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Ramallah scraps Lebanese film ‘The Insult’ over Israel ‘normalization’

Sunday, 22 October 2017

A Palestinian city on Sunday cancelled the planned screening of a Lebanese film after activists called for a boycott over the director’s “normalization” with Israel. “The Insult”, which deals with the Lebanese civil war, was scheduled to be screened Monday in Ramallah, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, as part of the “Days of Cinema” festival. But Ramallah’s municipality decided on Sunday to cancel the showing at a city-run facility after pressure ...

Beirut play about Syrian war gets as close to home as it can

Sunday, 22 October 2017

A play about Syria’s war, told through one family’s tragedy, made its Lebanon debut on Friday, the closest it will ever get to being staged on home soil, its Syrian director said.“It would be impossible to perform it in Syria. There are red lines, and the censorship that was there before 2011 is still there today,” said Omar Abu Saada, one of the country’s best-known theatre directors.The play - called “While I Was Waiting” - is based on the real-life ...

‘Boo 2!’ wakes up box office on flat weekend

Sunday, 22 October 2017

It was a dismal weekend for North American cinemas -- but Liongates’ “Boo 2! A Madea Halloween” managed to scare some life back into the box office, bagging the top spot, according to industry estimates Sunday.Starring Tyler Perry -- who also wrote, directed and produced the comedy horror sequel -- “Boo 2!” sees Madea (Perry) and the gang head to a haunted campground, only to then have to escape monsters lurking there.With takings of $21.7 million, “Boo ...

Art brings ‘peace’ to battle-scarred Lebanon districts

Saturday, 21 October 2017

From the street below it’s easy to miss the workers daubing rooftops as part of an ambitious art project in two battle-scarred neighborhoods of Lebanon’s Tripoli. But the Ashekman street art duo behind the project say that once they’re done, the pistachio-green rooftops they are painting will spell out the word “salam” — Arabic for “peace” — on a scale visible from space. The project, three years in the making, is the brainchild of ...

WATCH: Geostorm’s Jim Sturgess on saving Dubai, punching Ed Harris in the face

Saturday, 21 October 2017

In the disaster film genre, destroying a man-made structure or city is, in a way, paying the ultimate compliment. In Independence Day or The Day after Tomorrow, it is landmarks such as the White House in Washington D.C. or Big Ben in London that get obliterated by earthquakes or aliens. These scenes show us the best of man’s achievements, making us feel their loss more acutely when they are taken away on screen. In Geostorm, from first-time director Dean Devlin (producer of the ...

Saudi sisters bravely confront high risk of cancer with prophylactic mastectomy

Friday, 20 October 2017

Three Saudi sisters who are at a very high risk of breast cancer overcame their fears and underwent a prophylactic mastectomy. Reem and Rana Hajar said they and their third sister lived through a certain experience that made them decide to do the operation. In an interview with television program Sayidaty aired by Rotana Khalejia on Thursday, Reem and Rana said their mother suffered from breast cancer twice so a doctor advised them to test for the genetic genes behind the disease. They ...

Saudi minister: King Salman complex for Prophet’s Hadiths remarkable achievement

Friday, 20 October 2017

The Minister of Culture and Information Awwad Bin Saleh al-Awwad has described the establishment of a complex on the Prophet’s Hadiths by King Salman as an unprecedented accomplishment for the service of the Sunnah, which is the second source of Islamic legislation. "This is an unprecedented achievement which will preserve the Sunnah in a scientific method and protect the second source of Islamic legislation," he said. The minister said a council of senior scholars will be ...

Ed Sheeran ‘bruised and broken’ after accident, tour uncertain

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Singer Ed Sheeran said he was “a bit bruised and broken” on Wednesday as he recovered from a bicycle accident that left him with a broken wrist, elbow and rib and led to the cancellation of shows on the Asia leg of his tour.Sheeran, 26, sported a full cast on one arm and a sling on the other arm as he walked down the red carpet at London’s Q Awards for music.“I am a bit bruised and broken but I am fine,” the singer told Reuters. “It was a bike accident and I ...

WWE 2K18’s Sting reveals ‘dream match’ conversation with Undertaker

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

There’s a reason the man they call Sting has been known for decades in the world of professional wrestling as ‘the Icon’. For most of his career, he was one of the biggest stars to rise outside of the WWE. He became emblematic of the company’s greatest rival WCW, from its humble beginnings as a regional promotion to its eclipse of WWE’s popularity when the two companies battled for supremacy in the mid-to-late 1990s. In a company that brought us names such as ...

US author George Saunders wins 2017 Man Booker Prize

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

US author George Saunders became on Tuesday only the second American writer to win Britain’s renowned Man Booker Prize, which was awarded for his first full-length novel “Lincoln in the Bardo”.Judges for the prestigious English-language literary award praised as “utterly original” the book that chronicles the death of Abraham Lincoln’s 11-year-old son Willie using the accounts of hundreds of narrators.“The form and style of this utterly original novel ...

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