Prosecutors say code names from a WWII movie and a fake pizza delivery were used to cover up a conspiracy to destroy evidence of phone hacking at News of the World.
Senior executives at Rupert Murdoch’s News International launched a complex operation to cover up their crimes after illegal activities were exposed by the phone hacking scandal, the lead prosecutor at a trial in London alleged on Monday.
Former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks and her husband Charlie leave the Old Bailey courthouse in London on November 4, 2013. (Andrew Winning/Reuters, via Landov )
Rebekah Brooks was accused by the prosecution of orchestrating a conspiracy to pervert the course of justice by using News International employees and resources to hide or destroy notebooks, computers and emails that would prove the company had repeatedly broken the law.
Facing more anti-gay accusations for the lyrics of 'Rap God,' Eminem stands by his claim that a homophobic slur is just a common diss. Who's tired of the broken record?
There’s an old trick in hip-hop, where a sound effect mimics the screech of a record breaking, and the same few bars of a song keep playing over and over again in loop, like a stutter. Eminem has been using the trick for over a decade now— in his music and in his life.
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Since the debut of The Slim Shady LP in 1999, critics, civil rights organizations, and music fans with consciences have blasted Eminem over the rampant use of lyrics in his songs that could be construed as homophobic, or, at the very least, hateful and offensive to the gay community. And since the debut of The Slim Shady LP in 1999, Eminem has denied that he is defined by any of those bigotry-indicating adjectives…but has gone on using the controversial language anyway.
And Eminem responds to homophobia accusations.
Lea Michele opens up about Cory Monteith death to Elle magazine. Michele stayed with Kate Hudson immediately after Monteith's death because her home was surrounded by reporters. Entertainment Weekly
Britney Spears releases new song "Perfume." It smells, er, sounds good! Plus, she’s actually singing! E! News
The first-ever YouTube Music Awards was unconventional, to say the least. It also has the potential to blossom into something very, very cool.
Since its inception, YouTube has been an odd little universe. It’s an anything-goes outlet where experimentation and vanity manifests itself in infinite strange and often pointless video clips. It’s also a platform for discovering the best of that experimentation, be it by an amateur genius or megawatt superstars. It’s here that a video moves from brilliant idea to phenomenon.
Sunday night’s quirky, disjointed, and, at times, epically cool YouTube Music Awards was a fitting continuation of that tradition.
In an in-depth interview, James Franco discusses his latest directorial effort, the Sal Mineo biopic, his affinity for gay characters, and the controversial ‘As I Lay Dying’ book cover.
Love him or hate him, James Franco is prolific. The 35-year-old multi-hyphenate will appear in no less than ten films this year, in roles ranging from the titular wizard in Oz: The Great and Powerful to a meth kingpin named “Gator” in the gonzo action flick Homefront, out later this month. He stole the show as an exaggerated version of himself in the summer comedy This Is the End, and his riveting turn as a tattooed, fugazi crime lord in Spring Breakers is earning him a bit of Oscar buzz.
Actor James Franco. (Victoria Will/Invision, via AP)
Franco also released a novel last month, Actor’s Anonymous, has curated numerous art installations, and was skewered in a highly rated Comedy Central Celebrity Roast.
Danai Gurira, who plays the katana-wielding Michonne, says the idea that the show can only have one major black male character at any given moment is ‘hilarious.’
By the time the credits roll at the end of “Indifference,” some questions remain: Did Rick really just exile Carol? Can we trust Bob the alcoholic? And, um, did we just witness Michonne flirting?
Danai Gurira appears in a scene from AMC's "The Walking Dead." (Gene Page/AMC)
She did compare Daryl’s eyes to a piece of green jasper, though it felt more like a joke than a compliment. But whether or not this is what the all-knowing legion of Walking Dead fanfiction writers have foreseen (the Dixonne shippers of the world are real), it’s another step in one of this season’s best and most prominent threads: the unveiling of the real Michonne.
You’d think the princess’s obsessive affair with a Pakistani doctor would make for an electric film. Yet ‘Diana,’ with its soporific romance and awful dialogue, is a bore.
The producers of Diana made every effort not to let me into a screening of the film. Now, after buying a ticket on Friday afternoon, I understand why.
It’s hard to imagine how a movie about history’s most turbulent, highly strung, beleaguered celebrity princess could have been turned into something so tension-free and oddly suburban.
Naomi Watts as Diana, Princess of Wales. (Laurie Sparham/Entertainment One Films)
Sunday’s episode wasn’t transformative, but it was taut, precise, and compelling because it focused on what made the show great—Carrie, Saul, and the spy games they play.
Homeland has a problem.
The third season of Showtime's flagship drama is now halfway over. Viewers have seen plenty of action in recent episodes. Carrie Mathison has been abducted by Iranian thugs. Saul Berenson has been running the CIA. Dana Brody lost her virginity on the floor of a mental asylum. And Nicholas Brody, imprisoned inside Caracas’s infamous Tower of David, has unleashed his inner Sid Vicious.
Under fire for the lack of women of color in its cast, ‘SNL’ uses host Kerry Washington to address the controversy in typically biting and hilarious fashion.
It’s been a ridiculous problem. For the past six years, Saturday Night Live has had enough white male cast members to have, at any give moment, at least six potential actors to play Matthew McConaughey in a sketch but no one to play the First Lady of the United States.
The fact that SNL’s cast has included not one woman of color since Maya Rudolph left in 2007 has consistently been a glaring problem these past six years. But the spotlight on the issue has been especially harsh this season: first when six new hires again included not one woman of color, and then earlier this month when cast member Kenan Thompson offensively asserted that the reason for the lack of diversity is that there are no qualified candidates.
The story of a Texas electrician who deals experimental AIDs drugs only took twenty years to make it to Hollywood. And it all started as a simple act of journalism.
Today Dallas Buyers Club is a major Hollywood motion picture starring Matthew McConaughey as a Texas electrician and rodeo habitué who transforms himself into an importer and distributer of experimental AIDS medications after contracting HIV.
But it started life as a simple act of journalism.
The longest-running TV show premiered, Fox debuted two iconic shows, and the highest grossing film series of all time cast a spell. It's a busy week in pop culture history.
November 2, 2003: Arrested Development premieres on FOX.
In its three seasons on the air, the ground-breaking FOX show raised the bar for network comedies and paved the way for recent critical favourites such as 30 Rock and Community. Although it was not a ratings giant during its original run (that’s why it was cancelled), it developed a strong cult following. After it was dumped in 2005, there was talk of a feature film. This film never happened, and instead Netflix revived the series for a fifteen episode fourth season. Netflix’s chief content officer said in September that fans can expect more episodes and at this point it’s a matter of fitting the schedules of all the cast members.
From the power of Photoshop on fashion images to an airborne tribute to a fallen soldier and a bus driver-turned-hero in Buffalo, WATCH our countdown of this week’s buzziest videos.
The first twin giant panda cubs to be born in the United States and survive past 100 days have been given names: Mei Lun and Mei Huan. This adorable video chronicles those days. It’s so cute, we can bear-ly stand it.
Who’s that sneaking out of Rio’s most popular (and expensive) brothel?
The New York Post’s Page Six reports that Justin Bieber was busted sneaking out of a brothel in Brazil on Friday. The pictures of the incident allegedly show two security guards guiding someone covered in a white blanked out of “the popular whorehouse Centaurus.” In one of the photos, you can see a leather jacket and grey tattoos on someone’s wrists. Bieber was allegedly at the establishment for three hours, before being kicked out for his behavior, according to Brazilian news site EGO.
Pop star Justin Bieber hangs out on the balcony of his hotel in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and snaps a few pictures with his friends on November 1, 2013. (FameFlynet)
On Saturday, Bieber tweeted that he was very excited to be in Brazil.
Nigella Lawson: I Used Cocaine
Denies she is an addict.More
'House of Cards' Gets Return Date
Set for February 14.More
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CBS Buys ‘Scary Stories’ Film
1980s children’s horror books.More
Billy Joel to Become MSG Franchise
Along with Knicks, Rangers, and the Liberty.More
Vin Diesel Visits Walker Memorial
Also posts several tributes to co-star online.More
’50 Shades’ Casts Rita Ora
As Christian Grey’s adopted sister.More
Walt Disney paid $100,000 for the film rights to ‘Mary Poppins.’ Go behind the scenes of the beloved family classic in ‘Saving Mr. Banks,’ the new film starring Tom Hanks as Disney.