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Irish actor Peter O’Toole ‘chucks in the sponge’

Colorful veteran Irish actor Peter O’Toole, famous for films including “Lawrence of Arabia”, has announced his retirement, saying it was time to “chuck in the sponge” aged 79. The acclaimed stage and screen star said he was taking his last bow “dry-eyed and profoundly grateful” for his half-century long career.…

Actor Ernest Borgnine dead at 95

LOS ANGELES — Veteran actor Ernest Borgnine, the star of dozens of films and TV shows who won an Oscar for his portrayal of a shy butcher in love in “Marty,” died Sunday, his manager said. He was 95. “It’s a very sad day. The industry has lost someone great,…

Gabriel García Márquez’s writing career ended by dementia

Brother of Nobel prize-winning Colombian writer says side-effects of cancer treatment have accelerated his decline The Nobel prizewinning author Gabriel García Márquez is suffering from senile dementia and can no longer write, his brother has revealed. Jaime García Márquez told students in Cartagena, Colombia, that his older brother, affectionately know…

Master forger comes clean about tricks that fooled art world for four decades

Ken Perenyi’s memoir reveals how natural cracks and discoloured varnish would deceive even seasoned experts. An extraordinary memoir is to reveal how a moderately gifted artist managed to forge his way to riches by conning high-profile auctioneers, dealers and collectors over four decades. The book, Caveat Emptor: The Secret Life…

Rolling Stones keep giving satisfaction, 50 years on

Most London shoppers rush by 165 Oxford Street without a second glance — but it was there 50 years ago that The Rolling Stones played their first gig and changed the landscape of pop music forever. Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Brian Jones played The Marquee Club on July 12,…

Justin Bieber ticketed for ‘driving like a maniac’

LOS ANGELES — Teen heartthrob singer Justin Bieber was pulled over and cited for speeding “like a maniac” to shake off paparazzi Friday near Los Angeles, police and a lawmaker who witnessed the incident said. A California Highway Patrol (CHP) spokesman said officers saw two vehicles speeding on the 101…

Ted Nugent says it might have been best if South had won Civil War

Seventies rocker turned conservative firebrand Ted Nugent has penned a column for the Washington Times in which he slams Chief Justice John Roberts for his decision on the Affordable Care Act and posits that the world might be a better place if the United States had dissolved into separate powers…

HBO plans biopic of Fox News president Roger Ailes

After taking on Sarah Palin, HBO has another Republican hate-figure in its sights. The TV network is planning a movie on Fox News president Roger Ailes, based on a forthcoming unofficial and by all accounts unflattering biography. In a turn that has already fizzed rightwing commentators, among the project’s executive…

Teen magazine Seventeen pledges ‘real girls’ only

WASHINGTON — Seventeen magazine, responding to a gutsy high school student’s petition, is pledging to feature only real, unaltered images of girls in its pages, social action platform Change.org said Tuesday. In a letter to readers in its August issue, editor Ann Shocket said the magazine, aimed at US teenage…

Mission Impossible? Tom Cruise under fire at 50

LOS ANGELES — Tom Cruise was named the highest paid actor in Hollywood on Tuesday, on his 50th birthday — but the “Mission Impossible” star has little to celebrate. Days after his wife filed for divorce — apparently taking him by surprise — questions are stacking up about the role…

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