Arabic-Language Version of ‘Sesame Street’ Will Debut 3 New Muppets
The global “Sesame Street” family is getting three new Muppet members: Basma, Jad and Ma’zooza. The characters are creative and adventurous, speak Arabic and are set to tackle yet another difficult subject: the trauma facing refugee children in the Middle East. They will lead a new Arabic-language, locally produced... Read more
Poland Reacts Angrily to Netflix Nazi Death Camp Documentary
Poland’s prime minister has written a letter to the streaming company Netflix insisting on changes to a documentary about the Nazi death camps. Mateusz Morawiecki said a map shown in the series locates the death camps within modern-day Poland’s borders. This misrepresents Poland as being responsible for the death... Read more
Vietnam Pulls ‘Abominable’ Film Over South China Sea Map
Abominable star Chloe Bennet attended the premiere of the animation at Toronto International Film Festival Vietnam has pulled the animated DreamWorks film Abominable from cinemas over a scene featuring a map which shows China’s unilaterally declared “nine-dash line” in the South China Sea, state media... Read more
HBO Drama Revives a National Trauma for Israel
JERUSALEM — It was the extraordinary coldbloodedness of the murder that made it true-crime movie material in the first place: a Palestinian teenager snatched off a Jerusalem street by Orthodox Jews, choked, bludgeoned and burned to death in a forest at dawn. But “Our Boys,” a 10-part series that... Read more
Swiss Film Festival to Screen Several Arab Films
Switzerland’s Locarno Film Festival, held from August 7 to 17, will be screening several Arab movies such as “Terminal Sud” by Algerian director Rabah Ameur-Zaimeche. Other offerings will include “Douma Taht al Ard” by Syrian filmmaker Tim Alsiofi. Read more
Tom Cruise Surprises Fans with Trailer for High-flying Sequel
Tom Cruise was a surprise guest at Comic-Con where he unveiled a trailer for the sequel to his movie Top Gun, released more than 30 years ago. Top Gun: Maverick sees him revisit brilliant but reckless pilot Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, still flying but unable to to let go of... Read more
Adel Karam to Star in The Latest Netflix Arabic Original
The drama is set in modern-day Lebanon and stars Lebanese film veteran Adel Karam — who starred in “The Insult,” which was nominated for an Oscar in 2018 — and Algerian-Lebanese actor Amal Bouchoucha. The fast-paced series tells the story of advertising mastermind, Tarek (Adel Karam), who is tasked... Read more
Red Sea Film Foundation Launches Fund to Support Two Saudi Films
The Red Sea Film Foundation has introduced the Tamheed Fund, a one-time competition to financially support two production-stage Saudi feature films with up to $500,000 each. The initiative aims to produce the two films and premiere them at the first edition of the Red Sea International Film Festival in... Read more
Movie Review: Peter Parker Returns in New 'Spider-Man Far From Home' Movie
Tom Holland returns as 16-year-old Peter Parker, aka Spider-Man, in Marvel’s latest adventure, in which the awkward teenager hits Europe to spend a summer vacation with his schoolfriends. Parker is excited about the break, mainly because he has a secret agenda: He hopes that his crush on MJ (Zendaya) will... Read more
‘Al Hayba’ Series, Most Searched in Israel!
It seems that the Lebanese series “Al Hayba” (The Prestige) has got the interest of Israelis who want to discover the hidden details about arms trafficking and drugs gangs in the region as portrayed in the series. The series was the most searched on the Internet in “Israel” after it started screening on Netflix and... Read more