Egypt Independent: Arts-Main news http://www.egyptindependent.com//enhome_channel/Culture/rss.xml en Video: Princess Diana's dresses showcased 20 years after her death http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2476621 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2017/02/23/507556/diana.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p>Gowns worn by Princess Diana for everything from meeting diplomats to dancing with movie stars feature in an exhibition celebrating the fashion of one of Britain&#39;s favorite royals, which opens in London this week.</p><div style="position:relative;height:0;padding-bottom:56.25%"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/HXT-u1RZ2YE?ecver=2" style="position:absolute;width:100%;height:100%;left:0" width="640"></iframe></div><p>The collection of 25 dresses will be displayed from Friday for the rest of the year in Kensington Palace, where she lived for over 15 years. The exhibition coincides with the 20th anniversary of her death.<br /><br />It features an ink-blue velvet gown worn by Diana when she danced with actor John Travolta at the White House in 1985, as well as her &quot;Elvis&quot; dress - high-collared and encrusted with pearls.<br /><br />The collection also shows Diana&#39;s &quot;understanding of how to deploy fashion as a diplomatic tool,&quot; organizers said, including one dress that incorporates the national bird of Saudia Arabia, the falcon.<br /><br />&quot;Our exhibition explores the story of a young woman who had to quickly learn the rules of royal and diplomatic dressing, who in the process put the spotlight on the British fashion industry and designers,&quot; said Eleri Lynn, curator of &quot;Diana: Her Fashion Story&quot;.<br /><br />Diana, mother to Princes William and Harry, was married to heir-to-the-throne Prince Charles between 1981 and 1996 when the couple divorced.<br /><br />She died in a car crash in Paris in 1997.<br /><br /><em>Reporting by Alistair Smout; editing by Stephen Addison; Reuters</em></p> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 14:48:00 +0000 Reuters 2476621 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2017/02/23/507556/diana.jpg George Clooney opens up about becoming a first-time dad in his 50s http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2476613 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2017/02/23/507556/clooney.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p>George Clooney is ready for his next challenge -- parenthood.<br /><br />The actor opened up for the first time since news broke that he and his wife, Amal Clooney, are having twins.<br /><br />&quot;We are really happy and really excited. It&#39;s going to be an adventure,&quot; the actor said on the French TV show &quot;Rencontres de Cinema.&quot; &quot;We&#39;ve sort of embraced it all ... with arms wide open.&quot;<br /><br />Clooney said his friends can&#39;t help but tease him about becoming a dad later in life.<br /><br />The actor&#39;s longtime friend and fellow &quot;Ocean&#39;s&quot; series co-star, Matt Damon, confirmed the news on Thursday and recalled the moment Clooney told him.<br /><br />&quot;I was working with him last fall and he pulled me aside on set and I mean, I almost started crying. I was so happy for him,&quot; Damon told Entertainment Tonight Canada at a junket for his upcoming film &quot;The Great Wall.&quot;<br /><br />Damon has no doubt that Clooney, 55, and Amal, 39, will be nothing but &quot;awesome parents.&quot;<br /><br />Clooney said: &quot;My favorite part is, you know, all my friends who are my age, and I have many of them, they&#39;re already done. Their kids are all grown up and away to college and they are laughing.&quot;<br /><br />&quot;We went out to dinner the other night, and it&#39;s a table of eight guys and all their kids are away in college, and we are sitting there and they were all being very supportive, &#39;Everything is going to be great, you&#39;re going to love it,&#39;&quot; he continued. &quot;Then it got really quiet, and they all just started making baby crying and the whole table just busted up laughing.&quot;<br /><br />But he said he&#39;s comforted that the French actor Jean-Paul Belmondo was 70 when he had children: &quot;So I&#39;m feeling a bit better about being 56 by the time we have them.&quot;<br /><br />Clooney and his wife&#39;s lives are about to be turned upside down, but he couldn&#39;t sound more certain. &quot;It&#39;s going to change a lot of things but that&#39;s OK, that&#39;s life,&quot; he said.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 11:51:00 +0000 CNN 2476613 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2017/02/23/507556/clooney.jpg Breakup with Brad Pitt was 'very difficult': Angelina Jolie http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2476510 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2015/07/24/43/130523104422-01-brad-pitt-story-top.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p>American actress Angelina Jolie, 41, recently said that her breakup with her husband Brad Pitt was difficult.</p><p>Jolie is currently in Cambodia to promote her movie First They Killed My Father, her first major public appearance since she filed for divorce from Pitt in September 2016.&nbsp;</p><p>&quot;It was very difficult,&quot; Jolie told BBC. &quot;Many people find themselves in this situation. My whole family have all been through a difficult time.. my focus is my children, our children,&quot; she added.</p><p>&quot;We are and forever will be a family, and so that is how I am coping. I am coping with finding a way through to make sure that this somehow makes us stronger and closer.&quot;</p><p>Jolie and Pitt&#39;s relationship started in 2004 amid intense media attention and they got married in 2014. The couple has three biological children, in addition to the three they adopted.</p><p>For her new film &quot;First They Killed My Father&quot;, Jolie&nbsp;expressed her wish that the film will help the citizens of Cambodia to talk more openly about the suffering they were exposed to.</p><p>The film is based on a book bearing the same name, about a girl who was forced to fee with her family from the Cambodian capital&nbsp;Phnom Penh because of the Khmer Rouge, who ruled the country from 1975 until 1979.</p><p>The movie was screened at&nbsp;Angkor Wat in Siem Reap. Jolie and her six children attended the event, beside the Cambodian King&nbsp;Norodom Sihamoni, who granted Jolie the Cambodian nationality in 2005 over her activities to preserve the environment in Cambodia.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 13:17:00 +0000 Egypt Independent 2476510 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2015/07/24/43/130523104422-01-brad-pitt-story-top.jpg British author Rowling says Trump has a right to be bigoted http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2476500 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2014/11/02/484151/jk_rowling.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p>Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling labeled then-US presidential candidate Donald Trump &quot;bigoted&quot; after receiving the PEN/Allen Foundation Literary Service Award in New York.<br /><br />Rowling, who won the prize for her efforts to fight inequality and censorship, criticized the presumptive Republican nominee, who has called for a temporary ban on Muslims entering the United States.<br /><br />But the British author stuck up for Trump&#39;s right to visit the United Kingdom, despite the outrage his remarks have caused in her homeland.<br /><br />&quot;I find almost everything that Mr. Trump says objectionable. I consider him offensive and bigoted. But he has my full support to come to my country and be offensive and bigoted there,&quot; Rowling said to applause from the audience on Monday.<br /><br />In January, British lawmakers debated a petition signed by more than half a million Britons to ban Trump from Britain over remarks on Muslims, before deciding the Republican candidate should he allowed to visit so his views could be challenged.<br /><br />Rowling wrote on Twitter last year that Voldemort, the arch-villain of her popular Harry Potter series which has been published in over 200 territories and spawned eight films and three theme parks, &quot;was nowhere near as bad&quot; as Trump.<br /><br /><em>Reporting by Reuters TV. Editing by Karishma Singh, Patrick Johnston ad Simon Cameron-Moore; Reuters</em></p> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 12:10:00 +0000 Reuters 2476500 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2014/11/02/484151/jk_rowling.jpg