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Nabil Ayouch: ‘No Subject Should be Taboo in the Arab World’

Nabil Ayouch: ‘No Subject Should be Taboo in the Arab World’
“No subject should be taboo in the Arab World today,” Nabil Ayouch, one of its leading film directors, told Variety Studio at the Dubai Festival, where he presented his latest feature, Casablanca-set “Razzia,” a multi-part fresco of how an act of censorship in the past plays out over four characters’ lives in the present.

Avouch went on to detail the dangers of restrictions: “If we want to develop this part of the world, if we want to give a voice to the talents – and there are many talents in the Arab world – we should be capable of watching ourselves in the mirror.”

He went on: “If we do not speak about ourselves as we really are, some other people will come and do it instead of us.”

But Avouch is still “full of hope” for the Arab world. “We know that in this region we are not different. They want to buy us into thinking we’re different:
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'Dancing With the Stars' Eliminates First Contestant of Season 25 -- Find Out Who Got Sent Home!

'Dancing With the Stars' Eliminates First Contestant of Season 25 -- Find Out Who Got Sent Home!
*Caution: Spoilers Ahead!*

Dancing With the Stars season 25 has axed its first contestant!

Following the season's second night of competition, Shark Tank star and businesswoman Barbara Corcoran was sent home.

The elimination comes after Corcoran, 68, and her pro partner, Keo Motsepe, found themselves at the bottom of the score board for the second week in a row.

Watch: Barbara Corcoran Says She 'Dreams' About Her Hunky 'DWTS' Season 25 Partner Keo Motsepe

In the season premiere, Corcoran and Motsepe performed a salsa set to "Money Maker" by Ludacris, which earned them a score of 14 out of 30.

This week, the pair performed a tango set to "Whatever Lola Wants" as performed by Sarah Vaughn, and they actually improved, earning a 17. However, the votes had already been cast.

After they were cut, hosts Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews spoke with Corcoran, who opened up about how she felt now that her DWTS journey alongside Motsepe had come to an end
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DWTS Gets Serious the First Contest Eliminated From Season 25

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DWTS Gets Serious the First Contest Eliminated From Season 25
Warning — Spoilers ahead

After tanking with the lowest scores of the evening, there was no saving this Shark.

Barbara Corcoran will just have to go back to her day job as an investor on Shark Tank as she was the first to be eliminated from season 25 of Dancing With the Stars.

On the Sept. 18 season premiere, the businesswoman, 68, along with her 27-year-old partner Keo Motsepe, failed to win over the judges with a salsa to Ludacris’ “Money Maker.” They earned a 14 out of 30, putting them in last place for week 1.

The real estate mogul then got into her grove a
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'Dancing With the Stars' Week 2 Preview: Who Are the Frontrunners? Who's Going Home?!

'Dancing With the Stars' Week 2 Preview: Who Are the Frontrunners? Who's Going Home?!
It's a two-night special of Dancing With the Stars!

It may only be the second week of the competition, but this season's 13 contestants and their pro partners have been doubling up their work in rehearsals, gearing up to perform not one but two dances this week.

But before they show off their skills, Et's breaking down everything you need to know about what to expect in the ballroom Monday and Tuesday night!

Who's on top of the leaderboard?

1. It's a tie for first! Jordan Fisher & Lindsay Arnold, Lindsey Stirling & Mark Ballas: 22/30

2. Vanessa Lachey & Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 21/30

3. Nikki Bella & Artem Chigvintsev: 20/30

More: 'Dancing With the Stars' Season 25 Premiere: Best Lifts, Kicks, Tricks and Flips!

Who's in danger of elimination?

Barbara Corcoran & Keo Motsepe received the lowest score from the judges -- 15/30 -- last Monday, followed closely behind by Terrell Owens & Cheryl Burke, who received a score of 15, and Drew Scott & Emma Slater, who scored
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French-Moroccan Actor Assaad Bouab Broadens His Canvas

French-Moroccan Actor Assaad Bouab Broadens His Canvas
Paris– Having playing a Muslim Azerbiijani boy in Asif Kapadia’s “Ali and Nino,” a Syrien camp commander in “Homeland” (season 5) “Homeland,” the handsome French-Moroccan actor Assaad Bouab might well be on track to follow the footsteps of Reda Kateb, another French actor of North African origins who appeared in dozens of French films and TV series and a few high-profile U.S. titles before accessing meatier roles at home.

Represented by Emmanuelle Ramade and Florence Charmasson at Adequat in Paris, Bouab has seen his career heat up in the last couple years. Since getting his first leading role in Mary Jimenez and Bénédicte Liénard’s politically-engaged “Le chant des hommes” and starring in the popular Canal Plus show “Braquo,” Bouab clinched a key role in the second season of “10 Pour Cent” (“Call My Agent”), the French comedy hit series centering on a Parisian talent agency. Bouab plays an arrogant,
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Nabil Ayouch’s Upcoming ‘Razzia’ Revisits 1942 Classic ‘Casablanca’ (Exclusive)

Nabil Ayouch’s Upcoming ‘Razzia’ Revisits 1942 Classic ‘Casablanca’ (Exclusive)
Marrakech — Nabil Ayouch is Morocco’s best-known filmmaker, having directed international hits such as “Ali Zaoua: Prince of the Streets” (2000), “Whatever Lola Wants” (2007), “Horses of God” (2012).

Over recent years he has played a key role in developing the nascent Moroccan film industry including the production of a slate of over 40 Moroccan telefilms, for public broadcaster Snrt, which launched a new generation of directing and acting talent.

His 2012 pic, “Horses of God,” about the 2003 Casablanca suicide bombers, was sold to 40 countries by Wild Bunch and officially presented in the U.S. by Jonathan Demme, where it was Morocco’s candidate for the foreign-language Academy Award.

However, in 2015 Ayouch became a bête noire for certain quarters of Moroccan society due to his prostitution drama, “Much Loved,” which was banned one week after the film bowed in Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes, on account of “serious outrage to the moral values of Moroccan women.
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Strictly Come Dancing: week five – as it happened

Did Ore Oduba continue his run of miraculous moves? And was this the week Ed Balls bowed out? We followed all the action

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So that’s It for another Strictly week! Thank you as ever for your brilliant comments, they make my week. I’ll be back next week for the Halloween Special, so join me at 6.45pm next Saturday and we’ll get our freak on. In the meantime you can find me on Twitter @heidistephens, so come and say hi. Have a brilliant week! Hx

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Lesley and Anton say lovely things about each other, and dance their final dance like your drunk aunt and uncle at a wedding. Just as it should be.

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Craig saves Daisy and Aljaz, as does Darcey. Bruno does likewise, and Len would have done the same. So Lesley And Anton are going home.

Ah, I’m sorry to see Lesley go,
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Tab Hunter Confidential

What's the right thing to say about a closeted movie career in an industry that feeds on gossip? There's plenty to say, if you're Tab Hunter. The '50s heartthrob breaks his silence with a remarkably candid and positive account of his astonishing, unique Hollywood experience. Tab Hunter Confidential Blu-ray FilmRise 2015 / Color / 1:78 widescreen / 90 min. / Street Date August 23, 2016 / 19.95 Starring Tab Hunter, Allan Glaser, Clint Eastwood, Connie Stevens, Portia de Rossi, Robert Wagner, Debbie Reynolds, Lainie Kazan, George Takei, Noah Wyle, John Waters, Liz Torres, Tab Hunter, Dolores Hart, Terry Moore, Don Murray, Robert Osborne, Darryl Hickman, William Wellman Jr., Rae Allen, Rona Barrett, Venetia Stevenson, Rex Reed, Etchika Choureau, Marilyn Erskine, Henry Willson, Shannon Bolin, Eddie Muller, Ronnie Robertson, Gary Giddins, Tamara Asseyev, Neal Noorlag, Marilyn Gevirtz, Jo-An Cox Bunton, Lou Simon, Evelyn Kramer. Cinematography Nancy Schreiber Film Editor Jeffrey Schwarz Original Music Michael Cudahy Produced by Allan Glaser, Neil Koenigsberg,
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Best Baseball Movies

In the midst of March Madness and with the Kentucky Derby around the corner, the first pitch of baseball season is almost here.

A quote from Field Of Dreams best describes America’s national pastime, “The one constant throughout the years has been baseball.”

To mark the start of the 2016 season, here’s our list of the Best Baseball movies.

The Bad News Bears

Considered by some to be the best baseball movie ever, the film celebrates its 40th anniversary this month (April 7, 1976). In an article from the NY Daily News, one line reads, “It is a movie that someone like the late Philip Seymour Hoffman called his favorite, and one which resonates on many levels today, with all different generations.”

Who are we to argue with greatness?

After skewering all-American subjects such as politics (The Candidate) and beauty pageants (Smile), director Michael Ritchie naturally set his sights on the
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It’s Opening Week: Best Baseball Movies

Is this heaven? Nope, it’s Opening Week.

Recently Mlb rounded up a group of players to recite, word for word, James Earl Jones’ famous “people will come, Ray” speech from Field Of Dreams.

Wamg declares America’s national pastime, Baseball, to be the official sport of movie fans everywhere. As Brad Pitt said in Moneyball, “How can you not be romantic about Baseball?”

It all started Sunday night with the Cardinals at the Cubs with St. Louis winning 3 to 0.

To celebrate the first pitch of Opening Week, here’s our list of the best Baseball movies.

The Rookie

One of the best baseball biopics to come along over the years, The Rookie, starring Dennis Quaid, tells the true story of Jim Morris, a man who finally gets a shot at his lifelong dream-pitching in the big leagues. A high school science teacher/baseball coach, Morris’ players make a bet with him:if they win district,
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Asif Kapadia Shoots Azerbaijan-set ‘Ali & Nino’ from Christopher Hampton’s Screenplay

Asif Kapadia Shoots Azerbaijan-set ‘Ali & Nino’ from Christopher Hampton’s Screenplay
London — Director Asif Kapadia has started to shoot “Ali & Nino,” which is produced by Kris Thykier, and adapted from Kurban Said’s novel by Christopher Hampton. Im Global is handling international sales.

Adam Bakri (“Omar”) and Maria Valverde (Ridley Scott’s “Exodus: Gods and Kings”) will star as the titular star-crossed lovers, and will be joined by a cast that includes Mandy Patinkin (“Homeland,” “Criminal Minds,” “The Princess Bride”) and Connie Nielsen (“Nymphomaniac,” “Gladiator”), playing Nino’s parents Gregor and Tamar Kipiani.

Other cast include Riccardo Scamarcio (“Loose Canons,” “My Brother Is an Only Child”), Homayoun Ershadi (“Zero Dark Thirty,” “The Kite Runner”), Fakhraddin Manafov (“Try Not to Breathe,” “Good Bye, Southern City”), Assaad Bouab (“Days of Glory,” “Whatever Lola Wants”), Numan Acar (“Homeland”) and Halit Ergenc (“1001 Nights”).

Ali Khan and Nino Kipiani live in Baku, the cosmopolitan, oil-rich capital of Azerbaijan, which, at the beginning of the 20h century,
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Morocco’s Nabil Ayouch Ups his Commitment to Exploring the Roots of Terrorism (Exclusive)

In the wake of the early January terrorist attacks in Paris, renewed attention is currently being placed on Arab filmmakers who try to explore the roots of religious-inspired terrorism.

One of the key Arab filmmakers willing to tackle these issues is Morocco’s best-known international director, Nabil Ayouch, who operates out of Paris and Casablanca.

His most recent film, “Horses of God”, challenged religious fundamentalism. He depicted the lives of four kids from the slums who became suicide bombers in the 2003 Casablanca terrorist attack that left 45 dead. The pic was co-financed by France’s Pierre Ange Le Pogam and Wild Bunch, unspooled in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard in 2012 and was Morocco’s official entry for the 86th Academy Awards and the country’s first-ever Golden Globes entry.

Ayouch’s initial reaction to Variety after the Charlie Hebdo slaughter was categorical: “It’s a sad day. I’m still very shocked.
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Jennifer Lawrence’s Stunning Makeup & Nails At 2014 SAG Awards

Hot off her big win at the Golden Globes, Jennifer stunned again at the SAG Awards, held in Los Angeles on Jan. 18. Get her exact Dior beauty look right here!

Jennifer Lawrence, 23, looked gorgeous at the show, which aired live from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. Her short pixie haircut allowed us to see her smokey eye makeup and pretty pink lip.

Jennifer Lawrence At Screen Actors Guild Awards – Gorgeous & Glamorous

Jennifer’s pixie was perfectly styled. Her eyes were dark and dramatic, with lots of gray and black shadows. She kept the focus on her light blue eyes, with a soft, pretty pink lip.

Best Dressed Golden Globes 2014 Take Our Poll

Here are the exact products used on Jennifer:

Diorskin Nude Natural Glow Radiant Foundation in Light Beige (#020)

Diorblush Glowing Color Powder Blush in Amber Show (#556)

On her eyes:

Diorshow Mono Eyeshadow in Khôl (#096)

Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow
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A Song-by-Song Look at Amazon's Browsers, from the Interns' "Life" to Bebe's Big Number

If Bebe Neuwirth’s performance of the gloriously profane “Someone With Whom …” in the Amazon original pilot Browsers reminded you of a certain Broadway classic, well, there’s a reason for that.

We asked Browsers creator David Javerbaum to tell us about that song and the rest of show’s soundtrack, which features music by Adam Schlesinger of Fountains of Wayne and Brendan Milburn (and is available for free at Amazon MP3):

“My Life”

Music by Brendan Milburn, a wonderful composer and friend I have known for almost 20 years. It introduces the four interns both individually and as a group, so it had to be long – 3 1/2 minutes, much longer than the typical song in the show, but necessary to have a real “opening number” feel. The tune Brendan wrote is catchy and irresistible. As for the title, yes I’m aware of the Billy Joel song, but it was
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Ashutosh Gowariker represents India on jury of Dtff

The Doha Tribeca Film Festival (Dtff), the annual cultural celebration of Doha Film Institute (Dfi), has announced the juries to select the winners of the Arab Film Competition, the only competition at any regional film festival dedicated wholly to honouring Arab cinema talent. The members of the four juries, drawn from across the world, include internationally acclaimed film professionals, authors and cultural thought leaders. They will evaluate the Arab Film Competition's three segments - Feature Narrative, Feature Documentary and Short Film - as well as the 'Made in Qatar' segment of the festival, devoted to films made by Qatar-based talent. The awards have total prize money of over Us$440,000. The Feature Narrative jury will be headed by renowned Tunisian actress Hend Sabry (The Yacoubian Building, Whatever Lola Wants and Asmaa). The other jury members are: Indian director Ashutoush Gowariker (Lagaan, Jodhaa Akbar); Dr. Emad Amralla Sultan, Deputy General Manager of
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Best Baseball Movies To See Before The World Series

“The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. This field, this game: it’s a part of our past, Ray. It reminds us of all that once was good and it could be again.” – Field Of Dreams.

No truer words were ever spoken about America’s Pastime. Baseball began this past Spring with 30 teams vying for the chance to become World Champions and now it’s been decided. The San Francisco Giants and Detroit Tigers will play ball in the 2012 World Series. Before the final hurrah of nine innings, stats, bases and 3 strikes you’re out, Wamg has compiled a list of the Best Baseball Movies. Did we leave any in the dugout or are there some that should be sent to the showers?
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Primetime Emmy Awards 2012 complete winners list: 'Homeland' takes home the hardware

"Homeland" broke "Mad Men's" Emmy streak by winning Outstanding Drama Series -- it also took home Lead Actress and Actor in a Drama Series for stars Claire Danes and Damian Lewis.

The complete list of nominees:

Outstanding Drama Series

Boardwalk Empire

Breaking Bad

Downton Abbey

Game Of Thrones

Homeland

Mad Men

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series

Glenn Close, Damages

Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey

Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife

Kathy Bates, Harry's Law

Claire Danes, Homeland

Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series

Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire

Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad

Michael C. Hall, Dexter

Hugh Bonneville, Downton Abbey

Damian Lewis, Homeland

Jon Hamm, Mad Men

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series

Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad

Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey

Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey

Archie Panjabi, The Good Wife

Christine Baranski, The Good Wife

Christina Hendricks, Mad Men

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series

Aaron Paul,
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Announcing the 2012 Primetime Emmy Nominees!

Jimmy Kimmel and Scandal's Kerry Washington stepped up to the podium this morning to announce the nominees for the 64th Primetime Emmys (Nick Offerman was scheduled to announce with Washington, but had to cancel due to travel issues, and luckily, Kimmel was on hand, still in his pajamas). It's not a surprise that a lot of Emmy favorites are back again, with Breaking Bad, Mad Men, and Modern Family scooping up tons of nods, but there's a lot of fresh blood in here too. I was pleasantly surprised to see a few names make it off our Emmy wishlist, like American Horror Story, Max Greenfield, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus. As for new series, Lena Dunham's Girls racked up noms for comedy series, directing, writing, and acting, and Downton Abbey is all over the drama categories. Now that the nominees are out, the official speculation can begin! The 64th Emmy
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2012 Emmy Awards nominations complete list

The nominations are out for the 64th annual Primetime Emmy Awards. When all of the categories are taken into account, "American Horror Story" and "Mad Men" lead the way with 17 nominations each, followed closely by "Downton Abbey" and "Hatfields & McCoys" with 16 apiece.

The complete list of nominees:

Outstanding Comedy Series

The Big Bang Theory

Curb Your Enthusiasm

Girls

Modern Family

30 Rock

Veep

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series

Lena Dunham, Girls

Melissa McCarthy, Mike & Molly

Zooey Deschanel, New Girl

Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie

Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation

Tina Fey, 30 Rock

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series

Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

Larry David, Curb Your Enthusiasm

Don Cheadle, House of Lies

Louis C.K., Louie

Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock

Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series

Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory

Kathryn Joosten, Desperate Housewives

Julie Bowen,
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Richard Adler dies at 90: Composer's Tony wins include 'Damn Yankees' and 'The Pajama Game'

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Richard Alder, the Tony-winning composer and lyricist behind "The Pajama Game" and "Damn Yankees" and Marilyn Monroe's seductive "Happy Birthday, Mr. President" song during President John F. Kennedy's 1962 birthday celebration, has died. He was 90.

The Songwriters Hall of Famer's biggest hits include "You Gotta Have Heart," "Hey, There," "Hernando's Hideaway," "Whatever Lola Wants," "Steam Heat," "Rags to Riches" and "Everybody Loves a Lover."

Among his other credits, Adler co-wrote the music and lyrics for Doris Day's "Pajama Game," the film adapted from his Tony-winning play, and composed symphonies and ballets for the Chicago City ballet.

In addition to JFK's birthday celebration featuring Monroe's iconic performance, Adler also staged and produced several other shows for U.S. presidents.

According to his widow, Susan A. Ivory, he passed away Thursday at his home in Southampton, N.Y. He is also survived by his three children, Andrew Adler, Katherine Adler and Charles Shipman,
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