Egypt Independent: Arts-Main news en 'Burkini' bans good for sales: Australian designer <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p>Burkini bans in France have boosted sales and interest in the full-bodied Islamic swimsuit, particularly from non-Muslim women, the Australian credited with creating the design said on Tuesday.<br /><br />The burkini has sparked huge controversy in France, with bans in 15 towns in the country&#39;s southeast amid high tensions following a string of deadly jihadist attacks.<br /><br />But Australian-Lebanese Aheda Zanetti, who claims the trademark on the name burkini and burqini and created her first swimwear for Muslim women more than a decade ago, said the furore in France has attracted more publicity for her products.<br /><br />&quot;It&#39;s just been so hectic,&quot; she told AFP.<br /><br />&quot;I can tell you that online on Sunday, we received 60 orders -- all of them non-Muslim,&quot; the 48-year-old Sydneysider said, adding that she usually received 10 to 12 orders on Sundays.<br /><br />Zanetti did not have sales figures for the rest of the past week but said she had also received numerous messages of support &mdash; and only one disparaging email &mdash; since the French bans.<br /><br />They include messages from cancer survivors and other swimmers who use her light-weight, quick-drying two-piece garments as protection from the sun.<br /><br />There are other Islamic swimsuits but Zanetti has said her designs are the first to be streamlined into two-piece swimwear with a head covering.<br /><br />&quot;A lot of the correspondence... was that they are survivors of skin cancer and they&#39;ve always been looking for something like this, saying, &#39;Thank god we&#39;ve found someone like this producing such a swimsuit&#39;,&quot; she said.<br /><br />&quot;The support I&#39;m getting is somehow about empowering women... I feel like I&#39;ve been a counsellor. It&#39;s a cry of need that they want to have this enjoyment.<br /><br />&quot;Women are standing together on this. It doesn&#39;t matter what race or religion.&quot;<br />She said the one critical email questioned why Zanetti wanted to cover up women in France, noting &quot;we prefer our women to be naked&quot;.<br /><br />Australia is grappling with a rise in anti-Muslim sentiment after a series of attacks by radicalised youth but the burkini has not attracted strong criticism in a country where people regularly cover up at beaches to protect their skin under the harsh sun.<br /><br />While there are divisions over the burkini in France, Canada&#39;s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday dismissed the idea of a ban in his country, saying Canadians should rise above the controversy as he called for the respect of individual rights and choices.</p> Mon, 29 Aug 2016 13:52:00 +0000 AFP 2472205 at sites/default/files/photo/2016/08/29/39/aheda.jpg Beyonce invites mothers of slain black men to MTV awards <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>Pop superstar Beyonce on Sunday invited the mothers of slain African American men to the MTV Video Music Awards, where her politically charged &quot;Formation&quot; is up for the top prize.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Beyonce, dressed angelically in a long glittery silver skirt topped by light blue wings and a staggering amount of jewelry, also brought her daughter Blue Ivy to the music gala at New York&#39;s Madison Square Garden.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The singer entered the red carpet silently with the mothers of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Oscar Grant and Trayvon Martin &mdash; all African Americans whose lives were cut short in contested circumstances.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Martin, 17, was killed in 2012 by a white neighborhood guard, helping trigger the Black Lives Matter movement. Brown, Garner and Grant were all killed by law enforcement. The mothers of all four men except Grant appeared in Beyonce&#39;s film &quot;Lemonade,&quot; which was intertwined with an album of the same name.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;Formation,&quot; the first single off the album, was the most politically charged track of Beyonce&#39;s career. Inspired by the bounce hip-hop scene of New Orleans, the video at one point depicts police officers raising their hands as if under arrest.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Beyonce is nominated for a total of 11 awards on Sunday, more than any other artist.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Beyonce Legion, a fan Twitter account that is generally well-informed, said that the singer wore $12.6 million worth of diamonds in rings and earrings.</div> Mon, 29 Aug 2016 13:23:00 +0000 AFP 2472201 at sites/default/files/photo/2015/06/23/43/lead_large.jpg Forbes list of highest-paid actors <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p>Dwayne &quot;The Rock&quot; Johnson was named the world&#39;s highest paid actor by Forbes on Thursday, raking in US$64.5 million and snatching the title held for three consecutive years by Robert Downey Jr.</p><div>The 44-year-old former wrestler more than doubled his earnings from last year thanks to his role in the action comedy &quot;Central Intelligence,&quot; the eighth installment of the &quot;Fast &amp; Furious&quot; racing franchise and the forthcoming &quot;Baywatch.&quot;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Johnson was ranked number 11 last year, earning some $31 million in the 12 months from June 2014 to June 2015. The actor, who stars in the HBO series &quot;Ballers,&quot; took to Twitter to express his delight at his new title.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;Want to say two things about this,&quot; he tweeted. &quot;I started w/$7 bucks. If I can overcome, so can you. Waffle House on me!!&quot;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Jackie Chan came in second on the Forbes list with $61 million dollars followed by Matt Damon ($55 million), Tom Cruise ($53 million) and Johnny Depp ($48 million).</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Topping Forbes&#39;s list released earlier this week for highest-paid actresses was Jennifer Lawrence, who earned $46 million &mdash; nearly $20 million less than her male counterpart.The disparity is sure to stoke an ongoing debate in Hollywood about the industry&#39;s gender pay gap.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Lawrence wrote a blunt essay on the issue last year after a leak of stolen emails from Sony Pictures showed she was paid less than her male co-stars in the hit movie &quot;American Hustle.&quot; The world&#39;s 10 highest-paid actors made a combined $456.5 million, according to Forbes, compared to the $205 million earned by the top 10 actresses.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Rounding out the top 10 list for actors are:</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>6. Ben Affleck ($43 million)</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>7. Vin Diesel ($35 million)</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>8. Shah Rukh Khan ($33 million)</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>9. Robert Downey Jr. ($33 million)</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>10. Akshay Kumar ($31.5 million)</div> Sun, 28 Aug 2016 13:27:00 +0000 AFP 2472172 at sites/default/files/photo/2015/06/05/43/screen_shot_2015-06-05_at_3.26.19_pm.png Horror-thriller 'Don't Breathe' set to trump 'Suicide Squad' at US box office <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>&quot;Don&#39;t Breathe&quot;, a tense psychological horror-thriller, is expected to topple DC antiheroes &quot;Suicide Squad&quot; at the US box office this weekend.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>According to, &ldquo;Don&rsquo;t Breathe,&rdquo; about a group of friends who plan to rob a blind man&#39;s house with terrifying consequences and made for less than US$10 million, is predicted to take between $11 million and $14 million in its first three days.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Warner Bros&rsquo; &quot;Suicide Squad&quot; is expected to pull in another $9.6 million in its third week of release at the box office this weekend, while Sony Pictures&#39; raunchy animated comedy &quot;Sausage Party&quot; is &nbsp;also expecting a strong holdover in its third week with $7.5 million.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Also opening this weekend is Jason Statham&rsquo;s action-packed &ldquo;Mechanic: Resurrection,&rdquo; boxing drama &ldquo;Hands of Stone&rdquo; and romance &ldquo;Southside With You.&rdquo;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Statham leads the cast including Jessica Alba and Tommy Lee Jones in &quot;Mechanic: Resurrection&quot;, a sequel to the 2011 action film &quot;The Mechanic&quot;, which is expected to open with around $9.8 million this weekend.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Weinstein Co&rsquo;s &quot;Hands of Stone&quot;, starring Robert de Niro, singer-actor Usher Raymond and Edgar Ramirez, and &ldquo;Southside With You,&rdquo; the Barack and Michelle Obama first date love story starring Tika Sumpter and Parker Sawyers, are both expected to open between $2 million to $3 million at the box office.</div><div>&nbsp;</div> Sat, 27 Aug 2016 11:13:00 +0000 Reuters 2472147 at sites/default/files/photo/2016/08/27/501184/dont_breathe.jpg