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Spider-Man Loses His Job

Not even superheroes are safe in this economy. Peter Parker, aka Spider-Man, is going to get fired in the next issue of the comic book. Marvel says the unemployed webslinger will have to figure out how to pay his rent and buy web fluid without his photography gig.

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How to Write Fiction, by Actual Fiction Writers

Hey, aspiring fiction writers: Watch your adverbs closely and lay off the exclamation points! Those are just two how-to tips (or maybe how-not-to tips) from crime writer Elmore Leonard’s “10 Rules of Writing,” which, as the title suggests, offers handy guidelines for would-be authors.

Posted on Mar 1, 2010 READ MORE


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Chris Hedges on ‘The Death and Life of American Journalism’

Traditional media is dying, the virtual future is here and a new book takes a close look at what it all means—and it ain’t pretty.

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‘Hurt Locker’ Producer’s E-Mail Campaign Ruffles Feathers

It’s the season of the knockdown, drag-out Oscar campaign, and one of this year’s Academy Award nominees, “The Hurt Locker” co-producer Nicolas Chartier, has thrown down in a mighty conspicuous (and potentially self-defeating) way.

Posted on Feb 25, 2010 READ MORE


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Matt Damon Attached to Play RFK in New Biopic

Matt Damon may get a chance to flex his acting chops in a challenging and meaty role—as a Kennedy, no less—if he ends up liking the screenplay for an upcoming biopic about the late Robert F. Kennedy, according to Deadline Hollywood’s Nikki Finke.

Posted on Feb 24, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / David J. Phillip

Sportscasters Draw Fire for Comments on Johnny Weir

American figure skater Johnny Weir has challenged the norms of his sport with his sartorial flair and his performance style while executing triple axels with the best of them, but pushing boundaries doesn’t usually happen without some kind of backlash. Unfortunately, this has been the case for Weir ... (continued)

Posted on Feb 24, 2010 READ MORE


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Johnny Depp Pipes Up for West Memphis Three

Johnny Depp isn’t usually one to seek out the limelight, or “48 Hours Mystery” for that matter, but the “Alice in Wonderland” actor is making an appearance on the CBS News magazine show to make a plea for the retrial of the West Memphis Three, a group of men convicted of murdering three boys in 1994.

Posted on Feb 23, 2010 READ MORE


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‘Hurt Locker’ Cleans Up at BAFTA Awards

Since 2003, filmmakers have repeatedly come up short in terms of box office sales and critical support for movies that focus on the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan—until director Kathryn Bigelow came on the scene last year with “The Hurt Locker,” that is.

Posted on Feb 22, 2010 READ MORE


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mattel inc.

Introducing Computer Geek Barbie

Before anyone freaks out, let us unequivocally state that we heart the computer geeks. Apparently toymaker Mattel Inc. is hoping that members of its Barbie target market do, too, as the company is debuting its own computer engineer version of the iconic blond doll, complete with a pink laptop and a stylish-yet-nerdy T-shirt.

Posted on Feb 20, 2010 READ MORE


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‘Family Guy’ Actor Says Palins Didn’t Get the Joke

Turns out that Andrea Fay Friedman, the voice actor who played the part of Ellen on the last episode of “Family Guy,” has Down syndrome, as does her character on Fox’s cheeky cartoon. As it also happens, Friedman thinks Sarah Palin ... (continued)

Posted on Feb 19, 2010 READ MORE


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