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‘Got Talent’ TV show comes to Afghanistan

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“Afghanistan’s Got Talent” is coming to television screens in the war-torn country after the internationally-popular reality show struck a deal with a national channel based in Kabul.

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How Sesame Street tones down for Afghanistan

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Indian and Afghan producers of children’s TV favorite “Sesame Street” are brainstorming in a New Delhi office, swapping tips on how to make Big Bird and his fluffy pals palatable to local viewers.

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Young Afghan actor’s family proud of Oscar nod

An undated production still photograph from the Oscar-nominated film, "Buzkashi Boys," which was filmed in Kabul, Afghanistan, shows actors Jawanmard Paiz, center, Fawad Mohammadi, right, and director Sam French at work on the set of the film. Jawanmard Paiz was plucked from the dingy streets of the Afghan capital to be one of the main stars of “Buzkashi Boys,” a coming-of-age movie filmed entirely in a war zone. (AP Photo/David Gill, Afghan Film Project)

Relatives of the young Afghan star of “Buzkashi Boys” expressed more pride than disappointment upon learning on Monday that the Oscar-nominated movie didn’t win.

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Afghan street kid heads for the Oscars red carpet

Director Sam French’s photo from his official Twitter account. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

An Afghan street kid is off to Hollywood and the red-carpet treatment at the Oscars— a fairytale ending to a chance encounter that led to a starring role in a movie.

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Afghan boys from nominated film to walk red carpet

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An undated production still photograph from the Oscar-nominated film, "Buzkashi Boys," which was filmed in Kabul, Afghanistan, shows actors Jawanmard Paiz, left, Fawad Mohammadi, center, and director Sam French at work on the set of the film. The actors were plucked from the dingy streets of the Afghan capital to be the main stars of “Buzkashi Boys,” a coming-of-age movie filmed entirely in a war zone and nominated in the Best Live Action Short Film category. The movie is about two penniless young boys _ a street urchin and a blacksmith’s son _ who are best friends and dream of becoming professional players of buzkashi, a brutal, polo-like game in which horseback riders wrangle to get a headless goat carcass into a circular goal at one end of the field. AP Photo/David Gill, Afghan Film Project

Fawad Mohammadi has spent half his life peddling maps and dictionaries to foreigners on a street of trinket shops in Kabul. Now the 14-year-old Afghan boy with bright green eyes is getting ready for a trip down the red carpet at the Oscars.

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Bin Laden thriller wins New York critics award

This film image released by Columbia Pictures shows a scene from "Zero Dark Thirty," directed by Kathryn Bigelow. On Monday, Dec. 3, 2012, The New York Film Critics Circle announced their picks for best film and the top performances of the year, one of the first major awards in the drumbeat ahead of the Academy Awards. Best cinematography went to Greg Fraser's work on Kathryn Bigelow's “Zero Dark Thirty.”  AP/Sony - Columbia Pictures

The prestigious New York Film Critics Circle gave “Zero Dark Thirty,” Kathryn Bigelow’s thriller about the hunt for Osama bin Laden, a new shove in the direction of Oscar glory Monday.

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Bracingly different topics in ‘60 Minutes’

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Former state governor of California, US, Arnold Schwarzenegger displays his book "Total Recall"on the first day of the Book Fair in Frankfurt, Germany, Wednesday, October 10, 2012. New Zealand is this year's Guest of Honour. AP/Michael Probst

The best thing that happened to me this month was my discovery last October 3 that the iconic documentary program “60 Minutes” is now being shown on the TalkTV channel. Talk about Christmas in October!

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Justin Timberlake, Mila Kunis accept YouTube marine ball invites

Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis. AFP PHOTO

LOS ANGELES—Hollywood stars Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis have accepted YouTube invitations from two US marines, one serving in Afghanistan, to accompany them to military balls. And singer-turned-actor Timberlake and “Black Swan” star Kunis are having fun with the invitations by a male and female Marine, which went viral on the video-sharing site last week. [...]

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