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Gangnam fever ‘just the beginning’ for new Korean entertainment wave

The phenomenal success of “Gangnam Style” is just the start of a new surge of attention for Korean entertainment, according to the man responsible for some of South Korea’s biggest films. “When you look at Korean music or Korean films they are very Hollywood-like in terms of production standards,” said…

TV show fooled by celebrity sperm bank hoax

LONDON — Television network ITV issued a humiliating apology after daytime hit show This Morning was fooled into running a feature on a hoax celebrity sperm bank. The programme carried an interview with self-styled businessman Dan Richards, who said his company would match up women with donors including professional sportsmen…

Google threatens to ban French media if pay-for-content law enacted

PARIS (AFP) – Google has threatened to exclude French media sites from its search results if France implements a proposed law forcing search engines to pay for content, according to a letter obtained by AFP. The letter sent by Google to several ministerial offices this month said it “cannot accept”…

Newsweek drops print edition

Venerable US magazine Newsweek announced Thursday its last print edition would be December 31, saying it would turn all-digital to cut costs in an increasingly challenging media environment. “We are transitioning Newsweek, not saying goodbye to it,” wrote Tina Brown, editor-in-chief and founder of the online Newsweek Daily Beast Company,…

Erotic icon ‘Emmanuelle’ actress Sylvia Kristel dies aged 60

Dutch actress Sylvia Kristel, who starred in the iconic 1974 erotic French film “Emmanuelle” and over 50 other movies, died in her sleep overnight after suffering from cancer, her agent said Thursday. “She died during the night during her sleep,” Marieke Verharen of Features Creative Management told AFP of the…

Fans outraged at soaring Rolling Stones ticket prices

Rolling Stones fans reacted with fury on Wednesday at the steep cost of tickets for the band’s 50th anniversary shows, while prices soared to thousands of pounds on re-sale websites. After months of rumours, the Stones announced on Monday that they would play two nights at London’s 02 Arena on…

Novelist Hilary Mantel makes history with second Booker Prize

Novelist Hilary Mantel on Tuesday made literary history by becoming the first woman and the first British author to be a two-time winner of the Man Booker Prize for fiction. Mantel picked up the prize, one of the highest profile awards in English-language literature, for “Bring up the Bodies,” part…

The nun who became a sex therapist

Dr Fran Fisher’s latest book blows the lid off the repressed sexuality of convent life. And it’s a subject the former nun knows first hand From nun to sex therapist isn’t an obvious career path but, says the former Sister Jane Frances de Chantal, “when you’ve been starved for a…

Google honors Winsor McCay’s ‘Little Nemo’

Winsor McCay: How his vaudeville act led him to animation (via The Christian Science Monitor) Google is honoring Winsor McCay with a vivid animated reproduction of ‘Little Nemo.’ (No, not the Pixar film about the little clownfish – that’s ‘Finding Nemo.”) Winsor McCay was a popular early 20th century newspaper…

New York Times announced it will launch Brazil news site

The New York Times has announced that it will launch an online Portuguese-language edition designed for Brazil in 2013. “The new Web edition will provide Times-quality content to an audience in Brazil that is educated, affluent and connected with the rest of the world.” the US media group said in…

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