Barbie is the First Solo-Woman-Directed Film to Make Over 1 Billion Dollars

 - Movies - Aug 8 2023 SHARE ON:
Barbie is the First Solo-Woman-Directed Film to Make Over 1 Billion Dollars

The year is 2023 and we are living in Barbie’s world. In an incredible cinematic feat, Barbie has strutted her way to a billion-dollar payday at the box office it is the first solo-woman-directed film to do it.

The power behind this history-making spectacle comes in the form of uber-talented director Greta Gerwig. In just 17 days after the big-screen debut, Barbie’s box office smash clocked in at a jaw-dropping $1.03 billion globally.

The world has witnessed only five other films hitting the billion-dollar jackpot since the pandemic went all drama-queen on us. For context, the other post-pandemic films to join the billions club since the pandemic are Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021) Avatar: The Way of Water (2022) Jurassic World Dominion (2022), Top Gun: Maverick (2022), The Super Mario Bros. Movie (2023).

Barbie, with Greta Gerwig’s golden touch, has marched her way into this elite club, showing that when it comes to smashing ceilings, she’s got it all figured out.

Whether you’re a die-hard Barbie fan or just curious to see what all the fuss is about, one thing’s clear – Barbie’s billion-dollar reign isn’t ending anytime soon. So grab your popcorn, your pink feather boas, and your best “I’m ready to conquer the world” attitude. The Barbie fever has hit the box office, and it’s hotter than ever!


Alex Borg Raises Alarm Over “Burden on Maltese Society”

 - Local - Aug 8 2023 SHARE ON:

In a recent social media post, PN MP Alex Borg expressed his concerns about what he called “the burden that various sectors of Maltese society are facing.”

He highlighted the strain on the police force, healthcare workers, infrastructure, and the elderly, attributing this burden to the decisions made by the current government.

One central theme of Borg’s message is, in his words, “the idea that the current government, led by Prime Minister Robert Abela and Minister Clyde Caruana, needs to take immediate action to address the problems at hand.”

On Facebook, Borg reminds the government of its five-year mandate and stresses that the solutions are needed now, not later.

Borg’s critique extends to the economic policies that have been pursued by the government. He warns against over-reliance on the “cheap labor” model for economic growth, suggesting that such a strategy may have contributed to the burden on various sectors.

The PN MP indicates that the Opposition is willing to collaborate with the government to find solutions.


Maltese Muay Thai Sensations Deliver Knockout Debut

 - Sports - Aug 8 2023 SHARE ON:

In an electrifying showdown that had the audience on the edge of their seats, Maltese Muay Thai fighters Claude Cutajar and Jamie-Lee DeBattista left an indelible mark on the professional Muay Thai scene with their stunning debut at Chiang Mai’s prestigious Kalare Stadium on August 3rd.

The event, eagerly anticipated by fight enthusiasts worldwide, witnessed both fighters delivering knockout blows in the third round, leaving spectators in awe of their unparalleled skills. Guided by the expertise of their coach, Christopher Cassar from Muay Thai Malta, Cutajar and DeBattista had been meticulously honing their craft for this defining moment.

Months of grueling training reached a pinnacle during their intensive one-month training camp at the esteemed Manasak Muay Thai gym in Northern Thailand. This invaluable experience allowed them to refine their techniques alongside established Muay Thai champions, underlining their dedication to mastering the art.

In the aftermath of their impressive victories, Coach Christopher Cassar couldn’t hide his admiration for his protégés, declaring, “Claude and Jamie-Lee’s commitment and hard work have been truly outstanding. Their knockout wins on this grand stage mark an incredible achievement for both fighters.”

The ripples of the Maltese fighters’ triumphant debut have spread across borders, capturing the attention of Muay Thai aficionados globally. Their success not only puts Malta on the Muay Thai map but also propels the country’s martial arts scene onto an international platform.

As Cutajar and DeBattista bask in their debut glory, fans eagerly anticipate their future matchups, holding their breath for more exhilarating performances from these promising athletes.

The horizon for Maltese Muay Thai shines brighter than ever as Claude Cutajar and Jamie-Lee DeBattista seize the international stage, redefining excellence in their sport. With each bout, their evolution as athletes promises a myriad of extraordinary moments, solidifying their place as rising stars in the exhilarating world of Muay Thai.


We Got Pride’ – Official EuroPride Valletta 2023 Anthem Released

 - Local - Aug 7 2023 SHARE ON:

As the EuroPride Valletta 2023 event draws closer, the official anthem titled ‘We Got Pride’ has been unveiled, encapsulating the essence of this historic occasion. The song serves as a tribute to Malta’s journey in recent years, shedding light on the path towards embracing diversity and unity, regardless of one’s identity or nationality.

‘We Got Pride’ celebrates the idea that love can never be wrong. The anthem marks a shift towards societies that recognise the importance of diversity, and how our nation proudly welcomes the prospect of coexisting harmoniously. Malta stands as a testament to progress, demonstrating that diverse individuals, whether LGBTQ+ or not, can live together in harmony, strength, resilience, and mutual respect.

The mastermind behind the anthem’s lyrics, Matt ‘Muxu’ Mercieca, explains that the song serves as a reminder of Malta’s advancements in the realm of human rights and how far the nation has come in embracing the contributions of all individuals. He emphasises that the anthem carries a powerful sentiment that resonates with the country’s collective journey towards inclusivity and acceptance.

Elton Zarb, the composer of the anthem, highlights how the music reflects the coming together of the Maltese and Gozitan people for a grand celebration in September. Zarb expresses his honour in contributing to the anthem, aiming to transmit the desires and aspirations of the people through the song while celebrating the essence of choice and freedom.

The official version of the EuroPride anthem features the voices of six prominent Maltese artists – Glen Vella, Amber, Matt Black, Brooke, Ryan Hili, and Destiny. However, the anthem is not just about these voices; it’s about the collaborative spirit that will come to life during the four days of the EuroPride celebration, involving even more artists from Malta and beyond.

Rebecca Buttigieg, Parliamentary Secretary for Reforms and Equality, applauded the release of the official EuroPride anthem as yet another step forward in the ongoing efforts to foster an inclusive and accepting society. She highlighted the preparations that are underway and the significance of the event, stating that EuroPride is not only a celebration of achievements but also an opportunity to advocate for rights across Europe.

Maria Azzopardi, President of the Allied Rainbow Communities, emphasised that the main goals of EuroPride Valletta 2023 are to bring together our vast and vibrant communities that proudly showcase the world how we truly are – open-hearted, welcoming, and respectful. She expressed excitement for the anthem’s release, which features various local artists coming together to symbolise the country’s dedication to love and acceptance.


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