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Love the picture from Star - even if the story was completely evil and obviously untrue!

Love the hair, and aragorn's shirt, but I must say what really got me going is his legs in those trousers! How is it possible that he looks sexier in them than in his Troy skirt? That's just not right.*looking at pic again*... I think he may have the longest legs I've ever seen on a man - they just seem to keep on going :whistle:

Kathryn.

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Love the picture from Star - even if the story was completely evil and obviously untrue!

Here! Here! I couldn't have said it better myself. The :w00t: story is blatantly EVIL!! We all know it's a very old practice of them making up stories about well known people to sell their rags and it's no surprise but it's still MADDENING to see it done to our man!! :w00t: And how so false--Orlando is the complete opposite of how they describe him. I can't ever picture him turning into an out of control diva (or divo - is there such a word??)

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Hi all!

I'm new here and I'm from Morocco, and I just wanted to say that the rumours about Ridley Scott being menaced by local Islamists are false!!

Ridley Scott comes very often to Morocco, and he decided to film Kingdom of Heaven here cause he knows that it's a safe country. :rolleyes:

Moroccans are always happy when an American movie is filmed in the country! It creates jobs in Ouarzazate, and brings money to the governement!

Even radical Islamists (don't worry they are a minority!!) don't criticize this, cause they know that a lot of Moroccans (especially in the South) live thanks to Cinema.

And if you have questions about the country, or the places where Kingdom of Heaven was shot, just ask me. :wink:

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That is wonderful to hear that the cast and everybody involved in the movie weren't harrassed or had their lives in danger. Thank you very much for the reassurance about the rumors being false meryem_valo. :)

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Thank you very much for the reassurance about the rumors being false meryem_valo. :)

You are welcome :)

Don't know if you remember but the movie Black Hawk Down has been filmed in Morocco as well ! So Orlando knew Morocco before he came to shot Kingdom of Heaven !

He was in Rabat, the city where I live. And I remember that I saw Josh Harnett and the crew during a wedding, but Orlando wasnt famous at that time so I dont know if he was there or not :(

The crew wanted to see a traditionnal moroccan wedding, and I've heard that they really liked it !

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Thanks for your input, meryem_valo. And welcome to the Board! :wave:

We're trying to stay away from the 'political' aspects of KOH, but I have a feeling it will become more and more difficult, especially once the film opens.

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And welcome to the Board! :wave:

Thanks :wub:

Well, I agree with you and I'm a bit afraid of the reactions of the spectators when the film will be released, :huh:

But I think that its a movie that will try to bridge the gap between the two civilizations,I really trust Ridley Scott, he's a very professional man so I think that the movie won't be really controversial .

And I'm sure that he read a lot of books about Jerusalem's story before he decided to work on Kingdom of Heaven, that's why I think that everything that will be shown in the movie is true.

Can't wait to see the movie :Cloud9:

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I thought this would be a good place to post this -

Tired of Marrakesh? Try the easygoing port of Essaouira By Gisela Williams - The New York Times - Friday, April 15, 2005

ESSAOUIRA, Morocco While Marrakesh is increasingly attracting stylish travelers from all over Europe to North Africa, the stylish expatriates of Marrakesh drive two hours to Essaouira, a tiny white-walled port city on Morocco's Atlantic coast, for the weekend to escape the crowds.

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"I think of Essaouira as the beach of Marrakesh," said an American transplant, Nancy Bridger, over coffee in Pâtisserie Driss, known for its brusque service but Paris-worthy croissants.

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Bridger, a former film set designer from Los Angeles, arrived in Essaouira five years ago, searching for a new life after divorce. She tried Martinique and then the south of France, but when she arrived at this intimate seaside city with its "cast of characters," she said she fell in love it.

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"Within two weeks, I had found a ruin out in the countryside, bought it, renovated it, and lived in it for two years," Bridger said, adding that she has since sold that house to a British couple who are using it as a second home.

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Bridger is just one of many free spirits who in the last few years have become so captivated by Essaouira that they dropped their old lives to move here. But if you ask them what it is about the place that instigated such a dramatic life change, the answers can be frustratingly vague.

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"I felt something very special," said Cyril Ladeuil, a former commercial engineer in Paris, while sipping mint tea in the living room of the eccentric hostel he owns, La Maison des Artistes. "When I returned to Paris after my first visit here, I thought every day of living here."

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Anne-Marie Dupré, an artist from Paris, said much the same. Surrounded by her fairy-tale collages in her colorful Moroccan tiled apartment, she admitted that the low cost of living was a big part of it.

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"Sometimes I work a lot, sometimes I spend the day walking along the beach," she said. "In France, as an artist I couldn't eat, but here if I don't sell my work I can still survive."

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It's easier to understand the city's appeal by wandering along its picturesque ramparts (the name Essaouira is thought to be derived from the Arabic word for "ramparts" but translates as "little image") or while people-watching from one of the cafés on the Place Mouley Hassan, which looks out onto the port's animated fish market and stalls. Seagulls are continuously wheeling overhead, their cries occasionally silenced by the muezzin's call, and the backdrop of the azure sky contrasts appealingly with the white buildings and sand-colored fortifications.

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There is a gentle breeze of Europe about Essaouira; it has more open spaces and wider streets than most Moroccan cities. In fact, much of its footprint was laid out and designed in the mid-1700s by a French architect, Théodore Cornut, by order of Sultan Sidi Mohamed ben Abdallah.

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While the medina hums all day with spice, food and crafts sellers, it is relatively small, easy to navigate and hassle-free. ("No one has ever been rude to me," Bridger said. "Essaouira is as safe as pie.") And thanks to a decree against vehicles in the streets, Essaouira's medina is considered the cleanest in the country.

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"It's Morocco at its most easy and relaxed," said Mariangela Catalani, a cheerful tourist from Florence digging into fresh lobster at a table in Les Bretons du Sud, or Ali's, as everyone knows it, a tented fish stall by the harbor.

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Just a block or two inland from the fish market is a tiny garden square featuring a bust of the filmmaker Orson Welles, a monument to the city's occasional brushes with fame. Welles was one of the first international personalities to be lured by Essaouira's charm; in 1949 he spent several months here filming scenes along the ramparts for "Othello" and waiting for financing at the bar of Hotel des Iles (the bar at this hotel, once grand but now faded, is named after him, as is the town square).

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Two decades later, Essaouira became an important stop on the hippie trail; both Cat Stevens and Jimi Hendrix spent evenings strumming guitars around bonfires on the beach. It's said that the inspiration for Hendrix's anthem "Castles Made of Sand" is a decayed ruin sinking slowly into the waves across the bay. Eight years ago, the birth of the annual Essaouira Festival of Gnaoua and World Music (from June 23 to 26 this year; see www.festival.gnaoua.co.ma) brought musicians back in force.

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Then, American filmmakers started to return. In 2003, the filming of Oliver Stone's "Alexander" brought such stars as Angelina Jolie and Colin Farrell to town, and last year "Kingdom of Heaven," directed by Ridley Scott and starring Orlando Bloom, was partly filmed in and around Essaouira.

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"They hung out here a lot," confided Emma Wilson, who moved here from Britain, about the cast and crew of "Kingdom of Heaven" over dinner at Taros, Essaouira's hippest meeting point. "Especially on the terrace, which is a complete scene when the sun is out." As if on cue, she and her partner, Graham Carter, were joined by Taros's bon vivant proprietor, Alain Fillaud. "The best party is the one we are having now," he proclaimed. "And I will say the same tomorrow." Fillaud took over the two-story restaurant in 2002 and has been on site ever since, chatting up and charming first-time guests and regulars alike. Talk soon turned to the topic of the moment: a conglomeration of hotel groups, including Accor, which owns the Sofitel chain, has purchased almost 900 acres, or about 365 hectares, across the bay to develop a golf course, holiday villas and apartments and six upmarket hotels - a total of 8,000 beds - by 2010.

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Wilson and Carter, although opposed to the project, are waiting to see how it develops.

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"The big draw here is definitely the people," Wilson said. "But if things change, we can always sell and move somewhere else."

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Fillaud said he was cautiously optimistic about Essaouira's future. "It won't turn into Agadir," he said, referring to Morocco's mass tourism beach destination. "But it might be a St.-Tropez or a Mykonos." But for now, it's still Essaouira.

Dairwendan

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