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Real life 'Hurt Locker' teams face real Afghan bombs

It s not quite an Oscar-winning performance but Johnny Five gets the job done, scrambling down a rocky Afghan slope to plant explosives around a propane tank wired to blow. The little robot – technically known as a TALON but nicknamed Johnny Five after the 1986 US film Short Circuit – slowly makes its way …

AFP

Women up for grabs

Generations the world over have tried to fight the objectification of women. We, women, do not like to be externalized; we want the world to see through us and value us for who we really are, not for how we look. History has proven that is no easy feat, and here we are, in the …

Heba El-Sherif

New documentary on The Doors offers unique trip

The Doors story has always been a strange one. Now, a feature-length documentary offers some new insight into the legendary rock group. Narrated by Johnny Depp, When You re Strange: A Film About The Doors opens in limited release this weekend, offering never-before-seen footage, including singer Jim Morrison in an experimental film called HWY (Highway). …

Daily News Egypt

Gay-themed film challenges boundaries in Malaysia

Malaysia s first gay-themed movie could hit cinemas within months, its producer said, after government censors eased restrictions that have stifled the film industry here for decades. Although the Malay-language movie won t have explicit sex or even kissing, its screening would be a huge step forward for freedom of popular media in this Muslim-majority …

AP

Restoring history: On repatriation and conservation of antiquities

The first morning has been about sharing stories, Dr Gautam Sengupta, director general of the Archaeological Survey of India, tells Daily News Egypt in a short reprieve from the international conference on the repatriation of antiquities. Twenty participating countries have gathered at the two-day conference of “International Cooperation for the Protection and Repatriation of Cultural …

Chitra Kalyani

Hijabi Monologues: Muslim women share their stories

CAIRO: “Do you know what it feels like to represent a billion human beings every day when you step out of your house? To be looked at as a representative of an entire world religion. Do you know what that s like? It feels exhausting, and so heavy. These are the emotionally charged opening words …

Daily News Egypt

Egypt forum on looted antiquities opens with call for unity

CAIRO: Egyptian antiquities supremo Zahi Hawass on Wednesday opened an international conference on recovering ancient artifacts from abroad, saying countries must unite to recover their stolen heritage. We need to cooperate, we need a unification between our countries, Hawass told antiquities officials, deputy culture ministers and museum directors from 21 countries at the two-day Cairo …

AFP

After divorce, Usher back in playboy mode

Less than two years ago, Usher was glorifying his evolvement as a man with Here I Stand, a CD that found him celebrating his new role as husband and father while shunning the image of a sexy bad boy unable – or unwilling – to make a lasting commitment. Now, with the release of his …

AP

Life's script in colloquial verse

I sold my soul to anxiety and worry and in return, I got a bunch of papers writes Khaled Kassab in his first collection of colloquial Arabic poetry. “Ana Ra’e Baqr Waheed: Monmanamat Ghagreya (I am a Lone Cowboy: Gypsy Ornaments) is the young writer’s second poetry collection following “Darbet Shams (Sun Stroke), a compilation …

Daily News Egypt

France heads for a long Indian summer

India is flavor of the month in France with the spotlight swerving from the fairytale world of maharajas to tribal craftsmen in a buildup to a year-long celebration of one of the world s richest and most diverse cultures. A recent exhibition of priceless autochrome color photographs nearly 100 years old drew more than 100,000 …

AFP

Turkey's much-derided super heroes make internet comeback

With their plush monsters, tin robots and space heroes wielding plywood swords, Turkish B-movies dating back decades ago have found a new audience on the web, seduced by naivety and technical failure in the extreme. The most-derided examples of the genre have attracted hundreds of thousands on video-sharing sites like YouTube to win global fame …

AFP

Hollywood snubs proposed betting on ticket sales

Think you re better than Hollywood at gauging whether an upcoming flick will be a box office bomb or a sleeper hit? You d get a chance to put your money behind that under two proposals that movie studios are denouncing as legalized gambling. The proposals the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission are expected to …

Daily News Egypt

Teenage sexuality invades Egyptian stage

Spring Awakening, German dramatist Frank Wedekind’s first major play, written in 1891, has always been a controversial performance. His bold text examines the impact of the emerging teenage sexuality and the lack of sexual education that, consequently, wreaks havoc on the lives of its young protagonists, ultimately leading to multiple tragedies. The play had a …

Dalia Basiouny

Ian McEwan tackles global warming in 'Solar'

A warming planet, deadlocked politicians, feuding scientists. The headlines about climate change are a source of worry and satisfaction to Ian McEwan. The British writer’s new novel, “Solar, brings the problem of global warming up against the fallibility of human nature, a conflict vividly illustrated by the failure of December’s Copenhagen conference and the scandal …

AP

THE REEL ESTATE: An open letter to Egyptian film-goers

Dear Egyptian audience, For the past four years, I’ve been unremittingly singing your praises in these pages, asserting that you have finally come of age. For the past four years, I’ve witnessed the seeds of a real artistic renaissance growing into a vibrant, rich culture. Your choices have become smarter; your active participation has radically …

Joseph Fahim

Egyptians quit French film festival over Israeli entry

CAIRO: Egyptian filmmakers who were to sit on the jury of a French film festival in Cairo are boycotting the event because of an Israeli entry, saying they refuse to normalize relations with the Jewish State. Director Kamla Abu Zikri and actor Asser Yassin told AFP they were boycotting the Rencontres de l Image festival …

AFP

China making anime push as Japan hits slump

Yoko Komazawa had been at the Tokyo International Anime Fair for nearly six hours when she fell in love with a brown-and-white stuffed panda – a character in one of the fair s featured cartoons. It s so adorable and interesting, she said, staring into its gleaming pink eyes. I want it. Unfortunately, the panda …

Daily News Egypt

Peter Jackson's not-so-lovely 'Bones'

It seems an unfortunate truth that producing a film version of a novel automatically generates a certain aura of importance around the original source material. The aura may be nothing more than the glow of profit; the transformation of the lowly paperback, relatively cheap to produce, into an investment carrying expectations of high returns. Although …

Annelle Sheline

'Clash of Titans' first entry in '80s movie encore

Clash of the Titans writers Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi are understandably excited about their movie arriving in theaters Friday. But if you really want to get them going, mention the Red Dawn remake coming later this year. I love that movie, Hay says of the 1984 Cold War adventure flick where Colorado high school …

Daily News Egypt

One of Cannes's darlings scoops six prizes at Romanian awards

Romanian filmmaker Corneliu Porumboiu, one of Cannes s darlings, won six prizes including the one for best film at the Romanian Gopo awards on Monday. The best actress trophy went to Hilda Peter for her role in Katalin Varga by British director Peter Strickland. Radu Mihaileanu’s Le concert, recent recipient of two César awards, earned …

AFP

Latin pop icon Ricky Martin tells fans he is gay

Puerto Rican singer Ricky Martin, in a bombshell to legions of his fans all over the world, on Monday confirmed a longtime rumor that he is gay. I am proud to say that I am a fortunate homosexual man. I am very blessed to be who I am, he wrote on his rickymartin.com website. For …

Agencies

'Dragon' stokes up box office with $43.3 mln debut

How to Train Your Dragon breathed a bit of box-office fire with a $43.3 million opening weekend and a No. 1 debut, according to studio estimates Sunday. Distributed by Paramount, the DreamWorks Animation adventure came in well behind the studio’s last cartoon comedy, “Monsters vs. Aliens, which opened with $59.3 million over the same weekend …

AP

Ancient doorway to afterlife discovered in Egypt

CAIRO: A large red granite false door from the tomb of an ancient queen s powerful vizier has been discovered in Luxor, Egypt s culture minister said on Monday. The carved stone door – which ancient Egyptians believed was the threshold to the afterlife – was unearthed near the Karnak Temple in Luxor and belongs …

AFP

A frail Dennis Hopper gets Hollywood star?

A bandaged and frail Dennis Hopper was surrounded by friends, family and colleagues Friday as he was honored with a star on Hollywood s Walk of Fame. The 73-year-old actor and filmmaker, who is battling prostate cancer, appeared gaunt and was helped to the stage by a friend. Hopper explained that bandages on his right …

AP

THE REEL ESTATE: 'Green Zone' misses the target

Amid the minor backlash that greeted “The Hurt Locker’s Oscar in Egypt and some parts of the Arab world, a number of voices criticized Kathryn Bigelow’s combat drama – and American war films in general – for never examining the reasons that took the US to Iraq in the first place. In “Green Zone, British …

Joseph Fahim

Swine flu cases continue to drop substantially

CAIRO: Swine flu in Egypt has substantially declined, announced the Central Operation Room of Crisis and Disaster Management at Information and Decision Support Center at the Cabinet of Ministers. The Ministry of Health has announced that the number of swine flu cases in Egypt is substantially declining by nearly half. The number of cases is …

Safaa Abdoun