x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

DJ Afrojack is coming to rock Dubai

Plus: Peter O'Toole announces his retirement, Katie Holmes has a load of work, Michael Bublé joins The Voice, and Run-DMC to reunite.

DJ Afrojack. Isaac Brekken / Getty Images / AFP
DJ Afrojack. Isaac Brekken / Getty Images / AFP

The chart-topping Dutch DJ Afrojack will headline the dXb Music Festival, to be held on October 5 at the Festival Park, Al Badia Festival City. Joining him are the hip-hop quartet Far East Movement and the dance DJ Kaskade - both acts making their Middle Eastern debut. "I'm so excited. I haven't been to Dubai in about six months and it's my favourite vacation place, so I can't wait to rock it with you guys," Afrojack said in a statement. The platinum-selling Far East Movement said: "We're going to turn up the love. Everyone get ready to party!" Further details and the complete festival line-up will be announced this month. Tickets go on sale on August 15. Visit www.livenation.ae.

Irish actor Peter O'Toole retires

The veteran Irish actor Peter O'Toole, who made his name in films including Lawrence of Arabia, announced his retirement on Tuesday at the age of 79. "It is time for me to chuck in the sponge. The heart for it has gone out of me: it won't come back," O'Toole said in a statement. "My acting life has brought me public support, emotional fulfilment and material comfort. However, one should decide for oneself when it is time to end one's stay. So I bid the profession a dry-eyed and profoundly grateful farewell." O'Toole's latest movies, Katherine of Alexandria and Mary Mother of Christ, are due out this year and next respectively. * AFP

Katie Holmes back to work

Katie Holmes has maintained a busy schedule since filing for divorce from Tom Cruise, including shooting an appearance on the reality series Project Runway in New York. Next week she's due to begin shooting for her new film Molly, which she co-wrote and is co-producing. Interestingly, the film's plot follows the life of a single mother and her daughter. After wrapping up Molly, she is scheduled to shoot for the romcom Responsible Adults, co-starring Chace Crawford. Holmes is also gearing up for her first outing at New York Fashion Week in September for her clothing line Holmes & Yang.

Michael Bublé joins The Voice

The US reality show The Voice is teaming a crooner and a country singer for the show's forthcoming third season. Michael Bublé will serve as the adviser to the coach Blake Shelton's team of contestants when the singing contest returns in September. Bublé, who described himself as a "big Blake fan", said he's having a terrific time on set. He started taping his appearances on Monday.  * AP

Run-DMC to reunite in November

They haven't performed together in more than a decade, but the surviving members of Run-DMC are set to reunite at the Fun Fun Fun Fest in Texas on November 2. Joseph Simmons, now known as Rev Run, and Darryl "DMC" McDaniels retired the group after their DJ, Jam Master Jay, was killed in 2002. Organisers say they plan to donate proceeds to the JMJ Foundation for Music, which works to give young people access to the arts. * AP