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French newspapers want Google to pay for content

Leading French newspaper publishers called on the government on Tuesday to adopt a law to force Internet search engines such as Google to pay for content. In an interview published in the business daily Le Figaro, they said a law should impose a settlement in the long-running dispute with Google,…

Julian Assange threatened legal action against WikiLeaks documentary

Julian Assange threatened legal action against a film festival in an attempt to pressure them not to show a documentary on the history of WikiLeaks. Assange, the WikiLeaks founder, threatened to sue the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in the United States if they broadcast the documentary, WikiLeaks: Secrets and…

‘Cloud Atlas’ co-director officially comes out as transgender

“Cloud Atlas” co-director Lana Wachowski this week publicly embraced her gender switch from Larry for the first time — with bright pink dreads. Her sex change was long rumored, but never confirmed as Wachowski had previously avoided interviews and publicity tours by insisting on no-press clauses in her film contracts.…

Jay-Z beefs with Occupy Wall Street

Jay-Z is beefing with Occupy Wall Street. Less than a year after he started wearing and selling Occupy-related T-shirts, the rapper has spoken out against the movement, criticising protesters for not being clear about their complaints. “What are you fighting for?” Jay-Z asked in a new interview with the New York Times. “I don’t…

‘Insecure politicians’ blocking Salman Rushdie film adaptation in India

A new film of Salman Rushdie’s 1981 novel “Midnight’s Children”, which is set in India after independence, may not be released in the country, its director has said, blaming “insecure politicians”. The adaptation, which has been showed at the Toronto International Film Festival in Canada, is due for worldwide release…

Bob Dylan still going strong, releases 35th album this week

He was the voice of a generation. Now he barely talks. But music icon Bob Dylan, who releases his 35th album this week half a century after his first, is still going strong. The 71-year-old, who has evolved from 1960s folk-protest singer into an enigmatic rock legend, is most well…

Pussy Riot’s release backed by Russian rockers in St. Petersburg concert

Russian rock group DDT, whose lead singer is known for his anti-Kremlin views, was among the bands that played a concert in Saint Petersburg Sunday backing the country’s political prisoners. Attending the show were two lawyers for the jailed members of female punk band Pussy Riot, sentenced last month for…

Actor Keira Knightley: New Anna Karenina film a ‘punch to the stomach’

TORONTO — Leo Tolstoy’s masterpiece “Anna Karenina” has been adapted for the silver screen more than a dozen times, but British filmmaker Joe Wright’s latest movie version arguably tops them all. Starring Keira Knightley and Jude Law, the 130-minute film premiered internationally this week at the Toronto International Film Festival,…

Controversy clouds Korean winner and American ‘Scientology’ film at Venice festival

The Venice film festival wrapped up in controversy on Sunday after Kim Ki Duk took the Golden Lion with his Korean morality tale Pieta amid reports the jury had wanted a different winner. The Hollywood Reporter said the jury had been prevented from choosing US director Paul Thomas Anderson for…

Peter Jackson avoids talk about ‘The Hobbit’

Filmmaker Peter Jackson avoided questions on Saturday about his decision to split J.R.R. Tolkien’s 300-page fantasy novel “The Hobbit” into three feature length films, amid growing fan criticism. The director of the epic “Lord of the Rings” trilogy says the decision to make three films was possible because of the…

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