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Classic film on Islam starring Anthony Quinn to get a 4K makeover

Thursday, 14 December 2017

Without a doubt, converting a regular movie using a 4K technology platform would require huge amounts of money. However, it is indeed going to be well spent in the case of the historical film, 'The Message', which was directed by the late Syrian Mustafa Akkad. Nearly 40 years after its premiere in March 1976, a revised version of the film will be presented to the Arab and international audience with 4K technology soon, it was announced during the 14th Dubai International Film Festival. The 4K is ...

Film showing teenage Saudi King Faisal’s journey in Britain to be released soon

Thursday, 14 December 2017

Saudi actor and Ministry of Information advisor, Abdulelah al-Sinani shared a scene from the movie ‘Born a King’ which tells the true story King Faisal AbdulAziz at the age of 14, where he was sent to on a high stakes diplomatic mission to London to secure the formation of his country. The clip shared by al-Sinani shows a 14-year-old boy as King Faisal in his teenage years. The scene is placed in 1919 in London, where he is shown leading a diplomatic envoy to discuss critical issues ...

Final day at DIFF recognizes excellence in regional filmmaking

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Eight days of DIFF’s trademark silver-screen magic closed today with an epic Closing Night Gala, marking the close of the 14th edition of the Festival. DIFF took over the city between 6 – 13 December. 140 films from globally acclaimed filmmakers and regional talent screened, boosting unparalleled industry networking opportunities and insights from the best in the business today. DIFF’s Closing Night Gala saw the most recent adventure from a galaxy far, far away, ‘Star ...

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

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

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, ...

Exclusive interview with director of ‘One Day in the Haram,’ Abrar Hussain

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

British director Abrar Hussain came up with a unique scope to film Kaaba, the muslim holy haram in Saudi Arabia, in his project ‘One Day in the Haram’. Hussain spoke to Al Arabiya at Dubai International Film Festival this week about the process of filming and the cooperation he received from Saudi authorities as well as his own upcoming projects. It took the production team almost two years to wrap up the film between getting approvals filming and editing. The film generated a lot of ...

Gwyneth Paltrow brings the Go-Gos to Broadway

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

The Go-Gos, the pioneering all-woman rock band, are heading to Broadway, with an assist by Gwyneth Paltrow. The Hollywood star was announced Tuesday as a producer for “Head Over Heels,” an upcoming musical that will trace the story of the rockers known for infectious pop-rock songs such as “Vacation.” “If you told us 30 years ago that our songs were going to be in a musical, we’d have said, ‘Of course they’ll be on Broadway!’ None of us would ...

Egyptian singer jailed over video inciting debauchery

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

An Egyptian court jailed a little-known singer for two years on Tuesday for inciting debauchery, judicial sources said, after she appeared in a music video in her underwear and suggestively eating a banana. Shyma’s song, titled “I have issues”, sparked controversy on social media in the conservative country. The singer, who was fined 10,000 Egyptian pounds ($560), can appeal the verdict to a higher court. The director of the video was also fined and sentenced to two years in ...

After near decade, Beyonce back on top of US song chart

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Beyonce, with little argument one of the top stars in pop music, ended an unlikely drought on Monday, nine years since she had a number-one US song.Beyonce hit the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart for her new duet with Ed Sheeran on a remix of the English songwriter's “Perfect,” a tender guitar ballad.The song sold 181,000 digital downloads in the week through Thursday on the benchmark US singles chart, which also tracks streaming and radio airplay.“Perfect” is ...

‘One Day in the Haram’ film features captivating views of holy Kaaba

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Capturing the holiest of Muslim places through the eyes of workers, is the idea behind director Abrar Hussain’s film about Kaaba (Haram in Mecca). For the first time in history, the holy Kaaba is filmed over a one day period. “One Day in the Haram” is packed with never before seen footage as director Abrar Hussain spent over a year researching to bring a captivating vision of the Haram. Director Abrar Hussain is a British filmmaker, writer and producer. He was raised in London, ...

This is how cinemas in Saudi Arabia looked 40 years ago

Monday, 11 December 2017

Little do people know that more than 30 cinemas were open in major cities in Saudi Arabia around 40 years ago. Author Khaled Rabee al-Sayyid, whose book “The Magical Lantern: Readings in Cinema” was recently published, told Al-Arabiya.net that in the past, Saudi cinemas played documentaries produced by oil companies in the eastern province as well as short movies by Saudi director Abdullah El-Muheisen. ALSO READ: In landmark move, Saudi Arabia to issue cinema licenses in early ...

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