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Film ‘After Tiller’ gives voice to stigmatized abortion doctors

Forty years after the legalization of abortion in the United States, just four doctors offer controversial late-term procedures, and are the subject of a documentary at the Sundance film festival. “After Tiller,” named for physician George Tiller, a prominent practitioner of late-term abortions shot dead by an extremist in 2009,…

Pro-nuclear activists get pulpit at Sundance in ‘Pandora’s Promise’

What if nuclear energy offered the world the only chance to escape poverty and control global warming? A documentary that lends a pulpit to former opponents of nuclear energy who have made a 180-degree turn has made a splash at the Sundance Film Festival. The film, titled “Pandora’s Promise” and…

Ang Lee mulls directing historical epic ‘Cleopatra’ with Angelina Jolie

Oscar-winning director Ang Lee said Saturday he will “probably” accept an offer to direct historical epic “Cleopatra” starring Angelina Jolie, after the Hollywood actress wrote to him asking him to come on board. Lee, whose 3D adventure “Life of Pi” has earned 11 Oscar nominations, said he would read the…

African diva aims for ‘Marilyn moment’ at Obama inauguration

South Africa’s Lira will be one among many performers at Barack Obama’s inaugural celebrations Monday, but she is determined to be remembered for a performance to rival Marilyn Monroe’s wooing of John F. Kennedy. The multi-platinum artist hopes to give Obama and other guests at the Ambassadors’ Inaugural Ball in…

Natalie Wood’s husband snubs new death probe

Hollywood icon Natalie Wood’s husband has declined to talk to detectives who have re-opened a probe into his wife’s mystery 1981 death, saying he has already answered all questions. A lawyer for 82-year-old actor Robert Wagner said those seeking to challenge the original finding of accidental death by drowning were…

Lance Armstrong admits taking performance enhancing drugs

Shamed former Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong admitted taking several banned performance enhancing substances, in a television interview broadcast Thursday. Armstrong told US talk show host Oprah Winfrey that he had used blood transfusions and taken EPO, testosterone, cortisone, human growth hormone in all seven of his Tour victories…

Robert Redford: Debate on movie violence ‘overdue’

Studying the impact of movies on real-life gun violence is “overdue,” veteran director Robert Redford said Thursday, suggesting a possible link between guns and box office takings. Redford was asked about the gun debate triggered by last month’s school massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, at the start of the annual Sundance…

Notre Dame on imaginary girlfriend fiasco: Manti Te’o was ‘victim of hoax’

It was one of the most celebrated stories of heroism in US sport: the college football star who fought through the grief over the death of his girlfriend as he helped his team get to the championship game. Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o had suffered an unthinkable double tragedy in…

Piers Morgan blasts NRA ‘cowards’ for refusing interview

CNN host Piers Morgan continued to berate gun rights advocates on Wednesday, calling the NRA “cowards” on Twitter. “I’ve repeatedly asked the @NRA leaders to come on my show, and they’ve repeatedly refused. Cowards, the lot of them,” the former British tabloid editor tweeted. Morgan has been on a personal…

Fox News hires Dennis Kucinich as contributor

Former Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) will be joining Fox News and Fox Business as a paid contributor, the channel announced on Wednesday. “Through 16 years in Congress and two presidential campaigns, Fox News has always provided me with an opportunity to share my perspective with its enormous viewership,” Kucinich said…

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