x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 20 January 2018

Today's entertainment news: could Madonna be engaged?

Plus: Andy Garcia to direct Hemingway film; saris shine at Lakme Fashion Week; Yahoo! premieres scripted shows; 04 to go into second season and UK musician Donaeo hits Dubai.

Madonna is reported to be engaged to her boyfriend Brahim Zaibat.
Madonna is reported to be engaged to her boyfriend Brahim Zaibat.

Will the music superstar Madonna arrive in Abu Dhabi in June with an engagement ring?

Madonna's boyfriend Brahim Zaibat has reportedly proposed to the American singer and actress.

The 53-year-old has been dating the 24-year-old French dancer since 2010. According to reports by the UK's Daily Mail, Madonna is giving the proposal serious thought and is considering her response.

"She doesn't want to rush into anything. Madonna has a real fear of being on her own. It's a major issue for her and she loves having a man in her life who is young and makes her feel young," a source close to Madonna told the Daily Mail.

The Sun reported that Zaibat asked Madonna to marry him at a Kabbalah Centre a few days ago.

Madonna has previously been wed to the actor Sean Penn and the filmmaker Guy Ritchie.

Andy Garcia to direct Hemingway film

The Cuban-American actor Andy Garcia is planning to make a film about the last decade of the life of the writer Ernest Hemingway, reported Yahoo! News.

Garcia made the announcement at the 27th Guadalajara International Film Festival in Mexico on Saturday.

"I've always been passionate about fishing and the book The Old Man and the Sea, and I knew that I had to do this screenplay," he said during a discussion with young filmmakers, a few hours before being honoured at the film festival's opening ceremony.

Garcia said he has tapped Anthony Hopkins to play Hemingway and Annette Bening to play Mary Welsh, Hemingway's wife. The film is currently in the financing stage, he said, adding that he is already hunting for filming locations in Cuba and the Dominican Republic.

Saris shine at Lakme Fashion Week

The designer Debarun Mukherjee paid tribute to old Bollywood charm with an ethnic sari collection on the third day of Lakme Fashion Week in Mumbai, reported the Indo AsianNews Service. "Whatever I make, the sari will always be there. Even if I do international designs, saris will be part of it," Mukherjee said.

The Bollywood actress Shahana Goswami was on the catwalk for Mukherjee, wearing a white graphic sari.

"I have used mostly Indian textiles," the designer said. "I like geometry ... in an ethnic manner."

Goswami described Indian saris as "simple and classy".

"Simplicity can never go out of fashion," she said.

Yahoo! premières scripted shows

The video site Yahoo! Screen kicks off its first season of scripted programmes today.

Facing tough competition from Google's YouTube, the ailing internet giant has ventured into the new web frontier with two scripted shows, beginning with Sketchy, a series that will satirise the much-awaited Hunger Games film. The second programme is Funny or Die Presents: First Dates With Toby Harris, about a "hapless, stubbornly discourteous single man". The show is produced by the actor Will Ferrell and his Funny or Die comedy video website.

Other shows in the pipeline include a series titled Hackerazzi and a reality programme, Burning Love, in which women compete for the affections of a fireman.

"Comedy is where we saw a lot of consumer demand, for both the best of what you see on TV and the viral sensations you see on the internet," the Yahoo! network executive Erin McPherson told the New York Times.

04 to go into second season

Following a successful first season and a flood of viewer requests, MBC4 announced yesterday the immediate production of a second season of 04.

The daily half-hour Arabic drama series, which premiered in January, chronicled how four male housemates in Dubai dealt with each other's cultural differences, as they tried to live a better life away from their homes and loved ones.

04 is a joint production between MBC Group Content, 03 Productions and BPG Group.

The premiere date of the second season has not been announced.

UK musician Donaeo is Dubai-bound

The British-Ghanaian singer and rapper Donaeo will be performing on Thursday night at Sublime Lounge, Ibis World Trade Center Dubai.

Donaeo, best known for his house music hit Party Hard, will be the guest performer for Thursday's edition of the Jamrock event series, which features weekly performances by local and international musicians and DJs.

His recently released lead track Swagger, from his new album Indio Child, is in keeping with his style of mixing the old with the new, channelling inspiration from the likes of The Prodigy and James Brown.

Tickets are priced at Dh100 for ladies and Dh150 for men and are available at the door.