Audiences don’t seem to be digging the new movie ‘Beirut,’ which hit the silver screen on April 11. The film has a rotten 56% score on movie review site Rotten Tomatoes.
Several movie buffs have complained the plot follows a stereotypical action sequence. One user wrote, “Pretty generic [movie], but at least Jon Hamm is easy on the eyes.”
The film follows the story of a former American diplomat who returns to service in Beirut in order to save a colleague from a group responsible for the death of his family.
John Hamm, Rosamund Pike, Dean Norris and Shea Whigham all star in the espionage thriller film.
Social media users have complained the film dehumanizes Arabs and Muslims and ignores the political complexities of the Lebanese Civil War.
In a New York Times article, culture reporter Sopan Deb called the film offensive and dehumanizing. He says there are no Lebanese actors featured in the film, and cites the hashtag #BoycottBeirutMovie as evidence of the trailer’s reception in Lebanon.
Critics also say the film wasn’t shot in Lebanon, and has no Lebanese actors, directors, or cast members.
Daniel Schindel of The Film Stage writes, “Beirut has zero character as a setting, reduced to a generic backdrop of rubble and sand.”
The movie was released on April 11, 2018 and is currently playing in theaters in the U.S. and around the world.
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Lebanese superstar Elissa is breaking new records after the music video of her new song “Aaks Elli Shayfenha” hit more than 3 million views in its first week.
The song was posted on July 19 by Rotana Records, the Arab World’s largest record label, which has 4.5 million subscribers.
WATCH: “AAKS ELLI SHAYFENHA”
The hit music video is directed by Lebanese director Angy Jammal, who collaborated with Elissa for the fourth time after music videos for “Ya Merayti,” “Hob Kol Hayaty,” and “Saharna Ya Leil,” according to a press release.
“Aaks Elli Shayfenha” is composed by Amir Teima and with lyrics by Walid Saad. The song comes from Elissa’s album, “Saharna Ya Leil.”
Elissa, whose real name is Elissar Zakaria Khoury, is a popular Lebanese recording artist, and the first Lebanese singer to receive the World Music Award for Best Selling Middle Eastern Artist in 2006.
She has sold over 30 million albums worldwide.
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(BEIRUT) – Lebanese singer Melhem Zein released a new single composed by legendary composer and singer Melhem Barakat, who died last week at the age of 71.
The single, “Marti W Ana,” was set to release later this year, but Zein wanted to honor Barakat’s legacy by releasing the song early.
“Marti W Ana” which translates to “My Wife and I” was just one of the songs Barakat was composing before his death. Reports say he was also working on “Albi Al Walhan” or “My Heart That’s in Love.”
Barakat’s music career started in the 1960s and hit its peak when he joined the Rahbanis’ musical theater. He later grew into one of the most popular stars in Lebanon, and toured in Australia, South America, Canada and the U.S.
He died Oct. 28 at Hôtel-Dieu de France hospital in Achrafieh, Lebanon.
LISTEN to ‘Marti W Ana’:
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A new Miss Lebanon for 2015 was elected on Monday, proving that some elections do actually exist in Lebanon!
While the presidential palace in Baabda remains empty, a panel of judges somehow managed to appoint a new Miss Lebanon to represent the country in the upcoming Miss World and Miss Universe competitions.
Clearly, representation at these pageants is far more important than representation at international security meetings and among world leaders.
The beauty is Valerie Abou Chacra, a 23-year-old student at the Lebanese American University, who received the crown from Sally Greige, Miss Lebanon 2014.
Abou Chacra beat out 13 other women with the judges’ votes, including Josline Mosleh and Cynthia Samoeil, who were first runners-up. Nour Nasrallah and Maria Tannous came in second and third place, respectively.
Greige presented Abou Chacra with the Miss Lebanon crown during a live pageant broadcast on LBC. Unlike Lebanon’s own leaders, Greige cannot extend her own term.
Political quarrels have created a stalemate in Lebanon, which has left the country without a president for over a year. President Michel Sleiman’s term expired in May 2014.
So here’s an idea — elect Valerie as president! You don’t have enough women in politics, anyway.
Once again, Lebanon proves to be the land of irony.
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