<![CDATA[rss-Arts & Culture]]> All Rights Reserved for The Cairo post <![CDATA[Arts & Culture]]>]]> 100 29 <![CDATA[Hakim cooperates with Islam Chipsy in his new songs]]>
After the great success of Hakim’s song “Ala Wadaak”, Chipsy revealed that he completed the distribution of three new songs for the popular singer, set to be released as singles. Chipsy further exposed that Hakim is yet to decide on the titles of the songs.

A new video clip will also be released soon, but the details of the clip are yet tobe exposed, according to music distributor Chipsy.

The much anticipated songs will re-establish musical collaboration between Hakim and Islam Chipsy after previously distributing many of Hakim’s songs including, "Abu el-Rogola", "Am Salama" and "Ala Wadaak".

Ala Wadaak

Hakim | AlaWadaak [Official Music Video] حكيم | على وضعك

أغنية على وضعك - حكيم اسمعوا على أنغامي: https://www.anghami.com/song/24086733 كلمات: ياسر عليم ألحان: تامر حجاج توزيع: إسلام شيبسي - ميدو مزيكا هندسة صوت: أحمد جودة التسجيل بإستوديوهات رسالة إنتاج شركة: Lion of Egypt D O P and Director: Jonathan Guy Weyland Digital Distribution: DigiSay Follow Hakim | تابعوا حكيم: ◀ Official Website | الموقع الرسمي http://www.hakimmusic.com ◀ Facebook | فيسبوك http://www.facebook.com/HakimHakimPage ◀ Twitter | تويتر http://www.twitter.com/HakimMusicEgypt ◀ Instagram | انستجرام http://www.instagram.com/HakimOfficial ◀ YouTube | يوتيوب http://www.youtube.com/Hakim ◀ Google+ | جوجل بلس http://plus.google.com/+Hakim




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3/19/2019 4:45:49 PM
<![CDATA[Tamer Hosny to perform in El-Mansoura on Mar.28]]>
Also, Hosny performed in the opening ceremony of Abu Dhabi 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games representing Egypt on March 14. Hosny performed alongside renowned Syrian singer Assala, Emirati star Hussein al- Jasmi, Puerto Rican star Luis Fonsi and Canadian pop star Avril Lavigne.

The song was a motivational animated performance entitled “Right where I'm supposed to Be”; it was performed in English, Spanish and Arabic.

Hosni and Fonsi met at the Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi amidst a group of fans. The two stars sat together and talked about their future projects.

Hosny revealed to Egypt Today that he was proud to represent Egypt in such an important event which is considered the most important Arab event in the current period.

It is worth mentioning that Hosny's “Naseny Laih” amassed almost 30 million views on his official YouTube channel in less than two weeks.“NasenyLaih” is written by Tamer Hussain, distributed by Tamer Ali and Wesam Abdel Moneim. Hosny chose the idea of the song’s video clip which is directed by Said al-Marouk.

Hosny's most recent album is "Aish Beshouak"; the album has achieved great success.
Hosny announced that he will release his upcoming movie "Kol Sana W Enta Tayeb" during Eid El-Fitr season.

The movie stars Zeina, Khaled el-Sawy, Aicha Ben Ahmed, Ahmed Fathy and Mohamed Sarwat. "Kol Sana W EntaTayeb" is written by Mohamed Abdel Maty and directed by Said el-Marouk.

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 exceeded LE 50 million. In the movie, he plays 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 announced that “El-Badla” achieved the highest revenues in the history of Egyptian cinema.

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 whom 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.

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

Hosny’s song "Eish Beshoqak" also amassed millions of views 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. ]]>
3/19/2019 4:03:48 PM
<![CDATA[Sherine Abdel Wahab to perform at the Global Village in Dubai on Mar.29]]>
Abdel Wahab recently performed at the 14th edition of the Bahraini festival Spring of Culture on March 14.

Abdel Wahab is an Egyptian singer, actress, TV host and a former judge on MBC's “The Voice” talent show. She is considered one of the most prominent female artists locally and in the Pan-Arab region.

Abdel Wahab was born in 1980 and 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 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 “Batamenak” (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.

Abdel Wahab released her latest album “Nasai” (Forgetful) on October 8, which marks her birthday.


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3/19/2019 4:00:54 PM
<![CDATA[1st Tuwaiq International Sculpture Symposium kicks off in Riyadh]]>
The symposium is the first festival of its kind to be hosted in the Kingdom and is one of the most significant cultural and artistic events organized by the General Authority of the Diplomatic District in Riyadh.

The festival is held under the auspices of Minister of Culture and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the General Authority of the Diplomatic District Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan.

The authority said in a statement that the importance of this event lies in the number and diversity of the participants. A total of 23 artists are set to participate, including 20 artists from around the world and three from Saudi Arabia.

The authority further stressed that holding such events is of great importance and artistic value, given the significance of the participating artists and their status in the countries they represent. The event will contribute to enhancing the expertise and sustainability of this artistic field.

It is worth mentioning that the General Authority of the Diplomatic District in KSA aims at developing the embassy district and providing its needs of public facilities and services in the construction, economic, social, cultural, historical and environmental fields.]]>
3/19/2019 2:57:44 PM
<![CDATA[Rock 'n' roll pioneer Jerry Lee Lewis in rehab following stroke]]>
However, the health setback has forced Lewis, 83, to cancel some upcoming appearances, including an April 28 date at the New Orleans Jazz Festival, a May 18 show at the Tennessee Theater in Knoxville, Tennessee, and a June 8 engagement at the Birchmere in Alexandria, Virginia, spokesman Zack Farnum said.

Farnum quoted the performer’s neurologist, Dr. Rohini Bhole, as saying the prognosis for Lewis was promising, two weeks after being hospitalized for a stroke.

Jerry Lee is expected to fully recover with aggressive and intensive rehab,” Bhole said. “From what I have seen thus far, he is heading in the right direction.”

Farnum said the hospital and rehab center were both in Memphis, about 20 miles (32 km) north of Lewis’ current ranch home in Nesbit, Mississippi.

It was in Memphis that Lewis got his big start in the recording business at Sun Records in the 1950s, with the likes of Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash.

Lewis, nicknamed “The Killer,” was among the very first class of musicians inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and his raucous piano style on such hits as “Great Balls of Fire” and “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” was essential in shaping the early sound of rock.

But his career has also been overshadowed by scandal, including a marriage, in his early 20s, to his 13-year-old cousin, his accidental shooting of his bass player in 1976 and costly battles with the Internal Revenue Service.

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3/19/2019 1:29:06 PM
<![CDATA[Screen Buzz Launches in Riyadh in Partnership with Rotana ]]>
Top Hollywood writers and producers will lead sessions on both screenwriting for TV and scriptwriting for features in this unprecedented workshop in Saudi Arabia. Riyadh will be the newest location to play host to the unique workshop series which has previously taken place in cities throughout the region, including Amman, Jordan; Beirut, Lebanon; and most recently, Cairo, Egypt.

While the workshop will target burgeoning Saudi creative talents, anyone from the Arab World is eligible to apply.

Launched in 2018, Screen Buzz is an innovative series of creative workshops bringing top Hollywood writers, directors and producers to the Arab world to support local storytellers in the creation of original, purpose driven content for global audiences.

The workshops provide access to leading Hollywood experts to help develop the most promising Arab writers, directors and producers in the entertainment industry. The curriculum includes interactive sessions which encourage professional collaboration between the Hollywood mentors and local participants, critical thinking and the exchange of ideas.

In addition, the workshop participants have the opportunity to attend one-on-one meetings with the mentors to pitch their scripts.

Assem Badr, director of operations at Rotana, said, “Discovering up-and-coming talent is one of Rotana’s top priorities. We are proud to foster the entertainment industry in the KSA and partner with Screen Buzz to launch this unique screenwriting workshop in Riyadh. The script is the cornerstone of any content creation process in the world and we believe in order to develop the best content for film and television we must work with the leading experts in the field."

Aaron Lobel, founder and president of AAM, commented, "AAM is excited to partner with Rotana to bring leading Hollywood talent to Riyadh for this workshop as part of our Screen Buzz initiative. Through Screen Buzz, we aim to support purpose-driven content and amplify local voices across the Middle East, and we’ve been delighted with the reception to our workshops around the region. We believe there is tremendous, untapped creative talent in the KSA and an incredible number of rich stories waiting to be shared with the world."

Previous Screen Buzz mentors include, director Jack Bender (Game of Thrones |The Sopranos); executive producer Lindsay Goffman (The Good Doctor); writer and producer Mark Goffman (The Umbrella Academy | The West Wing); and writer and producer Daniel Knauf (Carnivàle| The Black List). The most recent workshop in Cairo, Egypt, was led by Mark Goffman; screenwriter Samuel Baum (HBO's The Wizard of Lies | Lie to Me); and writer and producer Jessica Mecklenburg (Netflix’s Stranger Things | Gypsy) as part of the 40th Cairo International Film Festival.

Screen Buzz workshops are held under the supervision of a Middle East Advisory Council, which includes the most prominent Arab figures in the film and TV industry: H.E. NouraAl Kaabi, UAE Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development (UAE); HRH Princess Rym Ali, Founder of the Jordan Media Institute and Board Member of the Royal Film Commission (Jordan); actress and director Nadine Labaki(Lebanon); actress and producer Saba Mubarak (Jordan); actress Yousra (Egypt); actress Hend Sabry (Tunisia); and actress Nelly Karim (Egypt).

Screen Buzz partners with the Arab Cinema Center and MAD Solutions handles its distribution in the region.

The submission window to apply for the Screen Buzz workshop in Riyadh is open now through Sunday, April 7, 2019.

Apply here: http://screenbuzz.org/rules_regulations.php

Rotana is one of the oldest and largest media companies in the Arab world. The Rotana group comprises several specialized and general TV channels and owns the biggest film and television archive in the Arab world. The company has several online platforms, including rotana.net.

AAM champions global storytelling through the power of entertainment. Their vision is to bring together the best of Hollywood with the creative community in the Middle East to empower a new generation of storytellers in the region to produce original content that promotes positive change and shared universal values.






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3/18/2019 5:15:52 PM
<![CDATA[Min. of culture launches 1st Artistic Excellence Award]]>
The award aims to encourage young talents and stress the importance of supporting them.

Zaky stated that the Artistic Excellence Award is granted to the best student of the different academic institutes in Cairo. Winners will get to spend a month in Rome and visit museums, cultural and artistic institutions and academies, in addition to attending numerous lectures on the management of cultural institutions and cultural diplomacy.

Head of the Academy of Arts in Rome Jihane Zaky stated that 2019 marks the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Academy of Arts in Rome, which, since 1929, has been embracing the young artists and intellectuals and providing support for Egyptians talents, contributing to the production of a generation of significant Egyptian artistic innovators, such as; Yusif Kamel, Abdel Kader Rizk, and Mohamed Nagy, among others.


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3/18/2019 4:38:09 PM
<![CDATA[Dubai Metro Music Festival Kicks off March 17]]>
The festival's organizers stated that the festival is hosting a distinguished group of Emirati and Arab talents, offering performances that combine unique classical compositions and modern musical styles.

Director of Creative Projects in Dubai Shaimaa al-Suwaidi declared that the festival, which is set to run until March 23, will be held at five metro stations.

The shows will start at 6 a.m. and will include performances for numerous talents, including Emirati Khadija Selem, Talia Lahoud from Lebanon, Medhat Mamdouh from Egypt, Taher el-Bahrani from KSA, among others.

"We were very pleased with the amount of people that showed interest in the festival on its first day. The majority of the attendees were Metro commuters, as well as others who came specifically to the stations to watch the shows,” stated Suwaidi.

Suwaidi further explained that the organizing committee of the festival was keen to select a group of remarkable Arab and international talents that reflect through their creative work different musical styles representing many countries.



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3/18/2019 4:30:31 PM
<![CDATA[In Pics: Several marine discoveries made in Marsa Matrouh]]>
The survey was performed at B’gosh Harbor on the North West Coast, near the city of Marsa Matruh, under the supervision of the Central Department of Submerged Antiquities of the Ministry of Antiquities.

Head of the Central Department of Submerged Antiquities Ehab Fahmy explained that the anchors discovered were made of stone, iron and lead and dated back to the Hellenistic era up until the 20th century.

In addition, a number of pottery vessels from North Africa, Egypt, Greece, Italy, Spain and Palestine were also discovered by the archaeological mission, which indicates intense marine activity in that region through the different ages and reveals that B'gosh Harbor has been used by ships for more than 2,000 years.

Fahmy affirmed that the mission will resume its work to conduct a careful study on these discoveries to highlight the development of marine activities in Egypt.


The discoveries:

22086-الاكتشافات-(6)

114512-الاكتشافات-(2)

118547-الاكتشافات-(3)

131976-الاكتشافات-(1)

201915-الاكتشافات-(7)
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3/18/2019 4:03:29 PM
<![CDATA[Alexandria International Book Fair to kick off on March 25]]>
The Alexandria International Book Fair will host more than 50 local publishers. Four Arab countries will also participate in the event; those are Kuwait, UAE, Syria and Palestine.

The fair will host numerous distinguished departments related to government entities, including the Ministry of Antiquities, the National Mental Health Council and the National Center for Translation.

Moreover, the book fair will create a platform for different cultural activities suitable for the entire family.

The Bibliotheca Alexandrina organizes several cultural festivals for literature enthusiasts, not only in Alexandria, but also in Egypt and the Middle East.

The book fair’s cultural program includes 14 workshops for children, including workshops for storytelling and writing. A special lecture will be given by former Minister of Culture Farouk Hosni during the festival’s seminar.




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3/18/2019 3:25:05 PM
<![CDATA[Akon to perform in Saudi Arabia on Mar. 22]]>
Aliaune Damala Badara Akon Thiam is an American-Senegalese singer, songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur, philanthropist and actor who was born on April 16, 1973.

He rose to fame in 2004 after releasing "Locked Up" which was the first single from his first album, "Trouble".

He has since founded two successful record labels, Konvict Muzik and Kon Live Distribution.

The labels served as a stepping stone for many soon-to-be successful stars, most notably Lady Gaga, T-Pain, R. City, Kardinall Offishall and Red Café, among others.

His second album "Konvicted" received three nominations for the Grammy Awards in two categories, Best Contemporary R&B Album for "Konvicted" and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for "Smack That" and "I Wanna Love You".

He is the first solo artist to hold both the number one and two spots simultaneously on the Billboard Hot 100 charts twice.

Akon has had four songs certified as 3× platinum, three songs certified as 2× platinum, more than 10 songs certified as 1× platinum and more than 10 songs certified as gold in digital sales.

Akon has sung songs in other languages including Tamil, Hindi, and Spanish.
He was listed by the Guinness Book of World Records as the #1 selling artist for master ringtones in the world.

It is worth mentioning that Egyptian star Amr Diab will perform on the same day and in the same place in Saudi Arabia.

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3/18/2019 3:22:23 PM
<![CDATA[Box Office: 'Captain Marvel' conquers again with $69 million]]>
Marvel’s first comic-book tentpole to spotlight a female superhero surpassed $265 million in ticket sales domestically. Overseas, “Captain Marvel” crossed $494 million for a massive global haul of $760 million. In less than two weeks, “Captain Marvel” has eclipsed the lifetime sums of numerous superhero adventures, including “Ant-Man and the Wasp” ($623 million), “Iron Man 2” ($624 million), “Thor: Dark World ($645 million), and “Captain America: Winter Soldier” ($714 million). It’s already the 22nd-biggest comic-book release ever.

After a sluggish start to 2019, it has been “Captain Marvel” to the rescue. Ticket sales are up over 3 percent from the same weekend in 2018, according to Comscore. As a whole, the domestic box office is still struggling to match last year’s record with receipts pacing 19 percent behind 2018.

Paramount Pictures’ “Wonder Park,” an animated adventure set in an amusement park based on the imagination of a young girl, bowed in second place and had the best start among new releases. It arrived ahead of industry expectations with $16 million when it launched in 3,838 locations, though it will need to pick up steam to justify its healthy budget. Paramount spent nearly $100 million to produce the film, not including marketing and distribution costs. Since the PG-rated “Wonder Park” appeals to a younger crowd, the studio anticipates moviegoing will gain traction as students will be out of school for spring break.

As expected, families accounted for 62 percent of “Wonder Park’s” opening weekend audience. “Wonder Park,” featuring the voices of Jennifer Garner, Matthew Broderick, John Oliver, and Mila Kunis, was not well received among critics. Audiences were slightly more enthusiastic, giving it a B+ CinemaScore.

Landing at No. 3 is CBS and Lionsgate’s “Five Feet Apart,” a romantic drama about two teenagers who meet and fall in love while being treated for cystic fibrosis. Directed by “Jane the Virgin” actor Justin Baldoni, “Five Feet Apart” generated $13 million from 2,803 venues, a sizable start considering it carries a $7 million price tag. Starring “ The Edge of Seventeen” and “Split” actress Haley Lu and Cole Sprouse, the film catered mostly to young females. Women represented 82 percent of opening weekend crowds, while 45 percent were under 18 years old.

Lionsgate has three films in the top 10 this weekend. The studio’s “Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral” nabbed fifth place, adding $8 million for a domestic tally of $59 million. From Lionsgate’s Pantelion Films, “No Manches Frida 2” placed in sixth, earning $3.8 million from 472 theaters. That result is on par with the first film, “ No Manches Frida,” which debuted with $3.6 million before ending its box office run with $11.5 million.

Other new releases include Focus Features and Participant Media’s “Captive State.” The fantasy thriller placed seventh on box office charts, debuting with a disappointing $3 million from 2,547 theaters. Directed by “The Rise of the Planet of the Apes” filmmaker Rupert Wyatt,” “Captive State” was poorly received by both audiences and critics. It carries a C- CinemaScore, along with a 43 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

Universal’s “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” secured fourth place, picking up $9.3 million from 3,727 locations. That takes the conclusion of the animated trilogy past $135 million in ticket sales in North America.

At the specialty box office, Focus Features’ “The Mustang” amassed $76,000 when it debuted in four theaters, averaging out to $18,950 per venue. The feature directorial debut of French actress Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre, which follows a convict who participates in a rehabilitation program that involves training wild mustangs, skewed toward women as females made up 66 percent of its opening weekend audience. The studio is expanding it to 50 theaters next weekend.

Meanwhile, Fox Searchlight’s “The Aftermath” opened on five screens, earning $57,000 over the three days ($11,500 per location). The war drama stars Keira Knightley, Alexander Skarsgard, and Jason Clarke.

March looks to cap off a solid month at the domestic box office with Jordan Peele’s “Us” arriving next weekend and Disney’s remake of “Dumbo” hitting theaters shortly after. Both films are expected to debut with over $35 million in ticket sales.]]>
3/18/2019 12:54:42 PM
<![CDATA[Ahmed Mourad speaks about 'Blue Elephant' sequel, his novels, life ]]>
After 10 years of literary production; what is the difference between your first novel and your last one?

I enjoy my journey. I enjoyed writing "Vertigo" and "The Season of Hunting Deer", and now I am enjoying shooting "The Blue Elephant 2" and the movie I am currently preparing for. It is a huge responsibility; the number of readers has massively increased, the coming generations are more aware of the significance of reading as parents now understand how reading is so essential to their children. The coming period will be crucial as the curve of readers skyrockets and people are becoming so open to the world. Standards are rapidly changing and I have to keep up with all these changes.

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Tell me more about "The Blue Elephant 2"

It is not a mere movie or novel; it is a whole life. I believe Yehia Rashed is a real character and that I will meet Maya one day. At the beginning, Marwan Hamed (the movie director) and I insisted not to make a second part of it because we wanted to make it a masterpiece, yet after a while Marwan suggested working on a second part as everybody was enthusiastic to shoot another part. Hence, I wrote a treatment that was highly admired by Marwan and the production company, Synergy. The second part will be more thrilling than the first one.

Tell me more about your cooperation with the Production Company, Synergy

This is my second project with Synergy. I am glad to be shooting "The Blue Elephant 2" and preparing a new movie with Synergy; the new movie will be a surprise. Synergy adopts a very special perspective of making movies.

This is your fourth project with director Marwan Hamed; why Hamed in specific?

Marwan is so updated and professional; he has the vision to present everlasting movies. He does his best to improve film industry in Egypt.
Do you prefer to write a script from scratch or a script based upon a novel?
Adaptation is a little bit harder as you are restricted with the events of the novel. It is challenging to make the script better than the original literary work.

Over a decade, you have worked as a private photographer for former President Mohamed Hosni Mubarak. Eight years after the revolution, how do you estimate his era?

I saw life through different perspectives. I dealt with people in streets and listened to their opinions and at the same time I worked at the Presidential Palace. I think Mubarak's era was an ordinary era full of its merits and demerits but it was not the worst. Yet, I still need some time to form a clear opinion on that era.

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Would you like to write a documentary about that era?

No, it is not my passion. I am not a historian.

What is the aim of your writing; entertainment, drawing morals or a call to rethink?

I should enjoy what I write, rethink archaic thoughts and scrutinize facts to know whether they are stable enough or not. I read 65 books to write only one condensed and comprehensible book. I took the whole dose to give the reader a few drops.

You have been criticized for writing in slang language instead of standard Arabic.

I don't care. I write both slang and standard Arabic. I cannot imagine writing in slang language in a novel like "Ard El-Elah" (God's land) and I cannot imagine the character of "Servees" in the novel "Torab El-Mas" (Diamond Dust) speaking in standard Arabic and saying for instance "give me drugs". If there is a holy book written about how to write a proper novel, I will definitely follow it.

Youssef Zeidan has criticized you in that point.

This man has the right to say whatever he wants.

Do you feel afraid to raise your two daughters in a society where women are regarded as second class citizens?

I am so afraid that my daughters might struggle with such toxic people who follow illogical customs and traditions, repeating "I am the master; you are the slave and you have to obey. These deep-rooted customs do not exist for other creatures; for example, you will never see a worm ordering another worm to prepare supper for it, only human beings do that.

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Do you agree with the laws applied in Tunisia that give both sexes equal inheritance and ban polygamy?

Yes, definitely.

You have described women as deer and men as leopards in your novel "The Season of Hunting Deer"; is it a kind of humiliation?

I do respect animals. I am vegetarian; I refuse to eat any animal. On the contrary, I consider this simile an upgrade to mankind because animals are more obvious and pure.

How do you deal with your little kids Fatma and Ruqaya?

Tota and Roka (his kids' nicknames) are my friends. I learned a lot of things from them. I apply psychologist Erik Erikson's discipline to "instill morals, recite a story".

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Ahmed Mourad-Egypt today

Stay tuned for the second part where Mourad reveals more and more about his coming movies and personal life.







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3/17/2019 7:15:39 PM
<![CDATA[Legendary boxer Mike Tayson stars in Egyptian movie]]>
Tayson arrived in Cairo on Saturday, March 16 to portray the role of one of the Mafia leaders in the movie.

“Hamlet Pharon” revolves around an Egyptian young man named Yehia who is the leader of one of the biggest assassination gangs.Because of special circumstances,Yehia will be forced to go to Syria to rescue the girl he loves.

Saad posted on his official Instagram account a video revealing his preparations for the role.



Beside Tayson and Saad, the movie starsa notable cast of stars includingRuby, Mahmoud Abdel Moghny, Hamdy el-Marghany, Ramez Amir, and Mohamed Lotfy among others.

“Hamlet Pharon” is written by Karim Hassan Beshir and directed by Raouf Abdel Aziz.
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3/17/2019 4:07:51 PM
<![CDATA[Hany Shaker to perform for 1st time in Saudi Arabia on Mar.26]]>
Poet Naser el-Geel will collaborate with the prominent singer in a new song entitled “ShabahekAwi” (We are alike). “ShabahekAwi” is composed by Mohamed Dia’a and distributed by BassemMoneir.

Shaker was born in Cairo in 1952. He started his musical career at a very young age in Abdel Halim Hafez choral in the song “Sora” (Photo).

Later, Shaker performed the role of young SayedDarwish in the movie “SayedDarwish”.

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

Shaker's musical repertoire includes more than 461 songs such as “Ghalta” (A mistake), “El Helm El Gameel” (The beautiful dream), “Tekhsary” ( You will lose), among others. Shaker is the current head of the Egyptian Musicians Syndicate.
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3/17/2019 2:54:42 PM
<![CDATA['MaTilash An al-Hajib' to participate in 5 festivals]]>
The festivals are African,Asian and Latin American Film Festival in Milano; Middle East Now festival;San Sebastián International Film Festival; Geneva International Film Festival and Tripoli Film Festival.

The makers of “Photocopy”,script writer HaithamDabbour and director Tamer Ashry,collaborated again in "Ma Tilash An al-Hajib".

"What is the one thing that you wish was not prohibited?" Aisha, the movie heroine,writesin a closed Facebook group addressing her burqa-wearing peers in the group.

Directly after posting this question, Aishameets her friend Sally at a mall. They go
shopping together to discover at the end that the thing she hates most is her burqa. The 21-minute movie stars Mariam el-Khoshet, Asmaa AbulYazid, and Ali el-Tayeb among others.
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3/17/2019 2:52:16 PM
<![CDATA[Madar, Arteology exhibit exclusive paintings of George Bahgoury]]>CAIRO - 17March 2019: Katameya Heights Business Centre hosted an exclusive art gallery which came as the result of the cooperation between Madar and Arteology Egypt. The art exhibition was held on March 16 from 1-5 pm.

The exhibition exclusively presented paintings of Egypt’s prominent fine artist and sculptor George Bahgoury.

The artistic ceremony was attended by numerous individuals who enjoyed analyzing the astounding paintings to the sound of saxophone which added bliss to the event.

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The sounds of the saxophone added bliss to the event-Mustafa Marie

The attendees stood startled as they viewed Bahgoury’s extraordinary paintings.

“All my paintings are special to my heart. Each one of my paintings represents an incident or a special memory. It does not take long for me to finish my drawings; as soon as I feel like drawing, I draw, it is as simple as that,” Bahgoury told Egypt Today.

The veteran artist relaxed on a couch, drawing cartoonish portrays of fans and family members surrounding him.

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Bahgoury with ET reporter


Several prominent figures ofthe Egyptian artistic scene attended the event such as Samir Fouad and Mustafa Rahma.


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Artist Samir Fouad-Mustafa Marie

“In Egypt, there are a lot of people passionate about fine arts; this is obvious with the amount of people who showed up today. There is no doubt that Bahgoury is one of the most significant names in the Egyptian fine art history and displaying his (Bahgoury’s) paintings in today’s exhibition can easily guarantee its success,” fine artist Samir Fouad told Egypt Today.

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Artist Mustafa Rahma-Mustafa Marie

In the same context, fine artist Mustafa Rahma declared to Egypt Today, “I am extremely happy to be among the attendees who had the chance to watch the paintings of veteran fine artist Bahgoury for the first time. I did not expect this enormous amount of people to attend the ceremony, which makes me pleased as a fine artist to see so many people interested in arts in our community. I wish there would be more of such events in the near future.”


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Famed comedian Hany Ramzi-Mustafa Marie

“I am very happy to be here today. I am a big fan of Bahgoury and I am lucky to be able to see a selection of his paintings that were not displayed in the past. He is an incredible artist and this event is a reflection of how classy and prestigious his paintings are,” famed comedian Hany Ramzy commented to Egypt Today.

Representatives of Arteology Happy Shohdy and Zeina Saiedi were among the attendees.


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Arteology Representative Happy Shohdy-Mustafa Marie

“Arteology is an art platform for contemporary Egyptian artists. We connect our artists to the world of collectors, professional dealers, and art lovers. Our online art gallery focuses on one special artist per month exposing his or her art work globally through our online platform, digital marketing, and PR. We expose the artwork and service its owning process in full. Some of the art works we proudly display today are exclusive to our event, as well as numerous art collections that were previously displayed in museums in Paris. Arteology is the first online artistic database in Egypt.We hope that collectors get more engaged with the online concept,” explained Shohdy to Egypt Today.

Lobna Farid, CEO of Madar, explained to Egypt Today that the art of furniture designing and contemporary arts are integrated for the first time in Egypt through Bahgoury’s art exhibition. “We (Madar) proudly announce organizing such an event for the first time in Egypt, where the lovers of exotic furniture designing and contemporary arts come hand in hand,” stated Farid.

“Furniture designing is an art of its own. When an incredibly designed piece of furniture is placed within the vicinity of a remarkable painting, the scenery becomes fabulous. This is why Madar Furniture organized this spectacular event, which unites art and furniture lovers to socialize and exchange artistic visions,” continued Farid.

It is worth noting that Madar boasts its affiliation with world famous residential and corporate designers such as Fendi, Minotti, Rubelli, Bises, Pozzoli, Driade, Sacho, Axia, Zen, Kelly Hoppen, Luminara and Boffi.

Madar transcends the limitations of its capability to tailor products to demands, while maintaining the exclusive style, quality and functionality of designers’ home signatures.

George Abdel Masih al-Bahgoury is an Egyptian-French artist. An accomplished painter and sculptor, he is most famous as a caricaturist and political cartoonist.

Bahgoury was born in 1932 into a Coptic Christian family in Bahgora, a small village in Nag Hammadi, Upper Egypt; hence the name of his family, ‘Bahgoury’.

In 1953, he embarked on his career as a political cartoonist, a role that would see him featured in Sabah Al Khair and Rose El Youssef.

In 1955, he studied painting at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Zamalek, Cairo, under the guidance of Egyptian artist Hussein Bikar.

In 1970, he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Paris. In 1975, he ceased publishing as a cartoonist.

A Silver Medalist for his painting "A Face from Egypt", Bahgoury's artwork has been widely displayed in galleries and museums, including the Louvre Museum, the Museum of Modern Art in Amman, the Museum of Modern Art in Cairo, and the Al Masar Gallery for Contemporary Art in Zamalek, Cairo.

Bahgoury has also written three Books: “Port Said 65” ,“Sadat 80” and“Paris 1990”. The veteran artist also wrote a novel entitled “Trilogy of Icon”.

Bahgoury’s startling paintings displayed during the exhibition - Photo Courtesy of Mustafa Marie


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3/17/2019 1:45:32 PM
<![CDATA[Red Hot Chili Peppers rock Egypt's pyramids]]>
With the three ancient monuments silhouetted behind the stage, the funk-rock band opened with “Can’t Stop” from the 2002 album “By The Way” and followed with “Californication”, “Dark Necessities” and other hits.

The concert, held under tight security, was promoted by Egypt’s tourism ministry, which is trying to put the country back on the map as a prime destination after an uprising in 2011 and years of subsequent turmoil scared many visitors away.

“It was a lot of work to get here but it was absolutely worth it,” said fan Christina Robertson, from Madison, Wisconsin, who left five children at home to make the trip.

“I’ve always wanted to come to Egypt, I’ve always wanted to see the pyramids, it’s spectacular, it’s a dream, and to see Red Hot Chili Peppers here, my favorite band of all time.”

Singer Anthony Kiedis, bass player Michael “Flea” Balzary and drummer Chad Smith join the likes of The Grateful Dead, Scorpions and Frank Sinatra performing at one of the seven wonders of the world.

The concert is the first international gig to be held at the ancient site since pianist Yanni in 2015.


Fans traveled from 67 countries, said concert organizer Karim El Chiaty, Vice Chairman of Travco Group.

“I think there’s a big fan base in Egypt and I think for what we’re trying to achieve here today, which is to promote tourism in Egypt, we needed a band of that kind of scale and that influence,” said Chiaty.

Red Hot Chili Peppers have sold more than 60 million albums, won six Grammy Awards and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012.

The band is currently on a world tour and working to complete their 12th album following their 2016 release “The Getaway”.
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3/17/2019 12:33:44 PM
<![CDATA[It's not Brexit (yet), but is it art, asks new London show]]>
Dozens of artworks and newspaper headlines dating from the run-up to when Britons voted to leave the EU are on display at the “Take Back Control” exhibition.

The title reflects a “Leave” campaign slogan, but artworks both in favour of and against staying in the EU are on display along with the media coverage.

“It’s a chance to relive the gut-wrenching excitement of the referendum vote week through newspapers and artivists,” said the exhibition curator and artist, who goes by the single name Bryden.

“It gives us an opportunity to reflect on what’s happening now through what happened then.”

On display are a “Strong and stable my arse” poster by Turner Prize winner Jeremy Deller - a reference to Prime Minister Theresa May’s “strong and stable” 2017 election campaign theme, as well as a mock exit sign reading “Brexit” by artist Guy Morris.

Other exhibits include “What if Voting Changed Everything?” by David Dunnico - a ballot box with shredded white, blue and red paper, and papier maché works of various anti-EU newspapers by Bryden.


The exhibition, which runs until March 24, is open at a time of political chaos in Britain just weeks ahead of the date it is supposed to leave the bloc, March 29.

On Thursday, after three turbulent days of votes, Britain’s parliament voted to seek a delay to Brexit unless it can agree next week, at the third attempt, to a divorce deal negotiated by Prime Minister Theresa May.

“I think both sides need to start from a foundation of hope and excitement for the future, as opposed to this constant bickering between both sides,” Bryden said.

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3/17/2019 12:30:49 PM
<![CDATA[Remembering the golden voice of the region, Sayed Darwish]]>
Born in 1892, the ambitious singer was raised among seven children and used to work as a bricklayer to provide for his family. He was discovered by a manager of a theatrical troupe who overheard him singing while working and decided to hire him.

Dying at the dawn of his striking career at age 31, Darwish has pursued his career amid touring in Syria where he embarked musical education and has later returned to Egypt where he was rarely recognized as he sang in coffee shops before the Great War.
Despite his limited recognition at the time, Darwish was given the opportunity to collaborate with the significant composers of that century after being trained to be a ‘Munshid’ (Cantor).

The Alexandrian singer/composer is well known in modern Arab music historiography for symbolizing progress, modernity, and the transfer from ‘Oriental music’ that was made for the elite class at the time and from Ottoman music to Egyptian music, according to an article published by Al-Mashriq.

Darwish was haunted with several failures in his early singing career; however 1918 has been earmarked as a turning point where he was inspired by the renowned Arabic lyricist Salama Higazy.

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Sayed Darwish (Photo: Wikimedia)

Known as an experimental artist, Darwish has also been recognized as a long living icon of nationalism, composing the famous Egyptian national anthem, “Biladi Biladi”, and the revolutionist “Oom Ya Masry” (Get up Egyptian) that played a great role in the revolution of 1919.

The composer’s first hit song, “The Beautiful One”, was released in 1912. Darwish is also known for singing and composing “Salma ya Salama” that has been recreated in various covers including a cover by the late singer Dalida. Other compositions included “El Helwa di Kamet Te’gen” that was also recreated into a new cover sung by Lebanese Fayrouz and were re-produced in orchestral versions.

Darwish has later met with cinema legend Naguib al-Rihani in Cairo where they both worked together to compose seven operettas alongside comedian Kish Kish Bey. The trio has conducted works such as “Al-Ashara Al-Tayeba" (Ten of Diamonds) in 1920 which is a patriotic adaptation of “Blubeard”.

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Sayed Darwish (Photo: Wikimedia)

While working within the trio, Darwish has also managed to collaborate with Ali al-Kassar’s theatrical troupe and singer/actress Mounira al-Mahdeyya where they both composed comedian operettas including “Kollaha Yomein” (It will just take two days) in 1920.

They also conducted an opera called “Cleopatra and Mark Anthony” where the singing/ acting legend Mohamed Abdel Wahab has starred as the leading role. Darwish has also composed “Shahrazad” and “Al-Baruka” performances that have not received a recognizable share of success.

The late artist's theater productions were often westernized as the traditional Arabic Takht is replaced by European ensemble and conducted by Il Signore Casio who was Darwish’s maestro. Darwish’s operetta tunes are famous for combining musical modes with piano that tend to reveal a fascination for Italian opera.

The first Egyptian composer to improvise tasks that were usually done by the singer and the instrumental cast at the time, Darwish, has risen in fame to work exclusively with three recording companies such as Mechian that was run by an Armenian immigrant, German company Odeon, and Baidaphon.

Darwish, a great improviser of Arabic music, has left an honorable music heritage that continues to generate through current and upcoming generations. The music legend, however, was suspected to have been assassinated and did not die due to a drug overdose, according to an article published by Al-Arabiya.

Hany al-Halawany a scenarist in Cairo Cinema Institute has suggested in 2004 the re-opening of the reasons behind the singer’s death. The singer was suspected to have been assassinated by advocates of the British invasion at the time who were said to be angered by Darwish’s nationalistic notion that was a popular voice of Egyptians.

Egyptian government has recently renovated his home in Rod al-Farag last week alongside streets surrounding it; in means to honor the late singer on his death anniversary, according to state-owned newspaper Al-Ahram.]]>
3/17/2019 1:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[National Council for Women praises Somaya el-Khashab’s ‘Btstaawa’]]>Khashab combats abuse against women in her new song, in line with the International Women’s Day.

The song's video clip is directed by Gamil el-Moghazy, who chose numerous young performers to act alongside Khashab.
Recently, the famed actress has visited the National Council for Women, where she was widely welcomed by the president of the council and its members, who encouraged the idea of combating violence against women, opposed by the council in many of its campaigns.

The song’s music and lyrics were admired by the president of the National Council for Women and its members.]]>
3/16/2019 7:05:24 PM
<![CDATA[Amr Diab to perform at Saudi Arabia on Mar.22]]>
It is worth mentioning that Diab rocked the stage of Must Opera House on Friday, Feb. 22.
The concert, organized by Waleed Mansour, was the first official concert after the release of
Diab's album “kol Hayaty” (All My Life). 
After a long hiatus, El-Hadaba - as his lovers dub him- held a concert in 6th of October City;
the crowded concert was attended by thousands of his lovers. The concert started at 8 p.m.
and ended at 10:30 p.m. 
Diab sang a collection of his new and old songs such as “KolHayaty” (All My Life), “Nghamet
El-Herman” (Tone of Deprivation), “Yetalemo” (Let them learn), “Da Law Etsab” (If She is
Left), “Wayah” (With Him), “ Ya Agmal Eyoun” (Most Beautiful Eyes), “Kont Fe Baly” (I was
Thinking of You), “Ragea” (I am Back), “Ala Hobak” (Your Love), in addition to his old sad
songs: “Wnendam” (Feel Remorse), “Kan Tayeb” (He was Kind), “W Eih Ya’ny” (So What?),
“Ayyam We Beneshha”. 
Also,Diab performed the new song “Mesh Mohem” (Not Important) for the first time in the
concert. “Mesh Mohem” is written by Turki Al-Sheikh, composed by Amr Mostafa, and
distributed by Osama el-Hendy. 
Diab was the most listened to singer on Anghami in 2018; his most recent album “Kol Hayati”
(All My Life) was listened to a record number of times. 
Diab adopted a new marketing strategy to promote his latest album " Kol Hayati",
new song each week. 
Diab performed a massive concert in Nammos, a restaurant in Mykonos, Greece on Friday,
July 27 to promote “KolHayati”, where he sang some songs from his new album. 
Diab collaborated with several poets, composers and distributers in “KolHayati” album,
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 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
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3/16/2019 6:33:43 PM
<![CDATA[Paris welcomes Tutankhamun’s exhibition with street’s banners, posters]]>
Banners and posters showing the face of the boy king as well as objects from his treasured collection are wide spread over Paris streets. They are installed on buildings, shops, street lamps, metro and bus stations.

Meanwhile photos of the collection have caught the front pages and covers of all French newspapers and magazines.


The temporary exhibition “King Tut: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh” will be transferred from the California Science Center to grand Lafayette Hall in Paris, France, from March 21, 2019, to Sept. 30, 2019.

This move aims to promote the cultural ties between Egypt and the world, while also boosting international tourism in Egypt.

Artifacts from King Tutankhamun’s tomb have been shown at an exhibit since March 24, 2018. The exhibit’s date has coincided with the 100th anniversary of the discovery of King Tutankhamun’s tomb.

The most famous ancient Egyptian king’s tomb was discovered in 1922; more than 3,000 years after his death.

The 150-artifact collection exhibited at the California Science Center is the biggest collection of artifacts from King Tutankhamun’s tomb to be shown outside of Egypt.

The artifacts were displayed for 10 months before being transferred to Europe to be shown there in January 2019.

The Golden King exhibition is scheduled to be held in France, Japan, US, Canada, Australia, and South Korea, where foreign exhibitions help increase the resources of the ministry in particular and the government in general.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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3/16/2019 3:15:55 PM
<![CDATA[Tutankhamun’s monuments’ restoration 'largest' since tomb discovery]]>
Mahmoud recounted during her interview with TV presenter Hamdy Rezk in Sada el Balad TV channel that the restorer diagnoses the illness and develops a treatment plan.

Mahmoud added that a number of tests and analysis are carried out on the restored artefacts to know its materials in order to determine the most convenient restoration materials.

She added that the restorer draws a stereogram picture for each archaeological piece using the latest technology to restore it accurately.

Mahmoud revealed during her interview with Rezk that the wood monuments of Tutankhamun are in good state where the former restoration materials have been removed and other more modern materials were added, adding that the restoration procedures of King Tutankhamun’s monuments is the largest since the tomb was discovered in 1922.]]>
3/16/2019 12:50:58 PM
<![CDATA['Eyar Nary' to be screened at the opening of Sousse International Film Festival for Children and Youth ]]>
The movie was premiered at the second edition of El Gouna Film Festival and was screened for the first time in Egyptian cinemas on Wednesday, October 3, 2018.
“Eyar Nary” will screen at Tunisian cinemas on April,2019.

The movie revolves around a mysterious murder that connects the destinies of the protagonists and changes their beliefs about the concept of truth.

The movie stars Ahmad al-Fishawy, Ruby, Mohamed Mamdouh, Arfa Abdel Rassoul and Asmaa Aboul Yazeed, along with guest stars Ahmed Malek, Hana Shiha, Bayoumi Fouad, Ahmed Kamal and Safaa el-Toukhi.

“Eyar Nary” is written by Haitham Dabbour and directed by Karim el-Shenawy in his first feature film after many award-winning short films.

Shenawy worked as an assistant director on many feature films, including “Clash” and “Nawara”. “Eyar Nary” is produced by iProductions, in cooperation with Film Clinic.

“Eyar Nary” previously participated in the events of the Málaga Work in Progress in collaboration with the Arab Cinema Center (ACC) as part of the Málaga Film Festival, which was held in Spain from April 13 to 22.

Dabbour began his career with short movies and documentaries, with “Tahrir 2011: The Good, the Bad and the Politician” being the most famous. The documentary was split into three segments, and directors Tamer Ezzat, Ayten Amin and Amr Salama each took over one part.


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3/15/2019 3:07:23 PM
<![CDATA[Oscar nominated Lebanese movie 'Capernaum' to be screened at Egyptian cinemas on Mar.20]]>
The movie directed and written by famed Lebanese director Nadine Labaki tells the story of a rebellious child who lives in a poor area and decides to file a suit against his parents for bringing him into this cruel world.

‘’Capernaum’’ staring Zain al Rafeea, Yordanos Shiferaw, Kawsar Al Haddad among others.

Acclaimed American presenter Oprah Winfrey who is at the same time a voting member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said that "Capernaum" is a must-see movie.

"Capernaum" has previously won the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, drawing much attention to Labaki as a distinguished filmmaker.

"Capernaum" was nominated to Oscars Best Foreign Film award.
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3/15/2019 2:49:10 PM
<![CDATA[LAFF to kick off on Mar.15 at Karnak temple]]>
The opening ceremony will be attended by Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem, Luxor Governor Mostafa Alham and a number of foreign ambassdors.

The eighth edition of Luxor African Film Festival (LAFF) will honour seven prominent African cinematic figures, including two from Egypt, for significantly enriching the African cinema.

The honourees are renowned Egyptian actress Lebleba, Egyptian star Asser Yassin, veteran Burkinabé filmmaker Idrissa Ouédraogo, Chadi director Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, tBurkinabe director Fanta Régina Nacro and famed Algerian producer Dora Bouchoucha Fourati.

The eighth edition of LAFF will be held from March 10 to 21, 2019 and bears the name of Burkinabé filmmaker Idrissa Ouédraogo.

LAFF higher committee consists of LAFF Executive Director Azza al-Husseini, LAFF President Sayed Fouad, writer Yusuf al-Qaid, producer Jabi Khouri, Egyptian actress Salwa Mohamed Ali, and actor Sabry Fawaz; the committee reviews the eighth edition’s technical plan and events.

LAFF management chose veteran actor Mahmoud Hemeida to be the honorary president of the upcoming edition.

In the same context, Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem previously stressed the importance of the festival in boosting links between African countries and Egypt through cinema and culture.

The Luxor African Film Festival was founded by the Youth Artists Foundation under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Tourism, Luxor governorate and the Film Syndicate.

In its seventh edition, LAFF was held from March 16-22 under the auspices of President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi at the Temple of Deir al-Bahri in Luxor.

The festival’s opening ceremony was attended by Egyptian Minister of Culture Abdel Dayem and Luxor Governor Mohamed Badr. The famous Egyptian band Black Theama – whose music includes Nubian rhythms, reggae, hip-hop and other African styles – performed in the opening ceremony of the seventh edition.

The South Valley University and Luxor African Film Festival decided to extend the festival to be held in the university located in Qenna.

A group of stars will visit the university, including Lebleba, who will be honored by the South Valley University; Salwa Mohamed Ali; Tarek Abdel Aziz and Sabri Fouad.

Vice President of the university Mohammed Badran announced that the artistic forum in Qenna will come in conjunction with the festival’s events in Luxor.

A series of short and feature films will screen at the open theatre of the university for students of different universities participating in the artistic forum, which runs from March 16-21.

Numerous workshops and artistic symposiums will also be held by the festival’s president, Sayed Fouad, in the faculties of Tourism and Hotels, Fine Arts, Computer and Information Sciences, Alsun, Antiquities, in South Valley University in Luxor.

About Asser Yassin
From engineering classes at the American University in Cairo (AUC) and onto the university’s stage, Asser Yassin was spotted by director Khairy Beshara.

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

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

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

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

His latest work as a director has created quite the social media buzz, featuring an unconventional storyline and a rather quirky vibe. Yassin's latest movie "Turab el Mass" (Diamond Dust) achieved a huge success.
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3/15/2019 1:56:49 PM
<![CDATA[ Nesma Abdel Aziz to perform at Cairo Opera House Apr.4]]>
Abdel Aziz is considered one of the contemporary music icons, as she is the first marimba player in Egypt. She participated in numerous concerts in Cairo Opera House such as Omar Khairat concerts.

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

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

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

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3/15/2019 1:24:59 PM
<![CDATA[Emirati Singer Ahlam to perform in KSA on March 21]]>
Ahead of the concert, the Emirati singer sent a message to her audience in an attempt to motivate them to attend her concert.

In her Instagram post, Ahlam commented, "Are you ready?” The most significant response among the audience was from the Egyptian singer Angham, who replied "I'm ready".

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The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has recently hosted a lot of artistic events; a large number of concerts for Arab and international singers has been held as part of the Tantoura Winter Festival, which was organized in the province of Ola.



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3/15/2019 8:37:33 AM
<![CDATA['3 Daqat' to screen in Amakula International Film Festival]]>
The festival is set to kick off in Uganda’s Museum in Kampala. Several countries including France, America, Uganda, Tunisia, Switzerland, Cameroon, South Africa, Bulgaria, Kenya, Mozambique, Tanzania, Benin, Haiti, France, and South Sudan will be participating in the festival’s 12th edition.

The festival’s competitions are divided into four sections: short films, long films, student films and documentary films. The Best Film Award will be granted to one film in each of the four sections.

Starring Ibrahim el-Kady, Emad Yousry, Ahmed el-Rifa'i, Mohamed Rizk, Mohamed Thabet and Hassan el-Kilany, “3 Daqat” is written by Tamer Arafat and Marwa Amara and directed by Ahmed Qarmad.

The Amakula International Film Festival is Uganda’s oldest independent film festival that aims to contribute to a vibrant local film industry by broadening access to and developing audiences for quality African film production; inspiring local filmmakers to produce quality local films based on own stories; facilitating, presenting and promoting local film productions; and offering a professional networking platform for the filmmaking community in East Africa and beyond.

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3/15/2019 8:34:59 AM
<![CDATA[What you need to know about Mena Massoud]]>
Born in Egypt to Egyptian parents, and raised in Canada, Massoud worked hard to reach this opportunity.

He prepared for his Aladdin role by getting more into fitness staring from 2016. This is clear in the photos he added to his Instagram account , showing the tough training he went through at the gym to get that six pack.

“I grew up in a culturally different household, my parents saw certain things differently than other people.

I went to schools that had a significantly large Caucasian population and I feel very fortunate because I was able to compare that perspective with my family’s.

It allowed me to create a wider world view on things.

Also, though, at this point in my career, being a visible minority in this industry still affects me,’’ recounted Massoud in his interview with Defective Geeks.

Massoud participated in Amazon's Jack Ryan series, playing the role of John Krasinski. He participated as well in some successful shows like Nikita, Open Heart, and Saving Hope.

Massoud recently joined the cast of the movie ‘Strange but True,’ starring alongside with Amy Ryan, Greg Kinnear, Nick Robinson, Margaret Qualley and Connor Jessup.

"I can’t compete for roles that require me to be Caucasian or African American, even if those characters really connect with me and intrigue me," he continued.

"The competition may be less, some people would say, but the amount of work to be had is less as well. However, I think the industry is growing more and more and starting to support actors of all cultural backgrounds’’ declared Massoud in his interview with Defective Geeks.

Massoud admitted that he was inspired by the great actor Robin Williams. “He was an incredibly well-rounded actor, but I grew up on his role in ‘Mrs. Doubtfire.’’’

Massoud talked about Williams in an interview with ‘The Hudsucker.’ He explained that his admiration to Williams pushed him to shift from The University of Toronto to an arts program at Ryerson University.

Also, ‘Power Rangers’ star Naomi Scott will perform the role of Jasmine, while Will Smith is the Genie. Shooting will start on August in London.

Massoud's has starred in over 8 movies so far: What Happens Next, Americanistan, Let’s Rap, Ordinary Days, Masters in Crime, Final Exam, with Aladdin and Strange But True still in the works.

Disney has revealed the first full-length trailer for its live-action remake of Aladdin, starring Egyptian-Canadian actor Mena Massoud as Aladdin, Naomi Scott as Princess Jasmine and Will Smith as the Genie.

The teaser only got the audience more excited for “A Whole New World” based on the catchy colors, special effects and snappiness of the remake of the 1992 animated film.


The movie is announced to hit the cinemas in May.


Massoud was born in Cairo, Egypt to Egyptian Coptic Christian parents before immigrating to Canada when he was three-years-old. He was amid hundreds of actors who auditioned for the role.


Will Smith himself shared his enthusiasm for his latest role as he posted on Instagram, “LEMME OUT!! Can’t wait for y’all to see Me BLUE!”



Aladdin’s tale itself was born and characterized by a European colonial view of Asia.


Aladdin had no known source before French writer Antoine Galland stuck it into his 18th-century translation of 1001 Nights, claiming to have heard it from a Syrian storyteller.


The original story of Aladdin was set not in the Arabic world, but in China, and was gradually transformed into a Middle Eastern tale by storytellers.


Disney announced earlier that the movie includes new songs as well as re-recordings of the original songs written by Alan Menken and lyricists Howard Ashman and Tim Rice.


The trailer features snippets of the songs included in the original movie, including “Friend like me” and “A whole new world.”



Additional reporting by Mohamed Zain ]]>
3/15/2019 1:30:00 AM
<![CDATA[Mai Farouk guest of honor in Selim Sahab’s concert]]>
The ceremony marks Sahab’s return to operate concerts at the opera after a long hiatus.

Farouk expressed her deep happiness to be guest of honor of the concert that gathers a wide number of Egyptian music icons such a Mohamed el-Helw and Reham Abdel Hakim.

Farouk declared that she will perform late Umm Kulthum’s “Enta el-Hob” (You are my love), which was composed by late legendary musician Mohamed Abdel Wahab.

The ceremony is named after late Abdel Wahab and all the songs that will be performed will be from his everlasting works.
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3/14/2019 4:36:39 PM
<![CDATA[Massar Egbari to perform in Kuwait on March 19]]>
Massar Egbari is the only Egyptian band performing in the festival which is set to present a blend of different fusions of Arabic music in a series of mass concerts that will continue until April 9 at the Martyr Park in Kuwait. The Egyptian band is going to celebrate their third album with their Kuwaiti fans.

The band’s third album consists of ten songs which have been filmed as video clips; the album is considered different than the band’s two previous albums.

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Massar Egbari is an Egyptian Rock band that was officially launched in 2005 from Alexandria, Egypt. The band consists of four musicians: Ayman Massoud (Keyboards), Hani el-Dakkak (Guitar and Lead Vocal), Ahmed Hafez (Bass guitar), Tamer Attallah (Drums).

Mahmoud Siam (Guitars) joined the band in 2008.

The band presents a kind of alternative Egyptian music, mixing rock, jazz and blues with Oriental music. "Massar Egbari" means "compulsory detour", a name intended to reflect how society forces people to think and live their lives in a certain way.

The band makes fun of typical social norms and trends through their music. The band mainly concentrates on presenting music and songs talking about social problems.
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3/14/2019 3:43:16 PM
<![CDATA[Arab Theater Festival's 36th edition kicks off March 13]]>
The festival was launched with a theatrical drama play entitled "The Dream Begins with a Journey” written and directed by Mohamed Abdel Sabour. The play received high interaction from the audience, especially that it includes portrayals of the stars of the golden era, including Ismail Yassine, Shukuku, Shwikar and others.

The ceremony was presented by artist Mahmoud Hegazi and artist Mohammed Mahran. Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem, President of the Academy of Arts Ashraf Zaki and Vice President of the academy Ghada Jabara honored a number of deans of the Institute of Theatrical Arts including Abdel-Moneim Mubarak, Abdel Nasser Gemayel, Hassan Attia, Mustafa Sultan, Ahmed Sakhsoukh among others.

In addition, star Maged el Kedwany was honored as one of the graduates of the institute for the year 1995, while Ahmed Helmy did not attend the honoring.

“I am glad to be honored by the institute which witnessed the beautiful memories that brought us together,” said Kedwany.

After the honoring ceremony, Minister of Culture Abdel Dayem expressed her happiness with the success of the festival which has been held over the course of 36 years.

For his part, Zaky said after the ceremony that he is glad with the festival especially that it is honoring the deans of the institute for the first time.

After the ceremony, Mahmoud Hegazi stated that he is happy to have been invited by Zaky to participate in this important day in the life of the institute's students.



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3/14/2019 3:05:07 PM
<![CDATA['Rabie Chetwi' to screen in Sakia Short Film Festival's opening ceremony]]>
A total of 18 short films will compete for the festival’s official awards on March 13, 14.

“Rabie Chetwi” tells the story of Nour, a girl in elementary school living alone with her father. Nour hits puberty and finds it difficult to reveal that news to her father. The father cannot fathom the change that occurred in his daughter's life, which sparked tension in their relationship. Veteran actor Ahmed Kamal plays the role of the father, whereas Nour is played by Iman Mostafa.

The film has been featured in more than 237 international festivals around the world in more than 60 countries and has won 35 awards in several international film festivals.

Six Arab countries will be represented during the festival, which will honor Ragaa Hussein, Arfa Abdul Rasool and Mohsen Muhyuddin for their roles that enriched the film industry.

The festival's judging committee is headed by Samir Seif, cinematographer Mohamed Suleiman Abdul Malek and critic Marwa Abu Aish.

The final day of the festival will announce the winners of the three Golden, Silver and Bronze Sakia Awards, in addition to the Best Male Leading Role Award, Best Female Leading Role Award, and Best Director Award, among others.


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3/13/2019 3:48:50 PM
<![CDATA[Tamer Hosni to represent Egypt in the 2019 Olympics opening anthem performance]]>
The song is a motivational animated performance entitled “Right where I'm supposed to Be”; it will be performed in English, Spanish and Arabic

Hosni and Fonsi met at the Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi amidst a group of fans. The two stars sat together and talked about their future projects.

Fonsi is a Puerto Rican singer, songwriter and actor. He is known for multiple songs, including "Despacito", featuring Puerto Rican rapper Daddy Yankee.

Fonsi received his first Latin Grammy Award nomination in Record of the Year category and won Song of the Year thanks to the song "Aquí Estoy Yo". The song also won three Billboard Latin Music Awards.

"Despacito" became Fonsi's biggest success winning four Latin Grammy Awards, seven Billboard Latin Music Awards, five Billboard Music Awards and three Grammy Awards nominations. He also won one Latin American Music Award for "Échame la Culpa" with Demi Lovato.

As of 2018, he has broken six Guinness World Records and sold more than 11 million records with "Despacito".

Fonsi asked Hosni to perform with him at one of his upcoming concerts in Spain. He also praised Tamer's voice.

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3/13/2019 3:07:38 PM
<![CDATA['Mel Bedaya' amassed 20M views on YouTube ]]>CAIRO - 13 March 2019: Famed singer Mohamed Hamaki's “Mel Bedaya” (From the beginning) has amassed almost 20 million views on YouTube since it was uploaded on Hamaki’s official YouTube channel on January 24.


The song is written by Amir Teima, composed by Amr Mostafa, and distributed by Nader Hamdy. “Mel Bedaya” is among the songs of Hamaki’s new album "Kol Yom Men Dah".

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Hamaki took a bold step in his new album as he presented 20 songs and collaborated with many poets including Ayman Bahgat Kamar, Khaled Tag el-Din, Amir Teima, among others.

Hamaki also collaborated with the composers Amr Mostafa, Mohamed Yahya and distributor Nader Hamdy.




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3/13/2019 2:43:02 PM
<![CDATA[Khalil, Lannotta to perform at Cairo, Alexandria opera houses]]>
The first will take place at Cairo Opera House on March 14, and the second will be held at Alexandria Opera House on March 15.

Considered a remarkable jazz pioneer, Khalil is known for combining jazz tunes with oriental rhythms, attracting many music-loving youth with his significant fusion.

When he was 14 years old, Khalil founded the Cairo Jazz Quartet, the first jazz band in Egypt. The jazz legend shared the stage with a big number of famous rock, country and blues bands.

He participated in joint performances with Rasputin’s Stash, and performed with jazz music icons such as Oliver Jones and Dizzy Gillespie.

Khalil performed with Gillespie at the opening of the Cairo Opera House in 1989.

He cooperated with a number of Egyptian singers, such as Mohamed Mounir, and currently presents jazz music on a state-owned Egyptian channel.

Despite his artistic achievements in the jazz world at a young age, Khalil was eager to learn more about this kind of music by being closer to experts in different regions across the world.

Through witnessing two extremely different music schools, eastern and western, Khalil returned back to his country to establish music platforms to perform his distinctive fusion music.



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3/13/2019 1:41:59 PM
<![CDATA[Inas Abdel Dayem honours ‘Al-Tok Wal Aswera’ cast]]>
The honouring ceremony took place on Monday, March 11 on the National Theatre.

Abdel Dayem also granted the play's cast the Ministry of Culture’s shields of honour.

The play, directed by Egyptian theatrical director Nasser Abdel Moneim, previously won the Best Theatrical Directing award in the first edition of Cairo International Festival of Contemporary and Experimental Theatre in 1999. The show was the production of the Theatre Art House.

“Al-Tok Wal Aswera” revolves around a family that resides in a village somewhere in Upper Egypt and suffers from extreme poverty.

The family eventually turns to myths and magic to improve their living situation. This is a common thing in that part of the country and the reason is lack of education.

The show, starring Fatma Mohamed, Mahmoud el-Zayat, Martina Adel, Mohamed Hassib, Sara Adel, and Eman Hussein, is written by Yehya Taher Abdullah.


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3/13/2019 1:38:55 PM
<![CDATA[Grammy Award–winning Vikku Vinayakram to perform in Cairo, Alex, Portsaid]]>
Vinayakram will perform three concerts on Tuesday, March 12 in Alexandria; on Friday, March 15 in Port Said and on Saturday, March 16 in Cairo.

The renowned Indian percussionist will perform in Egypt along with his project dubbed 3G, or Three Generations of Percussions "Vikku, Vinayakram and Selvaganesh".

The troupe houses three generations of musicians who are Vinayakram's two sons Selvaganesh and Umashankar, and his grandson Swaminathan

The Embassy of India in Egypt, in collaboration with Teamwork Arts, presents the seventh edition of India by the Nile Festival (IBN).

IBN is a celebration of the essence of India through classical and contemporary performances and visual arts, food and popular culture.

This annual cultural festival, supported by TCI Sanmar, kicked off on March 5 and will run until March 17 in Cairo, Alexandria and Port Said.

“India by the Nile encapsulates India’s animated cultural matrix like no other international festival in Egypt. Over the past 7 years, the festival has received immense appreciation from audiences in Egypt," India's Ambassador to Egypt Rahul Kulshreshth previously said.

IBN, the biggest international festival in Egypt, provides audiences a keen flavour of India’s spirited aesthetic traditions while strengthening artistic collaborations and bilateral ties between the two countries.

"It is indeed due to their love for India that IBN is billed as one of the biggest foreign cultural festivals in Egypt. We are proud to present the seventh edition of IBN and, as before, bring the vibrant, colourful and diverse facets of India’s artistic traditions in celebration of the historical and civilizational bonds between our peoples. This year the festival is slated to be even wider in its grasp and canvas of activities," Kulshreshth added.
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3/13/2019 1:36:37 PM
<![CDATA[Ahmed Helmy, Maged el-Kedwany to be honored in Arab Theater Festival ]]>
The festival's 37th edition carries the slogan "Believe your dream”; the festival will kick off on March 12 at 7 p.m. in Ali Fahmy Theater at the Higher Institute of Theatrical Arts and will run until March 25.

The opening ceremony includes an orchestra performance led by Maestro Ahmed el-Henawy, followed by the honoring of former directors of the institute, including Galal el-Sharkawy, Fawzy Fahmi, Samir Ahmed, Galal Hafez, playwright Ahmed Sakhsouk, Hassan Attia, Abdel Nasser el-Gemayel and Abdel Moneim Mubarak, along with Marwa Abdel Moneim and Khaled Hassouna.

A group of stars will also be honored during the opening ceremony, including mega stars Ahmed Helmy and Maged el-Kedwany.




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3/13/2019 1:31:17 PM
<![CDATA[Julia Varley, guest of honor in Sharm el-Sheikh Youth Theater Festival]]>
The festival will be held from April 1-7.

Gharabawy clarified that Varley will present an applied lecture inspired by her work on dramaturgy, and will meet with Egyptian, Arab and international actors/actresses.

The lecture aims to teach Varley’s style of acting through motion, presence, incarnation and coloring; a method that enables the actors/actresses to deal with their role independently and combine their personal perspective.

This contribution represents an important aspect of the festival's activities in that it offers a distinguished and critical perspective on the status of the actor/actress while performing.

“Julia Varley is one of the pillars of the Danish Odin Teatret founded by Eugenio Barba more than 50 years ago,” said the festival's general coordinator Noura Amin said.

“She is an actress, director and writer who has been working as an acting coach for many years. She has developed her own method of acting and worked with female actresses and performers to establish a special perspective that supports women working in theater around the world,” continued Amin.

Julia Varley was born in 1954 in London and joined Odin Teatret in 1976. Apart from acting, she is active in directing, teaching, organizing and writing. At the age of three she moved to Milan, Italy, where she did her schooling, and studied philosophy at Milan University.

Before joining Odin Teatret she worked in Milan with Teatro del Drago, Centro Sociale Santa Marta and Circolo La Comune, and earned her living from being an assistant film producer.

With Odin Teatret, Varley teaches in schools and universities and has gathered her experience in four work demonstrations: The Echo of Silence; The Dead Brother; Text; Action, Relations and The Flying Carpet.

Since 1990, she has been involved in the conception and organization of ISTA (International School of Theatre Anthropology) and of the University of Eurasian Theatre, both directed by Eugenio Barba.

Since its beginning in 1986, she has been active in The Magdalena Project, a network of women in contemporary theatre. She is also the artistic director of Transit International Festival, Holstebro, and editor at The Open Page, a journal devoted to women's work in theatre.

In the framework of The Magdalena Project, Julia also takes part in the collaborative project "Women with Big Eyes" which has been performed in Denmark and Cuba.
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3/13/2019 1:28:36 PM
<![CDATA[Saudi Sharqiah cultural events to kick off March 14]]>CAIRO – 13 March 2019: Intellectuals, authors and artists will take part tomorrow at Saudi Arabia's Sharqiah Culture and Potentials Exhibition in Al-Jubail Industrial City.


Saudi Arabia’s General Authority for Culture (GAC) will participate in various events within the cultural exhibition, taking place between March 14 and 30, the Saudi Arabia Press Agency (SPA) reported on Wednesday.


An interactive multimedia exhibition will run at the King Abdul Aziz Center for World Culture, in Dhahran, with more than 2,000 paintings by Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh.


At Alkhobar Waterfront, a cultural village will be set up for nine consecutive days showcasing every region of the Kingdom and using advanced display systems to merge Saudi heritage with modern-day culture, according to Arab News.


Moreover, hundreds of Saudi artists will take part in a major exhibition in Al-Jubail Industrial City until March 26, which is being organized in collaboration with the Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu.


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3/13/2019 12:46:58 PM
<![CDATA[New 'Aladdin' remake trailer features 'A Whole New World']]>CAIRO – 13 March 2019: Disney has revealed the first full-length trailer for its live-action remake of Aladdin, starring Egyptian-Canadian actor Mena Massoud as Aladdin, Naomi Scott as Princess Jasmine and Will Smith as the Genie.


The teaser only got the audience more excited for “A Whole New World” based on the catchy colors, special effects and snappiness of the remake of the 1992 animated film.



The movie is announced to hit the cinemas in May.


Massoud was born in Cairo, Egypt to Egyptian Coptic Christian parents before immigrating to Canada when he was three-years-old. He was amid hundreds of actors who auditioned for the role.


Will Smith himself shared his enthusiasm for his latest role as he posted on Instagram, “LEMME OUT!! Can’t wait for y’all to see Me BLUE!”



Aladdin’s tale itself was born and characterized by a European colonial view of Asia.


Aladdin had no known source before French writer Antoine Galland stuck it into his 18th-century translation of 1001 Nights, claiming to have heard it from a Syrian storyteller.


The original story of Aladdin was set not in the Arabic world, but in China, and was gradually transformed into a Middle Eastern tale by storytellers.


Disney announced earlier that the movie includes new songs as well as re-recordings of the original songs written by Alan Menken and lyricists Howard Ashman and Tim Rice.


The trailer features snippets of the songs included in the original movie, including “Friend like me” and “A whole new world.”


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3/13/2019 12:20:47 PM
<![CDATA[Sherine to perform at Spring of Culture on Mar.14]]>
Abdel Wahab is an Egyptian singer, actress, TV host and a former judge on MBC's “The Voice” talent show. She is considered one of the most prominent female artists locally and in the Pan-Arab region.

Abdel Wahab was born in 1980 and 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 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 “Batamenak” (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.

Abdel Wahab released her latest album “Nasai” (Forgetful) on October 8, which marks her birthday.
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3/13/2019 11:28:21 AM
<![CDATA[Mazen el-Gharabawy convenes with Kuwaiti official ]]>
The meeting took place before signing a protocol of cooperation and theatrical partnership during the fourth session of the festival, which is set to run from April 1-4.

This comes on the sidelines of Gharabawy's participation in the Theater Days Festival for Youth as a jury member. The meeting was attended by the president of the festival Abdulla Abdul Rasoul, who will be a guest of the fourth session of the Sharm El-Sheikh International Theater Festival for Youth.

Sharm El-Sheikh International Theatre Festival for Youth is the first international theatrical competition to be held in Sinai. The festival's fourth edition represents a celebration that revives the touristic, cultural and artistic aspects of South Sinai.

The honorary president of the fourth session of Sharm El-Sheikh International Theater Festival for Youth is veteran actress Samiha Ayoub, whereas veteran actor Mohamed Sobhy heads the judging committee.

The festival will be held under the patronage of Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem, Minister of Youth and Sports Ashraf Sobhy and South Sinai Governor Khaled Fouda. ]]>
3/12/2019 2:35:07 PM
<![CDATA['Afrah Iblis' P II broadcasted on OSN]]>
The series revolves around a business named Hammam, originating from Upper Egypt’s tribes. Hammam’s wife, Gamalat, sympathetically decided to bring in a maid to serve her and her man.

Eventually, Hamam falls in love with the maid, and rigorously tries to control Egypt’s underground metal business by seeking to reach connected individuals.

The series is starring Gamal Suleiman, Mahmoud Abdel Moghny, Sabreen, Rana Samaha, Inas Ezzedien, Gamal Abdel Nasser, Afaf Rashad, Nadia Rashad, and Diaa el-Mirghany among others.

The screenplay is written by Magdy Saber and directed by Ahmed Amin.


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3/11/2019 3:45:02 PM
<![CDATA[Red Hot Chili Peppers to perform for 1st time in Egypt on Mar. 15]]>
“Before visiting a new place my body tingles with excitement, a yearning for a new mystery to unfold, a fascination with a new culture, the possibility of new friends, tasting new food, smelling new scents, absorbing new rhythms.

Learning. Learning. Learning. It is happening again right now, my heart is abuzz with joy at the prospect of performing in Egypt. I’m so grateful and humbled for the impending experience,” said Michael Peter Balzary, known professionally as Flea.

Balzary is an Australian-American musician, singer, actor and the bassist and founding member of the rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers



Red Hot Chili Peppers is an American rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1983. The group's musical style primarily consists of rock with an emphasis on funk, as well as elements from other genres such as punk rock and psychedelic rock.

When played live, their music incorporates elements of jam band due to the improvised nature of many of their performances.

Currently, the band consists of founding members; vocalist Anthony Kiedis, bassist Flea, drummer Chad Smith, and former touring guitarist Josh Klinghoffer.

Red Hot Chili Peppers is one of the best-selling bands of all time with over 80 million records sold worldwide; they have been nominated for sixteen Grammy Awards, of which they have won six, and are the most successful band in alternative rock radio history, currently holding the records for most number-one singles.
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3/11/2019 3:17:12 PM
<![CDATA[Ramadan and Synergy cooperate in ‘’Kamar’ song]]>CAIRO – 11 March 2019: Egyptian mega star Mohamed Ramadan posted on his Instagram account a photo from his upcoming video clip "Kamar" (Moon) revealing that it will be released soon.

The video clip is produced by Synergy and directed by Yasser Samy, according to Ramadan. Synergy is a leading production company headed by famed Egyptian producer and head of the Egyptian Media Group Tamer Mursi.

Ramadan will perform his first concert on March 29. The famed Egyptian actor previously promised his fans to hold a live concert.

He is expected to sing his famous songs "Number One", "Ana el-Malek" (I Am the King) and "Mafia". Additionally, Ramadan will sing his new song "Virus" for the first time in the concert.

Ramadan received the award of the greatest talent nationwide three consecutive times.
He started his career with small roles in TV series like “The Cindrella" until he had his big chance in Yousry Nasrallah's “Ehky Ya Sharazad” (Tell me, Shahrazad).

He then became the star of movies produced by famous Egyptian producer Ahmed el-Sobky, which made him one of the most famous actors in the Middle East.

Mohamed Ramadan is perhaps the only Egyptian actor to have been praised by internationally acclaimed late actor Omar Sharif, who stated that he had chosen the young actor to perpetuate his acting career.

Ramadan previously celebrated as four of his songs were among the top Egyptian music videos for 2018 in terms of viewership on YouTube.

“Mafia”, the latest song for Ramadan, has taken all social media platforms by storm, and was the most searched on Google, making it the trend of the first days of 2019.

The clip achieved millions of views a few hours after its launch on Ramadan’s official YouTube channel. Ramadan received appraisal from his fans on the clip, which he presented in a distinctive way.

Ramadan is currently shooting his upcoming Ramadan series “Zilzal” (Earthquake). The series is produced by Synergy Productions.

"Zilzal" is written by Abdel Raouf Kamal and directed by Ibrhaim Fakhr. Actress Hala Shiha will co-star with Ramadan after years of hiatus.

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3/11/2019 3:01:08 PM
<![CDATA[Bibliotheca Alexandrina book fair to kick off March 25]]>CAIRO - 11 March 2019: Director of Bibliotheca Alexandrina Mustafa el-Feky stated that the library is currently preparing to hold the BA exhibition's 25th edition from March 25 - April 7.

Feky affirmed that the library will organize a special lecture presented by former Minister of Culture Farouk Hosni in addition to several seminars and cultural activities.

The director of the BA clarified that participation in the book fair is exclusive for publishers, members of the Publishers' Union, representatives of countries, institutions and public entities, as well as international institutions.

A large number of local, Arab and European publishing institutions are expected to participate this year.

For his part, Director of Exhibitions at the General Egyptian Book Organization (GEBO), Islam Bayoumi, explained that the GEBO is preparing the BA book fair's 25th edition in coordination with the Bibliotheca Alexandrina to promote cultural cooperation.

Bayoumi further explained that the exhibition will be held on the land of Goethe. The participation of Egyptian publishers and different sectors of the Ministry of Culture is highly expected.
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3/11/2019 2:55:12 PM
<![CDATA[Tamer Hosny to perform at Abu Dhabi Olympics’ opening ceremony]]>
Hosny will perform alongside renowned Syrian singer Assala and Emirati star Hussein al- Jasmi.

Hosny revealed to Egypt Today that he is proud to represent Egypt in such important event which is considered the most important Arab event in the current period.

Hosny's “Naseny Laih” amassed almost 20 million views on his official YouTube channel in less than two weeks.

“NasenyLaih” is written by Tamer Hussain, distributed by Tamer Ali and Wesam Abdel Moneim. Hosny chose the idea of the song’s video clip which is directed by Said al-Marouk.

Hosny's most recent album is "Aish Beshouak"; the album has achieved great success.
Hosny announced that he will release his upcoming movie "Kol Sana W Enta Tayeb" during Eid El-Fitr season.

The movie stars Zeina, Khaled el-Sawy, Aicha Ben Ahmed, Ahmed Fathy and Mohamed Sarwat. "Kol Sana W EntaTayeb" is written by Mohamed Abdel Maty and directed by Said el-Marouk.

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 exceeded LE 50 million. In the movie, he plays 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 announced that “El-Badla” achieved the highest revenues in the history of Egyptian cinema.

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 whom 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 hand print and footprint permanently engraved on the Forecourt of the Stars at Hollywood's iconic Chinese Theatre in August 2017.

Hosny’s song "Eish Beshoqak" amassed millions of views 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.



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3/11/2019 2:51:25 PM
<![CDATA[Zaki calls on government to glorify national heroes]]>
“Since Raafat el-Hagan series, no dramatic works have been presented to glorify our national heroes. Today, we have many heroes to glorify and we should do so to present them as idols to our youth,” stated Zaki on “El-Hayat el-Youm” program aired on Al-Hayat channel.

Zaki praised the activities of the 30th educational seminar of the Armed Forces in which he attended, stating “While I was attending the seminar, I was deeply touched by the families of the martyrs; they made me and other attendees cry.”

In addition, Zaki expressed his respect and great appreciation of the Armed Forces and police. "I am proud of these heroes who sacrifice their lives for Egypt," he said.

On March 9 of every year, Egypt’s government celebrates the Martyr's Day to commemorate the martyrdom of late Major General of the Egyptian army, Abdel Moneim Riad.

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3/11/2019 2:47:52 PM
<![CDATA[Detention of Mona Farouk, Shaimaa al-Haj extended ]]>
Egyptian security forces arrested Egyptian actresses Mona Farouk and Shaimaa al-Haj on charges of committing a flagrant act after featuring in porn videos.

Both actresses claimed that Egyptian director Khaled Youssef shot these videos for them in 2015 in his apartment in El-Mohandessin district.

Farouk and Haj said that Youssef married both of them and that they obeyed all his demands to help them in their artistic career and give them roles.

Youssef is in Paris now visiting his wife and daughter who reside there; he said on his Instagram account that he didn’t escape as people say and that he travelled to Paris before the police arrested Farouk and Haj, adding that he will explain everything to the public very soon.

The Egyptian director is known for his strong contributions to the cinematic scene, tackling various societal topics such as rape, political corruption, and homosexuality.
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3/11/2019 2:13:20 PM
<![CDATA[Cairo Opera House to host Egyptian-Finnish Musical Bridge ]]>
The event is held in cooperation with the Finnish Embassy in Cairo and the external cultural relations sector from March 12-21. The Cairo Opera House group will be performing as part of the event.

The event will be attended by numerous Egyptian and Finnish artists and includes a number of workshops and lectures, as well as three concerts; the first concert will be held on the Grand Theater on March 17 at 7 p.m. and includes a selection of famous classical compositions.

The second concert will be held on the Small Theater on March 20 at 8 p.m. and includes a selection of distinguished compositions. The third concert is set to be held on March 21 and will present a selection of world famous opera compositions.

The lobby of the Grand Theater will host a photo exhibition entitled "The Spirit of the Forest", which depicts scenes of nature in Finland.

The Egyptian-Finnish musical bridge is considered a cultural cooperation between the two countries. It began with famous Finnish pianist and conductor Ralf Gothoni's idea, which was welcomed by the Egyptian Opera House to extend this distinctive bridge as an important station for young singers and talented Egyptian musicians to gain international recognition.

This cultural cooperation between the two nations has succeeded in uniting talented Egyptian musicians and international orchestras during workshops and classes led by musical pioneers, resulting in the selection of talented young musicians to pursue their musical studies at the Savonlinnan Academy in Finland.

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3/11/2019 12:33:53 PM
<![CDATA[Strong Egyptian participation in Málaga Film Festival]]>
Also, "Noom El-Deek" by Egyptian-American director Seif Abdalla was selected to participate in the Málaga Work In Progress event. Malaga Film Festival will run from March 15-24.

"Montreal Girls" is Patricia Chica's feature debut after directing 20 shorts. Her shorts have been warmly received by audiences and won her over 25 awards and five nominations from international film festivals.

"Montreal Girls" tells the story of an exciting new world that opens up for Egyptian student Basil when he meets two women who shatter his perceptions and reveal his destiny to him. "Montreal Girls" stars rising Egyptian actor Ahmed Malek.

Egyptian American filmmaker Seif Abdalla studied film at the Los Angeles Film School. He made many experimental short films that got him recognition in the festival circuit and won awards, including "Norhan", which was selected for the Short Film Corner at the Cannes Film Festival 2016. "Noom El-Deek" is his debut feature documentary.

"Noom El-Deek" is a Sudanese phrase which roughly translates to "the roosters sleep on a rope", but it carries a different meaning; a person who tries to sleep standing, trapped between a state of slumber and wakefulness, one who is stuck in limbo; such is the reality of Sudanese refugees living in Cairo.

The winning film project of the MAFF - Málaga Film Festival Fund & Co-production Event will have the opportunity to connect with the international funding institutions attending the festival and producers from Spain and other European countries, while the Málaga Work In Progress focuses on financing film production, facilitating its completion and international distribution.

Through its website, the Arab Cinema Center had announced call for submissions to Arab film projects for participating in Málaga Film Festival Fund & Co-production Event and Málaga Work In Progress.

This comes in light of an agreement between the Arab Cinema Center and the Málaga Film Festival that acknowledges the selection of Arab film projects to participate in the festival's activities.

Under this agreement, the Málaga Film Festival covers the accommodation and accreditation for the producers or directors of the film projects taking part in both the co-production fund event and the workshop.
This is the first initiative dedicated to the Arab film industry in the history of the Málaga Film Festival.

The Málaga Film Festival was launched in 1998. Through its previous editions, the festival helped in supporting and boosting Spanish films on both national and international levels, along with promoting the Spanish city of Málaga as a cultural city open to different cultures. The Málaga Film Festival aims to promote film culture and reach audiences from all over the world.

This initiative comes as part of the ACC's strategy of promoting the Arab film industry internationally and supporting Arab filmmakers.
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3/11/2019 10:58:26 AM
<![CDATA['Khayal Ma’ata' reunites Ahmed Helmy, Menna Shalaby]]>
The first scenes of the social comedy starring Khalid al-Sawy, Bayoumi Fouad and Lotfi Labib will be filmed next week.

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

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

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

It is worth mentioning that Helmy's latest film, "Laf we Dawaran" (Turning in circles), which starred Donia Samir Ghanem, Jamila Awad, Sabreen and Inaam Salousa, achieved great success at the time of its release. “Laf we Dawaran” is directed by Khaled Marei.




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3/11/2019 10:44:06 AM
<![CDATA[Ahmed Magdy’s movie screens at Cinema Akil]]>
''The Giraffe'' has been selected to screen at the third edition of Aswan International Women Film Festival that was held on February 20-26.

The fiction film competed in the Critic Week Competition. The film tells the story of Ahmed, a young Egyptian man who is lost and depleted of faith.

One night he finds himself saving a girl he does not know by getting her enough money to have an abortion.

Ahmed gets swallowed into the madness of the city and gets involved with an eccentric group of young people led by an enigmatic girl who is trying to uncover the mystery behind the giraffe hidden at the zoo.

"The Giraffe" premiered at the 40th Cairo International Film Festival, which was followed by its first international participation at the 17th Marrakech International Film Festival.

Written and directed by Ahmed Magdy, "The Giraffe" stars Amr Hosny, Shaza Moharam, Haydi Koussa, Salma Hassan, Rasha Magdy, Mohammed el-Badawy, and Osama Gawish.

The film is co-produced by Garage Art Production, Utaco Digital Film and Fig Leaf Studio. It was awarded the AFAC Production Grant and the SANAD Development Grant from the Abu Dhabi Film Festival.
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3/10/2019 2:07:23 PM
<![CDATA[Video: Somaya el-Khashab releases 'Btstaawa']]>
The song's video clip is directed by Gamil el-Moghazy, who chose numerous young performers to act alongside Khashab.

Btstaawa

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Recently, the famed actress has visited the National Council for Women, where she was widely welcomed by the president of the council and its members, who encouraged the idea of combating violence against women, opposed by the council in many of its campaigns.

The song’s music and lyrics were admired by the president of the National Council for Women and its members.
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3/10/2019 2:02:16 PM
<![CDATA[Geel, Hany Shaker cooperate in 'Shabahek Awi']]>CAIRO - 10 March 2019: Singer and poet Naser el-Geel will collaborate in a new song with prominent singer Hany Shaker. The song is entitled “Shabahek Awi” (We are alike). “Shabahek Awi” is composed by Mohamed Dia’a and distributed by Bassem Moneir.

Furthermore, Geel is set to collaborate with prominent Syrian singer Asala in a new song entitled “Haga Matkhosaksh” (It's none of your business). The song will be part of Asala’s new album. “Haga Matkhosaksh” is composed by Adam Hussein and distributed by Bassem Moneir. The song is the second cooperation between the poet and Asala after their first song “So’al Baseet” (Simple question) which achieved great success.

It is worth noting that Geel is one of the most influential poets in Egypt and the Arab World. The famed poet has cooperated with numerous stars in the region, including Ragheb Alama, Assi el-Hallani, Hany Shaker, Asala and Mostafa Hagag.


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3/10/2019 1:58:03 PM
<![CDATA[ET celebrates the birthday of the Egyptian diva Yousra]]>
She is one of the most prominent actresses not only in Egypt but in the Arab region as well.Egypt Today commemorates the birthday of the Egyptian diva.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In honor of her rich artistic career, one of El-Gouna city streets was named after the Egyptian superstar Yousra.
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3/10/2019 1:27:59 PM
<![CDATA[Exclusive: Nagy Shaker's wife reveals all secrets]]>
Before Shaker's farewell

A week before his death, Vera was taking care of him; she wanted to make his last days easier because she wanted to feel that she did everything she could. "I saw this sparkle in his eyes looking at me saying 'Vera, you are beautiful.' His eyes never lie."
Until the last moment Nagy was fighting, working, and taking care of his students at the Faculty of Fine Art. Shaker was unable to live outside Egypt; the maximum time he spent abroad was 21 days.

A love story

"I fell in love with him because he was so kind and a real gentle man; I felt his love. I did not fall in love with his art; I did not know that he was an artist in the beginning. I never looked at him as an artist as I always prefered not to interfere in his art. I looked at him as a lover."

Shaker was against marriage because he believed that he could fall in love several times not just once. Then Vera told him "Shaker, you cannot judge marriage before you try it. He answered "It's ok. We can try it for 5 years. Then after celebrating their fifth anniversary, he asked Vera what they were going to do. She told him to leave it as it is and they spent 42 years together. "So, you can imagine how difficult it is for me to suddenly find myself alone, although I knew the end would come," Vera Said.

"After he passed away, I went to my country, Montenegro, and then came back. The moment I arrived at the airport and realized he is not around and nobody was waiting for me, I got into such a crisis, my blood pressure went 200 and I lost consciousness. I was sent to the hospital and felt that I do not want to live because I felt like I didn't have a purpose in life now that he is gone. Thus, my doctor put me on anti-depressants.

In April, I will travel to my country. I think it will be better because here everything reminds me of him. He passed away 6 months ago; a short period of time that you cannot compare to 42 years. I know this is life but I was happy for 42 years; how many women in the world could find such a man who loves her so much."

Shaker's relationship with his students

Lagator noted that every semester she used to see Shaker's face shine. He used to push all his talented students toward success, following their steps. Today, his students are in the media flourishing day after day; they include Hend Haidar who is the interior designer of a set of booming movies such as "Clash", "Asmaa", "Nawara", "Sheikh Jakson" as well as interior designer and director Hossam Ali and cartoonist and children's illustrator Walid Taher.

Setting part of his house as a gallery

Rihana is Lagator's favorite puppet as it somehow reflects Shaker's spirit. She revealed that she is going to set part of their house as an exhibition to his unique paintings, portraits and puppets, "I will try to put some of his works at some cultural institutions to be shown for the public."

Shaker's early childhood

Shaker was marvelous and spiritual. When he was a child, he used to paint so his mother sent him to an Italian painter who used to draw portraits for King Farouk. Shaker drew lots of impressive portraits at the age of 11. His mother was first shocked and said, "Nagy, this is a vice" but he replied spontaneously, "Mama, this is art." After that he joined the Faculty of Fine Arts, and during his last year, he had to make a graduation project; that is when he first invented Egyptian puppets in 1961.

After his death

"He knew that he is about to leave and told me, 'Look Vera, I do not want you to be sad or upset,' so when I feel depressed, I feel certain that Nagy will not be happy and I want to make him happy and relieved even after his death. I speak to him daily to remind him of his medicine and his appointments. He does not exist but he replies."
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3/10/2019 12:01:23 PM
<![CDATA['Simpsons' producer pulls episode featuring Michael Jackson]]>
“It feels clearly the only choice to make,” James L. Brooks was quoted as telling the Wall Street Journal.

The long-running cartoon show featured Jackson in 1991, during its third series, in a episode called “Stark Raving Dad”. He voiced a character in a psychiatric ward who believed he was the pop star.

Media representatives for “The Simpsons” were not immediately available for further comment.

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

It prompted a mixture of horror and disbelief when it ran on U.S. cable channel HBO on Sunday and Monday. Some radio stations in Canada and the Netherlands stopped playing Jackson’s music.



Jackson’s family called the documentary and news coverage of the accusations a “public lynching” and said he was “100 percent innocent.” His estate filed a lawsuit against HBO in February, saying the program breached an agreement that the cable channel would not disparage Jackson.

The “Thriller” singer, who died in 2009, was acquitted in 2005 of charges of molesting a 13-year-old boy, unrelated to the documentary, at his Neverland ranch in California. In 1994, he settled a sexual abuse lawsuit concerning another 13-year-old boy.
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3/9/2019 1:10:48 PM
<![CDATA['Roma' actress brings star power to support of domestic workers]]>
The Mexican actress got a standing ovation as she joined an International Women’s Day discussion in Geneva on the position of women who earn on average about 20 percent less than men for work of equal value around the world, according to the U.N.’s International Labour Organization (ILO).

“My mother is a domestic worker, I know many domestic workers, so I did have a concept of how that work shapes up, how that person participates in the family,” Aparicio told the audience.

In the Netflix film she plays a maid named Cleo struggling with her own problems as she looks after a middle-class family deserted by their father. It won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, two Oscars and the British Academy award, or BAFTA, for best film.

Now 25, Aparicio, the first indigenous woman to be nominated for a best actress Oscar, had completed teacher training when cast in director Alfonso Cuaron’s autobiographical film named after the Mexico City neighborhood where he grew up.

“My passion has always been to educate people, to teach them,” Aparicio said.

“Throughout my career people have told me I haven’t stopped teaching, I opted for acting but constantly try to teach the community.

“It is possible to demonstrate that one can achieve many things though society might say no. If you are a woman and are told ‘no’, try again ... continue insisting because at some point in time you will be a success,” she said.

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3/9/2019 1:06:50 PM
<![CDATA[Lebanese young artist boosts Arab women empowerment through art ]]>
Atik explained that she produced these pictures to boost Arab women empowerment.


Atik’s pictures illustrate issues related to women such as liberty, beauty and sexuality in male dominated societies.

The 27 years old artist said that the idea of the project came to her after her younger sister Maria was subjected to criticism from their mother.

“She has a big nose and my mum always made fun of her saying ‘when are you going to do an operation for your nose?’, ‘your nose is not nice for a girl, I decided to do a drawing for my sister to show her that her nose is beautiful and she doesn’t have to listen to mum. And this worked, she did not do an operation for her nose” Atik said to Reuters.

Each of Atik’s pictures comprises a sketch, along with a comment in Arabic.

“I hadn’t at all expected people to share them that much, and women have started to send me things they hear from their families and societies around them. Women from Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia... were touched by the illustrations I did, so that was something really nice,” she said to Reuters.

Every year the young Lebanese artist celebrates International Women’s Day on March 8 by partying with friends.
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3/8/2019 4:26:58 PM
<![CDATA[How cinema, drama portrayed women in 40 years]]>
On the other hand, some movies and TV series recognize the role that the media should play in positively influencing people.

Acknowledging that media is meant to make us think, broaden our horizons and help us fight wrong ideas about gender and other controversial topics, some remarkable movies and series in the history of Egyptian media have focused on women in leading roles and inspired females as a way to face social challenges and reassure the right of every girl to pursue her dream and live the life she wants.

A number of movies and series played a significant role in portraying the vital role women play in the society, addressed women societal problems, offered solutions and even change mind sets.

No one of course could live in all eras and knows what happened before he was born, but just watching a movie in a certain era may give you a glimpse of what happened in this period.

On the occasion of International Women Day, Egypt Today will take you in a tour inside the immortal life archive labelled Egyptian cinema and drama to see how women in Egypt have changed, and how drama reflected that change.

1- 678 movie

Director Mohamed Diab released his movie 678 ( known internationally as Cairo 678) one month before the January 25 revolution. 678 revolves around the problem of sexual harassment in Arab societies, through 678 bus that witnessed sexual harassment accidents to several women.

The film tackled this world wide phenomena through highlighting the life of three women of different social classes, that have nothing in common except that they all got publicly harassed. The first is Sebaa high class jewellery designer who gets harassed in a stadium while watching a match.

Her husband couldn’t accept that he failed to protect her so she decided to get a divorce and to establish an organization aiming to stand against harassment and teach women how to protect themselves from this painful phenomena.

The second is a middle class standup comedian and call center employee named Nelly who was subjected to physical sexual harassment when a truck driver grabs her and pulls her through the street.

Her family as most of the Egyptian conservative families tried to prevent her from filing a report for harassment in order not to infamous her reputation but Nelly decided not to be afraid of speaking up, and she filed a court case for being sexually harassed, unlike the acknowledged norm of keeping silent.

The third is Fayza (Bushra), a low class government employee who was subjected to sexual harassment almost on a daily basis in 678 bus. Fayza joined Saba’s association who advised her to use a pin and stab any harasser.

The three women provided a scream of millions of Egyptian girls who were subjected to sexual harassment, establishing the fact that harassment is not limited to a particular social class. The film was adapted based on real stories of women who suffered sexual harassment.



The movie was an alarm to many men and women who think that sexual harassment is not as prevalent as it really is. Cairo 678 was described by the New York Times as an unmistakably harbinger of the revolution.

The famous Brazilian novelist Paulo Coelho tweeted about the film calling it brilliant, saying it should be mandatory for men, regardless of their religion or culture, to watch.

2- Fatat el-Masnaa(Factory Girl)

Late renowneddirector Mohamed Khan has previously createdimmortal features about Egyptian women facing many social challenges Fatat el-Masnaa is one of them.

The movie follows a year in the life of Hayam, a young woman working in one of Cairo’s textile factories. Searching for an escape from her dominating stepfather, Hayam dreams of tying the knot with the handsome factory supervisor Salah who grabbed her attention and starts to be more intimate.

But when a positive pregnancy test is discovered in the factory’s garbage, her coworkers and family assume that Hayam is a fallen woman. Her decision not to defend herself costs her dearly, as society refuses to accept independent women.

The film deals with many women by trying to make a very clear image of Egyptian women in general. So we saw a number of female characters in different age groups and degrees of kinship, such as the grandmother, the mother and the aunt.”

Khan dedicated Fatat el-Masnaato the spirit of late cinematic icon Cinderella SoadHosny and used many of Hosny’s songs and radio interviews as a backdrop for Hayam’s poignant story. The movie staring Yasmine Rais, Hany Adel among others.

3- Segn Al-Nesa
Segn Al-Nesais a series that achieved a booming success basedon real stories of prisoners and wardresses.
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The series heroine Ghalia performed by Nelly Karim was forced after the death of her mother who was a wardress at the Qanater Prison for Women to follow her footsteps to preserve the state-sponsored apartment in the wardress' neighbourhood.
In this female dominated series we found a group of women who were forced by their circumstances sometimes like Dalal and Zenat to work as prostitutes, or they walked in the crime path based on their choice like the drug dealer Aziza.

This women prison houses also high society women such as a businesswoman who was imprisoned to save her son, as if this prison was a miniature copy of women who are divided into two sections: either criminals or victims who society pushed them to commit their crimes.

Ghalia’s husband Saberrepresents numerous men in Egyptian society, where a notable percentage of household breadwinners are now women.

Dalal, played by Dorra, presents a clear example of the consequences of society’s refusal to woman’s repentance.

She is a beautiful young who joins her aunt and cousins into indirect prostitution as she does not engage in sexual activities, she just goes to bars and night clubs with her cousin's clients. When she decidedto quit this world and get married,she ends up in jail.

When she vows to leave prison and decided to start a new clean life she was rejected by both her family and ex-husband, to fall completely into the prostitution world to pay the bill of living in a society that did not value woman's prudery over her attempt to quit past mistakes.

We have also Hayat who killed her husband and children and wanted to kill herself as well by adding poison to the food because she is an obsessive compulsive disorder patient. We have also the humble girl Reda who came from her poor village to Egypt to work as a servant.

She started to imitate the daughter of her lady named Dalila, who dealt with her kindly at the beginning, but when a dispute occurred between, Dalila humiliated her, Reda was outraged ,killed the girl and was sentenced to death. Reda is an example of poor girl who develop higher class aspirations.

Segn Al-Nesapresented many other female social issues such as pressures of work, sexual harassment and the struggles they face within their marriages.

The series staring Nelly Karim, Dorra, Ahmed Dawoud, SalwaKhattab, Salwa Osman, RihamHagag, Ruby, among others. Segn el Nesaa was taken from a novel written by acclaimed late writer Fathia el Assal, script by Mariam Naoum and directed by KamlaAbouZekry.

4- ‘’YoumlelSetat’’ ( A day for women)

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

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

The movie stars ElhamShaheen, Nelly Karim, Ahmed al-Fishawy, Mahmoud Hemeida, EyadNassar, Nahed al-Sebaie, HalaSedky and Ahmed Dawoud. “YoumlelSetat” is written by HanaaAttia and directed by KamlaAbouZekri.


5-- “BashteryRagel”


The movie is about a career-oriented woman in her late thirties who wants to have a child. She searches for a man to marry to only achieve this goal. The movie stars Nelly Karim and Mohamed Mamdouh and is directed by Mohamed Ali. The film tackles the spinsterhood problem in a comic way.

6- - “AkhdarYabes”


The movie focuses on a woman, Iman, living in an oriental society. She tries to convince her uncles to meet her sister’s suitor in place of their deceased father. The protagonist is very traditional and strict; however, she receives medical news that causes her to rethink her life and question her beliefs, where she found she has serious problems with her Menstrual Cycle.


The movie was written and directed by Mohammed Hammad and stars Heba Ali, AsmaaFawzi, Ahmed Alaidy and John Ekram Hanna.

7- YoumHelw w Youm Moor ( 1988)


Aicha is a poor widow who struggles to support her 4 daughters and boy with her husband pension that can hardly cover the price of plain bread.

Aicha throughout the movie uses her instinct intelligenceto protect her daughters and son and guarantee them a mediocre future. Her eldest daughter married a worker named Orabi who later seduces her sisterLamiaa and ran away.

Lamiaa felt guilty and committed suicide by burning herselfbut Aicha managed to save her. Her ten-year-old boy nourran away escaping from Orabi’s cruelty as well as his sister Soad, because Orabi wanted her to marry by force.

While Aicha suffering all these problems one day their kind dumb neighbour took her to see her first grand child, his daughter from Soad and in the same day her son Nour returned back to her to live the sweet day that came after the bitter day.

The movie reflected brilliantly the challenges, problems and simple dreams of low class women like Aicha who struggles severely on a daily basis and her ambitious are too small just to live safely with her children.

The movie staring Faten Hamama, Simone, AblaKamel, Hanan Youssef, Mohamed Mounir, Mahmoud el Genedy among others.YoumHelw w Youm Moor is written by Fayez Ghaly and directed by KhairyBeshara.

8- Bentein Men Masr (Two Girls from Egypt )

Dalia (Saba Mubarak) and her cousin hanan( Zeina) are two unmarriedgirls in their early 30s whotheir ultimate dream is to find a man to satisfy their emotional, sexual and social needs. Throughout the film they faced a number of life incidents in a tragic context.

Bentein Men Masr tackled a number of intellectual, emotional and social issues related to unmarried girls and how people and society sometimes deal with them in a hurtful manner as if they are products that are about to reach expiry date.

The movie staringZeina, Saba Mubarak, EyadNassar, Tarek Lotfy among others. Bentein Men Masr is written and directed by Mohamed Amin.

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3/8/2019 2:59:50 PM
<![CDATA[Hakawy Children Festival kicks off, commemorates Nagy Shaker]]>CAIRO – 8 March 2019: Hakawy International Arts Festival for Children launched its 9th edition on Wednesday evening at El Hanager Theatre, Cairo Opera House.


The official inaugural ceremony witnessed the presence of Inas Abdel Dayem, minister of Culture, the British ambassador to Egypt Geoffrey Adams, representatives from the U.S., Netherland and Denmark embassies, senior officials, and large number of children from all over the world.


Hakawy Festival will last for two weeks until March 20, taking place in three cities over nine venues, namely Cairo (March 7-15), Alexandria (March 4-5) and El-Minya (March 16).


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Under the patronage of the ministry of culture, the festival presents this year eight international shows and nine Egyptian performances.


The festival opens with El-Leila El-Kebria (The Grand Night), Egypt's internationally renowned puppet operetta, which was written by renowned poet Salah Jahin and composed by Sayed Mekawy. The performance commemorates veteran puppeteer Nagy Shaker, who passed away in August last year.



Among this edition's highlights is Storm, by the Bamboozle Theatre (UK); especially made for children with autism. Storm uses elements of Shakespeare's The Tempest and weaves them into a dramatic sequence embracing the sea, ships, islands and magic. The 45-minute long play will be accessible for children aged from 6 to 14; at El-Hanager Gallery on March 7, 8, and 9.


Moreover, the festival will include a workshop for dancers by Jack Timmermans; director of de Stilte Dance Company and another workshop for singers and actors by Kwatta. In addition to a seminar by Christopher Davies about artificial intelligence through an artistic perspective.


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Egypt today interviewed Mohamed El Ghawy, founder and director of Hakawy festival, about the latest updates of the 9th edition of Hakawy festival, and reasons behind the absences of any Arab or African participation.


"We consolidated our efforts to well organize this edition in a way that crowns Egypt as a platform for culture in the Arab region. One year after another, the festival gained wide fame among the public; this year we offered only 243 chairs for our audience, imagine we got more than 13 thousand people who eagerly wanted to attend our shows," El Ghawy stated.



“I would like to thank the Ministry of Culture for such support to get much more international participation represented in eight shows, the from Holland, one from France that are accessible for 10+ children and another one from Denmark that is accessible from children from one to four, besides an exclusive shows from America and the UK, made especially for autistic children,” he added.


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"The festival includes an Egyptian focus with nine shows, namely the Grand Night, Stick Fighters of the Nile by El Warsha, Medhat Fawzy, Home show by Hend El Shimy, The Elephant in the Room by Isra El Ghazali, "Esmaani" (Listen) by the Goethe-Institute in Alexandria, Imagination seven by Kayan and Nouse," El Ghawy further elaborated.



He further promised that the 10th edition will witness more Arab and African's contribution.


"The Grand Night has been presenting from 1961 until today; which reflects Professor Nagy Shaker's greatness and innovation. In spite of advanced technology and huge progress; Shaker brilliantly has created a show that would last forever, amusing generation after generation. So, we dedicated the 9th edition of the festival to his soul and his wife; now it is our turn to pay his favor back. We owe a deep gratitude for this great man, God bless his soul," El Ghawy said.




The British ambassador also noted to Egypt today that he is proud of the cooperation between the British embassy and the ministry of culture in supporting this festival.


"Everything about the show was wonderful, and the opening night was wonderful," the ambassador added.



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3/8/2019 2:37:13 PM
<![CDATA[Long-lost Caravaggio painting to be auctioned in June in France]]>
The painting, currently on display at the Colnaghi Gallery in London, dates from 1607 and depicts biblical heroine Judith beheading the Assyrian general Holofernes.

“Judith and Holofernes” was found by the owners of a house in Toulouse in 2014 as they investigated a leak in their attic. Barring some minor damage, art expert Eric Turquin said, the painting remains in surprisingly good condition.

Turquin said the painting, which had been kept in the attic “for at least 100 years”, had undergone exhaustive, and initially secret, analysis to establish its authenticity.

“After five years of analysis, work, discussions... now that we are really sure it is a picture by Caravaggio, we put it on the market,” Turquin said.

It is likely to draw particularly strong interest among buyers outside Europe, he said.

“This painting is very important because Caravaggio is a major artist who speaks to our generation, and there are only 65 known paintings by him,” said Turquin, whose agency has led research work on the painting since it was found.

“Within his oeuvre this painting is crucial... He is inventing something new... creating dark paintings which will become the paintings of his last years, the best, we think, the more tragic, the more moving... the more modern,” he said.

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3/8/2019 1:46:42 PM
<![CDATA[Wealthy millennials boosting the art market]]>
A survey of wealthy individuals conducted by UBS and art economist Clare McAndrew for the report found millennials were buying art more actively and frequently taking to the internet to do so. It found that more of them were willing to shell out big money on art than their older peers.

They also provided a boost for female artists.

“For a generation that might never own a car, their appetite for buying art is encouraging,” UBS Group Chief Marketing Officer Johan Jervøe told Reuters.

“It may be a reflection of the unique and often experiential qualities of art and collectibles as long-term assets.”

Overall sales in the art market grew 7 percent to $67.4 billion in 2018, according to UBS and Art Basel’s third annual art market report.

People between 22 and 37 years of age made up nearly half of the wealthy art buyers who regularly spent $1 million or more on an artwork over the past two years, the survey found, despite representing just over a third of the high-net-worth individuals surveyed.

The results of the survey, which was conducted in Britain, Germany, Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong, offered a silver lining for the art world as geopolitical and economic worries have weighed on overall sentiment.

As millennials grow into greater wealth, and benefit from a generational shift in wealth inherited from aging parents, their wealth could reach $24 trillion by 2020, according to Deloitte.

Millennials’ spending habits could provide significant potential for both online sales and art’s squeezed middle, Jervøe said, benefiting the industry’s overall health.

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This younger generation of collectors with over $1 million in household assets to spend or invest helped buoy the digital art marketplace to $6 billion sales last year.

And a majority of them also took to photo-sharing social media platform Instagram to source and buy art.

Between 2016 and 2018, 93 percent of the millennials made purchases online, spending $106,930 on average, while the slightly older Generation X - between 38 and 52 years of age -spent around half a million dollars on an average web purchase, but did so with less frequency.


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3/8/2019 1:43:38 PM
<![CDATA[Omar Khairat to compose 'El-Mamar' soundtrack ]]>
“El-Mamar” revolves around the heroic actions of the Egyptian Special Forces combatants during the War of Attrition.

The movie which is directed by Sherif Arafa is expected to be released during the Muslim celebrations of Eid al-Fitr in 2019.

The movie houses a notable cast :

• Ahmed Ezz
• Ahmed Rezk
• Ahmed Flawkas
• Eyad Nassar
• Ahmed Salah Hosny
• Amir Salah Eddin
• Asmaa Abul Yazeed
• Mohamad Farrag
• Mohamed Sharnoubi
• Alhan al-Mehdi
• Mohamed Gomaa
• Hend Sabry
• Mohamed Hafez
• Karim al-Emeiry

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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3/8/2019 1:36:31 PM
<![CDATA[Saleh, Abu Ghazaleh, Louca to perform at Barzakh fest on Mar.8]]>

One of the most prominent music partnerships included the cooperative efforts of Egyptian singer Saleh and Palestinian music composer Abu Ghazaleh. Both musicians incorporated their different music cultures and backgrounds to express one artistic rebellious production.

Abu Ghazaleh is a Palestinian composer and singer who passionately express his patriotic feelings through his rebellious music. He was inspired by iconic Palestinian musicians such as Khaled Gubran, a pioneering Palestinian musician who contributed to authentic Palestinian music. He also taught Abu Ghazaleh how to play Oud.

Saleh started as a modernized version of Sheikh Emam who is an Arab rebellious icon known for his satirical songs that focused on tackling societal issues related to working classes.

Her rebellious identity, vision and acting skills are depicted in her songs. Saleh and Abu Ghazaleh teamed up, pursuing an artistic partnership and exploring joy, struggles and human emotions.

Saleh recomposed various songs for Imam such as “Nixon Baba” (Father Nixon) and “WahYa Abdel Wadoud” (Oh AbdAlwadoud), among others, adding a modern music taste to them through speckled instruments.

Her Album, “MshBaghany” (I Am Not singing), which was released in 2012 under the supervision of Abu Ghazaleh, was the first cooperation between Abu Ghazalehand Saleh, while “Lekhfa” was their latest cooperation.

Their latest controversial album “Lekhfa” aimed to explore the culture of “Shaabi” (Popular music) that enabled Saleh, Abu Ghazaleh and Egyptian alternative musician Maurice Loucato introduce an active picture for the current state of crowded Egyptian streets through different contradicting lyrics tackling complex inner human conflicts.

Saleh, Abu Ghazaleh and Louca are established solo artists in the alternative Arabic music scene. Together, they draw on Egyptian shaabi, pop and psychedelia to produce an off-kilter sound.

Their eponymous album "Lekhfa" uses the edgy dystopian poetry of Mido Zoheir to remarkable effect.

"The name 'Lekhfa' literally means 'to make something invisible'," Abu Ghazaleh, the band's vocalist and composer, told RFI.

"It was more of a joke at first and then it turned into something that each of us saw as relevant to the music in a different way."

The band's blend of genres: working class political music from Cairo known as shaabi, to psychedelia and pop, and use of instruments like slide guitars,oud and buzuq result in an exciting, dissonant sound.
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3/8/2019 1:02:57 PM
<![CDATA[Hakawy Festival: Imago Theatre performs for kids at cancer hospital, Falaky academy]]>
In this 9th edition of Hakawy, the festival aspires to involve over 7000 children and their families. It brings to the stage international and local performances designed for children and presents them in a vibrant week-long festival, with the aim of educating and entertaining children.

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US artist band Imago Theatre during performance at Falay Theatre - press photo


The US embassy supports the festival this year through an American production called “ZooZoo” by the American company Imago Theatre.

Founded 32 years ago, Imago Theatre is a Montreal-based independent, professional theatre company that is known for producing socially relevant work.

Egypt Today sat with the five-member team of artists who performed at Children’s Cancer Hospital, Falaky Theatre and Bibliotheque Alexandrina as part of the program, where they shared their impressions on their first visit to Egypt, and the children’s reactions to their shows.

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US artist band Imago Theatre during visit to Cancer hospital - press photo


The band said that the perform original work, and that their company has travelled over the past years around the world.

Laura Loy, one of the performers, commented on Zoozoo show that they performed Thursday night at Falaki Theatre, saying that the show “has a bunch of eccentric characters and animals…it is like watching a live animation.”

Another performer is Fiely Almeda who said that the show attracts different audience of different ages, “kids as young as five love our shows.”

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US artist band Imago Theatre during visit to Cancer hospital 57357- Nourhan Magdi/Egypt Today


They further explained how their shows broke any language barriers when performing to Egyptian children saying, “there is not talking in our shows, the language that we use is a universal language; movement and humor,” said Brian, one of the performers.

“Also, the themes in the show everyone can related to, like the hippos trying to fall asleep, or order food… humor is international especially when it is done physically and laughing is global,” said Fiely Almeda.

“It was amazing that this place is doing all of this for free and children do not have to pay for it…there are no many places like this one,” said Kaician. “When I walked into a room, I was a penguin and there was a girl sitting in her bed…and she opened up her coloring book and showed us a penguin she was coloring…and she said you are more beautiful than the [drawing] was.”

The team explained that performing to children with disease was an incredible experience to them, as they believed they are not just entertainers, that they are also giving joy to souls that already need it. “In fact, they were giving us joy,” said Brian.

Exploring Egyptian food, the team expressed their delight after trying Koshari, adding that they found the vegetables and fruits delicious and various.

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Imago Theatre during an interview with the press - press photo
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3/8/2019 1:46:49 AM
<![CDATA[Mostafa Hagag to release 'Mogarad Bas Ma Aftekrak' soon]]>CAIRO - 7 March 2019: Mostafa Hagag completed recording a new song entitled "Mogarad Bas Ma Aftekrak" (As soon as I remember you), written by Gamal el-Kholy, and composed by Madien and Ahmed Ibrahim.

The song will be part of Hagag’s much anticipated new album.

Hagag’s latest song was entitled "Khatwa" (Step) written and composed by Aziz Shafei and distributed by the Moroccan Jalal Hamdaoui.

Hagag is known for his song "Ya Bta’a el-Nena’a", which gained booming success upon its release years ago and is still popular among Hagag's fans.

The rising singer recently participated in the performance of the song "100 Wesh" (100 faces), along with mega stars Tamer Hosny, Diab and Ahmed Sheba; the song achieved unprecedented success. The song was part of Tamer Hosny’s latest Album “Eish Beshouak”.

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3/7/2019 3:50:00 PM
<![CDATA[Mohamed Mohsen to perform on Sayed Darwish Theater on March 7]]>
Mohsen is scheduled to present in the concert his most famous songs which include “Fe Albi Makan”, “Hodnak Haya”, “Zay Aghani Zman”, "Habat el-Nada”, and “Habayib Zaman".

Mohsen promoted for his concert on his official Instagram account, where he commented: “Dear Alexandrian fans, meet me on March 7 on Sayed Darwish Theater.”

The star is collaborating with poet Ahmed el-Malki in a new song composed by Mohamed Abieh, and distributed by Ilhami Dehima, and scheduled to be recorded in the coming days.


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3/7/2019 2:57:58 PM
<![CDATA[Tamer Ashour to release 'Men Gheir Ma Ahkelak' soon]]>
The song is composed by Mohamed el-Nady and is part of Ashour’s new album set to be released soon.

Also, Ashour collaborates in the album with a large number of poets, composers and distributors, most notably Nader Abdullah, Amir Teima, Tamer Hussein, Amro Yehia, Mohamed Refai, Ahmed el-Malky, Hisham Sadek, among others.

Ashour’s latest song “Ayam” (Days) recently uploaded on his official YouTube channel exceeded a million views in less than 16 hours.

Tamer Ashour is an Egyptian singer and composer. From 2004 to 2011, he released more than 17 songs and four albums. Some of his more well-known songs include "Zikrayat Kaddaba", "Ekhtarna Leh", "Thania Wahda", and "Enta Ekhtart".

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3/7/2019 2:50:56 PM
<![CDATA[Catholic Center for Cinema to celebrate Easter on March. 20]]>
The celebrations will be held on March 20 on the Nile Theater of Franciscan Fathers. Stars Hala Sedki, Samira Saied, Abdallah Mishref, Aida Kamel, Fatma Eid, Mahmoud el-Hedeny, Mona Abdel Ghani, Sahar Rami and director Samir Asfouri will be honored.

In addition, Ambassador Nabila Makram, minister of State for Migration and Egyptian Expatriates, is at the top of the list of honorees; along with Maya Morsi, president of the National Council for Women; and Shawky Gharib, the general director of the National Olympic team.



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3/7/2019 2:36:09 PM
<![CDATA[In Pics: South Korean ambassador impressed by GEM]]>
The tour included a visit to the statue of King Ramses II at the great lobby, in addition to the restoration labs that include the wood restoration plant, where there are belongings of the Golden King Tutankhamen; as well as the heavy parts restoration section, which includes the huge pieces that will be displayed on the great staircase.

The South Korean ambassador expressed his great admiration of this huge project and the remarkable skills of the designers and restoration specialists who use the latest technology and equipment to restore the precious artifacts.

During the tours:

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3/7/2019 2:13:23 PM
<![CDATA[Arab Takht Ensemble celebrates 97th birth anniversary of Karem Mahmoud]]>
The ensemble will present a selection of the late composer’s popular songs such as’ “Amana Alaik” (Please), “Samra ya Samra”, “Aboul Oyoun el-Sood” (beautiful black eyes), “Lesa Faker” (do you still remember?), “Enta omry” (You are my life), among others.

Karem Mahmoud, also known as "the Melodious Knight", was a popular Egyptian singer and actor. He was also popular in the Arab world.

Mahmoud was born on March 16, 1922 in the city of Damanhur, El-Beheirah Governorate, northern Egypt.

As a child, Karem accompanied his elder brother Mohammed in singing religious verses, thereby developing his talent for singing Arabic poetry with precise pronunciation and phonetic discipline.

Even at the elementary school, Karem's teachers noted his strong voice and by the time he was seven he had mastered the difficult songs of Sayed Darwish and Mohammed Abdel Wahab.

Karem was admitted while still a child to the Institute of Arabic Music in Cairo. Karem was tutored by some of the greats of Egyptian music, including Fouad Mahfouz, Darwish el-Hariri, Sheikh Badawi, composer Safar Ali, and oud player Hassan Gharib.

Graduating from the institute, he achieved the highest grades, with unprecedented distinction.

Karem Mahmoud went on to become a star both as a singer and as an actor. He died on January 15, 1995, in the intensive care unit of Saint Mary's Hospital in London.

His last words to his surgeon prior to surgery were: "Please guard my vocal cords throughout the surgery."

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3/6/2019 3:38:30 PM
<![CDATA['Ibn Osool' ready for Ramadan 2019]]>CAIRO - 6 March 2019: The much anticipated series “Ibn Osool” (Good man) starring Hamada Helal is ready to be broadcasted in Ramadan 2019.

“Ibn Osool” is directed by Mohamed Bakir and written by Ahmed Mahmoud Abu Zeid. The series is starring Suzanne Najm al-Din, Emad Rashad, Ahmad Halawa, and Wafa’a Salim among others.

The series revolves around a man named Misho, who is a respected man in his community. Misho owns jewelry shops. The rich man is considered funny, but as the series unfolds Misho goes through a lot of hardships that ruin the peaceful life he once enjoyed.

Helal made his first cinematic appearance in the movie "Eyal Habiba" in 2005 (Lover Boys) which was widely appreciated by audiences and after that he released his album “Wahashteny” (I miss you).

One year later, he made another appearance in “El-Eyal Herbet” where he sang three songs "3azza", "Kan Lazim", and "Mastool".

In 2007, Helal starred in a third movie “El-Hob Keda” (Love is like that) acting as one of the main characters, Seif. In the movie, he sang one of his most famous songs "Lama Betelmisny" (When you touch me) which was later added to his 2008 album.


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3/6/2019 3:28:41 PM
<![CDATA[Sharjah Theater Days to kick off on March 19]]>
The committee tasked with selecting the participating shows is composed of Mohamed al-Salti (UAE), Khalifa al-Takhlofa (UAE),Ghanam Ghanam (Jordan) and Hassan al-Nafaly (Morocco).

As of February 25, the committee examined for five consecutive days the participating shows, which total up to 10 performances.

The committee decided to select the following shows to compete for the festival’s awards:
“Ahmed bint Salman” written by Najy el-Hai and directed by Ahmed el-Ansary, “Magareeh” written by Ismail Abdallah and directed by Mohamed el-Amry, “El-Sa’a el-Rabe’a” (4 o'clock) written by Talal Abdallah and directed by Ibrahim Salem, “El-Argoon el-Kadim” (The Ancient Argonne) written and directed by Ali Gamal, “Talaya el-Leil” written and directed by Marie’e el-Haliyan and “Bu Shanab” (Moustache man) written by Ahmed el-majed and directed by Hassan Ragab.

In addition, the committee selected the following performances to be presented on the sidelines of the festival: “Banat al-Nokhetha” (Daughter of the sailor) written by Basma Yunif and directed by Elham Mohamed, “Seneyat el-Shokoor” written by Hamid Faris and directed by Alaa al-Ne’emi, “Mazid men el-kalam” (Further speech) written by Saleh Karama and directed by Mubarak Mashy and "Bozoor el-shar" (Evil seeds) written and directed by Muhannad Karim.

The judging panel of the festival’s official competition includes Intesar Abdel Fattah (Egypt), Ezzedin Yunet (Morocco), Omar Noqrosh (Jordan), Nawal bint Ibrahim (Morocco) and Abdalla Rashid (UAE).

The festival is set to be launched on March 19.

Launched in 1984, this annual event brings together local and Arabic theatre groups to compete for the Sharjah Award for Arab Theatrical Creativity. The groups will be observed by the Jury - consisting of theatre personalities, critics, and writers from the UAE and other countries - who are tasked with examining and judging the participating theatrical performances.

The Sharjah Theatre Days welcomes as well theatrical experts from various Arab and international countries to attend the performances and participate in practical and intellectual seminars, conferences, and open discussions. The festival also hosts an international performance to strengthen the communication between Arabic and international theatre.

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3/6/2019 2:39:00 PM
<![CDATA[Min. of culture to inaugurate the floating theater on April 4]]>CAIRO - 6 March 2019: Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem will inaugurate the floating theater in Manial on April 4 in the presence of a number of stars and icons of the Egyptian theater; the theater's construction works are almost completed.

After his appointment as director of the comedy theater, Ehab Fahmy announced that the opening of the floating theater was one of his top priorities.

Fahmy seeks to preserve the theater’s identity and seeks to present comedy shows on the floating theater, achieving both artistic and profitable gains.

The minister of culture decided in December 2018 to name the floating theater after late director El-Sayed Rady.




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3/6/2019 2:20:08 PM
<![CDATA[IBN: A cultural extravaganza celebrating India in Egypt]]>
IBN is a celebration of the essence of India through classical and contemporary performances and visual arts, food and popular culture.

This annual cultural festival, supported by TCI Sanmar, kicked off on March 5 and will run until March 17 in Cairo, Alexandria and Port Said.

“India by the Nile encapsulates India’s animated cultural matrix like no other international festival in Egypt. Over the past 7 years, the festival has received immense appreciation from audiences in Egypt," India's Ambassador to Egypt Rahul Kulshreshth said.

IBN, the biggest international festival in Egypt, provides audiences a keen flavour of India’s spirited aesthetic traditions while strengthening artistic collaborations and bilateral ties between the two countries.

"It is indeed due to their love for India that IBN is billed as one of the biggest foreign cultural festivals in Egypt. We are proud to present the seventh edition of IBN and, as before, bring the vibrant, colourful and diverse facets of India’s artistic traditions in celebration of the historical and civilizational bonds between our peoples. This year the festival is slated to be even wider in its grasp and canvas of activities," Kulshreshth added.


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India by the Nile Festival has an eclectic programme with a variety of shows, including performances by the Grammy Award-winning Vikku Vinayakram who will present three generations of percussion from March 12-16.

An Odissi performance by Ratikant Mohapatra’s SRJAN exploring the intricate interplay of philosophical ideas, infused with images from Hinduism, Christianity, Islam and Sikhism will be presented through their shows titled Bishwas (Trust) on March 10, 11.

Harpreet, with his sonorous voice will bring to life the works of renowned poets Kabir, Bulleh Shah and Faiz, presenting Indian folk music in a contemporary idiom from March 8-15.

To celebrate 150 years of Mahatma Gandhi, Dadi Pudumjee’s Ishara Pupptet Theatre Trust will bring to Egypt, Gandhi’s message on non-violence and Satyagraha in a non-verbal performance, using puppets titled "Images of Truth".

The Semiramis InterContinental Hotel will play host to an Indian Food Fiesta from March 8-12. Acclaimed Indian celebrity Chef Picu will curate an exquisite gastronomical journey in Indian fine dining from the country’s vast cuisine repertoire.

Gilles Chuyen, the well-known Bollywood choreographer, will provide a Bollywood dance experience through multiple workshops in Cairo and Alexandria.

Also, a three-day film festival, catering across age-groups, will feature special screenings of popular Bollywood films and workshops on the art and techniques of yoga and the ancient science of Ayurveda.

The seventh edition of IBN’s seminar series will include a seminar on India-Egypt economic engagement that will facilitate and demystify business in India for Egyptian investors.

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Furthermore, TCI Sanmar will bring to Port Said a day of exciting activities that will let everyone discover the magic of India titled "India Day" on April 15.

The day will include exclusive performances and various workshops on yoga, dance and music, engaging families and the larger community with a carefully curated programme appealing all age-groups.

Sanjoy K. Roy, managing director of Teamwork Arts, says, "As we continue to celebrate our deep ties with Egypt, it is wonderful to bring India’s vast cultural medley back and communicate through the universal language of arts and look towards the future as nothing but friendship and art endure in posterity."

IBN’s key sponsors’ constant support helped enhance efforts to engage with the people of Egypt and India through strong cultural ties.

"TCI Sanmar is privileged to be associated with 'India by the Nile' festival, being its main sponsor for the seventh year in a row in 2019. I feel that participating to showcase the Indian culture and art through the 'India by the Nile' event makes us proud and it is part of our company's social responsibility activities," P.S Jayaraman, TCI Sanmar (Presenting Sponsor).

“Birla Carbon Egypt is honored for sponsoring the seventh edition of 'India by the Nile'. We believe that arts are a common language among countries, reflecting cultures and civilizations and extending bridges of business and communication,” Ayman Attia, Birla Carbon Egypt, main sponsor of India by the Nile.

The IBN Festival is organized by the Embassy of India in Cairo and the Maulana Azad Centre for Indian Culture (MACIC) in partnership with the Egyptian Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Tourism, El-Sawy Culture Wheel, the Cairo Opera House, among others – in addition to the pioneering entertainment company Teamwork Arts, India.


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3/6/2019 1:03:45 PM
<![CDATA[ET commemorates birth anniversary of Samia Gamal]]>CAIRO - 5 March 2019: In 1984, after a period of isolation, veteran actor and TV personality Samir Sabri succeeded in convincing the “butterfly” of the cinema and oriental dance Samia Gamal to return to the dancing scene where she excelled.

When Gamal returned to dancing she had already exceeded 60 years of age; however, that did not stop her from performing as gracefully as she always did.
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“My relationship with Samia Gamal started when I visited my friend, late actor Roshdy Abaza, during their marriage. Gamal was a beautiful, and tender wife; she remained proud of being the wife of late legendary actor Roshdy Abaza for 17 years,” commented Sabry.

Sabry continued that after the divorce of Gamal and Abaza and his death, her apartment sank because of the explosion of a water pipe. Her financial condition at that time was unfortunate, especially as she was the guardian of her sister and her five nephews. This was when Sabry tried to convince her to return to dancing through the performing group he headed.

“Gamal opposed the idea, explaining that she was too old for dancing and that people would attack her for dancing at such an elderly age. I continued to convince her that she is still a “butterfly” and with the appropriate dress, she can dance for 15 minutes,” explained the veteran actor.
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“When Gamal finally agreed, we achieved unprecedented success in our theatrical shows held on Mondays, where the number of spectators reached 1,300 individuals. Lots of people used to come to Egypt from abroad to attend our shows,” said the veteran actor proudly, adding that Gamal used the money to pay off her debts, fix her apartment and pay her taxes.

Gamal then told Sabry she wanted to stop, as she only returned to dancing to pay off her debts.
This was the end of her dancing career; she passed away months after.

Samia Gamal was an Egyptian belly dancer and film actress. Born in the small Egyptian town of Wana on March 5, 1922, Samia's family moved just months later to Cairo and settled near Khan El-Khalili.

It was many years later that Samia Gamal met Badia Masabni, the founder of modern oriental dance. Badia offered Gamal to join her dance company; she accepted and began her dancing career.

At first, she studied under Badia and Badia's star dancer at the time, Tahiya Karioka. However she soon became a respected soloist and brought forth her own style. Samia Gamal incorporated techniques from ballet and Latin dance into her solo performances. She was also the first to perform with high-heeled shoes on stage.
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Gamal starred in dozens of Egyptian films next to the famous Farid al-Atrash. They could be thought of as the Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers of the Middle East. They not only played each other's love interest on the silver screen but also in real life. However, their love was not meant to be because of Farid's social position; he refused to marry Samia. Farid believed that marriage kills the artist's talent, and he never married.

Some claim that Farid, being a prince, told her it would bring shame to his family if he married a belly dancer; but the claim is baseless. Farid helped placing Samia on the National Stage by risking all he owned, and managed to borrow to produce a film “Habib al Omr” co-starring Samia in 1947.
In 1949, Egypt's King Farouk proclaimed Samia Gamal "The National Dancer of Egypt", which brought US attention to the dancer.
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In 1950, Gamal travelled to the US and was photographed by Gijon Mili. She also performed in the Latin Quarter, the New York's trendy nightclub. She later married the so-called "Texas millionaire" Shepherd King III. However, their marriage did not last long.

In 1958, Samia Gamal married Roshdy Abaza, one of the most famous Egyptian actors, with whom Gamal starred in a number of films. Samia Gamal stopped dancing in 1972 when she was in her 50s but went back to dancing later and finally retired in the early 1980s.

Samia Gamal died on December 1, 1994, at 70 years of age in Cairo. Samia's charismatic performances in Egyptian and international films gave Egypt's oriental dance recognition and admiration worldwide.

On March 5, 2017, Google dedicated a doodle to Gamal for the 93rd anniversary of her birth. The doodle reached all the countries of the Arab World.







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3/5/2019 6:23:53 PM
<![CDATA['Zelzal' starring Mohamed Ramadan ready for Ramadan 2019]]>
Recently, the series’ writer Ahmed Kamal has finalized the script of the series, starring super star Mohamed Ramadan and Hala Shiha.

Shiha is returning back to acting after a long hiatus of 12 years. Her last appearance was with star Amer Mounib in 2006 in “Kamel el-Awsaf” (The perfect one) film.

In "Zelzal", Ramadan is set to perform the role of both the father and son, an experience he previously succeeded in, in the series “Nesr el-Saed” (Eagle of Upper Egypt), which gained great success in Ramadan 2018.

The events of the series take place in 1992 when a devastating earthquake struck Egypt. A man buys a house in installments and the last installment is due; the owner of the house demands that the house be registered in his name and his ownership is renounced.

The seller decides to wait and prolongs the process until the devastating earthquake strikes. The buyer dies and the house collapses post the destructive force of the earthquake.

The seller then refuses to hand over the piece of land on which the house was built to the heirs of the deceased, creating a clash between him and the son of the deceased.

Despite the fact that there is a love story between the daughter of the seller and the son of the deceased, the girl's father stands between them.

The series is directed by Yasser Samy and written by Abdul Rahim Kamal. “Zelzal” is starring Maged el-Masry, Ahmed Seyam, Nesrine Amin, and Yusuf Osman, among others.
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3/5/2019 4:50:07 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian movie 'The House of the Lady' screened in Sharm El-Sheikh Asian Film Festival]]>
“The House of the Lady” is directed by Ahmed Akl and is the only Egyptian film to participate in the long film competition at the festival.

The screening was run by Mustafa el-Kilani, head of Sharm El-Sheikh Asian Film Festival, in the presence of the filmmakers; Ahmed Akl, screenwriter Shadi al-Musallami, writer Ayman al-Ayidi and producer Mohammed Abdel Rahman.

"The film falls within the category of long feature films," said screenwriter Shadi al-Musallami, pointing out that many scenes have been removed to suit the audience.

For his part, producer Mohammed Abdel Rahman expressed his pride in working with the film’s cast and participating in the festival, pointing out that the film’s preparations and filming lasted for 6 months.

Rania al-Khatib stated that she loved her role in the film, as it was different from the previous roles she performed.

Nijar Mohammed said she was impressed with her role in the film because she performed the role of a character with numerous personalities.

Also, Marwan Musallami pointed out that this was his first experience in a feature film, and that the “composite” personality he plays in the film is mainly what attracted him to take part in the project.

Salmi el-Deeb explained that her role was different from the roles she had previously presented and that it is her first leading role, but not the first cinematic work she participates in.

The film revolves around a journalist trying to uncover the truth of the myth of the resurrection of the corpse of the evil god of the ancient Egyptians and his return to power in order to control humanity.

Sharm El-Sheikh Asian Film Festival will come to a closure on March. 8.


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3/5/2019 3:37:08 PM
<![CDATA[Sharm El-Sheikh International Theater Festival to kick off Apr. 1]]>CAIRO - 5 March 2019: Sharm El-Sheikh International Theater Festival for Youth finalized preparations for the launch of its fourth edition set to be held from April 1 - 10.

In this context, President of the festival Mazen al-Gharbawi announced beginning the participation in theater workshops for youth from different governorates of Egypt. These workshops are run by three experts in distinguished theatrical arts.

Also, an Italian acting technique will be taught in an acting workshop presented by Palestinian artist Kamel el-Basha.

A workshop presented by Iraqi playwright Ali Abdul Nabi al-Zaidi and entitled "Free Your Head Imagine and Write" will be offered by the Sharm El-Sheikh International Theater.

Executive director of the festival Engi el-Bastawy explained that applicants are supposed to be 17 to 35 years old.

All workshops will be held in South Sinai Governorate's Sharm El-Sheikh, and will be supervised by the festival’s management.

The festival’s management is also responsible for all accommodation and subsistence costs of the youth in cooperation with the Ministry of Youth and Sports.

Sharm El-Sheikh International Theatre Festival for Youth is the first international theatrical competition to be held in Sinai. The festival's fourth edition represents a celebration that revives the touristic, cultural and artistic aspects of South Sinai.

The honorary president of the fourth session of Sharm El-Sheikh International Theater Festival for Youth is veteran actress Samiha Ayoub, whereas veteran actor Mohamed Sobhy heads the judging committee.

The festival will be held under the patronage of Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem, Minister of Youth and Sports Ashraf Sobhy and South Sinai Governor Khaled Fouda.


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3/5/2019 3:32:00 PM
<![CDATA[Samira Said, rapper for 1st time in her upcoming album]]>The rap song is expected to be a duo with famed Congolese rapper Maitre Gims.

Said released her latest album "Superman" in 2018. Said cooperated in this album with a number of prominent poets and composers such as composer Belal Serour, poet Shady Nour, and distrbutor Hany Yachoub, among others.

Said was born in Rabat, Morocco, in 1958; she started singing when she was only 9 years old.

She was discovered when she participated in “Mawaheb”, the famous Moroccan talent show, broadcasted at the time on the Royal Moroccan TV network.

Although she recorded some songs in Moroccan, such as "Kifash Tlakina" (How We Met), "Fayetli Sheftek Shi Marra" (I've Seen You Once), "Sarkouh" (They Stole Him), and "Al-Behhara" (The Sailors), most of her songs are in the Egyptian dialect such as "Mahaslesh Haga" (Nothing Happened), "Ayza Aeesh" (I Want to Live) and "Hawa Hawa" (Air Air), among others.

Said’s songs tackle various topics that discuss women's issues.

She has a wide fan-base from different ages and from all over the MENA region. Said’s musical repertoire includes about 46 music albums, and more than 500 songs.

She received praise from late great Egyptian singer Abdel Halim Hafez, and composer Baligh Hamdi. She's been living in Egypt for years.

Said has collaborated with many international artists; she successfully reintroduced and evolved the Arab music scene in the early 2000s when she collaborated with Cheb Mami in “Youm Wara Youm” (Day After Day) which was considered a new wave in music back then.

Said was the first singer from the MENA region to be chosen by the international Eurovision Song Contest to perform her song “Bitaqat Hub” (Love Card).

Said won many international awards, including the World Music Award, and the BBC Music Award.


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3/5/2019 2:56:37 PM
<![CDATA[Omar Khairat to perform 2 concerts at Cairo Opera House Mar. 12, 13]]>
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.

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

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

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

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

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



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3/5/2019 2:17:53 PM
<![CDATA[Mohamed Ramadan to perform his 1st concert on March 29]]>
He is expected to sing his famous songs "Number One", "Ana el-Malek" (I Am the King) and "Mafia". Additionally, Ramadan will sing his new song "Virus" for the first time in the concert.

Ramadan received the award of the greatest talent nationwide three consecutive times.
He started his career with small roles in TV series like “The Cindrella" until he had his big chance in Yousry Nasrallah's “Ehky Ya Sharazad” (Tell me, Shahrazad).

He then became the star of movies produced by famous Egyptian producer Ahmed el-Sobky, which made him one of the most famous actors in the Middle East.

Mohamed Ramadan is perhaps the only Egyptian actor to have been praised by internationally acclaimed late actor Omar Sharif, who stated that he had chosen the young actor to perpetuate his acting career.

Ramadan previously celebrated as four of his songs were among the top Egyptian music videos for 2018 in terms of viewership on YouTube.

“Mafia”, the latest song for Ramadan, has taken all social media platforms by storm, and was the most searched on Google, making it the trend of the first days of 2019.

The clip achieved millions of views a few hours after its launch on Ramadan’s official YouTube channel. Ramadan received appraisal from his fans on the clip, which he presented in a distinctive way.

Ramadan is currently shooting his upcoming Ramadan series “Zilzal” (Earthquake). The series is produced by Synergy Productions.

"Zilzal" is written by Abdel Raouf Kamal and directed by Ibrhaim Fakhr. Actress Hala Shiha will co-star with Ramadan after years of hiatus.
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3/5/2019 1:37:31 PM
<![CDATA[Cairo Opera House to celebrate IWD with a poetic event]]>
Egyptian poets Sherine el Adawy, AbeerZaki, HananShaheen, and Habiba el-Zain, as well asveteran Egyptian poet Mohamed el-Shahawy, accompanied by Egyptian pianist Salah Abdallah will perform in the event.

Friday, March 8 marks the International Women’s Day (IWD), a day when activists all over the world unite to send a strong call to motivate communities to be gender inclusive.
IWD is a time to reflect on progress made, call for change and celebrate the determination of women who have shaped history.

"Achieving gender equality and empowering women and girls is the unfinished business of our time, and the greatest human rights challenge in our world,” United Nations (U.N.) Secretary General António Guterres previously recounted.

The International Women’s Day serves every year as a platform to highlight women's achievements, journeys and the struggles that women go through in their everyday lives.

Despite notable progress since 1909, the year of the first IWD, celebrating this day remains necessary and relevant, as many challenges and struggles still stand in the way of full gender parity, especially since the original aim of the day has not been realized.

Inspired by the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, the feminist agenda has gone further and is no longer affiliated with any one group, ethnicity, color, background or gender.

Women from all over the world are voicing to the world that everyone should act upon issues that continue to stand in the way of gender equality, and that equality benefits everyone in society.

The theme for IWD 2018 was “Women Too: Press on to Progress as Game Changers”, aiming to encourage people to take strong action and be vocal to press forward and progress gender parity.
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3/5/2019 1:10:38 PM
<![CDATA[AmrDiab to shut down official forum]]>
The official forum Amr Diab.net has been the favorable chat room for Diab’slovers over the past 15 years. Diab himself is one of the forum's members that include over 150,000 of his fans, who used to share their unique memories of Diab’sconcerts and fashion, their analyses of Diab's music and all the breaking news about him.

Diab explained to his fans reasons behind such frustrating decision:

Dear Amr Diab official forum members,
For years, we have been together since the launch of Amr Diab World and until we moved to Amr Diab.net forum. During these years we had great memories, shared love, care and real dedication and devotion.

Every day, technology changes how we interact and communicate. Recently, I made sure that my social media channels are much more active in all terms. I gave the discussion board all the chances to compete but it is time to say goodbye to the official discussion board. I sadly announce that Amr Diab.net forum will be taken down on March 10.
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3/5/2019 12:03:04 PM
<![CDATA[Prodigy's Keith Flint, singer of 'Firestarter', dies aged 49]]>
Flint became one of the best known faces of 1990s British electronic music, performing apparently random dance moves often with eccentric hair cuts, sometimes styled as devil’s horns.

“I’m a firestarter, twisted firestarter,” he sang in the 1996 hit which introduced the blistering sounds of Britain’s underground rave generation to the mainstream. “I’m the self inflicted, mind detonator, yeah.”

Police were called to an address in Essex, eastern England, shortly after 8.10am on Monday where they found a 49-year-old who was pronounced dead at the scene. His death is not being treated as suspicious.

“It is with deepest shock and sadness that we can confirm the death of our brother and best friend Keith Flint,” other members of Prodigy said in a statement. “A true pioneer, innovator and legend. He will be forever missed.”

Liam Howlett, founder of the group, said Flint had taken his own life.

“Our brother Keith took his own life over the weekend. I’m shell shocked, fuckin’ angry, confused and heart broken,” Howlett said on Instagram. “R.I.P brother Liam.”

The Prodigy had their first gig in Dalston, east London, and released dance track Charly in August 1991. NME said the 1997 ‘Fat Of The Land’ album, which included ‘Firestarter’ and ‘Breathe’, had sold 10 million copies to date.]]>
3/4/2019 4:44:52 PM
<![CDATA[Sharnouby’s 1st album ‘Zay el-Fesool el-Arbaa’ to be released on Mar. 4]]>
This album comes after the great success achieved by his song “El-Nafseya” (The Mood) which he has been recently released. The song achieved high viewership on YouTube, amassing millions of views. The song is written by poet Ayman Bahgat Qamar and composed by Mohamed Yehia.

Sharnouby cooperated in this album which houses 10 songs with a notable group of composers such as Tamer Aly, Yehia Youssef, Tamim, Mohamed Yehia, Ehab Abdel Wahed, Osama el Hady, Yehia Haky among others, and prominent song writers like Amir Teima, Ayman Bahgat Qamar and Tamer Hussein.

Sharnouby has recently joined the cast of “El-Mamar” (The Passage) movie, starring Ahmed Ezz and directed by Sherif Arafa.

“El-Mamar” (The Passage) revolves around one of the heroic stories of the Egyptian Armed Forces. Sharnouby performs numerous songs in the movie, which makes it more special.

Shanouby started by performing in a television series named “Wekalet Ateya” (Ateya’s Agency) in 2008. Following his role in the TV series, he then performed in the movie “El-Safah” (The Killer), but he has focused more on television since then.

Sharnouby also performed the promotional song of the World Youth Forum, held in Sharm El-Sheikh, under the auspices of President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi. Titled “Bahlam Bemakan” (I dream of a place), the song achieved great success.
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3/4/2019 4:41:12 PM
<![CDATA[Yehya Khalil to perform at Cairo Opera House on Mar.14]]>
Considered a remarkable jazz pioneer, Khalil is known for combining jazz tunes with oriental rhythms, attracting many music-loving youth with his significant fusion.

When he was 14 years old, Khalil founded the Cairo Jazz Quartet, the first jazz band in Egypt. The jazz legend shared the stage with a big number of famous rock, country and blues bands.

He participated in joint performances with Rasputin’s Stash, and performed with jazz music icons such as Oliver Jones and Dizzy Gillespie.

Khalil performed with Gillespie at the opening of the Cairo Opera House in 1989.

He cooperated with a number of Egyptian singers, such as Mohamed Mounir, and currently presents jazz music on a state-owned Egyptian channel.

Despite his artistic achievements in the jazz world at a young age, Khalil was eager to learn more about this kind of music by being closer to experts in different regions across the world.

Through witnessing two extremely different music schools, eastern and western, Khalil returned back to his country to establish music platforms to perform his distinctive fusion music.

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3/4/2019 4:36:31 PM
<![CDATA[‘The Forty Rules of Love’ achieves booming success on El-Salam Theater]]>
After about 3 months from its first display on the National theatre, "The Forty Rules of Love" achieved more than LE 1,000000 ($ 55974), despite that it was produced with only LE 200,000.

This is considered a record in the history of the National theatre, as it is the first play to achieve such revenues without relying on superstars.

The play is adapted from the famous novel "The Forty Rules of Love" by acclaimed Turkish author Elif Shafak. The novel revolves around the forty-year old Ella Rubenstein who is unhappy in her marriage.

She accepted a job to work as a reader for a literary agent, where her first task was to read and write a report about a novel named "Sweet Blasphemy’’ written by an author named Aziz Zahara. Rubenstein was fascinated by the story of Shams’s search for his beloved Rumi.

She was also dazzled by Shams’s rule that gives insight based on the unity of all people and religions, stressing the existence of love inside each one of us.

After reading the story, Rubenstein realizes that Rumi’s story parallels her life, and Zahara was like her Shams, aiming to set her free.

"The Forty Rules of Love" stars Bahaa Sarwat, Ezzat Zain, Fawzia, Amira Abou Zeid, Dina Ahmed, and Ahmed Magdy and is directed by Adel Hassaan.

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3/4/2019 4:33:52 PM
<![CDATA['The crew' crisis prevails in Sharm El-Sheikh Festival]]>
“As the artistic director of Sharm El-Sheikh Asian Film Festival, I was very excited about the film and agreed with the filmmakers to present it at the opening of the festival, because I am convinced that a documentary about the Egyptian film industry is the best celebration of the festival, cinema in Egypt and the general taste,” said Mohamed Abdel Rahim.

“Indeed, the filmmakers agreed to screen it at the festival’s opening, welcoming the idea. The filmmakers asked to meet with the festival's management to thank them for their decision,” continued Abdel Rahim.

“Because of the numerous events of the opening ceremony, the festival’s management decided to screen the film in the largest showroom, in terms of sound and image, and at the best time with a large audience so that it can be seen by everyone who wants to enjoy this enriching film,” Abdel Rahim stressed.

“However, the director of the film decided to leave the festival, despite all the welcoming he received, and after the technical office's approval of some of his demands and the rejection of other impossible and unprofessional demands,” declared Abdel Rahim.

“According to the festival’s regulations, which are not very different from the regulations of all international festivals, 'The crew' was presented on time in the presence of its film director Tamer al-Husseini and Mahmoud Samir.”

According to Abdel Rahim, the festival's management did not deprive the festival’s guests from enjoying the film and also made 'The crew' makers watch their film among the audience.
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3/4/2019 2:31:38 PM
<![CDATA[Yasmine Sabry resumes filming 'Hekayti']]>
The filming process is intensified to deliver the first episodes to Synergy Productions so that the series competes in Ramadan marathon 2019.

The makers of the series completed filming four weeks’ worth of events in which Sabry appeared as a girl belonging to a significant family. The family faces numerous hardships throughout the events.

“Hekayti” is starring Wafa Amer, Edward, Ahmed Salah Hosni, Ahmed Hatem, Ahmed Bedair, Maha Abu Auf, Islam Gamal, Ahmed Gamal Said, Dunia el-Masry, Gamal Abdel Nasser and Mustafa Darwish.

Yasmine Sabry is a young Egyptian actress who began her acting career in 2013 when she appeared in the religious program “Khatawat El-Shaytan” (The Devil’s Steps) with young preacher Moez Masoud. Afterwards, she joined the cast of the TV series “Gabal El-Halal” (El Halal Mountain) with actor Mahmoud Abdelaziz in 2014.


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3/4/2019 1:04:41 PM
<![CDATA[GEBO to hold numerous book fairs in March]]>
On March 5, a book fair will be established in Assiut Culture Palace; another book fair will be held at Samalut on March 6 and a third one is set to kick off in Damanhur on March 7.

The GEBO is also endeavoring to hold a book fair at the Faculty of Art Education on March 10 and a book fair in the Egyptian University of Science and Technology on March 11. Also, Qena Book Fair in Nagaa Hammadi will be held on March 13.

Additionally, Minia University book fair will be held on March 19 and Alexandria Book Fair will be held on March 24.




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3/4/2019 12:47:40 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt optimistic about fruitful cooperation with China in field of antiquities]]>
In statements to Xinhua, Anani said on Monday that the Egyptian-Chinese ties are exceptional and good.

Anani said Egypt has inked a memorandum of understanding with the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.

A Chinese archaeological mission started its work in Egypt in November in Monto Temple in Luxor.]]>
3/4/2019 11:49:19 AM
<![CDATA[Karim Abdel Aziz resumes filming ‘The Blue Elephant” PII in Manial]]>
The shooting lasts for one day, as Abdel Aziz is about to complete filming his scenes. The film is the production of Synergy.

The second part of the "Blue Elephant" hasthe same cast of the first part, led by director Marwan Hamid and writer Ahmed Murad. The film is starring Abdel Aziz and Nelly Karim, joined by Tunisian actress Hend Sabry and Jordanian star Eyad Nassar as the film’s guest of honor.

The first part of the "Blue Elephant" presented the story of Dr. Yahya, who returns after 5 years of elective isolation to work at Abbasiya Mental Health Hospital. Yahya meets an old friend who shares with him past memories he is struggling to forget.

Yahya’s attempt to discover the truth of his friend's case leads him to a journey full of suspense.

Abdel Aziz is an Egyptian actor. He is the son of director Mohammad Abdul Aziz and nephew of film director Omar Abdel Aziz. He was born August 17, 1975, at Al-Agouza.

Karim Abdel Aziz was raised by a director with a great heritage in the Egyptian cinema. This artistic upbringing influenced him, so he chose to be part of the film making industry as he was already familiar with the nature of the business.

The star joined the High Institute of Cinema in 1994 and graduated from the directing department in 1997. He worked as an assistant director for a short period and then was tempted by the sensation of being in front of the camera instead of behind it;this is when he decided to switch to acting.

He got his chance to act with director Sherif Arafa who introduced him for the first time.

When prominent actress Samira Ahmed chose him for his role in the TV drama "Emraa Mn Zaman el-Hob", it was his real kick off as a true artist with a real talent and great sense of humor.He then received several offers until he got his leading role in front of Mona Zaki and Hala Sheha in "Leeh Khalletny Ahebbak" (Why did you make me love you?).











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3/3/2019 4:14:10 PM
<![CDATA[In pics: 3rd edition of Sharm El-Sheikh Asian Film Festival kicks off ]]>
"This edition will be different with the artists' support; this festival is the only Asian one in Egypt," said Ali in his speech, adding that Egypt is able to create stability and peace and combat terrorism.

The festival management selected China to be the festival’s guest of honor.
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Renowned Egyptian actress, script writer, producer and TV presenter Esaad Younis is the honorary president of the festival.
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The festival honored in its opening ceremony veteran actor Lotfy Labib, renowned actress Hala Sedky, Egyptian director Aly el-Ghazouly and great cinema critic and artistic director of Cairo International Film Festival Youssef Sherif Rizkallah.
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The opening ceremony housed a lot of dancing shows. Additionally,famed Azerbaijani singer and actress Dilara Kazimova performed in the opening ceremony some of her dazzling songs.
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The festival dedicated this edition to late great actress Souad Hosny. Hosny was honoured with a trophy that was given to her sister. South Sinai Governor Khaled Fouda attended the opening ceremony.

Critic Mohamed Sayed Abdel Rahim, artistic director of the festival, declared that the head of the jury of the long feature film competition will be veteran Chinese director Xie Fei, who has been granted several international awards for the movies he directed.
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Abdel Rahim said that the Chinese film "The Rib" directed by Zhang Wei is competing in the long feature film competition, whereas the Chinese film “Mr Big” is competing in the long documentary competition.
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Several modern Chinese films screened during the festival’s opening ceremony, portraying the modern Chinese film making industry and the progress it achieved along the years.
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The festival’s opening ceremony was held in cooperation with the Chinese Cultural Center, which presented a traditional Chinese dance during the festival’s opening.
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3/3/2019 4:09:02 PM
<![CDATA['Naseny Laih' amasses 20M views on YouTube in 2 weeks]]>CAIRO - 3 March 2019: Famed Egyptian singer Tamer Hosny's“Naseny Laih” amassed almost 20 million views on his official YouTube channel in less than two weeks.

“NasenyLaih” is written by Tamer Hussain, distributed by Tamer Ali and Wesam Abdel Moneim. Hosny chose the idea of the song’s video clip which is directed by Said al-Marouk.

Hosny's most recent album is "Aish Beshouak", which has achieved great success. His film "El-Badla” (The Suit) has achieved great public success as well. Amina khalil, Akram Hosny, Dalal Abdel Aziz and Maged al-Masry starred alongside Hosny in the film.

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ڤيديو كليب ناسيني ليه - تامر حسني / Naseny Leh - Music video 4K - Tamer Hosny

Tamer Hosny - Naseny Leh / تامر حسني - كليب ناسيني ليه ------------------------- اخراج سعيد الماروق شكر خاص للنجمة اسيل عمران ----------------------- كلمات تامر حسين الحان تامر علي توزيع موسيقي وسام عبد المنعم مكساج هاني محروس ماستر امير محروس فكرة تامر حسني ----------------- Made in Egypt produced by : TH PRODUCTION ----------------




Tamer Hosni is an Egyptian singer, actor, composer, director and songwriter. He first came to public attention when he appeared on mix tapes with other Egyptian artists.

Hosni launched his solo career with his 2004 album "Hob", becoming a successful singer of romantic music and was given the nickname "Star of the Generation" by his fans.


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3/3/2019 3:55:54 PM
<![CDATA[Amr Diab to perform at MSA University on Mar.8]]>
It is worth mentioning that Diab rocked the stage of Must Opera House on Friday, Feb. 22. The concert, organized by Waleed Mansour, was the first official concert after the release of Diab's album “kolHayaty” (All My Life).

After a long hiatus, El-Hadaba - as his lovers dub him- held a concert in 6th of October City; the crowded concert was attended by thousands of his lovers. The concert started at 8 p.m. and ended at 10:30 p.m.

Diab sang a collection of his new and old songs such as “KolHayaty” (All My Life), “Nghamet El-Herman” (Tone of Deprivation), “Yet'alemo” (Let them learn), “Da Law Etsab” (If She is Left), “Wayah” (With Him), “ YaAgmalEyoun” (Most Beautiful Eyes), “Kont Fe Baly” (I was Thinking of You), “Ragea” (I am Back), “AlaHobak” (Your Love), in addition to his old sad songs: “Wnendam” (Feel Remorse), “KanTayeb” (He was Kind), “W EihYa’ny” (So What?), “Ayyam We Ben'eshha”.

Also,Diab performed the new song “Mesh Mohem” (Not Important) for the first time in the concert. “Mesh Mohem” is written by Turki Al-Sheikh, composed by AmrMostafa, and distributed by Osama el-Hendy.

Diab was the most listened to singer on Anghami in 2018; his most recent album “KolHayati” (All My Life) was listened to a record number of times.

Diab adopted a new marketing strategy to promote his latest album "KolHayati", releasing a new song each week.

Diab performed a massive concert in Nammos, a restaurant in Mykonos, Greece on Friday, July 27 to promote “KolHayati”, where he sang some songs from his new album.

Diab collaborated with several poets, composers and distributers in “KolHayati” album, 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, “YaTareeq” (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.

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3/3/2019 3:14:08 PM
<![CDATA[Video: Watch 1st promo of 'Lams Aktaf']]>
Yasser Galal embodies the role of a boxer named Adham, who gets involved in criminal acts, and later decides to repent and live a secure and stable life. However, Adham faces hardships as he is chased by Mafia members.

Galal went through rigorous training in order to appear in a certain body shape suiting the role he is playing.

The series is starring FathyAbdel Wahab, Hanan Metaweh, Eman el-Asy, Samar Morsy, Donia Abdel Aziz, Mohamed Ezz, among others. “Lams Aktaf” is directed by Hussein al-Nabawi.

The series is the third leading role for Yasser Galal in a television drama after "Thel el-Raes" and "Rahim".

Watch the promo:

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3/3/2019 3:08:03 PM
<![CDATA[Malmö Arab Film Festival 9th edition to kick off Oct. 4]]>
The conditions of submission were as follows the story of the film should be related to Arab culture, identity or exile and the film project must be a joint production between an Arab producer and a Swedish producer.

After the closing ceremony, the Malmö Arab Film Festival and the Swedish Film Institute will announce in August 2019 the selected projects to compete for market awards and the Malmö Festival Forum.

The Malmö Arab Film Festival is inviting representatives of the five film projects which were chosen to compete in the feature film category and representatives of the three film projects competing in the documentary category to the Malmö Arab Film Festival taking place during the period from October 4-8, 2019.

Representatives of the films and the judging committee will come together to select the winning film project, where project representatives have the opportunity to present and explain their projects to the committee and meet producers and filmmakers from the Nordic countries and the Arab world. Numerous representatives of support funds and donor institutions from around the world will be present.

At the closing ceremony, the judging committee will grant KR 150,000 presented by the Swedish Film Institute for the winning feature film, and KR 75,000 for the winning documentary film. The winning film projects granted the Swedish Film Institute’s financial support will be announced.

"We look forward to continued cooperation between Sweden and Arab countries, and we hope for future successes, as happened with the Tunisian-Swedish joint production film ‘Ala Kaf Afreet’,” said head of the production department in the Swedish Film Institute Magdalena Ganghard.

"We are proud to continue to work and collaborate with the Swedish Film Institute, as this cooperation yielded numerous successful film projects," said Mohammed Keblawi, founder and director of the Malmö Arab Film Festival.

It is worth noting that the Malmö Arab Film Festival and Forum is the first global platform for joint cooperation and production between the East and the Arab world.

Malmö Arab Film Festival (MAFF) works as an intercultural platform for diversity and tolerance. As one of the largest film festivals with the focus on Arab cinema, outside of the Arab world, the festival offers a meeting ground for the Nordic and Arab film industries. MAFF has an annual structure with events and festivals all over Sweden.

The festival was founded in 2011 by the general manager and artistic director Mohammad Keblawi. Evolving from a grassroots movement, the festival was initiated through a need, in Malmö and Sweden, for a space that would share and explore the Arab culture.

MAFF is an intercultural meeting place, a place for discourse and bridge-building between people and cultures.

Around 120 features, short films and documentaries from all over the world screen during the festival. There are also competition sections, panoramas, retrospectives, special screenings, workshops, seminars and celebrations.

Parallel to the festival is the MAFF Market Forum, MMF. The MMF is an industry forum for collaboration between the Nordic and Arab industries.

The ninth edition of Malmö Arab Film Festival will be held October 4-8, 2019.




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3/3/2019 2:45:59 PM
<![CDATA[Saudi Arabia to establish 1st music institute]]>
Sheikh added during a special memorial concert in Riyadh in honor of late Abu Bakr Salem Belfkih that the General Authority for Culture is in the process of issuing a license to establish the first Saudi music institute.

A concert for Abu Bakr Salem Belfkih,dubbed the “golden voice” of the Arab world,was held at the King Fahd Cultural Center in Riyadh, using hologram technology.

A notable group of Arab artists attendedBelfkih's honouring ceremony, including Mutref Al-Mutref ,Fuad Abdel, Nabil Shuail, Ali bin Mohammed, Rabeh Sager, Abdallah Al-Rowaished and Belfkih’s son Aseel.

It is worth mentioning that Saudi Arabia launched for the first time in its history the cultural and touristic festival,Winterat Tantora, which kicked off on Thursday, December 20 and concluded on February 9, 2019.

Winter at Tantora festival which ran for seven weeks in the dazzling city of Al-Ula housed numerous programs and events.

A notable cast of Egyptian artists were keen to support this unique festival that took place in Al-Ula city which is famous for its marvellous rock monuments.

Also, famed Egyptian musician Omar Khairat performed a historical concert in the festival on Friday, January 11and dazzled all the attendees with his music.

Egyptian prominent stars, Hussein Fahmy, Ahmed Bedeir, HalaSedky, Magda Zaki, AmrSaad, Ahmed Fahmy, Mohamed Sharnouby, Haitham Shaker, and MostafaKhater,in addition to Head of the Supreme Council of Antiquities MostafaWaziry, attended the unforgettable concert of the legendary Egyptian musician.

The Egyptian artists were keen to visit all the touristic,artistic and archaeological places in the great ancient Saudi city.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman has taken plenty of steps to transfer the kingdom, which was famous for its ultra-conservative culture, to a new culturally and socially open country.

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3/3/2019 2:05:29 PM
<![CDATA['Altook Wal Aswera' wins the best play award from Sharjah Theater Festival.]]>

The play directed by the Egyptian theatrical director Nasser Abdel Moneim previously won the “Best Theatrical Directing” award in the first edition of Cairo International Festival of Contemporary and Experimental Theater in 1999. The show was the production of the Theatre Art House.

“Altook Wal Aswera” revolves around a poor family that resides in a village somewhere in Upper Egypt and suffers from extreme poverty.

The family eventually turns to myths and magic to improve their living situation. This is a common thing in that part of the country and the reason is lack of education.

The show is written by Yehya Taher Abdullah, starring Fatma Mohamed, Mahmoud el-Zayat Martina Adel, Mohamed Hassib, Sara Adel, Eman Hussein among others.
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3/2/2019 3:03:20 PM
<![CDATA[All what you need to know about Sharm El-Sheikh Asian Film Festival]]>
The festival management selected China to be the festival’s guest of honor.

The renowned Egyptian actress, script writer, producer and TV presenter Esaad Younis is the honorary president of the festival.

The festival will honour on its opening ceremony veteran actor Lotfy Labib, renowned actress Hala Sedky, Egyptian director Aly el Ghazouly and great cinema critic and the artistic director of Cairo International Film Festival Youssef Sherif Rizkallah.

The opening ceremony will house a lot of dancing shows. Furthermore the famed Azerbaijani singer and actress Dilara Kazimova will perform in the opening ceremony.

The festival dedicated this edition to the late great actress Souad Hosny, and will honour her with a trophy that will be given to her sister.

The Egyptian documentary ‘’ The Crew’’ will be featured in the opening ceremony. The minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem and South Sinai governer Khaled Fouda will attend the opening ceremony.

Critic Mohamed Sayed Abdel Rahim, artistic director of the festival, declared that the head of the jury of the long feature film competition will be veteran Chinese director Xie Fei, who has been granted several international awards for the movies he directed.

Abdel Rahim said that the Chinese film "The Rib" directed by Zhang Wei is competing in the long feature film competition, whereas the Chinese film “Mr Big” is competing in the long documentary competition.

Several modern Chinese films will screen during the festival’s opening ceremony, portraying the modern Chinese film making industry and the progress it achieved along the years.

The festival’s opening ceremony is held in cooperation with the Chinese Cultural Center, which will present a traditional Chinese dance during the festival’s opening.


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3/2/2019 2:09:06 PM
<![CDATA['Masarah Masr' will launch its upcoming season on Summer 2019]]>
The troupe founder, popular Egyptian actor Ashraf Abdel Baky, revealed that the new season of “Masrah Masr”, will screen on MBC Masr Channel.

Masrah Masr is considered a uniquely successful theatrical experience, led by Abdel Baky.


The show presents a new one-act play written and directed by Nader Salah el-Din, every week.


Abdel Baky previously said that when “Masrah Masr” was first launched the idea of relying on new actors every week was his brainchild. Abdel Baky added that people in the beginning thought he was crazy to take such a risk.

However, he stressed that he and his team always comply with theater rules. Affirming that he deals with his troupe members as if they were family, Abdel Baky pointed out that each one of the troupe members is distinguished in their own way.


New faces presented by Abdel Baky during past seasons have all become well-known stars.

“Masrah Masr” members include; Ali Rabie, Mostafa Khater, Hamdy el Marghany, Mohamed Osama (Osos), Dina Mohasen (Wizoo) and Esraa Abdel Fattah, among others.

It is worth mentioning that Abdel Baky established his new artistic project entitled “Saudi Arabia Theater” in Jeddah with the support of the Saudi General Entertainment Authority.


The project came as part of the cultural openness project adopted by Saudi Crown Prince Mohamed Bin Salman.


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3/2/2019 1:12:37 PM
<![CDATA[AI portrait joins Warhol, Basquiat and Freud at London auction]]>
While paintings by Lucian Freud, Andy Warhol, Jean Michel Basquiat and Roy Lichtenstein are likely to fetch some of the highest prices, “Memories of Passersby I” by German computer programmer Mario Klingemann is an eye-catcher.

“The first self-contained, generative work of AI (artificial intelligence) ever to appear on the market” produces a “never-ending real time stream of original art”, said auction house Sotheby’s.

Consisting of two screens wired to a computer housed in a retro-looking wooden case, the artwork generates a male-looking face on one side and a female-looking one on the other — images in the style of the Old Masters, but constantly and seamlessly changing.

“‘Memories of Passersby’ is a machine that I created that will keep on generating portraits of non-existing people forever,” Klingemann, who specializes in using computer code to create art, said.

It has an estimated price tag of 30,000-40,000 pounds — a snip compared with some of the more traditional works among the 68 lots on offer at Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Auctions.

Lucian Freud’s portrait “Head of a Boy” should fetch up to 6.5 million pounds, according to a pre-sale estimate.

A 3-metre-high (10-foot) nude by British painter Jenny Saville is expected to sell for 5-7 million pounds, “the highest pre-sale estimate ever placed on a work by a living female artist”, according to Sotheby’s.

The works will be sold at auctions on March 5 and 6.


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3/2/2019 12:34:41 PM
<![CDATA[Actress Katherine Helmond of TV's 'Soap,' 'Who's the Boss?' dies at 89]]>
Helmond, who also delivered a memorable turn as a vain woman obsessed with plastic surgery in director Terry Gilliam’s dystopian film “Brazil” (1985), died Feb. 23 at her Los Angeles home due to complications from Alzheimer’s disease.

“My beautiful, kind, funny, gracious, compassionate, rock,” Alysssa Milano, who starred alongside Helmond in “Who’s the Boss,” said on Twitter. “You were an instrumental part of my life. You taught me to hold my head above the marsh! You taught me to do anything for a laugh! What an example you were!”

Helmond was in her 40s and had already been nominated for a Tony Award for her work on Broadway before landing a starring role on “Soap,” a prime-time parody of daytime soap operas that ran on the ABC network for four seasons from 1977 to 1981.

She then starred on “Who’s the Boss?” on ABC with Milano, Tony Danza and Judith Light from 1984 to 1992, followed by recurring roles on sitcoms “Coach” starring Craig T. Nelson from 1995 to 1997 and “Everybody Loves Raymond” with Ray Romano from 1996 to 2004.

“Katherine Helmond was a remarkable human being and an extraordinary artist; generous, gracious, charming and profoundly funny,” Light said in a statement. “She taught me so much about life and inspired me indelibly by watching her work. Katherine was a gift to our business and to the world, and will be deeply missed.”

Helmond played Jessica Tate, a sex-crazed scatterbrain, “Soap,” a show known for warped characters and deliberately farfetched plots, including alien abduction and demonic possession. People magazine referred to its “cheerfully tasteless handling of such topics as impotence, homosexuality, promiscuity, adultery, etc.” and it caused some controversy when it debuted.

“I don’t think it’s lurid,” Helmond told People. “Daytime soaps go into areas - lesbianism, married nuns, a woman in love with a priest - that would not be touched in prime time. And they’re super-serious. We just take real situations and exaggerate them.”

On “Who’s the Boss?” Helmond played Mona Robinson, the man-crazy mother to Light’s character, an ad executive who hires retired baseball player Danza as her housekeeper.

Helmond won two Golden Globe awards in 1981 for “Soap” and in 1989 for “Who’s the Boss?” She never won an Emmy but was nominated four times for “Soap,” twice for “Who’s the Boss?” and once for “Everybody Loves Raymond.”

Helmond also appeared in director Alfred Hitchcock’s last movie, “Family Plot” (1976), and in Gilliam’s films “Time Bandits” (1981) as an ogre’s wife and in the visually striking “Brazil” (1985) as the plastic surgery aficionado.

In one “Brazil” scene, she sits in a chair chastising her son, played by Jonathan Pryce, over his lack of ambition while a doctor stretches her face into ridiculous contortions and covers it in plastic wrap. “Already, she’s twice as beautiful as she was before,” the surgeon proudly announces.

Helmond was born on July 5, 1929, in Galveston, Texas, and attended the fundamentalist Christian Bob Jones University. She later became a Buddhist.

Helmond took a variety of roles on stage and TV but her career took off after being nominated in 1973 for a Tony Award for her performance in Eugene O’Neill’s “The Great God Brown.”

She is survived by her second husband, David Christian.

“She was the love of my life,” Christian said in a statement on Friday. “We spent 57 beautiful, wonderful, loving years together, which I will treasure forever.”]]>
3/2/2019 12:29:47 PM
<![CDATA[Six facts you need to know about Zeinat Sedky]]>
Veteran comedian Zeinat Sedky managed to draw the smile on our faces for many years and she still does through her funny genuine performance.

Egypt Today presents six facts about the late renowned comedian.

1. Sedky was born in Alexandria governorate in 1913. Her passion with acting drove her to study at the “Ansar el Tamseel” (Acting Supporters) Institute, which was founded by veteran Egyptian actor and director Zaki Tolimat, but her father pushed her to quit studying and marry at an early age. Her marriage lasted only for one year before she was divorced.

2. She started her career first as a singer with some small troupes before being discovered by the legendary Egyptian actor Naguib el-Rihany, giving her the first role in one of his plays.

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Naguib al-Rihani and Zeinat Sedky


3. Sedky starred with most of the great artists at the time such as Youssef Wahby, Ismail Yassin, Shadia, Abdel Halim Hafez, Anwar Wagdy among others. Her cinematic repertoire contains more than 400 movies.

4. Sedky was famous for performing the role of the funny maiden, a woman who always insults, and the loyal maid who always supports her lady.

5. She was one of the female comedy pioneers in the Egyptian cinema along with Mary Mounib and Wedad Hamdy, despite this fact, at the end of her career, her stardom started to decline, the matter that drove Sedky to sell her furniture in order to cover her expenses. The actor who made millions laugh, found nobody at the end of her life to console her. Everyone turned their backs on her until former Egyptian president Mohamed Anwar el-Sadat gave her an award at The Art Feast in 1976 and granted her an exceptional pension.

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Late President Anwar el-Sadat honoring Zeinat Sedky


6. She suffered from plenty of health problems before her death including pulmonary edema. Her last movie was entitled “Bent Esmha Mahmoud” (A Girl Named Mahmoud), which was six years before her death. Sedky Died on 1978 leaving behind a large history of undying movies that will continue live on ever after.]]>
3/2/2019 1:50:00 AM
<![CDATA[Rami Malek is in final negotiations to play the villain in Bond 25 ]]>
Bond 25 movie will be directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga.

The Upper Egyptian -American star Rami Malek has made it to the Oscars and received Best Actor award after his brilliant portrayal of Queen's main vocalist, the legendary Freddie Mercury, in "Bohemian Rhapsody" movie.

“I am the son of immigrants from Egypt, a first-generation American... and part of my story is being written right now. I could not be more grateful to each and every one of you, and everyone who believed in me for this moment. It’s something I will treasure for the rest of my life.” – part of Rami Malek's 2019 Oscars acceptance speech for "Best Actor," Bohemian Rhapsody.

Malek has won all the awards preceding the 91st Academy Awards: The Golden Globes, the BAFTAs and SAG.

Malek is an Egyptian-American actor, who was born in Los Angeles on May 12, 1981, to Egyptian immigrant parents who are Saeed Malek and Nelly Abdel Malek.

Originally from Minya's Samalut, Malek's parents immigrated to the US in the 1970s. Malek's journey from Upper Egypt to the Golden Globes was both difficult and interesting.

The 37-year-old actor grabbed the award after a tough competition with acclaimed stars, Bradley Cooper for "A Star is Born", Willem Dafoe for "At Eternity's Gate", John David Washington for "BlacKkKlansman" and Lucas Hedges for "Boy Erased".

Malek has been nominated before for a Golden Globe for his performance in the TV series "Mr. Robot". Malek was the first non-white actor to take home the Emmy for Best Actor in a Drama Series in over 18 years in 2016 for his role in "Mr. Robot".

Malek's win, along with the film's win of Best Motion Picture Drama, were the most tweeted-about incidents at the Golden Globe.

“Thank you to Freddie Mercury for giving me the joy of a lifetime. I love you, you beautiful man. This is for and because of you, gorgeous,” Malek said dedicating his great win to the legendary singer.

Malek elaborated that he drew personal connections with Mercury after depicting him. “I tried to find the humanity in him,” he said during a press room speech after the film's win.

“I related to him being an immigrant struggling to discover his identity," he added. "I tried to take everything he was struggling with, his complication, his chaos, his turmoil and this beauty inside of him. He lifted me up to be everything I could be in this film.”

"Bohemian Rhapsody" was actually what the Egyptian-American actor needed to shift from acclaimed actor to established movie star.

"Bohemian Rhapsody" also winning Best Drama, further stabilised Malek's outstanding performance in the movie that succeeded both critically and commercially, yielding over $700 million and becoming the highest grossing biopic of all time.

Being provided the golden chance to perform the role of the iconic Mercury, Malek was aware of the huge responsibility and took it very seriously.

"I was very cognizant of the work it was going to take to get anywhere close to becoming Freddy Mercury. I flew myself to London and put myself up and just got hammering away," Malek explained to E News.

"Piano lessons and worked with a movement coach and singing lessons—everything I could possibly do. And then I watched copious amounts of Freddie Mercury performances," he reiterated.

Malek is now dating his "Bohemian Rhapsody" co-star Lucy Boynton, 24, who plays Mary Austin, Mercury's first fiancée.

Malek and Bonyton had never talked about their relationship in public until recently when Malek confirmed their relation at the Palm Springs International Film Festival where he accepted the Breakthrough Performance Award.

"Thank you, Lucy Boynton," Malek said to Billboard. "You have been my ally, my confidant, my love. Thank you so much," he added.

Malek who used to sell falafel and deliver pizza to support himself financially at the beginning of his career is now enjoying his newfound fame and saying goodbye forever to anonymity, giving a true example that it is never impossible.
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3/1/2019 5:10:48 PM
<![CDATA[National project to study royal mummies to kick off next month ]]>
Hawass announced that the project is tailor made to search for the mummies of Queen Nefertiti and Ankhesenamun, the wife of Tutankhamun, using DNA analysis and Computed Tomography (CT) scans.

Hawass explained important facts during the lecture such as how Tutankhamun died, the discoveries of pyramid builders tombs and other important archelogical discoveries.

During his lecture on the ancient Egyptian civilization Hawass invited the Danish people to visit Egypt, assuring that it is safe.

Hawass declared to the multiple Danish newspapers that interviewed him that he is leading an Egyptian global team to restore stolen artifacts.

The lecture was attended by Queen of Denmark Margrethe II and Egyptian Ambassador in Copenhagen Ayman Alkaffas.

Hawass previously stressed the difficulty of retrieving Egyptian monuments from various museums all over the world since they were transferred under the 50 percent law or the Antiquities Protection Act.

The Antiquities Protection Act permitted foreign missions to take their share of the excavations.

Hawass pointed out that there is currently an international outcry that calls for retrieving artifacts. French President Emmanuel Macron said France occupied some African countries and looted their artifacts and it is a must to return the looted items to their original countries.

Meanwhile, Greece is fighting to return its artifacts from London and China is demanding Japan and other countries to return its looted artifacts.

The veteran archaeologist announced that Egypt must demand its right to retrieve its looted artifacts, pointing out that he is currently forming a national team consisting of public figures to demand Egypt's right to retrieving its artifacts.

Hawas stated that Egypt must demand the retrieval of the five most significant pieces found in the world's museums, namely the Rosetta Stone which was seized by the French and the head of Nefertiti that Hawas asserted he collected evidence proving it was stolen.

Hawas claimed that he demanded the head of Berlin Museum to retrieve the stolen artifact; however, the revolution of Jan. 25, 2011 postponed the retrieving process.

Hawas further stated that the third most significant piece is the Planetarium located in the Louvre Museum, which was stolen by a French thief.

Moreover, Hawas claimed that the two additional artifacts were legally transferred outside Egypt, but Egypt must demand their retrieval. The two pieces are the statue of the architect of the Great Pyramid that is located in Germany and the statue of Khafre pyramid manager that is located in the USA.

Hawas further stated that the world perceived Egypt in the past as a country that does not provide museums for its priceless artifacts and cannot protect its ancient heritage.

However, the veteran archaeologist affirmed that Egypt currently holds numerous museums, including the Grand Egyptian Museum that is considered the biggest museum in the world.
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3/1/2019 4:13:59 PM
<![CDATA[Amr Diab to perform at Dubai Media City Amphitheater on Mar.28]]>
Diab rocked the stage of Must Opera House on Friday, Feb. 22. The concert, organized by Waleed Mansour, was the first official concert after the release of Diab's album “kol Hayaty” (All My Life).

After a long hiatus, El-Hadaba - as his lovers dub him- held a concert in 6th of October City; the crowded concert was attended by thousands of his lovers. The concert started at 8 p.m. and ended at 10:30 p.m.


Diab sang a collection of his new and old songs such as “Kol Hayaty” (All My Life), “Nghamet El-Herman” (Tone of Deprivation), “Yet'alemo” (Let them learn), “Da Law Etsab” (If She is Left), “Wayah” (With Him), “ Ya Agmal Eyoun” (Most Beautiful Eyes), “Kont Fe Baly” (I was Thinking of You), “Ragea” (I am Back), “Ala Hobak” (Your Love), in addition to his old sad songs: “Wnendam” (Feel Remorse), “Kan Tayeb” (He was Kind), “W Eih Ya’ny” (So What?), “Ayyam We Ben'eshha”.
It is worth mentioning that Diab has performed the new song “Mesh Moham” (Not Important) for the first time in the concert.
“Mesh Moham” is written by Turki Al-Sheikh, composed by Amr Mostafa, and distributed by Osama El-Hendy.
Diab was the most listened to singer on Anghami in 2018; his most recent album “KolHayati” (All My Life) was listened to a record number of times.

Diab adopted a new marketing strategy to promote his latest album KolHayati”, releasing a new song each week.

Diab performed a massive concert in Nammos, a restaurant in Mykonos, Greece on Friday, July 27 to promote “KolHayati”, where he sang some songs from his new album.

Diab collaborated with several poets, composers and distributers in “KolHayati” album, including TarekMadkour, AymanBahgat Amar, Nader Hamdy, AmrMostafa 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, “YaTareeq” (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.
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3/1/2019 3:15:29 PM
<![CDATA[Ahmed Magdy wins Trophée Francophone de l'interprétation Masculine]]>
The movie revolves around the main character, Ali, who loves a goat named Nada and talks to it. Many people criticize him for this behaviour, until his mother forces him to go to a psychological and spiritual healer, where he meets Ibrahim.

Ibrahim suffers from depression and listens to sounds from another world, yet he is incapable of understanding what those messages mean.

Together, they embark on a journey of self-discovery and friendship across Egypt.

The movie’s first worldwide screening was at the Festival International du Film Francophone de Namur (FIFF) in Belgium.

It participated at the Rendezvous French Cinema in Paris in January, and was also a participant at the Cannes Film Festival Junior screening.

"Ali, the Goat and Ibrahim" won three postproduction awards at Final Cut in Venice workshop.

It is worth mentioning that Ali Sobhi won the Muhr Feature Award for best actor for playing the role of Ali, the goat.

"Ali, the Goat and Ibrahim" was written by Ahmed Amer and Ibrahim el-Batout. It was produced by Movie Clinic, Transit movies, Arizona productions, distributed by MAD Solutions, Film Clinic-Indie Distribution (FCID), and Loco Films.

The film stars Ali Sobhi, Ahmed Magdy, Salwa Mohamed Ali, Nahed el-Sebai and others.
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3/1/2019 3:05:57 PM
<![CDATA[Umm Kulthum to perform at El Sawy Puppet theater on Mar.7]]>
The concert will feature the puppets of iconic singer Umm Kulthum and her full troupe performing on stage.

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, 2018 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?).

A massive concert using hologram for late legendary Egyptian artist Umm Kulthum was held on Al-Ula Saudi city on Friday, January 25. The concert achieved a booming success.

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3/1/2019 1:30:06 PM
<![CDATA[Disney bets on a new planet to wow 'Star Wars' fans at U.S. parks]]>
The 14-acre (6-hectare) Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge sections of the two theme parks are set on Batuu, a remote frontier planet never seen on screen.

Expectations run high from generations of fans, many of whom have waited 40 years since the original 1977 film to visit a real-world version of the galaxy far, far away. Disney describes Galaxy’s Edge as its most ambitious park expansion ever.

Theme park designers said they debated whether to replicate a well-known movie location such as Luke Skywalker’s desert home of Tatooine or the icy planet Hoth.

The team consulted with the Lucasfilm division and opted to build a planet that had been mentioned in “Star Wars” movies and books but was not yet familiar to fans.

The goal was to make visitors feel like they were in the “Star Wars” world but could have a new experience where they play a role, said Chris Beatty, executive creative director at Walt Disney Imagineering.

Designers decided to “lean forward into the future,” Beatty told reporters, “but leave a door open to the past.”

“There is a lot of risk and a lot of pressure to deliver on people’s dreams and imaginations,” he added, “but that’s what we do as imagineers.”

In the works for more than four years, Galaxy’s Edge is set to debut at California’s Disneyland this summer and at Walt Disney World in Florida in the fall. Opening dates have not been announced.

Disney’s theme-park designers worked with Lucasfilm to craft a “Star Wars” story that could work in characters, creatures, vehicles and other elements old and new.

The land centers on a settlement called Black Spire Outpost inhabited by smugglers and bounty hunters. The time period is set during the current movie trilogy, which will conclude with the December release of “Star Wars: Episode IX.”

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A main attraction, Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, was designed to make visitors feel like they are flying Han Solo’s famous spaceship. An animatronic Hondo Ohnaka, a pirate from animated TV series “The Clone Wars,” will invite guests on a mission.

In a second experience called Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, visitors will try to escape the First Order, and characters such as Rey and Poe will appear.

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Elsewhere there are shops to build your own lightsaber or droid, a restaurant serving roasted meat and a cantina inspired by the colorful watering holes seen in “Star Wars” films. Drinks will include a Jedi Mind Trick and a Tatooine Sunset.

Everything is designed to immerse guests in the story. “You won’t feel like you’re in a theme park,” said Bob Chapek, Disney’s chairman of parks, experiences and products.

To achieve that, storytellers studied “Star Wars” films, TV shows and books, recreating details such as droid tracks on the ground.

Chefs inside the food and beverage division imagined what Batuu residents would eat. Items for sale will include the galaxy’s famous blue milk and a unique cut of pork ribs meant to look like they were taken from Kaadu, a wingless beast ridden on Naboo.

In addition, Disney wants to keep guests in lines entertained. A Disney parks app will offer Galaxy’s Edge games while they are in the land.

Disney’s designers and storytellers have high hopes for fan reactions.

“I think people are going to fall to their knees and start kissing the ground,” said Margaret Kerrison, managing story editor at Walt Disney Imagineering. “It sounds like a total exaggeration, but I feel like it’s going to happen.”


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3/1/2019 1:03:46 PM
<![CDATA[Acclaimed conductor and pianist Andre Previn dies at 89]]>
Previn, who won numerous awards for his musical accomplishments, was composing new music until only a few days before he passed away, IMG Artists said in a statement. The circumstances of his death were not immediately clear and the company could not be reached for further comment.

The German-born musical prodigy who fled Nazi persecution with his Jewish family in 1938 to Paris and then Los Angeles, Previn made his name as a jazz musician and writing scores for movies. By the end of his career, he had become one of the prominent music figures in the second half of the 20th century.

Previn was a conductor of major orchestras in Europe and America including the London Symphony, Royal Philharmonic, Houston Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic and others. He also composed numerous classical works including two operas, “A Streetcar Named Desire” and “Brief Encounter.”

His hundreds of recordings led to a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010 and 10 other Grammys. Previn was knighted by Britain’s Queen Elizabeth in 1996. His personal life was controversial, with five marriages, including one to actress Mia Farrow.

When he arrived in Los Angeles, an uncle was providing music to Universal Studios. Previn launched his film-score career by age 20 when the MGM studio asked him to write music to accompany a famous collie in the 1949 movie “Challenge to Lassie.”

He soon was the most successful music man in Hollywood. He won Academy Awards for “Gigi” (1958), “Porgy and Bess” (1959), “Irma La Douce” (1963) and “My Fair Lady” (1964). He also wrote an admired score for the film “Elmer Gantry” (1960). “Gigi” and “My Fair Lady” won Oscars as Best Picture.

Previn was seen as a young Hollywood hot shot, known for his talent as well as escorting starlets. But at the height of his success in the early 1960s, he changed his career focus from films and jazz to classical music and conducting.

“I stuck around in Hollywood for too long,” Previn told Britain’s Guardian in 2005.

“I was there a long time and when I left I was smart enough to realize that what I was leaving was not just the movie business,” he said. “I wanted to get rid of the whole atmosphere. I had a lot of friends and there were a lot of very talented people that I liked - and I still like - but it’s not an atmosphere in which to make serious music, it just isn’t.”

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His goal was to conduct - he had studied with well-known conductor Pierre Monteux - but found that his film work did not boost his chances.

“In America, they would just as soon forgive you for an ax murder as for having done a movie,” Previn told the Guardian.

In 1968, he became chief conductor for the prestigious London Symphony Orchestra, and became quite a celebrity in Britain. He kept the post until 1979, an unusually long tenure.

He also was a virtuoso classical and jazz pianist and performed with many big names. He also had success in musical theater and his Broadway show “Coco” was nominated for a Tony Award as best musical in 1970.

Previn was known for trying to popularize classical music, organizing music festivals, and inspiring children about music.

He also generated headlines with his controversial personal life. He was married five times. In 1969, while still married to his second wife, Previn became involved with Mia Farrow, the former wife of actor and singer Frank Sinatra and the future partner of movie director Woody Allen.

Farrow and Previn married in 1970, after she had given birth to twins and just weeks after his divorce came through. They divorced in 1979. Soon-Yi Previn, an adopted daughter of Previn and Farrow, later became Allen’s wife.

Previn’s fifth marriage in 2002 was to famed German violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, who was 24 years younger than him. They divorced in 2006.

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Andreas Ludwig Priwin was born in Berlin on April 6, 1929, but changed his name in America. He became a U.S. citizen in 1943.

When asked how he would like to be remembered, Previn once said: “I’ve heard a lot about conductors referred to as either brilliant technicians or remarkable human beings, as masters of discipline, or precision or whatever. I must say that I would like, if at all, to be remembered as just a good musician.”]]>
3/1/2019 1:00:46 PM
<![CDATA[Motley Crue rock biopic: a tale of success, excess and ants]]>Sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll: a new movie about the antics of 1980s metal hell-raisers Motley Crue, a band known as much for their hedonism as their music, has it all.

“The Dirt”, based on the band’s best-selling autobiography, charts the rise of four Californian youngsters who channel the punk rage of the 1970s into the big-haired rock genre that, for many people, defined the 1980s.

Like the hugely successful Queen movie “Bohemian Rhapsody”, it is a rags-to-riches tale of flamboyant showbiz glory and the perils of a rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle.

“I think that’s what’s exciting for people about the Queen movie: there’s a band who wrote their own music, they were their own personalities and they lived their life the way they lived their life,” Motley Crue founder Nikki Sixx told Reuters.

“It’s the same for Motley Crue.”

The film begins with a neglected young Sixx being taken into care after cutting his own arm and blaming it on his drunkard mother - setting up a theme of self-abuse that runs through a story where Jack Daniels flows like water and anything sniffable goes up the musicians’ noses.

A stand-out scene is when Motley Crue are touring with Ozzy Osbourne who, when he discovers they have no spare cocaine to give him, crouches down and snorts a line of live ants from the floor.

“It was somebody that we looked up to, and still look up to, who was wild, and we were a wild young band,” Sixx said. “We thought we could compete with that, but you can’t with Ozzy, he won!”

While viewers will draw inevitable comparisons to the 1984 heavy metal mockumentary “This Is Spinal Tap”, Sixx said he hoped “The Dirt” had some of the emotional heft and “graininess” of “Boogie Nights” or even “Goodfellas”.

“Everyone thinks that Motley Crue glamorized drugs and sex – well that’s not true,” said Allen Kovac, the band’s manager and one of the film’s producers.

“The Beatles glamorized LSD ... Keith Richards glamorized heroin. What we wanted to do is to deglamorize it – show what can happen to people, their families, their friends. And I think accomplishing that ... took courage by the band.”

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3/1/2019 12:55:34 PM
<![CDATA[Yara to perform in Dubai’s Global Village March 1]]>
"From the airport to Dubai, meet me tomorrow in Dubai’s Global Village because the celebration is grand and legendary," commented Yara on Instagram.

The star is preparing to sing a selection of her most popular hits which achieved great success in the Arab world.
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Carla Nazih al-Berkashi, better known as Yara, is a Lebanese pop singer. She won the music competition broadcast on LBC "Kass el-Nojoum" in 1998 where she had made a name by singing "Aw'edak" (I promise you).

Yara was discovered by Lebanese composer Tarek Abou Jaoude who became her producer and also chose her stage name, Yara.

Abou Jaoude composed most of Yara's first singles, including "Hob Kbir" (Big love). Her first album, “Twassa Feyi” (Take care of me), was released in 2005. The singer also works as an ambassador for the Lebanese Red Cross.

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2/28/2019 3:36:21 PM
<![CDATA[Mai Ezz el-Din to perform 2 roles in 'Princess Beesa']]>
The second character is Beesa’s grandmother, with whom she lives. The grandmother imposes in a comedic manner monetary payments on the people that reside in the area. The grandmother’s family wants to transfer her to a residence for the elderly.

Out of nowhere, a man appears and claims to be entitled to inheritance as Beesa's cousin. Actor Amir el-Masry falls in love with Beesa.

Mai Ezz el-Din was born in Abu Dhabi, Emirates. She studied sociology in the Faculty of Arts in Alexandria. She was granted her first role when director Monir Rady referred her to director Mohamed el-Naggar to star in his hit film “Rehlet Hob” (Love Trip) alongside famous singer Mohamed Fouad.

She then rose to fame and starred in acclaimed TV series “Ayna Qalby” (Where's my Heart?). Her biggest success was in the romance “Omar & Salma” where she starred alongside pop star Tamer Hosny; they formed a duo that continued in two other sequels of the first film.



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2/28/2019 3:14:27 PM
<![CDATA['Bela Ma’na' represents Egypt in Lebanon's IWMF]]>
In its first session, the festival is set to pay a tribute to late Lebanese theater pioneer Siham Nasser.

The play "Bela Ma’ana” (Meaningless) for director Manar Zein represents Egypt.

The seven plays participating in the festival will compete in the official competition for the Best Actress Award, Best Director Award, Best Scenario Award, Best Integrated Show Award and Best Sonography Award.

The first Lebanese Theater Conference will be held on the sidelines of the festival to discuss the theater crisis in Lebanon and the importance of the role of the theater for public awareness and change.

In addition, a seminar on the role and aspirations of women will be organized by the Commission on Women's Rights in Lebanon and the Mothers Committee.

The South Women's House Association will participate in a handicraft exhibition taking place during the festival.

A monodrama is a drama acted or designed to be acted by a single person.






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2/28/2019 2:52:36 PM
<![CDATA[Yousra express her deep sadness over Ramses catastrophe ]]>
Yousra stressed that this event is the saddest in the modern Egyptian history due to the horrific scenes of the casualties.

The star affirmed that the person responsible for the accident should be severely punished. She revealed that she discovered the horrific accident through news on social media platforms.

She stressed that the Egyptian people, as usual, show their true nature in hardships, as thousands of people went to donate blood to help the injured as shown in numerous social media platforms.

On Wednesday, a train, with no driver on board, was seen moving at an extremely high speed and crashing into the platform's buffer stop at Cairo's busiest and main railway station, located in Ramses district.

A train locomotive rammed into the buffer stop at the end of the rail tracks at Ramses Railway Station, the main railway station of Cairo, causing a huge fire which left 20 people dead and 42 injured.

The driver of the Ramses locomotive said he is responsible for the horrific accident.







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2/28/2019 2:49:07 PM
<![CDATA[Pictures: Grand Egyptian Museum receives 249 artifacts]]>
The most significant among the antiquities transferred is a triangular statue of pink granite, depicting King Ramses II, and on his side the Pharaonic gods Ptah and Hathor.

The statue was uncovered during the excavation works of the Egyptian-German mission in Tal Basta area.

Also, a distinctive collection of colored limestone statues depicting the great statesmen and scribes of the ancient kingdom and a group of imaginary doors made of limestone decorated with inscriptions and cartridges of King Bebe were transferred to the Grand Egyptian Museum.


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2/28/2019 2:11:18 PM
<![CDATA[Angham celebrates her new album in a grand concert in Alexandria on March. 17]]>CAIRO - 27 February 2019: Prominent singer Angham will celebrate her new album "Hala Khasa Gedan” (A very special case) on March 17 in one of Alexandria's biggest hotels; this will be Angham's first concert after the release of her new album on Thursday, Feb. 21.

“Hala Khasa Gedan” consists of 14 songs, including “Ya Raitak Fahemni” (I wish you can understand me), “Habayebna” (Our loved ones), “Baol Nasiak" (I say I forgot you), “Metamena” (I am calm), “Leila”, and "Hala Khasa".

Angham officially announced her marriage to music distributor Ahmed Ibrahim. The star had to announce the marriage after a letter she sent to Ibrahim on his birthday was leaked.

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Angham's letter to her husband



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2/27/2019 4:31:52 PM
<![CDATA[Hamaki to undergo surgery on left foot]]>
Hamaki is scheduled to remain in bed for a period of no more than a month, which forces him to postpone his next concerts until he recovers from the injury.
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Hamaki in Hospital

Hamaki was supposed to hold a concert on the stage of one of the universities in the FifthSettlement on March 8, accompanied by the Jordanian star Aziz Marqa.

Hamaki is an Egyptian singer. In 2010, he won the award "Best Arabia Act" at the MTV Europe Music Awards and won a Music Award in 2006 for "Ahla Haga Fiki" (The best thing about you).

The star released his newest album "Kol Youm mn Dah" on January 24, 2019.

On July 3, 2011, Hamaki was rushed to the hospital after suffering multiple heart attacks whilerecording one of his latest albums.

On December 7, 2011 Hamaki Married Nahla el-Hagry and divorced her in 2014. Two years after their divorce, Hamaki and Nahla were reunited in July 2016.

Hamaki announced that his wife had delivered a girl named Fatma on June 6, 2017.




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2/27/2019 4:09:10 PM
<![CDATA['Romeo and Juliet' to be performed in Cairo Opera House on March 2]]>
Italian Mezzo Soprano singers Ana Maria Shiori, Amr Medhat and Coral Acabella under the supervision of Maya Gefinaria will be among the participants.

The program includes selections from the dramatic symphony "Romeo and Juliet" by French composer Hector Berlioz which is inspired by the original play “Romeo and Juliet” by late legendary English writer William Shakespeare.

"Romeo and Juliet" is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare early in his career about two young star-crossed lovers whose deaths ultimately reconcile their feuding families. It was among Shakespeare's most popular plays during his career along with "Hamlet", one of his most frequently performed plays.

William Shakespeare was an English poet, playwright and actor, widely regarded as the greatest English writer and the world's greatest dramatist. He is often called England's national poet and the "Bard of Avon".

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2/27/2019 3:59:08 PM
<![CDATA[Assala Nasri to perform in KSA on March 8]]>
Nasri will perform a selection of her most popular songs, such as; “El Haqiqa” (The truth), “Soal Basit” (A simple question), “Boadak Ani” (When you are away from me), “Ya Magnon” (You’re crazy), and “Min Fina” (Me or you?), among others.

In a different context, the famed singer has put thefinal touches on her new album in preparation for its release in the coming days. Nasri has unveiled one of the album's songs entitled “NoktaBaykha” (Bad joke).

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

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

She sang the theme song "Qessas Al-Sho'oub", of the cartoon show “Hekayat Alamiyah”. In 1986, Mostafa Nasri died after suffering from internal bleeding caused by a car accident.

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

Assala's commercial musical career debuted in 1991 with the Egyptian song hit “Law Ta'rafou”.

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

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



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2/27/2019 3:55:52 PM
<![CDATA[Ancient stone found in Kafr El-Sheikh]]> finding2
Major General Issam Rasas, head of the Metobas Center and City, was informed of the discovery and decided to stop the excavation in that area immediately.
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Head of the local unit of the village Mohammed Qutb Abu Zlat and Head of Brambal police station Mohammed Zaher headed to the site to examine the stone after receiving information from the excavation site's engineer that he suspects the finding is an ancient stone.

The head of the city of Metobas stated that the ancient stone was reserved to be presented to a committee of the Antiquities Authority.




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2/27/2019 2:31:19 PM
<![CDATA[Ahmed Walid, another Egyptian Oscar winner]]>"Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse", which won Best Animated Feature Film at the Oscars.

"I would have never imagined that one day I will have an IMDb page; now that I have it, and not just that but being addressed as an Oscar winner as well, it is just something more than a dream.

Thanks for everyone at Disney who worked at the movie; you guys are amazing. It was a mesmerizing project with awesome talented people. Thank you all for such a great experience and a lifetime achievement, we won!" Walid stated on his Facebook account.

Walid was part of many successful international animation movies. He was the visual effects coordinator of "Avengers: Endgame" and "Avengers: Infinity War", the digital artist of "Beauty and the Beast" and the environments technical director of "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald".

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2/27/2019 12:54:37 PM
<![CDATA[Shamma gives musical lecture in Abu Dhabi ]]>
Shamma, professor of oud at the Egyptian Opera House and supervisor of the Oud House in Cairo, affirmed that music is one of the most important gifts given to man, stressing that when the radio was the only means provided for music, people were far more imaginative than today.

The Iraqi musician explained that there are more than 40 kinds of music therapy, including therapy for serious diseases. He added that it is documented in the books of the history of medicine that music therapy was found thousands of years ago in Baghdad.

Shamma further stated that music is the highest level of philosophy, as a bright idea could be thought of while listening to a musical composition.

Shamma’s lecture comes as part of the events of Sheikha Khawla bint Ahmed Al-Swaidi's Culture Council for 2019, held under the title "Music".

The lecture was attended by a number of important intellectual and literary personalities, along with a number of diplomats to revive the council’s intellectual, cultural and scientific events.

Khawla bint Ahmed Al-Suwaidi stated that the cultural council has succeeded to attract a large number of individuals interested in all cultural aspects and that the council plays an important role in the dissemination of the community’s culture.
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2/27/2019 12:50:16 PM
<![CDATA[Abdel Wahab’s birth anniversary to be held on March 8]]>
The concert will take place at the Cairo Opera House's Grand Theater on March 8.

Sahab pointed out that the concert's program will be a surprise and will not be announced, promising the audience that the ceremony will be different under the supervision of President of the Egyptian Opera House Magdy Saber.

The concert tickets have run out in the last few days. The concert is due to be attended by the most prominent musicians with the participation of the Youth and Sports Orchestra.

Abdel Wahab was a prominent 20th-century Egyptian singer and composer. He's best known for his Romantic and Egyptian patriotic songs. He also composed "Ya Beladi" (also known as "Libya, Libya, Libya"), the national anthem of Libya used by the Kingdom of Libya from 1951 to 1969 and again by the post-Gaddafi transitional government in 2011.

The late legendary musician also composed the national anthem of Tunisia, "Humat al-Hima" as well as the United Arab Emirates national anthem "Ishy Bilady" and many Egyptian nationalist songs like "Ya Masr Tam El-Hanna", "Hay Ala El-Falah", "Masr Nadetna fa Labena el-Nedaa", "Oulo le Masr", "Hob el-Watan Fard Alya", "Sout el-Gamaheer", "Ya Nessmet el-Horria", and "Sawae'd men Beladi".

Mohammed Abdel Wahhab was born in 1902 in Cairo, Egypt, in a neighborhood called Bab El-Sheriyah, where there is now a statue of him. He began his singing career at an early age and made his first public performance at the age seven. He was 13 when he made his first recording. Abdel Wahab was a very close friend to compatriot singer Abdel Halim Hafez.

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2/26/2019 5:44:37 PM
<![CDATA[Donia Ghanem's 'Min Awel Nazra' to be released in Ramadan 2019]]>CAIRO - 26 February 2019: Actress Donia Samir Ghanem is filming her scenes in the series “Min Awel Nazra” (At first sight) and as usual Donia’s parents, Samir Ghanem and Dalal Abdel Aziz, joined her in the series as guests of honor.

The new series will be released in Ramadan 2019, and is produced by Synergy Productions and Hisham Gamal.
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“Min Awel Nazra” is directed by Khaled Halafawy. Actor Mohammed Salam will star alongside Donia Ghanem during the first 10 episodes of the series.

Donia returns to the Ramadan drama marathon in 2019 after a hiatus in Ramadan 2018. She presented three consecutive series; "Lahafa" directed by Moataz el-Touny in Ramadan 2015, "Nelly and Sherihan" directed by Ahmed el-Gendy in Ramadan 2016 and "Fel La La Land" in Ramadan 2017.
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Donia Samir Ghanem is an Egyptian actress and singer. She is the daughter of actor Samir Youssef Ghanem and actress Dalal Abdul Aziz. Donia graduated from MSA University and began her artistic life in 2001 when she was 16.

She had her first role in a TV series called "Lel Adala Wogooh Kathira" (Justice has many faces).





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2/26/2019 5:34:18 PM
<![CDATA[Sandstone workshop uncovered at Gebel El-Silsila, Aswan]]>
The discovery was executed by the Swedish-Egyptian mission led by Maria Nilsson and John Ward from Lund University. The mission discovered several sculptures as well.
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Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, Mostafa Waziri, said that the mission also discovered a large criosphinx (ram-headed sphinx) carved in a style comparable to the criosphinxes located south of Khonsu Temple at Karnak. The statue most probably dates back to Amenhotep III era of the 18th Dynasty.

The uncovered sphinx is approximately 5 metres long, 3.5 metres high, and 1.5 metres wide.
A smaller practice piece of another criosphinx that may have been carved by an apprentice was also uncovered.

The two unearthed statues seem to have been preserved in a rough-cut and had been prepared for transportation but were most probably left at Gebel El-Silsila when the larger sculpture was broken.

Later, the Roman quarry entombed the two statues in the ground.
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Furthermore, a rough-cut uraeus (coiled cobra), made to crown the head of the larger criosphinx, was discovered embedded in the walls of the workshop in addition to a blank round-top Stella.
Director-General of Aswan and Nubia Antiquities, Abdel-Moneim Saeed, said that hundreds of hieroglyphic fragments that belong to the destroyed Naos of Amenhotep III (Naos E), in addition to sculpture fragments of the associated falcon, were uncovered. Also, parts of an obelisk, including its pyramidion, were retrieved.

Saeed stressed that this is an important discovery because it proved that Gebel El-Silsila area was not only a quarry but also contained workshops for the manufacture of architectural elements used in the decoration of temples.

A total of 6,500 tourists watched the sun's alignment on the face of Ramses II status at Abu Simbel temple in Aswan for 20 minutes on Friday morning, announced the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities in a statement.
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The sun illuminates four statues seated at the top of the temple, symbolizing the facade of the temple, which resembles an edifice. Each of these statues is about 22 meters long.

This phenomenon happens twice a year on the king’s birthday and his coronation anniversary on October 22 and February 22, respectively.

The ceremony was also attended by ministers of antiquities, tourism, investment, culture and communication. Moreover, 22 African ambassadors and diplomats, along with their relatives, were in attendance.
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Hussein Abdel Basir, director of the Antiquities Museum at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, stated on Thursday that the sun illuminating the face of King Ramses II in Abu Simbel Temple is proof of how genius the ancient Egyptians were in engineering, astronomy and spirituality.

The condition of the temple was good until the Nile River levels rose, which began as a result of the construction of the High Dam and Nasser’s Lake. The Nile’s high water level could cause the temple to sink; hence it was necessary to relocate it to keep it from drowning.

The transfer of Abu Simbel Temple was one of the most difficult transfer processes throughout history. The challenge was great for architects and archaeologists alike.







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2/26/2019 5:05:08 PM
<![CDATA[Mirhan Hussein: I have nothing to do with scandalous videos]]>
In her first interview after getting out of jail in the case known as “Haram Ambush”, Hussein sat down with Egypt Today to recount her experience, shedding light on lessons and morals she learned in jail and speaking about her coming projects.

“I did my best to overcome this bad situation; thus I turned myself in to the police. I wanted to put an end for that nightmare,” Hussein told Egypt Today.

Regarding being involved in sexual videos, Hussein denied all these rumors assuring that she did not reply immediately because she was in jail at the time.

“When I was ending the procedures to get out of prison, some people asked me if I am involved in these immoral acts. I was about to get a stroke. I wonder why these rumors spread on the same day of my release,” Hussein said.

“This news aims to prove that I am the girl involved in the scandalous video and I am here to affirm that I have nothing to do with these videos; not every brunette is Mirhan Hussein. Whoever has evidence that proves that I am that girl in the videos, please, show it.

“No one has the right to charge me with such accusations. I will file a lawsuit against whoever links my name to these immoral acts without clear evidence. Unfortunately, the public believes anything reported in media because they do not know the truth. I felt furious to see and read these rumors that have nothing to do with real life,” Hussein stressed.

In a similar vein, Hussein will resume filming her last scenes in the Egyptian series “Qayd Aa'ili” (Family Register) after shooting about 70 percent of it before going to prison. The series will be broadcast on March 2.

Moreover, Hussein is to shoot her role in the Egyptian series “Alamat Astefham” (Question Mark) with famed actor Mohamed Ragab that is set to be aired in Ramadan 2019.

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2/26/2019 4:18:17 PM
<![CDATA[How the 91st Academy Awards Unfolded on Twitter ?]]>CAIRO - 26 February 2019: Born to Egyptian parents, Egyptian-American star Rami Malek (@ItsRamiMalek) has been a hot topic on Twitter during this award season.

And the Oscars season has been no different.

Here is how the conversation around the Oscars unfolded on Twitter:

Oscars night

The most Tweeted about moments of the night:
1. Green Book wins Best Picture
2. Shallow wins Best Original Song
3. Rami Malek wins Best Actor
4. Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper perform Shallow
5. Olivia Colman wins Best Actress

The most Tweeted about celebrities of the night:
1. Lady Gaga
2. Bradley Cooper
3. Rami Malek
4. Alfonso Cuarón
5. Spike Lee

The most Tweeted about movies of the night:
1. Bohemian Rhapsody
2. Roma
3. Green Book
4. Black Panther
5. A Star Is Born

The most Tweeted about celebrities on the red carpet:
1. Lady Gaga
2. Billy Porter
3. Yalitza Aparicio
4. Rami Malek
5. Adam Lambert

Pre-Oscars

The top MENA countries Tweeting about @ItsRamiMalek in Arabic were:
1. Egypt
2. Saudi Arabia
3. UAE
4. Lebanon
5. Kuwait



When Malek received a nomination for Best Leading Actor at the #Oscars2019, he took to Twitter to thank the Academy (@TheAcademy) and share this moment with his fans, which became his most Retweeted Tweet of all time:




It is worth noting that Malek’s following on Twitter increased by 27% since he won the Golden Globe Award for Best Performance in a Motion Picture – Drama.

Malek's full acceptance speech

"I think about what it would have been like to tell little bubba Rami that one day this might happen to him, and I think his curly-haired little mind would be blown. That kid was struggling with his identity, trying to figure himself out.''

''I think to anyone struggling with their identity and trying to discover their voice, listen: We made a film about a gay man, an immigrant who lived his life just unapologetically himself. And the fact that I'm celebrating him and this story with you tonight is the proof that we're longing for stories like this."

“I am the son of immigrants from Egypt, a first-generation American... and part of my story is being written right now. I could not be more grateful to each and every one of you, and everyone who believed in me for this moment. It’s something I will treasure for the rest of my life.” -Rami Malek's 2019 Oscars acceptance speech for "Best Actor," Bohemian Rhapsody.''



Diab sang a collection of his new and old songs such as “Kol Hayaty” (All My Life), “Nghamet El-Herman” (Tone of Deprivation), “Yet'alemo” (Let them learn), “Da Law Etsab” (If She is Left), “Wayah” (With Him), “ Ya Agmal Eyoun” (Most Beautiful Eyes), “Kont Fe Baly” (I was Thinking of You), “Ragea” (I am Back), “Ala Hobak” (Your Love), in addition to his old sad songs: “Wnendam” (Feel Remorse), “Kan Tayeb” (He was Kind), “W Eih Ya’ny” (So What?), “Ayyam We Ben'eshha”.



It is worth mentioning that Diab has performed the new song “Mesh Moham” (Not Important) for the first time in the concert. “Mesh Moham” is written by Turki Al-Sheikh, composed by Amr Mostafa, and distributed by Osama El-Hendy.
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Towards the end of the concert, Diab joked with his fans asking, “Do you feel bored? But he got a quick response from his fans: No, never… Diab laughed saying you have to go to school early in the morning; now, it’s time to go to bed.”



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2/25/2019 4:47:19 PM
<![CDATA['Keda Bye' amasses 1.5M views on YouTube]]>
“Keda Bye” is the name of Zoghbi’s new album, which brings her back under the spot light after her previous album “Mesh Mesamha” (I will not forgive) in 2015. In “Mesh Mesamha”, Zoghbi collaborated with a number of Egyptian poets and composers including Amir Teima and Ayman Bahgat Kamar.

The album consisted of ten songs, including; “Sabah”, “El gamal loh naso”, “Gowa Alby” (In my heart), “Ah ya sidi”, “Mesh Khayfa” (i am not intimidated), “Ayam Sa’aba” (hardships), and “100 waga’a” (100 heartbreaks).

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2/25/2019 4:42:38 PM
<![CDATA[Sharmoofers releases new song ]]>
The song's lyrics are bizarre and embed hidden meanings.
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Just three days after the launch of the song "Raqast" and nearly a week after the release of the video clip of the main album "Enfesam", Sharmoofers suddenly revealed a new song from the album without prior announcement, despite the album’s official launching announcement that was set to be made in a concert on Friday, March 8.

It seems like the band will rely on this “surprising” method when releasing singles, as a promotional means for their album on social media platforms.

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SHARMOOFERS present DONYA Lyrics : Ahmed Bahaa Composition & Music Arrangement : Mohamed El Arkan #Sharmoofers | #Donya | #دنيا Lyrics | كلمات الأغنية : Magazineنزل مانشت في كل چورنال خبرھام للعواصم كمان أقالیم بسبب قلة الأخلاق في البني آدمین في ھذا الزمن كمان كتروا الكدابین PA MALA DA BEM





In 2012, Ahmed Bahaa and Mohamed El Arkan got together and formed Sharmoofers; since then they’ve been impacting the world’s youth with positive groovy music.

Sharmoofers were granted the MEMA Awards, Digital Media Presence Award and the ACA Awards nomination. The band reclaims themselves as an independent band with no affiliation to a record label.






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2/25/2019 4:39:18 PM
<![CDATA[Mustafa Khater stops filming 'Talket Haz']]>
Khater's mother passed away on Sunday, Feb. 24. The funeral will be held at the police mosque in Sheikh Zayed on Tuesday, Feb. 25 after the Maghrib prayer.

“Talket Haz” is written by Ihab Blailbal and directed by Ahmed Amin. The series is the production of Synergy.

The series is starring Ayten Amer, Heba Magdy, Mohamed Anwar, Khaled Anwar, Emmy Salem, Myrna Nour Eddin, Rania Shahin, Yaser Tobgy, Ahmed Maher, Inaam Salousa, and Mahmoud Hafez among others.

“Talket Haz” is the second series where Khater stars after “Rob’e Roumy” which was also the production of Synergy, and was presented in Ramadan 2018.


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2/25/2019 3:30:42 PM
<![CDATA[Eugenio Barba to be honored in Sharm El-Sheikh Theater Festival for Youth]]>
Barba will be honored in the festival’s opening ceremony set to be held on April 1 in the presence of South Sinai governor. The festival is headed by director Mazen el-Gharabawy.

The minister of Youth and Sports, the festival’s honorary president veteran actress Samiha Ayoub, and head of the festival’s committee veteran actor Mohamed Sobhy will also attend during the opening ceremony of the festival.

Barba has an astounding theatrical career; he directed 77 theatrical plays in 68 countries. The world famous director wrote two theatrical books and was granted 24 honorary PhDs from the most prominent universities around the globe.

Head of the festival's fourth edition, Gharabawy, stated that honoring such a prominent theatrical figure in Egypt and in Sharm El-Sheikh specifically is an honor for the festival.

Gharabawy further stated that Barba has been one of the most remarkable theatrical directors since the 60’s as he managed to combine theatrical directing, playwriting and theatrical scientific researching together.

Barba is an Italian author and theatre director based in Denmark. He is the founder of the Odin Theatre and the International School of Theatre Anthropology, both located in Holstebro, Denmark.

Although Barba was born in Brindisi, he grew up in Gallipoli in the Province of Lecce, where his family originated from. His family’s socio-economic situation changed significantly when his father, a military officer, was wounded in the Second World War and died soon after.

Upon completing high school at the Nunziatella military academy of Naples in 1954, he abandoned the idea of following his father into the military. Instead, in 1954, he immigrated to Norway to work as a welder and a sailor.

The renowned theatrical figure also took a degree in French and Norwegian literature, and history of religion at Oslo University.

In 1961, he went to Warsaw, Poland to study theatre direction at the State Theatre School, but left one year later to join Jerzy Grotowski, who at that time was the leader of Teatr 13 Rzędów in Opole. Barba stayed with Grotowski for three years.

In 1963, he traveled to India where he had his first encounter with Kathakali, a theatre form which had received little attention in the West up to that time. Barba wrote an essay on Kathakali which was published in Italy, France, the USA and Denmark.

His first book, "Grotowski in search of a Lost Theatre", was published in Italy and Hungary in 1965.

When Barba returned to Oslo in 1964, he aimed to become a professional theatre director, but as he was a foreigner, he was not welcome in the profession. In this period he became a close friend to Norwegian author and rebel Jens Bjørneboe with whom he wanted to start the theatre group.

Together, they gathered a group of young people who had not passed their admission test to Oslo’s State Theatre School, and created the Odin Teatret on October 1, 1964.
The group trained and rehearsed in an air raid shelter. Their first production, “Ornitofilene”, by Norwegian author Jens Bjørneboe, was performed in Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark.

They were subsequently invited by the Danish municipality of Holstebro, a small town in the Northwest, to create a theatre laboratory there. They were offered an old farm and a small sum of money to set them started. Since then, Barba and his colleagues have made Holstebro the base for the Odin Teatret.
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During the past forty two years Eugenio Barba has directed 65 productions with Odin Teatret and the Theatrum Mundi Ensemble, some of which have required up to two years of preparation.

Among the best known productions are “Ferai” (1969), “Min Fars Hus” (My Father’s House) (1972), “Brecht’s Ashes” (1980), “The Gospel According to Oxyrhynchus” (1985), “Talabot” (1988), “Itsi Bitsi” (1991), “Kaosmos” (1993) and “Mythos” (1998).
Some of the more recent productions are “Salt” (2002), “Great Cities under the Moon” (2003), “Andersen's Dream” (2005), “Ur-Hamlet” (2006) and “Don Giovanni all'Inferno” (2006) in collaboration with Ensemble Midtvest.

Since 1974, Eugenio Barba and Odin Teatret have devised their own way of being present in a social context through the practice of theatre "barter", an exchange through performance with a community.

In 1979, Barba founded the International School of Theatre Anthropology (ISTA). He is on the advisory boards of scholarly journals such as The Drama Review, Performance Research, New Theatre Quarterly, Teatro e Storia and Teatrología.

Among his most recent publications, translated into several different languages, are “The Paper Canoe” (Routledge), “Theatre: Solitude, Craft, Revolt” (Black Mountain Press), “Land of Ashes and Diamonds”, “My Apprenticeship in Poland”, followed by 26 letters from Jerzy Grotowski to Eugenio Barba (Black Mountain Press) and, in collaboration with Nicola Savarese, “The Secret Art of the Performer” and the revised an updated version: "A Dictionary of Theatre Anthropology" (Centre for Performance Research/ Routledge).









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2/25/2019 3:26:36 PM
<![CDATA[Ancient skeletal parts confiscated in Cairo International Airport]]>
All parcels were seized by the authorities for examination and to present them to the specialized archaeological committee.

Hammam added that a specialized committee from the Ministry of Antiquities was formed immediately under the chairmanship of Georges Mounir, director general of the archaeological units, which in turn tested the headphones using X-rays, revealing the presence of skeletal parts hidden inside the body of the speaker.


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FILE - The sound system used in the smuggling process

Director of archaeological units in the cargo villages Ali Ramadan stated that after extracting the skeletal parts hidden inside a large speaker and examining them, it was confirmed that they were antiquities; hence, they were confiscated for the benefit of the Ministry of Antiquities in accordance with the law of antiquities protection No. 117 of 1983 and its amendments.

Iman Abdel Raouf, director general of the Archaeological Ports, added that the seized pieces are six parts of two mummies with the remains of the muffling and resin coils.

Abdel Raouf further pointed out that the committee decided to expedite the antiquities' delivery to the Egyptian Museum to complete their inspection and restoration.



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2/25/2019 10:24:00 AM
<![CDATA[Why Bohemian Rhapsody won five Oscar Awards? ]]>
CAIRO – 25 February 2019: There are many reasons that made Bohemian Rhapsody movie deserves to win five Oscar awards which are Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Sound Editing, Best Film Editing, and Best Sound Mixing awards.

This biopic portraying the life of Freddie Mercury which has stunned audiences and taken home two Golden Globe awards—one for best drama and the second for the brilliant performance by Egyptian-American star Rami Malek for his portrayal of Mercury—is a series of poignant flashes into the life of a creative genius.

Of course a creative genius doesn’t come from a vacuum, and Mercury seems to be a cluster of all his passions: opera, music, costumes, and more. His expressive spirit made him immortal, through music that lived on for several generations.

Mercury’s story is one worth telling—and Malek has succeeded in bringing the iconic performer back to life. Portraying Freddie’s energy, particularly during concerts (Queen’s extraordinary 1985 performance at Live Aid serves as both the opening and closing of the film), Malek’s impressive rendition of the transformation of the shy Zanzibari immigrant Farrokh Bulsara into the iconic Freddie Mercury undoubtedly carries the movie and is its main strength.

At first Malek’s plummy accent as he plays a young aspiring musician who goes a long way during the film from the time he ap- proaches a band he likes backstage at a club in London to show the lead singer a song he had written and his imitation of Mercury’s famed overbite seems exaggerated, but later into the movie, Malek seems to manage to grow into the role. Not only does he perform with excellence, he also has clear self-confidence.

Malek replaced Sacha Baron Cohen, who was originally cast in the role of Mercury, and director Dexter Fletcher stepped in to replace Bryan Singer, so to some extent as a result of cast changes, the movie struggles to find a fresh way to tell its story but on the other hand it was narrated with the benefit of hindsight.

Malek’s performance honored Freddie, and at the same time Mercury’s rich character provoked Malek’s acting talents, so there was a state of mutual interest between both of them, what one can call win-win situation.

Unlike my expectations Bohemian Rhapsody was at times funny, especially in the parts that portrayed the band’s personal interactions and personalities. The movie revealed an unknown human side, that of Freddie’s re- lationship with his father, something his fans always wondered about.

Bohemian Rhapsody may have some of the weaknesses biopics often do; the two-hour film doesn’t sink into the hit musician’s life with enough depth, nor does it address the sexual tensions of the 1970s. While some critics argue that Paul Penter, Mercury’s manager, is not delved into enough, I find that to be a reductionist argument.

What I did find disappointing was that audiences are not invited into the scenes behind some of Queen’s big- gest hits, such as “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Another One Bites the Dust” and “We Will Rock You” which were tack- led in a cursory manner, without the necessary back story about the creative process behind each one.

Yet the film does have its moments. One particular scene demonstrates the film’s issues and Mercury’s true spirit. Bored and starved for change, Mercury one day gets bored from tour- ing and dresses in an ermine mantle and a crown.

His band mates Brian May (Gwilym Lee), drummer Roger Taylor (Ben Hardy), and bassist John Deacon (Joseph Mazzello) are visibly uncomfortable as Mercury greets them enthusiastically. One of them criticizes him, telling him, “This isn’t really our scene, Freddie”— almost making it seem like the filmmakers wanted The audience to side with Mercury’s band mates.

Clearly the director wants us to realize how much Freddie needed the support of his band members to counteract the highly sexualized world he lived in.

Mercury’s sexual expression constituted his freedom of free- dom, and fans have always felt the jubilation of that in Mercury’s one of a kind voice. Yet May and Taylor, who have publicly praised the film, want viewers to see the sweeter side of Mercury who loved everyone but failed to accept himself and how he was. Mercury succeeded in showing the public what he wanted us to see—an iconic, talented singer—not the dark side of his personal life.


Mercury was a gentle and generous man shaped by his first meaningful relationship with Mary Austin (Lucy Boynton) with whom he was deeply in love. As lovers they even become engaged, although it was to some extent clear early on that a romantic re- lationship between them could not last. Yet Austin was Freddie’s true love and he left her his estate after his death.

No matter how you feel about the musician, Bohemian Rhap- sody will fill your heart with joy, happiness and emotion through the performances of an exemplary cast that exceed simply Malek’s performance. Boynton as Austin, Gwilym Lee (Brian May), Ben Hardy (Roger Taylor), Joseph Mazzello as (John Deacon), Allen Leech (Paul Prenter) and Aaron McCusker(Jim Hutton) all turn in performance that allow the viewer to experience a suspension of disbelief.
On the eve of the Oscars the movie is not only critically ac- claimed, it has broken the box office, raking in over $700 million to become the highest grossing biopic of all-time. For Malek, who at the Golden Globes dedicated his win to Mercury, the role has been a career-defining moment. “Thank you to Freddie Mercury for giving me the joy of a lifetime,” Malek said on the Golden Globe stage. “I love you, you beautiful man.
This is for and because of you, gorgeous.” Malek even went on to say that he drew personal connections with Mercury after depicting him. Yet the success should not come as a surprise, as the screen- writer Anthony McCarten had previously written brilliant biopics such as The Darkest Hour and The Theory of Everything. It’s also not surprising that Bohemian Rhapsody doesn’t dwell on Mercury’s declining health and death, the circum- stances of which many fans will find common knowledge. Instead it explores other aspects, the music perhaps being the most essential.

The songs Mercury left to Brian and Roger to finish are touching and truly generate hope. The performer intended to leave his fans something before he left this world. As Freddie told his manager, “I don’t care what you do with the music, just never make me boring.

But Mercury never was boring and his music, certainly, lives on. If you’re a major Queen fan looking for a biopic that’ll touch you on everything that made the band as iconic as it was, you’re in for a disappointment.

No film can do so in a mere couple of hours and if you are looking for Freddie’s and Queen’s dark sides and scandalous secrets when you step into the theater to watch Bohemian Rhapsody, then this simply is not your movie.
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2/25/2019 7:41:30 AM
<![CDATA[He made it to the Oscars]]>
Malek's full acceptance speech

"I think about what it would have been like to tell little bubba Rami that one day this might happen to him, and I think his curly-haired little mind would be blown. That kid was struggling with his identity, trying to figure himself out.

"I think to anyone struggling with their identity and trying to discover their voice, listen: We made a film about a gay man, an immigrant who lived his life just unapologetically himself. And the fact that I'm celebrating him and this story with you tonight is the proof that we're longing for stories like this."

“I am the son of immigrants from Egypt, a first-generation American... and part of my story is being written right now. I could not be more grateful to each and every one of you, and everyone who believed in me for this moment. It’s something I will treasure for the rest of my life.” -Rami Malek's 2019 Oscars acceptance speech for "Best Actor," Bohemian Rhapsody.



Malek has won all the awards preceding the 91st Academy Awards: The Golden Globes, the BAFTAs and SAG, so we would have been frustrated if he didn’t win an Oscar.

Malek’s talent, determination, strong will and great ambitious to achieve his dreams whatever the obstacles made him the best actor in 2019.

Rami Malik, is an Egyptian-American actor, who was born in Los Angeles in May 12, 1981, to Egyptian immigrant parents who are Saeed Malek and Nelly Abdel Malek.

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His parents who are from Samalut city located at Minya governorate in Upper Egypt immigrated to US in the 1970s.

The journey of the Samalut origin guy from Upper Egypt to Golden Globe stage was both difficult and interesting.

The 37-year-old actor grabbed the award after tough competition with acclaimed stars who are Bradley Cooper for "A Star is Born," Willem Dafoe for "At Eternity's Gate", John David Washington for "BlacKkKlansman" and Lucas Hedges for "Boy Erased".

Malek has been nominated before for a Golden Globe for best actor for his performance in the TV series "Mr. Robot."

Malek's win, along with the film's win of Best Motion Picture Drama, were the most tweeted-about incidents at the Golden Globe.


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“Thank you to Freddie Mercury for giving me the joy of a lifetime," Malek said at the Golden Globe stage. "I love you, you beautiful man. This is for and because of you, gorgeous.” He added dedicating his great win to the legendary singer.

Malek elaborated that he drew personal connections with Mercury after depicting him.
“I tried to find the humanity in him,” he said during a press room speech after the film's win.

“I related it to him being an immigrant struggling to discover his identity," he added. "I tried to take everything he was struggling with, his complication, his chaos, his turmoil and this beauty inside of him. He lifted me up to be everything I could be in this film.”
Two of the Queen's members who are lead guitarist Brian May and lead drummer Roger Taylor approved and praised Malek performing Mercury’s role.

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May previously announced that they wouldn't have been on board with the movie if it didn’t house the suitable cast.

Malek now has just became Hollywood's breakout star, the same as Sharif was after ‘’Doctor Zhivago’’ as if history is once again repeating itself.

Bohemian Rhapsody was actually what the Egyptian-American actor needed to makethe shift from acclaimed actor to established movie star.

‘’Bohemian Rhapsody’’ also winning Best Drama, stabilised more Malek's outstanding performance in the movie that succeeded both critically and commercially, yielding over $700 million, making it the highest grossing biopic of all-time.

‘’Bohemian Rhapsody’’ movie makes an intense spotlight on Malek, who is as strongly private as Freddie Mercury.

In October, a fan got to see just how private Malek is when he approached him on the street, asking him to record a video for his friend.

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This video went quickly viral, getting over 3 million views in less than one week.

"I am who I am and people can interpret that how they want, but I love the fans, I wouldn't be here without my fans and I try to take as much time as possible," he said to E news commenting on the video. "Sometimes, when you've been traveling around the earth a couple times, you try to just be protective of your time as a human being. And I'm finding it quite funny."

He talked about the video in Vanity Fair saying "I just want to be aware of what people are doing in the moment. When someone films you automatically, it's a bit intrusive."

Malek has accounts on Twitter and Instagram, he doesn't post much and when he does, it's usually related to one of his films or political issues when it comes to Twitter.

There are just three photos on his Instagram account two with Stephen Colbert in 2016 and 2017, and the third with Ellen DeGeneres on November 2018. He has 1.7 million followers on his Instagram account, he's not following anyone.

In an interview with Vanity Fair, Malek said that he didn’t prefer to document his life on social media. "Something about it is not right and a bit unsettling" he stated describing his feeling towards social media.

Malek becoming the first non-white actor to take home the Emmy for Best Actor in a Drama Series in over 18 years in 2016 for his role in ‘’ Mr Robot’’.

After receiving the Emmy he said"I play a young man who I think is, like so many of us, profoundly alienated and the unfortunate thing is I don't know how many of us would want to hang out with a guy like Elliot."
He then said, "There's a little bit of Elliot in all of us."

His work on the drama was so impressive that even Robert Downey Jr. was praised him.
"Everyone should be studying this guy," Robert Downey Jr. said about Malek to GQ.
Malek eyes, which have been described as menacing and captivating are now his main signature.

"I never think about it. I just try to experience things and when I get riled up I know that they can do some pretty involuntary things, or get very menacing at times," he told GQ of his eyes. "Even my mom comments on it quite a bit, You don't look like my son anymore.' I think it's like they say: the eyes are windows to the soul’’ Malek added.

Given Malek's the golden chance to perform the role of the iconic entertainer Mercury was a responsibility he took very seriously.


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"I was very cognizant of the work it was going to take to get anywhere close to becoming Freddy Mercury. I flew myself to London and put myself up and just got hammering away," Malek explained to E News his preparations for the role.

"Piano lessons and worked with a movement coach and singing lessons—everything I could possibly do. And then I watched copious amounts of Freddie Mercury performances’’ he added.

Malek is now dating his Bohemian Rhapsody co-star Lucy Boynton, who plays Mary Austin, Mercury's first fiancée.

Malek and Bonyton, 24, had never talked about their relationship in public until recently, with Malek confirmed their relation at the Palm Springs International Film Festival when he accepted the Breakthrough Performance Award.

Why Bohemian Rhapsody won five Oscar Awards?

CAIRO - 25 February 2019: There are many reasons that made Bohemian Rhapsody movie deserves to win five Oscar awards which are Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Sound Editing, Best Film Editing, and Best Sound Mixing awards.




"Thank you, Lucy Boynton," Malek saidto Billboard. "You have been my ally, my confidant, my love. Thank you so much" he added.

The Samalut origin guy who used to sell falafel and deliver pizza to support himself financially at the beginning of his career is nowenjoying his newfound fame and saying goodbye forever to anonymity, giving a true example that it is never impossible.



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2/25/2019 6:49:25 AM
<![CDATA[Live: Key winners for the 2019 oscars]]>
2- Alfonso Cuaron won Best Director for Roma

3- Olivia Colman won Best Actress for playing Queen Anne in The Favourite.

4- Rami Malek won Best Actor for his performance as Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody.

5- Bohemian Rhapsody movie won best Sound and Editing awards.

6- Mahershala Ali won Best Supporting Actor Oscar for Green Book.

7- Green Book movie won Best Original Screenplay.

8- Spike Lee's BlackKklansman took Best Adapted Screenplay.

9- Crowd favourite Black Panther scored wins for Best Original Score, Best Costume Design and Best Production Design.

10- Shallow from A Star Is Born won Best Original Song.

11- Roma won Best Foreign Film as well as Best Cinematography.
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2/25/2019 6:31:42 AM
<![CDATA[Red, pink and Oscar gold take a twirl in tulle down red carpet]]>
Matching the color of the world’s most famous carpet was the attention-getting choice for many attendees. Call it crimson, scarlet or vermillion, the red gowns popped under sunny skies and a mild California breeze, as a steady cavalcade of stars entered Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre.

Lady Gaga brought old Hollywood glamour - and the bling to match - in an Alexander McQueen black gown, leather gloves and a 128 carat diamond from Tiffany, as Emma Stone’s coppery Louis Vuitton gown with futuristic shoulders was covered in sparkling paillettes resembling modified scales.

Frontrunner to win Best Actress, “The Wife” star Glenn Close chose a shimmering gold Carolina Herrera tunic dress - with four million beads, the actress noted - with a heavy flowing train, setting the evening off on the right note in an ode to Oscar, the coveted gold statuette.
“My God, how much does it weigh?” gasped E! host Ryan Seacrest, who struggled to lift her train.

“42 pounds (19 kg)!” enthused Close.

While pink made a major play, red ruffles were the choice of a bevy of actresses, including Best Supporting Actress nominee for “Roma” Marina de Tavira. But the theme was taken to the next level by “Green Book” star Linda Cardellini whose oversized flounce of red ruffles cascaded in layers down her body, cinched together with a pink belt.

Singer Jennifer Hudson’s elegant Elie Saab gown featured a red ruffle that slithered from one shoulder down to a slit at the side.

Recent Grammy winner Kacey Musgraves also chose oversized ruffles in her princess-like Giambattista Valli, with two poofs of pink tulle at the shoulder and a skirt covered in layers of tulle in Barbie-doll pink.

“Make way for the dress, I need about ten feet (3 meters),” Musgraves warned.

Angela Bassett was easy to spot in an electric pink gown by Reem Acra whose gargantuan bow at the shoulder was worthy in itself of an award.

“The biggest thing tonight is pretty in pink,” said celebrity stylist Sam Saboura, who noted the color made a splash at the recent spring shows in Paris.

“Another big, big trend is exaggerated volume, ruffles and feathers, ruffly feathery things,” Saboura said.

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Most outrageous - yet still perfectly in keeping with Oscar chic - was “Pose” star Billy Porter, who wore a black velvet tuxedo gown designed by Christian Siriano, the top a classic tuxedo with a built-in bodice and the bottom a full, dramatic sweep of fabric.

“If we were going to do a tuxedo it couldn’t be just a tuxedo. It had to be a moment,” Siriano explained. “I don’t think any man has ever worn a gown on the red carpet before.”

Making a milder red carpet choice was singer Adam Lambert, who performed with British band Queen. He wore an orchid on the lapel of his Tom Ford tuxedo with oversized cuffs, as a dramatic swirling d earring completed the look.

“I went without the bow tie. I took the risk,” joked Lambert.


“Best Director” nominee Spike Lee was one of the first to arrive on the famous carpet, setting the tone of the evening for color in a purple suit, matching purple glasses, purple chauffeur’s cap and gold Jordans.

“Crazy Rich Asians” star Constance Wu showed up in bright marigold chiffon, adding a cheery glow to the red carpet in her custom Versace gown.

Regina King, who won the supporting actress Oscar for her work in “If Beale Street Could Talk,” wore a white strapless Oscar de la Renta with an elegant swirl at the hip and a dramatic train.

Songwriter Diane Warren, nominated for “RBG,” carried a miniature Ruth Bader Ginsburg doll in the pocket of her white and silver suit.

“She jumped in my pocket,” Warren joked of the U.S. Supreme Court judge. “She couldn’t get a ticket, it was last minute.”
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2/25/2019 6:15:20 AM
<![CDATA[Mahershala Ali wins supporting actor Oscar for 'Green Book']]>
It was the second Oscar for the 45-year-old American actor, who took home the supporting actor trophy two years ago for playing a mentor to a young boy in best picture winner “Moonlight.”

Ali dedicated his award to his grandmother, whom he said told him “that I could do anything I put my mind to” and pushed him “to think positively.”


“I know I would not be here without her,” he said on stage.

In “Green Book,” Ali portrays classical and jazz pianist and composer Don Shirley. The film focuses on Shirley’s relationship with his white driver, played by Viggo Mortensen, during a 1962 road trip through the U.S. South. Shirley died in 2013.

He won the Oscar despite assertions by some of Shirley’s family members that the portrayal of the pianist contained inaccuracies, and the resurfacing of accusations of sexual impropriety by director Peter Farrelly.

Ali said during his acceptance speech that he tried to “capture Doctor Shirley’s essence” in the film.

Farrelly in January apologized for his actions two decades ago, and Ali has said he respects Shirley’s family and has spoken with them.

Ali began his acting career in 2001, appearing as a doctor on television series “Crossing Jordan.” He played dozens of roles across film, television and theater before gaining widespread attention as industry lobbyist Remy Danton on Netflix series “House of Cards.”

When he collected the trophy for “Moonlight,” Ali was the first Muslim to win an Oscar for acting.

Ali’s birth name is Mahershalalhashbaz, which was taken from the Bible and used by the actor early in his career. He decided to shorten his professional name to Mahershala, according to a 2016 story in Vanity Fair, when he was told his real name was too long to fit on the poster for 2012 film “The Place Beyond the Pines.”

Ali currently stars in his first leading TV role as Arkansas police detective Wayne Hays on HBO series “True Detective.”



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2/25/2019 5:36:05 AM
<![CDATA[Regina King wins supporting actress Oscar for 'Beale Street']]>
It was the first Oscar for King, 48, who began her career in Hollywood more than three decades ago as a teenager on the 1980s sitcom “227.” It was also her first nomination.

King wiped tears from her face as she accepted her award, thanking her mother who was attending the ceremony with her.

“I’m an example of what it looks like when support and love is poured into someone,” King said. “Mom, I love you so much.”

In the Barry Jenkins-directed “Beale Street”, King plays the mother of a pregnant young woman whose future is ruined when her boyfriend is imprisoned for a crime he did not commit.

A prolific actress known for her mix of grit and warmth, King for decades has been a fixture on television and in movies, largely in supporting roles. Her breakout film role came in 1996 when she played the wife of Cuba Gooding Jr.’s character in “Jerry Maguire.”

This was the first Oscar nomination for King, who has claimed three Emmy Awards in recent years. She also won a Golden Globe Award earlier this year for her “Beale Street” role.

King has also been an outspoken advocate for gender and ethnic diversity in Hollywood. In her acceptance speech at the Golden Globes, she pledged that women would make up half of the staff on all of her projects in the next two years, saying “it’s going to be tough.”

Other nominees in the category included Amy Adams, Marina de Tavira, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz.]]>
2/25/2019 5:32:41 AM
<![CDATA['Roma' wins two early Oscars as Queen rocks show without a host]]>
“Roma” won the best foreign language Oscar - a first for Mexico - and director Cuaron was named best cinematographer - two of several awards that his sentimental movie is expected to win on Sunday.

The black-and-white “Roma” went into Sunday’s show with 10 nominations, including best picture. A win would mark the first best picture Oscar for Netflix and a sign that streaming services can not only compete with traditional Hollywood studios, but beat them at their own game.

British band Queen got the first Oscar ceremony in 30 years without a host off to a rousing start with a performance of their hit songs “We Are the Champions” and “We Will Rock You” that brought the A-list crowd to its feet.

Their appearance, with singer Adam Lambert, made them the first rock band ever to open the Academy Awards and celebrated the global success of best picture nominee “Bohemian Rhapsody,” about the British band and its late frontman, Freddie Mercury.

The film took three early wins for sound and production design, and Rami Malek is considered a strong contender for best actor later on Sunday

Yet Queen weren’t the only big musical acts on Sunday.

Lady Gaga and her “A Star is Born” director Bradley Cooper sang an emotional rendition of their hit song “Shallow,” sitting side by side at a grand piano and bringing the audience to its feet.

Bette Midler and Jennifer Hudson also took the stage for nominated songs from the film “Mary Poppins Returns” and documentary “RBG.”

However, “RBG, about U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, lost the best documentary category to rock climbing tale “Free Solo.”

In the acting races, Mahershala Ali was named best supporting actor for playing a black pianist touring the segregated U.S. South in the 1960s - his second Academy Award in three years.

Regina King won her first Oscar for her supporting role as a mother fighting for justice in “If Beale Street Could Talk.”

The lack of a host did not deter presenters from cracking Hollywood and political jokes.

“There won’t be host, there won’t be a popular movie category and Mexico is not playing for the wall,” said presenter Maya Rudolph quipped, referring to U.S. President Donald Trump’s lengthy campaign to build a wall on the U.S. southern border.

Comic actress Melissa McCarthy turned up on stage dressed as an over-the-top monarch, her pockets stuffed with plush rabbits, in a nod to best picture nominee “The Favourite.”

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2/25/2019 5:29:42 AM
<![CDATA[3 Arabs, 1 Muslim nominated for Oscars; shouldn’t we be proud?]]>CAIRO – 24 February 2019: Filmmakers, audience and cinema critics are eager to see who will win the most acclaimed cinematic awards.

The 91st Academy Awards is somehow special for Arabs and Muslims as three Arabs and one Muslim are among the Oscar nominees and are about to make history.

Egyptian American actor Rami Malek is nominated for Best Actor award, Lebanese film "Capernaum" directed by Nadine Labaki is nominated for Best Foreign Film award and Syrian director Talal Derki’s “Of Father and Sons” is nominated for Best Documentary award.

Muslim American actor Mahershala Ali is also nominated for Best Supporting Actor award.

Rami Malek

Malek has won all the awards preceding the 91st Academy Awards: The Golden Globes, the BAFTAs and SAG, so it will be frustrating if he doesn't win an Oscar after his brilliant portrayal of Queen's main vocalist, the legendary Freddie Mercury, in "Bohemian Rhapsody".

Malek is an Egyptian-American actor, who was born in Los Angeles on May 12, 1981, to Egyptian immigrant parents who are Saeed Malek and Nelly Abdel Malek.

Originally from Minya's Samalut, Malek's parents immigrated to the US in the 1970s. Malek's journey from Upper Egypt to the Golden Globes was both difficult and interesting.

The 37-year-old actor grabbed the award after a tough competition with acclaimed stars, Bradley Cooper for "A Star is Born", Willem Dafoe for "At Eternity's Gate", John David Washington for "BlacKkKlansman" and Lucas Hedges for "Boy Erased".

Malek has been nominated before for a Golden Globe for his performance in the TV series "Mr. Robot". Malek was the first non-white actor to take home the Emmy for Best Actor in a Drama Series in over 18 years in 2016 for his role in "Mr. Robot".

Malek's win, along with the film's win of Best Motion Picture Drama, were the most tweeted-about incidents at the Golden Globe.

“Thank you to Freddie Mercury for giving me the joy of a lifetime. I love you, you beautiful man. This is for and because of you, gorgeous,” Malek said dedicating his great win to the legendary singer.

Malek elaborated that he drew personal connections with Mercury after depicting him. “I tried to find the humanity in him,” he said during a press room speech after the film's win.

“I related to him being an immigrant struggling to discover his identity," he added. "I tried to take everything he was struggling with, his complication, his chaos, his turmoil and this beauty inside of him. He lifted me up to be everything I could be in this film.”

"Bohemian Rhapsody" was actually what the Egyptian-American actor needed to shift from acclaimed actor to established movie star.

"Bohemian Rhapsody" also winning Best Drama, further stabilised Malek's outstanding performance in the movie that succeeded both critically and commercially, yielding over $700 million and becoming the highest grossing biopic of all time.

Being provided the golden chance to perform the role of the iconic Mercury, Malek was aware of the huge responsibility and took it very seriously.

"I was very cognizant of the work it was going to take to get anywhere close to becoming Freddy Mercury. I flew myself to London and put myself up and just got hammering away," Malek explained to E News.

"Piano lessons and worked with a movement coach and singing lessons—everything I could possibly do. And then I watched copious amounts of Freddie Mercury performances," he reiterated.

Malek is now dating his "Bohemian Rhapsody" co-star Lucy Boynton, 24, who plays Mary Austin, Mercury's first fiancée.

Malek and Bonyton had never talked about their relationship in public until recently when Malek confirmed their relation at the Palm Springs International Film Festival where he accepted the Breakthrough Performance Award.

"Thank you, Lucy Boynton," Malek said to Billboard. "You have been my ally, my confidant, my love. Thank you so much," he added.

Malek who used to sell falafel and deliver pizza to support himself financially at the beginning of his career is now enjoying his newfound fame and saying goodbye forever to anonymity, giving a true example that it is never impossible.

Mahershala Ali

Mahershala Ali is nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the historical drama “Green Book”.

In 2016, Ali played a drug dealer in "Moonlight", a role for which he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, becoming the first Muslim actor to win such an award.

"Capernaum"

Acclaimed American presenter Oprah Winfrey who is at the same time a voting member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said that "Capernaum" is a must-see movie.

"Capernaum" has previously won the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, drawing much attention to Labaki as a distinguished filmmaker.

The movie tells the story of a rebellious child who lives in a poor area and decides to file a suit against his parents for bringing him into this cruel world.

"Of Father and Sons"

"Of Father and Sons" is the only non-American film nominated for Best Documentary at the 91st Academy Awards. Derki risked his life to make this documentary.

Derki lived for two and a half years in northern Syria with Abu Osama, a member of Al-Nusra Front (an ISIS family).

He pretended to be sympathetic to their cause so that he could film them in an attempt to learn, first-hand, how young men become radicalized.

Focusing on a father and his sons, the film lays bare in terrifying details how young boys with kindness in their hearts find themselves in an Al-Qaeda training camp at a tender young age, all to gain the approval of their beloved patriarch.


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2/24/2019 5:18:02 PM
<![CDATA[Factbox: Key nominations for the 2019 Oscars]]>
Best Picture

“A Star is Born”

“Vice”

“Roma”

“Green Book”

“BlacKkKlansman”

“Bohemian Rhapsody”

“Black Panther”

“The Favourite”

Best Actor

Bradley Cooper - “A Star is Born”

Rami Malek - “Bohemian Rhapsody”

Christian Bale - “Vice”

Viggo Mortensen - “Green Book”

Willem Dafoe - “At Eternity’s Gate”

Best Actress



Lady Gaga - “A Star is Born”

Glenn Close - “The Wife”

Olivia Colman - “The Favourite”

Melissa McCarthy - “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”

Yalitza Aparicio - “Roma”

Best Director

Alfonso Cuaron - “Roma”

Spike Lee - “BlacKkKlansman”

Adam McKay - “Vice”

Yorgos Lanthimos - “The Favourite”

Pawel Pawlikowski - “Cold War”

Best Supporting Actor

Mahershala Ali - “Green Book”

Adam Driver - “BlacKkKlansman”

Richard E. Grant - “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”

Sam Rockwell - “Vice”

Sam Elliott - “A Star is Born”

Best Supporting Actress

Amy Adams - “Vice”

Regina King - “If Beale Street Could Talk”

Emma Stone - “The Favourite”

Rachel Weisz - “The Favourite”

Marina de Tavira - “Roma”

Best Original Screenplay

“The Favourite”

“First Reformed”

“Roma”

“Green Book”

“Vice”

Best Adapted Screenplay

“BlacKkKlansman”

“If Beale Street Could Talk”

“A Star is Born”

“Can You Ever Forgive Me?”

“The Ballad of Buster Scruggs”

Best Animated Film

“Incredibles 2”


“Isle of Dogs”

“Ralph Breaks the Internet”

“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”

“Mirai”

Best Documentary Film

“RBG”
“Free Solo”

“Hale County This Morning, This Evening”

“Of Fathers and Sons”

“Minding the Gap”

Best Foreign Language Film

“Capernaum” - Lebanon

“Never Look Away” - Germany

“Shoplifters” - Japan

“Roma” - Mexico

“Cold War” - Poland

Best Original Song

“All the Stars” - “Black Panther”

“I’ll Fight” - “RBG”

“The Place Where Lost Things Go” - “Mary Poppins Returns”

“Shallow” - “A Star is Born”

“When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings” - “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs”]]>
2/24/2019 4:53:45 PM
<![CDATA[Queens, maids and superheroes: It's Oscars time]]>
Without a host for the first time in 30 years, there’s also curiosity over whether organizers can return the Academy Awards to a must-see television event after a record low audience in 2018.

Lady Gaga, Bette Midler and Jennifer Hudson are all set to perform, along with rock band Queen featuring “American Idol” star Adam Lambert. Tennis champion Serena Williams and talk show host Trevor Noah will also appear on the Dolby Theatre stage in Hollywood in a bid to broaden the show’s appeal beyond movie fans.

Despite the celebrity names, all eyes are on the best picture prize in one of the most eclectic Oscar line-ups for years.

Disney’s “Black Panther,” the first superhero movie ever nominated for best picture, will compete against popular musicals “A Star is Born” from Warner Bros and 21st Century Fox film “Bohemian Rhapsody,” along with racially themed “Green Book” and “BlacKkKlansman” from Universal Pictures.

Black-and-white Mexican film “Roma,” quirky 18th century Fox Searchlight comedy “The Favourite” and independent political satire “Vice” round out the competition.

After two months of intense and costly campaigning, award watchers say the winner is anyone’s guess.

“Best picture is probably a toss up between ‘Roma’ and ‘Green Book,’ and I can maybe see ‘BlacKkKlansman’ sneaking in to win,” said Alison Willmore, critic and culture writer at BuzzFeed News.

The winners are chosen by the 8,000 members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

A victory for “Roma,” director Alfonso Cuaron’s sentimental journey back to his childhood, would mark the first Oscar best picture win for Netflix and a sign that streaming services can not only compete with traditional Hollywood studios, but beat them at their own game.

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“Roma,” shot entirely in Spanish and with 10 Oscar nominations, is also considered the frontrunner in the foreign language category. No foreign language film has ever won best picture, and no movie has ever won both.

“‘Roma’ is a little art-house movie that is impressionistic. It doesn’t have much plot but it does follow the recent pattern of art-house movies winning, like ‘The Shape of Water’ and ‘Birdman’,” said Tom O’Neil, founder of awards website GoldDerby.com.

Lady Gaga is widely expected to take home her first Oscar for her hit song “Shallow,” which she will perform on Sunday in a much-anticipated live duet with co-star and best actor nominee Bradley Cooper.

Gaga is also competing for best actress for her role as a struggling singer in “A Star is Born.” Pundits, however, expect that statuette to go to Glenn Close for “The Wife,” who would finally clinch an Oscar on her 7th attempt.


It could be a momentous night for diversity. Spike Lee is vying to become the first black director to win an Oscar for his explosive take on U.S. race relations in “BlacKkKlansman”; Rami Malek, who has Egyptian heritage, could be named best actor for his performance as the late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in “Bohemian Rhapsody;” Regina King (“If Beale Street Could Talk”) and Mahershala Ali (“Green Book”) are also seen as strong contenders in the supporting actor races.
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2/24/2019 4:48:19 PM
<![CDATA[The Oscars: A platform for celebrities’ political outbursts]]>
In 1973, Marlon Brando rejected the Best Actor award for "The Godfather" and sent a native American woman to announce that Brando rejected the award in protest against the way Hollywood treats native Americans.

In 1978, British Vanessa Redgrave raised controversy after receiving the Best Supporting Actress award for "Julia", where she attacked the Israeli policy in Lebanon and described some of the protesters as "Zionist killers".

In 1993, political commentaries were not limited to the Oscars Award winners but extended to award granters such as Buddhist representative Richard Gere, who used the award to deliver a lengthy speech in which he criticized China's occupation of Tibet, China's leader Deng Xiaoping and China's human rights record.

In 2003, the Oscars were held a few days before the start of the war in Iraq. The congested political atmosphere was reflected in the words of more than one winner.

The most controversial of which were the words of director Michael Moore, when he criticized George Bush JR for deciding to wage war on Iraq, saying “Shame on you Bush, shame on you!” Will the Oscars witness new political outbursts?]]>
2/24/2019 4:41:37 PM
<![CDATA[Ahmed Dorra elected regional secretary of African Union of Cinematographers]]>
The conference came two days before the opening of FESPACO Festival, one of the largest film festivals in the African continent. Dorra was unanimously elected by the representatives of 24 African countries who attended the conference. Dorra has held this position for the last six years, during which he contributed to the development of African cinema through the provision educational workshops, the development of legislation and the preservation of the African film heritage.

Former Minister of Culture of Mali, world famous director Sheikh Omar, expressed appreciation of Dorra’s role in the renaissance of African cinema.In his speech, Dorra also highlighted Egypt's significant role in developing cooperation with Africa under Egypt's current presidency of the African Union.
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2/24/2019 1:07:11 PM
<![CDATA[Cairo Opera House's stars return from Paris]]>
The Egyptian-French cultural year is held under the auspices of President Abdel Fatah al-sisi and includes various interactive cultural activities reflecting cultural and artistic aspects in both societies. The ceremony was attended by Egyptian Ambassador to France Ehab Badawi, the mayor of Paris, Cultural Counselor of the Egyptian Embassy in Paris Nevin Khaled and a number of French public figures as well as several members of the Arab community in France.

A number of Neapolitan songs and selections of classical operas were performed by Eman Mustafa, Jolie Fitzi, Amr Medhat, Reda el-Wakil, and Mostafa Mohamed, accompanied by pianist Greg Martin. The performances were praised by the audience and reflected the pride of the Egyptian performers of their native culture.
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2/24/2019 1:00:53 PM
<![CDATA[Luxor African Film Festival to be extended]]>
A group of stars will visit the university, including Lebleba, who will be honored by the South Valley University; Salwa Mohamed Ali; Tarek Abdel Aziz and Sabri Fouad.

Vice President of the university Mohammed Badran announced that the artistic forum in Qenna will come in conjunction with the festival’s events in Luxor.

A series of short and feature films will screen at the open theatre of the university for students of different universities participating in the artistic forum, which runs from March 16-21.

Numerous workshops and artistic symposiums will also be held by the festival’s president, Sayed Fouad, in the faculties of Tourism and Hotels, Fine Arts, Computer and Information Sciences, Alsun, Antiquities, in South Valley University in Luxor.







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2/24/2019 12:16:37 PM
<![CDATA[All what you need to know about Hakawy Festival]]>
This year, the festival comes to the audiences in three cities, Cairo (March 7-15), Alexandria (March 4-5) and Menya on March 16 , presenting shows that incorporate object theater, puppet theater, black theater, physical theater, musical theater and modern dance across nine venues (Hanaguer Arts Center, Tahrir Culture Center, Historic Cairo, Bibliotheca Alexandrina, the Jesuit Cultural Center, AUEED centre in Menya).

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The 9th edition of Hakawy includes eight international shows: (from UK, Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, France and USA) in addition to nine Egyptian performances.
The festival includes a Dutch focus with three performances, in addition to the master-classes, workshops and talks led by the Dutch artists.

“The 9th edition is very important to AFCA. One of the reasons is that this edition is in relation with the festival’s anniversary, the 10th edition to take place in 2020.

The festival is going through major shifts and will tackle the industry from a wider perspective. This year, the festival has increased number of international shows, showcasing a larger number of Egyptian troupes.

‘’Over ten international delegates, directors of international festivals and theatres will attend Hakawy. This and many other factors will add to the building up of the Hakawy’s anniversary edition,” comments Mohamed El Ghawy, the founder and artistic director of the Hakawy festival and AFCA.

The festival opens with El-Leila El-Kebira (The Grand Night), Egypt’s internationally renowned puppet operetta with poetry by Salah Jahin, music by Sayed Mekawy and puppets created by Nagy Shaker. The performance commemorates father of the puppets, Nagy Shaker, who passed away in August last year.

Other Egyptian shows feature theatre artists such as Hend El Shimi, Samia Jaheen, Israa El Ghazaly, Kayan Marionette Theatre, Noon Creative Enterprise, among others.

“The increased presence of the Egyptian performances gives us an opportunity to present the local productions to the international art practitioners, theatre and festivals managers, the delegates who will attend the Hakawy festival.

We want to provide a platform for the Egyptian theatre practitioners to present their work. Among our core mission elements is not to be limited to importing the art but also to serve as a creative exporter of the Egyptian theatre talents, performances and many values that they carry,” El Ghawy explained.

The festival also stresses the Family Section, a segment that aims at bringing together children and their families to the shows.

As per festival’s regular practice, AFCA organizes school trips for the students to attend the morning shows during the week days, while the families will be able to attend the performances during the weekends.

Among this edition’s highlights is Storm, by the Bamboozle Theatre (UK) accessible to the children who are on the autistic spectrum.

A number of workshops and additional activities will take place in parallel to the shows on stage. For the third consecutive year, the Mobile Library “Stories on 4 Wheels” will provide story-telling to the young audience.


In previous eight editions, the Hakawy festival has brought to the Egyptian audiences 55 companies with a total of over 200 artists specialised in theatre for children, from 15 countries and four continents (Europe, America, Australia, and Africa).

The shows were staged to children in three governorates, Cairo, Alexandria and Luxor, this year expanding to Menya.

Apart of a large number of audience comprising of the children attending with their families, children from public and private schools, Hakawy’s inclusive strategies developed cooperation with 25 Egyptian institutions taking care of the economically-underprivileged children and orphanages, making sure that they attend the shows as well.

In addition, a number of performances have been staged inside the Children’s Cancer Hospital in Cairo.

The festival’s 9th edition is supported by many partners including the Dutch Performing Arts in Netherlands, the British Council in Cairo, the French institute in Cairo, Danish Egyptian Dialogue Institute in Cairo, The Goethe-Institute in Cairo and Alexandria, Embassy of the United States of America, Embassy of the United Kingdom, Embassy of the Netherlands, the Egyptian Tourism Authority, the Ministry of Culture, Hanaguer Arts Center, Falaki Theater of Tahrir Culture Center, Megawra (Built Environment Collective), Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Jesuit Cultural Center (Alexandria), AUEED (Association of Upper Egypt For Education and Development) in Menya, among others.

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2/23/2019 1:26:18 PM
<![CDATA[Omar Khairat to perform at Dubai Opera on Mar.16]]>
This is the third time for Khairat to perform at Dubai Opera.

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.

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

It is worth mentioning that Khairat performed his first concert in London at the Concert hall in St. John’s Smith Square on December 1, 2017. This concert aimed to collect donations for charity and raise public awareness about street kids and orphans in Egypt.
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2/23/2019 12:54:54 PM
<![CDATA[The eight contenders for the best picture Oscar]]>
Here is a brief summary of the eight films vying for the most prestigious prize at Sunday's Oscars ceremony:

- 'Black Panther' -

Director Ryan Coogler took Hollywood by storm with his take on Marvel's "Black Panther," a visually stunning film about a mythical, hidden, technologically advanced African kingdom called Wakanda.

The title character is also known as T'Challa, the heir to Wakanda's throne who takes over as king when his father is assassinated.

But he is challenged by Killmonger, a US black ops soldier with nefarious intentions who also happens to be T'Challa's cousin.

The film earned an impressive seven nominations overall, and made history by becoming the first comic book film to win a best picture nomination. It won top honors at the Screen Actors Guild awards for best ensemble cast.

- 'BlacKkKlansman' -

Is this Spike Lee's year?

The veteran director turned out a blistering drama based on the real-life tale of a black cop in Colorado who decides to try to infiltrate the Ku Klux Klan with the help of his white partner.

The film -- which earned six nominations -- stars John David Washington (son of two-time Oscar winner Denzel) as Ron Stallworth and Oscar nominee Adam Driver as his partner Flip Zimmerman.

"BlacKkKlansman" unfolds in the 1970s, but the film ends with images of rallies in Charlottesville two years ago, becoming a searing indictment of divisions in today's America.

Lee has notoriously been denied on Oscars night, including a snub 30 years ago for his seminal work "Do The Right Thing." While he has an honorary Oscar, he has never won a competitive Academy Award.

- 'Bohemian Rhapsody' -

The biopic about legendary Queen frontman Freddie Mercury earned lackluster reviews when it opened, but its surprise inclusion -- and wins -- at the Golden Globes in January propelled it into Oscars contention.

Rami Malek is a top contender for best actor for his portrayal of Mercury, and critics have especially hailed his strutting, pitch perfect recreation of the band's iconic Live Aid performance in 1985.

The film, which earned a total of five nominations, did not escape scandal -- it was directed by Bryan Singer, who is facing a raft of sexual misconduct allegations, some of them involving teenage boys.

Singer was fired shortly before "Bohemian Rhapsody" wrapped, and has not been involved or even mentioned during the film's awards season campaigns. But his name remains in the movie's credits.

- 'The Favourite' -

A film with a decidedly female perspective has not won best picture since "Million Dollar Baby" in 2005 and "The Favourite" would be a welcome way to break that streak.

Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos hired a trio of powerhouse actresses -- Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone -- to bring to life his feminist reimagining of the life and reign of Britain's Queen Anne.

Colman plays the ailing, paranoid monarch, while Weisz plays her best friend, advisor and (in the film) lover Lady Sarah, and Stone appears as Abigail, Sarah's distant cousin looking to move up at court.

What ensues is a dark, farcical yet affecting look at a queen in turmoil, who falls victim to her scheming female companions. It earned 10 nominations, tying with "Roma," and all three women got Oscar nods.

- 'Green Book' -

Can a classical black pianist and a rough-and-ready Italian-American bouncer-turned-driver become friends in the 1960s as they travel through the segregated Deep South? "Green Book" says yes.

The civil rights dramedy, based on the real-life experiences of musician Don Shirley and Tony "Lip" Vallelonga, is running behind "Roma" in most Oscar predictions for best picture honors.

The movie -- which explores race relations and questions about identity -- soars thanks to its lead actors Viggo Mortensen (Vallelonga) and Mahershala Ali (Shirley), who are both Oscar nominees.

It endured its fair share of criticism and controversy, including over whether it is the latest in a stream of "white savior" movies, but the stars and the film's team have vigorously defended it.

- 'Roma' -

Alfonso Cuaron's love letter to his childhood -- and the two women who guided him, his mother and his nanny -- has been the overwhelming favorite to win the top prize on Sunday.

If it does win, it will be the first foreign-language film to do so, and the first best picture winner for streaming giant Netflix.

"Roma" tells the story of an indigenous woman named Cleo -- played by first-time actress Yalitza Aparicio -- who works as a housekeeper and nanny for a middle-class family in Mexico City during the 1970s.

The movie, shot in a mixture of Spanish and the indigenous Mixtec language, is a personal triumph for Cuaron, already an Oscar winner for best director in 2014 for space epic "Gravity."

- 'A Star Is Born' -

At the start of Hollywood's awards season, "A Star Is Born" looked like the natural leading contender.

The retelling of a classic Tinseltown tale -- an addicted singer on the wane, a young ingenue on the rise and their doomed love affair in the balance -- had Oscars gold written all over it.

It had mega-star power in actor-director Bradley Cooper and co-star Lady Gaga. It enjoyed massive success at the box office. Critics loved it. So what happened?

Despite earning eight nominations, Oscarologists see the film as a lock for best original song ("Shallow") but not for much else.

- 'Vice' -

Adam McKay brought his offbeat sense of satire to the life of former US vice president Dick Cheney for "Vice," charting the rise of George W. Bush's veep from Montana to the West Wing.

Christian Bale earned widespread praise for disappearing under extra pounds and a mountain of make-up into the role -- and earned a Golden Globe and a Bafta for his efforts.

Bale, along with co-stars Amy Adams (Cheney's wife Lynne) and Sam Rockwell (Bush), received Oscar nominations, but the film's mixed reviews stalled its awards campaign for the bigger prizes.]]>
2/23/2019 12:00:20 PM
<![CDATA[Best picture Oscar winners of past 20 years]]>
This year, eight films are in contention for the top prize: "Black Panther," "BlacKkKlansman," "Bohemian Rhapsody," "The Favourite," "Green Book," "Roma," "A Star Is Born" and "Vice."

2018 - "The Shape of Water"

2017 - "Moonlight"

2016 - "Spotlight"

2015 - "Birdman"

2014 - "12 Years A Slave"

2013 - "Argo"

2012 - "The Artist"

2011 - "The King's Speech"

2010 - "The Hurt Locker"

2009 - "Slumdog Millionaire"

2008 - "No Country for Old Men"

2007 - "The Departed"

2006 - "Crash"

2005 - "Million Dollar Baby"

2004 - "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King"

2003 - "Chicago"

2002 - "A Beautiful Mind"

2001 - "Gladiator"

2000 - "American Beauty"

1999 - "Shakespeare in Love"]]>
2/23/2019 11:59:07 AM
<![CDATA[Bid to smuggle parts of mummies to Belgium foiled]]>
The parcel was bound to Belgium, said the customs department director on Friday.

An investigation has been started into the case.]]>
2/23/2019 11:56:28 AM
<![CDATA['The Giraffe' to be screened at AIWFF]]>
The fiction film competes in the Critic Week Competition. Directed by Ahmed Magdy, the film tells the story of Ahmed, a young Egyptian man who is lost and depleted of faith.

One night he finds himself saving a girl he does not know by getting her enough money to have an abortion.

Ahmed gets swallowed into the madness of the city and gets involved with an eccentric group of young people led by an enigmatic girl who is trying to uncover the mystery behind the Giraffe hidden at the zoo.

‘’The Giraffe’’ was premiered at the 40th Cairo International Film Festival, which was followed by its first international participation at the 17th Marrakech International Film Festival.

Written and directed by Ahmed Magdy, ‘’The Giraffe’’ stars Amr Hosny, Shaza Moharam, Haydi Koussa, Salma Hassan, Rasha Magdy, Mohammed El Badawy, and Osama Gawish.

The film is co-produced by Garage Art Production, Utaco Digital Film and Fig Leaf Studio. It was awarded the AFAC Production Grant and the SANAD Development Grant from the Abu Dhabi Film Festival
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2/22/2019 4:05:36 PM
<![CDATA[ET commemorates birth anniversary of legendary Tahya Karioka.]]>
Badaweyya al Nidany aka Tahya Karioka was born in Ismailia, on February 22 1915. She lived a sad childhood where she was subjected to all kinds of physical abuse at the hands of her eldest brother.

At the age of 13 she decided to escape from her brother torture and go to Cairo to connect with an artist named Soad Mahsen, who was one of her brothers acquaintances. Gradually, Karioka started to discover her passion with dancing.

She started dancing at the age of 20 when she joined Masabni’s group. In 1940 Karioka introduced a dance which was called after her, and the name adhered to her ever since.
Later Karioka participated in seven films until 1942, most of them were directed by Togo Mizrahi who was the first to take note of her.

She decided to produce films to stabilize her stature as an actress, to achieve this purpose she founded along with actor Hussein Sedky and director Hussein Fawzi, a production company entitled ‘’Youth Films’’.

They produced ‘’ Aheb el Ghalat’’ (I Like Doing Wrong Things) movie in 1942 which marked Tahia’s first leading role.

The film succeeded and was followed by more successful film which was ‘’ Ta’eet el Ekhfaa’’ (The Concealment Cap) directed by Niazi Mostafa in 1944. Karioka’s stardom reached its peak co-starring the late great actor Naguib el Rihany in ‘’ L’ebet el Set” (The Lady's Game) in 1946, where the film achieved booming success placing Karioka among Egypt’s big movie stars.


With the end of World War II, musical comedies began to rise. Tahia worked in this type of movies with most prominent comedy stars such as Ismail Yassin in 3 movie which are ‘’ El Batal” (The Hero) in 1950, ‘’Hamaty Konbela Zareya’’ ( My Mother-in-Law is an Atomic Bomb) in (1951) and ‘’ Sahibat el Esema’’ (Her Ladyship).

Karioka played supporting roles alongside leading roles such as her role with Faten Hamama in A Good Fellow (1951) by Seif El-Din Shawkat, and with Magda in Beach of Secrets (1958) by Atef Salem.

Karioka went through a number of failed marriages reached to 14 times.
One of her husband named Mostafa Kamal Sidqy was the Iron Guard commander before the July Revolution. Both were arrested, among others, with plotting to overthrow the regime and imprisoned in 1954.

Before Tahia was jailed, she had performed 62 the most important of wish was her iconic movie “ Shabab Emra’a” (A Woman’s Youth) directed by Salah Abu-Seif and ‘’Samara’’ by Hassan El-Seify both were produced in 1956.

Karioka’s natural talent for acting enabled her to continue as an actress after quitting belly dancing dancing.

Karioka was famous for her patriotic stances towards the British occupation in Egypt. Her distinguishable Egyptian style influenced many of her colleagues and the heritage of this ancient form of art.

She believed it to be depiction of profound emotions and refined spiritual feelings, not merely an expression.


When wrinkles began to appear on her beautiful face she started to play mother roles such as her immortal role in ‘’ Khaly Balak Men Zouzou” (Take Care of Zouzou) movie directed by Hassan el Emam.

Karioka’s artistic career spanned over six decades, and passed away 20 September 1999.


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2/22/2019 3:57:07 PM
<![CDATA[Hend Rostom collectibles displayed at 'Ana Bekheer Etameno' exhibition]]>The Exhibition houses late great actress Hend Rostom’s collectibles such as her red dress that she wore in one of her movies.

Who is Hend Rostom?

Egyptian cinema diva and multi-talented actress of the golden cinema age, late Hend Rostom often referred to as ‘Marilyn Monroe’ of the Arab region.
Rostom’s father comes from a Turkish family and worked as a police officer in Alexandria before divorcing her Egyptian mother who moved to Cairo afterwards with her daughter.



A screen legend and one of the greatest icons in the golden age cinema, Rostom was originally named Nariman Hussein Murad and has moved out from Alexandria to Cairo following her family’s separation in 1946.



Surprisingly she never intended to pursue an acting career! One day Rostom’s friend took her to one of the well-know production companies in Cairo to casually participate in acting auditions. She later appeared as a background/ alternative actress for the first time in 1949 during the two-minute song ‘Etmakhtry ya Khel’ (Dance Khel) by Laila Murad in film ‘Ghazl El Banat’ where she was riding a horse behind Murad as she sang.



Rostom has participated as a silent actor in eight films including ‘El Setat Mabyerfosh Yekdebo’ (Women Can’t Lie), ‘Azhar w Ashwak’ (Roses and Thorns), ‘El Ab’ (The Father), ‘El Roh w El Gasad’ (The Body and Soul), among others.


The acting pioneer has performed in over 86 Egyptian films including her top roles in ‘Hob fi Zalam’ (Love in Darkness) in 1953, ‘E’terfat Zoga’ (Confessions of a Wife) in 1954, ‘Banat El Leil’ (Night Girls), and ‘El Gasad’ (The Body), among many others. She mastered several roles of drama, romance, comedy in ‘Hob fi hob’ (Love in Love), and seduction.

In many films she played the tough role of an evil scornful woman and in others she played roles of the complete opposite where she emerged as an elite or a sophisticated feminine diva featuring eloquent manners.



Despite her vividly displayed beauty on screen the ambitious late actress didn’t know how to dance. She was however specially taught by contemporary dancing legend Ali Reda who accompanied her in all her films for an entire year, according to state-owned Al Ahram. Famous Syrian actor and singer Farid El Atrash has also taught her dancing in ‘Enta Habeeby’ (You’re my Lover) where he used to dance backstage behind the camera while Rostom mimics his moves.


Rostom refused to play part in the prominent classic film ‘Aby Fawk El Shagara’ (My Father is above the Tree) that was originally based on a novel by Ehsan Abdel Kodous. Abdel Kodous has first approached Rostom to play the role of the Abdelhalim Hafez’s lover with complete confidence that she would agree to take the role, but he was left surprised knowing she declined the role after reading the script.

She explained to Abdel Kodous that the story contains several intimate scenes featuring many hugs and kisses that she will not be able to perform at that time. She added that the role came against her faithfulness to her husband and her wishes of setting a good example for her young daughter. The role was later played by classical actress Nadia Lutfi and the film was released in 1969.



Rostom retired in 1979 at the age of only 50 years old after finishing her last film which was a hit in cinema ‘Hayaty Azab’ (My Life is Torture). Her retirement came as a persistent firm in which she decided to dedicate the rest of her life to her family and raising her only daughter Passant.






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2/22/2019 2:07:48 PM
<![CDATA[Omar Khairat to perform two concerts at Cairo Opera House Mar.3,4]]>
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.

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

It is worth mentioning that Khairat performed his first concert in London at the Concert hall in St. John’s Smith Square on December 1, 2017. This concert aimed to collect donations for charity and raise public awareness about street kids and orphans in Egypt.

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

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

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2/22/2019 1:51:07 PM
<![CDATA[6.5K tourists watch sun alignment at Abu Simbel temple]]>
The sun illuminates four statues of King Ramses II seated at the top of the temple, symbolize the facade of the temple, which resembles an edifice. Each of these statues is about 22 meters long. This phenomenon happens twice per year on the anniversaries of Paranoiac king’s birthday and coronation on October 22 and February 22 respectively.


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Thousands of visitors watch sun alignment at Abu Simbel statue in Aswan-Egypt Today/Abdullah Salah


The visitors include Ministers of Antiquities, Tourism, Investments, Culture and Communication Khaled Anani, Rania Mashat, Sahr Nasr, Inas Abdel-Dayem, Amr Talaat respectively, the statement added. Moreover, 22 African ambassadors and diplomats, along with their relatives, watched the sun alignment.

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Ministers of Antiquities, Tourism, Investments, Culture and Communication pose for a picture outside Abu Simbel temple- Egypt Today/Abdullah Salah


Hussein Abdel Basir, director of the Antiquities Museum at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, stated on Thursday that the sun illuminating the face of King Ramses II in Abu Simbel Temple is proof of how genius the ancient Egyptians were in engineering, astronomy and spirituality.

The condition of the temple was good until the Nile River levels rose, which began as a result of the construction of the High Dam and Nasser’s Lake. The Nile’s high water level could cause the temple to sink; hence it was necessary to relocate it to keep it from drowning.

The transfer of Abu Simbel Temple was one of the most difficult transfer processes throughout history. The challenge was great for architects and archaeologists alike.
The great Abu Simbel Temple overlooks Nasser Lake offering a magnificent view. The Abu Simbel Temple is considered one of the masterpieces of architecture in ancient Egypt.


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2/22/2019 1:41:39 PM
<![CDATA[Jackson estate says HBO film violates non-disparagement contract: lawsuit]]>
The lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, said HBO could owe more than $100 million in damages for what the estate called the network’s “reprehensible disparagement” of the “Thriller” singer in the documentary.

Documentary “Leaving Neverland” is due to be broadcast on AT&T owned HBO on March 3 and 4 after a world premiere at the Sundance film festival last month.

In the documentary, two men who are now in their 30s, say they were befriended by Jackson and were sexually abused by him starting from when they were 7 and 10 years old.

Jackson, who died in 2009, was acquitted at a 2005 criminal trial in California on charges of molesting a different, 13-year-old boy, at his Neverland ranch.

The lawsuit does not seek to prevent the broadcast of the documentary but says it violates a 1992 contract for HBO’s broadcast of Jackson’s “Dangerous” world tour, in which the network agreed not to disparage him at that time or in the future.

The estate is seeking to enforce a clause in the 1992 contract saying it entitles the estate to arbitrate the dispute.

“Despite the desperate lengths taken to undermine the film, our plans remain unchanged,” HBO said in a statement on Thursday. “HBO will move forward with the airing of the two-part documentary on March 3rd and 4th. This will allow everyone the opportunity to assess the film and the claims in it for themselves.”

The singer’s family last month called the documentary and news coverage of the accusations in it a “public lynching” and said Jackson was “100 percent innocent.”

Howard Weitzman, an attorney for the Jackson estate, said in a statement on Thursday that HBO “could have and should have ensured that ‘Leaving Neverland’ was properly sourced, fact checked and a fair and balanced representation.”

He said the network had “breached its agreement not to disparage Michael Jackson by producing and selling to the public a one-sided marathon of unvetted propaganda to shamelessly exploit an innocent man.”]]>
2/22/2019 12:43:34 PM
<![CDATA[Jussie Smollett staged Chicago 'hate crime' seeking higher pay: police]]>
Smollett, who is black and openly gay, was arrested on Thursday and charged with lying to police about the supposed attack on Jan. 29. Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson was visibly angered as he condemned Smollett’s actions.

Police did not spell out how the 36-year-old actor hoped to boost his salary by staging such a hoax.

“Smollett took advantage of the pain and anger of racism to promote his career,” Johnson told a news conference, adding that the actor paid the brothers $3,500 to stage the supposed hate crime.

“This stunt was orchestrated by Smollett because he was dissatisfied with this salary. He concocted a story about being attacked,” Johnson said. “We gave him the benefit of the doubt.”

Police did not say how much Smollett is paid for his role on “Empire.” If convicted, he could face a prison sentence of one to three years.

A judge set bail at $100,000 and ordered Smollett to surrender his passport. The actor, who turned himself in early on Thursday, was released from jail after paying 10 percent of the bail amount as stipulated by the judge.

In court, Smollett wore a black jacket and stared at the prosecutor as she detailed the allegations against him.

A spokesman for Smollett’s lawyers, Todd Pugh and Victor Henderson, said in an email, “Once we are ready to make statement we will do so.” On Wednesday, the lawyers had said they were conducting a thorough investigation to form an aggressive defense.

Smollett had claimed that two masked men struck him and put a noose round his neck while shouting “This is MAGA country,” referring to Trump’s “Make America Great Again” slogan. It was initially reported that an unknown substance was poured over him, but Johnson on Thursday said that was unclear.

“@JussieSmollett - what about MAGA and the tens of millions of people you insulted with your racist and dangerous comments!? #MAGA,” Trump wrote on Twitter on Thursday.

The Smollett case touched off a furor in the United States as it tapped into increasingly heated political divisions since Trump’s 2016 election. Critics of the president have said his rhetoric has fueled racism and violence, while his supporters say the press has been too quick to embrace any news that appears to cast Trump and his supporters in a bad light.

SMOLLETT RETURNS TO ‘EMPIRE’ SET



20th Century Fox Television, which airs “Empire” and on Wednesday said that Smollett “continues to be a consummate professional on set,” on Thursday said in a statement, “We are evaluating the situation and we are considering our options.” It also said it understands “the seriousness of the matter and we respect the legal process.”

Hollywood trade publication Variety reported that Smollett returned to the set of “Empire” - a drama about a music empire and a family dynasty - after being released by police on Thursday.

According to court papers filed in the sensational case, Smollett wrote the brothers a $3,500 personal check and gave them $100 to buy the rope, ski masks, gloves and red MAGA-style baseball caps that were used in the supposed attack.

Police interviewed more than 100 people, reviewed footage from more than 55 surveillance cameras and executed more than 50 search warrants.

Johnson told reporters that Smollett had first tried to gain attention by sending himself a threatening letter filled with “racial, homophobic and political language.”

“When that didn’t work, Smollett paid $3,500 to stage this attack and drag Chicago’s reputation through the mud,” the police chief said.

On Feb. 13, police arrested the two brothers, who had been recognized from surveillance footage of the area where Smollett said the attack occurred. One of the two men had appeared with Smollett on “Empire,” according to police and their lawyer.

Prosecutors said one of the brothers had supplied Smollett with “designer drugs” in the past.

Near the end of the 48 hours in which police are allowed to detain potential suspects without charging them, the brothers “decided to confess to the entirety of what the plot was,” Johnson said. They became cooperating witnesses and were released two days later without charges.

Since the alleged attack, Smollett had received support on social media, including from several celebrities and Democratic presidential candidates. Others were skeptical of the incident, which Smollett said occurred around 2 a.m. on a Chicago street during one of the city’s coldest weeks in recent history.

In an interview with “Good Morning America” last week, Smollett said he was angry that some people questioned his story, and he suggested the disbelief might come from racial bias.

Johnson called for Smollett to apologize to the city and said he was worried that real victims might now be reluctant to come forward.

“My concern is that hate crimes will now be publicly met with a level of skepticism,” the police chief told reporters, adding that the city had bigger problems.

“I just wish that the families of gun violence in this city got this much attention,” he said.]]>
2/22/2019 12:37:51 PM
<![CDATA[Hawass denies information revealed in documentary about King Tut]]>
“The information stated in the documentary is incorrect,” Hawass stressed, adding that all the details shown around the tomb affirm that King Tut’s only son was buried there after King Tut suddenly died while hunting wild animals.

“If we look at the scenes in the cemetery, we will notice that they were done by one artist, where the two tombs bear a painting of 12 monkeys, and thus the Valley of the Kings is actually named the Valley of the monkeys,” stated Hawass to Youm7.

Hawass confirmed that there is no scientific evidence that the tomb of King Tutankhamen was for his sister as all the queens are buried on the Eastern Bank of the Valley of the Kings.

The veteran archaeologist pointed out that what was revealed during the documentary about finding a piece inside the cemetery not belonging to King Tutankhamen is normal, as the workshop in Tal el-Amarna did not only manufacture Akhenaton’s possessions, but also the possessions of Tut Nefertiti. Thus, many pieces were placed in the tomb of the Golden King that did not necessarily belong to him.

Hawass finally stated that archaeological elements cannot be judged by the naked eye. Rigorous scientific researches should be made in order to reveal the correct information.




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2/21/2019 4:27:54 PM
<![CDATA[Talawi: Avoid scenes abusive to women in cinematic works]]>
“Women are one of the solid elements of Egypt’s progression," continued Talawi, chairman of the Board of Trustees of the festival.

Talawi further affirmed that the celebrities attending the festival are among the main elements of enlightening the Egyptian society, working to bring it back to its former solid cultural and educational position, and erasing all the dark Salafist culture that invaded the classy Egyptian society in recent years.

In addition, Talawy thanked during her speech Egyptian Minister of Culture, Inas Abdel Dayem, for providing all the necessary support for the Aswan International Women’s Film Festival.

Talawi asserted that the role of women in any society surpasses the role of men, as women play a significant role in upbringing and supporting the members of any society.

Furthermore, Talawi stated that more light should shed on female artistic contributions; she stressed the necessity of avoiding showing scenes of domestic abuse or humiliation of women to protect women’s respectable and precious image.

In a different context, actress Menna Shalabi expressed her deep happiness after being honored in the opening ceremony of Aswan’s International Women’s Film Festival's third edition, affirming that Aswan has been the closest city to her heart since her childhood.

منة شلبى بعد تكريمها بمهرجان أسوان: السينما حياة وسحر

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2/21/2019 4:16:02 PM
<![CDATA[Sun illuminating Ramses II face in Abu Simbel Temple]]>
Abdul Basir added that one of the most beautiful features of the Temple of Abu Simbel is the penetration of the sunbeam to the temple’s main door to shine directly on the face of Ramses II twice each year in a dazzling geometric and astronomical persistence.

The condition of the temple was good until the Nile River levels rose, which began as a result of the construction of the High Dam and Nasser’s Lake. The Nile’s high water level could cause the temple to sink; hence it was necessary to relocate it to keep it from drowning.

The transfer of Abu Simbel Temple was one of the most difficult transfer processes throughout history. The challenge was great for architects and archaeologists alike.

The great Abu Simbel Temple overlooks Nasser Lake offering a magnificent view. The Abu Simbel Temple is considered one of the masterpieces of architecture in ancient Egypt.

The four statues of King Ramses II seated at the top of the temple, symbolize the facade of the temple, which resembles an edifice. Each of these statues is about 22 meters long.


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2/21/2019 4:02:41 PM
<![CDATA[Tamer Hosny to perform concert in KSA on Feb.22]]>
Hosny uploaded a picture on Facebook while heading to Saudi Arabia for his concert from Cairo International Airport; he captioned the photo, "Good Morning! Heading to Saudi Arabia!"
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Hosny’s second concert caught the attention of many of his fans in KSA, as the ticket sales have been high since the announcement for the concert. Ticket prices range from SAR 375 to SAR 1750.

It is worth noting that Hosny’s latest video clip “Naseny Laih?” (Why did you forget me?) amassed more than 10 million views on YouTube.

Hosny is currently filming his new movie “Kol Sana Wenta Tayeb” in which he stars alongside Khaled el-Sawy. Both Hosny and Sawy are currently undergoing rigorous exercises in preparation for their roles. Some scenes were filmed in the Lebanese capital Beirut.

Ezzat Abou Aouf, Aicha ben Ahmed and Mohamed Tharwat are among the cast. The film is written by Mohamed Abdel Mo’ty and directed by Saeed al-Marouk.



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2/21/2019 2:54:53 PM
<![CDATA[Ancient artifact 'Nefertem' retrieved from Australia]]>
General Supervisor of the General Department of Antiquities Shaaban Abdel-Gawad affirmed that this part of the painting is the fourth and last part and that Egypt was able to recover three other parts from Switzerland in 2017.

Abdel Gawad noted that the fourth part was exhibited at the “Macquarie Museum” and was bought by the museum's management in 1995.

Martin Bomms, director of the museum, expressed his readiness to return the ancient painting to Egypt immediately after he learned that it was stolen and smuggled from Egypt illegally.

The ancient painting was handed over to the Egyptian Embassy in Canberra, following the extensive efforts exerted by the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities and Ministry of Foreign Affairs to prove Egypt's right to restore it.

Abdel Gawad explained that the four parts of the painting had been found by the mission of the University of Rome during excavations in the West Bank in Luxor between 1976 and 1988.

It was discovered missing during the inventory of the West Bank storage room of antiquities in 1995.

Abdel Gawad pointed out that the painting is scheduled to be fully restored after the arrival of the fourth piece in order to be reassembled and displayed.



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2/21/2019 2:45:34 PM
<![CDATA[Angham marries prominent music distributor Ahmed Ibrahim]]>
It is known that Ahmed Ibrahim is one of the most talented distributors; he collaborated with the top music stars of the Arab world such as Elissa, Nancy Ajram, Tamer Hosny, Mohamed Hamaki and others.

Numerous sources, including Youm7, confirmed that Angham married the prominent music distributor who collaborated with her in her last album entitled “Hala Khasa Gedan” (a very special case), where Ibrahim distributed six songs. The album is scheduled to be released on Feb.21.
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FILE - Distributor Ahmed Ibrahim

Additional sources affirmed that Angham married the prominent distributor and travelled to KSA to perform umrah. On Jan. 21 (Angham’s birthday), the couple travelled to Paris for their honeymoon. However, Angham has not denied neither confirmed the news just yet.

Ibrahim commented on his official Facebook page: “Working with you is the best experience in my 17-year career."

Angham had previously uploaded a promo of her new song “Ha'ol le Rabena Eih?” (What will I tell God?) and “Habayebna” (Our loved ones) on her official Facebook page prior to her album's official release.

"Habayebna" promo

أنغام - حبايبنا || Angham - Habayebna

قريبا #soon _____ * صرنا ( 147 مشترك ) 👤 اشترك بالقناة و فعّل زر الجرس ليصلك كل جديد 🔔 و اضغط على زر اللايك حتى نستمر 👍 _____ كريم الروبة Kareem Robeh Kareem TV 📺🎥🎬📷📹🎭 _____ وما توفيقي إلا بالله 👑





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2/20/2019 5:13:01 PM
<![CDATA[Rising musical trio launches "KAF" project]]>
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The project’s idea began in 2018. The trio is planning to reproduce historical music and present it in new styles by integrating poetry with a variety of musical styles.

KAF on Facebook

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Karim Gohar previously composed the theme music of the series’ “Adam and Gamila”, “El-Khate’a” (The sin) and “El-Shereet el-Ahmar” (Red Band), which all gained the recognition of audiences and critics.

“Adam and Gamila”

تتر مسلسل ادم و جميله

Lyrics: Amr Qatamesh Compose: Karim Gohar Music arranged by: Ezzat Mostafa watareyat :Mahmoud Saeed Bach Sing by:Aly Alfy & Rana Aateq Sound Eng.




“ El-Khate’a” (The sin)

الخطيئة | تتر البداية

المسلسل الدرامي "الخطيئة" يتمحور المسلسل حول قضايا اجتماعية تدور حول الخطيئة الكبرى التي تصحب وراءها خطيئة تلو الاخري، والاحداث بطلها شاب ثري يدعى ياسين (شريف سلامة)، يتزوج من فتاة عاش معها قصة حب طويلة، لكنه كالعديد من الرجال ينزلق إلى بئر الخيانة، وهو ما يطور الأمور بشكل خطير، فيدفع (ياسين) ثمنًا باهظًا لخيانته.




“El-Shereet el-Ahmar” (Red Band)

مسلسل الشريط الأحمر - Red Band Society

"انا زيك خام مليان تجاعيد ،، وبتعمل نفسك زيي سعيد" - أغنية واخد علي خطرك من مسلسل #الشريط_الأحمر 💪 - كلمات : عمرو حسن - ألحان وغناء : كريم جوهر




KAF is expected to gain unprecedented success as the trio is aiming to introduce a new genre of music to their fans.










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2/20/2019 4:06:12 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt’s Writers Union to sign protocol with Palestinian Book Association]]>
Abdel Hady affirmed that the protocol comes from the joint desire of Egypt’s Writers Union and the Palestinian Book Association to strengthen the cultural ties between their members and achieve a real cultural integration between writers and poets in the two Arab countries.

The cooperation protocol aims to boost cooperation between both unions in the translation field; it also targets organizing annual meetings to exchange cultural knowledge and visions between writers to hold creative workshops in the fields of literature and to provide the necessary support to Palestinian writers.


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2/20/2019 3:51:40 PM
<![CDATA[65 artifacts confiscated by police in Menia]]>
Among the seized artifacts were antiquities dating back to 11th Dynasty and coins dating back to the Greek-Byzantine era. The pieces were confiscated while the man was trying to sell them to an undercover officer in the Tourism and Antiquities Police Department, who played the role of a smuggler.

Major General Mohammed al-Ghoul, director of the General Directorate of Tourism and Antiquities Police, received a notification from the director of the Tourism and Antiquities Police Department in Menia, stating that a confidential information had been received stating that a 38 year old man in Menia was trying to sell rare artifacts for LE 10 million.

When the man opened his door to receive the money, he was surprised by undercover police officers who were able to arrest the defendant and seize a statue of King Antuf VII dating back to the 11th dynasty, and numerous other artifacts in his possession.

The artifacts were confiscated and the defendant was held in detention for further investigation.
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2/20/2019 3:48:18 PM
<![CDATA[AIWFF to kick off Feb. 20]]>
Numerous celebrities arrived in Aswan to witness the opening ceremony, including Ahmed Abdel Aziz, Bassem Samra, Ahmed Wafik, Yousra el-Lozy, Dorra, Madline Tabar, Jihane Khalil, Reem el-Baroudi, Randa el-Behery and Rami Gheit.

Also, directors Mohamed Abdel Aziz, Ismail Farouk and Amro Abdeen will be among the attendees.

Advisor to the Minister of Culture for Cinema Affairs and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Artistic Works Khalid Abdul Jalil will also attend the opening ceremony, along with film producer Mohamed el-Adl and film critic Tarek el-Shennawy.

Veteran actress Mohsena Tawfik, actress Menna Shalabi and veteran world star Barbara Bouchet will be honored during the opening ceremony of the festival’s third edition.

In addition, five women who have had many cinematic contributions will be honored.

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2/20/2019 2:40:40 PM
<![CDATA[Watch 'Killing Eve' season two trailer]]>
The full cast has not yet been announced, but Sandra (Eve Polastri) and Jodie Comer (Villanelle) will reprise their lead roles. Fiona Shaw will also return as the mysterious MI6 operative Carolyn Martens.

BBC America revealed in a press release that the new season will open just 36 seconds after the end of the previous season.

"Beginning just after the end of the final episode of season one, Villanelle has disappeared, and Eve is left reeling, having no idea if the woman she stabbed is alive or dead," the release reads.

"With both of them in deep trouble, Eve has to find Villanelle before someone else does…But unfortunately, she’s not the only person looking for her."

The first season left many threads open. Who are the mysterious twelve who send Villanelle to do their bidding? How will Villanelle and Eve respond to each other if they meet again in the future? Who is Konstantin (Kim Bodnia) really, and what is Carolyn's (Fiona Shaw) deal?

Will Eve and her husband Niko (Owen McDonnell) stay together? There is really a lot to fill in, a lot. If you want to get as close to the truth as possible, "Killing Eve" is based on Luke Jennings' crime novellas; there are two books so far: "Codename Villanelle" and "No Tomorrow".

Watch trailer:

Addicted | Killing Eve Season 2 Teaser Trailer | BBC America

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2/20/2019 2:08:38 PM
<![CDATA[Sun rays illuminate face of Ramses II in Aswan Friday for 20 minutes]]>
For most of the year, the inner sanctum of the main temple at Abu Simbel is shrouded in darkness.

The phenomenon will start at 6:23 am and continue for nearly 20 to 25 minutes.

On February 22, a day celebrating the king's birthday and again on October 22, a day celebrating his coronation, sunlight illuminates seated statues of the sun gods Re-Horakhte and Amon-Re, as well as the statue of king Ramses II.

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2/20/2019 11:35:39 AM
<![CDATA['Immobilia Crime story' to be released in cinemas Feb. 20]]>
Immobilia is one of the most famous residential buildings in Egypt. It was the favorite residence for celebrities, politicians, artists and athletes during the 1940s and 50s.

The building was the property of Egyptian millionaire Ahmed Pasha Abboud, the richest man in Egypt during that era.

Among the building’s inhabitants were Naguib el-Rihani, Mohamed Fawzi, Anwar Wajdi, Leila Mourad, Mahmoud el-Meligi, Mohammed Abdel Wahab, Majida al-Sabahi, and Fekri Abaza. Abdel Halim Hafez and Umm Kulthum’s business offices were also located in that building.

Famed actors Tarek Abdel Aziz, Hany Adel, Ahmed Mahmoud, Doo'a Taima, Maher Salim and Yusuf Ismail will all star alongside Seba’i in the much anticipated film.

“Immobilia Crime Story” is written and directed by Khaled el-Hagar.






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2/19/2019 5:12:56 PM
<![CDATA[Lamjarred recalls his childhood memories]]>
The image impressed many of his followers on Instagram, noting that his features did not change over time. Lamjarred captioned the picture “I love you mama!”

Saad Lamjarred is a Moroccan pop singer, dancer, singer-songwriter, actor and record producer. His song, "M3alllem" is the highest viewed Arabic song on YouTube with 710 million views as of 2019.
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Lamjarred was born to Bachir Abdou, a Moroccan classical singer, and Nezha Regragui, an actress and comedian.

From an early age, Lamjarred had a special interest in playing the piano, as well as singing as early as the age of four.

He then went on to study at the Conservatory of Music in Rabat, where he studied music, art theory and dance. He would perform many productions wherein he would collaborate with his father.

The famed artist moved to the US in 2001 and cites this as one of the main sources of inspiration for his music, crediting the experience for exposing him to western music and having a defining effect on his style and the type of artist he wanted to identify as.
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2/19/2019 4:59:54 PM
<![CDATA[Aseel Omran on her way to stardom]]>
The new film is a romantic drama and is written by Hosny. Hosny previously wrote the films “Halet Hob” (a state of love) “Omar & Salma”, “Nor Aini” and “El-Badla” (The suit).

Hosny is currently writing his new movie temporarily entitled “Kol Sana Wenta Tayeb”. The super star also chose the idea of his new video clip “Naseny Laih”

Tamer Hosny is an Egyptian singer, actor, composer, director and songwriter. He first came to public attention when he appeared on mix tapes with other Egyptian artists. Hosny launched his solo career with his 2004 album “Hob” (Love), becoming a successful singer of romantic music. He was dubbed the "Star of the Generation" by his fans.

Hosny was born in Cairo to an Egyptian father and Syrian mother. Unlike his father, Hosny Sherif Abbas, Tamer Hosny grew up with an interest in football and played the sport for five years.

The famed singer had his first directorial experience in 2010 when he directed his music video "Saheet ala Sotha" (I woke up to her voice). Hosny had a long-held ambition to become a director and to make his own music videos.

The popular singer starred in the 2003 Egyptian film “Halet Hob” (A State of Love). In 2006, he was arrested for forging military papers to avoid serving in the army. He received a one-year prison sentence, yet he only stayed in jail for six months.

During Ramadan 2011, Hosny starred in the television drama "Adam". Directed by Mohammad Samy, the drama also featured Dina Fouad, Ahmed Zaher and Mai Izz el-Din. This series achieved big success and high views on YouTube and won best series in 2011 in many votes.


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2/19/2019 4:19:24 PM
<![CDATA[Jackie Chan to shoot 'Vanguard' in Dubai]]>
According to a statement made by Dubai’s Cinema and Television Committee to Gulf News, Chan is scheduled to start filming “Vanguard” at the end of February.

Filming Chan’s new movie will take place in numerous hotspots in Dubai, such as Dubai’s City Walk, and Dubai’s Downtown.

“The committee is pleased to announce another major Chinese movie to be filmed in Dubai, in cooperation with Shanghai Lakes Entertainment Company Limited and Alcatraz Ltd in Dubai,” announced Gamal al-Sherif, the head of the committee.

The new film is the sixth collaboration between Jackie Chan and director Stanley Tong.


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2/19/2019 3:42:40 PM
<![CDATA[Beating cancer; a mother's journey]]>
But Noha Aser's debut novel "Kuna M'aan" (We Were Together) is set to change and challenge the way people think about cancer, giving support and hope to families who don't get emotional and psychological support during and after their experience with cancer
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Aser's book tells the story of Karim (Aser's first-born son) who was diagnosed with cancer at the tender age of 11 years and left our world when he was merely 15 years old.

The book is divided into three parts; the first being the tale of Karim's short life journey from when he was a baby right to his last days and subsequent funeral; the second part focuses on Karim's own writing, thoughts and notes he had written during his illness and the third part is the collection of letters and notes written by Karim's friends.

It is quite rare for people to address the topic of cancer in a positive light especially when they have lost a loved one to it. So we met with her to learn more about her book, her experience and this puzzling, yet admirable positivity.

Aser graduated from the faculty of Commerce, accounting department. She describes herself as “a wife, a mother of three children and now an aspiring writer."

After eight years of employment, she decided to dedicate her time to her home and children and enjoy what she loves most; reading, writing, music and math.

We asked Aser how her life changed after this experience and she replied that her priorities and view of life as a whole changed as she began to focus on the important aspects of life which are faith, trust and belief in God's will and that there is no "complete or perfect life".

She goes on to add that one should always be grateful for every blessing God bestows upon us, regardless of how big or small these blessings are.

She also learnt that there are no guarantees in life and that nothing should be taken for granted as things can suddenly change. "I realized that I have to live each day as it comes and enjoy every part of it as I don't know what tomorrow will bring. I learnt that humanity has no gender, faith or social status. I learnt that having people around you is an invaluable treasure."

Karim's journey was both influential and inspiring to many people, especially those who knew him, therefore after his death, Aser created a page dedicated to Karim on Facebook, where she shared posts with her friends and Karim's friends.

Many of the followers began to ask about the stories of Karim from when he was a child. “I narrated the story of Karim from birth to his last days with illness," Aser responded.

"Many people who follow the page suggested that I collect these tales and put them in a book which might help others. I did not fully respond to the idea at first," Aser said.

But after two years, one of the followers brought the idea up again and told Aser that she can begin her quest through an organized event in a cultural venue which will bring together some of the new writers.

"I was inspired and motivated by the idea and began to review what I had previously written as I deleted and added other things; I then wrote the dedication and summary," Aser recalled.

Aser searched tirelessly for a publishing house that will agree to publish the book, and the fact that she does not have an established name as a writer made things all the more difficult and complicated.

Nonetheless, she did not give up hope and by coincidence she met with a friend who put her in contact with another friend who knew a publishing house that would accept the book and so this is how the book got to see the light.

"Kuna M'aan" participated at the Cairo International Book Fair alongside all the other publications of the aforementioned publishing house.

"Karim is in peace now. God's mercy relieved him from all his pain. God was able to heal him, but it did not happen and there must be a reason behind it that only God knows."

This belief that Karim is now in eternal rest makes his loss more bearable, as she explains "He is now in a better state where he is not tired, where there is no pain. He is in paradise with all the prophets which was his last request just weeks before his death. He told me 'Mama, I long to see God and the prophets.' Not seeing him is what hurts me the most but what eases this pain is all our memories, our laughter and tears together. His image never leaves my mind."

Aser's wishes now are for God to guide her children and reunite them all with Karim in paradise. She wishes that Arab leaders make health and education their top priorities as they reflect societies' progress and development.

She also wants anyone who is related to someone with cancer to always be thankful to God and to try and live their lives in a natural way.

During her son's journey with cancer, Aser was motivated by stories of the prophets and was really influenced by how they dealt with hardship and difficulties, in particular the story of Prophet Ayyub (Job), peace be upon him.

"We need to challenge the impossible, who knows, maybe we can achieve it. With every difficulty and turmoil, God gives us inner strength that is why we need to constantly thank God for the little blessings before the bigger ones," Aser said.

Aser wants to pursue writing professionally as it is a field that she found herself in. "Personally I want to enjoy my hobbies and bring my children up." She also envisages herself as a good will ambassador or working for a non-profit organization that helps people around the world.
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2/19/2019 11:47:45 AM
<![CDATA[‘The trap'; a new book sheds light on link between MBs, human rights org. ]]>
Issued by Dar al-Hilal Publishing House, "The trap" explains how MB managed to offer themselves as alternatives to the weak, aging Arab regimes during 2011.

Basiouny suggested in his book possible theories on how the Muslim Brotherhood succeeded to find away into the human rights organizations within the MENA region, controlling and using them for their benefit.

The three main chapters titled: "How the MBs infiltrated human rights organizations," "Anarchism, MBs and Daesh," and "Human rights organizations ... Politicization and foreign financing" discuss the relation between human rights organizations, governments, intelligence agencies, and the MBs, highlighting how the MBs succeeded to spread misleading-information through their link to the aforementioned bodies.

The book also tackled the affect of MBs on youth and how they used them for promoting causes and political terms.

Basiouny says in his book that wars no longer need guns or weapons as they depend on more sophisticated methods nowadays such as media, human rights organizations and social media.

Basiouny is the editor in chief of Mobtada news website.
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2/18/2019 6:30:01 PM
<![CDATA[Mounir to celebrate release of 'Watan' on March 1]]>
Mounir performed a massive concert at Global Village in Dubai on February 15.

He released his latest album “Watan” (Homeland) in December 2018. Mounir's fans have been eagerly waiting for his album since the last single he released in 2017.

Born in Aswan, Mounir inherited a sense of love and belonging for the Nile. Even when he moved to Cairo, he took the Nubian culture with him.

Mounir’s music reflects his Nubian culture, and his contribution to the Arab music scene is almost unbelievable.

He was the first Arab/Middle Eastern singer to mix jazz with Nubian music, developing the inherited Nubian music scales and combining them with new, universal jazz music.

Furthermore, Mounir helped introduce many Nubian concepts into Arabic music, which is obvious in his song "Wist al-Dayra" (In the Circle's Center).

Many of Mounir's songs have an orchestral backing, enhanced with magnificent tunes of the Oud. Songs such as "Borg Hamam" (Pigeons Tower, 1995) and "Shababek" (Windows, 1981) best demonstrate this unique aspect of his music.

Using oriental drum beats, Mounir performs dynamic songs based on folk tunes, such as "Al-Nawasy" (Sidewalks, 2001), in which the drum beat is reminiscent of the familiar beats of "Al-Zar".

He also produced notably oriental-sounding songs such as "Eqrar" (Endorsement, 2004).

He frequently enriches his music with rock tunes, especially in live concerts. One of the best examples is his song "El-Kon Koloh Beydor" (The Universe is Spinning, 1981) or "Ezai" (How, 2011).

Mounir added female vocals to paint the music with more emotional and attractive colors in his song "Sheta" (winter) in 1995.

Mounir released the music video for “A’lam Wahed” (One World), which addressed the refugee crisis, in August 2017.

In the video, he collaborated with German-Egyptian singer Adel Tawil and World Music Award winner Youssou N’dour.

Their video has been released in Arabic, English, French and German. The clip was shot in Senegal over three days.

The song has an obvious message to the world that we are all equal and united.



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2/18/2019 5:00:27 PM
<![CDATA[ET commemorates birth anniversary of legendary Leila Mourad]]>
Born Lillian Zaki Mourad Mordechai to a Jewish family in Al-Daher District in Cairo, she later changed her name to Leila Mourad. The late singer married three times and converted to Islam in 1947.

Mourad was born to Ibrahim Zaki Mourad Mordechai and Gamilah Salmon. Her father, an Egyptian Jew, was a respected singer, musician, and religious Jewish cantor (Hazzan). Her mother was a Jewish Egyptian of Polish origins. One of her brothers, Mounir Mourad, was an actor and composer.

The late legendary actress made her first stage appearance at 9 years old at Saalat Badi'a, one of Cairo's most successful music halls. The theatre had been founded in 1926 by actress and dancer Badi'a Masabni, who became Mourad's patron.

Her first film appearance, at 15, was in the 1932 “al-Dahaya” (The Victims) which had originally been made as a silent film. Her song, "The Day of Departure", was added as part of the transformation of the production into a sound film.

Mourad was trained by her father and Dawood Hosni, who was also Jewish. Hosni had composed the first Operetta in Arabic and he composed two songs for her: "Hairana Leh Bein El-Eloub" (Why can't you choose from among lovers), and "Howa el Dala'a Ya'ani Khessam" (Does dalliance mean avoiding me?).

Further success came when prominent Egyptian composer Mohammed Abdel Wahab heard her singing and gave her a role in his film “Yahia el Hob” (Viva Love!) in 1938. In the six years following the success of “Yahia el Hob” Mourad participated in five best-selling films with director Togo Mizrahi, becoming Egypt's top actress.

In 1945, she participated in “Layla Bint al-Fuqara” (Layla, daughter of the poor) directed by Anwar Wagdi whom she married shortly after. She went on to participate in 20 films, the most outstanding of which is “Ghazal al-Banat” (The Flirtation of Girls), directed by and co-starring Wagdi. It also featured Naguib al-Rihani and Abdel Wahab in their last appearances.

In 1953, she was selected, over Umm Kulthum, as the official singer of the Egyptian revolution. Shortly thereafter, a rumor that Mourad had visited Israel, where she had family, and donated money to its military raised suspicions of her spying for Israel and caused some Arab radio stations to boycott her. She denied these allegations and when called for judicial investigations, proved her innocence all along, declaring, "I am an Egyptian Muslim".

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No proof was ever found that she had contributed money to Israel's military; the Egyptian government investigated and concluded that the charges against the singer were without foundation.

Some historians claim that Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser insisted that Syria end their boycott of her songs and films.

Her decision to retire, aged 38, came with the failure of her last film ”Al Habib al Majhoul” (The Unknown Lover), the banning of her song, "With Unity, Order, and Work", praising the Free Officers 1952 revolution and the outbreak of the 1956 war.

Despite the immense popularity of her films, her singing career was overshadowed by Umm Kulthum who dominated Egypt's musical landscape and, in 1949, had become president of the Musicians' Union.

In the early 1950s, other singers also popular with younger audiences, such as Abdel al Halim Hafez, did not get the same exposure on the radio as Umm Kulthum.

The late legendary Mourad made a few brief reappearances during Ramadan in 1970, when she was scheduled to read Salah Jahin's "Fawazeer Ramadan" (Ramadan' puzzles), a daily traditional radio program held during the Holy month of Ramadan.

Leila Mourad died in a hospital in Cairo in 1995.

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2/18/2019 4:27:03 PM
<![CDATA[Georgian Royal National Ballet Group to perform in Cairo Opera House]]>
The ballet shows will be held on Feb. 19 at 8 p.m. on Sayed Darwish Theater in Alexandria Opera House and on Feb 20, 21 on the Grand Theater in Cairo Opera House.
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The Georgian Royal National Ballet Group includes 50 professional dancers performing a series of folkloric dances, and combining a single artistic idea that reflects the name of the show and takes the spectators on a journey to ancient Georgia reflecting the unique character of its community.

It is worth noting that the Georgian Royal National Ballet Group, under the leadership of Gela Potskhishvili and Maya Kiknadze, has performed on the world's most famous theaters in 80 countries in a span of 30 years.


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2/18/2019 3:16:24 PM
<![CDATA[Turki Al-Sheikh signs several agreements in Cairo]]>
Sheikh signed a contract with Cairo 21 for artistic and theater production represented by director Magdi el-Hawari to present six performances of the theatrical show "King Lear" starring veteran actors Yehia el-Fakharany and Farouk el-Fishawy. The play will stage in different regions in the kingdom.

In addition, Sheikh signed a contract with Al-Adl Group represented in producer Gamal al-Adl to present six performances for families. The performances will star Sherihan, who returned to theater after an 18-year hiatus, as part of the Riyadh Festival that will be held in October and November 2019 in Jeddah and in June and July 2020.

Furthermore, Cairo 21 for artistic and theater production signed a contract with famed actor Mohamed Henedi to stage six performances of the play "3 days in the coast" in different parts of the kingdom to be selected by the General Authority for Entertainment in KSA. The shows will be held in March.

Also, famed actor Ashraf Abdel Baki signed a contract to present four performances of “Masrah Masr” that was held in 2018 and four additional performances of the play “Garimah fel Maadi” in several regions in the kingdom.

Star Mohamed Saad had also been signed to stage several performances across the kingdom.

Moreover, Sheikh signed a memorandum of understanding with True Motion Media Production represented by producer Rami Imam, where it was agreed that there would be a special appearance by veteran actor Adel Imam as a guest of honor in an artistic work produced by the company.

A memorandum of understanding was also signed with the United Group Company represented by Hisham Abdel Khalek to screen a selection of films and organize “outdoor” ceremonies attended by the films’ stars.

Al-Sabah Group represented by Sadek al-Sabah signed a memorandum of understanding with Sheikh to produce several films to premiere in KSA with the participation of Egyptian, Arab and Saudi artists.

Writers Amir Taima and Ayman Bahgat Kamar were also contracted to write scenarios of different plays to stage in KSA to revive the national heritage.

Sheikh signed memoranda of understanding with famed singers Hani Shaker, Amr Diab and Mohamed Hamaki to perform concerts in different regions across the kingdom.

A memorandum of understanding was signed with producer Mohsen Gaber as a representative of Stars Productions, where the General Authority for Entertainment in KSA will produce theatrical plays about late legendary Egyptian singers Umm Kulthum, Mohamed Abdel Wahab and Abdel Halim Hafez.

In addition, Walid Mansour has signed an agreement to get Hakim, Oka, Ortega, Hamada Helal, Ahmed Sheba, Adaweya, Saad el-Sagheer, Mostafa Hagag, Mahmoud el-Leithy, Diab and Abdel Baset Hamouda to perform in Shaabiyat Festival - Layaly El Mahrousa.

It is worth noting that Sheikh signed the agreements in Cairo a day after he signed a set of other agreements in London, aiming at hosting international events in Great Britain, as part of the Entertainment Authority in KSA's plan.




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2/18/2019 3:06:16 PM
<![CDATA[Angham to release ‘Hala Khasa’ on Feb.21]]>
Angham along with Lebanese singer Marwan Khoury and Moroccan singer Asma Lamnawar are currently preparing to launch their new talent show to discover new musical talents.

The show will be labelled "El-Zaman el-Gamil" (The Golden Era) and is set to be broadcasted on Abu Dhabi TV.

The program aims to discover new talented Arab voices and help them pursue musical careers and reach fame.

Angham is an Egyptian singer, record producer and actress. She comes from an artistic family and was born in 1972. Her father is veteran musician and composer Mohamed Ali Soliman. Angham is a popular Egyptian singer who started her artistic career in 1987 under the guidance of her father.

Following her divorce from Magdy Aref in 2000, Angham took much more control over her image and musical style. After that "Leih Sebtaha" (Why Did You Leave Her?) record established her into a strong position amid the constant emerge of new voices in the Middle Eastern music scene.

After a highly publicized feud between Alam El-Phan Music Records' president Mohsen Gaber and the artist, she moved to another record company, Rotana.

In 2005, she released the album "Bahibbik Wahashteeny" (I Love You, I Miss You) which was critically acclaimed, but did not achieve the expected commercial success.

In 2007, Angham returned to the forefront of Arabic pop music scene with her album "Kol ma N'arrab" (Whenever We Come Closer) which sold more than 500,000 copies across the Middle East in less than three months and was awarded a platinum certification.

She presented a group of successful songs such as "Etegah Wahed" (One Direction), "Toul Ma Enta Be'eid" (As Long As You Are Far), "Akteblak Ta3ahod" (I Pledge to You), and "Mahzoma" (Defeated), among other popular songs.

Profits made by Angham's albums during the past two decades remain the highest among other Egyptian singers of her category. It is worth noting that the star’s fans and critics in the industry named her “Egypt’s No. 1”.

Angham was the best-selling female pop artist in 2003. She is famous for her wide vocal range and romantic style.
Angham’s 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.

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

Angham's latest song "Bakhaf Afrah" (I am Afraid of Being Happy) hit about 9 million views on YouTube after three weeks from its release. "Bakhaf Afrah" is written by Turki Al-Sheikh and composed by Khaled Ezz.

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2/18/2019 2:35:09 PM
<![CDATA[ Aswan Cultural Palace to be launched on Feb. 19]]>
The opening ceremony will be attended by Chairman of the General Authority for Culture Palaces Ahmed Awad and Governor of Aswan Ahmed Ibrahim, in addition to a number of leaders at the Aswan Cultural Palace.

The palace spans over 1480 square meters and consists of two floors. The ground floor includes a reception hall, a public library, IT hall, administrative rooms, rooms specified for actors and a 220-square-meter-theater consisting of 145 chairs.

The second floor features a drawing room and a children's activities hall.

The opening of the Aswan Palace of Culture comes within the framework of the Ministry of Culture's celebrations of the declaration of Aswan as the capital of African youth for 2019.

The palace will host part of the activities of the Aswan International Festival, which will be held in the coming days.
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2/18/2019 2:32:01 PM
<![CDATA[Box Office: 'Alita: Battle Angel' Wins Dismal Presidents Day Weekend]]>
“Alita,” the cyberpunk CGI spectacle, earned $27 million when it debuted in 3,790 locations and $33 million over the four-day frame. Since opening on Thursday, the movie has generated $41 million at the domestic market. It came in slightly ahead of expectations heading into the weekend, but “Alita: Battle Angel” still has a lengthy uphill battle to become profitable. Directed by Robert Rodriguez and produced by James Cameron, the Japanese manga adaptation cost over $170 million to produce — and that’s not including the tens of millions spent in marketing.

“Alita,” the cyberpunk CGI spectacle, earned $27 million when it debuted in 3,790 locations and $33 million over the four-day frame. Since opening on Thursday, the movie has generated $41 million at the domestic market. It came in slightly ahead of expectations heading into the weekend, but “Alita: Battle Angel” still has a lengthy uphill battle to become profitable. Directed by Robert Rodriguez and produced by James Cameron, the Japanese manga adaptation cost over $170 million to produce — and that’s not including the tens of millions spent in marketing.

“Alita” certainly didn’t set any new President’s Day weekend records, but it did benefit from its new release date that saw most kids out of school over the holiday. The movie will now bank on international markets to get “Alita” out of the red. The movie is resonating overseas, where it pulled in $56 million this weekend when it opened in most major foreign markets. That takes its international bounty to $94 million. It opens in China and Japan on Feb. 22.

“Alita: Battle Angel” just barely fended off Warner Bros.’ “The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part.” Last weekend’s champ dropped to the No. 2 spot, adding another $21.2 million for a domestic haul of $62.6 million. The animated sequel based on the popular kids toys has hefty competition on the horizon. Next weekend sees the release of “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” and Disney’s “Captain Marvel” not far behind. All three titles are targeting younger audiences.

In third place is Warner Bros. and New Line’s “Isn’t It Romantic.” The satirical take on a romantic comedy benefited from opening ahead of Valentine’s Day, with $14.2 million during its first four days of release. Rebel Wilson and Liam Hemsworth star in the flick about a woman whose life begins to play out like a PG-13 romantic comedy (the horror!) after getting hit on the head.

Fellow new release “Happy Death Day 2U” didn’t fare as well from the holiday. Universal and Blumhouse’s slasher sequel launched in fifth place with $9.8 million over the weekend. Its $11.4 million bounty since opening on Wednesday is almost half of what tracking services estimated heading into the weekend. It’s also a steep decline from the opening weekend of its predecessor, “Happy Death Day,” which bowed with $26 million. The good news, at least, is the movie only cost $9 million so it won’t take much for “Happy Death Day 2U” to end up in the black.

Paramount’s gender-bending remake, “What Men Want” came in fourth place, bringing in $10.8 million during its second outing.

On the indie front, MGM’s “Fighting With My Family” brought in $131,625 over the three-day frame and is expected to make $163,584 through Monday. It generated the best screen average of the weekend with $40,896 per location. The Dwayne Johnson-produced WWE drama expands nationwide next weekend.

To nobody’s surprise, ticket sales are down almost 60 percent from last year when “Black Panther” delivered a record-breaking $202 million debut. The rest of February will make for tough comparisons since Marvel’s more inclusive take on the superhero genre generated a massive $700 million during its long run in multiplexes.


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2/18/2019 12:43:27 PM
<![CDATA[Helal’s 'Ashrab Shaay' amassed 4M views on YouTube in 2 weeks]]>
The famed singer is currently preparing for filming his new Ramadan series “Ibn Osoul” (Good man) in which he stars alongside Suzan Negm el-Din, Ayten Amer, Islam Ibrahim and Mohamed Nagaty.

The series is written by Ahmed Mahmoud Abu Zeid and directed by Mohamed Bakir. The series is the production of Synergy.

Mohamed Abdel-Fatah Mohamed Abdel Aziz Helal,better known as Hamada Helal, is an Egyptian singer and actor born in Sharqia, Egypt. Hamada started singing when he was 5 years old. He used to record his voice whilst singing on cassette tapes. Many great artists influenced Hamada, such as Abdel Halim Hafez, Mohamed Abdel Wahab and Umm Kulthum.

At school, Hamada sang during school breaks and entertainment periods. One of his friends would play the drums, Hamada would sing and a girl would dance.

When Hamada was seven, one of his relatives heard him singing and took him to a musician. He learned the music basics and was encouraged. The musician told Hamada that he would introduce him to sing at his relatives' wedding. This was the starting point of his career.

Hamada met a popular composer called Hassan Esh Esh who introduced him to Hamid el- Shaeri and presented him to a recording studio.They signed him straight away.

Hamada's first appearance as a professional singer was on High Quality album Part 3;after that he released his own albums “Dar El Zaman”, “Demou” and “Bakhaf”.

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2/17/2019 5:02:07 PM
<![CDATA[GEM's Great Staircase to illustrate life of Ancient Egyptian gods/kings]]>
Tawfik further stated that 24 pieces have so far been transferred from a total of 87 statues set to be displayed on the “Kings' Great Staircase”, which will be placed in the lobby of the museum.

The remaining artifacts are currently located in the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir and will be transferred to the Grand Egyptian Museum in the upcoming period, affirmed Tawfik.

The “Great Staircase” located in the Grand Egyptian Museum will focus on portraying the kings and gods of the Ancient Egyptian era. This part of the museum will be divided into four sections; the first section will focus on portraying how the King/God was sculptured during the ancient Egyptian Era. The sizes of the statues will be of various sizes, but all will be sculptured using the three dimensions effect.

The second section will be portraying how the kings performed religious practices, and how they offered tributes to their gods.

Moreover, the third section of the “Great Staircase” will illustrate the relationship between the kings and their gods, using three and four dimensional sculptures.

Last but not least, the fourth section of the “Great Staircase” will illustrate the process that took place after the death of the kings, and how their bodies were reserved and mummified.

The royal pyramids in Giza will be visible outside a panoramic window in the upper part of the “Great Staircase” to reflect the image of eternal royalty.










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2/17/2019 3:57:14 PM
<![CDATA[Hosny’s ‘Naseny Leh’ amassed 1.5 million views in less than 24 hours]]>
Hosny announced that he will release his upcoming movie "Kol Sana W Enta Tayeb" during Eid El-Fitr season.

The movie stars Zeina, Khaled el-Sawy, Aicha Ben Ahmed, Ahmed Fathy and Mohamed Sarwat. "Kol Sana W EntaTayeb" is written by Mohamed Abdel Maty and directed by Said el-Marouk.

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 50 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 announced that “El-Badla” achieved the highest revenues in the history of Egyptian cinema.

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 whom 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 hand print and footprint permanently engraved on the Forecourt of the Stars at Hollywood's iconic Chinese Theatre in August 2017.

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

"EishBeshoqak" 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.

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2/17/2019 3:41:03 PM
<![CDATA[In pics: Egypt to recover gilded coffin from Met museum ]]>
The prized artifact is the gilded Coffin of Nedjemankh who was a high-ranking priest of the ram-god Heryshef in the first century BC.

Met museum bought the stolen artifact from a Parisian art dealer in 2017. The artifact has been displayed in the museum since then.

Met museum further explained that Egypt gave the Manhattan District attorney a valid proof of its ownership of the artifact and that the export license of the trader was forged.

Investigators declared that the art dealer provided Met with fraudulent documents, such as a forged 1971 Egyptian export license.

Shaaban Abdel Gawad, supervisor general of Egypt’s Antiquities Repatriation Department, announced that investigations performed by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office took 20 months.
Before the issuance of Antiquities Protection Law No 117 of 1983, the Egyptian law allowed the export of some artifacts.

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The Manhattan District attorney assured Egypt’s ownership of the coffin and said that it should be returned to Egypt. Upon its arrival in Egypt, the coffin will be displayed temporarily at the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir Square. Later, it will be transferred to the Grand Egyptian Museum to be displayed permanently after its official opening in 2020.

The coffin is engraved in wood and covered with a golden layer carved for Nedjemankh. The exquisitely decorated surface includes scenes and texts in thick gesso relief that were meant to protect and guide Nedjemankh on his journey from death to everlasting life.


“After we learned that the museum was a victim of fraud and unwittingly participated in the illegal trade of antiquities, we worked with the DA’s office to return the artifact to Egypt. Egypt has been a strong partner of the museum for over a century,” Met's president and CEO, Daniel Weiss, told The New York Times.

Abdel Gawadadded that Weiss sent on Saturday the museum’s apologies to Minister of Antiquities KhaledAnany, and to the Egyptians.

Anany thanked the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Egyptian security authorities, as well as members of the National Committee for Antiquities Repatriation for their great efforts in recovering the coffin; he also thankedthe Manhattan District Attorney’s Office and the Metropolitan Museum for their much appreciated cooperation.

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2/17/2019 3:35:58 PM
<![CDATA[Mostafa Khater to start filming 'Talket Haz']]>
In the series, Khater plays the role of a man married to actress Ayten Amer, and lives in the house of his mother in law, played by actress Inaam Salousa.

In “Talket Haz”, Khater has four sisters, played by actresses Heba Magdy, Myrna Nour el-Din, Rania Shahin, and Alhan el-Mahdi.

The series comically portrays the life of a man surrounded entirely by women.




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2/17/2019 2:33:39 PM