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Deepika’s Hollywood debut resulted $308 million

Hollywood debut

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Deepika Padukone’s Hollywood debut “xXx: Return of Xander Cage”, has resulted in a $308 million and still counting global cumulative figure, according to sources close to the movie’s production house. A $85 million Paramount/Viacom Inc release, the movie features Vin Diesel in the key role — and is said to have become the 2017’s highest global grosser so far, the source added. The film made $70 million worldwide over the February 10 weekend, and more than $60 million of that total came from a blockbuster, record-breaking opening in China with 6,600 screens, as per a ...

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Bangladesh at Khajuraho Dance Festival as guest country

Khajuraho Dance

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Bangladesh has been invited as a guest country to India’s traditional Khajuraho Dance Festival 2017. Bangladeshi artistes will perform at the Bangladesh pavilion with Baul Shafi Mandal’s songs on Tuesday. Anuj Mitra performed at the inaugural event of the Khajuraho Dance Festival. The Bangladesh pavilion has been adorned with traditional items like maslin, nakshi katha, clay pot, dolls etc. This edition of the Khajuraho Dance Festival has Bangladesh’s popular classical cultural organization Shadhona. The artistes of Shadhona will perform every day at this week-long festival. The 43rd edition of the Khajuraho Dance Festival organized by ...

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Petition filed challenging HC order over Indian channels airing


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: A petition was filed on Monday with the Supreme Court challenging a High Court order that rejected a writ petition seeking ban on airing three Indian TV channels—Star Jalsha, Star Plus and Zee Bangla—in Bangladesh. Ekhsal Uddin Bhuiyan, lawyer of the petitioner, said that the Supreme Court Chamber Judge will hear the petition in the afternoon. Earlier on 29 January, the HC rejected the writ petition filed seeking ban on airing the three Indian TV channels. On 7 August, 2014, Supreme Court lawyer Syeda Shahin Ara Laily filed the writ in the form of public ...

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Govt banned Farroki’s film ‘Doob: No Bed of Roses’


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: The Bangladesh government has banned popular Bangladesh director Mostofa Sarwar Farroki’s upcoming film ‘Doob: No Bed of Roses’, which is reportedly based on late Bangladeshi writer and filmmaker Humayun Ahmed’s life. The Information Ministry had asked Bangladesh Film Development Corporation (BFDC) to revoke the No Objection Certificate issued to the film on February 15, reported news agency. The film has been produced by Abdul Aziz and Irrfan Khan under the banner of Jaaz Multimedia and Irrfan Khan Films. It stars Bollywood’s star Irrfan Khan, Nusrat Imrose Tisha, Rokeya Prachy and Parno Mittra. BFDC Managing Director ...

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‘Rangoon’ co-stars Shahid Kapoor, Saif Ali incredible: Kangana

Saif Ali

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Actress Kangana Ranaut says her ‘Rangoon’ co-stars Shahid Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan are incredible actors and she is fortunate to share screen space with them. ‘Rangoon’ a love story set against the backdrop of World War II and brings together the three actors on-screen for the first time. ‘They are incredible actors. They are amazing with Vishal Bhardwaj sir (director) and he has given them wonderful characters in the films that he did with them. They are very special, very natural and spontaneous. ‘I feel fortunate to be working with great actors like them. ...

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‘Amar Achhe Jol’ screened at 10th Asian Film Festival

Asian Film Festival

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: ‘Amar Achhe Jol’, a Bangladeshi movie directed by late popular writer Humayun Ahmed, was screened at the 10th Asian Film Festival held in Jeddah on Saturday. Arab News reported on Wednesday that the film festival, which ends on Friday, is being held at the Indonesian consul general’s residence in Jeddah. It is organized by the Asian Consul Generals Club in Jeddah every year. The participating countries are Bangladesh, Brunei, Malaysia, Indonesia, India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Thailand, Japan, Korea, China and Singapore. The movie is a 2008 film produced by Impress Telefilm Limited. The film stars ...

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Adele wins Record of the Year at 59th Grammys


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Adele on Sunday won the top two Grammys of Album and Record of the Year for her blockbuster hit ‘Hello’ and the album ‘25.’ The tearful English balladeer took the stage and paid tribute to her main award rival Beyonce, heaping praise on her album ‘Lemonade’ and calling it an inspiration. ‘All us artists adore you. You are our light,’ Adele said to a visibly moved Beyonce. ‘25’ is the best-selling album of the past decade—with the exception of Adele’s last album, ‘21,’ which won Album of the Year in 2012. Adele, who has named ...

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I’m the most overrated actress: Meryl Streep to Trump


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Meryl Streep has replied to US President Donald Trump’s comment, where he deemed the Oscar-winning actress ‘over-rated’, following her speech at the Golden Globes award ceremony last month. Streep said: ‘Yes, I’m the most overrated and over decorated actress’. The actress made the remarks while speaking at the Human Rights Campaign’s 2017 Greater New York Gala Dinner on Saturday. Assailing Trump as bellicose and thin-skinned, mounting a rousing defence of LGBTQ freedoms, and bucking up a crowd that might have been otherwise dejected by America’s rightward turn towards conservatism, Streep argued that Trump’s election imperils ...

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Pop star Madonna adopted twin girls from Malawi


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Pop star Madonna confirms on social media on Wednesday, saying she had completed her adoption of the twins from Malawi and was “overjoyed” to bring them into her family. The singer, 58, was granted permission by Malawi’s High Court this week to adopt the twin girls. She posted a photo on Instagram of herself walking along a rural path with the girls, who were wearing identical blue and white dresses and one wearing a hat. “I am deeply grateful to all those in Malawi who helped make this possible, and I ask the media please ...

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Pakistan banned ‘Raees’ for wrong portrayal of Muslims


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: The release of the Indian movie “Raees”, which was scheduled to hit Pakistani cinemas on Sunday, was on Monday banned for its “inappropriate” portrayal of Muslims. Rumours about the Mahira Khan and Shah Rukh Khan starrer releasing in Pakistan were ripe for the past one week. However, according to Dawn News, the Central Censor Board decided not to release the film in Pakistan. Sources in the know of the development told Dawn the reason behind it was that “the content undermines Islam, and a specific religious sect, (It also) portrays Muslims as criminals, wanted persons ...

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Cold war endures between Sonakshi and Arjun


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Bollywood stars Sonakshi Sinha and Arjun Kapoor still refuse to acknowledge each other’s existence since their breakup in early 2015. ‘At a showing during the recent fashion week in Mumbai, where both were present to cheer designer Kunal Rawal, who is a common friend, Sona chatted with actor Varun Dhawan but completely ignored Arjun, who did the same,’ reports news agency. ‘In return, he too reciprocated the gesture and mingled with Varun and Kunal.’ Incidentally, this is not the first time Sonakshi ignored him publicly. Earlier, during Indian director-producer Ekta Kapoor’s Diwali bash, Sonakshi did ...

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Month-long Amar Ekushey Boi Mela-2017 begins

Amar Ekushey

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Month-long Amar Ekushey Boi Mela (book fair) 2017 raises today as Bangla Academy is set to stage its annual extravaganza on its premises and at Suhrawardy Udyan, reports news agency. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is expected to inaugurate the fair at 3pm on the Bangla Academy premises. The Suhrawardy Udyan part of the Amar Ekushey book fair has been decorated with 12 (Chattar) divisions. Some 663 units have been allotted to 409 institutions at the academy and Suhrawardy Udyan premises. Besides, 14 publication houses including Bangla Academy are given 15 pavilions covering an area of ...

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Miss France Iris Mittenaere crowned Miss Universe


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Miss France was crowned Miss Universe on Monday in a made-for-television spectacle free of last year’s dramatic mix-up but with a dash of political controversy as the finalists spoke out on the refugee crisis and other hot-button global issues. Iris Mittenaere, a dental surgery student from Lille in the north of France, beat 85 of the world’s most beautiful women at the event in the Philippines scheduled for primetime viewing in the United States. Mittenaere, 24, edged out Miss Haiti, the first runner-up, and Miss Colombia the second runner-up. In the final question round, Miss ...

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Jazz & Blues Festival show in Dhaka


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Over a thousand music lovers are enjoying the shows every evening at the Jazz & Blues Festival that began on Sunday. The festival has been organized by Blues Commutations with the aim to promote western classical jazz and blues in the country. The festival commenced with the performance of local singer Armeen Musa who entertained the audience covering some famous and romantic blues such as Hoagy Carmichael’s The Nearness of You and Simply Red’s Holding Back the Years. British drummer and pianist Gary Husband then took the stage and played notations of famous jazz music ...

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HC rejects the writ over closing 3 Indian TV channels

TV channels

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: High Court rejected the writ petition filed seeking to stop the airing of three Indian TV channels Star Jalsha, Star Plus and Zee Bangla—in Bangladesh. A HC bench comprising Justice Justice Mohammad Moinul Islam Chowdhury and Justice JBM Hassan announce the verdict on Sunday. Advocate Eklas Uddin Bhuiyan stood for the petitioner while Deputy Attorney General Motahar Hossain Saju represented the state and senior lawyer Abdul Matin Khasru argued for Star Plus and Star Jalsha while Barrister Samsul Hasan for Zee Bangla. On 7 August, 2014, Advocate Syeda Shahin Ara Laily filed the writ in ...

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US actress Mary Tyler Moore died aged 80

Mary Tyler Moore

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Emmy award-winning US actress Mary Tyler Moore has died aged 80, her publicist says. She was best known for her television roles in the 1960s sitcom The Dick Van Dyke Show and the eponymous The Mary Tyler Moore Show in the 1970s. She was also nominated for a best actress Oscar in 1980 for the film Ordinary People. Born in Brooklyn, New York, Moore moved to Los Angeles when she was eight years old and started her career in show business as a dancer aged 17. Her first appearance was in a Hotpoint advert in ...

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2017 Oscars nominations announced


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Hollywood was on tenterhooks Tuesday for the unveiling of this year’s Oscars nominations, with critical darlings “La La Land,” “Moonlight” and “Manchester by the Sea” leading a crowded field of contenders. The nominated films, actors and filmmakers will be made public shortly after 5 am (1300 GMT) during an announcement which for the first time will be streamed online. This year’s crop is expected to reflect a push by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to show more diversity. Industry watchers are predicting that Damien Chazelle’s whimsical, romantic musical “La La Land”—buoyed by ...

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Comedian Stephen Colbert to host Primetime Emmy Awards

Emmy Awards

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Late night talk show host Stephen Colbert will host the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards in September, organizers announced on Monday. “Stephen is the ultimate master of ceremonies with award-winning creative talents,” Jack Sussman-a top executive at CBS television, whch also is home to Colbert’s “Late Show”-said in a statement. The comedian, who for years has kept America laughing with his biting humor, wasted no time in setting the tone for the 17 September awards. “This will be the largest audience to witness an Emmys, period. Both in person and around the globe,” he said in ...

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Seven writers get Bangla Academy Awards-2016

Bangla Academy

MNA Editorial Desk: Seven writers have been announced recipients of Bangla Academy Awards-2016. The award winners are Abu Hasan Shahriar in poetry, Shahaduzzaman in prose, Morshed Shafiul Hasan in research, Niyaz Zaman in translation, MA Hasan for literatures on liberation war, Noorjahan Bose in memoir and Rashed Rouf in children’s literature. The Academy director general Shamsuzzaman Khan made the announcement on Monday at the Academy. No awards have been given in drama and science categories for 2016. The Bangla Academy Literary Award is given by the Bangla Academy of Bangladesh in recognition of creative genius in advancement and overall contribution ...

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Pop diva Madonna joins anti-Trump march


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Pop diva Madonna made an unannounced appearance Saturday in Washington to join hundreds of thousands of people rallying for women’s rights in defiance of US president Donald Trump. “Welcome to the revolution of love,” she said as she took the stage, wrapping up hours of speeches by celebrities and rights activists. “To the rebellion. To our refusal as women to accept this new age of tyranny.” Sporting a black “pussyhat”, the 58-year-old singer spoke at the mass demonstration in a star-studded line-up that included the likes of feminist icon Gloria Steinem and actress Ashley Judd. ...

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Priyanka dedicates ‘People’s Choice Award’ to Quantico


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra, who won the Favourite Dramatic TV Actress award at the People’s Choice Awards 2017, has dedicated the honour to the cast and crew of her Quantico. “This award would not be possible without this incredible cast and crew and writers and producers who work tirelessly on for 15 hours days non-stop for months together and still keep their humour and love alive,” Priyanka posted on Instagram on Friday. This was Priyanka’s second People’s Choice Award as she bagged her first one in the Favourite Actress in a New TV series category ...

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Salman Khan acquitted by court in arms case

Salman Khan

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Bollywood actor Salman Khan was on Wednesday acquitted by an India’s Jodhpur court in an Arms Act case in which he is alleged to have killed blackbucks in 1998. Chief Judicial Magistrate Dalpat Singh Rajpurohit, after completing the hearing on January 9 in the case, had reserved the judgment for Wednesday, reported news agency. Salman Khan and his sister Alvira were present in the court when it announced the actor not guilty. Salman Khan and a few other Bollywood actors were accused of poaching blackbucks on the night of October 1, 1998 during the shooting ...

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Vidya Balan quits biopic of controversial poetess Kamala Das

Vidya Balan

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Popular actor Vidya Balan has pulled out of a planned biopic on the controversial poetess Kamala Das with the film director saying her exit could be linked to his own troubles with the Hindu brigade. An iconoclast, Das, who died in 2009, had embraced Islam towards the end of her life and changed her name to Kamala Surayya. Reports in local media say a range of Hindu outfits, including the Shiv Sena, are opposed to Balan donning the role of the controversial figure. The director Kamaluddin Muhammed, better known as Kamal, told HT that Balan ...

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Sultan Mela begins in front of Sultan Mancha in Narail

Sultan Mela

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: A seven-day Sultan Mela in remembrance of the 92th birth anniversary of celebrated artist SM Sultan began on Monday in front of Sultan Mancha on the premises of Narail Government Victoria College. The fair will continue until January 21. SM Sultan Foundation, in association with the district administration, has organized the fair to mark the birth anniversary of the renowned artist. Deputy speaker Fazle Rabbi Miah inaugurated the fair as chief guest in the afternoon with deputy commissioner and president of Sultan Foundation Helal Mahmud Sharif in the chair. A total of 100 stalls with ...

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Final episode of current Sherlock series leaked online


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: The final episode of the current series of Sherlock has been leaked online. A Russian version of the last installment of series four – titled The Final Problem – has been illegally uploaded to the internet prior to it airing on television. The creators of Sherlock have urged fans not to spoil the episode by sharing it online. A post on the programme’s official Twitter page said it was aware the episode had been uploaded illegally. “If you come across it, please do not share it. #KeepMeSpoilerFree,” it urged fans. Sherlock producer Sue Vertue also ...

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William Peter Blatty, author of ‘The Exorcist,’ passes away


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: William Peter Blatty, the author whose best-selling book “The Exorcist” was both a milestone in horror fiction and a turning point in his own career, died on Thursday in Bethesda, Md. He was 89. The Exorcist was published as a novel in 1971, with the hugely successful big screen adaptation – also written by Blatty – following two years later. Despite a troubled production and a muted launch, the film went on to become one of the highest grossing in history and is considered by critics to be a classic horror movie. Blatty’s widow, Julie ...

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Police released chauffeur held over Kim Kardashian robbery


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk:  A chauffeur held over the robbery of Kim Kardiashian West in Paris has been released by police. The driver, who took the reality TV star around Paris before the robbery, was one of 17 people arrested in raids across France on Monday. Police have released two other suspects and are investigating whether the theft was an inside job. Among those still in custody is a brother of the chauffeur, according news agency. During the robbery, Kardashian West had a gun held to her head before being tied up and locked in the bathroom of the ...

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