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Jul 9, 2011

Murdoch papers treat World’s End with tabloid flare

LONDON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Some of Rupert Murdoch’s newspapers feasted on Friday on the demise of one of their own — Britain’s News of the World — serving up headlines such as “World’s End” and “Hacked To Death.”

But other properties within his News Corp empire offered more sober reporting or buried the story in inside pages.

Jul 8, 2011

Murdoch’s papers vary on News Corp scandal coverage

LONDON/NEW YORK, July 8 (Reuters) – From front-page
splashes to slim stories buried inside, readers of London and
New York newspapers owned by News Corp (NWSA.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) were greeted on
Friday with varied coverage of the shutdown of Rupert Murdoch’s
weekly News Of The World.

The Sun, which dominates the British tabloid market during
the week in the way the News of the World did on Sundays,
splashed the closing of its 168-year-old sister paper due to a
scandal involving controversial reporting tactics under the
front-page headline “World’s End.”

Jul 7, 2011

“Horrible Bosses” eyes joblessness, aims for laughs

NEW YORK (Reuters) – In Hollywood’s new film comedy “Horrible Bosses,” an ex-Lehman Brothers executive who is jobless and desperate for money offers sexual favors to some old buddies in return for cash.

While that may seem odd or out-of-place for a Wall Streeter in a Hollywood movie (Gordon Gekko would never stoop so low), the director of “Hollywood Bosses” sees many more such jokes and plots in films, given the currently weak economy.

Jun 29, 2011

New Yorkers get fresh look at Ai Weiwei’s art

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A photography exhibit offering glimpses of Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei’s time spent living in New York in the 1980s and early 1990s opened on Wednesday, marking the first major museum exhibit of his work since his release from detention.

The artist, whose detention in April in China ignited an international uproar after his family said allegations of economic crimes against him were an excuse to silence his criticism of contemporary China, did not attend the exhibit. Beijing has demanded Ai pay $1.85 million in taxes and fines.

Jun 29, 2011

James Patterson eyes movies, kids reading

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Prolific novelist James Patterson has raised the stakes on what it means to be a modern-day publisher, again, and this time he is doing it for one of his passions — getting kids to read.

The bestselling author, who most often is equated with being at the forefront of mass market fiction’s dominance of the publishing industry, has this week for the first time released two books on the same day in the United States — one aimed at adults and the second for kids.

Jun 29, 2011

Author James Patterson eyes movies, kids reading

NEW YORK, June 29 (Reuters) – Prolific novelist James
Patterson has raised the stakes on what it means to be a
modern-day publisher, again, and this time he is doing it for
one of his passions — getting kids to read.

The bestselling author, who most often is equated with
being at the forefront of mass market fiction’s dominance of
the publishing industry, has this week for the first time
released two books on the same day in the United States — one
aimed at adults and the second for kids.

Jun 26, 2011

Indie British film “Submarine” gains U.S. buzz

NEW YORK (Reuters) – It may be in a different league to U.S. summer blockbusters like “Green Lantern” and “X-Men: First Class” but a small British indie film has impressed US critics and hopes to parlay its praise into bigger audiences.

“Submarine,” which is opening in U.S. cities throughout June, is the quirky, coming-of-age tale of 15-year-old Oliver Tate as he loses his virginity and deals with his parents’ marriage.

Jun 23, 2011

Bristol Palin talks pregnancy, McCain in memoir

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Single mother Bristol Palin takes swipes at everyone from Republican Senator John McCain’s family to the media and her ex-fiancee in her memoir, published this week.

The memoir of the 20-year old eldest daughter of conservative political star Sarah Palin, “Not Afraid of Life: My Journey So Far,” starts with a sketchy account of losing her virginity to Levi Johnston, the father of her son who later posed nude for Playgirl and was critical of Sarah Palin.

Jun 22, 2011

Just A Minute With: Woody Allen on nostalgia, scandal

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Woody Allen examines nostalgia among other topics in “Midnight in Paris,” the latest in his string of films set in Europe.

The movie transports its protagonist, played by Owen Wilson, back to the good old days of the Belle Epoque and 1920s Paris, and sees Allen concluding that, really, he would have been miserable during any age, golden or not.

Jun 15, 2011

Bono’s “Spider-Man” musical still weak, critics say

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Broadway’s most expensive and ridiculed musical, “Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark,” suffered another round of crushing reviews on Wednesday, a day after its long-delayed official opening drew celebrities such as former president Bill Clinton and actor Robert De Niro.

The $70 million comic-book adaptation, featuring music by U2′s Bono and the Edge, was lambasted earlier this year while playing in a record-breaking 180 previews as its producers struggled to overhaul the production.

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