Category Archives: Movies & Television

Lebanese Customs Beat Up Al-Jadeed TV Crew

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The episode the Jadeed crew was filming was on the “corruption at the airport customs”!

Al Jadeed TV crew were allegedly calling through speaker on acting director of Customs Shafiq Merhi to give them an interview when Brig. Gen. Ibrahim Shamseddine gave customs members an order to beat and detain them. Al-Jadeed reported that the crew had an approval from the Finance Ministry to interview Merhi, who refused to meet them. [Naharnet]

Quick Review: The Hunger Games Catching Fire

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I was never a fan of science-fiction novels and I don’t read books before watching their movie adaptations, so I can’t really tell how well the book-to-movie adaptation was for the Hunger Games or any other similar sequel. All I know is that I loved the first Hunger Games movie and the second one didn’t fail to impress. Even though it’s almost 2 hours and a half long, Catching Fire is incredibly suspenseful and powerful and leaves you on the edge of your seat wondering what will happen next. I loved the characters, specially Katniss which was played to perfection by Jennifer Lawrence, as well as the cinematography and attention to details. The twist at the end was brilliant and I can’t wait to watch the next one and see what really happened.

The one thing I was a bit disappointed in were the games and action scenes. The action-packed scenes are modest in the movie and the games are not as exciting as the first movie even though the candidates are much better this time.

The 20th European Film Festival In Beirut

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If you are interested in attending, check out the full program [Here].

The 20th European Film Festival will be held from 20 November to 2 December 2013 in the two theaters of Cinema Metropolis Empire Sofil (Ashrafieh). The European Film Festival is organised by the Delegation of the European Union to Lebanon in collaboration with the Embassies and Cultural Institutes of the European Union Member States, under the patronage of H.E. the Minister of Culture. [Link]

Basmat Watan Episode on Hassan Nasrallah Sparks Beirut Protests

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Charbel Khalil managed to upset one more time few Lebanese after one of his actors on the satirical Lebanese show Bassmat Watan took the role of Hezbollah’s Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah. Few Protestors took the streets yesterday night, burned tires and blocked roads in Sin el Fil for some time.

Honestly speaking, I never liked the show and I don’t think it’s funny, but the man should be free to do whatever he wants. If he’s breaking any law, let the concerned parties take it to the courts, not the streets.

Funnily enough, Hassan Nasrallah did “appear” on a previous Basmat Watan episode back in July, along with Patriarch Bechara el Rai and the Mufti and no one protested.

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I Loved Hayda Haki!

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Yesterday was the first episode of Adel Karam’s much anticipated show “Hayda Haki” on MTV. Hayda Haki is a late night show very similar to the talk shows we see in the US (like The Tonight Show with Jay Leno) and is hosted by Comedian Adel Karam.

I had high expectations for this show, which is rarely the case for Lebanese shows, and it didn’t fail to impress! The introduction was a bit cliché and boring but then things got better and better. Adel promised that he will criticize everyone, which I didn’t believe at first, but he did mock Hezbollah and Mustaqbal, Berri, Aoun and even Strida Geagea and the Lebanese Forces in the first part of the show. He also mocked Ahlam, Nidal el Ahmadiyyeh and new Lebanese songs.

Moreover, the best part of the show was with Interior Minister Marwan Charbel. The interview was freaking hilarious and the minister was funny (in a good way this time). Adel was quite daring with his questions which took me by surprise to be honest. I think it’s better if you watch it and judge for yourself.

All in all, this was a great start for a very promising show and I hope they keep it up this way.

Tahkik on Akkar And The Indonesian Shipwreck

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The little kid’s answer on Minute 22:27 is heartbreaking

This week’s report by Claude Hindi sheds the light once again on the underdeveloped and impoverished areas in Akkar and the Indonesian ferry tragedy that killed 34 Lebanese, the majority being from Akkar. If you were still wondering what made these Lebanese sell everything they have and risk their lives to go to Australia, you won’t after watching this episode from Tahkik.

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.