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With ‘Kandahar,‘ Saudi Arabia’s AlUla Is Ready for its Close-Up

Just a couple of years ago, few people in Hollywood would have heard of AlUla (or known the somewhat unique way to spell it). Located in Saudi Arabia’s northwestern region, in an area awash in sand dunes, desert oases and ancient ruins, some dating back to the Neolithic period of the Stone Age, it was […]

AMC Theatres Sells Saudi Joint Venture Stake for $30M

AMC Theatres is stepping back from managing its cinemas in Saudi Arabia as it deals with a high debt load coming out of the COVID pandemic, saying on Tuesday it “will transition from a management and investment role to a pure licensing relationship.” The mega exhibitor, which launched operations in the Middle Eastern country in 2018, […]

Red Sea Film Fest: Guy Ritchie Says He Had Zero Trepidations About Attending Saudi Event, Would Gladly Cast Will Smith in ‘Aladdin 2’

Guy Ritchie claims he didn’t have any concerns about accepting an invitation to be a special guest at the Red Sea International Film Festival in Saudi Arabia. Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter on day 2 of the second edition of the event in Jeddah and the morning after he accepted one of the festival’s main […]

Oscars: Saudi Arabia Picks ‘Raven Song’ as International Feature Submission

Director Mohamed Al Salman’s Raven Song, a coming-of-age comedy about a young man, Nasar, who is dared by his best friend to reach out to a mystery woman by singing a love poem, has been chosen by Saudi Arabia as its contender for best international feature at the 2023 Academy Awards. Shot in Riyadh, Raven […]

How Saudi Arabia Misappropriated a SXSW Doc for “Nefarious Purposes”

At a press conference on Jan. 8, Saudi Arabian Brig. Gen. Turki Al-Maliki, spokesman for the Arab coalition fighting for control of Yemen against the Iran-backed Houthi rebels, presented video evidence that he alleged justified an imminent attack on the Red Sea port of Hodeidah. The port serves as a lifeline for humanitarian aid into […]