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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…

Film ‘After Tiller’ gives voice to stigmatized abortion doctors

Forty years after the legalization of abortion in the United States, just four doctors offer controversial late-term procedures, and are the subject of a documentary at the Sundance film festival. “After Tiller,” named for physician George Tiller, a prominent practitioner of late-term abortions shot dead by an extremist in 2009,…

Pro-nuclear activists get pulpit at Sundance in ‘Pandora’s Promise’

What if nuclear energy offered the world the only chance to escape poverty and control global warming? A documentary that lends a pulpit to former opponents of nuclear energy who have made a 180-degree turn has made a splash at the Sundance Film Festival. The film, titled “Pandora’s Promise” and…

Ang Lee mulls directing historical epic ‘Cleopatra’ with Angelina Jolie

Oscar-winning director Ang Lee said Saturday he will “probably” accept an offer to direct historical epic “Cleopatra” starring Angelina Jolie, after the Hollywood actress wrote to him asking him to come on board. Lee, whose 3D adventure “Life of Pi” has earned 11 Oscar nominations, said he would read the…

African diva aims for ‘Marilyn moment’ at Obama inauguration

South Africa’s Lira will be one among many performers at Barack Obama’s inaugural celebrations Monday, but she is determined to be remembered for a performance to rival Marilyn Monroe’s wooing of John F. Kennedy. The multi-platinum artist hopes to give Obama and other guests at the Ambassadors’ Inaugural Ball in…

Natalie Wood’s husband snubs new death probe

Hollywood icon Natalie Wood’s husband has declined to talk to detectives who have re-opened a probe into his wife’s mystery 1981 death, saying he has already answered all questions. A lawyer for 82-year-old actor Robert Wagner said those seeking to challenge the original finding of accidental death by drowning were…

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