Arts

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...

Pinter family bids farewell to master of drama - 01/02/2009

LONDON (AFP) - Harold Pinter's family bade farewell to the late Nobel-prize winning playwright Wednesday at a simple, private funeral service -- with arrangements directed by the writer himself, in...

Isabelle Huppert to head Cannes jury: organisers - 01/02/2009

PARIS (AFP) - Isabelle Huppert, who twice won the best actress award at the Cannes Film Festival, will head the jury at the festival's 62nd edition this May, organisers said Friday. "I...

Amy Winehouse 'summoned to Norwegian court' - 01/01/2009

OSLO (AFP) - Singer Amy Winehouse has been summoned to appear before a Norwegian court on drug possession charges and is expected to be present when the case is tried next month, a prosecutor said...

Stars of Hollywood, high-tech open wallets for Obama party - 12/31/2008

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Stars of Hollywood including Halle Berry and Steven Spielberg and bosses of high-tech giants like Google and Microsoft are opening their wallets to help fund Barack Obama's...

Japanese porn actress-turned-AIDS activist found dead - 12/30/2008

TOKYO (AFP) - Former Japanese porn actress Ai Iijima, who campaigned for AIDS awareness in a nation where it is still widely seen as a foreign disease, was found dead at her home Wednesday, police...

'Marley and Me' wags North America box office - 12/29/2008

LOS ANGELES = Frederick M. Brown- A dramatic comedy about a married couple's life with a troublesome dog, "Marley and Me," wagged its way to the top of the North American box office, preliminary...

Sahara festival opens with camel races, desert dog hunting - 12/27/2008

DOUZ, Tunisia (AFP) - The 41st International Sahara Festival opened here Thursday with camel races, desert dog hunting and Saharan music launching four days of cultural events with participants from...

Dario Fo pays tribute to fellow playwright Harold Pinter - 12/27/2008

ROME (AFP) - Italian playwright Dario Fo, who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1997, paid tribute Friday to the "extraordinary humanity" of British playwright Harold Pinter who died aged 78 on...

US music and screen legend Eartha Kitt dies at 81 - 12/26/2008

WASHINGTON - Olivia Hampton - Eartha Kitt, the versatile American singer and actress who died aged 81, mesmerized audiences worldwide for over six decades with her sultry voice and sensuality on...
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