Egypt Independent: Arts-Main news en France, UAE launch fund to protect monuments in conflict areas <img src="" 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 sites/default/files/photo/2014/12/23/499612/heritage_sites_in_syria_damaged_by_war.jpg Natalie Portman humanizes former first lady in flawed 'Jackie' <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>Despite its theatrical release, &quot;Jackie&quot; by all rights should have been a cable-TV movie. Indeed, in many respects it&#39;s a sort-of companion to HBO&#39;s recent stage adaptation &quot;All the Way,&quot; which picked up in virtually the same window, with Lyndon Johnson being sworn in as president.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;Jackie&quot; similarly tracks the aftermath of JFK&#39;s death in a concentrated format, using the device of Jackie&#39;s interview with a Life magazine reporter (Billy Crudup) to flash back not only to that fateful day, but glimpses of the couple&#39;s life together.</div><p>&nbsp;</p><div><div>Working from a script by Noah Oppenheim, Chilean director Pablo Larraín meticulously replicates scenes from the TV special &quot;A Tour of the White House,&quot; which helped foster an image of the model-pretty Jackie as the ultimate Stepford wife. Those scenes stand in stark contrast to the steely figure she presents post-assassination, one preoccupied by the optics of her husband&#39;s funeral to the chagrin of President Johnson (John Carroll Lynch) and his advisors.</div><div>Portman won an Oscar six years ago for &quot;Black Swan,&quot; and given the ferocious, emotionally wrenching nature of the performance, she&#39;ll likely find herself in that conversation again. She certainly throws her all into a part filled with anger, pain and defiance.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>That said, her commitment to impersonating the breathy tenor of Jackie&#39;s voice exacts a price, at least initially coming across as stilted and distracting. A separate problem resides in the movie&#39;s structure, which frankly seems better suited to the stage than screen.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Beyond her one-on-one conversation with the writer, Jackie discusses morality with a minister (John Hurt) and debates Jack&#39;s legacy with brother-in-law Bobby (Peter Sarsgaard, waging his own fitful battle with the famed Kennedy accent). Too often, these sequences play more like speeches than organic, flesh-and-blood encounters.</div><div>Thanks to its constricted time frame, &quot;Jackie&quot; is also notable for what it omits. There&#39;s no mention of Jackie&#39;s life beyond this immediate period of grief and mourning -- which included marrying Greek tycoon Aristotle Onassis, and becoming fiercely protective of her children and guarded in terms of the public eye. JFK&#39;s infidelities, meanwhile, are only obliquely addressed.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Technically, the movie is impressive. Larrain has not only replicated that horrible day in Dallas but almost seamlessly incorporated snippets of actual footage surrounding JFK&#39;s funeral and other key events, creating a strong sense of authenticity. But much of that is a triumph of wardrobe and hairstyling -- adding more to &quot;Jackie&#39;s&quot; handsome exterior than its moving but fitfully realized core.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;Jackie&quot; opens in the U.S. on December 2. It&#39;s rated R.</div></div><p>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 02 Dec 2016 14:54:00 +0000 CNN 2474604 at sites/default/files/photo/2015/05/10/43/ujy.jpg Veiled women to be denied access to Amr Diab’s Christmas concert <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p>The company organizing Amr Diab&rsquo;s concert at a New Cairo hotel, scheduled for December 25th on the occasion of Christmas, will ban attendance of female veiled fans and those below 18 years of age.</p><p>The reason given for this ban was that alcoholic beverages will be served, according to employees of the information office.</p><p>Contacting the company through their hotline, an employee tasked with talking to reporters said, in English, that this is normal in such concerts and that those below 18 years old will also be denied access, due to the &quot;nature of the concert&quot;.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><em>Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm</em></p> Thu, 01 Dec 2016 13:32:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2474592 at sites/default/files/photo/2014/12/16/484151/284454_0.jpg Taylor Swift, 'One Direction' top list of highest paid musicians: Forbes <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p>US pop star Taylor Swift, boy band &#39;One Direction&#39; and British singer Adele were the highest paid musicians in the world this year, Forbes magazine announced on Wednesday.</p><p>With earnings of US$170 million from touring, recording, endorsement and other income, Swift, 26 years of age, earned the title of 2016&#39;s highest paid musician. She pulled in a gross total of more than US$200 million on the North American portion of her &quot;1989&quot; world tour.</p><p>The &quot;Bad Blood&quot; singer was followed by One Direction, the English-Irish pop band, which brought in US$110 million, grossing US$200 million-plus for its recent On The Road Again Tour. Members of the band include Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson and, previously, Zayn Malik.</p><p>Ranking third was &quot;Hello&quot; singer Adele, 28, with US$80.5 million, her highest earnings total yet. Adele, whose album &quot;25&quot; was the biggest seller of 2015, enjoyed continued success with album sales this year and grossed millions per night for her arena shows.</p><p>Madonna, whose recent &quot;Rebel Heart&quot; tour grossed US$170 million, was fourth with US$76.5 million, which pushed her career total on the road to US$1.4 billion pretax, according to Forbes.</p><p>Rounding out the top 10 were Barbados-born Rihanna, who earned US$75 million, country star Garth Brooks (US$70 million), veteran rock band AC/DC (US$67.5 million), the Rolling Stones ($66.5 million), DJ Calvin Harris ($63 million) and music mogul Diddy ($62 million).</p><p>Collectively, the 30 listed musicians earned more than $1.8 billion this year.</p><p>Forbes compiled the list after estimating pretax income for the 12 months from June 2015 to 2016, based on interviews with managers, agents, lawyers and some of the stars. It also looked at data from the Pollstar, the Recording Industry Association of America and the tracking firm Nielsen SoundScan.</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 01 Dec 2016 11:49:00 +0000 Reuters 2474586 at sites/default/files/photo/2015/02/13/43/taylor_swift_.jpg