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The multitasking power of Daliah Galal

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In our last interview for mother’s day, we sat down with Dalia Galal and her lovely sons Gabby and Younis, but seeing that Younis’s dictionary isn’t yet complete, we interviewed both Dalia and Gabby.
First thing we asked her is what her daily routine is, in which she told us that she barely gets any sleep, she starts the day by spending some time with Younis and then she gets dressed, heads off to the office or meetings, and when she comes home at night to her sleeping kids, she feels guilty and sad for not spending much time with them.
For our usual competition, we first asked Gabby about Dalia’s favorite color which he got right (its black and purple in case you’re wondering). While Gabby’s favorite, she told us, is blue.
When asked about their favorite food, Gabby said his mom’s favorite is pizza, at which Dalia laughed it off and said ‘Yes, one of my favorites.’ But is it your favorite though?
As for the superpower that they would wish to have, Gabby got it right, and told us that it is invisibility, while Dalia unfortunately was cheated the answer, and Gabby’s superpower wish is to be able to read minds.
Dalia’s answer of Gabby’s most used word, is just the cutest thing ever, she tells us that it is actually ‘I love you’, at which Gabby shyly laughed about it and said that it’s true.
We then asked about their favorite movie, while Gabby told us his mom’s favorite is Mickey Mouse, at which Dalia instantly denied and kept repeating ‘that’s not true.’ But is it Dalia, is it really not true? Gabby’s favorite is minions.
The one thing that they do together is music, Dalia told us that they have a band, and with a studio at home, they create music together. Apart from music, she reads to them as much as she can.
When we asked her about her feeling when she first found out she was pregnant, she said that the first time, she was shocked and actually cried; because it was the first baby and it was scary. Second time, she also cried, but this time, out of happiness.
Finally, on how she keeps up with both her work and home, she told us that on weekends, she tries to do nothing but spend time with her kids, and her family. She basically separates completely between work and family time, so when it’s family time, it’s purely dedicated to them.
It was surely a pleasure interviewing all these incredible mothers, who have exerted so much effort to have it all and they did it. And on their special day, we wish them strength to keep up the impressive work.
Special thanks also goes to Grand Nile Hotel for having us shoot at their revolving restaurant, which made yet another perfect location for the shoot.

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How Disney is Escaping the 1992 Aladdin Controversy

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The wait for the long anticipated Disney’s live-action remake Aladdin is finally over, as the movie premiers starting today at all cinemas in Egypt, and we can’t wait for you to embark on this magical adventure.

However, the Hollywood movie is struggling to avoid any ethnic stereotyping, because having the movie shot in an Arab kingdom can surely raise some questions at times.

The 1992 animation had been criticized severally, for the way it portrayed Arabs as thieves, and the poverty and injustice that were apparent in the Arabian Kingdom.

“Aladdin is not an entertaining Arabian Nights fantasy as film critics would have us believe,” wrote Jack Shaheen in 1992, then a professor of mass communications at Southern Illinois University, “but rather a painful reminder to 3 million Americans of Arab heritage, as well as 300 million Arabs and others, that the abhorrent Arab stereotype is as ubiquitous as Aladdin’s lamp.”

In bringing the world of Aladdin to live-action, Disney and director Guy Ritchie had several points to tackle, starting with finding the right Genie to finding lead actors to play Aladdin and Jasmine, and building the world of Agrabah, all while still maintaining a positive image of the Arab Wold.

It is fair to say that this copy is some sort of a remedy to what the 1992 version had caused, the movie is aiming at delivering a positive image while still maintaining the essence of the story.

For starters, the cast are brown-skinned actors, Egyptian-Canadian Mena Massoud brings the requisite roguish charm to Aladdin himself and Jasmine is played by Naomi Scott, a British actor of Indian descent.

Mena Massoud himself has been a ray of hope for this movie, with all the heartwarming posts that he has been sending our way, from sending his greetings, to getting the great oxford band Maqam to play a song for Abdel Halim Hafez. 

“People of Egypt, hello! I am so excited for you to watch Disney’s production, Aladdin. I am proud to be part of the film and I hope you’ll like and enjoy it just as much as I enjoyed myself while filming it,” the actor said.

 

Now with the efforts that they are exerting to refute the opinions that were developed over the years, will they successfully fix the trust that was once broken?

Well, only one way to find out, and that is to watch the long-awaited movie.

Stay tuned for our review of the movie.

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Killer Game of Thrones Mistakes That Can’t Be Left Unnoticed

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The epic eight-year journey of Game of Thrones have witnessed last night its grand closure, the huge fanbase of the show certainly has many concerns about the eighth season and they definitely have a lot of comments regarding how the show ended.

But as opinions vary regarding this matter, one thing for sure is, the show had had several mistakes that couldn’t just be left unseen! After a rogue water bottle sighting followed the appearance of a Starbucks cup, fans start to question the team behind the incredible show.

So, as we say our final goodbyes to all the Targaryens, Starks and lannisters, let’s take a look at the mistakes that were spotted by fans during this season, to help us accept the reality that there is no longer GOT

1. Season 8, Episode 6: The Water Bottle

A water bottle from our century made a sudden appearance in last night’s finale, must be of high significance though, as it has attended the gathering of  the leaders of Westeros.

Can you spot it too? Right there behind Samwell Tarly’s foot.

2. Season 8, Episode 5: Jamie Lannister’s Right Hand

Jaime Lannister’s right hand makes a comeback! Well, the siblings needed a real hug before getting buried alive with rocks, so let’s cut them slack, maybe?

3. Season 8, Episode 4: The Famous Starbucks Cup

The misplaced coffee cup that caused quite the propaganda on social media! Maybe even out of all mistakes, this one was noticed by all. The cup was placed on the banquet table in Winterfell’s Great Hall, suspiciously in front of Daenerys Targaryen.

Emilia Clarke even defended herself on the show with Jimmy Fallon, and denied all responsibility, insisting that the cast “don’t drink Starbucks.”

4. Season 6, Episode 9: The Great Valyrian Rubber Sword

The sword that kills the infamous Ramsay Bolton’s during the Battle of the Bastards, must be really strong, huh? You probably didn’t notice this, so here’s a recap of the scene. Watch carefully, eyes on the sword! The rubber sword…

5- Season 5, Episode 10: The Laptop Charger

In the last episode for Stannis Baratheon’s, before getting defeated from Ramsay Bolton’s army got in the way. In his final scene, Stannis appears wounded leaning up against a tree, awaiting his execution from the great knight Brienne. What we don’t notice is the laptop charger or microphone pack appearing underneath his leg!

6- Sansa Stark, Or Sansa Targaryen?

In the credits for the first two episodes of the series the actress who plays Sansa Stark, Sophie Turner, is credited with a Targaryen symbol beside her name. By the third episode of the series, the mistake is fixed, fans were still wondering if this was a simple mistake or has some mysterious meaning behind it.

But looks like, it was just another fatal mistake of GOT.

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The Most Talked About Ramadan TV Shows This Season

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A week has already passed, which means it’s about time we start evaluating some of the TV shows airing this season. It’s not too soon to judge, because by now, we should have made up our minds on which TV shows are worth our time.

What follows aren’t our sole opinions regarding these shows, but merely what people on social media have been saying this past week.

1- Zay El Shames

People can’t seem to get over Dina El Sherbini’s emotional outbursts, and Riham Abdel Ghafour’s sudden appearances that are causing people to panic. One concern is that the events are moving too slow, and they aren’t moving forward with events. Also, some people are claiming that the series is the Egyptian copy of the Italian one ‘sisters’, and therefore rumors and spoilers are ruining it for people on social media. Even though, a statement of the director says otherwise.

Overall, the plot so far seems to be interesting, the cast is quite impressive and people are certainly touched by the performance of both Dina El Sherbini and Sawsan Badr.

2- Kaabil

I can’t quite fathom my feeling towards this show yet. The course of action is quite interesting but then again, it is moving very slowly. The mysterious aura around the show seems to be promising, but we still hope to get more hints soon and see more of Amina Khalil. 

But let’s take a moment and appreciate Mohamed Mamdouh’s outstanding performance.

3- Zodiac

People are certainly going nuts over this show, claiming that you would be missing a lot if you haven’t yet watched it. The show is a thriller, whereas the plot revolves around a group of friends who fall victims of a pharaonic curse, that kills people depending on their Zodiac sign.

Not only does the show looks promising, but the cast as well, is of promising young actors and actresses.

4- El Kateb

Bassel Khayyat strikes once again with another remarkable series that surely stole the spotlight early this Ramadan. The plot revolves around a writer who is a suspect in the murder of a university student, of whom he had an affair with. To make things even creepier, is that it is based on a true story.

Good news is the show is available on Netflix.

5- Weld El Ghalaba

The plot is off to a good start, the performances of the entire cast is certainly outstanding. We are also loving Ingy El Mokkadem’s role, who is giving a different performance this year, as good as the last year’s.

 

 

 

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