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French Director Jacques Rivette Dies


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The French New Wave moviemaker passed away at his home in Paris, France on Friday (29Jan16) after a battle with Alzheimer's disease.

He made more than 25 films during his career, including 1991 drama La Belle Noiseuse, which starred Jane Birkin and won the Grand Prix prize at Cannes Film Festival.

His other works include Paris Belongs to Us, The Nun, L'Amour Fou and Celine and Julie Go Boating, and his 1971 film Out 1, which boasted a running time of more than 12 hours.

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Jane Birkin's Name Will Remain On Hermès Bag, Says She's “Satisfied” With Croc Farm Measures


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Jane Birkin no longer wants her name removed from the Hermès bags named after her. Birkin is now reportedly satisfied with the conditions the reptiles, whose skins are used for Hermès products including the Birkin bag, are reared in.

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Jane Birkin Drops Calls For Hermes Bag Name Change


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In July (15), the British star called for her name to be taken from the popular 'Hermes Birkin' bag after she read a report by officials at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) suggesting cruel methods were used to acquire skin from crocodiles to make the accessory.

Bosses at Hermes looked into the claims and identified an "isolated irregularity" in the slaughter process at a crocodile farm in Texas, according to Reuters news agency.

They have recommended procedures to the farm owners and will drop them if they do not comply.

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Jane Birkin Asks Hermes To Remove Name From Iconic Bag After Peta Investigation


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Actress and singer Jane Birkin has asked fashion house Hermès to remove her name from the iconic bag she inspired, after an investigation by Peta alleged that crocodiles were harmed during the making of the accessory.

Jane BirkinJane Birkin wants her name removed from the famous Hermès bags.

“Having been alerted to the cruel practices reserved for crocodiles during their slaughter to make Hermès handbags carrying my name ... I have asked Hermès to debaptise the Birkin Croco until better practices in line with international norms can be put in place,” Birkin said in a statement.

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Jane Birkin Calls For Hermes Bosses To Remove Her Name From Handbags


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The British star has been the namesake of the best-selling "Birkin bags" since 1984, but she wants out following an investigative report by officials at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), which accused Hermes bosses of using cruel methods on crocodiles to acquire their skin.

Birkin called for the dissociation in a statement which reads: "Having been alerted to the cruel practices endured by crocodiles during their slaughter for the production of Hermes bags carrying my name... I have asked Hermes Group to rename the Birkin until better practices responding to international norms can be implemented for the production of this bag."

PETA's report alleges the reptiles are raised and killed specifically for production of the Birkin bag and other Hermes products featuring crocodile skin, claiming it takes two to three of the beasts to make just one handbag.

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Jane Birkin Has Name Removed From Hermès Birkin Bag


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Jane Birkin has ordered Hermès to rename their Birkin bag.

The 68-year-old actress - who had the first Birkin bag created for her by the luxury brand's chief executive Jean-Louis Dumas in the 80s - has asked for her moniker to be removed as the title of the iconic design after reading that crocodiles are treated poorly by the company.

Jane issued a statement saying: ''Having been alerted to the cruel practices endured by crocodiles during their slaughter for the production of Hermès bags carrying my name I have asked Hermès Group to rename the Birkin until better practices responding to international norms can be implemented for the production of this bag.''

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Jane Birkin Auctions Off Namesake Bag


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Jane Birkin is auctioning off one of her namesake Hermes bags.

The Brit actress has decided to put the sought-after accessory on the web marketplace to raise money for Anno's Africa which seeks to offer an arts education to orphans in the continent's most deprived cities.

The Parisian luxury label created the bag in 1981 when their late chief executive Jean-Louis Dumas sat next to Jane on a flight from Paris to London and - after noticing her flimsy straw carry-on - created a leather weekend bag for the stunning brunette to travel with.

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Clémence Poésy Loves New York Style


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Clémence Poésy is a fan of ''crazy'' New York style.

The 'Harry Potter' actress prefers the way women dress in the Big Apple to her native Paris because she feels there is more freedom to express yourself and experiment with clothes.

Speaking in a video for Mytheresa.com, she said: ''I think in Paris I dare a bit less. What I love about New York is that no one cares... you can wear whatever you want. You can be as crazy as you want. So I feel freer there. I tend to wear lots of hats in NY. And I just love people-watching in London. The Brits have a really amazing sense of style.''

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Twice Born Trailer


When Gemma was a young student from Italy, all she wanted was excitement and adventure in her life. She travels to the Bosnian city of Sarajevo where she meets a handsome American stranger called Diego with whom she begins a wildly passionate love affair. Diego is desperate to have children, while Gemma finds herself wishing for a child just like him, but their relationship is tested by a prolonged fertility struggle. When she finally manages to conceive, they face mortal danger when the Balkan war arrives in the city. Gemma and her newly born son Pietro are forced to retreat back to Italy, while Diego remains in Bosnia and subsequently loses his life. Now a teenager, Pietro must learn about what happened with his father as the mother and son return to that fateful city. However, they soon find themselves uncovering some disturbing secrets.

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Stars Turn Out To Support Jane Birkin At Daughter's Funeral


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Actress Catherine Deneuve and France's former First Lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy were at heartbroken Jane Birkin's side as she buried her daughter in Paris on Thursday (19Dec13).

The body of Kate Barry, singer/actress Birkin's daughter with composer John Barry, was found outside her apartment block in the French capital last week (11Dec13).

It is believed the photographer took her own life by jumping from her fourth floor balcony.

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The Times BFI London Film Festival: Around A Small Mountain - Screening Held At The Vue West End.

Jane Birkin Tuesday 27th October 2009 The Times BFI London Film Festival: Around a Small Mountain - screening held at the Vue West End. London, England

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