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January 15, 2014 |
It's a sad day in France when the unmarried president spends the night with a woman who is not his girlfriend and sparks a national furor. Last week - as you have undoubtedly heard - a salacious news story broke in the French press: The president cheated on his girlfriend! The French celebrity magazine, Closer, which broke the story, devoted seven pages to the scandal. Closer reported that Socialist President Francois Hollande, 59, was seen arriving at the apartment of French actress Julie Gayet, 41, by scooter late one evening.
January 14, 2014 |
PARIS -- French President Francois Hollande faced the press for nearly three hours on Tuesday but refused to answer questions about reports of an affair with an actress. Hollande said only that he and his partner, France's official First Lady Valerie Trierweiler, were going through a “difficult and painful period.” He insisted, “I have one principle, and that is private matters should be dealt with privately.” Trierweiler was admitted to hospital, reportedly suffering from shock and depression, after a celebrity magazine reported Friday on Hollande's alleged trysts with actress Julie Gayet.
January 13, 2014 |
PARIS -- French President Francois Hollande is expected to use his traditional new year's news conference Tuesday to announce reforms to kick-start the country's economy, combat widespread unemployment and boost his lamentable popularity with the public. However, the event risks being hijacked by a very different affair of state that is dominating French headlines: the president's alleged trysts with an actress. Hollande's personal and political woes began Friday when a celebrity magazine published a seven-page "special report" complete with photographs of the president, 59, crossing Paris on the back of a scooter, apparently to rendezvous with 41-year-old actress Julie Gayet.
December 24, 2013 |
The numerous works of Charles Dickens, perhaps the English language's preeminent storyteller, have been turned into films and television over and over again for more than a century. "The Invisible Woman," however, might be the first film to be made about the great man's private life, and it turns out to be as compellingly dramatic as anything he put on the page. More than that, as directed by and starring the superb Ralph Fiennes as Dickens and splendidly assisted by Britain's Felicity Jones as the title character, "The Invisible Woman" is an exceptional film about love, longing and regret.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 13, 2013 |
Highlighting its 25 th anniversary, the Los Angeles-based Muslim Public Affairs Council on Friday issued what it called a Declaration Against Extremism, an effort to change public perception by distilling the values of mainstream Islam. “We have allowed the extremist voices to run rampant without effectively conveying our message,” said Salam Al-Marayati, president of the council, among the nation's most influential advocacy organizations for American Muslims. “What this declaration represents is a higher level of conveying the message of Islam, the true spirit of Islam, which is based on spreading mercy, justice and engaging others in a pluralistic society.” Among other principles, the council's statement calls for respecting all cultures, equal treatment of women, and upholding the idea that authority comes from God rather than from individual leaders.
November 26, 2013 |
In the Victorian era, not many people people knew that their beloved superstar author Charles Dickens had a long affair with a young actress, Nelly Ternan. But in the 20th century, the relationship was detailed in a number of biographies -- including 1991's "The Invisible Woman. " Which is now a movie -- coming to an art theater near you this holiday season, thanks to director and star Ralph Fiennes. Fiennes plays Dickens, and as you can see in the trailer above, he captures some of the author's magnetism and massive popularity.