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Russian channel to censor ‘The Simpsons’

A Russian national channel said Thursday it would censor “The Simpsons” cartoon series to comply with a new law banning scenes of violence, drinking and smoking before a late evening watershed. The 2×2 channel, aimed at young adults, told AFP it would cut scenes where the Simpsons family watches a…

‘Modern Family’ creator tweets gay marriage barb at Ann Romney

The creator of “Modern Family” has fired off a barbed tweet about gay marriage at Ann Romney, after the wife of the Republican White House hopeful said it was her favorite TV show. Romney named the show — which features a high-profile gay couple, Mitch and Cam — as her…

Could Clint make Mitt’s day at the convention?

Hollywood icon Clint Eastwood could make Mitt Romney’s day Thursday if he is the surprise speaker at the Republican National Convention, as event buzz and US media have led on. Anonymous GOP sources quoted by Fox News and other US media said Wednesday the Oscar-winning director/actor and all-around tough guy…

Lindsay Lohan barred from fabled Hollywood hotel

LOS ANGELES — Perennially troubled actress Lindsay Lohan has been barred from a storied Hollywood hotel for failing to pay more than $46,000 in bills, a leaked letter from the manager showed Wednesday. The bills racked up at the Chateau Marmont — where John Belushi died from an overdose in…

Navy SEAL’s book on Bin Laden raid differs from official US account

A book by a member of the US commando team that killed Osama bin Laden at his Pakistani hideout contradicts some details of the operation as presented by President Barack Obama’s administration, media reported Wednesday. “No Easy Day”, which is due to be released on September 4, offers a first-hand…

Picasso, Duchamp in first ever face-off in Stockholm

Stockholm’s Museum of Modern Art is pitting Pablo Picasso and Marcel Duchamp, two of the 20th century’s modernist greats, against each other in a new exhibition opposing their contrasting approaches to art. “Picasso/Duchamp: He was wrong” opened Saturday, the title based on Picasso’s reputed laconic remark on learning of Duchamp’s…

Lindsay Lohan escapes new Hollywood prosecution

LOS ANGELES — Prosecutors declined Tuesday to press charges against Lindsay Lohan for an alleged theft from a Hollywood Hills home, averting a new court case for the perennially-challenged actress. Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney Deborah L. Kranze said there was not enough evidence to file charges against the 26-year-old…

Defying the Twitter age, in-depth journalism experiences rebirth

The Twitter age is killing in-depth journalism, while local newspapers are becoming extinct — right? Then what is a talented young New York Times reporter doing founding a website devoted to in-depth local reporting? News aggregators, 24/7 news cycles, 140-character Tweets and attention-span-challenged web users have transformed much of the…

Murdoch supports Prince Harry over nude photos

LONDON — Media mogul Rupert Murdoch came to the defence of Britain’s Prince Harry on Sunday, urging critics to “give him a break” over photographs of him frolicking naked in a Las Vegas hotel suite. Australian-born Murdoch posted a message of support on his Twitter page after The Sun, his…

Same-sex sitcom pulled from Mormon-owned station

The NBC affiliate in Salt Lake City, Utah, won’t show a new sitcom based around a same-sex couple’s adoption process. Jeff Simpson, CEO of Bonneville International, which owns KSL-TV, told The Salt Lake Tribune that his organization sometimes struggles with programming because of content issues, and that the show, The…

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