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‘You don’t do theater for money’ says Malkovich

US actor John Malkovich said it made little sense to do theater for money as he presented his latest play/opera, in which he plays a writer and serial assassin, in Mexico City. “I don’t care if I get paid at all. You don’t really do theater for money, it doesn’t…

Raw Story’s Megan Carpentier on Rep. West ‘communists in Congress’ remark

Megan Carpentier, the executive editor of Raw Story, said on The Young Turks Wednesday that claiming Democrats are members of the Communist Party was not particularly outrageous in today’s political climate, considering how often unsubstantiated smears get thrown around. Rep. Allen West (R-FL), a tea party favorite, said Tuesday that…

Jon Stewart destroys CNN for ‘branded news segments within the news’

On Tuesday night, Daily Show host Jon Stewart took CNN to task for their seemingly endless amount of catchy-sounding but irrelevantly-named segments. “CNN seems to believe that the key to revitalizing the network is to create branded news segments within the news,” he said. “Why are you doing this?” Stewart…

Israel bars German author Gunter Grass over poem

Israel on Sunday barred German author Gunter Grass from entering the Jewish state, citing a poem in which he accuses Israel of plotting Iran’s annihilation and threatening world peace. “Interior Minister Eli Yishai declared Gunter Grass persona non grata in Israel,” a statement from Yishai’s office said. “Gunter’s poem is…

Audacity pays as Belgium’s opera defies austerity

Defying hard times in Europe, the Brussels opera house is filling seats by offering bold and innovative shows despite a tight budget, shrinking subsidies and a smaller workforce. “In a period of crisis, audacity pays off,” Peter de Caluwe, the 48-year-old head of La Monnaie opera house (The Mint in…

Police probe Tyler Perry racial profiling charge

A US police force is investigating two of its officers after Tyler Perry accused them of racial profiling for stopping him in his car and questioning him in a “hostile” manner, a spokesman said. The African-American writer-director made the allegations regarding an incident in Atlanta, Georgia, in which he performed…

Matt Damon about to start filming ‘anti-fracking blockbuster’

Hollywood star Matt Damon is hunting for some “great character faces” for a feature film he is making with director Gus Van Sant said to be critical about fracking for natural gas. In a notice seen Friday on the website of the Pittsburgh Film Office in Philadelphia, the casting team…

The new face of the U.S. Border Patrol is a semi-automatic-toting Steven Seagal

Yes, it’s the return of Officer Steven Seagal, this time making sure the US-Mexico border is safe for law-abiding citizens – no matter what the cost. Actor, director, philanthropist, aikido sensei, blues guitarist, Buddhist lama, international environmental diplomat, sheriff’s deputy, energy drink creator, Texas border guard, and current defendant in a…

Current TV: Olbermann has specialized in pounding the table

Current TV slammed political commentator Keith Olbermann on Thursday, after the infamously volatile pundit filed a lawsuit against the network. “Current terminated Keith Olbermann last Thursday for serial, material breaches of his contract, including the failure to show up at work, sabotaging the network and attacking Current and its executives,”…

Keith Olbermann files lawsuit against Current TV

Liberal commentator Keith Olbermann on Thursday filed a lawsuit in the Los Angeles County Superior Court against his former employer Current TV, alleging he was wrongfully terminated in late March. The lawsuit accuses the network of breach of contract, sabotage and disparagement. Olbermann left MSNBC just over a year ago to…

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