Shanina Shaik heads a campaign Down Under

Shanina Shaik announced that she will head to Australia in March. (AFP)
Updated 04 February 2019

Shanina Shaik heads a campaign Down Under

DUBAI: Model Shanina Shaik has been announced as the new face of an advertising campaign in her hometown of Melbourne and took to Instagram to share the news as she kicked off her birthday celebrations in Miami.

The Victoria’s Secret beauty, whose father is Saudi-Pakistani and mother is Lithuanian-Australian, is set to celebrate her 28th birthday on Feb. 11, but kickstarted the festivities early with a joint bash in Miami — alongside US model and fellow Victoria’s Secret star Jasmine Tookes, whose birthday was on Feb. 1.

Shaik took to Instagram to share a snap of the pair at their joint birthday celebration. An hour earlier, the model shared news of her new deal with an Australian shopping destination called Chadstone.

Described on its website as “Melbourne's favorite fashion, food and entertainment destination… with over 550 stores,” the fashion icon announced that she is planning a visit in March.

“I’m so excited to be announced as the face of @chadstone_fashion for their Autumn/Winter 2019 campaign – back in my hometown of Melbourne! This was such a fun day shooting with the @stellarmag team talking all things fashion, lifestyle and career for my partnership with @chadstone_fashion. I’ll be coming home in March to show you what we have been working on… stay tuned,” she posted on Instagram, referring to a photo shoot with Australian magazine Stellar.

The model was photographed on the streets of Los Angeles by Georges Antoni for the magazine.

Besides modeling, Shaik has been working hard to expand her already impressive CV and even branched out into acting, she revealed on Instagram in October.

She bagged a role 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.”

The model also starred in a video for Etihad Airways, which she shared on her Instagram page in October.

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.


Lack of spirit leaves World War II saga hanging midway

Roland Emmerich’s just-opened “Midway” comes nowhere close to the 1950s and 1960s war adventures. (Supplied)
Updated 14 November 2019

Lack of spirit leaves World War II saga hanging midway

CHENNAI: Movies on World War II have delighted cinema audiences for years. Nobody can forget the daring Allied escape in the 1965 “Von Ryan’s Express” with Frank Sinatra and Trevor Howard driving a train through Nazi-occupied territory.

There were others in that decade and earlier such as David Lean’s “The Bridge on the River Kwai” about British prisoners of war building a railway in malaria-infested Burma (now Myanmar). These were great classics, but recent efforts have not been as memorable.

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Roland Emmerich’s just-opened “Midway” comes nowhere close to the 1950s and 1960s war adventures. Despite audiences still being thirsty for WWII sagas and a star-studded cast (Patrick Wilson, Woody Harrelson, Mandy Moore, Ed Skrein and Nick Jonas), the film is unmoving, mainly because of the shallow characters. If the dialogues are stiff, the dramatic potential – including the relationship among the men – appears to have been left midway.

The film begins with Japan’s December 1941 air attack on the US naval base in Pearl Harbor, Honolulu, which dragged America into the conflict, and the flick follows America’s revenge mission culminating in the June 1942 Battle of Midway.

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For the US, it was a victory against all odds giving them control of the Pacific’s Midway atoll. It was also a major triumph of human spirit, but the film does not quite capture it.

Most of the exploits relate to real-life fighter pilot Dick Best (Skrein), whose devil-may-care attitude earns him the title “cowboy.” His wife Ann (Moore), the only female character, urges him on but seems a washed-out figure. However, there is plenty of action in the air with dog fights, bombings and pilots ejecting from burning planes high above the ground.

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For fans of singer Jonas, his small but significant part may appeal. He is sailor Bruno Gaido whose spontaneous and heroic action during a Japanese raid earns him promotion.

“Midway” plays at three levels, including one about Japanese military officers, and was shot in Hawaii and Montreal with a lot of computer graphics thrown in. The camera work (Robby Baumgartner) is impressive, but somewhere the soul is missing, and the characters fail to come across as real people.

Despite this, the film opened atop the North American box office last weekend with a reported $17.5 million in ticket sales.