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‘Finnegans Wake’ is Chinese publishing hit

A new Chinese translation of “Finnegans Wake”, renowned for its linguistic difficulty in the original, is proving a hit in China — although one academic called the author James Joyce “mentally ill”. The first-ever mainland Chinese edition of the novel sold out its initial print run of 8,000 copies just…

Murdoch apologizes for ‘grotesque’ Israel cartoon

Rupert Murdoch apologised on Monday for a “grotesque” cartoon carried in one of his British newspapers showing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu building a wall with Palestinian bodies. The acting editor of the Sunday Times newspaper, Martin Ivens, is due to meet with members of the Jewish community in Britain…

Fox News paid Palin over $15 per word, including 111 ‘amens’

An analysis by the University of Minnesota’s non-partisan Smart Politics website determined that Fox News paid former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin over $15 for each word she uttered on the air during her three-year contract, and 111 of those words were “amen.” Following last week’s news that Palin and Fox…

Ashton Kutcher landed in hospital after following Steve Jobs’s fruitarian diet

Actor speaks of ‘terrifying’ health ordeal at the Sundance premiere of the Apple founder’s biopic Christian Bale is rumoured to have lived on coffee and one apple a day to achieve his emaciated physique in The Machinist. But not everyone is suited to unorthodox diets, as Ashton Kutcher discovered after…

South Korea’s pop artists eye life after Psy

Thanks to Psy’s “Gangnam Style” smash hit, the South Korean music industry’s long-held dream to make it big in Europe and the USA with its K-pop boy bands has taken a giant leap forward. But Psy’s international success looks unlikely to have a big knock-on effect in other Asian countries,…

George Lucas hails new ‘Star Wars’ film director J.J. Abrams

Sci-fi and action filmmaker J.J. Abrams will direct the next “Star Wars” film, the franchise’s creators and owners confirmed Saturday, saying its “legacy couldn’t be in better hands.” George Lucas’s Lucasfilm, bought by entertainment giant Disney for $4 billion in October, said Oscar-winning writer Michael Arndt will write the screenplay…

New photos, videos and app shed fresh light on Anne Frank’s family life

Archive documents, photos and video footage are released to the public for the first time in digital edition of Anne’s diary Scrapbook pictures that give a bright glimpse of Anne Frank’s life before her family went into hiding are among a wealth of unpublished material made public for Holocaust Memorial…

Sundance film seeks to show real Bin Laden ‘Manhunt’

While Hollywood-style Osama bin Laden manhunt movie “Zero Dark Thirty” has garnered controversy and awards, a lower-profile film seeks to tell the real story of finding the Al Qaeda chief. “Manhunt”, a documentary by US director Greg Barker, was presented at the Sundance Film Festival this week, days after Oscar-winner…

Judge Dredd may be gay, writers hint

Latest edition of 2000 AD comic is called Closet and appears to show legendary lawman in passionate clinch He is the futuristic policeman whose personal desires have always come second to his love for the law. But the writers of Judge Dredd have caused a stir among fans by appearing…

Sarah Palin’s contract with Fox News not renewed

Sarah Palin, former governor of Alaska and vice presidential candidate, is parting ways with Fox News. Her contract as a paid contributor has not been renewed with the cable news channel, reported the New York Times. A statement from an executive vice president at Fox, Bill Shine, read, “We have…

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