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Actor Russell Crowe: Noah movie criticism ‘bordering on absolute stupidity’

Russell Crowe has hit out at critics of controversial biblical epic Noah, many of whom he says have attacked the film before even seeing it. The New Zealand-born actor praised the pope for agreeing earlier this month to meet a delegation from the film, including himself and director Darren Aronofsky, despite the…

Jon Stewart rips Hobby Lobby: ‘Corporations aren’t just people; they’re ill-informed people’

Jon Stewart blasted the argument Wednesday night by conservatives that corporations should be allowed to enjoy the same religious freedoms as human beings. “America has recently implemented a brand-new health care law designed by our president to kill old people and allow Russia to invade Crimea,” Stewart said. “But some…

Creationist ‘Noah’ film warns God may end the world again to wipe out gays and atheists

Just days before the premiere of the Hollywood biblical epic “Noah” starring Russell Crowe, creationist Ray Comfort released his own “Noah” movie on Tuesday to warn that God’s judgement is near at hand. The film, titled “Noah — And the Last Days,” is a 30-minute documentary that seeks to prove…

Jimmy Carter tells Stephen Colbert: The Bible is misused to subjugate women

Jimmy Carter says he would consider converting to Catholicism on two conditions. The first condition, the former president told Stephen Colbert on Tuesday night, is that Pope Francis must remain in office. The second condition, the lifelong Baptist said, is “when a female Catholic priest asks me to join her…

New York Times to launch both discounted and high-end digital subscriptions

NYT Now gives a ‘curtailed’ selection of content for $8 a month as Times Premier targets opposite end of the market at $45 The New York Times is to launch a budget digital package for just $2 a week, almost 50% cheaper than its current lowest-priced offering, in a bid…

Kevin Spacey to play Winston Churchill in ‘Captain of the Gate’ biopic

House of Cards star to take role of wartime leader in “Captain of the Gate,” focusing on Churchill’s rise to power in 1940 Kevin Spacey looks set to play Winston Churchill in a new biopic of the British wartime leader, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Captain of the Gate will…

There are reasons to be cautiously cheerful about the state of U.S. news media: Pew

There are reasons to be cheerful about the future of news media, according to the latest review of the industry in the United States by the Pew Research Centre. It believes the news business looks a little healthier than of late, thanks in part to an influx of new investors…

Murdoch names son Lachlan as vice president of media empire

Rupert Murdoch said Wednesday he had promoted his son Lachlan to be vice president of the two companies that make up his media empire. Those companies are News Corp and the mass media and entertainment multinational 21st Century Fox. For years speculation……

CNN producers arrested trying to sneak into World Trade Center

By Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) – Two CNN journalists were arrested for trying to sneak past security at the World Trade Center in New York City on Tuesday in an attempt to report on recent security lapses at the site, police said. Yon Pomrenze, 35, and Connor Fieldman Boals,…

New York Times reporter: Obama the ‘greatest enemy of press freedom in a generation’

A New York Times reporter who has been fighting off a US government demand that he reveal a confidential source has described the Obama administration as “the greatest enemy of press freedom that we have encountered in at least a generation.” James Risen, who has been ordered to testify in the criminal…

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