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The kings of Asia

When the fate of being crowned the monarchs of a continent rests on the final delivery of the last over of a cricket match, you know that particular moment gives both terms,

Moroccans welcome king’s reform vow, expect results

RABAT – Moroccans largely welcomed on Thursday King Mohammed VI’s promise of sweeping reforms, announced as uprisings rock the Arab world, but said they wanted to see if concrete changes would result.
France and Spain, former colonisers which have become key trade partners, also praised the monarch’s announcement in a rare national speech late Wednesday, calling it courageous and historic.
The king unveiled plans for constitutional reforms including a popularly elected prime

‘King’s Speech’ crowned big winner at Oscars

LOS ANGELES – “The King’s Speech” was crowned the big winner with four Oscars, including best film and best actor for its star Colin Firth on a night with few surprises among winners at the top movie awards. Joining British actor Firth on Oscar’s stage was the film’s director Tom Hooper and its screenwriter, David Seidler.
Natalie Portman claimed the best actress Academy Award for her portrayal of a young ballerina who grows into womanhood in “Black Swan,” and Melissa Leo and

Why ‘The King’s Speech’ beat ‘The Social Network’

LONDON – It’s said that what swayed so many of the Academy’s 6,000 members in the direction of The King’s Speech came down to the question of heart. It was billed as the battle between The Social Network and The King’s Speech. In the end, the night of the 83rd Academy Awards belonged not to the ultra-modern story of a nerdy billionaire with 500 million friends but to a period piece about a British monarch struggling to overcome his stammer.
The ‘Social Network’ picked up three

Rumours about king’s health triggered spike in oil price

RABAT – Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah bin Abdul-Aziz is alive and in “excellent shape”, its foreign minister said on Thursday after rumours about the king’s health triggered a spike in the price of oil. Abdullah, around 87, has been resting in Morocco since January following a two-month stay in the US where he underwent surgery twice after a blood clot complicated a slipped disc, state media have said.
“I’d like to reassure you about the health of the king. He is in excellent

Can ‘King’s Speech’ keep its Oscar mojo?

LOS ANGELES – When the final envelope is opened at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards, will ‘The King’s Speech’s’ coronation be inevitable? It’s looking that way. In the wake of two winning weekends in which the Weinstein Co. release took top honors from the Producers Guild of America and the Directors Guild of America and then topped it with the Screen Actors Guild Award for best film ensemble, ‘The King’s Speech’ could say it has history on its side – in more ways than one.

83rd Annual Academy Award Nominations: ‘King’s Speech’ leads with 12; ‘True Grit’ 10, ‘Social Network’ and ‘Inception’ 8

127 HOURS (Fox Searchlight)
An Hours Production Christian Colson, Danny Boyle and John Smithson, Producers
BLACK SWAN (Fox Searchlight)
A Protozoa and Phoenix Pictures Production Mike Medavoy, Brian Oliver and Scott Franklin, Producers
INCEPTION(Warner Bros)

A Warner Bros. UK Services Production Emma Thomas and Christopher Nolan, Producers

THE FIGHTER (Paramount)
A Relativity Media Production David Hoberman, Todd

Book tells inspiring tale behind King’s Speech film

LONDON – Based on a treasure trove of royal letters, appointment cards and photographs, a new book on the remarkable life of Australian speech therapist Lionel Logue fills many of the gaps left by the hit film “The King’s Speech.” Lionel’s grandson Mark Logue was consulted for the script of the movie, starring Colin Firth as the stammering King George VI and Geoffrey Rush as his elocution coach, widely tipped for Oscar glory at the Academy Awards next month.
His involvement