Lebanese Designer Elie Saab Brags About Ex Israeli Soldier Gal Gadot Wearing his Design!

A photo of Israeli actress Gal Gadot wearing his gown was posted on the label’s official Instagram account (Source:@eliesaabworld - Instagram)

A photo of Israeli actress Gal Gadot wearing his gown was posted on the label’s official Instagram account (Source:@eliesaabworld – Instagram)

Lebanese fashion designer Elie Saab received backlash on Wednesday after a photo of Israeli actress Gal Gadot wearing his gown was posted on the label’s official Instagram account.

The picture showed actress wearing one of the designer’s dresses with the caption: “A flawless Gal Gadot in Elie Saab Ready-to-Wear Spring Summer 2018 at the national board of review annual gala in New York.”

The post, which was later deleted, sparked social media outrage with many criticizing the brand for praising Gadot who openly shows support for Israel Defense Forces.

Last year, Lebanon banned the showing of the film Wonder Woman that Gadot was staring in after activists in the country campaigned against its release.

Controversy surrounds the Israeli actress who previously served in the Israeli army before pursuing a career in the Army.
During the 2014 Gaza War that resulted in the death more than 2,100 Palestinians killed by Israeli forces, Gadot voiced her support for “all the boys and girls who are risking their lives protecting my country.”

Haifa Wehbe is One of the Most Beautiful Women According to This ‘Gentleman’

Haifa's name was included in the list of the most beautiful 30 women through the ages, based on new research by “The Gentleman,” where she was ranked at No. 19. (Source: @haifawehbe - Instagram)

Haifa’s name was included in the list of the most beautiful 30 women through the ages, based on new research by “The Gentleman,” where she was ranked at No. 19. (Source: @haifawehbe – Instagram)

The Lebanese star Haifa Wehbe continues to reap success both on Arab and international levels, not only for her distinctive artistic activities but as one of the most beautiful women in the world.

This was confirmed by the inclusion of her name in the list of the most beautiful 30 women through the ages, based on new research by “The Gentleman,” where she was ranked at No. 19.

The international model Naomi Campbell came first in the list, followed by the Brazilian model Adriana Lima, while the Indian actress Aishwarya Rai came third.

The list also included names such as the international movie star Angelina Jolie, Turkish actress Fahriye Evcen, American singer Beyoncé, Palestinian-American model Gigi Hadid and others.

Carole Samaha to Perform in Miss Arab USA

Samaha recently released a new Christmas song with Italian opera singer Alessandro Safina (source: Instagram - @carolesamaha)

Samaha recently released a new Christmas song with Italian opera singer Alessandro Safina (source: Instagram – @carolesamaha)

Lebanese singer and actress Carole Samaha has announced that she will perform at the Miss Arab USA 2018 pageant at the Chandler Center of Arts, in Chandler, Arizona, on Jan. 21, 2018.

“I will b performing in #Arizona USA for Miss ARAB USA on the 21st of January at the Chandler Center of ARTS,” Samaha tweeted.
According to the annual Miss Arab pageant’s website, the event is founded on the basis of advancing the cause for young ladies of Arab descent.

This year, 20 Arab women will compete for the title. Iraqi singer Bashar Kaissi will also perform during the show.
The 45-year-old popular Middle Eastern singer will also perform in an episode of “Celebrity Duets” on the Lebanese channel MTV, on Sunday.

Samaha recently released a new Christmas song with Italian opera singer Alessandro Safina.

Nancy Ajram Headed to UAE, Reveals She’s Probably a Nerd

Nancy Ajram in her natural habitat. (Instagram / nancyajram)

Nancy Ajram in her natural habitat. (Instagram / nancyajram)

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She may be a multi-million copy bestselling artist, but Nancy Ajram is still trying to be cool.

The insanely popular Lebanese singer will be taking the stage at Abu Dhabi, performing hits from her seven (indistinguishable) albums this December 2nd. The doors open at 8 p.m.; the show is scheduled to start at 9 p.m. Tickets, available online, start at AED 250 (approx. $68.06) and go up to AED 1450 (approx. $395).

This news follows the announcement that Ajram will appear as a fourth Powerpuff Girl for a special miniseries, playing the role of Bliss, the girls’ long-lost teenage sister.

Ajram said that the experience allowed her to “re-live some of my happy childhood memories in the process. I felt that I was very much in the heart of the action, helping The Powerpuff Girls save the world.”

The Powerpuff Girls debuted in 1998, when Ajram was fifteen. If Ajram is alluding to having watched the show growing-up—a show aimed at children—then hah, loser.

Or maybe those of us judging others for watching cartoons are the real losers. Who knows.

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The Insult is Essential—a Triumph of Lebanese Cinema

Lebanese movie The Insult is a great film. (File photo)

Lebanese movie The Insult is a great film. (File photo)

One of the most controversial films at El Gouna Film Festival, the Lebanese filmmaker Ziad Doueiri’s The Insult nonetheless received El Gouna’s Silver Star and the Volpi Cup Award; it had been nominated for the Golden Lion at Venice after an international premiere at Toronto.

Doueiri, born in 1963, is best-known for his award-winning West Beirut (1998), which won numerous prizes including the François Chalais Award at Cannes, the Best First Film Award at Carthage and the FIPRESCI Award at Toronto. Having left Lebanon at the age of 18 to study in the US, where he became known as Quentin Tarantino’s camera assistant on Reservoir Dogs (1992), Pulp Fiction (1994), From Dusk Till Dawn (1996) and Jackie Brown (1997), Doueiri is now based in France. His last film, The Attack (2012), was partly filmed in Tel Aviv, something that brought him under in the Arab world — though it won the Golden Star at the Marrakech Film Festival and the Cineuropa Award at the Istanbul Film Festival.

With a disclaimer declaring that it does not reflect any official views or policies of Lebanon, The Insult delves into recent and ongoing Lebanese history through an incident involving two neighbours: a Palestinian construction worker named Yasser (Kamel Al-Basha) and a local car mechanic and repairs garage owner, Toni (Adel Karam). Toni lives with his wife Sherine (Rita Hayek) and they are expecting a baby girl, while Yasser — being a refugee — is technically an illegal resident. The story begins when Yasser approaches Toni regarding Toni’s leaking drainpipe, and Toni promptly slams the door in his face. When Yasser fixes it himself to prevent the leaking, Toni makes a point of smashing it. A verbal fight follows, Yasser insults Toni and refuses to apologise.

While working at his garage Toni listens to speeches by Bachir Gemayel, the anti-Palestinian Phalange leader assassinated in 1982. Yasser’s boss, on the other hand, persuades him to supply the required apology to avoid trouble. While trying to do so, Yasser reflexively punches Toni and breaks his ribs when Toni says he wished Sharon had wiped them all out. Toni takes the issue to court, turning it into a national issue of urgent public import, with lawyers volunteering to defend one or the other of the two men. In its second half the film becomes a courtroom drama: Toni is represented by an elderly lawyer named Wajdi (Camille Salameh), and Yasser by an enthusiastic young woman lawyer named Nadine (Diamand Bou Abboud); while they make their theatrical defences it turns out they are father and daughter, an unnecessary cliched nod to the younger generation.

As the courtroom drama progresses with Wajdi being callous and Nadine emotional, the viewer is drawn deeper into Lebanese politics and the Civil War, scenes of which begin to intrude on the court scenes. By the third sequence, the story has gone past the two men. Both are now racked by guilt, feeling that their story has gone too far, reopening old wounds and enabling the lawyers to further their own careers at the expense of people’s pain.

Though too long, the film benefits from a coherent script by Doueiri with Jouelle Touma as well as excellent cinematography by Tommaso Fiorilli. While the trial progresses, a tension similar to that of Sidney Lumet’s 12 Angry Men (1957), starring and co-produced by Henry Fonda — in which a jury of 12 debates the fate of a young man charged with murdering his father — begins to make itself felt. Here too the claustrophobia is compelling, and a simple, classic premise develops into the story of a nation, much as an argument between a father and his daughter in a confined space reflects an entire civil war.

With a whole family of lawyers, Doueiri says if he hadn’t been a filmmaker he would’ve been a lawyer — a feeling he indulged to the utmost in this film, making his mother the film’s legal advisor too. Doueiri wants to take a break from filmmaking, he said at El Gouna, though he wants his next film to be so apolitical, as he put it, it will be about a man on Venus and another on Mars.

Reviewed by Soha Hesham

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Comedy is Netflix’s First Foray into the Middle East

Popular Lebanese comedian Adel Karam. (Facebook / Adel Karam)

Popular Lebanese comedian Adel Karam. (Facebook / Adel Karam)

For their first Middle Eastern production, Netflix has decided to join forces with the popular stand-up comedian Adel Karam. The show is expected to launch in 2018.

 

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The show has not been named yet, but the Lebanese star is expected to tackle social issues in the Middle East with his great sense of humor. Karam is more than excited to be a part of this project, especially with it being Netflix’s first Middle Eastern production.

Karam is not only popular for being a comedian, he’s quite known for his acting skills. He starred in many big  Lebanese film where he excelled at playing serious roles. One of these films is The Insult, which topped the box office in Lebanon!

WE SAID THIS: Lebanese jokes are going global!

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