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Obama: Egypt should release Al-Jazeera journalists

US President Barack Obama called Wednesday for the release of three Al-Jazeera journalists sentenced to prison in Egypt for allegedly defaming the country. Speaking at the end of a US-Africa summit, Obama said that the United States insists on the right of journalists to practice their trade as a critical…

Conservatives rip Ann Coulter for blaming Ebola doc’s illness on ‘Christian narcissism’

Conservative gadfly Ann Coulter drew widespread condemnation for attacking a Christian missionary who contracted the Ebola virus while serving in Africa. Coulter suggested in her column Wednesday that Dr. Kent Brantly chose to help the poor in Liberia instead of the United States because “serving the needy in some deadbeat…

Sacramento-area Fox anchor accused of stealing expensive wallets in California resigns

By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) – A Sacramento-area television news anchor charged with grand theft and burglary over the alleged theft of Coach wallets from an outlet store has resigned from her job. Sabrina Rodriguez was charged last week in connection with a 2013 incident in which merchandise was…

Why Rupert Murdoch’s bid for Time Warner crumbled

Instant reaction on Wall Street said that Rupert Murdoch will be back for another go at buying Time Warner when tempers and share prices cool. Really? That script seems very unlikely. First, 21st Century Fox was in danger of squashing its own share price if had tried to improve its plainly inadequate…

Woody Allen’s new film shoot interrupted after man asks ‘weird questions’ and throws furniture

A man has been arrested and charged with assault after allegedly throwing furniture and fighting with security guards on the set of Woody Allen’s new film in Providence, Rhode Island. The man, identified to the Associated Press by local police as Mark Spiridakos, was tackled after running from the scene and…

Force behind NYC’s free Shakespeare in the Park: ‘Even a quarter would be too much’

This story originally appeared at BillMoyers.com. In the feature-length documentary Joe Papp in Five Acts, Papp, the founder of New York City’s Free Shakespeare in the Park, recounts what he hoped to achieve when he started producing outdoor performances on the Lower East Side in 1956. Until his death in…

Hollywood divided: passions high as actors and celebrities speak out on Gaza

Artists voicing solidarity for Palestinians trigger backlash from industry heavyweights in a town with strong Israel connections It is perhaps the last taboo in Hollywood but the carnage in Gaza is prompting an increasing number of artists and celebrities to do the unthinkable: criticise Israel. Figures as varied as Rihanna,…

Will Ferrell to star in new film about a softcore porn director and Roger Ebert

Will Ferrell is aiming to play Russ Meyer in Russ and Roger Go Beyond, a biopic about the soft-core porn director’s collaboration with screenwriter and film critic Roger Ebert, according to Deadline. Meyer, who made a career of his obsession with women with large breasts, collaborated with Ebert on Beyond the…

Canada’s prime minister quietly distances himself from Homer Simpson

Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper publicly distanced himself Sunday from popular cartoon character Homer Simpson, whom he used to follow on Twitter. Harper, among the eminently predictable collection of conservative lawmakers, previously had among his followed accounts that of Homer Simpson, patriarch of the long-running animated family series of the…

Shakespeare sucks: a history of Bard-bashing

US radio host Ira Glass is far from the first writer to rubbish Shakespeare After catching a performance of King Lear at the Shakespeare in the Park festival in New York last Sunday, Ira Glass, host of the revered US radio show This American Life, ruffled literary feathers by tweeting: “@JohnLithgow as Lear…

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