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Limbaugh backs off ‘Dark Knight’ Bane conspiracy, but insists ‘Romney is Batman!’

With election 2012 fully underway, Democrats and Republicans are busy grasping at the most vapid, puerile rhetorical attacks possible. Out of all that silly season rabble, conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh has somehow managed to come out on top with a conspiracy theory about the new “Batman” movie being timed to…

Viacom restores full Internet episodes of ‘Daily Show,’ ‘Colbert Report’

Media titan Viacom restored episodes of “The Daily Show” and “The Colbert Report” to their respective websites on Tuesday, hours after Comedy Central host Jon Stewart compared their brand of capitalism-fueled Internet censorship to the way China’s authoritarian regime handles online dissent. On Viacom’s orders, full episodes of both shows,…

George Michael reveals he woke from last year’s coma with a different accent

British singer George Michael has revealed that he woke from his three-week coma talking in the broad West Country accent spoken in western England. London-born Michael, who almost died of pneumonia at the end of last year, said he was unable to revert to his usual accent for two days…

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…

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