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Catholic youth crusade against Madonna in Poland

Singer Madonna is courting controversy again ahead of an August 1 gig in Warsaw, having already been threatened with legal action in France for projecting a swastika on an image of far-right party leader Marine Le Pen. A group of young Catholics has launched an online petition to have the…

New York Times names new ombudsman, with online focus

The New York Times on Monday named Margaret Sullivan as its “public editor,” an ombudsman who responds to reader concerns, and said the “conversation” on key issues will move increasingly online. Sullivan, currently editor and vice president of The Buffalo News, will succeed Arthur Brisbane as public editor on September…

National Review editor unapologetic about using racial slur

A senior editor at National Review Online has responded dismissively to criticism regarding his use of the term “wetback.” In a column published Monday, Jay Nordlinger wrote that conservatives were disgusted by then-President Ronald Reagan because he “was raising taxes, spending like crazy, welcoming wetbacks, [and] pursuing arms control.” After…

YouTube becoming major news platform: study

WASHINGTON — YouTube, the Google-owned video sharing website, has become a major platform around the world for news, posing challenges to media organizations, a study said Monday. The Pew Research Center report said that news related events were the most searched items on YouTube in five months of a 15-month…

Deep Purple co-founder Jon Lord dies aged 71

LONDON — Jon Lord, keyboardist with legendary British rock band Deep Purple and co-author of their most famous hit Smoke On The Water has died aged 71, his family announced on Monday. Lord, who also played with Whitesnake, died at the London Clinic on Monday, surrounded by family, a statement…

Gay superheroes ‘mainstream’ at Comic-Con 2012

And so Comic-Con wraps for another year. As the costumes are packed away, stalls dismantled and banners folded how do you summarise five days of myriad deal-making, networking, announcements, interviews, previews, debates, awards? Short answer: you don’t. The Con, as aficionados call it, defies any overarching narrative. Spider-Man couldn’t weave…

Censors catch up with China’s ‘micro film’ movement

Boasting tens of millions of views and offering previously unheard of artistic freedoms, China’s “micro film” movement has made it possible for anyone with a smartphone to become a moviemaker. Until last week the Internet-based films — made by everyone from first timers to established directors — existed in a…

Microsoft breaks from NBC to launch own news portal

Software giant Microsoft has parted company with NBC News, pulling out of their joint venture MSNBC to launch its own online news service, the two companies announced. Moving on “allows us to go out and innovate,” Bob Visse, general manager of MSN.com, said, confirming that MSN.com had begun hiring for…

France’s far-right to sue Madonna over swastika video

PARIS — France’s far-right National Front said Sunday it plans to sue Madonna over a video at the US pop star’s concert in France showing party leader Marine Le Pen with a swastika on her forehead. “We cannot accept such an odious comparison,” National Front vice-president Florian Philippot said, adding…

Scientology reels from Tom Cruise divorce PR blow

LOS ANGELES — The Church of Scientology has remained tight-lipped about Tom Cruise’s shock divorce, grappling with a PR blow which has revived questions about the controversial celebrity-friendly religion. The Church has made barely a single comment since Katie Holmes dropped her June 28 bombshell on the Hollywood A-lister, probably…

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