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.
 


Bride chooses Elie Saab as ‘Game of Thrones’ stars wed

Updated 24 June 2018
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Bride chooses Elie Saab as ‘Game of Thrones’ stars wed

DUBAI: Former “Game of Thrones” co-stars Kit Harington and Rose Leslie married Saturday with a church service and a celebration at the bride’s ancestral castle in Scotland.
Leslie looked ethereal in an ivory lace and tulle gown by Elie Saab, with a white floral headpiece worn under a whimsical veil.
The couple and guests arrived for the afternoon service at Rayne Church, close to the 900-year-old Wardhill Castle in northeast Scotland, which is owned by Leslie’s family. Harington, wearing a morning suit, and Leslie smiled at members of the public who had gathered outside the church.
Guests included the pair’s “Game of Thrones” co-stars Peter Dinklage, Maisie Williams, Sophie Turner and Emilia Clarke, AP reported.
Leslie was walked into the church by her father Sebastian Leslie, an Aberdeenshire councilor and the chief of the ancient Leslie Clan, who wore a traditional Scottish kilt.
Later, the newlyweds were showered with rose petal confetti as they left the church and drove off in a Land Rover festooned with “Just Married” signs to a reception on the castle grounds.

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Harington and Leslie, who are both 31, met in 2012 on the set of the HBO fantasy series, where they played a couple as the characters Jon Snow and Ygritte. Leslie left the cast in 2014 and currently stars in US legal drama “The Good Fight.”
Harington credits Iceland as the backdrop to the beginning of their love story.
“Because the country is beautiful, because the Northern Lights are magical and because it was there that I fell in love,” he told L’Uomo Vogue last year. “If you’re already attracted to someone and then they play your love interest in the show, it’s becomes very easy to fall in love.”
In an interview with The Telegraph in June 2016, Leslie opened up about the relationship.
“He’s not a confrontational person so we don’t ever blow off steam,” she shared. “(He’s) a great man. I’m very proud of him. There’s an understanding that comes with the job, an understanding of being busy and when you have to say, ‘Sorry, I’m just going to bugger off for two months to film.’”
The couple announced their engagement with a notice in the Times of London newspaper in September.
“The engagement is announced between Kit, younger son of David and Deborah Harrington of Worcestershire, and Rose, middle daughter of Sebastian and Candy Leslie of Aberdeenshire,” the announcement read.
“We are absolutely thrilled for Kit and Rose to be marrying today,” Leslie’s father told assembled reporters before the ceremony. “It’s an absolutely lovely day for us.”