Culture & Entertainment

Kolkata actress seeking action against Bangladeshi portals


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Madhumita Chakraborty, Kolkata TV actress, moved toward the police seeking action against certain Bangladeshi online portals for publishing fake news claiming that she was detained in Goa for being involved in a prostitution racket. Chakraborty filed the complaint at the Kolkata police headquarters. Besides the fake news, the actress also complained of several morphed photos of her spread by portals. “Steadily I started getting calls from my colleagues and friends enquiring about the news. But when other portals too picked up the news we decided to approach the police,” said Madhumita. The actress also claimed ...

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Movie on Bangabandhus’ imprisonment


MNA Culture & Entertainment Report: The Bengali people going to witness the painful life of Bangabandhus’ imprisonment during liberation war in Pakistan jail through a movie titled ‘Shada Paira’. At the time of liberation war Sheikh Mujibur, the father of nation, was jailed for 10 months in Pakistan. How was the life of Bangabandhu at that time? Film director Shimul Sarker has taken the initiative to bring up the answer on screen. Suleman Sumon writes the story of the movie. Director hoped that the shooting of film will begin soon. He plans to release the movie on March 6 in ...

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$154 million upgrades for Sydney Opera House


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Australia announced strategies for the largest upgrades to the Sydney Opera House since its opening in 1973, with more than $154 million reserved to update the UNESCO world heritage-listed site. It draws more than 8 million visitors a year, bringing A$775 million into the coffers of the state of New South Wales, Deloitte Access Economics said in 2013, but gets low scores from critics and musicians for its acoustics. The upgrades, which kick off next year and wrap up in 2020, will emphasis on enlightening the acoustics and applicability, and convert unused offices into a ...

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Nomination proposals for Ekushey Padak 2017


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: The government has wanted nomination proposals for Ekushey Padak 2017 from all ministries, public university authorities, institutions and the recipients of Swadhinata Padak and Ekushey Padak. They have been urged to send their nomination proposals to the cultural affairs ministry by 1 November next. “As in other years, the government as per the Ekushey Padak rules has taken an initiative to award individuals (alive/dead), groups and institutions in 2017 for their outstanding contributions to the Language Movement, art and culture (in all sectors, including music, dance, acting and art) the liberation war, journalism, research, education, ...

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Ali Fazal roped lead role opposite Judi Dench


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Bollywood actor Ali Fazal, who was seen in Paul Walker, Vin Diesel starrer Furious 7, has been roped in as the male lead role opposite Academy Award winning-actress Judi Dench in Hollywood film titled Victoria and Abdul. Sharing his enjoyment on the news he stated that, “I can’t wait to take on Judi. She is the cherry on this wonderful pudding. The most loved woman of Britain and probably the world. It was a process of endless auditions and readings and conversations and today I am so glad that they grilled fully into it to ...

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60th anniversary of Mukh O Mukhosh


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Today is the 60th anniversary of the first Bengali language feature film– Mukh O Mukhosh which was to be made in East Pakistan. It was produced by Iqbal Films and directed by Abdul Jabbar Khan. The movie was released in East Pakistan on 3 August 1956. It was released in Dhaka, Chittagong, Narayanganj and Khulna. Thus, 3 August, 1956 was an eventful day of anniversary in the history of Bangladeshi Cinema because it saw the birth of Bengali cinema in Dhaka. Over the last 50 years, Bangla feature films have been amusing generations of cine-goers. ...

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Harry Potter smashes Asia for the final time


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Harry Potter magic smashes Asia for the final time on Sunday morning, as aspiring witches and wizards crowded into bookstores to get their hands on the first copies of a new play that imagines the hero as an adult. Launch parties for “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” were held hours after the play’s premiere in London, setting the stage for a return of the series that has captivated readers and movie spectators worldwide. Nearly 300 fans hurried through the doors of Kinokuniya bookstore on Singapore’s Orchard Road at 7:01 am to become one of ...

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85th birth anniversary of Abdul Alim observed


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: The 85th birth anniversary of famous Bangla folk singer Abdul Alim was observed on Wednesday. Numerous cultural institutions observed the day with various programs. Country’s television channels and radio stations broadcast musical and discussion programs on the occasion. Abdul Alim recorded over 300 gramophone songs and performed in over 100 films as a playback singer. He recorded songs for ‘Mukh O Mukhosh’ the first film ever produced in the erstwhile East Pakistan, in 1956. He won the National Award (posthumous) in 1974 for playback in Bangla hit film ‘Shujan Shokhi’ directed by Khan Ataur Rahman. ...

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Hindi remake of Kabali with Amitabh Bachchan


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Rajinikanth’s Kabali is a remarkable achievement in South India but to ensure the movie gets its due in Hindi-speaking regions; plans are reportedly on to a Hindi Bollywood remake with Amitabh Bachchan in the lead. Kabali unlocked to a great response in July 22 with thousands of Rajini fans gathered to single screens and multiplexes to watch the first show of the movie. The movie was released over 12,000 screens in India and as well as in the US, UK and Malaysia. The film was also dubbed in Telugu, Hindi, Malayalam and Malay languages. While ...

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Kelor Kirti got permission of screening in Bangladesh


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Indian Bangla film ‘Kelor Kirti’ got the permission of screening in Bangladeshi cinema halls. The Appellate Division has stayed a High Court order, which barred screening of this movie. The four-member bench led by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha gave the order on Sunday. The release of the film, Kelor Kirti, was postponed as a High Court bench in 19 July, gave a stay order on the exhibition of the Indian film in local cinemas following a writ petition filed by Bangladesh Film Director’s Association and other associations. The court also directed that the Indian ...

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Emma donated jeans for refugee campaign


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Actress Emma Watson is among celebrities who have donated their jeans for International Rescue Committee’s Jeans for Refugee campaign. The 26-year-old superstar has joined a number of well-known faces including Spice Girls singer Victoria Beckham, Eva Longoria and actress Alicia Vikander to raise awareness for the International Rescue Committee’s Jeans for Refugee’s campaign. The project has seen a host of other world-famous faces give their jeans to artist Johny Dar, who has worked his own magic and turned each pair into a sartorial artwork which will be auctioned to raise funds. “In this case it’s ...

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Fans of Rajinikanth queued overnight for Kabali


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: The fans of Indian film star Rajinikanth queued overnight for a 4am screening of his new movie ‘Kabali’ on Friday in the southern city of Chennai, where many companies abandoned hope of staff coming to work and closed for the day. Brahman Naman, the writer of independent film, is excited about Kabali mainly because, “This is the first time in a long time that Thalaiva has entrusted a film to a new generation director (Pa. Ranjith). Madras (Ranjith’s last Tamil film) was amazing so I have high hopes for ‘Kabali’.” Tickets for “Kabali”, which stars ...

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Lady Gaga just taking a break


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Singer Lady Gaga has exposed that she and her fiance Taylor Kinney are just taking a break. The ‘Pokerface’ hit maker, who got engaged to Kinney in February 2015, also urged her fans to keep rooting for them as they cope with the ‘long-distance and complicated schedules’ that keep them apart. “Taylor and I have always believed we are soul mates. Just like all couples we have ups and downs, and we have been taking a break.” Gaga wrote on Instagram along with a photograph of her and Kinney. “We are both ambitious artists, hoping ...

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‘Episode VIII’ will break ‘Star Wars’ tradition


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: ‘Episode VIII’ will break a long-standing ‘Star Wars’ traditions as each of the previous Star Wars films has picked up at least a year after the events of its predecessor, Director Rian Johnson said. ‘Star Wars: Episode VIII’ is an upcoming American epic space opera film written. It will be the tenth installment in the Star Wars film series, and the second film in the Star Wars sequel trilogy following Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015). “I didn’t want to skip ahead. That last moment of (Episode) VII, I want to see what happens next,” ...

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Salman’s father wanted him to be a cricketer


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Superstar Salman’s father, Salim Khan wanted to him to be a cricketer as he wanted to see his son play cricket for the country. Salman, who played a wrestler in his latest film Sultan, said former Indian cricketer Salim Durani was borrowed as his coach and he told his father that the actor had a bright future in the field. “My dad wanted me to play cricket. That could have happened easily but I just didn’t see myself going for cricket practice at 5:30 in the morning. This life is, as it is difficult for ...

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Michael Jackson wanted to marry Emma Watson


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Late king of pop Michael Jackson wanted to marry his 12-year-old British goddaughter or 11-year-old ‘Harry Potter’ actress Emma Watson, according to the doctor blamed for the pop star’s death. His first choice for marriages was Harriet, the 12-year-old daughter of “Oliver!” star Mark Lester, but Watson soon became his second choice, says the doctor, who has written a sensational tell-all book called “This Is It” about the bizarre, dark world of the 400 million-record selling megastar. Murray attended as the pop icon’s doctor for three years before he was found guilty of instinctive homicide ...

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Musical legend Lucky Akhand seeks help for treatment


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Musical legend Lucky Akhand seeks government help for treatment. Famous singer-composer-lyricist-music director, who has engrossed and enthralled his admiring fans with his excellent and harmonious music, is looking for financial support from his massive array of followers as well as the government for the expensive treatment.. The popular singer has been fighting lung cancer for a long time now and just last Friday, he was taken to Birdem Hospital and from there to the capital’s United Hospital. The fee of his treatment is more than what his family can afford, and for this reason he ...

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Sandra Bullock has been warned not to marry boyfriend


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Randall, a 50-year-old “photographer,” has a dark past, including stints in jail after a 1988 DUI arrest, and a four-day bender in 1990 left a destroyed hotel room and Randall hospitalized for severe dehydration. Geraldine Filpi, 81-year-old, told to media that, “I don’t think she should marry Bryan. If her mother was still alive, there’s no way Sandra could marry him.” “Sandra just has poor judgment in men and seems to keep making really bad choices. You know, she’s a great actress, but she’s already so successful and has a wonderful family now. So why ...

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Taylor Swift ranked world’s highest paid celebrity


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Taylor Swift has ranked as world’s highest paid celebrity on the 2016 Forbes Celebrity 100 list. The singer earned an estimated $170 million in the past year, driven in part by her very successful 1989 World Tour. “She smashed the Rolling Stones’ North American touring record, grossing $200 million on the continent en route to quarter of a billion dollars in total. She also pads her pocketbook by shilling for brands including Diet Coke, Keds and Apple.”Forbes reports. Swift’s huge earnings were largely thanks to her “1989 World Tour” during which she cracked the Rolling ...

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Aerosmith’s Joe Perry collapsed in concert


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Aerosmith’s famous hard- rocking guitarist Joe Perry collapsed during a concert in New York but was said on Monday to be improving. Perry was carrying out Sunday night with his side project Hollywood Vampires, which features glam metal pioneer Alice Cooper on vocals and Hollywood star Johnny Depp as a fellow guitarist. Perry then leavings behind an amplifier and stumbles as he disappears off-stage at the concert, which was one of the first at a new stadium on Coney Island, the beach complex on Brooklyn’s coast. “Thanks to all of the fans reaching out and ...

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British pop star Cliff Richard will sue BBC


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: British pop star Cliff Richard confirmed that he will sue the BBC and the police after a raid on his home was broadcast live on TV.         The 75-year-old entertainer alleges there was conspiracy between the broadcaster and police that lead to the search being shown on live television. Officers investigating allegations of historic sex offences were filmed searching his Berkshire flat in 2014, leading the performer to be named publicly. But now the veteran singer wants to claw back the amount he says he lost personally and commercially as a result of the episode – ...

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Acclaimed Iranian film director Kiarostami died at 76


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: The multi-award-winning acclaimed Iranian film director Abbas Kiarostami, whose 1997 film ‘Taste of Cherry’ was awarded the Palme d’Or at the Cannes film festival, has died at aged 76. Kiarostami died in Paris, where he had gone for cancer treatment last week after undergoing surgery in Iran earlier this year. He wrote and directed dozens of films over a career spanning more than 40 years. ‘Taste of Cherry,’ which told the story of an Iranian man looking for someone to bury him after he killed himself, won the top award at the Cannes Film Festival. ...

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Jim Carrey speaks out of Cathriona White’s autopsy report


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Hollywood funnyman Jim Carrey thinks it is a ‘shame’ that details of his ex-girlfriend Cathriona White’s autopsy report was made public as he speaks out after the incident. The ‘Mask’ actor was left shocked when Cathriona was found dead at her home in Los Angeles in September 2015 and earlier this week her passing was ruled a suicide, with a report from the LA County Coroner’s office stating her death was caused by ‘multiple drugs effect.’ And Carrey, 54-year-old, has now spoken out for the first time following the release of the autopsy report, reported ...

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Fans petition Star Wars to include first gay character


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Reportedly, fans petition Star Wars to include first gay character. More than three thousand people have rallied to make Drew Leinonen the first gay character in Star Wars universe. The petition has been posted on by Joshua Yehl along with headline “Make Orlando Victim Drew Leinonen the First LGBT Star Wars Movie Character” following the Orlando massacre on June 11, reported Ace Showbiz. Addressed to Kathleen Kennedy, President of Lucasfilm — Bob Iger, CEO of The Walt Disney Company, and all of the crew behind the Star Wars films, the message read, “I’m writing ...

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Ityadi ready to entertain audiences in this Eid


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: As it was in all the Eids of last quite a few years, Ityadi is ready to entertain the millions of audiences in this Eid. Audiences have already been informed about some of the unique segments of this year’s Eid special Ityadi. Apart from the special dance numbers, mini drama, invited and foreign guest segments – this Eid special Ityadi boasts with a lot of other attractions. The show starts with the national poet Kazi Nazrul Islam’s legendary Eid song ‘O Mon Romjaner Oi Rojar Seshe.’ As usual the song and the presentation are different ...

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Samina, Fahmida and Pancham together in eid musical program


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Famous singers Samina Chowdhury, Fahmida Nabi and their brother Pancham will appear together in a special eid musical program ‘Musical Cafe’ anchored by audience-admired singer SI Tutul. In the appearance, together with the siblings, anchor of the show SI Tutul will be performing two songs. Media reported that the recording of the songs took place on June 27 in the drama studio of Bangladesh Television. Samina Chowdhury sang ‘Anurodh Kore Ar Ki Hobe’ and ‘Amay Dekona Ferano Jabena’, while her sister Fahmida Nabi sang ‘Amar Mon Bhalo Ney Bole’ and ‘Jai Ki Chera Buker Pajor’. ...

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The Oscars academy invites Sharmila, Deepa & Freida


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: The Oscars academy invites Sharmila, Deepa & Freida pinto to be members. Legendary Indian actor Sharmila Tagore, Slumdog Millionaire star Freida Pinto and director Deepa Mehta are among the Indian-origin film personalities, who have been invited by the admired Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to be its members. This is a significant effort to boost diversity following the controversy earlier this year when no actors of color were nominated for the Oscars. The new members are among the largest and most diverse class in the Academy’s 89-year history. The Academy extended membership invitations ...

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