‘It’s time for us to tell our story,’ grandson says as ‘Born a King’ premieres in the UAE

DUBAI- The UAE premiere of “Born a King” took place on Tuesday, with Prince Saud Bin Turki Al-Faisal, the grandson of King Faisal Al-Saud, revealing that the production team is willing to produce a sequel for the movie. Al-Faisal believes the film, which tells the story of a young King

Inside the look of Brad Pitt's 'Ad Astra' and its sci-fi vision

 LOS ANGELES, Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times (tca/dpa)- An opening title card declares that "Ad Astra" takes place in the near future. That means far enough away from now that there is a populated colony on the moon, but also close enough to our time that within that colony is a Subway sandwich

‘Game of Thrones’ wins best drama series Emmy

- Los Angeles - HBO fantasy epic “Game of Thrones” on Sunday won the Emmy for best drama series, tying its own record for the most awards won by a single drama in a season with 12. It bested “Better Call Saul,” “Bodyguard,” “Killing Eve,” “

Netflix buys rights to ‘Seinfeld’

NEW YORK - Streaming giant Netflix said it had acquired the global rights to popular American sitcom “Seinfeld” from 2021 — a feather in its cap as the battle among online video platforms for coveted content heats up. The company did not reveal the value of the transaction. But t

Arab films win big at Toronto Film Festival

DUBAI - Two Middle East-made films have won awards at the Toronto International Film Festival. Filmmaker Oualid Mouaness’s “1982” won the Netpac award and director Feras Fayyad’s “The Cave” nabbed the Grolsch People’s Choice Documentary Award. Oualid Mouan

Ad Astra Is the Rare Space Movie That Sticks the Landing

By DANA STEVENS When Brad Pitt, as the astronaut Roy McBride, flies to the moon in James Gray’s elegant space epic Ad Astra, he takes Virgin Atlantic. Though the company’s logo looks roughly the same, an onboard blanket-and-pillow pack will, by the time this movie’s undated near-f

Welcome to Orcland: ‘Lord of the Rings’ Amazon TV series to film in New Zealand

Wellington - Amazon announced Wednesday 9-18-2019 it will film its upcoming television series “The Lord of the Rings” in New Zealand, marking a return of the orcs, elves and hobbits to the country they became synonymous with over the course of six movies directed by Peter Jackson. Amazo

Netflix to air ‘Seinfeld’ starting in 2021

Los Gatos - Move aside, “Friends” and “The Office.” Netflix now has a new gem - a show about nothing. The company announced Monday it would start streaming all 180 episodes of “Seinfeld” in 2021, gaining a hugely popular addition to its library as the battle for

Film Review: Afghan tale of three troubled pregnancies fails to deliver

VENICE - Dubbed Afghanistan’s first female director, Sahraa Karimi grew up in Iran with her refugee parents, and later studied cinema in Slovakia. With 30 shorts and a couple of documentaries under her belt, she travelled this year to the Venice Film Festival with her debut fiction feature, &

Discredited director’s comeback movie gets under skin

VENICE - American actor Nate Parker made a huge impact with his 2016 directorial debut, “The Birth of a Nation,” screened at the Sundance Film Festival. He also acted in it – a period drama set in 1831 about a slave rebellion led by Nat Turner in Southampton County, Virg

Rapper Lil Nas X nominated for Country Music Award

After his ouster from the Hot Country US song charts triggered outrage and catapulted him to overnight fame, genre-bending artist Lil Nas X is up for a Country Music Award. His now-ubiquitous record-breaking megahit “Old Town Road” – which marries twangy banjo with thumping bass &

Clinton impeachment is FXs next American Crime Story

 The next chapter of FXs “American Crime Story” will dramatize Bill Clintons impeachment with a focus on Monica Lewinsky, Linda Tripp and other women central to the scandal.   The miniseries will air within weeks of the 2020 presidential election.   Lewinsky, who was a

From horror movies to folk music, Tunisian artist finds inspiration in childhood memories

 TUNIS - With his first film, “Dachra,” receiving critical acclaim and earning commercial success, Abdelhamid Bouchnak has established himself in Tunisia as a remarkable voice of his generation.     Bouchnak also imposed his style in his first feature film, a horror sto

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