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September 16, 2014

Nelly used to be a ballet dancer, which means taking on the role of Samia Gamal should be almost a walk in the park for her. (Image: Facebook)
12:54 GMT
There's a thing or two you didn't know about Nelly Karim and the role she'll be playing next!
Haifa Wehbe is standing up to her ex at last. (Image: Facebook)
12:23 GMT
So much for standing in good terms with the ex. Haifa Wehbe speaks up about her former spouse's claims that she's in a love affair with her director.
Nour El Sherif deserves his accolades.
11:58 GMT
He's a man worthy of recognition, but Nour El Sherif was still deeply touched when he received three awards for his accomplishments in cinema.
Tony Bennett giving his fans a thumbs up! (Image: Facebook)
11:01 GMT
When asked for his first impressions of Israel, Bennett said: “I love it. The audience is so beautiful. Everybody’s so friendly. It’s my first time here, and they treated me a like an old-timer. Couldn’t be better.”
Elissa garners some birthday love for Wael Kfoury on Twitter. (Image: screenshot from Twitter)
10:49 GMT
With a #happybirthdaywaelkfoury campaign, Elissa single-handedly assured her beloved superstar got some special Twitter treatment on his birthday.
Nadia being honored at the Alexandria International Film Festival. (Image: Albawabhnews.com)
09:50 GMT
Nadia al Jundi totes embarrassed herself at the Alexandria International Film Festival, thanks to the seriously revealing dress she was wearing!
Lady Gaga on her Dubai adventure (Image: Facebook).
09:49 GMT
The outrageous diva took our region by storm, and now she's hoping her next big gig will be in outer space with David Bowie.
Three is the magic number: Pascale's son is now 3! (Image: Facebook)
09:27 GMT
Pascale Machalani beamed as she celebrated her son's birthday!
For the first time, 'From A To B', a film which has been locally produced will open the much-awaited Abu Dhabi Film Festival.(Image: Variety.com)
06:00 GMT
City of Life Director Ali Mostafa, who recently wrapped up the filming and post production work on his second film, From A to B, speaks exclusively to Vibhuti Arora about his latest project.

September 15, 2014

Kazem and Omar enjoying the Spanish sunshine together! (Image: Facebook)
14:08 GMT
If in doubt, go on holiday! Kazem el Saher has done just that with his youngest son Omar.
Get all the Elissa gear you ever desired at her new online boutique. (Image courtesy of the online shopping site)
12:30 GMT
She's got the fame and the fortune, but a few extra bucks can't hurt, right?
Everybody loves Assaf, even Ahlam! (Image: Facebook)
12:07 GMT
At the Murex D'or Festival, Ahlam surprised all with hugs, kisses, and kind comments for everyone.
Producer D. Ramirez will be mixing things up next month at Zero Gravity. (Image: Facebook)
10:12 GMT
British producer D. Ramirez, Krafty Kuts, Michael Woods, Joris Voorn, Danny Howard Jazzie B and Hernan Cattaneo are coming, just to name a few.
Sing it, Sérgio Mendes! (Image: Facebook)
09:56 GMT
It's gonna be a seriously jazzed up Abu Dhabi at the festival next year.
Tony Bennett surprised everyone at Lady Gaga's Tel Aviv gig on Saturday night. The two performed "I Can't Give You Anything But Love" from their new jazz collaboration album 'Cheek to Cheek', out September 23. (Image: Facebook)
09:13 GMT
Lady Gaga took Israelis away from Gaza rockets and into another world with her typical outrageous getup and futuristic electronic beats.
Assaf's London concert is set to take place in Westminster this Nov! (Image: Facebook)
09:12 GMT
Mohammad Assaf will be London-bound in November! This will be the Arab Idol star's first ever performance in the British capital!
US actor George Clooney arrives with his fiancee Amal Alamuddin at the Celebrity Fight Night to promote the Andrea Bocelli Foundation on September 7, 2014 in Florence. (AFP PHOTO / STR)
07:39 GMT
Newspapers in Venice say George Clooney will marry Amal Alamuddin in Venice this month... could it be the case?
The Cairo International Film Festival will be held at the Cairo Opera House 9-18 November, 2014. (Image: Al Ahram)
06:11 GMT
The organisers of the 36th Cairo International Film Festival, scheduled to be held between 9 and 18 November, share their plans to revamp the state-run event.

September 14, 2014

Amr Diab was ditched for Ramy Ayach at Shams' big day.
18:13 GMT
Hmm, why the eleventh hour wedding singer switcheroo on Sham's big day?!
Assi in his hospital bed following his operation. (Image: Twitter)
14:09 GMT
Assi Helani didn't get to enjoy his Parisian holiday in full after having to rush back to Lebanon for surgery!
Maryhane confirmed that her sis is officially a wifey! (Image: Facebook)
13:39 GMT
The suspension is over! Egyptian actress Ruby's sister Maryhane has opened up to reveal that the rumors are true: Ruby is married!
Arwa's ready to let her music box shine. (Image courtesy of thearabnights.com)
09:11 GMT
She's too musical to just be a TV show host and Rotana knows it! Arwa has released her first album "Mumaiz" (Unique).
Lady Gaga kicked off her Dubai "artRAVE: The ARTPOP Ball" concert on Wednesday! (Image: Facebook)
08:53 GMT
Lady Gaga's recent Dubai concert a clear indicator that singing is her priority, not starting a family!
Jasmin shows off her perfect bikini body on the shores of Dubai! (Image: Facebook)
07:58 GMT
What better place to spend your holiday than sunny Dubai? That's exactly where The Only Way is Essex reality TV starlet Jasmin Walia headed for her much-needed vacay last week!
This sexy celebrity couple wasn't seen saying "I do" in London over the weekend as rumored.
07:45 GMT
With so many rumors, it's getting really difficult to determine just when and where the Hollywood star will be saying "I do" to his Lebanese lady.
Lady Gaga loved her some henna and hookah. (Image: Instagram)
07:34 GMT
The "Applause" hitmaker seriously loved her time in the UAE and was "overwhelmed with kindness". Go Arab hospitality! Yeah!
The destruction of Syria as seen in a screenshot from Bassem's music video on YouTube.
06:54 GMT
Syrian-American artist Bassem Rashidi says his piece about violence in the war-torn country of Syria through his voice and video talents.

September 12, 2014

Omrer Dror stars in the biopic of Mike Brant. (Image courtesy of  Marcos Domingo Sánchez)
09:00 GMT
Omer Dror, a young Israeli actor, has just gotten the lead role in the movie Mike, directed by Eytan Fox, an Israeli- French co-production that will begin shooting in the first half of 2015.

September 11, 2014

Wael Kfoury stands alone next to his daughter's cake. (Image: Twitter)
09:16 GMT
Ever the faithful daddy, Lebanese heartthrob Wael Kfoury remembered his baby girl's bday and let all his Twitter followers know it, but sadly they couldn't celebrate in person.
Two Moroccan divas on the loose: Donia Batma and Samira Said.
09:06 GMT
Life has gotten topsy-turvy for rising Moroccan singer Donia Batma, despite the fact that she didn't actually have a miscarriage.
These two are tying the knot twice this month. (Image of George Clooneyand his fiancee Amal Alamuddin at the Celebrity Fight Night on September 7, 2014 in Florence courtesy of AFP PHOTO / STR)
08:44 GMT
With a big ol' celebrity bash coming later this month in Venice, Hollywood hottie George Clooney will be tying the knot first to his Lebanese lover Amal Alamuddin in the UK where she currently resides.
Mohammad Subhi should be back at his acting best before long. (Image: Wikipedia)
08:00 GMT
Intense pain sent Egyptian actor Mohammad Subhi to the hospital where ended up going under the knife for his heart.
Elementary, my dear Government! Sherlock Holmes actor shares his take on IS and foreign involvement in Iraq (Image courtesy of www.brainpickings.org)
05:00 GMT
Benedict Cumberbatch stars as the world famous detective Sherlock Holmes on BBC, while in real life he has some intellectual thoughts as well about IS and foreign involvement in Iraq.

September 10, 2014

This little gem brought Jordanian Director Naji Abu Nowar the award for Best Director. (Image: Facebook)
13:14 GMT
Critics say Marhaba to filmmakers from the Middle East; four Jordanian films received special recognition at this year's Venice International Film Festival.
Lady Gaga has never been afraid of showing off her flesh, no matter how much of it there might be. (Image courtesy of www.upskt.com)
13:05 GMT
After getting slammed on social media for her curvacious figure, the "Bad Romance" hitmaker responded by saying she'd "rather be fat than shallow". We wonder how much Gaga flesh the UAE fans will see tonight!
U.S. pop star Lady Gaga arrives at Dubai International airport on September 8, 2014, on her fourth world tour ArtRave: The Artpop Ball Tour, where she will perform at the at Meydan Racecourse on September 10 (Karim Sahib/ AFP).
12:36 GMT
Emirati Mother Monster fans go gaga as the Lady herself lands at Dubai airport.
Hisham Abbas revealed that he is trying to convince famous Egyptian belly dancer Fifi Abdo to star in the film with him to support him.
10:24 GMT
Egyptian singer Hisham Abbas will star in his first film directed by Yasser Zayed and is seeking a certain belly dancer to star alongside him.
Khaled Salim, normally so happy, burst into tears when he remembered the legendary Algerian singer Wardah (Courtesy of Facebook).
09:29 GMT
Egyptian singer Khaled Salim cried upon remembering the late Algerian singer Wardah.
Hannan Turk remarried, and now her ex husband Khaled Khatab has too! (Courtesy of Facebook).
09:23 GMT
After several failed attempts to win his ex-wife Hannan Turk back, Khaled Khatab has moved on and married a younger woman.
An Oktoberfest beer festival at the Theresienwiese in Munich, Germany, on September 22, 2012 (Image courtesy of theatlantic.com).
07:29 GMT
Bring on the Bavarians and the beer! Who says you need to be in Germany to party hardy Oktoberfest style?!
Eskenderella performing at El Genaina theater. (Image: Facebook)
07:05 GMT
Revolutionary artists Eskenderella have released their very first album called Safha Gedida (A New Page).

September 9, 2014

Married after all? Ruby denies media marriage claims. (Image: Facebook)
16:50 GMT
In an "I said," "the media said," Egyptian singer and actress Ruby denies marriage claims.
Lebanese stars were sporting black at Murex d'Or 2014 proving that this timeless color never 'dyes' a death
16:39 GMT
Lebanese stars do Murex d'Or in typical avante-garde style-- showing that the classic black numbers are still winners on the red carpet!
A scene from the star-studded film The Prophet (Courtesy of www.tiff.net).
13:00 GMT
The second Ajyal Youth Film Festival, presented by the Doha Film Institute, will host the Middle East premiere of Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet.
Swedish House Mafia (Courtesy of Facebook).
11:19 GMT
Two-thirds of the Swedish House Mafia are set to round off next month’s Sandance line-up.
Adel Imam has two reasons to smile. (Image courtesy of www.zimbio.com)
10:53 GMT
Next year's holy month will have us feasting our eyes on Adel Imam in not one but two dramas!
Wael Kfoury got up close and personal with Wafa Al Kilani on "The Judge" (Image: Facebook)
10:14 GMT
We've seen him judge others on Arab Idol, but now Wael Kfoury gets questioned by Wafa Al Kilani on the show "Al Hakam" (The Judge) that's aired on MBC1.
Nour El Sherif speaks up about his health at last.
08:55 GMT
Egyptian actor Nour El Sharif has had some serious health issues, but he's remain zipped lipped about it until his recent interview on the talk show "Inta Hur" (You are Free).
Bragelina are tackling self-defense, Israeli style. (Image courtesy of 20th Century Fox)
07:43 GMT
In prep for their new hot and steamy movie together, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are studying the self-defense system developed for the military in Israel.
Hear it from Howie Dorough's heart: he's sorry he didn't sing for you, Israel! (Image: screenshot from YouTube video)
07:26 GMT
Sending out a sincere social media apology, Backstreet Boys' band member Howie Dorough assures Israeli fans that their nixed concert will be rescheduled, maybe in spring 2015.
Amr Diab's latest album (Shuft Al Ayam) is due out September 20 (Image: FB)
05:32 GMT
Egyptian superstar's stray solo track-- a dedication to his daughter -- finds its way on the internet ahead of the official album release date causing a ripple across the musical Mediterranean mainstream.

September 8, 2014

Seeking Nabila Obeid-- brought to you by Rotana
17:59 GMT
Rotana brings us a new talent show - 'seeking Nabila Obeid.'
Clooney and Alamuddin at the Celebrity Fight Night in Italy. (Courtesy of nydailynews.com)
17:00 GMT
George Clooney took his fiance Amal Alamuddin to a Celebrity Fight Night in Italy on Sunday.
Daila Al Buhairi leads Egypt into the latest reality race show with
16:56 GMT
Brace yourself, or even steel yourself for the latest MBC talent show this season -- it's "Qawi Qalbak" (Fortify your heart! Grit your teeth)
Assi with his wife in Paris; They vacationed at the same time that the Morex De Awards ceremony was being held (Courtesy of Facebook).
15:50 GMT
What reason did Assi Helani have to turn down a special invitation to the Morex De Awards ceremony in Lebanon?
These two sure aren't smiling at each other right now!
09:52 GMT
Once he's been shamed, there's clearly no going back for Sherif Mounir.
Dina is down and out after her show was stopped. (Image: Facebook)
09:18 GMT
The new dance program "Al Rakisa" (The Dancer) hosted by belly dancer Dina mysteriously disappeared off the programming schedule after just one episode aired. Is it low ratings, political instability, or something more sinister to blame?
Ghada Abdel Razek with the birthday girl and close friends (Image: Facebook).
08:50 GMT
Ghada's one and only daughter Rotana turned the big 25, and the celebrity momma showed off their birthday fun to the world of her Facebook fans.
Abdelmajid Lakhal is currently in critical condition. (Image courtesy of Wikipedia)
08:05 GMT
The Tunisian government loves the country's multi-talented artist so much, the medical bills for Abdelmajid Lakhal are covered by the state.
Saleh Nass directs "Central Market", debuted at the Calgary International Film Festival.
05:00 GMT
The short film Souq Al Markazi (Central Market) made its way from Bahrain all the way to Canada where the weather is cold, but the feelings about the film are warm!

September 7, 2014

A Japanese woman makes a splash on the Arab street when she steals the show on Arab Idol... in her best Fairouz Arabic!
14:49 GMT
When Dubai held auditions for season 3 of Arab Idol and aired the premier on MBC 1 Friday, a Japanese lady singing Fairouz was soon the talk of the Arab masses!
Awesome Aussie electropop stars Empire of the Sun (L) will star in Dubai's Sandance music festival (Al Bawaba edit).
11:29 GMT
It's on again! Dubai's famed music festival Sandance starts on 10 October 2014.
Now she's given birth, life is a bed of roses for Scarlett! (Facebook)
10:52 GMT
Hollywood actress Scarlett Johansson has given birth to her first child- a daughter called Rose.
Here's to sixty more years, Nancy Ajram! (Image: Facebook)
10:39 GMT
Way to stay in like flynn for six years and counting, Nancy!
The celebrity cousins at the Lebanon Comedy Club Play Room (Image: Twitter)
10:38 GMT
Lebanon's beloved superstar dropped a bomb on fans recently, announcing that he and Canadian music sensation Massari are blood relatives from the same hometown.
Lady Gaga poised to storm the UAE September 10, 2014
10:17 GMT
With Dubai's concert date upon us, we bring you 10 things you must know about the new 'Queen of Pop' - Emirate monsters take note!
When will Mai Ezz Eldin become a Mrs. for real? (Image: Facebook)
09:52 GMT
What's behind the picture with a tiara on her head?
Maya Diab's maxin' and relaxin' in the sun. (Image: Instagram)
09:22 GMT
All work and no play would make Maya a very dull girl, and she knows it well.
Hmm, will Obama be at his bud's big day?
08:49 GMT
There have been mixed reports about whether the U.S. President will be at the A-list event this month, but here's the latest.
Lauren Goodger says she said no to sharing sheets with a man in Dubai. (Image: Twitter)
07:42 GMT
Running away to the UAE after an embarrassing scandal, Celebrity Big Brother house star Lauren Goodger shares what a man in Dubai offered her in exchange for sharing sheets.

September 6, 2014

Lydia Solomon and Gidon Kremer are two international artists coming to play the classics.
07:00 GMT
A dozen concerts with musicians from nearly twice as many countries are coming to Abu Dhabi between October and May thanks to Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi).

September 5, 2014

Mohammad Fouad says he won't play the part of a prankster again. (Image: Facebook)
07:00 GMT
Jokes on those who believed his prankster business was still going. He's done messing with people like that!

September 4, 2014

Here we go again.. Arab Idol-round 3 has arrived! (Image: Courtesy)
13:39 GMT
Mohammed Assaf sure left some big shoes to fill, get ready for Arab Idol 2014!
Rania Abdel Razik's got a full fall schedule ahead. Get ready Egypt! (Image:Facebook)
12:38 GMT
Starting the first movie project in almost two years, the lovely Rania Abdel Razik is back in business getting ready for a brand new movie with screenwriter Abdel Rahim Kamal!
Carole Samaha's bringing us a sweet video for "Sahraneen". (Image: Facebook)
10:00 GMT
Carole Samaha likes her some Thierry Vergnes.
Mina Shalabi is impatiently waiting her next script to be finalized. (Image: Facebook)
08:00 GMT
The script may not be written yet, and the co-stars may not have yet been selected, but Egyptian starlet Mina Shalabi is ready for the "Ahil Al Ayeeb" (People of Taboos) cameras.
Hopefully a little R&R and AC is all Mervat Amin needed to regain her strength. (Image: Facebook)
07:00 GMT
Director Amir Ramsis decided they needed to choose a better time of day to shoot the scenes for the new film "Bitawqeet Al Qahira" after the lead actress experienced severe heat exhaustion.
The 11th Dubai International Film Festival asking filmmakers to bring it! (Image: event logo)
05:00 GMT
Last year we saw the celebrity likes of Cate Blanchett at the A-list event, and this year should be just as spectacular as filmmakers across the Arab world are in a rush to enter their prized work.

September 3, 2014

For his return to the Middle East, the Hoff will switch from the beach to the cinema to judge the best short films in the Arab Film Studio's annual competition (Courtesy of Facebook).
13:03 GMT
David Hasselhoff will be one of 24 judges in the Arab Film Studio's annual amateur short film competition.
Angelina loves her kids and wears her heart not on her sleeve, but on her wedding dress! (Image courtesy of InsideHollywood.net).
11:26 GMT
She did what?!?!? Whether they're Syrian or her own, Angelina Jolie loves children and she shows it on her wedding dress!
Throw your hands up in there 'cause Rudimental will be taking the stage at Sandance along with an all-star lineup. (Image: Facebook)
11:22 GMT
The exciting lineup is slowly being released for the return of Sandance to Atlantic Beach, The Palm on Friday, October 10.
Amr Diab is doting on Ahmad Jamal.
10:59 GMT
Call it a consolation prize if you wish, but Amr Diab has graciously given his song "Fi Qalbi Makanak"(Your Place is in my Heart) to this season two contestant.
Karim Abdel Aziz is tired of having his game face on for his shows. It's time for a comedy (Image: Facebook)
10:42 GMT
"The Blue Elephant" left fans fully content during Eid El Fitr, and now the film's star is hoping for another win with a new romantic comedy.
Ragheb is still as smokin' as ever!
10:09 GMT
Lebanese singer Ragheb Alama is preparing to appear on on the tenth season of "Star Academy."
Tareq Al Ali's health is on the up and up. (Image: Facebook)
09:43 GMT
High fever and a severe case of the flu sent the Kuwaiti comedian actor to the hospital recently.
Three-time Oscars nominee, An Education, is hitting Bahrain tonight.
09:15 GMT
Looking for something fun to spice up the night in Bahrain? Check out this memoir by British journalist Lynn Barbar.
Egyptian comedian and actor Ahmed Helmy [Facebook]
09:05 GMT
Egyptian actor Ahmed Helmy outraged at a well-known newspaper that fabricated a story about him.