Charlize Theron in Dubai for Global Teacher Prize

Charlize Theron (AFP)
Updated 17 March 2018
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Charlize Theron in Dubai for Global Teacher Prize

DUBAI: Hollywood star and activist Charlize Theron will attend the annual Global Teacher Prize in Dubai on Sunday night. Theron, star of “Atomic Blonde” and “Mad Max: Fury Road,” won an Oscar for her performance in 2003’s “Monster.” She is one of several celebrities who have flown into the UAE for tonight’s ceremony, including West Indian cricket icon Brian Lara, Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra, British athlete Sir Mo Farah, and successful actors Taron Egerton (“Kingsman”) and Gina Torres and Sarah Rafferty (“Suits”).

The prize is just one of many good causes that Theron supports. She has recently worked with British-American actor David Oyelowo on the movie “Gringo,” and last week posted her support on Instagram for the GEANCO Foundation, with which Oyelowo works extensively.

“In doing this movie I learned how much I love @davidoyelowo, but also that we are unexpectedly a lot alike,” Theron wrote, before reposting from the Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project, “Our friends at (GEANCO) are doing really important work in Nigeria. GEANCO provides scholarships, medical and psychological care to girls victimized by terrorism there.”

Tonight’s award ceremony marks the end of Dubai’s Global Education and Skills Forum. The Global Teacher Prize was established in 2015 by Sunny Varkey — founder of the UAE-based GEMS Education Group — in an attempt to boost the profession’s global profile; hence the celeb-garnished ceremony. Each year, the prize is awarded to a teacher who has made an outstanding contribution to their profession. Last year, the award went to Canadian teacher Maggie MacDonnell for her efforts to increase girls’ registration at a school in the Inuit region of Nunavik.


‘Hotel Transylvania 3’ blurs the line between good and bad

A still from the kid-friendly film. (Sony Pictures Animation)
Updated 23 July 2018
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‘Hotel Transylvania 3’ blurs the line between good and bad

  • The characters are sharply etched out, with pointed features and wonderful detail

CHENNAI: Nothing can be compared to Japanese animation, especially the works of cinematic art created by Hayao Miyazaki (“Spirited Away,” “Princess Mononoke,” “The Wind Rises”), which is not just sharply political but also intensely emotional. In comparison, American animated films may seem somewhat plastic, though the Hotel Transylvania franchise has risen above the mundane. The latest installment,” Hotel Transylvania 3: A Monster Vacation,” from director Genndy Tartakovsky, depicts a battle between good and evil.
The plot sees Dracula (voiced by Adam Sandler), his daughter Mavis (Selena Gomez), her human husband Johnny (Andy Samberg) and the entire monster entourage go on a cruise vacation to Atlantis. On board, widowed and lonely Dracula falls head over heels in love with the director of the event, Ericka (Kathryn Hahn). However — plot twist! — she is a human being and several centuries younger. Even worse, she is the granddaughter of the legendary vampire hunter Abraham Van Helsing (Jim Gaffigan), whose bitter enmity with Dracula dates back to the 1800s. It is liberally interspersed with humor, which comes courtesy of the Mummy, the Invisible Man and the giant puppy that Dracula's grandson smuggles aboard the ship.
Tartakovsky, who helmed all three editions of the franchise, undoubtedly employed a brilliant set of animators — the characters are sharply etched out, with pointed features and wonderful detail. The wit flows at a breathless pace, but what is lacking is a certain novelty, which one expects in an ongoing series.
One plus point is that parents will not find themselves wanting for entertainment. Dracula's romance with Ericka may be lost on children, but it will keep the adults entertained. At 97 minutes long, however, the film could have been far more fantastic.