Egypt Independent: Arts-Main news en Selena Gomez says suffered from lupus, underwent chemotherapy <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>Pop singer and actress Selena Gomez has revealed in an interview that she was diagnosed with the autoimmune disease lupus, which led to her canceling the end of her tour in 2013, but that the disease is now in remission.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;I was diagnosed with lupus, and I&rsquo;ve been through chemotherapy,&quot; Gomez, 23, told Billboard magazine. &quot;That&rsquo;s what my break was really about. I could&rsquo;ve had a stroke,&quot; she said.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Gomez canceled concerts in Russia and Australia saying at the time that she needed &quot;to spend some time on myself.&quot;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The move, followed by a stint at an Arizona rehabilitation facility, generated tabloid rumors of struggles with pills, alcohol, or even difficulties over her breakup with pop star Justin Bieber, which Gomez told Billboard angered her.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;I wanted so badly to say, &#39;You guys have no idea. I&rsquo;m in chemotherapy,&quot; she told the magazine in its new issue which was out on Thursday.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;But I was angry I even felt the need to say that. It&#39;s awful walking into a restaurant and having the whole room look at you, knowing what they&rsquo;re saying. I locked myself away until I was confident and comfortable again.&quot;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Gomez gained fame as a Disney Channel actress in her teens on &quot;The Wizards of Waverly Place,&quot; before launching a music career with hits such as &quot;Love You Like A Love Song.&quot;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;It&#39;s so disappointing that I&rsquo;ve become a tabloid story. It took away everything I loved about this business,&quot; she added.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Gomez, whose new album &quot;Revival&quot; debuts on Friday, said she is staying healthy now through &quot;diet, routine and medication,&quot; as well as by surrounding herself with supportive friends.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Some 1.5 million Americans suffer from lupus, according to the Lupus Foundation of America. The disease mainly strikes females between the ages of 15 and 44 years old.</div> Fri, 09 Oct 2015 13:12:00 +0000 Reuters 2459056 at sites/default/files/photo/2015/10/09/43/screen_shot_2015-10-09_at_2.49.04_pm.png Disney dates ‘Incredibles 2’, ‘Cars 3’, ‘Toy Story 4’ <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p><span style="line-height: normal;">A clutch of animated features are included on Disney&#39;s slate for the next five years.</span></p><div>&quot;Cars 3&quot; is revving up for release on June 16, 2017, with &quot;The Incredibles 2&quot; coming June 21, 2019 (Brad Bird returns to direct the sequel), and &quot;Toy Story 4&quot; shuffled a calendar year from June 16, 2017 to June 15, 2018.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;Coco&quot; is the name of Pixar&#39;s November 22, 2017 debut, with &quot;Gigantic&quot; titled as a Disney animation being readied for March 9, 2018.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Looking further into the future, an untitled Disneytoon Studios affair comes November 8, 2019, two untitled Pixar animations are due March 13 and June 19, 2020, with another Disney animation on November 25, 2020.</div><div>&nbsp;</div> Fri, 09 Oct 2015 11:13:00 +0000 AFP 2459043 at sites/default/files/photo/2015/10/09/43/screen_shot_2015-10-09_at_1.15.07_pm.png Daniel Craig: If I did another Bond movie, it'd only be for the money <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p><span style="line-height: normal;">&quot;We&#39;re done. All I want to do is move on,&quot; says Daniel Craig, before placing an important caveat over his willingness to appear in further James Bond films.</span></p><div>&quot;For at least a year or two, I just don&#39;t want to think about it,&quot; he said, having stressed the importance of a good holiday after coming off the eight-month &quot;Spectre&quot; shoot.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;If I did another Bond movie,&quot; he told <em>Time Out London</em>, &quot;it would only be for the money.&quot;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Still, Craig has one more Bond movie left in his five-film contract, having led &quot;Casino Royale,&quot; &quot;Quantum of Solace,&quot; &quot;Skyfall,&quot; and now &quot;Spectre.&quot; Perhaps that&#39;s the allusion he&#39;s making.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Besides, as Craig himself explains, people can change their minds. &quot;I was begging him [to return],&quot; he said of Sam Mendes, who had directed &quot;Skyfall&quot; before ruling out, and then coming back for &quot;Spectre.&quot;</div> Fri, 09 Oct 2015 10:38:00 +0000 AFP 2459034 at sites/default/files/photo/2015/04/15/43/download.jpg Alexievich, chronicler of Soviet life, wins Literature Nobel <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>Belarussian author Svetlana Alexievich has won the Nobel Prize for Literature for her portrayal of life in the former Soviet Union which the Swedish Academy said was &quot;a monument to suffering and courage in our time&quot;.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Alexievich&#39;s work includes chronicles of the lives of Soviet women during the Second World War as well as of the consequences of the 1986 nuclear disaster in Chernobyl and the Russian war in Afghanistan told from the perspective of ordinary citizens.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>She collected hundreds of interviews of people impacted by these tumultuous events, putting them together in works that the academy said were like a &quot;musical composition.&quot;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;By means of her extraordinary method &ndash; a carefully composed collage of human voices &ndash; Alexievich deepens our comprehension of an entire era,&quot; the academy said on Thursday in awarding the 8 million crown (US$972,000) prize.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Alexievich said the prize would enable her to devote herself to two new writing projects.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;For money I can buy one thing, I buy freedom. I take a very long time to write my books &ndash; from five to ten years,&quot; she told Swedish television after the prize announcement.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;I have two new ideas for two new books, so I am glad that I will be free now to work on them.&quot;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Alexievich, born in 1948 in Ukraine, worked as a teacher and a journalist after finishing school. She lived in exile abroad for many years, including in Sweden, Germany and France, due to her criticism of the Belarus government.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;Real people speak in my books about the main events of the age such as the war, the Chernobyl disaster, and the downfall of a great empire,&quot; she said in a biographical text published on her website.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;But I don&#39;t just record a dry history of events and facts, I&#39;m writing a history of human feelings.&quot;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Her books include &quot;Voices from Chernobyl &ndash; Chronicle of the Future&quot;, and &quot;Zinky Boys &ndash; Soviet voices from a forgotten war&quot;, a portrayal of the Soviet Union&#39;s war in Afghanistan.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Alexievich&rsquo;s documentary style of writing first became popular in the former Soviet Union in the 1980s. But she has long been an uncomfortable writer for the authorities due to her humanistic, emotional tales of peoples&rsquo; fates entangled in major historic developments.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>One of her best-known works is &ldquo;War&rsquo;s Unwomanly Face&rdquo;, which took several years to get published as Soviet authorities saw it as subversive and undermining the myth of the Soviet army&rsquo;s victory in World War Two.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>In the book, Alexievich offers an unusual account of the war, moving away from military narrative and telling the tales of Soviet women who took on male roles, fought on the front lines, killed and got killed, but still looked at the shattered world around them from a feminine perspective, focusing on human suffering and basic emotions free of any pathos.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;She has invented a new literary genre. She transcends journalistic formats and has pressed ahead with a genre that others have helped create,&quot; said Sara Danius, permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;It&#39;s more or less like a musical composition, so that in the end you have something like a vast chorus.&quot;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Literature was the fourth of this year&#39;s Nobel prizes. The prize is named after dynamite inventor Alfred Nobel and has been awarded since 1901 for achievements in science, literature and peace in accordance with his will.</div> Thu, 08 Oct 2015 14:40:00 +0000 Reuters 2459013 at sites/default/files/photo/2015/10/08/503194/svetlana.jpeg