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Tuesday, 20 September 2022

A view of the complicated romance between Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman + A trifecta of brunch, bagels, and the perfect brew + Good and evil in a fairytale war

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The Last Movie Stars is a complex homage to two classic Hollywood icons: The six-part HBO Max docu-series is about the complicated romance between two of Hollywood's most intriguing stars, Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman. The awardwinning documentary was directed by Ethan Hawke and its executive producer is none other than Academy Awardwinning director, writer, and producer, Martin Scorsese. Through long-lost transcriptions of interviews with Newman, Woodward, and those close to them, we get a detailed look at the lives and careers of the pair as they establish an unparalleled cultural legacy. Hawke sought the help of some of his actor friends to flesh out the series’ plot by repeating the lines of renowned actors: George Clooney provides the voice of Newman, and Laura Linney lends her voice for Woodward. The end product is a heartbreakingly honest depiction of a celebrity couple's marriage, complete with all the collateral damage that occurs when real life influences creative work (watch trailer, runtime 1:55)

⚽ No football today, folks.


Grab brunch, bagels, and the perfect brew at West Cairo’s Koffee Kulture: We recently stumbled upon a spot that was overflowing with people in Arkan’s extension in the morning, while most of its neighboring cafes and restaurants were deserted. We just had to walk into Koffee Kulture and see what all the fuss was about, and it instantly became one of our new favorite all-day breakfast spots in West Cairo. First off, the bagels: The balanced chewy-yet-tender texture is a slam dunk in our books, and we particularly enjoyed their Italian Twist — a baby caprese bagel with mozzarella and balsamic vinaigrette. Next up, the dessert: Their sweet croissant is baked to perfection — you can have it smothered in powdered sugar or dipped in chocolate or pistachio glaze — and you don’t want to miss their mini cheesecakes. Now on to the most important part: The coffee. Their signature iced coffee is an absolute must-try, and their creative serving containers give an extra oomph to the experience. We recommend their Koffee Frappe, and be sure to try some of their unique flavors such as the Ginseng koffee.

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Laugh away your mid-week worries with the Comedy Bunker at CJC 610 tonight: Mohamed Helmy and his troupe of stand-up comedians will lead the comedy night, which is scheduled to begin at 8pm.

Or dance the Tuesday slump away with an Arctic Monkeys Tribute Night at Room Art Space New Cairo. The Mangabeys will take the stage to perform some of the band’s best hits starting at 9pm.


Legendary storyteller Stephen King takes us on a genre-hopping fantastical journey in his latest novel: Fairy Tale tells the story of 17-year-old Charlie, who inherits the keys to a parallel universe where good and evil are at war, and the stakes couldn’t be higher. The idea for the novel came about in the early days of the pandemic, when King wanted to create something that would make him happy. He came up with an escapist, captivating story set in a world that is both familiar and foreign. Under the rule of the “Fair One” — who has destroyed the country and seeks to increase his control — princes and princesses, Goldilocks, Rumpelstiltskin, and some of our favorite fairy-tale characters are suffering. What unfolds is a fantastic and frightening story, where the valiant Charlie and his German shepherd must lead the good fight against an all-consuming evil. The writing, as is typical of King, is superb, and the novel is a wondrous gift to all readers and the inner child within them.

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