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Film Smuggled Out Of Iran Wins Berlin Golden Bear

Film Smuggled Out Of Iran Wins Berlin Golden Bear

Banned Iranian director Jafar Panahi’s “Taxi,” which shows a cabby driving an odd assortment of people around Tehran but is really a condemnation of censorship, won the Golden Bear for best film on Saturday at the Berlin International Film Festival. The award, which the director was not in Berlin to accept, was hailed by German […]

Robots To Staff 72-Room Hotel In Japan

Robots To Staff 72-Room Hotel In Japan

In a sign of the times, Japan is slated to open the world’s first hotel staffed almost entirely by robots and controlled by the latest in computer technology, according to the Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO). The world’s first hotel staffed entirely by robots is set to open in Japan later this year, promoted with […]

Anti Valentines Movement In Asia Sells Fear & Hate

Anti Valentines Movement In Asia Sells Fear & Hate

Valentine’s Day has taken off across Asia over the past few decades, embraced by the continent’s booming youth population as well as chocolate and gift-card companies. But the holiday, a relatively recent import from the West, often clashes with conservative cultural forces and, increasingly, anti-capitalist sentiments. Below, a look at how some in India, Japan, […]

Laugh-In voiceover star Gary Owens Dies

Laugh-In voiceover star Gary Owens Dies

The man behind the smooth baritone best known for announcing “Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In” has died. Gary Owens was 80 years old. Owens’ family said Friday that the veteran voiceover star died Thursday at his Los Angeles-area home. Owens hosted thousands of radio programs over his seven-decade career. He appeared in more than a dozen […]

Fifty Shades of Laughter At Berlin world premiere

Fifty Shades of Laughter At Berlin world premiere

Laughter can often be uncomfortable, especially when it is a romantic interlude gone somewhat awry. In the sexual mature European Union, sexual scenes that may make Americans blush are considered family entertainment in Berlin these days. The film “Fifty Shades of Grey” is about the serious business of sadomasochism and bondage, but you might not […]

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