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James Foley Was Reportedly Tortured Before Isis Beheading

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Journalist James Foley was brutally tortured before his beheading by Isis, according to a disturbing report published by The New York Times Saturday. Foley was reportedly waterboarded, beaten, starved and faced mock executions in the months before his death, according to former hostages and Foley's family, who were interviewed for the article. For solace, Foley and many fellow captives converted to Islam, the faith of those who were holding them hostage.  Of the 23 prisoners he was held with, Foley, and three British men reportedly suffered the worst torture, their captors were upset with their countries' roles in the war on

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Ex-Sony CEO Howard Stringer on Sony's Failures and Time Inc.'s Big Challenges

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In a frequently humorous address to several hundred entertainment lawyers and others, former Sony CEO and chairman Sir Howard Stringer shared observations from a half-century career that ranged from service in Vietnam to leadership of two media giants, offering uncensored thoughts on Sony and Time Inc., the Time Warner print/online spinoff whose board he recently joined. “At age 72, I’m one of fifty shades of grey trying to stay relevant,” he remarked, evoking laughter across the crowded USC ballroom. He stressed how difficult it is for any individual or company to respond to disruptive innovation, and discussed the

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- Jonathan Handel

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Jill Soloway: How a Detour Into Indie Filmmaking Led to Amazon's 'Transparent'

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While Jill Soloway had built up an impressive resume as a writer/producer of TV series like Six Feet Under and Unites States of Tara, when it came to selling her new series Transparent to Amazon, she used the fact that she’d directed an independent film to clinch the deal. Delivering the Filmmaker Keynote today at Film Independent’s annual Forum, held at the Directors Guild of America, Soloway offered up a very personal account of how she bounced back from a low point in her career, when she was desperate to get a job in TV, by temporarily turning away from

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- Gregg Kilday

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