Rami Malek, ‘Aladdin’ among trending searches on Google in 2019

Google revealed that users worldwide were interested in getting to know more about Rami Malek. AFP
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Updated 11 December 2019

Rami Malek, ‘Aladdin’ among trending searches on Google in 2019

  • Google released its annual Year in Search report on Wednesday morning
  • Egyptian-American actor Rami Malek was among the trending searches globally

DUBAI: The end of the year is when we take stock of 12 months’ worth of events, headlines and trends. A useful tool for looking back and seeing what people were most interested about in the news cycle is Google’s annual Year in Search report, which was released on Wednesday morning.

Based on an aggregation of trillions of searches users asked Google throughout the year, the company was able to identify the people, outfits, songs and the movies that really made an impact globally in 2019.

When it came to actors, Google revealed that users worldwide were interested in getting to know more about Egyptian-American actor Rami Malek, who was the seventh most-searched actor of 2019.

The 38-year-old’s spot at the top shouldn’t come as a surprise. Shortly after making history as the first actor of Arab descent to win an Academy Award for his portrayal of “Queen” frontman Freddie Mercury in the 2018 film “Bohemian Rhapsody,” Malek went on to land a role in the not-yet-released James Bond thriller “No Time to Die.” 

Empire’s Jussie Smollet, comedian Kevin Hart and “Joker” star Joaquin Phoenix made up the top three.

Others on the list included Keanu Reeves, Brie Larson and Lauren London, who’s placement at sixth place was most likely as a result of the passing of her late husband, rapper Nipsey Hussle, whose murder was the second most-searched death according to the search engine.

Meanwhile, as far as movies go, Google users seemed interested in what Disney had to offer this year. Disney titles made up seven out of the ten top searches, with the Guy Ritchie-directed “Aladdin” rounding out the list in the tenth spot. Topping the most-searched movies of 2019 was “Avengers: Endgame” followed by “Joker” and “Captain Marvel.”

Other films that piqued interest in 2019 according to the search engine included “Toy Story 4,” “Frozen 2” and “The Lion King.”


What We Are Reading Today: Dostoevsky: The Seeds of Revolt, 1821-1849 by Joseph Frank

Updated 03 April 2020

What We Are Reading Today: Dostoevsky: The Seeds of Revolt, 1821-1849 by Joseph Frank

The term “biography” seems insufficiently capacious to describe the singular achievement of Joseph Frank’s five-volume study of the life of the great Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoevsky. One critic, writing upon the publication of the final volume, casually tagged the series as the ultimate work on Dostoevsky “in any language, and quite possibly forever.”

Frank himself had not originally intended to undertake such a massive work. The endeavor began in the early 1960s as an exploration of Dostoevsky’s fiction, but it later became apparent to Frank that a deeper appreciation of the fiction would require a more ambitious engagement with the writer’s life, directly caught up as Dostoevsky was with the cultural and political movements of mid- and late-19th-century Russia. Already in his forties, Frank undertook to learn Russian and embarked on what would become a five-volume work comprising more than 2,500 pages. The result is an intellectual history of 19th-century Russia, with Dostoevsky’s mind as a refracting prism.

The volumes have won numerous prizes, among them the National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography, the Christian Gauss Award of Phi Beta Kappa, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and the James Russell Lowell Prize of the Modern Language Association.