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All-girl Russian punk band rages against Putin

Wrapped up against Russia’s midwinter in vivid balaclavas, brightly colored mini-dresses and not much else, eight members of an all-girl punk group stood on a platform in Red Square and started an impromptu show. "Riot in Russia!" they screamed, before taunting Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and urging Russians to hit the streets in protest. The …

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Berlin festival combines Streep with global sweep

A new movie from Billy Bob Thornton and a turn as Marie Antoinette by Diane Kruger will rub shoulders with offerings from Asia to Africa at this year’s Berlin International Film Festival. Organizers on Tuesday presented the program for the event, the first of the year’s major European film festivals, which runs Feb. 9-19. Outside …

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UMF: Sounds of Egypt’s underground

By Maha ElNabawi Egypt’s repressed musical community is about to see the value of its creative ambitions grow significantly, enabled by groundbreaking networking and music-discover tools for musicians, fans, venues and the entertainment industry, all available on the country’s first website dedicated solely to underground music. The site, called Underground Music Federation (UMF-LIVE.COM), is the brainchild …

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British Museum exhibit offers visitors chance to experience Muslim pilgrimage

LONDON: Qaisra Khan and I are standing in the Round Reading Room of the world-renowned British Museum in London. Around us people are busy installing historic artefacts from the Muslim world relating to the haj, the pilgrimage to Mecca — a principal religious obligation of adult Muslims. Khan is one of the curators of the …

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Voyage to heart of Islam opens at British Museum

It is a rite that all followers of Islam are supposed to perform at least once in a lifetime, yet for the rest of the globe the hajj is veiled in mystery. Now the British Museum in London has opened the first ever major exhibition on the pilgrimage, to give non-Muslims a glimpse of the …

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Arab Spring, Fukushima star at hard-hitting Berlinale

Social upheaval and political awakening will form the focal themes of the 62nd Berlin film festival, director Dieter Kosslick said, as films depicting the Arab Spring and Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear facility take centre stage. The festival will screen documentaries and fictional works from Arab film makers which trace the turbulent progress of the 2011 …

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Egyptians moving past fear through film

In the year following the Egyptian revolution, a newfound freedom of expression is breaking the silence about crucial issues in Egypt that were previously considered taboo. A recently released feature film is a practical example of how art in Egypt can be an effective tool in shaping community awareness and overcoming silence. Asmaa is the …

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Funding art with food

By Maurice Chammah Wednesday Wagbas, a new initiative at the Townhouse Gallery, is aiming to give funding to artists for new projects at a time of increasing uncertainty in the Egyptian visual art scene. The idea is to raise funds through public dinners by allowing diners to learn about the art projects they are aiding as …

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Egyptians move to reclaim streets through graffiti

CAIRO: The conflict between Egypt’s ruling military and pro-democracy protesters isn’t just on the streets of Cairo, it’s on the walls as well, as graffiti artists from each side duel it out with spray paint and stencils. Earlier this month, supporters of the ruling generals painted over part of the largest and most famous antimilitary …

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‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’ wins at Sundance

A mythical film starring an 8-year-old girl and a documentary about the war on drugs took top honors at the Sundance Film Festival. "Beasts of the Southern Wild" won the grand jury prize in the US dramatic competition, and "The House I Live In" won the same honor in the US documentary category Saturday at …

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When Sherlock Holmes meets his match

By Myriam Ghattas The second installment of the Sherlock Holmes franchise sees Guy Ritchie treat us to the much anticipated face-off between Scotland Yard’s notoriously astute detective and his brilliantly immoral arch-nemesis, Professor James Moriarty. “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows” (2011) follows Holmes’ deductive reasoning as he connects the dots between a series of small-scale …

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Samir Fouad: A sincere art narrative of Jan. 25

With his new solo show “From Homeland to Heaven,” artist Samir Fouad proves to be one of Egypt’s few master painters. His new exhibit demonstrates an immeasurable talent for great technical depth and solid subject matter. His last show, “Lahma” — the Arabic word for meat — exhibited last year was comprised of large canvases …

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Greek director Angelopoulos dies

Greek film director Theo Angelopoulos whose long, meditative films won him a clutch of top international awards including the Palme d’Or at Cannes, has died aged 76 after a road accident on location. Angelopoulos succumbed to a brain hemorrhage at a hospital near the port city of Piraeus outside Athens late Tuesday after he was …

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Arthropologie: Dissolving the boundaries of art

According to Arthropologie, art has neither prerequisites nor boundaries. An exquisite art gallery located on Marashly Street in Zamalek, Arthropologie reaches out to artists on a different, unusual level. Its founders are all about giving artists (which can be anyone) a platform; they want to go out of buildings, beyond the homogenous artistic community and …

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‘Hugo,’ ‘Artist’ inject cinema nostalgia to Oscars

American master Martin Scorsese journeyed to France, putting Hollywood’s newest technology to work for his dazzling 3-D re-creation of 1930s Paris in "Hugo." French filmmaker Michel Hazanavicius came to America, reviving old-time Hollywood with his charming resurrection of early cinema in the silent film "The Artist." The two films now head a 21st century Academy …

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Jackson: Film saved life of West Memphis 3 suspect

By David Germain / AP Peter Jackson believes Damien Echols would be dead now if not for a 1996 documentary that cast doubt on the man’s guilt in three child murders. And Amy Berg, Jackson’s colleague on the Sundance Film Festival premiere “West of Memphis,” believes former Death Row inmate Echols and two other men might …

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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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