Egypt Independent: Arts-Main news en Film 'The Price' participates in int'l festivals before commercial screening <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>Saba Mubarak, starring with Amr Youssef and Salah Abdallah&nbsp;in &ldquo;The Price&rdquo;, directed by Hisham Issawi, said it is a distinct work of art, &quot;different from what is being shown in cinemas these days.&quot;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&ldquo;It is about an ordinary Arab who finds himself lost amid regional conflicts that force him to flee his country and escape from death,&rdquo; she said. &ldquo;I play a Syrian refugee.&rdquo;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>She added that the film will participating in international festivals before it is screened commercially.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 12:50:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2454880 at sites/default/files/photo/2015/07/28/501271/saba.jpg Box Office: 'Ant-Man' Tops Charts, 'Pixels' Opens to Lackluster $24 Million <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>Adam Sandler&#39;s star appears to have dimmed significantly, after &quot;Pixels,&quot; a slice of arcade game nostalgia that recruited the likes of Pac-Man and Donkey Kong to appear alongside the funnyman, opened to a disappointing US$24 million at the domestic box office.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The critically derided comedy finished up just behind Disney and Marvel&#39;s &quot;Ant-Man,&quot; which picked up first place and $24.8 million in its second weekend. That marks the weakest chart-topping performance since April 24 when &quot;Furious 7,&quot; then in its fourth week of release, bested all challengers with $17.8 million. So far, &quot;Ant-Man&quot; has earned $106.1 million stateside.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The weekend box office race unfolded in the shadow of a shocking act of violence after a gunman opened fire during a Thursday night screening of &quot;Trainwreck&quot; in Louisiana, killing two women and injuring nine people before turning the weapon on himself. Safety concerns across the country may have caused some consumers to steer clear of cinemas.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Among the weekend&#39;s other new releases, Fox&#39;s &quot;Paper Towns&quot; picked up $12.5 million from 3,031 locations, while The Weinstein Company&#39;s &quot;Southpaw&quot; snagged $16.5 million from 2,772 theaters. &quot;Paper Towns&quot; missed analysts&#39; projections. Most estimates had the latest tween romance from &quot;Fault in Our Stars&quot; author John Green debuting to north of $20 million. With a production budget of $12 million, it still stands to be profitable, but the results seemed to puzzle the studio, which thought it had a hit on its hands.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;I&#39;m really somewhat mystified,&quot; said Chris Aronson, domestic distribution chief at Fox. &quot;It&#39;s something we&#39;re going to have to look at and review on a post-mortem basis and find out why we didn&#39;t get more people in.&quot;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;Southpaw,&quot; an uplifting boxing drama with Jake Gyllenhaal, did better than expected, potentially setting the $25 million drama up for a healthy run with those moviegoers who have grown weary of dinosaurs and costumed heroes. The picture attracted a diverse crowd that was 24% Latino, 21% African-American, and 60% under the age of 35. The film&#39;s star was front and center, doing interviews on everything from Fresh Air to Sports Center, while recounting the physical transformation he underwent to believably play a fighter.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;Jake was everywhere and people responded to him,&quot; said Erik Lomis, the Weinstein Company&#39;s distribution chief.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>He predicted a long run, noting, &quot;It appeals to the people on a mass level and it&#39;s a very satisfying film.&quot;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>In the case of &quot;Pixels,&quot; the Sony release cost $88 million to produce, a figure that is moderate by summer blockbuster standards, and the studio touted its overseas performance. The picture has made more than $25 million to date, Sony said. In the U.S., the opening weekend crowd was 62% under the age of 25 and 55% male.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>It ranks as another disappointment for Sandler. Four years ago, he was perhaps the most consistent comedian in terms of box office performance, fielding hits like &quot;I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry,&quot; &quot;Grown Ups,&quot; and &quot;Just Go With It.&quot; More recently, he has struggled mightily - headlining flops and duds like &quot;Blended&quot; and &quot;That&#39;s My Boy.&quot; Only a sequel to &quot;Grown Ups&quot; and &quot;Hotel Transylvania,&quot; an animated film that only featured his voice, have worked. He will now look to salvation in the form of a multi-picture deal with Netflix.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Holdovers, &quot;Minions&quot; and &quot;Trainwreck,&quot; picked up $22.1 million and $17.3 million, pushing their totals to $261.6 million and $61.5 million, respectively. In milestone news, &quot;Jurassic World&quot; has now blown past &quot;Marvel&#39;s The Avengers&quot; on the domestic all-time list, becoming the third biggest film in history, when not adjusted for inflation, with $623.8 million. It earned $6.9 million.</div> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 11:05:00 +0000 Reuters 2454858 at sites/default/files/photo/2015/07/28/501184/ant_man.jpg Artist puts different countries in Palestine’s shoes <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p>An online, artistic campaign named &lsquo;My Name is Gaza. Do You See Me!!&rsquo; has been launched by Palestinian graphic designer Jihad Abdul Haq in an effort to trigger the empathy of the international community towards the Palestinian crisis.&nbsp;</p><p>Through his intriguing artwork, the 26-year-old artist pushed the envelope by presenting imaginative graphics depicting several landmark cities under Israeli rocket fire. &nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.4;">Haq employed art as a tool to amplify the voice of Palestinian citizens marginalised by Israeli occupation while providing a sketched portrayal of their everyday suffering.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.4;">&ldquo;The campaign aims to urge the recipient to imagine if the war has been taken place in his homeland, the little martyr has been his child, and the destructed house has been his own&hellip;so how would he feel about that?&rdquo; Haq told</span><span style="line-height: 1.4;"> <em>Egypt Independent</em>.</span><span style="line-height: 1.4;">&nbsp;</span></p><p>The artistic campaign displays a number of landmarks located in both Arab and Western countries, including statue of liberty in the US, Eiffel Tower in France, Big Ban in England, the Grand Pyramids in Egypt, Burj Khalifa (Khalifa Tower) in Dubai, and Abraj Al-Kuwait (Kuwait Towers) in Kuwait.&nbsp;</p><p>&quot;This work of art does not carry any political orientation or sabotage Intents, and we wish stability for all countries in the world but...we must stand up and support the people in Gaza in particular and Palestine in general from the door of the human conscience, in order to spread the spirit of love and peace all over the world,&quot; Haq wrote on his <a href="">Behance</a> account.</p><p>The campaign proved to be successful, drawing a great deal of attention from social media platforms as well as different media outlets, including Arabic, Western, and even Israeli.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Millions of Palestinian families have been suffering from lingering oppression at the hands of Israeli occuptaion of the West Bank and Gaza Strip since 1948.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.4;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/ei/mynameisgaza1_1.jpg" style="width: 536px; height: 758px;" /></span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.4;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/ei/mynameisgaza3_0.jpg" style="width: 536px; height: 758px;" /></span></p><p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/ei/mynameisgaza5_0.jpg" style="line-height: 1.4; font-size: 1em; width: 536px; height: 758px;" /></p><p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/ei/mynameisgaza2_0.jpg" style="width: 536px; height: 758px;" /></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 15:05:00 +0000 Heba Helmy 2454819 at sites/default/files/photo/2015/07/27/43/my-name-is-gaza-1.jpg Bahaa Taher's novel to be turned into TV series <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>Author Bahaa Taher Wahet al-Ghorub&#39;s novel, &quot;The Sunset Oasis&quot;, which obtained the Booker Prize in 2008 will be turned into TV series to be aired during next year&#39;s Ramadan.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;We have started preparing to turn the novel into a TV drama. The series will be written by Mariam Naoum and directed by Kamla Abu Zekry,&quot; said series producer Gamal al-Adl.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;No actors have been selected so far for the roles,&quot; he added.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The novel takes place in the Siwa Oasis during the 19th Century, at the start of British colonization.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Another novel by Taher was developed into a drama called &quot;Khalti Safiya wel Deir&quot;. The series starred Mamdouh Abdel Alim, Poussy, Rania Farid Shawky and Sanaa Gamil. It was directed by Ismail Abdel Hafez and written by Yosr al-Seewy.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 10:41:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2454767 at sites/default/files/photo/2015/07/27/16030/taher.png