Egypt Independent: Arts-Main news en Angelina Jolie to direct new film <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p>Actress-turned-director Angelina Jolie is to make a film about Cambodia&#39;s Khmer Rouge regime seen through the eyes of a war-scarred child for Netflix.</p><p>The Oscar-winning Hollywood A-lister will adapt &quot;First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers&quot;, a harrowing memoir by Cambodian human rights activist Loung Ung about surviving the deadly regime.</p><p>&quot;I was deeply affected by Loung&#39;s book,&quot; said Jolie, cited in a Netflix statement.</p><p>&quot;It deepened forever my understanding of how children experience war and are affected by the emotional memory of it.</p><p>&quot;And it helped me draw closer still to the people of Cambodia, my son&#39;s homeland,&quot; said the 40-year-old, speaking of her adopted son, Maddox. Her megastar husband Brad Pitt will be involved in producing the film.</p><p>Jolie will direct and produce the film from a script she co-wrote with Ung. Acclaimed Cambodian director Rithy Panh, nominated for an Oscar for 2013&#39;s &quot;The Missing Picture&quot;, will also serve as a producer.</p><p>Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos said: &quot;We are proud to be working with Angelina Jolie in bringing this emotionally powerful and ultimately uplifting story exclusively to Netflix members around the world.</p><p>&quot;Loung Ung&#39;s incredible journey is a testament to the human spirit and its ability to transcend even the toughest circumstances,&quot; he added.</p><p>The movie will be released on Netflix in late 2016.</p><p>Jolie&#39;s feature film debut was 2011&#39;s &quot;In the Land of Blood and Honey&quot; set in the Bosnian war. Her 2014 &quot;Unbroken&quot; was nominated for three Oscars.</p><p>She won an Oscar for best supporting actress for 1999&#39;s &quot;Girl, Interrupted&quot;.</p><p>She also won the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences&#39; Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award last year.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 14:54:00 +0000 AFP 2454985 at sites/default/files/photo/2014/11/23/484151/afp-angelina-jolie-plans-to-give-up-acting-report.jpg ‘Minions’ tops global box office <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p>The little guys are taking the big slice of global box office estimates, edging out Disney&#39;s &quot;Ant-Man&quot; for the weekend of July 26.</p><p>It&#39;s a battle between adorable animated characters as &quot;Minions&quot; tops global box office estimates with a total of US$66.1 million (RM252 million) in the bank just ahead of &quot;Ant-Man,&quot; which earned US$60.2 million over the weekend, according to Rentrak.</p><p>Universal&#39;s &quot;Minions&quot; now counts a grand total of US$759.4 million, and the Disney-Marvel produced &quot;Ant-Man&quot; counts 48 international territories and North America in which it was viewed over the weekend.</p><p>Fantasy-adventure-themed 3D film &quot;Monster Hunt&quot; came in third, earning US$46 million in only five territories, according to Rentrak.</p><p>Global box office estimates for the weekend of July 26 are as follows:&nbsp;</p><p>1. Minions - Universal -US $66.1M</p><p>2. Ant-Man - Disney - US$60.2M</p><p>3. Monster Hunt - Multiple - US$46.0M</p><p>4. Pixels - Sony - US$45.4M</p><p>5. Inside Out - Disney - US$35.7M</p><p>6. Jian Bing Man (Pancake Man) - Multiple - US$25.0M</p><p>7. Paper Towns - 20th Century Fox - US$20.5M</p><p>8. Southpaw - Multiple - US$20.0M</p><p>9. Assassination, The - Showbox - US$19.5M</p><p>10. Trainwreck - Universal - US$17.5M</p><p>11. Monkey King: Hero is Back - Multiple - US$17.0M</p><p>12. Jurassic World - Universal - US$14.5M</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 13:34:00 +0000 AFP 2454972 at sites/default/files/photo/2015/06/12/43/screen_shot_2015-06-12_at_1.43.46_pm.png Hany Shaker elected head of Musicians' Syndicate <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>Singer Hany Shaker was elected chairman of the Musicians&#39; Syndicate late Tuesday evening&nbsp;after fierce competition against current outgoing head, Mostafa Kamel.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Ten board members were also elected.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Speaking to <em>Al-Masry Al-Youm</em> after his victory, Shaker said he would improve the syndicate with &ldquo;a timetable and a definite plan&rdquo;.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>He also said he would give priority to musicians&#39; pensions and medical care.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Overall, there was a low turnout at the polls, but a number of pop singers, such as Saad al-Soghayyar and Shaaban Abdel Rahim, voiced support for Mostafa Kamel.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Inas Abdel Dayem, head of the Cairo Opera House, was also present at the polls.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 12:01:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2454942 at sites/default/files/photo/2015/07/29/94/songstar_hany_shaker.png Report: Cindy Crawford creating 'Modeling Wars' TV series <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>Supermodel Cindy Crawford is producing a television series inspired by the wars between top modeling agencies in the 1980s, the US magazine Variety reported.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The show &quot;Icon&quot; will chronicle the battles between the Ford Modeling Agency and Elite Model Management.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Crawford, 49, won&#39;t star in the series, despite having become one of the most sought after models in her 1980s and 1990s heyday.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Variety reported the show is in its early stages of development and Crawford is a producer for it.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;Icon&quot; is expected to be shown on NBC but an air date has yet to be set.</div> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 11:38:00 +0000 AFP 2454948 at sites/default/files/photo/2015/07/29/501184/cindy_crawford.jpg