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Stars discuss top TV shows at Vulture Festival

American-Iraqi actress Alia Shawkat attends the Vulture Festival in Los Angeles, California on Saturday. (AFP)
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.

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