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NEWS CORP UPS JAMES MURDOCH — MORE NEPOTISM?

March 30, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Less than two weeks after News Corp’s board of directors was hit with a shareholders lawsuit accusing its chairman, Rupert Murdoch, of “larding the executive ranks of the company with his offspring,” the company announced today (Wednesday) that it had named Murdoch’s son James to the newly created post of deputy chief operating officer and […]

BBC’S WEBSITES CRASH

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The BBC’s entire network of websites went offline for nearly an hour last night, Britain’s Press Association wire service said today (Wednesday). Shortly before midnight, Steve Herrmann, editor of the BBC News website, posted a message on Twitter saying, “We are having technical problems … They are being looked into urgently. Apologies.” When the sites […]

U.K. POLICE OFFICIAL RAPPED FOR LUNCHING WITH TABLOID EDITOR

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Former U.K. Labor minister Chris Bryant, who has claimed that his voicemails were hacked by Rupert Murdoch’s London tabloid News of the World, faced down Scotland Yard’s acting deputy commissioner John Yates during a Parliamentary inquiry on Tuesday, chastising Yates for lunching with the paper’s former deputy editor, Neil Wallace in February shortly after the […]

NEW MPAA CHIEF DELIVERS UNITY SPEECH TO EXHIBITORS

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In a speech to the National Association of Theater Owners that was undoubtedly greeted with numerous silent “amens,” the newly appointed chief of the Motion Picture Association of America, Christopher Dodd, declared, “I want all of you gathered here this morning to know that as the new CEO and Chairman of the MPAA, I passionately […]

SCARFACE DVD SET TO SELL FOR $1,000

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For the gangster in the family who has everything, Universal plans to offer a 30th anniversary limited-edition of its 1982 cult classic Scarface for under $1,000 (all, right, $999.99). The studio said on Tuesday that the special DVD package, to be released on Sept. 6, will contain a very special “extra” — a hand-painted humidor […]

DOUBTS RAISED ABOUT REPORTED DISNEY DEAL FOR CHRISTIE BOOKS

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Reports that Disney plans to produce a film based on Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple character with 39-year-old Jennifer Garner in the lead are being scorned and, in some cases, being viewed with disbelief by the British press and Christie fans. In a BBC Radio interview today (Wednesday), Charlie Higson, author of The Young Bond, suggested […]

U.K.’S HACKERGATE SCANDAL: “LOST” EMAILS FOUND

March 29, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

In a development that could turn out to be the British equivalent of the release of the infamous White House tapes that brought down the Nixon presidency, The News of the World, Rupert Murdoch’s London tabloid, disclosed today (Tuesday) that it has located millions of internal emails that it previously claimed had been lost. The […]

BERGERON: DON’T ASK ME TO INTERVIEW CHRIS BROWN

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Dancing With the Stars host Tom Bergeron is apparently unhappy with the decision by the show’s producers to invite singer Chris Brown to appear on it tonight (Tuesday). Interviewed Monday by Ryan Seacrest on his radio show, Bergeron appeared to refer to Brown’s blow-up last week following his appearance on Good Morning America, when he […]

GILLIAN ANDERSON SHUNS HOLLYWOOD FOR LONDON

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In order to find substantial roles in films and TV, Gillian Anderson says that she has focused her career on the U.K. In an interview with the BBC magazine Radio Times, the former X-Files star said that in Britain, “There’s a broader understanding of my capability,” whereas in Hollywood, she said, she had sometimes thought […]

RODRICK RULES AND SO DOES HIS MOVIE

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It was supposed to be a neck-and-neck race at the weekend box office, according to analysts, with Sucker Punch edging out Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules. It didn’t turn out that way. Wimpy Kid was the winner by a wide margin, taking in $23.8 million versus $19.1 million for Sucker Punch, which was […]

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