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2012 TED talks to focus on shaping the future

Technology, art and magic will mix in perspective-bending ways this week as the prestigious TED conference continues transforming from an elite retreat to a global movement for a better world. The gathering kicks off Monday in the Southern California city of Long Beach with a roster of 1,350 attendees including…

Adam Sandler sets Razzies nominee record

SANTA MONICA, California — US actor Adam Sandler set a record for cinematic stinker nominations, as organizers of the Razzie awards unveiled their 32nd annual movie short lists of shame. The Golden Raspberry Award Foundation nominees for worst films and performances, announced a day ahead of the Oscars, included no…

“The Artist” captures spirit of indie film awards

SANTA MONICA, California (Reuters) – Silent movie romance “The Artist” on Saturday won four Independent Spirit Awards, the year’s top honors among movies made outside Hollywood’s major studios, including best film and director in a prelude to the Oscars. “The Artist,” a black-and-white movie from French writer and director Michel…

Global politics loom over Oscar foreign film event

BEVERLY HILLS, California (Reuters) – Nominees for the best foreign language film Oscar gathered on Saturday for an annual symposium to discuss their films, but a cloud of global politics loomed over the event in which Iranian and Israeli filmmakers both took part. One day earlier in Los Angeles, Iranian…

Murdoch eyes two million sales for Sun on Sunday

Rupert Murdoch said he wanted his new Sun on Sunday tabloid to sell well over two million copies as the paper intended to replace the scandal-hit News of the World was about to roll off the presses. The benchmark would make the new edition comfortably the most-read weekly newspaper in Britain, topping the 1.9 million…

Los Angeles Times announces implementing paywall next month

The Los Angeles Times said Friday that it will begin charging online readers next month, the latest major US newspaper to require a subscription to its website. The announcement by the Times comes two days after Gannett, the largest US newspaper chain, said it will begin charging for full online…

Jon Stewart: Gingrich confuses Obama with King Herod

The Daily Show host Jon Stewart on Thursday took aim at the recent Republican presidential debate in Arizona, noting that after one more, the “debates will be able to drink legally.” During Wednesday night’s debate, the moderator asked a question about birth control. Like in previous debates, former House Speaker…

J. K. Rowling to release book for adults

Harry Potter author J. K. Rowling has written a novel for adults, which she said would be “very different” from her best-selling books about the boy wizard, her publishers announced Thursday. Publishers Little, Brown said they would release further details about the book, including the title and worldwide publishing date…

Reporter recalls rare trip to Pol Pot’s Cambodia

When the Khmer Rouge invited a pair of American journalists to Cambodia in the late 1970s for a rare glimpse of the revolution, they found empty streets and schools in a city with no laughter. “There was nobody there. It was like walking into the Twilight Zone,” recalled one-time Washington…

Beatles hits finally become mobile phone ringtones

Hits from The Beatles have finally joined the chorus of ringtones available for mobile phones. Catchy 30-second snippets from more than two dozen of the famed 1960s British rock band’s top tunes are available exclusively at Apple’s online iTunes shop, a message said Wednesday on official website thebeatles.com. “Fans around…

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