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From her home in Santa Monica, far from her native Kazakhstan, independent filmmaker and actress Gaukhar “Gia” Noortas beams as she talks about her latest project.. The movie is fiction. But the practice on which her movie is based is very real and is so common in Kazakhstan it has a name: Tokal, second or additional wife. So far this trend has led to two best-selling novels and a TV talk show. And coming soon to a theater near you: a fictional movie on the subject, aptly titled Tokal. Kazakhstan is the world’s largest supplier of uranium...Continue reading »

In March 2014, an eye-popping $215-million investment from Chinese online search giant Alibaba thrust Tango.me into the headlines. At the time, Tango.me happily soaked up the attention with appearances on Fox Business and CNBC, and founders Uri Raz and Eric Setton even sat for a photo spread for the tech website re/code. One year later, facing questions about user figures and whether they might be inflated, that openness is gone. The company refuses to comment. It’s a monumental and remarkable shift from when Setton basked in bright studio...Continue reading »

Adam Brown has just become the youngest graduate in history from Los Angeles Mission College. At an age when most young adults are freshman in high school, at the ripe age of 14-years-old Adam Brown is preparing to transfer to UCLA in the fall. “I’m looking forward to the experience. I love the campus and I love the atmosphere at the college,” says Brown. “I’m really looking forward to the depth of the challenge itself and working with professors that are interested...Continue reading »

This story about Michael Franzese was originally posted on April 29, 2015 at 7:00am ET. It was updated at 7:40am May 1, 2015 Michael Franzese is the son of a notorious underboss of the violent and feared Colombo crime family in New York. Only Al Capone earned more money for the mob than Franzese. Franzese’s involvement with the mob ended 25 years ago. Since then, Michael Franzese served 10 years in federal prison, renounced the mob and became a devout Christian. Today, even authorities in the U.S. who once tried to incarcerate him accept...Continue reading »

As the mercury rises, Americans go into summer mode. They grab the sunscreen and spray or layer. Then repeat. Often. The hope is that it will protect our skin—and especially our kids’ skin–from damaging sun rays. No sunscreen claims it can prevent melanoma. So what do you do, even with applying and reapplying, you still burn? Well, if you ask Ron Moy, MD, a dermatologist and facial plastic surgeon with offices on the storied and ritzy Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, Calif., he’ll tell you to use a product he created that contains...Continue reading »

Perhaps you grew up watching it in the 80s… and perhaps your kids are watching the reruns. Now there’s word that the hit series “Full House,” starring that widower single dad raising children. Netflix has ordered a 13-episode season of the new comedy from Warner Horizon Television, Miller-Boyett Productions and Jeff Franklin Productions. “Fuller House” is the long-awaited sequel to the iconic hit series Full House. Created by...Continue reading »

A trailer for Zack Snyder’s upcoming “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” was leaked by a YouTube user before quickly being taken down minutes later. The video, with foreign language subtitles, was captured on a handheld or camera phone. “Is it really surprising that the most powerful man in the world should be a figure of controversy?” the trailer begins. On Wednesday morning, Snyder teased the trailer on Twitter, but released only a short excerpt: Confirmed 4.20.15 #BatmanvSuperman...Continue reading »

He is not quite the image of Elsa that we’ve all come to know from Disney’s FROZEN. Though this Elsa wore a long, blue and sparkly dress and a blonde wig, dad Rob Chillingworth didn’t bother shaving his beard. But Chillingworth was quite the head-turner as he road the train with his daughter Ruby, who sat beside him donned as the snowman Olaf, to attend a dress-up Disney-themed sing-along in London’s Leicester Square. Someone snagged a photo of the two on the train, posted it to Reddit, and it quickly captured 1.5...Continue reading »

Jeff Foxworthy is one of the most recognizable faces in the world of entertainment. In addition to founding “The Blue Collar Comedy Tour” with comedians Bill Engvall, Larry the Cable Guy and Ron White, the 56-year-old funny man is the most successful comedy-recording artist in history, a multiple Grammy Award nominee and the best-selling author of 11 books. He has also had a long-lasting television career, hosting numerous gameshows, most notably “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader” and “The American Bible Challenge.” Above all...Continue reading »

After he and his wife devoted more than three decades building Intercoast Colleges into a successful for-profit educational institution with branches throughout the country, two years ago Christopher Sean Brown made an epic decision to walk away and follow his dream of moviemaking. “I was always into television and film, and was always around the film, television and radio business,” said Brown. “I’ve been around the entertainment industry all my life.” Brown, whose father worked as the head of Armed Forces Radio and Television...Continue reading »