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Omar Sharif Fears Egyptians 'Do Not Know What They Want'

February 1st, 2011 8:36am EST
Omar Sharif
Veteran actor Omar Sharif fears for the future of his native Egypt as protesters call for the resignation of long-serving President Hosni Mubarak, because he's convinced his countrymen "do not know what they want."

The uprising has been making headlines across the world since last week, when thousands of citizens in the African republic began taking part in daily rallies in a bid to force Mubarak out of office.

Protesters have held the leader responsible for plunging the nation into poverty during his 30 years in power.

"Doctor Zhivago" star Sharif, who lives in Cairo, is one of the coun...
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Check Out 'Doctor Zhivago's' 45th Anniversary Blu-ray Book/DVD

May 2nd, 2010 6:29am EDT
Doctor Zhivago
The 1965 film captures the essence of Boris Pasternak’s Russian novel of remarkable passion and sweeping grandeur, presenting an intimate and deeply emotional story against the enormous backdrop of the Russian Bolshevik Revolution.

Omar Sharif stars in the title role of Doctor Zhivago, portraying the surgeon-poet over a half-century period. Zhivago, who is married to Tonya (Geraldine Chaplin), an aristocratic girl with whom he raises a family, is also in love with Lara (Julie Christie), a nurse whose life has been destroyed by tragedy.

Repeatedly brought together and separated from...
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Best Movies Set In Cold Locations

December 26th, 2009 11:56am EST
Fargo
Often times, weather plays an integral role in films, whether it be that it helps to set the tone, has symbolic significance, or makes a kissing scene all the more steamy, like the passionate lip-lock between Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams in "The Notebook" (2004), whose sexiness skyrocketed thanks to it taking place during a downpour. Sometimes the weather even takes on a life of its own, like in the film "Twister" (1996), in which the tornado acts as just as much of a protagonist as both Helen Hunt's and Bill Paxton's characters.

So now, with winter officially getting its frosty self...
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'Casablanca' Named Most Romantic Movie Ever

February 5th, 2008 3:45pm EST
Casablanca
Tearjerker Casablanca has been voted the most romantic movie of all time in a new internet poll. Visitors to Moviefone.com named the 1942 World War II classic their number one, ahead of Titanic in second place and Wuthering Heights in third.

None of the top 10 films were released in the past decade - proving old movies really are more romantic.

The top 10 is as follows:

1. Casablanca

2. Titanic

3. Wuthering Heights

4. An Affair to Remember

5. Gone With the Wind

6. The Way We Were

7. Moonstruck

8. Annie Hall

9. Dr. Zhivago

10. Ghost

(This...
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Starpulse Top 10 Red-Hot Romantic Movies

November 5th, 2007 4:54pm EST
Top 10 Red-Hot Romantic Movies
In the midst of Googling some date-night movie ideas, many people come across lists of the most romantic films of all time. The only problem is that the majority of those currently dating are typically young and, to no one's surprise, probably aren't interested in cuddling up to archaic classics like "Casablanca" and "Doctor Zhivago." Although oldies can sometimes be goodies, it's time for a new, up-to-date listing of romantic movies from this era. The ten following motion pictures are sure to bring some laughter, tears, and joy to anyone looking for a good romance story.

10. The Wedd...
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Omar Sharif Pleads No Contest To Battery Charge

February 14th, 2007 8:17am EST
Actor Omar Sharif pleaded no contest to misdemeanor battery charges in Beverly Hills, California yesterday, and was ordered to take an anger management class. The Doctor Zhivago star was accused of punching a parking valet who refused to accept his European currency as payment.

The Egyptian-born star was not required to be in court and the plea was entered on his behalf by attorney Harlan Braun. Superior Court Judge Richard Stone placed Sharif on two years' probation and demanded he attend a 15-hour anger management program, which he can attend in his native Egypt.

The 74-year-o...
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Valentine's Day Romantic Movie Guide

February 1st, 2007 8:00am EST
The Notebook
Valentine’s Day is just a heartbeat away, so take your sweetie by the hand, grab some chewy chocolate treats, put extra butter on your popcorn, and check out some of Starpulse’s top romantic movies of all time.

Starpulse Top Romantic Movie List:

Casablanca

Breakfast at Tiffany's

Summertime

African Queen

Sabrina

Doctor Zhivago

Love Story

The Graduate

Hannah & Her Sisters

Gone with the Wind

Moonstruck

An Officer and a Gentleman

The Bridges of Madison County

Titanic

Ghost

When Harry Met Sally...

Sleepless in Seattle

The Princess Bride

My Best Fri...
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Sophia Loren's Film Producer Husband, Carlo Ponti, Dies at 94

January 10th, 2007 9:55am EST
Sophia Loren
Sophia Loren's film producer husband, Carlo Ponti, has died after suffering heart complications in Geneva, Switzerland. He was 94. Ponti was admitted to the hospital late last month where he was treated for a pulmonary complication, but passed away overnight.

The Italian native has produced more than 140 movies, including La Strada, Dr. Zhivago, and 1966's Blowup. Ponti married Oscar-winner Loren in 1957 when the actress was just 22, but the marriage was annulled in 1962. They remarried in 1966.

He is survived by Loren, 72, and their two sons, Carlo Ponti Jr., and Edoardo Ponti...
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Brits To Choose Best Books Made Into Films

April 19th, 2006 2:49pm EDT
The English Patient, A Clockwork Orange and Brokeback Mountain have been included in a shortlist of the best 50 books to make it to the big screen. The list, compiled by Britain's Book Marketing Society, honors literary classics turned into movie masterpieces and will be voted on by readers online and at U.K. bookshops.

Among the works cited, director Steven Spielberg is responsible for three: JG Ballard's Empire Of The Sun, Thomas Keneally's Holocaust drama Schindler's Ark (filmed as Schindler's List), and Jaws, written by Peter Benchley.

Meanwhile, movie re-workings of Michael...
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Russian Director To Remake 'Doctor Zhivago'

February 15th, 2006 10:28am EST
Doctor Zhivago
A Russian director is making a new homegrown film version of classic novel "Doctor Zhivago" in a bid to correct the inaccuracies in the Academy Award-winning US-made 1965 movie. David Lean's film starring Omar Sharif and Julie Christie scooped five Oscars and is regularly ranked among the top movies of all time.

But its Western approach to a classic Russian story has long been criticized in the homeland of author Boris Pasternak. Director Aleksander Proshkin hopes his 11 part TV movie, with an all-Russian cast, will re-dress the balance.

Proshkin says, "It is a wonderful U.S. film...
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