Culture & Entertainment

Harry-Meghan tie knot


MNA Entertainment Desk: The United Kingdom’s Prince Harry and US TV star Meghan Markle married on Saturday in a globally-watched ceremony at Windsor Castle. Archbishop Welby has declared them husband and wife. Harry was visibly emotional when he saw his bride for the first time in her simple but beautiful pure white dress and then grabbed his bride’s hand and told her: ‘You look amazing – I missed you’. He also said ‘thank you, pa’ after his father Prince Charles walked her down the aisle of St George’s Chapel, Windsor, daily Mail reports. But the tears turned to laughter when ...

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Ranbir admits to having a crush on Alia


MNA Entertainment Desk: Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt’s relationship status has become a hot topic of discussion these days after the duo was snapped attending a movie screening together and making an entry together for Sonam and Anand Ahuja’s wedding reception. Well, a few years back when Alia was new to the industry she had claimed during an interview that she has a huge crush on Ranbir Kapoor. The actress then went on to say the same thing at various interviews hinting that she admires his acting skills. But now, seems like the tables have turned, reports news agency. During ...

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Priyanka’s next Marathi production titled Paani


MNA Entertainment Desk: Priyanka Chopra on Tuesday announced her fourth production venture in Marathi language, titled Paani. The 35-year-old actor, who is backing the film under her production banner Purple Pebble Pictures, took to Twitter to share the news, reports news agency. The film, to be directed Adinath Kothare, is based on a ‘true story’ and explores the contemporary water crisis. ‘Welcome aboard @adinathkothare and team… Let’s create something special together! #Marathi,’ Priyanka tweeted. However, the production house also shared that the shooting of the movie is expected to begin soon. They also shared a motion poster of the film.

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Swedish opera singer wins Birgit Nilsson Prize

Birgit Nilsson

MNA Entertainment Desk: Swedish opera singer Nina Stemme has won the one-million dollar prize awarded in memory of the Nordic nation’s legendary soprano Birgit Nilsson, the jury said on Tuesday. The prize, one of the largest in the world of classical music, is given every three or four years to recognise the achievements of an active artiste in the field, reported news agency. Stemme was honoured “for her interpretations of the dramatic soprano repertoire with her respect for the composer’s intentions, her tireless dedication to the dramatic soprano repertoire, and for being a great Wagnerian soprano of today,” the jury ...

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Vaani to mingle with Ranbir in ‘Shamshera’


MNA Entertainment Desk: Bollywood actress Vaani Kapoor has been zeroed in on to essay the love interest of Ranbir Kapoor in ‘Shamshera’, director Karan Malhotra has confirmed. Vaani will play the character of the most desirable and sought after travelling performer from the heartland of India. Malhotra said in a statement, “Vaani plays Ranbir’s love interest in the film and is a very important collaborator in his character’s journey. Her character graph is interlinked to the plot of the film making her a crucial catalyst in our hero’s rebellious mission. “Vaani is a perfect fit for the role. She is ...

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Aishwarya shows up in butterfly gown


MNA Entertainment Desk: Former beauty queen Aishwarya Rai Bachchan made a colourful statement with a dramatic ‘butterfly’ gown by Dubai-based designer Michael Cinco for her first red carpet appearance at the 71st Cannes Film Festival here on Saturday. Aishwarya, who clocks her 17th year at the film jamboree this time as L’Oreal Paris brand ambassador, took a confident walk with the exquisite three meter train trailing behind and catching the attention of the crowd. She walked the red carpet for the premiere of Eva Husson’s French drama “Les filles du soleil”, starring Iranian actress Golshifteh Farahani. Before she went for ...

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Mim Mantasha wins Lux Super Star 2018

Mim Mantasha

MNA Entertainment Desk: Mim Mantasha won the coveted Lux Super Star-2018 title at a glittering event on Friday night. She was announced winner by the judges at the Grand Finale held at the Bangabandhu International Convention Centre in Dhaka Friday evening. As the champion of the competition, Mim received Tk5 lakh, a brand new car and the opportunity to become the brand ambassador of Lux Bangladesh. She will also get the opportunity to receive training at Bangladesh Film and Television Academy, and to work on television and feature film projects of Impress Telefilm. Sarwat Ajad Brishti and Samia Athoi were ...

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Sherlock Holmes 3 to hit Christmas 2020

Sherlock Holmes

MNA Entertainment Desk: Nearly seven years after Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows hit theatres, Warner Bros. Pictures says a third installment of the Sherlock Holmes franchise is coming in 2020. The studio said on Monday that Robert Downey Jr will reprise his role as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s famed detective alongside Jude Law as his counterpart Watson. Sherlock Homes was a box office hit for the studio when it was released in 2009, just one year after Downey Jr. also made his debut as Iron Man. A sequel quickly followed in 2011. Combined, the first two films grossed net ...

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Golden couple Bardem, Cruz to open Cannes


MNA Entertainment Desk: It was where Javier Bardem memorably declared his love for Penelope Cruz in 2010 — now the golden couple of Spanish cinema will open this year’s Cannes film festival together on Tuesday, reported news agency. The Oscar-winning actors both star in Iranian master Asghar Farhadi’s Spanish psychological thriller “Everybody Knows”, which will kick off the festival and is up for the top Palme d’Or prize. The fiercely private couple’s glowing return to the spotlight in Cannes comes after Bardem emotionally proclaimed his feelings for Cruz there eight years ago as he accepted the best actor award for ...

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Zeta-Jones to star in ‘Queen America’


MNA Entertainment Desk: British Oscar winner Catherine Zeta-Jones will star in the dark comedy “Queen America,” the first major series produced by Facebook, which is seeking a foothold in the uber-competitive market for original content. The sultry 48-year-old actress, who took home an Oscar in 2003 for “Chicago,” confirmed her jump to the small screen-fittingly-in a Facebook post. The news was first reported by Hollywood industry outlet Deadline. “So excited about my next project!” wrote Zeta-Jones. “I think you’re going to love it!” “Queen America” takes a look at the cutthroat world of beauty pageants in America. Zeta-Jones stars as ...

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Nobel literature prize canceled this year

Nobel Chemistry Prize

MNA Entertainment Desk: This year’s Nobel Literature Prize postponed for the first time in almost 70 years, as it is rocked by turmoil over links to a man accused of rape and sexual assault said Swedish Academy on Friday. “The Swedish Academy intends to decide on and announce the Nobel Prize in Literature for 2018 in parallel with the naming of the 2019 laureate,” it said, reported news agency. The institution, founded in 1786, has on seven previous occasions chosen to reserve the prize: in 1915, 1919, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1936 and 1949. “On five of those occasions, the prize ...

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Sofia Hayat dumps ‘con man’ husband

Sofia Hayat

MNA Entertainment Desk: Bigg Boss 7 contestant Sofia Hayat, who tied the knot with Romanian interior designer Vlad Stanescu in April last year, has called time on their marriage. The actress, who is in London after suffering a miscarriage last month, claims Stanescu swindled money from her and she found out about it only recently. “He’s a con man. I had once caught him trying to steal my jewellery, but I forgave him because he said he was desperate and needed money urgently. Recently, I received a message from his ex-girlfriend saying he stole money from her too. When we ...

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Saudis launch multi-billion dollar resort


MNA Entertainment Desk: Saudi King Salman and crown prince Mohammed bin Salman attended the ground-breaking ceremony on Saturday of a vast entertainment resort that is at the heart of an ambitious strategy to open the economy and ease social restrictions. Qiddiya, about an hour’s drive from Riyadh, is being built on a 334 sq km (8,400-acre) site, making it 2-1/2 times the size of Disney World, reported news agency. It will include a Six Flags theme park, water parks, motor sports, cultural events, and vacation homes. A spokesman said Qiddiya expects to attract 1.5 million visitors annually when the first ...

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Saudi delays launch of ‘entertainment city’


MNA Entertainment Desk: Saudi Arabia on Tuesday said it has delayed by three days the launch of an “entertainment city” near Riyadh, part of a series of multi-billion dollar projects as the oil-reliant kingdom seeks to diversify. King Salman had been scheduled on Wednesday to launch construction of the 334-square kilometre project in Qiddiya, southwest of Riyadh, touted as the kingdom’s answer to Disneyland. “King Salman will inaugurate next Saturday the Qiddiya project, which is the new entertainment, sports and cultural destination in the kingdom,” the state-run Saudi Press Agency said, without explaining the delay. Construction for the first phase ...

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Kangana to make debut at Cannes red carpet


MNA Entertainment Desk: Kangana Ranaut will be making her debut on the red carpet of the prestigious Cannes Film Festival this year, reported news agency. The Queen star will attend the fest in association with liquor brand Grey Goose as part of its global celebration of cinematic craft — Vive Le Cinema. “It is overwhelming to witness the recognition and appreciation for Indian cinema at international platforms like Cannes,” Kangana said in a statement to news agency. “Grey Goose has created a unique platform of celebration to toast the game-changing films at Cannes this year and I’m thrilled to partner ...

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Deepika on Time’s 100 Influential People list

Influential People

MNA Entertainment Desk: Deepika Padukone is the only Indian actress to feature in the list of Time 100 Influential People in the World, sharing space with names like Nicole Kidman, Gal Gadot, Greta Gerwig and Lena Waithe. In the Time magazine, international star Vin Diesel, Deepika’s co-star in her Hollywood debut ‘xXx: Return of Xander Cage’ has penned words of appreciation for her. Deepika scored a success at the box office this year with the epic drama ‘Padmaavat’ in which she played the title role. One of the highest paid actors of Indian cinema today, she has 18 brands in ...

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Shafin Ahmed brings up new song

Shafin Ahmed

MNA Entertainment Desk: Shafin Ahmed has returned with his own single. The new song titled “Fire Aiy” has been released as a lyrical video on YouTube marking the Bangla new year 1425. The song has been published by CD Choice. This is Shafin’s first recording with CD Choice. The official video of the song will be released soon. It needs mentioning that the song has been composed and orchestrated by Shafin himself. Bappi Khan has scripted the lyrics. Jahirul Islam Sohel, proprietor of CD Choice has asserted that the listeners will find the old Shafin back in this song. Shafin’s ...

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Winners of 2018 Pulitzer prizes announced


MNA Entertainment Desk: The New York Times and The New Yorker have jointly won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for public service for their reporting on exposing powerful and wealthy sexual predators, including allegations against Hollywood movie maker Harvey Weinstein. Pulitzer Prize administrator Dana Canedy announced the winners of the 2018 Pulitzer Prizes at the Columbia University on Monday in New York City, news agency reported on Tuesday. The New York Times also shared the honour for national reporting with The Washington Post for their coverage of the investigation into Russian involvement in the 2016 US presidential election. The Press Democrat ...

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Priyanka on losing a film due to skin colour


MNA Entertainment Desk: Priyanka Chopra might be a global icon today, but her brush with pay disparity in two of the world’s biggest entertainment industries continues. “I feel it every year, especially when you’re doing movies with really big actors, whether it’s in India or America. If an actor is getting 100 bucks, the conversation will start with max, like, 8 bucks. The gap is that staggering,” the actor said in the interview. “In America, we don’t talk about it as brashly, whereas in India the issue is not skirted around. “It happens in both countries, it’s just that here, ...

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Sridevi wins Best Actress National Award


MNA Entertainment Desk: The late Sridevi was named the Best Actress posthumously for her role as a vengeful mother in the Hindi film ‘Mom’, reported news agency. In the movie directed by Ravi Udyawar, Sridevi played a mother who sets out to avenge her step-daughter, essayed by Pakistani actress Sajal Ali. Sridevi died in February in a Dubai hotel, leaving the film industry, her family members and legions of fans in a state of shock. In an earlier interview to media, Sridevi had said she was proud to be a part of a film like ‘Mom’, and the reactions it ...

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YouTube’s music videos defaced by hackers

music videos

MNA Entertainment Desk: Some of the most popular music videos on YouTube including mega-hit “Despacito” momentarily disappeared Tuesday in an apparent hacking. Fans looking for videos by top artists including Drake, Katy Perry and Taylor Swift found the footage removed and replaced by messages that included “Free Palestine.” Luis Fonsi’s “Despacito” — the most-watched video of all time at five billion views — was briefly replaced by an image of a gun-toting gang in red hoods that appeared to come from the Spanish series “Money Heist.” Most videos were back up by early Tuesday US time but some still had ...

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Ekta to produce web show on ‘Kama Sutra’


MNA Entertainment Desk: The czarina of Indian television and head honcho of Balaji Telefilms, Ekta Kapoor, is on a roll. Apart from an interesting bouquet of shows currently in the pipeline, she is soon going to launch another web series. With some of the best web series already in her kitty, Ekta is set to bring another out of the box concept in the form of a web show. It will be based on the ancient Hindu text, Kama Sutra, which is considered to be the standard work on human sexual behaviour in Sanskrit literature, reports news agency. According to ...

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Bijli on the eve of New Year


MNA culture & Entertainment Desk: Country’s first superhero film Bijli will be released on April 13. On the eve of Pahela Baishakh the film is aiming to draw in huge audience in the primarily selected 100 cinema halls. Bobby stepping into the eighth year of her career has acted as the superhero in the film. It also needs to be added that the film is the production by Bobby’s newly established house Bobstar. Some segments of the film have been filmed below 35 degrees in Iceland. Apart from these the film also boasts a star-studded cast with the likes of ...

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Salman Khan convicted in blackbuck poaching case


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Actor Salman Khan was convicted for killing two blackbucks in September 1998 while shooting for a Bollywood movie. Actors and co accused Sonali Bendre, Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, and Neelam Kothari were acquitted. Quantum of punishment will be pronounced soon. Actor Salman Khan was on Thursday convicted of killing two blackbucks by a Jodhpur court in the two-decade-old poaching case. Fellow actors and co-accused Saif Ali Khan, Sonali Bendre, Tabu and Neelam Kothari were given the benefit of the doubt and acquitted along with Dushyant Singh, a local from the area. The quantum of punishment ...

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Amitabh sings for ‘102 Not Out’


MNA Entertainment Desk: Amitabh Bachchan has sung another song for his forthcoming film ‘102 Not Out’ despite medical procedures. The 75-year-old cine icon posted a photograph of him singing in a studio. “The world of music knows no boundaries and no rest, despite late hours and medical procedures. (In) ‘102 Not Out’ there is an additional song now. I mean how can production push a non singer to these limits. Badumba,” Big B tweeted. This is not the first song Amitabh has lent his voice for the Umesh Shukla’s directorial. He has also sung the number titled “Badumba” for it. ...

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Mahira’s smoking video goes viral again


MNA Entertainment Desk: Pakistani actor Mahira Khan had found herself in the eye of a storm last year when pictures of her wearing a backless, white dress and smoking had gone viral. Khan was seen with Ranbir Kapoor in the photos and was relentlessly trolled for smoking and slut-shamed for wearing a ‘short dress’. Now, another video of the actor smoking at an event has resurfaced on social media, reports news agency. However, unlike last time, a large section of people has come forth in support of Khan. They have not only strongly condemned the character assassination but have minced ...

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Rani to gear up for new film


MNA Entertainment Desk: Rani Mukerji With her latest film “Hichki” is earning box office numbers and winning hearts of many, Bollywood actress Rani Mukerji says that she will get ready for her next film soon instead of taking another break. Holding her next move on films was based on the response of the audience, Rani, asked about how she will take the success of “Hichki”, said: “Yes, I told everyone that my next film will be depending on the audience response of ‘Hichki’. I think now, I won’t take a long gap, I will make my next comeback soon.” “I ...

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