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20 Pounds Thinner, Jake Gyllenhaal Works Butt Off in ‘Nightcrawler’ Trailer

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“What I believe is that good things come to those who work their asses off, and that good people who reach the top of the mountain didn’t just fall there,” Jake Gyllenhaal’s character Lou Bloom proclaims in the latest Nightcrawler trailer

There’s ambitious, and then there’s dangerously ambitious. In this trailer from Open Road Films, Lou appears to be trying too hard to succeed in the world of crime journalism. Gyllenhaal, who lost 20 pounds for the role, stars as a aggressive TV…

Big Data’s Effect on Organ Transplant Wait Lists

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Of 28,594 organs transplanted in 2013, you haven’t heard about most. The stories of a few might go viral thanks to social media, but the vast majority of donated organs are harvested from deceased donors or taken from living donors in relative obscurity.

Got a Secret? Singer Mary Lambert Will Snail Mail Yours to a Stranger

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In Mary Lambert’s new “Secrets” song, she comes clean with a bevy of new and old confessions, as if writing privately in a diary: “I can’t think straight, I’m so gay. Sometimes I cry a whole day. I care a lot, use an analog clock,” she sings in one verse

To complement the single, the “She Keeps Me Warm” singer and Capitol Records launched #MarySecrets Postcards, a website where people can submit a secret. In return, the participant will receive another person’s secret on a postcard in the…

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54% of the World’s Population Now Lives in Cities

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The worldwide movement of people from rural areas to cities continues, according to a new report from the United Nations.

The World Urbanization Prospects report [PDF], the UN’s annual update on urbanization, shows that 54% of the world’s population now lives in cities. In 1950, only 30% of the world lived in urban areas; that figure is expected to reach 66% by 2050.

Northern America (which includes Bermuda, Canada, Greenland, Saint-Pierre and…

‘The Late Late Show’ Could Be Very Different Post-Craig Ferguson

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LOS ANGELES — After Craig Ferguson takes his bow on The Late Late Show, things might look a little different on CBS late night

“We’re looking at it through a very different lens,” said CBS president Nina Tassler during the Television Critics Association press tour Thursday morning. “We’re trying to look at the entire landscape. We’re also looking in terms of format. There certainly is a knee-jerk reaction to go for more traditional, behind-the-desk interview format, but who knows.”

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GoTenna Lets You Text Your Friends Even When There’s No Signal

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Anyone who sends texts (so, that’s pretty much everyone) knows that sending messages in big crowds or remote places is often a lot easier said than done.

A new startup aims to fix this problem with goTenna, a device that will allow people to send text messages without a Wi-Fi or cell signal.

The device relies on low-energy Bluetooth signals and a companion app to relay messages between people who have a goTenna paired to their…

Bangladesh Charges 18 People in Connection With Deadly Factory Collapse

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Bangladesh’s Anti-Corruption Commission has charged 18 people for breaching regulations that contributed to the collapse of the Rana Plaza factory in Savar, Bangladesh, last year. The collapse, on April 24, 2013, killed more than 1,130 people in what is one of the world’s worst industrial accidents to date.

Mohammad Sohel Rana, the owner of the building, and his parents were among the 18 accused, along with the mayor of the town of Savar and three garment factory owners who worked in the…

Music Videos Aren’t Enough: How MTV Plans to Lift Album Sales

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When was the last time you watched a music video on television? The occurrences are few and far between for many music consumers, and this shift from fans viewing music videos on TV to fans instead watching them online on their own schedule is nothing new

But in the age of social media, streaming, downloads and YouTube, it’s not enough anymore for musicians and their record labels to upload music videos, expect people to watch them amid the Internet raucous, and rely on this strategy to…

Music Videos Aren’t Enough: How MTV Plans to Lift Album Sales

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When was the last time you watched a music video on television? The occurrences are few and far between for many music consumers, and this shift from fans viewing music videos on TV to fans instead watching them online on their own schedule is nothing new

But in the age of social media, streaming, downloads and YouTube, it’s not enough anymore for musicians and their record labels to upload music videos, expect people to watch them amid the Internet raucous, and rely on this strategy to…

‘True Detective’ Season 2 Cast ‘Will Be Well-Known Names,’ Says HBO

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LOS ANGELES — While details on True Detective‘s Season 2 remain slim, HBO executives said Thursday that the upcoming season will, indeed, have well-known actors. But that wasn’t necessarily the intention during casting, they said.

“I think the truth of the matter is a number of people — talented, well-known actors — look for great writing,” said HBO programming president Michael Lombardo, speaking at the Television Critics Association press tour in Los Angeles. “I think the people we will…