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HBO film depicts Palin near ‘nervous breakdown’

HBO’s upcoming film “Game Change” won’t go easy on former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, if the first trailer is to be believed. Published online Tuesday, the footage shows off actress Julianne Moore as the half-term governor, jockeying with Sen. John McCain’s top aides for control of the campaign’s message. At…

‘Sesame Street’ parody: Gingrich puppet wants to live on moon

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich’s plan to create a moon base has finally been put to music. In a parody of Ernie’s 1978 classic Sesame Street song, puppet Newt Gingrich sings that he wants “to live on the moon.” “I would like to look down at the Earth from above…

Australia’s richest person moves on media giant Fairfax

Australia’s richest person, mining magnate Gina Rinehart, reportedly took her stake in press group Fairfax to 12.8 percent Wednesday, prompting government calls for tougher media ownership laws. The iron ore billionaire acquired close to 8.0 percent of the group after launching a Aus$200 million ($212 million) share raid late Tuesday, bringing her total holding…

Disney to take controlling stake in India’s UTV

US media giant Disney announced it will take a controlling interest in India’s leading television producer, UTV, and delist the Indian media and entertainment group. “Increasing our brand presence and reach in key international markets is a cornerstone of our growth strategy,” Disney International chairman Andy Bird said in a…

Matthews: Romney is ‘one of the bad guys’

Mitt Romney may have won the Florida Republican presidential primary, but Chris Matthews is still not a fan. The MSNBC host argued on Tuesday that the candidate couldn’t connect with the American people because his wealth meant he did not have a “yearning to do better.” “There’s nothing in this…

WikiLeaks founder to guest on ‘The Simpsons’

It’s hard to keep a secret from Julian Assange — and it turns out, it’s even harder to keep a secret about him. It was revealed Monday that the founder of WikiLeaks will make a guest appearance on the 500th episode of “The Simpsons,” one of America’s longest-running television shows.…

App provides behind-the-scenes look at Oscars

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Movie fans don’t need to wait until the red carpet is rolled out to get in on the excitement of this year’s Academy Awards. The Oscars app, developed in partnership with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Disney-ABC Television Group, provides a behind-the-scenes look at…

Twitter users stage blackout to protest censorship policy

Users of the microblogging platform Twitter staged a worldwide blackout Friday to protest the company’s new rulings regarding censorship and international law. According to an ABC News report, the so-called “Twitterati” are sending an angry message to the company about its decision to allow the governments of certain countries to…

Murdoch staff arrested, office searched in probe

Detectives on Saturday searched the offices of Rupert Murdoch’s The Sun and arrested four journalists and a policeman in a widening probe into the bribing of police for information. The development finally drags Britain’s biggest-selling newspaper into the turmoil at Murdoch’s empire, after its stablemate the News of the World was shut down in disgrace in July…

Four held in Murdoch police payments probe

Detectives investigating the suspected payment of police for information arrested a serving officer and three other men on Saturday, and searched the offices of Rupert Murdoch’s newspapers. The investigation is linked to the police probe into phone-hacking at the News of the World, which Murdoch shut down in July after…

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