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Cult cartoonist Crumb gets museum honors

His LSD-inspired heroes, rampant sex and frontal assaults on political correctness made comic artist Robert Crumb an icon of US counter-culture, but why on earth, he wonders, put his work on show in a museum? Crumb’s cult universe, from hippy-era characters like “Fritz the Cat” to his cartoon take on the Bible,…

William Boyd to pen new Bond adventure

Author William Boyd is to follow in the footsteps of fellow novelists Kingsley Amis and Sebastian Faulks by penning a new adventure for 007 superspy James Bond, it was revealed on Thursday. Bond-creator Ian Fleming died in 1964 after writing 14 novels in the series, but other authors have since…

Axl Rose snubs rockers’ Hall of Fame honor

Guns N’ Roses star Axl Rose will not attend a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony this weekend to be inducted into the prestigious music pantheon, he said in an open letter to The Los Angeles Times’ music blog. Rose wrote explaining why he is refusing the honor from…

‘You don’t do theater for money’ says Malkovich

US actor John Malkovich said it made little sense to do theater for money as he presented his latest play/opera, in which he plays a writer and serial assassin, in Mexico City. “I don’t care if I get paid at all. You don’t really do theater for money, it doesn’t…

Raw Story’s Megan Carpentier on Rep. West ‘communists in Congress’ remark

Megan Carpentier, the executive editor of Raw Story, said on The Young Turks Wednesday that claiming Democrats are members of the Communist Party was not particularly outrageous in today’s political climate, considering how often unsubstantiated smears get thrown around. Rep. Allen West (R-FL), a tea party favorite, said Tuesday that…

Jon Stewart destroys CNN for ‘branded news segments within the news’

On Tuesday night, Daily Show host Jon Stewart took CNN to task for their seemingly endless amount of catchy-sounding but irrelevantly-named segments. “CNN seems to believe that the key to revitalizing the network is to create branded news segments within the news,” he said. “Why are you doing this?” Stewart…

Israel bars German author Gunter Grass over poem

Israel on Sunday barred German author Gunter Grass from entering the Jewish state, citing a poem in which he accuses Israel of plotting Iran’s annihilation and threatening world peace. “Interior Minister Eli Yishai declared Gunter Grass persona non grata in Israel,” a statement from Yishai’s office said. “Gunter’s poem is…

Audacity pays as Belgium’s opera defies austerity

Defying hard times in Europe, the Brussels opera house is filling seats by offering bold and innovative shows despite a tight budget, shrinking subsidies and a smaller workforce. “In a period of crisis, audacity pays off,” Peter de Caluwe, the 48-year-old head of La Monnaie opera house (The Mint in…

Police probe Tyler Perry racial profiling charge

A US police force is investigating two of its officers after Tyler Perry accused them of racial profiling for stopping him in his car and questioning him in a “hostile” manner, a spokesman said. The African-American writer-director made the allegations regarding an incident in Atlanta, Georgia, in which he performed…

Matt Damon about to start filming ‘anti-fracking blockbuster’

Hollywood star Matt Damon is hunting for some “great character faces” for a feature film he is making with director Gus Van Sant said to be critical about fracking for natural gas. In a notice seen Friday on the website of the Pittsburgh Film Office in Philadelphia, the casting team…

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