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Mission Impossible? Tom Cruise under fire at 50

LOS ANGELES — Tom Cruise was named the highest paid actor in Hollywood on Tuesday, on his 50th birthday — but the “Mission Impossible” star has little to celebrate. Days after his wife filed for divorce — apparently taking him by surprise — questions are stacking up about the role…

Herman Cain TV channel to feature patriotic dinosaurs and cartoon Reagan

Failed Republican presidential candidate and former pizza CEO Herman Cain is planning to launch his own Internet TV channel called “CainTV” that, oddly, features patriotic dinosaurs and a cartoon version of President Ronald Reagan, among other bizarre attractions. Cain first revealed details of his new project to Fox News’s Republican…

Russia’s anti-Putin punks perform with U.S. rockers

Russia’s Pussy Riot punk band gave a surprise performance at a concert by US rockers Faith No More late Monday as three of its young women members await trial for singing an anti-Putin song in a church. Five women bounded on stage during a Moscow concert by Faith No More,…

Katie Holmes in New York after filing for divorce from Tom Cruise

NEW YORK — Katie Holmes was spotted in New York on Monday without her wedding ring after filing for divorce from fellow actor Tom Cruise. The 33-year-old Hollywood star left a shoot for a television series in Times Square, her hair pulled back conservatively in a sleek pony tail and…

Zach Galifianakis’s ‘Craigslist Joe’ documentary trailer hits the web

Joe Garner of Craiglist Joe is not the first to rely on the internet and the kindness of strangers to accomplish a goal The trailer for Craigslist Joe, Zach Galifianakis’s documentary effort about living off the kindness of internet strangers, has hit the web. And it’s like Eat, Pray, Love…

Rupert Murdoch: Scientologists are ‘creepy, maybe even evil’

LOS ANGELES — Media mogul Rupert Murdoch weighed in on the Tom Cruise-Katie Holmes divorce story Sunday, saying he thinks Scientologists are “creepy” and possibly even evil. The News Corporation chief urged his Twitter followers to watch the story, which broke on Friday when Holmes announced she was filing from…

Stolen Dali painting returned after surfacing in mail

A stolen Salvador Dali painting worth an estimated $150,000 has been recovered after being mailed back to the United States from Greece, police said Saturday. An unidentified man posing as a potential customer snatched the 1949 gouache and watercolor piece “Cartel des Don Juan Tenorio” from New York’s Venus Over…

Lucy Lawless – Xena the Ecowarrior

Lucy Lawless made her name playing Xena: Warrior Princess. Now she is facing jail after a protest on board an Arctic oil drilling ship. So what turned her into an ecowarrior? Lucy Lawless, cult actor, mother of three and most recently international ecowarrior, makes a point of not planning her life…

Bill Maher defends racism charge from Allen West

On Friday night’s episode of “Real Time,” host Bill Maher –and a panel that included Amy Goodman, Lizz Winstead, Fareed Zakaria and California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsome– discussed backlash from a column Maher wrote recently that compared the modern-day Republican Party to “The Rise of the Planet of the Apes.”…

Ex-assistant to U2 bassist found guilty of stealing $3.5 million from him

DUBLIN — A former personal assistant of U2 bassist Adam Clayton was found guilty on Friday of stealing 2.8 million euros ($3.5 million) from the Irish musician’s bank accounts. Carol Hawkins, 48, was convicted of 181 counts of stealing cheques from the 52-year-old between 2004 and 2008, Irish media reported.…

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