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Berlin International Film Fest kicks off

Amid one of the coldest winters to hit Berlin in recent years, the 60th Berlin Film Festival kicked off on Thursday, announcing the beginning of a busy 10 days of film screenings, seminars and potential business transactions. Earlier in the day, the International Competition jury members, headed by German filmmaker Werner Herzog, was presented. Both …

Joseph Fahim

Judge to decide if Joe Jackson sees MJ's med files

A judge is scheduled to decide Thursday whether Michael Jackson s father should receive medical records related to his superstar son s death. Joe Jackson s attorney issued a subpoena last month seeking all his son s medical records from UCLA Medical Center, where Michael Jackson died on June 25. His attorney, Brian Oxman, sought …

Daily News Egypt

Live or Memorex? Avatar' raises Oscar question

Lord of the Rings fans once lamented the twisted little fiend Gollum – created by a blend of human performance and digital effects – didn t get his due during Hollywood s awards season. Years later, the combination of live-action performance overlaid with computer animation has hit a new peak with Avatar – an awards …

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Digging up daunts from the past

Recently, mixing the old with the new has become a recipe for a bestseller. And while the extent to which one age element overshadows the other is specific to each work, the final outcome is a catalogue of mashed-up creations that stand proudly behind the stories they tell. After making my way through the labyrinth-like …

Heba El-Sherif

Angelina Jolie visits Haiti with UN refugee body

Angelina Jolie began two days of meetings with Haiti earthquake victims Tuesday in her role as a goodwill ambassador for the UN refugee agency. The actress, representing the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, met with UN officials in Port-au-Prince and visited an SOS Villages camp for orphans outside the capital, where she was cheered by …

Daily News Egypt

Counting to 10 is complicated for Oscar's best pic

It used to be that picking a best-picture Oscar winner was as easy as one, two, three. Academy members would open their ballots, choose a favorite, and the nominee with the most votes would take home the top Academy Award. Not this year. It turns out that counting to 10, as in this year s …

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Jay Leno ends his NBC prime-time experiment

Jay Leno ushered out one of television s biggest flops without sentiment on Tuesday, the final night of a prime-time experiment doomed by bad ratings and bad vibes. Leno told a few barbed jokes about The Jay Leno Show, and Donald Trump told him you re fired. Leno will return to his old perch at …

Daily News Egypt

For defense team, singer's fame may pose challenge

Michael Jackson s fame could pose a challenge for Dr. Conrad Murray s defense team as his lawyers fight an involuntary manslaughter charge against the physician in the singer s death. Citing the popularity of Michael Jackson, criminal defense lawyer Harland Braun, who has handled celebrity cases and defended doctors in court, said Tuesday that …

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Paper art: Past and present

It is the thinnest and the most beautiful. These words are used to describe the fiber extracted from the Ganpi shrub that is the primary raw material for making Washi, traditional Japanese handmade paper. And the admirer is Kyoko Ibe, who has been working with the paper fiber for more than 30 years with the …

Daily News Egypt

Jackson doctor denies manslaughter charge

Michael Jackson’s doctor pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter here Monday in connection with the pop superstar’s sudden death last year from a lethal cocktail of prescription drugs. Conrad Murray, 56, appeared before a packed courtroom to deny a single charge of causing Jackson’s death, the culmination of a painstaking seven-month probe which involved local …

Daily News Egypt

Berlin film fest looks back at 60 years of scandal

The Berlin Film Festival, now in its 60th year, was a child of the Cold War, a propaganda tool of the Allies, and a frequent political battleground that reached far beyond the cinema doors. The anniversary has given the Berlinale, as the event is known, a chance to look back at the scandals and controversy …

AFP

'Complexions' rise to color and love

Dancers of the Complexions Contemporary Ballet appeared stripped to skin tones at the Cairo Opera House on Monday. Unadorned yet chiseled bodies, and lithe, needlepoint limbs are in focus in the opening number. The joint project of artistic directors Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson, the Complexions Contemporary Ballet was founded in 1994 with the aim …

Chitra Kalyani

Scorcese, DiCaprio explore new ground in gothic thriller

Legendary US director Martin Scorsese and his favorite actor Leonardo DiCaprio said Friday they took their collaboration to new heights for the gothic thriller “Shutter Island. The Oscar-winning director who made a star of Robert De Niro in “Taxi Driver and “Raging Bull, has formed a close bond in the past decade with DiCaprio since …

AFP

US book publishers smiling again as Kindle rivals emerge

Us book publishers are smiling again, after years of watching digital versions of their titles sell for below what they thought they were worth. A host of rivals to the market-dominating Kindle electronic reader has given newfound hope to publishers that they will finally be able to dictate their own terms after being at the …

AFP

A riverside street theater fest

Along the walkway to the Sawy Culture Wheel’s River Hall where the Street Theater Festival was to unfold over the course of the entire Saturday, were cut-out images of Cairene life: a man driving a horse-carriage, a Tannoura dancer, a juice seller. Later during the day, the chalk provided for graffiti art had produced an …

Chitra Kalyani

Controversial film acclaimed abroad but unseen by Syrians

Overseas, The Long Night has garnered critical acclaim and awards, but at home in Syria censors remain nervous about permitting the screening of a film on the topic of political prisoners. Director Hatem Ali s debut feature-length film is a humane and engaging drama that begins with three aging political prisoners suddenly told they are …

AFP

Modern dance takes center stage in Creative Forum

Over the past seven years, the cultural scene in Alexandria has been hit with a vivacious energy incited by the Creative Forum for Independent Theater Groups. With a LE 2 ticket, the forum’s performances have attracted Alexandrians interested in theater and dance, offering them an outlet to experience contemporary art works of different nations from …

Dalia Basiouny

Iran cuts ties with British Museum over ancient treasure

Iran cut ties with the British Museum on Sunday in protest at repeated delays in the loan to Tehran of an ancient Persian treasure, the Cyrus Cylinder, a top official said. Hassan Mohseni, a senior official at Iran s cultural heritage and tourism organization, said relations were annulled after the London museum failed to transfer …

AFP

Art world hails record price for Giacometti

The world record sale of a sculpture by Swiss artist Alberto Giacometti shows confidence is returning to the art market after the global slowdown, experts said Thursday. L homme qui marche I had been expected to go for up to $29 million at the sale in London Wednesday – but an anonymous telephone buyer paid …

AFP

THE REEL ESTATE: The road to Berlin

This Thursday, filmmakers, critics and artists from every part of the world (20,000 professionals from over 130 countries, 3,700 film critics from 100 countries) will descend on the German capital to witness the inauguration of the 60th edition of the Berlin International Film Festival, the world’s second largest film extravaganza. The 2010 Berlin installment offers …

Joseph Fahim

Egypt restores monastery touting religious harmony

ZAAFARANA: Egypt’s chief archaeologist unveiled on Thursday an extensive renovation of the oldest monastery in the world, touting the work at the 1,600 year-old-site as a symbol of peaceful coexistence between the country’s Muslims and Christians. It’s the message Egypt’s government has been emphasizing ever since a lethal drive-by shooting at a church a month …

Daily News Egypt

Diversity reigns in Oscar-nominated directors

The Academy Awards category for best director has historically been two things: white and male. This year, the five nominees are a slightly more diverse crowd. Kathryn Bigelow ( The Hurt Locker ) is only the fourth woman to be nominated. If she wins, she ll be the first woman to ever take home a …

AP

7th Creative Forum kicks off

Bibliotheca Alexandrina’s Creative Forum for Independent Theater Groups launched its seventh edition this week. Since its inception, it has managed to create a unique mark on Egyptian theater with a host of programs and performances by artists from across Europe and the Mediterranean region. In a cultural world dominated by festivals, the forum established its …

Dalia Basiouny

Egyptian photojournalists make it to the limelight

Journalists may use infinite words to tell the same story, but for photojournalists, it takes just one click to do it. Sawy Culture Wheel’s Word Hall is currently hosting the works of 96 photojournalists in the third annual photo contest organized by the Egyptian Photojournalist Community, crowning the efforts of local bylines that are often …

Heba El-Sherif

The only thing worth dying for

The period of time immediately following September 11, 2001 – for Americans at least – feels now like a blur. It’s not that media reports were necessarily unclear, nor was the swift reaction of the Bush Administration to the attacks. But previously unknown organizations, (Al-Qaeda, the Taliban), people (Bin Laden, Mullah Omar), and places, (Kabul, …

Annelle Sheline

Sphinx-lined alley hints at wealth of Egypt's lost empires

LUXOR: The ancient path that Egyptian worshippers and Roman provincials once trod as they crossed between the temples of Luxor and Karnak will be opened to tourists next month, officials announced on Wednesday. Surrounded by urban sprawl, the sphinx-lined Kabash path in Luxor testifies to the astonishing affluence of an ancient king and later empires …

AFP

Book critical of Libyan regime seized at Cairo Book Fair

CAIRO: State security investigations officers have seized a book critical of the Libyan regime and arrested its publisher, who was still in custody at time of press. “The Leader Is Cutting his Hair, written by Idris Ali and published by Wa’ad publishing house was seized on Monday during the Cairo Book Fair. Association for Freedom …

Sarah Carr