‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ to close Dubai film festival

Mark Hamill and Marilou Hamill arrive for the premiere of ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ in Los Angeles on Saturday. (AFP)
Updated 10 December 2017
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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ to close Dubai film festival

DUBAI: A galaxy far, far away will descend upon Dubai for the closing night of this year’s Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF), with Star Wars fans set to witness the long-awaited return of Luke Skywalker in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” at the movie’s MENA premiere on Dec. 13.
Fans attending the festival are invited to bring the heroes of the Star Wars universe to life on the red carpet in what is set to be a cosplay extravaganza, with exclusive photo opportunities and prizes for the best dressed up for grabs.
Elsewhere, there were cheers, gasps, droid photo opportunities, casino games and more than a few standing ovations at the jam-packed world premiere of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” Saturday night in Los Angeles, which many are already praising online.
Rian Johnson, the writer and director of the eighth installment of the franchise, dedicated the night to the late Carrie Fisher, who died after filming had completed.
“She’s up there flipping the bird and saying, ‘Don’t bring this night down with solemn tributes,’” Johnson said on stage at the Shrine Auditorium.
It was in that spirit that Johnson excitedly introduced his cast, including Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley and Oscar Isaac. Hamill and composer John Williams, who Johnson called one of the “greatest living film composers” were among the few who got standing ovations.
The elaborate premiere featured a massive assault vehicle and a procession of Stormtroopers and droids that preceded the first showing of the film in advance of its Dec. 15 release.
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” opens in cinemas across the UAE from Dec. 14.


Actress Selma Blair say she has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis

In this file photo taken on January 16, 2018 Actress Selma Blair attends the Stella McCartney Autumn 2018 womenswear collection and Autumn Winter 2018 menswear collection in Hollywood, California. (AFP)
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Actress Selma Blair say she has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis

  • Blair has co-starred in a number of films and TV shows, including the 2001 hit “Legally Blonde”

WASHINGTON: Actress Selma Blair revealed she has multiple sclerosis Saturday, in an emotional Instagram post offering insight into her life with the illness.
The “Legally Blonde” and “Cruel Intentions” star, 46, said she was diagnosed with the chronic central nervous system disease — which causes symptoms including fatigue, pain and coordination problems — in August after suffering symptoms “for years.”
“I am disabled. I fall sometimes. I drop things. My memory is foggy. And my left side is asking for directions from a broken gps. But we are doing it. And I laugh and I don’t know exactly what I will do precisely but I will do my best,” she wrote.
Blair, who is currently working on Netflix sci-fi drama “Another Life,” said she revealed her diagnosis to share her gratitude toward costume designer Alissa Swanson, who “carefully gets my legs in my pants, pulls my tops over my head, buttons my coats and offers her shoulder to steady myself.”
Blair also thanked celebrity friends including fellow “Cruel Intentions” star Sarah Michelle Gellar as well as Jaime King and other Hollywood friends for supporting her.
“I am in the thick of it but I hope to give some hope to others,” she said.
“I want to play with my son again. I want to walk down the street and ride my horse. I have MS and I am ok. But if you see me, dropping crap all over the street, feel free to help me pick it up. It takes a whole day for me alone. “