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‘I did not say anything wrong:’ Kuwaiti actress after COVID-19 expat ban comments

“This is my opinion and I did not say anything wrong,” Kuwaiti actress Hayat al-Fahad said in response to uproar on social media after she called for a ban on expatriates amid the coronavirus outbreak in Kuwait.Dozens took to social media platforms on Wednesday to criticize the 71-year-o


David Hockney shares exclusive art from Normandy, as 'a respite from the news'

David Hockney is in lockdown at his house in Normandy with his dog Ruby and two of his long-standing assistants, JP and Jonathan. He is in the garden most days, drawing the spring awakening on his iPad. In a BBC exclusive, he is sharing 10 of his most recent images (including one animation), nine o


Van Gogh painting stolen from Dutch museum closed by coronavirus

Thieves stole a painting by Dutch master Vincent van Gogh early on Monday from the Netherlands’ Singer Laren Museum, which is currently closed to the public because of the coronavirus.The painting “Lentetuin”, or “Spring Garden,” which dates back to 1884 and depicts the


Netflix axes controversial ‘Messiah’ series amid coronavirus pandemic

Netflix series Messiah, a political-religious thriller which courted controversy across the Middle East among Muslim viewers, has been canceled after just one season due to difficulties filming amid the global coronavirus crisis, actor Tomer Sisley announced on his Instagram page. “I am sorry


Re-Animator director Stuart Gordon dies aged 72

Stuart Gordon, the film-maker who shot to prominence with the mid-80s cult horror film Re-Animator before co-creating the Honey, I Shrunk the Kids series, has died aged 72. His family confirmed the news to Variety magazine; the cause was not released. Gordon, who was born and grew up in Chicago, be


The painting which was found last December near an art gallery and believed to be the missing Gustav Klimt's painting

Art experts have confirmed that a stolen painting discovered hidden inside an Italian art gallery’s walls is Gustav Klimt’s “Portrait of a Lady,” Italian prosecutors said Friday. A gardener reported finding an art work inside a bag last month while clearing ivy at the Ricci


Opera singer Placido Domingo announces he has coronavirus

Spanish opera singer Placido Domingo says he has become infected with the coronavirus. The 79-year-old Domingo said in a post on his personal Facebook account Sunday that “I feel it is my moral duty to announce to you that I have tested positive.” The tenor says he and his family are i


Tom Hanks ‘better’ after coronavirus quarantine

Hollywood megastar Tom Hanks said he and wife Rita Wilson were on the mend Monday, after two weeks in hospital and self-isolation with the coronavirus.“Hey folks, two weeks after our first symptoms and we feel better,” he posted in a social media message to fans, urging them to respect l


Harry Potter and A Dog's Journey: Chinese cinemas detail plans to lure back audiences after coronavirus

Plans to kickstart business at Chinese cinemas, when most of its 70,000 screens reopen at the end of March, have been announced. Variety reports that China’s main state-owned distributor, which funnels government-approved product into cinemas, has chosen a small handful of popular titles to t


Hollywood movie studios suspend release of box office data after coronavirus slump

Movie studios Walt Disney and Universal Pictures said on Thursday they were suspending the release of box office data because of the closure of movie theaters in multiple countries in a bid to contain the coronavirus. The decision follows the worst weekend in more than two decades at the North Amer


'Little America' brings a warm look at immigrant stories to Apple TV+

Streaming continues to yield dividends in the variety of available content, with Apple TV+'s "Little America" offering a sharply executed anthology about immigrant experiences, and "Diary of a Future President" essentially serving up a better-than-average version of a Disney Channel show, only for D


The show will go on. Just from their living rooms.

The spreading coronavirus canceled several touring performances from A-list musical artists, but those acts have found a new venue to sing: their living rooms. John Legend, Bono, Coldplay’s Chris Martin, Pink, John Mayer, Keith Urban and more have held virtual concerts from their homes as the


Disney delays Marvel's 'Black Widow' debut due to coronavirus

Walt Disney Co will postpone the May 1 theatrical release of Marvel movie “Black Widow” to a future date because of the coronavirus outbreak, as theaters close and people are advised not to congregate, the company said in a statement on Tuesday. The action movie starring Scarlett Johans


Idris Elba says he has coronavirus: ‘no symptoms so far’

Idris Elba says he has tested positive for the coronavirus. The actor tweeted Monday that he has no symptoms so far and has been isolated since Friday when he found out about his possible exposure. He says he sought out the test after discovering he had come into contact with someone who had been di


After 400 years, London show reunites six masterpieces by Titian

A series of six paintings by the Venetian master Titian, commissioned by King Philip II of Spain and inspired by the works of the Roman poet Ovid, have been reunited for the first time in four centuries in an exhibition at London’s National Gallery.The large-scale paintings, created between 15


Kim Wall: Netflix distances itself from documentary after participants claim they didn't consent

Netflix have stalled their plans to release an Australian documentary about Danish murderer Peter Madsen, after multiple people involved said it used footage of two people without their consent, and would re-traumatise and “endanger their health” if it airs. Madsen, a well-known Danish


Nigeria's 'Rock Goddess' wants to change people's minds

Singer Bianca Okorocha, aka Clay, is something unusual in the world of Nigerian music.In a nation dominated by Afrobeats, the 26-year-old who calls herself the “Nigerian Rock Goddess” is trying to change long-held perceptions that rock is something alien to her country’s music scen


A Quiet Place and Fast & Furious sequels postponed due to coronavirus pandemic

The horror sequel A Quiet Place Part II and action thriller follow-up Fast & Furious 9 are being postponed over fears linked to the coronavirus pandemic. The follow-up to the 2018 hit A Quiet Place was due to launch globally from 18 March but director John Krasinski announced on Thursday on Ins





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