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World’s oldest major film studio celebrates 100 years

The world’s oldest major film studio celebrates its 100th birthday this month with Hollywood stars and European players ready to toast the mythic Studio Babelsberg outside Berlin. It survived the Nazis and the communists and is now capitalising on its legendary status among cinema history buffs like Quentin Tarantino to beat back tough competition from…

Times editor apologizes for email hacking

The editor of The Times has apologised to a blog-writing detective who was unmasked by a former reporter of the newspaper who allegedly hacked his email. James Harding told an inquiry into British press standards that he “sorely” regretted the intrusion and expected “better of The Times”. Detectives are investigating claims that the…

Chris Hayes: Why Republicans hate Clint Eastwood’s commercial

Dirty Harry has turned against the GOP. That’s basically the message in last night’s episode of The Rachel Maddow Show, during which guest host Chris Hayes examined the popular Chrysler Super Bowl ad featuring Oscar-winning director Clint Eastwood. His conclusion: Eastwood’s sideways endorsement of the auto bailouts punches conservatives where…

After diabetes diagnosis, U.S. celebrity chef feels heat

US cooking star Paula Deen, self-proclaimed “Queen of Southern Cuisine” famous for her dishes smothered in butter, has met a storm of outrage after revealing she has diabetes and is hawking a drug to treat the disease. Deen, who famously showed off trademark high-fat, high-calorie meals including such creations as a hamburger…

Ford miffed by GM ‘apocalypse’ ad for Super Bowl

DETROIT — Ford Motor Co. on Monday blasted General Motors over a snarky advertisement for GM trucks run during the Super Bowl broadcast, but stopped short of taking any kind of legal action. The ad, during what proved to be the most-watched US television broadcast in history, showed Chevrolet Silverado…

‘Fox & Friends’ invents conspiracy: Labor Dept. ‘cooking the books’

While many have been encouraged by the job figures released last Friday, the crew at Fox & Friends aren’t among them — and on Monday morning, they seemed to think the numbers were a little hard to believe. “Are they playing around with the numbers?” fill-in host Eric Bolling asked.…

Trump takes credit for Romney’s Nevada win

Business mogul and self-promoter Donald Trump on Monday said that he would “always accept credit” for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s decisive win in Nevada on Saturday. “There was a lot riding on that particular race in Nevada and it was interesting, because the numbers were much, much greater than…

Top Obama advisers praise Clint Eastwood’s Super Bowl ad

Super Bowl commercials have become a pastime in America — to some, they’re as entertaining as the year’s big game. Sunday night’s annual affair was no different, but one ad stood above the rest, imparting a message of national unity and hope that could have come straight from President Barack…

Miss Piggy to present BAFTA awards

The organisers of the BAFTA film awards have unveiled Miss Piggy as one of the show’s hosts, promising spiky questions for Hollywood luminaries George Clooney and Brad Pitt. The glamorous pink star of “The Muppets” will be the red carpet host of the British Academy Film Awards 2012 on Sunday,…

Oops: CNN host calls Romney ‘Governor Mormon’

Almost everyone knows that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney belongs to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, but CNN host John King made the association all to clear Saturday by referring to him as “Governor Mormon.” Following the former Massachusetts governor’s decisive win in the Nevada caucuses,…

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