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Legendary actress Elizabeth Taylor dies at the age of 79

Elizabeth Taylor, the legendary actress and Hollywood Icon famed for her beauty and her seven marriages, has died. The two-time Oscar winner (“Butterfield 8” in 1960 and “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” in 1966), was born in London in 1932 to American parents who moved back to the United States and settled in Los Angeles. She memorably starred in “Cleopatra” as we all remember her, but most of all she founded ...


Actresses Annie Girardot and Jane Russell died

Annie Girardot was one of France’s most enduring, acclaimed and popular female star during the 1970s. The multiple-Cesar Award-winning actress died Monday after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. She was 79. Girardot was a fantastic actress whose work ranged from popular comedy to melodrama. We recall some of her roles in Claude Lelouch‘s A Man Who Pleases Me, in which she played opposite Jean-Paul Belmondo. Or Luchino Visconti‘s ...


da-eYe: looking for Banksy at the 2011 Oscars

Anne Hathaway and James Franco were the hosts of this year’s Oscars but unfortunately, their performance was met with mixed critical reception. But honestly, we enjoyed it anyway. This is for what we saw but we also missed a lot of things. Like British street artist Banksy who didn’t show and someone was very disappointed about that: da-eYe. He went to Los Angeles to meet with one of his favorite artist but he wasn’t there… You can ...


‘Bullitt’ director Peter Yates has died

You must all remember the car chase on the streets of San Francisco with Steve McQueen at the wheel of a Mustang in ‘Bullitt‘. Peter Yates, four-time Oscar Nominee, has passed away at age 82 in London on Sunday. The British director started out as an actor before becoming an assistant director. He made his directorial debut with Summer Holiday and then directed Robbery, John and Mary, The Friends of Eddie Coyle, Krull, The Dresser and the ...


Films Open French Wounds From Algeria by S. Erlanger

This is a new rendezvous on the Sama Gazette : each Wednesday, we will give you some news from… France! Once a week we will select a news concerning France and that we think is worth to be mentioned. As some of you may recall, the idea of bringing you news from France started last year with Why France is best place to live in world; now this is an ‘official’ rendezvous on the Sama Gazette. So for this first C’est la vie in France, ...


The Devil Came On Horseback: Book and DVD

If you follow the updates on En Route To Sudan, then you have noticed a list of books we recommend. Among them is The Devil Came on Horseback: Bearing Witness to the Genocide in Darfur by Brian Steidle and Gretchen Steidle Wallace. But if you are not into reading books, the film The Devil Came On Horsebackwhich exposes the tragedy taking place in Darfur as seen through the eyes of an American witness who has since returned to the US to take action to ...


Actor Tony Curtis Dies At 85

We heard the news this morning and we were very sad about it: Tony Curtis died on Wednesday at his Las Vegas home of a cardiac arrest. We have seen him in ‘The Defiant Ones’, ‘The Outsider’ but he is mostly remembered for his role in ‘Some Like It Hot’ with Marilyn Monroe. He starred in more than 100 films but for many (including for Max Dana who mentioned him in this post) he was Danny Wilde in the 1971 ...


French filmmaker Claude Chabrol dies at 80

Claude Chabrol, one of the creators of the New Wave movement, died yesterday at the age of 80. Our favorite films from him are Le Beau Serge, Les Bonnes Femmes, Landru, Les Biches, La Femme infidèle, Le Boucher but also Madame Bovary, L’ivresse du pouvoir and Bellamy. This year he played Gainsbourg’s Music Producer in 2010 drama film: Serge Gainsbourg, vie héroïque by Joann Sfar. He loved to study human behavior and all his characters had ...


The return of Burn Notice, Dark Blue, True Blood, Mad Men

Everyone we know enjoys watching TV shows. Whether they are American, French or Indian, there are so many different genres and so many different stories, everyone can find its favorite(s). Max Dana has found hers. Burn Notice, Dark Blue, True Blood and Mad Men but also several others she likes to watch. This is Max’s latest blog entry, and we agree, Burn Notice is far better than Leverage! “ I really enjoy watching TV shows. Unfortunately, ...


Pray The Devil Back To Hell on July 29th in London

Women for Women International in association with All Saints Church, Peckham, presents a special screening of Pray The Devil Back To Hell, by Gini Reticker. She is one of the world’s leading filmmakers on women’s issues and she produced Asylum, the 2004 Academy Award-nominated short focusing on the story of a Ghanaian woman who fled female genital mutilation to seek political asylum in the U.S.; and was the producer/director of 1994 Sundance ...






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