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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…

Author to repay Afghan schools charity $1 million for misusing funds

A US author, nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize for his work building schools in Afghanistan and Pakistan, has agreed to repay $1 million to his charity after a probe into financial misdealings. Greg Mortenson, who wrote the best-selling book “Three Cups of Tea” about his work, will also step…

UNESCO to protect Titanic wreck from pillaging and destruction

The wreck of the Atlantic liner Titanic will this month come under UNESCO protection, as it has now lain at the bottom of the Atlantic for 100 years, the United Nations cultural body said Thursday. The British liner sank in international waters and so comes under no state’s protection but,…

Murdoch’s Sky News admits to hacking in probe of faked death

Sky News, the British broadcaster partly owned by Rupert Murdoch, admitted on Thursday that it had hacked into the email account of a man who notoriously faked his own death in a life insurance scam. Sky News said it had authorised a journalist to access emails belonging to John Darwin…

Current TV cable deal in jeopardy over low ratings

Current TV, the progressive public affairs network founded by former Vice President Al Gore and business partner Joel Hyatt, is in crisis and may lose an important cable deal over low ratings, according to an article posted by the news agency Reuters. In the wake of firing of its most…

China artist Ai Weiwei ordered to remove home webcams

Chinese artist and government critic Ai Weiwei said he was ordered to take down four live webcams he installed in his home this week to mock authorities’ round-the-clock surveillance of him. Ai, who was held in secret detention for 81 days last year as part of a widespread clampdown on dissent in China, said authorities had…

Coroner’s final report: Whitney Houston drowned after ingesting cocaine, other drugs

LOS ANGELES — Pop legend Whitney Houston may have overdosed on drugs and alcohol before drowning face-down in her bathtub, coroners said, giving grisly details of her shocking death in February. The 48-year-old was found lying face down in her bathtub in the Beverly Hilton hotel, the Los Angeles County…

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