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‘Oppenheimer’ director Christopher Nolan to be given knighthood

‘Oppenheimer’ director Christopher Nolan to be given knighthood

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British-American filmmaker Christopher Nolan, fresh from his Oscar victory for historical drama “Oppenheimer”, will receive a knighthood from Britain for services to film.

His wife and film producer Emma Thomas will receive a damehood, the female equivalent of a knighthood, the British government said in a list of honours recommended by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak that also included Conservative politicians and tech industry leaders.

“Oppenheimer”, a blockbuster biopic about the race to build the first atomic bomb, claimed seven Academy Awards earlier this month, including the best picture trophy and Nolan’s first best director Academy Award. His career includes other highly regarded films such as “Interstellar,” “Inception”, “Dunkirk” and the Batman trilogy.

Nolan wrote the screenplay for “Oppenheimer” and produced the film with Thomas.

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Among others to receive a knighthood were Demis Hassabis, the CEO of Google’s DeepMind. Other figures from the world of artificial intelligence who were honoured include Matthew Clifford, an AI adviser to the British government, and entrepreneur Ian Hogarth, chair of the AI Safety Institute, both of whom were bestowed with CBEs (Commander of the Order of the British Empire.)

Billionaire businessman and Conservative Party donor Mohamed Mansour was given a knighthood for business, charity and political service.

Sunak doled out awards to his Conservative lawmakers, too – with knighthoods for Philip Davies and Mark Spencer and damehoods for Tracey Crouch and Harriett Baldwin.

Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos was awarded an honorary CBE for services to creative industries.

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Maya Ali’s splendid Eid pics adored by fans

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Pakistan showbiz industry talented actor Maya Ali has uploaded a photo in white attire that left fans spell bounded.

She released a photo on the occasion of Eidul Fitr and the fans have loved the new photos of the Man Mayal actor.

The actor delicately choose the white dress on Eid and the fine work on the dress increased her beauty.

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Italian designer Roberto Cavalli dead at 83: Italian media

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Italian designer Roberto Cavalli dead at 83: Italian media

Italian fashion designer Roberto Cavalli, whose penchant for python and flamboyant animal prints made him the darling of the international jet set for decades, died Friday at 83, news media said.

Italian news agency ANSA reported that the designer died at home in Florence, the city where he was born, after a long illness.

First seen in the 1970s on stars such as Sophia Loren and Brigitte Bardot, his skin-baring, eye-popping styles were still favoured years on by later generations of celebrities, from Kim Kardashian to Jennifer Lopez.

Cavalli had a taste for Ferraris, fat cigars and tailored shirts unbuttoned to expose his tanned chest. He married a Miss Universe runner-up, owned a purple helicopter and a Tuscan vineyard, and was on a first-name basis with Hollywood A-listers.

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Born November 15, 1940 in Florence, Italy’s premier leatherworking centre, Cavalli was known for his use of printed leather and stretchy, sand-blasted jeans.

The designer was tapped in 2005 to update the Playboy Bunnies’ scanty uniform — true to form, he introduced one version in leopard print. 

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Serbian runway honours shooting victim with Dior designs

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Jelena Acimovic is not a model, but on Friday evening she walked the runaway at Belgrade Fashion Week in a dress designed by Dior (DIOR.PA) after drawings by her 14-year old sister who was killed in a school massacre last year.

Angelina Acimovic was in history class when her classmate, a 13-year old boy, entered the school and killed nine pupils and a guard in a shooting spree.

“This dress is white and resembles a wedding dress, she did not live long enough to see me as bride,” Jelena said before the show.

To commemorate Angelina’s life, her family last year called on designers to make dresses after her drawings made when she was 10 years old and attended a designers course for children.

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Many Serbian designers responded and two dresses were made by Dior. Angelina’s two sisters, nine of her young friends and several professional models walked the runaway wearing dresses.

“In every drawing there was joy and beauty. She had a very serious approach,” said Bata Spasojevic, a Serbian designer who was among the first designers to respond to the Acimovic family’s call to revive their daughter’s sketches.


Angelina’s other sister, Marija, wore an elegant sleeveless pink dress with a train. Pink was Angelina’s favourite colour, she said.

“I am thinking about Angelina, that she is with us this evening and that she is happy with what we are doing,” Marija said.
Andjelko Acimovic, Angelina’s father, established a foundation named after his youngest daughter to commemorate her life.

“We believe that she is watching what we do and we will do everything to make her proud the way she made us proud,” Acimovic said.

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Last year 18 people were killed in two shootings – one in elementary school and another one in a small town outside Belgrade – on May 3 and 4.

The two shootings shocked Serbia and triggered the biggest anti-government protests since the Serbian Progressive Party took power in 2012, prompting the government to call a snap election.

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