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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…

US-Mexico border crime takes center stage in ‘The Bridge’

Murder, corruption and all sorts of sleazy behavior are found on both sides of the US-Mexico border in the US TV drama “The Bridge,” which focuses on an American and a Mexican detective trying to solve bi-national crimes. The series, which just began its second season in the United States,…

Johnny Cash’s former home to become a rehab center

The lakefront home was built in 1968, the year Cash married June Carter. The couple lived there for over 30 years, until her death in May 2003. …

Man with rare genetic disorder sues celebrities who mocked his ‘selfie’ on social media

A man with a rare genetic disorder whose “selfie” was mocked by celebrities on Twitter and Instagram is suing his tormenters for $25,000 in damages, the Detroit Free Press reports. Jahmel Binion suffers from a condition called ectodermal dysplasia, which in Binion’s case has led to abnormalities with his hair…

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