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Hobbit producers deny animal deaths on set

WELLINGTON — The producers of “The Hobbit” movies on Tuesday rejected allegations that animals died on set during the making of director Peter Jackson’s highly anticipated Tolkien trilogy in New Zealand. Animal rights group PETA said up to 27 animals, including horses, sheep, goats and chickens, died during filming, prompting…

The staying power of ‘Gangnam Style’

SEOUL — President Obama, the mayor of London, China’s top dissident artist and Madonna — every time someone signals the death of “Gangnam Style” up pops another high-profile figure to keep the phenomenon alive. In the four months since the music video by South Korean rapper Psy went viral on…

Italian erotic flick wins top prizes at Rome film festival as audience boos

Italian erotic film “And They Call it Summer” which was booed during its screening at the Rome Film Festival, scooped two prizes at the awards ceremony on Saturday to catcalls from the audience. Italy’s Paolo Franchi won the best director prize for his steamy tale of a man unable to…

Fox’s Kilmeade says network picks female talent from ‘Victoria’s Secret catalog’

Brian Kilmeade, one of the three hosts of the Fox News Channel’s morning show “Fox and Friends” said in a radio segment that the network chooses its female on air personnel from the “Victoria’s Secret catalog.” According to Think Progress, Kilmeade made the remarks on his Fox News Radio show,…

Musicians blast bill to trim Pandora royalties

WASHINGTON — A group of 125 leading musicians is calling on the US Congress to kill a bill backed by online broadcaster Pandora that would slash royalties on Internet radio. The bill aims to equalize the royalty structure between Internet, cable and satellite radio. Pandora currently pays a higher percentage…

‘Twilight’ stars eye new life after vampire saga

“Twilight’ stars Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson are looking forward to sinking their teeth into new, non-vampire roles, as they ponder life after the “Twilight” saga. “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2″ debuts this weekend in North America, bringing the blockbuster vampire franchise to an end, and closing a…

Brother of Mia Farrow charged with child sex abuse

John Charles Villiers-Farrow, brother of actress Mia Farrow, was arrested and charged with child sex abuse in Maryland on Thursday. According to Washington, DC’s NBC Channel 4, the 66-year-old Villiers-Farrow is implicated in a series of incidents dating back to 2000. The “sometime screenwriter and boat salesman” has been accused…

Fox 19 anchor suspended for calling Maddow ‘an angry young man’

A Fox 19 news anchor returned to work on Tuesday after being suspended for calling MSNBC host Rachel Maddow an “angry young man.” Tricia Macke received a two-day suspension for the comment she made in October, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. Macke’s Facebook comments were noticed by the Gay &…

‘Sun’ reporters avoid investigative journalism due to fear of arrest

By Lisa O’Carroll, The Guardian Brian Flynn, the investigations editor, says paper is turning away stories from whistleblowers following Operation Elveden arrests A senior editor on the Sun has warned that journalists on the paper are now unwilling to launch certain public interest investigations because of a fear of being arrested. Brian…

Judy Garland’s Wizard of Oz dress sells for $480,000

LOS ANGELES — The blue and white gingham dress worn by Judy Garland in “The Wizard of Oz” in 1939 was auctioned Saturday in Beverly Hills for $480,000, Julien’s auction house announced. The dress worn by the singer of “Over the Rainbow”, then aged 17, was sold through a special…

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