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I am NatGeo Photographer winner announced

Chris Newbould   |  August 28, 2014

Lebanese amateur photographer Emilie Houwat has been crowned Top of the Togs, beating off competition from across the Middle East, in the first season of National Geographic Abu Dhabi’s regional version of the reality show I am NatGeo Photographer.In the final episode of the show, Emilie and fellow finalists... Read more

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Queen for a day at Hard Rock Cafe Dubai

Chris Newbould   |  August 28, 2014

Have you ever felt the urge to dress up as large-lunged, leather-loving, late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury for a day?Personally, I’m a no, but if you have you won’t get many better opportunities than on Friday September 5, when Dubai’s Hard Rock Cafe will be celebrating Freddie for a Day,... Read more

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Kid Ink coming to People by Crystal Abu Dhabi

Afshan Ahmed   |  August 28, 2014

Kid Ink, the American rapper with an I Don’t Care attitude, will be performing at the People by Crystal Abu Dhabi and Dubai this weekend. The music producer, who has performed in the Emirates before, cancelled scheduled interviewers with the press before his show in the capital tonight. He will be performing in ... Read more

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Shah Rukh Khan turns global crime fighter

Chris Newbould   |  August 28, 2014

Shah Rukh Khan has become the first Indian ambassador to Interpol’s Turn Back Crime campaign, which seeks to promote ways in which everyone can do their bit to help prevent crime, and he’s invoked the spirit of Mahatma Gandhi to help him in his new role.Khan said: “It’s a very special... Read more

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Shahid Kapoor’s sister to get Shandar entry into Bollywood

Aarti Jhurani   |  August 27, 2014

There’s a new star kid on the horizon, one who is ready to make her debut with her already famous sibling. We’re talking about Sanah Kapoor, Pankaj Kapoor’s daughter and Shahid Kapoor’s younger sister. Rumour has it that she will be starring in Vikas Bahl’s film, Shandaar alongside... Read more

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Alia Bhatt is genius of the year

Aarti Jhurani   |  August 27, 2014

Alia Bhatt may not be the smartest kid on the block, but no one can accuse her of being a poor sport. After the Koffee with Karan debacle, when during the GK round she called out Prithviraj Chauhan [a king from the late 12th century] as the president of India. Her answer led to a lot of ridicule and a spawned hundreds ... Read more

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Blade Runner sequel finally on the cards

Chris Newbould   |  August 27, 2014

Sci-fi fans will be salivating at the news that Ridley Scott has finished writing the long-awaited sequel to his 1982 classic Blade Runner. The follow-up has been co-written with Hampton Francher, who also helped Scott adapt Phillip K Dick’s short story Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? into the original... Read more

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Emmy Awards 2014 - live blog

Chris Newbould   |  August 26, 2014

Join The National's film and TV writer Chris Newbould (that's me) here from 4am UAE for live updates from this year's Emmy Awards. My early predictions? Game of Thrones and Breaking Bad might do quite well. You heard it here first. By way of a preamble, I can't help noticing a pattern developing linking major... Read more

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The MTV VMA Awards: The top 7 moments

Chris Talbott   |  August 25, 2014

Queen BeyBeyonce not only stole the show at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday night, she used the moment to erase the cloud around her family with an adorable appearance by daughter Blue Ivy and one by doting husband Jay Z to finish off the night.“MTV, welcome to my world,” Beyonce said.Her... Read more

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Taste of Fame plans a thriller of an evening

Chris Newbould   |  August 25, 2014

Michael Jackson fans should head to Taste of Fame in Jumeirah’s Sunset Mall this Saturday at 9pm, when the celebrity-themed restaurant will be unveiling its latest silicon figure of the Prince of Pop himself. Jackson will be joining a host of other model celebs including Will Smith and Albert Einstein in... Read more

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