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PARIS (AFP) - When film director Steve Faigenbaum grew up in Detroit, the city pulsated to the sound of Motown and car manufacturing.
Michael Douglas could have retired a long time ago. When the actor won a lifetime achievement award from the American Film Institute in 2009, he had already enjoyed a distinguished career for more than two decades - first as a successful television actor on the police drama The Streets Of San Francisco (1972 to 1976), then as one of Hollywood's most sought-after film stars, appearing in zeitgeisty films such as Wall Street (1987), a tale of financial greed that won him the Best Actor Oscar, and the sexual thriller Fatal Attraction (1987).
Nothing is easy about Taiwan and China cross-strait relations, so it is refreshing to see a film that tackles the thorny issue with such a light hand.
Hollywood loves Hercules because he is the original action superhero, blessed with name recognition around the world, with the added advantage of his likeness being royalty-free - take that, Marvel and DC.
Writer-director Paul Haggis' Crash (2004) scooped up a clutch of Oscars (including Best Picture), a feat he followed with writing credits for the well- received Clint Eastwood-helmed war dramas Flags Of Our Fathers (2006) and Letters From Iwo Jima (2006), as well as for the excellent James Bond reboot Casino Royale (2006).
OTTAWA (AFP) - The upcoming Toronto film festival will showcase a "big year" for Reese Witherspoon, James Gandolfini's final movie and Oscar-bait performances from several major Hollywood stars, organisers said on Tuesday.
NEW YORK (REUTERS) - Robert Downey Jr, the star of Disney's Marvel superhero film franchises Iron Man and The Avengers, is Hollywood's highest paid actor for the second consecutive year, with estimated earnings of US$75 million (S$93 million), according to Forbes.com.
NEW YORK (AFP) - The iconic piano from Hollywood romance Casablanca goes on sale at auction in New York in November, the highlight of more than two dozen collectors' items from the fabled war-time classic.

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