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British lawmaker lambasted over reality show stint

Politicians have done many things over the years to win votes, but none more so than British lawmaker Nadine Dorries, who spent 12 days in the Australian jungle eating ostrich anus on national television. The feisty 55-year-old has been catapulted into the public eye by her appearance on “I’m A…

Philip Roth’s retirement stuns literary critics

Novelist Philip Roth’s decision to lay down his pen despite seemingly good health and his formerly unstoppable production at the age of 79, has stunned US literary circles. The low-key announcement first appeared in the French cultural magazine Les Inrockuptibles and was missed by many in the United States, where…

Rejected Beatles demo tape resurfaces and is up for auction

he Beatles demo tape that record label Decca overlooked — a decision branded the biggest mistake in music history — has resurfaced and is up for auction, according to newspapers. Recorded on New Year’s Day 1961, Decca artists and repertoire man Dick Rowe passed over the Liverpool group and signed…

Film planned on life of INXS frontman Michael Hutchence

A film is being planned about the life and times of Michael Hutchence, the frontman of Australian rock band INXS who committed suicide 15 years ago, according to a report. Former Hollywood screenwriter Bobby Galinsky, best-known for his work on the 1990 Kiefer Sutherland thriller “Flatliners”, told ABC on Friday…

Uganda postpones trial of British gay play producer David Cecil

A Ugandan court on Thursday postponed the trial of a British theatre producer for staging a play about a gay man without proper authorisation until early next year, his lawyer said. David Cecil — who faces up to two years in jail if found guilty — was arrested in September…

Robin Roberts tells sister, ‘You gave me life’ following bone marrow treatment

Good Morning America co-host Robin Roberts shared the details of her cancer treatment with her sister, a fellow news anchor who donated marrow of her own to aid in her recovery, telling her, “You gave me life.” Roberts spoke to her sister, WWL-TV news anchor Sally Ann Roberts, following the…

Blind pianist beats odds to become Taiwan movie star

Huang Yu-siang was born with a gift and a devastating disability. He has a huge talent for music, but he is blind. His story has become a movie that has captivated audiences in his native Taiwan. The film, “Touch of the Light”, marks a double triumph for the 25-year-old. First…

Tolkien estate sues Warner Bros over merchandising rights

The estate of author J.R.R Tolkien is suing Warner Bros claiming that the film giant is abusing its right to merchandising linked to “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit.” Filed in Los Angeles weeks before the release of the first “Hobbit” movie, the lawsuit — a copy of…

Literary giant Philip Roth content after putting pen down

Philip Roth’s surprise decision to lay down his pen after 31 books has left the acclaimed US novelist more relaxed, he says — and even with time to tackle the newfangled complexities of the iPhone. Roth, who is 79 and one of the surviving giants of a golden age in…

Elmo puppeteer resigns from ‘Sesame Street’ amid new sexual abuse allegations

Kevin Clash, the puppeteer who voiced Sesame Street character Elmo, resigned from the show on Tuesday, as the show blamed the allegations of sexual abuse that developed against him this month. According to The New York Times, Sesame Workshop, the show’s production company, credited Clash’s contribution to the show over…

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