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Case of Stolen Rembrandt Intrigues Art World

On the surface it looked like an open-and-shut case: A pair of thieves drop by an art exhibition at the Ritz-Carlton in Los Angeles and, while one distracts a curator, the other snatches a valuable, centuries-old Rembrandt drawing and bolts with it.

Apparently finding the small pen-and-ink work by the Dutch master too hot to fence, the thieves had second thoughts. They abandoned it, undamaged, at a church on the other side of town.

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Britain Parties at Last Night of The Proms

Virtuoso Chinese pianist Lang Lang joined the celebrations at the Last Night of the Proms, the culmination of the world's largest classical music festival and a unique celebration of Britishness.

Concert goers partied in eccentric style at the Royal Albert Hall in London, which was packed to its 5,500 capacity Saturday night for the colorful annual event.

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Lacoste's New Artistic Director Showcases 2012 Line

A more discreet crocodile, now in silk, a touch of leather and plenty of flow: Lacoste has presented its Spring 2012 collection with a focus on women, the first under its new artistic director Felipe Oliveira Baptista.

After the show, presented at New York's annual Fashion Week Saturday, the 36-year-old creator beamed as reporters and fashion industry insiders clamored for the attention of the Portuguese designer.

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Clooney Looks Back, and Forward to His Legacy

Actor George Clooney always thought of himself as a movie star, even when he was cast in "crappy TV shows" early in his career, he said Saturday.

"Even when I was on some pretty crappy TV shows ... you always think of yourself as a film actor, you know, I'm a film actor but I just happened to doing this crappy TV show now and soon I'll have this fabulous movie career that I wasn't actually having (then)," he said.

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Russian Film 'Faust' Wins Golden Lion in Venice

Russian filmmaker Alexander Sokurov won the Golden Lion award at the Venice film festival on Saturday for "Faust," a visceral take on Goethe's play about a man who sells his soul to the devil.

The grotesque film is the final installment of Sokurov's cinematic tetralogy on the nature of power, following his acclaimed fictional portraits of Adolf Hitler, Vladimir Lenin and Emperor Hirohito.

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Mel Gibson plans to produce film on Jewish hero

Mel Gibson, who reportedly made anti-Semitic remarks during a drunken driving arrest five years ago, is now producing a film about the life of Jewish hero Judah Maccabee.

Gibson's publicist, Alan Nierob, told The Associated Press Friday that Gibson is working on a deal with Warner Bros. to develop the film through his company, Icon Productions. Nierob said the studio also would like Gibson to direct, but Gibson will decide whether he wants to do that once a script is finished.

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NY Arts World Commemorates Sept. 11 in Music, Film

"Boy, this is a great city," says Woody Allen, lounging on a park bench that overlooks Manhattan's East River and the 59th Street Bridge. "I don't care what anybody says. It's really a knockout, you know?"

The scene comes from Allen's 1979 film "Manhattan," an enduring, romantic portrait of the director's hometown, "a town that existed in black and white and pulsated to the great tunes of George Gershwin."

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Bob Dylan Art Exhibition Coming to NYC

A New York City gallery will be exhibiting 18 drawings and paintings by Bob Dylan created while the musician was touring Asia.

The Gagosian Gallery says Dylan's Asia Series will run from Sept. 20 to Oct. 22.

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Winehouse's Dad Says He Thinks Seizure Killed Her

Amy Winehouse's father says he believes she died after suffering a seizure related to alcohol detoxification and "there was nobody there to rescue her."

The soul diva, who had fought drug and alcohol problems for years, was found dead in bed at her London home on July 23. Her family says toxicology reports indicated there was alcohol in her bloodstream but it was unclear whether this had contributed to her death at age 27.

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Fashion's Night Out, Year 3: Global Shopping Party

Justin Bieber met fans in a purple leather jacket at Dolce & Gabbana in New York, Michael Kors launched his new Rockefeller Center store with a Rockettes kick line, a Ferris wheel went up over Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills and crowds of fashionistas spilled into the streets of Paris Thursday as Fashion's Night Out entered its third year.

"I'm wearing Dolce & Gabbana head to toe," said Bieber, who was signing D&G T-shirts ($195 apiece) for fans in Manhattan, one of hundreds of Fashion's Night Out events worldwide.

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