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‘Incredibles 2’ crushes animation record

Incredibles 2

MNA Entertainment Desk: The combined powers of superheroes, the Pixar brand and a draught of family-friendly films helped “Incredibles 2” become the best animated opening of all time, the biggest PG-rated launch ever and the 8th highest film launch overall. Disney estimated Sunday that the film earned $180 million in its first weekend in North American theatres – far surpassing industry analysts’ loftiest expectations which had the film pegged for a $120 to $140 million debut. The previous animation record-holder was another Pixar sequel, “Finding Dory,” which had a $135 million launch in 2016. It was Disney’s live-action “Beauty and ...

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Ranbir Kapoor is a brat: Karishma Tanna

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MNA Entertainment Desk: Actress Karishma Tanna, who is gearing up for the release of her second Hindi film “Sanju”, says her co-star Ranbir Kapoor is amazing to work with and is a complete brat. Asked how would she describe Ranbir, Karishma told news agency here: “He is amazing, a thorough professional and a brat. He’s a lot of fun on the set. He has very good humour, talks well and a lovely guy to work with.” “Sanju” is directed by Rajkumar Hirani and also stars Sonam Kapoor, Vicky Kaushal and Anushka Sharma. The film is slated to release on 29 ...

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Sanju: Father’s Day special poster

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MNA Entertainment Desk: It’s Father’s Day today and social media is flooded with posts of people expressing their love for their dads. And the makers of ‘Sanju’ took the opportunity and presented fans with a gift to on this special occasion in the form of a new poster of the film that features Ranbir Kapoor as Sanjay Dutt giving his ‘Jaadu Ki Jhappi’ to his on-screen father Sunil Dutt played by Paresh Rawal. The special hug was first introduced in Baba’s ‘Munna Bhai M.B.B.S’. This was the climax scene of the film, which was loved by one and all, reports ...

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Ariana Grande ‘engaged’ to Pete Davidson

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MNA Entertainment Desk: Singer Ariana Grande and comedian Pete Davidson reportedly got engaged after several weeks of dating, reported news agency. “It’s a recent engagement. They’re just two people who found love quickly and make each other happy all the time. They both started talking about it this past weekend. It’s nothing they’ve been hiding,” a source close to the couple told media. Grande tweeted an emoji-filled message moments after the news went public on Monday. “I love you,” she wrote, flanked by laughing monkey faces. She continued by writing “sm” (presumably “so much”) before adding more monkey faces and ...

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Priyanka attends Nick Jonas’ cousin’s wedding

Nick Jonas

MNA Entertainment Desk: Actress Priyanka Chopra, who has been creating a buzz with her appearances with American pop star Nick Jonas, walked hand in hand with him at his cousin’s wedding. The 25-year-old “Jealous” singer took Priyanka, 35, as his date to attend his cousin’s wedding. They arrived arm in arm, reports media. The rumoured couple, who played down speculations they were dating when they showed up at the 2017 Met Gala in New York together, have now embarked on a real relationship, according to multiple reports. The “Baywatch” star was seen roaming around with the singer on a boat ...

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Singer Asif Akbar gets bail

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MNA Entertainment Desk: A Dhaka court on Monday granted singer Asif Akbar bail in a case filed under Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Act. Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Keshob Roy Chowdhury granted him bail on a bond of Tk 10,000. Earlier on Sunday, Asif’s lawyer Adv Kazi Nazibullah Hiru filed the petition with Dhaka CMM court. The court on June 6, rejected both remand and bail petitions of the singer and sent him to jail. A team of Criminal Investigation Department arrested Asif from his Tejgaon studio at about 1:30am on June 6 in a case under the ICT Act. ...

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Anjan Dutt coming on TV in Eid

Anjan Dutt

MNA Entertainment Desk: Anjan Dutt will appear on TV for his fans in this Eid. A special celebrity talk show designed for him will be aired on the third day of Eid at 5.15pm on BanglaVision. The show is titled after Anjan Dutt’s hugely successful song “Bela Bos Tumi Parcho Ki Shunte”. Anjan will talk about his songs, cinema and many unrevealed facets of his life in the show. The show will be hosted by singer Mithila and has been produced by Sajjad. About the show Anjan has said that he liked the arrangement made by Bangla Vision particularly for ...

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‘Komola Rocket’ to be released in Eid

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MNA Entertainment Desk: The film ‘Komola Rocket’ produced by Impress Telefilm, will be released on the occasion of upcoming Eid-ul-Fitr, reported news agency. The two minutes 24-second long official trailer of the movie also has been released on Youtube channel titled Channel-i TV. Audience can see the popular actors Tauquir Ahmed and Mosharraf Karim’s acting together for the second time on screen. Komola Rocket, movie of comedy genre, has been directed by Noor Imran Mithu based on Bangla Academy Award winner and expatriate writer Shahaduzzaman’s stories ‘Moulik’ and ‘Saipras’. Tauquir Ahmed and Lux-Channel I Super Star contestant Samiya will play ...

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Singer Asif Akbar arrested

singer Asif

MNA Entertainment Desk: Members of Criminal Investigation Department (CID) arrested singer Asif Akbar early Wednesday in a case filed under Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Act. A team of CID arrested Asif from his Tejgaon studio at about 1:30am, special police super Mollah Nazrul Islam of CID said, reported news agency. Composer and singer Shafiq Tuhin filed the case against him on Monday evening with Tejgaon Police Station. More to follow…

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‘Salman is a man with golden heart’

Salman

MNA Entertainment Desk: New co-stars like Saqib Saleem and Freddy Daruwala as well as frequent collaborators Jacqueline Fernandez and Daisy Shah heaped praise on their ‘Race 3’ co-star Salman Khan, calling the superstar a very loving, caring and respectful person to everyone around him. Jacqueline, who worked with Salman in ‘Kick’, told news agency, “There is an energy around him that might just make you feel intimidated when you meet Salman first time. “I do not think he means to be like that but his aura is very strong… even after years, as a friend and co-star, when I am ...

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Angelina Jolie makes her Instagram debut

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MNA Entertainment Desk: Actress Angelina Jolie made her Instagram debut when she photobombed actress Elle Fanning on the set of her new film ‘Maleficent 2’. The Oscar-winning actress was seen smiling and flashing a peace sign behind Fanning on the set here, report news agency. This comes just six days before the mother-of-six is set to celebrate her 43rd birthday. Jolie was covered up in a white robe and already had her ‘Maleficent’ horns on with heavy make-up that included a pale face, filled in eyebrows and deep ruby red lipstick. The ‘Salt’ star had long nails and several rings ...

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Ariana Grande thanks LGBTQ fans

Ariana Grande

MNA Entertainment Desk: US singer Ariana Grande thanked her fans from LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) community and said they mean a lot to her. Billboard editors have asked a group of pop stars to write “love letters” to the LGBTQ community, and Grande was among the first to respond, saluting her gay brother Frankie and insisting there is nothing more ‘infectious’ than being surrounded by her LGBTQ devotees, reports media. “I grew up with a gay brother who’s every move I would emulate,” the “No tears left to cry,” star wrote. “I idolised him. Everything Frankie did, I ...

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Film producer Weinstein indicted for rape

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MNA Entertainment Desk: Movie producer Harvey Weinstein was indicted on Wednesday on charges of rape and a criminal sexual act, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance said, the first case to emerge from a slew of sexual misconduct allegations against him. “This indictment brings the defendant another step closer to accountability for the crimes of violence with which he is now charged,” Vance said in a statement on the charges against the disgraced 66-year-old co-founder of the Miramax film studio and the Weinstein Co. The grand jury indictment follows his arrest and court appearance last Friday on charges related to two ...

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BTS make history topping US album charts

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MNA Entertainment Desk: Korean boyband phenomenon BTS have become the first K-Pop group to rise to the top of the US album charts, a vivid illustration of the genre’s growing global appeal. Known for boyish good looks, floppy haircuts and meticulously choreographed dance moves, the septet has become one of South Korea’s best known and most lucrative musical exports. On Sunday, they passed a new milestone — becoming the first K-Pop group to top the Billboard 200 music charts which ranks albums via sales, downloads and streams. “It’s the first No. 1 for the seven-member group, and the first K-pop ...

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National Film Award-2016 on July 8

National Film

MNA Entertainment Desk: The National Film Awards-2016 will be distributed through a gala function at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC) in Dhaka on July 8. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is scheduled to hand over the awards, the highest recognition for contribution to the film industry, reports news agency. On April 5, the Information Ministry announced the names of the National Film Award recipients for the year 2016 in 26 categories for outstanding contributions to the industry. Farida Akhter, better known by her screen name Babita, and Akbar Hossain Pathan, also better known by his screen name Faruq, have jointly been ...

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Deepika & Ranveer likely to marry on Nov 19

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MNA Entertainment Desk: Sparks flew between Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh on the sets of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Goliyon Ki Rasleela: Ram Leela. The film had come in 2013 and five years down the line rumours are rife that the couple is ready to get married this year. Both Ranveer and Deepika have openly admitted in different interviews that marriage is on the cards and is definitely a priority for both of them and thus it is only adding fuel to the fire, reports news agency. After many speculations, the latest reports suggest that the stunning couple has finally zeroed ...

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‘Tumhari Sulu’ leads IIFA nominations

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MNA Entertainment Desk: Vidya Balan-starrer “Tumhari Sulu” has scored a maximum of seven nominations for the 19th edition of the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards, to be held in Bangkok next month. A story of an ambitious and enterprising housewife, “Tumhari Sulu” finds a mention in the Best Picture, Best Direction and Best Story for Suresh Triveni, Best Actor in a Leading Role (Female) for Vidya, Performance in a Supporting Role (Female) for Neha Dhupia, Performance in a Supporting Role (Male) for Vijay Maurya and Best Music Direction. Among the titles competing with “Tumhari Sulu” in the Best Picture ...

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Actress Tazin Ahmed passes away

Tazin Ahmed

MNA Entertainment Desk: Popular actress Tazin Ahmed is no more. She died of a cardiac arrest on Tuesday afternoon, reported news agency. Tazin was rushed to Regent Hospital in the capital around 10:00am on Tuesday but was declared dead by physicians in the afternoon. She made a foray into the small screen in 1996. Tazin joined a Bangla-language newspaper, Bhorer Kagoj, in 1994 in her first step into journalism and took up a job with the Prothom Alo in 1997 and became a staff reporter a year later. Tazin was also a columnist for Anondo Bhubon and a freelance contributor ...

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Labaki for Lebanese poor kids

Labaki

MNA Entertainment Desk: Lebanese filmmaker Nadine Labaki, who won one of the top prizes at Cannes on Saturday with a story of dirt poor children and migrants, dedicated her award to her impoverished amateur cast and her homeland. Labaki is the first Arab woman to have won a major prize at the festival and only the second to have had a film competing for the Palme d’Or. Her stirring film “Capernaum”, whose 13-year-old Syrian refugee lead captured hearts in Cannes, had been tipped to win the Palme in a bumper years for films from North Africa and the Middle East. ...

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Priyanka visits Rohingya refugee camps

Rohingya refugee camps

MNA Entertainment Desk: Actress and global Unicef Goodwill Ambassador for Child Rights Priyanka Chopra is visiting the Rohingya refugee camps on a field visit. Priyanka on Monday tweeted a photograph of herself from an aircraft looking out of the window. Earlier, Priyanka reached Dhaka at about 8:30am in an Emirates Airline flight. The actress on her Facebook verified page said, ‘Follow my Instagram to share my experiences as I visit the #Rohingya #Refugee camps on this #UnicefFieldVisit. #ChildrenUprooted’ UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Priyanka said, ‘The world needs to care. We need to care.’ Priyanka, has worked with Unicef for a decade ...

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Harry-Meghan tie knot

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MNA Entertainment Desk: The United Kingdom’s Prince Harry and US TV star Meghan Markle married on Saturday in a globally-watched ceremony at Windsor Castle. Archbishop Welby has declared them husband and wife. Harry was visibly emotional when he saw his bride for the first time in her simple but beautiful pure white dress and then grabbed his bride’s hand and told her: ‘You look amazing – I missed you’. He also said ‘thank you, pa’ after his father Prince Charles walked her down the aisle of St George’s Chapel, Windsor, daily Mail reports. But the tears turned to laughter when ...

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Ranbir admits to having a crush on Alia

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MNA Entertainment Desk: Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt’s relationship status has become a hot topic of discussion these days after the duo was snapped attending a movie screening together and making an entry together for Sonam and Anand Ahuja’s wedding reception. Well, a few years back when Alia was new to the industry she had claimed during an interview that she has a huge crush on Ranbir Kapoor. The actress then went on to say the same thing at various interviews hinting that she admires his acting skills. But now, seems like the tables have turned, reports news agency. During ...

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Priyanka’s next Marathi production titled Paani

Paani

MNA Entertainment Desk: Priyanka Chopra on Tuesday announced her fourth production venture in Marathi language, titled Paani. The 35-year-old actor, who is backing the film under her production banner Purple Pebble Pictures, took to Twitter to share the news, reports news agency. The film, to be directed Adinath Kothare, is based on a ‘true story’ and explores the contemporary water crisis. ‘Welcome aboard @adinathkothare and team… Let’s create something special together! #Marathi,’ Priyanka tweeted. However, the production house also shared that the shooting of the movie is expected to begin soon. They also shared a motion poster of the film.

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Swedish opera singer wins Birgit Nilsson Prize

Birgit Nilsson

MNA Entertainment Desk: Swedish opera singer Nina Stemme has won the one-million dollar prize awarded in memory of the Nordic nation’s legendary soprano Birgit Nilsson, the jury said on Tuesday. The prize, one of the largest in the world of classical music, is given every three or four years to recognise the achievements of an active artiste in the field, reported news agency. Stemme was honoured “for her interpretations of the dramatic soprano repertoire with her respect for the composer’s intentions, her tireless dedication to the dramatic soprano repertoire, and for being a great Wagnerian soprano of today,” the jury ...

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Vaani to mingle with Ranbir in ‘Shamshera’

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MNA Entertainment Desk: Bollywood actress Vaani Kapoor has been zeroed in on to essay the love interest of Ranbir Kapoor in ‘Shamshera’, director Karan Malhotra has confirmed. Vaani will play the character of the most desirable and sought after travelling performer from the heartland of India. Malhotra said in a statement, “Vaani plays Ranbir’s love interest in the film and is a very important collaborator in his character’s journey. Her character graph is interlinked to the plot of the film making her a crucial catalyst in our hero’s rebellious mission. “Vaani is a perfect fit for the role. She is ...

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Aishwarya shows up in butterfly gown

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MNA Entertainment Desk: Former beauty queen Aishwarya Rai Bachchan made a colourful statement with a dramatic ‘butterfly’ gown by Dubai-based designer Michael Cinco for her first red carpet appearance at the 71st Cannes Film Festival here on Saturday. Aishwarya, who clocks her 17th year at the film jamboree this time as L’Oreal Paris brand ambassador, took a confident walk with the exquisite three meter train trailing behind and catching the attention of the crowd. She walked the red carpet for the premiere of Eva Husson’s French drama “Les filles du soleil”, starring Iranian actress Golshifteh Farahani. Before she went for ...

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Mim Mantasha wins Lux Super Star 2018

Mim Mantasha

MNA Entertainment Desk: Mim Mantasha won the coveted Lux Super Star-2018 title at a glittering event on Friday night. She was announced winner by the judges at the Grand Finale held at the Bangabandhu International Convention Centre in Dhaka Friday evening. As the champion of the competition, Mim received Tk5 lakh, a brand new car and the opportunity to become the brand ambassador of Lux Bangladesh. She will also get the opportunity to receive training at Bangladesh Film and Television Academy, and to work on television and feature film projects of Impress Telefilm. Sarwat Ajad Brishti and Samia Athoi were ...

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