GLOBAL FILM STARS BACK EMMA WATSON ON PALESTINIAN SOLIDARITY POST

Fri 14 January 2022: Film stars including Mark Ruffalo, Susan Sarandon, Gael García Bernal and Viggo Mortensen, have backed Harry Potter actress Emma Watson, after her social media post about Palestinian solidarity drew ire from Israeli officials. “We join Emma Watson in support of the simple statement that ‘solidarity is a verb’, including meaningful solidarity with Palestinians […]

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OVER 700,000 FLOCK TO SAUDI ARABIA’S MDLBEAST IN 4 DAYS

Tue 21 December 2021: The MDLBeast festival in Saudi Arabia drew 732,000 people over four days, making it one of the world’s largest music festivals, according to Turki Al al-Sheikh, Chairman of the Kingdom’s General Entertainment Authority (GEA). “With the attendance of more than 732,000 and the participation of 200 international artists… the largest music […]

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UAE ENDS CINEMA CENSORSHIP, ADOPTS 21+ AGE RATING FOR MOVIES

Mon 20 December 2021: The United Arab Emirates announced on December 19 that it will no longer censor films released in theaters, marking the country’s latest effort to improve its image as a liberal hotspot that attracts international visitors. Instead of deleting sensitive scenes that may offend traditional Islamic sensibilities, the Emirati Media Regulatory Authority […]

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MISS WORLD 2021 POSTPONED AFTER SEVERAL CONTESTANTS TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID

Fri 17 December 2021: Miss World 2021 finale has been temporarily postponed after several contestants tested positive for Covid. The announcement was made on Thursday, just hours before the event was scheduled to start. The contestants are currently in isolation in Puerto Rico, where the finale was scheduled to take place. “Keeping in mind the […]

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HARNAAZ SANDHU OF INDIA WINS THE MISS UNIVERSE PAGEANT HELD IN ISRAEL

Mon 13 December 2021: Harnaaz Sandhu of India has been crowned the 70th Miss Universe, beating out a field of 80 contestants in a pageant marred by politics and the pandemic. Andrea Meza of Mexico, the previous Miss Universe, crowned her successor, a 21-year-old model, early Monday in the Israeli Red Sea resort town of […]

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‘QUO VADIS AIDA?’ WINS BEST FILM AT 34TH EUROPEAN FILM AWARDS

Sun 12 December 2021: Winners at the 34th European Film Awards were announced Saturday with “Quo Vadis, Aida?” winning best film. Jasmila Zbanic’s film tells the story of genocide in Srebrenitsa and received two more awards at the ceremony. “Quo Vadis, Aida?” takes place at a U.N. base in the city of Srebrenica, Bosnia-Herzegovina, during the […]

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FROM BAN ON CINEMA TO FILM FESTIVAL: SAUDI ARABIA LAUNCHES 1ST MAJOR FILM FESTIVAL

Tue 07 December 2021: Saudi Arabia launched its first major film festival Sunday, less than four years after easing a ban on cinemas and eyeing a lucrative new business. Movie theaters were closed for decades until April 2018, but performers and filmmakers will walk the red carpet at Jeddah’s Red Sea International Film Festival for […]

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ACTRESS LINDSAY LOHAN ANNOUNCES ENGAGEMENT TO DUBAI RESIDENT BADER SHAMMAS

Tue 30 November 2021: Lindsay Lohan has announced her engagement to Bader Shammas, a Dubai resident, via Instagram. With a photo of the couple looking happy and locked in an embrace, Lohan announced her engagement to boyfriend Shammas and showed off a traditional oval diamond ring. “My love. My life. My family. My future,” the […]

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