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Shakira Considering Album in Arabic

Colombian pop singer Shakira said Saturday she would one day like to sing pop songs, if not an entire album, in Arabic.

The native Spanish speaker, who also has global hits in English, was speaking at a news conference in Morocco, where she was headlining the Mawazine World Rhythms music festival.

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Indonesians Despair over Hollywood Boycott

Indonesian movie lovers are being starved of the latest Hollywood blockbusters by a drawn-out tax dispute which has led U.S. studios to boycott the country in protest.

Since the Motion Picture Association (MPA) stopped distributing films to Indonesia in February, cinema takings have tumbled as theatres try to fill the gap with local fare and B-grade foreign films dug out of the rejects bin.

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Tim Burton Show Brings Gothic Vision to LA

Tim Burton's arresting visual style is well known from movies like "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" and "Alice in Wonderland" -- but a new show reveals the full scale of his Gothic vision.

The U.S. filmmaker, partner of quirky British actress Helena Bonham-Carter, was an accomplished artist, and a Disney animator, before moving into directing Hollywood movies.

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Shakira’s Hips Take Lebanon by Storm

Hips don't lie! Colombian pop star Shakira shook her hips on Thursday taking Lebanon by storm during a concert at Beirut’s new seafront attended by thousands of fans.

Streets in downtown Beirut were packed by fans hours before the concert, which started at 9:30 pm. Organizers estimated that 20,000 people attended the event.

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Surrealist Leonora Carrington Dies at 94 in Mexico

British-born painter, writer and sculptor Leonora Carrington, considered one of the last of the original surrealists, has died, Mexico's National Arts Council confirmed Thursday. She was 94.

Carrington was known for her haunting, dreamlike works that often focused on strange ritual-like scenes with birds, cats, unicorn-like creatures and other animals as onlookers or seeming participants.

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After 25 Years, TV Megastar Oprah Bows Out

Talk show queen Oprah Winfrey bade farewell to her trailblazing television program Wednesday, ending 25 years of intimate star confessions by telling loyal fans they had been the love of her life.

In a program taped a day earlier at Oprah's Harpo Studios in Chicago, Winfrey took to the stage and, in what has become almost a mantra over a quarter-century, urged her audience to follow their dreams.

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Hollywood Deal for Film of Bin Laden Killing

U.S. film giant Columbia Pictures said Tuesday it has won the U.S. distribution rights for a film about the killing of Osama bin Laden, to be directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Kathryn Bigelow.

Bigelow and journalist-turned screenwriter Mark Boal, who won Oscars for Iraq bomb squad movie "The Hurt Locker" in 2010, had already been working on a project about the Al-Qaeda chief's capture or killing, before his death on May 2.

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Prada to Make Hong Kong Debut on June 24

Italian luxury fashion house Prada will make its market debut on the Hong Kong stock exchange on June 24, in a highly anticipated offering aiming to raise up to $2 billion.

In the latest move by high end fashion companies to tap the huge Chinese market, the family-owned giant plans to start bookbuilding for institutional investors on June 6 and start its public offering eight days later.

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'Light Up My Life' Songwriter Kills Self

Academy Award winning songwriter Joseph Brooks, who was awaiting trial on rape charges, died from an apparent suicide in his Manhattan home, police said Sunday.

Brooks, 73, wrote "You Light up My Life," which won the Oscar for best song, from the 1977 film of the same name, which he also wrote and directed. He also won a Grammy for the song.

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Gender Revolution Hits Arab World in 'The Source'

In a remote village in North Africa, women use the only weapon they have — sex — and go on a "love strike" that challenges traditional gender roles.

Director Radu Mihaileanu says he sees the fictional gender revolt depicted in his new movie "The Source" as crucial to the success of popular uprisings that have toppled dictators in Tunisia and Egypt this year and still smolder across the Arab world.

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