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Actor Farley Granger dies at 85

Farley Granger, best known for his starring roles in two Alfred Hitchcock films, Strangers on a Train and Rope, died Sunday of natural causes in New York City, according to a friend, Steve Bassett. He was 85. Granger appeared in two films noir of note, both co-starring Cathy O’Donnell: Nicholas Ray’s They Live by Night (1949) and Anthony Mann’s Side Street (1950).

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Berlusconi’s lawyers want Clooney to testify at sex trial

Lawyers defending Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi in an underage prostitution case want George Clooney and his Italian girlfriend to testify at the premier’s upcoming trial.

‘Mr Clooney has been included in the list of the defence witnesses,’ Piersilvio Cipolotti, one of Mr Berlusconi’s lawyers, said yesterday. ‘He was cited in court documents as a guest of Mr Berlusconi at one of the dinners the premier organised and we want to ask him to confirm this.’ The witness list will go forward to be approved by judges.

Read more at www.independent.ie

Belfast man hoodwinks TV station with Sheen tweeter hoax

University of Ulster design student Jonny Campbell became a social and mainstream sensation yesterday after claiming he was troubled 45-year-old Sheen’s new intern. The Northern Irish man said he beat more than 82,000 competitors to the real role, which involves an eight-week US placement managing Hollywood’s ‘most trending’ Tweeter.

Read more at www.irishexaminer.com

Mad Men fifth series delayed until March 2012

The fifth series of US ad agency drama Mad Men will not hit TV screens before March 2012 because of stalled contract talks with its creator.

In a statement, cable network AMC said the delay was ‘due to ongoing, key non-cast negotiations’ with creator and executive producer Matt Weiner. Deadline reported Weiner is fighting demands involving product placement, a reduced running time and cast changes. The new series had been scheduled to be broadcast in the US in July.

Read more at www.bbc.co.uk

Malaysia’s first gay film is a controversial hit

The first homegrown movie with gay themes to be shown in Malaysia has proved an unexpected box office success in the conservative Muslim country. Opening less than a week ago, Dalam Botol (In a Bottle), about a post-op transsexual who comes to realise that she may have been better off as a man, has already earned more than one million ringgit (£206,000) at Malaysian cinemas, easily recouping its production and marketing costs of 970,000 ringgit.

Read more at www.guardian.co.uk

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