The new theaters will include 14 screens over 3 floors, Gold Class VIP Cinemas and a VIP Lounge [Source]. They were supposed to open in October/November 2012 based on this interview with Circuit Empire’s General Manager Bassam Eid but were delayed for some reason.
In all cases, it will be a great addition to the Beirut Souks.
My friend went to watch yesterday “The Impossible” at Grand Cinemas in ABC Achrafieh and I was truly surprised to hear what happened during the session. I’ve always had good experiences at Grand Cinemas and never had anything to complain about, except the annoying people talking during the movie but I can’t really blame them for that.
Here’s a brief summary of what my friend texted me after he left:
” In the middle of the movie, the screen just went black but the sound kept going for like 3-4 minutes. People started clapping and shouting and some walked out. After they fixed the picture, the movie was rewinded some 15 minutes ago but once they realized the mistake they fast-forwarded it a little. Then the screen would just freeze every few minutes and people would start yelling and cursing until it works again. This happened at least 8 times and the picture would come and go at critical scenes which pissed off the spectators even further. It was really frustrating and chaotic and ruined the movie for us. At the end when we left, I wanted to talk to someone or expected some apologies but there was no one to talk to”.
I am surprised no one went after the guy showing the movie lol!
On a serious note, knowing Grand Cinemas and out of personal experience, I believe it’s a one-time thing but it wouldn’t hurt to investigate it and know what really caused all this mess.
If May didn’t like the show before it started, then why did she agree to go on with it? Even if what she is saying is true, the fact that she agreed to take part in it makes her sound like a sore loser.
I think the show is fun and entertaining.
PS: Is it me or did she say “Oxposure” instead of “Exposure” at Minute 11:05?
It looks like an interesting movie but I don’t know if it will be shown in Lebanese theaters.
Zaytoun is the story of the unlikely alliance between a 12-year-old Palestinian refugee and an Israeli fighter pilot shot down over Beirut in 1982. Their initial distrust develops into friendship as they make their way across war-torn Lebanon on a journey to a place they both call home. Zaytoun won the Runners Up Prize in the People’s Choice Award at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, as well as playing in Official Selection at the London Film Festival and AFI Fest 2012.
One of the coolest features that I’ve been wanting to try on the LG Cinema 3D TV is the Dual Play. I’ve been playing PS3 games for years on a split screen against my two brothers and it really sucks even if you have a 60 inch TV. As much as you try not to cheat, there’s always someone eyeballing your part of the screen to check your location, specially in shooting games like Call of Duty.
Well all of that has changed with LG’s 3D Dual Play where each player sees a full-screen image simply by wearing the Special Dual Play glasses. I thought at first that the 3D glasses you get with the TV are the same ones you use for the Dual Play but as it turns out, there are different ones. I asked LG if they could provide me with the glasses and they were kind enough to do so. In order to understand why they are different and how LG’s passive Dual Play mode works, I did some research and posted below an excerpt from a website that explained it best in my opinion.
3D is achieved by tricking your brain into seeing “depth”. In order to see depth from a 3D TV, each eye has to have a slightly different image. Just like if you were to alternate closing one eye at a time, the image you see with your right eye, will be slightly different that what you saw with your left eye. This is the basis of how your brain is “tricked” into see “depth”. LG achieves this with their polarized TV panel and 3D glasses. Each lens of the polarized glasses has built-in filters that block lines of resolution; normally the left will block the even and the right the odd lines. When Dual Play is activated you’ll see two full screen images on one screen with the naked eye. While viewing through the special glasses made by LG for Dual Play (essentially two left lens in one pair and two right lens in the other pair). One of the images shown will use all even lines of resolution and the other will use all odd lines of resolution. Yielding full screen game play for everyone. All LG Cinema 3D LED with Smart TV have this feature built-in. Each player can see the full game from their own perspective. [Source] [Video]
Dual Play is very easy to set up as you can turn it on and off from the TV’s remote control. There’s one thing I noticed though is that you need to be sitting on the same level as the TV to get an optimal picture. If you are looking up or down at the screen, you might see a bit from the other player’s screen but they are not visible enough to annoy you. I uploaded a small video while playing Black Ops II to show you the different image each Dual Play glass is showing.
Last but not least, the great thing about Dual Play is that it works on any passive 3D TV, which means that you can use it with any console game that supports a split-screen mode, not just a few selected games. I think that’s pretty cool as more people will be able to enjoy this feature.
I know many of you are waiting for the competition to kick off to see who’s gonna win this awesome TV. I will be announcing it on Monday when I post the full review. Until then, I will be enjoying Dual Play Gaming and testing other features.
The order of nurses in Lebanon has apparently filed a complaint against Salim el Turk’s movie “My Last Valentine in Beirut” as they felt disrespected by few scenes of the movie, which has been showing for only 2 weeks now. Salim el Turk stated that he didn’t receive any official letter yet and that he’s against any type of censorship.
What’s next? Ask the authorities to confiscate all the naughty nurse costumes for Halloween and Barbara?
We have officially reached a new level of stupidity in Lebanon.
The “Lebanese Diaspora Channel (LDC) was launched 25 November 2012. LDC will allow viewers to follow their favorite LBC programs that got the highest view rates such as the political talk show “Kalam Ennas”, the diversified and humanitarian program “Celebrity Duets”, and other social shows such as “Ahmar BelKhat AlAreed”. [Wiki]
After posting yesterday that MTV’s Talk of the Town has been stopped, I got confirmation from a user (Thanks Carl) and a friend that the show will be back next Thursday. Apparently, the show’s director Bassem Christo has confirmed the news.