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Photo of the Day: Tuscan Sunrise

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Academy Award® Nominated: Il Divo

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Calm, ambiguous, inscrutable, Giulio Andreotti–known variously as “The Sphinx,” “Beelzebub” and “Il Divo” (from a nickname for Julius Caesar)–has been a fixture on the Italian political scene for more than four decades. He first entered government in 1946, and has served as Minister of the Interior, Defense, Foreign Affairs, Prime Minister, and currently, at the age of 90, Life Senator. Over the years he has been accused of ordering political assassinations and of betraying anyone necessary to maintain the reins of power. The film follows Andreotti as his long-dominant Christian Democrat party is toppled in the early 1990’s by a trial involving head-on accusations of corruption, murder and Mafia connections. The trial brought a wave of suicides of high-level national figures though Andreotti managed, after a series of trials, verdicts and appeals, to avoid permanent sentence.

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The cast includes: Toni Servillo, Anna Bonaiuto, Giulio Bosetti, Flavio Bucci, Carlo Buccirosso, Giorgio Colangeli, Alberto Cracco and Piera Degli Esposti

Reviews

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“A stunning Italian film. And when was the last time I was able to say that? A masterful achievement without concessions to the larger public who doesn’t know or care about Italian politics. The film has a life of its own. It’s like a Shakespearean adaptation of a modern Mephistopheles. If you don’t know who Giulio Andreotti is you will want to know because it feels and looks like a fictional character. How is it possible that someone so obviously guilty of undiluted evil could sit, still, in the senate and being treated like a celebrity worthy of absolute respect. Someone said, only in Italy, but I think that’s far too simple. True, Italy seems to award some kind of venerable status to some big criminals that got away with it, one way or another. All of it is here, in “Il Divo” a riveting study, a wildly entertaining X ray of one of the most puzzling figures in modern political history.”

One Nomination

Best Makeup

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12/13 Newswire: VIDEO: Implosion, The “Leaning Tower of Texas” goes down + Berlusconi gets crowned

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“Imposion: The Leaning Tower of Texas”

“It was 31 stories high and was supposed to have condos, spas, etc. I guess the developer will rebuild after the cleanup. They started building this in 2006 and the summer of 08 discovered it had sunk 14 inches on one side, thus the lean. The locals were calling it the “leaning tower of South Padre Island”

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Italy’s PM Silvio Berlusconi is bloodied by attack
ROME — Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has been hit in the face and knocked to the ground after a political rally in Milan.
Pictures show Mr Berlusconi with a badly cut lip and blood on his cheek and chin.
The prime minister, looking dazed, was helped to his feet by aides and put in a car. He got out and tried to climb on the car to show he was all right.
Reports suggested he had either been punched or hit with an object.

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UPDATE: ROME (AP) — An attacker hurled a statuette at Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi, striking the leader in the face at the end of a rally Sunday and leaving the stunned 73-year-old media mogul with a broken nose and bloodied mouth.

Police said the 42-year-old man accused of attacking Berlusconi as he signed autographs in Milan was immediately taken into custody. The Italian leader was rushed to a hospital where he was being held overnight.

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