Lindsay Lohan wants to be part of ‘incredible’ Saudi movement

Lindsay Lohan
Updated 12 December 2017
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Lindsay Lohan wants to be part of ‘incredible’ Saudi movement

JEDDAH: US actress Lindsay Lohan has said she wants to be part of the “incredible” social reforms movement currently underway in Saudi Arabia.
The “Mean Girls” star tweeted a New York Times article about the lifting of a ban on cinemas, concerts and women’s driving in Saudi Arabia, and wrote: “Please support this incredible #movement … I look forward to being a part of this with the movie #FRAMETHEMOVIE.”
While Lohan’s fans welcomed her tweet, some were left perplexed with the hashtagged words, which they guessed was the name of a new movie. “IS THIS A NEW MOVIE ANNOUNCEMENT!?” asked a fan.
Another fan, Daniel Wayne wrote: “I’m ready for your comeback.”
Saudi Arabia on Monday lifted a decades-long ban on cinemas, part of a series of social reforms by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
International and Middle Eastern cinema chains are eager to expand into the Kingdom following the historic decision, which will allow movie theaters to operate from early 2018.
On Tuesday, giant US cinema chain AMC Entertainment signed a deal to build and operate movie theaters in the country.
The country is expected to have more than 300 cinemas — with over 2,000 screens — by 2030, giving rise to an industry that would contribute $24 billion to the economy, according to the Saudi Ministry of Culture and Information.


ISS astronaut drops in on Kraftwerk gig, plays duet from space

Updated 21 July 2018
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ISS astronaut drops in on Kraftwerk gig, plays duet from space

  • Video posted Saturday by the European Space Agency shows German astronaut Alexander Gerst “dropping in” for a live performance
  • Using a tablet computer with a virtual synthesizer, Gerst played a duet of Kraftwerk’s 1978 song “Spacelab”

BERLIN: Kraftwerk fans are used to hearing otherworldly tunes, but the German electronic music pioneers took it to another level at a gig in Stuttgart.
Video posted Saturday by the European Space Agency shows German astronaut Alexander Gerst “dropping in” for a live performance from the International Space Station.
Using a tablet computer with a virtual synthesizer, Gerst played a duet of Kraftwerk’s 1978 song “Spacelab” with the band Friday night to cheers from the audience.

He’s not the first space musician. Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield recorded a cover of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” and played a duet with the Barenaked Ladies while 400 kilometers (250 miles) above the Earth in 2013.
American astronaut Ron McNair planned to play saxophone from orbit with Jean Michel Jarre in 1986 but died in the Challenger tragedy.