Lebanese star Mory Hatem auditions for Disney’s Aladdin

If selected, Mory Hatem will star in and as Disney’s Aladdin.
Updated 29 March 2017
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Lebanese star Mory Hatem auditions for Disney’s Aladdin

JEDDAH: Disney has contacted “The Voice Arabia” star Mory Hatem to audition for the role of Aladdin for British director Guy Ritchie’s upcoming live-action film set for release in 2018.
Hatem, a Lebanese singer, expressed his delight in being invited for the auditions. He told Bitajarod that he has begun rehearsing for the film’s script and songs.
Hatem said that even if Disney does not select him for the role, he would still be proud of himself.
It had been reported that director Ritchie has been in negotiations to take on Disney’s latest live-action remake, which is being produced by his Sherlock Holmes collaborator Dan Lin.
Ritchie recently released a casting call specifically looking for Middle Eastern actors. “These characters are Middle Eastern,” read the first line of the casting call.
Disney’s original animated version of Aladdin featuring the voice of the late Robin Williams hit cinema screens in 1992, and became the highest-grossing film of the year. A pair of straight-to-video sequels followed, but Williams reportedly stated in his will that his out-takes from the original film could never be used to make another sequel.
The new Aladdin movie is the latest in Disney’s successful series of live-action remakes based on its classic animated films.
“Beauty And The Beast,” starring Emma Watson as Belle, was one of the most anticipated movies of 2017.


Hollywood star Will Smith brings down curtain on Russia World Cup

Updated 15 July 2018
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Hollywood star Will Smith brings down curtain on Russia World Cup

  • Smith performed at Moscow’s Luzhniki stadium

MOSCOW: Hollywood actor and singer Will Smith performed the soccer World Cup’s official song “Live It Up” in the tournament’s closing ceremony in Moscow on Sunday.
As Smith performed at Moscow’s Luzhniki stadium, giant screens laid out on the pitch showed images of soccer players and the colors of the Croatian and French flags — the two teams who face each other in the final.
Smith was joined on stage by Nicky Jam, a US-born singer with Puerto Rican roots, and by Era Istrefi, a pop singer who describes herself as Albanian Kosovar. Both artists had featured with Smith on the “Live It Up” single.
In the final sequence of the ceremony, Russian opera singer Aida Garifullina performed Russian folk song “Kalinka” accompanied by bagpipes, a children’s choir, and a percussion section.
That section featured a guest performer: Brazilian soccer star and past World Cup winner Ronaldinho, who for a few bars of the song hammered out the rhythm on an African drum.
The performances were a prelude to France and Croatia’s players taking to the pitch to begin their final match, in front of a packed crowd at the 80,000-seat stadium.