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May 22, 2015

Hungarian singer Boggie was forced by Israel to remove part of her video display over Gaza references. (YouTube)
11:42 GMT
Israel makes it to the final and complains about Hungary's entry, which references Gaza in the original video.

May 21, 2015

Ghita is originally from Casablanca, Morocco but is studying in the US. (Facebook)
15:02 GMT
Ghita, a student from Casablanca, was discovered via social media and will be opening for Maroon 5 at the star-studded Mawazine Festival that starts on May 29th.
Rami Sabry, before and after. (Al Rai News/Al Bawaba edit)
14:05 GMT
The Egyptian singer unveiled his new look on his Facebook page - what do you think?
Fawaz Gruosi poses on the catwalk with models adorned with de GRISOGONO's latest DIVINE HIGH JEWELLERY CREATIONS.
13:59 GMT
Any Hollywood celebrity's outfit wouldn't be complete without Lebanese-Italian jeweler de GRISOGONO's creations. The same goes for the luxurious brand's annual most-anticipated soirée of Cannes.
Sama was facing a six month prison sentence over the alleged insult. (Facebook)
11:34 GMT
Egyptian belly dancer Sama al-Masry is acquitted for insulting Zamalek Club Chief Mortada Mansour on satellite tv. Maybe hold your tongue next time?
Ezz's appeal to the Family Court has been rejected twice. (File photo)
09:58 GMT
Oh, Ahmed Ezz, things don't seem to be going well for you in court at all!
Multi-award winning Khaled Abol Naga is no stranger to tackling difficult human rights and conservation issues. (Photo courtesy of Ol Pejeta)
08:16 GMT
Egyptian hottie Khaled Abol Naga joins model/actress Nargis Fakri in a celebrity-fuelled fundraising effort to save the world's last male white rhino.
George says that him and wife Amal live just like the rest of us! (File photo)
05:00 GMT
Do George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin live "normal" lives? so he says!

May 20, 2015

Dorra's got her mind on Ahmed Ezz. (Edited for illustrative purposes)
14:37 GMT
Troubled singer Ahmed Ezz has found another fan in the form of Tunisian songstress Dorra, who admits to having a crush on the artist.
Maya Diab loves her some "Ya Merayti”. (Screenshot from clip edited for illustrative purposes)
14:08 GMT
Maya Diab tweeted her compliments to the songstress for her new video clip “Ya Merayti”.
Backstreet Boys live in Israel (Twitter)
13:50 GMT
Backstreet Boys are back in Israel at last, and their first gig in the country was a hit.
(Courtesy of Arab News)
13:39 GMT
Mothanna Anbar is one of the uncovered musical gems that Saudi Arabia has to offer.
Bobby McFerrin and Chick Corea in concert.
13:06 GMT
Legendary jazz performers Chick Corea and Bobb McFerrin have four gigs in Israel this July
A still from the film Dégradé. (Doha Film Institute)
11:57 GMT
"Dégradé," by the Palestinian twins Tarzan and Arab Nasser, is set in a hair salon in Gaza where thirteen trapped women chat, argue and eventually boil over.
A still of Ahlam eating watermelon live on air on the "Golden Mic" show. (YouTube still)
10:50 GMT
When Ahlam wants watermelon, she eats watermelon... even if she's in a studio, surrounded by hundreds of people, and celebrities, and while it's live on air!
Alice, Nadine and Farah are apparently "too boring for TV"! (H24 Info)
08:38 GMT
Alice, Nadine and Farah Abdel Aziz have been touted as "boring and unrepresentative of Lebanese women."
Li Bingbing In Zuhair Murad Couture at "The Sea Of Trees" Cannes Film Festival Premiere. (Style Fluid Trendz)
07:44 GMT
It goes without saying that Lebanese designers have wowed audiences at almost every global art or entertainment event.
Image Nation CEO Michael Garin, Amena Al Nowais and focus of her film, Omnia. (Seven Media)
07:19 GMT
Amena Al Nowais, 26,won Abu Dhabi's Image Nation's first documentary competition.

May 19, 2015

Mutlu was shot in the head after appearing on a Turkish talent show. (Akgazete)
14:12 GMT
Turkish teenager Mutlu Kaya received death threats after appearing on a Turkish televised talent show, before getting shot in the head.
Zeina has a friend in her former lover. (Facebook)
11:44 GMT
Egyptian actor Tamer Abdel Moneim surprised viewers on ET Arabic about his relational past with Zeina.
Said was crowned winner of Ukraine Got Talent 2015 this week. (All4Syria)
11:25 GMT
Syrian Said Jurdi wins the 2015 Ukrainian edition of Got Talent.
Tamer Hosny proudly waving the Egyptian flag. (Facebook)
10:47 GMT
Tamer Hosny for the win! The Egyptian singer's album "180 Degrees" has been purchased more than any other Rotana record over the last year.
Lebanese singer-turned-actress Nicole Saba is totally fed up with the latest rumor chasing her famous self on the web! (Facebook)
10:01 GMT
Nicole Saba is tired of online trolls making up rumors about her.
Imam celebrated his 75th birthday on Sunday. (File photo)
09:21 GMT
Egyptian actor Adel Imam received a top-of-the-range car for his 75th birthday!
Mustafa was one of Egypt's most well-known and beloved actors. (elcinema)
08:32 GMT
Veteran Egyptian actor Hasan Mustafa sadly passed away on Tuesday.
Janet is returning to the music scene for the first time after her brother Michael Jackson's death. (Jade African)
07:46 GMT
Seven years after Michael Jackson's death, Janet is coming back with a new album and a world tour.
Louis C.K. ribbing on the fight between Palestinians and Israelis
06:47 GMT
SNL's 40th season came to a close with some quips on the tension between Palestinians and Israelis by comedian Louis C.K.
Natalie Portman at Cannes Film Festival. (Twitter)
05:00 GMT
"A Tale of Love and Darkness" was shot in Natalie Portman's hometown of Jerusalem, and she shares how hard it was to learn Hebrew for it.

May 18, 2015

Zebeida Tharwat said in a recent interview that her father had rejected her marriage to legendary Egyptian singer Abdel Halim Hafez. (File photo)
22:12 GMT
Who's the Egyptian actress whose dad wouldn't let her marry Abdel Halim Hafez?
Lebanese actress and husband at Cannes (banotacool.com)
14:39 GMT
One of Lebanon's most beautiful celebrities is representin' our region at this year's Cannes Festival.
"Bad Blood" actresses after wrapping up filming the music video. (Twiter)
14:02 GMT
Taylor Swift has had us on the edge of our seats for her "Bad Blood" music video, which she finally debuted at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards. Surprise, one of our region's own - Gigi Hadid - makes an appearance in the clip.
The controversial image posted by Madonna on Instagram. (Instagram)
13:43 GMT
Madonna both shocked and offended some of her fans with an Instagram post of Jewish and Muslim men about to kiss!
I mean, she looks prego, right?! (Facebook)
13:39 GMT
We dare to question it....could there be a bun in the oven?
Filming of “Indiana Jones and the Holy Grail” in Petra. (lowcostholidays.com )
12:46 GMT
USA Today has an online vote for the world's filming location, and as of today, Petra ranks number one!
Amy and Hassan look super happy in this snapshot together! (Instagram)
10:04 GMT
A new cosy picture of Amy Samir Ghanem and Hassan Raddad fuels love relationship rumors.
Dunia angered many of her fans by posting a picture of this anti-God tattoo. (Al Watan Voice)
09:15 GMT
Young Egyptian actress Dunia Masoud should have known better than to offend her fans with a "tattoo against God"!
Hadi Sarieddine (Facebook)
08:56 GMT
Benevolent band member Hadi Sarieddine shines light on the heavy metal scene in the Emirates
Jury members Leila Hatami, Sofia Coppola and president Jane Campion. (Pascal Le Segretain/WireImage)
07:42 GMT
Iran significantly steps up its presence in Cannes this year as Tehran opens up to the world ahead of a possible suspension of Western sanctions.

May 17, 2015

Egyptian singer Um Kulthoum's legend lives on (Ahot.tumblr.com)
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This year marks the 40th anniversary of the legendary artist's passing, and France's Arabesque Festival for Arab World Art dedicate this year's event to Um Kulthoum
Cairo Opera House played some fun movie music. (Facebook)
14:35 GMT
Sound of Egypt Orchestra strayed for the classical norm and played music from well known Egyptian movies on May 8.
Ahlam throws her claws at another victim. (Al Bawaba archived image)
14:22 GMT
The queen of mean is being royally rude once again. She gives her support to the woman that verbally attacked Abeer Sabry in the UAE and filmed the whole incident.
"Pretty Woman" star Julia Roberts. (Wiki Commons)
13:06 GMT
George Clooney's co-star and celebrity pal Julia Roberts gave his Lebanese wife, Amal Clooney her stamp of approval.
Pop icons Backstreet Boys performing in Perth, Australia this week. (Facebook)
12:59 GMT
After canceling last summer's shows because of the Gaza war, Backstreet Boys are finally back to perform in Israel.
Michelle with her date Saudi Arabian film producer Mohammed al Turki. (AFP)
12:28 GMT
Michelle Rodriguez opts for a Zuhair Murad dress to the Mad Max: Fury Road premiere in Cannes.
Nancy Ajram tips her hat to Trevi Fountain.
11:47 GMT
Is there any birthday present better than a getaway to Rome? Nancy Ajram celebrates turning 32 Italian style.
Happy birthday Miss Turk! (Music Nation)
08:51 GMT
Hala al Turk celebrates her 13th birthday with family & friends!
Haitham Khalaily singing in honor of the anniversary of Nabka. (Facebook)
08:35 GMT
Haitham Khalaily only came in second at last year's Arab Idol competition, but his career's not over. He sang for his Palestinian people over the weekend in honor of the anniversary of Nabka.
Emirati director Ali Mostafa's sci-fi project "The Worthy" to be produced by genre experts Peter Safran (The Conjuring) and Steven Schneider (Paranormal Activity). (D-Journal)
07:58 GMT
Emirati director Ali Mostafa's sci-fi project "The Worthy" to be produced by genre experts Peter Safran (The Conjuring) and Steven Schneider (Paranormal Activity).

May 16, 2015

Lohan has had a difficult few years involving spells in jail and rehab and a well-documented struggle with alcohol. (Social News Daily)
09:12 GMT
Did or didn't LiLo convert to Islam after being spotted with a copy of the Quran last week?

May 14, 2015

Khaled al-Sawy's struggle with Hepatitis C has caused him to be hospitalized at times. (CBC)
19:52 GMT
Then watch his interview on "Nazra" on Friday.
Abeer Sabry getting assaulted at check out. (YouTube)
14:32 GMT
Is the Emirati preacher trying to draw traffic to that YouTube clip of Abeer Sabry getting slammed for indecent clothing? He's prohibited people from watching, but we all know that just means it's gonna garner more views now.
Although the image is blurry, "Kenzy" looks super cute in the picture. (Facebook)
10:25 GMT
Khaled Selim becomes a father for the second time since 2012!
Zeina's heart warming Instagram.
09:37 GMT
Zeina went for the sympathy vote while Ahmed Ezz got some unsolicited praise from Asala. Either way, these two are working hard to improve their reps.
Ricky and his beau are going on vacation to Beirut. (Ticketcrusader.com)
09:25 GMT
Ricky Martin is coming to Lebanon with his new boyfriend!
Abu Dhabi's film authority are hoping to strengthen their film industry with the West. (Wfeg.com.au)
08:05 GMT
A delegation from the Media Zone Authority – Abu Dhabi will attend the Cannes Film Festival to promote the UAE capital as a filming and production hub.
LiLo was spotted with a copy of the Quran on Wednesday. (Ummid)
07:43 GMT
Desperate times call for desperate measures: LiLo turns to the Quran during her troubled time.
Mona Hala's shocking interview.
06:39 GMT
Homosexuals are being persecuted in Egypt, but actress Mona Hala isn't happy about it.

May 13, 2015

Does JLo have reason to be jealous? (Facebook)
16:43 GMT
The Moroccan musical event of the season will soon be upon us, so grab your tickets now to see JLo at the Mawazine Festival.
Abeer Sabri get verbally attacked in store. (File photo)
16:18 GMT
Abeer Sabry was shopping in the UAE when a woman starts calling her and Egyptian actress Ferial names for their revealing outfit. The outburst was captured on video, which has since gone viral.
Mohammed Assaf and his new award. (Facebook)
15:03 GMT
Mohammed Assaf was warmly welcomed in Egypt, as shown by the award he can now add to his collection!
Anabella and Nancy have had their differences on the show. (Nawaret)
14:31 GMT
Rumor has it that Arab Idol host Anabella Hilal is stepping down because of Nancy Ajram's jealousy issues!
DMC brought the house down in Bahrain. (Facebook)
13:35 GMT
Most celebs like to keep their off-limits celebrity status and jet set out of the city they are performing in sooner than you can say "Shukran!", but DMC was different.
Ashibah's painting the town red tonight. (Facebook)
13:01 GMT
Talented singer and DJ Ashibah will be rockin' her sultry tracks tonight at The Tap in Cairo.
Saudi singer Mohamed Abdo, Emirati singer Habib Elyasi and one of the region’s most popular comedians, Bader Saleh will bee keeping us entertained this summer. (Facebook)
12:43 GMT
No need to jet set out of the UAE this summer with these exciting gigs in the lineup.
Mainstream Arabic pop music, with artists mainly from Egypt and Lebanon, tends to be far more popular and draw larger crowds in Jordan. (Sequenza 21)
11:45 GMT
Jordanian artists talk about their struggle as independent musicians in Amman.
Amal loves to dine out with her hubby George. (IBN Live)
10:19 GMT
George Clooney says Amal is a "bad" cook, but an expert at making restaurant reservations!
Carole looks pretty in pink and PREGNANT! (Facebook)
09:19 GMT
Lebanese superstar Carole Samaha has finally let the cat out of the bag, announcing to the world that she's pregnant!
Mohammed during his visit to Cairo's Virgin Megastores. (Facebook)
08:27 GMT
The Palestinian superstar revealed his plans for a new Egyptian single!

May 12, 2015

The Circle will be produced by Tom Hanks. (Page Six)
20:28 GMT
Abu Dhabi’s Image Nation to finance Tom Hanks' upcoming film "The Circle."
In April, “The Trace of the Butterfly” won the Audience Award in the International Women’s Film Festival Dortmund. (Swr.de)
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“The Trace of the Butterfly” won the Audience Award in the International Women’s Film Festival Dortmund.
Sting will be taking Morocco by storm. (Facebook)
12:57 GMT
Morocco's Mawazine Music Festival has added English singer Sting to the exciting lineup.
Kylie won't be performing in Istanbul next month. (Facebook)
10:46 GMT
Who wants to see Kylie Minogue in Istanbul? Not many people, apparently!
After a wild week of birthday festivities for her actor husband George's 54th birthday, it is back to work for Amal Clooney. (Indian Express)
09:37 GMT
Amal Clooney and birthday boy George head back to work following weeklong celebrations.
Somaya al-Khashab modeling the world's most expensive gown (Facebook)
09:26 GMT
Diamonds are a girls' best friend, and Egyptian actress Somaya al-Khashab wore the world's most bedazzled and expensive dress on the market.
Youssef will be the first person from the Middle East to host the Emmys. (File photo)
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It's the first time someone from the Middle East is to host the awards ceremony.

May 11, 2015

Volcano's Facebook page describes him as a Benghazi-based rapper who also studies English translation at Benghazi University - the oldest education establishment in Libya. (Daily Caller)
14:40 GMT
Libyan MC records music video among Benghazi warzone as bombs drop around him and fighters fire machine guns.
A still from one of Abidin's TLS's videos. (Adel Abidin's official website)
12:56 GMT
Contemporary Iraqi artist Adel Abidin has turned patriotic Saddam Hussein songs into catchy tunes sung by sexy blonde singers!
Tania believes that one day she will be able to take the Lebanese song to a better place. (Red Zone)
12:14 GMT
Tania Saleh has launched her new album, "Shwayit Souwar/A Few Images," in Lebanon in partnership with Baalbeck International Festival.
A screenshot from Hala's latest music video "Live in the Moment." (YouTube still)
11:30 GMT
What makes Bahraini singer Hala Turk so special?
Ahmed Ezz has a new look that's also garnering him some attention. (Al Bawaba archived image)
10:30 GMT
Ahmed Ezz is staying in the spotlight one way or another.
Salma Hayek was adored in Beirut. (Twitter)
10:20 GMT
Salma Hayek is proof that the Lebanese know how to roll out the red carpet and welcome their celeb guests.
Natalie Portman will be glittering up a new set. (Twitter)
10:02 GMT
Natalie Portman has picked the role United States Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to play in a film titled "On The Basis of Sex".
Rania Youssef, Horeya Farghaly, Zeina and Abeer Sabry are all starring in various Ramadan series this year.
09:28 GMT
Want to see these celebs on screen this summer? Read about the roles these four have scored this Ramadan.
Suede concert is on like donkey kong. (Facebook)
09:06 GMT
Suede went over well in Tel Aviv four years ago, and we're banking the Britpop group will score again with their gig at the Mivtachim Menorah Arena on July 30
The Wanton Bishops is a Lebanese rock band formed in Beirut, Lebanon in 2011. (File photo)
08:39 GMT
Emerging musicians have an exciting opportunity to have their tracks featured on a compilation vinyl being produced by Axe.

May 10, 2015

Amal Clooney. (Al Bawaba archived image)
20:32 GMT
Amal Clooney's niece Mia sure looks a lot like her auntie.
Haifa Wehbe's shocking behind the scenes pic of "Mariam". (Al Bawaba file)
19:48 GMT
Could singers Haifa Wehbe and Mohammed Kilani be intimately involved?
George and Amal are still in the honeymoon phase of their relationship. (File photo)
10:41 GMT
Clooney not only praised his wife Alamuddin’s beauty and stylish look, but also her level of intelligence.
Mayssa and Saad have been friends for a very long time! (Alyaqza.com)
10:03 GMT
Moroccan singer Mayssa Maghrebi's fans aren't happy with her hugging singer Saad el Mjarad.
The ten short films that will be screened at the Cannes Film Festival. (Ahram)
09:15 GMT
Almost 2400 short films from around the world will be screened at this year's Cannes Festival, ten of them are Egyptian.
The caricature of Zeina as posted by Ahmed Ezz online. (Al Watan Voice)
08:29 GMT
Ahmed Ezz hit back at Zeina's caricature of him by posting a satirical cartoon of her!
She's officially engaged to her Mr lova lova! (Al Watan Voice)
07:57 GMT
Ayten Amer is now engaged to be married!
Abu Dhabi Film Festival is closing down. (ADFF logo)
05:00 GMT
The Abu Dhabi Film Festival is no more. Check out why.
Director Haifaa Al-Mansour from Saudi Arabia will be part of the jury of the Un Certain Regard section. (Al Bawaba archive)
05:00 GMT
Haifaa Al-Mansour, known for Wadjda, and three other Arab filmmakers made into juries for this year's Cannes film festival.
We won't be seeing anymore pda coming from these two. (AFP)
05:00 GMT
Singer Cody Simpson can no longer stake claim on those gorgeous Palestinian looks anymore

May 9, 2015

Elissa at the Mall of the Emirates (Twitter).
16:20 GMT
Elissa has a new video clip "My Mirror" just after "My Hometown" was a major online hit with over a million views in its first week of publishing.