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Arts & Leisure - Arts

'Picasso' painting seized in Turkey dismissed as fake PARIS: A painting seized by Turkish authorities that was reported to be a stolen Picasso is a fake, the Picasso Administration, charged with managing the artist's estate, said on Monday.The organisation said the canvas is a copy of a 1940 work by the great Spanish artist, "Woman Dressing Her Hair" -- and the original is in the hands of New York's Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).MoMA confirmed to AFP that the original, a portrait of Pablo Picasso's lover and muse Dora Maar, was part of its collection.The painting seized in Turkey is most certainly "a copy", the Paris-based Picasso Administration said.Turkey's state-run Anatolia news agency had reported Saturday that police had recovered the original "Woman Dressing Her Hair" and that it had been stolen from a collector in New York.It was seized in an undercover operation in Istanbul targeting alleged art thieves who were attempting to sell it for $7 ...

Arts & Leisure - Music

Promoter that hoped to ride dance music wave goes bankrupt NEW YORK: SFX Entertainment, which hoped to ride the boom of electronic dance music to become a music industry giant, filed Monday for bankruptcy protection as it sought a fresh start.The company founded by music mogul Robert Sillerman announced a deal that would eliminate more than $300 million in debt.The company filed for bankruptcy protection at a federal court in the US state of Delaware. Subject to court approval, SFX Entertainment will receive up to ...

Arts & Leisure - Lifestyle

Scientists solve biological brain twister PARIS: The deep folds that give the adult human brain its wrinkled walnut appearance were Nature's solution to fitting a large, powerful processor into a small skull.Like a piece of flat, square paper crumpled together to fit into a small, round hole, folding allows more neurons to be packed closer together, with shorter, faster connections between them.While scientists have long understood why there are folds in the brain's outer layer, called the cerebral cortex or ...

Arts & Leisure - Lifestyle

'Flight of the angel' kicks off Venice Carnival VENICE: Tens of thousands of revellers, many dressed in masks and period costume, packed into St Mark's Square for the "flight of the angel" Sunday that marks the traditional opening of the Carnival of Venice.On the twelfth chime of midday from St Mark's Campanile, fearless 19-year-old Irene Rizzi leapt from the famous bell tower, attached to a wire 80 metres above the huge crowd that had gathered for one of the world's most celebrated carnivals. ...

Arts & Leisure - Lifestyle

Veteran BBC presenter Terry Wogan dies aged 77 LONDON: BBC presenter Terry Wogan, one of British television's most familiar faces and the long-running anchor of its Eurovision coverage, died of cancer on Sunday aged 77, his family announced."Sir Terry Wogan died today after a short but brave battle with cancer. He passed away surrounded by his family," said a family statement.Irish-born Wogan had a successful television career, most notably anchoring Britain's flagship chat show during the 1980s, and hosted a hugely popular radio ...

Arts & Leisure - Movies

'Kung Fu Panda' kicks up box office rankings LOS ANGELES: "Kung Fu Panda 3" kicked its way to the top of the North American box office over the weekend, bouncing "The Revenant" to the number two spot, industry estimates showed Sunday. The computer-animated comedy from Fox -- the third installment of the "Kung Fu Panda" franchise -- took in an estimated $41 million its first weekend in North American theaters, industry tracker Exhibitor Relations said.Following the adventures of Po as he evolves from ...

Arts & Leisure - Movies

‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’ actor dismisses alleged assault case as 'Pre-Planned' ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’ actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui, who was recently in the news for all the wrong things, Nawazuddin Siddiqui was caught in a controversy of assaulting his neighbour after she lodged a FIR against the actor in a local police station.Nawazuddin Siddiqui, who was booked for allegedly assaulting and misbehaving with a woman over a dispute on parking space in their housing society in Versova, Mumbai.According to Indian Express report, Nawazuddin Siddiqui said the assault complaint ...