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First film on Osama bin Laden raid pulls 2.7 million viewers

WASHINGTON — About 2.7 million viewers watched Sunday’s television premiere of the first movie about the US commando raid that killed Osama bin Laden, the National Geographic Channel said. “SEAL Team Six: The Raid on Osama bin Laden” caused a stir when it was announced in October that it would…

Gandalf actor Ian McKellan chides New Zealand PM over gay ‘joke’

WELLINGTON — British actor Ian McKellan has criticised New Zealand Prime Minister John Key for using the word “gay” to mock a radio host’s attire, saying the term should not be casually used as an insult. In a radio interview last week, Key said told talkback host Jamie Mackay he…

John Cusack contemplates playing Rush Limbaugh in biopic

Left-leaning actor may take starring and producing roles in ‘non-partisan’ film about America’s controversial radio host John Cusack is being lined up to play the controversial US conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh in a new biopic, according to Deadline. Though it is said to be in the early stages,…

Sharon Osbourne has double mastectomy after finding out she carries ‘breast cancer gene’

Sharon Osbourne has had a double mastectomy after finding out she carries a gene which increases the risk of getting breast cancer, the British television personality said in an interview published on Monday. Osbourne, 60, a former judge on America’s Got Talent who is married to rock legend Ozzy Osbourne,…

Former Police frontman Sting to ‘move on’ as world tour hits final stretch

Sting may be celebrating 25 years in music, but the one-time “Police” frontman hates to look back, he told AFP on the final stretch of a year-long tour that wraps up in Asia in December. “I’m not a very nostalgic person. It’s just not in my nature,” the singer said…

Filmmaker Pedro Almodovar signs manifesto against Catalan independence

Filmmaker Pedro Almodovar, writer Mario Vargas Llosa and a long list of Spanish intellectuals published a manifesto Sunday against independence for Catalonia in northeast Spain. “Several hundred intellectuals and professionals have signed a call in favour of federalism and the left to respond to the growing secessionism being pushed by……

More cosy texts between UK Prime Minister David Cameron and Murdoch chief Rebekah Brooks revealed

Two more cosy text messages between Prime Minister David Cameron and former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks emerged Sunday, with Cameron commenting on riding one of her horses. The texts were obtained by The Mail on Sunday, which said they were part of a cache of emails and texts…

Denzel’s turn as a drug-addicted pilot took a decade to make it to the screen

After a detour into animation, “Forrest Gump” director Robert Zemeckis returns to live-action film with “Flight,” which starts with a plane crash but centers more on personal rather than airborne crises. Denzel Washington stars as a pilot who becomes a national hero for managing to crash-land a malfunctioning jet but…

Conservative ‘historian’ claims Benghazi an inside job designed to help ban free speech

Conservative author and self-declared historian David Barton told his radio audience on Friday that President Barack Obama purposefully allowed an attack on the U.S. embassy in Benghazi so that he can orchestrate his ultimate goal of banning free speech — and specifically, all criticism of Islam. “We’ve seen all the…

Huffington Post launches weekend TED talks section

News website Huffington Post on Friday launched a weekend section devoted to diving deeply into mind-bending ideas shared in “talks” at prestigious TED conferences. TED Weekends is to become a Huffington Post staple with “ideas worth spreading” served up in video presentations each Friday and then illustrated, discussed and expanded…

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