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Dior Goes for Fluid Elegance at Paris Menswear Shows

Fluidity defined Kris Van Assche's collection for Dior Homme on the penultimate day of the autumn-winter menswear shows in Paris on Saturday, while Kenzo sought inspiration in Sherlock Holmes.

Van Assche turned an indoor tennis court into a bourgeois Parisian apartment stripped bare to its fireplaces and herringbone wood floors to introduce 37 looks rich in soft tailoring and earthy hues.

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Omar Sharif is Concerned Over Egypt's Future

Omar Sharif, Egypt's most famous actor, says he's concerned for the future of his country.

Cairo's Tahrir Square, where protests have been centered, is visible from his high-rise apartment and helicopters buzz overhead.

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Bond Film Composer John Barry Dies at 77

Oscar-winning composer John Barry, who wrote the scores for "Out of Africa" and numerous Bond films including "Goldfinger", has died at the age of 77, his family said Monday.

He died on Sunday in New York, reportedly of a heart attack, and leaves behind his wife of 33 years, Laurie, four children and five grandchildren.

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Aboriginals Dance on 'Zorba the Greek' in China

Lionel Dhulmanawuy, an Aboriginal dancer from a remote tropical island off northern Australia, points to his cracked lips and dry skin: Beijing's winter is "powerfully cold", he says.

Dhulmanawuy and his fellow Chooky Dancers, who became a YouTube sensation with a quirky "Zorba the Greek" number, left Australia for the first time in January to perform in China's televised Spring Festival gala, seen by millions.

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Hopkins Seeks the 'Devil' Inside, in New Film

British actor Anthony Hopkins gets to battle with the devil in his latest movie, a film in which he plays a possessed priest -- but insists it's good to face up to one's inner demons.

In "The Rite" the veteran star plays Father Lucas, tasked with teaching a young US priest studying exorcism in Rome about Good and Evil -- but who ends up needing the devil cast out of himself.

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Charlie Sheen Rushed to Hospital After 'Wild' Party

Troubled U.S. actor Charlie Sheen was rushed to hospital Thursday with severe abdominal pains, his spokesman said after a reported "wild" party at his home outside Los Angeles.

The TMZ celebrity website said the 45-year-old actor -- nickname "Good Time Charlie" -- had suffered a hiatal hernia and quoted neighbors saying they heard loud partying, which had gone on for 36 hours, until early in the morning.

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Satire of Journalism in 'What The Public Wants'

For those not acquainted with the phrase "yellow journalism," it refers to sensationalizing the news with overly dramatic headlines intended to grab readers and sell the most papers.

That's the subject of "What The Public Wants," a comedy by Arnold Bennett that satirizes tabloid journalism in 1906 London. The play opened Thursday night at the Mint Theater in a witty, well-acted production; director Matthew Arbour is faithful to the original material, which is clever and surprisingly contemporary more than a hundred years after Bennett wrote it.

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Blunt Revels in Upbeat Optimism of New Album

James Blunt prefers to think of his enduring first hit, "You're Beautiful," as a blessing, not a curse.

True, none of his songs have attained the massive success that "You're Beautiful" did when it hit the No. 1 spot five years ago in the U.S. and beyond. But Blunt, 33, is happy to have that song on his musical resume, so long as people understand there's a lot more to his achievements.

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Gaultier Does a Cancan-Punk Haute-Couture Mash-Up

Jean Paul Gaultier mashed up high-stepping French cancan with street-wise London punk and his signature horizontal stripes on Wednesday on the final day of the Paris summer haute couture shows.

Ditching the usual throbbing techno soundtrack, the ever-innovative French designer had the recorded voice of Catherine Deneuve soberly introduce each look by number and technical description.

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Jo Shapcott Wins Britain's Costa Book Prize

Jo Shapcott has been named as the surprise winner of Britain's Costa Book of the Year award for her slim volume of poetry in part inspired by a battle against breast cancer.

It is the second year in a row that poetry has picked up the 30,000-pound (47,000-dollar, 35,000-euro) honor and commentators said the result was evidence of a "renaissance" in the genre's fortunes.

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