<![CDATA[rss-Arts & Culture]]> All Rights Reserved for The Cairo post <![CDATA[Arts & Culture]]>]]> 100 29 <![CDATA[Ancient Egyptian manuscript for sale in Sotheby’s Auction House ]]>
The auction is set to take place in Sotheby’s house in London, for an estimated value of £7-10,000.

The Egyptian National Library and Archives is still trying to stop the sale of the manuscript through corresponding with Sotheby House in London, because this manuscript has been recorded in the archive of the Egyptian Book House since 1884.

It is worth noting that the manuscript last appeared in the archives of the Egyptian Book House during the end of the 19th century, specifically in 1892.

Interestingly, this auction, titled “The Arts of the Islamic World”, also includes an Egyptian manuscript from the era of the Mamluk rule in the late 14th and early 15th centuries titled “Al-Samad Family”, valued for an estimate of £6-8,000.

Al-Samad Manuscript - Egypt Today
Al-Samad Manuscript - Egypt today

Sotheby’s has been uniting collectors with world-class works of art since 1744. Sotheby’s became the first international auction house when it expanded from London to New York (1955), to be the first to conduct sales in Hong Kong (1973), India (1992) and France (2001), and the first international fine art auction house in China (2012).

Today, Sotheby’s presents auctions in ten different salesrooms, including New York, London, Hong Kong and Paris, and Sotheby’s "Bid Now" programme allows visitors to view all auctions live online and place bids from anywhere in the world.

10/23/2018 6:06:55 PM
<![CDATA[Vandalism and neglect haunt Libya's ancient heritage sites]]>
Insecurity and looting has hit Libya’s archaeological sites in the chaos and fighting that has followed the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, as rival groups struggle to consolidate control of the country.

Libya is home to five of UNESCO’s World Heritage sites, listed for their outstanding universal value. The sites include the ruins of the Roman city of Leptis Magna and Sabratha, which is famous for its amphitheatre.

There are also prehistoric rock carvings in the Akakous mountains deep in the southern Sahara desert near the border with Algeria.

In the east, tourists once trekked to Cyrene, a site founded by Greeks and later expanded by Romans, nestled in the mountains some 200 km (124 miles) east of Benghazi.

But with foreign tourists gone and the sites visited only by Libyan families on weekend trips, locals have seized land at the sites and vandals have even smeared graffiti on columns and walls.

That presents a challenge to local authorities trying to protect the ruins located in the small community of Shahat.

“In Cyrene, instead of speaking to one owner, now we speak to 50 with different backgrounds,” said Ahmad Hussein, the head of the antiquities department of a parallel administration in charge of eastern Libya.

“Some of the owners have built houses on these sites,” he said.

The challenge is worsened by a law in 2013 that allowed people to reclaim land confiscated under Gaddafi. Some people took that literally and annexed what they felt they deserved.

Hussein wants to hold those who seized land accountable.


The effort to preserve ruins is further hampered by the fact that Libya has two governments. One administration backed by the United Nations sits in Tripoli, while the east has a parallel government.

In a rare positive sign, Hussein said that about 1,700 artifacts had been returned since 2011 after they were looted inside the country. Many other items are smuggled abroad though.

Leptis Magna in northwestern Libya has been able to escape vandalism thanks to local history fans and relative security at its location near the city of Misrata.

Sabratha has been repeatedly hit by fighting between rival factions and UNESCO last year issued an appeal to protect the site. The site received no help.

In the capital Tripoli, a lone director is trying to preserve some 18 Roman graves, dating back some 1,700 years which were found in 1958 in the western suburb of Janzour.

“There is no support for this site,” said al-Amari Ramadan Mabrouk, director of the Janzour antiquities office.

Libyan families come occasionally but otherwise spiders and dust cover the graves.

“I cannot give a number for tourists who visit Libya ... but I can say that, before 2011, tourism was popular in Libya,” he said.]]>
10/23/2018 5:20:25 PM
<![CDATA[Zawya Art House Cinema reveals names of participating films]]>
The 11th edition of the panorama will run from Nov. 7-17, 2018 and will present a total of 60 films.

The panorama’s program includes seven films competing for the Golden Pallet at the Cannes Festival 2018, while other films were granted numerous other awards.

The competing films are:

- “Cold”
- “Image Book”
- “The Wild Pear Tree”
- “Summer”
- “At War” (Best Director Award)
- “Happy as Lazzaro” (Best Script Award)
- “Dogman” (Best Actor Award)

It is worth noting that the 11th edition of Panorama of the European Film is divided into seven categories, where two new categories have been recently added:

- Surrealism Films
- Child/Family Films

A section is also dedicated to the works of late veteran Swedish film director Ingmar Bergman.

Ingmar Bergman
Late veteran Swedish film director Ingmar Bergman

The remaining four categories are:

- Long Novels
- Promising Directors
- Film Documentaries
- Cinematic Icons

The 11th edition of the festival is held under the auspices of the Egyptian Film Center.

The following entities are partners with Zawya Art House Cinema for this year:

- New Century
- Zamalek Cinema
- European Union and the British Cultural Center
- Italian Cultural Center
- The French Institute/Center (Institut Francais d’Egypte au Caire)
- Geothe - Institut Agypten
- The Embassy of Sweden
- The Embassy of Holland
- Embassy of Ireland
- Embassy of Denmark
- Embassy of Switzerland
- Embassy of Belgium
- Danish Egyptian Dialogue Institute (DEDI)
- El-Gouna City Officials

Media partners are as follows:

- Monde
- TV5
- Nile FM
- Cinema dot com
- France 24
- Mont Carlo Broadcasting Network
- Cairo Scene

Panorama of the European Film is an annual event founded by late veteran director Youssef Chahine, founder of “Aflam Misr el-Alamiya” (Egypt’s Universal Films), and is organized by Zawya Art House Cinema. The festival focuses on the new films released in Europe.

The panorama started taking place in Egypt in 2004, in Cairo only. However, following the great success it achieved over the years, it broadened its span and is currently held in over 10 cities across the country.

10/23/2018 4:57:31 PM
<![CDATA[Netflix backs Sacred Games season 2 after probe]]>
In an email to Reuters, Netflix said it was standing by Vikramaditya Motwane and Anurag Kashyap, whose production house was behind the Mumbai-set thriller.

“We continue to collaborate with our production partners to ensure and maintain a safe and respectful working environment,” the company said in a statement.]]>
10/23/2018 4:18:53 PM
<![CDATA[Actress Amber Heard says birth on U.S.-Mexico border sparked rights activism]]>
Her father, a Texas construction worker, accrued more and more godchildren on the Mexican side of the border, and young Amber considered many of them as friends and family.

Going home in his pickup truck, there was an “indelible impression left on my soul”, a recognition of injustice and unfairness for children on the Mexican side.

“Simply due to where I was born, a few miles north of this line, I was free to travel back and forth as I saw fit,” she told an audience at the United Nations in Geneva on Monday.

Thousands of others would risk everything “for a mere shot and an opportunity to have that which I was just awarded due to this accidental luck of my birth on the other side. That was when I first started to pick up on the sensation.”

Social media now gives everybody the chance to change things, with online campaigns like #Metoo, Time’s Up, and Black Lives Matter, and while Hollywood had a responsibility to lead, it had failed to do so, she said.

“There is a certain amount of irony in the sense that Hollywood is often held up as some sort of bastion of progressive ideals, yet is actually in reality the exact opposite.

“On some of the most basic rights that we are starting, thank goodness, to take for granted in other disciplines, in other businesses, whether it is inclusion, pay equality, representation, diversity, you name it, we fall way behind.”]]>
10/23/2018 3:13:43 PM
<![CDATA[October 73 victory anniversary celebration to be held Oct. 28]]>
The celebration will be labelled “October: The Epic of the People”. Umm Kulthum Arabic Music Ensemble led by Maestro Medhat Abdel Samie is set to perform on Oct. 28 at 8 p.m. at the Academic Center for Culture and Art's Sayed Darwish Hall as part of the celebrations.

Zaky stated that the celebration of the great victory is being held under the technical supervision of Ashraf Heikal, dean of the Higher Institute of Arabic Music.

The ceremony emphasizes the role of the educational institutions represented in the Academy of Arts to support the Egyptians' identity, as well as their spirit of belonging and pride.

The celebration aims to instill and strengthen the national culture within the hearts of students by raising their awareness of their country’s history and heritage.

It is worth noting that Yehya Iraqi is expected to perform the song “Al-Dawar” composed by Ahmed Sedqi, in addition to a selection of the national works.

10/23/2018 12:54:29 PM
<![CDATA['Ard la tonbet el-zohoor': The play that inspires ]]>
Theatrical members - Photo by Mustafa Marie

The play comes within the framework of the ministry's efforts to encourage youths from different provinces around the country to pursue their artistic talents and gain theatrical experience under the ministry’s initiative entitled “Ebdaa' 1” (Creativity 1).

“Ard la tonbet el zohoor” is directed by experienced theatrical director and founder of Masrawiya theatrical group, Khaled el-Sawy, and director assistant Magda Mohammed Ali, who also performed on stage. The performing group represented Giza province.

The show was attended by family, friends and fans of the performers, along with the judging committee; veteran actress Ferdous Abdel Hamid and veteran actor Mahmoud el-Hedeny.

Veteran Actress Ferdous Abdel Hamid with Asst. Director Magda Mohammed Ali

“We performed today the play based on the novel of veteran writer Mahmoud Diab, under “Ebda’a 1” initiative for youth centers. I want to thank all the performers on stage, and all technical personnel from lighting engineers to cameramen. A group of amazing youth between the ages of 18 and 35 performed. I do see that a lot of the talents that performed today are considered seeds that will plant in the future and become great artists,” said Sawy.

“The youth performing today worked hard to enhance their theatrical performance through several training workshops, because performing on stage is the most difficult of all arts. Dancing and acting on stage, face-to-face with the audience requires a lot of training to reach utmost confidence,” explained Sawy.

“Actor Mahmoud el-Hedeny told me earlier that a lot of the young actors and actresses pronounce the native Arabic language far better than many of the famed artists," claimed Sawy.

Veteran Actor Mahmoud el-Hedeny - Photo by Mustafa Marie / Egypt today

“The novel is extremely deep and requires a lot of talent and patience to be able to illustrate the moto of the play as the audience have to read between the lines," continued Sawy.

The play revolves around people and how they may change once they hold a position of power. “Revenge, hatred, murder and selfishness are an evil seed than can never grow into something good,” stated the director.

“Planting a good seed, representing love, faith, loyalty can only blossom into a big, beautiful flower,” the director reiterated.

Director assistant Magda Mohammed Ali told Egypt Today that she is extremely pleased with “Ebda’a 1” initiative. Ali mentioned that she hopes to participate in other events and theatrical shows.

Director Asst. Magda Mohammed Ali with performer - Photo by Mustafa Marie / Egypt today

Ali enjoyed working with director Sawy, and was pleased to participate in such a deep novel that preaches against evil and hatred. Ali stressed that a lot of youths are in need of a good chance to expose their talents, asserting the need for more initiatives of that kind.

Director Asst. Magda Mohammed Ali with performer - Photo by Mustafa Marie / Egypt today
10/23/2018 11:33:27 AM
<![CDATA[London film fest closes with flash of 'Stan & Ollie' comic genius]]>
The closing film of the London Film Festival covers the twilight years of a couple who made more than 100 films spanning the silent and talkie era, with John C. Reilly as Oliver Hardy, the lovably oafish Southern gent, and Steve Coogan playing the idiot-savant Stan Laurel.

“It’s a labor of love, this whole movie,” Reilly told Reuters on the red carpet with Coogan in Leicester Square.

Almost a century after they started making movies together, Laurel and Hardy’s comedy retains a freshness and universality, even if younger generations may not have seen them.

“Our overall mission, other than people enjoying our film, is to reintroduce them to the beautiful work of Stan and Ollie,” Reilly said, adding that the duo had “figured out the secret formula for comedy”.

The movie opens with Laurel and Hardy strolling across a busy Hollywood lot to a studio to film the classic dance scene outside a saloon bar in “Way Out West”.

It is 1937 and they are box office gold, but complain about being poorly paid and exploited by producer Hal Roach, to whom they are both under contract.

Cut to 16 years later, their star has waned, audiences have moved on to a younger double act, Abbott and Costello, and the aging Stan and Ollie have little choice but to embark on a grueling tour of half-full vaudeville theaters in dingy post-war Britain, the country of Laurel’s birth.

Through flashbacks, we learn that their declining fortunes are also in part due to a rift caused when Hardy, still under contract to Roach, made a movie with someone else in what would have been Laurel’s part, something Stan harbors as a grudge.

“Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly give great portrayals of Laurel and Hardy,” wrote Peter Bradshaw in “The Guardian”.

“... these are brilliant impersonations, the kind that can only be achieved by exceptionally intelligent actors; the superb technique of both is matched by their obvious love for the originals.”

10/22/2018 2:06:55 PM
<![CDATA[Geoffrey Rush tells court he was 'numb' after misconduct allegation published]]>
In the first such case in Australia of the #MeToo era, Rush is suing News’s Corporation’s Australian arm over a series of articles saying he was the subject of a complaint to the Sydney Theatre Company in relation to its 2015 production of King Lear.

Under the headline “KING LEER,” and in later articles, Sydney’s Daily Telegraph newspaper said the Oscar-winning actor, who played the starring role in the production, had been accused by a co-star of unspecified inappropriate conduct.

“It was devastating,” Rush, dressed in a navy suit, told the Federal Court in Sydney, where the hearing began after several months of pre-trial arguments.

“I felt as though someone had poured lead into my head, I went into a kind of - this can’t be happening - I was numb,” he said, adding he felt the stories implied he was a “major pervert” or guilty of major depravity.

“It just didn’t relate to the experience that I’d had doing the production of Lear,” he said.

News Corporation is defending itself in the case, standing by the stories.

The company’s lawyers have yet to make their arguments in court.

Filed defense documents set out allegations Rush touched his co-star on the lower back while waiting in the wings and made groping gestures above her breasts during rehearsals.

None of that detail was published in the vague, original news reports and Rush did not address it in his testimony, which continues. His lawyer had earlier said he denied all such behavior.

A spokeswoman for News Corporation in Australia declined to comment.

Rush’s lawyer, Bruce McClintock, said the newspaper articles were written by a journalist desperate to find an Australian angle on the accusations leveled at U.S. film producer Harvey Weinstein, which gave rise to the #MeToo movement.

Hundreds of women have since accused powerful men of sexual harassment and abuse.

10/22/2018 2:01:43 PM
<![CDATA[George Wassouf to perform at El-Sawy Culture Wheel on Nov.9]]>
The last concert for Wassouf in Egypt was at Sharm El-Sheikh on New Year’s Eve, December 31, 2017.

Wassouf was born in Lebanon in 1961. He began his career at the age of 10 and gained a lot of recognition since then.
Wassouf won many awards and he is known for his strong vocals. He has been performing for about four decades, releasing more than 30 albums.

Wassouf has a significantly large fan base in the Arab world. He is one of the most prominent Arab singers, selling more than 60 million records worldwide.

Wassouf released a lot of successful hits such as “Kalam El-Nass” (Gossip), “Leil El-Ashiqeen” (The Night of Lovers), “Tabeeb Garrah” (A Surgeon), and “Dol Mush Habayib” (They Are Not Lovers) among others.
10/22/2018 1:35:26 PM
<![CDATA[Julia Louis-Dreyfus, star of Seinfeld and Veep, awarded U.S. humor prize]]>
Louis-Dreyfus gained fame as Elaine - the perpetually single neurotic in Jerry Seinfeld’s ensemble sitcom - but her role as a blundering politician on the HBO show Veep has brought more acclaim.

On Sunday evening, Louis-Dreyfus was awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center, the national showcase for arts. Dreyfus, 57, was praised as an actor who could nail a farcical role and then deliver a satire with smarts.

Sunday night’s ceremony will be broadcast on PBS on Nov. 19.

Louis-Dreyfus has earned six consecutive Emmy awards portraying Vice President Selina Meyer - a haul that surpassed that of past female comedy icons like Mary Tyler Moore or Lucille Ball.

A send-up of Washington power-brokers, Veep has aired on HBO since 2012 but the show took a hiatus when Louis-Dreyfus was diagnosed with breast cancer last year. Last week, Louis-Dreyfus said she is cancer free and is wrapping up the last season of Veep.

Louis-Dreyfus has earned the most professional renown with Veep but the actress became a national celebrity two decades earlier as Elaine on Seinfeld - a show that was a cultural touchstone during a nine-year run that ended in 1998.

For Jerry Seinfeld, it took less than a minute of an audition reading two pages of script for him to cast Louis-Dreyfus as the main female lead in his eponymous show.

“It was literally thirty seconds. We were building the show but she was magic,” he told reporters at the ceremony on Sunday night. “I really don’t think the show would have been successful without her.

Louis-Dreyfus was called to the small screen after a Saturday Night Live producer spotted her at a Chicago improvisational revue in 1982. As Louis-Dreyfus moved through television roles, she did more behind-the-scenes work and is a producer on Veep.

All together, Louis-Dreyfus has received 11 Emmy awards, eight for acting and three for producing - a record for any single performer.

Louis-Dreyfus has used her celebrity to draw attention to environmental causes as an activist with the Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC) and other conservation causes.]]>
10/22/2018 12:49:34 PM
<![CDATA[2,000 tourists witness solar illumination of King Ramses II ]]>
Anany was accompanied by other Egyptian ministers, 26 foreign ambassadors and cultural advisors, as well as the heads of 16 foreign and Arab antiquities institutes.
About 2,000 tourists gathered in Abu Simbel Temple to observe the sun rays falling on the temple’s statues.


Anany, accompanied by the delegation, also visited Nefertari’s temple, and Ramses II’s temple and inspected the temple’s concrete dome.

Ramses II solar alignment phenomenon occurs twice annually; on February 22 and October 22, where the sun rays fall on the temple and lighten a part of the inner walls.


For most of the year, the inner sanctum of the main temple at Abu Simbel is almost completely dark. But only twice annually sunlight lightens the seated statues of the sun gods Re-Horakhte and Amon-Re, in addition to Ramses II's statue.

Among the Egyptian ministers that witnessed this great phenomenon were Social Solidarity Minister Ghada Wali, Culture Minister Inas Abdel-Dayem, and Tourism Minister Rania el-Mashat.

The delegation also included the ambassadors of Jordan, the UAE, Belgium, Lithuania, Germany, Finland, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Sweden, Hungary, and Bahrain; the cultural representatives of Spain and China; the heads of antiquities institutes in Italy, the US, and Holland; and the head of culture of UNESCO Egypt.

It is worth mentioning that the Egyptian Antiquities Ministry is celebrating the Golden Jubilee of the restoration and relocation of Abu Simbel temples in September 1968.

The Antiquities Ministry gave the attendees souvenirs to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the discovery of Abu Simbel temples. The distributed souvenirs were cups, key chains, and shirts bearing a picture of King Ramses II with the logo of the ministry and the UNESCO.

The temple complex of Abu Simbel is one of the most popular monumental buildings in Aswan, which is located at the second cataract of the Nile River.

The temple, carved out of a sandstone cliff on the west bank of the Nile, was discovered twice. It was initially discovered in 1813 by Swiss researcher Johann Ludwig Burckhardt, and then rediscovered in 1817 by Egyptologist Govani Battista.

At the entrance of Abu Simbel temple, there are two seated statues of the Pharaoh, showing the ruler with a short kilt, a beautiful headdress which is a double crown with a cobra and a false beard. Next to the statues’ legs, are smaller statues of the Pharaoh’s relatives. A row of 22 squatting baboon statues is placed at the top of the temple. The baboon’s cry was believed to welcome the rising sun.

Inside the temple, there are images and hieroglyphics, describing Ramses II’s victory at the battle of Qadesh, in addition to empty store rooms.

According to many scholars, this great temple was created to celebrate the victory of Ramses II over the Hittites at the Battle of Qadesh in 1274 BC. This means that the temple was situated on the border of the conquered lands of Nubia after many military campaigns were carried out by the Pharaoh against Nubia.

Abu Simbel is made up of two temples. The smaller one was built for Queen Nefertari and has two statues of her and four pharaohs; each about 33 feet (10 meters) in height.

Ramses II built this temple to impress Egypt's southern neighbors, and also to reinforce the status of the Egyptian religion in the area. Abu Simbel was one of six rock temples erected in Nubia during the ruling period of Ramses II and its construction took 20 years from 1264 BC to 1244 BC.
10/22/2018 12:45:26 PM
<![CDATA[Box Office: 'Halloween' slashes franchise record with $77.5 million launch]]>
David Gordon Green’s “Halloween,” a direct sequel to John Carpenter’s 1978 classic, obliterated the franchise record opening of $26 million, previously held by the 2007 Rob Zombie reboot. “Halloween” also notched the second-best start for an R-rated horror film following “It’s” $123 million launch. It also landed the second-highest debut for an October release, set earlier this month by “Venom” with $80 million.

Overseas, “Halloween” generated $14.3 million from 23 markets for a global start of $91.8 million. “Halloween” cost just $10 million, marking another win for Jason Blum and Blumhouse Productions, who co-financed the film with Miramax. “Halloween” surpassed “Paranormal Activity 3” ($52.5 million) for the best debut to date for Blumhouse.

“I am enormously proud of this film,” Jason Blum said in a statement. “‘Halloween’ brings the franchise back to life in a fresh, relevant and fun way that is winning over fans and critics alike.” Universal’s “Halloween” is the 11th installment in the series, five of which have starred Jamie Lee Curtis as iconic avenging babysitter Laurie Strode, who is now a grandmother in the newest take. “Halloween” is now Curtis’ biggest opening to date, as well as the best horror opening with a female lead. It’s also the biggest launch ever with a female lead over 55 years old.

Carpenter returned to executive produce and compose the score for the R-rated thriller. The follow-up has garnered some of the best reviews for a series entry yet. While the last few iterations have been panned, “Halloween” holds a 80 percent average on Rotten Tomatoes and a B+ CinemaScore.

Meanwhile, Fox expanded YA drama “The Hate U Give” to 2,303 screens. It picked up a solid $7.5 million, taking its total earnings to $10.5 million.

October’s box office receipts continue to impress as “Venom” and “A Star Is Born” deliver healthy numbers in their third outings. After “Venom’s” two-week reign atop domestic box office charts, Sunday estimates show Sony’s superhero movie led by Tom Hardy was narrowly defeated by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s “A Star Is Born” for second place. “A Star Is Born” pocketed another $19.3 million, while “Venom” follows close behind with $18.1 million for solid domestic totals of $126 million and $171 million, respectively.

“Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween” also cashed in on the spooky spirit, picking up $9.7 million to land in fourth place. That brings its North American tally to $28 million. Rounding out the top five is Universal’s “First Man,” which notched $8.5 million this weekend for a total of $30 million. Damien Chazelle’s space epic, which holds a $60 million price tag, dropped roughly 46 percent in its second frame.

At the specialty box office, Jonah Hill’s directorial debut, “Mid90s” secured the best screen average this weekend with a massive $62,375 from four theaters, a total of $249,000. A24’s coming-of-age skateboarding drama expands nationwide next weekend.

Elsewhere, Fox Searchlight’s “Can You Ever Forgive Me?,” starring Melissa McCarthy, generated $150,000 when it opened in five locations, averaging a huge $30,000 per screen.

Another surprisingly strong showing puts October 54.5 percent ahead of the same frame last year, as well as 12 percent ahead of 2014’s record month, according to comScore. The 2018 box office remains up 10.6 percent compared to the previous year.]]>
10/22/2018 12:45:19 PM
<![CDATA['Crocodile hunter' Steve Irwin's family launch new show]]>
“Crikey! It’s the Irwins” will follow Irwin’s wife Terri and their two children, Bindi and Robert, looking after animals at their Australia Zoo in Queensland as well as heading out on various expeditions.

Irwin, who was watched by audiences around the world in his popular television programs, died in 2006 after a stingray’s serrated barb pierced his heart while filming off Australia’s northern Great Barrier Reef.

“We are continuing on in dad’s footsteps and everything that we do today at Australia Zoo and with our Wildlife Warriors work is exactly what he started,” Bindi Irwin said of the family’s conservation organization in an interview for Reuters.

“In the show we’ll have some amazing moments of reflecting on what he used to do, from feeding crocodiles to cuddling koalas. and then you’ll see us doing the exact same things making sure that everything he loved the most carries on into the future.”

Bindi Irwin, who has previously had her own television show, will be seen working at the zoo’s wildlife hospital. Her brother said the family also takes trips abroad.

“Also we traveled to so many different places all over the globe,” Robert Irwin said.

“We’ll take you to Africa. We’ll take you to the Great Barrier Reef. We’ll take you up north to remote northern Queensland where we do our crocodile research. It’s all about wildlife, it’s all about conservation and fun as a family.”

“Crikey! It’s the Irwins” debuts on Oct. 28 on Animal Planet.]]>
10/22/2018 11:53:05 AM
<![CDATA[Panorama of the European Film press conference to be held Oct. 24]]>
The press conference is organized to reveal the details of the 11th edition of the Panorama of the European Film, which is set to run from Nov.7-17.

Manager of Aflam Masr El-Alamia (Egypt’s Universal movies), film director and producer Marianne Khoury is going to attend the press conference, along with executive manager of Zawya Art House Cinema Yusif el-Shazly.

It is worth mentioning that numerous co-participants in the festival's upcoming edition will attend the press conference. The upcoming festival is expected to screen a total of 60 films from all over the world.

The programme of the new round of the Panorama of the European Film will be divided into seven sections, in which two new sections were added:

- Surrealism Cinema
- Family and Child Cinema

The festival’s new programme will consist of a section completely specialized for the works of late legendary Swedish film director Ingmar Bergman.

The remaining sections include:

- Feature films
- New Promising Directors
- Documentaries
- Cinema Icons
10/22/2018 10:42:44 AM
<![CDATA[Ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead sold at £1.35 million]]>
Among the sold items was a papyrus that contains a text version of the ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead which was sold at £1.35 million.

book of the dead

The book that dates back to the reign of Pharaoh Psammetich II (from 595 to 589 BC) is in the form of a scroll that consists of 192 chapters and whose length is 17 meters.

The sold Book of the Dead contains religious texts, which were usually placed in the tomb to aid the dead to overcome the trials that awaited him after his death according to ancient Egyptian beliefs.

It is worth mentioning that Joseph Stalin’s death mask and the casts of his hands were sold at the Canterbury Auction Galleries in the UK for £ 13,500.

10/21/2018 4:59:51 PM
<![CDATA['Ward Masmom' to participate in Sao Paolo Film Festival]]>
The film is expected to compete within the “new directors” category in the festival taking place from Oct.19 to Nov. 1, 2018.

“Ward Masmom” participated earlier in 2018 in the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR), before it started a series of participations in international film festivals worldwide, partaking in more than 30 festivals in just 10 months.

ward masmom
A Scene from the movie

Furthermore, the Egyptian film was awarded the best movie in the African Film Festival of Cordoba, Spain (FCAT) in May 2018. The judging committee in the FCAT commented that the movie had a very realistic approach, especially in portraying an oppressed woman.

“Ward Masmom” is written and directed by Ahmed Fawzi, starring Mahmoud Hemida, Maryhan Magdi, Safaa el-Toukhi and others.

The movie is a joint production between Al-Batrik and Red Star in its fourth production after successfully releasing “Photocopy” and “El-Aslyeen” (The originals) in 2017.

The African Film Festival of Cordoba is an annual festival devoted to African cinema held in the Spanish city of Cordoba. The event was founded in 2004 under the name of the African Film Showcase of Tarifa and changed its name to African Film Festival of Tarifa in 2007.

10/21/2018 3:57:10 PM
<![CDATA[Pics: Asser yassin 'hangs out' with ancestors at Giza Pyramids]]>
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Asser Yassin was first spotted by director Khairy Beshara while performing on AUC's stage as he was an engineering student in the university.

Asser has come a long way since then, becoming one of the leading Egyptian actors on both the small and the big screens.

Yassin proved to be an artist of incomparable talent through the roles he played along the years; 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 in 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 in 2016 on the video clip of Abu’s song "Ahwak" (I Love You), featuring a retro vibe evoking old Agamy days on the beaches of North Coast’s Marassi, and now the latest video clip for Wust El Balad's song "El-Ekhtelaf El-Mo'talef" (Our Familiar Differences).

His latest works as a director created quite a social media buzz, featuring an unconventional storyline and a rather quirky vibe.

Yassin’s latest movie, "Turab al-Mass” (Diamond Dust), achieved a huge success.
Yassin previously explained that working with a director like Marwan Hamed and a scriptwriter like Ahmed Mourad in a movie based on a novel is a difficult challenge that requires significant effort.

He expressed his enthusiasm in partaking in such an important film featuring a notable cast.

"Turab al-Mass" is based on the novel of the same name by Ahmed Mourad. The plot revolves around Taha, who works for a pharmaceutical company and lives an extremely boring life with his disabled father.

Taha’s life is turned upside down after a mysterious murder reveals many secrets, dragging Taha into the world of crime and corruption.

Alongside Yassin, the cast includes Menna Shalaby, Maged el-Kidwany, Ezzat al-Alayly, Mohamed Mamdouh, Khaled al-Sawy and Sawsan Badr.

10/21/2018 3:36:34 PM
<![CDATA[Tamer Hosny announces his recovery ]]>
"I would like to thank you all from the bottom of my heart; thank God I have completely recovered.. I just have to do simple exercises and voice sessions for my voice to return to its natural state," Hosny stated.

Hosny's fans were anxious as he was transferred to the hospital while shooting “Sahibat el-Saada” TV program.

Tamer Hosny’s official Facebook page stated that the Egyptian star felt sick during shooting the program and was transferred to a hospital in 6th of October.

Hosny departed the hospital and returned to his home; his doctor asked him to rest and ease the stress he imposed on his vocal cords because of hard work in the recent period.

Sources close to Hosny revealed that he exerted much effort recently in the preparation for his latest album "Eish Beshoqak" (Live with Your Passion) and performed a lot of concerts, the matter that strained his vocal cords. The Egyptian singer was forbidden to speak by his doctors.

“We apologize for the inability of the artist Tamer Hosny to perform at your university today because of his severe illness as you know. Thanks a lot for your cooperation,” stated a message published on Hosny’s official Facebook page, apologizing to CIC students.

Hosny’s song "Eish Beshoqak" amassed millions of viewers directly after it had been released on his official channel on YouTube.

"Eish Beshoqak" was composed by Mostafa Hassan, distributed by Hany Mahrous and Bilal Sorour and directed by Hadi el-[Bagoury.

The video clip of "Eish Beshoqak" shows Hosny meeting with people in the streets and trying to draw a smile on their faces despite of the problems they face daily.

Hosny hit the one-billion views mark on all his songs on his YouTube channel on September 2.

“A billion thanks for the more than 1 billion views on Tamer Hosny’s official YouTube channel,” stated Hosny on his official Facebook page.

Hosny is a singer, songwriter, composer and actor. He began his musical career in 2002 when he released his first album. His romantic music has made him "the Star of the Generation", a name given to him by his fans.

Hosny won many awards, such as Best Selling Album in 2002 from the Nile Variety channel, Best Arab Artist at Murex D’Or in 2014 and 2016, and Best Arab Artist at the Middle East Music Awards in 2015. He is also the first Arab artist to receive more than 100 million views on Anghami.

Hosny recently performed a series of concerts in the Middle East, including a concert in Jordan at Arena Theatre and another one in Abu Dhabi.

His latest movie “El-Badla” (The Suit) which was released in Eid El-Adha achieved high revenues that reached more than LE 30 Million. He plays in the movie the role of a police officer who finds himself involved in a number of critical situations due to the nature of his job.

“El-Badla” stars Amina Khalil, Maged el-Masry, Dalal Abdel Aziz, Hassan Hosny, and Mai Kassab, among others. The movie is written by Ayman Bahagat Kamar and directed by Mando el-Adl.

Hosny was the first Arab pop singer to perform a concert in Jeddah city in Saudi Arabia on March 30. The concert witnessed the attendance of thousands of Saudis, about 90 percent of which were women. Hosny performed on an especially made massive stage where all audience seats were red, white or black, the three colors of Egypt’s flag.

The concert was held under the auspices of the Saudi General Entertainment Authority, which stated that Hosny was chosen to perform such a huge concert because of his popularity among all Saudis.

Hosny headed to Los Angeles and had his handprint and footprint permanently engraved on the Forecourt of the Stars at Hollywood's iconic Chinese Theatre in August 2017.

10/21/2018 3:04:28 PM
<![CDATA[Cairo Opera House to host UN Day ceremony Wednesday]]>
The ceremony will be organized in cooperation with the Egyptian Foreign Ministry under the rubric "United for a Sustainable Future".

Pictures depicting UN activities will be displayed in an exhibition that will be held as part of the ceremony.

A documentary on Egypt's participation at the UN Security Council will also be screened.
10/21/2018 2:45:50 PM
<![CDATA['A Private War' goes to frontline to tell reporter Marie Colvin's story]]>
Focusing on the last decade of her life, “A Private War” takes audiences to the frontlines of fighting in Sri Lanka, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and Syria. Colvin, reporting for Britain’s Sunday Times, was killed in Syria in 2012.

Based on an article about Colvin in Vanity Fair, the film for which Pike wears a patch to cover the eye the journalist lost in a blast in Sri Lanka in 2001, follows her evading gunfire and digging for the truth as well as the effects her war zone trips had on her personally.

“I just thought ‘My gosh, this is a woman who would be a joy to kind of get people to see’... this complicated, ferocious, driven, ambitious, vulnerable, romantic soul and put that out on screen,” Pike told Reuters. “Because... oh yes is she a role model, but a role model in a real way.”

“Fifty Shades of Grey” star Jamie Dornan plays photographer Paul Conroy, who accompanied Colvin on trips and was with her when she died in Homs while covering the Syrian conflict.

“It gives you a far more sort of heightened respect for the people who go to these places and try to report the actual truth of what’s happening,” Dornan said.

Conroy, who worked as the set photographer for the film, said the actors had caught “the essence” of his relationship with Colvin.

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“(Colvin) was a force of nature... It was like peeling an onion back, she just kept going further and further and further in... until we were at what she considered the heart of it,” Conroy said.

The film is directed by Oscar-nominated documentary maker Matthew Heineman, whose past works include covering activists grouping together against Islamic State in Syria.

“In this world of sort of fake news and with journalism under attack... I think it’s both a homage to Marie (and also) a homage to journalism and the importance of journalism,” he said.

Heineman said he wanted to make the film, shot in Jordan for the war zone scenes, as “authentic as possible” and cast Syrian refugees who tell their stories.

“We spent a tonne of time researching every single detail, looking at every image we could to try to recreate these war zones but a huge part of that were the people we put on screen,” he said.

“Most of the extras were non-actors, refugees from those countries who are living in Jordan... They are telling their real stories... Ultimately it created a real heightened sense of emotion on set.”]]>
10/21/2018 1:34:24 PM
<![CDATA[Comic Amy Schumer backs Kaepernick , says she won't do Super Bowl ads]]>
“I personally told my reps I wouldn’t do a Super Bowl commercial this year,” Schumer wrote in an Instagram post on Friday. “Hitting the nfl with the advertisers is the only way to really hurt them.”

The “Trainwreck” star also urged members of the band Maroon 5, who are scheduled to play during the Super Bowl halftime show, to back out.

U.S. media reported on Friday that singer Rihanna had declined an offer to perform during the halftime show in support of Kaepernick, who in 2016 began kneeling to protest multiple police shootings of unarmed black men.

Kaepernick has not played in the NFL since 2016 and has filed a grievance against the league, saying team owners colluded to keep him out of the league after his kneeling protests created a social controversy.

The Super Bowl is the year’s most-watched U.S. television broadcast, regularly drawing more than 100 million viewers. The game will be played on Feb. 3 in Atlanta.

In 2016, Schumer appeared in a Super Bowl commercial alongside actor Seth Rogen. It was not immediately clear if she had been approached to appear in any ads for the 2019 game.

The NFL did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Schumer’s post.

The actress had been vocal about controversial issues in the past. Last month, she was arrested while protesting against the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.]]>
10/21/2018 1:32:16 PM
<![CDATA[Ministers, ambassadors to attend ceremony marking Ramses II statue sun alignment]]>
Within the framework of the celebrations, participants will make a tour of Abu Simbel Temple and attend a sound and light show. They will also be invited on a dinner banquet that will be held besides Lake Nasser, a statement by the ministry said on Saturday.

At dawn Monday, the guests will gather at the ancient temple to watch the phenomenon which coincides with the 50th anniversary of the completion of a project for rescuing and relocating the temple, the statement added.

The ministry stressed that a large number of ambassadors and cultural advisers have widely participated in several archaeological events in Egypt, citing the recent inauguration of Miho cemetery in Giza’s Saqqara necropolis and the world peace forum which is currently held in Saint Catherine city.]]>
10/20/2018 4:19:22 PM
<![CDATA[Italy to grant Zahi Hawass Social Commitment award ]]>
Hawass will receive the prominent Italian award on October 22 at the renowned historical Italian theater Dal Verme di Milano. The Association announced in a press statement that Hawass will receive such an important award due to the marvelous numerous archaeological discoveries he uncovered.

The Association added in its press statement that Hawass throughout his long archaeological history managed to bring the joy to the Italian people with his discoveries, lectures, archaeological achievements and his role in preserving the world heritage in general and the Egyptian in particular.

Hawass has been previously awarded a prize by the European- Mediterranean Partnership, granted for the first time to an Egyptian.

Hawass was honored and awarded for his role in spreading knowledge about Egyptian heritage across the world, including Europe and countries located around the Mediterranean Sea.

This prize was one of the high profile European awards that are given to calibers in the fields of arts and antiquities, among other fields.

Hawass is one of the most distinguished archaeologists worldwide and has many discoveries to his name. He is also the author of hundreds of books in different languages. His recent discoveries include the Tombs of the Pyramid Builders and the Valley of the Golden Mummies.

Among the important works of Hawass is that he headed the team that scanned King Tutankhamun’s mummy to unravel mysteries surrounding the lives and deaths of other acient Egyptian kings.

Hawass's latest book entitled “Giza and the Pyramids”, which he wrote with American archaeologist Mark Lehner. The book reveals a lot of secrets about the Giza Pyramids and is considered to be an important added value to Egyptology.

The book deals with all the issues related to the Giza Pyramids, from the exploration and the development , in addition to the latest theories and scientific studies on the pyramids, Hawass added.
10/20/2018 2:22:48 PM
<![CDATA[Vietnam dissident Khoi urges Facebook to protect freedom of expression]]>
With 53 million users, Facebook is extremely popular in Vietnam -- where the internet has become a battleground for activists like Khoi.

A controversial cybersecurity bill, due to come into effect in January, will require internet companies to remove "toxic" content and hand over user data if asked by the communist government to do so.

It also requires firms to host servers in-country, which has sparked fears of further government meddling.

"Protecting freedom of expression should be an official policy of Facebook, but sadly, it's not," Khoi told AFP during an interview at the city's airport.

"Facebook is the only space in Vietnam where we can talk freely, express our mind freely and we can access uncensored information, and sometimes organize the peaceful protests. That's why the government is scared. So now they try to control Facebook," she said.

"The crackdown is very heavy."

Banned from selling her CDs and organising concerts, Khoi performs secret gigs away from the watchful eyes of police -- and is now afraid of becoming an online target.

Facebook and Google have so far declined to comment on Vietnam's impending cybersecurity law, though rights groups have slammed the bill.

Khoi said during Friday's meeting with Facebook, she urged the company to prevent government supporters abusing the network's community standards to silence dissidents.

"Facebook said they already worked on this. But in reality, in Vietnam, many independent journalists and activists have their accounts locked and the post deleted every day," she added.

Placed under informal house arrest in late 2017 after she brandished an anti-Donald Trump sign when the US president visited last year, Khoi was also banned from running in parliamentary elections a year earlier.

"I think Facebook should do the right thing to show what they do is protecting freedom of expression," Khoi said.
10/20/2018 1:25:45 PM
<![CDATA[Banksy admits shredding stunt didn't go as planned]]>

Experts say the "Girl with Balloon" is now probably worth even more because the stunt created a media stir that made many reassess their understanding of performance art.

But there was always a nagging question: Why did only half the painting slip through the frame?

Was there a deeper meaning? Did Banksy -- whose identity is known only to a select group of loyal friends -- try to tell us something we were still failing to grasp?

The secretive artist admitted on a video posted on his Instagram account this week that the real answer was much simpler.

The painting got stuck.

"In rehearsal it worked every time," he wrote at the end of a three-minute clip showing how he practised sending an identical painting through a shredder in a frame.

The entire thing sailed straight through.

- Secret auction footage -

The video itself was a classic Banksy piece of political art, poking fun at all the attention he had generated.

It showed a white man dressed in a black outfit installing a shredder into a fancy frame with the red balloon painting.

The clip then switched to secretly filmed footage of the London auction itself.

Champagne-sipping men in suits and women wearing sparkling jewellery milled around the painting as a Sotheby's auctioneer extolled its virtues.

"We've had a lot of interest on it as you can imagine. It's I think by far the most asked about lot in the sale," he says.

"The artist put the frame up as well. You get that quite often with Banksy -- he quite likes the romanticism of having a National Gallery-esque frame."

The auction resumes and the video's pace speeds up as it focusses on the anxious participants who watch as the bidding price shoots up.

The hammer soon falls and an extreme closeup shows an anonymous hand press a small remote control device that looks like a garage door opener.

It starts beeping and the picture stars falling through its frame. Those in the room take two or three seconds to notice -- and then start whipping out their phones to capture the moment on film.

The auctioneer himself says nothing and continues mechanically turning pages laid out before him while watching the painting being turned into paper spaghetti.

The only question left unanswered is whether Sotheby's itself was in on the prank.

The auctioneer's face appears to show something verging on anxiety and surprise.

But both Sotheby's and the artist are letting that mystery hang in the air.
10/20/2018 1:21:53 PM
<![CDATA[Rihanna turns down Super Bowl show, backs Kaepernick]]>
US Weekly and other reports cited an unnamed source as saying that the NFL and broadcaster CBS Corp (CBS.N) “really wanted Rihanna to be next year’s performer.”

However, she declined in support of Kaepernick, the first player to kneel as the national anthem played at a game in protest over racial inequality and police brutality against black people and minorities in the United States.

“They offered it to her, but she said no because of the kneeling controversy. She doesn’t agree with the NFL’s stance,” the source told US Weekly.

Rihanna’s decision to reject the offer over a political issue follows her Instagram message earlier this month urging fans to vote in the November U.S. congressional elections. She is one of several celebrities who have taken political stances ahead of the voting.

The Super Bowl is the year’s most-watched U.S. television broadcast of the year, regularly drawing more than 100 million viewers. The game will be played on Feb. 3, 2019, in Atlanta, Georgia.

Representatives for the NFL and Rihanna did not immediately respond to requests for comment. A CBS spokeswoman directed questions to the NFL.

An unnamed source told Entertainment Tonight that the NFL approached both Rihanna and singer Pink early in its halftime show discussions, but that both women moved on when the negotiations took a long time. That source said Kaepernick did not come up in those early conversations.

Kaepernick’s decision to begin kneeling during the anthem in 2016 sparked a heated national debate, with critics including U.S. President Donald Trump calling the players unpatriotic. The NFL gave in to pressure from Trump and ordered players not to kneel on the field during the anthem.

After the protests, Kaepernick could not find a job for the 2017 season and sued the NFL, accusing owners of colluding to blackball him. He is still without a team.

Several media outlets have reported that the NFL has selected pop band Maroon 5 as the halftime performer, but no announcement has been made.

Representatives for Pink and Maroon 5 did not immediately respond to requests for comment.]]>
10/20/2018 1:17:59 PM
<![CDATA[Omar Khairat to perform massive concert at Sound and Light Theater on Nov.2]]>
The Egyptian virtuoso musician performed a dazzling concert at the Mariinsky Theatre in the cultural city of Saint Petersburg on June 18 in celebration of the Egyptian national football team’s participation in the World Cup after 28 years of absence.

The massive concert, which was presented by Egyptian star Sherif Mounir, witnessed the attendance of a large number of Egyptian fans, celebrities and public figures such as Ashraf Salman, former minister of investment and the current chairman of the concert organizer, AUR Capital Company; famed writer Khaled Salah, the editor in chief of Youm 7, the concert media sponsor; famed TV presenter Sherihan Abul Hassan; Egyptian director, Amr Arafa; famed actors, Ahmed Rezk; Ashraf Zaki; Rogina; and famed Egyptian businessman Ahmed Abou Hashima, among others.

AUR Capital managed to secure an agreement with the Russian Mariinsky Theatre to host the concert. Salman previously told Egypt Today that the concert was set to hit several goals; presenting a respectable image of Egypt through one of its most talented musicians is on top of these goals. Salman added that Khairat was chosen for his global reputation as a magnificent musician.

“Mariinsky Theatre was picked to host the concert for its worldwide fame; it is considered one of the three most important theatres in the international cultural field,” said Salman.

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

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 “Dameer Abla Hikmat” (Abla Hikmat’s Conscience), “Wagh el-Kamar” (The Moon's Face) and “Leilet el-Kabd ala Fatma” (The Night Fatma was Arrested), among others.

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. ]]>
10/20/2018 1:13:44 PM
<![CDATA[“The Mummy” (1932) original poster to be sold at Sotheby’s online auction Oct. 31]]>
The promotional film poster was printed in 1932.

The Mummy Original poster - Wikimedia Commons

“The Mummy” (1932) revolves around a British archaeologists team led by Sir Joseph Whemple, who discovered the mummified remains of the ancient Egyptian Prince Imhotep, playing his role in the movie Boris Karloff, along with legendary scroll of Thoth.

Moreover, when one of the archaeologists declares the scroll aloud, Imhotep returns to life, but manages to escape. Many years later, Imhotep was disguised as a wealthy man, roamed Egypt searching for his lost love, who he believed has been reincarnated as the lovely Helen Grosvenor, playing her role Zita Johann.

Legendary actor Arthur Byron played the role of Sir Joseph.

“The Mummy” was directed by Karl Freund and officially released in Dec. 22, 1932.

The poster which is set to be sold on Sotheby’s online auction is one of the rarest pieces to ever be sold in such an auction.

The artistic piece was designed by Karoly Grosz, universal’s advertising art director. The poster is an early illustration of the aesthetics that continue to influence poster designing until today. It offers splashes of color, a dynamic composition and a minimal white space.

The Sotheby’s auction offers through“The Mummy” poster the opportunity to acquire one of the rarest, highly-preserved film posters to ever exist.

The poster reflects the graphic designing pioneered by Hollywood studios at the time. The online bidding closes Oct. 31, 2018, 06:00 PM EET.

Sotheby’s has been uniting collectors with world-class works of art since 1744. Sotheby’s became the first international auction house when it expanded from London to New York in 1955.

It is the first private sales/online auction organization to conduct sales in Hong Kong in 1973, India in 1922 and France in 2001. It is the first international fine art auction house in China in 2012.

Sotheby’s “Bid Now” program enables visitors to view all auctions live online and place bids from anywhere in the world.

10/20/2018 1:00:50 PM
<![CDATA[Kathem al-Saher is set to perform live in London in January 2019]]>
Saher expressed his great enthusiasm to perform the song “Sbah el-Kheir” |(good morning) in London, stressing his determination and delight to go through such an experience.

Also, Saher expressed his happiness to work with Saudi musician Talal, hoping that the new song gains the admiration of Arab listeners.

Kathem Jabbar al-Samarai, AKA Kathem al-Saher, was born on September 12, 1957 in Mosul, Iraq. He is an Iraqi singer, composer and songwriter. He has been dubbed the "Caesar of Arabic Song", and "Iraq's Ambassador to the world".

Saher has established himself as one of the most successful singers in the history of the Arab world, since the start of his career. His songs ranged from big romantic ballads to pop and Arab classical music,and they sometimes take a political swing.

He performs with an orchestra of 20-30 musicians on Arabic instruments; oud, qanun, nay, and a full complement of strings (violin, cello, and bass).

While some of his work makes use of electronic musical sounds, he avoids the use of synthesizers to imitate acoustic instruments. His work frequently features Iraqi folk instruments, rhythms and melodies.

Before entering the Baghdad Academy of Music, Saher educated himself through listening to the radio. Doing that enriched the singer, offering him a firm grounding in the rich repertoire of mid-twentieth-century Arab vocal music.

He became deeply familiar with both classical Arab music, whose main representatives were Egyptian and Lebanese, and the Iraqi maqam repertoire; a local art form featuring vocal virtuosity and a vast repertoire. This solid grounding in traditional musical styles informs his work as both a singer and a composer.

10/20/2018 12:37:34 PM
<![CDATA[Moroccan band Ibn Arabi to perform live in Cairo Oct. 29]]>
The Moroccan band promised their Egyptian fans a lot of religious and spiritual musical compositions, illustrating the Sufi attire. The band will perform songs of their new album “El-Ashek Wal Ma’ashook” (The Lover and the Loved One).

The new album consists of ten Sufi songs and musical compositions. It is worth noting that the band is currently working on filming their new video clip while in Egypt.

The Moroccan band is considered the oldest Sufi band in the region.
In addition, the band’s series of concerts in Egypt for the year 2018 come after a hiatus of three years.

The band’s first concert in Egypt will be in El-Sawy Culture Wheel, while their final concert will be performed in the Bibliotheca Alexandrina Nov.1, 2018.

Ensemble Ibn Arabi | (I knew true love) | فرقة ابن عربي | عرفت الهوى

تابعونا على صفحتنا الرسمية للفيسبوك https://www.facebook.com/EnsembleIbnArabi و على التويتر https://twitter.com/ensIbnArabi و على الانستغرام https://www.instagram.com/ensembleibnarabi.officiel كلمات عرفت الهوى أحبك حبين(عرفت الهوى) كلمات السيدة رابعة العدوية عرفت الهوى مذ عرفت هواك........وأغلقت قلبي على من عاداك وقمت أناجيك يامن ترى......خفايا القلوب ولسنا نراك أحبك حبين حب الهوى......وحبا لأنك أهل لذاك فأما الذي هو

10/20/2018 12:32:38 PM
<![CDATA[National Council for Human Rights to honor cast of ‘Bel Hagm al-Aa’ely' ]]>
The honoring ceremony, which was held at the Cairo Opera House's Small Hall, reflected the council's keenness to honor spectacular drama series, which shed light on human rights.

Iconic Egyptian actor Yehia el-Fakharany returned to Egyptian drama through the series in 2018.

The series was produced by Mona Qotb, written by Mohamed Ragaa, and directed by Hala Khalil.

The series discussed a social issue that grabbed the attention of the audience. Qotb stated that Fakharany selects the topics of his works thoroughly; this is one of the reasons why Fakharany is the number one actor in the Egyptian Drama.

Among the most recent series of Fakharany was “Wanoos,” which aired in 2016. It examined the relationship between man and devil.

The series was influenced by Dante’s divine comedy, “Goethe Faust,” and Christopher Marlow’s “Doctor Faustus.”
10/19/2018 1:01:47 PM
<![CDATA['The Haunting of Hill House' evaluated 9.1 on IMDB]]>
Flashing between past and present, a fractured family confronts haunting memories of their old home and the terrifying events that drove them away from it.

A group of siblings, who as children grew up in what would eventually be the most famous haunted house in the country, decided now as adults to go back to the house that terrified them as children to confront the ghosts of the past.

The thriller is starring Mckenna Grace, Carla Gugino, Michiel Huisman and others. “The Haunting of Hill House” is written by Mike Flanagan, Shirley Jackson, Meredith Averill, Charise Castro Smith and Elizabeth Ann Phang.

The series is ranked 34th among 250 other series on IMDB.

IMDB is an online database of information related to world films, TV programs, home videos, video games, and internet streams, including cast, production crew and personal biographies, plot summaries, trivia and fan reviews along with ratings.

10/19/2018 1:00:00 PM
<![CDATA[Ziyad Rahbani to perform 'Khalas' with Veteran Singer Fairuz]]>
"The new song is finished and will be out in the market soon. The song is called 'Khalas' (No more)," exposed Rahbani during an interview with Lebanese news anchor and political talk show host, Dima Sadek.

This song is considered the first musical duet by the mother and son, after years of dispute, because of statements previously declared by Rahbani, where he claimed that his mother, veteran singer Fairuz, admires Hassan Nasrallah, secretary general of Hezbollah, the Shite sector in Lebanon.

Fairuz - ar.wikipedia.org
Veteran Lebanese singer Fairuz - ar.wikipedia.org

The statements angered Fairuz and Rahbani’s sister; Lebanese director Dima at the time.

Born in 1956, Rahbani is a Lebanese composer, playwright, pianist and political activist/commentator. His musical compositions are widely spread throughout the Arab World. Several musical works done by Rahbani satirize Lebanese politics during and after the civil war, where he openly criticized the traditional political establishment in Lebanon.

Rahbani’s new song:

Khalas - Ziad Rahbani خلص - زياد الرحباني

ما في حديث .. والجو تعيس .. ضيعانو كيف .. خلص الحب بأي حديث .. ما في حديث .. لشو الحديث ؟ خلص الحب ما في مجال .. لاي سؤال .. الا بحال بعد في حب .. لكن خلص خلص .. خلص .. يعني خلص خلص خلص .. خلص ..

Born in 1935, Nehad Wadie' Haddad, known as Fayrouz, was born to a middle class family in Lebanon.

She started her career at the age of six after joining the Lebanese Radio choir in 1940. Shortly after, Halim El Roumi, director of Lebanese Radio, composed her first song.

Fayrouz is a living legend, one of the last singers from her era still alive and performing.

She is a witness to the golden age of Arabic music, alongside other legends; Umm Kalthom and Mohamed Abdel Wahab. She formed a new wave of Arabic music, combing oriental folk tunes with international music trends like jazz and blues.

In 1950, Fayrouz’s started an ambitious music project with the Rahbani Brothers, developing traditional Lebanese music. Together they made influential contributions to the history of oriental music.

Her songs tackled various universal and national themes such as the Palestinian political plight, adolescence, Christmas hymns, pastoral Lebanese, love and family.

Cooperation between Fayrouz and the Rahbani Brothers grew to include musical sketches, films and plays such as “Mais El Reem” (The Deer's Meadow), “Loulou,” “Biyaa’el Khawatem” (Ring for Sale), and “Hala Wi El Malek” (Hala and the King).

These works ignited Arabic musical theater and brought Lebanese folk heritage back to life.

Her career in theater and cinema included 15 plays and three films.
Including “Baya el-Khawatim,” which was directed by the legendary Egyptian director Youssef Chahine.

Fayrouz has released more than 800 songs, performed all over the world and received honors from a number of countries including Egypt, Syria, France, the USA and Jordan.

Some of her most popular songs include “Kifak Enta” (How Are You), “Ana Li Habibi” (I Am for My lover), “Shat Iskandaria” (Alexandria’s Beach), “Zahrat El Madaeen” (The Most Beautiful City), “Al Quds” (The Holy One), “Saaltak Habibi” (I Asked You, My Love), “Adish Kan Fi Nas” (Many People Here), “Haboo Baadon” (They Loved Each Other), just to name a few.
10/19/2018 1:00:00 PM
<![CDATA[AIFF awards Nadia Lotfy Bride of Mediterranean Shield ]]>
The honoring ceremony was attended by many actors and Egyptian filmmakers, including Farouk al-Fishawy, Elham Shaheen, Laila Elwy, Samiha Ayoub, Dalal Abdel Aziz, Ragaa el-Geddawy, Madiha Hamdi, Ali Abdel Khalek, and producer Mohsen Alamuddin, among many others.

The 34th Alexandria International Film Festival for Mediterranean Countries (AIFF) is an Egyptian film festival organized by the Egyptian Association of Film Writers and Critics (EAFWC).

The AIFF aims to broaden film culture and strengthen the relationship between filmmakers across the world, with special attention given to Mediterranean countries.

Alexandria International Film Festival for Mediterranean Countries honored a number of local film makers and stars in Egypt in its 34th edition that took place from Oct. 3 to 8, 2018.

The honorees are:

• Veteran artist Farouk al-Fishawy, who expects his own biography, titled "Art=Life", to be written by writer and novelist Adel Saad.

• Renowned Musician Omar Khairat; writer Kadri el-Haggar decided to prepare a documentary which analyzes the musical projects released by the veteran artist throughout his enriching career. The educational documentary will be titled “The Music Magician”.

• Film director Ahmad Yehya; veteran writer Mostafa Moharam completed a book about the director's career.

The festival’s management decided to issue 15 books within the framework of the programs and activities of the 34th edition. One of the books will be about veteran actress Nadia Lotfy.

Additionally, the death anniversaries of late actress Soad Hosny and late composer Mohamed Fawzy will also be celebrated through issuing books focusing on their careers.

10/19/2018 12:56:06 PM
<![CDATA['Making a Murderer' resumes quest for justice with 'Part 2']]>
Now the Emmy-winning Netflix series is back as the two men - Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey - strive for freedom after 10 years behind bars.

“Making a Murderer” followed the 2005 killing of Teresa Halbach in rural Wisconsin that brought life sentences for scrap-car dealer Avery and his then 16-year-old nephew, Dassey.

Part 1, released in December 2015, left lingering questions and a public appetite for more, said filmmakers Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos.

The 10-episode Part 2, to be released on Friday, shows viewers “what it’s like for someone who has been convicted of a very serious crime and is sentenced to life in prison yet who is challenging that conviction,” Ricciardi said in an interview.

“Making a Murderer” called into question the conduct of law enforcement officials and the rights of criminal defendants, particularly teens like Dassey, whose lawyers argued was coerced into confessing to the crime.

Ricciardi, a former lawyer, and Demos have been working on the story for more than 10 years but have not lost faith in the judicial system.

“We are firm believers in transparency and that progress will only come through visibility and debate - that’s very encouraging,” said Demos.

“Perhaps what you see when you shine a light on things can be depressing, but you have to face it before you make it any better,” she added.

While Part 1 played out through court hearings and trials leading to the convictions, in the new series Avery gets a new attorney who re-investigates the murder and tracks Dassey’s quest to bring his case before the U.S. Supreme Court.

“You are watching lawyers behind the scenes, trying to win their day in court. This is the preparation and the investigation to get there,” said Demos.

“Making a Murderer” spawned a spate of TV shows and podcasts about true crime and stranger-than-fiction sagas, including documentaries “The Keepers” and “Wild Wild Country,” and podcasts “Dirty John,” “In the Dark” and “S-Town.”

Long-form storytelling “allows you to spend time with characters that are not one-dimensional,” Demos said. “You don’t have to fit your story into a box.”]]>
10/19/2018 12:43:16 PM
<![CDATA[Olivia Colman adds royal touch with 'The Favourite' at London Film Festival]]>
With plenty of laugh out loud moments, the movie sees Colman portray Britain’s 18th-century Queen Anne as an insecure, frail, tempestuous, childish royal who is easily influenced by her friend and confidante Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough.

However Sarah, played by Weisz, soon finds herself vying for the queen’s attention as well as affection when maid Abigail, portrayed by Stone, arrives.

“All three of us ... play parts that were filthy and sexy and emotional and sad ... which is normal, not just an attempt to be gorgeous all the time and a little bit sort of prettily flawed,” Colman said at the BFI London Film Festival.

The actresses, who have praised by critics, share the spotlight as three central characters, which Weisz described as “very textured and layered and complicated.”

“I suppose I find it sad that we have to bring that up but I suppose we do, it’s still a little bit unusual although I don’t think it was ... back in the Hollywood golden era,” she said.

“There was Katharine Hepburn, Bette Davis, Barbara Stanwyck - the list goes on ... they were women that took the leading roles.”

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While set in the 18th century, the film directed by Yorgos Lanthimos, known for “The Lobster” and “The Killing of a Sacred Deer”, has contemporary touches such as in the language used.

“This was such a specific type of period story,” Stone said when asked whether she would do more costume pieces.

“It was kind of filthy and funny and ridiculous and all of it. So (if) there are more like this than then sure, of course.”

“The Favourite” first premiered at the Venice Film Festival, where it won the Grand Jury Prize, and Colman - soon to be seen portraying Britain’s Queen Elizabeth in Netflix series “The Crown” - was named Best Actress, garnering Oscar buzz.

Asked about the Oscar speculation, Lanthimos said: “It matters if you get it.”

“But I think it’s best to not think about it too much and do the work, do the best that you can and then if people appreciate the film that’s great.”]]>
10/19/2018 12:38:15 PM
<![CDATA[Paris auction house "would love it" if Banksy pulls another stunt]]>“Are we expecting it? Not really. Perhaps we are hoping for it,” said auctioneer Arnaud Oliveux of Artcurial auction house in Paris, which is selling three Banksy prints next week. “I would love it if something happens.”

The British artist has done more to cultivate his mystique in the two weeks since a print of one of his best known works, “Girl With a Balloon”, slid half way through a shredder embedded in its frame moments after it was sold at Sotheby’s in London.

Banksy released a new video this week that suggested the partial-destruction was a malfunction: it showed an identical print in the same frame being entirely shredded, with the caption “in rehearsals it worked every time”.

Oliveux said if Banksy was planning another stunt for the next auction, it probably wouldn’t involve a secret shredder.

“Banksy never repeats himself. Here, you see the frame, there’s nothing at all hidden in the structure. But perhaps we could imagine a different stunt.”

The auction house said it cannot predict how high the bidding will go for its three prints, but it expects the extra attention from Banksy’s last stunt will have an impact on prices. All the seats are taken at the auction and the international media are showing up.

Bidding on a print of “Stop and Search”, depicting Dorothy from “The Wizard of Oz” being searched by a policeman, starts at just 30,000 euros ($35,000), a bargain compared to the million pounds “Girl With a Balloon” fetched moments before it self-destructed.
10/19/2018 12:33:40 PM
<![CDATA['Ahl el-Kahf' to unite Egypt’s movie stars]]>
The rest of the cast is yet to be decided.

Local film critics foresee that the cast chosen by the producer adds value to the film before it even starts.

The film is based on a play of the same name by Tawfeek al-Hakim; it is written by Ayman Bahgat Kamar and directed by Amr Arafa. The movie will be filmed in Morocco, Jordan and Turkey.

It is worth noting that “El-Badla” (The Suit) was Mansour’s most recent film production, starring Tamer Hosny and Akram Hosny. The movie competed during Eid El-Adha (Muslim feast) film marathon in Egypt and gained impressing success.]]>
10/18/2018 4:47:30 PM
<![CDATA[ 'The Magic Flute' to be presented at Cairo Opera House on Oct.23-25]]>
The performance of “The Magic Flute” incorporated a number of companies: the Cairo Opera Company, the Cairo Opera Orchestra conducted by Nayer Nagui, and the Cairo Opera Choir.

“The Magic Flute” is a two part opera that tells a deceptively simple story, and was first performed on September 30, 1791, appealing as wide an audience as possible. This would prove to be Mozart’s final opera; he died a few months later in December.

Using a simplistic surface of a fairytale, the opera reveals a deeper meaning. The opera denotes the search for wisdom and enlightenment, with symbols drawn from Mozart’s time.

“The Magic Flute” is performed using a song-play format, where separate musical scenes are connected by moments of dialogue and stage performances.

This performance of the classic opera is conducted by Emeritus James Levine, with stage production by Julie Taymor, whose costume design perfectly captures both the down-to-earth and mystical elements of the opera.]]>
10/18/2018 3:14:11 PM
<![CDATA[Fans perform Maher Zain's 'Al- Salam Alaik' in several languages]]>
The singer’s warm voice and religious lyrics made it easy for his songs to enter the hearts of thousands of fans worldwide, many of whom are non-Muslims. The singer usually preached morals and good ethics to youths through the lyrics of his songs.

Zain managed to create a huge fan base during the past years especially in the MENA region and the Far East of Asia, precisely in Indonesia and Malaysia. His songs on YouTube reached millions of views.

In 2012, the star launched his new song “Al-Salam Alaik” (Peace be upon you), which he composed, and was written by Salah Galal. During the past six years, the song reached a viewership of 58 million.

Additionally, hundreds of fans around the world recorded the song in their own voice, and uploaded it on YouTube, which increased the total number of views for the song.

“Al-Salam Alaik” (Peace be upon you) by Maher Zain:

Maher Zain - Assalamu Alayka (Arabic) | ماهر زين - السلام عليك | Official Lyric Video

Check Out Maher Zain's Third Album "One": https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list... Order from iTunes/Amazon now: http://smarturl.it/MZOne -- Maher Zain - Assalamu Alayka | Official Music video from the album "Forgive Me". Watch entire album videos: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLoagsPg26SY4HNBWMx4PaAyOtX9fx1AT_&action_edit=1 To buy the album (iTunes, Amazon...

The video below shows two sisters from Morocco performing Zain’s song:

ثلاث اخوة يبدعون في اغنية السلام عليك يا رسول الله (احساس عالي جداا)

ماهر زين_السلام عليك_شريف شريف_محمد رسول الله صلى الله عليه و سلم_chirif chirif_maher zain_assalamo 3alayka

This video shows a fan from Croatia performing Zain’s song:

السلام عليك يا رسول الله بصوت روعة - بدون موسيقي

انشود ة السلام عليك يا رسول الله بصوت جميل من زغرب - كرواتيا المنشد أحمد العليلي من المركز الاسلامي بزغرب رَقــــــت عينــاى شوقــاً و لطيبـــة ذرفــت عشــقاً فأتيتُ الى حبيبي فاهدأ يا قلب و رفقاً صلِ علـــى محمد ........ السلام عليك يااا يا رسول الله ...السلام عليك يا حبيبي يا نبي الله السلام عليك يا رسول الله ..

From Croatia to Indonesia:

السلام عليك يارسول الله

ﺭﻗﺖ ﻋﻴﻨﺎﻯ ﺷﻮﻗﺎ ﻭﺑﻄﻴﺒﻪ ________ ﺯﺭﻓﺖ ﻋﺸﻘﺎ ﻓﺎﺗﻴﺖ ﺍﻟﻰ ﺣﺒﻴﺒﻰ ﻓﺎﻫﺪﺍ ﻳﺎ ﻗﻠﺒﻰ ﻭﺭﻓﻘﺎ ﺻﻠﻰ ﻋﻠﻰ ﻣﺤﻤﺪ ﺍﻟﺴﻼﻡ ﻋﻠﻴﻚ ﻳﺎ ﺭﺳﻮﻝ ﺍﻟﻠﻪ ﺍﻟﺴﻼﻡ ﻋﻠﻴﻚ ﻳﺎ ﺣﺒﻴﺒﻰ ﻳﺎ ﻧﺒﻰ ﺍﻟﻠﻪ ﺍﻟﺴﻼﻡ ﻋﻠﻴﻚ ﻳﺎ ﺭﺳﻮﻝ ﺍﻟﻠﻪ ﺍﻟﺴﻼﻡ ﻋﻠﻴﻚ ﻳﺎ ﺣﺒﻴﺒﻰ ﻳﺎ ﻧﺒﻰ ﺍﻟﻠﻪ ﻳﺎ ﺭﺳﻮﻝ ﺍﻟﻠﻪ ﻗﻠﺐ ﺑﺎﻟﺤﻖ ﺗﻌﻠﻖ ﻭﺑﻐﺎﺭ ﺣﺮﺍﺀ ﺗﺎﻟﻖ

This couple decided to participate in the song together:

نشيد السلام عليك يا رسول الله روعة رجل وزوجته

Uploaded by احمد العبدلي تابع كل ما هو جديد وغريب on 2017-11-29.

Girls from Albania performing Zain’s song:

Assalamu Alayka Ya Rasool Allah (Albanian, English) - [السلام عليك يا رسول الله] [HD]

Assalamu Alayka Ya Rasool Allah (Albanian, English) ♥ السلام عليك يا رسول الله ♥ ♥ السلام عليك يا حبيب الله ♥ Subtitles in English, Arabic and Albanian have been added to the video. You can turn them on or off from the video settings. --------------------------------------------------------- Singer info: Selma Bekteshi (born 8 March 1998) from Shkodra, Albania.

Born in July 1981, Maher Zain is a Swedish R&B singer, songwriter and music producer of Lebanese origin. He released his first album “Thank You, Allah”, an internationally successful album produced by Awakening Records, in 2009. He released his second album “Forgive Me” in April 2012 under the same production company, and a third album “One” in 2016.

Zain's Lebanese family immigrated to Sweden when he was eight. He completed his schooling there, gaining a bachelor's degree in Aeronautical Engineering. After university, he entered the music industry in Sweden, and in 2005 linked up with the Moroccan-born Swedish producer RedOne.

When RedOne moved to New York in 2006, Zain soon followed to pursue his music career in the United States, producing for artists such as Kat DeLuna.

On returning home to Sweden, he became engaged again with his Islamic faith and hence decided to become a singer/songwriter of contemporary R&B music with a strong Muslim influence.

10/18/2018 2:47:25 PM
<![CDATA[3,000-year-old tattooed mummy uncovered in Luxor belongs to woman]]>
The archaeological mission of the French Institute for Oriental Archaeology (IFAO) finished its studies on the tattooed mummy, which was found during the mission’s excavation works in Deir El-Madina.

Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, Mostaf al-Waziri, remarked that 30 tattoos of different figures such as a wild bull, a sheep, a lotus flower, a baboon and the Eye of Horus were depicted all over the mummy’s body.

Waziri added that the studies revealed the mummy belongs to an elite woman, who may have lived in a period between 1,300 B.C. and 1,070 B.C. and died at the age range of 25 - 34.

He pointed out that her name and position have not been identified; yet, the variety of tattoos on her body could refer that she was a high-ranking person.

Waziri further remarked that it is believed that the woman had drawn many tattoos on her body to show the significant religious role she may have played during her lifetime.

The secretary general remarked that several mummies with small tattoos were previously found, but this mummy is unique as it features unprecedentedly real tattoos.

He stressed that the French archaeological mission used the latest technology to reveal more details about the tattoos, while maintaining the same environmental conditions, in which the mummy was buried 3,000 years ago.

On March 1, 2018, the British Museum announced that researchers discovered the oldest figurative tattoos in the world on the upper arms of two 5,000-year-old Egyptian mummies.

Tattoos depicting a wild bull and a Barbary sheep were found on the upper arm of a male mummy, while the shoulder and upper arm of a female mummy bore "S"-shaped motifs.

“The location of these tattoos suggests they were designed to be highly visible on the upper arm and the shoulder,” Daniel Antoine, curator of physical anthropology at the British Museum, told Reuters, adding that the discoveries push back by 1,000 years evidence for tattooing in Africa.
10/18/2018 1:48:28 PM
<![CDATA[Arab Music Festival's 27th edition to kick off Nov. 1]]>CAIRO - 18 October 2018: Cairo Opera House will hold a press conference in the Grand Hall on Oct. 22 at 6 p.m. to reveal the details of the Arab Music Festival's 27th edition set to run from Nov. 1-12.

The press conference will be attended by members of the festival’s preparatory commission; veteran musician Helmy Bakr, musician Gamal Salama, Hassan Sharara, Reda Ragab, Amgad Mustafa, Amgad al-Atafy, Maged Soroor, composer Mohamed Rahim, poet Hany Afify, Rasha Tamom (member of the scientific committee) and the festival’s manager Jihan Morsy.

The conference will also be attended by numerous concerned individuals in the media/music industry, universal news agencies and global broadcasting networks.

This festival comes in line with the Ministry of Culture's initiative to boost culture exchange and social engagement with neighboring countries, as a way to entertain people amid the political chaos in the region.]]>
10/18/2018 12:31:42 PM
<![CDATA[Donia Samir Ghanem participates in Dubai governor's initiative]]>
“I am extremely delighted to participate in the opening ceremony of the new school that serves all students of the Arab world; wait for the school’s song soon!” Donia posted on her Instagram account.

The Egyptian actress will return to the film industry after a hiatus of two years, since her last movie “Laf we Dawaran” (Turning in Circles), in which she starred alongside Ahmed Helmy.

Ghanem is currently preparing for her new film directed by Ahmed el-Gendy and written by Mostafa Sakr. Donia is holding meetings with the director and the writer to decide on the rest of the cast.

Donia Samir Ghanem is an Egyptian actress and singer. She is the daughter of veteran actor Samir Youssef Ghanem and actress Dalal Abdel Aziz.

Donia began her acting career in 2001 when she was 16, where she had her first role in a TV series called “Lil Adala Wogouh Katheera” (Justice has many faces).

Her film debut was in 2005 with comedian Mohamed Henedi in the movie “Ya ana ya khalty” (It's either me or my Aunt), which gained unexpected success.

Donia stood out for her ability to imitate other Arab singers. Donia's first song was called "Far2 el Sen" (Age difference). The star was a member of the judging committee in the fourth season of The X Factor Arabia, along with Lebanese stars Elissa and Ragheb Alama.

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10/18/2018 11:13:14 AM
<![CDATA[Whizzpopping worlds collide at Roald Dahl Museum]]>
Stuffed with hundreds of weird and wonderful mementos, the garden hut was where the children's novelist wrote his fantastical tales.

A museum including a recreation of the hut, in the same village of Great Missenden where Dahl lived, reopens to the public on Saturday following an extensive renovation triggered by a flash flood.

"You can get the books and movies around the world but we are in the place where the stories were generated. That's the magic of coming here," said museum director Steve Gardam.

The museum offers visitors a glimpse into the man and method behind some of the best-loved stories of the 20th century, including "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory", "Matilda", "The BFG" and "James and the Giant Peach".

The novels written by Dahl, who died in 1990 aged 74, have sold more than 250 million copies worldwide and have been turned into blockbuster films.

He invented hundreds of words and terms, such as whizzpopping, Oompa-Loompas, gobblefunk, snozzcumbers and scrumdiddlyumptious.

- Hero fighter pilot -

Born in Cardiff in Wales in 1916 to a Norwegian family, Dahl's writing career began with weekly letters home from boarding school, creatively circumnavigating his unhappiness.

Dahl went on to work for oil giant Shell in Dar es Salaam in what is now Tanzania, then served in the Royal Air Force (RAF) during World War II.

An air ace, he was badly injured in a crash landing in Libya in 1940. Later in the war, he worked for British intelligence in Washington.

The museum, located in a former coaching inn on the village high street and the home of Dahl's complete archive, is a combination of his real and fantasy worlds.

At the entrance, visitors walk through giant Wonka chocolate bar doors and are assailed by the smell of cocoa.

Inside, they can find objects such as his RAF flying helmet, logbook, binoculars and annotated map of Egypt.

Dahl needed back operations due to his war injuries and kept a vial of his spinal shavings in his writing hut -- plus the ball of his replaced thighbone.

The interior of the hut was transferred to the museum from the family home in the village.

The replica also contains family pictures, cigarette butts, his glasses and cane, plus a heavy ball of foil made up from chocolate bar wrappers that he added to daily.

Even dust from the spartan hut -- years of pencil shavings and eraser fragments -- was transferred across.

- Matilda versus Trump -

The revamped museum aims to show how Dahl was inspired by the village in which he lived from 1954 until his death.

Many of the landmarks of Great Missenden appear in Dahl's novels.

The village contains the high street of crooked houses that the BFG marched along; the petrol pumps from "Danny, the Champion of the World", plus Matilda's orphanage and library.

Dahl is buried in the churchyard, along with a snooker cue, a favourite power tool and a bottle of claret. Well-wishers often leave pencils.

To celebrate this year's 30th anniversary of "Matilda", The Roald Dahl Story Company -- the family firm which owns his copyright -- surveyed fans on who the forthright schoolgirl would be taking on nowadays.

US President Donald Trump topped the list and a cartoon fibreglass statue of Matilda facing down a blustering Trump now stands in the museum courtyard.]]>
10/18/2018 10:46:02 AM
<![CDATA[A pity to throw it away: insurer stores damaged art in Germany]]>
Up to 300 of them - scratched, torn or punctured works by well-known artists including Gerhard Richter, Christo and Giorgio de Chirico - are stored in an AXA warehouse near the western German city of Cologne.

One of the world’s biggest art insurers, AXA receives claims every year for damage to paintings, sculptures and drawings. Some 80 percent of them can be restored.

The rest, which either cannot be or are to expensive to be repaired come to this warehouse.

“We store artworks, objects and collectors items by notable artists for which we have compensated our customers, we take ownership of them and keep them for the future,” said Kai Kuklinski, head of AXA Art Insurance.

“The main goal is to keep this art as it is too much of a pity to throw it away,” he said.

AXA gives some pieces, which include paintings, collectors items and antiquities, to research projects. Some are auctioned for charity and others kept, in case they can be repaired later, once restoration techniques have improved.

“Otherwise, we keep things for many many years, up to decades, in our warehouse,” said Kuklinksi.

Works in the Cologne warehouse include a damaged offset print of Christo’s “Wrapped Reichstag”.

Another is “Black Red Gold”, a painting by Gerhard Richter which was damaged because of the way it was hung.

One of the most unusual items is a painting by Giorgio de Chirico which was almost destroyed when a wrecking ball from next door ripped through it as it hung on the wall of a house.

10/18/2018 10:36:39 AM
<![CDATA[Building a lifelong love of opera in toddlers, one hop at a time]]>
Welcome to London’s Royal Opera House, where Opera Dots, a workshop for toddlers, aims to build a future fan base, one hop at a time.

Beneath an elegant iron-and-glass ceiling, a group of young guests giggle on a multi-colored play mat as they mimic a costumed performer singing and dancing her way through ‘Hansel and Gretel’. Some of the children do boisterous impressions of a scary witch, luring the innocent pair into her house of sweets.

According to its annual reports, attendance at the Royal Opera House has fallen by 137,000 since 2013. The opera aims to turn the tide, by making the art more accessible to young people — even very young people.

“It was due to the growing evidence around the importance of early years education, so what we want to do as part of the Open Up program is have a really diverse range of programs and workshops so that all people of all ages can access the Royal Opera House,” said the opera house’s Head of National Programmes, Amy McGann.

The course begins with babies as young as three months, and goes up to five years old. Early childhood music specialist Nicola Burke, who helped to create the course, said “it’s about time” opera was opened up to very small fans.

“All people can engage in opera,” she said. While the course is fun (and there is plenty of hopping), the opera is for real: “to ensure that that authentic art form is offered, and right from the beginning really,” she said.

“Opera is just a really good habit to have in later life, I think it will really make their life really interesting,” said Yiqi Zhou, from Surrey southwest of London, who brought three-year-old Alicia to build her confidence.

Emily was brought along by her godmother Caro Bamforth: “I think it’s important for education, cultural education and broad interests and an early introduction to some something that gives you great pleasure later in life,” she said.]]>
10/17/2018 1:09:47 PM
<![CDATA[MTV reboots 'The Real World' series on Facebook in studio push]]>
The iconic MTV reality series, which ran for 32 seasons between 1992 and 2017, will return as three interactive series on Facebook in the United States, Mexico and Thailand early next year, MTV will announce on Wednesday at Mipcom, the annual television industry trade show in Cannes, France.

The show will be shown exclusively on the Facebook Watch service, and will include interactive elements that let viewers shape the show. It will be co-produced by MTV and owned by Viacom Inc and Bunim/Murray Productions (BMP), the studio behind the original series.

The launch represents another investment by the world’s largest social network to get its 2 billion users to spend more time on Facebook by watching professionally produced content.

Facebook has struggled to draw users to the year-old Watch service, which is anchored by much longer videos than the short clips popular in Facebook’s news feed. Facebook has said viewership is growing.

“‘MTV’s The Real World’ helped to define a generation and created a new genre of television with a simple yet powerful idea of connecting people from wildly divergent backgrounds to find common ground on the issues that often divided them,” MTV President Chris McCarthy said in a statement. “By partnering with Facebook Watch and BMP, we have the opportunity to impact culture and create a new genre of television all over again, while engaging the next generation of content consumers around the world.”

The relaunch is part of Viacom’s push to launch new shows under its own brand across networks that it does not own, as well as streaming services and social platforms.

The company has notably avoided launching big aggregated streaming services such as those planned by rivals Walt Disney Co and AT&T Inc’s WarnerMedia.

It has sold Nickelodeon shows to Netflix, including “Pinky Malinky” and “Avatar: The Last Airbender.”

For the “Real World” reboot, Viacom decided Facebook’s younger audiences would be a better fit than its flagship network.

Viacom’s studio strategy is expected to generate about $1 billion in revenue, Viacom Chief Executive Bob Bakish has said recently. The company’s Paramount television studio, responsible for Amazon Video’s “Jack Ryan” spy series, currently makes about $400 million in revenue.]]>
10/17/2018 1:07:19 PM
<![CDATA[Min of Antiquities: Al-Zaher Baibars Mosque restoration costs reached LE 100M ]]>
The minister was accompanied by a number of parliamentarians in his visit to the historic mosque.

Engineer Mahmoud Abdel Fattah pointed out that the first phase of the restoration works is all about getting the approvals and receiving the raw materials needed to renovate the mosque. Abdel Fattah said that the workers removed all the unnecessary weeds and within hours the rest of the unwanted grass will be removed completely.

In addition, Abdel Fattah stated that the walls and windows of the mosque will be completely renovated. Some old bricks will also be removed and exchanged by clay bricks, according to Abdel Fattah.

“The reason is that we are trying to preserve the archaeological character of the historical mosque,” the engineer reiterated.

وزير الآثار يتفقد أعمال ترميم مسجد الظاهر بيبرس

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Baibars was the fourth sultan of Egypt in the Mamluk Bahri dynasty. He was one of the commanders of the Egyptian forces that inflicted a defeat on the Seventh Crusade of King Louis IX of France. He also led the vanguard of the Egyptian army at the Battle of Ain Jalut in 1260, which marked the first substantial defeat of the Mongol army and is considered a turning point in history.

The reign of Baibars marked the start of an age of Mamluk dominance in the Eastern Mediterranean and solidified the durability of their military system. He managed to pave the way for the end of the Crusader presence in the Levant and reinforced the union of Egypt and Syria. The sultan even managed to subdue the kingdom of Makuria, which was famous for being unconquerable.

10/16/2018 5:55:53 PM
<![CDATA[Buyer goes ahead with purchase of shredded Banksy painting]]>
Onlookers gasped and laughed after the bottom half of “Girl with Balloon”, one of Banksy’s best-known works, was sucked into a shredder hidden in its frame as the hammer fell last Friday after a bid of 1,042,000 pounds ($1.38 million) - matching Banksy’s all-time record.

“When the hammer came down last week and the work was shredded, I was at first shocked, but gradually I began to realize that I would end up with my own piece of art history,” the buyer, an unnamed female European collector, said according to Sotheby’s.

The auction house said the artwork had been granted a certificate by Banksy’s authentication body and has given a new title, “Love is in the Bin”.

“Banksy didn’t destroy an artwork in the auction, he created one,” said Alex Branczik, Sotheby’s Head of Contemporary Art, Europe.

Banksy himself posted an Instagram picture of shocked attendees watching the painting disintegrate last week, with the caption: “Going, going, gone...”

The artist, whose real identity is unknown, is known for sharply ironic outdoor graffiti with political themes, including at Israel’s barrier at the West Bank and Disneyland where he painted a life-size figure of a Guantanamo Bay detainee.

Once a small-time graffiti artist from the English city of Bristol, Banksy’s work has become hugely valuable.]]>
10/16/2018 5:46:37 PM
<![CDATA[Arab Lit grants Muhammad Abdel Nabi Best Short Story Award]]>
“Kesetna” was translated into English by Robin Moger. The award which amounts to $250,000 was divided between Abdel Nabi and Moger.

“Kesetna” was published in 2014 as part of Abdel Nabi’s collection entitled “As the Torrent Carries Away a Sleeping Village” published by Merit Publishing House. In 2015, the collection was granted the Best Short-Story Collection Award at the Cairo International Book Fair.

The jury members were translators Thoraya el-Rayyes, and novelists Ruqaya Izzidien, and Ma’n Abu Taleb.

"'Kesetna' is a charming, meticulously crafted tale that explores through metaphor what it means to exist at the margins of an increasingly interconnected, voyeuristic world. The author’s impressive control of tone and pace creates a haunting, playful effect which gives this story its unique, compelling voice. Robin Moger’s translation captures the mood and rhythms of the original in elegant, fluent prose.

The translator succeeds wonderfully at reproducing the distinctive narrative voice of the story with inspired, inventive phrasing," Rayyes said.

10/16/2018 3:26:37 PM
<![CDATA[Carthage Film Festival to kick off Nov.3]]>The festival will honor Indian, Iraqi, Senegalese and Brazilian cinemas. A number of films from these countries will be selected to reflect each country’s culture, concerns and history.

The Egyptian film “Yomeddine” (Judgment Day) will represent Egypt in the festival's 29th edition. The Egyptian movie will participate in the prominent festival's official competition.

“Yomeddine” is directed by Abu Bakr Shawky, and produced by Dina Emam; a real former leprosy patient played the lead role. It tells the story of Beshay, a Coptic Egyptian former patient in the Leprosy Colony. He was lucky enough to be cured, unlike his late wife.

After his wife’s death, Beshay decides to leave the colony and search for his family with his friends; a donkey and a child. Beshay’s journey takes him to the past and to the future as well, exploring how society deals with his disease and highlighting the suffering of leprosy patients in the colony.

The Cinematic Professions Syndicate chose “Yomeddine” to represent Egypt in the 2019 Oscars list for Best Foreign Language Film.

The Oscars will not be the first recognition “Yomeddine” gets, as it was awarded the Francois Chalais Prize at the Cannes International Film festival. The 71st Cannes Film Festival held a press conference with the Egyptian filmmakers of “Yomeddine” after its screening at the festival on May 9.

The screening was attended by many international actors, including Julianne Moore, Louise Bourgoin and Kiko Mizuhara. All the attendees praised the movie’s construction and drama line, as well as the directing technique adopted by Shawky in his debut feature.
“Yomeddine” is the first movie for an Egyptian director to participate in Cannes Film Festival's main competition.

The movie managed to grab the attention of all those who watched it. International media platforms were keen to put the spotlight on “Yomeddine”, writing extremely positive reviews about the movie, which presents an innovative mixture of tragedy, comedy, and condensed shots of emotions and sentiments.

“A man who has recovered from leprosy goes in search of the father who abandoned him in a sentimental drama that infantilizes its lead character,” wrote Peter Bradshaw in The Guardian.

“Recalling about a thousand other titles, with the Lynch films ‘The Elephant Man’ and ‘The Straight Story’ definitely near the top of the list, this is a picaresque road movie about two mismatched characters, with rookie director A.B. Shawky offering a motley and not entirely smooth cocktail of drama and melodrama, a dash of social critique and insight, some chuckles and a few tugs at the heartstrings, mainly by virtue of its near-virtuoso score,” wrote Boyd van Hoeij in The Hollywood Reporter.

It is expected that the nominations for the 2019 Oscars will be released on Jan. 22, 2019, as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the ABC Television Network announced.

10/16/2018 3:21:22 PM
<![CDATA[Kanye gives Ugandan leader sneakers, gets African name]]>
Days after a rambunctious meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump at the White House, a more subdued West presented Yoweri Museveni with a pair of white sports shoes made by his own company that he and Kardashian then signed with a marker pen.

The couple arrived on Friday and are staying at a luxurious safari lodge in a national park that boasts spectacular waterfalls and wild game including buffaloes, antelopes, lions, giraffes and warthogs.

Museveni’s office said the president gave the U.S. entertainment stars Ugandan names.

He dubbed West - who himself declared last month that he wanted to be known as just “Ye” - “Kanyesigye”, a common name among the Banyankore, the ethnic group that Museveni hails from. Kardashian was granted the name “Kemigisha”, meaning “the one with blessings from God,” Museveni’s office said in a statement.

West “expressed happiness at being in Uganda, describing it as his second home,” the statement said, adding that West pledged to put up a “world class tourism school in the country saying it will be a foundation of tourism not only in Uganda but the East Africa region in general.”

Museveni, 74, has been in office since 1986 and in January signed a law that scrapped a 75-year age cap for presidential candidates, a move critics said was aimed at him remaining in power indefinitely.

One of his most vocal critics is 36-year-old pop star-turned-politician Robert Kyagulanyi, known by his stage-name Bobi Wine, who has gained strong support among young Ugandans.

10/16/2018 2:23:19 PM
<![CDATA[Actress who helped trigger India's #MeToo movement 'inspired by God']]>
“I feel God used me to start something which had to happen,” Tanushree Dutta told Reuters. “All these women had this buried deep in their hearts out of shame.”

Dutta, who said she was inspired by Christianity, Buddhism, yoga and the #MeToo movement in the United States, said last month that prominent actor Nana Patekar had sexually harassed her on the set of a movie in 2008.

Patekar has denied wrongdoing.

Dutta said Patekar, 67, had demanded she do intimate dance steps with him in one song in the Hindi-language romantic comedy “Horn OK Pleassss”. When she refused, she said, members of a far right-wing Hindu group attacked her car while she was in it, including jumping on the roof and trying to smash the windscreen.

Dutta, who walked out of the movie, went public with the allegations the same day, but was threatened with legal action by the Hindu group and felt so shamed by those questioning her story and by the way the Indian media treated her that she left Bollywood altogether and went to live in the United States.

Other than a few bit parts, she hasn’t worked in a movie since.

“All of that disgusted me - it took my faith and confidence from the industry,” she said in an interview. “I didn’t want to work here. I still kept in touch and did some work which needed short-term commitments.”

Rajendra Shirodkar, Patekar’s lawyer, has sent Dutta a legal notice asking her to apologize to Patekar or face further legal action. He hasn’t specified what that action would be.

The far-right group, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS), this month filed a complaint with the police against Dutta for comments she made about their chief. The police in turn filed a defamation case against Dutta, currently under investigation, based on the MNS complaint.

Dutta, on holiday in Mumbai, said she hadn’t intended to bring up the issue in public again until she was asked by a reporter whether the #MeeToo movement would ever come to India.

“My answer was that if what happened to me 10 years ago hasn’t been addressed and hasn’t been brought to justice, then how can any movement happen here?” Dutta said. She then repeated her allegations from 2008.

The subsequent story on the Zoom TV channel set off a barrage of other stories in the Indian media about her allegations.

This time, though, she didn’t back off.

“I knew I had to keep the dialogue going ... and other women would speak out. I was in it deep - there was no way out. I was not going to cow down - not the second time for sure,” she said.

Within days of her story hitting the headlines, a wave of allegations - largely against figures in the media and entertainment industries - has swept across social media in India.]]>
10/16/2018 12:43:01 PM
<![CDATA['Al-Shykhukha'; when motherly love turns to sick attachment]]>CAIRO – 14 October 2018: “I wrote these diaries ten years ago, a perspective of a fifty-year-old woman differs from that of a sixty-year-old, although both perspectives with their different aspects and contradictions seek, at the end, to create a sense of acceptance.”

These opening sentences were written by Egyptian writer Latifa al-Zayyat in her diaries “Al-Shykhukha”.

It is a part of a set of diaries called difShykhukha and other storiesr storiesaries called differs from that of a sixty-year-old, although both perspectives with their diffLatifath diary since it resembles her life.

The diary brings together three different perspectives of a woman that goes nameless throughout the diary and who is referred to as "the mother".

The diary depicts the unhealthy relationship between the mother and her daughter, Hannan.

Zayat manages to point out the sickening attachment of the mother to Hannan and prior to this, her husband Ahmed.

The motherrriunhealthy dependency, self-realization and her journey of healing can be traced through Psychoanalysis, as well as, feminism.

The dairies provide a different reading which proves its richness. The mother writes these diaries as a means of a therapeutic act, understanding the self, reaching higher levels of maturity, accomplishing independency in relationships.

“For the second time I have the desire to write my diaries and face myself using the pen and papers.

The diaries are written in simple, everyday language, but with sophisticated images which add depth to the writing.

For example, the dream and the black birds, which I will extensively talk about in the following paragraphs, are so distorted and the use of psychoanalysis is inevitable to create a meaning out of it.

Some images used by Zayyat are explicit when she is referring the mother’s definition of Love: “I butchered my worlds and offered them as a sacrifice to the deity. Thus, I got lost because I've nothing left for myself.''

The image gives a sense of morbidity, how can giving someone love be similar to butchering and sacrificing, unless it is a sick kind of love?

The diaries are not written in a linear way. Zayyat succeeds in engaging the readers into the story. With the existence of three perspectives of the mother at her 40s, 50s and 60s, readers go back and forth in the world of the mother, closely tracing her development and witnessing her journey into maturity and complete independence.

Everything is written from the mother's point of view, even the other characters like her Husband Ahmed, her daughter Hannan and her husband Hesham.

Readers don’t get a neutral representation of these characters, but all are opinionated representations. Thus, at times they are supporting people, and at other times they are evil.

Reading between the lines is the only way to get a true representation of the characters. Ahmed was blamed by the mother for being emotionally detached from her and for a while readers think he is cold-hearted.

But, after getting into the story, readers get to know that Ahmed was actually treating her as a “goddess”, showering her with love in the beginning of their marriage.

By time, the mother misused this love and got addicted to it. She started to blackmail Ahmed to provide her with the same love and care she used to get when they were younger.

But this addiction along with blackmailing made Ahmed emotionally turn away from her.
Furthermore, Hannan was misrepresented as the one suffering from “fetal attachment”.

The mother presented Hannan as the one who was attached to her, the one who doesn’t have a distinguished self, and the one who is dependent on her.

Zayyat manages to display the mother’s misrepresentations of her surroundings in order to depict her fear of realization and inability to accept her sickness.

The mother goes nameless as Zayyat tries to explain how mothers unintentionally erase their personalities and bury them in their husbands and children.

Zayyat describes in one of the paragraphs her relationship with Hannan before detecting the error.

The Mother says “I lived with her each and every moment in our lives: when she is preparing for every exam, when she is waiting in fear for each result, when she passes them all, when she joins the faculty and graduates […] just like fabric my life and her life were woven together that we became one.”

On a first reading, one can envy such intimate relationship between mother and daughter, but on a second reading, one can feel its sickness and unreasonable attachment.

The way the mother loves and cares for the daughter is depicted by Zayyat as immature and child-like. The mother wasn’t taught how to love unconditionally and at the same time keep her distinguished self.

Zayyat is aware of psychoanalysis and its terms and she uses it in the diaries. For example, she provides the mother with variant techniques to alienate herself from the truth and maintain her self-denial.

One time the mother projects her feelings on her daughter when the psychiatrist diagnoses the relationship between Hesham and Hannan as “fetal attachment”.

The mother writes “[..] I am still fighting to make her have her own independent self, away from me or anyone else […]".

A second technique when she contradicts herself showing a Freudian slip of the tongue: “I was completely aware of her dependency on me at the age of 16 after the death of her father […] Hannan has always had her distinguished world away from me..” A third technique when she forgets. The psyche tends to transfer hurtful feelings into forgetfulness.

All these contradictions and projections used by the mother are means of escaping the truth, a way of masking her fear of losing her daughter’s care as she lost Ahmed’s. But the dream is used by Zayyat to let her readers into the mother’s subconscious without any resistance from her Super Ego.
10/15/2018 1:54:55 PM
<![CDATA['Venom,' 'A Star Is Born' Repeat Box Office Wins, 'First Man' Launches to $16.6 Million]]>
Ryan Gosling’s “First Man” launched in third place at the low end of expectations with $16.6 million at 3,640 sites, edging the opening of Sony’s “Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween” with $16.2 million at 3,521 venues.

“Venom,” which declined 56 percent, is the first repeat winner at the box office since “Crazy Rich Asians” won three straight weekends in August. Moviegoers have continued to shrug off negative reviews as the movie has taken in more than $142 million domestically at 4,250 locations in its first 10 days for Sony. It’s also continued the dominance of Marvel’s characters in the superhero movie realm.

“A Star Is Born,” bolstered by stellar reviews and fans excited over the Lady Gaga-Bradley Cooper collaboration, declined by only 33 percent and lifted its 10-day total to more than $94 million at 3,708 venues.

“First Man” audiences gave the film a B+ CinemaScore. Universal’s distribution president Jim Orr said that the “First Man” results were not disappointing, given that the core audience is an older demographic.

“As we’ve seen in this release corridor, quality films like ‘First Man’ — Certified Fresh at 88 percent on Rotten Tomatoes — have strong playability and will have tremendous legs at the box office,” he said. “This weekend’s results are a just a starting point. Quality adult dramas released in this time period produce very healthy multiples. This is very much a marathon, not a sprint.”

“First Man,” directed by Damien Chazelle, follows Neil Armstrong’s life and the years leading up to the Apollo 11 mission to the moon in 1969. “First Man,” which premiered at the Venice Film Festival, is receiving a major campaign for awards. Chazelle won the Best Director Academy Award last year for “La La Land.”

“Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween” debuted slightly above expectations as it aims at family audiences. The original opened with $23.6 million in 2015 on its way to an $80 million domestic total.

Warner Bros.’ third weekend of animated comedy “Smallfoot” took the fifth spot with $9.3 million at 3,606 locations for a 17-day total of $57.6 million. Universal’s third weekend of “Night School” followed in sixth with $8 million at 2,870 sites giving the Kevin Hart-Tiffany Haddish comedy nearly $60 million.

Fox’s “Bad Times at the El Royale” opened below estimates in seventh place with $7.2 million at 2,808 screens. The mystery, which had been pegged for a range between $8 million and $12 million prior to the weekend, stars Dakota Johnson, Chris Hemsworth, Cynthia Erivo, Jeff Bridges, Jon Hamm and Nick Offerman. Critics are supporting “Bad Times,” set at a fictional hotel on the California-Nevada border, with a 75 percent “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Universal’s fourth weekend of “The House With a Clock in its Walls” followed in eighth place with $4 million at 2,791 locations for a 24-day total of $62 million. Fox’s expansion of teen drama “The Hate U Give” finished ninth with $1.8 million at 248 sites.]]>
10/15/2018 1:44:16 PM
<![CDATA[After 'Night Manager' hit, Le Carre's 'Little Drummer Girl' heads to TV]]>
Le Carre’s 1983 book, previously made into a film starring Diane Keaton, is set in the 1970s and follows British actress Charlie as she is recruited by an Israeli spy master to track down a Palestinian militant.

The mini-series was made by the makers of Golden Globe-winning “The Night Manager”, with le Carre’s sons once again executive producers. The author described the story as “quite different”.

“The one thing you can’t do, you can’t be a one-trick pony, you can’t repeat it. We had a massive audience (for “The Night Manager”),” le Carre said at “The Little Drummer Girl” premiere at the BFI London Film Festival on Sunday.

“This will be a different thing ... probably attract a smaller but a much more responsive audience in many ways. It’s not as accessible, it’s more thinking, it’s slower and I think more beautiful.”

“Lady Macbeth” actress Florence Pugh takes the role of Charlie in the series, which also stars “The Shape of Water” actor Michael Shannon and “Big Little Lies” star Alexander Skarsgard.

“She is someone so opinionated, so loud, so sure of herself,” Pugh said of Charlie. “I loved the fact that my character wasn’t necessarily from that (spy) world ... us as the audience, we watch her like we are her.”

Skarsgard plays intelligence agent Becker, who as part of the story’s Israeli spy plot also pretends to be a young Palestinian Charlie travels with across Europe.

“I hope people embrace this show as much as they did ‘The Night Manager’,” he said

10/15/2018 1:35:04 PM
<![CDATA[Nicole Kidman radically transforms for drama 'Destroyer']]>
The Oscar winner swaps her blonde locks for a short bob and rugged style to play Erin Bell, a detective whose past continues to haunt her years after infiltrating a criminal gang undercover in an operation with devastating consequences.

“I just felt her and I felt sadness and I felt pain for her,” Kidman said at the BFI London Film Festival on Sunday.

“I thought there was a restlessness and a complexity to her anger which I thought I had never seen on screen, particularly in the form of a female.”

The 51-year-old is no stranger to changing her looks for roles, such as when she played Virginia Woolf in “The Hours”, for which she won an Oscar.

Critics have praised her performance in “Destroyer” and described her appearance as “almost unrecognizable”.

“The way I look and behave in the film is the result of a lot of trauma,” Kidman said. “That’s the beauty of cinema, you use the image, you don’t always have to have the words.”

Director Karyn Kusama described Bell as a “really complicated human” dealing with regret, guilt and shame. A team of hairdressers and makeup artists worked together to transform Kidman’s looks.

“We talked a lot about sun damage and lack of sleep and drinking too much and not eating well and we landed at a very extreme version of all of that lack of self-care,” Kusama said.]]>
10/15/2018 1:23:14 PM
<![CDATA[Netflix to broadcast 'Titans' in Nov. 2018]]>
The story revolves around a team of heroes with supernatural powers lead by Robin and Night wing, who were characters in the previous “Batman” movie. The team aims to combat evil.

The series is written by Greg Berlanti, Akiva Goldsman, and Geoff Johns. It stars Brenton Thwaites, Anna Diop, and Teagan Croft and is directed by Brad Anderson, Grant Harvey, John Fawcett, and Alex Kalymnios.

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10/15/2018 11:09:14 AM
<![CDATA[Dorra to be honored in Arts and Creativity Festival of Carthage]]>
The festival is set to take place from Oct. 13 to Oct. 19, 2018. The actress expressed her pride and happiness to be selected in the first edition of the Arts and Creativity Festival of Carthage.

“It is a sign that our country is proud of our success, which motivates us to exert greater efforts to succeed and delight the public of Tunisia and all the Arab countries,” said the actress.

Dorra Zarrouk was born on January 13, 1980 in Tunisia. In 2012, she was named the most beautiful Tunisian woman. The actress obtained a degree in Political Sciences from University of Saint Joseph in Beirut, Lebanon.

Dorra played significant roles in the movies “Sheikh Jackson" and “Tisbah Ala Khair” (Good Night) in 2017 and starred in “El-Share’a Elly Warana” (The Street behind us) and "Nesr El-Saeed" series in 2018.The actress was nominated for the Muhr Feature Award for Best Actress.

Dorra was also a member of the jury of the Mediterranean Film Festival of Alexandria in 2014. The actress is the granddaughter of Tunisian economist and politician Ali Zouaoui.

10/14/2018 4:31:41 PM
<![CDATA[Elissa chosen as ambassador for 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.

The 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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10/14/2018 4:05:53 PM
<![CDATA[Angham’s song ‘Bakhaf Afrah’ hits 9 million views on YouTube ]]>

Angham performed for the first time in a massive concert in Saudi Arabia on Saturday, September 22 on the occasion of Saudi Arabian National Day.

Angham’s last 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.

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”.

The singer comes from an artistic family and was born in 1972. Her father is veteran musician and composer Mohamed Ali Sulliman.
Angham is a popular Egyptian singer who started her artistic career in 1987. 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.

Angham was the best-selling female pop artist in 2003. She is famous for her wide vocal range and romantic style.
10/14/2018 4:00:44 PM
<![CDATA['The Shroud Maker'; a satirical play on Palestine's history]]>
This came as part of the celebration of the Contemporary Palestinian Culture's programme of the 70th anniversary of the 1948 Palestinian exodus, also known as the Nakba or the “catastrophe”.

The play proved to be a huge success and so its tour around England continued with performances at the Barbican Theatre in Plymouth, the Unity Theatre as part of Liverpool's Arab Arts Festival, and the Playhouse, ending its tour at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) on October 5.

Egypt Today caught up with Ahmed Masoud to discuss "The Shroud Maker" and the idea behind it.

When asked to describe "The Shroud Maker" in his own words, Masoud explained that the play tells the story of an 84 year old woman who sells shrouds for the dead in order to survive.

“It's a black comedy on the current situation, trying to highlight the humanity of people, the sense of humour and the great instinct of survival that a lot of people around the world have.”

Hajja Souad grew up as the adopted daughter of the British high commissioner's wife, Lady Cunningham. After the Nakba of 1948, she was left alone in the big mansion. As she managed to escape, she found an infant on the side of the Hebron road whom she adopts as her son.

She then moves to the West Bank and becomes a refugee until the October war when she finds herself again forced to flee to Gaza with her son. Elian, her son, then gets married and has a son. Elian gets killed in the first Intifada while Israeli soldiers arrest his wife.

Her Grandson, Ghassan, runs away to the other side of the fence and goes to live with an Arab Druze family who shelter him and later gets him to grow up as an Israeli. He joins the army and leads an incursion on Shujaia to destroy the tunnels, where Hajja Souad is based.

It is a monologue play where all the characters are played by one actress, which is quite a gamble as usually the audience need a very strong and gripping actor to keep them interested and focused.

Masoud stated that the reason behind this daring and bold decision is to “play on the strong Arabic tradition of storytelling; it is the same as having a Hakawati (story teller on stage) who takes the audience on a journey using mostly text but also some props and a lot of sound effects to transport them to an imaginative place.”

Masoud told Egypt Today that the actress who solely carried out the entire play, Julia Tarnoky, gained the part upon a recommendation by actress Kathryn Hunter who did a stage reading of the play in Manchester in June 2017.

Although Tarnoky was quite convincing as Hajja Souad at the different stages of her life, but at various times during the play you can see that audience members were drifting away and losing focus. Not many actors can perform a monologue play and very few are successful at it.

Another question concerning the choice of Tarnoky is her ability to pronounce Arabic words; surely an actress with some Arabic background would have been a more suited choice as it would have given a realistic portrayal of an old aged Palestinian woman.

There are instants during the play that Tarnoky is almost irritating to hear as she pronounces Arabic words such as 'lakan' and 'habibi' with a distinctive foreign accent, making her less believable as Palestinian.

Masoud, a Palestinian writer, director and academic who grew up in the Gaza Strip – Palestine, moved to the UK in 2002 to complete his postgraduate studies in English literature.

Upon the completion of his MA and PhD research, Masoud wrote a few plays and a novel called "Vanished - The Mysterious Disappearance of Mustafa Ouda", which he started writing during his time in Gaza studying in the English Department, Al-Azhar University.

Masoud attributes the source of his thoughts and ideas to the classic English writers as well as the 20th century writers - Graham Swift in particular. In 2005, he started the Al-Zaytouna Dance Theatre where he wrote and directed many dance productions, including an adaptation of Ghassan Kanafani's famous novel "Returning to Haifa".

But it was during the war on Gaza in July 2014 that the idea of "The Shroud Maker" was born. Masoud recalls how he was very worried about his family - “I checked all the news agencies online to make sure that my family's name wasn't there. I didn't know what I would wake up to”.

One evening, he read an interview with a woman who had her shroud shop open. “So I started to imagine her life and how she ended up in this position so I wrote this play”.

The audience are made to feel connected to Hajja Souad as a "real human being" with flaws rather than a "perfect" figure, as she shrewdly makes profit out of people's misery, overcharging them for shrouds.

Although the character of Hajja Souad is based on a real person but Masoud is quick to establish that “the story is very different,” and that it is “dark enough to provide both comedy and deep trauma”.

There is a mixture of comical yet painful words that brings a unique balance of heartache and laughter to the dark satire of Masoud's script, and the audience are left with tears in their eyes even as they try to laugh grimly to Hajja's no-nonsense attitude.

The final scene is met with a standing ovation, with claps filling the studio which moments before trembled with anguish and heartbreak as Hajja Souad utters her last word to her grandson, “Major Ghassan Ellian, I told you I am not going anywhere…Follow your orders, kill everyone in this town and I will make shrouds for them all. I’ll give you 10 percent.”

Masoud proudly tells Egypt Today that “people have loved the play with a lot of feedback that I still need to go through and respond to, but overall people have enjoyed it so much.” And the fact that most of the performances were packed/sold out is an indication of how well received "The Shroud Maker" was during its England tour.

Masoud is busy getting his second novel published; he was reluctant to share its details preferring to keep it under wraps. “It's completed now. I just need to find a home for it.”
10/14/2018 2:52:44 PM
<![CDATA[Know Your Man: Ismail Fouad Kassem's Manual to understand the Middle Eastern man's mindset]]>
The book presents valuable insights and tips to all women from a man's perspective. The book takes you in a journey into the Middle Eastern man’s mindset, showcasing how can women win his mind and heart. The author believes that women should be comfortable showing their feminine vulnerable side, keeping in mind the fact that men and women do see things through different perspectives.

The book also thoroughly displays a wide range of male character types and sets smart strategies in handling each type; while alerting women of the most common red flags to detect before it's too late.

Finally, the author encourages each woman to focus on developing herself, understanding her strength and growing her ambition. Not only would this create a strong platform for her as a human being; but it would also resonate with men, who would perceive her as more enigmatic and attractive which will enable her to make a stronger impression. The author also advises the woman to use both her intelligence and intuition to read between the lines; and to be sensitive to her partner's spontaneous behavior in different situations, such as anger, anxiousness and pressure because these will reveal his true colors and give away any masks he may be wearing intentionally or at the beginning of the relation.

It is worth noting that the event was held in Cairo Festival City Virgin Megastore. Numerous fans attended and engaged in a casual discussion with kassem, in which he welcomed most questions directed to him mostly by female attendees who enjoyed and encouraged Kassem to write more books about the same topic.

An Entrepreneur; Life Coach and an Author, Ismail Fouad Kassem started as a Life Coach on social media through live videos; and grew an impressive base of followers and fans in and outside Egypt.

Ismail is an MBA holder, and an AUC graduate with degrees in Political Science and Psychology. He is also a certified practitioner in NLP, Time Line therapy, Hypnosis; and is also a Reiki Healer.

Ismai Fouad Kassem book Know Your Man  كتاب اعرفي رجلك وعلمي عليه لاسماعيل فؤاد قاسم
Ismail Fouad Kassem new book
10/14/2018 2:09:37 PM
<![CDATA['Beautiful Boy' tackles family's battle with drug addiction]]>
Known for comedies like “Anchorman” and “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” as well as the darker “Foxcatcher”, Carell plays real-life American writer David Sheff in the movie, which is based on the memoirs of Sheff and his son Nic.

The tough and at times tear-jerking film sees Carell’s character struggle to come to terms with the problem, as a teenage Nic, a keen reader and writer with a promising future in college, gets addicted to drugs including crystal meth, goes to rehab, but repeatedly relapses.

“I identified with the fear of a father, of really any parent,” Carell, who has two children, said at the movie’s UK premiere at the BFI London Film Festival on Saturday.

“I think it’s relevant, it’s very timely, it’s an epidemic ... I hope that people realize ... addiction ... has all sorts of stigmas applied to it which it shouldn’t have.”

Chalamet, who was nominated for an Oscar this year for “Call Me by Your Name”, plays Nic, vividly portraying the character as he moves between highs and aggressive lows.

“If you’re talking about the using stages ... not in an ironic way there’s many a video on YouTube and just you go to rehab and ask people about their experiences,” he said, when talking about preparing for his performance.

“There’s a comfort in thinking that drug addicts or addiction can’t affect your family or yourself when the reality is that it’s a very human disease, it doesn’t discriminate.”

The 22-year-old was greeted by screaming fans upon arrival in London’s Leicester Square, with some even giving him gifts such as books and socks on the red carpet.

“It’s great, I feel full of gratitude,” he said.]]>
10/14/2018 12:09:12 PM
<![CDATA[Going for gold: Sotheby's to hold first sale dedicated to precious metal]]>
From antiquities to contemporary pieces, “The Midas Touch” sale on Oct. 17 in London features jewelry, art, furniture - and even a Ferrari car.

“It’s the first time we’ve had a sale totally devoted to gold,” Constantine Frangos, senior director at Sotheby’s, said.

“We’re looking at gold objects that are pure gold, objects that are gilt gold, which means that there is gold leaf on them or the color gold. So we’ve kept it pretty open to cover all types of gold.”

Among the highlights is an 18 carat gold sculpture of Moss’ head made by British artist Marc Quinn, estimated to be worth between 300,000 and 400,000 pounds ($395,000-$527,000).

An artwork with gold leaf by Yves Klein, “Monogold Sans Titre”, is seen fetching 800,000 pounds - 1.2 million pounds, while a Baccarat gilt-bronze and frosted cut-crystal liqueur set in the shape of an elephant is estimated at 250,000 pounds - 400,000 pounds.

The 1977 Ferrari 512 BB model, whose paintwork boasts a rare shade of gold, is priced at 350,000 pounds - 450,000 pounds

“It’s the rarity of gold,” Frangos said of the metal’s popularity. “Gold is extremely rare, and it’s one of the few materials that can’t be reproduced. There’s no such thing as manmade gold.”]]>
10/13/2018 4:08:35 PM
<![CDATA[The truth behind Tamer Hosny health condition]]>
Some said that Hosny performed a surgery in his vocal cords, which the famed singer denied.

Tamer Hosny’s official facebook page stated that the Egyptian star felt sick during shooting the program and was transferred to a hospital in 6th of October and he may need to perform a surgery in his vocal cords.

Hosny departed the hospital and returned to his home, on the other hand his doctor asked him to take rest to ease the stress he imposed on his vocal cords because of hard work in the recent period.

Sources close to Hosny revealed that he exerted much effort recently in the preparation for his latest album "Eish Beshoqak" (Live with Your Passion) and performed a lot of concerts the matter that strained his vocal cords.

“ We apologize for the inability of the artist Tamer Hosny to perform at your university today because of his severe illness as you know, thanks a lot for your cooperation and grasp” a message stated on Hosny’s official Facebook page, apologizing for CIC University that he will not be able to perform the concert at the university as planned.

Hosny performed medical analysis and X-Rays on Friday that revealed that he suffers from sore in his vocal cords; he may need to undergo a surgery if the vocal cords are not treated with medicine.

The Egyptian singer is forbidden to speak and use his cell phones by his doctors. Hosny who is surrounded by his family and friends is coherent with his famous smile to assure to all those who are surrounding him that he will be fine.

Hosny’s song "Eish Beshoqak" amassed millions of viewers directly after it had been released on his official channel on YouTube.

"Eish Beshoqak" was composed by Mostafa Hassan, distributed by Hany Mahrous and Bilal Sorour and directed by Hadi El Bagoury.

The video clip of "Eish Beshoqak" shows Hosny meeting with people in the streets and trying to draw a smile on their faces despite of the problems they face on a daily basis.

Hosny hits the one-billion views mark on all his songs on his YouTube channel on September 2.

“A billion thanks for the more than one billion views on Tamer Hosny’s official YouTube channel,” stated Hosny on his official Facebook page.

Hosny is a singer, songwriter, composer and actor. He began his musical career in 2002 when he released his first album. His romantic music has made him "the Star of the Generation", a name given to him by his fans.

Hosny won many awards, such as Best Selling Album in 2002 from the Nile Variety channel, Best Arab Artist at Murex D’Or in 2014 and 2016, and Best Arab Artist at the Middle East Music Awards in 2015. He is also the first Arab artist to receive more than 100 million views on Anghami.

Hosny recently performed a series of concerts in the Middle East, including a concert in Jordan at Arena Theatre and another one in Abu Dhabi.

His latest movie “El Badla” (The Suit) which was released in Eid el Adha achieved high revenues reached to more than L.E 30 Million. He plays in the movie the role of a police officer who finds himself involved in a number of critical situations due to the nature of his job.

“El Badla” stars Amina Khalil, Maged el-Masry, Dalal Abdel Aziz, Hassan Hosny and Mai Kassab, among others. The movie is written by Ayman Bahagat Kamar and directed by Mando el-Adl.

Hosny was the first Arab pop singer to perform a concert in Jeddah city in Saudi Arabia, on March 30. The concert witnessed the attendance of thousands of Saudis, about 90 percent of which were women. Hosny performed on a massive stage, made especially where all audience seats were either red, white or black; the three colors of Egypt’s flag.

The concert was organized under the auspices of the Saudi General Entertainment Authority, which stated that Hosny was chosen to perform such a huge concert because of his popularity among all Saudis.

Hosny headed to Los Angeles and had his handprint and footprint permanently engraved on the Forecourt of the Stars at Hollywood's iconic Chinese Theatre in August 2017.

In the singers’ category, Hosny claimed the second rank after French Montana in Forbes’ "Arab Stars on the Global Stage" list.
10/13/2018 4:00:36 PM
<![CDATA[For the first time John Cena stars in an Egyptian Movie ]]>
“ El Tagroba el Mexicia” is produced by Hussain Al Qolla and written by Mahmoud Hemdan and Mohamed Mehrez.

John Cena will appear in the movie with his real identity as a wrestler.

“El Tagroba el Mexicia” revolves around a special Mexican experience that will be a surprise for the audience .

It is expected that another wrestler will perform in the film alongside Cena, but that decision is yet to be decided.

Furthermore, the film writer Mahmoud Hemdan announced that the film will be a blend of comedy and action, and that almost 60% of the scenes will be filmed in Mexico, while 40% will be filmed in Egypt.

The producer further revealed that all scenes related to Cena will be filmed locally.

Hemdan further stated that contacting the famed wrestler was not an easy task.

Eventually, a person close to the wrester was contacted and managed to convince Cina to participate in the anticipated film.

According to Hemdan, Cena insisted on a humongous price, which is equivalent to the budget of two local movies.

Hemdan also reveals that Egyptian media wrote that the star demanded $300,000 for his role in the film; however, the truth is that the number demanded by the wrestler was greater.

According to Hemdan, the reasons for hiring a global wrestler in the film, is because that there is a desire to market the "Mexican experience" on a global level, which of course requires the existence of a world-renowned star.

The nature and events of the film require a foreign wrestler, and the production company could not find a wrester more suitable for the role than Cena.

10/13/2018 1:22:58 PM
<![CDATA[Reda, ezz garnered the best actress and actor award at ACA]]>
Ezz garnered the award on his dazzling role in "El Khaleya" ( The Cell) movie while Reda was awarded on her role in "Photocopy" movie.

“El Khaleya” achieved not only the highest revenues in 2017 but is also the highest grossing movie in Egyptian cinema history. The movie made about LE 55 million.

The movie highlights the continuous efforts exerted by security forces to combat terrorism, as well as the obstacles and the sufferings they face as a result of such tough work. The movie focuses on a special operations officer played by Egyptian megastar Ahmed Ezz.

He works to stop more than one terrorist operation and arrests various terrorist cells. “El-Khaleya” stars besides Ezz, Samer el-Masrie, Mohamed Mamdouh and Amina Khalil. The movie’s script is written by Salah el-Geheny, while Tarek el-Erian wrote the story and directed the movie. The film includes a duet song between famous singers Assala and Mahmoud Elesseily. “El-Khaleya” is considered a high-budget action movie.

Amr Salah, an officer from the special operations sector in the Ministry of Interior, was killed on October 20 during confrontations between police forces and terrorists in an oasis in the Western Desert. He had participated in “El-Khaleya,” training Ezz and fellow actors on police exercises shown in the movie.

Salah also appeared in a few scenes in the film as an actor. He appeared in one scene changing clothes in the locker room, another in a raid, the scene with the armored vehicle, as well as in most of the scenes with Ezz in the camp.

" Photocopy" narrates the story of an elderly man who, upon his retirement, decides to open a photocopying shop. He begins to re-discover life, his love for his neighbor and the people around him.

The movie stars beside Reda Mahmoud Hemeida, Farah Youssef, Aly Tayeb and Ahmed Dash, among others. It was written by Haitham Dabbour and directed by Tamer Ashry.

"Photocopy" premiered at the first edition of GFF on 2017, and won El-Gouna Golden Star Award for Best Arabic Feature Narrative Film. The movie was also screened at the fifth International Arab Cinema Meetings in Marseille on November 22.

"Photocopy" was shown as the closing film in the Arabian Cinema Week in New York City on November 23. The film was also screened in Cairo International Film Festival on Friday, November 24.

Egyptian journalist and "Photocopy" scriptwriter, Dabbour, previously stated in an interview with Egypt Today that he chose to present a love story between an elderly couple because this type of love stories “has not been well-presented in the Egyptian cinema.”

The script was nominated for the Sawiris Cultural Awards. Dabbour explained that he worked a lot on the script to develop it before reaching the final version. He began writing it in 2013 and finished a year later.

"Photocopy" tackles issues and problems facing the elderly, topics that are rarely addressed in Egyptian cinema. “The main challenge that faced me while writing such a different movie is to maintain high artistic sides and values and at the same time remain amusing for the audience, so they would not get bored,” Dabbour explained.

10/13/2018 1:04:00 PM
<![CDATA[Naguib Mahfouz’s 'Midaq Alley' screens in Mexican Cinema]]>
The movie, “Zoqaq el-Mo’egezat” (The Alley of Miracles), inspired by Mahfouz’s novel “Zoqaq al-Midaq” (Midaq Alley), screened in a Mexican cinema. The movie was produced in the year 1995 and was directed by George Fons, and written by Vincent Lenero.

The movie was the acting debut of Hollywood star Salma Hayek. It was granted a total of 49 awards and Hayek was also granted an award in Mexico in 1995 for her role in the movie.

Even though some changes have been made to the movie in order to better represent the Mexican society, the movie shows that the Egyptian and Mexican societies have a lot in common.

The movie was nominated to win the Golden Bear award in Berlin’s International Film Festival and gained the appraisal of the Mexican audience.

"Midaq Alley" is the English translation of "Zuqāq al-Midaq" by Naguib Mahfouz, released in English in 1966. The story is about Midaq Alley, a teeming back street in Cairo which is a microcosm of the world.

Mahfouz played on the cultural setting. The novel was introduced with a focus on the Arabic culture. The novel takes place in the 1940’s and represents standing on the threshold of a modern era in Cairo and the rest of the nation.

naguib mahfouz

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

Mahfouz at the age of 82 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 Rushy should be killed for writing that novel. Naguib Mahfouz, in spite of considering the novel disrespectful to Islam, took a position against inciting violence towards Rushdy.

This incident however directed attention to Mahfouz’s controversial novel “Awlad Haretna” (The Chidren of Our Avenue). It 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, appointing the dark son Adham to run the business instead of Idris the eldest son, relaying the story of Adam and Satan, then the quarrel between Satan and God, and later mentioning 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, 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; his novels were informative and showed the development of Egypt in the 20th century.

Mahfouz’s first novel was “Khufu’s Wisodm” and he also 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 newspaper Al-Ahram and Al-Ahram Weekly in 1971including “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 and 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 and there are now around 600 editions in 40 languages for his works displayed at AUC Press.

10/13/2018 12:39:21 PM
<![CDATA[Khartoum Arab Film Festival to honor Farouk al-Fishawy]]>
The Sudanese festival decided to honor the Egyptian star and grant him the Creative Shield Award for his enriching film career that spanned over decades.

A total of three Egyptian movies are expected to participate in the festival:

• "El-Asleyeen" (The Originals) starring Mena Shalaby, Maged el-Kedwany, Khaled el-Sawy.

• "Torab Al-Mas" (Diamond Dust) starring Menna Shalabi, Eyad Nassar and Asser Yassin.

• "Photocopy" starring Mahmoud Hemeida and Sherine Reda.

Khartoum Arab Film Festival will honor also veteran Egyptian actress Elham Shaheen.

It is worth noting that Alexandria International Film Festival for Mediterranean Countries honored veteran Egyptian actor, Fishawy, who announced he is struggling with cancer.

The announcement shocked the attendees who wished the veteran artist a speedy and full recovery. Fishawy assured his fans that he is going to face and defeat this deadly disease.

After being honored, Fishawy said that his doctor informed him of this news, adding that he will strongly face the disease, and will deal with it as a simple headache.

“I will defeat the disease with determination and will, and next year I will be here again at the very same festival,” Feshawy told the attendees.

The opening ceremony of the 34th edition of the Alexandria Film Festival for Mediterranean Countries (AIFF) kicked off on Wednesday, October 3, at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina.

10/13/2018 12:27:01 PM
<![CDATA[ACA awards to kick off Friday]]>
Eight actors and actresses are competing for ACA awards. Three Egyptian actors are competing for Best Supporting roles for males who are Fathy Abdel Wahab on his role in "Hobot Edterary" ( Forced Escape) , Ahmed Malek for his role in "Sheikh Jackson" and Mohmed Mamdouh for his role in " El Khaleya" ( The Cell).

Five female actors are competing for Best Supporting roles for females who are Riham Abdel Ghafour on her role in "El Khaleya", Dina el Sherbiny on her role in " Horob Edeterary", Basma on her role in "Sheikh Jackson", Asmaa Fawzy on her role in "Akhdar Yabes" ( Withered Green) and Salwa Mohamed Aly for her role in " Ali the Goat and Ibrahim".

Dear Guest magazine, the organizer of the 3rd Arabian Cinema Awards Festival (ACA), announced the nominees of the ACA Awards for movies produced in 2017.

The nominated winners were chosen by members of an academy consisting of a number of experts in Egypt’s film industry.

The other nominees for the 2017 ACA Awards are as follows:

Best film production:

• “Al Asleyeen” (The Originals)
• “Al Khaleya”
• “Photocopy”
• “Mawlana” ( The Preacher)
• “El Sheikh Jackson”
• “Al Kenz” ( The Treasure)

Best director:

• Tarek Al Eryan for “Al Khaleya”
• Marwan Hamed for ‘”Al Asleyeen”
• Shereef al Bendar for “Ali, Ma’za Wa Ibrahim”
• Amr Salama for “El Sheikh Jackson”
• Mohammed Hammad for “Akhdar Yabes”

Best montage:

• Ahmed Hafez for “El Sheikh Jackson”
• Ahmed Hafez for “Al Asleyeen”
• Ahmed Hamdy for “El Khaleya”
• Dalia Al Nasser for “Al Kenz”
• Mohammed al Sharkawy & Mohammed Hammad for “Akhdar Yabes”

Best Make-up artist:

• Tarek Mustafa for “Al Asleyeen”
• Mohammed Yusuf for “Al Khaleya”
• Shereef Helal for “Al Kenz”
• Tarek Mustafa for “El Sheikh Jackson”
• Tarek Mustafa for “Photocopy”

Best hairstylist:

• Sabry Abd el Dayem for “Photocopy”
• George Refa’at/Haitham Dahab/Ahmed Rezk for “Al Asleyeen”
• Haitham Dahab for “Al Khaleya”

Best decorist:

• Mohammed Ateya for “Al Asleyeen”
• Ahmed Fayez for “Ali, Ma’za Wa Ibrahim”
• Hend Haidar for “El Sheikh Jackson”
• Anas Abu Seif for “Al Kenz”
• Mohammed Ateya for “Al Khaleya”

Best sound montage:

• Ahmed Abu el Saad for “Al Kenz”
• Sara Kadoori for “El Sheikh Jackson”
• Sebastian Tyche for “Ali, Ma’za Wa Ibrahim”
• Amro Aloush for “Horoob Eterari”
• Islam Haseeb for “Bank el Haz”

Best director of photography:

• Mazen al Motagawel for “Al Khaleya”
• Ahmed al Morsy for “Al Asleyeen”
• Ahmed Beshara for “Mawlana”
• Ahmed Beshara for “El Sheikh Jackson”
• Ayman Abu el Makarrem for “Al Kenz”

Best sound mix:

• Ahmed Gaber for “Al Khaleya”
• Ahmed Abu el Saad for “Al Asleyeen”
• Stephan De Dequincy for “El Sheikh Jackson”
• Ahmed Abu el Saad for “Al Kenz”
• Tarek Aloush for “Horoob Eterari”

Best visual effects:

• Aroma for “El Sheikh Jackson”
• Yasser el Naggar for “Al Kenz”
• Yasser el Naggar for “Al Khaleya”
• Yasser el Naggar for “Al Asleyeen”
• Hany el Maghrabi & Squids for “Horoob Eterari”

Best soundtrack:

• Hisham Nazeeh for “Al Asleyeen”
• Sari for “Al Khaleya”
• Hisham Nazeeh for “Al Kenz”
• Mohammed Shafique for “Horoob Eterari”
• Layal Watfa for “Photocopy”

Best scenarist:

• Mohammed Hammad for “Akhdar Yabes”
• Ibrahim Essa for “Mawlana”
• Ahmed Morad for “Al Asleyeen”
• Salah Al Jihini for “Al Khaleya”
• Inas lotfy for “Bashtery Ragel”

Best song:

• “Shar we Khair” by Asala & Eseely for “Al Khaleya”
• “El Laf Fel Shaware’e” (Roaming the Streets) by Mohammed Mohsen for “Ali, Ma’za and Ibrahim”
• Mohammed Mohsen for “Ali, Ma’za and Ibrahim”
• “El Hob el Mostaheel” (Impossible Love) for “Al Kenz” by Nesma Mahgoub
• “Wara el Shababeek” (Behind Windows) by Elissa & Tamer Hosny for “Tesbah Ala Khair” (Good Night)
• “Horoob Eterari” by MTM for “Horoob Eterari”

• Best stylist:

• Malak Thu el Faqqar for “Al Kenz”
• Reham Assem for “Al Khaleya”
• Kholoud Saad for “Akhdar Yabes”
• Reem al Adl for “El Sheikh Jackson”
• Islam Yusuf for “Antar Ibn Ibn Ibn Ibn Shaddad”

10/12/2018 5:03:40 PM
<![CDATA[Hollywood rewrites its script to resist Trump in midterms]]>
The sign stands for a political action committee that supports Democrats running for state posts in Republican-controlled Ohio, Michigan, Georgia, Wisconsin, Texas and Florida - OMG WTF being the first letters of each state.

But the acronym is also a “sentiment we all feel on a daily basis,” Ben Sheehan, a former producer of “Funny or Die” comedy videos, told the crowd to laughs.

Hollywood has been at the forefront of the political resistance to President Donald Trump, using awards shows, social media and donations to promote progressive positions on issues from immigration to gun control.

Now, the entertainment industry is using its star power and creativity to support down-ballot candidates in the Nov. 6 elections. Down-ballot races are typically state and local positions that are listed on voting ballots below national posts.

This approach is part of the way Hollywood is rewriting its script for political action following Trump’s shock election in 2016.

Every four years, celebrities headline fundraisers and hit the campaign trail for presidential hopefuls. A lengthy roster from Katy Perry to George Clooney and LeBron James endorsed Democrat Hillary Clinton, Trump’s rival.

Taylor Swift endorsed Phil Bredesen (C) for Senate and Jim Cooper (R) for House of Representatives in Tennessee.
But A-list entertainers typically have been less visible in midterm elections, and when they have appeared, it has been for high-profile races. On Sunday, pop singer Taylor Swift broke her silence on politics to endorse Democratic candidates for governor and the U.S. Senate in Tennessee.

After Trump took office and started instituting policies such as a travel ban for people from several Muslim-majority nations, Hollywood talent grew eager to push back, according to political strategists, who took a hard look at how the industry could respond most effectively.

Some Hollywood groups were already targeting U.S. Senate and House of Representatives seats as Democrats seek to win control of those bodies from Trump’s Republicans and block his agenda.

So 33-year-old Sheehan started OMG WTF to draw attention to under-the-radar races such as for governor and attorney general.

The group has hosted an improv comedy night for Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams and a magic show for Gretchen Whitmer, a candidate for governor in Michigan.

Celebrities including “Glee” star Darren Criss and “West Wing” actor Bradley Whitford have taken part in its events, which are aimed particularly at voters under 35, an age group with historically low turnout.

Whitford said intensifying the focus on down-ballot races was especially important for Democrats.

“On the right, if they lose an election, they run for school board, they run for attorney general and they start a think tank,” Whitford said in an interview. “The left throws their hands up and says the system is corrupt, and ends up not participating.”

“I think we need to cultivate that awareness among progressive voters, especially among the young people,” he said.

At the piano-bar fundraiser, guests sipped Dark ‘n Stormy and White Russian cocktails under a mirrored disco ball while Sheehan explained the significance of down-ballot races.

State office holders can serve as a check on Trump, he told attendees. Attorneys general have the power to sue to block federal laws, while secretaries of state influence voter access. Many governors, Sheehan added, can veto gerrymandered congressional district boundaries that state legislatures reshape once a decade.

“When the federal government is not going to act, we can piece change together state by state,” Sheehan said.

Plus, state leaders become the bench to draw candidates from for future national races, he added.

OMG WTF said it raised more than $100,000 in the first few weeks after its launch this summer. The money is donated to Democrats running in down-ballot races and finances educational material and events on college campuses.

Alyssa Milano has worked the phones on behalf of Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum.
Elsewhere, singer John Legend has urged support for district attorney candidates who favor criminal justice reform, and Alyssa Milano has worked the phones on behalf of candidates including Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum.

The influence that celebrities have on elections is unclear. After Clinton lost, there were questions about whether some voters were turned off by having Hollywood stars jet into their states and telling them how to vote.

This time, strategists are directing celebrities to races in their home states, where they know people and the local issues and can help raise candidates’ name recognition.

“When it comes to local races, people who have celebrity status and have a genuine connection to the candidate or race, I don’t think that hurts,” said Hannah Linkenhoker, senior political strategist at talent agency ICM Partners and founder of ICM Politics.

Swift and pop idol Rihanna this week made public appeals for people to register to vote.

Amos Buhai, media company Endeavor’s vice president of government relations, said activists in Hollywood will need to measure if registrations translate into votes.

Endeavor is hosting a non-partisan event this month in Nashville where celebrities will walk people to early-voting stations. Organizers hope to use the event to measure how many people actually cast ballots in early voting.

“If it’s successful, it’s something we could see expanding in 2020,” Buhai said.]]>
10/12/2018 2:18:11 PM
<![CDATA[Aladdin in the flesh - Disney to release live-action remake next May]]>
Disney has announced that it is planning to release a live-action adaptation next May of its animated classic Aladdin, the ancient tale of the penniless market boy who, with a little help from a certain genie in a lamp, marries the headstrong Princess Jasmine.

The remake, shot in London and on location in Jordan, is directed by Guy Ritchie and stars Will Smith as the Genie, Mena Massoud as Aladdin and Naomi Scott as Princess Jasmine, Disney said.

One early fan is Will Smith himself, who took to Instagram to share his enthusiasm for his latest role: “LEMME OUT!! Can’t wait for y’all to see Me BLUE! :-)”, he wrote.

Disney, which released a teaser trailer on YouTube to spread the word of its new production, said the film score includes new songs as well as re-recordings of the original songs written by Alan Menken and lyricists Howard Ashman and Tim Rice.]]>
10/12/2018 2:14:17 PM
<![CDATA[Keira Knightley brings period drama 'Colette' to rainy London]]>
The 33-year old, known for other costume dramas including “The Duchess” and “Pride & Prejudice”, portrays Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette during the early part of her life.

The story kicks off when she leaves her Burgundy village in late 19th century France to marry older writer Henry Gauthier-Villars, known as Willy.

Colette ghost-writes for him what becomes a successful and trend-setting novel, then pens several more under pressure from her husband. The film follows Colette as she has gay love affairs and eventually fights Willy for the books’ rights.

“I feel unbelievably empowered by this story because it’s a story of a woman who steps out from the shadow of a man and finds her own voice and lives her own truth and I found that incredibly inspiring,” Knightley said at the premiere of the film at the BFI London Film Festival.

Knightley, who has a young daughter, made headlines this week after she penned an essay for book “Feminists Don’t Wear Pink (And Other Lies)” talking about childbirth. Some outlets accused her of criticizing Prince William’s wife Kate’s polished looks coming out of hospital soon after labor.

“I think it’s very interesting that certain parts of the media have ... misrepresented my meaning and exactly what I said,” Knightley said.

“The comments that I made ... are completely about our culture that silences women’s’ truths and forces us all to hide and I absolutely didn’t shame anybody in any way, in fact quite the opposite.”

The “Pirates of the Caribbean” actress was joined on the red carpet by her co-stars, including Dominic West, who described Colette and his character Willy as an “early exponent of the celebrity couples”.

“They were the Kim (Kardashian) and Kanye (West) of their day and every party wasn’t a party until Colette and Willy turned up,” he said.

Director Wash Westmoreland said the movie was long in the making.

“This film has taken 17 years from writing it to getting on the big screen,” he said. “It was originally from my co-writer, co-director and late husband Richard Glatzer, so to see his name on the big screen again really means a lot.”]]>
10/12/2018 2:10:46 PM
<![CDATA[Abdel Wahab’s ‘Nasay’ hits about 2 million views on YouTube]]>

Abdel Wahab released "Nasay" on her official channel two days ago."Nasay" is written by Tamer Hussein and composed by Tamer Aly. "Nasay" is from Abdel Wahab's coming album which will bear the same name.

Abdel Wahab released last August a song titled “Zaman” (The Old Days) also as part of “Nasai” album. “Zaman” is written by Amir Tema, composed by Khaled Ezz and distributed by El Nabulsi.

Abdel Wahab performed a big concert at Hilton London Park Lane on Aug. 25 during Eid el-Adha.

Abdel Wahab is an Egyptian singer, actress, TV host and a former judge on MBC's “The Voice”.

She is considered one of the most prominent female artists locally and in the Pan-Arab region.

She is a popular Egyptian singer who was born in 1980. She started her career in 2000. Two years later, music producer Nassr Mahrous, who strongly believed in Abdel Wahab, paired her with Tamer Hosny on the same music album.

The album achieved booming success; Abdel Wahab and Hosny became mega stars.

Abdel Wahab has released a lot of successful songs, such as “Masha’aer’’ (Emotions), "Albi Leek" (My Heart is For You), “Garh Tany” (Another Wound), “Lazem Ayesh” (I Have to Survive) and “Batmenak” (I Am Assuring You) among others.

She acted in only one movie, “Mido Mashakel” (Troublemaker Mido), alongside Egyptian megastar Ahmed Helmy. Her only soap opera, “Tare’y” (My Path), was released in 2015 and achieved great success.

Abdel Wahab is famous for her emotional, melodious voice that has a significant touch of intimacy. She is consistently hailed as one of the most talented and successful singers of her generation, being dubbed as “The Queen of Emotions” for her popular romantic ballads.

The artist has two daughters, Hana and Maryam.]]>
10/12/2018 2:05:19 PM
<![CDATA[21 Scientists and Researches Analyze the Historical City: Cairo]]>center of attention of most academics and historians around the world,
analyzing and understanding the historical center of the most significant country in the
MENA region.

As a nod to Cairo’s role as the region’s beating heart, the National Center for Translation produced a book entitled “Cairo: An International City;New Middle East in the midst of Globalization”.

The book is written by Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Public Relations in the American University in Washington, Diane Singerman. The first copy in English was printed in the 2009.

According to Heba Rabee, the book focuses on;anthropology, social sciences, architectural planning, politics, economics and antiquities.

Twenty-one researchers of several nationalities have been working hard to write a detailed book exposing everything in Cairo; its shabby areas most luxurious spaces. Public parks, theatrical entities, cinematic spaces and even cultural and folkloric celebrations will be central to the much much-anticipated print.

Researcher Eric Dennis attempts to reveal Cairo from his own eyes in the book’s first part, Omneya Shaker alludes to the city’s more socialist elements in the book’s second part, Eric Denis and Leila Vignal reveal it as an international hubs in third part, Saeed Sadek exposes it as a cultural hub in the book’s fourth part.

The book is greatly anticipated for readers eager to learn and understand what happened in Egypt during different regimes, based on detailed analysis.]]>
10/12/2018 1:45:04 PM
<![CDATA[Check out Italian Artist artist Vito Nesta’s newest collection on Cairo]]>
The Grand Tour Dishes are a personal project that follows the designer’s journeys and
travels. The artist brilliantly manages to blend factual and imaginary elements into his

Nesta imagines the tales of Ancient Egyptian women on the Cairo Plates, as he portrays them in traditional headdresses, deep in thought. These women take the forepart of the landscape.

The lady’s backpacks are made up of colorful fruits and flowers and serves as a representation of the conversation between humans and the beauty apparent in the mixture of warm and cold colors. 

The Lebanon Plates focus more on the past, in illustrating scenery from a time far gone
and the men and animals inhabiting that scenery.

Kenya’s Plates use smells, colors and stories of African warrior populations to explore the country through that angle.

Nesta was born in Milan and then moved to Florence. He later attained his degree in
interior design. His pieces stand out because they are inspired by the artist’s love for all cultures and his voyaging.]]>
10/12/2018 1:20:01 PM
<![CDATA[Queenz Quartet to perform on Oct. 18 in Umm Kulthum Museum ]]>
The band consists of four ladies:
• Amira Ali – primary violin
• Caroline Amgad – secondary violin
• Nourhan Osama – viola
• Amany Ghouneim – cello

The ladies will perform numerous musical compositions of the golden era, such as “Zorooni Kol Sana Mara” (Visit me once a year) for late legendary musician Sayed Darwish, “Hanna al-Sakran” (Hanna, the Drunk) for Lebanese veteran singer Fayrouz, “Feha Haga Helwa” (There is something beautiful about it) for veteran Egyptian composer Omar Khairat, among other musical pieces.

The four ladies are graduates of the Cairo Conservatoire, which is the primary music conservatory in Egypt; they perform in the Cairo Symphony Orchestra. The young stars grabbed the attention of the audience for the first time during one of the youth forums held in Sharm El-Sheikh.

The ladies then proceeded to perform in numerous cultural events in El-Sawy Culture Wheel and Cairo Opera House.

10/11/2018 4:59:31 PM
<![CDATA[Min. of culture to inaugurate 10th Cairo Jazz Festival on Oct. 11]]>
The Cairo Jazz Festival launched its 10th edition during a press conference held on Oct.3 at the InterContinental Cairo Semiramis.

Founder of the Cairo Jazz Festival Amro Salah said that the festival aims to raise awareness about Jazz music through inviting 14 countries, including Germany, Hungary, Austria, Netherlands, Japan, Luxembourg and Finland for the first time to present 21 concerts over four days.

Among the international stars participating in the festival are Syrian Lynn Adib, Portuguese Rita Maria, Austrian David Halbuck, Czech Dan Barta, Hungarian Esther Fakzi and Jerome Klein band from Luxembourg.

Egyptian-German band Cairo Steps, Egyptian Singer Nouran Abu Taleb, as well as the Egyptian bands Hawidro and Baghdadi will also partake in the festival.

In this regard, Salah revealed that the AUC will provide 12 bus lines at different places, and that the festival’s tickets cost LE 200 for a whole day.

In the same context, Cultural Adviser to the President of the American University in Cairo, Heinz Mahoney, pointed out that holding this year’s edition at the AUC's new campus in the fifth settlement aims to build an artistic and cultural center in New Cairo.

10/11/2018 3:38:28 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt to participate in 2018 Frankfurt International Book Fair]]>
In this regard, Director General of Exhibitions in the Book Authority, Islam Bayoumi, previously remarked that the Egyptian pavilion at the fair will promote for the Golden Jubilee of the Cairo International Book Fair.

Bayoumi added that the General Egyptian Book Authority printed an English brochure, which includes all the details about the golden jubilee to attract foreign publishing houses.

He further remarked that the authority will screen during the Frankfurt book fair a promotional film about Cairo International Book Fair, and will present editions of the National Library documents as well as publications from the Bibliotheca Alexandrina.

The Golden Jubilee of the Cairo International Book Fair will kick off on Jan. 23, 2019, the Cairo International Book Fair’s official Facebook page declared on August 29.

The Golden Jubilee of Cairo International Book Fair has chosen the Arab League as the guest of honor. Also, great writer and ex-Minister of Culture, Tharwat Okasha, and late great writer Soheir al-Kalamawi are set to be figures of the year in the 50th edition of the book fair.

Haitham el-Hag, head of the Egyptian General Authority for Books, announced that Serbia is participating for the first time in the Cairo International Book Fair. Furthermore, Hag stated that agreements between officials from Egypt and Serbia on cultural exchange have been made.

Hag continued that Egypt is supposed to participate for the first time in Belgrade’s International Book Fair in 2018 and 2019 and will be the fair’s guest of honor in 2020.
Hag finally stated that Cyprus is also participating for the first time in the book fair’s Golden Jubilee.

It is worth mentioning that 27 countries, including 17 Arab countries and 10 foreign countries participated in the 49th Cairo International Book Fair, which ran from Jan. 27 to Feb. 10.

Late veteran writer Abdel Rahaman el-Sharakawy was chosen as figure of the year because he participated in the renewal of religious discourse, in addition to being a renowned theatrical writer.
10/11/2018 2:15:46 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt to host 21st of Arab Cultural Ministries conference ]]>
Under the auspices of President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, the conference entitled “Arab Jerusalem” will be held in cooperation with the Arab League Educational Cultural and Scientific Organization (ALECSO) and will be led by Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem.

During a press conference, Abdel Dayem said that the conference is an important event that gathers Arabs to discuss ways to achieve intellectual mutual support, strengthen the Arab identity and promote dialogue with the world.

In this year’s edition, the conference will shed light on “The Arab Cultural Project in the face of Current Challenges”.

In its 20th edition held at ALECSO headquarters in Tunisia, the conference declared April 4 of each year to be “Arabic Manuscripts Day” to reflect the wealth of the Arab-Islamic culture.

The conference will be preceded by a meeting of the Standing Committee for Arab Culture on October 12-13, 2018, where the recommendations and resolutions of the 20th session of the conference will be examined, as declared by ALECSO.

10/11/2018 2:05:57 PM
<![CDATA[Min. of Antiquities receives ancient coffin’s cover ]]>
The Egyptian Embassy in Kuwait coordinated with the concerned authorities to hand over the coffin’s cover, according to a statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The ministries of foreign affairs and antiquities lauded the Kuwaiti authorities’ efforts and cooperation with the Egyptian Embassy in Kuwait to deliver the Egyptian artifact.

The Egyptian Embassy in Kuwait received on Monday, Oct. 8, the cover of the wooden ancient coffin, which was smuggled to Kuwait on March 1.

Egypt's Ambassador in Kuwait Tarek el-Koni thanked Kuwaiti authorities, the National Council for Culture, Arts and Letters Kuwait, the General Administration of Customs, Kuwaiti Foreign Ministry, and the Antiquities Department for their cooperation to send the cover back to Egypt.

Kuwaiti General Administration of Customs and Kuwait International Airport seized the cover of a wooden ancient coffin among air cargo coming from Egypt, and a tripartite committee confirmed that it is an archaeological piece.

Since 2017, the Ministry of Antiquities has seized and restored many ancient artifacts. Previously, Egypt received 118 ancient Egyptian artifacts that were smuggled to Italy, according to Egyptian General Prosecutor Nabil Sadek.

The statement of the general prosecutor affirmed that authorities of Cairo International Airport received the artifacts returning from Italy.

Italian prosecution in Salerno, Italy, agreed to return to Egypt the smuggled artifacts that the Italian authorities seized in Naples, Italy, in May.

This came in response to Egyptian prosecutor-general's request to Italy to bring back the ancient Egyptian artifacts.

The Returned Coffin - Egypt Today
The returned coffin cover - Egypt Today
10/11/2018 1:57:31 PM
<![CDATA[BFI London Film Festival 62nd edition kicks off Oct. 10]]>
Numerous movies are expected to participate in the event, and many films will be participating in the London Film Festival for the first time. The American film “Widows” will screen during the opening ceremony of the event.

The program of the festival's 62nd edition is going to consist of 225 feature films; 21 being displayed for the first time in an international festival.

The festival’s 62nd edition program will showcase 46 documentaries, four animation films, nine international movies displayed for the first time outside the countries of origin/production, 18 classic British films, and 160 short movies.

It is worth noting that 77 countries will be participating in the London Film Festival this year. The films will be displayed on a total of 18 large screens, hosted by 13 different cinematic theatres around the English capital.

“Capernaum” (Award Winner in Cannes Film Festival) for Nadine Labaki, is an Arabic film participating in the festival’s 62nd edition.

Egyptian film “Yomeddine”, directed by Abu Bakr Shawky is also participating in the London Film Festival, along with the long documentary titled “The Far Dream” directed by Ramadan Omara and Juana Domka.

Furthermore, “Waladi” (My Son) for director Mohamed Ben Attia and “Omara and the Second Marriage" from Tunisia will participate in the festival.

From Sudan, “Akasha” directed by Hajooj Kuka will participate in the festival's 62nd edition. The Sudanese film was displayed in Venice, during the “Critic’s Week"; it displays the previous civil war in Sudan in a comical way.

The festival's 62nd edition organized several discussion sessions and seminars for audience and concerned individuals in the film industry to discuss the displayed films.

A summit named after British actress Keira Knightley who starred in the movie “Colette” is set to take place after displaying the movie as part of the festival’s program. The movie is a joint production between Hungary and France.

Mexican movie “Rome”, a Golden Lion award winner in Venice Film Festival, is also going to be displayed as part of the 62nd edition of the London Film Festival.

“If Beale Street Could Talk” for American director Barry Jenkins and “Wild Rose” for Tom Harper are two of the films participating in a European festival for the first time.

Also, the movie “Fahrenheit 9/11” for Michael Moore, will participate in a European festival for the first time. The film caused great havoc at the time of its release in 2004.
Three contests are set to take place as part of the festival’s program:

A contest for feature films; the participating countries are France, Britain, USA, Italy, Hungary, China, Austria, Chile and Colombia.

A contest for movies competing for the first time in an international film festival and are the first experience for the filmmakers.

A contest for documentaries; the participating countries are France, Sweden, Argentina, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Britain, Greece and Egypt.

10/10/2018 5:18:20 PM
<![CDATA[October 10 marks legendary singer Mohamed Mounir’s birthday ]]>
Egypt Today celebrates his birthday and brings to all his fans a profile about his music career.

Mounir was born in Aswan, and came to Cairo with his family after the immigration of Nubian people during the High Dam construction. He graduated from the photography, cinema and TV department, Faculty of Applied Arts, Helwan University, and he started his musical career in the late 1970s.

He started his career by singing with his brother Fouad, who supported Mounir throughout his journey. Mounir’s had his real debut when he met prominent Egyptian poet Abdel Reheem Mansour and Nubian musician and singer Ahmed Mounib.

The meeting heralded cooperation between international jazz legend Yehia Khalil, Mounir, Mansour and Mounib, who changed the shape of Egyptian music and constructed an influential chapter in Arabic music history.

Mixing Nubian music with the scale of fifths, which is also known in Arabic as “Al-Selem Al-Khomasy”, made Mounir the first Arab singer to introduce jazz music to Arab listeners.

“Shababik” was listed as one of the best Arabic/African music albums.

Singing in a mixed Egyptian/Nubian accent is one of the definitive features of Mounir's musical style. Mounir sang in a pure Nubian accent in the song "Shamandoura," and in a Moroccan accent in "Hikmet Al-Aqdar" [The Wisdom of Fates].

Believing in the cultural role of music and cinema, Mounir acted in many films and series such as “Al-Youm Al-Sades” [The Sixth Day] and “Al-Maseer” [The Fate] with veteran late Egyptian director Youssef Shahin.

He also played the role of the singer in “Al-Malek Howa Al-Malek” play.

The last role Mounir played on screen was in 2016 in “Al-Moghani” [The Singer]; a documentary series tackling Mounir’s own biography.

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Peace, love, hope, Egypt, and childhood are the main themes of Mounir's songs.

“Al Ard Wal Salam” [The Land and Peace] was Mounir's spiritual album, released in 2002; the album brought him CNN’s Prize of Peace. Mounir also won MEMA in 2008 for Best Singer.

It is worth mentioning that Mounir won the Platinum Award for Best Arab Egyptian singer from the international music production company Universal and was awarded the Diamond Award by BAMA Awards.

His song "Yasmina," which featured Adel al-Tawel and Ich Und Ich band, sold 700,000 copies in Germany, while “El-Laila Ya Samra” was listed as one of the best 50 African songs of the 20th century by BBC.

Furthermore, Mounir sang the official theme song of one of the most famous Egyptian cartoons ever; "Bakkar."

Acting spontaneously on stage, and using remarkable casual outfits are the distinguishing features of Mounir's live concerts.

He released a number of music videos such as "Shetta" [Winter], "Belad Tiba" [Tiba's Lands], "Madad Ya Rasoul Allah" [Help me, Prophet of God].

Mounir became the first voice of the January 25 Revolution through his song "Ezay" [How], which carried political innuendos.

He is one of the most beloved Egyptian artists by the Egyptian youth and elite alike.

Cooperating with a number of leading artists, Mounir released “Aa'lam Gadeed” [New World] with Hamid al-Sha'ery, "Belad Tiba" [Tiba Lands] with Anoushka, "Leh ya Donia El-Wahed" [Why Life] with Khaled Aggag, and "Al-Qahera" with Amr Diab.

In 2017, Mounir cooperated with Adel al-Tawil in "One World"; a song that tackles the issue of refugees.

Mounir’s career comprises more than 30 albums including: "Momken" [Maybe], "Wist Al-Dayra" [In the Center of the Circle], "Shababik" [Windows], and "Etkalemi" [Speak Up]. He is still capable of introducing innovative music and performing live, and he is still enriching the music scene locally and internationally. ]]>
10/10/2018 3:46:55 PM
<![CDATA[11th Panorama for the European Film to be held from Nov.7 to 17]]>
In its 10th edition, the panorama featured 55 films ranging from features and documentaries to short and archival films from 26 European countries including Germany, France, Georgia, Bulgaria, Austria, Hungary and Ukraine.

Incorporated for the first time in the program of the panorama in 2016, the Urban Lens section under the theme “Mysterious London” brought London into the spotlight of 2016's edition through three classic films including “The Frenzy” and “Night and the City.”

Panorama for the European film is devoted to bringing the latest award-winning films from the most prestigious festivals; the films are divided into the following sections: the Main Narrative Features, Films From Emerging Directors, the Rendez-Vous section, and finally the Lounge section.

The panorama’s program also welcomes film professionals to share their experiences with the Egyptian audience through a number of workshops and master-classes. They will be giving workshops in documentary filmmaking and scriptwriting.

Under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture and Egyptian Film Center, this edition was funded by the European Union, British Council, Goethe Institute, French Cultural Center in Egypt, and the embassies of Ireland, Holland, Sweden, and Portugal, among other media partners.]]>
10/10/2018 2:47:40 PM
<![CDATA[Taylor Swift sets new American Music Award record, urges people to vote]]>
The 28-year-old pop singer won a record fourth artist of the year trophy at the fan-voted American Music Awards, beating rappers Drake and Post Malone, as well as Britain’s Ed Sheeran and rock band Imagine Dragons for the top prize.

She also picked up three other awards, for best female pop artist, best tour, and best pop album for “reputation,” the biggest seller of 2017.

On Sunday, Swift provoked a storm by breaking her silence on politics and announcing she would vote for two Democrats in Tennessee in the U.S. congressional midterm elections in November. Her comments drove a spike in voter registration.

On Tuesday, the “Fearless” singer told the American Music Awards audience in Los Angeles and millions watching at home to go and vote.

“This award and every single award given out tonight is voted on by the people. And you know what else is voted on by the people? - The midterm elections of Nov 6. Get out and vote,” Swift said when accepting her trophy.

Elsewhere on Tuesday, New York rapper Cardi B, brought down the house with an exuberant performance of dance hit “I Like It” with J.Balvin and Bad Bunny.

Cardi B, who has had a breakout 12 months, was also named favorite hip-hop/rap artist, but she lost the best new artist category to Cuban-born Camila Cabello.

Other winners included Post Malone (male pop/rock artist), Khalid (male soul/R&B artist), and country star Carrie Underwood, who accepted her 13th American Music Award.

Boy band BTS became the first Korean group to win an American Music Award, taking the trophy for favorite social artists.

Glady Knight led a tribute to Aretha Franklin, who died of cancer in August at age 76. Other performers included Mariah Carey, Jennifer Lopez and Missy Elliott.

Some of music’s top stars, including Drake, Ed Sheeran, Beyonce, Ariana Grande, Rihanna and Kanye West, were absent on Tuesday. West was snubbed in the nominations while Beyonce, Rihanna and Grande got just one nomination each.

Apart from Swift, the show was largely politics free.

Host Tracee Ellis Ross sported a white T-shirt for part of the evening saying “I am a voter,” and presenter Billy Eichner, best known for the TV comedy “Parks and Recreation,” urged the youth audience to register to vote.

“You can go to vote.org, like Taylor Swift told you to,” Eichner said.]]>
10/10/2018 2:12:54 PM
<![CDATA[Thai filmmaker's intimate portrait of girl pop sensation]]>
Turns out the director got closer than he could have ever dreamed.

"There were no restrictions placed on me," said Nawapol, whose quirky arthouse films chronicling youth in the digital age have made him one of Thailand's most beloved auteurs.

"I just sat the band members down in front of the camera and we started to talk. For them it was like confessions, like therapy."

The result is the engaging documentary "BNK48: Girls Don't Cry", which frames the rise of a Thai pop sensation from complete unknowns to having hundreds of millions of fans.

Previous documentaries on Asia's pop idols have been carefully controlled by band management.

Not so this time, as the film presents the young hopefuls of BNK48 and their real stories, rather than those dreamed up by a press office.

One member auditions for the band simply because it was her mother's wish, another because a fortune teller told her she would one day be a star, and a third because she had grown up fearing a life of anonymity.

"Always being a no one would be frightening," says 19-year-old Korn.

Nawapol picked up on the story of the band last year and sat several of its members down for emotionally charged reflections on their careers and their arduous training regimen, which include nine-hour daily workouts.

A brutal selection process eventually trims a 30-girl squad down to 16 -- a concept popularised by Japanese girl group megastars AKB48, from whom the Thai band is franchised.

Those who make the cut are featured in the band's singles and video clips, with more opportunities to face the public.

The others -- known as "Unders" -– must wait in the shadows as the spotlight shines on their friends, a process that seems to have a devastating emotional effect on some, while revealing a steely resolve in others.

One of the most poignant scenes features the main band members up on stage, while a single figure dances alone off-stage, pretending she is part of the main event.

"You have to face life's reality," says the 14-year-old Jib, who by the film's end has begun speaking more like a 40-year-old.

Auditions for the band were opened to girls aged 12-22, and there is a remarkable change of appearance and attitude in them all over the 12 months.

- 'Hardships, pressure' -

What surprised Nawapol most once he started filming was how the usually carefully stage-managed entertainers were willing to open up to his cameras, and how quickly they had changed as human beings.

"Usually these pop idols are carefully trained and what they say to the media never really means much," said Nawapol.

"But they immediately started talking to us about the realities, the hardships, and all the pressure that they are under."

Social media appears the chief culprit there, as selection for the shortlist is based largely on how many followers the ladies have, and how many "likes" they can gather.

"It's a feeling like you are being chased all the time," 17-year-old Pun explains of the stress of having to constantly improve her numbers.

The film made its international premiere at the ongoing 23rd Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) after a successful run in Thai cinemas that saw it collect around $300,000 at the box office, making the film among the country's most successful ever documentaries.

Choosing BIFF for the film's foreign debut seemed immediately fitting for Nawapol, given that South Korea is one of Asian pop's spiritual homes.

Girls' Generation member and Asian pop royalty Choi Soo-young won the loudest cheers on the red carpet for BIFF's opening night, while hundreds of fans braved the looming threat of Typhoon Kong-Rey to hear her speak at a meet-and-greet the following day.

"It's like these women have given up their youth, but they all seem to know exactly what they are doing," Nawapol said of his subjects.

"I'd like now to come back to them in five years and see where life has taken them."

BIFF concludes on Saturday.]]>
10/10/2018 10:35:05 AM
<![CDATA['Damascus-Aleppo' wins Best Arabic Movie Award in AIFF]]>
The movie starsveteran Syrian actor DuraidLaham, who was granted the Best Acting Award during the AIFF closing ceremony.

- The Best Acting Award was also granted to Syrian actress Suzan Najmal-Deenfor her role in the film "Rose".

- Moroccan actress SaeedaBaady was granted an award for her role in “Samt el-Farashat” (Silence of the butterflies) and for her role in “Lola Roh”.

- Best Female Supporting Actress Award was granted to Lebanese star Karla Abood for her role in “Al-Shaheed”.

- Best Male Supporting Actor Award was granted to Syrian actor GhassanMassoud for his role in “ketabaalael-Thalj” (Writing on Ice).

- Rashid Mash-harawy was granted the Best Director Award for “ketabaala el-Thalj”.

- Tunisian actor Abdel MoneemChouayat was granted an award for his role in “MostafaZad”.

- Mahmoud Abdel Aziz Awardwas granted to Lebanese film “Al-Shaheed” (The Martyr).

- Spanish movie,"Me during the day, won the Best Movie Award

- The festival’s judging committee granted its prize to the Croatian film “Coal Miner”. The director of the film was granted Mahmoud Abdel Aziz’s Award.

- Omar al-Sharif Best Actor Award was granted to Croatian star JaycoFinch for his role in “BelaHazl” (Without Nonsense).

- Spanish Garcia Johnson won FatenHamamaAwardfor her role in the movie “Me during the day”.

- Moroccan Movie “Dwar al-Boom” (Boat Turner) won the Jerusalem Award for the best artistic work.

10/9/2018 7:04:50 PM
<![CDATA[Kanye heads to West Wing, lunch with Trump]]>
West will have lunch with the Republican president and also meet with Trump adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said. She did not give a date but the New York Times reported they would meet on Thursday.

“Kanye West is coming to the White House to have lunch with President Trump and he will also meet with Jared Kushner,” Sanders said in a statement. “Topics of discussions will include manufacturing resurgence in America, prison reform, how to prevent gang violence, and what can be done to reduce violence in Chicago.

The influential rapper emerged as one of Trump’s most high-profile celebrity supporters during the 2016 presidential election campaign. He was booed at a concert shortly after the election for declaring his support for Trump, although he said he had not voted.

He was booed again last month when he appeared on stage after the broadcast of the television show “Saturday Night Live” season premiere wearing a Trump campaign trademark red MAGA (Make America Great Again) hat.

On Monday, Trump pledged to end a “crime spree” in Chicago, where West grew up, and called for loosening restrictions on police in the third-largest U.S. city to allow stopping and frisking suspects for weapons and other contraband.

In 2013, a federal judge ruled that the New York Police Department’s use of stop and frisk tactics disproportionately targeted black and Hispanic people, saying police had violated the U.S. Constitution’s protections against unreasonable searches.
10/9/2018 6:58:31 PM
<![CDATA[Digital cultural palace to be established soon ]]>
The two ministers aim to cooperate in order to document all the Ministry of Culture's activities through audios, visuals, prints, documents and blogs.

The new documentation system will be carried out in accordance with the guidelines set by the minister of culture to protect copy rights. Any monetarily profits gained through the new cultural platform will be directed to the ministry to maintain the quality of the cultural content and related services.

Furthermore, both ministers discussed creating a new digital cultural palace working under the supervision of the Ministry of Education to connect all cultural palaces in the country and allow students to easily access the cultural database.

10/9/2018 4:18:30 PM
<![CDATA[Stevie Nicks tapped for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as solo artist]]>
Competing with Nicks, aged 70, were other first-time nominees including 1970's English rockers Roxy Music, heavy metal group Def Leppard, American country folk singer-songwriter John Prine and experimental American singer and multiple-instrumentalist Todd Rundgren.

Nicks launched her solo career in 1981 when still a member of Fleetwood Mac, whose album "Rumours" is the fifth-highest selling album of all time. She has since released eight studio albums and chalked up massive record sales.

To be nominated for the prestigious Hall of Fame, which is based in Cleveland, Ohio, an artist or band has to have released their first commercial record at least 25 years ago.

Fleetwood Mac was formed in London in 1967, but Nicks joined the line-up in 1974 when they were recording in Los Angeles, giving the band a more folk-rock appeal. Their eponymous 1975 album went to number one in the US charts, while "Rumors" topped the charts for 31 weeks two years later. They were inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1998.

Roxy Music was formed in 1970 by flamboyant frontman Bryan Ferry during the glam rock period, but also had a strong influence on the New Wave scene of the 1980's.

Def Leppard, another English band up for induction for the first time, came together in 1977 in Sheffield and were one of the most successful bands of the early 1980's, with number one hits like "Love Bites" and "Pour Some Sugar on Me."

John Prine, aged 71, has carved out a niche as one of America's leading folk singer-songwriters, noted for often humorous lyrics that nonetheless deal with harsh realities.

Innovative US rocker Todd Rundgren, 70, scored hits with "We Gotta Get You a Woman" in 1970 and "Hello It's Me" and was an early adopter of new technologies in music, including using the internet to distribute his work in the 1990's.

Another experimental act on the ballot for the first time are quirky 1970's rockers Devo, whose hit "Whip It" got to number 14 on the Billboard chart in 1980 and gained the band mainstream recognition.

Among other big names listed for this year's Hall of Fame -- to be announced in December -- are British angst-rock icons Radiohead, who received their first nomination last year, rock-activists Rage Against the Machine and the German electronic music pioneers Kraftwerk.]]>
10/9/2018 2:31:12 PM
<![CDATA[Legendary Arab poet Antara rises as comic book superhero]]>
A pre-Islamic poet, Antara is celebrated in the collective memory of Arabs as well as in pop culture -- a child born to a tribal leader and his Abyssinian slave who rose as a warrior-poet to free himself and demand his father recognise him as his son, and a free man.

Now, he stars in his own comic strip, reimagined as a shield-wielding, cape-wearing superhero by Egyptian writer Mumen Hilmi and renowned Indian illustrator Ashraf Ghuri.

The story of Antara breaks across the class and race lines that frequently dominate society, the "perfect example of what it means to be a superhero," writer Hilmi says.

"Arabs like the exaggerated personality traits of heroes, and we thought why not transform Antara into a superhero like those you see in the US, Europe, Japan."

"Antara" is the first comic strip to be published by Kalimat, a publishing house based in the UAE emirate of Sharjah which specialises in Arabic translations of Japanese manga and US cartoonist Nick Seluk's series, "The Awkward Yeti" and "Heart and Brain".

The story weaves a tale of bravery, slavery, freedom, loyalty and love -- and co-stars his beloved Abla, daughter of a tribal sheikh and object of Antara's undying affection.

- 'Cowards run' -

Antara casts off the shackles of his early life to rise as a warrior and claim his rightful place as the son of Shaddad, leader of the Banu Abs tribe.

But the facts of Antara's life remain unclear: one tale holds that Antara ibn Shaddad al-Absi was born to an Ethiopian princess; another more popular tale holds that he was born to a dark-skinned Abyssinian slave.

Antara's father, a tribal chief from what is today western Saudi Arabia, refused to recognise his son, who was thus born a slave.

Antara rebelled against his status as a slave when, after valiantly defending his tribe, he was given only half the compensation granted to warriors.

He went into self-imposed exile in the desert and refused to participate in the defence of his tribe -- until he was one day called on to come to the aid of his people.

Legend has it that that was how Antara earned his freedom.

The comic strip narrates "the beginning of his life as a slave, mistreated by his tribe because of the colour of his skin and the status of his mother, to become a hero on the frontline," Hilmi says.

Antara's strength is matched only by his poetry, which has two main themes: his wartime exploits, and his love for his cousin Abla, the daughter of a tribal sheikh.

Whether Antara and Abla's love story had a happy ending, or ended in tragedy, no one knows.

But Antara's famed poetry is still taught in curricula across the Arab world, with his "Mu'allaqa" -- part of the pre-Islamic canon of Arabic poetry -- hung in the holy city of Mecca and still the source of many a catchphrase in popular culture.

"Often I've defended/the women of Amir/ their legs slim/and tender as stalks/ from the onslaught of armed raiders," reads an English translation of Antara's "War Songs", published by NYU Press.

"I won't be able/to outrun Fate/when she comes.

"Cowards run. I stand/my ground."

- 'Slave or son?' -

Antara has served as the inspiration for artists and musicians around the world, with 19th century Russian composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov dedicating a symphony in four movements to his story.

The creators of the "Antara" comic strip believe the legend will resonate with modern audiences both within the Arab world and across the globe.

"This story has universal appeal," said Hilmi, particularly as it deals with racism.

"We incorporated illustrations of what we imagined to be Antara's childhood, when he first faced discrimination and mistreatment at the hands of his peers and his father."

The cause of Antara's death is also a matter of debate, with some saying the warrior died of natural causes and others pointing to evidence that he was killed by a poisoned arrow.

The comic strip does not offer answers.

While it leaves questions of Antara's life and demise hanging, the creators' focus is quite clear.

In a face-off with his father, a bearded Antara clenches his fist and stands tall: "I want nothing but what every child wants of his father.

"Tell me, am I slave or son?"]]>
10/9/2018 12:47:30 PM
<![CDATA[Mahraganat: Egyptian ghetto meets Western electronic]]>
The audience at the Greek Campus of the American University in Cairo (AUC) was going wild as DJ Sadat showed off a few popping moves. US band Teklife soon joined him on stage, and DJ Taye awed onlookers with his footwork and chaabi fusion mahraganat music, also dubbed “electro chaabi.”

“For some people it’s completely new, other people who listen to more hip-hop and rap could probably appreciate it. But at one point, I think everybody kinda got what’s going on between the rapping, the dancing, and the live DJing,” Taso, the band’s record producer, tells Egypt Today.

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Teklife's DJ Taye (left) and DJ Taso in Cairo - Mohamed el-Hossary

Mahraganat first emerged in Salam City, a slum area in Cairo, in around 2007. Wass, one of the producers of Teklife, says the relatively new subgenre reminded him of grime, an early UK electronic style, when he first heard it. DJ Sadat, in turn, says, “they [Teklife] are very good, and I’ve been listening to this kind of music for a long time. It’s mahraganat [more electronic than usual] localized for a European audience.”

The spring concert was in line with the US Embassy’s American Music Abroad (AMA) program, which collaborated with the acclaimed 100copies label to provide a grant for the production of a duet between Sadat and Taye. The result was the clip ‘Ayez eh?’ (what do you want?), which has been viewed more than 1.4 million times since it was released in spring, and calls on audiences to avoid negativity and people who bring you down.

The concert began with classical Arabic covers that the audience all knew, but that stood in stark contrast to the loud, fast beats and dancing when the mahraganat musicians took the stage. In recent years, this has become the ambience of most events drawing Egyptian millennials, from weddings to Nile cruises.

Although mahraganat artists might not speak a foreign language, they follow international music and dance to develop their art, even imitating Western dance moves in their own interpretation. Many Western musicians have shot Youtube videos dancing to maharaganat in the adapted versions of their music.

“We don’t speak the same language, but music is a universal language. We both speak tones and I feel real rawness from where mahraganat and footwork come from,” Taye says. DJ Taye notes that both mahraganat and Teklife are futuristic, progressive, and experimental, alike in their electronic tunes, rap and dance moves.

Taso also explains that Teklife’s music and mahraganat share “the drums, the clapping, the energy; our music has a faster tempo, but if we slow it down or they speed their music up, I’m sure you’d find a lot of commonalities,” Taso argues.

“It is the only kind of music that presents social issues rather than love,” says DJ Sadat whose most-watched song on Youtube, Dracula, recounts his journey as the Dracula of his area and a fatal threat to all his rivals.

The DJ argues that even Egyptian popular music tackles love rather than the society: “We have spent too much time on romantic music, unlike Ismail Yassin and Shukuku, who presented social issues in a comical fashion. You could say mahraganat has the same message; the youth wanted someone to speak for them.”

Ismail Yassin (right) and Shukuku (left) in the movie Lailat al-Eid
Ismail Yassin (right) and Shukuku (left) in the movie Lailat al-Eid

Yassin (1912-1972) and Shukuku (1912-1985) did not produce music that could be at all comparable to mahraganat, however, what the pair has in common with mahraganat artists is that their lyrics are generally long; they seem to “talk” to their audience. Their body language is amusingly expressive, although mahraganat is accompanied by dancing moves unconventional to Egyptians, such as robot dancing, popping, crotch grabbing, and varied choreography emphasizing keeping one’s hips open.

Mahmoud Refat, the artist behind 100copies, has been of great support to mahraganat musicians. He emphasized that he does not interfere in their music, but gives advice when it comes to “juvenile” lyrics, profanity and misogyny.

100Copies founder Mahmoud Refat (back) and popular keyboard master Islam Chipsy (front) during the Insomnia music festival of Norway – Youtube still from ARTE Concert official channel
100Copies founder Mahmoud Refat (back) and popular keyboard master Islam Chipsy (front) during the Insomnia music festival of Norway – Youtube still from ARTE Concert official channel

“The subject matter [in mahragant] is raw, uncut. A lot of our songs aren’t about love and heartbreak and cheesy things like that. It is about the reality we’re living every day; that’s what our music reflects,” Taso explains.

The YouTube views on mahraganat artists such as chaabi keyboard master Islam Chipsy, and DJs Sadat, Figo, Diesel, bands such as Sawareekh (rockets) and Madfa’giya (artillerymen) do not at all match the numbers of TV and radio interviews they get. And although millions watch mahraganat videos on YouTube in the Arab world, many of which lack an actual video clip, the music remains an exclusive genre of Cairo slums.

Mahraganat duo Oka and Ortega are arguably two of the few artists who have been acknowledged by the Egyptian media and are frequently seen on TV. Today no longer considered part of the underground scene, their top-viewed song on YouTube, with over 150 million views, is ‘El’ab Yala’ (play, boy), which recounts the story of a young man who wants to repent, but “the devil” tempts him back into his bad habits. When the devil tells the singers to “play, boy,” youth on the dance floor jump in ecstasy, as if encouraging him to “play” rather than repent.

Helping bring mahraganat to the world is 100copies, which has helped Islam Chipsy and other mahraganat DJs to perform in France, the UK, Portugal and other countries.

The song ‘Ayez Eh’ meant more for Teklife than commercial success; it was an opportunity to work on a different style, and Taso said he would incorporate mahraganat music in his future products.

“The scales that I used here in the melodies aren’t the most common ones in our country, so for me it’s really fun to accentuate these frequencies in the local area and create anamalgamation of what I love and they love. It’s amazing working with someone who makes music that you’ve never made before,” he added.

US band Teklife left a small fan base behind them after the AUC concert and their song Ayez Eh. To this audience, Taso says, “I want them to know that not every American is the same. We’re not all the same people, but for those of us who are here representing where we’re from, we got a lot of love. So, I hope they can see, understand and appreciate that. It would mean a lot to us if that’s what’s received from what we gave.”

10/9/2018 10:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Faia Yonan Performing Live in Kuwait Oct. 27, 2018]]>
Younan is currently filming her latest video clip, “Baghdad”, in the Iraqi capital. In an interview with Youm7, Younan said that the song is dedicated to the Iraqis.
Younan also said that the style of her new song is going to be totally different than that of her previous works.

The singer stated that the song holds an Egyptian, Syrian, Lebanese style, as she is cooperating for the first time with the Egyptian composer and Ouh player Hazem Shaheen, Lebanese songwriter and poet Zahy Wehbe, and Lebanese musician Rayan El Haber.

The upcoming edition of Al Salam Festival is its third, and will include Egyptian, Sudanese, and German participants, as well as that of homegrown fusion band Cairo Steps.

حب الأقوياء، فايا يونان Hob Al Aqwiaa [Official Video] Faia

For all inquiries: www.faiayounan.net كلمات: مهدي منصور ألحان: يعرب سميرات توزيع: ريان الهبر منتج موسيقى: حسام عبد الخالق Lyrics by: Mahdi Mansour Composed by: Yarub Smarait Arranged by: Rayan Al Habre Music Producer: Houssam Abdul Khalek ________________________________________________ حبُّ الأقوياء لماذا تحاولُ في الحب قتلي لماذا تخاف شموخ النساء وتعرفُ أنّ

10/8/2018 5:25:53 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt to promote for Cairo Book Fair at Frankfurt]]>
Bayoumi told Egypt Today that Egypt's pavilion at the Frankfurt Book Fair will promote for the Cairo International Book Fair’s golden jubilee scheduled to kick off on January 23, 2019.

Bayoumi pointed out that the General Egyptian Book Organisation published a book in English that contains all the details pertaining to the 50th edition of the Cairo International Book Fair.

Also, the General Egyptian Book Organisation will present a promoting documentary about Cairo International Book Fair’s golden jubilee translated into English.
Bayoumi added that the General Egyptian Book Organisation will work to attract foreign publishing houses to present their work in Cairo International Book Fair.

It is worth mentioning that Minister of Culture, Inas Abdel Dayem, met with the manager of the National Company for Exhibitions and International Conferences and the president of the Egyptian General Book Organization on Oct. 2 in the organization's headquarters in the Fifth Settlement.

The meeting aimed to finalize the agreements regarding the Cairo International Book Fair’s golden jubilee celebrations. The celebrations will take place for the first time in the fair’s new location.

The minister inspected the halls hosting the event, and watched a short film showing the new facilities and gigantic parking lots designated for the book fair. The film also showed the different successful events previously hosted by the same premises.
The celebration is going to be a special one, according to the minister, as the League of Arab States is going to be the guest of honor.

Abdel Dayem assured that the new place designated to host the book fair in 2019 offers the local and international prints a bigger opportunity to participate in the much anticipated annual event.

10/8/2018 4:35:22 PM
<![CDATA[Cairo Opera House celebrates its 30th anniversary on Oct. 10, 11]]>The celebrations are set to take place on Oct. 10, 11 and will be attended by Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem.
According to Magdy Saber, head of Cairo Opera House, over 300 artists will participate in the exuberant celebrations.
The celebrations are set to start on Wednesday, Oct. 10, at 7 p.m. in the external space surrounding the Opera House that will be decorated with huge posters of the artists attending the celebration.
Furthermore, numerous mini stages will be set where the artists perform masterpieces of the golden age for legendary late singers such as Abdel Halim Hafez, Umm Kulthum, and Mohamed Abdel Wahab.

Moreover, numerous other talent developing activities held under the supervision of artist Abdel Wahab al-Said as well as a choir for children and teenagers will be performed inside the Grand Hall.

At the beginning of the celebration, Abdel Dayem is expected to honor five influential persons that affected the artistic scene and the Opera House since its founding.

The five honorees are expected to be:
• Soprano Hassan Kamy
• Maestro Ahmad al-Saeedy
• Jazz legend Yehya Khalil
• Salah Ghobashy

10/8/2018 4:20:14 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt recovers cover of wooden ancient coffin smuggled to Kuwait]]>The officials at the Egyptian Embassy are currently carrying out shipment procedures of the coffin to send it to the Department of Recovered Antiquities at the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities.

In this regard, Egypt's Ambassador in Kuwait Tarek el-Koni thanked Kuwaiti authorities, the National Council for Culture, Arts and Letters Kuwait, the General Administration of Customs, Kuwaiti Foreign Ministry, and the Antiquities Department for their cooperation to send the cover back to Egypt.

Kuwaiti General Administration of Customs and Kuwait International Airport seized the cover of a wooden ancient coffin among an air cargo coming from Egypt, and a tripartite committee confirmed that it is an archaeological piece.

Since 2017, the Ministry of Antiquities has seized and restored many ancient artifacts.
Previously, Egypt received 118 ancient Egyptian artifacts that were smuggled to Italy, according to Egyptian General Prosecutor Nabil Sadek.

The statement of the general prosecutor affirmed that authorities of Cairo International Airport received the artifacts returning from Italy.

Italian prosecution in Salerno, Italy, agreed to return to Egypt the smuggled artifacts that the Italian authorities seized in Naples, Italy, in May.

This came in response to Egyptian prosecutor-general's request to Italy to bring back the ancient Egyptian artifacts.

10/8/2018 4:14:17 PM
<![CDATA[Amr Diab celebrates his birthday by releasing ‘Habibak Ana’ ]]>Directly after the release of the song, the hashtag "I Love Amr Diab" became trendy on Twitter.

Diab’s latest song "Law Kont Fe Baly" (If You Were on My Mind) was also among the most viewed videos on YouTube upon its release.
"Law Kont Fe Baly" is written by Nader Abdallah, composed by Waleed Gowayed and distributed by Osama el-Hendy.

Diab finally released all the songs of his latest album “Kol Hayati” (All My Life) on YouTube. Diab adopted a new marketing strategy to promote his new album, releasing a new song each week.

Diab performed a massive concert in Nammos, a restaurant in Mykonos, Greece, on Friday, July 27 to promote “Kol Hayati”, where he sang some songs from his new album.

Diab collaborated with several poets, composers and distributers in his new album “Kol Hayati”, including Tarek Madkour, Ayman Bahgat Amar, Nader Hamdy, Amr Mostafa and Ahmed el-Malky.

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's Best Arab Male Artist Voted Online.

Diab’s first album, “Ya Tareeq” (The Path), was released in 1983. His most recent album, “Meaddy El-Nas” (Surpassing People), was released in July 2017, following a major viral promotion campaign across Cairo sponsored by Egypt Linx.
10/8/2018 4:03:51 PM
<![CDATA[Villain 'Venom' is box office hero in North American theaters]]>
The film, the official launch of Sony's Marvel Universe, stars Tom Hardy as a journalist who becomes the host for an alien symbiote that gives him superpowers.

The character is a villain in the "Spider-Man" comic book world.

Despite being panned by critics, the movie comfortably broke the October opening weekend record by more than $20 million, according to Box Office Mojo figures.

In second place was another new release, musical romance "A Star Is Born," which took in $41.25 million.

The third remake of the 1937 film of the same name, it marks the directing debut of Bradley Cooper, who stars as a musician who discovers and falls in love with a young singer played by pop superstar Lady Gaga.

Third place went to Warner Bros.'s "Smallfoot," with earnings of $14.9 million in its second weekend. The comic family animation tells the story of a group of Yeti who come across a human, with voicing by Channing Tatum, LeBron James and Danny DeVito.

Coming in fourth was last weekend's champion, Universal's "Night School," whose earnings dropped nearly $16 million to $12.3 million this weekend.

The raucous comedy stars Kevin Hart as one student in a class of misfits working toward high school diplomas under the firm tutelage of Tiffany Haddish.

Fifth place went to Universal's family-friendly offering "The House With a Clock in Its Walls," which slipped from third place last weekend with takings of $7.3 million.

Rounding out this weekend's top 10 were:

"A Simple Favor" ($3.4 million)

"The Nun" ($2.6 million)

"Hell Fest" ($2.1 million)

"Crazy Rich Asians" ($2.1 million)

"The Predator" ($900,000)]]>
10/8/2018 2:05:19 PM
<![CDATA[Taylor Swift gets political, endorses Democrats in US midterms]]>
In a lengthy post on Instagram, where she has 112 million followers, the 28-year-old Swift says while she has been "reluctant" to share her political views in the past, she has changed her mind.

She endorsed the Democrat running for the US Senate in her home state of Tennessee, and unleashed a fierce attack on his opponent, Republican Marsha Blackburn, who currently serves in the House.

"As much as I have in the past and would like to continue voting for women in office, I cannot support Marsha Blackburn. Her voting record in Congress appalls and terrifies me," Swift said.

"She voted against equal pay for women. She voted against the Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, which attempts to protect women from domestic violence, stalking, and date rape."

Last year, Swift won a lawsuit against a former radio DJ she accused of groping her.

Blackburn "believes businesses have a right to refuse service to gay couples. She also believes they should not have the right to marry," Swift added.

"These are not MY Tennessee values. I will be voting for Phil Bredesen for Senate and Jim Cooper for House of Representatives."

She urged her fans to register to vote, saying: "Please, please educate yourself on the candidates running in your state and vote based on who most closely represents your values.

"For a lot of us, we may never find a candidate or party with whom we agree 100% on every issue, but we have to vote anyway."]]>
10/8/2018 1:59:27 PM
<![CDATA['Ten Years Japan' film omnibus imagines post-nuclear future]]>
The "Ten Years Japan" omnibus has made its world premiere at the 23rd Busan International Film Festival (BIFF), the region’s largest movie industry gathering, and it follows on from similar projects produced out of Hong Kong, Thailand and Taiwan.

“We have so many dimensions when it comes to social issues in Japan, we made it clear to the filmmakers we wanted their take on what exactly it is that they see as the problems,” explained Japanese producer Miyuki Takamatsu, who instigated the pan-Asian project.

The five-part "Ten Years Japan" imagines citizens living underground to escape nuclear fallout –- but dreaming of life in the sun –- as well as coping under constant surveillance and with messages being transmitted into their brains via an implant.

It also looks at how Japan might end up dealing with its rapidly ageing population, while other chapters focus on a daughter tapping into her deceased mother’s digital data, and on life in Japan during a future war time. The production features work from directors Chie Hayakawa, Yusuke Kinoshita, Megumi Tsuno, Akiyo Fujimura and Kei Ishikawa.

“We wanted to discover new talent,” said Takamatsu. “We thought it would be a good challenge to see who could produce films for this difficult topic and here we are, we have found them.”

The original film in the "Ten Years" series came out of Hong Kong in 2015 and painted a bleak picture of the city under Chinese control.

It was fiercely political, coming on the back of the “Occupy” pro-democracy sit-in protests that brought the centre of the city to a standstill for 79 days in 2014.

Despite a limited local theatrical release and condemnation by mainland Chinese authorities and their supporters in Hong Kong, the film was a major hit, picking up the top prize at the Hong Kong Film Awards.

The dystopian 'Ten Years' Hong Kong was the original film in the series in 2015 and painted a bleak picture of the city under Chinese control

"Ten Years Thailand", which premiered at the Cannes festival in May, drew on the talents of the likes of acclaimed director Aditya Assarat ("Hi-So") and is primarily concerned with fears of censorship and state control, while "Ten Years Taiwan" debuted at the Taipei film festival and tackles social issues such as the threat of nuclear fallout and the hardship of rural life.

The Japanese and Thai productions are slated for domestic release before the end of the year, while the Taiwanese film is set for a rollout in 2019.

"Ten Years Japan" might lack some of its predecessors’ overtly politically charged bite but it taps into the talents of socially aware Cannes Palme d’Or winning director Hirokazu Kore-eda -- who has his drama "Shoplifters" up for Oscar consideration -- and is onboard as executive producer.

It reflects Kore-eda’s trademark languid style, often to chilling effect, even though Takamatsu said the director allowed the filmmakers full freedom in terms of subject matter and of style.

“Hong Kong had one specific problem as its focus, in Japan there are many things to think about,” said Takamatsu.

“[Kore-eda] didn’t make any rules or give advice during production but he was involved closely in reading the scripts and advising on changes, and on getting the money needed together.”

Veteran actor Jun Kunimura (know to Western audiences from "Kill Bill: Volume 1") plays a role in "Ten Years Japan" and said the experience had opened his eyes up to the worries of Japan’s modern youth.

The "Ten Years" project came to life over coffee at the Far East Film Festival in Udine, Italy, in 2015 when the team from Golden Scene, which had distributed the original Hong Kong film, had been surprised by the positive – and inquisitive – audience reaction to a screening.

On Takamatsu’s suggestion, and with another producer in Lorraine Ma on board, they decided to take the idea regional – and they are now considering extending the franchise into other Asian markets.

“It’s a great platform for the filmmakers to imagine what they think of the problems of their countries 10 years later,” said Golden Scene’s founder and managing director Winnie Tsang.

“Different countries have different problems. Some of the problems maybe universal but we can see the different culture in each country.”

BIFF continues until Saturday.]]>
10/8/2018 12:21:35 PM
<![CDATA[Salama: Zumba links music, art and sport together ]]>

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Salama added that tourists who are eager to visit various touristic destinations are always looking for something new.

Tourists according to Salama seek to obtain the largest information from the touristic destinations they visit, especially those experiences in which sports, arts and music are linked together, and all of the previous are present in Zumba.


Zumba as recounted by Salama has become a common language among those who practice this sport around the world .

Glam Getaways idea is to give tourists unforgettable experiences that they can keep on social networking sites such as Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, and this is a great opportunity to create a more positive mental image of Egypt.

Salama revealed that this year's edition focuses on the presence of members from various countries that its tourists visit Egypt regularly especially those markets Egypt targets to increase the number of its tourists such as Spain, Latin America countries and Arab countries such as Lebanon, Jordan and Gulf countries.

After the huge success of the 2017 event featuring top Zumba instructors from around the world, Glam Getaways decided to highlight the dazzling beauty of Luxor, Aswan and Nubia in its second edition.

The second edition of Glam Getaways will be held between October 11 and 19.
Glam Getaways, was launched for the first time in November 5, 2017, in Cairo, Luxor and Aswan, and achieved its goal to promote tourism through practicing Zumba.

GLAM Getaways is an exceptional multi-day international event in Egypt, which is open for all Zumba fans around the world. Glam Getaways invites all Zumba fans around the world to enjoy energetic workouts on the banks of the Nile with 15 international instructors, alongside Egyptian trainers.

GLAM is the first international event featuring Zumba Fitness Master Classes in Egypt, aiming to help promote local tourism. It is also considered to be the first of its kind in the Middle East.

The event will be hosted for six days in Gouna, and only for two days in Cairo.

10/7/2018 7:47:16 PM
<![CDATA[British musicians urge PM to reverse course on Brexit]]>
The letter, organised by Bob Geldof and backed by dozens of pop, rock and classical heavyweights, called on May to rethink leading Britain out of the European Union.

"We are about to make a very serious mistake regarding our giant industry and the vast pool of yet undiscovered genius that lives on this little island," said the letter, published in The Observer newspaper.

"We have decided to put ourselves inside a self-built cultural jail! The very opposite of wall-destroying, prejudice-denying, ideas-generating that is the very essence of contemporary music."

Britain voted narrowly to leave the EU in a divisive 2016 referendum and is set to leave in March next year.

May has repeatedly said that the EU's freedom of movement rules, which allow its citizens to live and work across the 28-member bloc, would no longer apply to Britain after Brexit.

The open letter -- backed by Damon Albarn, Jarvis Cocker, Simon Rattle and Brian Eno -- argued Britons' domination of the music industry globally would be threatened by this and other impacts of Brexit.

It noted that everything from touring, sales, copyright laws and royalties could all be harmed and said Britain should instead remain inside the EU to lead its reform.

"This is all a serious madness. We must take back our future," the letter added.

"We must reform and restructure the EU. When Europe is in a mess, the Brits get stuck in. They don't withdraw, they double down."

Geldof told The Observer he would like to see a second referendum on remaining inside the bloc.

"I am completely committed to having a democratic public vote to prevent the whole Brexit thing screwing us for the future," he said.

10/7/2018 6:43:10 PM
<![CDATA[‘Alice in Wonderland’ achieves LE 1M in revenues after 40 shows]]>
The play revolves around Alice's escapades in wonderland along with her rabbit Bunny.

“Alice in Wonderland” is based on the famed heritage novel that bears the same name and was released in 1865 by English author Charles Lutwidge Dodgson under the pseudonym Lewis Carroll.

The play is witnessing the daily attendance of a huge audience.

The play stars Marwa Abdel Moneim as Alice, alongside Diaa Shafeek, Basma Maher, Heba Maher, Noura el-Sharkawy, Mohamed Omar, Karim Abdel Shafie, Ahmed Hamouda, Ahmed Shouman, Hamada Mahmoud, Mohamed Fayez, Abdel Hamid Gabr, and Mahmoud Salah, among others.

“Alice in Wonderland” is written and directed by Mohsen Rizk. The play songs are written by Adel Salama. The play is full of expressive dances and songs that the audience loved.

10/7/2018 6:34:19 PM
<![CDATA[Khartoum Film Festival's 4th edition to honor Elham Shaeen]]>
The Egyptian film “Turab el Mass” will participate in the festival. "Turab al-Mass" is based on a novel of the same name by Ahmed Mourad. The plot revolves around Taha, played by Asser Yassin, who works for a pharmaceutical company and lives an extremely boring life with his disabled father.

Taha’s life is turned upside down after a mysterious murder reveals many secrets, dragging Taha into the world of crime and corruption.

Alongside Yassin, the cast includes Menna Shalaby, Maged el-Kidwany, Ezzat al-Alayly, Mohamed Mamdouh, Khaled al-Sawy and Sawsan Badr.

The film's star, Yassin, previously explained that working with a director like Marwan Hamed and a scriptwriter like Ahmed Mourad in a movie based on a novel is a difficult challenge that requires significant effort. He expressed his enthusiasm in partaking in such an important film featuring a notable cast.
10/7/2018 5:50:00 PM
<![CDATA[ ‘Yomeddine’ to participate in Carthage Film Festival]]>
“Yomeddine” is directed by Abu Bakr Shawky, and produced by Dina Emam; a real former leprosy patient played the lead role. It tells the story of Beshay, a former Coptic Egyptian patient in the Leprosy Colony. He was lucky enough to be cured, unlike his late wife.

After his wife’s death, Beshay decides to leave the colony and search for his family with his friends; a donkey and a child. Beshay’s journey takes him to the past and to the future as well, exploring how society deals with his disease and highlighting the suffering of leprosy patients in the colony.

The Cinematic Professions Syndicate chose “Yomeddine” to represent Egypt in the 2019 Oscars list for Best Foreign Language Film.

The Oscars will not be the first recognition “Yomeddine” gets, as it was awarded the Francois Chalais Prize at the Cannes International Film festival. The 71st Cannes Film Festival held a press conference with the Egyptian filmmakers of “Yomeddine” after its screening at the festival on May 9.

The screening was attended by many international actors, including Julianne Moore, Louise Bourgoin and Kiko Mizuhara. All the attendees praised the movie’s construction and drama line, as well as the directing technique adopted by Shawky in his debut feature.

“Yomeddine” is the first time for a debut movie for an Egyptian director to participate in Cannes Film Festival's main competition.

The movie managed to grab the attention of all those who watched it. International media platforms were keen to put the spotlight on “Yomeddine”, writing extremely positive reviews about the movie, which presents an innovative mixture of tragedy, comedy, and condensed shots of emotions and sentiments.

“A man who has recovered from leprosy goes in search of the father who abandoned him in a sentimental drama that infantilizes its lead character,” wrote Peter Bradshaw in The Guardian.

“Recalling about a thousand other titles, with the Lynch films ‘The Elephant Man’ and ‘The Straight Story’ definitely near the top of the list, this is a picaresque road movie about two mismatched characters, with rookie director A.B. Shawky offering a motley and not entirely smooth cocktail of drama and melodrama, a dash of social critique and insight, some chuckles and a few tugs at the heartstrings, mainly by virtue of its near-virtuoso score,” wrote Boyd van Hoeij in The Hollywood Reporter.

It is expected that the nominations for the 2019 Oscars will be released on Jan. 22, 2019 as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the ABC Television Network announced.
10/7/2018 4:28:12 PM
<![CDATA['House arrest' drama and others test boundaries in Russia]]>
A comedy series called "House Arrest" on a popular Russian entertainment channel has links to real, high-profile cases, while a new Leo Tolstoy biopic has parallels with opposition struggles today.

Several recent genre films have made mild digs at contemporary politics including "The President's Holiday" this year, a mistaken-identity comedy about Vladimir Putin going incognito among ordinary people in Crimea.

The productions come as the Kremlin continues its crackdown on the opposition, and dramas tackling sensitive subjects are sometimes banned or simply never receive state funding to get made.

The weekly "House Arrest" on the TNT channel is based on the tribulations of a provincial mayor who is confined to his home after being caught taking a bribe in a sting by the security services.

Creator Semyon Slepakov said a friend who is currently under house arrest gave tips for added authenticity, but he refused to name names.

The real prison service even showed makers how to attach an ankle bracelet and gave the crew a special phone used by people under house arrest.

"House arrests were constantly being talked about," Slepakov said in a recent interview in his office decorated with posters for US shows "Seinfeld" and "Californication."

Top theatre and film director Kirill Serebrennikov has spent more than a year in his Moscow flat awaiting trial on fraud charges in a controversial embezzlement case his supporters see as a crackdown on artistic freedom.

Former economy minister Alexei Ulyukayev spent months under arrest in his mansion before and during his trial and is now serving eight years in a penal colony after being found guilty of taking a bribe.

Slepakov also cited the case of former defence ministry official, Yevgenia Vasilyeva, whose two and a half years of house arrest in a large luxurious flat awaiting trial for embezzlement prompted much mockery in Russia.

"The main thing for me was the humour in these house arrests, that people (detained) because of economic crimes were basically kept in good conditions," Slepakov said.

But in a fictional twist, his mayor has to swap a glitzy mansion for the residence he claimed for tax reasons -- a communal flat with blue-collar inhabitants and a shared toilet.

- No red lines -

The show was praised as "a charming satire of corrupt authorities" by Meduza independent news website but others criticised it for playing it safe with positive depictions of security services.

"Showing 'House Arrest' is an obvious signal of what is permitted and what isn't, i.e. who can't be touched and who can," wrote opposition newspaper Novaya Gazeta.

The British comedy "The Death of Stalin" was blocked from release in Russia, while Serebrennikov's production at the Bolshoi Ballet based on the life of gay dancer Rudolf Nureyev was postponed and apparently censored.

Showings of films and documentaries about the conflict in eastern Ukraine from Kiev's point of view have been cancelled at the last moment or faced audience heckling and threats.

Slepakov said that no topic was banned in comedy, nor were there any red lines.

"I think those warnings in the West are quite exaggerated that in our country you can't stick your head out because you'll get bashed. I think we're far from North Korea," he added.

- 'Russia surrounded by enemies' -

Meanwhile, a period film based on the life of novelist Leo Tolstoy has proved unexpectedly timely, with obvious similarities to cases such as director Serebrennikov's.

In "The Story of One Appointment," the young novelist tries to save a lowly army clerk from execution for hitting a senior officer, pleading for mercy from Tsarist Russia's disproportionately harsh justice system.

"You automatically link this to the present day and the trial of Oleg Sentsov," wrote film critic Andrei Plakhov in the Kommersant Daily, referring to the Ukrainian filmmaker, who spent 145 days on hunger strike after being sentenced to 20 years for "terrorism" in Russia-annexed Crimea.

In the film, the prosecutor argues that national security calls for harsh measures, saying Russia is "surrounded by external enemies" and torn apart by internal ones.

Director Avdotya Smirnova, whose husband Anatoly Chubais was a key liberal reformer in the 1990s, has urged the authorities to pardon Serebrennikov and other arts figures facing trial.

"Pardon them, please, set them free," she said at a Russian festival.

But she stressed at a later presentation that any similarities are accidental since the screenplay was written before Sentsov and Serebrennikov's cases.

"To be honest, I don't feel delighted that the current situation makes the film so much about today," she said.

"I had hoped we were passing such a fork in the road, but I hoped in vain."

10/7/2018 2:11:42 PM
<![CDATA[Indian actress Dutta takes #MeToo claims to police]]>The Indian actress whose public allegations of sexual harassment by a Bollywood star is sparking a string of similar #MeToo claims has filed a formal complaint, police told AFP Sunday.

Former Miss Universe contestant Tanushree Dutta first alleged in 2008 that multi-award-winning Nana Patekar behaved inappropriately towards her during the making of a romantic comedy the same year.

No action was taken at the time against Patekar and she made no formal complaint.

But emboldened by the global #MeToo campaign -- where women have shared accounts of harassment or assault -- Dutta repeated the allegations in a recent interview and on Saturday went to the police to officially report the 2008 sexual harrassment claims.

"Dutta visited the police station last night and submitted a written complaint," Shailesh Pasalwar, a Mumbai police inspector, told AFP.

"We are investigating the case but right now, it is not an FIR (First Information Report, or a formal investigation) but a written complaint about harassment incident," he added.

She also alleged in the interview that filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri had behaved inappropriately towards her during the shooting of the 2005 movie "Chocolate: Deep Dark Secrets".

The actress said in a statement last week that she had received legal notices from both Patekar and Agnihotri, who deny her accusations.

Dutta said she had also received "violent threats" from the fringe, far-right nationalist group Maharashtra Navnirman Sena and has been hounded by a "smear campaign" on social media since reiterating her claims against the pair.

"This is the age-old saga of survivors in our nation," she said.

India has yet to witness its own version of the #MeToo movement that rocked Hollywood last year, but Dutta has received the backing of several high-profile stars including Priyanka Chopra, Farhan Akhtar and Sonam Kapoor.

Other actresses have however begun to speak out about an issue almost never discussed in Indian media.

In December, star Swara Bhaskar said she had been harassed by an unnamed director early in her career.

Bhaskar also referred to a "casting couch" culture where young women are expected to exchange sexual favours to secure film roles. Bollywood's cliquey nature also made it difficult to go public, she said.

In recent days, #MeToo claims have also begun to surface against men in other sectors, including several top Indian newspaper editors, comedians and writers including a top-selling English language author.]]>
10/7/2018 2:08:14 PM
<![CDATA[Uncensored: Frankfurt book fair gets political in 'stormy' times]]>
The outspoken stance comes a year after the last edition of the world's largest publishing event ended in scuffles and chants of "Nazis Out", triggered by the presence of a far-right German publisher and its controversial speakers.

Organisers have defended the platform given to the Antaios house, notorious for anti-immigration and anti-Semitic publications, saying the book fair stood against censorship of any kind.

"We allow all opinions to be heard, whether we like them or not," director Juergen Boos told a pre-fair news conference.

"But we have opinions too. And we will make our points of view very clear."

Against a backdrop of rising euroscepticism, the book fair will start by sending a distinctly pro-EU signal at Tuesday's opening ceremony, giving the stage to the bloc's foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini.

The following day, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier will join a debate on how to combat anti-foreigner and populist voices "in stormy times".

The fair has also teamed up with the United Nations and Amnesty International to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the UN human rights declaration, an achievement Boos said "cannot be taken for granted".

Freedom of expression in Vladimir Putin's Russia, Turkey's media crackdown and concerns about the rule of law and free speech in Poland will all be topics of discussion.

- Africa rising -

Commentators will also take stock of the #MeToo movement, a year after it sparked a global discussion about sexual harassment, and renowned US authors Meg Wolitzer and Paul Beatty will talk feminism and race in the era of President Donald Trump.

African authors are likewise getting a chance to shine with the continent preparing for its "biggest ever" presence at the fair, which organisers said reflected the African publishing industry's increasing professionalism and international reach.

Nigeria's Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, author of "Americanah", will discuss her smash-hit essay "We Should All Be Feminists", while Trifonia Melibea Obono will present her coming-of-age book "La Bastarda", the first ever novel by a woman from Equatorial Guinea translated into English.

And although the Antaios company is skipping this year's event, two other German far-right publishers will be manning stands at Frankfurt's giant conference centre.

Several lawmakers from the country's anti-Islam, anti-immigration AfD party are also expected to show up, Boos said.

But with 7,300 exhibitors from over 100 countries, he stressed that the far-right represented "a mini group" at the fair.

"They get a lot of attention. The question is whether they deserve it."

- Cyborgs and holograms -

This year's event will once again showcase hi-tech novelties in a bid to encourage the book publishing industry to think creatively about how to plug into new technologies, including through augmented reality.

Valued at around $120 billion annually, the global book publishing industry has seen steady but slow growth in recent years, and sales of e-books have stagnated.

Hologram singer Maya Kodes will perform at the fair, as will Spanish "cyborg activist" Moon Ribas who has implanted a sensor in her body that vibrates whenever there's an earthquake.

Host nation Georgia meanwhile will bring not just dozens of authors to Frankfurt but also a 1.8-million-year-old skull from the country's famed Dmanisi cave, home to the earliest human fossils discovered outside Africa.

The Frankfurt book fair itself dates back to the Middle Ages, with the first edition taking place shortly after the Gutenberg printing press was invented in nearby Mainz.]]>
10/7/2018 11:50:25 AM
<![CDATA[How Charles Aznavour changed music forever]]>
"He just blew my brains out," said Bob Dylan of the first time he witnessed the French singer's style of delivery a little over two years later.

That concert has since gone down as one of the greatest ever at New York's Carnegie Hall.

Yet that night in Paris when a nervy Aznavour -- who died Monday aged 94 -- stepped out on stage to change the way songs were sung forever, his career was on the skids.

Unloved at home and utterly unknown abroad, he was at the end of his tether.

He had pulled out all the stops to fill the Alhambra concert hall in one final bid to win over the public.

But the critics had come to bury not to praise him.

The little Armenian who had written songs for Edith Piaf, and spent years as her bag carrier, was going nowhere, stuck as the "ugly duckling" of the cabaret circuit without any kind of hit for four years.

Yet it was -- irony of ironies -- a song he wrote about a desperate provincial crooner dreaming of fame, "Je m'voyais deja" (It Will Be My Day), that finally launched Aznavour to stardom.

Yves Montand, the actor and singer, had earlier turned it down, saying "songs about show business never work".

But that night at the Alhambra, Aznavour did not just sing the song, he turned it into "a one-act play" about the poor crooner's life, acting out him dressing to go on stage.

- 'He was revolutionary' -

And with the song's last prophetic line, "But a day will come/ When I will show them I have the talent", Aznavour brought the house down.

The man who begun performing at five finally found his mojo at 36.

His biographer Bertrand Dicale said "Aznavour was a revolutionary. He changed everything: the way songs were written, the themes a song could tackle, the way they could be performed."

Never good-looking -- Piaf badgered him to get a nose job, then told him it was horrible -- he was by then balding and prematurely aged.

But even as doors closed in his face, he was rebuilding himself from the best of his heroes. "My four points of reference were "Edith Piaf, Charles Trenet, (the Russian acting guru) Konstantin Stanislavski and Maurice Chevalier," he told AFP last year, adding that Bing Crosby, Mel Torme and Frank Sinatra were also in the mix.

"He stole his famous bar stool routine from Sinatra," said Dicale. "And that way he had of telling stories between songs was inspired by Sinatra's Las Vegas shows."

"I had done classical dance, variety and theatre, and I wanted to get all that into my performances," Aznavour told AFP.

- 'He put his guts into it' -

"I said to myself that if I put them all in I would find my own style. And I did, it became 'Aznavour'," said the singer born Shahnour Varinag Aznavourian to parents fleeing the massacres of Armenians as the Ottoman empire collapsed.

Aznavour, the little man who became an entertainment world giant, was honoured with a national homage in Paris Friday, a ceremony reserved for France's greatest heroes.

He will be buried next to his parents and his son Patrick, who died aged 25 in 1976, in a cemetery near the French capital on Saturday after a mass at the city's Armenian cathedral.

"He broke all the rules of his era when singers had to be really good looking," said the French songwriter Calogero. "But he had this incredible personality."

For the rapper MC Solaar "you can see the feeling with Aznavour. He wanted to move people, we are far beyond just singing with him," he added.

Dicale added that Aznavour really became the characters in the songs, "really putting his guts into it".

That is what impressed his peers, the writer said, and what won him the hearts of audiences across the world.

"Just seeing what he did on stage at his age gives me the courage to continue," said the rapper Soprano, one of several hip-hop stars including Dr Dre and Sean Paul who have covered or sampled Aznavour.

"Lots of singers have a bit of Aznavour in them," said Dicale, from "Brazilians like Caetano Veloso and Chico Buarque to... Elton John and Sting who at 19 or 20 discovered Aznavour" and have never ceased to be fans.]]>
10/6/2018 3:40:10 PM
<![CDATA[Banksy shocks art world by shredding £1 mn work at auction]]>
British street artist Banksy has stunned the art world with arguably his most audacious prank yet, self-destructing one of his best-known works moments after it fetched more than a million pounds at auction in London.

"Girl with Balloon" had just sold at Sotheby's Friday for £1,042,000 ($1.4 million, 1.2 million euros) -- a joint record for the maverick artist -- when it unexpectedly passed through a shredder hidden in the frame, according to the auction house.

"It appears we just got Banksy-ed," said Alex Branczik, Sotheby's head of contemporary art for Europe, in a press release accompanied by a photo of the bizarre episode.

"The unexpected incident became instant art world folklore and certainly marks the first time in auction history that a work of art automatically shredded itself after coming under the hammer," the auctioneers added in the statement.

Banksy posted his own photo from midway through the shredding on his Instagram page early Saturday, showing onlookers aghast at the stunt.

The caption written below, imitating an auctioneer, read: "going, going, gone".

The post, and reports of a man dressed in black sunglasses and a hat scuffling with security guards near the entrance to Sotheby's shortly after the incident, led to speculation the artist was present to trigger it.

Sotheby's, which could not be immediately reached for further comment on Saturday, did not disclose if it had prior knowledge of the stunt.

Branczik said he was "not in on the ruse", according to The Art Newspaper.

"We are busy figuring out what this means in an auction context," he reportedly added.

"The shredding is now part of the integral art work."

Sotheby's did not release details on the buyer, but reports said the winning bid was made by telephone.

"We have talked with the successful purchaser who was surprised by the story," the auctioneers said in a statement to The Financial Times.

"We are in discussion about next steps."

Banksy, a mysterious artist from Bristol, southwest England, has never confirmed his real identity.

- Matched previous record -

He rose to fame painting clandestine street murals, typically simple graffiti stencils with a sharp political point, all over the world.

The artist has also produced a treasure trove of other kinds of images, and his head-turning work have repeatedly sold for hundreds of thousands of pounds, including to a raft of famous people.

His "Happy Choppers" from 2006 fetched $735,000 also on Friday at a New York auction of personal effects owned by the late actor Robin Williams and his wife.

The price paid in London Friday evening for "Girl with Balloon" matched the artist's previous record at a 2008 auction for another work, Sotheby's said.

Prior to its shredding, the faux-gilt framed piece -- spray paint and acrylic on canvas mounted on board -- depicted a girl reaching out toward a bright red, heart-shaped balloon.

It was instantly recognisable as a Banksy to anyone familiar with his work.

Mehdi Ben Cheikh, a Parisian street art specialist, said the stunt was "in the same vein as his performance in New York, which questions and criticises the limits of the art market."

Banksy in 2013 set up a stand near the city's Central Park and sold 20 signed canvases of his own work for $60 each.]]>
10/6/2018 3:37:46 PM
<![CDATA[Opera singer Montserrat Caballe dies in Barcelona, aged 85]]>
The Spanish singer, who was born in the Catalan capital, had been in ill health for a number of years and had been admitted to hospital in mid-September, an official said. She died in Sant Pau hospital in Barcelona.

The Gran Teatre del Liceu opera house in Barcelona, where Caballe performed more than 200 times, described her as “one of the most important sopranos in history”.

Spanish tenor Jose Carreras said she possessed a voice of great range, combined with a flawless technique.

“Of all the sopranos I’ve heard live in the theater, I’ve never heard anyone singing like Caballe,” Carreras said in a radio interview with Catalunya Radio.

Spain’s royal family called her “the great lady of the opera, a legend of universal culture, the best among the best”.

“Her personality and her unique voice will always be with us,” the royals said in a tweet.

Caballe released the song “Barcelona” with the Queen frontman Mercury in 1987 - and it was used again during the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, a year after Mercury’s death.

Renowed for her performances of Italian opera, she also worked with the late tenor Luciano Pavarotti.


Among other reactions, Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez tweeted: “Sad news. A great ambassador of our country dies, an opera soprano recognized internationally. Her voice and her kindness will always remain with us.”

Caballe was considered one of the finest modern exponents of the ‘bel canto repertoire’, Spain’s Culture Minister Jose Guirao said on Saturday.

“Her loss leaves a huge void,” he said.

Caballe’s almost 60-year career took her from Basel to New York.

She began in the Swiss city in 1956, as Mimi in La Bohème, then joined the Bremen Opera, where she sang from 1959 to 1962, in a wide variety of roles.

Wider international recognition came in 1965, when she appeared in a performance of Donizetti’s Lucrezia Borgia at Carnegie Hall in New York.

The performance won her great acclaim from the public and made her an overnight sensation.

Her success led to her debut that same year at the Metropolitan Opera, as Marguerite in Gounod’s Faust.

Despite a career of glittering success there was some controversy.

In 2015, at a time when Spain was cracking down on tax evasion as it attempted to rein in a large public deficit during a prolonged economic crisis, Caballe agreed to a fine of 250,000 euros and a symbolic six-month jail term.

Her funeral is expected to be held on Monday in Barcelona, the newspaper La Vanguardia reported.]]>
10/6/2018 3:34:49 PM
<![CDATA['Law Kont Fe Baly' song trend number 1 on YouTube]]>

"Law Kont Fe Baly" is written by Nader Abdallah , composed by Waleed Gowayed and distributed by Osama el-Hendy.

Diab finially released all the songs of his latest album “Kol Hayati” (All My Life), on YouTube. Diab adopted a new marketing strategy to promote his new album, releasing each week a new song.

Diab performed a massive concert in Nammos, a restaurant in Mykonos, Greece, on Friday, July 27 to promote “Kol Hayati” album, where he sang some songs from his new album.

Diab collaborated with several poets, composers and distributers in his new album “Kol Hayati”, including Tarek Madkour, Ayman Bahgat Amar, Nader Hamdy, Amr Mostafa and Ahmed el-Malky.

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's Best Arab Male Artist Voted Online.

Diab’s first album, “Ya Tareeq” (The Path), was released in 1983. His most recent album, “Meaddy El-Nas” (Surpassing People), was released in July 2017, following a major viral promotion campaign across Cairo sponsored by Egypt Linx.
10/6/2018 3:30:41 PM
<![CDATA[National Film Festival to honor veteran actress Nadia el-Gendy]]>

Many critics in the local film industry welcomed honoring the Egyptian veteran actress due to her rich acting career and her dramatic works that are deeply carved in the hearts and minds of the Egyptians and Arabs throughout the Pan-Arab region.

The actress had always portrayed women issues in her movies and discussed several important aspects that touch Egyptians and Arabs. Gendy starred in a total of 60 movies.

Gendy is considered by many as the only actress that seriously competed with men, who dominate the industry in general.

During the 70’s and early 80’s, Adel Imam, Nour el-Sherif, Ahmed Zaki and Gendi were the focus of the film makers in the industry because of their unlimited talents and intriguing acting skills.

Gendy managed to excel in her roles as a teacher, a mother, a spy, a lawyer and a queen. The actress does not prefer to appear in many festivals, but when she appears, she surely gets all the attention.

10/6/2018 1:43:00 PM
<![CDATA[Hisham Kharma to perform at Cairo Opera House]]>
Kharma was born in Cairo but lived most of his life in Miami, Dubai and Hamburg; thus he is heavily influenced by the eclectic cultural mix. 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 was produced by Sony Music in the “Arabesque” series along with the Grammy Award winner Yanni and Cat Atilla.

His third and last album was released in 2016 entitled “Al-Yaqeen” (Faith). Kharma is considered an icon among electronic music artists in Egypt.

His album “Al-Yaqeen” achieved widespread success last year. “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” is about to release his album after releasing his latest joint single, “Youmeen” (Two days) with Hany Adel.

Kharma will play a live concert at the Cairo Jazz Festival opening ceremony on Thursday, October 11 at the American University in Cairo.

Cairo Jazz Festival presents 20 different concerts from 14 different countries. Among the most prominent Arab representations are the Syrian Lynn Adib, Nouran Abu Taleb, Hawidro band and Baghdadi Big Band.

The festival also features European Jazz stars like the Portuguese Rita Maria, the Austrian David Helbock and the Czech Dan Bárta, in addition to the Hungarian star Ester Fakaza, the acclaimed Jerome Klein from Luxemburg and Aki Rissanen from Finland.

Amro Salah, the festival head, stated that the Cairo Jazz Festival aims to present an international musical and cultural event that contributes to enhancing tourism in Egypt by hosting international stars.
10/6/2018 11:30:00 AM
<![CDATA[Nobel Peace Prize honours champions of fight against sexual violence]]>
The pair won the award "for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict," Nobel committee chairwoman Berit Reiss-Andersen said in an announcement which won international praise.

One a doctor, the other a former Islamic State sex slave, both have come to represent the struggle against a global scourge which goes well beyond any single conflict, as the #MeToo movement has shown.

The prize was announced as #MeToo marks its first anniversary after a year in which allegations of sexual abuse, rape and harassment have toppled dozens of powerful men.

By recognising the pair's work, the Nobel committee has placed a spotlight on the use of sexual violence in war as a global problem.

- 'The world hears you' -

Mukwege, who was in surgery at his hospital in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo when the winner was announced, dedicated his award to all women suffering sexual violence in war.

"This Nobel prize is a recognition of the suffering and the failure to adequately compensate women who are victims of rape and sexual violence in all countries around the world," he said outside Panzi hospital in Bukavu.

Addressing women victims, he said: "I want to tell you that with this prize, the world hears you and refuses to remain indifferent. The world refuses to sit there with its arms crossed when confronted with your suffering."

For the past two decades, this 63-year-old doctor has been helping women recover from the violence and trauma of sexual abuse and rape in DR Congo's war-torn east.

Mukwege has treated tens of thousands of victims -- women, children and even babies just a few months old -- at Panzi hospital which he founded in 1999 in South Kivu.

Known as "Doctor Miracle", he is an outspoken critic of the abuse of women during war, describing rape as "a weapon of mass destruction".

- 'A voice for all women' -

The Nobel committee also honoured Murad, a 25-year-old Iraqi woman from the Yazidi community who in 2014 was kidnapped by Islamic State militants and endured three months as a sex slave before managing to escape.

She was one of thousands of Yazidi women and girls who were abducted, raped and brutalised by jihadists during their assault that year on the Kurdish-speaking minority, which the United Nations has described as genocide.

After her escape, she quickly became a figurehead for efforts to protect the Yazidi community and was later named a UN ambassador for victims of human trafficking.

Reacting to the award, she said it was a significant victory for all women suffering from sexual violence.

"It means a lot, not just for me, for all of these women in Iraq and all the world," she told the Nobel Foundation's website, speaking in English.

Switching to Kurdish, with a translation given by her fiance Abid Shamdeen, she said: "For those small communities that are being persecuted, this prize tells me that their voices are being heard.

"We hope (it) will be a voice for all the women that are suffering from sexual violence in conflict in many other places."

The Nobel committee hailed her "uncommon courage", saying Murad had "refused to accept the social codes that require women to remain silent and ashamed of the abuses to which they have been subjected."

- Hospital erupts in celebration -

When the announcement was made, staff at Panzi hospital broke into ecstatic celebrations, cheering and ululating wildly.

"I was just at the end of the second operation when suddenly (people) started to cry and make noise" outside, Mukwege told the Nobel Foundation's website.

UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet said it was "hard to imagine two more worthy winners", describing the prize as "richly-deserved recognition of two extraordinarily brave, persistent and effective campaigners".

New Iraqi President Barham Saleh hailed Murad's win as an "acknowledgement of the tragic plight" of the Yazidis as well as recognition of "her courage in defending the human rights of victims of terror & sexual violence".

In Kinshasa, the government of President Joseph Kabila offered Mukwege muted congratulations but warned him against politicising his humanitarian work.

- Leaving shame, speaking out -

Sexual violence as a weapon of war has been going on for centuries, but it was only recently acknowledged as a crime against humanity with the UN's adoption in 2008 of Resolution 1820.

And the #MeToo movement, which rose up a year ago following allegations of rape, sexual abuse and harassment against Hollywood director Harvey Weinstein and has since swept the globe, has also had a very sobering effect.

"#MeToo and war crimes is not quite the same thing. But they do, however, have that in common: that it is important to see the suffering of women," said Reiss-Andersen.

Mukwege and Murad will receive the prize at a ceremony in Oslo on December 10, the anniversary of the death of prize creator Alfred Nobel, a Swedish philanthropist and scientist who died in 1896.]]>
10/6/2018 1:30:00 AM
<![CDATA[All what you need to know about MAFF]]>
The festival will run from October 5 to 9, 2018. The Egyptian movie “Tale’ Senay” (Induced Labor) will be screened on the festival’s opening ceremony.

"Tale' Senay" was showcased for the first time in Egyptian cinemas on Tuesday, January 2. Released in 2017, the film revolves around an Egyptian couple that seizes the American Embassy in Egypt after being denied visas to enter the United States.

The feature film stars a group of talented Egyptian actors and actresses, including Rasha Gawdat, Maged el-Kedwany, Mai Kassab, Abdel Rahman Abou Zahra, Bayoumi Fouad, Horeya Farghali and Sayed Ragab. "Tale' Senay" is directed by Khaled Diab.

"Tale' Senay" was premiered on December 11, 2017, as part of the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF). The Swedish Ambassador to Egypt, Jan Thesleff, previously expressed his pride and happiness to sponsor such a big event related to the Arabian Cinema.

The ambassador further explained that Sweden is a diverse community, and therefore Sweden had always sponsored and supported all forms of creativity, arts and talents.

Mohamed Qablawy, the founder and manager of the Malmo Arab Film Festival, previously explained that the festival in its eighth edition is designed to be special, as the Egyptian cinema will be featured as the guest of honor.

Furthermore, Mosad Foda, the head of the Cinema Syndicate in Egypt, expressed his happiness with the festival management's decision to invite Egypt as the guest of honor.

Foda stated that screening Egyptian cinema works as part of the festival’s program will introduce the local cinema to Europe and the rest of the world.

This comes as part of the initiative “CreativeSweden2018”, encompassing several artistic and cultural events in Cairo, Alexandria and El-Gouna.

It is worth noting that four Egyptian films in different stages of production applied for receiving development funds from the fourth Malmo Market Forum (MFF) which will run from October 6-8.

MFF is one of the main activities of the eighth edition of the Malmo Arab Film Festival (MAFF) that will run from October 5-9.

Three out of the four movies are Egyptian-Swedish, which are 'Blood and Honey" produced by Egyptian producer Mohamed Siam and Swedish producer Christer Nelson, "Every day at 6 a.m" by Yasser Shafiey and William Johansson and "Omar Sherif" documentary produced by Mark Lotfy and Swedish producer Sigrid Helleday.

The fourth movie is "When We’re Born’’ which is a pure Egyptian film, directed by Tamer Ezzat Ezzat and produced by Moataz Abdel Wahab.

MAFF gives filmmakers the chance “to extend their networks and initiate new international collaborations and co-productions,” according to MAFF website.

In 2011, MAFF was established by its general manager and artistic director Mohamad Keblawi, and grew to become one of the largest Arab film festivals and an important platform for Arab culture.

It is worth mentioning that Siam was selected as a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences responsible for awarding the Oscar prizes along with other 11 Arab filmmakers. Siam was chosen to be a member in the documentary section.

Siam is an Egyptian feature and documentary films director. He studied in a number of global prestigious film institutions such as Sundance Labs, IDFA Academy, Doc Campus, Berlinale and Durban Talent Campus. Siam's first documentary was “Balad Meen” (Whose Country) which participated in a number of renowned festivals and was awarded a prize at the 28th edition of Carthage International Film Festival.

“Balad Meen” revolves around Egyptian police elements' work and daily lives, shedding light on a number of important reasons that led to the emergence of January 25 revolution.

In 2017, Siam garnered worldwide fame for his second movie “Amal” which was the opening movie at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam.

“Amal” traces the life of a troubled Egyptian teenage girl during the January 2011 revolution and accompanies her on a six-year journey to search for her identity in a country going through a transition stage.

“Amal” received a number of awards such as Robert Bosch Film Prize, the AfriDocs prize at Durban FilmMart and Thessaloniki Docs-In-Progress award.

Siam is a member of a number of committees and associations of documentaries in the Arab region, and is a lecturer in universities in New York, Paris, Beirut and Egypt.

In his interview with Tess Magazine, Siam announced that he is currently working on his first long feature movie which will focus on police in Egypt, considering it the final chapter in the trilogy he started with “Balad Meen” then “Amal”.
10/5/2018 2:36:37 PM
<![CDATA[Robin Williams memorabilia fetches $6.1 million in NY]]>
The Oscar-winner, movie veteran, stand-up comedian and television star was one of Hollywood's most popular entertainers whose death in August 2014 triggered an outpouring of emotion the world over.

More than 2,000 fans and collectors from across the globe registered to bid for some 300 works owned by Williams and his second wife, film producer and philanthropist Marsha Garces Williams, Sotheby's said.

The most expensive lot was Swiss artist Adolf Wolfli's "Der San Salvathor" that sold for $795,000, the auction house said.

Stand-out items included a watercolor from the movie "Good Will Hunting" that sold for $90,000 and street artist Banksy's "Happy Choppers" from 2006 that fetched $735,000.

Williams won an Oscar in 1998 for "Good Will Hunting."

The watercolor, painted by the film's director Gus Van Sant and inscribed to Williams, was displayed in the office of his therapist character Sean Maguire.

Forty-five watches from Williams' personal collection sold for a combined total of $445,000, including his watch from "Dead Poets Society" (1989) that went for $32,500, the auction house said.

The entire sale fetched $6.1 million, smashing pre-sale estimates of $4.6 million with 95 percent of all lots sold.

Among the organizations to benefit are The Juilliard School in New York, where a permanent scholarship in Williams's name will be set up, the Wounded Warrior Project and the Challenged Athletes Foundation.

A father of three, he was known for high-energy, rapid-fire improvisation and clowning, and starred in hit films such as "Good Morning, Vietnam" and "Mrs Doubtfire."

Marsha was his second wife. The couple were married from 1989 to 2010, and had two children together.

Williams committed suicide aged 63. His widow and third wife, Susan Schneider, later revealed that he had been suffering from Lewy body dementia, a neurodegenerative disease that alters mood, movement and provokes hallucinations.]]>
10/5/2018 1:55:31 PM
<![CDATA[Oscars body launches new initiatives to support women filmmakers.]]>
Called “Action: The Academy Women’s Initiative,” the program will include a one-year fellowship for women filmmakers and executives, a lunch that will bring together women across the industry, and a directory aimed at improving female networking and hiring opportunities.

The announcement by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences follows pressure from women in the movie industry for stronger voices, better pay and more jobs behind and in front of the camera.

“As we continue to advocate for inclusion, we are honored to bring Academy members and the filmmaking community together to support women in all stages of their careers,” Academy Chief Executive Dawn Hudson said in a statement.

The Women of the Academy lunch will take place in London and Los Angeles later this month. The one-year fellowship will be awarded to an emerging woman filmmaker in the United States, and in Britain.

The Academy, whose 8,000 members vote on the annual Oscars, has made efforts in the past two years to diversify its mostly white, old, and male-dominated ranks by inviting hundreds of women and people of color to join its ranks.

In 2016, the Academy vowed to double its number of women and diverse members by 2020.

According to a June report by the Directors Guild of America, only 16 percent of the 651 movies released in the United States in 2017 were directed by women.]]>
10/5/2018 1:52:49 PM
<![CDATA['M*A*S*H' star Alan Alda to get lifetime achievement award]]>
Alda, 82, who announced in July that he had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, will receive the honor at the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) awards dinner in Los Angeles on Jan. 27.

Alda is best-known for his role as wisecracking Hawkeye Pierce in the 1970s comedy series about life in a Korean war medical facility. Yet he also wrote and directed many of the episodes of the series, whose 1983 final episode was watched by some 105.9 million Americans.

Alda went on to appear in political television drama “The West Wing,” as well as movies such as “California Suite,” “Bridge of Spies” and “Manhattan Murder Mystery.”

For many years, he was also host of television’s “Scientific American Frontiers” before it ended in 2005.

“He is an artist whose body of work is a testament to the craft and the magic of our business. His ability to make us laugh, to think and to feel is extraordinary,” SAG president Gabrielle Carteris said in a statement.

In July, Alda announced that he had been diagnosed with the nervous system disorder Parkinson’s disease more than three years ago but that it has not stopped him from acting.

Alda will join the ranks of recent SAG lifetime honorees, Lily Tomlin, Debbie Reynolds, Carol Burnett, Betty White and Dick Van Dyke.]]>
10/5/2018 1:49:54 PM
<![CDATA[Ben Affleck, out of rehab, calls addiction a lifelong struggle]]>
Affleck, 46, who also went to rehab in 2017 and 2001, said in a posting on his Instagram account that he remained in outpatient care, and thanked his family, friends and fans for their support.

“Battling any addiction is a lifelong and difficult struggle. Because of that one is never really in or out of treatment. It is a full time commitment. I am fighting for myself and my family,” he wrote.

Affleck has three children with actress Jennifer Garner. The couple separated in 2015 but in August Garner was pictured in Los Angeles driving Affleck to a treatment center.

Affleck shot to fame in 1998 when he shared a screenplay Oscar for drama “Goodwill Hunting” with his best friend Matt Damon. In 2013, he took home a second Oscar for best picture winner “Argo,” which he produced and directed.

The “Batman” and “Gone Girl” star has often spoken of his struggles with alcohol, which also afflicted his father and his brother, actor Casey Affleck.

Casey Affleck told television show “Entertainment Tonight” last month that he and Ben come from a long line of alcoholics.

“Ben is an addict and an alcoholic. Most of my grandparents are alcoholics. My father is an alcoholic, as bad as you can be, and he’s been sober for about 30 years. I’ve been sober for about six years,” he said.]]>
10/5/2018 1:47:35 PM
<![CDATA[Min. of Culture: Book Fair's golden jubilee edition to be special ]]>
The meeting aimed to finalize the agreements regarding the Cairo International Book Fair’s golden jubilee celebrations. The celebrations will take place for the first time in the fair’s new location.

The minister inspected the halls hosting the event, and watched a short film showing the new facilities and gigantic parking lots designated for the book fair. The film also showed the different successful events previously hosted by the same premises.

Moreover, the minister assured during the meeting that the golden jubilee edition of the Cairo International Book Fair is set to take place in January 2019. The celebration is going to be a special one, according to the minister, as the League of Arab States is going to be the guest of honor.

Abdel Dayem assured that the new place designated to host the book fair in 2019 offers the local and International prints a bigger opportunity to participate in the much anticipated annual event.

10/5/2018 1:41:14 PM
<![CDATA[Archeological discovery revealed “every week, every day in some cases”]]>
During the press conference of the Saint Catherine International Peace Forum set to be held on October 18 and 19, Anany pointed out that more than 15 ambassadors and cultural attachés have been invited to attend the forum.

He further remarked that the Ministry of Antiquities inaugurated two projects at St. Catherine; the latest one was the development of St. Catherine library, which is the second largest library having documentaries and historic manuscripts after the Vatican Library.

Among the most recently discovered artifacts is the huge edifice with several corridors and four entrances that was uncovered during excavation works carried out in Hod El-Demerdash, 400 meters to the south of Mit Rahina Museum in Giza, Ministry of Antiquities announced on Sept. 25.

Previously, an Egyptian archeological mission working at the Aga Khan site in Aswan’s west bank since 2014 discovered 20 tombs from the Greco-Roman period, late ancient Egypt and early Christianity.

Director of Aswan and Nubian Antiquities, Abdel-Moneim Saeed, said on Sept. 20 that the uncovered tombs vary in their architectural styles, inscriptions and drawings on sarcophaguses, statues and mummies.

Saeed referred that a committee was formed to examine the condition of the artifacts to be exhibited in different museums.

The most recent discoveries, found by the mission during excavation works carried out near the Aga Khan mausoleum on Aswan's west bank, was a tomb dating back to the late period of ancient Egypt.

The tomb contained a sculpted sandstone sarcophagus with a well-preserved mummy wrapped in linen among other things, the Egyptian archeological mission announced on Tuesday, September 18.

10/5/2018 1:37:19 PM
<![CDATA[In pics: France's former presidents gather up to bid farewell to Aznavour]]>
Celebrities, among them the now-frail actor Jean-Paul Belmondo, attended the ceremony under clear blue skies for the singer-songwriter who died this week at 94.

Pallbearers carried Aznavour's Tricolour-draped coffin into the courtyard at the Les Invalides military museum where Napoleon is buried in the heart of the French capital.

Aznavour, whose global reach was enhanced by his ability to sing in half a dozen languages, died at his villa in the village of Mouries, in the southern French Alpilles region, in the night of last Sunday to Monday.

Among his best-known songs - he sold upwards of 100 million records - were “"Hier Encore" (Yesterday When I Was Young), “"Apres l'Amour" (After Love) and “"La Boheme". Others of anthem-status included "She" and "Formidable".

Aznavour, born in Paris on May 22, 1924, to Armenian parents - his birth name Shahnour Aznavourian - grew up on the Left Bank of Paris and began performing at the age of nine.

His first public performances were at Armenian gatherings where his father and older sister Aida sang while he danced.

He broke from the shadows penning songs for Edith Piaf in the years after World War Two, and later brought rapt audiences to their feet at venues as far away as New York's Carnegie Hall.

Macron, due to go on an official visit next week to Armenia that Aznavour had hoped to attend, stood side-by-side with Armenia's leaders for a ceremony that began with an army band rendition of Armenia's national anthem, then France's.

French President Emmanuel Macron, his wife Brigitte Macron, Ulla Thorsell, wife of late singer Charles Aznavour, and his children Katia, Seda, Nicolas and Mischa follow the flag-drapped coffin during a national tribute at the Hotel des Invalides in Paris, France, October 5, 2018. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

French President Emmanuel Macron stands by the coffin of Charles Aznavour during a national tribute ceremony in Paris, France, October 5, 2018 Christophe Ena/Pool via REUTERS

Photos are seen during a national tribute for late singer Charles Aznavour at the Hotel des Invalides in Paris, France, October 5, 2018. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife Carla Bruni-Sarkozy attend a national tribute for late singer Charles Aznavour during a ceremony at the Hotel des Invalides in Paris, France, October 5, 2018. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian and French President Emanuel Macron arrive to attend a national tribute for late singer Charles Aznavour during a ceremony in Paris, France, October 5, 2018 Christophe Ena/Pool via REUTERS

French President Emmanuel Macron shakes hands with Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, wife of former French President Nicolas Sarkozy as French President Francois Hollande looks on during a national tribute for late singer Charles Aznavour during a ceremony at the Hotel des Invalides in Paris, France, October 5, 2018. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

Singers Mireille Mathieu and Eddy Mitchell and guests attend a national tribute for late singer Charles Aznavour during a ceremony at the Hotel des Invalides in Paris, France, October 5, 2018. REUTERS/Charles Platiau
Republican Guards carry the flag-drapped coffin of late singer Charles Aznavour during a national tribute at the Hotel des Invalides in Paris, France, October 5, 2018. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

French President Emmanuel Macron stands by the coffin of Charles Aznavour during a national tribute ceremony in Paris, France, October 5, 2018 Christophe Ena/Pool via REUTERS
10/5/2018 12:27:25 PM
<![CDATA[Autumn drama works revolve around murder, revenge, weapons ]]>
On top of the series list, comes “Abwab El-Shak” (Doors of Suspicion), starring singer and actor Khaled Selim and Lekaa el-Khamissi, and the remainder of the second part of “El-Ab El-Rohy” “The Godfather”.

“Abwab El-Shak” is expected to revive the local drama/filming industry, spreading a positive vibe amongst concerned individuals in the industry.

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n “Abwab El-Shak”, Khaled Selim plays the role of a man accused of murdering his wife, performed by Moroccan actress Jihane Khalil. The man receives a 10-year prison sentence. Upon his release, he discovers that he had been deceived and that everything around him has changed.

“Abwab El-Shak” consists of 60 episodes. It is directed by Ahmad Samir Farag and written by Mohamed Nayer.

The series “El-Ab El-Rohy” (The Godfather) revolves around a large family controlled by the father, Zain Al Attar, performed by Mahmoud Hemeida.

He has numerous children, two of which don’t live with him: one lives in a shelter and the other is an aggressive person.

The series recounts the relationship of this father with arms gangs and smugglers. The series is written by Hany Sarhan, directed by Peter Mimi, and stars Mahmoud Hemeida, Ahmed Falawkas, Sawsan Badr, Asmaa Galal, and many others.

The remainder of the second part of the series “El-Ab El-Rohy” (The Godfather) is expected to achieve great success this fall.

10/5/2018 11:30:00 AM
<![CDATA[Mostafa Rizk to perform jazz concert on Oct. 6]]>
Rizk is considered by many as an underground jazz icon. Rizk is originally a civil engineer, but that did not stop him from gaining unprecedented success upon releasing his first album “Bab el-Louq”.

The singer uses positive lyrics and jazz rhythms, creating an atmosphere filled with happiness and positive vibes. Among Rizk's songs that achieved booming success are “Mashya al-tareek” (Walking Along the Way) and “Shaftet Bon” (A sip of Coffee).

Composer, singer and songwriter Rizk may have uprooted from Aswan many years back, but certainly kept his authentic Upper Egyptian charm thriving in his music. Blending jazz and blues with an oriental twist.

Mostafa Rizk . Mabsoot Kteer مصطفي رزق . مبسوط كتير

مبسوط كتير كلمات مصطفي الجارحي لحن مصطفي رزق توزيع موسيقي احمد الصاوي ميكساج و ماستر ديجيتال عصام السحرتي اغنيه مبسوط كتير هي الاغنيه الثانيه في البوم باب اللوق للفنان مصطفي رزق و سيتم طرح الالبوم كاملا تدريجيا علي هذه الصفحه مبسوط كتير حاسس باني خرجت مني عشان اطير كتير كتير

10/4/2018 5:09:49 PM
<![CDATA[Elissa continues to combat breast cancer ]]>
The singer decided to be part of the awareness campaigns in Lebanon, aiming to spread knowledge about the prevention and early detection of the disease.

The Lebanese singer appeared in a video with Lebanese Minister of Health, Ghassan Hasbani, asking local ladies to head to the free medical campaigns organized by the ministry, in an initiative to combat the spread of the disease.

The free medical campaigns will run on Oct. 13 and 14, 2018.

Assi el-Hallani decided to be the first supporter of the minister’s initiative; he tweeted “I, Assi el-Hallani, stand in solidarity with my colleague Elissa and my dear friend minister of health, hoping that the road we walk together will be a happy one.”

It is worth noting that Elissa shocked her fans by exposing she had cancer, and illustrated her agony in a video clip that went viral on social media platforms and TV channels.

10/4/2018 3:54:39 PM
<![CDATA[In Pics: 10th edition of Cairo Jazz Festival launched ]]>
Founder of the Cairo Jazz Festival Amro Salah said that the festival aims to raise awareness among people about Jazz music through inviting 14 countries including Germany, Hungary, Austria, Netherlands, Japan, Luxembourg and Finland for the first time to present 21 concerts over four days.

The Cairo Jazz Festival launched its 10th edition during a press conference held on Oct.3 at the InterContinental Cairo Semiramis- Press Photo

Among the international stars participating in the festival are Syrian Lynn Adib, Portuguese Rita Maria, Austrian David Halbuck, Czech Dan Barta, Hungarian Esther Fakzi and Jerome Klein band from Luxembourg.

Neveen Kenawy, Jazz Tales festival's general coordinator-Press Photo

Egyptian-German band Cairo Steps, Egyptian Singer Nouran Abu Taleb, as well as the Egyptian bands Hawidro and Baghdadi will also partake in the festival.

In this regard, Salah revealed that AUC will provide 12 bus lines at different places, and that the festival’s tickets cost LE 200 for a whole day.

The Cairo Jazz Festival launched its 10th edition during a press conference held on Oct.3 at the InterContinental Cairo Semiramis- Press Photo

He further remarked that the festival will not only introduce concerts but will also present musical workshops to raise musical awareness.

The Cairo Jazz Festival launched its 10th edition during a press conference held on Oct.3 at the InterContinental Cairo Semiramis- Press Photo

In the same context, Cultural Adviser to the President of the American University in Cairo, Heinz Mahoney, pointed out that holding this year’s edition at the AUC's new campus in the fifth settlement aims to build an artistic and cultural center in New Cairo.

The press conference was attended by musician Hisham Kharma, who expressed his happiness and pride to participate for the first time in the festival as he will perform a concert at the festival’s opening ceremony.

The 10th edition of the Cairo International Jazz Festival is set to run from October 11 - 14 at the American University’s Theatre in the fifth settlement.

The festival is held under the auspices of Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Tourism and Tourism Promotion Authority in cooperation with embassies of Austria, Netherlands, Czech, Poland, Portugal and Hungary as well as international cultural entities.]]>
10/4/2018 3:00:24 PM
<![CDATA[Mohamed Salah’s pictures feature in 'Above the Clouds' exhibition poster ]]>The governor of Alexandria, Abdel Aziz Qansooh, along with French Ambassador to Egypt, Stephan Rumato, attended the opening of the exhibition on Sept. 30, 2018.

The exhibition consists of 35 illustrations, portraying spectacular moments of popular football players worldwide, including Brazilian football legend Neymar and Frenchman Kylian Mbappe. The exhibition also contains illustrations of the most important moments of the Fifa World Cup 2018, which was hosted by Russia.

The exhibition, organized by the French Institute in Alexandria in cooperation with the French News Broadcasting Network, aims to shed light on some cultural norms, such as the Japanese cultural behavior, showcasing a picture of the Japanese fans cleaning up the stadium after the performance of their national team.

The French ambassador expressed his excitement and happiness for being part of such a universal event, describing it as a “beautiful” celebration and thanking all those who took part in the event.

In the same context, the governor of Alexandria asserted that the relations between the two nations are extremely solid, explaining that numerous treaties have been signed between France and Egypt. Qansooh further congratulated the French people for being the World Cup 2018 champions.

On the other hand, Manager of the French News Broadcasting Network office in Cairo, Emanuel Paris, explained that the exhibition is labeled “Above the Clouds”, as the photos used in the event feature football stars, including Egyptian star Mohamed Salah.

10/4/2018 3:00:18 PM
<![CDATA[Veteran actor Farouk al-Fishawy reveals his cancer diagnosis ]]>

After being honored, Fishawy said that his doctor informed him of this news, adding that he will strongly face the disease, and will deal with it as a simple headache.

“I will defeat the disease with determination and will, and next year I will be here again at the very same festival,” Feshawy told the attendees.

The opening ceremony of the 34th edition of the Alexandria Film Festival for Mediterranean Countries (AIFF) kicked off on Wednesday, October 3, at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina.

Held under the name of veteran actress Nadia Lotfy, the 34th edition’s opening ceremony was attended by many actors including Laila Elwi, Elham Shahin, and Ragaa el-Geddawy.

Alexandria International Film Festival for Mediterranean Countries announced honoring a number of local film makers and stars in Egypt in its 34th edition set to take place from Oct. 3 to 8, 2018.

The expected honorees are:

• Veteran artist Farouk al-Fishawy; who expects his own biography, titled "Art=Life", to be written by writer and novelist Adel Saad.

• Renowned Musician Omar Khairat;

Writer Kadri el-Haggar decided to prepare a documentary which analyzes the musical projects released by the veteran artist throughout his enriching career. The educational documentary will be titled “The Music Magician”. ]]>
10/4/2018 2:51:01 PM
<![CDATA[EgyptAir stands by 'surreal' Drew Barrymore interview]]>
"This interview with Drew Barrymore in the Egypt Air in flight magazine is, umm, surreal," journalist and Yemen expert Adam Baron wrote on Twitter.

The post, which included pictures of the three-page interview in the print edition of the magazine, has been liked or shared more than 10,000 times since Baron tweeted it on Tuesday.

A spokesperson for Barrymore told the Huffington Post website that the actress "did not participate" in the interview and that her team was "working with the airline PR team".

But EgyptAir insisted the interview was legitimate.

"This a professional magazine interview conducted by Dr. Aida Tekla Former president of the HFPA (Hollywood Foreign Press Association) and one of the voting members of the Golden Globes," it tweeted back at an aviation journalist who asked if it was "completely false".

A spokeswoman for EgyptAir told AFP on Thursday that the article was authentic, without giving further details.

The journalist Tekla also defended the story.

"The interview with Drew Barrimoor (sic) which took place in New York is genuine &far from fake," she tweeted.

"As far as Drew we interviewed her several times I saw her grow up before my eyes she is charming and talented."

The article in EgyptAir's Horus magazine is also sprinkled with grammatical errors.

It opens with a commentary on Barrymore's private life, suggesting she had been "unstable in her relationships most of her life" and that she had been in "almost 17 relationships, engagements and marriages".

"Psychologists believe that her behaviour is only natural since she lacked the male role model in her life," it says.

Barrymore's reported responses to the questions also raised eyebrows.

"I feel overwhelmed when someone tells me that I have regained my image and managed to lose that extra weight," she was quoted as saying in answer to a question about being overweight due to pregnancy.

"I find this a great opportunity to encourage every woman who is overweight to work on regaining her beauty and body."

Asked about the status of women today, she was quoted as saying: "I cannot deny that women made a great achievement over the past century; there is a significant progress recorded by people who study women status throughout history."]]>
10/4/2018 12:30:53 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian film ‘The New Mad Hatter Story’ partakes in Girona Film Festival]]>
In this regard, Egyptian director Ghada Ali participated in the festival with the short film “The New Mad Hatter Story”.

The Ministry of Culture referred that this participation confirms Egypt’s leading position among other civilizations and different cultures. This comes in the framework of the international interest to invite the creative artists in Egypt to participate in different international cultural and artistic events.

In the same context, the Ministry of Culture agreed on the participation of the General Authority for Cultural Palaces’ Al-Sharqiya Band for Folk Arts in China Shanghai International Arts Festival, which will be held between October 23 and Nov. 4.

An international round in 2017 participated in Silicon Valley African Film in California, Jesuit Film Festival in Egypt and the Real Time International Film Festival in Nigeria.

In a 48-hour challenge, Egyptian director Ghada Ali managed to film "The New Mad Hatter Story". Not only so, but her film is also set to win best costumes in the 48-Hour Film Project’s competition in Egypt.

The short movie which is directed, edited and produced by Ali, and written by Ola el-Mallah, is inspired by Alice in Wonderland, only this time the mad hatter finds himself captive in one of the houses in a local area in Egypt. Will he manage to escape and find Alice? The movie may provide an answer.

Scenes from The New Mad Hatter Story - Fable Film - On Mad Hatter Song by Melanie Martinez from Ghada Ali on Vimeo.

Ali is a filmmaker, director and producer. She is currently working on her documentaries, short and artistic films around Morocco, Nigeria, Burkina Faso and others, beside her new Female Filmmakers Project with eight different nationalities, SPLA reported.

Ali is a global ambassador for art and peace to Egypt in the Worldwide Peace Marker Project (WPMP). She was also selected as a short film jury member in London Feminist Film Festival in early 2016. ]]>
10/4/2018 12:24:08 PM
<![CDATA[AIFF releases names of participating films ]]>A total of 11 films from eight different countries will participate in the festival's 34th edition.
The movies are as follows:
• Syrian movie “Damascus-Aleppo”, starring Duraid Laham and Maha al-Masry. The movie is directed by Basel al-Khatib.

• Tunisian movie “Mostafa Zid”, starring Abdel Mounim Showayat and directed by Nedal Shata. The movie was granted numerous awards in several festivals such as the Carthage Film Festival.

• Palestinian movie “Ketaba Ala el-Thalg” (Writing on Ice), starring Amro Wakid and Ghassan Masoud, and directed by Rasheed Mesh-harawy.

• Jordanian movie “Nafezat Salam” (Peace Window), which is the first directing experience for Hamad Negm, starring Ghalia Abdel Kareem al-Jarrah.

• Emirati movie “Ashek Amouri” (Amouri Lover), directed by Amr Salmeen

• Tunisian movie “Hams el-Maa” (Water Whispers), which is late director Al-Tayeb al-Wahishi's last movie.

• Morrocan movie “Samt el-Farashat” (Silence of the butterflies), directed by Hamid Baskit.

• Syrian movie “Rose” starring Suzan Negm

• Lebanese Movie “Al-Shaheed” (The Martyr), directed by Mazen Khaled

• Algerian Movie “Zues”
10/4/2018 11:12:04 AM
<![CDATA[AIFF to be launched October 3]]>
Held under the name of veteran actress Nadia Lotfy, the 34th edition’s opening ceremony will be attended by many actors including Laila Elwi, Elham Shahin, and Ragaa el-Geddawy.

The Alexandria International Film Festival for Mediterranean Countries (AIFF) is an Egyptian film festival organized by the Egyptian Association of Film Writers and Critics (EAFWC).

The AIFF aims to broaden film culture and strengthen the relationship between filmmakers across the world, with special attention given to Mediterranean countries.

Alexandria International Film Festival for Mediterranean Countries announced honoring a number of local film makers and stars in Egypt in its 34th edition set to take place from Oct. 3 to 8, 2018.

The expected honorees are:

• Veteran artist Farouk al-Fishawy; who expects his own biography, titled "Art=Life", to be written by writer and novelist Adel Saad.

• Renowned Musician Omar Khairat;

Writer Kadri el-Haggar decided to prepare a documentary which analyzes the musical projects released by the veteran artist throughout his enriching career. The educational documentary will be titled “The Music Magician”.

• Film director Ahmad Yehya; veteran writer Mostafa Moharam completed a book about the director's career.

The festival’s management decided to issue 15 books within the framework of the programs and activities of the 34th edition. One of the books will be about veteran actress Nadia Lotfy.

The death anniversaries of late actress Soad Hosny and late composer Mohamed Fawzy will also be celebrated through issuing books focusing on their careers.
10/3/2018 5:31:07 PM
<![CDATA[National Film Festival’s 22nd edition titled 'Eternal moments']]>
Egyptian film productions have always captured the minds and hearts of the audience through scenes that touch human feelings, as many can relate to such scenes in their daily lives.

The National Film Festival is headed by veteran director Samir Seif, and will take place from Oct. 22-28, 2018. The festival’s management this year decided to print booklets portraying the influential careers of:

• Veteran actress Nadia el-Gendy
• Veteran actor Farouk al-Fishawy
• Veteran film photographer Mahmoud Abdel Samee'

10/3/2018 5:22:54 PM
<![CDATA[EgyptAir becomes official carrier of Disney live shows in Egypt]]>
EgyptAir provided the shows' performers with all the travel facilities, and promoted the shows among the passengers, screening a film about the live shows on its aircrafts.
Disney live shows returned to Egypt with 23 shows, which are performed in Cairo International Stadium, starting from Sept. 26, 2018.

Disney Corporation performed live shows in over 75 countries, and was hosted by over 400 cities around the globe.

The return of Disney live shows, held under the sponsorship of the Ministry of Tourism, reflects the political stability and security in Egypt, and defies all claims that state otherwise.

This comes within the framework of the efforts exerted by the Ministry of Tourism to create a new entertainment agenda for Egypt in the upcoming period. The ministry will be ready to release the new entertainment agenda for 2019 soon.

On August 28, a press conference was held by Minister of Tourism Rania al-Mashat under the auspices of the ministries of tourism, investment and international cooperation.

The guests, including the regional vice president for Feld Entertainment in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (producer of Disney world shows) Stephen Armstrong and Chairman and CEO of the Organizing Company in Egypt Mohammed Amer, were welcomed by Mashat.

Bringing Disney to Egypt highlights the Egyptians' openness to different cultures and paves the way for further partnership and cooperation between Egypt and countries of the world, said Mashat.
10/3/2018 2:24:08 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian novels top best-selling books at Amman Book Fair]]>
The best-selling Egyptian books at the Amman International Book Fair include "Barqash Talks: A Structure without Borders" by writer Abdullah al-Sanawi, “Granada Trilogy” by the late novelist Radwa Ashour, “Madaq Alley” and “The Harafish” by Naguib Mahfouz, Youssef Ziedan’s novel “Ghorbat Arab”, and Sahar el-Mougy’s “Misk El-Tal (The Hill’s Musk).
Head of the General Egyptian Book Organization (GEBO) Haitham al-Haj Ali asserted that the Egyptian pavilion at Amman International Book Fair has been greatly admired by the audience.
Egypt participated in the 18th edition of the Amman International Book Fair from Sept. 26 to Oct. 6, as a guest of honor.

The Jordanian Publishers Union (JPU) Chairman Fathi al-Biss had announced in his speech during the opening session of the 2017 fair on Oct. 5, 2017 that Egypt was selected as the guest of honor for the fair’s 18th edition.

In its 17th edition, the Amman International Book Fair, organized by the Jordanian Publishers Union (JPU) in cooperation with the Ministry of Culture, selected the United Arab Emirates as the guest of honor.
10/3/2018 1:01:49 PM
<![CDATA[From Tinseltown titan to #MeToo pariah: Weinstein's year of shame]]>
But over the course of five days last October, Harvey Weinstein would become the first and most famous pariah of the #MeToo movement, deluged by complaints of predatory sexual behavior.

Twelve months ago on Friday, the Oscar-winning mogul was hit by a bombshell article in The New York Times, followed by another in New Yorker magazine, accusing him of a career of sexual harassment, assault and rape.

Since then, multitudes of women have come forward alleging 40 years of impropriety that sparked a sexual harassment watershed, ending the careers of powerful men.

It ignited a global call to arms, under which tens of thousands of women took to social media to share their stories of abuse under the #MeToo hashtag.

"I came of age in the '60s and '70s, when all the rules about behavior and workplaces were different," the 66-year-old said in a bizarre statement soon after the scandal blew up that apologized yet appeared to justify his behavior.

"That was the culture then."

While he denies any non-consensual activity, he disappeared from public life, surfacing occasionally from reported sex addiction treatment, his name toxic and his reputation in tatters.

The list of stars leveling abuse accusations against Weinstein is long: Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow, Rose McGowan, Lea Seydoux, Rosanna Arquette, Cara Delevingne and Salma Hayek, to name a few.

- 'Terribly naive' -

Actress Salma Hayek, pictured at a 2015 Golden Globes party co-hosted by The Weinstein Company, says the movie mogul threatened to break her kneecaps
Hayek accused the magnate of threatening to "break my kneecaps" after she spurned his advances on the set of her film "Frida."

The one-time Democratic Party donor, who hobnobbed with Hillary Clinton and once had a personal fortune estimated at $150 million, has faced an avalanche of lawsuits.

He is out on $1 million bail and has pleaded not guilty in New York to six counts allegedly committed against three women in 2004, 2006 and 2013.

The accusations of predatory sexual assault, criminal sexual acts and rape in the first and third degree could see Weinstein jailed for life if convicted.

But the former Hollywood legend, who for decades produced box office and critically acclaimed hits, has been forced to accept that his career is over, regardless of whether he is convicted.

He has been expelled by the Oscar-awarding Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and sacked by his own studio, The Weinstein Company, which has since been sold for a reported $289 million and broken up.

Weinstein's British fashion designer wife is divorcing him and his property empire is being sold.

"There was a part of me that was terribly naive... I had what I thought was a very happy marriage. I loved my life," Georgina Chapman, his estranged wife and mother of two, told Vogue magazine.

Meanwhile, the torrent of civil cases shows no sign of abating. In the latest headline-grabbing lawsuit, a German actress using the pseudonym Emma Loman alleged in August that Weinstein had raped her in 2006 at the Cannes Film Festival.

- 'The punisher' -

Born in Queens on March 19, 1952 the son of a diamond cutter, Weinstein studied at Buffalo University and initially produced rock concerts until he and younger brother Bob went into the movie business.

They co-founded Miramax Films, a small distribution company named after his mother Miriam and father Max, in 1979.

Weinstein at the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in 2012 with actress Meryl Streep, who once called him 'God'

Their hits included 1998's "Shakespeare in Love," for which Weinstein shared a best picture Oscar. But the company was sold to Disney in 1993 and the brothers left in 2005 to start up The Weinstein Company.

In February, New York's attorney general, who subsequently resigned in his own cloud of abuse allegations, sued the brothers and studio for failing to protect employees from alleged sexual misconduct despite multiple complaints.

Over the years, Weinstein's films received more than 300 Oscar nominations and 81 statuettes. The movies he steered to Academy Awards glory include "The Artist," "The King's Speech" and "The Iron Lady" -- which won best actress for Streep as former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher.

His more than 300 projects included the Cannes-winning "Pulp Fiction" (1994), "The English Patient" (1996) and "Gangs of New York" in 2002.

Through it all, the burly executive was famous for his hard-nosed approach to work and Oscars campaigns.

Streep -- who is fiercely protective of her family life -- was apparently made to earn every penny of her fee on the promotion circuit for "The Iron Lady."

"I just want to thank my agent and God -- Harvey Weinstein," she told the 2012 Golden Globes. "The punisher. Old Testament, I guess," she added.

The triple Oscar winner has since said she was "appalled" and had no idea about the "disgraceful" allegations.]]>
10/3/2018 12:07:21 PM
<![CDATA[Defending Weinstein, convicted in court of public opinion]]>
Criminal investigations have been conducted against him in New York, Los Angeles and London but, for now, only three accusations of assault from three different women have resulted in charges: all in New York.

An alleged rape in March 2013 and two forced acts of oral sex in 2004 and 2006, which could see him spend the rest of his life in prison if convicted.

Most of the accusations are too old to be prosecuted, but he is also the target of multiple lawsuits by women who hope to claim financial damages. A criminal conviction would bolster their chances.

Weinstein says all his sexual relationships were consensual. He has hired one of America's most famous criminal defense attorneys, Ben Brafman, who got sex charges dropped against Dominique Strauss-Kahn in 2011.

Here are the main planks of the defense so far, as evidenced by Brafman's public remarks, court arguments and public filings.

- Hollywood 'casting couch' -

"Mr Weinstein did not invent the casting couch in Hollywood," Brafman told reporters in May. "Bad behavior is not on trial."

The argument seems to be that while Weinstein may have behaved badly, it did not amount to criminal conduct and was in the vein of what was considered acceptable in Hollywood at the time.

Criminal defense lawyer Julie Rendelman says it's a "polarizing" remark in the #MeToo era because it "minimizes and justifies Weinstein's actions."

"If he wants to win over a jury at the end of the day, it's likely he will avoid such comments in the future," Rendelman said.

Undercutting the accusers

In early August, Brafman sensationally asked the court to dismiss the charges, revealing dozens of emails between Weinstein and the woman accusing him of rape, which seem to suggest they had a long-standing affair.

"I love you, always do. But I hate feeling like a booty call. :)," she apparently emailed him in 2017, four years after the alleged attack.

The judge is expected to rule at the next hearing on November 8.

Brafman says the prosecutor did not show these emails to the grand jury, which met behind closed doors to determine that there was enough proof to charge Weinstein, and claims it was unfair to his client.

No one knows, however, what is presented to the grand jury as such things are secret. Pace Law School professor Bennett Gershman says nothing in the law requires the prosecution to share the emails with the grand jury.

Prosecutor Joan Illuzzi-Orbon says nothing in the emails contradicts the accusation of rape.

- Consensual or coerced? -

Nevertheless the emails, which relate to key questions of consent and credibility, are "right now the biggest issue," says Rendelman.

Even if the case goes to trial, Brafman can still use the emails to bolster the argument that Weinstein's encounters were consensual, experts say.

"While there is no question that an individual can have a consensual sexual relationship with another and still be raped, these emails... may undermine her credibility," acknowledges Rendelman.

"In addition, any undermining of one complainant's veracity can end up undercutting the entirety of the prosecution's case."

Brafman insists he can get the case dropped. But Gershman says there's a strong chance that the defense will end up accepting a plea deal, allowing Weinstein to escape with a lighter sentence.

"It's much more difficult today (to get acquitted) than 20 or 30 years ago and the defense knows it," Gershman says.

The recent conviction and sentencing of Bill Cosby serves as a potent example.

"My sense is, if Weinstein goes to trial, he will get convicted," Gershman adds.]]>
10/3/2018 12:04:34 PM
<![CDATA[Hollywood heists: Four arrested for LA celebrity home burglaries]]>
Authorities said they believe the suspects are part of a larger ring that specializes in breaking into the homes of athletes, actors and Hollywood film producers for theft.

The home of basketball star LeBron James appeared on a list of dwelling that was seized by police and appeared to name future targets for robbery.

The homes of actors Viola Davis and Matt Damon were also on the list.

The suspects are three teens, two aged 19 and one 18, and the 34-year-old mother of one of them.

"During recent months, the Los Angeles Police Department has become aware of a series of residential burglaries targeting actors, producers, musicians and professional athletes living in the Los Angeles area," Lillian Carranza, head of the LAPD commercial crimes division, told a news conference.

"The victims' homes had been selected based on social media postings and touring or travel schedules of the owners. The burglars believed no one would be home and that the homes would contain sought-after valuables that they might be interested in," she added.

Police who made the arrests seized purses and wallets, watches, jewelry and a gun.

Over the past two years the homes of celebrities such as Alanis Morissette, Nicki Minaj and Emmy Rossum have also been burglarized.]]>
10/3/2018 12:01:24 PM
<![CDATA[Laser pioneers win Nobel Physics Prize]]>
Arthur Ashkin of the United States won one half of the nine-million Swedish kronor (about $1.01 million or 870,000 euros) prize, while Gerard Mourou of France and Donna Strickland of Canada shared the other half.

Strickland is just the third woman to win a Nobel Physics Prize since it was first awarded in 1901, while Ashkin, 96, is the oldest person to win a Nobel, beating out American Leonid Hurwicz who was 90 when he won the 2007 Economics Prize.

Ashkin was honoured for his invention of "optical tweezers" that grab particles, atoms, viruses and other living cells with their laser beam fingers.

With this he was able to use the radiation pressure of light to move tiny objects, "an old dream of science fiction," the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said.

A major breakthrough came in 1987 when Ashkin used the tweezers to capture living bacteria without harming them, the Academy noted.

According to Ian Musgrave of Britain's Central Laser Facility, optical tweezers make it possible to use lasers to manipulate very small objects, such as beads of glass or oil droplets, to position them precisely or control the environment around them.

The tweezers can for example be used to "trap droplets from asthma inhalers to improve the efficiency of delivery through the lungs," he said.

Ashkin made his discovery while working at AT&T Bell Laboratories from 1952 to 1991.

- 'Most intense laser pulses ever' -

Meanwhile Mourou, 74, and Strickland, 59, won for helping develop a method to generate ultra-short optical pulses, "the shortest and most intense laser pulses ever created by mankind," the jury said.

Their technique is now used in corrective eye surgery, among other things.

Mourou was most recently affiliated with France's Ecole Polytechnique, while Strickland, who was his student at the University of Rochester in New York, is a professor at the University of Waterloo in Canada.

Contacted by AFP, Mourou said he was getting ready for his daily swim just before noon on Tuesday when he got the call from the Academy.

"You don't expect it. You can imagine it, but when it actually happens, it's different," he said, adding that his day had turned out "crazy".

Laser research has been honoured with Nobels on several occasions, including the 1964 physics prize and the 1999 chemistry prize.

- Women are 'out there' -

Meanwhile, speaking by phone to the Academy, a moved Strickland said she was thrilled to receive the Nobel prize that has been the least accessible for women.

"We need to celebrate women physicists because they're out there... I'm honoured to be one of those women."

Before her, only Marie Curie and Maria Goeppert Mayer had won the physics prize, in 1903 and 1963 respectively.

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has in the past lamented the small number of women laureates in the science fields in general.

It has insisted that it is not due to male chauvinism bias on the award committees, instead attributing it to the fact that laboratory doors were closed to women for so long.

"It's a small percentage for sure, that's why we are taking measures to encourage more nominations because we don't want to miss anyone," the head of the Academy, Goran Hansson, said on Tuesday.

On Monday, two immunologists, James Allison of the US and Tasuku Honjo of Japan, won this year's Nobel Medicine Prize for research into how the body's natural defences can fight cancer.

The winners of the chemistry prize will be announced on Wednesday, followed by the peace prize on Friday. The economics prize will wrap up the Nobel season on Monday, October 8.

For the first time since 1949, the Swedish Academy has postponed the announcement of the 2018 Nobel Literature Prize until next year, amid a #MeToo scandal and bitter internal dispute that has prevented it from functioning properly.]]>
10/3/2018 2:50:00 AM
<![CDATA[Munich, Germany: Final Station for Cairo Steps’ Concerts for 2018]]>
The final concert is going to be a duo with the universal tango foursome Quadro Nuevo in a night that is expected to achieve the appraisal of the audience.

The concert is going to be held in the famed Prince Regent Theater in Munich, Germany, at 8 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018.

Cairo Steps performed numerous concerts throughout 2018 with Quadro Nuevo, achieving great success together. The duo was granted the Jazz Music Award in April in the Phil-harmony Theater in Germany.

It is worth noting that Egyptian composer Basem Darwish is considered the first Egyptian and Middle Eastern to ever achieve such an award. Cairo Steps band was granted the award for their musical album “Flying Carpet”.

The band was able to achieve a record by selling almost 10,000 copies of their album in Germany alone. In Egypt, 5,000 additional copies of their album were sold and 3,000 copies were sold throughout the rest of Europe.

The Phil-harmony Theater, the entity granting the award, created a huge golden CD Labeled “Final LB” in celebration of the great success of Cairo Steps who achieved the Platinum Shield (High Level Music Award).

Flying Carpet Quadro Nuevo & Cairo Steps البساط السحري ( Official Video)

Quadro Nuevo & Cairo steps - The Flying Carpet Project German Jazz Award 2018 see making Of under https://youtu.be/MMI6XNpqFKw Cairo Steps : Basem Darwisch ( Oud, Band leader) Sebastian Müller-Schrobsdorff (Piano) Matthias Frey (Grand Piano) Stefan Hergenröder (E-Bass) Rageed William ( Nay & Duduk) Max Klaas (Lead Percussions) Wolfgang Wittemann (Sopran Sax ) Jan Boshra (Cello & Strings Ensemble leader) Emad Azmy " Shereen Azmy " Amir Akhnoukh " Ahmed Tarek (Violins) Hany Alsawaf (Percussions) " Ragy Kamal " (Kanoun) Quadro Nuevo : Mulo Francel (sax, clarinet ) Evelyn Huber (Harp) Andreas Hinterseher (accordion, vibrandoneon ) D.D.

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10/2/2018 4:53:53 PM
<![CDATA[‘Eyar Nary’ to be released in all cinemas on Oct.3]]>
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.

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.

10/2/2018 2:50:08 PM
<![CDATA[Neither rich nor crazy: film noir sheds light on Singapore's migrant labourers]]>
"A Land Imagined" tells the story of a Chinese labourer who goes missing while working on a building site, and the efforts of a world-weary detective to track him down.

His lonely life serves as a window into the world of the approximately 280,000 foreign workers who toil to build the affluent city-state's glittering skyscrapers and ubiquitous residential high-rises.

The movie debuted in August at the Locarno Festival, where it won the top prize, and features atmospheric scenes of bleak construction sites, drab workers' dormitories, and rain-lashed, neon-lit streets.

Singaporean director Yeo Siew Hua said the film aimed to raise awareness about the lives of migrant labourers who have flocked to the wealthy city from poorer parts of Asia and are often regarded as "outsiders".

"When we talk about the migrant workforce in Singapore, there is a certain blindness, especially in mainstream society," Yeo told AFP.

"The film tries to show them as humans, as people with hopes and dreams."

- Contrasting depictions -

It had its debut around the same time as the US release of Hollywood film "Crazy Rich Asians", which was a box-office hit and won plaudits for its Asian-majority cast –- but its depiction of the city-state could not be more different.

The rom-com, about an American-Chinese economics professor and her Singapore boyfriend, focuses on the ultra-wealthy ethnic Chinese elite and features well-known sights, such as the impressive waterfront skyline.

"A Land Imagined" follows the life of Wang Bi Cheng from China, who works for a land-reclamation company -- about a quarter of Singapore sits on reclaimed land.

This is a long-running source of controversy as sand is imported for reclamation from other parts of Asia, a practice that green groups say causes environmental damage in the supplying countries.

He lives in a shared dormitory next to a busy road and spends his nights playing computer games in a cybercafe -- befriending the sassy woman who works there -- and hangs out with a Bangladeshi labourer who is struggling with debts.

When Wang goes missing, police send in a jaded detective, Lok, who is shocked when he encounters the migrants' living conditions.

NGOs working with foreign labourers in the city-state of 5.6 million welcomed the film for drawing attention to their lives.

Stephanie Chok, advocacy and communications manager from campaign group Home, said challenges for foreign labourers range from poor living conditions to long working hours and unscrupulous employers withholding wages or underpaying them.

Depictions of workers' lives in the film ring true, such as huge, self-contained dormitory complexes in less desirable parts of Singapore and employers holding on to workers' passports to prevent them from leaving, she said.

- Huge debts -

Wang's Bangladeshi friend, Ajit, is unable to leave Singapore due to debts -- a common problem for foreign labourers, who often take out loans for fees to secure work and are unable to pay them back due to low salaries, according to rights groups.

Singapore's Ministry of Manpower, however, insists that surveys it has commissioned show the vast majority of foreign workers are satisfied with working in the city and consider it "an attractive destination country".

The ministry has a "comprehensive regulatory framework to ensure that foreign workers in Singapore are properly managed, and that their wellbeing is not compromised", a spokesman said in a statement.

It said workers were protected by laws in areas including payment of salaries, compensation for work injuries and ensuring they have accommodation of a decent standard.

After its success at Locarno, the film is heading to other festivals, including Hamburg and Vancouver, and will have a commercial release in Singapore at the end of the year.

Those fighting for a better lot for foreign labourers praised the effort to draw greater attention to their difficulties.

"When we tell Singaporeans about the issues that the migrant workers face, they say 'no, no, Singapore is a country where we have very good laws, and these things cannot be happening'," Ethan Guo, from NGO Transient Workers Count Too, told AFP.

"I think general awareness of the plight that these migrant workers go through is what we feel is needed more in Singapore."

10/2/2018 2:45:55 PM
<![CDATA[Busan film festival seeks 'reunion' after ferry tragedy row]]>
The Busan International Film Festival hopes to draw a line under its role in a bitter row over the sinking of the Sewol ferry -- one of South Korea's deadliest ever disasters -- which divided and traumatised the nation.

This edition of the festival is a reunion," said Lee Yong-kwan, chairman of the BIFF organising committee.

"This year is about our recovery and a return of our status. It's about expansion and reformation."

The festival opens on Thursday with the world premiere of South Korean director Jero Yun's "Beautiful Days", which focuses on a North Korean family reunited after the mother escapes south looking for a better life.

Its theme of reconciliation seems a fitting one considering the troubles BIFF has endured since the festival screened a controversial documentary about the Sewol ferry disaster in 2014.

Sewol ferry disaster in 2014.

"The Truth Shall Not Sink with Sewol" was critical of the then-government's handling of the tragedy in April 2014 that left more than 300 people dead, most of them school children.

Investigations into and charges against festival organisers followed, along with significant funding cuts, as the dispute between BIFF and the government played out in public.

Lee and former deputy festival director Jay Jeon were initially removed from their posts but have been reinstated for this year's edition, while the new government of President Moon Jae-in has thrown its support behind the festival.

"We hope this year to become a place that once again brings filmmakers together and that the festival can be back on track," said BIFF programmer Nam Dong-chul.

The 23rd edition of the BIFF runs from October 4-13 and will feature 323 films from 79 countries, including 115 having their world premieres.

The Korean film industry is expected to be out in force on opening night with an array of local celebrities gracing the red carpet, including star of the opening film Lee Na-young, as well as Park Hae-il and Moon So-ri, who have brought the Zhang Lu-directed romance "Ode to the Goose" to the festival.

- K-Pop star turned actress -

Joining them will be the likes of Hollywood producer Jason Blum (of Oscar-nominated "Whiplash" and "Get Out" fame), acclaimed Chinese art-house darling Zhao Tao ("Ash is the Purest White") and Indian hit-maker Rajkumar Hirani ("3 Idiots").

Oscar-winning Japanese composer Ryuichi Sakamoto will also be in town to accept BIFF's Asian Filmmaker of the Year Award as well as to perform on opening night.

Highlights of the festival's main programmes include the world premiere of multi-award-winning Hong Kong auteur Stanley Kwan's latest, the theatre-themed "First Night Nerves".

Local films as always feature prominently, with 16 world premieres in the Korean Cinema Today section including the debut as a lead actress from sometime K-Pop star Choi Soo-young (Girls Generation) in "Memories of a Dead End".

The festival's main competition –- the New Currents award for first- or second-time Asian filmmakers –- will this year be contested by 10 films from seven countries.

It features a rare Bhutanese production, the drama "The Red Phallus" from Tashi Gyeltshen.

Hong Kong filmmaker Yuen Woo-ping -– famed for his work on the Oscar-winning "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" and on Hollywood's "Matrix" franchise –- has returned to the director's chair for the actioner "Master Z: The Ip Man Legacy".

The film will bring the festival to a close on October 13 with its world premiere.

"The unique part of BIFF is that it represents a wide range of cultures and filmmakers," said Yuen.

First-time Malaysian director Zahir Omar is among the new talents on show.

Omar is bringing his stylised thriller "Fly By Night" to BIFF for its world premiere and said being accepted by the region's preeminent festival felt "surreal".

The Busan festival "allows us the space and support to develop our art," said Omar.

"Many international festivals overlook [Asian filmmakers'] efforts, but [BIFF] has become a festival that we all aspire to get into at some point in our careers.

"To say it is a big event would be an understatement."]]>
10/2/2018 2:40:27 PM
<![CDATA[Bruegel the Elder masterpieces in Vienna world first]]>
Ahead of the 450th anniversary of his death next year, the Kunsthistorisches Museum (KHM) is hosting an unparalleled exhibition of 27 of his paintings and 60 drawings and prints.

And it will notably reunite for the first time two versions of Bruegel's iconic "Tower of Babel" masterpiece and four from his cycle of "Seasons".

Many of the international loans were so old and fragile that they hardly ever travelled and many of the works to go on show had never before left their hometowns.

"Everyone knows Bruegel, whether it be from reproductions on calendars or on biscuit tins. But never before have so many of his works been gathered in one place," Penot said.

Bringing together Bruegel's masterpieces into a single exhibition that has been six years in preparation was "something of a miracle", co-curator Sabine Penot told AFP.

The KHM had something of a head start, as it already owned 12 Bruegel paintings, including one of the "Tower of Babel", "Peasant Wedding", "Children's Games" and three of the "Seasons".

That was because Bruegel's works "were collected very early on by two members of the Habsburg family, Archduke Ernest, who ruled the Netherlands, and his brother, Emperor Rudolf II", said art historian Alice Hoppe-Harnoncourt.

In 2012, the KHM began an in-depth technical examination of the paintings, using X-ray and infra-red technology, that had never previously been carried out on Bruegel's works.

And from there, a number of institutions, particularly in Belgium, agreed to collaborate for this exhibition, Penot said.

- 'Cinematographic field of vision' -

The show brings together pieces from around 30 private and public collections all over the world, from Antwerp and Madrid, to New York, Paris, Prague and Rotterdam.

And among the highlights is "Adoration of the Kings in the Snow" from Winterthur, which required a special law to be able to leave Switzerland, as well as "The Port of Naples" which was recently authenticated after being restored in Rome.

Unfortunately, the Metropolitan Museum of New York decided not to loan the "Harvesters" which would have rounded off the five "Seasons" paintings known to be still in existence, said Penot.

Another co-curator, Manfred Sellink, director of the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp, Belgium, said Bruegel's works continued to fascinate because "he succeeds in portraying astonishingly precise detail with a literally cinematographic field of vision".

Parallel to the real exhibition is an accompanying website, http://www.insidebruegel.net, which allows the user to zoom in on details in the paintings that are not easily visible to the naked eye.

Already famous during his own lifetime and the head of a long dynasty of painters, the popularity of Bruegel (1525/30-1569) has come and gone across the centuries.

"In the 18th century, most of his work had been put into storage and was only really rediscovered at the beginning of the 20th century," said Hoppe-Harnoncourt.

"Every generation has tried to unravel the mysteries of Bruegel, but none has really succeeded, since his work is so rich," said Penot.

10/2/2018 1:23:38 PM
<![CDATA[Legendary French singer Aznavour dies at 94]]>
The songwriter, who had just returned from a concert tour of Japan, passed away at his home in Alpilles in southeastern France.

The veteran French actor Alain Delon said his old friend had "died in his sleep".

"I loved that man. I am in bits," he told AFP.

Aznavour had to cancel several shows after breaking his arm in a fall earlier this year.

But as late as Friday the diminutive singer told French television that though his Swedish-born wife wanted him to stop, he would happily die on stage.

"I always go forwards. I have no reverse gear," he said.

"All I can do is live, and I live on stage. I am happy up there."

The singer had planned to go back on tour later this month, starting with a concert in Brussels on October 26 and his hometown Paris a fortnight later.

His doctor Jean Abitbol said his voice had "practically never aged. He knew how to look after it and lived a rigorously healthy life, which was rare for his time.

"He wanted to die on stage like (the playwright) Moliere, and that is kind of what he did," he told French TV.

French President Emmanuel Macron led the tributes, praising his "unique brilliance".

"Proudly French, viscerally attached to his Armenian roots... Charles Aznavour accompanied three generations through their joys and pains," he said.

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan called him "a national hero".

British star Sting -- who recorded "Love is New Everyday" in 2009 with the man who he said "had inspired me for so many years" -- told AFP that Aznavour "may be gone but what he leaves is eternal".

- Dramatic delivery -

Multilingual and a tireless traveller, Aznavour pioneered a new, highly emotional way of performing, turning every song into "a one-act play".

In the English-speaking world he was often dubbed France's Frank Sinatra.

But unlike the American crooner, he wrote his own songs, often breaking taboos about marriage, homosexuality and men talking about their emotions.

He was born Shahnour Varinag Aznavourian in Paris on May 22, 1924, to parents who had fled the massacres in their homeland as the Ottoman empire collapsed.

Aznavour went on to sell more than 180 million records in a career spanning eight decades.

Ironically, his favourite song was one of the few in his repertoire he didn't write himself, "La Boheme".

- Family of Resistance heroes -

His family were heroes of the resistance against the Nazi occupation of France during World War II, regularly risking death to hide Jews and Communist partisans in their Paris apartment.

He began performing in their little restaurant with his sister when he was a child.

Aznavour got his big break after the war when he opened for the then rising French star Edith Piaf.

She took him to America as her manager and songwriter while he worked on his voice.

The two lived and drank together but Aznavour said they were never lovers.

"We loved each other but it was not sexual. She wasn't my type. It's very important to have a type," he said.

Aznavour had his first number one hit in 1956 with "Sur Ma Vie" (In My Life). That was followed by one of his biggest hits, "Je M'voyais Deja" (It Will Be My Day).

But it was his leading role in Francois Truffaut's film "Shoot the Piano Player" in 1960 that catapulted him to international fame.

- 'I learned tolerance' -

Buoyed by its success he took New York's Carnegie Hall by storm in 1963 before touring the world and seeing his songs recorded by stars from Ray Charles to Liza Minnelli and Fred Astaire.

His classic "For Me... Formidable" followed while the romantic ballad "She" was a huge international hit before going on to feature in the film "Notting Hill".

As he grew older, Aznavour loved nothing more than toying with his audiences over his advanced age, pretending to trip or to forget his lyrics.

I'm very old you know," he liked to say, "Too old."

A campaigner for the massacres of up to 1.5 million Armenians between 1915 and 1917 to be recognised as genocide, Aznavour pleaded for respect for difference and for other cultures in his last interview.

"Tolerance is the most important thing" for humanity, he said last week.

An early champion of gay rights, he also claimed to be "100 percent feminist. A man always should put himself in a woman's place," he said.

The poet of the lovelorn and broken-hearted, Aznavour married twice before meeting his wife of half a century, Swede Ulla Thorsel.

The best man at their wedding was Sammy Davis Junior.

"The first time (I married) I was too young, the second I was too stupid, and the third I married a woman from a different culture and I learned tolerance," said the father of six.

"I am from hot and she is from cold. We have managed for the best."

10/2/2018 1:19:14 PM
<![CDATA[Salalem Band to Perform at Cairo Jazz on October 3, 2018]]>
“Salalem” (Staircase) is one of the oldest musical bands in Egypt performing alternative music. The band was founded 12 years back, precisely in 2005. ”Salalem” (Staircase) band touched the hearts of its fans through music that spread a positive vibe among listeners as the lyrics focus on having a positive outlook on life, away from politics and sadness.

“Salalem” (Staircae) is a major band on the Indie Pop scene, which is affected by diverse influences from its members and its unique formation involving three guitarists. The outcome is simple groovy tunes fused with sarcastic, humorous Egyptian lyrics.

The band consists of five members:

• Mohamed (Walkman) Ali - Guitar, Vocals
• Osama (Oz) Saad - Guitar, Backing Vocals
• Amr (Solo) Sayed – Guitar
• Mohammed (Jimi) Jamal - Lead Vocal
• Ezz (El General) Shahwan – Bass
• Sherif Nabil – Drums

Musical Achievements:

- Best Band that performs original songs - Bibliotheca Alexandrina's 8th Music Awards, 2008, Alexandria, Egypt

- Audience's Choice Award - Bibliotheca Alexandrina's 8th Music Awards, 2008, Alexandria, Egypt

Salalem - Teb'i Hayah (Official Lyric Video) || سلالم - #تبقي_حياة

كلمات - أحمد الراوي || Lyrics by: Ahmed El Rawy ألحان - أسامة سعد / جيمي الجوهري || Music by: Osama Saad / Jimi Elgohary توزيع وميكس وماستر - فرّا || Music Production, Mixing & Mastering by: Farra شكر خاص لراديو #إنرجي #مصر Special Thanks to Radio NRJ Egypt 92.1

10/2/2018 12:32:58 PM
<![CDATA[Nostalgia, Lonliness and Emptiness: Feelings Expressed by Stars in Photos]]>

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Mohamed Farag

The second batch of the artist’s photo sessions has been released by the artist himself, including photographs of artists like Yousra, Khaled El Sawy, Bassel Khayyat, Riham Abdel Ghaffour, Ingy El Mokadem, Sara Abdulrahman, Mohamed Farag, Sayed Ragab and Tamer Adel.

The stars succeeded in expressing feelings of entrapment. Tamer Adel expressed loneliness, whereas Riham Abdel Ghafour’s portrait expressed boldness and strength.

Moreover, Khaled El Sawy’s photo expressed what appeared as a calm yet determined warrior’s face, whereas star Angy Al Mokkadam’s look seemed nostalgic.

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Khaled el Sawy

Furthermore, the position in which the actor Bassel Khayyat was seated illustrated what seemed like emptiness. Meanwhile, Sara Abdel Rahman’s facial expressions portrayed what appeared as detachment from reality, whereas veteran artist Yousra displayed beauty and tactfulness.

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Born on January 15, 1987, Hayman graduated from Misr University of Science and Technology with a Bachelor of Mass Communication in 2008 where he specialized in broadcasting. Hayman’s interest in photography started in 2005.

Soon therafter, he established a successful photography career working for Akhbar El Hawades weekly newspaper which specializes in crime and natural disasters. Hayman later joined Al-Masry Al-Youm daily newspaper in 2008.

Laila Elwi

10/2/2018 11:42:01 AM
<![CDATA[Two ancient paintings discovered at Temple of Kom Ombo]]>
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The head of the Supreme council of Antiquities Mostafa Waziri explained that the first painting is 2.30 m in height and 1 m wide, with a thickness of 30 cm.

It was found broken, divided into two parts but its inscriptions and writings were in good condition.

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The second painting was found broken into several parts, with a height of 3.25 m, width of 1.15 m and 30 cm in thickness. It was renovated by the restoration team at the Ministry of Antiquities.

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The first painting depicts King Seti I standing in front of the great god Horus and the goddess Sobek; this scene is topped with a winged sun as a symbol of protection.

Below this scene is a text that consists of 26 lines written with a hieroglyphic language, in which the name of King Horemheb is mentioned several times.

Regarding the painting of King Ptolemy IV it showed the king standing, holding a stick’s end is in the form of Horus while behind him stands his wife Arsinoe III, in front him the triad of the temple, and above them the winged sun, and below a text written with hieroglyphic that consists of 28 lines.

A sphinx statue made up of sandstone was discovered in Aswan on September 16 by the Egyptian archaeological mission working on the project to reduce the groundwater level at the Kom Ombo Temple.

Waziri previously announced that the discovered sphinx most probably dates back to the Ptolemaic era and that it was found in the southeastern side of KomOmbo, in the area between the temple’s outer wall and the archaeological hill.

10/1/2018 6:09:45 PM
<![CDATA[ Manal Mohei el-Din to perform concert in celebration of Omani Women Day]]>
The Omani Opera House in co-operation with Egyptian Harp musician Manal Mohei el-Din will celebrate the Omani women cultural and artistic achievements in a special event, where Mohei el-Din’s orchestra, Anamel Sharkeya, will perform in a blissful night.
The Chamber Music Ensemble in the Royal Symphony Orchestra of Oman along with the National Omani Guardesses will also perform during the celebration.

Omani press welcomed the Egyptian participation in the Omani celebrations. In numerous prints and Omani journals, a section was specialized for the Egyptian harp player and musician Mohei el-Din, as one of the best harp players in the world.

Mohie el-Din is one of the top 10 harp players all over the world. She's the first Egyptian to play this special musical instrument. She performed in El-Sawy culture wheel, Cairo Opera house and Qubit el-Ghory and all her performances achieved booming success.
Mohie el-Din also performed with musician Fathy Salama, who is famous for combining jazz music with oriental music; she currently plays with the famed Egyptian musician/composer Omar khairat.

Mohei el-Din was a member of the Nile Girls band, and she currently has her own band which consists of seven musicians. She rearranged some of late Reyad el-Sonbaty and late legendary Mohamed Abdel Wahab’s musical works in a way that suits the unique nature of the harp.

10/1/2018 4:49:12 PM
<![CDATA[AIFF honors late writer Hend Moussa]]>
The festival's management is also preparing a huge poster of Moussa to be displayed inside the center holding her name. Moussa passed away in an accident while she was on her way back to Cairo after covering El-Gouna Film Festival's second edition.The late writer had a short but rich career. She was a graduate of the Faculty of Mass Communication and presented numerous great articles and writings, which qualified her to be promoted to head of the arts section in El-Tahrir newspaper.

In a different context, and for the first time, the festival’s management decided to name the halls and conference rooms used during the festival after the honorees.

The halls and conference rooms will be named as follows:

• Veteran artist Nadia Lutfi’s Hall
• Actor Farouk al-Fishawy’s Hall
• Director Ahmad Yehia’s Hall
• Veteran film photographer Maher Rady’s Hall
• Veteran composer/musician Omar Khairat’s Hall
• Veteran writer and film critic Kamal al-Malakh’s Hall
• Veteran historian and critic Ahmad al-Hadary’s Hall
10/1/2018 4:02:19 PM
<![CDATA[Kenyan children's musical roars in to U.S. for off-Broadway premiere]]>
The cartoon by multiple BAFTA award-winner Claudia Lloyd and Kenyan singer-songwriter Eric Wainaina features Kenyan children’s fables to explain questions from the animal kingdom, such as why the giraffe’s neck is long and how the chameleon got its colors.

The 2016 musical adaption, brought to life by a breakdancing Rastafari tortoise, a soul singing hippopotamus and a jazz savvy elephant, takes musical inspiration from gospel, funk and hiphop — genres rooted in the United States.

“I’m thrilled to be able to give back to an audience that I’ve borrowed so much from,” said Wainaina, who is the show’s composer, music director and also plays the lead character Monkey.

“We all borrow from each other and I’m really happy to go and show this African manifestation of all this music that I’ve been listening to.”

The cartoon, named after a colorful Tanzanian art-style, was first commissioned by Britain’s public broadcaster, the BBC.

Lloyd said she was excited to bring East African children’s tales, visual arts and music tradition to the United States, where the team will perform for two weeks in October at New Victory Theatre, an off-Broadway theater for children.

She said she believed the show had the potential to reach a much broader audience than the one it has so far entertained with full theaters in the Kenyan capital.

“When they all get up and scream and shout, that’s why we are doing this,” said Lloyd, adding she still tears up with joy when she sees families or school classes engage in the tale and move to the beats.

“There’s no reason why this couldn’t tour around the world. I would love it to go to pan-African capital cities and spread the Tinga-love a bit.”]]>
10/1/2018 2:16:48 PM
<![CDATA['Night School' passes the test in North American theaters]]>
Kevin Hart stars as one of a group of misfits attending night school to earn their high school diplomas, under the firm tutelage of Tiffany Haddish. The film nearly paid off its $29 million production costs over the three-day weekend, Variety reported.

In second was another new release, family animation "Smallfoot" from Warner Bros., which netted $23 million. The comic tale about a group of Yeti who run into a human -- to the amazement and consternation of both sides -- features the voices of Channing Tatum, LeBron James, James Corden, Zendaya and Danny DeVito.

Last weekend's top attraction, Universal's family film "The House With a Clock in Its Walls," slipped to third spot, pulling in $12.5 million. Jack Black and Cate Blanchett star alongside young Owen Vaccaro as Lewis Barnavelt, an orphan sent to live with his warlock uncle.

In fourth was "A Simple Favor," Lionsgate's drama about a mommy blogger (Anna Kendrick) who investigates the mysterious disappearance of her friend (Blake Lively). It earned $6.6 million.

And fifth place went to horror film "The Nun" from Warner Bros., the latest fright fest in the popular "Conjuring" series. The story of a young nun, an exorcist and a guide stumbling onto a dark secret in Dracula country netted $5.4 million.

Overall, the month brought smiles to Hollywood, ending as the second best September ever, trailing only last year's record grosses, according to the BoxOfficeMojo website.

Rounding out this weekend's top 10 were:

"Hell Fest" ($5.1 million)

"Crazy Rich Asians" ($4.2 million)

"The Predator" ($3.7 million)

"White Boy Rick" ($2.4 million)

"Peppermint" ($1.8 million)

10/1/2018 2:10:40 PM
<![CDATA[New wave of Chinese artists driving art market]]>
Rocketing prices for living artists have for the first time become the motor of the market, Artprice told AFP.

Nowhere is the trend more marked than in the Chinese-speaking world, with works sold in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan accounting for more than a quarter of the global total.

The record price for an Asian artist was smashed Sunday when the late Zao Wou-Ki's huge abstract triptych "Juin-Octobre 1985" went under the hammer for $65 million (56 million euros) in Hong Kong.

The sum is nearly three times the previous record, also held for a Zao, set only nine months ago for another of his masterpieces, "29.01.64".

Painters like Zhang Xiaogang, Zeng Franzhi and Chen Yifei -- one of whose hyper realistic depictions of melancholic women in traditional dress sold for $22.7 million in December -- are leading a new wave of Chinese art superstars.

"In China one million contemporary artists are living from their work," said Artprice founder Thierry Ehrmann.

"They are coming to dominate the market because of their number, the quality of their work and their sharp critical sense," he added, with sales from China and Taiwan nearing half a billion dollars.

- $110m record for a Basquiat -

Ehrmann had earlier predicted that the art market was entering a "new era of prosperity" thanks to the thirst for modern and contemporary work.

The $110.5 million paid for a painting by the black American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat in May was no flash in the pan, he told AFP.

Basquiat, who began as a graffiti artist and died at 27 from a heroin overdose, is now the sixth most expensive artist ever.

A street was named after him in Paris this weekend ahead of a major retrospective of his work at the Vuitton Foundation in the French capital.

The New Yorker heads the list of the year's top selling contemporary artists with $256 million of sales ahead of the Scot Peter Doig ($101 million) and Italian painter and installation artist Rudolf Stingel ($52 millions).

Ehrmann said that "contemporary art, with postwar art, is the only really performing period" right now although they account between them for only a third of all sales.

"Artists are having works coming up for auction at the age of 25 or 30. That would have been impossible before," he added.

- 'Profound change' -

The stratospheric prices paid for Basquiat "illustrates a profound change in market attitudes", Artprice reported, showing that "collectors are now perfectly willing to pay equivalent sums for contemporary and historical masterpieces alike."

The burgeoning contemporary market, however, is dominated by some 500 artists who between them account for 89 percent of global sales, the index revealed in its annual report.

Artprice also found that the average price of contemporary drawings, paintings, sculptures, videos and installations has more than quadrupled from the turn of the millennium to $28,000.

Demand for contemporary work was traditionally the weakest part of the art market, but its share has risen five-fold since 2000, it added.

Ehrmann argued that its success is partly because artists have "come back down to earth, and are engaged with their times... Like in during the 1960s, artists are taking positions on society."

He said that artists and their galleries have also become streetwise, "limiting their production" and what comes to market so as not to undermine their prices.

With museums becoming "the cathedrals of the 21st century where people try to find the sacred in a society which has lost it," art's attraction is undimmed, the expert insisted.

Three auction houses dominate the contemporary market, the report found -- Sotheby's (28 percent), Christie's (26 percent) and Phillips (15 percent). However, six of the ten biggest players in the world are now Chinese.

Modern art made up for nearly half of auction sales over the last 12 months, Artprice said, followed by postwar art (21 percent), contemporary (12 percent), with Old Masters and 19th-century art accounting for some 10 percent each.

10/1/2018 2:05:46 PM
<![CDATA[Young ballerinas being ruined by Instagram says star Vishneva]]>
Russian prima ballerina Diana Vishneva told AFP that the popular clips on Instagram and YouTube set false expectations that could hamper and even harm young dancers.

"Often I see young dancers more interested in their phones than what is going on in rehearsals," said the star of the Mariinsky Ballet in Saint Petersburg, the birthplace of Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker" and "The Sleeping Beauty".

"Some are not yet professional or mature enough to understand what they are watching on YouTube," said the 42-year-old after dancing at the Paris Opera four months after having her first child.

"They see the surface, the great bodies, but they don't realise the work behind that," said the former star pupil of the legendary Vaganova Academy, the school that produced Nijinsky, Nureyev, Anna Pavlova and Natalia Makarova.

Vishneva fears that young dancers are being set unrealistic standards by posed photos and videos, particularly on Instagram.

- 'Disastrous eye candy' -

"When I was young we simply didn't have time for anything other than ballet. Now kids spend hours on social media. And you see that immediately on stage," she told AFP.

"They don't know about timing or have a sense of movement. It has to happen right away. They want everything now," said the ballerina who has divided her time between the American Ballet Theater (ABT) and dancing in Russia for the past 13 years.

Her comments come as unease has been growing about the influence of unrealistic role models for young dancers on social media.

The influential US publication Dance Magazine warned earlier this year that "what seems like harmless visual candy is setting new standards for young dancers as they seek to emulate their Insta-heros.

"These tricks, in and of themselves, are not bad things. However, devoid of a codified technical progression... they can be disastrous," it warned.

"Even the advocates of technique and artistry get wooed by the sirens song of an S-shaped supporting leg, or the gravity-defying pyrotechnical jump," said Theresa Ruth Howard, a former star of the Dance Theatre of Harlem who now teaches ballet internationally.

"Teachers who admonish the flexible girl for stretching all the time instead of working on strength" can easily get seduced by the tricks that draw Instagram fame and followers.

"It's a guilty pleasure that dance folk of a certain generation would be slow to admit to," she added.

- #MeToo: 'Innocent men hurt' -

Vishneva, who was trained by living legend Ludmila Kovaleva and got the highest marks ever at the Vaganova, said it is a "permanent struggle" to stay at the top.

As one of the first post-Soviet ballerinas to carve out a solo career in the West, Vishneva came up through the notoriously tough Russian system.

But she said change was inevitable in ballet especially as voices have now begun to be raised in what was a hermetic world to denounce harassment and abuse.

She said that she was "never pressured or humiliated" at the Vaganova.

"Perhaps I got lucky with my teachers or it's because my character was strong... (but) there has to be a difference between requiring discipline and humiliation. There should be red lines which ballet masters can't go beyond," she added.

As for sexual harassment, Vishneva jumped to the defence of her favourite dance partner in the US, Brazilian Marcelo Gomes, who resigned from the ABT in December after he was accused of sexual misconduct.

While she said she was horrified by cases of men "abusing their power", the ballerina said it was also disturbing that "innocent" men were also being blackened.

"This harassment thing came to ballet after all these scandals in film industry. I don't like to see that in many cases innocent people got hurt," Vishneva said.

"This needs to be judged very carefully, it's very thin ice, especially in ballet where physical contact is very strong."]]>
10/1/2018 1:00:42 PM
<![CDATA[AIFF's 34th edition to honor Franco Nero ]]>The festival is held under the sponsorship of Minister of Culture, Inas Abdel Dayem.

Francesco Clemente Giuseppe Sparanero, better known by his stage name Franco Nero, is an Italian actor. He is best known for his breakthrough role as the title character in Sergio Corbucci's film “Django”, a role that he reprised in “Nello Rossati's Django Strikes Again”.

The festival’s manager, Abaza, stated that the festival opening and closing ceremonies will be held in the Bibliotheca Alexandrina's Grand Theatre for the fifth year in a row, which reflects how reputable the library is for hosting such big events.It is worth noting that the festival will be held under the label of “Jerusalem is Arab”. The Egyptian Association of Writers and Critics of Cinema dedicated the event to veteran actress Nadia Lutfi.

Lutfi is a retired Egyptian actress. She is daughter to an Egyptian father who was an accountant and a Polish mother. In her prime, she was one of the most popular actresses during the final phase of Egyptian cinema's "Golden Age".
10/1/2018 12:21:30 PM
<![CDATA[Netflix releases 1st trailer of 'Daredevil' part 3]]>
The series revolves around Matt Murdock, who lost his eye sight because of a chemical leakage into his eyes in a bizarre accident. The chemical did not restrict Matt or cause him any disability; in fact, the chemical leakage granted him super-natural powers and senses that allowed Matt to see the world in a unique way.

Matt does not abuse the super powers he was granted after the bizarre accident; in fact, he uses his powers to achieve justice, not just as a lawyer, but also as a night guard performing daredevil stunts in the streets without fear.

The third part is based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name, follows Matt Murdock / Daredevil, a blind lawyer-by-day who fights crime at night. When Wilson Fisk is released from prison, Murdock must decide between hiding from the world and/or embracing his life as a hero vigilante.

Charlie Cox stars as Murdock and Vincent D'Onofrio portrays Fisk, with Deborah Ann Woll and Elden Henson returning from previous seasons, and Wilson Bethel and Jay Ali join them. The series is written by Drew Goddard.
9/30/2018 6:36:14 PM
<![CDATA[Umm Kulthum to perform concert in KSA 47 years after her death]]>
This announcement impressed many social media users in Saudi Arabia, who expressed their happiness with this upcoming event, which will be held for the first time, and declared their willingness to attend a concert for ‘’Kawkab El- Sharq’’ (Star of the East) who they described as "the pyramid of Egypt".

Umm Kulthum - Egypt Today

The concert promo stated that 47 years ago the world said goodbye to the iconic Umm Kulthum, but in 2019 in Saudi Arabia the first hologram concert of the iconic singer will be held.

Saudi launched the Hashtag "Umm Kulthum in Saudi Arabia", which became a trend in Saudi Arabia's Twitter, where thousands of tweets expressed their admiration for the idea.

"Greatness will be present in this concert; she was one of the miracles of last century and she is still the legend of art even after 47 years of her death," stated Saudi Ramy Abdallah on Twitter.

"I am over the moon with this concert. I will attend and sit in the first row," a Saudi named Sultan wrote on his Twitter account.

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Umm Kulthum - Egypt Today

Umm Kulthum was a beloved Egyptian singer and actress; she is considered one of the greatest singers in Arab history.

Umm Kulthum's voice was quickly identified as unique, strong, vibrant and instantly recognizable.

Her famous songs include: “Al Atlal” (The ruins), “El hobb Kolloh” (all the love), “Ya Zalemeny” (You were unjust to me), “Ya Mesaharany” (You keep me awake all night), “Hayart Albi Ma’ak” (You confused my heart) amongst others.

In 1944, Umm Kulthum was granted the highest level of Order of Virtues, ‘Nishan el-Kamal’ by King Farouk. After Egypt’s 1952 revolution, the new military leadership attempted to prevent her from singing because of the award, but Gamal Abdel Nasser, a fan of Umm Kulthum, intervened and reversed the decision.

After the 1967 War, in which Israel occupied parts of Egypt, Umm Kulthum sang a series of nationalistic songs that fuelled patriotism and pan-Arab sentiment.

She also gave many performances in various Arab countries to raise money for the Egyptian army.

More than three decades after her death, Umm Kulthum still lives on in the hearts of all her fans and her brilliant voice still rings in their ears.

Her fans gave her the title "Kawakab El-Sharq" (Star of the East). Umm Kulthum was considered the greatest Arab singer of the 20th century.

Her valuable belongings and old records and tapes were moved to the Umm Kulthum Museum at Manasterli palace in December 2001. The museum is a wonderful tribute to the singer's life.
Umm Kulthum’s spirit is felt in every corner of the museum. People have reported hearing her voice in the museum despite none of her songs was played at the time.

Only there, can one know the story of this dazzling Egyptian woman sticking to her silk scarf, which she could never do without during performances.

Umm Kulthum died on February 3, 1975.

Baalbeck International Festival, the oldest and most prominent cultural festival in the Middle East, honoured legendary Egyptian singer Umm Kulthum in its opening ceremony that took place on July 20 at the Roman Temple of Bacchus, Lebanon.

The opening ceremony titled “Baalbeck Remembers Umm Kulthum” honoured the Arab world's greatest singer through a 90-minute combination of her most famous songs presented by renowned Egyptian composer and conductor Hisham Gabr.

The collection included "Seerat El-Hob" (Love’s Name), "Enta Omry" (You Are My Life), "Fakkarouni" (They Reminded Me), "Hayyart Albi" (You Confused My Heart), "Alf Laila Wa Laila" (One Thousand and One Nights), and "Aghadan Alkak" (Am I Going To Meet You Tomorrow?).
9/30/2018 6:31:56 PM
<![CDATA[Dina el-Wedidi lights up stage at St. John Cathedral in New York]]>
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Dina el-Wedidi's band perform at Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in New York - Photo by Nourhan Magdi

This came as part of Wedidi's one-month tour with the fourth season of U.S. Center Stage program that took the band to several states across America, where they held concerts and attended workshops. The program brings for the first time three Egyptian bands, including Youssra el-Hawary and Karkade, beside Wedidi’s band.

Guitarist Sherif performing with Dina el-Wedidi's band at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in New York - Photo by Nourhan Magdi

The participating bands experience different audiences and venues across American cities. One of these venues is the historic Cathedral of St. John the Divine, which is the cathedral of the Episcopal Diocese of New York.

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Dina el-Wedidi's band perform at Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in New York - Photo by Nourhan Magdi]

The cathedral’s cornerstone was laid in 1892, and it is considered the world’s fifth-largest church. It hosts lots of concerts and choirs. During the concert, attendees were amazed by the Egyptian music, and reacted to Wedidi’s performance.

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Oud Player Balqees performs with Dina el-Wedidi's band at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in New York - Photo by Nourhan Magdi

Attending Wedidi’s concert, Katherine Rankin was delighted with the performance, and expressed her excitement to come to the church where she used to sing in the choir as a high school student and where her grandparents got married in the 1940s.
Rankin, who used to live in Egypt, knew about Wedidi’s music, and was happy to bring her daughter with her to the concert, “it’s a good timing that her first time here will be to hear Egyptian music, from the country where she was born.”

About Dina el-Wedidi

Wedidi became an international icon for her delicate fusion of local and global styles of music that allowed her to gain a leading spot among the underground musicians in her country, Egypt. Wedidi’s voice caught the sentiments of Egyptian, Arab and foreign audiences, with her lyrics, music and performance on stage. It all started for Dina in 2008, when she decided she had to explore the beauty of music.

9/30/2018 6:21:31 PM
<![CDATA[Divisive Polish film skewers Catholic clergy]]>
"Those who hold the homeland in their heart, who love God and Poland, must clearly say "No" to the destruction of our nation's values," said an association of Catholic journalists that wants the film about child abuse, clerical corruption and burn-out to be pulled from almost 500 movie theatres.

Directed by Wojciech Smarzowski and filmed in the Czech Republic, "The Clergy" was shown last week at the Gdynia film festival, where it won prizes from both journalists and the public.

Its release comes as the Catholic Church faces a crisis in several countries owing to charges of sexual abuse of children by clergy and lay members, which the Vatican's chief spokesman has called "a cultural problem" and "very grave sins".

Film critic Janusz Wroblewski said that "no director has ever dared to present as critical a vision of the Catholic Church in Poland."

Smarzowski "denounces all its cardinal sins from paedophilia, payment by the faithful for sacraments, crooked tenders and a generally demoralised hierarchy," the critic added.

- 'Hard-core propaganda'-

The film has nonetheless been attacked since it was shown for the first time to the public Friday.

Journalist Jan Bodakowski called it "hard-core anti-clerical propaganda. The priests do nothing but drink, rape choir boys and obsess about money. It is a vision of those who do not know the Church and real priests."

Some cinemas have decided not to show it, while others have run it almost non-stop since its release.

"It is without doubt THE Polish film of the past three decades," Wroblewski wrote.

Smarzowski has said he "did not want to attack faith itself" but "the men who make up the Church and those who are not saints and act like outlaws."

That it benefitted from public funds has fuelled the controversy, and presidential staff member Pawel Soloch, who has not seen it, nonetheless claimed it was made "in the way that Nazis made films about Jews."

Among those who have seen the film, several told AFP that Poland needed this moment of truth.

"We have spoken about paedophilia around the world, in Ireland and the United States. The wave has finally arrived in Poland because of this film," student Sebastian Suchodolski said.

Pensioner Zofia Zukowska added that "it is good this film has come out. The director and actors have shown great courage, especially those who have risked their careers."
9/30/2018 1:41:59 PM
<![CDATA[US museum unveils massive expansion in praise of 'slow art']]>
With a sprawling gallery space opening Thursday in a prosperous exurb of Washington, Glenstone has become one of the world's biggest private art museums.

At a time when museums are courting Instagram-hungry crowds and visitors have to elbow each other to catch a glimpse, Glenstone has carefully choreographed a journey in the opposite direction as part of its $200 million expansion.

Birdsong and crickets provide the soothing cadence to the 10-minute walk from the parking lot to the new building, along a gravel path carved into rolling hills dotted with wildflowers, sycamore and oak trees.

"Split Rocker," a giant flower-covered sculpture by the equally polarizing and famous Jeff Koons is perched atop a hill gazing toward the 204,000-square-foot (19,000-square-meter) Pavilions complex.

A water court of aquatic plants ringed by walls of glass provides the beating heart of the Thomas Phifer-designed building, flooded with natural light and shaped with individually poured blocks of gray concrete.

The Pavilions' 11 interconnected structures are embedded into the 230 acres (93 hectares) of this former foxhunting estate.

"It's all very carefully calibrated to allow for that prolonged experience," said director Emily Rales, 42, who co-founded Glenstone with her husband Mitchell, a 62-year-old billionaire industrialist.

In an interview, she spoke of their "personal quest to find those quiet moments where you can really sit with a work of art and not feel rushed or pressured to move on."

The setting provides an experience that changes with the seasons and from dawn to dusk in what remains the Raleses' (tax-exempt) backyard.

Glenstone's collection of post-World War II art is considered to be one of the best, including works by Louise Bourgeois, Roni Horn and Richard Serra, who has two torqued steel sculptures on the grounds.

In a radical departure from most other museums, the walls are barren of explanatory texts and some rooms have just a single work of art.

Gray-uniformed guides, many of them in a young professionals training program, politely engage visitors in discussions about what lies before their eyes.

- 'Here for you' -

Brice Marden's majestic "Moss Sutra with the Seasons" (2010-2015) -- his only commissioned work -- stands alone in a space designed in collaboration with the artist.

Lit through clerestory windows, the painting features four monochrome panels inspired by seasonal colors, while a larger one in the center reveals mossy green calligraphic squiggles typical of Marden's later years.

A square, skylit room presents On Kawara's "Moon Landing," three large-scale black canvases each indicating in white script a key date during the July 1969 Apollo 11 lunar landing mission.

"We have made this commitment to artists by saying, look, we know that what you're asking is tremendous and it's difficult to do, but we're here for you and we will do whatever we can to realize that vision for you," explained Emily Rales, who studied art history at prestigious Wellesley College before directing New York's Gladstone Gallery.

"That is very valuable for an artist working today."

There were 70 meetings with Robert Gober and his studio about his 1992 "Untitled" installation of large sinks with open taps set against a woodlands wallpaper with barred windows. Newspapers are strewn about the floor.

- 'Champion of the underdog' -

On the tombstone of Mitchell Rales' father, a man who rose from a hardscrabble childhood in an orphanage to become a successful businessman, reads the inscription "Champion of the Underdog."

Glenstone espouses that same motto by presenting works the Raleses dub as "challenging."

The building's largest room takes visitors on a trip through art history from 1943 to 1989 with 65 works by 52 artists.

Pulled from Glenstone's holdings of some 1,300 pieces, they feature many women artists as well as less familiar works.

There's Abstract Expressionism and Japan's Gutai, Brazil's Neo-Concrete, Arte Povera, Minimalism and post-Minimalism. Works by Lygia Clark and Akira Kanayama can be seen near household names like Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko.

In a separate gallery, visitors can take in a framed view of a hillside while sitting on a softly curved maple bench inviting quiet contemplation at nature's altar.

Glenstone has been open since 2006, but only received 10,000 visitors in its first seven years using a much smaller space designed by architect Charles Gwathmey.

It can now accommodate up to 100,000 people a year, though it is initially limiting visits to 400 per day four days a week, with free online reservations required.

9/30/2018 1:26:10 PM
<![CDATA[New York festival urges aid, equality amid security panic]]>AFP / Angela Weiss
Fast-rising US rapper Cardi B performed at the Global Citizen festival and urged young voters to turn out for November midterm elections
The music and political worlds joined together Saturday to press for development aid, gender equality and voter participation, with a festival in New York's Central Park marred by a security scare.

An unofficial closing event following a week of hectic diplomacy at the UN General Assembly, the Global Citizen festival hands out free tickets to fans who pledge to take actions such as petitioning their governments to support efforts to end the most extreme global poverty.

Halfway through an evening headlined by The Weeknd and Janet Jackson, panic erupted as fans shouted, "Gunshots!" after hearing what was later revealed to be a falling barricade.

Hundreds of spectators raced to leave, trampling over one another as they tried to squeeze through fences. Many lost their shoes and bags and some, including at least one child, were briefly separated from their companions, AFP journalists at the scene said.

"We were trying to tell people to get up, get up, because we were crushing people under us," said Paris Anthony, one of the fans.

Fifteen people were hurt but all injuries were minor, a police spokesman said.

As Coldplay frontman Chris Martin took the microphone to encourage calm, numerous fans were in tears and others left entirely, with the audience notably thinner when the music resumed.

The scare came almost one year to the day after a massacre of 58 people at a country music festival in Las Vegas.

- Encouraging voting -

In its seventh year at Central Park, Global Citizen -- like this year's General Assembly -- paid tribute to anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela, who would have turned 100 in 2018.

Global Citizen plans a major festival dedicated to Mandela and his anti-poverty vision on December 2 in Johannesburg headlined by Beyonce and Jay-Z.

While primarily focused on the developing world, the latest Central Park festival also zeroed in on the United States -- encouraging voters to turn out for November 6 midterm elections, in which President Donald Trump's Republican Party risks losing control of Congress.

Cardi B, the fast-rising rapper who was performing her first concert since giving birth in June, urged young people to pay attention.

"Last election, everybody took it as a joke -- even me, I'm not gonna front. Because I thought, man, that person ain't gonna win. And look where we're at," the 25-year-old Bronx native said in reference to Trump.

Also rallying voters were screen legend Robert De Niro and, through a video message, former first lady Michelle Obama.

"Voting is how we tell our government what we want, and what we don't want. Put it another way -- voting is how we hire and we fire our leaders!" De Niro said.

In an unexpectedly timely appearance, US senators Jeff Flake and Chris Coons jointly addressed the festival to pledge bipartisan cooperation to preserve foreign assistance -- which Trump wants to cut drastically.

Flake, a centrist Republican, a day earlier triggered a vote delay and FBI probe over sexual misconduct allegations against Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

The senator was visibly moved after women confronted him in an elevator and demanded he pay attention to their experiences with sexual assault.

Flake was greeted at Global Citizen with cheers followed by a crowd chant of, "He's the one who has the vote." A smiling Flake said: "Feel free to join me in an elevator anytime."

- Pledges from Ireland, Norway -

Officials attending Global Citizen put a priority on promoting equality for women and girls -- seen as a critical front in the battle to eradicate extreme poverty.

Norway said it would contribute a much-needed $360 million to the Global Financing Facility, a World Bank-backed fund to support maternal and children's health.

"Let's call on the governments of the world to join us. Let's call on them to beat us," said Nikolai Astrup, Norway's Minister for International Development.

Ireland's deputy prime minister, Simon Coveney, announced that his country by 2030 would join the small club of nations to meet the UN goal of spending 0.7 percent of gross national income on foreign assistance.

Coveney said Ireland would spend at least 250 million euros ($290 million) in the next five years on global education with a focus on easing the gender gap.

Janet Jackson -- playing a politically charged set that opened with her anti-racism song "The Skin Game" and included simulated domestic violence -- told the crowd that she herself was well aware of physical and other abuse.

"I am sick, I am repulsed, I am infuriated by the double standards that continue to treat women as second-class citizens," Jackson said to applause.

9/30/2018 1:19:59 PM
<![CDATA[Disney goes back to drawing board after 'whitewashing' complaint]]>Disney's highly-anticipated animated feature "Ralph Breaks the Internet" is living up to its name ahead of its November release -- but for all the wrong reasons.

The studio was hit with a torrent of protest over the depiction of its only black princess in the film, a sequel to the successful "Wreck-It Ralph."

Princess Tiana -- who first appeared in Disney's 2009 feature "The Princess and the Frog" -- only has a small role in the new film, but previews appeared to show her with lighter skin and different facial features than she originally had.

Under intense pressure on social media, the animation giant has apparently redrawn the character -- a rare decision just two months ahead of its November 21 release in the United States for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

Disney has not formally commented, but Brandi Collins-Dexter, a senior campaign director at advocacy group Color Of Change, which works on ensuring accurate representations of black characters in Hollywood, confirmed the move.

"Disney's decision to restore Princess Tiana's image to that of an unapologetically black princess with full lips, dark skin and dark hair in 'Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2' is a victory," said Collins-Dexter, who reviewed the changes.

"Disney has shown its commitment to addressing the concerns of Color Of Change members and the black community," she told AFP.

- Bringing back what 'got lost' -

In "Ralph Breaks the Internet," the friendly arcade game villain-turned-hero Ralph and his friend Vanellope discover the internet, sending them on a new adventure.

An early trailer reveals an instantly iconic scene: Vanellope meets all of Disney's princesses -- from Snow White to Cinderella, Ariel to Jasmine, and Moana to Tiana, who at first appears in a ball gown with dark skin.

k skin.

But in another preview scene, a pajama party, her skin is notably lighter, her nose is more narrow and her hair is in loose curls.

Actress Anika Noni Rose, a Tony winner who voiced Tiana both for the 2009 film and for "Ralph Breaks the Internet," took to Instagram to express her surprise.

"This summer, new images were released where she looked very different, with lighter skin and much sharper features," Rose wrote. "I was as surprised as most of her & my fans were."

"My team and I immediately put in a call to the studio to talk about the visual changes, and three weeks ago I had a meeting in person with the Wreck It Ralph team, my original animator Mark Henn, and others," she added.

The team explained how "CGI animation did different things to the characters' color tones in different light compared to hand drawn original characters," she said, and showed her "the steps they were taking to bring those things back that got lost."

- Long history -

The controversy has squelched some of the buzz around "Ralph Breaks the Internet," which is sure to be a box office winner at the holidays.

But it is hardly the first example of hand-wringing in Tinseltown over the depiction of non-white characters.

Disney also came in for criticism over its big-screen reboot of "The Lone Ranger" (2013) when Johnny Depp was cast as the renegade's right-hand man Tonto, who is Native American, even though Depp has said he might be part-Cherokee.

In 2015's "Aloha," Emma Stone was cast as a character of Chinese and Hawaiian descent.

At the time, Stone said in an interview with Australian media that she had learned "on a macro level about the insane history of whitewashing in Hollywood and how prevalent the problem truly is."

9/30/2018 1:09:13 PM
<![CDATA[Omar Khairat to perform 2 concerts at Cairo Opera House on Oct.16, 17]]>
The Egyptian virtuoso musician performed a dazzling concert at the Mariinsky Theatre in the cultural city of Saint Petersburg on June 18 in celebration of the Egyptian national football team’s participation in the World Cup after 28 years of absence.

The massive concert, which was presented by Egyptian star Sherif Mounir, witnessed the attendance of a large number of Egyptian fans, celebrities and public figures such as Ashraf Salman, former minister of investment and the current chairman of the concert organizer, AUR Capital Company; famed writer Khaled Salah, the editor in chief of Youm 7, the concert media sponsor; famed TV presenter Sherihan Abul Hassan; Egyptian director, Amr Arafa; famed actors, Ahmed Rezk; Ashraf Zaki; Rogina; and famed Egyptian businessman Ahmed Abou Hashima, among others.

AUR Capital managed to secure an agreement with the Russian Mariinsky Theatre to host the concert. Salman previously told Egypt Today that the concert was set to hit several goals; presenting a respectable image of Egypt through one of its most talented musicians is on top of these goals. Salman added that Khairat was chosen for his global reputation as a magnificent musician.

“Mariinsky Theatre was picked to host the concert for its worldwide fame; it is considered one of the three most important theatres in the international cultural field,” said Salman.

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

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 “Dameer Abla Hikmat” (Abla Hikmat’s Conscience), “Wagh el-Kamar” (The Moon's Face) and “Leilet el-Kabd ala Fatma” (The Night Fatma was Arrested), among others.

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.
9/30/2018 11:30:00 AM
<![CDATA[Five things to know about the Nobel Literature Prize]]>For the first time in 70 years the Nobel Literature Prize-awarding body, the Swedish Academy, has postponed the award, after a #MeToo scandal left it in ruins.

The venerable institution said in May that it needed time to undertake reforms and replace several members who resigned after disagreements over how to handle its close ties to a Frenchman accused of sexual assault.

Here are five things to know about the Nobel Literature Prize.

- 350 nominations each year -

In his 1895 last will and testament, Swedish scientist and philanthropist Alfred Nobel tasked the Swedish Academy with awarding the Nobel Literature Prize each year.

Since 1901, four or five of its 18 members have been elected to serve on its Nobel Committee for a three-year term, designated to sort through the nominations and provide the rest of the Academy with a shortlist of possible winners.

Each year, the institution receives around 350 nominations submitted by former Nobel literature laureates, members of other countries' equivalent academies, literature professors, and the heads of national writers' associations.

The nominees' bodies of work are then studied and discussed by the entire Academy. The members hold a vote in October to choose the winner. The laureate -- who must be alive -- has to obtain more than half of the votes cast.

- Few women laureates -

Only 14 of the total 114 laureates have been women since the prize was first awarded in 1901.

Swedish author Selma Lagerlof, known for folktales and legends about her country, was the first woman to win the award in 1909.

However the trend has been improving: half of the women who have won the prize have done so since 1993, including American novelist Toni Morrison that year, Polish poet Wislawa Szymborska (1996), British novelist Doris Lessing (2007), Canadian short story author Alice Munro (2013) and Belarussian writer Svetlana Alexievich (2015).

The Swedish Academy's first woman permanent secretary Sara Danius, a 56-year-old literature scholar and author, resigned in April after the institution's failure to agree on how to deal with the aftermath of the sexual assault scandal.

- Reserved and cancelled awards -

The Nobel Literature Prize was not awarded on seven occasions -- 1914, 1918, 1935, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1943 -- as fewer prizes in general were given during World War I and II.

The Academy said it would announce two laureates next year, one for 2018 and another for 2019.

It has also postponed the prize on seven occasions -- 1915, 1919, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1936 and 1949 -- because members couldn't agree on a laureate who met the criteria in Alfred Nobel's will.

The prizes for these years were given the following year instead. American writer William Faulkner was the last author to receive his award a year late, winning in 1949 along with British philosopher Bertrand Russell.

- Famous snubs -

Numerous acclaimed writers have been snubbed, perhaps most notably Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy, Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen and French author Emile Zola.

Alfred Nobel's will vaguely states that an author who has produced "the most outstanding work in an ideal direction" should win the prize.

According to resigning Academy member Kjell Espmark, this criteria, "characterised by its conservative idealism holding church, state and family sacred", meant the Academy of the time rejected the three authors for touching on morality issues.

US novelist Joyce Carol Oates, Japan's Haruki Murakami and Syrian poet Adonis are among those often tipped for the prize these days, but as nominations are kept secret for 50 years it is impossible to know who is being considered.

- France tops list of laureates -

The Nobel Foundation keeps no statistics on laureates' nationalities, as they are not chosen based on their country and dual citizenships can make it tricky to keep track.

But according to AFP's tally, French nationals take the gold medal for the most Nobel Literature Prizes with 15 laureates, including the first one ever awarded, to Sully Prudhomme in 1901.

The United States and Britain tie for second with 12 laureates each.

In terms of languages, however, laureates writing in Moliere's tongue (14) are outnumbered by those writing in Shakespeare's, with 29 anglophone authors honoured since 1901.

Egyptian author Naguib Mahfouz is the only Nobel laureate (1988) who wrote in Arabic.]]>
9/29/2018 3:13:26 PM
<![CDATA[One year since #MeToo, Penelope Cruz remembers Weinstein as 'complicated']]>In 2009, actress Penelope Cruz won an Oscar for her role in a film produced by Harvey Weinstein and directed by Woody Allen -- two men now in the crosshairs of the #MeToo movement taking a stand against sexual abuse.

"Thank you, Harvey Weinstein," the Spanish actress said that night as she accepted her golden best supporting actress statuette for "Vicky Cristina Barcelona."

Since then, Weinstein has gone from Hollywood mogul to international pariah. He is the subject of sexual harassment and assault accusations from scores of women and is facing sex crimes charges in New York. He flatly denies all of it.

Cruz says she was never personally harassed by the producer and was unaware of his behavior, which became public in October 2017, sending his career into free fall and bankrupting his company.

"Harvey was a complicated person, everyone knew that," Cruz told AFP during a trip to Los Angeles earlier this month. "We had discussions on a work level but never in other situations, never."

The list of stars leveling abuse accusations against Weinstein is long: Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow, Rose McGowan, Lea Seydoux, Rosanna Arquette, Cara Delevingne -- and Salma Hayek, one of Cruz's close friends, to name a few.

Hayek accused the magnate of threatening to "break my kneecaps" after she spurned his advances on the set of her film "Frida."

Her searing column, published last December in The New York Times, floored the 44-year-old Cruz.

"You can never blame a friend for not telling you in the moment," Cruz said by telephone.

When the first accusations came out against Weinstein a year ago, Cruz said at the time that she was "shocked and profoundly sad."

Weinstein always had been "respectful" towards her, she said in an Instagram post, adding that she had never "witnessed such behavior" as many women had described.

- 'A long struggle' -

Cruz, who catapulted to fame as a protege of Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar, has shown solidarity with victims of harassment -- a phenomenon she says goes far beyond the world of Hollywood.

"I feel we must also speak on behalf of women who do not have a job in the public eye," she said. "Housekeepers, teachers, doctors, lawyers -- women no one gives a microphone to."

"We can't say everything is resolved," she said, but "everything that has come to light is so important."

Cruz -- who was in Los Angeles for the Emmys and to promote "Loving Pablo," in which she plays a journalist who was drug kingpin Pablo Escobar's lover, ahead of its US release -- said the past year marks "the beginning of change."

But she predicted "a long struggle" ahead.

"It's not a conflict of women against men -- men and women need to fight together to reach equality," emphasized Cruz, who was nominated for an Emmy for her portrayal of Donatella Versace in "The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story."

In "Loving Pablo," Javier Bardem -- her real-life husband since 2010 -- plays Escobar.

Bardem -- who, like Cruz, is Spanish and an Oscar winner -- says he considers movements fighting violence against women, including #MeToo, important, but he cautions against the risks of "media lynching."

"We must pay attention to what we do," he told AFP, noting that many times when charges are made public, "the person is considered guilty" without "the opportunity to defend" himself or herself.

Bardem also won his Oscar in a Weinstein-produced film -- "No Country for Old Men," directed by the Coen brothers -- one year before Cruz.]]>
9/29/2018 3:07:40 PM
<![CDATA[Masseur is latest to allege abuse by actor Spacey]]>
The complainant, identified only as John Doe in the Los Angeles Superior Court file, alleges that Spacey groped him during a massage session in Malibu, California, two years ago.

A representative of Spacey allegedly contacted the plaintiff requesting a massage for the actor at a private home.

The complainant said that after he went to the home and began performing a massage on Spacey the actor pulled his hand into the actor's genital area.

A startled Doe was eventually able to get away with his massage table but, in his rush to depart, left sheets and oil behind, the suit says.

Spacey was considered one of the finest actors of his generation. His career has nosedived following allegations by more than a dozen men in the United States and Britain.

He has not been charged but remains under investigation in both countries.

The first public report of alleged abuse by him came from actor Anthony Rapp, who claimed that Spacey sexually abused him when Rapp was 14, in 1986.

Spacey apologized to Rapp, claiming not to remember the incident, but remained silent as accusations against him mushroomed.

As a result, Netflix dropped Spacey from its political thriller series "House of Cards," and he was dumped from his scenes in Ridley Scott's film "All the Money in the World."

Spacey is one of the most high-profile scalps in the torrent of allegations that have brought down male power players from the worlds of politics, finance, entertainment and journalism, in the wake of accusations against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein a year ago.]]>
9/29/2018 3:04:49 PM
<![CDATA[Virtual reality unleashes full power of top UK orchestra]]>
Virtual-reality (VR) headsets and a cylindrical bank of speakers deliver the full force of the Philarmonia Orchestra's performance of Mahler's Third Symphony,

Visitors can turn their head and focus on any musician, or toe-tapping members of the audience, from their vantage point in-front of Finnish conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen.

A performance of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony moves in between each section of the orchestra, giving close-up views of musicians as the conductor brings them in.

The orchestra hopes the project will help open new audiences to classical music.

"It allows you to step inside the orchestra," said Luke Ritchie, Head of Innovation at the Philharmonia.

"People who are new to orchestras, it totally changes their preconceptions.

"They are insanely loud and the dynamics are incredible," he added.

Although only temporary, the project serves up a taste of how the "transformational" technology could be used in the not-too-distant future.

The set-up can be recreated off-site, meaning live performances could be potentially beamed into cinemas, while schoolchildren could wander through world-class orchestras and watch maestros at work.

"We could pack it into a van, take it to a school and build it in a couple of hours, then a class of 30 kids have a group experience." explained Ritchie.

"It's all about getting the orchestra out of the usual places."

The immersive audio and visual technologies developed by the Philarmonia also have the potential to transform the creative process itself.

"It's about being inside music, and having agency and being able to travel around -- a composition you can travel through, or that responds differently to how you are behaving," said Ritchie.

"You already see it in the evolution of video games."

The technology could eventually be combined with playing live instruments, promising wide-ranging consequences for education and the entertainment industry.

"Imagine, you could be part of the cellist section of the Philarmonia," said Ritchie.

"Or I could rock out with Dave Grohl, I could get John Paul Jones playing bass," he added.]]>
9/29/2018 3:02:33 PM
<![CDATA[Abu prepares for his new song 'Sherbet']]>
Abu’s new music clip is directed by Mariam Abou Ouf, the director of "3 Dakkat".

“Sherbet” is a romantic song, talking about Abu's country, Egypt. The young singer along with the director are hoping that their new project will gain the same success as the previous hit; “3 Dakkat”.

Abu is an Egyptian songwriter/ singer who gained acclaim for his street slick writing and his soft rock music.

Abu's song “Talat Dakkat” ranks the 1st trending video on YouTube after only five days from its release in September, 2017.

The song for every mood, “Talat Dakkat”, which gathered super stars of different generations, came on top of every playlist and a source of happiness to its listeners.

It all began and ended in Gouna, when Mohamed Abou El-Enien, known as Abou, met with the talented script writer Tamer Habib – coincidentally earlier in Gouna – and Abou introduced the idea to him. Four hours later, lyrics were ready to be composed.

Yousra’s participation in the song was Abou’s wish, and when Tamer Habib called her, she didn’t express excitement. But as soon as she heard the lyrics, she fell in love, as she described herself, saying, “I have a youthful heart.”

When Naguib Sawiris heard the song, he insisted on shooting a video clip for it in its birthplace of El Gouna, advising people in different moods to listen to the song.

Abou described the atmosphere that they worked in with “A Loving Overflow”, saying that this explains why people feel love when they listen to it.
9/29/2018 1:58:41 PM
<![CDATA[All you need to know about Arab Theatre Festival's 11th edition]]>
The festival is hosted by a different Arab country each year, which gives each country the privilege of hosting such an important artistic event that unites all Arab nations, allowing artistic and social exchange between their cultures.

The Arab Theatre Festival will be held under the sponsorship of President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi.

The festival's11th edition comes in light of the theatrical development initiative launched by the Ministry of Culture and the Arab Theater Authority in 2015-2016 in Riyadh and Tunisia, aiming to enlighten and educate playwrights to develop the art of theatre in Egypt.

Moreover, the festival’s program will include numerous plays and shows representing different Arab nations. The best plays performed during 2018 will be chosen by the festival’s committee to compete for the Sultan bin Muhammad Al-Qasimi Award.

The festival's 11th edition is also expected to honor 15 local theatrical icons, and will focus on all theatrical artistic categories. A creativity conference will be held, among numerous other workshops, book discussions and photography exhibitions.

Furthermore, critical thinking sessions and press conferences will be arranged during the festival.

It is worth noting that a daily print, illustrating the activities the festival has completed and the ones yet to be expected, will be distributed.

9/29/2018 1:39:02 PM
<![CDATA[Khaled Abol Naga, Mourad Makram to Participate in “Jesus and the Others”]]>
The film expert halted working on a movie named “La Mome,” to be able to start working with Abdel Khalek on his new movie. Nagata began his work after the first casting batch was finalized with the Egyptian director.

The film’s scenario was written by late writer and novelist Fayez Ghaly several years ago. Fady Ghaly made some changes to the previous copy. The film’s director Abdel Khalek, decided on working with several international stars to cast in the movie, from Italy, USA, England, South Africa, Syria and Egypt.

The director made sure to give an opportunity for numerous Arab actors and actresses to star alongside the international stars in his much anticipated cinematic project.

Recently, Abdel Khalek decided on actor Khaled Abol Naga, Loay Omran, Mourad Makram, Amr El Qady, Latifa Fahmy, Sherif Saber, Mohamed al-Sebai, Marwi Kishk, Reem Sabouni, Ahmed al-Naggar, Marwan Moslem and Adam Stone.

Other participating actors include:

Italy: Giovanni Cirfiera.

USA: Smith Aleksander and Jared Prudoff-D’Avignon and Jason Vendryes and Marco Perret.

England: Bill Twomey and Denzil Keim.

South Africa: Greg Kriek

Syria: Gehad Abdo

The remaining names have yet to be announced.

9/29/2018 11:30:00 AM
<![CDATA[AIFF's 34th edition to honor veteran actor Farouk al-Fishawy]]>
The expected honorees are:

• Veteran artist Farouk al-Fishawy;

who expects his own biography, titled "Art=Life", to be written by writer and novelist Adel Saad.

• Renowned Musician Omar Khairat;

Writer Kadri el-Haggar decided to prepare a documentary which analyzes the musical projects released by the veteran artist throughout his enriching career. The educational documentary will be titled “The Music Magician”.

• Film director Ahmad Yehya; veteran writer Mostafa Moharam completed a book about the director's career.

• Veteran film photographer Maher Rady.

• Veteran film critic Magda Maurice.

The festival’s management decided to issue 15 books within the framework of the programs and activities of the 34th edition. One of the books will be about late veteran actress Nadia Lotfy.

The death anniversaries of late actress Soad Hosny and late composer Mohamed Fawzy will also be celebrated through issuing books focusing on their careers.

Also, the 10th anniversary of late legendary film director Yusif Shahin's passing will be celebrated through issuing two books about his works: “Shahin Fights”, written by Nader Adly and “Shahin” written by Yusif al-Shareef.

Furthermore, the 50th anniversary since the founding of the New Cinema Group will be celebrated as part of the festival’s program by issuing three books titled “New Cinema Group”, “Hot Head’s Magazine”, in addition to a third book showcasing the new ideas and perspectives the young generations hope to be adopted in the film industry.
9/29/2018 11:30:00 AM
<![CDATA[Karim Abdel Aziz, Nelly Karim to Co-Star in 'El-Fares' ]]>
"El-fil el-Azraa" gained unprecedented success and caused great controversy among the public and cinematic critics at the time of its release in 2014. At the time, the movie was said to have taken the Egyptian film making industry to another level.

"El-fil el-Azraa" was based on Ahmad Mourad's novel of the same name. The movie was directed by veteran Egyptian director Marwan Hamed, and it encouraged numerous concerned individuals in the film industry to create more cinematic works inspired by novels.

Actress and dancer Nelly Karim signed a contract with producer Mohamed el-Sobky to star in the movie with Karim Abdel Aziz, with whom she shares solid friendship.

Both stars shared numerous artistic experiences which deepened their ties, allowing them to work in an atmosphere of positivity, creating works that gain the appreciation of fans every time.

Nelly Karim is going to play the role of Abdel Aziz’s lover in the expected movie. No more details about the roles and the movie’s story have been announced yet, as the scenarist is still putting his final touches.

The movie revolves around love, bitterness of separation, power, betrayal, and other human aspects of life that touch soft spots in everyone’s heart.
9/28/2018 11:30:00 AM
<![CDATA[Korean band Jin Myoung visits Egypt for 2nd time]]>
The band is expected to perform on Sept. 30 in Cairo Opera House and on Oct. 2, 2018 on Sayed Darwish Theatre, Alexandria.

It is worth mentioning that this is the Korean band's second visit to Egypt.

The Korean band also performed many shows in 20 different countries, let alone 600 shows in Korea.

The Korean band is expected to perform dance shows during their visit to Egypt, focusing on Korean traditional drums and fascinating panoramic shows.

Moreover, Omega band is going to perform the modern music show, “Boy”.

9/28/2018 11:30:00 AM
<![CDATA[Karkade’s Abu Zekry: U.S. audience was excited for oriental music]]>
Karkade is one of three Egyptian bands selected to partake in the fourth edition of Center Stage, which marks debut Egyptian participation. The program brings to U.S. soil international bands and artists to expose Americans to different cultures, and expand the bands’ audience.

And now as they come to the end of their tour, Egypt Today spoke with the band’s founder Mohamed Abu Zekry in Claremont city, New Hampshire; their last stage before returning to Egypt. Although Abu Zekry lives in France, he told us that he is planning to move back to his home country.

ET: Is this your first time touring in the United States?

Abu Zekry: No, I came to the U.S. several times before during the past four years as part of other projects including the Nile Project, in which I participated in two rounds, and got to visit more than 32 U.S. states.

I do not strongly exist in the Egyptian musical scene as I have been living in France for the past 10 years; however, I represented Egypt in different tours across many countries.

Karkade's founder AbuZekry performs at Flynn Center for the Performing Arts in Burlington, Vermont in United States - Photo by Nourhan Magdi

ET: How important is Center Stage program to Karkade?

Abu Zekry: It is important for Karkade to be selected to participate in this program, and the tour is considered to be a revival for the band after its establishment two years ago.

I wrote the songs that we play in Karkade, and I meant for them to express and move through Egyptian folklore.

Karkade perform at Union Episcopal Church in Claremont, New Hampshire in United States - Photo by Nourhan Magdi

ET: How do did the program come to select different types of musical bands from Egypt?

Abu Zekry: The idea of Center Stage program is to present different types of modern music like Dina el-Wedidi’s and Youssra el-Hawary’s bands, as well as to feature oriental music that comes from Egyptian folklore, which is why they picked us.

Unfortunately, little attention is paid to Takht music in Egypt at the moment, and that’s what pushed me to establish our band Karkade, although I also do modern music.

Karkade band visit a high school in Claremont, New Hampshire in US - Photo by Nourhan Magdi

ET: What other activities did the program feature as part of your tour in the U.S.?

Abu Zekry: What is amazing about the program is that it includes different events beside the concerts. So, we visit schools and universities, and we got the chance to talk with kids about Egypt, the history of music in our country and our musical instruments.

We also shared the stage for the first time with American musicians at a jazz club in Philadelphia. We do not usually see this kind of openness and musical inclusivity in our Arab countries, and I dream of cultural institutions that support arts to open up in Egypt, by the time I move back and live in Egypt.

Students listening to Karkade band performance during a visit to a high school in Claremont, New Hampshire in US - Photo by Nourhan Magdi

ET: How do you see American audiences’ reaction to the oriental music you perform?

Abu Zekry: In our concerts, we saw that the American audiences were amazed by the oriental music, and we felt that they were really excited about the oriental rhythms, which are different from what they usually listen to.

It is really surprising that we do Takht music, which is a non-modern music, and we still get that huge applause.

Audience react to Karkade performance at Flynn Center for the Performing Arts in Burlington, Vermont in United States - Photo by Nourhan Magdi

9/28/2018 11:16:42 AM
<![CDATA[Disney live shows to return to Egypt after 5-year hiatus]]>
Disney Corporation has performed live shows in over 75 countries, and was hosted by over 400 cities around the globe.

Disney live shows will be held under the sponsorship of the Ministry of Tourism, which reflects the political stability and security in Egypt, and defies all claims that state otherwise.

Disney’s visit to Egypt also reflects the big trust in the Egyptian people and government, as Egyptians are active, open minded and greatly open to other cultures and new experiences.

Minister of Tourism Rania al-Mashat clarified that such an initiative, officially sponsored by the government, gives a positive political impression about Egypt on the international level. The minister looks forward to boosting cooperation with Disney Corporation in the future, stressing that such initiatives enrich Egypt on the touristic and cultural levels.

This comes within the framework of the efforts exerted by the Ministry of Tourism to create a new entertainment agenda for Egypt in the upcoming period. The ministry will be ready to release the new entertainment agenda for 2019 soon.
9/28/2018 10:56:46 AM
<![CDATA[Egyptian Archeological Mission uncovers 2 ancient tombs in Luxor]]>
Minister of Antiquities Khaled al-Anani and Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Mostafa Waziri personally observed the mission's work.

It is worth noting that the Ministry of Antiquities aims to intensify work in West Luxor in order to discover more ancient Egyptian treasures, and to supervise the restoration and maintenance works carried out in Luxor within the government's framework to turn Luxor and Aswan into modern touristic hubs, restoring their solid positions among the international touristic resorts.

Luxor is the most popular travel destination in Upper Egypt and the Nile Valley. The city is famous for being the dynastic and religious capital of the Middle Kingdom and the New Kingdom in Egypt.

Hence, Luxor offers tourists vast temples, ancient royal tombs, a spectacular desert, river scenery and a bustling modern life.

9/27/2018 5:45:18 PM
<![CDATA[German tourist delegation visits archaeological area in Sohag]]>
The delegation includes 37 tourists.

In a statement, Sohag Governor Ahmed el Ansari unveiled efforts by the governorate to increase the number of tourists through developing tourist and ancient areas, especially after President Abdel Fattah El Sisi opened the National Sohag Museum in mid August.

Abydos is notable for the memorial temple of Seti I, which contains an inscription from the nineteenth dynasty known to the modern world as the Abydos King List.]]>
9/27/2018 3:13:06 PM
<![CDATA[Saxophonist Youssef Fawzi to perform at Cairo Jazz Festival]]>
Fawzi is the freshest talent in the Egyptian saxophone scene as he has been playing since 2014 and set himself apart by playing mind-blowing covers.

Set to be held from Oct.11 to 14, Cairo Jazz Festival presents 20 different concerts from 14 different countries. Among the most prominent Arab representations are the Syrian Lynn Adib, Nouran Abu Taleb, Hawidro band and Baghdadi Big Band.

The festival also includes European Jazz stars like the Portuguese Rita Maria, the Austrian David Helbock and the Czech Dan Bárta, in addition to the Hungarian star Ester Fakaza, the acclaimed Jerome Klein from Luxemburg and Aki Rissanen from Finland.

Amro Salah, the festival's head, stated that the Cairo Jazz Festival aims to present an international musical and cultural event that contributes to enhancing tourism in Egypt by hosting international stars.

Egyptian musician Hisham Kharma will play a live concert at the Cairo Jazz Festival opening ceremony on Thursday, October 11.
Additionally, Cairo Steps, the German- Egyptian ensemble, will feature in Cairo Jazz Festival's closing on Oct. 14 in the American University in Cairo.

9/27/2018 1:04:39 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt's pavilion at Amman Int'l Book Fair greatly admired, says GEBO head]]>
This fair is one of the major cultural events in the Arab world as it is considered the second oldest one after Cairo International Book Fair, the GEBO head told MENA on the sidelines of the fair.

Amman fair is the first one to be held within the framework of the Arab book fair season, Ali said, adding that it brings publishers from the Levant together.

He pointed out that the GEBO issued the latest publications of Jordanian Author Samiha Khreis, which has been chosen by the Amman book fair as the person of the year, a move that ensures the deep joint cultural cooperation between Egypt and Jordan. ]]>
9/27/2018 12:50:23 PM
<![CDATA[ Ministry of Antiquities takes advanced steps to protect heritage]]>
The US Embassy in Cairo said in a press release Wednesday morning that the workshop was conducted by trainers from the US Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the US Department of State's Cultural Effects Task Force; the workshop was also attended by officials from all over Egypt.

At the closing ceremony of the workshop, U.S. Embassy in Cairo Charge d’Affaires Thomas Goldberger told the attendees that the workshop is a practical demonstration of the close support and cooperation between the United States and Egypt. “Cooperation between our law enforcement agencies is particularly impressive and is growing every day,” Goldberger said.

"I was delighted to visit Egypt to attend the workshop not only because of all the work we have done in the United States to preserve Egypt's cultural heritage, but also because of the enthusiasm of my colleagues here in Egypt," said Mary Cook, a trainer from the Department of National Security and Cultural Property Program.

In Nov. 2016, a memorandum of understanding was signed between the two countries on the protection of cultural property, as well as training and professional cooperation.
The agreement imposes restrictions on the importation of certain categories of antiquities from Egypt to the USA , and provides a legal basis for the United States to close its markets for the illegal artifacts from Egypt.

It is worth mentioning that on Sept. 19 the Egyptian Embassy in London received a stolen artifact from the open museum at Karnak Temple which was illegally smuggled and displayed at an auction hall in London.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a press statement that this comes within the framework of the permanent cooperation between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry Antiquities that exert huge efforts to restore the smuggled Egyptian antiquities. ]]>
9/26/2018 2:45:15 PM
<![CDATA[Armenian minister of expats visits Pyramids on Wednesday ]]>
This comes as part of “We are Egyptian Armenians” week organized by the Ministry of Immigration to pay tribute to Egyptian Armenians.

Minister of Expats of the Republic of Armenia, Mukhtar Hayrabtian, visited on Wednesday, Sept. 26, the Pyramids-Press Photo

In this regard, Hayrabtian expressed his thanks to Egypt for launching the “We are Egyptian Armenians” week and hosting Armenians.

Furthermore, Makram and Armenian minister of expats will attend a cultural evening at the National Theater.

In 2016, Egyptian director Waheed Sobhi released a 90-minute documentary entitled “We Are Egyptian Armenians”, which revolves around the history of the Armenian community in Egypt as recounted by many of its members and supported with archival materials including photos, videos and paintings.

Minister of Expats of the Republic of Armenia, Mukhtar Hayrabtian, visited on Wednesday, Sept. 26, the Pyramids-Press Photo

This documentary shows how Egypt gave the Armenians equal rights as citizens and allowed them to preserve their language, culture and heritage by building their own schools, sporting clubs and churches. It also demonstrates how the Armenians contributed to the Egyptian social and economic life.

Created in cooperation with scriptwriter Eva Dadrian and researcher and executive producer Hanan Ezzat, the film was screened at the Cairo International Film Festival 2016, the International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam and the Karama Human Rights Film Festival in Jordan.]]>
9/26/2018 1:59:53 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian writer, intellectual Galal Amin dies at 83]]>
Amin published eight books over the course of his career, with his most widely acclaimed book “Whatever Happened to the Egyptians?” published in 2000. The book underlines the causes of the economic collapse in Egypt between 1950 and 2000, social changes such as religious fanaticism and the decline of the Arabic language.

Amin's other books include "Whatever Else Happened to the Egyptians?" (2003), "Egypt in the Era of Hosni Mubarak" (2011), and "The Illusion of Progress in the Arab World" (2006).

Born in 1935, Amin was the son of Egyptian academic and jurist Ahmed Amin, one of the rivals of famous Egyptian writer Taha Hussein.

Before travelling to London to continue his studies at the London School of Economics, he graduated from the Faculty of Law at Cairo University in 1955. He returned to Egypt in the mid 1960s to teach at Ain Shams University, and later in the American University in Cairo.

In 2015, he was honored with the Sultan Qaboos Award for Culture, Arts and Literature, which recognized his significant intellectual accomplishments.]]>
9/26/2018 12:44:56 PM
<![CDATA[Screen legend Judi Dench honoured at Spain film festival]]>
The 83-year-old actress, who won an Oscar in 1999 for her role as Queen Elizabeth I in "Shakespeare in Love", received the festival's Donostia Award, which goes to "a great film personality in recognition for their work and career".

During a short ceremony to collect the prize, Dench said she first visited San Sebastian with her parents when she was a teenager but "never thought for a second, that I would be an actress the rest of my life" and receive "such an incredible award" here.

"I appreciate it very much indeed," she added before her new film "Red Joan," directed by Trevor Nunn, was screened.

In the film, inspired on a true story, she plays a tranquil retiree who is suddenly arrested by MI5 and exposed as a long-standing KGB spy.

Dench, a veteran star of the stage and screen, made her cinema debut in 1964 and has worked with directors as varied as Stephen Frears, Kenneth Branagh, Clint Eastwood and Sam Mendes.

Her subtle portrayal of complex characters such as Queen Victoria in "Mrs Brown" or author Iris Murdoch in "Iris" have earned her critical acclaim.

A seven-time Oscar nominee and the recipient of several Bafta awards, Dench is perhaps best known worldwide for playing M, the head of MI6, in James Bond films.

It was her first visit to the San Sebastian film festival, the oldest and most prestigious event of its kind in the Spanish speaking world.

Dench joined US actor Danny de Vito and Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda, whose film "Shoplifters" won the Palme d'Or in this year's Cannes Film Festival, who also picked up a Donostia Award this year.

Past recipients include Gregory Peck, Robert De Niro, Bette Davis, Susan Sarandon and Meryl Streep.

The 66th edition of the festival concludes on Saturday. A total of 18 films are competing for the best film award this year.]]>
9/26/2018 12:18:36 PM
<![CDATA[Youssra: Artists should mirror their cultures, lives ]]>
Egypt Today interviewed Youssra el-Hawary in the small town of Lyons, Nebraska, one of the several stops in her one-month long tour, and listened to her experience as one of three Egyptians bands participating in the fourth season of US-sponsored Center Stage program.

Below is the interview with Youssra el-Hawary

ET: How do you see your first US musical tour?

Youssra: It is very interesting to see how people receive my music and the Egyptian songs, and how they feel about music they do not understand and are not familiar with. I have experienced this in Europe before, but this will be the first time I perform before American audience.

ET: What do you like to convey about yourself to Americans?

Youssra: I wish I can give them an honest image of a woman my age living in Cairo, my thoughts, my dreams, what things I like to change, and what I am experiencing every day.

Audience enjoying listening to Youssra's band at Kennedy Center - Photo by Nourhan Magdi

ET: How do you think audiences differ in both Egypt and US?

Youssra: The audience in Cairo generally know me and my songs. But in the US, the audience does not have any previous impressions about the songs, so they are like a blank page.

ET: What expectations did the audience share with you about music and Egypt?

Youssra: We asked some people after the concerts if they know anything about Cairo, and if they have any expectations about the songs. We got different answers. They said they imagined weird instruments and knew about the Pyramids but nothing about modern Egypt.

I try from time to time during the concerts to tell the stories of the songs before singing, and they try to listen and know more about the society I come from.

ET: You had a multi-state tour; does the audience react differently in each state?

Youssra: The United States is such a big place; it cannot be the same in all cities. Our tour had several stops; first in Richmond, then Washington and then in Lyons that has a population of only 850 people, and I believe each place has its unique audience.

But generally, people were very nice and curious to know more about Egypt and listened carefully to our songs.

ET: What songs do you feel people interacted with the most?

Youssra: Many came to us asking about the meaning of the lyrics, especially of the songs "El-Soor" and "Jessica", and it was a wonderful experience. My songs are usually more influenced by western rhythms than compound oriental rhythms; however, we still receive audiences who are curious about our music and rhythms.

ET: What kind of activities did you engage in during the tour other than concerts?

Youssra: I really loved when we had visits to universities and schools, and talked with students, especially to those who are interested in Arabic studies. It was good to see their reactions to the songs and listen to their questions about our society.

Youssra el-Hawary performing at Globalquerque festival in New Mexico - Photo by Nourhan Magdi

ET: How do you think partaking in the program will affect your profession?

Youssra: First, being selected by Center Stage is like a boost to us, and we are very happy with this opportunity as it makes us feel more confident about our work. Second, traveling is a good chance for me to experience connection with different audiences and perform in different venues, with technicians and sound systems. This experience will help us on many levels in the future.

ET: What can arts do that politics cannot?

Youssra: This reminds me of the saying that goes, the art is the mirror of cultures, and I think that artists should always reflect where they live and what they are going through. For me, arts are more honest than media and politics.

9/26/2018 11:54:20 AM
<![CDATA[Selecting Egypt as honorary guest of Amman Book Fair stresses its pioneering cultural role]]>
About 17 Arab and foreign states will take part in the event which is held from September 26 to October 6.

In statement on Tuesday, she said Egypt has prepared a distinguished cultural and artistic program for participation in the fair's activities.

The event is held under the aegis of Jordanian King Abdullah II.]]>
9/26/2018 11:27:46 AM
<![CDATA[Huge archaeological building uncovered in Mit Rahina]]>
building 1

Head of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Mostafa Waziri announced this discovery, pointing out that the mission had implemented a comprehensive excavation plan for the site during 2018 until it succeeded to uncover this huge building (17 m x 14.5 m).

building 2

"The discovered building was built of brick blocks supported by huge blocks of limestone, whose foundations, external walls and inner staircase were built with red brick molds," Waziri explained.

Head of the Central Department of Cairo and Giza antiquities, Adel Okasha, said that another building affiliated to the huge building was uncovered. The second building contains a large Romanian bathroom and a room that might have been used for performing religious rites, which refers to the possibility of the existence of domiciles.

building 4

Inside this room the mission discovered offerings pots holder made of limestone decorated on one side with the head of the God, Bes. The room also contains basins for disinfection and small columns of limestone.

The huge building has an eastern entrance of limestone blocks with another entrance to the right leading to a hall with a width of 170 cm and a length of 8 m.

At the end of the northern side, there is an entrance with a width of 70 cm leading to a room (3.80x3 m), with another similar room in the southern side used to practice religious rituals.

building 5

To the north of the building and inside the eastern wall, a limestone entrance with a width of 112 cm, and a height of 106 cm was discovered. Another entrance, leading to a staircase built on two axes from the west to the east and from the south to the north, was uncovered to the right side of the former entrance.

Furthermore, a room attached to the outer wall of the building used for servants was discovered in the northeastern corner of the building; the room contains a baking oven tile similar to that used in modern Egyptian villages.

It is worth mentioning that a sphinx statue made of sandstone was discovered in Aswan by the Egyptian archaeological mission working on the project of reducing the groundwater level in the Temple of KomOmbo on September 16.

Head of the Supreme Council of Antiquities MostafaWaziri announced that the discovered sphinx most probably dates back to the Ptolemaic era andthat it was found in the south-eastern side of KomOmboTemple in the area between the outer wall of the temple and the archaeological hill.

This is the same site where the two sandstone reliefs of King Ptolemy V were discovered in August.

9/25/2018 2:42:09 PM
<![CDATA[Ibero-American embassies present selection of movies in Zawya]]>
According to a statement issued by the Spanish Embassy on Monday, 13 Spanish and Portuguese films will be translated to English and screened at Zawya Cinema for a week from September 26 to October 2.

The fruitful cooperation between the Ibero-American embassies and Zawya Cinema for the fifth time in a row helps spread the richness and cultural diversity of Ibero-American countries in Cairo.

It is worth mentioning that Zawya Cinema screened 20 newly restored films by late iconic Egyptian director Youssef Chahine at its new venue from September 12 to 22.

Zawya planned these film screenings to commemorate the tenth anniversary of Chahine's death; the screenings were organised by Chahine’s company Misr International Films, in collaboration with Egyptian and European partners.

The screenings were also accompanied by workshops, discussions and lectures.

Egyptian director Basel Ramsis presented a master class on September 14 and 15 to look at the development of Chahine’s vision and how his storytelling methods developed.
9/25/2018 1:55:35 PM
<![CDATA[Hollywood dives deep into 1980s Israeli spy 'resort' in Sudan]]>
The stunning tale is set to become a Hollywood film, starring Ben Kingsley, Haley Bennett and Chris Evans.

It dates to the early 1980s, when the Arous holiday resort and its around 15 beach houses became a prized spot for divers seeking access to Red Sea coral reefs in an unspoilt location.

"The fish came to nibble on the divers' masks," said Daniel Limor, who led "Operation Brothers" for Israel's spy agency, Mossad.

As far as tourists and Sudanese authorities knew, the resort village was owned by Europeans who employed local residents.

They were unaware that Arous was a Mossad base to secretly evacuate 7,000 Ethiopian Jews to Israel from refugee camps in Sudan.

The operation played out for four years, from 1981 to 1985.

Urged into action by an Ethiopian Jew in Khartoum, Israeli prime minister Menachem Begin decided to move ahead with the mission in 1977.

Limor, who was also a diving aficionado, spotted a holiday resort built by Italian entrepreneurs in the 1970s along the Red Sea that had been abandoned due to lack of road access and running water.

"It's something that just fell from the sky," he said, his voice still filled with surprise decades later.

At the time, Ethiopian Jews had fled their country for refugee camps in neighbouring Sudan to escape famine, war and persecution, with the goal of ultimately fulfilling the isolated community's dream of reaching the holy land.

But the journey by foot to Sudan was filled with danger.

"They were attacked, raped, robbed," said Limor, who was consulted for the script for the film, due out next year.

"They suffered. They also died in the refugee camps."

- 'For our people' -

To set the plan in motion, Ethiopian intermediaries selected Jews who would be exfiltrated from the Sudanese camps.

The operation held great risk for all involved given the relations between Israel and Muslim-majority Sudan.

"We were the eyes, the ears and the feet of the Mossad," said Miki Achihon, an Ethiopian Jewish student at the time who had fled to Sudan.

Without telephones or internet, everything was done person-to-person.

"The Mossad doesn't give us a sort of contract. It doesn't give us a down payment," said Achihon, who would later become a lieutenant colonel in the Israeli military.

"We did it for our people."

After being taken into the Sudanese desert, groups of between 100 and 200 people were met by Mossad agents who drove them away in trucks.

"Then started the long drive to the shore -- something like 700 kilometres (435 miles)," said Gad Shimron, one of the agents based at Arous and the author of a book on the operation.

At the end of the road, they delivered the refugees to Israeli ships waiting in international waters.

"Of course, we had in mind the possibility of us hanging -- you know, feet up," Shimron said.

Apparently taking them for traffickers, Sudanese soldiers opened fire one night as the last boat left.

They escaped unharmed, but the Israelis were shaken and changed tactics.

They opted for another daring strategy: landing planes in the desert in the middle of the night to transport the refugees to Tel Aviv.

Shimron said there was a "moment of elation" when the planes took off and the operatives would stand in the quiet of the desert.

Some tourists suspected that Arous was being used as a trafficking site due to its location just across the Saudi coastal city of Jeddah.

But the agents' double lives were never exposed, said Yola, a Mossad operative who managed the resort.

She said she could have remained at Arous for the rest of her life.

"I didn't want to go back," she said. "I was completely the other person."

- 'Zionist James Bond' -

The operation would have to come to an end in 1985 when one of their Ethiopian contacts was questioned by the police.

As a precautionary measure, the Mossad urgently evacuated the village.

But today, its legacy stands as a key part of Israel's efforts to bring their Jewish brethren over from Ethiopia.

More than 100,000 Ethiopian Jews have emigrated to Israel since the 1980s.

In 1984, Operation Moses exfiltrated 8,000 Jews, while seven years later Operation Solomon brought more than 14,000 people to Israel in 36 hours.

For the Ethiopians, the joy of arriving was accompanied by the difficulty of adapting to a new home and overcoming trauma they had endured.

Many regretted leaving behind family.

Achihon said they should have been given psychological treatment, but the government "immediately tried to take us to be part of the society", offering language and other types of training.

"Many were not ready," he said.

He said there was also discrimination.

For Achihon, the "heroic" role of the Ethiopian activists should never be forgotten.

More than three decades later, the movie version of Operation Brothers -- "The Red Sea Diving Resort" -- is being directed by Israeli filmmaker Gideon Raff, filmed in South Africa and Namibia.

"It is a unique, Zionist James Bond story," said Shimron.

9/25/2018 12:43:09 PM
<![CDATA[Mystery of art's most scandalous picture revealed]]>
The identity of the model who posed for the most scandalous painting of the 19th century, Gustave Courbet's "L'Origine du monde" (The Origin of the world), has finally been revealed.

Experts say they are "99 percent sure" the painting's notoriously naked nether regions belong to the Parisian ballet dancer Constance Queniaux.

The canvas has never lost its power to shock -- bringing out the prude in Facebook, which censored profiles using it as late as 2011.

For decades art historians have been convinced that the naked torso and genitalia it depicts belonged to Courbet's lover, the Irish model Joanna Hiffernan.

In a typically Parisian love triangle, she was also romantically linked with his friend, the American artist James Whistler.

But doubts persisted -- mainly because the dark pubic hair in the painting did not correspond with Hiffernan's mane of flaming red curls.

Now documentary evidence found in the correspondence between the French writers Alexandre Dumas fils -- the son of "The Three Musketeers" author -- and George Sand points directly to a former dancer at the Paris Opera.

Queniaux was a mistress of the Ottoman diplomat Halil Sherif Pasha -- aka Khalil Bey -- when the picture was painted in the summer of 1866.

And it was he who commissioned the painting from Courbet for his personal collection of erotica.

- Competing courtesans -

French historian Claude Schopp discovered the Queniaux connection when he was going through copies of Dumas' letters for a book.

One particular passage perplexed him: "One does not paint the most delicate and the most sonorous interview of Miss Queniault (sic) of the Opera."

It was only when he consulted the handwritten original that he realised there had been a mistake in its transcription. "Interview" was in fact "interior".

"Usually I make discoveries after working away for ages," said the writer, whose new book on the find will be published this week.

"Here I made it straight away. It almost feels unjust," Schopp joked.

Schopp shared his discovery with the head of the French National Library's prints department, Sylvie Aubenas, who is also convinced that Queniaux was the model.

"This testimony from the time leads me to believe with 99 percent certainty that Courbet's model was Constance Queniaux," she confirmed to AFP.

Queniaux was 34 at the time, and having retired from the Opera, was competing with the famed courtesan Marie-Anne Detourbay for Halil Sherif Pasha's affections.

Detourbay, sometimes known as Jeanne de Tourbey, held a famous salon and would later become the comtesse de Loynes. She was also thought by some to be the model for "L'Origine du monde".

- 'La Traviata' link -

But Aubenas said contemporary descriptions of Queniaux's "beautiful black eyebrows" corresponded better with the model's luxuriantly bushy maidenhair.

The library has several photographs of her including one by the famed photographic pioneer, Nadar.

Aubenas believes the secret of the model's identity was known by the cognoscenti but was lost over time as Queniaux became a highly respectable lady of leisure known for her philanthropy.

Another discovery by Schopp helped to clinch the argument, she said.

When she died in 1908, Queniaux left a Courbet painting of camellias in her will at whose centre is a lusciously open red blossom.

Camellias were strongly associated with courtesans at the time thanks to Dumas' novel "The Lady of the Camellias", which was adapted into Verdi's opera "La Traviata".

"What better tribute from the artist and his patron to Constance?" Aubenas said, who believes it may have been a gift from Halil Sherif Pasha.

Born in Cairo, the pasha was a renowned art collector and gambler who came from a Turkish-Albanian family from what is now northern Greece.

He commissioned a series of major works from Delacroix including "The Women of Algiers" and Ingres' equally iconic and extravagantly fleshly depiction of a harem, "The Turkish Bath".

9/25/2018 12:41:07 PM
<![CDATA[Exiled Syrian artist draws torture to 'continue the revolution']]>
One drawing shows a group of half-naked men being beaten up. Another depicts a man bent double, lying on his back with his feet over his head, tied up between two heavy wooden boards.

“We were around 190 to 220 persons in this room which was 16 meters long and 3 meters wide. This is where the questioning sessions took place, where the torturers were using different techniques,” said Bukai, who now lives in France.

“But the worst was unloading corpses. Once we had to unload three corpses while another (day) we could have to unload 13. They were prisoners who died under torture during questioning or of diseases because of deplorable hygienic conditions.”

Syrian government officials have denied past accusations of systematic torture during the country’s seven-year-long war and also denied accusations that authorities have carried out mass executions in jails.

But after years of government silence about the fate of tens of thousands of people that rights groups say have been forcibly disappeared in the conflict, authorities have begun quietly updating registers to acknowledge hundreds of their deaths.

“I feel like it is my duty to continue the revolution,” Bukai said in his home in a Paris suburb he would not name for safety reasons.

“If I stop drawing on this topic, it means I have given up and I have said to (Syrian President) Bashar al-Assad: ‘Yes, you won your war against us.’”

Bukai said he was first imprisoned for 11 months in 2011, in camp number 227 near the Syrian capital Damascus. He was arrested after he helped organize a protest against Assad.

In 2014, he was arrested again at the Syrian-Lebanese border as he tried to leave the country after two years of hiding at his in-laws’ house.

Bukai returned to France, where he first lived as an art student in the early 1990s, 2-1/2 years ago with his wife, Abir, and their 16-year-old daughter.

Art is a therapy for him. Haunted by his experiences, he has not been able to draw any other subject for years.

“Each time I try to change topic and find another path into my drawing, an exit, a window, I finally come back to the same,” he said.]]>
9/25/2018 12:37:46 PM
<![CDATA[Diab’s ‘Yet’alemo’ hits more than 5 million views on YouTube ]]>
"Yet’alemo" is written by Tamer Hussein, composed by Amr Mostafa and distributed by Osama el-Hendy.

Diab decided to adopt a new marketing strategy to promote his new album “Kol Hayati” (All My Life), releasing each week a new song.

Diab has released four songs so far: “Kol Hayati” (All My Life), “Da Law Etsab” (If He’s Abandoned), "Haded" (Threaten) and "Yet’alemo" (They Learn).

Diab performed a massive concert in Nammos, a restaurant in Mykonos, Greece, on Friday, July 27 to promote “Kol Hayati” album, where he sang some songs from his new album.

Diab collaborated with several poets, composers and distributers in his new album “Kol Hayati”, including Tarek Madkour, Ayman Bahgat Amar, Nader Hamdy, Amr Mostafa and Ahmed el-Malky.

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's Best Arab Male Artist Voted Online.

Diab’s first album, “Ya Tareeq” (The Path), was released in 1983. His most recent album, “Meaddy El-Nas” (Surpassing People), was released in July 2017, following a major viral promotion campaign across Cairo sponsored by Egypt Linx.
9/25/2018 12:25:35 PM
<![CDATA[Karkade takes Takht music to America ]]>VERMONT, United States – 25 September 2018: Oud player Mohamed Abu Zekry and his band Karkade have been on a multi-state tour for almost a month. They arrived Monday in New Hampshire, their last stop.

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Karkade band perform at Flynn Center for the Performing Arts in Burlington, Vermont in the United States - Photo by Nourhan Magdi]

On Sunday, Sept. 23, the Egyptian band performed at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts in Burlington, Vermont. Karkade is one of three Egyptian bands selected by the US-sponsored Center Stage program to take part in its fourth season this year. Talking to the band, they were excited about the audience’s reaction to the traditional Egyptian music they performed in venues across the United States.

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Karkade band perform at Flynn Center for the Performing Arts in Burlington, Vermont in the United States - Photo by Nourhan Magdi

Karkade also visited other states, including Washington, New York, and Pennsylvania. They will hold their last concert along with other activities and workshops in Claremont, New Hampshire.

“What is great about the program is that the schedule has other events besides the performances. So, we talk to children about Egypt, history of music in our country, and our instruments,” Mohamed Abu Zekry, the founder of Karkade, told Egypt Today.

He added that he and his band members also experienced for the first time performing with American musicians in Philadelphia at a Jazz club, saying that such openness “is unfortunately not promoted in many Arab countries.” Building on the importance of the cultural exchange program, Karkade’s founder said he dreams there will be cultural institutions in Egypt that support arts events.

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Karkade band perform at Flynn Center for the Performing Arts in Burlington, Vermont in the United States - Photo by Nourhan Magdi.

Asked about how American people reacted to his music, Abu Zekry highlighted, “they reacted amazingly to the music, and I felt the people’s surprise with the different rhythm. It’s beautiful that we perform non-modern music, Takht, and we still get this enormous applause.”

About Karkade

Choosing to call his band “Hibiscus Tea,” that is widely enjoyed on Egyptian streets, puts fragrance to the group’s attractive oriental music. Abu Zekry founded his five-member band in December 2015, and released their first album in 2016.

Abu Zekry is a composer and musician who studied at Beit El-Oud and was a member of El-Sharq Orchestra, led by the famed Nasseer Shama. “The oud has character as an instrument and doesn’t have to be stuck in any one style,” the US monthly music digital Paste Magazine said.

In 2014, Abu Zekry graduated with a Bachelor's degree in music composition from Université Lumière Lyon 2 in France. He has been part of numerous projects and bands, in addition to composing film scores.

He also embarked on a schedule of solo and collaborative projects that took him around the globe. When he returned to Cairo, he found very few musicians who master the older styles he likes to play.

“The commercial scene today has absorbed the overwhelming majority of skilled musicians of the past few generations,” Abu Zekry told Center Stage . “There are fewer and fewer resources for culture, especially for traditional culture. There are also next to no new creations based on this heritage.”

Center Stage brings Abu Zekry to the US for the first time, where he will get the chance to introduce his classical music mixed with Sufi calls to a different audience.

9/25/2018 12:22:54 PM
<![CDATA[Nasser Documents: The personal diaries of the late president]]>
The signing and content discussion of the book will be attended by Gamal Khaled Abdel-Nasser, editor of the book, and Hussa Eissa, former minister of higher education and professor of the international law at Ain Shams University.

Gamal Khaled Abdel-Nasser is the grandson of late Egyptian President Gamal Abdel-Nasser, son of Khalid, Nasser's eldest son.

The book was released by Falouga Publishing House.

The diaries include Nasser's note from the 1948 Palestine War, his book 'Phiolsophy of the Revolution,' among many others.

9/24/2018 5:32:42 PM
<![CDATA[Sherine Abdel Wahab to release her new album on October 8]]>Abdel Wahab released one month ago her latest song titled “Zaman” (The Old Days), which is part of her new album

The new album was slated for release by a telecoms company, but one of the songs was leaked and uploaded onto Instagram.

The star had uploaded the album’s commercial poster on different social media platforms. The song “Zaman” is written by Amir Tema, composed by Khaled Ezz and distributed by El Nabulsi.

Abdel Wahab performed a big concert at The Hilton’s London Park Lane on August 25 during Eid el-Adha.

Abdel Wahab is an Egyptian singer, actress, TV host and a former judge on MBC's “The Voice”. She is considered one of the most prominent female artists locally and in the Pan-Arab region.

Abdel Wahab has released a plethora of successful songs, including “Masha’aer’’ (Emotions), "Albi Leek" (My Heart is For You), “Garh Tany” (Another Wound), “Lazem Ayesh” (I Have to Survive) and “Batmenak” (I Am Assuring You) among others.

She acted in only one movie, “Mido Mashakel” (Troublemaker Mido), alongside Egyptian megastar Ahmed Helmy. Her only soap opera, “Tare’y” (My Path), was released in 2015 and achieved great success.

Abdel Wahab is famous for her emotional, melodious voice that has a significant touch of intimacy. She is consistently hailed as one of the most talented and successful singers of her generation, often dubbed as “The Queen of Emotions” for her popular romantic ballads.

9/24/2018 5:10:22 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt ambassador to Norway inaugurates ancient Egyptian artefacts exhibition in Oslo]]>
The three-month exhibition showcases Egyptian artefacts from across the world's largest museums including London's Victoria and Albert Museum, Paris's Musée d'Orsay and the US Metropolitan Museum of Art, alongside two original copies of the book "Description de l'Égypte."

Over 300 people attended the opening ceremony including ambassadors, members of the diplomatic corps, representatives from Norway's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and individuals from the Egyptian community in Norway.]]>
9/24/2018 2:56:27 PM
<![CDATA[Canada's Cirque du Soleil dazzles Riyadh after diplomatic row]]>
The acrobatic troupe performed in Riyadh to mark the Saudi national day, more than a month after the kingdom expelled Canada's ambassador and froze all new trade following Ottawa's vigorous calls for the release of activists jailed in the Gulf state.

Costumed performers slithered up ropes, swaying, twisting and doing mid-air acrobatics at a packed King Fahd sports stadium, with Cirque du Soleil saying the show was one of its biggest one-off productions ever.

More than 80 artists took the stage, with 250 costumes tailor made to conform to local traditions in the conservative desert kingdom, it said.

The announcement of the show was first made in Los Angeles in April during Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's multi-city visit to the United States.

But diplomatic tensions had cast doubt over the show.

Canada has refused to give ground in the dispute, which erupted in August, vowing to always stand up for human rights globally, even as diplomats say high-level negotiations are ongoing between the two countries to resolve differences.

A furious Riyadh ordered Saudi students to pull out from Canadian universities, though more than 1,000 medical students have been granted an extension in a partial rollback.

The diplomatic rupture reflects Prince Mohammed's increasingly assertive foreign policy and it coincides with his growing clampdown on domestic critics.

National day was celebrated across the kingdom on Sunday with a raucous display of concerts and folk dance.

Some 990,000 fireworks were planned across 20 cities, including Riyadh, the information ministry said.

Iconic buildings in Riyadh were bathed in green light and stereos blared patriotic songs as revellers raced through the streets in cars bedecked with the national flag.

The ultra-conservative kingdom has cautiously begun introducing entertainment, including music concerts, despite the risk of riling sidelined hardliners.

It is part of Prince Mohammed's far-reaching liberalisation drive that has ended decades-long bans on cinemas and women drivers and allowed women and men to attend some concerts together.

In February, Saudi Arabia's General Entertainment Authority (GEA) announced it will stage more than 5,000 festivals and concerts in 2018, double the number of last year, and pump $64 billion in the sector in the coming decade.]]>
9/24/2018 2:01:14 PM
<![CDATA[Box Office: 'The House With a Clock in Its Walls' leads with $26.8 million, 'Fahrenheit 11/9' falls flat]]>
Eli Roth’s adaptation of the popular children’s book picked up a better-than-expected $26.8 million when it opened in 3,592 locations. The fantasy film, starring Jack Black and Cate Blanchett, didn’t face much competition. A number of holdovers filled out the top five as a trio of new releases came in way under expectations.

“The House With a Clock in Its Walls” topped “Hostel” as Roth’s biggest opening to date. The family-friendly film bowed with $3.1 million overseas for a global start of $29.9 million. Imax screens accounted for $2.5 million of its box office total.

Universal’s head of domestic distribution Jim Orr said the release date in a wide open market, along with the team of Roth, Black, and Blanchett, helped bolster the film above earlier projections.

“Obviously, we couldn’t be more pleased,” Orr said. “It’s always great to kick off your fall slate at No. 1.”

Michael Moore’s “Fahrenheit 11/9,” a satirical look at President Donald Trump, fared the best among newcomers. The Briarcliff Entertainment political documentary landed in eighth place, coming in way under estimates with $3.1 million from 1,719 venues. Launching the film in over a thousand theaters might have hurt its box office potential. Most specialized films start small in a select amount of theaters before slowly expanding nationwide as word of mouth builds.

It was a good summer for docs — “RBG,” “Won’t You Be My Neighbor,” and “Three Identical Strangers” all hit double digits, but they all had modest expansions. Dinesh D’Souza took a similar route to Moore just a few months ago, opening “Death of a Nation” on over 1,000 screens. The pro-Trump doc was the worst showing for the right-wing conservative filmmaker, bowing with $2.3 million and picking up just $5.8 million. It’s a tough time to be serving up even more Trump. Moore’s 2004 film “Fahrenheit 9/11” is still the highest grossing documentary ever. It debuted with $23 million in North America and went on to earn $22 million globally.

“Life Itself,” a tear-jerker from “This Is Us” creator Dan Fogelman, didn’t even crack the top 10, pocketing just $2.1 million from 2,609 screens. That’s cause for concern, especially considering Amazon Studios paid $10 million for the star-studded drama with Oscar Isaac, Olivia Wilde, Antonio Banderas, and Annette Bening. It didn’t help that the movie was savaged by bad reviews ahead of its release. It currently holds a 13 percent average on review aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes, as well as a B+ CinemaScore.

Meanwhile, Neon’s “Assassination Nation” scraped together a disappointing $1 million in 1,403 locations. Sam Levinson wrote and directed the edgy teen thriller.

Lionsgate’s “A Simple Favor,” the neo-noir mystery drama starring Anna Kendrick, Blake Lively, and Henry Golding, landed in second place with $10.4 million in 3,102 locations in its second frame. To date, it has earned $32 million. In third is Warner Bros.’ “The Nun” with $10.2 million, taking its domestic tally to $100 million.

Fox’s “The Predator” dropped to No. 4 after leading the domestic box office last weekend. The sci-fi thriller earned $8.6 million for a domestic total of $40.3 million. Rounding out the top five is Warner Bros.’ “Crazy Rich Asians.” The acclaimed romantic comedy earned another $6.5 million, bringing its North American earnings to $159 million.

Actor Jack Black poses at the premiere for "The House With a Clock in its Walls" in Los Angeles, California, U.S., August 16, 2018. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
In limited release, Bleecker Street’s “Colette” earned $156,788 when it showed in four theaters. That translates to a solid $39,197 per theater. The biographical drama with Keira Knightley and Dominic West about the life of the French novelist who was forced to publish her novels under her husband’s name.

Annapurna’s “The Sister Brothers,” Jacques Audiard’s western dark comedy stars John C. Reilly and Joaquin Phoenix, picked up $122,028 from four locations for a per-theater average of $30,507.

Even with the sleepy weekend, the domestic box office remains up 8.5 percent, according to comScore. However, the frame is down 21.8 percent compared to the same weekend last year when “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” launched with $39 million.
9/24/2018 1:56:45 PM