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The truth behind the famous Godfather “horse head scene”

Francis Ford Coppola’s 1972 crime drama The Godfather remains a hugely influential film decades after its release, and perhaps the one scene from that movie most often referenced in pop culture is one in which producer Jack Woltz, who unwisely refused a request from the Corleone family to cast Johnny Fontane (Don Corleone’s godson) in his new film, awoke to ...

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Springsteen cancels concert in North Karolina because of anti-LGBT law

E Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt said Bruce Springsteen and the band canceled their North Carolina concert because of the state’s new law blocking anti-discrimination rules for the LGBT community. Van Zandt told The Associated Press Friday night the decision was made not to perform Sunday in Greensboro, North Carolina, because of the law, which critics say discriminates against ...

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The Francophone Film Festival kicks off this Thursday

The Francophone Film Festival returns to Athens and Thessaloniki for a 17th year, featuring a wide range of interesting synergies. The annual event kicks off on April 7 at the Onassis Cultural Center (107-109 Syngrou), with the Greek premiere of the 2015 romantic drama “Mon Roi.” Director and actress Μaïwenn Le Besco also directed award-winning “Polisse” — a film that was ...

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The Rolling Stones inaugurated a retrospective at the Saatchi Gallery

The Rolling Stones took a walk down memory lane inside London’s Saatchi Gallery on Monday to help unveil Exhibitionism, a major retrospective show about the iconic British rock band. The show tracks the group’s rise from one-time former 1960s blues band to international rock phenomenon and includes a treasure trove of more than 500 original artifacts drawn from the Rolling ...

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Judi Dench breaks record at the Olivier Awards

Dame Judi Dench is now the winningest performer in the history of the Olivier Awards, the London equivalent of the Tony Awards. The actress picked up her eighth Olivier during an April 3 ceremony at the Royal Opera House,winning the award for actress in a supporting role for her performance as Paulina in “The Winter’s Tale,” part of the Kenneth ...

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Controversial Belgian curator of Athens Festival has resigned

Officially it has not been confirmed by the Greek Ministry of Culture. But Belgian artist Jan Fabre, the controversial curator of the Athens & Epidaurus Festival, told a Belgian newspaper that he has submitted his resignation. The Greek Festival curator triggered a storm of reactions when he decided to exclude Greek artists from this year’s Athens & Epidaurus Festival and ...

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Belgian curator of the Athens Festival makes artists angry

Belgian multidisciplinary artist Jan Fabre has accepted the invitation by the Greek Ministry of Culture and Sports to be the director of the annual Athens & Epidaurus (International) Festival for the 2016 – 2019 period. Greek artists expressed outrage on social media as Fabre unveiled plans for the following four years at a press conference, which took place at the ...

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Greek bookstore first on National Geographic’s list!

The best bookstore in the world can be found on the Greek island of Santorini, according to National Geographic’s book “Destinations of a Lifetime” which takes readers on a photographic tour of the world’s most spectacular destinations, inspiring tangible ideas for their next trip. Atlantis Books in Oia, Santorini, was ranked No. 1 by National Geographic for the world’s top 10 ...

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Documentary about the MMR vaccine removed from Tribeca Festival

New York’s Tribeca Film Festival will not show Vaxxed, a controversial film about the MMR vaccine, its founder Robert De Niro says. Until last Friday,  De Niro stood by his decision to include the film by anti-vaccination activist Andrew Wakefield in next month’s festival. The link the film makes between the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine and autism has been widely ...

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Greek Film Academy Awards ceremony in the shadow of the refugee issue

Alexis Alexiou was the big winner of this year’s ceremony of the Greek Film Academy, as the film “Wednesday 4:45” won both the Best Director and the Best Film award, taking home 9 accolades. Stelios Mainas won the Best Actor award, while the late Minas Chatzisavas was named Best Supporting Actor for the film “Worlds apart”. The reference point of ...

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