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’18 Days in Egypt’: A media battlefield

By Maha ElNabawi Nearly one year ago, the unprecedented 18-day occupation of Cairo’s Tahrir Square — which led to the fall of autocrat Hosni Mubarak — has become a global symbol for citizen activism and peaceful dissidence against despotism. As the first anniversary of the January 25 uprising approaches, Egypt continues to evolve the culture of …

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Singer Lara Fabian cancels Lebanon gig

Belgian-Italian singing sensation Lara Fabian has cancelled a Lebanon concert after activists launched a campaign accusing her of being pro-Israeli. In a message posted on her official Facebook page, the 42-year-old diva known for her French love songs, said she had pulled out of a planned Valentine’s Day concert in Lebanon over "threats." "I won’t …

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Poe fans call an end to ‘Toaster’ tradition

Edgar Allan Poe fans waited long past a midnight dreary, but it appears annual visits to the writer’s grave in Baltimore by a mysterious figure called the "Poe Toaster" shall occur nevermore. Poe House and Museum Curator Jeff Jerome said early Thursday that die-hard fans waited hours past when the tribute bearer normally arrives. But …

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Sundance time: Indie film world gathers in US

Independent films that may have been years in the making get their first audiences at this week’s Sundance Film Festival. That could also mean careers in the making for unknown directors and actors whose movies connect with the right crowds. Robert Redford’s independent-cinema showcase opened Thursday with 117 feature-length films, 64 short films and a …

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Football fans as revolution: Transcending the conventional

By Bassem N. Hafez The newly released book, “The Ultras: When Fans Cross Natural Boundaries,” by Mohamed Gamal Beshir, aka Gemyhood, is a timely contribution to the growing slew of non-fiction books of subjects relating to the Jan. 25 revolution. The rise of the new formations of football fans has swept the scene in Egypt for …

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‘Artist,’ ‘Tinker Tailor’ up for UK film awards

It’s spry versus spy as frothy silent movie "The Artist" and moody thriller "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" lead the race for the British Academy Film Awards, Britain’s equivalent of the Oscars. "The Artist" received 12 nominations and "Tinker Tailor" 11, with each film up for best picture and director, and best actor nominations for leading …

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The evolution of Hany Rashed

By Mariam Hamdy The new year has so far brought forth a surge of thoroughly digested thoughts and creations onto Egypt’s art scene. Delighted to be proven wrong, this year has started with a gush of excellent exhibitions successfully tackling the myriad events shaping the country post-Jan. 25. Perhaps my personal frustration at not seeing this …

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How art is healing post-revolution Egypt

CAIRO: The revolution drastically transformed everything in the lives of Egyptians. Yet while there has been quite a bit of attention paid to the dramatic political changes, more attention needs to be paid to the cultural and artistic scene that has been taking Egypt by storm since early 2011. Rather than being confined to art …

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Music and dance in celebration of India’s Tagore

A body of work that inspires generations of artists in various fields and continues to provide enjoyment to millions of people, more than seven decades after his death, is the enduring legacy of the Indian Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore. We are in the 150th year of Tagore’s birth anniversary and this past year has seen …

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Iranians proud over US award win for ‘A Separation’

Iranians reacted with pride on Monday after an Iranian film, "A Separation," won a major US prize — a triumph on the international stage that, for a moment, eclipsed geopolitical tensions. Its victory at Hollywood’s Golden Globes, where director Asghar Farhadi picked up the award for best foreign-language movie from pop star Madonna late Sunday, …

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Top dog Oscar campaign heats up after ‘Artist’ awards

A growing pack of fans are howling for Uggie the terrier to get a sniff at the Oscars after the Jack Russell stole the show in the silent movie "The Artist" that scooped a slew of Golden Globe awards. The nine-year-old mutt last year took the unofficial Palm Dog prize at Cannes for his role …

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Future shorts pop-up film festival

This past Sunday, the Future Shorts film festival seamlessly emerged in the Amuse Lifestyle Concept store located in Zamalek, Cairo — becoming the 132nd location added to the London-based pop-up festival. Set up in 2003, Future Shorts provides a platform for filmmakers and enthusiasts to submit creations and screen the best short films within the …

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A tamer Gervais leads predictable Golden Globes

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association dared to let Ricky Gervais come back and host the Golden Globe Awards, a year after he insulted the organization and nearly everyone in the star-studded room with his lacerating wit. But Gervais and the show seemed tamer and more predictable this year, not quite living up to outrageous reputations. …

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Almost 3,000-year-old tomb of female singer found in Egypt

CAIRO: Swiss archaeologists have discovered the tomb of a female singer dating back almost 3,000 years in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings, Antiquities Minister Mohamed Ibrahim said on Sunday. The rare find was made accidentally by a team from Switzerland’s Basel University headed by Elena Pauline-Grothe and Susanne Bickel in Karnak, near Luxor in Upper …

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Artist Khaled Hafez’s latest solo exhibit: Depth and sophistication

Currently at Safar Khan Gallery is artist Khaled Hafez’s painting exhibition titled "On Codes, Symbols & Stockholm Syndrome." His first solo show in two years, the collection of works presents a new twist on his earlier style, albeit with more depth and sophistication. Heavily involved in all the tumultuous happenings, Hafez, like many artists in …

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Palestinian artist ‘creates’ Gaza metro

Underground train travel to bypass a chaotic traffic system? Welcome to Gaza, one of the world’s most crowded places, where a conceptual art installation expresses this tantalizing idea. Palestinian artist Mohamed Abusal erected luminous red metro signs in 50 different, and often unlikely places, across the Gaza strip, the dusty coastal territory measuring 40 square …

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Wi-Drive gives Apple-Amazon gadgets more capacity

Kingston Technology Co. is helping pack more entertainment into Apple gadgets and Kindle Fire tablets. A Wi-Drive demonstrated at the Consumer Electronics Show here by the computer memory specialty company allows data-devouring iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Kindle Fire fans easily tote more movies, music, pictures or digital documents. "Kindle Fire only gives you one …

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Make money not arthouse films: British PM tells industry

After a period of critical and commercial success, Prime Minister David Cameron has urged the British film industry to focus on making more mainstream movies to allow them to compete with Hollywood. Six months after the multi-billion-dollar grossing "Harry Potter" series came to an end, and almost a year after the low-budget film "The King’s …

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Jolie, Thornton to present new films at Berlin festival

Angelina Jolie’s directorial debut about the Bosnian war and a drama made by and starring her ex-husband Billy Bob Thornton will feature at the Berlin film festival next month, organizers said Monday. Jolie will present her harrowing drama "In the Land of Blood and Honey" out of competition after winning praise in Bosnia for its …

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Sun shines again for Woody Allen after ‘Midnight’

The chimes may have tolled midnight in Paris, but in Hollywood, it’s the dawn of another career revival for Woody Allen after his biggest hit in decades and a new round of awards accolades. How much will the success of "Midnight in Paris" change the filmmaker’s career? Not one bit, says Allen. In nearly 45 …

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Akbar Ahmed’s interfaith mission, in poetry and prose

SHAWNEE MISSION, Kansas: Praising Ambassador Akbar Ahmed’s new book of poetry, “Suspended Somewhere Between: A Book of Verse,” Greg Mortenson, author of “Three Cups of Tea,” opined, “Anyone wanting to understand Islam today must read Akbar Ahmed’s collection. We are given rare glimpses into the dilemmas, pain and despair but ultimately love and hope of …

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Damien Hirst connects the dots in global exhibit

British artist and self-marketing genius Damien Hirst looks to connect the dots in a big way with the opening Thursday of a global show for his body of colored spot paintings. The Gagosian Gallery network, with 11 locations in New York, London, Paris, Los Angeles, Rome, Athens, Geneva and Hong Kong, has been turned over …

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Grand Egyptian Museum to open August 2015, says minister

CAIRO: Expected to be a “monument” in itself, the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) entered its third and final phase of construction this week and will open in August 2015, the minister of antiquities said on Tuesday. Mohamed Ibrahim, Egypt’s minister of antiquities, said at the signing ceremony that there will be no delays to “the …

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Spielberg shares storytelling secrets in Paris

Steven Spielberg caught the filmmaking bug as a 12-year-old boy, and half a century on still goes "crazy" when he doesn’t have a story to tell, he admitted to fans packing a master class in Paris Monday night. Greeted with a standing ovation, the US director — whose works from "E.T" to "Indiana Jones" are …

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Guggenheim gives nod to Helsinki museum

The foundation that administers the iconic Guggenheim museums has given Helsinki the go-ahead to build a state-of-the-art museum, city officials said Tuesday. The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation handed over its concept and development study to city officials on Tuesday, proposing that a new museum be built at a cost of €140 million ($179 million). "A …

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Picasso stolen from Athens’ National Gallery

A Pablo Picasso painting gifted to Greece by the Spanish-born master was stolen from Athens’ National Gallery early Monday with two other important artworks, prompting scorn from the Greek police minister. "Woman’s Head," a 1939 oil on canvas, had been given by Picasso to the Greek state in 1949 in recognition of the country’s resistance …

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Virtuoso pianist Alexis Weissenberg dies aged 82

Bulgarian-born French concert pianist Alexis Weissenberg, considered one of the great classical music performers of the 20th century, has died aged 82. After suffering from Parkinson’s disease for 30 years, Weissenberg died on Sunday in Lugano, Switzerland, Paris Orchestra artistic director Didier de Cottignies said. "A virtuoso musician and a big-hearted man who spared no …

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Jackson kids to make dad’s footprint in Hollywood

Michael Jackson’s three children are to sink their father’s shoes and famous sequined glove into the cement outside a storied Hollywood cinema and tourist site, organizers said Thursday. In a rare public appearance, Prince, Paris and Blanket will make their late father’s mark in the cement outside the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre on January 26. The …

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South African shop closes as books gather dust

By Jean Liou / AFP South Africa may have produced two Nobel laureates in literature but a famous bookshop in Johannesburg is nevertheless about to close, a victim of the country’s poor reading culture. The Boekehuis, whose Afrikaans name means “book house”, is in an old four-bedroom house a stone’s throw from the city’s two …

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OCI, BESIX Group to begin work on third phase of Grand Egyptian Museum

CAIRO: A joint venture between Egypt’s Orascom Construction Industries (OCI) and the Belgian BESIX Group was awarded the contract for phase three of the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM), a deal valued at $810 million. OCI said in a statement that the 50/50 joint venture was awarded the project on a turnkey basis and the final …

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