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Jolie wants divorce finalised by 2018

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MNA Entertainment Desk: Angelina Jolie sought to move forward with her long and sometimes bitter divorce from Brad Pitt, which has yet to be finalised after almost two years, reported news agency. Jolie’s attorney filed papers in Los Angeles Superior Court saying the actress wanted a judgment “returning the parties to single status during calendar year 2018.” The document also said that Pitt has “paid no meaningful child support since separation” and said that although informal arrangements had been made with him, payments “had not been regularly sustained.” Jolie filed for divorce in September 2016, ending two years or marriage ...

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‘Insatiable’ faces fat-shaming accusations

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MNA Entertainment Desk: Netflix’s new series “Insatiable,” hitting screens Friday, was touted by the streaming service as a dark comedy meant to spark debate on society’s ills, reported news agency. Instead, critics have slammed it as fat-shaming, homophobic and denigrating to transgender people. The offbeat show follows the story of overweight teen Patty, who is mocked and bullied incessantly until she has an accident that requires her jaw be wired shut — which causes her to shed significant weight. With her new svelte figure, she vows to seek revenge on all those who attacked her, notably by participating in beauty ...

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British author VS Naipaul dies

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MNA Entertainment Desk: British author VS Naipaul, who won the Nobel Prize in literature, has died at his home in London at the age of 85, reported news agency. Sir Vidia, who was born in rural Trinidad in 1932, wrote more than 30 books including A Bend in the River and his masterpiece, A House for Mr Biswas. On social media, fans paid tribute to Sir Vidia and expressed their sadness. Sir Vidia, who as a child was read Shakespeare and Dickens by his father, was raised a Hindu and attended Queen’s Royal College in Trinidad. He moved to Britain ...

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Priyanka’s ‘Cowboy Ninja Viking’ delayed indefinitely

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MNA Entertainment Desk: Priyanka Chopra and Chris Pratt’s “Cowboy Ninja Viking” has been indefinitely delayed. Universal Pictures has taken “Cowboy Ninja Viking” off its schedule and undated the movie, which was previously set to release on 28 June, 2019, reported news agency. According to several sources, the film is still in active development with Pratt, Priyanka and director Michelle MacLaren remaining on board. The studio said it will be re-dated at a later time to accommodate production scheduling. Sources say the studio delayed the film rather than rushing it out to make the 28 June deadline. The novel revolves around ...

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Demi Lovato vows to keep fighting addiction

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MNA Entertainment Desk: In her first public comments since an overdose put her into the hospital, singer Demi Lovato says she remains committed to overcoming addiction, reported news agency. “I will keep fighting,” Lovato wrote Sunday in a post on Instagram. She also thanked her fans, family, team and staff at Cedars-Sinai hospital in Los Angeles. She reportedly overdosed on drugs at her Hollywood Hills home on 24 July. She said she’s learned that the illness of addiction doesn’t fade and is something she “must continue to overcome,” and needs time to heal and focus on her sobriety and recovery. ...

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Actress Nawshaba held for spreading rumours

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MNA National Desk: Members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) detained actress Quazi Nawshaba Ahmed from city’s Uttara area on Saturday night over spreading rumours on social media over attack on protesting students. A text message of RAB said that a team of elite force nabbed Nawshaba and took her to RAB-1 office for interrogation over his Facebook live. The actress went to Facebook live around 4:00pm and said that the attackers killed two students and gouged out the eyes of another at Jigatala intersection, reports news agency. In her Facebook live, the actress requested people to get united, take to ...

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Sonali Bendre stable, says husband

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MNA Entertainment Desk: Indian actress Sonali Bendre, who is fighting against cancer, is stable and following her treatment without any complications, says her husband filmmaker Goldie Behl, reported news agency. Goldie tweeted on Thursday night: “Thank you all for the love and support for Sonali. She is stable and is following her treatment without any complications. This is a long journey but we have begun positively.” Sonali, 43, is undergoing a metastatic cancer treatment in New York. In July, the actress shared that she has been diagnosed with a “high-grade cancer”. Post her diagnosis, the “Duplicate” actress is quite active ...

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Salman welcomes Katrina to Bharat

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MNA Entertainment Desk: Salman Khan welcomed Katrina Kaif to the cast of “Bharat” in style, by calling her “sundar” (beautiful) and “susheel” (virtuous). “Ek sundar aur susheel ladki jiska naam hai Katrina Kaif… Swagat hai aapka ‘Bharat’ ki zindagi mein (A beautiful and virtuous girl named Katrina… We welcome you the world of ‘Bharat’),” Salman tweeted on Monday. Katrina, who has given several hits with Salman at the box office, will play his love interest in “Bharat”, directed by Ali Abbas Zafar. Katrina has stepped into a role which was originally being played by Priyanka Chopra, who according to Zafar, ...

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Priyanka, Nick reportedly engaged

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MNA Entertainment Desk: Indian actress Priyanka Chopra and pop singer Nick Jonas are engaged after two months of dating, the US media has reported. People.com has quoted a source as saying the couple got engaged a week ago on Priyanka’s 36th birthday on 18 July while the two were in London. Jonas closed down a Tiffany store in New York City to buy an engagement ring, according to the insider. “They are so happy,” the source told people.com. A source close to Jonas said the singer is “very, very happy.” “His friends and family have never seen him like this, ...

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Stewart to star in new ‘Charlie’s Angels’

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MNA Entertainment Desk: Charlie’s Angels” are returning to the big screen next year for a third outing, this time with a female director and a multi-racial trio of women led by Kristen Stewart. “Twilight” star Stewart, along with rising British actresses Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska, will play the lead roles in the latest movie reboot of the 1970s crime caper, to be directed by Elizabeth Banks, Sony Pictures said on Thursday. The new “Charlie’s Angels” marks a trend in Hollywood to entrust more women with directing big budget fare, and towards ethnic diversity. Scott is of Indian descent, while ...

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Demi Lovato awake after suspected overdose

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MNA Entertainment Desk: US pop singer Demi Lovato, who has spoken openly about her history of drug and alcohol abuse, is awake after she was taken to a Los Angeles hospital on Tuesday suffering from a suspected overdose, according to media reports. Lovato, 25, a Grammy-nominated recording artist, was “okay and stable, reported People magazine, quoting an unidentified source. “Demi is awake and with her family who want to express thanks to everyone for the love, prayers, and support,” Lovato’s representative told entertainment magazine in a statement. Representatives for Lovato did not respond to a request for comment. Entertainment news ...

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Coke Studio Pakistan’s new show will have transgender singers

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MNA Entertainment Desk: Coke Studio Pakistan’s eleventh edition has just taken a step towards inclusivity of the marginalised community. It’s quite a historic move. The show that features live studio-recorded music performances by established and emerging artists recently dropped a promo with Faiz Ahmed Faiz’s legendary nazm ‘Hum Dekhenge’—a rendition performed by a lineup of singers who will be taking the stage in the upcoming season, reports news agency. While the promo gave the audience a glimpse of well-known singers such as Momina Mustehsan, Ali Azmat, Abida Parveen, Jawad Ahmed, Ahad Raza Mir, it is the inclusion of transgender artistes ...

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Stormy Daniels and her husband are divorcing

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MNA Entertainment Desk: Adult film star Stormy Daniels, who is battling President Donald Trump in court over their alleged sexual encounter a decade ago, and her husband plan to divorce, her lawyer announced Monday. Daniels, 39, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, married Glendon Crain, 41, in 2010. Crain is a heavy metal musician and pornographic movie actor, featuring in adult films under the name Brendon Miller. Daniels, who was married twice previously, gave birth to a daughter in 2011. Daniels is suing Trump to invalidate a non-disclosure agreement that prevents her from discussing their alleged 2006 sexual encounter. Daniels ...

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Taylor Swift cast in film version of ‘Cats’

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MNA Entertainment Desk: Taylor Swift has been cast in a big screen version of the stage musical “Cats,” in what will be the pop singer’s biggest movie role so far, entertainment publications Variety and the Hollywood Reporter said. The 28-year-old “Look What You Made Me Do” singer will join Oscar-winning singer and actress Jennifer Hudson, talk show host James Corden and veteran British actor Ian McKellen in the movie, the publications said. Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Cats,” based on a book of poems by T.S. Eliot, was first staged in London in 1981 and has been produced around the world. ...

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SRK-Kareena to reunite after 7yrs for Salute

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MNA Entertainment Desk: After months of rumours, it is now looking ever likely that Bollywood actress Kareena Kapoor Khan will be paired opposite superstar Shah Rukh Khan for a biopic titled- Salute. The biopic will be made on an astronaut named Rakesh Sharma. Several Indian newsportals published reports on Thursday (July 19) that Kareena has been finalized to play Sharma’s wife Madhu and will soon be signing for the project. As well as remuneration and dates, other things need to be worked out before an official announcement is made. This will be the first time after ‘Ra.One’ (2011), SRK and ...

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Vidya opens up about her role in NTR biopic

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MNA Entertainment Desk: Bollywood actor Vidya Balan has confirmed that she will be playing a significant role in the upcoming film NTR, which is based on the life of legendary actor and politician N T Rama Rao. Last month, speculations were rife that she has been approached by filmmakers to play the role of NTR’s wife Basavatarakam. In a recent interview, Vidya confirmed that she is indeed part of the biopic, which will mark her debut in Telugu. “People knew of her but they didn’t know her and that is interesting for me as an actor,” the Dirty Picture actor ...

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Rapper Cardi B leads MTV Awards nominations

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MNA Entertainment Desk: Rapper Cardi B on Monday topped nominations at the MTV Video Music Awards, where Jay-Z and Beyonce’s ornate work shot at the Louvre and the politically charged “This is America” also enjoyed recognition. Cardi B, who in little more than a year has become one of the most prominent women in the male-dominated world of hip-hop, received 10 nominations for the awards show that will take place on 20 August in New York, reported news agency. The Bronx native born as Belcalis Almanzar was in the running in both hip-hop and Latin categories as well as Artist ...

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Sunny’s upcoming web series faces objection

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MNA Entertainment Desk: Bollywood actress Sunny Leone’s upcoming web series ‘Karenjit Kaur: The Untold Story of Sunny Leone’ on Saturday faced its first trouble as a committee of the Indian Sikh community Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) objected to the use of “Kaur” in the title of the actor’s upcoming biopic. The Indian SGPC’s additional secretary and spokesperson Diljit Singh Bedi said that the usage would hurt Sikh sentiments as Sunny did not follow the teachings of the Sikh gurus. Hence, she had no right to use the title “Kaur”. “Kaur is a very respectable name given by Sikh gurus ...

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I love the idea of getting married: Priyanka

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MNA Entertainment Desk: Actress Priyanka Chopra, reportedly dating American singer Nick Jonas, says her marital status will not affect her feminist opinions, and she would like to get married some day. The 35-year-old actress spoke about the things that bring her joy in life and love at a Saks x Vogue event at Wolffer Estate Vineyards in the Hamptons, reports news agency. “I love the idea of getting married. I totally want to get married at some point,” Priyanka said. “And I don’t think marriage makes you smaller or bigger or more feminist or not. Feminism basically is women saying ...

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Bollywood’s Sonali Bendre battling cancer

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MNA Entertainment Desk: Bollywood actor Sonali Bendre said she has been diagnosed with “high-grade cancer”. The 43-year-old actor said on Twitter she is undergoing treatment in New York. “We remain optimistic and I am determined to fight every step of the way,” said Bendre, who starred in several hit Bollywood films in the 90’s. Bendre is married to film-maker Goldie Behl and has a son. She was a celebrity judge on a reality TV show until a week ago. Ever since the actress posted the news about her health on Twitter and Instagram, prayers and wishes have been pouring in ...

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Beyonce leads S Africa anti-poverty festival for Mandela

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MNA Entertainment Desk: Beyonce and Jay-Z will lead an A-list lineup to mark 100 years since Nelson Mandela’s birth in a Johannesburg festival by the Global Citizen movement to eradicate poverty, reported news agency. The 2 December event, which will be internationally broadcast, will celebrate the late anti-apartheid icon and draw a number of leaders in an attempt to throw a spotlight on fledging efforts to eradicate the world’s worst poverty, Global Citizen announced Monday. Beyonce and her husband Jay-Z will headline the music at the FNB Stadium alongside several other stars: Coldplay frontman Chris Martin, English singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran, ...

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Bieber engaged to model Baldwin

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MNA Entertainment Desk: Trouble-prone pop star Justin Bieber will be a married man after popping the question to model Hailey Baldwin whom he has dated for one month, reports said on Sunday. The 24-year-old Canadian heartthrob, who has become better known for his off-stage antics, proposed to the 21-year-old over dinner Saturday night at a restaurant in The Bahamas, the celebrity news site TMZ said. The site quoted witnesses at the restaurant, who said that Bieber’s security team asked them all to put their phones away for the proposal. A representative for Bieber did not comment but relatives of the ...

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Actress Rani Sarker passes away

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MNA Entertainment Desk: Rani Sarkar, a national award winning film actress, died of old-age complications at Eden Multicare Hospital in the city early Saturday. She was 86, said her family. Rani was buried at Azimpur Graveyard in the city, reported news agency. Rani, whose real name was Mossamat Amirun Nessa Khanam, was born at Shonatol village in Shatkhira’s Kaliganj upazila. Prime minister Sheikh Hasina expressed deep shock at the death of Rani Sarkar. Her acting career began as a stage performer in 1958. In the same year, Rani got her first break in AJ Kardar’s film ‘Dur Hai Shukh Ka ...

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Priyanka scores 25m Instagram followers

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MNA Entertainment Desk: Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra has garnered 25 million followers on Instagram and has thanked her fans for showering her with so much of love, reported news agency. Priyanka on Thursday took to her Instagram stories, where she wrote: “25 million strong… Thank you for the love… Love you right back.” The 35-year-old actress is ahead of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who has 13.5 million followers, megastar Amitabh Bachchan, who has a following of 9.5 million, Shah Rukh Khan, who has 13.3 million followers, Salman Khan with 17.3 million followers and actress Deepika Padukone with 24.9 million ...

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Mithun Chakraborty’s son accused of rape

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MNA Entertainment Desk: A Delhi court has directed the city police to start a case against Bollywood actor Mithun Chakraborty’s son Mahaakshay Chakraborty, also an actor, for allegedly cheating and raping a Bhojpuri actress and forcing her into an abortion, Indian media reports. Mithun’s wife Yogita Bali has also been accused of allegedly threatening the woman later, The Indian Express reported on Monday. The incident, according to the court order, dates back to May 2015 when the actor allegedly established a physical relationship with the woman by “fraudulently” administering her some “alcoholic/stupefying substance” in a soft drink offered to her. ...

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Ranbir is extraordinary in Sanju: Sanjay Dutt

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MNA Entertainment Desk: Ranbir Kapoor is being lauded for his performance in Sanju, and it looks like Sanjay Dutt is also impressed with the young actor’s performance. Since Sanju is receiving a lot of love from critics and audiences alike, Dutt was asked if he liked the film at the trailer launch of his upcoming film Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster 3. Sanjay Dutt said, “Ranbir (Kapoor) is extraordinary in the film. I think the film is fantastic and Raju ji (Rajkumar Hirani), Vicky Kaushal, and everybody has done a fantastic job. Whatever is the truth, has been shown in the ...

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Priyanka ‘hottest woman on the planet’: Maxim

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MNA Entertainment Desk: Bollywood actor Priyanka Chopra, who has also been making headlines in the West following her debut in American TV series Quantico, has been named the “Hottest Woman on the Planet” by international men’s magazine Maxim. Priyanka has made it to “Maxim Hot 100” for a record fourth time. The actor had earlier been given the honour in 2011, 2013 and 2016. Maxim took to Twitter to announce the news and share the cover of its latest edition featuring Priyanka. “She’s got the talent, she’s got the brains and she’s definitely got the looks, is it any surprise ...

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