Category Archives: Popular Culture

Peter Jackson unveils new Hobbit footage

Director Peter Jackson has unveiled 10 minutes of footage of The Hobbit to a mixed reaction at the CinemaCon convention in Las Vegas. The prequel to his Oscar-winning Lord of the Rings trilogy, starring British actor Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins, is due out in cinemas in December. The new film has been shot at… Read More »

Video: Dick Clark dies of heart attack aged 82

One of America’s best-known veteran television personalities, Dick Clark, has died aged 82. Clark, who presented the long-running music show American Bandstand and an annual New Year’s Eve special, had a heart attack, his agent said. He had continued working even after suffering a debilitating stroke in 2004. ABC’s American Bandstand show introduced stars ranging… Read More »

NY judge tells woman: Stay away from Alec Baldwin

NEW YORK (AP) — A Canadian actress accused in New York City of stalking “30 Rock” star Alec Baldwin has been told to stay away from him.Montreal resident Genevieve Sabourin was arraigned Monday, a day after being arrested on charges of stalking and aggravated harassment. The Manhattan district attorney’s office says a judge released Sabourin… Read More »

Review: Shatner’s World: We Just Live In It

By Dan Bacalzo Feb 17, 2012 William Shatner displays a curious mix of self-deprecation and self-aggrandizement in Shatner’s World: We Just Live In It, his entertaining one-man show currently playing a limited Broadway engagement at The Music Box before launching a brief national tour. The actor demonstrates a willingness to laugh at himself, thereby allowing… Read More »

Jackson doctor Conrad Murray sentenced to four years

Conrad Murray, the US doctor convicted of the involuntary manslaughter of pop superstar Michael Jackson, has been sentenced to four years in county jail. Murray was found guilty earlier this month after a six-week trial. Judge Michael Pastor told the court that while Murray was legally eligible for probation, he did not think his actions… Read More »

Facebook Identifies Porn Spammers

Facebook said Wednesday that it has tracked down the scammers responsible for a spam attack that flooded the social network with pornographic and violent imagery this week. “In addition to the engineering teams that build tools to block spam we also have a dedicated enforcement team that has already identified those responsible and is working… Read More »

What are you doing to celebrate the end of the world today? (The Mayan Calendar ends today Oct. 28, 2011, or not)

Someone named Calleman fudged the Mayan calendar and came up with today as the date. The idea spread and many people who are more interested in spiritual growth than archaeology now believe it. “… Calleman’s own made up period which he calls uaxlahunkin (13 x 18 days). This period does not exist in the real… Read More »

Steve Jobs refused cancer treatment for too long, says biographer

Apple co-founder Steve Jobs refused potentially life-saving cancer surgery for nine months, shrugging off his family’s protests and opting instead for alternative medicine, according to his biographer. When Jobs eventually sought surgery, the rare form of pancreatic cancer had spread to the tissues surrounding the organ, his biographer, Walter Isaacson, said in an interview with… Read More »

The last pinball wizards keep game alive

Gary Stern has a quick answer for anyone who says he runs the last pinball machine company in the world: it’s not the last – it’s simply the only pinball company. Stern, 58, was born into the pinball business and is determined to keep it alive. His father ran a top pinball manufacturer back in… Read More »