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Meet 15-year-old aspiring filmmaker Morgan Spence, who was recruited to be part of Lego artist Warren Elsmore's Brick Flicks project. Spence has edited together a series of iconic movie scenes—from Singin' In the Rain to Wayne's World to Titanic—using Legos. Everything is awesome, perhaps, but Spence is doing his part to make them all a little more awesome ... Discuss

It's been nearly seven months since Boko Haram kidnapped roughly 200 schoolgirls in Nigeria, launching the #BringBackOurGirls hashtag. Today, Nigerian officials announced they had reached an agreement to secure their release and implement a ceasefire between the Nigerian military and the terrorist group. "Commitment among parts of Boko Haram and the military does appear to be genuine," a Nigerian security official told Reuters. "It is worth taking seriously."

Boko Haram raided Chibok boarding school in northern Nigeria in April, taking nearly 300 schoolgirls with them when they left. Some 50 girls managed to escape early on, and the rest have been trapped ever since. While the news of their freedom is very good news, experts have warned that the emotional, physical and sadly likely sexual trauma will take time and effort to mend ... Discuss

U2's bombastic, free Songs of Innocence release is the sort of thing that sort of forces you to have an opinion (the album was forced onto your hard drive, so, why not?). Some people saw it as the way of the future. Some people saw it as a grand gesture from a big band. Some people felt like the music was, well, forced on them. And then there's Black Keys drummer and noted Belieber archfoe Patrick Carney, who says the giveaway hurt U2's reputation. Apple's delivery method, "devalued their music completely," Carney told The Seattle Times, and said the deal "sends a huge mixed message to bands… that are just struggling to get by. I think that [U2] were thinking it’s super generous of them to do something like that."

Carney's opinion isn't so different from Bono's, who recently told Rolling Stone that "I had this beautiful idea and we got carried away with ourselves. Artists are prone to that kind of thing: [a] drop of megalomania, touch of generosity, dash of self-promotion and deep fear that these songs that we poured our life into over the last few years mightn't be heard. There's a lot of noise out there. I guess we got a little noisy ourselves to get through it" ... Discuss

Groups of police officers in Hong Kong tore down tents, used batons, pepper sprayed crowds and forced protestors out of a prominent commercial district today as the tension between government authorities and pro-democracy activists continues to heighten.

The clash between protestors (many of whom are students) and authorities comes just a day after a top government official offered to discuss demands with members of the Occupy movement. A member of the Federation of Students told the crowds, “They said they want to resume talks, but then they swept away the streets today. If [the government] continues to clear protest sites gradually under the disguise of removing barricades, it would only provoke more people to take to streets" ... Discuss

NBC wants to bring one of the U.K.’s most popular sitcoms to U.S. audiences. Producer Bill Lawrence—the guy behind an upcoming Rush Hour TV series—is working with NBC to produce an American version of the acclaimed British workplace comedy The IT Crowd. Remaking a beloved show isn’t easy (though it worked for The Office), but Lawrence is working with the writing team of Neil Goldman and Garrett Donovan (who’ve worked on shows including Community, Scrubs and Family Guy) to see if they can bring the concept new life in the U.S. Weirdly, it’s not the first time NBC has tried to remake the show. Back in 2006, they actually produced a version starring a pre-Community Joel McHale they never ended up airing ... Discuss

You may remember a meme floating around Facebook over the last few months, in which friends would ask each other to share “10 books that have stayed with you" as a status update. The lists spread across the social network, with hundreds of thousands of Facebook users around the world ranking their favorite books. Now, Facebook has tallied up the full rankings across eight countries (that had at least 20,000 take part in the meme), to see which books where most beloved around the globe.

The list in the U.S., U.K., Italy, Philippines, Brazil, India and France were all dominated by one work: J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. The only country among the lists not topped by Harry Potter was Mexico (it ranked third), where One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez took the No. 1 spot.

The Bible on the other hand, didn’t fare as well. It ranked sixth for U.S. and U.K. readers, and barely cracked the top 10 in one other country, Brazil ... Discuss