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Close Encounters of the Third Kind at 40: The Movie That Proved ‘Spielberg's Reputation Is No Accident'

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When Close Encounters of the Third Kind premiered in New York City on Nov. 15, 1977 - 40 years ago this Wednesday - filmmaker Steven Spielberg, though not yet 30, already had a reputation to uphold. His Jaws had been such a massive hit in 1975 that his new film would be judged on standards that hardly any movie could match. Given its UFO-centric subject matter, the 1977 success of Star Wars, which had cost about half as much as Close Encounters to make, only added to the pressure.
So it was no secret that extreme measures were taken to make sure the movie remained a surprise. The cast...
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Is this painting of Jesus worth $100 million?

Is this painting of Jesus worth $100 million?

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A painting thought by scholars to be one of only a few by Leonardo da Vinci to have survived the half-millennia since the artist's death is set to be auctioned Wednesday in New York
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New York Today: New York Today: Pooch Parking

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Wednesday: Dog owners' opinions on rentable doghouses, a traveling David Bowie exhibition, and a foodie firestorm.
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AP source: Flynn lawyers make a break with Trump team

AP source: Flynn lawyers make a break with Trump team

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Texas authorities search for suspect in fatal shooting of trooper

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Facebook will show users what Russian propaganda they liked or followed

Facebook will show users what Russian propaganda they liked or followed

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Macy's parade begins with balloons, bands and security

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President Trump tells military 'We're really winning'

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Police officer serving country overseas gets Thanksgiving surprise

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A Mississippi man is selling a “slightly used” casket on Facebook for $200. Read more ...

Mississippi State loses QB Nick Fitzgerald to ugly leg injury

Mississippi State loses QB Nick Fitzgerald to ugly leg injury

The Egg Bowl turned ugly after Mississippi State quarterback Nick Fitzgerald suffered a gruesome leg injury. Read more ...

Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe granted immunity, military says

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Zimbabwe's former president Robert Mugabe and his wife have been granted immunity from prosecution, the military said Thursday, allowing the couple to remain in the country. Read more ...