x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 24 January 2018

Ali Mostafa gets ready for Middle East Comic Con

Plus: South Korean pop group ZE:A make UAE debut; The Rat Pack show in Abu Dhabi; True Blood stars have first child; Demi Moore to change Twitter name and more in the Daily Rushes.

Ali Mostafa and a Stormtrooper. The director has created a video promo for Comic Con.
Ali Mostafa and a Stormtrooper. The director has created a video promo for Comic Con.

"Don't let it pass you by" is the message of a video made to promote the Middle East Film & Comic Con, which takes place in Dubai this weekend.

The promo's creator, the City of Life director Ali Mostafa, is following his own advice as he will be attending the sci-fi and superhero jamboree.

"I will be on a panel there," he said. "I really am excited that they are doing stuff like this here so I am there to support it as much as I can."

The video features a Star Wars Stormtrooper wandering around Dubai looking sad because he is not at Comic Con.

Mostafa expressed a view shared by many when he added: "I'm a huge Star Wars fan. I'm only talking about the first three, I really didn't like the new ones at all."

Comic Con is on tomorrow and Saturday at Dubai International Marine Club, Mina Seyahi. To see a slide show of pictures from the making of Mostafa's video, go to www.thenational.ae/multimedia.

Korean pop group ZE:A make UAE debut

Korean fever is spreading across the UAE, with new restaurants gathering a following and an increased appreciation of the cuisine accompanying the ever-rising number of Korean expatriates in the country. Now, music lovers are being catered to as well.

Fans of Korean pop music are being offered the chance to meet the pop group ZE:A from South Korea. Also known as Children of Empire, this nine-member boy band will meet fans tomorrow at the Asiana hotel in Deira, Dubai. On Friday, they will head to Abu Dhabi to perform at Al Jaheli Theatre in the Armed Forces Officers Club and Hotel. The performance is scheduled at 5pm.

Spaces are limited for both events. Email kpopinuae@live.com to get on the guest list.

The Rat Pack coming to Abu Dhabi

The Rat Pack – Vegas Spectacular show will be coming to the capital in June for one night only. Organised by the Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (Adnec), the show is a tribute to the musical ingenuity of three talented friends and world-famous entertainers: Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr.

This will be the first time this Las Vegas show is performed in the region.

Christina Anthony, Adnec's sales director, said: "The Rat Pack show promises to be a fantastic, memorable night out. Sinatra, Martin and Davis have sung some of the most renowned songs of all time. But what many people don't know is how they performed together, sharing jokes with each other and the audience, and having unscripted fun. The joy of performance shines through in this show, and it is one not to miss."

Tickets for the June 8 show went on sale yesterday and are available from boxofficeme.com. Prices start at Dh125.

Stars of vampire show expecting first child

The True Blood co-stars Anna Paquin, 29, and Stephen Moyer, 42 – who play Sookie and Bill in the hit series – are expecting their first child. The couple, who met on the set of their HBO vampire drama, have been married since August 2010 and their baby is due in the autumn, People magazine reports.

True Blood is expected to return for a fifth season in June.

Demi Moore wants to change Twitter name

On Tuesday night, the actress Demi Moore told her nearly five million followers on Twitter that she was ready to drop her @mrskutcher handle on the social media network.

"Time for a change, twitter name change… any suggestions?" she tweeted, according to E! Online.

The announcement came five months after Moore announced her split from husband Ashton Kutcher and nearly three months after the seizure-like crisis that landed her in the hospital. The 49-year-old actress has reportedly been seeking treatment for addiction issues and an eating disorder and had been quiet until her internet comeback on Monday, when she tweeted a picture of herself and accompanied it with a single word: "Testing".

Alec Baldwin makes the news. Again.

NYDailyNews.com has more to report on Alec Baldwin. The latest on the actor is that he has aspirations of moving into politics, once his contract with NBC expires in 2013.

The 30 Rock star said on Tuesday that running for office "is something that I would love to do".

"Let's see what things are like in 2014, and maybe I can find some opportunity," the 54-year-old actor told Bloomberg News.

Tom Petty's stolen guitars returned

Earlier this week, The National reported that five guitars collectively worth US$100,000 (Dh367,000), were stolen from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. On Tuesday, however, police recovered the instruments and arrested a security guard for the theft.

Police identified the arrested man as Daryl Emmette Washington, 51, of Los Angeles, a private security guard at The Culver Studios. Don Pedersen, the Culver City police chief, said the break in the case came when the suspect sold one of the guitars at a Hollywood pawn shop. On their website, the band offered a "no questions asked" $7,500 reward for information leading to the return of the instruments.