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Awkward: Fox News contributor debuts rap video at CPAC

Bright and early Friday morning at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington, D.C., a small group of Republicans were treated to perhaps the most bizarre attempt at rap music since “M.C. Rove” took the stage in front of the whole D.C. press corps in 2007. As part of…

Detained China artist unaware of New York success

Dark, bare photos of modern Chinese society by Liu Xia, detained wife of China’s best known dissident, went on show in New York without her knowledge after they were spirited out of her country. The photos were brought out of China under the noses of the authorities by French academic,…

‘Violent’ Madonna stalker escapes from hospital

A man convicted of stalking Madonna and who has “very violent tendencies” has escaped from a psychiatric hospital, the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) said Thursday. Robert Dewey Hoskins, 54, who was convicted in 1996 of stalking Madonna — he once scaled a wall of the star’s Hollywood home and…

Ex-Beatle McCartney gets Hollywood star

LOS ANGELES — A small reminder of Beatlemania came to Hollywood when Paul McCartney was honored with a star on Tinseltown’s storied Walk of Fame, watched by hundreds of screaming and jostling fans. Police blocked off Vine Street near the intersection with Hollywood Boulevard, as the crowds swelled across the…

Fox News analyst: Maddow is the best argument for birth control

Columnist and Fox News contributor Cal Thomas said Thursday at the Conservative Political Action Conference that MSNBC host Rachel Maddow should have never been born. A clip of Maddow saying that Republicans were “waging a war on contraception” was played during a political discussion at conservative gathering. “I’m glad that…

Celebrities settle phone hacking claims

LONDON — Former footballer Paul Gascoigne and comic actor Steve Coogan were among high-profile British figures paid damages Wednesday by Rupert Murdoch’s newspaper group over phone hacking. Coogan settled his claim for £40,000 ($63,000, 48,000 euros), while Ex-England star Gascoigne received £68,000, judge Geoffrey Vos was told at a High…

Washington Post offering buyout to news staff

WASHINGTON — The Washington Post announced a voluntary buyout for some newsroom staff on Wednesday, citing the difficult economic climate for the newspaper industry. “Our objective is a limited staff reduction that won’t affect the quality, ambition or authority of our journalism,” Washington Post executive editor Marcus Brauchli said in…

He’s back: Film raises Zombie bin Laden from the dead

The Obama administration thought they had planned for every contingency when they took out terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden, but they didn’t expect this. In a low-budget film that could be making its way screens this summer, an undead Osama returns from his watery grave to raise an army of…

Ellen on anti-LGBT group: ‘My haters are my motivators’

Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres is finally responding to an anti-LGBT rights group that called on JC Penney to fire her as their spokesperson because she is a lesbian. In a taping of the “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” which will air on Wednesday, DeGeneres used the opportunity of California’s same…

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…

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