Gulf Film Festival to honor Bahraini filmmaker Bassam Al-Thawadi.pdf by shenreng9qgrg132


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    Song Of The Day                                                Gulf Film Festival to honor
                                                                   Bahraini filmmaker Bassam Al-Thawadi
                                                                        DubAI, uAE: The fifth Gulf Film Festi-                                                                                                              and faith the Arab world had in Gamal Abdel
                                                                   val, the home of bold, contemporary and in-                                                                                                              nasser as its leader. The film won critical ac-
                                                                   novative cinema from the Arabian peninsula,                                                                                                              claim for skillfully interweaving a deep sense
                                                                   will honor veteran Bahraini filmmaker Bas-                                                                                                               of reality and romanticism.
                                                                   sam Al-Thawadi with the Lifetime Achieve-                                                                                                                     Bassam Al-Thawadi said: “It is a great
                                                                   ment Award in recognition of his outstanding                                                                                                             honor for me to receive the Lifetime Achieve-
                                                                   contribution to strengthening the regional                                                                                                               ment Award from the Gulf Film Festival. As
                                                                   film industry and his pioneering role in the                                                                                                             Gulf filmmakers, we are proud of GFF, which
                                                                   Bahraini film industry, directing the country’s                                                                                                          has opened doors to make movies that talk
                                                                   first feature film, “The Barrier,” in 1990; ac-                                                                                                          about our society and express our feelings.
                                                                   cording to press release.                                                                                                                                With the honor from GFF, I feel I am at home
                                                                        The Lifetime Achievement Award will                                                                                                                 with my family. GFF gives the coming genera-
                                                                   be presented to Al-Thawadi on April 10, the                                                                                                              tion of filmmakers the right to dream and I
                                                                   opening night of the festival, held under the                                                                                                            will continue to work towards promoting it
                                                                   patronage of his highness Sheikh majid Bin                                                                                                               as the professional gateway for filmmakers in
                                                                   mohammed Bin rashid Al maktoum, chair-                                                                                                                   the region.”
                                                                   man of the Dubai culture & Arts Authority                                                                                                                     Last year, GFF presented Lifetime
Fahad AlSabah                                                      (Dubai culture), at venues in and around                                                                                                                 Achievement honors to Emirati actress mari-
Staff Writer
                                                                   Dubai Festival city.                                                                                                                                     am Sultan, Saudi director/producer moham-
Song: Blue Jeans                                                        Al-Thawadi had served on the jury of                                                                                                                mad F. Al Gazzaz, Kuwaiti producer/director
Artist: Lana Del rey                                               the international shorts competition of the                                                                                                              mohammad Al-Sanousi for their contribution
Album: Born To Die                                                 Gulf Film Festival last year and also on the                                                                                                             to Arab cinema, and a Special recognition
Genre: Pop                                                         jury of the muhr Arab Features of Dubai In-                                                                                                              Award to Kuwaiti thespian mohammed Al-
In short: “Blue Jeans” was released way back when “Video           ternational Film Festival. he is currently the     An undated handout photograph of Gulf Film Festival 2012 Honoree, Bassam Al-Thawadi.                  munai. The festival also honored world-re-
Games” was first released as a buzz single and then became         head of the Drama and Documentary sec-                                                                                                                   nowned director Abbas Kiarostami, who held
viral and propelled Lana Del rey to be where she is now.           tion at Bahrain radio and Television corpo-        as an Arab filmmaker who displays remark-          raini Tale” (2006). he also produced “Four         his first master-class in the region in Dubai for
A week ago, Del rey released the official video for “Blue          ration since 2007. A founding member of the        able flexibility in style and subject, narrating   Girls” and “haneen” through the Bahrain            45 filmmakers, as well as avant-garde French
Jeans”, directed by Yoann Lemoine-who helmed her previ-            Gcc cinema Society, Al-Thawadi is also the         tales of social concern in a simple yet striking   Film Production.                                   filmmaker Gerard courant, whose films were
ous video for “Born To Die”-the video gives the song the           founder and director-general of the first Arab     manner. he directed three films, “The Bar-              Screened at the Dubai International Film      screened in the festival’s In Focus segment.
oomph it needed to become a strong contender for both air-         cinema Festival in Bahrain since 2000 and          rier” (1990), which was screened at several        Festival 2006, “A Bahraini Tale” is an epic             GFF 2012 will be held from April 10 to
waves and YouTube play counts.                                     served on the jury of the Arab Film Festival in    international film festivals; “Visitor” (2004),    drama set during the Arab-Israeli war of 1967.     16, 2012, at the Intercontinental hotel,
 To listen to the song visit
                                                                   Paris. he is a graduate of the higher Institute    Bahrain’s second feature film and the first in     It is both the personal story of a middle-class    crowne Plaza and Grand Festival cinemas at
E-mail your feedback to                  of cinema in cairo. Al Thawadi is regarded         Dolby Sound system in the Gulf, and “A Bah-        Bahraini family and an account of the hopes        Dubai Festival city.

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nBc has renewed the Broadway musical drama “Smash” for
a second season. Though it has lost much of its lead-in on
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                                                                                                                                                                                                         celebrates 70th,
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monday’s from “The Voice,” “Smash” is nBc’s top drama in
viewers in the 18-49 demographic most important to adver-
tisers. It is also a favorite of nBc entertainment chairman
Bob Greenblatt. “Smash,” which follows two aspiring stars                                                                                        after it returns
(Katharine mcPhee and megan hilty) as they try to make
it big in a musical about marilyn monroe, is up 160 percent
in the demo in the 10 p.m. monday timeslot. It earned a 2.6
                                                                                                                                                 in the US
compared to the previous 1.0. The series, which counts Ste-
ven Spielberg among its executive producers, has also dou-
bled viewership in the timeslot from 3.9 million to 7.7 mil-
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lion. nBc paired it with “The Voice” with hopes to establish
a musical-themed monday. -reuters                                                                                                                     KuWAIT: The multi-award winning hit
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Survivor star eyeing Ind. governor’s race                                                                                                        KSA less than 24 hours after it returns in the
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Former reality TV star rupert Boneham said he thinks he
                                                                                                                                                 ticipated second season that promises to be
has a real shot at becoming Indiana’s next governor after
being nominated as a third-party choice Saturday. The fan fa-                                                                                    even more epic than the first is guaranteed
vorite from 2004’s “Survivor: All-Stars” was unopposed for                                                                                       to satisfy fans with plenty of sword play, new
the Libertarian Party’s nomination, which came during the                                                                                        cast members and old favorites, deadly omens
party’s state convention in Indianapolis. “my aim, honestly,                                                                                     in the sky and dragons.
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terward. “I really feel I have a strong chance of pulling not                                                                                    selling book series “A Song of Ice and Fire,”
just the Libertarian vote, but the independent vote, the un-                                                                                     the Golden Globe and Emmy-winning drama
decided vote, and maybe even some votes from Democrats                                                                                           chronicles an epic struggle for power in a vast
and republicans.” he will face republican mike Pence and                                                                                         and violent fantasy kingdom.
Democrat John Gregg in november’s gubernatorial election.                                                                                             Season one remained true to the harsh
current Indiana Gov. mitch Daniels is limited to two terms                                                                                       and brutal world created by the author - a
and cannot run again. The tie-dye wearing Boneham won $1                                                                                         man who’s never been afraid to swing the
million on the “Survivor” series and donated some of the                                                                                         sword in the direction of his major characters
prize to his rupert’s Kids charity, which provides mentoring                                                                                     - and a good number of key players lost their
and job training to at-risk youths. Boneham said he’s been                                                                                       lives in some of the series’ most shocking and
a Libertarian for more than 20 years, but didn’t become ac-
tive in the party until this year. he said he wants less gov-                                                                                    memorable scenes.
ernment intrusion at the state level, especially in education.                                                                                        After the revelations at the end of season
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Hugh Dancy cast in NBC series Hannibal                                                                                                                                                                  New York, Saturday, March 24, 2012. (AP)
hugh Dancy has just landed a role that he can really sink his
                                                                   Smash producers get top award by gay media group
                                                                                                                                                                                                             NEW YORK: Aretha Franklin has a lot more than her
teeth into -- perhaps with some fava beans and a nice chi-
anti. The “Black hawk Down” star has been cast in nBc’s                                                                                                                                                 70th birthday to celebrate: She’s reuniting with one of her
upcoming series “hannibal,” based on characters from                                                                                                                                                    musical mentors, clive Davis, for a new album.
Thomas harris’ novel “red Dragon.” Dancy will play FBI                                                                                                                                                       In an interview at her swanky birthday party on Satur-
agent Will Graham, who’s mentored by Dr. hannibal Lecter,               NEW YORK: The producers of the new TV musical              completed a female-to-male sex change in 2010.                       day, Franklin said she and Davis, who helped engineer her
who eventually turns out to be (Spoiler Alert) a cannibal-         drama series “Smash” were honored by gay and lesbian                Pop Star Lady Gaga, who did not attend the awards,               comeback in the 1980s, would be working on new music.
istic serial killer. The series, which has already received a      watchdog group GLAAD at a gala on Saturday that high-           won outstanding music artist for her album “Born This                     “I have re-signed with clive Davis, so I’m recording with
13-episode order from nBc, will focus on the early days of         lighted gay marriage and bullying.                              Way.” Best talk-show episode went to oprah Winfrey’s                 clive again,” said Franklin of the music mogul, who is associ-
Graham and Lecter’s relationship. “Pushing Daisies” writer              neil meron and craig Zadan, film and television pro-       program for the episode “coming out on the oprah Show:               ated with Sony music Entertainment.
Bryan Fuller is writing the project and producing, along with      ducers known for such movies as the oscar-winning “chi-         25 Years of Unforgettable Guests.”                                        Franklin said that after Davis’ birthday next month,
martha DeLaurentiis, who produced 2001’s “hannibal,” the           cago,” and “hairspray” were honored at new York’s Gay               Playwright Tony Kushner won the theater award for his            “we’re going to sit together and decide what it is we’re going
2002 version of “red Dragon” and 2007’s “hannibal ris-             and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, or GLAAD, me-          play “The Intelligent homosexual’s Guide to capitalism               to record.”
ing.” -reuters                                                     dia Awards.                                                     and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures.”                              Davis sat next to Franklin for most of the night at the
                                                                        The awards, hosted by cory montieth and naya rivera            Among other media winners were cnn’s “Anderson                   soiree at the helmsley Park Lane hotel, which included a
Tori Spelling                                                      from the hit TV musical show “Glee,” recognize the best
                                                                   portrayals of gay community members in film, television,
                                                                                                                                   cooper 360”, metro Weekly, The new York Times, The Bos-
                                                                                                                                   ton Globe and The Advocate.
                                                                                                                                                                                                        sit-down dinner, a dance performance and a mini-concert
                                                                                                                                                                                                        that featured rising jazz pianist Kris Bowers.
announces she’s pregnant again                                     radio, music, newspapers and blogs.                                 GLAAD, which promotes positive images of LGBT                         other guests included Diane Sawyer, rev. Al Sharpton,
                                                                        GLAAD honored the efforts of meron and Zadan on            people in the media, will present additional media awards            and Willie Wilkerson, Franklin’s longtime companion and
hopefully she didn’t pack away her maternity clothes. real-        “Smash,” the program about a Broadway show that fea-            in Los Angeles on April 21 and San Francisco on June 2.              briefly this year her fiancé.
ity TV star, actress and author Tori Spelling is pregnant again.   tures a healthy gay relationship, as well as several of the     -reuters                                                                  Wilkerson stood by Franklin’s side as she cut her three-
Spelling and her husband, Dean mcDermott, have three               pair’s previous efforts, including the television movie                                                                              tier, lime-green birthday cake while the crowd serenaded
children together, including a daughter, hattie, born in oc-       “Serving in Silence.”                                                                                                                her with Stevie Wonder’s version of “happy Birthday.”
tober. They have another daughter, Stella, and a son, Liam.             In accepting the top award named after gay activist Vito                                                                             When asked whether marriage might once again be in
mcDermott also has a son from a previous marriage. The 38-
year-old Spelling made the announcement on her website             russo, the producers noted they had received death threats                                                                           her future, the Queen of Soul simply said: “We’ll see what
Friday by saying: “Baby makes 6!” and her family is “beyond        for their controversial 2003 miniseries, “The reagans,”                                                                              happens.”
thrilled” to announce “another little mcDermott is on the          which argued that former US President ronald reagan                                                                                       As far as future work-related plans, she was looking for-
way!” -AP                                                          failed to recognize the AIDS crisis.                                                                                                 ward to performances in california and said she was helping
                                                                        Zadan said being gay was “part of who I am, so it im-                                                                           negotiate a record contract for her grandson. her planned
                                                                   pacts the work that we do,” while meron said the pair had                                                                            biopic is on hold. “It’s in a limbo position,” she said. “It’s
Alyssa Milano cast in ABC drama Mistresses                         spent years trying to “fight, persuade and manipulate” the                                                                           just a lot going on.”
                                                                   entertainment industry to include lesbian, gay, bisexual                                                                                  Franklin said she planned to spend her actual birthday
Alyssa milano is returning to primetime next year. She’ll be       and transgender characters and stories.                                                                                              - Sunday - relaxing with a paper, her feet up and watching
one of four leads in ABc’s summer 2013 drama “mistresses,”              hollywood producer harvey Weinstein presented                                                                                   TV.
a network rep tells TheWrap. The series, adapted from a Brit-      openly gay high school student Katy Butler a special award                                                                                But Saturday night, she hung out with friends long after
ish drama of the same name, revolves around four friends
with angst-filled love lives. milano’s character is Sarah, a       in recognition of her anti-bullying efforts, while outstand-                                                                         the party’s designated end time.
successful -- and married -- lawyer who spends a lot of her        ing TV segment was awarded to “ABc World news with                                                                                        At one point, she joked that she was turning back the
post-9 to 5 hours with her handsome law partner. “Lost”            Diane Sawyer” for “Battle Against Bullying.”                                                                                         hands of time.
alum Yunjin Kim, rochelle Aytes (“Detroit 1-8-7”) and Jes               The 2011 indie film, “Pariah,” about a black teenager                                                                                “I was wondering, ‘What is it going to be like to be 50?’
macallan (“Justified”) also star in the series, which is being     living in Brooklyn, new York, who embraces her identity                                                                              I can tell you now it feels like 40,” she said as the crowd
written and produced by “Gossip Girl” producer K.J. Stein-         as a lesbian, won outstanding film in limited release, and                                                                           laughed.
berg. milano, who also starred in “new Year’s Eve” and “hall       hBo’s “cinema Verite” took home the best TV movie or                                                                                      She then made reference to the film “The curious case
Pass” on the big screen, is set to reprise her role as Amy, the    miniseries award.                                               FILE - In this image released by NBC, Megan Hilty                    of Benjamin Button,” about a man who gets younger as he
ex-wife of christian Slater’s oz, on Fox’s “Breaking In” later          TV’s “Dancing With The Stars” won outstanding real-        portrays Ivy Lynn (left) and Katharine McPhee por-                   ages. “So remember Benjamin Buttons?” she said. “ree ree
this season. -reuters                                              ity TV program for featuring contestant chaz Bono, the          trays Karen Cartwright in the new series “Smash,” on                 Buttons!” -AP
                                                                   transgender child of singers cher and Sonny Bono, who           NBC. (AP)

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