Will Smith posts sneak peek of new Aladdin film

Will Smith takes a photo with a fan. (AFP)
Updated 11 October 2018
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Will Smith posts sneak peek of new Aladdin film

  • Aladdin premieres in US and UK theaters in May 2019
  • Egyptian-Canadian actor Mena Massoud plays Aladdin

DUBAI: Award-winning actor Will Smith has shared on Instagram a cryptic poster for Disney’s live-action remake of Aladdin.

The Hollywood star, who will play the magical Genie, also posted the comment: “LEMME OUT!! Can’t wait for y’all to see Me BLUE!” alongside the poster that showed a magical lamp billowing wisps of blue smoke.

Aladdin also stars Mena Massoud, who takes the lead as Aladdin; Naomi Scott as Jasmine and Marwan Kenzari as Jafar. This will be Massoud’s big-screen debut, although the Egyptian-Canadian actor taken television roles before. Director Guy Ritchie has signed on to deliver the live-action remake for Disney.

The first official trailer will be released today, October 11, while the movie will premiere on US and UK theaters in May 2019

Disney has had great success in transforming their classic animation films into live-action productions, including The Jungle book, Beauty and the Beast and Cinderella becoming box office hits worldwide.


Iraqi museum unveils ‘looted’ artefacts

Updated 20 March 2019
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Iraqi museum unveils ‘looted’ artefacts

  • Basra is the most oil-rich province in Iraq but its heritage sites have long been neglected
  • US says it has repatriated more than 3,000 stolen artefacts to Iraq since 2005

BASRA, Iraq: Over 2,000 artefacts, including about 100 that were looted and found abroad, were unveiled Tuesday in a museum in Basra province on the southern tip of Iraq, authorities said.
Basra is the most oil-rich province in Iraq but its heritage sites have long been neglected.
On Tuesday between 2,000 and 2,500 pieces went on display in the Basra Museum, the second largest in Iraq, said Qahtan Al-Obeid, head of archaeology and heritage in the province.
“They date from 6000 BC to 1500 AD,” he told AFP, referring to the Assyrian, Babylonian and Sumerian periods.
Obeid said about 100 artefacts — most of which came from Jordan and the United States — were given back to Iraq to be displayed in the museum, a former palace of deposed dictator Saddam Hussein.
The heritage of Iraq, most of which was former Mesopotamia, has paid a heavy price due to the wars that have ravaged the country for nearly four decades.
Following the US-led invasion that overthrew Saddam in 2003, Daesh group militants destroyed many of the country’s ancient statues and pre-Islamic treasures.
During its occupation of nearly a third of Iraq between 2014 and 2017, Daesh captured much attention by posting videos of its militants destroying statues and heritage sites with sledgehammers and pneumatic drills on the grounds that they are idolatrous.
But experts say they mostly destroyed pieces too large to smuggle and sell off, and kept the smaller pieces, several of which are already resurfacing on the black market in the West.
The United States says it has repatriated more than 3,000 stolen artefacts to Iraq since 2005, including many seized in conflict zones in the Middle East.