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water for elephants
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Story At The Movies: WATER FOR ELEPHANTS

I loved this movie! How's that for a short review? Old-fashioned corny schmaltz like this doesn't appeal to that many people these days, but I enjoyed this one 'way out of all my expectations.

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terror
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Story At The Movies: THE TERROR

Recently I had the pleasure of viewing an old antique horror film from 1963 in its new Blu-ray version, and was properly amazed by the picture quality of this new release.

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RIO
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Story At The Movies: RIO

"Rio!" "Rio by the sea-o!" Yes, were talking the Rio in Brazil, the one that Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers danced through in "Flying Down to Rio" 'way back in the 1930s.

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Panel Recommends Major Tax Law Changes
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5 Helpful Tips for a Successful Tax Return

It’s tax time! It can get overwhelming to file all alone. Here are a few resources that might help.
The IRS Website
The IRS’s website, while written in legalese, is the ultimate guide to everything you’ll need to know about your taxes. Here, you can download tax forms and find out which items are deductible. The site is a valuable resource if you’re filing your own taxes.

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Tax Preparation Gets Underway Ahead Of April Deadline
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5 Great Ways to Spend Your Tax Refund

It’s tax season, but that also means it's tax return season, too. In 2010, the average return was $3,036. That’s a lot of money to get at one time. With all that extra cash, you might be asking yourself, "How should I spend it?"

Here are few ideas.

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Hawaii Named Happiest State in the US
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Hawaii Named Happiest State in the US

Hawaii was the country's happiest state  in 2010.

This according to the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, which takes into account emotional health, physical health, healthy behaviors, and job satisfaction.

While one might guess that Hawaii's stellar climate has something to do with its residents' contentment, the rest of the top five happiest states were rounded out by Wyoming, North Dakota, Alaska and Colorado -- each far from being a tropical paradise.

On the other end of the spectrum, West Virginia was deemed the most miserable state, followed by Kentucky and Mississippi.  Read on to see where Indiana falls and for the complete list.

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Supercut Alert ‹ A Short History of Product Placement
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Supercut Alert — A Short History of Product Placement [VIDEO]

Product placement has been a part of TV and movies since their beginnings, and finally someone's put together a video montage of laughably obvious placement moments  — for historical purposes, of course. Fred and Wilma Flintstone split a pack of Winstons while Bugs Bunny unironically urges the children of America to drink the Kool-Aid.

They're not all really product placements — some are just ads — but it's still a cool and creepy trip through the history of subliminal (and not so subliminal) marketing.Check it out after the jump:

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Mardi Gras
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Know Your Mardi Gras History [VIDEO]

Mardi Gras is French for "Fat Tuesday," a reference to the binge eating a lot of Catholics do before Lent. As is often the case with holidays, the Christian roots are intertwined with earlier pagan practices. It was very common for early church fathers to integrate elements of pagan ritual in an attempt to attract potential converts.

Mardi Gras itself originated in the Middle Ages and was brought to the U.S. by the French explorer Iberville. In 1827, Parisian-style masked balls were legalized in New Orleans after a long period of prohibition. The celebration soon became known for its celebrants' raucous behavior during fanciful parades.

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Oscar Winners
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The King’s Speech Wins Big At Oscars

There weren't a whole lot of surprises at the 83rd Academy Awards -- as expected, "The King's Speech" took the big prize as Best Picture. The film about King George VI overcoming his stutter also garnered a Best Actor statue for Colin Firth and a Best Director win for Tom Hooper.

"King"'s four statuettes tied "Inception," which also nabbed four awards in technical categories, for the most Oscars.

Oscar favorite Natalie Portman also took home the Best Actress statuette for her role in "Black Swan," and Melissa Leo and Christian Bale of "The Fighter" cleaned up in the supporting role categories.

See the full list of winners after the jump:

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The Oscars' 'Inception'-Style Opening Sequence
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The Oscars’ ‘Inception’-Style Opening Sequence [VIDEO]

This year's opening sequence of the Academy Awards featured hosts James Franco and Anne Hathaway trying to tap Alec Baldwin's dreams for Oscar hosting advice.

The skit featured a bunch of this year's nominees for best picture, and a surprise appearance from an iconic film of yore.  Read on to check it out.

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