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'American Sniper' Triggers Angry Debate

Clint Eastwood's hit film "American Sniper" has reignited a bitter debate about the US invasion of Iraq and one of its most famous warriors, with conservatives hailing the movie as a long overdue tribute to veterans.

Critics on the left have slammed the popular film as an attempt to whitewash the history of the American occupation of Iraq and say the subject of the movie, former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, deserves no hero treatment for his handiwork as a deadly sniper.

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'Fifth Element' Director Besson Honored with Top French Award

Film director and producer Luc Besson has been honored with a top award in his native France for a prolific career that produced "The Fifth Element", among other blockbusters.

The organizers of the Cesars, France's equivalent to the Oscars, said Besson had been awarded a Gold Medal at a small ceremony Monday evening for his "exceptional artistic and entrepreneurial contribution over the past three decades".

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Marilyn Manson Still Bleak, but Now has the Blues

Marilyn Manson thrived on shock value as the Goth rocker and self-proclaimed Antichrist Superstar rose in the 1990s. Now approaching middle age, Manson's vision is no less violent but he has found a more subtle musical outlet -- the blues.

"The Pale Emperor," Manson's first album in three years which was released Tuesday, moves beyond the searing aggression of the distorted guitars and synthesized minor chords that helped define him as he became one of rock's most controversial stars.

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'American Sniper' Makes Box Office History

Clint Eastwood's "American Sniper" blasted into first place with a massive $107 million on its debut weekend at the North American box office, a record for a January opening, industry figures showed Tuesday.

The war drama, based on the true story of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, has racked up six Oscar nominations, including best picture and best actor for star Bradley Cooper. 

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Bjork Explores Heartbreak in Lush Experimental Album

Many a musician has addressed the raw emotions of emotional breakup. For Bjork, the occasion is not one for maudlin pop but instead for an intricate, experimental album that explores the very nature of heartbreak.

The Icelandic pop singer turned avant-garde composer released her first album in three years, "Vulnicura," unexpectedly late Tuesday as she became the latest artist to be caught off-guard as online leaks pre-empted her music's months-long rollout.

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Redford Return Lights Up Sundance Film Festival

The annual Sundance Film Festival opens Thursday in the Utah mountains with its usual selection of quirky, independent movies -- and its iconic founder Robert Redford back on the big screen.

The 78-year-old, who famously named the festival after 1969 classic "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid," will make a rare appearance in front of the camera in "A Walk in the Woods," based on U.S. travel writer Bill Bryson's book.

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Ronaldo Breaks up with Girlfriend Irina Shayk

Portugal and Real Madrid football star Cristiano Ronaldo confirmed Tuesday he has broken up with his longtime girlfriend, Russian model Irina Shayk.

"After dating for five years, my relationship with Irina Shayk has come to an end," Ronaldo said in a written statement sent exclusively to The Associated Press. "We believed it would be best for both of us to take this step now."

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An Inviting Hand: Calligrapher to the Fashion World

His hand is steady and sure as it delicately traces the contours of the biggest names in the world of style: the celebrities, the magazine editors, the clients.

Nicolas Ouchenir is a calligrapher, a member of a rarified profession whose ink appears on the must-have invitations of Europe's fashion shows.

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Charles is My King Says Punk Queen Westwood

Punk Queen Vivienne Westwood on Monday dedicated her new menswear collection to Prince Charles, saying the world would be a wonderful place if he been put in charge of it.

Sporting a beret and a typically wry smile, the face of the heir to the British throne made a surprise appearance in Milan, emblazoned on the T-shirt the veteran designer wore as she took the applause at the end of her 2015-16 autumn/winter show.

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Ex-Pop Star Gary Glitter Goes on Trial for Child Sex Abuse

Onetime British glam rocker Gary Glitter went on trial Monday on charges he sexually abused three underage female fans in the 1970s and 1980s.

The 70-year-old musician, whose real name is Paul Gadd, faces 10 counts including attempted rape, indecent assault and unlawful intercourse.

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