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The Women, The Assaulters And The Deceivers: A Quick Recap Of The 90th Academy Awards

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This is a quick recap for all those who haven’t had the chance to watch last night’s 90th Academy awards. We hope you find our wrap up helpful! Alright, so first off, let’s start with Jimmy Kimmel’s opening monologue.

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This is not the first time that Kimmel hosts the Oscars, in fact, he hosted them last year as well. And because he did such a good job at it, they decided to bring him back again this year. This year’s opening monologue got so many mixed reactions.

Kimmel chose to address Equal rights, equal pay, sexual harassment and minority treatment in his speech, which wasn’t met with a lot of joyful faces among the spectators.

Not of course, those in the same room, I’m talking about the people who were watching the Oscars around the world. Some described the monologue as bland and boring, some even went so far as to complain about Kimmel’s “ranting” on and on about all those people who aren’t getting their rights. In spite of how fake and plastic Hollywood is, we personally believe that this speech is brave and much needed. Kimmel pulled no punches in his monologue this year, no singing, no dancing, none of all those shenanigans and in our opinion, he did quite a decent job.

Mr. Gary Oldman

But then, after all that talk about “The New Hollywood” and a night that was supposedly dedicated to celebrating women empowerment, the Academy so audaciously chose to give Mr. Gary Oldman the Best Actor in A leading Role award to go home with for his role in “Darkest Hour”. 

Donya Fiorentino

Why is this problematic, you ask? Oldman was accused of domestic assault back in 2001 by his then-wife Donya Fiorentino, who claimed that the actor beat her with a telephone while her children were present in the same room.

Timothee Chalamet

Timothee Chalamet

Oldman has denied those allegations. Oldman was also caught defending accused abusers Alec Baldwin and Mel Gibson in a Playboy interview back in 2014. New Hollywood my ass. In our opinion, this award, being so special, should’ve gone to the other front-runner, the enigmatic 22 year old, Timothee Chalamet, who has proved that age has nothing to do with great skill and incredible talent in his performance in Luca Guadagnino’s “Call Me By Your Name”.

Daniel Day-Lewis

This was Chalamet’s first nomination and he was in fact; the youngest nominee in that category in 80 years, yesterday. Daniel Day-Lewis was also a front-runner for the award, although it was obvious that the three time Academy award recipient was not going to win yesterday, as everyone was betting on Oldman and Chalamet.

The astounding Francis McDormand took home the award for Best Actress in A Leading Role yesterday for her role in Martin McDonagh’s “Three Billboards Outside Ebbbing, Missouri”.

Francis McDormand

The actress truly deserved this award, in our opinion, for her incredible performance in the film and the intensity and the ferociousness that she has brought to her character.

 

Francis McDormand


McDormand
was extremely appreciative of the award when she gave a heartwarming speech, asking her fellow female nominees, while hyperventilating (in all categories) to stand-up as well and asking the audience to salute them for their great efforts. Among the nominees were: Meryl Streep, Soarise Ronan, Greta Gerwig, Sally Hawkins and many more. We love you, Francis.

Sam Rockwell

And now, what would we have done if Sam Rockwell hadn’t won the Best Actor in A Supporting Role? We’re so glad that this is something that we don’t have to think about since that Rockwell won the lottery yesterday after his performance in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbbing, Missouri”.

Sam Rockwell

This is Janney’s first nomination and win and we couldn’t have been happier for her! Her role as LaVona in “I, Tonya” made us all lose hope in humanity, which is a good thing, in Janney’s case.

Guillermo Del Toro’s beautiful filmThe Shape of Waterwon Best Picture after the film lead with 13 nominations and won 4: original score, production design and director, as well. Del Toro’s speech truly gave us all goosebumps. The director said “I want to dedicate this to every young filmmaker, the youth that is showing us how things are done,” he went on.

Janney’s

“Really, they are. In every country in the world. And I was a kid enamored with movies, growing up in Mexico, I thought this could never happen. It happens. And I want to tell you, everyone that is dreaming of using fantasy to tell the stories about the things that are real in the world today, you can do it. This is the door. Kick it open and come in.”

Yesterday’s show was plated with social and political statements, that being said, there were tons of snubs and undeserved wins. That doesn’t only include Gary Oldman, but Kobe Bryant, as well. The former basketball star won an Oscar yesterday for Best Animated Short. Bryant was arrested and charged with sexual assault in 2003, when a 19-year-old hotel employee in Colorado accused him of rape. But, this is Lala land, and whatever Hollywood claims to stand for isn’t, in most times, necessarily the truth. However, we want to congratulate yesterday’s winners, the ones who truly deserved to take the golden statue home.

But here’s our humble message to Hollywood: If you’re going to claim that you stand for something, at least try to do a better job at supporting your own claims. Talk about double standards. Thank you.

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Top Saudi Titles Make it to a Catalogue of 44 Arab Movies on Netflix

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Netflix, the leading entertainment giant, is releasing a new cataglogue that will include 44 movies by Arab directors, such as Youssef Chahine, Youssry Nasrallah, Nadine Labaki, Moustapha Akkad, Anne Marie Jacir, Laila Marrakchi and many more.

Among the list are Saudi titles that have made their debut on Netflix this year, including the newly released and first Saudi thriller and drama series, “Whispers,” the award-winning short film collection “Six Windows in the Desert,” and the first Saudi animation movie, “Masameer.”

The new catalogue will bring together cinematic masterpieces and contemporary rising stars from the Arab world’s entertainment industry, this way giving a platform to Arab talents to display their work.

The stories come from the UAE, Kuwait, Egypt, Lebanon, Tunisia, Morocco, Syria, Algeria and Sudan.

“We want more people around the world to have access to great stories and have the chance to see their lives represented on screen,” said Netflix MENAT Director of Content Acquisitions Nuha El-Tayeb.

“We also believe that great stories come from anywhere and can travel everywhere, connecting with audiences far beyond their place or language of origin,” El-Tayeb added.

“We’re honored to share these classic and contemporary films with our members in the Arab world and globally.”

You can already find some of these film on Netflix and the rest will be available soon.

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Whispers: First Saudi Thriller Series to Debut on Netflix in June

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Netflix’s first Saudi thriller original series entitled ‘Whispers’ will begin streaming on June 11th, the series will be of eight episodes and subtitled in more than 20 languages to stream in 190 countries.

The series is written by Roolan Hassan and produced by the Saudi Entertainment Phenomena Company “EP Saudi.” 

The show tells the story of a family who is facing the death of the family patriarch, Hassan, whose mysterious past comes to the surface and haunts them before the expected launch of the company’s new smart application.

The story then starts developing and showing the different perspectives of the series’ protagonists, in addition to examining social issues that prevail in the series including family feuds and the struggles brought by family businesses. 

Nuha Eltayeb, director of content acquisitions for the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey at Netflix, said: “We believe that great stories can come from anywhere and be loved everywhere.

“Whispers is a fast-paced drama and every episode holds a new clue that will keep viewers wanting more. We are thrilled to be offering the new series to all our users in 190 countries and to be giving them the chance to discover great Arabic content that is full of mysterious twists.” She added.

The series stars Shaimaa Al Fadl, Mysoon Alruwaily, Elham Ali, Nada Tawhid, Norah Alanbar, Leila Arabi, Ali Al Sharif, Osama Al Qass, Mohamed Ali and Abdul Mohsen Alnimer.

‘Whispers’ is a Saudi-produced dramatic thriller series that offers a new take on storytelling and marks my first time working with the great actor, Abdul Mohsen Alnimer. The series also features several unconventional female characters who truly embody the reasons why this project is so close to my heart. I am very proud that Netflix decided to make the series available to their 183 million subscribers worldwide and I hope viewers in Saudi Arabia, the GCC, the Arab region and beyond will enjoy it.” Alomair said in a statement.

We can’t wait to see the promising show and we’re positive that it’s merely the start of more great shows to come our way!

 

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Top Arab Female DJs to Keep on Your Radar

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Let loose and dance your worries away on the tunes of these Arab female DJs whose sounds have uplifted the spirits of many, and March being the month of women, we wanted to take the chance and celebrate these Arab female DJs who are rocking concerts.

Enjoy your next favorite playlist!

DJ Cosmicat

DJ Cosmicat, in one of the very few Saudi female DJs, she is spinning the hottest tunes as one of the DJs contributing greatly to the music scene in the Kingdom.

The Jeddah-based artist has successfully made it as one of the most talented acts in the Kingdom’s Electronic Dance Music (EDM) scene. She rose to the surface after the region’s largest music festival MDL Beast that was just recently held in Riyadh, now thanks to the festival, she’s now on every favorite list of every EDM enthusiast.

Simi & Haze

Sama and Haya Khadra are Saudi-born Palestinian identical twins, not only did they make it as an in demand DJs but they have also made it as fashion icons. The twins are Coachella regulars and you will find them casually hanging out with the Hadids sisters, the Jenner clan and other A-listers.

DJ Akladios

The Egyptian DJ is among the popular DJs in Cairo, she rocked parties in not only Egypt but Europe as well! With that, she was able to create a global fanbase for her fresh mixes of tech-house music.

Tala Mortada

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The Lebanese DJ is one of the big names in Beirut’s club scene, she spins the grooviest of tunes behind the decks of the city’s busiest clubs.

Sonya

Sonya is a Dubai-based DJ who has dominated the party scene in not just the UAE but across the world as well, her upbeat, house, funk and hip-hop mixes are guaranteed to keep you up and dancing! And with high sense of fashion, she was able to land herself gigs at some of the most high-end fashion houses including YSL, Louboutin, Versace and more.

 

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