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Viral Video: Hugh Grant’s New Starring Role in Britain’s PhoneGate

For years now, it looked like the tousled adorkability and winsome charms of British movie star Hugh Grant were beginning to grow long in the tooth.

That is, until the phone-hacking scandal in Britain — with the News Corp.-owned tabloid News of the World’s editors, reporters and managers accused of serious misconduct — got really going in recent weeks.

The issue about the out-of-control press has put the well-spoken Grant, a victim of the hacking, at the center of the action and he’s doing a laudable job as both an indignant and also reasonable voice.

Here are three videos where you can see Grant talking about the controversy and also debating both the hackers and the pols who apparently protected them.

(Full disclosure: News Corp. owns Dow Jones, which owns this site.)


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Another gadget you don’t really need. Will not work once you get it home. New model out in 4 weeks. Battery life is too short to be of any use.

— From the fact sheet for a fake product entitled Useless Plasticbox 1.2 (an actual empty plastic box) placed in L.A.-area Best Buy stores by an artist called Plastic Jesus