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Annette Funicello, original Mouseketeer, dies at 70

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Annette Funicello, arguably the most famous Disney Mousketeer of all, died Monday in Los Angeles from complications from multiple sclerosis.

Funicello was born in 1942 in Utica, N.Y., to Italian-American parents. She moved to Southern California with her family at age 4. She sang, danced and modeled and was discovered at the age of 12 by Walt Disney when he saw her perform. He invited her to audition for his new television show for children, "The Mickey Mouse Club."

Roger Ebert, Pultizer Prize-winning film critic, dies

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American film critic Roger Ebert (1942 – 2013) died Thursday at age 70 from the effects of salivary gland and thyroid cancer that he had been battling for 11 years. 

He started reviewing films in 1967 for the Chicago Sun-Times and continued through several television shows (the most popular “Siskel & Ebert” included fellow critic Gene Siskel, of the Chicago Tribune, who died in 1999) and his online journal at the Sun-Times when he was no longer able to speak after cancer surgery.

'Starbuck' the hilarious tale of moral dilemmas and unintended consequences

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Hanoverhill Starbuck (1979-1998) was a Canadian bull that sired 200,000 daughters around the world -- just under 37,000 in Canada alone. He also sired 209 proven sons, all through artificial insemination. 685,000 doses of his semen was sold in 45 countries globally, earning almost $25 million.

'The Bible,' 'Bones,' 'Flight' due honors at Catholic media awards

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Catholics in Media Associates celebrates its 20th anniversary with a Mass and film and television awards ceremony April 14.

The Oscar-nominated film "Flight," the long-running police drama "Bones" and the hit television miniseries "The Bible" will receive honors at the event.

An open-air Mass will precede the luncheon and awards ceremony in Pacific Palisades in Los Angeles.

Plato comes to life in DreamWorks film 'The Croods'

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In "The Croods," the prehistoric caveman Grug (voice of Nicolas Cage) is the head of the Crood family. These beings believe they are the only creatures of their kind in existence. They live somewhere on the earth in a dark cave and only go out during the day if necessary. Grug tells the younger members of the family -- Eep (voice of Emma Stone), Thunk (voice of Clark Duke) and Sandy (Randy Thom) -- the same bedtime story every night: Obey the rules of the cave that are marked on the walls and they will survive.

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