Category Archives: Movies & Television

Hiba Tawaji Sings Christina Aguilera’s “Fighter” & Advances To The Final Stages

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Update (04/04/2015): Hiba Tawaji is still going strong in the Voice France and has advanced to the next round.

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Hiba Tawaji is one step closer to the Voice France finals after she passed the knockout rounds and advanced to the live shows, which are the final stages of the show. At this point, Hiba will be competing next week against 3 other candidates from the same team and performing live. I was looking for the video and it just got uploaded (Check starting Minute 2:30)

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Gebran Khalil Gebran’s The Prophet As An Animated Film: Here’s The Official Trailer

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Salma Hayek has been working on this project for quite some time now and Khalil Gebran’s “The Prophet” is finally coming to the big screen. I still have mixed feelings about turning this masterpiece into an animated feature but the trailer looks great and I’m actually excited about it now. In case some of you haven’t heard of The Prophet (Is that possible?), it’s one of the most beloved books of all time and one of the best selling books as well with over 100 million copies in print.

The movie is set to be released on August 7 2015 in Los Angeles and New York. I don’t have exact dates for when it will be shown in Lebanon but I’m hoping Salma will fly to Beirut for its launch. The Prophet will feature a voice cast including Salma Hayek as Kamila, Liam Neeson as Mustafa, John Krasinski as Halim, Alfred Molina as Sergeant, Quvenzhané Wallis as Almitra and Frank Langella as Pasha.

You can check out further updates on the [website] and [FB page].

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What I Told NPR About The Lebanese Sisters Show

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It’s not everyday that you get interviewed by one of the most popular radios in the US (NPR) and I thank Alice Fordham for that opportunity, even though I wish it had been for something more interesting.

As you all know, there’s a new reality TV show called The Sisters being broadcasted on LBC SAT (Not to be confused with the local LBCI) starring three Lebanese sisters, Alice Nadine and Farah. I’ve heard before about the sisters because of their instagram account (not blog) but I don’t know them personally so I did an effort to watch the first episode but I couldn’t last more than 15 minutes.

The reasons why I didn’t like The Sisters as explained to NPR are as follows:

1- The show has fake written all over it and is very far from what reality TV is supposed to be. I’ve never liked the Kardashians but it does reflect how the family lives and real-life problems as silly as they may seem. The story lines are also empty and meaningless.

2- The show is culturally empty and portrays Lebanese woman in a negative light. Of course no one is expecting the sisters to be role models for our society but they could have at least made an effort not to look that silly and dependent. I honestly blame the producers here and whomever wrote that script.

All in all, I have nothing personal against the Lebanese Sisters and I don’t mind reality shows but I just think they could have done a much better job, specially that it’s the first show of its kind in Lebanon.

Here’s the [full NPR article].

PS: I recommend you also read Nancy’s take on the Lebanese Sisters as she perfectly summed it up.

Cintia Baroud Made It To The Voice Canada’s Final Rounds!

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Cintia Baroud is a Lebanese-Canadian singer and songwriter. She’s competing in the Voice Canada and has advanced to the final rounds of the TV show. I watched her performance and she has a great voice to be honest and deserves our support.

She will be performing once again on March 22 so best of luck to you Cintia!

PS: I tried to find the link where you can vote on Facebook for Cintia but only found La Voix Cintia Baroud page.

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Kababji, Roadster, ZWZ And PinkBerry Now Open At Beirut Souks

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A food court opened last Friday at the Beirut Souks right next to the theaters. I thought at first it was only Kababji opening because the color and design were similar to its branches, but then I went in and spotted Roadster and Zaatar W Zeit as well as a PinkBerry stand (Finally!). The court is spacious and is ideal for a quick bite right before a movie. It was also needed because the only place where you could grab a quick bite at the Souks is Brgrco.

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I sat down at Kababji with some friends and ordered my favorite Arayiss Kafta, as well as some Kebab and Kebbit La2teen. The service and food were great and the only item that took some time was Kebbit La2teen (Pumpkin Kebbe which is popular during lent). I wanted to get some Pinkberry after but it was really crowded because they were giving free samples or something.

I think the court still needs a decent ice-cream place and I heard a popular one might be opening soon there but nothing is confirmed yet.

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Fadl Shaker Is On TV Instead Of Being In Jail

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Fadl Shaker is no longer hiding in Ain el Helwe, he is now giving TV interviews and trying to make us forget what he did with Al Assir a couple of years ago. I only have one thing to say here: Shaker is directly or indirectly responsible for killing Lebanese army soldiers, is charged with inciting sectarian hatred and undermining the reputation of the Lebanese Army.

Fadl Shaker belongs in prison and the authorities should figure out a way to arrest him.

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Hiba Tawaji Wins A Tough Battle In The Voice France

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Hiba Tawaji impressed the judges again but NOG’s performance is a proof that thing will only get more difficult for Hiba and it’s not as easy as people thought it would be. The other competitor of Lebanese origin Lea Tchena also advanced to the next round and won her battle.

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PS: Here’s another [link] to Hiba’s performance in case the one above is removed.

The First Episode Of The Lebanese Kardashians Is As Expected

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The Sisters show has begun and the first episode is as expected, a pointless meaningless TV show and an insult to our intelligence. I was only able to watch 15 minutes of the 50-minute long episode and here’s what I’ve learned:

– One of the sisters is a reckless driver and couldn’t figure out that the car ran out of fuel.
– The older sister thinks she’s French and has the most popular blog on Instagram (Still can’t figure that out).
– One of the sisters has a terrible voice.
– Farah is the cutest of the three sisters. It wasn’t that hard to figure out 😛

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Rima Karaki Silences London-Based Islamist Sheikh After He Asked Her To Shut Up

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A London-based Islamist and a friend of Ayman el Zawahiri didn’t like the fact that Lebanese TV host Rima Karaki asked him politely to stick to the topic of discussion, so he asked her to shut up. That’s when Rima decided to silence the Sheikh and stop the interview. I think she did good and let this be a lesson to every religious person (and anyone for that sake) disrespecting female talk show hosts.

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FAIL: OTV’s Lousy Take On Homosexuality

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Instead of tackling homosexuality in Lebanon in an objective and scientific matter, OTV decided to promote the show by asking whether homosexuality is a fashion trend or an illness. In order to be fair, I did bother and watch the show and while the doctors and Pierre Bou Saab were mostly spot on and made sense, the host kept asking the wrong questions and making wrong assumptions and over-generalizing.

Homosexuality is not a trend nor an illness and people don’t choose to become gay. While people are affected by environmental and social factors, almost everyone agrees that sexual orientation has nothing to do with choice, and even if it did, no one is entitled to judge others based on that or call it an illness. Moreover, I don’t know why she assumed that more Lebanese recently are rejecting this “weird phenomenon” as she calls it. There aren’t any studies or surveys to prove that and if that’s the case, awareness is much needed then. We shouldn’t portray gay people as being different or weird and we should help them in their struggle against ignorance and hatred.

On another note, the host didn’t even know what LGBT stands for and thought it was a cool term gay people use nowadays. She also said biosexual instead of bisexual in the first part (Between Minute 3:20 and 3:35) and the doctor corrected her. I’m glad she didn’t bring any religious people but the show didn’t send out the right message and promoting it the way they did was a bad move.

Here’s the [first part] for those interested in watching.