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'Clap!' On Set, The Signature Sound Of The Slate

On a movie set, every scene and every take gets "slated" during filming, and there's that distinctive clap sound we all know. But what's it for? The job of the clapper, revealed.

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Good Art Is Popular Because It's Good. Right?

Research suggests that after a basic standard of quality is met, what becomes a success and what doesn't is essentially a matter of chance.

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Overhaul Of A FEMA Program Has Homeowners Calling Congress

The law, passed in 2012, was meant to shift the financial risk of insuring flood-zone properties to homeowners. But some residents' premiums have skyrocketed.

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Milan "Miki" Janicin slates a scene on a location shoot for The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. Given the crowded location, "I'm actually on the phone with my first assistant, so he could let me know when the camera is rolling," Janicin says. Sidney Ray Baldwin hide caption

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'Clap!' On Set, The Signature Sound Of The Slate

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