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Women take the lead
Four. It’s one of the most glaring numbers in Academy Awards history. That’s how many women have been nominated for best director in the awards’ 89 years of existence. Kathryn Bigelow, for “The Hurt Locker” in 2010, is the only woman to win. “I have to say it really bums me out,” says Greta Gerwig, whose solo directorial debut, “Lady Bird,” opened last week in limited release. “Every year I see the list of people who are in the running for best director. Kathryn Bigelow got in — that’s one. Every year they nominate five guys. Every year. And four women have been nominated  
 
Shimmering designs
 
One of the high points of Dubai Design Week’s third edition (DXBDW, Nov. 13 – 18) was the wide selection of Middle Eastern and Islamic focused projects. Visitors were treated to a variety of offerings in this genre, from traditional Middle Eastern craftsmanship to Islamic inspired    
 
Love of all it takes
 
Jimmy Gomez, better known as the rapper Taboo from The Black Eyed Peas, had money, fame and a multi-platinum career when a strange back pain brought his world crashing down. The six-time Grammy winner went to the doctor and got a gut-wrenching diagnosis: he had testicular cancer. 
 
Laughing it off
 
In 2003, “The Room” opened in California and quickly became known as the “Citizen Kane of bad movies” — a melodrama so poor that it went on to gain cult status. Writer-director Tommy Wiseau’s production is still shown to delighted audiences around the world, fans reveling in the unmitigated 
 
Rain of light, reign of art
 
During its opening celebrations (Nov. 11 – 14), Louvre Abu Dhabi welcomed 30,000 visitors, 25 events and 227 artists and performers and numerous VIPs and official visits. To mark the historic occasion, it presented four days of public performances, workshops and concerts, 
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