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Arianna Huffington urged to end ‘exploitation’ of journalists

The Newspaper Guild, a journalists’ union with more than 34,000 members, has launched a letter writing campaign calling on Arianna Huffington, the co-founder of the Huffington Post, to share her fortune with the unpaid writers who made her successful. “As we look to the future, we look to you, Arianna…

‘Youth-friendly’ Oscars show gets thumbs down

HOLLYWOOD – Oscars organizers had touted this year’s show as more youth-friendly, aiming to draw younger funkier movie-goers into the time-worn Academy Award experience — but the initial reaction was skeptical. Sunday’s co-presenters James Franco and Anne Hathaway made a joke reference to the youth-chasing aim within minutes of the…

Unrepentant Charlie Sheen vows to sue TV producers

LOS ANGELES — US star Charlie Sheen, under fire for drunken, drug-fueled rages and rants, vowed on Monday to sue the producers who canceled his hit television show, saying he would return to work for a 50 percent raise. In two rambling, but coherent, television interviews conducted over the weekend,…

‘The King’s Speech’ wins best film Oscar

HOLLYWOOD — British historical drama “The King’s Speech” was crowned with the best film Oscar, at the climax of the movie industry’s 83rd Academy Awards show. “The King’s Speech” tells the story of how King George VI overcame a stammer helped by an Australian voicecoach. The film took other top…

Black Swan sweeps independent film awards

OS ANGELES (Reuters) – “Black Swan,” a ballet melodrama that struggled to get made despite an A-list cast and director, swept the independent film world’s version of the Oscars on Saturday, a day before it competes for five prizes at the Academy Awards. The film picked up four Spirit statuettes,…

Olbermann’s FOKNewsChannel to go live tonight

Late on Friday afternoon, former MSNBC host Keith Olbermann tweeted that his online “FOKNewsChannel” would begin operations tonight. Around 3 PM EST, Olbermann posted, “Bulletin: FOKNewsChannel site, humble and presumably bug-ridden though it may be, goes live tonight. Puhhhhhhrobably. #FOK” At just past 9 PM, a follow-up post announced, “Greetings,…

Google tweaks search to push out ‘content farms’

Google announced Thursday that it has made a major change to its algorithm to push down the rankings of low-quality websites and “reward” high-quality content. While not explicit, this change is Google’s long-anticipated response to the rising prevalence of content farms such as eHow and Demand Media. Google tweaks its…

New Charlie Sheen outburst as hit TV series canceled

LOS ANGELES — The producers of hit TV series “Two and a Half Men” canceled the show for the season after a new outburst by troubled actor Charlie Sheen — who promptly launched another tirade. CBS and Warner Brothers made the announcement on Thursday, after Sheen, who was briefly hospitalized…

Piers Morgan, Larry King spar over CNN veteran’s jibe

LOS ANGELES – British journalist Piers Morgan sparred verbally with his CNN predecessor Larry King, after the US veteran criticized Morgan’s talk show technique. Morgan, who took over in January after King bowed out following 25 years as host of “Larry King Live,” light-heartedly suggested he would have to punch…

US man gets 25 years for South Park threats

WASHINGTON – A US man was Thursday sentenced to 25 years in prison on terror charges, including threatening the creators of the animated series “South Park” for portraying the Prophet Mohammed in a bear suit. Zachary Adam Chesser, 21, who grew up in the Virginia suburbs of Washington, had pleaded…

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