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Mega-church minister Osteen signs on for reality TV series

HOUSTON (Reuters) – The Rev. Joel Osteen, who leads the largest U.S. church congregation, said he has signed an agreement to develop a reality television show. “What I’m excited about is that it’s another way to take our message of hope and inspiring people to another venue,” Osteen said at…

Leonardo da Vinci to get second life as automaton

SAINTE-CROIX, Switzerland (Reuters) – Don’t let the retro look of the mechanical men built by Swiss artisan Francois Junod deceive you — they fascinate tech fans from Silicon Valley to Asia and will no doubt gain broader popularity after this week’s launch of Martin Scorsese’s film “Hugo” about a secret…

Feds produce over-the-top anti-piracy films

The U.S. government wants you to know, when you buy pirated goods, the terrorists win. A new series of advertisements produced with U.S. taxpayer money is ruffling some feathers among opponents of anti-piracy legislation being considered by Congress. The short films take a highly dramaticized approach to showing the largely…

Cenk Uygur: MSNBC ‘mistakes their mandate,’ does ‘great disservice’ to viewers

Cable news network MSNBC has, in recent years, positioned itself as a liberal alternative to the conservative Fox News Channel — a strategy that’s paid off to a degree, earning them scores of regular viewers among Democrats. But beneath their firmly cemented establishment-left façade, having nearly unfettered access to power…

Nude Lady Gaga reveals her bad romance

LOS ANGELES — Eccentric “Bad Romance” songstress Lady Gaga says she has an “inability to know what happiness feels like with a man,” in typically outspoken comments accompanying a nude magazine photospread. Gaga posed for a series of trademark Annie Leibovitz pictures on the cover and inside pages of the…

China viewers welcome TV advert ban

Chinese viewers on Tuesday welcomed a ban on commercials during popular television dramas, but advertising professionals warned it could result in billions of yuan in losses for broadcasters. The State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT) announced Monday that from 2012, adverts would be prohibited during television dramas “to ensure… the continuity of the audience’s…

Pakistan cable TV operators block BBC

Pakistani cable television operators blocked broadcasts of the BBC World News channel on Tuesday and threatened to suspend other Western channels over “negative propaganda” about Pakistan. The president of the Cable Operators Association of Pakistan, Malik Furqan Riaz, criticised the BBC for showing what he called an “anti-Pakistan documentary” and said the channel had been taken off…

‘Morning Joe’ bleeps Coulter for calling McCain a ‘douchebag’

Joe Scarborough ordered MSNBC’s control room to censor conservative columnist Ann Coulter Tuesday after she called 2008 Republican presidential nominee John McCain (R-AZ) a “douchebag.” Coulter was explaining why Republican presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich were superior to John McCain when her mic was cut. “I don’t think…

News of the World drove my mother to attempt suicide, says Charlotte Church

Charlotte Church has told the press ethics inquiry that her mother attempted suicide partly because Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World was planning to run a story about her father’s affair. The former child star also claimed on Monday that after singing at Murdoch’s wedding when she was 13, she…

‘Human Zoos’ go on show in Paris

The story of men, women and children plucked from their homes in the West’s colonies and exhibited like zoo animals is the focus of a major show that opened on Monday at Paris’ tribal arts museum. “Exhibitions: the invention of the savage”, at the Quai Branly museum, shows how up…

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