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Venice Film Festival sets 2020 plan

The show will go on for the Venice Film Festival in September, but with a few modifications due to the COVID-19 pandemic.Organizers said Tuesday that they are pushing forward with plans for its 77th installment, which will include a slightly reduced number of films in the main competition as well as

Naya Rivera: Glee star missing after boat trip with son

Glee star Naya Rivera is missing after her four-year-old son was found alone in a boat on a lake in Southern California, officials say. The 33-year-old rented the boat on Wednesday afternoon at Lake Piru, north-west of Los Angeles, the Ventura County Sheriff's office said. It said a search and res

Coronavirus: Vanilla Ice concert on July 4 sparks viral concerns over COVID-19 spread

Tommy Hilton The rapper Vanilla Ice's decision to hold a concert for thousands in Texas despite a jump in coronavirus cases across the US has sparked criticism and comment online. Texas is one of the new hotspots for COVID-19 in the US, which reported a nationwide jump of 50,000 cases in a single

Netflix licenses popular Saudi Arabian drama series ‘Takki’

Ismaeel Naar Netflix has announced it has licensed the popular Saudi Arabian homegrown series, Takki, which follows the story of a young film director following his dream of what was once a ban of cinemas in the Kingdom. The show is produced by UTURN which is part of the Webedia Arabia Group, a me

Democrats want John Wayne’s name, statue taken off airport over racist comments

Santa Ana, California - In the latest move to change place names in light of US racial history, leaders of Orange County’s Democratic Party are pushing to drop film legend John Wayne’s name, statue and other likenesses from the county’s airport because of his racist and bigoted com

Oscars voting body’s invitation to Iranian director Narges Abyar sparks criticism

The Oscars voting body’s invitation to an Iranian director has drawn criticism on social media among Iranian users who say the director is closely affiliated with the Iranian regime. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said Tuesday it had invited 819 new members as parts of its ef

‘Are we not allowed to be Palestinian:’ Bella Hadid after Instagram deletes story

Supermodel Bella Hadid called out Instagram early on Wednesday for deleting a story she posted of her father’s American passport with Palestine listed as his birthplace and criticized the platform for “not allow[ing her] to be Palestinian.” Instagram had taken down her story becau

Johnny Depp denies ‘wife-beater’ claim in London libel trial

LONDON- Hollywood actor Johnny Depp strenuously denied being violent to his ex-wife Amber Heard, as he launched a libel claim in a London court on Tuesday against a British tabloid newspaper that called him a “wife-beater.”The “Pirates of the Caribbean” star, 57, is suing the

Yolanda Hadid denies claims that she was hiding Ghislaine Maxwell in her farm house

 Yolanda Hadid, Gigi and Bella’s mother, has publicly refuted claims from a Dutch investigative journalist, who suggested that she allowed Jeffrey Epstein associate Ghislaine Maxwell to hide out in her Pennsylvania farm house back in Nov 2019.  Maxwell was arrested last week followi

Lebanese actor Malek Rahbani on family legacy, upcoming movie ‘Jacir’

For Malek Rahbani, the performing arts are not just a passion. It is the family business, and the Lebanese actor is bringing it to the US. As the grandson of Mansour Rahbani, the Lebanese composer, musician, and producer and one half of the Rahbani brothers, he grew up surrounded by artists, music,

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

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