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‘Gagarine’ shows pain of losing home

A home is not just bricks and mortar but a place where memories are made — of one’s childhood, one’s joys, and yes, sometimes one’s sorrows.One of 56 official titles selected by the Cannes Film Festival, which was canceled this year because of the coronavirus, was “Gaga

A world redrawn: Lebanon film director fears nothing will change

 Prize-winning Lebanese documentary filmmaker Carol Mansour fears the world has learnt nothing from the novel coronavirus shock and will go back to square one or worse when normal life returns.The director, who lost her father living in Canada to the COVID-19 disease, admits “what scares

Simpsons ends use of white actors to voice people of colour

US animated comedy series The Simpsons will no longer use white actors for the voices of characters from other ethnic backgrounds, the show's producers say. The show, broadcast on Fox Network, has faced years of criticism over white actor Hank Azaria's voiceover of Indian-American character Apu. M

Sharjah's Xposure International Photography Festival will take place in 2021

The fifth iteration of the Xposure International Photography Festival, held annually in Sharjah’s Expo Centre, will take place in 2021, it has been confirmed. Originally scheduled for September 2020, the event has been postponed until February 10 to 13 next year because of the coronavirus pan

‘We are all stuck at home’: Why Mahdi Baccouch believes the pandemic has humbled the region's music industry

The UAE always rewards the industrious. This was something Mahdi Baccouch realised not long after arriving in Dubai in 2013. After being reunited with his father, who was busy working in a range of Arabic restaurants, the aspiring Tunisian singer seized the opportunity to forward his career by per

Jon Stewart says he doesn't remember Republicans being mad about erasing history

Jon Stewart appeared on an episode of "The Daily Social Distancing Show with Trevor Noah" on Thursday, and lampooned the hypocrisy of Republican claims that tearing Confederate statues down would "erase history." The recent police killing of George Floyd, and deaths of other Black Americans, have s

Three Arab female directors make Cannes 2020 official selection

The physical version of this year’s Cannes Film Festival may have been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but on June 3, Thierry Frémaux, the Festival’s General Delegate, released its Official Selection of 56 shortlisted movies, each of which will receive a Cannes 2020 endors

Lebanese-American songwriter Naima Shalhoub discusses ‘Siphr’

“People and their stories stick with me,” says the California-based singer-songwriter Naima Shalhoub. “They’re in my spirit and I really believe that we all carry other voices in addition to our own. We’re all sort of walking choirs, in a way, and we can choose to liste

Inside the return of ‘Ramy’

Ramy Youssef didn’t create his series “Ramy” to tell your story, he did it to tell his own. It’s about an Egyptian-American living in New Jersey who is determined to become a better Muslim, trying to grow into an adult and often stumbling along the way. It’s honest, fun

‘World’s Toughest Race’ in Fiji to debut Aug. 14 on Amazon

Bear Grylls said he was brought to tears by the determination of competitors on “World’s Toughest Race: Eco-Challenge Fiji” as they raced through jungles and over mountains to the point of exhaustion and pain. The series’ new 10-episode season, hosted by Grylls and with 66 t

Nadine Labaki’s short film to feature in new Netflix lockdown movie

A short film by Oscar-nominated Lebanese director Nadine Labaki and her producer husband Khaled Mouzanar is to feature in a new Netflix movie due to be released on June 30.The flick, “Homemade,” is a collection of short movies made by renowned filmmakers from around the world. Confined

Bella Hadid, Hailey Baldwin reunite in Italy

 Part-Palestinian supermodel, Bella Hadid, reunited with bestie Hailey Baldwin Bieber, the American catwalk star, in Italy this week after months of self-isolating, according to Entertainment News. The 23-year-old stars reportedly flew to Sardinian, Italy on a private jet on Tuesday, where the

Cast Away: 15 Behind-The-Scenes Facts About The Tom Hanks Movie

Warning: spoilers for Cast Away are in play. If you’re not familiar with the film, you might want to turn away from this article. If your name happens to be Wilson, we’re doubly sorry for this fact. Almost 20 years ago, director Robert Zemeckis and actor Tom Hanks took a pretty big ga

Netflix, please don’t cancel these 5 excellent shows

Ahead of Netflix’s next quarterly earnings announcement, it’s looking like the streaming giant is cruising toward another blockbuster quarter. Thanks in part to coronavirus quarantines and lockdowns, as well as a period that saw Netflix release tons of buzzy series, Netflix thinks it&rs

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

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