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Jessica Chastain calls Cannes feminist protest ‘silly’

US actress Jessica Chastain, in Cannes for her role in a film vying for the top prize, said a controversy about the lack of female directors in the line-up for the Palme d’Or was pointless. “I think it’s silly,” she told AFP in an interview. “I think a film should be judged on…

Cannes board brushes off sexism row

The Cannes Film Festival hit back at charges of sexism in its official line-up Saturday, saying it would continue to select pictures based solely on their merits. In response to a mounting row over the all-male selection for the competition at the world’s top cinema showcase, the event’s board said in a…

James O’Keefe’s latest video debunked as fraud

Conservative provocateur James O’Keefe and his handlers promised to “expose massive voter fraud” in his new video project, but according to Think Progress, the one-time right wing media sensation’s latest blockbuster scoop is more of a bust.  The video, another release from O’Keefe’s struggling nonprofit Project Veritas, showed alleged “non-citizens”…

Tom Morello: ‘My music is about holding those people accountable’

Musician Tom Morello, co-founder of Rage Against the Machine, appeared on the NPR program Moyers & Company Friday, in an interview taped before he headed to Chicago for this weekend’s anti-NATO protests. “I didn’t choose to be a guitar player,” Morello began. “That’s something that was a calling. That was…

Nevada ‘Family values’ ex-legislator poses in bikini for Maxim’s ‘Hot 100′

In 2010, 27-year-old Sen. Elizabeth Halseth (R-9) became the youngest woman ever elected to serve in Nevada’s state senate.  According to Reuters, the conservative Republican ran on a Christian values platform, which makes it all the more surprising that the former lawmaker is currently featured in Maxim magazine, barely wearing…

Ex-Murdoch aide Rebekah Brooks film in development

The rise and fall of Rebekah Brooks is to get the film treatment, reports said from Cannes Friday, just days after the former Rupert Murdoch aide was charged in Britain’s phone-hacking scandal. The story of the former chief executive of Murdoch’s British newspaper wing News International is in development as…

Chess contest becomes Moscow’s daily reality show

The man sits at a table with his head in his hands. He has not moved for several minutes. Opposite is an empty chair. Watching him through a glass panel are hundreds of people scrutinising his every gesture. An angst-ridden surrealist nightmare? An image from a Samuel Beckett play? Or…

State Dept. boots breast cancer survivor from blogroll over ‘nipple cozies’

A breast cancer survivor whose spouse works for the U.S. State Department recently discovered that her prior warm relationship with the agency’s blogroll ended shortly after she published details of reconstructive surgery she underwent after breast cancer therapy. Jennifer Dinoia’s blog had previously been featured on the State Department website,…

‘Dark Knight Rises’ imperilled by Morgan Freeman’s politics, claims Time Warner shareholder

A Time Warner shareholder has accused the Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman of using a press tour for the film Dolphin Tale to forward his own political agenda rather than promote the movie. When Freeman appeared on CNN’s Piers Morgan Tonight show in September 2011 while promoting the family drama, he…

Three members of Aussie kids’ group ‘The Wiggles’ to retire

Global children’s phenomenon The Wiggles announced the end of an era on Thursday, with three of the quartet to retire from performing and a woman to don the turtleneck for the first time. The four-man Australian singing and dancing outfit, famed for their colourful jumpers or “skivvies”, said three of…

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