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Ex-Murdoch editor appears in court in hacking case

Former News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks appeared in a London court on Monday to face charges related to alleged phone hacking. Brooks, 44, appeared in the dock accused of conspiring with others to illegally access voicemails, and spoke only to confirm her name, date of birth and address…

Eastwood’s fellow Hollywood stars pan his RNC performance

By Leila Macor LOS ANGELES — Clint Eastwood’s bizarre cameo at the Republican National Convention drew some scathing reviews Friday from his movie industry colleagues in traditionally Democrat-leaning Hollywood. The Oscar-winning actor-director’s own agent declined to comment on the rambling performance — in which the 82-year-old “Dirty Harry” star chatted…

Sun Myung Moon illness ‘irreversible’: Unification Church

The illness of Unification Church founder Sun Myung Moon is “irreversible”, the church said Friday, after he was hospitalised with complications from pneumonia more than two weeks ago. Moon, 92, has critical organ failure and is on life support, it said in a statement. Spokesman Ahn Ho-Yeol told AFP that…

Goldie Taylor: RNC ‘peanut’ incident means GOP needs to step up on race

The CNN camera operator who had peanuts thrown at her and was called an “animal” by RNC delegates earlier this week has spoken out to Richard Prince’s Journal-isms blog about the incident, saying, “I hate that it happened, but I’m not surprised at all.” Patricia Carroll, 34, said that the…

Rumors of Rolling Stones tour grow

Legendary British rock group The Rolling Stones could be about to celebrate their 50th anniversary with live shows in New York and London, Billboard magazine reported on Thursday. The band have themselves thrown out a few hints, promising on their Facebook site they would announce some “some exciting news” next…

Hollywood legend Michael Cimino unveils new director’s cut of ‘Heaven’s Gate’

Hollywood legend Michael Cimino spoke with emotion at the Venice film festival on Thursday as he unveiled a new director’s cut of his “Heaven’s Gate” — one of the biggest flops of all time. Cimino’s 1980 film was panned when it came out after his Oscar-winning “The Deer Hunter” and…

Russian channel to censor ‘The Simpsons’

A Russian national channel said Thursday it would censor “The Simpsons” cartoon series to comply with a new law banning scenes of violence, drinking and smoking before a late evening watershed. The 2×2 channel, aimed at young adults, told AFP it would cut scenes where the Simpsons family watches a…

‘Modern Family’ creator tweets gay marriage barb at Ann Romney

The creator of “Modern Family” has fired off a barbed tweet about gay marriage at Ann Romney, after the wife of the Republican White House hopeful said it was her favorite TV show. Romney named the show — which features a high-profile gay couple, Mitch and Cam — as her…

Could Clint make Mitt’s day at the convention?

Hollywood icon Clint Eastwood could make Mitt Romney’s day Thursday if he is the surprise speaker at the Republican National Convention, as event buzz and US media have led on. Anonymous GOP sources quoted by Fox News and other US media said Wednesday the Oscar-winning director/actor and all-around tough guy…

Lindsay Lohan barred from fabled Hollywood hotel

LOS ANGELES — Perennially troubled actress Lindsay Lohan has been barred from a storied Hollywood hotel for failing to pay more than $46,000 in bills, a leaked letter from the manager showed Wednesday. The bills racked up at the Chateau Marmont — where John Belushi died from an overdose in…

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