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Veteran actress Judi Dench battles to save her sight

Oscar-winning actress Judi Dench, who plays ‘M’ in the James Bond movies, revealed Saturday that she is battling to save her eyesight after being diagnosed with a degenerative disorder. “I can’t read scripts any more because of the trouble with my eyes,” the 77-year-old told the Daily Mirror newspaper. “And…

Cirque du Soleil to perform at Oscar awards

LOS ANGELES — Spectacular Canadian-based Cirque du Soleil will perform as part of this year’s Oscars show, organizers said Friday. The one-off performance, part of the February 26 Academy Awards show, will feature the largest Cirque cast ever assembled for a single act, with over 50 artists involved. They will…

MSNBC fires commentator Pat Buchanan

Conservative political commentator Pat Buchanan has been fired from left-leaning news network MSNBC after more than four months of suspension, the longtime contributor revealed Thursday night. In a lengthy screed published to his personal website, Buchanan tore into his former employer of 10 years for what he called “an undeniable…

Murdoch flies in to meet with angry British staff

LONDON (Reuters) – Rupert Murdoch will address hostile journalists at his British newspaper arm Friday, many of them fearful after the recent arrests of senior staff at the mass-selling Sun tabloid over allegations of widespread criminality. Murdoch, who flew into Britain late Thursday, is expected to try and quell growing…

New York Times reporter Anthony Shadid dies in Syria

(Reuters) – Pulitzer-prize winning New York Times foreign correspondent Anthony Shadid died on Thursday in Syria of an apparent asthma attack, the newspaper reported. Shadid, 43, was on a reporting assignment in eastern Syria when he died, according to an obituary posted on the Times web site. It said Shadid…

Zorro to crusade again in futuristic film

Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal will wield the sword of Zorro in a futuristic version of the classic story about the masked crusader, according to the film industry magazine Variety. Unlike previous versions, the new movie, “Zorro Reborn,” will not take place during Spanish colonial times in California or Mexico.…

Family emergency behind Colbert’s sudden suspension: report

Comedy Central viewers accustomed to watching hosts Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert back-to-back were surprised last night to find that while The Daily Show was new, The Colbert Report was in re-runs — and after a day of speculation, small tidbits of information are beginning to leak out. Rumors were…

Letterman on Romney: Putting dog on car roof ‘not a good idea’

Comedy Central’s Jon Stewart explained to CBS host David Letterman on Wednesday that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s problem was that at close examination, he was just “pixels” instead of a real person. “The guy I feel worse for is Romney,” Stewart remarked. “Mitt?” Letterman asked. “Not just for that,”…

Julian Assange joins outcast Simpsons for 500th episode

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Wikileaks comes to Springfield as controversial figure Julian Assange joins the cast of “The Simpsons” for their milestone 500th episode on Sunday, which will see America’s famous animated family being banished from their hometown. Wikileaks founder Assange, who is currently under house arrest Britain and fighting…

Whitney Houston funeral to be broadcast live

NEW YORK — The funeral on Saturday for pop superstar Whitney Houston will be broadcast live from the New Jersey Baptist church where she grew up singing in a gospel choir, the funeral home owner said Wednesday. “Her publicist has chosen one person who will be allowed into the sanctuary…

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