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Ang Lee breaks every rule in new ‘Life of Pi’ film

Director Ang Lee says he broke every rule in “Life of Pi,” which premiered Friday, bringing the best-selling novel into stunning 3D life with a production featuring an unknown Indian actor, four tigers and the world’s biggest wave machine. “There are a few classic advices in movies: never make a…

Comics icon Stan Lee gets pacemaker

Spider-Man creator Stan Lee, whose Marvel comic book heroes have dominated US culture for more than half a century, has been fitted with a heart pacemaker at the age of 89, he announced Friday. In a typically colorful statement, Lee — whose characters include the Hulk, Iron Man, Captain America…

Schwarzenegger: Cheating on Shriver was ‘stupidest thing I’ve ever done’

Arnold Schwarzenegger says the fling with his housekeeper that produced a baby and later ended his marriage was the “stupidest” thing he ever did. In excerpts from a television interview to air Sunday, a day before his memoirs are published, the former California governor admitted he “inflicted tremendous pain” on…

Wall Street Journal accused of concealing writers’ Mitt Romney links

Veteran journalists attack Murdoch paper for failure to disclose writers’ political sympathies The Wall Street Journal has been criticised by senior US journalists for failing to disclose that 10 of its op-ed writers are Mitt Romney advisers. According to an inquiry by Media Matters, 23 pieces in the WSJ’s op-ed…

‘Sons of Anarchy’ actor found dead after allegedly killing 81-year-old woman

A 28-year-old US actor was found dead after allegedly killing an 81-year-old woman in a Hollywood murder mystery, police said Thursday. Johnny Lewis, an ex boyfriend of singer Katy Perry known for his role in TV series “Sons of Anarchy,” either jumped or fell to his death after attacking the…

AP editor: There wasn’t enough time and space to debunk Bachmann lies

An editor for the Associated Press said in a panel discussion on Wednesday that during coverage of the Republican primaries, fact-checkers for the organization would have to limit themselves to a “quota” of misstatements by Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) during debates. According to the Washington Post, the AP’s Jim Drinkard…

Mona Lisa: the early years? Art world split over new Leonardo da Vinci ‘work’

Portrait claimed to be of younger version of painter’s muse to be unveiled in Geneva by art foundation For generations the enigmatic smile of the Mona Lisa has captured the imaginations of thousands of visitors to the Louvre. But now the mythology surrounding the world’s most famous painting is being…

‘Harry Potter’ author JK Rowling’s dark new novel ‘The Casual Vacancy’ divides critics

First reviews of Harry Potter author JK Rowling’s novel for adults on Thursday praised its Dickensian scope and social message, but warned the gritty, even obscene tale was a far cry from Hogwarts. Shortly before the release of the hotly awaited “The Casual Vacancy”, several reviewers said they were taken…

Joan Crawford Oscar sells for over $420,000

The best actress Oscar won by Joan Crawford for her role in classic film noir “Mildred Pierce” has been sold at auction for $426,732. Crawford, who died in 1977, won the award in 1945 for her portrayal of a middle-class housewife struggling during the Great Depression, beating favorite Ingrid Bergman.…

Judge sets Murdoch’s ‘News of the World’ phone-hacking trial for September 2013

The first trial stemming from the phone-hacking scandal at Rupert Murdoch’s now-defunct News of the World tabloid is to begin in September 2013, a judge ruled on Wednesday. Judge Adrian Fulford made the ruling after several defendants including former News of the World editors Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson appeared…

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