of whom are undeniably talented at things like dancing, comedy, or even just being inspirational. The stars are good-natured and fundamentally kind, the type of people that might really help a kid battling with low self-esteem. And they certainly aren't vapid. 

    If you are an adult, however, these videos are a chore to watch. They are straight-to-DVD camp, where lines like, "Dance is about being on time, so that’s what I expect from you,” are par for the course.

    Nevertheless, I persevered and slogged through all the available premium videos to bring you a first look at each of the YouTube Red originals.

    Here they are:

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    "Dance Camp"

    "Dance Camp" is the age-old tale of boy who is "too cool for school" finding his passion. And his passion is, surprise, dance.

    The movie is filled with very on-the-nose jokes and big slapstick. At the start, a random character falls over the chair inexplicably. "I'm okay, I'm okay." That's the whole joke.

    At minute 17, the main character really dances for the first time, and it's admittedly very impressive. And if a mix between "Step Up 2: The Streets," "American Pie Presents Band Camp," and The Disney Channel sounds good to you, you might just love this movie.

    Let's look at one scene:

    Two people are dancing. Then someone says something like "trust me." Then they kiss. "That was ... awesome." They giggle. Shawn Mendes' "Stitches" plays.

    If you don't know that song, you're definitely too old for this.

    "A Trip to Unicorn Island"

    This docu-movie opens with screaming fans of YouTuber Lilly Singh — aka Superwoman — and if you are one of them, you'll like it. Singh is a multi-talented vlogger trying to spread joy in the world, and the movie chronicles her world tour.

    The issue is that much of the movie is people being interviewed about how insanely amazingly creatively artistically brilliant she is. We get it.

    One of her goals is a great one: helping people out of depression. But the actual content of this movie is a pretty vanilla. It's like a behind-the-scenes band video with only a few minutes of real emotion.

    "When my grandma died I watched her videos," one fan says, and that truly is powerful. But unless you already have a wealth of emotional connection to Singh to draw upon, you'll have trouble getting into the swing of this one.

    "Lazer Team"

    "Lazer Team" is a movie about a pack of everymen saving the world from evil aliens. It's about the redemption of the semi-loser, but as a parody, it's simply not that funny.

    If you think fireworks continually interrupting someone's speech and the word "froyo" are inherently funny on their own, this humor might be to your liking.

    But this was the worst of the bunch, especially the special effects, which looked like a mediocre video game. 

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    It was a no-brainer to the stars of "Friends" that they should be close off-screen, as well. But how?

    They explained how they built their bond with some encouragement and space from legendary TV sitcom director James Burrows, whom NBC is honoring with "Must See TV: An All-Star Tribute to James Burrows" on Sunday.

    Five of the six "Friends" stars appeared for the special: Lisa Kudrow, David Schwimmer, Courteney Cox, Matt LeBlanc, and Jennifer Aniston.

    Matthew Perry was unable to attend, because he's busy with his play, "The End of Longing," in London.

    "Whoaaaaaa, we're not all together," LeBlanc corrected host Andy Cohen when he marveled at having everyone there. "There's one missing. We wish he was here. Matty, we miss you."

    Although Burrows directed 15 episodes of "Friends," including the pilot, his biggest contribution to the show may be in getting the actors to work on actual relationships with each other — which, in a sitcom environment, can be critical to creating on-screen dynamics.

    Friends james burrows special nbc.JPG"[Burrows] really encouraged us all to get along and get to know one another and be kind to one another, and support one another, help one another," LeBlanc recalled.

    One way he helped the cast foster their relationships was giving them a space to play poker.

    "He gave us his dressing room, because it was big," Kudrow said. "We really wanted to connect. I think it was sort of unspoken, but we instinctively felt like we need to be friends, we need to get along, we need to connect. And so we started playing poker and Jimmy gave us his room, so that we can have a bigger hangout room for us."

    Those games, as Aniston pointed out, inspired the "Friends" episode "The One With all the Poker."

    Watch the segment of the reunion below:

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    lorne michaelsFor most managers, talent retention is key to running the business.

    How do you make sure that your top performers stick around forever?

    Well, you don't. At least not if you're a superboss, or the rare breed of leader who thrives on making other people successful.

    The term "superboss" was coined by Dartmouth business professor Sydney Finkelstein in his new book, "Superbosses." In the book, Finkelstein explains that superbosses — whose ranks include "Saturday Night Live" creator Lorne Michaels and Oracle cofounder and former CEO Larry Ellison — often spawn an entire new generation of talent within their industry.

    The way they do that isn't by holding onto employees forever. Instead, they know when it's time to let go of someone stellar who's moving onto something else.

    In fact, the way superbosses become successful themselves is by creating industry-wide networks of people who have worked for them so that they're always well-connected.

    "Everyone tries to optimize on talent retention," Finkelstein told Business Insider, but if someone wants to leave, you can't hold them back.

    That's why the subtitle of Finkelstein's book is "how exceptional leaders manage the flow of talent." Superbosses are as concerned with managing their best employees out as they are with getting top talent in.

    Maintaining ties with former employees is important. "When employees leave, don't forget about them or, even worse, see them as traitors," Finkelstein writes. "Instead, be smart: Act like a concerned godparent and stay in touch with them."

    Sometimes networking isn't enough for superbosses — many actively look for opportunities to do business with former employees.

    Finkelstein cites the example of Michaels, who executive produced Tina Fey's "30 Rock" and "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" after they worked for him on SNL.

    "That partnership is a win-win," Finkelstein told Business Insider. The superboss earns a reputation for having brilliant proteges, and therefore other talented up-and-comers flock to them. Meanwhile, the protege receives help with their career.

    "It sounds obvious," Finkelstein said, "but people don't do it."

    SEE ALSO: Larry Ellison, Lorne Michaels, and other 'superbosses' use 3 unusual traits to identify top-performing employees

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    The Internet had an incredible response to Kanye West's tweet announcing that he is, in fact, $53 million in debt.

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    Audio of Kanye West angrily ranting backstage during his appearance on NBC's "Saturday Night Live" over the weekend has reportedly surfaced.

    New York Post's Page Six reported that it has obtained audio of the rapper having a meltdown over part of his performance stage being ripped out.

    “Look at that s--t they took my f--king stage off’a 'SNL' without asking me," the man reported to be West says in the audio. "I am bummed … If I am going to do this we are breaking the m———–g Internet.”

    He adds, "That and Taylor Swift fake a--."

    Swift and West had been feuding over his mention of her in his new song, "Famous."

    He later goes on a rampage about being "50% more influential" than several well-known people, such as iconic filmmaker Stanley Kubrick, Pablo Picasso, and Paul the Apostle.

    “Are they f--king crazy? Whoa by 50% [I am more influential than] Stanley Kubrick, Picasso, Apostle Paul, f--king Picasso and Escobar. By 50 percent more influential than any other human being. Don’t f--k with me. Don’t f--k with me. Don’t --k with me. By 50 percent dead or alive, by 50 percent for the next 1,000 years. Stanley Kubrick, ‘Ye.”

    West allegedly had the meltdown just before he was to take the "SNL" stage late on Saturday. The show's executive producer and his wife, Kim Kardashian-West, reportedly had to calm him down.

    One of Page Six's sources said, "Right before he was about to go on live television they took his stage apart. Like any artist, he’s a perfectionist, and wanted his performance to be right. Of course he was upset.”

    The angry tirade followed the listening party for his new album, "The Life of Pablo," and fashion show last week during New York Fashion Week.

    After the show, West tweeted that he's $53 million in debt and asked Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg to invest a billion dollars into his ideas. He also released his new album on Tidal.

    The rapper has apparently calmed down. He revealed a more humble side on Wednesday, saying "My number-one enemy has been my ego."

    Listen to the audio below:

    SEE ALSO: Why Kanye West probably isn't $53 million in 'personal debt,' and what he has to say about it

    SEE ALSO: Jimmy Kimmel explains everything you don't understand about the Kanye West-Wiz Khalifa feud

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    Katie Holmes got some unexpected help in answering a question about who the better kisser was on "Dawson's Creek" during an appearance on CBS's "Late Late Show" on Wednesday.

    Holmes appeared with "Deadpool" star Ryan Reynolds and "Girls" producer Judd Apatow, and it didn't take long before host James Corden got around to Holmes' kissing partners on the cult television drama: James Van Der Beek and Joshua Jackson, who played Dawson and Pacey, respectively.

    "Dawson or Pacey? Who was the best kisser?" Corden asked.

    But Holmes is obviously a pro at avoiding answering this question and turned it around on the host: "Who do you think?"

    "I think Der Beek, because I would get straight up in his grill," Corden, who must have thought about this scenario before, said without missing a beat.

    But then Reynolds provided a piece of firsthand information that helped settle the debate.

    "I went to high school with Josh, and I can tell you right now, he's a terrific kisser," Reynolds said.

    And it's — at least partly — true: Reynolds and Jackson attended Kitsilano Secondary School in Vancouver.

    "Well, I mean, if he says so, I guess," Holmes gave up.

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    "So it's affirmative!" Corden yelled. "Pacey's better than Dawson! I can't believe it!"

    Watch the age-old "Dawson's Creek" question finally get answered below:

    SEE ALSO: James Corden turned down hosting 'The Late Late Show' until CBS convinced him

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    Being is a new app that recreates the Instagram feeds of your friends or celebrities, letting you see Instagram through their eyes.

    Here's how it works.

    First, you search for any public user you want (unfortunately private users cannot have their feeds cloned by Being). This is most useful for celebrities, like movie stars or politicians, almost all of whom have their accounts public. You can search for friends too, but you'll likely run into some that are private.

    BeingThen Being runs through the list of the accounts that person follows. Taylor Swift follows only 83 people (ranging from Emma Watson to Mariska Hargitay to Ina Garten). Once you choose a celeb, the app shows you a recreation of their feed, allowing you to see Instagram as they see it.

    “It’s amazing what you can discover about someone by viewing Instagram from their perspective. I learned that Lady Gaga is into muscle cars, that Donald Trump follows only Trump-related companies, and I even momentarily felt like I was part of Taylor Swift’s #girlsquad,” Being founder Adam Mashaal wrote on Medium.

    Download Being from the App Store.

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    The unaltered version of “Star Wars: A New Hope” has become one of those lost movie artifacts that are buried away deep in a vault for younger generations only to hear stories about.

    But we're getting a little closer to that lost artifact.

    Yes, there was a time when the original “Star Wars” was without “A New Hope” tagged to it, or a scene of a walking Jabba the Hutt chatting with Han Solo.

    George Lucas has refused to rerelease that version because he believes it was an unfinished work and, thanks to technology, he was able to tweak the movie to his specifications in the 1990s and the 2000s, adding digital effects and even unused footage.

    But that still doesn’t sit well for some “Star Wars” fans, and a few of them did something about it.

    Calling themselves Team Negative1, a group of fans released on the internet what is now widely considered by "Star Wars" die-hards the best high-definition version of the original 1977 version of the film.


    The Silver Screen Edition, as it's known, went up last month and has been circulating around the internet. It instantly became a hit on fan message boards.

    In a new story about the restoration at Movie Mezzanine, the five anonymous fans that make up Team Negative1 say they spent four years and thousands of dollars to create the hi-def version. This included acquiring 35mm prints of the movie from eBay, even finding a low-fade print from Spain that cost $2,000.

    The group spent years cleaning the dirt off every frame of the film prints they used, and then scanning their work digitally. After getting a positive reception online to the previews they put up of their efforts, in January they put up the movie, with plans to post a higher-quality version in the future.

    According to one of the members of Team Negative1, who went by Mr. Black in the Mezzanine story, the goal is not to make an “official” 1977 release, but to show what the movie looked like in its original form.

    “We’re trying to get that look and that aesthetic of that print,” he said.

    Follow Team Negative1’s progress.

    Here’s a glimpse at the restoration:

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    Last year, Microsoft Bing's prediction engine correctly predicted 20 out of 24 Oscar winners, scoring a solid 84%. The year before that, it went 21 for 24. 

    So if you're trying to fill a bracket ahead of the 88th Academy Awards on February 28th, for fun or for glory, it might do you some good to pay attention to Bing.

    And there's some good news for Leonardo DiCaprio — Bing thinks this is finally the year when he'll take home his first win for best actor, pulling far ahead of competitors like Michael Fassbender, Matt Damon, and Bryan Cranston.

    In fact, Leo's movie "The Revenant" is looking like the one to beat in many categories.

    Here's a selection of Bing's picks for big winners:

    • "The Revenant" for best picture, with a 37% chance to win.
    • Leonardo DiCaprio for best actor, nominated for his role in "The Revenant," with a 73% chance to win.
    • Brie Larson for best actress, nominated for her role in "Room," with a 76% chance to win.
    • Sylvester Stallone for best supporting actor, nominated for his role in "Creed," with a 56% chance to win.
    • Alicia Vikander for best supporting actor, nominated for her role in "The Danish Girl," with a 50% chance to win.
    • Alejandro G. Iñárritu for best director, nominated for "The Revenant," with a 68% chance to win.

    You can see all of Bing's Oscar predictions here (or just search Bing for "Oscar winners"). 

    Microsoft has been using its Bing prediction engine to call the results of NFL games and the World Cup. So far, its track record is pretty good.

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    Leonardo DiCaprio is one of the most recognized actors of his generation — if not the most — though he's never won an Oscar.

    The 41-year-old started acting in commercials when he was 14 and soon made his mark on TV shows.

    The actor landed his first Oscar nomination when he was 19 and shot to superstardom, causing "Leo Mania" with his portrayal of Jack Dawson in "Titanic."

    Since then, he's earned a total of six nominations, but has still come up short. His snubs have become a running joke among fans. Some have created "Sad Leo" memes, and one fan even created a computer game devoted to the subject.

    But with his portrayal of Hugh Glass in "The Revenant," it looks like this might be the year DiCaprio snags the elusive — and well-deserved— Oscar. He's currently heavily favored to win.

    With the Oscars taking place February 28, here's a look back at his memorable career:

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    Leonardo DiCaprio began his career acting in television ads, particularly after landing one for Matchbox cars when he was 14.

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    His first role was in the direct-to-video film "Critters 3," and he soon landed TV roles in the short-lived series "Parenthood," based on the movie of the same name, and other series, including "The New Lassie," "Santa Barbara," and "Roseanne."

    Sources: New York Times, IMDb

    He gained attention for his recurring role as a homeless kid in "Growing Pains" during the sitcom's seventh and final season.

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