By Sameen Amer
Fri, 06, 24

The Secret of Us by Gracie Abrams: Second album by the American singer; comes after her 2023 debut Good Riddance; preceded by the singles ‘Risk’ and ‘Close to You’....


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The Secret of Us by Gracie Abrams: Second album by the American singer; comes after her 2023 debut Good Riddance; preceded by the singles ‘Risk’ and ‘Close to You’.



The Bikeriders (starring Jodie Comer, Austin Butler, Tom Hardy, Michael Shannon) – crime drama, inspired by Danny Lyon’s 1967 photobook; an outlaw motorcycle club evolves over the course of a decade, transforming into a dangerous underworld of violence.

Trigger Warning (starring Jessica Alba, Anthony Michael Hall) – action thriller; after taking ownership of her late father’s bar, a special forces commando (Alba) finds herself at odds with a violent gang.

The Exorcism (starring Russell Crowe, Ryan Simpkins, Sam Worthington, Chloe Bailey, David Hyde Pierce) – horror; a troubled actor (Crowe) begins to unravel while shooting a supernatural horror film.

Thelma (starring June Squibb, Fred Hechinger, Richard Roundtree, Parker Posey) – action comedy; a 93-year-old woman (Squibb) is duped by a phone scammer and embarks on a quest for revenge.


Christopher Michael Pratt


Born on 21 June 1979 in Virginia, Minnesota, U.S.

Participated in wrestling and short put in high school.

Dropped out of community college halfway through the first semester.

Ended up homeless, sleeping in a van and tent.

Was discovered waiting tables at age 19 by actresses Rae Dawn Chong who cast him in her directorial debut, the short horror film Cursed Part 3 (2000).

Got regular roles on the television series Everwood (2002 – 2006) and The O.C. (2006 – 2007) before getting his breakthrough in the sitcom Parks and Recreation (2009 – 2015).

Gained global recognition after being cast as Star-Lord in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (2014 – present).

Has also starred in the Jurassic World trilogy (2015 – 2022) and The Lego Movie franchise (2014 – 2019) as well as films including The Magnificent Seven (2016), Passengers (2016), Onward (2020), The Tomorrow War (2021), The Super Mario Bros. Movie (2023), and The Garfield Movie (2024).

Upcoming projects include the sci-fi films The Electric State (2024) and Mercy (2025).

Has been married twice: to actress Anna Faris (2009 – 2018; divorced; they have one son together) and author Katherine Schwarzenegger (since 2019; they have two daughters).


Bad Boys: Ride or Die


Cast: Will Smith, Martin Lawrence, Vanessa Hudgens, Alexander Ludwig, Paola Núñez, Eric Dane, Ioan Gruffudd, Jacob Scipio, Melanie Liburd, Tasha Smith, Tiffany Haddish, and Joe Pantoliano

Director: Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah

Tagline: Miami’s finest are now its most wanted.

* Action comedy; detectives Mike (Smith) and Marcus (Lawrence) are forced to work outside the law as they investigate corruption within the Miami PD.

* Is the fourth instalment in the Bad Boys film series; is the sequel to Bad Boys for Life (2020).

* Has grossed over US$120 million on a $100 million budget.

* Has received mixed reviews, with critics opining that the movie is a crowd pleaser despite lacking substance.

* Score composed by Lorne Balfe.