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German director Wim Wenders establishes foundation for young filmmakers

Film director Wim Wenders announced Friday the creation of a foundation in his native German city to ensure his work is publicly accessible and to support young film-makers. The maker of films such as “Pina” and “Don’t Come Knocking” said the foundation would firstly buy the rights to all his…

‘Angry Birds’ film could create giant to rival Disney

Finnish mobile gaming company Rovio said on Friday that a movie based on its hit game “Angry Birds” could result in the group establishing an animation studio rivalling global giant Walt Disney. Rovio chief executive Mikael Hed told AFP that the animated 3D film, which will not reach cinemas until…

‘Turn that down!’ FCC orders TV ads to lower volume

In the end it took an act of Congress, but US television advertisers are finally required to do something parents have been pleading for for decades: turn down their excessively loud ads. “A small bill with a big impact for the American consumer” is how Representative Ann Eshoo described the…

Gov. Nikki Haley: No Colbert for Senate because he slapped a baby with a puppy

Republican Gov. Nikki Haley of South Carolina on Wednesday again rebuffed Stephen Colbert’s calls to be appointed the state’s next senator, publishing a report that notes he once used a puppy to slap a baby. “Mr. Colbert, clearly a whole lot of people felt you needed a second look for…

Politico financier tied to Pinochet money laundering dies at 87

Texas financier and media magnate Joe Allbritton, who lost the scandal-racked Riggs bank to a hostile takeover after it was fined for helping Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet launder money, has died at the age of 87. The son of a Houston sandwich shop owner, Allbritton built a fortune in real…

Springsteen, McCartney and Rolling Stones shine at Hurricane Sandy benefit gig

Rock music royalty, including the Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters and Paul McCartney, joined in a stellar line-up to raise money for victims of superstorm Sandy. The “12-12-12″ concert at Madison Square Garden brought a Who’s Who of rockers under one roof for the event, which was…

Ravi Shankar to receive posthumous Grammy award

Indian sitar player Ravi Shankar is to receive a posthumous lifetime achievement Grammy award, organizers of the music industry’s top prize show said Wednesday. Three-time Grammy winner Shankar, who died Tuesday in California, is among seven artists including Carole King and the Temptations named as Grammys Lifetime Achievement Award honorees.…

TV meteorologist fired after responding to racial remarks on Facebook

A black meteorologist said she was fired from her job at an ABC affiliate in Louisiana after responding to racially-problematic remarks left on the station’s Facebook page. The Maynard Institute blog Journal-isms reported on Tuesday that Rhonda Lee was fired from her job at KTBS-TV on Nov. 28 without being…

Disco queen Donna Summer named to Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Disco queen Donna Summer, who died in May, is to join the US Rock and Roll Hall of Fame along with Canadian rockers Rush and hip-hop pioneers Public Enemy, it was announced Tuesday. Veteran female rockers Heart, blues legend Albert King and singer-songwriter Randy Newman will also join the music…

Indian sitar maestro Ravi Shankar dies at 92

Indian sitar maestro who took instrument to the world and collaborated with western greats has died aged 92 in San Diego Ravi Shankar, who has died aged 92 in San Diego, was the Indian maestro who put the sitar on the musical map. George Harrison called him “the godfather of…

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