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.


French football fans queue for shirt carrying second star

Updated 17 August 2018
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French football fans queue for shirt carrying second star

  • National team’s new shirts carry a second star to mark Les Bleus’ World Cup win in Russia
  • The Nike-branded strips are huge money-spinners costing €85 euros each

PARIS: Scores of French football fans queued on Friday to snap up the first of the national team’s new shirts carrying a second star to mark Les Bleus’ World Cup win in Russia.
The crowning of France as world champions unleashed a wave of euphoria across the country, helping foster a brief sense of national unity after years of tension and self-examination in the wake of attacks by militants since 2015.
“I’ll keep it all my life. It’s the second star! They made our dreams come true on the pitch,” said fan Brice Chevalier as he queued to enter the French Football Federation’s store in Paris.
France first won the World Cup, earning its first star, in 1998 with Zinedine Zidane its talisman and playmaker in an era when the team was referred to as Black-Blanc-Beur (Black-White-Arab), a reference to its diverse ethnic make up.
In Russia, they beat Croatia 4-2, with President Emmanuel Macron leaping for joy in the stands.
“I’m chuffed, I’ve been waiting a month for this moment,” said another life-long supporter, Jerome Cornec.
The Nike-branded strips are huge money-spinners. France’s official shirt costs €85 euros ($97).