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Photos of Romney and Cheney together forbidden at Wyoming fundraiser

Former Vice President Dick Cheney remains so unpopular with the American people that photographers at a Thursday night fundraiser for presumptive Republican nominee Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA) were ordered not to photograph the two men together, according to Think Progress. Romney supporters and handlers fear that photos of the candidate…

Letterman sparks fury over ‘Dark Knight’ spoiler

US talk show host David Letterman triggered online wrath from movie fans Friday, after apparently giving away a key plot twist in the new “Dark Knight” movie. While those who don’t want to know the ending can choose not to read stories about it — including this one — fans…

Sylvester Stallone ‘devastated’ by son’s death

Hollywood A-lister Sylvester Stallone was described as “devastated” after his 36-year-old son Sage, also an actor, was found dead, reportedly following a drug overdose. Sage Moonblood Stallone, who appeared in the 1990 film “Rocky V” as Rocky Balboa Jr, the son of his father’s title character, was found dead at…

Hollywood producer Richard Zanuck dead at 77

LOS ANGELES — Oscar-winning US film producer Richard Zanuck, famous for films including “Jaws,” “Driving Miss Daisy” and a string of Tim Burton movies, died Friday aged 77, his publicist said. The Hollywood veteran, son of Twentieth Century Fox mogul Darryl F. Zanuck, worked with Burton on films from 2001′s…

Ethiopian journalist jailed for 18 years

An Ethiopian court on Friday jailed a journalist for 18 years for “terrorism” and 23 others, reporters and activists, for between eight years and life, after a trial condemned by rights groups. Journalist Eskinder Nga was jailed for 18 years, while opposition member Andualem Arage got life because of “the…

‘Fat pride’ challenges supersize stereotypes

Cat Pause proudly describes herself as “fat”, can live with euphemisms like “curvy”, “chunky” or “chubby”, but baulks at what she believes are value-laden labels such as “overweight” or “obese”. The US-born academic is a pioneer in the emerging field of fat studies, organising New Zealand’s first conference on the…

Full episodes of ‘The Daily Show,’ ‘Colbert Report’ vanish from the Internet

Full episodes of The Daily Show and The Colbert Report are no longer available on Comedy Central’s websites thanks to a fight between parent company Viacom and satellite TV provider DirectTV. The Los Angeles Times reported that Viacom has opted to cut back on the number of full television episodes…

Comic-Con fans flock to ‘Hobbit,’ ‘Twilight’ previews

Fans descend on San Diego Thursday for the annual Comic-Con festival of pop culture, with highlights including the long-awaited “Hobbit” and last “Twilight” films, in a four-day geekfest. Some 130,000 devotees of comic books, movies and TV shows — many dressed up in the costumes of their idols — will…

Klimt up close and personal on his 150th birthday

On his 150th birthday, Vienna’s museums offer an intimate look at Gustav Klimt, digging beneath the layers of paint and scratching away at the artist… but not without a good dose of kitsch. Over the past century, Klimt has gained worldwide recognition even beyond the art world, something Vienna has…

New reporter? Call him Al, for algorithm

WASHINGTON — The new reporter on the US media scene takes no coffee breaks, churns out articles at lightning speed, and has no pension plan. That’s because the reporter is not a person, but a computer algorithm, honed to translate raw data such as corporate earnings reports and previews or…

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