Egypt Independent: Arts-Main news http://www.egyptindependent.com//enhome_channel/Culture/rss.xml en Netflix taunts North Korea on-demand TV service on Twitter http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2472120 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2016/01/22/43/netflix.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>Netflix is poking fun at North Korea&#39;s recent foray into on-demand TV, calling itself a &quot;Manbang knockoff&quot; on its Twitter bio.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The tongue-in-cheek change to the Netflix US bio comes after Pyongyang proudly unveiled a video streaming service called Manbang (&quot;Everywhere&quot;), which was instantly described as a Netflix-style service by Western media.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The system allows viewers with some sort of Internet access to enjoy the highly-propagandised output of its four state-run TV channels at their leisure.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>A programme introducing the service that aired on Korean Central Television (KCTV) last week said it was available to any institute, company or household that subscribes to North Korea&#39;s state-operated intranet.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The number of intranet subscribers in North Korea is unknown, but KCTV said &quot;hundreds&quot; of people had signed up to the Manbang service in Sinuiju &mdash; one of three cities where the system is being rolled out.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Set up in 2000, the intranet only allows access to selected, government-approved websites and mostly functions as a communication platform between government agencies, universities, industry and commerce.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Outside of hotels catering to foreigners, access to the full-blown internet in North Korea is for the super-elite only &mdash; a few hundred people or maybe 1,000 at most.</div> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 14:26:00 +0000 AFP 2472120 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2016/01/22/43/netflix.jpg About that Britney Spears, Justin Bieber rumor... http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2472118 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2016/08/26/505446/britney_spears_and_justin_bieber_are_actually_not_working_together_on_a_song..jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>Don&#39;t look for a song from Britney Spears and Justin Bieber anytime soon.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Spears has shot down chatter that she is collaborating with the Biebs. In an interview with BBC Radio 1 on Wednesday, the singer was asked if there was any truth to rumors they were working on a track together.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;No, there&#39;s no truth to that at all,&quot; Spears said.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Instead talk turned to Bieber&#39;s nude photos &mdash; which Spears called &quot;insane&quot; &mdash; and her meeting him years ago.<br />&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;He walks into my hotel room and he was like a kid,&quot; Spears said. &quot;Literally, he looked like he was 13 years old, but he was 16. And I was like, &#39;Who is this kid in my hotel?&#39;&quot;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>She said Bieber was unassuming and nice in person &mdash; unlike some of the &quot;divas&quot; she has encountered in the industry.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Spears also said she&#39;d perform in a Super Bowl Halftime Show again (she sang with Aerosmith in 2001), but would need a little help from her friends.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;I don&#39;t think you would ever do the Super Bowl alone,&quot; said Spears who is about to release her ninth album titled &quot;Glory.&quot;<br /><br />&quot;That would be kind of scary.&quot;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Being famous can also be scary. Spears said she is actually pretty private and is sometimes &quot;in denial that I&#39;m really famous.&quot;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;It&#39;s too much, I think, for someone to reach that kind of magnitude to really understand it,&quot; she said.<br /><br />&quot;I feel like when you&#39;re younger, it&#39;s easier. But when you&#39;re older, it&#39;s one of those things that&#39;s kind of like &#39;Huh? What is this? This is kind of crazy.&#39;&quot;</div> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 13:43:00 +0000 CNN 2472118 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2016/08/26/505446/britney_spears_and_justin_bieber_are_actually_not_working_together_on_a_song..jpg Craig David poised to release first new album since 2010 http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2471980 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2016/08/20/501184/craig_david_afp_620_489_100.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>Crooner Craig David is set to drop a new album next month, marking his first full record since Signed Sealed Delivered in 2010.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The album, titled Following My Intuition, is slated for a September 30 debut, and includes 14 new tracks, with an additional four included as bonus tracks in the &ldquo;Deluxe Edition&rdquo;.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Also included in the track list are the singles When The Bassline Drops featuring Big Narstie and Blonde collaboration Nothing Like This, as well as David&rsquo;s recently unleashed song with Sigala, dubbed Ain&rsquo;t Giving Up.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Other guest vocals on the album come from Kaytranada and Lauren Faith, who both feature on Got It Good, and Hardwell, who has collaborated on the bonus track No Holding Back (via NME).&nbsp;</div> Sat, 20 Aug 2016 12:22:00 +0000 AFP 2471980 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2016/08/20/501184/craig_david_afp_620_489_100.jpg Donald Trump is 'totally nuts', says Robert de Niro http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2471886 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2016/08/16/39/robert.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p>US actor and producer Robert De Niro said on Saturday that U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump should not run for president because he was &quot;totally nuts&quot;.<br /><br />Trump, a billionaire businessman seeking his first public office, has courted controversy with a string of inflammatory statements about his main opponent Hillary Clinton, guns, Mexicans, Muslims and war veterans, among others.<br /><br />De Niro made the comments to a Sarajevo audience as he presented a digital version of Martin Scorsese&#39;s film &quot;Taxi Driver&quot;, in which he starred, to mark its 40th anniversary.<br /><br />&quot;I don&#39;t know, it&#39;s crazy that people like Donald Trump ..., he shouldn&#39;t even be where he is, so God help us,&quot; De Niro said to wide applause in the Sarajevo National Theater.<br /><br />&quot;What he&#39;s been saying is really totally crazy, ridiculous ... he is totally nuts.&quot;<br /><br />&quot;But I think now they are really starting to push back, the media ... finally they are starting to say: Come on Donald, this is ridiculous, this is nuts, this is insane,&quot; De Niro said.<br /><br />Trump has blamed U.S. news media of taking many his comments out of context.<br /><br />On Friday night, the 73-year-old actor opened the 22nd Sarajevo Film Festival, which was founded as an act of defiance towards the end of the city&#39;s 1992-1995 siege during the Bosnian war, and was honoured with a lifetime achievement award for his contribution to film.<br /><br />&ldquo;I will treasure this award &mdash; my Heart of Sarajevo &mdash; because I don&rsquo;t think there is another city in the world that has shown such heart in the face of so much tragedy,&rdquo; De Niro said at the ceremony.</p> Tue, 16 Aug 2016 14:52:00 +0000 Reuters 2471886 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2016/08/16/39/robert.jpg