x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 19 January 2018

Today in Hollywood: Craig David, Ciara to play Dubai

Plus San Sebastian Film Festival to honour John Travolta, Oscars change rules for best song and Seth MacFarlane to host Saturday Night Live.

Craig David will perform at the Atelier Festival at Meydan Rasecourse on October 19. Tim Alban / Getty Images
Craig David will perform at the Atelier Festival at Meydan Rasecourse on October 19. Tim Alban / Getty Images

The Atelier Festival has revealed its full line up for its October 19 event at Dubai's Meydan Racecourse. Craig David and Ciara will join the previously announced performers: 50 Cent, Nelly, Duffy and Eva Simons. Both artists made their names during the early 2000s with a string of global hits. The English R&B singer David, whose songs include Seven Days and Fill Me In, is currently working on a new album of original material. Meanwhile, the American hip-hop artist Ciara scored major chart-toppers with tracks such as 1,2 Step and Goodies. Tickets for the festival start at Dh350. For more information, visit www.theatelierworld.com. - Saeed Saeed

Spain festival to honour Travolta

John Travolta will receive a lifetime achievement award at Spain's top film event, the San Sebastian Film Festival, to be held from September 21 to 29. The 58-year-old actor will also be presenting his latest film, the crime thriller Savages, directed by Oliver Stone. The festival cited a string of Travolta's famous roles including in Pulp Fiction (1994), Grease (1978) and Carrie (1976). Ewan McGregor and Tommy Lee Jones will also be honoured with the award. The San Sebastian event celebrates its 60th edition this year. - AFP

Oscars change rule for best original song

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced there will be a minimum of five nominees in the original song category at next year's Oscars. The voting process previously only allowed songs that earned an average score to be nominated. For the first time in Oscar history, only two songs were nominated earlier this year, with Man or Muppet from The Muppets winning the prize. The 85th annual Oscars will be presented on February 24. - AP

Seth MacFarlane to host SNL

Seth MacFarlane, the creator of the cartoon comedy Family Guy, will host the first episode of the new season of Saturday Night Live. The show's 38th season begins on September 15. Frank Ocean will be the musical guest. MacFarlane recently directed his first feature film, Ted. Future guest hosts on SNL this season include Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Daniel Craig. - AP