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Natalie Portman says to skip Israeli ceremony due to Netanyahu speech

Saturday, 21 April 2018

Oscar-winning actress Natalie Portman said she chose not to attend a ceremony in Israel to accept a million-dollar prize because she did not want to be seen as supporting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who was scheduled to speak at the event.Portman’s decision, which she said was “mischaracterized by others,” had caused a minor backlash in Israel on Friday after organizers of the prestigious Genesis Prize award ceremony said they cancelled the prize-giving.The group had ...

How will Egypt be affected by the coming of cinema to Saudi Arabia?

Saturday, 21 April 2018

The launching of the first cinematic show in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia after more than a 35-year-gap, opens a new and important door to the Egyptian and Arab cinema industry. This step, which some considered necessary, should create for the Egyptian film in the coming period, an important new market. Critic Tariq Al-Shennawi confirmed to Al Arabiya that the return of cinemas in Saudi Arabia will have a positive impact on the level of productions in Arab cinema, in addition to the positive ...

Top Swedish DJ Avicii, 28, found dead in Oman

Friday, 20 April 2018

  Avicii, the Grammy-nominated electronic dance DJ who performed sold-out concerts for feverish fans around the world and also had massive success on US pop radio, died Friday in Oman. He was 28. Publicist Diana Baron said in a statement that the Swedish performer, born Tim Bergling, was found dead in Muscat, Oman. “It is with profound sorrow that we announce the loss of Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii,” the statement read. “The family is devastated and we ask everyone ...

Natalie Portman backs out of Jewish prize over ‘recent events’ in Israel

Friday, 20 April 2018

Oscar-winning actress Natalie Portman has cancelled her participation in a Jerusalem ceremony where she was to receive a $2 million (1.6 million euro) prize, saying she was troubled by “recent events” in Israel, organizers said. The Genesis prize, launched in 2013, is awarded to “extraordinary individuals who serve as an inspiration to the next generation of Jews,” according to their website. Recipients contribute their winnings to causes of their choice. The prize ...

Backstreet Boys hit Dubai stage as some popular nineties songs turn 20 this year

Friday, 20 April 2018

Backstreet’s back, alright. Following their first appearance in Dubai in 2008, the boys are returning – now as their original fivesome – for a sold-out appearance at the Blended Festival on 22 April. Tickets for this show have been like gold dust… in fact, they’re so hard to find that people on social media are still scrambling to find tickets.There’s just something about 90s nostalgia that seems to get people going these days. It was a simpler time… ...

DIFF says it will hold Dubai Film Festival every two years

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Dubai international Film festival announced, on Wednesday, that its coming 15th session will take place in 2019, and every two years. The organizers of the annual reputed regional film festival held in the UAE’s city of Dubai, said on their official Facebook page that they are adopting a new approach in the light of the rapid changes in the film industry. The statement said: “The industry is changing fast, and so are we. The organizers of Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) will ...

Riyadh sees historic launch of first public cinema hall in Saudi Arabia

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

The Development and Investment Entertainment Company (DIEC), a wholly owned subsidiary of Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF), on Wednesday oversaw the historic launch of the Kingdom’s first public cinema in collaboration with AMC Entertainment at a newly set up cinema complex at King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD) in Riyadh. DIEC and AMC Entertainment commemorated the historic moment with a gala event hosting prominent local and international guests. Following the formal ...

VIDEO: Saudi women directors excited about cinema coming to the kingdom

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Saudi women film directors expressed their excitement over the announcement that cinema is finally coming to Saudi Arabia. Saudi women filmmakers Hajar al-Naim and Hanaa Saleh al-Fassi spoke to Al Arabiya at Dubai International Film Festival about how the decision reflects the new open-to-the-world approach Saudi Arabia is embracing. “We are changing because we are open to other cultures and perspectives,” said al-Naim. The Saudi Ministry of Culture and Information stated, on Monday, ...

Kristen Stewart and Lea Seydoux to sit on jury of Cannes Film Festival

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Hollywood actresses Cate Blanchett, Kristen Stewart and Lea Seydoux will head a starry and majority-female jury at the Cannes film festival next month, the organizers said Wednesday.American writer-director Ava DuVernay of “Selma” fame and Burundian singer and composer Khadja Nin complete the five women on the nine-person jury that will decide the top Palme d’Or prize. 

‘Desperate Housewives’ actress Eva Longoria gets star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Eva Longoria, best known for her role in the TV series “Desperate Housewives,” got a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame on Monday, in an event hailed by the Latino community.“Representation matters. So every time there’s another Latino on this Walk of Fame, it’s another win for a whole community,” the 43-year-old actress from a Texas family tracing its roots to Mexico told AFP.Longoria received the honor in the presence of her husband, former Televisa ...

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