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Jon Stewart mocks media over Trayvon Martin coverage

After returning from his vacation on Monday night, Daily Show host Jon Stewart took on the controversy surrounding the tragic shooting of Florida teen Trayvon Martin. Although Stewart had hoped to fill his segment with inevitable Dick Cheney heart transplant jokes, he could not avoid the Trayvon Martin story. “I…

‘Titanic’ director dives to Earth’s deepest point

“Titanic” director James Cameron returned to the surface Monday after a solo submarine dive to the deepest point in the world’s oceans that was hailed as the ultimate test of “man and his machine”. Cameron plunged about seven miles (11 kilometers) to the bottom of the Mariana Trench in the western Pacific, where temperatures…

Neil deGrasse Tyson: It was ‘creepy’ to become an internet meme

During a recent appearance on On the Verge, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson was asked by host Joshua Topolsky how it feels to be an internet meme, someone whose image appears in animated gifs and other contexts completely separate from his own identity. “Initially it was really weird and creepy,” Tyson…

French ‘Snow White’ ballet aims to cast spell in U.S.

French choreographer Angelin Preljocaj is hoping to cast a spell on US audiences with his ballet ”Snow White”, an adaptation of what he calls the “thriller” fairytale by the Brothers Grimm. The edgy dance master created the 2008 work — which opens inCalifornia this week before moving to the East Coast — as a tribute…

‘Porno chic’ and women’s lib: Helmut Newton’s legacy

Four women stride towards the camera, heads held high, liberated beauties on the march, completely naked save for their high heels and trim 1980s hairdos: welcome to Helmut Newton’s world featured in a major Paris retrospective. Titled “Sie Kommen” (They’re Coming), the giant print, which comes in two versions, one…

Louvre unveils Da Vinci’s ‘last masterpiece’

The Louvre on Friday unveiled a newly-restored Leonardo Da Vinci masterpiece, the “Saint Anne”, hoping to lay to rest an art world row that saw the Paris museum accused of endangering the precious oil. “The Virgin and Child with Saint Anne”, which the Renaissance master left unfinished when he died…

European Union investigating proposed purchase of EMI by Universal Music

BRUSSELS — The European Commission Friday opened an in-depth investigation of the proposed purchase of British music label EMI Music by Vivendi subsidiary Universal Music Group, over competition concerns. “The proposed acquisition could reduce competition in the recorded music market to the detriment of European consumers,” the EU’s Competition Commissioner…

Whitney Houston drowned after taking cocaine

LOS ANGELES — Grammy-winning singer Whitney Houston died from accidental drowning after taking cocaine which exacerbated her heart disease, the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office said Thursday. Houston, who died at age 48 in the bathtub of a Beverly Hills hotel room last month, likely had some kind of heart…

World’s oldest choir celebrates 800 years of singing in harmony

The Thomanerchor of Leipzig in Germany, once led by Johann Sebastian Bach, will be the focus of much celebration this year It has survived the Thirty Years War, the plague, and both the Nazi and Communist regimes. This month one of the world’s oldest choirs – Johann Sebastian Bach was…

The Hunger Games set to gobble up March box office record

Movie analysts suggest film could beat Twilight and take up to $125m on its opening weekend – a record for a March release. The Hunger Games, which opens Friday, could set new record for a pre-summer blockbuster, movie industry executives are predicting. The hotly-anticipated movie could take up to $125m…

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