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President Obama speaks to Will Smith’s son about extraterrestrials

May 17, 2012

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Men in Black 3 star Will Smith today told BBC Radio 1 host Chris Moyles that his 13-year-old son Jayden himself a Hollywood star put President Obama on the spot recently during a private tour of the White House. The subject of Jayden’s enquiry – aliens!Remarkably, Obama anticipated Jayden’s question before the young star even […]

Peter Jackson unveils new Hobbit footage

April 25, 2012

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Director Peter Jackson has unveiled 10 minutes of footage of The Hobbit to a mixed reaction at the CinemaCon convention in Las Vegas. The prequel to his Oscar-winning Lord of the Rings trilogy, starring British actor Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins, is due out in cinemas in December. The new film has been shot at […]

Dick Clark dies of heart attack aged 82

April 18, 2012

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One of America’s best-known veteran television personalities, Dick Clark, has died aged 82. Clark, who presented the long-running music show American Bandstand and an annual New Year’s Eve special, had a heart attack, his agent said. He had continued working even after suffering a debilitating stroke in 2004. ABC’s American Bandstand show introduced stars ranging […]

NY judge tells woman: Stay away from Alec Baldwin

April 10, 2012

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NEW YORK (AP) — A Canadian actress accused in New York City of stalking “30 Rock” star Alec Baldwin has been told to stay away from him.Montreal resident Genevieve Sabourin was arraigned Monday, a day after being arrested on charges of stalking and aggravated harassment. The Manhattan district attorney’s office says a judge released Sabourin […]

George Clooney arrested for demonstrating against Sudanese crisis

March 17, 2012

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Actor George Clooney was a free man Friday afternoon following his arrest in Washington during a protest at the Sudanese Embassy, just two days after dining with the president at a White House state dinner and testifying before Congress about a mounting humanitarian crisis in the African country. Also arrested were two Democratic members of […]

Five Leadership Lessons From James T. Kirk

March 6, 2012

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Kirk’s success was no fluke, either. His style of command demonstrates a keen understanding of leadership and how to maintain a team that succeeds time and time again, regardless of the dangers faced. Here are five of the key leadership lessons that you can take away from Captain Kirk as you pilot your own organization […]

Davy Jones Claimed Credit For Charles Manson ‘Monkees’ Rumor

March 5, 2012

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Monkees singer Davy Jones has died, but his music will live on with fans. So will his creation of one of rock’s most chilling legends: The one about Charles Manson once auditioning for the cast of “The Monkees.” It’s a legend still being repeated in the various Jones tribute pieces and obituaries, but it is […]

Lorax, $70.7 million debut

March 4, 2012

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Review: Shatner’s World: We Just Live In It

February 17, 2012

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By Dan Bacalzo Feb 17, 2012 William Shatner displays a curious mix of self-deprecation and self-aggrandizement in Shatner’s World: We Just Live In It, his entertaining one-man show currently playing a limited Broadway engagement at The Music Box before launching a brief national tour. The actor demonstrates a willingness to laugh at himself, thereby allowing […]

Steve Jobs’ FBI files question his honesty and morality

February 10, 2012

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The FBI files of Steve Jobs have been released, showing a man who commanded respect as an innovator but was questioned on his honesty and morality.The file was prepared on the Apple founder as he was considered for a presidential appointment in 1991 during George H W Bush’s time in office.Documents also revealed that Jobs […]

Muppets Diss Fox News In Response To Accusations Of Being Anti-Oil

February 2, 2012

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The Muppets came out swinging with a long-awaited response to Fox Business News’ accusation that their new film is anti-oil, anti-corporate propaganda meant to influence children. “It’s a funny thing, they were concerned about us having some prejudice against oil companies, and I can tell you, that’s categorically not true,” Kermit the Frog said late […]

David Bowie Top of the Pops footage found by cameraman

December 14, 2011

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A retired cameraman has been speaking of the moment he realised he owned footage of David Bowie on Top of the Pops which was thought to be lost. John Henshall, 69, from Stanford-in-the-Vale, Oxfordshire, retained a copy of Bowie performing Jean Genie in 1973. He said: “I just couldn’t believe that I was the only […]

Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol premieres in Dubai

December 7, 2011

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Dubai is preparing for the arrival of Hollywood stars at the premiere of the fourth Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol. It is the opening film for the Dubai International Film Festival, and the first major Hollywood movie to be set in Dubai. via BBC News – Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol premieres in Dubai.

Action Comics No. 1 sells for record $2.16m

December 1, 2011

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The issue, graded at 9.0, was auctioned starting Nov. 11 online at http://www.comicconnect.com. The starting bid was just $1 but there was a reserve price of $900,000. Neither the name of the buyer nor seller was disclosed. It’s the first time a comic book has broken the $2 million barrier. The issue was published in […]

Jackson doctor Conrad Murray sentenced to four years

November 30, 2011

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Conrad Murray, the US doctor convicted of the involuntary manslaughter of pop superstar Michael Jackson, has been sentenced to four years in county jail. Murray was found guilty earlier this month after a six-week trial. Judge Michael Pastor told the court that while Murray was legally eligible for probation, he did not think his actions […]

Facebook Identifies Porn Spammers

November 16, 2011

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Facebook said Wednesday that it has tracked down the scammers responsible for a spam attack that flooded the social network with pornographic and violent imagery this week. “In addition to the engineering teams that build tools to block spam we also have a dedicated enforcement team that has already identified those responsible and is working […]

Great lines from “60 Minutes” commentator Andy Rooney, Dead at 92

November 5, 2011

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Andrew Aitken “Andy“ Rooney (January 14, 1919 – November 4, 2011) was an American radio and television writer. He was most notable for his weekly broadcast “A Few Minutes with Andy Rooney”, a part of the CBS News program 60 Minutes from 1978 to 2011. His final regular appearance on 60 Minutes aired October 2, […]

John Lennon’s tooth bought by Canadian dentist

November 5, 2011

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John Lennon told his housekeeper she could give his tooth to her daughter as a souvenir A Canadian dentist has bought one of John Lennon’s teeth for £19,500 at an auction in Stockport. Alberta-based Michael Zuk bid by phone to secure the molar given by the former Beatle to his house keeper Dot Jarlett, who […]

Happy Halloween!

October 31, 2011

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Enjoy this link to Google’s images of Halloween costume contest winners. And here’s another little treat:

What are you doing to celebrate the end of the world today? (The Mayan Calendar ends today Oct. 28, 2011, or not)

October 28, 2011

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Someone named Calleman fudged the Mayan calendar and came up with today as the date. The idea spread and many people who are more interested in spiritual growth than archaeology now believe it. “… Calleman’s own made up period which he calls uaxlahunkin (13 x 18 days). This period does not exist in the real […]

Steve Jobs refused cancer treatment for too long, says biographer

October 24, 2011

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Apple co-founder Steve Jobs refused potentially life-saving cancer surgery for nine months, shrugging off his family’s protests and opting instead for alternative medicine, according to his biographer. When Jobs eventually sought surgery, the rare form of pancreatic cancer had spread to the tissues surrounding the organ, his biographer, Walter Isaacson, said in an interview with […]

Xenophilius Lovegood actor to play the real behind the fraud William Shakespeare

October 24, 2011

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Did he or didn’t he? That is the question. The debate over whether William Shakespeare could write his own name, let alone the body of works considered among the greatest in English literature, has consumed minds for more than 150 years. Now a new film, Anonymous, by Independence Day director Roland Emmerich, is about to […]

The last pinball wizards keep game alive

September 19, 2011

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Gary Stern has a quick answer for anyone who says he runs the last pinball machine company in the world: it’s not the last – it’s simply the only pinball company. Stern, 58, was born into the pinball business and is determined to keep it alive. His father ran a top pinball manufacturer back in […]

Signed Beatles single Please Please Me fetches $14,730

August 28, 2011

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A copy of the Beatles hit single Please Please Me signed on both sides by all four members of the band has fetched £9,000 at auction in Liverpool. The 1963 record was sold by a Liverpool woman who asked the group to sign it after listening to them at the city’s Cavern venue as a […]

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows makes $1bn

August 1, 2011

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 has passed the $1bn (£609m) mark at the worldwide box office, distributor Warner Bros has said. The final instalment in the eight-part boy wizard series is the first to reach the milestone. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone had the previous best global takings with $974.8m (£593m) […]

Harry Potter Question

July 16, 2011

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The final Harry Potter movie was fantastic, very satisfying. I do wish Xeno Lovegood would have been there for the final fight, of course. Many lose ends were tied up, but there was one thing I now want to go re-read in the last book to understand. I don’t think this question will be a […]