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Pop group fun. scoops Grammy nominations

It was all fun. as the New York indie pop band with the oddly spelled name picked up no fewer than six Grammy nominations in their breakout year. During a gala nomination ceremony in country music’s hometown of Nashville, fun. found itself in the running for best album (“Some Nights”)…

Peter Jackson defends stretching ‘The Hobbit’ to three movies

“The Hobbit” may be a shortish book about diminutive heroes, but Peter Jackson on Wednesday said he was right to elongate the children’s story into no less than three epic movies. The New Zealand-born director has come under fire from some quarters for the trilogy, which opens in the US…

BBC commentator Stuart Hall charged with indecently assaulting children

British prosecutors said Wednesday they were bringing charges against veteran BBC commentator Stuart Hall, saying he indecently assaulted children in the 1970s and 1980s. The 82-year-old, a former presenter of game show “It’s a Knockout” known for his eccentric and erudite football match summaries on BBC Radio 5 Live, was…

Don’t worry: Story about North Koreans finding unicorn lair just a mistranslation

Agency said it reconfirmed the lair of one of the unicorns ridden by the ancient King Tongmyong but the story is not true Mystery surrounds what really goes on within the borders of North Korea, from the number of political prisoners held in brutal labour camps, to whether Kim Jong-un has really tied…

Fox News CEO issues orders to keep Rove off the air

Fox News Channel (FNC) is trying to reinvent itself in the wake of the 2012 election, and, according to New York magazine’s Gabriel Sherman, phase one of the network’s makeover plan has already gone into effect. Chief of programming Bill Shine, acting on orders from network head Roger Ailes, has…

NY Post photographer: ‘There was no way’ I could have saved subway victim

The photojournalist who captured a man’s impending death for the New York Post’s Tuesday edition defended his decision on NBC’s Today Show Wednesday, saying he couldn’t have saved the victim, Ki-Suk Han, from being hit and killed by a subway train. “If this thing happened again, with the same circumstances,…

Steve Jobs film starring Ashton Kutcher to debut at Sundance

The first film on the life of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs since his death, with Ashton Kutcher in the title role, will debut in January at the Sundance Film Festival, organizers said. The film “jOBS” directed by Joshua Michael Stern, known for the 2008 movie “Swing Vote,” chronicles “the defining…

‘Symbolia’ tablet magazine combines comic books and digital journalism

Do comics, serious journalism and tablet computers mix? The founders of the new illustrated tablet magazine startup Symbolia think so. Symbolia is described as “a tablet magazine of illustrated journalism that pairs incendiary reporting with thoughtful illustration and comics.” The project is funded by The International Women’s Media Foundation, the…

Al Roker criticizes New York Post for subway death cover photo

The debate over Tuesday’s cover photo for the New York Post showing a man literally seconds before he was struck and killed by a subway train made its way to NBC’s Today Show, where meterologist Al Roker criticized the man who took the picture. “Somebody’s taking that picture. Why aren’t…

Taiwan student groups demand right to protest freely

Student groups in Taiwan Tuesday accused the government of trying to clamp down on their freedom to protest against a planned sale that they believe will make the media more Beijing friendly. The students reacted angrily after the education ministry sent a notice to 37 universities expressing “concerns over the…

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