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150 word review: Netflix's Space Force

In space, no-one can hear you scream, or groan, or sigh, which is a blessing for Netflix's criminally short-on-laughs new sitcom, Space Force. While SpaceX and NASA have astounded those on Earth with their recent exploits, co-creator of America's The Office and Parks and Recreation, Greg Daniels, an

Gigi Hadid denies claims she is ‘disguising’ baby bump

Gigi Hadid’s baby bump has been a hot topic on social media over the past few days.  The part-Palestinian supermodel called out British Vogue for tweeting: “@GiGiHadid is yet to post a picture showing her baby bump, but her genius disguise gives an insight into her lockdown pr

Veteran Egyptian actress Ragaa El-Gedawy dies from Covid-19 complications

Veteran Egyptian actress Ragaa El-Gadawi has died. The actress, whose career spanned over six decades, passed away due to complications while undergoing treatment for Covid-19. She was 81 years old.  The late legendary actress tested positive for the coronavirus in May, two days before she wra

Christina Ricci files for divorce from husband of 7 years

Actress Christina Ricci has filed for divorce Thursday from her husband of seven years, and is asking for sole custody of their son. Ricci filed documents in Los Angeles County Superior Court to dissolve her marriage with James Heerdegen, citing irreconcilable differences. The documents say that R

Muti conducts Syria musicians in memorial concert amid ruins

Nine musicians from the Syrian diaspora in Europe are playing Sunday in the 24th friendship concert conducted by Riccardo Muti, this year at the Paestum archaeological site in southern Italy, but the coronavirus pandemic blocked others from arriving directly from Syria. The concert Sunday by the Lu

Hasan Minhaj On Police Brutality, COVID-19 And The 6th Season Of 'Patriot Act'

Hasan Minhaj tackles police brutality, the student debt crisis, U.S. elections, the demise of local journalism and so much more on the sixth season of his show, Patriot Act, on Netflix. One of Minhaj's episodes featured an interview with Minnesota attorney general Keith Ellison, the person in charg

‘Hamilton’ makes a successful transition to the big screen

CHENNAI- Cinema sometimes looks to go back to its roots. Some years ago, European auteurs like Lars Von Trier, Thomas Vinterberg and others introduced “Dogme 95” as a new form of moviemaking, which meant using no props, no artificial lighting and no makeup. It did not last long. However,

Local art scenes get more creative as pandemic keeps curtains closed

All artists need to reinvent themselves to cope with changes brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, a veteran stand-up comedian said as he ventures on a four-country Zoom comedy tour that will kick off in the UAE.Indian comedian Nitin Mirani said it was tough to adapt to how the entertainment indus

Beirut-based musician Maya Aghniadis: ‘It’s all about going with the flow’

“You have to surrender and release,” Maya Aghniadis — aka Flugen — cryptically declares. Throughout the conversation about her enchanting new album “Poupayee,” it’s clear just how much of an ethos this is for the Lebanese multi-instrumentalist, singer and co

A master class by Catherine Deneuve in ‘The Truth

Family may be the great subject of Japanese filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda, but he doesn’t draw straightforward portraits. In Kore-eda’s hands, family is more malleable. He tends to shift roles around like he’s rearranging furniture, subtly remaking familiar dynamics until he has, wit

Uffizi masterpieces show Black culture's role in the Renaissance

Italy’s Uffizi gallery said on Thursday it was planning to pick out nine of its masterpieces for a project to highlight the part that Black people and culture played in the Renaissance. Under the “Black Presence” initiative, images of works including Cristofano dell’Altissim

Egyptian singer Malak El-Husseiny discusses her new single, writer’s block, and her desire to stay vulnerable

“I was very lost and disconnected from my environment and from myself,” says Egyptian singer-songwriter Malak El-Husseiny (who goes by the artist name Malak). “I didn’t know if I wanted to do music that much.” Malak is talking about the time that preceded the writing o

‘Bulbbul’: A supernatural horror with a feminist angle

With Bollywood now releasing films via exclusive streaming platforms, actress Anushka Sharma’s production house, Clean Slate Films, debuted “Bulbbul” on Netflix last week. After “Phillauri” (2017) and “Pari” (2018), it would seem that Sharma gravitates towar

Lebanon’s Baalbeck Festival will stream its 64th edition

Lebanon’s Baalbeck International Festival is set to take place this month on July 5 despite the ongoing coronavirus, organizers announced this week. The renowned arts and culture event, however, will have no audience. It will broadcast live concerts from the heart of the Bacchus Temple, an an

Did Abla Kamel Retire?

Once again, social media users are circulating news about Egyptian actress Abla Kamel's retirement, especially since the artist did not participate in any acting project for the past 3 years. Sources close to revealed that what has been circulating is false rumors, and Abla Kamel did no

Writing on the wall: Congolese murals counter COVID-19 denial

The number of confirmed cases in Congo has doubled in less than a month to almost 7,000, piling pressure on the poorly equipped health system. Some hospitals have started turning patients away even as many across the central African nation remain unaware or sceptical of COVID-19’s dangers. &l

US streaming platform to deliver regional films to American audiences

This month, Netflix released a new catalogue of 44 movies by Arab directors, including Youssef Chahine, Youssry Nasrallah, Nadine Labaki and many more, adding Arab productions on the international radar. Now, American streaming platform Telescope Films is also giving Middle Eastern movies a global a

Rami Malek stars in star-studded Cartier campaign

US-Egyptian actor Rami Malek has been selected to star in Cartier’s new star-studded campaign to celebrate the re-launch of the French brand’s iconic Pasha watch. The Oscar winner stars alongside “Game of Thrones” star Maisie Williams, Australian singer Troye Sivan, American

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