Al Pacino to hit Paris stage in October

US actor Al Pacino arrives for the screening of the movie 'The Humbling' presented out of competition at the 71st Venice Film Festival on August 30, 2014 at Venice Lido. (AFP)
Updated 03 September 2018

Al Pacino to hit Paris stage in October

  • The American star said he had long dreamed of performing in the French capital
  • “An Evening with Pacino” will be held October 22 and 23 at the Theatre de Paris

PARIS: Hollywood and stage veteran Al Pacino will give two solo performances in Paris next month, recounting highlights from his decades of acting along with more intimate exchanges with the audience.
In an interview with French daily Le Figaro on Monday, the 78-year-old American star of classics like “Scarface” and “The Godfather” said he had long dreamed of performing in the French capital.
“An Evening with Pacino” will be held October 22 and 23 at the Theatre de Paris, in English and without subtitles.
He said the idea was not to give a “master class” or conference for aspiring actors.
“I talk about what has happened to me in life and that allows me to perform a certain number of scenes, all while talking with the audience,” Pacino told the paper.
“It’s really something precious because there’s an element of spontaneity and in a way, you learn about yourself,” he said.
The Oscar-winning actor, who has returned frequently to the stage throughout his career, added that he was a fan of Moliere and Chekhov, saying: “I know European literature best.”


Meet the hijabi fashion blogger redefining modest style

Updated 19 October 2020

Meet the hijabi fashion blogger redefining modest style

DUBAI: With their chic, modest style and unprecedented flair for makeup, a new crop of Instagram stars are irrevocably redefining the hijab. Rana Ellithy, who recently popped up on our radar, is certainly one to watch. 

The 21-year-old became an Instagram sensation in less than a year, garnering almost 100,000 followers in mere months after uploading a styling video on Instagram in April. “I was really not expecting that video to blow up like that,” she shared with Arab News. “I did it just for fun, but I got some really positive feedback,” she added, stating that some young women even messaged her to tell her they felt inspired to wear the hijab because of her video.

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Ellithy was born in Egypt and brought up in the UK. The business consultant, who graduated last year, now splits her time between London and Cairo. It was in the former where the stylist and influencer decided to take blogging more seriously. “I was bored during quarantine in London,” she explained. “So, I started taking more pictures and videos and uploading them on Instagram.”

The stylist believes the reason that her videos and photographs were able to resonate with so many people so quickly is because of her ability to effortlessly take readily-available pieces and basics from Zara and H&M and create chic outfits that her Gen Z followers can easily reinterpret.

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“I always felt like there was a gap of modest bloggers around my age,” Ellithy shared. “Their fashion taste is very good, but it’s not personally what I would wear. I try to stick to everyday basics because that’s what girls my age like,” she said, adding that some of her go-to brands are Egyptian labels Emma, a headscarf brand, and Zoella. 

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Fortunately, Ellithy’s foray into the world of social media has been smooth, with her only obstacle being balancing her full-time corporate job with blogging. “It’s really hard to balance the two,” she admits. “There’s a lot of expectation on me to post consistently, so I try to film as much content as I can on the weekends,” she said.

However, she revealed that she will eventually pursue her love for fashion full-time and even has plans to roll-out her very own online concept that focuses on everyday basics for modest dressers.