Egypt Independent: Culture-Main news http://www.egyptindependent.com//enhome_channel/Culture/rss.xml en Disney extends one of its most successful film franchises http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2440612 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2014/11/28/43/toy_soory.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p>&nbsp;</p><p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 20px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; font-size: 15px; font-family: georgia, 'times new roman', serif; line-height: 23px; "><span class="mandelbrot_refrag"><a class="mandelbrot_refrag" data-ls-seen="1" href="http://www.reuters.com/finance/stocks/overview?symbol=DIS&amp;lc=int_mb_1001" style="color: rgb(0, 110, 151); text-decoration: none; cursor: pointer; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; ">Walt Disney</a></span>&nbsp;Co said on Thursday it will extend one of Pixar&#39;s most successful film franchises by making &quot;Toy Story 4&quot; for release in 2017, directed by John Lasseter.</p><p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 20px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; font-size: 15px; font-family: georgia, 'times new roman', serif; line-height: 23px; ">&quot;John created &#39;Toy Story&#39; and directed its first two films and it&#39;s great to have him back directing one of our most valuable properties,&quot; Disney chief executive Bob Iger said on an&nbsp;<span class="mandelbrot_refrag"><a class="mandelbrot_refrag" data-ls-seen="1" href="http://www.reuters.com/finance/markets/earnings?lc=int_mb_1001" style="color: rgb(0, 110, 151); text-decoration: none; cursor: pointer; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; ">earnings</a></span>call.</p><p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 20px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; font-size: 15px; font-family: georgia, 'times new roman', serif; line-height: 23px; ">Iger called 2010&#39;s &quot;Toy Story 3&quot; a &quot;tremendous success&quot; with more than $1 billion at the global box office and $10 billion in&nbsp;<span class="mandelbrot_refrag"><a class="mandelbrot_refrag" data-ls-seen="1" href="http://www.reuters.com/sectors/industries/overview?industryCode=103&amp;lc=int_mb_1001" style="color: rgb(0, 110, 151); text-decoration: none; cursor: pointer; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; ">retail</a></span>sales.</p><p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 20px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; font-size: 15px; font-family: georgia, 'times new roman', serif; line-height: 23px; ">He said that demonstrated that &quot;these wonderful characters are clearly just as relevant and beloved as ever.&quot;</p><div>&quot;Toy Story&quot; was the first feature film made by Pixar Animation Studios, in 1995, and gave the famous animated characters Woody, the toy cowboy, and space ranger Buzz Lightyear a prominent place in pop culture.</div><p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 20px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; font-size: 15px; font-family: georgia, 'times new roman', serif; line-height: 23px; ">The first installment made $362 million at the global box office, while &quot;Toy Story 2&quot; brought in $485 million.</p><p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 20px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; font-size: 15px; font-family: georgia, 'times new roman', serif; line-height: 23px; ">Disney bought Pixar in 2006 in a deal worth $7.4 billion. (Reporting by&nbsp;<a data-ls-seen="1" href="http://blogs.reuters.com/search/journalist.php?edition=us&amp;n=lisa.richwine&amp;" style="color: rgb(0, 110, 151); text-decoration: none; cursor: pointer; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; ">Lisa Richwine</a>; Writing by&nbsp;<a data-ls-seen="1" href="http://blogs.reuters.com/search/journalist.php?edition=us&amp;n=mary.milliken&amp;" style="color: rgb(0, 110, 151); text-decoration: none; cursor: pointer; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; ">Mary Milliken</a>; Editing by James Dalgleish)</p> Fri, 28 Nov 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Reuters 2440612 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2014/11/28/43/toy_soory.jpg Art finds its edge on Italy's social faultlines http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2440602 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2014/11/28/499612/metropoliz_museum.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p>In a part of Rome few tourists ever reach, the Metropoliz Museum of the Other and the Elsewhere (MAAM) takes the concept of the warehouse gallery into a new dimension.</p><p>Located in an abandoned salami factory on the Italian capital&#39;s scruffy eastern periphery, the museum is also home to 200 squatters, including 50 children, whose precarious situation is an integral part of a project described by its creator, Giorgio de Finis, as a living, breathing artwork.</p><p>&quot;The police could come in tomorrow and throw everybody out,&quot; de Finis told AFP. &quot;We have to be prudent. That why we only open to the public on certain days (usually Saturdays) and for special events.&quot;</p><p>Despite the irregular hours, the museum is becoming increasingly recognised as an innovative element of Rome&#39;s otherwise recession-fatigued art scene.</p><p>From November 28-December 6, it hosts &quot;Iron and Fire&quot;, an exhibition of Paolo Buggiani, a contemporary of Andy Warhol who was part of New York&#39;s Pop and Street art scenes in the 1970s and 80s, and now specialises in incorporating live flames into sculpture-based performance pieces.</p><p><strong>On the frontline&nbsp;</strong></p><p>Culturally, physically and socially, MAAM stands on the frontline of Italy&#39;s overlapping immigration and housing crises.</p><p>Its inhabitants come from all over. Many are Roma, an ethnic group whose herding into squalid, overcrowded camps in Italy has been subject to international criticism. And just down the road lies Tor Sapienza, a rundown neighbourhood where angry residents this month laid violent siege to a refuge for asylum seekers.</p><p>De Finis&#39;s vision is based on the encounter between artists and residents and their joint creation of an alternative to the broken model of society represented by events in Tor Sapienza.</p><p>The concept has become reality with help from hundreds of creatives, ranging from recent graduate Andrea Rinaldi, 27, to established figures like Buggiani, 81, all of them working for free.</p><p><strong>Yoda inspiration&nbsp;</strong></p><p>&quot;As soon as a single euro changed hands, the whole thing would collapse,&quot; said de Finis.</p><p>An anthropologist and film-maker with a whimsical passion for outer space, de Finis draws inspiration from Yoda, the Jedi warrior-philosopher of &quot;Star Wars&quot; fame who once advised: &quot;Do or not do: there is no try.&quot;</p><p>&quot;At the moment it is a story without an ending,&quot; de Finis said.</p><p>&quot;I can see three possible outcomes: the owners send in the bailiffs and shut the whole thing down, they decide to embrace what we have created and take ownership of it, or it all just falls apart of its own accord,&quot; he said.</p><p>Hopefully, he argues, the first option is a receding possibility because the authorities would hesitate to destroy a cultural project capable of drawing up to 1,000 members of the Rome art crowd out of the city for special events.</p><p>&quot;The art is a way of giving the place a sort of skin that perhaps will protect it from a forced eviction.&quot;</p><p><strong>Midas touch&nbsp;</strong></p><p>Occupied first in 2009 by BPM, a radical housing campaign group, after it was sold by the relocating salami makers to a construction company, the building that houses MAAM has a crumbly feel to it.</p><p>But that fragility has also contributed to the cohesion of the whole space as the artists have patched up rough edges, incorporating remnants of the site&#39;s previous function or taking inspiration from it.</p><p>A disused elevator has been given a gold veneer by visual artist Michele Welke in a nod to both the transformative, Midas touch of art and the role of money in social elevation.</p><p>Cages of the kind once used for livestock also feature: German artist Susanne Kessler has donated an installation originally inspired by Guantanamo prison that she felt could make a different point about the treatment of migrants in the MAAM setting.</p><p>Another room, once used for stripping carcasses, is now home to a giant mural by Spanish painters Pablo Mesa Capella and Gonzalo Orquin.</p><p>Entitled E-MAAMCIPAZIONE, it features a series of pigs strung up but concludes with two joyously scampering to freedom.</p><p>&quot;We don&#39;t have the money to do a complete architectural renovation of the building so we have to work with what we&#39;ve got,&quot; said De Finis, glancing down at the rubble that litters a still-to-be-renovated residential section of the main building.</p><p>The sections completed include a courtyard vegetable garden and a nursery where volunteer teachers provide educational support for the residents&#39; children three afternoons a week.</p><p>Resident Mustapha Labiki, originally from Morocco, says the interaction with the artists has been enriching. &quot;This place attracts all kinds of people. There is always something going on, someone to talk to and that helps the older kids stay off the streets.&quot;</p><p>Sara Bautista, from Peru, says there is another advantage to life in a customised, art-filled squat. &quot;We share recipes and you don&#39;t get your neighbours complaining that your cooking is making a disgusting smell!&quot;</p> Fri, 28 Nov 2014 08:55:00 +0000 AFP 2440602 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2014/11/28/499612/metropoliz_museum.jpg Actress Menna Shalaby joins production of TV series on Jews in 1940s http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2440575 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2014/11/27/484151/_hos8241.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>Actress Menna Shalaby joined TV series &ldquo;Haret al-Yahoud&rdquo; (Jews&#39; Quarter) along with the actor Eyad Nassar, said producer Gamal al-Adl, adding that the actress Hala Sidqi and Shwikar had also joined the production.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;We will begin on the first of January 2015 filming the series,&quot; said Adl.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The series, written by Medhat al-Adl and to be directed by Mohamed Gamal al-Ad,&nbsp;revolves around the life of Jews in Egypt during the 1940s, and could to stir up thought-provoking controversy due to Egypt&#39;s btter history towards their Jewish minority population, the majority of whom fled to neighboring Israel.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><div>Another film called &ldquo;The Jews of Egypt&rdquo;&nbsp;pushed the envelope a little too far when it was banned in March 2013 by the National Security Agency after it had been out only for a short time. Director Amir Ramses said the ban violated the powers of the country&rsquo;s censorship authorities, and described the move as &ldquo;ignorant and authoritarian.&rdquo;</div></div><p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 27 Nov 2014 17:16:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2440575 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2014/11/27/484151/_hos8241.jpg US best selling books list http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2440584 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2014/11/27/43/law-books-tablet.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p style="margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; font-size: 15px; font-family: georgia, 'times new roman', serif; line-height: 23px;"><span class="focusParagraph" style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans;"><span class="articleLocatio&lt;/span&gt;n">David Baldacci&#39;s newest thriller, &quot;The Escape,&quot; made the U.S best-seller list on Wednesday, knocking Stephen King&#39;s &quot;Revival&quot; from the No. 1 spot.</span></span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; font-size: 15px; font-family: georgia, 'times new roman', serif; line-height: 23px;">Data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors across the United States is used to compile the list.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; font-size: 15px; font-family: georgia, 'times new roman', serif; line-height: 23px;">&nbsp;</p><p style="margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; font-size: 15px; font-family: georgia, 'times new roman', serif; line-height: 23px;">Hardcover Fiction Last Week</p><p style="margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; font-size: 15px; font-family: georgia, 'times new roman', serif; line-height: 23px;">1. &quot;The Escape&quot; by David Baldacci</p><p style="margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; font-size: 15px; font-family: georgia, 'times new roman', serif; line-height: 23px;">(Grand Central, $28.00) -</p><p style="margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; font-size: 15px; font-family: georgia, 'times new roman', serif; line-height: 23px;">2. &quot;Revival&quot; by Stephen King</p><p style="margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; font-size: 15px; font-family: georgia, 'times new roman', serif; line-height: 23px;">(Scribner, $30.00) 1</p><p style="margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; font-size: 15px; font-family: georgia, 'times new roman', serif; line-height: 23px;">3. &quot;Gray Mountain&quot; by John Grisham</p><p style="margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; font-size: 15px; font-family: georgia, 'times new roman', serif; line-height: 23px;">(Doubleday, $28.95) 2</p><p style="margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; font-size: 15px; font-family: georgia, 'times new roman', serif; line-height: 23px;">4. &quot;The Mistletoe Promise&quot; by Richard</p><p style="margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; font-size: 15px; font-family: georgia, 'times new roman', serif; line-height: 23px;">Paul Evans (Simon &amp; Schuster, $19.99) -</p><p style="margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; font-size: 15px; font-family: georgia, 'times new roman', serif; line-height: 23px;">5. &quot;Flesh and Blood&quot; by Patricia Cornwell</p><p style="margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; font-size: 15px; font-family: georgia, 'times new roman', serif; line-height: 23px;">(Morrow, $28.99) 3</p><p style="margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; font-size: 15px; font-family: georgia, 'times new roman', serif; line-height: 23px;">6. &quot;The Cinderella Murder&quot; by Mary Higgins</p><p style="margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; font-size: 15px; font-family: georgia, 'times new roman', serif; line-height: 23px;">Clark and Alafair Burke (Simon &amp; Schuster, $26.99) -</p><p style="margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; font-size: 15px; font-family: georgia, 'times new roman', serif; line-height: 23px;">7. &quot;The Burning Room&quot; by Michael Connelly</p><p style="margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; font-size: 15px; font-family: georgia, 'times new roman', serif; line-height: 23px;">(Little, Brown, $28.00) 4</p><p style="margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; font-size: 15px; font-family: georgia, 'times new roman', serif; line-height: 23px;">8. &quot;The Job&quot; by Janet Evanovich</p><p style="margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; font-size: 15px; font-family: georgia, 'times new roman', serif; line-height: 23px;">and Lee Goldberg (Bantam, $28.00) -</p><p style="margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; font-size: 15px; font-family: georgia, 'times new roman', serif; line-height: 23px;">9. &quot;Leaving Time&quot; by Jodi Picoult</p><p style="margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; font-size: 15px; font-family: georgia, 'times new roman', serif; line-height: 23px;">(Ballantine, $28.00) 7</p><p style="margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; font-size: 15px; font-family: georgia, 'times new roman', serif; line-height: 23px;">10. &quot;Prince Lestat&quot; by Anne Rice</p><p style="margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; font-size: 15px; font-family: georgia, 'times new roman', serif; line-height: 23px;">(Knopf, $28.95) 6</p><p style="margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; font-size: 15px; font-family: georgia, 'times new roman', serif; line-height: 23px;">&nbsp;</p><p style="margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; font-size: 15px; font-family: georgia, 'times new roman', serif; line-height: 23px;">Hardcover Nonfiction</p><p style="margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; font-size: 15px; font-family: georgia, 'times new roman', serif; line-height: 23px;">1. &quot;Money: Master the Game&quot; by</p><p style="margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; font-size: 15px; font-family: georgia, 'times new roman', serif; line-height: 23px;">Tony Robbins (Simon &amp; Schuster, $28.00) -</p><p style="margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; font-size: 15px; font-family: georgia, 'times new roman', serif; line-height: 23px;">2. &quot;41: A Portrait of My Father&quot; by</p><p style="margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; font-size: 15px; font-family: georgia, 'times new roman', serif; line-height: 23px;">George W. Bush (Crown, $28.00) 1</p><p style="margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; font-size: 15px; font-family: georgia, 'times new roman', serif; line-height: 23px;">3. &quot;Killing Patton,&quot; by Bill O&rsquo;Reilly</p><p style="margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; font-size: 15px; font-family: georgia, 'times new roman', serif; line-height: 23px;">and Martin Duggard (Henry Holt, $30.00) 2</p><p style="margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; font-size: 15px; font-family: georgia, 'times new roman', serif; line-height: 23px;">4. &quot;Make It Ahead&quot; by Ina Garten</p><p style="margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; font-size: 15px; font-family: georgia, 'times new roman', serif; line-height: 23px;">(Clarkson Potter, $35.00) 3</p><p style="margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; font-size: 15px; font-family: georgia, 'times new roman', serif; line-height: 23px;">5. &quot;Guinness World Records 2015&quot;</p><p style="margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; font-size: 15px; font-family: georgia, 'times new roman', serif; line-height: 23px;">(Guinness World Records, $28.95) 5</p><p style="margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; font-size: 15px; font-family: georgia, 'times new roman', serif; line-height: 23px;">6. &quot;Yes Please&quot; by Amy Poehler</p><p style="margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; font-size: 15px; font-family: georgia, 'times new roman', serif; line-height: 23px;">(HarperCollins/Dey Street, $28.99) 4</p><p style="margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; font-size: 15px; font-family: georgia, 'times new roman', serif; line-height: 23px;">7. &quot;Dreamers and Deceivers&quot; by Glenn Beck</p><p style="margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; font-size: 15px; font-family: georgia, 'times new roman', serif; line-height: 23px;">(S&amp;S/Threshold, $27.00) 10</p><p style="margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; font-size: 15px; font-family: georgia, 'times new roman', serif; line-height: 23px;">8. &quot;Being Mortal&quot; by Atul Gawande</p><p style="margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; font-size: 15px; font-family: georgia, 'times new roman', serif; line-height: 23px;">(Metropolitan, $24.00) 13</p><p style="margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; font-size: 15px; font-family: georgia, 'times new roman', serif; line-height: 23px;">9. &quot;No Hero&quot; by Mark Owen (Dutton, $27.95) 9</p><p style="margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; font-size: 15px; font-family: georgia, 'times new roman', serif; line-height: 23px;">10. &quot;The Andy Cohen Diaries&quot; by Andy Cohen</p><p style="margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; font-size: 15px; font-family: georgia, 'times new roman', serif; line-height: 23px;">(Holt, $26.00) 7</p> Thu, 27 Nov 2014 15:42:00 +0000 Reuters 2440584 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2014/11/27/43/law-books-tablet.jpg