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Monday, January 19, 2015
Faten Hamama, Arab film icon, dies at 83: family
Egyptian actress Faten Hamama, an Arab film icon and Omar Sharif's former wife, died Saturday at the age of 83, their son Tarek Sharif told AFP.
Cuban art leaps into spotlight amid US detente
In Juan Roberto Diago's studio at his remodeled 1920s house, five Americans scrutinized the Cuban artist's work, wearing baseball caps and sunglasses.
Director Alejandro Inarritu says the only way to communicate the struggle between a celebrity and his ego in “Birdman” was through long, uninterrupted shots that move at the pace of life.
When the White House operator tracked down Senator Patrick Leahy two decades ago to take a call, the secretary of state, Warren Christopher, asked the lawmaker to “turn down the radio.”
Mark Zuckerberg has made his next book club pick, a release he considers especially timely after the recent terrorist attacks in Paris.
Sunday, January 18, 2015
Best-selling book on journey to heaven is pulled over 'lies'
A best-selling account of a 6-year-old boy's journey to heaven and back has been pulled after the boy retracted his story.
Henri Krug, the great champagne maker, once said that in a good year God makes the wine but in a bad year the winemaker helps God. The latter applies to the 2013 vintage in Burgundy, which locals described as “challenging.”
Responding for the first time to the firestorm of criticism over the lack of diversity in this year's Oscar nominations, film academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs says the all-white acting slate inspires her to accelerate the academy's push to be more inclusive.
Russian director Andrei Zvyagintsev's somber social drama “Leviathan” may have been nominated for an Oscar, but at home the film has sparked heated debate, with the arts minister claiming it blackens Russia's image.
Surviving members of the Grateful Dead are planning a reunion in a likely finale to the band that spawned a countercultural movement through their legions of traveling fans.
  
  
  
  
  
  
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