Rush Showing Soon In Lebanon

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I love Formula1 and I’ve been following it regularly since the early 90s. I even flew to Italy two years ago to watch the Monza GP, one of my favorite tracks (Spa Francorchamps being my all-time favorite).

F1 has changed drastically since the 90s and the new tires introduced three years ago have spoiled some of the fun for a lot of fans as drivers were more concerned with preserving their tires than racing. In fact, there are a lot of technicalities that the driver has to worry about, unlike the early days where it was all about racing and that’s what the movie Rush is all about.

I wasn’t born back in the 70s but I read a lot about F1 during this period, watch tons of documentaries and YouTube videos and was always amazed by the way races were organized and the risks undertaken by drivers back then. Of course it was a major improvement from the 1950s and 1960s where people would stand on the track to watch the race but you’d have to be extremely talent and very brave to race in F1 back then.

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One of the greatest rivalries in F1 history took places in the 1970s between James Hunt and Niki Lauda and luckily for us F1 fans, Rush is a biographical action film that tries to reproduce the 1976 Formula One season and the rivalry between these two. The Hunt-Lauda rivalry resembles a bit the Senna-Prost one as Lauda was a cool and technical genius while Hunt was a highly controversial driver and just crazy!

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For those of you who never heard about Hunt, this man had a ritual of throwing up before every race, most of the time due to the heavy drinking and partying the night before, he got drunk on his wedding, he was a sex addict as he’d have sex before climbing into the cockpit, he’d take his Oscar, his German Shepherd, on dinner dates in London etc …

Hunt was probably the most controversial figure F1 has ever witnessed and he reminds me a bit of Kimi Raikonnen, who funnily enough, entered and won a snowmobile race in his native Finland under the name James Hunt, and often checks into hotels and makes reservations using the alias. [Source]

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As you might have noticed, I have a lot to say when it comes to F1 but it’s just to show how excited I am about this new F1 movie and F1 in general. Speaking of F1 movies/documentaries, Senna is the best F1 documentary I’ve ever seen and I highly recommend it. I’ve watched it over 10 times so far.

Rush’s release date should be October 3 in Lebanese theaters.

Steven Sonneveld Still Searching For His Lebanese Roots

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Steven was born in Achrafieh in 1974 but his parents gave him away to a Dutch family who adopted him and raised him in the Netherlands. I don’t know how it feels to be adopted and go look for your biological parents in a country you know nothing about and I hope he ends up knowing what happened, but all I could think of at the moment is that he doesn’t need a Schengen VISA to travel to Europe lol!

PS4 Release Date In the Middle East Is December 13

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Sony World Lebanon didn’t post anything yet about the PS4.

Sony are currently rocking the Dubai World Trade Center as they show off the PS4 in the Middle East for the first time during the Games13 conference. The biggest news so far is that they have officially revealed that their latest juggernaut will be hitting shelves in the region on December 13th, 2013, for 1699 AED (462 USD).

via Tech-Ticker

Another victim of Celebratory Gunfire in Lebanon

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I’ve already posted about the dangers of stray bullets and the need to ban celebratory gunfire in Lebanon once and for all. That’s not something so difficult to implement yet nothing is being done about it and innocent people are getting killed. If the security situation is that bad in Lebanon, let the concerned ministry start with the simplest things that don’t require security plans and could save tens of lives if not more every year.

The last victim of celebratory gunfire is a 28 year old man who was shot by accident by his friend during a wedding. This is not a tradition we should be proud of, this is a stupid act that could kill people and can easily be replaced by harmless fireworks.

I live in Detroit. Our priest at our church is Abouna Michel Cheble. Saturday night his brother in law Wassim, age 28 was killed in a wedding celebration in Baalbak. It was celebratory gun fire, and his close friend shot him on accident. Wassim left a wife, a boy age 5, and a daugther 10 months old. I know this is a tradition, all across Lebanon regardless of religion… but it costs many lives. I thought this would be a good blog idea about this topic/incident… I want to bring awareness to our people about this. I know we think we know everything but this is very dangerous.

Thank you Tom!

Giveaway: 6 Tickets To The Avant-Premiere of Malavita

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Despite the mixed reviews I’ve read about this movie, I am definitely not gonna miss it as Luc Besson is one of my favorite directors and producers. Leon The Professional, The Fifth element, The Big Blue, Joan of Arc and Tax are some of my favorite Besson movies. Added to that, two great actors are starring in that movie, Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer.

Speaking of which, do you remember the last time these two actors were in the same movie? If you do, submit a comment to this post to have a chance at winning tickets to the Avant-Premiere of Malavita.

The Manzoni family, a notorious mafia clan, is relocated to Normandy, France under the witness protection program, where fitting in soon becomes challenging as their old habits die hard. Malavita is a crime comedy film co-written by Tonino Benacquista and directed by Luc Besson, starring Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Tommy Lee Jones. [Imdb]

I will draw two names randomly at the end of the day, each getting 3 tickets. Good Luck!

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