Kevin Spacey: prosecutors drop case accusing actor of groping teen

July 25, 2019

The actor was accused of sexually assaulting an 18 -year-old man at a Massachusetts resort island bar in 2016 Prosecutors lowered a case on Wednesday accusing Kevin Spacey of fondling a young man at a resort island barroom in 2016, after the accuser refused to testify about a missing cellphone the protection says contains information supporting the actor’s claims of innocence. Spacey was charged with indecent assault and battery last…


The end of satire: Mad magazine to cease regular publication

July 6, 2019

Comedian Al Yankovic laments loss of one of the all-time greatest American institutions Mad magazine, a US institution famous for the grinning face of jug-eared, tiny-eyed mascot Alfred E Neuman, is to stop being a regular fixture of newsstands. The satirical magazine will no longer be published monthly with new material from the autumn, its owners DC Comics said. Instead there will be end-of-year specials and magazines with classic and…


‘They are amazed’: New York City sees extraordinary leap in whale sightings

June 19, 2019

A total of 272 whales were spotted last year, compared with five in 2011, thanks to legislation mopping up pollution, experts say For most New Yorkers, wildlife spotting is confined to squirrels, the odd raccoon and agony encounters with rats. But in the oceans surrounding the city a quite different animal experience is quietly booming: sightings of whales. A total of 272 whales were spotted in New York City waters…


Kevin Spacey in surprise appearance at sexual assault case hearing

June 5, 2019

Spacey, 59, accused of groping young man in Nantucket bar in 2016 and faces up to two and a half years in jail if convicted Wearing a grey-headed suit and glasses, Kevin Spacey is available on Monday at a Massachusetts courthouse where a judge was set to hold a hearing in the case accusing the disgraced performer of fondling a young man at a Nantucket bar in 2016. Spacey’s appearing…


Stan Lee: ex-business manager arrested on charges of elder abuse

June 4, 2019

Keya Morgan sought to capitalize on the late comic book writers asset and exert influence over him, say authorities A former business director of the late comic books author Stan Lee was arrested on Saturday, on accusations of elder abuse. Lee Charged by Los Angeles county prosecutors earlier this month, Morgan was taken into custody on Saturday in Arizona on an outstanding seizure warrant. On Sunday he appeared in Maricopa…


IM Pei: an audacious daredevil who built the impossible

May 23, 2019

From his provoking Louvre pyramid to his inverted wedge for Dallas, the Chinese-American architect was too modern for his time but his angular wonders look perfect now So bold were IM Pei’s layouts, they were often regarded as wilfully controversial, designed to shock. But Pei himself never understood it like that. He was possibly the last living link to such founders of modernism as Bauhaus stalwarts Walter Gropius and Marcel…


Trumps antics over Iran have endangered us all. The stakes are now lethally high | Jonathan Freedland

May 12, 2019

In withdrawing from the nuclear deal, the US not the abhorrent Iranian regiman is the rascal government risking world security, says Guardian columnist Jonathan Freedland Such is the carnival of the Trump presidency, it can be tempting- especially for those outside the US- to view it as sight, a long-running reality TV show that veers between The Apprentice and House of Cards. But every now and then comes a reminder…


She was our Michelle Obama: how Gilda Radner changed comedy for ever

May 11, 2019

The death of the SNL star 30 years ago robbed the industry of one its finest voices but not before “shes had” blazed a road for women such as Tina Fey to follow There is no shortage of excellent critical writing about the US comedy scene in the 80 s, and John Belushi, Eddie Murphy and Gilda Radner, one of the original casting members of SNL, alongside Chase, Belushi, Aykroyd…


Skyscrapers are killing up to 1bn birds a year in US, scientists estimate

April 30, 2019

New report ranks deadliest metropolitans for feathered travelers, who often collide with glass-covered or illuminated buildings Scientists as a billion birds die each year in the US when they collide with buildings, specially glass-covered or illuminated skyscrapers. And, in a new report, conservationists now have a better idea which American metropolis are the deadliest for those working on the wing. Chicago, with its many glass superstructures that spike into what…


Teflon Don: how Trump the mafia boss fought the law and won

April 25, 2019

After Mueller, the president is being compared to mobsters from John Gotti to Tony Soprano. And yet he remains in office ” You gotta do this. You gotta call Rod …” It was 17 June 2017. The Sopranos, the most skilled misdemeanour honchoes manage to remain untouchable even as their officers and footsoldiers are picked off. Trump “ve managed” withstand sitting down for the purposes of an in-person interview with…