Quantcast
Home » Archives » Media (Page 157)

Actor Gerard Depardieu ‘giving up French passport’ in tax controversy

France’s leading actor Gerard Depardieu said on Sunday he was giving up his French passport after being “insulted” by the prime minister calling him “pathetic” for becoming a tax exile in Belgium. In an open letter to Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, the 63-year-old “Cyrano de Bergerac” and “Green Card” star…

Valerie Plame welcomes new breed of fictional female spy in ‘Zero Dark Thirty’

Former CIA agent exposed in 2003 praises emergence of heroine ‘whose most important weapon is her intellect’ The heroine of Kathryn Bigelow’s controversial new movie Zero Dark Thirty stands out for her weapon of choice when helping to run down Osama bin Laden – a quick and ruthless mind. Unlike…

News outlets to fight Romney campaign over food, travel expenses

While the election ended over a month ago, relations between news outlets and the Romney campaign may become even more fraught in the near future. Multiple organizations are preparing to file an official complaint regarding large charges billed to them by the campaign for meals and other events, reported BuzzFeed.…

American Muslims launch campaign to reclaim ‘jihad’

US Muslims launched an advertising and social media campaign Friday in the hopes of reclaiming the word jihad from extremists who insist on equating the spiritual quest with terrorism. The campaign features Muslims describing their personal struggles — the meaning of jihad — on bus ads, Twitter, Facebook and a…

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…

Google+