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Thomas Ayad, Mercury Records Executive, Killed in Paris Concert Hall Attack

14 November 2015 2:38 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Thomas Ayad, an international product manager for Mercury Records, was killed while attending an Eagles of Death Metal concert at Le Bataclan on Friday during the Paris terror attacks, according to media reports. Universal Music Group chairman/CEO Lucian Grainge confirmed the sad news in a letter to staffers on Saturday. Ayad, 34, was one of several Umg/Mercury team members who attended the Eagles of Death Metal concert, though he is currently the only confirmed casualty among the group, as all the band’s members survived the terrifying attack. Also Read: Paris Attacks: Isis Claims Responsibility as French President Denounces »

- Jeff Sneider

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Paris Attacks: How Us, European Newspapers Covered the Story (Photos)

14 November 2015 11:00 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The series of coordinated Isis attacks that besieged Paris on Friday night began just hours before European newspapers went to press, leaving them with little more than the images of carnage and preliminary casualty tolls to report. By the time U.S. outlets hit deadline, more details had emerged, informing — in some but not all cases — more sober front-page coverage of the attacks, which most recent figures indicate have claimed 129 lives and more than 350 injuries. Here’s how French, U.K., German and U.S. papers led their coverage… Also Read: Paris Attacks: Isis Claims Responsibility as French President Denounces »

- Jordan Burchette

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Paris Attacks: Isis Claims Responsibility

14 November 2015 3:10 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Isis said Saturday that it was responsible for Friday night's attacks in Paris that have so far left more than 120 dead. In a statement, released in French and Arabic, the Islamic State said that “soldiers of Caliphate targeted the capital of abomination and perversion.” The Caliphate is the name Isis has given to the territory under its control. The news was widely reported mid-day Paris time by the BBC, Sky News and others, which translated the statement into English. { "nid": 840272, "type": "news", "title": "French President Calls Paris Attacks "Act of War" by Isis", "path": "http://www.

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- Alex Ritman

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Watch: Trailer For 'The Interview' As Directed by Kim Jong-un

9 January 2015 10:18 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

While there are some who will naively argue that the kerfuffle around the release of Seth Rogen and James Franco's "The Interview" was nothing more than a masterful publicity stunt, it can't be debated that the attention did turn the movie into something of a cause celebre. Watching the movie allowed you to shake your first at North Korea from the comfort of your own home, and lots of people opened up their wallets to protest. In fact, Sony revealed earlier this week that they pocketed $31 million in digital sales and rentals since the movie officially dropped online on Dec. 24th. But as many folks who have seen the movie by now have realized, the political satire of "The Interview" is mild at best -- it's basically your standard Rogen/Franco joint, just abroad. But this trailer remix is a bit more pointed. YouTube user MrStratman7 has cut together »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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John Hinckley Jr. Avoids Murder Charge for Death of Former Press Secretary James Brady

2 January 2015 5:32 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

John W. Hinckley Jr. won’t be charged for the murder of James Brady, federal prosecutors revealed on Friday. Medical examiners attributed the former Press Secretary’s August death to gunshot wounds incurred during the attempted assassination of President Ronald Reagan in 1981, but prosecutors will not charge Hinckley with the homicide since the courts have previously deemed him insane.

“Hinckley would be entitled to a directed verdict that he was not guilty of the murder of Mr. Brady by reason of insanity,” wrote Ronald C. Machen, U.S. District Attorney for Washington D.C., in a statement. “Furthermore, a homicide »

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