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2009-05-07 22:01:01

A Los Angeles judge Thursday rejected Roman Polanski's request to have his decades-old sex-abuse case dismissed, E! News reported. Polanski's legal team was warned the motion would be denied if the filmmaker did not personally appear before the court to plead his case but Polanski has refused to do so. The Oscar-winning director lives in France and has not traveled to the United States since he pleaded guilty to having unlawful sex with a minor in 1977, and then fled the country before he...

2008-10-10 12:00:28

By ALISON CAMPSIE A CLUSTER of the world's richest tycoons have seen their personal fortunes shattered by the financial meltdown - with one magnate reported to have lost GBP7m an hour at the height of the crisis. Steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal has been described as the "biggest single loser" of the downturn after he lost GBP20bn in the four- month share-price crash which has left world economies spinning. Mr Mittal's biggest losses were in the Arcelor Mittal steel empire, but the tycoon...

2008-10-05 09:00:13

By BARRETT R RICHARDSON By Barrett R. Richardson Special to The Virginian-Pilot THE REPUTATION of that iconic Virginia patriot, U.S. president and founder of the University of Virginia has taken another hit by historians. In "Friends of Liberty," Gary Nash and Graham Hodges have linked the lives of Thomas Jefferson, Polish military engineer Tadeusz Kosciuszko and Agrippa Hull, a free African American man who was Kosciuszko's orderly during the American Revolution. Jefferson comes...

2008-09-29 00:00:23

By MICHAEL COVENEY THEATRE THE WALWORTH FARCE National Theatre: Cottesloe, London **** What was going on, exactly, in those cramped rooms where Josef Fritzl imprisoned his own daughter for 24 years? How can such things happen without anyone knowing? The Walworth Farce by Enda Walsh might help to explain why so many of us create alternative, secret narratives to run in tandem with the real world. Walsh is a whirlwind Irish writer, a Dublin-born son of an Abbey Theatre actress whose...

2008-09-22 00:00:21

MUSICAL reality show Maestro has sparked a Beethoven sales boom. Eight celebrities, including Jane Asher and David Soul, trained as orchestra conductors in the BBC2 show. Comedian Sue Perkins beat musician Goldie in the final, during which they conducted part of Beethoven's Fifth. HMV said they had since seen a three-fold rise in sales of recordings of the symphony. (c) 2008 Daily Record; Glasgow (UK). Provided by ProQuest LLC. All rights Reserved.

2008-09-10 18:00:20

French model and actress Laetitia Casta is to be the face of "Notorious," Ralph Lauren's newest women's fragrance, Ralph Lauren Fragrances announced Wednesday. The perfume debuts in the United States this month with a print campaign starring Casta, plus a "Notorious" commercial film, directed by Hong Kong-based filmmaker Wong Kar-wai, the company said. "Laetitia's glamor, daring and powerful femininity make her the perfect face for this seductive fragrance," Guillaume de Lesquen,...

2008-09-08 18:00:28

Almaden Minerals Ltd. (TSX: AMM)(AMEX: AAU) ("Almaden") is very pleased to announce that it is sponsoring a Ludwig von Mises Institute seminar which will be held in Vancouver this September 13th, 2008. This seminar, Choice in Money: The path to sound currency will feature speakers Walter Block, Tom DiLorenzo, Doug French, David Gordon, Joseph Salerno and Lew Rockwell. Immediately following the Ludwig von Mises Institute Seminar, and in the same location, Almaden will be hosting a separate...

2008-08-27 15:00:48

THOSE who missed some of the most talked about shows of the festival will be able to catch them again on the radio from this week. Today, Radio 3 listeners can relive performances by French clarinetist Paul Meyer and Eric Le Sage, who offered a recital of Brahms' sonatas and Martinu's Sonatina and Lutoslawski's miniature Dance Preludes. The Radio 3 series of programmes launched yesterday with the first Queen's Hall concert for Festival 08 by The Ysae Quartet. On Thursday, Gabriela...

2008-08-08 15:00:38

By CRAIG SMITH No country for old women Craig Smith I The New Mexican Alexandra, gorgeously sad and eminently Russian film, not rated, in Russian with subtitles, The Screen, 473-6494, 4 chiles Nothing much happens in this 92-minute 2007 film by Alexander Sokurov, and everything happens. It is one of the most effortless artistic achievements I can recall, as well as being a beautifully conceived, directed, and acted piece of cinema. I would be surprised if its slow-moving, bleak...

2008-08-04 15:00:19

Excerpt from report by private One Plus One TV on 4 August: [Presenter] Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, the Russian writer and Nobel Prize winner, died last night. He died at his house in Moscow on the 90th year. [Passage omitted: biographical details] [Semen Hluzman, captioned as former dissident, in Russian] For me, Solzhenitsyn is an entire epoch. The epoch of my youth. In that epoch, Solzhenitsyn perhaps played the dominant role because in order to make little steps if was necessary to have...