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    Edvard Munch "The Scream"

    Can't afford $119,922,500 for a pastel? A poster will run you about $19.99.

    The 12 minutes of art-auction hysteria has led to yet another re-evaluation of, if not outrage about, the price we put on art and who gets to "own" it. The bidder(s) for the pastel of Edvard Munch's "The Scream" remains anonymous, but hammer prices like that in an economy like this has raised questions on who's driving up these high-profile sales lately. For some critics, the lopsided economics highlight that yawning gulf between art buyers and artists (that 1% thing again), with art lovers lost somewhere in the middle.

    In the case of Munch, though, the $119 million isn't just getting renewed respect for the revered artist right before his sesquicentennial birthday: Devotees will be able to visit the source of "The Scream" for themselves.

    Why the record-breaking art sales: Aside from "The Scream," Sotheby's did gangbusters in its May 2

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    It's common practice for celebrities to publicly endorse a candidate, but what if that candidate happens to be in high school? Two stars from AMC's "Breaking Bad," Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul, are appearing in a YouTube video as their "Breaking Bad" characters to support Maxwell Ulin for student body president of the posh Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences in Santa Monica, California. Ulin's competition, Summer Kennedy, enlisted another "Breaking Bad" star, Giancarlo Esposito, to appear in her own stump video. It's unclear how these high-profile gets came to be, but Crossroads has no shortage of well-connected students. The prep school is the alma mater of Kate Hudson, Jack Black, Zooey Deschanel, and Maya Rudolph, to name a few.

    In honor of "Star Wars Day" on -- yes, there is such a thing -- on May 4 (mark your calendar for next year), enterprising musician Nick McKaig released a completely a cappella

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  • Iconic Image From Russian Protests Going Viral

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    Sometimes a single photograph says it all. Vladimir Putin's inauguration is being protested by thousands of Russians who marched and rioted in Moscow over the weekend. Photojournalist Julia Ioffe was live-tweeting from the scene when she happened to snap a little boy on his bicycle (with training wheels, no less) facing down a seemingly endless squadron of Russian riot police in helmets and fatigues. The photo is fast becoming an iconic image of the demonstrators' anger at Putin's return to power. Ioffe called the picture "Russia's Tiananmen Square image," comparing it to the memorable shot of a lone man in a white shirt standing in front of a column of tanks during the 1989 protests in Beijing. Ioffe tweeted the picture to her 6,000 followers, and it's being rapidly retweeted and shared on Tumblr blogs. The boy's identity is unknown at this point, but he will no doubt become an important symbol for Russian

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  • Marvel's The AvengersAmerica created instant gratification. Now we have to wait for our own movies?

    "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island." "Battleship." Even "The Avengers"— starring good ol' American superheros. (Well, except Thor and Black Widow). All those blockbusters premiered in other countries days, or even weeks, ahead of their U.S. debut.

    We may have ourselves to blame.  Hollywood blockbuster budgets get bloated with special effects and A-list actors (with their A-list salaries), but domestic box office has been in a decline. Man cannot live by 3D alone, and we ungratefully angle for intangibles like plot and dialogue. Overseas cinephiles meanwhile, queue up for whatever rat-a-tat 3D adventures are thrown up on the screen. Movies, after all, have long been America's leading cultural export, and why shouldn't studios reward the most appreciative customers with the first peek?

    Smurfs at the Belgian premiereLook at the size of that international box office: The earnings potential can be exponential, as Hollywood learned in 2010, a

    Read More »from Y! Big Story: Hollywood makes America wait for the big movies
  • Ron Bufalini, from Ambridge, Pa., looks over the free comic books available at the New Dimensions Comics store on Free Comic Book Day, Saturday, May 7, 2011 in Cranberry, Pa. Bufalini says he likes to take advantage of the annual give away to look into different genres of comic books as well as get a few of his favorites.
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    Yahoo! and across the Web for Friday, May 4, 2012

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    A cease-fire has done little to stop the bloody clashes in Syria, where residents in the country's largest city have decided to take a stand against the government violence. Far above the madness, a double astronomical event will occupy night-watchers the whole weekend. And those who like a bargain — as in free — may want to check into the neighborhood comic book stores this Saturday for an annual event that has spread to 40 countries. For more reading, here are the searches — and the stories behind them — that you readers have pulling up across the Web.

    STANDOUT SPIKES (a deeper dig into three trending terms)

    Syria: Aleppo had not participated in the civil war against President Bashar Assad, but the country's largest city became the site of the largest protests against the Syrian president since March 2011. Thousands gathered

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