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Veteran bachelor Hugh Grant finally getting married at age 57

Monday, 21 May 2018

Veteran bachelor Hugh Grant, star of a string of romantic comedies including Four Weddings and a Funeral, is finally getting married for the first time to his Swedish girlfriend. Wedding banns for 57-year-old Grant and Anna Eberstein, 39, were published at the registry office of Chelsea Old Town Hall near the couple’s home in Notting Hill. “This is a day none of Hugh’s friends ever thought would come,” The Sun quoted a source as saying. “He will soon be a pensioner ...

Melissa McCarthy talks working with husband Ben Falcone on ‘Life of the Party’

Sunday, 13 May 2018

Melissa McCarthy’s has teamed up once again with writer/director husband Ben Falcone for their new film “Life of the Party.” The new flick represents the third time the comedian has teamed up with Falcone after they previously worked on “The Boss” and “Tammy”. Al Arabiya English sat down with McCarthy, who plays a frumpy housewife in middle age who returns to college alongside her daughter after her husband of 23 years dumps her, as well as the other ...

Court approves procedures for auctioning Weinstein Co

Saturday, 7 April 2018

A US bankruptcy judge approved on Friday procedures for auctioning the film studio co-founded by Harvey Weinstein, who was fired by the company last year in the wake of allegations of sexual assault. The Weinstein Co filed for bankruptcy last month with an initial or so-called stalking horse bid from an affiliate of private equity firm Lantern Capital Partners, estimated to be worth around $310 million. Interested buyers now have until April 30 to submit a higher bid. If multiple bids qualify, ...

‘Avengers: Infinity War’ directors, Downey ask for secrecy

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Actor Robert Downey Jr. is joining the directors of “Avengers: Infinity War” in calling for fans to maintain secrecy. The star tweeted “no spoilers please.” He signed it with the (hashtag) ThanosDemandsYour Silence. Thanos is the fictional Marvel Comics villain who will be portrayed by Josh Brolin in the movie. Downey plays Iron Man. Directors Joe and Anthony Russo went on Twitter to tell fans they would be screening a limited amount of footage prior to the film’s ...

Saudi Crown Prince to meet astronauts and filmmakers in Los Angeles

Sunday, 1 April 2018

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman continues his tour of the United States with a visit to Los Angeles on Sunday. The crown prince arrived in Los Angeles from Seattle and Al Arabiya News Channel reported that he would meet with Hollywood filmmakers and prominent Arab and American astronauts at NASA, as well as a meeting with the Mayor of Los Angeles. Los Angeles will also host cultural events from the Saudi Misk Foundation to showcase Saudi heritage and art.

Nolan bats for celluloid filmmaking on India trip

Sunday, 1 April 2018

Hollywood director Christopher Nolan on Saturday made an impassioned plea to the Indian film industry to revive celluloid as a medium for movies. Nolan is on a three-day trip to the country aimed at drumming up support for shooting on film, as he did for his 2017 World War II epic “Dunkirk”, going against the trend in an industry which has widely embraced digital technology. “Filmmaking is full of obstacles... it is not about being logical and pragmatic... it’s about ...

Experts expect Saudi Arabia to be among top 10 film markets by 2030

Thursday, 29 March 2018

Experts believe that in three years, Saudi Arabia could produce $1 billion in revenue from movie theaters, and by 2030, it could be among the 10 biggest film markets, according to Variety magazine. The new outlook and atmosphere around having cinema theaters open in the country after a decade-long ban prompted a “mad dash by both US and international exhibitors eager to be among the first to build cinemas in the country”, the magazine reported. “This is a very big opportunity ...

Hollywood heartthrob Chris Evans may not return as Captain America

Friday, 23 March 2018

The actor who plays Captain America may be ready to hang up his shield.Chris Evans tells The New York Times he has no plans to return to the Marvel movie franchise after reshoots of the fourth “Avengers” movie later this year. Evans says “you want to get off the train before they push you off.”The movie has yet to be titled and is expected to be released in 2019. Evans has played the role since “Captain America: The First Avenger” in 2011.The actor is making ...

How Peter Rabbit allowed James Corden to reconnect with the home he left behind

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

I’m sitting in a hotel room in London and James Corden is holding my foot. “That is a good Jordan.” He looks at me, ready for me to banter back, but, as no one has ever grabbed my foot in an interview before, I’m a bit too shocked to come up with anything. “Yeah,” I say. “You’re aware of it. I want you to know that I know you’ve pulled some kind of incredible baller move with these flights and it’s made me feel inadequate.” &ldquo ...

Oscars chief being investigated for sexual harassment

Saturday, 17 March 2018

John Bailey, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the body which hands out the Oscars, is being investigated for sexual harassment, Variety reported on Friday.The trade publication said the Academy immediately opened an investigation after receiving three harassment claims against Bailey on Wednesday.Bailey, 75, a cinematographer whose credits include “Groundhog Day” and “The Big Chill,” was elected to a four-year term as head of the Academy in ...

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