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Hollywood Plans Big Binge for Christmas

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Its going to be a hot and crowded holiday at the box office. After shuffling schedules, finishing final edits and kicking tires on the festival circuit, Hollywood is preparing for a holiday film season that will end with a spectacular collision of high-profile pictures.There were four major studio releases on or around Christmas Day last year, and three the year before. But in the five days ending on Dec. 25 a Sunday, not the usual day for film debuts five of the major studios are to release six movies with a total production and marketing cost approaching $1 billion, from directors who have 25 past Oscar nominations among them... Read More

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Longlist Announced for International Prize for Arabic Fiction 2012

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The long-awaited longlist for the 2012 International Prize for Arabic Fiction was announced this morning. Popularly known as the Arabic Booker, the prize, currently in its fifth year, has come to be regarded as the premier prize for literary fiction in the Arab world. This years list contains 13 titles, culled from a selection of 101 entries from 15 countries, all published within the last year... View Website

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