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French music icon Johnny Hallyday still rocking at 70

Posted by on 13/06/2013
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French music icon Johnny Hallyday still rocking at 70

French music icon Johnny Hallyday still rocking at 70

He never cracked the US and few outside the French-speaking world have heard of him, but at home rocker Johnny Hallyday is a national treasure whose 70th birthday on Saturday will be celebrated in front of 20,000 adoring fans. Tickets for the concert, due to be broadcast live on national television, sold out in less […]

In fashion, China gets its own first lady effect

Posted by on 13/06/2013
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In fashion, China gets its own first lady effect

In fashion, China gets its own first lady effect

When China’s new first lady Peng Liyuan, a  glamorous former folk singer famous in her own right, chose homegrown fashion  label Exception de Mixmind for her husband’s first overseas trip, speculation  on Chinese social media went into overdrive. Was this Exception’s “Jason Wu moment”? people asked, referring to the  young Taiwanese-Canadian designer who shot to […]

Syrian soap recreates Damascus in Gulf desert

Posted by on 12/06/2013
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Syrian soap recreates Damascus in Gulf desert

Syrian soap recreates Damascus in Gulf desert

A traditional Damascene bath comes to life in the Emirates, as a team of Syrian actors bustle around in wooden clogs on a film set built far away from war-torn Syria. “Here’s the rose water bucket ready with a mix of ginger, cinnamon and lemon,” an actress in a traditional off-white dress and red headscarf […]

Review: The laden ‘Man of Steel’ doesn’t soar

Posted by on 11/06/2013
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Review: The laden ‘Man of Steel’ doesn’t soar

Review: The laden ‘Man of Steel’ doesn’t soar

It has been a black eye to Hollywood that throughout this, the unending and increasingly repetitive age of the superhero blockbuster, the comics’ most iconic son has eluded its grasp like a bird or, if you will, a plane. New hopes of box-office riches and franchise serials rests on Zac Snyder’s 3-D “Man of Steel,” […]

Turning the turntables: New type of DJ draws influences from the past

Posted by on 11/06/2013
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Turning the turntables: New type of DJ draws influences from the past

Turning the turntables: New type of DJ draws influences from the past

Amelia “Foxtrot” Raley isn’t a typical Austin DJ. She has no laptop, speakers or need for an electrical outlet. Instead, Raley lugs two 1900s-era phonographs and a crate of vintage records to her gigs and literally cranks out the nostalgic tunes of yesteryear. At a recent Austin, Texas, Mini Maker Faire event, Raley’s old-timey DJ […]

Giordano wins Emerging Market Retailer 2013 Award – The leading apparel retailer bested many retailers from across the globe

Posted by on 10/06/2013
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Giordano wins Emerging Market Retailer 2013 Award – The leading apparel retailer bested many retailers from across the globe

Giordano wins Emerging Market Retailer 2013 Award – The leading apparel retailer bested many retailers from across the globe

DUBAI: Giordano, the fashion retailer for everyday essential wardrobe, clinched the “2013 RLI Emerging Market Retailer of the Year” award in the recently concluded Global RLI Awards held in the National History of Museum in London.  The recognition adds to a long list of accolades received by Giordano from prestigious award-giving bodies internationally. The leading […]

At Tonys, ‘Kinky Boots’ races out to early lead

At Tonys, ‘Kinky Boots’ races out to early lead

Posted by on 10/06/2013
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At Tonys, ‘Kinky Boots’ races out to early lead

Cyndi Lauper, making her Broadway debut, won a Tony Award on Sunday for writing the 15-song soundtrack to “Kinky Boots,” giving the show an early lead over its rival “Matilda the Musical.” It wasn’t the first time the “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” singer had been asked to compose music for the stage. It […]

‘Britain’s Got Talent’ won by… Hungarians

Posted by on 09/06/2013
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‘Britain’s Got Talent’ won by… Hungarians

‘Britain’s Got Talent’ won by… Hungarians

A troupe of Hungarian shadow dancers won the television show “Britain’s Got Talent” on Saturday-outshining a slew of homegrown performers and leaving viewers wondering if the program’s name could do with a change. The eight-member dance group, named Attraction, beat ten British acts to win the public vote on the primetime ITV show and walked […]

Duck tops the bill in farewell Hong Kong appearance

Posted by on 09/06/2013
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Duck tops the bill in farewell Hong Kong appearance

Duck tops the bill in farewell Hong Kong appearance

Thousands said farewell yesterday to a giant inflatable yellow rubber duck which has captivated Hong Kong, on its final day in the city’s harbor before it heads to the United States. The southern Chinese city has taken the 16.5 meter-tall (54-feet) duck, conceived by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman, to its heart since it arrived under […]

Ripley’s Believe It or Not museum gets family-friendly makeover

Posted by on 09/06/2013
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Ripley’s Believe It or Not museum gets family-friendly makeover

Ripley’s Believe It or Not museum gets family-friendly makeover

A gruesome photo gallery of men and women impaled by arrows, augers and pipes is gone from the Ripley’s Believe It or Not museum in Hollywood. And don’t expect to see any displays of medieval chastity belts or tongs used to torture victims of the Spanish Inquisition. These and other macabre oddities have been replaced […]

It’s not a toy box: Barbie’s Dreamhouse goes life-size

Posted by on 08/06/2013
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It’s not a toy box: Barbie’s Dreamhouse goes life-size

It’s not a toy box: Barbie’s Dreamhouse goes life-size

Days of Malibu living are long gone for Barbie. The iconic doll has moved to Florida and is inviting people to step into her life-size dream house, the first one now open worldwide. Barbie The Dreamhouse Experience, a 10,000-square-foot building with an “endless closet,” elevators, a kitchen, bedroom, and everything pink, opened last week at […]

Jackie Chan seals prints at famed Hollywood theater

Posted by on 07/06/2013
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Jackie Chan seals prints at famed Hollywood theater

Jackie Chan seals prints at famed Hollywood theater

Hong Kong film star Jackie Chan became the first Chinese actor Thursday to have his hands and feet cast in wet cement at Hollywood’s famed Chinese Theatre, alongside generations of Tinseltown icons. He was joined by American actor Chris Tucker, his co-star from the “Rush Hour” movies, in the ceremony in the courtyard of the […]

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