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Exploring art creation

I don’t know about you but when I go to see an art exhibit I enjoy roaming about; I like galleries with a space that allows you to walk around, step back and take a look at the broader picture. At instances, I like to feel lost in the midst of the art on display. …

Heba El-Sherif

Group in NYC picks 'Hurt Locker' as best 2009 film

The National Society of Film Critics on Sunday selected The Hurt Locker, a film about an elite Army bomb squad unit that works in Iraq to defuse improvised explosives while under the threat of insurgents, as the best picture of 2009. The society, composed of film critics from some of the country s top publications, …

AP

Avatar' rules with $68.3M, tops $1B worldwide

James Cameron s science-fiction epic Avatar had another stellar weekend with $68.3 million domestically, shooting past $1 billion worldwide, only the fifth movie ever to hit that mark. No. 1 for the third-straight weekend, 20th Century Fox s Avatar raised its domestic total to $352.1 million after just 17 days. The film added $133 million …

AP

Bono calls for control over internet downloads

Irish rock star Bono called Sunday for tougher controls over the spread of intellectual property over the internet, arguing that file swiping and sharing hurt creators of cultural products. The only thing protecting the movie and TV industries from the fate that has befallen music and indeed the newspaper business is the size of the …

AFP

Latino beat sweeps Ethiopian capital

It s a far cry from Ethiopia s traditional Eskista shoulder shake dance, but Salsa is sweeping Addis Ababa with aficionados twirling and spinning their way across the city s dance floors each night. From just one Salsa school five years ago, started by a US-educated Ethiopian entrepreneur, some 10 more have sprouted in this …

Daily News Egypt

The Avatar decade

James Cameron s latest epic “Avatar is the work of a visionary … but if you are an avid moviegoer who has followed his work in the past three decades, you probably already know that. In the 1980s, Cameron created a myopic future fashioned in the fanaticism of a technology that for too long went …

Firas Al-Atraqchi

German hell-raiser Nina Hagen pens Jesus book

German punk pioneer and scandal queen Nina Hagen is writing a book about Jesus, she said on her website Thursday. The former hell-raiser, now 54, said she had come a long way from the atheism of her youth in communist East Germany, where she rebelled against the regime and launched her music career. She has …

AFP

Scribe writes Torah atop emblematic Masada fortress

In the tiny synagogue of Masada, a ruined desert fortress steeped in myth, symbolism and controversy, a Torah scribe sits motionless but for the slow, deliberate strokes of his right hand. A master in the art of writing Hebrew Bible scrolls, Shai Abramovich seems oblivious to the outside world as he traces the characters onto …

AFP

Jackson's death, Boyle's song, Tiger's fall transfix in 2009

Reality eclipsed fiction in 2009 as Michael Jackson took on mythic status in death, a dowdy Scottish woman burst into song on the world stage, and the aura of perfection around Tiger Woods shattered in a cascade of scandal. It was the sudden death and strange, tormented life of one of America s most gifted …

AFP

Films that marked the past decade

“Fahrenheit 9/11, 2004(Cannes Golden Palm winner) Political documentaries made waves with the likes of Al Gore’s eco-cautionary tale An Inconvenient Truth or Spike Lee s account of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. But Michael Moore has been the most vocal in the genre, following up his polemic on gun crime with another unpalatable subject in …

AFP

Standing in the shadow of a lost home

In film, portraying suffering in its own element is a powerful tool. Taking that same suffering to the backseat, however, often has a much stronger effect on the viewer. In Palestine, where civilians are stripped of their basic rights and families have grown numb to losing their loved ones, daily and past plights continue to …

Heba El-Sherif

Albums that marked the decade

Radiohead, Kid A (2000) (Number one in Rolling Stone s best 100 albums of the decade, number two in Billboard critics top 20 albums of the decade, number 14 in NME s best 100 albums of the decade) The vast, experimental soundscapes of Kid A marked a further shift away from the guitar-driven anthemic rock …

Daily News Egypt

One on One with Elia Suleiman: Part Two

In part two of Daily News Egypt s interview with award-winning Palestinian filmmaker Elia Suleiman, he discusses the necessity of unpredictability in his films, the financial predicaments he faced in making “The Time That Remains and his views regarding the future of Palestine. Daily News Egypt: The last part of “The Time That Remains is …

Joseph Fahim

China author set to sue Google over web book scan

Chinese author Mian Mian, who shot to fame with lurid tales of sex, drugs and alcohol in the underworld, will sue internet giant Google this week for copyright infringement, her lawyer said Monday. Sun Jingwei told AFP that the case – the first civil lawsuit against Google in China over the scanning of books into …

AFP

One on one with Palestinian director Elia Suleiman

Few Arab filmmakers have been greeted with the ceremonial reception given to Palestinian director Elia Suleiman last week at the second European Film Panorama hosted in Cairo’s CityStars cinema. The three screenings of Suleiman’s highly acclaimed third feature, “The Time That Remains, were all sold out. Egyptian and foreign filmgoers alike flocked to the discussions …

Joseph Fahim

Bollywood looks to Aamir Khan to end 2009 on a high

Bollywood is looking to Aamir Khan to bring festive cheer to the industry after a disappointing 2009 hit by a producers’ strike, swine flu fears and a lack of box office success. The actor-producer-director’s heavily-marketed “3 Idiots, based on Chetan Bhagat’s best-selling debut novel “Five Point Someone about three struggling students at a business school, …

AFP

Bethlehem rocks Christmas in the shadow of a wall

Live rock music mingled with traditional carols in Manger Square on Christmas Eve Thursday, bringing some rare festive spirit to Bethlehem, Jesus traditional birthplace. The celebrations, together with resurgence in tourism, have provided some respite from the pall cast by the wall lurking over the entrance to the town – part of Israel s controversial …

Daily News Egypt

THE REEL ESTATE: Scorsese in Alexandria: a missed opportunity

It was the mother of all cinematic events. Film fans everywhere in the country were stunned to learn that the Bibliotheca Alexandrina is hosting Martin Scorsese, the greatest living American filmmaker, for a “seminar two days prior to Christmas. This wasn’t just the biggest cinematic event of the year; it was arguably the biggest of …

Joseph Fahim

Ibn Battuta on the big, big screen

For many Muslims worldwide, the name Ibn Battuta evokes a sense of great pride and conjures up a golden era of Islamic history. The Rihla, one of the greatest travel journals ever recorded, has been greatly responsible for passing on the tales of the 14th century explorer who followed the sun and stars to reach …

Daily News Egypt

Brittany Murphy had several movies in the works

Brittany Murphy was a hardworking actress who was juggling multiple movie projects in the months leading up to her unexpected death. While none of the films boasted the big budgets of Murphy s 8 Mile or Sin City, directors who recently worked with the 32-year-old actress say she was dedicated, insightful and happy as she …

AP

Germany dismisses Egyptian claims to Nefertiti bust

BERLIN: German authorities on Monday again rebuffed Egyptian claims to the rightful ownership of a 3,400-year-old bust of Queen Nefertiti, after a high-level meeting in Cairo. Friederike Seyfried, director of the Egyptian Museum and Papyrus Collection at the Neues Museum in the German capital, said Cairo had clear evidence that Berlin s acquisition of the …

AFP

US says copyright piracy in China still 'unacceptably high'

Copyright piracy in China remains at unacceptably high levels, causing serious harm to American businesses, the top US trade official said in an annual report to Congress Tuesday. US Trade Representative Ron Kirk said in the mandatory report on China s compliance with its World Trade Organization accession obligations that Beijing was not taking adequate …

AFP

YEAREND SPECIAL: The year in art

2009 has been a somewhat bittersweet year for the local art scene. It was sweet in because galleries have become real powerhouses with a much stronger hold on the reins when it comes to the art business than they have ever been in Cairo. The bitter side of it is that not all the artists …

Mariam Hamdy

YEAREND SPECIAL: A year of adaptations in Egyptian theater

The powerful art of theater is losing its grip on the public in the face of the fierce competition of satellite TV, with the range of choices they offer from the comfort of one’s sofa. For many Egyptians, theater is reduced to the comedies they watch on television. For the decreasing number of spectators who …

Dalia Basiouny

YEAREND SPECIAL: Egyptian filmmaker of the year: Yousry Nasrallah

Up until not long ago, the films of Yousry Nasrallah were only known to cinephiles and art-house film aficionados. Widely regarded as one of Egypt’s foremost filmmakers, Nasrallah found fame and recognition in Europe, particularly in France, since 1988 when his debut feature “Summer Thefts was released. 2009 is the year that changed everything for …

Joseph Fahim

YEAREND SPECIAL: Relative recession marks 2009 book scene

The one definite reality about Egyptian literature this year is that the volume of works released is relatively poor compared to last year’s. This literary recession may have its roots in the economic crisis which hit every field in 2009. This might only be a relative recession though, with last year being an exceptionally good …

Daily News Egypt

YEAREND SPECIAL: 2009: Culture in decline

The feared perils of the economic recession hit the Egyptian culture scene hard in 2009, a year that saw most culture centers scaling back their activities, the film industry receiving a major blow and the music industry continuing its downward spiral. This was also a year marred by controversies, many of which revolved around one …

Joseph Fahim

YEAREND SPECIAL: Faint traces, low hopes for local music

There are two problems with trends: they are easily substituted and their effects are short-lived. For an old trend to grow out of fashion, a new one must evolve. But what if nothing new worthy of sweeping the scene emerges? We reach stagnation, and this is precisely the current state of Egypt’s local music scene. …

Heba El-Sherif

YEAREND SPECIAL: The best films of 2009

For the past four years, my best-films-of-the-year list has been restricted to movies screened in Egyptian theaters either via commercial release or in film festivals. And because of these limitations, none of the previous lists were accurately comprehensive. This year, I failed to abide by the rules for one simple reason: I couldn’t find enough …

Joseph Fahim