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Pop icon Adele gives support for Hillary Clinton

pop icon Adele

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Hillary Clinton took time off from storming the campaign trail in the key state of Florida Tuesday to take in a pre-birthday concert by pop icon Adele. Campaign spokesman Nick Merrill said the award-winning British singer, who can’t vote in the United States, is “100 percent for Hillary Clinton,” adding: “I love her. She’s amazing.” Merrill says Adele told the audience that while she is British, “what happens in America affects me too.” Reporters were not allowed to join Clinton for her concert treat—so we don’t yet know whether the White House hopeful belted out ...

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Author Paul Beatty wins Man Booker prize 2016

Man Booker prize

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Prominent author Paul Beatty has become the first American writer to win the Man Booker prize 2016, for a caustic satire on US racial politics that judges said put him up there with Mark Twain and Jonathan Swift. The 54-year-old Los Angeles-born writer won for The Sellout, a laugh-out-loud novel whose main character wants to assert his African American identity by, outrageously and transgressively, bringing back slavery and segregation. Beatty has admitted readers might find it a difficult book to digest but the historian Amanda Foreman, who chaired this year’s judging panel, said that was ...

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Arnold Schwarzenegger wishes for being US president

Arnold Schwarzenegger

MNA International Desk: Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger wishes he could have run for the US presidency. The “Terminator” actor, who was governor of California for eight years until 2011, is unable to contest for the position because he was born in Austria, but he thinks it would have been the right time to campaign for the Republican candidacy if he had been able to, reports “If I’d been born in America, I would’ve run. Because now? This was a very good time to get in the race,” Schwarzenegger told Adweek magazine. But the 69-year-old star says he doesn’t love politics. ...

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Madea Halloween to fight Jack Reacher in Box Office


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Madea Hallooween has to fight with long awaited Jack Reacher: Never Go Back in the box office though it seems to be already winning over its rival.  Even the skilled and lethal Jack Reacher couldn’t quite muster up enough to take down Madea at the Friday box office, but both films have a long fight ahead of them. Tyler Perry’s newest entry in the Madea franchise, Boo! A Madea Halloween, managed to come out on top of the Friday numbers, pulling in $9.4 million. Many expected Tom Cruise’s Jack Reacher: Never Go Back to be ...

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UN appoints Wonder Woman as honorary ambassador

Wonder Woman

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: The United Nations named comic-book superhero Wonder Woman as an honorary ambassador to fight for gender equality on Friday, reported news agency. UN officials at a ceremony formalizing the appointment said Wonder Woman is known for her commitment to justice, peace and equality. “Wonder Woman is an icon,” said UN Under-Secretary-General Cristina Gallach. “We are very pleased that this character will help us reach new audiences with essential messages of our empowerment and equality.” UN officials have said they hoped the selection of a comic-book hero and movie character would appeal to younger women in ...

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Pakistan approves ban on Indian content on TV, radio

Indian content

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: As news agency reported, amid growing tensions with India, Pakistan’s media regulatory authority on Wednesday permitted a complete ban on airing of Indian content in Pakistan from Oct 21. The decision was taken at the 120th meeting of the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) held in the federal capital. The ban will come into effect at 3pm on Oct 21, and violators will be prosecuted under law, said the statement. Radio and television stations which violate the ban will have their licenses suspended without a prior show cause notice, said the statement issued from ...

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Singer Adele earns 84,000 pounds per day


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: English singer-songwriter Adele is reportedly earning around 84,000 pounds a day. The star made an incredible comeback to the music industry with her album “25” last year, with it becoming the fastest selling in British history. According to The Sun, she raked in around 30 million pounds last year through her company Melted Stone Limited, as per newly-released accounts – equaling 84,000 pounds a day, reported news agency. Her company Melted Stone Limited turned over 30.7 million pounds. The report also claims that the company made a 15.9 million pound net profit, as well as holding ...

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Deepika Padukone to launch Bigg Boss 10

Bigg Boss

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Deepika Padukone will be joining superstar Salman Khan to launch the tenth season of controversial reality TV show Bigg Boss. The actress says she will be getting “Hollywood’s action and thrill” to the launch event. There were rumors that Deepika, who will be making her Hollywood debut with “xXx: The Return of Xander Cage”, will be the first celebrity guest of the show when she was spotted shooting with Salman recently. But the news was confirmed by Raj Nayak, CEO of Colors channel, which beams “Bigg Boss”. Nayak tweeted: “The excitement begins. Look who is ...

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American songwriter Bob Dylan wins Nobel Literature Prize

Bob Dylan

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: American music legend Bob Dylan on Thursday won the Nobel Literature Prize, the first songwriter to win the prestigious award and an announcement that stunned prize watchers. Dylan, 75-year-old, was honored “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition,” the Swedish Academy said. The choice was met by gasps and a long round of applause from journalists attending the prize announcement. The folk singer has been mentioned in Nobel speculation in past years, but was never seen as a serious contender. The Academy’s permanent secretary Sara Danius said Dylan’s songs were ...

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Rolling Stones to release first studio album in Dec

Rolling Stones

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: The Rolling Stones announced on Thursday it will release its first studio album in over a decade in December—covers of the American blues greats who got them into music in the first place. Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Charlie Watts recorded “Blue & Lonesome” last December in three days at London’s British Grove Studios. That’s close to where the band, which formed in 1962, began performing at local venues with American blues as a major inspiration. The rock group teased fans this week on Twitter with a video snippet of them performing a ...

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TV reality show stopped as Kim Kardashian leaved

Kim Kardashian

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Production on the TV reality show named “Keeping up with the Kardashians” is on hold, the E! Network said on Thursday, just days after the show’s star, Kim Kardashian, was robbed at gunpoint in Paris. “Kim’s well-being is our core focus right now. No decision has been made as to when production will resume,” a spokeswoman for the network, which broadcasts the show, said in a statement. Flanked by multiple security guards, Kardashian and her family on Thursday left their Manhattan apartment, where they have been closeted since she returned from Paris. News video and ...

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Suicide Squad extended cut to release next month

Suicide Squad

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: An extended cut of — Suicide Squad — will be released next month and will feature scenes that were chopped from the release in theatres, reported news agency. Jared Leto had complained shortly after the film’s release on August 5 that many scenes he shot as the Joker were deleted. Warner Bros, the banner behind the film, unveiled a short teaser on Wednesday touting the extended cut for the film’s home entertainment release, available on Digital HD on November 15 and Blu-ray on December 13, reports Made on a budget of $175 million, the ...

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Sonali Bendre wants to work with female directors

Sonali Bendre

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Bollywood actress Sonali Bendre on Monday expressed her desire to work with female directors like Farah Khan, Zoya Akhtar and Gauri Shinde. On working with any of today’s female filmmakers, she said, “we have some wonderful female directors. I really admire Farah Khan, Zoya Akhtar and Gauri Shinde. It would be wonderful to work with them…” The ‘Sarfarosh’ actress was speaking at the launch of Revital H Woman’s Healthy Conversations’. The 41-year-old said, she would like to direct a film in future, adding that “though I have been saying that I am not working much ...

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Screening of Indian movies banned in Pakistan

Indian movies

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: A union representing Pakistan cinemas and film distributors has banned the screening of Indian movies across the country in the wake of growing pressures between the nuclear-armed neighbours in disputed Kashmir. The decision follows an earlier move by the Indian Motion Pictures Producers Association (IMPPA) to prohibit Pakistani actors and technicians from working on Bollywood sets, reported news agency. The silver screen drama erupted after India claimed Thursday it had carried out “surgical strikes” across the heavily militarized Line of Control (LoC), the de facto border in the disputed territory, on alleged “terrorist” targets inside ...

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Author Syed Shamsul Haq passed away

Syed Shamsul Haq

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Author Syed Shamsul Haq passed away at the United Hospital in Dhaka on Tuesday. He was 81-year-old. Shamsul Haque, who had been suffering from Lungs cancer, breathed his last around 5:30pm.  Syed Shamsul Haq,  born 27 December 1935 in Kurigram, is a famous Bangladeshi poet and writer. He writes poetry, fiction, plays (mostly in verse), and essays. His literary works were included in the curriculum of school level, secondary, higher secondary and graduation level Bengali literature in Bangladesh. The writer won the Bangla Academy Award in 1966, Ekushey Padak in 1984 and Bangladesh’s highest civilian ...

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Sofia Vergara wasted money on accent lessons

Sofia Vergara

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: The “Modern Family” actress Sofia Vergara said she wasted a ton of money trying to change her accent, reported “I spent so much money when I decided I was going to act. I’m like, ‘I’m moving to Los Angeles, I’m gonna hire the best speech coach, I can’t understand why Salma Hayek and Penelope Cruz can’t learn how to speak perfectly, I’m gonna do it’,” Vergara said on Harry Connick Jr’s new TV show “Harry”. The 44-year-old said her son Manolo, 24-year-old, grew increasingly frustrated with her as she kept pronouncing words wrong. “He ...

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Priyanka Chopra to be honoured InStyle Awards

InStyle Awards

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Priyanka Chopra, the highest paid actress in India, will be honoured at the second annual InStyle Awards in October, reported news agency. Priyanka now joins InStyle’s other honourees including Hollywood star Nicole Kidman and designer Tom Ford, read a statement. The InStyle Awards honours actors, actresses and artistes whose style defines the red carpet, as well as the industry’s top image-makers. Hosted by the magazine’s Editor-in-Chief Laura Brown, the intimate dinner will take place for the second year at the Getty Center in Los Angeles. Priyanka is being honoured with Breakthrough Style Star award. InStyle ...

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Angelina Jolie files divorce from Brad Pitt


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Angelina Jolie has filed for divorce from Brad Pitt and is seeking custody of their six children, TMZ reported Tuesday, spelling the end for “Brangelina,” one of Hollywood’s highest-profile celebrity couples. According to the entertainment news site, the 41-year-old Jolie filed legal documents on Monday citing irreconcilable differences with Pitt, 52-year-old, listing their date of separation as September 15. Two of the world’s biggest stars, they formed a Hollywood power couple second to none, so famous they were known simply by their combined first names. The A-listers wed in France in August two years ago, ...

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National drama festival to begin on 24 September

national drama festival

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: An 18-day long national drama festival titled ‘Jatiyal Natya Utsab 2016’ will begin on 24 September in the capital with the motto ‘this soil not for militancy, but for humanity’. Bangladesh Shilapakala Academy and Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation is going to organize the carnival in cooperation with the cultural affairs ministry. Asaduzzaman Noor, cultural affairs minister, will be present at the inaugural ceremony of the festival as the chief guest, reported news agency. Group Theatre Federation secretary Aktaruzzaman on Monday said a total of 58 troupes, including 26 ones from Dhaka, will stage one drama ...

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‘La La Land’ won Toronto film fest prize

Toronto film

MNA Entertainment Desk: The bewitching musical “La La Land” starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone won the coveted Toronto film festival audience prize on Sunday, giving it a leg up on the competition as the Oscars race takes shape. The joyful, quirky film by Damien Chazelle about a struggling jazz pianist and his actress girlfriend in Los Angeles pays tribute to the Golden Age of American musicals, honoring classics from “Top Hat” to “Singing in the Rain” to “Grease.” It also reunites Gosling and Stone, who starred together in the 2011 romantic comedy “Crazy, Stupid, Love”-but with oodles of singing ...

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Lata Mangeshkar paid tribute to Subbulakshmi

Lata Mangeshkar

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Famous Indian singer Lata Mangeshkar paid her tribute to legendary classical singer MS Subbulakshmi on her 100th birth anniversary, reported news agency. “It’s legendary singer MS Subbulakshmi’s 100th birth anniversary. I bow in front of her melodious songs and personality,” Mangeshkar tweeted on Friday. Subbulakshmi was born on 16 September, 1916, at Madurai in the then Madras presidency in a family of artistes, musicians, singers and dancers. She started learning classical music at a young age. She released her first music recording in 1926 at the age of 10 and gave her first public performance ...

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Priyanka Chopra chills with Sunny Leone in NY

Priyanka Chopra

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Actress Priyanka Chopra had a fun afternoon date with Indo-Canadian actress Sunny Leonein New York, reported news agency. Priyanka is shooting second season of American TV series “Quantico”, while Sunny was in the city for ongoing New York Fashion Week (NYFW). And the stars decided to meet up. Sunny tweeted: “Such a nice afternoon with Priyanka Chopra good times in NYC!! Love 🙂 you are such a doll!”. Sunny Leone. Priyanka also shared “so much fun Sunny Leone good to see you! Much love!”Sunny along with acid attack victim Reshma Qureshi made strong yet distinctive ...

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7th death anniversary of Shah Abdul Karim

Shah Abdul Karim

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: The 7th death anniversary of late Baul legend Shah Abdul Karim is being observed on Monday across the country. Shah Abdul Karim, born February 15, 1916, was a Baul musician from Bangladesh. He was awarded the 2001 Ekushey Padak for his outstanding musical achievements. He also received the Drouhee Kotha-Shahitayk Abdur Rouf Choudhury Award in 2000. He died in Sylhet on 12 September 2009 due to respiratory problems. Growing up in poverty and facing hardship, he started expressing his thoughts and emotions musically from a very early age. Ektara, a traditional single string musical instrument, ...

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SRK pairs up again with Anushka Sharma

Anushka Sharma

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: “The Ring” is the working title of the Imtiaz Ali directorial which stars superstar Shah Rukh Khan (SRK) and Anushka Sharma, the actress has revealed. The “Sultan” actress, who is currently shooting for the film in Amsterdam, shared this via an Instagram post. “With the team. The crew moves to Amsterdam. ‘The Ring’ Working Title,” she captioned an image of herself with the film’s crew members. However, they had recently wrapped up the Prague schedule of the shoot, reported news agency. This is Shah Rukh and Anushka’s third film together after “Rab Ne Bana Di ...

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Half-Indian beauty queen crowned Miss Japan

Miss Japan

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: A half-Indian beauty queen with an elephant trainer’s licence was crowned Miss Japan on Monday, striking a fresh blow for racial equality. Priyanka Yoshikawa’s tearful victory comes a year after Ariana Miyamoto faced an ugly backlash for becoming the first black woman to represent Japan, reported news agency. Social media lit up after Miyamoto’s trail-blazing triumph as critics complained that Miss Universe Japan should instead have been won by a “pure” Japanese rather than a “haafu”—the Japanese for “half”, a word used to describe mixed race. “Before Ariana, haafu girls couldn’t represent Japan,” the 22-year-old ...

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Three folk legends will be recalled at Shilpakala


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: A special programme will be held at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Tuesday in remembrance of three folk song legends- Kanailal Shil, Ustad Mumtaz Ali Khan and Abdul Alim, reports news agency. Bangladesh Folk Music Parishad will arrange the programme to present their contributions to the Bangla folk music. The folk king Abdul Alim died on 5 September, 1974. Kanailal Shil was born in Kairal village of Nagarkanda upazila in Faridpur also on 5 September. Ustad Mumtaz Ali Khan ranks unforgettably among those who familiarized the folk songs of Bengal. However, Bangladeshi Folk Literature constitutes a ...

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Madonna blasted Donald Trump’s sons

Donald Trump's sons

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: As news agency reported, pop star Madonna has blasted Donald Trump’s sons Eric and Donald Trump Jr for posing with a dead leopard. The 58-year-old pop star has taken to Instagram to post a photo of the duo posing with a dead leopard they are believed to have killed during a hunting expedition to Zimbabwe in 2012, saying it is “one more reason” she will be voting for Trump’s US Presidential rival Hillary Clinton. Alongside the controversial photograph, Madonna wrote: “How Big of. P***y Do you have to BE to kill this Noble Animal for ...

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