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Lady Gaga takes anti-bullying campaign to White House

WASHINGTON — Eccentric pop diva Lady Gaga took her anti-bullying campaign to the White House where she was lauded as a source of strength for many young people who are scared at school. Her visit follows a White House bullying conference earlier this year, called to mitigate the plight of…

Sundance to premiere Stephen Frears, Spike Lee films

LOS ANGELES — New movies by Stephen Frears and Spike Lee are among a star-studded line-up of world premieres scheduled for the Sundance Film Festival next month, organizers announced. The big-name movies will appear in the Premieres section at the Jan 19-29 festival, the annual gathering of independent filmmakers founded…

‘Hugo’ is me, Scorsese says of new film

Martin Scorsese leaves the tough guy world far behind with his latest film “Hugo”, a 3D fantasy set in pre-war Paris about an orphan and a toymaker — as well as about himself, the US director said Monday. “Hugo”, which hit US screens last month, is at once a warming…

‘Laugh-In’ actor Alan Sues dies at age 85

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – “Laugh-In” actor Alan Sues, who was known for playing outlandish and effeminate characters on television, has died at age 85, a statement on his website said. Sues died on Thursday night while watching television at his home in West Hollywood, just outside of Los Angeles, his…

U.S. investigates modern art forgery: report

US federal authorities are investigating whether paintings and drawings sold by elite New York art dealers as the work of Modernist masters are in fact fakes, The New York Times reported Saturday. The pieces purported to be by artists like Robert Motherwell and Jackson Pollock, sold for up to $17…

‘Top Gear’ host apologizes amid calls for his termination

One of Britain’s biggest unions has called for the BBC to sack popular TV presenter Jeremy Clarkson after he said public sector workers on strike should be shot in front of their families. The Unison trade union said it was taking legal advice after the presenter of the “Top Gear”…

Trump to moderate GOP debate

Billionaire real estate mogul Donald Trump will play the role of moderator at a Republican debate in Des Moines, Iowa on Dec. 27, according to reports published Friday. The debate, being staged by conservative magazine Newsmax, will be the first ever in presidential-level politics to be run by a reality…

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…

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