Anies Baswedan sworn in as new Jakarta governor

:: Former Education Minister Anies Baswedan and businessman-turned-politician Sandiaga Uno were sworn in Monday as the new governor and deputy governor of Jakarta at a ceremony held by President Joko Widodo at More »

Saudi Crown Prince meets with the commander of the Pakistani Army

:: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met with Pakistani Army Commander Lieutenant General Javed Bajwa on Monday. The meeting reviewed the bilateral relations between Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, especially in the More »

King Salman stresses kingdom’s support for united Iraq in phone call to Abadi

:: Saudi King Salman held a telephone call Monday evening with the Prime Minister of the Republic of Iraq, Dr. Haider al-Abadi, in which he stressed the Kingdom’s support for the unity More »

Dialogue best way to promote peace, security: Saudi Shoura chief

:: Shoura Council President Abdullah Al-Asheikh said that the Kingdom, under the leadership of King Salman, believes in dialogue as an effective means to achieve security, peace and prosperity. Al-Asheikh delivered his More »

Commercial courts to boost investment in Saudi Arabia

:: Justice Minister Walid Al-Samaani has officially launched the commercial courts after they had started to operate on Muharram 1 of this year. Al-Samaani, who is also the Supreme Judicial Council chairman, More »


Category Archives: Entertainment

Action movies should channel ‘deep emotions’ says John Woo

:: Action movies should reflect “deep emotions”, acclaimed Hong Kong thriller director John Woo said Saturday, calling on young filmmakers to breathe life into the genre by exploring the human condition. Woo, whose Hollywood films include “Face/Off” and “Mission: Impossible

Harvey Weinstein expelled from Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

Harvey Weinstein

:: Disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein’s membership in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has been revoked by its board. The decision was reached Saturday in an emergency session. It comes after recent reports by The New York

Pop star Sherine in Riyadh for charity concert, crazy ticket prices

:: The #Sherine_in_Riyadh hashtag went viral on Twitter following reported news that Egyptian singer Sherine will give a concert in the Saudi capital. The director of the Sanad Children’s Cancer Support Association, Reem Al-Hujailan, explained to Makkah Newspaper that “the

Bruno Mars leads American Music Awards nominees with 8

:: Bruno Mars is the top nominee with eight nods at the American Music Awards, while The Chainsmokers, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Ed Sheeran and The Weeknd all earned five nominations apiece. The nominations were announced Thursday for the fan-voted American

‘Everyone’ knew about Weinstein harassment, says actress Lea Seydoux

:: French actress Lea Seydoux Wednesday became the latest in a string of female Hollywood stars speaking out to accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment. Writing in the Guardian, Seydoux claimed “everyone” in Hollywood knew “what Harvey was up to.”

Eminem looks to ‘stomp’ Trump with lyrical tirade

:: Eminem has unleashed a lyrical tirade against President Donald Trump, saying he “came to stomp.” The rapper took aim at Trump in a 4½-minute freestyle rap video that aired as part of BET’s Hip Hop Awards on Tuesday night.

Australian publisher to challenge record Rebel Wilson payout

Rebel Wilson

:: A leading publisher said Monday it would appeal Australia’s largest defamation payout awarded to Hollywood actor Rebel Wilson as the “unprecedented” amount had major implications for the media industry. The “Pitch Perfect” star was awarded Aus$4.5 million ($3.5 million)

Bollywood actress in Pakistani film to be screened at London Film Festival

:: A Pakistani film that features, Kalki Koechlin, an actress and writer of French descent will be featured at the BFI London Film Festival, the only Pakistani film to have made the cut. According to a Daily Times report, the

‘Blade Runner’ reboot races to top of box office

:: Long-awaited sequel “Blade Runner: 2049” snatched the box office top spot this weekend — three and a half decades since “Blade Runner” hit the big screen in 1982, industry estimates showed Sunday. But with takings of $31.5 million in

US rapper Nelly arrested over tour-bus rape allegations

:: Grammy Award-winning rapper Nelly was arrested Saturday after a woman accused him of raping her in his tour bus, police in the northwestern state of Washington said. Just before 4 am local time a woman called the emergency 911

Top Hollywood studio executive under a cloud as firm probes allegations

:: Co-chairman Harvey Weinstein was taking an indefinite leave from the Weinstein Co, the film production company said on Friday, adding it will conduct an internal investigation into the New York Times’ report of sexual harassment allegations against one of

Israel minister wants probe of Arab filmmaker over Lebanon remarks

:: Israel’s culture minister asked the attorney general Sunday to order the investigation of a prominent Arab Israeli filmmaker who spoke out against the Jewish state during a visit to Lebanon. Mohammed Bakri, who is in Lebanon as part of

Lights, camera, action – London’s Film Festival opens

:: Red carpets are being unrolled as the British capital prepares to play host to some of international cinema’s big names for the 12 days of the London Film Festival. The opening night gala is the European premiere of “Breathe”,

Taylor Swift leads MTV Europe award nods

:: Taylor Swift led the nominations announced Wednesday for the MTV Europe Music Awards after she caused a stir with her vengeful new persona on “Look What You Made Me Do.” The pop superstar was up for six prizes including

Saudi channel begins airing Umm Kalthoum music concerts

:: The Saudi Cultural Channel, Al-Thakafiyah TV, began airing music concerts at midnight. The channel said on its official Twitter page that it will air music concerts for renowned Egyptian singer Umm Kalthoum for the first time in 30 years.

US rocker Tom Petty dies of cardiac arrest at 66

:: Tom Petty, an old-fashioned rock superstar and everyman who drew upon the Byrds, the Beatles and other bands he worshipped as a boy and produced new classics such as “Free Fallin,’ “Refugee” and “American Girl,” has died. He was

Refunds in limbo after Lil Wayne skips concert

:: The refunds promised to fans of rapper Lil Wayne after he refused to pass through a security check to enter a South Carolina arena and skipped the concert have been thrown into question. News outlets report Ben Hated, LLC

Forest Whitaker and Arab stars crown closing ceremony of El Gouna Film Festival

:: Egypt’s El-Gouna Film Festival, GFF, wrapped up its first edition with smashing success amid huge presence of top Egyptian, Arab stars and international guests. The star-studded red carpet brought to red sea resort middle-eastern celebrities including actress Yussra, Bushra,

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