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Kevin Slane Staff Writer

Kevin Slane is a staff writer at BDCwire, where he specializes in saying good morning to everyone who walks by and reading angry emails. He has written for numerous online outlets of varying repute, and enjoys bothering chain restaurants on Twitter in his spare time.

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Michael Keaton talks about growing up with his devout Catholic mother on Ellen

Michael Keaton is already getting Oscar buzz for his gripping performance as Boston Globe editor Walter “Robbie” Robinson in Spotlight. Like many Bostonians portrayed in the film, Keaton was raised Catholic.

In the film, Globe reporter Sacha Pfeiffer (played by Rachel McAdams) tries to hide the reporting she’s doing from her mother, a devout Catholic. As Keaton revealed in an interview with Ellen DeGeneres, his own mother also took her religion quite seriously. More

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The Martian has topped the box office for an impressive four weeks. Here’s why.

It’s been a month since The Martian hit theaters to critical acclaim and excellent box office numbers. The Matt Damon vehicle took in over $54 million domestically its first weekend — the second-best October opening weekend of all time — and has earned almost $183 million in the U.S. and $428 million worldwide to date.

Though the film was expected to be successful, few people predicted the film would still be number one at the box office in its fifth weekend in theaters, beating out Goosebumps for first place with another $11.4 million this past weekend.

The Martian is still number one in part because it’s a quality film with a likable star and an audience-friendly premise. But the real reason it has stuck around for so long is the dearth of competition at the box office amid several high-profile flops.

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Harpoon IPA is getting a new logo, and it looks completely different

Harpoon Brewery has been a staple in Boston since its founding in 1986, and is generally considered one of the forefathers of the craft brewery movement that has changed beer consumption nationwide.

But even beloved companies need to shake things up once in awhile, and Harpoon is beginning a branding update of their own, starting with an updated logo for Harpoon IPA, their flagship beer. More

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Time Magazine honors Conn. teen who discovered a better way to diagnose Ebola

Time Magazine recently published a list of the 30 most influential teens of 2015. Among them are social media stars (Bethany Mota and Lele Pons), actresses (Maisie Williams of Game of Thrones and Ariel Winter of Modern Family), and Jenner sisters (Kylie and Kendall, who sort of fit into both of the aforementioned categories).

Then there’s 17-year-old Connecticut high school student Olivia Hallisey, who invented a new way to test for the Ebola virus without refrigeration or electricity. More