By Sameen Amer
Fri, 09, 21

Had recurring roles in series like Open Heart (2015) and Jack Ryan (2018) before gaining widespread recognition for portraying the titular role in the film Aladdin in 2019....


Out this week

* Albums


  • Dearly Beloved by Daughtry: Sixth album by the American rock band, their first studio release since Cage to Rattle (2018); includes the singles ‘World on Fire’ and ‘Heavy Is the Crown’.
  • Montero by Lil Nas X: Debut album by the American rapper; includes the singles ‘Montero (Call Me by Your Name)’, ‘Sun Goes Down’, and ‘Industry Baby’.

* Movies


  • The Starling (starring Melissa McCarthy, Chris O’Dowd, Kevin Kline, Timothy Olyphant) – comedy drama; a grief-stricken woman (McCarthy) becomes comically obsessed with getting rid of a combative starling that has nested in her backyard, and ends up discovering her will to live.
  • Prisoners of the Ghostland (starring Nicolas Cage, Sofia Boutella, Bill Moseley) – action; a notorious criminal (Cage) must break an evil curse in order to rescue a girl who has disappeared into a dark supernatural universe.
  • Best Sellers (starring Michael Caine, Aubrey Plaza, Scott Speedman, Ellen Wong) – comedy drama; a cranky author (Caine) reluctantly embarks on a final book tour to help a young publisher.
  • The Eyes of Tammy Faye (starring Jessica Chastain, Andrew Garfield, Cherry Jones, Vincent D’Onofrio) – biographical drama; tells the story of controversial televangelists Tammy Faye Bakker (Chastain) and Jim Bakker (Garfield).


Mena Massoud

  • Born on 17th September 1991 in Cairo, Egypt.
  • Has two older sisters.
  • Family immigrated to Canada when he was three years old.
  • Made his screen debut in 2011 with guest appearances in television series.
  • Had recurring roles in series like Open Heart (2015) and Jack Ryan (2018) before gaining widespread recognition for portraying the titular role in the film Aladdin in 2019.
  • Has since starred in films including Strange but True (2019) and Run This Town (2020) as well as the series Reprisal (2019).
  • Upcoming projects include the romance film The Royal Treatment.
  • Is a vegan.
  • Is fluent in Arabic.

Celeb Tweets

  • Tammy Golden (@tammygolden): Not to be a grammar nazi, but people keep saying “I climbed Everest” when it should be “I climbed the most ever.”
  • Julius Sharpe (@juliussharpe): If the TV industry ran music, we’d also have ‘Big Red Corvette’, ‘Material Guy’, and ‘Oops I Did it Again, Again’.


Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings


Cast: Simu Liu, Awkwafina, Meng’er Zhang, Fala Chen, Florian Munteanu, Benedict Wong, Michelle Yeoh, Ben Kingsley, Tony Leung

Director: Destin Daniel Cretton

Tagline: A Marvel legend will rise.

  • Action; a skilled martial artist (Liu) is forced to confront his past after he is drawn into his father’s disruptive organization.
  • Is the 25th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
  • Had been in development since 2001 but finally started taking shape in 2018.
  • In the late 1980s, Stan Lee had considered a potential film or TV series about Shang-Chi – who was visually based on martial arts legend Bruce Lee in the comic book series – with Brandon Lee (Bruce Lee’s son) in the lead role. The plan did not materialize.
  • Had an estimated budget of $150-200 million. Has grossed nearly $160 million in around a week.
  • Has received positive reviews, with critics praising the cast, Asian representation, and action sequences.
  • Score composed by Joel P. West.