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Burning Man Turns 30: The Joys, Pitfalls (and Drugs) of Hollywood's "Vacation for the Soul"

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Burning Man, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, has grown from a tiny summer solstice bonfire gathering on the beach in 1986 near San Francisco to such a powerful cultural phenomenon that no less than President Barack Obama name-checked it at the White House Correspondents' Dinner in April. His 18-year-old daughter, Malia, he joked, isn't allowed to go. Running this year from Aug. 28 to Sept. 5, Burning Man — where attendees include Google's Sergey Brin and Larry Page, Amazon's Jeff Bezos, iHeartMedia chairman Bob Pittman, director Chris Weitz (who met and married his wife, Mercedes

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- Degen Pener

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Why the Venice Film Fest Matters More to Oscar (Sorry, Toronto)

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The past few years, while Toronto bickered with Telluride over which festival could screen which premiere when and where, Venice — after some decidedly lackluster editions — took the high road and worked on improving. The result? It's back on top after a scorecard that saw successful Oscar wins for Venice premieres three years in a row: Gravity, Birdman and, last year, Spotlight. Hollywood has taken notice. The festival is filled with studio titles this year, which means the red carpet will be filled with A-list talent. The four premieres that already are garnering awards buzz:

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- Ariston Anderson

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3D 'Jason Bourne' Causes Nausea, Protest in China

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Universal Pictures' Jason Bourne is attracting attention on Chinese social media for all the wrong reasons. The film debuted Tuesday to an impressive $11.8 million — a single-day high for the Bourne franchise in China — but complaints about a "special" 3D conversion of the film soon began to proliferate. On Wednesday, many Chinese moviegoers alleged that the 3D version of Jason Bourne had left them feeling dizzy and nauseous. Others soon joined the chorus to complain that it was too difficult to see the original 2D version, as cinemas were overwhelmingly screening the 3D option. "I really felt

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- Patrick Brzeski

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Britney Spears' 'Glory' Is Out Now

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The wait is over: Britney Spears’ new album is here in all its Glory. The pop superstar’s ninth studio album, Glory, arrived as expected at the stroke of midnight across all digital music platforms. Talk of an exclusive with Apple Music turned out to be just that…talk. Britney gave her new release a good push across her social media account with a short and sweet message: "it's here!!!" The new 12-track album, which leaked in the past week, features Britney’s latest single, "Make Me…" featuring G-Eazy, and earlier releases “Private Show,” “Do You Wanna Come Over?” and

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- Lars Brandle, Billboard

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Box Office: 'Don't Breathe' Inhales $1.9 Million Thursday

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Psychological horror-thriller Don't Breathe scared up a solid $1.9 million from 2,500 locations with previews beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday night. The late-August weekend includes three other new releases: Obama first date drama Southside With You, action film Mechanic: Resurrection and Roberto Duran boxing biopic Hands of Stone. Don't Breathe's Thursday night tally is in the range of recent summer release Lights Out, which took in $1.8 million in July on its way to a big $21 million debut. Don't Breathe, from Sony's Screen Gems and Stage 6 Films, is expected to top the

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- Rebecca Ford

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