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Coming Soon: Mega-Agency for Actors, Athletes

William Morris, IMG tie the knot

(Newser) - What do Oprah Winfrey and Maria Sharapova have in common? Soon, they could both be represented by the same company. Hollywood talent titan William Morris Endeavor Entertainment has reached a deal to buy the massive sports agency IMG Worldwide, the companies announced today . "IMG has incredible strategic value,"... More »

Stars on Ice: Skater Weir 'Not Family Friendly'

All-star tour doesn't want US Olympian

(Newser) - The outfit that trots out figure-skating notables for its regular Stars on Ice tour has proclaimed notably flamboyant American Olympic Johnny Weir “not family friendly” and refuse to have him along, sources tell a blogger for GLAAD (the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation). Weir hasn’t publicly stated... More »

Merely Mortal, Federer Starts US Open

4-time champion faces uphill battle to defend title

(Newser) - The US Open starts today, and Roger Federer will defend his title at Flushing Meadows from an unfamiliar position—the No. 2 seed. Although he's won the tournament 4 years straight, a torrid 2008 has left the Swiss champion extremely vulnerable. "That twinkling star over his head has been... More »

McCanns Deny Maddy Movie Deal

Only considering projects with 'positive' impact on hunt for daughter, dad says

(Newser) - The parents of missing toddler Madeleine McCann are denying reports that they're negotiating a movie deal with a US production company about the heartbreaking case. "We categorically deny that we are considering a movie about Madeleine's disappearance. This is simply untrue," Madeleine's dad, Gerry, wrote on his weblog. More »

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