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Clooney to make Obama the $6 million dinner man

WASHINGTON — Hollywood heartthrob George Clooney will host a $6 million fundraising dinner for Barack Obama at his Los Angeles home as the president fills his campaign coffers to battle Mitt Romney. The event, on May 10, will feature in the “Dinner with Barack” campaign which the president’s political braintrust…

Cronenberg, Haneke films in running for Cannes prize

Films by Canadian director David Cronenberg, Briton Ken Loachand Austrian Michael Haneke will compete for gold at the 65thCannes Film Festival, organisers said Thursday. Cronenberg was tipped for his film “Cosmopolis”, starring Robert Pattinson as a billionaire asset manager, Loach for “The Angel’s Share” about an ex-offender on the mend and Haneke for “Amour” about a woman hit…

Catholic League threatens to ‘mobilize’ boycott against Jon Stewart

The Catholic League, a religious advocacy group, has threatened to launch a boycott against the sponsors of Daily Show host Jon Stewart over a segment that featured “vagina mangers.” “We are asking Stewart to apologize,” Catholic League president Bill Donohue said in a statement. “If he does not, we will…

Legendary TV host Dick Clark dies at 82

LOS ANGELES — Legendary US television presenter and producer Dick Clark, known for introducing rock and roll music to millions of Americans, died of a heart attack Wednesday at age 82, his family said. Clark, famous for shows including “American Bandstand” and “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” suffered a…

Study: GOP guests dominate Sunday morning talk shows

If you feel like the Sunday morning political talk shows are overrun by Republican politicians, their surrogates and other right-wing spinners, you’re actually right, according to a study by Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR), a media watchdog group. FAIR’s magazine, Extra! tracked the breakdown of guests featured in one-on-one…

Stolen Tom Petty guitars recovered

LOS ANGELES — US police have recovered five stolen guitars belonging to Tom Petty and Heartbreakers, they said Tuesday, earning thanks from the US rock veteran on the eve of his latest tour. Petty had offered a $7,500 reward for information about the guitars, including one of Petty’s vintage 12-string…

Norway’s mass murderer echos Glenn Beck: I targeted ‘Hitler youth’

Anders Behring Breivik, the Norweigan mass murderer who killed 77 and injured 151 in a series of attacks last year, said at trial this week that he targeted the children of Norway’s leftist political leaders because they were “in many ways similar to the Hitler Youth.” His defense is alarmingly…

Beckel: ‘Right winger’ doesn’t ‘know what the f*ck’ she’s talking about

A Democratic Fox News contributor on Monday told a tea party activist that she didn’t “know what the fuck” she was talking about on live television after she claimed that a federal government program to help impoverished children didn’t work. The Fox News show Hannity returned from a commercial break…

Girl in Pulitzer-winning picture still has nightmares

Down a rutted dirt alley in Old Kabul, the “Girl in the green dress” — the subject of AFP’s Pulitzer-winning photograph — still has nightmares about the day a suicide bomber made her image world famous. Tarana Akbari, 11, no longer wears her best dress, which was drenched in her own blood…

Kurt Cobain working on solo album before suicide: report

WASHINGTON — Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain was working on a solo album when he committed suicide in 1994, a former guitarist for the band of Cobain’s widow said in an interview with music TV channel Fuse. “That’s really what he was going towards, a solo album but working with different…

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