<![CDATA[rss-Arts & Culture]]> All Rights Reserved for The Cairo post <![CDATA[Arts & Culture]]>]]> 100 29 <![CDATA[Hakim to perform 2nd concert in North Coast on Aug. 22]]>
The concert is expected to be attended by a large number of fans, and is expected to be fully booked -which is the norm in Hakim’s summer concerts-.

Organizers are striving to make Hakim’s concert the best of 2019, where the popular star is expected to provide more than a surprise to his fans during the concert.

On the third day of Eid al Adha, Hakim held a huge concert in the Northern Coast in the presence of a large crowd of different ages, in addition to a number of celebrities, public figures and businessmen.

The star presented more than 20 songs of his most popular hits which ignited the atmosphere of the concert. The audience did not calm down for a moment, singing and dancing until the end.

Hakim was keen to take commemorative pictures with fans despite the intense crowding.


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8/19/2019 11:30:00 AM
<![CDATA[Ahmed el-Sakka returns with 'El-Ankaboot']]>
The star filmed numerous scenes on Imbaba and Rawd al-Farag bridges. With his new film, Sakka returns to the spotlight after a hiatus of one year and a half, since his last film “Horoob Eterary” (Forced Escape).

Sakka is scheduled to shoot several scenes in October City, with the participation of Egyptian star Mona Zaki and Tunisian star Dhaffer L'Abidine who recently joined the cast.

The film is prepared to form a state of thrill and suspense, for which Sakka's films are commonly known. The film includes dangerous action scenes performed by Sakka without the use of a stuntman.

Director Ahmad Nader Galal is still making the remaining contracts, where he has drawn up a list of the actors to be contracted. He wanted to start filming in the presence of his main stars, and postponed the rest of the contracts after Eid al-Adha holidays.

Sakka’s last film,“Horoob Eterary” (Forced Escape), co-starring Amir Karara, Ghada Adel, Fathy Abdel Wahab, Mostafa Khater, Ahmed el Awady, and a wide number of guest of honors including Ahmed Helmy, Ahmed Fahmy, Ahmed Zaher, Iman el Assi, Mohamed Farrag, Mohamed Shaheen, Bayoumi Fouad and late Ezzat Abu Auf, was written by Mohamed Sayed Bashir and directed by Ahmed Khaled Mousa.



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8/18/2019 5:45:08 PM
<![CDATA[Numerous plays to stage on Egyptian Theater Festival launching day]]>
This comes after the successful opening ceremony of the festival which took place on the Grand Theater of the Egyptian Opera House on Aug. 17, in the presence and under the patronage of Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem, and the festival's president Ahmed Abdel Aziz.

Aug. 18's events include the presentation of nine theatrical performances in the three competitions of the festival. The first competition of the Grand Theater includes three performances: “Tasgeel Dokhool” (Reporting Entry) staging on Hanager Theater for Arts and directed by Hany Afifi, "Opera Bent Arabi" staging on Al-Salam Theatre, directed by Hisham Ali and produced by Al-Shams Theater Group to integrate individuals with special needs, and “Metro” staging on Opera Malek Theater and produced by the Youth Theater Group.

Three theatrical works will be performed in the second competition of the youth shows: “El Dokhan” (Smoke) for Michael Basta staging on Sayed Darwish Theater, “Hezaa Mathgoob” (Broken Shoe) for Amro Afifi staging on the Puppets Theater and “El Malhama” (The battle) for Mohanad el Meligy staging on the Youth and Sports Theater.

Moreover, the Children's Theater Competition will feature three theatrical performances: “Alice in Wonderland” for Mohsen Rizk staging on Balloon Theater, “Sout el-Mosika” (Sound of Music) for Nourhan Shoeb staging on the National Theater, and “Lotus Flower” for Mohamed Hagag staging on Miami Theater.


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8/18/2019 5:37:04 PM
<![CDATA[Ahmed el Fishawy sentenced to one month in prison]]>
Lawyer Shaaban Said was representing Hend el-Hennawy who filed a lawsuit against al-Fishawy, for refraining from paying alimony in favor of his daughter Lina, estimated at LE 234,600.

The court issued a one month sentence against Fishawy, especially that documents proving his ability to pay the alimony was presented by the lawyer.

Hennawy’s lawyer said that the verdict against al-Fishawi is enforceable and cannot be appealed, and that in the event of his arrest, he would be obliged to start his sentence, or to pay alimony to his daughter.


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8/18/2019 4:15:01 PM
<![CDATA[Numerous cultural, artistic events to be held on Aug. 18]]>
The Ministry of Culture is set to launch the 28th edition of Salah el Din Citadel Festival for Music and Singing. The event will be held in cooperation with the Ministry of Antiquities. Its activities include 42 different events starting at 7 p.m.

The eighth edition of the Sakia Book Exhibition, which runs until Saturday, August 24, will be held at Al-Nahr Hall. This edition includes a collection of surprises for all book enthusiasts, writers and authors. For the first time, the exhibition’s program includes signing ceremonies and concerts within its activities.

At 4 p.m., Talaat Harb Cultural Center of the Cultural Development Fund Sector is organizing a workshop entitled "Let's Play Theater" with artist Suha Kaheel.

At 7 p.m., the Heliopolis Children's Library organizes a seminar to discuss common diseases between humans and animals and their transmission from humans to animals and vice versa.


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8/18/2019 3:00:43 PM
<![CDATA[Min.: We refuse to exploit Baron Palace commercially]]>
Khaled al-Anani explained that offers were submitted to the Ministry of Antiquities for commercial exploitation of the historical palace; however, we believe that its archaeological nature must be cultural.
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Baron Empain Palace is a historical palace that was inspired by Indian architecture and was constructed by Belgian millionaire Baron Edward Empain (Sept. 20 1852 - July 22 1929).

He came to Egypt from India at the end of the 19th century shortly after the opening of the Suez Canal.

The ministry is finalizing the Baron Palace in preparation for its opening to the public before the end of 2019. The ministry completed about 90 percent of the restoration work, where the structural consolidation of the roofs, and restoring the facades' decorative elements has been completed.

The project cost LE100 million, and the ministry plans to turn it into an archaeological documentation center after its scheduled opening in November 2019.




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8/18/2019 1:55:45 PM
<![CDATA[National Egyptian Theater Festival to kick off on August 17]]>
The festival announced honoring veteran comedian Lotfy Labib in the festival’s 12th edition.

Among its publications, the festival will present a book entitled "Lotfy Labib... The enchanting Comedian" written by Bassem Sadek, in celebration of the comedian whose works positively impacted the artistic scene in Egypt throughout the years.

The festival is also due to honor actress Sawsan Badr, singer Ali el-Haggar, actor Youssef Shaaban, actor Tawfik Abdel Hamid, late great actor Farouk el Fishawy, veteran actor Mahmoud el Gendy, late renowned comedian Mohamed Negm, late theatrical actress Mohsena Tawfik, , director Mohsen Helmy, actress Hala Fakher, writer El-Sayed Hafez, Director of Theatrical Administration in the National Theater, Assem el-Badawy and professor of decoration at the High Institute of Theatrical Arts Abd Rabo Abd Rabo.




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The General Organization of for Culture Palaces will participate in the festival will by presenting four spectacles of children's theater: The first spectacle
is for Children's Culture Palace in Damietta entitled "Island of Life" composed by Hassam El-Din Abdel Aziz and directed by Ahmed El-Ghazlany,

The second is entitled "The Three Colors” of “ Hassan Fakhr al-Din Bensar Al-Nubia” Troupe , composed by Effat Barakat and directed by Sahar Ghrobi, the third entitled "Beautiful Radubi" composed by Ahmed Zaham and directed by Mohamed Fuad for Manshiet Nasser's Culture Palace. The fourth is entitled "Smakmino" composed by Abeer Saad and directed by Rana Perak for Al- Anfoushy Culture Palace.

Furthermore, The General Organization of Cultural Palaces will also participate by five performances in the Grand Theater Competition:- "The Wonders of Alexandria" composed by Victor Hugo, new vision of Osama Noureddine and directed by Sameh Bassiouny, "The Feast of the Clowns" taken from “Notre Dame Hunchback” by Victor Hugo, presented by Al- Chateppe Culture Palace, prepared by Ahmed Saleh and directed by Mohamed El Zeini, “The Rituals of Signs And Transitions " for Al- Fayoum Culture Palace, composed by Saadallah Wannous and directed by Sameh El Hadary," The Good Man "for Kafr El Sheikh Culture Palace, composed by Bertol Brecht and directed by El Said Mansi," Sultan El Harafish " for Al- Gharbyia National Troupe ,written by Tarek Ammaro and directed by Al Sayed Fajal.

The General Organization of Cultural Palaces participates in “Youth Theater Competition” by three performances: "High Heel" (Experiences) in Kabbari Culture House, written and directed by Mohamed Taya, "Echo of Silence" by Mansoura Culture Palace club, written by Qasim Mataroud and directed by Abdel Bari Saad,
"Abu Klebs" Al- Anfoushi Culture Palace Club, written and directed by Ashraf Ali.




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8/17/2019 2:28:58 PM
<![CDATA[Mohamed Ramadan to perform at Golf Porto Marina on Aug.23]]>
Ramadan's "Mafia" amassed 140 million views on YouTube 7 months after its release.
"Thank god 140 million views in 7 months," Ramadan stated on his official Facebook account.

Ramadan launched on July 18 on his official YouTube channel a video of his latest song, "Ensay", which is a duet performed with Moroccan star Saad Lamjarred.

Director Hossam al-Husseini stated that working with Ramadan and Lamjarred is a totally different experience, as each of them has his presence, tools and audience, adding that the “video clip had to be unique in order to be attractive to the audience.”

He pointed out that the video was filmed in the streets of Paris, France and in one of the French palaces to add an archaeological element to the dazzling movements of the stars to rhythm of the song.

The song is a blend of rap and oriental music. Husseini said in a press statement that the video has become the No. 1 trend in Egypt, the Arab region and most of the countries of Europe, North America and Southeast Asia.

The director also stated that the video clip mounted the third place in the list of the most watched videos on YouTube worldwide during the first 24 hours, capturing 24 Million views in the first three days to remain the leading Arab most watched video.

Ramadan started his career with small roles in TV series like “The Cindrella" until he had his big chance in YousryNasrallah's “EhkyYaSharazad” (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” 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.

Famed international star Jean-Claude Van Damme previously praised Egyptian actor Mohamed Ramadan in a video published by Ramadan on his official Instagram account, after the two actors collaborated together in an advertisement.

"Hey, Mohamed Ramadan, how are you? It was great working with you. I appreciate your kindness. You're a great actor, good face, good body and one day maybe we will work together, we'll see, inshallah," the famed actor and kickboxing star said in the video.

Ramadan partcipated in the last Ramadan marathon with his latest series "Zelzal" alongside Hala Shiha, Hanady Mehana, Maged el Masry Ahmed Seyam, Nesrine Amin, Youssef Osman, among others.

In "Zelzal", Ramadan performs the role of both the father and son, an experience he previously succeeded in, in the series “Nesr El Saeed” 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 instalments and the last instalment 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 the production of Synergy.




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8/17/2019 1:54:00 PM
<![CDATA[Esseily, Zap, Hany to perform for the 1st time in New York on Nov.17]]>
Esseily is set to perform as well in the graduation party of one of the universities in 6th of October city on September 12.

Recently, Esseily has uploaded a new video clip titled "Millions" on his official channel on YouTube. The lyrics are written by Amir Teima.



Esseily is an Egyptian singer and composer who was born in 1982. His mother discovered his early passion for music and enrolled him in Piano lessons at the age of 4.

At an early age, Esseily’s teachers used to compliment his talents and often complained about his tendency to go off note and change a Beethoven Musical piece to play it his own style.

Esseily achieved a bachelor's degree in mass communication and integrated marketing at the American university.

In 2003, he released his first video clip named, "Magnona" (Crazy), achieving booming success, and skyrocketing Esseily’s popularity.

Among his famous songs are "Rayeh ala Feen" (Where Are You Going?), "Tabat w Nabat" (Happily Ever After), and "El-Fostan el-Abyad" (The White Dress) among others.
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8/17/2019 1:46:30 PM
<![CDATA[Tamer Hosny to perform in Oman for the 1st time on Aug. 20]]>
Hosny performed a massive concert at Egypt’s North Coast on Thursday, August 1.

Earlier, Hosny performed a concert at Family Park on June 7, in addition to a charity concert at the Russian University on May 4. The yields of Hosny’s concert were fully dedicated to the Cancer hospital in Fayoum.

On April 6, Hosny received the Murex D’or award for best male Arab singer in Lebanon.

It is worth mentioning that Hosny's latest song “Naseny Laih” amassed 50 million views on his official YouTube channel. The song 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 "Aish Beshouak" achieved great success.

Hosny announced that he will release his upcoming movie "Beirut-Cairo" in Eid el-Adha. The movie stars Zeina, Khaled el-Sawy, Aicha Ben Ahmed, Ahmed Fathy and Mohamed Sarwat. Written by Mohamed Abdel Maty and directed by Said el-Marouk, the movie was originally titled "Kol Sana W Enta Tayeb".

Hosny is a singer, songwriter, composer and actor. He began his musical career in 2002. 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.


His latest movie “El-Badla” (The Suit) which was released in Eid El-Fitr achieved 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 the Egyptian cinema.

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, 2018.

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

Hosny attracted the largest audience in his concert in Khobar Festival.

The star was the first Arab pop singer to perform a concert in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on March 30, 2018. The concert witnessed the attendance of thousands of Saudis, about 90 percent of whom were women.

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.

Also, Hosny performed in the opening ceremony of Abu Dhabi 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games 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 this event as it is considered the most important Arab event in the current period.
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8/17/2019 1:34:38 PM
<![CDATA[Shaker performs at Festival International de Siliana, in Tunisia]]>
Shaker will participate as well with a concert at Citadel Music Festival on August 23.

The prominent annual music festival is scheduled to kick off on August 18 – September 1 under the auspices of the Egyptian minister of culture Inas Abdel Dayem and the head of Cairo Opera House Magdy Saber.

The Musician’s Syndicate announced Shaker as the new head of the syndicate on July 31, after an election, in which he received 1532 voices, was held. Hany Shaker’s competitor in the election, Mustafa Kamel, received 589 voices.

The veteran Egyptian singer performed a massive concert in the Saudi city, Jeddah, on July 5.

Shaker performed for the first time in Saudi Arabia on March 26. He was accompanied by renowned Egyptian maestro Selim Sahab.

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

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

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

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


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8/16/2019 2:55:52 PM
<![CDATA[Sixteen prominent international films to participate at El Gouna Film Festival]]>


GFF is excited to reveal that the selection includes the winner of the Palme d’Or at the 72nd Cannes Film Festival, ''Parasite​;​ Bacurau'' and ''Les Misérables'', the joint winners of the Jury Prize at the 72nd Cannes Film Festival; ''Once in Trubchevsk'', which was part of the Un Certain Regard section of the 72nd Cannes Film Festival; and Pedro Almodóvar’s latest film ''Pain and Glory''starring Antonio Banderas, who was awarded Best Actor at the 72nd Cannes Film Festival.

Acclaimed filmmaker Karim Aïnouz’s latest film 'The Invisible Life of Eurídice Gusmão'', winner of the Un Certain Regard Prize at the 72nd Cannes Film Festival, is also part of GFF’s lineup; in addition to ''Deerskin'' by French director Quentin Dupieux, which opened the 2019 Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes; and ''Song Without a Name'', directed by Melina León, the first female Peruvian director to be selected for the Cannes Film Festival.



Among El Gouna Film Festival’s selection is ''Hikari’s 37 Seconds'', winner of the Audience Award in the Panorama section of the 69th Berlinale; Nora Fingscheidt’s ''System Crasher', winner of the Silver Bear for Best Feature Film at the 69th edition of the Berlinale; and the winner of the Silver Bear for Best Screenplay at the 69th Berlinale, Italian director Claudio Giovannesi’s ''Piranhas'', the big screen adaptation of Roberto Saviano’s bestseller of the same name.



The program also includes ''The Traitor' by Marco Bellocchio; ''Sorry We Missed You'' by British Director Ken Loach; ''The Father'', winner of the Crystal Globe at the 54th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival; 'Kabul, City in the Wind'', winner of the Special Jury Award for First Appearance at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam; and last but not least, Hassan Fazili’s masterpiece ''Midnight Traveler''.]]>
8/16/2019 2:28:55 PM
<![CDATA[‘El Feel-el Azra’ generates revenues amounted to L.E 75 M]]>
The makers of the Egyptian movie will present part 3 from the movie; this was clear from the open ending of part 2.

"El Feel-el Azra’" Part 2 achieved booming success, generating revenues exceeding LE 34 million in the first 72 hours only.

The long-awaited film promo has recorded more than 9 million views, and was met with an enthusiastic interaction from the anticipating audience.

Famed Egyptian actor Karim Abdel Aziz appeared in the promo fighting with beloved star Nelly Karim, stirring a lot of curiosity about the events of the new movie.

Part 2 stars the same cast of the first movie, led by director Marwan Hamed and author Ahmed Mourad. Tunisian actress HendSabry and Asma Sherif Mounir also join the cast, along with Zafer el-Abdeen and Eyad Nassar as guests of honor.

Produced by Synergy, the sequel follows a huge success of the first part, which grossed more than LE35 million when released in 2014, a record number in the last decade in Egyptian cinema.

The first movie tells the story of Yehia, a psychiatrist who returns to Al-Abbasiya mental hospital after 5years of self-imposed isolation, where he meets an old friend with a dark past and uncovers many surprises that turn his life upside down.

The events develop in a context of drama horror and mystery. Part 2 takes place 5 years later, as Dr. Yehia has married Lobna, played by Karim, and is summoned to the Department of Dangerous Cases.

The films are based on Ahmed Mourad's best-selling book of the same name that was released in 2012. The book was shortlisted for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF) in 2014.




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8/16/2019 2:11:59 PM
<![CDATA[Latest Arab, international films screen in Taif Season]]>
The films will screen in an open-air setting amid the wonderful atmosphere and mild weather of the Arabian resort.

With a capacity of 150 people, a cinema was launched in the city of Taif with four daily shows to accommodate the growing demand. Distinctive films that are suitable for the whole family screen in the cinema and are updated every six days with a fixed ticket price.

The first week's films include the Egyptian film “Saba el-Boromba” (Macho Man) starring Ramez Galal, Gamila Awad, Maha Abo Auf, and Bayoumi Fouad; in addition to the American Film “Men in Black International” starring Tessa Thompson, Chris Hemsworth, Emma Thompson, and Liam Neeson.

At the beginning of the second week, the famous cartoon film “Toy Story 4”, which achieved high box office revenues and gained critical acclaim, will screen; in addition to the famous cartoon film “Aladdin”.

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8/16/2019 2:07:52 PM
<![CDATA[Mai Farouk to perform in Sayed Darwish Theater on Aug. 17]]>
The concert will present a selection of the most important masterpieces of the “Planet of the East” Umm Kulthum, along with a selection of Tarab compositions by Mohamed Abdel Wahab and Fayza Ahmed, in addition to a number of Farouk's own works.It is noteworthy that Farouk began her artistic career at the age of 8, where she joined the children’s choir of the opera and was trained by maestro Salim Sahab.

Farouk is known for performing Umm Kulthum’s songs because of the distinctiveness and strength of her voice. She also presented a collection of contemporary works that bear the character of the golden era and succeeded in achieving a wide fan base.

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8/16/2019 1:13:14 PM
<![CDATA[ Moussa, Hagag to perform in Katameya on Aug. 16]]>
Hagag recently released two songs of his new album entitled “Hatzahzah” in which he collaborated with a number of composers, poets and distributors, including Amir Mahrous, Aziz el Shafei, Mohamed Yahya, Toma, Antar Helal, Wissam Abdel Moneim, Bilal Sorour, Mustafa Hassan, Osama Abdel Hadi and Yasser Nour. Hagag’s latest musical works was the national song “Emel el Sah” (Do the right thing) written by Mohamed Atef, composed by Walid Saad and directed by Betool Arafa. The song was released inline with the constitutional amendments that took place in recent months.





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8/16/2019 1:01:44 PM
<![CDATA[Bosy to perform in North Coast on Aug. 16]]>CAIRO - 16 August 2019: Popular singer Bosy is preparing for a concert which comes as part of the Eid al-Adha celebrations set to be held in the North Coast on Aug. 16.

Bosy is currently rehearsing for the concert, where she is expected to present many surprises for her fans.The star will be performing a wide selection of her most popular hits, including “Ah ya donia”, “Alo Alo”, “Agaza” (Holiday), “Ta'ala” (Come here), “Abdo” and “Shokalata” (Chocolate). The singer’s latest duet with popular folk singer Mahmoud el-Leithy was "Alo". The song is written by Malak Adel and directed by Imad Kassem.
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8/16/2019 12:52:37 PM
<![CDATA[Sheeran design Heinz Ketchup bottle sells for 1,500 pounds]]>
Only 150 of the “Ed Sheeran X Heinz Tomato Ketchup, the Tattoo Edition” bottles, featuring a copy of Sheeran’s own Heinz inking, will be available across the world.

The first three were sold for 1,050 pounds, 1,100 pounds and 1,500 pounds on Thursday.

Nigel Dickie, Kraft Heinz director of corporate affairs, said 150 of the bottles were made to mark Heinz 150th birthday.

“What’s special about them is that they have his tattoos on the label,” he said. “They’re part of the label, so it’s his sleeve on our sleeve.”

He said he suspected not many people would open the bottles, but they had “perfectly enjoyable ketchup” inside.

Some 104 bottles will be the prizes in a free global draw, according to a statement linked on Sheeran’s Instagram account, and the remainder would go to Sheeran and Heinz superfans and museums.

All money raised from the bottles will be donated to East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices, a charity nominated by Sheeran, and Rise Against Hunger, which is supported by Heinz.

The 28-year-old star, who has sold more than 150 million records worldwide, is a long-time fan of the sauce and has the “Heinz Tomato Ketchup” label tattooed on his arm.

Earlier this year he teamed up with the brand to release “Tomato Edchup” and wrote and starred in a TV advert for the release.]]>
8/16/2019 12:46:53 PM
<![CDATA['Raya we Sakina min tani' launches on Aug. 13 in Alexandria]]>
Actress Badria Tolba expressed her happiness for the success of the play, assuring the press that this success is a great motivation to perform more elaborate performances.

“Raya We Sakina Min Tany” is starring Badria Tolba, Entisar, Hamdi al-Wazir, and Mohamed Farouk; it is written by Mustafa Salem and directed by Hossam el-Din Salah.

Raya and Sakina were two Egyptian serial killers, known as Egypt's most infamous serial killers. They both were siblings. In the early 1900s, the two women, their husbands, and two other men began a killing spree targeting women in the Labban neighborhood of Alexandria.

The law enforcers were startled by increasing reports of missing women. Women started disappearing mysteriously during that time. Sakina was questioned several times because of the reports, but she managed to dodge suspicions regarding her involvement.

On the morning of December 11, 1920, a passerby discovered human remains on the side of the road; the body was damaged beyond recognition (except for its long hair) and was completely dismembered.

There was also a piece of black cloth and a striped black-and-white pair of socks near the body; however, these items did not help with the identification of the remains. In an unrelated incident, at about the same time in December, a man reported finding human remains beneath his floor while digging to fix a water pipe.

Those findings provided the only evidence regarding the murders in the Labban neighborhood.

After investigation, it was found that Raya and Sakina had been renting a home beside El Labban police department, where the bodies were buried.

Both vicious killers and their husbands were tried for murder. All four were convicted and were sentenced to death on May 16, 1921, putting an end to their gruesome crimes that not only shook Alexandria but Egypt as a whole.

Raya and Sakina became the first Egyptian women to be executed by the modern state of Egypt.

Inspired by the story of the killers, several books and works of art have been published, in addition to screenplays and theatrical shows.




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8/14/2019 4:35:53 PM
<![CDATA[Hakim, no. 1 performer in North Coast in summer 2019]]>CAIRO - 14 August 2019: A massive audience attended Hakim’s concert in the Northern Coast on the third day of Eid al-Adha, making it the most attended concert of summer 2019.

The concert was attended by a large number of celebrities, public figures and businessmen.

The popular singer performed over 20 songs, where the audience danced and sang along until the end of the concert.

Hakim was besieged by the audience as he was ready to leave and made sure to take photos with them.

The North Coast audience insists on attending Hakim’s concert for the fourth consecutive year, making him the most prominent star in the summer concerts.
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8/14/2019 4:14:37 PM
<![CDATA[Pics: Various archaeological sites await opening in 2019, know the details]]>CAIRO - 14 August 2019: The Ministry of Antiquities will soon complete the facilities for a number of archaeological museums, which are scheduled to launch during the remaining months of 2019.

Tanta Museum

The Ministry of Antiquities announced the completion of developing and restoring Tanta Museum in preparation for its opening at the end of August 2019.

Waad Abul Ela, head of Projects Sector at the Ministry of Antiquities, told the press that the completion of the structural development and restoration of the National Museum of Tanta in the province of Gharbia will be in August, within the ministry's plan to develop and open closed museums throughout the country.
Tanta Museum
Tanta Museum
The Ministry of Antiquities exposed that 99 percent of the museum's exhibition work has been completed. Furthermore, the museum will display a collection of artifacts that includes a statue of architect Imhotep, an icon of the Virgin Mary and a statue of the god Osiris.

Tanta Museum will showcase 8579 artifacts from the Pharaonic, Roman and Greek eras.

Tanta Museum is the only archaeological museum in the province and was closed 18 years ago.

The development work inside Tanta Museum included the renovation of the museum building, its structural treatment, and the installation of two new showcases. The museum display committee also changed its display scenario.

The museum's building consists of five floors, the first floor is dedicated to services, the second and third floors to displaying various artifacts, the fourth floor consists of the administrative offices of the museum staff, while the fifth floor has a lecture and conference rooms.

Hurghada Museum

The Minister of Antiquities exposed that the opening of the Hurghada Museum, which is the first museum opened in partnership with the private sector, will be in the second half of September 2019.

The Hurghada Museum will display nearly 1,000 artifacts that will be selected from various museum stores in Cairo, which will be suitable for the area where the museum is located.

Baron Palace

The Ministry of Antiquities revealed that several projects will be opened this year, most notably the palace, Baron Empain, which will become an archaeological documentation center, and is scheduled to open in November 2019.

It was rumored that the Ministry of Antiquities had halted the development and restoration work at the Baron Palace because of the weak financial allocations, stressing that renovation works is resuming inside the Baron Palace.
Baron Palace
Baron Palace

For his part, Head of the Islamic and Coptic Antiquities Sector at the Ministry of Antiquities Gamal Mustafa exposed to the press that almost 90 percent of the restoration works of Baron Empain Palace in Heliopolis area have been completed; where the structural consolidation of the roofs of the palace, restoration and finishing facades and decorative elements in it have been completed, in addition to completion of deficiencies of doors and windows and the removal of all ceilings and cornices.

Pyramid of Djoser

The Ministry of Antiquities aims to complete several projects before the end of 2019, including the Pyramid of Djoser, which will be launched during the month of November 2019.
Pyramid of Djoser
Djoser Pyramid

Waad Abul Ela, head of Projects Sector at the Ministry of Antiquities clarified to the press that the remaining works is simple, such as completing some overrun items, treating and securing the vertical well walls, and completing the stages of securing the well's roof.

Sharm El Sheikh Museum

The Head of Projects Sector at the Ministry of Antiquities Waad Abul Ela also stated that the sector continues to develop the Sharm El Sheikh Museum on a regular basis, in preparation for its opening in 2019. It is scheduled to open to the public in November.
Sharm
Sharm El Sheikh Museum

Abul Ela further pointing out that approximately 85 percent of the engineering work has been completed in the two halls that will be launched. Abul Ela also referred that remaining works include final finishing works, for example the electronics, pointing out that the development work at the Sharm El Sheikh Museum has been stalled since 2011, as the reason was the lack of financial resources for the project at the time, where almost LE 188 million were spent on its renovation works before January 2011. Clearly, the current expenditure has more than doubled. The Advisory Committee estimated that the project needs more than LE 800 million for its completion.

Kafr el Sheikh Museum

The Ministry of Antiquities revealed the opening date of Kafr El-Sheikh Museum, where currently the museums displays and showcases are being completed. The showcases will include artifacts from various eras, which contributes to enforcing the academic studies of Kafr El Sheikh University students who are adjacent to the museum, in preparation for the opening of the museum in December.
Kafr el sheikh
Kafr El Sheikh Museum

Kafr El Sheikh Museum is being developed in cooperation with Kafr El Sheikh Governorate. The museum stands on 6 thousand square meters in the land of Sana'a Park in Kafr El Sheikh City.

The governor of Kafr El Sheikh issued a decision to donate this land to the Ministry of Antiquities for the establishment of the museum.

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8/14/2019 4:00:22 PM
<![CDATA[Cairo Governorate changes the name of Selim I Street in Zaytoun]]>CAIRO - 14 August 2019: Governor of Cairo Atef Abdel Hamid decided to change the name of Selim I Street in Zaytoun, based on the proposal of Mohamed Sabry el Daly, Professor of Contemporary History at Helwan University.

The proposal stressed that it is not right to name a street after the first colonizer of Egypt, who stole its independence and made it one of the mandates of the Ottoman Empire, besides killing thousands of Egyptians, in addition to executing the last Mamluk Sultan Toman Bay and paralysing the Egyptian Army at the time.

A community dialogue will be held under the chairmanship of Zaytoun district administration and the people of the neighborhood, the shop owners and interested intellectuals and historians to choose an appropriate name for the street.

This came during a meeting of the governorate nomenclature committee chaired by the governor and the presence of Major General Hany Shenishn, Director of Housing Directorate and representatives of the Ministries of Interior and Defense, Mohsen Salah the Assistant Secretary General and representatives of the Postal and Education Authority, educational buildings and a number of leaders of the province.

The Governor of Cairo agreed during the meeting to name a number of schools, road axes and new streets after martyrs of the armed forces and police in acknowledgment and appreciation of the governorate towards their endless sacrifices for the sake of the homeland and to immortalize their memory.

The committee approved to name the Zaytoun Elementary School for girls in the neighborhood Zaytoun after the name of the martyr Mohammed Ahmed Ghonaim, Katameya Boys School in New Cairo after martyr Emad Amir Rushdy Ali and Maadi secondary school for girls after the martyr Ahmed Shawky Ali.

The committee also approved the proposal to name Dar el Salaam Primary School after martyr Adel Mustafa Abdel Rahman, Hadayek el Kobba National School after martyr Shadi Alaa el Assi, Mokattam School of Languages after martyr Islam Muhammad Ali Mashhour and the Secondary School of Girls in Helwan after martyr Saber Abu Nab Ali.

The governor of Cairo called on the need to put commemorative plates inside all schools that bear the names of the martyrs, including a prolific biography of the martyr whose name the school bears. The schools must also display a large picture of each martyr, the details of their sacrifices and the circumstances of their martyrdom to set an example for school students.

The Governor of Cairo also stressed that the martyr's name must be preceded by the title "Hero", demanding a celebration of each school bearing the martyr's name as a reminder of what they had done for the sake of the homeland, and to honor their memory by presenting their biographies and heroic acts in each school during the first class of the academic year.

During the meeting, the committee also agreed to name a number of streets after the names of martyrs as follows:

El-Montazah Street in Heliopolis Square in Nozha will be named after martyr Hisham el-Din Azab, Shabab el Mohandeseen st. in Nasr City will be named after martyr Ziad Mohammed Gad, Gabaris st. in Heliopolis will be named after martyr Aiman Hatem Abdel Rahim, Khalil Owais st. in Masr el Kadima district will be named after martyr Mohamed Ashour Ali Saad,

The proposal to name Al-Hamam Street in Heliopolis district after Dr. Tawhid Abdel Rahman was approved, as she is the first Egyptian doctor hired by the Egyptian government in 1932.

The governor also pointed out that the Cairo Governorate will hold a celebration to honor the families of the martyrs and hand them commemorative copper plates with the names of the schools bearing the names of their martyr siblings.


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8/14/2019 3:33:07 PM
<![CDATA[Karim Kassem: 'Welad Rizk P2' is facing fierce competition ]]>
Kassem explained that the second part of the film was delayed because it took a long time to be shot due to the many action scenes that needed a lot of preparations, noting that the filming took about nine weeks.

Kassem further stated to the press that it is possible to produce a third and even a fourth part of the film.

The actor stressed that the film is facing strong competition in the season of Eid al-Adha, wishing all the participating films success, “because the films' success comes for the best interest of the Egyptian film industry,'' said Kassem.

"Welad Rizk P 2", starring Ahmed Ezz, garnered revenues of LE 8,401,929 on the first day of Eid al-Adha, bringing the total revenues to LE 20.4 million in four weeks. The revenues are expected to increase.

"Welad Rizk 2 - The Return of the Lions of the Earth" is co-starring Ahmed Ezz, Amr Youssef, Ahmed el Fishawi, Ahmed Dawood, Karim Qassem, Khaled el Sawy and Nisreen Amin.

The film is written by Salah el-Guhaini, directed by Tarek el-Erian and produced by Synergy Films, Tarek el Erian, Moussa Issa and Al-Taher Media Productions.
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8/14/2019 12:32:01 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian film 'Elm el-Wosool' to participate in Toronto Festival]]>
The Egyptian film “Elm el-Wosool” (science of arrival) by Hisham Saqr is one of the films participating in the discoveries film section in the upcoming edition of Toronto Film Festival, being the first Egyptian film to participate in an international film festival since the beginning of 2019.

“Elm el-Wosool” has previously participated in the Final Cut film section of the 75th Venice Film Festival, and also won the la Francophonie award in the training department of Carthage International Nights Film Festival.

The film is starring popular Egyptian actress, Basma, alongside Basant Shawky and Mohamed Sarhan. “Elm el-Wosool” is co-produced by Mohamed Hefzi's Film Clinic and Hisham Saqr's White Feather.

In the same section, Lebanese director Walid Mounis will participate by his first long feature “1982”. The film received a support award from the last edition of El Gouna Film Festival in the post-production category.

Set in a private school on the outskirts of Beirut during the Lebanese war in 1982, the film stars a group of actors and Nadine Labaki plays the leading role.

“I have known Nadine for a while and talked to her about this film in 2013. She read the script and liked it a lot. When I started working on the film I called her on the phone and asked her if she is still interested in the role. She said she definitely is. She filmed her scenes while working on the editing of her film 'Kafr Nahum',” clarified Mounis.

Additionally, the third Arab participation in the festival comes from Tunisia with Hind Boujemaa's "Nora Dreams" starring famed actress Hend Sabry alongside a number of stars.

"Nora Dreams" is based on real events revolves around a woman who falls in love with another man while her husband is serving his sentence in prison, but then she is forced to return to her normal life with her husband after his release.

Furthermore, four Arab documentary films will participate in the festival's coming edition. The first is entitled “El-Kahf” (The Cave) and is directed by Firas Fayad. Fayad's latest film, "The Last Men in Aleppo", made it to the final list of nominees for the Oscar's best documentary award.

In his new film, he returns to Syria to highlight the work of a group of female doctors tirelessly treating injuries in an underground hospital during the siege of Ghouta between 2012 and 2015, while fighting systematic sexual discrimination.

The Arabic films also include Karim el-Sayad's “Ibn Ami el-Englizy” (My English cousin). The film traces the journey of the director's cousin, Fahd, who left Algeria to England in 2001, and is not thinking of returning back to his home country.

Among the participating films is "Ibrahim" directed by Lina al-Abed. In the film, Abed searches for traces of her missing father, who appeared as an ordinary Palestinian man, but is really a secret member of a radical dissident faction. The father disappeared whilst she was still a little girl.

Moreover, director Hind Madab is participatingwith the film “Paris Stalingrad”, where she wanders around carrying cameras in the streets of Stalingrad district in the French capital, meeting with many refugees struggling to find a home.
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8/14/2019 12:29:03 PM
<![CDATA[Exhibition highlights Egyptology in Czech Republic]]>
The exhibition, held in Prague and Cairo, sheds light on the 20th century work of Czech in Egyptology and the works of the Czech Institute of Egyptology (CIE). It also showcases Czech's excavations in Egypt and Sudan.

CIE focuses particularly on two specific historical periods of ancient Egypt: The Old Kingdom and the Late Period.

Czech Egyptologists made a number of important discoveries in Egypt. The Egyptian-Czech mission succeeded in uncovering the remains of a temple of King Ramses II of the New Kingdom as part of the archaeological excavations in Abu Sir area.

The Czech mission in Abu Sir, north of Saqqara region, headed by Miroslav Barta, also succeeded in uncovering the Tomb of the Secrets.
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8/14/2019 12:20:04 PM
<![CDATA[Welad Rizk records the highest-earning Egyptian movie per day]]>
The film stars Ahmed Ezz, Amr Youssef, Ahmed Dawood, Ahmed el Fishawi, Mohammed Mamdouh, and Karim Qasim.

It is written by Salah al Jehini, and directed by Tarek el Erian and produced by Raw Production Company.

"The Return of the Monsters” is the slogan raised by director Tarek al-Arian in the first days of filming "Welad Rizk” part 2.

The first part of the movie was released in 2014 and achieved great success. The film revolves around a group of brothers who walk in the path of crime when one failed operation erupt the differences between them.

Each of the five brothers has special characteristics, but the mastermind on whom they mainly rely is Ahmed Ezz.

In Part 2 the four brothers are trying in various ways to preserve their covenant to completely repent and quit the crime path, but all of a sudden something will happen that will change their lives completely, introduces them into new worlds and put them in very serious confrontations with a number of professional criminals.

“Awlad Rizk P II” is starring Ahmed Ezz, Amr Youssef, Ahmed el-Fishawy and Ahmed Daoud, with Khaled el-Sawy and Bassem Samra joining the cast.





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8/13/2019 2:59:30 PM
<![CDATA[Ahmed Ezz and Zeina in front of the prosecution after a fight with hands ]]>
The prosecution ordered to watch the hotel surveillance cameras to know exactly what happened during the quarrel.


Witnesses said that "Ezz" was sitting with a group of friends in the café, then suddenly Zeina’s sister named Yasmine Reda attacked him saying: " when you will admit to fathering your kids? I swore that if I saw you, I will hit you by my shoes " and actually tried to attack him, but he confronted her and the matter developed into a quarrel between them.

People who witnessed the fight added that at that time, Zeina was entering the café, she saw her sister fight with Ezz, so she also intervened in the brawl, and tried to hit him, but he confronted her and beat her, while those inside the café were able to break them up.

Prosecution will hear the testimony of Zeina and her sister pertaining to the fight.



The dispute between the two Egyptian stars started when Zeina returned from the United States to Egypt in January 2014 with twin boys, Ezzeddine and Zineddine, announcing they are the sons of Ezz.

After Ezz denied Zeina's assertions, she filed a lawsuit in May 2014 saying the pair wedded in June 2012 through a customary marriage.

Ezz has consistently denied the marriage took place and in turn refused to admit to fathering Zeina’s boys. He has also repeatedly refused to perform DNA tests mandated by the court.

In June 2015, a Cairo family court ruled in favour of Egyptian actress Zeina, ruling that Ezz was the biological father of her twins.

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8/13/2019 2:43:50 PM
<![CDATA[Hany Shaker to perform at Citadel Music festival on Aug. 23]]>
The prominent annual music festival is scheduled to kick off on August 18 – September 1 under the auspices of the Egyptian minister of culture Inas Abdel Dayem and the head of Cairo Opera House Magdy Saber.

The Musician’s Syndicate announced Shaker as the new head of the syndicate on July 31, after an election, in which he received 1532 voices, was held. Hany Shaker’s competitor in the election, Mustafa Kamel, received 589 voices.

The veteran Egyptian singer performed a massive concert in the Saudi city, Jeddah, on July 5.

Shaker performed for the first time in Saudi Arabia on March 26. He was accompanied by renowned Egyptian maestro Selim Sahab.

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

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

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

Shaker's musical repertoire includes more than 461 songs such as “Ghalta” (A mistake), “El Helm El Gameel” (The beautiful dream), “Tekhsary” (You will lose), among others. Shaker is the current head of the Egyptian Musicians Syndicate.
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8/13/2019 2:40:00 PM
<![CDATA[K-Pop's BTS goes on holiday, asks fans for privacy]]>
The band, which has led a wave of Korean pop music, crowned their global reach with three No. 1 albums on the Billboard chart in less than a year, a 2019 Grammy nomination and concerts from Los Angeles to Paris.

The seven members will take their first extended vacation since the band’s debut in 2013, managers Big Hit Entertainment said on Sunday.

“This period of rest will be an opportunity for the members of BTS, who have relentless(ly) driven themselves toward their goal since their debut, to recharge and prepare to present themselves anew as musicians and creators,” it said.

Big Hit did not say how long BTS will be on holiday. The band’s website said their next world tour concert is in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on Oct. 11.

“Should you have a chance encounter with a member of BTS while they are on vacation, we ask that you show consideration for their need to rest and enjoy their private time off,” Big Hit said.

“BTS will return refreshed and recharged to return all the love you have and continue to show them,” it added.

BTS broke into the U.S. market in 2017, the first Korean group to win a Billboard music award.

The band was nominated for their album “Love Yourself: Tear” at the 2019 Grammy Awards and made their first appearance at the ceremony in February.

Fans wished the band a happy vacation.

“BTS finally getting the long break they deserve,” said @strawbbykoo on Twitter.]]>
8/13/2019 12:39:56 PM
<![CDATA[Strong Egyptian participation in Malmö Arab Film Festival]]>
In the feature film competition, will house two Egyptian films which are (Exterior/ Night) and ‘’ El Deif’’ ( The Guest).

‘’We are delighted to participate in one of the largest Arab film events in Europe, in the midst of a series of the most important Arab films recently released, Which we trust to have been carefully chosen to reflect some of the latest contemporary cinema trends in the region for both European and Arab audience’’ said Ahmad Abdulla El Sayed director of ‘’ Leil Khargy’’.

The feature documentary competition will include both ‘’Kilo 64’’ directed by Amir El-Shenawy and ‘’The Profession’’ by Ramez Youssef. Three Egyptian films will take part in the short film competition: "Ma Tilash An al-Hajib" (Eyebrows) directed by Tamer Ashry, ‘’ Shoka w Skina’’ (Fork and Knife) directed by Adam Abd El Ghaffar and (Extra Safe) by Nouran Sherif.

In the non-competitive sections, ‘’ Turab el Mass’’ (Diamond Dust) will be secreened in Arabian Nights section. The festival organizes a special evening featuring the Egyptian film ‘’ Yommedine’’ (Judgmental Day).

‘’Malmö Festival has become the largest Arab specialized film festival taking place outside the Arab world. All the team is very excited about screening the film in Malmö and meeting the audience of the city’’ said Abu Bakr Shawky, director of “Yommedine”, which competed last year at Cannes’ International Competition.

‘’El Fares w el Amira’’ (The Knight and The Princess) will be screened in its international premiere as a morning family screening.

‘’Since the establishment of the festival in 2011, Egyptian cinema has been very present every year,
and it is a logical thing because you cannot organize an Arab cinema festival without presenting the
very best in the oldest and largest Arab cinema industry’’ said Mouhamad Keblawi, founder and
President of Malmö festival.

“Last year, Egypt was the festival’s guest of honour. In the 9 th edition, the Egyptian presence will continue through a showcase of carefully selected films to shed light on the various aspects of modern Egyptian cinema’ Keblawi added.

Malmö Arab Film Festival is the largest and most famous Arab film festival in Europe and the only one in the Scandinavian countries.

Since its founding in 2011, MAFF took major steps towards offering a panoramic view over the Arab social and political situation and conducting constructive dialogues for both professionals and public.

The festival goal is to build bridges between cultures based on film as a universal visual language, capable of imitating the diversity of human dimension.

Based on the remarkable development, MAFF launched the first edition of its market forum during its fifth edition in 2015, as a co-production platform. Since its establishment, MAFF market forum helped a large number of Arab film projects creating productive partnerships with the Nordic countries.

A glimpse about the Egyptian participating movies:

1- “Leil Khargy” (Exterior/ Night)

The Egyptian film “Leil Khargy” (Exterior/ Night) was screened at the first edition of Meknes International Cinema Festival, which kicked off on June 14 in the Moroccan city of Meknes.

“Leil Khargy” was screened for the first time in the Egyptian cinemas on December 19.

The movie was competing in Cairo International Film Festival's international competition where the Egyptian actor Sherif Desouky won the Best Actor Award on his role in the movie.

The movie revolves around three individuals; Mo, Toto and Mustafa, who meet against all norms, each battling in his own way to stand his ground and leave his mark; they eventually find themselves in an unexpected journey in the city that helps them see a world they have never seen before.

“Leil Khargy” stars beside Desouky Karim Kassem, Mona Hala, Basma, Ahmed Malek, and Ahmed Magdy among others. “Leil Khargy” is written by Sherif Alfy and directed by Ahmed Abdallah.

The movie was screened before at Toronto International Film Festival.

2- “El-Deif” (The guest)

Veteran writer Ibrahim Essa's film “El-Deif” (The guest) was screened at Manarat Film Festival for Mediterranean Cinema in Tunisia on July 3.

“El-Deif” previously participated in Tetouan Mediterranean Film Festival and Arab Film Festival, Rotterdam.


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

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

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

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

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

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

3- ‘’ Kilo 64’’

"Kilo 64" is a documentary film that attracted attention in its premiere at the 40th Cairo International Film Festival.

The film revolves around a young pharmacist named Wael, driven by his ambition to shift away from his field of study and move to cultivate the desert, influenced by the spirit of the January Revolution in Egypt. However, the young man faces numerous complexities and obstacles that obstruct his mission.

Shennawi is a director focusing on documentary films. He attained his master's degree in documentary film from London in 2017.

Since 2010, the rising director has been working in the field of films. During the past 5 years, he has directed a number of successful documentary films.

4-‘’Shoka we Sekina’’ (Fork and Knife)

Writer and director Adam Abd ElGhaffar's short film ‘’Shoka we Sekina’’ has been selected to compete within the Short Films Competition at the second edition of El Gouna International Film Festival that was held from September 20-28, 2018.

‘’Shoka we Sekina’’ stars Menna Shalaby, Eyad Nassar and Asser Yassin. The short movie follows a romantic date that seems very normal until the couple started talking about their past and their future changes.

Alongside Menna Shalaby, Eyad Nassar and Asser Yassin, the short film stars Rosaline Elbay, Nour Aboulela and Nourchène Bahri.

5- "Ma Tilash An al-Hajib" ( Eyebrows)

After winning the best short movie award from the second edition of El Gouna Film Festival, the Egyptian short movie "Ma Tilash An al-Hajib" participated in five international 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, writes in a closed Facebook group addressing her burqa-wearing peers in the group.

Directly after posting this question, Aisha meets 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.

6- "Turab al-Mass" ( Diamond Dust)

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

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

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

7- ‘’Yomeddine’’ ( Judgmental Day)

Egyptian film Yomeddine won the Silver Tanit Award for Best Feature Film at the Carthage International Film Festival. It is the third award for the film after the Gouna Star for Best Arab Feature and the Cinema For Humanity Audience Award at El Gouna Film Festival.

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

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

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

The Oscars will not be the first recognition “Yomeddine” gets, as it was awarded the Francois Chalais Prize at the Cannes International Film festival. The 71st Cannes Film Festival held a press conference with the Egyptian filmmakers of “Yomeddine” after its screening at the festival on May 9, 2018.
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8/12/2019 12:00:00 PM
<![CDATA[All you need to know about Tanta Museum reopening]]>
WaadAbulEla, head of Projects Sector at the Ministry of Antiquities,told the press that the completion of the structural development and restoration of the National Museum of Tanta in the province of Gharbia will be in August, within the ministry's plan to develop and open closed museums throughout the country.

The Ministry of Antiquities exposed that 99 percentof the museum's exhibition work has been completed. Furthermore, the museum will display a collection of artifacts that includesa statue of architect Imhotep, an icon of the Virgin Mary and a statue of the god Osiris.

Tanta Museum will showcase 8579 artifacts from the Pharaonic, Roman and Greek eras.

Tanta Museum is the only archaeological museum in the province and was closed 18 years ago.

The development work inside Tanta Museum included the renovation of the museum building, its structural treatment, and the installation of two new showcases. The museum display committee also changed its display scenario.

The museum's building consists of five floors, the first floor is dedicated to services, the second and third floors to displaying various artifacts, the fourth floor consists of the administrative offices of the museum staff, while the fifth floor has a lecture and conference rooms.





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8/12/2019 11:26:31 AM
<![CDATA[RabehSaqer to perform in Egypt on August 20 ]]>
The Saudi singer will perform a selection of his most popular songs, including “Khalas” (Enough), “Baghayar Esloobi” (I’ll change my ways) and “Qalo el-Hob” (They said love). In addition, the popular singer will play theoud while performing amid his Egyptian and Arab fans.

Saqer first started his career in 1982, achieving a long series of successes that made him one of the most important singers of Saudi Arabia and the Arab world.

His latest musical work was a mini album entitled “Rabeh 2019” which consisted of eight songs, including “AlaKeifak” (As you like), “Agazt” (I failed) and “Al-Samt” (Silence).

RabehSaqer ... Alsamt - Lyrics Video | رابح صقر ... الصمت - بالكلمات

كلمات : تركي آل الشيخ ألحان : رابح صقر توزيع + وتريات : مدحت خميس مكساج : م/ جاسم محمد من ألبوم ...


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8/12/2019 11:24:16 AM
<![CDATA[Arab authors, producers to be trained during 41st Cairo Int. Film Festival.]]>
The workshop will be organized in partnership with Eave On Demand, a leading specialist in training and developing projects for audiovisual producers. Admission to the workshop runs until Sept. 5.

The development workshop aims at the participation of six teams of Arab authors and producers for a time span of 4 days, covering all aspects of the development phase of feature film projects, which include scenario development strategies, production roles, international marketing and sales, budget and financial planning, as well as film presentation skills to experts.

The EAVE Development Workshop combines experience in international training with its ability to create networking opportunities with professionals in the film industry in the Arab world, taking into account the specific requirements of each trainee.

The workshop consists of lectures open to all guests and delegates registered at the Cairo International Film Festival, as well as group meetings alongside individual meetings of the six selected teams of authors and producers with their projects in the development phase. These sessions should cover all the challenges obstructing talented people.

The Cairo Festival Administration explained that all projects must have an author and a producer and provide data in English and Arabic through an electronic form. All details are available on the Cairo International Film Festival official website.

Furthermore, The Cairo Film Festival has announced that experts participating in the workshop this year include Diana Erlbaum, producer of “Frankie'' the film that participated in the last Cannes Film Festival and "Elle", the co-winner of the Cannes Festival in 2016, among others.










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8/12/2019 11:20:00 AM
<![CDATA[Several plays to be staged during Eid al-Adha holidays, know the details]]>
Theaters specialized for Eid al-Adha celebrations are ready for hosting numerous shows during the holidays. Among the shows presented is the last season for the play “Masrah Masr” (Egypt’s Theater), which includes 10 shows alternating weekly. The pay is staring Ashraf Abdel Baki, Ali Rabei, Mostafa Khater, Esraa Abdel Fatah, Hamdy el Merghany, Wizo, Mohamed Osama and Mohamed Anwar. The play is written and directed by Nader Salah el-Din. In addition, the show will also be filmed to be screened on television.

Another play entitled “Raya we Sakina Tani” is set to be performed during the Eid al-Adha holidays. The play is starring Intisar, Hamdy al-Wazir, Badreya Tolba and Hamo Beka. It is written by Mostafa Salem and directed by Hossam el Din Salah. “Raya we Sakina Tani” will be staged on Alexandria Theater during the Eid days.

Alexandria Theaters will also host the play “Gawaza Mertaha” (Relaxed Marriage) after completing its performance in Hurghada. The play is staring Reem el Baroudy, Ahmed Safwat, Menna Arafa and Hisham Ismail.

Moreover, prominent actor Yehia el Fakharani resumes staging the play “King Lear” in Cairo Show Theater starting August 12.

In the same context, iconic comedian Mohamed Heneidy resumes performing his play “3 fel sahel” (3 in Sahel) starting August 12 - 16 in Cairo Show Theater in the Media Production City.

Furthermore, the Theater Art House group will resume performing the play “El Motafael” (The optimist) on the National Theater in Attaba. The play is staring Sameh Hussain and Sahar el Sayegh. It is directed by Islam Imam.

On the Youth Theater, the play “Beit el Ashbah” (Ghost House) will be staged on the Floating Theater in Manial daily except Tuesdays, at 7 pm.

The Youth Theater acting group will also stage the play “Metro” at 7 pm at King Opera Theater in Ramses.

Opera Bent Arabi resumes its shows on Al-Salam Theater aiming to encourage the interaction of individuals with special needs.

In Al-Talea Theater, the show “Yom an Qatalo el Ghenaa” (The day they killed singing) will resume in Zaki Tulaimat Hall at 7 pm. The play is being performed for the third consecutive year. It revolves around a conflict between two brothers.

The Popular and Performing Art section will daily resume its comedy show “Maktobi Aghanelak” (I am destined to sing for you) produced by “Under 18” group. The play will be staged on Mohamed Abdel Wahab Theater in Alexandria. The play is written by late prominent writer Hassan Abdel Salam.




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8/11/2019 12:30:00 PM
<![CDATA[Black Theama to perform at El Sawy Cultural Wheel on August 14]]>
The popular band released their recent album ‘’Loun el-Kakaw’’ (The Cocoa Colour) in Eid el-Fitr. "Loun el Kakaw" contains five Nubian songs, musically distributed in a modern way.

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

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

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

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

Black Theama represented Egypt in different international competitions; they were nominated at the 2013 World Music Awards for the Best Group, Best Live Act, Best Song and Best Video Clip awards for the song "Fi Belad Al-Ayy Haga"
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8/11/2019 11:30:00 AM
<![CDATA[Saqqara archaeological site to be developed: Min. of Antiquities]]>
The protocol of cooperation has been signed by the ministers of antiquities and Housing as well as the chairman of the Board of Directors of the New Urban Communities Authority.

The signing of the protocol took place in the presence of Atef Moftah, general supervisor of the project of the Grand Egyptian Museum and the surrounding area, and Mostafa Waziri, secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities.

The minister of antiquities said that the protocol comes within the framework of fruitful and constructive cooperation between the Ministry of Antiquities and the Ministry Housing to preserve Egypt's archaeological and cultural heritage and develop services in archaeological areas.

The signing of this protocol came after the approval of the Permanent Committee of Antiquities on the study submitted to develop services in the archaeological area, as works are carried out under the supervision of the competent archaeological zone and the projects sector at the Ministry of Antiquities.

For his part, the minister of housing said that the ministry, represented by the New Urban Communities Authority (NUCA), is responsible for design and implementation of the project, in addition to funding the Saqqara development project, including the comprehensive preparation of operational drawings and reviewing proposed service locations that will raise the efficiency of services in the archaeological area.
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8/11/2019 9:52:38 AM
<![CDATA[Cairo Steps to perform in Citadel Music Festival's opening ceremony]]>
It is worth mentioning that Cairo steps performed a concert in Berlin, Germany with the world famous Tango quartet Quadra Nuevo on April 17.

Egyptian Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem honored Cairo Steps in the Egyptian Academy in Rome. The honoring brought the band back to the ancient Philharmonic platform after being awarded the German Jazz Music Award in April 2018.

Cairo Steps’ founder, Egyptian music composer Bassem Darwish, is the first musician in the Middle East to receive the significant German award.

Minya University Theatre hosted an untraditional concert in December 2018 for the acclaimed Egyptian-German band Cairo Steps who were accompanied by a group of German musicians and Egyptian singer Ali el Helbawy. This concert came as part of an initiative to spread art and music in Upper Egypt.

Darwish was born in Upper Egypt and moved to Germany 25 years ago. He presented the idea of this initiative to Abdel Dayem in the World Youth Forum, which was held in Sharm El-Sheikh in November.

Abdel Dayem praised the idea and decided to organize this concert in Minya University Theatre.

"One of my dreams was to create a high-quality artistic activity in my homeland and to reach out to the largest segment of youth," Darwish said.

A notable group of Upper Egyptian journalists, writers and public figures attended this concert in addition to Abdel Dayem. Minya suffered from extremist religious streams and the government started exerting real efforts for development and renewal of religious discourse in Upper Egypt after June 30 revolution.

"After performing many concerts in Cairo, Alexandria and Damanhour for more than 3 years, I found that I have to return to Upper Egypt and present a new kind of concerts there," Darwish recounted.

Abdel Dayem participated with Cairo Steps as a flute player in some of their concerts because of the unique blend of traditional and contemporary music the band presents.

"Muslim and Christian Egyptians were raised together to the principal of equality and brotherhood; we exercised all hobbies without discrimination and lived the best years of our lives together, despite the emergence of extremist groups in the 1970s and 1980s and their attempts to besiege art activities in schools and universities," Darwish added.

"After many years of working abroad and learning about many other cultures, I believe that music unites people more than anything else; that is what I want to bring to my hometown, Minya," Darwish stressed.

Cairo Steps was established in 2002 by Darwish and German pianist and composer Matisse. The band achieved international fame under the leadership of pianist and Maestro Sebastian Müller due to his unique artistic style, which is based on mixing Egyptian oriental music with classical music, modern jazz and electronic sounds.

Muller has established a wide audience base through his concerts at the Egyptian Opera House since 2009 and has won the admiration of the audience and critics worldwide.

Cairo Steps pursues the vision of crossing cultural, political and religious borders and building bridges between different cultures.


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8/11/2019 7:45:58 AM
<![CDATA[For 1st time Abdel Aziz, Ezz costar in '1919' ]]>
The film is based onAhmed Mourad's novel bearing the same name; it will be directed by famed Egyptian director Marwan Hamed and produced by Synergy Films.

Alongside Abdel Aziz and Ezz the film will house a notable group of stars whose names will be announced later.

Abdel Aziz's movie "El Feel-el Azra’a" (The Blue Elephant) Part 2achieved booming success, generating revenues of LE 34 million in 9 days only.

The long-awaited film promo has recorded more than 9 million views, and was met with an enthusiastic interaction from the anticipating audience.

Abdel Aziz appears in the promo fighting with beloved star Nelly Karim, stirring a lot of curiosity about the events of the new movie.

Part 2 stars the same cast of the first movie, led by director Marwan Hamed and author Ahmed Mourad. Tunisian actress Hend Sabry and Asma Sherif Mounir also join the cast, along with Zafer el-Abdeen and Eyad Nassar as guests of honor.

Produced by Synergy, the sequel follows a huge success of the first part, which grossed more than LE35 million when released in 2014, a record number in the last decade in the Egyptian cinema.

The first movie tells the story of Yehia, a psychiatrist who returns to Al-Abbasiya mental hospital after 5years of self-imposed isolation, where he meets an old friend with a dark past and uncovers many surprises that turn his life upside down.

The events develop in a drama, horror, mystery context. Part 2 takes place 5 years later, as Dr. Yehia has married Lobna, played by Karim, and is summoned to the Department of Dangerous Cases.

The films are adapted from Ahmed Mourad's best-selling book of the same name that was released in 2012. The book was shortlisted for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF) in 2014.

On the other hand Ezzwill compete in Eid el-Adha season with his movie "AwladRezk" (Rezk Sons) part 2.

The much anticipated sequel stars beside Ezz, Amr Youssef, Ahmed Dawood, Ahmed el-Fishawi, Mohammed Mamdouh and Karim Qasim. It is written by Salah al-Jehini, directed by Tarek el-Erian, and produced by Raw Production Company.

Part 1 was released in 2014 and achieved great success; it revolved around four brothers who lead a life of crime, each with a special character, with Ahmed Ezz as the mastermind.

In Part 2, the brothers are trying to keep up with a covenant to stay off the path of crime, until a sudden something turns their lives upside down, bringing about serious confrontations with notorious criminals.

Famed star Assala Nasri participated in "WeladRezk Part 2" as a guest of honour in her first acting experience.
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8/10/2019 11:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Part 2 movies season]]>
1-“Khayal Ma’ata”

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After 11 years of their last cooperation, mega stars Ahmed Helmy and MennaShalaby reunite in “Khayal Ma’ata” (Scarecrow) which is set to be released in Eid al-Adha. “Khayal Maata”, starring beside Helmy and Shalaby, Khaled el Sawy, Hassan Hosni, Entisar, LotfiLabib among others. The film is written by Abdel Rahim Kamal and directed by Khaled Marei.


The film's name has been changed from “El-Shebak el-Azraq” (Blue window) to “Khayal Maata”. The film's events take place in the 1960s, and focus on a decorator named Zizo, a paranoid man who suspects everyone around him.

The events begin with the character of Helmi, an old man who lives in the new millennium, narrating his story and his memories as a young man, and the sufferings he encountered. Helmi also tells the story of how he met his love, Pakinam, revealing the methods he used to marry his beloved.

Tamer Hosny is set to present the theme song of the film which is written by Ayman Bahgat Amar.

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

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




2-“Welad Rezk’’ ( Rezk Sons) part two




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The film stars Ahmed Ezz, Amr Youssef, Ahmed Dawood, Ahmed el Fishawi, Mohammed Mamdouh, and Karim Qasim. It is written by Salah al Jehini, and directed by Tarek el Erian and produced by Raw Production Company.

"The Return of the Monsters” is the slogan raised by director Tarek al-Arian in the first days of filming "Welad Rizk” part 2.

The first part of the movie was released in 2014 and achieved great success. The film revolves around a group of brothers who walk in the path of crime when one failed operation erupt the differences between them.

Each of the five brothers has special characteristics, but the mastermind on whom they mainly rely is Ahmed Ezz. In Part 2 the four brothers are trying in various ways to preserve their covenant to completely repent and quit the crime path, but all of a sudden something will happen that will change their lives completely, introduces them into new worlds and put them in very serious confrontations with a number of professional criminals.

“Awlad Rizk P II” is starring Ahmed Ezz, Amr Youssef, Ahmed el-Fishawy and Ahmed Daoud, with Khaled el-Sawy and Bassem Samra joining the cast.

3- El Feel el Azraa (Blue Elephant) part two


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The Egyptian movie "El Feel-el Azra’a" (The Blue Elephant Part 2) was released before Eid el-Adha achieved booming success, generating revenues reached to about L.E 50 million.

The much anticipated film promo achieved more than 9 million views. The film is the production of Synergy.

People interacted much with the promo describing it with the dazzling one. Famed Egyptian actor Karim Abdel Aziz appeared in the promo fighting with Egyptian star Nelly Karim, the matter that stirred the audience curiosity and eagerness to watch the movie.

The "Blue Elephant " part 2 brings together a large number of stars and guests of honor, including ZaferAbdeen, among others. The film is also an investment for the success of the first part, which achieved great revenues at the time of its release in 2014.

The second part of the "Blue Elephant" features the same cast of the first part, led by director Marwan Hamed and author Ahmed Mourad.

The film is starring Karim Abdel Aziz and Nelly Karim. Tunisian actress HendSabry, and AsmaSherifMounir,also joined the cast. Jordanian star EyadNassar participates as a guest of honor playing a significant role.

The first part of the film tells the story of Dr.Yehia, who returns after 5 years of elective isolation to work at Abbasiya mental health hospital in the section that observes the mental health of criminals.

Yehia -Karim Abde Aziz- ends up meeting an old friend who carries a very dark past which he tries hard to forget. Yehia encounters numerous surprises that turn his life over, changing his efforts to find the truth about his friend into a journey of discovering himself.




Part 2 features the crew members who contributed to the success of the first part : DOP Ahmad Al Morsy, editor Ahmed Hafez, costume designer Nahed Nasrallah, music composer HeshamNazih and production designer Mohamed Attia.

Commenting on this step, Producer Ahmad Badawy said, "Synergy Films has been in the business for 15 years, presenting successful productions that started with exceptional TV dramas. The company has been bringing the best talents and techniques to present both commercially and artistically successful films."

"El-Feel el-Azraa" is one of the highest-grossing Egyptian films in the last 10 years. The film grossed more than LE 35 million during Eid Al Adha season in 2014, achieving wide acclaim.

"El-Feel el-Azraa" received a rating of 8.6 on IMDb with more than 21,000 votes by users, making it the highest rated Arabic film on IMDb. The film is still one of the most watched films on TV and VOD platforms.

Director Marwan Hamed adapted writer Ahmed Mourad's best-selling book of the same name that was released in 2012. The novel was shortlisted for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF) in 2014.



The events of the film’s second part begin five years after the events of the first part, where Dr.Yehia married Lobna and is summoned to the Department of Dangerous Cases.


5- El Tayeb w El Shares w El Laoub (The kind, the Fierce and the Playful)



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The movie takes place in the 1970s, revolving around three retired actors who decide to make a comeback with a movie about space creatures.

It stars Mai Kassab, Ahmed Fathy, Bayoumi Fouad, Mohamed Salam, among others, written by Rafaat Reda and directed by Ramy Rezkallah.

6- Enta Habiby w Bas (You Are My Only Lover)



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The musical movie, produced by Ahmed El Sobky, stars famed Sha’aby singers Mahmoud el Leithy and Bosy, along with Mohamed Tharwat, Hala Fakher, Nermin Maher, Ahmed Halawa, Mohamed Mahmoud, among others. It is directed by Ahmed El Badry.

7- El Kenz (The Treasure) Part 2


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Part 1 spans the Pharaonic, Abbasid, Ottoman and modern day periods, ending in the 1970s. It revolves around corruption, portraying religious figures using their authority as means to gain political power.


Part 2 continues with Hatshepsut’s tales in the Pharaonic era and Ali el Zabaq’s storiy in the Ottoman era, while police officer Beshr el Katateny faces new challenges as he continues his search for the treasure.

The movie is directed by the veteran Sherif Arafa, and gathers a dazzling cast of Egyptian superstars such as Mohamed Ramadan, Ruby, Sawsan Badr, Mohy Ismail, Mohamed Saad, Hend Sabry and Ahmed Rezk.

After 80 days in Egyptian cinemas, the first part made LE19 million ($1.1 million).






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8/10/2019 11:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[WAMA returns with 'El Seif Ebtada' this summer]]>
“WAMA” band consists of several singers who have united after years of separation. The band members are Ahmed Fahmy, Nadir Hamdy, Ahmed el Shamy and Mohamed Nour. The new song is written by Hany Ragab, composed by Madih Hassan and has a dancing vibe to it in line with the summer party moods.

WAMA were incredibly witty in choosing the lyrics of the songs that were well suited to the summer and sea atmosphere, as well as selecting the timing of releasing the album and the clips one after the other, especially that the clip “Shams we bahr” (Sun and sea) and “El Seif Ebtada” (Summer started) highly depend on a dancing tone very much suiting the summer parties in Egypt’s North Coast and other areas.

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The band first appeared in 2003, presenting numerous successful albums and songs, including “Ya Leil” (2003), “Ghalya Alaya” (2005) (Precious to me) ,“Rayha gaya” (2010) (Coming and going), in addition to “Kan yamakan” (2015).

WAMA has also presented numerous solo songs, including “Zay ma bahlam” (Just like my dreams), “Kan Nefsy” (I was hoping), “Hal el donya” (This is life) and “Masr el Habiba” (Egypt my love).

They also made a number of musical works for some films and series, including “Meshwar Taweel” (A long road) for the film “Tito” starring Ahmed el Sakka.


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8/10/2019 11:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[History of Holy Kaaba silver, gold doors ]]>
The door was manufactured over three years. It has a steel base covered with Javanese wood. The final layer is gold-coated silver decorated with brass ribbons and butterflies. However, the lock used dated back to 1891.

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The old door of the Holy Kaaba - Exhibition of the Two Holy Mosques Architecture in Mecca


The door was installed on October 31, 1947 and replaced on October 13, 1979 with a gold one that still exists to date. The door, introduced by late King Khalid bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud, is considered one of the world’s largest gold masses as it contains 280 kilograms of pure gold.

Simultaneously, a door was created inside the Holy Kaaba leading to its roof, and is called the “Repentance Door.” The Holy Kaaba door installed in time of King Abdul Aziz can be seen at the Exhibition of the Two Holy Mosques Architecture in Mecca.


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8/10/2019 10:30:00 AM
<![CDATA[Exclusive photos to ET : Jennifer Lopez rocks at her 1st concert in Egypt ]]>
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Lopez is rocking the stage now, performing her successful songs along with a group of professional dancers.


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Large number of audience attended this long awaited concert. Egyptian celebrities such as Mona Zaki, Ahmed Helmy, Hussein Fahmy, Mostafa Fahmy, Egypt's Minister of Investment and International Cooperation Sahar Nasr, Egyptian minister of finance Mohamed Maait, Egyptian businessman Naguib Sawiris, Bushra, Mahmoud el Essily among others.

World-famous star Jennifer Lopez previously expressed her great enthusiasm for her concert set to be held in Egypt on Friday, August 9 in the North Coast.



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“It will be a new experience,” stated Lopez to the press, adding in Arabic "I will see you soon." This is Lopez' first concert in Egypt.

The international star indicated that her son is excited to visit Egypt, saying “My son is very excited to visit Egypt and he doesn't stop saying I want to go, I want to go."

There were calls on social media to cancel the event as the international star showed support to Israel. Reactions to the calls varied. However, sources confirmed that the concert will be held on time in the new city of El Alamein.

Celebrating her birthday in Egypt

The concert will be in celebration of her birthday, and that’s why the name of the tour is "It's My Party" and a huge number of fans is expected to attend.

Three types of tickets were presented to the fans: Standing tickets, golden circle tickets and VIP tickets.

The first type was sold for LE 1,350, the second comes at a price of LE 2,000 and the final type will be sold for LE 3,500.

Jennifer Lynn López is an American actress, singer, dancer and producer. In 1991, López started as a fly girl dancer on "In Living Color", where she remained a regular until she decided to pursue an acting career in 1993.

With a cumulative film gross of US$3 billion and estimated global sales of 80 million records, López is regarded as the most influential Latin performer in the United States. In 2012, Forbes ranked her as the most powerful celebrity in the world, as well as the 38th most powerful woman in the world.

Time listed her among the 100 most influential people in the world in 2018. Her most successful singles on the US Billboard Hot 100 include: "If You Had My Love", "Love Don't Cost a Thing", "I'm Real", "Ain't It Funny", "Jenny from the Block", "All I Have", and "On the Floor", which is one of the best-selling singles of all time.

For her contributions to the music industry, López has received a landmark star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Billboard Icon Award and the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award among other honors. Her other ventures include clothing lines, fragrances, a production company, and a charitable foundation.


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8/9/2019 10:44:23 PM
<![CDATA[Large number of audience attend Jennifer Lopez 1st concert in Egypt ]]>

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Large number of audience attended this long awaited concert. Egyptian celebrities such as Mona Zaki, Ahmed Helmy, Hussein Fahmy, Mostafa Fahmy, Egypt's Minister of Investment and International Cooperation Sahar Nasr, Egyptian minister of finance Mohamed Maait, Egyptian businessman Naguib Sawiris, Bushra, Mahmoud el Essily among others.


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World-famous star Jennifer Lopez previously expressed her great enthusiasm for her concert set to be held in Egypt on Friday, August 9 in the North Coast.


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“It will be a new experience,” stated Lopez to the press, adding in Arabic "I will see you soon." This is Lopez' first concert in Egypt.


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The international star indicated that her son is excited to visit Egypt, saying “My son is very excited to visit Egypt and he doesn't stop saying I want to go, I want to go."

There were calls on social media to cancel the event as the international star showed support to Israel. Reactions to the calls varied. However, sources confirmed that the concert will be held on time in the new city of El Alamein.
The concert will be in celebration of her birthday, and that’s why the name of the tour is "It's My Party" and a huge number of fans is expected to attend.

Three types of tickets will be presented to the fans: Standing tickets, golden circle tickets and VIP tickets.

The first type will be sold for LE 1,350, the second comes at a price of LE 2,000 and the final type will be sold for LE 3,500.

Jennifer Lynn López is an American actress, singer, dancer and producer. In 1991, López started as a fly girl dancer on "In Living Color", where she remained a regular until she decided to pursue an acting career in 1993.

With a cumulative film gross of US$3 billion and estimated global sales of 80 million records, López is regarded as the most influential Latin performer in the United States. In 2012, Forbes ranked her as the most powerful celebrity in the world, as well as the 38th most powerful woman in the world.

Time listed her among the 100 most influential people in the world in 2018. Her most successful singles on the US Billboard Hot 100 include: "If You Had My Love", "Love Don't Cost a Thing", "I'm Real", "Ain't It Funny", "Jenny from the Block", "All I Have", and "On the Floor", which is one of the best-selling singles of all time.

For her contributions to the music industry, López has received a landmark star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Billboard Icon Award and the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award among other honors.

Her other ventures include clothing lines, fragrances, a production company, and a charitable foundation.



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8/9/2019 10:19:09 PM
<![CDATA[Restoration of Eliyahu Hanavi Synagogue in Alexndria to complete in 3 moths]]>
“The restoration works at the synagogue continue regularly, as 75% of the project work has been completed, the statement said, adding that Minister of Antiquities Khaled Anani and other officials from the ministry visited the synagogue on Tuesday.

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Restoration works for Eliyahu Hanavi Synagogue in Alexndria - press photo


Eliyahu Hanavi is one of the most important and oldest Egyptian synagogues and one of the largest synagogues in the Middle East. The restoration for Synagogue started in August 2017.

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Restoration works for Eliyahu Hanavi Synagogue in Alexndria - press photo


It was established in 1354, but was desecrated when Napoleon Bonaparte's campaign shelled it to create a French military base in the Ottoman territories. However, it was rebuilt in 1850 under the Muhammad Ali Dynasty. It has been closed off by the Egyptian government after a partial collapse in the upper place for women worshippers.

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CAIRO - 30 December 2017: Walking in through the two-meter-wide entrance, you will find in the semi-demolished ramshackle and stumble across a big cement block and a corridor leading to a rickety staircase leading to the second floor, which is now collapsed and filled with an acrid smell.



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8/9/2019 5:01:44 PM
<![CDATA[Strong Comeback]]>CAIRO - 9 August 2019: Egyptian star Haitham Shaker is making a strong comeback this summer, with a new album accenting his signature tender and warm voice.

Shaker released the promo clip of his new song “Matwasonesh” in July, triggering a lot of enthusiasm among his anticipating fans after a 5-year hiatus.

The song is written by Ayman Bahgat Amar, composed by Amr Mostafa and distributed by Sherif Mekkawi. The video clip, filmed in Athens, Greece,was directed by Greek director Yannis Demolitas. Shaker had also earlier published the promo of the song “Yama Yama” on social media.

Born on July 15, 1983, Shaker released his debut song “Ahlef Bellah” (I Swear to God) in 2001, achieving huge success. The song was distributed by Hamid al-Shaeri and produced by Fayez Aziz.

In 2004, he released his first album“Khalik Ganbi” (Stay by My Side), of which the main song exceeded 7 million views on YouTube.

Four years later, he returned to the scene with a new album and two of his most successful songs so far:“Gowa Hodnak” (In Your Arms)and “Ayami Maak” (My Days With You). In 2011, he released a single named "Asli Adeem" (I Am Experienced), which was filmed as a concert.

In 2014, the star released the album “Ahla Karar” (The Best Decision), where he collaborated with some of the most prominent composers and poets including Ahmed Salah Hosni, Toma, Tamim and Rami Gamal.

Shaker speaks to Egypt Today about his new album and why he waited five years for this comeback.

What is this new album going to add to to Haitham Shaker?

I will present in this album different types and shapes of music, at the same time. I was keen on singing the tunes that are suitable formy voice and can deliver my emotions to the audience. I tried in this album to mix all of myprevious [work]using the latest music trends because music changes everyday and I have to cope with that change.

What is the reason behind yourlong hiatus?

I wanted to have adequate time for preparations to release a strong album. I was looking for innovative different songs. I kept searching to present the best; I planned for a strong comeback because my fans are accustomed to my strong and different songs, especially after a long absence. They knew I was absent searching for the best thing to please them and meet their taste. I hope I have beensuccessfulin choosing the songs and that the album succeeds. Also,I have to admit that some personal circumstances caused that delay.

Quite a fewalbumswill be released this summer, how do you see the competition?

The audience is the only judge. I strongly believe that good work always markets itself. We all did our best to please our fans and at the end people will determinethe best album.

How many video clips from the album are we waiting for?

I have already shot three video clips from the new album in different places in Greece; each has its own storyboard, and the first song 'Matwasonesh' will be released soon.

I enjoyed shooting the clip in Greece, where I appear in a new style using new filming techniques. “Matwasonesh” is the most important song in the album and I wish for it to gain the appraisal of the audience.

The videoclip was directed by the Greek YannisDimolitsas.I hope it will be a nice surprise for my fans.

Tell us more about your acting experience.

I participated in the series ArdGaw with Egyptian star Ghada Abdel Razek in 2017. It was a successful experience and the feedbackon my role wasvery positive. But acting is very time consuming; it took me a lot of time to prepare for that role, in addition to shooting time. This took me from working on my album which is my first priority because at the end of the day I am a singer. But I enjoyed acting very much. I’ve received a number of offers but acting is postponed for now till I release the album.

Who is Haitham Shaker’s main competitor?
Haitham Shaker’s competitor is Haitham Shaker! I compete with myself to be better every time.

What is your favourite musical genre?

I don’t have a favourite musical genre. I prefer to sing all types of music, but in general I tend to prefer slow and soft songs with blues touch.

What songs or albums do you consider milestones in your career?

Thank God, I consider every step I took to be a milestone in my career. I am satisfied with all what I have done till now.

Choose one Egyptian, one Arab and one international singer you would like to make a duet with.

The Egyptian is Hakim; the Arab is Hussein Aljasmi; and the international is Justin Timberlake.

What was your biggest life crisis?

The biggest ordeal I have faced was my mother’s death, may she be in heaven now. She was my biggest supporter and she had great influence on me.

Who is your favourite singer? And who influences your life now?

My favourite is the late great singer Mohamed Fawzi. There are some people who affected my life a lot; actually everyone who has provided me with any kind of positivity has affected me and I thank them all.



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8/9/2019 11:30:00 AM
<![CDATA[Aladdin: A nostalgic journey with a twist]]>
The highly anticipated live-action remake of the 1992 classic Disney film brought us back to the magical land of Agra- bah, where the local thief Aladdin, played by Massoud, falls in love with Princess Jasmine (Naomi Scott).

Will Smith turns in a remarkable performance as beloved blue genie,and the movie also stars Marwan Kenzari, Navid Negahban and Nasim Pe- drad, among others.

Aladdin is one of Disney’s timeless classics and a big part of our childhood, over generations and all around the world, so the decision to remake Aladdin was not easy as the director, cast and crew took on the challenge of producing a new version that had to not only match the old charm and unforgettable vibes of the original animated movie, but also add something new.

Another challenge that the filmmakers took on was assign- ing the leading role to an up-and-coming actor and unfamiliar face like Massoud; not to mention that the movie director Guy Ritchie who is famous for his British gangster movies is new to musicals; and finally, stepping into the shoes of the giant Robin Williams placed a heavy load on the shoulders of the great Will Smith.

The film has brilliantly overcome some of these challenges, exceeding expectations, while others might have resulted in minor tripods.

Richie took a huge risk, moving out of his comfort zone—a great and important step for any artist. However, I have to admit that Richie’s unfamiliarity with musical films was clear in some of the scenes, bringing on one of the few downsides of the remake, such as the “Prince Ali” song scene, which was something of a let-down.

I have to say that Richie’s genius in action did not carry over into the musical remake.

Smith’s challenge was twofold: to present the role from a dif- ferent, new perspective while stepping away from the dazzling persona that Williams had managed to imprint in our minds for years.

It was a hard mission, but I believe that Smith nailed it, brilliantly. Smith refreshed the Genie’s role; or in other words, modernized it, in a funny and amusing performance.

Back in his former comfort zone of comedy, Smith succeeded in imposing his personality even in the scenes where he was quoting directly from the original script; he was not by any means imitating Williams.

In the movie, the blue genie develops emotions for Jasmine’s handmaiden, Dalia, played by Nasim Pedrad, carrying out an effective comic yet romantic side plot. Pedrad’s performance was also one of the good surprises of the remake, with her genuine sense of humor that enriched the comic scenes of the humorous couple.
However, Smith’s singing could be seen as one weak point in the great actor’s performance, unlike Massoud who took us right back to the magic of the old animated movie with his captivating voice.

Looking pretty much like the iconic Aladdin in the minds of the 1990s generation, Massoud was one of the major hits of the movie, marking the birth of a new star, born in Egypt to Egyptian parents and raised in Canada.

Massoud and Scott shared amazing chemistry on screen, complemented by great talent and a credible performance from both rising stars.

There are certain types of roles where the actor/actress’ performances highly depend on each other.

If one is brilliant and the other is weak, both characters will end up weak, especially when they are a couple. This is exactly the case of Aladdin and Jasmine.

Massoud worked hard for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, preparing for the role through intense fitness training.

In a video posted on his official Facebook page, he addressed his audience in Arabic, encouraging them to watch the movie and expressing his pride at being part of a Disney project.

The video clearly revealed how Massoud was proud of his Egyptian origins, as he ended the video by repeatedly saying “Long live Egypt.”

In an interview with The Hudsucker, Massoud also revealed that he had long been inspired by the great actor Robin Williams, which pushed him to transfer during his undergraduate studies from the University of Toronto to an arts program at Ryerson University.

He has starred in over eight movies so far: What Happens Next, Let’s Rap, Ordinary Days, Masters in Crime, Final Exam, Aladdin and Strange but True.

As for Scott, whose rise to fame started with her role in the action movie Power Rangers, her character has undergone a positive twist from the original movie, focusing on women’s empowerment.

In the new film, Jasmine is not only a beauti ful, kind and charming princess, but she is also strong and she has a goal to rule Agrabah. Scott’s performance successfully underlined this empowerment concept, and she looked great doing it—her beautiful outfits were remarkable.

Last but not least, Kenzari who played the devilish minister Jaafar, did not quite meet the expectations of the anticipating audience.

Jaafar’s character is key to the master plot, where he tries to take advantage of Aladdin to get the genie to fulfil his greedy wishes and evil plan against the Sultan. Jaafar’s backstory was quite intense, he killed Jasmine’s mother to start a war between Agrabah and their neighboring kingdom.

This story on its own was enough to portray Jaafar as a power-hungry villain, as he was in the original story, with no need for all the dramatic exaggerations in the new film, which took away from the credibility and genuineness of the tale.

Effectively, these exaggerations contributed to weakening Jaafar’s character and, by extension, Kenzari’s performance.

But the biggest challenge of all was matching a number of immortal scenes in the original masterpiece, which the new version does, except for a few innovations in the last half-hour. The new Aladdin is 37 minutes longer than the animated version which is where all the new twists were added.

Moreover, in the new movie,the story is narrated by the genie instead of a street peddler as in the old film. And with new lyrics, inspired by the old song written by iconic Disney lyricist Howard Ashman, “Friend Like Me” overwhelms with sweet old memories.

The great Ashman wrote the lyrics for Aladdin, Beauty and The Beast, and The Little Mermaid.

The new Aladdin is an amusing family movie with a fairytale ending, and as a big fan of the original animated film, I loved the remake with its colorful scenery, captivating songs and dazzling scenes.

As Massoud told The National, “The biggest message of the film is that it doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from, you have to learn that you are good enough and the thing that makes someone special is what’s in their heart.”

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8/9/2019 11:30:00 AM
<![CDATA[Omar Khairat to perform at closing ceremony of Citadel Music Festival]]>
The Citadel Music Festival will kick off on August 18, under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture and Cairo Opera House.

Additionally, Khairat will perform two concerts in Bibliotheca Alexandrina on August 5,6.

The renowned composer and pianist was born in Alexandria and raised in a family of musicians. He began his career in 1959 as a pianist.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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8/9/2019 11:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Dash: Coming of Age]]>
Ahmed Dash is an up-and-coming star who has managed to grab viewers’ attention since he was 13, with an acting talent that exceeded his age.

As he’s matured, so have the strength of his performances, and today Dash has a number of acclaimed roles under his belt.

Egypt Today chats with Dash about his recent role in the successful movie Casablanca, how he develops his performance and his passion for cinema.

1- You started your career at the age of 13 in the movie La Mo’akhaza (Excuse Me) as the main hero and you turned in a great performance. As a kid, how did you prepare for a leading role? Has early stardom gone to your head at all?

Acting coach Marwa Gebreil was the casting director of the mov- ie; she taught me the principles of acting and got me prepared for that role. After famed director Amr Salama chose me for the role, Gebreil trained me for two weeks. I can’t judge whether it got to my head or not—usually people around you judge, but no one told me that I’ve become arrogant.

2- Some actors who appeared at a young age, like Fayrouz, Rania Atef and others, weren’t able to make audiences accept them when they grew up. Now you are about 19 years old, how did you manage to make people accept Ahmed Dash the grownup? What do you think of the perception that actors who appeared kids should stop appearing for a while between the “kid” and “youth” stages?

I didn’t plan to make people accept me; I just work hard on myself and always do my best to improve. I am trying to improve my work every day and explore myself more to be able to produce good work that audiences can accept.

I don’t think that actors who appeared as kids should stop between child and youth stages, because each age has its own vital issues that need to be discussed through cinema and drama, especially adolescence, because that’s the stage when our characters are formed.

In the Middle East and Arab, countries we don’t tackle certain issues related to adolescence because we prefer to hide them, because we shy from discussing them. I see that this is totally wrong, and we should discuss them in more depth.

3-You are keen to diversify in your roles. Which genres do you prefer?
All of them. It depends on the role.

4- What criteria do you follow while choosing your roles?

I look at the script, the cast members like the director, the pro- ducer, the actors, the actresses and the scriptwriter.

5-What roles do you consider milestones in your career?

Of course my first role in La Mo’akhza is an important milestone in my career. The role of Fawaz in the TV series Tayea is another milestone.

6-Are you a good student? How do you balance between education and work? What comes first, acting or school?

I am a good student, I was an A student but now I am an A- or B+ student, but I’m still accomplished. I try to balance as much as I can, but frankly speaking some- times I can’t. Acting comes first.

7-How do you develop your perfor- mance from one role to the other?

I am taking a workshop with the American acting coach Gerald James; it is beyond method acting. I’m doing it for three consecutive years, every year for two months. That’s how I think is the best way to develop my performance.

8-How did you prepare for the role of Zakaria role in Casablanca? Especially that now-famous scene between you and Amir Karara which reflected how mature your performance has become?

First of all I read the Casablanca script, then left it for one week, then read it again then left it five days, then read it again to familiarize myself with the details of Zakaria’s character.

I started to imagine the sequence of the plot from my point of view, then I set the initial lines of Zakaria’s character that I would follow.

After that I discussed with my acting coach James who was in Egypt at that time the details of the character. I drew the main features that identify Zakaria, then I sat with the director Peter Mimi preparing for the role.

The next step was to prepare for the character’s style, his hair, his outfits and to gauge how much Zakaria is influenced by the people around him.

I started to write my comments on Zakaria daily in a notebook, in order not to miss any detail of the character.[I am glad audiences feel] that my performance has matured.

I don’t know if I have matured as an actor now or not, but every- thing I have achieved has been because I work on myself, listen to people’s feedback, people who I trust and I know give meaningful feedback, in addition to taking workshops.
9-Which of your roles do you feel audiences interacted with most?

I will keep Zakaria’s role off the list for now because it is still super new, then Fawaz in Tayea and Abdel Rahman in Sabea Gar (Seventh Neighbor). I think audiences lauded both roles.

10-You have a lovely friendship relation with your brothers and sister, tell us more about it and who you feel has influenced you the most in your career?

Myself (he laughs). The support system in my life is my family, my friends and my beloved ones. We are just close siblings.

11-Are you considering an international career?

I haven’t made any steps towards it, but I am considering it.

12-Where do you feel most fulfilled yourself more, in cinema or on TV?

I prefer cinema. In cinema, we are all working as a team to finish a project and we are not controlled by the need to deliver the movie in a certain time unlike a series
we have to finish, unlike the case Ramadan series. We make the movie because we love what we are doing and enjoying it, the work circumstances of cinema are better for me as well.

13- As a millennial star, do you find millennials are luckier than the previous generations?

I think, yes, millennials are luckier because of the different means of social media like Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Today whoever has more followers will be featured more, actors don’t have to appear on TV to gain fame; social media has become their own platform featuring all their news and upcoming projects. As long as a celebrity is posting photos on social media then he is in the spotlight, so this is an extra advantage.

14- Who are your favorite actor, actress, director and scriptwriter?

I have no favorites at all, I have no favorites in everything and I don’t like the world favorite. There are many actors and actresses I would love to work with.

15-What are your hobbies?

Football and music.


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8/9/2019 10:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Fathy Abdel Wahab's mother passes away]]>CAIRO - 8 August 2019: Actor Fathy Abdel Wahab announced the death of his mother on Thursday, Aug. 8 on his Twitter account. The actor did not disclose any further details.

Abdel Wahab participated in the much anticipated film "The thief of Baghdad", starring Mohamed Imam, Yasmin Rais, Amina Khalil, Mohamed Abdel Rahman Touta, Salah Abdullah, Ahmed Rizk, among others.

“The thief of Baghdad” is written by Tamer Ibrahim, and directed by Ahmed Khaled Mousa. The film is produced by Synergy Films.

It is noteworthy that the latest works of Abdel Wahab were in Ramadan 2019 season, and included the series "Lams Aktaf" with Yasser Galal and "le Akher Nafas" with Yasmin Abdel Aziz. He also appeared as a guest of honor in several series.

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8/8/2019 5:34:39 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt’s Public Library organizes Indian Cultural Day on Aug. 8]]>
The cultural day includes several events, starting with a meeting with the director of the Maulana Azad Cultural Center, entitled "India and Egypt ... Civilization and Heritage", followed by the screening of a documentary entitled "The Spirit of India", and a short film about the life of leader Mahatma Gandhi. The cultural day also includes a plastic exhibition.

The cultural day concludes with the most famous Indian heritage dance shows, performed by an Indian band on the library's open theatre.

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8/8/2019 5:28:30 PM
<![CDATA[EU seizes 18K stolen artefacts including Egyptian pieces]]>
Among the pieces seized by the multinational operation, Pandora 3, is an ancient cylindrical seal from Mesopotamia. It is a 15th-century Bible that was stolen in Germany more than 25 years ago along with 109 ancient coins.

Most of the stolen items are artifacts, coins, paintings, musical instruments and sculptures from European countries; however, more than 30 pieces from non-European countries such as Colombia, Egypt, Iraq and Morocco have been found.

Items that could facilitate the trade of cultural goods, such as metal detectors, were also confiscated.

Since a large proportion of looted items are being sold via social media platforms and websites, Pandora also included an "electronic patrol week" organized by the Dutch police authorities. This revealed 169 suspicious websites, leading to the confiscation of 682 pieces.

The arrests were the result of a series of immediate secret checks conducted from Oct. 22 to 30, 2018. During this period, secret police officers from all 29 participating countries inspected auction houses, art galleries, airports, archaeological sites and private residences, arresting 59 individuals and issuing more than 100 administrative penalties.

Pandora is considered an EU law enforcement agency coordinated by the Spanish Civil Guard and the World Customs Organization. In 2017, Pandora I resulted in 75 arrests and the recovery of over 3,500 items. In 2018, Operation Pandora 2 resulted in 51 arrests and the retrieval of more than 41,000 items.

According to The Art newspaper, Pandora is one of many modern processes that combat trafficking in culturally precious materials. In 2018, Operation Demetra recovered some 25,000 objects, mostly from ancient tombs from Sicily, and resulted in 23 arrests in the past two decades.

Certain sectors of the antiquities market are increasingly being used as a means of money laundering for organized crime and terrorist groups.
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8/8/2019 3:49:22 PM
<![CDATA[Jennifer Lopez to perform in New Alamein City on Aug. 9]]>
“It will be a new experience,” stated Lopez to the press, adding in Arabic "I will see you soon." This is Lopez' first concert in Egypt.

The international star indicated that her son is excited to visit Egypt, saying “My son is very excited to visit Egypt and he doesn't stop saying I want to go, I want to go."

There were calls on social media to cancel the event as the international star showed support to Israel. Reactions to the calls varied. However, sources confirmed that the concert will be held on time in the new city of El Alamein.

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8/8/2019 3:09:05 PM
<![CDATA[In Pics: King Ramses II obelisk to be transferred to El Alamein City]]>
“In close cooperation between the Ministry of Antiquities and Ministry Housing and the Arab Contractors Company, and amid tight security measures by the Tourism and Antiquities Police, the new obelisk of King Ramses II, which was on display in Andalusia garden in Zamalek, arrived in El Alamein.” stated the Ministry of Antiquities in an official statement.

“The transfer decision came after the approval of the Permanent Committee of Egyptian Antiquities,” said Mostafa Waziri, the secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities.

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The obelisk of King Ramses II was moved on Aug. 7 from Cairo to the new city of El Alamein – press photo


“A team of archaeologists and restorers of the Ministry of Antiquities prepared a comprehensive report regarding the state of the obelisk prior to its transfer," clarified Waziri.

“A team of restorers from the ministry carried out the preliminary restoration work, reinforcing and covering weak parts with reinforced foam. The obelisk was also placed in an iron cage to ensure its stability with the use of anti-shock units during transport,” resumed Waziri.

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The obelisk of King Ramses II was moved on Aug. 7 from Cairo to the new city of El Alamein – press photo


The secretary general of the Supreme Council of Culture pointed out that "the obelisk is one of the obelisks erected by King Ramses II to decorate his temple in the city of Barramso (Egypt’s Delta area). It was transferred to the city of San Haggar in Sharkia Governorate, before being transferred to the garden of Andalusia in Zamalek in 1956.”

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The obelisk of King Ramses II was moved on Aug. 7 from Cairo to the new city of El Alamein – press photo


The obelisk is made of pink granite, weighs about 90 tons and is about 14 meters in height. Its four sides are decorated with inscriptions and titles of King Ramses II.

The new El Alamein City project is one of the ambitious economic projects of the Egyptian government. It is being built near the North Coast resorts to serve as a huge residential, and administrative city.

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The obelisk of King Ramses II was moved on Aug. 7 from Cairo to the new city of El Alamein – press photo
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8/8/2019 2:58:20 PM
<![CDATA[Yasmine Sabry among nominees of 'Top 100 most beautiful faces' in 2019]]>
Sabry is the only Egyptian and Arab celebrity competing in the current year’s edition of the contest.

The nominees include many international stars such as singer Selena Gomez, singer Arianna Grand, singer Taylor Swift, actress Jennifer Lawrence, actress Emma Watson, actress Margot Robbie, among other celebrities and models from around the globe.

Launched in 1990, the competition has grown from a small project to an annual phenomenon, especially as it is among the most credible awards in the field.

The organizers stressed that it is not a competition for popularity among celebrities, where the selection process of participants does not depend on their fame or nationality, and aims to diversify public opinion and not vice versa.





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8/7/2019 4:05:40 PM
<![CDATA[Min. of Culture calls on Brunei’s counterpart to boost cultural cooperation]]>
Abdel Dayem said, during the meeting held on the sidelines of the visit of Sultan of Brunei to Egypt, that the soft power plays an important and influential role in consolidating the friendship between Egypt and the various countries of the world.

The Egyptian minister of culture added that a project has been studied to set up a variety of joint activities that reflect the forms of creative mobility in the two communities, including various intellectual and artistic activities.

For his part, the minister of culture of the Sultanate of Brunei praised Egypt's leading role in the enlightenment movement throughout history, highlighting the role of culture and arts in building bridges of communication between societies, and stressing his keenness to follow the colors of Egyptian creativity, which represent luminous signs in the life of humanity.






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8/7/2019 4:04:34 PM
<![CDATA[Movie Cinema Co. launches 1st cinema in KSA on Aug. 6]]>
Saudi Arabia's Minister of Information, Turki Al-Shabana, attended the inauguration of the new cinema in Arab Mall, and watched a part of a film.

Saudi journalists spread out in the halls of the newly opened cinema and took photos to document the event, which is still remarkable in a country where cinemas were not allowed to be established until April 2018 due to prohibition based on religious interpretations.

The new film theater consists of 15 screens. It is the first Saudi company to enter the film sector and join the Emirati company, Vox Cinema, which launched the first cinema in Jeddah at the Red Sea Mall.

Saudi Arabia is seeking to create around 350 cinemas, with a total of more than 2500 screens by 2030.

2030 marks the end of a major economic reformation in the country, where Saudi Arabia hopes to sell tickets for about $1 billion a year.


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8/7/2019 4:03:09 PM
<![CDATA[Al-Mena band to represent Egypt in Visa for Music Festival ]]>
The band was chosen to represent Egypt in the festival as it is the only Egyptian band participating. The festival will host over 24 musical concerts in four consecutive days.

T The band was selected from more than 200 bands who applied to attend the festival in Morocco.

Almena - GTA

Stream & Download 'GTA': https://UmusicMENA.lnk.to/GTAYD FOLLOW ALMENA: https://www.instagram.com/almenamusic/ https://www.facebook.com/almenamusic/ https://www.twitter.com/almenamusic Video Director: Guy Mannion Video Producer: Thomas Mitchell Video Location: Aloft City Centre Deira, Dubai, UAE Audio Producer: Tarek Majdalani & Sleiman Damein Audio Mastering Engineer: Geoff Pesche Audio Recording Studio: Abbey Road Studios THANKS TO: Aloft Hotels Music video by Almena performing GTA.




Al-Mena recently celebrated the launch of the song "GTA". Al-Mena is the first Egyptian and Arab band to record a song in Abbey Road International Studio, where several iconic musicians such as Michael Jackson, Pink Floyd and The Beatles, previously recorded.

The band became noticed after winning the international music competition, Aloft, in the UAE. They were awarded a grant from Universal Music, which the band used to film a video clip in Dubai.

Al-Mena is considered one of the fastest growing musical experiences in the field of underground and alternative music in Egypt. Although the band was formed only 4 years ago, they managed to create a wide fan base through several songs such as “El-Ahly”, “El-Saheb” and “Iskendereya”.

The band consists of Ahmed Abdel Rasoul (bass guitarist), Adham Habashy (oud), John Sadek, Mohamed Afara (guitar), Omar Ali (keyboard) and Youssef Nour (vocalist and trumpet player).

The Visa for Music Festival is more than just a musical festival. It is a cultural and musical forum that brings together all those interested in music, including musicians, concert organizers, business agents, festival directors and audience.

The festival chooses the slogan "music travels without a visa'' to stress that music crosses borders and connects people of all languages and cultures.

The festival's fifth edition presented more than 50 musical performances from different countries, where the band “Sharmoofers” represented Egypt, Farah Serag represented Jordan and Nabila Maan represented Morocco.







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8/7/2019 4:01:57 PM
<![CDATA[U.S. singer Pink's tour crew crash land at Danish airport]]>
“I have been told that it was part of Pink’s team which was on board the plane and that everybody is unharmed,” Rune Lem of Live Nation Norway told Reuters.

The American singer, who is due to give a concert in the Danish town of Horsens on Wednesday night, was not on the plane.

The aircraft had been traveling from the Norwegian capital Oslo, where she performed on Monday night.

Pink is known for pop songs like ‘What About Us’, ‘Just Give Me A Reason’ and ‘Just Like A Pill’.

Danish police said a plane arriving from Oslo had an accident during landing at Aarhus airport but that all 10 people on board managed to leave the plane uninjured. Passengers included four Americans, two Australians and a British citizen.]]>
8/6/2019 4:56:40 PM
<![CDATA[Nobel winner Toni Morrison dies at the age of 88]]>
Alfred Nobel Printing House declared that Morrison died on Monday (Aug. 5) evening at the Montefiore Medical Center in New York.

Morrison was the first African-American woman to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1993.

She was also awarded the Pulitzer Prize in the category of fictional works for her novel "The Beloved" in 1988.

The novel was later adapted into a film of the same name starring Oprah Winfrey and Danny Glover in 1998.

Moreover, Morrison was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1993. In 1996, the National Endowment for the Humanities selected her for the Jefferson Lecture; the U.S. federal government's highest honor for achievement in humanities.

The prominent writer was honored with the 1996 National Book Foundation's Medal of Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.

Furthermore, Morrison wrote the libretto for a new opera, "Margaret Garner", first performed in 2005.

On May 29, 2012, former US President Barack Obama presented Morrison with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

In 2016, Morrison received the PEN/Saul Bellow Award for Achievement in American Fiction.

She died from unknown causes on August 5, 2019
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8/6/2019 4:41:48 PM
<![CDATA[Ministry of Culture dedicates its library to St. Mark’s Church in Alexandria]]>
Minister of Culture Inas Abd El-Dayem has dedicated the Church of St. Mark in Alexandria a library of the Ministry during the opening of the third book exhibition at the Church of St. Mark.

Abdel Dayem instructed that the library must be delivered within one week before the end of the exhibition period. The church met the Minister’s dedication with a warm welcome and gave all thanks to the Ministry of Culture and the General Egyptian Book Organisation for its efforts and its distinctive and tangible role through exhibitions that roam the country.


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8/6/2019 4:29:21 PM
<![CDATA[Vitale: "My first time ever in Egypt and the love was surreal, thank you Egypt’’]]>‘’My first time ever in Egypt and the love was surreal ,thank you Egypt’’ Vitale wrote on a video of Egypt he posted on his Instagram account.

Vitale expressed his admiration with Egypt and its touristic destinations.
‘’ At the pyramids in Egypt 🇪🇬 life is pure insanity. All off of music. Thank you everyone’’ Vitale wrote on his official Instagram account.


Russell Vitale performed a huge successful concert in Egypt for the first time at New Alamein city on August 2 at 8 pm.

The stage was designed by four statues of ancient Egyptian goddesses such as Anubis.

Vitale is a rapper and an independent artist who produces, writes and distributes all his musical works. Currently, the young rapper is considered as one of the most prominent rap icons in the US.

Vitale songs is very popular in the Arab world because it promotes optimism and the vitality of hard work, diligence and fulfiling dreams.

The famed American rapper claimed the seventh place in the Billboard 200, and the fifth place on the R&B/Rap ranking. Vitale also received the Riaa Golden Award for his songs “What They Want” and “Losin’ Control”.

His album “There’s Really a Wolf” was granted the global Platinum award. Vitale’s concert will launch Al Alamain's international concerts of the summer season, which will include the world premiere of Jennifer Lopez on August 9.
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8/6/2019 3:57:05 PM
<![CDATA[Haj exhibition in Manial Palace and Museum on August 8]]> download
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Director General of the Manial Palace Museum Walaa Badawi clarified that the exhibition includes two ancient pieces that were used as a cover for the “Kaaba”, a historical script and rare Quran prints, in addition to displaying the most rare acquisitions belonging to Prince Mohammed Ali Tawfiq and the precious archaeological collections acquired through his long enriching life, along with two rare pictures of the prince while he is wearing the “ehram” and performing the Hag (Muslim pilgrimage) rituals.

Furthermore, the history of the Kaaba will be presented in the modern era to the visitors of the museum, explaining the role of Dar al-Kaswa and the patterns and colors of the holy Kaaba over the ages.




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8/6/2019 3:43:59 PM
<![CDATA[All you need to know about King Tut coffin's transfer, restoration ]]>
How was the coffin transferred?

The duration of the transfer from Luxor to the Grand Egyptian Museum lasted 16 hours amid tight security measures,. As soon as the coffin reached the restoration center, it was placed in the isolation room for 7 days. Then the sterilization process began.

The transferred coffin of Tutankhamen

The coffin is one of the three coffins of the young king, portraying the golden king as God Osiris. The coffin was discovered in King Tut’s burial chamber in 1922. The outer ark is made of gilded wood. The hands are clipped with gold foil, crossed across the chest, while holding royal decals inlaid with blue and red glass beads. It is 223.5 cm in length, 86.8 cm in diameter, while its height is 105.5 cm. The ark contains silver handles on both sides that were used to move the lid.

How long will the sterilization process last?

Sterilization and restoration will take nearly 8 months, in preparation for the coffin's display in the Grand Egyptian Museum, which represents a great addition to the overall museum display, where the three coffins of King Tutankhamen will be displayed side by side in a harmonious manner.
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How does the sterilization occur?

General Director of Technical Affairs at the Grand Egyptian Museum Hussein Kamal stated that the coffin of King Tutankhamen was transferred from Luxor to the restoration center of the Grand Egyptian Museum inside a sterilization tent. Nitrogen gas was pumped into the tent, so that there was no oxygen inside.

What tools were used in the transfer process?

Special materials that absorb relative humidity when it exceeds the permissible limit were used. Furthermore, temperature and humidity measuring devices were used during transporting the coffin. One of the most important tools used by the repair team during the transportation process is the anti-vibration and anti-shock units in order to provide additional safety for the delicate coffin.

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8/6/2019 11:41:52 AM
<![CDATA[Esseily to perform at 6th of October on September 12]]>Recently, Esseily has uploaded a new video clip titled "Millions" on his official channel on YouTube. The lyrics are written by Amir Teima.

Esseily is an Egyptian singer and composer who was born in 1982. His mother discovered his early passion for music and enrolled him in Piano lessons at the age of 4.

At an early age, Esseily’s teachers used to compliment his talents and often complained about his tendency to go off note and change a Beethoven Musical piece to play it his own style.

Esseily achieved a bachelor's degree in mass communication and integrated marketing at the American university.

In 2003, he released his first video clip named, "Magnona" (Crazy), achieving booming success, and skyrocketing Esseily’s popularity.

Among his famous songs are "Rayeh ala Feen" (Where Are You Going?), "Tabat w Nabat" (Happily Ever After), and "El-Fostan el-Abyad" (The White Dress) among others.
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8/5/2019 3:54:51 PM
<![CDATA[Hisham Abbas returns with 'Shary Bel Ghaly' after 10 years]]>
This song is considered a small taste of Abbas’ upcoming album titled “Amel Daga” (Causing Havoc). This album brings Abbas back to the singing scene in Egypt and the Arab World after an absence of almost a decade. The songs are written by Hassan Ateya, composed by Ahmed Zaem and distributed by Toma.

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8/5/2019 3:51:54 PM
<![CDATA[Min. clarifies reasons of transferring King Toto’s tomb, Ramses’s Obelisk ]]>
The Ministry of Antiquities explained that the tomb of Toto was located in a remote area and was discovered by thieves, and that the area where the tomb is located is not easily accessible, and thus cannot be exploited in tourism.
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The minister further pointed out that it is difficult to secure the cemetery in its original location.

As for Ramses' obelisk, a decision was made to transfer it for not benefiting from its presence in its original location, pointing out that it will be placed in the most important location in Alamain in front of the presidential palace, where it will be seen by different Kings, presidents and world leaders.

The Ministry of Antiquities further clarified that rain will not affect the obelisk, as there is a number of obelisks exposed to weather conditions without much of a negative impact.





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8/5/2019 3:31:40 PM
<![CDATA[Rizkallah to posthumously retain post of CIFF’s artistic director]]>
Hefzy stressed that Rizkallah’s decades of work in popularizing and spreading knowledge about a variety of segments of the seventh art possesses an important place in the hearts and souls of cinema followers. He added that the significance of Rizkallah’s work in the field deserves much more than just the dedication of the festival’s 41st edition.

“We have learned the love of cinema from Rizkallah; we hope to continue learning about sincerity, alongside many values that we often miss from Rizkallah,” Hefzy commented.

Many activities will be held to shed light on the late critic's work and he will posthumously retain the festival’s artistic director position that he held since 2000, after joining the festival in 1987 as artistic secretary.

In the festival’s 41st edition, Egyptian critic Ahmed Shawky, the festival’s deputy artistic director, will be the acting artistic director. He will be in charge of all the matters related to this post.

Shawky who acted as the festival’s deputy artistic director over the past years added that he has learned a lot from Rizkallah and that stepping into his place is a great challenge that he is willing to take, together with the whole programming team.

In his statement, Shawky affirmed that together with the festival’s programming team he will do his best to set a programme worthy of Rizkallah’s name.

Following the announcement of Rizkallah being honored by the festival’s 41st edition, his son, writer Ahmed Rizkallah, expressed his appreciation and gratitude to the festival committee.

“My father had a three-decade-long relationship with the Cairo International Film Festival; he was also honored during the festival’s 40th edition. Honoring him this year and with such depth demonstrates the festival president’s and the whole team’s understanding of the important role he played in supporting the festival throughout the years and in spreading the cinema culture in Egypt,” Ahmed Rizkallah elaborated speaking on behalf of the late critic’s family.

Born in 1942, Youssef Cherif Rizkallah completed the Jesuit School and ranked fifth in the secondary school final examination on the national level. He then studied Political Science at the Cairo University graduating with honors in 1966.

Rizkallah dedicated his life to media specializing in film. Following his graduation, he worked at the Egyptian Radio and Television becoming the news editor.

In the 1980s and the 1990s, he was in charge of preparing, co-hosting and hosting several programmes focusing on the seventh art: "Oscar", "Telecinema", "The Magic Lantern", among others. He also chaired the Cairo Film Society between 1978 and 1994.

Throughout his work at the Radio and Television and his writings, Rizkallah raised awareness of cinema among the Egyptians, sharing with them his vast knowledge about this field in Egypt, regionally and internationally. He has also introduced many Hollywood icons to the Egyptian viewers.

Between 1997 and 2002, he was appointed president of the Nile TV Channel and then president of the International Cooperation Sector in the Media Production City (2007 – 2011) and head of the Cinema Authority in the Media Production City (2011 – 2012).

Rizkallah was among the jury members of many renowned international film festivals, including Strasbourg, Milan, Rotterdam and Montpellier Film Festivals. He also served as artistic director of the Luxor Egyptian and European Film Festival.






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8/5/2019 3:28:31 PM
<![CDATA[Synergy to make ‘El Feel-el Azra’ part 3]]>Part 2 achieved booming success, generating revenues exceeding LE 34 million in 72 hours only.

The long-awaited film promo has recorded more than 9 million views, and was met with an enthusiastic interaction from the anticipating audience.

Famed Egyptian actor Karim Abdel Aziz appears in the promo fighting with beloved star Nelly Karim, stirring a lot of curiosity about the events of the new movie.

Part 2 stars the same cast of the first movie, led by director Marwan Hamed and author Ahmed Mourad. Tunisian actress HendSabry and Asma Sherif Mounir also join the cast, along with Zafer el-Abdeen and Eyad Nassar as guests of honor.

Produced by Synergy, the sequel follows a huge success of the first part, which grossed more than LE35 million when released in 2014, a record number in the last decade in Egyptian cinema.

The first movie tells the story of Yehia, a psychiatrist who returns to Al-Abbasiya mental hospital after 5years of self-imposed isolation, where he meets an old friend with a dark past and uncovers many surprises that turn his life upside down.

The events develop in a context of drama horror and mystery. Part 2 takes place 5 years later, as Dr. Yehia has married Lobna, played by Karim, and is summoned to the Department of Dangerous Cases.

The films are based on Ahmed Mourad's best-selling book of the same name that was released in 2012. The book was shortlisted for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF) in 2014.

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8/5/2019 3:25:39 PM
<![CDATA[Box Office: 'Hobbs & Shaw' finishes in first place with $60 million]]>
The big-budget spinoff, starring Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham, is expected to be an even bigger draw overseas, where the action franchise is hugely popular. “Hobbs & Shaw” kicked off internationally with a robust $120 million for a global start of $180 million. Though standalone vehicles aren’t always as muscular as official franchise sequels, “Hobbs & Shaw” will have to lure crowds across the globe throughout the dog days of summer to justify its sizable $200 million budget. The “Fast & Furious” series has generated over $5 billion worldwide across eight films.

“We’re very thrilled with the global release, a tremendous start with a big market like China still to come,” said Jim Orr, Universal’s president of domestic distribution.

Opening weekend crowds skewed expectedly male, with boys and men accounting for nearly 60% of tickets sold. “Hobbs & Shaw” enticed moviegoers young and old, as 50% of audiences were over the age of 25. Those who showed up this weekend were high on the action and thrills, awarding the film with an A- CinemaScore and a 90% audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Orr attributes the film’s “very broad appeal” directly to Jonhson and his massive fanbase.

“[Director] David Leitch, The Rock and Jason Statham created an original and really thrilling adventure that complements the franchise tremendously well,” he said.

Its $60 million domestic opening weekend marks the biggest bow for Johnson and Statham’s careers outside of the main “Fast & Furious” franchise. The $180 million figure also represents Universal’s fifth-highest grossing global launch ever, behind “The Fate of the Furious,” “Jurassic World,” “Furious 7” and “Fifty Shades of Grey.”

In “Hobbs & Shaw,” the first spinoff in the “Fast & Furious” universe, Johnson’s Luke Hobbs and Statham’s Deckard Shaw unite to take down a genetically enhanced anarchist (Idris Elba). The star-studded cast also includes Helen Mirren and Vanessa Kirby. David Leitch, known for his work on “Deadpool 2,” directed the film, which was written by “Fast” vets Chris Morgan and Drew Pearce.

Despite the new nationwide release, Sony and director Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” had a strong second weekend in theaters, placing third on domestic box office charts. The R-rated drama with Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie collected $20 million, marking a 51% decline from its inaugural outing. After 10 days of release, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” has made $78 million in North America.

Meanwhile, reigning champ Disney’s “The Lion King” slid to the No. 2 spot with a solid $38 million. The hyperrealistic remake — directed by Jon Favreau — is the fourth Disney movie this year to cross $400 million in domestic ticket sales. With $430 million in North America and $1.19 billion internationally, “The Lion King” is now the second-biggest film of the year both domestically and globally.

Sony’s “Spider-Man: Far From Home” landed in fourth place, generating $7.7 million to boost its North American haul to $360 million. The web-slinging superhero sequel has made $1.08 billion worldwide, including $715 million at the international box office.

Rounding out the top five is Disney’s “Toy Story 4” with $7.2 million, taking the animated pic to $410 million at the domestic box office.

Elsewhere, indie box office favorite “The Farewell” continues to fare well as it slowly expands to theaters across the country. A24’s comedic drama landed at No. 7, pocketing $2.4 million from 409 venues. The film, starring Awkwafina and directed by Lulu Wang, has amassed $6.8 million to date.

Also at the specialty box office, Neon’s drama “Luce” brought in $132,916 when it debuted in five locations. Naomi Watts and Octavia Spencer lead the movie, which was directed by “The Cloverfield Paradox” filmmaker Julius Onah.

As the end summer movie going season nears, domestic ticket sales are still down over 6% from last year, according to Comscore. Unless there’s a surprise hit in coming weeks, the North American box office might be free of blockbusters until Warner Bros. “It Chapter Two” scares some life into theaters in September.]]>
8/5/2019 1:16:14 PM
<![CDATA[Ahmed Helmy reveals 1st teaser of 'Khayaal Maata']]>


The video featuresan old man (Helmy) wearing his clothes and talking to himself in front of the mirror, vowing to change. At the end of the commercial, there is a voice shouting:"Thief!"

"KhayaalMaata" depends mainly on flashbacks, where Zizo, the main character, is shown recallingold memories: How he met his wife and the tricks he used to do to grasp her attention and make her fall in love with him.

Starring Ahmed Helmy, Mena Shalaby, Khaled el Sawy, Hassan Hosni, Intisar and LotfiLabib,the movie is written by Abdel Rahim kamal, directed by Khaled Marie and produced by WaledSabry. Tamer Hosny is set to present the theme song of the film which is written by AymanBahgat Amar.

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


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8/4/2019 5:06:13 PM
<![CDATA[Tutankhamun coffin restoration process to last for 8 months]]>
The coffin was placed inside a plastic incubator with state-of-the-art equipment to fumigate the coffin to start its restoration process.

“For the first time since it’s discovery inside the tomb in November 1922 by British archaeologist Howard Carter,Tutankhamun coffin is now under restoration in addition to two other coffins nested inside each other,” said Minister of Antiquities Khaled Anany.

Anany ellaborated that after the tomb discovery, both the innermost gold coffin and middle gilded wooden coffin were transferred to the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, while the large outer gilded coffin was left inside the tomb with the king’s outermost quartzite sarcophagus.

The head of restoration center in Grand Egyptian Museum told Egypt today that the gilded coffin restoration process will take 8 months.

During an inspection tour of King Tutankhamen’s coffin, Mostafa Waziri stated that the total number of antiquities belonging to King Tutankhamen is 5398.

Among the 5398 pieces belonging to the Golden King, 4500 pieces have been transferred so far, according to Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities,Waziri.

The transferred coffin of Tutankhamen is one of the three coffins of the young king and was discovered in his burial chamber in 1922.

The outer ark is made of gilded wood, representing the king in the form of the god Osiris. The hands are covered with gold foil and crossed across the chest, holding royal decals inlaid with blue and red glass beads.

The length of the coffin is 223.5 cm, 86.8 cm in width and 105.5 cm in height. The coffin’s arches have silver handles used to move the lid. The outer sarcophagus, made of wood and covered with gold plates, was found inside the ark which was clad in parts with multicolored glass beads.

The inner coffin was also found inside the middle coffin, which is of pure gold and weighs 110.4 kilograms in mummy shape.

It was wrapped in linen to cover the entire sarcophagus except for the face. When the coffin was opened the golden mask of the young king appeared around the head of the mummy.

After transferring the middle and inner coffins to be displayed in the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir, the outer golden coffin was left in its original location, until it was transferred to the Grand Egyptian Museum on July 12, in order to restore and protect it from the damage it sustained in the tomb, and for displaying it with the other coffins in a coherent and harmonious scenario in the Grand Egyptian Museum when it opens.



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8/4/2019 4:50:40 PM
<![CDATA[4,500 King Tut pieces transferred to GEM]]>
Among the 5398 pieces belonging to the Golden King, 4500 pieces have been transferred so far, according to Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities,Waziri. The transferred coffin of Tutankhamen is one of the three coffins of the young king and was discovered in his burial chamber in 1922. The outer ark is made of gilded wood, representing the king in the form of the god Osiris. The hands are covered with gold foil and crossed across the chest, holding royal decals inlaid with blue and red glass beads.

The length of the coffin is 223.5 cm, 86.8 cm in width and 105.5 cm in height. The coffin’s arches have silver handles used to move the lid. The outer sarcophagus, made of wood and covered with gold plates, was found inside the ark which was clad in parts with multicolored glass beads.

The inner coffin was also found inside the middle coffin, which is of pure gold and weighs 110.4 kilograms in mummy shape. It was wrapped in linen to cover the entire sarcophagus except for the face. When the coffin was opened the golden mask of the young king appeared around the head of the mummy.

After transferring the middle and inner coffins to be displayed in the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir, the outer golden coffin was left in its original location, until it was transferred to the Grand Egyptian Museum on July 12, in order to restore and protect it from the damage it sustained in the tomb, and for displaying it with the other coffins in a coherent and harmonious scenario in the Grand Egyptian Museum when it opens.


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8/4/2019 3:15:44 PM
<![CDATA[PM inspects outer coffin of King Tutankhamen]]>
The tomb of the young king was discovered in 1922. Egypt's Ministry of Antiquities said earlier that the outer coffin was transferred to GEM to be restored.

When discovered, the external coffin was found to contain another coffin thatis made from wood and covered with gold, the antiquities minister said, while accompanying the prime minister on his tour. This middle coffin is now found in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo's Tahrir square.

Another coffin was found inside the middle one, made of pure gold and weighing 110.4 kilograms. The mummy of the boy-king lied inside it wearing his famous golden mask.

The middle and internal coffins were put in Cairo's museum for display, but the outer coffin was left inside the tomb in Luxor since it was discovered almost a century ago. It was transferred to GEM on July 12 to be restored and protected from the damage factors caused to the cemetery.It is also planned to display the three coffins together in GEM.

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The coffin has suffered weakness and damage, including cracks in the golden layers particularly in the cover and the base, said Mostafa Waziri, secretary general of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities.

The coffin was transferred after being secured in coordination with the antiquities police and restoration specialists from the ministry, Waziri said.

He explained that the stage of sterilization of the coffin began on July 22, 2019 to complete the plan of the restoration, expecting that the restoration period will take about 8 months.

The total number of artifacts found inside the tomb of King Tutankhamen is 5,398, of which 4500 have been transferred so far to GEM, he added.

Tutankhamen is one of the kings of the 18th Dynasty. Heis one of the most famous pharaohs as his tomb and treasures were completely discovered, and because he ruled the country and died at a young age.

His tomb was discovered by British archaeologist Howard Carter.

Minister of Tourism Rania al-Mashat said in April that the Grand Egyptian Museum will be inaugurated in the last quarter of 2020.

The Grand Egyptian Museum is one of the largest archaeological museums in the world. Thousands of artifacts will be displayed during and after its launching, which will attract many tourists from around the world.

The museum is built on a land area of 117 acres. The project’s foundation was laid in February 2002. Construction of the mega project began in May 2005. A total of 100,000 artifacts are being restored to be displayed in the GEM.Furthermore, GEM consists of 19 restoration labs, making it the largest artifact restoration center in the world.

In addition, GEM consist one of the biggest artifact documentation units for selected artifacts worldwide. Some of the artifacts planned to be displayed in the GEM date back to the pre-Pharaonic dynasties era (pre-family era).

The cost of GEM is estimated at $1.1 billion backed by the Japanese government through two loans worth $450 million.


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8/4/2019 3:08:33 PM
<![CDATA[Min. of Antiquities holds meeting with directors of Museums Alliance Aug. 4]]>
The meeting will be held to discuss the latest developments, will tackle the commencement of the first phase of the development process and will identify operational steps. The alliance consists of five European museums: the Egyptian Museum in Turin, Italy; the Louvre Museum in France; the British Museum in England; the Berlin Museum in Germany; the Leiden Museum in the Netherlands and the French Institute of Oriental Antiquities.

The convention is part of a series of pre-project development meetings held within the framework of the Ministry of Antiquities plan to develop a future strategic vision for the project in accordance with international standards. The plan aims at developing the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir to qualify it to be placed on the UNESCO's World Heritage List. The first development stage is to reassemble the museum's display scenario, the main entrance halls and the royal tombs of Tanis.

Among the halls chosen for reassembly in cooperation with the Dutch Museum are the round hall, hall 48, the pre-and early families' halls located between the round hall and the main entrance, and hall 43. Also, the Old Kingdom Hall located west of the round hall, halls 46, 47 and 51 were chosen in cooperation with the Egyptian Museum in Turin, in addition to the late Roman and Greek hall located east of the round hall, hall 49, and 50 which were chosen in cooperation with the British Museum.

Furthermore, the main entrance halls and the tombs of the Royal Tannis were chosen by the Egyptian Museum in cooperation with the Louvre Museum as a center for display for Tutankhamun belongings, which will be transferred to the Grand Egyptian Museum in 2020.

The first and third working packages define a framework for the museum's display so that the strategic orientation of the Egyptian Museum is easy to clarify, selecting certain artifacts to support this framework. The pieces will be subject to detailed evaluation of preservation and restoration. The first and third working packages provide an upgrade to lighting if necessary, in addition to offering a training in photography using modern equipment for documenting the current state of archaeological artifacts for conservation and archiving purposes, providing high-quality images for research and future scientific publications.




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8/4/2019 2:42:26 PM
<![CDATA[Khaled Selim to perform in Bibliotheca Alexandrina on August 19]]>
During the concert, Selim will perform a number of his most popular songs, including “Eshna Ad Aih” (How long did we last?), “Helm Omri” (My greatest wish), “KolNazra” (Every stare), “Balash el Malama”, among others. On the other hand, Selim isfilming a new series called "BelaDalil" (Without a trace) where stars alongside Dorra, Hazem Samir and Gamal Abdel Nasser. The screenplay is directed by Manal el-Seify and written by AngyAlaa. “BelaDalil” is the production of Synergy.

It is noteworthy that Selim’s latest songs was “AsrGedid” (A new era), performing with Anoushka and Nehal Nabil. The song was specialized for the first African Anti-Corruption Forum. The song was written by Ahmed Hassan Raul, composed by Karim Arafa and directed by Batool Arafa.




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8/4/2019 2:09:22 PM
<![CDATA[Ahmed Mekki to perform Rap duet with Moroccan Lbenj]]>CAIRO - 4 August 2019: Moroccan rapper Lbenj is about to enter the Egyptian music scene from the widest doors, as he is currently working on a rap duet with Egyptian star Ahmed Mekki.

The Moroccan rapper described Mekki as the “idol” and his “favorite Egyptian Rapper”. During his participation in Ifrane International Music Festival in Morocco, Lbenj expressed to the press his admiration of Mekki, being the most popular Egyptian rapper in his opinion, who acquired a wide fan base, stressing that he follows up Mekki’s newest works, hoping to perform a duet with him soon.

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Milliard The album | Track #08 - AmoureuxTombé Stream and download the new album "Milliard" now: http://smarturl.it/LbenjAmoureuxTombe Also available on Tidal, Amazon, Google Play, Deezer and more.




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8/4/2019 2:05:48 PM
<![CDATA[Actor with Down syndrome inspires and stars in Hollywood film]]>
Gottsagen plays the leading role of a young man who escapes from the nursing home where he is living to pursue his dream of becoming a professional wrestler. On his travels, he becomes friends with a small-time crook portrayed by “Transformers” star Shia LaBeouf. Dakota Johnson co-stars as a nurse sent to find Gottsagen’s character.

It is one of the few Hollywood films to feature an actor with Down syndrome in a lead role.

At the movie’s red-carpet premiere, co-directors and writers Tyler Nilson and Michael Schwartz said they met Gottsagen when they were volunteering at a camp for people with disabilities and Gottsagen said he wanted to become a movie star.

The pair, who had made a short film and worked on commercials but had never produced a feature film, decided to write a movie that Gottsagen could star in.

“We sat down for a year and worked on the script and tried to build something that would show him in the best light possible for who he is, a human being with hopes and dreams and goals who has the capacity to love even deeper than I do,” Nilson said.

The movie has charmed critics, earning a 100 percent positive rating on review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes. It will be released in the United States on Aug. 9.




“He’s like some sort of guardian to me,” LaBeouf said. “He’s been a pillar in my life. He keeps me afloat and gives me a bunch of advice.”

At the premiere, Gottsagen had advice for others who want to follow his lead. “Follow your heart and follow your dreams,” he said. “But first, you should stay at school, study, study a lot.”

After that, “Reach for the top and you can go big,” he added.]]>
8/3/2019 2:23:01 PM
<![CDATA[Google celebrates the 73rd birthday of the charming Kamel]]>
Google put a painted image for the beautiful actress on the search engine to honour her.
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Kamel's Google Doodle is being featured in Morocco, Algeria, Libya, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Iraq and Oman.

She is one of the iconic actresses in Egyptian cinema, her charming beauty and great talent were merely unforgettable.


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Kamel was born in Alexandria on August 3, 1946. she moved from Alexandria to Cairo in the early 1960s, where she debuted her modelling career.

Kamel from the beginning had great interest in the entertainment industry.

On the other hands her parents wanted her to finish her education before fully diving into the movie industry, so honoring their wish she studied at Ain Shams University.

While studying in the university Kamel participated in student theatre and radio plays.
Her cinematic debut came in the mid-1960s, through movies like ‘’ Talteen Youm Fe el Segn’’ (30 Days in Prison), in which she starred alongside Farid Shawqi.



In the 1970s she participated in the successful TV series ‘’El Bashayer’’.

Kamel acted in both Egyptian and Lebanese movies, such as ‘’Love and Pride’’.

In 1978 Kamel stardom reached its peak after the release of her successful spy movie ‘’ El So’ood lel Hawia’’ (Climbing to the Bottom) performing the role of the Egyptian spy Heba Selim who betrayed her Egypt by spying to Israel.



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The movie garnered great success placing Kamel in the forefront of the great Egyptian stars.


In general her fame reached its peak in the 1970s, performing a number of successful roles at that time.

Kamel’s career spanned for about three decades, before she died in 1997 after she had a severe battle with breast cancer.

Throughout her career, she worked with famous Egyptian names including Mahmoud Yassin , Najla Fathi, Farid Shawky, Adel Emam, Kamal el Shenawy among others.

She was married three times, and had one daughter. In 1992 kamel decided to retire to take care of her daughter and her sick mother.

She suffered from breast cancer, however, she refused to succumb easily, and took cancer as a chance to reshape her life.

She began medical treatment by removing the tumor, and subsequently quit a number of unhealthy habits such as smoking, which helped cure her.

Shortly, she was viciously attacked again by cancer, this time encouraging her to partake in a spiritual life.

Unfortunately, she passed away in the last days of Ramadan in 1997.
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8/3/2019 2:08:36 PM
<![CDATA[Medhat Saleh to perform at Bibliotheca Alexandrina on Aug.17]]>
Saleh was born in 1960 in Cairo's Shobra district. He started his musical career directly after he graduated from Cairo University.

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

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

Throughout his career that extended for more than 30 years, Saleh is famous for performing the songs of the most successful movies such as "Habiby Ya Ashek" in “Short w Fanla w Cap” (Shorts, a T-shirt and a Hat) movie, "El Nour Makano Fel Qoloob" (Light Belongs to the Hearts) from “Amir el Zalam” (The Prince of Darkness) movie, and “La Hatakhod Eih” (What Will You Gain?) from the movie "Mafia", among others.

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8/3/2019 1:15:54 PM
<![CDATA[Assala, Al Muhandes to perform a massive concert in London on Aug.13]]>
Assala will release her upcoming album entitled ‘’Fe Orbak’’ in August.

Assala participated in "Welad Rezk Part 2" as a guest of honour in her first acting experience.

The much anticipated sequel stars Ahmed Ezz, Amr Youssef, Ahmed Dawood, Ahmed el-Fishawi, Mohammed Mamdouh and Karim Qasim. It is written by Salah al-Jehini, directed by Tarek el-Erian, and produced by Raw Production Company.

Part 1 was released in 2014 and achieved great success; it revolved around four brothers who lead a life of crime, each with a special character, with Ahmed Ezz as the mastermind.

In Part 2, the brothers are trying to keep up with a covenant to stay off the path of crime, until a sudden development turns their lives upside down, bringing about serious confrontations with notorious criminals.

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

Assala was born on May 15, 1969 in Damascus, Syria to a middle class couple. Mostafa Nasri, Assala's father, was a revered composer and singer. She began her musical career by performing patriotic, religious and children's songs when she was 4 years old.

In 1986, Mostafa Nasri died after suffering from internal bleeding caused by a car accident. Aged 17, Assala helped care for her siblings, Reem, Amani, Ayman and Ayham with her mother.

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

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

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

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

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

The famous Syrian singer won the Best Arab Singer award from Dear Guest Awards. Nasri received the award on her album “Mohtama bel Tafaseel” (Concerned with Details), released in 2017.
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8/3/2019 1:10:13 PM
<![CDATA[Nubian Drums in kobet Al- Ghoury on August 4]]>
The concert includes presenting shows for heritage Troupes, including: "Nubian drums, folkloric instruments , in addition to the National Circus shows. The concert is directed by artist Nasr El Fattah.

Furthermore, a poetry evening will be organized in Beit Al- Set Wassela, in the House of Arabic poetry - behind Al-Azhar Mosque, at 7.00 Pm to celebrate the poets of Alexandria, including Yahya Sulaiman, Rabie Sayeh, Sameh Skrama, Rasha Zukizk and Yunis Mohammed and run by poet Al-Safra Abdullah.]]>
8/3/2019 11:37:29 AM
<![CDATA[Hadra Troupe celebrates Hajj Pilgrimage season]]>
Al-Hadra Troupe for Sufi singing celebrates Hajj season and its fourth Anniversary at 8.00 pm on Friday 2 August on the open stage.

Al-Hadra Troupe prepared a special program that includes a lot of artistic surprises, including the participation of distinguished guests of honor Mahmoud Al-Tohami and Wael Al-Fashani accompanied by Darwish Band for folkloric arts, in addition to a variety recitations in praising for Prophet, highlighting the values ​​ of tolerance in Islamic religion, in addition to presenting several poems depicting the feelings of pilgrims During the performance of the rituals.

It is worth mentioning that Al-Hadra Troupe for Sufi songs was founded in 2015 to preserve the spiritual heritage of recitals and to present the Egyptian Sufi heritage .

It includes a group of vocalists of different styles that love Sufism. The program includes a collection of poems for the poets: Mohiuddin Ben Arabi, Al-Hallaj, Ibn Al-Fardar and others.

The troupe has performed many concerts in various culture places in Egypt and it succeeded in forming a broad public turnout.]]>
8/2/2019 3:38:34 PM
<![CDATA[AISF will witness the participation of Mounir,Zoghbi ]]>
The festival head Ouf Hamam announced the festival details in a press conference held on August 1.

The festival will start its events with a concert to the Lebanese megastar Nawal al Zoghbi on August 22.

A notable group of stars will participate in the prominent festival such as veteran singer Medhat Saleh who will perform on August 25 and the iconic singer Mohamed Mounir who will perform in the festival closing ceremony on August 26.

Mounir recently released his latest song entitled ‘’ Mahmoum’’ ( Careworn) soon.

‘’ Mahmoum’’ is written by Amir Teima, composed by Waleed Saad and distributed by Ahmed Ibrahim.

After 17 years of absence the Egyptian superstar participated in Jerash Festival for Culture and Arts performing a concert on July 27.

Mounir performed at Family Park on the Cairo-Suez road on March 1 to celebrate the release of his latest album "Watan" (Homeland).

Mounir performed as well 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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8/2/2019 3:31:05 PM
<![CDATA[Four ancient Egyptian goddesses on stage with Vitale on August 2]]>
The stage will be designed by four statues of ancient Egyptian goddesses such as Anubis.

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Vitale is a rapper and an independent artist who produces, writes and distributes all his musical works. Currently, the young rapper is considered as one of the most prominent rap icons in the US.

Vitale songs is very popular in the Arab world because it promotes optimism and the vitality of hard work, diligence and fulfiling dreams.

The famed American rapper claimed the seventh place in the Billboard 200, and the fifth place on the R&B/Rap ranking. Vitale also received the Riaa Golden Award for his songs “What They Want” and “Losin’ Control”.

His album “There’s Really a Wolf” was granted the global Platinum award. Vitale’s concert will launch Al Alamain's international concerts of the summer season, which will include the world premiere of Jennifer Lopez on August 9.



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8/2/2019 2:32:46 PM
<![CDATA[Why ‘Casablanca’ achieves the highest revenues in the history of Egyptian cinema ?]]>
“Casablanca” achieved the highest daily income in the history of Egyptian cinema as well, achieving LE 6,721,308 and surpassing the rest of the competing films by far; in addition to the records achieved on the level of Arab cinema revenues, as the film is being screened in Arab and Gulf theaters.

It is noteworthy that "Casablanca" is starring a large group of stars led by Amir Karara, Ghada Adel, EyadNassar, Amr Abdul Jalil, Lebleba, Mahmoud el-Bezzawi and Ahmed Dash.

The film is written by HishamHilal, and the joint production of Talent Media, Synergy Films and Tahir Media Production. It is directed by Peter Mimi and written by HishamHilal.

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

The prove on that is the movie promo that amassed 1 million views within three hours of its release, a record in the history of Egyptian cinema, does a promo that last for one minute and 55 seconds -less than two minutes- is an indicator to the quality of the movie?


This is the main reason why the competition was won by Casablanca before the start of Eid el-Fitr movies marathon.



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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The end of Casablanca was an open one to pave the way for part 2 from the movie which I expect will achieve more success because of the excitement included in the sequence of the events.

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8/2/2019 1:45:45 PM
<![CDATA[Katy Perry and record label hit with $2.7 million copyright judgment]]>
The verdict, reported by Los Angeles City News Service, followed a copyright trial in which Marcus Gray, known as Flame, said the beat in his song “Joyful Noise” was lifted and used in Perry’s single.

The jury last week ruled that the short passage in the two songs was identical.

Perry, who was not in federal court for the damages decision, testified last month that she believed “Dark Horse” was an original work. The song was created by her producers and writers after she was presented with a series of short instrumental passages, the pop star testified.

Her attorney said she would appeal.

“The writers of `Dark Horse’ consider this a travesty of justice,” attorney Christine Lepera told reporters outside the court, City News reported.

“Dark Horse” brought in about $31 million for record label Capitol Records, a unit of Universal Music Group, attorneys for both sides agreed during the trial. Perry earned about $3.2 million.

On Thursday, Capitol Records was ordered to pay $1.2 million in damages to Gray, while Perry was ordered to pay $550,000. Producers and other collaborators on the song were told to pay the balance of the $2.7 million award.




Flame, 37, from St. Louis, Missouri, released his first album in 2004 and has had several hits on the Billboard gospel and Christian charts, but is little known outside of that genre.

Perry, 34, rose to fame in 2008 with the single “I Kissed a Girl” and went on to become one of the best-selling female pop stars in the world. She was also a judge for three seasons of the TV talent show “American Idol.”]]>
8/2/2019 11:47:40 AM
<![CDATA[Know about conditions of acceptance in Arab Music Fest. competition]]>
The festival will be held from November 1 to 12. Director of the festival and competition Gihane Morsy told the press on August 1 that the competition is named after Dr. Ratiba al-Hefni.

The singing department is dedicated to young people from the age of 17 to 35 years; its prizes total up to LE 55,000, and the prizes for children from the age of 6 to 14 years amounts to LE 27,000. The contestants must perform a heritage song and any other song they choose. However, individuals with special needs are exempted from these conditions.

“As for the solo competition on the eastern takht instruments (Flute, Qanun, Oud, Violin, Cello), the contest requires that the age of the applicant should not exceed 35 years, and that the applicant should perform an optional work of a musical compositions that is no less than 10 minutes long, and Takasim for 3 minutes. That is in addition to another work to be selected by the jury and announced before the qualifications week,” resumed Morsy, pointing to allocating LE 55,000 in prizes for the winners.

October 25 was set as the deadline for receiving applications


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8/1/2019 4:45:19 PM
<![CDATA[National Festival of Egyptian Theater to honor Lotfi Labib in its 12th edition]]>
Among its publications, the festival will present a book entitled "Lotfi Labib... The enchanting Comedian" written by Bassem Sadek, in celebration of the comedian whose works positively impacted the artistic scene in Egypt throughout the years.

The festival is also due to honor actress Sawsan Badr, singer Ali el-Haggar, actor Youssef Shaaban, actor Tawfik Abdel Hamid, writer Yousry el-Gendy, director Mohsen Helmy, actress Hala Fakher, writer El-Sayed Hafez, Director of Theatrical Administration in the National Theater
Assem el-Badawy and professor of decoration at the High Institute of Theatrical Arts Abd Rabo Abd Rabo.]]>
8/1/2019 2:37:43 PM
<![CDATA[Puppet shows amaze children in Alexandria Book Exhibition]]>
The Araguz (puppet) shows provide children with much needed lessons in ethics, literature, honesty and love of reading. The exhibition also includes cultural seminars, signing parties and discussion of a variety of books, as well as poetry evenings and concerts performed by people with special needs, all held in Shatby’s Culture Palace.

The exhibition was launched by Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem,Deputy Governor of Alexandria Ahmed Gamal, and Hisham el-Hag, head of the General Egyptian Book Organization.

It is noteworthy that the exhibition is located on an area of 2000 square meters and includes 86 publishers, including sectors of the Ministry of Culture and private publishing houses, in addition to the theater on which the activities associated with the exhibition will be held.

The exhibition is part of the Ministry of Culture's plan to hold book fairs in coastal cities during the summer, and make book prices affordable to all Egyptian citizens.]]>
8/1/2019 2:33:19 PM
<![CDATA[Cultural Production Affairs Sector celebrates Cairo’s 1050 anniversary]]>
The event will be held under the title "Cairo: The Gate to the East and the Mecca of travelers and orientalists" and will be moderated by Yasser Mustafa Osman, director of the Library.

Professor of Islamic history Ayman Fouad Sayed, heritage expert and honorary director of the Center for Documentation of Cultural and Natural Heritage Fathi Saleh and professor of Islamic Archeology at Ain Shams University Mohamed Hossam el-Din Ismail will all give speeches in the ceremony.

An exhibition entitled "Inspired by Cairo" will be held on the sidelines of the symposium, which includes a collection of photographs of Cairo's most important historical landmarks, in addition to another photographic exhibition entitled “Khedivial Cairo” for artist Tarek al-Morri.

Rare maps of Cairo will be displayed for the first time, and historical documentaries on the city will screen as part of the event.]]>
8/1/2019 2:27:18 PM
<![CDATA[Nesma Mahgoub to perform in Damanhur Opera House on Aug. 2]]>
Mahgoub will perform a number of her most popular songs including “Hob Ekhwat” (Siblings love), “Qalby Hora Fe”, among others, in addition to famous Arabic songs such as “Alf Leila wa leila” (1000 nights and nights), “Ahsan Nas” (The best people) and a number of Western songs.

Mahgoub has been associated with music and singing since her childhood, where she started singing at the age of ten and then joined the training at the Egyptian Opera House. The young star started to excel singing in several languages besides mastering playing the piano.

Her real breakthrough to stardom came through her participation in a talent show, where she won the first place after a rigorous competition with a number of participants from different Arab countries; she also succeeded in achieving a wide fan base through her participation in the show.






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8/1/2019 2:16:40 PM
<![CDATA['Rohen fe Zekeibah' sheds light on cleaners]]>
Among the stars participating in the series' first scenes were Mohammed Osama (Os Os) and Hamdy el Merghany. The series revolves around a social comedy by Louay el Sayed. The series is scheduled to be broadcast in the winter season.

Merghany presents his first leading role in television through the series, in cooperation with Mohammed Osama (Os Os), and with the participation of a group of stars, including Entisar, Ahmed Abdullah Mahmoud, Noha Abdeen and Heidi Refaat.

Scriptwriter Louay el-Sayed pointed out that the idea of the series emerged 2 years ago, clarifying that preparations for the series began in 2017, but were interrupted due to considerations related to production.

As for the cooperation between Merghany and Os Os, Sayed said: “There is no doubt that the two are great comedians that make millions laugh. Personally, I am one of their fans. I think that the time is right for them to play leading roles, especially that they both enjoy great chemistry. During the series, both stars play the roles of brothers, and I am very excited to work with them.”


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7/31/2019 4:58:53 PM
<![CDATA[U.S. rapper A$AP Rocky kicked and punched me, teenager tells Swedish court]]>
The 30-year-old performer, producer and model, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, pleaded not guilty to a charge of assault on the first day of a trial that prompted U.S. President Donald Trump to intervene on the artist’s behalf.

Mayer was detained on July 3 in connection with a street brawl on June 30 and later charged with assault causing actual bodily harm.

Outlining his case using videos from security cameras and witnesses’ mobile phones, prosecutor Daniel Suneson said that following an altercation in central Stockholm, Mayers threw 19-year-old Mustafa Jafari to the ground, after which he and two of his entourage kicked and punched him.

The prosecutor said a bottle was used to hit Jafari, who suffered cuts and bruises.

Jafari told the court he was pushed and grabbed by the neck by Mayers’ bodyguard outside a restaurant and followed the rapper’s group to get back his headphones. He said he was then hit on the head with a bottle and kicked and punched while on the ground.

“We did not want to fight,” Jafari said. “I said to them I was a nice guy, not a bad guy. I did not touch any of these three.”

PRISON CLOTHES

Earlier, Mayers’ lawyer told the judge his client, sitting in prison clothes of a green T-shirt and trousers, pleaded not guilty to the charge of assault and had acted in self defense.

“Rakim Mayers thought that these people .. were attacking his bodyguard and it is on those grounds he subsequently acts,” lawyer Slobodan Jovicic told the court.

Mayers will be questioned when the trial resumes on Thursday.

Mayers has said Jafari provoked him and his two companions, who are also charged with assault and pleaded not guilty. If convicted at the Stockholm district court, they could face up to two years in jail.

The case has drawn huge media attention, forcing the trial to be moved to a secure courtroom where more than 50 journalists as well as Mayers’ mother watched proceedings.

Mayers’ detention before his trial prompted angry responses from fans and other celebrities, including Kim Kardashian and Rod Stewart.

Trump had asked Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven to help free Mayers, and tweeted messages saying he was disappointed in Lofven and demanding: “Treat Americans fairly!”

Trump had said he would personally vouch for Mayers’ bail. Sweden does not have a bail system.

Sweden’s judiciary is independent of the political system and Lofven has said he will not influence the rapper’s case.

U.S. diplomat Robert C. O’Brien was in court at the request of the White House.

“One of the most important tasks of the Department of State and U.S. embassies and consulates abroad is to provide assistance to U.S. citizens who are detained abroad,” a spokeswoman at the U.S. Embassy in Stockholm said.

Swedish fan Ivan Waliullah said: “I’m here to show support,” adding he thought the three were being charged unfairly.

Mayers, best known for his song “Praise the Lord”, was in Stockholm for a concert. He has canceled several shows across Europe due to his detention.

Before his arrest, Mayers uploaded videos on Instagram of the moments before the alleged assault, saying two men were following his team and he did not want any trouble.

Mayers shot to fame with his 2011 debut “Live.Love.A$AP”. His latest album “Testing” reached No. 4 on the Billboard 200 charts on its release last year.

The trial could run into a third day on Friday. The verdict is expected at a later date.]]>
7/31/2019 4:55:58 PM
<![CDATA["Maktobli Aghanelak' to launch in Alexandria on Aug. 1]]>
The play will be launched on Mohamed Abdel Wahab Theater in Alexandria on August 1. It is a comedy show that consists of numerous songs and dances.

Director of the play Abdel Moneim Mohamed said the play sheds light on the field of singing and music in recent years. It revolves around the older generation's rejection of what is being presented by the younger generations in singing and music. However, in the end, the two sides agree that the new generation's music best represents them, provided that they select appropriate lyrics that are deemed acceptable by society.

“Maktobli Aghanelak” (I am destined to sing for you) is the production of “Under 18” band, headed by artist Walid Taha. The play is starring Iman Bahr Darwish, Sherin, Safaa Galal, Wael Alaa, Mustafa Abdel Salam, Fathi Saad, Mahmoud Turki, Marwa Gamal, Mohamed Magdy, Zaki Lugo and Hamza Khater. It is written by Hassan Abdul Salam, and directed by Abdel Moneim Mohamed.



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7/31/2019 3:59:30 PM
<![CDATA[Naguib Mahfouz caricature exhibition to be launched Aug. 4]]>
The exhibition will be entitled "Naguib Mahfouz - World Paintings ". The caricature exhibition will be launched on August 4 at 7 p.m. in the Museum of the world-famous writer in Tekeyet Abul Dahab next to Al-Azhar Mosque.

The exhibition includes personal portraits of Mahfouz painted by 40 artists from different countries including: Cuba, South Africa, Kenya, Saudi Arabia, China, Japan, Brazil, Russia, Morocco, and Spain, in addition to the paintings of Egyptian artists.

It should be noted that these works were presented at the sixth session of the International Caricature Forum, which was established by the Egyptian Cartoon Society at Prince Taz Palace, in cooperation with the Fund Sector.

Following the opening, musical compositions of the most famous soundtracks of the cinematic and television works of the legendary Mahfouz will be presented.

Part of the participating paintings:

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7/31/2019 3:15:16 PM
<![CDATA[Learn about the archaeological building discovered in Sinai]]>
Head of the Egyptian Antiquities Sector Ayman Ashmawy stated that the building is built of red bricks and limestone, and is about 2,500 square meters. It has a rectangular shape from the outside with circular strips from the inside. It has a main gate on the eastern side that flows to the main street of the ancient city of Belozium, a part of which was revealed during the excavations this season.
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As for the interior design of the building, Head of the Central Department of Antiquities in Lower Egypt Nadia Khader said that it consists of the remains of three circular stands that were used for sitting; the thickness of each stand is 60 cm. It is built of red brick and coated with marble. At the middle of the third stand, the mission found the remains of parts of the foundations of the main building, which is rectangular and constructed of red brick. The mission was also able to identify parts of the city's old streets.

Director General of the Antiquities of North Sinai Hisham Hussein said that during the fifth and sixth centuries AD, the building was used as a quarry where stones, bricks and columns were taken from their original places to be used in constructing other buildings in later periods within the city. The mission found during excavations in the region the remains of columns and pillars of columns, as well as crowns, tassels and tiles of Mosaic and colored mortar; all were extracted from their original places in the discovered building.



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7/31/2019 3:10:17 PM
<![CDATA[Hany Shaker, head of Musician’s Syndicate]]>
The Syndicate’s Council election was won by singer Nadia Mustafa, who garnered 1049 votes, in addition to Alaa Salama (944 votes), Ahmad Ramadan (1053 votes), Mohammad Abul Yazid (1103 votes), Helmi Abdul Baqi (748 votes), Mansour Mohamed Kamel, Khaled Mohamed Bayoumi el-Sayed, Atef Emam, Mohamed Sobhi, Ahmed Mohamed Mohamed Abul Magd and Mostafa Helmy.

Candidates for the Board of Directors membership include 45 members: Mostafa Helmy Ibrahim, Hassan Fekry Abdullah, Dawood Mohamed Samir Ghali, Ali Abdel Halim Ali Abdel Salam, Sayed Gouda Ahmed Mubarak, Atef Imam Fahmy, Mohsen Sayed Ahmed Morsi,Mahmoud Khaled Saqr, Asim Ahmed Ibrahim El Miniaoui, Mohamed Farouq el Shafei, Mohamed Abdellah Ahmed Mohamed, Walid Ahmed Abdel Ghaffar Allam, Mohamed Hassan Awad, Born Abu Muslim, Amr Kamel Mohamed Kamel Sheha, Khaled Abd El Farag Abdel Halim, Helmy Mohamed Ali Abdel Baki, Mustafa Mohamed el Sayed El Khalil, Zaid Mohammed Mustafa, Reda Ragab Hassanein, Sayed Samman Mohamed Anwar, Mustapha Abdulla Mustafa Dagher, Adel Mohamed Mustafa, Asrar Kamal Mohamed Bashir, Mohamed el Said Omar Khouly, Khaled Abdel Moneim Taha, Ayman Amin Abdel Latif, Adly Yaqout Hassan Nour el Din, Mohamed Sobhy Ali, Ayman Mohamed Samir Salem, Alaa Sayed Ahmed Salama, Nadia Mostafa Ali Bayoumi, Mansour Mohamed Kamal Bayoumi, Mohamed el Sayed Mohamed Tantawy, Ahmed Mohamed Mohamed Abul Magd, Wafa Hussein Wafa Ali, Mahmoud Abdel Fattah Mohamed el Tayeb, Mohamed Abou el Yazid el Ghonaimi, and others.






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7/31/2019 2:09:36 PM
<![CDATA["Hawadit el Araguz” performed in Alexandria starting July 30]]>
The play will stage in Alexandria Summer Book exhibition starting July 30 at 7 p.m. for ten days, free of charge.
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“Hawadit Al Araguz” is written by Randa Ibrahim and directed by Mohsen el Azzab; poetry is written by Khamis Ezz el-Arab. The play is starring Adel Khalaf, Mahmoud Amer, Randa Qutb, Adel el Koumi, Magdi Obaid, Mustafa Abdel Fattah, Khaled Najeeb, Mohammed Basioni, Hamza Abdullah and Adel Madi.

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7/31/2019 1:50:04 PM
<![CDATA[New dispute between Assala, Ahlam emerges on Twitter]]>
The story of this dispute began when Ahlam congratulated Assala for her new song at the time "Bent Akaber”, through a post on social media. However, Assala did not reply back to Ahlam’s post, which made Ahlam delete the post entirely.

The clash between the two singers ended with Ahlam blocking Assala on Twitter. This clash caused a great dispute among the fans of both stars on social media.

The beginning of the dispute happened when Assala wished Kuwaiti media personality Fagr el-Saeed a speedy recovery, as she was going through a health crisis. Assala affirmed in her post that she holds no hate for Saeed in her heart.

Ahlam appeared out of nowhere and posted “This is what I always say to Saeed about you, and how kind hearted you are, which is why I love you endlessly. Thank you for your kind words to Saeed, which reflects what a great person you are.”

Assala then replied to Ahlam’’s post on Twitter saying “Halouma (nickname for Ahlam) I know and am sure of how much you love me. Halouma I am so tired of the fights and reconciliation between us for almost a quarter century. Anyways, God bless you always and bless all those with kind hearts and I wish every ill person a speedy recovery.”

After Assala’s reply to Ahlam, the Emirati star then deleted her previous post thanking Assala. This caused confusion to both their fans on social media as there was no clear reason for that. This provoked Assala’s fans which attacked Ahlam fiercely on Twitter.

The attack on Ahlam made her “block” Assala and publicly announce that she did. Emirati singer Ahlam did not only block Assala, she also used profane words in her comment directed at Assala.

People in the Arab world have enough problems in their lives and do not need celebrities, who are supposed to be good examples and idols, to display their disputes. Acting in such a way can have its negative influence on teens and adults alike.

Celebrities are supposed to preach good manners, tolerance and love. However, in the modern days, celebrities can sometimes become the source of trouble!


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7/30/2019 5:11:58 PM
<![CDATA[Assala to release ‘ Fe Orbak’ album in August]]>
Assala participated in "Welad Rezk Part 2" as a guest of honour in her first acting experience.

The much anticipated sequel stars Ahmed Ezz, Amr Youssef, Ahmed Dawood, Ahmed el-Fishawi, Mohammed Mamdouh and Karim Qasim. It is written by Salah al-Jehini, directed by Tarek el-Erian, and produced by Raw Production Company.

Part 1 was released in 2014 and achieved great success; it revolved around four brothers who lead a life of crime, each with a special character, with Ahmed Ezz as the mastermind.

In Part 2, the brothers are trying to keep up with a covenant to stay off the path of crime, until a sudden development turns their lives upside down, bringing about serious confrontations with notorious criminals.

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

Assala was born on May 15, 1969 in Damascus, Syria to a middle class couple. Mostafa Nasri, Assala's father, was a revered composer and singer. She began her musical career by performing patriotic, religious and children's songs when she was 4 years old.

In 1986, Mostafa Nasri died after suffering from internal bleeding caused by a car accident. Aged 17, Assala helped care for her siblings, Reem, Amani, Ayman and Ayham with her mother.

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

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

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

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

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

The famous Syrian singer won the Best Arab Singer award from Dear Guest Awards. Nasri received the award on her album “Mohtama bel Tafaseel” (Concerned with Details), released in 2017.
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7/30/2019 3:54:14 PM
<![CDATA[Omar Khairat to perform 2 concerts in Bibliotheca Alexandrina ]]>
The renowned composer and pianist was born in Alexandria and raised in a family of musicians. He began his career in 1959 as a pianist.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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7/30/2019 3:34:41 PM
<![CDATA[Ramy Sabry to perform in North Coast on August 2]]>
Sabry will release his new album "Faree’ Maak" (Do you care?), which includes 12 songs, on August 1. The album’s songs include “Betaa Banat” (Lady’s man), “Ana Baba” (I am daddy), “Hawel Tensany” (Try to forget me), “Qolt eli Andi” (I said what I have), “Howa fe Keda?” (Never seen anything like that), “Ana baatereflak” (I am admitting), among others.

In his new album, Sabry collaborated with a group of poets including Amir Teama, Ahmed Ali Moussa, Tamer Hussein, Hala Ali and Hany Ragab. Among the composers are Aziz el-Shafei, Madeeh and Shadi Hassan.

Sabry also composed a few songs of his new album including “Agabi” and “Faree’ Maak”.

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7/30/2019 3:31:11 PM
<![CDATA[Mohamed Mohsen to perform in the Summer Festival on August 9]]>
Mohsen will participate for the first time in the 55th edition of Hammamet International Festival in Tunisia with a concert that is scheduled to take place on August 4.

Mohsen is scheduled to present in the concert his most famous songs which include “Fe Albi Makan”, “Hodnak Haya”, “Zay Aghani Zman”, "Habat el-Nada”, and “Habayib Zaman".

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

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

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

He also participated in the TV series “Zay El Ward” (Like Flowers), singing in some segments of the show. Mohsen is married to famed Egyptian actress Heba Magdy.
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7/30/2019 3:09:24 PM
<![CDATA[Fulbright offers research opportunities for Egyptian art, heritage professionals]]>
The program provides opportunities for faculty members of universities and researchers in Egyptian research centers and institutes to conduct post-doctoral research in America. It also provides professionals working in the department of arts and heritage with opportunities to conduct research and participate in academic programs to strengthen their administrative and organizational capacities.

The conditions of admission stipulate that the applicant must be Egyptian living in Egypt from the date of submission to the program through the selection process and pre-travel procedures, to the date of travel, and to have a doctorate degree. Applicants from the department of arts and heritage must also hold a bachelor’s degree. Applicants must have excellent command of English.

The post-doctoral research grants cover all majors except clinical research in human medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine and any other specialties. The grant includes research costs, accommodation, health insurance and accommodation expenses. The deadline for submission is August 22, 2019.



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7/30/2019 3:00:29 PM
<![CDATA['Mafia' amasses 140M views on YouTube]]>"Thank god 140 million views in 7 months," Ramadan stated on his official Facebook account.
Ramadan launched on July 18 on his official YouTube channel a video of his latest song, "Ensay", which is a duet performed with Moroccan star Saad Lamjarred.

Director Hossam al-Husseini stated that working with Ramadan and Lamjarred is a totally different experience, as each of them has his presence, tools and audience, adding that the “video clip had to be unique in order to be attractive to the audience.”

He pointed out that the video was filmed in the streets of Paris, France and in one of the French palaces to add an archaeological element to the dazzling movements of the stars to rhythm of the song.

The song is a blend of rap and oriental music. Husseini said in a press statement that the video has become the No. 1 trend in Egypt, the Arab region and most of the countries of Europe, North America and Southeast Asia.

The director also stated that the video clip mounted the third place in the list of the most watched videos on YouTube worldwide during the first 24 hours, capturing 24 Million views in the first three days to remain the leading Arab most watched video.

Ramadan started his career with small roles in TV series like “The Cindrella" until he had his big chance in YousryNasrallah's “EhkyYaSharazad” (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” 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.

Famed international star Jean-Claude Van Damme previously praised Egyptian actor Mohamed Ramadan in a video published by Ramadan on his official Instagram account, after the two actors collaborated together in an advertisement.

"Hey, Mohamed Ramadan, how are you? It was great working with you. I appreciate your kindness. You're a great actor, good face, good body and one day maybe we will work together, we'll see, inshallah," the famed actor and kickboxing star said in the video.

Ramadan partcipated in the last Ramadan marathon with his latest series "Zelzal" alongside Hala Shiha, Hanady Mehana, Maged el Masry Ahmed Seyam, Nesrine Amin, Youssef Osman, among others.

In "Zelzal", Ramadan performs the role of both the father and son, an experience he previously succeeded in, in the series “Nesr El Saeed” 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 instalments and the last instalment 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 the production of Synergy.


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7/30/2019 12:00:00 PM
<![CDATA[4 steps to ensure acceptance in El Gouna platform accreditation]]>
Egypt Today presents the four steps to ensure acceptance of accreditation:

1 The following documents shall be submitted with the application for electronic submission which include a file of the institution at which the applicant is enrolled, a short biography and a personal photo. If the applicant is accepted, an electronic confirmation letter will be sent to the email address provided by the applicant in the application for accreditation.

2 Paying the admission fee which is $ 40 (LE 700). Fees can be paid at the time the credit is received.

3 The festival retains the right to refuse accreditation and applicants who are not accepted will be notified.

4 Accreditation is only usable by one individual.

El Gouna Platform aims to provide a creative space for people, and cinemas, and is an integral part of Gouna Film Festival. The platform is effective and directed to the film industry, created to develop and empower Arab filmmakers, and to assist them in finding the necessary technical and financial support.

El Gouna Film Platform offers two initiatives, “CineGouna Platform” and “Gouna Cinema Bridge”, which, in addition to financial awards, offer diverse learning opportunities through filmmaking workshops, panel discussions, round tables and lectures for industry experts.

El Gouna Film Festival grants US $ 175,000 to the winning projects in the development stage, and post-production films. The awards are provided by El Gouna Film Festival, its partners and sponsors.

The mission of El Gouna Film Festival is to showcase a diverse selection of films for a passionate and knowledgeable audience and to foster better communication between different cultures through the art of filmmaking.

Its goal is to connect filmmakers from the region with their international counterparts in the spirit of cooperation and cultural exchange through the presentation of the finest recent cinematic productions.

The festival is committed to the discovery of new voices and strives to be a catalyst for the development of Cinema in the Arab World, particularly through its industry segment, CineGouna Platform.
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7/30/2019 11:30:00 AM
<![CDATA[‘Youm an Katalo el-Genaa’ to stage at Taliaa Theatre on July 29]]>The play was first displayed in 2017 and achieved a booming success.

"Youm an Katalo el-Genaa’" presents the struggle between two brothers in their quest for the cause of existence and mysteries of the universe.
It examines the conflict between the spirit of tolerance and love on the one hand, with fanaticism and hatred on the other.

The play is composed by Mahmoud Gamal and directed by Tamer Karam, starring Alaa Quqa, Yasser Sadek, Hamada Shousha, Taha Khalifa, among others.
The play opened on March 30, 2017 and was awarded the first-place prize at the 10th edition of the National Festival of Egyptian Theatre.

“Youm an Katalo el-Ghena” is one of the most unique and varied plays that continues to prove successful for the second consecutive year. Prominent theatrical critics Azza Heikal, Ahmed Khamis, Yasmine Farrag and Rana Abdel Kawy chose it to be one of the best four plays in 2017.
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7/29/2019 4:15:56 PM
<![CDATA[Cinema Palace screens 'Damascus Aleppo' on July 28]]>CAIRO - 29 July 2019: Cinema Palace will screen the film “Damascus Aleppo” by Bassel al-Khatib on July 28, within the program of the Mediterranean Cinema Club, followed by a seminar run by critic Amir Abaza.

The film revolves around Issa Abdullah, a former host and an introvert. Abdullah lives in isolation from events happening in Damascus, while his daughter is under siege in Aleppo, until the siege is broken and Aleppo is free. He visits his daughter and monitors through this journey the devastating impact of the war on people.

The film stars Duraid Lahham, Kenda Hanna, Shakran Murtaja, Nizli al Rawas, Salma al-Masri and Tarik Abdo. It is written by Talid el khatib and directed by Basel el Khatib. The film first screened in 2018.


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7/29/2019 4:12:25 PM
<![CDATA[Samira Said, Ragheb Alama join jury of 5th season of 'The Voice']]>
A statement issued by MBC clarified that Emirati singer Ahlam and Egyptian singer Mohammad Hamaki are still among the Arab celebrities appearing in the fifth season of the program. Additionally, Lebanese star Ragheb Alama and Moroccan star Samira Saeed will participate in the program’s fifth season.

The program will be presented by Yasser al-Saqqaf and Nardeen Farag. "The voice" will be directed by Janan Manadour.

"The voice" is an entertainment program focusing on discovering new singing talents. The competition is fierce as the coaches go head-to-head to passionately mentor, inspire and nurture a fresh group of vocal artists from all over the Arab world. Some of the industry's biggest names also serve as advisers, offering their professional creative insights and adding to the fun.
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7/29/2019 2:53:46 PM
<![CDATA[GEBO prepares to participate in Belgrade Book Fair]]>
Ali clarified to the press that GEBO hired the same company, which was responsible for organizing the Cairo International Book Exhibition in the previous edition, to implement the Egyptian pavilion at the Belgrade fair.

Ali further pointed out that the Egyptian section in the Belgrade Book Fair is set to include publications from different sectors of the Ministry of Culture, including the General Egyptian Book Organization, the National Center for Translation, the General Authority for Culture Palaces, the Supreme Council of Culture and the Cultural Development Fund. This is in addition to the establishment of a cultural salon, and a section dedicated to the display of plastic art paintings.

The General Egyptian Book Organization participated for the first time in Belgrade International Book Fair in 2018. Egypt was chosen as the guest of honor of the exhibition in 2019, which will open doors for the participation of Egyptian publishers in the coming years.


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7/29/2019 2:07:31 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian Hollywood star Mena Massoud to attend GIFF's 3rd edition]]>
Massoud grabbed the world's attention after being chosen by director Guy Ritchie to play the title role in "Aladdin" which achieved booming success. The film’s worldwide box office revenues exceeded $724 million, which is more than three times its $183 million budget.

Massoud along with Will Smith and Naomi Scott promoted "Aladdin" which screened in Jordan on May 24. Massoud, Smith and Scott also attended the premiere of the live-action remake of the 1992 classic "Aladdin" in London on May 9.

Born in Egypt to Egyptian parents, and raised in Canada, Massoud worked hard to reach this opportunity. He prepared for his role by getting more into fitness. This is clear in the photos he added to his Instagram account, showing the tough training he went through at the gym.

“I grew up in a culturally different household; my parents saw certain things differently than other people. I went to schools that had a significantly large Caucasian population and I feel very fortunate because I was able to compare that perspective with my family’s. It allowed me to create a wider world view on things. Also, 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".

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

"The competition may be less, some people would say, but the amount of work is less as well.

However, I think the industry is growing more and more and starting to support actors of all cultural backgrounds," declared Massoud in his interview with Defective Geeks.

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

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

Massoud has starred in over eight movies so far: "What Happens Next", "Americanistan", "Let’s Rap", "Ordinary Days", "Masters in Crime", "Final Exam", "Aladdin" and "Strange But True".

Massoud previously posted a video on his official Facebook page in which he was speaking Arabic addressing his Arabic viewers, asking them to watch the movie. He expressed in the video how proud he is of being part of a Disney project.

The video revealed clearly how Massoud is proud of his Egyptian origins as he ended the video by saying "Long live Egypt".

Aladdin source was anonymous until French writer Antoine Galland included it into his 18th-century translation of "1001 Nights", announcing that he heard the tale from a Syrian storyteller. The original story of Aladdin was set in China, and was transformed into a Middle Eastern story by storytellers.

"Aladdin" includes new songs as well as re-recordings of the original songs written by Alan Menken and lyricists Howard Ashman and Tim Rice.



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7/29/2019 1:54:32 PM
<![CDATA[Museum of Royal Vehicles to launch in September]]>
Abul Ela further stated that the sector is almost finished with the electro-mechanic works.

The Royal Vehicles Museum is one of the most significant Egyptian museums. It includes a number of royal vehicles belonging to Mohammed Ali's family. Khedive Ismail was the first to think about constructing a building that included khedive vehicles and horses.

The Royal Vehicles Museum, located on July 26 Street, features a group of rare Khedive royal vehicles, which were used by the Alawite family in occasions such as concerts or weddings. It also contains all car and horse accessories used in that era.
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The Royal Vehicle Museum contains a large courtyard that was designed to prepare the vehicles for the Khedive and the royal family. The building also features a facade of an outstanding architecture, as well as geometric patterns and models of horse heads.

The Royal Vehicle Museum was home to nearly 78 royal cars of exceptional historical value. Some of the vehicles were gifts from European countries to former rulers from the era of Khedive Ismail until the era of King Farouk, amounting to 22 cars in total.

Among the important cars displayed in the museum are the car given by Napoleon III and Queen Eugenie to Khedive Ismail at the opening of the Suez Canal in 1869, which Khedive Ismail later used in his wedding, and the car used by the queen during the opening of the Parliament.

The museum does not only house historical vehicles, it also houses two wooden displays, which include clothes that were used in special ceremonies, in addition to a rare collection of engineering drawings.


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7/29/2019 1:43:11 PM
<![CDATA[Hosny to perform in North Coast on August 1]]>
Earlier, Hosny performed a concert at Family Park on June 7, in addition to a charity concert at the Russian University on May 4. The yields of Hosny’s concert were fully dedicated to the Cancer hospital in Fayoum.

On April 6, Hosny received the Murex D’or award for best male Arab singer in Lebanon.

It is worth mentioning that Hosny's latest song “Naseny Laih” amassed 50 million views on his official YouTube channel. The song 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 "Aish Beshouak" achieved great success.

Hosny announced that he will release his upcoming movie "Beirut-Cairo" in Eid el-Adha. The movie stars Zeina, Khaled el-Sawy, Aicha Ben Ahmed, Ahmed Fathy and Mohamed Sarwat. Written by Mohamed Abdel Maty and directed by Said el-Marouk, the movie was originally titled "Kol Sana W Enta Tayeb".

Hosny is a singer, songwriter, composer and actor. He began his musical career in 2002. 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.


His latest movie “El-Badla” (The Suit) which was released in Eid El-Fitr achieved 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 the Egyptian cinema.

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, 2018.

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

Hosny attracted the largest audience in his concert in Khobar Festival.

The star was the first Arab pop singer to perform a concert in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on March 30, 2018. The concert witnessed the attendance of thousands of Saudis, about 90 percent of whom were women.

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.

Also, Hosny performed in the opening ceremony of Abu Dhabi 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games 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 this event as it is considered the most important Arab event in the current period.



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7/29/2019 1:36:57 PM
<![CDATA[French consul in Alex admires Egyptian art]]>
During a visit to the Mahmoud Saeed museums center in Alexandria, she hailed the skills of Egyptian Artist Mahmoud Saeed.

She also lauded the works of brothers Adham and Seif Wanli for their creativity in blending Egyptian and European arts.]]>
7/29/2019 12:07:31 PM
<![CDATA[Soundtrack Orchestra rocks Roman Theater in Alexandria]]>
The concert was led by Mohammed Barakat and included a variety of distinct soundtracks of Egyptian and international series and films.

The orchestra presented the soundtracks of the films “El-Aydi al-Naema” (soft hands) by late composer Ali Ismail, “Shams el-Zanati” by Hani Shenouda, “Hata Akher el-omr” (Until my last days) by late composer Omar Khourshid, “Arees Min Geha Amneya” (A husband from an authoritarian entity) by Amro Abu Zekra, “Hamam in Amsterdam” and “Toyour el zalam” (Birds of the night) by Khaled Hamad, “Hawanem Garden City” by Rageh Dawoud, in addition to the soundtracks of some international films including "Rocky", "Mission Impossible" and "Brave Heart".

The Soundtrack Orchestra was founded by artist Mohammed Barakat and pianist Amir Awad in 2018 in order to present soundtracks of prominent Arab and foreign films and series. The orchestra includes a large group of young academic musicians.



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7/29/2019 12:00:50 PM
<![CDATA['Welad Rezk Part 2' witnesses Assala's 1st acting experience]]>
The much anticipated sequel stars Ahmed Ezz, Amr Youssef, Ahmed Dawood, Ahmed el-Fishawi, Mohammed Mamdouh and Karim Qasim. It is written by Salah al-Jehini, directed by Tarek el-Erian, and produced by Raw Production Company.

Part 1 was released in 2014 and achieved great success; it revolved around four brothers who lead a life of crime, each with a special character, with Ahmed Ezz as the mastermind.

In Part 2, the brothers are trying to keep up with a covenant to stay off the path of crime, until a sudden development turns their lives upside down, bringing about serious confrontations with notorious criminals.

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

Assala was born on May 15, 1969 in Damascus, Syria to a middle class couple. Mostafa Nasri, Assala's father, was a revered composer and singer. She began her musical career by performing patriotic, religious and children's songs when she was 4 years old.

In 1986, Mostafa Nasri died after suffering from internal bleeding caused by a car accident. Aged 17, Assala helped care for her siblings, Reem, Amani, Ayman and Ayham with her mother.

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

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

She quickly cemented her presence in the Arab world's growing industry brimming with singers like Angham, Najwa Karam, Latifa, and Abdel Majeed Abdullah.
Nasri, 48-years-old, is one of the most popular singers in the Arab world and is famous for her strong, melodious voice. Since the beginning of the Syrian Civil war in 2011, Nasri supported the Syrian rebels and strongly opposed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

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

The famous Syrian singer won the Best Arab Singer award from Dear Guest Awards. Nasri received the award on her album “Mohtama bel Tafaseel” (Concerned with Details), released in 2017.


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7/28/2019 5:08:58 PM
<![CDATA['El Feel-el Azra’a'achieves revenues of LE 12.3M in 3 days]]>
The long-awaited film promo has recorded more than 9 million views, and was met with an enthusiastic interaction from the anticipating audience.

Famed Egyptian actor Karim Abdel Aziz appears in the promo fighting with beloved star Nelly Karim, stirring a lot of curiosity about the events of the new movie.

Part 2 stars the same cast of the first movie, led by director Marwan Hamed and author Ahmed Mourad. Tunisian actress HendSabry and Asma Sherif Mounir also join the cast, along with Zafer el-Abdeen and Eyad Nassar as guests of honor.

Produced by Synergy, the sequel follows a huge success of the first part, which grossed more than LE35 million when released in 2014, a record number in the last decade in Egyptian cinema.

The first movie tells the story of Yehia, a psychiatrist who returns to Al-Abbasiya mental hospital after 5years of self-imposed isolation, where he meets an old friend with a dark past and uncovers many surprises that turn his life upside down.

The events develop in a drama, horror, mystery context. Part 2 takes place 5 years later, as Dr. Yehia has married Lobna, played by Karim, and is summoned to the Department of Dangerous Cases.

The films are adapted from Ahmed Mourad's best-selling book of the same name that was released in 2012. The book was shortlisted for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF) in 2014.
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7/28/2019 4:13:50 PM
<![CDATA[Hend Sabry, 1st Arab woman to be chosen as jury member in VIFF]]>

It is worth mentioning that Venice Film Festival is the world’s oldest film festival.

"I am proud to be one of the jury members of Venice Film Festival and I feel more proud that veteran directorsEmir Kusuricaand Antoinette Liowill be the jury presidents.
I am happy this participation coincides with the screening of my movie 'El-Feel-el Azra’a(The Blue Elephant) Part 2' which achieved huge success in all the Arab countries.

I wish to be a good Arab ambassador in the oldest festival in the world and one of the three most important festivals in the world," stated Sabry on her official Instagram account.

Born in 1979 in Kebli, Tunisia, Sabry studied law and completed a master’s degree in intellectual property and copyright law in 2004, but by then, she had already been acting for about a decade.

She started her acting career in 1994 with the Tunisian film "Samt El Qosour" (The Silence of the Palaces) and starred in "The Season of Men" in 2000.Both movies were directed by MoufidaTlatli.

She was then introduced to the Egyptian cinema by Inasel-Deghedy in 2001 with the film "MozakeratMorahka" (The Diary of a Teenager), co-starring alongside Ahmed Ezz.

Over the years,Sabry has worked on movies and dramas tackling the difficulties and stigma facing people, especially women, and she serves as the World Food Program’s regional ambassador.

The star has received numerous awards for her cinematic career, artistic achievements and her role in tackling key social issues, including an award by the America Abroad Media organization in Washington.

Sabry got married in 2008 and has been blessed with two daughters, Alia and Laila, who are now 6 and 4, respectively.

Her fans know her as a down-to-earth actress who emits strength, intellect, positivity and character.

Her versatile performance skills have garnered her huge pan-Arab following in a short period of time.

She is the youngest-ever actress to walk away with the FatenHamama award, being named the most influential Arab actress by Forbes Middle East.

Sabry participated in two successful movies this year, "El-Mamar" (The Passage) and ‘’El-Feel-el-Azra’a part 2".
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7/28/2019 3:12:57 PM
<![CDATA[ Global Music Awards grants Ibrahim Shamil Silver Medal Award]]>
The organization holds an annual competition through its digital platform, with nearly 1.2 million followers to choose the best music from about 100 countries. Shamil expressed his happiness with the award, saying “It is surely a great honor to win this award as it carries numerous meanings, the most important of which that young musicians are able to present works and melodies that can achieve international successes and awards."

He pointed out that the soundtrack of the series “La MusikaFelAhmadi” was inspired by the events of the dramatic work that tells the history of the city of Ahmadi. Shamil added that besides the award, the digital platform will display the winning works for its followers so that theyget toacquainted withdifferent musical colors from around the world. It is noteworthy that Shamil composed the soundtrack for many Egyptian, Kuwaiti, and Emirati films and series.


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7/28/2019 2:28:37 PM
<![CDATA[Film Festival held for 1st time in Jerash Festival ]]>
During the previous editions of the festival, singing concerts were performed by prominentArab singers, making the festival one of the most important singing events held in the Arab region. The Film Festival’s events ran for a week and included screening short feature films and film trips lead by artists participating in the Jerash Festival. The festival’s opening took place on July 18 and was attended by Jordan’s prime minister, Jordanian minister of culture,in addition to a large number of senior officials.

At the opening ceremony of the festival, numerous cinema and drama stars were honored, including the cast of the Egyptian series “AbouGabal”. The cast includes Mostafa Shaaban, producer HossamShawki (representing Synergy productions), director Ahmed Saleh, TarekLotfi, GamalSoliman and Jordanian stars EyadNassar and MuntherRihaneh.

Among the honorees in the festival’s opening ceremony were Rogina, Madeleine Tabar, Salma el Masry and AmiraNayef, in addition to Head of the Acting Syndicate Ashraf Zaki, Head of the Arab Actors Syndicate MosaadFouda and Jordainian director GalalTeama, among others. The judging committee of the short feature films screening in the festival includesTarek Abdul Aziz, Madeleine Tabar, Jordanian AbeerIssa, Omani director Khalid al Zadjali and Jordanian artist Amal al Dabbas.

For his part, director of Jerash Festival of Culture and Arts AymanSamawi said: “The ancient city is hosting a festival of cinema, within the general festival headed by Ayman Abdel Moti, a step that carries boldness and vision, and the capability to employ the place andadd a new tributary tothe festival.”

At the opening ceremony of the film festival, a documentary film about Jordanian film critic Hassan Abu Ghunaimah–aka “Cinema Lover” - screened. The documentary was directed by Rami Abdel Moti and included meetings with his family, his colleagues and his students toshed light on the humane side of his life, and the great impact he left on the Jordanian cultural scene.


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7/28/2019 1:27:42 PM
<![CDATA[Maged el-Masry honored in Jerash Festival of Culture and Arts]]>
Prior to the honoring, Jordanian star Munther Rihanna presented Masry to the audience. Masry’s honoring came on the sidelines of the first edition of the Short Films Festival for Cinema, which is held by Jerash Festival of Culture and Arts. Masry was honored before the appearance of Egyptian Mega star Mohamed Mounir, and after the singing performance of Jordanian singer Jihad Sarkis.

After Mounir’s performance, Jerash Festival's 34th edition came to an end. Numerous stars from the Arab World participated in the festival’s 34th edition, including Nancy Agram, WaelKafouri, Diana Karzoun, LotfyBushnaq, in addition to a wide number of Jordanian singers.



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7/28/2019 1:25:10 PM
<![CDATA['Transparent' musical finale aims for upbeat send-off after star's exit]]>
Series creator Jill Soloway told reporters on Saturday that turning to song and dance allowed the show to return with a fresh take and an upbeat ending despite the heavy subject matter and on-set turmoil. The finale will debut on Amazon Prime Video on Sept. 27.

“Making it into a musical in some ways just rescued it from being overly serious,” Soloway said at a Television Critics Association event. “We didn’t want to tell a story of Maura’s death that was a complete mourning, that was a sad farewell.”

The format also offered the cast “our chance to heal together” after Tambor’s exit, Soloway said.

“We had to find our way back to joy,” Soloway said, “and the musical allowed us to do that.”

“Transparent” broke barriers when it debuted in 2014 with its use of transgender actors and portrayal of the transgender community. Tambor played the lead role of Maura Pfefferman, a divorced father who transitions to a woman late in life, through four seasons.

The actor, who won two Emmys and a Golden Globe for the role, was cut from the show in February 2018 after two people who worked on the series accused him of sexual harassment. Tambor has called the allegations false.

“Transparent” stars Judith Light as Shelly Pfefferman, the ex-wife of Maura and the mother to three children played by Jay Duplass, Amy Landecker and Gaby Hoffman.

The series was based on Soloway’s own family, the creator has said. Soloway’s sister, Faith Soloway, wrote the music for the final episode, which she said was pulled from songs she had been writing about the family her entire life.

Shakina Nayfack, a newcomer to the cast, said the stars and producers wanted a worthy farewell to honor its legacy.



“There’s so much magic and opportunity that’s been created by this show,” Nayfack said. “If we were to let it go down because of an unfortunate event, we’d be taking that away from everybody, especially the trans folk who need this representation, who need these jobs.”

“So the commitment to keep going and push through the fire and create something truly celebratory was shared, and was there from the beginning,” Nayfack added.]]>
7/28/2019 12:48:18 PM
<![CDATA[El Feel-el Azra’a revenues reached more than 8M in 2 days ]]>CAIRO – 27 July 2019: The Egyptian movie El Feel-el Azra’a(The Blue Elephant) Part 2 achieved a booming success, generating revenues amounted to 8,620,000 in two days only.
The long-awaited film promo has recorded more than nine million views, and was met with an enthusiastic interaction from the anticipating audience.

Famed Egyptian actor Karim Abdel Aziz appears in the promo fighting with the beloved star Nelly Karim, stirring a lot of curiosity about the events of the new movie.


Part 2 stars the same cast of the first movie, led by director Marwan Hamed and author Ahmed Mourad. Tunisian actress Hend Sabry and Asma Sherif Mounir also join the cast, along with Zafer El Abdeen and Eyad Nassar as guests of honour.


Produced by Synergy, these quell follows a huge success of the first part, which grossed more than LE35 million when released in 2014, a record number in the last decade in Egyptian cinema.

The first movie tells the story of Yehia, a psychotherapist who returns after five years of self imposed isolation to Al Abbasiya mental hospital, where he meets an old friend with a dark past and uncovers many surprises that turn his life upside down.

The events develop in a drama, horror, mystery context. Part 2 takes place five years later, as Dr.Yehia has married Lobna, played by Karim, and is summoned to the Department of Dangerous Cases.

The films are adapted from Ahmed Mourad's best-selling book of the same name that was released in 2012. The latter was shortlisted for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF) in 2014.

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7/27/2019 4:20:16 PM
<![CDATA[Commemorating the 39th death anniversary of the iconic Roushdy Abaza]]>
Handsome, sophisticated, charismatic, with an attractive sense of humor and good acting skills, Abaza had it all.

Arab women across all generations wanted to be with him, men wanted to be him. He was dubbed the 'Don Juan' of Egyptian cinema.

Late Lebanese singer Sabah, who married Abaza briefly, once said that "No woman can resist Rushdy Abaza."

Abaza died on July 27, 1980, at the too-young age of 53, leaving behind a legacy of more than a hundred movies.

Born to an Italian mother and Egyptian father, Abaza had the good looks of an Italian-Egyptian; alongside excellent talent.

His wealthy Egyptian family opposed his acting, yet ironically he became the most wealthy and beloved of the Abaza family.

He played a diversity of genres, from comedy and romance to drama and thrillers. Abaza's first experiences with acting were all failures until his breakthrough role in ‘Al-Ragol Al-Thany’, or the Second Man, which changed how gangsters were portrayed in Egyptian cinema. Abaza played the role of a smooth, handsome, intelligent criminal who hid his evil ways.

Abaza married five women throughout his life; the first was famous dancer Taheya Carioca, lasting for three years until fears of infidelity caused them to call it splits.

Two attractive famous people loved and wanted...by everyone, their marriage was doomed by their beauty. Abaza later married an American, Barbara, who bore his only daughter Kismat, though little was known about them and Abaza's marriage with her ended after four years.

His longest marriage was with fellow Egyptian actress Samia Gamal, lasting 18 years. She was known as the brunette of Egyptian cinema, a family dancer who loved Abaza more than life itself, even despite all his mistakes and indiscretions. His final wife also came from the Abaza family, and she remained by his side until his death in 1980.

According to his son in law, Abaza's real life was truly like Don Juan. Fun and lovable, Abaza's funeral was visited by more than 100,000 people. ]]>
7/27/2019 4:11:26 PM
<![CDATA[After 17 years of absence, Mounir to participate in Jerash Festival ]]>
Mounir performed at Family Park on the Cairo-Suez road on March 1 to celebrate the release of his latest album "Watan" (Homeland).

Mounir performed as well 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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7/27/2019 4:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Yanni: Happy times in Egypt, preparing for the “Yanni by the Sea” Summer Party!]]>

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‘’Happy times in Egypt!…Preparing for the “Yanni by the Sea” Summer Party!
“The beauty of the North Coast brings out the best in everyone!”… Yanni’’ Yanni stated on his Instagram account.



Yanni will introduce his most celebrated compositions including “Nostalgia,” “The Rain Must Fall,” “World Dance,” among others in a two-hour performance where he will be accompanied by 15 musicians.


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In 2015 Yanni performed for the first time in Egypt two live concerts on October 30, 31, Yanni named his concert “The Dream Concert” at the Giza Pyramids.


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

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

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

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



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7/26/2019 6:22:07 PM
<![CDATA[Wust El-Balad to perform at the Roman Theater on July 26 ]]>
The band will perform a selection of songs from their latest album “Bantalony el-Jeans” (My jeans) that was released early 2018 after a three year hiatus since their previous album “karakib” (scribbles).

Wust El-Balad is an Egyptian Soft rock band, founded in Cairo in 1999. The band released four albums; the self-titled "Wust El-Balad" in 2007, “Rubabekya” (old items) in 2011, "Karakib"(scribbles) in 2014, and "Bantalony el-Jeans" (my jeans) in 2018.

The band is creating soft rock tunes, blending traditional Arabic sounds with modern and western tunes.

Wust El Balad consists of Adham al-Saeed, Hany Adel, Ahmed Omran, Ahmed Omar, Asaad Nessim, Ehab Abdel Hameed (Bob) and Mohammed Gamal al-Din (Mizo).

Wust El Balad cooperated with the famous Sharmoofers on April 21, 2017 in a concert in Zamalek, which was attended by thousands of their fans and performed as part of the 15th International Summer Festival.

Cairo Opera House Summer festival will kick off June 12 to 20. The festival program includes a series of artistic performances held at 8 p.m.

The shows feature a diverse content directed to young people of all ages, where distinct parties are held for a number of bands and singing stars, including; Ali el-Haggar, Tamer Ashour, Wust el-Balad, Taksir Sharqi, Hisham Kharma, Carmen Suleiman, Mohamed el-Sharnoubi and Nesma Mahgoub.

Head of the Egyptian Opera House Magdy Saber confirmed that a special program has been prepared for the summer festival which is set to take place in Cairo, Alexandria and Damanhur. The festival’s program holds of numerous artistic surprises.

Also, the 28th edition of the Salaheddin International Music and Singing Festival is being finalized. The festival will witness the participation of a number of Egyptian, Arab and international singing teams.

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7/26/2019 3:01:16 PM
<![CDATA[Iran bars international musicians from IRIB sponsored festival]]>
Speaking to the state-run Iran Labor News Agency (ILNA), Mehdi Jalali said, "For the first time, our prominent foreign guests, including Joachim Heintz (German composer), Dimitri Papageorgiou (Greek composer), Ulrike Brand (German cellist), and Eva Zollner (German accordionist) were denied entry visas."

Organized under the auspices of the University of Tehran Music Department and Yarava music group, the first competition was held in early March 2016 at Charsou Cineplex in downtown Tehran.

The event named Tehran Contemporary Music Festival is also partnered with Iran's state broadcaster IRIB and the embassies of Poland, Sweden and Belgium.

Yarava group is an experimental, contemporary orchestra active since 2004. Its founders are tar and setar player Ebrahim Allahyari, pianist, tar, setar, daf, tonbak and tanbur player, and conductor Mehdi Jalali, and setar player Hamed Zand-Karimkhani.

Fifty electronic composers from Iran, Germany, Italy, Uruguay, Japan, Estonia, Russia, and the Philippines performed over 50 compositions at the festival last year.

"Everything, including buying tickets for the guests, was scheduled a year ahead of the festival, but we have received no explanation for the reason(s) of denying our guests' entry visas," Jalali told ILNA, adding, "The authorities have even ignored official protests by the University of Tehran."

The Korourian competition seeks to identify, appreciate, and introduce new and significant pieces of electro-acoustic music. It is an annual event held in memory of Iranian composer, flutist, guitarist, pianist, and music theoretician Reza Korourian (1971-2015), who made prized contributions to electronic music.

Electronic concerts, seminars and lectures, video arts, composition workshops, and performing arts are among the programs of the Tehran International Electronic Music Festival, Financial Tribune reports.

The family of Korourian pays the expenses of the festival.

Prominent Iranian electronic musician Reza Korourian died in 2015 at age 43.]]>
7/26/2019 2:47:09 PM
<![CDATA[Angham receives MEMA award for the best female singer]]>
Angham performed a concert at the Saudi city Jeddah on June 23. Murex D’or announced Angham best Arab singer and she received her award at the Murex D’or ceremony that took place on Saturday, April 6 in Lebanon.

Angham celebrated the release of her new album "Hala Khasa Gedan” (A very special case) on March 17 in one of Alexandria's biggest hotels; this was Angham's first concert after the release of her new album on Thursday, Feb. 21.

“Hala Khasa Gedan” consists of 14 songs, including “Ya Raitak Fahemni” (I wish you can understand me), “Habayebna” (Our loved ones), “Baol Nasiak" (I say I forgot you), “Metamena” (I am calm), “Leila”, and "Hala Khasa".

Angham officially announced her marriage to music distributor Ahmed Ibrahim. The star had to announce the marriage after a letter she sent to Ibrahim on his birthday was leaked.

Angham is an Egyptian singer, record producer and actress. She comes from an artistic family and was born in 1972. Her father is veteran musician and composer Mohamed Ali Soliman. Angham is a popular Egyptian singer who started her artistic career in 1987 under the guidance of her father.

Following her divorce from Magdy Aref in 2000, Angham took much more control over her image and musical style. After that "Leih Sebtaha" (Why Did You Leave Her?) record established her into a strong position amid the constant emerge of new voices in the Middle Eastern music scene.

After a highly publicized feud between Alam El-Phan Music Records' president Mohsen Gaber and the artist, she moved to another record company, Rotana.

In 2005, she released the album "Bahibbik Wahashteeny" (I Love You, I Miss You) which was critically acclaimed, but did not achieve the expected commercial success.

In 2007, Angham returned to the forefront of Arabic pop music scene with her album "Kol ma N'arrab" (Whenever We Come Closer) which sold more than 500,000 copies across the Middle East in less than three months and was awarded a platinum certification.

She presented a group of successful songs such as "Etegah Wahed" (One Direction), "Toul Ma Enta Be'eid" (As Long As You Are Far), "Akteblak Ta3ahod" (I Pledge to You), and "Mahzoma" (Defeated), among other popular songs.

Profits made by Angham's albums during the past two decades remain the highest among other Egyptian singers of her category. It is worth noting that the star’s fans and critics in the industry named her “Egypt’s No. 1”.

Angham was the best-selling female pop artist in 2003. She is famous for her wide vocal range and romantic style.

Angham’s album “Rah Tethkerni” (You’ll Remember Me) gained great success at the time of its release. Angham cooperated with numerous Arab musicians and poets in the album such as Ahmad al-Sane’e, Khaled al-Awadhi, and Turki Al-Sheikh.

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

Angham's latest song "Bakhaf Afrah" (I am Afraid of Being Happy) hit about 9 million views on YouTube three weeks after its release. "Bakhaf Afrah" is written by Turki al-Sheikh and composed by Khaled Ezz.

The ninth edition of Beirut International Awards Festival (BIAF) honoured Angham on June 29, 2018.

The BIAF, which is held under the auspices of the Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, honours every year figures from different fields such as art, politics, culture, music, finance and humanitarian services.

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7/26/2019 1:49:41 PM
<![CDATA[El Mamar to be screened at Canadian cinemas on July.27 ]]>
The successful Egyptian patriotic movie was screened in Dubai on Thursday, July 4 with the attendance of the film stars such as Ahmed Ezz, Mohamed Farag and Ahmed Rezk.

Egyptians who are living in Dubai were keen to watch the important patriotic movie which achieved booming success with revenues amounted to 65,000,000 L.E.

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

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

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

Veteran musician Omar Khairat composed the movie’s soundtrack, which pays tribute to one of the most heroic battles ever fought by Egyptian soldiers.

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7/26/2019 1:32:03 PM
<![CDATA[Ali el-Haggar to perform at the Bibliotheca Alexandriana on August 2]]>
Haggar celebrated his 65th birthday in one of the major hotels in Cairo on April 19 in the presence of a large number of celebrities and public figures.

He recently launched the song "Laih el Tareeq" (Why the path?) on his official channel on YouTube. The song is written by Michael Adel and composed by Shadi Moines. The video has amassed a high number of views since its upload.

The iconic singer released his latest album entitled "Ma TakhdyBalek” (Pay attention) which included the songs “GowaHodny” (Within my arms), “MeenFeena mesh Mehtag?” (Who is not needy?), “Dari Gamalek” (Hide your beauty), among others. The album achieved great success.

Haggar graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts in 1979 and was influenced by late Egyptian music legend Baligh Hamdy, who trained Haggar, Mohamed Mounir and Mohamed el-Helw in a band called el-Takht, which was formed in the Arabic Music Institution.

Inspired by poet, cartoonist, and painter Salah Jaheen, Haggar always wanted to sing Jahin's sonnets; he grew popular after singing them in the 1980s. Around the same time, he also began blending authentic Arabic music with modern technology and sound effects.

In addition to his prolific album releases, Haggar also performed in several theatrical plays, movies, and TV series.

Haggar concluded on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 the 27th edition of the Arab Music Festival at Alexandria Opera House.

His musical repertoire includes popular hits such as “Hona al-Qahera” (Here is Cairo), “A’m Batata” (Uncle Batata), and “Dehket al-Masagen” (The Prisoners’ Laughter).



Throughout his career,Haggar performed a number of duets with prominent singers such as "Beladi" and "Khan el-Anadeel"with Mohammed el-Helw,"El-Likaa El-Tany" and "El-Mal we El-Banoon" with HananMady and "Bent we Walad" with Hoda Ammar.

He also participated with Angham in the musical "Rosasa Fel Qalb"(A bullet in the heart), another important phase in Haggar' scareer was his first collaboration with his brother,composer and singer Ahmed el-Haggarin 1978 when Ahmed el-Haggar composed his brother’s hit "Ozoriny" (Excuse me).

The success that this song achieved sparked Haggar's singing career. The Haggar brothers cooperated in many other songs; Ahmed el-Haggar as composer and Ali el-Haggar as lyricist.

Among these songs are: "Bahebek" (I love you), "Ana Biki Ya Samra Akon", "El-Ahlam", "Kont Faker", "Tesaaliny", "Lama el-Shetayedo’oel-Biban", "Ma Tekdebish", "Ergaaily" (Come back), "Lessa El-Kalam", and recently "YaMasria".

Haggar released "Abl Ma Tewaed" (Before You Promise) sng on December 31, 2018, announcing that it is a gift to his fans in 2019.

The song is written by Michael Adel, composed by Shady Moanes and distributed by Rafik Adly



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7/26/2019 1:22:09 PM
<![CDATA[Yanni to rock in North Coast today, in his second time in Egypt]]>
Yanni will introduce his most celebrated compositions including “Nostalgia,” “The Rain Must Fall,” “World Dance,” among others in a two-hour performance where he will be accompanied by 15 musicians.

In 2015 Yanni performed for the first time in Egypt two live concerts on October 30, 31, Yanni named his concert “The Dream Concert” at the Giza Pyramids.

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

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

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

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




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7/26/2019 12:12:29 PM
<![CDATA[Jesuit Cultural Center holds Semsemia concert on July 24]]>
The concert presented a traditional color of the Red Sea art and its history through performing different Red Sea Semsemia tunes that differ in style from the Semsemia tunes of the canal cities.

The concert also presented different artistic melodies related to the sea environment of the fishermen and the Arabs of the Eastern Desert inhabiting the valleys and mountains, where the sound of Oud and popular marine rhythms prevailed.

The Jesuit Center is an independent, non-profit organization established in 1959 inside the Jesuit Catholic Church in eastern Alexandria. The center is a platform for various artistic, cultural, social and literary fields offering a variety of cultural events and programs to enable young people to participate effectively in the development of society.
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7/25/2019 3:56:38 PM
<![CDATA[Iran prevents fans from paying tribute to renowned poet]]>
Dozens of fans of the celebrated poet tried to gather around Shamlou’s tomb near Karaj, West of Tehran on the occasion of his 19th death anniversary.

The gathering was called for by the Iranian Writers Association.

According to Radio Farda, in order to mark the occasion, Iran’s state TV aired a documentary on Shamlou’s life and work. Viewers among social media users have said that the documentary was meant to tarnish the poet’s image.

Nevertheless, the director of the documentary, Hossein Lamei, has claimed on Instagram that his film was much longer but was censored by the state TV.

Viewers critical of the hardline director, however, say it would not have made much of a difference even if the whole documentary was aired.

During recent years, security officers have always prevented gatherings around the poet’s tomb.

Shamlou was an advocate of freedom of speech and a critic of dictatorships, and his books are among the finest products of modern Iranian literature.
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7/25/2019 3:49:59 PM
<![CDATA[National Folklore Ensemble represents Egypt in North Carolina]]>
During its participation in the grand art festival, the band performs a series of dances reflecting an authentic part of Egyptian traditions and heritage.

The National Folklore Ensemble has recently completed its participation in the art events held in Canada from July 12 to 16, as part of the celebrations of the Egyptian-Canadian Cultural Association. The performances were a great success and achieved the appraisal of the audience.

Furthermore, a statement issued by the Ministry of Culture praised the international participation of the National Folk Art Ensemble during its artistic tour in Canada and America, stating that the national ensembles that represent the Egyptian heritage abroad are ambassadors of the Egyptian soft power.

The statement also pointed out the importance of arts in communicating with the world through cultural exchange and through a dialogue of civilizations.

It is worth mentioning that the National Folklore Ensemble is one of the art groups affiliated with the cultural production affairs sector.

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7/25/2019 3:04:23 PM
<![CDATA[Sara El-Tabakh awarded best producer for 2019]]>
Sarah says about the award: A pleasant surprise and will be the impetus for me in the coming period for more successes and already prepared for the productions of huge superstar stars and talented young faces because I followed the principle of production to support the new faces talented to become stars.

Sarah is the owner of Earth Production, which produces the latest album, "The Four Seasons," which was released a few months ago.]]>
7/25/2019 2:41:44 PM
<![CDATA[Anfushi Palace hosts forum for individuals with special needs]]>
The forum was launched on July 24 in Anfushi Culture Palace in Alexandria, headed by artist Amani Ali Awad, director of the palace.

More than 100 young men and women with special needs participated in the forum. The event also included the participation of parents -that have children with special needs- who explained how they care for their children and participated in singing sessions.

The event also specialized a session headed by Mustafa Gaber for poetry and artistic shows performed by individuals with special needs.
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7/25/2019 2:02:55 PM
<![CDATA[Sohag Folk Art Ensemble dazzles audience in Bulgaria]]>
The ensemble started an artistic journey to Bulgaria on July 23, where a delegation from the Ministry of Culture traveled to Bulgaria headed by artist Hisham Attwah, the vice president of the General Authority for Culture Palaces, as part of the cultural exchange between Egypt and Bulgaria.

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7/25/2019 1:29:41 PM
<![CDATA[Fishawy’s funeral to be held after Dhuhr prayers in Mohandeseen]]>
It is noteworthy that the late prominent actor passed away in the morning of July 25 after a battle with cancer in one of the hospitals in Dokki.

Fishawi was born in a village in the center of Sars el-Lian in Menoufia governorate on February 5, 1952. He was born into a well off family, consisting of two parents and 5 brothers.

His father died when he was 11 years old and was cared for and raised by his older brother Rashad.
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Late prominent actor Fishawy

Fishawy suffered a severe health deterioration in the last few days and entered into a deep coma.

His last work was his participation in the successful Egyptian play “King Lear” alongside prominent actor Yehia el-Fakharani. The play staged Cairo Show Theater in the Fifth Settlement.

Fishawy performed on stage after a hiatus of 18 years, as he last performed in “El-Nas Eli Fel Talet” in 2001 for veteran playwright Osama Anwar Okasha.

"King Lear" stars Yehia el-Fakharani, Rania Farid Shawky, and Riham Abdel Ghafour, among others.

Fishawy is a famed Egyptian actor and producer. He was married to Egyptian actress Somaya el-Alfy. His son, Ahmed al-Fishawy, is one of the most prominent actors in modern Egyptian cinema.

He was previously awarded the Africa Movie Academy Award for best actor in a leading role.

Additional reporting by Angy Essam
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7/25/2019 1:26:52 PM
<![CDATA[Mostafa Khater honored in Hamsa Festival's 7th edition]]>
This comes as part of the honorings set to take place in the festival’s seventh edition after the convention of the festival's special committee, including prominent actress Madline Tabar - honorary president of the festival-, director Adel Awad - chairman of the jury, critic Sayed Ibrahim Salam, media personality Samir Fakih, Mervat Omar, Festival Director Amr Fathi el-Hosary and Maryam Fathi el-Hosary.

It is worth mentioning that the festival's seventh edition carries the name of the iconic artist Mahmoud Yassin. It will be held on Sept. 4 at the Grand Theater at the Egyptian Opera House.

The festival, first organized by the Egyptian magazine, HAMSA, in 2016, includes competitions in all kinds of poetry, short story, long story, script, monologue, painting and photography.
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7/25/2019 12:52:06 PM
<![CDATA['El Motafael' to stage National Theater starting July 26]]>
The show revolves around a person who fights all the problems in his society through optimism to reach his goal.

The play is starring Sameh Hussein, Sahar el Sayegh, Youssef Ismail, Ezzat Zain, Ayat Magdy, Tamer el Kashef, Amgad el Haggar, Zakaria Maarouf, singer Mostafa Sami and a group of young actors from the National Theater Group.

The play is inspired by Voltaire's novel “Candide”, and is edited and directed by Islam Imam.

“Candide” is a French satire first published in 1759 by Voltaire, a philosopher of the Age of Enlightenment.

The novella has been widely translated, with English versions titled “Candide: or, All for the Best” (1759); “Candide: or, The Optimist” (1762); and “Candide: Optimism” (1947).

It begins with a young man, Candide, who is living a sheltered life in an Edenic paradise and being programmed with optimism by his mentor, Professor Pangloss.

The work describes the abrupt abeyance of this lifestyle, followed by Candide's slow and painful disillusionment as he witnesses and experiences great hardships in the world.
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7/25/2019 12:49:29 PM
<![CDATA[Veteran actor Farouk el-Fishawy died at the age of 67]]>
Fishawy revealed on October 3, 2018 during the opening of the Alexandria Mediterranean Film Festival’s 34th edition that he has cancer.

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

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

Fishawy suffered a severe health deterioration in the last few days and entered into a deep coma.

His last work was his participation in the successful Egyptian play “King Lear” alongside prominent actor Yehia el-Fakharani. The play was staged Cairo Show Theater in the Fifth Settlement.

It is worth noting that Fishawy performed on stage after a hiatus of 18 years; his last play was “El-Nas Eli Fel Talet” in 2001 for veteran playwright Osama Anwar Okasha.

"King Lear" stars Yehia el-Fakharani, Rania Farid Shawky, and Riham Abdel Ghafour, among others.

Fishawy is a famed Egyptian actor and producer. He was married to Egyptian actress Somaya el-Alfy. His son Ahmed el-Fishawy is one of the prominent actors in modern Egyptian cinema.

He was previously awarded the Africa Movie Academy Award for best actor in a leading role.


Also Fishawy was honoured in the Khartoum Arab Film Festival's fourth edition that ran from Oct. 20-25 in Sudan.

The National Theater Festival, under the chairmanship of Ahmed Abdel Aziz, announced the honouring Fishawy during its 12th edition scheduled to be launched on August 17.



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7/25/2019 9:04:34 AM
<![CDATA['Rehlet el-Zaman el-Gameel” to stage on Cairo Puppet Theater ]]>
Produced by the group, the play will be held in Cairo Puppet Theater in Attaba starting Thursday, July 25 at 7 pm.

Nour added that the show revolves around a journey of a group of children to the Pharaonic era. The show is written by Yehya Zakaria and directed by Mohamed Anwar.



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7/24/2019 1:14:23 PM
<![CDATA[Magdy el-Hawary works on rehearsals of 'Aladdin' ]]>
Director Magdy el-Hawary pointed out that the reason behind the delay of the rehearsals is the preoccupation of Ezz in filming "Welad Rizk PII" set to be released during the Eid al-Adha holidays.

Ezz plays the character of Aladdin, while Ruby embodies the character of Yasmina, a princess and the daughter of the Sultan, who falls in love with Aladdin.


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7/24/2019 1:12:48 PM
<![CDATA[Naela Farouk: Egyptian TV will not let go of its legal right]]>
“The Egyptian Television will not let go of its legal right,” said Farouk, explaining that the legal affairs of the Egyptian Television will take care of the matter to preserve the ownership rights of the series.

Farouk further stressed that Al-Sharq channel defames Egypt and its government, and at the same time steals content from the Egyptian TV. She also pointed out that among all possible violations of intellectual property rights, what Al-Sharq channel is doing is considered “blunt” and “low”.

"Souk el-Asr" stars Mahmoud Yassin, Fadia Abdel Ghani, Ahmed Abdel Aziz, and Kamal Abu Raya. It is written by Mohamed Galal Abdel Ghani and directed by Hani Ismail.

"Souk el-Asr" is a social series that tells the struggle between good and evil in Egyptian society during the days of the July revolution through the character of a young man who sacrifices himself for the sake of the revolution, finding himself in conflict with the symbols of corruption and evil.


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7/23/2019 3:05:20 PM
<![CDATA[Haitham Shaker releases promo clip of 'Matwasonesh']]>
The song is written by Ayman Bahgat Amar, composed by Amr Mostafa and distributed by Sherif Mekkawi. The video clip -filmed in Athens, Greece- is directed by Greek director Yannis Demolitas.

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"The preparation period for this album lasted more than 5 years. I am used to surprising the audience always and I am optimistic about their reaction,” said Shaker.

"I enjoyed shooting the clip in Greece in which I appear in a new style using new filming techniques. The song 'Matwasonesh' is the most important song in the album and I wish it gains the appraisal of the audience,” resumed Shaker.

This came days after Shaker launched the promo of the song “Yama Yama” on his official accounts on various social networking sites. Comments on the teaser confirm the public's enthusiasm for the latest album of the star, after a hiatus of 5 years.

Haitham Shaker is an Egyptian singer who appeared for the first time in 2001 with the song “Ahlef Bellah” (I swear to God), in collaboration with distributor Hamid al-Shaeri and producer Fayez Aziz. The song achieved great success.

In 2004, Shaker released his first album “Khalik Gambi” (Stay by my side), one of his most successful albums, where the song exceeded 7 million views on YouTube. After 4 years, he returned to the art scene with a new album in 2008, which has been very much in the minds of the audience, especially the songs of “Gowa Hodnak” (In your arms), and “Ayami Maak” (My days with you).

In 2011, Shaker launched a single titled "Asli Adeem" (I am experienced) which he filmed as a concert. In 2014, the star released the album “Ahla Karar” (The best decision), in which he collaborated with the most prominent composers and poets including Ahmed Salah Hosni, Toma, Tamim, and Rami Gamal.







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7/23/2019 2:30:24 PM
<![CDATA[American rapper Russel Vitale to perform in Egypt on Aug. 2]]>
Vitale is a rapper and an independent artist who produces, writes and distributes all his musical works. Currently, the young rapper is considered as one of the most prominent rap icons in the US.

The rapper achieved great popularity in the Arab world due to the dependence of his songs on optimism and advocacy for hard work, diligence and achieving dreams.

Vitale has reached great fame on the global level, as he mounted the seventh place in the Billboard 200, and the fifth place on the R&B/Rap ranking. He was also awarded the Riaa Golden Award for his songs “What They Want” and “Losin’ Control”.

The rapper’s album “There’s Really a Wolf” has won the global Platinum award. Vitale’s concert will launch Al Alamain's international concerts of the summer season, which will include the world premiere of Jennifer Lopez.


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7/23/2019 2:28:10 PM
<![CDATA[Bosy to perform in North Coast on July 23]]>
Bosy is scheduled to perform a number of rehearsals in preparation for the concert, which offers many surprises to the audience.

The star will perform a selection of her most popular songs, including “Ah ya Donia”, “Alo Alo”, “Agaza” (Holiday), among others.

It is noteworthy that Bosy’s latest song was a duet performed with Mahmoud el-Leithy titled “Alo”. It is written by Malak Adel and directed by Imad Kassim.


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7/23/2019 1:17:48 PM
<![CDATA[July revolution in the eyes of Egyptian cinema]]>
As we are commemorating July 23 revolution anniversary, we cannot forget that Egyptian filmmakers presented many movies that portrayed the revolution that changed both the Egyptian and the international history at that time.

Egyptian cinema has played a great role in blessing the revolution through monitoring and documenting it. It conveyed the revolution through a series of distinguished films.

It monitored how it was planned and its positive results, and presented the negative aspects as well. The Egyptian cinema history contain movies that immortalized the great revolution in the minds and hearts of Egyptians over generations.

Some films focused on the revolution advantages, while others focused on the revolution disadvantages. From the movies that reflected the revolution, its goals and positive results is the famous movie Rudda Qalby (Give me my heart back) which was produced in 1957.

The great late Egyptian director Ezzeldin Zulfikar succeeded to convey to the audience the life of a poor peasant who his son (Ali) performed by the veteran actor Shoukry Sarhan, managed despite his difficult circumstances to join the aristocrats-only military faculty.

Later Ali rose to power after the revolution, all of these historical social facts were presented while covered by a sweet immortal love story that took place between the most famous couple in the Egyptian cinema who were princess Angy, performed by the late great actress Mariam Fakhereldin and Aly.

This amazing love story that love thrive to overcome all social differences between them, to live happily ever after at the end.

‘Port said’ movie from the movies that have showed the bright side of the revolution and its leader, the Egyptian President at that time Gamal Abdel Nasser. The ending scene of the movie was for an Egyptian brigade singing the name of Nasser.

‘Port Said’ movie showed true scenes of destroying the statue of Ferdinand de Lesseps in Port Fouad city. The statue was the symbol of European Colonialism.

Al-Aydi Al-Naema (The Soft Hands) movie was produced in 1964, it reflected how Nasser after the revolution managed to minimise the big gap between the high class and the new middle class.

Al-Aydi Al-Naema focused on the importance of work as the main tool to judge people not their social class.

The Egyptian cinema producers after the revolution produced movies that conveyed the corruption and the bad circumstances that existed before the revolution like El Qahira 30 (Cairo 30) and Fi Baytona Ragol (A Man in Our Home), they criticised the past and provided context for the revolution.

‘Allah Maena’ (God with us) movie dealt with the officers’ participation in the war in Palestine and how they were severely injured, which led to anger among them.

As a result of this outrage the Free Officers Movement headed by Nasser were formed.

This movement was formed from army officers to save Egypt from King Farouk and his entourage corruption. The movie ends by ousting the king and the rose of the revolution.

In 1976 there were a lot of Anti-Nasser campaigns, and as he was the revolution symbol, the revolution was subjected as well to a lot of criticism.

This was crystal clear from the type of movies that were produced at that time. Al-Karnak (1975), the 1978 Wara Al-Shams (Beyond the Sun), and the 1979 Ihna Bitua' Al-Autobis (We Were Just Riding a Bus), all revolves around the same theme condemning the practices of both Nasser and the Egyptian intelligence against citizens.

They focused on citizens’ unfair arrests and torture in prisons, in addition they showed the oppression and injustice that the citizens were subjected to from Nasser regime.



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7/23/2019 1:50:00 AM
<![CDATA[MTM band to perform in Bibliotheca Alexandrina on Aug. 21]]>
The band started preparing for their new album, choosing the best songs from a wide range of options.

The band’s latest songs was a duet with Karim Mohsen entitled “Bos Kowayes” (Look closely), written by Amaar Mostafa, and composed by Taki and Amro el Shazli. The video clip is directed by Ahmed el-Bendari.

MTM is an Egyptian hip-hop band. They are considered the pioneering Egyptian rap crew, as they put Egyptian rap into the spotlight, releasing two albums: “Omy Mesafra” (My Mother is Travelling) in 2003, and “Telephony Beyren” (My Phone is Ringing) in 2004.

M.T.M is composed of three members who met in 1997 in Alexandria, Egypt. The group's name comes from the initials of the first name of the singers Mikey, Taki, and Mahmoud.

Mahmoud (born 1981) and Mikey (born 1980) both hold a bachelor's degree in Computer Science, and the youngest member Takki (born 1982) holds a law degree.

The group launched their first album in September 2003, introducing eight songs including their hit song “Omy mesafra”. Their second album was launched in July 2004.


This debut music video was a successful start which identified their style and position in the music industry.

After a brief hiatus following the success of "Omi Msafra", MTM is back near the top of Egypt's video charts with their new single "Zay Manta Ayez" (As You Like).


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7/22/2019 3:37:02 PM
<![CDATA[Diab rocks North Coast on July 21]]>
The star performed numerous of his most popular songs during the concert including his popular hits “Ghamazat”, “Aw”, “Ya Wad Ya Soso”, “Betnadeni tani laih?”, among others.

During the last month of Ramadan, Diab presented a successful role in the series "Abu Gabal" starring Mostafa Shaaban, Najla Badr, Aisha Bin Ahmed and Mohammad Ali Rizk. The screenplay is written by Mohammed Sayed Bashir, directed by Ahmed Saleh and produced by Synergy.


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7/22/2019 2:51:25 PM
<![CDATA[Ramadan, Lamjarred’s 'Ensay' tops YouTube videos]]>
Director Hossam al-Husseini stated that working with Ramadan and Lamjarred is a totally different experience, as each of them has his presence, tools and audience, adding that the “video clip had to be unique in order to become attractive to the audience.”

He pointed out that the video was filmed in the streets and landmarks of Paris, France and in one of the French palaces to add an archaeological element to the dazzling movements of the stars to rhythm of the song.

The song is a blend of rap and oriental music. Husseini said in a press statement that the video has become the No. 1 trend in Egypt, the Arab region and most of the countries of Europe, North America and Southeast Asia.

The director also stated that the video clip mounted the third place in the list of the most watched videos on YouTube worldwide during the first 24 hours, capturing 24 Million views in the first three days to remain the leading Arab most watched video.

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7/22/2019 2:48:48 PM
<![CDATA[August 2019 concerts map]]>
The concerts will be held in numerous touristic spots in Egypt and abroad. Among these stars are Tamer Hosny, Nagwa Karam and Mohamed Ramadan.

Tamer Hosny

Super star Tamer Hosny is set to perform during the month of August in Egypt’s North Coast. The star is expected to present a selection of his most popular hits. The star is also expected to present numerous surprises for his fans.

Mohamed Ramadan

In Saudi Arabia’s Jeddah, star Mohamed Ramadan is set to perform during the month of August. During the concert, Ramadan will perform several of his popular songs for his Saudi fans, including “Mafia”, “Ana el Malek” (I am the king), “Boom Boom”, “Baba”, among others.

Mohamed Nour

Singer Mohamed Nour is preparing to perform two concerts in August in the United States of America. The star is expected to perform a selection of songs from his latest album which is expected to be released within the next few days.

Nagwa Karam

Lebanese superstar Nagwa Karam is expected to perform in Jordan’s Fuheis Festival on August 16 at 8:30 p.m. (Jordan time). The famed singer will present a wide selection of her most popular hits.

Carol Samaha

Samaha will perform on Carthage International Theater in Tunisia on August 9. The star commented on her Instagram account: “My dear Tunisian fans, I am longing to meet you for the second time on Carthage International Theater”.

Nader Abul-Leif

In the American state of California, Nader Abul-Leif will be performing on August 3. The songs he will perform are from his latest album, which will be officially released in the upcoming days.








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7/22/2019 2:47:09 PM
<![CDATA[“Sehr el ahlam” play launched on Balloon Theater on July 21]]>
The show was produced by the National Folk Music Ensemble, headed by Osama Zaghloul, and came under the supervision of the Cultural Production Affairs Sector headed by director Khaled Galal.

The play revolves around Western customs and traditions that have infiltrated the Egyptian society, but do not match the original customs and traditions that once distinguished the local society, shedding light on the impact of such traditions on local arts in particular and on various fields in general.

The opening was attended by a group of artists including Magdy Sobhi, Sameh Yousry, singer Helmy Abdel Baki and Moroccan actor Said Naciri, in addition to a number of leaders, artists and directors affiliated with the Art House.

“Sehr el Ahlam” stars Magdy Fekry, Inas Mekki, Niveen Rifaat, Abdel Aati Saleh, Reda Ramzy, and Mohamed Antar. The play is directed by Sami el Masry and written by Hossam Atta.




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7/22/2019 1:57:08 PM
<![CDATA[Bahraini star Sabrin Burshaid dies at 34]]>
The late Bahraini celebrity was struck with three cancerous tumors in the brain, which required her to be hospitalized abroad. However, her health situation deteriorated after months of treatment.

Burshaid worked for the Bahraini Radio and Television, before entering the acting field in 2014. She did most of her acting roles in Kuwait where she lived.

The actress and TV personality has been diagnosed with Lymphoma. It is a type of cancer that starts in the white blood cells or lymphocytes.


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7/22/2019 1:55:37 PM
<![CDATA['Avengers' topples 'Avatar' to lead all-time box office]]>
Here are the top ten box office juggernauts of all-time, in a ranking which hasn't been adjusted to take inflation into account.

1. "Avengers: Endgame" (2019) $2.7902 billion

Brothers Anthony and Joe Russo conclude a 22-movie story arc with this adventure with Thor, the Hulk, Iron Man and Co., set after the devastating events of "Avengers: Infinity War" (2018), with the universe in ruins.

2. "Avatar" (2009): $2.7897 billion

James Cameron's cautionary tale of a paraplegic marine whose loyalties are tested when he befriends an alien tribe on a distant moon towered over its rivals for a decade.

3. "Titanic" (1997): $2.19 billion

Part saturnine elegy to doomed youth, part exaltation of the transcendent power of love, this blockbuster disaster movie, another Cameron opus, dramatized the real-life sinking in 1912 of history's most famous ship.

4. "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" (2015): $2.07 billion

Three decades after the Jedi returned, the emergence of the militant First Order poses a new threat in this widely acclaimed reboot of the legendary Skywalker saga.

5. "Avengers: Infinity War" (2018): $2.05 billion

In the Russo brothers' third foray into the Marvel Cinematic Universe -- after two "Captain America" movies -- the Avengers must sacrifice everything in an attempt to stop "Mad Titan" Thanos killing half of all life in the universe.

6. "Jurassic World" (2015): $1.67 billion

Colin Trevorrow's contribution to the iconic creature-feature series took audiences to a new theme park, built on the original site of Jurassic Park, where a genetically modified super-dinosaur is on a killing spree.

7. "The Avengers" (2012): $1.51 billion

This is the first of Joss Whedon's two ensemble "Avengers" movies bringing together Earth's mightiest warriors. In a staggering achievement, all four entries in this franchise are top ten all-time money-makers. Here, the superheroes must learn to work as a team to stop the mischievous Loki taking over the world.

8. "Fast & Furious 7" (2015): $1.51 billion

James Wan was already a big name in horror movie-making when he directed this entry in the "Fast & Furious" universe, which sees Deckard Shaw seeking revenge for his comatose brother.

9. "Avengers: Age of Ultron" (2015): $1.40 billion

This entry, Whedon's sequel to his 2012 smash hit, isn't even the final Marvel Cinematic Universe movie on the list.

10. "Black Panther" (2018): $1.35 billion

Ryan Coogler's movie, the fifth and final Marvel superhero blockbuster in the list, was the highest-grossing film of 2018 in North America, scored seven Oscar nominations and was hailed as a milestone in black representation on the big screen.


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7/22/2019 9:17:31 AM
<![CDATA[Ayamna el Helwa to launch Alex, Damanhur Summer Festival]]>
The Opera Summer Festival in Alexandria and Damanhour combines rich artistic colors. It comes within the strategy to enhance the Egyptian human capital through the provision of creative colors and conveying several positive messages to young people, encouraging them to embrace arts that carry precious values and develop awareness.

In Alexandria, the festival presents a varied artistic program including 25 concerts in three theaters: The Roman Theater, Sayed Darwish Theater (Alexandria Opera House) and Damanhur Opera House.

A group of stars and promising Egyptian and Arab talents will participate in the festival, including Ayamna el Helwa band, Medhat Saleh in cooperation with international Pianist Amro Selim, Masar Egbari, Black Theama, West el balad, Soundtrack orchestra, Tamer Ashour, Nesma Mahgoub, Khaled Selim, Marimba player Nesma Abdel Aziz, and Eman el Bahr Darwish, among others.

It is worth mentioning that Ayamna el Helwa will perform in the concert a collection of musical works from the early nineties, in addition to an outstanding collection of Arabic music, and a selection of monologues.



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7/21/2019 5:51:16 PM
<![CDATA[Marvel's 'Avengers: Endgame' to set all-time box office record]]>
“Endgame” ticket sales will overtake the $2.789 billion collected worldwide by James Cameron’s 2009 science-fiction epic “Avatar,” Disney said in a statement released on Saturday as it presented a new slate of films to fans at San Diego Comic-Con.

“Endgame,” released in theaters in April, is the culmination of a story told in 22 Marvel films that have drawn crowds to cinemas for a decade.

The movie stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson and others as a group of superheroes battling the villain Thanos, played by Josh Brolin.

Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige told fans at Comic-Con that “Endgame” was poised to reach the box office milestone. He also said “Endgame” probably would eventually lose the title to Cameron’s next film.

Cameron is scheduled to release four “Avatar” sequels starting in December 2021. Disney this year acquired the “Avatar” franchise with its purchase of film and TV assets from Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox.

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7/21/2019 4:46:55 PM
<![CDATA[National Center for Theater to celebrate July 23 Revolution]]>
The concert will be held on July 23 under the supervision of Khalid Galal, head of cultural production affairs.

The concert’s program includes a collection of some of the finest national songs sung by Egyptian icons to celebrate the July Revolution and its achievements, including “Ada el-Nahar”, “Ya Nesmet el-Horreya” (Breeze of freedom), “Besmellah Allahu Akbar” (In the name of Allah, Allah is Great”, “Tof we Shof” (Roam and see), among others.

The Egyptian July 23 Revolution took place on July 23, 1952 by the Free Officers Movement, a group of army officers led by Mohammed Naguib and Gamal Abdel Nasser. The coup aimed at overthrowing King Farouk’s regime.

The movement had more political ambitions, and quickly moved to abolish the constitutional monarchy and aristocracy of Egypt and Sudan, aiming to establish a republic, end the British occupation of the country, and securing the independence of Sudan.

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7/21/2019 4:00:44 PM
<![CDATA[Min. begins investigating in insulting video of Seqenenre Ra]]>
Sabah Abdel Razek, director of the Egyptian Museum, also filed another memorandum demanding launching an investigation into the insulting incident, unloading the cameras of the museum to reach the person who insulted the mummy.

It is noteworthy that a number of people on Facebook shared a video of a visitor of the Egyptian Museum while spitting and insulting the mummy of Seqenenre Ra during a tour inside the Royal Mummies Hall.

Nevin al-Aref, media advisor to the Ministry of Antiquities, said that she edited a memorandum to be submitted to the minister of antiquities to open an investigation into the incident.

Despite the fact that the man did not personally appear during the viral video, his voice was clear and his accent refers that he has Arab origins, as he slurred insulting words to the mummy, spitting on it at least twice.

According to Aref, the memo calls for an immediate investigation since it is strictly forbidden to photograph inside the mummies hall to preserve the mummies presented.

The investigation is aimed at reaching the date of filming the deviant video.


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7/21/2019 3:55:04 PM
<![CDATA[Check out summer’s new albums for various stars]]>
Most of the stars completed recording their new albums, while others are still putting their final touches.

Mostafa Amar

Famed Egyptian singer Mostafa Amar released the new promotional poster for his new album entitled “Dehekt Leya” (She smiled at me). The songs of the new album are written by Tamer Hussein, composed by Mohamed Yahya and distributed by Wissam Abdel Moneim. The album includes 12 songs.

Amar collaborated in his new album with a large number of composers, poets and distributors, including Hamid al-Shaeri, Ayman Bahgat Qamar, Amro Mustafa, Mohammed al-Hadi, Walid Saad, Amir Teima, Reda Zayed, Samah Karim, Moudi Saeed, Ramadan Mohammed, Osama Mustafa, Khaled Amin, Ahmed Alaeddin and others.

Ramy Sabry
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Sabry also released the poster of his latest album entitled “Farek Maak” (Do you care?). The songs of the album are written by Ahmed Ali Moussa and composed and distributed by Rami Sabry.

Sabry collaborated with a large number of poets, composers and distributors in his new album, including Ahmed Ali Mousa, Tamer Hussein, Amir Teima, Aziz el-Shafei and Hala Ali. Among the distributors is Galal Hamdawi, who previously collaborated with Rami in “Ragel we Ahed el- Donia”. The famed singer also collaborated with Tarek Tawakol and Tamim. Sabry also collaborated in his new album with composers Madin and Shadi Hassan.
Karim Mohsen
Karim Mohsen
Singer Karim Mohsen revealed the poster of his upcoming album entitled "Qabel Ba’a”. The songs of the album are written by Hossam Said, composed by Mahmoud Anwar and distributed by Mohamed Shafik.. The album includes 14 songs where Mohsen collaborated with a large number of poets and distributors including Hany Saro, Ayman Ezz, Ahmed Hassan Raul, Hossam Said, Islam Khaled, Mohamed Nassar, Omar Abdo Ali, Mohamed Mostafa Malak, in addition to a song written by Mohsem’s father, poet Mohsen Ezz. The composers include Mahmoud Anwar, Islam Zaki, Ahmed Youssef, Amr el-Shazly and Ahmed el-Shazly. Mohsen also composed a few songs included in the album.
Wama
Wama Band

The band’s new album, which features 10 songs, is scheduled to be released in August.
The new album re-unites the band members after years of separation. The band cooperated with a number of poets such as Ayman Bahgat Amar, Amir Teima, Nader Abdullah, and Tamer Hussein. The songs were composed by Mohammad Yahya, Rami Gamal, Ehab Abdel Wahid and Ahmed Fahmy.
Shaker
Haitham Shaker

Shaker also released the promotional poster of his new album which includes 12 songs. The songs were written by a number of poets including Aiman Bahgat Amar and Nader Abdullah, among others.
Mostafa Hagag
Mostafa Hagag

The famed singer released his new album’s promotional poster. In his new album, Hagag collaborated with a number of composers, poets and distributors, including Amir Mahrous, Aziz el Shafei, Mohammad Yahya, Toma, Antar Hilal, Wissam Abdel Moneim, Bilal Sorour, Mustafa Hassan, Osama Abdel Hadi and Yasser Nour.







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7/21/2019 3:47:03 PM
<![CDATA[Mohamed Hamaki to perform a massive beach concert at North Coast on July 26]]>
He recently performed a successful tour at Saudi Arabia. Hamaki's “Mel Bedaya” (From the beginning) has amassed millions of 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".

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 composers Amr Mostafa, and Mohamed Yahya and distributor Nader Hamdy.


Hamaki released his latest album "Kol Youm mn Dah" on January 24, 2019. This album came after a 3-year hiatus since his last album "Omro Ma Yegheeb".

Hamaki cooperated in this album with a notable cast of song writers, composers and distributors such as Ayman Bahgat Kamar, Nader Abdallah, Tamer Hussein, Amir Teima, Khaled Tag, Sherif Tag, Amr Mostafa, Tamim, Mohamed Yehia among others.

Hamaki is an Egyptian singer born on November 4, 1975.

He won many awards such as Best Arabic Act at the MTV Europe Music Awards, Music Award in 2006 for "Ahla Haga Fiki" (The best thing about you) album, Best Singer in 2016 at Murex D’Or, Best Middle Eastern Artist in 2016 at the BAMA (Big Apple Music Awards) Festival, Best Singer and Best Song for "Ma Balash" in 2015 at the MEMA (Middle East Music Awards) Festival, among others.

Hamaki is one of the jury members of "The Voice" program alongside Nawal al-Kuwaitia, Elissa, and Assi al-Hellani.

He is considered one of the most prominent pop singers in Egypt and the Arab world. On July 3, 2011, Hamaki was rushed to the hospital after suffering multiple heart attacks while recording.

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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7/20/2019 11:30:22 AM
<![CDATA[Massar Egbari to perform at Roman Theater July 25]]>
The Egyptian band released their latest album entitled ‘’ El Album’’ last March.

Massar Egbari participated in the events of the Arab Youth Festival that kick off on March 19.

Massar Egbari was the only Egyptian band performing in the festival which presents 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 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.
'Massar Egbari’’ is an Egyptian rock band founded in Alexandria in 2005. The band released their third album "Mosawamat" (Bargains) last July which brought them back to the music scene three years after releasing their album "Toqa’a w tqom" (Fall & Rise).

‘’Massar Egbari’’ was awarded the title of Young Artist for Intercultural Dialogue between the Arab and Western worlds’’. UNESCO honoured Massar Egbari in 2011 in Paris.


‘’Massar Egbari’’ participated in Black and White Music festival which kicked off on Friday, November 16, 2018, in Family Park at Al Rehab city.

The opening ceremony of the festival witnessed for the first time the participation of the most popular Egyptian bands such as, Black Theama, Sharmoofers, Wust El Balad, Karakeeb, Disco Misr.

Black and White Music festival is considered the first musical carnival of its kind in Egypt, the most famous 6 Egyptian bands performed on one stage in the longest continuous musical day that lasted 12 hours under the media auspices of Youm 7.


Massar Egbari band in cooperation with famed singer Ahmed Sheba previously released a song entitled “Enzel we Sharek” (Go out and participate), which invites citizens to participate in the referendum on the constitutional amendments.

The song was released under the slogan "For our country and for the next generations, go out and participate."
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7/20/2019 10:57:32 AM
<![CDATA[Mounir to release 'Mahmoum' song soon]]>
‘’ Mahmoum’’ is written by Amir Teima, composed by Waleed Saad and distributed by Ahmed Ibrahim.

After 17 years of absence Egyptian superstar Mohamed Mounir will participate in Jerash Festival for Culture and Arts performing a concert on July 27.

Mounir performed at Family Park on the Cairo-Suez road on March 1 to celebrate the release of his latest album "Watan" (Homeland).

Mounir performed as well 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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7/20/2019 10:46:15 AM
<![CDATA[U.S. rapper A$AP Rocky to remain in Swedish custody, Trump plans to intervene]]>
A district court agreed to a request from prosecutors for more time for their investigation of alleged aggravated assault by the 30-year-old performer, producer and model, whose real name is Rakim Mayers.

“The court decided that the artist will remain in custody until July 25 because of the flight risk,” Daniel Suneson, the prosecutor in charge of the case, said in a statement. “This gives us time to complete the investigation.”

The artist’s lawyer, Slobodan Jovicic, said the decision was expected but unfair, and that A$AP Rocky is innocent.

Consular Affairs Carl Risch met with Mayers on Friday, and was due to discuss the issue with the foreign ministry and the justice department during a two-day visit to Sweden.

Before his arrest, Mayers uploaded videos to his Instagram account of an altercation with two men, saying they had followed him and his entourage and that he had not wanted any trouble. The bodyguard was released without charge while a judge on July 5 extended the detention of Mayers and his two other associates.


Trump says he will call Swedish prime minister about rapper A$AP Rocky
“He (Mayers) believes he was assaulted and has acted in self-defence,” Jovicic told journalists.

The detention of Mayers, who attended the court dressed in a green T-shirt, has gained widespread attention including from Trump and U.S. first lady Melania Trump. More than 600,000 people have signed an online petition for his release, while fellow artists have expressed their support.

Trump said on Twitter he spoke with rapper Kanye West about the case on Friday and would be calling Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven “to see what we can do about helping A$AP Rocky.”

“So many people would like to see this quickly resolved!” Trump added.

West’s wife, reality TV star Kim Kardashian West, in a tweet on Thursday thanked Trump, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and White House adviser and Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner for trying to get Mayers released.

Kardashian West has worked with the Trump administration on criminal justice reform.

Trump told reporters on Friday he did not know Mayers but that “many members of the African-American community” sought his help for the rapper, who is black.

U.S. Representative Adriano Espaillat of New York, where Mayers was born, has also urged his release.

Mayers was detained on July 3 along with his bodyguard and two other members of his entourage in connection with a fight in a Stockholm city-centre street in the early hours of June 30. The performer was in Stockholm for a concert, and has had to cancel several shows in his European tour.




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7/20/2019 10:22:25 AM
<![CDATA[All you need to know about 2019 Eid al Adha film season]]>
Comedy star Mohamed Heneidy continues to film the scenes of his recently announced movie, “King Size”. The film is written by Omar Taher and directed by Islam Khairi.

Furthermore, famed star Ahmed Helmy is filming "Khayal Maata" (Scarecrow), which revolves around the life of an interior designer named Raouf in a social comedy attire. Besides Helmy, the film stars Menna Shalabi, Khaled el Sawy, Bayoumi Fouad, Hassan Hosni, Lotfi Labib and Abdul Rahman Abuzahra. It is written by Abdel Rahim Kamal and directed by Khaled Marei.

In addition, prominent singer and actor Tamer Hosny is in a race with time to complete the filming of “Kol Sana Wenta Tayeb”. The film stars Zeina, Khaled el Sawy and Aisha ben Ahmed. It is written by Mohamed Abdel Moty and directed by Hadi el Bagouri.

“Welad Rizk P II” cast is in the process of filming the final scenes of the movie to reserve a place in the 2019 Eid al Adha film competition. The film stars Ahmed Ezz, Amr Youssef, Ahmed Dawood, Ahmed el Fishawi, Mohammed Mamdouh, and Karim Qasim. It is written by Salah al Jehini, and directed by Tarek el Erian.
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Moreover, the cast of the much anticipated film "The Blue Elephant PII" has just finished filming its scenes. Its promo has recently been released for the upcoming Eid al Adha film season. “The Blue Elephant P II” is directed by Marwan Hamed, written by Ahmed Mourad, and is starring Karim Abdel Aziz, Nelly Karim, Hend Sabry and Eyad Nassar.

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The participation of Mohamed Imam’s film “Les Baghdad” (Baghdad’s thief) in the upcoming Adha season has not yet been confirmed. The film stars Fathi Abdel Wahab, Yasmine Raes, Mohamed Abdel Rahman Touta, Salah Abdullah, Ahmed Rizk, Tamer Ibrahim and Ahmed Khaled Mousa.

The same is true for Ahmed Mekki, who is currently completing filming his new film “Akd Yo’kad” (Knotting a Knot). The film is written and directed by Mekki. The film's participation in Eid al Adha film season of 2019 has not yet been confirmed.

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7/19/2019 12:07:00 PM
<![CDATA[Mohamed Ramadan to perform his 1st concert in Saudi Arabia in August]]>
Ramadan’s first concert achieved a booming success. The concert was held at Al Manara Int. Convention Centre on March 29.

Ramadan performed a selection of his songs that were filmed as video clips such as “Ana Mafia” (I am Mafia), “Virus”, “No. 1”, “Ana el-Malek” (I am the King) among others.
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 YousryNasrallah's “EhkyYaSharazad” (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” 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.


Famed international star Jean-Claude Van Damme previously praised Egyptian actor Mohamed Ramadan in a video published by Ramadan on his official Instagram account, after the two actors collaborated together in an advertisement.

"Hey Mohamed Ramadan, how are you? It was great working with you. I appreciate your kindness. You're a great actor, good face, good body and one day maybe we will work together, we'll see, inshallah," the famed actor and kickboxing star said in the video.

Ramadan partcipated in the last Ramadan marathon with his latest series ‘’Zelzal’’ alongside Hala Shiha, Hanady Mehana, Maged el Masry Ahmed Seyam, Nesrine Amin, Youssef Osman, among others. Shiha is returning back to acting after a long hiatus of 12 years.

In "Zelzal", Ramadan performs the role of both the father and son, an experience he previously succeeded in, in the series “Nesr El Saeed” 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 instalments and the last instalment 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 the production of Synergy.
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7/19/2019 11:48:07 AM
<![CDATA[Netflix sinks on subscriber losses, analysts still see growth]]>


Netflix shares fell about 11% on worries about its earnings report on Wednesday that showed lower-than-expected global growth and signs of trouble in its U.S. base ahead of Walt Disney Co’s (DIS.N) much-awaited launch of a rival service later this year.

Netflix, whose price-to-earnings ratio is by far the largest of the five big U.S. tech companies making up the so-called FAANG group, has quadrupled in value since 2015 but at $321 per share is down $100 from 2018 peaks. The other FAANG companies are Facebook Inc (FB.O), Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O), Apple Inc (AAPL.O) and Alphabet Inc (GOOGL.O).

The April-to-June period tends to be seasonally weak for Netflix in the United States, where warmer weather and longer days keep viewers outdoors.

Brokers Cowen & Co said Netflix had missed expectations for second-quarter subscriber numbers three times in the last four years. This year, however, the Los Gatos, California-based company set a series of aggressive price hikes, and lost U.S. subscribers for the first time in eight years.

“They raised prices in the U.S. by an average of $2 per month, and most subscribers learned about their increase during Q2,” said Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter.

“I think that was a much bigger driver of churn than a dearth of content.”

STILL A BUY
Ten Wall Street brokerages cut their share price targets to reflect Thursday’s fall, but did not downgrade the stock, still seen by a majority of Wall Street firms as a high-potential growth business and a clear “buy”.

The relatively small price drop in the company’s $12.6 billion of junk bonds affirmed the view that the second-quarter results are a blip. While all Netflix debt weakened on Thursday, the biggest price moves were just 2.5%, like on the 6.375% bond coming due in May 2029 worth $800 million, according to Refinitiv data.

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“We’re not concerned. We’re still keeping to our forecast,” said Neil Begley, senior vice president at Moody’s Investors Service.

The credit market’s faith in Netflix has allowed it to borrow at very cheap rates to fund content creation and acquisition. That is unlikely to change based on the disappointing second-quarter results, said Begley.

Netflix bond prices did not fall enough to attract bargain hunters. “I’d be looking for a 300 basis point spread or so in a new 10-year deal as fair value,” said John McClain, portfolio manager at Diamond Hill Capital Management. The spread on the 6.375% bond due in 2029 is around 275, he noted, “so I’d want a 325 basis point spread to get interested.”

While competition is set to heat up with the upcoming launches of Apple TV and Disney+, several analysts said Netflix’s global reach is likely to give it an edge.

Netflix added just 2.83 million international paid streaming subscribers, compared with Street expectations of 4.8 million, but it now has 151.6 million worldwide, dwarfing its nearest rivals Amazon Prime and HBO.

“By 2025, based on Disney projections, it looks like Netflix will be spending at least five times as much on content as Disney+,” said Pivotal Research Group analyst Jeff Wlodarczak.

“I also think Disney+ is likely to help accelerate consumers away from traditional Pay TV toward OTT (content over an internet connection) which should benefit Netflix.”

The company raised prices in Britain, Switzerland, Greece and Western Europe in the quarter, testing the waters in some of its wealthiest markets at a time when it is still spending massively more than it earns to win the content battle.

Netflix began the third quarter with the release of its 1980s-set smash-hit “Stranger Things” and will follow with new seasons of “Orange is the New Black” and “The Crown,” as well as the eagerly awaited Martin Scorsese movie “The Irishman.”

“We would note Netflix misses have been followed by strong quarters, and, along those lines, we expect Netflix’s very strong 2H slate will lead to a rebound in sub growth,” Credit Suisse analysts wrote in a client note.
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7/19/2019 11:38:00 AM
<![CDATA[Tom Cruise delights fans with first look at 'Top Gun: Maverick']]>
“Top Gun: Maverick,” due for release in June 2020, sees the return of Cruise’s cocky fighter pilot more than 30 years after the original movie launched his career as a global action star.

“I was always asked ‘When are you going to do another one?’ Well, you’ve been very patient with me. I felt like it was my responsibility to really deliver for you,” Cruise told fans gathered for the annual Comic-Con movie, television and comic book event in San Diego, according to entertainment website Deadline.

The trailer shows Cruise wearing Pete “Maverick” Mitchell’s famous leather jacket, racing on a motorcycle and flying a fighter jet through a narrow snow-filled canyon.

The sequel picks up decades after the 1986 box-office hit and features actor Miles Teller as the son of Anthony Edwards’ pilot Goose, who is killed during a training exercise in the first movie.

“Top Gun: Maverick” also stars Jon Hamm, Ed Harris and Val Kilmer, who reprises his rule as Maverick’s rival Iceman.]]>
7/19/2019 11:34:14 AM
<![CDATA[New 'Cats' movie trailer brings out the claws]]>
The movie, to be released in December, features Taylor Swift in her first film role, along with Jennifer Hudson, Judi Dench, Ian McKellen, Idris Elba and James Corden.

The film uses the actors’ faces and covers their bodies in computer generated fur as they sing and dance on a larger than life set.

Scott Mendelson, film critic for Forbes.com, tweeted that the trailer was “appropriately terrifying and insane, like a durg-induced nightmare. I can’t wait!”

“Taylor I love you but this is gonna give me nightmares,” a user called Charlotte Eller posted on YouTube. The trailer racked up more than 100,000 views in the first hour and the #Cats hashtag quickly became the top tending item on Twitter.

The film, directed by Britain’s Tom Hooper, who won an Oscar for “The King’s Speech,” is the first movie adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit stage musical “Cats.”

The unlikely stage musical, based on poems by T.S. Eliot, opened in 1981 and became one of the longest-running shows on both Broadway and in London.

In a behind-the-scenes video, Oscar-winner Dench, one of Britain’s most admired actresses, called the film “an Alice in Wonderland experience.”

Swift, known for her love of cats, said cast members did extensive movement workshops to embody their feline characters.

“As a cat lover, and a cat owner, he (Hooper) told me I was going to get to go to cat school every day. For work! What?!,” the delighted singer said in a behind-the-scenes video.

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7/19/2019 11:30:45 AM
<![CDATA[The projects for Malmo Arab Film Festival have been chosen]]>
The development fund and the post production platform are a way of promoting and supporting Arab filmmakers, but also encouraging cooperation between Arab and Nordic film industries.

The selection process was tough, as we have received many interesting projects. However, in the final stages, the true standout projects were discussed and considered at length by the entire selection committee and festival director.

MAFF is proud to announce the projects in competition for MAFF development and post-production funds.

Projects selected for competition in MAFF Development Fund:
Feature:

TO THE GOALSTRAIGHT, Arab producer: Safei Eldin Mahmoud, Swedish producer: Shaker K. Tahrir, director: Tamer Ashry, country: Egypt

I AM HERE BUT YOU CAN’T SEE ME, Arab producer: Nermine Haddad, Swedish producer: David Herdies, director: Feyrouz Serhal, country: Lebanon

COMMEDIA, Arab producer: Myriam Sassine, Swedish producer: Olivier Guerpillon, director: Myriam El Hajj, country: Lebanon

THE SEA NEEDS TO HEAVE, Arab producer: Alaa Alasad, Swedish producer: Helene Granqvist, director: Zain Duraie, country: Jordan

MOTHERHOOD, Arab producer: Sarra ben Hassan, Swedish producer: Frida Martensson, director: Myriam Joobeur, country: Tunisia
Documentary:
ETHEL, Swedish producer: Christer Nelson, director: Mohamed Siam, country: Egypt
LOOKING FOR SAADA, Arab producer: Rashid Masharawi, Swedish producer: Linda Mutawi, director: Areen Omari, country: Palestine

The day of Wrath, Tales from Tripoli, Arab producer: Jinane Dagher, Swedish producer: Sofia Reshmis, director: Rania Rafei, country: Lebanon

Short:

HABIB & THE THIEF, Arab Swedish producer and director: Naures Sager, country: Sweden

THE LAST DINNER, Arab Swedish producer: Eyad Eid, director: Wassim Kashlan, country: Sweden
A RESUME, Arab Swedish producer and director: Bassem Nabhan, country: Sweden

REPRESSION, Arab producer: Abed Lotfi, director: Mike Malajalian, country: Lebanon

THE GIRL IN THE MIRROR, Arab producer: Mohammed Taieb, director: Mohammed Tawfik, country: Tunisia, Iraq, Denmark

Projects selected for competition in Post Production Platform:

Feature:

MICA, producer: Lamia Chraibi, director: Ismael Ferroukhi, country: Morocco, France
FOR THE CAUSE, producers: Hassan Benjelloun and Rachida Saadi, director: Hassan Benjelloun, country: Morocco

THE WOMEN IN BLOCK “J”, producer: Rachida Saadi, director: Mohammed Nadif, country: Morocco

BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE, producer: Mohammed Ali ben Hamra, director: Majdi Lakhdar, country: Tunisia

STATE OF AGITATION, producers: Elie Khalife, Nicolas Khabbaz, and Mahmoud Karak, director: Elie Khalife, country: Lebanon

Documentary:

SUSPENDED WIVES, producer: Karim Aitouna, director: Mariam Addou, country: Morocco

THEIR ALGERIA, producer: Marie Balducchi, director: Lina Soualem, country: Algeria, France

EXTRA TIME, producer: Eslam Mosbah, director: Alaa Mosbah, country: Egypt

CAPTAINS OF ZA’ATARI, producer: Dina Emam, director: Ali El-Arabi, country: Jordan, Egypt

At least one representative from the selected 22 projects will be invited, by Malmö Arab Film Festival, to attend the MAFF Market Forum (5-8 October).


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7/19/2019 11:04:13 AM
<![CDATA[Donia Samir Ghanem to sing in AFCON closing ceremony]]>
Synergy Film Productions released a new promo song to encourage Egyptians to attend the final match of AFCON 2019 held in Egypt.

The final game is scheduled for Friday, July 18 and will be a fierce battle between Algeria and Senegal.

The encouraging promo song was created in order to complete the wonderful form of the organization of the tournament and to highlight the great appraisal that Egypt received from all over the world.

A number of stars participated in encouraging the fans to attend the AFCON final match. Despite the fact that the national team has been disqualified in an earlier stage of the tournament, the tournament did not end and the masses must support the country to the end.

Among the most prominent stars who participated in the promo are Amir Karara, Mostafa Shaaban, Ahmed Fahmy, Ahmed Salah Hosni, Mostafa Khater and Ashraf Abdel Baki.

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7/19/2019 10:53:15 AM
<![CDATA[The remains of residential settlement was uncovered at Kom El-Dikka ]]>

A well-preserved multi-coloured mosaic floor was found as well inside one of the houses of the dominion.


Head of the Egyptian-Polish archaeological mission Grzegorz Majcherek said the excavation work focused on the study of the unknown residential architecture of Roman Alexandria between the 1st and 3rd centuries AD because the buildings of that period are famous with their honourable decoration.

Majcherek further added that the main square of the newly uncovered mosaic is consists of six hexagonal panels featuring lotus flowers, framed by a circular guilloche pattern. Lotus buds can also be seen in spandrels.

“Overall, the design of the mosaic, additionally equipped with a transversal field in front decorated with astragals and rosettes, is typical for the triclinia – the most imposing of the dining rooms in a Roman house,” said Majcherek.

The composition, featuring a circle inscribed into a square, exceptionally popular in Roman Egypt, is considered distinctive for Alexandrian style.



The uncovered mosaic floor show the richness of the residents of these homes and the popularity of mosaic art in Alexandria.

The head of the Ancient Egyptian Antiquities Sector, Aymen Ashmawi, explained that the newly uncovered residential settlement dates between the 4th and 7th centuries AD.

The settlement houses a small theatre, a grand royal bath and a group of 22 lecture halls which are the remains of an ancient university.

Kom El-Dikka has been excavated by the Polish Centre of Mediterranean Archaeology in cooperation with the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities.


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7/19/2019 10:47:08 AM
<![CDATA[VIDEO: Acting stars urge Egyptians to attend AFCON final on July 19]]>
The final game is scheduled for Friday, July 18 and will be a fierce battle between Algeria and Senegal.

The encouraging promo song was created in order to complete the wonderful form of the organization of the tournament and to highlight the great appraisal that Egypt received from all over the world.

A number of stars participated in encouraging the fans to attend the AFCON final match. Despite the fact that the national team has been disqualified in an earlier stage of the tournament, the tournament did not end and the masses must support the country to the end.

Among the most prominent stars who participated in the promo are Amir Karara, Mostafa Shaaban, Ahmed Fahmy, Ahmed Salah Hosni, Mostafa Khater and Ashraf Abdel Baki.

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7/18/2019 2:44:24 PM
<![CDATA[IMAX launces 'The Lion King' in pure African atmosphere]]>
IMAX Egypt surprised its audience at the launch of "The Lion King", where it presented a performance presenting African dances and costumes and illustrating the African Savannah which the film portrays.

IMAX also prepared a photography studio to encourage the public to take commemorative photos with their favorite film characters.

African dance performances will run on Thursdays and Fridays before the opening of the 5:15 p.m., 7:45 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. shows.

"The Lion King" is presented by IMAX using the latest film technology of 3D, which provides the audience with the highest level of clarity, contrast, and accuracy, thanks to its screens which are enforced with the 4K technology.

The IMAX technology has 12 audio channels to give the viewers a surround sound system, enabling them to hear every sound and realize its source.

The IMAX cinema is designed in a way which allows the audience to see the entire screen, seated anywhere in the movie theater.

If the movie is shot with an IMAX camera, the viewer can enjoy a 26 percent larger image than the one provided by other normal screens, allowing for more details, especially with its huge curved screen.

"The Lion King" follows the story of Simba, the young cub who seeks to recover his throne as the king of the jungle after his father was killed by his younger brother. Simba faces many situations to learn the true meaning of courage and responsibility.

Golden Globe winner Donald Glover plays the sound performance of Simba, James Earl plays Mufasa and Chutel Egyofor plays Scar. Additionally, three-time Golden Globe nominee Beyonce plays Nala, and two-time primetime award nominee Billy Eisner plays Timmons.

The much-anticipated film is expected to achieve unprecedented success in Egypt and globally.



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7/18/2019 2:42:06 PM
<![CDATA[Adaweya, Sheba, Diab to perform in Sahel on July 18]]>
The iconic singer will perform alongside Ahmed Sheba and Diab in North Coast on Friday, July 18.

Sheba recently launched a new duet with Ehab Tawfiq entitled "Ashmi fe Rabena" (My expectations from God). The song has been produced as a video clip.

The song is written by Reda el-Masry, composed by Fares Fahmy, distributed by Zizo and directed by Yasser Essam.

It is worth mentioning that Ahmed Sheba performed the official theme song for the series "Zilzal" starring Mohammad Ramadan, entitled "Sibona fe Halna” (Leave us alone). The lyrics are written by Salah Attieh and composed by Sayed Rady.

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7/18/2019 1:21:46 PM
<![CDATA[Now streaming: La Casa de Papel Part 3]]>
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Part 3 of La Casa de Papel will begin with the gang spread all over the world enjoying their millions on paradise-like islands surrounded by clear blue seas and everlasting sunshine. But, after months of freedom, Rio is arrested. The group will have to come together again to save him the only way they know how: by pulling a heist.

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Once again we will see the brain of the Professor at work, doing what he does best: planning an even more ambitious heist. One that is more than just stealing: it’s a real attack on the authorities.

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La Resistencia will come together again, bring on new members, and harness the power of the masses to succeed. Because the only way to win is to be united.

The region's favourite family will be joined by new faces, including Hovik Keuchkerian who will play Bogotá and Jordanian-Spanish actress, Najwa Nimri who will play Alicia.
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7/18/2019 12:22:37 PM
<![CDATA['Blue Elephant P II' to screen in Eid al-Adha]]>
The much anticipated film is written by Ahmed Mourad and directed by veteran film director Marwan Hamed. The producer of the film presented its first promo- which achieved high viewership- a few weeks ago.

The events of the film’s second part begin five years after the events of the first part, where Dr. Yehya married Lubna and is summoned to the Department of Dangerous Cases.
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The second part of the "Blue Elephant" features the same cast of the first part, led by director Marwan Hamid and author Ahmed Murad. The film stars Karim Abdel Aziz and Nelly Karim. Tunisian actress Hend Sabry also joins the cast. Jordanian star Eyad Nassar participates as a guest of honor playing a significant role.

The first part of the film tells the story of Dr. Yehya, who returns after 5 years of elective isolation to work at Abbasiya Mental Health Hospital in the section that observes the mental health of criminals.

Yehya -Karim Abdel Aziz- ends up meeting an old friend who carries a very dark past which he tries hard to forget. Yehya encounters numerous surprises that turn his life over, changing his efforts to find the truth about his friend into a journey of discovering himself.

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7/17/2019 4:54:42 PM
<![CDATA[Ahmed Helmy’s 'Khayaal Maata' to screen in Eid al Adha ]]>
The film's name has been changed from “El-Shebak el-Azraq” (Blue window) to “Khayal Maata” (Scarecrow). The film's events take place in the 1960s, and focus on a decorator named Zizo, a paranoid man who suspects everyone around him.

The events begin with the character of Helmi, an old man who lives in the new millennium, narrating his story and his memories as a young man, and the sufferings he encountered. Helmi also tells the story of how he met his love, Pakinam, revealing the methods he used to marry his beloved.

Tamer Hosny is set to present the theme song of the film which is written by Ayman Bahgat Amar.

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



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7/17/2019 4:51:24 PM
<![CDATA['Hawadit el Champs Elyse'e', 'Bahr', 'Bela Dalil' to be broadcast in winter]]>
The first of these works is the series “Hawadit el Champs Elyse'e” (Stories of the Champs Elysse'e), written by Ayman Selim and directed by Morqus Adel. The series stars Eyad Nassar, Angy el - Mokadem, Farida Seif el Nasr, Mai Selim and Edward.

Actress Farida Seif el Nasr says that the screenplay depicts the 1940’s era; a time that she loved and wished to live in, as she views it as a time of good customs and respectful traditions.

“I embody a type of personality that I have not played before. I wish to present the role in the best way so that my fans would remember it for a long time," said the actress.

Another screenplay, titled “Bela Dalil” (Without a trace), was filmed in the Fifth Settlement. The series is a social thriller directed by Manal al-Saifi and written by Angy Alaa. “Bela Dalil” is starring Dora, Khaled Selim, Nicolas Moawad, Hazem Samir, Islam Gamal, Omar el Shennawy, Gamal Abdel Nasser, Inaam el Gertily, Maha Nassar, Diana Hisham, Ahmed Karara and Mohamed Shaheen.

It is worth mentioning that the series “Bahr” (Sea) that actor Maged el Masri completed filming in 2018 is awaiting an opportunity to be broadcast during the month of November.

The series is co-starring Mohammed Diab, Abdul Rahman Abu zahra, Tharaa Jbeil and Mohammed Ali Rizk, written by Ahmed Abdel Fattah and directed by Ahmed Saleh.

The series revolves around a man from Upper Egypt named Bahr, who encounters numerous situations during his migration to Cairo.

In the series, Masry plays his first leading role on the small screen. Numerous scenes have been filmed in several villages in Upper Egypt. It has been postponed from being broadcast on open channels several times, where the producing company decided to release it outside the Ramadan series marathon.


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7/17/2019 4:37:35 PM
<![CDATA[British TV delegation ends visit to Aswan]]>
Ahmed Ali Obaid, director of the press center for foreign correspondents in Aswan, clarified that the documentary, “Egypt's Lost City Drain”, is part of a series of documentaries that sheds light on the sunken, ancient and modern antiquities of Egypt.
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Made up of 10 documentaries, the series combines scientific data and digital creations to detect shipwrecks, treasures and cities sunken at the bottom of lakes, seas and oceans around the world, including the Gulf of Mexico, the Nile, the Indian Ocean, the Baltic Sea and the Atlantic Ocean.

The delegation, which includes photographer William David, sound engineer Stuart Waring and production assistant Catherine Pinnor, filmed in the governorates of Alexandria, Aswan, Abu Bakir, and Kom Ombo, among others, in addition to scattered views of the Nile River, a general view of the Nile and some fields on both sides of the Nile and the Nile islands.
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Egyptologist, Bob Bianchi, spoke about the sunken ruins and the great civilization of Egypt. Bianchi served as an archaeologist in Egypt for nearly 15 years and his eldest grandfather was a resident of Alexandria.

The documentary will screen on National Geographic in October.





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7/17/2019 2:57:32 PM
<![CDATA['L’autre' to stage at Frères Theater on July 20]]>
The play revolves around the embodiment of the eternal and continuous struggle between both genders, each trying to impose their identity on the other, in a series of drama scenes linked by a thread of feelings of sadness, joy, happiness, tension, hope, longing and other mixed emotions. The play depicts the feelings of each sex towards the other in a contemporary experimental drama.

“L’autre” is the product of the "Body and Identity" project with the support of the French Institute in Cairo, and is one of the projects of the Moghayer Group for Performing Arts, in partnership with the Tanweira Foundation for Cultural Development and Reflection Foundation for Arts, Training and Development.





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7/17/2019 2:51:28 PM
<![CDATA[Min.: 1st restoration works of King Tut’s golden coffin start]]>
The Ministry of Antiquities began the restoration works of the wooden coffin of King Tutankhamen, which was transferred from the tomb of the King to the Grand Egyptian Museum a few days ago in preparation of presenting it in the Golden King Collection.

Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Mostafa Waziri confirmed that the coffin was transferred after the permanent committee of Egyptian Antiquities approved the transport process at its June 2019 meeting.

Director General of Archaeological Affairs Al-Tayeb Abbas indicated that the coffin will be presented in King Tut’s collection at the Grand Egyptian Museum, with the rest of the other golden coffins, currently located in the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir and scheduled to be transferred to the Grand Museum.

For his part, Director General of the initial restoration and transfer of monuments at the Grand Egyptian Museum Eissa Zeidan explained that the restoration and maintenance of the coffin will take about 8 months, as the coffin suffers from cracks in the gold plaster layers and general weakness in other golden parts, adding that all damages have been documented and proven, creating a case report before the transfer.

The coffin was transported in the midst of high security procedures, under the supervision of concerned restoration workers and antiquities specialists, in cooperation with the Tourism and Antiquities Police forces.

All local and international media outlets will be invited within the next two weeks to witness the coffin's display at the Grand Egyptian Museum.



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7/17/2019 2:22:00 PM
<![CDATA[A Philosophy of Acting]]>
To what extent should an actor believe in the themes and ideologies of his movies?

Every man has his own opinions, doctrine and ideology, and actors are no exception. An actor must search for his own identity, because he might feel lost among all the different characters he plays. However, the real dilemma is how to balance between my own beliefs and desire to discover new lands.

If I limited acting to just my thoughts, my performance would be extremely constrained, dull and not innovative. This is why I welcome working with filmmakers and producers from different backgrounds, as long as their ideologies do not contradict with my own.

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Who is your character in The Guest) similar to in reality?

Yehia El-Tegani shares some characteristics of critics and writers such as Ibrahim Eissa, Farag Foda, Sayyid Al- Qemany and Islam Behery. I even see that he might look like Hassan Abdin or Abdallah Farghaly, supervised by the brilliant filmmaker Hady El Bagory.

Some critics argue that The Guest was a platform for the writer Ibrahim Eissa to reflect his political and religious views more than being a film with a particular plot, do you agree?

If the movie does not have an independent plot, the audience will never go to cinema to watch it. Audiences will never watch a movie only for its morals or lessons, no matter how many awards it might win. If a movie is not amusing and entertaining enough, the public will never admire it.

What comes first: money or liberty?

When I was a young man, I believed that liberty no doubt comes first; however, after some struggles and strive, I began to believe that bread winning comes first; imagine, if I am doing my utmost just to get by, then what do the struggles of poor people look like?
After gaining fame and success, I am convinced that justice outweighs both money and liberty. Now, I believe that dignity is more important, and losing it is more dangerous than death.

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How you make a balance between making blockbuster movies and highbrow ones?

I don’t believe in such notions; cinema depends mainly on talent and passion. It is illogical to say that the public could not get the aim of a particular movie, while scholars could because they are wise and cultured.

That’s ludicrous, because if the public does not get the message of the movie then you failed to achieve your task [as an artist or filmmaker] and not vice versa.

The Guest is a one-location movie; weren’t you worried that the audience might get bored?

Unity of place and time with a few actors is definitely a huge challenge for the filmmaker, not for me. After watching the movie, I was surer than ever that Hady El Bagory is a talented director and carried out his mission perfectly.

What was the most difficult scene in The Guest? And in your other movies?

The most complicated scene in The Guest was when my character confesses all the sins of their youth. Generally, each movie includes a particular scene that needs to be prepared well, such as the scene when I revealed my sexual orientation before my parents’ portraits in Omaret Yacoubian (The Yacoubian Building).

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Another is the role I play in the El-Gazeera (The Island) sequel, where I see my entire family assassinated before my eyes. There was also a scene in El Farah (The Wedding) when the mother passes away and I was perplexed about what should I do. In the TV series Khatem Soliman (Seal of Solomon), my favorite scene was when I fall apart before the judge while defending my daughter.

That scene in particular I repeated 13 times because I always felt that it might be better. Ironically, director Ahmed Abdel Hamid took the first take of the scene. In the TV series Heya We Da Vinci (She and Da Vinci), I adore the scene where I got back my memory and uncovered the truth. Usually, I like emotional scenes and feel they are much more difficult than all action scenes.

Which old movie would you have loved to play a role in?

The classic Egyptian movie The Thief and the Dogs by Shoukry Sarhan; I would have loved to play the leading role. For a foreign movie, I would have love to be in The Godfather sequel. I adore the Reda Troupe and wished to follow after him and other international patterns, such as the Spanish director Carlos Saura as well as the amazing duet Tim Rice and Andrew Matthews.

You were previously a theater director for more than 15 years, but after becoming a professional actor, you don’t work on any new plays. Why is that and do you think you might repeat this experience, especially in light of the current theater revival?

I worked as a director in independent theater for 15 years, forming a partnership with Hanager Arts Center. I graduated from the Faculty of Law in 1985 then earned my second degree from the Higher Institute of Theatrical Art in 1993. I worked as a director in Egyptian TV, and I am so grateful to my professors Hassan Hamid and Hoda Wasfi.

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I achieved a lot and won multiple awards; however, feedback and opportunities were so limited and the public admires my acting a lot more than filmmaking or writing. I came to a crossroads where I had to choose whether to satisfy my soul and dreams or to focus mainly on acting, and I chose the latter. But who knows, I might engage in new plays in the near future.

Who is the filmmaker you most want to cooperate with?

I would talk about filmmakers that I have not worked with yet and who I feel I would have a fruitful cooperation with, such as the Tunisian director Chawki Majri, as well as Egyptian filmmakers Hani Khalifa, Mohamed Yassin, Tamer Mohsen and the talented young writer and director Abu Bakr Shawky. If I get the chance to participate in an international movie, I would cooperate with the phenomenal duet Ben Affleck and Matt Damon.

What’s your philosophy in life?

My philosophy is “love life, but don’t beg to stay.” Yes, I definitely feel afraid of death, but I don’t let it get me; this is what keeps me aiming for justice and dignity.
How do you choose and prepare for your roles?

Firstly, I should fall in love with the role to play it while ignoring any pressure and conditions that might push one to accept particular work. I consider the perspectives of my wife, close friends, audiences of all social and cultural backgrounds and even the critics. At the end, I follow my own intuition.

I go deep into all my characters. It is similar to the relation- ship between the puppeteer and his puppets; he knows exactly how to move it to make it come alive. I create my characters from reality, totally immersing in it to the point that part of the character unconsciously remains after the film is done.

What do you believe in more, rational love or romantic love?

Mere love is blind so, reason should regulate the heart’s steps and impulses while conscience should guide both.

What do you read, your interests and hobbies?

I read Naguib Mahfouz, Salah Jahin, Sayyid Al-Qemany, Mahmoud Darwish, Paulo Coelho, Anton Chekhov and Gabriel Márquez. I like all to know all about Egyptian history, myths, political philosophy and popular culture.

I appreciate all kinds of art; enjoy acquiring and discovering different fields. I like all martial arts, travelling to unusual places, and going on cruises. I like Syrian cuisine and definitely Egyptian food too. In music, I like The Beatles.
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7/17/2019 1:57:12 PM
<![CDATA[Georges Wassouf to perform in Iraq on July 19]]>
The iconic singer will present a selection of his most popular songs during the concert, including “Youm el Wadaa” (The day of farewell), “Enta Gheirhom” (You are different), “Lesa el Donia Bekheir” (There is still good in the world), among others.

Wassouf recently uploaded his latest song “Seket el-Kalam” (No more to say) on his official Youtube channel. The song achieved huge success. “Seket el Kalam” is written by Atef Younis, composed by Shaker el-Mogy, distributed by Tony Saba, and directed by Ahmed al-Munajjid.

The clip featured scenes for Syrian artists Abed Fahad, Milad Youssef and Tatiana Moreeb. The idea of the clip revolves around a dramatic framework, where Abed Fahad played the role of a friend sitting next to Wassouf at the beginning of the clip.

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7/16/2019 3:18:46 PM
<![CDATA['The Lion King' to screen in Egypt starting July 17]]>
The film is a photorealistic computer-animated remake of the original cartoon released in 1994, which achieved unprecedented success at the time. "The Lion King" is Disney's second project this year- after "Aladdin"- to remake one of its classics. The revenues of "Aladdin" totaled up to nearly $1 billion worldwide.

"The Lion King" follows the story of Simba, the young cub who seeks to recover his throne as the king of the jungle after his father was killed by his younger brother. Simba faces many situations to learn the true meaning of courage and responsibility.

Golden Globe winner Donald Glover plays the sound performance of Simba, James Earl plays Mufasa and Chutel Egyofor plays Scar. Additionally, three-time Golden Globe nominee Beyonce plays Nala, and two-time primetime award nominee Billy Eisner plays Timmons.

The much-anticipated film is expected to achieve unprecedented success in Egypt and globally.


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7/16/2019 3:09:45 PM
<![CDATA[Hamaki to perform in North Coast on July 26]]>
Hamaki will perform the concert in one of the beaches of the North Coast, accompanied by his band. This is Hamaki’s first summer concert.

The concert is expected to witness a huge public presence due to Hamaki’s popularity and his well-liked songs.

Hamaki performed three successful concerts in Saudi Arabia, precisely in the city of Jeddah, amid thousands of his fans. Tickets for the three concerts were “sold out” in a record time.

Hamaki’s concerts came under the sponsorship of the Entertainment Authority of KSA headed by Turki al-Sheikh

Earlier in 2019, Hamaki released his new album “Kol youm men da” and achieved great success, especially after his collaboration with many poets and composers, including Ayman Bahgat Amar, Amir Taaima and others.


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7/16/2019 2:43:39 PM
<![CDATA[Khaled Galal launches 'Cinema Masr' on July 15]]>
The play stars the second batch of graduates of the department of acting in the Center of Artistic Creativity. The play tells the history of the Egyptian cinema through different scenes from the most prominent Egyptian films. The scenes featured artists with multiple talents in acting, singing, dancing and performing arts.

خالد جلال يكرم الفنانه سميرة أحمد في مسرحية "سينما مصر"

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Galal and his cast decided to honor Egyptian filmmakers by selecting a group of their works to include in the play, beginning with the minister of culture, who was honored as a musician and a flute player in several films by late iconic director Youssef Chahine.
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Also, veteran artist Samira Ahmed was honored with a scene from her film “El Shimaa”. Omar Abdel Aziz, director of "El Shaka men Haq el Zouga" (The apartment belongs to the wife), was also honored during the play by a scene from his popular film.
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Furthermore, late writer Ahmed Bahgat, the author of the film “Ayam el Sadat” (Days of Sadat), was also honored; his son Khaled Bahgat received the honoring. Late artist Riyad al-Qasabji, also known as "Shawish Attieh”, was among the honorees.
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In addition, Producer Hisham Sulaiman was honored as a pioneering film producer who made numerous films.
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"Cinema Masr" is presented and directed by Khaled Galal, written by Emad Abdel Mohsen, composed by Manar el-Shazly and produced by the Cultural Development Fund.

The play is starring Iman Ghoneim, Ghada Talaat, Amr Kamal Badair, Basma Maher, Rabab al-Qaid, Rabiaa Rafia, Maia Maher, Reham al-Shanwani, Shaimaa Abbas, Mohammad Abdo, Hala Marzouq, Ahmed Fawzi, Marwa Eid and Bahr el-Nuweihy, among others.













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7/16/2019 2:41:36 PM
<![CDATA[Netflix's new Arabic original 'Dollar' to launch Aug.8]]>
Advertising mastermind, Tarek (Adel Karam), is tasked with coming up with a million dollar idea for the launch of a new bank. He’s got it, but will only share his idea with the CEO. Something’s off, and the bank’s hard-hitting young CFO, Zeina (Amal Bouchoucha), can sense it. But can she put the pieces of the puzzle together before things get out of hand?

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DOLLAR is directed by renowned Syrian director, Samer Berkawi, the mastermind behind several regional award-winning hit shows including Al Hayba and Half Day. The show is produced by “Cedars Art Production - Sabbah Brothers”, the leading Production Company from the Middle East, and written by Hisham Hilal.

DOLLAR, the latest Middle Eastern drama is set to join Netflix diverse and growing slate of Arabic productions, with a unique format of 15 episodes which aims to capture the attention of a newer and younger generation of audiences in the Middle East. DOLLAR will mark the return of the Oscar nominee Adel Karam to Netflix, as well as the brilliant and talented Amal Bouchoucha.

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Talking about his second collaboration with Netflix, the director Samer Berkawi said, “I’m truly excited to be working with Netflix on our new series DOLLAR and am confident that the show will appeal to Netflix’s audiences worldwide. This project is an exciting one, bringing together themes of suspense and drama that showcase Amal Bouchoucha’s onscreen talents, as well as Adel Karam’s versatility beyond the comedy that he is known and loved for.”

DOLLAR will be streaming on Netflix from August 8, subtitled in 20 languages to 148 million members in over 190 countries.

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7/16/2019 1:54:43 PM
<![CDATA[AISF press conference set for Aug. 1]]>
The festival’s new edition is expected to bring together surprising singers and honorees for the first time.

It is worth mentioning that famed singer Asala participated in the opening ceremony of the festival’s 15th edition and Samira Saeed concluded the14th edition.


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7/16/2019 1:28:13 PM
<![CDATA['Bent Arabi' illustrates struggles of people with special needs]]>
Head of the Theatre Art House Ismail Mokhtar explained that the show reflects the daily grind of those with special abilities amid the difficulties of life, in addition to their frustration and self-denial, portraying in the end a world full of justice, beauty and tolerance.

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

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

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

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

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

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







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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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






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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Following his death, Mahfouz’s works further resonated in the Egyptian literary scene. AUC Press became his main English language publisher and agent of all translation rights. The agreement was signed with Mahfouz prior to his death.
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7/14/2019 3:50:00 PM