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Revered Director Manoel De Oliveira Dies At 106

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The revered star, believed to be the world's oldest director, passed away on Thursday (02Apr15).

De Oliveira began his career in the 1920s and released Douro, Faina Fluvial, a silent documentary about his native city of Porto, in 1931.

He made his feature film debut in 1942 with Aniki-Bobo, and followed it up with a series of shorts and documentaries.

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Milla Jovovich Releasing Album Next Month

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Milla Jovovich is releasing an album.

The 36-year-old model-and-actress has been working with her ex-boyfriend Stuart Zender - who played bass in Jamiroquai - on some music and hopes people will be able to buy it by next month.

She is quoted by The Sun newspaper as saying: ''Hopefully by October I'll be able to put something out.

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Divine Comedy, West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge - 12/11/2010 Live Review

When a support act strolls onto the otherwise deserted stage of a jam-packed concert hall to be met by stone-cold silence, it becomes clear that the evening ahead isn't going to run entirely smoothly. Unfortunately, this was the disconcertingly reserved greeting singer-songwriter Cathy Davey received upon her entrance at the West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge last week as part of her stint supporting The Divine Comedy.

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Movie Reviews Jackass 3d

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It's hard to tell whether Paramount decided to screen Jackass 3D in advance to a select group of New York critics and shun all others. (The previous two Jackass movies were not shown to critics.) Among those who got an early look was Manohla Dargis, the often tough-as-nails critic of The New York Times , who was surprisingly restrained in her review of the earlier films. Even in her review of the latest film, she acknowledges that "there is a certain, sometimes inexplicable, queasy pleasure to be had from watching Johnny Knoxville, Chris Pontius and the rest of these MTV-sponsored merry buffoons wreak semi-havoc on one another, themselves and an occasional rattled and confused onlooker." But, she goes on, "alas there are only so many times you can slurp from the same fetid well." And clearly the two other New York critics who got an early look at the movie struggled to register their disgust with as much ingenuity as those who made the movie worked to produce it. Elizabeth Weitzman writes in the New York Daily News, " Ten years into the Jackass franchise, it's obvious the well is starting to run dry. Then again, if you show Johnny Knoxville an empty well, he'll jump in headfirst. After packing it with writhing snakes." But Kyle Smith in the New York Post bests his New York colleagues with a faux intellectual dissertation comparing Jackass 3D with Dante's Inferno ("Canto XXII") and The Divine Comedy. Smith discerns that Knoxville and his colleagues "plagiarized" all their ideas from Dante "and disguised them as silly stunts to infect the minds of American youth with 14th-century epic poetry." After comparing the raunchy scenes in the movie with the allegorical imaginings of the Italian literary master, Smith concludes "Oh, and one more thing the comedy of Jackass 3D has in Common with The Divine Comedy Neither of them is funny."

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The Divine Comedy, The Tabernacle, Notting Hill, London 12th May 2010 Live Review

The Peter Pan of pop, Neil Hannon looked as if he hadn't aged a bit as he took to the stage at the intimate West London venue. It's been 14 years since he was last there for the launch of Casanova. 14 years and he hasn't changed a bit, visually or vocally. The gig was a real treat, comprising material from his upcoming 10th album, Bang Goes The Knighthood (due out on 31st May) and a heavy presence of old classics.

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Lily Allen Set For Amazing Return

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Lily Allen can do "amazing things" when she comes out of retirement, according to Divine Comedy singer Neil Hannon.

The pop star is currently on a self-imposed hiatus after becoming disillusioned with the music business but the 'National Express' singer insists she can go onto to great things if she decides to return.

He said: "I genuinely admire Lily Allen's lyrics and sound, you know the tunes generally have a lot of people involved, but she makes some wonderfully pithy comments. I'd prefer it if they were more outward looking, rather than always inward. But she's definitely a writer who could do amazing things in the future, if she does. She doesn't seem to want to though."

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Lily Allen And Dizzee Lead The Ivors

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Lily Allen and Dizzee Rascal have been nominated for two Ivor Novello Awards.

The London-born singers, who recently toured together, lead the way for this year's coveted songwriting honours, though they will not face each other in any of the categories.

Lily is nominated for Best Song Musically and Lyrically and PRS for Music Most Performed Work for her track 'The Fear' - which was co-written by Greg Kurstin - while Dizzee received nods in the Best Contemporary Song category for 'Bonkers' and Album Award group for 'Tongue N' Cheek'.

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Beck To Appear On Charlotte Gainsbourg Album

By on 19 November 2008

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Beck is collaborating with Charlotte Gainsbourg on her forthcoming album, it he been reported.

The ODELAY star said he has been working with the French actress in Los Angeles on the follow-up to 2006's 5:55, reports the NME

BECK'S father, David Campbell, produced the string arrangements on 5:55 – which also featured contributions from THE Divine Comedy, AIR and Jarvis Cocker.

Speaking to KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic radio programme, the rock musician explained that he was originally supposed to work on Charlotte's last album, but was unable to get together with her at the time.

"Now I'm working on her follow-up record," he added.

Daughter of legendary French artist Serge Gainsbourg, Charlotte has starred in movies such as the Bob Dylan biopic I'M NOT THERE, as well as 21 GRAMS.

BECK collaborated with DANGER MOUSE of Gnarls Barkley fame on his latest album MODERN GUILT.

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