Rami Malek up for back-to-back best actor at BAFTA awards

Rami Malek portrayed Queen front man Freddie Mercury in the biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody.” (AFP)
Updated 10 January 2019
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Rami Malek up for back-to-back best actor at BAFTA awards

  • Lebanese director Nadine Labaki’s feature film Capernaum was also nominated for best foreign film
  • BAFTA, which is happening on Feb. 2, is the British counterpart of the Oscars

DUBAI: Egyptian-American Rami Malek, who scooped the Golden Globes trophy for best actor, is in the running to earn another top acting prize at the 72nd British Academy Film Awards or just BAFTA.

BAFTA, which is the British counterpart of the Oscars, announced the list of nominees on Wednesday, listing Malek along with other award-winning actors including Christian Bale, who also won best actor award in the Golden Globes for comedy “Vice.”

Other nominees in the best actor category are Bradley Cooper (“A Star Is Born”), Steve Coogan (“Stan & Ollie”) and Viggo Mortensen (“Green Book”).

The Arab star portrayed Queen front man Freddie Mercury in the biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody,” which earned a total of seven nominations in the BAFTA including best British film.

British period dramedy “The Favourite“ dominated the nominations with 12 nods.

Meanwhile, Lebanese director Nadine Labaki’s feature film “Capernaum” was also nominated for best foreign film, together with award-winning Mexican film “Roma,” which beat the Lebanese movie in the Golden Globes.

Other nominees in the foreign language category are “Cold War” (Poland), “Dogman” (Italy) and “Shoplifters” (Japan).

Labaki, the only female director among the nominated foreign films, delivered a BAFTA-hosted lecture on screenwriting late last year with other international filmmakers, including “Roma” director Alfonso Cuaron.

Also spelt “Capharnaüm,” the Lebanese drama is about a 12-year-old and his difficult life in Lebanon, which leads to him to sue his parents.

Winners will be announced at the ceremony on February 10, two weeks before the much-awaited 91st Academy Awards.


Rihanna sues father over use of their last name for business

Updated 16 January 2019
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Rihanna sues father over use of their last name for business

  • Rihanna, whose full name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty, says that her father, Ronald Fenty, and his partner have violated her trademark
  • The singer says in the lawsuit that she has used the name for her cosmetics brand and other businesses since 2012

LOS ANGELES: Rihanna is suing her father over his use of their last name for a business.
In the lawsuit filed Tuesday in federal court in Los Angeles, Rihanna, whose full name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty, says that her father, Ronald Fenty, and his partner have violated her trademark and falsely suggested that their business, Fenty Entertainment, is affiliated with her.
The 30-year-old singer says in the lawsuit that she has used the name for her cosmetics brand and other businesses since 2012.
Fenty Entertainment, which advertises itself as a talent and production company, was founded in 2017.
The lawsuit asks the court to order Ronald Fenty to stop using the brand name, and it seeks damages to be determined later.
An email sent to Fenty Entertainment seeking comment wasn’t immediately returned.