<![CDATA[rss-Arts & Culture]]> All Rights Reserved for The Cairo post <![CDATA[Arts & Culture]]>]]> 100 29 <![CDATA['Bent Arabi' illustrates struggles of people with special needs]]>
Head of the Theatre Art House Ismail Mokhtar explained that the show reflects the daily grind of those with special abilities amid the difficulties of life, in addition to their frustration and self-denial, portraying in the end a world full of justice, beauty and tolerance.

Mokhtar further explained that their main goal is to integrate creative individuals with special needs, describing them as "glittering stars in the houses of Egypt", which illuminates our theaters today, and pointing out that they will perform together with professional actors/actresses.

Furthermore, Mokhtar thanked the supporters of this theatrical play for embracing the children who are in great need of support and encouragement. He also thanked Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem, who is one of the most supportive and inspiring decision makers, according to Mokhtar.

Actress Wafaa el-Hakim mentioned that their goal is to shed light on this marginalized group, referring that this is a societal goal, and stressing that the message of art is to discuss the human concerns.

Hakim continued by explaining that the play supports people with special needs and that all members of society are equal, demanding the need to change the mindset of some people and their stance from people with disabilities.

Director of the play Hisham Ali revealed that the play portrays a mythical form for all the members of society that may seem “different” to some. Ali pointed out that more than 45 artists take part in the play, along with the stars of the national circus, live animals, praising the support of great actress Samiha Ayoub.

The play is starring Alaa Qoqa, Maher Mahmoud, Nihad Abdel Fattah, Mohamed el-Saadawy, Hani Abdel Hay, Yasmin Farag and Sherif Ghanem. The play's songs will be performed by Omar Farhan, with the participation of Hip-Hop dancers, and in addition to people with special needs and stars of the national circus.







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7/15/2019 4:32:57 PM
<![CDATA[JadaL launches International Summer Festival’s 17th edition]]>
The Bibliotheca Alexandrina (BA) said in a press statement on July 15 that the arts center of the Cultural Communication Department of the library will organize the festival, which runs until August 31. The festival aims to spread culture and artistic taste, support artistic quality and revive artistic and cultural heritage.

Jordanian musical group, JadaL, is scheduled to open this year's festival, which will be attended by many distinguished Egyptian artists, including Ali el-Haggar, Omar Khairat, Medhat Saleh and Khaled Selim, along with some young artists such as Nesma Abdel Aziz, Mohamed Mohsen, Nuran Abu Talib, Nesma Mahjoub, Syrian artist Tariq Suwaidan and Bashir.

Also, the play "Amin and Partners" by Ahmed Amin will stage in the opening ceremony. The opening ceremony will also include poetry citing by Amr Hassan and Amr Qatamesh and a stand-up comedy show by Mohamed Helmi.

The festival program includes - in addition to musical performances - special performances, where "Naghama Horra" (Free tone) competition for local independent teams, a symposium on the formation of musical ensembles in Egypt, workshops on rhythm development, playwriting, music compositions, voice training and artistic workshops for children will take place.

Most performances will stage on the Grand Theater, the Small and the External Plaza at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina.

JadaL (Controversy) is a Jordanian Arabic pop, and rock band, formed in 2003 by Mahmoud Radaideh, a composer, songwriter, guitarist, music producer and vocalist.
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When JadaL released their re-arranged cover single "El-Tobah", a famous song by the legendary Abdel-Halim Hafez, their musical style was immediately coined as Arabic rock, and was described as groundbreaking due to its unique blend of rock and Arabic rhythms.

JadaL then released their first original single "Salma", a song which Radaideh wrote and composed for his niece, which quickly became a radio hit and gained many followers; thus cementing JadaL as one of the most successful Arabic rock bands in the whole region.
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In 2009, JadaL released their debut album, "Arabic Rocks". With its 14 songs, the album was not only a huge success, but also an important production that reaffirmed their music signature and confirmed their principles. It moved them to the front lines of the local and regional independent music scene.
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"Arabic Rocks", written mainly by Radaideh, also featured Palestinian Hip-hop band DAM on the track "Ya Bani Adam" (You, Human Being).

The second album, "El Makina" (The Machine), was released in December 2012, and was composed, written and produced by Mahmoud Radaideh. The album marked another era of tremendous success and unexpected spread out far beyond the Levant’s borders.

Since then JadaL’s popularity has been on the rise, and they’ve been touring in several Arab countries including Palestine, Egypt and Morocco.






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7/15/2019 4:21:19 PM
<![CDATA[Box Office: 'Spider-Man: Far From Home' crushes 'crawl,' 'stuber']]>
The superhero tentpole collected another $45 million, boosting domestic grosses to $274 million. This weekend’s haul represents a 50% decline in ticket sales from its inaugural outing, a stronger hold compared to its predecessor, 2017’s “Spider-Man: Homecoming.”

The 23rd adventure in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has crossed the $800 million mark worldwide, with box office receipts at $847 million. It’s now the biggest “Spider-Man” film internationally with $572 million.

“Crawl” secured the best start among fresh offerings, but neither newcomer managed to pack theaters. Paramount’s disaster thriller landed in third place, biting into $12 million when it debuted in 3,170 theaters.

The studio shelled out $13.5 million in production fees. Directed by Alexandre Aja, “Crawl” follows a father and daughter (Barry Pepper and Kaya Scodelario) who are forced to escape a pack of hungry alligators after a massive hurricane hits their Florida town.

A majority of ticket buyers were between the ages of 18 and 44. Overseas, “Crawl” pulled in $4.8 million from 20 international markets for a global start of $16.8 million.

Falling not far behind is “Stuber,” Disney’s first R-rated release since inheriting Fox’s film assets. The buddy comedy pulled in $8 million from 3,050 venues, on par with expectations but a lackluster start for a film that cost $16 million to produce. In “Stuber,” Nanjiani plays an Uber driver who unwittingly becomes part of a his passenger’s (Bautista) arrest operation. Males accounted for 56% of opening weekend crowds, while 65% of audiences were over the age of 25.

A number of holdovers filled out domestic box office charts. In second place, Disney’s “Toy Story 4” stayed strong, generating another $20 million during its fourth weekend in theaters for a North America tally of $346 million.

Rounding out the top five is Universal’s Beatles musical “Yesterday.” Directed by Danny Boyle, the romantic comedy made $6.7 million in its third outing, bringing its domestic total to $48 million.]]>
7/15/2019 3:57:59 PM
<![CDATA[ Inas Abdel Dayem witnesses final rehearsals of Folklore Ensemble]]>
The festival is set to be launched on July 12 and run until July 16, offering a huge artistic program. The ensemble will also participate from July 17 to 30 in the Carolina Festival in the United States of America.

The band, led by Dr. Mahmoud Sabry, will present a wide range of artistic tabloids including “El Agouz”, and “Om el Kholoul”, among others.

The rehearsals were also attended by director Khaled Galal, the head of the Cultural Production Sector, the head of the Central Administration of the Art House for Popular and Performing Arts, the former President of the Academy of Arts, and the director general of the cultural and artistic activity in the cultural production sector, among others.


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7/15/2019 1:56:23 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian Coptic Festival inaugurated in Toronto ]]>
The Egyptian Coptic Festival opening ceremony took place in the presence of thousands of members of the Egyptian community in Canada and the president of the Canadian Conservative Party.

The launching ceremony was also attended by the prime minister of the Government of Ontario and the Provincial Parliament and a representative of the prime minister of Canada.

Abu Zeid delivered a speech at the opening of the festival, in which he stressed the great importance of holding this festival every year, as it shows the various components of Egyptian culture, arts and civilization on the Canadian scene, highlighting the influential and effective role of the members of the Egyptian community in Canada.

The Egyptian ambassador congratulated the festival’s organizing committee on the great picture it conveyed during the festival, which reflects the value of collective action in the success of such efforts and initiatives.

Egyptian singer Hisham Abbas performed during the festival in addition to violinist Azmi Magdy and the National Folkloric Ensemble, which is set to perform in Toronto and Ottawa this week in events organized by the Egyptian Embassy in Canada and the Ministry of Culture.





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7/15/2019 1:53:52 PM
<![CDATA[Huda Naguib Mahfouz: “I dedicated the museum over 1000 books”]]>
The museum is located in Tkeit Abu el-Dahab in Al Azhar district. The daughter of the late novelist thanked the Ministry of Culture and the current and former officials for their efforts to bring the museum to light.
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“I am very happy with the place,” said Mahfouz. The daughter of the legendary writer further stated that she dedicated 1000 books to the Ministry of Culture. The books held the signature of her father, or were dedicated to him.

Mahfouz also dedicated to the ministry some of the awards and honorings he received during his lifetime, his personal office and a few of his personal belongings such as his glasses, his headset and some of his clothes, among others.

Mahfouz further stated that she was worried about losing her dad’s personal belongings, especially after the difficult circumstances the country faced following the January revolution.
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Mahfouz explained that she felt reassured after watching the personal belongings of her father displayed in a dazzling way in the museum. The minister of culture was promised by Mahfouz that she will dedicate her father’s last coat to the museum in the near future.

“He (Naguib Mahfouz) did not expect to be given a museum, and such an idea never crossed his mind. My dad was ascetic," stated Huda Mahfouz.
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Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem honored Umm Kulthum with the ministry's shield and a certificate of appreciation. This came during the official opening of Naguib Mahfouz Museum, in the presence of a large number of diplomats, ambassadors and representatives of States, in addition to a group of officials from the Ministry of Culture and prominent public figures.

Naguib Mahfouz Museum consists of two floors, the first hosts halls for seminars, a visual/ sound library, a public library and a library of critical research, including the most important researches and studies on the work of Naguib Mahfouz.

The second floor includes a suite of decorations and certificates obtained by the late writer, and another for his personal belongings with some papers written in his own handwriting, in addition to the Hall of Literature, which includes all the works of Naguib Mahfouz in their old and new prints, along with all the writer’s translated works next to a cinema hall and several other halls.



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7/15/2019 1:50:53 PM
<![CDATA[Culture minister opens Naguib Mahfouz museum]]>
She opened the museum on behalf of Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli in the presence of Antiquities Minister Khaled Anany and writers, among others.

Mahfouz's daughter Om Kolthom was also present at the opening ceremonies.

The minister praised the construction of the two-storey museum to honor the iconic Egyptian writer and shed light on his great history and works
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7/15/2019 9:47:10 AM
<![CDATA[Egyptian director Tamer Mohsen to give workshops in Hollywood]]>
The workshops are held as part of the Middle East Media Initiative (MEMI), a Hollywood training and mentorship program, which brings Arab screenwriters together with top American screenwriters to exchange ideas and learn about the 'Writers' Room' format that is widely used in the U.S. television industry.

Mohsen was also selected to take part in this program's workshop for television scriptwriters that was held in Cairo, Egypt, last January.

Learning from Hollywood's top TV showrunners, the Middle East Media Initiative (MEMI) program aims to boost the careers of Arabic TV writers and producers from Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Lebanon and Saudi Arabia. The program hosted 10 writers and seven producers last summer.

Held in collaboration with Birthmark Scenario, Tamer Mohsen was selected to be part of a weeklong-series of workshops for television screenwriters last January.

These workshops were led by top Hollywood names, including Producer and Screenwriter David Isaacs, who received an Emmy Award for his comedy TV series, Cheers, and co-produced the TV hit, Mad Men, Producer Larry Balmagia (M*A*S*H), Producer Larry Andries (Six Feet Under), and Producer Terri Kopp (Law & Order).]]>
7/14/2019 4:11:54 PM
<![CDATA[Masar’s Exhibition Contemporary Views XII opens July 1]]>
As The exhibition will showcase works by Artist Nagdi dated from 1960 to 2015 and a wide selection of recent Paintings and Sculptures by the gallery's fine artists, thus giving the opportunity to collectors and art lovers to walk through the thriving artistically interpretations of artist’s different inspirations being innovated in varies expressionism, defining the identity of our eminent Egyptian artists.

The featured Artworks depicts traces of each artist's own life and experience in Egypt and abroad, from its beautiful scenery to Egyptian figures and faces whose features express unspoken words and emotions to surrealism and divine abstraction.

Such Egyptian identity is portrayed by each artist's style and approach. The artists' artworks are nothing but truthful depictions of their surroundings and a representation of the soul of Egyptian Art as a whole. The exhibition features the artwork of some Eminent and renowned Modern and Contemporary Egyptian artists of Al Masar.


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7/14/2019 3:56:52 PM
<![CDATA[Abdel Dayem to inaugurate Naguib Mahfouz Museum on July.14]]>
The opening of the much anticipated museum comes in conjunction with Egypt’s celebrations of the June 30 revolution, in the presence of the veteran writer Yusuf Al-Qaid, head of the Cultural Development Fund Dr. Fathi Abdel Wahab and head of the Civil Coordination Authority Mohamed Abu Saada.

Abdel Dayem previously stated that the Ministry of Culture faced many challenges until the completion of all the works and equipment of the Naguib Mahfouz Museum; stressing that what has been achieved is a pride for all Egyptians, as it also embodies the nation's belief in the need to preserve the historical vocabulary that formed its soft power through its prominent writers throughout history.

The Minister of Culture also referred to re-shaping and beautification of the area facing the museum through a mural carried out by the National Authority for the coordination of civilization in cooperation with the province of Cairo.

The Naguib Mahfouz Museum consists of two floors, the first hosts halls for seminars, a Visual/ sound library, a public library and a library of critical research including the most important researches and studies on the work of Naguib Mahfouz.

The second floor includes a suite of decorations and certificates obtained by the late writer, and another for his personal belongings with some papers written in his own handwriting, in addition to the Hall of literature, which includes all the works of Naguib Mahfouz in their old and new prints, along with all the writer’s translated works next to a cinema hall and several other halls.

It is worth mentioning that a total of 50 newly discovered short stories written by the Egyptian Noble Laureate Mahfouz, were published on December 11, 2018.

The newly discovered short stories were found by the late writer's daughter, Um Kulthum Naguib Mahfouz, and culture journalist Mohamed Shoair.

The short stories collection were published by Lebanese publishing house Dar Al-Saqi under the title “Hams El-Nogoom” (Whispering of the Stars).

Dar Al-Saqi announced it acquired the rights to publish Mahfouz’s short stories from his daughter.

Author of 34 novels, over 350 short stories, five plays and dozens of movie scripts, Mahfouz was by all means the most disciplined writer ever.

He wrote for one hour daily throughout his 70-year career, smoked three cigarettes per day and walked by the Nile every morning.

He met weekly with the new generation of writers, artists, and readers through an informal seminar, which is a habit he developed in the 1950’s.

At the age of 82, Mahfouz was stabbed in the neck in 1994 by an Islamic extremist in an assassination attempt following a huge wave of hatred that followed the fatwah (Religious statement) issued by Ayat Allah Khomeini of Iran against Arab/English author Salman Rushdi over his famous book “Satanic Verses”.

Khomeini decreed that Salman Rushdi should be killed for writing that novel. Naguib Mahfouz, in spite of considering the novel disrespectful to Islam, took a position against inciting violence against Rushdi.

This incident, however, directed attention to Mahfouz’s controversial novel “Awlad Haretna” (The Chidren of Our Avenue), which was deemed as one of the most famous novels in the history of Arabic literature.

The novel spoke about God, the prophets and creatively explained the philosophy of religion.

The controversy came from his design of the character of Gebelawi, a wealthy landowner and a harsh father who is negligent to his descendants, leaving them in poverty and misery, and appointing the dark son Adham to run the business instead of Idris the eldest son.

The novel relays the story of Adam and Satan, then the quarrel between Satan and God, and later mentions the story of Kane and Abel where he kills his brother and the grandfather refuses to interfere.

The stories of the prophets of the main religions, Moses, Jesus and Mohamed, continue. He changes the names brilliantly with clear hints to which religious personality he is handling in each new chapter.

He avoids the miracles, and humanizes the struggles in efforts to make the story about fighting for the rights of the poor who are all sons of Gebelawi and have equal rights to wealth.

Mahfouz was blunt in expressing his ideas; he discussed politics, history and philosophy in his novels. He covered a lot of subjects such as socialism, homosexuality, and God. Mahfouz's novels were informative and showed the development of Egypt in the 20th century.

Mahfouz’s first novel was “Khufu’s Wisdom”. He wrote 35 novels afterwards and 15 collections of short stories alongside with “Echoes of an Autobiography” in 1994, according to an article by AUC Press.

The iconic literary author did not only abide by writing short stories and novels, but also took the initiative to work on 25 film screenplays that featured specific writing techniques such as flashbacks.

The Egyptian cinema has created over 30 Egyptian films that were based on Mahfouz’s novels and literary works.

He also wrote weekly columns in state-owned newspapers Al-Ahram and Al-Ahram Weekly in 1971, including “Naguib Mahfouz at Sidi Gaber: Reflections of a Nobel Laureate 1994- 2001”.

Mahfouz was honored by the government; he received the Egyptian State Prize twice for his writings.

Promoting great collections of Arabic narratives locally and internationally, Mahfouz received other countless awards including one from the American University in Cairo and an honorary doctorate in 1995.

He was chosen as an honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Institute of Arts.

Following his death, Mahfouz’s works further resonated in the Egyptian literary scene. AUC Press became his main English language publisher and agent of all translation rights. The agreement was signed with Mahfouz prior to his death.
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7/14/2019 3:50:00 PM
<![CDATA[Medhat Saleh to perform at Roman Theater in Alexandria on July 23]]>
Saleh was born in 1960 in Cairo's Shobra district. He started his musical career directly after he graduated from Cairo University.

He released his first song, entitled “Akeed” (Sure), in the 1980s.

He performed his song “Ya Greed el-Nakhl el-Aly” (O High Palm Leaves) in front of former Egyptian President Hosny Mubarak in the mid-1980s, and the song achieved booming success, placing Saleh among the top singers at that time.

Throughout his career that extended for more than 30 years, Saleh is famous for performing the songs of the most successful movies such as "Habiby Ya Ashek" in “Short w Fanla w Cap” (Shorts, a T-shirt and a Hat) movie, "El Nour Makano Fel Qoloob" (Light Belongs to the Hearts) from “Amir el Zalam” (The Prince of Darkness) movie, and “La Hatakhod Eih” (What Will You Gain?) from the movie "Mafia", among others. ]]>
7/14/2019 3:10:00 PM
<![CDATA[After 54 years Anany inaugurates King Snefru, Alkaa pyramids]]>CAIRO – 13 July 2019: After 54 years Egyptian minister of Antiquities Khaled Anany inaugurated the Bent Pyramid of the Pharaoh King Sneferu and Alkaa Dogmatic pyramid in Giza’s Dahshur archaeology area.

Anany said in his speech that now the two pyramids are opened for public for the first time since 1965. The inauguration ceremony was attended by a notable group of foreign ambassadors and representatives from UNESCO.

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During the ceremony Anany announced new discovery of an ancient winding wall that extends about 60 meters to the east of Amenemhat II pyramid. This wall is considered an important architectural element that dates back to the Middle kingdom era.

A number of stone, pottery and wooden coffins were also found, some of which had mummies which were uncovered in good condition, in addition to a number of wooden masks some of them are incomplete and a set of tools that were used in cutting and polishing.

The Middle Kingdom era is called the era of economic prosperity because of many economic projects, such as irrigation, trade, industry and agriculture.

Among the most famous kings of the Middle Kingdom were King Mentuhotep II, who restored the unity of the country and spread security after the chaos that plagued Egypt in the era of the Old Kingdom, and King Senusret III, who was one of the greatest kings of Egypt. Senusret III took care of the army to protect Egypt and led many campaigns to secure its borders.

He also ordered the digging of the Sesostris Canal to link the Red Sea and the Nile, as well as building a dam to protect the land in Fayoum from the flood.

The Sesostris Canal was the source of the idea to build the Suez Canal to connect the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea, which became the most important navigational channel in the world and an important source of income for Egypt.

King Amenemhat III ruled from c. 1860 BCE to c. 1814 BCE. He was interested in agriculture and irrigation, and he ordered the building of the first pyramid at Dahshur, the so-called "Black Pyramid", near Fayoum.

Around the 15th year of his reign, the king decided to build a new pyramid at Hawara, as well as a huge temple called “Labyrinth,” named so due to the large number of rooms, roads and corners inside it, making it difficult for any visitor to exit.

Unfortunately, as a result of the kings’ weaknesses and greed, chaos spread in the country, which allowed the Hyksos, who came from Asia, to occupy Northern Egypt.
The Hyksos abused the Egyptians very much and destroyed many temples and several ancient antiquities.

The Egyptians were determined to fight and expel the Hyksos from their country. The struggle started from Upper Egypt, led by Seqenenre Tao, who was martyred in the war with the Hyksos, but his wife Ahhotep encouraged the Egyptians to continue the struggle. She urged her eldest son, Kamose, to continue the struggle, but he was also martyred in one of the battles. Then, the army was taken over by the younger son of Seqenenre Tao, Ahmose I, who continued to fight the Hyksos until they were expelled from Egypt. He then ruled the country.

One of the greatest civilizations throughout history is the ancient Egyptian civilization, which has stunned the entire world for ages. During the Middle Kingdom era, when Egypt was at the highest degree of culture and development, and kings were interested in projects of benefit to the people, handicrafts were developed and literature and art flourished.


Anany said in his speech that now the two pyramids are opened for public for the first time since 1965. The inauguration ceremony was attended by a notable group of foreign ambassadors and representatives from UNESCO.
During the ceremony Anany announced new discovery of an ancient winding wall that extends about 60 meters to the east of Amenemhat II pyramid. This wall is considered an important architectural element that dates back to the Middle kingdom era.

A number of stone, pottery and wooden coffins were also found, some of which had mummies which were uncovered in good condition, in addition to a number of wooden masks some of them are incomplete and a set of tools that were used in cutting and polishing.

The Middle Kingdom era is called the era of economic prosperity because of many economic projects, such as irrigation, trade, industry and agriculture.

Among the most famous kings of the Middle Kingdom were King Mentuhotep II, who restored the unity of the country and spread security after the chaos that plagued Egypt in the era of the Old Kingdom, and King Senusret III, who was one of the greatest kings of Egypt. Senusret III took care of the army to protect Egypt and led many campaigns to secure its borders.

He also ordered the digging of the Sesostris Canal to link the Red Sea and the Nile, as well as building a dam to protect the land in Fayoum from the flood.

The Sesostris Canal was the source of the idea to build the Suez Canal to connect the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea, which became the most important navigational channel in the world and an important source of income for Egypt.

King Amenemhat III ruled from c. 1860 BCE to c. 1814 BCE. He was interested in agriculture and irrigation, and he ordered the building of the first pyramid at Dahshur, the so-called "Black Pyramid", near Fayoum.

Around the 15th year of his reign, the king decided to build a new pyramid at Hawara, as well as a huge temple called “Labyrinth,” named so due to the large number of rooms, roads and corners inside it, making it difficult for any visitor to exit.

Unfortunately, as a result of the kings’ weaknesses and greed, chaos spread in the country, which allowed the Hyksos, who came from Asia, to occupy Northern Egypt.
The Hyksos abused the Egyptians very much and destroyed many temples and several ancient antiquities.

The Egyptians were determined to fight and expel the Hyksos from their country. The struggle started from Upper Egypt, led by Seqenenre Tao, who was martyred in the war with the Hyksos, but his wife Ahhotep encouraged the Egyptians to continue the struggle. She urged her eldest son, Kamose, to continue the struggle, but he was also martyred in one of the battles. Then, the army was taken over by the younger son of Seqenenre Tao, Ahmose I, who continued to fight the Hyksos until they were expelled from Egypt. He then ruled the country.

One of the greatest civilizations throughout history is the ancient Egyptian civilization, which has stunned the entire world for ages. During the Middle Kingdom era, when Egypt was at the highest degree of culture and development, and kings were interested in projects of benefit to the people, handicrafts were developed and literature and art flourished.


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7/13/2019 4:15:13 PM
<![CDATA[A number of stone, pottery and wooden coffins were uncovered near Amenemhat II pyramid]]>

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A number of stone, pottery and wooden coffins were also found, some of which had mummies which were uncovered in good condition, in addition to a number of wooden masks some of them are incomplete and a set of tools that were used in cutting and polishing.

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The Middle Kingdom era is called the era of economic prosperity because of many economic projects, such as irrigation, trade, industry and agriculture.

Among the most famous kings of the Middle Kingdom were King Mentuhotep II, who restored the unity of the country and spread security after the chaos that plagued Egypt in the era of the Old Kingdom, and King Senusret III, who was one of the greatest kings of Egypt. Senusret III took care of the army to protect Egypt and led many campaigns to secure its borders.

He also ordered the digging of the Sesostris Canal to link the Red Sea and the Nile, as well as building a dam to protect the land in Fayoum from the flood.

The Sesostris Canal was the source of the idea to build the Suez Canal to connect the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea, which became the most important navigational channel in the world and an important source of income for Egypt.

King Amenemhat III ruled from c. 1860 BCE to c. 1814 BCE. He was interested in agriculture and irrigation, and he ordered the building of the first pyramid at Dahshur, the so-called "Black Pyramid", near Fayoum.

Around the 15th year of his reign, the king decided to build a new pyramid at Hawara, as well as a huge temple called “Labyrinth,” named so due to the large number of rooms, roads and corners inside it, making it difficult for any visitor to exit.

Unfortunately, as a result of the kings’ weaknesses and greed, chaos spread in the country, which allowed the Hyksos, who came from Asia, to occupy Northern Egypt.
The Hyksos abused the Egyptians very much and destroyed many temples and several ancient antiquities.

The Egyptians were determined to fight and expel the Hyksos from their country. The struggle started from Upper Egypt, led by Seqenenre Tao, who was martyred in the war with the Hyksos, but his wife Ahhotep encouraged the Egyptians to continue the struggle. She urged her eldest son, Kamose, to continue the struggle, but he was also martyred in one of the battles. Then, the army was taken over by the younger son of Seqenenre Tao, Ahmose I, who continued to fight the Hyksos until they were expelled from Egypt. He then ruled the country.

One of the greatest civilizations throughout history is the ancient Egyptian civilization, which has stunned the entire world for ages. During the Middle Kingdom era, when Egypt was at the highest degree of culture and development, and kings were interested in projects of benefit to the people, handicrafts were developed and literature and art flourished.

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7/13/2019 3:45:09 PM
<![CDATA[An hour with Egyptian rising starlet Salma Khattab]]>
The picky director strongly believes in Khattab’s talent who, unlike other actresses, chose the toughest path and decided to launch her career on the stage, directly facing the audience, and depending only on her strong acting talent.

"Theater is my ultimate passion. Despite how scary it is to directly face the audience, the audience applauds and praises my performance on the spot, which makes me forget all about that fear.

Unlike the rest of her generation who chose the easy path through TV series or movies, Salma preferred to launch her career on the theater stage and managed to achieve a notable success because of her strong acting capabilities and her passion with the direct interaction with audience.

The theatrical actor gets the honest feedback they deserve. If you are a good actor, you will be praised; if not, you will be criticized. That’s why it is easy for the theatrical actor to act in a TV series or a movie, while the opposite is very hard," Khattab said.

Salma spent one and a half year in Galal’s workshop. According to Salma, Galal could help her express emotions and perform in a way she never knew she could. Salma managed to achieve a notable success because of her strong acting capabilities and her passion with the direct interaction with the audience.

"Khaled Galal is by all means a one of a kind director. His theatrical school strongly depends on improvising, as he gives us the main theme and the dialogue depends mainly on our improvisation, which triggers our creativity," Salma recounted.

During their drills, Galal used to ask Salma about a character that is so hard to perform, and made her perform it. "He wants to accentuate my confidence that I am a strong actor who can perform any role, and teach me new acting techniques. Khaled Galal usually adds a new glow to the actor," Salma said.

"Cinema Masr" starrs the new batch of the Art Creativity Center, where Salma is one the main stars. The first show will take place on Sunday, July 14 and will be attended by prominent stars and artists.

"Cinema Masr" focuses on the local cinema and the artists who enriched it throughout their careers. Galal chose a wide selection of scenes from Egyptian films of the golden era to be performed by Salma’s batch of the Creativity Center.

Numerous scenes are inspired by late actress Soad Hosny in “Khali Balak Mn Zozo” (Take Care of Zozo), late artist Taheya Karyoka in “Shabab Imra’a” (The Youth of a Woman ), late artist Fouad el-Mohandes, late international artist Omar Sharif, late actress Faten Hamama and many other legendary Egyptian artists that enriched the local cinema with their inspiring works and talents.

In "Cinema Masr", I perform different roles like Karima’s role in "El Shaka Men Haa’ el-Zoga" (The apartment is for the wife) which was performed by late great actress Maaly Zayed. I also perform a mother's role, in addition to comic characters that I perform for the first time," Salma added.

Khattab's acting talents first appeared when she was at school where she performed in some school plays as well as two short movies in the university. "My last play was ‘Hal el-Dafayer’ (Untangled) which achieved booming success," Khattab said.

Khattab honed her talent with workshops and studies as she took six acting workshops with big acting coaches like Khaled Galal and Marwa Gebriel, in addition to the Acting Syndicate workshop which contained an exam that khattab passed and managed to take the syndicate's license.

Besides being an actress, Khattab is a public relations expert and social media influencer. "I worked in about six ads as a model; it was a lovely experience because modeling depends on acting and I enjoy everything related to my main passion, which is acting."

Salma added that "Cinema Masr" will present about 200 shows. "The Egyptian theater is gradually returning to its old glow despite suffering in the past period from doldrums. After working with Galal and presenting 'Cinema Masr', I feel I have achieved my theatrical goals for now, and I will focus on TV drama and cinema in the coming period," Salma concluded.

In 2018, Salma made her debut in the series "Ladayna Akwal Okhra" (we have other testimonies) with Egyptian star Yousra, performing a role that grabbed the attention of the audience and achieved a well-deserved success.
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7/13/2019 2:09:57 PM
<![CDATA[Opera Aida at Hatshepsut Temple Oct. 26-28 in huge performance]]>
Luxor launched marketing campaign for this show in a number of European and Asian countries.

Opera Aida consists of four acts that embody the conflict between duties and passion through telling the love story of the Ethiopian prisoner Aida and the Commander of the Egyptian Army Radamis.

Radamis is sentenced to death after the Pharaoh knows that he was trying to escape with Aida to Ethiopia.

Manuscripts of Opera Aida were found in the Nile Valley, written by the French Egyptologist Auguste Mariette, who was commissioned by Khedive Ismail Pasha.

Giuseppe Verdi composed “Opera Aida” for 150,000 gold francs in 1870, while Khedive Ismail Pasha had the Khedivial Opera House built in only six months to host the Opening of the Suez Canal celebrations.

But due to the late arrival of the decorations and clothes of the performance from Paris, the show was not held, and instead “Opera Rigoletto” was performed in the celebrations by an international Italian troupe.

There is a popular belief that, at the beginning, Verdi refused the Khedive’s offered commission to compose “Aida”. It is also believed that he changed his mind after knowing that the Khedive had decided to offer that commission to another composer, according to San Francisco Opera Association’s official website.

Although “Aida” is based on a love story that took place in the Egyptian Pharaonic era, it successfully attracted opera fans from all over the world. “Opera Aida” has unique human, artistic and historical values that led the international opera community to hold this opera in special regard.


“Aida” shows how love can be forbidden when the beautiful Ethiopian Princess Aida gets stuck between her love for the Egyptian leader Radamis and between her love for her father and country.

The Egyptian king’s daughter, who also loves Radamis, imprisons Aida to be her slave. Led by Aida’s father, Egypt’s Ethiopian enemies head to invade the country, which led to the father’s imprisonment to meet his daughter in prison.

According to Aida’s father’s demand, Radamis leaks a military secret, which leads to his burial while still alive. Yet he is shocked when he finds Aida in the tomb, waiting to die with him.





Through painting a portrait of brutal war between love and duty, Verdi explores the different aspects of a work in which individuals’ destinies are being shaped.

It may seem that, in this opera masterpiece, Egypt’s history is the only major target to be personified. Verdi infuses the main characters with a pitiful humanity, highlighting many human factors, such as passions, forced destinies, gods, ego and bad luck.

By premiering first in Milan specifically and by choosing the right voices, Verdi succeeded in exploring emotions in depth through his convincing music.

Studying Egypt’s history, music and geography, Verdi composed varied Egyptian melodies harmonically, which was clear in the opening of the third act with the Nile scene. The composer had developed an extraordinarily clever ear for orchestral effects and theatrical atmosphere.

Although “Aida” portrays a significant stage in Egypt’s history, Verdi was very much affected by the political change in Italy, in which nationalists were fighting to unify the country. Verdi was known for reflecting the political instabilities all over the world in his operas, becoming the “Composer of the Revolution”.

Also at the time of “Aida”, Napoleon III launched a war on the German kingdom, which led to the loss of the regions of Alsace and Lorraine.

After premiering in Egypt and Milan, “Aida” premiered in many countries starting from 1873, such as Argentina, the U.S., Germany, Spain, Austria and Poland, among numerous other countries.

Verdi is an acclaimed Italian composer; his first opera, “Oberto”, premiered at La Scala in Milan and was well established. During this period known as his “galley years”, Verdi created most of his remarkable works, such as “Rigoletto” (1851), “Il Trovatore” (1853) and “La Traviata” (1853), which remain remarkable pieces of opera history today.

He ended his artistic journey by composing two plays by Shakespeare – “Otello” (1887) and “Falstaff” (1893) – which successfully premiered, leaving a significant print in international opera history.



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7/13/2019 12:49:26 PM
<![CDATA[In 'Harry Met Sally' tribute, New York deli invites contestants to 'have what she's having']]>
In the 1989 movie “When Harry Met Sally,” actor Meg Ryan’s loud rendition of a woman faking an orgasm while seated at a New York deli stands as one of the most memorable moments in film history.

Katz’s, the deli where the scene took place, ran a contest on Friday to mark the 30th anniversary of the movie’s release, inviting anyone who wants to “have what she’s having” to sit at the same table in the Lower East Side landmark and imitate Ryan’s famously feigned frenzy.

Popular with New Yorkers since it opened in 1888, the family-run business specializing in enormous corned beef and pastrami sandwiches became an international tourist spot after the film.

Competitors in Katz’s contest, whatever their gender identity, will have to record their performances, post the videos online, and wait for a panel of social media influencers to pick a winner who will be announced next week, the deli said.

Among the contenders on Friday was Shauna Mogan, 31, a high school teacher from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, who nibbled a pickle and moaned in a mounting crescendo that culminated in screams and drew applause from the crowded restaurant.

Mogan, who in the midst of her performance knocked a baseball cap off her friend, Zack Yarborough, 33, said the experience was particularly satisfying because Katz’s looks the same as it did in the movie 30 years ago.

“It’s such a classic scene - and in a place that still exists!” said Mogan, who said it wasn’t her first fake orgasm, just the first in public.

Unfortunately, the contest excludes the scene’s most famous line, when another deli customer, a middle-aged woman who watches Ryan’s table-pounding performance in awe, tells a waiter: “I’ll have what she’s having.''

The line, delivered by director Rob Reiner’s late mother Estelle Reiner, ranks No.33 in the American Film Institute’s list of all-time top 100 movie quotations. (The No.1 line was Rhett Butler’s immortal line from “Gone With The Wind”: “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.”)

The appeal of Ryan’s performance is the way her character humbles her over-confident companion Harry, played by Billy Crystal, who insists women had never faked orgasms with him.

“It’s just that all men are sure it never happened to them and most women at one time or another have done it, so you do the math,” Ryan’s character says.

When Harry insists he surely would have been able to tell the difference, she begins fake moaning, building to loud cries of feigned ecstasy.

“Meg Ryan was so convincing - like an ego-busting butcher,” Ben Mankiewicz, a host on the Turner Classic Movies television channel, told Reuters in an email. “Men everywhere stopped kidding themselves after experiencing that scene.”

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7/13/2019 11:14:35 AM
<![CDATA[Cairo Opera House troupe performs 2 concerts in Italy ]]>
The first concert was performed at the Egyptian Embassy in Italy while the second took place at the Egyptian Academy of Art in Rome.

Egyptian soprano Eman Mostafa, mezzo-soprano Jolly Hefzy and tenor Hisham el Gendy performed in the two concerts.



The Egyptian Revolution of 1952 was effectively a coup d’état by a group of army officers known as the “Free Officers.” The revolution is alternately known as the “23 July Revolution.”

The goal of the revolution was to overthrow King Farouk and his son, to remove any remnants of British influence in the government, and to end the monarchy and create a republic in Egypt.

The "Free Officers Movement" was created by Gamal Abdel Nasser, the second President of the Arab Republic of Egypt, succeeding General Mohammed Nagib, who was only president briefly.

Anwar Sadat, who succeeded Nasser, was one of the Free Officers and gave the first statement of the revolution over the radio, announcing the cancellation of the monarchy in Nagib’s name.

The 1952 Revolution is known for its redistribution of land rights. One of the new government’s first acts was to issue a land reform law, which said landowners could not hold more than 200 acres of land. It decreed that the rest of their estates should be divided among Egypt’s poor, in an attempt to end the feudal system. ]]>
7/12/2019 2:06:46 PM
<![CDATA[Cinema critic Youssef Sherif Rizqallah dies at 77]]>CAIRO - 12 July 2019: Cinema critic Youssef Sherif Rizqallah died on Friday at the age of 77.

Rizqallah was the art director of Cairo International Film Festival. He also held the post of chief editor of news bulletins in the Egyptian Radio and TV Union (ERTU).

He held the post of head of the Nile TV International channel from 1997 to 2002.

The late critic was a TV presenter of several cinematic programs in the Egyptian TV.

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7/12/2019 12:38:54 PM
<![CDATA[New 'Lion King' movie lands with a critical whimper]]>

“The Lion King,” Walt Disney Co’s latest remake of its own beloved animated films, shows off advanced techniques that blend virtual reality, live action and digital imagery to bring a hyper-real feel to the animals and African settings.

But early reviews said the overall result was a letdown, although most critics conceded the movie will perform well at the box office where some analysts are predicting an opening weekend of around $150 million when it arrives in North American theaters on July 19.

“Everything here is so safe and tame and carefully calculated as to seem predigested. There’s nary a surprise in the whole two hours,” wrote Todd McCarthy for The Hollywood Reporter.

McCarthy predicted, however, that the film “will be duly gobbled up by audiences everywhere like the perfectly prepared corporate meal it is.”

The new version, starring Beyonce and Donald Glover as the voices of lions Nala and Simba, is a faithful, sometimes shot for shot, recreation of the 1994 film, including much of the original dialogue and Elton John’s hit songs.

“That raises the inevitable question of, ‘Why bother?’,” wrote Variety critic Peter Debruge, calling the film “undeniably impressive but incredibly safe.”

“The answer can be spelled in dollars,” Debruge wrote.

“The Lion King” starts its international rollout in China on Friday and arrives in the rest of the world in the middle of next week. The 1994 film was a $968 million global smash that spurred a long-running Broadway stage show and more than 20 international productions.

Despite the hyperrealism of the new version, some critics found the film lacking in emotion and said the life-like singing and talking lions, hyenas and warthog felt odd.


Some reviews were unusually harsh. Alissa Wilkinson at culture website Vox.com said the movie lacked magic, calling it a “bloated retread without a reason.”

“Be prepared for a crushing disappointment,” wrote Scott Mendelson at Forbes.com.


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7/12/2019 12:28:03 PM
<![CDATA[R&B singer R. Kelly arrested in Chicago on federal sex crime charges: media]]>
R&B singer Kelly, 52, was arrested on Thursday by New York police detectives and investigators with the Department of Homeland Security, and is expected to be taken to New York City, the agency said.

Early on Friday, the Chicago Sun-Times said Kelly faces a 13-count sex crime indictment, citing the U.S. Attorney’s office.

The R&B singer has vehemently denied abuse allegations for decades. In 2008, he was tried on child pornography charges and found not guilty.

The Sun-Times said Kelly’s attorney Steve Greenberg, on Thursday confirmed the arrest, but declined to give details.

Greenberg was not immediately available for comment to Reuters.

Chicago police referred all questions on the matter to the U.S. attorney’s office or New York police, but representatives were not immediately available for comment.

In June, Kelly pleaded not guilty to 11 felony counts of sexual assault and abuse at a Chicago court hearing after prosecutors expanded an indictment against him.

Those counts, unveiled in late May in an indictment by a Cook County grand jury, involve alleged abuse of a victim between the ages of 13 and 16.

The accusations center on someone identified only as J.P. and the crimes are alleged to have taken place between May 2009 and January 2010.

Kelly could face up to 30 years in prison if convicted on those charges.

In February, Kelly pleaded not guilty to charges that he sexually assaulted three teenage girls and a fourth woman.



The charges were brought after seven women, including his ex-wife, appeared on a Lifetime television documentary and accused him of emotional and sexual abuse.

The singer, known for such hits as “I Believe I Can Fly” and “Bump N’ Grind,” spent a weekend in jail on the sex charges before being released on $100,000 bail on Feb. 25.

It was not immediately clear if the new federal charges against Kelly were related to previous cases. It was unclear where he was being held or when he would appear before a judge on the new charges.


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7/12/2019 12:23:21 PM
<![CDATA[Sharmoofers to perform at North Coast on July 12]]>


Sharmoofers recently released their latest album “Enfesam” (Schizophrenia). In 2012, Ahmed Bahaa, Mohamed el-Arkan and Ezz Shahwan got together & formed Sharmoofers; since then they’ve been impacting the world’s youth with positive groovy music.

Starting off online, the band’s music has managed to reach millions, and they have more than 588,000 followers on Facebook and are growing more popular on social media.

They first performed on Bassem Youssef's “Bernameg” show in 2013 and then performed live at a concert at Al-Azhar Park in 2014.

Sharmoofers are known for using unique lyrics, far away from the traditional common lyrics fans got used to.

The Egyptian band is known for their spontaneous and funny ways of performing. Sharmoofers caused a state of havoc with their latest song “Zamba” which promotes breaking the daily routine and enjoying jolly music to avoid negativity and be happy no matter what.

The band chose the name “Zamba” for their video clip. Red Indian style costumes with really shiny and bizarre colors were chosen for the clip.

Sharmoofers surprised their fans recently after releasing their first romantic song, titled “Moftaked el Habiba” (I Miss a Lover), including a video featuring famous Egyptian actress Yasmine Raeis.


The clip of "Moftaqed el-Habiba" was directed by Hady el-Bagory. Sharmoofers already won the following awards in their short career:

• MEMA Awards
• Digital Media Presence Award
• ACA Awards nomination

Band Members:

-Ahmed Bahaa: Vocalist
- Moe el-Arkan: Bassist
- Ahmed Aly: Percussionist
- Mostafa Kerdani: Drummer
- Mohamed Labib: Saxophonist
- Islam Ali AKA Solly: Trumpeter
- Adel Mohamed: Percussionist


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7/12/2019 12:17:04 PM
<![CDATA[Karim, Yassin appointed as goodwill ambassadors for IOM ]]>
From engineering classes at the American University in Cairo (AUC) and onto the university’s stage, Asser Yassin was spotted by director Khairy Beshara.

But he has come a long way from AUC productions, and has since become one of the leading Egyptian actors on both the small and the big screens.

Through a diverse portfolio, Yassin has proved he is an artist of many talents, from one of his first challenging roles in "Zay El Naharda" (Like Today) in 2008, where he played the role of a drug addict who made us both love and hate him, and all the way to his latest series "30 Youm" (30 Days), where he so meticulously showed us the drastic changes of his character throughout the month.

In between, he perfected a stutter in "Rasayel El Bahr" (Messages from the Sea) in 2010 and then showed us his comic abilities in "Bebo w Beshir" in 2011.

Always a hard worker seeking new challenges, Yassin has also been assuming the director’s chair, working first in 2016 on the video clip of Abu’s "Ahwak" (I Love You) song, featuring a retro vibe evoking old Agamy days on the beaches of North Coast’s Marassi, and now the video clip for the latest Wust El Balad song "El Ekhtelaf El Motalef" (Our Familiar Differences).

His latest work as a director has created quite the social media buzz, featuring an unconventional storyline and a rather quirky vibe. Yassin's latest movie "Turab el Mass" (Diamond Dust) achieved a huge success.

Nelly Karim is a strong independent and intellectual woman, a one of a kind genuine actress, an exquisite ballerina, and an outstanding mother and pure hearted person.

Born on December 18, 1974 in Alexandria to a Russian father and Egyptian mother, Karim starred in 17 Egyptian films and nine TV series.

She has a number of respectable awards under her belt; Best Actress award at Cairo International Film Festival for her role in Enta omry (You are My Life) movie, Special Award from Cairo National Festival for Egyptian Cinema for her role in Wahed-Sefr (One-Zero) movie, Best Actress award at the Arab Film Festival for her role in 678 movie, among others.

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7/12/2019 11:23:01 AM
<![CDATA[Casablanca: The triangle of friendship, betrayal and greed]]>CAIRO - 12 July 2019: Casablanca movie claimed the first rank in Eid el-Fitr movies marathon, achieving the highest one day revenues in the history of Egyptian cinema.

The film stars Amir Karara, Ghada Adel, Eyad Nassar, Amr Adel Jalil, Mahmoud al-Bezzawy, Ahmad Dash, Jihane Khalil, Mohamed Moftah, International Turkish actor Halit Ergenç, among others.

Casablanca is written by Hesham Helal, directed by Peter Mimi and produced by Synergy.

The action movie revolves around Omar El-Mor (Amir Karara) and an adventure in Casablanca. The plot tackles the life of three Alexandrian men who despite being pirates, have a touch of humanity.

The three performed nautical theft, where El-Mor was arrested but refused to inform the police about his partners, who are Oraby ( Amr Abdel Gelil) and Rasheed ( Eyad Nassar).

On the aftermath of his release he discovered that Orabi betrayed them and travelled to Morocco to start a new life there and changed his name to Haroun and kidnapped El-Mor’s brother Zakaria ( Ahmed Dash), so El-Mor and Rasheed decided to cooperate together to grab their right from Oraby and return Zakaria back.

Casablanca is a different type of action movie because it is shot across different cities such as Marrakech, Casablanca, Safaga and Alexandria, so it contains different pictures on screen that were executed with the latest cinematic techniques.


‘’ El Araka law Ebtadet Hatez’al’’ ( If the fight started you are the one who will going to be annoyed) this is the sentence that El-Mor always says before any fight showing off his strong physical strength.

There is nothing distinguished in this sentence to go that viral but the charisma of Karara and his wide popularity turns this sentence to be the slogan of the both the movie and the trailer.

The film huge success was guaranteed and expected for many reasons we will go through later in this article, but the main reason that was mentioned by the movie star Amir Karara in his previous interview with Egypt Today is simply god’s will and that huge appeal he planted in the hearts of audience towards Karara, the director Peter Mimi and the rest of the cast , the appeal that god gives to certain people for a reason he only knows it.

The prove on that is the movie promo that amassed 1 million views within three hours of its release, a record in the history of Egyptian cinema, does a promo that last for one minute and 55 seconds -less than two minutes- is an indicator to the quality of the movie?
This is the main reason why the competition was won by Casablanca before the start of Eid el-Fitr movies marathon.



Casablanca is the director’s peter Mimi eighth feature. Mimi is a director that knows quite well what people want, that’s why his movies achieve high commercial success despite in some cases their mediocre artistic quality, he masters creating the synthesis that is attractive to the audience but not much appealing to the film critics.

In Casablanca Mimi presented his normal synthesis to meet people taste but he paid more attention to the formation of the characters and came up with more catchy and original ideas as in his previous movies he used to some extent to inspire ideas and themes from other foreign movies or at least get influenced with them.

Casablanca’s characters have well drawn traits, history and targets which built a strong link and bridge between these characters and the audience, without any huge focus on the movie main character played by Karara. The balance between the movie characters contributed much to Casablanca success.

The credit goes here to the smart karara who didn’t use his stardom as a pressure card on the director to pay more attention to his role as he was brainy enough to realise that the film success is much more important than appearing on the screen for extra more minutes, because at the end the success of the movie will be mainly attributed to him and its failure too.

The movie plot written by Hesham Helal is a good one, it contained fresh comedy and action lines that were well executed on the screen by Mimi.

Casablanca is an action movie in the first place, the main themes of its plot is friendship, betrayal, brothers’ love, greed and a small touch of romance.

These themes causes upside downs, surprises and major shifts in the characters’ stances throughout the movie. These shifts takes us inside the movie from chapter to the other, from confrontation to the other and definitely from fight to the other.

The comedy line in the movie is emphasised in separated sentences, not heavy comedy dosage in order not to distract the audience from the action dosage presented in the movie.

The comedy line presented by Abdel Gelil was suitable to be included in an action movie like Casablanca.

Regarding what we describe as the action-comedy line this wasn’t presented in Casablanca, all the movie action scenes were purely serious ones and this was a good decision from the movie makers because for the action scenes to be more credible it should be based on serious confrontations.

The formation of the action scenes consists of chapters that hold nothing new, but was well executed to lead to the other ideas of the movie.

There is no exceptional physical efforts exerted from the actors the matter that added the quality of the action scenes mainly on the shoulders of the director, director of photography and the editor.

The quality of the action scenes in Casablanca was very high, the only defect was fastening and slowing the picture according to the camera movement, this add more elegance to the picture but at the same time distracted the audience from the action mood a little bit.

But this defect was fixed by the brilliant employment of the songs in the background of the scenes. Casablanca’s director of photography was one of the main success keys of the movie, he succeeded in highlighting the nature of the different cities where the movie was shot whether in Alexandria and Morocco.

The action scenes of Casablanca contained brilliant fresh ideas. On the drama side the movie was doing well until the few scenes that preceded its end which were a little bit weak.

Because they were full of extra intrigues, upside downs in addition to a number of good and bad decisions that interlocked together and dispersed the attention of the audience, causing momentum of events.

Casablanca brilliantly emphasised its themes that we mentioned above especially brothers’ love despite nothing new in it. The romantic line was like an intruded theme to the extent that if it was omitted from the movie nothing would have changed.

The triangle of friendship, betrayal and greed presented by El-Mor, Rasheed and Oraby was very attractive especially with the great performance of the trio Karara, Nassar and Abdel Gelil.

Unlike my previous expectations I got from the trailer Nassar especially exceeded my expectations and stabilized more his place as a veteran actor who can convince you with any role he plays, his performance was both smooth and energetic in all his scenes, whether action, tragic and even comedy.

Regarding karara’s performance it was great, meeting my expectations in karara, nothing surprising, but with even more radiance than his performance in his previous movie Harb Karmooz ( Karmooz War), one of the main reasons is that Omar el Mor character is not an ideal one, it is a contradicted character full of good and bad things at the same time the matter that provoked Karara’s acting capabilities.
I will use only very few words to describe Abdel Gelil performance, a one of a kind brilliant actor, as simple as that.

The participation of the famous Turkish actor Halit Ergenic was a fruitful one presenting the role of a villain guy who despite having a group of principals, he is not a good guy at the end. He is a diligent actor who exerted much effort in performing his character despite it is not a big role.

I previously mentioned that brothers’ love was the theme that was presented the best comparing to the other themes, the success of this theme was because of the performance of both Karara and his brother in the movie the young uprising actor Ahmed Dash.

Dash without any kind of exaggeration performed zakaria’s role in a brilliant way. He shared a scene with karara were he gave us a purely credible emotions that really touched us all, a scene where he wasn’t acting, just conveying to us the exact meaning of brothers love.

And as I mentioned before that the romantic theme is the weakest among all the themes, Ghada Adel role was the weakest as well without any blame to Adel, she performed her role according to the script so we can’t blame her because the theme itself was irrelevant.

The end of Casablanca was an open one to pave the way for part 2 from the movie which I expect will achieve more success because of the excitement included in the sequence of the events.
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7/12/2019 11:10:37 AM
<![CDATA[Fathy Abdel Wahab: A Master of Versatility]]>

Would you say dramatic value lies in the story itself or in the actor’s performance? How do you choose your roles based on the script as a whole or do you concern yourself with just your character?

Certainly the two values are inseparable from each other. When you find a role written vividly you automatically find yourself going to this character with all your emotions, this really changes your vision about the whole series. I always seek to believe the character I present which is the main element of the project. This belief allows me to portray the character with credibility and convey all the character’s emotions to the audience.


What attracted you to Hamza’s character in Lams Aktaf?

I follow certain criteria while choosing my roles, the most important is to be able to see the character in front of me, and this is an extremely vital factor for me. I immediately felt the credibility of Hamza’s character in Lams Aktaf when I read the script for the first time. Hamza really touched my soul.


How did you prepare for such a complicated character like Hamza?

This is my first time playing a drug dealer. First I started to analyze Hamza as a human being and put my hand on the details of his character. The series didn’t portray Hamza as just a drug dealer, the script highlighted his ideas, thoughts, hopes, beliefs, home, family, sins and all the other human details. Extensively studying the details of the role allows you really penetrate the core of the core. Another important thing is to not morally judge the characters at all, see only their human aspects.


Hamza’s character is full of contradictions. He is a young man from a very wealthy family, well educated, but when his father died his property was confiscated. Hamza drops out of the American University in Cairo and, inheriting the drug trade from his father and grandfather, follows in their footsteps. He is married to two women, the first is his cousin who assists him in drug trading and the second is an aristocratic lady from an elite family. The difficulty in Hamza’s character lies in all these contradictions.


Was Hamza’s character inspired by Pablo Escobar in the American series Narcos?

Of course not, especially since there are several differences between the community, security, economic and political reality in Colombia and in Egypt. But the two characters are similar in some aspects, especially that a drug business on such a large scale naturally results in the presence of other elements that exist everywhere, including partners and powerful relations, among others.


Everyone wants to know the secret behind the name of the series Lams Aktaf. What does it mean?

I respect the mentality of the audience so I don’t want to destroy their imaginations and expectations when they watch the series. Each viewer is going to understand the true meaning of the series’ name based on his or her own perception; for example one person might see Lams Aktaf as the defeat in his life, while another might see it as the sadness, the wickedness. Something might seduce you and bring you down and that’s when Lams Aktaf occurrs.


Our dramas are often criticized for being repetitive, even if the plots are presented in different ways. What’s the solution?

To sum up, the problem lies in the script. Since God created drama and since Aristotle wrote the Art of Poetry, we have only 36 themes. So the question here is from where does the scriptwriter see the theme or the treatment of the series and from which angle, and how does he approach the theme. The problem is that some writers insist on tackling the theme from one angle, and that creates repetition and stereotyping in most of today’s drama. The solution from my point of view is to approach the theme from different angles to give the work credibility. I have no problem in taking from other movies, series or play but the conditions must guarantee credibility. For example when the great writer Ayman Bahgat Qamar made Saydety El-Gamila from My Fair Lady it was really performed in a dazzling way, following an amazing Egyptian style and not just copied and pasted from the original.


Tell us about Li Akher Nafas

At the beginning I apologized to the director Hossam Ali because I didn’t want to participate in two series in Ramadan like I did last year as it was very exhausting. I changed my mind when I met with Ali. He started to narrate the events of the series and discuss the details of Hazem’s character, who is the backbone of the series. Ali explained to me his artistic vision concerning Hazem character and his impact on the series events, so I fell in love with this rich character and decided to accept the challenge. In the script Hazem dies in the first episode and does not appear frequently, just a few scenes using flashback, but Ali decided that Hazem should appear in all the episodes despite his death by brilliantly moving between the past and the present. This really attracted the audience and kept them alert.


You’ve worked before with Yasmine Abdel Aziz, on the series Farhan Melazem Adam in 2005. What was it like collaborating with her this time?

On the personal level there is no difference; Yasmine is the same close friend to me, but on the professional level the fact that she’s stepped out of her comfort zone and chosen to tackle tragedy this Ramadan is really an amazing development. I am personally amazed by her performance and I think the audience are surprised too and happy with this shift. Yasmine’s strong acting capabilities enable her to perform any kinds of role.


You’re also well loved for your strong acting skills. Has success ever gone to your head?

Frankly speaking yes, at the beginning of my career, but after I was subjected to a certain failure, I changed completely and forgot my stupid arrogance and started to see things in perspective. By the way it’s only human—when you achieve a great success you will feel arrogant even for a moment, but if you’re smart you won’t be taken in by this deceptive moment and will instead continuously learn and work on developing yourself.

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7/11/2019 2:40:43 PM
<![CDATA[Hany Salama: A Dramatic Turn]]>
How do you feel about the feedback on QamarHady?
I’m thankful that all the feedback was positive and the series was widely viewed. HadyAbouEl-Makaremleft quite an impact on audiences who quickly became avid fans of the series because the surprises in each episode stirred their curiosity and they were very eager to watch the following episode.

What stirred your own curiosity about the series and Hady Abou El-Makarem’s character?
I liked the script from the first reading, because it introduces new aspects of acting techniques that have not been implemented before, in addition to the excitement, suspense and puzzles in all the episodes. Scriptwriter Islam Hafez drew all the series’ characters with high level of professionalism and the entire cast exerted a lot of effort to achieve this great success.

This is Islam Hafez’s first attempt at series script writing. Did that worry you?
Hafez is a clever scriptwriter and is very accurate in his work. He draws a personal map for each character and has references to each role and scene he writes. I worked before with directors and scriptwriters on their first experience, and they were really great. All I care about is the quality of the project.

How did you prepare for a character like Hady Abou El-Makarem?
I started preparing for the character since I read the original script the first time. I did not go to a psychiatrist as some thought to help me to portray Hady’s character, I only relied on the well-written script of the psychodrama series which depends on high doses of excitement and suspense in all the episodes. Each episode bears a certain name, like a short 30-minute film.

This is your third cooperation with director Raouf Abdel Aziz.Tell us about the chemistry between you.
Abdel Aziz is a distinguished director who has innovative techniques. During the past years, he has produced many dramas that have proven his great directing abilities and he is so accurate, organized and keen to deliver the series to the audience in an optimal and integrated way. Both the two series we worked on together,TaketNour and FoukEl-Sahab, were very successful.

Did the director use a stuntman for the dangerous scenes?
A stuntman performed some of the series’ dangerous scenes, such as the car race scene as well as the accident scene in the first episode. I am generally keen to perform most of my action scenes as much as I can to ensure credibility, which is why I did the less dangerous stunts myself.

Was it difficult for you to act with Mohamed Azmy and the child actor Reem?
Mohamed Azmi's participation in the series was a great addition and a surprise to us all, especially because he is fond of acting despite not having previous acting experience and his performance was dazzling. Reem will be a great actress in the future because she is really talented and performed long scenes from the first take, without repetition. I didn’t find any difficulty in dealing with Azmyor Reem because both are qualified actors who studied their roles extensively and they were the most suitable to perform their roles.

This is your first cooperation with the veteran actor Mohsen Mohy Eldin who like yourself is a product of the Youssef Chahine school. Tell us more about this cooperation.
I am very happy with this cooperation and he really added a lot to the series. Raouf Abdel Aziz, the director, chose him to play the role of my big brother because of the feature similarities between us and yes as you said both of us come from same acting school of the late great director Youssef Chahine. I was happy working with all the cast as well as Mohy Eldin, including Yousra El-Lozy, Dalia Mostafa and Mariam Hassan, among others.

Tell us more about your cooperation with Synergy production company
This is my third cooperation with Synergy and I really like working with such a big production company; they provided everything for the series and did not skimp on doing anything.One of the key success factors of Qamar Hadywas Synergy.

Will the success of Qamar Hady encourage you to participate in Ramadan marathon every year?
I don’t care about taking part in the Ramadan marathons; what I care about is finding good-quality series to be part of. It all depends on whether I find a series but if I don’t find anything I won’t take on a part just to compete in Ramadan.

How do you see the competition this Ramadan in the absence of a large number of stars?
For me there must be competition and different kinds of series because at the end of the day we address a large number of Arab and Egyptian audiences who have different tastes and multiple cultural backgrounds. Good works win the competition, and each actor or actress looks for something new to present every Ramadan, and that definitely is in the interest of the viewer.

Do you have a certain audience segment you want to address in your work?
I try my best to address all the audience segments, I don’t direct my work to certain segment.This is what drove me in the previous years to present series that each contained multiple drama lines so as to be suitable for all the audience segments. Qamar Hady is for all the segments too.

How important is it for you to be the best?
I don’t care about rankings at all and I am not concerned whether I am number one or not. All I care about is presenting successful work that respects the minds of my audiences and stays in their memories. Rankings are not permanent, number one today might be number two or three in the future and vice versa.

Is it true that there will be part 2 of your successful movie El-Selem w El-Teban (Snakes and Ladders)?
It’s film producer Mohamed Hefzy’s idea to make Part 2 of El-Selem w El-Teban, but personally I don’t know if it’s viable or not because part 1 was presented 18 years ago. I think if it was released two or three years ago this would have been more suitable, so instead of presenting part two from the same story we can make a new movie but with the same cast.

Why have you stepped back from cinema since your last movie, Wahid Sahih in 2011?
My first appearance was in cinema, so it is my first home and there are no specific reasons that I am away from cinema—I am just searching for a suitable role. I am satisfied with my cinematic repertoire which contains a number of successful movies but I can tell you that I am now preparing for a new movie that will be a milestone in my career. I’ll be announcing more details soon.
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7/10/2019 2:56:33 PM
<![CDATA['Celestial Bodies', review of 1st Arab novel to win Booker Prize]]>Translated by Marilyn Booth from "Sayyidat al-Qamar" (Ladies of the Moon), it is the second novel by the UK-based Omani novelist and academic Jokha Alharthi. The novel was first published in 2010. The £50,000 prize was divided equally between the author and the translator.
This captivating page-turner introduces the readers to the Omani society, a society that is not familiar to most of the Arab readers, let alone the non-Arabs. It is a saga of Omani families that spans from the 1880s to the early years of the 21st century. This novel gives a profound insight into the political and cultural history of Oman and how it was gradually modernized.
"Celestial Bodies" consists of over 60 short chapters in which the narration shifts from the first person narration by only one character, Abdallah, to the conventional third person narrator telling the story from the standpoint of the rest of the characters. The narration travels in time and space in a non-linear style, taking us within a few pages from generation to another, and from shopping malls in Muscat, the capital, to nomadic tents in the fictitious village of al-Awafi.
At the center of the award-winner lie the accounts of three Omani sisters, with totally different personalities. Their stories have much to do with love, ambition, and motherhood. Their stories are very human that readers from around the world can relate to.
The novel sheds light on slavery in Oman, one of the last countries to officially prohibit it, ending it in 1970. Among the characters we find a slave merchant, a lucrative business in the first half of the 20th century. We also find a freeman from Balochistan in Pakistan that gets kidnapped as a child by pirates and sold in Oman as a slave. One of the novel's main female characters, Zarifa, is a female slave born to a family of slaves of African origin, but knows no other home than her village, al-Awafi.
With the characters woven into the Omani history, the novel mentions the treaty of Sib in 1920 that divided the nation into a secular, pro-British part governed by the sultan on one side, and a traditional tribal part governed by an imam on the other side and shows how this affected the fabric of the society.
The best Arabic novel?
Like thousands, and perhaps millions, of Arab readers, I read this novel after it has won the prize. It turned to be an interesting page-turner that I finished it in one sitting. It left me researching the Omani history, cultural traditions, and even geography.
But does its win mean that it's the best Arabic novel ever written?
I tried to read it with an eye of a non-Arab and see how this novel can make non-Arabs feel.
Although it's surely not the Arab world's best novel, it is rich in appealing orientalist ingredients that fascinate western jury.
In this book, we find centuries-old traditional Arabic love poetry by al-Mutanabbi, Buhtrui, and from Layla and Majnun by the Persian poet Niẓāmi Ganjavi. We also come across local proverbs, wedding traditions, the fear of black magic, and Bedouin culture and lifestyle. Details as such were not mannered. In fact, the spontaneity of these particulars in the body of the novel made it more attractive, and definitely eye-opening.

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7/9/2019 3:05:48 PM
<![CDATA[‘The Knight & The Princess’ the first Egyptian animated feature film to be premiered in GIFF]]>
‘’The Knight & The Princess’’ will have its world premiere at the 3rd edition of GFF, before its public release in October.

Inspired by a real 7th century Arab warrior, the plot follows young adventurer Mohammed Bin Alkassim with a fictional twist. At the young age of 15, he believed that anything was possible, and he took it upon himself to save women and children abducted by pirates in the Indian sea.

As he turned 17, Mohammed Bin Alkassim was ready to take on the tyrant king Daher. He left his hometown Basra, Iraq with his lifelong friend Zaid, and his mentor Abu Alaswad, in a challenging adventure to free Sind.

The film delves into the exciting experiences that helped shape the great leader he would later become.

Written and directed by Bashir El Deek, the film features voices from a fine cast that includes Mohamed Henedy, Donia Samir Ghanem, Medhat Saleh, Maged El Kedwany, Lekaa Elkhamissi; along with acting legends like Abla Kamel, Abdel Rahman Abou Zahra, the late Amina Rizk and the late Saeed Saleh. The character designs were created by the late Mustafa Hussein.

“We are proud to showcase the first Egyptian animated feature film created by an Arab crew, whose work is on par with prominent animated films from around the world.

The film not only represents a significant milestone for the Arab film industry, but also helps it take crucial steps towards expanding its horizons through a genre that embodies creativity, imagination and talent in a brand new light in the region,” commented Intishal Al Timimi, director of El Gouna Film Festival on the festival official website.

“We are happy to screen The Knight & The Princess at the 3rd edition of GFF. It will surely add value to our lineup, as it not only pioneers in tackling a genre that has been difficult to produce in the Egyptian and Arab film industry, but also marks the comeback of writer and director Bashir El Deek, one of the most celebrated filmmakers of the Egyptian neo-realism,” stated Amir Ramses, artistic director of the Festival.

“Making this film was a huge challenge. We started this project 20 years ago and faced production hurdles all along the way. Yet, we did not allow them to diminish our enthusiasm. We continued to work on the film and made it our mission to prove that we have what it takes to create an Arab animated film without depending on foreign expertise,” said Abbas Bin El-Abbas, film producer.

“We are delighted to premiere our film at GFF, which we consider as one of the prominent rising film festivals in the region. And we hope that this step will facilitate the distribution process of the film later on, since we may encounter similar obstacles to what other independent films face in general,” he added.

The organizers of El Gouna Film Festival's third edition extended the deadline for accepting applications to July 2.

El Gouna Film Platform is an industry-oriented event aimed at supporting and empowering Arab filmmakers, providing them with technical and financial support.

The platform provides two different programs for filmmakers wishing to participate and learn: El Gouna Cinema Bridge and El Gouna Runway.

El Gouna Runway is a laboratory for the development of film projects and for joint-productions. It aims to empower Arab filmmakers, including producers and directors working on film projects in the development stage, or post-production films, by providing creative and financial support.

Applications submitted, prior to the date indicated above, will be examined by a specialized film committee designated by El Gouna Film Festival. Chosen projects will be selected based on their content, artistic vision and the feasibility of their financial implementation.

El Gouna Film Festival or GFF is an annual film festival established in 2017, hosted in the Red Sea resort town of El Gouna, Egypt. The inaugural festival started September 22, 2017
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7/9/2019 2:56:56 PM
<![CDATA[Mixture of Egyptian cultures in Heritage Month in Canada: Sab'awi]]>
In an interview with Egypt Today, Sab'awi said that the celebration of the heritage month comes to enrich this unique event, express the history and heritage of Egypt, and define its great cultural capabilities throughout ages.

The celebrations will start on July 13, in the presence of national Egyptian folk bands, performing in the city of Mississauga, as well as a book exhibition, and a traditional handicrafts exhibition, mainly featuring the Bedouin industries of Sinai.

Also, literature and poetry forums will be held with the participation of a number of prominent young intellectuals and writers, in accordance with the strategy of the state to enrich the identity of Egyptian children abroad and increase their sense of belonging.

Celebrations will be held on another day in the city of Ottawa on July 16, Sab'awi said, with lectures about the history of Egypt since the Pharaonic era to shed light on cultural heritage.

Events will be held to display the Egyptian modern excavations in coordination with a number of universities and museums, Sab'awi said, noting that the Egyptian flag will be raised in Ontario on July 21 in the presence of the prime minister of Ontario and the minister of citizenship and immigration.

Declaring a month for Egyptian civilization and heritage in Canada came as a result of the efforts of MP Sab'awi, Immigration Minister Nabila Makram said earlier, affirming Egypt's support for the efforts of the expats to strengthen relations between their homeland and the country where they reside.

The decision enables the Egyptian community to officially praise their homeland and is an extension of the celebration of the glorious July Revolution that commemorates Egypt's conversion to an independent republic.
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7/9/2019 2:35:57 PM
<![CDATA[Black Theama to perform at Roman Theater on July 24]]>
The popular band released their recent album ‘’Loun el-Kakaw’’ (The Cocoa Colour) in Eid el-Fitr. "Loun el Kakaw" contains five Nubian songs, musically distributed in a modern way.

The band performed at El Sawy Cultural Wheel on June 6 in celebration of Eid el-Fitr and their new album. Also, they performed a massive concert in August 2018 at El Sawy Cultural Wheel to celebrate the prominent band’s 14th anniversary.

Black Theama chose El Sawy Cultural Wheel because it was the same place and the same theatre that witnessed their first concert 14 years ago.

Founded in 2004 by Amir Salah el-Deen, originally a member in Karisma theatrical troupe, the three-member band presents a wide range of music styles, including Nubian rhythms, reggae, hip-hop, R&B and African music.

The band infuses traditional Nubian folk songs with modern beats. Over the years, the band collaborated with many other bands and musicians such as Massar Egbari and Cairokee.

Black Theama represented Egypt in different international competitions; they were nominated at the 2013 World Music Awards for the Best Group, Best Live Act, Best Song and Best Video Clip awards for the song "Fi Belad Al-Ayy Haga"


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7/9/2019 2:17:34 PM
<![CDATA[‘Youm lel Setat’ screens at Les Nouveaux Imaginaires d'Afrique]]>
The Les Nouveaux Imaginaires d'Afrique aims to understand the other, particularly what is going on in the African continent, other through cinema, music, theater and literature.

"Youm lel Setat" screened recently at the Ishbilia Theatre and Art-Hub in Lebanon, Rencontres Cinématographiques de Dakar (RECIDAK) in Sénégal, Arab Film Festival Zurich, and the African Diaspora International Film Festival (ADIFF) in Paris.

The story of "Youm lel Setat" takes place in one of the underprivileged Egyptian districts, where the three main heroines of the movie, Azza, Shaimaa and Laila, live. One day, a new swimming pool opens in their neighborhood with a day designated for women only, Sundays.

The first Sunday witnessed the gathering of all the women in the area who come from diverse backgrounds. Azza has long dreamed of wearing swimsuits, Shaimaa finally finds someone who listens to her when she talks about her private life and Laila tries to overcome her grief over her late son.

The movie stars Elham Shaheen, Nelly Karim, Ahmed al-Fishawy, Mahmoud Hemeida, Eyad Nassar, Nahed al-Sebaie, Hala Sedky and Ahmed Dawoud. “Youm lel Setat” is written by Hanaa Attia and directed by Kamla Abou Zekri.

Also, the movie screened at the 11th edition of the Gli Occhi dell’Africa in Pordenone, Italy, on November 14, 2017, and was included in a program dedicated to presenting the best African movies to Italian audiences.

"Youm lel Setat" won the Best Feature Movie Award at the 37th Verona International Film Festival. It also won four awards at six international film festivals in October 2017.
Moreover, "Youm lel Setat" won the Best Movie Award at the Arab Film Festival in Rotterdam, and the movie’s heroine, Elham Shaheen, was honored for her artistic career.

In addition, the movie previously won the Best Film Award at the 20th Khouribga African Film Festival in Morocco, and was granted the award in the closing ceremony of the festival, which took place on September 16, 2017.

It is also worth mentioning that Shaheen shared the Best Actress Award with Karim at the 13th Kazan International Muslim Film Festival in Russia for their roles in the movie on September 11, 2017. “Youm lel Setat” was the only Egyptian movie participating in the festival.


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7/9/2019 2:09:50 PM
<![CDATA[Brazil mourns bossa nova founder João Gilberto as he is buried in Rio]]>
Gilberto, 88, died on Saturday in his house in Rio de Janeiro. The family did not disclose the cause of death.

The musician’s family, Brazilian celebrities and the public paid their respects in a public visitation that began on Monday morning in Rio de Janeiro’s ornately marbled Municipal Theater. Gilberto was buried later in a private ceremony in Niteroi, across Guanabara Bay from Rio.

“I want Brazil to be silent to hear João Gilberto. Let the Brazilians hear more João Gilberto,” his widow, Maria do Céu Harris, said ahead of the morning’s memorial ceremony, news website G1 reported.

Gilberto is credited with originating the bossa nova style with the release of the 1959 record “Chega de Saudade.” Bossa nova is characterized by the combination of Brazilian samba music with “cool jazz.”

Gilberto went on to popularize the genre globally with the album “Getz/Gilberto” with American saxophone player Stan Getz, selling millions of copies and winning several Grammy awards.




On that album, Gilberto sings “The Girl from Ipanema,” written by musician Antonio Carlos Jobim and poet Vinicius de Moraes, which would become one of the globe’s most recorded and played songs of all time.

Musicians Gilberto Gil and Caetano Veloso took to social media to post videos performing tributes to Gilberto and recalling the enormous influence he had on their music.

“João Gilberto was the greatest artist my soul came into contact with,” Veloso said on social media. “Before I was 18 I learned everything I knew from him and how to learn everything that was to come.”


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7/9/2019 11:32:22 AM
<![CDATA[Rembrandt's 'The Night Watch' begins on-site restoration]]>
The 3 million euro ($3.4 million) effort is expected to take about a year, museum director Taco Dibbits said.

That is due not only to the fame of the painting, which dates from 1642, but also to its size, as the canvas measures 3.63 by 4.37 metres (11.9 feet x 14.3 feet) and weighs 337 kg (742 pounds).

The painting will remain in its usual spot at the end of the Gallery of Honour in the Rijksmuseum and visitors will be able to watch from behind a glass wall as experts restore it.

The 3 million euro ($3.4 million) effort is expected to take about a year, museum director Taco Dibbits said.

That is due not only to the fame of the painting, which dates from 1642, but also to its size, as the canvas measures 3.63 by 4.37 metres (11.9 feet x 14.3 feet) and weighs 337 kg (742 pounds).

The painting will remain in its usual spot at the end of the Gallery of Honour in the Rijksmuseum and visitors will be able to watch from behind a glass wall as experts restore it.]]>
7/9/2019 11:28:56 AM
<![CDATA[Assala to perform on Saudi Arabia on July 11]]>
Assala performed in Saudi Arabia on June 8 in celebration of Eid al-Fitr.

Nasri will perform a selection of her most popular songs, such as; “El Haqiqa” (The truth), “Soal Basit” (A simple question), “Boadak Ani” (When you are away from me), “Ya Magnon” (You’re crazy), and “Min Fina” (Me or you?), among others.

Nasri’s lastest song "Bent Akaber" achieved millions of views on YouTube.

Assala was born on May 15, 1969 in Damascus, Syria to a middle class couple. Mostafa Nasri, Assala's father, was a revered composer and singer.

She began her musical career by performing patriotic, religious and children's songs when she was four years old.

In 1986, Mostafa Nasri died after suffering from internal bleeding caused by a car accident.

Aged 17, Assala helped care for her siblings, Reem, Amani, Ayman and Ayham with her mother.

Her musical career started in 1991 with an album that included four songs. In 1993, she became famous after releasing her album "If You Know".

The album had four Egyptian songs of the oriental classic Egyptian tarab style. The album was an instant hit in Egypt back at that time with heart-breaking songs like "Ya Sabra Yana" and "Samehtak Ketir".

She quickly cemented her presence in the Arab world's growing industry brimming with singers like Angham, Najwa Karam, Latifa, and Abdel Majeed Abdullah.


Nasri, 48-years-old, is one of the most popular singers in the Arab world and is famous for her strong, melodious voice; she is the daughter of late Syrian artist Mustafa Nasri. Since the beginning of the Syrian Civil war in 2011, Nasri supported the Syrian rebels and strongly opposed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Nasri released numerous successful songs throughout her career, such as “Ya Magnoon” (Oh Madman), “Shakhsya Aneeda” (Stubborn person), and “Tasawar” (Imagine), among others. She is married to famous Egyptian director and producer Tarek el-Erian.

The famous Syrian singer won the Best Arab Singer award from Dear Guest Awards.

Nasri received the award on her album “Mohtama bel Tafaseel” (Concerned with Details), released in 2017.

She sang the theme song "Qessas Al-Sho'oub", of the cartoon show “Hekayat Alamiyah”.
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7/8/2019 2:36:22 PM
<![CDATA[Yanni to perform in Egypt on July 26]]>
Yanni will introduce his most celebrated compositions including “Nostalgia,” “The Rain Must Fall,” “World Dance,” among others in a two-hour performance where he will be accompanied by 15 musicians.



Yanni has previously led performances in Lebanon, Tunisia, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.

He is considered the first musician to have performed in various historical sites listed on the UNESCO world heritage list, such as the Giza pyramids in Egypt, Taj Mahal in India, Acropolis in Greece, and Carthage in Tunisia, among others.

Listed as one of the top contemporary music composers, Yanni is known for his catchy soft music which harmonizes jazz, oriental, and classic melodies.

Performing instrumental music with a dynamic sense of epic drama, Yanni managed to capture the hearts of different generations and races. His albums sold more than 7 million copies all over the world.




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7/8/2019 2:30:50 PM
<![CDATA[King Lear at Saudi Arabia from July 16-21.]]>

A number of Arab ambassadors were keen to watch "King Lear", including the Saudi, Jordanian, Bahraini and Moroccan ambassadors at Cairo Show Theater in the Fifth Settlement.

The play stars veteran actor Yehia al Fakharany as King Lear along with renowned star Farouk el Fishawy, Mohamed Farag, NohaAbdeen, HebaMagdy, Riham Abdel Ghafour, Rania FaridShawky, Ahmed Azmy, Ahmed FouadSelim, Nedal el Shafie, among others.

"King Lear" is a tragic play written by William Shakespeare. It depicts the gradual descent into madness of the king after he disposes of his kingdom by giving bequests to two of his three daughters egged on by their continual flattery, bringing tragic consequences for all.

Lear, the aging king of Britain, decides to step down from the throne and divide his kingdom evenly among his three daughters.

First, however, he puts his daughters through a test, asking each to tell him how much she loves him.

Goneril and Regan, Lear’s older daughters, give their father flattering answers. But Cordelia, Lear’s youngest and favorite daughter, remains silent, saying that she has no words to describe how much she loves her father.

Lear flies into a rage and disowns Cordelia. Lear quickly learns that he made a bad decision.

Goneril and Regan swiftly begin to undermine the little authority that Lear still holds.Unable to believe that his beloved daughters are betraying him, Lear slowly goes insane.

Derived from the legend of Leir of Britain, a mythological pre-Roman Celtic king, the play has been widely adapted for the stage and motion pictures, with the title role coveted by many of the world's most accomplished actors.

The play was performed in Egypt in 2011 starring Fakharany along with SawsanBadr, Ahmed Salama, Riham Abdel Ghafour, Ashraf Abdel Ghafour, Salwa Ali, MarwaAbdekMoneim and Rushdi el-Shami.

The play achieved great success when it was first released.


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7/8/2019 2:24:16 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt to file a lawsuit to get back Tutankhamun bust]]>
Egyptian Tutankhamun bust was sold at £ 4.7 million in Christie’s Auction House on Thursday, July 4 a matter that angered the global archaeological community.

Head of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Mostafa Waziri previously said before the bust was sold that the National Committee for Antiquities Repatriation held a meeting after making sure that an Egyptian Tutankhamun bust is up for sale in an auction in the UK.

A letter was sent to the UK Central Authority, Waziri said, adding in an interview with Ahmed Moussa on Sada El-Balad, that the UK "has failed us" as it continued to organize the exhibition, despite all procedures taken by the Egyptian Foreign Ministry and the UNESCO.

Waziri said that "Egypt will continue to pursue those involved and any party that buys Egyptian antiquities," thanking Italy, Spain, France and the United States for returning smuggled artifacts to Egypt.

It is probable that Egypt takes measures against the British archaeological envoys working in Egypt, Waziri said. He added that London "has violated the international agreements in this regard after its negative stance towards the sale of the Egyptian artifacts.

Egypt's Ambassador to the UK Tarek Adel said that the auction was not postponed despite the objections and legal remarks raised by Egypt regarding the legality of the circulation of the Egyptian pieces displayed in the hall. He added that the embassy has informed the auction hall that will hold the auction, referring to Christie's.
The hall proceed with a second auction on Thursday to display more Egyptian artifacts, including the head of a small Egyptian bust of King Tutankhamun, for sale despite calls to postpone it to give time to check the authenticity of the documents proving that these artifacts were transferred from Egypt in a legal way.

He stressed that the Egyptian Embassy in London will continue to follow up its efforts and procedures in coordination with the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities to stop the sale of the pieces that are part of the Egyptian cultural heritage.


Waziri previously said in a phone in to "El Hekaya" program on MBC Masr with Egyptian TV host Amr Adib that Egypt challenges Christie's London Auction house to prove by official documents that this artifact came from Egypt through legitimate channels.

Waziri added that Tutankhamen bust might have come out of the Karnak Temple or any other temple but sure it is an Egyptian artifact.

The story started with an announcement from Christie's Auction House about a 3,000-year-old stone statue bearing the features of the most famous ancient Egyptian king Tutankhamenwhich is expected to be auctioned at £4 million in Christie’s auction London on July 4.

Tutankhamen bust shows the golden king with almond-shaped eyes and drooping lower lip; it shows Tutankhamen as Amun, the most important god of the era.

It is the first time that a piece owned by a private collector has appeared on the open market since 1985. Christie’s experts believe that king Tut's bust was located in the past at the Temple of Karnak in Upper Egypt.

LaetitiaDelaloye, head of the antiquities department at Christie’s London, said to The Financial Times that “the beauty of the lines and the way it is carved are a testament to the Amarna style.”

Tutankhamen's statues very rarely appear on the market, because most of them are shown in museums.

Egypt has regulated the sale of its cultural heritage since 1835, and brought in laws in 1983 banning the removal of artifacts from the country. More recently Egypt has strengthened legislation in a bid to clamp down on the trade in illicit objects.

It is not known when and where the Tutankhamen head was found; most probably it goes back to the 1960s. It subsequently passed through the hands of dealers until bought by the current owners in 1985.

Christie’s said it was in continuous contact with the Egyptian authorities about its planned sales of antiquities, adding that it would send details of the head and other artifacts in the sale to the authorities on publication of the sale catalogue this week.

Tutankhamen was born in the 18th Dynasty around 1341 B.C. and was the 12th pharaoh of that period. Tutankhamen did not accomplish much himself; he was placed on the throne when he was a child, and Egypt’s prosperous era was beginning to decline with the rise of Pharaoh Akhenaten and his new cult.

Sir Howard Carter, British archaeologist and Egyptologist, had made it his life’s quest to find the tomb of King Tutankhamen.

When Carter had begun to work in Egypt in 1891, most of the documented Pharaohs had their tombs discovered. One, however, proved to be elusive; King Tutankhamen, whose resting place had yet to be found and who Egyptologists knew very little about.

With the end of World War I, Carter made it his goal to be the first to uncover the tomb of Tutankhamen. Carter had worked in Egypt for 31 years since he was 17, using his skills as an artist to copy inscriptions from walls.

He would then become appointed inspector-general of monuments in Upper Egypt. In 1907, he started to work for George Herbert, the fifth earl of Carnarvon, who would aid him in his quest to uncover the lost tomb of Tutankhamen.

Carter was certainly dedicated, spending massive amounts of money and time in order to track down where the tomb might lie.

With Lord Carnarvon as his sponsor, he began working earnestly at excavating the Valley of Kings. Alas, even after five years of work, Carter wasn’t able to report back on anything substantial.

He refused to give up however, tirelessly working to fulfill his quest, and soon enough, Carter would be rewarded beyond his imagination.

The discovery of steps beneath the sand on November 1, 1922 was a breakthrough for Carter. At long last, his tireless search for Tutankhamen would finally bear fruit.

Carter announced the discovery on November 6, and it took three weeks until he could begin work on excavating into the tomb.

Workers exposed all of the steps and the sealed doorway into the tomb, which at one point had been broken in by tomb robbers but resealed again, leading to hope that the contents had not been plundered.
Carter finally entered on November 25, finding evidence of resealed holes but noting that it had likely been thousands of years since anyone had entered again.

When Carter made a hole inside the sealed door and peeked inside, he was left astounded. Gold flooded his senses, and animal statues, rich perfumes, piles of ebony, childhood toys and the Pharaoh himself adorned the room alongside countless other treasures.

It was a bounty of riches the likes of which had never been seen before. Carter couldn’t have anticipated this finding in his wildest dreams.



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7/8/2019 2:16:38 PM
<![CDATA[Stevie Wonder tells London concert he will have a kidney transplant]]>
The singer, songwriter and musician told the crowd at an event in Hyde Park that he had a donor lined up, and was making the announcement to avoid rumors spreading about his health.

“I’m going to have surgery, I am going to have a kidney transplant in September of this year,” he said as he finished his performance, according to footage posted on Twitter by those at the concert.

The sixty-nine year old, who has won more Grammy awards than any other artist and whose hits include “Superstitious”, “I Just Called to Say I Love You” and “Isn’t She Lovely”, did not reveal what was behind him needing the transplant.

“I’m all good, I’m all good, I’m all good. I have a donor it’s all good,” he added after a supportive cheer from the crowd.

“I want you to know I came here to give you my love and to thank you for your love, you ain’t got to hear no rumors about nothing, I told you what’s up, I’m good.”



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7/8/2019 12:33:53 PM
<![CDATA[Box Office: 'Spider-Man: Far From Home' debuts with heroic $185 million]]>
But even your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man isn’t immune to a little sequel slump. “Spider-Man: Far From Home” got a head start by opening on the Tuesday ahead of Independence Day, but it collected $93 million over the traditional three-day weekend. That’s a stellar start to be sure, but a drop from the $117 million debut of its predecessor, 2017’s “Spider-Man: Homecoming.” However, the July 4th weekend isn’t a traditionally busy time for moviegoing.

“Spider-Man: Far From Home” set a number of records this week, including biggest Tuesday ticket sales of all time ($38 million), best Wednesday grosses for a Marvel movie ($27 million) and the second-largest Fourth of July holiday ($25 million). It also marks Sony Pictures’ biggest six-day opening weekend ever.

Overseas, the 23rd movie in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe earned $395 million, boosting its global tally to a mighty $580 million after 10 days. The superhero tentpole is performing ahead of fellow comic-book universe titles “Captain Marvel” and “Spider-Man: Homecoming” at the same point in their release cycles.

Boosted by solid reviews, “Spider-Man: Far From Home” also benefited as the must-see followup to the epic finale that was “Avengers: Endgame.” Younger males accounted for most of opening weekend audiences. Boys and men comprising 60% of crowds, while 58% of ticket buyers were under the age of 25.

“Spider-Man: Far From Home,” which carries a $160 million price tag, picks up after the events of “Avengers: Endgame” and sees Peter Parker (Holland) on a class trip to Europe. While overseas, he is reluctantly enlisted by Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal) to help take down threats from an alternate dimension. Zendaya, Cobie Smulders, Jon Favreau and Marisa Tomei all returned for the sequel.

Also opening this weekend was A24’s “Midsommar,” director Ari Aster’s sophomore feature. The R-rated folk horror film nabbed sixth place on box office charts, generating $6 million over the weekend and $10.9 million during its first five days of release. “Midsommar” received mostly positive reviews, though audiences seemed more divided. The movie, about a group of friends who travel to Sweden for a festival, has a mediocre C+ CinemaScore.

While in line with studio projections, “Midsommar’s” debut is roughly half of what Aster’s first film “Hereditary” made in its inaugural weekend. “Hereditary” launched with $13 million last June and is still A24’s highest-grossing movie to date with $44 million in North America and $79 million globally.



Disney-Pixar’s “Toy Story 4” slid to second place with $34 million in ticket sales during its third outing, bringing its domestic tally to a massive $306 million.

In third, Universal’s Beatles tribute “Yesterday” earned another $10 million for a North American haul of $36 million. Warner Bros.’ “Annabelle Comes Home” added $9.5 million this weekend, taking box office receipts to $50 million.

Rounding out the top five is Disney’s “Aladdin,” which added $7 million in its seventh weekend in theaters. The live-action remake has generated $320 million in North America.]]>
7/8/2019 12:31:10 PM
<![CDATA[Balash Tebosny to be screened at Darb 1718 on July 14]]>
tHE movie was screened at the cinemas of Morocco's Tangier on September 5, 2018.

“Balash Tebosny” was screened at vox cinemas in Dubai on July 12 for one week. The movie was screened for the first time in Egyptian cinemas on February 28.

The film revolves around a director, Tamer, who struggles to deal with an actress who refuses to partake in a kissing scene and quits the whole film industry after she decides to wear a veil (hijab).


The film stars Yasmine Raies, award-winning director Khairy Beshara, Sawsan Badr and honorary cameos from late renowned director Mohammed Khan. “Balash Tebosny” is directed by Egyptian-American writer and director Ahmed Amer.

The movie’s first screening was at the Dubai International Film Festival in December 2017. Raies is a previous winner of the outstanding performance award in the festival’s 2013 edition for her leading role in Mohamed Khan’s “Factory Girl”, which was a milestone in her career.

Raies made her name through films such as “X-Large”, “Wahed Saheh” (A Whole One), “Taraf Talet” (Third Side) and “Al-Maslaha” (The Benefit). ]]>
7/7/2019 5:10:14 PM
<![CDATA[Nubia Day: an ancient people and a cradle of civilizations]]>

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Nubia is full of dazzling monuments such as the oldest pyramid in Egypt named Hebno Pyramid.

Amid fabulous nature and surrounded by the Nile and mountains, Nubia offers a special kind of enjoyment to all its visitors.

Nubians live in unique houses by the Nile, wear unique clothes and speak a language no one else speaks worldwide.

The Nubian community is very impressive, where you can trust others with your entire livelihood.

When you are in Nubia you will be surrounded by a lot of colors, music, simplicity and joy all the time.

The Nubian people's traditions cannot be separated from Egypt’s. Nubians are peaceful people who don’t like the capital’s noise, rapid rhythm or technology.

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This is their little secret that attracts tourists from all over the world to their land, the cradle of civilizations.

Nubia’s homes are primitive, not very high, a maximum of two floors and built of mud brick.

From the first step into the Nubian Village, one feels comfortable and cheerful; the houses are decorated with beautiful, simple colors that are comfortable for the eyes.

Nubians enjoy a simple life and depend mainly on agriculture and tourism.

Nubian houses are built of mud bricks as the material is not affected by heat. There must be domes over each house to distribute the sun's heat and ensure heat waves are not vertical.


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The Nubian house is simple in design, inexpensive, spacious, comfortable, has a special delight, and is better than modern housing and buildings.

It is also free of diseases because these mud bricks are a mixture of clay, sand, water and rice husks or hay, all of which are natural materials.

The people of Nubia are keen to draw the Nile, boats and palms trees on their houses, a reminiscence of the old Nubian village, before the construction of the Aswan High Dam, where houses were built on the banks of the Nile and in front of each house there was a group of palm trees.

The village comprises many famous places, like the villa of famous Egyptian singer Mohamed Mounir, known as “the King”, and the famous Cataract Hotel.

In the Nubian Village, there are many things to enjoy such as the view of the Nile and bright houses, camel rides, shops and henna tattoos. Villagers always invite visitors for tea, food and even weddings.

It is worth mentioning that Spaniards and Italians like henna tattoos the most. The natural herbs of henna are mixed with oils, and then filtered with a piece of soft cloth to become easy to use.

One of the most beautiful experiences is having lunch at a Nubian restaurant, where one can enjoy a wide variety of Arabic and Egyptian dishes that are delicious and rich in the taste of Nubian spices.

At the end of the day, a beautiful sunset is waiting to reflect grandeur, magic and beauty; it is a landscape that inspires many people, especially writers and poets.

Finally, the Nubian Village is more than just a beautiful place; it is a vivid depiction of our country’s culture, civilization and beauty.



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7/7/2019 4:59:06 PM
<![CDATA[Hany Must to perform at Room New Cairo on July 12]]>
Hany Mustafa is a talented Egyptian singer, songwriter and musician. His music encompasses elements from the indie, acoustic, alternative and ambient music.

He is the lead singer of the Beatles tribute band, Glass Onion; in addition to two other bands, Egoz and Majarra.

He sings in both English and Arabic and has contributed to the evolution of the underground movement in Egypt.

Hany has been included in many events such as Radiohead Tribute Concert, Steven Wilson Tribute concert, Elton John Tribute Concert and many others. Recently, he has played in the UMF Event Rock Stop which featured many bands such as Mashrou' Leila and Digla. His performance was hailed as one of the best performances of the night.

In 2013, Must became one of the leading singers in the Fabrica organization, Performing the role of Radames in Elton John and Tim Rice's "Aida", as well as Jean Valjean in the Arabic adaptation of "Les Misérables", which led to be a great success, nailing them a slot on Bassem Youssef’s show "El-Bernameg", and on Isaad Younis' show "Sahebat El-Saada" in 2014.

His musical repertoire includes songs such as "Time to Go", "Morning Coffee", and "Ghazl El-Banat".

"The man with harmoniously angelic voice, Hany Mustafa, is definitely one of the driving forces behind the change in Cairo's music scene," wrote Discord Magazine describing Must.


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7/7/2019 4:55:19 PM
<![CDATA[A journey to the space with acclaimed astronaut Daniel Tani]]>
After Tani received his bachelor's degree from MIT, he worked at Hughes Aircraft Corporation in El Segundo, California as a design engineer in the Space and Communications group. He returned to MIT and received his master's degree in mechanical engineering in 1988.

Tani then joined Orbital Sciences Corporation (OSC) in Dulles, Virginia, initially as a senior structures engineer, and then as the mission operations manager for the Transfer Orbit Stage (TOS).

In that role, he served as the TOS flight operations lead, working with NASA/JSC mission control in support of the deployment of the ACTS/TOS payload during the STS-51 mission in September 1993. Tani then moved to the Pegasus program at OSC as the launch operations manager. He was responsible for defining, training, and leading the team of engineers who worked in the launch and control room.

Selected as an astronaut candidate by NASA in April 1996, Tani reported to the Johnson Space Center in August 1996. After completing two years of training and evaluation, he qualified for flight assignment as a mission specialist in 1998. He performed technical duties in the Astronaut Office Computer Support Branch, and Extra-Vehicular Activity (EVA) Branch, and has served as a Crew Support Astronaut for Expedition 2.

Tani left NASA in August 2012 to become the Vice President of Mission and Cargo Operations in the Advanced Programs Group of Orbital Sciences Corporation in Dulles, Virginia. In August 2016, Tani left Orbital Sciences Corporation (now Orbital ATK) to join the High School Faculty at the American School in Japan, where he teaches science, engineering, and design.



Egypt Today sat down with acclaimed American astronaut Daniel Tani where he revealed a lot of interesting facts about his spacewalks.

1- Tell us more about your 100th spacewalk?

We didn’t know it was the 100th spacewalk until we were on it, and at the end of the spacewalk they voiced up and said congratulations you are part of the 100th spacewalk. When I started at NASA in 1996, spacewalks were pretty rare and so if a crew got to do a spacewalk on their mission – this is before we started building the space station- this was a big deal and maybe we were doing two or three spacewalks a year. When we were building a space station, they told us building a space station is going to require over 100 spacewalks and we were all like: Oh that’s impossible; how we are going to make like 100 spacewalks; it seemed like mission impossible because every spacewalk before that was a big huge deal.

Then we started building the space station and now we are doing like three spacewalks or four spacewalks at a time on a solo mission, and so they started accumulating like many things in life and you stop thinking about the number and all of a sudden you found yourself in the 100th spacewalk. At that time, I remembered sitting in a meeting and they told me it was going to take over 100 spacewalks to build the space station; we though that’s ridiculous and it is never going to happen and here I am able to do my 100th.

My partner on the spacewalk is a great female astronaut named Peggy Whitson; she went back to space again after I did and she got to do the 200th spacewalk, so she heard: Peggy, congratulations for being on the 200th spacewalk at the international space station, so we reached the 200th in terms of spacewalks. It was as harder as enjoyable as any other spacewalk.

2- What are the unforgettable scenes that you saw during your spacewalks?

I remember looking at the window for the first time. Getting in space for the first time, we were very busy but after a couple of hours on strap, float to the window and see our beautiful earth for the first time from space. Another unforgettable moment is the first time going up for a spacewalk, it was a big process, getting the suit and everything, but finally you open the door and float, holding on to the space station and seeing the whole world in your helmet, the earth and the whole space.

We weren’t so close to the planets and the moon, so the moon and the planets for us looked the same because we didn’t go that far we were rolling a couple of hundred kilometres. Seeing my friends and crewmates in space and having great time with them gave me some precious and vivid memories.

3-Tell us more about your work with NASA; what are the most distinguished projects you have performed with them?

When NASA accepted me to the astronaut program, I joined as an astronaut and of course we got to fly to space, but when we were not flying, which is most of the time, we were helping support our friends who were flying in space or training, so I had jobs at NASA related to representing the astronauts’ opinion.

I will explain more; for example, if you are going to build a water bottle for the astronauts, astronauts who are getting ready to fly in space are too busy to say that is a good water bottle or that is not a good water bottle, so we represent all the astronauts in terms of opinion saying ok that is too big or that is too small.

I think I was lucky to be in NASA in the right time to be part of building a space station, so I felt my contribution to NASA was to actually help build the space station and go up to the spacewalks and successfully be part of it all.

4- What are the planets that are most similar to the Earth?

Mars is pretty close in terms of atmosphere and gravity, but we don’t know much about it; there is no evidence of water yet. Out of a large number of planets that already exist we know only nine; we are trying to figure out how to learn about other planetary systems. Once we learn about them, we can calculate what other planets might be like in terms of water, atmosphere and all that stuff.

5-Do you think in the future that there will be life on Mars?

I think we will going to put people on Mars. I don’t know if they are going to live there; we need to get to Mars first, so that’s a huge problem, because technically this will need a lot of work but I am convinced that’s the direction we are going. It may come in 10 years, in 100 or 200 years, but I think we are going to do it.
What we are doing now in the space station is answering those basic questions about how do people react to long times in space? how do machines act in long times in space? what are the procedures? how do we communicate with astronauts? and all this stuff. That what we are figuring out right now.

6- What are the latest technologies in the space sector?

Processing computers are the biggest thing. Of course, we don’t use the best and latest computers in space because we have the challenge of being in environment where we can get hit by radiation, so the smaller we make computers, the more we protect them from being hit by radiation. We must find fast computers that we know how to protect. The thinking elements of the computers-the sensors- should be smaller and cheaper; these are the parts that understand what is happening around them. Your cell phone has an accelerometer, so it knows if it has been twisted; those phones are great. Now you can buy a little accelerometer on a tiny little ship, so shrunk down you can hardly see it. You can fit a bunch of those all together in a purse. The militarization technology is really fantastic for space technology.

7- What are the hardships of being in space?

The biggest hardship is just being separat from my family, that is the hardest part, and it is not much different than being in the military or being in any other job that requires to be far from home. We as astronauts get the benefit of being safe. Unlike the military, nobody is shooting at us and thousands of people try to protect us, so the benefits are much more than the cons.

8- What are the benefits of being in space?

First, we enjoy the experience of getting to space, we get the experience of participating in human exploration, we ride on cool machines, space rocks, and all we do in space is so exciting and much fun.

9- Is there any point of similarity between science fiction movies and real life in space?

Most of the movies I have seen have 20 percent real and 80 percent not real but that’s ok. I talked previously about “The Martian” because almost everyone saw it. What I think is realistic in it is that he reacts in a way I think astronauts are trained to react but what was not real is the physics of how he got saved, an overall the story is great.

10- Do you think that there are other creatures living in space, on other planets?

We don’t know that what, but we are trying to figure out.






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7/7/2019 2:09:01 PM
<![CDATA[Pussy Riot performing in Alabama to protest 'ridiculous' abortion ban]]>
Proceeds from the Birmingham benefit will go to Planned Parenthood and the Yellowhammer Fund, a group that gives assistance to women seeking abortions at one of the southern US state's three clinics.

In May, Alabama lawmakers triggered outrage after pushing through legislation making abortion a felony -- even in cases of rape or incest, unless the mother's health is at risk -- punishing doctors with up to 99 years in prison for providing the procedure.

"It is ridiculous to me that it's still a question in 2019 whether women can have an abortion," Pussy Riot co-founder Nadya Tolokonnikova told AFP ahead of the performance.

In 2012, Tolokonnikova was among the members sentenced to two years in a prison colony for "hooliganism and religious hatred," for performing a song protesting Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Despite her time in prison, Tolokonnikova says she will never give up activism: "It's a mindset. It's something you can't really escape. It's a part of me."

She became a young mother 11 years ago, an experience that gave her "more conviction" in her feminism.

"Having a baby who is a girl definitely convinced me that I should try to make my country and the world a better place for my girl to live in," she said. "I'm still fighting laws of patriarchal ghosts."

The ban in Alabama is set to go into effect November 15.

But the law -- which was designed as a challenge to the landmark 1973 US Supreme Court ruling Roe v Wade, which made abortion legal nationwide in the US -- may be blocked in court before then.

"I'm looking forward to meeting inspiring people, who are surviving in an environment that is not particularly open to progressive people," Tolokonnikova said of her upcoming show.

"I like to go to places that are not super obvious to play in," she said. "I want to support those progressive people who decided to stay in a place like Alabama and make that state more progressive and more open-minded. If I can help just a little bit, I'd be really happy to."

"That's the beauty of art, it can unite people with different views."


"We want to come to Alabama and support women who are in quite a critical and vulnerable position right now," she said. "Many Americans, they believe that Russia is a patriarchal country -- it's true in a lot of ways, but when it comes to abortion rights, it's not questionable."

The Soviet Union in 1920 became the first state in the world to legalize abortion, though it was banned under Joseph Stalin for nearly two decades starting in 1936.


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A woman holds coat hangers as she takes part in a abortion rights rally in New York as part of a nationwide "Day of Action" after the state of Alabama passed the country's most restrictive abortion ban
An anti-abortion movement does exist in Russia, with activists seizing on the country's declining population as reason for a ban, but according to Tolokonnikova it is only "insane, crazy freaks who claim that women don't have right to have an abortion" there.

Though she feels "the US going backwards" the 29-year-old said she sees progress "because activism is blooming and the feminist movement is stronger than any time."

"The feminist movement today is so strong that it will be able to overcome these obstacles," the Moscow-based activist said. "Those white, male dudes who are voting against abortion rights, they're part of the history. They're not really relevant."

She sees legislation like that signed in Alabama as evidence of politicians who are "angry, and desperate, because they feel that their time (in power) is about to end."

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The anarchist Pussy Riot collective has gained international fame for its politically charged performances that see members don balaclavas and skewer everything from the Russian church to persecution of the country's gay community.]]>
7/7/2019 11:15:01 AM
<![CDATA[Amazon's Bezos finalizes divorce with $38 bn settlement: report]]>
Under the agreement, MacKenzie Bezos, 49, will receive approximately 19.7 million Amazon.com shares, giving her a four percent stake in the company valued at $38.3 billion, and landing her at 22nd on the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, the news service said.

A judge in Washington state's King County finalized the divorce. Jeff Bezos, 55, will retain a 12 percent stake and remain the world's richest man.

MacKenzie Bezos, a novelist, has said she would give all of her stake in The Washington Post and the space exploration firm Blue Origin to her husband as well as voting control of her remaining Amazon stock.

She has also promised to donate half her fortune to charity, joining the ranks of the world's ultra-wealthy philanthropists as a signatory of the Giving Pledge.

The personal life of Jeff Bezos was thrust into the spotlight with the announcement in January that he and his wife were divorcing after 25 years of marriage and the revelation by the National Enquirer that he had been having an affair with a former news anchor, Lauren Sanchez.

Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos married in 1993 and have four children. Jeff Bezos founded Amazon in their Seattle garage in 1994 and turned it into a colossus that dominates online retail.]]>
7/6/2019 2:37:40 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian designer Sadany receives ‘Golden Award’ at the international A’ Design Award in Italy]]>
This award is one of the prominent in the world that is granted to the best designers, architects and design companies around the world.

“This museum was not easy to design, but served as a challenge and incentive for every Egyptian to know more about his/her history. With the assistance of a number of Egyptologists and IT experts, I did a lot of research and studies, which we documented in Arabic and English. Together we built a full comparison and study of the origin of information security in Egypt” Sadany said in her interview with Women of Egypt.

Sadany is big name in the international community of architecture and decoration. Her designs are inspired by Egypt’s ancient civilization.


“Our ancestors were the first to discover the importance of information security and ways to protect it, whereas we found several similarities, including Firewall, Deep Web, Password, Anti-Virus, Maze concept, Honey Pot and other applications. I was fascinated to find their origins go back to ancient Egypt” Sadany recounted to Women of Egypt.

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7/6/2019 2:33:57 PM
<![CDATA[Photographing for free in all the Egyptian museums starting August 1]]>
The head of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Mostafa Waziry announced that this decision will help in promoting the Egyptian Antiquities, archaeological sites and museums.

‘’ These photos will promote our great and unique ancient Egyptian civilization and uplift tourism’’ Waziry added.

The head of the Supreme council of Antiquities further added that the mobile flash will not be allowed while taking photos.

The director of the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir square Sabah Abel Razek said that this decision will promote the Egyptian artifacts.

‘’ The visitors will post these photos on their social media accounts, thus spreading information about our museums and introduce them to the whole world, it will be like a free publicity’’ Abdel Razek added.
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7/6/2019 2:00:58 PM
<![CDATA[Ghalia Benali to participate International Festival of Carthage]]>Benali will perform on July 27.

The acclaimed Tunisian star performed a concert at Cairo Opera House on May 26 as part of Cairo Opera House’s Ramadan concerts.

Benali participated for the first time as an actress in the 40th edition of Cairo International Film Festival with her Tunisian movie "Fatwa".

"Fatwa" won the Golden Tanit award from Carthage International Film Festival.

Ben Ali studied art in Belgium and then found herself mesmerized by the multiculturalism of the Middle East.

She grew up listening to the voices of Umm Kulthum and other Arab legends, and watching Arabic films that later contributed to her understanding of the multiple Arabic cultures and philosophies.

She embarked on her artistic journey and released her first album in the late 1990s. Her album “Ghalia Benali Sings Om Kalthoum”, released in 2010, attracted many Arab youth to enjoy the classical strong lyrics of the famous Umm Kulthum and discover ben Ali.

Ben Ali participated in Citybeats Music Festival which kicked off on June 4 in Paris.

Being the first Arab music festival in Paris, Citybeats Music Festival hosted in its first edition three Arab music stars: Tunisian Ghalia ben Ali, Egyptian Maryam Saleh and Palestinian-Jordanian singer El-Farei.




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7/6/2019 1:27:08 PM
<![CDATA[ Egyptian play ‘Crime in Maadi’ to be shown in Saudi Arabia from July 10-13]]>
The Play is originally an English comedic novel entitled "The Play that Goes Wrong" and Abdel Baky acquired the legal rights to perform in Egypt in a customized manner to suit the local attire.

The play also staged in numerous countries such as Germany, Argentina and London. "The Play that Goes Wrong" is written by Henry Lewis, Henry Shields and Jonathan Sayer.

The Egyptian version of the play is starring numerous young talents directed and trained by the veteran comedian Abdel Baky.

"The Play That Goes Wrong" is a play by Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, and Henry Shields of Mischief Theatre Company. It won Best New Comedy at the 2015 Laurence Olivier Awards.


Abdel Baky previously expressed his extreme happiness with the theatrical experience he has gone through in Saudi Arabia which is ‘’ Saudi Theater’’, which follows the footsteps of his original experience in Egypt titled “Masrah Masr” (Egypt’s Theater).

Abdel Baky stated in a video he previously uploaded on his official Instagram account that he enjoyed himself in the Saudi Theater in Jeddah with a group of very talented young actors.

Abdel Baky’s Saudi Theater staged on January 4-6 in Jeddah. Abdel Baky has selected a group of 40 young actors and actresses and trained them; he also put the final artistic touches on the new theater's performances.

Abdel Baky was graduated from Ain Shams University's Faculty of Commerce, later deciding to pursue a drama career despite his parent's dislike for acting.


Abdel Baki acted in about 54 films, 16 soap operas, and 14 plays, with the play “Khashab El-Ward” (Flower Wood) being his first role on stage.



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7/6/2019 10:23:15 AM
<![CDATA[The 18th International Summer Festival to kick off at Bibliotheca Alexandrina on July.26]]>
The annual festival usually witnesses the attendance of thousands of people. Egyptian poet Amr Hassan will recite a number of his poems in the opening ceremony.

On July 28 famed marimba player, Nesma Abdel Aziz, will perform at the festival.

Abdel Aziz is considered one of the contemporary music icons, as she is the first marimba player in Egypt. She participated in numerous concerts in Cairo Opera House such as Omar Khairat concerts.

Having her debut in 2001, Abdel Aziz founded her ensemble and released music pieces like "Marimba Fusion," and "Tico, Tico".

Abdel Aziz toured the world with her ensemble under the theme of "Spreading Happiness" and achieved huge international success.

Abdel Aziz has dazzled audiences worldwide with her combination of classical and contemporary music, bringing together a unique blend of western and Arab instruments to create a whole new genre.

Also on July 28 Egyptian Comedian Ahmed Amin will display his theatrical show “Amin and Partners.”

The live show was staged twice a week, at MUST Opera House starting January 31, and was screened on DMC.

A workshop of writers spent about three months to create a sketch-based theater that brings back Amin’s satirical social observations to the screens, in a newly innovated form that fulfills his vision and passion for Egyptian theater.

The theatrical show featured Amin along with newly introduced talents, as well as talents who were previously introduced in Amin's famous TV program 'Al Plateau'.
Amin aims at creating a talent hub through this project, that gives the space to young writers and actors.

Produced by Mohamed Gebeily and directed by Alaa Ismail, the show will be brought by the same crew of Al Plateau.

Amin’s first gig was “30 sanya.” videos on YouTube The low-production content was relate-able to his loyal fan base, then Etisalat sponsored his following show “El Break”.

Amin’s first TV show “Al Plateau” became one of the most popular local comedy shows, with 131,330,187 views.

In Ramadan 2017, Amin participated with the famed comedian Akram Hosny in the popular comic series “Al Wassiya” ( The Legacy) . The series achieved a huge success.

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7/6/2019 10:01:31 AM
<![CDATA[Actress and singer Karen Mok hopes to bring Broadway to China]]>
The 49-year-old has released 20 solo albums and starred in more than 40 films during her 25-year career including Keanu Reeves’ “Man of Tai Chi” and Wong Kar Wai’s “Fallen Angels”. She also worked alongside fellow Hong Kong star Jackie Chan in “Around the World in 80 Days”.

“It doesn’t mean that I’m retiring or anything...I could never quit the stage but I just feel that it’s a good time to call it a day where pop concerts are concerned,” Mok told Reuters in London while on a visit to promote her tour.

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“Going forward I want to go into doing musicals and musical theater because that’s my one true love in performing.”

Mok, who in 2005 and 2006 starred in the hit Broadway musical “Rent” on its 10th anniversary tour, said she wants China to have its own version of the New York theater district or London’s West End.

“There’s a lot of theater going on in China but like the West End as an industry (it’s) not really there yet but at some point it will happen so I feel that I should contribute toward that,” she said.



“My next big mission in my career is to create, from scratch, a musical for the Chinese audience...I really love musicals because they allow you to simultaneously act, dance, sing and play music and getting to do it live every evening is just amazing...We should have our own original musicals.”

The singer’s “Ultimate Karen Mok Show” kicked off in Shanghai in June 2018 and has included shows in Singapore, Taipei and Beijing.

In Europe, she will play the Folies Bergere in Paris on Sept. 12 and the London Palladium on Sept. 15 - a show Mok, who studied at the University of London, described as “a little bit of a homecoming”.
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7/6/2019 9:30:42 AM
<![CDATA[AFCON African guests to visit museums with the same ticket price like Egyptians ]]>
Ministry of Antiquities put a cloned statue of the famous Egyptian king Tutankhamen in the lobby of the Cairo Stadium on the occasion of the kick off of the African Cup of Nations on June 21.

Tutankhamen was born in the 18th Dynasty around 1341 B.C. and was the 12th pharaoh of that period. Tutankhamen did not accomplish much himself; he was placed on the throne when he was a child, and Egypt’s prosperous era was beginning to decline with the rise of Pharaoh Akhenaten and his new cult.

Sir Howard Carter, British archaeologist and Egyptologist, had made it his life’s quest to find the tomb of King Tutankhamen.

When Carter had begun to work in Egypt in 1891, most of the documented Pharaohs had their tombs discovered. One, however, proved to be elusive; King Tutankhamen, whose resting place had yet to be found and who Egyptologists knew very little about.

With the end of World War I, Carter made it his goal to be the first to uncover the tomb of Tutankhamen. Carter had worked in Egypt for 31 years since he was 17, using his skills as an artist to copy inscriptions from walls.

He would then become appointed inspector-general of monuments in Upper Egypt. In 1907, he started to work for George Herbert, the fifth earl of Carnarvon, who would aid him in his quest to uncover the lost tomb of Tutankhamen.

Carter was certainly dedicated, spending massive amounts of money and time in order to track down where the tomb might lie.

With Lord Carnarvon as his sponsor, he began working earnestly at excavating the Valley of Kings. Alas, even after five years of work, Carter wasn’t able to report back on anything substantial.

He refused to give up however, tirelessly working to fulfill his quest, and soon enough, Carter would be rewarded beyond his imagination.

The discovery of steps beneath the sand on November 1, 1922 was a breakthrough for Carter. At long last, his tireless search for Tutankhamen would finally bear fruit.

Carter announced the discovery on November 6, and it took three weeks until he could begin work on excavating into the tomb.

Workers exposed all of the steps and the sealed doorway into the tomb, which at one point had been broken in by tomb robbers but resealed again, leading to hope that the contents had not been plundered.

Carter finally entered on November 25, finding evidence of resealed holes but noting that it had likely been thousands of years since anyone had entered again.

When Carter made a hole inside the sealed door and peeked inside, he was left astounded. Gold flooded his senses, and animal statues, rich perfumes, piles of ebony, childhood toys and the Pharaoh himself adorned the room alongside countless other treasures.

It was a bounty of riches the likes of which had never been seen before. Carter couldn’t have anticipated this finding in his wildest dreams.




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7/5/2019 4:54:05 PM
<![CDATA[The 6th edition of the International Forum of Caricature to kick off on July 7]]>
The forum is organised by The Cultural Development Fund and the Faculty of Fine Arts at Minia University, and the Egyptian Caricature Society at Prince Taz Palace.

The forum will launch under the auspices of the Egyptian minister of culture Dr. Inas Abdel Dayem.


Fawzi Morsi, the general coordinator of the forum, said that the selection committee, composed of artist Mohamed Effat, journalist Imad Gomaa, Dr. Mohamed Hamdi, artist Farouq Mousa, artist Samir Abdelghani and Emirati artist Amna El Hammady, chose 420 works of art for 345 artists, from 71 Arab and foreign countries, out of a total of 512 artists from 76 countries, who submitted some 1,800 caricatures to participate in the forum.

A collection of caricatures of the world-renowned writer Naguib Mahfouz, the first Arab Nobel laureate in literature, will also be shown.

The State of Kuwait will be the guest of honor of the Forum at its sixth edition, and the great artist Mohamed Abdel Moneim Rakha was selected to be honored during the forum, and to pay tribute to his soul.

The forum will be headed by artist Juma Farhat and general artist Fawzi Morsi. The exhibition will be co-organized by artists Khaled Al-Marsafi, Omar Siddiq, Mona Ibrahim and Marwa Ibrahim. The forum will last until July 21.

The opening ceremony will be attended by the head of external cultural relations Dr. Hiba Youssef, along Head of the Cultural Development Fund Sector Dr. Fathi Abdel Wahab, and the President of the Egyptian Caricature Society Gomaa Farhat.



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7/5/2019 4:28:25 PM
<![CDATA[After recovering from liver disease, Wehbe to perform at North Coast on July.11]]>
Wehbe suffered recently from liver disease and received treatment in one of the Lebanese hospitals. Wehbe illness prevented her from singing and acting in May.

“I am sorry for my artistic absence as a result e of a health problem I have been subjected to for more than a month … Pray for me and hopefully , I will return back to you soon” Wehbe commented on her illness on her official Twitter account.

The acclaimed Lebanese artist was born in 1976. Her musical repertoire include seven albums.

She acted in a number of successful TV series like Mariam, ‘’ Laanet Karma’’ ( Karma Curse), ‘’ Kalam ala Wara’a’’ ( Words written on papers) among others.

Her cinematic repertoire include ‘’ Halawet Rouh’’ ( the Beauty of Soul), ‘’ Dokan Shehata’’ ( Shehata’s shop) among others.

Wahbe was featured on People Magazine‘s 50 most beautiful people list in 2006.
Wehbe luckily survived an accident while shooting “Hasa Ma Bena” video clip,suffered only small bruises.
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7/5/2019 3:59:23 PM
<![CDATA[Violating all the international archaeological rules: Christie’s sells Tutankhamun bust at £ 4.7 M]]>
Head of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Mostafa Waziri previously said before the bust was sold that the National Committee for Antiquities Repatriation held a meeting after making sure that an Egyptian Tutankhamun bust is up for sale in an auction in the UK.

A letter was sent to the UK Central Authority, Waziri said, adding in an interview with Ahmed Moussa on Sada El-Balad, that the UK "has failed us" as it continued to organize the exhibition, despite all procedures taken by the Egyptian Foreign Ministry and the UNESCO.

Waziri said that "Egypt will continue to pursue those involved and any party that buys Egyptian antiquities," thanking Italy, Spain, France and the United States for returning smuggled artifacts to Egypt.

It is probable that Egypt takes measures against the British archaeological envoys working in Egypt, Waziri said. He added that London "has violated the international agreements in this regard after its negative stance towards the sale of the Egyptian artifacts.

Egypt's Ambassador to the UK Tarek Adel said that the auction was not postponed despite the objections and legal remarks raised by Egypt regarding the legality of the circulation of the Egyptian pieces displayed in the hall. He added that the embassy has informed the auction hall that will hold the auction, referring to Christie's,

The hall proceed with a second auction on Thursday to display more Egyptian artifacts, including the head of a small Egyptian bust of King Tutankhamun, for sale despite calls to postpone it to give time to check the authenticity of the documents proving that these artifacts were transferred from Egypt in a legal way.

He stressed that the Egyptian Embassy in London will continue to follow up its efforts and procedures in coordination with the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities to stop the sale of the pieces that are part of the Egyptian cultural heritage.


Waziri previously said in a phone in to "El Hekaya" program on MBC Masr with Egyptian TV host Amr Adib that Egypt challenges Christie's London Auction house to prove by official documents that this artifact came from Egypt through legitimate channels.

Waziri added that Tutankhamen bust might have come out of the Karnak Temple or any other temple but sure it is an Egyptian artifact.

The story started with an announcement from Christie's Auction House about a 3,000-year-old stone statue bearing the features of the most famous ancient Egyptian king Tutankhamenwhich is expected to be auctioned at £4 million in Christie’s auction London on July 4.

Tutankhamen bust shows the golden king with almond-shaped eyes and drooping lower lip; it shows Tutankhamen as Amun, the most important god of the era.

It is the first time that a piece owned by a private collector has appeared on the open market since 1985. Christie’s experts believe that king Tut's bust was located in the past at the Temple of Karnak in Upper Egypt.

LaetitiaDelaloye, head of the antiquities department at Christie’s London, said to The Financial Times that “the beauty of the lines and the way it is carved are a testament to the Amarna style.”

Tutankhamen's statues very rarely appear on the market, because most of them are shown in museums.

Egypt has regulated the sale of its cultural heritage since 1835, and brought in laws in 1983 banning the removal of artifacts from the country. More recently Egypt has strengthened legislation in a bid to clamp down on the trade in illicit objects.

It is not known when and where the Tutankhamen head was found; most probably it goes back to the 1960s. It subsequently passed through the hands of dealers until bought by the current owners in 1985.

Christie’s said it was in continuous contact with the Egyptian authorities about its planned sales of antiquities, adding that it would send details of the head and other artifacts in the sale to the authorities on publication of the sale catalogue this week.

Tutankhamen was born in the 18th Dynasty around 1341 B.C. and was the 12th pharaoh of that period. Tutankhamen did not accomplish much himself; he was placed on the throne when he was a child, and Egypt’s prosperous era was beginning to decline with the rise of Pharaoh Akhenaten and his new cult.

Sir Howard Carter, British archaeologist and Egyptologist, had made it his life’s quest to find the tomb of King Tutankhamen.

When Carter had begun to work in Egypt in 1891, most of the documented Pharaohs had their tombs discovered. One, however, proved to be elusive; King Tutankhamen, whose resting place had yet to be found and who Egyptologists knew very little about.

With the end of World War I, Carter made it his goal to be the first to uncover the tomb of Tutankhamen. Carter had worked in Egypt for 31 years since he was 17, using his skills as an artist to copy inscriptions from walls.

He would then become appointed inspector-general of monuments in Upper Egypt. In 1907, he started to work for George Herbert, the fifth earl of Carnarvon, who would aid him in his quest to uncover the lost tomb of Tutankhamen.

Carter was certainly dedicated, spending massive amounts of money and time in order to track down where the tomb might lie.

With Lord Carnarvon as his sponsor, he began working earnestly at excavating the Valley of Kings. Alas, even after five years of work, Carter wasn’t able to report back on anything substantial.

He refused to give up however, tirelessly working to fulfill his quest, and soon enough, Carter would be rewarded beyond his imagination.

The discovery of steps beneath the sand on November 1, 1922 was a breakthrough for Carter. At long last, his tireless search for Tutankhamen would finally bear fruit.

Carter announced the discovery on November 6, and it took three weeks until he could begin work on excavating into the tomb.

Workers exposed all of the steps and the sealed doorway into the tomb, which at one point had been broken in by tomb robbers but resealed again, leading to hope that the contents had not been plundered.
Carter finally entered on November 25, finding evidence of resealed holes but noting that it had likely been thousands of years since anyone had entered again.

When Carter made a hole inside the sealed door and peeked inside, he was left astounded. Gold flooded his senses, and animal statues, rich perfumes, piles of ebony, childhood toys and the Pharaoh himself adorned the room alongside countless other treasures.

It was a bounty of riches the likes of which had never been seen before. Carter couldn’t have anticipated this finding in his wildest dreams.



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7/5/2019 2:45:56 PM
<![CDATA[El Mamar movie was screened in Dubai on July 4]]>
Egyptians who are living in Dubai was keen to watch the important patriotic movie which achieved booming success with revenues amounted to 50,308,000 L.E.

The film revolves around the role of the heroic Egyptian Commandos during the War of Attrition, headed by the leader of Group 39 martyr Ibrahim al-Rifai.

The massive production discusses the time period from the 1967 war to the early days of the War of Attrition.

"El-Mammar", directed by SherifArafa and written by Arafa and Amir Teima, stars Ahmed Ezz, , Hend Sabry, Ahmed Rizk, Asma Abul Yazid, Eyad Nassar, Sherif Mounir, Mohamed Farag, Ahmed Falawkas and Inaam Salousa, among others.

Veteran musician Omar Khairat composed the movie’s soundtrack, which pays tribute to one of the most heroic battles ever fought by Egyptian soldiers.
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7/5/2019 2:25:45 PM
<![CDATA[Michael Jackson fans sue alleged abuse victims in French court]]>
The fan clubs sued the men in Orleans, northern France. The court said a judgment would be delivered on Oct. 4.

The Michel Jackson Community, the MJ Street and On the Line groups accuse Wade Robson and James Safechuck of defaming Jackson in the documentary about alleged child abuse by the star.

The fans’ lawyer, Emmanuel Ludot, likened the men’s allegations to a “genuine lynching” of Jackson, who died in 2009.

The fan groups, which are seeking symbolic damages of 1 euro ($1.13) each, are taking action in France because French defamation laws extends libel protection beyond death, whereas the British and U.S. legal systems do not.

Robson and Safechuck were not in court and did not instruct lawyers to represent them.

In “Leaving Neverland” the two adult men say they were befriended by Jackson and abused by him from the ages of 7 and 10 in the early 1990s.

Jackson was acquitted in 2005 on charges of molesting a different boy, and his family has denied the accusations made in the documentary.

The documentary, broadcast by M6 in France, has caused a backlash against Jackson’s legacy. Some radio stations stopped playing his music, an episode of “The Simpsons” cartoon featuring the singer’s voice is being pulled from future broadcasts and Louis Vuitton removed Jackson-themed items from its 2019 summer menswear collection.

Ludot said he was confident of winning. In 2014, he represented the Michael Jackson Community when the group successfully won nominal damages of 1 euro from the pop star’s private doctor, Conrad Murray, for his part in Jackson’s death.

“In France you cannot sully the image of the dead,” Ludot said. “There’s moral and emotional suffering. And when there’s suffering, there’s compensation. It’s very simple.”]]>
7/5/2019 12:09:05 PM
<![CDATA['Wolf of Wall Street' producer charged with 1MDB money laundering in Malaysia]]>
Riza Aziz, a co-founder of Hollywood production firm Red Granite Pictures that was behind the Oscar-nominated film “The Wolf of Wall Street,” was charged with five counts of money laundering.

Prosecutors alleged Riza received a total of $248 million as a result of misappropriation of 1MDB funds.

Riza pleaded not guilty to all the charges. Each charge carries a financial penalty of up to five million ringgit ($1.21 million), a maximum jail term of five years, or both.

The court granted Riza bail at one million ringgit and asked him to surrender his passports.

After unexpectedly losing an election to Mahathir Mohamad in May last year, Najib has been slapped with a series of corruption charges, mostly tied to losses at now-defunct 1MDB.

Najib, who founded 1MDB in 2009, faces 42 criminal charges related to huge losses at the fund and other state entities. He has pleaded not guilty and has consistently denied wrongdoing.

The U.S. Justice Department has estimated that a total of $4.5 billion was misappropriated by high-level officials at 1MDB and their associates between 2009 and 2014.

1MDB is being investigated in at least six countries for alleged money laundering and graft.

U.S. prosecutors have said Red Granite had financed three films using funds they suspect were stolen from 1MDB.

Red Granite paid the U.S. government $60 million in September 2017 to settle a civil forfeiture claim over the rights to “The Wolf of Wall Street”.]]>
7/5/2019 12:05:28 PM
<![CDATA[Restoration work at Magra El-Eyoon project kicks off - Ministry]]>
CAIRO - 4 July 4 2019: The Ministry of Antiquities started Thursday working at restoration project of the large wall of Magra El-Eyoon and its surrounding area.

In a statement, Head of the Islamic and Coptic antiquities department at the ministry Gamal Moustafa said that maintenance work was carried out by technical teams belonging to the institute of the archaeological crafts which is affiliated to the ministry.

Encroachments on the large wall of Magra El-Eyoon and its surrounding area have been removed and work is underway to remove the remaining violations in coordination with all bodies concerned, Moustafa added.]]>
7/4/2019 6:35:07 PM
<![CDATA[Biblical bad guys the ancient Philistines came from Europe, DNA shows]]>
The genetic findings came from skeletons unearthed by archaeologists in Israel in 2016, including the bones of infants buried beneath Philistine houses, archaeologists said in a paper published on Wednesday.

The much-maligned group is regularly depicted as the enemy of the Israelites in Biblical texts. The giant Goliath was a Philistine. So was Delilah who entrapped legendary warrior Samson.

Thanks to their bad press, their name has also become synonymous with crassness, ignorance and hostility to culture.

But for all their prominence, where they came from before settling the coast of what is now southern Israel and Gaza remained a mystery.

Varying theories had asserted their ancestors originated in the Aegean, or the northern Levant or that they were actually a local culture.

“Our study has shown for the first time that the Philistines immigrated to this region in the 12th century (BC),” said Daniel Master, director of the Leon Levy Expedition to Ashkelon, a coastal city where the first ever Philistine cemetery was found.

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“We didn’t show it by showing similar styles of pottery, we didn’t show it by looking at texts, we showed it by looking at the DNA of the people themselves,” Master said. “We can see at Ashkelon new DNA coming in from this immigrant population that is really changing the whole region.”

The Ashkelon team sent more than 100 skeletal samples to Germany’s Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. DNA was found in ten individuals, particularly in the inner ear bones that preserved it over the millennia.

The findings, published on Wednesday in the journal Science Advances, showed three stages: pre-migration, migration, and then a dilution of the genetic footprint within the local population a couple hundred years later.

Although the genetic modeling suggests southern Europe as the area of origin, there are some limitations to 3,000-year-old DNA testing, said Michal Feldman, an archaeo-geneticist who worked on the study at Max Planck.

“This ancestral component is derived from Europe, or to be more specific, from southern Europe, so the ancestors of the Philistines must have traveled across the Mediterranean and arrived in Ashkelon sometime between the end of the Bronze age and the beginning of the Iron age,” Feldman said.

“There would be a lot more that we can say if we had more data, for example we could maybe more precisely pinpoint the source of this migration,” she said.

Earlier work by the Ashkelon team has suggested the Philistines were actually no "philistines". Excavations of a 3,000-year-old cemetery in 2016 found bodies buried with jewelry and perfumed oil. (reut.rs/2LBBkxd)

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7/4/2019 11:50:38 AM
<![CDATA[Exceptional talent: Interview with US-Japanese violinist Ryu Goto]]>
Today, he is an exceptional talent, who captures the hearts of worldwide fans with his jaw-dropping performances.

Goto’s impeccable technique is acknowledged and appreciated on an international level, bringing him to Egypt in June where he performed with the Cairo Symphony Orchestra on the 30th anniversary of the Opera House. Marking his comeback to Egypt for the second time, Goto speaks to Egypt Today about his career path, his experience as a child prodigy and the message he wants to send to the Egyptian audience through his music.

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American-Japanese musician Ryu Goto - Photo by Hassan Mohamed/Egypt Today



You started playing violin at the age of three and your first performance was when you were only seven. Why did you choose to start playing the violin?

I never really chose violin, it kind of chose me in a sense; my entire family were violinists, so I never saw it as merely a choice or a career path. The first time I performed at a concert was in northern Japan when I was seven years old. I remember the audience at the time liked my performance, as not many kids would perform during such prominent events.

You gained attention as a child prodigy an at early age. How did this boost your publicity as a musician?

It gave me a lot of opportunities, which I am fortunate and grateful for. But [child prodigies] do not have a normal life, and I was out of place for a very long time. This was the case until I went to college and started to figure out
how I wanted to define myself.

When you see a child with talent, you think it is precious and a once in a lifetime chance, so you want to push him in that direction. It’s good that people sometimes push children to master a craft, but sometimes it’s difficult for the children themselves to do.

How did you become the musician that you are today?

It was not an easy road. Once I got into it, I realized how hard it was. I also have intense parents, they pushed me re- ally hard to become the way I was. I loved the performance aspect of it but I hated the kind of work that led to it. It is not an all-happy story. Luckily, I did not have to deal with the business aspect of it, particularly since I was so young; my mother took care of that side of things for me. It was only over the past 10 years that I started to handle the side work that does not directly involve playing the instrument. I have been lucky, because my sister, who is 17 years older and has also performed in Cairo, is a professional violin player as well and is way ahead in the game. Since my mother had already dealt with my sister’s early success, mine was not as hard [to handle] as my sister’s.


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American-Japanese musician Ryu Goto - Photo by Hassan Mohamed/Egypt Today



You credit your mother, who is also a violinist, for both your and your hald-sister’s success as musicians. Tell us more about her role in your professional life.

My mother was my coach, and she definitely still is. She has learned a lot over the years, as she was a performer herself, and then she watched my sister growing up while performing as well. To me, what my mother knows about this business is more than any library has to offer. There is nobody quite like her, in terms of how much she knows.

You have discrete interests; academically, you’ve studied physics at Harvard University. Did it take some time until you decided to choose music as your career?

Again, I never had this moment when I said I chose mu- sic alone. I did not want to close myself off; I wanted to try other things. I love science, and I like understanding how the world works through rational means. So, physics was a rational fit for me, because I like science. I thought that I should get a bachelors degree once, and I had already been doing music for 15 years, so I thought the best way to use my time and money was to try other pursuits [asides from music].

You also have an interest in sports, a black belt in Karate. Tell us more about that.

My grandfather was a master in karate in Japan, and I spent some time with him before he died; this kind of influenced me, and so today I am quite into karate. I fight, and it’s a weird thing for violinists to say, but I like fighting and I compete in matches. I coincidentally met the coach of the Egyptian national karate team while exercising at the gym the other day. It’s quite a strong team, I believe.

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American-Japanese musician Ryu Goto - Photo by Nourhan Magdi /Egypt Today



How do multi-talented people choose which hobby to pursue professionally?

I think people do not give themselves enough credit a lot of the time; the older we grow, the more likely we are to fear failure. We have pride, ego, confidence issues, so people make lots of excuses to protect themselves. But if they pick up something new for 30 minutes every day, they will realize that they can get really good at it over time. For me, as a musician, I kind of am my own boss, so I have flexibility and manage my own time, which is a great benefit.

I am not sure if I agree completely with seeking diversity of interest rather than specialization, in order not to lose jobs in the age of artificial intelligence; however, I think it exists, and it is important to be adaptable and pursue your hobbies. You never know where opportunities arise.

You were born and raised in New York, whereas your family are originally Japanese. Did you experience any conflict growing up between both cultures?

My parents, especially my mother, are quite old school, accustomed to driving their children in the direction of high achievement and success, but I was born eight years after they came to the United States. I think my mother might seem like a stubborn lady, but everyone who comes to the United States is forced to adapt. It is hard to just impart your values and systems there, and it does not work with kids, because they are in open environment and it has a different approach to learning than Asian countries. Asian pedagogy is instructive, they do not encourage students to ask questions; they tell students the information and they memorize it, whereas in the US, the education system is based on self-discovery, tests and activities in a much slower but enriching process in a sense.

My mother was a teacher at an American school, so she was quite exposed to the American education system. She also gave me some freedom growing up, and she under- stands I am not from her generation.

How has exposure to international audiences affected your career path?

It gave me a bigger head start, which people at my age are still trying to reach. In terms of career, it really jump- started. The thing is, when you are young you are sensational, although when you turn 18 years old, you are no longer a kid. Having connections is not the issue, it is about branding. You are no longer the child prodigy, you need to have something else to sell, and you have to present yourself as a real, mature adult.


Speaking about branding, has social media helped in defining you professionally?

I do my own Twitter; I stopped using Facebook, and my Instagram was hacked. The classic music work is very regressive as opposed to progressive, and they need to modernize it more. I do not do social media very often but when I do it, I am totally myself. I was lost for a very long time because when you are famous, it is easy to lose your ground as you might have people telling you where you are supposed to be. People say nice and nasty things, and when you start listening to those things, you lose who you are. People get crushed by social media sometimes. So, I decided that it is better to know myself rather than create something fake, because the social media audience does not want to see who you really are, they want to see an illusion of it.

Do you play your original music?

I do write original music but I have not played it publicly yet. Everything I perform is music written by previous composers, classics written 200 years ago. I compose my music but I feel I am not yet ready.


How can a musician reflect his own intentions without being affected by other people?

It is about taking a step further from how people perceive your music, understanding who you are as an individual and seeing yourself from the outside. It is about being authentic and having your own voice, as you trans- late your intentions through music and strings to touch people’s hearts and minds.

From the business standpoint, that’s not enough. The markets are about selling a product. So, the balance is in how you sell an authentic version of yourself and make it appealing to people. I did a lot of research on this, and I gave lectures and classes to students on having a unique perspective.

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American-Japanese musician Ryu Goto - Photo by Nourhan Magdi /Egypt Today


Do you listen to Eastern music, and how do you see it as different from other musical traditions?

I listen to Middle, Far, and Near Eastern music. It is hard to say, especially in the Mediterranean region, influences are varied everywhere in the Middle East, from Turkey to Lebanon, or Egypt to Saudi Arabia, as well as more southern parts of Africa. I would say that Egypt, Turkey and Saudi Arabia are a mix of all kinds of stuff.

Visiting Egypt for the second time, you must have come across different types of music. How did the music impact you?

Everywhere around the world, people are creating mu- sic; it is about getting through to people, and making real genuine music even if amateurs are the ones playing it. Every time I hear music in Egypt, at restaurants, taxis, weddings, my body starts moving. I started asking myself: Is it really so different in essence compared to music from other cultures?

I find Egyptian music very rhythmic. There is a difference even between men calling for prayer at different mosques, and people know and feel this. From the first letter of Allahu Akbar, you know whether this guy gets it. The Islamic music is not angular, it is rather very flowy.

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American-Japanese musician Ryu Goto - Photo by Hassan Mohamed/Egypt Today



What's the message that your music sends to the Egyptian audience?

It’s a big honor performing at the Cairo Opera House on its 30th anniversary, and I am glad that Maestro Ahmed Al Saeedi asked me to come back. The reaction from the Egyptian audience was very warm, very open and very enthusiastic. This is my second time performing in Cairo. There is a sense of community, there is no evil there, and this is not something you get a lot from audiences in Japan or the US.

My message is always pretty simple, and depends on the pieces that are not complicated, but are rather expansive. It is about the beautiful sound of orchestra and the violin, and how the sound is put together, triggering the audience to see entire scenes through the music, perhaps some imagining forests, while others seeing the Nile.

Are we going to see collaborations between you and Eastern musicians?

I look forward to such an opportunity. I am a classical musician by trade, but I am open to all kinds of music, be it jazz or ethnic and everything in between. We did something once with Indian instruments, the violin is just one tool. I am into electronic music as well, and I like to explore anything and everything.]]>
7/3/2019 3:47:04 PM
<![CDATA[U.S. rapper A$AP Rocky arrested in Sweden after brawl: prosecutor]]>
The 30-year-old performer, producer and model was held with three others in connection with a fight that took place on Sunday, a Prosecution Authority spokeswoman said.

“One person was arrested for assault and three people were arrested for serious assault, and the artist is one of those three,” she added.

A$AP Rocky was detained around 1 a.m. (2300 GMT Tuesday), the prosecution said, a few hours after his appearance at the Smash hip hop festival in Stockholm.]]>
7/3/2019 2:30:09 PM
<![CDATA[‘El-Deif’ to screen at Manarat Film Festival on July 3 ]]>
“El-Deif” previously participated in Tetouan Mediterranean Film Festival and Arab Film Festival, Rotterdam.


“Dr. Yahya Tijani, portrayed in the film by Khaled el-Sawy, is facing charges of contempt of religions and is expected to be handed a one year sentence. What is the story behind this man?” Eissa tweeted on his official twitter account upon the release of the film’s promo in December 2018.

The film is the second cinematic experience for the veteran writer after the great success he achieved in his previous controversial film “Mawlana” (The Sheikh).

“El-Deif” (The guest) is starring Khaled el-Sawi, Sherine Reda, Ahmed Malek and Jamila Awad and is directed by Hadi el-Bagouri.

The film revolves around a man who visits a family for dinner as a guest, and then strange incidents follow.

Yahia Tijani is the writer and thinker the film revolves around. Tijani has opinions that make him face the charge of contempt of religions. Perhaps the most prominent among his opinions is that hijab is not obligatory.

Tijani has a small family consisting of his wife Mimi and his daughter Farida, who Osama proposes to marry. Osama is "the guest" that changes the course of events in the film.

“El-Deif” was granted the Public Award in Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival in Estonia early December 2018, as it was competing in the official contest of the festival representing the African continent.

Eissa, a controversial writer and thinker, presents a film that explores his ideas and tackles thorny issues.
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7/2/2019 1:36:52 PM
<![CDATA[Mohamed Mohsen to participate in Hammamet Festival ]]>
Mohsen is scheduled to present in the concert his most famous songs which include “Fe Albi Makan”, “Hodnak Haya”, “Zay Aghani Zman”, "Habat el-Nada”, and “Habayib Zaman".

Graduated from the Faculty of Engineering in Cairo University, Mohsen later specialized in music composing and singing and released his first album called "Alef f Shawaraek" (Roaming in your streets) in 2012.

He was nominated for Best Arabic Singer Award in Gordon Awards Festival, and won the Best Singer Award in Al-Ahram Awards Ceremony in 2012.

Mohsen has also taken on an acting career, participating in theater plays such as “Hekayat El Nas Fi Sawret 1919” (People’s Stories in 1919 Revolution) in the Egyptian National Theater and “Leila men Alf Leila” (A Night from a Thousand Nights) with veteran actor Yehia el-Fakharany .

He also participated in the TV series “Zay El Ward” (Like Flowers), singing in some segments of the show. Mohsen is married to famed Egyptian actress Heba Magdy.


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7/2/2019 1:28:09 PM
<![CDATA[Yousra, Hefzy, Salama , three Egyptians at the Oscars]]>
"I am honored to be invited as a member to the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences... Now I not only have to watch the Oscars, I actually have to watch the films and vote,"Hefzy wrote on Facebook.

"Officially, I'm now a member in the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences (Oscars)," wrote Amr Salama on Facebook.

Yousra is an Egyptian actress, singer, United Nations good will ambassador and an internationally acclaimed artistic icon.

She is one of the most prominent actresses not only in Egypt but in the Arab region.

Yousra was born on March 10, 1951 as Sevin Hafez Nesim. In 1980, she debuted in the film “Athkiya' Laken Aghbiya” (Smart yet Stupid).

Yousra performed in numerous movies such as “Kasr Fel Hawaa” (Castle in the Air), “Fatah Tabhath Ann al-Hob” (A Girl Looking for Love), “Alf Bossa Wa Bossa” (A Thousand and One Kisses), and “Ebtessama Waheda Takfi” (One Smile is Enough).

Yousra formed a successful duo with superstar Adel Emam, the matter that resulted in a number of successful films that enriched the Egyptian cinema such as “Shabab Yarkoss Fawk al-Nar” (Youth Dancing on Fire) , “Al-Ensan Yaeesh Mara Waheda” (Man Only Lives Once) , “Ala Bab al-Wazeer” (At the Door of the Minister) , “Al-Avocato” (The Lawyer) , “Al-Ins Wal-Gen” ( The Human and the Goblin) , “Karakoun Fel Shareih” ( A Police Station in the Street), “Al-Mansi” (The Forgotten), “Al-Irhab Wal Kabab” (Terrorism and Kebab), “Toyour Al-Zalam” (Birds of Darkness), and “Bobos” among others.

Yousra was included by Arabian Business among The World’s 100 Most Powerful Arab Women and by The Middle East among the 50 Most Influential Arabs.

In 2015, she was awarded the Achievement in Cinema Award at the Arab Women of the Year ceremony in London.

Throughout her artistic career, Yousra was granted more than 60 local, regional and international awards, most prominently at Cannes Film Festival and Venice Film Festival.

Yousra's cooperation with the internationally acclaimed director Youssef Chahine greatly influenced her career.

Among her important movies with Chahine are “Hadduta Masreya” (An Egyptian Tale), "Iskendereya Kaman we Kaman" (Alexandria More and More), and "Al-Mohager" (The Immigrant).

After a long career, including 85 films and 20 television series, Yousra started to dedicate some of her efforts to social issues, particularly human trafficking.

She engages in humanitarian and advocacy work for women and children.

Yousra participated in the World Economic Forum’s sessions in Switzerland, Jordan and Egypt because of her humanitarian work.

She is currently a goodwill ambassador for many United Nations institutions, including the United Nations Development Programme, UNAIDS and the joint United Nations program on HIV/AIDS.

She was the honorary president of Cairo International Film festival in 2017.

In honor of Yousra's rich artistic career, one of El-Gouna city streets was named after the Egyptian superstar.


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Mohamed Hefzy



Born in 1975, Hefzy is an Egyptian film producer and screenwriter. He is the founder of the Film Clinic that is now considered one of the leading production companies in Egypt and the Arab world.

Hefzy is also a film activist who gives workshops and training programs conducted in cooperation with acclaimed international organizations and institutes.

In 2013, Hefzy was named by Screen International as the only Arab among 30 future leaders in film production. In 2016, he was chosen by Variety on top of a list of Ten Names You Need to Know in the Arab Film Industry.

His films have participated widely in numerous prominent film festivals, including Cannes, Venice, Berlin, Sundance, and Toronto, and have won more than 80 international awards.

In 2016, one of his productions "Clash" was chosen as the opening film of the Un Certain Regard section of Cannes Film Festival.

In 2011, Hefzy was a jury member at several local and Arab festivals such as the Abu Dhabi International Film Festival.

Hefzy is a former director of the Ismailia International Film Festival for Documentaries and Shorts, has been a board member of the Egyptian Chamber of Cinema since 2013, and continues to represent and lobby for independent filmmakers in Egypt and throughout the Arab world.

In 2018, Hefzy was appointed president of the 40th edition of CIFF, becoming the youngest to ever be appointed for this post. He was also selected as a jury member of the Horizons section at the 75th Venice International Film Festival.

Hefzy produces films that receive critical and audience acclaim alike, such as "Yomeddine", which world premiered at Cannes International Film Festival and was Egypt's official submission to Oscars Award for Best Foreign-Language Film.

The film marked the third time in a row that a film produced by Hefzy gets submitted to the Academy Awards after "Clash" and "Sheikh Jackson".

Moreover, Hefzy was on The 100 Most Important Names in the #Arab Film Industry list at Cannes Festival.

It is worth mentioning that the Arab Cinema Center has chosen the head of Cairo International Film Festival, producer and screenwriter Mohamed Hefzy, to be the Arab Cinema Personality of the Year.

The award is presented by the Hollywood reporter.


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Amr Salama


Amr Salama is an Egyptian director who was born in 1982. Salama is one of the distinguished directors in his generations with repertoire that houses a number of successful movies like ‘’Sheik Jackson”, “La Mo’akhaza” among others.

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7/2/2019 1:08:34 PM
<![CDATA[Japan sending patent officials to U.S. over Kim Kardashian "Kimono" flap]]>
The reality TV star and businesswoman said on Monday she would rename her Kimono shapewear line after people in Japan said her use of the term was disrespectful.

Trade Minister Hiroshige Seko said he was aware of Kardashian’s decision but still wanted there to be “a careful examination” of the matter.

“This has become a big deal on social media,” Seko said during a regular press conference in Tokyo, adding that trademark issues fell under his jurisdiction.

“The kimono is regarded around the world as a distinct part of our culture,” he said. “Even in America, kimono is well known to be Japanese.”

Kardashian said that she had announced the Kimono products in June “with the best intentions in mind” and that she appreciated the feedback she had received.

“My brands and products are built with inclusivity and diversity at their core and after careful thought and consideration, I will be launching my Solutionwear brand under a new name,” she wrote on Twitter.

In Japanese, kimono means “thing that’s worn” and refers to full-length robes with sashes donned for formal occasions such as weddings and funerals. Kardashian’s use of the word on undergarments and filing for a trademark annoyed many people.



“Kimono is not underwear! Stop trademark registration! Don’t make the word kimono yours!” Twitter user Ruu wrote shortly after the launch announcement, echoing a common theme.

Others said using the word was “a theft of traditional culture” and begged Kardashian to change the name, saying the underwear would sell just as well if it was called something else.

Seko said that he was sending Japanese patent executives to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on July 9 to “properly exchange views on the matter”, adding that he would be following the situation closely.


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7/2/2019 1:04:43 PM
<![CDATA[Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber at odds in spat over her music catalog]]>
Swift on Sunday wrote a lengthy post on Tumblr voicing dismay that Scooter Braun, the manager for Bieber as well as Ariana Grande and Demi Lovato, was acquiring Big Machine, the Nashville-based record company that owns the master recordings of her past songs.

“This is my worst case scenario,” the “Shake It Off” singer wrote, and accused Braun of “incessant, manipulative bullying.”

Swift said Braun “got two of his clients to bully me online” about a 2016 tiff with Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, and referred to a photo of Braun and Bieber.

“Now Scooter has stripped me of my life’s work, that I wasn’t given an opportunity to buy,” Swift wrote, signing the post “sad and grossed out.”

A representative for Braun, who owns the company Ithaca Holdings, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Ithaca Holdings LLC on Sunday announced it was acquiring the Big Machine Label Group. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Swift, 29, signed with Big Machine at age 15 and left last November for Universal Music Group, a unit of French conglomerate Vivendi. She is releasing her first album with UMG in August.

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Big Machine Label Group founder Scott Borchetta wrote on the company’s blog that Swift had been offered a deal in which “100 percent of all Taylor Swift assets were to be transferred to her immediately upon signing the new agreement.”

He posted excerpts from the proposed deal as well as friendly text messages that he said were between himself and Swift under the headline: “So, It’s Time for Some Truth.”

On Instagram, Bieber apologized for being “hurtful” to Swift in the past but said Braun “didn’t have anything to do with it.”

“Scooter has had your back since the days you graciously let me open for you!” Bieber wrote. “So for you to take it to social media and get people to hate on social media isn’t fair.”

Bieber proposed that the three talk it out privately.

“Banter back and forth online I don’t believe solves anything,” he said.

Singers Halsey and Cher expressed support for Swift in online posts, while Lovato came to Braun’s defense.

“I have dealt with bad people in this industry and Scooter is not one of them,” Lovato wrote on Instagram.]]>
7/2/2019 12:57:48 PM
<![CDATA[Omar Khairat to perform 2 concerts at Cairo Opera House July 2, 3]]>
The renowned composer and pianist was born in Alexandria and raised in a family of musicians. He began his career in 1959 as a pianist.

Khairat was a member of the Egyptian band Les Petits Chats, founded in 1967. They presented Italian, French and English songs. The band was immensely popular in the late 1960s and the early 1970s.

Khairat is influenced by different genres of music such as Arabic, European classical, Egyptian, African, Jazz, Pop, and Blues. He won the Best Musician Award in 1989 from the Egyptian Society for Cinema.

Khairat is a composer that can blend the style of international symphonies with Egyptian music masterfully. He has composed many successful music pieces such as “DameerAblaHikmat” (AblaHikmat’s Conscience), “Wagh el-Kamar” (The Moon's Face) and “Leilet el-KabdalaFatma” (The Night Fatma was Arrested), among others.

Khairat performed an unforgettable concert at Al-Ula Saudi city in which he dazzled the attendees with his music as part of Winter Tantoura Festival on January 11.

It is worth mentioning that Khairat performed his first concert in London at the Concert hall in St. John’s Smith Square on December 1, 2017.

This concert aimed to collect donations for charity and raise public awareness about street kids and orphans in Egypt.

The Egyptian virtuoso musician also performed a dazzling concert at the Mariinsky Theatre in the cultural city of Saint Petersburg on June 18, 2018 in celebration of the Egyptian national football team’s participation in the World Cup after 28 years of absence.

The concert was also organized to boost tourism and spread awareness about the Egyptian culture.

Omar Khairat composed the soundtrack of “El-Mamar” (The Passage), which illustrates one of the most heroic battles ever fought by Egyptian soldiers. The movie was released in Eid el Fitr.


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7/2/2019 12:20:00 PM
<![CDATA[Ahmed Helmy to release 'Khayal Ma’ata' in Eid al-Adha]]>
The first scenes of the social comedy starring Khalid al-Sawy, Bayoumi Fouad and Lotfi Labib will be filmed next week.

In 2007, Helmi and Shalaby cooperated in the successful film “Keda Reda”, which starred Khaled el-Sawy and was directed by Nader Galal.

The stars also cooperated in 2008 in “Asif Ala el-Eza’ag” (Sorry for the inconvenience) with Dalal Abdel Aziz and Mahmoud Hemeida.

“Khayal Ma’ata” (Shadow of the dead) is written by Abdel Rahim Kamal and directed by Khaled Marei.

It is worth mentioning that Helmy's latest film, "Laf we Dawaran" (Turning in circles), which starred Donia Samir Ghanem, Jamila Awad, Sabreen and Inaam Salousa, achieved great success at the time of its release. “Laf we Dawaran” is directed by Khaled Marei.
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7/1/2019 5:02:26 PM
<![CDATA[Box Office: 'Toy Story 4' bests 'Annabelle Comes Home' and 'Yesterday']]>
The fourth chapter in the animated series collected another $58 million, boosting its domestic haul to a huge $237 million. After two weekends in theaters, “Toy Story 4” already the fourth-highest grossing movie of the year. The first three spots — “Avengers: Endgame” ($841 million), “Captain Marvel” ($428 million), and “Aladdin” ($306 million) — all belong to Disney as well.

Warner Bros. and New Line’s “Annabelle Comes Home,” the seventh installment in the Conjuring Universe, had the best showing among new releases. The supernatural horror film debuted in second place, earning $20 million over the weekend and $31 million since launching on Wednesday. While those ticket sales represent a franchise-low debut for the Conjuring series, but its low production budget still marks a win for the studio. Gary Dauberman wrote and directed “Annabelle Comes Home,” which stars Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga and Mckenna Grace.

In a close third, Universal and Working Title’s “Yesterday” launched with $17 million from 2,603 venues. The musical romantic comedy follows an aspiring songwriter (newcomer Himesh Patel) who, after a freak accident, discovers he’s the only person who remembers the Beatles. “Yesterday” was directed by Danny Boyle (“Slumdog Millionaire,” “Trainspotting”) and written by Richard Curtis (“Love Actually”). Rights to the catalog of John, Paul, George and Ringo’s greatest hits doesn’t come cheap, so Universal is hoping “Yesterday” has a long and winding road in theaters.

A little farther down on domestic box office charts is “Avengers: Endgame,” which returned to the top 10 after Disney re-released the blockbuster with an unfinished deleted scene that didn’t make it into the initial film. The special screening, which also included a video introduction from director Anthony Russo and a sneak peek at “Spider-Man: Far From Home,” is in a bid to take down “Avatar” as the biggest movie of all time. “Avengers: Endgame” added another $5.5 million in its 10th weekend of release, almost a 200% jump in ticket sales. That brings its box office receipts to $841 million in North America and $2.76 billion worldwide. That puts Marvel’s juggernaut roughly $38 million behind “Avatar,” which has remained the highest-grossing film of all time for nearly a decade with $2.78 billion in global ticket sales.

In fourth place, Disney’s “Aladdin” generated $9.3 million in its sixth weekend in theaters, pushing it past the $300 million mark at the domestic box office. The live-action remake has now earned $306 million in North America and $568 million internationally.



Rounding out the top five is Universal and Illumination’s “The Secret Life of Pets 2” with $7 million.

In other box office milestones, Lionsgate’s “John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum” crossed $300 million worldwide. The Keanu Reeves-led sequel picked up $3 million this weekend, taking its domestic tally to $161 million.


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7/1/2019 3:17:50 PM
<![CDATA[Kylie Minogue sparkles on Glastonbury stage 14 years after cancer battle]]>
Kylie, as she is universally known, played all the catchy disco pop hits that the audience had come to hear, from “I Should Be So Lucky”, her breakthrough 1988 worldwide number one, to 2010 release “All the Lovers”.

Minogue was due to headline Glastonbury, the world’s largest greenfield festival, in 2005, but was forced to pull out after she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

“I wished things were different but life is what it is,” she said, chocking back tears of emotion. “We’re all here together in this moment.”

She said some of the artists in 2005 had covered her songs, and she welcomed on stage one of them, Coldplay’s Chris Martin, to join her in performing “Can’t Get You Out of My Head”.

The gig changed gear midway when the 51-year-old was joined by previous collaborator Nick Cave for the murder-themed ballad “Where the Wild Roses Grow”.

But the serious interlude was brief in a show that featured a blast of rainbow Pride confetti, four costume changes, and mass singalongs from the sun-bathed capacity crowd, including for the “Spinning Around” finale.

Minogue was followed by U.S. singer Miley Cyrus, who opened with “Nothing Breaks Like a Heart”, her collaboration with Mark Ronson, who joined her on stage.




Her father Billy Ray Cyrus also appeared during the show, performing “Old Town Road”, with rapper Lil Nas X.

U.S. rock band Vampire Weekend will play the main Pyramid Stage later on Sunday before British goth rock band the Cure close the festival.

Additional reporting by Hanna Rantala; editing by Kate Holton

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7/1/2019 3:15:04 PM
<![CDATA[Indian actress draws fire for quitting over Islamic faith]]>
Zaira Wasim, 18, best known for her role as a wrestler in the 2016 film Dangal, announced her “disassociation” from acting on Sunday.

“This field indeed brought a lot of love, support and applause my way, but what it also did was to lead me to a path of ignorance, as I silently and unconsciously transitioned out of ‘imaan’,” she said, referring to her faith.

“While I continued to work in an environment that consistently interfered with my ‘imaan’, my relationship with my religion was threatened,” she said in simultaneous posts on her social media profiles.

On Instagram alone, her post drew more than 27,000 comments.

Wasim’s manager confirmed the announcement.

“Her posts are genuine and written in the state of mind she is currently in. Let’s give her time and space,” said Tuhin Mishra, managing director of Baseline Ventures.

Reuters’ calls and messages to Wasim were not answered.

Wasim’s last film was the 2017 drama “Secret Superstar”, in which she played a Muslim teenager who sings surreptitiously because her abusive father will not allow it.

She won several awards for the film.

Actress Raveena Tandon accused Wasim of being ungrateful to an industry that gave her opportunities.

“Just wish they’d exit gracefully and keep their regressive views to themselves,” Tandon said on Twitter.

Twitter user Ifra Jan said Wasim’s decision would make it harder for other Muslim women to pursue an acting career.

“Please don’t leave spitting at an industry, audience that gave you SO much,” Jan said.

“PS, you could have left quietly. With this letter you’ve made it difficult for every Muslim woman to choose an unconventional career. As if our society wasn’t enough!”

Public figures in Wasim’s native Jammu and Kashmir, the country’s only Muslim-majority state, came to her defense.

“Who are any of us to question @ZairaWasimmm’s choices?,” former chief minister Omar Abdullah said in a tweet.

It’s her life to do with as she pleases. All I will do is wish her well & hope that what ever she does makes her happy,” he said.]]>
7/1/2019 3:11:41 PM
<![CDATA[Hany Shaker to perform in Jeddah on July 5]]>
Shaker performed for the first time in Saudi Arabia on March 26. Shaker was accompanied by renowned Egyptian maestro Selim Sahab.

Poet Naser el-Geel will collaborate with the prominent singer in a new song entitled “Shabahek Awi” (We are alike). “Shabahek Awi” is composed by Mohamed Dia’a and distributed by Bassem Moneir.

Shaker was born in Cairo in 1952. He started his musical career at a very young age in Abdel Halim Hafez choral in the song “Sora” (Photo). Later, Shaker performed the role of young Sayed Darwish in the movie “Sayed Darwish”.

He studied music in the Cairo Conservatoire. In 1972, while he was a student in the second year, he released his first breakthrough hit “Heloua Ya Donia” (It’s a wonderful life). Shaker had much support from the musical legends at that time, such as Umm Kulthum, Mohamed Abdel Wahab and Abdel Halim Hafez, as they believed in his talent.

Shaker's musical repertoire includes more than 461 songs such as “Ghalta” (A mistake), “El Helm El Gameel” (The beautiful dream), “Tekhsary” (You will lose), among others. Shaker is the current head of the Egyptian Musicians Syndicate.


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7/1/2019 2:57:57 PM
<![CDATA[Abu Auf, the jack of all trades is the master of them all ]]>
Abu Auf was a brilliant multitalented artist; he was an actor, musician and head of Cairo International Film Festival for several rounds. He managed to leave his distinguished fingerprint in all the artistic fields he worked in.

The love he gave throughout his career that spanned over three decades was crystal clear today, as sadness prevailed on his fans and colleagues who mourned him with emotional words that showed deep sadness for his departure and great love for his unique soul and great character.

Abu Auf’s death triggered an outpouring of tributes. “Today, Egypt has lost one of its great landmarks,” said Ashraf Zaki, the head of the Egyptian Actors’ Syndicate said.

“My deep condolences for the death of dear Ezzat Abu Auf. May he rest in peace,” Egyptian megastar Amr Diab stated on his official Facebook page.

Today, without any exaggeration, Egypt has lost a one of a kind artist, the maestro of Egyptian art and the gentleman of Egyptian cinema.

Ezzat Ahmed Shafiq Abu Auf was born in Cairo in 1948 to an aristocratic family. He achieved a bachelor’s degree in medicine but his passion to art and music pushed him to join a rock band in the 1960s called Les Petits Chats, which also included famed Egyptian composer Omar Khairat, among others.

Abu Auf and his sisters founded a band in the early 1980s that was known as The Four M. Together, they performed roles in several theatrical performances.
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The Four M band

His sister, Maha, later pursued an acting career disbanding The Four M. This caused Auf to focus on television and cinema projects.

In 1992, Abu Auf performed his first acting role in the Egyptian movie "Ice Cream in Gleem" alongside megastar Amr Diab. The film achieved a booming success and clearly showed Abu Auf's acting talent.


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Ezzat Abu Auf along with Tamer Hosny and Mai Ezzeldin in a scene from Omar and Salma Movie


The late great actor repertoire houses about 100 films and a number of TV series. Abu Auf participated in a huge number of successful movies, including "Teyour el Zalam" (Birds of Darkness), "Bekheet and Adeela I", "Game Over", "Bobos", "La Tarago’a Wala Esteslam" (No Retreat or Surrender), in addition to the three-part comedy movie "Omar and Salma", with Tamer Hosny and Mai Izzedin.

He also participated in a number of successful Ramadan series, including "Om Kulthum", "Zel el-Rais" (The Shadow of the President), "El-Amma Nour" (Aunt Nour), “Hawanem Garden City” (Garden City Ladies), “Nisf Rabie Al-Akhar” (The other half of Rabie'' and “Ziziniyah”.

His last dramatic work was the screenplay “El-Ab el-Ro7y P II” (The God Father) directed by Tamer Hamza, and written by Hany Sarhan. The series starred Sawsan Badr, Ahmed Abdel Aziz, and Mido Adel, among others.

Abu Auf was the president of the 33rd edition of the Cairo International Film Festival and co-hosted Al-Qahira Al-Youm (Cairo Today), one of the most famous talk shows in Egypt and the Arab world.

In 2015, the great actor's health started to deteriorate on the aftermath of the death of his first wife Fatima, whom he used to love a lot. They shared a love story that people looked up to.

Abu Auf spoke that he suffered panic attacks and nervous breakdowns after the death of his love, Fatima. He previously said that her death was a great shock to him because he always believed that he will die first.

He later remarried to his manager Amira. Abu Auf last appeared in one of the advertisements broadcast in Ramadan 2019.







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7/1/2019 2:31:51 PM
<![CDATA[Veteran Egyptian star Ezzat Abu Auf died at the age of 71]]>
The Renowned artist was in the ICU unit of one of the hospitals in a critical condition suffering a very complex disease.

It is noteworthy that Abu Auf appeared in one of the advertisements broadcast during last Ramadan.

His last dramatic work was a role in the screenplay “God Father P II” for director Tamer Hamza, written by Hany Sarhan. The series was starring Sawsan Badr, Ahmed Abdel Aziz, Mido Adel, among others.

Ezzat Ahmed Shafiq, born in 1948, has achieved a bachelor’s degree in medicine. Auf and his sisters founded a band in the early 1980s that was known as ''The Four M. Together'', they performed roles in several theatrical performances.


His sister, Maha, later pursued an acting career disbanding ''The Four M.'' This caused Auf to focus on television and cinema projects.

Among the acting performances where his talents were most apparent were “Hawanem Garden City” ( Garden City Ladies), “Nisf Rabie Al Akhir” ( The other half of Rabie'' and “Ziziniyah” among others.

The veteran actor has two children; Kamal and the Egyptian director Mariam Abou Auf.

Abou Auf was the ex-president of Cairo International Film Festival for several rounds.







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7/1/2019 9:01:18 AM
<![CDATA[Egyptian Acclaimed tabla player Said el-Artist to perform show in Paris]]>
El-Artist is accompanied by a troupe of 12 players including tabla players as well as musicians performing on duff, accordion, rababa, and doholla (type of bass tabla).

El-Artist's concerts come asa part of Hall de la Chanson’sseries that is tailor made for Egyptian musicians.This is the first time for El-Artist to present his own show in Europe.

"I have performed in Paris and in France, as well as many other European countries, but as a member of a troupe performing with other renowned artists and singers, such as Mohamed Abdo, Shadia, and Sabah."

"This time, I will present my own show on two consecutive evenings in hopes that this will be just the first step tomany European adventures. Oriental rhythms are very attractive to Europeanlisteners who are always very responsive,'' stated El-Artist to Ahram Online.

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6/30/2019 4:43:02 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian Sculptor Kamal el-Feki participates in Agora Gallery's Summer Idyll in NYC]]>
Fekiis famous for his life-sized bronze sculptures which tacklepolitical and cultural issues and subjects faced daily by contemporary men.Fekilives between Egypt and Italy which is strongly reflected on his work.

It is worth mentioning that 18 other artists are participating in Agora Gallery's Summer Idyll.

The Egyptian sculptor merges traditional and abstract approaches in his work. Feky previously said that his work is a deep search into his soul, modernman's soul and man's soul throughout time.

Through his bronze sculptures, Feky raises existential questions likewho we are, why we are here, and what's the vitality of art in society.

Throughout his career Fekiwas granteda number of awards for his work, such as two full-time grants from the Egyptian Ministry of Culture in 2011 and 2012, a Cairo Salon Award in 2013, and an Alexandria Biennale Award in 2014. In 2014, he was also awarded the Egyptian Award for Creativity.
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6/30/2019 4:40:30 PM
<![CDATA[Eid El-Fitr movies achieve total revenues of LE 156 million ]]>
Who won this eid’s race? You will know now.

1- "Casablanca"



Starring mega star Amir Karara, "Casablanca" topped EidEl-Fitr season films, achieving revenues of up to LE 62,074,407.

“Casablanca” achieved the highest daily income in the history of Egyptian cinema, achieving LE 6,721,308 and surpassing the rest of the competing films by far; in addition to the records achieved on the level of Arab cinema revenues, as the film is being screened in Arab and Gulf theaters.

It is noteworthy that "Casablanca" is starring a large group of stars led by Amir Karara, Ghada Adel, EyadNassar, Amr Abdul Jalil, Lebleba, Mahmoud el-Bezzawi and Ahmed Dash. The film is written by HishamHilal, and the joint production of Talent Media, Synergy Films and Tahir Media Production. It is directed by Peter Mimi and written by HishamHilal.

The action movie revolves around Omar el-Mor (Amir Karara) and hisadventure in Casablanca. "Casablanca"was shot across different cities such as Marrakech, Casablanca, Safaga and Alexandria.

The plot tackles the life of some Alexandrian men, who despite being pirates, have a touch of humanity. Mor wants to free his kidnapped brother, and together they form a totally different and new composition. The movie also has a light comedy line.

"Casablanca" was executed with the latest cinematic techniques and its promo amassed 1 million views within three hours of its release, a record in the history of Egyptian cinema.

2- "El-Mammar" (The Passage)



The second placegoes to "El-Mamar" movie which achieved LE 49,444,264. The film revolves around the role of the heroic Egyptian Commandos during the War of Attrition, headed by the leader of Group 39 martyr Ibrahim al-Rifai.

The massive production discusses the time period from the 1967 war to the early days of the War of Attrition.

"El-Mammar", directed by SherifArafa and written by Arafa and Amir Teima, stars Ahmed Ezz, Amir Karara, HendSabry, Ahmed Rizk, AsmaAbulYazid, EyadNassar, SherifMounir, Mohamed Farag, Ahmed Falawkas and InaamSalousa, among others.

Veteran musician Omar Khairat composed the movie’s soundtrack, which pays tribute to one of the most heroic battles ever fought by Egyptian soldiers.

"Sabaa El-Boromba" (The Brave)



The comedy movie claimed the third rank withLE 25,717,707. In"Sabaa El-Boromba", a young police officer tries tomake a girl fall in love with him.

The movie is starringRamezGalal, BayoumiFouad, Mohamed Tharwat, Mohamed Abdelrahman, GamilaAwad. The movie is directed by Mahmoud Karim.

"Hamlet Pharaon" (The Pharaoh’s Campaign)



The fourth rank went to "Hamlet Pharaon" withLE 14,977,027in revenues.
Renowned American boxer Mike Tyson participates in the Egyptian action movie “Hamlet Pharon” (The Pharaoh’s Campaign) alongside Egyptian star AmrSaad.

The movie is about a young Egyptian man named Yehia (AmrSaad) who is the leader of one of the biggest assassination gangs. A turn of events forces Yehia to travel to Syria to rescue the girl he loves.

Starring alongside the international greats is a notable cast of actors including Ruby, Mahmoud Abdel Moghny, Hamdy el-Marghany, Ramez Amir and Mohamed Lotfy, among others. The film is written by Karim Hassan Beshir and directed by Raouf Abdel Aziz.

"MahadeshShaf Mohamed Hussein?" (Has Anyone Seen Mohamed Hussein?)



The last rank was claimed by "MahadeshShaf Mohamed Hussein?" whichachievedLE 4,06,.625.

The events of the film revolve around a driver (Mohamed Saad) who works at a big hotel and becomes involved with the mafia.

When a famous painter (Samir Sabri), who lives in France and has many art exhibitions displaying his paintings in Paris, is found dead, the driver is accused of his murder.

Arrested for questioning because he was the only one seen at the crime scene right before the murder, the driver finds himself running from the mafia who are hot on his heels. Meanwhile, the search for the real killer begins.

The film is written by Sherif Adel, directed by Mohamed Ali and starring InaamSalousa, Feryal Yusuf, Mohamed Tharwat, Samir Sabri and Mai Selim.
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6/30/2019 3:22:23 PM
<![CDATA[Elton John delivers message of tolerance at first, last Montreux show]]>
“I’ve wanted to play this festival for years and years. I’ve watched it on DVD and television. I never thought I would be playing it, but it is an honor to be here,” the 72-year-old told a sell-out outdoor crowd of 15,000 who braved a heat wave.

The five-time Grammy winner, seated at the piano center stage, wore large black frame glasses with his name spelled out in rhinestones and a black jacket with sparkling trim.

“Sorry”, “Someone Saved My Life Tonight”, “Candle in the Wind”, “Daniel” and “Saturday Night’s Alright” were other signature songs, accompanied by his band including longtime drummer Nigel Olsson and guitarist John Jorgenson.

John performed at La Saussaz stadium overlooking Lake Geneva, rather than the famed Stravinski Auditorium, an intimate venue renowned for its acoustics, where he was initially booked for two nights when the tour was first announced.

“This was imposed on us,” a Montreux insider told Reuters about the first-ever open-air concert of the Swiss festival.

Festival goer Sebastien Cordey, 37, said afterwards: “I’m not a big fan of Elton John. But he had great energy on stage and his voice is still incredibly strong.”

Sting on Friday opened the 53rd edition of the festival which runs through July 13. Its eclectic line-up includes Janet Jackson, Chick Corea and Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke.

John said on Friday he was deeply upset by Russian President Vladimir Putin’s comment that liberal values were “obsolete” and had been rejected by the majority of people in Western nations.

John, who is gay, accused Putin of hypocrisy for saying in the same interview that he wanted LGBT people to be happy. Russia has reportedly censored gay scenes in the movie “Rocketman” based on his life.

“I am sick to death of hatred, of racism and homophobia,” John told fans. “I am sick to death of people who claim to be religious and close to God and are far from God.”

“We should appreciate each other, we need to embrace everyone even if we do not agree with each other,” he said.

Fans paid from 185 to 450 Swiss francs ($189.55 to $461.00) for the show. Former co-director Quincy Jones calls the festival the “Rolls-Royce of festivals”.


John said he met Jones before the show.

“I love him very much, the man and the musician. ... He is still as vibrant as a teenager”, John said, dedicating the song “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me” to the legendary American producer.]]>
6/30/2019 2:58:24 PM
<![CDATA[Stormzy's stab-vest for landmark Glastonbury gig designed by Banksy]]>
Stormzy - the first black British solo performer to take top-billing at the famous festival - delivered a politically charged show that highlighted the inequalities he said were faced by young black people in urban Britain.

The stab-vest and crime stats flashing up on screens were references to increased levels of knife crime in London, where the 25-year-old rapper was born, and other British cities.

The capital’s crime rate has recently been highlighted by U.S. President Donald Trump, who has clashed with London Mayor Sadiq Khan on Twitter.

Banksy, the anonymous street artist who comes from Bristol, 25 miles from the festival in southwest England, said: “I made a customized stab-proof vest and thought - who could possibly wear this?”

Stormzy’s performance was hailed as a defining moment for British rap by tens of thousands of fans, political leaders and other artists, including previous headliners Ed Sheeran and Adele.



“Stormzy just monumentally headlined Glastonbury in his own right with one album!!,” Adele said.

Opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who spoke at Glastonbury in 2017, said the performance was political and iconic.

“It won’t just go down in Glastonbury history - it’ll go down in our country’s cultural history,” he said.]]>
6/30/2019 2:56:38 PM
<![CDATA[Cairo Opera house organizes a massive concert in celebration of June 30 Revolution]]>
The Arab Music Ensemble will perform a group of immortal patriotic songsaccompanied by Cairo Opera House Children Choir.

On the sixth anniversary of the June 30 Revolution, Egyptianscelebrated on social media the removal of a one-year-old ruling of the outlawed organization of the Muslims Brotherhood.

Egyptians on Twitter have posted several photos and videos showing their celebrations of the removal of late and ousted President Mohamed Morsi’s regime by the military on July 3, 2013, followingmillion-man demonstrations nationwide on June 30, using hashtags of #تحيا_مصر #30يونيو.

The date June 30, 2013 was engraved into Egypt’s history as the day when Egypt freed itself from the shackles of the outlawed terrorist organization that sought to destabilize the country while pushing it to the brinks of failure.

The days between June 26 to July 3, 2013, Egypt's modern history was drastically reshaped; the 87-year-old group of the Muslim Brotherhood shot itself in the foot during their one-year rule and wiped themselves off the political landscape of Egypt.
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6/30/2019 2:53:32 PM
<![CDATA[ 8 national songs in celebration of June 30 revolution ]]>CAIRO – 30 June 2019: Six years have passed since June 30 revolution. Egypt celebrates the special day when millions of Egyptians took to the streets, revolted against the terrorist Muslim Brotherhood and overthrew Brotherhood-affiliated President, Mohamed Morsi.

In the past 5 years, numerous songs were produced describing the victory of Egyptians against the terrorist regime.

Some of the songs are:

• "Teslam el Ayady" (Thank You):

This song was one of the most influential songs produced since June 30 revolution. It is composed and written by Mustafa Kamel. Numerous artists co-operated in the song such as Hakim, Ghada Ragab, Soma, khaled Agag, Mustafa Kamel, Hisham Abbas and Ihab Tawfiq.

The song was dedicated by the participating artists (Mustafa Kamel in particular) to the Egyptian military and President Abdel Fatah al-sisi, thanking them for saving Egyptians from the terrorist group that left Egypt in a state of devastation.




• "Teslam Edak" (Thank You):

This song was performed by Emirati star Hussein el-Jasmi in honor of the Egyptian army. The song is directed by Mohammed Mokhtar, written by Nader Abdullah, composed by Walid Saad and distributed by Tarek Abdul Jabbar.




• "Toba Foq Toba" (Brick on Brick):

Amal Maher sang this song written by Ayman Bahgat Amar, composed by Amr Mustafa and distributed by Ahmed el-Mogy. The song is a dedication from the University of Science and Technology to the Egyptian people.




• "Bushrat Khair" (Good News):

Performed by Jasmi, this song achieved booming success among Egyptians and gained humongous viewership on YouTube upon its release.
The song sends a very positive vibe and numerous people enjoyed dancing to its beat.
Jasmi dedicated this song to Egyptians after the revolution. It is written by Ayman Bahgat Amar, composed by Amr Mustafa and distributed by Toma.





• "Aash el Geish el Masri" (Long live Egyptian Army):

Folklore singer Amina performed this song written by Mahmoud Salah, and composed by Hassan Donya. This song was released during the presidential election at the time.



• "Belady" (My Country):

This song was performed by super star Mohammed Hamaky and gained massive success. It is written by Mohsen el-Khayat, composed by Baleegh Hamdy and distributed by Khaled Ezz. The song aimed to encourage the Egyptian people to stand against their country’s enemy and defend it by all means.



• "Taheya Lel Sha’ab el Masry" (Greetings to Egyptians):

Hamada Helal performed this song as a dedication to those who participated in the revolution. The song is composed and written by Mohammed Goma’a.



• "Ya Masriyeen" (Egyptians):

This song is written by Tamer Hussein and composed by Amr Mustafa. Amal Maher performs this song with her warm beautiful voice. The song has been released in two parts. Mustafa later recorded this song with his own voice after the great success it gained.




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6/30/2019 2:10:00 PM
<![CDATA[Angham, Abdou to perform in a massive concert at Albaha Summer Festival on Jul.10]]>

Murex D’or announced Angham best Arab singer and she received her award at the Murex D’or ceremony that took place on Saturday, April 6 in Lebanon.

Angham celebrated the release of her new album "Hala Khasa Gedan” (A very special case) on March 17 in one of Alexandria's biggest hotels; this was Angham's first concert after the release of her new album on Thursday, Feb. 21.

“Hala Khasa Gedan” consists of 14 songs, including “Ya Raitak Fahemni” (I wish you can understand me), “Habayebna” (Our loved ones), “Baol Nasiak" (I say I forgot you), “Metamena” (I am calm), “Leila”, and "Hala Khasa".

Angham officially announced her marriage to music distributor Ahmed Ibrahim. The star had to announce the marriage after a letter she sent to Ibrahim on his birthday was leaked.
Angham along with Lebanese singer Marwan Khoury and Moroccan singer Asma Lamnawar are currently preparing to launch their new talent show to discover new musical talents.

The show will be labelled "El-Zaman el-Gamil" (The Golden Era) and is set to be broadcasted on Abu Dhabi TV.

The program aims to discover new talented Arab voices and help them pursue musical careers and reach fame.

Angham is an Egyptian singer, record producer and actress. She comes from an artistic family and was born in 1972. Her father is veteran musician and composer Mohamed Ali Soliman. Angham is a popular Egyptian singer who started her artistic career in 1987 under the guidance of her father.

Following her divorce from Magdy Aref in 2000, Angham took much more control over her image and musical style. After that "Leih Sebtaha" (Why Did You Leave Her?) record established her into a strong position amid the constant emerge of new voices in the Middle Eastern music scene.

After a highly publicized feud between Alam El-Phan Music Records' president Mohsen Gaber and the artist, she moved to another record company, Rotana.

In 2005, she released the album "Bahibbik Wahashteeny" (I Love You, I Miss You) which was critically acclaimed, but did not achieve the expected commercial success.

In 2007, Angham returned to the forefront of Arabic pop music scene with her album "Kol ma N'arrab" (Whenever We Come Closer) which sold more than 500,000 copies across the Middle East in less than three months and was awarded a platinum certification.

She presented a group of successful songs such as "Etegah Wahed" (One Direction), "Toul Ma Enta Be'eid" (As Long As You Are Far), "Akteblak Ta3ahod" (I Pledge to You), and "Mahzoma" (Defeated), among other popular songs.

Profits made by Angham's albums during the past two decades remain the highest among other Egyptian singers of her category. It is worth noting that the star’s fans and critics in the industry named her “Egypt’s No. 1”.

Angham was the best-selling female pop artist in 2003. She is famous for her wide vocal range and romantic style.

Angham’s album “Rah Tethkerni” (You’ll Remember Me) gained great success at the time of its release. Angham cooperated with numerous Arab musicians and poets in the album such as Ahmad al-Sane’e, Khaled al-Awadhi, and Turki Al-Sheikh.

Angham performed for the first time in a massive concert in Saudi Arabia on Saturday, September 22 on the occasion of the Saudi Arabian National Day.

Angham's latest song "Bakhaf Afrah" (I am Afraid of Being Happy) hit about 9 million views on YouTube three weeks after its release. "Bakhaf Afrah" is written by Turki al-Sheikh and composed by Khaled Ezz.

The ninth edition of Beirut International Awards Festival (BIAF) honoured Angham on June 29, 2018.

The BIAF, which is held under the auspices of the Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, honours every year figures from different fields such as art, politics, culture, music, finance and humanitarian services.


Abdou is one of the most renowned singers in Saudi Arabia and the Middle East. He is dubbed “The Artist of Arabs” because of his popularity.

Abdou released numerous successful songs and albums throughout his artistic career that has spanned over 50 years, such as "El Amaken" (The places), and "Bo’ad Wala Orybeen" (Near or Far) among others. His earliest releases were religious chants and Quran recitations.

Abdou performed several concerts in Egypt. He last performed a massive concert in Egypt at Cairo Opera House on May 9, 2018 along with famed Egyptian singer Angham.


This was not the first cooperation between Abdou and Angham, as they performed a concert together that achieved booming success in Bahrain on Jan. 25, 2018.




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6/30/2019 11:09:19 AM
<![CDATA[Veteran Egyptian actor Mohamed Abou el Wafaa died on June 29]]>
Abou El wafaa funeral took place at Fayoum governorate.

'' Abou el Wafaa is a vetreran actor who died before people see all his acting talents may he rest in peace'' Egyptian director Marwan Mohsen wrote on his official Facebook account.

Abou el Wafaa is a hearthrob actor who was close to people hearts and admire all his work because of his sober performance.

His repartoire include a lot of sucessful series such as " Ebn Halal'' ( A Good Guy), "Kalabesh" ( Handcuffs), "Nesr el Sead" ( Hawk of Upper Egypt), " El Sharea Elly Warana" ( The Nearby Street), "Ka'eno Embareh" ( As If it was Yesterday) among others.

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6/29/2019 2:10:45 PM
<![CDATA[Henedy to perform stand up comedy show in Beacon theater in New York on Sep.22]]>
Henedy live will last for 6 months. ''Henedy live will kick off on Beacon Theatre at New York's Madison Square Garden on September 22, waiting for you all'' Henedy stated on his instagram account.

In a press conference that took place few days ago Henedy announced that this will be his first stand-up comedy, and that he wanted to do this step few years because theatre is his ultimate passion.

After New York Henedy will go on to tours in Canada, Australia, Europe and Asia, in addition to an Arab tour that starts with Saudi Arabia and moves to the UAE and Kuwait in late October.

Henedy expressed his happiness to meet the Arab crowd all over the world.
Egyptian actress Nada Moussa and Lebanese musician and singer Chadi Nachef will accompany Henedy in this tour.


The successful play "Talat Ayam Fe el Sahel" (Three Days in North Coast) started its shows on Saudi Arabia on June 26 and will continue to June 29.

The Saudi Ambassador in Egypt Osama el Nokaly previously attended Egyptian play "Talat Ayam Fe el Sahel, expressing his admiration with the play.

After a 16-year hiatus, comedy star Henedy returns to the theatre and competes with his new play "Talat Ayam Fe el Sahel."
The first show of the play was on January 10, 2019.

"Talat Ayam Fe el Sahel" houses notable cast: Ahmed Fathy, Nada Moussa, Mohamed Sarwat, Maha Abou Ouf, Bayoumi Fouad, Samia el Taraboulsi among others.The show is written by Hatem Hussein and directed by Magdy el-Hawary.


Henedy’s last play was named "Tarae’eo", was directed by Samir el-Asfoury and was written by Nabeel Ameen. Stars Ala’a Morsy, Hanan Turk and Ghada Abdel Razek participated alongside Henedy in the play.

"Tarae’eo" revolved around the obstacles Egyptians may face in their daily lives. The main idea of the play was portrayed in a comic way supported by several dances.

Fares, a young man from Upper Egypt and the main character of the play, was sent to Cairo by his parents to pursue a successful academic career.

Unfortunately, Fares faced numerous obstacles that disabled him from reaching his main goal.




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6/29/2019 1:55:11 PM
<![CDATA[Assala to perform on Saudi Arabia on June 29]]>
Assala performed in Saudi Arabia on June 8 in celebration of Eid al-Fitr.

Nasri will perform a selection of her most popular songs, such as; “El Haqiqa” (The truth), “Soal Basit” (A simple question), “Boadak Ani” (When you are away from me), “Ya Magnon” (You’re crazy), and “Min Fina” (Me or you?), among others.

Nasri’s lastest song "Bent Akaber" achieved millions of views on YouTube.

Assala was born on May 15, 1969 in Damascus, Syria to a middle class couple. Mostafa Nasri, Assala's father, was a revered composer and singer.

She began her musical career by performing patriotic, religious and children's songs when she was four years old.

In 1986, Mostafa Nasri died after suffering from internal bleeding caused by a car accident.

Aged 17, Assala helped care for her siblings, Reem, Amani, Ayman and Ayham with her mother.

Her musical career started in 1991 with an album that included four songs. In 1993, she became famous after releasing her album "If You Know".

The album had four Egyptian songs of the oriental classic Egyptian tarab style. The album was an instant hit in Egypt back at that time with heart-breaking songs like "Ya Sabra Yana" and "Samehtak Ketir".

She quickly cemented her presence in the Arab world's growing industry brimming with singers like Angham, Najwa Karam, Latifa, and Abdel Majeed Abdullah.


Nasri, 48-years-old, is one of the most popular singers in the Arab world and is famous for her strong, melodious voice; she is the daughter of late Syrian artist Mustafa Nasri. Since the beginning of the Syrian Civil war in 2011, Nasri supported the Syrian rebels and strongly opposed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Nasri released numerous successful songs throughout her career, such as “Ya Magnoon” (Oh Madman), “Shakhsya Aneeda” (Stubborn person), and “Tasawar” (Imagine), among others. She is married to famous Egyptian director and producer Tarek el-Erian.

The famous Syrian singer won the Best Arab Singer award from Dear Guest Awards.

Nasri received the award on her album “Mohtama bel Tafaseel” (Concerned with Details), released in 2017.

She sang the theme song "Qessas Al-Sho'oub", of the cartoon show “Hekayat Alamiyah”.
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6/29/2019 12:51:58 PM
<![CDATA['Decision Zero': graduation project film sheds light on dilemma of decision-making]]>
Watch the trailer of the film below:



"Decision Zero" deals with a story of a young man in his late twenties, whose life is characterized by a certain routine and monotony, until he finds himself has no will to make a decision in some situation. The film sheds lights on the idea of ​​making decisions and how they lead to change their attitudes and identify their relationship with the surrounding community; however, the film duration is nearly 15 minutes.

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"Decision Zero", a graduation project film deals with the dilemma of making decisions among youths - Screenshot of film trailer/ courtesy of script writer Mohamed Gamal

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"Decision Zero", a graduation project film deals with the dilemma of making decisions among youths - Screenshot of film trailer/ courtesy of script writer Mohamed Gamal


The names of the film cast are as follows: Mohamed Hassan, Mohamed Gamal, Alia Mosaad, Rania Gamal, Mohamed Ashraf, Ahmed Abdel Rahman , Afaf Ashraf ,and Abdel Rahman Mounir, and this is under the supervision of Dr. Ahmed Abdel Aleem. and also Bassem Ali and Donia Emad are the actors of the film .

The film teamwork also launched a campaign to observe the most effectual decisions in some public figures' lives like actresses Arfa Abd El-Rasoul, Nahed El-Sebai and the critic Ahmed Shawki who support the film's idea, explaining the impact of making decision or not on their professional and personal career. The campaign focuses on urging young people at this age to make decisions correctly and rationally.

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"Decision Zero", a graduation project film deals with the dilemma of making decisions among youths - Screenshot of film trailer/ courtesy of script writer Mohamed Gamal


The "Decision Zero" teamwork also launched a page on "Facebook" and an account on "Instagram" where the trailer was published, and attracted more than 40 thousands views. The official poster of the film along with some sidelines and makings in the production stage as well as the opinions of some characters who have participated in the campaign, while the film teamwork intends to participate in number of Arab and international festivals to present the idea and the experience of the film.

The film will be reviewed by the jury of the faculty, which are a committee of experts and professors, in June among other graduation projects of the year.]]>
6/29/2019 12:50:09 PM
<![CDATA['Aladdin' achieved $8M in UAE]]>
Aladdin movie starring Egyptian Canadian actor Mena Massoud achieved a booming success. The film’s worldwide box office revenues exceeded $724 million, which is more than three times its $183 million budget.

Massoud along with Will Smith and Naomi Scott promoted "Aladdin" which screened in Jordan on May 24. Massoud, Smith and Scott attended the premiere of the live-action remake of the 1992 classic "Aladdin" in London on May 9.

Massoud was chosen by director Guy Ritchie to play the title role of Aladdin.

Born in Egypt to Egyptian parents, and raised in Canada, Massoud worked hard to reach this opportunity. He prepared for his role by getting more into fitness. This is clear in the photos he added to his Instagram account, showing the tough training he went through at the gym.

“I grew up in a culturally different household; my parents saw certain things differently than other people. I went to schools that had a significantly large Caucasian population and I feel very fortunate because I was able to compare that perspective with my family’s. It allowed me to create a wider world view on things.Also, though at this point in my career, being a visible minority in this industry still affects me,’’ recounted Massoud in his interview with Defective Geeks.

Massoud participated in Amazon's "Jack Ryan" series, playing the role of John Krasinski. He participated as well in some successful shows like "Nikita", "Open Heart", and "Saving Hope".

Massoud recently joined the cast of the movie "Strange but True" starring alongside Amy Ryan, Greg Kinnear, Nick Robinson, Margaret Qualley and Connor Jessup.

"I can’t compete for roles that require me to be Caucasian or African American, even if those characters really connect with me and intrigue me," he continued.

"The competition may be less, some people would say, but the amount of work is less as well. However, I think the industry is growing more and more and starting to support actors of all cultural backgrounds," declared Massoud in his interview with Defective Geeks.

Massoud admitted that he was inspired by the great actor Robin Williams. “He was an incredibly well-rounded actor, but I grew up on his role in 'Mrs. Doubtfire.'"

Massoud talked about Williams in an interview with The Hudsucker, where he explained that his admiration to Williams pushed him to shift from The University of Toronto to an arts program at Ryerson University.

Massoud has starred in over eight movies so far: "What Happens Next", "Americanistan", "Let’s Rap", "Ordinary Days", "Masters in Crime", "Final Exam", "Aladdin" and "Strange But True".

"Aladdin" 's teaser only got the audience more excited for “A Whole New World” based on the catchy colors, special effects and snappiness of the remake of the 1992 animated film.

Aladdin’s tale itself was born and characterized by a European colonial view of Asia.

Aladdin had no known source before French writer Antoine Galland stuck it into his 18th-century translation of "1001 Nights", claiming to have heard it from a Syrian storyteller. The original story of Aladdin was set not in the Arabic world, but in China, and was gradually transformed into a Middle Eastern tale by storytellers.

Disney announced earlier that the movie includes new songs as well as re-recordings of the original songs written by Alan Menken and lyricists Howard Ashman and Tim Rice. The trailer also features snippets of the songs included in the original movie, including “Friend like me” and “A whole new world.”

Massoud previously posted a video on his official Facebook page in which he was speaking Arabic addressing his Arabic viewers, asking them to watch the movie. He expressed in the video how he is proud of being part of a Disney project.

The video revealed clearly how Massoud is proud of his Egyptian origins as he ended the video by repeatedly saying "Long live Egypt".
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6/29/2019 12:46:34 PM
<![CDATA['Khebetna' play new season to start on July 25]]>
Soby is currently preparing for a new play with the veteran theaterical actress dubbed the lady of Arab theater Samiha Ayoub.

Sobhy previously recounted that he began the play in 2004 as the occupation of Iraq began. He finished writing it in 2007, and during this period, he contemplated the fate of our nation in light of the events in Iraq.

"I wondered what our problem was in the Arab world and answered this question in the drama of this play. ‘Khebetna’ is a work of magical realism," he said.

The play is inspired by Francis Fukuyama’s “The End of History and the Last Man,” which tackles the final form of liberal democracy; the play is also influenced by the work of renowned historian Bernard Lewis.
“Khebetna” was written in 2004, but performance prospects were delayed several times.
The play has been adapted for relevance to current events. Studio Tamseel (Acting Studio) troupe will participate in “Khebetna”. Alongside Sobhy, the play stars Samah el-Saeed and Nada Maher, among others.

Sobhy was born in Cairo in 1948. In 1967, he caught widespread attention by playing the role of “Hamlet” in a unique adaptation for his final project at the Higher Institute of Dramatic Arts.

Sobhy graduated with honors and was later appointed as an instructor at the institute.
Sobhy began his theatrical career by performing minor roles in famous plays alongside great actors like Salah Mansour, Mohamed Awad, Fouad el-Mohandes and Mohamed Negm.

His first minor yet influential role was in the famous play “Hello Shalaby” in 1970. Sobhy’s first leading role was in “Entaha el Dars Ya Ghabi” (The Lesson is Over, Stupid).

Sobhy’s theatrical repertoire includes performances in “Al Joker” (The Joker), “Al Hamagy” (The Barbarian), “Weghet Nazar” (A Point of View), and “Carmen”, among others.

He performed in many popular soap operas, including “Fares bela Gawad” (A Knight without a Horse) and “Yawmeyat Wanees” (Wanees’ Diaries).

Carthage Theater Days Festival, which kicked off on December 8, 2017, honored Sobhy on December 11. CTDF organized a major ceremony to honor the veteran actor. The event also included a seminar discussing Sobhy’s theatrical career, which was attended by various media personnel.

The third edition of Sharm El-Sheikh Youth Theatre Festival management also honored Sobhy.
The owner of Sama Company, Egyptian businessman Hassan Rateb, acquired 80 percent of the Soby-owned company Sonbol City.

Rateb will transform Sonbol City into Sama Sonbol Academy, targeting young talents in various arts fields, such as music, singing, acting, directing and photography. The academy will become the second technical entity specialized in this field, the first being the Academy of Arts.

Rateb previously pointed out that the academy also aims to maximize the cultural and artistic role in society.

Rateb added that they are planning to update all studios to comprise the best modern equipment in photography, lighting and visual effects. Rateb also plans to introduce a number of specialists meant to help develop young talents.

Sultan bin Muhammad Al-Qasimi, the sovereign ruler of the Emirate of Sharjah, honored Sobhy on Tuesday, March 13, at the opening ceremony of the 28th edition of Sharjah Theatre Festival.

A cultured, enlightened and multi-talented artist who has enriched the Arab theatre with many plays, Sobhy’s rich theatrical experience has made him a role model for all Arab theatrical artists.
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6/29/2019 11:40:36 AM
<![CDATA[Lady Gaga fires up LGBTQ rally for Stonewall anniversary]]>
Her warm-up speech and a subsequent rally, part of a series of World Pride events in New York this week, commemorated the so-called Stonewall uprising of June 28, 1969.

Early that morning, patrons of a Greenwich Village gay bar called the Stonewall Inn rose up in defiance of police harassment, triggering days of rioting. Their resistance gave birth to the national and global movement for equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and other queer people.

Lady Gaga, a Grammy Award-winner whose signature song “Born This Way” has become an LGBTQ anthem, fired up the crowd, which began gathering in the park and public square outside the Stonewall hours earlier.

Appearing with a rainbow-colored jacket and thigh-high boots, she declared that Stonewall was the moment when LGBTQ people said “enough is enough.”

“I may not, to some people, be considered a part of this community, even though I like girls sometimes. I would never degrade the fight you have endured,” she told the cheering crowd. “You have the power. You are so, so powerful, and I hope you feel that power today.”

Later the rally alternated between political speeches and block-party gaiety. Musical performances and rhythmic dancing rattled windows in the low-slung neighborhood. Drag queens sang ‘80s hits like “I’m So Excited” in between speeches by activists from countries such as Uganda and Chechnya.

U.S. politicians including presidential hopefuls Kirsten Gillibrand, one of New York state’s two U.S. senators, and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio also took the stage ahead of what organizers are calling the largest gay pride parade in history set for Sunday, when some 150,000 marchers and 4 million spectators are expected.

In between featured speakers, impromptu rallies formed and dispersed outside the bar, with people waving homemade signs such as “Closets are for Clothes!” and “Gay Liberation Front,” paying homage to the radical group that formed immediately after Stonewall.

“Get laid, get drunk, and have a party,” said Martha Shelley, one of the Gay Liberation Front founders. “And then go home, roll up your sleeves, and fight.”

While the anniversary has a celebratory air, activists see the occasion as a way to protest U.S. President Donald Trump’s record, which many consider hostile to LGBTQ people. They also want to highlight the still-precarious position of LGBTQ people in many parts of the world.

Police raided the Stonewall, a Mafia-owned gay bar, ostensibly to crack down on organized crime. But their mistreatment of the patrons, part of a pattern of abuse against LGBTQ people, touched off the uprising.

While celebrating 50 years of progress, many LGBTQ activists are sounding the alarm about Trump administration initiatives, including a ban on transgender people in the military, cuts in HIV/AIDS research and support for so-called religious freedom initiatives that eliminate LGBTQ protections.

The White House claims Trump has long advocated LGBTQ equality, noting that he has backed a global campaign to decriminalize homosexuality.


“President Trump has never considered LGBT Americans second-class citizens,” White House spokesman Judd Deere said in a statement.

The message has been lost on many LGBTQ people, as the Trump administration opposes extending anti-discrimination protection to gay or transgender workers under federal employment law, a legal issue currently before the U.S. Supreme Court, with a ruling due within a year.

In nearby Washington Square Park, some 500 pro-transgender activists staged a Trans Day of Action, where some held up “Black trans lives matter” signs, lamenting that 10 transgender people have been murdered in the United States in 2019 after 26 were killed in 2018 and 29 in 2017, according to the LGBTQ advocacy right Human Rights Campaign.

“Trump has really proliferated this hate towards us,” said Qweenb. Amor, 30, a trans Latina. “It’s something we’re going to have to face every single day for the next 20 years, despite who wins the next election because these people who put Trump in power are people we have to work with every day of our lives.”]]>
6/29/2019 11:32:02 AM
<![CDATA[Bjorn Again kick off music at sun-drenched Glastonbury Festival]]>

The Friday morning crowd enthusiastically sang along to Abba hits “Waterloo”, “Super Trouper” and “Dancing Queen”.

Other acts on the Pyramid Stage on Friday include Lauryn Hill and George Ezra before a highly anticipated performance by Stormzy, the first British rapper to take the prestigious headline slot.

English indie rock band the Vaccines had earlier opened the Other Stage - the second of the festival’s 11 main stages.

More than 130,000 ticket holders were on site at Worthy Farm, southwest England, on Friday morning, organizers said.

Weather forecasters say they can expect a dry and sunny weekend with little chance of the rain that can turn the site into a mud-bath.

Festival-goer Nils Demayer from Belgium said he had been at Glastonbury three years ago when there was rain and mud.

“It was all chaos and now with the lovely weather it’s just enjoyment, all over,” he said. “You can wear short pants, you can wear a t-shirt, it’s just lovely.”



David Sargeant from London said: “Just drinks loads of water, don’t do your shirt up and wear a hat.”

“Yeah, and just burn, usually,” Olivia Garraway from Devon added.



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6/28/2019 3:40:17 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian international stars, Malek, Massoud nominated for Teen Choice Awards]]>
Massoud is nominated for his role as Aladdin while Malek is nominated for the Choice Drama Movie Actor for his role as Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody.
Malik, was born in Los Angeles in May 12, 1981, to Egyptian immigrant parents who are Saeed Malek and Nelly Abdel Malek.

His parents who are from Samalut city located at Minya governorate in Upper Egypt immigrated to US in the 1970s.

The journey of the Samalut origin guy from Upper Egypt to Golden Globe stage was both difficult and interesting.

The 38-year-old actor grabbed the award after tough competition with acclaimed stars who are Bradley Cooper for "A Star is Born," Willem Dafoe for "At Eternity's Gate", John David Washington for "BlacKkKlansman" and Lucas Hedges for "Boy Erased".


Malek has been nominated before for a Golden Globe for best actor for his performance in the TV series "Mr. Robot."

Malek's win, along with the ‘’ Bohemian Rhapsody’’ win of Best Motion Picture Drama, were the most tweeted-about incidents at the Golden Globe.

“Thank you to Freddie Mercury for giving me the joy of a lifetime," Malek said at the Golden Globe stage. "I love you, you beautiful man. This is for and because of you, gorgeous.” He added dedicating his great win to the legendary singer.

Malek elaborated that he drew personal connections with Mercury after depicting him.
“I tried to find the humanity in him,” he said during a press room speech after the film's win.

“I related it to him being an immigrant struggling to discover his identity," he added. "I tried to take everything he was struggling with, his complication, his chaos, his turmoil and this beauty inside of him. He lifted me up to be everything I could be in this film.”

Two of the Queen's members who are lead guitarist Brian May and lead drummer Roger Taylor approved and praised Malek performing Mercury’s role.

May previously announced that they wouldn't have been on board with the movie if it didn’t house the suitable cast.

Malek now has just became Hollywood's breakout star, the same as Sharif was after ‘’Doctor Zhivago’’ as if history is once again repeating itself.

Bohemian Rhapsody was actually what the Egyptian-American actor needed to make the shift from acclaimed actor to established movie star.

‘’Bohemian Rhapsody’’ also winning Best Drama, stabilised more Malek's outstanding performance in the movie that succeeded both critically and commercially, yielding over $700 million, making it the highest grossing biopic of all-time.

‘’Bohemian Rhapsody’’ movie makes an intense spotlight on Malek, who is as strongly private as Freddie Mercury.



He talked about the video in Vanity Fair saying "I just want to be aware of what people are doing in the moment. When someone films you automatically, it's a bit intrusive."

Malek has accounts on Twitter and Instagram, he doesn't post much and when he does, it's usually related to one of his films or political issues when it comes to Twitter.

There are just three photos on his Instagram account two with Stephen Colbert in 2016 and 2017, and the third with Ellen DeGeneres on November 2018. He has 1.7 million followers on his Instagram account, he's not following anyone.

In an interview with Vanity Fair, Malek said that he didn’t prefer to document his life on social media. "Something about it is not right and a bit unsettling" he stated describing his feeling towards social media.

Malek becoming the first non-white actor to take home the Emmy for Best Actor in a Drama Series in over 18 years in 2016 for his role in ‘’ Mr Robot’’.

After receiving the Emmy he said"I play a young man who I think is, like so many of us, profoundly alienated and the unfortunate thing is I don't know how many of us would want to hang out with a guy like Elliot."

He then said, "There's a little bit of Elliot in all of us."

His work on the drama was so impressive that even Robert Downey Jr. was praised him.
"Everyone should be studying this guy," Robert Downey Jr. said about Malek to GQ.
Malek eyes, which have been described as menacing and captivating are now his main signature.

"I never think about it. I just try to experience things and when I get riled up I know that they can do some pretty involuntary things, or get very menacing at times," he told GQ of his eyes. "Even my mom comments on it quite a bit, You don't look like my son anymore.' I think it's like they say: the eyes are windows to the soul’’ Malek added.

Given Malek's the golden chance to perform the role of the iconic entertainer Mercury was a responsibility he took very seriously.






"I was very cognizant of the work it was going to take to get anywhere close to becoming Freddy Mercury. I flew myself to London and put myself up and just got hammering away," Malek explained to E News his preparations for the role.

"Piano lessons and worked with a movement coach and singing lessons—everything I could possibly do. And then I watched copious amounts of Freddie Mercury performances’’ he added.

Malek is now dating his Bohemian Rhapsody co-star Lucy Boynton, who plays Mary Austin, Mercury's first fiancée.

Malek and Bonyton, 24, had never talked about their relationship in public until recently, with Malek confirmed their relation at the Palm Springs International Film Festival when he accepted the Breakthrough Performance Award.


The Upper Egyptian -American star Rami Malek has made it to the Oscars and received Best Actor award after his brilliant portrayal of Queen's main vocalist, the legendary Freddie Mercury, in "Bohemian Rhapsody" movie.

Malek's full acceptance speech

"I think about what it would have been like to tell little bubba Rami that one day this might happen to him, and I think his curly-haired little mind would be blown. That kid was struggling with his identity, trying to figure himself out.

"I think to anyone struggling with their identity and trying to discover their voice, listen: We made a film about a gay man, an immigrant who lived his life just unapologetically himself. And the fact that I'm celebrating him and this story with you tonight is the proof that we're longing for stories like this."

“I am the son of immigrants from Egypt, a first-generation American... and part of my story is being written right now. I could not be more grateful to each and every one of you, and everyone who believed in me for this moment. It’s something I will treasure for the rest of my life.” -Rami Malek's 2019 Oscars acceptance speech for "Best Actor," Bohemian Rhapsody.

Malek has won all the awards preceding the 91st Academy Awards: The Golden Globes, the BAFTAs and SAG, so we would have been frustrated if he didn’t win an Oscar.

Malek’s talent, determination, strong will and great ambitious to achieve his dreams whatever the obstacles made him the best actor in 2019.




Egyptian-American actor Rami Malek has been the center of attention of all Egyptians and Arabs since the release of the dark, mindboggling, and award-winning hit television series “Mr Robot.”

Malek was recognized as the Most Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series at the Emmy awards in 2016.

In 2017 a video of Malek speaking Arabic in an interview, talking about “Mr Robot” and the limited roles in Hollywood for Middle Easter actors went viral after it was shared by user Mohammad Nashy. While actors from the region are often asked to portray the roles of terrorists, the star status Malek has achieved stands out.

"Aladdin" starring Egyptian Canadian actor Mena Massoud achieved a booming success. The film’s worldwide box office revenues amounted to $724 million, which is more than three times its $183 million budget.

Massoud along with Will Smith and Naomi Scott promoted "Aladdin" which screened in Jordan on May 24. Massoud, Smith and Scott attended the premiere of the live-action remake of the 1992 classic "Aladdin" in London on May 9.

Massoud was chosen by director Guy Ritchie to play the title role of Aladdin.

Born in Egypt to Egyptian parents, and raised in Canada, Massoud worked hard to reach this opportunity. He prepared for his role by getting more into fitness. This is clear in the photos he added to his Instagram account, showing the tough training he went through at the gym.

“I grew up in a culturally different household; my parents saw certain things differently than other people. I went to schools that had a significantly large Caucasian population and I feel very fortunate because I was able to compare that perspective with my family’s. It allowed me to create a wider world view on things.Also, though at this point in my career, being a visible minority in this industry still affects me,’’ recounted Massoud in his interview with Defective Geeks.

Massoud participated in Amazon's "Jack Ryan" series, playing the role of John Krasinski. He participated as well in some successful shows like "Nikita", "Open Heart", and "Saving Hope".

Massoud recently joined the cast of the movie "Strange but True" starring alongside Amy Ryan, Greg Kinnear, Nick Robinson, Margaret Qualley and Connor Jessup.

"I can’t compete for roles that require me to be Caucasian or African American, even if those characters really connect with me and intrigue me," he continued.

"The competition may be less, some people would say, but the amount of work is less as well. However, I think the industry is growing more and more and starting to support actors of all cultural backgrounds," declared Massoud in his interview with Defective Geeks.

Massoud admitted that he was inspired by the great actor Robin Williams. “He was an incredibly well-rounded actor, but I grew up on his role in 'Mrs. Doubtfire.'"

Massoud talked about Williams in an interview with The Hudsucker, where he explained that his admiration to Williams pushed him to shift from The University of Toronto to an arts program at Ryerson University.

Massoud has starred in over eight movies so far: "What Happens Next", "Americanistan", "Let’s Rap", "Ordinary Days", "Masters in Crime", "Final Exam", "Aladdin" and "Strange But True".

"Aladdin" 's teaser only got the audience more excited for “A Whole New World” based on the catchy colors, special effects and snappiness of the remake of the 1992 animated film.

Aladdin’s tale itself was born and characterized by a European colonial view of Asia.

Aladdin had no known source before French writer Antoine Galland stuck it into his 18th-century translation of "1001 Nights", claiming to have heard it from a Syrian storyteller. The original story of Aladdin was set not in the Arabic world, but in China, and was gradually transformed into a Middle Eastern tale by storytellers.

Disney announced earlier that the movie includes new songs as well as re-recordings of the original songs written by Alan Menken and lyricists Howard Ashman and Tim Rice. The trailer also features snippets of the songs included in the original movie, including “Friend like me” and “A whole new world.”

Massoud previously posted a video on his official Facebook page in which he was speaking Arabic addressing his Arabic viewers, asking them to watch the movie. He expressed in the video how he is proud of being part of a Disney project.

The video revealed clearly how Massoud is proud of his Egyptian origins as he ended the video by repeatedly saying "Long live Egypt".

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6/28/2019 3:29:52 PM
<![CDATA[The inauguration of the first Middle Kingdom tomb at El-Lahun Pyramid]]>
The newly inaugurated tomb is made of granite tomb and contains a granite coffin. It is accessed through a 15-meter-deep pathway below the earth's surface.

In 1989 there was an attempt to open the tomb, but due to its depth and the existence of corridors, all the previous attempts failed, to be opened this year which is considered a historical step from the Ministry of Antiquities.


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El-Lahun Pyramid was constructed by Senusert II in the Twelfth Dynasty pyramids. Some believe that the workers of El-Lahun village , known as the Kahun, constructed the pyramid and later served the funerary cult of the king.

The Pyramid was built from mud brick, but its core consists of stone walls that were infilled by mud brick.

It was built that way to make sure that the brick structure is strong. Despite a Pyramid Temple is located on the east side, the entrance to the pyramid is on the south side.

The archaeologist Flinders Petrie spent a long time searching for it on the east side. bright hues of green, red and white bearing images of their occupants.



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6/28/2019 3:13:00 PM
<![CDATA[ ‘Talat Ayam Fe el Sahel’ play in Saudi Arabia from July 3-6]]>
The Saudi Ambassador in Egypt Osama el Nokaly previously attended Egyptian play "Talat Ayam Fe el Sahel, expressing his admiration with the play.

After a 16-year hiatus, comedy star Mohamed Henedy returns to the theatre and competes with his new play "Talat Ayam Fe el Sahel."
The first show of the play was on January 10, 2019.

"Talat Ayam Fe el Sahel" houses notable cast: Ahmed Fathy, Nada Moussa, Mohamed Sarwat, Maha Abou Ouf, Bayoumi Fouad, Samia el Taraboulsi among others.The show is written by Hatem Hussein and directed by Magdy el-Hawary.


Henedy’s last play was named "Tarae’eo", was directed by Samir el-Asfoury and was written by Nabeel Ameen. Stars Ala’a Morsy, Hanan Turk and Ghada Abdel Razek participated alongside Henedy in the play.

"Tarae’eo" revolved around the obstacles Egyptians may face in their daily lives. The main idea of the play was portrayed in a comic way supported by several dances.

Fares, a young man from Upper Egypt and the main character of the play, was sent to Cairo by his parents to pursue a successful academic career.

Unfortunately, Fares faced numerous obstacles that disabled him from reaching his main goal.


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6/28/2019 1:05:18 PM
<![CDATA[Jennifer Lopez to celebrate her birthday in Egypt with big party on Aug.9]]>
The concert will be in celebration of her birthday, and that’s why the name of the tour is "It's My Party" and a huge number of fans is expected to attend.

Three types of tickets will be presented to the fans: Standing tickets, golden circle tickets and VIP tickets.

The first type will be sold for LE 1,350, the second comes at a price of LE 2,000 and the final type will be sold for LE 3,500.

Jennifer Lynn López is an American actress, singer, dancer and producer. In 1991, López started as a fly girl dancer on "In Living Color", where she remained a regular until she decided to pursue an acting career in 1993.

With a cumulative film gross of US$3 billion and estimated global sales of 80 million records, López is regarded as the most influential Latin performer in the United States. In 2012, Forbes ranked her as the most powerful celebrity in the world, as well as the 38th most powerful woman in the world.

Time listed her among the 100 most influential people in the world in 2018. Her most successful singles on the US Billboard Hot 100 include: "If You Had My Love", "Love Don't Cost a Thing", "I'm Real", "Ain't It Funny", "Jenny from the Block", "All I Have", and "On the Floor", which is one of the best-selling singles of all time.

For her contributions to the music industry, López has received a landmark star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Billboard Icon Award and the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award among other honors. Her other ventures include clothing lines, fragrances, a production company, and a charitable foundation.


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6/28/2019 11:22:28 AM
<![CDATA[Ali el-Haggar to perform at AUC on June.28]]>
Haggar celebrated his 65th birthday in one of the major hotels in Cairo on April 19 in the presence of a large number of celebrities and public figures.

He recently launched the song "Laih el Tareeq" (Why the path?) on his official channel on YouTube. The song is written by Michael Adel and composed by Shadi Moines. The video has amassed a high number of views since its upload.

The iconic singer recently released an album entitled "Ma TakhdyBalek” (Pay attention) which included the songs “GowaHodny” (Within my arms), “MeenFeena mesh Mehtag?” (Who is not needy?), “Dari Gamalek” (Hide your beauty), among others. The album achieved great success.

Haggar graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts in 1979 and was influenced by late Egyptian music legend Baligh Hamdy, who trained Haggar, Mohamed Mounir and Mohamed el-Helw in a band called el-Takht, which was formed in the Arabic Music Institution.

Inspired by poet, cartoonist, and painter Salah Jaheen, Haggar always wanted to sing Jahin's sonnets; he grew popular after singing them in the 1980s. Around the same time, he also began blending authentic Arabic music with modern technology and sound effects.

In addition to his prolific album releases, Haggar also performed in several theatrical plays, movies, and TV series.

Haggar concluded on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 the 27th edition of the Arab Music Festival at Alexandria Opera House.

His musical repertoire includes popular hits such as “Hona al-Qahera” (Here is Cairo), “A’m Batata” (Uncle Batata), and “Dehket al-Masagen” (The Prisoners’ Laughter).



Throughout his career,Haggar performed a number of duets with prominent singers such as "Beladi" and "Khan el-Anadeel"with Mohammed el-Helw,"El-Likaa El-Tany" and "El-Mal we El-Banoon" with HananMady and "Bent we Walad" with Hoda Ammar.

He also participated with Angham in the musical "Rosasa Fel Qalb"(A bullet in the heart), another important phase in Haggar' scareer was his first collaboration with his brother,composer and singer Ahmed el-Haggarin 1978 when Ahmed el-Haggar composed his brother’s hit "Ozoriny" (Excuse me).

The success that this song achieved sparked Haggar's singing career. The Haggar brothers cooperated in many other songs; Ahmed el-Haggar as composer and Ali el-Haggar as lyricist.

Among these songs are: "Bahebek" (I love you), "Ana Biki Ya Samra Akon", "El-Ahlam", "Kont Faker", "Tesaaliny", "Lama el-Shetayedo’oel-Biban", "Ma Tekdebish", "Ergaaily" (Come back), "Lessa El-Kalam", and recently "YaMasria".

Haggar released "Abl Ma Tewaed" (Before You Promise) sng on December 31, 2018, announcing that it is a gift to his fans in 2019.

The song is written by Michael Adel, composed by Shady Moanes and distributed by Rafik Adly
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6/28/2019 11:01:07 AM
<![CDATA[Singer-songwriter Giovanni Caccamo performs at Sawy Wheel]]>
Singer-songwriter, Giovanni Caccamo will be communicating Italian culture through a selection of his global successes, while renowned Egyptian bassist Ahmed Nazmi will take your senses to an exciting journey with the limitless sounds of his bass.

Giovanni Caccamo (born 8 December 1990 in Modica, Sicily), also known as Joe, is an Italian singer-songwriter. After being discovered by the singer Franco Battiato and producer Caterina Caselli, he won the Newcomer's section of the 65th Sanremo Music Festival 2015, with the song "Ritornerò da te", and released his debut album, Qui per te.

Ahmed Nazmi is a bass player whose sound draws its unique character from his early interest in playing Egyptian traditional music on varied instruments and exploring music from other cultures.]]>
6/27/2019 5:34:12 PM
<![CDATA[June 26 marks retirement anniversary of boxing legend Mohammed Ali]]>
In 1977, the first film about the legendary boxer, entitled "The greatest", was produced. The film starred Ali, preferring to embody his own life and the difficulties he faced, notably racism against him as a Black American Muslim.

In 2000, two films were produced portraying the life of Ali. The first illustrated the world boxing champion's career inside and outside the ring. The second film was entitled "Mohammed Ali ... American hero". The legendary boxer was played by American actor David Ramsey.

All of the above mentioned films did not satisfy Ali, until Will Smith played his role in 2001. Smith followed Ali’s advice and guidance, both in terms of boxing and the practices of the Islamic faith. The greatest ever boxer expressed his satisfaction with the film, which was released in 2001.
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The film portrayed Ali’s battles outside the ring, primarily his refusal to enlist in the Vietnam War; which led to him being stripped off the championship title in 1967, in addition to shedding light on the story of his rise to stardom in the boxing world. The film was entitled "Ali".

In 2014, Claire Loewe released her documentary film "I am Ali", which deals with the boxer’s life story, shedding light on his relationship with his family and particularly his daughters.

Several feature films addressed aspects of Ali's life, such as "Confronting Ali", which depicts his boxing career through stories told by numerous other boxers who faced him in the ring.
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Mohamed Ali Clay was born in the city of Louisville, Kentucky in 1942 as Cassius Marcus Clay.

The boxer later changed his name to Mohammed Ali Clay. He discovered his fighting talent by chance at the age of 12 when his bike was stolen. At that incident, Ali informed a police officer that he wanted to beat up the thief. The policeman, who was a boxing coach at a local club, replied "You have to learn how to fight before you challenge the world."

Ali became a professional boxer in 1963 and defeated British champion Henry Cooper in 1966. He defeated boxer Sonny Liston in 1964 to become the world heavyweight boxing champion.

He converted to Islam in 1967 after a period of isolation from all those around him for one year, as he studied the Islamic faith in depth.
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Ali then started another kind of fighting, standing up to the US war on Vietnam. When he was asked to join the US military in 1967, he refused to be arrested for treason and was stripped of his title as champion.

After his retirement from boxing, Ali focused on charitable works. In 2005, the boxer received the Presidential Gold Medal for Freedom from President George W. Bush. A centre bearing his name was launched in his city of Louisville.

“I am a normal man, who truly worked hard to better himself. Many of my fans wanted to create a museum to honor my achievements, but I wanted something more than a building that contained my medals and trophies: I want a place that can inspire people to be as good as they can be and encourage them to respect each other," said the legend.

Ali died on June 3, 2016 at the age of 74, after a long struggle with Parkinson's disease.







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6/26/2019 5:36:45 PM
<![CDATA[Spider-Man leaves New York for Europe in 'Far from Home']]>
Set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, “Spider-Man: Far From Home” sees protagonist Peter Parker, played by Tom Holland, take on his superhero responsibilities again when Samuel L. Jackson’s super-spy Nick Fury, a regular “Avengers” character, asks him to step up against a new threat.

But Parker is reluctant as he heads off on a school trip to Europe, where he just wants to enjoy himself and share his feelings to love interest MJ, played by singer and actress Zendaya.

“We’ve taken Spider-Man outside of Queens and we put him on the world stage...we’ve taken him to London, Venice, Prague,” Holland told Reuters.

“In this film he’s trying to hang up the suit and not be Spider-Man for a while and take a break. And wherever he goes it seems that trouble follows so we’ve caught him in a vulnerable state and we get to see how he deals with that situation.”

The film follows on from Marvel’s “Avengers: Endgame”, the finale to a decade-long superhero series. Jackson said Fury was “definitely trying to regain control of his life and a modicum of control of the world” in this movie, which also looks at the concept of fake news and misrepresentation.

“We are living in a time where there is a lot of complication and people don’t really know what’s going on,” Jake Gyllenhaal, who plays newcomer Quentin Beck, said.

The film also introduces a new twist on Spider-Man’s early warning reflex, “Spidey Sense”, where it is renamed the “Peter Tingle”.

“Spider-Man: Far from Home”, which begins its worldwide cinema roll-out later this week, is Holland’s second film in the leading role as the superhero. He also made appearances in several “Avengers” movies.

He follows in the footsteps of Andrew Garfield from “The Amazing Spider-Man” franchise and Tobey Maguire who played the superhero in three movies from 2002 to 2007.]]>
6/26/2019 5:33:29 PM
<![CDATA[El Gouna Film Festival extends deadline for applicants]]>
Filmmakers working on their film projects can apply before that date. El Gouna Film Platform is an industry-oriented event aimed at supporting and empowering Arab filmmakers, providing them with technical and financial support.

The platform provides two different programs for filmmakers wishing to participate and learn: El Gouna Cinema Bridge and El Gouna Runway.

El Gouna Runway is a laboratory for the development of film projects and for joint-productions. It aims to empower Arab filmmakers, including producers and directors working on film projects in the development stage, or post-production films, by providing creative and financial support.

Applications submitted, prior to the date indicated above, will be examined by a specialized film committee designated by El Gouna Film Festival. Chosen projects will be selected based on their content, artistic vision and the feasibility of their financial implementation.

El Gouna Film Festival or GFF is an annual film festival established in 2017, hosted in the Red Sea resort town of El Gouna, Egypt. The inaugural festival started September 22, 2017


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6/26/2019 3:56:34 PM
<![CDATA[“Autostrad” to perform in Jerash Music Festival on July 23]]>
Autostrad will perform a huge concert hosted by the North Theater on Tuesday, July 23, at 8 p.m. The successful band is joining the brightest Arab stars participating in the 34th session of the festival.

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Among the participating super stars in the festival’s 34th edition are Nancy Ajram, Marcel Khalife, Palestinian Mohammed Assaf and “King” Mohammed Mounir.

Jerash is the oldest and most significant music festival in Jordan and is hosted annually in the ancient city North of the country. Jerash is also the Hashemite Kingdom's most famous touristic and art destination.

Autostrad is one of the oldest and most popular singing experiences in Jordan. Their musical career has been going on for more than a dozen years since the start of their musical journey in the field of alternative Arabic music, producing four successful albums. The fifth and latest album is titled “Analog”.

Some of their most popular songs are “Orkod 3al gym” (Run to the gym), “Mersal” (Messenger) and “Mashy Besoraat alf”.

Autostrad - Orkod 3al Gym - اركض عالجم

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/autostrad/369073709 Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/4WtbPWxKvsXj9lWBi5buWJ?si=JsW9WTynRcerGb3o7NtWog اركض عالجم - Orkod 3al Gym اركض عالجم الى (3 برتقنات عالريق) كلمات خير فودي اخراج: مارون أسمر انالوج - 2018 اوتوستراد " Orkod 3al gym" to "3 bortaganat 3al reeg" lyrics by Khair Fodeh Directed by: Maroon Asmar Analog - 2018 Autostrad ▶ iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/au...






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6/26/2019 2:56:14 PM
<![CDATA['Annabelle Comes Home' to screen in KSA on June 28]]>
"Annabelle comes home" is the production of Warner Bros. Pictures and belongs to the category of horror and mystery. The third part is directed by Gary Dauberman.

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Annabelle Comes Home - In Theaters June 26 www.annabellemovie.com https://twitter.com/annabellemovie https://www.instagram.com/annabellemovie/ https://www.facebook.com/AnnabelleMovie/ "Annabelle Comes Home" is the third installment of New Line Cinema's hugely successful "Annabelle" films starring the infamous sinister doll from the "Conjuring" universe.



A puppet maker and his wife welcome a priest and several girls from a closed orphanage in their home, but somehow the goal of the puppet maker becomes the acquisition of Annabel by a demonic force.

The film stars Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, McKenna Grace, Madison, Iseman, Katie Sarife, michael Cimino, Samara Lee, among others. The writing credits goes to James Wan and Gary Dauberman.


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6/26/2019 2:08:57 PM
<![CDATA[Church celebrates anniversary of St. Mark’s Cathedral establishment ]]>
The ancient church was built on the land of Anba Ruiz next to the Patriarchal Church, built by Peter Pasha Ghali.

The cathedral is located in the Abbasid district, where late President Gamal Abdel Nasser donated several thousand pounds to its construction. The opening ceremony was attended by Emperor Haile Selassie, Emperor of Ethiopia. The Pope of Alexandria, Pope Kyrillos VI, was the preacher at that time.

In 1937, the minister of the interior minister wanted to seize the land because it was actually a cemetery. The government requested that the cathedral be transferred to the Red Mountain region and to acquire the original land for its size and the importance of its location.

The negotiations between the Church and the ministers of interior and health lasted until 1943. During these years, Habib al-Masri wrote three memoirs defending Copts' right to land ownership.
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After the success of his endeavor, the two ministers decided and agreed with the prime minister on the church's ownership to St. Ruiz land, provided that the construction of facilities does not generate any profit within 15 years, otherwise, the government will take over the land.

Awad Kamel and Salim Kamel Fahmy won the Painting and Design Competition of the cathedral. The structural design was carried out by Michel Bachoum, the most famous construction engineer in Egypt.

The General Nile Company for reinforced concrete "Sipco" implemented the cathedral's huge building, where the cathedral was designed in the shape of a cross.

The foundation stone was laid on July 24, 1965, in the presence of Gamal Abdel Nasser. On June 25, 1968, the cathedral was formally inaugurated in the presence of President Abdel Nasser and Emperor Haile Selassie, the Ethiopian Emperor, in addition to representatives of various churches.
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In 2018, Pope Twadros II inaugurated the renovation of the Cathedral of St. Mark in Abbassia in its 50th anniversary, after an official competition was launched to paint its walls and ecclesiasts which were won by different artists.










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6/25/2019 5:01:53 PM
<![CDATA[ITV won't commission 'Jeremy Kyle' format show again]]>
A mainstay of ITV’s daytime schedule since 2005, the program had similarities with America’s “The Jerry Springer Show”, including using security guards to break up brawls between guests.

But the death of Steven Dymond, a 63-year-old who had taken a lie-detector test a week before his death in an episode that was never broadcast, has raised questions about broadcasters’ responsibility toward people who appear on reality TV shows.

“We will not commission a show in the future in this way, in this format, using lie detector tests,” ITV Chief Executive Carolyn McCall said in evidence to the British parliament’s Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee.

The committee is investigating the support offered to participants in reality TV shows, both during and after filming.

McCall said the decision on future program commissions reflected a wide range of opinion on the accuracy of lie detector tests, which “depends on who you talk to.”

The tests were frequently used on “The Jeremy Kyle Show” and their use was criticized by the committee’s lawmakers.

Its inquiry was prompted by the death of Dymond and the deaths of two former contestants in the broadcaster’s popular dating show “Love Island”.

ITV, Britain’s biggest free-to-air commercial broadcaster, suspended “The Jeremy Kyle Show” on May 13 when news of Dymond’s death emerged. It axed the show two days later.

“Everybody at ITV was extremely sorry to have heard that someone who had appeared on the show had died in quite close proximity to appearing on the show,” said McCall.

“Suspending the show created shockwaves in the production team, it had never happened before, it was unprecedented,” she said, adding: “A number of factors on that episode (featuring Dymond) made it untenable for the show to continue.”

McCall said an internal review had found ITV’s processes regarding the care of program participants had been followed.

But she added: “We will learn from this and we will improve everything we do as a result of learning.”

Lawmakers asked Kyle to give evidence but he declined to attend the hearing.

McCall told them Kyle would continue to work with ITV “but not in this format, not as a talk show.”]]>
6/25/2019 4:57:25 PM
<![CDATA[Pics: ‘Egypt, the pathway’ celebrates Holy Family's flight to Egypt]]>
The celebration was attended by Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria and the Patriarch of St. Mark, in addition to a number of ministers and public figures.
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The Ministry of Antiquities said in an official statement that the anniversary of the entry of the Holy Family to Egypt has a great historical and religious significance. The Egyptian Coptic Church has assumed a special religious position among churches around the world, for its association with this blessed journey over more than three and a half years, during which the Holy Family blessed more than 25 sites across Egypt, as they moved from the Sinai coast eastwards to the Nile Delta until they reached Upper Egypt.
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On the other hand, the Ministry of Antiquities restored and opened several sites, churches and monasteries on the path of the Holy Family.
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In 2015, the Hanging Church was inaugurated in Masr al-Qadima after its restoration. The restoration of the church of Virgin Mary and martyr Abanoub in Samanoud was also completed, in addition to the opening of the cave and church of Abi Sarja in Masr al-Qadima in 2016.
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Furthermore, the restoration of parts of the four monasteries of Wadi El Natrun was concluded. The restoration of the Church of Virgin Mary in Jabal el-Tayr in Menia is under way and the project to develop the site of Mary's tree in el-Matareya is nearing completion. Also, a catalog to document the path of the Holy Family and the archaeological sites on the path in Arabic and English has been issued.
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The Ministry of Antiquities has formed a national committee comprising experts from all concerned bodies to prepare a file to be submitted to UNESCO to record the path of the Holy Family on the list of intangible world heritage, in addition to including the four monasteries of Wadi el-Natrun to the World Heritage List.






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6/25/2019 4:24:53 PM
<![CDATA['Carmen', 'Tango' to conclude 2019 Opera Ballet season ]]>
The shows will be presented for three days in a row (June 26, 27 and 28) starting 8 p.m. on the Grand Theater at Cairo Opera House.

"Carmen"’s music was originally composed by French composer Geroges Bizet. The story of the play takes place in Seville in the year 1830. "Carmen" revolves around a cunning gypsy girl who seeks to seduce unsuspecting men and lure them to a fatal end. Corporal Jose Navarro eventually became one of Carmen’s victims. Navarro turned from a law abiding officer into an outlaw because of his extreme adoration of Carmen.

The cunning gypsy girl managed to lure Navarro into working with her smuggling group, which led him to eventually become a prisoner on Death Row.

Furthermore, "Tango Ballet" was composed by Astor Piazzolla and Leroy Anderson. It features a collection of scenes combining classical and modern ballet with Tango dances inspired by the nature and history of the Argentine capital Buenos Aires, forming an innovative combination of art.


The Cairo Opera Ballet was founded in 1966 and was affiliated with the Higher Institute of Ballet. Its first performance staged in the same year. The Cairo Opera Ballet began to stage performances outside Egypt in the year 1972, touring numerous countries around the world, including Russia, Bulgaria, Yugoslavia, Germany, France and Tunisia.

The Opera Ballet was officially affiliated with the Egyptian Opera House in 1991.



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6/25/2019 3:36:19 PM
<![CDATA[Manarat Festival for Mediterranean Cinema to debut in Tunisia]]>
The festival aims to group together different parties concerned with the Mediterranean cinema to eventually promote joint cooperation.

“The Manarat Festival seeks to establish its name in the Mediterranean film scene, providing the opportunity for Tunisians to feel that they are an integral part of the wealth of the Mediterranean,” said the festival's producer Dora Bouchoucha.

The program includes long films and documentaries from more than 20 Mediterranean countries. It honors the Egyptian and Italian cinemas and contains discussions among the various eminent figures of the filmmaking industry. The festival will also hold meetings between representatives of the sector and institutions on some of the problems related to the distribution of Arabic films.

Furthermore, screenings will be held on nine beaches from the north to the south of the Tunisian coast, which is preparing to host the public free of charge.

Bouchoucha noted that the festival will also honor guests from the Mediterranean region, including artists Mahmoud Hemida, Elham Shahin, Nelly Karim and director Yusra Nasrallah from Egypt, Helmi el-Doridy from Tunisia and the Dardenne brothers from Belgium.

The festival’s producer explained that the competition includes 10 films. The festival’s judging panel includes five members: Algerian writer Kamal Daoud, Salwa Mohamed Ali, French director Michel Leclair, Tunisian artist Suhair Ben Amara and Turkish actress Damla Sounmaz.

Moreover, special performances will be presented and will be followed by various discussion sessions with directors and actors.

The festival will witness the launch of a new initiative in 2019, namely the Arab Film Platform. It includes seven countries: Tunisia, Morocco, Algeria, Palestine, Egypt, Lebanon and Jordan.

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6/25/2019 3:34:18 PM
<![CDATA[sia report gets celebrity staged reading in New York]]>
“The Investigation: Search for the Truth in Ten Acts,” by playwright Robert Schenkkan, is an adaptation of the 448-page report by Special Counsel Mueller’s two year probe of contacts s between Russians and the campaign of Donald Trump, and Trump’s efforts after his election as U.S. President to impede the investigation.

A redacted version of Mueller’s report was published in April. It concluded that Russia repeatedly interfered in the 2016 election and that Trump’s election campaign had multiple contacts with Russian officials, but did not establish a criminal conspiracy with Moscow to win the White House.

The one-night only staged reading is organized by Law Works, which says it works to educate the public on the integrity of U.S. judicial systems. It will be live-streamed on the group’s website on Monday at 9 p.m. ET (Tuesday 0100 GMT).

Celebrities, also including Kevin Kline, John Lithgow, Sigourney Weaver and Zachary Quinto, will take the roles of some of the dozens of people, including current and former Trump administration officials, who were cited in the Mueller report.

The Mueller report has been top of the New York Times paperback non fiction list for eight weeks, and is currently in 17th place on the Amazon.com books best-seller list.

A graphic novel version is also in the works.



Publishers IDW announced last week that New Yorker cartoonist Shannon Wheeler and journalist Steve Duin are working on an illustrated, 208-page satirical version of the Mueller report that “borrows style from classic private detective yarns, complete with a villain’s rogues’ gallery (and) nail-biting cliffhangers.”]]>
6/25/2019 11:19:15 AM
<![CDATA[Ahmed Gamal performs in Ramallah on June 24]]>
Gamal uploaded a new song entitled "Qadha we Qudud" (I can do it) on YouTube. The song is written by Mohamed Atef, composed by Madian, and distributed by Ahmed Adel.

“Qadaha we Qudud” is a tribute to the people of Egypt, encouraging them to support the national team in the African Cup of Nations held in Egypt.

On the other hand, Gamal is currently putting the final touches to his new album to be released before the end of this year.

أغنية قدها و قدود .. إهداء ل مصر أم الدنيا و اهلها من وكالة بي كوم و ام اية ميديا للدعاية والإعلان

Proudly dedicating to all Egypt lovers Adha w Edod (قدها و قدود) song Produced by: BCOM and M A media Cheif Executtive Producer : Mohammed Abdel Ghaffar (BCOM) Super Star Singer : Ahmed Gamal Executive Audio Producer : Ahmed El Desoki Lyrics By: Mohammed Atef Composed By: Madian Music Arrangement



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6/24/2019 5:25:35 PM
<![CDATA[Rai legend Rachid Taha’s latest album to be released in September]]>
Despite the grief and sadness he has left in the hearts of millions of his fans around the world, his memory is still alive and will last, being further revived in conjunction with the release of his latest album.

"I'm African" is the name chosen by Rachid Taha to be the title of his new album, but unfortunately he will not personally witness its release.

The late Rai legend worked on the album day and night for two years, as revealed by his son Elias Taha, who decided to perpetuate his father’s memory through his latest music album that will be released on September 20, which almost coincides with the first anniversary of Rachid's death at the age of 59 years.

The album's publicity campaign officially launched with the release of his main song "I'm African".

“My father spent the last two years of his life working on this album,” said Elias Taha. “This last album is like him, in his uniqueness, in his madness, in his freedom,” continues Elias. “I hope you help make Rachid Taha's lyrics and music sound louder and louder”.



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6/24/2019 5:03:31 PM
<![CDATA[Gaber Asfour, Mofeed Shehab, Ahmed Nawwar win Egypt's Nile Award]]>
The value of the Nile Award is estimated at LE 500,000 ($24,000) and a gold medal for each winner, according to reports, and was granted to Asfour, Nawwar, and Shehab in the fields of literature, arts and social sciences, respectively.

The Nile Award has undergone several amendments such as raising its financial value and changing its name to become the Nile Award for Egyptian creators. It was originally named the Mubarak Award after former President Hosni Mubarak, but was changed after January 2011 revolution that ousted Mubarak.

The State Awards were launched in 1958 and were only cancelled in 1967, during the Six-Day War between Egypt and Israel, according to Egyptian state's Al-Ahram.

All you need to know about State Awards

CAIRO - 16 June 2019: The Supreme Council of Culture will hold the annual meeting to announce the winners of the State Awards on Sunday, June 23.


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6/24/2019 3:17:12 PM
<![CDATA[ Myriam Faris: I love Egyptians with all my heart]]>
Fares said that Shaker was very fair with her and understood what she wanted to say at the press conference in Morocco which was widely misunderstood by the public, explaining that she considers Shaker a brother and a father.

Fares stressed that without Egypt and the Egyptians, it would not have been possible for her to be in Morocco to stand before 160,000 attendees, renewing her apologies to the Egyptians, and thanking all those who supported her, because she wholeheartedly loves Egypt and the Egyptians.


Lebanese singer Myriam Fares has raised controversy over not having performed concerts in Egypt for several years.

Her response to that question came as a shock to the Egyptians, as she said that she performed many concerts in Egypt before the revolution and then came to a halt in the period of security tensions in 2011.

Later on, when security in Egypt became stable, and concerts began to be organized, the Lebanese singer stated that her situation changed. “I will be frank. I artistically evolved and my demands grew higher, which makes me a little expensive for Egypt,” stated Fares.

This statement has upset the Egyptian public, especially since Fares is not the most important Lebanese artist to perform concerts on Egyptian soil. There are big stars that still perform in Egypt like Elissa, Ragheb Alama, Nancy Ajram, Wael Jassar and other prominent Lebanese stars.

Faris' remarks did not only anger the public, but also the artists and music makers.

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6/24/2019 2:23:55 PM
<![CDATA[Tutankhamen’s canopy restored and transferred to GEM]]>
Badr added that the first restoration team carried out the required repairs for the canopy before the packaging process. This included strengthening and stabilizing vulnerable crusts in the canopy; the canopy was then transferred from the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir to the Grand Egyptian Museum.
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FILE - Restoration team at work

On the other hand, Hanan Mustafa, a restoration expert, said that the canopy was examined using an X-ray machine to identify the locations of links and places of weakness to secure them during packaging and transport procedures. The canopy was also documented before restoration works using a three-dimensional scanning device.
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The working team involved in the first restoration and painting works includes Reda Qubaisi, Mahmoud el-Beheiry, May Magdy, Mohamed Abdel Kadir and Mohamed el-Ansari.
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The X-rayography team includes Mohamed Mustafa, Ahmed Tarek, Somaya Hendawy, Ahmed Adel and Amira Hakim.






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6/24/2019 1:51:00 PM
<![CDATA[Box Office: 'Toy Story 4' dominates with $118 million debut]]>
The fourth entry in Pixar’s animated series collected $118 million in ticket sales when it debuted in 4,575 North American theaters. While that haul is significantly below expectations, which anticipated a start near $140 million, it’s hardly a disappointment for the critically acclaimed movie.

Despite glowing reviews, box office prognosticators suggest that “Toy Story 4” underperformed because audiences were wary about the need for another chapter after “Toy Story 3” wrapped up the series so perfectly. The domestic debut is only a slight jump on that entry, which bowed nearly a decade ago with $110 million. However, strong word of mouth will likely keep “Toy Story 4” in theaters long throughout the summer.

“Toy Story 4’s” bow ranks as the fourth-biggest launch for an animated movie behind “Incredibles 2” ($182 million), “Finding Dory” ($135 million), and “Shrek the Third” ($121 million). It’s also only the third movie this year to cross $100 million in receipts during its opening weekend. The other two — “Captain Marvel” and “Avengers: Endgame” — were both Disney releases as well.

Overseas, “Toy Story 4” picked up $120 million from 37 international territories for a global start of $238 million.

Directed by Josh Cooley, “Toy Story 4” reunites Woody (voiced by Tom Hanks), Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen) and Bo Peep (Annie Potts) with a band of plastic heroes. New to the gang is Forky, an anxiety-ridden spork voiced by Tony Hale, who helps teach them what it means to be a toy. The story was written by Rashida Jones, Will McCormack, Valerie LaPointe, Martin Hynes, and now-ousted Pixar chief John Lasseter.

In a very distant second place, United Artists’ “Child’s Play” earned $14 million when it opened in 3,007 venues. That represents a solid start for the modestly budgeted horror film, which is a remake of the 1988 thriller about an evil Chucky doll. Aubrey Plaza stars in “Child’s Play,” which Mark Hamill voices the creepy voodoo doll. It cost $10 million to produce.

This weekend’s other new release didn’t fare as well. Liongate’s “Anna” launched with a dismal $3.5 million from 2,114 screens. Males accounted for 61% of ticket buyers, with 88% of that group over the age of 25. Sasha Luss, Luke Evans and Helen Mirren star.

Falling not far behind “Child’s Play” on box office charts is another reboot, Disney’s “Aladdin.” The live-action musical pocketed $12 million in its fifth weekend of release, boosting its domestic total to $288 million.

In fourth place, Sony’s “Men in Black: International” made $10 million during its second weekend in theaters, marking a steep 65% decline from its inaugural run. The fourth “MIB” film, starring Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson, has generated $52 million to date.



Rounding out the top five is Universal and Illumination’s “The Secret Life of Pets 2,” which added $10.2 million to its North American tally. The animated sequel has grossed $117 million since debuting three weeks ago.

Overall, ticket sales continue to pace well behind last year’s strong summer season. As big-budget sequels like “Dark Phoenix,” “Men in Black: International” and “Godzilla: King of the Monsters” bring back disappointing receipts, the box office has dropped 6% below 2018’s record, according to Comscore.]]>
6/24/2019 10:41:13 AM
<![CDATA[Who are the State Awards winners for 2019?]]>
The secretary general of the Supreme Council of council announced the completion of the quorum of the meeting; where 40 members out of 50 members of the council attended.

The secretary general of the council then continued to welcome the audience and pointed to the importance of the event, stressing that the State Awards are historically the oldest among the other prizes and awards on the local and Pan-Arab levels. It is also an opportunity for thinkers, creators and intellectuals to reap the fruits of their literature, science, culture and creativity.

The names of the winners of the State Encouragement Awards are as follows:

Arts

Photography: Amaa el-Nawawy, Sculpture: Najeeb Moen, Music Composing: Ruled out, Theatrical Direction: Tamer Karam Ayoub Mostafa, Theatrical Writing: Ruled out, Construction and Constructive Culture (Cultural Buildings and Urban Environment): Mohamed Abdel Hamid Mohamed Obeid, Folklore Arts and Writing: (performance - study): Ruled out, Directing a Long Documentary Film: Ruled out.

Literature

Applied study in the Arab narrative: Alaa Abdel Moneim Ibrahim Ghoneim Amer, Linguistic Analysis of Literary Text: Ruled out, Poetry: Abdel Rahman Mustafaa Mustafa Meqled, General Poetry: Kamel Kamal Kamel Ahmed Mabrouk, Historical Novel: Ahmed Mohamed Saad el-Din Ismail, Very Short Story Set: Mohamed Ahmed Hassan el-Hedeni, Directing Children Animation: Ruled out, Translation of a creative work: Ruled out.

Social Sciences

Sociology: Ruled out, History: Ruled out, Geography: Ruled out, Philosophy and Psychology: Ruled out, Media: Ruled out, Antiquities: Ruled out, Scientific Culture: Ruled out, Education: Ruled out.

Economic and legal sciences

Economics of Tourism Industry in Egypt: Ruled out, Strategies for Economic Development in Egypt between Reality and Hope: Ruled out, Political Systems: Rabha Mohamed Seif el-Din Najm el-Din Allam, International Political Systems: Ruled out, Islamic Law (Islamic jurisprudence and its links to contemporary reality between stability and innovation): Ruled out, General International Law (United Nations Reform): Ruled out, Culture of Citizenship and Human Rights: Rami Metwally Abdel Wahab Ibrahim, Proposed Anti-discrimination Policies and Legislation: Ruled out.
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6/23/2019 6:08:25 PM
<![CDATA[Sisi orders parade for royal mummies transferred to NMEC]]>
The Egyptian Museum hosts 150 mummies for acclaimed ancient Egyptian kings like Amenhotep I, Thutmose I, Thutmose II, Thutmose II, Ramses I, Ramses II, and Ramses III.

Only 22 mummies (18 for royal kings and 4 for royal queens) and 17 sarcophagi - dating back to dynasties 17, 18,19, and 20 - will be transported to the NMEC, Head of the Egyptian Museum Sabah Abdel-Razeq told media on June 21.

In his meeting with Minister of Antiquities Khaled Anani and Minister of Tourism Rania al-Mashat on Sunday, President Sisi also directed to develop the NMEC, the area surrounding it and Ayn as Sirah Lake, Radi added.

President Sisi was also updated on the latest developments of the construction of the Grand Egyptian Museum due to be inaugurated late 2020, Radi continued.

Minister Mashat affirmed that Egypt’s tourism revival campaign promotes for the inauguration of GEM in all Egyptian tourism pavilions worldwide, Radi said.

The Grand Egyptian Museum is one of the largest archaeological museums in the world. Thousands of artifacts will be displayed there, which will attract many tourists from around the world.

The museum is built on a land area of 117 acres. The project’s foundation was laid in February 2002. Construction of the mega project began in May 2005. A total of 100,000 artifacts are being restored to be displayed in the GEM. Furthermore, the GEM consists of 19 restoration labs, making it the largest artifact restoration center in the world.

In addition, the GEM consists one of the biggest artifact documentation units for selected artifacts worldwide. Some of the artifacts planned to be displayed in the GEM date back to the pre-Pharaonic dynasties era (pre-family era).

King Ramses statue was placed in the GEM’s lobby entrance to welcome the visitors. It is worth mentioning that the façade of the museum is coated with alabaster stones. Also, the walls of the GEM overlooking the Pyramids will have a glass panoramic view.
The Grand Egyptian Museum will cost $1.100 billion financed by the Japanese government through two loans worth $450 million.

Additional reporting by Angy Essam and Mustafa Marie

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6/23/2019 5:12:37 PM
<![CDATA[Myriam Fares: I am currently too expensive for Egypt]]>
Fares said on the sidelines of a press conference held at the Moroccan Mawazine Festival: “I performed several concerts in Egypt before the 2011 revolution. However, I have evolved artistically since then”.

“I will be frank. I artistically evolved and my demands grew higher, which makes me a little expensive for Egypt,” continued Fares.

As for her health, Fares said she had passed the difficult stage of her illness, affirming that she is currently in her “healing” process. “I am in a much better place right now; please pray for me always,” said Fares.

The Lebanese singer performeda concert on El-Nahda Theater as part of the events of the third day of Mawazine Festival.


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6/23/2019 4:24:42 PM
<![CDATA[Ashraf Zaki: “Sabry did not mean to offend Down’s Syndrome victims”]]>
Zaki further added that he spoke to Sabry on the phone after one of the comments the actress recently made on a social media platform that was widely misunderstood.

Sabry's comment angered many on social media and for the past few days has been extensively attack edby Instagram followers.

The actress admitted that she personally manages her Instagram account and not a PR team but stressed that she would never joke or insult people living with disability as she is a passionate advocate for equality and human rights, especially when it comes to people with disability.

The rising actor went on to add that the reason she never responds to any sort of attack on her,“I am all about peace. I hate engaging in any negative debate; it’s our job as actresses to promote and spread acceptance and harmony.”

In regard to actor Mohamed Henedi, and the vicious social media attack that was inflicted on him after a tweet he made commenting on the former Ahli player Abou Treika, Zaki stressed that Henedi is a veteran actor and no one should suspect his love for his country.

Additional reporting by Raya al-Jadir

تعليق نقيب المهن التمثيلية " د. أشرف زكي " يكشف ما وراء تويتة هنيدي ودعمه لـ تريكة

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6/23/2019 3:58:22 PM
<![CDATA[For the 1st time: Egypt a member in UNESCO scientific committee]]>
Khalil was nominated for the membership by the National Committee for UNESCO at the Ministry of Higher Education.

The Egyptian Embassy in Paris represented by the Permanent Delegation of Egypt to UNESCO exerted great diplomatic efforts to support Egypt's candidate during the seventh edition of the Meeting of the States Parties to the UNESCO Convention 2001 to protect underwater cultural heritage, which was held at the headquarters of the organization in Paris on June 20-21, 2019.

This is the first time an Egyptian expert has joined the ICRC, where the Scientific Committee consists of 14 experts from around the globe in the field of underwater cultural heritage. It is the first scientific reference to the UNESCO Charter for the Protection of Underwater Cultural Heritage, where the committee provides expertise and scientific advice to Member States, which are 61 countries including Egypt.

During this session, six members were selected from 12 candidates representing 12 countries.
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6/23/2019 3:55:43 PM
<![CDATA[Comments made by Myriam Fares anger Egyptian fans]]>
Her response to that question came as a shock to the Egyptians, as she said that she performed many concerts in Egypt before the revolution and then came to a halt in the period of security tensions in Egypt due to the revolution in 2011.

Later on, when security in Egypt became stable, and concerts began to be organized, the Lebanese singer stated that her situation changed. “I will be frank. I artistically evolved and my demands grew higher, which makes me a little expensive for Egypt,” stated Fares.

This statement has upset the Egyptian public, especially since Fares is not the most important Lebanese artist to perform concerts on Egyptian soil. There are big stars who still perform in Egypt like Elissa, Ragheb Alama, Nancy Ajram, Wael Jassar and other prominent Lebanese stars.

Faris' remarks did not only anger the public, but also the artists and music makers. Rami Gamal responded on his personal Instagram account “When my beloved country becomes defamed,I will forget any friendship between us. When Egypt’s name is mentioned, you should stand up in respect and in gratitude to the country and people who made you famous,” commented Gamal.

Gamal further left a comment on twitter saying “To the artist who considers herself too expensive for Egypt to afford, you should pay me what you owe me first before you say you are too much for Egypt.”

Event organizer Walid Mansour also ridiculed Fares on his personal account on Facebook, commenting: “As per the singer who said she was “too heavy” for Egypt, I want to know exactly how many kilos you weigh in order for me to decide how “heavy” you are. I swear to God, Fares used to take $20,000 in her concerts in Egypt, which at that time totaled up to almost LE 140,000. This is about how much I pay to rent just one sound system in a concert for Amr Diab, Hamaki, Tamer Hosny or Shereen, Ms. Heavy.”

No matter how “heavy” Miriam Fares became, she should never forget what Egypt is and what it does to almost all Arab stars to support and host their concerts until they gain fortune and fame. No one should ever ridicule or belittle Egypt no matter how big or “heavy” they become, because fame in the Middle East almost always starts in Egypt, and almost always ends in Egypt ,too.

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6/23/2019 3:53:27 PM
<![CDATA['Casablanca' topped Eid al-Fitr movies with revenues amounted to 55 M]]>
“Casablanca” achieved the highest daily income in the history of Egyptian cinema, achieving LE 6,721,308; surpassing the rest of the competing films by far; in addition to the records achieved on the level of Arab cinema revenues, as the film is being screened in Arab and Gulf theaters.

It is noteworthy that "Casablanca" is starring a large group of stars led by Amir Karara, in addition to Ghada Adel, Eyad Nassar, Amr Abdul Jalil, Lebleba, Mahmoud el-Bezzawi and Ahmed Dash. The film is written by Hisham Hilal, and the joint production of Talent Media, Synergy Films and Tahir Media Production It is directed by Peter Mimi and written by Hisham Hilal.

The action movie revolves around Omar El-Mor (Amir Karara) and an adventure in Casablanca. Casablanca is a different type of action movie because it is shot across different cities such as Marrakech, Casablanca, Safaga and Alexandria, so it contains different pictures on screen.

The plot tackles the life of some Alexandrian men who despite being pirates, have a touch of humanity.

El-Mor wants to free his kidnapped brother, and together they form a totally different and new composition. The movie also has a light comedy line.

Casablanca was executed with the latest cinematic techniques and its promo amassed 1 million views within three hours of its release, a record in the history of Egyptian cinema. ]]>
6/23/2019 2:33:04 PM
<![CDATA[Jumpin' Jack Flash Jagger back on stage after heart surgery]]>
The veteran British band opened its No Filter tour in Chicago at the city’s 61,500 seat Soldier Field stadium, after delaying the 17-date U.S. and Canada tour to allow for Jagger’s medical treatment.

Opening to a sold-out crowd, the band kicked off with its classic hit “Street Fighting Man” as the Stones frontman, dressed in skinny black jeans and a black and white jacket, strutted across the stage, singing and pumping his fist.

One Chicagoan not in attendance — but looking forward to the band’s follow-up performance — was Mayor Lori Lightfoot, who thanked Jagger for a shoutout he gave her.

“Wasn’t at your show last night, but hope to be there next Tuesday,” Lightfoot wrote on Twitter. “Welcome to Chicago!”

Jagger, 75, underwent heart valve replacement surgery in New York in early April, and in May reassured fans that he was back in shape by posting video on Twitter of him dancing in a studio.

Fans and the music press watching for signs of fatigue left the show reassured that Jagger was as energetic as ever.

“Perhaps seeking to prove that neither time nor a bum ticker can slow him down, the 75-year old singer was a paragon of unbridled energy and enthusiasm throughout the uncharacteristically chilly Friday night performance,” wrote Billboard magazine.

“Mick can still Move Like Jagger,” Twitter user Charlie Catlett said.

“The man is a machine,” added Twitter user Matt Strahl.

Howie Fox, who describes himself as a comedy writer and Beatles collector, quipped on Twitter: “They played ‘Start Me Up’ to make sure Mick’s pacemaker was on.”

The 1960s band, whose current members Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Charlie Watts are now all in their 70s, has played more than 40 tours, making the quartet some of the most enduring and successful rock musicians of all time.



The Rolling Stones kicked off the No Filter tour in Europe in September 2017, playing the last show there in July 2018.

The tour grossed $116 million in 2018, according to touring industry publication Pollstar, making it the 10th biggest worldwide last year.

The North American No Filter concerts will take the band across the United States, and to one date in Ontario, Canada, before ending in Miami on Aug. 31.


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6/23/2019 10:24:56 AM
<![CDATA[Cairo Opera House celebrates World Music Day on June 22]]>
Cairo Opera House celebration will be attended by the French ambassador in Egypt.

The French Institute in Egypt organized the 2019 version of the Music Day at Al Azhar Park on June 20 at 7:30 p.m.

It is worth mentioning that young Egyptian and French promising talents are usually discovered on that day.

This year's edition will focus on Rai and its late iconic performer Rashid Taha. The celebration will also feature a unique musical mix and will include the Egyptian musical band El-dor el-Awal (First floor), French - Algerian singer Soufiane Saidi and French Mazzleda team, while the closing comes with DJ Countess.

Music Day is an annual music celebration that takes place on June 21. On that Day, the citizens of some cities are allowed and encouraged to play music outside in their neighborhoods or in public spaces such as parks.

On Music Day, many free concerts are organized, where musicians perform for fun not seeking any payment.

Music Day takes place on the day of the summer solstice and was originated in Paris in 1982 by French Minister of Culture, Jack Lang, and Maurice Fleuret. Since then, Music Day has been celebrated in 120 countries around the world. ]]>
6/22/2019 3:45:48 PM
<![CDATA[Elham Shahin honoured by Palestinian yet is clueless about their flag]]>
During the ceremony, the Egyptian actress stressed that Jerusalem is a Palestinian city and will remain so, as it will eventually return to its rightful owners; the Palestinian.

Shahin then took to Instagram to express her happiness with this honour as she published numerous photos from ceremony and thanked the Foundation and the Palestinian people. All is well so far, until Shahin decided to put few emojis at the end of her post; one of them being the supposed Palestinian flag, well that was what she thought until one of her followers pointed out that it is in fact the flag of Sudan and not Palestine.

Shahin instantly replaced the Sudanese flag with what she thought was the 'actual' Palestinian flag and apologized for the mistake, but it was just not Shahin's day. Again one of her followers pointed out that this is Jordan's flag and not Palestine.
The awkward situation led Shahin to declare that “the emojis are too small and unclear to distinguish the right flag”.

While some people regarded the matter as comical, others were less impressed and took it as an insult to Palestine and Palestinian, leading them to question why was Shahin awarded the title when not only she has done little, if anything for the Palestinian cause but she does not even know their flag.

The "Lady of the Earth" Foundation was created to establish peace and help the Arab state of Palestine. The ceremony was scheduled to take place in the Palestinian territories, but due to security considerations, the organisers decided hold it in Cairo.

This incident does force the question of how do celebrities and public figures get chosen for a particular award or title outside their field of expertise? Only recently Yasmine Sabry was awarded the title of ambassador for African Women rights and it does make people wonder what have Sabry and Shahin done to deserve such titles, whereas there are so many anonymous figures working tirelessly and campaigning for a particular cause yet receive no recognition.

Maybe the time has come for the abandonment of such awards and titles and let every individual thrive and win awards in their own particular field, at least then they will have the knowledge to fully carry and represent the title/award.]]>
6/22/2019 3:30:57 PM
<![CDATA[Angham to perform in Jeddah on June 23]]>

Murex D’or announced Angham best Arab singer and she received her award at the Murex D’or ceremony that took place on Saturday, April 6 in Lebanon.

Angham celebrated the release of her new album "Hala Khasa Gedan” (A very special case) on March 17 in one of Alexandria's biggest hotels; this was Angham's first concert after the release of her new album on Thursday, Feb. 21.

“Hala Khasa Gedan” consists of 14 songs, including “Ya Raitak Fahemni” (I wish you can understand me), “Habayebna” (Our loved ones), “Baol Nasiak" (I say I forgot you), “Metamena” (I am calm), “Leila”, and "Hala Khasa".

Angham officially announced her marriage to music distributor Ahmed Ibrahim. The star had to announce the marriage after a letter she sent to Ibrahim on his birthday was leaked.
Angham along with Lebanese singer Marwan Khoury and Moroccan singer Asma Lamnawar are currently preparing to launch their new talent show to discover new musical talents.

The show will be labelled "El-Zaman el-Gamil" (The Golden Era) and is set to be broadcasted on Abu Dhabi TV.

The program aims to discover new talented Arab voices and help them pursue musical careers and reach fame.

Angham is an Egyptian singer, record producer and actress. She comes from an artistic family and was born in 1972. Her father is veteran musician and composer Mohamed Ali Soliman. Angham is a popular Egyptian singer who started her artistic career in 1987 under the guidance of her father.

Following her divorce from Magdy Aref in 2000, Angham took much more control over her image and musical style. After that "Leih Sebtaha" (Why Did You Leave Her?) record established her into a strong position amid the constant emerge of new voices in the Middle Eastern music scene.

After a highly publicized feud between Alam El-Phan Music Records' president Mohsen Gaber and the artist, she moved to another record company, Rotana.

In 2005, she released the album "Bahibbik Wahashteeny" (I Love You, I Miss You) which was critically acclaimed, but did not achieve the expected commercial success.

In 2007, Angham returned to the forefront of Arabic pop music scene with her album "Kol ma N'arrab" (Whenever We Come Closer) which sold more than 500,000 copies across the Middle East in less than three months and was awarded a platinum certification.

She presented a group of successful songs such as "Etegah Wahed" (One Direction), "Toul Ma Enta Be'eid" (As Long As You Are Far), "Akteblak Ta3ahod" (I Pledge to You), and "Mahzoma" (Defeated), among other popular songs.

Profits made by Angham's albums during the past two decades remain the highest among other Egyptian singers of her category. It is worth noting that the star’s fans and critics in the industry named her “Egypt’s No. 1”.

Angham was the best-selling female pop artist in 2003. She is famous for her wide vocal range and romantic style.

Angham’s album “Rah Tethkerni” (You’ll Remember Me) gained great success at the time of its release. Angham cooperated with numerous Arab musicians and poets in the album such as Ahmad al-Sane’e, Khaled al-Awadhi, and Turki Al-Sheikh.

Angham performed for the first time in a massive concert in Saudi Arabia on Saturday, September 22 on the occasion of the Saudi Arabian National Day.

Angham's latest song "Bakhaf Afrah" (I am Afraid of Being Happy) hit about 9 million views on YouTube three weeks after its release. "Bakhaf Afrah" is written by Turki al-Sheikh and composed by Khaled Ezz.

The ninth edition of Beirut International Awards Festival (BIAF) honoured Angham on June 29, 2018.

The BIAF, which is held under the auspices of the Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, honours every year figures from different fields such as art, politics, culture, music, finance and humanitarian services.
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6/22/2019 11:05:34 AM
<![CDATA[Elissa announces supporting Egyptian National Team on Twitter]]>
'' Support Egypt, we all support for the sake of Salah and all the other great players, my heart is on the pitch and waiting to celebrate with Egypt wining the cup'' tweeted Elissa.

Egypt defeated Zimbabwe 1_0 on Friday night at the opening game of 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.

Mahmoud Hassan known as Trezeguet scored Egypt's winning goal seven minutes before half time after a wonderful play with Ayman Ashraf.


Egyptian players, who gained their first three points at the competition, hope to achieve the eighth title at the competition.

With fireworks, pharaonic costumes and joyful song by Egyptian folk singer Hakim, Nigerian Femi kuti and Côte d'Ivoiren Dobet gnahore, the 2019 African Nations Championship (AFCON) kicked off at Cairo International Stadium on Friday.

Egypt plays in Group A alongside Zimbabwe, DR Congo and Uganda.

On February 4, in conjunction with the International Day of Cancer, Lebanese singer Elissa was keen to launch an awareness campaign, asking Lebanese people to detect this disease early.

"Cancer is present now in every family in Lebanon; we can’t ignore it anymore," Elissa previously wrote on her Twitter account.

Elissa performed a concert in Egypt on January 18. The yield of the concert was fully dedicated to Egyptian breast cancer patients. Elissa previously expressed her happiness for being chosen to be the ambassador of the breast cancer awareness campaign.

“I am proud to be the ambassador of the national campaign to combat breast cancer," said the star during the campaign.

Elissa revealed having breast cancer in her latest clip "Ela Kol Ely Beyheboony" (To All Those Who Love Me), in which she shed light on her struggle with the disease and her recovery.

Elissa is one of Lebanon's most famous singers and one of the best known artists in the Arab world. She was the best-selling female Middle Eastern artist for 2005 and 2009.

In 2005, 2006 and 2010, she received the World Music Award for Best Selling Middle Eastern Artist, and became the first Lebanese singer to receive the World Music Award for Best Selling Middle Eastern Artist.

It is worth mentioning that he Lebanese star has sold over 30 million albums worldwide.

Elissa is also one of the richest celebrities in Lebanon, with an estimated wealth of over $40 million. As of 2017, Elissa has had over 44 million followers on social media.

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6/22/2019 10:56:40 AM
<![CDATA[Tutankhamen to welcome AFCON audience ]]>
Tutankhamen was born in the 18th Dynasty around 1341 B.C. and was the 12th pharaoh of that period. Tutankhamen did not accomplish much himself; he was placed on the throne when he was a child, and Egypt’s prosperous era was beginning to decline with the rise of Pharaoh Akhenaten and his new cult.

Sir Howard Carter, British archaeologist and Egyptologist, had made it his life’s quest to find the tomb of King Tutankhamen.

When Carter had begun to work in Egypt in 1891, most of the documented Pharaohs had their tombs discovered. One, however, proved to be elusive; King Tutankhamen, whose resting place had yet to be found and who Egyptologists knew very little about.

With the end of World War I, Carter made it his goal to be the first to uncover the tomb of Tutankhamen. Carter had worked in Egypt for 31 years since he was 17, using his skills as an artist to copy inscriptions from walls.

He would then become appointed inspector-general of monuments in Upper Egypt. In 1907, he started to work for George Herbert, the fifth earl of Carnarvon, who would aid him in his quest to uncover the lost tomb of Tutankhamen.

Carter was certainly dedicated, spending massive amounts of money and time in order to track down where the tomb might lie.

With Lord Carnarvon as his sponsor, he began working earnestly at excavating the Valley of Kings. Alas, even after five years of work, Carter wasn’t able to report back on anything substantial.

He refused to give up however, tirelessly working to fulfill his quest, and soon enough, Carter would be rewarded beyond his imagination.

The discovery of steps beneath the sand on November 1, 1922 was a breakthrough for Carter. At long last, his tireless search for Tutankhamen would finally bear fruit.

Carter announced the discovery on November 6, and it took three weeks until he could begin work on excavating into the tomb.

Workers exposed all of the steps and the sealed doorway into the tomb, which at one point had been broken in by tomb robbers but resealed again, leading to hope that the contents had not been plundered.

Carter finally entered on November 25, finding evidence of resealed holes but noting that it had likely been thousands of years since anyone had entered again.

When Carter made a hole inside the sealed door and peeked inside, he was left astounded. Gold flooded his senses, and animal statues, rich perfumes, piles of ebony, childhood toys and the Pharaoh himself adorned the room alongside countless other treasures.

It was a bounty of riches the likes of which had never been seen before. Carter couldn’t have anticipated this finding in his wildest dreams.


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6/21/2019 4:39:41 PM
<![CDATA[Remembering Egyptian cinema sweetheart, Soad Hosny ]]>
Hosny was born on January 26, 1942. Her sweet smile, bashful spirit and beautiful voice inspired audiences and artists alike.


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Egyptian actress Soad Hosny via Facebook/Soad Hosny page



Hosn's striking beauty, free spirit, and unique talent enabled her to portray a wide variety of roles along her rich acting career. Her fans dubbed her the “Egyptian Cinderella”.

Her most prominent roles include her roles in "Al- Ashqya' al-Thalatha" (Three Naughty Boys) (1962), directed by Hossam Eddine Mostafa; "Be'r el-herman" (The Well of Deprivation) (1969), directed by Kamal el-Sheikh; "Khaly Balak Men Zouzou" (Take Care of Zouzou) (1974), written by the exceptional poet Salah Jaheen and directed by Niazi Mostafa, and "Sagheera 'Al Hob" (Too Young to Fall in Love) (1966), which was also directed by Niazi Mostafa.

Hosny used her outstanding talent to call for gender equality in the TV series "Hekayat Hwa we Heyain" (1985) that achieved booming success.

She was not only a great performer, but also a great fashion icon; lots of young girls during her time idolized Hosny on so many levels, including fashion.

Hosny was raised in an artistic family. Her father was a calligrapher who adored music, her older half-sister was famous singer Nagat, while her older half-brother was a composer and an oud player in Umm Koulthoum’s ensemble.

Hosny was forced to withdraw from public life and film production as she suffered from a reputed ailment with her spine, which led to various complications, affecting her ability to move.

In 2001, Hosny fell to death from her friend's apartment in London, which brought her glamorous life to an end.

"Before her death, she was preparing for a play which she discussed with producer and screenwriter Samir Khafaga. She had lost 15 kilograms and conducted some plastic and dental surgeries.

All these factors deny the assumption that she committed suicide. Soad was much stronger than she seemed to be," veteran actor Samir Sabri stressed. Meanwhile, great actor Hassan Youssef said, "Soad was incredibly talented; she had the ability to perfectly play any role whether it is comedic or tragic. She had charisma and charm. Yet, she was unappreciated and died alone."

"We were close friends; she was too kind, down to earth and polite. She never responded to offenses to the extent that when one of the producers fired her, she went to shoot her scenes the following day out of her great discipline," Youssef added.
May God bless the incomparable soul of Soad Hosny that still lives in the hearts of her fans.


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6/21/2019 11:50:00 AM
<![CDATA[When 007 met the Prince: Bond film set gets royal visit]]>
Charles, 70, met actor Daniel Craig, who plays the fictional British secret agent for the fifth time in the “Bond 25” production, plus Ralph Fiennes and Naomie Harris, who portray secret service head “M” and secretary Moneypenny respectively.

During the visit celebrating the franchise’s contribution to Britain’s film industry, Craig and Fiennes showed the heir to the British throne inside M’s office and he watched a scene being filmed on monitors. Craig also showed the royal two of Bond’s famed Aston Martin cars.

Charles is a patron of both the British Film Institute and Britain’s intelligence services.

Known under its working title “Bond 25”, the yet unnamed film, directed by American Cary Joji Fukunaga, is set for release in April 2020.

Rami Malek, who won a best actor Oscar in February for his portrayal of late Queen singer Freddie Mercury in “Bohemian Rhapsody”, will play the international villain in the movie.]]>
6/21/2019 11:35:17 AM
<![CDATA[For the 1st time a path for visually impaired in Egyptian Museum ]]>
The newly inaugurated path which was opened by Egypt's Minister of Antiquities Khaled El-Enany, Minister of Tourism Rania Al-Mashat, Sports and Youth Minister Ashraf Sobhy, and 16 foreign ambassadors and was developed as part of the Vivere all’ Italiana programme by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affair.

The visually impaired path was made by the Archaeological Centre of the Italian Cultural Institute in Cairo ,the Egyptian Museum and the Museo Tattile Statale Omero in Ancona.



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The main aim behind this itinerary is to enable people with disabilities to visit Egyptian museums and make them benefit from such visit. Egyptian Museum is first but will not be the last as this initiative will be applied in other museums in the future.

The itinerary houses 12 masterpieces of Egyptian art from ancient Egyptian heritage. Every object is made of purely Egyptian stones such as granite and greywacke with labels in Braille and electronic audio devices.

The itinerary contains the Narmer Palette, the triad of king Menkaure, and the Sphinx of King Amenemhat III.

The Ministry of Antiquities announced on June 16 the launch of the development works of the Egyptian Museum.

The declaration included signing a protocol of cooperation, with the aim of submitting it to the UNESCO, to put the Egyptian Museum on the World Heritage List.

The development project, which will last for 3 years, is the first phase of a large project that includes major developments in the Egyptian Museum, with the alliance of five European museums: the Egyptian Museum in Turin, Italy; the Louvre Museum in France; the British Museum in England; the Berlin Museum in Germany; the Leiden Museum in Holland, and with the support of the European Union.

The development plan includes the development of the museum entrance, and the development of the ground floor show halls.

Also, wall paints will be changed and the lighting circuit will be developed. In addition, maintenance of displays -in terms of modernizing the paints and technically maintaining them- is part of the development plan, where at least 200 pieces will be displayed.

The plan will also include the development of all museum aspects in terms of the museum display of artifacts.

Furthermore, restoration of monuments, development of explanatory cards, insurance, lighting, floors and paints will be part of the development plan. The museum’s master plan, including the museum's vision and future mission will also be developed.

Management of the museum group, community communication, museum education, the development of the archives department, the library and the re-presentation of the treasures of the royal tombs discovered in Tanis in Sharqia will also come as part of the massive development plan of the museum.


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6/21/2019 10:35:44 AM
<![CDATA[Yasmine Sabry Exclusively to Egypt Today ‘I would never insult disabled people']]>
The latest figure is the young Egyptian actress Yasmine Sabry who had posted a photo of her doing yoga to which her 16 years old brother commented on, the usual sibling banter that everyone has with their brother/sister. Sabry's reply to her brother angered many on social media who were clueless to the fact that she was joking with her 'baby brother'.

Fair enough the joke might be in poor taste but not of malice or bad intention, it was simply a sister telling her brother he has down's syndrome, yes not a joking matter on a public platform but who has not made a mistake? We are humans after all born to do wrong and be forgiven if we have the right intention. The reply which has now been deleted by Sabry who obviously realised her mistake or the fact that people will not take kindly to a private joke between siblings and most probably be taken out of context by those who are keen to see Sabry fall.

Egypt Today contacted the star to get her side of the story and although Sabry has always chosen not to respond to social media's attack or even address them as they Fizzle out in few days but she made an exception this time as it touched two matters that are important to her, women rights and equality for all.


Sabry admitted that she personally manages her Instagram account and not a PR team but stressed that she would never joke or insult people living with disability as she is a passionate advocate for equality and the rights of women; especially ones with disability as they face double the barriers of non disabled.

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Sabry's comment angered many on social media and for the past few days has been receiving huge amount of abuse and attacks from Instagram followers, ironically everyone seems to be a disability rights advocate yet we know arab society struggle to accept disabled people, which does pose the question are these people genuinely upset about disabled people being made a joke of or is it simply an anti Sabry brigade?

One organisation that has been genuine and professional about their response to Sabry's 'joke' are The Four Biscuits, an iindividualsed cookies baking project that aims to empower young people with Down's syndrome by providing them with training in baking skills and then selling their products at local markets and online.

The Four Biscuits were deeply alarmed by Sabry's comment once they were sent a screenshot of it, so they sent her a message on Instagram in an attempt to hear her side of the story and discover the truth behind it. When they did not receive a reply they published the message they sent her on their Instagram page, hoping for a public apology from Sabry.
When Egypt Today informed Sabry about The Four Biscuits effort to draw her attention to the damage that her comment has or could cause, she responded with a sincere and heartfelt acknowledgment that “yes the comment could be seen as an insult but anyone who knows me will know that I would not insult anyone, let alone the disabled community who face enough daily struggles”.

Sabry went on to add that the reason she never responds to any sort of attack on her because “I am all about peace, and hate getting engaged in any negative debate, it’s our job as actresses to promote and spread acceptance and harmony”. But she made an exception today due to two factors; the huge respect she has for people living with disability and the trust she has in the impartiality and honest journalism of Egypt Today.

Yasmine Sabry did make this comment naively but not maliciously and as soon as she realised her mistake, she retracted her comment. Before we judge and attack her maybe it is a good idea to refrain from making hasty assumptions and chose to see the good in people until they prove otherwise, Sabry was wrong and she corrected her error so should we continue to punish her or praise her for being brave enough to admit her error of judgement, something that not many celebrities would do.


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6/21/2019 9:57:48 AM
<![CDATA['Alica in Wonderland' to stage at Balloon Theater]]>
Headed by Adel Abdo, the Folklore Art House presents the play "Alice in Wonderland", after achieving great public success and earning high revenues in its first season. The play staged on Mahmoud Reda Hall Balloon Theater.

Starring Marwa Abdel Moneim and composed and directed by Mohsen Rizk, “Alice in Wonderland” is produced by Under 18 band headed by artist Walid Taha.

Furthermore, at the Salah Jahin Hall in the theater, Under 18 band also performs the comedy show "King Kong" after its success in the previous season.

The play is starring Nader Abu el-Leef, Fathi Saad and Magdy Abdel Halim, with the participation of national circus artist Mahmoud Abu Elainin and a number of stars from the band. "King Kong" is composed by Salim Kutchner and directed by Mohamed Hassan.




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6/20/2019 6:08:22 PM
<![CDATA[Mostafa Hagag to complete his new album soon]]>
The album is set to include 13 songs, including “Sadma we Nehaya” (Shock and End), composed by Mohammad Mohammadi.

It is noteworthy that the last musical work of Hagag was the national song “Emel el Sah” (Do the right thing) written by poet Mohamed Atef ,composed by Walid Saad and directed by Betool Arafa.

The song urges Egyptians to support the process of building and progressing sponsored by the Government under the leadership of President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi.

Hagag is known for his song "Ya Bta’a el-Nena’a", which gained booming success upon its release years ago and is still popular among Hagag's fans.

The rising singer has recently participated in the performance of the song "100 Wesh" (100 faces), along with mega stars Tamer Hosny, Diab and Ahmed Sheba; the song achieved unprecedented success. The song was part of Tamer Hosny’s latest Album “Eish Beshouak”.

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6/20/2019 6:06:32 PM
<![CDATA[Truth about Mohamed Mounir’s health]]>
Distributor Sherif Nour, the leader of Mounir’s music band, clarified the truth about the news that went viral on his official Facebook account commenting: “I have no idea why some people have nothing better to do than spread rumors. Rumors regarding the health situation of Mohamed Mounir deteriorating went viral. I became extremely worried about him because he did not inform me of such a thing. I decided to call him, and found out he was having a night out and was enjoying himself, but such posts ruined his mood.”

It is noteworthy that Mounir is preparing to perform a concert at Jerash Festival of Culture and Arts' 34th edition, which will be held in Jordan from July 18 to 28; this performance will witness Mounir’s return to the festival after an absence of nearly 17 years.

[Nour’s post - Official facbeook]
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6/20/2019 6:05:13 PM
<![CDATA[Hakim: 'Metgamaeen' will surprise the entire world]]>
The launching ceremony will kick off on June 21 at 8 p.m. The opening match will be between Egypt and Zimbabwe at 10 p.m.

Famed Egyptian folk singer Hakim will be one of the stars singing in the opening ceremony. The star uploaded a video on his official Instagram commenting: “Wait for me on Friday in the opening ceremony of the AFCON. We will make an astounding opening celebration; the whole world will be speaking about it.”

من كواليس تحضيرات حفل الافتتاح لبطوله الامم الافريقيه ٢٠١٩ استنونى يوم الافتتاح ومفاجات كتير اوى يارب تعجبكم .. #حكيم #متجمعين #Tous_Ensemble .. #Hakim #Can2019 #Afcon2019 #TotalAFCON2019 #football

5,218 Likes, 158 Comments - Hakim (@hakimofficial) on Instagram: "من كواليس تحضيرات حفل الافتتاح لبطوله الامم الافريقيه ٢٠١٩ استنونى يوم الافتتاح ومفاجات كتير اوى..."




The acclaimed singer also uploaded a picture on his official account exposing part of the launching ceremony’s rehearsals, stating “We are together, part of the preparations.”

“Metgamaeen” (We are together) is the name of the launching song. It is produced by Synergy Productions, written by Mohie, composed by Sherif Hemdan and distributed by Tarek Abdel Jabber.

The video clip of the song was directed by Yasser Samy, using high filming techniques.





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6/20/2019 6:03:09 PM
<![CDATA[Synergy Productions returns with 3 new screenplays]]>
The new dramatic works set to be displayed on the small screen in the offseason program extend for 45-60 episodes.

The company is expected to expose all details regarding the screenplays and their makers in the upcoming days, according to the drama plan prepared by the company for the summer season.

The new screenplays are currently being finalized. They include “Bela Dalil” (Without evidence), written by Angy Alaa and directed by Manal al-Seify. “Bela Dalil” consists of 45 episodes.

The filming of "Bela Dalil" will start in the coming period, where author Angy Alaa is currently writing the final episodes of the series. The series relies on suspense.

Additionally, “Hawadit el Shanzelize” (Shanzelize stories) is among the series produced by Synergy. It is directed by Morqus Adel; further details about the cast will be exposed by the company soon.


In a related context, Synergy Productions, led by Hossam Shawky, is preparing to release the series "Bahr" (Sea) starring Maged el-Masry during the upcoming days.

The series consists of 60 episodes. It is starring Diab, Mirna Noureddine, Abdel Rahman Abou Zahra, Sanaa Shafe, Hanan Suleiman, Salwa Othman, Ashraf Zaki, Nourhan, Menna Arafa, Mohamed Ali Rizk, among others. “Bahr” is directed by Ahmed Saleh and written by Ahmed Abdel Fattah.


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6/20/2019 1:16:03 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt Today commemorates death anniversary of Amal Farid]]>
Egypt Today sheds light on three of Maher’s most popular films:

Hekayet Gawaz (A marriage story) (1964)

Amal Farid portrayed in this film the character of Mona, Adila's loyal friend, who loves her and supports her no matter what. At the same time, Mona falls in love with Hassan, Adila’s brother, whom she desperately waited for to come to propose to her, after her best friend got married. Eventually, Mona married her beloved Hassan.

"Hekayet Gawaaz" is starring Souad Hosny, Shokri Sarhan, Hassan Youssef, Amal Farid, Amina Rizk, Mary Mounib, Hassan Fayek and Aziza Helmy. It is written by Mohamed Osman, and Wahid Farid and directed by Hassan el-Seifi

Shayateen el-Gaw (The devils of love) (1956)

In this film, Amal Farid plays the role of Samira, who is loved by an Air Force officer. Due to his work as an officer in the army taking part in the Arab-Israeli war, her dream of getting married to him becomes a difficult mission. Samira desperately waited for her lover to finally return victorious from the battlefield.

"Shayateen el-Gaw" is starring Ahmad Ramzi, Amal Farid, Shukri Sarhan, Abdel Moneim Ibrahim, Abdulsalam Nabulsi, Munira Sonbol, Said Abu Bakr, Abdul Ghani al-Najdi, among others. It is directed by Niyazi Mostafa and written by Wagih Abaza.

Seraa’ Maa’ el-Haya (Struggling with life) (1957)

In this film, Amal Farid played the character of Laila, who is deeply in love with Dr. Magdy. Magdy is extremely struggling in life due to losing his beloved mother and his father remarrying another woman, who betrays him, leading the father commit a murder.

The film stars Ahmad Ramzi, Amal Farid, Hind Rustam, Mahmoud el-Meligy, Suheir el-Babli, Aziza Helmy and is written and directed by Zuhair Bakir.





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6/20/2019 1:13:49 PM
<![CDATA[Mohamed Salah appears in Randa Hafez’s new song teaser]]>
The song is written by Amir Teima and composed and distributed by Khaled Ezz. “Noor el-Shams” is expected to be broadcast on radio channels and satellite channels soon.

Randa Hafez collaborated in her new album with a large group of poets, composers and distributors including Amir Teima, Nour Abdullah, Ahmed el- Gendy, Essam Hosny, Ihab Abdel Wahed, Mohamed el-Nadi, Madien, Ahmed Salah Hosny, Samer Abu Taleb, Islam Zaky, Khaled Ezz, Nader Hamdi, Wissam Abdel Moneim and Ahmed Ibrahim.

#repost @audiorotana ・・・ قريباً 🔜 اغنية #نور_الشمس ☀ للفنانة #راندا_حافظ 🎙 على تطبيق #DEEZER 📲 @randahafez @deezermena Makeup @glam.by.lydia Hair @AlKarsh @maximclassics Art Director & Stylist @ihabeladly ... #مصر #السعودية #العراق #الامارات #الكويت #البحرين #عمان #الاردن #تونس #المغرب #الجزائر #السودان #قطر #سوريا #لبنان #فلسطين #ليبيا #روتانا

192 Likes, 40 Comments - Randa Hafez (@randahafez) on Instagram: "#repost @audiorotana ・・・ قريباً 🔜 اغنية #نور_الشمس ☀ للفنانة #راندا_حافظ 🎙 على تطبيق #DEEZER 📲..."




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6/19/2019 5:34:43 PM
<![CDATA[Dov Simens concludes his film workshop in Egypt on June 18]]>CAIRO - 19 June 2019: On Tuesday, June 18, Hollywood film instructor Dov Simens concluded the two-week Cairo film workshop that offered valuable information for 8 hours on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Simens gave extensive lectures on filmmaking, in the presence of a large number of students, concerned individuals and local celebrities. Dalia el-Beheiry, Ahmed Zaher, Gamila Awad, Scenarist Ayman Salama, Lekaa Seweidan, Mais Hemdan, and Tarek el-Ebiary were among the celebrities attending the workshop.

The international lecturer and producer visit to Egypt is his first, presenting a filmmaking workshop affiliated with Hollywood’s film workshop in Los Angeles, founded by Simens in 1998. Hollywood Film Workshop deals with filmmaking, sales and marketing of films in Hollywood and the world.

After the workshop, Simens presented a book that included all the numbers of distribution companies, directors, actors, authors, photography sites and equipment rental in Hollywood as well as in Egypt, in addition to certificates accredited by the Hollywood Film Institute in America.

It is noteworthy that more than 50,000 students, including a thousand Hollywood stars as directors, producers, actors and screenwriters have graduated from the Hollywood Film Institute, including big names such as Will Smith, Bradley Cooper, Spike Lee, Quentin Tarantino, Queen Latifa, Roger Corman, among others.

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6/19/2019 5:32:32 PM
<![CDATA[Multi-talented Ahmed Mekky celebrates birthday on June 19 ]]>
Mekky does not only have a passion for acting and rapping, which he mastered. He appeared to indulge in one of the rarest passions existing in the celebrities' arena: his passion for birds and animals in general.

Mekky is not only fond of raising and observing animals, but also in learning and understanding genetic engineering and modifying genes to produce new species of animals.

The megastar’s passion did not stop there; in fact, he has operated surgeries for dying birds to save them.

Mekky said in numerous accounts that since his childhood, he has loved and raised birds. The life of Mekky can be divided into more than one person:

Mekky, the veterinary

On one of the episodes of Mona el-Shazly’s “Ma'akum” program aired on CBC, the star exposed that since a very young age, he has roamed around certain areas looking for sick birds, trying to medicate them and save their lives.

“I used to go to Friday’s market, looking to purchase a batch of sick birds. I had a room prepared to host them, where they underwent medical procedures trying to heal,” said Mekky during the interview.

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In addition, the star explained to Shazly that he used to read a lot of veterinarian books to accumulate knowledge about the field. He also added that he went as far as attending animal dissection classes in October University to gain more knowledge about the field.

His passion for bird treatment reached the point where he was studying the active ingredient for each medication and making custom therapeutic preparations according to the weight of the bird he is trying to heal. If one of the birds died while he was trying to treat it, he used to dissect it in order to understand the specific reasons that lead to its death, to be able to avoid it with his next bird treatment.


Mekky, the genetics engineer

During the episode of the highly watched program “Ma’akum”, the star explained that when he was young, he used to read abundantly about bird genetics, trying to mate different species together to come out with a new “stronger” generation of birds.

His brother studied genetic engineering in France and that he helped him attain great knowledge about the subject, in addition to the previous knowledge he possessed.







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6/19/2019 5:17:26 PM
<![CDATA[4th edition of Vision Forum to kick off in September]]>
The next edition is scheduled to be held in cooperation with the General Federation of Arab Artists, the Cinema Syndicate headed by Captain Moss’ad Fouda, and with the participation of several Arab countries.

This came after the success of the meeting over the course of the previous three editions, which was organized in conjunction with several provinces and with the participation of a large number of rising talents.

In addition to the independent film competitions, the forum will include film departments in different Egyptian universities.

The forum will be held under the supervision of Samir Farag, and the management of Safa Mourad.
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6/19/2019 2:50:56 PM
<![CDATA[Forsan el-Sharq dance group depicts Shajaret al-Durr life ]]>
The play then moves on to portray her as she took the throne of Egypt for 80 days, with the pledge of the Mamluks and state dignitaries after the death of Sultan Saleh Ayoub.

Shajaret al-Durr then relinquished the throne to her husband Al Mu'izz Aybak Turkoman.

She also played an important historical role during the seventh crusade against Egypt and during the Battle of Mansoura.

The theatrical performance is the production of the Cairo Opera House and will stage on the Gomohorya Theater on June 27 and 28.

The play is prepared, designed and directed by Essam Ezzat.

In the political arena, Shajaret al-Durr played a crucial role after the demise of her first husband during the Seventh Crusade against Egypt (1249–1250).

Al-Durr became the sultana of Egypt on May 2, 1250, marking the end of the Ayyubid reign and the start of the Mamluk era.

There are several claims about the ethnic origins of Shajaret al-Durr. Numerous Muslim historians believed that she was Circassian, Bedouin, Greek or Turkish, while others believed that she was of Armenian origin.
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6/19/2019 12:44:17 PM
<![CDATA['Yesterday' comedy movie gets Beatles' seal of approval]]>
Boyle, who won an Oscar for the 2008 movie “Slumdog Millionaire,” said the band gave permission for their music to be used in the film despite it being a story where “they are literally erased from the consciousness of the world.”

“I think they (The Beatles) must have loved the idea - how quirky the idea was. It appeals to their sense of humor I think,” Boyle said on the red carpet in London on Tuesday.

“That is so typical of their sense of humor - and their bravery as well - because they are experimenters. So I think they like the fact that it’s a bit left field,” he added.

Boyle said Ringo Starr and the widow of George Harrison had seen the film and sent notes of support.

As for Paul McCartney, Boyle said: “I don’t think Paul has seen the movie, but he’s seen the trailer and he said ‘Oh that seems to work!’”


Boyle said he had also written to Yoko Ono, the widow of John Lennon.

The movie also features Grammy Award-winning British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran, playing himself, as the person who helps Jack, played by British actor Himesh Patel, recreate some of the band’s most famous hits, sending his career soaring.

The movie, with a screenplay by “Love Actually” writer Richard Curtis, also features Lily James, Kate McKinnon and James Corden.

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6/19/2019 12:36:06 PM
<![CDATA[Hakim, Kuti, Dobet to sing in African Cup of Nations opening ceremony]]>
The three acclaimed singers will sing together a song named ‘’ Metgamaeen’’ ( We Are Together) produced by Synergy.

Kuti will sing in English, Gnahore in French and Hakim in Arabic.

Hakim is a renowned “Sha’abi” [folk] singer in Egypt. With the help of Hamid el-Shaari, Hakim released his first album “Nazra” under the Slam Records label in 1992.

His success was immediate and propelled him to fame in Egypt. He released an album in 1994 called “Nar” which represented Egypt at the Festival des Allumées in Nantes in the same year, and obtained a nomination at the Kora Awards in 1997.

The singer collaborated with Narada Michael and Olga Tañon in 2002, James Brown in 2004 and Don Omar in 2007. He is one of the most prominent representatives of Jeel or Gil music, a synthesis of Sha'abi and Western influences.

Hakim performed at the Olympia Theater in Paris on September 23, 2017 and was the third Egyptian singer to perform on that prominent theatre after great late Egyptian singer Abdel Halim Hafez and the legendary Umm Kulthum.


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6/18/2019 5:35:28 PM
<![CDATA[Video: Esseily uploaded “Millions” on YouTube]]>

محمود العسيلى - ملايين | Mahmoud El Esseily - Malayeen - Exclusive Music Video

محمود العسيلى - ملايين | Mahmoud El Esseily - Malayeen Exclusive Music Video | حصرياً لعملاء ڤودافون ، خلي أغنية "ملايين" الكول تون بتاعتك قبل أي حد، دوس على اللينك ده https://tinyurl.com/EGYPTLINX-Esseily او اكتب ٨١ في رسالة و ابعتها ل ٥٥٥٥ و استمتع بأول يوم ببلاش بعد كده ب٣ جنيه في الشهر كلمات الأغنية : فيه كتير حلوين فينهم وهي فين ده الحلوين درجات ده مفيش كده لا وكأني في الحياة عمري ما شوفت بنات فيه ملايين أكيد جامدين وعمري في يوم ما شوفت كده حيرانين عيوني تايهين بنظرة عين خدتني أنا ..




Mahmoud el- Esseily was born on December 10th 1982. Due to his obvious talents his mother enrolled him in Piano lessons at the age of 4.

At an early age, Esseily’s teachers used to compliment his talents and often complained about his tendency to go off note and diversify a Beethoven Musical piece to play it in his own style.

Esseily achieved a bachelor's degree in mass communication and integrated marketing at the American university in Egypt. He took part in every talent show since freshman year. While he was still a university student Esseily released a song “Khayef men bokra” (Afraid of tomorrow) in the university’s CD.


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6/18/2019 5:33:04 PM
<![CDATA[May Kassab guest of Shabka Arab Rap Festival in Morocco]]>CAIRO - 18 June 2019: May Kassab is preparing to fly to Morocco, to be the guest of the opening ceremony of the new edition of the Shabka Arab Rap Festival, which is hosted by the Moroccan city of Salé, on Sunday evening (July 14th).

Shabka is one of the most prominent Moroccan music festivals that focus on the culture of rap and hip hop. This year, the ninth edition of the festival resumes for a week, hosting a number of leading Arab rap stars, mixing it with a combination of the most important musical experiences in the Moroccan interior. In addition, the festival also organizes lectures, workshops and music competitions in the world of rap.
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May Kassab - Press Photo

Kassab takes advantage of her presence in Morocco before the launching of the festival to shoot her new song “Bebasata” (Simply), uniting her for the first time with Moroccan singer Farid Ghannam. The song is part of her new album “Ana lesa hena” (I am still here).

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6/18/2019 5:31:12 PM
<![CDATA[Naguib Mahfouz museum to be officially launched end of June]]>
The opening of the much anticipated museum comes in conjunction with Egypt’s celebrations of the June 30 revolution, in the presence of the veteran writer Yusuf Al-Qaid, head of the Cultural Development Fund Dr. Fathi Abdel Wahab and head of the Civil Coordination Authority Mohammed Abu Saada.
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Halls within the Naguib Mahfouz Museum – Photo courtesy of Ministry of Culture press release

Abdel Dayem stated that the Ministry of Culture faced many challenges until the completion of all the works and equipment of the Naguib Mahfouz Museum; stressing that what has been achieved is a pride for all Egyptians, as it also embodies the nation's belief in the need to preserve the historical vocabulary that formed its soft power through its prominent writers throughout history.

The Minister of Culture also referred to re-shaping and beautification of the area facing the museum through a mural carried out by the National Authority for the coordination of civilization in cooperation with the province of Cairo.
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Halls within the Naguib Mahfouz Museum – Photo courtesy of Ministry of Culture press release

The Naguib Mahfouz Museum consists of two floors, the first hosts halls for seminars, a Visual/ sound library, a public library and a library of critical research including the most important researches and studies on the work of Naguib Mahfouz.

The second floor includes a suite of decorations and certificates obtained by the late writer, and another for his personal belongings with some papers written in his own handwriting, in addition to the Hall of literature, which includes all the works of Naguib Mahfouz in their old and new prints, along with all the writer’s translated works next to a cinema hall and several other halls.



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6/18/2019 5:15:58 PM
<![CDATA[Who is the hero Ahmed Abdel Aziz?]]>CAIRO - 18 June 2019: In continuation of Egypt Today’s series of famous streets in Egypt, in the following lines Egypt Today shed light on another hero in the Egyptian history. He is the hero Ahmed Abdel Aziz (El-Batal Ahmed Abdel Aziz in Arabic).

A very famous street in Cairo’s upscale Mohandeseen district is named after him. Abdel Aziz was born on July 29, 1907, in the city of Khartoum in neighboring Sudan, where his father the Amirlai Mohammad Abdul Aziz was commander of the eighth battalion in a military mission in Sudan, in which he returned back to Egypt after his task was completed.

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Part of the famous street in El-Mohandeseen

Since a very young age, his patriotism and love for his country was very clear. At the age of twelve, he joined in the revolution of 1919 while he was still a student at the secondary school.
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Another part of the famous street

In 1923, the hero was imprisoned for murdering an English officer, then released and deported to Mansoura. Abdel Aziz then joined the military school and was a distinguished officer of the cavalry unit. He also joined the Air Force, and was one of the brightest Egyptian pilots.

When the decision to partition Palestine was issued in 1947, the hero (Ahmed Abdel Aziz) was the first Egyptian officer to request his own assignment, creating his own team of volunteers to save Palestine from the hands of the Jews.
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A different angle of the significant street in El-Mohandeseen

Despite the small size of his forces and the lower level of armament and training compared to the Jews, the hero broke into the land of Palestine, where a vicious battle between his forces and the jews took place, starting from Arish and moving to the battle of Khan Younis.
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Ahmed Abdel Aziz in Palestine during his heroic acts

Also despite the procrastination of officials in Cairo in sending weapons to the volunteers, the forces of the Egyptian guerrillas led by the hero has achieved amazing victories over the Jews, where they destroyed their communication lines and many of their supplies, contributing to the preservation of large areas of Palestinian lands, and entering the holy city of Jerusalem raising both the Palestinian flag and the Egyptian flag side by side, re-mapping the battle sites in light of the Jewish presence, which effectively facilitated the task of the Arab forces that later fought in the 1948 war.

Abdel Aziz was strongly opposing the idea of the Egyptian army entering the war, on the grounds that fighting the Jews should be carried out by the martyrs group and volunteer battalions. The hero thought that way because the entry of Arab national armies gives the Jews a great opportunity to declare themselves as a nation with a strong force that obliges the Arab armies to confront and address them as an approved nation.

However, his opposition did not prevent him from fighting alongside the national Arab armies. On May 16, 1948, he presented himself to the headquarters of the Egyptian Command and gave the Commander-in-Chief all his information about the enemy.
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Ahmed Abdel Aziz - Press Photo

He is said to have been accidentally shot by an Egyptian bullet (friendly fire). When he was on his way with Yuzbashi Salah Salem (a member of the Revolutionary Command Council in Egypt later) to the Egyptian leadership in Majdal on the night of August 22, 1948, and arriving near the positions of the Egyptian army in Fallujah, one of the guards (named Corporal Bakr al-Saidi) fired at the jeep that Ahmed Abdul Aziz was traveling in as he became wary and suspicious by it.

Unfortunately, the bullet hit the chest of the heroic leader, who then died and his soul rose to its creator. His body was reportedly moved to Bethlehem where he was buried in the Raheel cemetery north of the city, where a monument was erected, in acknowledgment of the heroic acts he presented on the land of Palestine, the land that witnessed his patriotism and honorable struggle in his deadly defense of a fellow Arab and Muslim land.

There are various accounts of his current burial place, where many claim the Egyptian government transferred his corpse with his fellow martyrs to Egypt later.
















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6/18/2019 5:05:24 PM
<![CDATA[El Dibany the 1st Egyptian to win the best opera singer from Paris Opera House]]>
This important annual international award is tailor made to uprising opera singers and is granted to one female and one male soprano.

El Dibany joined the Paris Opera House in 2016. She is the first Egyptian resident of the Paris Opera House.


She sang a song from the show “Carmen” by Bizet at the awards ceremony in the presence of Egyptian and French officials.

In 2017 El Dibany performed along with Opera singer Jean-Francois Marras in a concert to celebrate a partnership between the National Paris Opera House and Huawei.

Shw went to different classical institutions to represent the venue including the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, the Biennale dell’Arte at the French Pavilion in Venice, the Cairo Opera House and Alexandria Opera House.

She was awarded the Wagner Prize for excellence in opera. El Dibany on her official facebook page expressed the deep honor she feels to appear in a trailer that celebrates her partnership with the National Paris Opera house. The trailer was directed by a team led by Audrey Mascina.

The sopranos’s performance in Carmen in 2015 succeeded in snatching the title of “Best Upcoming Young Opera Singer”, decided by a survey generated by the “Opernwelt” magazine yearbook, Women of Egypt reported.

El Dibany is among the juries of the German music competition Jugend Musiziert in the national round of the Eastern Mediterranean region.

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6/18/2019 5:05:08 PM
<![CDATA['Aladdin' achieves revenues 3 times more than its budget]]>
Massoud along with Will Smith and Naomi Scott promoted "Aladdin" which screened in Jordan on May 24. Massoud, Smith and Scott attended the premiere of the live-action remake of the 1992 classic "Aladdin" in London on May 9.

Massoud was chosen by director Guy Ritchie to play the title role of Aladdin.

Born in Egypt to Egyptian parents, and raised in Canada, Massoud worked hard to reach this opportunity. He prepared for his role by getting more into fitness. This is clear in the photos he added to his Instagram account, showing the tough training he went through at the gym.

“I grew up in a culturally different household; my parents saw certain things differently than other people. I went to schools that had a significantly large Caucasian population and I feel very fortunate because I was able to compare that perspective with my family’s. It allowed me to create a wider world view on things.Also, though at this point in my career, being a visible minority in this industry still affects me,’’ recounted Massoud in his interview with Defective Geeks.

Massoud participated in Amazon's "Jack Ryan" series, playing the role of John Krasinski. He participated as well in some successful shows like "Nikita", "Open Heart", and "Saving Hope".

Massoud recently joined the cast of the movie "Strange but True" starring alongside Amy Ryan, Greg Kinnear, Nick Robinson, Margaret Qualley and Connor Jessup.

"I can’t compete for roles that require me to be Caucasian or African American, even if those characters really connect with me and intrigue me," he continued.

"The competition may be less, some people would say, but the amount of work is less as well. However, I think the industry is growing more and more and starting to support actors of all cultural backgrounds," declared Massoud in his interview with Defective Geeks.

Massoud admitted that he was inspired by the great actor Robin Williams. “He was an incredibly well-rounded actor, but I grew up on his role in 'Mrs. Doubtfire.'"

Massoud talked about Williams in an interview with The Hudsucker, where he explained that his admiration to Williams pushed him to shift from The University of Toronto to an arts program at Ryerson University.

Massoud has starred in over eight movies so far: "What Happens Next", "Americanistan", "Let’s Rap", "Ordinary Days", "Masters in Crime", "Final Exam", "Aladdin" and "Strange But True".

"Aladdin" 's teaser only got the audience more excited for “A Whole New World” based on the catchy colors, special effects and snappiness of the remake of the 1992 animated film.

Aladdin’s tale itself was born and characterized by a European colonial view of Asia.

Aladdin had no known source before French writer Antoine Galland stuck it into his 18th-century translation of "1001 Nights", claiming to have heard it from a Syrian storyteller. The original story of Aladdin was set not in the Arabic world, but in China, and was gradually transformed into a Middle Eastern tale by storytellers.

Disney announced earlier that the movie includes new songs as well as re-recordings of the original songs written by Alan Menken and lyricists Howard Ashman and Tim Rice. The trailer also features snippets of the songs included in the original movie, including “Friend like me” and “A whole new world.”

Massoud previously posted a video on his official Facebook page in which he was speaking Arabic addressing his Arabic viewers, asking them to watch the movie. He expressed in the video how he is proud of being part of a Disney project.

The video revealed clearly how Massoud is proud of his Egyptian origins as he ended the video by repeatedly saying "Long live Egypt".


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6/17/2019 6:32:37 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian film 'Ala el-Hafa' wins first award in Russian Festival]]>
The film revolves around three girls who have been unknowingly recruited in ISIS before they start to think of a plan to escape. The episodes revealed the deceptive ways ISIS follow to recruit girls through fake preachers.

Tarek el-Shimi explained that 60 percent of the film's events were filmed in Egypt, particularly in the Green Belt area and Media Production City, and that the Russian television contracted with him after the film’s award to work together in future artistic projects to be filmed in Egypt.

The director of the film said that there is one representative from Egypt in the film’s cast, Ashraf Tolba, and the rest of the cast is from various nationalities, mostly from Russia.


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6/17/2019 6:27:10 PM
<![CDATA[Min. of Culture agrees to conditions of Lawoon’s competition]]>
The competition is made especially for Egyptian and African children in general and for those with special needs. The Lawoon competition will be held from June to August 1 in the fields of painting, photography, sculpture, ceramics, and artistic formations, among others.

Abdel Dayem further stated that the current year's session is exceptional, as it bears both an Egyptian and African character, in line with the celebrations of Egypt's presidency of the African Union, and the announcement of Luxor as the official African Youth city.

Abdel Dayem further clarified that the competition mainly seeks to extend bridges of communication between the new generations in the countries of the continent through an artistic dialogue aimed at acquaintance and convergence, stressing the importance of the role of creativity in the unity of the sons of the same land.

The minister pointed out that the details of the competition were announced in Arabic, English and French in all palaces and houses of culture located throughout the various provinces in Egypt, in cooperation with the Foreign Cultural Relations Sector headed by Heba Yousef.

The Egyptian and African participants must be between the ages of 4-16, with a maximum of three competing works.

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6/17/2019 6:24:56 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt Today commemorates birth anniversary of Yusuf Sebai]]>
Sebai was born on June 17, 1917, and outside the borders of his homeland was killed in 1978. Today, June 17, is the birth anniversary of the iconic man.

During his lifetime, Sebai did not stop at writing novels; he occupied several significant positions, including the minister of culture, editor in chief of Al-Ahram National newspaper and the head of the Journalist’s Syndicate. Also, Sebai had an effective role in establishing the Supreme Council of Arts and Literature.

Through his writings, the prominent writer was able to chronicle the 1952 revolution, the aftermath of the war of attrition and the positive vibes of the October war.

In the following lines, Egypt Today sheds light on Sebai’s most famous films depicting his novels that were published specifically for the political events taking place in Egypt at the time.

Rod Qalbi

This is one of the most powerful accounts of the pre-July 1952 revolution period. It portrays the previous feudal domination of the land, classism and injustice that took hold of the Egyptian society during that era. The novel was turned into one of the most successful films depicting the 1952 revolution in 1957.

Hata Akher el-Omr (Until the last breath)

The film illustrates the impact of war on the lives of individuals, and the negative consequences that prevail. The film stars include Mahmoud Abdel Aziz, Omar Khorshid and Najwa Ibrahim. It is the production of 1975, and is the story, script and dialogue of Youssef Sibai. The film's music was composed by Nina Rahbani.

Gafat al-Domoo (No more tears)

The novel was political, with a romantic love story happening on the sidelines. The novel focused on the unity between Egypt and Syria and the events that preceded it through the character of Sami, the famous journalist and politician. Sami falls in love with an infamous singer struck by numerous rumors.


El-Omr Lahza (Life is short)

This novel speaks of the situation that preceded the victory of October 6, 1973 in the war of attrition. It describes the political situation, exploiting power, and corrupt citizens making use of the sacrifices of the soldiers fighting in the battlefield.


Aqwa Min el-Zaman (Stronger than time)

This novel depicts Egypt in the era of building the High Dam and the ambitions and dreams that accompanied this period in the history of Egypt, shedding light on the challenges the country faced.






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6/17/2019 4:23:58 PM
<![CDATA[Adel Emam: I am in a good health, thanks to all my fans ]]>
Emam added that there are no disagreements with the production company and the main reason behind the delay was that there wasn’t enough time for the series to come out with the targeted quality.

Emam denied all the rumors about his illness and said he is in good health and thanked all his fans.

Under the slogan of "In celebration of Adel Imam's birthday", CEO of Egyptian Media Group Tamer Mursi signed a contract with mega star Adel Emam to produce the series "Valantino" to be released in Ramadan 2020.

"Valantino" will screen exclusively on Watch It, in addition to CBC, DMC AND ON TV channels. The series is produced by Synergy.

In the series, Emam will embody the role of an international school's owner named Nour Abdel Mageed, who is married to a gloomy wife, the matter that will drive him to fall in love with another woman.

Egypt and the Arab world celebrated the birthday of the one and only Adel Emam on May 17.

The legendary actor is Egypt’s biggest actor for over four decades of box office hits, series, and plays under his belt.

Emam's immortal role in "Madrasat El-Mushaghebeen" as Bahgat el-Abaseiry led him to shoot to stardom in theatre.

Emam then performed a number of successful roles in plays like "Shahed Mashafsh Haga" (A witness who didn’t see anything), "El-Wad Sayed El-Shaghal" (the servant named Sayed), "El-Zaiim" (The Leader) and "Body Guard".

His cinematic repertoire includes a number of movies like "Ehena Betoaa el Autobees", "El-Avocato" (The Lawyer), "El-Irhab Wel Kabab"(Terrorism and Kebab), “Bakhit We Adeela”, “Amir El-Zalam” (Prince of Darkness), “Aris Men Geha Amneya”, "El-Sefara Fel Omara" (The Embassy in the Building), “Alzheimer”, and “Bobos”.

His TV debut was in 1978 through “Ahlam El-Fata El-Taer” then “Domou fi Oyoun Waqeha” in 1980.

After a long hiatus, he returned back to TV series in 2012 through "Fer’et Naji Atallah " (Naji Atallah’s group) , continuing his annual presence in Ramadan marathon every year through a number of successful series such as " El Araf” (The fortune teller), “Saheb el sa’ada” (His highness), “Afaret Adli Alam”(Adli Alam’s Ghosts), and "Awalem Khafeya” (Hidden Worlds) in 2018.

Emam has won seven awards, including two from the Cairo National Festival for Egyptian Cinema for Best Actor for his roles in “El-Irhabi” (The Terrorist) and “Omaret Yacoubian” (The Yacoubian Building).

The Yacoubian Building also earned him an International Jury Award at the São Paulo International Film Festival and a Special Mention for Actor in a Narrative Feature from the Tribeca Film Festival.

The Dubai international Film festival awarded him twice the Lifetime Achievement Award, in 2005 and 2008. Emam was also awarded the Golden Star in 2014 at Marrakech International Film Festival, the Golden Tanit in 2016 at Carthage Film Festival and the Career Achievement Award at the first edition of El Gouna Film Festival.

Despite being the most important comedian in the history of Egyptian cinema, he performed in serious dramatic works while maintaining his comedic style, reflecting ordinary citizens' struggles with powerful social or political pressures.

Emam is the only actor in the history of Egyptian art who remained number one all these years.
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6/17/2019 4:08:18 PM
<![CDATA[Mohamed el-Sharnouby to participate in Opera House Summer Festival]]>
The concert is expected to be attended by a large audience, especially after the big successes the star has achieved recently.

Sharnouby’s new album, “Zay el-Fesool el-Arba`a” (Like the Four Seasons), gained very positive reactions.

Sharnouby cooperated in this album, which houses 10 songs, with a notable group of composers such as Tamer Aly, Yehia Youssef, Tamim, Mohamed Yehia, Ehab Abdel Wahed, Osama el Hady, Yehia Haky, among others, in addition to prominent song writers like Amir Teima, Ayman Bahgat Qamar and Tamer Hussein.

This album comes after the great success achieved by his song “El-Nafseya” (The Mood) which he has been recently released. The song achieved high viewership on YouTube, amassing millions of views.

The song is written by poet Ayman Bahgat Qamar and composed by Mohamed Yehia.
Sharnouby partcipated in “El-Mamar” (The Passage) movie, starring Ahmed Ezz and directed by Sherif Arafa.

“El-Mamar” (The Passage) revolves around one of the heroic stories of the Egyptian Armed Forces. Sharnouby performed numerous songs in the movie, which makes it more special.

Sharnouby started performing in a television series named “Wekalet Ateya” (Ateya’s Agency) in 2008. Following his role in the TV series, he then performed in the movie “El-Safah” (The Killer), but he has focused more on television since then.

The young star also performed the promotional song of the World Youth Forum, held in Sharm El-Sheikh, under the auspices of President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi. Titled “Bahlam Bemakan” (I dream of a place); the song achieved great success.
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6/17/2019 4:07:39 PM
<![CDATA['Eyar Nary' to represent Egypt in Tripoli Film Festival]]>
The movie screened at the opening of Sousse International Film Festival for Children and Youth that ran on March 17-22 in Tunis.

The movie premiered at the second edition of El Gouna Film Festival and screened for the first time in Egyptian cinemas on Wednesday, October 3, 2018. “Eyar Nary” also screened at Tunisian cinemas in April 2019.

The movie revolves around a mysterious murder that connects the destinies of the protagonists and changes their beliefs about the concept of truth.

The movie stars Ahmad al-Fishawy, Ruby, Mohamed Mamdouh, Arfa Abdel Rassoul and Asmaa Aboul Yazeed, along with guest stars Ahmed Malek, Hana Shiha, Bayoumi Fouad, Ahmed Kamal and Safaa el-Toukhi.

“Eyar Nary” is written by Haitham Dabbour and directed by Karim el-Shenawy in his first feature film after many award-winning short films.

Shenawy worked as an assistant director on many feature films, including “Clash” and “Nawara”. “Eyar Nary” is produced by iProductions, in cooperation with Film Clinic.

“Eyar Nary” previously participated in the events of the Málaga Work in Progress in collaboration with the Arab Cinema Center (ACC) as part of the Málaga Film Festival, which was held in Spain from April 13 to 22, 2018.

Dabbour began his career with short movies and documentaries, with “Tahrir 2011: The Good, the Bad and the Politician” being the most famous. The documentary was split into three segments, and directors Tamer Ezzat, Ayten Amin and Amr Salama each took over one part.
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6/17/2019 4:04:20 PM
<![CDATA[Nesma Mahgoub to perform in Cairo Opera House on June 20]]>
During the concert, Mahgoub is scheduled to sing a distinctive collection of her well-known songs as well as the songs of the stars of the golden era, including; “Alf leila wa leila” (1000 nights), “Bel’Aks” (Opposite), “Ahsan Nas” (The best people), in addition to a selection of songs of prominent Lebanese singer Fairouz.

The young artist has been associated with music since her childhood. She started singing at the age of 10 and then received training at the Opera House for 7 years. Mahgoub was able to sing in several languages besides her piano mastery.

Her real breakthrough came on the artistic scene through her participation in a talent program, where she won the first place after a fierce competition with a number of participants from different Arab countries. Since then, Mahgoub has managed to build a wide fan base.

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6/17/2019 2:48:12 PM
<![CDATA[Massive development plan announced for Tahrir's Egyptian Museum]]>
The declaration included signing a protocol of cooperation, with the aim of submitting it to the UNESCO, to put the Egyptian Museum on the World Heritage List.

The development project, which will last for 3 years, is the first phase of a large project that includes major developments in the Egyptian Museum, with the alliance of five European museums: the Egyptian Museum in Turin, Italy; the Louvre Museum in France; the British Museum in England; the Berlin Museum in Germany; the Leiden Museum in Holland, and with the support of the European Union.

The development plan includes the development of the museum entrance, and the development of the ground floor show halls.

Also, wall paints will be changed and the lighting circuit will be developed. In addition, maintenance of displays -in terms of modernizing the paints and technically maintaining them- is part of the development plan, where at least 200 pieces will be displayed. The plan will also include the development of all museum aspects in terms of the museum display of artifacts.

Furthermore, restoration of monuments, development of explanatory cards, insurance, lighting, floors and paints will be part of the development plan. The museum’s master plan, including the museum's vision and future mission will also be developed.

Management of the museum group, community communication, museum education, the development of the archives department, the library and the re-presentation of the treasures of the royal tombs discovered in Tanis in Sharqia will also come as part of the massive development plan of the museum.


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6/17/2019 11:14:39 AM
<![CDATA[Hisham Kharma to perform at Cairo Opera House on June.17]]>
He shot the head song of the album in Iceland. ‘’ Be what you like, be what you want’’ is the main theme of the album.

Kharma was born in Cairo but lived most of his life in Miami, Dubai and Hamburg where he was heavily influenced by an eclectic mix of music inspired by the different cultures. His music is a combination of electronic, ethnic, lounge and funk sounds.

Kharma’s melodies cross all cultural barriers taking the listener to different worlds. His first official release by Virgin Megastore and Hybrid Records was First Voyage.

Kharma’s second album with Sony Music was the Arabesque series, which brought him together with Grammy Award winner Yanni and Cat Atilla.

His third and latest album Al-Yaqeen (Faith) was released in 2016; and gained widespread success. “Sahla we Basita” (Simple and Easy), “Shouf be Albak” (See with your heart) and “Fel Malakout” (In the Kingdom) are among his most famous hits.

Kharma has become an icon of electronic music in Egypt; he has recently released his latest joint single “Youmeen” (Two days) with Hany Adel; and is about to release a new album.

Kharma has also recently cooperated for the first time with awards winner Indian singer Tanvi Shah of the movie “Slumdog Millionaire”.



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6/17/2019 1:50:00 AM
<![CDATA[All you need to know about State Awards]]>
First: Arts branch

The arts branch includes the art of painting, art of ceramics, playing the instrument of Qanun, theatrical representation, theatrical fashion designing, educational and research facilities compatible with the environment, traditional foods associated with popular events and celebrations and filming a long feature film.

Second: Literature branch

The literature branch includes awards for criticism of poetry, a study on computer dictionaries of the Arabic language, poetry library, poetic plays, novels, electronic applications for children, the translation of a book in narrative criticism, novels written by young writers aging from 9-15 consisting of 5000-15000 words.

Third: Social Sciences branch

The social sciences branch includes sociology, history, geography, philosophy and psychology, youth, books and publishing, environmental culture and the science of management.

Fourth: Economic and Legal Sciences branch

This branch includes the economics of the environment, Egyptian economy between independence and dependence, political thought and theory, Middle Eastern studies, philosophy and history of law, Law of Commerce and Private International Law, the principle of citizenship in Egyptian history and the principle of equality and non-discrimination.

Furthermore, the State Prize for Excellence includes three sections: Arts, Literature and Social Sciences. The value of each prize is LE 100,000 and a silver medal, which may not be divided or granted to one person in the same branch more than once.

In addition, the State Appreciation Prize is worth LE 200,000 and a gold medal. The prize cannot be divided or given to one person more than once. The number of state awards allocated is 10 prizes divided as follows: three prizes in the arts branch, three prizes in the literature branch and four prizes in the social sciences branch.Finally, the Nile Award, which has undergone several amendments such as raising its financial value and changing its name to become:

"Nile Award for Egyptian creators", in addition to the establishment of an award for Arab creators, bearing the name: "Nile Prize for Arab creators".This prize is awarded to one of the Arab creators in one of the fields of arts, literature or social sciences. Both the Nile Award for Egyptian creators and the Nile Prize for Arab creators is worth LE 500,000 and a gold medal.The Nile Awards for Egyptian Creators come as follows: an Arts Award, a Literature Award and a Social Science Award, while only one prize is awarded to the Arab creators in any of the following fields: arts, literature or social sciences.



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6/16/2019 5:25:17 PM
<![CDATA[Raw media releases 'Welad Rizk' part 2 promo]]>
"The Return of the Monsters” is the slogan raised by director Tarek al-Arian in the first days of filming "Welad Rizk” part 2.

The first part of the movie was released in 2014 and achieved great success. The film revolves around a group of brothers who walk in the path of crime when one failed operation erupt the differences between them.

Each of the five brothers has special characteristics, but the mastermind on whom they mainly rely is Ahmed Ezz, who decided to abandon the gang, causing the other members major crises.

“Awlad Rizk P II” is starring Ahmed Ezz, Amr Youssef, Ahmed el-Fishawy and Ahmed Daoud, with Khaled el-Sawy and Bassem Samra joining the cast. The last scenes are scheduled to be filmed in the next few weeks.
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6/16/2019 5:16:32 PM
<![CDATA['El-Mammar' revenues amount to LE 30M ]]>
The film revolves around the heroic Egyptian Commandos role in the War of Attrition, headed by the leader of Group 39 martyr Ibrahim al-Rifai.

The massive production discusses the period from the 1967 war to the early days of the War of Attrition.

"El-Mammar", directed by Sherif Arafa and written by Arafa and Amir Teima, stars Ahmed Ezz, Amir Karara, Hend Sabry, Ahmed Rizk, Asma Abul Yazid, Eyad Nassar, Sherif Mounir, Mohamed Farag, Ahmed Falawkas and Inaam Salousa, Sherif Mounir among others.

Veteran musician Omar Khairat composed the movie’s soundtrack, which pays tribute to one of the most heroic battles ever fought by Egyptian soldiers.

The movie claimed the second rank in Eid el-Fitr movies marathon.
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6/16/2019 3:41:03 PM
<![CDATA[Carmen Suleiman to perform at Cairo Opera House on June 18]]>
The program of the festival includes a series of artistic performances held at 8 p.m. on Cairo Opera's Open Stage from June 12 to 20.

The shows feature a diverse content directed to young people of all ages, where distinct parties are held for a number of bands and singing stars, including Massar Egbari, Ali el-Haggar, Tamer Ashour, West el-balad, Taksir Sharqi, Hisham Kharma, , Mohamed el-Sharnoubi and Nesma Mahgoub.

Head of the Egyptian Opera House Magdy Saber confirmed that a special program has been prepared for the summer festival which is set to take place in Cairo, Alexandria and Damanhur.

The festival’s program holds numerous artistic surprises. Also, the 28th edition of the Salaheddin International Music and Singing Festival is being finalized. The festival will witness the participation of a number of Egyptian, Arab and international singing teams.

Carmen was born in October 7, 1994. Although Suleiman was born in a conservative family, they supported her choice to pursue her dream and become a famous singer.
They let her enter multiple talent show cases and programs such as Modern Star and Arab Idol.

She has been awarded from the Supreme Council of Culture in Egypt for the best voice under the age of sixteen. She is also the Arab Idol first season title winner.

Her fame has been in the upraise since her participation in Arab Idol on MBC 1 when she arrived to the final stage and competing for the title against the Moroccan singer Dunia Batma

She opened up for and presented Hani Shaker in his concert at the Opera House where he expressed his admiration for her voice and her ability to deliver her emotions to the audience through her voice.

When Arab Idol’s judges heard her voice on the second day of the first stage of the auditions they were blown away. Ragheb Alama said he believes that Suleiman will have a definite spot in the final stages of the show although she was only 17.

Suleiman got the higher number of votes and was awarded the first Arab Idol title on Saturday, March 24th, 2014. A management contract and production of her albums came along becoming the first Arab idol.

She also got a contract to become part of Pepsi Cola’s and Chevrolet’s advertisement campaigns in the middle east. Her first video clip exceeded 2 million views in a little over a month.
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6/16/2019 3:37:52 PM
<![CDATA[Braille card system to be officially used in Egyptian Museums]]>
This comes within the framework of the Ministry of Antiquities’ plan to develop museums and archaeological sites to serve the visually impaired. Head of the Museums Sector Elham Salah stated that the use of such cards promotes communication and sustainable development. The cards will be officially used in museum halls starting June 18, 2019 under the supervision of the educational department for those with special needs in the museum.

The Gayer-Anderson Museum is an art museum located in Cairo, Egypt. It is located near the Mosque of Ahmad ibn Tulun in Sayyida Zeinab neighborhood. The building is named after Major R.G. Gayer-Anderson Pasha, who occupied the house between 1935 and 1942 with a special permission from the Egyptian Government.

The museum is known for being one of the best-preserved examples of 17th-century domestic architecture left in Cairo. It is also famous for its massive collection of furniture, carpets and other valuable objects.


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6/16/2019 3:31:46 PM
<![CDATA[HOH band to represent Egypt in Al-Balad Music Festival in Jordan]]>
The concert is set to take place at the Odeon Theater at 9:30 p.m. on June 25.

HOH band is considered the most interesting musical experience in the current scene of alternative music; the only band that started "successful" and has a wide base of audience even before it was officially formed.

The band consists of three of the most famous music icons in Egypt; Hany Adel from West el-Balad, Hany el-Dakkak from Masar Egbari and musician Ousso Lotfi. HOH band is based on blending the trio’s music experiences together in one project.

The Egyptian band is the only one representing Egypt in the Jordanian music festival's 2019 edition.

Al-Balad Music Festival is one of the oldest music festivals in the Jordanian arena. The festival’s activities are held every two years. It aims mainly at highlighting and promoting musical experiences inside Jordan and combining them with the most prominent music experiences in the Arab World, not only through concerts, but also through meetings among the bands.

The festival's Experts program provides artists, musicians and those interested in culture and music with an opportunity to meet with a selection of experts, producers, senior artists and directors of international festivals to discuss new musical trends and exchange ideas and artistic insights.

The sixth edition of the festival will feature a variety of Arabic music from Egypt, Algeria, Lebanon, Tunisia and Palestine, performed at the Odeon Theater and the Roman Amphitheater in Amman.


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6/16/2019 2:57:05 PM
<![CDATA[Franco Zeffirelli, Italian film and opera director, dies at 96]]>

In a statement, his foundation said he died in Rome on Saturday. “Ciao Maestro,” said the announcement.

Often appreciated more by the public than critics, Zeffirelli was the last of a generation of Italian film giants who came of age after World War Two, including Federico Fellini, Luchino Visconti and Vittorio De Sica.

He directed more than two dozen films, working with stars including Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Laurence Olivier, Alec Guinness, Faye Dunaway, and Jon Voight.

“Franco Zeffirelli, one of the world’s greatest men of culture, passed away this morning,” Dario Nardella, the mayor of Zeffirelli’s home city of Florence, said in a Twitter post. “Goodbye dear Maestro, Florence will never forget you.”

Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio said Zeffirelli would “remain in the hearts and the history of this country.”

Zeffirelli’s opera productions for the stage included singers such as Maria Callas, Placido Domingo, Joan Sutherland, Luciano Pavarotti, Renata Scotto and Jose Carreras.

In a 2013 interview to mark his 90th birthday, he said the general public would remember him most for his 1968 film of “Romeo and Juliet,” the 1977 television mini-series “Jesus of Nazareth,” and “Brother Sun, Sister Moon,” his 1972 film tribute to St. Francis of Assisi.
“Romeo and Juliet”, one of several times Zeffirelli brought Shakespeare to the screen, was nominated for Best Picture and Best Director Oscars. His 1990 “Hamlet” starred Mel Gibson.

One of the high points of his opera career was a triumphant production of Verdi’s Aida at Milan’s La Scala in 2006, which won more than 15 minutes of applause on opening night.

However, Zeffirelli’s unconventional ventures into opera were often welcomed more abroad than at home, particularly in the United States, where he had more than a dozen top productions at the New York Metropolitan Opera.

In 1994 Zeffirelli, who directed several productions at London’s Covent Garden, was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for his “valuable services to British performing arts”.

A homosexual and devout Catholic, he revealed in his 2006 autobiography that he had been seduced by a priest when he was a teenager. But he said it was not molestation because there was no violence.

Zeffirelli hated the term “gay”, saying it was “undignified”.

“How can you say that Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci were ‘gay’?” he asked Italy’s Corriere della Sera newspaper. “Being homosexual carries with it a great weight of responsibility and difficult social, human and cultural choices”.

MOZART-LOVING MOTHER

Zeffirelli was born in Florence on February 12, 1923, to Alaide Garosi Cipriani, a seamstress, and Ottorino Corsi, a cloth salesman. Because they were married to other people, the law at the time meant he could not take either of their surnames and had to be registered by another one.

His mother, who loved Mozart, chose “Zeffiretti” after the Italian word for “little zephyrs” (breezes) in an aria in the Austrian composer’s Italian-language opera “Idomeneo”. But a transcription error by a city hall clerk made it forever “Zeffirelli”.

FILE PHOTO: Italy's film director Franco Zeffirelli smiles during a ceremony at the British Embassy in Rome November 24, 2004. REUTERS/Tony Gentile/File Photo
“Relatives and friends were horrified and very worried for the future which lay ahead of her,” he told a Catholic magazine in 2003. “Some advised her to have an abortion, but she refused. She believed that the child which was about to be born was a monument to her great love.”

His mother died of tuberculosis when he was six and he was raised by an aunt and at times by a group of eccentric ex-pat English women in Florence known as “Gli Scorpioni” (The Scorpions) for their biting wit.

Under their influence and tutelage, he learned to love English and Shakespeare, an experience that formed the basis of his 1999 film “Tea With Mussolini,” starring Joan Plowright, Judi Dench, Maggie Smith and Cher.

“They taught me all the important things in life,” he told an interviewer in 1999. “These ladies helped me to understand my own city, my own culture and my own upbringing.”

In World War Two, Zeffirelli fought as a partisan before becoming an interpreter for the Scots Guards.

After the war, he studied architecture at the University of Florence and was drawn into theater and film, working initially as an assistant to Visconti, the director, for whom he designed the set for the first Italian production of Tennessee Williams’ “A Streetcar Named Desire” in 1949.

Away from the screen and the stage, Zeffirelli was often in the news for his outspoken views.

In 1993, he was criticized by the Vatican for saying there should be capital punishment for women who have abortions.

From 1994 to 2001 he served as a senator for former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi’s conservative Forza Italia party, hoping to inject culture into politics. He later said he regretted the decision.

Speaking in 2017 about his Christian faith, he told the Catholic newspaper Avvenire: “Faith is a gift, I am certain of that. I have it and I must hold on to it tightly. I know the past will never return but I am not saddened because I’ve had a full life, even though it began uphill.”
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6/16/2019 1:57:03 PM
<![CDATA[For 1st time Sherbiny speaks about her love for Diab ]]>
Sherbiny said during her interview on "El Hekaya" program that Diab is her biggest personal and professional supporter, announcing that he is over the moon with the success of her latest series "Zay el Shams" ( Like the sun).

"He is so happy with my success, and stood beside me a lot. He loves diligent people," Sherbiny said.

She further added that he exerted a lot of effort in this series and he generated positive energy to all the series cast.

Diab and Sherbiny's love relationship started two years ago but both were doing their best to hide it from the media and public.


Social media went into a meltdown this week when a post was shared about the Sherbiny, and it was not for acting skills that she became the focus of social media users but in fact it was her act of kindness that made people praise the star.

The post was written by Lilly Mohsen; a therapist, author and a mother to an autistic son who is a big fan of Sherbiny, in the post she describes an encounter that happened between the star and her son in an embassy.

Apparently, Lilly's son saw Sherbiny and was immediately star-struck. So he started talking about her to his grandfather and when Sherbiny heard him, she went up to him to introduced herself.

Lilly goes on to add that the boy was extremely happy to talk to his favourite star and naturally, he wanted to take a picture with her, but because of the embassy’s “no phones” rule, it was not possible.

However, El Sherbiny was keen to grant her fan his wish and so she promised to wait for him outside to take the photo with him once he had finished his work in the embassy.

Sherbiny kept her word as once the boy left the embassy, he did, in fact,find the star waiting for him outside to take a picture together, as promised.

The mother wrote in the post that Sheriny's act of kindness not only did it make her son extremely happy and calm, but it also put him in an extremely good mood throughout the entire day – which is a rarity due to his autism.

She went on to express her eternal gratitude to El-Sheriny for the photo because she says “it will be of great help in difficult times in the future, especially when she needs to calm her son down.”

At the end of the post, Lilly thanks Sherbiny again and expresses her surprise to discover how humble and kind-hearted the star is.

Sometimes a small gesture of kindness can serve a person for life.

Born in 1961 in Port Said, Diab has risen to fame over the past two decades in the Arab world and continues to break sale records, according to a BBC report and his official Facebook page.

His most famous album, “Nour el-Ain” (Our Eyes Beam), brought him international recognition and earned him the title of “The Father of Mediterranean Music” for his style of blending Egyptian and western rhythms.

The mega star, who founded the record company Mediterranean Music, had his songs translated into seven different languages.

Diab received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Big Apple Music Awards in 2009. At the 2014 World Music Awards, Diab was also awarded Best Egyptian Artist, Best Male Arab Artist and World Best Arab Male Artist Voted Online.

Diab’s first album, “Ya Tareeq” (The Path), was released in 1983. His album,
“Meaddy El-Nas” (Surpassing People), was released in July 2017, following a major viral promotion campaign across Cairo sponsored by Egypt Linx.

Diab has established himself as an acclaimed recording artist in most Mediterranean countries. According to a research by Michael Frishkopf, he has created his style termed as "Mediterranean Music", a blend of Western and Egyptian rhythms.
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6/15/2019 3:16:34 PM
<![CDATA[‘El-Feel el-Azraa’ part one to screen on Netflix]]>"El-Feel el-Azraa" part 2 promo achieved more than 9 millions views. The film is the production of Synergy.

People interacted much with the promo describing it with the dazzling one. Famed Egyptian actor Karim Abdel Aziz appeared in the promo fighing with Egyptian star Nelly Karim.
The "Blue Elephant " part 2 brings together a large number of stars and guests of honor, including Zafer Abdeen, among others. The film is also an investment for the success of the first part, which achieved great revenues at the time of its release in 2014.

The second part of the "Blue Elephant" features the same cast of the first part, led by director Marwan Hamid and author Ahmed Mourad.

The film is starring Karim Abdel Aziz and Nelly Karim. Tunisian actress Hend Sabry and Asma Sherif Mounir,also join the cast. Jordanian star Eyad Nassar participates as a guest of honor playing a significant role.

The first part of the film tells the story of Dr. Yehya, who returns after 5 years of elective isolation to work at Abbasiya Mental Health Hospital in the section that observes the mental health of criminals.

Yehya -Karim Abde Aziz- ends up meeting an old friend who carries a very dark past which he tries hard to forget. Yehya encounters numerous surprises that turn his life over, changing his efforts to find the truth about his friend into a journey of discovering himself.

Synergy Production Company headed by famed Egyptian producer Tamer Mursi announced that "El-Feel el-Azraa" part 2 will be released in summer 2019.


The new film also features the crew members who contributed to the success of the first film: DOP Ahmad Al Morsy, editor Ahmed Hafez, costume designer Nahed Nasrallah, music composer Hesham Nazih and production designer Mohamed Attia.

Commenting on this step, Producer Ahmad Badawy said, "Synergy Films has been in the business for 15 years, presenting successful productions that started with exceptional TV dramas. The company has been bringing the best talents and techniques to present both commercially and artistically successful films."

"El-Feel el-Azraa" is one of the highest-grossing Egyptian films in the last 10 years. The film grossed more than LE 35 million during Eid Al Adha season in 2014, achieving wide acclaim.

"El-Feel el-Azraa" received a rating of 8.6 on IMDb with more than 21,000 votes by users, making it the highest rated Arabic film on IMDb. The film is still one of the most watched films on TV and VOD platforms.

Director Marwan Hamed adapted writer Ahmed Mourad's best-selling book of the same name that was released in 2012. The novel was shortlisted for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF) in 2014.

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6/15/2019 3:11:34 PM
<![CDATA[Jinn series faces immoral charges, stirred controversy in Jordan ]]>
The Jordanian general prosecutor issued a decision to stop the screening of Jinn. From her side Netfix announced through her official Twitter account that Netflix saw the bullying that was exercised towards Jinn cast and will not pass any of these abusive behaviour towards the series cast.

JInn the first Middle East Original on Netflix has been unleashed, premiering globally to 190 countries around the world.

Set in modern Amman and ancient Petra, Jinn follows a group of Arab teenagers as their friendships and budding romances are tested when they unknowingly invite the supernatural forces of jinn into their world.

As the jinn get stronger and the lines between good and evil blur, the high school students don’t know who to trust. Can they find the answers needed in order to save everything?

Starring Salma Malhas, Hamzeh Okab, Sultan Alkhail and Aysha Shahaltough, Jinn is produced by Kabreet Productions, directed by Mir-Jean Bou Chaaya and Amin Matalqa.

Jinn is the first of many Middle Eastern Originals to join the Netflix platform with Al Rawabi School for Girls and Paranormal set to join the Arabic slate in the near future, cementing Netflix’s investment in the region.

Celebrating this milestone moment, Netflix hosted the launch event in Amman attended by cast, crew, media and influencers from across the region as well as local VIPS including the Royal Film Commission of Jordan, an important collaborator throughout production.

Speaking about the launch, VP International Originals at Netflix, Kelly Luegenbiehl said, “This is a proud day for us at Netflix.

The Middle East has a very rich tradition of storytelling and we are excited to connect these great stories with global audiences.

Jinn is a distinctly Arab story but with universal themes of love, friendship, humor and adventure which will appeal to young adults everywhere.”

Princess Rym Ali, Member of the Board of Commissioners at the Royal Film Commission – Jordan and its Interim Managing Director said: “The RFC was pleased to welcome the first Netflix Arabic content TV series to Jordan, and we are proud that the cast is all Jordanian and Jordanian award-winning director Amin Matalqa directed and wrote some episodes.

It is telling that there is a second local content TV series currently being developed here at this time. Jordan has many more local stories that have yet to be written and told, and the RFC is keen to see them come to life through film and TV series. This is one of the main reasons that it has been reviewing its policies regarding incentives, to try and develop and attract more TV series here in Jordan.”


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6/15/2019 2:56:00 PM
<![CDATA[Prime Minister inspects GEM latest developments]]>
CAIRO - 15 June 2019: Egyptian Prime Minister Dr. Mostafa Madbouli inspected the latest developments in the construction of the Grand Egyptian Museum and the surrounding area.

Madbouli was accompanied by Dr. Khaled Anany, Minister of Antiquities and Major General Atef Moftah, General Supervisor of the Grand Egyptian Museum.

During the visit, the Egyptian prime minister inspected the proposed site for the transfer of the Khufu boats, and instructed that the transfer of experts and specialists should be studied, and that a high-level team in engineering and restoration affairs should do so.

The Minister of Antiquities explained that the project of the Grand Egyptian Museum includes the main museum building, the main square, the entrance of the main visitors, the Ramses hall, the conference building, the pyramids wall, the recreational park, the Nile Valley, the children's park, Khufu, Pyramids Restaurant, and Masala.

Anany added that the total area of ​​the project is 167 thousand square meters, and the implementation rate is 91.5%. The structural structure has been completed by 100% and the surrounding roads are over 90%.

And the entrance hall where the statue of King Ramses II is located is 92%, the great staircase is completed by 98% and the main display sectors are completed by 85%. The first field of the obelisk is standing in front of the facade of the Great Egyptian Museum.

Major General Atef Moftah pointed out that the paving of the roads surrounding the museum was completed from the east and west, and the northern and southern roads were implemented by 90%.
The design works for the construction of the Fayoum Road Tunnel with a length of 1200 m were completed in two directions, consisting of 6 traffic lanes in each direction In addition to the tunnel for the protection of facilities and drilling has been started, and the evacuation of the presence located south of Fayoum road is underway.

He said: "There are procedures to develop other ways that serve the great museum, the most important of which are the beginning of the Mansuriya road with the ring road, the roads of Mansuriya, Fayoum, Haram, Faisal, and the road ahead of the officers' homes.

General Atef Miftah, the general supervisor of the project of the Egyptian Museum and the surrounding area, reviewed the executive position of the museum's monuments. He pointed out that the total number of relics that have been transferred to date reached 47952 archaeological artifacts and that the total restoration and maintenance of archaeological artifacts.

Madbouli stressed that efforts should be exerted to speed up the completion of this historical building, and that all works should be meticulously executed so that the great museum will be a message to the whole world about the new Egypt, which continues to make a present and a better future for its people.]]>
6/15/2019 1:52:04 PM
<![CDATA[For How Long Will People keep forgiving Ahmed Adam?]]>
No one can deny Adam's talent or his wealth of theatrical and film archive, and sure enough he has an army of fans but the question here, for how long can these fans support and defend Adams actions.

From his mockery of Aleppo's bombing few years ago which angered million of viewers and led to the halt of his then TV program for a short period, to the personal attack he launched on the film and TV drama writer Tamer Habib, describing him as unknown and even 'Google can't find information on him'.

The stinging attack on Habib came in retaliation to a tweet and a Facebook post that Habib wrote in disgust at the way Adam made a joke of a human catastrophe that was taking place in Aleppo, yet does this give Adam the right to use a TV program that he happens to present to settle personal scores?

Fast forward few years later and Adam is at it again; making statements that are not only controversial but extremely offensive and damaging. His appearance on the much talked about Sheikh Al-Hara, provided him with an opportunity to verbally attack the recently deceased comedian star Mohammed Negm, where Adam claimed that he knows 'things about Negm which if he reveals will make the general public detest him' and went on to say that Negm had an issue with Mohammed Sobhy and used Adam as a 'pawn' to get back at Sobhy.

Whether this is true or not it is hard to verify, especially now that Negm has passed away but the question here forces itself had it been a different actor with more weight within the acting industry such as Adel Emam or Sameer Ghaenem would Adam have had the audacity to give such statement or would the programme makers even allowed it? Plus, how would Adam be feeling now, knowing that the last thing Negm would have seen before his death is this attack from Adam? And would the fans of Negm forgive Adam?

In the same interview, Adam also claimed that his marriage went through a difficult period many years ago due to a love story he lived with one of his female co-stars which he refused to name initially then few seconds later he gave 3 letters of her name.
It did not take long for people on social media to guess that it must be Ghada Abdel Razak even though some thought at first its Ghada Adel but soon Razak become the more obvious choice.

Some might regard this revelation as harmless but spare a thought to his wife, how would she feel having her private matters exposed to millions on the TV screen just to boost Adam's ego and macho image? How would his children feel or even Razak's family? Surly there is a fine line between being honest and brutally hurtful.

Ironically a week or so later after Adam's appearance on Sheikh Al-Hara, the same programme had Somyea Al-Khashab as a guest and it was then made public by the disguised character of Sheikh Al-Hara that after Al-Khashab's divorce from Ahmed Saad, she received a phone call from Adam who told her 'she has become so beautiful after her divorce'. Is this a normal behaviour of an actor with such calibre?

Whether you love or loath Adam, you must question his decisions and question how can his PR team – if he has one – allow such behaviour to continue because Adam is not a huge star so his fan base can not be compared to someone like Mohammed Ramadan – his fans always forgive his mistakes because of the size of these fans plus the fact he is an actor in demand – both of which don't apply to Adam which makes his errors more difficult to forgive and forget.

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6/15/2019 1:44:15 PM
<![CDATA[Inas Abdel Dayem to include 207 films in Egyptian cinematic ]]>
Abdel Dayem further added that Egypt is the second country in the world that has a complete cinema industry.

The Egyptian minister of culture explained that the art of cinema is one of the important tributaries that have formed part of the features of the Arab identity.

The Egyptian Ministry of culture decided to create the first documented archive of the Egyptian cinema and its heritage since 1896 and name it "Egyptian Cinematic" in 2018.

The "Egyptian Cinematic" comes in light of the ministry's efforts to immortalize the Egyptian cinematic heritage through the creation of a documented archive.

The Egyptian cinema was the first representative of Egyptians to the Arab world and the representative of Egyptians and Arabs to the rest of the world.

Head of the National Film Center, Khaled Abdel Jalil, previously stated that the archive comes as part of the Ministry of Culture efforts to support the Egyptian cinematic heritage that represented the Egyptian and Arab identity and culture for decades.
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6/14/2019 4:24:15 PM
<![CDATA[ Egyptian film “Leil Khargy” participates at first Meknes Int'l Cinema Festival in Morocco]]>
The is headed by Hassan El-Roukh and directed by Edris El-Roukh.
“Leil Khargy” was screened for the first time in the Egyptian cinemas on December 19.

The movie was competing in Cairo International Film Festival's international competition where the Egyptian actor Sherif Desouky won the Best Actor Award on his role in the movie.

The movie revolves around three individuals; Mo, Toto and Mustafa, who meet against all norms, each battling in his own way to stand his ground and leave his mark; they eventually find themselves in an unexpected journey in the city that helps them see a world they have never seen before.

“Leil Khargy” stars beside Desouky Karim Kassem, Mona Hala, Basma, Ahmed Malek, and Ahmed Magdy among others. “Leil Khargy” is written by Sherif Alfy and directed by Ahmed Abdallah.

The movie was screened before at Toronto International Film Festival.
The Meknes Festival has selected nine other films from the Arab world, with two from Morocco: Nazira by Kamal Kamal, and Tafah Al Kayl by Mohsen Sabry.

‘’A Day in Beirut’’ by Nadim Tahabet from Lebanon, ‘’Welad’’ by Hala Hassan Ahmed from UAE, ‘’Toren’’ by Nawzad Shekhani from Iraq, ‘’Shaytan El Qayla’’ (The Crow's Siesta) by Moez Kamoun from Tunisia, ‘’Amina’’ by Ayman Zidan from Syria, ‘’Damm El-Theab’’ (Blood of the Wolves) by Ammar ‘’Si Fadeel’’ from Algeria, and ‘’Sarb El-Hamam’’ by Ramadan Kosrowah from Kuwait are also selected.
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6/14/2019 3:54:48 PM
<![CDATA[Hakim to release a song tailor made to African Cup of Nations ]]>
Hakim is currently adding his final touches to his upcoming album which will house a number of surprises to his fans.

The new songs bring back Hakim's cooperation with music distributor Islam Chipsy.

After the great success of Hakim’s song “Ala Wadaak”, Chipsy revealed that he completed the distribution of three new songs for the popular singer, set to be released as singles. Chipsy further exposed that Hakim is yet to decide on the titles of the songs.

A new video clip will also be released soon, but the details of the clip are yet to be exposed, according to music distributor Chipsy.

The much anticipated songs will re-establish a musical collaboration between Hakim and Islam Chipsy after previously distributing many of Hakim’s songs including, "Abu el-Rogola", "Am Salama" and "Ala Wadaak".

The ninth edition of Beirut International Awards Festival (BIAF) honored Hakim on June 29, 2018.

Hakim is a renowned “Sha’abi” [folk] singer in Egypt. With the help of Hamid el-Shaari, Hakim released his first album “Nazra” under the Slam Records label in 1992.

His success was immediate and propelled him to fame in Egypt. He released an album in 1994 called “Nar” which represented Egypt at the Festival des Allumées in Nantes in the same year, and obtained a nomination at the Kora Awards in 1997.

The singer collaborated with Narada Michael and Olga Tañon in 2002, James Brown in 2004 and Don Omar in 2007. He is one of the most prominent representatives of Jeel or Gil music, a synthesis of Sha'abi and Western influences.

Hakim performed at the Olympia Theater in Paris on September 23, 2017 and was the third Egyptian singer to perform on that prominent theatre after great late Egyptian singer Abdel Halim Hafez and the legendary Umm Kulthum.


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6/14/2019 2:46:06 PM
<![CDATA[‘The Giraffe’ to screen at Falaki Theater June.14]]>
Directed by Ahmed Magdy, the film tells the story of Ahmed, a young Egyptian man who is lost and depleted of faith.

One night he finds himself saving a girl he does not know by getting her enough money to have an abortion.

Ahmed gets swallowed into the madness of the city and gets involved with an eccentric group of young people led by an enigmatic girl who is trying to uncover the mystery behind the Giraffe hidden at the zoo.

‘’The Giraffe’’ was premiered at the 40th Cairo International Film Festival, which was followed by its first international participation at the 17th Marrakech International Film Festival.

Written and directed by Ahmed Magdy, ‘’The Giraffe’’ stars Amr Hosny, Shaza Moharam, Haydi Koussa, Salma Hassan, Rasha Magdy, Mohammed El Badawy, and Osama Gawish.

The film is co-produced by Garage Art Production, Utaco Digital Film and Fig Leaf Studio. It was awarded the AFAC Production Grant and the SANAD Development Grant from the Abu Dhabi Film Festival.

''The Giraffe'' movie has been selected to screen at the third edition of Aswan International Women Film Festival.

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6/14/2019 2:30:31 PM
<![CDATA[ ‘El-Feel el-Azraa’ part 2 promo achieved more than 9 million views ]]>
People interacted much with the promo describing it with the dazzling one. Famed Egyptian actor Karim Abdel Aziz appeared in the promo fighing with Egyptian star Nelly Karim.
The "Blue Elephant " part 2 brings together a large number of stars and guests of honor, including Zafer Abdeen, among others. The film is also an investment for the success of the first part, which achieved great revenues at the time of its release in 2014.

The second part of the "Blue Elephant" features the same cast of the first part, led by director Marwan Hamid and author Ahmed Mourad.

The film is starring Karim Abdel Aziz and Nelly Karim. Tunisian actress Hend Sabry and Asma Sherif Mounir,also join the cast. Jordanian star Eyad Nassar participates as a guest of honor playing a significant role.

The first part of the film tells the story of Dr. Yehya, who returns after 5 years of elective isolation to work at Abbasiya Mental Health Hospital in the section that observes the mental health of criminals.

Yehya -Karim Abde Aziz- ends up meeting an old friend who carries a very dark past which he tries hard to forget. Yehya encounters numerous surprises that turn his life over, changing his efforts to find the truth about his friend into a journey of discovering himself.

Synergy Production Company headed by famed Egyptian producer Tamer Mursi announced that "El-Feel el-Azraa" part 2 will be released in summer 2019.


The new film also features the crew members who contributed to the success of the first film: DOP Ahmad Al Morsy, editor Ahmed Hafez, costume designer Nahed Nasrallah, music composer Hesham Nazih and production designer Mohamed Attia.

Commenting on this step, Producer Ahmad Badawy said, "Synergy Films has been in the business for 15 years, presenting successful productions that started with exceptional TV dramas. The company has been bringing the best talents and techniques to present both commercially and artistically successful films."

"El-Feel el-Azraa" is one of the highest-grossing Egyptian films in the last 10 years. The film grossed more than LE 35 million during Eid Al Adha season in 2014, achieving wide acclaim.

"El-Feel el-Azraa" received a rating of 8.6 on IMDb with more than 21,000 votes by users, making it the highest rated Arabic film on IMDb. The film is still one of the most watched films on TV and VOD platforms.

Director Marwan Hamed adapted writer Ahmed Mourad's best-selling book of the same name that was released in 2012. The novel was shortlisted for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF) in 2014.
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6/14/2019 1:58:55 PM
<![CDATA[Dina El Sherbiny is this week social media star ,not for acting]]>CAIRO – 14 June 2019: Social media went into a meltdown this week when a post was shared about the Egyptian star Dina El Sherbiny, and it was not for acting skills that she became the focus of social media users but in fact it was her act of kindness that made people praise the star.

The post was written by Lilly Mohsen; a therapist, author and a mother to an autistic son who is a big fan of El-Sherbiny, in the post she describes an encounter that happened between the star and her son in an embassy.

Apparently, Lilly's son saw El Sherbiny and was immediately star-struck. So he started talking about her to his grandfather and when El-Sherbiny heard him, she went up to him to introduced herself.

Lilly goes on to add that the boy was extremely happy to talk to his favourite star and naturally, he wanted to take a picture with her, but because of the embassy’s “no phones” rule, it was not possible.

However, El Sherbiny was keen to grant her fan his wish and so she promised to wait for him outside to take the photo with him once he had finished his work in the embassy.

El-Sherbiny kept her word as once the boy left the embassy, he did, in fact,find the star waiting for him outside to take a picture together, as promised.

The mother wrote in the post that El-Sheriny's act of kindness not only did it make her son extremely happy and calm, but it also put him in an extremely good mood throughout the entire day – which is a rarity due to his autism.

She went on to express her eternal gratitude to El-Sheriny for the photo because she says “it will be of great help in difficult times in the future, especially when she needs to calm her son down.”

At the end of the post, Lilly thanks Dina El Sherbiny again and expresses her surprise to discover how humble and kind-hearted the star is.
Sometimes a small gesture of kindness can serve a person for life.
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6/14/2019 1:16:23 PM
<![CDATA[Sonbol denies allegation of using black cement to restore Ramses III]]>
Egypt successfully restored a lot of archaeological artifacts and monuments during the past ten years, despite the existence of counter-campaigns aimed at destroying these efforts.

Sonbol clarified during a phone call on DMC channel that the image spread on social media showing the face of the statue of Ramses III being restored using black cement is fake, pointing out that the statue is undergoing a complete scientific restoration in accordance with international conventions on maintenance.
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6/14/2019 11:36:52 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt renews its demand to restore 32 artifacts from London]]>
According to a statement made by the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities, the Standing Committee for Antiquities of Egypt expressed "great objection to the auction halls (Christie's) in the British capital, London, for putting artifacts belonging to the Egyptian civilization for sale."

The statement mentioned that Christie's Auction Hall in London is planning to display 32 Egyptian artifacts for sale, including the head of a stone statue attributed to King Tutankhamen at a public auction scheduled for July 3 and 4.

The Ministry of Antiquities stressed "the need to stop the sale and immediately return all pieces that were illegally smuggled out of Egypt”.

This is the second official address as the Egyptian Foreign Ministry called on London on June 10 to stop the sale of the head of the golden pharaoh Tutankhamen's statue and asked for documents proving the ownership of the antiquities.

According to local Egyptian news, the British auction hall announced a price of GBP 4 million (about $ 5 million) on the carved head of King Tutankhamen.

Tutankhamen is one of the most famous pharaohs in the ancient history of Egypt (from 1334 to 1325 BC) and has gained international fame especially in the tourist community.

In the summer of 2017, the Ministry of Antiquities announced the loss of 32,638 artifacts spanning over a time period of fifty years, based on its inventory work.
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6/14/2019 11:34:55 AM
<![CDATA[Mona Farouk, Shaimaa al-Haj released ]]>
The prosecution of Nasr City, under the supervision of Tamer Arabi, the first attorney general of the prosecution, ordered the imprisonment of actresses Mona Farouk and Shaimaa al-Haj for investigating the charges of public immorality by appearing in a pornographic video.

Egyptian security forces arrested Egyptian actresses Farouk and Haj in March over charges of committing a flagrant act by featuring in porn videos.

Both actresses claimed that Egyptian director Khaled Youssef shot these videos for them in 2015 in his apartment in El-Mohandessin district.

Farouk and Haj stated that Youssef married both of them and that they obeyed all his demands to help them in their artistic career and give them roles.

Youssef travelled to Paris in March to visit his wife and daughter who reside there. He said on his Instagram account at that time that he didn’t escape and that he travelled to Paris before the police arrested Farouk and Haj, adding that he will explain everything to the public very soon.

The Egyptian director is known for his strong contributions to the cinematic scene, tackling various societal topics such as rape, political corruption, and homosexuality.
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6/14/2019 11:33:25 AM
<![CDATA[Robbie Williams takes stake in college, sings mentoring's praises]]>
The singer of “Angels” and “Let Me Entertain You” will have a 20% stake in Liverpool’s LMA, which offers degrees in music, performing arts and games design.

Williams, who hails from Stoke-on-Trent, a city 56 miles (90 km) southeast of Liverpool, mentored a choir from LMA on “The X Factor” last year and said he really enjoyed the experience.

“I was looking into the eyes of all the students and I was like ‘They are me. That’s who I was and who I am’, you know, we sort of ‘jazz hand people’,” the 45-year-old singer told a news conference.

“It’s just that energy that I wanted more of and also I don’t mind saying I was surprised I was actually quite good at mentoring. It’s something that I want to carry on, in whatever capacity that is. I loved it.”

LMA’s plans include opening a new London campus next year.

Williams, a member of popular 1990s boyband Take That, will help drive LMA’s expansion in Britain and abroad.

“I’ll find out more as we go along. But I want to mentor. I want to be there. I want to find out how to teach ... I have a bit of experience in the business.”

Williams, whose wife Ayda Field was also a judge on “The X Factor” alongside series creator Simon Cowell, is working on an album and will not return to the show this year.

“I’m going to be all over the place promoting that. We wanted it desperately to work with ‘The X Factor’ but it just wasn’t (to be),” he said.

“It’s a to-be-continued because myself and Simon are good friends, our family are good friends, the kids hang out all of the time and I think it’s just a pause on the relationship,” Williams said.

“This year I’ve got to go and promote my album to death. So that’s what I’ll be doing.”]]>
6/14/2019 11:03:29 AM
<![CDATA[Leonard Cohen's love letters to Marianne fetch $876,000 at auction]]>
The archive of letters from Cohen to Marianne Ihlen chronicles their 1960s love affair and the blossoming of Cohen’s career from struggling poet to famous musician.

The top letter, in which Cohen wrote in December 1960 about being “alone with the vast dictionaries of language,” fetched $56,250 compared to an original high estimate of $10,000.

A 1964 letter, in which Cohen wrote “I am famous but empty,” went for $35,000, Christie’s said.

Cohen and the Norwegian-born Ihlen met on the Greek island of Hydra in 1960 and she became the inspiration for several of his best-known songs, including “Bird on a Wire,” “Hey, That’s No Way to Say Goodbye,” and the 1967 track “So Long, Marianne.”

Ihlen died of leukemia in Oslo in July 2016 at age 81. Cohen, who was also suffering from leukemia, died in November 2016 at the age of 82.

The letters were sold by Ihlen’s family. The buyers were not revealed.

The top lot in the five-day online auction was an Italian bronze bell dating from the 15th or 16th century that hung in the Hydra home that Cohen and Ihlen once shared. It realized $81,250 compared to a pre-sale estimate of up to $12,000.

The bell is believed to have inspired the lines, “There is a crack, a crack in everything” in Cohen’s 1992 release “Anthem.”]]>
6/14/2019 11:00:10 AM
<![CDATA[Anoushka, Khaled Selim, Nehal Nabil combat corruption through 'Asr Gedid']]>
“A large team was behind this song, starting with director Batul Arafa, director of photography Hossam Habib, and stylists Khaled Abdulaziz and Maha Baraka,” said Anoushka, pointing out that the team had to produce the song in only a few days.

“The song was filmed during the Eid el-Fitr holidays,” continued Anoushka, stressing that she did not face any difficulties in this song, because of the good spirit that existed among the team.

Anoushka does not consider the musical project a mere song, as it consisted of numerous embedded messages to the public, including the promotion of industrial cooperation between African nations, pointing out that the state of joy appearing in the song - which was referred to by a number of viewers- indicate the joy of the Egyptians to host a number of African countries and embrace them.

عصر جديد | خالد سليم -أنوشكا - نيهال نبيل ، إخراج / بتول عرفه

" عصر جديد " الأغنيه الرسميه للمنتدى الأفريقى لمكافحة الفساد أنوشكا خالد سليم نيهال نبيل كلمات : احمد راؤول- عمر چاهين (لغات) ألحان : كريم عرفه توزيع : أيمن التركي مهندس صوت & ميكس : ياسر أنور إخراج بتول عرفه -------------- كلمات الأغنية: عشان افريقيا تستاهل .......



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6/13/2019 4:35:05 PM
<![CDATA[Ahmed el-Badry wins Cairo International Biennale Award]]>
The biennale's 13th edition was held in three artistic locations; the Museum of Modern Art, the Palace of Arts at the Opera House, and the Arts Complex at Aisha Fahmy Palace in Zamalek.

Badry’s philosophy revolves around the East and its language; a language that contains no alphabet and without vocabulary, a language of non-translatable burdens, clearly manifested in economic practices, in which the society shares the material burdens required by the costly events in a manner that achieves solidarity and sustainability.

Badri further explained that this project is an attempt to explore the language of the East by inviting a group of writers and artists interested in language to propose the names of the hybrid tools; a box opener connected to an electrified drill, a tool that carries the same logic of support in its creation to restore its usefulness and sustainability.

It is worth mentioning that the artist is currently studying for a Master's in Physical Media at the Academy of Arts. He is a graduate of the Faculty of Art Education, Helwan University in 2003, and has individual and group exhibitions in Egypt and abroad.

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6/13/2019 4:23:18 PM
<![CDATA[Watch iT launches pop-up for documentaries]]>
"Noqtat Talaqi" (Focal point)

This film is directed by veteran film director Marwan Hamed and is starring Reem Mostafa. The film reviews the religious archeological sites in Sinai, starting from the era of the ancient Egyptians through to Moses until the journey of the Holy Family. In addition, the film portrays the Islamic conquest in Egypt, resuming until the 1973 war, during which the Arabs of Sinai showed great sacrifices and heroic acts.

"Enwan el-Morasalat" (Correspondence Address)

In this film, Yassin al-Zoghbi travels around the world, interviewing a group of young people from different nations. The film also includes statistics on the number of refugees and displaced people around the world.

"Moslem wala Maseehi" (Muslim or Coptic)

A documentary film that refers to the natural instincts of children, birth circumstances and the way they perform prayers from a very young age. The film also stresses on the point that there is no difference between a Muslim and a Christian. Everyone believes in a certain faith and all humans are the offspring of Adam and Eve. Religion does not differentiate between friends, whether they are Muslims or Christians.

"Saneoo el-Matar" (Creators of Rain)

Egyptian student Ahmed Gamal Matar deals with humanitarian work from a self-perspective, after being granted an international award following his work on a project to treat melanoma or nail cancer; hence, he decided to travel around the world to highlight the humanitarian actions in which individuals decided to make a difference in the lives of others, even though they are not official scientists or experts.

"Al-Bahiri" (Overlooking the sea)

This film addresses the aspirations and ambitions of young people in Egypt’s West Delta provinces. A young man roams the provinces riding his bicycle and reviews the requests of young people and different citizens.

"Hekayet Watan, Bain al Ro’ya wal Engaz" (Story of a homeland ... Between vision and achievement)

This documentary focuses on the numerous achievements that have been made in Egypt in the last recent years.

For further details about the platform and for subscribing please visit www.watchit.com


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6/13/2019 4:20:59 PM
<![CDATA[Press Conference of Jerash Festival to be held on June 17]]>
Held at the Grand Millennium Hotel in Amman at 12 p.m., the conference will be attended by a large number of the festival’s organizers including Executive Director of Jerash Festival Ayman Samawi and Director of the media office of the festival Ghazi Bani Nasr,

Several pioneering music performers in the Arab World are set to participate in the activities of the 34th edition of Jerash Festival, including Mohamed Monir from Egypt, Nancy Ajram, Wael Gassar and Marcel Khalife from Lebanon, Lutfi Bunshnaq from Tunisia.

Jordanian star Omar Abdel Lat is set to perform in the launching ceremony of the much anticipated festival.


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6/13/2019 3:50:13 PM
<![CDATA[Who is Nabil el-Wakkad?]]>CAIRO - 13 June 2019: In Egypt, it is not uncommon to find streets named after individuals who left their mark carved in the minds and hearts of Egyptians. Naming streets after certain individuals is also a common thing around the world.

Egypt Today sheds light on a street named Nabil el-Wakkad. It is a bustling street in the heart of the historical district of Heliopolis in Cairo. But, who is Nabil el-Wakkad? In the following lines numerous secrets about the life of Wakkad will be revealed.

Nabil Bakr Ali Hassan el-Wakkad achieved his secondary education degree from the Copts Secondary School in the city of Beni Suef. He moved from Alexandria after his father realized that his presence there posed danger to his future in light of his involvement in political activities prior to the July 23 revolution.

Sixteen years earlier, particularly in Moharram Bey district in Alexandria, a hero was born on January 15, 1936 to a patriotic father who sent him to the military college to serve his country, a father who was also keen to enroll four of his sons in military colleges.

Famous sports commentator Mahmoud Bakr (1944 2016), Nabil el-Wakkad's younger brother, was a student at the Naval College in 1962 when his brother Nabil was martyred in Yemen, creating for himself, his family and Egypt a legendary story of immense courage and heroism.

Nabil in Arabic means “Nobleman”, and Wakkad was truly a nobleman, just like his name addresses him. On May 6, 1963, Wakkad passed away, leaving behind his pregnant wife.

The daughter of the hero said in a previous interview that she celebrates her father's death anniversary on October 23 of every year, in a small-scale family dinner, proudly reviving the memory of her heroic father.

Wakkad’s daughter insists that Egypt’s young generations must know everything about its martyrs and their heroic acts.

Nabil was preceded by four siblings; Ali, Mahasin, Karima and Mohammed; he had a special, respectful and charismatic personality that made most of the family members resort to him for advice. This was affirmed by his granddaughter Nadia, who said that she heard from her grandparents stories that confirm that her grandfather, Wakkad, had a very strong personality that made everyone respect him.
part of the many militiary honorings recieved by the hero
Some of the many honoring received by the hero

As per Wakkad's close relationship with late President Gamal Abdel Nasser, his daughter clarified that her father was a Republican Guard Officer who was very close to the late president and leader.

Nasser relied on him to carry out the difficult tasks. Wakkad received a direct mandate from Nasser to be part of the group travelling to Yemen to cooperate with the revolution of Marshal Abdullah Al-Sallal against the regime of Imam al-Badr, supported at the time by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.

Wakkad went to Yemen and upon his arrival, he received orders from the Revolutionary Commandos to land parachutes in a dangerous area of fire-battle, and because he was one of the founders of the Egyptian army's Special Commandos, under the leadership of Saad al-Din al-Shazli, the impossible task was truly worthy of him.

At that moment, Wakkad was killed, becoming the first Egyptian martyr in the Yemen war, in which the Egyptian army lost about 26,000 soldiers.
wakkad's daughter in previous interview
Wakkad's daughter speaking to media in a previous interview

The hero carved his name in gold in the modern history of Egypt after Nasser mentioned him in a lengthy speech after his death.

On December 23, 1962, President Gamal Abdel Nasser gave a public speech in the city of Port Said, marking the sixth victory anniversary saying: “In the war of Yemen, the first martyr was our lieutenant Nabil el-Waqqad, who believed deeply in himself, his country, and that the Arab lands are all one land, and that the liberation of any Arab country is an affirmation of the deserved freedom of the rest of the Arab nations.”

Before the Yemen war, Wakkad received an honoring of the highest levels on March 9, 1960, when Nasser decided to grant him the military courage shield of the first class in recognition of his efforts in the Egyptian Special Forces.

The countless certificates of appreciation and the numerous military medals Wakkad received -despite his young age- confirm that he was one of the best men in the Egyptian Armed Forces. The top leaders of the army assigned him very complex roles and he carried out a number of dangerous and precise operations.

Nabil el-Wakkad is a nobleman and a martyr, who was born on the precious land of Egypt, and died for the sake of Egypt.






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6/13/2019 1:16:36 PM
<![CDATA[Ramy Sabry dazzles audience in his 1st performance in KSA]]>
Over the course of more than an hour and a half, Sabry entertained hundreds of fans as he performed a selection of his most popular songs, including; “Ana Maah” (With her), “Habibi el awalani” (My first love), “El ragel” (The man), “Mesh ana” (Not me), in addition to the first live performance of his most recent song “Ana baba” (I am daddy).

Sabry thanked the General Authority for Culture and Entertainment in Saudi Arabia for presenting him to the Saudi public for the first time.

The concert is Sabry’s first concert in Saudi Arabia, and comes as part of the Jeddah season, launched by the Entertainment Authority, offering a variety of activities and events that are set to be held in the city overlooking the Red Sea from June 8 to July 18.

The audience chanted Sabry's songs with him during his performance and posted several pictures and videos taken live at the concert on Twitter.



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6/12/2019 6:10:03 PM
<![CDATA[Mohamed Salah's fish challenge takes social media by storm ]]>
The Liverpool star uploaded a picture on his official Instagram account holding a large fish, while he stood in a boat in the middle of the sea, wearing his swimming suit.

Salah took the photo during a fishing trip while he enjoyed his summer vacation in El Gouna, Egypt, prior to joining the National team’s camp in preparation for the African Cup of Nations, set to kick off in Egypt on June 21.

The image uploaded by Liverpool star Salah has sparked wide-ranging reactions on social network sites, prompting many celebrities and sports stars to join the competition line, posting similar images.

One of the most significant members of the challenge is Egyptian actor Assir Yassin, who uploaded a humorous picture on Instagram carrying his son in the same way Salah carried the large fish. Yassin launched a vote, asking the public’s opinion on the best picture, saying: Salah or Asser?
Amr Zaki holding a giant fish
Fromer Zamalek player Amr Zaki holding a large fish - Official Instagram

Among the stars joining the fish competition is Amr Zaki, Zamalek’s star and former Egyptian National team star, he uploaded a similar picture carrying a large fish, commenting: “It is the same sea, but the fish varies Mr. International” in reference to world famous Liverpool player Salah.

Zamalek striker Omar al-Said, who exploited the Egyptian league's suspension, went on a fishing trip, uploading a picture holding two very small fish in a funny response to the huge fish Salah was carrying.
Omar al-Said and his tiny fish
Zamalek player Omar al-Said - Official Instagram
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6/12/2019 6:04:47 PM
<![CDATA[French Institute in Egypt celebrates Music Day on June 20]]>
It is worth mentioning that young Egyptian and French promising talents are usually discovered on that day.

This year's edition will focus on Rai and its late iconic performer Rashid Taha. The celebration will also feature a unique musical mix and will include the Egyptian musical band El-dor el-Awal (First floor), French - Algerian singer Soufiane Saidi and French Mazzleda team, while the closing comes with DJ Countess.

Music Day is an annual music celebration that takes place on June 21. On that Day, the citizens of some cities are allowed and encouraged to play music outside in their neighborhoods or in public spaces such as parks.

On Music Day, many free concerts are organized, where musicians perform for fun not seeking any payment.

Music Day takes place on the day of the summer solstice and was originated in Paris in 1982 by French Minister of Culture, Jack Lang, and Maurice Fleuret. Since then, Music Day has been celebrated in 120 countries around the world.
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6/12/2019 4:13:43 PM
<![CDATA['Ben-Bahrain ' wins 2 awards in Brooklyn Film Festival]]>CAIRO - 12 June 2019: The Egyptian film “Ben-Bahrain” (Between two seas) won two awards in the official competition of the Brooklyn Film Festival; the awards were announced on June 11 at the festival’s closing ceremony.

The best feature film award went to director Anas Tolba and the artistic achievement award in scenario was granted to writer Maryam Naoum.

The National Council for Women and the United Nations Women's Commission are delighted that the film achieved two international awards in its first international participation.

It is worth mentioning that “Ben-Bahrain” is produced by Eksir Company. The film has won two awards at the Aswan International Women's Film Festival. The film is the result of joint cooperation between the National Council for Women, the United Nations Women's Fund and development partners.

“Ben-Bahrain” focuses on social issues in Egypt and how they affect women in particular, especially those in underprivileged or rural areas.

It sheds the light on a woman who visits her hometown after her daughter has suffered an unfortunate accident. The mother seeks justice for her daughter, while assisting her in completing her education.

“Ben Bahrain” is written by Marian Naoum. It stars Fatma Adel, Yara Gubran, Tharaa Jubail and Mahmoud Fares.





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6/12/2019 3:58:43 PM
<![CDATA[Turki Al-Sheikh promotes Mohamed Ramadan’s new clip]]>
Sheikh uploaded the first 30 seconds of the clip on his official Facebook page and commented: "Soon in the kingdom."

قريباً في المملكة🇸🇦🔥🙏🏻❤🇪🇬 - تركي آل الشيخ - Turki Al Alshikh‬

قريباً في المملكة🇸🇦🔥🙏🏻❤🇪🇬




The song “Baba” is scheduled to be fully released in the upcoming days, and is a continuity of the songs that were shot by Ramadan as video clips during the last period. Ramadan’s previous songs uploaded on YouTube such as “Mafia”, “No. 1” and “Virus” achieved high numbers in terms of viewership.

Ramadan’s latest screenplay “Zilzal” (Earthquake) was written by Abdel Rahim Kamal and directed by Ibrahim Fakhr.

In "Zilzal", Ramadan performed the role of the father and son, an experience he previously succeeded in, in the series “Nesr el-Saed” (Eagle of Upper Egypt), which gained great success in Ramadan 2018.

The events of "Zelzal" take place in 1992 when a devastating earthquake struck Egypt. A man buys a house in installments and the last installment is due; the owner of the house demands that the house be registered in his name and his ownership is renounced.

The seller decides to wait and prolongs the process until the devastating earthquake strikes. The buyer dies and the house collapses post the destructive force of the earthquake.

The seller then refuses to hand over the piece of land on which the house was built to the heirs of the deceased, creating a clash between him and the son of the deceased.

Although there is a love story between the daughter of the seller and the son of the deceased, the girl's father stands between them.

“Zelzal” is starring Maged el-Masry, Ahmed Seyam, Nesrine Amin, and Youssef Osman, among others. The series is the production of Synergy.
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6/12/2019 3:40:37 PM
<![CDATA['Carmen' stages Hanager Theater till June 26]]>
The play is directed by Reem Hijab and is supervised by the cultural production sector headed by director Khaled Galal.

The play is produced by the Hanager Art Center under the supervision of artist Mohamed Desouki and is inspired by and based upon Prosper Mérimée's novel of the same title.

"Carmen" is starring Ahmed Adel, Ahmed Marie, Adham Shukr, Iman Thabet, Hussein el-Shafei, Rania Zahra, Salma Tarik, Marina Magdy, Mohamed Gad, Mohamed el-Soury, Mohamed Ghazzawy, Mohamed Mahmoud and Mariam Mansour.

Mohammed el-Soury and Sama Kamal assisted in directing the play.

"Carmen" is an opera of four acts by French composer Georges Bizet. The theme was written by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy.

The opera was first performed by the Opéra-Comique in Paris on March 3, 1875, where its breaking of convocations shocked its first audiences.

The opera is written in the genre of opéra comique. The play is fixated in southern Spain and tells the story of the downfall of Don José, a gullible soldier who is entrapped by the wiles of the fierce gypsy Carmen.







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6/12/2019 3:31:35 PM
<![CDATA[Award bears Lenin el-Ramly’s name in Festival of Egyptian Theater]]>
Abdel Aziz stressed that the goal of the award is to create a new generation of young pioneers in writing and theatrical composition. Abdel Aziz further explained that this step comes from the government’s interest in honoring the creators and appreciating Lenin el-Ramli's contributions in the field of playwriting and his artistic and literary career, which lasted for nearly half a century.

This decision came after the convention of the festival's Supreme Committee and the approval of the Ministry of Culture on the decision. The Supreme Committee of the National Festival includes a great number of Egyptian actors from different generations and disciplines in theater.

In the field of criticism, critic and writer Mohamed Bahgat, who has a lot of theatrical and critical articles, was one of the committee members. From the younger generation, critic Rana Abdul Qawi joined the committee. Abdul Qawi represents the young generation of critics, as she possesses a distinguished theatrical vision.

The committee also includes artist Azza Labib, a distinguished theatrical artist who is widely interested in Child Theater. Also, Fatma Mohammed Ali, one of the artists who received many prizes at the National Festival of Egyptian Theater, was selected among the committee.

Among the members of the committee is rising director Ahmed el-Sayed. The last member of the committee is producer Hesham Soliman.




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6/12/2019 1:09:23 PM
<![CDATA[13th edition of Cairo International Biennial to open August]]>
Among them, Camilo Arias, Colombian artist who participates with his work, Unity in Diversity, allegory of a world peace in diversity, illustrated with white doves crossing a prism that contains the universe to become birds from different continents. With this painting, Arias communicates that "it is necessary to realize the individuality that we represent culturally and socially, to respect and coexist with the other colors of this social rainbow, to be a single harmonic component".

This work took three months to complete due to the complexity of the patterns and the detail of the birds from all continents and from different countries that represent our cultural diversity. The traditional designs of millenary tribes around the world work as a background. Each patron and bird is unique in beauty, design and culture, but harmony and majesty arises when they fly together, with a single horizon and towards the same north, is beautiful. "For me that is the road to peace," said the Latin American artist.

Arias is an innate visual artist who distinguishes himself in his works by his bright and striking colors, always using nature and human beings as inspiration. His academic training is in Audiovisual Media and 3D animation and creation, but painting has been in his blood since childhood. "I am very honored by the invitation of the Egyptian Government to represent my country in this cultural celebration of such importance that represents a very positive impact on Egyptian society, and a sign that this millennial country has a lot of culture and appreciation for the arts", said Camilo. He is currently finalizing details for his thematic exhibition on Colombia that he will show this year, which he has been preparing for three years.
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6/11/2019 7:02:58 PM
<![CDATA[Waziri: We will stop this auction, get back Tutankhamen bust]]>
Waziri said in a phone in to "El Hekaya" program on MBC Masr with Egyptian TV host AmrAdib that Egypt challenges Christie's London Auction house to prove by official documents that this artifact came from Egypt through legitimate channels.

"We will stop this auction and get back Tutankhamen bust,"Waziri said. Waziri added that Tutankhamen bust might have come out of the Karnak Temple or any other temple but sure it is an Egyptian artifact.

The story started with an announcement from Christie's Auction House about a 3,000-year-old stone statue bearing the features of the most famous ancient Egyptian king Tutankhamenwhich is expected to be auctioned at £4 million in Christie’s auction London on July 4.

Tutankhamen bust shows the golden king with almond-shaped eyes and drooping lower lip; it shows Tutankhamen as Amun, the most important god of the era.

It is the first time that a piece owned by a private collector has appeared on the open market since 1985. Christie’s experts believe that king Tut's bust was located in the past at the Temple of Karnak in Upper Egypt.

LaetitiaDelaloye, head of the antiquities department at Christie’s London, said to The Financial Times that “the beauty of the lines and the way it is carved are a testament to the Amarna style.”

Tutankhamen's statues very rarely appear on the market, because most of them are shown in museums.

Egypt has regulated the sale of its cultural heritage since 1835, and brought in laws in 1983 banning the removal of artifacts from the country. More recently Egypt has strengthened legislation in a bid to clamp down on the trade in illicit objects.

It is not known when and where the Tutankhamen head was found; most probably it goes back to the 1960s. It subsequently passed through the hands of dealers until bought by the current owners in 1985.

Christie’s said it was in continuous contact with the Egyptian authorities about its planned sales of antiquities, adding that it would send details of the head and other artifacts in the sale to the authorities on publication of the sale catalogue this week.

Tutankhamen was born in the 18th Dynasty around 1341 B.C. and was the 12th pharaoh of that period. Tutankhamen did not accomplish much himself; he was placed on the throne when he was a child, and Egypt’s prosperous era was beginning to decline with the rise of Pharaoh Akhenaten and his new cult.

Sir Howard Carter, British archaeologist and Egyptologist, had made it his life’s quest to find the tomb of King Tutankhamen.

When Carter had begun to work in Egypt in 1891, most of the documented Pharaohs had their tombs discovered. One, however, proved to be elusive; King Tutankhamen, whose resting place had yet to be found and who Egyptologists knew very little about.

With the end of World War I, Carter made it his goal to be the first to uncover the tomb of Tutankhamen. Carter had worked in Egypt for 31 years since he was 17, using his skills as an artist to copy inscriptions from walls.

He would then become appointed inspector-general of monuments in Upper Egypt. In 1907, he started to work for George Herbert, the fifth earl of Carnarvon, who would aid him in his quest to uncover the lost tomb of Tutankhamen.

Carter was certainly dedicated, spending massive amounts of money and time in order to track down where the tomb might lie.

With Lord Carnarvon as his sponsor, he began working earnestly at excavating the Valley of Kings. Alas, even after five years of work, Carter wasn’t able to report back on anything substantial.

He refused to give up however, tirelessly working to fulfill his quest, and soon enough, Carter would be rewarded beyond his imagination.

The discovery of steps beneath the sand on November 1, 1922 was a breakthrough for Carter. At long last, his tireless search for Tutankhamen would finally bear fruit.

Carter announced the discovery on November 6, and it took three weeks until he could begin work on excavating into the tomb.

Workers exposed all of the steps and the sealed doorway into the tomb, which at one point had been broken in by tomb robbers but resealed again, leading to hope that the contents had not been plundered.

Carter finally entered on November 25, finding evidence of resealed holes but noting that it had likely been thousands of years since anyone had entered again.

When Carter made a hole inside the sealed door and peeked inside, he was left astounded. Gold flooded his senses, and animal statues, rich perfumes, piles of ebony, childhood toys and the Pharaoh himself adorned the room alongside countless other treasures.

It was a bounty of riches the likes of which had never been seen before. Carter couldn’t have anticipated this finding in his wildest dreams.
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6/11/2019 4:45:02 PM
<![CDATA[Salah, Khalil photo becomes trend on Twitter]]>
“I had the honor,” she captioned the photo. Khalil’s hashtag on her photo with Salah became trend number 3 on Twitter. The photo was likedmore than 300, 000 times on Instagram. Khalil and Salah took this photo in El Gouna.

Liverpool Egyptian winger, Salah, enjoyed his vacation in a private yacht at El Gouna, a resort on Egypt's Red Sea.

Egypt Today publishes exclusive photos of the Egyptian star during his vacation.

Salah returned to Egypt to spend Eidal Fitr vacation with his family in Negrig before heading to the national team camp.

Salah led his team to win 2019 UEFA Champions League title after defeating Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 at the final.

Salah opened the score for his team after two minutes from the penalty spot, while DivockOrigi added the second goal minutes before the final whistle to secure his team’s victory.

Egypt's national team, led by Javier Aguirre, prepares to participate in 2019 African Cup of Nations at home between 21 June and 19 July.

The tournament takes place with the participation of 24 teams in six groups for the first time in the history of the African competition.

Egypt plays in Group A alongside the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda and Zimbabwe.
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6/11/2019 4:36:34 PM
<![CDATA[Japan's violinist Rio Gutu performs in Egypt June 15, 17]]>CAIRO - 11 June 2019: Japan's international violinist Rio Gutu is set to participate alongside Maestro Ahmed Saidi, conductor of the Cairo Symphony Orchestra, in performances at the Opera House in Cairo and Alexandria on June 15 and 17.

“This concert will be a great success, as Gutu has proved to be an important classical musician with a large and growing audience in Asia, North America and Europe,” said Saidi.

“Rio has performed a concert in Egypt for the first time in 2015. His next concerts come within the framework of the Opera's celebrations of the 30th anniversary of its establishment,” concluded the Egyptian maestro.

Gutu began his career at the age of seven when he first appeared at the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan. Since then, he has appeared as a soloist with many of the leading orchestras in the world and under the leadership of many famous maestros in many of the world's most prestigious places, such as the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, Philadelphia and New York Philharmonic and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra.

In addition to his musical performances, Gutu plays an important role in the development of international cultural exchanges as well as community and educational activities around the world.
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6/11/2019 4:33:20 PM
<![CDATA[Video: 2000 step challenge launched in support of Syrian refugees]]>
The star mentioned in a video posted on her official Instagram account that she is going to challenge her friends Ingy el-Mokadem and Asser Yassin, both Egyptian stars. Also, she was supposed to challenge a third artist but chose to challenge her followers instead. Each of her followers will upload a video and the one that amasses the highest number of views will be uploaded on her official page.

#StepWithRefugees Challenge @asser_yassin @injyelmokkaddem

65.8k Likes, 733 Comments - Saba Mubarak صبا مبارك (@sabamubarak) on Instagram: "#StepWithRefugees Challenge @asser_yassin @injyelmokkaddem"




Mubarak commented on the video saying “The whole concept of the challenge is to feel for the Syrian refugees that travel great distances on their feet between their country of origin and the country of asylum.”




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6/11/2019 1:58:20 PM
<![CDATA[U.S. appeals court to revisit Led Zeppelin 'Stairway' decision]]>
The rock band, lead singer Robert Plant and guitarist Jimmy Page had been accused of copyright infringement for stealing the riff from “Taurus,” a song written in 1967 by the guitarist Randy Wolfe of the lesser-known band Spirit.

A jury in Los Angeles ruled in favor of Led Zeppelin in June 2016, but the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 3-0 last September that errors by the trial judge required a new trial.

Francis Malofiy, a lawyer for the trustee representing Wolfe’s estate, said the 11-judge appeals court panel that will reconsider the case under Monday’s order will focus on whether to broaden copyright protection for “Taurus.”

He said the three-judge panel erred in deciding that a sheet music “deposit copy” of “Taurus,” rather than sound recordings by Spirit, defined the scope of what could be copyrighted under the federal 1909 Copyright Act.

“It deals with an iconic song that defined a generation,” said Malofiy, a lawyer at Francis Alexander. He said the trustee, Michael Skidmore, will get a new trial “no matter what.”

A lawyer for Led Zeppelin had no immediate comment.

Led Zeppelin had sought a broader rehearing by the appeals court. Malofiy said the court never asked him to respond, as would be required under its rules before granting the band’s request.




The lawsuit is among the music industry’s most closely watched copyright cases, potentially exposing Plant and Page to millions of dollars of damages. Wolfe drowned in 1997.

The case is Skidmore v Led Zeppelin et al, 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, No. 16-56057.]]>
6/11/2019 12:47:15 PM
<![CDATA[Google celebrates birthday of Ahmed Khaled Tawfik]]>
Well-known Egyptian author Ahmed Khaled Tawfik passed away on Monday, April 2, 2018 at 55 in Egypt’s Gharbiya governorate, leaving behind a legacy of science fiction and horror thrillers.

Tawfik was a pioneer of horror and science fiction writing in Egypt and the Arab world.

He specialized in fantasy, and his works included illustrated books, short stories and novels. Tawfik wrote more than 500 titles - up to 22 books a year - all the while holding down a full-time job at Tanta University.

His unique writing style gathered a wide and diverse readership; many young Egyptians grew up reading his books, often finishing his novels in one sitting.

In April 2018, we said goodbye to a beloved author, who ingrained fiction into the minds of many young Egyptians; an immortal guide who still lives inside us with his thoughts and words with an ingenuity that will never die. Although most Egyptians have never met Tawfik in person, they all mourned their loyal “childhood friend”.
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6/10/2019 5:37:18 PM