Category Archives: Movies & Television

Beirut+TV Launched: Episode1 Is Out

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Beirut+TV is not yet another TV station in Lebanon. It’s a new animated web series that will tackle topics and situations that every Lebanese experiences in a way or another. I think there’s a lot of potential behind Beirut+TV and I have tons of ideas to share with the super talented Maya Zankoul, Tony of course and the whole WeZank team.

We saw a couple of episodes at the launch but the first one is only available for now. Stay tuned and keep checking [Beirut+TV] for further updates.

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Giveaway: 10 Avant-Premiere Tickets To Watch The Hobbit: Battle Of The Five Armies

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If you are a fan of the Hobbit film series, here’s you chance to watch before anyone else the strongest film yet in the trilogy: “The Battle of The Five Armies”.

The Avant-premiere is taking place on December 8 at Vox Cinemas BCC starting 7pm. In order to get in the competition, you simply have to answer the below:

1- Which novel is The Hobbit movie series based on? Who wrote that novel?
2- Which character does Evangeline Lilly play in the Hobbit?

I will draw 5 names by Thursday night and announce the winners on Friday morning.

NB: You need to put your proper email in the email field while commenting since winner will be contacted by email. You can only comment once, anyone caught commenting more than once will get disqualified.

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Pocket Listing: A Hollywood Movie Starring Lebanese-American James Jurdi

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This is the first time I hear about James Jurdi. He’s a Lebanese-American actor and writer and is starring alongside Rob Lowe, Burt Reynolds and the hot Jessica Clark in his new movie “Pocket Listing”. Jurdi co-wrote and starred in three other movies, Price in 2007, Nocturnal Errands in 2012 and Reaper in 2014.

His new movie is coming out very soon in Lebanese theaters. I am definitely watching it as the trailer seems interesting.

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Quick Review: Dumb and Dumber To

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I don’t know how many of you remember the original “Dumb and Dumber” that was released back in 1994, but it was hilarious and a huge success. The prequel “Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd” that went out in 2003 and didn’t include Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels was a complete disaster though and I wasn’t expecting any new sequel after that, unless both original actors agreed to take part in it and that’s what happened.

“Dumb and Dumber To” brings back Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels, aka Lloyd and Harry as they try to convince people 20 years later that “if they each had half a brain, together they would still only have half a brain”. It’s a fun movie to watch and if you liked the randomness of the first movie, you will not be disappointed with this one.

New Lighter, Healthier Air Popcorn At Grand Cinemas Dbayeh

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Grand Cinemas launched a new popcorn yesterday, the Air Popcorn which is a low-cholesterol and oil free brand of popcorn. I think it’s a smart idea specially when you’ve just had a heavy dinner and still want to have some popcorn or if you’re just on diet or have a high cholesterol. As far as the taste is concerned, the salt type is almost tasteless while the cheese version was saved by the cheese.

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El Hamra Cinema Brought Back To Life As Tyre Hosts Its First Ever International Film Festival

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El Hamra Cinema was built in 1952 and used to be the cultural hub of the city of Tyre before the war started. After being closed for 30 years, Kassem Istanbouli and his team decided to bring the place back to life and hosted at first an International Theater Festival back in June 2014, and then Tyre’s first ever international film festival between November 8 and 11.

Ayyam al-Hamra al-Cinemaiyya brought short films from more than 12 countries in Europe and the Arab world, with the aim of “promoting culture and creativity and to create a space for people to meet and exchange experiences of cinema”. The event is supposed to become an annual one, held each November.

I think this is a great initiative as Tyre (and other cities) needs such a venue for cultural expression and for people to enjoy a positive and enriching experience. Check out the theater’s Facebook page [Here].