Culture & Entertainment

‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ franchise bleak


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: “Pirates of the Caribbean” producer Jerry Bruckheimer has hinted that the disappointing performance of the latest sequel “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” might lead to the end of the franchise. “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales”, which featured Johnny Depp, has made the least money in the franchise’s history at the domestic box office, and even the stellar performance overseas has been hit due to the supposed weakness of the dollar, reports news agency. In an interview to Yahoo, Bruckheimer said only time will decide the fate of ...

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Farooki’s ‘Doob’ to release Oct 27


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Mostofa Sarwar Farooki’s latest directorial venture, ‘Doob: No Bed of Roses’ will release both in Bangladesh and India on 27 October. The film will be released in 100 cinema halls in Bangladesh and in 200 halls in India. Indian actor Irrfan Khan plays the lead role in ‘Doob’, a co-production of Jaaz Multimedia and India’s Eskay Movies along with Irrfan’s IK Company. The film also stars Nusrat Imrose Tisha, Rokeya Prachy and another Indian actor Parno Mittra. The film was written and directed by Mostofa Sarwar Farooki while it was produced by Himanshu Dhanuka, Abdul ...

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Akshay Kumar gives birth to six babies

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MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar delivered six babies and they are no normal kids. All of them were laughing instead of crying when they were welcome into the world. Before you get flabbergasted on what you just read, we must tell you all of this happens in a teaser of a television show, The Great Indian Challenge 5, shared by Akshay, where he is seen pregnant with six babies, reported news agency. After hosting Master Chef India and Khatron Ke Khiladi, the actor has stepped into the shoes of a judge for a comedy show. In ...

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Deepika, Priyanka highest paid actresses

highest paid

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Deepika Padukone and Priyanka Chopra are the only two actresses who feature in Forbes magazine’s list of top 10 Bollywood’s highest paid 2017 list, which is led by “Raees” star Shah Rukh Khan. Deepika ranks sixth in the list with earnings of $11 million, while Priyanka shares the seventh spot with Deepika’s beau Ranveer Singh, with earnings of $10 billion. Both actresses have made their Hollywood debuts. Not far behind him is Salman, who is ranked second with earnings of $37 million in the last one year. The Khans are followed by National Award winner ...

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Singer Abdul Jabbar passes away

singer Abdul Jabbar

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra artist singer Abdul Jabbar breathed his last around 8:30am on Wednesday morning at the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) in Dhaka. The singer, renowned for film songs like ‘Salam Salam’ and ‘Ore Nil Doriya’, has been undergoing treatment at the Bangabandhu medical university for around four months. His scores like ‘Joy Bangla, Banglar Joy’ and ‘Tumi Ki Dekhechho Kobhu’ still reverberate at peoples’ soul but he made the whole country emotional when, at the early stage of his illness, said that he wants to live on this beautiful earth for ...

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Sidharth Malhotra’s ‘A Gentleman’ leaked


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Bollywood stars Sidharth Malhotra and Jacqueline Fernandez’s recently released film ‘A Gentleman’, which is doing a fairly decent business at the Box Office, is now reportedly available for download online. According to a Firstpost report, originally attributed to International Business Times, some Links to the leaked copy of the film have been doing the rounds on Internet. Online piracy has been haunting Indian film industry since quite a while now. A Gentleman is a film based on the classic case of mistaken identity. Featuring Sidharth Malhotra in a double role, the film revolves around some ...

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Abdul Jabbar on life support at BSMMU

singer Abdul Jabbar

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra singer Abdul Jabbar has kept on life support at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU). Abdul Jabbar’s could not receive any treatment and foods from Saturday afternoon. Jabbar’s younger son, Babu Jabbar said to media that Jabbar’s body rejected to receive any treatment and foods. Singer Jabbar is undergoing treatment at Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of BSMMU. He was admitted to the hospital with several physical complexities including kidney and heart diseases on 31 May 2017. During the country’s Liberation War Jabbar motivated the freedom fighters through his patriotic songs. Abdul ...

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Taylor Swift announces new album

Taylor Swift

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Pop star Taylor Swift on Wednesday announced a new album, “Reputation,” to be released on November 10, reported news agency. The 27-year-old singer, who this week has been sharing cryptic videos of a snake showing its fangs, revealed little else about her sixth studio album but said a first single would come out Thursday. She also posted on social media the album’s cover art, with Swift staring forward in front of reels of newsprint in which her name is written ad nauseam. While Swift has offered no clues about the sound or themes of “Reputation,” ...

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Nayak Raj laid to rest at Banani graveyard

Banani Graveyard

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Nayak Raj Razzak, who died on Monday, laid to eternal rest at Banani Graveyard on Wednesday morning, reported news agency. He was buried around 10:20am. Earlier, his two namaz-e-janazas were held at Azad Mosque in Gulshan and Bangladesh Film Development Corporation (BFDC) respectively on Tuesday. Hundreds of people paid their last tributes to iconic actor Razzak at the Central Shaheed Minar. Politicians, cultural personalities and activists converged on the area to say goodbye to Nayak Raj Razzak while Sammilita Sangskritik Jote arranged the tribute programme. The veteran actor was born on 23 January in 1942 ...

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Nayak Raj Razzak passes away

Nayak Raj

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Legendary actor Abdur Razzak, popularly known as Nayak Raj Razzak, is no more. The actor-filmmaker-producer breathed his last at United Hospital in Dhaka at 6:13pm on Monday. He was 76. Razzak was taken to the hospital after suffering a stroke around 5:20pm and soon the physicians declared him dead, according to United Hospital authorities. The actor left behind wife Khairunnesa [Lokhhi] three sons and two daughters – Bapparaj [Rezaul Karim], Nasrin Pasha Shampa, Rowshan Hossain Bappi, Afreen Alam Moina, and, Khalid Hossain Samrat – and a host of fans to mourn his death. The veteran ...

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Hollywood comedy legend Jerry Lewis dies

Jerry Lewis

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Hollywood comedian Jerry Lewis, who died on Sunday aged 91, perfected a goofy brand of slapstick that endeared him to millions over the course of a career spanning six decades. One of the most popular American entertainers of the 1950s and ‘60s, Lewis made his name as the clown behind such quirky comedies as ‘The Nutty Professor’ but also won acclaim as a writer, actor and philanthropist. The comedy legend, who at the peak of his popularity was among the world’s biggest movie draws, died at his home in Las Vegas early Sunday morning. Honored ...

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British TV star Bruce Forsyth passes away

Bruce Forsyth

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Bruce Forsyth, the British television presenter who was the face of primetime family game shows for decades, died on Friday at the age of 89, his manager announced. Born in 1928, Forsyth wanted to sing and dance from an early age, and made his television debut in 1939 in a talent show. But he struggled to make a career out of his passion, until he was picked to host a Sunday night TV variety show in 1958, which propelled him into the limelight. He hosted the BBC’s flagship Saturday early evening show “The Generation Game” ...

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‘Zahir Raihan Festival’ to mark his birth anniv


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Two-day event titled ‘Zahir Raihan Festival’ will be held on today and tomorrow at the auditorium of Music, Recitation and Dance Centre of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy in the capital. Mahanagar Sangsad of Bangladesh Udichi Shilpi Gosthi is organizing the festival, where seven films in different formats and lengths will be screened to mark his birth anniversary.  Zahir Raihan (19 August 1935 – 30 January 1972) was a Bangladeshi novelist, writer and filmmaker. He is best known for his documentary ‘Stop Genocide’, made during the Liberation War of Bangladesh. His contribution to Bangladesh’s film and literature ...

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4 held after Game of Thrones leak in India


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Indian police have arrested four people on suspicion of leaking an unaired episode of HBO’s hit series “Game of Thrones”, police in the city of Mumbai said on Tuesday. The wildly popular fantasy drama is already the most pirated show on television and has been bedeviled by repeated leaks of episodes before they air. According to police, three of the accused work for Prime Focus Technologies, a Mumbai-based company that processes the series for Indian streaming website Hotstar. The fourth is a former employee. The leaking of the episode on 4 August, titled “The Spoils ...

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Stuntwoman killed filming ‘Deadpool 2’


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: A stuntwoman was killed Monday on the set of ‘Deadpool 2’ in Vancouver while filming a motorcycle stunt for the much-anticipated sequel to Marvel Comic’s anti-superhero blockbuster, reported news agency. “Vancouver Police can confirm that a female stunt driver has died on the set of Deadpool during a stunt on a motorcycle,” police said in a statement. Actress Zazie Beetz, who is best known for her role in the FX television network series Atlanta, was reportedly spotted driving the motorcycle, or one like it, during filming. Beetz has been cast in the film as Domino, ...

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Madhubala’s wax figure unveiled in Delhi

wax figure

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Madhubala’s wax figure inspired by her legendary character “Anarkali” from the film “Mughal-e-Azam” was unveiled by Madame Tussauds, Delhi on Thursday. Madhur Brij, sister of the late Bollywood actress, was present to be part of the launch. The figure has been created beautifully by the artists of Madame Tussauds. In the words of Petra, the studio specialist, it involved tremendous research which included meeting the family members and studying the photos and videos available of the celebrity. There were many artists who worked for over six months to create the figure of the actress with ...

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US legendary singer Glen Campbell dies

Glen Campbell

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: US country music legendary singer Glen Campbell has died Tuesday at 81 after struggling with Alzheimer’s disease for years. Campbell died Tuesday around 10:00 a.m. local time in a Nashville facility for Alzheimer’s patients, reported news agency. Campbell was born on April 22, 1936 in Billstown, Arkansas, the United States. He was one of the most famous rock and country music singers in the 1960s and 1970s in the country, best known for songs such as ‘Rhinestone Cowboy,’ ‘Gentle on My Mind,’ ‘Wichita Lineman,’ and ‘Country Boy’ among others, and also known for hosting a ...

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Protest for punishment of Salman Shah’s killers


MNA National Desk: Fans and followers of actor Salman Shah formed a human chain in front of a lower court in Dhaka, demanding punishment of the killers of their hero. Fans of the actor led by Sheikh Mohammad Shahriar Jamal formed the human chain in the premises of Dhaka Metropolitan Sessions Judge court on Tuesday. Earlier, one of the accused in Salman Shah’s death case, Rabeya Sultana Rubi said that the actor did not kill himself; rather he was murdered in a planned way. Rubi recently posted a video on social media from the US. She claimed that Salman Shah ...

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Laisa Ahmed to perform Rabindra Sangeet

Rabindra Sangeet

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: IGCC is going to organize an evening of Rabindra Sangeet by Laisa Ahmed Lisa at Kabi Sufia Kamal Auditorium, Bangladesh National Museum, Shahbagh in the city. The musical soiree will be held on August 9 at 6.30 pm. Apart from being a singer, Laisa Ahmed Lisa also has a PhD degree in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology from the University of Dhaka. She is Professor and Chairman, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Jagannath University, Dhaka. Earlier, two-day Tagore festival ended at the Shawkat Osman Memorial Auditorium of Central Public Library on August 5. Bangladesh Rabindra ...

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Music video ‘Nesha’ receives mixed reactions

music video

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Actress and model Kushum Sikder has received mixed reactions from her fans and followers for acting in her newly released music video ‘Nesha’. The actress is seen in a steamy avatar in the music video. The video is receiving negative reaction from the viewers with many of them saying Kushum was not expected in such an intimate scene. Kushum Sikder penned the lyrics and sang while Hridoy Khan contributed to the composition and tune. Khaled Hossain Shujon worked as a co-model under the direction of Shubhro Khan and Sraboni. However, she debuted in the 2010 ...

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Priyanka Chopra to produce comedy series


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Priyanka Chopra says she cannot wait to begin work as executive producer of a comedy series about Bollywood’s dancing diva Madhuri Dixit’s life for US network ABC. The 34-year-old actress, who has made her presence felt in Hollywood, took to Instagram to share her excitement about the project. “One of the favourite parts of my job is to be able to tell stories across genres, languages and to a varied audience. Today I’m happy to share with you another step I’ve taken on that creative journey, in my role as a producer. This particular story ...

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Model Risila commits suicide


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Model and actress Risila Binte Wazer reportedly committed suicide at her residence in Badda area of Dhaka today. Her body was found hanging from the ceiling of a room in their residence in Shajahadpur area around 1:30pm. Risila was pronounced dead after she was taken to United Hospital in Gulshan around 2:00pm, said Dr Shagufa Anwar, communication and business development director of the hospital. “She committed suicide while she was talking to her husband through a WhatsApp video call,” said Abu Bakkar Siddique, officer-in-charge of Badda Police Station. The couple had a four-year-old daughter together. ...

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Aamir shared poster of Secret Superstar

Secret Superstar

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Aamir Khan on Monday shared the first poster of the upcoming film Secret Superstar on social media. Aamir tweeted the poster, which shows a young school-going girl with two braids and a heavy school bag walking down the bridge with her back to the camera. The foreground has musical notes floating in the air with the backdrop of trees. The creative also read that the trailer of the film, which is a musical drama. Its trailer will be out on Wednesday. Secret Superstar, which features Zaira Wasim, Meher Vij and Aamir in lead roles. It ...

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Joya, Mashrafe win ‘Sera Bangali’ award


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Bangladesh ODI captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza and film actress Joya Ahsan have been awarded ‘Sera Bangali’ this year. Kolkata’s leading Bangla daily Anandabazar Patrika hosts the award every year recognizing the contributions of Bangali persons for outstanding contributions to different fields of sports and other sectors. Anandabazar Patrika at a five-star hotel in Kolkata yesterday selected Mashrafe and Joya on sports and film categories respectively. Mashrafe became the third Bangladesh cricketer after Habibul Bashar and Shakib Al Hasan to win the best Bangali award. However, Mashrafe received the award in a gala ceremony at Kolkata ...

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‘Wanted’ actor Inder Kumar dies of heart attack

Inder Kumar

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Bollywood actor Inder Kumar, who worked in films like “Tumko Na Bhool Paayenge” and “Wanted”, died on early Friday. He was 45. Inder breathed his last at his residence in Four Bungalows. The actor’s cremation will take place on Friday at a crematorium in Yaari road at 4 p.m. Inder is survived by daughter Khushi, whom he had with Sonal, and his second wife Pallavi. He was from Kolkata, but was born in Jaipur and has worked in (around) 20 films. Inder worked in films like “Masoom”, “Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi”, “Tirchhi Topiwale”, “Kunwara”, “Baaghi” and ...

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Shakib, Mahfuz, Joya receive film award


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Shakib Khan and Mahfuz Ahmed jointly won the Best Actor award for their performances in ‘Aro Bhalobashbo Tomai’ and ‘Zero Degree’ respectively while Joya Ahsan won the Best Actress award for her performance in ‘Zero Degree’. They received the crest from Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at National Film Award-2015 ceremony, held at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre on Monday. Shakib Khan received the national film award for the third time. Shabana and playback singer Ferdausi Rahman were given the lifetime achievement awards at the function. Reazul Rezu’s ‘Bapjaner Bioscope’ and Morshedul Islam’s ‘Anil Bagchir Ekdin’ won ...

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John Heard, star of Home Alone, dies

John Heard

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Actor John Heard, best known for playing the father in the hit 90s-era ‘Home Alone’ films, has died. He was 72. The actor was found dead in a Palo Alto, California hotel where he was recuperating following back surgery. The veteran actor rose to fame after playing Peter McCallister—the father of mischievous Kevin, played by Macaulay Culkin—in the family comedy ‘Home Alone’ and its sequel ‘Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.’ Born in Washington DC on March 7, 1945, Heard worked in theater prior to transitioning to the silver screen. Though most people knew ...

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