‘Winds of Change’ series shows shifts in Saudi Arabia before and after the Sahwa

Monday, 21 May 2018

On the walls of the old houses made with mud hanged the image of the founder of Saudi Arabia, King Abdul Aziz and the image of Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser. One could hear the voice of the Egyptian singer Farid al-Atrash from an old recorder while Mohsen writes a letter to his loved one in Egypt, in addition to some nostalgic shots of vehicles that have long but disappeared. These were the main scenes of the new Saudi series al-Asoof (or Winds of Change). The series which is now ...

Saudi Arabia positions itself as a cinema player in Cannes

Monday, 21 May 2018

The Saudi Film Council has cemented its place in the hub of the film industry in Cannes with a grand presence at its grand pavilion. The campaign featured beautifully photographed guides to Saudi film locations, a book with data on the young, digitally savvy Saudi audience, Saudi Film Council–branded totes and Moleskine notebooks, and a small gold box of dates, a report said. Wrapping up events after a debut that was anticipated following the powerful decision to bring ...

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 ...

Box Office: ‘Deadpool 2’ propels to $125 mln opening

Monday, 21 May 2018

Deadpool might not consider himself a superhero, but its latest instalment is off to a powerful start. The Marvel Comics film from 20th Century Fox debuted in North American with $125 million in 4,349 locations, according to That wasn’t enough to match the debut of its predecessor, 2016’s “Deadpool,” which had the biggest opening ever for an R-rated film with $132.4 million. The Ryan Reynolds-starrer bowed overseas with $176 million for a global weekend ...

How 13 Reasons Why’s Alisha Boe decompresses: ‘Lots of Rick and Morty’

Sunday, 20 May 2018

The first season of 13 Reasons Why, the hit Netflix series based on the book by Jay Asher, was a global sensation, honestly portraying the pain and trauma that young people face, and what happens when that pain is ignored. While facing hard truths a story worth telling, it isn’t something that ends in the moment. As such, the show’s creators decided to continue, this time with the aim to tell the story of how people deal with that pain once they’ve recognized it, and how they ...

Lebanese director Nadine Labaki bags Cannes jury award for ‘Capharnaum’

Saturday, 19 May 2018

Lebanese director and actress Nadine Labaki took home the Cannes jury award for reality Drama “Capharnaum” at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. The film is set in the slums of Beirut, and follows the life of Zain, a 12-year-old boy trying in vain to prevent his younger sister being married off as she comes into puberty. Also, the actors in the film tipped for prizes at Cannes were not only amateurs plucked from the streets, they were also living lives as precarious as those of their ...

After chicken-gate, Egyptians call for cancellation of preacher’s TV show

Saturday, 19 May 2018

Social media users have launched an online campaign against Egypt preacher Amr Khaled after his chicken advert stirred outrage across the nation. Concerned users demanded that his Ramadan TV show airing on Elmehwar channel be shut down after Khaled claimed a certain brand’s “chicken will increase your spirituality.” In turn, social media sits were filled with the hashtag “Boycott Elmehwar channel.” While no announcement was made that the show would be taken down, ...

‘13 Reasons Why’ creator Brian Yorkey not sure if he wants a season 3

Saturday, 19 May 2018

13 Reasons Why never seemed built to be a continuing series. The first season, based on the best-selling book by Jay Asher, told what seemed to be a self-contained story: A girl who had taken her own life narrated what had led her to it on 13 cassette tapes. As the first season when on, however, the show became something more—less of a doomed love story between a boy and a girl gone from this world, and more of an ensemble piece where each character seemed fully-drawn, with their own ...

Exercising during Ramadan? 4 healthy ways to keep fit while fasting

Saturday, 19 May 2018

Here are tips to keep you on track with your health and fitness goals during the holy month of Ramadan.Exercising during the fast or after?Exercising while fasting can be counter-productive, causing stress hormones to rise, which can alter your mood, lower energy levels and slow your metabolism in the long run. It is important to replenish your body with essential fuel before and after you exercise, so try to work out after breaking your fast. That way, you will maintain a healthy metabolism ...

The new Shakira? Colombian-Lebanese star Widy sings in Beirut

Friday, 18 May 2018

Colombian Lebanese pop singer Widy, a new Latino sensation, landed this week in Lebanon to sing in a special ceremony on the side lines of the Lebanese Diaspora Energy summit. In an interview with Al, the Latino sensation said she is in negotiations with a recording company to release a new song in Arabic. Widy has hits, with her latest song “Ya habibi” a mix of Arabic, English and Spanish reaching 34 mln viewers on Youtube, The singer said that during the ceremony in ...

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