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Prime Minister under fire after top U.K. cop resigns amid phone hacking scandal

Update: Cameron said to have met with Murdoch executives 26 times in 15 months Prime Minister David Cameron faced fresh questions on Monday over the phone-hacking scandal convulsing the establishment after Britain’s top police officer quit over his ties to Rupert Murdoch’s empire. Scotland Yard chief Paul Stephenson resigned on…

London police chief resigns over phone hacking scandal

While denying any personal wrongdoing, London’s chief of police Paul Stephenson has resigned his post over connections to a figure in the News of the World phone hacking scandal, the AP is reporting. The resignation stems from criticism of Stephenson for hiring former News of the World editor Neil Wallis…

Critics savage Palin film as audiences stay away in droves

“The Undefeated”, a documentary about former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin opened in some theaters across the country this weekend and, if critics are to be believed, it is truly awful. Politico has a round-up of reviews, many of which feature the word “bombast” and include sentiments like this one, expressed…

Celebrities launch ‘Hacked Off’ campaign against tabloids

LONDON — It took the hacking of a murdered girl’s phone to make the News of the World scandal explode, but celebrities have wasted no time in using the row to press their own agenda against the tabloids. Actor Hugh Grant has led the charge by becoming an investigative reporter…

Murdoch aide Brooks ‘arrested’ in phone hack scandal

British police on Sunday reportedly arrested a former top aide to Rupert Murdoch, Rebekah Brooks, over the hacking scandal that has led to calls for the break-up of the media mogul’s empire in the country. Brooks, 43, who resigned on Friday as chief executive of Murdoch’s British newspaper wing on…

Actor Jude Law sues The Sun for phone-hacking

LONDON — British actor Jude Law is suing The Sun for allegedly hacking his phone, both sides revealed Friday, in what is thought to be the first such legal action against Rupert Murdoch’s best-selling daily tabloid. The paper’s parent company, News International, dismissed it as a “deeply cynical” attempt to…

Charlie Chaplin’s Hitler parody at Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate

BERLIN — Charlie Chaplin’s Hitler parody “The Great Dictator” will be screened late Friday at Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate on the 80th anniversary of the star’s visit to the German capital, city authorities said. The film, which makes fun of the Nazi leader, was originally released in 1940. It was written,…

Director Alain Gomis films one man’s dying day

What goes on inside the head of a man who knows he has only 24 hours to live? Franco-Senegalese director Alain Gomis takes viewers through this final day in his new movie “Aujourd’hui” (Today). American actor, singer and poet Saul Williams plays the lead role in the movie, which wrapped…

Palin biopic now showing in theater not so near you

ORANGE, California (Reuters) – “The Undefeated,” a flattering documentary about Sarah Palin’s rise in American politics, opened in a handful of U.S. movie theaters on Friday, drawing die-hard fans of the Tea Party favorite from far away. Distributors put the film in just 10 AMC theaters nationwide, mostly in reliably…

“We are sorry” says News Corp boss Murdoch

Rupert Murdoch issued a public apology on Saturday for the phone hacking row, as two of his top executives resigned over the crisis that has engulfed his media empire. The News Corp chief finally abandoned his attempts to protect Rebekah Brooks, former editor of the scandal-hit News of the World,…

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