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Audience Vomits, Faints During Franco Film

Don't go see '127 Hours' if you have a weak stomach

(Newser) - Audiences are swooning at 127 Hours, and not because James Franco is just so dreamy. Paramedics were called to last night's UK premiere after people started fainting—and worse, the Sun reports. The gory film is based on the true story of a mountain climber, played by Franco, who cuts... More »

Murdoch 'More Pessimistic' About Economy

Downturn worse than expected by Rupe, who won't fight for Yahoo

(Newser) - The last month has made media boss Rupert Murdoch "a lot more pessimistic" about the outlook for the US economy, Reuters reports. Ad revenue is below expectations at his TV stations and newspapers and he expects "a temporary downturn for a year or so" at Dow Jones, the... More »

News Corp Gets That New-Time Religion

Murdoch buys Beliefnet, the largest faith website in the US

(Newser) - Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation has inked an eight-figure deal to buy Beliefnet, the US' most popular religion website, as a platform to promote the company's religious books and programming, the Wall Street Journal reports. Details of the transaction weren't released, but the site will become a part of News Corp's... More »

Media, Tech Firms Team Up on Copyright

Disney, Microsoft lead pact on rules for posting material; Google a no-show

(Newser) - In an unusual truce, eight media and Internet companies are banding together to combat the explosion of copyrighted material posted on the web, the Wall Street Journal reports. The group, led by Disney and Microsoft, has framed a set of guidelines; copyright holders in the group agree not to pursue... More »

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