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Malaysia bans Erykah Badu show over Allah body art.pdf


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       entertainment                                                                                                                                                                               WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 29, 2012

    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                      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                  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 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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