‘Joker’ actor Joaquin Phoenix names newborn River in sweet tribute

‘Joker’ actor Joaquin Phoenix names newborn River in sweet tribute
The couple got engaged in May last year. File/AFP
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Updated 28 September 2020

‘Joker’ actor Joaquin Phoenix names newborn River in sweet tribute

‘Joker’ actor Joaquin Phoenix names newborn River in sweet tribute

DUBAI: Actors Joaquin Phoenix and Rooney Mara have welcomed their first child together, a baby boy named River. The name is a sweet homage to River Phoenix, Joaquin’s older brother, who passed away aged 23 in 1993.

Director Victor Kossakovsky revealed the exciting news at the 2020 Zurich film festival after a screening of the black-and-white documentary “Gunda.” Phoenix, who won an Oscar for his role in “Joker,” was an executive producer on the film.

Asking about Phoenix’s involvement in the film, Kossakovsky said: “He just got a baby by the way … A beautiful son called River.”

Many fans shared emotional reactions on social media after reports first emerged that the couple had named their first son River, as an apparent homage to Joaquin’s late brother. 

“The fact that Joaquin Phoenix and Rooney Mara have called their newborn son River has me all sorts of emotional. So beautiful. Congratulations to them both,” one wrote, while another said they were “crying so much.”

Phoenix, 45, and Rooney, 35, have not officially announced the birth of their first-born, but they also never confirmed their pregnancy.

The reclusive couple got engaged in May last year.

The new parents met on the set of “Her” in 2013 and have since gone on to star in several films together, including 2018’s “Mary Magdalene.”


Influencer Hadia Ghaleb puts on a stellar sartorial showcase with Lebanese help

You may recognize Hadia Ghaleb from her stint on E! Entertainment’s ‘My Fabulous Me.’ (File/Getty Images)
Updated 02 December 2020

Influencer Hadia Ghaleb puts on a stellar sartorial showcase with Lebanese help

You may recognize Hadia Ghaleb from her stint on E! Entertainment’s ‘My Fabulous Me.’ (File/Getty Images)

DUBAI: You may recognize her from your TV screens, but Hadia Ghaleb, the star of E! Entertainment’s reality show “My Fabulous Me,” is still turning heads with her covetable style and just showed off a clutch of designer gowns at a wedding in Cairo.

The Egyptian influencer and entrepreneur, who has a stellar 2.1 million Instagram followers to her name, attended her sister’s nuptials in an array of glittering ensembles, including gowns by Lebanese designers Azzi & Osta and Rami Kadi,

First up was a forest green, tulle-heavy number by design duo George Azzi and Assaad Osta, who just dressed Hollywood’s Megan Fox for the 48th annual American Music Awards in November.

Ghaleb opted for the tea-length dress for her sister’s Katb El-Kitab ceremony (the traditional Islamic portion of the wedding festivities), which took place in late November. The dress boasted a halter neck top and dramatic, flared skirt with an ethereal tulle cape for added drama. Bursts of beading adorned the length of the gown, which Ghaleb paired with silver heels.

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it seemed to be the mantra as the entrepreneur, who founded the Egypt-based PR and social media agency Ghaleb Production House, chose to stick with Azzi & Osta for her next look.

For the wedding ceremony, Ghaleb chose a dramatic ebony gown, complete with a ribbed bodice, A-line skirt and starburst beading in a subtle call-back to her first look.

Voluminous, frothed tulle on one shoulder added a little edginess to the ensemble and Ghaleb topped it all off with swept back hair and evening-ready makeup.

“Can’t believe it. Just can’t believe it. My little sister is not little anymore. You were stunning in your wedding, glowing from the inside and showing simply on the outside. Everything was so tasteful just like you. I’m so happy for you my angel (sic),” she posted on Instagram on Sunday, alongside a snap of the sisters posing outdoors.

For her part, the bride, Layla Ghaleb, stunned in a delicate white wedding gown, complete with a similar ribbed bodice, by Egyptian fashion house Maram Borhan.

Finally, Hadia stepped out in a show-stopping gown by Lebanese designer to the stars Rami Kadi for the wedding reception.

 “Feeling like a queen in an enchanted forest dressed in a surreal gown,” she captioned a snap of the dress on Instagram on Tuesday.

The shimmering grey organza dress was covered in petal-like embellishments and featured an asymmetrical cape, as well as a thigh-high slit.  

The gown hailed from Kadi’s Spring/Summer 2020 couture line.