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News Corp shakes up Fox leadership

NEW YORK — News Corporation on Monday named Peter Rice as head of its Fox Networks Group as the media giant headed by Rupert Murdoch reorganized its leadership ahead of a likely split of the company. Rice, who has been head of entertainment for the unit since 2010, will now…

Red Hot Chili Peppers support jailed girl punk band at Moscow concert

MOSCOW — Anthony Kiedis, lead singer of US rock band the Red Hot Chili Peppers, gave his backing to a jailed Russian girl punk band during a Moscow concert Sunday, a Russian news website reported. Kiedes performed with his band at the city’s Luzniky stadium wearing a tee-shirt emblazoned with…

Book publishers hunt online for the new E.L. James

Following the success of Fifty Shades Of Grey, publishers eye authors who self-publish Mainstream publishing houses are colonising fresh territory in the next stage of an ebook revolution that is changing not only how we read, but what we read, for ever. Following the success of Fifty Shades of Grey,…

Rupert Murdoch resigns from newspaper boards

The (U.K.) Telegraph is reporting that media mogul Rupert Murdoch has resigned from the boards of his various newspaper holdings in both the United Kingdom and the United States. Filings with both the United Kingdom Registrar of Companies and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission indicate the resignations were made…

Journalist and author Alexander Cockburn dies at 71

Longtime journalist and contributor to Counter-Punch, The Nation and Common Dreams, Alexander Cockburn has died at the age of 71. Co-editor Jeffrey St. Clair published a column on Saturday morning to remember Cockburn and to express his grief at losing a good friend. “Our friend and comrade Alexander Cockburn died…

The top five most painfully self-serving reactions to the Aurora shooting

Within hours of the tragic shooting at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado last night, politicians and others rushed to stake out the tragedy as their own. Some pointed to the senseless murders as proof of their beliefs, while others have used it as an opportunity to gather donations and…

Who tickets from cancelled 1979 concert still good for 2013

Fans who held on to tickets from gig in Providence, Rhode Island, can redeem them 33 years later when the band return Thirty three years after the Who were forced to cancel a concert in Providence, Rhode Island, fans who held on to their tickets will finally be able to…

‘Mad Men’ dominates Emmy nominations

“Mad Men” dominated nominations for the primetime Emmy awards, a triumph for the 1960s-themed series that almost failed to return for its fifth season this year. The show is up against “Boardwalk Empire,” “Breaking Bad,” the British-made “Downton Abbey,” “Game of Thrones” and “Homeland” for best drama series, but unlike…

Mourners bid farewell to ‘first Bollywood superstar’

Mourners gathered in Mumbai under heavy monsoon rain to bid farewell and catch a final glimpse of Bollywood’s first superstar, Rajesh Khanna, who was to be cremated on Thursday. His body was driven from his residence on an open-back trailer with only his face showing from beneath a blanket of…

Journalist arrested in Belarus for publishing pictures of teddy bears

Press freedom publicity stunt leads to jail for website editor If it wasn’t so serious, it would be laughable. Belarusian security agents have arrested a website editor for publishing photographs of teddy bears, such as the one above. Anton Suryapin, who runs a site called Belarusian News Photos, carried the…

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