Interview

Portrait of Myanmar's 'Buddhist Bin Laden' chills Cannes - 05/24/2017

CANNES, FRANCE, Fiachra Gibbons- Barbet Schroeder spent months with Ugandan dictator Idi Amin at the height of his power, when corpses would wash up every morning on the shores of Lake Victoria and...

Actor-director Alice Lowe on the mother of all movies - 03/18/2017

LOS ANGELES, UNITED STATES, Frankie Taggart- Two things stand out immediately about British actress, filmmaker and rising star Alice Lowe that make her an unusual subject in the rarified but often...

The woman who decides what wine presidents drink - 12/01/2016

PARIS, FRANCE, Anne-Laure Mondesert- It came as a shock. But Virginie Routis learned very early that one of the obstacles she was going to have to overcome to become a top wine waiter was sexism. The...

Salonen, a conductor in demand, eyes more time to compose - 04/30/2016

NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, Shaun Tandon- As one of the leading lights in contemporary classical music, Esa-Pekka Salonen is in an enviable position where he can pick and choose at will. The 57-year-old...

Soprano Hannigan shatters classical music's glass ceiling - 12/04/2015

PARIS, FRANCE, Marie-Pierre Ferey / Fiachra Gibbons- With looks often described as straight out of a Bond film, Barbara Hannigan strides on to lead the orchestra dressed in vampy black leather,...

Pianist Tao on quest to revive concert experience - 11/09/2015

NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, Shaun Tandon- Pianist Conrad Tao has played top concert halls from an early age but after the release of his latest album, he chose to perform for a casual crowd in a crypt...

Young Oscar-tipped director's Hollywood dream comes true - 12/19/2014

LOS ANGELES, US, Veronique Dupont- Writer-director Damien Chazelle is only 29, but he is already living his dream of the Hollywood big-time. His second feature "Whiplash" -- about the stormy...

Hedonistic 1980s New York revisited in new novel - 09/15/2014

PARIS, Myriam Chaplain Riou- Conjuring up the hedonistic world of 1980s New York -- the endless parties, reckless spending, casual sex and drugs -- was the easiest part of US writer Robert Goolrick's...

Egypt urges unity against jihadist 'barbarism' - 09/03/2014

PARIS- Egypt's foreign minister on Tuesday called for a "collective and international approach" against the "barbarism" of jihadist groups in Syria and Iraq. In an interview with AFP, Sameh Shoukri...

Ex-007 Brosnan back as spy in new action thriller - 08/27/2014

LOS ANGELES, Veronique Dupont- Former 007 star Pierce Brosnan returns to the world of guns and spies in "The November Man," an action thriller that pits his character against his former CIA bosses,...
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