Baby Groot gets ready to steal hearts in new Disney+ series

Baby Groot gets ready to steal hearts in new Disney+ series
Vin Diesel returns to voice Baby Groot in ‘I Am Groot.’ (Courtesy of Marvel Studios)
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Updated 31 July 2022

Baby Groot gets ready to steal hearts in new Disney+ series

Baby Groot gets ready to steal hearts in new Disney+ series

DUBAI: Move over, Baby Yoda! It’s time for Baby Groot to take center stage as Disney+ gives the “Guardians of the Galaxy” character his own series of five animated shorts in August.

“Groot has always been a favorite character, not just with fans of the (Marvel Cinematic Universe), but also at the studio — at Marvel and at Disney. And since ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. Two’ we’ve been thinking about ways to bring Groot back to the screen,” Brad Winderbaum, head of streaming, television and animation at Marvel Studios, told Arab News.

Groot — a sentient alien who looks like a tree — first appeared in the MCU in 2014’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” in which the character ultimately sacrificed himself for his friends, only to be replaced by his son, Baby Groot (a sapling that grew out of his body). “I am Groot” focuses on Baby Groot’s adventures away from the Guardians. On his journey he will he meet new characters and find himself in perilous situations, according to the studio.

The series is directed by Kirsten Lepore, who also serves as an executive producer along with Marvel president Kevin Feige and “Guardians of the Galaxy” director James Gunn, among others.

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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“We were excited about making shorts (instead of full-length episodes) because of the value of shorts in the history of Disney. It’s kind of the bedrock of the studio in a lot of ways. Early on in the process, we looked at filmmakers who excelled at telling short stories magically and Kirsten really rose to the top of the list very quickly,” said Winderbaum.

Lepore, who previously worked as the animation director for the acclaimed indie movie “Marcel the Shell With Shoes On,” said, “It’s been absolutely amazing working with Disney. Just totally a dream. Everyone who I’ve gotten to work with has just been lovely. And Brad and the executives have always been super supportive of my weird ideas that I’ve wanted to inject into things.”

While the series focuses on Baby Groot (voiced by Hollywood star Vin Diesel) going solo, it still retains a distinct “Guardians” vibe. “(Gunn) was an executive producer on it. And we had several calls with him, just making sure that we were really capturing the heart and soul of this character in a way that he would want. And I feel like we pulled it off,” said Lepore.

“I am Groot,” which has already been greenlit for a second run of five shorts, premieres on Disney+ on Aug. 10.


Arab models Nora Attal, Nour Rizk grace Chanel runway in Paris

Arab models Nora Attal, Nour Rizk grace Chanel runway in Paris
Nour Rizk showed off Chanel's latest line in Paris. (Getty Images)
Updated 04 October 2022

Arab models Nora Attal, Nour Rizk grace Chanel runway in Paris

Arab models Nora Attal, Nour Rizk grace Chanel runway in Paris

DUBAI: British Moroccan model Nora Attal and Lebanese rising star Nour Rizk walked the runway for French fashion house Chanel at Paris Fashion Week on Tuesday, showing off a number of looks as part of the label’s Spring-Summer 2023 showcase.

For her part, Rizk took to the runway in a ruffled halter neck top paired with sharply pressed knee-length shorts. Attal’s look was a similarly ruffled buttoned mini dress with a sailor collar in a summer-ready shade of white.

Nora Attal walked the runway for Chanel at Paris Fashion Week. (Getty Images)

The ensembled were part of a 71-piece collection designed by the fashion house’s creative director Virginie Viard.

The day before her outing with Chanel, Attal hit the runway for luxury label Lanvin.

Designer Bruno Sialelli was in a more low-key mood than usual in the saleable spring collection featuring neat, unfussy looks that on the whole packed no surprises — like an alabaster tuxedo jacket with square shoulders and fraying hems, or a ruched medieval-style top with tubular sleeves.

The creative energy luckily picked up toward the end of the co-ed show, The Associated Press reported.

A great series of corset-cum-lingerie silk babydoll looks in pastel shades were the highlight and played with the idea of transparencies. They were accessorized with bejeweled sheer fabric in the shape of a cloche hat that covered the model’s face.

After several years in the fashion wilderness, France’s oldest continually operating fashion house continues to have a spring in its step with the renewed direction of this French designer.

Attal also made an appearance at the Hermes show as artistic director Nadege Vanhee-Cybulski seized on the vibes of the Burning Man Festival, adding swirls of color and utilitarian touches to a sleek spring and summer collection sent down the runway on Saturday to techno beats.

“A rave in the desert,” announced show notes, according to Reuters.

The first look was classic Hermes: a pale, tan leather shirt and trouser ensemble, the top with a collar and wide sleeves, while pant legs were gently cinched at the bottom.

A burst of russet-colored looks came later, followed by silky dresses in large patches of orange and pink, garments crafted from perforated leather and slightly bolder, graphic prints outlined with black.

Tent-like straps lifted panels from hems and decorated bare midriffs, while laces ran up and down seams and a minimalist military-style leather vest had a slim backpack pouch.

Celebrities and international crowds flooded the French capital for Paris Fashion Week, which ended on Tuesday, and marked the fashion industry's sweeping return as the post-pandemic boom in luxury sales continues.

 


Balenciaga taps Syrian wedding singer for Paris Fashion Week after party performance

Balenciaga taps Syrian wedding singer for Paris Fashion Week after party performance
Omar Souleyman's upbeat electronic music won him international fame in recent years. (AFP)
Updated 04 October 2022

Balenciaga taps Syrian wedding singer for Paris Fashion Week after party performance

Balenciaga taps Syrian wedding singer for Paris Fashion Week after party performance

DUBAI: Luxury fashion label Balenciaga tapped famed Syrian wedding singer Omar Souleyman to perform at its after party at Paris Fashion Week.

The label — which is famous for its boundary-pushing, sometimes bizarre creations — hosted a performance by the popular singer at its after show event, which also featured performances by Taxi Kebab and Von Bikräv & Evil Grimace.

Prior to the invite-only event, designer Demna Gvasalia pulled off a stellar showcase of the label’s Sprint/Summer 2023 collection.

Kanye West, now known legally as Ye, walked as a model in the ready-to-wear show.

After beginning his career performing at weddings and other events in northern Syria, Omar Souleyman's upbeat electronic music won him international fame in recent years.

He has released several albums and collaborated with musicians such as Bjork and Four Tet, as well as playing at Britain's Glastonbury Festival and a 2013 concert for the Nobel Peace Prize award.


John Legend to perform as part of Louvre Abu Dhabi’s fifth anniversary celebrations

John Legend to perform as part of Louvre Abu Dhabi’s fifth anniversary celebrations
The singer-songwriter dropped his newest album “Legend” in September. (AFP)
Updated 04 October 2022

John Legend to perform as part of Louvre Abu Dhabi’s fifth anniversary celebrations

John Legend to perform as part of Louvre Abu Dhabi’s fifth anniversary celebrations

DUBAI: In celebration of the Louvre Abu Dhabi’s fifth anniversary, US superstar John Legend is headed to the UAE capital to headline the Louvre Abu Dhabi Grand Festival. The performance is set to take place on Nov.12.

The EGOT musician, who has won Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony awards, is most famous for his soulful tracks like “All of Me,” “Ordinary People” and “Love Me Now.”

The singer-songwriter, who dropped his newest album “Legend” in September, has already performed two sold-out shows in the UAE, at the Dubai Jazz Festival in 2018 and at Dubai's Coca-Cola Arena in 2020.
 

The new album, which boasts foot-tapping tracks like “Guy Like Me,” “Strawberry Blush” and “You,” features collaborations with the likes of Rapsody, Rick Ross, Amber Mark, Jhene Aiko and Ty Dolla $ign. The artist will no doubt perform a number of tracks from the album in Abu Dhabi.

“’Legend’ is full of sensuality, joy and celebration. But our lives are more complex than that. My family and I have also been challenged by loss and grief and pain. I wanted to make space on this album to be vulnerable, spiritual and reflective. I needed this music to help me heal, and to hopefully help others heal. I brought my full self to this album, and that’s why I decided to make it my first (sorta) self-titled album,” Legend posted on his social media about the record.

The Louvre Abu Dhabi Grand Festival will also feature Majid Al-Muhandis – an  Iraqi-Saudi singer and composer, who will take to the stage on Nov. 11. Earlier this year, the singer made waves when Russian supermodel Irina Shayk got a starring role in his music video for the song “Waareftek” (“I Knew You”) from his 2022 album of the same name. Shayk stars as the singer’s love interest in the five-minute-long clip.

On Nov. 13, Egyptian composer, pianist and conductor Omar Khariat will perform as part of the festival. Khairat has composed a number of successful works such as “The Fortune-teller,” “The Magic Perfumes” and “Arabic Rhapsody.”

 


Art exhibition ‘Tales of Nostalgia’ debuts in Riyadh

Art exhibition ‘Tales of Nostalgia’ debuts in Riyadh
Updated 03 October 2022

Art exhibition ‘Tales of Nostalgia’ debuts in Riyadh

Art exhibition ‘Tales of Nostalgia’ debuts in Riyadh
  • Exhibition reflects upon notions of time and memory in an era of rapid change

RIYADH: The Misk Art Institute launched a new exhibition in Riyadh titled “Tales of Nostalgia” on Monday.

The exhibition showcases the works of 12 Saudi and international artists who reflect upon notions of time and memory, and nostalgia, exploring alternate narratives through emergent technologies.

Curated by Marnie Benney and Misk Art Institute assistant curator, Alia Ahmad Alsaud, it will be on display at the Prince Faisal bin Fahd Art Gallery until Jan. 15. 

“‘Tales of Nostalgia’ is both a reflection upon and a conversation about where we are, as a species, in our endless, intertwined relationship with time and technology,” the organizers said. 

Featuring immersive digital soundscapes, the exhibition aims to shed light on an increasingly technological and digitized world, particularly the increasing importance of artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a series of talks, workshops, and opportunities to listen to and engage with participating artists over the course of several days.

 


Middle East Fashion Week set to return to Dubai this November

Middle East Fashion Week set to return to Dubai this November
Updated 03 October 2022

Middle East Fashion Week set to return to Dubai this November

Middle East Fashion Week set to return to Dubai this November

DUBAI: The second edition of Middle East Fashion Week (MEFW), organized by the Middle East Fashion Council (MEFC), is set to take place from Nov. 7-10 at The Agenda in Dubai Media City.

The event will also hold the second edition of the Middle East Sustainable Fashion Forum –  a panel of speakers leading discussions on environmentally responsible and financially viable ways to integrate sustainable practices into the design process and the supply chain.

Keeping this theme in mind, the choice of venue becomes more apparent. The Agenda’s vision is to become the world’s first carbon-negative performance venue. “The sound and lighting industry is historically very power hungry, and coupled with AC and facilities, traditionally a large CO2 footprint would be in place for an event such as this. The Agenda will be using the latest technology to reduce power consumption,” reads a description on the event's official website.

Guests attending the event will be able to see their individual carbon footprint for attending the shows and how it is offset.

Designer applications for Middle East Fashion Week are open until October 10, 2022. To apply, email [email protected]