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Tom Morello performs at ‘Occupy Los Angeles’ protest

Tom Morello, best known as the guitarist for Rage Against the Machine, appeared at the “Occupy Los Angeles” on Friday to show his support for the movement. At the demonstration, he performed “World Wide Rebel Song” from his 2011 solo album for an enthusiastic audience. The politically-conscience guitarist has previously…

Uncomfortable truths of Murdoch hacking scandal exposed in new play

A small experimental theatre in London has beaten Hollywood to produce the first artistic interpretation of the explosive News of the World hacking scandal using the hacked voicemails of volunteers. Theatre503 in Battersea, south London, invited six members of the public to surrender their voicemails for its new show, “Hacked”,…

‘Simpsons’ saved after pay row

LOS ANGELES – Fox Television has approved two more seasons of “The Simpsons,” the broadcaster said, ending a standoff after a pay row threatened to sink the long-running show. Fox, a unit of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. had threatened to axe the hit cartoon show after 23 seasons if no…

Paul McCartney weds American heiress on Sunday: reports

LONDON (Reuters) – Former Beatle Paul McCartney will wed for the third time on Sunday when he and New York heiress Nancy Shevell are married in a civil ceremony in London, British newspapers reported. The Daily Mirror and The Sun tabloids said on Saturday that McCartney and Shevell, who posted…

News Corp. sets up staff hotline to report ‘illegal activity’

News International, a branch of the Rupert Murdoch-owned News Corp., has set up a dedicated line for journalists and other staff of the media conglomerate to report “illegal activity”. According to The Independent, the hotline is available “24 hours a day, 365 days a year” to employees, who are, according…

Colbert: Raw Story ‘twisted my words with misleading articles’

Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert called out Raw Story Thursday for reporting that he had explained how money could be laundered to Karl Rove’s American Crossroads SuperPAC. Unlike American Crossroads, Rove’s Crossroads GPS is a 501c4 organization that does not have to disclose its donors. Crossroads GPS can then transfer donations…

Carlos Slim ups stake in New York Times to 8.1 percent

NEW YORK — Carlos Slim, the Mexican magnate believed to be the world’s richest individual, has increased his stake in the The New York Times Co. to 8.1 percent, regulatory filings showed Thursday. The latest buying of shares this week came less than two months after Slim increased his stake…

Publisher pushes up Jobs bio release to October 24

The release date for the first authorized biography of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs has been pushed forward to October 24 following his death, publisher Simon & Schuster said Thursday. The 656-page book by Walter Isaacson, entitled simply “Steve Jobs,” had been scheduled for release on November 21, according to Simon & Schuster’s publicity department, but the death of Jobson Wednesday…

Discovery Channel’s marijuana reality show still a go, despite massive tax bill

Despite recently receiving an enormous tax bill from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Oakland’s Harborside Health Center will still be the subject of a Discovery Channel reality show this winter. “As they say, the show must go on,” Joshua Weinberg, Discovery Channel’s vice president of communications, explained in an email…

Hank Williams Jr. cut from ESPN’s team for good

ESPN announced Thursday that the network had permanently severed ties with Hank Williams Jr. after he publicly compared President Barack Obama to Adolph Hitler. Bocephus had told the hosts of Fox & Friends Monday that Obama playing golf with House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) was ‘like Hitler playing golf with…

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