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New Dads Elton John, David Furnish plan more movies

January 31, 2011

JohnFurnishNow that they have baby Zachary to look after, Elton John and David Furnish may follow up their animated movie "Gnomeo and Juliet" with more kids' films. Zachary Jackson Levon Furnish-John was born on Christmas Day at a Los Angeles hospital to a surrogate mother.

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Did Gervais go too far at Globes?

January 17, 2011

The day afteRickyr the Golden Globes, and, in Britain at least, there is as much media chatter about show host Ricky Gervais and his no-holds-barred approach as there is about Colin Firth's acting award for his portrayal of the stammering King George VI in "The King's Speech".

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Simon Cowell FiXing it for X Factor’s Joe?

November 30, 2009

Yes, that word "fix" has come back to haunt the X Factor in Britain, where Lloyd Daniels, the teenager who appeared to struggle with the basic skill of singing in tune, got booted off at the weekend.

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It’s X Factor “Deadlock” … again

November 16, 2009

cowell2Another week, another contestant down, another ratings triumph for ITV ... oh, and another Deadlock.

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Sting calls X Factor “appalling”

November 11, 2009

stingBritish singer Sting has waded into the X Factor debate. In a week where the show's most famous judge Simon Cowell came in for some fierce criticism for what British viewers saw as a cynical ploy to fix the results, Sting has called the popular television show "preposterous" and "appalling".

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The X Factor or “The Fix Factor”?

November 9, 2009

cowell1X Factor judge Simon Cowell faced accusations of rigging the result of last night's X Factor vote as the tabloid newspapers, so often the champions of the hugely popular show, began to turn on the man they like to call "Mr. Nasty".

Tabloid trickery versus the right to know

July 10, 2009

Probity is Britain’s new watchword. After filleting the bankers over their salaries and bonuses and excoriating MPs for fiddling their expenses we’ve now turned our attention to the antics of journalists.

Are the kids too hung up on fame?

March 14, 2008

Once, kids had to work hard to become famous.

Whatever their chosen route, it would usually involve endless hours of practice — be it in the gym, on the pitch, at the keyboard or on the stage.