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The many faces of Anne Consigny: Part 1

She’s the patient secretary aiding the paralyzed editor of Vogue to write his memoir in Julian Schnabel’s “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly;” the conflicted, self-absorbed daughter of Catherine Deneuve in Arnaud Desplechin’s “Un conte de Noël;” André Dussollier’s sympathetic wife in Alain Resnais’ “Les herbes folles;” the courageous headmistress in Florian Gallenberger’s wartime drama …

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Three lenses capture the Egyptian revolution

A group exhibition, “To Egypt with Love,” is the newest presentation organized by Safar Khan Gallery showcasing the photographic talents of three young artists: Alaa Taher, Hossam Hassan and Bassem Samir.   Each artist has managed to capture moments during the 18 days of the January 25 Revolution from a multitude of perspectives. Most of …

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French film about Holocaust to be shown in Iran

An epic French documentary about the Holocaust, dubbed into Farsi, is to be broadcast on a satellite channel in Iran as part of a campaign to promote understanding between Jews and Muslims and to fight Holocaust denial. Filmmaker Claude Lanzmann’s renowned nine-plus-hour film "Shoah" includes testimony from concentration camp survivors and employees about the slaughter …

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US publisher to feature Egypt ‘tweets’ in book

WASHINGTON: A US publisher plans to come out with a book next month featuring a collection of Twitter messages sent during the protests in Egypt that led to the ouster of president Hosni Mubarak. The 160-page book, "Tweets from Tahrir," named for the Cairo square at the epicenter of the anti-government protests, is to be …

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Africa’s ‘Oscars’ goes to incest movie from Morocco

A Moroccan film about rape and incest of a young woman by her father who believes she is demon-possessed scooped the top honors at Africa’s biggest film festival. "Pegase" (Pegasus) by Mohamed Mouftakir from Morocco, late Saturday won the Golden Stallion of Yennenga, the grand prize of the Pan African Film Festival of Ouagadougou (FESPACO) …

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Oscar winner gives patchy presentation on sustainable development

Director Michael Wadleigh, sometimes spelled Wadley, is best known for his classic Oscar-winning documentary about the 1969 Woodstock music festival. Wadleigh spoke at the American University in Cairo’s new campus on Sunday about his current work with the Homo Sapiens Report, an organization working with UNESCO to promote sustainable development. The Homo Sapiens Report is …

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Up on the Roof: The sky is the limit

By Caroline Curran Creativity and culture in Cairo managed to thrive in spite of the repressive atmosphere that reigned before recent events opened a new chapter in Egypt’s history. Post-revolution cultural life is a blank page, ready to be filled with expression inspired by recent events. Thursday evening’s “Up on the Roof” open stage night …

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Mexican judge orders hit documentary film pulled

A judge in Mexico City ordered authorities to temporarily halt screenings of an acclaimed documentary about the failings of Mexico’s justice system after a prosecution witness who appears in the film alleged that his privacy rights were violated. The ruling is the latest round in a heated debate over reform of Mexico’s secretive, antiquated justice …

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The Oscars and America’s flight of fancy

After vowing to avoid the meaningless coronation of the over-praised and the undeserved that is the Academy Awards telecast, I imprudently succumbed to temptation in the hope of seeing my second favorite American film of 2010, David Fincher’s “The Social Network,” beat the odds, make history and win the best picture Oscar. Predictably, it didn’t, …

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Africa’s top film festival tackles a continent’s troubles

Africa’s biggest film festival hands out its top award Saturday after a week of viewing works tackling some of the continents pressing issues against the backdrop of the Arab world uprisings. The inclusion of two films from Egypt, among 18 standing for the Pan African Film Festival of Ouagadougou (FESPACO) grand prize, has new relevance …

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Noshokaty Foundation: A creative space for art students

In an old factory in the underprivileged neighborhood of Ard El-Lewa, Shady El-Noshokaty is building a space for local art students to continue learning and growing as artists after graduation. The former Biennale winner and famed painter turned multimedia artist plans to launch the Nokoshaty Foundation in March — but will need to find time …

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Devil gets his due at Bolivia’s raucous Carnival

Brazil’s famous Carnival celebration may steal the world’s attention, but an equally riveting spectacle in Bolivia this week melds indigenous and Christian traditions, and has the devil at the center of the action. Bolivia’s Carnival of Oruro is second only to that of Rio de Janeiro among the world’s riotous celebrations in the days preceding …

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Oscar win highlights plight of Africans in Israel

Students at the Bialik-Rogozin school in a rundown Tel Aviv neighborhood have survived genocide, war and famine. But they were all smiles on Monday after learning that a documentary about their plight had won an Academy Award. "Strangers No More" puts a human face on Israel’s absorption of African migrants — an issue that has …

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Maroon 5 to perform in Egypt for the first time

The fact that Maroon 5 are the first international band to perform in Egypt after the revolution is very fitting. Although not as political as big rock bands like U2, Coldplay or Pink Floyd, Maroon 5 are no strangers to politics. With their hit song “Makes me Wonder” aimed at reflecting their frustration with US …

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Jane Russell, star of 40s and 50s films, dies

She was the voluptuous pin-up girl who set a million male hearts to pounding during World War II, the favorite movie star of a generation of young men long before she’d made a movie more than a handful of them had ever seen. Such was the stunning beauty of Jane Russell, and the marketing skills …

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Egypt’s first comic book store opens

  L ast week, as Egypt continued to celebrate its great revolution, the local alternative culture scene witnessed a transformative event of its own: The opening of the very first comic book store in the country.   Located in Heliopolis, Kryptonite Toys is a wonderland for comic lovers, selling everything related to the vast world of …

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Oscarcast: Young co-hosts, but the same old show

It seemed like a good idea: Pair the shiny, lovable James Franco and Anne Hathaway as co-hosts of the Oscars to give it some youthful pizzazz. On first taking the stage for Sunday’s show, they wasted no time making sport of why they were there. "Anne, I must say you look so beautiful and so …

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‘King’s Speech’ reigns with best-picture Oscar

"The King’s Speech" was crowned best picture Sunday at an Academy Awards ceremony as precise as a state coronation. The monarchy drama won an expected four Oscars, and predictable favorites claimed acting honors. Colin Firth as stammering British ruler George VI in "The King’s Speech" earned the best-actor prize, while Natalie Portman won best actress …

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Major India festival set for Washington

Hundreds of artists will take part next month in the largest festival of India in Washington in more than two decades, with performances ranging from classical dance to modern cinema. Dubbed "Maximum India," the festival will open March 1 at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and stretch over 20 days, during which organizers …

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‘Black Swan’ wins top honor at indie Spirit Awards

The ballet thriller "Black Swan" won four prizes Saturday at the Spirit Awards honoring independent film, including best picture, best actress for Natalie Portman and director for Darren Aronofsky. James Franco was picked as best actor for the survival story "127 hours," while the Ozarks crime story "Winter’s Bone" earned both supporting-acting prizes, for John …

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Oscars hash it out between tradition, freshness

Old against young, establishment against upstart, familiar faces against fresh ones. Hollywood has laid out a battle of the ages at Sunday’s Academy Awards. Among the 10 best-picture nominees, the show comes down to just two: "The King’s Speech," a costume drama that oozes Oscar tradition with its British accents, aristocratic pageantry and triumph over …

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The murky realms of post-revolution showbiz

By Joseph Fahim Midway through what became the January 25 Revolution, numerous observers, university professors and experts attempted to write a sketched narrative of the uprising, drawing comparison to other revolutions near and far and deducing predictions while overlooking the specificities and uniqueness of the Egyptian condition. Time proved most predictions wrong. No one was able …

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Cairo’s ‘Complaints Choir’ sings of revolution

By Heba Elkayal If the colloquial poet Ahmed Fouad Negm were to tone down his acerbic take on politics, and mesh it with Egyptian music and dance company Ferqet Reda, one would get something close to the “Choir Project.” A plethora of art has been released to capture the spirit of the revolution, yet nothing in …

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US art sleuth claims new Michelangelo find

A US art detective says he has proof a garish terracotta statue found discarded in a moldy cardboard box in an Italian antiques shop is an original model by Michelangelo for his famous Pieta. "When I first set eyes on the statue I couldn’t speak for fully 10 minutes, it was so beautiful. Such mastery, …

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Jefferson’s books found in Mo. university library

Dozens of Thomas Jefferson’s books, some including handwritten notes from the nation’s third president, have been found in the rare books collection at Washington University in St. Louis. Now, historians are poring through the 69 newly discovered books and five others the school already knew about, and librarians are searching the collection for more volumes …

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The eyes of the revolution: Carlos Latuff

By Heba El-Sherif Certain elements will remain specific to our revolution; Kentucky Fried Chicken, the battle of the camel and a promised Egyptian Hyde Park. Such absurdities will forever bind Egyptians together, provide instant comic relief and endless material for artists miles away from Tahrir. As we fought for liberty on our soil, thousands of …

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Limbless singer gives voice to India’s rural poor

Bant Singh, a scarred survivor of class violence in rural India, has an indisputable claim to be a voice for India’s impoverished and muted millions. The folk singer lost both arms and a leg in an attack five years ago after he dared to challenge high-caste landlords in his area of the northwestern state of …

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A dogged Aussie collective lands at the Oscars

The Australian filmmaking collective Blue-Tongue Films has been around since 1996, when a handful of friends made a short that turned out good enough to warrant persistence. Next Sunday, they’ll enjoy a moment in movies’ biggest spotlight: the Academy Awards. Among the nominees of Hollywood veterans and glamorous movie stars is Jacki Weaver, whose supporting …

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Star Belgium artist’s home-coming smeared by ‘vile’ politics

Luc Tuymans, the star Belgian artist known for works on the Holocaust, 9/11 and his nation’s dark colonial legacy, this week brings his life’s work home — to an almost equally "hallucinatory" political trauma. "The situation in Belgium is vile, I have no idea what will happen," the 53-year-old painter viewed as one of Europe’s …

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‘King’s Speech’ v ‘Network’ in Oscars home straight

British historical drama "The King’s Speech" enters the home straight as frontrunner to take the Oscars crown this week, but "The Social Network" is poking all its friends for last-minute help. Colin Firth, who plays a stammering George VI, is considered all but unbeatable for the best actor Oscar next Sunday, when the multi-billion dollar …

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