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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…

Kid hip-hop duo Kris Kross planning reunion show

Proving that while time must move forward, pants can always be worn backwards, pre-teen hip-hop duo Kris Kross will take part in a concert celebrating the 20th anniversary of their record label, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported on Wednesday. Chris Kelly and Chris Smith (a.k.a “Mac Daddy” and “Daddy Mac,” respectively)…

Warner Bros options Reddit thread to create time travel movie

Post on social news website about US marines going back in time to destroy the Roman empire optioned by film studio In the past decade Hollywood has given us movies that began life as theme-park rides, board games, magazine articles, and even self-help books. Now get ready for the next…

Iran plans to remake ‘Argo’ to counter the ‘distorted’ film

Iran is to make its own movie about the American hostage drama during the 1979 Islamic revolution to counter the “distorted” film “Argo” by Ben Affleck, which swept the Golden Globes awards, media said Tuesday. Iranian actor and filmmaker Ataollah Salmanian was quoted in the reports as saying the screenplay…

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