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GBTV: Glenn Beck takes his show online for $5 a month

By Glynnis MacNicol Watching Glenn Beck’s show after he leaves FOX News at the end of the month will cost you…but not as much as it costs you to read the New York Times online. The Times is reporting that Beck will move his TV show online where subscribers will be able…

French academic faces backlash after his satire compares Papa Smurf to Josef Stalin

PARIS – Just in time for Global Smurfs Day and a Smurfs movie in 3-D comes a little blue book from a French academic that has some fans of the sock-topped comic book characters seeing red. Antoine Bueno, who lectures at the high-brow Paris Institute of Political Studies, thought he…

Katie Couric signs deal for ABC talk show

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Katie Couric has signed a multi-year deal with ABC television to host and produce her own syndicated daytime talk show starting in September 2012, ABC said on Monday. Couric, 54, will also contribute to other ABC News programs starting this summer, anchoring specials and contributing interviews,…

Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show ratings soar, Fox News slumps in May numbers

Comedy Central and “The Daily Show” both surged in the May Nielsen ratings, posting their best numbers yet. “The Daily Show” dominated its time slot across all of television, cable and broadcast, and boasted a very impressive 19 percent increase in viewership in May alone. Meanwhile, according to Mediabistro’s TV…

Film takes behind-the-scenes look at school shooting

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Mass school shootings fill TV screens with bloody images, newspapers with heart-wrenching accounts from terrified students, and pose searching questions about the motives of the young killers. But the movie “Beautiful Boy”, opening in U.S. theaters on Friday, puts a rare spotlight on the anguished parents of a teen…

Greenpeace activists arrested for Greenland oil rig protest

COPENHAGEN (AFP) – Two Greenpeace activists who scaled an oil rig off the western coast of Greenland at the weekend to protest oil prospecting in the Arctic were arrested overnight, police and the environmental group said Thursday. “Last night, the police decided the time was right, and we arrested the…

New York Times names first woman executive editor

NEW YORK (AFP) – The New York Times announced on Thursday that Bill Keller was stepping down as executive editor and would be replaced by Jill Abramson, the first woman to hold the top editorial post at the newspaper. Abramson, a native New Yorker, joined the Times in 1997 from…

Facebook, Zuckerberg say ownership contract forged

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Facebook Inc founder Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday said an alleged contract and emails that a New York man says entitle him to a huge stake in the social networking website are “forgeries.” In a filing in the U.S. District Court in Buffalo, New York, Facebook and…

Republican pizza CEO ‘raising Cain’ with odd campaign music video

How many words rhyme with “Cain”? If “pain” was one of the first to spring to mind, then perhaps you’ve already seen the new presidential campaign video by former pizza CEO Hermain Cain. Homespun in the purest sense of the word, footage shows the Republican longshot candidate pitching himself as…

Warner Bros unveils Hobbit film names, release dates

LOS ANGELES (AFP) – US film giant Warner Bros has revealed the titles of the two long-delayed upcoming “The Hobbit” movies, prequels to the Tolkien epic “Lord of the Rings” by Oscar-winning director Peter Jackson. “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” is due to be released in December 2012, while “The…

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