Egypt Independent: Arts-Main news http://www.egyptindependent.com//enhome_channel/Culture/rss.xml en Taylor Swift and Zayn get 'Fifty Shades Darker' http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2474766 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2016/12/09/43/161209090110-zayn-malik-and-taylor-swift-split-exlarge-169.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p>Taylor Swift and Zayn Malik are making sexy music together.</p><div>The pair have teamed up for &quot;I Don&#39;t Wanna Live Forever,&quot; a single from the &quot;Fifty Shades Darker&quot; soundtrack.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Swift tweeted a snippet of the song late Thursday night.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Malik (who performs under his first name only) is a former member of the insanely popular British group One Direction. Interestingly enough, Swift used to date another member of the group, Harry Styles.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Singer/songwriter Jack Antonoff worked with Swift on her &quot;1989&quot; album and tweeted about co-writing &quot;I Don&#39;t Wanna Live Forever&quot; with her and singer/songwriter Same Dew.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Antonoff said the song &quot;came together very quickly.&quot;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;Recorded Taylor at my house,&quot; he tweeted. &quot;Zayn sent parts from LA - we did it in a week basically. I&#39;ve never had something come out that quick.&quot;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;Fifty Shades Darker&quot; is the sequel to the popular 2015 film &quot;Fifty Shades of Grey.&quot;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The new film is set to be released in February 2017.</div> Fri, 09 Dec 2016 18:30:00 +0000 CNN 2474766 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2016/12/09/43/161209090110-zayn-malik-and-taylor-swift-split-exlarge-169.jpg Lady Gaga reveals she had been raped at age 19 http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2474761 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2015/04/30/43/ladygaga-03.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p>Pop icon Lady Gaga has revealed an ongoing battle with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), part of the emotional fallout from having been raped as a teenager.</p><div>The singer-songwriter made the revelation during a television interview on Monday at a New York homeless shelter for gay and lesbian (LGBT) youth.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;I told the kids today that I suffer from a mental illness -- I suffer from PTSD,&quot; said Gaga, speaking to NBC television&#39;s &quot;Today Show&quot; program.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Two years earlier, the singer revealed on television she had been raped at age 19, an experience that left her traumatized.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>A gay icon who has long championed the rights of sexual minorities, Gaga, now 30, urged the youths at the Ali Forney Center shelter to find the courage to face their problems.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;I don&#39;t have the same kinds of issues that you have, but I have a mental illness, and I struggle with that mental illness every day,&quot; she said.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;I need my mantra to help keep me relaxed. You are brave. You are courageous.&quot;</div><div>The visit marked the first time the &quot;Born This Way&quot; singer has spoken of having PTSD, although in the past she has revealed battling depression and anxiety.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>On Twitter, Lady Gaga thanked the shelter residents for &quot;sharing your stories, trauma &amp; pain&quot;, and added: &quot;Today I shared one my deepest secrets w/ the world. Secrets keep you sick w/ shame.&quot;</div> Fri, 09 Dec 2016 10:44:00 +0000 AFP 2474761 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2015/04/30/43/ladygaga-03.jpg Brad Pitt's request to seal divorce documents denied by judge http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2474739 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2015/07/24/43/130523104422-01-brad-pitt-story-top.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p>Actor Brad Pitt&#39;s request to seal court documents in his high-profile custody and divorce proceedings involving actress Angelina Jolie was rejected by a Los Angeles judge on Wednesday.</p><div>Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Richard Burdge Jr. rejected Pitt&#39;s motion at an emergency hearing, a court spokeswoman said. Pitt and Jolie did not attend.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>While Burdge ruled against sealing the entire case, he said requests to seal specific documents would be considered, especially given that the six children at the center of the custody case are all minors.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;The court recognizes privacy rights of minor children and would be guided by what&#39;s in the minor children&#39;s best interest,&quot; Burdge said.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Jolie&#39;s representatives did not respond to phone and email messages from Reuters seeking comment, and Pitt&#39;s representatives said the actor would not comment on the matter.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Jolie, 41, and Pitt, 52, known collectively as &quot;Brangelina,&quot; were together since 2005 and married for two years before their sudden split in September, which has been widely covered by news media.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Jolie filed for divorce from Pitt, citing irreconcilable differences, after an incident on a private plane in which Pitt was reported to have lost his temper in front of one or more of the children.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>At the time, she said she made the decision &quot;for the health of the family,&quot; and is seeking full physical custody of their children. The couple share adopted sons Maddox and Pax, adopted daughter Zahara and three biological children, Shiloh Nouvel and twins Knox Leon and Vivienne Marcheline, aged between 8 and 15.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Pitt, 52, was cleared in the incident last month by the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services. He has filed for joint custody of the children.</div> Thu, 08 Dec 2016 10:43:00 +0000 Reuters 2474739 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2015/07/24/43/130523104422-01-brad-pitt-story-top.jpg France, UAE launch fund to protect monuments in conflict areas http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2474630 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2014/12/23/499612/heritage_sites_in_syria_damaged_by_war.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>France and the United Arab Emirates on Saturday launched a $100 million fund to protect heritage sites threatened by extremism and conflict after the destruction last month of an ancient palace by Islamic State militants in Iraq.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The fund, announced at an Abu Dhabi conference attended by President Francois Hollande and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, will be used to create &quot;safe havens&quot; for endangered artifacts and to transport and restore monuments damaged by war, UAE state news agency WAM reported.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;Conflict causes irreparable damage to valuable heritage sites in Syria, Iraq, Mali and many others,&quot; WAM quoted Mohammed al-Mubarak, chairman of Abu Dhabi&#39;s tourism and culture authority, as saying.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;Today, we establish a $100 million fund to focus on protecting and rebuilding these sites.&quot;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The statement did not provide further details.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Roman-era temples in Syria, museums in Iraq and ancient stucco buildings in medieval Yemeni ports have been marred by wars that have swept the region since 2011.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>France and the UAE are part of a U.S.-led international military coalition fighting Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria and say they want to protect artifacts threatened by air strikes, smugglers and militant groups.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Islamic State fighters last year dynamited several monuments including the Baal Shamin temple in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra, an act the U.N. cultural agency UNESCO called a war crime.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;This fanaticism is an attack on civilizations and thus on the unity of the human species,&quot; Hollande told the UNESCO conference, referring to Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Hollande also rebuked Syrian authorities for destroying Syria&#39;s diverse cultural heritage.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;In Aleppo, those who have chosen to unleash violence kill the Syrian people twice over &ndash; in the flesh with the bombing raids and the massacres which are taking place and in memory by (destroying) the most prestigious objects of humanity,&quot; he said.</div> Sat, 03 Dec 2016 14:19:00 +0000 Reuters 2474630 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2014/12/23/499612/heritage_sites_in_syria_damaged_by_war.jpg