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Women rally for rights, respect at Toronto film festival

Toronto film

MNA Entertainment Desk: Nearly 200 men and women, among them Hollywood stars, rallied Saturday outside the Toronto film festival headquarters to call for equal pay and respect for women in film, reported news agency. Demonstrators shouted, “Women rock!” as they marched amid growing calls in the industry for more women-led storylines and meaty roles, and in the wake of the #MeToo movement brought into the spotlight by the Harvey Weinstein scandal. There were also 136 female leads. The festival, meanwhile, set up a hotline for staff, volunteers, guests and audience members, and posted signage around venues highlighting its zero tolerance ...

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Actress Payal Chakraborty ‘commits suicide’

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MNA Entertainment Desk: An actress of India’s West Bengal committed suicide by hanging herself in a hotel room in Jalpaiguri district, police said on Thursday, reported news agency. Tollywood actress Payal Chakraborty, 35, a resident of Kolkata, was found hanging from a ceiling fan of her room in a hotel in Siliguri. The hotel informed us that there was no response from her room since Wednesday afternoon. “We had to break open the door of the hotel room which was locked from inside,” he said. According to the police, preliminary investigation suggests the actress committed suicide. The actress had checked ...

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Meghan Markle the best dressed woman

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MNA Entertainment Desk: Meghan Markle was named the best dressed woman of 2018 by People magazine on Wednesday in a rare accolade for royalty by the celebrity publication. Markle, 37, who became the Duchess of Sussex when she married Britain’s Prince Harry in May, topped People’s annual list ahead of Hollywood actresses including Cate Blanchett and Sandra Bullock, human rights lawyer Amal Clooney and reality star Kim Kardashian. Giving top honors to a royal family member marked a departure for the magazine, reported news agency. California-born Markle, the former star of the TV show “Suits,” has featured prominently in magazines ...

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Uttam Kumar recalled on birth anniversary

Uttam Kumar

MNA Entertainment Desk: Indian actor Uttam Kumar, who continues to be an inspiration for many actors of Bangla cinema, was fondly remembered on his 92nd birth anniversary on Monday. Uttam Kumar was born on 3 September, 1926, as Arunkumar Chattopadhyay. His charismatic acting was a breath of fresh air in Bengali cinema which helped him reign over the film industry as ‘Mahanayak’. Remembering the immensely popular actor, India’s West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee tweeted: “Tribute to Mahanayak Uttam Kumar on his birth anniversary.” Uttam Kumar had won India’s National Film Award for Best Actor in 1968 for his films ...

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Dakota Johnson needed therapy after horror film ‘Suspiria’

Dakota Johnson

MNA Entertainment Desk: Actress Dakota Johnson admitted Saturday that she had to see a shrink after playing the lead in Oscar-winning director Luca Guadagnino’s new horror flick, “Suspiria”. The star of the sado-masochism-tinged “Fifty Shades of Grey” films made the confession as the movie was premiered at the Venice film festival. “When you’re working sometimes with dark subject matter it can stay with you,” she told reporters. “I absorb a lot of people’s feelings,” Johnson said. “Then you talk about it with someone very nice afterwards. It is a really nice to (help you) move on from the project and ...

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‘Gold’ becomes 1st film to release in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia

MNA Entertainment Desk: Akshay Kumar starrer ‘Gold’ will be the first Hindi film which will be releasing in Saudi Arabia, the National Award-winning actor says. An ‘excited’ Akshay tweeted on Thursday night: ‘The story of India’s first Gold medal victory for the first time in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Happy to share, ‘Gold’ is the first ever Bollywood movie to release in the Kingdom Of Saudi Arabia, in cinemas from today!’ A historical sports drama inspired by India’s first Olympic gold medal, ‘Gold’ traces the golden era of Indian hockey through the journey of Tapan Das, a young assistant ...

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Fans pay tribute to Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson

MNA Entertainment Desk: Fans of Michael Jackson honoured the “King of Pop” on what would have been his 60th birthday on Wednesday by gathering at a temporary monument in the shape of a crown erected in his honour in London. Braving the rain, fans imitated his famed dance and moonwalk moves around the 13-foot (4 metre) white, sparkling crown erected by record label Sony Music on the south bank of the River Thames. “The first time I saw him in person, I was 18 years old, he came to London and it was just manic,” said fan Mayah Thomas, now ...

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Biopic on Bangabandhu to be India-Bangladesh joint production

Bangabandhu

MNA Entertainment Desk: The Bangladesh government has chosen Indian film director Shyam Benegal to helm a Bangla film on the life and works of Bangladesh’s Father of the Nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. State Minister for Information Tarana Halim told the media at her Secretariat office, “Shyam Benegal has made a biographical movie on Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose [2004 film Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose: The Forgotten Hero]. We have selected him considering his work.” She informed that though India proposed the names of Goutam Ghose and Kaushik Ganguly apart from Shyam Benegal, Bangladesh selected Benegal, who is the recipient of ...

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Actor Vincent Cassel ties knot with model

Cassel

MNA Entertainment Desk: Hollywood actor Vincent Cassel, 51, married 21-year-old model Tina Kunakey in a low-key ceremony in his native France, reported news agency. The actor, who appeared in “Black Swan” and two of the “Ocean’s” series of heist films, shot to fame in the mid-1990s as the troubled young man from the Parisian suburbs in the critically acclaimed “La Haine”. Cassel, wearing dark sunglasses, a cream jacket and open-necked pink shirt, tied the knot with Kunakey in front of around 100 guests in Bidart, a small coastal village near Biarritz in southwestern France. His bride wore a white tulle ...

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Neha Dhupia expects first child

Neha Dhupia

MNA Entertainment Desk: Just over three months after marrying actor Angad Bedi, Neha Dhupia on Friday announced she is expecting her first child. The couple is looking forward to the new beginning, reported news agency. The actress made the announcement on social media on Friday. “Here’s to new beginnings… #3 of Us,” she posted, sharing a series of photographs where the happy couple is posing. Neha glows as she proudly flaunts the baby bump. In one of the images, Angad is cradling the bump, and in one image, he is pointing at it. The announcement comes after months of speculation, ...

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Actress Nawshaba granted bail

Nawshaba

MNA Entertainment Desk: A Dhaka court on Tuesday issued bail to actress Quazi Nawshaba Ahmed who was earlier denied bail in a case relating to spreading rumours. She was sued under the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Act, reports news agency. Dhaka metropolitan magistrate Debabrata Biswas granted the bail upon a bond of TK 5,000 after hearing on a bail petition, said sub-inspector Mokbul Hossain, general recording officer of the court. On Monday, metropolitan magistrate Mahmuda Akhter denied her bail after being produced before it on completion of her treatment at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH). Later, she was sent ...

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Priyanka and Nick Jonas confirm their engagement

Nick

MNA Entertainment Desk: Indian actor Priyanka Chopra and American musician and actor Nick Jonas have gotten engaged a few months after confirming their relationship. The couple, both wearing traditional Indian attire, were engaged at a private ceremony in Mumbai on Saturday. Nick Jonas is a Texan singer and a former member of the Jonas Brothers and is known for his singing, acting, song-writing and production work. No date has yet been announced for the wedding, according to news agency. The couple shared several identical photos from the ceremony on their respective Instagram pages, with Jonas calling Chopra the “future Mrs ...

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‘Queen of Soul’ Aretha Franklin dies

Aretha Franklin

MNA Entertainment Desk: Aretha Franklin, the preacher’s daughter whose powerful voice made her the long-reigning “Queen of Soul” with such hit songs as “Respect” and “Chain of Fools,” died on Thursday at the age of 76, reported news agency. Franklin, who won 18 Grammy Awards and had some 25 gold records, died at her home in Detroit surrounded by family and loved ones, her publicist said. She had been battling advanced pancreatic cancer. Calling it one of the darkest moments of their lives, Franklin’s family said they were unable to find the appropriate words to express the pain in their ...

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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

Insatiable

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

VS Naipaul

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

Demi Lovato

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

Nawshaba

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

Sonali Bendre

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

Bharat

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’

Stewart

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

Demi Lovato

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

Coke Studio

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

Stormy Daniels

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’

Cats

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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