Egypt Independent: Arts-Main news http://www.egyptindependent.com//enhome_channel/Culture/rss.xml en 'Inside Out' celebrates edge over 'Magic Mike,' 'Terminator' http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2453562 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2015/07/04/501184/inside_out_celebrates_edge_over_magic_mike_terminator.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>Even with the flashy competition of Terminators and male strippers, the little feelings inside a young girl&#39;s head proved to be more of a draw for moviegoers going into the holiday weekend.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Disney and Pixar&#39;s &quot;Inside Out&quot; earned a chart-topping US$7.7 million on Thursday, according to Rentrak estimates. The animated family film has grossed $216.1 million to date and could become the first film since &quot;Argo&quot; to climb to No. 1 during its third weekend in release.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;Inside Out&quot; had been trailing the gargantuan grosses of &quot;Jurassic World&quot; for two weeks, but might have the edge finally. Universal&#39;s record-busting dino film brought in $6.9 million Thursday, bringing its domestic total to $527.2 million.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>New openers &quot;Terminator Genisys&quot; and &quot;Magic Mike XXL&quot; held the third and fourth spots, respectively with $6.5 million and $5.7 million.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>But, this narrow advantage doesn&#39;t mean much for &quot;Terminator&#39;s&quot; bottom line, which looks destined for disappointment. The Skydance-Paramount movie was produced for an estimated $155 million. The &quot;Magic Mike&quot; sequel, meanwhile, only cost around $15 million.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>With daily grosses this close, the long holiday weekend is still anyone&#39;s game.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>While no film will be reaching the $80 million-plus heights of 2013&#39;s &quot;Despicable Me 2,&quot; 2004&#39;s &quot;Spider-Man 2&quot; or 2011&#39;s &quot;Transformers: Dark of the Moon,&quot; this weekend is solid improvement over last year&#39;s disastrous Fourth of July weekend.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The 2014 Independence Day box office was the weakest in decades thanks in part to lackluster options, like &quot;Tammy,&quot; and &quot;Earth to Echo,&quot; bad weather and the competition of the World Cup.</div> Sat, 04 Jul 2015 12:15:00 +0000 AP 2453562 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2015/07/04/501184/inside_out_celebrates_edge_over_magic_mike_terminator.jpg Arctic Monkeys, Duran Duran honored at Silver Clef Awards http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2453557 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2015/07/04/501184/duran_duran.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>From heavy metal rockers Iron Maiden to classical singers Il Divo, musicians of all kind were honored at the O2 Silver Clef Awards on Friday, gathering for the annual luncheon that raises money for a British musical therapy charity.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>British rock band Arctic Monkeys scooped the &quot;Best Live Act&quot; award, winning the sole public vote of the event, which was held in London.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Soul songstress Gladys Knight, pop star Rita Ora, rock group Duran Duran, heavy metal band Iron Maiden, producer and DJ Mark Ronson and classical singers Il Divo were among the winners of this year&#39;s awards.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;(Music) is an emotional medium. You can try to analyze it until you are blue in the face but it just gets results,&quot; Iron Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson said.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The ceremony, established in 1976, raises money for the British charity Nordoff Robbins, which uses music therapy to help children and adults.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Past winners include U2, Coldplay, the Rolling Stones and Paul McCartney.</div><div>&nbsp;</div> Sat, 04 Jul 2015 11:46:00 +0000 Reuters 2453557 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2015/07/04/501184/duran_duran.jpg Restored Word War Two Spitfire to be auctioned for charity http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2453549 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2015/07/04/501184/spitfire.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>A restored World War Two Spitfire which was shot down over northern France in 1940 is expected to raise about US$3 million for charity when it goes up for auction in London next week.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The wreckage of the Vickers Supermarine Spitfire Mk.1A was recovered in 1980 from a beach at Calais, northern France.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>It had crash-landed there after it was shot down on May 24, 1940, during the evacuation of Dunkirk and over the years was washed over by tides, sinking deeper into the sands, auctioneer Christie&#39;s said.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>It is one of two remaining Mk.1 models restored to the original specification and that can still fly, Christie&#39;s said.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The Spitfire will be put up for auction next Thursday with an estimate of 1.5 million pounds to 2.5 million pounds.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>It is being sold by art collector Thomas Kaplan, who will donate the proceeds to the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund and wildlife charity Panthera.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;It is arguably one of the most beautiful pieces of technology ever created,&quot; Kaplan said at the Churchill War Rooms museum in London, where the plane was exhibited.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;It is as graceful as any piece of modernist design.&quot;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The sale will also commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Battle of France and the Battle of Britain, the air war between the RAF and the German Lutwaffe in the summer and autumn of 1940.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;The spitfire is in a way the most iconic symbol of the Battle of Britain and the Battle of Britain was really one of the most pivotal turning points in modern history,&quot; Kaplan said.</div><div>&nbsp;</div> Sat, 04 Jul 2015 10:28:00 +0000 Reuters 2453549 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2015/07/04/501184/spitfire.jpg The men who would play Richard Nixon http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2453534 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2015/07/03/43/screen_shot_2015-07-03_at_5.17.52_pm.png" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p>Oh, Richard Nixon. Such a character you are.</p><section data-containers="58" data-eq-pts="xsmall: 0, medium: 460, large: 780, full16x9: 1100" data-eq-state="large" data-vr-zone="zone-1-0" data-zn-id="body-text" id="body-text"><p>Literally.</p><p>Perhaps no other modern president has been impersonated, parodied and portrayed so often, and why not? The brilliant and tragic Nixon was positively Shakespearean: jowly, with&nbsp;<a href="http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_mclaa1nIrw1qaw2tq.jpg" target="_blank">a swooping nose</a>, guttural voice,&nbsp;<a href="http://americandigest.org/sidelines/a_nixon-laughing-108329929978.jpg" target="_blank">unfortunate grin</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="https://carlanthonyonlinedotcom.files.wordpress.com/2011/04/nixon-victory-copy.jpg" target="_blank">overeager victory-sign pose</a>, combined with the mind of a chess player and the eyes of an obsessive.&nbsp;</p><p>And that biography. You can&#39;t reckon with American history -- especially the history of the &#39;70s -- without reckoning with Richard M. Nixon. He rose quickly -- vice president at age 39 -- crashed abruptly, came back to rise even higher and then went down in the ignominy of Watergate. (Historian Rick Perlstein even titled&nbsp;<a href="http://www.cnn.com/2008/SHOWBIZ/books/07/09/perlstein.nixonland/index.html?iref=newssearch#cnnSTCOther1" target="_blank">his chronicle of the &#39;60s and early &#39;70s &quot;Nixonland.&quot;</a>)&nbsp;</p><p>The material writes itself. No wonder so many performers have had Nixon to kick around. Here are some of the best who have taken their shot:</p><ul></ul><p><span style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', Arial, Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; font-weight: 700; line-height: normal;">1. Dan Aykroyd</span></p><p>Impressionists Rich Little and David Frye may have nailed the voice and the mannerisms, but in<a href="https://screen.yahoo.com/final-days-223417438.html" target="_blank">the &quot;Saturday Night Live&quot; sketch &quot;The Final Days&quot;</a>&nbsp;(written by Al Franken and Tom Davis), Aykroyd found something deeper and more corrosive.&nbsp;</p><p>The sketch, based on the Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein book, includes a segment in which Nixon talks to the paintings in the White House. &quot;They&#39;re going to find out about you someday,&quot; he says to a picture of John F. Kennedy. &quot;Having sex with women -- the president, within these very walls! That never happened when Dick Nixon was in the White House.&quot;&nbsp;</p><p>Aykroyd&#39;s manic bitterness captured Nixon&#39;s dangerous side and also showed that the early &quot;SNL&quot; would take no prisoners when it came to politics.&nbsp;</p><h3>2. Philip Baker Hall&nbsp;</h3><p>If Aykroyd&#39;s Nixon is played for some frightening laughs, then Hall&#39;s version, in Robert Altman&#39;s 1984 film &quot;Secret Honor,&quot; is simply frightening.&nbsp;</p><p>The actor, perhaps better known for his roles in Paul Thomas Anderson films, doesn&#39;t look much like the president, but in this one-man show he plows a paranoid energy into the part, acting out a complex psychodrama and bizarre conspiracy theory.&nbsp;</p><h3>3. Anthony Hopkins</h3><p>Hopkins, who won an Oscar for playing serial killer Hannibal Lecter in &quot;The Silence of the Lambs,&quot; took on the 37th president in Oliver Stone&#39;s 1995 film &quot;Nixon.&quot;&nbsp;</p><p>Though he was criticized as over the top (Hopkins &quot;brings plenty of Hannibal Lecter to Richard Nixon, a man who doesn&#39;t really need any more Hannibal Lecter brought to him,&quot;&nbsp;<a href="http://www.theguardian.com/film/2010/jun/03/nixon-oliver-stone-reel-history" target="_blank">wrote Alex von Tunzelmann in a 2010 appraisal</a>), he offers some sympathy for the beleaguered president in his portrayal.</p><h3>4. Dan Hedaya</h3><p>Hedaya played Nixon for laughs in the 1999 film &quot;Dick,&quot; a loopy story about two teenage girls who stumble on Watergate and become Deep Throat. Hedaya looks something like the president, though he exaggerates Nixon&#39;s tics.&nbsp;</p><p>Of course, in a movie that features Harry Shearer as G. Gordon Liddy, Will Ferrell as Bob Woodward and Dave Foley as H.R. Haldeman, that&#39;s par for the course.</p><h3>5. Harry Shearer</h3><p>Speaking of Shearer, the longtime voice of &quot;The Simpsons&#39; &quot; Mr. Burns has a longtime fascination with Nixon. His series&nbsp;<a href="http://www.youtube.com/embed/f9HtoWea72A" target="_blank">&quot;Nixon&#39;s the One&quot; recently played on YouTube</a>, and when &quot;The Simpsons&quot; needed a Nixon, Shearer&#39;s the one who&#39;s supplied the voice. (You may remember him from the &quot;Simpsons&quot; episode &quot;Whacking Day.&quot;)&nbsp;</p><p>Shearer thinks of the president as a &quot;self-made man, self-destroyed man,&quot;&nbsp;<a href="http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/tv/la-et-st-critics-notebook-harry-shearer-nixon-20141105-column.html" target="_blank">he told the Los Angeles Times</a>. &quot;I think of it as the darkest kind of comedy.&quot;&nbsp;</p><h3>6. Billy West</h3><p>&quot;Futurama,&quot; which was co-created by &quot;The Simpsons&#39; &quot; Matt Groening, also has a Nixon -- a head in a jar who became Earth&#39;s president in the year 3000. (His face is also on the $300 and $1000 bills.) In the future, he&#39;s&nbsp;<a href="http://i.imgur.com/zT7G2.png" target="_blank">a curmudgeonly tyrant</a>, and Billy West, who supplies Nixon&#39;s voice, has given him a werewolf-like &quot;a-roo!&quot; That touch was inspired by the 1960 presidential debates,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbur.org/npr/132401828/the-many-cartoon-faces-of-actor-billy-west" target="_blank">West told &quot;Fresh Air.&quot;</a></p><p>&quot;I said to my mom: Mom, it looks like he&#39;s going to turn into a werewolf, you know, because it was like (Lon Chaney Jr.&#39;s Wolf Man) Larry Talbot turning into the werewolf, you know,&quot; he said. &quot;That&#39;s what it looked like to me. So that&#39;s why I gave him that sort of thing.&quot;</p><h3>7. Frank Langella</h3><p>In the movie &quot;Frost/Nixon,&quot; Langella emphasized Nixon&#39;s slick side, the elder statesman trying to recover his reputation. Langella&#39;s Nixon is smooth and clever -- but eventually offers a tight-lipped apology to the American people for Watergate.&nbsp;</p><p>Langella said the role, which garned him an Oscar nomination, was a big challenge.</p><p>&quot;It took me a long time to figure out how to walk the line,&quot;<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/04/movies/awardsseason/04mcgr.html?pagewanted=all" target="_blank">&nbsp;he told The New York Times</a>. &quot;I didn&#39;t want to do an impression; I wanted an evocation of him, an essence. And I also knew that whatever I did, I could never satisfy some people, especially the ones who just want to hate Nixon.&quot;&nbsp;</p><p>He added, &quot;But why shouldn&#39;t he be human? Why shouldn&#39;t he be sympathetic and touching, along with all the rest -- vicious, cruel, a liar and a crook?&quot;&nbsp;</p><h3>8. John Cusack</h3><p>The 2013 film &quot;Lee Daniels&#39; The Butler&quot; concerns the life of a White House butler (Forest Whitaker) over several decades of the 20th century. The portrayals of the various presidents are uneven, and Cusack&#39;s Nixon earned a range of reviews.</p><p>&quot;Maybe I&#39;ve just seen &#39;Say Anything...&#39; too many times, but I couldn&#39;t think, for even a second, that Cusack&#39;s Nixon was the same guy who gave the Checkers speech or covered up Watergate,&quot;&nbsp;<a href="http://www.vulture.com/2013/08/the-butler-presidents-ranked-jfk-lbj-nixon-reagan.html" target="_blank">wrote New York magazine&#39;s Jen Chaney</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>On the other hand, director Daniels loved Cusack&#39;s energy.</p><p>&quot;John is a caged, rabid animal,&quot;&nbsp;<a href="http://www.empireonline.com/features/the-butler-presidents-lee-daniels/p4" target="_blank">he told Empire</a>.</p><h3>9. Richard Nixon</h3><p>But perhaps the best Richard Nixon was Nixon himself. He was a man of constant reinvention, an unlikely politician who forced himself into the arena and emerged victorious, only to undo himself.</p><p>His speeches, such as the Checkers speech or the talk to the Associated Press newspaper editors<a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/nixon-tells-editors-im-not-a-crook/2012/06/04/gJQA1RK6IV_story.html" target="_blank">&nbsp;in which he maintained, &quot;I am not a crook,&quot;</a>&nbsp;may be catnip to performers, but the original remains untoppable.</p><p>What performer could truly do him justice? He always was the one.</p><div><div>&nbsp;</div></div><p>&nbsp;</p></section> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 15:18:00 +0000 CNN 2453534 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2015/07/03/43/screen_shot_2015-07-03_at_5.17.52_pm.png