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Munch’s ‘Scream’ set to make noise at New York art auction

The only privately owned version of Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” is estimated to sell for at least $80 million at Sotheby’s next week as the star of the New York spring art auctions. Picasso’s portrait of Dora Maar, estimated to sell for $20 million to $30 million at Sotheby’s on…

Two Cuban actors to seek U.S. asylum

Two Cuban cast members of an award-winning film who disappeared en route to New York for a film festival have emerged in Miami and will apply for political asylum in the United States. “In Cuba, we were talking about it, to stay,” actor Javier Nunez Florian told the Miami-based, Spanish-language channel America TeVe in an interview that aired late Friday, appearing alongside…

German town gets world’s first Rolling Stones museum

A German couple on Friday opened a museum devoted to legendary British rock band, the Rolling Stones, complete with urinals in the shape of the group’s famous “tongue” logo. The museum, in the small eastern German town of Luechow, will show “thousands of pieces” of memorabilia, including an original signed…

Bob Dylan, Toni Morrison among 13 tapped for Presidential Medal of Freedom

WASHINGTON — Music legend Bob Dylan and Nobel-winning writer Toni Morrison lead a list of 13 people who will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest US civilian honor, the White House said Thursday. “These extraordinary honorees come from different backgrounds and different walks of life, but each of…

Cher ‘upset’ as Adelaide key sells for $95,900

US singer Cher is “upset” and trying to get to the bottom of why a key to the city of Adelaide she was given in 1990 ended up on eBay, selling Thursday for nearly US$100,000. The appearance of the brass key and an accompanying memorial plaque on the Internet auction house offended…

Murdoch says ‘someone took charge of a cover-up’

Rupert Murdoch said on Thursday that there was a “cover up” over phone hacking at the News of the World tabloid but that it was kept hidden from him and senior executives in his media empire. “There’s no question in my mind that, maybe even the editor but beyond that, someone took charge…

Rupert Murdoch calls British PM’s son ‘retarded’

During a media ethics inquiry on Wednesday, News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch described David Cameron’s disabled son as “retarded” while trying to praise the British Prime Minister as a family man. In the wake of a hacking scandal at News Corp.’s now-defunct News of the World, Lord Justice Brian Leveson…

James Murdoch faces UK press inquiry grilling

Former News International executive chairman James Murdochbegan giving testimony under oath Tuesday at the British inquiry into press standards set up after the tabloid phone-hacking row. In the day-long session at the Leveson Inquiry, Murdoch was being quizzed about his stewardship of News International, which published the now-defunct News of the World. The tabloid was…

Robert Reich blasts Bill O’Reilly over ‘communist witch hunt’

Berkeley professor Robert Reich blasted Fox News host Bill O’Reilly on Monday night after the conservative pundit accused Reich of being a communist. “It’s like being back in the 1950s,” he said. “This communist witch hunt that has suddenly been launched. The irony is that there are not even many…

British watchdog probes email hacking by Murdoch-owned network

Britain’s media watchdog launched an investigation on Monday into two cases of email hacking by Sky News, the satellite broadcasterpartly owned by Rupert Murdoch. The news channel admitted earlier this month that it illegally hacked into the emails of a man who notoriously faked his own death in a life insurance scam, as well as…

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