Cinemoz is a website, founded in June 2011, offering on-demand streaming video of movies, TV shows and other media clips from the Arab world. So basically it’s the Arab version of Hulu. It was set to launch at the end of this year’s summer, but the project is still in the making. It is obviously an interesting project, but the question is: Are people still interested in Arab cinema? Well, maybe not as much in Lebanon as in other Arab countries, especially in the Gulf region and Egypt. Another question concerns me: How will people be able to enjoy Arab entertainment with a shitty internet connection? But, Karim Safieddine, founder of the website, says that the project is projected to be on a global scale, meaning that everyone anywhere in the world can watch and enjoy the website’s content. Let’s hope that Arab TV networks and production companies will understand the project and give Cinemoz the right of streaming their shows and movies without making such a big fuss out of it. I’m not even sure if the presenter at LBC understood what this project was all about, she kept on asking Karim on how the website works and questioned the purpose of the site. Are people in the middle east ready for changes like these: watching Bab el Hara (Famous Syrian TV series) on a small computer screen? I don’t think so! Family and friends gatherings are the quintessential characteristic of an evening plan in most of the Arab world.
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Hollywood is frequently accused of lacking original movie ideas, this statement is becoming more and more true lately as they are getting back to revive old classic fairy tales. And 2012 is the year of the battle of the Snow Whites! Why? you say, because 2 hollywood studios are going face to face in the production of 2 movies based on the tale of “Snow White”. The first one, produced by Universal studios, is entitled “Snow White and the Huntsman” starring Kristen Stewart, Charlize Theron, and Chris Hemsworth. It is set for release on June 1, 2012.
So, we all know Kristen Stewart for her role in the Twilight saga movies, and quite frankly a lot of people thought that she wouldn’t be able to get out of that character as it would hunt her down for the rest of her career, as it does to many successful child actors and stars who can’t get out of a character that they have been playing for several years. Truth be told, K Stew has tried to diversify the roles she’s playing while shooting Twilight movies but none of them caught the mainstream attention as much as the role of Snow White she’s portraying in the movie “Snow White and the Huntsman”. People have already started hating on her claiming that she can’t be more beautiful than the evil queen in this case, Charlize Theron, and that she is not the typical Snow White they/we all had in mind as we were growing up on these tales. To be honest, I didn’t have a Snow White model in my head as I was growing up because I always thought of her as the cartoon character from the Disney movies. Yes, we can’t deny that Charlize is a very beautiful actress despite her being 15 years older than Kristen, but this is the cycle of life. SWATH has more of a medieval, action packed feel, basically it is more dramatic. But there’s one thing that I don’t understand: Why does Snow White look like Joan of Arc in this version?
The second, entitled “Mirror Mirror”, is produced by Relativity Media, an independent production company, and it features Julia Roberts as the evil queen, Phil Collins’ daughter Lily Collins as Snow White, Armie Hammer and Sean Bean. This version is set to have more of a classic Disney movie feeling, focusing on the funny feel that was the reason of the success of Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland” movie in 2010. So basically, comedy is the hallmark of this version that is set for release on March 16, 2012.
PS: There’s also a TV version of Snow White portrayed in the series “Once upon a time” on ABC (started airing on October 23, 2011).