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Elvis Presley musical banned in Utah for being ‘sexually explicit’

One parent was “All Shook Up” and once again Elvis Presley’s music has been banned. A Utah school district on Wednesday canceled the upcoming performance of the Herriman High School musical “All Shook Up.” “What was communicated to us, they were upset with sexually explicit language and some other…  …

Did ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ filmmakers have secret links to CIA? U.S. Senate vows to find out

US Senate Intelligence Committee to investigate whether film-makers Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal had access to classified material The controversy surrounding the fact-based terrorist drama Zero Dark Thirty looks set to continue as the US senate intelligence committee launched an investigation into the relationship between the film’s makers and CIA…

Putin grants French actor Gerard Depardieu Russian citizenship

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday granted fast-track citizenship to France’s Gerard Depardieu after the movie star complained about the French Socialist government’s proposed 75 percent tax on the rich. The decision appears to give Depardieu — a frequent guest of the Moscow celebrity circuit who nonetheless never asked for…

Al Jazeera acquires Al Gore’s Current TV

The Qatar-owned media network Al Jazeera has agreed to purchase Current TV, which was founded in 2005 by former Vice President Al Gore and businessman Joel Hyatt. “We are proud and pleased that Al Jazeera, the award-winning international news organization, has bought Current TV,” Gore and Hyatt said in a…

Uganda drops charges against British producer of gay play David Cecil

A Ugandan court on Wednesday dismissed charges against a British theatre producer accused of staging a play about gay people in the country without proper authorisation, his lawyer said, citing lack of evidence. David Cecil, 34, had faced up to two years in prison on charges of “disobeying lawful orders”.…

New York Times reporter Chris Buckley forced to leave China after critical report on Premier Wen Jiabao

A New York Times reporter has been forced to leave China, two months after the newspaper carried a critical report on the wealth of the family of Premier Wen Jiabao. Mr Chris Buckley, who has worked in China as a journalist since 2000, left for Hong Kong on Monday after…

Playboy founder Hugh Hefner marries for third time at 86

Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner has tied the knot for the third time, marrying a former Playmate 60 years his junior in an intimate New Year’s Eve ceremony at the Playboy Mansion. Hefner, 86, and Crystal Harris, 26, announced the nuptials on their Twitter feeds — @hughhefner and @crystalhefner —…

Oscars voting extended after online poll gripes

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said it has extended voting for the 2013 Oscars, after reports of problems with a new online polling system. The elite movie industry body is giving its voting members an extra day — the deadline will be this Friday at 5:00 pm…

Amazon apologizes for outage that sidelined Netflix

Amazon on Monday said it was sorry for a Web Services mishap that put online film streaming service Netflix out of commission on Christmas Eve. “We want to apologize,” Amazon said in a message posted at its website. “We know how critical our services are to our customers’ businesses, and…

BBC reporter claims to have found Scientologists’ ‘alien space cathedral’

A BBC reporter and longtime rival of the controversial Church of Scientology said he has found and traveled to an “alien space cathedral” it built in rural New Mexico, according to the British newspaper The Daily Mail. John Sweeney said he went to the site, allegedly known as Trementina Base,…

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