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.


King Abdul Aziz Foundation archives around 6,000 interviews with Saudis

Researching and recording oral histories can give a sense of cultural value. (Photo/Social media)
Updated 22 October 2018
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King Abdul Aziz Foundation archives around 6,000 interviews with Saudis

  • Darah assigned a number of specialized teams to carry out visits to the Kingdom’s different regions

RIYADH: The Oral History Center of the King Abdul Aziz Foundation for Research and Archives (Darah) has archived around 6,000 interviews with Saudi nationals past and present, said the Saudi Press Agency.
The Saudi Oral History Center was established in 1997. It was the third of its kind in the world, after the United States and Britain.
Darah hosts millions of books, recordings, photographs, maps and manuscripts and is considered the main source of Saudi national history inside the Kingdom, and abroad through the Oral History Center.
Darah assigned a number of specialized teams to carry out visits to the Kingdom’s different regions, speak to citizens about their histories, study sources of national history, and document the accounts of those who directly or indirectly contributed to the Kingdom’s history.
It conducted audio-visual interviews with many contemporaries and witnesses, and transcribed them, and investigated those stories based on scientific and technical protocols. It did this in cooperation with universities and international centers specializing in oral history, and with national and regional institutions interested in oral history and heritage.
Darah sees oral history — a precise account from eyewitnesses, or reported contemporary accounts — as an important resource. Many Western countries place great emphasis on oral histories and have established specialized centers to record and preserve such accounts.
The Foundation also considers oral histories a useful tool that can fill gaps left in recorded history, especially regarding personal histories of families.
Researching and recording oral histories can also provide the elderly with a sense of value and bring generations closer together.