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Hollywood Jobs

'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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Politics

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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