Pacino turns Nazi hunter in TV series debut for Amazon

Al Pacino is starring in ‘Hunters,’ a new show for Amazon Prime that is due to be released on Friday. (AP)
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Updated 20 February 2020

Pacino turns Nazi hunter in TV series debut for Amazon

  • Series is about a band of Nazi hunters in New York in the 1970s
  • ‘It’s like doing like, I think, about a 12-hour film because it is about 12 hours of film’

LONDON: In a screen career spanning more than five decades, it has taken Al Pacino until now to act in a television series.
He is starring in “Hunters,” a new show for Amazon Prime that is due to be released on Friday.
The series, about a band of Nazi hunters in New York in the 1970s, is inspired by a true story — a “love letter” to the show creator’s late grandmother who survived Holocaust.
“I never did this sort of long 10 episodes. So it’s like doing like, I think, about a 12-hour film because it is about 12 hours of film,” Pacino, who turns 80 in April, said.
“This is a crazy story, too, by the way ... Crazy horror, really scary stuff. And also heavy, deep, tragic emotion ... it runs the gamut,” said Pacino, who was nominated for Best Supporting Actor at this month’s Academy Awards for his role in “The Irishman.”
Show creator David Weil said he wanted to tell his grandmother’s story, the experiences during the war that she had told him about as a child.
“At such a young age, they felt like the stuff of comic books and superheroes,” he said.
“The onus is now on us, on the next generation, to continue their story and further their story. And so ‘Hunters’ is really a love letter to her.
“It’s this desire to propel her story forward into this next generation and to educate people on what the Holocaust is and what people went through so that we can try and prevent this from ever happening again.”


Spotify unveils top 5 most streamed K-Pop acts in Saudi Arabia, UAE 

Updated 20 October 2020

Spotify unveils top 5 most streamed K-Pop acts in Saudi Arabia, UAE 

DUBAI: To celebrate the monumental impact of K-Pop on fans around the world, Spotify delved into its listening data for some of the genre’s best-known acts. From BTS to ATEEZ, here are the five most streamed K-Pop groups across Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Egypt. 

BTS 

Formed in 2013, BTS has spearheaded the K-Pop drive into the Middle East with catchy, upbeat music. The seven-member South Korean boy band recently notched up the first No.1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 singles chart by a South Korean group with their first all-English language single “Dynamite.” 

Blackpink

It’s not just the boys that are driving the K-Pop obsession. Seoul-based girl group Blackpink, who recently released their first Netflix documentary “BLACKPINK: Light Up The Sky” on Oct. 14, are also experiencing a serious surge in streaming. Their latest release “The Album” became the #1 global album on Spotify during the week of launch. 

Twice

Beside Blackpink, Twice have also established themselves in the region. This is a big month for the nine-member girl group: Oct. 20 marks five years since they hit the scene in 2015, and on Oct. 26 they are releasing their second full-length Korean album “Eyes Wide Open.”

Stray Kids 

The fourth most streamed act in the Middle East is Stray Kids. The group consists of eight male members, who are currently preparing for their Nov. 22 virtual concert on Beyond Live, the online performance platform. Their most famous hits are “Grow Up,” “Voices” and “Side Effects.” 

ATEEZ

ATEEZ is one of the most recent K-Pop acts. Formed in October 2018, the eight-member group has already made it to the region’s top five most streamed K-Pop bands. Not just that, but as of September 2020, the group has released five Korean-language EPs, one full-length album and two Japanese albums.