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Timberlake apologizes for ‘distasteful’ wedding video

Actor-singer Justin Timberlake apologized Friday for a “distasteful” video produced by a friend as a joke that critics blasted for making fun of homeless people. The heartthrob actor posted an open letter on his website about the video, in which a string of homeless, transgender and other people wished him…

Disney’s blonde ‘Latina princess’ draws fire from Latino activists

Once upon a time a major US animation studio crowned a character who was billed its first Latina princess. Then out came the big bad critics, and Disney ran away. Some fans were pleased that “Sofia the First” could have a Latina lead — after all, the European, African American,…

‘Cloud Atlas’ filmmakers under fire for putting actors in ‘yellowface’ makeup

By Xan Brooks, The Guardian Adaptation of David Mitchell book reflects film industry’s racial pecking order, says Asian-American action group Cloud Atlas, Warner Bros’ $100m adaptation of the novel by David Mitchell has been criticised by Asian-Americans after casting white western actors in “yellowface” makeup. Directed by Tom Twyker and Lana and…

Al Gore’s Current TV to ‘evaluate’ buyout offers

Al Gore’s progressive talk station Current may soon be sold off, a report said Friday. “Current has been approached many times by media companies interested in acquiring our company,” Current CEO Joel Hyatt reportedly told The New York Post. “This year alone, we have had three inquiries. As a consequence,…

New York Times blocked in China after reporting on premier’s wealth

Authorities censor publication after revelations that the premier’s relatives have accumulated billions during his leadership China’s foreign ministry has accused the New York Times of smearing the country by reporting that premier Wen Jiabao’s extended family has controlled assets worth at least $2.7bn (£1.67bn). Spokesman Hong Lei said the report “blackens China’s…

Rap star ‘Diddy’ suffers multiple injuries in crash

LOS ANGELES — Hip-hop icon and fashion mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs suffered “multiple injuries” including to his neck and collarbone in a car crash in Beverly Hills, a spokeswoman for the star said Thursday. The 42-year-old was reported to have been left in pain after the accident on Wednesday involving…

Elizabeth Taylor becomes highest earning deceased celebrity

Film actor’s estate earned $210m last year after record-setting jewellery and art auction From beyond the grave Elizabeth Taylor has overtaken her close friend Michael Jackson to become the top earning dead celebrity. The estate of the actor, who died last year, earned $210m (£130m) in the past 12 months…

Digital subscriptions rise but revenues fall for New York Times Co.

The New York Times Co. on Thursday announced a modest profit in a quarter in which digital subscriptions rose but revenues fell, including from online and print advertising. The media company seeking to manage a shift to digital readership reported net income for the third quarter of $2.28 million, a…

Ecuador seeks Britain meeting over Assange health

Ecuador has requested a meeting with Britain to discuss WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who it says is losing weight and suffering vision problems as he languishes in the Ecuadoran embassy in London. Ecuadoran Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino told reporters in Quito on Wednesday that he had related his wish to…

Brazilian student sells virginity for $780,000

A Brazilian student has sold her virginity in an online auction for US$780,000 as part of a documentary organised by an Australian filmmaker, although a man who did the same only fetched US$3,000. Catarina Migliorini, 20, was the subject of 15 bids, with a Japanese man named only as Natsu…

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