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‘The Atlantic’ drops controversial Scientology advertorial

The Atlantic‘s website has dropped a controversial paid advertorial from the Church of Scientology. TheNextWeb.com reported that as of midnight Eastern time, the Atlantic website was displaying a message saying the Scientology article had been taken down “pending a review of our policies that govern sponsor content and subsequent comment…

Jodie Foster ‘comes out’ in opaque Golden Globes speech

Actress addresses sexuality directly saying she revealed she was gay ‘about a thousand years ago, back in the stone age’ Jodie Foster used the 2013 Golden Globes awards to address her sexuality for the first time directly, saying that she had come out to everyone she had met, but regretted…

Style mavens converge on Milan for ‘Men’s Fashion Week’

Dolce&Gabbana kicked off Milan menswear fashion week on Saturday with their winter-autumn 2014 collections, as 10,000 fashionistas descended on the Italian commercial hub for the shows. Jil Sander, Ermenegildo Zegna, Costume National, Frankie Morello and Burberry also showed off their collections on Saturday. The Dolce&Gabbana collection drew religious and nostalgic…

Actor Jackie Chan calls U.S. ‘most corrupt’ country in the world

Hong Kong action hero Jackie Chan has once again provoked criticism, this time from an American blogger, after suggesting on Chinese television that the US is the “most corrupt” country in the world. “When you talk about corruption — the whole world, is there corruption in the United States? The…

Crossword master Araucaria reveals in puzzle that he is dying of cancer

The Rev John Graham tells Guardian readers he ‘has 18 down of the 19, which is being treated with 13 15′ Quietly, ingeniously and, of course, cryptically, the beloved – and sometimes feared – crossword setter Araucaria has used one of his own puzzles to announce that he is dying…

Nastassja Kinski ‘proud’ of sister for abuse claims

Actress Nastassja Kinski said Friday she was proud of her half-sister Pola for coming forward with allegations that she had been repeatedly raped by their father, the late German film icon Klaus Kinski. Pola Kinski, 60, said in a magazine interview ahead of the release of a memoir Saturday that…

Piers Morgan happy to learn he isn’t being deported by the White House

The White House officially responded Wednesday to a petition that sought deport CNN host Piers Morgan because of his views on gun control. “Let’s not let arguments over the Constitution’s Second Amendment violate the spirit of its First,” White House spokesman Jay Carney wrote. “President Obama believes that the Second…

Journalists at censored Chinese paper ‘strike deal’

Journalists at a Chinese newspaper embroiled in a row over censorship have struck a deal to return to work, reports said, as protesters demanding press freedom gathered for a third day. Demonstrators have this week massed outside the Guangzhou offices of the Southern Weekly, a popular liberal paper which had…

Lance Armstrong to discuss doping scandal on Oprah

The disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong will talk about the doping scandal that dramatically brought down his cycling career during an interview with Oprah Winfrey next week, it was announced. The famed talk show host said that a 90-minute special show would address “years of accusations of cheating, and charges of…

Amy Winehouse killed by alcohol poisoning: inquest

A second inquest into the death of troubled British singer Amy Winehouse confirmed Tuesday that she died of accidental alcohol poisoning. The same verdict of death by misadventure was given at a re-hearing of the inquest which was ordered after it emerged that the first, in October 2011, was heard…

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