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‘De Palma’ documentary started as a home movie (+video)

It started years ago as a home movie with a friend telling stories of his roller coaster life as a writer/director of subversive comedies and bloody psychological thrillers. Co-directors Noah Baumbach (“The Squid and the Whale”) and Jake Paltrow (“The Good Night”) kept their cameras rolling meeting after meeting, detailing virtually every phase of Brian De Palma’s creative history in chronological order.

Bill Cunningham, photographer of New York street fashion, dies at 87 (+video)

Bill Cunningham, who dropped out of Harvard to pursue a career making hats for high-society women and later became a roving street-fashion photographer for the New York Times, documenting - and at times influencing - fashion trends with his keen eye for emerging styles, died June 25 in New York City. He was 87.

‘Finding Dory’ outswims ‘Independence Day,’ while ‘The Shallows’ surprises (+video)

LOS ANGELES — Two aquatic tales — one geared for families, the other for scare-seeking teens and adults — helped to buoy the weekend box office, with Disney/Pixar’s “Finding Dory” retaining the No. 1 spot and the shark-attack thriller “The Shallows” exceeding expectations in its first weekend to come in fourth.

The creators of YouTube’s first viral phenomenon plan to revolutionize the Internet (again)

The instant a new video appeared on the YouTube channel lonelygirl15, rumors began to ricochet around the Internet. The channel, dormant for seven years, had been the breakout phenomenon of early YouTube and a cult obsession ever since: a web series that not only defined the genre, but convinced millions of people it was actually real. (It was actually fictional.)

Anton Yelchin, actor in ‘Star Trek’ films, dies in freak car accident at age 27 (+video)

LOS ANGELES — Actor Anton Yelchin, perhaps best known for his role in the new “Star Trek” films, died early Sunday after his vehicle rolled down his Los Angeles driveway and trapped the actor against a brick post, authorities confirmed.

Movie review: ‘Tickled’ looks at subculture and companies that profit from it

About half an hour into the queasily entertaining documentary “Tickled,” we’re introduced to a Florida man named Richard Ivey, who runs a lucrative video website catering to those who share his highly specific fetish. Describing the art of tickling as a milder form of sexual bondage, with feathers and toothbrushes in lieu of whips and chains, Ivey proceeds to give a handy demonstration on camera. He runs his fingertips all over the chest, armpits and feet of a handsome, heavily tattooed young man — who, being tied down, can respond only with bodily contortions and uncontrollable giggles, punctuated by cries of “Stop!” and “I hate this!”

Lois Duncan, whose suspense novels held teen readers spellbound, dies at 82 (+video)

Lois Duncan, who held generations of young readers spellbound with “I Know What You Did Last Summer,”“Killing Mr. Griffin” and a raft of other popular suspense novels, a genre she could no longer bear to write after the unsolved murder of her teenage daughter, died June 15 at her home in Bradenton, Florida. She was 82.

What it’s like to lead the Smithsonian

David Skorton became secretary of the Smithsonian Institution last July, overseeing 19 museums and galleries, 20 libraries, the National Zoo and numerous research centers. Educated as a cardiologist, Skorton previously served as president of the University of Iowa and Cornell University, and his interests seem as varied as the Smithsonian’s offerings. He has had a longstanding interest in both science and the humanities, and in his spare time he plays the jazz flute and is an amateur beekeeper.

Rain doesn’t dampen the mood of opening day at Shanghai Disney (+video)

SHANGHAI — Under dark skies and intermittent showers, Walt Disney Co. officially threw wide the gates of its most expensive international resort to mostly orderly crowds on Thursday, creating a beachhead for the popular entertainment company in the most populous nation.