Lindsay Lohan says coming to KSA for all-female film

Lindsay Lohan
Updated 06 February 2018
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Lindsay Lohan says coming to KSA for all-female film

JEDDAH: Lindsay Lohan will begin filming an all-female movie in Saudi Arabia this April.
This was revealed in a profile interview of the “Mean Girls” actress with magazine on Monday.
“To do an all-female project [in Saudi Arabia] is a milestone,” she said.
“Everything happens for a reason. I would have never expected to do a movie at this time that I have such a say in, and coming out of Shadi, Riyadh, and Abu Dhabi. I feel lucky.”
Last month, Lohan first revealed plans to shoot “Frame” in the Kingdom on American talk show “The Wendy Williams Show.”
She said the movie will follow the story of an American photographer who leaves her husband in the US to move to Riyadh. The character becomes immersed in Saudi culture and is taken in by a group of women who introduce her to their lives.
“She starts to understand the culture and how the women there are,” Lohan told Williams. “Like fencing is a big thing there, so there are a lot of fencing courses and horseback riding ... the women take her in to understand why they cover and why they do these things.”
In December, Lohan, who now calls Dubai home, tweeted out an article about the cinema and stadium reforms in Saudi Arabia, saying, “Please support this incredible #movement … I look forward to being a part of this with the movie #FRAMETHEMOVIE.”
The 31-year-old actress also told W magazine about her new projects, including a beauty line that includes a cream lipstick-blush duo, a clothing line that’s “closer to haute couture,” a new Mykonos location of her Lohan Nightclub in Athens, Greece, and an appearance in the upcoming season of the British sitcom “Sick Note.”


No politics please for Baghdad bikers aiming to unite Iraq

Updated 21 January 2019
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No politics please for Baghdad bikers aiming to unite Iraq

  • The Iraq Bikers — who now number 380 — are men of all ages, social classes and various faiths
  • With his black bandana and goatee, the leader of the Baghdad pack, known as “Captain,” looks the epitome of the American biker-outlaw

BAGHDAD: Roaring along Baghdad’s highways, the “Iraq Bikers” are doing more than showing off their love of outsized motorcycles and black leather: they want their shared enthusiasm to help heal Iraq’s deep sectarian rifts.
Weaving in and out of traffic, only the lucky few ride Harley Davidsons — a rare and expensive brand in Iraq — while others make do with bikes pimped-up to look something like the “Easy Rider” dream machines.
“Our goal is to build a brotherhood,” said Bilal Al-Bayati, 42, a government employee who founded the club in 2012 with the aim of improving the image of biker gangs and to promote unity after years of sectarian conflict.
That is why the first rule of his bikers club is: you do not talk about politics.
“It is absolutely prohibited to talk politics among members,” Bayati told Reuters as he sat with fellow bikers in a shisha cafe, a regular hangout for members.
“Whenever politics is mentioned, the members are warned once or twice and then expelled. We no longer have the strength to endure these tragedies or to repeat them,” he said, referring to sectarian violence.
With his black bandana and goatee, the leader of the Baghdad pack, known as “Captain,” looks the epitome of the American biker-outlaw.
But while their style is unmistakably US-inspired — at least one of Bayati’s cohorts wears a helmet emblazoned with the stars and stripes — these bikers fly the Iraqi flag from the panniers of their machines.
The Iraq Bikers — who now number 380 — are men of all ages, social classes and various faiths. One of their most recent events was taking part in Army Day celebrations.
Some are in the military, the police and even the Popular Mobilization Forces, a grouping of mostly Shiite militias which have taken part in the fight to oust Islamic State from Iraq in the last three years.
“It is a miniature Iraq,” said member Ahmed Haidar, 36, who works with an international relief agency.
But riding a chopper through Baghdad is quite different from Route 101. The bikers have to slow down at the many military checkpoints set up around the city to deter suicide and car bomb attacks.
And very few can afford a top bike.
“We don’t have a Harley Davidson franchise here,” said Kadhim Naji, a mechanic who specializes in turning ordinary motorbikes into something special.
“So what we do is we alter the motorbike, so it looks similar ... and it is cheaper.”