Actress Lyna Khoudri’s latest film to screen in France ahead of worldwide cinema debut 

Actress Lyna Khoudri’s latest film to screen in France ahead of worldwide cinema debut 
The French-Algerian actress stars in ‘Nos Frangins.’ (Supplied)
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Updated 09 November 2022

Actress Lyna Khoudri’s latest film to screen in France ahead of worldwide cinema debut 

Actress Lyna Khoudri’s latest film to screen in France ahead of worldwide cinema debut 

DUBAI: French Algerian actress Lyna Khoudri’s film “Nos Frangins,” or “Our Brothers,” is set to screen in France this weekend ahead of its international cinema debut in December — and the star will be in attendance at the event.  

The hotly anticipated film by three-time Oscar-nominated director Rachid Bouchareb will screen on Nov. 12 at a movie theater in the Parisian neighborhood of Saint-Denis called Cinéma l'Écran de Saint-Denis.  

The movie tells the harrowing true story of French Algerian student Malik Oussekine who died in police custody in 1986 following several weeks of student protests against a university reform bill. Khoudri plays the role of his sister. 

Khoudri stars alongside a stellar cast that includes fellow French Algerian actor Reda Kateb, Raphael Personnaz, Samir Guesmi and newcomer Adam Amara. 

Khoudri, Kateb and Guesmi will all attend the premiere this weekend.   

“Nos Frangins” had its global premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in May. It launched in the Cannes Première section.   

At the “Nos Frangins” photocall in Cannes, the 29-year-old evoked casual-cool wearing a glittering silver shirt and a red miniskirt by Chanel.

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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She attended the red carpet premiere, alongside her castmates Guesmi and Kateb, wearing a sheer black embroidered dress from Chanel’s spring 2022 couture collection. 

“The French Dispatch” actress has had a busy year.  

She is currently filming “The Three Musketeers.”  

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Her film “Novembre” also had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in May.  

In “Novembre,” which tells the story of the terrorist attacks in Paris on the night of Nov. 13, 2015, the actress takes on the role of Samia, a charitable young woman who volunteers at a homeless camp. Her flat mate is bankrolling her cousin, one of the terrorists. 

Alongside acting, Khoudri also has an interest in fashion.  

She is a Chanel brand ambassador and made her runway debut at the Chanel 2023 cruise show that took place in May in Monaco.  

Staged by famed directors Sofia and Roman Coppola, Khoudri was featured alongside models Blesnya Minher, HyunJi Shin, Mariam de Vinzelle and Vivienne Rohner. 


‘Lord of the Rings’ star Andy Serkis confirmed to attend MEFCC in Abu Dhabi

‘Lord of the Rings’ star Andy Serkis confirmed to attend MEFCC in Abu Dhabi
Updated 02 February 2023

‘Lord of the Rings’ star Andy Serkis confirmed to attend MEFCC in Abu Dhabi

‘Lord of the Rings’ star Andy Serkis confirmed to attend MEFCC in Abu Dhabi

DUBAI: British actor, writer, filmmaker and producer Andy Serkis – most known for his motion-capture performances in blockbuster films – has been confirmed as one of the celebrity guests at the Middle East Film and Comic Con in Abu Dhabi, running from March 3 – 5.  

The actor, who will be in attendance on March 4 and 5, has brought to life several iconic computer-generated characters, including Gollum in “Lord of the Rngs” franchise, Caesar the ape in the “Planet of the Apes” trilogy, Captain Haddock in “The Adventures of Tintin” and Supreme Leader Snoke in the “Star Wars” films.  

The actor also most recently portrayed Kino Loy in the Star Wars DIsney+ series “Andor,” streaming in the Middle East on OSN.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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In an upcoming role, Serkis will play millionaire villain David Robey in “Luther: The Fallen Sun,” the movie sequel to the popular Idris Elba-led TV series, “Luther.”  

Speaking with Total Film, Serkis said of the role, “I don’t think I’ve come across anything quite as dark for a long time.”  

The script forced him to ask, “do I really actually at this point in the world and time and my life, want to go down this particular rabbit hole of something that’s so hard to fathom in humanity?” 

Meanwhile, at MEFCC, fans can also expect to meet “House of the Dragon” and “Doctor Who” star Matt Smith as well as “Star Wars” veteran Anthony Daniels, who played android C3PO in all 10 films.  


Review: Up for an Oscar, ‘The Elephant Whisperers’ is a heart-warming joy to watch 

Review: Up for an Oscar, ‘The Elephant Whisperers’ is a heart-warming joy to watch 
Updated 02 February 2023

Review: Up for an Oscar, ‘The Elephant Whisperers’ is a heart-warming joy to watch 

Review: Up for an Oscar, ‘The Elephant Whisperers’ is a heart-warming joy to watch 

CHENNAI: Short documentary “The Elephant Whisperers” is in the running for the Best Documentary Short Film at the upcoming Academy Awards and after watching the Indian Netflix offering, you may well find yourself wondering how Academy voters are going to resist the extremely moving documentary about two adorable baby elephants and their warm-hearted caretakers, Bomman and Bellie.  

They live in the lush and delightfully picturesque terrain of Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. With its myriad colors, varied vegetation and fantastic species – captured vividly by Karan Thapliyal and others — the film kept me absorbed for all of its 41 minutes.  

Helmed by Kartiki Gonsalves with narration penned by Priscilla Gonsalves, “The Elephant Whisperers” is crisp and refreshing. As one writer put it, it is this year’s “My Octopus Teacher” — the 2020 Oscar-winning documentary tracing the bond between a filmmaker and an octopus. 

The core story here is about two elephant calves, Raghu and Ammu, who are treated like their own children by the couple. 

When Raghu's mother is killed, forest officials hand the baby to Bomman and Bellie. There are some moving visuals of how the “parents” take care of the calf. There is more joy to come when another calf, Ammu, is also handed over the couple. The two babies hit it off, and it is lovely to watch them play and tussle with eachother. 

Scenes of Bomman giving the animals a bath and later playing football with them remain etched in my memory. The couple feed them just like they would their own children and the feeling of affection is captivating and wonderfully translated on screen. 

As the environment becomes a buzzword in the media, it is especially touching when Bomman says we live off the forest, but we should also protect it. And despite the fact that Bellie's husband was killed by a tiger, she gets over her fear of the forest and begins to mingle with it. Later, when Bomman and Bellie get married, it seems like they have forged a perfect union not just with each other, but also with the rich forest that they call their home.  


Review: ‘Shotgun Wedding’ is a rom-com action flick that is big, dumb – and lots of fun

Review: ‘Shotgun Wedding’ is a rom-com action flick that is big, dumb – and lots of fun
Updated 02 February 2023

Review: ‘Shotgun Wedding’ is a rom-com action flick that is big, dumb – and lots of fun

Review: ‘Shotgun Wedding’ is a rom-com action flick that is big, dumb – and lots of fun

LONDON: Cinema, in its purest form, is about escapism. And what could be more escapist than a rom-com starring Jennifer Lopez as a bride whose extravagant beach wedding is gatecrashed by a group of pirates?

Throw in Josh Duhamel as her slightly dopey husband, Lenny Kravitz as a handsome ex-boyfriend and Jennifer Coolidge as her future mother-in-law and you have got just about everything you need for a couple of hours of mindless entertainment.

Just as Darcy (Lopez) and Tom (Duhamel) are having doubts about their imminent nuptials, they find themselves the only ones not taken hostage by a band of fearsome brigands. Sneaking around their luxury destination wedding, the feuding couple must put aside their doubts and team up to save their family and friends.

High art this is not – but that is no bad thing. “Shotgun Wedding,” directed by “Pitch Perfect” and “Sisters” helmer Jason Moore, is a goofy, lovable riot. It flips a bunch of rom-com tropes on their head, has a charismatic lead in Lopez and – most importantly – does not take itself too seriously.

It also has a secret weapon in Coolidge, who is finally getting the plaudits her stellar comedic talents have long deserved, and who absolutely runs away with the movie as Tom’s mother, Carol.

It is not all seamless, for sure. There are some hinky effects work on the set pieces, a few narrative leaps that are telegraphed about an hour in advance, and some rather plodding exposition right around the time the action starts to ramp up.

But “Shotgun Wedding” is such dumb fun it is hard to hold a grudge. It won’t alter your perceptions, and it won’t make you reassess your life choices, but it will make you laugh. And, let’s face it, watching J-Lo whoop a bunch of terrorists is a decent way to spend a couple of hours.


Saudi social media star Osama Marwah nominated for a Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Award 

Saudi social media star Osama Marwah nominated for a Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Award 
Updated 02 February 2023

Saudi social media star Osama Marwah nominated for a Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Award 

Saudi social media star Osama Marwah nominated for a Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Award 

DUBAI: Saudi social media star and YouTuber Osama Marwah has been nominated for the Favorite Arab Star prize at the 2023 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Award, it was announced on Wednesday.  

“When we were younger, we watched Nickelodeon. Today, we are among the nominees,” he wrote to his 4.2 million followers on Instagram. “Thank God. If it wasn’t for God and you, we wouldn’t be anything. Good luck to my creative friends who are also nominated.” 

Best known for his vlogs and prank videos, Marwah is competing with Syrian comedian and social media personality Amro Maskoun, Jordanian YouTuber Raghda Kouyoumdjian – famous for her short comedy skits and lip sync videos; and Rozzah, a 19-year-old Jordanian content creator with more than 4.2 million followers.  

The Favorite Arab Star award honors talents from the Middle East and North Africa. 

The awards ceremony will take place on March 4 and will air in the Middle East on March 7 at 4:00 p.m. (Saudi time). The event will also be available to watch on OSN+ from March 8 onwards.  

CBS Sports Analyst Nate Burleson and social media star Charli D’Amelio host the event.  

Jordanian YouTuber Raghda Kouyoumdjian is famous for her short comedy skits and lip sync videos. (Supplied)

D’Amelio said in a released statement: “I got slimed at the KCAs in 2021, saw my sister get slimed at last year’s show and now, no one is safe with me as co-host!” 

“Nate and I will make sure this year’s show is full of unexpected slime shots, impressive dances and surprise tricks along the way,” she added.  

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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First-time nominees for this year’s edition include Jenna Ortega, Jack Harlow, GAYLE, Joji, Nicky Youre and Letitia Wright, among others.  

“Stranger Things” leads the pack with six nominations, followed by “That Girl Lay Lay,” “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series” and “The Fairly OddParents: Fairly Odder” with four nominations each.  

Fans around the world can now cast their votes across 31 categories on the official Kids’ Choice Awards website, with an additional 32 international categories available in regions around the world.  


Review: ‘Extraordinary’ shows there’s still life in the superhero genre  

Review: ‘Extraordinary’ shows there’s still life in the superhero genre  
Updated 02 February 2023

Review: ‘Extraordinary’ shows there’s still life in the superhero genre  

Review: ‘Extraordinary’ shows there’s still life in the superhero genre  
  • New British comedy series is as clever as it is risqué  

LONDON: Shows such as “The Boys” and “Invincible” have shown that, though the superhero genre can often feel a mite overcrowded, there remains some scope for creative (albeit alternative) freedom.  

Into that space steps “Extraordinary” — a UK comedy series that’s part of the first wave of British content commissioned by Disney+ under its Star banner.  

“Extraordinary” is set in a world where everybody gets a superpower when they turn 18 years old. (Supplied)

Created and written by Emma Moran, “Extraordinary” is set in a world where everybody gets a superpower when they turn 18 years old. Everybody except Jen (Mairead Tyers), that is, who is about to turn 25 and still doesn’t appear to be gifted in any way whatsoever. Jen lives with her flatmate and best friend Carrie (who channels the deceased in her job at a solicitors), Carrie’s feckless boyfriend Kash (who can turn back time and dreams of being a vigilante), and their cat (who may not even be a cat at all). 

Given that starting premise, you might expect a narrative arc of loving self-discovery and acceptance — not least because Disney is behind the show. And while there is an air of predictable familiarity about this eight-episode first season, “Extraordinary” carves out an identity all its own with a charming blend of risqué humor and observational affirmation. 

Without giving too much away, Jen is such a likable lead character because Tyers makes her so wonderfully, fallibly human. Sure, there might be flying delivery drivers and invisible muggers, but people still go on awkward first dates, still humiliate themselves during job interviews, and still get let down by their lazy boyfriends, even if said boyfriend has the ability to reverse his mistakes by squeezing his eyes shut. 

There are some missteps, certainly — a few of the gags feel overused, for example, and some of the supporting characters feel a little flimsy and cartoonish — but “Extraordinary” has a novel concept, an exciting young creator with bags of ideas, a talented bunch of actors who buy into the silliness of it all, and enough energy and pep to live up to its name.