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20 years on. (Bloomsbury / Scholastic)
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The first Harry Potter book will turn 20 Monday. Read a look back within.
Visitors at Abu Dhabi Art 2016; a floor piece by Hussain Sharif (foreground). (Gulf News)
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Visitors at Abu Dhabi Art 2016; a floor piece by Hussain Sharif (foreground). (Gulf News)
Academy-Award winning director Ron Howard. (TIZIANA FABI - AFP)
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The Han Solo standalone film, which was being directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, has found a new director in Ron Howard, the man behind efforts like "A Beautiful Mind" and "In the Heart of the Sea."

June 22, 2017

"Coal blimey!" (HBO)
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Murray Energy is suing HBO after John Oliver's report on them last Sunday, which criticised the false promises of coal industry leaders in the US and companies' treatment of workers.
From "The Seven Year Itch." (Twentieth Century Fox)
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Beware, Cleopatra: there's a new queen in town and she's decidedly unforgettable. A new Marilyn Monroe statue in Egypt is turning heads and opening mouths.
Jennifer Lopez is Coming Back to Dubai! (Zarina Fernandez - GULFNEWS ARCHIVE)
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Jennifer Lopez will be returning to perform in Dubai. Deets inside.
Tamim Barghouti. (Interlink Books)
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Tamim Barghouti, the son of poet Mourid and novelist Radwa Ashour, discusses the challenges of translating Arabic poetry into English.
Kim Kardashian with daughter Saint. (Instagram / KimKardashian)
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The parents of North and Saint West probably want to add baby Wild to their repertoire by having a surrogate mother...or so rumour has it.
The Night King is waiting for that release date. (HBO)
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The new Game of Thrones trailer has launched. Winter is here, baby, but things look to get a little...explosive.

June 21, 2017

Steven Moffat winning awards, as always. (Phil McCarten/UPI)
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"Sherlock" co-creators and "Doctor Who" writers Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss are reuniting to bring another Victorian novel to TVs near you: Dracula.
This just seemed appropriate. From "Inside Out." (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)
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A lawsuit has been lodged against Disney for their movie "Inside Out" by Denise Daniels.
Fayrouz and Rahbany.
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The iconic Lebanese singer is 81. Can she still bring her A-game to her music? She attempts to answer with her song "Lameen."
From 2012's "Lincoln." (20th Century Fox)
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Daniel-Day Lewis, one of the most selective actors in Hollywood history and the Academy Award-winning talent in films like "Gangs of New York" and "There Will Be Blood," is retiring.
Phil Lord and Chris Miller. (James Atoa/UPI)
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Phil Lord and Chris Miller, directors of "The Lego Movie," have departed the standalone Han Solo movie.

June 20, 2017

Zeina Hashem Beck. (
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"You have to be careful...not to use other people′s suffering for a poem." Lebanese poet Zeina Hashem Beck talks about poetry, responsibility, and her new book, "Louder Than Hearts."
King Kong's got another thing coming. (Original Image: Warner Bros. Pictures)
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The MonsterVerse will continue with "Godzilla: King of the Monsters," which starts production today and is getting ready to go claw-to-claw with other big scary monsters of its ilk.
Mashrou' Leila in Morocco. (Facebook / Mashrou' Leila)
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Jordan has barred popular Lebanese band Mashrou' Leila once again, perhaps banning it. The band, the government said, does not reflect "Jordanian customs and traditions." Al Bawaba decided to ask locals what they knew about the band and the customs and traditions supposedly being violated.
The Book of Gaza. (Carcanet Press Ltd.)
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The complete 2018 PEN Translate Award nominees was released, with Palestinians, Syrians, and women rocking the list. Details inside!
"Don't Extinguish the Sun." (CBC)
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The biggest criticism against "Don't Extinguish the Sun" is that it betrays Egyptian values. But is that even the point?
Jose Alberto Gutierrez. (YouTube / Columbia Javen)
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Once upon a time, Jose Gutierrez noticed a copy of "Anna Karenina" in a bin. He decided he'd give books the happily ever after ending they deserved.
The late Carrie Fisher: actress, writer, script doctor. (ANGELA WEISS / GETTY / AFP)
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Carrie Fisher, the Star Wars actress who passed from cardiac arrest in December, died with traces of hard drugs in her bloodstream, a toxicology report reveals.

June 19, 2017

The late, great Aldo Rock. (Khaleej Times)
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Aldo Rock, Dubai's resident "guitar doctor" and a prominent figure in the Emirati rock scene for two decades, has passed away. His fans and proteges will pay tribute. Get the details here.
Bill Cosby's freedom stands on the line after a litany of sexual assault accusations spanning decades. (EDUARDO MUNOZ ALVAREZ / AFP)
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Despite what Bill Cosby's lawyers say, a mistrial is just that: a mistrial. It is a reset. It is not an acquittal.
Shubbak Festival 2017! (Shubbak Festival)
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Readings, songs, discussions: Arabic poetry will grace London at this year's (exciting as always) Shubbak Festival!
Alwiya al-Thani. (Arab News)
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Alwyiya Al-Thani and Rami Yasin ("The Worthy," "Zinzana") will be representing the UAE at Global Media Makers
He knows you've missed him. (20th Century Fox)
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"Deadpool" star Ryan Reynolds is teasing the new not-superhero movie by publishing pictures on-set.
Don't Extinguish the Sun. (CBC)
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The Internet has decided that, when it comes to love stories this Ramadan, the one couple that can't think straight is the only one that actually matters.
But how do they breed? (Walt Disney Entertainment, Inc.)
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The new Disney-Pixar venture zoomed past Wonder Woman to take gold at the US box office this weekend.

June 18, 2017

Elissa herself.
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"Zakaria" documents the Lebanese superstar's attempts at coming to terms with her h
Probably what Kim Kardashian looked like Tweeting. (E! Network)
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Who said Beyonce's babies needed all the spotlight? Not Kim Kardashian.
More like Lady Java. (Twitter / Starbucks)
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Lady Gaga is working at a Starbucks in LA, serving people their coffee. No reports on how joke names affect her po-po-po-poker face.
The "Arrest Warrant" poster. (El Sobky Production)
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The industry, which has been dead since the 2011 revolution, seems to be back on track, with bigger budgets given to more diverse genres of film.
Showing off that baby bump. (beyonce / Instagram)
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Queen Bey and her husband Jay-Z have became proud parents to baby twins just a few hours ago.

June 17, 2017

Director John Avildsen. (Matt Winkelmeyer - GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA - AFP)
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Oscar-winning director John Avildsen passed away Friday. His two most famous stars, Sylvester Stallone ("Rocky") and Ralph Macchio ("The Karate Kid"), paid him homage.
Cosby arriving at the first date of court. (Mark Makela / Getty Images)
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Bill Cosby, once a beloved comedian turned subject of numerous sexual assault accusations, will walk free on bond following a hung jury.
The Bomb Guys. (Rotana TV)
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The popular TV show might find that its fuse will be short, the Saudi Arabian government has warned, because it's becoming too provocative for the "ultraconservative" kingdom.
Attendees arrive at E3 2017. (Jim Ruymen/UPI)
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Between new "Assassin's Creed" and "Super Mario" games, smaller fare gets lost in the noise. Here is a look at some of the smaller games making a splash at E3 2017.

June 16, 2017

Patton Oswalt. (Robyn Peck / AFP)
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Patton Oswalt is moving on. The husband's late wife, the writer Michelle McNamara, was a brilliant true crime writer and investigator who passed away last year.
Chris Brown. (Jim Ruymen/UPI)
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Chris Brown's misogyny lands him in trouble yet again. Stop hating women, Chris.
The cast; Malek is on the far right. (CBC)
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The star of Egyptian drama "Don't Extinguish the Sun" Ahmed Malek is forced to clarity that he hasn't killed himself after being arrested at a Satanic ritual.
Ramez Galal and Faridah. (Facebook / Ramez Galal)
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Whether done for publicity or because he actually cares, Ramez Galal went to visit a cancer patient at hospital who had expressed her desire to meet him.

June 15, 2017

Contemplating the horizon. (Lucasfilm)
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Al Bawaba's look at the making of and importance of "Star Wars" reaches its epic—in the original mythological sense—conclusion.
Adam West as Batman. (Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc.)
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The "Batman" star died Saturday. LA paid him tribute in the way a former Batman deserves.
The Palestine Book Awards are as exciting as ever! (Middle East Monitor)
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The prestigious prize, which seeks to promote English both fiction and nonfiction on Palestine and the Palestinian Cause, has announced its 2017 shortlist. We take a look at the nominees.
Tarek and ex-wife Christine El Moussa. (Christine Chew/UPI)
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The "Flip or Flop" star is attempting to raise money for Frank Miller, a contractor on the show battling two "very aggressive forms of cancer."

June 14, 2017

A shot from the show. (DMC)
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Director Mohammed El Adl weighs-in on the twists and turns in this year's Egyptian drama.
Originally a gritty drama entitled "$3000," funnily. (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)
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The classic Julia Roberts and Richard Gere film won hearts and box office receipts. Richard Gere reflects back on one of his most beloved films.
DJ Khaled at a show earlier this year. (DJ Khaled - Jason Koerner - GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA - AFP)
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The artists will be awarded as only big-name can be awarded: by your friendly neighbourhood Walmart.
Bella Hadid earlier in the year. (Dimitrios Kambouris / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP)
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"Time to move," added Bella Hadid, who was photographed inside her home.
Kris Jenner contemplates her grandchildren's possible bully-full future. (Gregory Shamus / GETTY IMAGES / NORTH AMERICA AFP)
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The "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" star worries North and Saint West, plus others, are going to get bullied because they're famous.

June 13, 2017

Darth Vader finally appears. (Lucasfilm)
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The audience gathers for a screening of Lucas's new film, "Star Wars." It needs work. Part 6 of Al Bawaba's in-depth look at the battle to make "Star Wars."
Rich and looking it. (MARK RALSTON / AFP)
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The Forbes 100 is out and it has a surprise or two.
Sick Note. (Sky Atlantic)
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Lohan is joining series 2 of "Sick Note," a British sitcom starring former Ron Weasley Rupert Grint and Nick Frost (from "Hot Fuzz").
Kathem Al-Saher is coming to the Dead Sea!
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Kathem Al-Saher will be performing in the Dead Sea this August. Get the scoop here.
Kratos stares into the eye of death. Death blinks. (Sony Computer Entertainment)
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Kratos is back and ready to take some names: Odin, Thor, Loki. The God of War series continues on the PS4.
The Wanderer goes for the kill. (Sony Computer Entertainment)
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Bluepoint Studios will be behind a remake of one of the greatest games ever made, and it looks stunning.
Suits suitably suits-up for celebration. (USA Network)
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The stars of TV show "Suits" celebrated

June 12, 2017

One shot. (Ralph McQuarrie / Lucasfilm)
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"The Story of Star Wars" continues in England, where the film almost gets shut down. Part 5 of Al Bawaba's longform look at the making of "Star Wars."
Dear Evan Hansen. (Dear Evan Hansen)
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"Waving Through a Window," a musical show-stopper, was performed earlier in the CBS telecast, hosted by Kevin Spacey.
“The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in our sponsors.” (MANDEL NGAN / AFP)
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"Julius Caesar" gets controversial by setting itself in the modern day—and casting Donald Trump in its eponymous role.
Three equals wee! Khloe wants to be a momma. Again. (E! Network)
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The "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" star wants to get pregnant...again.

June 11, 2017

Some of the beautiful artwork on display. (Abhisek Mohanty)
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Dubai-based artists showcase what Ramadan means to them.
A Way Out. (EA Games)
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Josef Faris, who helmed the 2013 hit "Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons," is back in EA's most interesting game of the year, entitled "A Way Out."
Jordan gives the OK on "Wonder Woman," despite controversy. (Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc.)
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After consideration, Jordan has decided to let "Wonder Woman" play, despite Lebanon's ban of the film.
To better days. (Netflix)
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Netflix has acknowledged fans' demands for Sense8's return. It's not good news for the fans.
"Aya-hyauck": a true battle cry. (Square Enix)
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The long-awaited sequel gets a brand new trailer and we've got it right here.

June 10, 2017

Adam West last year. (Mike Coppola - GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA - AFP)
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Adam West, the first actor to bring Batman the Dark Knight to the big screen, has passed away. Al Bawaba looks at his career.
"Hang on," says Daenerys, contemplating the size issue. (HBO)
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Some are big. Some are small. Get the down-low on "Game of Thrones" season 7's episodes.
Selena Gomez during her visit to "The Morning Mash Up." (Cindy Ord - GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA - AFP)
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"I'm genuinely myself," she said, talking about her relationship with her boyfriend, singer The Weeknd.
"Spiritually curious": probably not a term applicable to Donald Trump. (CNN)
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Reza Aslan's show "Believer" was dropped by CNN after his "vulgar" comments about US President Donald Trump.
The lovely couple. (John Angelillo, Jim Ruymen/UPI)
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Hailey Baldwin is likely dating Cameron Dallas, y'all. Barbie vibezzzzz.
The Black Panther in "Captain America: Civil War." (Marvel Studios)
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The Marvel Cinematic Universe continues with "Black Panther," a promising film with a great trailer and a questionable poster.