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British government divided over new proposals to curb press

British lawmakers started work Friday on a draft law to regulate the nation’s unruly newspapers as proposed by a major press inquiry, despite Prime Minister David Cameron’s strong objection to the legislation. Cameron’s government is divided on the future of the press after the Liberal Democrats, the junior partners in…

Beastie Boys call for sampling lawsuit to be dismissed

The Beastie Boys have called for the dismissal of a lawsuit charging that they illegally sampled material on their first two albums. The rappers deny there is any “substantial similarity” between the tracks on Licensed to Ill and Paul’s Boutique and the songs they sampled by the go-go band Trouble…

Britain awaits crucial report into press ethics

A top British judge will on Thursday publish a key report into a phone-hacking scandal, potentially paving the way for strict new press laws and raising tensions in the coalition government. Brian Leveson is widely expected to include recommendations for statutory regulation when he publishes his findings from a year-long…

Bloggers and crowdsourcing won’t end need for journalists: study

WASHINGTON — Bloggers, “crowdsourcing” and computer-generated articles are making contributions to the news media, but they cannot replace professional journalists in digging up important news. That is the message of a major study released this week by Columbia University’s Tow Center for Digital Journalism, titled “Post-Industrial Journalism.” The authors of…

Myanmar author set to re-release racy acclaimed novel

As Myanmar’s censors loosen their grip, one of the country’s most acclaimed authors plans to republish her novel about two gay lovers, restoring sex-laced passages once deemed too risque for readers. Chunks of paragraphs from Nu Nu Yi’s 1994 novel “Smile as they bow” were purged by the all-powerful censorship…

Tourists flood New Zealand for The Hobbit debut

WELLINGTON — Huge crowds swarmed into central Wellington for the world premiere of Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit”, an event that has sparked Middle Earth mania in New Zealand. Presenters on national radio greeted listeners in the fictional language elvish on Wednesday morning, while newspapers came with complimentary Hobbit posters, and…

TMZ denies obtaining permission to fly drone

On Tuesday, the celebrity and entertainment news website TMZ denied reports that it had obtained permission from the Federal Aviation Administration to fly a drone within the United States. TMZ insisted it had no plans of getting into the “drone business” and did not own any unmanned aerial vehicles “despite…

Alleged stalker of Alec Baldwin arrested after court hearing

NEW YORK — An aspiring Canadian actress accused of stalking US television star Alec Baldwin was arrested Tuesday in New York right after a court hearing. Genevieve Sabourin’s re-arrest came minutes after a chaotic hearing in which her lawyer quit her case, saying they could not work together. The lawyer,…

Ricks scuttles claim by Fox that he apologized privately for remarks

A Fox News Channel (FNC) vice president has told the Hollywood Reporter that author Tom Ricks apologized privately for his comments on Monday that the network has been “operating as wing of the Republican Party.” But Ricks denied ever making any such apology. On Monday, Ricks alleged that Fox and…

‘The Hobbit’ was almost filmed in UK, director Peter Jackson reveals

“The Hobbit” director Peter Jackson on Tuesday said the low point making his Tolkien epic was when the production almost moved from his native New Zealand to Britain because of a union dispute. Jackson, who will host the world premiere of the first instalment of his trilogy in Wellington on…

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