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NBC Opens Its Wallet to Get O’Brien Off ‘Tonight Show’

If you think things get nasty in the world of electoral politics, consider all the fun that’s gone down in recent days in late-night comedy circles, what with the sticky tangle that NBC execs got themselves into after handling the highly charged Jay Leno-vs.-Conan O’Brien “Tonight Show” debacle with all the delicacy and subtlety of a jackhammer. ... (continued)

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Peter Stothard on ‘The Poison King’

You’ve heard of Spartacus, but how many remember the notorious scourge of the Roman Empire, Mithradates, denounced as one of antiquity’s greatest terrorists and rebels?

Posted on Jan 15, 2010 READ MORE


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Clooney Comes to Haiti’s Aid

This is a time when celebrity can come in handy, and one star in particular, George Clooney, is lending his power to the cause of helping earthquake-ravaged Haiti. The actor-director is also rallying some of his famous friends to join him for a “mega-telethon” he’s planning, according to The Wrap.

Posted on Jan 14, 2010 READ MORE


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Hope Springs Eternal in Obama Musical

It’s been nearly a year since Barack Obama took office, and, although opinions vary on this subject, the honeymoon may be over for some of the president’s supporters. However, the tuneful theater types who are staging an Obama-themed musical in Germany are apparently still feeling the love.

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Chuck Norris, Conspiracy Theorist

What are the true patriots of the U.S. of A. to do when a bona fide Muslim-sympathizing, Constitution-shredding president signs a mysterious and probably anti-American “executive order” granting sinister “privileges, exemptions and immunities” to the France-based International Police Organization—aka Interpol? Enter Chuck Norris, onetime “Texas Ranger,” martial arts movie star and amateur conspiracy theorist, stage right.

Posted on Jan 12, 2010 READ MORE


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Couch Potatoes Beware: Too Much Sitting Could Be Deadly

An excessively sedentary lifestyle could spell heart disease or even cause premature death, according to a new study, published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, which gauged health (or issues therewith) according to the amount of time subjects spent sitting and watching television. However, TV isn’t the decisive factor in the mix—sitting for long stretches of time at work can also be hazardous to your health, the study found.

Posted on Jan 12, 2010 READ MORE


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Anti-Smoking Camp Targets ‘Avatar’

James Cameron’s “Avatar” has made beaucoup bucks, already taking in more than $1 billion worldwide since its last last month, but there’s at least one group that’s not happy with certain aspects of his futuristic odyssey. A campaign called Smoke Free Movies sponsored a major ad buy in Hollywood’s two prominent trade papers Tuesday to protest ... (continued)

Posted on Jan 11, 2010 READ MORE


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Tucker Carlson Takes to the Web

Giving the Drudge Report and Free Republic a little competition in the conservative Web space, former CNN pundit (see: “Crossfire”) and bow-tie enthusiast Tucker Carlson has launched his own site, the Daily Caller. That’s “the DC” for short—snappy, Mr. Carlson!

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‘American Idol’ Will Lose Its Villain

Simon Cowell is leaving Fox’s ratings monster to launch an American version of “X Factor,” which will allow older performers to compete with the kiddies. Cowell said “we’re hoping to find the American version of Susan Boyle,” the homely Scottish singer who exploded to international stardom with a stint on “Britain’s Got Talent,” another Cowell show.

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Cameron Puts His Money Down for ‘Hiroshima’

James Cameron, that visionary mega-director of historic oceanic tragedy and, more recently, virtual blue puma-people, has dug into his giant pockets to option a book for a possible film project that’s quite different in subject and tone from his latest blockbuster, “Avatar.” Variety reported Friday that Cameron now has movie dibs on Charles Pellegrino’s nonfiction book “The Last Train From Hiroshima: The Survivors Look Back.”

Posted on Jan 8, 2010 READ MORE


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