‘Black Panther’ blows away box office with $192 mln weekend

Sunday, 18 February 2018

Already a much-celebrated pop-culture milestone, “Black Panther” is now a record-setting smash at the box office, too. The Marvel superhero film blew past expectations, with $192 million in ticket sales in North America over the weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday. That makes “Black Panther” the fifth-biggest opening weekend ever, not accounting for inflation. The only films with a higher grossing opening weekend are “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” ...

Vue signs deal to open 30 multiplex cinemas across Saudi Arabia

Sunday, 18 February 2018

London-based chain Vue Cinemas have signed a joint venture deal to open a host of locations across Saudi Arabia, after the kingdom announced the 35-year cinema ban was coming to an end.Vue signed the deal with Abdulmohsin Al Hokair Holding Group, which constructs and operates malls and hotels, The Telegraph reported. “The joint venture is planning to open 30 multiplex cinemas in existing Al Hokair developments as well as in new sites planned in the next three years,” the newspaper ...

Tears, exuberance as ‘Black Panther’ opens across Africa

Saturday, 17 February 2018

“Black Panther” has burst onto the screen in Africa, handing a powerful response to the unfortunate remarks about the continent by President Donald Trump. As the red carpet in South Africa swirled with stunning outfits and exclamations in the local isiXhosa language used in the film’s Wakanda kingdom, cast member John Kani laughed at the US president’s views, which several African nations have openly scorned. (Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o said simply: &ldquo ...

Time for something sweet? Here are the UAE’s most ‘Instagrammable’ desserts

Saturday, 17 February 2018

‘Tis the month of love… the love of dessert, we say. Yes, yes. It’s February. Valentine’s Day has come and gone. But the month also marks ‘Madly in Love with Me Day’, ‘World Nutella Day’, ‘Chocolate Fondue Day’ and ‘Eat Ice-cream for Breakfast Day’. So, it would be a disservice to chefs across the region to not celebrate all of this with a bit of sweet stuff? Right? Right? We knew you didn’t need much convincing. ...

Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux separate

Friday, 16 February 2018

Jennifer Aniston and husband Justin Theroux announced their separation on Thursday after less than three years of marriage, immediately sparking speculation that the former “Friends” star might reunite with her first spouse, Brad Pitt. “We have decided to announce our separation,” Aniston and Theroux said in a joint statement. “This decision was mutual and lovingly made at the end of last year.” Aniston, 49, and “The Leftovers” actor Theroux, 46, ...

Berlin film festival opens with Wes Anderson's tale of deported dogs

Thursday, 15 February 2018

US director Wes Anderson's "Isle of Dogs" - a quirky movie about a Japanese city that deports its dogs to a garbage dump island during an outbreak of canine flu - became the first animation to open the Berlin film festival. The stop-motion feature, shown on Thursday, follows the adventures of the mayor's 12-year-old adoptive son Atari, who flies a plane to the island to rescue his beloved pet Spots. The mayor stops a scientist from curing the pets and a US exchange pupil at the local ...

Daniel Craig puts his Bond car up for auction

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Actor Daniel Craig, who has played the British spy known as 007 in four films, is auctioning for charity the limited-edition vehicle made for him by Aston Martin four years ago, Christie's auction house said on Thursday. Aston Martin cars have appeared in Bond films over nearly 50 years, beginning with 1964's "Goldfinger" in which Sean Connery drove a silver Aston Martin DB5. The brand has appeared in all four Bond films starring Craig. Craig's personal car is a 2014 Vanquish that ...

Gigi Hadid reveals details about her disease after being called ‘too skinny’

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

American-Palestinian model Gigi Hadid was forced to talk more about her autoimmune disease after being called “too skinny” by critics.In 2016 Hadid announced that she was suffering Hashimoto, an autoimmune condition in which the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks its own tissues and is more common in women than men.Hashimoto's is an incurable disease and causes a litany of unpleasant symptom, but it must be treated as it can lead to other health problems.She recently ...

VIDEO: How Bafta’s award statuettes are made

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

The Bafta statuettes are 28 cm high, weighs four kilograms and represents the highest accolade in British cinema.Destined to be carried on red carpets by stars of the silver screen, it starts its life in the less glamorous surroundings of this family-run foundry west of London.“It all starts with the pattern equipment that you see over here. We use this equipment to make these components here, there is the mould and the core, and we will assemble the moulds like this and then we will put ...

Bold, black and beautiful, ‘Black Panther’ hopes for cultural shift

Monday, 12 February 2018

Some film critics are calling it the best Marvel movie so far; others say it’s a correction after years of neglecting minority talent in Hollywood. The predominantly black cast of superhero movie “Black Panther” hope its combination of African pride, beauty and kick-ass adventure will also mark a cultural shift in the movie industry and beyond. The Disney movie, opening worldwide this week, tells the story of T’Challa/Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), the new king of the ...

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