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Bob Dylan considering Dylan Thomas centenary show in Wales
LONDON (Reuters) - American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan may play a special concert in Wales to mark the centenary of the birth of Dylan Thomas, the Welsh poet after whom he may or may not have named himself. The member of parliament for West Swansea, Geraint Davies, said he had asked Dylan if he would perform in the city as part of a series of commemorative events next year.
Bolshoi ballet director in acid attack, eyesight at risk
MOSCOW (Reuters) - A masked attacker threw acid in the face of the artistic director of Russia's prestigious Bolshoi Ballet, endangering his eyesight, in what colleagues said on Friday was the culmination of a two-week campaign of intimidation. Sergei Filin, a former leading dancer at the Bolshoi who has been in the high-pressure job at the heart of Russian culture for nearly two years, was attacked outside his Moscow apartment building as he returned home on Thursday night.
Schwarzenegger takes a "Stand" in new film, with cue from Eastwood
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Arnold Schwarzenegger, taking inspiration from his idol, Clint Eastwood, returns to the big screen on Friday in the action film "The Last Stand," his first starring role since he took a seven-year break from moviemaking to serve as California governor. In a departure from his typical superhuman roles, Schwarzenegger plays a retired Los Angeles policeman forced to protect a tiny border town from a notorious drug kingpin. The 65-year-old former bodybuilder looks every bit his age and admits in the film feeling "old" as he takes a ribbing from some of his significantly younger deputies.
Eclectic opening for Sundance with films about Mideast, Chile, U.S. Southwest
PARK CITY, Utah (Reuters) - The Sundance Film Festival opens Thursday with movies and documentaries from around the world, including a feature that examines the cultural divide between the Middle East and the United States. The 10-day Sundance Film Festival, founded by actor-director Robert Redford and now in its 35th year, will showcase 119 films from 32 countries.
Stewart, Pattinson crowned top earning romantic film couple
NEW YORK (Reuters) - With three box office hits earning $1.17 billion at the U.S. box office over the past three years, Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson are Hollywood's highest-grossing romantic film couple. The stars of the "Twilight" vampire films easily surpassed all other film twosomes in the Forbes list that looked at the top 10 grossing romantic films of the last three years.
Monaco royals slam "fictional" Grace Kelly film
NICE, France (Reuters) - Monaco's Prince Albert and his siblings slammed the screenplay for a film starring Nicole Kidman about their mother and former Hollywood actress Grace Kelly as glamorized fiction. The current monarch of the tiny Mediterranean state and his sisters Princess Caroline and Princess Stephanie said in a statement released by the royal palace of Monaco that the film project "Grace of Monaco" contained "historical untruths" and that some parts were "purely fictional".