Shanina Shaik shakes things up with an acting gig, Etihad Airways ad

Shanina Shaik (L) and Lais Ribeiro attend the iHeartRadio Music Festival at T-Mobile Arena on September 22, 2018 in Las Vegas. (AFP)
Updated 13 October 2018
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Shanina Shaik shakes things up with an acting gig, Etihad Airways ad

DUBAI: Model Shanina Shaik is expanding her already impressive CV and branching out into acting, she revealed on Instagram this week.
The Victoria’s Secret beauty, whose father is Saudi-Pakistani and mother is Lithuanian-Australian, is set to appear in “Greed,” a British comedy about the uber-rich.
The film also stars Hollywood’s Isla Fisher, British comedian Steve Coogan and David Mitchell and is directed Michael Winterbottom, the man behind “A Mighty Heart” and “The Trip.”
Shaik has shared a string of photos of Mykonos, where shooting is taking place, on Instagram.
The model also starred in a video for Etihad Airways, which she shared on her Instagram page over the weekend.
In the clip, she boards a flight to Paris and waxes lyrical about the service and food, adding that she “really enjoyed the Arabic mezze plate and being served my favorite Arabic coffee and dates.”
“Thank you @etihadairways for the amazing trip to Paris! I arrived fresh and relaxed!! Being a model I’m always in and out of a city and never able to see the sights. #etihadairways created an amazing trip that allowed me to discover all of Paris,” she captioned the video, in which she wanders the streets of Paris after the flight.

Shaik’s busy schedule has meant that she missed her husband’s birthday last week.
“I love you like how your wife loves chocolate cake ... and you know that’s A LOT!!! I wish I could be with you to celebrate your born day but I know your family and loved ones will take care of that,” she captioned a photograph of the newly married couple on Instagram.

The model married her long-time beau Gregory Andrews on musician Lenny Kravitz’s private island of Eleuthera in the Bahamas in May.

The couple promptly followed the wedding up with a bash in Miami that was attended by likes of Bella Hadid and model Hailey Baldwin.

Reverend Run of Run DMC performed the ceremony as family, friends and a handful of celebrity guests gathered for the nuptials, including Ashlee Simpson and Evan Ross, as well as models Nadine Leopold and Hannah Ferguson.


Gwyneth Paltrow, Karen Gillan wear Arab jewelry to LA premiere

Gwyneth Paltrow showed off earrings by Beirut-based brand Yvan Tufenkjian. AFP
Updated 24 April 2019
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Gwyneth Paltrow, Karen Gillan wear Arab jewelry to LA premiere

DUBAI: Hollywood actresses Gwyneth Paltrow and Karen Gillan both showed off Arab jewelry brands at this week’s world premiere of “Avengers: Endgame.”

Paltrow showed off statement earrings by Beirut-based jewelry brand Yvan Tufenkjian, which featured teardrop-shaped stones and resembled ear cuffs.

Meanwhile. British actress Gillan boasted a pair of diamond drop earrings by UAE-based label Amwaj at Monday’s Hollywood premiere.

After nearly two dozen films and billions of dollars in ticket sales around the globe, the Avengers are gearing up for a final time — and their last adventure could shatter all box office records, AFP reported.

“Avengers: Endgame” is the final installment of a wildly ambitious 22-film arc featuring the beloved superheroes of the Marvel universe, many of them the creations of late comic book legend Stan Lee.

It hits theaters this week and pundits are predicting a debut weekend that could break records with the first billion-dollar opening in history.

Karen Gillan wore earrings by UAE-based label Amwaj. AFP

That would easily beat out the previous record holder, “Avengers: Infinity War,” the first part of the “Infinity Saga” — as it was dubbed by Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige, who has produced every single movie in the franchise — which opened in 2018 with $640.5 million.

After Monday’s star-studded world premiere in Hollywood, the six original Avengers celebrated the end of the road Tuesday at the iconic TCL Chinese Theatre.

Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) assembled for a final time with Feige at the TCL Chinese Theatre, where they signed blocks of cement and marked them with handprints.

“It’s been an amazing ride,” Ruffalo — who attempted a handstand while waiting for the cement to set — said of the 10-year project.

The 21 preceding films have earned about $19 billion globally, and though “Endgame” marks the end of the current narrative arc, Marvel Studios is far from through.

Even as they mark the end of what Johansson called a “wonderful” experience, Marvel Studios has already announced several new projects: in addition to sequels for “Spider-Man,” “Black Panther” and “Doctor Strange,” there will also be “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3,” “The Eternals” and “Black Widow,” the second Marvel universe film to give a female character solo top billing.

“The fun thing about an ending is that you eventually get to do a new beginning,” Feige told AFP.

“So yes, there will be a new beginning, but right now, it’s about this combination of 22 movies. That’s what we’re most excited for.”

In preparation for the marvelous cinematic conclusion, “Endgame” directors Joe and Anthony Russo took to Twitter to post a letter to “the greatest fans in the world.”

“This is it,” they wrote. “This is the end. The end of an unprecedented narrative mosaic spanning eleven years and eleven franchises.”