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Screenwriter Nora Ephron dies aged 71: reports

LOS ANGELES — Oscar-nominated Hollywood screenwriter Nora Ephron who penned such romantic comedies as “When Harry met Sally” and “Sleepless in Seattle” has died, US media said. She was 71. A noted American journalist, essayist, writer as well as producer and director, Ephron wrote and directed her last film “Julia…

News Corp mulls media, entertainment unit split

Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp said Tuesday it was considering a “restructuring” that would split off its larger entertainment division from struggling publishing businesses. The New York-based company confirmed reports earlier in the day and said the move would “separate its business into two distinct publicly traded companies.” The statement followed…

News Corp considers splitting into two: report

Australian stock in Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. jumped 2.41 percent Tuesday after a report that the company may be split in half, separating its publishing assets from its bigger entertainment arm. Its Australian-listed shares closed 49 cents higher at Aus$20.79, having risen as high as Aus$21.00 on the Wall Street…

Top editors quit Australian papers after parent company announces layoffs, paywalls

Top editors at Australian newspapers The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald resigned Monday, after parent company Fairfax last week announced an overhaul designed to embrace the digital era. Peter Fray, publisher and editor-in-chief at the 180-year-old Sydney paper, and its first female editor Amanda Wilson, said they were leaving,…

800,000 at ‘sensational’ Vienna open-air music fest

Around 800,000 people visited Vienna’s Donauinselfest (Danube Island Festival) on its opening day, organisers said Saturday, hoping that the sunny weather will attract even more on the second day. “It was sensational,” said a spokeswoman for the 29th annual open-air music festival, one of the biggest in Europe of its…

Anderson Cooper claims he read his mother’s erotic novel

ABC broadcast a rather awkward interview on Thursday night, featuring CNN news anchor Anderson Cooper describing how his mother, Gloria Vanderbilt, likes to dish on her sexcapades with comedian Kathy Griffin, and how he’s even read his mom’s erotic novel. “My mom wrote, has written a bunch of books, one…

WikiLeaks founder denounces Australia, Sweden

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange lashed out at Australia and Sweden on Friday as he spoke for the first time since turning up at the Ecuadorian embassy in London requesting political asylum. The former computer hacker told Australia’s ABC radio of his fears that he would end up in the hands…

Critics turned off by ‘West Wing’ creator’s TV news show

Oscar-winning writer and “West Wing” creator Aaron Sorkin has made headlines with his new show, set in a TV news station, even before its weekend debut — but unfortunately not in a good way. “The Newsroom,” which portrays the stormy behind-the-scenes life at the fictional Atlantis Cable News (ACN), has…

Supreme Court overrules FCC on TV swearing ban

So it turns out you can curse on television – sort of. According to MSNBC, a ruling by the Supreme Court Thursday waived fines and sanctions against ABC and Fox, saying the Federal Communications Commission did not give them fair notice before punishing them over brief instances of curse words…

YouTube piano sensation makes London debut

LONDON — A pianist who launched her career by posting videos of herself on YouTube translated her online success into reality with a solo performance at one of the world’s most famous music venues on Tuesday. Ukrainian-born Valentina Lisitsa dazzled a crowd of thousands at London’s Royal Albert Hall, her…

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