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  • Jul26

    K-Pop’s all-new boy band Treasure ready for the spotlight

      published   20 days   2 hours   59 minutes   ago.

    YG Entertainment’s newest boy group Treasure is nearing its launch date to the K-Pop stage. The all-male group will make an expected grand debut on August 7, the Korean label announced on social media last Monday. In the lead up to their formal launch, YG Entertainment unveiled a concept video as well as a poster announcing the debut date. Also see Photos: Greek National Opera finds post-lockdown voice Virtual celeb reunions, band rumours that have fans excited Watch list: 13 music documentaries not to miss Photos: Lebanon holds Baalbek concert despite coronavirus, economic crisis The company has also been dropping introductory posters of each of the 12 rookies, of which includes four Japanese members, on social media. “We’ve spent a record amount of money in producing the debut music video for Treasure,” a YG representative said, according to Yonhap News Agency. “We will continue to invest in the group so that it can create contents that can compete on the global stage.” First in years K-pop band Treasure Image Credit: YG Entertainment Treasure is the first K-pop group in four years to debut since female quartet BlackPink and is fourth boy group — after Big Bang, Winner and iKON — and largest to be launched under the K-Pop behemoth. The young rookies have been garnering a following prior to their debut. They were handpicked out of 29 potential K-Pop stars for a spot in YG’s new group in a survival programme titled ‘YG Treasure Box’, which aired from November 2018 to January 2019. The band — comprising of Hyunsuk, Doyoung, Jeongwoo, Junghwan, Jihoon, Jaehyuk, Asahi, Yoshinori, Junkyu, Mashiho, Yedam, and Haruto — reportedly landed No. 19 on Billboards Social 50 chart. The act’s lead vocalist, Yedam, also released emotional ballad ‘Wayo’ last month. Treasure was initially a 13-member group but YG Entertainment reportedly announced that member Ha Yoonbin left last December to pursue a solo career, therefore terminated his contract.

  • Jun23

    Mohamed ‘Osos’ Usama suffers tragedy as 3-month-old son dies

      published   22 days   4 hours   12 minutes   ago.

    Egyptian actor Mohamed Usama has shared devastating news that his 3-month-old son died in his sleep. The comedic actor, popularly nicknamed ‘Osos’, had days earlier celebrated his elder son Omar’s birthday. “My son, my friend and my beloved, I hope you are well every year, and pray to the Lord that I will see you and your brother as the best people in the world. I love you very much and hope that God will keep you and your brother there for each other and for your mom, my love,” he posted on June 8, on his son Omar's 3rd birthday. On June 22, Usama announced that his youngest son born in February had died suddenly of natural causes. Some media outlets had reported that the baby had suffered an accidental fall at home that led him to lose consciousness. “The death was natural, he was sleeping and perfectly fine,” he wrote on Instagram in an Arabic post. “God give us patience to bear your loss. I’m really sorry, I cannot respond to messages or calls, God bless you, and if you love me from your heart truly I ask for your prayers for Rowayda my wife.” Industry peers shared their condolences with Usama and his wife on social media after the tragic news. “God give you and your wife patience and bless your son,” wrote actress Donia Samir Ghanem. “God rest his soul and give you patience,” commented actress Fifi Abdou. Usama’s sister, Instagram influencer Emee Usama, denied media reports that suggested that her nephew died after an accident. “Please do not spread fake news, no one fell from a balcony,” she wrote, in a post now circulating online. “Please think of his mum and how she would feel if she saw what is being said at any point in time.” On Instagram, Emee shared a photo with her actor brother, writing: “It was one of the most difficult moments of my life to see you collapse my beloved, but this is God’s will.”

  • Aug04

    Sharjah’s free drive-in cinema screens Champions League football games

      published   11 days   3 hours   14 minutes   ago.

    Dubai: Movie Nights at Aljada is bringing yet another new experience to Sharjah via the screening of Champion’s League football at the dedicated drive-in cinema. Watch every remaining match of world football’s club competition, and enjoy a wide range of delicious meals and snacks from the Zad food district, located just a few steps away from the cinema. The Champions League programme will kick off with the remaining games in the Round of 16, starting with Real Madrid taking on Manchester City on Friday 7 August, followed by Barcelona taking on Napoli on Saturday 8 August. In addition to football, Movie Nights at Aljada will also be offering the usual mix of family-friendly blockbuster films. Highlights for the week ahead include 2019 Arabic-language comedy Rashid & Rajab, the fifth installment of the Fast & Furious franchise, and classic romance Sleepless in Seattle. All movies at the drive-in cinema at Madar at Aljada, Muwaileh, Sharjah, start at 8pm and screenings of all Champions League matches will start at 11pm. Both are free to enter on a first-come, first-served basis. Cinemagoers can also select from the 17 different types of cuisine at Zad either by visiting the drive-thru prior to entering the cinema, or by ordering via the dedicated website and the meals will be delivered directly to their cars in a safe and contactless manner. Here’s the lowdown of what’s in store this week at Movie Nights at Aljada from Tuesday 4 August until Saturday 8 August: Tuesday 4 August 2020, at 8pm Fast Five (2011, 2h 10 min) Dominic Toretto and his crew of street racers plan a massive heist to buy their freedom while in the sights of a powerful Brazilian drug lord and a dangerous federal agent. Wednesday 5 August 2020, at 8pm Hidden Figures (2016, 2h 7 min) The story of a team of female African-American mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the U.S. space programme. Thursday 6 August 2020, at 8pm Freaky Friday (2003, 1h 37 min) An overworked mother and her daughter do not get along. When they switch bodies, each is forced to adapt to the other's life for one freaky Friday. Friday 7 August 2020, at 8pm Despicable Me 3 (2017, 1h 29 min) Gru meets his long-lost, charming, cheerful, and more successful twin brother Dru, who wants to team up with him for one last criminal heist. Friday 7 August 2020, at 11pm UEFA Champions League, Round of 16 second leg Manchester City vs Real Madrid Saturday 8 August, at 8pm Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009, 2h 20min) Sam Witwicky leaves the Autobots behind for a normal life. But when his mind is filled with cryptic symbols, the Decepticons target him and he is dragged back into the Transformers' war. Saturday, 8 August, at 11pm UEFA Champions League, Round of 16 second leg Barcelona vs Napoli

  • Aug08

    Hrithik Roshan feels ‘helpless’ following Beirut blasts, Air India Express crash

      published   6 days   23 hours   52 minutes   ago.

    Bollywood actor Hrithik Roshan admitted to feeling ‘helpless’ in the wake of a series tragic events that have engulfed the world over the past few weeks, channeling a feeling that many have echoed on social media. The actor, who has battled depression in the past, put out a statement on social media where he spoke about a series of global tragedies, including last week’s Beirut blasts that took the lives of more than 135 people and the August 7 Air India Express crash of the Dubai-Kozhikode flight that killed 16 people. Also see India: Heavy rains, floods wreak havoc in Kerala Bollywood: Farhan Akhtar, Disha Patani send prayers to Dubai-Kozhikode plane crash victims Day after: Aftermath of Dubai-Kerala Air India Express flight crash in Kozhikode Beirut blasts: Lebanese volunteers band together to clean up and give aid Beirut Blast: A shattered Beirut leaves Lebanese asking if they have a future In photos: The aftermath of the Beirut blasts “It is difficult, yet important to latch onto every Ray of hope...A feeling of helplessness engulfs me as I witness a series of tragic events in our world. Beirut explosion. Air India crash. Mauritius environment emergency. Floods and distress. Earthquake. The collapse of the last Arctic ice shelf. All this while we battle a pandemic,” posted Roshan. The actor further added: “My prayers for the peace of the departed souls. Condolences for the grieving families. May we uplift each other in these unfortunate times and stand strong. This too shall pass.. We will find light.” In 2016, Roshan went public with his battle with depression, speaking up at public event to say: “I have experienced depression, I have experienced confusion, as we all do. It’s a normal thing. We all go through ups and downs. When you go through a down, then the most important thing is clarity of thought. Sometimes, your brain takes over, feeds you with unwanted thoughts.” Bhumi Pednekar Image Credit: PTI Earlier in the week, actress Bhumi Pednekar also spoke about 2020 being a “wake-up call” of sorts as everyone struggled to maintain balance. Her Instagram posts came following the Mumbai flooding that crippled the city over the past few days. “What Mumbai saw in the last two days was devastating amount of rain. There were some places that were badly affected. The videos and articles are so scary and heartbreaking. This year has been a wake-up call,” Pednekar wrote.

  • Jun10

    New streaming service launches in UAE for the performing arts

      published   5 days   1 hour   52 minutes   ago.

    If a trip to the opera is still a while away, then the culture-starved fans in the UAE are in for a bit of good news. A new streaming service has launched in the country that brings world-renowned theatrical performances to your home. Marquee TV is a new on-demand streaming service that aims to bring award-winning shows from London’s Royal Opera House and the Royal Shakespeare Company, along with Russia’s famous Bolshoi Ballet, to name a few. Launched in 2018 in international markets, Marquee TV is a streaming platform dedicated to global arts and culture, with a catalogue of contemporary and classic masterpieces, including dance, opera, music, theatre and documentaries. The network also features exclusive titles, behind-the-scenes viewing access, early releases, directors’ cuts and shorts. “Watching performances on demand is an experience which is quite distinct from heading to the theatre; streaming is opening up cultural content to a new arts-curious generation,” said Simon Walker, co-founder and CEO of Marquee TV in a statement. Some of the top performances to catch include Bolshoi Ballet’s ‘Sleeping Beauty’ starring Svetlana Zakharova and David Hallberg; Royal Shakespeare Company’s ‘Richard II’ starring David Tennant; Royal Opera House’s ‘Madame Butterfly’ starring Ermonela Jaho; Glyndebourne’s ‘The Barber of Seville’ starring Danielle de Niese and Alessandro Corbelli; and contemporary productions by Akram Khan, Robert Wilson and Mark Morris. New releases premiere every Saturday. Shows to look out for in June include the Royal Opera House’s (The Royal Ballet) Mayerling (June 13), Glyndebourne’s ‘Cendrillon’ (June 20) and Ibsen’s ‘Ghosts’ performed by the Norwegian National Ballet (June 17). Currently the service is priced at Dh29.99 per month or Dh299.99 per year. New subscribers get the first 14 days free.

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