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Skylar Grey: And The Hits Keep Coming

This year has been good for the pop singer-songwriter, who's also a producer and industry veteran.

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Not Just Any Set: Behind The Scenes At 'Funny Or Die'

Neda Ulaby visits the set of a video from the comedy website Funny Or Die, and she examines how funny videos have become a successful business.

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Remembrances

Controversial Film Director Ken Russell Dies

The edgy, experimental director of Tommy, Altered States and the Oscar-winning Women in Love brought a spirit of glamour and flamboyance to British cinema.

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Seeds Of Change: Once Upon A Time's Regina (Lana Parilla) has an apple (or six) with Snow White's name on it. The ABC show — which transports the population of the Enchanted Forest into modern-day Maine — is one of two new network dramas that put a new twist on old tales.

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Death Metal, Vernacular And Tradition: The Music Scene In Taiwan

Taiwanese musicians are importing American styles and fusing them with traditional forms.

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Adonis, born Ali Ahmad Said Esber, is one of the contenders for the Nobel Prize in Literature.

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Long Literary Shadows On Nobel Shortlist

The Nobel Prize for Literature will be handed out on Thursday morning, and some perennial bridesmaids are on the shortlist.

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