Arts & Culture

Five Decades and 200 Films Later, Jackie Chan ‘Finally’ Wins Oscar

By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES, Nov 13 – When Jackie Chan saw an Oscar at Sylvester Stallone’s house 23 years ago, he said that was the moment he decided he wanted one. On Saturday at the annual Governors Awards, the Chinese actor and martial arts star finally received his little gold statuette, an honorary Oscar

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Leonard Cohen, Rock Music’s Poetic Visionary, Dies at Age 82

By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES – Leonard Cohen, rock music’s man of letters whose songs fused religious imagery with themes of redemption and sexual desire, earning him critical and popular acclaim, has died at age 82, a statement on his Facebook page said. “It is with profound sorrow we report that legendary poet, songwriter and

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Museum to Yasser Arafat Offers Facts, Leaves Open Questions

By Ali Sawafta RAMALLAH, West Bank, Nov 10 – The battle for Palestinian statehood consumed Yasser Arafat’s life and a new museum in his name puts the nature of that fight front and centre – the sub-machine gun on his desk, the AK-47 assault rifle in the corner, the pistol at his side. Twelve years

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Actor Brad Pitt Cleared of Child Abuse Allegations: Source

By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES, Nov 10 – Film star Brad Pitt has been cleared of abuse allegations in a child welfare investigation and has asked a court to grant him shared custody of his six children with his estranged wife, actress Angelina Jolie, a source close to the matter said on Wednesday. Pitt, 52,

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Darkness Brews as ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Push Magical World Into New Era

By Alicia Powell NEW YORK, Nov 8 – “Harry Potter” fans will be welcomed back to the wizarding world next week with cute and mischievous magical creatures causing havoc in New York City in “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” but there’s deeper, darker unrest in the magical world. “Fantastic Beasts,” opening in theaters

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“A Street Cat Named Bob” Brings Heartwarming Tale to Screen

LONDON, Nov 7 – The heartwarming true story of a stray cat that helped change the life of a London busker musician gets a big screen adaptation in “A Street Cat Named Bob” that premiered in the British capital on Thursday. Based on the book of the same name, the film stars “Clash of the

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“You’re Fired” – Trump Effigy Feels the Heat on UK Bonfire Night

LONDON, Nov 6 – He turned “You’re fired” into his reality show catch-phrase, but it was Donald Trump who went up in flames on Saturday – or at least an effigy of him did, as part of Britain’s annual Bonfire Night celebrations. An 11-metre-high (36 feet) model of the Republican U.S. presidential candidate was burned at

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Ay Caramba! ‘The Simpsons’ to Break Record as Longest-Running U.S. Show

LOS ANGELES, Nov 6 – The Simpsons have traveled the world, saved Springfield from annihilation and even stepped into virtual reality, but the beloved animated family is entering new ground as it heads toward a record-breaking 30th season. “The Simpsons” has been renewed for two more seasons running until 2019, Twenty-First Century Fox Inc’s Fox

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Louvre Abu Dhabi Opening Further Delayed to 2017

By Stanley Carvalho ABU DHABI, Nov 4 – The official opening of the Louvre Abu Dhabi museum has been postponed to 2017 due to pending construction work, the latest setback for the long-delayed project, three sources said on Thursday. The museum, which is licensed to use the name of the famous Paris institution, and two

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