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The Rolling Stones made their Cuban debut

The Rolling Stones have rocked Havana, playing to tens of thousands in the Cuban capital, where most foreign rock music was banned for several decades. Many of those at the free concert were lifelong fans who for years had to keep quiet about their love of the Stones and other groups. Mick Jagger welcomed fans in Spanish before opening the performance ...

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“Carol” voted as the best queer film in BFI’s poll

To honor the 30th anniversary of the British Film Institute’s LGBT film festival, the BFI polled over 100 filmmakers, critics, and programmers on their favorite queer films. On top was found the most recent movie of all, Todd Haynes’ “Carol.” The poll’s methodology did not require voters to rank their choices, so “Carol” won by being on the dint of ...

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“Jaws” writer reveals story behind movie’s most famous line

In 1974, Carl Gottlieb was the story editor on ABC’s The Odd Couple when he was asked by his friend, a then relatively unknown director named Steven Spielberg, to give him notes on the script for his movie about a shark. “[Spielberg] was anxious to do a rewrite before they started shooting — they were about two or three weeks ...

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The Israeli cinema week in Athens is on!

Israel’s diverse identities will be revealed during the 4th Israeli Film Week,  which began March 17th and wull last until the 24th at the Greek Film Archives. It is organized by the Embassy of Israel in collaboration with the Greek Film Archives, under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture and Sports.  The audience will have the opportunity to watch 10 films that ...

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Anita Brookner, prolific writer and art historian, dies at 87

Anita Brookner, the Booker prize-winning British author and renowned art historian, has died at the age of 87. She won the Booker in 1984 for her novel Hotel du Lac, one of 24 novels she wrote after a distinguished career as an art historian. She died on 10 March. A notice of her death in the Times said she had ...

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Year of Russia takes off in Greece

With the opening of exhibits at the Acropolis Museum and exchange programmes between Culture and Sport Minister, Aristides Baltas, and Vice President of the Government of the Russian Federation, Sergey Prichontko, the Year of Russia in Greece has oficially started. Aristides Baltas and Sergei Prichontko signed an agreement in the Museum auditorium, which foresees the official exchange of votive Year ...

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Greek director, Kostas Koutsomitis, died at 78

  An important Greek director, Kostas Koutsomitis, mostly known for his work for television, died today, after being hospitalised in order to deal with severe health problems. Born in Grevena, Macedonia, in 1938, he studied film direction at the Vienna Film School and directed his first movie in 1965, a short film named “The Room”. In television he debuted in ...

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Oscars 2016: Winners list in full

Here is a full list of winners at the 88th Academy Awards. Best picture Winner: Spotlight The Big Short Bridge of Spies Brooklyn Mad Max: Fury Road The Martian The Revenant Room Best actor Winner: Leonardo DiCaprio – The Revenant Bryan Cranston – Trumbo Matt Damon – The Martian Michael Fassbender – Steve Jobs Eddie Redmayne – The Danish Girl ...

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Watch the trailer for the Harry Potter spin-off! (VIDEO)

Official teaser trailer for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – in UK cinemas on November 18, 2016 – set in the wizarding world created by J.K. Rowling and directed by David Yates. The film stars Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne, Colin Farrell, Ron Perlman, Dan Fogler, Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Samantha Morton, Gemma Chan, and Jon ...

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UN supports the return of Parthenon Marbles

While Greek government through Culture Minister Aristidis Baltas says that it no longer mulling legal action to get back Parthenon marbles antiquities claiming that it has slim chances winning, the UN General Assembly adopts the Resolution on “Return or restitution of cultural property to the countries of origin with express reference to the return of the Parthenon Marbles. The Resolution ...

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