Category Archives: Movies & Television

Dana (From IvySays) On MTV’s Talk Of The Town

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Dana Khairallah, the lifestyle blogger behind IvySays, and an awesome person (and friend) in real life, is now presenting a weekly segment on MTV’s most popular show Talk of the Town with the gorgeous Mona Abou Hamzeh. Her segment is about the world’s most talked about entertainment news and gossip.

Here are the last two episodes she showed up in:

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I think she’s doing a great job and she’s a natural on TV.

For all fashion lovers, check out her [post] to see what she’s wearing and stuff like that. I wouldn’t know about these things.

Review: Ghadi The Movie

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In a traditional neighborhood of a small Lebanese coastal town, Leba (Georges Khabbaz) is a music instructor. Social pressure leads him to get married and have children. To the dismay of his family, neighbors, and friends, he has a first girl and then a second one. His beloved wife Lara, a French literature teacher, is pregnant for the third time and yes, it’s a BOY! However, medical tests show that the boy will have special needs. Will Leba and Nay keep the baby? Will he become a burden on the family; or its pride and joy? Expect strange phenomenon to affect the behavior, and beliefs of that little town’s population. Written by Georges Khabbaz

Before saying anything, I must admit that I loved Ghadi even though I was never a Georges Khabbaz fan. I didn’t like the trailer much and thought it would be a disappointment but the movie exceeded all my expectations and I can easily say it’s one of the best Lebanese movies ever made!

Ghadi is the story of a music instructor called Leba who was pressured by society into getting marrying and having children. After his wife gave birth to two girls, he “finally” got a boy but medical tests showed the boy will be mentally ill. As the boy starts to grow up, the family begins to struggle as the town’s population becomes unaccepting of their special kid, and the father decides to resort to all sorts of means to keep Ghadi with his family. I will leave the rest of the plot for all of you to figure out once the movie comes out later on this week.

What I loved most about this movie is that it’s a very positive one, it’s highly entertaining and well-paced and it tackled brilliantly very sensitive topics in our Lebanese society, whether it’s abortion, religion, racism, mental illness etc. Ghadi shows how a family was able to turn their child’s disability into a blessing and how they were able to surpass all the obstacles, encourage town residents to accept each other and live happily in their community. Added to that, the setup in a traditional village was perfect, the cinematography is great, presenting the town as it really is, the actors were brilliant (Ghadi’s mother was my favorite) and you could easily connect with every character in the movie. There are few things I didn’t appreciate, specially some over-dramatized scenes with Khabbaz, but they are not worth the mention.

All in all, it’s a brilliant movie and definitely the best Lebanese movie I’ve seen since Nadine Labaki’s “Halla2 La Wen”. I give it an 8.5/10.

Dancing With The Stars Is Back

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I was checking the participants for this year’s edition of Dancing With The Stars and I noticed Elie Stephan is among them. He’s a pretty good basketball player and a cool guy but If I were him, I’d ask MTV to take out that poster, edit the bio and put it back up.

Two reasons for that:
- In the opening sentence, he’s saying Basketball comes before his family, his education and even his love life??? I’d understand love life and to a certain extent education (Even though it sends out the wrong message) but before the family?? Seriously?

- In the 5th line, they mention that he wore the No.9 like Michael Jordan did. Hmm as far as I know MJ is known for wearing No.23 and for some time No.45. He did wear No.9 in the USA team, but he’s known for 23 not 9.

A Short Documentary on The Beirut Neighborhood of North Philadelphia

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Eugene Martin’s “Beirut” Show

Unfortunately, there are still gun battles taking place in Beirut every now and then and the last one was yesterday in Tariq el Jdidé.

The area of Beirut, Philadelphia is just 3 square blocks. It was named that way by the people who lived there in the late 90s since there was a gun battle for about 2 weeks and at the time, there was a war in Lebanon and Beirut was on the news a lot.

Arabs Got Talent: Ahmed Al Dousary forbidden from repeating any animal act in the semis

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Most of you have seen by now the video of the Snake/Scorpion Eating Saudi “Arab Talent” called Ahmed Al Dousary that I shared earlier today. His act on the popular show “Arabs Got Talent” has caused outrage and the fact that he was allowed into the semi-finals made things even worse.

Luckily though, one of the Arabs Got Talent judges Ali Jaber condemned his act and stated that Ahmed Al Dousary won’t be allowed to repeat any animal act in the semi finals. To be honest, I think he should have stopped the guy before as the judges looked like they were enjoying the show and the harm is done now, but the good news is that Ahmed Al Dousary won’t be allowed to abuse further animals (at least not on the Arabs Got Talent show).

Here’s what Ali Jaber said:

“Dear Mouin, to answer your question, of course I am against animal cruelty and have always voted out all acts of violence, self-mutilation and animal abuse. I also believe AGT is not the platform to showcase these acts, however, these acts are present in our society and televisions’ role is to expose them and explain why and how wrong they are. We have already edited out the act from our online catch up service and won’t allow the contestant to repeat any animal act in the semi finals.”

via GinosBlog