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James Franco rips Australia for banning gay-themed film ‘I Want Your Love’

Hollywood star James Franco has lashed out at Australia for banning the US gay-themed film “I Want Your Love”, calling the decision embarrassing. Australia’s Classification Board deemed the movie’s sex scenes too explicit and refused to allow it to be screened at the upcoming Melbourne Queer Film Festival and the…

Steven Spielberg to use Stanley Kubrick screenplay for mini-series about Napoleon

Hollywood legend Steven Spielberg is to make a television mini-series about Napoleon, based on a screenplay by Stanley Kubrick, he told a French broadcaster. The 66-year-old “Schindler’s List” and “E.T.” filmmaker is working on the basis of a five-decade old script by Kubrick, who directed classics including “A Clockwork Orange”…

Arnold Schwarzenegger to edit bodybuilding magazine

Austrian-born movie legend Arnold Schwarzenegger has been named as senior editor of a bodybuilding magazine he ran before becoming governor of California, its publisher said Monday. The 65-year-old, who made his name as Mr. Universe before becoming a Hollywood star and then politician, is returning as Group Executive Editor for…

South Korean ‘comfort women’ sue Japanese rock band

A group of South Korean women forced into wartime sexual slavery by Japan filed a defamation suit Monday against a little known, far-right Japanese rock band for calling them prostitutes. A CD containing a song with the allegedly defamatory lyrics by the band “Scramble” was mailed — along with a…

American musician stars in top film at African film festival

A French-Senegalese director’s film about a man who knows he will die at the end of the day took the top prize Saturday at Africa’s largest film festival, Fespaco in Burkina Faso. “Aujourd’hui” (Today) by director Alain Gomis follows Satche, played by American hip hop musician and slam poet Saul…

‘Girls Gone Wild’ video company files for bankruptcy

The video company responsible for the raunchy video series “Girls Gone Wild” filed for bankruptcy on Wednesday in U.S. Federal Court. According to Reuters, GGW Brands has filed for bankruptcy protection, citing $16 million in debts, chief among them a $10.3 million to Wynn Resorts casino owner Steve Wynn. The…

U.S. film and music industries roll out new anti-piracy program

A new “copyright alert” system has begun rolling out this week in the United States in an effort to curb online piracy. The system, informally known as “six strikes,” is a voluntary effort of the music and film industries, with the largest Internet service providers participating. The program will use…

David Bowie releases first album in decade

British rock icon David Bowie released his first album in a decade Thursday, streaming the comeback record exclusively on iTunes. The highly anticipated surprise release — coming more than a week before its commercial launch on March 12 — will be streamed on Apple’s media player until the album is…

Bloomberg Businessweek draws fire for publishing ‘racist’ cover

The magazine Bloomberg Businessweek has gone too far in publishing its latest cover, say some media watchers. The image was paired with a story about the risks of repeating the mistakes that led to the housing bubble and the collapse of world financial markets in 2008. The Feb. 21 Businessweek cover…

Morrissey accuses Jimmy Kimmel of ‘reliving the intellectual fog of the 1950s’

Singer takes aim at talkshow host after refusing to appear alongside cast members from duck-hunting reality TV show Morrissey has become embroiled in a war of words with TV host Jimmy Kimmel, bemoaning the “overwhelming loss of meaning” in Kimmel’s late-night chatshow. The battle began on Monday, the day before…

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