Egypt Independent: Arts-Main news en Lively, Chastain, Chelsea Clinton honored for philanthropic work <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>Hollywood actresses Blake Lively and Jessica Chastain were among the six women honored on Friday for their philanthropic efforts with organizations helping women and children.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>They joined singer-actress Audra McDonald, television personality Gayle King, Viacom media executive Shari Redstone and Chelsea Clinton, vice chair of the board of the Clinton Foundation, at Variety&#39;s Power of Women lunch recognizing their charitable work.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Chastain backs women&#39;s healthcare organization Planned Parenthood, which she credits for giving her &quot;the career that I have today.&quot;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;I&#39;m the first person in my family ... not to have a baby when I was a teenager, first person to go to college and have a college education and to be able to have the choice in family planning,&quot; she told Reuters.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Lively, who was recognized for her work with the Child Rescue Coalition to stop the spread of child pornography, said she felt &quot;shy&quot; about being at the star-studded luncheon.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;Just because of the company I&#39;m in, and you never feel like you deserve to be there, you know?&quot; she said.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div> Sat, 22 Apr 2017 14:32:00 +0000 Reuters 2478253 at sites/default/files/photo/2015/12/22/501184/chelsea_clinton.jpg London’s British Library planning major expansion <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>The British Library has revealed plans for a 100,000sq ft expansion that will include additional exhibition space and improved public areas.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Architecture firm Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, which worked on a recent expansion of the British Museum, is behind the project. It will develop a 2.8-acre site to the north of the current British Library building at St Pancras.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Plans include the creation of more exhibition spaces and public access to the Library&rsquo;s collections as well as new learning facilities. A new northern entrance will be created near the main St Pancras Station concourse, while locals walking between Somers Town and St Pancras will benefit from enhanced east-west connectivity.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The project also includes the creation of a permanent home for the Alan Turing Institute, the UK centre for data science.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The British Library collection includes more than 150 million items &ndash; a number that grows by three million a year.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Among them are the Magna Carta, Leonardo da Vinci&rsquo;s notebooks and manuscripts by Jane Austen, James Joyce, Handel and the Beatles, as well as the world&rsquo;s earliest dated printed book, the Diamond Sutra.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The Library&rsquo;s St Pancras building is the largest public building constructed in Britain in the 20th century and covers 112,000sqm spread over 14 floors.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Its upcoming exhibitions include a show on the Russian Revolution, and &ldquo;Harry Potter: A History of Magic,&rdquo; which opens in October 2017 to mark the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter (bookings currently open).</div> Sat, 22 Apr 2017 12:46:00 +0000 AFP 2478256 at sites/default/files/photo/2017/04/22/501184/londons_british_library.jpg Video: Lady Gaga shares with Prince William how she lives with trauma, anxiety <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p>It was a FaceTime call. Like old time friends, Lady Gaga and Prince William opened up about mental health.</p><p>In a video released Tuesday, the pop star joined the Duke of Cambridge&#39;s Heads Together, a campaign he leads along with the Duchess and Prince Harry to raise awareness on mental illness.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="" width="560"></iframe></p><p><br />The stigmas or just plain fear, they said, stops many from opening up about their feelings.</p><p>&quot;There&#39;s a lot of shame attached to mental illness. You feel like something it&#39;s wrong with you,&quot; Lady Gaga said from her kitchen in Los Angeles.</p><p>The video, posted on the Royal Family&#39;s Facebook page, is the newest film in the #oktosay series, which shows people from all walks of life discussing their own mental health challenges.</p><p>After sipping a cup of coffee, Lady Gaga, 31, praised the &quot;beautiful stories&quot; told in the films and talked about her own struggle living with post traumatic stress disorder.</p><p>&quot;I should be so happy, but you can&#39;t help it when in the morning you wake up, you are so tired, you are so sad, you are so full of anxiety and the shakes that you can&#39;t barely think,&quot; she told 34-year-old Prince William.</p><p>From his study in Kensington Palace, the prince emphasized how important it can be for someone to speak up. &quot;It&#39;s time that everyone speaks up,&quot; he told Lady Gaga. &quot;Just having a conversation with a friend or family member can make such a difference.&quot;</p><p>William asked Lady Gaga to join forces following the open letter she released through her Born This Way Foundation to reveal she has lived with PTSD after she was sexually assaulted at 19 years old.</p><p>The pair said they want to continue working together and focus on the youth. They made plans to have an October meeting in the UK.</p><p>The release of the video comes just days after Prince Harry revealed that he sought counseling four years ago to deal with the grief of losing his mother, Princess Diana.</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 18 Apr 2017 13:22:00 +0000 CNN 2478145 at sites/default/files/photo/2017/04/18/507556/gaga1.jpg 'Fate of the Furious' races to biggest global box office opening ever <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p>&quot;The Fate of the Furious&quot; crossed the finish line on Monday as the biggest global opening in movie history.<br /><br />The eighth film in the popular &quot;Fast and Furious&quot; franchise pulled in $532 million at the box office around the world in its first weekend, according to its studio, Universal Pictures.<br /><br />That total beats the global record held by Disney (DIS)&#39;s &quot;Star Wars: The Force Awakens,&quot; which made $529 million worldwide its opening weekend in 2015.<br /><br />There&#39;s one caveat: &quot;Force Awakens&quot; didn&#39;t have the benefit of opening in the world&#39;s second largest movie market, China, until a month after it was initially released.<br /><br />Meanwhile, &quot;Fate&quot;&nbsp; opened in North America and 63 international markets, including China, the UK and Mexico. &quot;Fate&quot; broke box office records for &quot;bringing in the biggest international opening in movie history&quot;. The film made $433.2 million overseas, surpassing the record $316.7 million that &quot;Jurassic World&quot; made abroad in its first weekend in 2015. Domestically, &quot;Fate&quot; made $98.8 million over the weekend.<br /><br />The film, which stars Vin Diesel and was directed by F. Gary Gray, is the highest-grossing opening for an African American director ever, according to Universal. The film also drove past records in China, a growing movie market. It nabbed the country&#39;s biggest three-day opening of all time.<br /><br />The record-breaking weekend of &quot;Fate of the Furious&quot; is good news for the future of 16-year old series. Universal has already announced a ninth and tenth installment for 2019 and 2021.<br /><br />&quot;This is an astonishing feat for a decade and a half old franchise that launched as a marginalized car culture movie with no stars and no imaginings of a long-term franchise future,&quot; said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at comScore (SCOR).</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 18 Apr 2017 12:45:00 +0000 CNN 2478139 at sites/default/files/photo/2017/04/18/507556/170416085744-vin-diesel-fate-of-the-furious-780x439.png