West-Eastern Divan Orchestra in Abu Dhabi
The famed conductor Daniel Barenboim is returning to the UAE for a special performance. The Argentinian conductor will lead the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra at Emirates Palace on January 23. Created by Barenboim and the late Palestinian literary scholar Edward Said, the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra is made up of musicians stretching from the Middle East to Spain, with the aim of creating intercultural dialogue through music. Admission is free but only through registration. Call 02 657 5800 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book seats. Registrations close on January 20.
Abhay Deol wants to remake Dharmendra’s films
The actor Abhay Deol says he would love to remake his uncle and yesteryear star Dharmendra’s films. “There are lots of films of my taya [Dharmendra], which I would love to remake if I get an opportunity, like Chupke Chupke, Bandini and Satyakam are in my mind,” Deol said, adding that though the films he picks are unconventional, he “is not different” from the rest of his clan (Dharmendra and his two sons Sunny and Bobby). – IANS
Gyllenhaal and Brolin shooting in Nepal
Jake Gyllenhaal and Josh Brolin are in Nepal to shoot a new film based on the bestseller Into Thin Air. The two actors, who are staying at a five-star hotel in Kathmandu, will play the lead roles in Everest, about an ill-fated attempt to scale the world’s tallest mountain in 1996. Iceland’s Baltasar Kormakur is directing the film, which tells the story of eight mountain climbers caught in a rogue storm during an expedition. The Guardian reported last week that Gyllenhaal would play Scott Fisher, an American expedition leader who died in the disaster, while Brolin will play Beck Weathers, an American doctor who survived the storm. The team is permitted to shoot in the Himalayan nation for two weeks. – AFP
Updated: January 14, 2014 04:00 AM