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Saudi TV drama extolling ‘modern past’ draws awe and ire

RIYADH (AFP) – A Saudi television drama that glorifies a period before the rise of religious fundamentalism has evoked nostalgia about the kingdom’s “modern past” — and fury from arch-conservatives sidelined in a much-publicised liberalisation drive. “Al-Assouf”, set in the 1970s and aired on satellite broadcaster MBC during the holy ...

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Salman Khan back with Eid blockbuster ‘Race 3’

MUMBAI (AFP) – Bollywood bad boy Salman Khan’s first movie since his conviction for shooting dead endangered wildlife opened across India Friday, with analysts predicting box office success for his latest Eid blockbuster. It has become a tradition in the Hindi film industry for Khan, one of the world’s highest-paid ...

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Actor Sylvester Stallone under probe for sexual assault

LOS ANGELES (AFP) – US prosecutors have launched a probe to determine whether film star Sylvester Stallone should be charged in connection with a sexual assault reported last year, a spokesman said Wednesday. “A case was presented today by the Santa Monica Police Department regarding Sylvester Stallone,” Greg Risling, a ...

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