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DiCaprio teams with Netflix on gorilla documentary LOS ANGELES: Hollywood A-lister Leonardo DiCaprio has teamed up with online streaming service Netflix for a documentary about endangered mountain gorillas in east Africa, filmmakers said Friday.The "Titanic" star is an executive producer on "Virunga," described as "part investigative journalism and part nature documentary" and directed by Orlando von Einsiedel.The documentary follows an embattled team of park rangers in the Democratic Republic of Congo "as they are caught in the crossfire of poachers, militia and industry in Africa's oldest national park," Netflix said in a statement.Eastern Congo's protected Virunga sanctuary is home to about a quarter of the world's critically endangered mountain gorillas. The film will be released in theaters in New York and Los Angeles on November 7, and via Netflix on the same day. DiCaprio said films like "Virunga" offer "a window into the incredible cultural and natural diversity of our world, the forces that are threatening to ...


Street artist revisits ghosts of Ellis Island hospital NEW YORK: Ellis Island was once the gateway to America for millions of immigrants, but the cavernous hospital that treated some of those new arrivals has been closed to the public for 60 years.Now, a moving exhibition of blown-up, century-old photographs has been put together by French artist JR, allowing new generations to explore the ghosts of the past for the first time.For his "Unframed, Ellis Island" project, JR visited the island's archives, selected black-and-white ...

Actor Sheen launches boat as campaign founder eyes return MARINA DEL REY: Award-winning actor Martin Sheen teamed up with conservation group Sea Shepherd Saturday to launch a new ship, as its exiled founder said he hopes to return to the US next year.Sea Shepherd founder Captain Paul Watson said via Skype that he hoped to return from France, where he said the government was being supportive despite two countries including Japan seeking his arrest."I'm in a sort of exile in Paris... it's not the ...

Eyes on the ties: from power symbol to fashion statement ZURICH: From a symbol of power to a fashion statement, ties in all their guises are on show at a new exhibition dedicated to the neckwear at the Swiss National Museum.They speak volumes about their wearer, whether sported by British regimental veterans and university alumni, or US presidential hopefuls -- red for Republicans, blue for Democrats.The subtle tie-codes at various points in history are set out step by step for visitors to the Zurich-based museum."The ...

Bob Seger finds political voice with climate fight NEW YORK: One of Bob Seger's most famous songs was an unabashedly old-fashioned celebration of music for music's sake: "That old time rock 'n' roll / That kind of music just soothes the soul."On "Ride Out," his first album in eight years, the master of crowd-pleasing Midwestern guitar rock has stayed true to his musical roots but has found a new passion to sing about -- climate change."Let's talk about shorter growing seasons / Let's ...

French legend Bruel returns to New York for inspiration NEW YORK: Patrick Bruel has long been a face of French popular culture and one of his country's most successful musicians. But he says his career wouldn't have happened without New York, where he arrived as a young man in 1979."I think I built everything in my career because of this two-year trip in New York," said the singer and actor, who is now 55."It was the cultural crossroads of the world and this energy ...

'Fury' drives a tank through image of war LOS ANGELES: Brad Pitt's new war movie "Fury" offers a no-holds-barred view of warfare which some may find hard to stomach -- but its director justifies the gore as straightforward realism.A stuntman was injured by a bayonet during the making of the film, which includes multiple close-up scenes of slaughter, and which has already been turned into a video game."War is violent. It's all incredibly realistic," director David Ayer told AFP, adding that a lot ...


 



 
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