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Rapper Azealia Banks apologizes for homophobic slur against Perez Hilton

Rapper slammed by US gay rights organisation after she used homophobic language to attack celebrity blogger One of the biggest gay advocacy organisations in the US has criticised Azealia Banks for her use of a homophobic slur. Banks, who called blogger Perez Hilton “a messy faggot”, had initially refused to…

Torture in ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ film is fictional, says ex-CIA agent

Bloody interrogations like those depicted in Hollywood’s take on the hunt for Osama bin Laden “Zero Dark Thirty” never really happened, according to the former CIA official who ran such programs. “The truth is that no one was bloodied or beaten in the enhanced interrogation program which I supervised from…

Italian lit teacher becomes celebrity death Twitter prankster

Fidel Castro, Mikhail Gorbachev and Pope Benedict XVI — Italian Tommasso Debenedetti has killed them all in fake tweets aimed at exposing shoddy journalism that have earned him global notoriety. The latest victim of Debenedetti’s unusual hobby is British author JK Rowling, whose death in an accident he announced from…

Twittering Trekkies thrilled as Capt. James T. Kirk and Canadian astronaut swap tweets

“Star Trek” fans rejoiced Friday after Captain James Kirk of the starship Enterprise, or rather the actor who played him on the iconic sci-fi series, swapped tweets with a Canadian astronaut. “@Cmdr_Hadfield Are you tweeting from space? MBB,” William Shatner — who signs his Twitter messages with shorthand for “my…

Bill Maher has new rules for 2013

Bill Maher, who referred to 2012 as “meh,” is looking forward to the new year. In fact, Maher has a list of new rules for 2013, which have been published by the New York Times. One reads, “Now that their end-of-the-world prophecy has proved to be complete baloney, the Mayans…

HBO television sued for allegedly abusing horses

An animal rights advocate has filed a lawsuit against US cable television network HBO, alleging that horses used in the filming of its series “Luck” often were drugged, sick and underweight. Plaintiff Barbara Casey also sued her former employer, the American Humane Association (AHA), for allegedly covering up the animals’…

Steve Jobs bio film set for April release

The first film based on the life of legendary Apple co-founder Steve Jobs will be released in April, according to independent distributor Open Road Films.. The “biopic” starring Ashton Kutcher as Jobs, who died in 2011, will premier later this month on the closing night of the Sundance Film Festival,…

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…

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