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Prosecuted Russian punk band Pussy Riot says ‘Putin is scared of us’

Pussy Riot, the feminist punk rock band three of whose members are being prosecuted by the Russian authorities for singing an anti-Putin song in a Moscow cathedral, have told the Observer they refused to be intimidated by the government’s “brutality and cruelness” because they “had done nothing wrong”. Giving their…

Fake Bill Keller column fools journalists and mocks Times’ WikiLeaks coverage

Bill Keller, the New York Times columnist who edited the paper through the WikiLeaks saga, is not a man usually fond of hyperbole. So when he came to post on Sunday morning a tweet all in caps, his 40,000 Twitter followers sat up and listened: The fake in question was…

Russia courts Hollywood with vast new studios

MOSCOW — A Russian company has spent $89 million building eastern Europe’s largest production facilities in a field outside Moscow and hopes to lure Hollywood majors to shoot and produce movies. The idea is to create a modern flagship studio that will make Russia a competitively priced destination for film…

NBC catches more online criticism as Olympic streams falter

Even though airing the London Olympics opening ceremonies on tape delay helped NBC set a ratings record, that hasn’t spared the network from being roundly criticized in media circles for its coverage. Saturday, according to Yahoo! Sports, the network’s much-vaunted live-stream coverage presented users with obstacles during the 400 meters…

Americans not allowed to watch Olympics opening ceremonies live

WASHINGTON — A billion people across the globe turned on their TVs to watch the opening ceremony of the London Olympics live Friday, but very few of them were in United States. With comments about Danny Boyle’s extravaganza Britannica pinging back and forth across the world via Twitter, Facebook and…

Judge to rule on Alec Baldwin ‘stalker’ case

EW YORK — A US judge said Thursday he will rule in September on an attempt by a Canadian actress to have stalking charges lodged by Hollywood star Alec Baldwin thrown out of court. Lawyers for Genevieve Sabourin, whom Baldwin accuses of sending love-struck emails and coming uninvited to his…

Stars out in London to honour great Ali

Stars of sport and screen gathered in London to honour legendary heavyweight boxer and Olympic champion Muhammad Ali as the countdown to the 2012 Games neared its finale. The 70-year-old boxer attended Wednesday’s gala event at the Victoria and Albert Museum in central London which was hosted by Hollywood A-list…

Judge transfers custody of Michael Jackson’s children

LOS ANGELES — A US judge on Wednesday gave temporary guardianship of late singer Michael Jackson’s three children to his nephew TJ amid a bitter public dispute over the whereabouts of the family’s matriarch. Katherine Jackson, the late singer’s mother, had custody of Paris, Prince Michael and Blanket, but Judge…

Celebrated Spanish human rights investigator Baltasar Garzon to head Julian Assange’s legal team

Famous Spanish human rights investigator Baltasar Garzon will lead the legal team representing WikiLeaks and its founder Julian Assange, the whistleblower website announced on Tuesday. Assange is currently at the Ecuadoran embassy in London, seeking political asylum in the Latin American country, after losing his legal battle to avoid extradition…

Batman actor Christian Bale visits victims of theatre shooting

AURORA, Colorado — Batman actor Christian Bale paid a low-key visit Tuesday to Aurora, Colorado to comfort victims of last week’s shooting massacre, which occurred during a screening of his latest film. Pictures posted on Twitter showed the Welsh-born actor at the Medical Center of Aurora, where 20 of the…

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