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Can ‘The Beaver’ help mend Mel Gibson’s career?

His name has been more synonymous in recent years with volatility and vitriol than Hollywood glitz and glamour. He’s been one of the most powerful people in this town, but a series of rants and scandals has prompted some of the industry’s top players to say they won’t work with him. And yet Mel Gibson …

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Buttered Up: Aubergine pasta for a Meatless Monday

It can be fun to be an omnivore. Consuming animal products frequently makes us feel capable, powerful and on occasion, privileged. Besides, there’s no need to worry about one more thing in life like eating animals, is there? But what if devouring animals voraciously is becoming more and more of a global concern? What if …

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Project Inspire gives Egyptian youth 5 minutes to change the world

CAIRO: Singapore National Committee for UN Women (UN Women Singapore) and MasterCard are joining hands to launch Project Inspire: 5 Minutes to Change the World. This year-long digital and social media driven initiative aims to connect and inspire young people in Egypt and across the world to share their life-changing ideas and fulfill their visions …

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Hollywood mulls film version of bin Laden killing

It is only a matter of time before Osama bin Laden’s killing by crack US forces is made into a Hollywood film — and one Oscar-winning director could be ahead of the game, reports said Monday. Kathryn Bigelow, who won an Academy Award in 2010 for "The Hurt Locker," was already working on a movie …

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Teen’s film looks at 9/11 through youths’ memories

What Brook Peters saw and heard in lower Manhattan on Sept. 11, 2001, is recorded in his mind in flashes and fragments, a set of visceral memories that weighed on him for years. He was four years old. It was his second day of kindergarten. At age 11 1/2, he started shooting a documentary about …

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Buttered Up: Palatable pathos

We found ourselves in the supermarket, quietly observing each other instead of the rows of products neatly stacked around us. Going down the aisles with my stepdaughter alone sealed our pact — to be mutually interested in food together — all the while confirming that we are indeed a family-in-training and were learning to share …

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Echoes of Diana in royal wedding music

Echoes from Princess Diana’s wedding and funeral will be present in her son Prince William’s marriage ceremony, the official schedule released Thursday showed. Music played at Diana’s 1981 wedding to Prince Charles, and at her funeral in 1997 will be included at Westminster Abbey when their son ties the knot with his fiancée Kate Middleton …

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Facebook fans bankroll ‘risque’ Bollywood film

As Indian director Onir applied the final touches to his new movie "I Am," he paused to pay tribute to the 400 people who responded to his Facebook campaign to help finance the project. "Thank you all for being a part of ‘I Am’," Bollywood’s only openly gay filmmaker wrote on his Facebook page. "I …

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The city’s best comfort food

The first time I met Chef Andrew Mitchell of Alto’s Bistro was in Sharm El-Sheikh during a Thanksgiving weekend when seemingly all of Cairo had descended upon the seaside town. Mitchell, I learned, had just recently moved to Egypt, an Egyptian-Canadian who to my surprise was enthusiastic about food. That Thursday, he was wistful for …

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Buttered Up: Mechoui-style roasted leg of lamb – from a Frenchman

Only recently did it come to my attention that some of my friends found “foodies” to be elitists. Altogether, they upheld the thought that all foodies sat — armed with pretentious foodie buddies — at lavishly spread picnic tables adorned with exciting cutlery, bizarre organic foods and colorful napkins, all played to the soundtrack of …

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Black Eyed Peas to start music academy in NYC

The Black Eyed Peas are opening a school where local teenagers will learn video and music production using professional-quality equipment. The six-time Grammy Award winners announced Tuesday that their Peapod Foundation together with the Adobe Foundation will open a Peapod Adobe Youth Voices music and multimedia academy in lower Manhattan. The Peapod Foundation is the …

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Schwarzenegger’s next stop: EU president?

By AFP WASHINGTON: Arnold Schwarzenegger, who made a seamless transition from Hollywood film stardom to California governor, could have his sights set on a new job as next head of the European Union, US media reported. The Austrian-born former body builder, 63, at loose ends as he tries to figure out what his next act …

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Prosecutors say Jackson’s doctor changed story

The doctor charged in the death of Michael Jackson tried to change his story about his actions involving the pop star, telling his own experts in the upcoming trial a different story than he told police, prosecutors said Monday. Deputy District Attorneys David Walgren and Deborah Brazil filed a motion asking a judge to bar …

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‘Drunk’ actor Nick Cage arrested in New Orleans

US actor Nicolas Cage has been arrested in the southern city of New Orleans "after getting drunk" and having a heated argument with his wife in the French Quarter, police said. Cage, who won an Oscar for his portrayal of a suicidal alcoholic in the 1995 film "Leaving Las Vegas," was arrested after officers approached …

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Buttered Up: An alternate route to fast food

When we look back at our history, can we claim to have our own Julia Child? And if we found her, would we allow ourselves to expand on her work, or are we guarding her legacy as exactly that, thus eradicating the need to build on it? I think we do have our own Julia …

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Michael Jackson fantasies play out on Xbox – PS3

Michael Jackson fans will get to show off how well they sing and dance like the King of Pop in videogames crafted by Ubisoft for play on Microsoft Xbox 360 and Sony PlayStation 3 (PS3) consoles. The French videogame titan on Tuesday will release versions of "Michael Jackson: The Experience" that tap into motion and …

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Police: Rare comic taken from Nic Cage resurfaces

A valuable comic featuring the debut of Superman has resurfaced in a storage locker, and police said Monday that it appears to be the same one stolen from Nicolas Cage more than a decade ago. The mint copy of Action Comics No. 1 was in police custody after being found last week in a San …

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Steve Jobs authorized biography coming in 2012

Apple CEO Steve Jobs has finally agreed to participate in a book about his life. Simon & Schuster announced Sunday that Walter Isaacson’s "iSteve: The Book of Jobs" will be published in early 2012. Isaacson has been working on the long-rumored biography since 2009 and has interviewed Jobs, members of his family, colleagues at Apple …

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Buttered Up: Acerbity or zest?

I have a habit of urging friends in Malaysia to visit Egypt. I advertise the sights, sounds, smells and specialness of my home country like I’ve deserted my body and evolved into a modern-day 3-D infomercial. Talking about my country has even reached the non-English speaking Chinese girls at the reflexology place when a friend …

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CAF to hold African Youth Champs in Johannesburg

JOHANNESBURG: The Confederation of African Football named Johannesburg as the new host city for the rescheduled African Youth Championship on Tuesday after it was moved from conflict-hit Libya. CAF said in a statement the eight-nation tournament will now run from April 17-May 1, a month later than initially planned. The continent’s biennial under-20 championship was …

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Swift’s fans carry her to ACM entertainer award

Taylor Swift might not be able to count on the men in her life, but her fans have yet to let her down. And on Sunday, they rewarded her with one of the biggest prizes in country music — The Academy of Country Music’s entertainer of the year award. A record of nearly 600,000 voters …

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Oldest case of clogged arteries in Egypt mummy: study

NEW ORLEANS: The first known case of clogged arteries, or atherosclerosis, has been found in the mummy of an Egyptian princess, said a study presented Sunday at a major US cardiology conference. Researchers have long known that ancient Egyptians suffered from plaque build-up in the arteries that supply the heart, but the latest finding suggests …

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Buttered Up: Cupcake or not – find your niche

Cupcakes — whether you’re with or against them, they’re taking over the modern world. I, for one, cannot understand the squealing that results out of single-serving cake, especially when it reduces short and tall adults alike to strange psychological reactions and the continual need to use the word “cute.” People are joining cupcake groups on …

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‘Star Wars’ creator Lucas says 3-D will rule films

"Star Wars" creator George Lucas predicts 3-D filmmaking eventually will take over at the movies the way color replaced black and white. But Lucas and fellow technology pioneers James Cameron, the maker of "Avatar," and DreamWorks Animation boss Jeffrey Katzenberg said Wednesday that digital filmmaking is only in its infancy and will bring vast improvements …

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Depp has more ‘Pirates’ adventures on the horizon

LAS VEGAS: Johnny Depp’s tour guide on his "Pirates of the Caribbean" voyages is plotting the course for a fifth installment even before the fourth movie sails into theaters. Producer Jerry Bruckheimer says he has a screenplay in the works for a fifth "Pirates" tale after May’s "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" comes …

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Taylor’s unpublished love letters up for auction

Before becoming a bride eight times over, Elizabeth Taylor was a 17-year-old starlet scribbling letters to her first fiance, charting on pale pink stationery his progression from her one-and-only to the one who got away. "I’ve never known this kind of love before — it’s so perfect and complete — and mature," Taylor wrote to …

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Arcade Fire win best album at Canada’s Junos

Canadian indie band Arcade Fire followed their huge victories at the Grammys and Brit awards by capturing four Juno awards including album of the year for "The Suburbs" and group of the year at the Canadian music awards ceremony Sunday night. After the rockers’ surprise Grammy for best album of the year and Brit award …

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Wel3a Cafe: Not your typical shisha

At a time when many businesses are having to downsize and are concerned about attracting customers, others are finding it the right time to set up shop. Such is the case with Wel3a, the new shisha concept café thought up by young entrepreneur and shisha connoisseur Amro Elfiky. “People want something like this seeing as …

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Buttered Up: Chocolate and zucchini

Politics is everywhere. A few years ago, Jessica Seinfeld, wife of Jerry Seinfeld, wanted to stop her kids from whining about eating their vegetables, so she decided to convince them that they won the battle and don’t have to eat their vegetables in their accepted forms anymore. She took it upon herself to sneak vegetables …

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Reaction from across the world to Taylor’s death

“Elizabeth’s legacy will live on in many people around the world whose lives will be longer and better because of her work and the ongoing efforts of those she inspired.” — Statement from former President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. “I don’t know what was more impressive her magnitude as a …

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