The curriculum vitae of both Pamela Anderson and Denise Richards would ensure permanent unemployment in most industries, but this is the motion picture business and so they're superstars. Working together they've incredibly managed to reach a new nadir in their careers. This Dumb and Dumber rip-off sees the actresses (and I use this occupational term in the loosest sense to describe these performances) play two ditsy blondes, Dee and Dawn, whose stupidity continually lands them in trouble. The girls meet while taking a flying lesson and become fast friends. When they apply for jobs as dancers in a nightclub, the FBI and local criminals mistakenly believe that they're the world-renowned assassins The Cat (Emmanuelle Vaugier) and her protégé, The Kitten (Meghan Ory). The blondes are given a stash of money to "take out" a notorious gangster, and these walking Botox adverts predictably get ready to go on a date with the target. Ho-hum. The tone of this knockabout comedy is a pastiche of the bygone American TV comedies Bewitched and I Love Lucy, and the girls even wear outfits to match their garish performances. Already a contender for worst film of the year.
Syria refugees settle in Zaatari with the help of a de-facto German mayor
A year ago, Syrians were desperate to leave Zaatari, now they’re choosing to return to the refugee camp and it’s largely thanks to one man, writes Sakhr Al-Makhadhi. Meet the German who’s helping Syrians build a city in the Jordanian desert
Death of a Hero: A decent man’s life spoilt by the ravages of war
Richard Aldington’s classic First World War novel, which first appeared in 1929 and has been languishing out of print for years, is being re-released by Penguin Classics to mark the Great War centenary, writes Malcolm Forbes.
Starting at Zero is a gripping read on Jimi Hendrix experiences
A richly illustrated biography of one of the world’s most influential guitarists is a gripping read, writes James McNair, despite impossible claims that it’s a ‘posthumous memoir’
Maverick Egyptian poet Ahmad Fouad Nigm was a fearless speaker of the truth
Kamal Abdel-Malek remembers his friend, the maverick Egyptian poet Ahmad Fouad Nigm, who died on December 3 at age 84.
UAE hopes to rival Hollywood film industry with Dubai Studio City
State-of-the-art sound stages and studios built in Dubai to attract movie and television projects are fully booked until mid-March, writes Tahira Yaqoob
In pictures: DIFF 2013 wraps
The Dubai Film Festival 2013 comes to a roaring and successful finish. We look back in pictures.
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- Disney’s wintry fairy tale Frozen, starring Kristen Bell, is out in UAE cinemas
- Welcome return: Anil Kapoor is no stranger to the lush life in Dubai
- Baz Luhrmann pitches TV series about the roots of hip-hop in NYC
- Abhishek Bachchan: I can’t emulate my father’s stardom
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