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Pop singer Britney Spears' letters to high school boyfriend up for auction

Letters written by a teenage Britney Spears to her high school boyfriend are among the memorabilia up for auction this weekend. The pop star was dating Donald “Reg” Jones in her hometown of McComb, Missouri, shortly before the career launch that would catapult her to global fame. Spe


Mona Lisa up for auction? Not quite

Raymond Hekking spent decades trying to convince the world that the Mona Lisa painting he bought from a French antique shop in 1953 was the real thing and the one in the Louvre Museum was a fake. Now Christie's auction house has put the 'Hekking Mona Lisa' up for sale, hoping the story of his cam


Vin Diesel reveals plans for the end of the 'Fast and Furious' saga

“Every story deserves its own ending,” Diesel said during a press junket for F9 when asked about the franchise’s future. Despite the end of the saga, he said the Fast and Furious cinematic universe will continue on. When Diesel told his daughter about the fra


British actor Riz Ahmed leads bid to change way Muslims seen in movies

British actor Riz Ahmed on Thursday launched an effort to improve the way Muslims are depicted in movies after a study showed that they are barely seen and shown in a negative light when they do appear.   Ahmed, the "Sound of Metal" star and the first Muslim to get a best actor Oscar nomina


Kim Kardashian has no regrets as 'Keeping Up' reality series ends

After 14 years of drama, fashion and family, Keeping Up with the Kardashians, the television series that made Kim Kardashian and her siblings household names, took its final bow on Thursday with hugs, tears and gratitude. "I have no regrets. This was, like, the best decade and a half of my l


'WandaVision' star Elizabeth Olsen confirms there is no second season: 'It's definitely a limited series'

It was a breakout hit for Disney+ as the first spin-off Marvel show to take place after Avengers: Endgame but despite its popularity, star Elizabeth Olsen has confirmed that WandaVision will not be getting a second season. The miniseries starred Olsen and Paul Bettan


First teaser for Syrian war drama ‘Palmyra’ released

Russian director and producer Alexey Uchitel’s production house Rock Films dropped the first teaser of upcoming Syrian war drama “Palmyra” this week.    Directed by Andrei Kravchuk, the film, which is currently in post-production and slated for a 2022 release, te


Two Arab films announced on International Critics' Week line-up

Two Arab films have been selected for the 60th International Critics' Week, where they will host their world premieres. The event, which runs in parallel with the Cannes Film Festival, will take place from Wednesday, July 7 to Thursday, July 15. Feathers, a feature film by Egyptian director Omar


UNICEF appoints Egyptian actor Ahmed Helmy as new regional ambassador

The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund has appointed Egyptian actor Ahmed Helmy as the new regional ambassador for the Middle East and North Africa, the organization announced this week.    “I am truly excited about this new role,” said the movie s


Avengers ready to welcome Marvel fans at new Disneyland campus

Spider-Man flew high above Disneyland Resort's new Avengers Campus in California which opened on Friday, tumbling through the air as guests below meet Iron Man, Black Panther and other Marvel superheroes. The six-acre (2.43 hectares) Avengers Campus at Disney California Adventure Park in Anaheim


Tom Hanks admits to whitewashing in his past films

Tom Hanks has penned an essay about the Tulsa race massacre and the whitewashing of American history, which he concedes has happened in a number of his past films. In a New York Times essay, Hanks calls for more education about Tulsa race massacre, which occurred on 31 May and 1 June 19


'Mission: Impossible 7' filming paused in UK after Covid-19 cases reported on set

Production on the latest Mission: Impossible film has been shut down for two weeks, after some people working on the movie's British set tested positive for the coronavirus, Paramount Pictures said on Thursday. The studio did not say who or how many people had tested positive for Covid-


Taylor Swift to star with Christian Bale, Margot Robbie, Rami Malek in new film

Singer Taylor Swift will star in filmmaker David O. Russell's next film, with Christian Bale and Margot Robbie. The film also stars "Tenet" actor John David Washington, Rami Malek and Zoe Saldana. Russell, the filmmaker behind the Oscar-winning films as "American Hustle" and "Silver Linings Play


Jodie Foster to receive honorary Palme d’Or at Cannes Film Festival

Jodie Foster has been named this year’s recipient of the honorary Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. The honorary Palme d’Or, first introduced in 1955, is the highest prize awarded at the prestigious film festival and will this year serve to honour Foster’s five-


How Iraq's Ala Bashir uses art to reflect a reality beyond the surface

For decades, Ala Bashir has been attempting to change the perception of how humans view life through his surrealist paintings that reflect a reality no ordinary human can imagine. The Iraqi artist, who was a former professor of plastic and reconstructive surgery at the University of Baghdad,


Emma Stone denies rumours she’s appearing in ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’

“Cruella” star Emma Stone has shut down rumours that she is appearing in "Spider-Man: No Way Home." While the next Spider-Man film will be Tom Holland’s third as the masked crusader, there has been much speculation that the film will see multiple timelines intersect and cou


Fast & Furious star John Cena apologises for calling Taiwan a country

"Fast & Furious 9" star John Cena made a U-turn Tuesday, apologising to Chinese fans after he called Taiwan a "country" and sparked outrage in the world's largest movie market. Beijing sees democratic, self-ruled Taiwan as part of its territory which is to be seized one day, by force if neces


Sanjay Dutt latest star to receive UAE golden visa

Indian actor Sanjay Dutt is the latest star to be awarded a UAE golden visa. The Bollywood actor of the popular Munna Bhai film series, who splits his time between the UAE and India, announced the news on Instagram on Wednesday, saying he felt “honoured”. “H




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