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SRK-Kareena to reunite after 7yrs for Salute

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MNA Entertainment Desk: After months of rumours, it is now looking ever likely that Bollywood actress Kareena Kapoor Khan will be paired opposite superstar Shah Rukh Khan for a biopic titled- Salute. The biopic will be made on an astronaut named Rakesh Sharma. Several Indian newsportals published reports on Thursday (July 19) that Kareena has been finalized to play Sharma’s wife Madhu and will soon be signing for the project. As well as remuneration and dates, other things need to be worked out before an official announcement is made. This will be the first time after ‘Ra.One’ (2011), SRK and ...

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Vidya opens up about her role in NTR biopic

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MNA Entertainment Desk: Bollywood actor Vidya Balan has confirmed that she will be playing a significant role in the upcoming film NTR, which is based on the life of legendary actor and politician N T Rama Rao. Last month, speculations were rife that she has been approached by filmmakers to play the role of NTR’s wife Basavatarakam. In a recent interview, Vidya confirmed that she is indeed part of the biopic, which will mark her debut in Telugu. “People knew of her but they didn’t know her and that is interesting for me as an actor,” the Dirty Picture actor ...

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Rapper Cardi B leads MTV Awards nominations

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MNA Entertainment Desk: Rapper Cardi B on Monday topped nominations at the MTV Video Music Awards, where Jay-Z and Beyonce’s ornate work shot at the Louvre and the politically charged “This is America” also enjoyed recognition. Cardi B, who in little more than a year has become one of the most prominent women in the male-dominated world of hip-hop, received 10 nominations for the awards show that will take place on 20 August in New York, reported news agency. The Bronx native born as Belcalis Almanzar was in the running in both hip-hop and Latin categories as well as Artist ...

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Sunny’s upcoming web series faces objection

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MNA Entertainment Desk: Bollywood actress Sunny Leone’s upcoming web series ‘Karenjit Kaur: The Untold Story of Sunny Leone’ on Saturday faced its first trouble as a committee of the Indian Sikh community Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) objected to the use of “Kaur” in the title of the actor’s upcoming biopic. The Indian SGPC’s additional secretary and spokesperson Diljit Singh Bedi said that the usage would hurt Sikh sentiments as Sunny did not follow the teachings of the Sikh gurus. Hence, she had no right to use the title “Kaur”. “Kaur is a very respectable name given by Sikh gurus ...

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I love the idea of getting married: Priyanka

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MNA Entertainment Desk: Actress Priyanka Chopra, reportedly dating American singer Nick Jonas, says her marital status will not affect her feminist opinions, and she would like to get married some day. The 35-year-old actress spoke about the things that bring her joy in life and love at a Saks x Vogue event at Wolffer Estate Vineyards in the Hamptons, reports news agency. “I love the idea of getting married. I totally want to get married at some point,” Priyanka said. “And I don’t think marriage makes you smaller or bigger or more feminist or not. Feminism basically is women saying ...

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Bollywood’s Sonali Bendre battling cancer

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MNA Entertainment Desk: Bollywood actor Sonali Bendre said she has been diagnosed with “high-grade cancer”. The 43-year-old actor said on Twitter she is undergoing treatment in New York. “We remain optimistic and I am determined to fight every step of the way,” said Bendre, who starred in several hit Bollywood films in the 90’s. Bendre is married to film-maker Goldie Behl and has a son. She was a celebrity judge on a reality TV show until a week ago. Ever since the actress posted the news about her health on Twitter and Instagram, prayers and wishes have been pouring in ...

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Bieber engaged to model Baldwin

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MNA Entertainment Desk: Trouble-prone pop star Justin Bieber will be a married man after popping the question to model Hailey Baldwin whom he has dated for one month, reports said on Sunday. The 24-year-old Canadian heartthrob, who has become better known for his off-stage antics, proposed to the 21-year-old over dinner Saturday night at a restaurant in The Bahamas, the celebrity news site TMZ said. The site quoted witnesses at the restaurant, who said that Bieber’s security team asked them all to put their phones away for the proposal. A representative for Bieber did not comment but relatives of the ...

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Mithun Chakraborty’s son accused of rape

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MNA Entertainment Desk: A Delhi court has directed the city police to start a case against Bollywood actor Mithun Chakraborty’s son Mahaakshay Chakraborty, also an actor, for allegedly cheating and raping a Bhojpuri actress and forcing her into an abortion, Indian media reports. Mithun’s wife Yogita Bali has also been accused of allegedly threatening the woman later, The Indian Express reported on Monday. The incident, according to the court order, dates back to May 2015 when the actor allegedly established a physical relationship with the woman by “fraudulently” administering her some “alcoholic/stupefying substance” in a soft drink offered to her. ...

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Ranbir is extraordinary in Sanju: Sanjay Dutt

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MNA Entertainment Desk: Ranbir Kapoor is being lauded for his performance in Sanju, and it looks like Sanjay Dutt is also impressed with the young actor’s performance. Since Sanju is receiving a lot of love from critics and audiences alike, Dutt was asked if he liked the film at the trailer launch of his upcoming film Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster 3. Sanjay Dutt said, “Ranbir (Kapoor) is extraordinary in the film. I think the film is fantastic and Raju ji (Rajkumar Hirani), Vicky Kaushal, and everybody has done a fantastic job. Whatever is the truth, has been shown in the ...

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SRK, Madhuri to join Oscar Academy

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MNA Entertainment Desk: Bollywood stars Shah Rukh Khan and Madhuri Dixit Nene along with 18 other Indian personalities, have been invited to be members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. While Shah Rukh has been identified as the star of Devdas and Chennai Express, the two films appearing before Madhuri’s name include her Marathi debut film Bucket List and Devdas. Anil Kapoor, Tabu, Naseeruddin Shah, Ali Faizal, and Soumitra Chatterjee, apart from producers Aditya Chopra and Guneet Monga, as well as music artistes Usha Khanna and Sneha Khanwalkar have also been sent invitation to be a part ...

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Demi Lovato speaks about relapse in her single ‘Sober’

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MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Demi Lovato has released a new single that reveals a heartbreaking setback in her road to recovery from addiction. In her new single, titled “Sober,” a candid Lovato admits to suffering a relapse. Her song comes just weeks after she celebrated six years of sobriety. “To the ones who never left me, we’ve been down the road before. I’m so sorry. I’m not sober anymore,” Demi sings in the tune. Lovato has always been an open when it comes to her mental health and struggles with substance abuse. In the past, Lovato has spoken candidly ...

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Beyonce, Jay-Z take album to Spotify

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MNA Entertainment Desk: Beyonce and Jay-Z brought their surprise joint album to all platforms including Spotify after a wait of little more than a day, relenting on keeping an exclusive for their fledgling Tidal service. The music world’s most famous couple late Saturday released “Everything is Love,” a soulful collaborative album on which the pair celebrate their marital bliss after rocky patches. Since Jay-Z launched the Tidal streaming service in 2015, the couple has sought to draw subscribers by releasing their music on Tidal. Beyonce’s 2016 album “Lemonade” and Jay-Z’s “4:44” from last year remain absent from Spotify, although they ...

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Ranbir Kapoor is a brat: Karishma Tanna

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MNA Entertainment Desk: Actress Karishma Tanna, who is gearing up for the release of her second Hindi film “Sanju”, says her co-star Ranbir Kapoor is amazing to work with and is a complete brat. Asked how would she describe Ranbir, Karishma told news agency here: “He is amazing, a thorough professional and a brat. He’s a lot of fun on the set. He has very good humour, talks well and a lovely guy to work with.” “Sanju” is directed by Rajkumar Hirani and also stars Sonam Kapoor, Vicky Kaushal and Anushka Sharma. The film is slated to release on 29 ...

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Ariana Grande ‘engaged’ to Pete Davidson

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MNA Entertainment Desk: Singer Ariana Grande and comedian Pete Davidson reportedly got engaged after several weeks of dating, reported news agency. “It’s a recent engagement. They’re just two people who found love quickly and make each other happy all the time. They both started talking about it this past weekend. It’s nothing they’ve been hiding,” a source close to the couple told media. Grande tweeted an emoji-filled message moments after the news went public on Monday. “I love you,” she wrote, flanked by laughing monkey faces. She continued by writing “sm” (presumably “so much”) before adding more monkey faces and ...

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Singer Asif Akbar gets bail

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MNA Entertainment Desk: A Dhaka court on Monday granted singer Asif Akbar bail in a case filed under Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Act. Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Keshob Roy Chowdhury granted him bail on a bond of Tk 10,000. Earlier on Sunday, Asif’s lawyer Adv Kazi Nazibullah Hiru filed the petition with Dhaka CMM court. The court on June 6, rejected both remand and bail petitions of the singer and sent him to jail. A team of Criminal Investigation Department arrested Asif from his Tejgaon studio at about 1:30am on June 6 in a case under the ICT Act. ...

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Anjan Dutt coming on TV in Eid

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MNA Entertainment Desk: Anjan Dutt will appear on TV for his fans in this Eid. A special celebrity talk show designed for him will be aired on the third day of Eid at 5.15pm on BanglaVision. The show is titled after Anjan Dutt’s hugely successful song “Bela Bos Tumi Parcho Ki Shunte”. Anjan will talk about his songs, cinema and many unrevealed facets of his life in the show. The show will be hosted by singer Mithila and has been produced by Sajjad. About the show Anjan has said that he liked the arrangement made by Bangla Vision particularly for ...

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‘Komola Rocket’ to be released in Eid

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MNA Entertainment Desk: The film ‘Komola Rocket’ produced by Impress Telefilm, will be released on the occasion of upcoming Eid-ul-Fitr, reported news agency. The two minutes 24-second long official trailer of the movie also has been released on Youtube channel titled Channel-i TV. Audience can see the popular actors Tauquir Ahmed and Mosharraf Karim’s acting together for the second time on screen. Komola Rocket, movie of comedy genre, has been directed by Noor Imran Mithu based on Bangla Academy Award winner and expatriate writer Shahaduzzaman’s stories ‘Moulik’ and ‘Saipras’. Tauquir Ahmed and Lux-Channel I Super Star contestant Samiya will play ...

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‘Salman is a man with golden heart’

Race

MNA Entertainment Desk: New co-stars like Saqib Saleem and Freddy Daruwala as well as frequent collaborators Jacqueline Fernandez and Daisy Shah heaped praise on their ‘Race 3’ co-star Salman Khan, calling the superstar a very loving, caring and respectful person to everyone around him. Jacqueline, who worked with Salman in ‘Kick’, told news agency, “There is an energy around him that might just make you feel intimidated when you meet Salman first time. “I do not think he means to be like that but his aura is very strong… even after years, as a friend and co-star, when I am ...

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Angelina Jolie makes her Instagram debut

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MNA Entertainment Desk: Actress Angelina Jolie made her Instagram debut when she photobombed actress Elle Fanning on the set of her new film ‘Maleficent 2’. The Oscar-winning actress was seen smiling and flashing a peace sign behind Fanning on the set here, report news agency. This comes just six days before the mother-of-six is set to celebrate her 43rd birthday. Jolie was covered up in a white robe and already had her ‘Maleficent’ horns on with heavy make-up that included a pale face, filled in eyebrows and deep ruby red lipstick. The ‘Salt’ star had long nails and several rings ...

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Ariana Grande thanks LGBTQ fans

Ariana Grande

MNA Entertainment Desk: US singer Ariana Grande thanked her fans from LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) community and said they mean a lot to her. Billboard editors have asked a group of pop stars to write “love letters” to the LGBTQ community, and Grande was among the first to respond, saluting her gay brother Frankie and insisting there is nothing more ‘infectious’ than being surrounded by her LGBTQ devotees, reports media. “I grew up with a gay brother who’s every move I would emulate,” the “No tears left to cry,” star wrote. “I idolised him. Everything Frankie did, I ...

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Film producer Weinstein indicted for rape

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MNA Entertainment Desk: Movie producer Harvey Weinstein was indicted on Wednesday on charges of rape and a criminal sexual act, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance said, the first case to emerge from a slew of sexual misconduct allegations against him. “This indictment brings the defendant another step closer to accountability for the crimes of violence with which he is now charged,” Vance said in a statement on the charges against the disgraced 66-year-old co-founder of the Miramax film studio and the Weinstein Co. The grand jury indictment follows his arrest and court appearance last Friday on charges related to two ...

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BTS make history topping US album charts

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MNA Entertainment Desk: Korean boyband phenomenon BTS have become the first K-Pop group to rise to the top of the US album charts, a vivid illustration of the genre’s growing global appeal. Known for boyish good looks, floppy haircuts and meticulously choreographed dance moves, the septet has become one of South Korea’s best known and most lucrative musical exports. On Sunday, they passed a new milestone — becoming the first K-Pop group to top the Billboard 200 music charts which ranks albums via sales, downloads and streams. “It’s the first No. 1 for the seven-member group, and the first K-pop ...

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National Film Award-2016 on July 8

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MNA Entertainment Desk: The National Film Awards-2016 will be distributed through a gala function at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC) in Dhaka on July 8. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is scheduled to hand over the awards, the highest recognition for contribution to the film industry, reports news agency. On April 5, the Information Ministry announced the names of the National Film Award recipients for the year 2016 in 26 categories for outstanding contributions to the industry. Farida Akhter, better known by her screen name Babita, and Akbar Hossain Pathan, also better known by his screen name Faruq, have jointly been ...

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Deepika & Ranveer likely to marry on Nov 19

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MNA Entertainment Desk: Sparks flew between Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh on the sets of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Goliyon Ki Rasleela: Ram Leela. The film had come in 2013 and five years down the line rumours are rife that the couple is ready to get married this year. Both Ranveer and Deepika have openly admitted in different interviews that marriage is on the cards and is definitely a priority for both of them and thus it is only adding fuel to the fire, reports news agency. After many speculations, the latest reports suggest that the stunning couple has finally zeroed ...

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‘Tumhari Sulu’ leads IIFA nominations

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MNA Entertainment Desk: Vidya Balan-starrer “Tumhari Sulu” has scored a maximum of seven nominations for the 19th edition of the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards, to be held in Bangkok next month. A story of an ambitious and enterprising housewife, “Tumhari Sulu” finds a mention in the Best Picture, Best Direction and Best Story for Suresh Triveni, Best Actor in a Leading Role (Female) for Vidya, Performance in a Supporting Role (Female) for Neha Dhupia, Performance in a Supporting Role (Male) for Vijay Maurya and Best Music Direction. Among the titles competing with “Tumhari Sulu” in the Best Picture ...

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Actress Tazin Ahmed passes away

Tazin Ahmed

MNA Entertainment Desk: Popular actress Tazin Ahmed is no more. She died of a cardiac arrest on Tuesday afternoon, reported news agency. Tazin was rushed to Regent Hospital in the capital around 10:00am on Tuesday but was declared dead by physicians in the afternoon. She made a foray into the small screen in 1996. Tazin joined a Bangla-language newspaper, Bhorer Kagoj, in 1994 in her first step into journalism and took up a job with the Prothom Alo in 1997 and became a staff reporter a year later. Tazin was also a columnist for Anondo Bhubon and a freelance contributor ...

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Labaki for Lebanese poor kids

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MNA Entertainment Desk: Lebanese filmmaker Nadine Labaki, who won one of the top prizes at Cannes on Saturday with a story of dirt poor children and migrants, dedicated her award to her impoverished amateur cast and her homeland. Labaki is the first Arab woman to have won a major prize at the festival and only the second to have had a film competing for the Palme d’Or. Her stirring film “Capernaum”, whose 13-year-old Syrian refugee lead captured hearts in Cannes, had been tipped to win the Palme in a bumper years for films from North Africa and the Middle East. ...

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