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‘Django Unchained’ dolls banned by eBay as ‘offensive’

Online auction giant eBay has banned the sale of dolls linked to Quentin Tarantino’s blood-soaked western about a freed slave “Django Unchained,” describing them as “offensive,” on Thursday. The toymaker who manufactured the dolls had already discontinued them, after protests from black advocacy groups, according to the celebrity news website…

Chinese censors slash movie ‘Cloud Atlas’ by 40 minutes

Chinese authorities cut 40 minutes from the US epic movie “Cloud Atlas”, state-run media said, almost a quarter of the film. The reports came soon after deletions from the latest James Bond movie “Skyfall”, released this week in China, prompted public frustration and even oblique criticism in official media. “Cloud…

Comic novel imagining Hitler return is bestseller in Germany

Eighty years after Adolf Hitler’s rise to power, a novel that imagines his return to modern-day Berlin has become a bestseller in Germany, though a comedy about the Fuehrer is not to everyone’s taste. Instead of committing suicide in his bunker on April 30, 1945, in “He’s Back” (Er Ist…

Iconic Louvre work ‘Winged Victory’ to undergo $4 million restoration

The Louvre is in September to restore one of its most iconic works, the “Winged Victory of Samothrace” statue depicting the Greek goddess Nike, the museum announced Monday. A team of experts will oversee the €3 million ($4-million) restoration of the ancient Greek marble statue—one of the Paris art museum’s…

Film director Michael Winner dies at 77

British film director Michael Winner, who made the violent thriller “Death Wish” and become a restaurant critic in later life, has died at the age of 77, his wife said on Monday. Winner had been ill for some time and after a spell in hospital last year died at his…

Lance Armstrong movie in the works

Lance Armstrong’s life story is headed to the silver screen, US media reported Monday on the heels of the disgraced athlete’s doping admission. Paramount and Bad Robot studios have bought the film rights to a book being written on Armstrong by Juliet Macur, a New York Times sports journalist, The…

Parisians flock to new exhibit of Australian Aboriginal art

An exhibition of the largest collection of modern Aboriginal paintings to have gone on display outside of Australia has been a major hit with art lovers in Paris. The exhibition, “The Sources of Aborigine Painting”, drew 133,716 visitors to the Quai Branly Museum in the space of just over three…

Sundance film ‘Citizen Koch’ denounces flood of money in U.S. politics since Citizens United

The US Supreme Court’s 2010 decision to remove limits on political campaign financing dealt a heavy blow to American democracy, a documentary screened at the Sundance Film Festival claims. “Citizen Koch” was brought to Sundance, which runs in this Utah mountain resort until January 27, by filmmakers Tia Lessin and…

Batmobile sold at auction for $4.62 million

The Batmobile, the futuristic car used in the “Batman” television show, has been sold at auction for $4.62 million, US media reported Monday. The crime-fighting vehicle was built by George Barris, who bought a 1955 Lincoln Futura at a junk yard for just $1 and transformed it into one of…

Barbara Walters hospitalized after hitting her head

The veteran American television reporter Barbara Walters has been hospitalized after falling and hitting her head, her employer ABC News said Sunday. “Barbara Walters fell on a stair (Saturday) evening while visiting the British Ambassador’s residence and the fall left her with a cut on her forehead,” ABC News Senior…

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