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John Kerry’s cease fire proposal rejected and violence spreads to the West Bank as the conflict between Israel and Hamas reaches day 18. We update the latest and also talk about Egypt’s role in mediation. A much-improved cure for Hepatitis C has been approved, but at $84,000 for a regimen, insurers and Medicaid are balking. A screening series -- “Hollywood Exiles in Europe” -- of films made overseas by blacklisted Hollywood filmmakers kicks off tonight. And in our weekly movie round-up: “Lucy,” starring Scarlett Johansson, new films by Rob Reiner and Woody Allen, and the trailer for “50 Shades of Grey.”

Banner Image: Edward Dmytryk testifying before the House Un-American Activities Committee

No Ceasefire in Gaza 6 MIN, 31 SEC

More than 800 Palestinians have died in the current conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza. Tonight, Israel’s security cabinet unanimously rejected a cease fire agreement proposed by Secretary of State John Kerry. And violence has spread to the West Bank in “the day of rage” protests. We update the latest on the situation in Gaza and the effort to reach a cease fire.

David Wright, a foreign correspondent for ABC news. (@WrightUps)

Egypt’s Role in Mideast Peace 7 MIN, 4 SEC

John Kerry is in Egypt trying to broker a cease fire between Hamas and Israel. Egypt has often acted as a go-between for the the two sides of the conflict, dating back to the late 1970s.  The situation is more complicated this time around, though, as Egypt deals with its own internal conflicts.

Robert Danin, Council on Foreign Relations (@robertdanin)

New Hepatitis C Treatment 8 MIN, 2 SEC

It’s estimated that three to four million Americans are infected with the Hepatitis C virus. And because it’s a slow-moving disease, most of those people don’t even know they’re infected. Most people who have the disease will never suffer serious medical problems. But for the twenty percent that do, the disease can be deadly. Until now, there has been no good medical answer to Hepatitis C. But last November, a new miracle drug, Sovaldi, was approved. The problem is, it costs one thousand dollars a pill, about 84 thousand dollars for a full regimen.

Rena Fox, Dr. Rena Fox is a professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, and she specializes in Hepatitis C.

Exiled from Hollywood 13 MIN, 6 SEC

Tonight, the UCLA Film and Television Archive kicks-off a screening series called “Hollywood Exiles in Europe” with the 1950 film “Christ in Concrete.” Director Edward Dmytryk made “Christ in Concrete” in England because he couldn’t make it in Hollywood. He’d refused to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee. It’s just one of almost 100 European films directed by, written by, and starring blacklisted Americans in exile.

photo: Edward Dmytryk testifying before the House Un-American Activities Committee

photo: "Christ in Concrete," made in London by blacklisted director Edward Dmytryk, written by blacklisted screenwriter Ben Barzman and starring blacklisted actor Sam Wanamaker.

Norma Barzman, was a blacklisted screenwriter who fled to Paris with her writer husband, Ben.
Rebecca Prime, A professor at Hood University and the author of “Hollywood Exiles in Europe: The Blacklist and Cold War Film Culture.”

Blacklisted writer Norma Barzman to kick off UCLA film series
Rebecca Prime's book “Hollywood Exiles in Europe."
Norma Barzman's Book "The Red and the Blacklist: The Intimate Memoir of a Hollywood Expatriate"

Hoffman’s Last Film, 50 Shades Trailer, and More Film News 11 MIN, 10 SEC

In our weekly film round-up, we take a look at “Lucy,” starring Scarlett Johansson, “A Most Wanted Man,” starring Philip Seymour Hoffman in his last role, and new films by Rob Reiner and Woody Allen. We also talk about the much-anticipated trailer for “50 Shades of Grey”, which just dropped.

Christy Lemire, What The Flick?! (@christylemire)
Tim Grierson, Film Critic (@TimGrierson)

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