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Bieber and Gosling's family connection and other things you may have missed this week

The Place Beyond the Pines: Star Ryan Gosling has worked with most of these producers several times now, on lauded titles including Half Nelson and Blue Valentine, which was also helmed by director/co-writer Derek Cianfrance. The A-list cast also includes Bradley Cooper, Ray Liotta and Eva Mendes.

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For many of us, Monday to Friday races by in a blur. We know it can be a struggle to delve beyond the big headlines and keep on top of all the interesting stories out there. We're here to lend a hand: In case you didn't see them the first time, a collection of stories you may have missed this week on globeandmail.com.

Give redneck TV a chance

Here Comes Honey Boo Boo , the reality show starring a six-year-old pageant contestant and her family in rural Georgia, has been blasted by critics as everything from "exploitative" to "socially irresponsible." But that's no reason to discount it and other "redneck TV" shows, argues John Doyle. Herewith, a case for why redneck TV is not only refreshing, but a lot of fun, too.

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Calculating comedy

Is it possible to come up with a formula for funny? According to a professor in Colorado, yes. Here's what he says it takes to make a joke funny.

If I had a million dollars…

Looking for a vacation home and have at least a million dollars to spend? From Whistler, B.C. to Mahone Bay, N.S., this is what a million dollars will buy you.

No homework for Bébé?

If school-aged children could vote, French President François Hollande would have the next election locked down. Arguing that take-home assignments create a disadvantage for low-income students whose parents can't help them, Mr. Hollande announced this week a nation-wide ban on homework.

All in the family

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What do Justin Bieber and Ryan Gosling have in common (aside from both being Canadian)? The same genes, apparently. According to genealogists at Ancestry.com, a study into the stars' family lineage found that the two are actually 11th cousins once removed. See which other Canadian celebrities are also related to the Biebs.

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