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April 1st, 2013
08:14 AM ET

VIDEO: Google, Twitter roll out April Fool's pranks

In a yearly tradition, Google and Twitter roll out April Fool's Day pranks on their sites to mark the unofficial holiday.


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March 13th, 2013
10:10 AM ET

VIDEO: Flash mob surprises President George H.W. Bush

Texas A&M students surprise former President George H.W. Bush with a dance to Books & Dunn's "Boot Scootin' Boogie."


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January 10th, 2013
09:54 AM ET

From "Family Guy" to Oscar host; Seth MacFarlane talks about his blockbuster gig

It’s official. The nominations are out for the 85th Annual Academy Awards. And the man of the hour and the host of this year's ceremony is one of the nominees.

Seth MacFarlane may be best known as the force behind TV’s "Family Guy" and last summer's smash hit comedy "Ted", but today he is the voice heard round Hollywood. MacFarlane just made the Oscar nominations announcements with help from actress Emma Stone in Beverly Hills, California, and tells us about his big gig in the ceremony live on “Starting Point” this morning.

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January 10th, 2013
09:15 AM ET

The world according to Hollywood; Zoraida Sambolin looks at the Oscars' past with awarding history

 

Hollywood and all its fans wait with bated breath until Seth MacFarlane and Emma Stone announce this year’s Academy Award nominees this morning. Big contenders include “Lincoln”, “Argo” and “Zero Dark Thirty”, critically acclaimed films with historical or political importance. But these are hardly the only movies in the race that have drawn scenes from the past. Zoraida Sambolin looks at Hollywood’s fascination with history in the Oscars and tells us more.

 

 

 

“Since 1927, nearly half of pictures nominated for the Academy Awards are about something historical,” Sambolin says. “Why does history and politics make for so much of Oscars attention?” She offers some answers.

 

 

 

“Sometimes it’s as simple as good presidents, patriots and politics,” she says. “And at a time when the economy is roughed and two wars are winding down, movies can provide an escape. Then there is the controversy that usually surrounds a political film.” These factors can be related to any of the three films. “But it’s not just the action and the controversy, directors also like the personal layers in historical films—taking a character who is often larger than life, and making them human.”

 

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January 9th, 2013
09:50 AM ET

Victoria’s Secret Model Cameron Russell's message to young girls who want to be models: 'it's not a career path'

Should young girls want to be models? One supermodel answered that question and her response went viral with over 90,000 views on YouTube.

Cameron Russell is a beautiful 25-year-old Victoria's Secret model who has traveled the globe walking in major high fashion runways and appearing in international fashion magazines. She's also an economics and political science major from Columbia University who delivered a frank TED Talk saying young girls should not aspire to be models.

Russell said, “…People always ask me is, ‘Can I be a model when I grow up?’ And the first answer is, ‘I don't know, they don't put me in charge of that.’ But the second answer, and what I really want to say is, ‘Why? You know, you can be anything.’”

She continued; “Saying that you want to be a model when you grow up is akin to saying that you want to win the Powerball. It's out of your control. And it's awesome. And it's not a career path.” Russell went on to break down what she sees as the biggest problems with modeling. Cameron Russell comes to “Starting Point” this morning to tell us why she said what she said.

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