Kathem Al-Saher’s New Year concerts canceled

Kathem Al-Saher (photo courtesy: Social media)
Updated 21 November 2017

Kathem Al-Saher’s New Year concerts canceled

JEDDAH: Khathem Al-Saher’s concerts have been canceled according to viral tweets as the event completely disappeared from the Saudi General Entertainment Authority (GEA) calendar.

Al-Saher is an Iraqi singer, composer and songwriter. He has been dubbed the “Caesar of Arabic Songs,” and “Iraq’s Ambassador to the world.”

Saudi fans were thrilled to hear the news of him performing on New Year’s in Jeddah, as per the GEA calendar. Khathem was to perform during a two day tour in Jeddah and Riyadh.

Cancelation news came through a tweet by famous movie critic Maher Mousy that went viral: “Apparently Khathem’s concert is canceled as the events calendar on his official Facebook account doesn’t include any information about the concert, although many further events were mentioned!”

A tweet by Abdullah Makharish, a Saudi art journalist read: “Exclusive: The two concerts of Khathem Al-Saher in Jeddah and Riyadh were canceled.”

Many people expressed their disappointment of the sudden cancelation.

Arab News contacted GEA and officials refused to cite any reason for the cancelation.

@rosnama_sa the official Instagram account of the Saudi Entertainment calendar posted a text that said: “Kathem’s concert to be scheduled later and the good news is that Abdulmajeed Abdullah to perform soon, stay tuned.”

Fans of the Greek star Yanni can still buy tickets as they are available, and no cancelations were mentioned.

Cheb Khalid, who is an Algerian Rai musician, famous for his songs, “Didi,” “Aicha” and “C’est la Vie,” will perform in Jeddah along with American rapper Nelly on December 14.

‘Hotel Transylvania 3’ blurs the line between good and bad

A still from the kid-friendly film. (Sony Pictures Animation)
Updated 23 July 2018

‘Hotel Transylvania 3’ blurs the line between good and bad

  • The characters are sharply etched out, with pointed features and wonderful detail

CHENNAI: Nothing can be compared to Japanese animation, especially the works of cinematic art created by Hayao Miyazaki (“Spirited Away,” “Princess Mononoke,” “The Wind Rises”), which is not just sharply political but also intensely emotional. In comparison, American animated films may seem somewhat plastic, though the Hotel Transylvania franchise has risen above the mundane. The latest installment,” Hotel Transylvania 3: A Monster Vacation,” from director Genndy Tartakovsky, depicts a battle between good and evil.
The plot sees Dracula (voiced by Adam Sandler), his daughter Mavis (Selena Gomez), her human husband Johnny (Andy Samberg) and the entire monster entourage go on a cruise vacation to Atlantis. On board, widowed and lonely Dracula falls head over heels in love with the director of the event, Ericka (Kathryn Hahn). However — plot twist! — she is a human being and several centuries younger. Even worse, she is the granddaughter of the legendary vampire hunter Abraham Van Helsing (Jim Gaffigan), whose bitter enmity with Dracula dates back to the 1800s. It is liberally interspersed with humor, which comes courtesy of the Mummy, the Invisible Man and the giant puppy that Dracula's grandson smuggles aboard the ship.
Tartakovsky, who helmed all three editions of the franchise, undoubtedly employed a brilliant set of animators — the characters are sharply etched out, with pointed features and wonderful detail. The wit flows at a breathless pace, but what is lacking is a certain novelty, which one expects in an ongoing series.
One plus point is that parents will not find themselves wanting for entertainment. Dracula's romance with Ericka may be lost on children, but it will keep the adults entertained. At 97 minutes long, however, the film could have been far more fantastic.