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Marilyns from around the world meet for Monroe tributes

When a faux Hugh Hefner, clad in his trademark smoking jacket, finishes his karaoke song, he turns to Marilyn Monroe and asks: “Do you want to marry me?” The Marilyn look-alike — Canadian Nadine Banville — was part of a recent tribute to the iconic movie star, who died 50…

Queen kept princes in dark about Bond role

Princes William and Harry say their grandmother the Queen kept them in the dark about her role as a James Bond girl in the Olympics opening ceremony. William, second in line to the throne, and his younger brother joked that the 86-year-old monarch has now been asked to star in…

Punk band Pussy Riot’s courtroom drama grips Russia

The trial of three members of an all-girl punk band charged for performing an anti-Vladimir Putin song in the country’s main cathedral has gripped Russians, some describing the court drama as better than the theatre. Journalists, bloggers, relatives and supporters have crowded since Monday into Moscow’s 40-seater Khamovnichesky courtroom for…

Madonna airs 1944 Warsaw Uprising clip amid concert row

WARSAW — US pop star Madonna aired a World War II-era newsreel on the 1944 anti-Nazi Warsaw Uprising at the top of her gig in the city marking the day 68 years ago when the bloody insurrection was launched. Thousands of fans applauded the two-and-a-half minute long film which ran…

Frank Sinatra’s New York pad goes up for sale

NEW YORK — Frank Sinatra’s former Manhattan penthouse, where Ol’ Blue Eyes entertained the hell-raising Rat Pack, has gone on the market for $7.7 million. “Occupy Sinatra’s Party Penthouse Night and Day,” the brokers, Rubicon Property, Tweeted. The apartment that Andy Warhol described as a “glittering grotto in the sky”…

U.S. asks Vietnam to release ‘Free Journalists Club’

The United States on Wednesday called on Vietnam to free three bloggers facing trial for propaganda against the state, voicing deep concern at the self-immolation of the mother of one of the trio. The defendants were arrested after posting hundreds of political articles on the banned Vietnamese website “Free Journalists…

Another Murdoch journalist arrested in phone-hacking case

British police arrested Tuesday a journalist from Rupert Murdoch’s tabloid The Sun in relation to the alleged gathering of data from stolen mobile phones, police and News International said. The 37-year-old man, bailed later on Tuesday, is the third journalist from Britain’s best-selling newspaper to have been arrested recently on…

Novelist Gore Vidal dies at age 86

US novelist Gore Vidal, the iconoclastic commentator on American life and history in works like “Lincoln” and “Myra Breckenridge”, has died at age 86, the Los Angeles Times reported. The writer’s newphew Burr Steers said Vidal died Tuesday at his home in the Hollywood Hills of complications from pneumonia, the…

Murdoch digital paper The Daily slashes staff

NEW YORK — News Corp’s digital newspaper The Daily, Rupert Murdoch’s attempt to reinvent daily news for the tablet age, will sack 29 percent of its staff and overhaul its format, the firm said Tuesday. In all, 50 employees will leave the paper, which was launched 18 months ago. The…

NBC exec: Twitter told us how to get journalist suspended

UPDATE BELOW: Guy Adams’ account has been reinstated. Twitter alerted NBC to a post containing an executive’s email address, prompting NBC to file a complaint that lead to the suspension of a reporter’s Twitter account, according to The Telegraph. “Our social media dept was actually alerted to it by Twitter,”…

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