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'Angel City' time-lapse video tours viewers through nighttime Los Angeles


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"Angel City" time-lapse video that takes viewers on a tour of nighttime Los Angeles.

A new time-lapse video taken around Los Angeles, "Angel City," takes viewers around L.A. in sped-up nighttime shots over the course of four minutes.

The video shows local landmarks including the Griffith Observatory, the downtown L.A. skyline, the Paramount Pictures studios and downtown's 2nd Street Tunnel (often seen in commercils and films). It also features several first-person shots going through L.A. streets.

The video is set to music from the 1995 L.A. crime classic "Heat" with a song by composer Elliot Goldenthal, performed by the Kronos Quartet. The music may help evoke L.A. for those who know the city, with the film shot locally, including an epic shootout in downtown.

It was shot by independent filmmaker Gavin Heffernan for his own Sunchaser Pictures. He's made a name for himself with his time-lapses, as well as writing and directing feature films, shorts and commercials.


New Michael Jackson/Queen song released: 'There Must Be More to Life Than This'

Grooming Freddie

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File: Queen's Freddie Mercury has his mustache groomed.

The new Queen compilation "Queen Forever" includes three previously unreleased tracks, but the one that has people talking is a collaboration between two legends: Freddie Mercury and Michael Jackson.

The new song, "There Must Be More to Life Than This," was an unfinished track recorded during studio sessions for the 1981 Queen album "Hot Space," according to a press release on the new compilation. Queen also looked at the song for 1984's "The Works," but still don't go with it — the song finally landed, sans Jackson, on 1985's Mercury solo album "Mr. Bad Guy."

Listen to the new version of the song here:

Michael Jackson/Queen Soundcloud

Listen to the originally recorded version of the Queen/Jackson collaboration below:

Michael Jackson/Queen collabo

The new version was produced by William Orbit, who also did a remix of the song.


X-Men franchise's Deadpool finally gets his own movie in 2016

Comic Con Fans Attend The Annual Convention In San Diego

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File: Stephen Yan dresses as Deadpool at Comic-Con on July 19, 2013 in San Diego.

Hey, you! Yeah, you reading this! They're finally making a Deadpool movie!

If you like fourth-wall breaking, second-person addresses like the above, you may be in the target audience for the long-in-development "Deadpool," which Twentieth Century Fox announced Thursday that it was finally moving ahead with, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The studio announced a Feb. 12, 2016 release date for the film with Tim Miller set to direct the character who's served as both friend and foe to the X-Men.

The so-called "Merc with a Mouth" is a mercenary character created in the early '90s by artist Rob Liefeld, with Liefeld being an outspoken champion for the character. The character was part of the same Weapon X program that created Wolverine, with a similar healing factor power, but with a horribly scarred face he covers with a mask. He's also been played as crazy, which manifests itself as the character often knowing he's in a comic book and talking directly to the reader.


New 'Justice League' webseries for Machinima brings back iconic producer Bruce Timm

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The lineup from the "Justice League" animated series.

Bruce Timm's DC Comics animated universe, beginning with "Batman: The Animated Series" and continuing with "Superman," "Batman Beyond," "Justice League," "Justice League Unlimited" and more, remains one of the most beloved and critically acclaimed animated runs in existence. The run was so idenified with the producer that it was sometimes called the Timmverse, but the last show in that continuity ended in 2006 and Timm officially stepped down from working with DC animation in 2013.

Now Timm is back. He's providing a darker take than the optimistic world he became known for in "Justice League: Gods and Monsters," a three-part digital series launching spring 2015 that will be tied in with a full-length animated film that comes out later that year, according to a press release.

Timm's also re-teaming with Alan Burnett, who worked with Timm on "Batman: The Animated Series." It's part of DC Comics' efforts to set up their new film "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice," which hits in 2016, with the full Justice League film set for 2018.


2014 Americana Music Awards with Loretta Lynn, Patty Griffin and more

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The finale of the 2013 Americana Music Association Honors and Awards show.

The 2014 Americana Music Awards are Wednesday at 5 p.m. Pacific/8 p.m. Eastern. You can watch the full show live from the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tenn. below, including performances by Loretta Lynn, Jackson Browne, Emmylou Harris, Patty Griffin and more.

Read a full list of the nominees below:

Album of the Year

• Build Me Up From Bones by Sarah Jarosz
• The Lights From The Chemical Plant by Robert Ellis
• The River And The Thread by Rosanne Cash
• Southeastern by Jason Isbell

Artist of the Year

• Rosanne Cash
• Rodney Crowell
• Robert Ellis
• Jason Isbell