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  • Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014
In this June 5, 2014 file photo, a man walks past a Google sign at the company's headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

Google is being swamped with demands from Europeans trying to erase humiliating links to their past from the world's dominant Internet search engine.

Nearly 145,000 requests have been made in the European Union and four other countries by people looking to polish their online reputations, according to numbers the company released Friday. That's an average of more than 1,000 requests a day since late May, when Google began accepting submissions in order to comply with a European court that ruled some embarrassing information about people's lives can be scrubbed from search results.

Europe's insistence that its citizens have the "right to be forgotten" in certain instances has thrust Google into an uncomfortable position that it sought to avoid. The company has been trying to define what kind of material merits deletion while also striving to stand by its belief that all of the world's information More

  • Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014
In this May 22, 2013 file photo, Robert Redford poses for photographers during a photo call for the film "All is Lost" at the Cannes Film Festival. (AP Photo)
Film Society of Lincoln Center to present honor in April 2015

The Film Society of Lincoln Center has announced that Robert Redford, Academy Award–winning director, actor, producer, environmentalist, and founder of the Sundance Film Festival and Institute, will be honored at the 42nd Annual Chaplin Award Gala held at Lincoln Center on Monday, April 27, 2015. The evening will celebrate the plethora of iconic roles he has played and the remarkable work he has directed and/or produced.

Redford continues to influence the world of cinema, through his distinguished stage and film career, as well as his continued support of several generations of innovative voices in independent film through his nonprofit Sundance Institute and internationally recognized Film Festival. The event will be attended by a host of notable guests and will include movie and interview clips culminating in the presentation of The Chaplin Award. 

“The Board is thrilled to have Robert Redford as the next recipient of the Chaplin Award More

  • Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014
The old district courthouse building in downtown Santa Fe, NM has been transformed into a U.S. Embassy for the pilot episode of a new TV show call "Stanistan" on Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014. (AP Photo/The Santa Fe New Mexican, Jane Phillips)
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) -- 

A vacant Santa Fe courthouse was transformed this week into a U.S. Embassy in the Middle East, thanks to the magic of television.

Crews have been filming in downtown Santa Fe for the USA Network pilot, "Stanistan," the Santa Fe New Mexican reported.

The dramedy follows CIA officers, State Department employees and journalists working out of an American compound. "Dexter" star Jennifer Carpenter headlines the series. It also co-stars Zach Gilford ("Friday Night Lights") and Jonathan Cake ("Desperate Housewives").

An entrance of the former state District Court building was guarded by gray walls topped with barbed wire on Thursday. A U.S. government seal was attached to the main doors with numerous sandbags lining the walkway.

The production shut down parts of the streets near the courthouse, covering one portion with mud.

Showrunner Michael Duggan says the production, which started More

  • Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014
In this Oct. 27, 2011 file picture Czech actor, dissident, a signatory of human rights manifesto Charter 77 and former member of Vienna's Burgtheater Pavel Landovsky poses for photographers at his house in Kytin (about 40 kms south of Prague), Czech Republic. (AP Photo/CTK, Martin Sterba, Rene Fluger, File)

Pavel Landovsky, a Czech actor, anti-communist dissident and a friend of late president and playwright Vaclav Havel, has died.

Landovsky, 78, died Friday of a heart attack, his family announced to the national CTK news agency on Saturday.

Landovsky appeared in numerous movies, including "Closely Watched Trains," the Academy Award winner for the best foreign language film in 1967.

Many remember him for his role of a brewery official in Havel's play "Audience." In a famed 1976 recording he made with Havel, Landovsky tries to persuade a brewer worker-dissident to spy on himself.

After Landovsky signed the Charter 77 human rights manifesto, he faced communist persecution and emigrated to Austria. He returned home after the 1989 Velvet Revolution led by Havel ousted the communist regime.

  • Friday, Oct. 10, 2014
This photo provided by NBC Universal shows Jan Hooks as Verna in season 4 of the television series, "30 Rock." (AP Photo/NBCU Photo Bank, Ali Goldstein)

Former "Saturday Night Live" cast member Jan Hooks has died.

The 57-year-old Hooks died Thursday in New York, according to The New York Times. The newspaper confirmed the death through Hooks' agent, Lisa Lieberman.

The comic actress was a versatile performer whose impressions ranged from Nancy Reagan to Sinead O'Connor to Tammy Faye Bakker.

Hooks, a Decatur, Georgia, native, moved into prime time in 1991 as a cast member on the sitcom "Designing Women." She later did an Emmy Award-nominated turn on "3rd Rock From the Sun."

She also appeared in 1992's "Batman Returns" and voiced convenience store owner Apu's wife on "The Simpsons" for several years.

On "SNL," she was part of a 1986 cast infusion that included fellow standouts Dana Carvey and Phil Hartman that helped the show after the previous season's ratings dive.

A former member of the influential comedy troupe The More

  • Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014
In this July 1, 2008 file photo, actor Stephen Collins poses for a picture outside of the Shubert Theatre in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Actor Stephen Collins' real-life scandal has cost him a role on "Scandal."

ABC said Thursday that Collins, who was supposed to repeat a one-time role as a television anchorman on the hit Thursday drama, will have his scenes eliminated. The network said it isn't clear how the episode will be rewritten. It was scheduled to air later this season.

New York police said this week they are investigating charges that the former "7th Heaven" television dad molested a 14-year-old girl back in 1972. The actor's estranged wife wrote in a court declaration last year that Collins told her he had molested at least three young girls.

Earlier this week, the networks, UP TV and TV Guide, announced the cancellations of "7th Heaven."

  • Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014
In this Feb. 4, 2014 file, director and actor George Clooney attends the premiere of "The Monuments Men" at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

Newly married George Clooney surprised fans with an appearance at New York Comic-Con on Thursday.

Clooney, who married human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin on Sept. 27 in Venice, Italy, walked on stage during a panel discussion for the upcoming Disney fantasy film, "Tomorrowland," in which he plays a hermit inventor.

"It's not lost on me that I'm spending my honeymoon at Comic-Con," Clooney told the crowd to thunderous applause.

Panel moderator Chris Hardwicke then asked the actor, "So what did you say, 'Honey we're going to Comic-Con.'"

"She was as confused as you all were," responded Clooney.

Prior his walking on stage, Disney showed the crowd a two-minute trailer of the film.

"We've been waiting on this for a year and a half and that's it," Clooney told director Brad Bird. "I'm barely in the teaser."

Later, Clooney introduced an exclusive clip from the film that More

  • Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014
This Tuesday, July 16, 2013 file photo shows a sign at eBay headquarters in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)

E-commerce site eBay is kicking off a global branding campaign that aims to draw attention to the wide array of goods it has available ahead of the holiday shopping season.

It's the first time eBay has created a campaign with the same message across four of its biggest markets: the U.S., Australia, Germany and the U.K., with more countries expected to be added in 2015. And it comes as eBay preps for a split next year with payments unit PayPal, its fastest-growing segment.

Central to the campaign is an ad that will run in 15-, 30- and 60-second versions that shows goods like a surfboard and a smartphone in action in scenes around the world, as well as iconic images like Dorothy's red shoes in the "Wizard of Oz" and the guitar of rock legend Jimi Hendrix. Then it cuts to items shoppers were inspired to buy.

"It's a great big world, and it can all be yours here and only here," a voiceover states More

  • Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014
In this June 23, 2013 file photo, director Paul Feig and screenwriter Katie Dippold attend "The Heat" premiere at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

After years of rumors, there are finally plans for a new "Ghostbusters," and it will be led by a female cast.

"Bridesmaids" filmmaker Paul Feig said Wednesday that he will direct a reboot of the ghost-fighting comedy franchise starring, as he said on Twitter, "hilarious women." Feig will direct the film for Sony Pictures, with "The Heat" screenwriter Katie Dippold writing the script.

A sequel with the original cast was developed for years that would have reunited Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis, with Ivan Reitman directing. But that never got off the ground and Ramis died in February.

Casting has yet to be announced, but Melissa McCarthy would be a good bet. Feig has made three films in a row with McCarthy, including the upcoming "Spy."

  • Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014
In this March 5, 2014 file photo, a delivery man carts cases of Pepsi products in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

No wonder Coke and Pepsi are spending millions of dollars to fight proposed taxes on sugary drinks in California.

PepsiCo reported a higher quarterly profit Thursday as global sales rose, but one weak spot was Mexico. The company said a new tax on junk food and sugary drinks hurt its snacks sales volume by 3 percent.

The declines suffered by Pepsi and Coke in Mexico underscore why the beverage industry is fighting tax proposals on sugary drinks in in San Francisco and nearby Berkeley.

PepsiCo — which makes Frito-Lay chips, Gatorade and Tropicana — reported similar declines for the first half of the year, starting when the tax went into effect.

Coca-Cola, which reports its third quarter results Oct. 21, has also reported volume declines in Mexico for the first half of the year, citing the tax. Mexico has the world's highest per capita consumption of Coca-Cola drinks.

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