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January 14, 2014

STUDENT ACADEMY AWARDS 2014 COMPETITION NOW UNDERWAY

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Photo: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presented its 40th Annual Student Academy Awards on Saturday, June 8, in Beverly Hills. Pictured (left to right): John Mattiuzzi, Talkhon Hamzavi, David Aristizabal, Brian Schwarz, Eusong Lee, Perry Janes, Kevin Herron, Jonathan Langager, Wouter Bouvijn, Rafael Cortina, Mauro Mueller, Kristina Yee, Daniel Koehler, Ashley Graham, Lindsey St. Pierre and Rachel Loube. Photo © Matt Petit/Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

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Photo: Jonathan Langager, winner of the silver medal in the narrative film category during the 40th Annual Student Academy Awards on Saturday, June 8, in Beverly Hills. Photo © Todd Wawrychuk/Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

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Photo: Animated film winner Kevin Herron as the 2013 Student Academy Awards winners toured the Academy Film Archive, on Friday July 7, 2013. Photo © Matt Petit/Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is now accepting applications for its 2014 Student Academy Awards competition.

Past Student Academy Award winners have gone on to receive 46 Oscar nominations and have won or shared eight awards. Winners include Pete Docter, John Lasseter, Spike Lee, Trey Parker and Robert Zemeckis.

Gold, Silver and Bronze Medal awards, along with cash prizes, may be presented to student filmmakers in the following categories: Alternative, Animation, Narrative, Documentary and Foreign Film.

The U.S. competition is open to all full-time college and university students at accredited institutions, whose films are made within the curricular structure of a film program or class at their respective schools. For 2014, the Academy has again limited the accepted accreditation agencies for U.S. institutions to the following: Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools; New England Association of Schools and Colleges; North Central Association of Colleges and Schools; Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities; Western Association of Schools and Colleges; and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. U.S. entries must be submitted by Tuesday, April 1, 2014.

In the Foreign Film category, entries are accepted only from full-time college and university students attending schools that are located outside the borders of the United States and are members of the international film school organization CILECT (www.cilect.org) [Full members of CILECT are institutions such as Film and Television Institute of India (FTII)]. The deadline to submit a foreign student film for consideration is Friday, March 21, 2014.

The 41st Annual Student Academy Awards presentation will be held in June at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

The Academy established the Student Academy Awards in 1972 to support and encourage excellence in filmmaking at the collegiate level.

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January 1, 2014

New Year's Eve 2014 In Times Square, New York

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Photos: Toshiba Vision Screen at New Year’s Eve Countdown and other New Year’s Eve 2014 Celebrations in Times Square on December 31, 2013 in New York City. Photographers: Eugene Gologursky, Neilson Barnard. © 2013 Getty Images.

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Photos: Toshiba Kimono Girls attend the Japanese New Year Countdown at Times Square on December 31, 2013 in New York City. Photos by Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images for Toshiba. © 2013 Getty Images.

Toshiba was the official sponsor of the Times Square New Year’s Eve Celebration. The countdown to midnight was played out on TOSHIBA VISION, the LED screen atop One Times Square, New York, welcoming 2014 at the world’s biggest New Year party with over a million people gathered in Times Square and a television audience around the globe of more than a billion.

On December 31, 2013, the one million strong crowd gathered at Times Square chanted out the countdown in a deafening roar, climaxing with confetti exploding into the air. The partygoers embraced each other as “Happy New Year” appeared on the screen with the final “0” of the countdown, their celebrating voices welcoming the New Year.

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December 21, 2013

9 FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILMS ADVANCE IN OSCAR RACE

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Photo: Actor Clark Gregg (left) and Kristina Yee from National Film and Television School, United Kingdom, winner of the gold medal in the foreign student film category for “Miss Todd,” during the 40th Annual Student Academy Awards in Beverly Hills. Photo © Todd Wawrychuk/Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

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Photo: Actor Clark Gregg (left) and Talkhon Hamzavi from Zurich University of the Arts, Switzerland, winner of the silver medal in the foreign student film category for “Parvaneh,” during the 40th Annual Student Academy Awards in Beverly Hills. Photo © Todd Wawrychuk/Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

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Photo: Wouter Bouvijn from RITS School of Arts, Erasmus College, Brussels, Belgium, winner of the bronze medal in the foreign student film category for “Tweesprong (Crossroads),” during the 40th Annual Student Academy Awards in Beverly Hills. Photo © Richard Harbaugh/Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA — Nine films have been shortlisted and have advanced to the next round of voting in the Foreign Language Film category for the 86th Academy Awards. A record 76 countries had submitted films for consideration (see our October 8, 2013 post).

The nine Foreign Language Films, that have been shortlisted are:

Belgium, “The Broken Circle Breakdown,” Felix van Groeningen, director;

Bosnia and Herzegovina, “An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker,” Danis Tanovic, director;

Cambodia, “The Missing Picture,” Rithy Panh, director;

Denmark, “The Hunt,” Thomas Vinterberg, director;

Germany, “Two Lives,” Georg Maas, director;

Hong Kong, “The Grandmaster,” Wong Kar-wai, director;

Hungary, “The Notebook,” Janos Szasz, director;

Italy, “The Great Beauty,” Paolo Sorrentino, director;

Palestine, “Omar,” Hany Abu-Assad, director.

A committee, consisting of several hundred Los Angeles-based Academy members, screened the original 76 submissions in the category. The group’s top six choices, augmented by three additional selections voted by the Academy’s Foreign Language Film Award Executive Committee, constitute this shortlist.

This shortlist will be winnowed down to the five nominees by specially invited committees in New York and Los Angeles. They will spend Friday, January 10, through Sunday, January 12, viewing three films each day and then casting their ballots.

The 86th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 16, 2014 in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2013 will be presented on Oscar Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center and televised live on the ABC Television Network. The presentation, produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, will also be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

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November 14, 2013

Tiger Woods drives from Asia to Europe

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Photo: Tiger Woods of the USA, the World Number One, makes history as he hits the first golf shots from East to West on Istanbul’s iconic Bosphorous Bridge linking Asia and Europe on November 5, 2013 in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images. © 2013 Getty Images).

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Photo: Tiger Woods of the USA, the World Number One, makes history as he hits the first golf shots from East to West on Istanbul’s iconic Bosphorous Bridge linking Asia and Europe on November 5, 2013 in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images. © 2013 Getty Images).

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Photo: Tiger Woods of the United States, the World No. 1, makes history as he hits the first golf shots from East to West on Istanbuls iconic Bosphorous Bridge linking Asia and Europe on November 5, 2013 in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images. © 2013 Getty Images).

Tiger Woods achieved another first in his long and illustrious career while in the Turkish city of Istanbul on Tuesday, becoming the first golfer to hit balls from east to west off the Bosphorus Bridge.

Woods, one of the most recognizable athletes, struck several shots from the iconic structure that connects Europe and Asia in front of international and local media.

The gravity-anchored suspension bridge, which is 3,524 feet long, was completed in 1973 after 16 years of planning and is located between the European neighborhood of Ortaköy and Asian shore of Beylerbeyi. It is perhaps the most distinguishable landmark in Istanbul, one of the world’s most vibrant and historically rich cities.

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October 8, 2013

76 COUNTRIES IN COMPETITION FOR 2013 FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM OSCAR

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Photo: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences celebrates the year 1912 and its developmental contributions to motion pictures with a program of selected films in “A Century Ago: The Films of 1912” at the San Rafael Film Center in San Rafael, CA. Photo © Matt Petit/Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - A record 76 countries have submitted films for consideration in the Foreign Language Film category for the 86th Academy Awards. Moldova and Saudi Arabia are first-time entrants; Montenegro is submitting for the first time as an independent country.

The 2013 submissions are:

• Afghanistan, “Wajma - An Afghan Love Story,” Barmak Akram, director;
• Albania, “Agon,” Robert Budina, director;
• Argentina, “The German Doctor,” Lucía Puenzo, director;
• Australia, “The Rocket,” Kim Mordaunt, director;
• Austria, “The Wall,” Julian Pölsler, director;
• Azerbaijan, “Steppe Man,” Shamil Aliyev, director;
• Bangladesh, “Television,” Mostofa Sarwar Farooki, director;
• Belgium, “The Broken Circle Breakdown,” Felix van Groeningen, director;
• Bosnia and Herzegovina, “An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker,” Danis Tanovic, director;
• Brazil, “Neighboring Sounds,” Kleber Mendonça Filho, director;
• Bulgaria, “The Color of the Chameleon,” Emil Hristov, director;
• Cambodia, “The Missing Picture,” Rithy Panh, director;
• Canada, “Gabrielle,” Louise Archambault, director;
• Chad, “GriGris,” Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, director;
• Chile, “Gloria,” Sebastián Lelio, director;
• China, “Back to 1942,” Feng Xiaogang, director;
• Colombia, “La Playa DC,” Juan Andrés Arango, director;
• Croatia, “Halima’s Path,” Arsen Anton Ostojic, director;
• Czech Republic, “The Don Juans,” Jiri Menzel, director;
• Denmark, “The Hunt,” Thomas Vinterberg, director;
• Dominican Republic, “Quien Manda?” Ronni Castillo, director;
• Ecuador, “The Porcelain Horse,” Javier Andrade, director;
• Egypt, “Winter of Discontent,” Ibrahim El Batout, director;
• Estonia, “Free Range,” Veiko Ounpuu, director;
• Finland, “Disciple,” Ulrika Bengts, director;
• France, “Renoir,” Gilles Bourdos, director;
• Georgia, “In Bloom,” Nana Ekvtimishvili and Simon Gross, directors;
• Germany, “Two Lives,” Georg Maas, director;
• Greece, “Boy Eating the Bird’s Food,” Ektoras Lygizos, director;
• Hong Kong, “The Grandmaster,” Wong Kar-wai, director;
• Hungary, “The Notebook,” Janos Szasz, director;
• Iceland, “Of Horses and Men,” Benedikt Erlingsson, director;
• India, “The Good Road,” Gyan Correa, director;
• Indonesia, “Sang Kiai,” Rako Prijanto, director;
• Iran, “The Past,” Asghar Farhadi, director;
• Israel, “Bethlehem,” Yuval Adler, director;
• Italy, “The Great Beauty,” Paolo Sorrentino, director;
• Japan, “The Great Passage,” Ishii Yuya, director;
• Kazakhstan, “Shal,” Yermek Tursunov, director;
• Latvia, “Mother, I Love You,” Janis Nords, director;
• Lebanon, “Blind Intersections,” Lara Saba, director;
• Lithuania, “Conversations on Serious Topics,” Giedre Beinoriute, director;
• Luxembourg, “Blind Spot,” Christophe Wagner, director;
• Mexico, “Heli,” Amat Escalante, director;
• Moldova, “All God’s Children,” Adrian Popovici, director;
• Montenegro, “Ace of Spades - Bad Destiny,” Drasko Djurovic, director;
• Morocco, “Horses of God,” Nabil Ayouch, director;
• Nepal, “Soongava: Dance of the Orchids,” Subarna Thapa, director;
• Netherlands, “Borgman,” Alex van Warmerdam, director;
• New Zealand, “White Lies,” Dana Rotberg, director;
• Norway, “I Am Yours,” Iram Haq, director;
• Pakistan, “Zinda Bhaag,” Meenu Gaur and Farjad Nabi, directors;
• Palestine, “Omar,” Hany Abu-Assad, director;
• Peru, “The Cleaner,” Adrian Saba, director;
• Philippines, “Transit,” Hannah Espia, director;
• Poland, “Walesa. Man of Hope,” Andrzej Wajda, director;
• Portugal, “Lines of Wellington,” Valeria Sarmiento, director;
• Romania, “Child’s Pose,” Calin Peter Netzer, director;
• Russia, “Stalingrad,” Fedor Bondarchuk, director;
• Saudi Arabia, “Wadjda,” Haifaa Al Mansour, director;
• Serbia, “Circles,” Srdan Golubovic, director;
• Singapore, “Ilo Ilo,” Anthony Chen, director;
• Slovak Republic, “My Dog Killer,” Mira Fornay, director;
• Slovenia, “Class Enemy,” Rok Bicek, director;
• South Africa, “Four Corners,” Ian Gabriel, director;
• South Korea, “Juvenile Offender,” Kang Yi-kwan, director;
• Spain, “15 Years Plus a Day,” Gracia Querejeta, director;
• Sweden, “Eat Sleep Die,” Gabriela Pichler, director;
• Switzerland, “More than Honey,” Markus Imhoof, director;
• Taiwan, “Soul,” Chung Mong-Hong, director;
• Thailand, “Countdown,” Nattawut Poonpiriya, director;
• Turkey, “The Butterfly’s Dream,” Yilmaz Erdogan, director;
• Ukraine, “Paradjanov,” Serge Avedikian and Olena Fetisova, directors;
• United Kingdom, “Metro Manila,” Sean Ellis, director;
• Uruguay, “Anina,” Alfredo Soderguit, director;
• Venezuela, “Breach in the Silence,” Luis Alejandro Rodríguez and Andrés Eduardo Rodríguez, directors.

The 86th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 16, 2014, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2013 will be presented on Oscar Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center and televised live on the ABC Television Network. The presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

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September 24, 2013

The Longines Prize for Precision awarded at the Archery World Cup Final in Paris

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Photo: Erika Jones (USA) and Braden Gellenthien (USA), winners of the 2013 Longines Prize for Precision. The Prize has been presented by Alain Henry, Brand Manager Longines France and Prof. Dr. Ugur Erdener, President of World Archery at the Archery World Cup Final in Paris.

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Photo: The 2013 Archery World Cup Final took place on the Esplanade of the Trocadero in Paris.

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Photo: Erika Jones (USA), winner of the 2013 Longines Prize for Precision at the Archery World Cup Final in Paris.

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Photo: Braden Gellenthien (USA), winner of the 2013 Longines Prize for Precision at the Archery World Cup Final in Paris.

As official partner of the Archery World Cup Season, the Swiss watch brand Longines awarded the Longines Prize for Precision at the Archery World Cup Final on Saturday. The two most precise compound athletes of the season, Erika Jones (USA) and Braden Gellenthien (USA) received this award in Paris.

After four qualifying stages, in Shanghai (China), Antalya (Turkey), Medellin (Colombia) and Wroclaw (Poland), the top athletes were in Paris for the Final of the 2013 World Cup. The competition took place on the Esplanade of the Trocadero. Erika Jones (USA) and Braden Gellenthien (USA), the two most precise compound athletes of this year’s World Cup, have been awarded the Longines Prize for Precision. They have scored the most “10s” during the qualifications and the tournament of the season, 379 for Jones and 447 for Gellenthien. They each received a trophy, a Longines watch and a cheque for 5,000 CHF.

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September 23, 2013

FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour by Coca-Cola Kicks Off in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

FIFA World Cup Trophy Will Visit 89 Countries, across all 6 FIFA Confederations in Nine Months.

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Photo: Coca-Cola & Sports - Professional ice hockey player Patrick Sharp promoting Coca-Cola Zero.

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Infographic: 2014 FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour by Coca-Cola.

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Route Map: 2014 FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour by Coca-Cola.

In a tour spanning more than 92,000 miles, Coca-Cola and FIFA will take the iconic FIFA World Cup Trophy on its longest journey to date. The route for the highly anticipated 2014 FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour will give more than one million people around the world the chance to experience football’s most coveted prize in their own communities.

The FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour by Coca-Cola will be the most inclusive, participatory event ever, inviting fans around the world to get up close and personal with the same trophy that is presented by FIFA to the country winning the FIFA World Cup.

The journey will include the first ever pan-Latin America tour, with events in 39 countries across the region that is home to the host nation, Brazil. The tour will also be visiting 50 new countries that have never had the opportunity to host the trophy before.

“Coca-Cola shares the passion that fans have for football around the world and through our partnership with FIFA we champion the power of football to bring the world together,” said Joseph Tripodi, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing and Commercial Officer, The Coca-Cola Company.

“Like all football fans, we’re especially excited about the 2014 FIFA World Cup taking place in the spiritual home of football and the 2014 FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour will be our opportunity to take the energy and passion of the host nation, Brazil, and share it with millions of football fans around the world,” added Tripodi.

The global FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour by Coca-Cola kicked off with an official launch ceremony at the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in the presence of Michel Davidovich, General Manager of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Coca-Cola Brazil, Thierry Weil, FIFA Marketing Director, and five World Cup Champions from each of Brazil’s five wins, Zagallo (1958), Amarildo (1962), Rivellino (1970), Bebeto (1994) and Marcos (2002).

“We are extremely happy to bring the most iconic symbol in football to the world once again. As many countries start securing their spots in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, this tour gives us the opportunity to share our passion for the beautiful game with fans across the globe, who are given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the trophy up close in their home country. I want to thank our long-term partner Coca-Cola for making this dream come true for many millions of football fans around the globe,” explained FIFA President, Joseph S. Blatter.

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September 18, 2013

THE ACADEMY CELEBRATES SATYAJIT RAY RESTORATIONS

19 FILMS PRESERVED BY THE ACADEMY FILM ARCHIVE TO BE PRESENTED IN LOS ANGELES, LONDON AND VIENNA.

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Photo: Front Cover of a book on Satyajit Ray.

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Photo: Actress Sharmila Tagore prior to screenings of “Pather Panchali” and “Aparajito,” presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Friday, September 6, 2013 at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, California. Photo Credit: Todd Wawrychuk. © Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, in celebration of the restoration of 19 Satyajit Ray films by the Academy Film Archive, is presenting new prints of the prolific filmmaker’s renowned early works. [The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is the world’s preeminent movie-related organization and is known around the world for its annual Academy Awards, now officially known as The Oscars.]

The two-evening screening series kicked off with a double feature of 1955’s “Pather Panchali (Song of the Little Road)” and 1956’s “Aparajito (The Unvanquished)” on Friday, September 6 and concluded with 1959’s “Apur Sansar (The World of Apu)” on Monday, September 9 at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, California.

Special guests for Monday’s program included actress Sharmila Tagore, who made her film debut in “Apur Sansar,” and Dilip Basu, founding director of the Satyajit Ray Film and Study Center Collection at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

The Academy has also partnered with the British Film Institute (BFI), the American Cinematheque and the Austrian Film Museum to screen prints from the Academy Film Archive’s collection.

In London, the BFI Southbank is presenting “Satyajit Ray” from August 14 through October 5.

In Los Angeles, the American Cinematheque at the Aero Theatre, in partnership with the Academy, is presenting “Unlocking the Golden Fortress: Satyajit Ray Restored,” from September 12 through October 21, featuring all 19 of the Ray films that the Academy Film Archive has restored to date.

In Vienna, the Austrian Film Museum will present “Satyajit Ray: Early Works” from December 4 through January 8, 2014.

More than 100 screenings will take place between the Academy’s screenings and its partners’ during the months-long celebration.

Satyajit Ray was an Indian filmmaker, regarded as one of the greatest directors of world cinema.

In 1992, after a career spanning more than three decades, Ray received an Honorary Award (an Oscar statuette) from the Academy “in recognition of his rare mastery of the art of motion pictures, and of his profound humanitarian outlook, which has had an indelible influence on filmmakers and audiences throughout the world.”

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“The director is the only person who knows what the film is about.”

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September 3, 2013

Stars Arrive in Style at the 70th Venice International Film Festival

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Photo: Actress Clotilde Coureau attends ‘Gravity’ premiere and Opening Ceremony during The 70th Venice International Film Festival at Sala Grande on August 28, 2013 in Venice, Italy. (Photo © Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images for Maserati).

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Photo: Liliana Matthaeus attends the L’Uomo Vogue Party during the 70th Venice International Film Festival at Terrazza Maserati on August 27, 2013 in Venice, Italy. (Photo © Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images for Maserati).

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Photo: Moran Atias attends the L’Uomo Vogue Party during the 70th Venice International Film Festival at Terrazza Maserati on August 27, 2013 in Venice, Italy. (Photo © Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images for Maserati).

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Photo: Actor Nicolas Cage attends the ‘Joe’ Premiere during The 70th Venice International Film Festival at Palazzo Del Cinema on August 30, 2013 in Venice, Italy. (Photo © Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images for Maserati).

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Photo: Director Philip Groning attends the 70th Venice International Film Festival at Terrazza Maserati on August 30, 2013 in Venice, Italy. (Photo © Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images for Maserati).

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Photo: Actress Maria Roveran attends the 70th Venice International Film Festival at Terrazza Maserati on August 31, 2013 in Venice, Italy. (Photo © Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images for Maserati).

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Photo: Director Noaz Deshe attends the 70th Venice International Film Festival at Terrazza Maserati on August 31, 2013 in Venice, Italy. (Photo © Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images for Maserati).

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Photo: Actress Madalina Ghenea attends the 70th Venice International Film Festival at Terrazza Maserati on August 31, 2013 in Venice, Italy. (Photo © Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images for Maserati).

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Photo: Actor James Franco attends ‘Palo Alto’ Premiere during the 70th Venice International Film Festival at Sala Grande on September 1, 2013 in Venice, Italy. (Photo © Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images for Maserati).

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Photo: Alexandra Finder attends the 70th Venice International Film Festival at Terrazza Maserati on August 30, 2013 in Venice, Italy. (Photo © Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images for Maserati).

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Photo: Miss Italy 2009 Maria Perrusi attends the 70th Venice International Film Festival at Terrazza Maserati on September 4, 2013 in Venice, Italy. (Photo © Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images for Maserati).

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Photo: Orizzonti Jury member Iranian actress Golshifteh Farahani wears a Jaeger-LeCoultre Vintage Duoplan watch at the Opening Ceremony of the 70th Venice Film Festival on August 28, 2013 in Venice, Italy. (Photo © Ian Gavan/Getty Images for Jaeger-LeCoultre).

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Photo: Caterina Balivo wears the Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Ultra Thin watch at the ‘Philomena’ Premiere during the 70th Venice Film Festival on August 31, 2013 in Venice, Italy. (Photo © Ian Gavan/Getty Images for Jaeger-LeCoultre).

The 70th Venice International Film Festival is being held from 28th August to 7th September 2013.

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August 16, 2013

World Athletics Championships 2013, Moscow, Russia

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Photo: Usain Bolt of Jamaica (C) starts in the Men’s 100 metres Final during Day Two of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships Moscow 2013 at Luzhniki Stadium on August 11, 2013 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo © 2013 Getty Images/Getty Images for SEIKO).

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Photo: Usain Bolt of Jamaica wins gold in the Men’s 100 metres Final during Day Two of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships Moscow 2013 at Luzhniki Stadium on August 11, 2013 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo © 2013 Getty Images/Getty Images for SEIKO).

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Photo: Hitomi Niiya of Japan leads the pack in the Women’s 10000 final during Day Two of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships Moscow 2013 at Luzhniki Stadium on August 11, 2013 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo © 2013 Getty Images/Getty Images for SEIKO).

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Photo: Darya Klishina of Russia competes in the Women’s Long Jump final during Day Two of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships Moscow 2013 at Luzhniki Stadium on August 11, 2013 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images for SEIKO. Photo © 2013 Getty Images.)

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Photo: Aleksandr Ivanov of Russia competes in the Men’s 20km Race Walk final during Day Two of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships Moscow 2013 at Luzhniki Stadium on August 11, 2013 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo © 2013 Getty Images/Getty Images for SEIKO).

World Athletics Moscow, Global Giants

Photo: Amy Hastings of the United States in the Women’s 10000 final during Day Two of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships Moscow 2013 at Luzhniki Stadium on August 11, 2013 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo © 2013 Getty Images/Getty Images for SEIKO).

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Photo: Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica celebrates winning gold in the Women’s 100 metres final during Day Three of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships Moscow 2013 at Luzhniki Stadium on August 12, 2013 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo © 2013 Getty Images/Getty Images for SEIKO).

World Athletics Moscow, Global Giants

Photo: Christina Schwanitz of Germany wins silver in the Women’s Shot Put Final during Day Three of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships Moscow 2013 at Luzhniki Stadium on August 12, 2013 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo © 2013 Getty Images/Getty Images for SEIKO).

World Athletics Moscow, Global Giants

Photo: Womens Hepathlon javelin during Day Four of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships Moscow 2013 at Luzhniki Stadium on August 13, 2013 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo © 2013 Getty Images/Getty Images for SEIKO).

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Photo: Men’s Javelin final during Day Eight of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships Moscow 2013 at Luzhniki Stadium on August 17, 2013 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo © 2013 Getty Images/Getty Images for SEIKO).

World Athletics Moscow, Global Giants

Photo: Antonina Krivoshapka of Russia runs ahead of Francena McCorory of the United States in the Women’s 4x400 metres relay final during Day Eight of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships Moscow 2013 at Luzhniki Stadium on August 17, 2013 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo © 2013 Getty Images/Getty Images for SEIKO).

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Photo: Brianna Rollins of the United States celebrates winning gold in the Women’s 100 metres hurdles final during Day Eight of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships Moscow 2013 at Luzhniki Stadium on August 17, 2013 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo © Cameron Spencer/Getty Images).

The IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federations) World Championships Moscow 2013 are taking place in Moscow, Russia, from August 10 through August 18, 2013.

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July 3, 2013

Brazil wins the FIFA Confederations Cup 2013

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Photo: David Villa of Spain shoots the post during the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 Final match between Brazil and Spain at Maracana on June 30, 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photo © 2013 Getty Images / Ronald Martinez.

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Photo: Iker Casillas of Spain looks on during the penalty shoot-out during the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 Semi Final match between Spain and Italy at Castelao on June 27, 2013 in Fortaleza, Brazil. Photo © 2013 Getty Images / Clive Mason.

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Photo: Fans during the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 Group A match between Japan and Mexico at Estadio Mineirao on June 22, 2013 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Photo © 2013 Getty Images / Laurence Griffiths.

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Photo: Brazil v Japan: Group A - FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013. Eiji Kawashima of Japan looks on as the ball enters the goal at National Stadium on June 15, 2013 in Brasilia, Brazil. Photo © 2013 Getty Images / Clive Rose.

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Photo: Fans of Brazil during the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 Group A match between Brazil and Mexico at Castelao on June 19, 2013 in Fortaleza, Brazil. Photo © 2013 Getty Images / Clive Rose.

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Photo: Marcelo of Brazil competes with Gerardo Torrado of Mexico during the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 Group A match between Brazil and Mexico at Castelao on June 19, 2013 in Fortaleza, Brazil. Photo © Robert Cianflone/Getty Images.

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Photo: Dani Alves of Brazil and Andres Guardado of Mexico fight for the ball during the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 Group A match between Brazil and Mexico at Castelao on June 19, 2013 in Fortaleza, Brazil. Photo © 2013 Getty Images / Miguel Tovar.

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Photo: Dani Alves of Brazil kicks the matchball during the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 Group A match between Italy and Brazil at Estadio Octavio Mangabeira (Arena Fonte Nova Salvador) on June 22, 2013 in Salvador, Brazil. Photo © 2013 Getty Images / Clive Mason.

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Photo: Thiago Silva of Brazil heads to the goal during the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 Group A match between Italy and Brazil on June 22, 2013 in Salvador, Brazil. Photo © 2013 Getty Images / Robert Cianflone.

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Photo: adidas marketing display during the final match of the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 between Brazil and Spain at Maracana Stadium on June 30, 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo Ricardo Ramos/LatinContent/Getty Images).

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Photo: adidas marketing display during the final match of the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 between Brazil and Spain at Maracana Stadium on June 30, 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo Ricardo Ramos/LatinContent/Getty Images).

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Photo: Fernando Torres of Spain and David Luiz of Brazil in action during the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 Final match between Brazil and Spain at Maracana on June 30, 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo © 2013 Getty Images/Getty Images for Sony.)

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Photo: Dani Alves of Brazil controls the ball during the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 Group A match between Italy and Brazil at Estadio Octavio Mangabeira (Arena Fonte Nova Salvador) on June 22, 2013 in Salvador, Brazil. Photo © 2013 Getty Images / Clive Rose.

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Photo: Fred of Brazil holds the adidas Silver Boot during the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 Final match between Brazil and Spain at Maracana on June 30, 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photo © 2013 Getty Images / Laurence Griffiths.

The 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup was the ninth FIFA Confederations Cup, and was held in Brazil from 15 June to 30 June 2013 as a prelude to the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Host nation Brazil successfully defended their title.

Eight national teams (Brazil, Spain, Italy, Mexico, Uruguay, Japan, Nigeria and Tahiti) played in six different cities during the biggest test before the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil.

Brazil won the Cup defeating FIFA World Cup holders Spain 3-0 in the final match.

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June 6, 2013

World War Z - World Premiere

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Photo: The ‘World War Z’ Fan Screening at Cine Capitol in Madrid, Spain, on June 21, 2013. (Photo © Juan Naharro Gimenez /Getty Images).

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Photo: A view of atmosphere inside the theater during the Paris premiere of “World War Z” at Cinema UGC Normandie on June 3, 2013 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images For Paramount. © 2013 Getty Images).

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Photo: A view of the film poster displayed next to the entrance to the Lido cabaret during the Paris premiere of “World War Z” at Cinema UGC Normandie on June 3, 2013 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images For Paramount. © 2013 Getty Images).

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Photo: Angelina Jolie (R) and Brad Pitt (rear R) meet with fans as they sign autograph upon their arrival for the Paris premiere of “World War Z” at Cinema UGC Normandie on June 3, 2013 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images For Paramount. © 2013 Getty Images).

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Photo: Actors Angelina Jolie (L) and Brad Pitt attend the World Premiere of ‘World War Z’ at The Empire Cinema Leicester Square on June 2, 2013 in London, England. (Photo © 2013 Dave M. Benett/WireImage for Paramount).

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Photo: Actress Angelina Jolie attends the World Premiere of ‘World War Z’ at The Empire Cinema Leicester Square on June 2, 2013 in London, England. (Photo © 2013 Dave M. Benett/WireImage for Paramount).

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Photo: Matt Bellamy of Muse performs at the ‘World War Z’ World Premiere at Horse Guards Parade on June 2, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Jo Hale/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures International. © 2013 Getty Images).

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Photo: Dutch film producer, director and actor Ludi Boeken attends the World Premiere of ‘World War Z’ at The Empire Cinema on June 2, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures International. © 2013 Getty Images).

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Photo: A general view of the crowd during the Muse performance at the ‘World War Z’ World Premiere at Horse Guards Parade on June 2, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Lucian Capellaro/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures International. © 2013 Getty Images).

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June 2, 2013

The Sound of Change Live Concert in London

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Photo: Danielle Haim performs on stage at the “Chime For Change: The Sound Of Change Live” Concert at Twickenham Stadium on June 1, 2013 in London, England. Chime For Change is a global campaign for girls’ and women’s empowerment founded by Gucci with a founding committee comprised of Gucci Creative Director Frida Giannini, Salma Hayek Pinault and Beyonce Knowles-Carter. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images for Gucci. © 2013 Getty Images.)

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Photo: (L-R) Actors Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan speak on stage at the “Chime For Change: The Sound Of Change Live” Concert at Twickenham Stadium on June 1, 2013 in London, England. Chime For Change is a global campaign for girls’ and women’s empowerment founded by Gucci with a founding committee comprised of Gucci Creative Director Frida Giannini, Salma Hayek Pinault and Beyonce Knowles-Carter. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images for Gucci. © 2013 Getty Images.)

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Photo: Singer Timbaland performs on stage at the “Chime For Change: The Sound Of Change Live” Concert at Twickenham Stadium on June 1, 2013 in London, England. Chime For Change is a global campaign for girls’ and women’s empowerment founded by Gucci with a founding committee comprised of Gucci Creative Director Frida Giannini, Salma Hayek Pinault and Beyonce Knowles-Carter. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images for Gucci. © 2013 Getty Images.)

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Photo: Members of the crowd pose at the “Chime For Change: The Sound Of Change Live” Concert at Twickenham Stadium on June 1, 2013 in London, England. Chime For Change is a global campaign for girls’ and women’s empowerment founded by Gucci with a founding committee comprised of Gucci Creative Director Frida Giannini, Salma Hayek Pinault and Beyonce Knowles-Carter. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images for Gucci. © 2013 Getty Images.)

CHIME FOR CHANGE, founded by Gucci, is a new global campaign to raise funds and awareness for girls’ and women’s empowerment. It serves to convene, unite and strengthen voices speaking out for girls and women around the world. Founded in Florence, Italy, in 1921, Gucci is one of the world’s leading luxury fashion brands.

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June 1, 2013

World Conference of Sports Ministers (MINEPS V) Concludes in Berlin

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Photos from the Conference (MINEPS V). All photos Copyright © Federal Ministry of the Interior, Germany/Peter Himsel.

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Photo: MINEPS V Welcome Evening: Hans-Peter Friedrich, Federal Minister of the Interior, Germany, at the screening of the film “Gold”, next to Pila Alvarez Laso (UNESCO Assistant Director-General) on the left, and Kirsten Bruhn (athlete and actress of the film “Gold”) on the right. Copyright © Federal Ministry of the Interior, Germany/Peter Himsel.

The fifth UNESCO World Sport Ministers Conference (MINEPS V) was held in Berlin from 28 to 30 May 2013. It was organized by the German Federal Ministry of the Interior in cooperation with UNESCO and with the help of the International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education.

The conference focused on the fight against match-fixing, corruption and doping in order to maintain the integrity of sport. The agenda also included the topic of participation in and through sport. A third focus was on promoting investment in sport and physical education programs and discussing standards for large-scale sporting events.

The conference adopted an extensive list of recommendations to curb corruption in sport, share the socio-economic benefits of sport more equitably and ensure access to sport for all.

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May 16, 2013

Cannes Film Festival 2013 Kicks Off

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Photo: Model Cara Delevingne attends Electrolux at Opening Night of The 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival at the Theatre Lumiere on May 15, 2013 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Ian Gavan/WireImage for Electrolux. © 2013 WireImage.)

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Photo: Actor Leonardo DiCaprio attends Electrolux at Opening Night of The 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival at the Theatre Lumiere on May 15, 2013 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Ian Gavan/WireImage for Electrolux. © 2013 WireImage.)

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Photo: Model Cindy Crawford attends Electrolux at Opening Night of The 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival at the Theatre Lumiere on May 15, 2013 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Ian Gavan/WireImage for Electrolux. © 2013 WireImage.)

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Photo: Sonam Kapoor attends Electrolux at Opening Night of The 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival at the Theatre Lumiere on May 15, 2013 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Ian Gavan/WireImage for Electrolux. © 2013 WireImage.)

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Photo: Zhang Ziyi attends Electrolux at Opening Night of The 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival at the Theatre Lumiere on May 15, 2013 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Ian Gavan/WireImage for Electrolux. © 2013 WireImage.)

Cannes Film Festival, Global Giants

Photo: Georgia May Jagger attends Electrolux at Opening Night of The 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival at the Theatre Lumiere on May 15, 2013 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Ian Gavan/WireImage for Electrolux. © 2013 WireImage.)

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Photo: Fan Bingbing attends Electrolux at Opening Night of The 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival at the Theatre Lumiere on May 15, 2013 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Ian Gavan/WireImage for Electrolux. © 2013 WireImage.)

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Photo: Actress Isla Fisher attends Electrolux at Opening Night of The 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival at the Theatre Lumiere on May 15, 2013 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Ian Gavan/WireImage for Electrolux. © 2013 WireImage.)

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Photo: Steven Spielberg and actress Nicole Kidman attend Electrolux at Opening Night of The 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival at the Theatre Lumiere on May 15, 2013 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Ian Gavan/WireImage for Electrolux. © 2013 WireImage.)

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Photo: Sonam Kapoor attends “Jeune & Jolie” Premiere during the 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival at Grand Theatre Lumiere on May 16, 2013 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Dominique Charriau/WireImage for Electrolux. © 2013 WireImage.)

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Photo: Vidya Balan attends the “Inside Llewyn Davis” Premiere during the 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival at Grand Theatre Lumiere on May 19, 2013 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Ian Gavan/WireImage for Electrolux. © 2013 WireImage.)

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Photo: Aishwarya Rai attends the “Inside Llewyn Davis” Premiere during the 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival at Grand Theatre Lumiere on May 19, 2013 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Ian Gavan/WireImage for Electrolux. © 2013 WireImage.)

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Photo: Jury President and Director Steven Speilberg attends the “Inside Llewyn Davis” Premiere during the 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival at Grand Theatre Lumiere on May 19, 2013 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Ian Gavan/WireImage for Electrolux. © 2013 WireImage.)

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Photo: Model Alessandra Ambrosio attends the ‘De Grisogono’ Party during The 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival at Hotel Du Cap Eden Roc on May 21, 2013 in Antibes, France. (Photo © Samir Hussein/French Select via Getty Images).

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Photo: Cannes Film Festival May 22. Anais Monory wearing Montblanc Princess Grace de Monaco red gold and diamonds bracelet. Photo © OLIVIER BORDE.

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Photo: Cannes Film Festival May 22. Beatrice Rosen wearing Montblanc earrings in red gold with diamonds. Photo © OLIVIER BORDE.

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Photo: (L-R) Producers Neal Dodson, Anna Gerb, Mary Cameron Goodyear, director J. C. Chandor, Sibylle Szaggars, Chairman of the Cannes Film Festival Gilles Jacob, Robert Redford and Cannes Film Festival artistic director Thierry Fremaux attend the “All Is Lost” Premiere during the 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival at Grand Theatre Lumiere on May 22, 2013 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Ian Gavan/WireImage for Electrolux. © 2013 WireImage.)

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Photo: Puja Gupta attends the “All Is Lost” Premiere during the 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival at Grand Theatre Lumiere on May 22, 2013 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Ian Gavan/WireImage for Electrolux. © 2013 WireImage.)

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Photo: Ameesha Patel attends the “All Is Lost” Premiere during the 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival at Grand Theatre Lumiere on May 22, 2013 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Ian Gavan/WireImage for Electrolux. © 2013 WireImage.)

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Photo: Barbara Palvin attends the “All Is Lost” Premiere during the 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival at Grand Theatre Lumiere on May 22, 2013 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Ian Gavan/WireImage for Electrolux. © 2013 WireImage.)

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Photo: Araya A. Hargate attends the “All Is Lost” Premiere during the 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival at Grand Theatre Lumiere on May 22, 2013 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Ian Gavan/WireImage for Electrolux. © 2013 WireImage.)

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Photo: Ana Girardot attends “The Immigrant” Premiere during the 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival at Grand Theatre Lumiere on May 24, 2013 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Ian Gavan/WireImage for Electrolux. © 2013 WireImage.)

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Photo: Olivia Palermo attends “The Immigrant” Premiere during the 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival at Grand Theatre Lumiere on May 24, 2013 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Ian Gavan/WireImage for Electrolux. © 2013 WireImage.)

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Photo: French humorist and actor Tomer Sisley at the 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival 2013. Photo © OLIVIER BORDE.

The 66th annual Cannes Film Festival is currently taking place in Cannes, France, from 15 to 26 May 2013.

The festival opened with The Great Gatsby directed by Baz Luhrmann and will close with Zulu, directed by Jerome Salle.

THE COMPETITION JURY 2013

Steven SPIELBERG, President - Director, Producer, Writer / United States
Vidya BALAN Actress / India
Naomi KAWASE Director / Japan
Nicole KIDMAN Actress, Producer / Australia
Lynne RAMSAY Writer, Director, Producer / United Kingdom
Daniel AUTEUIL Actor, Director / France
Ang LEE Director, Producer, Writer / Taïwan
Cristian MUNGIU Writer, Director, Producer / Romania
Christoph WALTZ Actor / Austria

THE CINEFONDATION AND SHORT FILM JURY 2013

Jane CAMPION, President - Film director/New Zealand
Maji-da ABDI Actress, director, producer/Ethiopia
Nicoletta BRASCHI Actress, producer/Italy
Nandita DAS Actress, director/India
Semih KAPLANOGLU Director, writer, producer/Turkey

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May 2, 2013

International Jazz Day 2013: Artists From Across The Globe Grace The Stage In Istanbul, Turkey

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Jazz, UNESCO, Global Giants

Photo: A concert on the theme, “Jazz: A Language for Peace”, featuring the Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet, was held at UN Headquarters in connection with the International Jazz Day (30 April). Shown here: A stack of program notes for the performance. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas.

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Photo: Jazz Appreciation Forever Stamp Honors America’s Gift to Music. Photo Credit: U.S. Postal Service.

In an unprecedented series of events worldwide, UNESCO and the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz joined together to celebrate jazz as a universal language of freedom on April 30th. With events taking place in 196 countries, International Jazz Day 2013 culminated in an evening concert at Istanbul’s Hagia Irene that was viewed live by millions around the world. Dating back to the 4th century, the Hagia Irene, located in the outer courtyard of the Topkapi Palace - a UNESCO World Heritage Site - is regarded as an international treasure for music lovers because of its brilliant atmosphere and enchanting acoustics.

Those who participated in the Istanbul event included pianists Herbie Hancock, John Beasley (Musical Director), George Duke, Robert Glasper, Ramsey Lewis, Keiko Matsui and Eddie Palmieri; vocalists Ruben Blades, Al Jarreau, Milton Nascimento, Dianne Reeves, Esperanza Spalding (who also played bass) and Joss Stone; trumpeters Terence Blanchard, Hugh Masekela and Imer Demirer; bassists James Genus, Marcus Miller and Ben Williams; drummers Terri Lyne Carrington and Vinnie Colaiuta; guitarists Bilal Karaman, John McLaughlin, Lee Ritenour and Joe Louis Walker; saxophonists Dale Barlow, Igor Butman , Branford Marsalis, Wayne Shorter and Liu Yuan; clarinetists Anat Cohen and Husnu Senlendirici; violinist Jean-Luc Ponty; Pedrito Martinez on percussion; tabla master Zakir Hussain; trombonist Alevtina Polyakova; and special guest Martin Luther King III.

On this occasion, noted pianist Herbie Hancock remarked, “Using jazz as a tool, I have faith that the music - either through playing an instrument, learning about its rich cultural history, or listening to the millions of recordings made over the past century - will demonstrate that barriers can be broken, unity can be achieved, new forms of expression can be created, and a dialogue between cultures can begin. From my decades long career as a jazz musician, I know first hand that inventive ideas can achieve the impossible, transform humanity, and make productive changes at the grass roots level.”

International Jazz Day was adopted by UNESCO Member States on the initiative of UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Herbie Hancock in order to encourage and highlight jazz’s unique power for advancing intercultural dialogue and understanding across the world.

International Jazz Day brings together communities, schools and groups from across the globe to celebrate jazz, learn about its roots and highlight its important role as a form of communication that transcends differences.

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April 29, 2013

DOCUMENTA MADRID: MAY 5 - May 12, 2013

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Photos: WINTER NOMADS. Director: Manuel von Sturler. 90 Minutes / 2012 / Switzerland.

Winter Nomads is an adventure film, a contemporary road movie. Pascal and Carole are shepherds. In the month of November 2010, they embark on their long winter transhumance: four months during which they will have to cover 600 km in the Swiss-French region, accompanied by three donkeys, four dogs and eight hundred sheep. An exceptional adventure is about to begin: they brave the cold and the bad weather day in day out, with a canvas cover and animal skins as their only shelter at night. This saga reveals a tough and exacting profession requiring constant improvisation and unflinching attention to nature, the animals and the cosmos.

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Photo: Irish Folk Furniture. Director: Tony Donoghue. 8 Minutes / 2012 / Ireland.

This is an animated documentary film about repair and recycling. In rural Ireland old hand-painted furniture is often associated with hard times. Because of this association much of the country’s furniture heritage lies rotting in barns and sheds. In the making of this film 16 pieces of abandoned folk furniture were restored and returned back into daily use. This film was shot in a green and environmentally-friendly way using local craftspeople, local narrators, and inexpensive equipment. Only natural light was used to shoot this film.

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Photos: Kyrkogardso. Director: Joakim Chardonnens. 23 Minutes / 2012 / Switzerland.

Kyrkogardso is a small island in the middle of the Baltic Sea. It is an Island of 8 habitants and has been owned by the Nordberg Family for 16 generations. Every morning, Ida Nordberg, 5 years old, crosses an icy sea to go to school. Kyrkogardso is a movie which questions the relation of a child with the immensity and the power of the Landscape.

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Photo: Flo. Director: Riley Hooper. 10 Minutes / 2012 / United States of America.

With gritty style and a witty sense of humor, New York photographer Flo Fox has been documenting the streets of New York City since the 1970s. Now, not being fit, and no longer able to even hold a camera, she instructs her attendants to take photos for her and continues to pursue photography and maintain her adventurous, feisty spirit.

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Photo: Dime quien era Sanchicorrota. Director: Jorge Tur Molto. 63 Minutes / 2012 / Spain.

The story revolves around exploration of the legend of Sanchicorrota, a 15th century outlaw, who, just like Robin Hood, became known for “robbing from the rich and giving to the poor”. But the search only reveals some interesting things about shepherds, sheep, hunters, and film settings.

The 10th Edition of the International Documentary Cinema Festival of Madrid, DOCUMENTA MADRID, is taking place from 5th to 12th of May, 2013.

DOCUMENTA MADRID will open a wide window enabling the Madrid audience to see the world around them. They would enjoy 75 chosen films selected from more than 1,100 applications from 84 different countries from all continents.

Two different International Juries, composed of professionals with a long career in the documentary cinema field, will decide the Awards for the three best films in each category.

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April 21, 2013

Regatta: America’s Cup World Series 2013 Races begin in Naples, Italy

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Photos: America’s Cup World Series Regatta 2013, Naples, Italy. April 18, 2013. © Gilles Martin Raget for America’s Cup.

The best sailors in the world have come to Naples, Italy, for the first America’s Cup World Series event of 2013 (April 16-21).

Oracle Team USA, the home team in the United States, charged with defending the America’s Cup in 2013, is currently leading the 2012-13 series.

America’s Cup World Series Naples Championship Standings
(Provisional, after 4 of 7 scheduled races)

  1. Oracle Team USA (Golden Gate Yacht Club, San Francisco, USA)
  2. Energy Team (Yacht Club de France, Paris, France)
  3. Emirates Team New Zealand (Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, Auckland, New Zealand)
  4. J.P. Morgan BAR (Royal Cornwall Yacht Club, Falmouth, England)
  5. Luna Rossa Piranha (Circolo della Vela Sicilia, Palermo, Italy)
  6. Luna Rossa Swordfish Circolo della Vela Sicilia, Palermo, Italy)
  7. Artemis Racing White (Royal Swedish Yacht Club, Stockholm, Sweden)
  8. HS Racing (Golden Gate Yacht Club, San Francisco, USA)
  9. China Team (Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, Mei Fan Yacht Club, China)

The America’s Cup World Series features up to 11 of the top sailing teams in the world. The America’s Cup World Series has been staged in America and Europe since 2011. High-tech catamarans with wingsails, which demand every ounce of energy from their crews, face off at dazzling speeds down narrow courses in regattas staged right off the coast, creating a breathtaking experience for fans.

The America’s Cup is a trophy awarded to the winner of the America’s Cup match races between two sailing yachts. One yacht, known as the defender, represents the yacht club that currently holds the America’s Cup and the second yacht, known as the challenger, represents the yacht club that is challenging for the cup. The America’s Cup is the oldest active trophy in international sport.

One of the most fiercely competitive and sought after trophies in all of sport, the America’s Cup was first raced in 1851, 45 years before the modern Olympics. The U.S. yacht America won, giving the international sailing competition its name. It consists of 3 different stages — the America’s Cup World Series, the Louis Vuitton Cup (used as the selection series to determine who will race the Defender), and the America’s Cup Finals.

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February 25, 2013

Oscar 2013 Winners Announced

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Photo: Daniel Day-Lewis, Oscar winner for performance by an actor in a leading role for his role in “Lincoln”; Jennifer Lawrence, Oscar winner for performance by an actress in a leading role for her role in “Silver Linings Playbook”; Anne Hathaway, Oscar winner for performance by an actress in a supporting role for her role in “Les Misérables”; and Christoph Waltz, Oscar winner for performance by an actor in a supporting role for his role in “Django Unchained” pose backstage with their Oscars during the live telecast on the ABC Television network from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA, Sunday, February 24, 2013. Credit: Matt Petit. © Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

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Photo: After winning the category of achievement in production design for work done on “Lincoln”, Rick Carter poses backstage in the press room during the live ABC telecast of The Oscars from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA, Sunday, February 24, 2013. Credit: Heather Ikei. © Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

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Photo: Winning the category best documentary short subject for “Inocente”, documentarians Andrea Nix Fine and Sean Fine pose backstage for the press with the Oscar during the live ABC Telecast of The Oscars from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA, Sunday, February 24, 2013. Credit: Todd Wawrychuk. © Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

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Photo: Oscar nominees (from left to right): Jennifer Lawrence and Hugh Jackman at the Oscar Nominees Luncheon in Beverly Hills Monday, February 4, 2013. The 85th Academy Awards were presented on Sunday, February 24, 2013 at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center, and televised live by the ABC Television Network. Credit: Todd Wawrychuk. © Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

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Photo: Oscar nominees Jessica Chastain and Steven Spielberg at the Oscar Nominees Luncheon in Beverly Hills Monday, February 4, 2013. The 85th Academy Awards were presented on Sunday, February 24, 2013 at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center, and televised live by the ABC Television Network. Credit: Michael Yada. © Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Here is the list of the 85th annual Academy Award winners announced in Hollywood, CA, Sunday, February 24, 2013:

1. Best Picture: “Argo.”

2. Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, “Lincoln.”

3. Actress: Jennifer Lawrence, “Silver Linings Playbook.”

4. Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz, “Django Unchained.”

5. Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway, “Les Miserables.”

6. Directing: Ang Lee, “Life of Pi.”

7. Foreign Language Film: “Amour.”

8. Adapted Screenplay: Chris Terrio, “Argo.”

9. Original Screenplay: Quentin Tarantino, “Django Unchained.”

10. Animated Feature Film: “Brave.”

11. Production Design: “Lincoln.”

12. Cinematography: “Life of Pi.”

13. Sound Mixing: “Les Miserables.”

14. Sound Editing (tie): “Skyfall,” ”Zero Dark Thirty.”

15. Original Score: “Life of Pi,” Mychael Danna.

16. Original Song: “Skyfall” from “Skyfall,” Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth.

17. Costume: “Anna Karenina.”

18. Documentary Feature: “Searching for Sugar Man.”

19. Documentary (short subject): “Inocente.”

20. Film Editing: “Argo.”

21. Makeup and Hairstyling: “Les Miserables.”

22. Animated Short Film: “Paperman.”

23. Live Action Short Film: “Curfew.”

24. Visual Effects: “Life of Pi.”

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2012 were presented on Sunday, February 24, 2013, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center, and televised live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation was also televised live in more than 225 countries worldwide.

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January 10, 2013

OSCAR NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED

Oscar Nominations, Global Giants

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Photo: Nomination — Performance by an actor in a leading role, Daniel Day-Lewis in “Lincoln” (Walt Disney/20th Century Fox). Photo © Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Oscar Nominations, Global Giants

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Photo: Nomination — Best motion picture of the year, “Django Unchained” (The Weinstein Company). A Weinstein Company and Columbia Pictures Production. Stacey Sher, Reginald Hudlin and Pilar Savone, Producers. Photo © Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Oscar Nominations, Global Giants

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Photo: Nomination — Performance by an actress in a supporting role, Anne Hathaway in “Les Misérables” (Universal). Photo © Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Nominations for the 85th Academy Awards were announced today.

Following are the Nominations for the 85th Academy Awards:

Performance by an actor in a leading role

Performance by an actor in a supporting role

Performance by an actress in a leading role

Performance by an actress in a supporting role

Best animated feature film of the year

Achievement in cinematography

Achievement in costume design

Achievement in directing

Best documentary feature

Best documentary short subject

Achievement in film editing

Best foreign language film of the year

Achievement in makeup and hairstyling

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)

Best motion picture of the year

Achievement in production design

Best animated short film

Best live action short film

Achievement in sound editing

Achievement in sound mixing

Achievement in visual effects

Adapted screenplay

Original screenplay

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is the world’s preeminent movie-related organization.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2012 will be presented on Sunday, February 24, 2013, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center, and televised live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries worldwide.

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