The best thing about waiting for the Dior ad with Rob is that it comes with its share of promo videos, and magazine interviews - kind of like a new film and this is sooooo missed - loving this interview :)
I am so behind in such days loaded with all the Dior Rob action - I could only pick my favorite pix and enhance a little and remove the distractions - suits me fine for now till the HQs and the big reveal of the ad! One more day!
Another captivating photo of Rob for Dior campaign in HQ - you would think a clean shaven smiling Rob would promote Dior but as always their is the surprise element; Rob goes for a serious, calm look and a clean stubble, I like it! totally unexpected and totally Rob.
Last night, in Los Angeles, Dior revealed the new face of its leading
men's perfume, Dior Homme . A heartthrob actor with a dazzling career
that parallels the trajectory of the legendary fragrance, who is the man
behind the scent?
He's returned from Australia where he
was filming the new David Michod movie with Guy Pierce, The Rover . And
will soon kick off shooting David Cronenberg's Maps to the Stars
alongside John Cusack and Julianne
Moore. And then it will be the turn of Hold On To Me , from James Marsh.
Any ideas? Previously, he was in Cosmopolis and Water For Elephants .
Cinephiles should have already guessed...
And his first role?
Cedric Diggory in the fourth installment of the Harry Potter series.
Getting warm? And then... Well then, of course, came the unforgettable
Twilight saga. There can be no doubt remaining, and you've guessed it:
Robert Pattinson will embody the new Dior man, the new Dior Homme.
It is coming! it is ready but as usual we only have the leaked glimpse of Rob's upcoming Dior ad - we have waited for ages didn't we? We all miss Rob and he is soon to fire up the fandom with his new promo as the official face of Dior Pour Hommes :))
I have been really busy for a while and real life pulled me in all directions but the good thing is that I did two important interviews for the first time in my life I am the guest:) Sharing my Ahlan mag interview and my TV interview on Good Morning Arabs on mbc - I have translated both to share with you, hope you love them xx
My interview on Ahlan mag June 5- June 10 2013 issue:
Lamiaa ElKholy Under the Limelight:
and a film critic and lately an author; her first novel Anomaly
transcends norms and crosses red lines. She is brave enough to discuss
subjects our communities fear to come near it or even think about it.
Supporting of women with all her power and wishes to make it clear to
the whole world that the female is not a weak creature with limited
abilities but rather an intelligent one capable of changing the course
of events. She has enormous energy and big dreams that she hopes to
communicate through ink and paper to enrich both the Arab and the
We would like to know more about you:
am an English news editor on the web, a film critic and an ex- English
language teacher. I love writing, photography, photo editing and
Painting. I was born in Cairo and I got my BA in English literature from
Cairo University and my MA in African American Feminist literature and
the subject was the standards of white beauty and their negative
psychological effects on black women in the novels of noble prize winner
Toni Morrison. I have worked for years as English language instructor
at the CACE in the American University as well as the Marine Academy
besides my work as writer and film critic at Abyad w Eswed mag. I am
married and have a son in high school.
What made you write novels?
wanted to work on my PhD to analyze the figure of the savior and trace
its religious roots in novels that was later adapted into films as I
noticed a pattern and a recurrence that I wished to document in a
critical study but generally professors are not enthusiastic when the
subject is bizarre or sensitive. Then I moved to the United Arab
Emirates so I decided to jot down my thoughts on a blog because I was
moved by the biblical story of the woman and child who will defeat the
devil in the Book of Revelation. I regarded it as an honor to women and
her divine right for existence. I started writing in 2008 and posted a
chapter after another online until it was complete after four years so I
published it in the UK and it is now available for purchase via the web
and from any place in the world.
Tell us about your debut Novella Anomaly:
expresses the eternal struggle of women to assert their existence. It
asserts her role primarily as a human being through the story of a girl
who becomes a woman in difficult circumstances and becomes a mother and
suffers at childbirth and when her love for her child heals her she
discovers an ancient prophecy promising the coming of a woman and child
who defy evil creatures that controlled the world long before the
creation of humanity. The heroine begins a quest for the truth and
suspects with new revelations that she and her child are the saviors who
are meant to fulfill that unique divine message. The journey assists
her to reclaim herself and to question many accepted commandments that
suppressed women and children to prevent the coming of a savior.
treats a theme very popular in western films and books that advocate
the coming of the savior but what is original in my story is that the
end of time savior this time is an ordinary woman. I have imagined a
contemporary context for the life of this mysterious woman that the
bible describes as “The Woman Clothed with the Sun” and considers her
one of the signs of the end of time known as the apocalypse. The book
touches upon topics such as rejecting texts that support animosity while
the divine messages stressed peace, coexistence and grant women their
rights for equality and these values are mostly ignored.
Anomaly honors a woman’s right for existence and calls for the
retrieval of her sacred status as it is mentioned in divine books and
her ability to achieve the impossible.
What does the title Anomaly mean?
choice of the title is very descriptive and accurate to the content as I
have searched the literal meaning only to find that it describes a
unique and rare person who refuses to be lead like cattle just like a
small planet that has deviated from the drawn orbit and creates its own.
The novella focuses on the element of deviation that distinguishes the
characters – I thought it was perfect for the vision I wished to
Why did you choose such a tricky theme?
am always drawn towards controversial issues as they create a desire
within me to search for the truth beyond the limited realms of our
culture and knowledge. I also want to assert that as Muslim I am highly
respectful of the Christian and Jewish faiths that Islam emerged only to
complement not to invalidate. I also want to use my voice to stop the
contempt for religions because it is not even remotely the essence of
any faith. I tried to assert the value of the common word that the
creator has called for and within which humanity and woman will find
peace and safety under its shelter.
What is the secret of the attention towards Women and the message you which to address your readers?
immense ability and intelligence is at the center of the story and the
concept that she is the deliverer and savior from all evils is a
strong message that is reinforced by its actual existence in a holy
text. I am in search for everything supporting the image of woman which
was distorted by man and society so she became a prey for extreme
thought that robs her of her right to equality and existence as a human
in our unjust world no matter what ideology or faith she is always the
powerless victim and still calls all around the world for her rights.
Why did you write your book in English?
initially noticed the motif through my passion for western movies
specially the apocalyptic genre and I saw that addressing the west
through talking about a subject that is so central to their culture
would be intriguing specially that the whole world has their eyes on our
region and is particularly curious about hearing the voice of the
Middle Eastern woman. I also sensed that our communities are more
interested in realism at the expense of imagination and even more so if
it has to do with faith. We don’t have the tolerance to discuss “the
other” or his beliefs; creativity within that frame is a red line.
Could we see the book adapted one day into a movie?
am sure that once Anomaly reaches the hands of a director who supports
women and their struggle he won’t hesitate to turn it into a movie. The
novella is very visual and detailed and it takes the reader to different
times and places through the timeless scope of the heroine’s visions.
There are many dramatic situations that a film would definitely
highlight. I certainly would love Anomaly to become an International
film as it will require a massive production and the use of visual and
sound effects in my opinion. This is not out of conceit but rather a
huge ambition on my part. The eyes of the West are directed to the gulf
region now as the pioneer of the Arts especially the United Arab
Emirates which has become a leader in film productions.
From where can we get Anomaly?
is available for purchase and shipping on various online portals
including amazon.com and ebay and hopefully soon in bookshops.
What is next after Anomaly? Your new projects and dreams?
I am working on a scenario called “The Dreamer” in which I collect the
details of the story of Joseph from the three divine texts and I tackle
it from a perspective that highlights the role of women. The story is
crucial to the history of Egypt and is forgotten by the world while the
story of Moses and the wrongdoings of the Pharaoh distorts the image of
my country abroad. I found out that I love enhancements, reformation and
optimism and the rejection of hate and these meaningful values will
always be the motive behind any projects that carry my name in the
This is the video of my interview for my book Anomaly on mbc Arabia
Good Morning Arabs – mbc
Lojain: Dear viewers, it’s a
journey of self-discovery and the search for hope and the awakening of
goodness within humans, summed up in a story of a woman who is wronged
by her society who is destined to fulfill along with her child the
prophecies and ancient beliefs to become end of time saviors who rid the
world of evil forces that has persisted among humans. This is the theme
of the novel “Anomaly” by Egyptian author and film critic Lamiaa
ElKholy who is a guest with us today – good morning…
Lamiaa: Good morning, thank you Lojine very much.
first thing that attracts attention is that you chose to write your
first book in English – Some may wonder as you are an Arab (Egyptians
are considered Arabs in the region as they speak Arabic) why didn’t you
write it in Arabic?
Lamiaa: I chose to write in English language
because I’m aware that Arab readers are not curious about issues beyond
the norm, they want to hear and read about familiar stories that tackle
their daily problems. While the West allows you the range to go beyond
the norms and traditional frames and discuss new worlds an experiences
that women are OK to discuss.
Lojain: May be if you write in
Arabic you may help some change their minds and think outside the box,
as they are surrounded by ideologies that have never changed for decades
or maybe centuries, may be it would help.
Lamiaa: Definitely I
would be honored to offer my book in Arabic and I hope it receives the
attention of Arab people who would be interested in reading about a
woman who achieves the impossible and breaks the chains…
Courage and heroism always belong to men even in the West; the lead
figure is always Superman, Spiderman, Peter Pan, all men, no women! It
is about time that mind takes over muscles using the power of knowledge –
and that is what you have attempted to express in your novel, but is it
a mix of fantasy and realism?
Lamiaa: Well, the fantasy part in
the novel is that it is dealing with the apocalypse- the end of the
world – as it is represented in the Bible, in the book of Revelations
where we have a vision of a woman and child saviors who will emerge to
defeat the devil and all evils. This story is the inspiration behind
many Apocalyptic Western movies that tackle it in a supernatural manner,
and generally a man is the hero, the savior and the chosen one. This is
because of our faith as Muslims, Christians and Jews, we await Al
Mahdi, the return of Christ and the Messiah. We are all waiting for
someone to save the world of evil and destruction. If you observe the
prophecy or that section that describes the woman and her child within
the perspective that they will be real people with no supernatural
powers, and are normal humans like all the good people who came before
into the world, you would imagine that their story would take place now
in this age of destruction and doom and you may wonder how would this
woman seek her power and strength--The story asserts that the intellect
is the source of true power and that women do not need muscles at all.
Don’t you fear the wrath of religious men – some don’t even like us to
mention issues about men and women how about discussing religion?
There will always be someone who would object and criticize. When Dan
Brown wrote “The Da Vinci Code,” and I am a huge fan of his work, he
crossed the boundaries, also the British poets who produced the
paintings you are projecting now were attacked for portraying their own
visions and interpretations of this story--to be criticized shouldn’t be
a reason to stifle creativity and thinking.
Lojine: Do you expect your story “Anomaly” to be adopted into a movie?
It would be a dream coming true if my book becomes a film as it would
be known that it originated from our region and that is an Arab woman
who is behind the story. That would be a great gain for our nations who
have always been trapped within the stereotype of inferiority as the
people who never deliver or accomplish anything.
Lojine: Obviously your message isn’t just for Arab women but women at large.
Exactly, I tried not to limit myself and it is universal, I wanted it
to touch any one when they read it whether Arab or Western. I bear in
mind that the reader is not necessarily familiar with that culture. Many
People know nothing about the book of revelations or that there is a
story in it that inspires the West to make many films. It’s a little
dingdong to announce that we also read, view, analyze and everything…
We need any effort that would support women at large – Our main issue
today was the dilemma of divorced and widowed women who can’t stand the
scorn of society after separation but rather tolerate abuse in a failing
marriage, which is a huge insult to their dignity and person.
are looking forward to the Arabic version of the book to change some of
the Arab mentalities because we really need it, thank you Lamiaa.
Lamiaa: Thank you so much Lojine for receiving me and for your hospitality… Anomaly is available here
Happy 27th Birthday Rob! These are the photos of my birthday gift to Rob I shipped it on Saturday and hopefully he receives it - I am not setting my hopes high that he gets it on time for his birthday but I really hope he receives it at any point. and gets to read it - that would make me really happy :)
Happy 27th Birthday! My name is Lamiaa ElKholy I
am from Egypt and living in Dubai. I am an old fan since the first Twilight.
I’m also the creator and admin of the blog “The Cold One of Egypt.” I was
leading the typical limited life a Middle Eastern woman is forced to lead,
until you inspired me to discover blogging and dig my love for art and pursue
my passion like you, Kristen and Stephenie did. Blogging helped me get a job as
an online entertainment editor and I have started writing my first book by the
end of 2008. Today I have brought success to my area of profession and
published my first book with a UK publishing house and it got live in April. I
met you and Kristen on the red carpet of BD1 and BD2 and I flew specially to
see and support you both and will continue to do so always. I am sending you a
copy of my book “Anomaly” on your birthday; I know you love reading and I also participated
before with gifting you your favorite book “Money” and a couple of more gifts are
coming this year with other fans. I really hope you like it as I dream of
making it into a movie one day. Rob I wish you all the best with your life and
career, you bring your fans so much happiness just seeing you every day-- Happy
I sent a copy of my book to Rob's agent Stephenie Ritz in Beverly Hills with this letter and I signed the book - I really hope he gets it - HAPPY BDAY ROB! :))
Kristen wearing Stella McCartney to the Met Gala, what do you think of her short do and new look? I don't know how Kristen does it? those heels! looking closer, her foot is hurt:( designers should find a way to make women in style and COMFORTABLE :))
Kristen showing her dark side with a deep red jumper designed by Stella McCartney who accompanied her to the Met Gala - it is daring! and as usual, Kristen's experiments with style prove she is still as beautiful without her signature long hair and mini dresses.
I saw this photo of Rob and Kristen from BD2 LA premier and it recalled the lovely memory of camping out in London for them to arrive the next day. I fell in love with their looks and colors and immediately knew how to spend the next hours on the cold pavement - the out come was beautiful like them - my muses Rob and Kristen xx
I made me this and I am sharing with you an unforgettable memory that I will carry with me forever x