Pink, Calvin Harris and J. Cole set to take the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix stage by storm

DJ Calvin Harris, hit-maker behind anthem “Feels,” is set to take to the stage on Thursday night as the first major act at this year’s event.
Updated 26 November 2017
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Pink, Calvin Harris and J. Cole set to take the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix stage by storm

DUBAI: Pop fans across the region are set for a treat this weekend as the Formula 1 Etihad Abu Dhabi Grand Prix offers a line-up of international stars during its after-race concerts series, from Nov. 23-26.

DJ Calvin Harris, hit-maker behind anthem “Feels,” is set to take to the stage on Thursday night as the first major act at this year’s event. The Grammy Award-winning record producer currently has more than five billion streams across all major streaming services and 11 consecutive platinum singles.

F1-goers can expect to dance along to singles such as “This is What You Came For”, “How Deep is Your Love” and “Summer.”

Superstar singer Pink is set to headline the final night of festivities on Sunday with her well-known anthems, including “Get the Party Started,” “So What” and “Try.” Since her debut in 2000, the 37-year-old star has had seven smash hit records and 15 singles in the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts.

Sandwiched in between is Grammy Award-nominated hip-hop producer and rapper J. Cole, who has performed to crowds in the UAE before, and will bring his unique sound to the stage.

UK-based alternative rock band Mumford & Sons is also set to perform with their sing-along hits “Believe,” “I Will Wait” and “Little Lion Man.”

The concert series will take place at the Yas Marina Circuit and all race viewing tickets include access to the post-race concerts for the relevant day.


No joking: Ben Stiller directs gritty prison drama

You have the freedom to tell these kind of stories on TV and work in a way that is not just about bringing huge audiences to the theaters, said Ben Stiller. (Reuters)
Updated 16 October 2018
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No joking: Ben Stiller directs gritty prison drama

  • Stiller puts on his auteur hat to tell the gritty and fascinating tale of a woman who helped two murderers escape from an upstate New York jail near the Canadian border
  • Stiller, whose films have grossed nearly $3 billion (2.5 billion euros), said it would have been impossible to “do all the nuances of (prison) reality in two hours” on the big screen

CANNES, France: Hollywood star Ben Stiller put away his clown face Monday to premiere his directorial debut in Cannes, a stranger-than-fiction prison-break drama that is based on a true story.
The American actor best known for the “Zoolander” and “Night at the Museum” films directed all eight episodes of “Escape at Dannemora,” the first of which was screened at MIPCOM, the world’s top television and entertainment showcase in the French Riviera resort.
With a stellar cast that includes Benicio del Toro, Patricia Arquette and Paul Dano, Stiller puts on his auteur hat to tell the gritty and fascinating tale of a woman who helped two murderers escape from an upstate New York jail near the Canadian border.
Their 2015 break-out from the Clinton Correctional Facility at Dannemora riveted America.
The interest grew still more intense when it became clear that middle-aged female supervisor in the jail, Tilly Mitchell, was having sex with both men and was smuggling hacksaw blades and burger meat into them.
Stiller, whose films have grossed nearly $3 billion (2.5 billion euros), said it would have been impossible to “do all the nuances of (prison) reality in two hours” on the big screen.
“You wouldn’t have been able to tell the stories of all the characters... or have the chance to lay out their world and build the tension,” he said after the screening.
“Television is now the place where you can make the kind of movies we are not making anymore,” he added.
Imagine, he argued, trying to get over the reality of Mitchell working with a lone guard in a room “full of 40 murderers and rapists, each with a pair of shears, working for 35 cents an hour” for an outside company that was making a fat profit on all their backs.
Stiller spent nearly two years working on “Escape at Dannemora,” visiting the surviving escaper David Sweat for five hours and shooting in the prison yards where he plotted the break with the Machiavellian Richard Matt, a talented painter who wrapped other inmates and prison guards round his finger.
He said the script was based on the anti-corruption report written by New York inspector general Catherine Leahy Scott, which Stiller said “read like a novel.”
“It is hard not to identify with the protagonist in a prison escape, but we wanted to show who they were as people and why they were in jail,” Stiller added.
“You have the freedom to tell these kind of stories on TV and work in a way that is not just about bringing huge audiences to the theaters,” said the 52-year-old actor.
“It is the kind of story that I have wanted to tell but I’ve never done until now.”
The first episode of “Escape at Dannemora” will go out on Showtime in the US on November 18.