Arts

French top dancer Manuel Legris to lead Vienna opera ballets - 01/10/2009

VIENNA (AFP) - French star dancer Manuel Legris will take over the Vienna Opera and Popular Opera ballets in 2010, the two companies announced Thursday. Legris, an "etoile" of the Paris Opera,...

BBC to launch Farsi language television - 01/09/2009

LONDON (AFP) - The BBC is to launch a Farsi-language television service in Iran and Afghanistan from next week, it announced Thursday, less than a year after it launched its Arabic TV channel. BBC...

Stevie Wonder looking for gadgets for the blind - 01/09/2009

LAS VEGAS (AFP) - Stevie Wonder wants a car he can drive around. For the time being, the famous blind music star will settle for engineers designing gadgets that let visually-impaired people stay in...

'Gomorrah' actor newly arrested for real-life mafia role - 01/07/2009

ROME (AFP) - An actor who played a clan boss in the widely-acclaimed Italian mafia film "Gomorrah" has once again been arrested for mafia activities off the set, media reported Monday. In a case...

Prosecutors seek to dismiss Polanski court bid - 01/07/2009

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Los Angeles prosecutors on Tuesday asked a judge to dismiss a request by Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski to have decades-old charges of statutory rape against him...

Supremes singer surprised at continued success of girl group - 01/07/2009

MADRID (AFP) - Mary Wilson, one of the original members of the Motown hitmakers The Supremes, said in an interview published Tuesday that she was surprised people keep listening to its music five...

Hollywood woos Colombia for hostage rescue film - 01/06/2009

BOGOTA (AFP) - The daring jungle rescue of Ingrid Betancourt, three Americans and 11 others from leftist guerrillas could become a movie soon if Hollywood producers can strike a deal with the...

'Marley & Me' still top dog at North America box office - 01/06/2009

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - The tale of a married couple's life with a troublesome canine, "Marley & Me," took the biggest bite out of the North American box office for a second week, final figures...

Tom Cruise says Scientology helped him overcome dyslexia - 01/05/2009

MADRID (AFP) - US actor Tom Cruise, one of Scientology's best-known adherents, overcame the effects of his dyslexia thanks to the church's teachings, he said in an interview published on...

2008 another tough year for music industry in US - 01/02/2009

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The music industry suffered another tough year in 2008 as gains in digital sales in the United States failed to make up for a double-digit drop in compact disc purchases, according...
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