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About Eric
Eric is deputy bureau chief for Agence France-Presse in Tehran, Iran.

Regular live TV and radio skype interviews and phone-ins from Iran for France 24, Deutsche Welle, BBC and others.
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Driver's 'Ferrari' puts Venice race in higher gear

07 Sep 2023  |  www.enca.com
The Venice Film Festival's Golden Lion race intensifies with the premiere of 'Ferrari,' a biopic about Enzo Ferrari starring Adam Driver and Penelope Cruz, directed by Michael Mann. The festival, impacted by a Hollywood actors' strike, sees fewer celebrities but features notable films like Luc Besson's 'Dogman' and Pablo Larrain's 'El Conde.' Netflix has a strong presence with multiple premieres. Despite challenges, Venice remains a key launchpad for Oscar hopefuls.

Woody Allen says supports #MeToo as 50th film shows at Venice

04 Sep 2023  |  www.enca.com
The Venice Film Festival saw a warmer reception for Woody Allen's 50th film, 'Coup de Chance,' compared to Roman Polanski's 'The Palace.' Allen expressed support for the #MeToo movement when beneficial, despite being shunned by Hollywood over past allegations. Sofia Coppola's biopic 'Priscilla' received praise, highlighting the complex relationship between Elvis and his wife. The festival also featured strong contenders for the Golden Lion, including 'Poor Things,' 'Maestro,' 'The Killer,' and 'Ferrari,' though many stars were absent due to Hollywood strikes.

Emma Stone Stars In Sex-mad Frankenstein-like Tale At Venice

01 Sep 2023  |  ibtimes.com
The Venice Film Festival featured Emma Stone in 'Poor Things' and Wes Anderson's 'The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar', with 'Poor Things' potentially being an early awards frontrunner. Yorgos Lanthimos, known for 'The Favourite', directed 'Poor Things', which competes for the Golden Lion. Wes Anderson received a lifetime achievement award and opposed changes to Roald Dahl's books. 'The Promised Land' with Mads Mikkelsen also premiered. A Hollywood strike over pay and AI concerns affected actor attendance, with some films like Michael Mann's 'Ferrari' receiving waivers. Upcoming premieres include works by Sofia Coppola and David Fincher, and controversial directors Woody Allen and Roman Polanski.

Michael Mann's 'Ferrari' Gets Pulses Racing In Venice

31 Aug 2023  |  www.barrons.com
Michael Mann's 'Ferrari' premiered at the Venice festival, receiving strong early reviews and generating Oscar buzz for Penelope Cruz. Luc Besson's 'Dogman' faced harsh criticism, while Besson also dealt with the fallout of a past flop and a dismissed rape allegation. Hollywood strikes over pay and AI have impacted festival attendance, with stars like Emma Stone and Bradley Cooper canceling appearances. Netflix presented several productions, including Pablo Larrain's 'El Conde', a satire on Pinochet and Thatcher. The Venice festival is a significant event for Oscar hopefuls, despite the current industry challenges.

Hollywood Strike Saps Glamour From 80th Venice Film Festival

30 Aug 2023  |  www.barrons.com
The 80th Venice Film Festival has been impacted by the ongoing Hollywood strike, leading to the absence of many high-profile actors. Despite this, several Oscar hopefuls are premiering, including films by Emma Stone, Bradley Cooper, and Adam Driver. Controversial figures Woody Allen and Roman Polanski are also featured, sparking debate. The festival includes a mix of in-competition and out-of-competition films, with notable entries from Sofia Coppola, David Fincher, and Wes Anderson.

Fewer stars, more scandal at 80th Venice Film Festival

29 Aug 2023  |  philstar.com
The 80th Venice Film Festival is set to begin with fewer Hollywood stars due to a strike, shifting focus to controversial directors like Roman Polanski and Woody Allen. The festival is a significant event for Oscar campaigns, but the Hollywood actors and writers' strike, the largest in over 60 years, prohibits most from publicity work. High-profile absences include Emma Stone and Bradley Cooper, while Adam Driver and Penelope Cruz may not attend in solidarity. Films will still be screened, and top directors will compete for the Golden Lion. Woody Allen and Roman Polanski's inclusion in the festival has sparked controversy due to past allegations. Luc Besson, recently cleared of rape allegations, is competing with 'Dogman.' Festival director Alberto Barbera defended the inclusion of these directors. The Hollywood strike, which began in July, centers on pay issues in the streaming era and the impact of artificial intelligence.

Fewer stars, more scandal at 80th Venice Film Festival

27 Aug 2023  |  macaubusiness.com
The 80th Venice Film Festival is set to commence with fewer Hollywood stars due to an ongoing strike, shifting focus to controversial directors like Roman Polanski and Woody Allen. High-profile actors such as Emma Stone and Bradley Cooper will miss their premieres, while films from Sofia Coppola, David Fincher, and others will still be showcased. The festival's inclusion of Allen and Polanski has sparked debate, with festival director Alberto Barbera defending their participation. The Hollywood strike, involving actors and writers, centers on concerns over pay in the streaming era and the impact of artificial intelligence.

Fewer Stars, More Scandal At 80th Venice Film Festival

27 Aug 2023  |  ibtimes.com
The 80th Venice Film Festival is set to commence with fewer Hollywood stars due to an ongoing strike, shifting focus to controversial directors like Roman Polanski and Woody Allen. Key films and directors are highlighted, including the absence of Emma Stone and Bradley Cooper from their premieres. The festival's director, Alberto Barbera, defends the inclusion of figures like Polanski and Allen despite their past allegations. The Hollywood strike, involving actors and writers, centers on issues of pay in the streaming era and the impact of artificial intelligence.

Fewer Stars, More Scandal At 80th Venice Film Festival

27 Aug 2023  |  www.barrons.com
The 80th Venice Film Festival faces a reduced presence of Hollywood stars due to an ongoing strike by actors and writers, with notable absences including Emma Stone and Bradley Cooper. Despite this, films will still be screened, and controversies arise from the inclusion of Woody Allen and Roman Polanski, both of whom have faced past allegations of sexual misconduct. The festival director, Alberto Barbera, defends their participation. The strike, which began in July for actors and May for writers, centers on issues of pay in the streaming era and the impact of artificial intelligence on the industry.

Fewer stars, more scandal at 80th Venice Film Festival

25 Aug 2023  |  www.gulf-times.com
The 80th Venice Film Festival faces a reduced star presence due to a Hollywood strike, shifting focus to controversial directors like Roman Polanski and Woody Allen. Despite the absence of many actors, films by top directors will still be showcased. The festival includes biopics by Sofia Coppola and David Fincher, and out-of-competition films by Wes Anderson and Richard Linklater. The strike, driven by concerns over pay and AI, has led to the postponement of some films, but the festival continues with a mix of competition and non-competition entries.

Party time for booming menswear in Paris

26 Jun 2023  |  www.macaubusiness.com
Paris Fashion Week's latest menswear shows were flamboyant, featuring sunny colors, skin exposure, and military styles. Pharrell Williams debuted for Louis Vuitton with a golden carpet event and a performance by Jay-Z. Other brands like Kenzo and Ami also held notable events. Designers showcased a variety of styles, from Hermes' short shorts to Givenchy's sunny range and Dior's bright accessories. Contrasting the revealing trends, military-inspired outfits were also prominent, with Givenchy's Matthew Williams and Marine Serre incorporating such elements into their collections.

Party time for booming menswear in Paris

26 Jun 2023  |  bilyonaryo.com
Paris Fashion Week's latest menswear shows were flamboyant, featuring sunny colors, skin exposure, and military styles. Pharrell Williams debuted for Louis Vuitton with a golden carpet event and a performance by Jay-Z. Other brands like Kenzo, Ami, and Hermes also held notable events and showcased distinctive styles. The week highlighted a blend of fashion with music and culture, with designers offering both traditional and bold, revealing designs.

What makes a great music documentary?

04 Oct 2022  |  japantoday.com
The article explores what makes a great music documentary, highlighting 'The Beatles: Get Back' for its focus on the band members themselves. It criticizes documentaries filled with 'talking heads' and revisits the public perception of David Bowie's sexuality, contrasting it with Jimmy Somerville's openly gay persona. The piece also mentions other notable documentaries like 'The Beatles Anthology' and 'The Filth and the Fury', and discusses the impact of artists like Elton John and the Sex Pistols on music and culture.

France Plans Fashion Revolution With Climate-impact Labels

21 Jul 2022  |  International Business Times
France will require clothing sold within its borders to have labels detailing their climate impact by next year, with the EU expected to follow by 2026. The French Agency for Ecological Transition is testing 11 proposals for data collection and label design using 500 clothing items. The initiative aims to increase transparency and sustainability in the fashion industry, which is a significant contributor to carbon emissions, water consumption, and waste. While the textile industry is developing technical solutions like non-toxic tanning and biodegradable materials, experts emphasize the importance of using the right fabric for the right purpose. Activists welcome the labels but call for broader measures, including design rules, bans on product destruction, and production limits.

France plans fashion revolution with climate-impact labels

20 Jul 2022  |  www.spacedaily.com
France is set to introduce mandatory climate-impact labels on clothing by next year, with the rest of the EU expected to follow by 2026. This initiative aims to enhance transparency and sustainability in the fashion industry, which is responsible for significant carbon emissions and environmental impact. The French Agency for Ecological Transition is testing various methods to collect and compare data for these labels. While the initiative is welcomed, activists argue that it should be part of a broader effort to regulate product design and production practices in the fashion industry.

The Metaverse Threat: 'TV Will Die With Its Audience'

07 Apr 2022  |  ibtimes.com
TV companies are warned to adapt to the online entertainment landscape or face obsolescence, as young audiences shift from traditional TV to interactive online worlds and games. Viewership among under-35s has halved in a decade, and platforms like Roblox, Fortnite, and Minecraft are gaining dominance. Broadcasters must decide whether to stick with traditional TV or integrate into the metaverse. France Televisions is exploring immersive technologies, while the financial challenge for TV firms is the potential shift of advertising revenue to the metaverse, where brands can directly engage with users.

The metaverse threat: 'TV will die with its audience'

01 Apr 2022  |  techxplore.com
TV companies must adapt to the rapidly evolving online entertainment landscape to survive, as younger audiences shift from traditional TV to interactive platforms like Roblox, Fortnite, and Minecraft. Experts highlight the growing influence of the metaverse, where users engage in immersive experiences. Broadcasters face the challenge of catering to diverse age groups while exploring augmented and virtual reality. Financial pressures loom as advertising revenue may shift from TV to the metaverse, where brands already find success in virtual markets.

TikTok is having a bad war,' say disinformation experts

04 Mar 2022  |  ibtimes.co.uk
TikTok has become a significant source of misinformation about the war in Ukraine, with experts criticizing its minimal content filtering and the prevalence of false information. BBC journalist Shayan Sardarizadeh and others have observed a vast amount of misleading content, including recycled videos and fake live-streams. Advocacy group Access Now criticizes TikTok for not taking its obligations seriously despite prior warnings about Kremlin propaganda. TikTok, which partners with AFP for fact-checking in several countries, acknowledges the issue and claims to use technology and human moderation to combat misinformation. The platform's user demographics, with a significant portion being young, raises concerns about their exposure to false information. Compared to other social media, TikTok has done less to fight misinformation, and its user community has not yet actively engaged in fact-checking efforts.

What's Next For TikTok's Music Industry Revolution?

11 Feb 2022  |  ibtimes.com
TikTok, with its billion users, has become a significant force in the music industry, influencing artist discovery and compensation. The platform has propelled artists like Lil Nas X to fame and breathed new life into older songs. Major labels have adapted to the app's influence, and TikTok is now fully licensed and collaborating with them. Independent artists are finding success without traditional label support, as seen with Nigerian artist CKay's viral hit 'Love Nwantiti'. TikTok's head of music, Ole Obermann, is exploring new initiatives like SoundOn for unsigned artists and aims to streamline music licensing for commercials. Despite the challenges of staying relevant, TikTok is confident in its cultural impact and continues to innovate with ideas like live-streaming concerts and direct sales.

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Now the Social Revolution Can Begin

20 Nov 2013  |  Foreign Policy
Nepal has experienced significant political and social changes over the past decades, transitioning from a monarchy to a democratic republic. Despite ongoing political instability and challenges in drafting a new constitution, the recent national election offers hope for the future. The rise of marginalized castes and ethnicities, such as the Madhesi and Dalits, marks a social revolution that could reshape Nepalese society. The push for federalism, supported by the Maoists and resisted by conservative parties, remains a contentious issue. The recent election, despite attempts at disruption by hardline Maoist splinter groups, was a success, indicating a public desire for stability and progress.

Cramming for That Next Big Test in Democracy

16 Apr 2013  |  Foreign Policy
In Rangoon, Burma, members of the National League for Democracy (NLD) are undergoing political training to prepare for the 2015 general election. The training, provided by the civil society organization Bayda, covers basic political concepts and practical skills. The NLD, led by Aung San Suu Kyi, faces significant challenges due to its members' lack of political experience and the country's recent transition from military dictatorship. Despite internal criticism and external challenges, new training and research initiatives led by young activists offer hope for the party's future.
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