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International Star You Should Know: Khaled Nabaway

1 August 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Career Breakthrough

Actor Khaled Nabawy’s starring turn in the 1994 film “The Emigrant,” the Egyptian equivalent of the biblical tale of Joseph, from auteur Youssef Chahine, put Nabawy on a larger stage, and has made him one of Egypt’s best-known actors, landing him roles in Hollywood pics such as Ridley Scott’s “Kingdom of Heaven” (2005) and Doug Liman’s “Fair Game” (2010).

Playing For Peace

The 47-year-old Nabawy looks nothing like the nation’s late president, Anwar Sadat, but that didn’t stop him from drawing glowing reviews earlier this year for “Camp David,” at the Arena Stage in Washington, D.C., opposite Richard Thomas and Ron Rifkin.  Nabawy says he was surprised he was chosen for the role, but welcomed the challenge “Everyone has his own secret” of getting into character, he says. “I believe in studying — and listening.”


Writing in the Washington Post in April, Peter Marks »

- Andrea Seikaly

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Slackery News Tidbits: June 23, 2014

23 June 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | Slackerwood | See recent Slackerwood news »

Here's the latest Austin film news.

Austin will be the setting of two upcoming TV series. Kut reports that HBO is developing God Save Texas, about a freshman Texas legislator wooed by energy lobbyists. Writer/co-producer Lawrence Wright is basing the show on his play Sonny's Last Shot. No word yet on whether it will actually be shot in Austin. And per Austin Business Journal, Amazon is producing Hysteria, a series starring Mena Suvari as a psychiatrist at The University of Texas at Austin who's investigating a teen epidemic related to the title. This series might actually shoot locally, considering a recent casting call.Local screenwriter/author/former film critic C. Robert Cargill has his next project lined up: He's co-scripting The Outer Limits with Scott Derrickson, who co-wrote the horror feature Sinister with him too. The movie will be based primarily on an episode of the 1960s anthology show »

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HBO Developing Texas Politics Drama From Lawrence Wright And Lauren Shuler Donner

6 June 2014 3:46 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Exclusive: HBO has put in development God Save Texas, a drama series project written by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Lawrence Wright (The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda And The Road To 9/11) and executive produced by X-Men producer Lauren Shuler Donner. It centers on an idealistic cowboy who, looking to save his ranch and marriage, tries to get elected to the Texas Legislature, where he becomes the target of the powerful energy lobby and learns how to survive in the crazy, brutal world of Texas politics. Wright, a native Texan and longtime observer of the political scene in Austin, is also a playwright. God Save Texas is based on his 2005 play Sonny’s Last Shot. Tony-winning veteran theater producer Margo Lion (Hairspray), who is working with Shuler Donner on adapting the Shuler Donner-produced feature The Secret Life Of Bees as a Broadway musical, gave her a copy of the play. Both felt Sonny’s »


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Here Are 6 Movies That Prove Tom Cruise Shouldn't Make Blockbusters Anymore

6 June 2014 2:20 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Tom Cruise is a troublesome individual in real life. After reading Lawrence Wright's "Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief," I could say more, but anything personally provocative would be contradicting the more important point of this piece: he's a great actor, and he's wasting his time.  First, let's all agree the veteran thespian ascended past movie stardom to the legions of excellence with his performances listed below (in the easy-access language of today, a list). He is a not a good actor, but a great actor. As outlined in the superb piece by La Weekly's Chief Film Critic Amy Nicholson in last week's #LongForms article, Cruise was destined for further greatness before the internet wrapped him in scandal and cast him as a box office failure, though he clearly wasn't (look no further than "Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol" or "War of the Worlds" for proof). Yet poor, »

- Ben Travers

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