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Statue of The Beatles July 11, 2007

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A Beatles monument is to be erected in the centre of Hamburg, in Germany close to some of the clubs where the fab-four launched their career.

The German city of Hamburg can justifiably lay claim to launching the international career of the Beatles, and now 45 years later, the city is erecting a monument to the rock legends.

An old rock radio station is behind the idea and says construction of a steel structure will begin this year. The statue will depict the Fab Four: Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, as well as Stuart Sutcliffe, an original Beatle who died in Hamburg in 1962.

The monument, which will cost around $725,000, will be built on a corner in the St Pauli district, near clubs where the boys from Liverpool launched their international career in 1962, with songs including Love Me Do.


Priceless watch collection found under tree July 11, 2007

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Priceless watch collection stolen from Swiss Museum found under French Oak tree

A collection of exclusive timepieces worth millions of Swiss francs that was stolen from a watch museum has been recovered, officials said Monday.

French police found the watches in a bag beneath an oak tree near Valdahon, France, about 34 miles west of the Swiss border town of La Chaux-de-Fonds, where the theft occurred Thursday, the investigating magistrate of Neuchatel canton, Sylvie Favre, said.

Two men were arrested in France within hours of the heist at the Girard-Perregaux watch museum, but investigators made no announcement at the time so as not to jeopardize the search for the loot and a third accomplice, who remains at large.

Favre said Swiss authorities had made extradition requests for the two men of Balkan origin. “The way in which the culprits stole and transported these valuable watches indicates that they were not collectors themselves,” she said.

Last week Favre had said selling the haul would have been difficult because each watch was registered.

Museum of Moving Image to fete Cruise July 11, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Movies.
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Tom Cruise will be honored with a tribute at the Museum of the Moving Image’s 23rd annual black-tie event in New York.

The salute, set for November 6 at Cipriani 42nd Street in Midtown Manhattan, honors the 27-year film career of the actor, producer and United Artists studio head.

“Tom Cruise is one of the premier American actors of his generation,” MOMI director Rochelle Slovin said. “Working with the great directors of our time including Francis Ford Coppola, Stanley Kubrick, Sydney Pollack, Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg and now Robert Redford, Cruise has given us indelible characters and performances.”

Cruise will next appear opposite Meryl Streep and director-star Redford in UA’s political drama “Lions for Lambs.”

Past recipients of the honor include Sidney Lumet, Robert De Niro, Richard Gere, Al Pacino, Sidney Poitier, Julia Roberts and James Stewart.