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Hope Hicks named White House Communications Director

Twenty-eight-year-old interim White House Communications Director Hope Hicks will serve in the role on a permanent basis. The longtime Trump aide is the fourth person to fill the position, replacing Anthony Scaramucci, who was fired in July after just 10 days on the job. Ms Hicks has served as President Donald Trump’s strategic communications director and campaign press secretary. The ex-Trump Organization employee is one of his most trusted aides. The former Ralph Lauren fashion model’s permanent appointment comes after a summer of staff shake-ups at the White House. Arrivederci,…

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Director Colin Trevorrow exits Star Wars: Episode IX

Director Colin Trevorrow has dropped out of Star Wars: Episode IX because he and Lucasfilm have differing “visions”. Episode IX is expected to star Daisy Ridley and John Boyega and is due out in May 2019. Lucasfilm will now seek a replacement for Trevorrow, who is best known for directing Jurassic World. His departure comes less than three months after a Han Solo spin-off film also lost its directors. Phil Lord and Christopher Miller were replaced by Ron Howard. On Tuesday, a statement on the Star Wars website said: “Lucasfilm…

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The female director who was issued a fatwa for her first film

When 35-year-old Maysaloun Hamoud, a Palestinian director, said she wanted to “stir things up” with her movies – she achieved it. Her first feature film, In Between, has resulted with her being issued with a fatwa (Islamic religious ruling), as well as death threats. The movie, which is released in the UK this month, is about three young Arab women sharing an apartment in the Israeli city of Tel Aviv. Away from the traditions of their families, they find themselves “in between” the free lives they’re aspiring to lead and…

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Transfer news: Roma sporting director Monchi rules out late move for Leicester City winger Riyad Mahrez

Riyad Mahrez looks set to stay at Leicester City Wednesday, August 30, 2017 Roma will not be making a late move for Leicester City star Riyad Mahrez. The winger has been looking to leave the King Power all summer after announcing in May he wanted a fresh challenge. Roma have led the chase for the Algerian throughout the current transfer window, but they have so far failed to meet Leicester’s £50m asking price. It had been thought that Roma may make one last bid for Mahrez in the final hours…

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