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Breitbart.com alum Dana Loesch suing website for release from contract and $75K

Conservative radio host and former Bretibart.com columnist Dana Loesch filed suit against the website on Friday demanding an end to her contract and $75,000 in damages. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the host of “The Dana Show” alleges that her relationship with now-deceased Andrew Breitbart’s media organization Breitbart.com LLC…

Hugh Grant wins ‘substantial’ phone-hacking damages from Murdoch tabloid

Hugh Grant has accepted a “substantial sum” from Rupert Murdoch’s British tabloid publisher over phone hacking by the News of the World, the British actor’s lawyer said on Friday. The “Four Weddings and a Funeral” star will donate the damages to the Hacked Off campaign against press intrusion, solicitor Mark…

MPAA signals readiness to talk about gun violence

Motion Picture Association of America CEO (and former Democratic Senator) Chris Dodd (CT) has announced that the film industry is ready to engage in a dialogue about gun safety.  According to Salon, Dodd’s announcement comes only days after President Barack Obama called for a critical re-examination of “a culture that…

China’s state-run TV broadcast of ‘V for Vendetta’ shocks viewers

China’s state-run television network shocked viewers by broadcasting “V for Vendetta”, an anarchist-themed film showing an uprising against an authoritarian government. Chinese Internet users expressed surprise after watching the broadcast, circulating subversive lines from the movie including: “The people should not be afraid of the government, the government should be…

Julian Assange: WikiLeaks is preparing to publish one million new secret government documents

Founder of whistleblowing website marks six months’ confinement in Ecuadorean embassy with bullish speech Julian Assange has said that WikiLeaks is preparing to publish 1m new secret government documents as he marked six months of refuge in the Ecuadorean embassy in London with a speech from its balcony on Thursday.…

Putin offers French actor Gerard Depardieu Russian passport following tax controversy

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday he was ready to offer French movie star Gerard Depardieu a Russian passport to resolve his tax row, calling him a friend. “If Gerard really wants to have a residency permit in Russia or a Russian passport, we can consider this issue resolved…

Senators Feinstein, Levin and McCain slam bin Laden manhunt flick ‘Zero Dark Thirty’

Three top US senators, including former White House hopeful John McCain, on Wednesday slammed a new Osama bin Laden manhunt movie for suggesting that torture helped find the Al-Qaeda chief. In a letter to Sony Pictures head Michael Lynton, Democratic senators Diane Feinstein and Carl Levin and Republican McCain took…

Disney yet to confirm leaked Star Wars Episode VII storyline

Reuters article suggests Luke Skywalker returns to Yavin 4 to build Jedi academy in forthcoming sequel. But Disney is yet to confirm Star Wars fans are abuzz after a news agency report appeared to inadvertently reveal that the debut film in Disney’s forthcoming revival of the series will feature a…

Andy Warhol’s iconic Mao portraits excluded from China show

Andy Warhol’s famous portraits of Mao Zedong will be excluded in a major show of his work in China, organisers said on Wednesday, although they stopped short of saying they had been censored. The exhibition to mark the 25th anniversary of the American artist’s death, which is currently touring Asia,…

Hong Kong cops investigate Jackie Chan’s tough Triads talk

Hong Kong police said they will investigate comments made by action star Jackie Chan that he had used guns and grenades to confront triad gang members. The Rush Hour star told the Guangzhou-based Southern People Weekly magazine that he had been “bullied” by triads, or the Chinese organised crime societies,…

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