DUBAI: US music producer Marshmello is set to perform at Expo 2020 Dubai on March 10, organizers announced on Tuesday.
The DJ will meet his fans and lovers of electronic music at 8:30 p.m. (Dubai time) at the Jubilee stage.
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As Expo 2020 Dubai prepares to wrap up its six-month event on March 31, organizers are hosting multiple concerts.
Some of the stars performing this month include Emirati composer Hussain Al-Jassmi on Wednesday, British-Irish singer Chris de Burgh on Friday, Filipino musician Ely Buendia on Saturday, and Iraqi-Saudi singer Majid Al-Mohandis, and Iraqi songstress Aseel Hameem on March 15.
CAIRO: Arab cinema fans would hardly forget some of the Middle East’s iconic actresses who brilliantly played the role of mothers on screen, for their memorable roles are deeply ingrained within their audiences.
And as the region marks Mother’s Day, Arab News is honored to shed light on some of these magnificent cinematic mothers.
Amina Rezk (1910 — 2003)
Rezk was a popular Egyptian actress who took part in 208 artworks and is known for her roles as the kind-hearted mother in plays and films. Her most notable motherly roles include “Do3a2 Al Karawan” aka The Nightingale’s Prayer; “Bidaya wa Nehaya” aka A Beginning and an End, and “Kandil Om Hashem” or The Lamp of Umm Hashim.
Ferdos Mohamed (1906 — 1961)
She is one of the greatest mother’s in Egyptian cinema, who probably haven’t played any other role expect for a loving mother.
Karima Mokhtar (1934 — 2017)
There is no doubt that “Mama Noona” is on the top of the list, a character played by Mukhtar dubbed as one of her many successful motherly roles. The legendary Egyptian actress has perfectly prorated the Egyptian mother in many of her roles, inlcuding the caring Karima in “Ya Rab Wald” and the pan-Arab loved play “Al Ayal Kibrit.”
Faten Hamama (1931 — 2015)
While cinema-goers are used to seeing her as an elegant and beautiful icon of Egyptian cinema, Faten Hamama has played significant motherly roles over the course of her career, such as “Emberatoriet meem” or Empire M, which tells the story of a wealthy widow who struggles to raise her six children.
The Egyptian actress is known for her stellar performances across the Arab world. Her most memorable role is playing Fatma, the hard-working wife of a self-made millionaire in the iconic rags-to-riches story, “Lan Aish fi Jilbab Abi.”
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The legendary Kuwaiti actress is known for motherly roles across the Gulf and often appeared as the caregiver of the family, and is known as ‘The Lady of the Khaliji small screen.’
DUBAI: Lebanese influencer and entrepreneur Karen Wazen was announced as the first regional ambassador for French beauty house Guerlain.
Both Guerlain and Wazen took to Instagram to share the exciting news.
“Guerlain is proud to announce the appointment of Karen Wazen as Regional Skincare Ambassador for the Middle East,” said the beauty house in a statement. “With an upbeat, ethical approach to beauty, Karen will accompany the Maison as part of our #InTheNameOfBeauty commitment, representing the Abeille Royale and Orchidée Impériale collections in partnership with the Guerlain Spa.”
Wazen is representing Guerlain’s full skincare line as a long-time supporter and advocate for the brand. The Dubai-based influencer shares the same principles and passions as the house — including sustainability — and both aim to empower women across the region.
“I am very proud to become the Middle Eastern ambassador for Guerlain,” shared Wazen. “As a house whose DNA and heritage are in complete, authentic alignment with my own ethos, I look forward to this beautiful and exciting new chapter together,” she added.
Veronique Courtois, CEO of Guerlain, said in a statement: “At the heart of Guerlain is an unsurpassed culture representative of all beauty; we look forward to continuing this story in the Middle East through our brand advocate Karen Wazen who reflects our quest in creating a more beautiful and sustainable world.”
Guerlain, a visionary in its holistic perception of beauty, made its mark through creative and resourceful innovation. Since the brand’s inception in 1828, Guerlain has been harnessing the power of nature to create its products.
With sustainability in mind, in 2007 Guerlain formalized its commitment, In the Name of Beauty, which is guided by its historical symbol of the bee. The initiative has seen the brand take concrete action across the globe to preserve biodiversity and environmental health, promote sustainably and effect progressive social impact.
For the 15th anniversary of In the Name of Beauty, Guerlain has reiterated its determination to carry the honorable alliance between sustainability and luxury.
When you’re in search of a distinctive style for that special occasion, you’ll definitely want to have a look at By People.
By People is a Saudi fashion brand set up by a couple based in Riyadh that specializes in unisex bags made of wood.
Each bag is an exquisitely ornamented work of art, redefining the concept of a fashionable bag.
The brand is inspired by the need to be distinctive. It is for those looking for quality and interesting designs when it comes to accessories.
Their bags are made of two main materials: Leather combined and teak or rosewood. Each piece takes around 15 days to make, with only 10 items of each design handcrafted in Indonesia.
The brand was launched in January and has handbags, shoulder bags, tote bags, laptop bags, mini-cupped purses and more.
Each bag includes words carved in wood on themes of happiness and hope from poems by famous Arabian poets.
The brand plans to offer personalized bags in the future where people can choose their favorite words, quotes or mottos.
For more information visit the brand Instagram account @bypeopleshop.
LONDON: Just in case audiences did not get the chance to read the official logline for “Windfall” — which describes it as a “Hitchcockian thriller” — the film’s director Charlie McDowell, director of the 2014 comedy-thriller “The One I Love,” lets everybody know what he is aiming for in the opening few seconds of his new movie, with lingering views of a sprawling, palatial home set to chunky, discordant music that telegraphs his intention to channel the famed British filmmaker.
Jason Segel’s character, Nobody, stalks the grounds of the beautiful property, searching for something and drinking his orange juice. He begins to wipe down anything he’s touched, and we realize that he is there to rob the place — only to have his plans upended by the unexpected arrival of its occupants, CEO, played by Jesse Plemons, and Wife, portrayed by McDowell’s real-world spouse, Lily Collins. After a tense, brief standoff, Nobody takes the couple hostage, bartering with them for a payout to leave them in peace.
McDowell — working from a screenplay by “Seven” and “Sleepy Hollow” writer Andrew Kevin Walker, and frequent collaborator Justin Lader — opts to sit on much of Nobody’s backstory. It is hinted that he may have fallen foul of the very innovation that made CEO his millions, or that he may have altruistic intentions at heart, but the director decides to leave much of this unsaid. A shame really, as the lack of character detail makes it hard for Segel, Plemons or Collins to convey much in the way of, well, character.
Instead, each must rely heavily on tropes and stereotypes to carve out any sense of identity in this dialog-heavy movie; Plemons plays the CEO as an entitled jerk, Collins the trophy wife with bigger ambitions, and Segel is the bedraggled stranger with wild eyes and a mysterious motivation. They all acquit themselves with skill, but none of the three seem likely to look back on “Windfall” as their magnum opus.
There is something to be said for leaving audiences to fill in the blanks, but this tense (yet unwieldy) movie needs to give viewers more to build on.
DUBAI: Egyptian-Palestinian actress May Calamawy this week attended the screening of Marvel’s upcoming miniseries “Moon Knight” at the British Museum in London.
Calamawy, who is best known for her role in the Golden Globe-winning sitcom “Ramy,” is one of the show’s leads, Layla El-Faouly.
The rising star, who was born in Bahrain, posed for pictures wearing a red suit, with her hair tied back in a messy updo, alongside US actors Oscar Isaac and Ethan Hawke.
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Helmed by Egyptian filmmaker Mohamed Diab, the show is the first Marvel project to have an Arab director.
In a previous interview with Arab News, Diab said that Calamawy’s character was not written as an Egyptian in the beginning.
“During development, I called her and I asked her if she was free for a Marvel project. Well… to be honest, my wife actually contacted her on Instagram,” Diab said with a laugh. “She didn’t believe it at first — she even asked her agent if it was true.”
“When the time came, she auditioned with Oscar, and that audition was fantastic. They loved her. She was a tremendous addition. She’s intellectual, eager, down to earth, and proud of her heritage,” he said. “She stood up for her character in the room, and, as an Egyptian, she knew more about her character than anyone else.”
She has also taken part in National Geographic’s “The Long Road Home,” CBS’ “FBI” and “Madame Secretary,” and NBC’s “The Brave.”
In a twist from the comic books, in which Moon Knight’s alter ego is the Jewish-American mercenary Marc Spector, Isaac plays gift shop worker Steven Grant, s sleep-deprived Londoner who suffers from dissociative identity disorder and is haunted by memories of Spector.
Ethan Hawke stars opposite Isaac as villain Arthur Harrow.
“Moon Knight” — which debuts internationally on Disney+ on March 30 and will premiere in the region this summer — is a show full of outsiders who, in partnership Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige and many others, lent their creative voices to make this a Marvel project like no other.
– with Reuters