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Whedon releasing film for digital download

by The Associated Press on April 21, 2014 10:39 AM

NEW YORK — Joss Whedon is releasing a film he wrote as a $5 digital download, bypassing the normal channels of independent film distribution.

In a video announcement Sunday following the premiere of the supernatural romance “In Your Eyes” at the Tribeca Film Festival, Whedon said the film will immediately be released online via Vimeo On Demand and InYourEyesMovie.com.

The film stars Zoe Kazan and Michael Stahl-David. Whedon penned and produced it.

The release will be the second film release for Whedon’s “micro studio” Bellwether Productions, following last year’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing.”

Whedon has experimented previously with digital releases. His 2008 miniseries “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog” was among the first high-profile Web series.

Whedon currently is working on the “Avengers” sequel “Age of Ultron,” to be released next year.

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LOS ANGELES — Lindsay Lohan, 27, said she suffered a miscarriage during the taping of her reality TV series.

The actress made the disclosure during Sunday’s final episode of “Lindsay,” the OWN cable channel series.

Lohan said the miscarriage was the reason she was unable to appear on the program at one point. She was sick and unable to move, she said.

She didn’t offer any further details on the program about her ill-fated pregnancy.

Lohan began taping the OWN reality show shortly after leaving her sixth stint in rehab last summer.

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YORK — Miss America is asking a Pennsylvania school district to reconsider the punishment of a senior who asked her to prom during the question-and-answer portion of an assembly.

The York Dispatch reported Sunday that Nina Davuluri posted a statement on the Miss America Organization’s Facebook page saying she contacted Central York High School to ask officials to rethink the three-day in-school suspension issued to Patrick Farves, 18.

Davuluri said her travel schedule will prevent her from attending the dance with Farves. School officials knew Farves intended to ask her to prom and warned him not to do it. Fellow students cheered afterward, but Farves was suspended for misbehaving.

He apologized for disrupting Thursday’s event. Davuluri was there to talk about the importance of science, technology, engineering and math studies.

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LONDON — A portrait of Queen Elizabeth II by renowned British photographer David Bailey has been unveiled to mark the monarch’s 88th birthday.

The black-and-white photograph, taken at Buckingham Palace in March, shows the queen smiling broadly. Bailey described his subject as a “very strong woman” with “very kind eyes with a mischievous glint.”

The portrait, unveiled Sunday for the queen’s birthday today, was commissioned for a government campaign to promote Britain’s heritage and tourism to potential visitors abroad.

Britain’s monarchy and royal history is one of the biggest drivers of its strong tourism industry.

The queen celebrates two birthdays each year: Her actual one today is celebrated privately, while a public ceremony in June marks the occasion with a Trooping the Color parade in London.

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WASHINGTON — Singer Chris Brown’s trial on an assault charge in Washington is expected to begin today.

It will come after a judge gives her ruling in the trial of Brown’s bodyguard, Christopher Hollosy.

Both men are charged with misdemeanor assault. A Maryland man says they punched him outside a Washington hotel in October.

Hollosy told police he punched the man after the man tried to get on Brown’s tour bus.

Court papers say the man’s nose was fractured. Brown has denied hitting the man.

A guilty verdict would be significant for the Grammy winner. Besides jail time in D.C., he could face additional penalties, including jail time in California.

At the time he was arrested in Washington, Brown was on probation in Los Angeles for an attack on his then-girlfriend, the singer Rihanna, in 2009.

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