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Iraq National Theatre Festival launches in Baghdad

Anew generation of playwrights and thespians will shine as part of the Iraq National Theatre Festival. Launching its inaugural event yesterday with an opening ceremony at The National Theatre in Baghdad, the festival runs until Saturday. A total of 18 works by theatre companies around the countr


Comedian Kathy Griffin to undergo surgery for lung cancer: 'I'm going to be just fine'

Comedian Kathy Griffin has lung cancer and will soon have surgery to remove "half of her left lung" Griffin, 60, announced the news on social media and said she "should be up and running around as usual in a month or less". "I've got to tell you guys something. I have cancer," Griffin wrote in a


Lebanese pop star Myriam Fares granted UAE Golden Visa

Lebanese singer Myriam Fares joins the growing number of UAE’s Golden Visa holders. The star made the announcement on her Instagram handle with pictures of her with the Dubai skyline as a backdrop. The pictures she posted were from her last concert in Abu Dhabi. The 38-year-old singer expr


Qatar's Al Jazeera television broadcasts live from Egypt after 8-year hiatus

Qatar-based Al Jazeera television broadcast live from Egypt on Saturday for the first time in eight years, reports Anadolu Agency. Al Jazeera, which closed its offices after Egyptian security forces broke up demonstrations in Rabia and al-Nahda squares on August 14, 2013, began bro


Billie Eilish fans rejoice as second album 'Happier Than Ever' released

Fans of singer-songwriter Billie Eilish have reacted to the release of her second studio album, Happier Than Ever. The album, which features 16 songs, was released earlier on 30 July by Interscope Records, and has already garnered strong reviews from critics. Fans shared their enthusiasm about t


Scarlett Johansson sues Disney over 'Black Widow' streaming release

Scarlett Johansson is suing Disney over its decision to release superhero movie Black Widow on streaming at the same time as in cinemas, alleging a breach of contract which cost the star millions of dollars. Johansson, one of Hollywood's biggest and top-paid stars, was entitled to a per


ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill dies, aged 72

ZZ Top’s Dusty Hill, the long-bearded bassist for the million-selling Texas blues rock trio known for hits such as Legs and Gimme All Your Lovin', has died at age 72. In a Facebook post on Wednesday, guitarist Billy Gibbons and drummer Frank Beard said Hil


Three Arab films set to premiere at Venice Film Festival

The Venice International Film Festival unveiled a starry lineup of world premieres for September, including three films from the Arab world.   “Amira” by Mohamed Diab is set to play in the Horizons section and is a coming-of-age drama shot in Jordan, but set in Palestine. &ldqu


Singer Shakira expresses her concern about wanting to give her children a normal childhood

Singer Shakira shares her concern about giving her children a normal childhood.The beautiful singer who is a mother of two sons with football star Gerard Pique, tries not to let stardom affect her children.So much so that she tries not to play her music at home to let them feel normalcy.The c


Dieter Brummer, former 'Home and Away' star, dies aged 45

Tributes have been pouring in for Australian actor Dieter Brummer, best known for playing the character of Shane Parrish on Home and Away, who has died at the age of 45. The actor was found dead on Saturday afternoon in Sydney. His death is not believed to be suspicious. “We lost


French-Algerian singer Lolo Zouai performs new single on Vevo CTRL

This week, French-Algerian singer Lolo Zouai performed her latest single “Galipette” on Vevo CTRL, Vevo’s performance series that highlights both emerging and established musicians making an impact on the industry.  During the live session, the Brooklyn-based artist began s


Toronto Film Festival unveils schedule as Canada announces plans to reopen borders

Organisers have scheduled a host of premieres for the 46th tiff, with Dear Evan Hansen, starring Ben Platt and Julianne Moore and directed by Stephen Chbosky, slated to open the event on September 9. There was no question that 'Dear Evan Hansen' was the ideal film to launch the festival th


Egyptian actress Yasmin out of ICU after slipping into coma due to medical error

Egyptian artist and husband Ahmed Al Awadi announces the release of his actress wife Yasmin Abdulaziz from the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Al Awadi announced that his wife had left the intensive care unit, referring to the beginning of her recovery, calling everyone to pray for her recovery. The


YouTuber KSI tops UK album chart

YouTuber, boxer and rapper KSI has become the first YouTube star to get a UK number one album. His 16-track debut offering, All Over The Place, has been streamed 20.9 million times since its release last week, enough to topple Bono's son's band Inhaler from the top spot at the second time of


Demi Lovato tells fans ‘its okay’ if they accidentally misgender them

Hollywood singer Demi Lovato recently revealed that she would be changing their pronouns to they/them, and explained that ‘its okay’ if are accidentally misgendered. The 28-year-old singer came out as non-binary in May. She shared a statement on Twitter which reads: “Today is a


Pedro Almodovar's film with Penelope Cruz to open Venice Film Festival

Pedro Almodovar’s Madres paralelas (Parallel Mothers), starring Penelope Cruz, will open the 78th Venice International Film Festival in September. The film, about two single and pregnant women stars Cruz along with Milena Smit and Israel Elejalde, and will debut as part of the com


‘Titane’ wins top Cannes honor, 2nd ever for female director

 Julia Ducournau’s “Titane,” a wild body-horror thriller, won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival.This made Ducournau just the second female filmmaker to win the festival’s top honor in its 74 year history.The win on Saturday was mistakenly announced by ju


‘Black Widow’ director magics up mix of humor, action in latest Marvel film

“Black Widow” has hit cinemas with a bang — and the first film in phase four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which is potentially the last appearance of Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow, is making waves for its female-led approach.    “She’s a very




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