Egypt Independent: Arts-Main news http://www.egyptindependent.com//enhome_channel/Culture/rss.xml en Filmmaker Mohamed Khan dies at 74 http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2471384 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2016/07/26/39/khan.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p dir="ltr">Filmmaker Mohamed Khan has passed away at Andalus Hospital in the Cairo neighborhood of Maadi at the age of 74.</p><p dir="ltr">Cinematographer Saeed al-Sheemy announced on social media that Khan died in the hospital where he was being treated for an ongoing illness.</p><p dir="ltr">The film critic Mohamed Atef, who knew Khan, said that funeral prayers will be held at Al-Kuwaiti mosque in the Zahraa district of Maadi on Tuesday afternoon.</p><p dir="ltr">Khan was born on October 26, 1942 to a Pakistani father and an Egyptian mother. He grew up in a house next to a cinema, from where he would sit and look at the seats inside the cinema, unable to see the screen. He developed a hobby for collecting film adverts printed in newspapers.</p><p dir="ltr">Despite having dreamed of becoming an architect, Khan grew up to become one of the best filmmakers of his generation.</p><p dir="ltr">He directed films from the late seventies into the eighties, culminating in the making of many films at the end of the eighties, and screen wrote for 12 of his films.</p><p dir="ltr">Khan&rsquo;s films are famous as being poignantly honest renditions of reality. He even played roles in some of his works.</p><p dir="ltr"><em>Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm</em></p><p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 26 Jul 2016 14:13:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2471384 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2016/07/26/39/khan.jpg ‘Jurassic World’ sequel sets 2017 production start date http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2471306 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2015/06/22/43/screen_shot_2015-06-22_at_12.37.14_pm.png" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>The sequel to 2015 action blockbuster Jurassic World is set to start production in February 2017, with The Impossible director Juan Antonio Bayona to helm the second film in the franchise.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The sequel has reportedly been given the provisional title Ancient Futures, with portions of the location shooting to again be done on the island of Hawaii, with filming also to take place at London&#39;s Pinewood Studios for the first time in the franchise&#39;s history.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Director of Jurassic World Colin Trevorrow has this time been tapped as a writer for the film, Collider has reported, with the stars of the first feature &mdash; Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard &mdash; set to reprise their roles in the sequel.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Jurassic World currently stands as the fourth highest grossing film of all time, as well as being the second highest grossing film of 2015.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div> Sat, 23 Jul 2016 13:01:00 +0000 AFP 2471306 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2015/06/22/43/screen_shot_2015-06-22_at_12.37.14_pm.png Dying on stage: comedian Marx has come closer than most http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2471304 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2016/07/23/501184/carey_marx.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>Like most stand-up comedians, Carey Marx has stories about &quot;dying on stage&quot;, but in his case they are almost literally true.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Just weeks after a heart attack at the age of 46 which he put down to smoking, drinking and poor diet, economic necessity forced Marx back to work. But the crowd reacted badly when he tried to make jokes about his illness, chanting: &quot;Die! Die! Die!&quot;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>He shuffled off stage and into an ambulance. He survived but only after a second operation to keep his arteries open.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;I tried to do material about the heart attack and I think if you do material like that badly you just embarrass the audience,&quot; Marx told Reuters ahead of a gig in south London.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;And I was also was genuinely afraid of hecklers, and that&#39;s when comedy becomes frightening. You should never be afraid of the heckler. When you feel your heart racing and you&#39;re aware that you could go down at any moment then it&#39;s pretty scary.&quot;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Just hours after his heart attack, Marx told hospital staff he intended to get to a gig that evening. The doctor, astonished that he was contemplating rushing back into such a high-stress occupation, inadvertently gave him his first heart joke.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;He said: &#39;You can&#39;t do comedy.&#39; What he hadn&#39;t bargained for is I&#39;ve been told that loads of times!&quot; Marx says in &quot;Intensive Carey&quot;, a show about his heart attack which he performed at the Edinburgh Festival and BBC radio.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>These days the Londoner, a combative, confident performer who is both lauded and criticized for his &quot;dark&quot; subject matters, rarely does material about his heart attack, partly because &quot;I don&#39;t want to ruin their night&quot; but more because it is so personal.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;I found it embarrassing to talk about at first. I am able to criticize the world and behavior and rules normally [during my comedy] because they don&#39;t affect me personally and I don&#39;t mind how the audience react to it.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;But if I had an audience I didn&#39;t really like, I didn&#39;t want to tell them the story, because it was personal. I felt like I had an investment in it.&quot;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>One of the most touching stories in &quot;Intensive Carey&quot; is when Marx recalls walking to the local shop to buy a bag a sugar.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Severely weakened by his heart disease, he has to clutch it desperately to his chest as he staggers home, aware that people around him must be thinking: &quot;Look at that poor old man. He really loves sugar.&quot;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Research published in the &quot;International Journal of Cardiology&quot; (<a href="http://tinyurl.com/gkpbuyc" target="_blank">tinyurl.com/gkpbuyc</a>) that found standup comedians were particularly at risk of fatal illness, with &quot;an inverse association between comedic ability and longevity&quot;, is something of a double-edged sword for Marx.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;Should I be putting &#39;has had a heart attack&#39; amongst the reviews on my flyers?&quot; he asked.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Marx rejects the idea that stress levels and personality traits are to blame for comedians&#39; poor health, and says it is more to do with lifestyle.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&ldquo;Nowadays there&rsquo;s a lot of very healthy people on the circuit. When I started it was a lot more rock and roll.&quot;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Rather than grabbing a greasy kebab after a late-night gig, he says: &quot;Lots of comedians arrive with their packed lunch. I have never been that good a person.&quot;</div><div>&nbsp;</div> Sat, 23 Jul 2016 12:40:00 +0000 Reuters 2471304 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2016/07/23/501184/carey_marx.jpg Edward Snowden talks film debut and dramatizing his life in 'Snowden' http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2471302 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2016/07/23/501184/edward_snowden.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>When former NSA contractor-turned-whistleblower Edward Snowden met with Oscar-winning director Oliver Stone to discuss a movie on his life, he never thought he would be making his own film debut.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Stone had initially interviewed Snowden to include him in DVD outtakes, Snowden said via video link late Thursday in San Diego after a screening of Stone&#39;s &quot;Snowden,&quot; which stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as the title character.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>But Snowden and Stone ended up filming nine takes for a scene in which he talks about his fears stemming from his actions.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;I spoke at length just about personal values and just what it meant to me with the things that were happening since 2013,&quot; said Snowden. &quot;I guess he liked it. People do seem to respond to that.&quot;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The movie, due out in September, follows the 2013 events that led Snowden, a former contractor with the National Security Agency, to expose the US government&#39;s mass surveillance programs and flee the country after the government filed espionage charges against him.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>He was granted asylum in Russia later that year, and has lived there since with his girlfriend, Lindsay Mills.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;When there is enough in the public record, you don&#39;t really get to decide whether or not the movie gets made,&quot; Snowden said.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The film follows Snowden&#39;s discovery of the US government&#39;s mass surveillance programs that digitally monitor unaware citizens.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>It fictionalizes and condenses some events, such as how Snowden smuggled the data out of the NSA &mdash;&nbsp;dramatized with a Rubik&#39;s Cube in the film &mdash;&nbsp;and got it to documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras and Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald in Hong Kong.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;I admitted that I did not have a plan beyond getting straight out of there (Hong Kong), I planned to ask the world for justice and see what happened. It was kind of surprising how that worked out,&quot; he said.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Asked by an audience member if he was happy, Snowden said: &quot;I actually live a surprisingly free life,&quot; working with organizations such as the American Civil Liberties Union that Gordon-Levitt donated his &quot;Snowden&quot; acting fee to.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;Every day, I&#39;m working on something now that I can be proud of. I love my country, I love the things that we try to do,&quot; he said.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;The fact that Lindsay ... has been with me for ten years, is still with me, that&#39;s something that just makes me happy every day.&quot;</div><div>&nbsp;</div> Sat, 23 Jul 2016 12:36:00 +0000 Reuters 2471302 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2016/07/23/501184/edward_snowden.jpg