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Pakistan acid women fear backlash over Oscar film

Survivors of acid attacks whose plight became the focus of an Oscar-winning documentary now fear ostracism and reprisals if the film is broadcast in Pakistan. Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy made history earlier this year when she won Pakistan’s first Oscar, feted across the country for exposing the horrors endured by women whose faces are obliterated in…

Gay X-Men superheroes soar into comic book battle

Marvel plans same-sex marriage while DC comics says established character is to come out Comic book crime-fighters the X-Men are taking a break from saving the day in order to attend the first same-sex marriage in the superhero world, set for June. Publishers Marvel said on Tuesday that Jean-Paul Beaubier,…

Roger Ailes: Jon Stewart ‘basically’ told me he was a socialist

Fox News Channel president Roger Ailes on Monday claimed that The Daily Show host Jon Stewart privately admitted to him that he was a socialist. “Jon Stewart is a comedian. He wouldn’t do well without Fox. And he basically has admitted to me, in a bar, that he’s a socialist,”…

British Parliament to probe ex-Murdoch aides over hacking

LONDON — British lawmakers on Tuesday referred three former executives of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. to their standards committee over claims they misled parliament over the phone-hacking scandal. A damning report by parliament’s influential culture committee had accused the three former aides this month of deliberately misleading its members during…

Dan Savage invites NOM president Brian Brown to kitchen table debate

Weeks ago, in the wake of an incident in which comments he made prompted the walkout of several students during a high school talk (and caused Fox News host Steve Doocy to label him a “bully”), writer and activist Dan Savage was challenged to a one-on-one debate by the National…

‘Family Talk’ guest: EPA run by ‘militant’ Earth-worshipers who hate America

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is run by “militant” environmentalists who’ve created a cult of Earth-worship, and their hatred of America has led them to become, knowingly or not, a key element of the global Muslim conspiracy, according to a guest on Dr. James Dobson’s “Family Talk” radio show…

Report: Limbaugh ratings down big after ‘slut’ remarks

A lot less people are interested in what conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh has to say after he called Georgetown University law student a “slut” and a “prostitute,” according to one industry ratings source. Politico reported on Monday that Abritron’s key demographic ratings between March 29 and April 25 showed…

Digital media brings women’s erotica out of the closet

A woman with her e-reader in Frankfurt. With ebooks like Kindle and Nook enabling discreet downloading and reading, erotic novels for women are swiftly gaining in popularity. (AFP Photo/Thomas Lohnes) A woman with her e-reader in Frankfurt. … A view of the best-selling book “Fifty Shades of Grey” in New…

China firm buys AMC Entertainment to create cinema giant

Wanda, a property firm owned by one of China’s richest men, said Monday it would buy US cinema chain AMC Entertainment for $2.6 billion, in a sign of China’s growing clout in the entertainment business. The deal, which Wanda said would create the world’s largest cinema owner by revenue, gives…

Bee Gees star Robin Gibb dies aged 62

Robin Gibb, singer with legendary British band the Bee Gees whose disco hits defined an era, has died at the age of 62 after a lengthy battle with cancer. “The family of Robin Gibb, of the Bee Gees, announce with great sadness that Robin passed away today following his long…

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