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Rihanna named Barbados ambassador

Rihanna

MNA Entertainment Desk: Rihanna is now ambassador Rihanna, after her home country tasked her with promoting investment and tourism, reported news agency. Prime minister Mia Amor Mottley said that Rihanna—real name Robyn Rihanna Fenty—has been conferred the title of ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary. While the singer will not be formally accredited to another country, Mottley said that Rihanna—whose more colorful songs include “Bitch Better Have My Money”—would be in charge of bringing investment as well as encouraging education and tourism. “I couldn’t be more proud to take on such a prestigious title in my home country. Every Barbadian is going ...

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Wolf Alice wins Mercury Prize

Mercury Prize

MNA Entertainment Desk: Rock band Wolf Alice won Britain’s Mercury Prize for album “Visions of a Life”, beating off competition from the likes of Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds and the Arctic Monkeys. The four-member band from north London, which first began as a duo in 2010, took the 25,000 pound ($33,165) prize and “album of the year” trophy, which has been awarded to a wide range of music artists since it began in 1992. “Visions of a Life”, the group’s second studio album, won praise from critics when it was released last year and reached No. 2 in the ...

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Dramatic hair transformation of Jossa

Jossa

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Jacqueline Jossa has undergone a fabulous transformation, ditching her brunette tresses for a blonde hairdo. Taking to Instagram on Wednesday, the former EastEnders star surprised her followers with the dramatic look.  “Sort of a bit blonde. Thanks @makeupbymikey for being my musical theatre partner Oo and also my fabulous makeup artist,” she wrote in the caption. “I love you @senizalkancolour thanks so much for my blondish locks!! Xx.” Fans immediately rushed to post lovely comments, with one writing: “Beautiful!! You really suit this colour.” Another added: “I think this really suits you welcome to the ...

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Nora Fatehi to debut as singer

Nora Fatehi

MNA Entertainment Desk: Dancer-actress Nora Fatehi is set to make her singing debut. She has collaborated with Morocco-based group Fnaire to re-create the official Arabic adaptation of “Dilbar”. “It is a huge deal for both Morocco and India because this is the first time we will be getting Indian culture and Moroccan culture together artistically and musically and this has been my goal as well, to bring them together,” Nora said in a statement. “As ‘Dilbar’ has become a huge hit internationally, including Middle East, we have taken the song and re-composed it, written Arabic and Moroccan lyrics and we ...

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‘Game of Thrones’ wins Emmy Awards

Game of Thrones

MNA Entertainment Desk: HBO’s record-breaking fantasy epic “Game of Thrones” stormed back onto the Emmys stage on Monday, winning the coveted best drama series prize on a night full of surprises, including an on-air marriage proposal that stunned the audience. The other big story of the gala, television’s answer to the Oscars, was the huge success of eight Emmys overall for best comedy series “The Marvelous Mrs Maisel,” Amazon’s story of a 1950s housewife-turned-stand up comic. “The Handmaid’s Tale” — last year’s best drama and an early favorite for more hardware — went home empty-handed from the event at the ...

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Singer Ariana Grande sorry

Singer Ariana

MNA Entertainment Desk: Singer Ariana Grande spoke publicly for the first time about the death of her former boyfriend Mac Miller, writing on social media that he was “the kindest, sweetest soul with demons he never deserved.” Miller was found unresponsive at his home in Studio City, California, and pronounced dead there at age 26, the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office said in a statement on 7 September. In a message on her official Instagram account on Friday, the 25-year-old Grande said she “adored” Miller from the day she met him when she was 19. “You were my dearest friend. ...

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Chinese actress disappears after tax trouble

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MNA Entertainment Desk: Fan Bingbing, an A-list Chinese movie star who has appeared in the “X-Men” and “Iron Man” film franchises, has more than 62 million followers online in China and fronted campaigns for Montblanc watches and De Beers diamonds, has disappeared, reported news agency. The star’s vanishing act – she dropped off the radar in June when reports started to swirl that she was involved in a probe into tax evasion in the film industry – has sparked wild speculation in China about her fate, including reports the actress had been detained. Reuters was unable to contact Fan. Calls ...

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Anushka Sharma suffering from bulging disk

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MNA Entertainment Desk: Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma who is currently busy in the promotions of her upcoming film ‘Sui Dhaaga’ is suffering from a bulging disk issue and the actress has been advised to take rest by her doctors. However, the actress opted to continue with her Sui Dhaga promotions. Anushka said she would continue promotions despite being in excruciating pain, reports news agency. According to sources, ‘Anushka has developed a bulging disc issue and she is doing intensive physiotherapy sessions daily. She will heal completely in 3-4 weeks if she takes care of her back properly. The doctor had ...

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Switzerland to install statue in Sridevi’s honour

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MNA Entertainment Desk: In a tribute to late Bollywood actor Sridevi, the Swiss tourism industry is planning to install a statue of the legendary leading lady, reported news agency. Sridevi was one of the Bollywood actors who set a trend by being picturized in the snowy alps of Switzerland in the 80s and 90s. From Raj Kapoor’s Sangam in 1964 to Aditya Chopra’s Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge (DDLJ), Switzerland has been a favourite shooting location for Bollywood and Indian tourists have been flocking to the country in the hundreds of thousands. Late filmmaker Yash Chopra was famously very fond of ...

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Julia Roberts’ first TV series gets premiered

Julia Roberts

MNA Entertainment Desk: Julia Roberts walked the red carpet to promote her first television series, Amazon Studios’ “Homecoming,” at the Toronto International Film Festival, reported news agency. Roberts, 50, is the latest major Hollywood star to transition to television, joining the likes of Jane Fonda, Meryl Streep and John Travolta. Many like Roberts have signed on to shows by streaming services like Amazon and Netflix, which are drawing audiences away from traditional television. Roberts shrugged off the attention her switch to the small screen has garnered. The psychological thriller, based on an eponymous podcast, stars Roberts as Heidi Bergman, a ...

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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

dressed woman

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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