Egypt Independent: Arts-Main news http://www.egyptindependent.com//enhome_channel/Culture/rss.xml en In photos: Never-before-seen photos of The Beatles at Abbey Road http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2477391 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2017/03/21/507556/paul.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>At 19, British photographer David Magnus was invited to shoot a still relatively unknown pop group called The Beatles during a concert at a Buckinghamshire private school.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Needless to say, they didn&#39;t stay unknown for much longer. The Fab Four would go on to be one of history&#39;s most influential and critically acclaimed musical acts -- and Magnus, who became a friend of the band, would be there to capture their career milestones.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/ei/mick_0.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 338px;" /></p><p><em>Behind the scenes, The Beatles invited friends like Mick Jagger, seen here with John Lennon</em></p><div>&quot;Nobody expected that these four talented lads from Liverpool would go on for what is now 54 years,&quot; Magnus, now 72, told CNN in an email. &quot;Looking back at that weekend and the time I spent through the years with The Beatles, I now realize how incredibly fortunate I was to spend so much time with them.&quot;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>In June 1967, the band invited him to Abbey Road Studios (then known as EMI Studios) the weekend they recorded &quot;All You Need is Love&quot; for the BBC&#39;s &quot;Our World,&quot; the world&#39;s first live, international satellite production, and the first time they&#39;d performed the song in public.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/ei/thebeatles.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 338px;" /></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Fifty years later, the public can see Magnus&#39; behind-the-scenes photos from that weekend at his new exhibition, &quot;The Beatles Unseen: Photographs by David Magnus,&quot; at London&#39;s Proud Chelsea gallery.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>Transcending generations</strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>While rehearsals were professional and productive, Magnus describes the recording itself as a party, with the band having decorated the space with balloons and streamers, and invited celebrities like Mick Jagger, The Who&#39;s Keith Moon and Marianne Faithfull to attend.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/ei/john_paul.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 338px;" /></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Paul McCartney and John Lennon at rehearsal.</em></div><div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>While rehearsals were professional and productive, Magnus describes the recording itself as a party, with the band having decorated the space with balloons and streamers, and invited celebrities like Mick Jagger, The Who&#39;s Keith Moon and Marianne Faithfull to attend.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Magnus was given free reign to shoot what he saw fit, from tea breaks at the canteen to Paul McCartney painting a sign for his Aunt Milly, who was visiting family in Australia, to see during the broadcast. It read &quot;Come Back Milly!&quot;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;It was a real rapport with The Beatles, and I was able to achieve this style of photography with them, having built up over the years a bond of trust between us,&quot; he said.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Two weeks ago, Magnus brought a group of American friends to the famed zebra crossing outside of Abbey Road Studios, made famous by the cover of the band&#39;s 1969 album of the same name.</div><div>&nbsp;</div></div><div>He was struck to see a large crowd already gathered, &quot;the majority of whom were not even born when The Beatles were making their music.&quot;</div><div>&quot;Their music is just as popular today as it was,&quot; he said. &quot;It has transcended the generations.&quot;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;The Beatles Unseen: Photographs by David Magnus&quot; is on at Proud Chelsea in London until May 14, 2017.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Report by Allyssia Alleyne; CNN</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div> Tue, 21 Mar 2017 15:42:00 +0000 CNN 2477391 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2017/03/21/507556/paul.jpg Kim Kardashian thought she would be raped, killed during Paris robbery http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2477340 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2017/01/08/43/explain.it_.to_.me_.kardashians.cnn_.640x360.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p>Kim Kardashian discussed the Paris robbery she experienced last October for the first time during Sunday night&#39;s episode of &quot;Keeping Up with the Kardashians.&quot;</p><div>Kardashian, who was robbed at gunpoint on October 3, recounted the moment she was held at gunpoint by masked men posing as police officers, to her sisters during the episode.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Kardashian said she thought she was going to be raped and killed.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;Then [one of the armed men] duct tapes my face, my mouth, to get me to not yell or anything and then he grabs my legs and I wasn&#39;t, I had no clothes on under [my robe] and he pulled me towards him at the front of the bed and I thought, &#39;okay, this is the moment. They are going to rape me.&#39;&quot; Kardashian tearfully recalled. &quot;And I fully mentally prepped myself and then he didn&#39;t and he duct taped my legs together.&quot;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;Then they had the gun up to me and I just knew that was the moment they are just totally going to shoot me in the head,&quot; she continued. &quot;I just prayed Kourtney [Kardashian] was going to have a normal life after she sees my dead body on the bed.&quot;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>E! cameras were in Paris around the time of the robbery since Kim and Kourtney were there to attend Paris Fashion Week. However, cameras were not present during the robbery.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>On Sunday, Kardashian recounted that the robbers placed her in the bathroom before escaping with millions of dollars worth of her jewelry, which included a 20-carat diamond ring estimated to be worth US$4.5 million.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Since the robbery, 17 suspects were detained for questioning in January. Ten suspects have since be charged in connection with the robbery.</div> Mon, 20 Mar 2017 11:55:00 +0000 CNN 2477340 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2017/01/08/43/explain.it_.to_.me_.kardashians.cnn_.640x360.jpg 'Beauty and the Beast' nabs US$350 million worldwide http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2477339 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2017/03/20/43/170316104910-beauty-and-the-beast-2-super-tease.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p>&quot;Beauty and the Beast&quot;, Disney&#39;s live action remake of its beloved 1991 animated film, made an estimated US$350 million worldwide this weekend.</p><div>Of that total, US$170 million came from theaters in North America.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The domestic total exceeded what people in the industry had expected, and it broke the record for the biggest box office opening in March. The record had been held by last year&#39;s opening of &quot;Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.&quot; It&#39;s also the best opening weekend of 2017 so far.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The film, which stars Emma Watson as Belle, is another blockbuster hit for Disney&#39;s live action reboots of animated films. The franchise includes 2010&#39;s &quot;Alice in Wonderland,&quot; 2014&#39;s &quot;Maleficent,&quot; 2015&#39;s &quot;Cinderella,&quot; and last year&#39;s &quot;The Jungle Book.&quot;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;&#39;Beauty and the Beast&#39; is the latest example of Disney&#39;s perfectly executed strategy of going to their animation vaults, dusting off a classic and reinventing it as a modern live-action movie,&quot; said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at comScore (SCOR).</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The film&#39;s PG rating, mid-March release, casting, and mix of both new and classic songs helped lead to the film&#39;s big opening, Degarabedian said.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The record haul is good news for Disney (DIS) since the movie had a steep US$160 million production budget.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Other live action remakes in development at Disney are &quot;Dumbo,&quot; &quot;The Lion King,&quot; &quot;Aladdin,&quot; &quot;Mulan&quot; and &quot;Pinocchio.&quot;</div> Mon, 20 Mar 2017 11:49:00 +0000 CNN 2477339 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2017/03/20/43/170316104910-beauty-and-the-beast-2-super-tease.jpg One tale, many films: new 'Beauty and the Beast' opens http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2477256 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2017/03/16/507556/emma_watson.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p>Originally a French fairy tale written in the 18th century, &quot; La Belle et La Bête&quot; or &quot;The Beauty and the Beast&quot; has been revisited many times on the silver screen. This latest version stars Emma Watson and is set to open this week around the world, including in Germany and the US.</p><p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/ei/disney_0.jpg" style="width: 536px; height: 302px;" /></p><p><em>Disney&#39;s 1991 version was nominated for a &#39;Best Film&#39; Oscar</em></p><p>Walt Disney had already released a previous version of &quot;Beauty and the Beast&quot; in 1991 - an animated musical feature. The romantic fantasy was very successful; it was also the first animated featured to ever be nominated for an Oscar in the &#39;Best Film&#39; category.</p><p>Among the slew of &quot;Beauty and the Beast&quot; versions, the one directed by Polish filmmaker Walerian Borowczyk stands out. The provocative director, who was a big name in European cinema in the 1970s, broke taboos with his soft porn film, &quot;La Bête&quot;.&nbsp; Walt Disney turned the film from an erotic adults-only film to a classic for the whole family,</p><p>The classic tale explores how a relationship develops between a beautiful woman and an ugly creature,&nbsp;yet most filmmakers avoided all explicit depictions of the conclusion of their love - except Borowczyk, who chose to highlight it.</p><p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/ei/specialeffects_1.jpg" style="width: 536px; height: 384px;" /></p><p><em>With Emma Watson as Belle, Walt Disney, producer of the latest version of &quot;Beauty and the Beast,&quot; is betting on the charisma of its female lead star. </em></p><p>At the time, a &quot;New York Times&quot; critic described &quot;La Bête&quot; as &quot;a sleazy blend of fairy tale, Freudian foolishness and Eighth Avenue peep show.&quot;</p><p>That version definitely contrasts with the sweet family-friendly musical released by Walt Disney in 1991. It is the one that inspired Disney&#39;s latest live-action remake, directed by Bill Condon and starring Emma Watson in the lead role.</p><p>The British actress became world famous through the role of Hermione in the Harry Potter films. She is just one of the highlights of the 2017 remake of the classic tale.</p><p>One is never quite sure where there&#39;s actually more &quot;live action&quot; than animation, as it includes many computer-generated scenes. The combination of real actors and CGI is an essential recipe for a blockbuster these days.<br /><br /><strong>Classic by Jean Cocteau</strong><br /><br />Between these two poles are numerous filmed versions of the traditional fairy tale from the 18th century. Some focus on its poetry or its fantasy; some modernize the story; others are old-fashioned.</p><p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/ei/cocteau.jpg" style="width: 536px; height: 302px;" /><br /><em>In the classic French version of the tale, poet and filmaker Jean Cocteau features a dreamy atmosphere and wonderful black-and-white imagery.</em><br /><br />For most film experts, French director Jean Cocteau&#39;s 1946 film adaptation of the tale remains the ultimate classic. &quot;La Belle et la Bête&quot; starred Jean Marais as the ugly lord of the castle and Josette Day as his beautiful partner.<br /><br />This film avoids revealing everything, focusing on the poetic atmosphere of the story. &quot;The New York Times&quot; was enthralled by this version, praising it as &quot;a fabric of gorgeous visual metaphors, of undulating movements and rhythmic pace, of hypnotic sounds and music, of casually congealing ideas.&quot;<br /><br /><br />&nbsp;</p> Thu, 16 Mar 2017 10:14:00 +0000 Deutsche Welle 2477256 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2017/03/16/507556/emma_watson.jpg