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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…

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…

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