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Indonesia’s ‘Elvis’ leads celebrity charge at polls

A white jumpsuit stretched over his bulging belly, an ageing crooner known as Indonesia's Elvis launches into song ahead of elections Wednesday, one of a parade of celebrities standing as candidates or acting as cheerleaders. Rhoma Irama, who was seeking……

Soccer player sues Murdoch’s UK newspaper over hacking scandal

LONDON — Manchester United great Ryan Giggs became the latest celebrity to take legal action against the News of the World over allegedly hacking into his mobile phone, his lawyer announced on Wednesday. The 37-year-old – who it was revealed last month by a British lawmaker was the married footballer…

Palin defends use of ‘blood libel’

WASHINGTON (AFP) – US conservative celebrity Sarah Palin has defended her use of the term “blood libel” to accuse the media of blaming her supporters after the Arizona shooting spree. The use of the term in a video statement last week has drawn criticism from some Jewish leaders because it…

Candidate busted for faking Morgan Freeman’s voice in ad

The agency that created an ad featuring a voice that sounded like Morgan Freeman is firing back after a North Carolina candidate said he was tricked by the company. The MEI company released a statement (.pdf) Tuesday explaining that B.J. Lawson (R-NC) was told that a “voice double” for Morgan…

Colbert sparks debate about ‘expert’ celebrities

Should celebrity an expert make? Colbert talk before Congress sparks debate There are congressional hearings and there are comedy shows, and the twain rarely meet. So when a House panel on immigration combined them on purpose last week with testimony from Stephen Colbert (kohl-BEHR’) and his “truthy” alter ego, debate…

Explaining away eye-roll at teacher, Palin invents new use for Botox

Confronted by an especially tenacious protester in Alaska recently, former governor Sarah Palin tried to put on a good show for the lone camera present. Tried, that is, until learning the woman so adamantly criticizing her works was a teacher. Her reaction is best described as an eye roll. Naturally,…

Colbert: Beck ‘raised the stupid bar and now it’s nearly inapproachable’

Stephen Colbert explained why it’s so difficult to mock Fox News’ newest celebrity at the Second City 50th anniversary event in Chicago last weekend. Colbert told a panel that Glenn Beck “raised the stupid bar and now it’s nearly inapproachable.” The Atlantic‘s Jim Warren was there. As for Glenn Beck,…

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