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Cheryl Cole wins US X Factor payout

Published on Nov 29 2013 // Celebrities, Entertainment
Cheryl Cole wins US X Factor payout
Pop star Cheryl Cole has won a payout from the producers of X Factor USA, who dropped her after filming just one episode in 2011. The 30-year-old was reportedly removed from the show over fears viewers would not understand her Newcastle accent. She sued producers Blue Orbit for $2.3m (£1.4m) for loss...

Guardian First Book Award won by Donal Ryan

Published on Nov 29 2013 // Entertainment, People, Travel
Guardian First Book Award won by Donal Ryan
Irish author Donal Ryan has won the 2013 Guardian First Book Award for his debut novel The Spinning Heart. Set in south-west Ireland, the book tells of the struggles of a rural village in the aftermath of the financial collapse. The judges described the novel as “slim in size, ambitious in structure...

Leveson Report: David Yelland says press misleading public

Published on Nov 29 2013 // Elections, Most Read, People, Politics, World
Leveson Report: David Yelland says press misleading public
The press is misleading the public and engaging in hysteria over press regulation plans, according to a former editor of the Sun. In a speech later, David Yelland is expected to accuse newspapers of censoring debate on the Leveson Report and its proposals for new press rules. He will warn the public...

Energy bills: Ministers not seeking ‘price pledge’

Published on Nov 29 2013 // Elections, People, Politics, World
Energy bills: Ministers not seeking ‘price pledge’
The government has denied reports it is seeking a commitment from energy firms to hold their prices down until 2015. The companies told BBC News ministers were putting pressure on them to commit to a price freeze. But Treasury sources say this is not part of their plan – and they were looking instead...

EU summit shows no sign of reviving Ukraine deal

Published on Nov 29 2013 // Elections, Latest, Politics, World
EU summit shows no sign of reviving Ukraine deal
European leaders appear to have made no progress on reviving a far-reaching association agreement with Ukraine at an EU summit in Vilnius. Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych abruptly froze plans to sign the trade and reform deal last week, under pressure from Russia. The Ukraine agreement, the summit’s...

Thailand PM Yingluck Shinawatra rules out early election

Published on Nov 29 2013 // Politics, World
Thailand PM Yingluck Shinawatra rules out early election
Thai Prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra has ruled out an early election, following six days of protests aimed at removing her from office. She told the BBC the situation in Thailand was not calm enough for polls. She also said she would not authorise the use of force against protesters occupying government...

A-List Stars Deliver On Catching Fire Soundtrack

Published on Nov 29 2013 // Entertainment
A-List Stars Deliver On Catching Fire Soundtrack
The first Hunger Games soundtrack hit the number one spot on the Billboard 200, sold over half a million copies in the U.S. alone and spawned two Grammy-nominated tracks in the shape of Taylor Swift & The Civil Wars’ “Safe & Sound” and Arcade Fire’s “Abraham’s...

Just Who is Martin Garrix?

Published on Nov 29 2013 // Entertainment
Just Who is Martin Garrix?
He may look like the lead singer of a fresh-faced teenage boyband, but 17-year-old Dutchman Martin Garrix is in fact one of the most respected young talents on the EDM scene, having just scored a U.K. number one single and U.S. Hot 100 hit with his insanely infectious instrumental “Animals.”...

5 Pop ‘Supergroups’ That Could Form

Published on Nov 29 2013 // Entertainment
5 Pop ‘Supergroups’ That Could Form
With original member Charlie Simpson still refusing to go back to his boyband-with-guitars days now that he’s a semi-credible singer-songwriter, Matt Willis and James Bourne, aka the remaining members of mid-’00s UK chart-toppers Busted, have now instead hooked up with the group they undoubtedly...

The ‘Hercules’ Trailer Looks Like 300

Published on Nov 29 2013 // Movies
The ‘Hercules’ Trailer Looks Like 300
There sure are a load of sword and sandal epics charging toward theaters in the coming year, and Hercules: The Legend Begins is definitely the runt of the litter. Be forewarned: this isn’t the Brett Ratner production that Dwayne Johnson has been tweeting big muscly pictures of himself from for...