Canadian singer The Weeknd donates $300,000 to victims of Beirut blast

Canadian singer The Weeknd donates $300,000 to victims of Beirut blast
The donations will be made to the Lebanese Red Cross, the Children’s Cancer Centre Lebanon and the World Food Programme. (AFP)
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Updated 14 August 2020

Canadian singer The Weeknd donates $300,000 to victims of Beirut blast

Canadian singer The Weeknd donates $300,000 to victims of Beirut blast

DUBAI: Canadian singer The Weeknd donated $300,000 to victims of the Beirut explosion that ripped through the city last week, killing over 200 and injuring thousands. 

Lebanese-Canadian entrepreneur Wassim Slaiby, who is the CEO of record label XO and the manager of The Weeknd, announced the news on his Instagram account on Thursday revealing that the donations will be made to the Lebanese Red Cross, the Children’s Cancer Centre Lebanon and the World Food Programme. 

“I am so honored and humbled to work with artist’s who have such deep care for the world and right now for our brothers and sisters of Lebanon who are in pain and need our collective help,” Slaiby wrote to his 213,000 followers. “I want to thank my brother @theweeknd for his generous and class act of donating $300,000 to the Global Aid for Lebanon campaign.”

Other celebrities such as Bella Hadid, Kylie Jenner, DJ Khaled and Dua Lipa, have been taking to social media to show solidarity for the victims. Other online influencers around the world have also been urging their followers to make donations towards rescue and recovery work.

American actor George Clooney and his wife, Lebanese-British human rights lawyer Amal Clooney, also revealed last week that they donated $100,000 to Lebanese charities.

American singer and songwriter Madonna also announced this week that she and her two children, David Banda and Mercy James, were hosting an art sale to support the hundreds of thousands who were left homeless after the deadly explosion.


James Bond movie ‘No Time to Die’ delayed again amid pandemic

James Bond movie ‘No Time to Die’ delayed again amid pandemic
Updated 22 January 2021

James Bond movie ‘No Time to Die’ delayed again amid pandemic

James Bond movie ‘No Time to Die’ delayed again amid pandemic

LOS ANGELES: The global release of the James Bond movie “No Time to Die” was postponed to October from April, its producers said on Thursday, another setback for movie theaters trying to rebuild a business crushed by the coronavirus pandemic.

The movie’s new debut date is Oct. 8, according to an announcement on the James Bond website and Twitter feed.

“No Time to Die,” from MGM and Comcast Corp’s Universal Pictures, had originally been set to hit the big screen in April 2020 before moving to November 2020 and then April 2021.

The film, which cost an estimated $200 million to produce, marks actor Daniel Craig’s last outing as agent 007.

Cinema owners were hoping “No Time to Die” would kick off a rebound in moviegoing.

The pandemic devastated the film business in 2020, and ticket sales in the United States and Canada sunk 80%. That hurt independent theaters and big chains including AMC Entertainment, Cineworld Plc and Cinemark Holdings Inc.

With the virus still rampant in many areas, including in the key Los Angeles market, Hollywood studios appear reluctant to send their biggest films to theaters. Many cinemas are closed, and ones that are open enforce strict attendance limits to allow for social distancing.

The Bond franchise is one of the movie world's most lucrative, with 2015’s “Spectre” raking in $880 million at the box office worldwide, while “Skyfall” in 2012 grossed more than $1 billion globally.

The next closely watched movie is “Black Widow” from Walt Disney Co’s Marvel Studios, currently scheduled to debut in theaters on May 7.