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UAE-based filmmaker gets Australian festival screening

Plus: Mila and Ashton fuel relationship gossip, Swedish House Mafia are calling it quits, and Jeopardy! host suffers mild heart attack.

A scene from The Pillars.
A scene from The Pillars.

The Dubai-based Egyptian filmmaker Moustafa Zakaria will screen his short film The Pillars at the Arab Film Festival Australia, which runs from Thursday until July 15, with screenings held in Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra. Zakaria's film focuses on the societal pressures facing a divorced Emirati couple. "The film is really about finding ways to cope with different kinds of pressure," said Zakaria. "The Arab world is at a very interesting fulcrum. Some feel under pressure, as they try to find a way to contribute to society - and because of that, there is a growing polarisation." The festival previously showcased the UAE director Ali Mostafa's feature film City of Life in 2010. Zakaria's previous work The Beggar and Moustafa's Brain won the best student film award at the 2008 Abu Dhabi Film Festival. He is currently working on the script for his debut feature 95 Special. * Saeed Saeed

Kunis and Kutcher fuel dating rumours

Rumours of a blossoming romance have been dogging Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher during recent months, though they have repeatedly denied the claims. On Saturday, the two were photographed dining together in a Santa Monica restaurant. Last week they were spotted riding Kutcher's motorcycle around Hollywood. In April, after they were spotted on a three-day getaway to the coastal town of Carpinteria, Kunis told the celebrity show Extra: "I've never commented on my personal life - I'm not going to start now. It's absurd. A friend is a friend."

Swedish House Mafia to call it quits

The DJ group Swedish House Mafia will call it quits after a forthcoming tour. "We want to share with you that the tour we are about to go on will be our last," they posted on their website. "We want to thank every single one of you who came with us on this journey. We came, we raved, we loved." Formed in 2008, the trio of Axwell, Steve Angello and Sebastian Ingrosso last year became the first ever electronic dance act to play at Madison Square Garden. They are set to begin their final tour next month. * AFP

Jeopardy! host suffers mild heart attack

The Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek is in a Los Angeles hospital recovering from a mild heart attack. He was admitted on Saturday, the same day Jeopardy! won a Daytime Emmy award for best game show. In a Fox News interview last month, the 71-year-old, who has been hosting Jeopardy! for 28 years, hinted about retirement. "Yes, I've been thinking of retiring. People have been telling me, 'Alex, you've got to go for at least 30 years. You've just done 28.' That has a nice ring to it - put in your 30." * AP