National obsession

Leading the charge in the UAE’s newspaper boom is The National. Time Out spoke to its editor Martin Newland about its launch, censorship, advertising, what he thinks of their rivals – and why the forthcoming paper war will be a good thing for the country. What were you told by your new proprietor about the…

Lost and Sayid

The new series of Lost starts on Showtime this month and Time Out met Naveen Andrews, the angry man of the cast who plays Sayid. Words Matt Pomroy You’ve been critical of Lost’s storylines in previous seasons, so how’s Sayid doing in season four? Oh, he’s doing pretty well actually. I’m actually quite pleased, which…

Make Me A Genius

Is a genius born or are they made? Make Me A Genius looks at the incredible life of Susan Polgar – the living test subject for her psychologist father who believed he could make his baby daughter a chess genius. With a grandmaster title to her name it’s hard to disagree with him. Words Matt…

Six and the city

From the creator of Lost comes Six Degrees, a romantic drama that follows the intertwining lives of six people in New York. And this time, there’s no plane crashes, polar bears or hidden conspiracies. Words Matt Pomroy There’s a belief that a chain of six people or fewer connect everyone on earth. Six degrees of…

A quest called Tribe

Tribe returns to our screens this week, as Bruce Parry heads off into the wilderness to spend time with cultures on the outer edges of civilisation. There’s something of a brouhaha (some say hullabaloo) going on in Britain over the annual Dhs1,000 licence fee that TV owners are required to pay, and what the BBC…

Suburban Warfare

Suburban Shootout was touted as the British response to Desperate Housewives, but this comedy drama is far stranger, and funnier, than anything found in Wisteria Lane. When this series first came out in the UK, Suburban Shootout was talked up as a British version of Desperate Housewives, but ignore the hype by association – this…

Court Drama

One Tree Hill star James Lafferty  tells Time Out about having the dream job, slam dunks, the spirit of Michael Jordan and how the series is catching up with Dawson’s Creek. Words Matt Pomroy The 90s saw the rise of the teen drama that arguably started on October 4 1990 with Jennie Garth showing off…

Lost Soul

According to the creators,  Lost is set to run for another three seasons. Time Out tracked down Terry O’Quinn, who plays John Locke, and asked him about the hit series, his frustrations and what he thinks it all means. When the writers recently said that they know how it’s going to end, did you believe…

Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip

From the creator of The West Wing comes one of the most anticipated series of the last decade – Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip. But can a drama set in a TV studio live up to life in the Oval Office? Words Matt Pomroy Some people say Aaron Sorkin is a genius, the saviour…

Film review: 300

(15) Dir Zack Snyder US 2006. As the leonine David St Hubbins of Spinal Tap once said, there’s a fine line between clever and stupid. In modern cinema, the line between films and computer games is also becoming almost indistinguishably fine and this film staggers between very clever and very stupid at regular turns. As…