<![CDATA[rss-Arts & Culture]]> All Rights Reserved for The Cairo post <![CDATA[Arts & Culture]]>]]> 100 29 <![CDATA['Black Lives Matter' giant yellow mural painted on street near White House]]>
The huge mural occupies two blocks on the capital’s 16th Street. The city of Washington D.C. cleared the street so muralists could complete the work.

Using rollers and buckets of yellow paint, with brushes to finesse the edges of the letters, dozens of men and women, of different races and ages - some wearing roller blades, some work boots - painted the street. Many were sweating under the warm Washington sun.

Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said on Friday that the section of 16th street in front of the White House is now officially “Black Lives Matter Plaza.”

The death of George Floyd, a black Minneapolis man who died on May 25 after a white police officer knelt on his neck, has convulsed the country. As well as massive demonstrations and violent clashes with police in the biggest cities, hundreds of spontaneous demonstrations have popped up in little towns and rural areas across the nation in recent days.]]>
6/6/2020 12:28:27 PM
<![CDATA[Winging it: Paris gallery keeps visitors apart with extension hats]]>
The colourful papier-mâché hats are modelled on headgear from the Song dynasty, which ruled China between 960 and 1279, with extensions just long enough to keep wearers the one metre (three feet) apart stipulated in France’s COVID-19 regulations.


The first Song emperor is said to have ordered his officials to wear winged hats so that they could not gossip without being heard.

“Back in the day, these were worn to prevent public officials from whispering,” Dominique Pouzol, who designed the hats for the 59 Rivoli gallery, told Reuters. “And so, there was already then this notion of social distancing.”

Some of Pouzol’s creations carry a political message too, painted in the colours of the rainbow is a nod to gay rights.

“The hats are to protect us from COVID-19,” Pouzol said. “But I said to myself perhaps they can also shield us from ...human viciousness, from small-minded people.”]]>
6/6/2020 12:23:19 PM
<![CDATA[In pics: Cairo Airport Museum receives mummies, canopic jars, bronze statue, sculptures]]>
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The head of the ministry’s museums department Moamen Osman explained that the 12 transferred artifacts were carefully selected by the Supreme Committee for Museum Scenarios to enrich the museum exhibits.

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The transferred artifacts contains three mummies decorated with gilded cartonnage and painted scenes, a number of canopic jars, a bronze statue of a winged Isis, and some sculptures from the Greek and Roman eras.


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The secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, Mostafa Waziri, announced a detailed report about every artefact was prepared.

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Waziri assured that the artifacts were transferred following all the international scientific methods, also each piece was packed alone inside a box lined with reinforced foam and supporting it with straps to protect the transferred artifacts from any kind of vibrations during the transfer process.

Osman added that the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities is currently working on launching another museum at the airport inside Terminal 2 with an area of 150 square metres.






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6/5/2020 3:25:11 PM
<![CDATA[ET commemorates birthday of the magician Mahmoud Abdel Aziz]]>
His appearance in any film is a guarantee of its quality. For his audience, Abdel Aziz is “the delectation maker” whose performance always spreads cheerfulness no matter what role he plays. Egypt Today commemorates his birthday which falls on June 4.

Abdel Aziz was born in Wardeyan neighborhood in Alexandria on June 4, 1946, to a middle class family. He graduated from the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences at Alexandria University in the 1960s. Abdel Aziz first practiced acting on the university's theater.

He started his professional acting career in the 1970s’ with “Al-Dawama” (The Whirlpool) soap opera alongside the famous actors Nelly and Mahmoud Yassin; this series drew much attention to Abdel Aziz's talent. In 1974, he participated in the Egyptian classic film “Al-Hafeed” (The Grandson) which was his first movie.

During the late 1970s and early 1980s, Abdel Aziz's popularity dramatically increased as he starred in over 25 movies.

He was famous to be equally deft at both comedy and drama performances, and his success reached its peak when he performed in a group of the most significant movies in the 1980s.

In 1982, he participated in the magnificent movie “El-Aar” (Shame) playing the role of the addiction specialist who is torn between his work and the fact that his father was a drug dealer.

One of Abdel Aziz's unforgettable cinematic marks is his role in “El-Keif” (Addiction) in 1985. In this movie, Abdel Aziz performed the role of a singer who has a cacophonic voice yet his substandard songs still achieve booming success.

Salah, Abdel Aziz's character, succeeded with the help of his brother, a chemist, to invent a substance that is similar to drugs, proving that people get addicted to the idea of being drugged rather than to the drug itself.

Abdel Aziz asserted his fame in all Arab countries after his role in “Raafat el-Hagan," one of the most popular series in Egyptian television history. It is based on the true story of the famous Egyptian spy Refaat el-Gammal who was planted by the Egyptian Intelligence in Israel, where he lived for over 20 years before and after the October war.

Through his performance in this series, Abdel Aziz captured millions of TV viewers’ attention and hearts in Egypt and the Arab World. “Rafaat el-Hagan” shed more light on Abdel Aziz's Kazanova attitude, something that he continued to be known for throughout his career.

Among Abdel Aziz's other magical performances are his rules in “Kit Kat” in (1991), providing a dazzling performance of the sarcastic blind man with the great sense of humor despite his disability, and “Al-Saher” (The Magician, 2001).

Throughout his decades-long career, Abdel-Aziz starred in over 100 movies and numerous television series. Abdel Aziz dazzled his audience in 2015 with his successful series “Gabal el-Halal” (Halal Mountain) portraying the role of Abou Heiba, the powerful yet kind and fair drug dealer, showing the incredible contradictions that exist deep inside human beings.

In the beginning of his career, Abdel Aziz was that handsome guy suitable for romance films' posters only, but later he was lucky enough to work with some of Egypt’s most prominent directors, who came from different schools of art ranging from the realist, to the nationalist, to the feminist, to those who experimented with fantasy to tackle society’s macro problems Like Raafat el-Mihey.

The list also includes directors such as Mohamed Khan, Radwan el-Kashef, Samir Seif, Mohamed Kamel el-Qaliouby, Mohamed Haseeb, and Omar Abdel Aziz. These veteran directors managed to discover new areas in Abdel Aziz's performance; thus were able to shine his talent.

Abdel-Aziz was married to the famous Egyptian presenter Poussy Chalabi. He has two sons from his first marriage: Mohamed, a film producer and director, and Karim an actor.
The heartthrob Abdel-Aziz died on Saturday, November 12, 2016 at the age of 70.

Abdel Aziz will continue to spread happiness and inspire generations even after his death through his work which will remain immortal forever, engraved in the minds and hearts of his lovers.
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6/5/2020 1:59:07 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian movie 'Souad' was announced an official selection at the Cannes Film Festival 2020 ]]>

The Festival’s Artistic Director Thierry Fremaux, revealed the collective list of the lineup of the 73rd Cannes Film Festival that included a total of 56 films.

The film follows the story of two teenage sisters who live in a Delta city in Egypt.

One of them is leading a virtual life, which she keeps as a secret from their conservative family.

The film stars a number of acting talents casted from Egypt’s Delta cities, and has been shot in different cities outside of Cairo.

While the festival’s physical edition was canceled in May following the French government’s ban on large-scale events to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, the festival grouped the presented titles in one single list, without placing them in the usual categories.

Souad is a co-production between Egyptian producer Sameh Awaad, marking his production debut, Tunisian producer Dora Bouchoucha , producer and screenwriter Mohamed Hefzy , and Egyptian producer Mark Lotfy .

The film will be distributed in the Arab world by Film Clinic Indie Distribution (FCID). The film is co-written by director Ayten Amin and Mahmoud Ezzat in their second collaboration after ''Villa 69'' movie which was released in 2013, which received the Special Jury Award for a Film from the Arab World at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival.

''Villa 69'' was produced by Mohamed Hefzy’s Film Clinic.The film follows the story of two teenage sisters who live in a Delta city in Egypt.

One of them is leading a virtual life, which she keeps as a secret from their conservative family. The film stars a number of acting talents casted from Egypt’s Delta cities, and has been shot in different cities outside of Cairo.]]>
6/5/2020 1:46:49 PM
<![CDATA[In Pics: Elissa trends after her successful concert]]>CAIRO – 5 June 2020: Lebanese megastar Elissa gave a dazzling performance during her latest online concert which took place on June 4.

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During the successful concert , Elissa’s fans launched hashtag entitled ‘’Mekamleen Ma’a Elissa’’ ( We will Continue with Elissa) and the hashtag was trend number 4 in Egypt.


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The Lebanese megastar fans interacted much with her during this performance dubbing her with the Queen, the charming, the icon and the legend.

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The concert was organised by Saudi Arabia’s General Authority for Entertainment.

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Elissa's latest song "Ahwet El-Madi" (The Coffee of the Past) achieved huge success, amassing over 1 million views on YouTube. The song is written by Seham Sho'aa, composed by Mohamed Rahim and distributed by Kameel Khoury.

The famed Lebanese star released her song "Hangany Kaman w Kaman" (We will sing again and again) on April 11.

The heartthrob singer performed in Alexandria on December 12. This concert was Elissa's first in Egypt after her previous decision to quit singing. Later, she performed a massive concert in Dubai on February 14.

Elissa is one of Lebanon's most famous singers and one of the best known artists in the Arab world.

She was the best-selling female Middle Eastern artist for 2005 and 2009.
In 2005, 2006 and 2010, she received the World Music Award for Best Selling Middle Eastern Artist, and became the first Lebanese singer to receive the World Music Award for Best Selling Middle Eastern Artist.

It is worth mentioning that he Lebanese star has sold over 30 million albums worldwide.
Elissa is also one of the richest celebrities in Lebanon, with an estimated wealth of over $40 million. As of 2017, Elissa has had over 44 million followers on social media.





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6/5/2020 11:31:05 AM
<![CDATA['Chernobyl' tops TV award list as BAFTA lines up live show]]>
‘Chernobyl’, HBO’s critically acclaimed dramatisation of events surrounding the world’s worst nuclear accident, tops the roll-call of nominations announced on Thursday, with 14.

“We’ve had over 500 entries this year... (so) it was really fiercely contested,” BAFTA chair Krishnendu Majumdar told Reuters TV.

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Nominations fall into two categories, television and television craft, with winners of the former to be announced at the Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards ceremony on July 31.

As things stand with the coronavirus pandemic, nominees are expected to film their speeches rather than appear in person and there are no plans for a big audience. There will however be a live element to the BBC show, which actor and filmmaker Richard Ayoade will present.

“All those details are being worked out at the moment because the social distancing rules are changing. What we can say at the moment is that there will be a show in a studio and we’re working out the participants,” Majumdar said.




‘Chernobyl’ nominations include leading actor for Jared Harris, supporting actor for Stellan Skarsgard, and mini-series.

‘The Crown’, the warts-and-all account of the reign of Queen Elizabeth that aired its third season last year, has seven nominations, with Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s black comedy ‘Fleabag’ and Anglo-Japanese thriller ‘Giri/Haji’ on six each.

The British Academy Television Craft Awards will be announced online on July 17.

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6/5/2020 11:09:56 AM
<![CDATA[Not a billionaire, but Kylie Jenner is highest-paid celebrity, Forbes says]]>
Forbes estimated that Jenner earned $590 million in the last 12 months, mostly from the sale of a 51% stake in her Kylie Cosmetics line to Coty in 2019.

Jenner, 22, the half-sister of Kim Kardashian, made headlines a week ago when Forbes said that after reviewing data from the Coty sale, it no longer believed she was a billionaire as it had declared a year ago.

Jenner responded saying that the original Forbes estimate was based on “a number of inaccurate statements and unproven assumptions.”

West, who is married to Kardashian, followed with an estimated $170 million in earnings, much of it from his deal with Adidas for his Yeezy sneaker brand.

West was also the top-earning musician, followed by Elton John who raked in most of his estimated $81 million from a lengthy farewell tour.

Forbes said the Celebrity Top 100 earned a combined $6.1 billion before taxes and fees, a $200 million drop from 2019, after the coronavirus pandemic shuttered stadiums and sports arenas.

Tennis champion Federer took third place with an estimated $106.3 million, mostly from endorsement deals with the likes of Japanese clothing company Uniqlo and watch maker Rolex. He was followed by soccer stars Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi.



Forbes compiled the list by estimating pre-tax earnings from June 2019-June 2020, before deducting fees for managers, based on data from Nielsen, touring trade publication Pollstar, movie database IMDB, as well as interviews with industry experts and many of the celebrities themselves.

Newcomers this year included “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda ($45.5 million) and musician Billie Eilish ($53 million), who at age 18 was the youngest of the Celebrity 100.

Taylor Swift, who took the top spot a year ago, slid to 25th place after the conclusion of her “Reputation” world tour.


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6/5/2020 11:07:15 AM
<![CDATA[Jewellery & Crafts brand launches in Cairo's 'City of the Dead']]>
MISHKĀ brand presents leather goods, in addition to brass and silver handmade jewelry, well-crafted by a professional team consisting of 80 local women, working from a workshop close to the complex of Sultan Qaitbey.

"The word MISHKA means 'lantern' in Arabic, and our brand means a better life for the women living among these historic monuments," says Agnieszka Dobrowolska, Project Director at MISHKĀ. "It also means a new life for the City of the Dead."

Furthermore, the brand is inspired by the floral and geometric patterns that Mamluk architecture is characterized by. All products are handmade from local material and are sold at a MISHKĀ shop near the famed Sultan Qaitbey Mosque and in various other locations around the ancient city of Cairo, including Diwan Bookstores.

Also, MISHKĀ initially provided training for around 40 women from the Qaitbey area back in 2017. Their breath-taking productions were later developed into a brand by the Sultan Foundation, a non-profit organization supported by the Drosos Foundation.

The line includes earrings and necklaces trenched with a specialized jeweller’s saw and bench pin, in addition to coin purses, leather notebooks, eyeglass cases and tablet covers in an array of colors.

"We blend contemporary design with traditional Egyptian crafts," says Heba al-Naggar, production manager and designer. "And this lets people see Egyptian art through a different lens."

The MISHKĀ brand is part of a larger project co-held by the Sultan Foundation and ARCHiNOS Architecture, which aims to protect the neighborhood’s renowned tradition of handicrafts.

“The project aims to integrate culture into the life of the local community, while improving conditions and promoting cultural tourism to the Qaitbey neighborhood,” said Dobrowolska.

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Brass earrings (350 EGP) handmade by women in the Qaitbey neighbourhood of historic Cairo - MISHKĀ brand


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Brass earrings (250 EGP) inspired by the Mamluk architecture of Cairo's "City of the Dead." - MISHKĀ brand


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Business card holders or coin purses (95 EGP) handmade from the finest local materials. - MISHKĀ brand


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Large notebooks (250 EGP) handmade from leather and available in an array of colors. - MISHKĀ brand


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Hammered brass necklace (350 EGP) from Mishka's debut collection of leather and jewellery. - MISHKĀ brand

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Brass necklace (400 EGP) available in brass and plated brass.- MISHKĀ brand

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6/4/2020 7:31:26 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt’s Min. of Tourism & Antiquities to renovate Cairo's Bab el-Azab area ]]>
This comes in accordance with the contract signed by the Supreme Council of Antiquities with the Sovereign Egypt Fund, providing that the Supreme Council of Antiquities exclusively administers the archaeological area and the fund provides, operates and manages visitor services, aiming to revive archaeological areas and increase their historical and economic value.

The contract contributes to enhancing the investment process in the tourism field, as one of the best ways to advance tourism development and create a promising environment to attract tourism investment, develop archaeological sites, and raise the efficiency of tourism services in these sites.

The rehabilitation of the monumental buildings after their restoration is one of the most important methods of preserving them, which works to raise their efficiency, increasing their archaeological and cultural value and the economic return.

The state is keen to improve the quality of services provided to Egyptian, Arab and foreign visitors in the Citadel area -one of the most important tourist destinations in Egypt- and which lacks basic services for visitors.

The development and renovation of the "Bab el-Azab" area of the Citadel comes as part of a comprehensive plan to revive the closed area of the citadel and open it to the public, adding it to the list of historical and cultural attractions.

Furthermore, markets of crafts and heritage stores will be established, and art theaters will be managed.

Bab el-Azab is one of the doors of Salah el-Din Citadel, overlooking the Sultan Hassan School and the Al-Rifai Mosque. It is one of the largest and most beautiful Islamic structures in Cairo. The door is similar in composition to the doors of Bab el-Fotouh and Bab-Zuweila.

It is made up of two large rectangular towers that have a round facade above each room and between them t is a latch used to throw boiling oils on enemies who try to force themselves through the gate.

This door was built by Prince Radwan Khattkada Al-Jalafi, the leader of the El-Azab soldiers, in the place of an ancient door dating back to the Mamluk era. Khedive Ismail renovated the door.












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6/4/2020 5:40:07 PM
<![CDATA[Iraqi singer Rahma tests positive for COVID-19]]>
“My family and I are all infected with COVID-19,” commented Rahma on her Facebook account.

Rahma joins a number of artists and media personalities who have been infected with the coronavirus, most notably actress Ragaa el-Geddawi, singer Nihal Nabil, anchorwoman Aya Abdel Rahman, media personality Dina Howaidaq, Reham el-Esseili and Karim Ramzy.

It should be noted that Dr. Mohamed Reda, deputy director of the Abu Khalifa isolation hospital for quarantine, said that the health condition of Geddawi is stable, expressing his astonishment at the rumors that confirmed her death.

Reda added that Geddawi’s daughter announced that she was in a stable condition after being placed on a ventilator. He explained that some people show mild symptoms and should be placed in house quarantine but are unnecessarily being isolated in hospitals.

It is worth mentioning that Rahma and her family reside in Egypt.

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6/4/2020 3:25:52 PM
<![CDATA[Grand Hall in Port Said’s Opera named after legendary Mahmoud Yassin]]>
Ghadban said in press statements that he made this decision to honor the actor's long artistic career and his role in enriching the artistic movement with his works in cinema, theater and television, wishing him well-being and full glory.

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6/4/2020 2:57:48 PM
<![CDATA[Who is the Pharaoh of Prophet Moses?]]>
Recently, an initiative called "My Colorful Past" was launched. It uses the technology of facial recognition to reconstruct people's faces.

This project reconstructed the face of one of the greatest pharaohs ever, Seti I, claiming that he played a major role in the story of Moses.
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This pharaoh is very cruel and, according to the Bible, it was prophesied at his time that someone would be born and take his throne. This prompted him to order killing all male infants.

This led Moses’ mother to put him inside a box in the Nile; an Egyptian princess later found him and decided to raise him as her own child in the Pharaoh's Palace.
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The mummy of Ramses II - Twitter

The question here is, was that pharaoh Seti I or Ramses II?

Renowned Egyptian archaeologist Zahi Hawas said that no matter how many modern techniques are utilized to restore the faces of the ancient Egyptians, their 100 percent true forms will never be revealed.

Hawass added that in the past years, there were several attempts to restore the face of King Tutankhamun by several French, American, and Egyptian teams, but all of them showed faces that were not related to the young pharaoh.

In addition, Hawass mentioned in press statements that there is no archaeological evidence that Seti I was present in the era of the Prophet Moses.

Hawass added that there are no traces related to the prophets of God at all, and everyone who decides otherwise is simply relying on myths.

Hawass further referred to the fact that the mummies were studied by foreigners throughout the past years. He also said that whoever X-rayed the mummy of Tutankhamun ended up stealing parts of it and those who were studying the mummy Ramses II stole parts of his hair. The hair, however, was later restored.

“We could not establish whether or not Ramses II was the Pharaoh of Moses. Since it is not possible through CT scans to know if the mummy had died by drowning, the only thing that proves this is the lung and it is not present inside the mummy,” said Hawass.

Hawass explained that it is important to separate archeology from religion. It is not possible to know if the kings of the Pharaohs existed during the era of the prophets of God.

According to Hawass, the identity of Egypt’s Pharaoh has never been 100 percent disclosed. He also mentioned that the Torah mentioned that the Pharaoh of Egypt was two different kings and not one, which contradicts with the teachings of the holy Quran as it mentions the Pharaoh of Egypt as one person.

However, according to archaeological evidence, none of the specific Pharaohs have even been proved to be those who lived during the era of the prophets.





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6/4/2020 2:24:35 PM
<![CDATA[Winging it: Paris gallery keeps visitors apart with extension hats]]>
The colourful papier-mâché hats are modelled on headgear from the Song dynasty, which ruled China between 960 and 1279, with extensions just long enough to keep wearers the one metre (three feet) apart stipulated in France’s COVID-19 regulations.

The first Song emperor is said to have ordered his officials to wear winged hats so that they could not gossip without being heard.

“Back in the day, these were worn to prevent public officials from whispering,” Dominique Pouzol, who designed the hats for the 59 Rivoli gallery, told Reuters. “And so, there was already then this notion of social distancing.”

Some of Pouzol’s creations carry a political message too, painted in the colours of the rainbow is a nod to gay rights.

“The hats are to protect us from COVID-19,” Pouzol said. “But I said to myself perhaps they can also shield us from ...human viciousness, from small-minded people.”]]>
6/4/2020 2:17:41 PM
<![CDATA[Art van adds a splash of colour to drab Gaza life]]>
He and wife Arwa, both jobless college graduates, did painting in their spare time before coming up with the idea of putting their hobby to more productive use.

“We wanted to display our paintings to the public in vital places... Amid the coronavirus, we also wanted to make living,” he told Reuters.

There are no art galleries in the territory, run by the Islamist Hamas group since 2007.

However, some private and public institutions hosted exhibitions before the start of the epidemic, which has infected 69 and led to one death there.

Depicting mainly landscapes, flowers or portraits, Abu and Arwa’s paintings hang off the sides of the van, and he brings out more from inside once he has parked it and crowds gather.

Three other local artists are also partners in the project and over the past few weeks the couple say they have sold about 200 for between $4 and $10 each - comparatively large sums in a sealed-off community where the unemployment rate is around 50%.]]>
6/4/2020 2:13:05 PM
<![CDATA['Space Force': Political parody tackling Trump’s space dominance dream]]>
CAIRO – 3 June 2020: Season one from "Space Force" was released on May 29, 2020 on Netflix.

The new workplace comedy revolves around the four star general Mark R. Naird (Steve Carell) who has his own dreams of running the Air Force , and all of a sudden his dreams came true when he finds himself appointed to lead the newly formed sixth branch of the US Armed Forces, which is Space Force.

Mark takes his family and moves to a remote base in Colorado, where he and a colorful team of scientists and “Spacemen” are tasked by the White House with getting American boots on the moon again in a hurry and achieving total space dominance by 2024.

The comedy series stars Steve Carell (General Mark R. Naird), John Malkovich (Dr. Adrian Mallory), Diana Silvers (Erin Naird), Tawny Newsome (Captain Angela Ali), Ben Schwartz (F. Tony Scarapiducci, aka “Fuck Tony”), Jimmy O. Yang (Dr. Chan Kaifang), Lisa Kudrow (Maggie Naird), Alex Sparrow (Yuri ‘Bobby’ Telatovich), Don Lake (General Brad Gregory), Noah Emmerich (General Kick Grabaston), Fred Willard (Fred Naird), Jessica St. Clair (Kelly King) and Jane Lynch, Larry Joe Campbell, Patrick Warburton, Diedrich Bader, and Dan Bakkedahl as the (Joint Chiefs of Staff).


The co-creators of "Space Force" are Carell and Greg Daniels, who are at the same time "The Office" makers, so the audience was so eager to watch "Space Force" and had high expectations for it.

Such high expectations and comparison between the two series negatively affected "Space Force" as many see that technically it doesn’t have the same artistic value as "The Office". But, we have to evaluate each series separately.

Unlike most series, "Space Force" started strong then gradually became weaker. The series makers should have built on the strong start but unfortunately they didn’t.

The first episodes are far better than the other episodes, especially episode one; may be because it is the only episode written by Daniels and Carell, or because it housed late veteran actor Fred Willard as Naird’s father in his last role.

The workplace comedy is inspired by the real Space Force which is the newest branch of the US military.

The Space Force series makers intend to mock Trump's dream to impose US total space dominance. Despite Donald Trump’s name is never spoken in the series, it was clear that they meant Trump.

The series has a good portion of comedy and funny quotes, such as the scene when Naird said: ''The defence secretary announces that the president has tweeted his wish for “Boots on the moon by 2024. Actually it said ‘Boobs on the moon’ but we believe that to be a typo.”

Space Force series will not make the audience burst out laughing but they will laugh in some scenes.

It is a funny series but not a pure comedy one; it is also some sort of parody tackling Trump's dream of dominating space.

"Space Force" contains the three main elements that should exist in any comic series which are comedy, drama and satire, which is a good thing but the bad thing is that everything stopped in the middle.

Comedy isn't comic enough, drama isn't dramatic enough and satire isn't satirical enough!! And here lies the main dilemma of "Space Force".


The series contains some good comic subplots such as the one of US First Lady's redesign of Space Force's uniform which was really funny.

On the other hand there are some vague drama lines like the one of famed actress Lisa Kudrow who plays the wife of Naird, we find in the second episode, she is serving a jail sentence for 40 years, but it wasn’t clear what was her crime.

John Malkovich brilliantly embodied the role of Dr. Adrian Mallory, the sharp and arrogant head science advisor, who is hoping to prevent space from becoming the next great international battlefield.

Malkovich formed a good duet with Carell and even managed to steal the camera from the veteran Carell in some scenes. Carell was not in his peak, yet his performance is still captivating.

Jimmy O Yang and Ben Schwartz provided to the point performances, nothing outstanding maybe because all the supporting characters are not well defined in the plot.

Diana Silver provided a convenient performance reflecting the character of Erin Naird.

Lisa Kudrow is a veteran comedian who has a very good sense of humor but she was underused in Maggie Naird's role. If her drama line were drawn better, she would have definitely given a better performance.

"Space Force" cast is strong in general and delivers some really good performances but needed a better plot, drama lines and more defined characters.
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6/3/2020 6:32:16 PM
<![CDATA[Know about the most prominent archaeological openings in the coming period]]>
Waziri affirmed that the council is committed to completing the projects of restoration and development set for certain regions and museums to be ready for opening according to the pre-scheduled dates.

This includes opening museums in the New Administrative Capital, Sharm El-Sheikh, and Kafr El-Sheikh, as well as the Royal Vehicles of Bulaq, the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization in Fustat, and the Baron Empain Palace in Heliopolis District.

During the meeting, the minister of tourism and antiquities stressed the necessity to adhere to the set schedule for the openings and to prepare for reopening museums and archaeological sites for visitors in accordance with the approved health and safety regulations, to establish a unique and distinctive destination for cultural tourism in Egypt.






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6/3/2020 4:07:40 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt’s Cultural Production Affairs Sector to launch 3rd season of ‘Ana el-Masry’ competition]]>
This comes under the patronage of Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem, and within the activities of the ministry's initiative "Stay At Home - Culture is Between Your Hands" that the ministry launched in March 2020.

The competition will be held in the branches of Singing, Composing, Songwriting and Music Distribution.

The sector offers five awards this year, the first position will be granted LE 20,000, the second position LE 15,000, the third position LE 10,000, the fourth position LE 7,000 and the fifth position LE 5,000.

Contestants must be not less than 18 years of age and not more than 45 years old. The contestant must be an Egyptian national and can only submit two works. The duration of the songs submitted must be a minimum of 4 minutes and a maximum of 10 minutes.

The contestant must submit a signed declaration of all the parties participating in the song accepting the participation in the competition. The contestant cannot submit a work that has won any previous awards at any other contests.

The complete work is presented as a national song made up of lyrics, composition and singing in MP3 format and sent with the participation form to the following email: anaelmaasry2020@gmail.com.

The deadline for receiving the submitted works is August 1. The winning songs will be broadcast on the Ministry of Culture’s official YouTube channel.

It is worth noting that the Cultural Production Affairs Sector launches the third season of the competition, after the great success of the competition in its first and second seasons.
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6/3/2020 3:22:21 PM
<![CDATA[Zaki warns acting stars from ‘offending’ colleagues]]>
In a press statement, Zaki said that the syndicate has always strongly defended its members and supported their stances, so artists should not get carried away by stirring up discord and attacking their colleagues.

Previously, Zaki had revealed the reasons for the absence of artists at the funeral of the late veteran actor Hassan Hosni, explaining that the late actor is a professor and a fatherly figure of all acting generations. “We are not in a position of justification or defense, and there was a tribute made to him,” said Zaki.

He made it clear during press statements that the death of the veteran actor Hassan Hosni occurred shortly before dawn and burial usually occurs before noon prayer.

Zaki also revealed that Hosni’s family decided that the burial should be done quickly due to the current circumstances and it was about 10 a.m.

“The time-span between dawn and 10 a.m. was not enough,” commented Zaki, affirming that no one has the right to dictate (actors) how to feel towards Hosni and his demise.







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6/3/2020 3:11:39 PM
<![CDATA[Abdel Dayem to launch 'Memory of Creativity' documentary films]]>
"Memory of Creativity" comes within the e-initiative "Stay At Home. Culture is Between Your Hands."

On June 3 at 9 p.m., the movie "Knight of Shadow and Light" will be broadcast. The documentary illustrates the artistic career of the director of cinematography Ramses Marzouk and his most important works.

Abdel Dayem stated that the series includes a set of documentary films portraying biographies of the symbols of thought, art and literature. She added that she aims to introduce the the eternal symbols who wrote the history of Egyptian creativity to the new generations.

The minister of culture affirmed the continuation of efforts to develop society and spread awareness through the various tools of soft powers.

The film will be preceded at 8:30 p.m. with a lecture from the workshop program “Begin Your Dream” for preparing young actors.






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6/3/2020 2:58:32 PM
<![CDATA[Outdoor Swiss hotel 'rooms' give new meaning to light and airy]]>
Guests “perform”, without an audience, by spending the night in a double bed with unobstructed views of majestic landscape.

The services of a white-gloved “modern butler” — often a local farmer in jeans and Wellington boots — are included in the 295 Swiss francs ($300)-a-night cost.

Created by twin brothers Frank and Patrik Riklin and partner Daniel Charbonnier, the “Zero Real Estate” project aims to explode traditional approaches to hospitality in the country known for its luxurious mountain and lakeside resorts.

“The idea is that with ‘Zero Real Estate’, we make others the performers by performing the concept of real estate without hotel rooms,” Frank Riklin said during a preview.

Previous versions of the installation have featured beds in a nuclear bunker and at an elevation of 1,600 meters (5,250 feet) in the mountainous Grisons region of eastern Switzerland.

The novel coronavirus pandemic could make the concept event more attractive, the brothers say.

“The room without a wall and roof also shows a kind of liberation. There is probably no other place to enjoy a better ventilated room than this during summer in Switzerland,” Patrik Riklin said.

And if it rains? Guests can retreat to standby shelters in local farmhouses or barns.

($1 = 0.9604 Swiss francs)
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6/3/2020 1:02:25 PM
<![CDATA[In Pics: All you need to know about wood restoration works in GEM]]>
The king's holdings are being restored in the lab after having been waxed to be protected against environmental factors.

The wax layer worked to protect the artefacts to a great extent, but it took a lot of effort to remove that layer in preparation for the modern restoration using the latest scientific methods.

Some wooden parts have already been affected by wax, especially at the gilded sides, because of the oxidation process between the layer of wax and wood. Special restoration plans have been set up for these artifacts.

Two restorers are currently working at the wood restoration lab of the Grand Egyptian Museum; both are wearing face-masks and gloves, and applying social distancing.

The lab receives wooden artifacts of all kinds, whether they are colored, gilt wood, or inlaid. Work usually includes making available checks, documentation, analysis, and photographing. This is in addition to experimenting and conducting tests for materials that will be used in the restoration process, considering that each piece is a special case.

Restoration and maintenance works of antiquities are carried out within the wood restoration laboratories of the Grand Egyptian Museum by first developing a visualization of the treatment methods, and a time plan for the work presented to the museum managers and after approval, restoration begins.

Officials at the museum abide by the state’s instructions to reduce the number of workers at the museum. All employees and workers wear face-masks, and their temperatures are measured before entering the museum in the morning and before leaving in the evening.

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Part of Tutankhamun's holdings in GEM's wood restoration laboratory - ET

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6/2/2020 5:31:04 PM
<![CDATA[Sharm El-Sheikh Museum receives King Senusret III boats from Egyptian Museum in Tahrir]]>
The three large artefacts are the two wooden boats of Dahshur and a statue of baboon standing in the praise of the sunrise; each boat is more than 10 meters long and 2.3 meters wide.

The boats belong to King Senusret III from the Middle Kingdom; they are set to be shown inside a hall designated for them inside Sharm El-Sheikh Museum.

Moamen Othman, head of the museums sector, explained that these boats were discovered next to the pyramid of King Senusret III in Dahshur, and they were transferred to the Egyptian Museum to be re-installed and displayed.

The boats were transferred using the latest scientific methods to ensure their safety, where the vehicles were transported using a metal chassis made of stainless steel to easily move and lift the boats without affecting the body of the wooden boats.


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Director General of the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir Sabah Abdel Razek previously clarified that transferring artifacts to the Grand Egyptian Museum, Sharm El-Sheikh Museum and the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization is ongoing using the latest scientific methods in order to protect the artifacts from any damages.



Head of the Central Department for Engineering Affairs, Antiquities and Museum Projects Waad Abul Ela previously noted that works in the museum has been resumed since September 2018, after a hiatus of about 8 years, precisely in the aftermath of the January 2011 revolution, due to the lack of the necessary funds.

Advisor to the Minister of Antiquities for Museum Display Mahmoud Mabrouk mentioned in previous statements that the exhibition scenario in the Sharm El-Sheikh Museum will illustrate the daily life of the ancient Egyptian during the New Kingdom, where the displayed artifacts portray the civilized life the ancient Egyptians were experiencing during that era.

Also, the museum’s display scenario illustrates the ancient Egyptian’s interest with the wildlife, revealing how the ancient Egyptians cared about animals, birds, reptiles and insects in terms of raising, sanctifying, domesticating and treating them.




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6/2/2020 5:23:06 PM
<![CDATA[Ragaa el-Gidawy health condition deteriorated, transferred to the ICU]]>
Gedawy announced that she tested positive for the coronavirus last week. The famed actress is currently in the Isolation Hospital in Ismailia.

Famed TV anchor Wael el-Abrashy announced that he previously spoke to Gedawy and that she is in very good health, but her psychological condition is not okay, because she loves to be surrounded by her family and friends.

It is worth mentioning that Egyptian singer Nihal Nabil announced that she and her mother tested positive for the coronavirus.

Nabil and her mother are now receiving the needed treatment in their home quarantine.
"Family visits during Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr are behind the increase in the number of patients infected with COVID-19," presidential advisor Mohamed Awad Tag el-Deen said Sunday.

He added that medical facilities are “still able” to handle the expected numbers.

Although the restaurants and mosques were closed during Ramadan, which are places heavily frequented during the holy month, some people managed to exchange visits despite the curfew which began at 9 p.m.

Tag el-Deen explained in a press conference that a protocol and home quarantine are advised for mild cases, appealing to the public to follow preventative measures.

"The new procedures of diagnosis and treatment allow the immediate handling of coronavirus patients," the advisor stressed.

At the same press conference, Health Minister Hala Zayed stated that the number of quarantine hospitals rose from 18 to 340 with a total capacity of 35,152 beds, 3,539 ICU beds, 2,218 ventilators, 125 CT scanners, and 643 X-Ray devices.
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6/2/2020 5:17:19 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt’s Tourism & Antiquities Police in Minya seize 374 artifacts]]>
The seized items included necklaces, statues, scarabs, copper coins, as well as amulets of ancient Egyptian deities and sacred animals dating back to numerous eras.

Assistant Minister of Interior for the Tourism and Antiquities Police Reda el-Omda received intelligence from Assistant Director of the Tourism and Antiquities Police Mohamed Abdel Zahir that information has been received about a person in Abu Basht who possesses various antiques belonging to different ages.

A police force was formed under the supervision of Director of the Tourism and Antiquities Investigation Department Medhat Montaser. Investigations found the information to be correct. Permission was then obtained from the Public Prosecution, to search the defendant's house, Ahmed-F-H, 26, who has a bachelor’s degree in law.

A black granite scarab was seized with the title of King Tutankhamun, in addition to 25 amulets for ancient Egyptian deities and some sacred animals from the Middle Kingdom of the 17th region.

A 3-cm- tall limestone statue of a child from the Greek era was also seized, in addition to a 25-cm-tall wooden statue for the god Horus, dating back to the Pharaonic times.

Furthermore, a necklace made in the form of a lion was seized, as well as a pendant with a bunch of beads and 3 medium-sized lamp potteries dating back to the Greco-Roman period.

Also, seizures included 304 copper coins of various shapes and sizes dating back to the Greco-Roman era and an Ushabti statue of 10 cm in length, dating back to the Late Kingdom.

The man was taken into custody for further investigations as to how he had access to such rare and precious artifacts.

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6/2/2020 4:47:40 PM
<![CDATA[Elissa to perform online concert on June 4]]>
Elissa's latest song "Ahwet El-Madi" (The Coffee of the Past) achieved huge success, amassing over 1 million views on YouTube. The song is written by Seham Sho'aa, composed by Mohamed Rahim and distributed by Kameel Khoury.

The famed Lebanese star released her song "Hangany Kaman w Kaman" (We will sing again and again) on April 11.

The heartthrob singer performed in Alexandria on December 12. This concert was Elissa's first in Egypt after her previous decision to quit singing. Later, she performed a massive concert in Dubai on February 14.

Elissa is one of Lebanon's most famous singers and one of the best known artists in the Arab world.

She was the best-selling female Middle Eastern artist for 2005 and 2009.
In 2005, 2006 and 2010, she received the World Music Award for Best Selling Middle Eastern Artist, and became the first Lebanese singer to receive the World Music Award for Best Selling Middle Eastern Artist.

It is worth mentioning that he Lebanese star has sold over 30 million albums worldwide.
Elissa is also one of the richest celebrities in Lebanon, with an estimated wealth of over $40 million. As of 2017, Elissa has had over 44 million followers on social media.
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6/2/2020 3:07:08 PM
<![CDATA['Carmen' and coronavirus don't match: NYC's Met Opera closed till December 31]]>
“Social distancing and grand opera simply don’t go together,” general manager Peter Gelb said in a video message.

The 2020-2021 season had been due to open in September at the 137-year-old company’s 3,800-seat home in Lincoln Center. Four new productions will be postponed, according to the Met’s website.

The Met, one of the world’s leading opera houses, is among the latest cultural institutions to extend its closure due to the pandemic, which has hit live theater especially hard. The company, known for spectacular stagings of operas such as Georges Bizet’s “Carmen” and Giacomo Puccini’s “La Boheme,” furloughed its orchestra, chorus and stagehands in March.

Broadway theaters have extended their closure from mid-March until at least Sept. 6, while two major musicals in London - revivals of “Hello Dolly” and “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” - were postponed last week until 2021.

“As long as social distancing is required, we can’t put on performances here,” Gelb said.

He held out hope that by December “there will be a medical solution” to the coronavirus crisis that would allow the Met Opera to resume its shows on Dec. 31.

London’s Royal Opera House and Milan’s La Scala, which also suspended performances several months ago, have yet to announce their plans for the 2020-2021 season.]]>
6/2/2020 12:48:12 PM
<![CDATA[Frequent testing, less contact recommended to get Hollywood cameras rolling again]]>
An entertainment industry task force sent dozens of recommendations to the governors of California and New York, two of the largest U.S. production hubs, and was awaiting a green light to return to sets. Filming around the world was halted in mid-March to help curb the coronavirus pandemic.

In a 22-page blueprint, the task force urged regular testing for cast and crew and daily monitoring of symptoms through temperature checks or other measures. Crew members would be told to wear face masks.

Actors, however, would not be able to wear masks or other personal protective equipment while filming. They would be advised to minimize scenes with close contact or use digital effects to portray intimate moments. TV shows also would be discouraged from filming before a live audience.

The guidelines were developed by a task force that included representatives from Walt Disney Co (DIS.N), Netflix Inc (NFLX.O), AT&T Inc’s (T.N) Warner Bros and Comcast Corp’s (CMCSA.O) NBCUniversal, plus unions including SAG-AFTRA, IATSE and the Directors Guild of America.

Testing is “the cornerstone” of the recommendations and rapid results will be needed, according to a statement from Directors Guild President Thomas Schlamme and the group’s national executive director, Russell Hollander.




“Without testing, the entire cast and crew would be working in an environment of unknown risk,” the statement said.

Actors and those in closest contact with them should be tested more often, they added, since they will not be wearing personal protective equipment while on camera.

On Tuesday, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors will discuss its requirements for restarting productions in the county, home to several movie studios and sound stages.

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6/2/2020 12:44:54 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt's Min. of Tourism & Antiquities presents virtual tour of Abu Serga Church]]>
To enjoy the tour use the following URL:

https://my.matterport.com/show/?m=PfNu1RDRbZf

That church has a special place among the rest of the Coptic churches. This is because it is related to the journey of the Holy Family in Egypt.

The name of the church belongs to both Saints Sergius and Bacchus who were martyred in the Rusafa area in Syria according to the Christian belief.

Like the rest of the early churches, the church and its underground Labyrinths were designed in the basilica style. It consists of a cross-sectional area, longitudinal galleries and oriental apse (under which lies the Labyrinths).

The church is distinguished for its unique architectural and artistic features that reflect the spirit of Coptic architecture in Egypt, where the ambon, the baptismal bath, and the wooden veil inlaid with ivory is visible, in addition to religious scenes that represent saints and apostles on various domes and columns.

In addition, the church was built over the ruins of an ancient Roman castle. Some scholars believe that it dates back to the late fourth and early fifth centuries AD, while others see it as dating back to the seventeenth century AD.

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6/1/2020 9:23:32 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt’s minister of culture launches series of Youth Cinema Club Shows]]>
The shows come within the e-initiative “Stay At Home. Culture is Between Your Hands” and will be broadcast on the ministry’s official YouTube channel. The shows start June 1 at 9 p.m with the short feature film “Farda Shemal” directed by Sarah Raziq.

Abdel Dayem said that the Youth Cinema Club's screenings come to encourage young creators to present distinguished works that help restore the glories of the Egyptian silver screen, noting that a selection of films, documentaries, short narratives, and cartoons will screen.

Moreover, Abdel Dayem affirmed the continuation of the efforts to enrich the e-initiative to attract the various social segments to the artistic and intellectual content presented by the Ministry of Culture.

It is worth mentioning that “Farda Shemal” won the jury award at the second edition of the Luxor Festival for Egyptian and European Cinema.

The movie tells the story of two children at the train station, one of whom is poor and the other rich. One of the rich kid’s shoes fell while he was getting on the train, so the poor kid makes a great effort to return it, but fails. The rich kid then decides to throw his other shoe to the poor kid, as a logical solution to benefit from the pair.

The movie is preceded at 6 p.m. by the puppet theater show "The Journey of the Beautiful Era", produced by the Cairo Puppet Theater.

"The Journey of the Beautiful Era" is a fantasy show characterized by excitement and suspense. Its events revolve around the two children Marzouq and Merzouqa who traveled to the past to reach the era of King Akhenaten and the dawn of monotheism, setting out on a journey to explore that era and shed light on this stage in the history of Egypt and the Pharaonic civilization.

At 8:30 p.m., a new episode of the workshop “Start Your Dream” will be broadcast, which comes within the plan of the Ministry of Culture for distance training.


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6/1/2020 5:59:55 PM
<![CDATA[Christie’s to hold auction of Roman, Egyptian Antiquities ]]>
The auction will be held online, due to social-distancing measures as a means to battle the novel coronavirus.

Among the Egyptian antiquities offered for sale is an Egyptian canopic container, dating back to the late period of the 26th Dynasty [664-525 BC]. The price of the container is estimated at $60,000 - $90,000.

Canopic vessels are vessels used by the ancient Egyptians during the mummification process to store and preserve the bowels of the dead for the afterlife. It was usually made of limestone or pottery.

Not all viscera were kept in a single canopic jar; there were four types of canopic jars, one to preserve the stomach, a second one for the intestines, a third one for the lungs, and a fourth one for the liver. It was believed that the deceased will need his body organs in the afterlife.

There were no containers for the heart however, as the Egyptians believed it was the location of the soul and so it was left inside the body.

Canopic vessels in the era of the Old Kingdom were distinguished by being rarely engraved, and had a mediocre lid. In the Middle Ages, inscriptions became more and more common, and the lids came in the form of human heads.

In the 19th Dynasty, the covers of the four containers were made so that each depicted one of the four sons of Horus, the guardians of the organs inside the vessels.
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6/1/2020 5:51:36 PM
<![CDATA[Abdel khaleq to ET: We created a mimicry of El-Barth's events to honor the Egyptian army champions]]>
Abdel Khaleq told Egypt Today, "We all exerted our maximum effort to create a mimicry of El-Barth's events to honor our Egyptian army champions and martyrs."

The rising Egyptian actor said that during shooting the series he understood the meaning of Prophet Mohammed's words when he described Egypt's soldiers as "The best on the planet," and gave them his blessing.

"I prepared for Farag's character by contacting Yassin, the brother of the great martyr, to know more about him."

Farag, as described by Abdel Khaleq, was very brave, loved by all his colleagues and friends and was always keen to participate in the military operations to protect Egypt from the coward terrorists.
"Farag was one of the first martyrs of El-Barth ambush; when the attack on the ambush began, he went towards his car, took his weapon, and began exchanging fire with the terrorists and he departed this life while carrying his weapon," Abdel Khaleq explained.
Abdel Khaleq had to lose weight and perform a number of physical exercises and trainings to play the character.

The highly successful Egyptian series "El-Ekhteyar" managed in episode 28 to prove that it is not just a series; it is a national documentation to one of the most heroic and immortal military battles in the history of Egypt and the world, El-Barth battle.

El-Barth battle is a tale of pride, bravery, and strength.

The great martyrs and those who survived from our Egyptian army champions represent the true meaning of "Fida" or sacrifice. They chose to die with pride defending their homeland as they have always lived with pride.

They kept holding their weapons until the last breaths and prevented those coward terrorists from taking their place or put their dirty flag on their unit.

The terrorists were targeting the late great Egyptian military icon Ahmed Saber Mansy, who was like a thorn in their throats.

Mansy foiled several of the terrorists' attacks in North Sinai, where the army besieged the terrorists and foiled attacks that targeted a number of checkpoints in El-Barth village in Rafah, North Sinai in 2017.

Mansy was the commander of the Thunderbolt Forces and was killed in El-Barth battle.



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6/1/2020 5:49:40 PM
<![CDATA[Latifa, only Arab star to participate in Cannes Film Festival’s online charity event]]>
The selection was made by Caroline Schouffle, the owner of the Chopard Jewelry house, for the annual charity event held on the sidelines of the festival.

Schouffle chose Latifa to participate alongside a number of international stars in the charitable evening this year.

The ceremony will take place online from the Chopard house in Switzerland under the title "Cannes comes home."

Among the attendees are Julio Iglesias, Lionel Richie, in addition to several world actors. The global celebration's revenues will go to the Swiss Red Cross on June 6.
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6/1/2020 5:29:07 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian stars launch awareness campaign to co-exist with COVID-19]]>
The stars are calling for the need to adhere to all precautions and to wear protective masks when going to public places or confined places where crowding is prevalent.

Famed actress Mona Zaki posted a picture on her official Instagram account, where she appeared wearing a face mask and riding her bike on the street, to raise awareness of the need to adhere to all the precautions to confront COVID-19.

Also, mega-star Tamer Hosni called on his followers and fans on his official Facebook account to take all the precautionary measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and commit to wearing the masks and dispose of them safely after using them, so that no one uses them again.

Hosni also posted several pictures of individuals selling face-masks in the street.

In response to one of his followers who was asking about the reason for not applying day-time curfew, artist Nabil Al-Halafawi tweeted, “The world cannot bear the consequences of a complete shutdown and a productive paralysis anymore, especially that nobody knows how long we will have to live with this virus, so they decided to coexist with the virus by avoiding it as much as possible (by wearing face-masks and practicing social-distancing) until a defensive weapon (a vaccine) and an offensive weapon (treatment) are reached.”

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6/1/2020 5:05:23 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian singer Nihal Nabil tests positive for coronavirus]]>
Nabil and her mother are now receiving the needed treatment in their home quarantine.
It is also worth mentioning that Aya Abdel Rahman, anchor-woman of the Egyptian Extra News channel, announced on May 31 that she tested positive for the coronavirus.

Additionally, veteran Egyptian actress Ragaa el-Gedawy tested positive for the coronavirus. The famed actress is currently in the Isolation Hospital in Ismailia.

Famed TV anchor Wael el-Abrashy announced that he previously spoke to Gedawy and that she is in very good health, but her psychological condition is not okay, because she loves to be surrounded by her family and friends.

"Family visits during Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr are behind the increase in the number of patients infected with COVID-19," presidential advisor Mohamed Awad Tag el-Deen said Sunday.

He added that medical facilities are “still able” to handle the expected numbers.

Although the restaurants and mosques were closed during Ramadan, which are places heavily frequented during the holy month, some people managed to exchange visits despite the curfew which began at 9 p.m.

Tag el-Deen explained in a press conference that a protocol and home quarantine are advised for mild cases, appealing to the public to follow preventative measures.

"The new procedures of diagnosis and treatment allow the immediate handling of coronavirus patients," the advisor stressed.

At the same press conference, Health Minister Hala Zayed stated that the number of quarantine hospitals rose from 18 to 340 with a total capacity of 35,152 beds, 3,539 ICU beds, 2,218 ventilators, 125 CT scanners, and 643 X-Ray devices.

Egypt recorded 1536 new coronavirus cases on May 31, raising the total number of confirmed cases since the outbreak in Egypt to 24985.


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6/1/2020 2:06:40 PM
<![CDATA[ 'The Knight and The Princess': the first feature-length animation film to represent Egyptian cinema internationally.]]>
''The Knight & The Princess’’ is the first Egyptian animated feature film that had its world premiere at the 3rd edition of GFF, that took place from September 19 to 27, 2019.



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


El Gouna Film Festival or GFF is an annual film festival established in 2017, hosted in the Red Sea resort town of El Gouna, Egypt. The inaugural festival started September 22, 2017

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6/1/2020 11:59:14 AM
<![CDATA[Artist Christo, known for wrapping exteriors of landmarks, dies at 84]]>
“Christo lived his life to the fullest, not only dreaming up what seemed impossible but realizing it,” the office of the artist, born Christo Yavacheff, said in a statement.

Christo escaped from then-Communist Bulgaria in 1957, first to Prague and then to Vienna and Geneva. A year later, he moved to Paris, where he met his wife and art partner, Jeanne-Claude Denat de Guillebon. He lived in New York for 56 years.

In 2018, he presented “The London Mastaba” - a 20-metre-high (66-foot) sculpture of an ancient Egyptian tomb, made from 7,506 red, white and mauve barrels put on a platform in a lake in London’s Hyde Park.




Christo and Jeanne-Claude, who died in 2009, are also known for such works as “The Gates,” a 2005 installation in New York’s Central Park, and the wrapping of the Reichstag in Berlin in 1995 in a vast silvery curtain.

His latest project envisioned wrapping the Arc de Triomphe in Paris in 25,000 square metres (269,100 square feet) of recyclable polypropylene fabric in silvery blue and 7,000 metres (23,000 feet) of red rope.

“Christo and Jeanne-Claude have always made clear that their artworks in progress be continued after their deaths. Per Christo’s wishes, ‘L’Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped’ in Paris, France, is still on track for September 18 – October 3, 2021,” the statement said.





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6/1/2020 11:50:54 AM
<![CDATA[Fadel Chaker makes a strong comeback with 'Gheeb']]>

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Chaker will come back strongly in the coming days by releasing a number of single songs for his fans to make up for the years of absence.

Furthermore, Chaker also released the promotional poster of his new song "Wahashtouni" [I Miss You], set to be released in the upcoming days. The song is written by Qusa and composed by Sahm.

Chaker has also recently released a new single, titled "Btwhashenni", written by Mohamed el-Refai and composed by Walid Saad.

On the other hand, Chaker’s artistic team is working on the completion of his new album, which consists of six songs, to be released as singles during the upcoming period.

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5/31/2020 4:31:13 PM
<![CDATA[Aya Abdel Rahman tests positive for coronavirus]]>
Abdel Rahman commented on her official Facebook account, "I have tested positive for the coronavirus. All I need in the upcoming period is your genuine prayers. I have great faith that I will overcome this virus thanks to your love and support. I will be back soon to tell you my experience with COVID-19."

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Abdel Rahman had also posted a video of an Egyptian child who lives in the United States of America repeating Mansi's name [in reference to the legendary Egyptian martyr Ahmed el-Mansi who died in El-Barth terrorist attack in 2017 when terrorists ambushed members of the Egyptian Armed Forces].

The child’s father, Nizar, said that his son considers the Egyptian hero Ahmed el-Mansi his idol, and that he continuously repeats his name. Nizar further stated that his son is always eager to follow-up Egypt’s news, and that he always makes sure he links his son to his original homeland.

The child’s mother said via Skype on “El-Haqiqa” [The Truth] program broadcast on Extra News that her son loves the Egyptian army and knows everything about the Egyptian hero Ahmed el-Mansi, and that the series “El-Ekhtiyar” [The Choice] influenced him greatly.




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5/31/2020 4:27:38 PM
<![CDATA[Adel Imam’s 'Valentino' to be rebroadcast on CBC]]>
The series is directed by Rami Imam and written by Ayman Bahgat Amar.

The veteran actor returned to the Ramadan season through the series “Valentino” in 2020, where it was initially set to be broadcast during Ramadan of 2019, but it was postponed due to lack of time.

“Valentino” co-stars Dalia el-Beheiri, Dalal Abdul Aziz, Wafa Sadiq, Tariq el-Ebyari, Hoda el-Mufti, Mohammad Kilani, Rania Mahmoud Yassin, Ilham Abdul Badi, Suleiman Eid, Badria Tolba, Ahmed Farid, Gamil Barsoum, Mohsen Mansour, Alaa Amr and others.

The series revolves around Nour Abdel Hamid, famous for [Valentino] and his wife Afaf, who possess a chain of schools called Valentino Schools. Due to Afaf’s dominance, many differences arise between the couple throughout the events of the series
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5/31/2020 3:31:17 PM
<![CDATA[Tamer Ashour promises his fans a second online concert]]>
He also revealed he will release the video clip of his new song "Ayam" soon, stressing that the upcoming concert will be different.

Ashour performed his first online concert on May 28, to break the boredom of the imposed house quarantine and encourage his fans to stay indoors to battle the COVID-19 pandemic.

During his first online concert, Ashour presented a wide variety of his most popular songs and appeared on a stage with his band. The concert achieved more than 106,000 views in the first hour.

Ashour finished recording one of the songs of his new album written by Ahmed el-Malki and composed by Mohammadi. The song’s name is yet to be decided.

Ashour is cooperating with Malki after the success of the song “Ololo Samah”, which was released in 2019 and achieved great success. Ashour and Malki also cooperated in another song from the album “Ayam” entitled "Ba’ali Zaman", composed by Mohammed Khalaf and distributed by Al-Nabulsi.

It is noteworthy that Ashour released his latest album "Ayyam" on March 21, 2019. The album consists of 12 songs, including “Ayam”, “Habebe Enta Habebe”, “Salam”, “Khalsana”, among others.


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5/31/2020 3:28:23 PM
<![CDATA[France's Louvre museum to reopen July 6, Versailles June 6]]>
In a statement, France’s most visited museum said a booking system and new signposting would offer visitors the maximum possible safety while they are in the building. They will be asked to wear a mask and keep social distancing.

“Even if it was possible to discover the Louvre’s treasures virtually during lockdown, nothing can replace the emotion of standing in front of a work of art; that is the raison d’etre of museums,” Louvre director Jean-Luc Martinez said.

Between March 12 and May 22, the Louvre’s website received 10.5 million visitors, compared to 14.1 million in all of 2019.

The number of virtual visitors per day to the site soared to about 330,000, with a peak of nearly 400,000, compared to about 40,000 visitors per day before the coronavirus crisis.

The Louvre also said the Tuileries garden in front of the museum would open on Sunday, but collective games and gatherings of more than 10 people would be banned.

Both had been closed on March 13.

The announcement follows new steps unveiled on Thursday by Prime Minister Edouard Philippe to ease the lockdown.

Culture Minister Franck Riester said in a statement France’s main historical sites and museums would reopen gradually between early June and mid-July, starting with Loire valley castle Chambord on June 5 and the Palace of Versailles on June 6.

In Paris, the Quai Branly Museum of indigenous civilisations will reopen on June 9, followed by the Musee d’Orsay, home of the French impressionists, on June 23.

On July 1, the Grand Palais will kick off a major exhibition on Pompeii and the Centre Pompidou’s exterior escalators will start lifting visitors to its modern art shows. The Picasso museum will re-open in the third week of July.]]>
5/31/2020 2:23:51 PM
<![CDATA[Hassan Hosny: The Joker of Egyptian cinema, drama ]]>CAIRO – 30 May 2020: Veteran Egyptian comedian Hassan Hosny passed away in the early hours of Saturday at the age of 89 due to a heart attack.



Hosny was not just a veteran actor with one of a kind unique talent, he was the friend of everyone, the father of all young actors and the professor who wants all his students to be clever even cleverer than him.


The renowned comedian was like the quality certification of any play, movie or series he participates in, a valid guarantee that you will strongly laugh and feel the true meaning of joy and happiness.

Hosny was one of the very few icons of Egyptian art in every sense of the word and this was clear from his huge popularity not only in Egypt but in the Arab world as well.




Born in Cairo in 1931, the grand actor first discovered his talent when he was in school.

He soon recognized his artistic talents that’s why he was keen to participate in all the shows and theatrical plays in his school.

Hosny received numerous medals and certifications from the Ministry of Education.

During early 1960s, he joined the military’s theatrical group and participated in many plays.

At the beginning of his career Hosny participated in small roles number of movies such as "La Wakt Lel Hob" (No Time for Love) in 1963 and the movie "Bent el-Heta" (Neighborhood's Girl) in 1964.

A lot of good surprises were waiting for Hosny in the 1970s as he participated in several movies such as "Sook el-Hareem" (Females' Market), "Hob Wa Kebreya’a" (Love and Pride), "Madinat el-Samt" (City of Silence) and many others.

In 1980s Hosny continued to participate in successful movies such as "Sawa’a el-Otobees" (The Bus Driver), directed by Atef el-Tayeb.

Hosny’s role in that movie in particular made him shine more as a very talented actor and was a great turning point in his acting career, shedding light on his abilities to master the role of a villain.

The star continued co-operating with Tayeb in several movies such as "El-Bare’e" (The Innocent) in 1985 and "El-Horoob" (Getaway) in 1991.Hosny worked with numerous other pioneer directors in the film industry in Egypt, such as Mohamed Khan, Osama Fawzy and Dawood Abdel Sayed.

Furthermore, 2000s witnessed Hosny’s great success as a veteran comedian as he started to play significant roles in movies starring young comedians and actors at the time, such as Ala’a Wali el-Din, Mohamed Henedy, Karim Abdel Aziz, Mohamed Saad, Ahmed Helmy, Mohamed Emam and Ramez Galal.

Hosny high sense of humor made him the joker of all the Egytian comedy films on the last 20 years.

His cinematic repertoire includes a series of important roles in a number of sucessful comic movies such as "Abood Ala el-Hodood" (Abood on The Border), "Africano", "El-Lemby" “El Nazer”, "Karkar", "Katkout", "Askar Fe el Mo'askar", "Bobos" among others.

His theatrical repertoire include a number of highly successful plays such as ‘’ Hazmeny Ya’’, ‘’ Tara’eo’’ among others.

Hosny had an artistic career that spanned over 50 years’ experience in theatre, cinema and drama. He was also a member of the board of directors of Egypt's Representative Professions Syndicate.


Hosny received many prestigious awards, the most prominent was the Faten Hamama Excellence Award he received from the 40th Cairo Film Festival.


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The Faten Hamama Award is the highest level prize granted by the Cairo International Film Festival.



On Dec. 25, a ceremony was held within the activities of the Theatrical Professions Syndicate Festival's fourth edition where Hosny was honored.

The honoring was held at the Theatrical Professions Syndicate in Qasr al-Ainy street.

Ihab Fahmy presented the ceremony, explaining that the idea of honoring Hosny this year was brought up to the syndicate’s Council, where all its members agreed without any hesitation.

Hosny, accompanied by the two stars, Mohammed Saad and Mohamed Henedy, got on the stage and were welcomed by Head of Theatrical Professions Syndicate Ashraf Zaki, Salah Abdallah, Suleiman Eid, Ahmed Shafiq, Os Os and Ihab Famy.

A song, made especially for the veteran actor was played, followed by a screening of a short documentary filmed in Hosny’s house, where he spoke briefly about his artistic career.

Famed actor Henedy spoke about how he was raised looking up to the work of the veteran actor, and that he learnt a lot about acting from Hosny, stressing that all those who attended the honoring ceremony were there out of love and not just because they were doing their job.

The honoring ceremony was attended by a number of artists, including Ihab Fahmy, Mohsen Mansour, director Amr Abdin, Amr Abdel Aziz, Azouz Adel, Soliman Eid, Menna Badr Tayseer, Hassan Abdel Fattah, Yousra el-Masoudi, Yousra Wagih, Martina Adel, director Mostafa Fekry, Mohamed el-Sawy, Mustafa Mansour, Hossam el-Gendy and his wife, Manal el-Hamrouchi, and Fatima.

A picture of a sculpture for Hosny made by Mahmoud Fouad went viral on Twitter, with numerous praising the work of the young artist.

Numerous tweets expressed great appreciation of the work of the young sculptor, who managed to create a replica of the prominent actor's features.

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Other comments expressed the brilliance of the sculptor and the artistic outcome as a whole on Hassan Hosny’s hashtag that topped the trending topics for August 22 on Twitter which showed the high popularity of Hosny and his huge fan base.

Moreover, artist Ahmed Salah Hosni expressed his admiration for the sculpture and tweeted, “Mr. Hassan deserves more than this.”

It is worth mentioning that the veteran actor last role was in the movie “Khayal Maata” (Scarecrow) staring Ahmed Helmy, Menna Shalaby, Khaled el Sawy, Bayoumi Fouad, Lotfi Labib, Abdel Rahman Abu Zahra, among others. “Khayal Maata” is directed by Khaled Marei.

Hours before his death, the renowned comedian suffered a heart attack and was moved to Dar El-Fouad Hospital's ICU.

The funeral took place at Hosny's family graveyard near the Cairo-Fayoum Desert Road.

Many Egyptian and Arab actors extended their condolences to Hosny's family. Many were keen to attend the funeral despite the pandemic lockdown because all of them were strongly attached to him.

Certain roles usually build the fame of an actor and add a lot to him but in very rare cases the actor himself who adds value to any role he performs and Hosny was from this type of actors.




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5/30/2020 7:17:56 PM
<![CDATA[Florida officials approve Walt Disney World reopening plans]]>
The successful reopening of its parks is a signal event for Disney and the rest of the world as governments and companies strategize how to move out of lockdown while the novel coranavirus is still a threat.

The state also cleared Sea World Entertainment Inc (SEAS.N) to reopen on June 10, said Halsey Beshears, secretary of Florida’s Department of Business and Professional Regulation, in a memo sent to officials in Orange County, Florida.

When the Disney parks reopen, guests and employees will be required to wear masks and undergo temperature checks. The resort will suspend parades, fireworks displays and other activities that create crowds.

Disney will encourage contactless payment systems and expand its existing mobile order systems in restaurants, it said on Wednesday. It plans to restrict the number of guests, who will be required to reserve their park passes ahead of time.

Starting in January, the media and entertainment giant closed theme parks around the world to help curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. The company had estimated it lost $1 billion at its theme parks division from January through March.



On Wednesday, Disney Chief Executive Officer Robert Chapek told CNBC the company currently has about 20,000 people per day visiting Shanghai Disneyland, which reopened on May 11 with mandatory masks, temperature screenings and social distancing for visitors and employees.

Disney is soon expected to reveal plans for reopening its Anaheim, California, Disneyland amusement park, the company’s original themed attraction.

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5/30/2020 4:36:34 PM
<![CDATA[Kylie Jenner is not a billionaire, Forbes magazine now says]]>
The magazine said it reviewed financial data released by Coty Inc, which bought a 51 percent stake in Jenner’s Kylie Cosmetics company in November 2019.

Those financial filings show “Kylie’s business is significantly smaller, and less profitable, than the family has spent years leading the cosmetics industry and media outlets, including Forbes, to believe,” the magazine said.

Forbes now estimates the net worth of Jenner, 22, at around $900 million.

Writing on Twitter on Friday, Jenner said the recent story was based on “a number of inaccurate statements and unproven assumptions.”

“What am I even waking up to. I thought this was a reputable site,” she wrote.

Jenner, half-sister of Kim, Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian, debuted Kylie Cosmetics in 2016 with $29 lip kits containing matching lipstick and lip liner.

She first grabbed the spotlight in the “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” reality TV show she starred in with her mother and siblings.


In her Twitter postings on Friday, Jenner said she was “blessed beyond my years, I have a beautiful daughter, and a successful business and I’m doing perfectly fine.”

“I can name a list of 100 things more important right now than fixating on how much money I have,” she added.]]>
5/30/2020 4:34:13 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian embassy in Canada promotes cultural touristic destinations in Egypt ]]>
Ambassador Ahmed Abu Zaid, the Egyptian ambassador in Canada, explains that virtual tours for 14 archaeological sites all over Egypt were carefully chosen in order to show the diversity of the Egyptian civilization.

These tours were sent to the members of Canadian parliament and Senate, as well as members of the Canadian government and the ambassadors of different countries in Canada, in addition to the Egyptian community.

The tours will provide to Canadians the opportunity enjoying those virtual visits during their confinement as well as encouraging them to visit Egypt soon after the return of tourism traffic to its regular movement .

The tours include the tomb of Meresankh III, the tomb of Menna, the Ben Ezra Synagogue, the Red monastery and other sites]]>
5/30/2020 4:31:05 PM
<![CDATA[Veteran Egyptian comedian Hassan Hosny dies aged 88]]>
Hours before his death, the renowned comedian suffered a heart attack and was moved to Dar El-Fouad Hospital's ICU.

The funeral took place at Hosny's family graveyard near the Cairo-Fayoum Desert Road.

Many Egyptian and Arab actors extended their condolences to Hosny's family. Many were keen to attend the funeral despite the pandemic lockdown.

Born in Cairo in 1931, the actor first discovered his talent when he was in school.

Hosny had an artistic career that spanned over 50 years’ experience in theatre, cinema and drama. He was also a member of the board of directors of Egypt's Representative Professions Syndicate.

He starred in countless films, including “Nasser 56”, “El Nazer”, "Karkar", "Katkout", "Askar Fe el Mo'askar", "Bobos" among others.

Hosny received many prestigious awards, the most prominent was the Faten Hamama Excellence Award he received from the 40th Cairo Film Festival.]]>
5/30/2020 10:50:18 AM
<![CDATA[Tamer Hosny, Cheb Khaled 'Wa enta Maayia' clip amasses over 6 million views on YouTube]]>
The video clip was released on May 24. ''Wa enta Maayia'' is written and composed by Hosny.

Egyptian channel ON E presented Hosny's concert celebrating Eid el Fitr on May 24 at 10 pm.


Megastars Mohmed Mounir, Tamer Hosny, Samira Said, Saber Rebai, Wael Gassar and Carole Samaha all participated in the massive operetta "Enta Akaw" (You are Stronger) that was in April.

The renowned Egyptian writer and poet Medhat el-Adl, who wrote the lyrics of "Enta Akwa", said that the song is Egypt’s message to humanity in the coronavirus crisis.

Adl added that all these stars didn’t take any money and all the revenues of the song will be given to the coronavirus patient’s families.

The renowned poet added that all the participants followed all the precautionary measures against the coronavirus as Rebai will record and shoot his part in Tunisia, Gassar in Lebanon, and Said from El Gouna.

Egyptian stars Mounir and Hosny recorded and shot their part in Egypt. "Enta Akwa" was directed by Tarek al-Arian.

Hosny had his 1st standing concert in Jeddah on Feb.27 as part of JTTX Music Festival.


Hosny’s latest movie "El-Feloos" (The Money) was released in Egyptian cinemas on December 25 achieving booming success.

“El-Floos” is also starring Khaled el-Sawy, Zeina, Aisha bin Ahmed and Mohammed Salam. It is written by Mohammed Abdel Moti and directed by Saeed el-Marouk.


TikTok platform announced its partnership with megastar Tamer Hosny on New Year's Eve.

Hosny posted his first TikTok video wishing his fans health and success as part of the #2020MakeAWish challenge and pledged to bring another level of style and diversity to his content in 2020.

Hosny also wished everyone a Happy New Year through a TikTok video message screened on the Burj Khalifa.

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 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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5/29/2020 3:21:14 PM
<![CDATA[Elissa's song Ahwet El Madi achieves huge success ]]>


The song is written by Seham Sho'aa, composed by Mohamed Rahim and distributed by Kameel Khoury.

The famed Lebanese star Elissa will release her song ''Hangany Kaman w Kaman'' ( We will sing more and more) on April 11.

Elissa performed a massive concert in Dubai on February 14 and performed at MUST Opera House in October city on December 13. The heartthrob singer performed in Alexandria on December 12. This concert was Elissa's first in Egypt after her previous decision to quit singing.

Elissa revealed having breast cancer in her clip "Ela Kol Ely Beyheboony" (To All Those Who Love Me), in which she shed light on her struggle with the disease and her recovery.

She is one of Lebanon's most famous singers and one of the best known artists in the Arab world. She was the best-selling female Middle Eastern artist for 2005 and 2009.


In 2005, 2006 and 2010, she received the World Music Award for Best Selling Middle Eastern Artist, and became the first Lebanese singer to receive the World Music Award for Best Selling Middle Eastern Artist.

It is worth mentioning that he Lebanese star has sold over 30 million albums worldwide.

Elissa is also one of the richest celebrities in Lebanon, with an estimated wealth of over $40 million. As of 2017, Elissa has had over 44 million followers on social media.]]>
5/29/2020 2:33:49 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt's Ministry of Tourism & Antiquities organizes a virtual tour for Tutankhamun’ s hall ]]>
On the 4th of November 1922, British archaeologist Howard Carter made the most spectacular discovery in the history of archaeology: the tomb of the young king Tutankhamun.

Painstakingly excavated over the course of almost ten years, its four small rock-cut chambers hidden beneath the sands of the Valley of the Kings yielded over 5,000 incredible objects, bearing witness to the life and death of this king.



Most likely the son of the “heretic” king Akhenaten, Tutankhamun ascended the throne at around the age of nine, in the aftermath of the great religious upheaval of the Amarna Period.

He was married to Ankhsenamun, third daughter of Akhenaten and his chief queen, Nefertiti. Early in his reign, the golden pharaoh restored wealth and power to the great god Amun-Re, whose worship Akhenaten had suppressed.

Although a recent CT scan of Tutankhamun’s mummy has revealed interesting new information about the techniques in his mummification, and has confirmed that he was about 10 when he died, the cause of his death is still uncertain.

Most of the objects discovered in the tomb of Tutankhamun on display here were actually used during his lifetime.

Others, in contrast, were made specifically to be buried with him. What both types of objects have in common, however, is that they all stand as testimonies to their makers’ mastery of their craft, and to the great wealth that the royal treasury had accrued through the empire that the kings of the New Kingdom had built.

Among the most significant of Tutankhamun’s objects on display are:

1-The Gold Mask

2-The innermost coffin, made of solid gold

3-The middle coffin

4-The gold coffinettes for his internal organs


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5/29/2020 1:15:53 PM
<![CDATA[Matteo Bocelli sings 'Lion King' hit as Disney songs go classical]]>
The full “Disney Goes Classical” album will debut in October, Walt Disney Co and Universal Music Group’s Decca Records said in a statement.

The album features songs from Disney movies including “The Jungle Book,” “Frozen” and “Aladdin” and music by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Other performers include American soprano Renee Fleming.




Bocelli, 22, previously sang a duet with his father, “Fall on Me,” which played during the closing credits of the 2018 Disney movie “The Nutcracker and The Four Realms.”

“Can You Feel the Love Tonight” was written by Elton John and Tim Rice and won an Academy Award for best original song in 1994.]]>
5/29/2020 12:55:05 PM
<![CDATA[Chris Rock, Rosie Perez appear with New York Gov. Cuomo, urge mask wearing]]>
The celebrities, both of whom grew up in the New York City borough of Brooklyn, said they would take part in public service campaigns urging New Yorkers to take the pandemic seriously, wear masks and take other steps to prevent the spread of the sometimes fatal virus.

Rock said he was seeing about 40 percent of people in Brooklyn wearing masks.

“It’s the kids who really aren’t wearing a mask, and you know, it’s sad,” he said. “It’s sad that our health has become, you know, a sort of political issue ... It’s a status symbol, almost, to not wear a mask.”




Perez briefly spoke in Spanish.

“To mi gente, wear a mask, please,” she said. “The numbers in our communities are staggering. This is not a joke. This is not a hoax. This is real.”



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5/29/2020 12:51:22 PM
<![CDATA[Tourism ministry participates in AU Commission forum for arts, culture, heritage]]>
In a statement on Thursday, assistant tourism minister for investment and developing financial resources Eman Zidan said that the ministers discussed the urgent measures taken y the member states to support the arts, culture and heritage sector in Africa in line with the UN’s continental strategy to address the impacts of COVID-19.

During the forum, Zidan added that she reviewed the efforts of the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities and its response to the virus crisis, highlighting the ministry’s disinfection and sterilization campaigns at the archaeological sites and museums.

She asserted that work continued at various projects of the sectors so as to be opened after the end of the pandemic.

She also highlighted the applications launched by the ministry to offer people virtual tours of a number of archaeological sites and museums as part of the initiatives launched under the slogan “Experience Egypt from Home. Stay Home. Stay Safe.”

She underlined that the ministry is working on the digitization of a number of services offered to visitors.

The virtual meeting also touched on the measures taken by the ministry with regard to the partial opening of hotels and the occupational health and safety requirements needed to be ensured, she noted.]]>
5/28/2020 5:19:42 PM
<![CDATA[Indian culture center in Cairo to organize online yoga workshop in June]]>
The event falls within the framework of celebrations to mark the International Day of Yoga and efforts to promote public health.

In a statement on Thursday, the Indian Embassy in Egypt said that many studies showed that yoga helps enhance productivity and improve the decision-making skills.

The three-day online workshop will last for 90 minutes, it added.]]>
5/28/2020 5:14:36 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt’s Min. of Tourism & Antiquities plan after archaeological sites re-open]]>
Recently, some countries have begun to reopen a number of archaeological sites, which raises the question; what will be the upcoming situation in Egypt?

Director of the Pyramids Archeological Zone Ashraf Mohieddin clarified the plan for the area once it is reopened for visitors, to combat the spread of the virus.

Mohieddin said that if the state takes a decision to reopen the archaeological Pyramids’ area for visits, all precautionary measures in accordance with the state’s instructions will be applied to prevent the spread of the virus; masks and gloves will be worn by both visitors and workers in the archaeological area.

Furthermore, Mohieddin stated that the temperature of all visitors will be measured before entering, and the area will be sanitized daily.

Mohieddin added that it is possible to reduce the number of visitors to the area to apply social distancing in a precise manner and avoid crowding.

The head of the Pyramids Archaeological Zone further pointed out that it is also possible that closed places, such as ancient graves, may not be opened for visits at the first stage of re-opening touristic sites.

Moreover, Modieddin explained that if the graves start to open gradually for visits, the number of visitors will be reduced by 25 percent, stressing that the decision to reopen the archaeological areas and museums is based on the state decisions.




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5/28/2020 3:42:35 PM
<![CDATA[Abrashy: “Ragaa al-Giddawy did not receive any special treatment”]]>
Those were the words of the famed TV anchor Wael el-Abrashy, commenting on the controversy surrounding Famed actress Ragaa al-Giddawy’s COVID-19 case, after checking-in the Isolation Hospital in Ismailia Governorate.

“Those who recovered are simple and honorable citizens. COVID-19 united humanity, and everyone is equal. Some people are just trying to pick on the star because she is popular and loved,” resumed Abrashy on “Al-Tasea” program aired on Egypt’s Channel 1 on May 27.

He explained that the dark souls and haters of art are behind this controversy, as they target state institutions and the healthcare and medical systems and their solid relationship with society amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and not the star herself.

Abrashay added that Giddawy was not placed in the ICU to get a respirator, but rather got the medicinal dose taken by any infected citizen.

“I spoke to her [Giddawy] a little while ago. She is in very good health, but her psychological condition is not okay, because she loves to be surrounded by her family and friends. The recovery rate reached 5,205, and all who recovered found good treatment and received a lot of attention,” concluded Abrashy.




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5/28/2020 3:00:27 PM
<![CDATA[Imam celebrates screening of 'Les Baghdad' in UAE]]>
Imam posted on his official Facebook account the selection of his film to be among the few films released in UAE theaters on May 28.

It is noteworthy that the movie “Les Baghdad” [Thief of Baghdad] was initially released in Egypt on January 22, 2020. It was released during the last cinematic season before issuing a decision to close cinemas and theaters to prevent the spread of COVID-19 within the precautionary measures applied by the state.

The film achieved revenues that exceeded LE 32 million, while the revenues of his previous movie, "Leilat Hana Wa Sorour" [Hana & Sorour Night] reached revenues of about L.E 35 million.

“Les Baghdad” stars Mohamed Adel Imam, Yasmine Rais, Fathi Abdel Wahab, Mohamed Abdel Rahman, Amina Khalil and Ahmed el-Awadi. The movie is directed by Ahmed Khaled Musa and is produced by Synergy.

The film is an action/comedy, revolving around an adventure that takes place when the protagonists become interested in the search for a lost treasure.






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5/28/2020 2:54:30 PM
<![CDATA[Mounir to perform online concert on May 29]]>
Recently, Mounir has undergone an orthopedic surgery, which was very successful. He thanked all the doctors and nursing staff for their great efforts and professionalism that enabled him to have a quick recovery, and return to his full fitness.

The famed star confirmed that he is currently at his home and conducting physiotherapy sessions under the supervision of the German Jennifer Rayman.

Mounir revealed that he asked not to publish any news about his illness while he was at the hospital in order not to overburden friends and loved ones, especially amid calls for social-distancing due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

الكينج محمد منير يوم الجمعة ٢٩ مايو الساعة ١٠مساءً لايف علي قناة ⁧#وي⁩ في يوتيوب #WEOnlineMusicFestival The King Mohamed Mounir Friday 29/5 at 10:00 PM Live streaming from WE Youtube Channel.

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5/28/2020 2:20:33 PM
<![CDATA[Frankfurt Book Fair to go ahead on schedule in October]]>
The event usually draws more than 300,000 visitors, and dates back to the 15th century when Johannes Gutenberg introduced the mass printing of books in nearby Mainz.

Organizers said they were able to persuade city authorities the fair could go ahead after outlining comprehensive sanitary measures to protect attendees against possible infection.

It will take place from Oct. 14-18 at the central Frankfurt fairgrounds as usual, as well as at other locations in the city and virtually.

Organizers said they expected participants from around Europe, and farther afield “depending on travel restrictions at the time”, and would provide further details on programming at the end of June.

While the book fair is going ahead, Germany’s Oktoberfest, the world’s largest folk festival and due to take place in Munich from Sept. 19 to Oct. 4, has been cancelled.]]>
5/28/2020 1:39:17 PM
<![CDATA[Fawazir Cinema Masr contest deadline revealed]]>
The answers must be sent to the e-mail address of the Ministry of Culture: e.m.culture@gmail.com. The draw will take place in the first week of June 2020.

It is noteworthy that the competition of Fawazir Cinema Masr was presented during Ramadan, and was produced by the Cultural Production Sector and the Cultural Development Fund, headed by Fathi Abdel Wahab.

It was broadcast at 5:30 p.m. on the official channel of the Ministry of Culture on YouTube within the activities of the e-initiative "Stay at home. Culture is Between Your Hands."

Ten prizes worth L.E 50,000 will be handed to the winners by Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem after the end of Eid al-Fitr holidays, in addition to other awards made up of collections of books from the ministry's various publications in various fields of knowledge.

The competition is directed by Khaled Galal and executively directed by Ola Fahmy. It represents selected scenes from the most important Egyptian cinematic works performed by youths of the second batch of the acting department (studio) of the Creativity Center.

The contestant must know the name of the movie, the director, the author and the protagonists. The answers must be sent to the email of the Ministry of Culture no later than May 31.


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5/27/2020 3:53:30 PM
<![CDATA[Mohamed Fouad to perform concert on May 27 at 10 p.m.]]>
On May 27 at 10 p.m., a concert for famed star Mohamed Fouad will be broadcast from Al-Azhar Park on Al-Hayah channel.

It is worth mentioning that Fouad finished filming a video clip for one of his new songs - whose name has not been revealed yet - in Fayoum Governorate. The song is expected to be released in the upcoming period and will be a comeback for the popular singer after years of hiatus.

Fouad’s song “Ehtaramtak” [I Respected You] was leaked on many unofficial pages. This was not the first time that Fouad's new album -titled "Salam"- [Peace] was exposed.

The album was supposed to be officially released in September 2018; however, numerous of its songs were leaked prior to that date, including the songs “Estahmelteni” [You Coped With Me], “Fe Hodnak” [In Your Arms], and “Soo’ Ta’der” [Bad Judgment].
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5/27/2020 3:50:11 PM
<![CDATA[Grand Egyptian Museum receives 1006 pieces of Khufu’s second ship]]>
Among these projects are extracting and restoring the wooden pieces of the second ship of Khufu as well as transferring it to the Grand Egyptian Museum.

Head of Khufu’s second ship restoration project Issa Zeidan said that the restoration work is underway inside the second ship, while adhering to all the directions of the Egyptian government to reduce the number of employees, in addition to sanitizing the site on a daily basis.

As for the number of pieces that have so far been extracted from Khufu's second ship, Zeidan stated that the team working on the ship has succeeded in extracting 1272 pieces of wood, in addition to a knife and a pillar made of copper.

Furthermore, Zeidan explained that 1200 pieces have been restored since the extraction of the woodblocks. A case report has been made for each piece.

Each extracted piece has been photographed using the 3D imaging technology and laser scanning, in addition to manual and photographic drawing.

Zeidan added that the Grand Egyptian Museum received 1006 pieces of wood, since the beginning of the extraction of the first piece of wood from the boat in 2014.

Additionally, he emphasized that after moving all the extracted pieces from the second ship, the pieces will be re-assembled and displayed next to the first ship, in a specialized location inside the Grand Egyptian Museum.


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5/27/2020 2:29:19 PM
<![CDATA[J.K. Rowling publishes fairy tale so children can dream in lockdown]]>
The story concerns rumours of a fierce child-eating monster with extraordinary powers which lives in the northern tip of an imaginary land known as Cornucopia.

Further chapters will be published every weekday until July 10, Rowling said on Twitter, adding in capitals: “THIS IS NOT A HARRY POTTER SPIN-OFF”.

Rowling got the idea for The Ickabog when she was writing Harry Potter and she intended it to be published after “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”, the last of her seven-book Potter series.

But the mostly handwritten manuscript ended up in her attic and stayed there for a decade until a few weeks ago. She has rewritten parts of it in recent weeks.

“The Ickabog is a story about truth and the abuse of power,” said Rowling, 54. “The themes are timeless and could apply to any era or any country.”

“To forestall one obvious question: the idea came to me well over a decade ago, so it isn’t intended to be read as a response to anything that’s happening in the world right now,” she said.

The first chapters of the fairy tale were published on The Ickabog website on Tuesday.

“I’ve decided to publish The Ickabog for free online,

so children on lockdown, or even those back at school during these strange, unsettling times, can read it or have it read to them,” Rowling said.

She will donate her royalties to projects and organisations helping the groups most impacted by COVID-19.

The Harry Potter books tell the saga of a young wizard’s battle with evil in the form of Lord Voldemort. The series has been translated into over 80 languages and sold more than 500 million copies worldwide.]]>
5/27/2020 1:40:50 PM
<![CDATA[DMC Channel to broadcast Angham concert on May.26]]>
The concert will be screened on DMC channel at 10 pm. Angham received the Middle East Music Awards (MEMA) for best female singer in 2019.

Additionally, Murex D’or announced Angham the best Arab singer; she received her award at the Murex D’or ceremony that took place on Saturday, April 6, 2019 in Lebanon.

Angham celebrated the release of her new album "Hala Khasa Gedan” (A very special case) on March 17, 2019 in one of Alexandria's biggest hotels; this was Angham's first concert after the release of her new album on 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 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 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's "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) honored Angham on June 29, 2018. The BIAF, which is held under the auspices of the Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, honors every year figures from different fields such as art, politics, culture, music, finance and humanitarian services.




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5/26/2020 2:41:30 PM
<![CDATA[Hygiene Safety Logo shows the sun disk blessing Egypt with its warm weather]]>
CAIRO - 26 May 2020: The Hygiene Safety Logo shows the sun disk blessing Egypt with its warm weather and providing its open-air places with their unique characteristics along with Ankh, Udja and Senep that represent Life, Prosperity & Health to provide us the hygiene safety seal that has been given to hotels.

https://www.facebook.com/moantiquities/posts/3088242471221382

The hotels were awarded a health safety certificate, after fulfilling the required health regulations approved by the cabinet in accordance with the guidelines of the World Health Organization.
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5/26/2020 2:31:13 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt’s Min. of Culture to broadcast concert for Kazem el-Saher ]]>
The concert comes as part of the e-initiative “Stay At Home. Culture is Between Your Hands.”

Saher, also known as the “Caesar of Arabic singing” as dubbed by the legendary poet Nizar Qabbani, is one of the most famous singers of the Arab world. He is also an exceptional songwriter and composer who masters playing several musical instruments.

Saher managed to sell 100 million copies of various albums and set a record for attracting the highest ever turnout of fans at Arab singing concerts.

The star recently released a new single, "Ah We Ahin", which is composed by the musician Talal and written by Kazem el-Saher. It is the song he decided to dedicate to his Arab fans on the last Valentine's Day.

Iraqi singer Kazem el-Saher has released a new version of his national song, “Salam Alaik” [Peace Be Upon You], which came with a melody that slightly differs from the previous melody of the song.
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5/26/2020 2:30:46 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt’s Fine Arts Syndicate to create statue of legendary Ahmed el-Mansi]]>
Qabbani explained that the aim of the initiative is to create a statue to commemorate the martyrs of Egypt, who sacrificed their precious lives to preserve the security and stability of the country, and that this is the least that could be offered to the martyrs.

Qabbani indicated that this work represents a field monument and an integrated design in which architects, sculptors and designers will participate.

Furthermore, the head of the Fine Artists Syndicate stated that the initiative aims to make a dummy-statue of one meter in height, to demonstrate the idea, style and manner in which the statue will be executed, followed by the formation of a specialized committee of leading artists to choose the place and dimensions by which the statue will be implemented.

A competition will be announced to the experienced specialists in the field of sculpting.

It is worth noting that Ahmed el-Mansi is an Egyptian officer who held the position of commander of the 103 thunderbolt battalion, based in El-Arish in North Sinai.

During his military career, he became famous for leading several law enforcement campaigns made up of Egyptian thunderbolts and aimed at eliminating terrorist organizations in North Sinai.

He and several members of his battalion were martyred on July 7, 2017 during the events of the Barth ambush attack in the city of Rafah in North Sinai while responding to an armed terrorist attack on members of the Egyptian Armed Forces.

His military career in North Sinai and the incident of his martyrdom were shown in the series “El-Ekhtiyar” [The Choice] in Ramadan 2020, achieving success throughout the Arab World.


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5/26/2020 2:25:44 PM
<![CDATA['Corona town': Cuban graffiti depicts anguish, urges courage]]>
Welcome to “Ciudad Corona” (Corona Town), a collection of murals by Cuban artist Yulier Rodriguez in the backyard of a friend’s home in southern Havana.

Rodriguez is one of several urban artists who have taken to Cuba’s walls to express anguish but also hope regarding the coronavirus pandemic - some in public spaces, others, like his, in private for fear of running into trouble with Communist authorities.

Cuba has reported 1,947 coronavirus cases and 82 deaths so far. Official data shows the Caribbean island registered fewer than 20 new cases per day over the last week compared to the 50 to 60 that were occurring daily in mid-April.

“I felt compelled to express the energy of the moment, the way this illness drags along everyone in its path, be they rich or poor, military or civil,” Rodriguez told Reuters.

Graffiti started gaining traction in Cuba in the mid-2010s due partly to the increasing influence of international culture as the country slowly opened, allowing greater internet access and the opportunity to travel.

For some artists, Cuba’s many abandoned or dilapidated buildings made for the perfect canvas. The flipside is that public spaces are tightly controlled, so artists have to be careful with either their message or their identity.

In a more upbeat mural in central Havana, “Courage” is emblazoned in capital letters above a multi-storey black-and-white mural of a child wearing a face mask on a dilapidated building.

“In Cuba, you need to live with courage all the time,” the author “Mr Myl” said, declining to disclose his real name and covering his face with a floppy hat and face mask.

In Cojimar, a fishing village east of Havana that inspired Ernest Hemingway’s novel, “The Old Man and the Sea,” a group of youngsters have painted colorful murals on ruins by the sea. One depicting a child holding a rainbow-colored pinwheel against a flowery background is dedicated to healthcare workers fighting the virus.

Hip hop musician Sekou Sarrias, who led the project, said the aim was not only to express gratitude but also to provide joy to those living among these ruins.]]>
5/26/2020 2:20:11 PM
<![CDATA[Nancy Ajram will perform live on YouTube on May 26]]>
This concert will be in celebration of Eid el Fitr, will not have a live audience present and will be exclusively live streamed on Nancy’s YouTube channel.

Nancy hopes this concert will resonate with her fans across the world as she spreads a message of love, hope, and togetherness.

The performance will also feature new arrangements of the pop star’s biggest hits including Betfakar Fi Eih and Badna Newalee El Jaw.



“I’m very excited for this special performance. ‘Hope Beyond Borders’ signifies much more than a concert. It’s also an effort to shine a light on the humanitarian efforts underway as families in Lebanon and around the world deal with economic difficulties and challenges underscored by COVID-19” announced Nancy Ajram. “While we all might feel alone, today, music unites us to do good and binds us together in solidarity to overcome this difficult ordeal.”


Ajram was born in May 1983 in Achrafieh, Lebanon. When Ajram was 15 years old she released her debut studio album "Mihtagalak" (I need you) produced by EMI. The following year, she released her second album "Sheel Oyoonak Anni" (2001) (Take your eyes off me).

She was exceptionally accepted to the Syndicate of Professional Artists in Lebanon despite being under the legal age.

Her career boosted in 2003, and in 2007 she sold over 2 million records, ranking third best-selling female artist in Lebanese history. According to her website, she was described on the Oprah Winfrey Show as one of the most influential personalities of the Middle East.

Ajram was announced the best-selling Middle Eastern female singer of the decade (2000–2009).

Ajram does not shy away from diversity in her songs; her albums usually draw on many dialects, including Egyptian, Lebanese or Khaleeji (Gulf). She is also one of the judges in "The Voice Kids" airing on MBC Masr.

Throughout her career, Ajram has released a number of studio albums, including two dedicated for children, and numerous chart toppers such as the Lebanese hits "Yay", "Ehsas Jdeed" (New feeling); the Egyptian hits "Ya Tabtab", "Mo'egaba" (I'm in love), "Ibn El-Giran" (Neighbors' son), "Fi Hagat", "Ma Tegi Hena" (come here); and the Khaleeji hit of "Ya Kether".




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5/26/2020 11:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Top Ramadan series couples ]]>
Egypt Today have put together our personal choice of top six couples based on three factors; the existing chemistry between the couples, visible popularity among the public judging from social media, and finally the impact that they have on the series.

Sukar And Omar – Nelly Karim and Asser Yassin

There was no doubt that our choice of number one couple will have to be 'With 100 Faces – Bi Meet Wesh' golden due Sukar and Omar played by Nelly Karim and Asser Yassin. The series has proved to be a massive hit across the arab world and one of its major pull factor is the choice of characters and by putting Karim and Yassin together has been one of the most successful partnership this Ramadan. The criminal couples are not evil, but funny and good natured with one liners that has made them the most talked about couples on social media, Omar's famous “Hey Sugar” has melted the hearts of many female viewers and the romantic relationship that has recently developed between the two has kept viewers hooked and rooting for a happy ending. The couple's romantic relationship has developed in a natural and life like manner that has made people identify with them.

Ghalyea and Murad – Yasmine AdelAziz and Karim Fahmy

Probably the second most talked about couples on social media are 'Why Fall in Love Again -Wi Neheb Tani Leeh' leading couples Ghalyea and Murad played by Yasmine AdelAziz and Karim Fahmy. Murad El Seweifi is the rich, gentle, romantic, good looking bachelor – a dream catch of any girl which is probably the reason he has become such a favourite character for many. This role has suited Karim Fahmy more than the action roles he has played in the past, romantic roles are perfect for Fahmy as he himself in a recent instagram post wrote that the character of Assem from 'Hekyeat Banat' is the closest to his heart which was a romantic role and one that struck a cord with viewers and made him such a popular actor. Not many would have imagined Yasmine AbdelAziz in a romantic role but she has shown in this series that after years of doing comedy she is more than capable of doing romance with her own style and special touches. She is still funny and natural, not overly emotional or cheesy but down to earth and I think many saw themselves in her and the way she conducted herself and spoke.

Fadwa and Fathi – Rojena and Ahmed Zaher

Many of you will be shocked by the inclusion of 'El Prince' Fadwa and Fathi in our best couples but it is important to note that being a couple is not about being good natured and kind but how they help and work together. Fadwa and Fathi played by Rojena and Ahmed Zaher share the same values and beliefs, both ambitious, selfish and their evil nature is caused by scars from their past; so the perfect match, there is a chemistry between them that can't be denied and though its not love that brings them together their relationship dynamic is based on mutual benefits that is accompanied by quite few comical dialogues. The audience are not always interested in a nice romantic couples as sometimes the impact of the couples in the series can prove to be a more attractive option.

Jamela and Azmi – Najla Badr and Ahmed Salah Hosny

Another couples who are not the main focus of the series but their relationship development is full of rich emotions and raw feelings. 'El Fitwa' Jamela and Azmi played by Najla Badr and Ahmed Salah Hosny is an interesting combination of Azmi who has never loved anyone else but Jamela's heart belongs to Hassan played by Yasser Galal, who does not reciprocate this feeling. Azmi pursues Jamela despite the differences in social status; she is a dancer in the local drinking tavern and he is the son of the well respected alley's leader, Azmi defies his mother and marries Jamela and remains faithful to her even when she does not bears him the much awaited heir. On her part Jamela learns to love Azmi when she witnesses the love he holds for her, she stands by him even in his most evil hour and tries to dissuade him from the path he chose. Even at the end when he lost everything she remains by his side and urges him to get up and save himself. Its a love story that is full of varying passions; love, jealousy, anger and loyalty and grows with the series making the audience's love of the couple grows with it.

Mazen and Tamara – Hassan Malik and Hana Dawood

'Leaabt El Nisean' Mazen and Tamara the modern day Romeo and Juliet, the star crossed lovers who are doomed from the start of the relationship as Tamara's father killed Mazen's uncle and was subsequently killed by him. Mazen and Tamara played by Hassan Malik and Hana Dawood meet accidentally at a self help group part of a counselling session that they both attend for their eating disorder and its this common struggle that brings them closer and forms the base for their love story. Their relationship is pure and innocent and despite their very young age but the couples are a joy to watch amongst all the shady and corrupted setting and the fact that we the audience live out their love story from the start made us quite involved and eager for them to remain together against all the odds.

Abdo and Noura – Mahmoud Yassen and Laila Zaher

Two young stars that have grabbed the headlines and public attention are the off springs of the actor Ahmed Zaher and the grandson of the legendary Mahmoud Yassin; Abdo and Noura in 'El Fitwa' are another lovers whose love struggles to survive amongst the deadly rivalry between their fathers. The love between the young couples develops in a progressive and simple manner which makes the couples quite lovable to the audience, Noura played by the aspiring star Laila Zaher though very young but carries such an innocent and natural aura that many viewers saw her as their daughter or young sister and felt connected to her blossoming and first love.




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5/25/2020 3:12:16 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt’s Min. of Culture presents Wael Jassar’s concert on May 25]]>
The concert comes within the ministry’s e-initiative “Stay At Home. Culture Is Between Your Hands.”

The Lebanese star had recently released a video clip of his new song “Matghebsh Sawany” (Don’t Leave for A Second). The song is written by Khaled Tag el-Din and composed by Walid Saad.

The song’s video clip was filmed in Lebanon under strict precautionary measures against the novel coronavirus.

In the video clip, Jassar tells a true story of a woman who is deeply in love with her husband. The woman then discovers she is severely ill, and decides to hide that from her husband. She starts treatment secretly and all alone. Eventually, her husband feels that his beloved wife is drifting away from him, which raises his suspicion.

The husband accidentally discovers her illness and provides her with all the necessary moral support, which enables her to overcome her pain and recover from her illness.

Furthermore, Jassar recently presented "Ghorbet Hob", the theme song of the series “Khetm el-Nemr” which was broadcast on ON channel. The song is written by Menna Adly el-Qaei and composed by Ihab Abdel Wahid.

The Lebanese star also performed “Eih Eli Wasalna Lekeda”, the theme song of the series “Hawadit el Champs-Elysees” which was broadcast on ON channel as well. The song is written by Amir Teama and composed by Walid Saad.



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5/25/2020 2:22:18 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt’s Ministry of Culture’s YouTube channel receives 25M visits in 60 days]]>
The ministry monitored the interaction of 1.6 million viewers with the shows it presented and the subscriptions to the channel exceeded 100,290 subscribers in two months.

The number of buffered hours reached more than 200,930 and the list of viewers came from more than 28 countries around the world, including Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, UAE, America, Canada, Iraq, Germany, England, Morocco and Jordan.

For her part, Egypt’s Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem expressed her happiness with the public's eagerness to enjoy the intellectual and artistic treasures of Egypt, which are part of the nation's cultural and artistic heritage.

Abdel Dayem further stated that the success of the channel reflects the public's confidence in the creative content that the state offers, stressing that investing in modern technology is an effective way to spread awareness and social development.


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5/25/2020 1:49:58 PM
<![CDATA[Venice Film Festival will go ahead in September - Veneto governor]]>
Organized by the Biennale di Venezia company, Venice is the world’s longest running film festival. In January it announced that Cate Blanchett would preside over its 77th edition.

Due to the lockdowns imposed on the film industry across the world to limit the spread of the virus, the festival will probably be attended by fewer productions, said Zaia, who is also a board member of the Biennale di Venezia.

The Cannes Film Festival, the world’s largest, was forced to postpone its latest edition in May due to the virus epidemic.

Italy plans to lift all travel curbs from June 3 and travelers from European Union countries will be able to enter without going into quarantine.

The country recorded 119 new deaths from the COVID-19 epidemic on Saturday, bringing the death toll in Italy from the outbreak to 32,735, the third highest total in the world after the United States and Britain.]]>
5/25/2020 1:26:16 PM
<![CDATA[Arabic Nostalgia screens a number of comedy plays celebrating Eid el Fitr]]>



Netflix members will be able to watch this collection of plays through a dedicated row on the service called “Arabic Nostalgia.” including: El Eyal Kebret, Al Motzawgoon, Bye Bye London, Raya w Skeina, Morahek Fl Khamseen, Shahid Ma Shafsh Haga, Sok Ala Banatak, Madraset Almoshagbien, and Elwas Sayed Elshagal.



All the plays will be subbed in English and streamed around the world in 190 countries for users with Arabic user interface. While Al Motazawgoon, Raya w Skeina, Morahek Fl Khamseen and Bye Bye London will be available for users with the English user interface and the rest of the plays to follow.



Netflix presents Arabic plays to the service - stories that many of its members in the region have grown up watching.




The audience will watch these Nostalgic plays uninterrupted and in high quality. The plays was available on the service starting on the 21st of May. ]]>
5/24/2020 1:51:50 PM
<![CDATA[ON E Channel to air Tamer Hosny concert in the first day of Eid el Fitr]]>

Megastars Mohmed Mounir, Tamer Hosny, Samira Said, Saber Rebai, Wael Gassar and Carole Samaha all participated in the massive operetta "Enta Akaw" (You are Stronger) that was in April.

The renowned Egyptian writer and poet Medhat el-Adl, who wrote the lyrics of "Enta Akwa", said that the song is Egypt’s message to humanity in the coronavirus crisis.

Adl added that all these stars didn’t take any money and all the revenues of the song will be given to the coronavirus patient’s families.

The renowned poet added that all the participants followed all the precautionary measures against the coronavirus as Rebai will record and shoot his part in Tunisia, Gassar in Lebanon, and Said from El Gouna.

Egyptian stars Mounir and Hosny recorded and shot their part in Egypt. "Enta Akwa" was directed by Tarek al-Arian.

Hosny had his 1st standing concert in Jeddah on Feb.27 as part of JTTX Music Festival.


Hosny’s latest movie "El-Feloos" (The Money) was released in Egyptian cinemas on December 25 achieving booming success.

“El-Floos” is also starring Khaled el-Sawy, Zeina, Aisha bin Ahmed and Mohammed Salam. It is written by Mohammed Abdel Moti and directed by Saeed el-Marouk.


TikTok platform announced its partnership with megastar Tamer Hosny on New Year's Eve.

Hosny posted his first TikTok video wishing his fans health and success as part of the #2020MakeAWish challenge and pledged to bring another level of style and diversity to his content in 2020.

Hosny also wished everyone a Happy New Year through a TikTok video message screened on the Burj Khalifa.

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 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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5/24/2020 1:39:24 PM
<![CDATA[Veteran Egyptian actress Ragaa El Gedawy was tested positive for Coronavirus ]]>
The famed actress was transferred to the Isolation Hospital in Ismailia to start her treatment.

On May 14, Egypt released a coexistence plan to deal with the coronavirus pandemic over the coming period.

The government highlights the importance of abiding by precautionary measures while preparing to gradually resume the normal life cycle.

The plan comes as a bid to reduce the number of infections and deaths, achieve a balance between maintaining a normal life cycle and abiding by the precautionary measures, to get rid of the negative psychological effects of the outbreak, and to avoid crowds resulting from services like transportation and shopping.

Cinemas, theaters, cafes, fitness halls, and sports clubs should remain closed during the period of coexisting with the coronavirus in light of the first phase of the ministry’s plan to cope with the virus set to start at the beginning of June.

The ministry also recommended keeping the ban on weddings and funerals and suspending universities, schools, kindergartens, and nurseries.]]>
5/24/2020 1:18:26 PM
<![CDATA[The drive-in movie stages a comeback in U.S. in coronavirus era]]>
Beth Wilson, who owns the Warwick Drive-in about an hour’s drive from Manhattan, says it has been sold out since May 15, the first day drive-ins were allowed to operate under New York’s reopening plan.

The drive-in has struck a chord with Americans who have been largely confined to their homes since March watching the death toll from COVID-19 accumulate on their TV screens.

Customers come “just to be out and for some form of entertainment that is not streaming on their TV,” said Wilson, adding she hopes the Warwick Drive-In can help people reconnect. “I just want to see their happiness, their well-being.”

The drive-in experience is virtually tailor-made for the pandemic. Patrons control their close social interactions and any contact with other people happens outdoors, which is


The Four Brothers Drive-In in Amenia, New York, which like Warwick has halved its capacity to put more distance between cars, is selling into next week after running out of tickets for the Memorial Day weekend.

“It’s a lot of first-time people that are inquiring and coming,” John Stefanopoulos, whose family owns the drive-in and an adjacent restaurant. “People want to get out of their house.”

Stefanopoulos sees a chance for the industry, which has shrunk by some 90% from a peak decades ago, to grow out of the crisis. He has received inquiries about developing drive-in theaters from England, Ireland and across the United States.

Some outsiders are looking to capitalize on the trend.

The Bel Aire Diner in the New York City borough of Queens propped up a screen in its parking lot and has been holding movie nights, serving food to customers in their cars while they watch classics like “The Princess Bride” and “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.”



In perhaps the most ambitious plan, one businessman said he was organizing a “drive-in on steroids” event to be held almost nightly in a parking lot of Yankee Stadium after July 4th. Marco Shalma, co-owner of the MASC Hospitality Group, said the evenings would include food, performances and a feature film, and he sees them as a way to reinvigorate New York.

“We make something out of nothing in New York,” Shalma said. “It’s going to be epic.”]]>
5/24/2020 1:12:19 PM
<![CDATA[(El Barth stars) Magdy exclusive to ET: The greatness of martyr Aly Aly triggered my acting capabilities]]>
‘’ Aly Aly was a real champion with every sense of the word, he was 20 years old, what he did in El Barth battle was a real miracle, he prevented the terrorists from going up in the second floor, he was guarding the corpses of the other martyrs and was fighting even after he was shot, he died after receiving 30 bullets!!’’ Magdy explained.

Despite that Magdy wasn’t able to meet the great martyr Aly in real, he provided credible performance that triggered the audience feelings bringing Aly to life again.

Magdy conveyed how Aly was kind, sensitive, helpful, caring and loves everyone especially his leader and role model Ahmed Mansy.

‘’ My aim through my performance is to please Aly’s family especially his parents I wanted to make them feel that their beloved son is portrayed on screen as great as he was in real and that his heroic actions are now documented and will last forever through ‘’ El Ekhteyar’’ series’’ Magdy added.


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Magdy added that he will visit Aly’s family and ask them to consider him as one of their sons.


The highly successful Egyptian series ‘’ El Ekhteyar’’ managed in episode 28 to prove that it is not just a series it is a national documentation to one of the most heroic and immortal military battles in the Egyptian history and without exaggeration in the world history as well which is El Barth national epic.

El Barth is not just a military battle it is a tale of pride, bravery, strength, and the Egyptian champions who fought till the last breath.

The great martyrs and those who survived from our Egyptian army champions represent the true meaning of ‘’Fida’’, they chose to die with pride defending their homeland as they have always lived with pride.

They were injured, bleeding and dying yet holding their weapons and preventing those coward terrorists from taking their place or put their dirty flag on it.

These terrorists were targeting the late great Egyptian military icon Ahmed Saber Mansy who was like a thorn in their throats that prevents them from achieving their bloody plans.

Mansy was the commander of the Thunderbolt Forces who was killed during the clashes between Egyptian Armed Forces and militants as the army besieged the terrorists and foiled attacks that targeted a number of checkpoints in El-Barth village in Rafah, North Sinai in 2017.

This historical episode of ‘’ El Ekhteyar’’ series visualised this immortal battle in a brilliant way that made all the Egyptians and Arabs feel many contradicted feelings such as the pain, pride, happiness and grief.




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5/23/2020 8:38:07 PM
<![CDATA[(El Barth stars) Wali exclusive to ET: Participating in the national epic ‘ El Ekhteyar’ is a great honour to me]]>
‘’ It was a great honour for me participating in such a national epic that was tailor made to immortalize our brave army soldiers in general and shed the light on our champions who protected El Barth ambush with their life and fought till the last breath’’ Wali said to Egypt Today.

The Egyptian rising star spoke with Ahmed Ezzat before playing the role to know everything about him and what happened during El Barth battle.


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Wali admitted that while he was listening to Ezzat he was amazed from the heroic actions performed by Ezzat and his colleagues headed by the late great champion Ahmed El Mansy during El Barth Battle the matter that made him so proud to play this role and at the same time he felt that huge responsibility was laid on his soldiers.

‘’ We all tried in this series to transfer the reality, we had the feeling that we are not just actors who are performing in a series but we felt that we are documenting an important part of Egypt’s history and that we should exert our maximum effort to make a good series to honour these brave soldiers and martyrs as we owe them a lot’’ Wali added.

The highly successful Egyptian series ‘’ El Ekhteyar’’ managed in episode 28 to prove that it is not just a series it is a national documentation to one of the most heroic and immortal military battles in the Egyptian history and without exaggeration in the world history as well which is El Barth national epic.

El Barth is not just a military battle it is a tale of pride, bravery, strength, and the Egyptian champions who fought till the last breath.

The great martyrs and those who survived from our Egyptian army champions represent the true meaning of ‘’Fida’’, they chose to die with pride defending their homeland as they have always lived with pride.

They were injured, bleeding and dying yet holding their weapons and preventing those coward terrorists from taking their place or put their dirty flag on it.

These terrorists were targeting the late great Egyptian military icon Ahmed Saber Mansy who was like a thorn in their throats that prevents them from achieving their bloody plans.

Mansy was the commander of the Thunderbolt Forces who was killed during the clashes between Egyptian Armed Forces and militants as the army besieged the terrorists and foiled attacks that targeted a number of checkpoints in El-Barth village in Rafah, North Sinai in 2017.

This historical episode of ‘’ El Ekhteyar’’ series visualised this immortal battle in a brilliant way that made all the Egyptians and Arabs feel many contradicted feelings such as the pain, pride, happiness and grief.

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5/23/2020 2:30:00 PM
<![CDATA['Avatar' movie sequel to resume production in New Zealand]]>
Film and TV production came to halt around the globe in mid-March but is slowly returning in some countries including New Zealand, where the “Avatar” sequel is being filmed.

“Our #Avatar sets are ready — and we couldn’t be more excited to be headed back to New Zealand next week,” Landau wrote on Instagram beneath a photo of two boats on the set. Landau identified them as the Matador, a high-speed forward command vessel, and the Picador, a jetboat.

Authorities in New Zealand, where coronavirus slowed dramatically after the government enforced a strict lockdown, have approved film industry safeguards for resuming productions. Each set needs a permit to bring people back to work.

Released in 2009, “Avatar” had been the highest-grossing movie of all time until July 2019 when it was overtaken by superhero flick “Avengers: Endgame.”

Cameron has been working on “Avatar” sequels for years and their release has been delayed several times. The second installment is scheduled to debut in December 2021, followed by three others in December 2023, December 2025 and December 2027.

The “Avatar” sequels will be distributed by Walt Disney Co, which took over the franchise when it bought film and TV businesses from 21st Century Fox in 2019.

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5/23/2020 1:35:52 PM
<![CDATA[UNESCO chooses Egyptian Museum in Tahrir as the most influential museum in Africa ]]>
CAIRO - 22 May 2020: UNESCO chooses Egyptian Museum in Tahrir as the most influential museum in Africa because the official Twitter account of the Egyptian Museum claimed the second rank as the most influential Twitter official account for an African museum.

Director of the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir Sabah Abdel Razek said this selection occurred in the annual initiative of the Museum Week under the auspices of UNESCO.
Museum Week is an international festival organised by cultural institutions on social media.

Museum Week initiative’s official page congratulated the Egyptian Museum over such great performance.



In 2015, the UNESCO General Conference adopted the Recommendation concerning the Protection and Promotion of Museums and Collections, their Diversity and their Role in Society.

UNESCO always believes that museums play key role in spreading the values of heritage, diversity and intercultural conversation.

The main theme of this fifth edition of #MuseumWeek was "life in society".

The fifth edition which was held from April 23 to 29 focused on the values of tolerance and citizenship.

The event aims to support the digital environment, which is often controlled by intolerance, with the cultural, artistic, technical, and scientific content promoted by museums.

The principle of the event is simple: around the formula "7 days, 7 themes, 7 hashtags", museums, galleries, archive centers, libraries and other cultural institutions around the world, celebrate Culture, art and science with their public on social networks. ]]>
5/22/2020 5:56:51 PM
<![CDATA[El Barth National Epic: A story written by blood, pride and bravery ]]>
El Barth is not just a military battle it is a tale of pride, bravery, strength, and the Egyptian champions who fought till the last breath.

The great martyrs and those who survived from our Egyptian army champions represent the true meaning of ‘’Fida’’, they chose to die with pride defending their homeland as they have always lived with pride.

They were injured, bleeding and dying yet holding their weapons and preventing those coward terrorists from taking their place or put their dirty flag on it.

These terrorists were targeting the late great Egyptian military icon Ahmed Saber Mansy who was like a thorn in their throats that prevents them from achieving their bloody plans.

Mansy was the commander of the Thunderbolt Forces who was killed during the clashes between Egyptian Armed Forces and militants as the army besieged the terrorists and foiled attacks that targeted a number of checkpoints in El-Barth village in Rafah, North Sinai in 2017.

This historical episode of ‘’ El Ekhteyar’’ series visualised this immortal battle in a brilliant way that made all the Egyptians and Arabs feel many contradicted feelings such as the pain, pride, happiness and grief.

Hats off to the maestro of this one of a kind episode and the whole series Peter Mimi who presented to us the true reality on screen.

Egyptian star Amir Karara credible performance brought Mansy to life, making us don’t see Karara on screen but only Mansy was there, the matter that pleased Mansy’s soul who appeared to Karara in his dream as the Egyptian star announced on his official Facebook account. Karara asked Mansy if he is satisfied he said that today is like his wedding day in Heaven!!

All the Egyptian rising stars who performed the roles of El Barth battle champions provided outstanding performance such as Essam Elsaka, Ramez Amir, Ahmed Waly, Mohamed Ezz, Tamer Magdy, Karim Mahgoub, Karim Abdel Khalek, Hussein Karara among others.

Episode 28 from El Ekhteyar made us all very proud with our Egyptian army soldiers, as we saw on screen what they did.

Mansy and his men were transferred to El-Barth village in Rafah after a number of terrorists moved there, which led the Egyptian army leaders to ask Mansy and his brave men to get rid of these terrorists.



The highly successful Egyptian series managed in 28 days to remind us how deep our love for Egypt and the Egyptian army men is, and how much we appreciate the sacrifices they make to preserve our homeland security, progress and prosperity.

"El-Ekhteyar" highlighted the dark terrorists’ principals and thoughts, which are based on blood, betrayal, and opportunism.

The patriotic feelings and the sense gratitude for the Egyptian army this great series triggered inside each one of us angered terrorists and extremists, as it revealed their true colours and tackled the heroic operations of their greatest enemy, the Egyptian army in general and Ahmed el-Mansy in particular.

"El-Ekhteyar" is the first Egyptian series to document the several military operations that took place in Sinai against terrorists and talk about the many Egyptian officers and soldiers who sacrificed their lives in the battle.

Each episode presents a patriotic lesson and a precious principal that shows the greatness of the Egyptian army. The series showed us the stories of many martyrs such as Aly (Asser Yassin), Fathy (Mohamed Emam) and Ramy Hassanien (Ahmed Salah Hosny) among others.

The series is loaded with unforgettable moments skilfully presented by great director Peter Mimi who managed to create a national epic with every sense of the word.
Egyptian star Amir Karara brilliantly embodied the role of Mansy, portraying his great soul and introducing his noble thoughts. "El-Ekhteyar" introduces us to the human being deep inside this exceptional hero and why he was a Legend.

By producing this series, Synergy started a new era in the Arab drama production, competing with the European and American productions.

"El-Ekhteyar" clearly proved that Egypt will continue to combat terrorism with all its weapons, which are our great Egyptian army and our soft power represented in art and drama.

The successful trio Karara, Mimi and Dewidar continues to dazzle us every year and whenever we say they achieved the maximum level of success, they prove they still have much more to present.




El Barth Battle immortal martyrs

1- Ahmed Saber Mansy
2- Ahmed El Shabrawy
3- Ahmed Mohamed Hassanien
4- Khaled Maghraby ( Dababa)
5- Mohamed Salah Mohamed
6- Ali Ali Sayed
7- Ahmed El Araby Mostafa
8- Mohamed Mahmoud Mohsen
9- Ahmed Hussein Shahin
10- Farag Mahmoud
11- Mohamed Ismail Ramadan
12- Mahmoud Ragab Abdel Fattah
13- Moemen Rezk Abou el Yazeed
14- Ahmed Mohamed Ali Negm
15- Ali Hassan el Touky
16- Emad Amir Roushdy Yachoub
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5/22/2020 4:54:16 PM
<![CDATA[History in the making as Czech museum opens face mask exhibition]]>
The Czech government was one of the first to make it compulsory to wear a mask outside the home. With 8,725 cases and 304 deaths so far, the country has been less badly affected than some in Europe, although opinions differ on what difference masks have made.

When the crisis began, industrially made masks were in short supply, which prompted a nationwide effort to make them at home.

“There is a huge amount of products today, it is tough to say what should be left for future generations. With masks, it is clear cut, they are a symbol of the situation,” said curator Mira Burianova.

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The small exhibit in the National Museum in Prague’s Wenceslas Square was selected from hundreds of masks sent in by the public. They include folk motifs, fun designs, and the national flag. There is one made by children with autism.

“I work in healthcare and what caught my interest the most was that when we had nothing at all in the hospital, the whole nation rose up and sewed masks in a couple of days. People have to help each other,” said Ludmila Brazdova from Brno.

The exhibition opens on Monday, just as the government relaxes its mask policy. People will no longer have to wear them outdoors but must still do so on public transport and in public buildings - including the museum.



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5/22/2020 2:27:48 PM
<![CDATA[Thai artist 'restless hands' takes coronavirus battle to the streets]]>
The 37-year-old street artist who goes by the name ‘Mue Bon’, which translates as restless hands, says his murals also serve as a reminder that efforts against the virus are not over and everyone has a role.

“I want to play my part in reminding people about the situation and recording the history that we helped each other by staying home to stop the spread of the virus,” he told Reuters.

Mue Bon hopes his artwork, which usually contains a social message, will reach people who otherwise might not have access to galleries or other places to see art.

“There is a huge gap between art and the ordinary people,” he said, taking a break from spray-painting a wall.

“I put the artwork on the streets, at places where people sitting in cars will see it while driving past.”




While not a household name in Thailand, Mue Bon has had international success and his work has been displayed in Japan, the United States, Germany, and, most recently, in the Palestinian Territories.

Thailand has recorded just over 3,000 cases of the novel coronavirus and 56 deaths though the rate of infection has been slowing.



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5/22/2020 2:25:13 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt’s Min. of Culture's Eid al-Fitr Program]]>
The program set by the ministry comes within the activities of the e-initiative "Stay At Home. Culture Is Between Your Hands".

The minister of culture also referred to the continuation of the free cultural services provided by the official website of the ministry at: http://www.moc.gov.eg/ar/home/

The program of the Ministry of Culture for Eid al-Fitr includes the following:

●Virtual visits to museums and exhibitions.

●Making the Ministry of Culture's publications, translations of international prints, and rare national historical documents available for downloading and reading.

Eid al-Fitr celebrations will launch at 2 p.m. on the first day of Eid al-Fitr, and will continue for three days; the celebrations will come as follows:

●Various shows of the National Circus for Children at 2 p.m.

●“Start Your Dream to be the International Actor" project at 8:30 p.m.

●Concerts for the singing stars Assi el-Hallani - Wael Jassar and Kazem el-Saher at 9 p.m.

●The play "Lolli", directed by Murad Munir, and starring Mohammed el-Helw, Faiza Kamal, Ahmed Maher, Sami al-Adl and Aisha al-Kilani.

●The play "Seret Hob", directed by Adel Abdo and starring Ehab Fahmy, Magdy Sobhi and Marwa Nagy.

●The play “El Khalta El Sehreya Lel Sa’ada” [The Magic Mixture of Happiness], directed by Shadi el-Dali and starring Fatma Mohammed Ali - Mohammed Hefzy and Fahd Ibrahim at 10:30 p.m.

●Selected episodes of "Fawazeer Cinema Egypt" [Cinema Masr Riddles] at 6 p.m.

It was decided to set Saturday, May 30 as the last date for receiving answers to the email: e.m.culture@gmail.com.

The winners will be announced on Monday, June 8, in a live broadcast on the Ministry of Culture channel on YouTube.

The ministry’s official YouTube channel can be visited through the following link:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8McPibRT36QSjnt4eGucNw
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5/21/2020 3:51:47 PM
<![CDATA[Italian woman wins Picasso painting in French charity raffle]]>
The winner - who received her lottery ticket as a gift - will acquire the Spanish master’s 1921 oil-on-canvas still life “Nature morte”, a small abstract representing a table, newspapers and a glass of absinth.

The raffle raised 5.1 million euros, of which 900,000 euros will go to Monaco billionaire collector David Nahmad who provided the painting. The rest will be used by charity CARE for clean-water projects in schools and villages in Cameroon, Madagascar and Morocco. Nahmad also gave 100,000 euros to CARE.

“Picasso would have loved an operation like this because he was someone with a lot of interest in humanitarian and social causes,” Peri Cochin, organiser of the sale, told Reuters at the Paris offices of art auction house Christie’s.

She said that more than 51,000 tickets costing 100 euros had been sold in the raffle, which had been delayed by the COVID-19 crisis.

“This coronavirus crisis has made it clear how important it is to wash your hands, and that can only be done with clear water,” Cochin said.

At the first edition of this raffle in 2013, a 25-year-old American won a Picasso drawing titled “The Man in the Opera Hat”. It raised 4.8 million euros for an association working to preserve the ancient city of Tyre, in modern-day Lebanon.

After a six year gap between the first two Picasso raffles, the organisers hope to run an annual edition of the event, to the benefit of a different organisation each year.

The highest price ever fetched by a Picasso artwork was reached in May 2015, when Christie’s sold his 1955 “Les femmes d’Alger” for $179.4 million.]]>
5/21/2020 3:30:53 PM
<![CDATA[Hawass searches for tombs of Nefertiti, Imhotep]]>
In a statement made to CNN, Hawass added that he succeeded in achieving important discoveries in Luxor's Valley of the Apes in 2019, most notably the discovery of the KV65 cemetery, and more than 30 workshops in an integrated industrial area serving the construction of the tombs of the Valley of the Kings, next to a tank used to store water in the same valley.

In regards to epidemics that spread during the time of the ancient Egyptians, Hawass explained that there were two types of epidemics in ancient Egypt; the first type spread in Amarna, which is the city where Akhenaten lived, noting that King Tutankhamun died of malaria, and this was discovered by an Egyptologist who confirmed that malaria was the main cause of death of 70 percent of those who lived in Tel el-Amarna.

Hawass further explained that the second type of epidemic was the plague, which spread to all existing civilizations, and continued for a long time.

Renowned Egyptologist Zahi Hawass noted that a state of terror prevailed at the time of this epidemic as people of various nations were hit in large numbers.

Hawass emphasized that the ancient Egyptians managed to overcome the plague, noting that the ancient Egyptians followed strict precautionary measures, and ate healthy foods like onions, garlic and foods that boost immunity. He stressed that these measures helped ancient Egyptians overcome this epidemic.

Furthermore, Hawass said that King Tutankhamen will be the hero in the Grand Egyptian Museum, which is scheduled to open in 2021.

“On November 4, 2022, the whole world will celebrate the centenary of the discovery of the tomb of King Tutankhamun,” concluded Hawass.





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5/21/2020 3:22:30 PM
<![CDATA[Mahmoud el-Tohamy presented a religious chanting concert online on May 20]]>
The ceremony was hosted by the New York University Arts Center in cooperation with the Ministry of Culture and Knowledge Development in addition to Al-Burda, a platform for Islamic arts and culture.

Sheikh Mahmoud el-Tohamy, born in Upper Egypt, joined Al-Azhar, and graduated from the College of Arabic Language. He holds a postgraduate diploma, then a preliminary MA in 2003, where he completed free musical studies at the conservatory.

Tohamy was an expert in religious chanting by the age of 13. He held many concerts in Arab, European, Asian and African countries, including Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Spain, London, France, Turkey, South Africa, Yemen, Libya, Italy, India, Sudan, Abu Dhabi, Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia and South Africa.

Tohamy established the first chanting syndicate in Egypt and the Arab world in 2014, and was chosen as the head of chants, scholars and researchers in the chanting culture.

Furthermore, Tohamy founded the school of religious chants in 2015. It is considered the first school specialized in teaching the art of religious chants and supplications, where Tohamy supervises and teaches with a group of professors of religious chants in Egypt.

Also, Tohamy released 18 albums and has performed and written over 300 chants. He received the title of Ambassador of Culture in the Arab World from the International Association for Intellectual and Cultural Creativity in France. He was chosen as the best influential Arab figure for 2016, in honor of the 100 best human figures.

Moreover, Tohamy received an honorary doctorate from the German International Cultural Center in Sidon, Lebanon, a high level of appreciation for his efforts to spread the spirit of tolerance and justice.

Last but not least, Tohamy was chosen as the best advanced Arab creative personality in the field of chanting from the International Council for Empowerment and Institutional Development within the program to honor the 50 best Arab personalities in 2016.

Tohamy established an international art project in cooperation with the leading musician Fathi Salama, which is the “Sufism vs. Modernity” project.


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5/21/2020 2:05:54 PM
<![CDATA[Mai Kassab trending on Twitter in Ramadan’s third week]]>
The statement further revealed that the artists whose names were mentioned a lot were Aser Yassin, Amir Karara, Ahmed Salah Hosni, Mai Omar, the Lebanese Nadine Najim, and the Kuwaiti Haya Abdul Salam.

It is noteworthy that Mai Kassab is participating in the series “El-Le’ba” (The Game) in Ramadan 2020, that is in addition to presenting a commercial and the song “Ramadan Karim Mahma Hasal” featuring Mohammed Gomaa.

Mai Kassab ft Mohamed Gomaa - Ramadan Kareem Mahma Hasal | مي كساب و محمد جمعه - رمضان كريم مهما حصل

Mai Kassab ft. Mohamed Goma - Ramadan Kareem Mahma Hasal | مي كساب و محمد جمعه - رمضان كريم مهما حصل كلمات و الحان: عزيز الشافعي توزيع: وسام عبد المنعم مونتا...




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5/21/2020 10:06:07 AM
<![CDATA[Police warn writer Gaiman over lockdown trip from New Zealand to Scotland]]>
Police spoke to Gaiman, author of “American Gods” and “Good Omens”, about his actions after he revealed he had made the 11,000 mile trip to Britain, flying into London and then driving to his home on Skye at the start of the month.

His “selfish” actions were criticized by Ian Blackford, the lawmaker who represents the area and the Scottish National Party’s leader in the Westminster parliament.

“I want to apologize to everyone on the island for creating such a fuss,” the author wrote on his website.

“I also want to thank and apologize to the local police, who had better things to do than check up on me. I’m sure I’ve done sillier things in my life, but this is the most foolish thing I’ve done in quite a while.”

Gaiman said he had returned from New Zealand when the lockdown was eased there because he and his wife had agreed they “needed to give each other some space”. His wife Amanda Palmer is an American musician and performance artist.

Scotland maintains stricter lockdown conditions than England, including telling its citizens to stay at home and advising against cross-border travel.

Ten residents of a care home in Skye’s main town of Portree have died of COVID-19.
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5/20/2020 2:44:42 PM
<![CDATA[In Episode 25 of 'El-Ekhteyar': Mansy, his men move to place of their martyrdom, El-Barth village in Rafah]]>
This is the final stage in the life of Mansy and his men. El-Barth was the place of their martyrdom.

Mansy is the commander of the Thunderbolt Forces killed during the clashes between Egyptian Armed Forces and militants as the army besieged the terrorists and foiled attacks that targeted a number of checkpoints in El-Barth village in Rafah, North Sinai in 2017.

The highly successful Egyptian series managed in 25 days to remind us how deep our love for Egypt and the Egyptian army men is, and how much we appreciate the sacrifices they make to preserve our homeland security, progress and prosperity.

"El-Ekhteyar" highlighted the dark terrorists’ principals and thoughts, which are based on blood, betrayal, and opportunism.

The patriotic feelings and the sense gratitude for the Egyptian army this great series triggered inside each one of us angered terrorists and extremists, as it revealed their true colours and tackled the heroic operations of their greatest enemy, the Egyptian army in general and Ahmed el-Mansy in particular.

"El-Ekhteyar" is the first Egyptian series to document the several military operations that took place in Sinai against terrorists and talk about the many Egyptian officers and soldiers who sacrificed their lives in the battle.

Each episode presents a patriotic lesson and a precious principal that shows the greatness of the Egyptian army. The series showed us the stories of many martyrs such as Aly (Asser Yassin), Fathy (Mohamed Emam) and Ramy Hassanien (Ahmed Salah Hosny) among others.

The series is loaded with unforgettable moments skilfully presented by great director Peter Mimi who managed to create a national epic with every sense of the word.
Egyptian star Amir Karara brilliantly embodied the role of Mansy, portraying his great soul and introducing his noble thoughts. "El-Ekhteyar" introduces us to the human being deep inside this exceptional hero and why he was a Legend.

By producing this series, Synergy started a new era in the Arab drama production, competing with the European and American productions.

"El-Ekhteyar" clearly proved that Egypt will continue to combat terrorism with all its weapons, which are our great Egyptian army and our soft power represented in art and drama.

The successful trio Karara, Mimi and Dewidar continues to dazzle us every year and whenever we say they achieved the maximum level of success, they prove they still have much more to present.





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5/19/2020 6:31:45 PM
<![CDATA[Grand Egyptian Museum receives 346 artefacts including 10 statues of King Senusret I]]>
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General Supervisor of the Grand Egyptian Museum and its surrounding area Atef Moftah confirmed that the statues of King Senusert I were put in the grand foyer, in preparation for placing them at their permanent place in the museum.

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Director General of Antiquities Affairs at the Grand Egyptian Museum Tayeb Abbas explained that the statues of King Senusert I had been unearthed in 1894 at a crater in the funerary temple of King Senusert I.


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The statues are made of limestone and were transferred to the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir in 1895. The statues depict young King Senusert I sitting on the throne.

Abbas added that one of the most important pieces that GEM received today is the seven oils rectangular plate that was used in burial rituals.
The plate has inscriptions in black and seven oval-shaped holes, in addition to an offerings table made of limestone; on this table, there are three cartridges of kings of Sneferu, Djedefre and Khufu.

Director of the Department of Restoring and Transferring Antiquities at the Grand Egyptian Museum Eissa Zidan said that the transportation team was keen on documenting, packaging and securing the pieces using internationally recognized scientific methods.

He indicated that the transferred artefacts were scientifically documented and the team prepared a case report for each statue in addition to packaging each statue separately inside an L-shaped box lined with reinforced foam, supporting it with straps to prevent any damage that may occur during the transfer process.

Zidan added that a statue of Akhethotep that has a layer of coloured plaster was also moved in addition to another statue of wood for a lady from the old kingdom.

The wooden sculptures were placed in the wood factory in preparation for the restoration and maintenance work before display when the museum opens.




On October 19 ministry of antiquities announced the discovery of the largest cache in the cemetery of El-Assasif by the Egyptian archaeological mission.

A total of 30 coffins spanning back to the 22nd Pharaonic Dynasty were discovered and placed in a warehouse to protect them from thievery.

The 30 archaeological coffins have been transferred to the Grand Egyptian Museum.

The cache was buried one meter from the surface of the ground. The first row consisted of 18 coffins and the second consisted of 12 coffins for men, women, and 3 children.

For the first time GEM will display Tutankhmaum treasures in one place. The total number of antiquities belonging to King Tutankhamen is 5398. Among king Tut’s artefacts that was transferred is his coffin.

The transferred coffin is one of the three coffins of Tutankhmaum, 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.



Minister of Antiquities announced that 50000 artifacts will be displayed in the Grand Egyptian Museum.

The Grand Egyptian Museum will be the largest museum in the world dedicated to one civilization only; the dazzling ancient Egyptian civilization.


GEM will include a children's museum, an educational center, a handicraft center, educational classes and a museum dedicated to sun boats, in addition to the first field for a hanging obelisk.



The Grand Egyptian Museum will turn Egypt to a main worldwide hub for Pharonic artifacts and a must-visit place for both tourists and Egyptologists.

This great museum is tailor made to benefit from the diversity of Egypt's monuments and artifacts to be displayed in one place and one location to maintain and preserve this one of a kind heritage.


GEM site is only 2km from the Giza Pyramids, located between the ancient Great Pyramids and the modern city of Cairo, at the junction between dry desert and the fertile floodplain, the Grand Museum is a portal to the past.

The Giza Pyramids and its Necropolis nominated by UNESCO among the world Cultural Heritage Sites as it houses unique monuments from the dazzling Egyptian civilization.

The Grand Egyptian Museum complex is built on a plot of land of approximately 117 feddans, about 480,000 square meters.

GEM opening will be attended by President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi as well as kings, princes, presidents, heads of international organizations, and senior officials from all around the world.

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5/19/2020 4:17:23 PM
<![CDATA[South Korea's BTS boyband management apologises over bar visit]]>
Jungkook, the BTS’ main vocalist, visited a restaurant and a bar in the Itaewon neighbourhood with friends on April 25, the boyband’s management Big Hit Entertainment said on Monday.

A new cluster of virus cases emerged in that neighbourhood this month as social distancing measures eased on May 6, prompting authorities to delay school reopening and close bars and clubs again.

“We have no excuse that we placed the artist’s personal life before we were able to emphasise the importance of social distancing. We bow our head in apology,” the company said.

The 22-year old, who was there before the first case among Itaewon clubgoers was confirmed, is not showing any symptoms and has tested negative for the coronavirus, Big Hit said.

“He is also deeply regretting on how he did not follow social distancing measures seriously.”

South Korea has been lauded for its quick and effective response to the pandemic but the resurgence of cases has raised concerns about a second wave of infections here

Before the rules were eased on May 6, authorities had allowed clubs and bars to stay open as long as they complied with strict social distancing measures, while advising people not to visit them.

Local media reported three other boy band members were with Jungkook during that outing, including Cha Eun-woo of Astro, Mingyu of Seventeen and Jaehyun of NCT.

The managers of all three issued statements confirming they were in Itaewon on the same day as Jungkook, apologising for their failure to follow social distancing measures. Jaehyun posted a handwritten apology on social media.

As of Monday, 170 cases have been traced to the Itaewon outbreak, with several hundreds in self isolation, according to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The seven-member BTS suspended their world tour over coronavirus concerns last month.]]>
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<![CDATA[Masked Ukrainian orchestra makes concert recording as lockdown eases]]>
The musicians wore protective masks to match their black-tie outfits. Although two of them usually share one music stand, they had to follow social distancing rules and this affected the orchestra’s performance, art director Volodymyr Sheyko told Reuters.

“It is difficult now as they don’t feel each other’s shoulder, they don’t feel a friend’s elbow. Some connections were broken because of the distance and also because of the masks because some unconscious messages are expressed on people’s faces during the performance and musicians react to them,” Sheyko said.

Founded in 1929, the symphony orchestra of Ukrainian radio belongs to state-run public broadcaster UA: Suspilne which unites two all-Ukrainian TV channels, four radio stations and regional divisions.

Because the orchestra mainly produces content for radio and TV, its musicians are able to play again, unlike their colleagues whose concerts for live audiences are still banned due to coronavirus restrictions.

Sheyko said the music industry was in deadlock because of the situation.

“Many music bands used to live from ticket sales, all commercial bands, commercial organisations, and even philharmonic halls which are not fully covered by the state budget,” he said.

“That is why there is a problem. It is a problem of loss, national losses because there is no nation without culture.” ]]>
5/19/2020 3:39:56 PM
<![CDATA[United Media Services mourns sudden death of Sheikh Saleh Kamel]]>
A great wave of shock and sadness hit the media sector in Egypt, and the Arab World, after the demise of Sheikh Saleh Kamel, a wave that highly impacted his Egyptian wife, famed media personality Safaa Abul Saud, and her daughters, who received the shocking news while in Egypt, unable to participate in the funerary duties, due to the aviation ban the world is currently witnessing due to the novel coronavirus.

Those close to the family of the renowned actress and media personality, Safaa Abul-Saud, said that she is now traumatized by the unfortunate news, as Sheikh Saleh Kamel died of a sudden heart attack, and was previously in good health without any indication or symptoms of heart problems.

It is mentioned that Sheikh Saleh Kamel had three daughters with the great actress and media personality Safaa Abul-Saud; Hadil, Asil and Nadir. Saleh had two sons from his previous marriage.




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5/19/2020 3:34:08 PM
<![CDATA[ Bryan Adams remembers his visit to Egypt ]]>
"Back in 1998 at the Pyramids in Giza, Egypt. (I wonder if you can still ride horses around the pyramids, it was such a great experience). This photo reminds me of such a different time, thank goodness for photos; otherwise I’d have lost this memory. I was about to take my band out as a three piece (my favourite tour ever) when I was on bass guitar," Adams captioned the photo.

Adams is a Canadian singer, songwriter, record producer, guitarist, photographer, philanthropist, and activist who was born on November 5, 1959.

He rose to fame in Canada and the United States with "Cuts Like a Knife" album which was released in 1983.

His stardom came with his album "Reckless" which was released in 1984 and housed some of his best known songs, including "Run to You", "Summer of '69", and his first number one, "Heaven".

In 1991, he released the album "Waking up the Neighbours" which included the song "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You". The song became a worldwide hit and reached number 1 in many countries, including a new record of 16 consecutive weeks in the United Kingdom.

Adams also had the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 number-one hit singles "Please Forgive Me", "All for Love" and "Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?"

For his significant contributions to music, Adams has garnered many awards and nominations, including 20 Juno Awards among 56 nominations and 15 Grammy Award nominations including a win for Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or Television in 1992.

He has also won MTV VMA, MTV EMA (1994), ASCAP, American Music awards, three Ivor Novello Awards for song composition, and has been nominated five times for Golden Globe Awards and three times for Academy Awards for his signwriting for films.

Adams was awarded the Order of Canada and the Order of British Columbia for contributions to popular music and philanthropic work via his own foundation, which helps improve education for people around the world.

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5/18/2020 8:32:47 PM
<![CDATA[All you need to know about Egyptian Museums in Int. Museum Day]]>
According to the Council of Museums, the purpose of the celebration is to allow museum professionals to communicate with the public and raise their awareness of the challenges facing museums in the world.

The Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics showed, within the booklet "Egypt in Figures" for the year 2018, that the total number of museums in Egypt is 72, distributed over 19 governorates, and including 34 archeological and regional museums.

The report stated that during 2016, about 9.643 million people visited these museums, pointing out that the most visited museums are the museums of Cairo and Giza, as there are 24 museums in Cairo, visited by about 5 million visitors in 2016, and there are nine museums in Giza, visited by 3.4 million visitors.
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Fayoum and Sohag have the lowest number of museums, where there is only one museum in each of the two governorates, followed by the New Valley Governorate, which has 3 museums.
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The Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics, based on data issued by the finance sector in the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities, said that the total revenues of archaeological, historical and regional museums amounted to L.E 169.021 million in 2018 compared to L.E 99.133 million in 2017, with an increase of 70.5 percent.
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The largest existing museum is the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir, which contains hundreds of important artifacts; the Grand Egyptian Museum is expected to be the largest museum in the world.

GEM is scheduled to contain more than 100,000 artifacts from the Pharaonic, Greek and Roman eras, and is expected to be visited by over 5 million visitors annually.

That is in addition to the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization in Fustat, which is scheduled to contain more than 50 thousand items. It was decided that its holdings would be displayed in a permanent major exhibition, and six other exhibitions dealing with civilization, the Nile, writing, the state, society, culture, beliefs, ideas, in addition to the exhibition of royal mummies.

Last but not least, there is an exhibition that aims to introduce the development of Egyptian crafts, exhibiting about 420 artifacts.


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5/18/2020 6:21:06 PM
<![CDATA[CCC celebrates 64th anniversary of fruitful relationships with Egypt through launching competition]]>
This competition, which started in 2018, will be held in 2020 on the occasion of the 64th anniversary of the establishment of the diplomatic relations between China and Egypt, under the title "A New Century and the Civilization of Two Rivers", in search of a new state of harmony that will hopefully benefit the relations between the two countries.

The competition should address topics related to China in the fields chosen by the contestants, and the works should be characterized by a real feeling and strong literary formulation, avoiding headlines for controversial events.

In addition, the competition is open to all writers in Egypt, whether from the printed press or websites, writers, intellectuals and readers. It includes various styles of media writing including analytical articles, stories, travel notes and testimonies on important events in China.

Furthermore, the contest's topics must be written in Arabic with a minimum of 700 words and a maximum of 2000 words for one topic. The topic participating in the competition must not be previously published. Each contestant is allowed to participate in the competition with only one topic.

Each contestant must attach their full name and a copy of their national ID card in addition to their contact information. The competition is open until June 30, 2020.

It is worth mentioning that all the submitted works will not be returned to their owners, and every file not attached with the owner’s name will be excluded.

Organizers initially choose the top 20 topics among applicants, and the jury then meets to select the top ten award-winning topics. The remaining ten contestants will receive the Encouraging Award.

The awards for the selected topics that will be announced in a special ceremony come as follows:

-The grand prize: The winners of the first and second places will receive a 5-day trip to China.

-The first prize is worth LE 20,000 and will be granted to the winner of the third place.

-The second prize is worth LE 15,000 and will be granted to the winners of the fourth and fifth places.

-The third prize is worth LE10,000 and will be granted to the winners who made to the sixth, seventh, eighth ninth and 10th places.

-The Encouragement Award will be granted to the winners of the 11th to the 20th places. Each winner will be granted L.E 2,000.

The winning topics will also be published in the Radio and Television magazine and China Today magazine through various issues.

The winners will receive their prizes, thereby obtaining their full rights. The organizer has the right to publish the winning topics in a book without additional material rights for its authors.

Topics should be sent as a word document to the email: meandchina2018@gmail.com.

The organizers have the last right to decide and clarify any issue regarding the competition.


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5/18/2020 5:07:30 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt celebrates International Museum Day with exclusive tour at Gayer-Anderson Museum]]>



The theme for International Museum Day 2020 is "Museums for Equality: Diversity and Inclusion".

According to the International Council of Museums' official website, the aim of this year's theme is to celebrate the diversity of viewpoints and overcome bias.

Egypt presents to the world 26 museums that are available to visit, out of a total of 34 museums nationwide.

Museums are an important component of Egypt's soft power, as they are considered educational, cultural and entertainment institutions.

Gayer Anderson is one of the hidden treasures in the historical part of Cairo, and is located near Ahmed ibn Tulun Mosque.


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The story of the museum started with two historical houses that were connected together with a bridge; the first building was constructed in 1632 and belonged to Hajj Mohamed Salem Galmam al-Gazzar. The date the house was built was recorded on a wood frieze.

Later on, the building was bought by a lady from Crete that is why it was later known as Beit Al-Kriteleyh.

The second house was built by Mohamed Abdel-Qader al-Haddad in 1540. It is currently known as Beit Amna bint Salim because she was the last resident of the house.


In 1930 – 1935, the two houses were about to be demolished as part of a project to upgrade Ahmed ibn Tulun area, but the Committee for the Conservation of Arab Monuments objected to this project, and then the process of repairing both houses began.

In 1953, a British doctor, Gayer Anderson, asked to live in the house and provide it with a unique and rare collection of monuments.

He also provided the house with electricity, and plumbing. He managed to restore the beauty of the house, as he added a number of English and Chinese antiquities, Indian chairs, English tables, Iranian handcrafts and Italian lamps.

A pharaoh’s casket and a statue of Nefertiti were also displayed in the museum.The museum consists of a number of apartments, including Mohamed Ali Room, the Roof Garden, the Persian Room, and the reading and writing rooms.

What is interesting about the museum is that the houses were built on the Gabel Yeshkur which is known for magical legends.

It is thought that Gabel Yeshkur is the place where Noah’s Ark rested after the flood.

One of the common stories heard about it is that if one gazes at the water he/she sees the face of his/her love.

Gayer Andreson museum is characterized by the amazing Islamic design in addition to its special location in the heart of ancient Islamic Cairo.

International Museum Day is coordinated every year by the International Council of Museums.

The annual event highlights a specific theme which changes every year to reflect the basis of the international museum community's preoccupations.




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5/18/2020 2:34:41 PM
<![CDATA[Warsaw's open-air Chopin concerts move online due to coronavirus]]>
The concerts are a key event in the Polish capital’s summer cultural calendar, with performers serenading citizens in the elegant setting of the Royal Lazienki Park with concertos, nocturnes and other masterworks by the great romantic composer.

But for the first time in more than six decades, the green square dotted with benches near a statue of Chopin had only pre-recorded music pouring from loud speakers on Sunday, when according to tradition the first outdoor concert of the season had been due to start.

Chopin fans who didn't come to the park could also go onto YouTube (here) to hear the first concert, featuring Polish pianist Karol Radziwonowicz, which had been pre-recorded in the park's Orangery.

The decision to livestream the concerts, a result of the restrictions on public gatherings, was unsettling, said Andrzej Matusiak, director of Stoleczna Estrada, the group that organizes the annual event.

“The concerts we recorded happened without the public. It was weird, it was surprising, for us and for the pianists. They were playing and there was no audience, no applause at the end,” said Matusiak.

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The Sunday outdoor concerts began in 1959 in honour of a composer whose music is deeply tied up with Polish national identity. The Chopin statue, erected in 1926, was blown up by the Nazis in 1940 during their brutal occupation of Poland and its reconstruction was a reaffirmation of national pride.

“(The statue) is something sacred for us, it is our (national) treasure,” said Teresa Poniemierska, a regular frequenter of the open air concerts who was out for a stroll in the park on Sunday.

She welcomed the decision to livestream the concerts in view of the current lockdown restrictions, saying they would give Chopin music lovers “some satisfaction”.

“No one can imagine that, after 60 years, we won’t have Chopin’s music in Warsaw in May,” Matusiak said.



The open-air concerts run from May till September. It remains unclear when Warsaw will lift its ban on public gatherings, though Matusiak said he hoped it would be before September to allow the resumption of the concerts in the park.

Poland, a nation of 38 million people, has so far reported 18,394 confirmed coronavirus cases, including 919 deaths.

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5/18/2020 12:57:34 PM
<![CDATA[In episode 23: El Nehya reveals Freemasonry real intentions]]>CAIRO – 17 May 2020: The episode 23 of the first Egyptian and Arab science fiction series El Nehaya ( The End) witnessed a big surprise through discussing new details about the Freemasonry.

This episode achieved a big hype on all social media means and trends on Twitter.

Engineer Zain ( Youssef el Sherif) while reading the diary of the Egyptian journalist Mostaf Khalil ( Mahmoud Abdel Moghny) found catastrophic facts about the Freemasonry, their plans, targets and hidden intentions to put an end to the whole world and start their own new world.

Khalil who wrote this diary in the year 2022 managed to attend Freemasonry meeting and saw their head ( Eyad Nassar) who was featured in multiple photos and different eras which means he never gets old or die, and this mysterious guy appears to be the founder of ‘’ The Oasis’’ which Zain lives in.

At the end of the episode security forces of the Oasis injected Zain with unknown device because he revealed their secret.

This episode stirred a wide controversy because Freemasonry has been subject to numerous conspiracy theories throughout the years.

The basic, local organisational unit of Freemasonry is the Lodge. These private Lodges are usually supervised at the regional level - usually coterminous with either a state, province, or national border - by a Grand Lodge or Grand Orient.

There is no international, worldwide Grand Lodge that supervises all of Freemasonry; each Grand Lodge is independent, and they do not necessarily recognise each other as being legitimate.

Some of Freemasonry members are top influential people in the world such as a Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, the acclaimed musician Mozart, Simon de Bolivar among others.

The Freemasonry real intentions were always mysterious but the majority claim that the want to dominate the whole world and impose their own rules that deny the existence of all the religions, this is the presumption that El Nehaya series said is true.
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5/17/2020 5:53:01 PM
<![CDATA[In Pics: Egyptian-Spanish archaeological mission uncovers unique cemetery in Bahnasa ]]>
Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Mostafa Waziri said the cemetery is unique, and that this style of cemeteries has not been discovered before in Bahnasa.

The cemetery consists of one room built of polished limestone. Its walls have a curvature from the top at the beginning of the roof, which makes it flat and not vaulted, as is customary in the rest of the previously discovered tombs in the area. Waziri further pointed out that no funerary furniture had been found in it.

For his part, head of the mission Esther Ponce added that the excavations showed eight Roman-era tombs with a domed and unmarked roof. Inside the tombs, many Roman tombstones, bronze coins, small crosses, and clay seals were found.

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5/17/2020 4:33:16 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities launches restoration project of Amun-Ra Temple Ram statues]]>
Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Mostafa Waziri explained that this restoration project started after transferring four of the Ram statues to Tahrir Square.

It was found while transferring the four statues that these rams are in a poor state of conservation, and have lost some of its parts.

Immediately, the decision of the Egyptian Antiquities Permanent Committee at the Supreme Council of Antiquities was issued to launch a comprehensive restoration project for the statues.

Waziri further explained that the immediate reason for the poor state of reservation of the rams is that they were exposed to faulty restoration with inappropriate materials in the early 1970s at the time of creating the sound and light project for Karnak Temples.

These rams were restored and raised on a layer of modern reed covered with cement mortar, red bricks and small pieces of stones, which negatively affected the rams and allowed groundwater to leak into its lower parts, eventually accessing the original stone bases. This led to the conversion of some of its parts into sand powder and some parts of the rams got separated as a result.

Head of the Karnak Temples Restoration Department Saadi Zaki said that 29 ram statues are located on a high surface water area, and that previous restoration works led to the absorption of this salt-laden water, which helped to break the bonds of the grains in the sandstone and completely separate the bottom part, in addition to the growth of weeds and fungi inside the stone.

He noted that the restoration work included documentation by photography and drawing, to show the damage found on the rams. This will then be followed by transferring the rams one by one on flat pillows to start the intense restoration procedures.

These procedures begin with the mechanical restoration and cleaning works to remove dust, followed by strengthening operations using the internationally recognized materials designated for strengthening weak parts of statues. As for larger parts that are in need of restoration, stainless steel is used to assemble them.

The restoration of three rams has now been completed and work is still underway, according to Zaki.




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5/17/2020 4:22:26 PM
<![CDATA[In Pics: Egypt’s tourism & antiquities min. follows up on NMEC in preparation for its opening]]>
This is to determine the construction developments in the project and its work plan during the current period, in preparation for its opening soon.

Anani was accompanied by Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Mostafa Waziri, General Supervisor of the museum Ahmed el-Sherbiny, Assistant Minister for Engineering Affairs Hisham Samir and Ahmed Obaid, the assistant minister for the Minister's Office Sector Affairs.

The tour included the museum's main hall and its museum display scenario, the mummy hall and the museum’s panorama overlooking Ain Al-Syrah Lake. Anani instructed that all planned work should be completed with the highest efficiency.

It is worth noting that the Museum of Egyptian Civilization in Fustat is one of the most significant projects carried out in cooperation with UNESCO, and is designed to become one of the largest museums of civilization in Egypt and the Middle East.

The museum presents all the aspects of the Egyptian civilization from prehistoric times to the present. The museum's various archaeological collections highlight the Egyptian material and moral heritage through showcasing traditional arts and crafts.

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Egypt’s tourism & antiquities min. Khaled el-Anani during inspecting tour at the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization in Fustat - ET

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5/17/2020 3:57:55 PM
<![CDATA[Adel Emam: Happy Birthday Legend]]>
The legendary actor is Egypt’s biggest actor for over four decades of box office hits, series, plays under his belt.

In theatre what made his stardom was his immortal role in ‘’Madrasat El-Mushaghebeen’’ ( Rioters school) play as Bahgat el Abaseiry this loser funny student, who is the leader over his other loser friends.

After he performed a number of sucessful roles in plays like ‘’Shahed Mashafsh Haga’’ ( A witnesser who didn’t see anything), El-Wad Sayed El-Shaghal ( the servant named Sayed), El-Zaiim ( The Leader) and ‘’Body Guard’’.

His cinematic repertoire include a number of movies like ‘’ Ehena Betoaa el Autobees” (We Are The Bus People). El-Avocato ( The Lawyer), El-Irhab Wel-Kabab ( Terrorism and Kebab), “Bakhit We Adeela”, “Amir El-Zalam” ( Prince of Darkness), “Aris Men Geha Amneya” ( A bridegroom from a security place), El-Sefara Fel Omara ( The Embassy in the Building), “Alzheimer” , “Bobos” among others.

His TV debut was in 1978 through “ Ahlam El-Fata El-Taer” then “Domou fi Oyoun Waqeha” ( tears in slut eyes) on 1980.

After a long hiatus he returned back to TV drama in 2012 through " Fer’et Naji Atallah " (Naji Atallah’s group) , continuing his annual presence in the Ramadan marathon every year through a number of successful series such as " El Araf” (The fortune teller), “Saheb el sa’ada” (His highness), “Afaret Adli Alam”(Adli Alam’s Ghosts), and "Awalem Khafeya” (Hidden Worlds) in 2018.

Imam has won seven awards, including two from the Cairo National Festival for Egyptian Cinema for Best Actor for his roles in “El-Irhabi” (The Terrorist) “Omaret Yacoubian” (The Yacoubian Building).

The Yacoubian Building also earned him an International Jury Award at the São Paulo International Film Festival and a Special Mention for Actor in a Narrative Feature from the Tribeca Film Festival.

The Dubai international Film festival awarded him twice the Lifetime Achievement Award, in 2005 and 2008. Emam was awarded as well the Golden Star in 2014 at Marrakech International Film Festival, the Golden Tanit in 2016 at the Carthage Film Festival and the Career Achievement Award from the first edition of El Gouna Film Festival.

Despite being the most important comedian in the history of Egyptian cinema he later performed serious dramatic works while maintaining his comedic style, reflecting ordinary citizens struggles with powerful social or political pressures.

Adel Emam by every sense of the word is an unrepeatable artistic actor, not only on the top of the artistic pyramid but he claimed the first rank inside the hearts of millions of his fans in Egypt and the whole world.

In 2019, under the slogan of "In celebration of Adel Imam's birthday", CEO of United Media Services Tamer Mursi signed a contract with the Egyptian mega star to produce "Valantino" series which is currently screening on DMC channel.


In the series, Emam embodies the role of an international school's owner named Nour Mohamed Ahmed Valantino, who is married to a gloomy wife named Afaf ( Dalal Abdel Aziz) , the matter that will drive him to fall in love with another woman named Noura ( Dalia el Beheiry).

On November 2019, Egyptian director Rami Emam posted a video on his Instagram account for his father from behind the scenes of ‘’Valentino’’series.

The video showed the veteran star reviewing some of the scenes from his role in the series while smoking a cigarette.

This was the first video to Emam after his illness and death rumors, it was shot to refute these wrong claims. ‘’Look who is beside me now’’ Rami captioned the video.


Emam is the only actor in the history of Egyptian art who remained number one all these years. The Happiest birthday to the one who draws the smile on our faces, made us laugh from the bottom of our hearts.
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5/17/2020 1:13:48 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt's Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities presents a video explaining 'Tuffahiyya' recipe ]]>
This recipe was mentioned in the first Egyptian cookbook dating back to the 14th century.

This first cookbook is called “Kanz Al-Fawa’id fi Tanwi` Al-Mawa’id “Treasure Trove of Benefits and Variety at the Table”.

Its author unfortunately remains anonymous. ‏Using fruits and meats together in one dish was particular in Egypt at the time, and travelers to Egypt were delighted by it.

‏This particular dish is called Tuffahiyya after tuffah “apple”.

Many other such fruity dishes are known too, including naranjiyya (bitter orange dish), rummaniyya “pomegranate dish”, mawziyya “banana dish”, and (khukhiyya peach dish.)‏]]>
5/16/2020 5:25:13 PM
<![CDATA[What is the scene that melts people hearts in ‘Be 100 Wesh’ series?]]>
Sokkar ( Nelly Karim ) asked Omar ( Asser Yassin) to tell her the reasons that pushed him to fall in love with her, he said he don’t know the reasons that drove him to fall in love with her but he only knows that he misses and care about her, also he don’t want to be apart from her. Sokkar said that she wants to cry after what he said.

What made this scene grab the audience attention is the credible and sincere performance of the two stars as well as the simplicity of this touchy dialogue which reflected in a an extremely romantic way the meaning of true love.

We saw a truly vulnerable moment of two lovers expressing their love to each other with their eyes more than their tongues.

100 Wesh or “La Casa de Bolaq’’ as viewers on social media have branded it, likening it to Le Casa de Papel, is the funniest offering this Ramadan.

Sokkar and Omar come from two different worlds but have a common goal: to be millionaires, as is clear from the theme song of the series which has become very popular.

Though the two swindlers each have their own ways of pulling off cons, they decide to come together and use their criminal skills to work on a number of jobs.

This is a very simple comedy that is free of any complications or sophisticated plot turns, and you don’t have to concentrate much on its tiny details to understand its sequence.

But what’s made the series so appealing from the very first episode is that it houses two huge and popular stars, each of them used to playing the leading role and who have stepped completely out of their comfort zones and are not even comedians!

Karim is famed for her tragic, social as well as romantic roles and Yassin’s forte is mystery and suspense, social, romantic and action roles.

Both took a big risk with Be 100 Wesh which has really paid off. With the producer and the director at the helm, the series has wowed both Egyptian and Arab audiences because of both Karim and Yassin’s sense of humor and entertaining spirit that just needed a chance like Be 100 Wesh to come out on screen.

With memorable lines like “Bye Sugar” shared endlessly on social media, the series, though light, is not shallow, a pitfall many comedies tend to fall into.

So far the episodes have had a number of well written and greatly executed drama lines. Karim’s is a little cliché— the girl who belongs to a poor social class and has a lot of responsibilities so she turns to swindling to solve her family’s financial problems—but Yassin’s one is new.

He looks rich but deep inside he suffers from a huge problem because of his father and becomes a conman to keep up appearances (his and his mother’s) among his acquaintances.

The relationship between Omar and his mother (veteran actress Salwa Mohamed Ali) is well written in the script and the strong chemistry between them is very clear on screen.]]>
5/16/2020 4:14:13 PM
<![CDATA[Jazz singer Melody Gardot seeks digital orchestra to beat coronavirus blues]]>
For the song “From Paris with Love” on her new album, Gardot is asking orchestra musicians worldwide - strings, woodwinds or harp - to contribute remotely by playing along to a score and a backing track.

Producers will assemble the performances into what she calls a “digital global orchestra” to make it sound as if all musicians are playing together in the same room. The chosen musicians will be paid professional studio rates and royalties will be donated to charities benefiting healthcare workers.

Confined in her home in Paris, Gardot had been set to record part of her new album with the London Symphony Orchestra just before a Europe-wide coronavirus lockdown put an end to all music production.

For the video clip of the song, Gardot has invited fans to contribute short video portraits of themselves from wherever they are in the world with a sign “From (their city) with Love”.

“We all worry about contagion now, but a smile is one of the contagious issues that I would like to have,” Gardot told Reuters.

“It can make us feel a little more connected despite what is going on. We cannot touch each other, we cannot travel, this is kind of a postcard,” she said.

Participating musicians will receive instructions on how to record and film themselves performing the piece at home and can file their contributions till May 18 at midnight.

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Gardot, who sells more records in Europe than in the United States and is very popular in France, is one of many musicians worldwide who have tried to break the barriers of lockdown by using social media for live or recorded performances.

The Grammy-nominated singer said the lockdown had knocked her out of her rhythm of constant touring, often playing several days a week, 11 months a year, but she said the isolation had been relatively bearable compared to being in hospital for a year after being knocked off her bike by a car when she was 19.

“(the lockdown) is heartbreaking in a fraternal way, but for myself I have seen rainier days,” she said.



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5/16/2020 2:54:43 PM
<![CDATA['We Are The World' to get an 'American Idol' alumni encore]]>
“Idol” judges Lionel Richie, who co-wrote the song with the late Michael Jackson, Katy Perry and country singer Luke Bryan will perform it on Sunday alongside former stars and winners of the television talent show, broadcaster ABC said on Friday.

ABC said it will be the first television performance in 35 years of the song, which originally was written to raise money for African famine relief and featured musicians including Jackson, Diana Ross, Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Bob Dylan and many others.

Sunday’s singers will include “Idol” alumni Fantasia, Jordin Sparks, Katharine McPhee, Kellie Pickler, Lauren Alaina, Ruben Studdard and Scotty McCreery, as well as the top 11 finalists from the current season of the show.

The singing contest, which will crown this year’s winner during the broadcast, has been produced remotely since mid-March when the coronavirus shutdown movie and television sets throughout the United States.

Richie said he had been “asked a thousand and one times” whether he was going to write another song that captures the coronavirus era.




“My answer is, exactly the lyrics I would have written for the new song are in the old song,” he told television talk show host Jimmy Kimmel this week.

“The lyrics work perfectly,” he added, referring to lines such as “We’re saving our own lives.”

Asked why he wanted the song sung by the “American Idol” family, Richie told Billboard on Friday, “We’ve done the all-star cast and it was historic. These kids inspire me with their talent and they reflect the diversity of the world.”


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5/16/2020 2:51:35 PM
<![CDATA[Ahmed Salah Hosny captivates people hearts with Ramy Hassanein role in El Ekhteyar ]]>
Episode 21 tackles the story of the great martyr Rami hassanein. Egyptian star Ahmed Salah Hosny captivates people heart by his brilliant portrayal to late great Lieutenant-Colonel who was killed in a roadside bomb attack on their armored vehicle in Egypt's North Sinai on 2016.

Hosny provided dazzling performance for Hassanein who was a great champion and highly efficient military leader.


The Highly successful Egyptian series managed in one week to do what wasn’t performed in years. We all love Egypt and its army but this series reminded us how deep is this love and how our Egyptian army men are sacrificing with their lives daily to preserve our homeland security, progress and prosperity.

This national epic gathered and united all the Egyptians around with its credible content that gives us an insightful look about the life, logic, thoughts and noble principals of our army soldiers, champions and martyrs.



Producing this series, Synergy started a new era in the Arab drama production that will compete with the European and American productions.


"El Ekhteyar" houses a notable group of talented actors such as Amir Karara, Ahmed el Awady such as Dina Fouad, Hanan Youssef, Sara Adel, Ahmed Fouad Selim, in addition to notable guests of honor such as Eyad Nassar, Mohamed Emam, Salah Abdallah , Mohamed Ragab, Karim Mahmoud Abdel Aziz, Asser Yassin, Amr Gamal, Maged el Masry, Ahmed Wafik, Ahmed Salah Hosny among others.

The series is written by Baher Dewidar and directed by Peter Mimi.
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5/15/2020 5:29:54 PM
<![CDATA[Mido Fayed: El Ekhteyar is a national epic that was important to be done]]>
Colonel Ahmed el-Mansy, the commander of the Sa'ka Forces or Thunderbolt Forces, was killed during the clashes between Egyptian army forces and militants, while the army besieged groups of terrorists and foiled attacks that targeted a number of other checkpoints in the Rafah area in North Sinai.

Fayed explained to Egypt Today that he performed all the needed preparations to perform such honourable and patriotic character.

‘’ I talked with Moemen’s family and they told me everything about him as well as all his personal traits, it was very important to know every single detail about him because he is a real character not a fictional one’’ Fayed said.

Moemen was kind, humble, and helpful, he wanted to die while he is defending Egypt. ‘’ He was so eager to die as a martyr, he prayed to god to give him such an honor and our generous god gave him what he has asked for.’’

The rising Egyptian star added that El Ekhteyar is a national epic that was important to be done to explain to the upcoming generations more about the greatness of our Egyptian army and that our soldiers are sacrificing with their lives daily to protect our country.

‘’ El Ekhteyar’’ series houses a lot of patriotic messages, sheds the light on a group pf Egyptian soldiers and officers revealing how much they are brave, loyal, dedicated, have strong faith in god, love each other, strongly believe in what they are doing and ready to die at any time to protect their country’’ Fayed added.

Fayed elaborated that art is one of the major soft powers in Egypt and it has a major role in increasing people awareness, that is why patriotic drama like ‘’ El Ekhteyar is very important.

The Egyptian actor added that he learned a lot from such rich experience especially great director Peter Mimi. ‘’ I benefited a lot from Mimi instructions and I was honoured to work with such great cast which I consider as my family.’’
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5/15/2020 4:51:13 PM
<![CDATA['Frozen' musical becomes biggest victim of Broadway coronavirus shutdown]]>
The Disney production, which opened in March 2018 and is based on the blockbuster 2013 movie, will not return, Disney said in a statement.

Broadway theatres went dark on March 12 and this week extended the closure to Sept. 6. Live performances, especially big musicals with their large casts and the challenges of social distancing on stage, are expected to be among the last events to return while the coronavirus pandemic continues.

“Frozen,” about two sisters who are pulled apart by a mysterious secret, features the Oscar-winning song “Let It Go.” Along with “Aladdin” and “The Lion King,” the play was one of three Disney musicals based on popular movies running on Broadway.




It was the first musical and the biggest Broadway production to fall victim to the coronavirus, which has hit New York City hardest in United States.

Thomas Schumacher, president and producer of Disney Theatrical Productions, said in a statement it was hard to believe a few years ago “that a global pandemic would so alter the world economy that running three Disney shows on Broadway would become untenable.”

“Frozen” was taking an average of about $1 million a week in ticket sales, according to box-office data.


The actors union Equity said the closure was a wake-up call showing the challenges faced by live theatre during the pandemic.

“Today’s news should be an all hands on deck moment for Governor Cuomo, Mayor De Blasio and Congress,” executive director Mary McColl said in a statement.

“Public officials at all levels must think much more boldly about supporting the arts or our entire economy will be slower to recover,” she added.

Two plays - a new production of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” and new British comedy “Hangmen” - had opened in preview before the shutdown. Producers later said they will not return once Broadway reopens.


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5/15/2020 4:11:54 PM
<![CDATA[Amazon Prime snags Bollywood premieres, angering theater owners]]>
India has been under a strict lockdown since March 25 to battle the virus, leaving about 9,500 theatres shut and depriving Bollywood of box-office revenue.

So producers of seven films, including two Bollywood movies starring A-listers, such as Amitabh Bachchan and Vidya Balan, will stream the movies directly on Amazon Prime Video following a deal, the company said in a statement on Friday.

“Gulabo Sitabo”, a family comedy with Bachchan and Ayushmann Khurrana, which was set for release in April, will now stream directly on Amazon Prime Video in June, as will “Shakuntala Devi”, a biopic of the Indian mathematician of the same name.

Two of India’s biggest cinema chains, Inox and PVR, who were meant to screen “Gulabo Sitabo”, bemoaned the decision.

“INOX will be constrained to examine its options, and reserves all rights, including taking retributive measures, in dealing with such fair-weather friends,” Inox said in a statement.

The producers’ guild said the comments from Inox were “abrasive and unconstructive”.

PVR chief executive Kamal Gianchandani told the Indian Express on Thursday, after Amazon announced it would stream “Gulabo Sitabo”, that he was disappointed by the news.

The other five films in the Amazon deal are productions from the prolific, southern-language film industry.

Streaming platforms like Amazon and Netflix have in the past signed deals with Indian studios for digital rights, but mainstream releases have always prioritised theatrical revenues first.

In China, regulators aim to protect the industry by enforcing rules to stop movies premiering online, in particular by strictly managing “theatrical window period” requirements, a period for movies to be screened in cinemas before they can be shown elsewhere.

But analysts say the Amazon deal in India is likely the beginning of a broader trend, as lingering fears of coronavirus infection and lower discretionary spending keep people away from multiplexes and single-screen cinemas.

“There will be a reset in the way that producers and studios think about their portfolios,” Vijay Subramaniam, director and head, Content, Amazon Prime Video, India, told Reuters in an interview.

Subramaniam said Amazon, which competes in India with Netflix and Disney’s Hotstar, did not see acquisition costs going up for the streaming platform.

FILE PHOTO: Vijay Subramaniam, Director and Head, Content, Amazon Prime Video India, speaks during an interview with Reuters in Mumbai, India, November 14, 2018. REUTERS/Francis Mascarenhas/File Photo
Bollywood is a huge draw for India’s burgeoning online audiences, who - driven by cheap data and smartphones - are spending more time watching content online than ever before.

Media reported that more producers in Bollywood and the southern-language industry were in talks with streaming platforms for direct-to-digital releases.

Last month, theatre owners in the southern state of Tamil Nadu threatened to boycott well-known actor Suriya over his decision to stream his film on a digital platform.

That film, “Ponmagal Vandhal” is part of the seven-film slate that Amazon announced on Friday.]]>
5/15/2020 4:08:56 PM
<![CDATA[Is Ramses II the Pharaoh of Moses?]]>
Gomaa also stated that the scientists found seaweed inside his corpse, which indicates that this is the Pharaoh that lived during Moses’ era. Can we really know if the corpse of Ramses II belongs to the Pharaoh of Egypt?

Egyptian archaeologist Zahi Hawass had reviewed this matter during his speech in a seminar held on Dec. 20, 2019.

The first question during the seminar was about the Egyptian project for studying royal mummies. Hawass replied that studies over the past years have been conducted by foreigners, who unfortunately took parts of the different mummies while studying.

“Whoever conducted the X-Ray of Tutankhamun’s mummy stole parts of it, and those who studied the mummy of Ramses II to prove whether or not he was the Pharaoh that lived during Moses’ era stole his hair, but the hair was restored again,” said Hawass.

"We started the project to study royal mummies in 2009, and made huge discoveries regarding the mummy of Queen Hatshepsut (Egyptian Queen of the18th Dynasty), how Ramses II died, and the family of King Tutankhamun. We are now conducting studies on 20 royal mummies,” Hawass answered when asked about the time the project started.

The veteran Egyptian archeologist Hawass also explained that each royal mummy will be displayed with all its personal belongings, and evidence or data about the profession of the owner of the mummy, and the results of DNA tests and CT scans, which determine the cause of death. According to Hawass, Ramses V was sick with smallpox.

From the aforementioned, we can deduce it was evident whether CT scans prove the causes of death? Did Ramses II die of drowning, as theoreticians claim him to be the Pharaoh of Moses?

“It is not possible with CT scans to know whether the mummy died of drowning or not. The only thing that proves this is the lung, which is not found inside the mummy. When they took the mummy of Ramses II in the eighties, to prove that he was the Pharaoh of Moses, one of the researchers stole his hair on the restoration trip in France, putting it in a safe in his house. When the restorer passed away, his son tried to sell the hair,” said Hawass.





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5/14/2020 6:02:49 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt’s tourism & antiquities min. discusses latest developments of New Administrative Capital museum]]>
Also, Anani convened with Nevin Nizar, deputy minister for Museum Display Affairs, and Head of the Museums Sector Moemen Osman, for an update on the latest developments in the New Administrative Capital’s museum.

Nizar stated that the developments of the artifacts' transport works were discussed in preparation for the start of their exhibition in accordance with the prepared museum display scenario.

Moreover, Nizar further stated during the meeting that the installation of showcases and screens for multimedia films is underway.

Also, preparations are being made for the schematic models that will be included in the displays to portray each of the ancient Egyptian capitals, in addition to the nature of residents, architecture, religious buildings and the most famous landmark of each city.

The content of the interactive films being prepared in cooperation with the Library of Alexandria was also discussed, where an interactive panoramic movie [Culturama] is prepared on the capitals of Egypt throughout the ages, from the oldest capital Memphis, to the New Administrative Capital.

It is worth noting that the museum at the New Administrative Capital has received more than 550 artifacts.

Also, the civil protection work, the insurance system and surveillance system are being completed.

Most of the architectural work of the museum’s building has been completed. Interior lighting fixtures, statutory bases and other fabrication work have begun.

Furthermore, work is under way to implement the detailed subdivisions of artifact collections according to the High Commission for Museums Scenarios.
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5/14/2020 3:34:11 PM
<![CDATA[No kissing, no fighting as TV soap 'Neighbours' resumes filming]]>
The pandemic has hugely disrupted the entertainment industry worldwide and many popular television shows have had to suspend production.

The cast and crew of “Neighbours” had a month-long break while producers re-worked scripts and storylines to ensure actors were able to stay apart, in line with Australian government guidelines on social distancing.

“This is an unprecedented situation, there is no rulebook for it,” said Jason Herbison, executive producer of the series, now in its 35th year, about the residents of a fictional suburb in the Australian city of Melbourne.

“So what we really had to do was just stop, listen to the government advice and look at the way we film the show. And in consultation with our cast and crew, really formulate a plan where we felt we could all return to work safely,” he said in an interview via Skype.

This included reducing the number of characters in specific scenes. Sometimes they filmed them in “smaller components” before stitching scenes together in the editing room.

In intimate scenes, a character might “lean in for a kiss, and then the camera pans away and we hear a little bit of a giggle,” Herbison said.

“It’s just about re-imagining the scene differently, so you don’t see that moment of impact.”

Actors and film crews have temperature checks when they arrive on set, and a colour coding scheme helps ensure that if somebody contracts the virus or has symptoms, it will be easier to trace the people they may have come into contact with.

Wherever possible, actors will apply their own make-up and do their own hair. Where that is not possible, make-up artists will comply with strict health and hygiene rules.

There will be no explicit references to the coronavirus in the series, Herbison said, especially given that it is all about neighbours interacting with one another. But viewers will see, for example, characters sanitising their hands in restaurants.

“It’ll be little things like that that show that perhaps the world has changed a little bit,” he said.]]>
5/14/2020 3:24:43 PM
<![CDATA[Rihanna debuts on Sunday Times Rich List of musicians at no. 3]]>
Barbados-born Rihanna, 32, now based in London, leapfrogged some of Britain’s most famous musicians such as Mick Jagger and Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones, Elton John and Rod Stewart into the list of the country’s most wealthy.

Hit musical composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and former Beatle Paul McCartney jointly top the list with some £800 million each.

Known for her daring, colourful looks on the red carpet, Rihanna has become an increasingly influential force in the fashion world as well as having eight hit albums.

“Rihanna typifies the seismic change we’ve seen in the Rich List in recent years. Once dominated by inherited wealth, the bulk of our 1,000 entries are now self-made people with modest and even troubled starts in life who are driven to work exceptionally hard,” said Robert Watts, compiler of the list.

Ed Sheeran tops the ranks of Britain’s richest young musicians (aged 30 or under) with a fortune of £200 million.

“Touring remains the big earner for many of the stadium-filling acts on our musicians’ list,” Watts said. “But the Covid outbreak has wrecked concert plans and so we expect the wealth of many of these musicians will flatline over the coming year.”]]>
5/14/2020 3:21:11 PM
<![CDATA[Porsches, popcorn and social distancing at Dubai drive-in cinema]]>
With social distancing mandatory in the United Arab Emirates to help curb the spread of the virus, VOX Cinemas says viewers will be limited to two per car at the open-air venue, which opens on Sunday and can accommodate up to 75 cars at a time.

Tickets cost 180 dirhams ($50) per vehicle inclusive of popcorn, snacks and drinks.

“We keep our social distancing so it’s a brilliant idea in my opinion,” Porsche driver Xavier Libbrecht told Reuters during a pre-opening event at the drive-in cinema on Wednesday.

Dubai, the UAE’s business and tourism hub, has been easing coronavirus closures and restrictions since the Muslim holy month of Ramadan began three weeks ago, allowing malls and dine-in restaurants to reopen at limited capacity.

However, children aged 3-12 and people over 60 are still barred from such venues, including the outdoor cinema, which sits on the roof of Majid Al Futtaim’s Mall of the Emirates. The screen stands under the peak of the mall’s indoor ski slope.

“Any excuse to get out the house during coronavirus times,” said Patrick, another member of a Porsche car club invited to Wednesday’s event, at which an action comedy film was shown.

“In the comfort of your own car you don’t have to worry about chewing too loud,” he added.

Cinema-goers caught a cool evening breeze, but were still switching car engines on and off for the air conditioning. Temperatures can rise above 40 degrees in Dubai during the long summer months and the humidity is oppressive.

Dubai, a major shopping and entertainment destination, has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic due to travel disruptions and closures to contain the spread of the disease.

The UAE has so far recorded 20,386 coronavirus infections and 206 deaths.]]>
5/14/2020 3:16:18 PM
<![CDATA[Mostafa Amar to release religious album soon]]>
On his official Instagram account, Amar posted a picture of the new album’s poster, commenting: “'Hanen Aleina Yarab' a religious album coming soon!”

It is worth mentioning that this is Amar's first full religious album.



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5/13/2020 7:32:15 PM
<![CDATA[Yasser Galal, new tough guy of El-Gamaliya in 20th episode of 'El-Fetewa' ]]>
Galal appears masked; he only reveals himself after Farag el-Atal [Dia Abdel Khaleq] defeats Azmi [Ahmed Salah Hosni], and almost becomes the official fetewa of the neighborhood.

However, Hassan el-Gebali [Yasser Galal] shows up and beats him in a nabot fight (stick fight) that changes the course of events, making Gebali the new tough guy of El-Gamaliya.

In the series’ 20th episode, Hassan el-Gebali [Yasser Galal] promises Lail [Mai Omar] he will never let her go as he loves her dearly and that nothing will make them part except death.

Azmi meets Fadl and offers him to pledge allegiance to him as the official tough guy of El-Gamaliya and to give up his dreams of being the official fetewa. He bargains to return to El-Gamaliya with his gang to cooperate together.

The 20th episode of “El-Fetewa” series started with a scene showing Fadl hugging his horse Aziz, assuring him that he will be the next Fetewa, followed by a scene of Gamila condoling Mai Omar and Azmi [Ahmed Salah Hosni], who asks Gamila to stay in El-Gamaliya. She agrees to stay provided that he marries her.

Hassan el-Gebali faces Farag as Azmi prepares to be El-Gamaliya's fetewa. Riyad el-Khouli gathers his gang but refuses to get into any altercation as he fears defeat.

“El-Fetewa” is written by Hany Sarhan and directed by Hussein el-Manbawi. It is produced by Synergy.

The series stars Yasser Galal, Ahmed Salah Hosni, Mai Omar, Naglaa Badr, Ahmed Khalil, Riyad el-Khouly, Inaam Salousa, Laila Ahmed Zaher, Hanadi Mehanna, Ahmed Khaled Saleh, Aida Riyad, Farida Saif el-Nasr, Ahdi Sadiq, Magdy Fekry, Maha Nassar and Yasser Zinconi.
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5/13/2020 4:45:54 PM
<![CDATA[Broadway theaters to remain closed through Sept. 6]]>
Among the most-visited tourist attractions in New York, the theaters had previously set a tentative reopening date of June 7.

The Broadway League, which represents producers and theater owners, said on Tuesday it was working with government authorities, unions and health experts to develop plans to re-open with new safety measures for audiences, performers and stagehands.

Live theater productions face unique challenges in the pandemic, including a large number of people in small spaces and physical contact among performers on stage.

Producers are discussing staging shows with smaller casts rather than big musicals, and writers have been working on stories that allow for social distancing.

Broadway closed its theaters on March 12. Thirty-one shows were playing at that time including hits such as “Hamilton,” “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” and “To Kill a Mockingbird.”]]>
5/13/2020 3:08:06 PM
<![CDATA[Tyler Perry gets ahead of Hollywood with July production restart]]>
Perry will start production of his television shows “Sistas” and “The Oval” on July 8 at his sprawling Tyler Perry Studios complex in Atlanta, Georgia, television network BET said in a statement.

Perry, 50, one of the wealthiest and most prolific black entrepreneurs in the entertainment industry, bought a former army base in Atlanta in 2015 and turned it into one of the largest production facilities in the United States. The 330-acre self-contained lot has housing, green space and 12 sound stages.

The announcement came as Hollywood movie studios, major television networks and streaming services are still drawing up protocols to keep actors and crew members safe on sets that were shut down across most of the world in mid-March because of the coronavirus epidemic.

They have yet to announce plans or dates for filming of TV shows and movies to resume.

Perry, the creator and star of the “Madea” movies, told Hollywood publication Deadline last month that he had drawn up detailed plans for his productions that involve sequestering the casts and crews in accommodation at his studios for the entire length of a shoot.

The plan followed consultations with labor unions and local authorities, Perry told Deadline.

Georgia was one of the first U.S. states to relax coronavirus restrictions, opening up barber shops, movie theaters and dine-in restaurants in late April.

“Sistas,” about the love lives and friendship of a group of single black females, and “The Oval”, a behind the scenes tale of life in the White House, are two of BET’s most popular scripted shows.

Perry wrote, produces and directs both shows.]]>
5/13/2020 3:05:22 PM
<![CDATA[ Ibrahim Nasr passes away at the age of 70]]>CAIRO - 12 May 2020: Head of Egypt’s Acting Syndicate Ashraf Zaki said that actor and comedian Ibrahim Nasr died in the early hours of May 12.

In statements made to the press, Zaki said that the funeral will be held at the Azbakeya Church today, May 12.

Nasr was mostly known for his role in the film “Shams el-Zanati” (1991) starring Adel Imam, and for the prank show “Zakia Zakaria” that was considered a turning point in Ramadan prank shows in the Egyptian and Arab Television.


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5/12/2020 3:11:52 PM
<![CDATA[Cairo Cultural Salon to host discussion panel on COVID-19 on May 12]]>
The discussion panel will be held at 10 p.m. on May 12 and will be broadcast live on the official Facebook accounts of the GEBO and the Cairo International Cultural Salon.

The discussion panel comes within the framework of the Ministry of Culture's e-initiative “Stay At Home; Culture is Between Your Hands” launched by Egypt’s Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem, with the aim of raising the awareness of the masses to combat the novel coronavirus.

The salon hosts former Tunisian Minister of Women, Family and Childhood Neziha Labidi and member of the Presidential Council for Social Responsibility in Egypt Randa Rizk. In the second part of the discussion panel, Syrian poet Siham al-Shaashaa will be hosted.

The panel is moderated by poet and journalist Mohamed Hamida, founder of the Cairo International Cultural Salon, and plastic artist Maha el-Sebaei from Syria. It will last for 80 minutes divided into two parts on the Cairo International Book Fair page.

The General Egyptian Book Organization, through its YouTube channel, will also broadcast its creative printed and visual content for culture enthusiasts.

The visual archive package available for broadcasting during the month of Ramadan includes the contributions of author Saad el-Din Wahba, Mahmoud Yassin, late poet Abdel Rahman el-Abnoudi, legendary soccer phenomenon Mahmoud el-Khatib, poet Syed Hegab, veteran journalist Makram Mohamed Ahmed, poet Farouk Gweida, star Yehya el-Fakhrani, late Dr. Ahmed Zewail, late International writer Naguib Mahfouz, and journalist and writer Anis Mansour.

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5/12/2020 2:57:26 PM
<![CDATA[Virus brings Cannes Festival 'stepladder gang' down to earth]]>
This year, coronavirus has forced the indefinite postponement of the film festival and left Morpelli - leading member of the so-called ‘stepladder gang’ of ardent autograph-hunters and amateur paparazzi - to ruminate over what he’s missing.

“It breaks my heart,” he said as he stood across the street from the venue on Monday, usually a hive of activity with 24 hours to go until the opening, but now deserted.

“It’s hard to imagine that this year, there’s nothing, that we’ll need to wait one more year.”

The Cannes Festival is the moment in the annual calendar when Hollywood glamour rubs shoulders on the French Riviera with Europe’s show-business glitterati. Attendees last year included Antonio Banderas and Julianne Moore.

This year’s edition, which had been due to take place from May 12-23, was called off after the French government, in an effort to curb the spread of the virus, banned public gatherings.

It was only the third time in its history that the festival has failed to take place. The two previous occasions were the outbreak of World War Two and 1968, when France was roiled by violent protests.

Morpelli and his fellow gang members usually line up on a verge across the road from the red carpet. The stepladders give the fans a better vantage point, and allow them to be seen.

When limousines pull up at the kerb, the fans shout to entice the celebrities to come over. Many have photographs that they ask the stars to sign.

On Monday, as he looked at the empty spot where the red carpet should be, Morpelli said he was still processing the absence of the festival: “I think we’ll understand it later, but now it’s hard to swallow.”]]>
5/12/2020 2:09:03 PM
<![CDATA[Delayed 'Friends' reunion holding out for live audience over remote event]]>
Robert Greenblatt, chairman of WarnerMedia Entertainment, which is launching the HBO Max streaming service on May 27, said on Monday he thought it was worth waiting until the one-off unscripted show could be filmed in a traditional way.

The reunion, dreamed of by fans for years, was supposed to have helped launch HBO Max, but the coronavirus epidemic shut down production across Hollywood before it could be filmed.

“We are holding out to be able to get this special done hopefully by the end of the summer. We do think there’s a value to having a raucous live audience experience these six great friends coming back together,” Greenblatt told Hollywood outlet Variety in an interview.

“We didn’t want to just do it suddenly on a web call, or six squares and people shooting from their kitchens and bedrooms,” Greenblatt added.

Shows such as “Saturday Night Live” and a reunion of “Parks and Recreation” have put together episodes by recording stars in their homes.

“Friends,” starring Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow, Courteney Cox, David Schwimmer, Matt LeBlanc and Matthew Perry, ended in 2004 after 10 years, but it remains one of the most popular shows in re-runs.

“If this (coronavirus) goes on indefinitely, we may go the virtual route,” Greenblatt said. “But at the moment we are trying to look to the future and get this thing done in a more conventional way.

“If we launch it in the fall, I think it will be something that will have the audience looking forward to,” he added.]]>
5/12/2020 2:03:42 PM
<![CDATA[Enjoy a guided video tour for the first key of the holy Ka’aba]]>
This key belongs to the Mamluk sultan al-Ashraf Sha’ban, it is considered to be the oldest existing specimen ever seen for keys of the Ka’aba.

Verses from the part of the holy Quran is inscribed on the key from Surat al-Fath as well as the name and titles of sultan al-Ashraf Sha’ban.

It’s attributed to 765 AH /1363 -1364 AD.

Thanks to Gihan Nabil ‎‏‎Director of the Learning Center of the Grand Egyptian Museum and the tour guide Dina Ezz Aldin for volunteering.

شاهد أقدم نموذج باقى من مفاتيح الكعبة حتى الآن، يرجع إلى العصر المملوكي

استمتع معنا بإطلاق فيديو تعريفي جديد داخل متحف الفن الاسلامي بباب الخلق، لعرض وشرح أقدم نموذج باقى من #مفاتيح_الكعبة حتى الآن، يرجع إلى العصر المملوكي، وينسب...


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5/12/2020 1:53:03 PM
<![CDATA['El-Brince' 17th episode trends on Google ]]>
On his official Instagram account, Ramadan uploaded a video of google’s trend on Ramadan 17, in which the 17th episode of the series "El-Brince" was the most searched for in Egypt. In the background, Ramadan’s song “Number 1” played.

During the 17th episode of “El-Brince”, the prisoners, who were attacked by Radwan [Mohamed Ramadan], tried to reconcile with him for some personal interests; he asked them to help him call the father of his late wife to check on his daughter.

The second scene moved to Fathi [Ahmed Zaher] and Fadwa [Rogina] going to the house of the father and mother of Lubna, Radwan's late wife to search for Maryam, Radwan's daughter. Fathi and Fadwa kidnapped Maryam, after spiking her grandparents' tea with a drug.

At the same time, Radwan succeeded in making the phone call after the promise of Salah Balela [Mohammad Ahmed Maher], that he would make the call in. It was shocking for him to know that his daughter had been kidnapped.

The surprise caused Radwan to lose control which eventually caused the prison guards to discover that he had a phone, deciding to take him to the warden. This is when the 17th episode came to an end leaving the audience anticipating the events of the next episode.

The series revolves around Radwan el-Brince, whose character is embodied by star Mohammed Ramadan. Radwan works as a plumber in his father's workshop. He finds himself responsible for his family after the death of his parents, which results in problems with his six siblings.

The series is written and directed by Mohammed Sami. It stars Mohamed Ramadan, Nour, Ahmed Zaher, Rogina, Naglaa Badr, Edward, Donia Abdel Aziz, Abdel Aziz Makhyoun, Reem Sami, Salwa Othman, Mohamed Alaa, Safa el-Toukhy, Mohamed Hatem, Rehab el-Gamal, Hazem Ehab and Ahmed Dash. It is produced by Synergy.

"El-Brince" is broadcast daily on DMC and DMC Drama channels during Ramadan.

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5/11/2020 3:36:26 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt’s Min. of Culture intervenes to save Egyptian Publishers Association]]>
In Egypt, the Egyptian Publishers Association (EPA) took several steps to discuss how to get out of the crisis.

Recently, the president of the association, publisher Saeed Abdo, explained all the procedures that the board has taken since the beginning of the epidemic, to confront the major crisis that Egyptian publishers are going through because of this crisis.

As a result of these procedures, Abdo said that Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Daym agreed to support the association’s treasury with a sum of money, to support the Egyptian publishers.

Also, Abdel Dayem instructed the Culture Palaces Authority to allocate an amount of money in the next budget for purchasing from Egyptian publishers. Abdo indicated that the meeting held with Abdel Dayem in April came to discuss ways to support publishers to mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 crisis.

It was agreed during the meeting to allocate a significant portion of the budget to the libraries as of the next fiscal year (1/7/2020) to purchase from publishers through a joint committee between the ministry and the association.

It was also decided that member publishers will participate in the villages' book fair organized by the General Authority of Cultural Palaces, as well as in the ministry’s e-initiative “Stay Home; Culture is Between Your Hands”.

Additionally, the Ministry of Culture supports the association’s initiative (Stay Home With A Great Company) in cooperation with all the bodies of the Egyptian Ministry of Culture.

In statements made to the press, the head of the Egyptian Publishers Association explained that a mini-committee was formed to meet a number of ministers, including the minister of industry, to discuss making publishing an industry so that publishers can benefit from the state's support in financing and supporting small projects.

Furthermore, a meeting is set to be held with the minister of education and the minister of higher education to allocate a sum from their budgets to purchase books, whether for school or university students.

Also, the association will convene with the minister of youth and sports to provide youth centers with books and publications from the ministry's allocations.

The head of the Egyptian Publishers Association explained that it will be agreed with the minister of local development, to provide permits for the establishment of libraries, and to support and establish Street 306, which will be designated for libraries.
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5/11/2020 2:45:17 PM
<![CDATA[Seinfeld star Jerry Stiller dies aged 92, son Ben pays tribute]]>
“I’m sad to say that my father, Jerry Stiller, passed away from natural causes,” wrote Ben, a Hollywood comedian who appeared with his father in “Zoolander” and other movies.

“He was a great dad and grandfather, and the most dedicated husband to Anne for about 62 years. He will be greatly missed. Love you Dad,” he added.

Jerry Stiller was part of a 1960s comedy team with wife Anne Meara. But he was in his mid-60s when he got what would become his signature acting role - Frank Costanza, father of ne’er-do-well George Costanza (played by Jason Alexander) on “Seinfeld,” a tense, bombastic man always on the verge of apoplexy.

In 1993, Stiller had thought his entertainment career was nearing an end when he got a phone call from Larry David, co-creator of “Seinfeld,” about joining the cast led by comedian Jerry Seinfeld.

The show, one of the most highly regarded in U.S. TV history, was in its fourth season at the time but Stiller said he had never watched a minute of it and had to ask, “Who’s Seinfeld?”

He was performing in a play at the time and had to turn down the TV job. Stiller got another chance at the role a few months later and took it.

Stiller was in only 26 of the 172 “Seinfeld” episodes but each appearance was memorable, whether he was screaming “serenity now!” in a tense situation, trying on a bra for men or explaining the odd rituals of Festivus, the Dec. 23 holiday he established as an alternative to Christmas.

Stiller said he was originally told to play Frank in a meek, understated manner in contrast to the character’s loud, shrill wife. A few days in, however, Stiller responded to one of the wife’s rants with an improvised tirade of his own and the show’s producers and cast liked it.

“And from that day on, it was the best years of my life as an actor because I worked with people who were the most generous actors in the world,” Stiller said in an interview with the Archive of American Television.

“Seinfeld” ended its nine-year run in 1998 and that same year Stiller moved into another sitcom dad role on “The King of Queens.” As Arthur Spooner, he played another blowhard oddball - although not quite as eruptive as Frank Costanza - living in the basement of the home of his daughter (played by Leah Remini) and her husband (Kevin James) through the show’s nine seasons.

HUSBAND-WIFE COMEDY TEAM

Stiller was born and grew up in New York, inspired by comedian Eddie Cantor and the vaudeville shows he saw with his father, a bus driver.

After serving in the U.S. Army, Stiller studied drama at Syracuse University and then sought acting jobs. He was working with a woman comedy partner when he met Meara in 1953 at an agent’s office. They married a few months later.

Stiller and Meara worked together in the Compass Players comedy troupe before forming their own team. By the 1960s, they had become a popular comedy duo on U.S. television and appeared 36 times on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” Their act included skits such as an interview with the biblical Jonah after his encounter with the whale and parodies of TV commercials.

Much of their humor was marriage-based and focused on height (Stiller was 5-foot-4, Meara was considerably taller) and ethnicity (he was Jewish, she was of Irish heritage).

“Our marriage has lasted because we have the same feelings of insecurity about being an actor. We needed stability,” Stiller told the New York Daily News in 2012.

In the early 1970s, Stiller and Meara began working separately. She made the movies “The Out-of-Towners” and “Lovers and Other Strangers” and had a one-year run starring on the television show “Kate McShane.” He did some Broadway work and appeared in films including “Airport 1975” and “The Taking of Pelham One Two Three.”

Meara died in 2015 at age 85.

Stiller also had roles in both the 1998 and 2007 versions of the movie “Hairspray” and appeared in films starring son Ben such as “Zoolander” and “The Heartbreak Kid.”

Stiller and Meara’s daughter, Amy, also is an actress.]]>
5/11/2020 2:35:42 PM
<![CDATA[Kurt Cobain's 'Unplugged' guitar has $1 million auction estimate]]>
Julien’s Auctions said on Monday the 1959 Martin D-18E guitar that Cobain played for the 1993 live taping is going up for sale, The guitar comes with battered case, whose storage compartment contains a small suede bag where the musician is said to have stashed the heroin he was addicted to in his final years.

The Nirvana frontman recorded the “Unplugged” session in November 1993. He was found dead, aged 27, of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in his Seattle home in April 1994.

Julien’s Chief Executive Darren Julien said the guitar “has earned its rightful place in history as the instrument played by one of rock’s most influential musicians and icons in one of the greatest and most memorable live performances of all time.”

The album “MTV Unplugged in New York,” featuring acoustic versions of tracks like “About a Girl,” “Apologies” and a cover version of David Bowie’s “The Man Who Sold the World,” was released after Cobain’s death, topped the Billboard charts, and won a Grammy.

The olive green cardigan worn by Cobain for the session sold for $334,000 at auction in October 2019 in what Julien’s said was a world record for a cardigan.

The $1 million expected for the guitar is just a starting estimate, Julien’s said. The world record for a guitar was set in June 2019 when Pink Floyd musician David Gilmour’s black Fender Stratocaster sold for $3.9 million at auction in New York

Other Cobain items up in the June 19-20 auction in Beverly Hills will include a Fender Stratocaster guitar he used on Nirvana’s 1994 “In Utero” tour (estimated at $60,000-$80,000), a metallic silver lame shirt worn for the 1993 music video for “Heart-shaped Box” ($10,000-$20,000) and the typed set list he used for the MTV session ($4,000-$6,000).

All the items come from various people who worked with Cobain or were associated with his family, Julien’s said.

Cobain’s acoustic guitar will be placed on public display at the Hard Rock Cafe in London’s Piccadilly Circus from May 15, and at Julien’s Auctions gallery in Beverly Hills from June 15-19.]]>
5/11/2020 2:28:49 PM
<![CDATA[In Pics: Visit Ismailia Museum during house quarantine ]]>
The Ismailia Museum is one of the oldest museums in Egypt. The museum was built by engineers working for the Suez Canal International Maritime Company (currently Suez Canal Authority). It was built in the form of a pylon.

The Ismailia Museum is famous for displaying a variety of unique artifacts that were discovered in the Suez Canal region and the Sinai region.

The idea of establishing a national museum in Ismailia came in conjunction with the digging of the Suez Canal (1859-1869). The goal of its creation was to find a place to preserve and display the discovered monuments in a manner that is easy to study. During the year 1934, the museum was officially opened.

The museum contains about 3,800 artifacts covering various historical stages of the Egyptian civilization. Among the most important pieces that have been unearthed in Ismailia Governorate is a granite statue of the Sphinx from the Middle Kingdom, in addition to a marble sarcophagus of a man named Djedhor dating back to the Ptolemaic era.

Furthermore, a pyramid from the era of King Ramses II was unearthed in the city of East Qantara during the digging works of the Suez Canal.

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5/10/2020 5:58:04 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt's Min. of Tourism & Antiquities launch new video on ancient Egyptian lentils dish recipe]]>
The recipe of the lentils dish was written by an ancient Egyptian on a piece of papyrus in the third century AD.

The ancient Egyptians had eaten lentils since prehistoric times, around 4000 BC. This recipe illustrates the long history of the Egyptian cuisine, however, it did not remain constant all the time; where the lentils are prepared in different ways depending on the time period.

المصريون القدماء يأكلون العدس منذ حوالي 4000 قبل الميلاد.. تعرف على تاريخ الطبخ المصري

تطلق وزارة السياحة والآثار اليوم مقطع مصور جديد (فيديو ) عن تاريخ الطبخ في مصر، وطبق اليوم هو أقدم وصفة مكتوبة معروفة في مصر؛ الا وهو طبق العدس والذي كتبه ال...



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5/10/2020 5:18:56 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt’s Min. of Tourism & Antiquities presents 'Forgotten Tales']]>
"These episodes are presented by a variety of archaeologists and curators of various museums, on Sundays and Wednesdays of every week," said Randa Rofael, director of the department.

The episodes presented by the ministry will reveal aspects from the ancient Egyptian heritage and history.

Furthermore, the episodes vary in content, shedding light on a number of artifacts from the various eras of the Egyptian history.

You can follow the lectures on the official page of the administration on Facebook at exactly 10 a.m. on Sundays and Wednesdays of every week, through the following link:

www.facebook.com/MuseumSector.SAGT

The Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities makes virtual tours of some archaeological sites and museums to the people of Egypt and the world, which introduces the ancient Egyptian civilization to the people during their time in the house quarantine imposed by most countries to combat the novel coronavirus.

The ministry, in cooperation with its partners from scientific and archaeological institutes is launching a service to visit some of these sites through virtual tours guided by Egyptian tour guides.

The Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities presented a number of virtual tours in royal tombs, a number of archeological sites, and the Jewish Temple in Misr al-Kadima.

It also provided three guided tours of a number of artifacts in the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir.

The Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities had also launched a virtual tour to the two brothers' cemetery in Saqqara, a tomb belonging to two senior officials of the Fifth Dynasty.
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5/10/2020 4:50:04 PM
<![CDATA[Rock 'n' roll pioneer Little Richard dies at age 87]]>
Richard, a Grammy Award winner and inductee to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame whose electrifying 1950s hits such as “Tutti Frutti” and “Long Tall Sally” and flamboyant stage presence influenced legions of performers, succumbed to cancer.

“Little Richard died in Tullahoma, Tennessee of bone cancer. He was loved by his family and adored by millions,” his family said in a statement through their lawyer, Bill Sobel.

Richard’s bass guitarist, Charles Glenn, told celebrity website TMZ the musician had been sick for two months and that he died surrounded by his brother, sister and son.

At his peak in the late 1950s and early ‘60s, Richard shouted, moaned, screamed and trilled hits like “Good Golly, Miss Molly” and “Lucille,” all the while pounding the piano like a mad man and punctuating lyrics with an occasional shrill “whoooo!”

Time magazine said he played “songs that sounded like nonsense ... but whose beat seemed to hint of unearthly pleasures centered somewhere between the gut and the gutter.”

The music drew in both young black and white fans at a time when parts of the United States still were strictly segregated. Many white artists, such as Pat Boone, had their own hit versions of Richard’s songs, albeit considerably toned down and “safer” for the pop audience.

“I’ve always thought that rock ‘n’ roll brought the races together,” Richard once told an interviewer. “Although I was black, the fans didn’t care. I used to feel good about that.”

Mick Jagger, Paul McCartney, James Brown, Otis Redding, David Bowie and Rod Stewart all cited Little Richard as an influence. Jimi Hendrix, who played in Richard’s band in the mid-1960s, said he wanted to use his guitar the way Richard used his voice.

FASHION STATEMENT

“I am the innovator,” Richard would tell interviewers and audiences. “I am the originator. I am the emancipator. I am the architect of rock ‘n’ roll!”

Little Richard’s sonic extravagance was matched by his campy flamboyance. He wore brightly colored suits, a pencil-thin mustache, a carefully curled 6-inch pompadour, mascara, pancake makeup and lipstick.

“Elvis may have been the king of rock ‘n ‘roll but I am the queen,” he proclaimed.

He was born Dec. 5, 1932 as Richard Penniman to a poor family of 12 children in Macon, Georgia. Religion was a guiding force in his family, which attended Pentecostal, Baptist and African Methodist Episcopal churches. His faith was so deeply ingrained that at times it would overwhelm his rock career.

His first performances were as a child in his church choir and his earliest inspirations were gospel singers, including Sister Rosetta Tharpe, who let a young Richard open her show when she stopped in Macon. A singer named Esquerita also influenced Richard’s fashion and manic musical style.

He first went on the road in the late 1940s, performing in medicine shows and drag shows and with bands.

Richard first recorded in the early 1950s and became a dominating force on the music charts starting in 1956 with hits such as “Tutti Frutti,” “Rip It Up,” “Slippin’ and Slidin’, and “Good Golly Miss Molly.” All were infused with the frantic rhythm of a runaway train.

“Shining like a quasar, the most intensely radiant object in the cosmos, he seems to tap a mystical source of mental power that is only accessible to great preachers and shamans,” McCartney wrote in the preface to the 1994 biography “The Life and Times of Little Richard.”

But Richard’s career took a turn in 1957 when he decided to abandon rock in the middle of a two-week tour of Australia.

Richard told a biographer that he saw a fireball shoot across the sky during an outdoor performance in Sydney and took it as a sign from God to change his life. He said he later determined the fireball was the launch of Russia’s Sputnik satellite.

A few months later, however, Richard was a student at a Bible college in Alabama. For a while he played only gospel music but slipped back into rock ‘n’ roll, sharing a bill with the young Beatles in Hamburg, Germany, in 1962.

It was a pattern that persisted for years as Little Richard moved between rock ‘n’ roll, alcohol, cocaine and heroin abuse and Christianity and gospel music. He would go on to become an ordained Seventh Day Adventist minister and eventually worked gospel and rock both into his shows, along with a little preaching.

“I talk about my life as a homosexual and a drug addict because I think it is right to tell people what God has done for me,” he wrote in his autobiography, “The Life and Times of Little Richard.”

Richard was among the first inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986 but missed the ceremony because he was recovering from an auto accident. Rolling Stone magazine ranked him No. 8 on its list of 100 greatest entertainers of all time and he received a lifetime achievement Grammy in 1993.

“Little Richard bent gender, upset segregationist fault lines and founded a tradition of rock dadaists devoted to the art of self-creation,” a Rolling Stone critic said. “He went with the inspiration of the moment, be it divine or hormonal, and caromed like a shiny, cracked pinball between God, sex and rock ‘n’ roll.”

As a minister, Richard officiated at weddings for Bruce Springsteen, Demi Moore, Bruce Willis, Cyndi Lauper and other celebrities.

Richard suffered a heart attack in 2013 and hip problems required him to use a wheelchair at times.

In a post on Instagram on Saturday, Richard’s longtime guitarist Kelvin Holly said, “Rest in peace, Richard. This one really stings.”

“My thoughts and prayers go out to all my bandmates and fans all over the world. Richard truly was the king!”]]>
5/10/2020 2:37:22 PM
<![CDATA[Yasmine Sabri trends on Twitter ]]>
In Episode 15 the events of the series started to escalate as Malak ( Yasmine Sabri) started to recover after she regained back her memory the crisis she suffered from in her engagement party to Ziad ( Ahmed Magdy) after Riham ( Ayten Amer) ruined the party.

Ziad asked sherine ( Sarah el Shamy) about Malak place to talk to her and when she refuses to tell him he asked Medhat ( Diab) the husband of Mariam ( Heba Magdy) who is Malak sister who informed him with Malak’s place.

Malak refused to forgive Ziad and give him another chance and decided to accept Karim ( Omar el Shenawy) old marriage proposal to close door in front of Ziad.

In episode 16 the series events escalated more after Ziad entered into a severe depression when he went to see Malak in her engagement and they confronted each other and Malak said that she never lost her memory, she was pretending that and she felt severe pain when Ziad married Riham as much as the pain he is feeling now.

On May 6, “Forsa Tania” has been trending on YouTube. The series is broadcast on CBC, DMC and ON E channels.

Heba Magdy and Diab’s scene came in fifth place on the list of the most watched scenes on YouTube.

The relationship between Mariam and her husband Medhat developed in the 12th episode of the series "Forsa Tania", after she was infuriated in the previous episode because he married another woman and was brazen enough to bring her home.

Mariam spiked Medhat’s food with a sleeping pill and once he was in a deep sleep, she went through his cell-phone to make sure he divorced the lady he married.

While she was checking for any proof of his divorce, Mariam discovers voice messages that affirm Medhat’s involvement in narcotics sales. She decides to keep a watchful eye on him; she dedicates most of her time for that, and hires a babysitter for her daughter Zeina.

Mariam follows Medhat carefully and sees him doing a drug transaction.

Ziad sends his friend Kamal [Ahmed el-Shami] to Reham's house and gives her father, Rushdi, [Ashraf Zaki] a cheque for his daughter's dowry, which amounts to L.E 2 million.

After that, Rushdi prevents Reham from going out and decides to change the way he treats her. He also brings her a psychiatrist at home.

“Forsa Tania” stars Yasmine Sabri, Ahmed Magdy, Ayten Amer, Heba Magdy, Diab, Edward, Mahmoud el-Bazzawy, Heba Abdel Ghani, Sarah el-Shamy, Mohamed Abu Dawoud, Ahmed el-Shamy, Nihal Anbar, Omar el-Shennawy, Mohamed Gomaa and Tamim Abdo.

The series is written by Mostafa Gamal Hashem and directed by Morqus Adel. It is produced by Synergy.


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5/9/2020 11:47:53 PM
<![CDATA[Dhafer L'Abidine to cooperate with Academy Award winner Damien Chazelle in 'The Eddy']]>
The miniseries is directed by Academy Award winner Damien Chazelle (La La Land) along with other remarkable directors.

A French-American co-production, The Eddy follows a jazz club owner struggles every day to protect his business and his band in the heart of Paris.

The series co-stars Joanna Kulig, Golden Globe nominated actress Melissa George, André Holland, Randy Kerber and Tahar Rahim.

The Eddy is produced by director Damien Chazelle, who won an Academy Award for La La Land, and he also co-directs it with Moroccan director Houda Benyamina, winner of the Golden Camera award at the Cannes Film Festival, and Laïla Marrakchi (Rock the Casbah), and written by Jack Thorne. Alan Poul is Executive Producer.



L’abdine is the gentle handsome Tunisian star whose handsomeness quickly captured the hearts of fans.

For an actor, handsomeness may help to get into others hearts but to stay in it, he has to own another kind of beauty; that of talent, perseverance and hard work.

L’abdine owns all these kinds of loveliness, the matter that made him a mega star in a short period of time.

He was born in Tunis in 1972. L’abdine was a professional football player until the age of 23, where he was severely injured, and his injury prevented him from playing football for two years.

In those two years he worked in the modeling field. After his recovery, he was 25 years old and felt that he could no longer play football professionally again.

L’abdine loved watching movies, art and acting, and decided to take acting classes.

In 2000 he traveled to the United Kingdom and settled there. He joined the Birmingham School of Acting and graduated in 2002.

At that time he was given the opportunity to participate in a British series called "Dream Team," where he played the role of a French football player over two seasons (2002-2004) and this series was his artistic kick off.

L’abdine is fluent in Arabic, English, French, Spanish and Italian, which allowed him to work in a number of international series like ‘’Wire in the blood’’ in 2004, ‘’the Bill’’ and ‘’the Doctors’’ in 2005.

In 2006 he participated in three international movies: “A Different Dish,’’ ‘’Children of Men’’ and ‘’Mercante di Pietre.’’ In the same year he was involved in two series: ‘’Bombshell’’ and ‘’the Spooks.’’

In 2008 he was in the famous Tunisian series "Maktoob," where he played the role of Mohamed Ali and won widespread fame in Tunisia. In the same year he hosted the Carthage International Film Festival.

He started his acting career in Egypt in 2012 with the Egyptian series ‘’Vertigo’’ with the Tunisian star Hend Sabry who he co-star with her again in the successful Egyptian series '' Halawet el Dunia'' ( The sweetness of the world) for which he won the Murex D'or for Best Arab Actor in a TV Series.

Before his sky-rocketing breakthrough in the Arab world, Dhafer L'Abidine enjoyed a successful career in the West, appearing in international film productions, such as Sex and the City 2 (2010), Centurion (2010), Black Forest (2012), and Rise of the Footsoldier (UK).

L'Abidine also starred in several Arab TV series and films, including his latest TV series Aroos Beirut (Beirut's Bride) and the film Al Ankbout (The Spider), starring Ahmed El Sakka and Mona Zaki.

In 2018, he starred in '' Layali Eugenie'' ( Eugénie Nights) TV series and before that in the successful TV series Caramel.

Based on the Turkish TV series Bride of Istanbul, ''Aroos Beirut'' ( Beirut Bride) made a huge success when it aired on MBC 4 and received wide acclaim. Beirut's Bride season two is currently in the making.]]>
5/9/2020 1:28:40 PM
<![CDATA[Revart Film Festival reveals official selection]]>
The selection includes 10 shot-at-home films:

Anxiety Attack by director Anas Awad, Two Weeks by director Amin Esmail, Dakhal El Haramy by director Farah Noweir, The Call by directors Mina Maher and Mina Nader, Void by director Reem Ossama, Today's Society by director Farida Mabrouk, Nice to Meet You by director Marianne Magdy, Mid-Night by director Ebram Gergis, The Box by director Ahmed Al-Ramad and Limbo by director Ahmed Samir.

The film screenings started on Tuesday, May 5, at 12:00 PM on the festival's official IGTV and Facebook page, and shall be available only for 48 hours.

The festival’s Audience Award will be granted to the film that receives the most reactions Instgram and Facebook combined during the 48 hours screening of the films. The results will be announced on May 7.

Marking the first online vertical film festival in Egypt, RFF-Revart Film Festival's first edition aims to introduce the modern dimension of creativity of the Arab storytelling talent through films that all they need to create is to rotate mobile screen 90 degrees.

The festival was scheduled to launch earlier this year in a public ceremony with the presence of the festival jury, however it was postponed in the light of the protective measures against the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.

Recently, it was decided that the festival shall take place to promote creativity at the times of self-quarantine.
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5/8/2020 4:42:51 PM
<![CDATA[Why Egyptian series 'Kheyanet Ahd' trends on Twitter ?]]>CAIRO - 8 May 2020: Egyptian series Kheyanet Ahd became the number one trend on Twitter after the dazzling performance of superstar Yousra ( Ahd), Hala Shiha ( Farah), Khaled Anwar ( Hesham) and Joumana Mourad ( Sherine) in Episode 14 which witnessed the death of Hesham.

When Hesham discovered that Farah was behind his drug addiction,he was extremely shocked.
Farah tried to stop him from telling Ahd so he fell on the floor, and was severely injured when Sherine tried to rescue him , Farah stopped her and said that he will die anyway because his heart beats are too slow and she asked Sherine to inject him with drugs and they both threw his corpse in the street to appear as if he died from overdose.

Yousra pushed all the audience to cry with her and feel the deep grief she felt because of the loss of her son.

She brilliantly performed the denial status of a mother who refuses to accept her son death.

Yousra Shiha, Anwar and Mourad acting performance in this episode made the series tops Twitter trend in Egypt.

Anwar gave an amazing performance to the extent that a large segment of the series fans announced that after Hisham’s death, there is no need to continue watching the rest of the series.

Anwar is not just a very talented actor, his performance is catchy, credible and has strong charisma that attracts you to the character he is embodying.



‘’ Kheyanet Ahd’’ witnessed the comeback of Hearthrob Yousra after one year of hiatus as she wasn’t competing in the Ramadan series marathon in 2019.

Yousra is one of the favourite Ramadan stars, that is why her fans missed her last year and were so eager to watch her comeback this year with ‘’ Kheyanet Ahd’’.

Ahd ( Yousra) is a woman who owns a clothing factory and is always busy with her work in addition to solving her sister Farah ( Hala Shiha) and her brother Marwan ( Khaled Sarhan) problems, neglecting her son Hesham ( Khaled Anwar), who resorts to drugs and becomes addicted.

The lady who encouraged him to take drugs named Sherine ( Gomana Mourad) who is many years older than him and he is in love relationship with.

The events of the series develop between Ahd and her family within a normal social framework until we discover that Farah who is strongly attached to her nephew Hesham was the one behind his ordeal as she gave money to Sherine to make him fall in love with her and to give him drugs.

We discovered also that Marwan is plotting against his sister Ahd to harm her work and factory, all of these Ahd knows nothing about as she believe that her younger brother and sister love her as she does.

The reason behind Farah and Marwan strong hatred to Ahd is that her mother, used to deal with her stepchildren Farah and Marwan in a very cruel way so they decided to make Ahd pay the bill of her mother mistakes despite the love she carries for them.

Each episode witnesses a new conspiracy against Ahd which she knows nothing about,like a scene where Farah was injecting Hesham with drugs while he is sleeping to worsen his drug addiction and another for Marwan plotting with Ahd’s competitor to harm her work.

Megastar Yousra leads the cast which also includes Hala Shiha, Khaled Anwar, Abeer Sabry and Hanady Mehana. Kheyanat Ahd is written by Amin Gamal and Ahmed Adel, directed by Sameh Abel Aziz and produced by Synergy and Al Adl Group.]]>
5/8/2020 3:22:51 PM
<![CDATA[In pics: Egypt's Min. of Tourism & Antiquities starts renovating ram-headed sphinxes in Luxor]]>
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The secretary general of the Supreme council of Antiquities Mostafa Waziri announcedc that the project includes rejuvenating 29 statues, which were in bad condition.

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Waziri further added that those statues were wrongly renovated earlier at the beginning of the 70s.

The restoration project will place these statues on high adjacent stone bases. Also, the floor of these bases will be treated, protected from groundwater and returned to its original place.



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It is worth mentioning that Egypt's Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities previously announced that the four of the ram-headed sphinxes have been transported to Tahrir Square in central Cairo, after the completion of its restoration, lasted over the past few months.

Waziri, said that two of the ram-headed sphinxes have been installed on its bases located beside the recently restored and erected obelisk in Tahrir Square as part of its development project while the two other ram-headed sphinxes will be erected in their location within the up coming hours.

He added that the four ram-headed sphinxes will be covered with wooden boxes until the official opening of the Tahrir square development project, funded by the Ministry of Housing, Utilities, and Urban Communities, in coordination with Cairo Governorate, and the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities within the framework of the plan to showcase Egypt’s unique civilization.

The transportation was carried out by the Arab contractors company under the supervision of a team of restorers and archaeologists from the Supreme Council of Antiquities.





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5/8/2020 2:21:14 PM
<![CDATA[Mexican broadcaster Televisa grapples with steamy soaps in social-distancing era]]>
As cases of coronavirus mounted in Mexico, producers were forced to scratch physical contact from their typically steamy telenovelas. Then the cameras stopped rolling altogether.

“We follow the motto: The show must go on,” said producer Lucero Suarez, who halted production of her hit “Te Doy La Vida” (“I Give You Life”) in March.

“Never in my life have we stopped a novela.”

After decades of keeping viewers on the edge of their seats with its high-octane soap operas, Mexico’s largest broadcaster is facing a cliffhanger of its own.

When will Televisa’s army of producers, actors and actresses return to the set? Even the company’s top executives can’t say for sure.

Like its Hollywood peers, Grupo Televisa was forced to suspend production of series and novelas - the soaps that typically air daily episodes during the week - to avoid spreading coronavirus among cast and production crews. The broadcaster hopes to resume filming in late May or early June, albeit with fewer moments of passion.

Televisa’s shares have slumped 78% over the past five years amid anemic earnings growth. More recently, advertising has waned as the federal government and companies make cuts. Streaming giants such as Netflix Inc and Amazon.com Inc have also made a run for an audience that Televisa long had almost to itself.

Like all broadcasters and media companies that rely on advertising income, the coronavirus has further complicated Televisa’s fortunes, analysts say.

“On the one hand, with everyone staying home, ratings are through the roof,” said Gilberto Garcia, an analyst with Barclays. “On the other hand, given that everybody has to stay in, advertisers are very much cutting back on their budgets.”

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With more people staying inside, Televisa’s audience in Mexico has risen 19% over the past three weeks, a spokesman said. Novelas, which dominate the primetime lineup, are crucial to the equation.

The company’s stash of fresh content should last well into the summer, Co-Chief Executive Alfonso de Angoitia said on an earnings call last week.

Televisa’s unit providing cable TV and broadband has become its biggest moneymaker. Yet content still accounts for 27% of net sales and could become even more vital as growth in the cable unit slows, Garcia said.

For decades, Televisa profited handsomely from low-budget novelas that dominated Mexican airwaves and were successfully exported to far-flung markets overseas, too.

The broadcaster still holds a commanding lead in Mexican ratings, but in recent years it has lost viewers to streaming services that have invested heavily in Latin America and hooked audiences with flashy dramas such as Netflix’s Spanish thriller “Money Heist.”

Televisa has an admirable record of holding novelas to their production schedules in the past, even after a devastating earthquake struck Mexico City in 1985. Strikes that occasionally delay filming in Hollywood have been virtually unheard of.

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At least two of its shows have been disrupted by the coronavirus, however. Crime drama “Imperio de Mentiras” (“Empire of Lies”) was only able to complete about 20% of filming before production ground to a halt. Once scheduled to debut in late April, its premier has been pushed back to the summer.

Suarez’s show, “Te Doy la Vida,” is focused on a love triangle involving the adoptive and biological parents of a boy with leukemia and debuted in March to strong ratings.

As cases of coronavirus rose in Mexico, Suarez and her team ramped up production, tacking on an additional day of filming on Saturdays. With the finale tantalizingly close, Suarez said she was tempted to press on. But as her team grew more nervous, she halted production.

In the last stretch, scenes were filmed with social distancing measures – no hugs, kisses or other physical contact between cast members.

At times, actors struggled to channel their characters’ emotions within the new rules of the game. Cesar Evora, a Televisa veteran of roughly 27 years, recalled filming a wake in which characters gathered to mourn without ever embracing.

“It was pretty surreal,” he said.

Suarez has churned out hit novelas for decades, soldiering on through injuries to her leading men and other unforeseen obstacles. She is nervous about navigating the return to the set, fearing it will be like “starting over.”

Most vexing of all could be the love scenes. But Suarez said she has already reworked some, opting to show the moments just after passion, such as one character touching up her appearance at the vanity while the other lounges in bed.

“You get the idea,” said Suarez, who spoke with Reuters by phone last week.

She noted she had taken to watching a lot of Turkish soaps, which have borrowed Televisa’s formula with great success, though intimacy is only implied.

“If my last scene is not a kiss ... we will make do,” Suarez said. “Sometimes you can convey love with just a glance.”

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5/8/2020 2:01:41 PM
<![CDATA[Pepi I Meryre, the first to establish a real army in Egypt]]>
During his reign, the first real army was formed in Egypt. Among the most famous senior men in his country was the owner of the cemetery in Abydos, Sohag. One of the most beautiful biographies from the era of the Old Kingdom is the biography of this employee, which was written on one of the walls of his tomb and was taken to be exhibited in the Egyptian Museum.

According to Hussein Abdul-Basir's book "Pharaoh Warriors, Diplomats and Military", during the reign of King Pepi I Meryre, the Egyptian Delta was subjected to numerous raids from the Bedouins on the northeastern borders of Egypt.

In order to repel their attacks -that the few garrison in these areas did not succeed in dealing with-, King Pepe I commissioned the owner of the Abydos cemetery to lead military campaigns in the Levant.

This is when the very first real Egyptian army was established, consisting of many thousands of Egyptian recruits from southern Egypt to the north. This is in addition to a large number of Nubian recruits and Libyans who were loyal to Egypt.

According to the book, the Egyptian army succeeded in stopping the Bedouin attacks. The army’s leader was extremely proud of being assigned by King Pepi I Meryre to lead the ferocious Egyptian army.

The most important thing in the text of the army leader’s biography is that he and his soldiers acted according to the standards of the ancient Egyptian morals. No soldier stole any bread from the land of these Bedouins. Not one Egyptian soldier seized a single sheep from the Bedouins.

The brave army of Egypt returned victorious to its blessed land after destroying the Bedouins residing in Egypt's northeast borders, the eastern gate of Egypt throughout the ages.

All this indicates the greatness, strength and valor of the Egyptian fighter, and the extent of the Egyptian army’s preparedness and commitment to ethics, refusing to attack civilians and steal or plunder anything from the enemy’s territory, and committing to the humane treatment of the prisoners of war (POWs).


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5/7/2020 6:13:42 PM
<![CDATA[Enjoy the virtual tour for Al-Fath Royal Mosque in Abdeen ]]>
To enjoy the tour, please use the URL below:

https://mpembed.com/show/?m=qhjXLPRDvRw&mpu=497

Founder: Prince and Major-General Abdeen Bek

Registration: Ministerial decree No. 10357 of 1951 AD

General planning: It was built in the Ottoman style and resembles the palace of Muhammad Ali in its design. The main façade opens onto Gami’ Abdeen Street.
The street leads to a dogleg entrance which in turn grants access to the mosque.

The mosque is composed of a wide square-shaped open space topped by a main dome surrounded by four half-domes along the four sides of the mosque two meters above the floor.

Its marble panelling is painted, and it features a marble minbar (pulpit), which is oriented north-east, decorated with golden floral designs, near the mihrab (the niche marking the direction of prayer).

The mosque also features a wooden seat for the Quran reciter, inlaid with ivory and pearl. Eight marble columns support a wooden dekka (platform) with two handrails and detailed grille designs.

‏This virtual Tour is made in cooperation with the Ministry of Tourism & Antiquities and NAV3D company.

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5/7/2020 5:28:27 PM
<![CDATA[All you need to know about San el-Hagar development works]]>
Abul Ela further stated that the instructions of the Egyptian government are being closely followed. The instructions that stipulate reducing the number of workers and taking precautionary measures to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, as masks and gloves should be worn while working.

Moreover, Abul Ela explained that the construction of a wall around San el-Hagar region aims at protecting the area in the first place and raising the efficiency of the region- within the Egyptian-French project- and after the approval of Europe and the foreign affairs of France to finance the project. It also comes as a prelude to preparing the site of the ancient city of Tanis in Sharkia Governorate to be an open museum.

This project comes in light of the coordination protocols between the Egyptian and French sides, and within the framework of the efforts of the Ministry of Antiquities to raise the level of services in archaeological sites. The ministry attaches great importance to the ancient city of San el-Hagar, in which French archaeological missions have been operating for nearly 90 years.

In coordination with the French Mission for Excavations in San el-Hagar, supervision and implementation of this project has been assigned to the Ministry of Antiquities and the French Institute of Oriental Archeology (IFAO), benefiting from the experience of the Louvre Museum and many French scientific institutes, especially the University of Montpellier, the Interdisciplinary Center for Heritage Conservation and Restoration (CICRP), and the Cheops Archeology Fund.

The project is supported by the French Ministry of Culture.

The project includes setting up an interpretation center and providing instructions and facilities for visitors, in addition to the restoration of the ancient door of Shoshenq III cemetery and other monuments on site and the protection of royal tombs against rain water.

The project also aims at preserving and restoring the royal tombs, preparing the royal tombs to receive visitors, and setting up informative signs on the site.

That is in addition to creating electronic pages that provide data and archival pictures of the various discoveries, and displays artifacts and different pieces discovered in the royal tombs, thanks to the QR codes placed on the guide boards.

It is worth mentioning that Heritage awareness training will be offered in San el-Hagar schools.



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5/7/2020 4:19:06 PM
<![CDATA[Florian Schneider, Kraftwerk founder and electronic music pioneer, dies at 73]]>
Kraftwerk have been a major influence for musicians ranging from Detroit techno star Juan Atkins to pop act the Pet Shop Boys and David Bowie, and is widely seen as among the first to popularize electronic music, with eventual commercial success.

“Kraftwerk co-founder and electric pioneer Ralf Huetter has sent us the very sad news that his friend and companion over many decades Florian Schneider has passed away from a short cancer disease just a few days after his 73rd birthday,” read a statement relayed by Kraftwerk’s publisher Warner Music.

Schneider and Huetter founded Kraftwerk in 1970 after meeting at a music academy in Duesseldorf, the German industrial city that they made their base, and they rapidly dispensed entirely with acoustic instruments.

The son of prominent modern architect Paul Schneider-Esleben, Schneider started out playing the flute, later customising it with original electronic effects and applying the same techniques to violins and electric guitars.

Subsequent artists like the Pet Shop Boys credit Kraftwerk’s brand of rhythmic, minimalist noise, often generated on home-made electronic instruments at “Kling-Klang”, their studio-cum-laboratory in Duesseldorf, with transforming the sound of popular music, starting out less than a year after the landmark Woodstock rock festival in the United States.

Autobahn (1974) was a surprise international hit and the band’s most memorable, a tone poem evoking the sonic monotony of cruising down Germany’s sleek motorways with the sounds of doppler-shifted car horns and badly-tuned radios.

Autobahn, the 22-minute title track of Kraftwerk’s fourth studio album, influenced everyone from Atkins, who called the band his “gods”, to glam rock icon Bowie, who named one of his tracks after Schneider.

Kraftwerk’s “The Robots” and “Computer Love” singles hymned a coming digital age in the early 1980s, whereas the 1977 album Trans Europe Express evoked the thrill of moving freely through a densely populated, industrialized continent.

While Kraftwerk still performs, Schneider dropped out after 2006, his position in the band’s famously ethereal, automaton-like stage line-up taken by a member of the band’s crew.

Though greatly sought after because of his place in musical history, Schneider was an elusive figure. He was given a media arts professorship at an arts academy in Stuttgart in 1998 but the academy told Munich’s Sueddeutsche Zeitung daily on Wednesday that he never arrived to take up his chair.

Schneider had one more outing outside Kraftwerk, teaming up with activists in 2015 to release an electronic ode to the oceans as part of a campaign to stop plastic pollution.

In 2014 he and Huetter were awarded a Lifetime Achievement Grammy for their ground-breaking oeuvre with Kraftwerk.]]>
5/7/2020 4:05:20 PM
<![CDATA[Mexican broadcaster Televisa grapples with steamy soaps in social-distancing era]]>
As cases of coronavirus mounted in Mexico, producers were forced to scratch physical contact from their typically steamy telenovelas. Then the cameras stopped rolling altogether.

“We follow the motto: The show must go on,” said producer Lucero Suarez, who halted production of her hit “Te Doy La Vida” (“I Give You Life”) in March.

“Never in my life have we stopped a novela.”

After decades of keeping viewers on the edge of their seats with its high-octane soap operas, Mexico’s largest broadcaster is facing a cliffhanger of its own.

When will Televisa’s army of producers, actors and actresses return to the set? Even the company’s top executives can’t say for sure.

Like its Hollywood peers, Grupo Televisa was forced to suspend production of series and novelas - the soaps that typically air daily episodes during the week - to avoid spreading coronavirus among cast and production crews. The broadcaster hopes to resume filming in late May or early June, albeit with fewer moments of passion.

Televisa’s shares have slumped 78% over the past five years amid anemic earnings growth. More recently, advertising has waned as the federal government and companies make cuts. Streaming giants such as Netflix Inc and Amazon.com Inc have also made a run for an audience that Televisa long had almost to itself.

Like all broadcasters and media companies that rely on advertising income, the coronavirus has further complicated Televisa’s fortunes, analysts say.

“On the one hand, with everyone staying home, ratings are through the roof,” said Gilberto Garcia, an analyst with Barclays. “On the other hand, given that everybody has to stay in, advertisers are very much cutting back on their budgets.”

With more people staying inside, Televisa’s audience in Mexico has risen 19% over the past three weeks, a spokesman said. Novelas, which dominate the primetime lineup, are crucial to the equation.

The company’s stash of fresh content should last well into the summer, Co-Chief Executive Alfonso de Angoitia said on an earnings call last week.

Televisa’s unit providing cable TV and broadband has become its biggest moneymaker. Yet content still accounts for 27% of net sales and could become even more vital as growth in the cable unit slows, Garcia said.

For decades, Televisa profited handsomely from low-budget novelas that dominated Mexican airwaves and were successfully exported to far-flung markets overseas, too.

The broadcaster still holds a commanding lead in Mexican ratings, but in recent years it has lost viewers to streaming services that have invested heavily in Latin America and hooked audiences with flashy dramas such as Netflix’s Spanish thriller “Money Heist.”

Televisa has an admirable record of holding novelas to their production schedules in the past, even after a devastating earthquake struck Mexico City in 1985. Strikes that occasionally delay filming in Hollywood have been virtually unheard of.

At least two of its shows have been disrupted by the coronavirus, however. Crime drama “Imperio de Mentiras” (“Empire of Lies”) was only able to complete about 20% of filming before production ground to a halt. Once scheduled to debut in late April, its premier has been pushed back to the summer.

Suarez’s show, “Te Doy la Vida,” is focused on a love triangle involving the adoptive and biological parents of a boy with leukemia and debuted in March to strong ratings.

As cases of coronavirus rose in Mexico, Suarez and her team ramped up production, tacking on an additional day of filming on Saturdays. With the finale tantalizingly close, Suarez said she was tempted to press on. But as her team grew more nervous, she halted production.

In the last stretch, scenes were filmed with social distancing measures – no hugs, kisses or other physical contact between cast members.

At times, actors struggled to channel their characters’ emotions within the new rules of the game. Cesar Evora, a Televisa veteran of roughly 27 years, recalled filming a wake in which characters gathered to mourn without ever embracing.

“It was pretty surreal,” he said.

Suarez has churned out hit novelas for decades, soldiering on through injuries to her leading men and other unforeseen obstacles. She is nervous about navigating the return to the set, fearing it will be like “starting over.”

Most vexing of all could be the love scenes. But Suarez said she has already reworked some, opting to show the moments just after passion, such as one character touching up her appearance at the vanity while the other lounges in bed.

“You get the idea,” said Suarez, who spoke with Reuters by phone last week.

She noted she had taken to watching a lot of Turkish soaps, which have borrowed Televisa’s formula with great success, though intimacy is only implied.

“If my last scene is not a kiss ... we will make do,” Suarez said. “Sometimes you can convey love with just a glance.”]]>
5/7/2020 4:01:22 PM
<![CDATA[Arab Cinema Center Launches ACC Talks on Instagram]]>
The interviews will be streamed live through the ACC's official page on Instagram.

The first episode is scheduled to stream on Thursday, May7 at 1:00 PM (GMT), where film critic Ola Al-Sheikh will host an interview with two-time Academy Award nominee, and Golden Globe winner, Palestinian director Hany Abu-Assad.

The audience will be able to interact to the discussion and ask their questions through Instagram and Facebook comments.

The episode will be streamed at: 1:00 PM Morocco time (GMT), 2:00 PM Tunisia time (GMT+1), 3:00 PM Egypt time (GMT+2), 4:00 PM, Palestine, Lebanon, Jordan, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia time (GMT+3), 5:00 PM UAE time (GMT+4).

Held on weekly basis, ACC Talks features a jury member from the Critics' Awards for Arab Films and Arab Critics' Awards for European Films who will host an in-depth interview with key international filmmakers. These interviews will be available in Arabic or English subtitles on the ACC's official social media pages and website: acc.film.

Alaa Karkouti and Maher Diab, Co-founders of Arab Cinema Center, say “We feel it is time to give attention to such content.

As the world is taking a break, it is a great opportunity to observe, discuss and reflect on the experience of key international filmmakers and get an insightful look into their latest updates.

These talks will be run by the ACC's prominent list of Arab and international film critics. And, we feel so proud to reveal that Hany Abo Assad is our first guest filmmaker in this series of ACC Talks.’’

Palestinian director Hany Abo Assad received two Academy Awards nominations for his films: Paradise Now (2006), winner of The Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film and Omar (2013), winner of the Special Jury Prize-Un Certain Regard Prize at Cannes Film Festival.

Born in Nazareth, Palestine, Abo Assad made his cinematic breakthrough as a producer for the feature film Curfew (1994) by director Rahid Masharawi.

In 1998 he directed his first film, The Fourteenth Chick, and in 2002 he directed his second feature film Rana's Wedding, which won him international recognition.

The film was selected for screening at the Critics Week at Cannes Film Festival 2002, and received several awards at Montpellier Mediterranean Film Festival, Marrakech International Film Festival, Bastia Italian Film Festival, and Cologne Mediterranean Film Festival.

His repertoire includes: The Mountain Between Us (2017), starring Kate Winslet and Idris Elba, The Idol (2015) that was inspired by the real-life journey of artist Mohammed Assaf, The courier (2012), starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Mickey Rourke, and the documentary film Ford Transit (2002).

Based in the UAE, Ola Al-Sheikh is a Palestinian film critic and jury member of the Critics' Awards for Arab Films and Arab Critics' Awards for European Films.

Al-Sheikh has been in charge of the Cinema pages in the prestigious Emirates Today newspaper for five years, and she also writes film reviews for the Al-Hayat newspaper.

A member of "Critics Without Borders" in ‎Sweden, she has been part of the selection committee for MAFF Development ‎Funding, the Malmo Arab Film Festival initiative that supports projects which focus on issues that concern Arab culture, identity and exile or are co-produced by Swedish and Arab producers.

The Arab Cinema Center (ACC) is a nonprofit organization registered in Amsterdam since its inception in 2015.

The ACC is an international promotional platform for Arab cinema as it provides the filmmaking industry with a professional window to connect with their counterparts from all over the world through a number of events that it organizes.

The ACC also provides networking opportunities with representatives of companies and institutions specialized in co-production and international distribution, among others.

The ACC's activities vary between film markets, stands, and pavilions, networking sessions and one-on-one meetings bringing together Arab and foreign filmmakers, welcome parties, as well as meetings with international organizations and festivals, and the issuance of the Arab Cinema Magazine to be distributed at the leading international film festivals and markets.

Furthermore, newsletter subscription is now available on the ACC's website, allowing users to obtain digital copies of the Arab Cinema Magazine, as well as news on the ACC's activities, notifications of application dates for grants, festivals and offers from educational and training institutions, updates on Arab films participating at festivals, exclusive news on the Arab Cinema LAB, and highlights from the ACC's partners and their future projects.

The ACC also launched an English-language Arab Cinema Guide, available on its website, which is a comprehensive cinematic guide that comprises a variety of tools presented collectively for the first time to offer information on Arab cinema to filmmakers inside and outside of the Arab world.

It also aims to facilitate filmmakers' access to international markets and help film industry representatives to easily identify Arab film productions.

The Arab Cinema Center announced the launch of the MAD 3ARABI (Arab Flow) in Prague, Czech Republic.

The festival aims to introduce the Arab culture and focus on the film and TV industry, flowing Arab entertainment and culture onto European shores, and also providing an extension for Arab filmmakers and content creators in the entertainment industry to reach new shores.]]>
5/7/2020 3:01:02 PM
<![CDATA[British Council in Egypt launches huge, free digital library]]>
The council is scheduled to include a large number of high-quality cultural works in various forms.

According to a statement issued by the British Council, the library includes films, plays and books. It also provides virtual visits to museums and tours of the Saqqara Pyramids via the internet.

With teaching centers temporarily closed, the global education expert took this step to continue to support English language learners with free online resources to help them improve their language skills.

Members over the age of 18 can register online and access thousands of newspapers, magazines, comics, theatrical works, famous and independent films, concerts, and electronic and audiobooks. Everything is available free-of-charge throughout the time span of the COVID-19 pandemic.

"In these difficult times, we want to continue to connect the Egyptians with the best British knowledge and resources. We believe that the future of the United Kingdom depends on people of all cultures who live and work together on the foundations of education, mutual understanding, respect and trust. Now, more than ever, we need to facilitate cultural exchange and cooperation. We invite you and your children to discover this wonderful treasure of creativity and culture - from your home,” said Elizabeth White, director of the British Council in Egypt.

The library also provides video-based training courses, as part of multiple online learning resources available within the library. Its goal is to provide members with the skills to prepare and motivate school students.


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5/6/2020 4:13:57 PM
<![CDATA['Forsa Tania' trends on YouTube]]>
Heba Magdy and Diab’s scene came in fifth place on the list of the most watched scenes on YouTube.

The relationship between Maryam [Heba Magdy] and her husband Medhat [Diab] developed in the 12th episode of the series "Forsa Tania", after she was infuriated in the previous episode because he married another woman and was brazen enough to bring her home.

Maryam spiked Medhat’s food with a sleeping pill and once he was in a deep sleep, she went through his cell-phone to make sure he divorced the lady he married.

While she was checking for any proof of his divorce, Maryam discovers voice messages that affirm Medhat’s involvement in narcotics sales. She decides to keep a watchful eye on him; she dedicates most of her time for that, and hires a babysitter for her daughter Zeina.

Maryam follows Medhat carefully and sees him doing a drug transaction.

Ziad [Ahmed Magdy] sends his friend Kamal [Ahmed el-Shami] to Reham's [Ayten Amer] house and gives her father, Rushdi, [Ashraf Zaki] a cheque for his daughter's dowry, which amounts to L.E 2 million.

After that, Rushdi prevents Reham from going out and decides to change the way he treats her. He also brings her a psychiatrist at home.

“Forsa Tania” stars Yasmine Sabri, Ahmed Magdy, Ayten Amer, Heba Magdy, Diab, Edward, Mahmoud el-Bazzawy, Heba Abdel Ghani, Sarah el-Shamy, Mohamed Abu Dawoud, Ahmed el-Shamy, Nihal Anbar, Omar el-Shennawy, Mohamed Gomaa and Tamim Abdo.

The series is written by Mostafa Gamal Hashem and directed by Morqus Adel. It is produced by Synergy.


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5/6/2020 3:32:19 PM
<![CDATA[Disney tests reopening strategy at Shanghai Disneyland]]>
Disney said on Tuesday it will reopen its Shanghai Disneyland park on May 11 but severely limit the number of guests and enforce strict social distancing measures on rides and in restaurants.

The plans provide a glimpse at how the company - which in previous quarters generated a third of its revenue from parks, experiences and consumer products - will recover from the pandemic.

“We will take a phased approach with limits on attendance using an advanced reservation and entry system, controlled guest density using social distancing and strict government required health and prevention procedures,” Disney Chief Executive Officer Robert Chapek said on a conference call with analysts after reporting second-quarter earnings.

“These include the use of masks, temperature screenings and other contact tracing and early detection systems.”

Executives said they have “limited visibility” over the timing on when other parks, stores and the company’s cruise line would reopen.

The stakes are high: more than half of the $1 billion in second-quarter operating profit declines came from just two weeks of closure of Disney’s U.S. parks, Chief Financial Officer Christine McCarthy told analysts on Tuesday, with the rest coming from the closure of parks in Asia and its smaller, but popular cruise business.

To quickly reduce overhead, Disney furloughed more than 120,000 employees in April.

Chapek said the company would only reopen locations that would not lose money.

“We would not reopen any park unless we can make at least a positive contribution to that overhead and operating profit level,” he said.

In China, Disney executives explained, the company will take it slow to test new ideas. Guests at Shanghai Disneyland will be required to purchase admission tickets valid on a selected date only, and annual pass holders will need to make a reservation prior to arrival.

Ride vehicles, lines and restaurants will be set up to follow social distancing guidelines. Guests and employees will be required to wear masks, which guests can remove when dining.

Guests’ temperatures will be screened and the park will use the government-issued Shanghai Health QR code, a contact tracing and early detection system used in China. Sanitization and disinfection will occur more frequently, the company said.

Disney Chief Medical Officer Dr. Pam Hymel said the company is exploring ways to use technology such as its Play Disney Parks App to help with those efforts, according to a Disney blog post on Tuesday. Reuters previously reported that guests could be notified via app or another technology when they can go on a ride or in a restaurant to eliminate lines.

Chapek said Shanghai Disney Resort, which includes Shanghai Disneyland theme park and other properties that have previously been reopened, tends to attract 80,000 guests a day.

The Chinese government is limiting that capacity to 24,000 daily guests but Disney is planning to open the park “far below” that capacity to try out new procedures, Chapek said. After a few weeks park attendance will be up to the government’s guidelines, he added.]]>
5/6/2020 3:26:23 PM
<![CDATA[Locked out of galleries, Londoners find Caravaggio street art]]>
The Italian baroque master’s “Supper at Emmaus” is usually available to view at the National Gallery in London, but with that shut, Stanhope’s giant interpretation is now on show in Ladywell, southeast London.

Lockdown has given the artist the time and the quieter streets to replicate a painting he said he has always admired and wanted to do on a large scale.

“I thought I wanted something that was going to take me some time, you know, quite a long time to do, just to get through the days of not doing anything else, so that’s why I took it on,” Stanhope told Reuters.

The artist is best known for his giant green and gold place-name murals near railway stations, a trend which in recent years has fostered local pride and provided a backdrop for outdoor food markets.

But since the virus shut down normal life in March, the 52-year-old artist has been unable to carry on with his commissions, and has instead turned his attention to the pandemic.

Caravaggio’s 1601 painting depicts a resurrected Jesus appearing to two of his disciples at a table spread with a meal. In Stanhope’s spray-painted version, Jesus is wearing surgical gloves.

“Christ is wearing a pair of blue gloves, just to make it relevant for today of what we’re all going through,” Stanhope said.

He also recently completed a mural tribute to healthcare workers under a bridge near London’s busiest rail station, Waterloo, and close to St Thomas’s hospital, where Prime Minister Boris Johnson was treated for COVID-19.

Stanhope asked Network Rail, owner of the bridge, if they had a wall he could use to say thank you to the National Health Service. In the mural, the NHS acronym is given the superman treatment and seen bursting from a blue chest in red and yellow.

“There’s a lot of street artists doing a lot of NHS work at the moment which is really nice to see,” Stanhope said by phone, adding that the pandemic was giving more meaning to street art.

“I think a lot more street artists that I know of, who would normally paint their own kind of work, are just putting a twist on it to make it relevant, and to maybe thank the NHS or key workers, or message about the coronavirus,” he said.

His Caravaggio is hidden away in a cul de sac but he said people were heading down on their daily lockdown exercise to have a look, and he had enjoyed the positive response on social media.

But now, after using up all his spare paint, he is keen to get back to real life.

“I need some paid work now ... I’m hoping that on Sunday when we hear about the government’s proposals that I might be able to start doing some other work,” he said.

The government will review the lockdown this week and the Prime Minister is expected to set out a roadmap for easing restrictions on Sunday.]]>
5/6/2020 3:22:41 PM
<![CDATA['Be 100 Wesh': La Casa de Bolaq versus La Casa de Papel]]>
The poster, entitled '' La Casa de Bolaq'', linked the gang of "Be 100 Wesh" to the gang of "La Casa de Papel" and went viral on Facebook. The poster was even admired by the series leading actor Asser Yassin, who shared the poster on his Official Facebook and Instagram accounts.

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On what inspired Eid to design the poster, he told Egypt Today, "Most of us are fans of 'La Casa de Papel', so when I started watching ‘Be 100 Wesh’ I started to feel the resemblance as it also tackles a criminal team that performs a robbery."

Eid elaborated that in both series each member of the gang has a special role to perform; in both gangs a lot of problems arose and could have ruined the plan.




Eid tried in the poster to make some sort of comparison between the gang of "Be 100 Wesh" and the one in "La Casa de Papel", linking the characters of both series.

"For example the Professor in ‘La Casa de Papel’ was in my poster Omar (Asser Yassin) in ‘Be 100 Wesh’ because he is the calm guy who can come out with creative ideas just like the professor; Sokkar (Nelly Karim) was Raquel because she always obeys the professor's orders and in the future they will definitely fall in love with each other; Maggy (Ola Roushdy) resembles Monica in ‘La Casa de Papel’," Eid recounted.

The Egyptian artist added that he expected that this poster will go viral because the series itself is very popular and people’s feedback on it is so positive. "Also I expected that linking these two successful series will go viral."

Eid added he felt the poster will receive praise since he was working on it, as he felt personal satisfaction but what he didn’t expect is the message Asser Yassin sent him directly after the poster was released, expressing his strong admiration of the poster.

The light comedy series "Be 100 Wesh" is regarded by many as one of the funniest series in Ramadan 2020.

The series incidents focus on two main characters, Sokkar (Nelly Karim) and Omar (Asser Yassin), who are both swindlers but with different styles and motives. Their main target is to be millionaires, and this was clear from the theme song of the series which became very popular.

Sokkar is living in a poor neighbourhood, while Omar lives in a classy one but both decided to partner up in a number of con operations.

Beside Karim and Yassin, the series stars Ola Roushdy, Loai Omran, Islam Ibrahim, Salwa Mohamed Ali and Hassan Abul rouss among others. "Be Meet Wesh" is written by Amr el-Daly and Ahmed Wael and directed by kamla Abou Zekri.





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5/5/2020 10:13:40 PM
<![CDATA[Jomana Mourad arrested in 11th episode of 'Kheyanet Ahd']]>
Khaled Sarhan decided to open the case of the killing of Yusra's husband again, and assured his wife [Abeer Sabry], that Magdy el-Sayyad and his brother did not kill Yusra's husband.

“Kheyanet Ahd” (The Betrayal of Ahd) series is broadcast daily on Al-Hayah TV at 6:30 p.m. It stars Yusra, Hala Shiha, Jomana Mourad, Abeer Sabry, Hanadi Muhanna and Khaled Anwar. It is directed by Sameh Abdel Aziz and written by Ahmed Adel and Amin Gamal.

The series is jointly produced by Gamal al-Adl's Al-Adl Group, and the United Media Services Company. It was initially named “Dahab Eira” (Fake Gold) and the name was changed to “Kheyanet Ahd”.

Through the series, Yusra comes back to the Ramadan series marathon after refraining from the previous Ramadan season. Her last series was “Ladayna Aqwal Okhra” that was not broadcast in Ramadan.

“Ladayna Aqwal Okhra” stars Sherine Reda, Naglaa Badr, Ahmed Hatem, Noha Abdin, Mohamed Shaheen, Omar Zahran, Salma Abu Dhaif, Latifa Fahmy, and Hoda el-Mufti. The series is written by Abdullah Hassan, Amin Gamal Abdullah Abu Bakr, and Ibrahim Mohsen and directed by Mohammed Ali.






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5/5/2020 6:03:03 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt’s Min. of Tourism & Antiquities prepares touristic sites in Aswan, Nubia for visits once COVID-19 pandemic is over]]>
The Egyptian Ministry of Tourism & Antiquities has made full use of the tourism hiatus, preparing the open sites for visits once life returns to normal.

Abdel Moneim Said, general manager of antiquities sector in Aswan and Nubia, said, “Weekly, the ministry sanitizes all open areas in Aswan, with the continuation of morning and evening patrols, to prevent any attacks on the antiquities in any way.”

"The restoration work is also carried out daily by a group of four or five individuals, taking all precautions, and wearing masks and gloves; all the suspended waste and dust is removed."

“Also, that time will be used to maintain a number of tourism services in the region,” explained Said.

Said further pointed out that all Egyptian missions in the western Aswan region and the Temple of Isis are continuing their work, but with a fewer number of workers, while taking precautionary measures, in accordance with the instructions of the Egyptian government to battle COVID-19.


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5/5/2020 3:33:32 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt's Min. of Tourism& Antiquities organizes a virtual tour in Muhammad Ali Mosque]]>
The mosque was established by Muhammad Ali Pasha who assumed the throne of Egypt in 1219 AH/ 1809 AD, through popular support.

He died of a fatal illness on the 13th of Ramadan, 1265 AD/ August 2nd, 1849 AD, at the age of 81, and according to his will, he was buried in his mosque.

Muhammad Ali Pasha put the Turkish architect, Yusuf Bushnaq, in charge of designing the mosque.

His choice fell on the mosque of Sultan Ahmad in Astana (Nur-Sultan).

The building project officially began in 1246 AH/ 1830 AD, and construction continued until Muhammad Ali’s death in 1265 AH/ 1848 AD.

Abbas Pasha finished the mosque when he ascended the throne in 1264 AH/ 1848 AD.

This monumental mosque was carefully looked after by the predecessors of Mohamed Ali Pasha; Ismail Pasha, Tawfik Pasha and King Fou’ad.
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5/5/2020 1:36:11 PM
<![CDATA[Justin Bieber, Hailey Baldwin open their lives for candid new series]]>
“The Biebers on Watch” launched on Monday with the first of 12 episodes shot by the couple in and around their Toronto home where they are currently under lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The first episode sees the couple taking a boat out onto a lake near where Bieber grew up and talking frankly about the challenges and rewards of being married.

“There’s a lot of things I need to work on. Forgiveness things, jealousy things, insecurities that I didn’t even realize I had until I chose to spend my life with you. Realized there were blind spots in my life that I didn’t realize I had,” Bieber told Baldwin.

The series is being shot on GoPro cameras, Facebook Watch said.

Bieber, 26, and Baldwin, 23, met in their early teens, attended the same church and started dating again seriously about two years ago. The Canadian singer and the model married privately in 2018 and held a second wedding for friends and family in September 2019.

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The series follows a 10-part documentary on YouTube earlier this year where Bieber emerged from a long period out of the public eye to chronicle the making of his first album in four years, “Changes.”

Bieber shot to worldwide fame as a 13 year-old, got hooked on drugs, hit the headlines for a string of arrests and bad behavior, and abruptly pulled out of his “Purpose” world tour in 2017 citing the need for rest.

He has since spoken frankly of his struggles with drugs, depression and fame.






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5/5/2020 1:27:37 PM
<![CDATA[Disney announces new 'Star Wars' theatrical film directed by Taika Waititi]]>
A new “Star Wars” series for streaming service Disney+ also is in development from “Russian Doll” writer Leslye Headland, the company said in a statement.

No release dates for either project were announced.

Disney had paused its development of “Star Wars” movies after December 2019 release “The Rise of Skywalker,” the ninth installment in the saga that began with George Lucas’ original 1977 film.

“Rise of Skywalker” sold nearly $1.1 billion worth of tickets worldwide but was the lowest-grossing film of the three “Star Wars” movies released by Disney since 2015.

Krysty Wilson-Cairns, co-writer of Oscar-nominated movie “1917,” will write the new “Star Wars” film with Waititi.

The company announced the news on May the Fourth, a day when “Star Wars” fans celebrate the franchise for its similarity to the phrase “May the force be with you.”

The new projects add to the list of programming in the works from the galaxy of “Star Wars,” one of Disney’s major franchises.



Disney previously announced a second season of Disney+ series “The Mandalorian” and two other streaming series.

One is based on the life of Cassian Andor prior to the movie “Rogue One,” and another stars Ewan McGregor as Jedi master

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5/5/2020 1:23:11 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt reveals 100% of embalming secrets after last archaeological discovery]]>
"We discovered 100 percent of the mysteries of embalming after the last archaeological discovery," Waziri stressed.

He explained that the remaining secrets of embalming were revealed in the most recent archaeological discovery of a room where four wooden coffins were buried in Saqqara, indicating that the council repaired two obelisks, and the rest of the obelisks are currently being restored.

Waziri pointed out that the cemetery of the Valley of the Kings, which was discovered on February 10, 2006, clarified a lot of aspects of mummification, and it was found that cinnamon, as well as some types of oils and glues were used in the mummification process.

Waziri added that the council celebrates the World Heritage Day every year on April 18.

The World Heritage Day was celebrated in 2017 by the restoration and construction of King Ramses II statue which is located in front of Luxor Temple.

He explained that Ramses II statue suffered from fractures for 1,400 years, and was broken into 57 granite pieces. However, through pure Egyptian hands, the statue was restored and unveiled on April 18, 2017, and it was Egypt's gift to the world on the World Heritage Day.

Waziri further explained that on the World Heritage Day in 2018 they restored another statue, and on the World Heritage Day in 2019 they restored a third statue, and on World Heritage Day this year, Egypt chose to present to the world a different gift which was a new archaeological discovery.



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5/4/2020 8:13:39 PM
<![CDATA[Yasser Galal trends on Google, Twitter after 11th episode of 'El-Fetewa']]>
The 11th episode of the series “El-Fetewah” witnessed numerous exciting events that caught the attention of the audience.

The 11th episode of the series witnessed the death of Hanoa [Abd al-Rahman al-Qalibawi], the boy who works with Hassan al-Jebali [Yasser Jalal] - in his copper shop. Jebali considered Hanoa his younger brother.



Hanoa was killed after he decided to face the thugs who forced him to pay them after he sold a piece of fabric.

Lail [Mai Omar] thought Hassan al-Jebali was killed instead of Hanoa, as her brother Azmi [Ahmed Salah Hosni] gave her the impression that Jebali was killed. She rushed to the store where Jebali works and started to cry hysterically, before Jebali simply walked in.



Jebali faces Saber and affirms to him that Hanoa is not the man they are looking for and that he only wanted to face those who mistreated him, especially Saber’s son Azmi.

“El-Fetewa” is written by Hany Sarhan and directed by Hussein el-Manbawi. It is produced by Synergy.

The series stars Yasser Galal, Ahmed Salah Hosni, Mai Omar, Naglaa Badr, Ahmed Khalil, Riyad el-Khouly, Inaam Salousa, Laila Ahmed Zaher, Hanadi Mehanna, Ahmed Khaled Saleh, Aida Riyad, Farida Saif el-Nasr, Ahdi Sadiq, Magdy Fekry, Maha Nassar and Yasser Zinconi.





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5/4/2020 6:11:25 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt's Council of Antiquities secretary general, Czech ambassador discuss launching Egyptian Antiquities exhibition in Prague ]]>CAIRO - 4 May 2020: Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Mostafa Waziri, and Czech Ambassador to Cairo Jan Folik met on April 4 to discuss the possibility of setting up an exhibition of Egyptian antiquities at the National Museum in Prague, Czech Republic.

The exhibition is set to run for a period of 4 months, from June 2020 to October 2020.

The meeting was attended by head of the Museums Sector Moamen Othman, who explained that the exhibition will bear the name "Kings of the Sun" and will display 90 artifacts from the discoveries of the Czech archaeological mission working in Abu Sir archaeological site.
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5/4/2020 6:07:26 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities to present lecture entitled 'Virtual Museums']]>CAIRO - 4 May 2020: On May 6, the Central Department for Scientific Affairs, Graphics and Training of the Supreme Council of Antiquities will present a new lecture entitled "Virtual Museums" set to be broadcast live on Facebook.

Randa Rophael, director general of the Department, said that the lecture is given by Mohamed Ismail, deputy director of the Heritage Documentation Center in Alexandria Library. She noted that some people may resort to virtual museum visits instead of realistic visits to the museum, especially in the circumstances the world is going through to prevent the spread of the novel Coronavirus.

The lecture informs the public about the nature of virtual museum visits, their types, and the digital techniques used in them. Local and international examples of these museums will be presented.

The lecture can be followed on the official page of the department at 12 p.m. using the following link: https://www.facebook.com/events/231665784760585/.


This lecture comes within a series of lectures organized by the Supreme Council of Antiquities in many archaeological museums broadcast live on Facebook, as part of the preventive measures taken by the ministry to battle the novel coronavirus.
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5/4/2020 4:53:12 PM
<![CDATA[A turning point in the events of ‘El-Nehaya’ helps Sherif top Twitter trends]]>
The episode started with Aziz (Amr Abdel Geleil) preparing to shoot Energy Co's power generator with his submachine gun, but Mourad el-Mahrouky (Mohamed Lotfy) follows him before the explosion and advises him to cooperate to save Zain (Youssef el-Sherif).

On the other hand, engineer Zain starts to feel worried about his cooperation El-Waha's people and talks with his wife via video call about his suspicions. He thinks she is his wife but El-Waha management designed a software that totally resembles his wife to talk to him and encourage him to continue his mission in El-Waha.

Afterwards, Sheera (Sawsan Badr) talks with one of El-Waha employees about Zain's suspicions, admitting that they need him and his new invention and that they will tell him the truth gradually.

Episode 10's and one of the whole series' master scenes came when Energy Co started interrogating the clone robot of Zain, which they though is the real Zain, and told him it is necessary to download a new copy of his consciousness. The copy is downloaded but some problems occur in the download.

During the download the robot Zain recalled all the memories of the real Zain, and we see him in pain as he meets Zain’s father (Mohsen Mohy Eldin), who tells him you are not Zain, you are another person. Robot Zain started to recall his memories as a Robot and how human beings destroyed all the robots in a very cruel way.

The memories of the real Zain are mixed with the memories of the robot, and the clone robot of Zain turns into a super robot, and he destroys those who stand in his way in the last scene of this episode.

"El Nehaya" managed to grab the audiences' attention since the first episode and are trending on Twitter.

The hashtag #Sahar el-Saigh was previously the number one trend, while #Amr Abdel Geliel was trending number 3.

This came after the brilliant performance both actors presented in the first Egyptian science fiction series "El-Nehaya".

In the second episode Aziz (Amr Abdel Geleil) discovered that Sabah (Sahar el-Saigh) is making a clone robot of her lover Zain (Youssef el-Sherif), who married another woman.

She conveyed the grief of loneliness and loss of the only kind man she met and loved sincerely in a dazzling way.

This touching scene reached its peak when Aziz told her that she should love another man and that he married the other woman because it was their destiny to be together. Sabah replied, "I need him more than she does. I am alone in this world; if I don't speak, people will not realise I exist." The performance of Saigh and Abdel Geliel in this scene was unique and natural.

Unlike other actresses, Saigh doesn’t care for the looks; she doesn’t wear make up like most Ramadan actresses, the matter that added more credibility to the scene and every word she spoke.

Abdel Geliel, the incredible talent, provided pure and smooth performance when playing Aziz, who was puzzled and torn between helping her to make the clone robot, which is illegal and may harm the world, and sympathizing with his miserable girl, Sabah.

Since the first episode of "El-Nehaya", we found ourselves watching a new type of drama not only in the Egyptian drama, but in the Arab drama as well. Being the first Egyptian and Arab science fiction series, the series used the latest techniques.

The leading production company, Synergy, stands behind this massive production that is taking the Egyptian drama to a different level.

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5/4/2020 4:39:36 PM
<![CDATA[Celebrating the birthday of the renowned Egyptian comedian Zeinat Sedky]]>
Veteran comedian Zeinat Sedky managed to draw the smile on our faces for many years and she still does through her funny genuine performance.



Sedky was born in Alexandria governorate in May 4, 1913. Her passion with acting drove her to study at the “Ansar el Tamseel” (Acting Supporters) Institute, which was founded by veteran Egyptian actor and director Zaki Tolimat, but her father pushed her to quit studying and marry at an early age. Her marriage lasted only for one year before she was divorced.

She started her career first as a singer with some small troupes before being discovered by the legendary Egyptian actor Naguib el-Rihany, giving her the first role in one of his plays.

Sedky starred with most of the great artists at the time such as Youssef Wahby, Ismail Yassin, Shadia, Abdel Halim Hafez, Anwar Wagdy among others. Her cinematic repertoire contains more than 400 movies.

She was famous for performing the role of the funny maiden, a woman who always insults, and the loyal maid who always supports her lady.

Sedky was one of the female comedy pioneers in the Egyptian cinema along with Mary Mounib and Wedad Hamdy, despite this fact, at the end of her career, her stardom started to decline, the matter that drove Sedky to sell her furniture in order to cover her expenses.

The actress who made millions laugh, found nobody at the end of her life to console her.

Everyone turned their backs on her until former Egyptian president Mohamed Anwar el-Sadat gave her an award at The Art Feast in 1976 and granted her an exceptional pension.

She suffered from plenty of health problems before her death including pulmonary edema.

Her last movie was entitled “Bent Esmha Mahmoud” (A Girl Named Mahmoud), which was six years before her death. Sedky Died on 1978 leaving behind a large history of undying movies that will continue live on ever after.]]>
5/4/2020 1:50:51 PM
<![CDATA[Salwa Osman trends on Twitter ]]>
The scene started when she overheard her daughter Abeer [Rehab el-Gamal] and her siblings saying that they were behind the scheme to murder Radwan el-Brince [Mohammed Ramadan] and his wife and child. The series is broadcast daily on DMC and DMC Drama channels.

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The series revolves around the "El-Brince” family, and "Radwan el-Brince" [Mohammed Ramadan] who works as a plumber in his father's workshop. He finds himself responsible for his family after the demise of his parents. This results in family problems with his six siblings.

“El-Brince” is written and directed by Mohammed Sami and stars Mohammed Ramadan, Nour, Ahmed Zaher, Rogina, Naglaa Badr, Edward, Donia Abdel Aziz, Abdel Aziz Makhyoun, Reem Sami, Salwa Osman, Mohamed Alaa, Safa el-Toukhy, Mohammed Hatem, Rehab el-Gamal, Hazem Ehab and Ahmed Dash. The series is produced by Synergy.

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5/3/2020 5:25:12 PM
<![CDATA[ET presents 5 novels that portray the victories of Ramadan 10]]>
On October 6 (Ramadan 10), 1973, the Egyptian Army managed to destroy the Bar Lev Line and defeated the myth of “Israel’s invincible army”.

The glorious victory of Ramadan 10, 1973, is still carved in the minds of Egyptians. Writers and war heroes tried to document the epics of the Egyptians in the Arab-Israeli conflict, especially after the 1967 war.

There are many novels and literary works that illustrated those great moments in modern Egyptian history:

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Abnaa’ el-Samt

“Abnaa’ el-Samt” (Sons of Silence) was first published in 1974. It is one of the most prominent and important accounts of our struggle with the Zionist enemy.


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El-Asraa Yoqemoon el-Matarees

In this novel issued in 1976, Fouad Hegazy talks about his experience in the Israeli prison "Atlit" after his capture in the 1967 setback.

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El-Harb fe Bar Masr (War in Egypt’s Desert)

Written by the great writer Yusuf al-Qaid, the novel was published in 1978. "El-Harb fe Bar Masr" is set in an Egyptian village before the 1973 war, where the village mayor refuses to send his youngest son to the army, and in order to not reveal the matter, he sends his guard’s son, who is called “Masry” instead. Eventually, Masry dies in the war.

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Khatawat ala el-Ard el-Mahbousa (Steps on an imprisoned land)

Published in 1983, and written by Mohammad Hassan Younis, who was a soldier in the Egyptian army at the time, the novel recounts in detail the tragedy of the Egyptian soldiers, who were held prisoners in the Israeli prison of Atlit after the 1967 setback.

Mohammad Younis or captive No. 36715 of the Israeli army in the 1967 war, talks about his experience with captivity, bypassing his testimony about one of the most tragic moments in Egypt’s contemporary history.

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Wameid Telk al-Gabha

This 2008 novel by Samir el-Fil portrays true facts about the 18th battalion during the October war.









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5/3/2020 5:22:23 PM
<![CDATA[10th of Ramadan victory in the eyes of Egyptian cinema]]>
In this day the Egyptian army managed to recapture Egyptian occupied territories and restore national pride.


"The anniversary of the 10th of Ramadan victory is one of the greatest days of Egypt's modern history that was created by the military and its memory will always be remembered," President Abdel Fattah El Sisi posted on his official page on social media websites.

“Hence, it has become an inspiring model and action plan to pass all difficulties into a better future.” he continued.

Egyptian cinema has tried to document that historic victory, adding to other documentaries.

In this article, we will shed light some specific movies that the Egyptian audience is used to watching on TV every anniversary.

1- “The Bullet is Still in My Pocket”

“Al Rosasa La Tazal Fe Gaiby” (The Bullet is Still in My Pocket) was produced in 1974, based on a story by Egyptian author Ihsan Abd al-Qudus, directed by Hossam Eldin Mostafa, and staring Mahmoud Yassin, Nagwa Ebrahim and Hussein Fahmy.


The movie is about a soldier named Mohamed who finds himself in Gaza after the defeat in the 1967 War.

He returns to his village filled with sorrow over the death of his colleagues in the war. The girl he loves, Fatma, has been raped by a high profile man in the village, so Mohammad decides to take revenge by killing him.

But the 1973 War breaks out and he joins the army to free the occupied lands from Israel. Mohamed goes back to the village with his bride, and the rapist was ashamed by the villagers. Finally, Mohammad marries Fatma with the bullet still in his pocket.

The Egyptian actor Hussein Fahmy said during an interview on the “Maakom Mona Al Shazly” program in May 2016 that it’s the only movie that was captured on the real Bar Lev line at Suez Canal, and this location doesn’t exist anymore, as the New Suez Canal was built there.

2-“The Great Loyalty”



“Al Wafaa El Azeem” (The Great Loyalty) was produced in 1974 and tells the love story of Walaa and Hussein. Walaa’s father refuses their relationship and decides to marry her to a family friend named Adel. During the war, Adel becomes a soldier with Hussein and learns how much he loves Walaa, so he decides to help them.

“Al Wafaa El Azeem” is directed by Helmy Rafla, scenario by Faisal Nada, and stars Naglaa Fathy, Mahmoud Yassin and Kamal El Shenawy.

3-“The Sons of Silence”


“Abnaa el Samt” was produced in 1974, written by Maged Tobya, directed by Mohamed Rady, and stars Mahmoud Morsy, Mervat Amen and Nour el-Sherif. The film includes the period from the war of attrition till the victory the war of 1973.

4-“Life is a Moment”



“El Omr Lahza” (Life is a Moment) tells the story of a female journalist whose husband is the editor-in-chief of the newspaper she works at, but they have two different views concerning the war after the defeat in 1967. So she decided to volunteer at a hospital, where she gets to know some soldiers who were injured and listen to their stories. Then she travels to the location of the battle to visit the soldiers.
The film is also directed by Mohamed Rady and stars Magda, Ahmed Mazhar and Ahmed Zaki.




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5/3/2020 5:06:13 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt announces new discoveries, studies at the Mummification Workshop Complex at Saqqara]]>
CAIRO - 3 May 2020: During excavation work carried out by the Egyptian-German mission of the University of Tübingen, working at Saqqara, a new burial chamber was uncovered at the bottom of the communal burial shaft (30 m. deep) of the Mummification Workshop, discovered along with a large tomb complex with five burial chambers in 2018.

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After more than a year of excavation and documentation, the mission discovered the sixth burial chamber hidden behind a 2600 year old stone wall. Dr. Mostafa Waziri, Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities announced adding that the newly discovered chamber contained four wooden coffins in bad state of preservation.



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Dr. Ramadan Badri Hussein pointed out that one of the coffins belongs to a woman called Didibastett. She was buried with six canopic jars, which contradicts the costume in ancient Egypt to embalm the lungs, stomach, intestines, and the liver of the deceased, and then to store them in four jars under the protection of four gods, known as the Four Sons of Horus.

The Mission examined the content of Didibastet’s two extra canopic jars using a computerized tomography (CT) scan, and the preliminary analysis of the images indicates that the two jars contain human tissue.

Based on this result, there is a possibility that Didibastet had received a special form of mummification that preserved six organs of her body. The Mission’s radiologist is currently conducting a thorough study of the images in order to identify the two extra organs.

After studying the texts on the coffins and sarcophagi in the burial chambers, the mission identified priests and priestesses of a mysterious snake goddess, known as Niut-shaes.

Indications are that the priests of Niut-shaes were buried together, and that she became a prominent goddess during Dynasty 26. Perhaps, she had a major temple in Memphis, the administrative capital of ancient Egypt.

A priestess and a priest of Niut-shaes, who were buried in the same burial chamber, were possibly Egyptianized immigrants. Their names, Ayput and Tjanimit, were common among the Libyan community who settled in Egypt from Dynasty 22 (ca. 943-716 BC) onward.

Ancient Egypt was a multicultural society that received immigrants from different parts of the ancient world, including Greeks, Libyans, and Phoenicians among others.

Dr. Ramadan Badri said that the Mission conducted non-invasive testing, called X-ray fluorescence, on the gilded silver mask, which was discovered on the face of the mummy of a priestess of the goddess Niut-shaes. This test determined the purity of the mask’s silver at 99.07%, higher than Sterling Silver at 92.5%.


This gilded silver mask is the first in Egypt since 1939, and the third of such masks to ever be found in Egypt.

An international team of archaeologists and chemists from the University of Tübingen, the University of Munich and the Egyptian National Research Centre in Cairo carried out chemical testing of the residue of oils and resins which were preserved in cups, bowls and pots found in the mummification workshop.

Early results of these tests give a list of mummification substances, including bitumen (tar), cedar oil, cedar resin, pistachio resin, beeswax, animal fat, and possibly olive oil and juniper oil among others. The team is finalizing a report for scientific publication.

"Mummification was essentially a business transaction between a person and an embalmer, in which the embalmer was a professional, a priest and a business person. We learn from several papyri that there was a class of priests and embalmers who were paid to arrange for the funeral of a deceased including the mummification of her/his body and the purchase of a grave or a coffin." said Dr. Ramadan Badry Hussein, the Director of the mission of the University of Tübingen at Saqqara.

In July 2018, Dr. Khaled El Enany, the Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, announced to the world the unprecedented discovery of a mummification workshop complex at Saqqara from Dynasty 26 (ca. 664-525 BC).

It included a mummification workshop, an Embalmer’s cachette of pottery, and a communal burial shaft. This shaft is 30 m. deep and has six tombs.

The tombs contained ca. 54 mummies and skeletons, five large sarcophagi, a dozen of calcite (Egyptian alabaster) canopic jars, thousands of shawabtis figurines, and a very rare gilded silver mummy mask.

This discovery was rated among the top 10 archaeological discoveries of 2018 by the Archaeology Magazine and Heritage Daily.

The Mission of the University of Tübingen will resume its full investigation of Dynasty 26 cemetery at Saqqara in the winter of 2020.



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5/3/2020 3:26:53 PM
<![CDATA[NBCUniversal weighs layoffs at media, entertainment units: WSJ]]>
Discussions began this week regarding cost-cutting measures, including layoffs, according to the report.

Along with its industry peers, NBCUniversal is taking a financial hit from the coronavirus outbreak which has shuttered movie theaters and theme parks. The company has temporarily closed its theme parks and suspended its sports productions and most of its film and TV production.

Although all divisions are being looked at, some areas likely to be under a microscope at NBCUniversal are the theme-parks division and Universal Pictures, the WSJ reported.

NBCUniversal declined to comment on the report.

The company, which reported its results earlier this week, said its quarterly revenue at the filmed entertainment unit fell 22.5% this quarter from a year earlier, while revenue at theme parks fell 31.9%.

Last month, Walt Disney Co (DIS.N) said it will start furloughs of non-essential U.S. employees across the company.]]>
5/3/2020 3:16:54 PM
<![CDATA[Weightlifting: 'The Mountain' Bjornsson deadlifts 501 kg to set world record]]>
Bjornsson, best known for his portrayal of Ser Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane on the popular HBO series Game of Thrones, broke the record previously held by Briton Eddie Hall who in 2016 became the first man to lift 500 kg.

The event was streamed live on ESPN here and Bjornsson, 31, lifted the barbell that was bending and straining under the weights, holding it for two seconds before letting go and roaring in delight.

Bjornsson, who is six feet and nine inches tall, won the World’s Strongest Man competition in 2018.]]>
5/3/2020 3:11:53 PM
<![CDATA[The Grand Egyptian Museum receives 42 pieces of Khufu's second ship]]>
It underwent restoration work in the archaeological laboratory located on the site.

The transfer process comes within the framework of the Egyptian-Japanese joint project between the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities and the Japanese Higashi University to extract, restore and re-install the second Khufu ship with the support of the Japan International Cooperation Authority.

The General supervisor of the Grand Egyptian Museum project and its surrounding area Atef Moftah pointed out that the number of pieces received by the museum -since the extraction of the first piece of wood from the ship in 2014 and until now- reached 1006 pieces, noting that after the completion of the extracting work and moving all the pieces it will be re-assembled and displayed next to the first Khufu ship, after moving it from its current place of display in the archaeological area to its new specialized building inside the museum.

Atef further noted that the construction of the specialized building is underway.

For his part, the Director General of Executive Affairs for Restoration at the Grand Egyptian Museum and supervisor of the restoration of the second Khufu ship Eissa Zeidan clarified that the team working on the ship has succeeded so far in extracting approximately 1272 pieces of wood, in addition to a rare knife, as well as a pillar made of copper.

Zeidan added that the restoration of 1,200 pieces was completed and a case report was made for each piece before being photographed using 3D imaging technology and laser scanning, in addition to documentation with manual and photographic drawings.

For his part, Sakuji Yoshimura -president of the Japanese Higashi Nippon International University and head of the second Khufu ship mission- said that the final concept of work of the second stage of the ship’s assembly is now being developed in cooperation with Japanese and Egyptian experts, and that the work team has documented the assembly of the pieces that have been raised, which would assist in the assembly process.

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5/2/2020 6:58:37 PM
<![CDATA[ Egypt’s Min.of Tourism&Antiquities will launch its first video about the history of cooking in Egypt ]]>


The first recipe will be about how to cook Tiger nuts (hab al-‘aziz), or chuffa, which were popular in ancient Egypt.

One of the walls of the tomb of Rekhmire in Luxor, who was vizier during the reign of Kings Thutmose III (c.1479–1425 BC) and Amenhotep II (c.1427–1400 BC), bears scenes depicting cakes being baked using tiger nuts.

They show different elements in the process of baking these chuffa cakes, but they do not cover all the steps.

Regardless, these vignettes are so detailed that, although no recipe in the strict sense of the word is written, we are today able to bake this delicious dessert and taste it once again!]]>
5/2/2020 5:31:55 PM
<![CDATA[Ramez Galal files lawsuit against Egyptian Media Syndicate]]>


The Egyptian Media Syndicate's issued a decision to prevent Galal from performing any media-related activity until his legal status with the syndicate is adjusted.

The Syndicate banned as well Galal from appearing through any Egyptian media outlet iuntil his legal status is adjusted.



Galal lawyer explained that the famed Egyptian actor is member of the Syndicate of Artists, not the Media Syndicate.

Galal lawyer, Ashraf Hussein Abdel Aziz added that entertainment programs like Galal’s prank show are not considered as a media activity thus do not fall under the Media Syndicate control, according to Law No. 93 of 2016 regarding media personnel.

Abdel Aziz added that '' Ramez Magnoon Rasmy'' prank show was shot and produced in the UAE, in accordance with the UAE law not the Egyptian one.

Ramez Galal’s new Ramdan prank show named "Ramez Magnoon Rasmy" (Ramez is officially crazy) has the main theme of his previous shows; it depends completely on terrifying his guests, or "his friends" as he says, but what a way to treat your friends!! This year he has taken his problematic behavior to the next level.

In "Ramez Magnoon Rasmy", Galal places his guests on the Chair of Death then suddenly appears to them, unlike his previous prank shows where he used to disguise.
In this chair, Galal moves the guests the way he desires.

He then takes them to the next step which is being electrified. Afterwards, the guests are put in a tank, and face several horrifying animals like snakes. While suffering from all the previous, the guests have to say what Galal wants them to say and obey all his orders if they want to leave.

Ramez's pranks are accused of promoting sadism, violence and cruelty. Some say that all these guests are getting paid, but even this does not justify the humiliation and horror they go through.

Prank shows have always been strongly attached to Ramadan. For many years, the mastermind behind these shows was Galal.

Whether we agree with him or not, Galal succeeded in the last 9 years to draw the attention to his show, since the launched his first prank show in 2011 named Ramez Qalb El Asad which achieved notably high viewership.

The booming success of his first show pushed the prank show producers to recur their cooperation with Galal for 9 consecutive years. This is normal as Galal prank shows represent a lucrative business deal to its producers, and definitely to Galal himself as his contract increases every year

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5/2/2020 4:31:07 PM
<![CDATA[Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande team up to benefit frontline workers]]>
The duet, called “Stuck With U,” will be released on May 8, the two singers announced on Friday on Instagram, where they jointly have some 316 million followers.

All net proceeds from streaming and sales of the duet will be donated to the First Responders Children’s Foundation to fund grants and scholarships for the children of those working during the pandemic.

Bieber, 26, and Grande, 26, two of the biggest young singers in the United States with hits like “Love Yourself” and “Thank U, Next,” have never recorded a song together.

“We hope we make a big difference with this and we hope it uplifts you and makes you feel happy,” Grande said in a statement.

The single is the first in series from Scooter Braun, who manages both singers, that will benefit charities during the year, Braun said.]]>
5/2/2020 1:55:09 PM
<![CDATA[Locked down UK comedians aim for record with virtual pub quiz]]>
Russell Howard, Nish Kumar, Jon Richardson, Joel Dommett, Marcus Brigstocke, Rachel Parris, Lucy Beaumont, Jenny Ryan and Suzi Ruffel will be among hosts of the quiz at “The Covid Arms”, a virtual pub set up by “landlady” Kiri Pritchard-Mclean.

Trivia quiz contests in pubs are a national pastime in Britain, and online versions by video conference have become a popular activity during the coronavirus lockdown.

“The food and beverage industry has been greatly affected by this pandemic; so let’s give back, share a drink and enjoy the company of our favourite pub owners, neighbours and friends in the safest way possible,” organisers said in a press release.




Friday evening’s event aims to raise money for a charity helping pubs and restaurants survive the lockdown, get Guinness World Records to award a title in a new category of most participants in a virtual pub and keep the audience entertained.

“I’ve pulled in all the favours and burned every bridge I have, and now we’ve got this amazing line-up of fantastic comedians and it looks like it’s going to be a really fun night and that we might well set a record, which is lovely,” said Pritchard-Mclean.

“So come along. Have a pub quiz team. Support your local pub and raise a load of money for charity.”


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5/2/2020 1:51:16 PM
<![CDATA[To Watch Or Not To Watch – Part 2]]>

Forsa Tania (A Second Chance)

Forsa Tania tells the story of Malak, a young engineer who finds out that her fiancée is seeing another girl behind her back so she breaks their engagement and despite his endless pleas she refuses to forgive him. On the rebound the ex-fiancee decides to marry the other girl and on his wedding night Malak has a car accident resulting in her having some sort of amnesia. The series stars Yasmine Sabri, Ahmed Magdy, Edward, Ayten Amer, Diab, Heba Abdelghani, Mahmoud el-Bizawy, Ahmed El-Shamy, Mohamed Gomaa, and Nihal Anbar,


Rating; 5/10


Verdict: When Yasmine Sabry first appeared on our screen with Sherine Adel Wahab in the TV series 'Tareqi' she had such a promising start and many predicted a bright future for her but things have stood still for Sabry, possibly because dire have limited her talent in typecasting he in one dimensional role, which is often the middle class girl who falls and love and suffers the usual drama. Forsa Tania does not present a plot that grips the viewers in fact quite the opposite there is nothing that will keep you watching except maybe the performance of Ayten Amer who has proven that she is the real star of this series.


Game’e Salem


This is a puzzling series that has no real trigger of events but it is still an interesting one to follow. Game’e Salem follows the lives of three siblings who were orphaned as children and each went into different direction. The series stars Zeina, Dalal Abdel Aziz, Mohammed Shaheen, Salwa Khattab, Reem El-Baroudi, Malak Qura, Mido Adel, Mohamed Alaa, Sameh El-Serieti, and Mohammed Desouki.


Rating :7/10


Verdict : Although the series has great potential but at times you do feel its going into more than one direction which at times seem irrelevant. Mido Adel is exceptional in this series and probably one of the main reasons of why you should carry on watching it.


Leibet El-Nessyan (The Forgetting Game)

Leibet El-Nessyan can be described as a suspense thriller which follows the mystery of Rokaya played Dina El Sherbiny who is accused of adultery and being the indirect cause of her husband's death yet she can't remember anything as she suffers from memory loss. The series also stars Ingy Al-Moqaddem, Ahmed Dawood and Mahmoud Qabeil.


Rating : 8/10


Verdict: Of course you have to carry on watching for so many reasons not least because you have to find out the truth of this puzzling mystery. Also the great performance of all the cast especially Dina El Sherbiny and the child star who plays the role of Yehyia her son.


Lama Kona Soghayreen ( When we were young)

‘Lama Kona Sogayreen’ series is a mixture of suspense and murder mystery that focuses on five friends that have known each other since their teenage years yet as events unfolds it is apparent that this friendship is flawed with many secrets. The series stars Mahmoud Hemeida, Khaled el Nabawy, Riham Haggag, Nesrine Amin, Karim Kassem, Mahmoud Hegazy among others.


Rating:9/10


Verdict: Again, it is a must watch, although it seems to early for Riham Haggag to be one of the leading stars of the series but after 7 episodes she has proven to be up to the challenge as her acting skills have captured the viewers. Khaled El Nabawy is in his usual top element as is the master of all roles Mahmoud Hemeida. The series theme song performed by Sameera Saeed is another theme song this Ramadan that has exceeded expectations and is a big hit with viewers.


Be Meet Wesh (with 100 faces)

As the official comedy series this Ramadan have proven to be a big flop the surprise contender that stole the limelight of all the other comedy series is most definitely Be Meet Wesh starring Nelly Karim and Asser Yassin which after only few episodes has got viewers across the arab world hooked on the pairing.
Sukar and Omar are both con artist that join forces to pull off a job that would make them millionaires.

Rating: 9 or 10/10

Verdict: Right from its theme song that has become a social media trend to the indirect, not n your face comedy to the brilliant pairing of Yassen and Karim the series is a complete success. The other impressive element of the series is the rediscovery of Karim and Yassen depth and acting skills as with roles are quite new to them yet they have portrayed them so convincingly despite the fact that we the viewers are used to seeing them in heavy drama. Our advice is to watch every second of the series all the way to the end.

“Sukkar Zeyada” ( Extra Sugar)

There was a mixture of high expectations and huge reservations about the return of the Queens if the 80s cinema; Nadia el Gendy and Nabila Ebeid starring together in the TV series Sukkar Zeyada.


The series is categorized as a comedy taken from the American sitcom 'The Golden Girl's it follows the story of four women who are forced to live together in the same house after being conned into purchasing it. The series stars veteran Samiha Ayoub, Hala Fakher and many guests of honor, including Ahmed el-Sakka, Nancy Ajram, Haifa Wahbe, Ahmed Fahmy, Rogina, Joumana Mourad, Lekaa' el-Khamisy, Bayoumi Fouad, Hamdi el-Marghani, Mustafa Abu Saree, Mayan el-Sayed, Badria Tolba, Hanady Mehana, Khaled Anwar and Soliman Eid.

Rating: 4/10

Verdict: Although the first episode seemed like a good start and had real comic element but it went downhill soon after. Giving it 4/10 might seem generous and it only achieved that because El Genidy does seem to be the better element of the entire series alongside the actor who plays her on screen son, who has a very promising future ahead in the comedy sector.


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5/2/2020 1:47:05 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt's four ram-headed sphinxes placed at Tahrir Square]]>
Dr. Mustafa Waziri, Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, said that two of the ram-headed sphinxes have been installed on its bases located beside the recently restored and erected obelisk in Tahrir Square as part of its development project while the two other ram-headed sphinxes will be erected in their location within the up coming hours.

He added that the four ram-headed sphinxes will be covered with wooden boxes until the official opening of the Tahrir square development project, funded by the Ministry of Housing, Utilities, and Urban Communities, in coordination with Cairo Governorate, and the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities within the framework of the plan to showcase Egypt’s unique civilization.

The transportation was carried out by the Arab contractors company under the supervision of a team of restorers and archaeologists from the Supreme Council of Antiquities.]]>
5/2/2020 3:13:18 AM
<![CDATA[Daily Mail highlights the uncover of coffin containing a mummy dating back to the 17th dynasty in Luxor]]>
The discovery was made by Spanish-Egyptian archaeological mission headed by José Galán.

The newly discovered coffin measures 1.75 by 0.33m, and was carved in wood cut from a sycamore tree trunk, covered with a whitewash and painted in red. The coffin was placed on the ground horizontally.


The mummy which was found in a bad conservation condition is of a 15- or 16-year-old girl resting on her right side inside the coffin.

The girl mummy is wearing two spiral shaped earrings in one of her ears. The two earrings are covered with a thin metal leaf.

The newly uncovered mummy is wearing two rings, one made of bone and the other with a blue glass bead set on a metal base and tied with string.

Around the mummy chest there are four necklaces tied together with a faience clip. The first necklace is 70cm long, made from rounded faience beads and alternating dark and light blue.

While the second one is 62cm long, and made of green faience and glass beads.

The third necklace measures 61cm and is made of 74 pieces, combining beads of amethyst, carnelian, amber, blue glass and quartz. The most beautiful necklace has two scarabs, one depicting the falcon god Horus, and five faience amulets.



The fourth necklace is made of several strings of faience beads tied together at both ends by a ring combining all the strings.



The mission unearthed as well a mud-brick offering chapel and a pile of mixed materials from funerary equipment.

The director of the mission announced that these discoveries were found during excavation performed at the area located in front of the open courtyard of Djehuty’s tomb (TT 11).



A small coffin made of mud was also found at the opposite side of the mud-brick chapel. It is still closed and tied together with string.


Inside the coffin there was a wooden ushabti wrapped in four linen bandages. The ushabti figurine and one of the linen bandages have hieratic text on them revealing the identity of their owner ‘’the Osiris, Djehuty’’ who lived in the 17th dynasty (c.1600 BCE).

A pair of leather sandals were found together with a pair of leather balls tied together with string, in the same area, but inside a funerary shaft.

The newly uncovered sandals which are dating back to the 17th dynasty are dyed in a red colour, and engraved with different motifs depicting god Bes, goddess Taweret, a pair of cats, an ibex and a rosette. The 3,600 years old sandals were found in a good state of preservation.

The sandals decoration and size shows that it is probably belonged to a woman, and also the balls, were used by a woman for sport or as part of a dancing choreography, according to daily life depictions in Beni Hassan tombs of the 12th dynasty.
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5/1/2020 4:24:05 PM
<![CDATA[After one week, El Ekhteyar becomes a thorn in the throat of traitors]]>
This national epic gathered and united all the Egyptians around with its credible content that gives us an insightful look about the life, logic, thoughts and noble principals of our army soldiers, champions and martyrs.

‘’El Ekhteyar’’ highlighted as well the dark terrorists’ principals and thoughts, which are based on blood, betrayal, opportunism and coward.

The patriotic feelings and the feeling of gratitude towards the Egyptian army this great series triggered inside each one of us, severely angered these terrorists and extremists because it revealed their true colors and tackled at the same time the heroic operations of their greatest enemy who was our late great martyr and champion Ahmed el Mansy specifically and the Egyptian army in general.

El Ekhteyar in seven episodes only became a huge threaten to these terrorists a matter that proved the effect of art and drama as a soft power that is sometimes more effective than dozens of destructive weapons.

Their severe anger from the series pushed them to commit another coward crime in the holy month of Ramadan !! those who describe themselves as the biggest defenders of Islam, what a paradox!! One Egyptian officer, a non-commissioned officer and eight other army soldiers announced killed and injured as a result of an explosive device blast which targeted an armored vehicle affiliated with the army on April 30.

The terrorist attack took place in Bir al-Abd city, in North Sinai. El Ekhteyar has became a thorn in the throats of these traitors so they wrongly thought that they will remove it by this coward attack.

As a result the Egyptian armed forces affirmed the continuation of its battle against terrorists to preserve the state’s security and stability.


Egypt has been countering terrorism and extremism ideologies over the past years and the series introduced us closely to these efforts that we didn’t know almost most of them.

El Ekhteyar is the first Egyptian series which managed to document and archive the several military operations that took place in Sinai against terrorists and the many Egyptian officers and soldiers who have martyred in the battle.

Each episode presents a patriotic lesson and a precious principal given by Mansy and his colleagues that shows the greatness of the Egyptian army. The series showed us the stories of three martyrs till now who are Aly ( Asser Yassin), Fathy ( Mohamed Emam) and ( Karim Mahmoud Abdel Aziz). ‘’ If I died tell my mother that your son was a real man’’ these were the last words uttered by great martyr Fathy.

The series is loaded with unforgettable moments that made us all clap our hands to the maestro of this series the great director Peter Mimi who made a national epic with every sense of the word.

El Ekhteyar shed the light on another types of champions who are the wives of these soldiers and officers. We see how Manar Mansy ( Sara Adel) the wife of the great Mansy was bearing the full responsibility of her children alone and hided that they were sick in order not to disturb her husband and make him fully concentrate on his great mission in Sinai.

Mansy was not just an ordinary officer but he was a leader with every sense of the word and this appeared from how he was keen to develop new military tactics like the one he did in episode 7 and resulted in a successful military operation.

Also his leadership skills were clear from the way he dealt with his soldiers and how he was keen to explain to them everything. Egyptian star Amir Karara brilliantly embodied the role of Mansy, portraying his great soul and introducing his noble thoughts.

This series tackled as well the Egyptian army's immortal principal that they must take the revenge of every martyr from those who killed him.

Army officer Aly (played by Asser Yassin), who partnered with Ahmed el-Mansy (Amir Karara) to get the right of their late colleagues and arrest the terrorists hiding in a farm in Sinai, where Aly sacrificed his life and became a martyr.

The docu-drama series brilliantly portrayed the endless chain of successful military operations performed by our great Egyptian Army.

The conversation that took place between Mansy and the terrorists’ leader revealed the difference between the logic of champions and the traitors.

Terrorists’ leader: If you come a bit closer I will detonate the explosive belt; both of us will die and you will go to hell.

Mansy: Use it then. I am sure I will go to heaven. You always say to your followers whom you deceive that you will go to heaven. Use it and let us see who will be in heaven.

Terrorists’ leader: why die together if we can live together?

Mansy: Come with me; we want you alive and if you killed tens of us, others will come to arrest you.

This is the main principal of the Egyptian soldiers; if some die, others complete the mission and others join anew.



"El-Ekhteyar" managed to grab the audiences' attention since the first scene. Unlike many other series whom you will find one or two master scenes in the whole series, each episode in ‘’ El Ekhteyar’’ has two or more master scenes.

The national epic series gave us a deep look at the life of the Egyptian army Legend, Mansy, that we all love, admire and respect but know nothing about his family, friends, personality or morals.


Mansy was the commander of the Thunderbolt Forces who was killed during the clashes between Egyptian army forces and militants as the army besieged groups of terrorists and foiled attacks that targeted a number of other checkpoints in the Rafah area in North Sinai in 2017.

"El Ekhteyar" introduces us to the human being deep inside this exceptional hero and why he was a Legend.

As the first episode of "El Ekhteyar" was very strong, the rest of the episodes continued in the same path, tackling more the human side of Mansy.






Producing this series, Synergy started a new era in the Arab drama production that will compete with the European and American productions.

El Ekhteyar clearly proved that Egypt will continue to combat terrorism with all its destructive weapons which are our great Egyptian army in addition to our soft power represented in art and drama.


The successful trio Karara, Mimi and Dewidar continues to dazzle us every year and whenever we say they achieved the maximum level of success, they prove to us that they have still much more to present, things that will always exceed all our expectations.


Karara reached a level of maturity that made him to master all the details of the character smoothly and brilliantly Dewidar wrote a symphony by all means and Mimi takes the Egyptian drama to a more advanced level that wasn’t presented before and starting the era of what we call docudrama as he mixed real content, photos and videos with the fictional one, plaiting them together in homogenous way.


Mimi rediscovered Egyptian star Ahmed El-Awady who surprised us by his amazing performance to the role of late terrorist Hisham Ashmawy. He is a talented actor but he reached his peak with Mimi in El Ekhteyar as he discovered in Awady new acting capabilities that I guess Awady himself knew nothing about before cooperating with Mimi.


"El Ekhteyar" houses a notable group of talented actors beside Karara and Awady such as Dina Fouad, Hanan Youssef, Sara Adel, Ahmed Fouad Selim, in addition to notable guests of honor such as Eyad Nassar, Mohamed Emam, Salah Abdallah , Mohamed Ragab, Karim Mahmoud Abdel Aziz, Asser Yassin, Amr Gamal, Maged el Masry, Ahmed Wafik, among others.

If they asked me to choose a name for this series I wouldn’t have found a more precise and significant word than El Ekhteyar or in other words the chance. This one word summarised the whole moral of the series which presented two characters who were raised in the same army, educated in the same military faculty ,swore the same oath of loyalty to their country but the first’s ( Mansy) Choice was to keep his oath and be the faithful great role model that we all look up to while the second ( Ashmawy) Choice was to walk in the betrayal path and reserved his place in the darkest part of our history. They both died and apparently had the same destiny but i guess that each is now in a completely different place.
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5/1/2020 3:23:41 PM
<![CDATA[Nigerian Afrobeat pioneer Tony Allen dies aged 79]]>
The Afrobeat sound, which rose to prominence in Nigeria in the 1970s, combined organ riffs with West African drum patterns and brass instruments. Allen’s drumming was a key part of the rhythmic structure that underpinned the fusion of jazz, funk and West African melodies.

Allen died on Wednesday evening in Paris of a heart attack, National Public Radio (NPR) cited his manager Eric Trosset as saying on Thursday.

“Farewell Tony! Your eyes saw what most couldn’t see. You are the coolest person on Earth! As you used to say, “There is no end,” Trosset said in a tribute posted on Facebook.

Allen recorded more than 30 albums with Kuti and his group, Africa ‘70, which fused jazz, funk and African traditional singing.

The songs were usually over 10 minutes long and Kuti’s lyrics were often angry diatribes against corruption, African dictators and Nigeria’s military regimes.





Kuti, who died in 1997, once said that “without Tony Allen, there would be no Afrobeat”.

In later years Allen worked with a broad range of artists including musician Brian Eno who referred to Allen “perhaps the greatest drummer who has ever lived”.

Reuters could not immediately reach Allen’s manager for comment.






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5/1/2020 1:37:59 PM
<![CDATA[Oprah, Julia Roberts lead 'Call to Unite' 24-hour global livestream]]>
“The Call to Unite,” starting on Friday at 8 p.m. ET (midnight GMT) and streamed globally on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and other social media platforms, hopes to support people who have lost loved ones to the coronavirus or who feel isolated, depressed or overwhelmed.

Classical musician Yo-Yo Ma, rapper Charlamagne tha God, the African Children’s Choir, lifestyle guru Marie Kondo and American pastor Rick Warren are also among those who will offer prayers, songs and inspirational messages, organizers said.

“As much as it may feel like it, no one is alone in this moment,” the organizers said in a statement, inviting people around the world to “join millions in solidarity over 24 powerful hours.”



The lievstream, one of several remotely produced events aimed at bringing people together during the pandemic, is organized by Tim Shriver, the chairman of the Special Olympics.

The Special Olympics, founded in 1968, provides year-round sports training for people with intellectual disabilities, but its programs have been put on hold due to the coronavirus.


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5/1/2020 1:34:37 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt's Min. of Tourism& Antiquities launches a video tour for wooden panels dating back to Fatimid Period]]>
It dates to the Fatimid Period in Egypt (5th century AH / 11th century AD MIA no. 3473)

These wooden panels once adorned the palaces of the Fatimid Caliphs on al-Mu’izz Street between Bab Zuwayla and Bab al-Futuh (Cairo’s then-city gates).

These palaces were decorated with scenes drawn from daily life such as hunting, playing music, dancing, and drinking.



wood one

The engraved decoration executed in several layers reflects the skill of Fatimid artisans. These panels were reused to decorate the huge architectural complex of Mamluk sultan al-Mansur Qalawun on al-Mu’izz street in 684 AH/ 1285 AD.


The Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, represented by the General Egyptian Authority for Tourism Promotion, is launching a promotional campaign to introduce the rituals of the holy month of Ramadan to the various tourist destinations in Egypt.

This will be held under the slogan "Experience Ramadan from Home" on all the official social media platforms of the ministry and the Tourism Promotion Authority.

Head of the General Egyptian Authority for Tourism Promotion Ahmed Youssef explained that this campaign aims to introduce the unique atmosphere of Ramadan in Egypt to the Arab and international audiences, and to shed light on the celebrations that fill the Egyptian streets, homes, hotels and cafes, inviting the world to enjoy these places after the return of the tourism movement.

The president of the commission indicated that video clips of ancient Egyptian dishes will be presented every Saturday, starting May 2.

Youssef pointed out that the campaign presents diverse content using various presentation methods, to make sure the campaign attracts multiple segments of the international, Arab and local audiences.

This content provides information on the benefits of fasting, and information about the various Islamic monuments through riddles, which allow more communication and interaction with the public.

The campaign also presents short stories on the origins of lanterns in Egypt and stories from the Museum of Islamic Art.

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5/1/2020 1:26:45 PM
<![CDATA[To Watch Or Not To Watch]]>CAIRO - 1 May 2020: A week into Ramadan and people are still unsure about what TV drama to follow and which one to avoid and we at Egypt Today have tried to round up a small collection of Ramadan series that we have been evaluating after seven episodes.


W Neheb Tany Leih (Why Would We Fall in Love Again?)


W Neheb Tany Leih (Why Do We Fall in Love Again?) has to be one of the best series on offer this Ramadan, away from actions, drugs and murder W Neheb Tany Leih (Why Do We Fall in Love Again?) is a simple boy meets girl love triangle that is a mixture of light comedy and romance. Ghalyea played by Yasmine Abdel Aziz suddenly finds herself alone with her daughter after her husband Abdallah played by Sherif Moneer decides that he is bored of being married and divorced her. Ghalyea moves in with her mother and grandmother played by the exceptional duo of Sawsan Badr and Laila Ezz El-Arab who both dislike and distrust men and keen for Ghalyea to remain single. But this seems unlikely as Ghalyea starts to fall in love with the suave Murad played by Karim Fahmy but its clear that the path of love will not run smoothly for the pair.


Rating; 9/10


Verdict: Definitely worth following and sticking to it for many factors that make it a must watch. At a time when we are stuck at home with so many uncertainties, you want to unwind with something light but provides an escape from our reality and who does not like a romantic comedy? Also the dialogue between the four female generations is written with such a way that every person can relate to the conversation between them as we have all endured a similar family setting. Finally the theme song of the series sang by Medhat Saleh is one of the best theme songs this Ramadan its relevant, catchy and will stay in people's memory well beyond Ramadan.


Layalina 80 (Our Nights)


The series began with the assassination of the Egyptian President Anwar El Sadat in 1981 which coincides with a car accident that tears two family apart as the taxi driver Radhi played by Muhammad Adel loses his leg and the passenger Jameela loses her eye sight leaving both mothers seeking revenge on one another.

Layalina stars Ghada Adel, Eyad Nassar, Khaled El-Sawy, and Sabrine.


Rating :7/10


Verdict : Although the series has great potential but the slow pace of action is disengaging viewers as many are turning away but it is worth pursuing as the story has yet to fully unravel and the superb portrayal of the broken mother of Sabrine is definitely a joy to watch, coupled with Khaled el Sawy's acting of the widow who still lives with the memory of his deceased wife as though she is still present. The return of Ghada Adel to the TV screen is another factor to stick with the TV series and of course the presence of Eyad Nassar who has proven time and time again that any role he takes on he excels in.


Al-Fetewa (The Strong Man)

The series is set during the era of the fetewas (leaders of alleys) in Egypt during the 1850s, in the world of ghettos and shabby neighborhoods which were controlled by a group of thugs who bore the responsibility of the people. Yasser Galal is the disguised warrior who defends the poor against the rich, often fighting his childhood friend Ahmed Salah Hosni. The series also stars Naglaa Badr, Mai Omar, Riyad El-Kholy, Ahmed Khalil, Hanady Mahanna, Ahmed Khaled Saleh, and Laila Ahmed Zaher.


Rating; 7/10


Verdict: The series grabs the viewers attention and keeps you entertained, therefore its one to keep watching not just of the factor of good versus evil but for the love story that is about to unfold between Mai Omar and Yasser Galal


Kheyanat Ahd (Ahd’s Betrayal)

As we are accustomed to most of Yousra's TV drama in the past, the plot follows the same pattern of the good , loving Yousra who is wronged and betrayed by people around her. Ahd is a woman whose life revolves around her family as she tries to protect and help them yet they are plotting against her without her knowledge. The series stars Hala Shiha, Khaled Anwar, Abeer Sabry and Hanady Mehana.


Rating: 6/10

Verdict: it's a difficult to form an opinion pertaining to Kheyanat Ahd because there is nothing new in the series, the plot, characterization and dialogue is very familiar to the previous series that Yousra performed in collaboration with Al-Adel Group .

Yet our verdict is to carry on watching it for the same reason, familiarity makes the viewer more comfortable because he/she can predicts what will happen and even the potential ending, it's a safe viewing with no surprises so when the series ends you won't be disappointed because you know beforehand the plot finale.

Yousra's TV series are akin to a marriage relationship that is dictated by routine and out of habit because it represents a safe option for the bored couples to stay together and watch, that explains why the viewers will keep on watching Yousra TV series. One positive aspect that should keep the viewers entertained is the theme song of Ahd sang by the popular Mustafa Hagag, it's certainly one of the better theme songs that are on offer this year.


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5/1/2020 12:58:28 PM
<![CDATA[The war has just started in 'El-Brince' series ]]>
Zaher uploaded a picture uniting him with Ramadan on his official Instagram account, commenting, “The war has just started!”

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The events of the sixth episode of the series, broadcast on the DMC and DMC DRAMA channels during the holy month of Ramadan, witnessed the attempt of Fathi [Ahmed Zaher] to sit with his brothers to convince their younger sister Nora [Reem Sami] that they were joking when they thought about murdering Radwan el-Brince [Mohamed Ramadan].

Nevertheless, Nora managed to reach Radwan el-Brince and inform him of the murderous plot his siblings set for him, asking him to look out for himself and his family. Radwan, however, did not take the news seriously.

Radwan el-Brince went to his wife’s family house, to reconcile with his wife Lubna [Naglaa Badr]. On their way back home, he told Lubna that he will break his father’s will, in order to be able to give his siblings their rights. This gained Lubna’s liking.

The series revolves around Radwan el-Brince, whose character is embodied by star Mohammed Ramadan. Radwan works as a plumber in his father's workshop. He finds himself responsible for his family after the death of his parents, which results in problems with his six siblings.

The series is written and directed by Mohammed Sami. The series stars Mohamed Ramadan, Nour, Ahmed Zaher, Rogina, Naglaa Badr, Edward, Donia Abdel Aziz, Abdel Aziz Makhyoun, Reem Sami, Salwa Othman, Mohamed Alaa, Safa el-Toukhy, Mohamed Hatem, Rehab el-Gamal, Hazem Ehab and Ahmed Dash. It is produced by Synergy.






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4/30/2020 5:03:51 PM
<![CDATA[Naseer Shamma provides online workshops for Arab House of Oud graduates]]>CAIRO - 30 April 2020: Iraqi oud master Naseer Shamma was keen to continue holding workshops, preparing science discussions and exchanging information online on a monthly basis for all the graduates of the Arab House of Oud.

This comes among the precautionary measures implemented in Egypt to battle the novel coronavirus.

Naseer Shamma was born in Kut, Iraq in 1963. Sahib Hussain al-Namus taught Shamma his first oud lesson. He graduated from the Institute of Musical Studies in Baghdad in 1987. Then, he specialized in playing oud.

The year of his graduation, Shamma won the Best Composition Award in Iraq for a romantic song. He presented his first concert at the first Arab Music Forum in France with a group of leading Iraqi musicians.

Shamma currently runs the Arab House of Oud in Cairo at the ancient house of Al-Harawi in Historic Cairo. It is a project he established to teach the specifications of a solo oud player.

This is in addition to his supervision of the branch of the Arab House of Oud, which opened in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates in 2007, and the Arab House of Oud in Constantine Algeria and the Arab House of Oud in Alexandria Library in 2011.

Shamma has received many awards and performed many musical concerts in many countries around the world.





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4/30/2020 4:28:18 PM
<![CDATA[U.S. FAA probing runway incident involving actor Harrison Ford - media]]>
There was no danger of a crash in the incident that occurred last week at an airport in southern California, according to an FAA statement cited by the New York Times.

A publicist for Ford told media the actor misheard a radio instruction from the air traffic controller (ATC).

“He immediately acknowledged the mistake and apologized to ATC for the error,” Ina Treciokas, Ford’s publicist, said.

“The purpose of the flight was to maintain currency and proficiency in the aircraft. No one was injured and there was never any danger of a collision.”

The planes had come within 1,100 meters of each other at the Hawthorne airport in Los Angeles last Friday.

The actor, who played swashbuckling space smuggler Han Solo in the “Star Wars” film franchise, was at the controls of a two-seat Aviat Husky light plane in the incident.

Ford, 77, had also come under investigation in 2017 after he mistakenly flew his single-engine private plane over an American Airlines passenger jet and landed on a taxiway, rather than a runway, at John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana.

The FAA did not discipline the actor over that incident, but asked him to complete awareness training.]]>
4/30/2020 4:22:30 PM
<![CDATA[India's Bollywood star Rishi Kapoor, 67, dies of leukemia]]>
Kapoor, 67, the scion of a famed film industry family, is survived by his wife and two children, and had been diagnosed with cancer in 2018.

“He remained jovial and determined to live to the fullest right through two years of treatment across two continents,” the family said in a statement.

The actor had moved to New York for treatment soon after the cancer was detected, returning to his hometown of Mumbai last September.

Kapoor’s death followed that on Wednesday of another Indian actor, Irrfan Khan, 54, who had roles in films such as “Life of Pi” and “Jurassic World”, and who also suffered from cancer.

Kapoor’s family urged his fans, who under normal circumstances would have been expected to pour onto the streets to mourn him, to follow novel coronavirus social-distancing rules.

“There are numerous restrictions around movement and gathering in public. We would like to request all his fans and well-wishers and friends of the family to please respect the laws that are in force,” the family said.

Kapoor came from a family of actors.

His grandfather, Prithviraj Kapoor, father Raj Kapoor, brothers Randhir and Rajeev, and his son, nieces and nephews have all played roles in films.

He made his debut at the age of 16, playing a younger version of his father’s character in the 1970 film “Mera Naam Joker” (My Name is Joker), and later made a name for himself as a fresh-faced romantic hero.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he was anguished by Kapoor’s death.

“Multifaceted, endearing and lively ... this was Rishi Kapoor Ji. He was a powerhouse of talent,” Modi said on Twitter.]]>
4/30/2020 2:32:17 PM
<![CDATA[Lies and deception in 5th episode of 'Forsa Tania']]>
Ziad suggests that Sherine helps him reconnect with Malak, as if he was meeting her for the first time. Ziad begins recalling all his memories with Malak.



Reham was taken to the hospital after trying to commit suicide at Ziad's house. Her father Rushdi (Ashraf Zaki) threatens Ziad at the hospital.

Karim (Omar el-Shennawy) meets Malak and confesses he loves her. She responds that what he feels is nothing more than gratitude.

Ziad goes to Malak's house to meet her father and inform him of what he intends to do, but suddenly Malak returns home.



Medhat (Diab) comes out of the investigations after his lawyer played a recording of the purchase of a defective car in the name of a deceased dealer who does not exist.

Maryam (Heba Magdy) goes to her husband at the car agency and finds him sitting with a girl. After returning home, he beats her because she went out without permission and threatens to jail her if she asks for divorce again.



“Forsa Tania” is broadcast daily on CBC and DMC channels. The series is directed by Morqus Adel and produced by Synergy. It stars Yasmine Sabry, Ahmed Magdy, Ayten Amer, Heba Magdy, Diab, Edward, Mahmoud el-Bezzawy, Heba Abdul Ghani, Sarah el-Shami, Mohammed Abu Dawood, Ahmed el-Shami, Nihal Anbar, Omar el-Shennawi, Mohammad Gomaa and Tamim Abdo.









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4/29/2020 4:27:40 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt’s Ministry of Culture presents a spiritual evening on April 30]]>
The spiritual evening will be available on the ministry’s official YouTube channel. The digital initiative brings together the Cairo Opera Orchestra, led by maestro Sherif Mohy el-Din, and the Abdel Halim Nowera Arab Music Ensemble led by maestro Salah Ghobashi.

The evening presents selected religious works, performed by Ajfan, Ayat Farouk, Howaida Salah, Soma, Reham Abdel Hakim, Mai Farouk, Mohsen Farouk and Abdullah al-Ruwaished.

At 9:30 p.m., a lecture from the “Start Your Dream” workshop will be broadcast, preceded by a new episode of "Fawazeer Cinema Masr" at 5 p.m.

It is worth noting that Egyptian Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem is launching the theatrical initiative "Laugh - Think - Know", implemented by the Theater House headed by Ismail Mukhtar.

The Theater House is represented by “Al-Mowajaha” Theatrical group led by Sameh Basyouni, and the National Theater group led by Ihab Fahmy.

The initiative aims to present ten short recorded plays in the first stage. Filmed by Ayman Mostafa and inspired by the short stories of Russian author Anton Chekhov, the plays are 20-50 minutes each.

This comes within the framework of the ministry’s e-initiative “Stay At Home. Culture Is Between Your Hands”, and will be available on the ministry’s official YouTube channel.
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4/29/2020 3:55:33 PM
<![CDATA[Irrfan Khan, Indian actor in 'Life of Pi', dies of cancer aged 54]]>
His death, after a prolonged battle with cancer, was confirmed by a spokesman who said Khan was surrounded by family at the time. He is survived by his wife and two children.

“He fought the many battles that came with it,” the spokesman said in a statement, referring to the diagnosis of Khan’s rare cancer in 2018.

Khan was among the first Indian actors to make a consistent mark in Western cinema, following in the footsteps of crossover pioneers such as Saeed Jaffrey, Roshan Seth and Om Puri.

“An incredible talent,” said Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan, among the tributes on Twitter that followed Khan’s death. “A gracious colleague. A prolific contributor to the world of cinema .. left us too soon creating a huge vacuum.”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also expressed his condolences.

“Irrfan Khan’s demise is a loss to the world of cinema and theatre. He will be remembered for his versatile performances across different mediums,” Modi said in a tweet.

BOLLYWOOD SLOW TO EMBRACE HIM

Born Sahabzade Irfan Ali Khan in the western desert state of Rajasthan, in a family with no ties to the cinema, the actor recalled in interviews that as children, he and his siblings were not allowed to watch movies.

The only exception was when a visiting uncle took them to the theatre. Inspired by India’s arthouse cinema of the 1980s Khan decided to make a career in the field and moved to New Delhi to study theatre.

He then moved to Mumbai in search of acting jobs, but the Bollywood films of the 1990s did not present opportunities for the understated acting that Khan favoured.

Khan worked in serials for Indian television for close to a decade and sought bit parts in films.

In 2001, as he was close to giving up, British filmmaker Asif Kapadia offered him the lead role in “The Warrior”. The film won a BAFTA for Best British Film and was Britain’s entry to the Oscars. It also opened the doors to Hollywood, which appreciated Khan long before Bollywood claimed him.

He went on to act in indie hits such as Mira Nair’s “The Namesake” based on Jhumpa Lahiri’s book as well as more popular fare, including “Jurassic World”.

In “The Namesake”, he won praise for his sensitive portrayal of a man who moves to the United States and grapples with the crises of identity that first-generation immigrants can face.

Khan acted in filmmaker Ritesh Batra’s debut, “The Lunchbox”. An intimate story about a cantankerous man and the woman who mistakenly sends him her husband’s lunch box one day, the film won worldwide acclaim, including in India.

In March 2018, Khan announced that he had been diagnosed with a neuroendrocrine tumour. He subsequently returned from London, where he was being treated, and shot a film “Angrezi Medium” (English Medium), which released in Indian cinemas last month.

Khan was absent during promotions and had not been seen in public since news of his diagnosis.]]>
4/29/2020 3:50:54 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt’s Min. of tourism & antiquities launches promotional campaign #ExperienceRamadanFromHome]]>
This will be held under the slogan "Experience Ramadan from Home" on all the official social media platforms of the ministry and the Tourism Promotion Authority.

Head of the General Egyptian Authority for Tourism Promotion Ahmed Youssef explained that this campaign aims to introduce the unique atmosphere of Ramadan in Egypt to the Arab and international audiences, and to shed light on the celebrations that fill the Egyptian streets, homes, hotels and cafes, inviting the world to enjoy these places after the return of the tourism movement.

The president of the commission indicated that video clips of ancient Egyptian dishes will be presented every Saturday, starting May 2.

Youssef pointed out that the campaign presents diverse content using various presentation methods, to make sure the campaign attracts multiple segments of the international, Arab and local audiences.

This content provides information on the benefits of fasting, and information about the various Islamic monuments through riddles, which allow more communication and interaction with the public.

The campaign also presents short stories on the origins of lanterns in Egypt and stories from the Museum of Islamic Art.


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4/29/2020 3:46:34 PM
<![CDATA['Extraction': A condensed dosage of action]]>CAIRO – 28 April 2020: On April 24 Netflix released its latest productions, which is the action movie ''Extraction''.

Tyler Rake (Chris Hemsworth), a black-market mercenary and former Australian Special Air Service Regiment soldier, is recruited by fellow mercenary Nik Khan (Golshifteh Farahani) to rescue Ovi Mahajan Junior (Rudhraksh Jaiswal), the son of India's biggest drug lord Ovi Mahajan Senior (Pankaj Tripathi), from Dhaka, Bangladesh because he is held for ransom by Bangladesh's biggest drug lord, Amir Asif (Priyanshu Painyuli).

While Tyler was in the process of extracting Ovi from his kidnappers, Saju (Randeep Hooda), a former Special Forces soldier and Ovi's father, chief henchman, kills Tyler's teammates and attempts to bring the boy back, doing so in fear of his family being killed by Ovi Mahajan senior and in order to avoid paying the substantial ransom money, which neither he nor Ovi's junior father can afford.


As a result Asif calls for an immediate lockdown of Dhaka, Tayler found himself fighting with the police, Asif and his men in addition to Saju.

"Extraction" is an AGBO Films and TGIM Films Inc. production; it is produced by Joe Russo, Anthony Russo, Mike Larocca, Chris Hemsworth, Eric Gitter, and Peter Schwerin. The action-packed thriller contains a very condensed dosage of action scenes, which despite being well-executed, negatively affected the movie's dialogue and plot.

The movie's director of photography did a great job mastering the camera movement, achieving the difficult equation between preserving the rapid pace of such an action film and making every scene clear to the audience. Other action films are very fast paced to the extent that you don’t know who is fighting with whom, which is a common mistake in a number of action movies.

First-time director Sam Hargrave relies mainly on his experience as a stunt coordinator for several of the Marvel movies. His great experience helped him in making to the point action scenes but nothing is extraordinary, catchy or dazzling.

Chris Hemsworth had a good chance in this movie to stretch his acting chops a bit, although the role doesn’t require high acting capabilities, but needed fitness for the execution of the different action scenes.

The good acting performance of Hemsworth only appeared in his two scenes with Rudhraksh Jaiswal; the first was when he opened his heart to him about how he lost his only son for cancer and the second was when he asked him to go to the helicopter and leave him to die.

Both Hemsworth and Jaiswal managed to make us feel the emotions that were born between them and the fatherly feelings that Tyler felt towards Ovi.

The young actor Rudhraksh Jaiswal's performance was good but his role didn't require strong acting skills as well.

His master scene away from Hemsworth was after he killed Tyler’s friend, who wanted to kill him to take $10 million from Amir Asif. The sorrow, sadness, shock and grief that were clear on his face showed that we are in front of a promising actor who will have a bright future.

The weakest point in the movie was the traditional plot that needed more details, as it was vague in some points.

The movie makers didn’t pay the needed attention to the plot maybe because they focused on the action dosage. But, in order to have a good action movie, you should have a much stronger plot.
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4/28/2020 6:14:09 PM
<![CDATA[World awaits opening of Grand Egyptian Museum]]>
Forbes mentioned that museum lovers had to postpone visits to the Grand Egyptian Museum until the end of the COVID-19 epidemic. The American magazine highlighted that the museum’s opening was one of the most anticipated international art events in 2020.

The famed magazine pointed out that while the museum’s opening was postponed until early 2021, the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities is offering virtual tours on Instagram to the most prominent monuments around the country, where one can tour archaeological sites such as the tomb of Miho in Saqqara and the Pyramid of Djoser as well as many museum exhibitions.

The magazine added that for the lovers of ancient Egypt, the opening of the Grand Egyptian Museum is worth the wait, explaining that the prominent billion-dollar landmark includes artifacts collected by Howard Carter from the tomb of King Tutankhamen in 1922, in addition to thousands of treasures that had not been showcased before.

Furthermore, the magazine pointed out that the enormous size of the museum (50,000 square meters) means that visitors may have to set aside more than half a day that most tour operators are currently devoting to the Tahrir Museum in Cairo, where Tutankhamun's treasure once existed.

Although the remains of King Tut have been transferred to the Grand Egyptian Museum, the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir, which was built in 1902, many years before the discovery of Tut, will remain a gem in itself.

In addition, the magazine pointed out that the tour operators deal creatively with the postponement of the opening of the Grand Egyptian Museum and the reopening of other Egyptian sites, where visitors will have the opportunity to stand between the feet of the Sphinx, listen to a lecture and dine with Tawfik, the man who supervised the construction and planning stages for the new museum complex.


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4/28/2020 5:14:28 PM
<![CDATA[Bus-stop art gallery lifts spirits in lockdown London]]>
A hand-written sign with an Instagram handle encourages kids and adults alike to contribute submissions, with the wall of the bus stop covered in drawings depicting things such as a unicorn, flowers and rainbows, which have come to symbolise positivity and solidarity with Britain’s health workers during the outbreak.

Sarah Lamarr, a part time teacher and mother of 4-year-old Rosie, started the gallery when she woke up the day after Britain’s coronavirus lockdown began and realised she would be stuck inside indefinitely with only a bland bus stop to look at.

“I just wanted to do something to brighten it up so I didn’t have to look at a grey bus stop for the next however-long,” she told Reuters.

Lamarr said she felt like the protagonist of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1954 thriller Rear Window, which stars James Stewart as an injured photographer who watches his neighbours after he is confined to his flat with a broken leg.

“If you have a bus stop near you I would really encourage anyone to do the same because it’s just a really lovely thing to have in your community,” she said.

“If you are stuck in a first floor, second floor flat with no garden with kids, it’s just a great thing to watch out the window.”

One picture of flowers was accompanied with a message saying “Let’s focus on the positive” while another drawing of a Superman costume said “Thank You Heroes” and listed roles which frontline workers are continuing to carry out.

Several locals who saw the artworks on the bus stop in west London, near Turnham Green, said it had improved their mood.

“People definitely need to see these messages and it just adds colour and a bit of fun and a bit of brightness to what otherwise could be a tough day for somebody,” said Vicky Leviten, a child minder and local resident.

“I think it just lifts the spirits, it’s fabulous.”]]>
4/28/2020 4:34:30 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt’s min. of culture launches 'Laugh - Think - Know' theatrical e-initiative]]>
The Theater House is represented by “Al-Mowagafa” Theatrical group led by Sameh Basyouni, and the National Theater group led by Ihab Fahmy.

The initiative aims to present ten short recorded plays in the first stage. Filmed by Ayman Mostafa and inspired by the short stories of Russian author Anton Chekhov, the plays are 20-50 minutes each.

This comes within the framework of the ministry’s e-initiative “Stay At Home, Culture Is Between Your Hands”, and will be available on the ministry’s official YouTube channel.

“The initiative will also include an explanation of Chekov's approach and an analysis of the theatrical works and their implications, in order to achieve the goal of the initiative embodied in its slogan (Laugh - think - know),” said Abdel Dayem.

The plays are performed by some of the most prominent Egyptian literary and artistic symbols, including great director Galal el-Sharkawy, Samir el-Asfouri, Sanaa Shafea, Essam el-Sayed, Fahmy el-Khouly and others.

Abdel Dayem confirmed that their participation enriches the initiative and adds to the work of the National Theater. She added that the chosen stories convey many positive messages that contribute to the spread of lofty ideals and values.

She explained that Egypt's rediscovery for the works of international literature reflects Egypt's openness to various cultures.


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4/28/2020 3:48:44 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt's Min.of Tourism&Antiquities organizes a tour for a wooden door dating back to Muhammad Ali Dynasty]]>CAIRO - 28 April 2020: Egypt's Min.of Tourism&Antiquities organized a guided tour for a wooden door dating back to Muhammad Ali Dynasty (13th century AH / 19th century AD).




This door is one of the masterpieces from the Ottoman era, and counts among the largest silver-plated doors in the whole world. It bears the name of the artist who made it, Yahudah Aslan.

This door was brought in to the Museum of Islamic Art from the Mosque of al-Sayyidah Zaynab. It is a vivid testimony of Muslim tolerance towards adherents of other faiths, as well as the perfection reached by non-Muslim artisans in incorporating Islamic motifs in their artifacts.

Gihan Nabil ‎‏‎from the learning center of the Grand Egyptian Museum and the tour guide Dina Ezz Aldin provided the explanation to this tour and Media Hub produced it.]]>
4/28/2020 1:10:54 AM
<![CDATA[El Ekhteyar Ep 3: The right of the martyr ]]>
This episode tackled the Egyptian army's immortal principal that they must take every martyr's revenge from those who killed him.

The episode's martyr was army officer Aly (played by Asser Yassin), who partnered with Ahmed el-Mansy (Amir Karara) to avenge their colleagues, who were killed in a terrorist attack and arrest the terrorists hiding in a farm in Sinai.

Aly sacrificed his life and became a martyr in the endless chain of successful military operations performed by our great Egyptian Army.

The conversation that took place between Mansy and the terrorists’ leader revealed the difference between the logic of champions and the traitors:

Terrorists’ leader: If you come a bit closer I will detonate the explosive belt; both of us will die and you will go to hell.

Mansy: Use it then. I am sure I will go to heaven. You always say to your followers whom you deceive that you will go to heaven. Use it and let us see who will be in heaven.

Terrorists’ leader: why die together if we can live together?

Mansy: Come with me; we want you alive and if you killed tens of us, others will come to arrest you.

This is the main principal of the Egyptian soldiers; if some die, others complete the mission and others join anew.

Each episode of "El-Ekhteyar" presents a lesson and a precious principal that show the greatness of the Egyptian army.

"El-Ekhteyar" managed to grab the audiences' attention since the first episode.

The national epic series tells the story of the Egyptian army Legend, Ahmed el-Mansy, that we all love, admire and respect but know nothing about his family, friends, personality or morals.


Mansy was the commander of the Thunderbolt Forces who was killed during the clashes between Egyptian army forces and militants as the army besieged groups of terrorists and foiled attacks that targeted a number of other checkpoints in the Rafah area in North Sinai in 2017.

"El-ekhteyar" introduces us to the human being deep inside this exceptional hero and why he was a Legend.

As the first episode of "El-ekhteyar" was very strong, the second and the third continued in the same path, tackling more the human side of Mansy.




"El-ekhteyar" series is written by Baher Dewidar, directed by Peter Mimi and produced by Synergy. Amir Karara, Dina Fouad, Hanan Youssef, Dina Adel, Ahmed Fouad Selim co-star in addition to notable guests of honor such as Eyad Nassar, Mohamed Emam, Salah Abdallah , Mohamed Ragab, Karim Mahmoud Abdel Aziz, Asser Yassin, Amr Gamal, Maged el Masry among others.

Producing this series, Synergy started a new era in the Arab drama production that will compete with the European and American productions.




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4/27/2020 5:43:30 PM
<![CDATA[Hungarian couple recreate scenes from 'Game of Thrones', 'Ghost' during lockdown]]>
The couple’s photos quickly went viral on social media, and now they just can’t stop, coming up every day with new ideas.

“Inspiration struck when we were in the kitchen cooking,” said Norbert Hosszu, 30, as he prepared to put on a wig to act out a scene in which Tyrion Lannister pours himself a glass of red wine at his wedding in the “Game of Thrones”.

His partner, Fanni Kovacs, 26, said she had been making dough for potato scones when she remembered a scene from the film “Ghost” with Demi Moore kneading clay and Patrick Swayze embracing her from behind.

The couple, who used to work as improvisation actors before the coronavirus crisis hit, quickly recreated the scene in their kitchen using the scone dough. Viewers now write to them asking for more, and also ask for scenes from specific movies.

“Fanni and I have always liked to dress up, and when we were at university we went to a lot of costume parties. And of course we both love movies and work with theatre,” Norbert said.]]>
4/27/2020 4:12:20 PM
<![CDATA[Competition programs bring stars together in Ramadan 2020]]>
For the first time, Egypt's famed super star Ahmed el-Sakka presents "Eghleb el-Sakka" program [Beat el-Sakka], in which he competes with numerous stars. Each episode presents sports competitions between Sakka and one of the stars.

For a full hour, the guest competes with Sakka in many ways. At the end of each episode, the winner donates the financial sums that he/she earned to a charitable organization.

In addition, there is a daily competition for the audience, where they have to answer a question to win L.E 100,000. The program is presented by Razan Maghrabi.

Renowned actor and media personality Samir Sabry presents the "Black and White" competitions program on the Egyptian TV, and for the first time, Hana el-Zahed presents "Hazar Fazar".

It is worth mentioning that Sabry was the first to present competition programs in Egypt.





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4/27/2020 4:03:23 PM
<![CDATA['El-Nehaya’ scriptwriter: we present entertainment through science fiction ]]>
The first Egyptian science fiction series' events take place in the future, in the year 2120.
The Israeli Foreign Ministry issued a statement declaring that the series is completely unacceptable especially that the two countries, Egypt and Israel, signed a peace treaty 41 years ago.

In the first episode of the series, Zain (Youssef el-Sherif) tells his students about “the war to liberate Jerusalem,” which he says occurred less than 100 years after Israel had been founded in 1948, adding that the Israeli Jews returned to their countries of origin in Europe.

Scriptwriter of the series, Amr Samir Atef, commented on the ministry's statement in a phone call with the Egyptian Extra News channel, "We present meaningful entertainment through this science fiction series. That’s why all the possibilities were on the table. All the possibilities were considered but the Israeli reaction, which I do not care about at all, was not."

Atef added that there is mutual understanding between him and lead actor of the series, Youssef el-Sherif, expressing his happiness that they presented the first science fiction experience in Egypt and the Arab world and that it received praise.

Atef praised the role played by series producer Tamer Mursi and said, "Tamer Mursi is a prominent producer and knows how to choose his projects. He supported the series greatly."



Israel always defends freedom of speech and art. Hence, it is strange to condemn the events of a science fiction series and deny the scriptwriter the right to imagine the future world the way he likes.

"El-Nehaya" has nothing to do with the peace treaty signed between Egypt and Israel 41 years ago and is not considered a violation to it. It is just a science fiction series that totally depends on the scriptwriter’s imagination, which has nothing to do with politics or Egypt's international treaties.

Egyptian series "El Nehaya" managed to grab the audiences' attention since the first episode and are trending on Twitter.

Since the first episode of "El-Nehaya", we found ourselves watching a new type of drama not only in the Egyptian drama, but in the Arab drama as well. Being the first Egyptian and Arab science fiction series, the series used the latest techniques.

The leading production company, Synergy, stands behind this massive production that is taking the Egyptian drama to a different level.

Youssef el-Sherif embodied brilliantly the role of engineer Zain, who cares about the energy problem that will hit the world in 2120, the year the series' incidents are taking place.

In 2019, CEO of United for Media Services Tamer Mursi signed a contract with megastar Youssef El-Sherif to produce El-Nehaya. The promo of the much-anticipated series garnered thousands of views and managed to grab worldwide attention, with several international media outlets writing about the series which uses the latest international techniques but manages to preserve its Egyptian spirit and taste.

Co-starring with El-Sherif are Amr Abdel Geliel, Ahmed Wafik, Nahed El-Sebaie, Sahar el Saygeh among others. "El-Nehaya" is written by Amr Samir Atef and directed by Yasser Samy.




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4/27/2020 3:51:55 PM
<![CDATA[National, religious evenings in Cairo Opera's Ramadan program]]>
The ministry’s official YouTube channel will broadcast a religious evening for the Cairo Opera Orchestra, led by maestro Sherif Mohy el-Din, with Abdel Halim Nowera Arab Music Ensemble, led by maestro Salah Ghobashi.

The Cairo Opera will present musical compositions prepared by Gamal Salama and performed by Taghrid, Ajfan, Ayat Farouk, Howaida Salah, Soma, Reham Abdel Hakim, Mai Farouk, Mohsen Farouk and Abdullah Al-Ruwaished.

Also, an artistic celebration of the anniversary of the tenth of Ramadan's victories will be presented by Reham Abdel-Hakim, Mai Farouk, Samah Abbas with the children's choir. This is in addition to an evening with the renowned musician Omar Khairat.

Moreover, the sacred trilogy includes one of the most important works of Umm Kulthum, written by Saleh Gawdat, composed by Riyad Al-Sonbati, performed by the musical band led by Maestro Salah Ghobashi, with the participation of singers Amal Maher, Mai Farouk, Reham Abdel Hakim, Ayat Farouk, Walid Kamal, Mohamed Sultan and Omniah Samir.

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4/27/2020 3:16:51 PM