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Arab Uprisings Raise Hope, Doubts Among Filmmakers

Popular uprisings that toppled veteran leaders in the Arab world have raised hopes among north African filmmakers that the winds of change will also blow across the burgeoning industry.

But there are fears too that the revolts which ousted Tunisia's Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, Egyptian strongman Hosni Mubarak and now threaten to end Libyan leader Moammer Gadhafi's 41-year rule may lead to regimes which stifle artistic freedom.

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McQueen Protege to Design Royal Wedding Dress

Kate Middleton's wedding dress for her marriage to Britain's Prince William will be designed by Sarah Burton of the Alexander McQueen fashion house, a report said Sunday.

The British designer, who took over as creative director at the prestigious house after McQueen's suicide last year, was selected by Middleton to help her develop her own style, The Sunday Times newspaper said in its online edition.

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Zac Posen Woos the 'Voracious' Woman at Paris Shows

Backstage after his show on day three of the Paris pret-a-porter collections on Thursday, Zac Posen summed up the kind of woman he dresses in four words: "Voracious, sexy, intelligent, chic."

Perhaps even something of an action comic-book character, too, judging from the uncompromising scalpel-sharp looks that he sent down the runway in a corner of the Palais de Tokyo stripped bare to the concrete.

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Beyonce Donated Gadhafi-Linked Money to Haiti

Grammy-winning singer Beyonce donated money received for a New Year's Eve concert reportedly for Moammer Gadhafi's son to help Haiti relief over a year ago, a spokeswoman said Wednesday.

Beyonce gave the money away as soon as she learned of the Gadhafi connection to the concert at a private party on the Caribbean island of St. Barts on December 31, 2009.

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Maria Callas Dresses, Jewelry on Display in New York

The stage costumes, dresses and jewelry of late opera singer Maria Callas are featured in an exhibition opening Wednesday in New York.

Included in the exhibit are the dress worn by "La Divina" in the "Tosca" production directed by Franco Zeffirelli in 1965, and two dresses she wore as Violetta, the heroine of "La Traviata," sung by Callas in New York in 1956 and 1958.

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Liam Gallagher's Life After Oasis

Liam Gallagher is still committed to making "great music" after splitting with his brother Noel following an umpteenth dispute in August 2009, the singer said.

The end of Oasis, the most popular English group of the past two decades, was sealed just moments before the start of the closing concert of "Rock en Seine".

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Butcher, Grocer and Postman Delivered Royal Wedding Invite

The grocer, butcher and postman from Kate Middleton's English village will rub shoulders with the world's great and good after being invited to her marriage to Prince William, it was reported Sunday.

The landlord of the Middleton's local pub in the Berkshire village of Bucklebury, south-east England, will also be mingling with noblemen, world leaders and football superstar David Beckham at the April 29 celebration.

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Emporio Armani Dazzles Milan, Versace Unveils Oscar Gowns

Emporio Armani took to the catwalks in Milan Fashion Week ahead of the hotly-awaited Roberto Cavalli show on Saturday after Donatella Versace showed off fabulous feathered gowns for the Oscar ceremony.

Singers Tina Turner and Ricky Martin were among the guests expected at the show by Italian fashion king Giorgio Armani's label, which has hired U.S. actress Megan Fox for a sexy ad campaign that has proved a hit on the Internet.

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Caviar Facials Help Starlets Face Oscars Red Carpet

A caviar facial? An "anti-gravity" massage? Or how about a simple Total Body Hydra-Dermabrasion Resurfacing? Welcome to the weird -- and expensive -- world of pre-Oscars beauty spas.

As Tinsel Town gears up for Sunday's Academy Awards, A-listers, movie moguls and even mere mortals are willing to pay top dollar for aesthetic perfection before stepping into the red carpet spotlight.

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Milan Fashion Week Kicks Off

Milan Fashion Week opened on Wednesday, with glitterati and fashion watchers flocking to the glamorous Italian city known for its opulence and obsession with high fashion.

"It's an exciting moment. We've pulled out all the stops to make Milan the leading Fashion Week for women wear on the international stage," Mario Boselli, head of the organizers, Milan's Camera Moda, told Agence France Presse.

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