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aLWatan DaiLY entertainment WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 29, 2012 17 Song Of The Day Malaysia bans Erykah Badu show over Allah body art KUALA LUMPUR: Muslim-majority Malaysia on official said on condition of anonymity because he Tuesday banned a planned concert by Erykah Badu was not authorized to make public statements. after a photograph appeared showing the Grammy- Razman Razali, managing director of the show’s winning singer with the Arabic word for Allah writ- Malaysian organizer, Pineapple Concerts, said his ten on her body. company hopes the ban will be reversed. The American R&B singer was scheduled to per- Badu is “worried and dismayed,” Razman told form Wednesday in Kuala Lumpur, but some Muslim The Associated Press. She was slated to perform in an groups said Badu was an unsuitable role model for auditorium that can hold about 3,000 spectators. young Malaysians after seeing a publicity photo of It was the first concert by a Western performer to her with what appeared to be temporary tattoos of be banned in Malaysia in recent years. Several other the word Allah on her bare shoulders. stars, including Gwen Stefani and Avril Lavigne, were A government committee that includes police told to dress modestly while performing. and Islamic policy officials decided to forbid Badu’s The photograph of Badu, which also appears on show because the body art was “an insult to Islam her official fan website, attracted attention after Ma- and a very serious offense,” Information Minister laysia’s most widely read English-language daily, The Rais Yatim said in a statement. Star, published it Monday. The photo of Badu had “triggered public criti- On Tuesday, the newspaper apologized to Mus- Fahad AlSabah cism that could jeopardize national security and lims for what it called an “oversight,” saying it deeply Staff Writer cause a negative impact to the government’s image,” regretted any offense sparked by the photo, which the statement added. was “inadvertently published.” The Home Ministry Song: In Time The 41-year-old, Dallas-born singer had already summoned The Star’s editors to explain the photo- Artist: Rosie Thomas arrived in Malaysia. She can stay as a tourist but will graph, which caused some Muslim activists to de- FILE- In this handout photograph, singer Erykah Badu appears with the Album: With Love not be allowed to perform, an Information Ministry mand the newspaper’s suspension. -AP Genre: Folk Arabic word for Allah written on her body. (Agencies) In short: Rosie Thomas is one of the artists whose strength Censors ban screening of ‘taboo’ Egypt love story lies solely in their lyrics and melodies; with five albums un- der her belt, Thomas has created a sound that’s purely her own. While “In Time” could’ve been on any of her five re- cords, it doesn’t change the fact that it’s a strong number that few beside Thomas could pull off. To listen to the song visit www.alwatandaily.com PARIS: Egyptian film-makers and critics “The festival organizers suggested to tra-sensitive issue of a relationship between Critics of the ban expressed “regrets that E-mail your feedback to email@example.com denounced the authorities on Monday for the censorship authorities that the film be a Muslim and a Coptic Christian -- was such practices continue in Egypt after the Jan. blocking the screening of a “taboo” film about shown only to members of the jury, critics screened at the Tribeca Film Festival in New 25 (2011) revolution” that toppled the iron- a love story between a Christian woman and and journalists but they never replied,” the York last year. “The story deals with many is- fist regime of President Hosni Mubarak and a Muslim man. statement said. “The censorship authori- sues that touch on the fabric of the Egyptian “adopted the concepts of freedom and civil “We denounce the fact that censorship ties stalled,” preventing the film from being society,” Issawi, who directed and wrote the state.” The Buzz authorities have prevented the screening of screened as planned on Monday at the event movie, said in a statement posted on the web- “The idea of censorship is ridiculous,” in Hesham Issawi’s “Cairo Exit” at the Luxor which opened on Feb. 21 and is to run until site of the Tribeca Film Festival. a country that has emerged from a revolution Jazz saxophonist Red Holloway dies at 84 African Film Festival,” dozens of film-makers Tuesday. “Religious conflict between Muslims and that toppled an autocratic regime, they said. and critics said in a signed statement. Under Egyptian law, films must obtain a Coptic is one important taboo in Egyptian Copts, who make up between six and 10 per- James “Red” Holloway, a noted saxophonist who played They charged the censorship authorities written permit from censorship authorities media,” he added. cent of Egypt’s 82-million population, com- with the greats from the big band era through bebop, blues, had failed to respond to festival organizers in order to be screened. Anyone violating the Rumors of Coptic-Muslim incidents have plain of systematic discrimination. Concern R&B and modern jazz, has died in California. He was 84. His on whether they could screen the movie even procedure could be sentenced to jail. often led to deadly violence between the two has grown over the triumph of Islamists in the manager, Linda Knipe, says the Cambria resident died on outside the main festival. “Cairo Exit” -- which deals with the ul- communities. first polls since Mubarak’s fall last year. -AFP Saturday at a care home in Morro Bay from kidney failure and complications of a stroke. During a career that spanned nearly seven decades, Holloway’s versatility and driving Gladys Knight, Gavin DeGraw among Dancing with the Stars cast swing style kept him much in demand. He performed with legends such as Billie Holiday, B.B. King, Lionel Hampton and Aretha Franklin. -AP Tribeca to release Martin Donovan’s Collaborator Tribeca Film has acquired domestic distribution rights to “Collaborator,” Martin Donovan’s comedic drama -- the ac- tor’s directorial debut, the company said Monday. Tribeca Film plans a summer release for the movie. Donovan stars in the film, which he wrote and directed. In “Collaborator,” Donovan plays Robert Longfellow, a famous playwright whose new play has bombed and whose marriage is becom- ing rocky. When his childhood neighbor, a right-wing ex-con who still lives with his mother reappears in Robert’s life, the playwright finds himself held hostage at gunpoint in his childhood home. -Reuters FILE - In this Jan. 7, 2012 file photo, Brit- ish singer, Katherine Jenkins performs at Ridley Scott to produce Japan In a Day the New Oxford Theatre, Oxford. (AP) FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2012 file photo, FILE - William Levy arrives at the 15th Singer Gladys Knight arrives at Clive Based on its film “Life In a Day,” Ridley Scott’s company TV personality Maria Menounos arrives annual People en Espanol ‘50 Most Davis and the Recording Academy’s Scott Free Productions will partner with Fuji Television to before the 84th Academy Awards in the Beautiful’ Issue Celebration at Guastavi- 2012 Pre-GRAMMY Gala at The Beverly create another user-generated film to commemorate the one- Hollywood section of Los Angeles. (AP) no’s on May 19, 2011 in New York City. Hilton Hotel on Feb. 11, 2012 in Califor- year anniversary of Japan’s earthquake and tsunami. The (AFP) nia. (AFP) 24-hour film, “Japan In a Day,” will be a self-portrait of the country shot by the Japanese public. In addition, Fuji TV will LOS ANGELES: Urkel, the Empress rie” actress Melissa Gilbert and Disney eliminated March 27. donate 200 cameras to people in areas most affected. On of Soul and one of the Green Bay Pack- Channel star Roshon Fegan. Last season, actor J.R. Martinez and March 11 at midnight, on the one-year anniversary of Ja- ers are waltzing onto “Dancing With the The new cast, which also includes ten- professional partner Karina Smirnoff pan’s devastating earthquake and tsunami, participants can Stars.” “Family Matters” actor Jaleel nis player Martina Navratilova, “Melrose took home the mirrorball trophy with re- begin filming their day and then upload the footage at http:// White, singer Gladys Knight and National Place” actor Jack Wagner, telenovela star ality TV star Rob Kardashian and partner www.youtube.com/JapanInADay. Footage submitted will be Football League player Donald Driver will William Levy, operatic singer Kather- Cheryl Burke coming in second place in selected by Fuji TV for inclusion in the feature film alongside be among the 12 celebrity contestants on ine Jenkins and “Extra” co-host Maria front of former talk show host Ricki Lake coverage by Fuji TV. The documentary will be screened in the next season of the ABC dancing com- Menounos, was announced Tuesday on and partner Derek Hough. Other previous cinemas worldwide and all profits from the film will be given petition. Other famous faces participating “Good Morning America.” The contes- champions include “Dirty Dancing” ac- to victims of the tragedy. -AFP in the 14th edition include “The View” co- tants will dance their first routines with tress Jennifer Grey, Pussycat Dolls singer FILE - In this Aug. 5, 2011 file photo, actor host Sherri Shepherd, singer-songwriter their professional partners March 19 and Nicole Scherzinger and gymnast Shawn Jack Wagner arrives for the Shooting Stars Stars to celebrate Gavin DeGraw, “Little House on the Prai- March 26, and the first couple will be Johnson. -AP Benefit in London. (AP) Johnny Cash’s 80th with concert Tragedy in Rwanda inspires new Fray song A diverse all-star lineup will celebrate the 80th birthday of James Spader Johnny Cash with an April concert. Kenny Chesney, Kris Kristofferson, Lucinda Williams, Ray LaMontagne and Jamey Johnson are among the performers scheduled to appear in quits The Office “We Walk the Line: A Celebration of the Music of Johnny NEW YORK: The Fray’s new song time, and has been credited with editing led those people out of exodus, you’re es- Cash” on April 20 at the Austin City Limits Live venue in “Heartbeat” seems to be about reviving the genocide. After Slade talked to Kag- sentially loving the entire world.” Austin, Texas. Chris Cornell, Ronnie Dunn, Carolina Choco- late Drops, Amy Lee and Shooter Jennings also will perform. a broken relationship, with lyrics like “I ame, he said he understood the purpose The song is on the band’s third album, Tickets go on sale Wednesday. Though Cash died in 2003 at wanna kiss your scars tonight, and baby, of “Heartbeat.” “Scars & Stories,” which was released LOS ANGELES: James Spader is tak- 71, interest in his music and legacy continue. Several cel- you gotta try, you gotta let me in.” “One of the few sayings that the Jewish earlier this month. Producer Brendan ing early retirement from “The Office.” The ebrations are planned. Members of the Cash family gathered But the inspiration for the rock tune faith and the Muslim faith share (is) that if O’Brien, known for his work with Pearl former “Boston Legal” star is leaving the Sunday in Dyess, Ark., on what would have been Cash’s 80th has little to do with a failed romance. In- you kill one man, you’re guilty of killing Jam, Bruce Springsteen and Rage Against NBC sitcom after he completes the current birthday for the groundbreaking on a museum at his boy- stead, it comes from one of the worst trag- all of us,” Slade said. “So I wanted to flip the Machine, certainly helped shape the eighth season of the series, which was his hood home. -AP edies in recent memory - the genocide in that to the opposite. If you serve one man, song and the rest of the album, said Joe first with the show, the network confirms Rwanda nearly a decade ago. if you do step off your pedestal or what- King, the band’s guitarist and co-vocalist. to Reuters. Lead singer and writer Isaac Slade was ever like Kagame did and risk his life and -AP Spader played new Dunder Mifflin/Sa- Lucy Liu joins visiting the Rwandan capital of Kigali last bre CEO Robert California. CBS Sherlock Holmes pilot Elementary year when he found himself standing on He replaced outgoing manager Michael the site where more than 250,000 victims Scott, played by Steve Carell, after appear- Hardly. Lucy Liu has joined the cast of CBS’ Sherlock Hol- of the country’s 1994 genocide were bur- ing at the end of the series’ seventh sea- mes-drama pilot -- as Holmes’ assistant Watson. Who tradi- ied. Then he had an epiphany. son. He then quickly earned a promotion tionally has been portrayed by, you know, male actors. With “(I was) at this gathering with a bunch to CEO. “Charlie’s Angels” star Liu in the role, Watson is being re-en- of local (people) and ex-pats, all standing According to “The Office” executive visioned as Joan Watson, who lives with Holmes in modern- in circle holding hands, just kind of think- producer Paul Lieberstein, the departure day New York. “Trainspotting” actor Jonny Lee Miller, who ing and talking about Rwanda. This chick is in keeping with Spader’s plans for the recently had a run on Showtime’s serial-killer hit “Dexter,” was standing next to me and I couldn’t tell show. “James always wanted this to be a will star as the legendary sleuth Holmes in the pilot, which if it was her heartbeat or mine, but it felt one-year arc, and he now leaves us having comes via CBS Television Studios and Timberman-Beverly like the country was getting its pulse back created one of the most enigmatic and dy- Productions. -Reuters to it,” Slade remembered. namic characters in television,” Lieberstein “I busted out my phone and wrote that said. “He’s been a great friend to me and Desperate pre-chorus of this song called ‘Heartbeat,’ the show, helping us successfully transition and wrote some of the chorus on the way into the post-Michael Scott years, and I’m Housewives lawsuit goes to court back,” he said. grateful for that.” The vocalist also spent time with Pres- Lieberstein’s statement notwithstand- “Desperate Housewives” is ending its run with a dramatic ident Paul Kagame after a friend arranged ing, the current season of “The Office” has courtroom confrontation -- not on the show, but in real life. a meeting. The visit took place near Kag- been marked by dwindling ratings, with the Nicollette Sheridan’s $20 million wrongful termination suit ame’s birthday, so Slade performed a solo show hitting a series low of a 2.2 rating/6 goes to court today in Los Angeles. Sheridan says she was fired her after she complained about creator Marc Cherry version of The Fray’s biggest hit so far, share in the advertiser-coveted adults 18-49 hitting her during a 2008 argument. Her character, Edie “How to Save A Life,” in the presidential demographic with its February 17 episode. Britt, was killed off. In her lawsuit, Sheridan said Cherry place. Slade bonded with Kagame and the (The show’s ratings improved slightly for “forcefully hit her with his hand across her face and head” two men spoke of family and the darkest its most recent episode Thursday, climbing over a script disagreement during rehearsal. She responded, period in Rwandan history, when extrem- 13 percent in the demo.) The network does “You just hit me in the head. That is not OK. THAT IS NOT ist Hutus killed more than 500,000 Tutsis not yet have specific plans for Spader’s re- OK,” according to the lawsuit. -Reuters and moderate Hutus in the country. Kag- FILE - In this Jan. 19, 2012 photo, Issac Slade, (left) and Joe King pose for a photo placement. -Reuters ame led Rwandan Tutsi soldiers at the in New York. (AP)
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