Egypt Independent: Arts-Main news en Islamic Art Museum receives 10,000 visitors since inauguration last Wednesday <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p>Since its inauguration on Wednesday, the Museum of Islamic Art in Bab al-Khalq received 10,000 visitors as of Sunday, Al-Borsa news reported.</p><p><span style="font-size: 1em;">General supervisor of the museum Ahmed al-Shawky said this recorded number of visitors is the highest since the museum&#39;s first opening in 2010. This large number demonstrates people&#39;s awareness and keenness to know about their history and to stand up against terrorism, he added.</span></p><p>Approximately 2,000 visitors have entered each day including Egyptians, Arabs, and foreigners.</p><p>The gift shop also saw a high turnout of visitors who were keen to buy copies of historical books, Shawky said. He pointed out that copies of some books have sold out.</p><p>The museum is planning a&nbsp;free course for tour guides at 10 am on January 24, under the supervision of Shawky and the museum&#39;s curators.&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 1em;">The course will include a full explanation for the history of the museum&#39;s archaeological holdings, according to Al-Borsa.</span></p><p>President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi inaugurated the Museum of Islamic Art on Wednesday morning&nbsp;after the restoration work had been completed.</p><p>The total cost of this restoration work stood at LE57 million. The UEA provided LE50 million, while the Antiquities Ministry provided LE7 million.</p><p>The museum suffered damage from a suicide car bomb attack at Cairo Security Directorate near the museum in January 2014.</p><p>The museum includes hundreds of rare manuscripts and more than 100,000 artifacts representing different Islamic eras.</p><p><span style="font-size: 1em;">According to the statement, the prime minister, the ministers of interior and international cooperation, and the Cairo governor attended the inauguration as well as the ambassadors of countries that have contributed to the museum&#39;s renovation project including the United Arab Emirates, the United States, Switzerland. UNESCO and Italian Foreign Ministry representatives were also in attendance.</span></p> Mon, 23 Jan 2017 12:24:00 +0000 Egypt Independent 2475748 at sites/default/files/photo/2017/01/18/16030/img_1139.png Look sporty and chic like a … cyclist? <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>Paul Smith has managed to combine business and pleasure with his newly redefined PS by Paul Smith line. The British designer turned to his love of cycling for the line&rsquo;s Autumn/Winter 2017 collection, which debuted at the Italian trade show Pitti Immagine Uomo 91 recently.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The series, which first launched last May, was heavily influenced by sportswear, designed with the &ldquo;everyday pursuits of the modern man&rdquo; in mind.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The latest collection sees the brand&rsquo;s signature colourful details and prints teamed with technical fabrics, ergonomic tailoring and &ldquo;life-proof&rdquo; features to make the pieces more durable and hardwearing.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Drawstring waists, tear-proof and shower-resistant materials feature throughout, as do design accents such as a playful and sporty &ldquo;cycling stripe&rdquo;.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The presentation itself was proof of the fashion line&rsquo;s aspirations, with eight performers demonstrating the flexibility of the pieces via a show that incorporated street-dance, ballet, acrobatic gymnastics and pedalling on Martone bicycles.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Smith, whose aesthetic blends British heritage and pop inspiration, describes the line as &ldquo;my new contemporary collection&rdquo;, explaining &ldquo;PS by Paul Smith draws on lots of the design features of the Paul Smith collection signature design hallmarks of confident color and print, whilst bringing in functional fabrics and intelligent design features.&rdquo;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Paul Smith has been appointed the role of Special Guest at Pitti Uomo 91 &ndash; an honour he has not held since 1993, when he became the first guest designer to be invited to the show.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div> Sat, 21 Jan 2017 14:45:00 +0000 AFP 2475703 at sites/default/files/photo/2017/01/21/501184/paul_smith_autumnwinter_2017.jpg With Oscars in sight, Amazon, Netflix lead streaming at Sundance <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>After revolutionizing television with bold, award-winning original content, streaming networks are on the cusp of their first potential Oscar wins, and are back at the Sundance film festival looking for more awards-worthy fare.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div> Inc raised eyebrows when it paid US$10 million for the North American distribution rights to Sundance drama &quot;Manchester By the Sea&quot; last year. But the film is now the frontrunner to win Casey Affleck an Oscar for best actor, which would be the first Academy Award for a streaming platform.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Netflix Inc had four documentaries in previous Oscar races, but has yet to win the coveted accolade. Its documentaries &quot;13th&quot; and &quot;The Ivory Game&quot; have been shortlisted this year for Oscar nominations, announced Tuesday, along with Amazon&#39;s &quot;Gleason.&quot;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;An Oscar would be really great for the filmmakers,&quot; Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos said in an interview. &quot;We&#39;ve campaigned four times and it&#39;d be really great to see it through to the finish line.&quot;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Netflix and Amazon both plan to increase 2017 spending to create and market original movies and series and are being watched closely this year at Sundance, the premiere US independent film festival.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Liesl Copland, partner and finance and distribution agent at talent agency William Morris Endeavor, which sold &quot;Manchester&quot; to Amazon, said each streaming platform offers filmmakers very different models.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;Amazon is very much a pro at integrating the theatrical release, Netflix is very much doing things for their large, international subscriber base, and now Hulu is working more like a pay television network,&quot; Copland said.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Amazon acquired its first Sundance film, music documentary &quot;Long Strange Trip,&quot; on Wednesday, and plans to release it to US and UK Prime subscribers in May.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Filmmaker Amir Bar-Lev said he was drawn to Amazon&#39;s global reach and ability to air the entirety of his four-hour film across six parts.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;We showed this film to a number of people and everyone was excited, but the guys from Amazon really understood the film on a level I hadn&#39;t really experienced,&quot; Bar-Lev said.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Netflix, with 94 million global subscribers, entered Sundance this year having already purchased six films and two documentary series, including sci-fi drama &quot;The Discovery,&quot; which will air on March 31, and documentary &quot;Casting JonBenet,&quot; debuting in April.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;We acquired films ahead of Sundance so that we could really showcase them at the festival,&quot; Sarandos said.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>He said the strategy was in part to capitalize on publicity at the festival. Netflix will release the films exclusively soon after their Sundance premieres.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>Studios versus Streaming</strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Amazon this year has offered filmmakers showcasing movies at Sundance bonuses of up to US$100,000 for two-year distribution rights, with the first year exclusive to the platform, Variety reported this week.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Filmmaker Mynette Louie criticized the offer on Facebook, saying the bonus undervalued filmmaking costs.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>She later updated her Facebook post saying Amazon told her the offer was aimed at filmmakers self-distributing their films and that the bonus was to help them secure a theatrical or video-on-demand release prior to streaming on Amazon by September. The platform will also pay royalties per stream.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>After acquiring Sundance comedies &quot;Joshy&quot; and &quot;Hunt for the Wilderpeople&quot; last year, Hulu, co-owned by Twenty-First Century Fox Inc, Walt Disney Co&#39;s ABC, Comcast Corp&#39;s NBC and Time Warner Inc&#39;s TBS, said it has increased its presence at Sundance this year.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>It hopes to partner with major distributors to score exclusive streaming rights to theatrical films.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>For independent filmmakers, streaming platforms offer a different model to film studios, whose revenues are mainly garnered from the theatrical box office, which is often dominated by big budget studio movies.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Filmmakers may receive more money upfront with streaming companies and reach a bigger audience than a theatrical release.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;I don&#39;t think that&#39;s a bad thing for the filmmakers,&quot; Sarandos said with a laugh.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Netflix paid US$12 million in 2015 for the US$6 million war film &quot;Beasts of No Nation.&quot;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;Did people question Amazon paying US$10 million for the North American rights to &quot;Manchester by the Sea&quot; last year? They did. Does it seem smart now? It does,&quot; said Copland.</div><div>&nbsp;</div> Sat, 21 Jan 2017 14:33:00 +0000 Reuters 2475702 at sites/default/files/photo/2017/01/21/501184/with_oscars_in_sight_amazon_netflix_lead_streaming_at_sundance.jpg Sienna Miller, Charlie Hunnan in new trailer for ‘The Lost City of Z’ (VIDEO) <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>StudioCanal has released a new trailer for The Lost City of Z starring Charlie Hunnam, Sienna Miller and Robert Pattinson.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Based on a true story, Hunnam plays British explorer Percy Fawcett who journeyed into the Amazon in the 20th century in search of a lost civilisation.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Miller plays Fawcett&rsquo;s wife, and Pattinson an aide de camp.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The film is based on the best-selling book of the same name by David Grann.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>In an attempt to prove the existence of a lost city and advanced civilisation to a sceptical scientist community, Fawcett returns repeatedly to the jungle until his disappearance in 1925.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="374" src="" width="620"></iframe></div><div>&nbsp;</div> Sat, 21 Jan 2017 12:34:00 +0000 AFP 2475700 at sites/default/files/photo/2017/01/21/501184/robert_pattinson.jpg