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Show goes on for French actress, 98

Hollywood actresses who bemoan the lack of good film roles for women in their forties might consider taking a leaf out of the book of French actress Gisele Casadesus. At the age of 98, her latest film "Sous le Figuier" ("Under the Fig Tree"), in which she plays a woman who injects peace and joie de vivre into the lives of three angst-ridden young adults, is released on Wednesday. The film follows compatriot Emmanuelle Riva's best Oscar actress nomination for her performance in Michael Haneke's "Amour". Riva turned 86 on the day she attended the ceremony in Los Angeles.

Thousands celebrate at Australia's gay Mardi Gras

Drag queens and scantily-dressed dancers joined with politicians and military personnel for Sydney's colourful gay and lesbian Mardi Gras, and to call for acceptance and equality. Gloomy weather failed to dampen the celebration Saturday night, which exploded in a profusion of lights, dancing and music for its 35th anniversary event along Oxford Street, the hub of Sydney's gay and lesbian nightlife.
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