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Peter O’Toole, Star of ‘Lawrence of Arabia,’ Dead at 81

The actor’s 1962 portrayal of an English ally of embattled Arabs is a high water mark of cinema. Long after overcoming stomach cancer in the 1970s, O’Toole died in a London hospital following an illness.

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Doris Lessing, Voice for Many Ages, Dies at 94

Doris Lessing, an influential and prolific writer who made her mark in more than 50 novels, as well as short stories, essays and poems, died Sunday in London at age 94. 

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Netflix Has More Subscribers Than HBO

The digital streaming service has reached an important milestone. More people now pay a monthly fee for Netflix than for HBO.

Posted on Oct 21, 2013 READ MORE



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‘Fifth Estate’ Director Calls Assange a Liar, Praises Snowden

Julian Assange has taken strong objection to “The Fifth Estate,” Hollywood’s take on WikiLeaks’ adventures in journalism. In a new interview, the director of the film, Bill Condon, says the WikiLeaks publisher “just flat-out makes things up.”

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Pick Up Your Phone, Alice Munro! Sweden’s Calling

The Nobel Prize Committee is trying to reach the acclaimed Canadian writer to let her know she won the prestigious award in literature. Only problem is it keeps getting her answering machine.

Posted on Oct 10, 2013 READ MORE



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New York City Opera Files for Bankruptcy

New York City Opera, known for 70 years as the “people’s opera” for its affordable tickets, revealed as much as $10 million in assets and debt in a bankruptcy petition it filed Thursday after years of declining income and a failed fundraiser.

Posted on Oct 4, 2013 READ MORE



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Michael Douglas Highlights Son’s Confinement in Emmy Speech

The actor used his Emmy win Sunday to draw attention to the plight of Americans held in solitary confinement, including his son.

Posted on Sep 27, 2013 READ MORE



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Afghan Women Risk Lives to Write Poems

Although some female poets in Afghanistan have been killed by their male family members for penning poetry, many see it as an outlet to express their inner and outer worlds during a time of great national turmoil.

Posted on Sep 25, 2013 READ MORE



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Sam Jackson on Obama, Republicans and Civil Disobedience

In a new Playboy interview, the highest-grossing actor of all time, who has made an art of the f-bomb, says Barack Obama should “be fucking presidential,” and, on GOP obstruction, “there was a time we would be in the streets about this shit.”

Posted on Sep 24, 2013 READ MORE



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Celebrated Statesman, Artist Killed in Kenya Attack (Audio)

Professor Kofi Awoonor, former chairman of Kenya’s Council of State and a poet of African decolonization, was among those killed in the attack on the Westgate Shopping Mall in Nairobi on Saturday.

Posted on Sep 23, 2013 READ MORE


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