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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pictures that give a bright glimpse of Anne Frank’s life before her family went into hiding are among a wealth of unpublished material made public for Holocaust Memorial…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…

Sundance film shows Google Books project as problem with ‘blind faith’ in technology

Google Books, the doomed project to build the world’s biggest library online, provides a powerful lesson in the danger of “blind faith” in technology, according to British director Ben Lewis. Presenting his new film “Google and the World Brain” in competition at the Sundance Film Festival, Lewis said the failure…

‘Croc Hunter’ daughter slams Hillary Clinton editors over essay

Teenage conservationist Bindi Irwin, daughter of late “Crocodile Hunter” Steve Irwin, has revealed her shock that an essay she penned for Hillary Clinton was edited so heavily that her words were “twisted”. Irwin, 14, was reportedly invited to write for US Secretary of State Clinton’s e-journal about why she had…

J.J. Abrams to direct new ‘Star Wars’ film

Sci-fi and action filmmaker J.J. Abrams has been tapped to direct a seventh “Star Wars” movie expected to be released by Disney in 2015, a Hollywood trade publication reported. After purchasing “Star Wars” creator George Lucas’s Lucasfilm for $4 billion in October, Disney announced it was planning a new trilogy…

Tina Turner to become Swiss citizen and give up U.S. passport

US pop legend Tina Turner, who has been living in Switzerland since 1995, will soon receive Swiss citizenship and will give up her US passport, Swiss media reported Friday. “I’m very happy in Switzerland and I feel at home here. … I cannot imagine a better place to live,” Turner…

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