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Meryl Streep Daunted at Prospect of Thatcher Role

Oscar winner Meryl Streep has undergone a dramatic transformation for her role as former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in a forthcoming biopic about her life called "The Iron Lady."

Streep has adopted Thatcher's trademark bouffant hairstyle, ruby-red lipstick and pearl earrings for her part in the film about Britain's longest continuously serving premier of the 20th century.

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Lohan to Be Charged With Stealing Necklace

Troubled U.S. starlet Lindsay Lohan is to be formally charged Wednesday with stealing a 2,500 dollar necklace from a jeweler store, prosecutors said Tuesday.

The actress, who is on probation after completing a court-ordered spell in rehab for drug addiction, admits she took the necklace from a Venice Beach store but claims it was only on loan.

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Egypt-Born Writer Chedid Dies in Paris

The Egyptian-born poet and novelist Andree Chedid, the grandmother of French rock singer Matthieu Chedid, died in Paris on Sunday aged 90, her publisher Flammarion said.

She was born into a Lebanese Christian family in Cairo in 1920 and was educated in Egypt and Paris before taking a degree in journalism at the American University in Cairo.

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The Black Eyed Peas Underwhelm Super Bowl Halftime

The superstar had only a brief cameo in the showcase, but his tightly choreographed moves and acrobatics marked the brief exhilarating moment of a surprisingly stale medley from the normally frenetic headliners, the Black Eyed Peas.

The Super Bowl performance was arguably the biggest stage yet for the quirky quartet, whose fusion of pop, dance and hip-hop have made them global superstars. But in the massive Cowboys Arena, the group appeared to be as stiff as frontman "will.i.am's" plastic hair hat.

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US comic book to depict British royal romance

A U.S. publisher is to produce a comic book about the romance of Britain's Prince William and his fiancée Kate Middleton, timed to mark their upcoming wedding .

"Fame: The Royals" is described as a "behind-the-curtain look" at the royal couple, who are to wed in London's Westminster Abbey on April 29.

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J-Lo at Obama Super Bowl Party

Actress and music diva Jennifer Lopez will top the bill at U.S. President Barack Obama's annual Super Bowl party on Sunday, as the Green Bay Packers take on the Pittsburgh Steelers for the NFL championship.

J-Lo will be joined by husband Marc Anthony at the White House party, also featuring top officials including Attorney General Eric Holder and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, a senior U.S. official said.

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Farrah Fawcett's Red Swimsuit Now a Museum Piece

The red swimsuit that Charlie's Angels star Farrah Fawcett wore in her iconic 1976 poster has joined president Abraham Lincoln's top hat and Superman's cape at a Smithsonian Institution museum in Washington.

The one-piece suit, along with an original copy of the poster of Fawcett beaming at the camera, were among half a dozen "Farrah" objects donated Wednesday to the National Museum of American History by Fawcett's long-time partner actor Ryan O'Neal and her nephew Greg Walls.

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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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