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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…

Director Ken Russell dies aged 84

British film director Ken Russell, who was nominated for an Oscar for “Women in Love” in 1970, has died at the age of 84, his son said on Monday. The eccentric director also took charge of “Tommy”, the film version of The Who rock opera album, and the cult horror…

UK tabloids brace for more damage at ethics inquiry

Britain’s tabloids are braced for more damaging celebrity testimony this week at a public inquiry that has turned the tables on Fleet Street and could lead to major changes in the regulation of the press. Singer Charlotte Church and Alastair Campbell, the former spin doctor of ex-prime minister Tony Blair,…

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