Egypt Independent: Arts-Main news en Titanic's last luncheon menu expected to fetch up to $70,000 at auction <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>More than a century after first-class passengers aboard the ill-fated Titanic ate grilled mutton chops and custard pudding in an elaborate dining room, the ship&#39;s last luncheon menu is expected to fetch up to $70,000 in an online auction, a curator said on Monday.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The luxury cruise liner sank in the Atlantic Ocean on April 15, 1912 after striking an iceberg during its maiden voyage from Southampton, England, to New York.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Tuesday marks 30 years since the wreckage of the ship, which had been dubbed unsinkable, was discovered on the ocean floor by a team of researchers.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The luncheon menu will be auctioned on Sept. 30 by Invaluable, a live online auction house, along with a letter written by one of the ship&#39;s survivors and a ticket from the Titanic&#39;s Turkish baths weighing chair, used to measure a person&#39;s weight.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>David Lowenherz, owner of Lion Heart Autographs, the rare manuscripts dealer behind the auction, said only two or three other menus from the ship&#39;s last lunch are known to exist. He estimated the menu at auction would sell for $50,000 to $70,000.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The artifacts are all associated with passengers who survived the sinking of the Titanic on Lifeboat No. 1.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Nicknamed the &quot;money boat,&quot; it became controversial amid accusations that wealthy passengers bribed crew members to row away from the sinking ship before the lifeboat was full. About 1,500 people died during the Titanic&#39;s sinking, and third-class passengers suffered the greatest loss.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;This is not an anonymous artifact from an anonymous survivor,&quot; Lowenherz said.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;There&#39;s such a story behind the history of the boat and the people who were in it and how their lives were affected by the event,&quot; he said.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The menu was saved by first-class passenger Abraham Lincoln Salomon and is signed on the back by Isaac Gerald Frauenthal, a passenger from New York who likely had eaten lunch with Salomon that day, Lowenherz said.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Stamped with a date of April 14, 1912 and the White Star Line logo, the menu also included corned beef; mashed, fried and baked jacket potatoes; a buffet of fish, ham and beef; an apple meringue pastry; and a selection of eight cheeses.</div><div>&nbsp;</div> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 13:26:00 +0000 Reuters 2456885 at sites/default/files/photo/2015/09/01/501184/lunchen_menu.jpg Ghada Adel to end shooting of 'Ahwak' <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>Prominent actress Ghada Adel arrived in Hurgada on Monday to film the last scenes of her upcoming movie &quot;Ahwak&quot; (Love You), which is set to hit theaters during the Eid El-Adha movie season. It will take approximately five days to wrap up.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Adel returns to the big screen with co-star Tamer Hosny, both of whom have not been in the limelight for some time.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The actress revealed that she will play a different character than usual, as the mother of a grown-up daughter.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>She explained that she favors comedies and enjoys the studio atmosphere while filming them. Her role in &quot;Ahwak&quot; will have a comedic slant to it.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The movie will feature Tamer Hosny as a plastic surgeon who proposes to a girl before falling for her mother.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 13:20:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2456877 at sites/default/files/photo/2015/07/16/16030/ghada.png Johnny Depp the star draw at Venice <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>Johnny Depp tops the cast of stars headed to Venice this week for what is shaping up as something of a watershed edition of the world&#39;s oldest film festival.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Amid the usual mix of big-budget Hollywood productions and more cerebral offerings from international auteurs, this year&#39;s event breaks new ground with the first major feature film to be produced in-house by Netflix among 21 works competing for the festival&#39;s top prize, the Golden Lion.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Four years after it started acquiring its own original television content with Kevin Spacey&#39;s acclaimed &quot;House of Cards&quot;, the US streaming giant is hoping for a similar publicity, credibility and subscriber-generating hit with &quot;Beasts of No Nation&quot;, a child soldier drama featuring Britain&#39;s Idris Elba as a warlord called &#39;Commandant&#39; and an otherwise largely unknown cast.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The Cary Fukunaga-directed film, based on a novel by Nigerian writer Uzodinma Iweala, will be released to cinemas on the same day in October as it is made available for Netflix&#39;s 65 million subscribers around the world to stream into their homes.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>That has not gone down well with major cinema chains in the United States and elsewhere who have point blank refused to distribute the film, arguing that to do so without any period where it is only available in their theatres would be suicidal.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Netflix has, however, been able to find one chain which will ensure &quot;Beasts...&quot; opens in 19 US cities on the same day as its digital release -- and that is enough to qualify the film as a bona fide made-for-cinema piece of work eligible to be nominated for an Oscar.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Against a backdrop of fragmenting business models, most industry figures, Venice director Alberto Barbera among them, see the barriers between home and cinema viewing being eroded. Consumers are asserting their right to choose when and how they watch their films, while the likes of Netflix and Amazon Prime are beginning to put significant resources into film-making.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;They are going to be important players in production and distribution. We simply can&#39;t ignore them,&quot; Barbera said at the festival&#39;s launch in July.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>- &#39;Real life sociopath&#39; -</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Pirates of the Caribbean star Depp will be treading the red carpet to promote his performance as Irish-American mobster James &#39;Whitey&#39; Bulger in Scott Cooper&#39;s &quot;Black Mass&quot;, one of two blockbuster productions being shown for the first time during the September 2-12 festival.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The other is &quot;Everest&quot;, a 3D thriller based on the 1996 disaster on the Himalayan mountain, which stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Kiera Knightley and will open the festival on Wednesday.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>On a roll after the opening slot provided the global launchpad for &quot;Gravity&quot; two years ago and then &quot;Birdman&quot; in 2014, festival director Barbera will be hoping the Baltasar Kormakur-directed curtain-raiser for this year&#39;s season has a similar impact.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Despite their big names and huge budgets, &quot;Everest&quot; and &quot;Black Mass&quot; appear to have been matched in terms of pre-festival buzz by &quot;The Danish Girl&quot;.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The latest work by &quot;The King&#39;s Speech&quot; director Tom Hooper features Eddie Redmayne in the role of a Danish-born artist who was one of the first people to undergo sex reassignment surgery.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The tale of how Einar Wegener became Lili Elbe in 1930s Germany is already being tipped as a potential source of another Oscar for Britain&#39;s Redmayne, a best actor winner for his portrayal of physicist Stephen Hawking in &quot;The Theory of Everything&quot;.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Depp&#39;s portrayal of the middle-aged, largely bald Bulger sees him return to the territory of 1997&#39;s &quot;Donnie Brasco&quot;, in which he played an FBI agent who infiltrates an Italian American crime family.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Bulger also helped the FBI break up Italian organised crime, but used the protection he acquired as a result to build his own powerful criminal empire in Boston.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>For Depp, now 52, the role marks a return to more conventional roles after several years in which he specialised in playing larger-than-life, fantasy figures, and his backers say his legions of fans will not be disappointed.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;He is playing a real life sociopath and he nailed it,&quot; producer Brian Oliver told The Hollywood Reporter.</div> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 13:16:00 +0000 Reuters,AFP 2456881 at sites/default/files/photo/2015/05/28/43/screen_shot_2015-05-28_at_5.34.55_pm.png Beijing International Book Fair witnesses broad Egyptian, Arab participation <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Egypt&#39;s cultural adviser in Beijing Hussein Ibrahim said that Beijing International Book Fair has witnessed a broad Egyptian and Arab participation.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>There was a great diversity in size and number of countries participating in the gathering, Ibrahim told MENA correspondent here.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>He praised a great role played by the UAE as a guest of honor of this year&#39;s fair for promoting the pavilion of the children&#39;s books.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The Egyptian pavilion was the first of Egyptian cultural events in China, he said.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The fair held at China International Exhibition Center.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>As many as 2,270 publishers from 82 countries and regions worldwide have taken part.</div> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 12:57:00 +0000 MENA 2456876 at sites/default/files/photo/2015/09/01/499612/hussein_ibrahim.jpg