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‘John Carter’ film loses $200 million for Disney

LOS ANGELES — Critically-panned fantasy adventure film “John Carter” is expected to lose $200 million for makers Disney, dragging its whole movie budget into the red, the studio said Monday. Disney said it would take the huge operating loss on the movie, made by Oscar-winning director Andrew Stanton about a…

Copyright group wants libraries to pay for reading books to kids

The latest seeming overreach on the part of the copyright industry comes by way of a Belgian association known as SABAM, whose members include authors, artists, musicians, and film directors. According to Robin Wauters at The Next Web, SABAM recently began notifying local libraries that it intended to charge them…

Kony 2012 campaigner’s meltdown brought on by stress, says wife

Jason Russell’s wife says he was hospitalized because he couldn’t handle global attention caused by viral video The wife of Jason Russell, co-founder of the Invisible Children charity, has blamed her husband’s sudden hospitalisation on stress brought about by the extraordinary global attention garnered by the organisation’s work exposing Ugandan…

Barry Humphries ‘retires’ Dame Edna Everage

Australian comedian Barry Humphries said on Sunday he would retire iconic character Dame Edna Everage, a gaudy lilac-haired parody of suburbia, because he felt a “bit senior” and was ready to move on. Everage, along with the lecherous and boorish Sir Les Patterson, are Humphries’ best-known characters, but the veteran…

New York revels in the return of Mad Men

After 17 months, the gripping TV drama is back – and New York is celebrating with themed parties and special viewings Jace Lacob is one of a rare breed of people in the US. He is the television critic at the Daily Beast and therefore has already seen the two-hour…

No room for Don Draper in the age of digital advertising?

In post-recession America the role of traditional ad executives on Madison Avenue may soon be a thing of the past The iconic image of Don Draper in a sleek suit, martini in one hand, ad campaign in the other, will return to TV screens around the world when the fifth…

Revealed: Murdoch got secret go-ahead from Thatcher to buy The Times

Alan Travis, The Guardian A secret meeting between Rupert Murdoch and Margaret Thatcher cleared the way for News International to buy the Times and Sunday Times in 1981, Thatcher’s private files reveal. A long note – marked by her press secretary, Bernard Ingham, as “commercial in confidence” – of the…

Punk rockers defy the world’s most repressive regimes

John Harris, The Guardian Punk rock is ancient history here, but elsewhere disaffected young people are discovering its anarchic energy – despite the enormous risks they face from their oppressive regimes, writes John Harris It’s been a long time since the term “punk rock” could strike fear into the British…

‘This American Life’ retracts Apple-Foxconn story

Earlier this year, the Public Radio International programs This American Life and Marketplace broadcast stories centered around excerpts from “The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs,” a one-man show by writer and performer Mike Daisey. Today, This American Life has issued a retraction saying that Daisey’s work contained “numerous…

Westboro releases ‘You Might Be a Slut’ ad for Limbaugh’s show

Note: This report has been updated with remarks from the Westboro Baptist Church. A church in Topeka, Kansas famous for its “God Hates Fags” protests is hoping to take their message to millions of dittoheads across the U.S. The Westboro Baptist Church on Friday released two advertisements that they hope…

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