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Amwal Al Ghad English - 2014-03-11 09:46:33
"Charlie and the Chocolate Factory", the new musical based on Roald Dahl's novel, and a revival of the Stephen Sondheim and Harold Prince 1981 box-office flop "Merrily We Roll Along" received seven nominations each on Monday for the 2014 Olivier Awards. Three other U.S. imports, the smash hit "The Book of Mormon" by "South Park" creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker, "The Scottsboro Boys" based on the notorious Alabama trial of nine teenage blacks accused of rape, and "Once", a musical version of the eponymous film, got six each, including for best new musical. "It's been an extraordinary year for London theatre," Mark Rubinstein, president of the Society of London Theatre, said at a ceremony packed with theatre celebrities to announce the nominations for the awards. The winners will be named at the Royal Opera House on April 13. Rubinstein said the London stage had seen 46 revivals, 19 new plays, seven new comedies and nine new musicals produced in the last year, which he said secured the British capital's position as one of the world's great theatre centers. More»
Amwal Al Ghad English - 2014-03-09 08:53:03
Three Arab countries have banned the Hollywood film "Noah" on religious grounds even before its worldwide premiere and several others are expected to follow suit, a representative of Paramount Pictures told Reuters on Saturday. Islam frowns upon representing holy figures in art and depictions of the Prophet Mohammad in European and North American media have repeatedly sparked deadly protests in Islamic countries over the last decade, fanning cultural tensions with the West. "Censors for Qatar, Bahrain and the UAE (United Arab Emirates) officially confirmed this week that the film will not release in their countries," a representative of Paramount Pictures, which produced the $125 million film starring Oscar-winners Russell Crowe and Anthony Hopkins, told Reuters. "The official statement they offered in confirming this news is because 'it contradicts the teachings of Islam'," the representative said, adding the studio expected a similar ban in Egypt, Jordan and Kuwait. The film will premiere in the United States on March 28. Noah, who in the Bible's Book of Genesis built the ark that saved his family and many pairs of animals from a great flood, is revered by Judaism, Christianity and Islam. An entire chapter in the Koran is devoted to him. Cairo's Al-Azhar, the highest authority of Sunni Islam and a main center of Islamic teaching for over a millennium, issued a fatwa, or religious injunction, against the film on Thursday. "Al-Azhar ... renews its objection to any act depicting the messengers and prophets of God and the companions of the Prophet (Mohammad), peace be upon him," it announced in a statement. They "provoke the feelings of believers ... and are forbidden in Islam and a clear violation of Islamic law," the fatwa added. Mel Gibson's 2004 film "The Passion of the Christ" on Jesus's crucifixion was widely screened in the Arab World, despite a flurry of objections by Muslim clerics. A 2012 Arab miniseries "Omar" on the exploits of a seventh century Muslim ruler and companion of the Prophet Mohammad also managed to defy clerics' objections and air on a Gulf-based satellite television channel. PROTESTS The publication of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad in a Danish newspaper in 2006 touched off riots in the Middle East, Africa and Asia in which at least 50 people died. A 2012 amateur Youtube video deriding Mohammad produced in California stoked protests throughout the region, and may have contributed to a deadly militant raid in Libya which killed the U.S. ambassador and three other American staff. "Noah," whose official video trailer depicts a burly Crowe wielding an axe and computer-animated geysers swamping an army of sinners hoping to board his ark, has also stoked religious controversy at home. Jerry A. Johnson, president of a conservative National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) group, said last month he wanted to "make sure everyone who sees this impactful film knows this is an imaginative interpretation of Scripture, and not literal." Paramount responded by agreeing to issue a disclaimer on advertising for the film. "While artistic license has been taken, we believe that this film is true to the essence, values and integrity of a story that is a cornerstone of faith for millions of people worldwide," the advisory reads. More»
Amwal AL Ghad Engish - 2014-03-03 07:57:19
The slavery drama "12 Years a Slave" won the Academy Award for best picture on Sunday, making history as the first movie from a black director to win the film industry's highest honor in 86 years of the Oscars. British director Steve McQueen's unflinching portrayal of pre-Civil War American slavery won two other Oscars, including best supporting actress for newcomer Lupita Nyong'o and best adapted screenplay based on the memoir of Solomon Northup, a free man tricked and sold into slavery in Louisiana. "Everyone deserves not just to survive but to live. This is the most important legacy of Solomon Northup," said McQueen in his acceptance speech. "12 Years a Slave," prevailed over space thriller "Gravity" from Mexican filmmaker Alfonso Cuaron, which nevertheless racked up the most Oscars of the night with seven, including the best director honor for Cuaron, a first for a Latin American director. More»
Amwal Al Ghad English - 2014-03-02 08:53:37
The video for pop star Katy Perry’s new single Dark Horse has been edited after criticisms that it was offensive to Muslims. The video, officially released on 20 February, has had over 47 million views on YouTube so far. The video deploys a cartoonish pharaonic theme which sees the popstar posing as an Egyptian queen. In one scene, a suitor wearing a pendant with the Arabic word for God on it is struck by lightning and turned to sand. The video has now been altered to obscure the word Allah from the pendant. No official statement has been issued by Perry or by the production company Capitol Records regarding the editing of the video. An online petition demanding the video’s removal had been gathering steam before the edits were made. The organiser of the petition, Shazad Iqbal from the United Kingdom, accused the videomakers of blasphemy. “Blasphemy is clearly conveyed in the video, since Katy Perry (who appears to be representing an opposition of God) engulfs the believer and the word God in flames,” he said, adding that “using the name of God in an irrelevant and distasteful manner would be considered inappropriate by any religion.” The petition has more than 65,000 signatures from around the world. Some of the petitioners point ironically to a past tweet in 2010 by Perry that reads “using blasphemy as entertainment is as cheap as a comedian telling a fart joke.” “All I was trying to do is just give a very beautiful performance about a place that I have so much love for,” Perry told GQ magazine about the video recently, “and that was exactly where I was coming from, with no other thought besides it.” Some of the petitioners, however, insist that Perry’s intention was to offend. "[I am] absolutely disgusted at the music industry for allowing this to happen, music should be about spreading love not hate," commented Bilal Khan on the petition site. Another supporter of the petition, Sadaqat Ali, comments: "This is highly insulting and is provocative and needs action." Other online reactions have criticised the petitioners. One commenter on the petition site, Nick Brooks, writes with apparent sarcasm: "This has definitely been done deliberately, there's no way this could be a simple oversight by the person doing the costumes for this video. It cannot possibly be the case that this person just picked out the necklace because it looked nice for the video. This person will of course be an expert on what the name of Allah looks like in Arabic - this is basic training for people who select jewellery for use in pop music videos." This is not the first time Perry has come under fire for the way she uses symbols of other cultures in her work. Her Japanese-themed performance of her song Unconditionally at the American Music Awards in November, in which she dressed as a geisha, saw her criticised for misappropriating Japanese culture. More»
Amwal AL Ghad Engish - 2014-02-23 08:16:39
The best-known name in pro-wrestling history is returning to WWE: Hulk Hogan is coming back to serve as a host for the company's various programs. "Words cannot express how excited I am to be back in the WWE family," Hogan said in a statement. "I only have one question for the WWE Universe: whatcha gonna do when Hulkamania runs wild as the host of 'WrestleMania 30'?" Olympics push 'American Idol' ratings to new low Added WWE Chairman & CEO Vince McMahon: "It's fitting to have him help us celebrate 30 years of WrestleMania and usher in a new era with the launch of WWE Network." Hogan will make his first WWE in seven years this Monday on USA Network's "Raw at 8 p.m.," and will also appear on "WWE Raw Backstage Pass," which airs live on WWE Network on Monday nights at 11:05 p.m. David Tennant breaks silence on Fox's 'Broadchurch' remake Hogan's not expected to be in the ring, though we hear he will "have an impact" on the action. Hogan became the WWE Champion in 1984 when he defeated The Iron Sheik at Madison Square Garden. He went on to win six WWE Championships, and appeared in-character in movies and TV shows. His last WWE appearance was in 2007, where he appeared at the 15th anniversary of "Raw." More»
Amwal AL Ghad Engish - 2014-02-19 07:01:13
Models Nina Agdal, Lily Aldridge and Chrissy Teigen were already at the top of their game, but the trio say anything is possible after gracing the cover of the Sports Illustrated 50th Anniversary Swimsuit Edition that hit newsstands on Tuesday. They joined an illustrious club of former swimsuit models, including Christie Brinkley, Heidi Klum, Elle Macpherson and Tyra Banks, with their topless cover photo that appears in the most widely read edition of the magazine. It will be seen by about 70 million readers in print and online. "Doing a Sports Illustrated cover opens so many doors," said Aldridge, a 28-year-old California brunette, who landed the cover in her first shoot for the magazine. She was already a Victoria's Secret model, the wife of Caleb Followill of the Grammy-winning band Kings of Leon, and the mother of their young daughter when she did the photo shoot last October in the Cook Islands with 21-year-old Danish model Agdal and fellow American Teigen, 28. But Aldridge said being chosen for the cover was a huge surprise and an amazing opportunity. More»
Amwal Al Ghad English - 2014-02-16 15:26:27
The Square, a two-hour documentary that chronicles over two years of revolution and political upheaval in Egypt, has been awarded the Amnesty International Film Prize at the 64th Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale). The prize is among the independent jury awards given during the festival, in parallel to official juries which award films and filmmakers with Golden, Silver and Crystal Bears. Prior to its screening at the Berlinale, The Square had already won the Audience Award for World Cinema Documentary at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, as well as the People’s Choice Award for Best Documentary at the Toronto International Film Festival. Recently, the film earned Egypt its very first Academy Award nomination in the documentary category. Last month, director Jehane Nouajim was awarded the Directors Guild of America Outstanding Directorial Achievement Awards forThe Square. The film starring Khaled Abdalla, Magdy Ashour, Aida El-Kashef, Ramy Essam, Ahmed Hassan and Ragia Omran, is an immersive experience that transports viewers into the intense emotional dramas and personal stories behind the January 2011 uprising and its aftermath of military and short-lived Muslim Brotherhood rule. This year, the 64th Berlin International Film Festival runs between 6 and 16 February. The festival featured five films by Egyptian directors: Jehane Noujaim's The Square; Arij: Scent of a Revolution directed by Viola Shafik; From Behind the Monument by Cairo-based visual artist and filmmaker Jasmina Metwaly; Shooting Stars Remind Me of Eavesdroppers by Maha Maamoun, and Om Amira by Naji Ismail. Short film Dry Hot Summers, co-produced by Claudia Jubeh (Germany) and Hossam El-Ouan (Egypt), directed by Sherif El-Bendary, written by Nura El-Sheikh was awarded the Robert Bosch Stiftung prize in a ceremony held on Sunday 9 February during Berlinale Talents at the festival. More»
Amwal Al Ghad English - 2014-01-30 07:01:56
The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences has revoked a nomination in the best original song category for "Alone Yet Not Alone," after the songwriter violated Oscar rules and emailed voters about submitting the song for consideration. Musician Bruce Broughton, a former Academy governor and executive committee member in its music branch, composed the title song from the independent Christian faith movie "Alone Yet Not Alone." The Academy said on Wednesday that Broughton had used his position within the organization to contact voters about his own submission of the song, which was "inconsistent" with the Academy's rules on Oscar nominations campaigning. "No matter how well-intentioned the communication, using one's position as a former governor and current executive committee member to personally promote one's own Oscar submission creates the appearance of an unfair advantage," Cheryl Boone Isaacs, Academy president, said in a statement. Broughton said in a statement he was "devastated" at the Academy's decision. More»
Amwal Al Ghad English - 2014-01-21 16:24:17
Imagine a warm brew of lager so heady you had to plunge a straw through the thick surface scum to get to the fermented liquor below. Welcome to the favored brew of ancient Egypt's New Kingdom; a 3,200-year-old barley beer that a new archaeological find this month is shedding new light on. A Japanese team headed by Jiro Kondo of Waseda University stumbled on the tomb of ancient beer-maker Khonso Em Heb while cleaning the courtyard of another tomb at the Thebes necropolis in the Egyptian city of Luxor. The tomb, replete with highly colored frescoes, is being hailed as one of the most significant finds of recent times. Egypt's antiquities minister Mohamed Ibrahim described Khonso Em Heb as the chief "maker of beer for gods of the dead" adding that the tomb's chambers contain "fabulous designs and colors, reflecting details of daily life... along with their religious rituals." One fresco shows Khonso Em Heb -- who apart from being a brewer, headed the royal storehouses during the pharaonic Ramesside period (1,292--1,069 BC) -- making offerings to the gods along with his wife and daughter. The newly discovered tomb is to be placed under tight security until the excavation work is completed, the ministry said in a press statement. According to Professor Poo Mun Chou, a leading Egyptologist at Hong Kong's Chinese University, the discovery is not only significant in terms of what it tells archaeologists about life during the New Kingdom period of Ancient Egypt, but marks a new direction for Egypt's beleaguered antiquities ministry. Still reeling from a disastrous break-in at the Cairo Museum in 2011 --- when looters smashed two mummies and made off with more than 50 artifacts --- Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities had slapped stringent restrictions on archaeological digs. For Professor Poo, the latest discovery is a sign that archeology in Egypt may be returning to normal. "The significance in this find is that for quite some time archaeologists haven't been able to excavate an intact tomb," he said. "An intact tomb will give us a more complete view of the funerary customs which can be compared with other tomb paintings." He said the frescoes were well preserved. "The Supreme Council of Antiquities has for some time had a policy of not excavating new tombs but preserving those tombs that have already been excavated. "This is a new find and is quite unexpected." Apart from the recent political turmoil in Egypt, which has led to a surge in the number of illegal digs and antiquities damaged by looters, Professor Poo said the sheer speed with which new discoveries were being made had meant the government was having difficulty keeping up with logging and preserving the finds. Add to this the problem of protecting ancient tombs, which begin to degrade the moment they are opened, and Egypt's antiquities authorities have their work cut out for them. "In Egypt, of course, the dry weather means the danger of this is less, but still after some time the color of the painting begins to fade away. "That is why Egypt now has a stricter policy." While foreign archaeological teams are still operating in Egypt, the political climate has made it more difficult for them to do their work. Even the International Association of Egyptologists (IAE) was told late last year that Egypt --- because of the political situation --- was unable to host the 2014 International Congress of Egyptologists. The IAE is currently seeking bids for a second country to host the prestigious congress. Meanwhile, historians and archaeologists are making use of the latest find while it is still available to be studied. "Alcohol in ancient Egypt was very important -- not just in terms of daily consumption but also as an offering to deities. Beer, in particular was very important," said Poo. "Beer during the New Kingdom period was probably one-fifth or even one-tenth the price of wine making it a very popular drink for people of all social strata." While the appeal of beer across all social classes remains to this day, Professor Poo says the modern drinker might struggle to recognize the barley or millet-based beverage of ancient times. "While it's a close cousin to modern beer, it's manufacture was more primitive and they had to use a tube to extract the liquid from below which would have had a fermented layer of substance floating on the top of the jar," he said. "It would have had bubbles," he added. More»
Amwal Al Ghad English - 2014-01-19 07:55:50
The cast of the 1970s crime caper "American Hustle" grooved its way to the top prize from the Screen Actors Guild on Saturday in a key test of the film's Oscar mettle six weeks ahead of a likely competitive race for Academy Awards. "American Hustle" from director David O. Russell has been hailed for its performances, although it won no individual acting awards on Saturday and only Jennifer Lawrence was nominated for her supporting role. It prevailed over another presumed Oscar front-runner, "12 Years a Slave," which only took home a best supporting actress trophy. Australian Cate Blanchett won best actress for her role as a socialite who suffers a breakdown in Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine," while best actor went to Matthew McConaughey for his turn as an unlikely AIDS activist in "Dallas Buyers Club. Both actors are the clear front-runners for best acting Oscars after winning Golden Globes last Sunday. Screen Actors Guild (SAG) awards are honors that actors relish, however, because they come from their peers. In what is widely considered one of the best years for quality film in recent memory, SAG and other guild awards to be handed out in the next two weeks could collectively steer the race in favor of one film for the industry's highest honor, the best picture Oscar, on March 2. More»