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Beatles’ Abbey Road studio for sale

Britain’s loss-making music company EMI plans to sell the north London complex which has been the home of British music recording for 80 years.

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Washington’s economic apartheid

Washington is a city – like many in the US – split by class, economics and inevitably by race, reports MiNDFOOD.

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Peter Gabriel discards drums, guitar for new album

British rock singer and songwriter Peter Gabriel has taken what he calls the “scary” step of paring down a new album of cover songs confined to orchestral instruments and his voice, reports MiNDFOOD.

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Stiller gets serious about his mid-life crisis

Ben Stiller ditches the slapstick comedy and gets more serious in ‘Greenberg’, a low budget drama about a man in mid-life crisis struggling to deal with painful truths about himself and his failures, reports MiNDFOOD.

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Behind the lines

North Korean propaganda may seem absurd, but writer B.R. Myers advises the international community to pay the grandiose statements far more attention in dealing with what is perhaps the world’s most reclusive state.

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Chinese Coen brothers remake thrills Berlin festival

A Chinese remake of the American thriller ‘Blood Simple’ probably could not have been made two decades ago because of restrictions on filmmakers at the time, according to director Zhang Yimou, reports MiNDFOOD.

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New De Niro? DiCaprio steps up as Scorsese’s star

Leonardo DiCaprio may not remind movie fans of a young Robert De Niro, but he has taken on one of the intense New York actor’s rewarding legacies, MiNDFOOD reports.

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Del Toro’s monster role

Benicio Del Toro is an Oscar winner with a tough screen persona, but underneath that rugged exterior, the actor has a soft spot for old-time movie monsters like the Wolf Man, MiNDFOOD reports.

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Painting along the tracks

Bob Dylan once sang about how fine life would be when he had painted his masterpiece. Now art collectors and fans have the chance to see 12 original paintings by Dylan at an exhibition in London, reports MiNDFOOD.

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Musician Ken Stringfellow finds inspiration in Asia

Singer-songwriter Ken Stringfellow, best known for his work with R.E.M. and as a member of The Posies and Big Star, is touring Asia, exploring and experimenting along the way, MiNDFOOD reports.

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Mandela’s unlikely friendship

On February 11 South Africa celebrated the 20th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s release from Robben prison, an unforgiving place that spawned unlikely friendships, reports MiNDFOOD.

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Under the spotlight: Gabourey Sidibe

Gabourey Sidibe, the star of the film ‘Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire’, chats to MiNDFOOD about how her debut film performance changed the way she sees the world.

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DJs delivers upbeat show

Australia’s star model Miranda Kerr strutted her stuff on the catwalk to herald an optimistic mood at department store David Jones after it posted a second-quarter sales growth of 3.1 per cent.

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Oscar hopeful Kendrick is no newcomer

If the expression slow and steady wins the race is true, then actress Anna Kendrick has finally edged her way to the front of Hollywood’s pack of young actresses, MiNDFOOD reports.

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Swedish author Larsson’s legacy under attack

Former colleagues of best-selling crime fiction author Stieg Larsson have caused a furore in Sweden by questioning his talent as a writer and casting public doubt on whether he penned his books alone, MiNDFOOD reports.

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Red hot art going green

Christie’s auction house have announced that it will stage a “green auction” to benefit the environment, with proceeds earmarked for four leading non-profit environmental organisations, MiNDFOOD reports.

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FILM REVIEW: Alice in Wonderland

FAMILY: ‘Alice in Wonderland’ starring Johnny Depp and Mia Wasikowska, brought to you by MiNDFOOD.

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FILM REVIEW: Precious

‘Precious’ film review, brought to you by MiNDFOOD.

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FILM REVIEW: Fantastic Mr. Fox

ANIMATION: ‘Fantastic Mr. Fox’ starring the voices of George Clooney and Meryl Streep, on MiNDFOOD.

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FILM REVIEW: A Single Man

‘A Single Man’ review, brought to you by MiNDFOOD.

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FILM REVIEW: Nowhere Boy

BIOPIC: ‘Nowhere Boy’ starring Aaron Johnson and Kristin Scott Thomas, review on MiNDFOOD.

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FILM REVIEW: Sherlock Holmes

‘Sherlock Holmes’ film review, brought to you by MiNDFOOD.

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Oscar contenders vie for underdog status

Is ‘Avatar’ truly the underdog in the Oscar lineup? If you ask Fox studios co-chairman Tom Rothman the answer is yes.

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‘White Ribbon’ tipped as early Oscar favorite

Austrian director Michael Haneke’s ‘The White Ribbon’ – a chilling exploration of the roots of Nazi terror – is the top contender to win the foreign language film Oscar, critics predict, reports MiNDFOOD.

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