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Part-Palestinian model Gigi Hadid makes falafel on Food Network debut

Dhaka opts for two wheels instead of fourPart-Palestinian model Gigi Hadid’s hotly anticipated debut on the Food Network aired this week.The 25-year-old celebrity shot the episode of “Beat Bobby Flay” - her self-proclaimed favorite show - last October. Last week she revealed to her


Shakira, Dwayne Johnson highlight coronavirus equity concert

Dwayne Johnson will host and Shakira, Miley Cyrus and Jennifer Hudson will perform on a globally broadcast concert calling on world leaders to make coronavirus tests and treatment available and equitable for all.The advocacy organization Global Citizen and the European Commission announced Monday th


Mariah Carey: where to start in her back catalogue

Mariah Carey’s early 90s commercial megastardom was founded on the basis of her virtuoso vocal prowess, but her sixth album, Butterfly, was where she truly established her artistic voice. Her first work after divorcing Sony Music boss Tommy Mottola – a marriage she would later describe a


British-Pakistani actress Jameela Jamil stuns in yet another Lebanese label

Jameela Jamil has a well-known penchant for Arab designers. The British-Pakistani-Indian actress and activist has been pictured donning looks from regional labels on plenty of occasions, including designs by Rami Kadi and Georges Chakra, to name a few.This week, the actress who is known for her role


Kurt Cobain’s ‘Unplugged’ guitar sells for record $6 million at auction

The guitar that grunge rock icon Kurt Cobain played during his legendary 1993 MTV Unplugged performance sold Saturday for a record $6 million, the auction house said.The retro acoustic-electric 1959 Martin D-18E that Cobain strummed for Nirvana’s career-defining performance in New York —


French-Algerian actress Sofia Boutella lands a new role

Franco-Algerian actress Sofia Boutella is joining the star-studded cast of the upcoming science-fiction comedy “Alpha Gang,” it has been announced this week. She will be joined by an all-star cast that includes Andrea Riseborough, Jon Hamm, Nicholas Hoult, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Mackenzie


The Clooney’s donate $500,000 to charity in honor of Juneteenth

Juneteenth – aka June 19 – marks the official end of slavery in the USA, when Black people in Texas finally learned slavery had been abolished in 1865. In celebration of the occasion, George and Amal Clooney made a staggering donation of $500,000 to the Equal Justice Initiative, a non-pr


Egyptian short film vying for Cannes’ Palme d’Or

Congratulations are in order for Egyptian director Sameh Alaa whose short film “I Am Afraid to Forget Your Face” has been selected among 10 other shorts in competition for the Short Film Palme d’Or at Cannes. The film is up against “Blue Fear” by Marie Jacotey and Lola


Top Saudi titles in catalogue of 44 Arab movies being released by Netflix

Leading internet entertainment service Netflix is releasing a new catalogue of 44 movies by Arab directors, including Youssef Chahine, Youssry Nasrallah, Nadine Labaki, Moustapha Akkad, Anne Marie Jacir, Laila Marrakchi and many more.Among them are various Saudi titles that have made their debut thi


Meet Debjani Bhardwaj, the Indian artist whose work is inspired by the Middle East

At her home studio in Muscat, visual artist Debjani Bhardwaj spends many hours delicately cutting intricate patterns with a Xacto knife on sheets of paper to create ethereal works of art. Tearing, bending, pasting, sculpting, slicing, and piercing (Bhardwaj enjoys the physicality of using her hands)


Kim Kardashian West to host criminal justice podcast for Spotify

 Reality TV star Kim Kardashian West has reached a deal with Swedish music streaming company Spotify Technology SA to host a podcast related to criminal justice reform, a representative for West said on Wednesday. The show, to be available exclusively on Spotify, will be connected to West&rsqu


Lebanese film director keeps faith after COVID-19 dashes Cannes dreams

Many directors would have been devastated when their plans to show their first feature at the Cannes Film Festival were wrecked by the spread of COVID-19.But Lebanon’s Jimmy Keyrouz said he took heart from the themes of his movie “Broken Keys”, which tells its own story of finding


Adele shares heartfelt tribute to Grenfell Tower victims

British singer Adele has joined forces with pressure group Grenfell United this week to pay tribute to the victims who lost their lives three years ago in the tragic Grenfell Tower fire.Grenfell Tower, a social housing block that was home to a close-knit, ethnically diverse community, was engulfed b


Oscars delayed to April due to movie industry coronavirus chaos

The 2021 Oscars ceremony was moved to April from February this week due to the havoc caused in the movie industry by the coronavirus pandemic.The ceremony for film’s highest honors will take place on April 25, 2021, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said in a statement. It had o


Emmy Awards to go ahead, host Jimmy Kimmel says still figuring out how

The Primetime Emmy Awards for television, one of the biggest events on the show business calendar, are going ahead in September as planned with Jimmy Kimmel as host, broadcaster ABC said this week.ABC, part of Walt Disney Co, gave no details for how the Sept. 20 show, which hands out the highest hon


‘Hamilton,’ ‘Phantom’ will be off London stages until 2021

Some of London’s biggest West End shows, including “Hamilton” and “The Phantom of the Opera,” won’t reopen until next year, producers announced Wednesday, as arts bodies warned that Britain faces a “cultural catastrophe” because of the coronavirus pand


’30 Rock’ cast reuniting to tout new NBC, cable schedules

Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Tracy Morgan and other “30 Rock” stars are reuniting for a corporate cause: to promote the shows and stars that will be part of the new season for NBC and its NBCUniversal cable siblings. Described as a “one-time, commercial-free event” — other


Oscars delayed to April due to movie industry coronavirus chaos

The 2021 Oscars ceremony was moved to April from February on Monday due to the havoc caused in the movie industry by the coronavirus pandemic.The ceremony for film’s highest honors will take place on April 25, 2021, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said in a statement. It had or





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