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The Women, The Assaulters And The Deceivers: A Quick Recap Of The 90th Academy Awards

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This is a quick recap for all those who haven’t had the chance to watch last night’s 90th Academy awards. We hope you find our wrap up helpful! Alright, so first off, let’s start with Jimmy Kimmel’s opening monologue.

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This is not the first time that Kimmel hosts the Oscars, in fact, he hosted them last year as well. And because he did such a good job at it, they decided to bring him back again this year. This year’s opening monologue got so many mixed reactions.

Kimmel chose to address Equal rights, equal pay, sexual harassment and minority treatment in his speech, which wasn’t met with a lot of joyful faces among the spectators.

Not of course, those in the same room, I’m talking about the people who were watching the Oscars around the world. Some described the monologue as bland and boring, some even went so far as to complain about Kimmel’s “ranting” on and on about all those people who aren’t getting their rights. In spite of how fake and plastic Hollywood is, we personally believe that this speech is brave and much needed. Kimmel pulled no punches in his monologue this year, no singing, no dancing, none of all those shenanigans and in our opinion, he did quite a decent job.

Mr. Gary Oldman

But then, after all that talk about “The New Hollywood” and a night that was supposedly dedicated to celebrating women empowerment, the Academy so audaciously chose to give Mr. Gary Oldman the Best Actor in A leading Role award to go home with for his role in “Darkest Hour”. 

Donya Fiorentino

Why is this problematic, you ask? Oldman was accused of domestic assault back in 2001 by his then-wife Donya Fiorentino, who claimed that the actor beat her with a telephone while her children were present in the same room.

Timothee Chalamet

Timothee Chalamet

Oldman has denied those allegations. Oldman was also caught defending accused abusers Alec Baldwin and Mel Gibson in a Playboy interview back in 2014. New Hollywood my ass. In our opinion, this award, being so special, should’ve gone to the other front-runner, the enigmatic 22 year old, Timothee Chalamet, who has proved that age has nothing to do with great skill and incredible talent in his performance in Luca Guadagnino’s “Call Me By Your Name”.

Daniel Day-Lewis

This was Chalamet’s first nomination and he was in fact; the youngest nominee in that category in 80 years, yesterday. Daniel Day-Lewis was also a front-runner for the award, although it was obvious that the three time Academy award recipient was not going to win yesterday, as everyone was betting on Oldman and Chalamet.

The astounding Francis McDormand took home the award for Best Actress in A Leading Role yesterday for her role in Martin McDonagh’s “Three Billboards Outside Ebbbing, Missouri”.

Francis McDormand

The actress truly deserved this award, in our opinion, for her incredible performance in the film and the intensity and the ferociousness that she has brought to her character.

 

Francis McDormand


McDormand
was extremely appreciative of the award when she gave a heartwarming speech, asking her fellow female nominees, while hyperventilating (in all categories) to stand-up as well and asking the audience to salute them for their great efforts. Among the nominees were: Meryl Streep, Soarise Ronan, Greta Gerwig, Sally Hawkins and many more. We love you, Francis.

Sam Rockwell

And now, what would we have done if Sam Rockwell hadn’t won the Best Actor in A Supporting Role? We’re so glad that this is something that we don’t have to think about since that Rockwell won the lottery yesterday after his performance in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbbing, Missouri”.

Sam Rockwell

This is Janney’s first nomination and win and we couldn’t have been happier for her! Her role as LaVona in “I, Tonya” made us all lose hope in humanity, which is a good thing, in Janney’s case.

Guillermo Del Toro’s beautiful filmThe Shape of Waterwon Best Picture after the film lead with 13 nominations and won 4: original score, production design and director, as well. Del Toro’s speech truly gave us all goosebumps. The director said “I want to dedicate this to every young filmmaker, the youth that is showing us how things are done,” he went on.

Janney’s

“Really, they are. In every country in the world. And I was a kid enamored with movies, growing up in Mexico, I thought this could never happen. It happens. And I want to tell you, everyone that is dreaming of using fantasy to tell the stories about the things that are real in the world today, you can do it. This is the door. Kick it open and come in.”

Yesterday’s show was plated with social and political statements, that being said, there were tons of snubs and undeserved wins. That doesn’t only include Gary Oldman, but Kobe Bryant, as well. The former basketball star won an Oscar yesterday for Best Animated Short. Bryant was arrested and charged with sexual assault in 2003, when a 19-year-old hotel employee in Colorado accused him of rape. But, this is Lala land, and whatever Hollywood claims to stand for isn’t, in most times, necessarily the truth. However, we want to congratulate yesterday’s winners, the ones who truly deserved to take the golden statue home.

But here’s our humble message to Hollywood: If you’re going to claim that you stand for something, at least try to do a better job at supporting your own claims. Talk about double standards. Thank you.

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Jane the Virgin to Be Made Into An Arabic Series Called ‘El Anesa Farah’

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Jane the Virgin, the American romantic drama and iconic telenovela, will be made into an Arabic series entitled ‘El Anesa Farah.’

S Productions, an Egyptian media house, has claimed the rights to remake the American hit drama series ‘Jane the Virgin’ into an Arabic version, as a fan myself of the show, I can’t quite put how I feel about this!

If you haven’t watched the series, I’ll tell you why it’s very courageous to take such step! You see, the American series follows the story of Jane who gets accidentally inseminated, yep! She is a virgin who gets pregnant, and that is the least daring thing about the series.

She gets pregnant with another man’s child while being engaged to another man, and oh, the child she is carrying belongs to her former crush. I think that gives you full insight on what I mean about the series being very daring!

The Arabic version will feature the local stars Asmaa Abou El Yazeed, Rania Youssef, Ahmed Magdy and Mohamed Kelany, alongside Arfa Abdel Rassoul, Heba Abd El Aziz and Tamer Farag. 

The series will be directed by renowned Egyptian directors Ahmed El Gendy and Wael Farrag, and written by Mahmoud Ezzat and Amr Medhat.

Sally Waly, founder of S productions, hopes that this would be a good step for the production house by entering the Arabic drama field with an award-wining series as Jane the Virgin.

 

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All You Need to Know About the 41st Edition of CIFF

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The 41st edition of CIFF which is dedicated to the late Egyptian film critic and multi-year festival artistic director, Yossef Cherif, kicks off tonight at the Cairo Opera House and until the 29th of November with so many cinematic surprises coming your way.

10 days of cinematic events, 10 days that will include the screening of 150 film from all genres and from across the world and even though the films hail from 63 countries, the festival still focuses on representing the Arab cinema by having 20 selections in the lineup from the MENA region.

“For this year’s edition, we are planning an exciting lineup with many gala screenings,” said CIFF President Mohamed Hefzy. “More importantly, we are targeting a surprising international world premiere; something that has not happened at CIFF for many years.”

 

The opening ceremony of CIFF will see the stars Khaled el Sawy, Dina el Sherbiny and Ahmed Dawoud as the hosts.

The festival will honor filmmaker Sherif Arafa and legendary star Menna Shalaby by awarding them the Faten Hamama Honorary Award for their lifetime’s achievement.

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More masterclasses and in-conversations announced on the list of the the highly anticipated 2nd edition of Cairo Industry Days! Hurry up and register for your early bird accreditation for 400 EGP instead of 600 EGP, ending tomorrow. المزيد من المحاضرات والحوارات تنضم لجدول أيام القاهرة لصناعة السينما! اذا كنت من العاملين بصناعة السينما، قم بالتسجيل المبكر في أيام القاهرة لصناعة السينما مقابل ٤٠٠ جنية مصري بدلاً من ٦٠٠ جنية حتي يوم ١٥نوفمبر. اضغط على الرابط للتسجيل: https://www.ciff.org.eg/ar/اعتماد-أيام-القاهرة

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Legendary director, screenwriter and actor Terry Gilliam will also be honored with a ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’, during the opening ceremony of the festival.

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This is a special tribute to cinema, storytelling and exceptional imagination! We are happy to announce honouring legendary filmmaker Terry Gilliam, the maverick behind "Monty Python", "Brazil", "12 Monkeys" and many others, with the festival's prestigious "Lifetime Achievement Award". Fans will also get the opportunity to hear from the director during Cairo Industry Days' in-conversation event at the Cairo Opera House. إنه احتفاء بالسينما والحكي والخيال الاستثنائي.. يسعدنا أن نعلن تكريم صانع الأفلام الأسطوري تيري جيليام، الساحر الذي صنع "مونتي بايثون" و"برازيل" و"12 قردًا" وغيرها، بجائزة فاتن حمامة التقديرية عن مجمل أعماله. وسيتاح لجمهور السينما وصناعها الاستماع لجيليام في جلسة نقاشية تُعقد بدار الأوبر المصرية. #CIFF41

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The ‘Irishman‘ will be the opening movie of the festival, which is the Middle East debut of legendary director Martin Scorsese, starring Academy Award-winning actors Robert De Niro and Al Pacino.

A jury of the finest international talents, including Oscar-winning American screenwriter and director Stephen Gaghan, Italian screenwriter and director Daniele Luchetti, Moroccan producer Lamia Chraibi, and Chinese actress Qin Hailu, will be the ones deciding the winner of the coveted Golden and Silver Pyramid awards for best film and best director respectively.

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We’re proud to announce that the Middle Eastern premiere of Martin Scorsese’s crime epic, The Irishman, will be screened for the public on Thursday 21st at 1 pm @ Cairo Opera House, Grand Hall. Free tickets will be available starting 9:30 AM, on a first come first serve basis. #CIFF41 يسر مهرجان القاهرة السينمائي الدولي الإعلان عن عرض فيلم إفتتاح المهرجان "الأيرلندي"، من إخراج مارتن سكورسيزي، للجماهير يوم الخميس ٢١ نوفمبر. علماً بأن العرض مجاني، وبأسبقية الحضور. التذاكر ستكون متاحة بدئاً من الساعة ٩:٣٠ صباحاً.

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Egyptian star Sherine Reda is a jury member for the Best Arab Film Award, While actress Hanan Motawie will be a jury member in Cinema of Tomorrow jury and last but not least, Hana Shiha will be the jury member in Horizons of Arab Cinema Competition.

Finally, if you’re looking to take part in this huge event and be present to witness history being made, you can now purchase all event tickets through Tazkarti’s website.

 

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What We Think About the Biggest Arab Drama ‘Mamalek El Nar’

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The first episode of the Arab/Egyptian TV series ‘Mamalek El-Nar‘ aired on November 17th after long anticipation that followed the release of the trailer, soon after the audience started comparing the promising series to Game of Thrones, so is it really similar? Is it really as promising? Is it a replica or was GOT just an inspiration?

The series really is huge! The production for instance is described as “the biggest Arab drama of 2019 reportedly worth $40M,” and the plot will highlight the rule of Ottomans during their dominance of the Arab world in the early 16th century.

The series is written by Mohamed Suleiman Abdel-Malek and Ahmed Nada, directed by British Peter Weber and is starring Egyptian actor Khaled El-Nabawy, Syrian actors Mahmoud Nasr, Kinda Hanna and Rashid Assaf, Palestinian actor Abdelmoneim Aamayri, and many more Arab stars.

Watching the trailer, you could really see the strong resemblance between the series and the popular HBO’s Game of Thrones, what with the battles, the costumes, the music and even the rage.

But well, it takes A LOT to mimic such a legendary production, and it might be the inspiration but we surely can’t wait to see the results of this huge production.

We won’t be too quick to judge until we watch more episodes and we have high hopes that the rest will change our views, and prove that it is indeed an original story and not one where characters are fighting over a throne which is a plot that rings a bell to many.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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