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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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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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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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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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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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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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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: A Single Man

‘A Single Man’ review, 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: 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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Oscar noms revealed

Science-fiction adventure ‘Avatar’ and war movie ‘The Hurt Locker’ have earned nine Academy Award nominations each, while ‘A Serious Man’, ‘Inglourious Basterds’ and ‘An Education’ are all in the running for best film, reports MiNDFOOD.

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The real Basquiat

A new film about artist Jean-Michel Basquiat delivers a thoroughly engaging narrative about the inimitable New York painter, reports MiNDFOOD.

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Flying high

In this exclusive MiNDFOOD interview, Susan Sarandon talks table tennis, empty nesting and her latest film to hit the big screen – The Lovely Bones.

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Sandra Bullock poised for first Oscar

After 20 years, Sandra Bullock is finally thinking of herself as a good actress, MiNDFOOD reports.

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Hall of mirrors

The work of artist Michael Zavros is fuelled by an interest in the nature of narcissism, MiNDFOOD reports.

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Sundance titles brim with bad behavior

Independent filmmakers continue to roll out their gleefully flagrant depictions of all things bloody, brutal and debauched at this year’s Sundance Festival, reports MiNDFOOD.

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