‘Gladiator’ star Russell Crowe pitches in to rescue blast-hit Beirut eatery Le Chef

  Hollywood star Russell Crowe said Thursday that he donated funds to help rebuild a blast-hit Beirut restaurant on behalf of late food icon Anthony Bourdain, who loved its traditional dishes.The decades-old Le Chef restaurant, located in the heart of a trendy Beirut district, is a beloved nei


Egyptian actor and academic Sanaa Shafea dies aged 77

Egyptian actor and academic Sanaa Shafea died on Wednesday at the age of 77 after a short illness.The actor suffered from severe pneumonia during the past two days before he died in hospital, Egyptian newspapers said. Egyptian Culture Minister Inas Abdel Dayem paid tribute to Shafea saying he h


Sara Bareilles to Star in Peacock Comedy about a Girl Group

Sara Bareilles will be acting against type in her next role: She'll be playing a washed-up musician. The NBCUniversal streaming platform Peacock said Monday the Grammy-winning artist and Broadway songwriter Bareilles will star in “Girls5eva,” co-produced by Tina Fey. The comedy is ab


Jolie seeks removal of private judge in Pitt divorce case

Angelina Jolie asked Monday that the private judge overseeing her divorce from Brad Pitt be disqualified from the case because of insufficient disclosures of his business relationships with one of Pitt’s attorneys. In a filing in Los Angeles Superior Court, Jolie argues that Judge John W. Oud


Model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley films new show in Dubai

British supermodel Rosie Huntington-Whitelely visited Dubai to interview US-Iraqi entrepreneur Huda Kattan for her new Quibi series “About Face.”   The six-part show, which launched on Aug. 10, focuses on business development and entrepreneurship in the beauty industry. In the se


Lebanese it girls Nathalie Fanj and Nour Arida join protests in Beirut

On Saturday, thousands took to the streets of Beirut’s Martyrs’ Square in anger to protest against Lebanon’s leaders following the devastating, mushroom-shaped explosion on Aug. 4 that killed over 150, wounded thousands, and left hundreds of thousands homeless.    Among


MTV's Video Music Awards Drops Plans for Indoor Show Due to Coronavirus

MTV has abandoned the idea of holding its Video Music Awards show at an indoor venue in New York because of the complications of the coronavirus epidemic. The VMA show on Aug. 30, which traditionally features live performances from music’s biggest stars, will instead go ahead with some arti


George and Amal Clooney to donate $100,000 to Lebanese charities

American actor George Clooney and his wife, Lebanese-British human rights lawyer Amal Clooney, are donating $100,000 to Lebanese charities helping those left homeless by the deadly explosion in Beirut.   The blast, which broke though the capital city on Aug. 4, has killed at least 137 people


Hollywood bubbles back to business

  Everyone wants life to return to normal -- and Hollywood is no different.As the months of the coronavirus pandemic drag on and uncertainty in our lives abounds, we all need something to look forward to.And much like how movies and television have helped us pass the time, thinking about fresh


Photographer captures swimming pools from above

For many people in the UK right now, the prospect of a trip to Australia or South East Asia may be out of reach, however essential that trip may be for your soul...   Handily, aerial photographer Brad Walls, aka Bradscanvas, has been to both of those parts of the world, and documented his t


Lebanese actress Nadine Njeim undergoes 6-hour surgery after Beirut explosion

Lebanese actress Nadine Nassib Njeim revealed on Instagram that she underwent a six-hour surgery after a massive explosion ripped through Beirut on Tuesday, killing over 100 people and injuring thousands.    “Half my face and my body were covered in blood,” said Njeim, who li


Explorer's mission to photograph a century of climate change in Patagonia

Chilean explorer and photographer, Cristian Donoso, has spent over two decades traversing the wilds of Patagonia, Antarctica and the Arctic to capture images showing the impacts of climate change. Donoso's exploration career began in 1996 in the rugged mountains, towering glaciers and windswe


Golden Globes voters hit with antitrust lawsuit

The exclusive group of film journalists that awards the Golden Globes, one of Tinseltown’s biggest and glitziest shows, was accused Monday of sabotaging non-members while gorging on lavish perks and unparalleled access to Hollywood stars.   An antitrust lawsuit filed against the Hollywo


Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan discharged after catching coronavirus

 Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan said this week he had been discharged from hospital, three weeks after being admitted with “mild” coronavirus symptoms after testing positive for the disease. The news came as powerful Indian Home Minister Amit Shah revealed he had tested posit


Wilford Brimley, ‘Cocoon’ and ‘Natural’ actor, dies at 85

Wilford Brimley, who worked his way up from movie stunt rider to an indelible character actor who brought gruff charm, and sometimes menace, to a range of films that included “Cocoon,” “The Natural” and “The Firm,” has died. He was 85. Brimley’s manager Lyn


Beyonce rocks Saudi label in stunning new visual ‘Black is King’

 Beyonce’s latest and highly-anticipated visual release “Black is King,” debuted on Disney+ this weekend, and it is filled with stunning fashion moments.  Based on songs from 2019’s “The Lion King” movie, which Beyoncé lent her voice to as Nala,


Death of young actor Sushant fuels debate on nepotism in Bollywood

The entertainment capital of India may be reeling under the coronavirus onslaught, but its celebrity inhabitants are being roiled by troubles of another kind.The suicide last month of a young and popular movie actor in Mumbai has fueled a reckoning over the privileges of the Bollywood elite, layin


Extremists try to block honor for music legend Umm Kulthum

Right-wing extremists in Israel are trying to block the renaming of a street in honor of the late Egyptian music legend Umm Kulthum.Authorities in Haifa — Israel’s third largest city, about 10 percent of whose 300,000 residents are Arab — want to draw attention to its diversity.Cit





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