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Finding Bigfoot’s biggest surprise

Two cast members from Animal Planet’s Finding Bigfoot answered questions and signed autographs for the more than 100 people who’d come to see them at Stetson University last night, where I teach. I’d talked with the cast at a press event last summer, and when they mentioned they enjoyed talking with student groups, I suggested …

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Oscar-winning documentary short funded on Kickstarter, feature inspired by 1997 article

Oscar-winning documentary short Inocente raised more than $50,000 via Kickstarter to help finish the film, while the Oscar-winning feature-length documentary Searching for Sugar Man was inspired by a 1997 magazine article. Craig Strydom’s article for Directions magazine told the story of his search for Sixto Rodriguez, a folk musician who disappeared from the public eye …

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Reality TV camera operator, director John Driftmier killed in plane crash

John Driftmier, who worked as a director of photography and director on reality shows such as Discovery Canada’s Dangerous Flights, was killed Sunday along with the pilot of a plane when it crashed in Kenya. He was 30. Discovery Canada’s president and GM Paul Lewis said in a statement, “The Canadian production community has lost …

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The best Hoarders parodies

Hoarders is off the air–possibly forever–but its legacy lives on in many, many parodies that have been created over the three and a half years since it debuted. Most fail to capture the essence of the series, or even to demonstrate that its creators paid attention when watching (the therapist never appears on camera before …

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Kim Kardashian quitting reality TV? CBS fires Mark Burnett’s The Job’; Big Brother pregnancy

Apocalypse alert: Kim Kardashian said she’ll quit after season nine of Keeping up with the Kardashians because “I’m ready to be a little less open about some things, like my relationships. I’m realizing everyone doesn’t need to know everything.” However, she later kind of backtracked in a blog post, though she didn’t deny saying it …

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