The latest developments since several countries, including Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt, cut ties with Qatar on June 5. Saudis have been told to expose the names and identities of anyone showing sympathy with Qatar on Twitter, with a senior Saudi official vowing to "follow" every name reported via the social media site. The UAE has banned all expression of sympathy with Qatar, making it a criminal offence punishable with up to 15 years in prison.
Sir Bruce Forsyth, the veteran entertainer and presenter of many successful TV shows, has died aged 89. The former Strictly Come Dancing host had been unwell for some time and was in hospital earlier this year after a severe chest infection. His long career in showbusiness began when he was aged just 14. He became Britain's best-paid TV star, famous for hosting game shows like The Generation Game, Play Your Cards Right and The Price is Right. He also presented BBC One's Strictly with Tess Daly from 2004 to 2014. A statement from his manager Ian Wilson said he died "peacefully at his home surrounded by his wife Wilnelia and all his children". "A couple of weeks ago, a friend visited him and asked
Sir Bruce Forsyth was "loyal" and "special" man who had great instincts but who was a nervous performer, according to TV executive Lord Grade, who knew him for more than 50 years. He recalled their friendship on the BBC News Channel: I think the whole nation will be grieving because we've all grown up with Bruce. I'm 74 and I've grown up with Bruce. I use to go and watch rehearsals on Sunday Night at the Palladium when I was a schoolkid and he and I were friends, [and] we worked together over the years. I spent a morning with him at his house two weeks ago. We chatted over old times, he had a wonderful twinkle in his eye and he was battling, battling, battling. We've kind of grown up together
It appears that Obi-Wan Kenobi may be getting his own movie in the "Star Wars" galaxy. Oscar-nominated filmmaker Stephen Daldry is in the "earliest of stages" of negotiations to direct the film, according to The Hollywood Reporter, which first broke the news on Thursday. The film, which would be centered around the wise Jedi Knight who famously mentored Luke Skywalker and his father Darth Vader, doesn't have a script or any actors attached yet, according to THR. Daldry was nominated for the Best Director Oscar for "The Hours" and "Billy Elliot." Disney had no comment regarding the reports. For fans of the iconic character, which was played by Alec Guinness in the original trilogy and Ewan McGregor