US show ‘Suits’ set for Arabic adaptation

Meghan Markle filming US show ‘Suits.’
Updated 12 December 2017

US show ‘Suits’ set for Arabic adaptation

JEDDAH: An Arabic-language version of the popular American TV series “Suits” will be produced by Egypt-based TVision Media Production, according to reports.
The announcement was made by TVision CEO Tarek Ganainy at the Dubai International Film Festival. Ganainy has purchased remake rights to the “Suits” format from NBCUniversal International.
“Suits,” first aired on USA Network in 2011, has lately been in the news because of its star, Meghan Markle’s engagement to Britain’s Prince Harry in November.
The show is centered around a bright college drop-out who finds himself working as an attorney at a New York law firm despite having never attended law school.
Ganainy told Variety that the localized Arabic-version will be set in Cairo, with filming set to begin in June following months of “trials and errors” with the screenplays. The head writer is Egyptian independent film producer and screenwriter Mohamed Hefzy.
Casting has not been finalized, and the show is currently being shopped around to broadcasters in the region.
Ganainy said the Arabic-version of “Suits” will be “an adaption, not a translation,” which must “feel that it’s an Arabic show.”
The production house is best known in the Middle East for “Saturday Night Live Arabia,” the Arabic version of “Saturday Night Live.”
The Arabic adaptation of “Suits” is the second foreign adaptation currently announced, with a Korean remake of the series expected to air in 2018.

Nicki Minaj shows off her quad biking skills in the UAE

Nicki Minaj recently released a new album. (AFP)
Updated 25 September 2018

Nicki Minaj shows off her quad biking skills in the UAE

  • Nicki Minaj just hit the sand dunes in Abu Dhabi
  • She was just in Milan attending Fashion Week

DUBAI: Pop superstar Nicki Minaj just hit the sand dunes in Abu Dhabi and posted a string of photos on Instagram to show off her skills.

“Ride wit Minaj (sic),” the rapper-singer captioned a snap on the social media site, showing her astride a dune buggy in the desert.

She also posted a video in which she can be seen speeding through the desert with her loose hair streaming in the wind. Earlier in the evening, she posted a video in which she runs along a beach in the UAE at night and talks in a British accent, saying she wants her fans to “see the water.”

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Before her trip to the Gulf country, Minaj sat front row at the Versace show at Milan Fashion Week.

She sat alongside Leona Lewis, Rita Ora, model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, actor Luke Evans and Italian influencer Chiara Ferragni in an enormous industrial space in the modern CityLife neighborhood where the runway show was held, according to Reuters.

“I’m so proud of you @donatella_versace You’ve never missed a beat. So tiny, but so powerful,” Minaj posted after the runway show.

“Loved the show tonight. Thank you for my gorgeous flowers & for playing like 75 percent of the Queen album at the show,” she added, referencing fourth studio album, which was released in August to mixed reviews.

Minaj also took a front row seat at the Fendi show in Milan, taking a turn for fans on her way in decked out in a Fendi puffer jacket and matching leggings and cropped top.

Other front-row celebs included Ferragni with her rapper husband Fedez, leaving home their much-Instagrammed infant, Leone, but trailing television cameras as they toured backstage.

While the front-row celebrity attire was highly branded Fendi streetwear, the runway collection by Karl Lagerfeld was more elegant and subtle, the Associated Press noted.

The artist is fresh off a bout of controversy involving US rapper Cardi B, who infamously tried to attack Minaj during a scuffle at a party held on the sidelines of New York Fashion Week earlier in September.

Minaj and Cardi B were the center of attention as A-list guests reportedly huddled around their phones to watch footage of the fracas.
A person who witnessed the incident, who asked for anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly, said Minaj was finishing up a conversation with someone when Cardi B tried to attack her, but Minaj’s security guards intervened, the Associated Press reported.
Video footage that circulated on social media at the time showed Cardi B lunging toward someone and being held back. Cardi B reportedly threw one of her shoes at Minaj.

Here’s to hoping Minaj has a more enjoyable time in the UAE.