Stars discuss top TV shows at Vulture Festival

American-Iraqi actress Alia Shawkat attends the Vulture Festival in Los Angeles, California on Saturday. (AFP)
Updated 19 November 2017
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Stars discuss top TV shows at Vulture Festival

JEDDAH: An annual festival hosted by pop culture website Vulture.com, the Vulture Festival, made its debut in Los Angeles on Saturday, kicking off with an opening-night party at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.
The weekend-long event included panels with the likes of Sofia Coppola, Lena Dunham, Natalie Portman, Owen Wilson and others.
Audiences listened to a discussion about the “Stranger Things’” sophomore season with the show’s creators and new cast members, and witnessed a reunion with the cast of “Bored to Death.”
“Scandal” took the stage on Saturday at the festival with the show’s cast including Kerry Washington, Guillermo Diaz, Darby Stanchfield, Tony Goldwyn, Jeff Perry, Bellamy Young, Scott Foley, Joe Morton, Cornelius Smith Jr., George Newbern, and Josh Molina.
The event also featured a session with the cast and crew of one of the TV hits of last season — TBS’s new mystery-comedy show, “Search Party,” which revolves around protagonist Dory, played by American-Iraqi actress Alia Shawkat, leading her friends on a search for their missing friend Chantal (Clare McNulty). Shawkat will soon be seen in the second season of “Search Party.”
The show was called one of the Best TV Shows of 2016 by Vanity Fair, Vulture and BuzzFeed.
Shawkat’s rising profile includes work on “Arrested Development” and “Transparent.” Shawkat’s father is an Arab Iraqi, from Baghdad. Her mother is of Norwegian, Irish, and Italian descent.


Bollywood stars Padukone, Singh wed in Italy

Updated 15 November 2018
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Bollywood stars Padukone, Singh wed in Italy

  • The celebrity couple got married in a private ceremony at Lake Como on Wednesday
  • The pair have yet to comment or release pictures from the event which was closed to the media

MUMBAI: Bollywood superstars Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh have tied the knot in Italy, Indian media reported Thursday.
The celebrity couple got married in a private ceremony at Lake Como on Wednesday, according to the Press Trust of India news agency.
The pair have yet to comment or release pictures from the event which was closed to the media.
Padukone is arguably Indian cinema’s biggest female star currently, and she has also broken into Hollywood, starring in “xXx: Return of Xander Cage” opposite Vin Diesel.
Padukone, 32, and Singh 33, announced in a joint statement last month that their wedding would take place on November 14 and 15.
The couple reportedly started dating in 2013 but have kept details of their relationship largely out of the public eye.
Hindi film director Karan Johar, a friend of the couple, tweeted his congratulations.
“Such a stunning gorgeous and beautiful couple!!!! Nazar utar lo! (Keep the evil eye away) !! Badhai ho (Congratulations) !!! Love you both!!! Here’s to a lifetime of love and joy!” he wrote on Wednesday.
The newlyweds have shared the silver screen together, including a controversial Bollywood epic earlier this year that sparked violent protests in northern India.
Padukone played a legendary Hindu queen and Singh a medieval Muslim ruler in the flick, which angered hard-liners, some of whom burned down film sets and made threats toward the two stars.
Indian superstar Priyanka Chopra and American singer Nick Jonas are due to get married in India early next month.