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Taormina

(täōrmē`nä), town (1991 pop. 10,120), E Sicily, Italy, overlooking the Ionian Sea and at the foot of Mt. Etna. It commands a magificent view and is a world-famous winter resort celebrated for its pleasant climate, natural beauties, and ancient ruins. Known in the 8th cent. B.C. and refounded by Carthaginians in the 4th cent. B.C., Taormina later flourished under the Greeks and then under the Romans. It was taken by the Arabs (early 10th cent.), fell to the Normans (late 11th cent.), and declined after the 15th cent. Of note are the foundations of several Greek temples and a Greek amphitheater (357 ft/109 m in diameter), rebuilt by the Romans, which is the second largest in Sicily. Nearby are ruins of a Roman theater, baths, and reservoirs. Among the many fine Arabic palaces, the Palazzo Corvala (14th cent.) is especially notable. The Convent of San Domenico, with its cloister, is now a fashionable hotel.
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The 2011 Taormina Film Festival, which kicked off on June 11, will run until June 18 in southern Italy.
Over the years the Taormina Film Festival has invited and honored such Hollywood heavyweights as Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, Jim Gianopulos, Tom Cruise, Stanley Kramer and Elizabeth Taylor.
He picked up an award for achievement in the cinema industry at the Taormina Film Festival in Sicily.
This month the Taormina Film Festival celebrates its 60th anni by honoring the work of women in the movies, and female movie stars will play a prominent role in the festivities.
Gianopulos will receive the Taormina Film Festival's Arte Award--an honor that in the past has gone to such luminaries as Gina Lollobrigida, Miriam Makeba, Paul Schrader, Joel Schumacher, Andre Techine, Michael Douglas, Tom Cruise and Irene Papas.
He had been expected to participate in an onstage conversation with Italian director Gabriele Muccino on June 22 at the Taormina Film Festival.
RUSSELL CROWE will make the trek to the 59th Taormina Film Festival to tubthump Zack Snyder's Superman reboot Man of Steel and also receive the fest's Taormina Arte Award.
Man of Steel will open the 59th Taormina Film Festival on June 15 at the town's ancient Greek amphitheater.
Italy's Taormina Film Festival is undergoing a radical reinvention, trading in its image as a semiserious shindig with art pics at its core to one that aims to take the pulse of global mainstream comedy.
Reviewed at Taormina Film Festival (Mediterranean competition), June 16, 2009.
Reviewed at Taormina Film Festival (Beyond the Mediterranean), June 14, 2009.
DVDs hit stores at the end of May, while fest play kicked off June 20 at the Taormina Film Festival.