Star Wars: The Last Jedi premiere marks end of the Dubai International Film Festival

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The Dubai International Film Festival wrapped up Wednesday night and again rolled out the red carpet for the regional premiere of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. (Arab News)
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The Dubai International Film Festival wrapped up Wednesday night and again rolled out the red carpet for the regional premiere of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. (Arab News)
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The Dubai International Film Festival wrapped up Wednesday night and again rolled out the red carpet for the regional premiere of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. (Arab News)
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The Dubai International Film Festival wrapped up Wednesday night and again rolled out the red carpet for the regional premiere of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. (Arab News)
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The Dubai International Film Festival wrapped up Wednesday night and again rolled out the red carpet for the regional premiere of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. (Arab News)
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The Dubai International Film Festival wrapped up Wednesday night and again rolled out the red carpet for the regional premiere of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. (Arab News)
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The Dubai International Film Festival wrapped up Wednesday night and again rolled out the red carpet for the regional premiere of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. (Arab News)
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The Dubai International Film Festival wrapped up Wednesday night and again rolled out the red carpet for the regional premiere of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. (Arab News)
Updated 14 December 2017
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Star Wars: The Last Jedi premiere marks end of the Dubai International Film Festival

DUBAI: The Dubai International Film Festival wrapped up Wednesday night with the long-awaited return of Luke Skywalker in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” at the movie’s MENA premiere.
Fans attending the festival engaged in a cosplay extravaganza, with exclusive photo opportunities and prizes for the best-dressed up for grabs at the event.
Written and directed by Rian Johnson, the film features an interstellar cast of rising stars and old favorites, including late actress Carrie Fisher in her final role.
In the film, the Skywalker saga continues as the heroes of “The Force Awakens” join the galactic legends in an epic adventure that unlocks age-old mysteries and shocking revelations of the past.
“Rian Johnson’s ‘The Last Jedi’ is, by wide measure, the trippiest, scrappiest and most rule-breaking ‘Star Wars’ adventure yet,” according to an Associated Press review of the film.
“Johnson’s Episode VIII takes George Lucas’ space opera in new, often thrilling, and sometimes erratic directions while finding the truest expression yet of the saga’s underlying ethos of camaraderie in resistance to oppression. Though there are countless familiar broad strokes — rebel escapes, Jedi soul-searching, daddy issues — ‘The Last Jedi’ has discovered some new moves yet, in the galaxy far, far away,” the review added.
The red carpet roll out marked the end of the Dubai Film Festival, which opened on Dec. 6 and showcased 140 short and feature length films in more than 38 languages from 51 countries in the Arab world and beyond. The movies were screened across the city, including the main location at Souk Madinat Jumeirah as well as VOX Cinemas, Mall of the Emirates and VOX Cinemas, Galleria Mall.
This year, organizers chose three individuals to receive DIFF Honorary Awards in celebration of those who have contributed to the international film industry.
British actor Sir Patrick Stewart, who played Professor Charles Xavier in the “X-Men” franchise, was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his almost-six-decade-long career, while Egyptian writer Wahid Hamed was also chosen for an honorary award for his four-decade career. Bollywood actor Irrfan Khan, who has played roles in Hollywood films, was honored for his significant contribution — including his more than 80 films — to the international film industry.
 


New E! channel reality show follows women across the Mideast

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New E! channel reality show follows women across the Mideast

DUBAI: US TV channel E! is set to premiere a new show about the Middle East’s female entrepreneurs on Dec. 23. Here are six of the stars who will feature in “Generation M.E.”

Dana Al-Tuwarish
The Kuwaiti influencer and entrepreneur will host the show and is already a well-known name in the region with her two million Instagram followers and numerous beauty ventures.
Arwa Al-Banawi
The Saudi designer launched her own fashion line in 2015 and recently made headlines when Will Smith and his son, Jaden, popped into her Dubai Design District showroom for a visit in October.
Tara Khattar
The New York-based Lebanese chef is a fast-rising star on the culinary scene and at just 25-years-old has already appeared on “Top Chef France.”
Manal Rostom
In May, the Egyptian marathon-runner and mountaineer became the first Arab woman to be featured on the Global Nike+ Run Club App.
Joelle Mardinian
The Lebanese beauty entrepreneur launched her chain salon Maison de Joelle in 2008 and it now has branches in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, Riyadh, Jeddah, Doha, Tunisia and Kurdistan.
Hanan Mazouzi
The Algerian car-lover founded the UAE’s first women-only supercar club, the Arabian Gazelles, and has been featured in everything from CNN to Vogue magazine.