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Al Pacino to receive AFI lifetime honor
Al Pacino can add another acting accolade to his collection. The 66-year-old actor will receive the American Film Institute's highest honor, the AFI Lifetime Achievement Award, it was announced Friday. Sir Howard Stringer, chairman of the AFI board of trustees, called Pacino "an icon of American film." "His career inspires audiences and artists alike," Stringer said.
The 35th AFI Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Pacino at a tribute dinner in Los Angeles on June 7, 2007. Past recipients of the honor include Sean Connery, Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg and Elizabeth Taylor.
A two-time Tony winner and eight-time Oscar nominee, Pacino won an Academy Award in 1992 for his role in Scent of a Woman. He was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 1996 by the Independent Feature Project.
The Hollywood Foreign Press presented Pacino with its Cecil B. De Mille Award at the Golden Globes ceremony in 2001. - AP
IPO opens its 70th season
The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra opened its 70th season Thursday with a polished rendition of Johann Sebastian Bach's Mass in B minor at Tel Aviv's Mann Auditorium.
Conductor Peter Schreier, famous as a tenor singer with a special interest in Bach's liturgical works, led his musicians with confidence and precision in a performance shared by the Prague Philharmonic Choir, frequent guest performers in Israel.
Soloists included Agnieszka Tomaszewska and Britta Schwartz . - Maxim Reider
Pop band Habibi to reunite
Beloved pop band Hakol Over Habibi is returning to the stage as part of singer Shlomit Aharon's upcoming concert tour. Some 15 years have passed by since Aharon, who recently released the album Kshetavo Tireh (Come and See), left the group to carve out a solo career. She's now decided to perform with her former bandmates and offer nostalgic fans a look back at an earlier stage of her career.
One of the most successful Israeli pop groups of the Seventies and Eighties, Hakol Over Habibi won the Kdam-Eurovision song contest with "Halaila" in 1981, then went on to place seventh at that year's Eurovision Song Contest.
Aharon's new tour will feature songs from her solo career, as well as hits she and Hakol Over Habibi produced together. The first concert is set for November 10 in Herzliya. - Viva Sarah Press
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