Culture & Entertainment

Grammys 2018: Full List of Winners


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: It was Bruno Mars’ night at the 60th Grammys Awards held in New York, with the three biggest wins – Album Of The Year and Record Of The Year for 24K Magic and Song Of The Year for That’s What I Like. He also won three other Grammys, maxing the six categories he had been nominated in. Other winners included two Grammys for Ed Sheeran, a couple for rapper Kendrick Lamar, posthumous wins for Leonard Cohen (Best Rock Performance for You Want It Darker) and Carrie Fisher (Best Spoken Word Album for The Princess Diarist). ...

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‘Padmaavat’ earns Rs 18 crore on Day 1

18 crore

MNA Entertainment Desk: Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor’s much-awaited film ‘Padmaavat’ earned Rs. 18 crore on Day 1, reported news agency. The Sanjay Leela Bhansali-directed period drama released amid violent protests in several parts of the country. Deepika Padukone stars as Rani Padmini of Chittor, Shahid as her husband Maharawal Ratan Singh and Ranveer plays Alauddin Khilji. The story is about Rani Padmini, who, along with several Rajput women, committed jauhar when Khili invaded Chittor fort.  Padmaavat’s release date was deferred for over a month due to huge protest by various Rajput outfits. They claimed that Sanjay Leela ...

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Writer Shawkat Ali passes away

Shawkat Ali

MNA Culture Desk: Writer Shawkat Ali has died during his treatment for lung infections and kidney and heart ailments in hospital at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University Hospital at 8:15am on Thursday. Ali was 82. The writer was born in West Bengal, India on Feb 12, 1936. Pakistani occupation forces detained him during the 1971 War of Liberation. Ali started his career as a journalist but later moved into academia. He started writing for ‘Nutan Sahitya’, a mouthpiece of leftist politicians. Ali’s novel ‘Warish’ has a vivid description of Hindu-Muslim riots following the 1947 partition. In his novel ‘Prodoshe Prakritajan’, ...

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‘Shape of Water’ tops Oscar nominations

Oscar nominations

MNA Entertainment Desk: Fantasy romance “The Shape of Water” topped the Oscar nominations list on Tuesday with 13 nods, as the Academy also gave a rare nomination to a woman in the directing category. Guillermo del Toro’s Cold War-set fairy tale scored nods for best picture, best director, best actress for its star Sally Hawkins, and supporting acting nominations for Richard Jenkins and Octavia Spencer. It was also nominated for best original screenplay, with the rest of its nods coming in technical categories. The haul fell one short of the record for most nominations ever, held jointly by “La La ...

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Kim and Kanye name daughter ‘Chicago’


MNA Entertainment Desk: Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West have named their new-born daughter, delivered by surrogate on Monday, Chicago West. Kardashian West said that not carrying the child herself was “so hard”, but that the couple had an instant connection with her. West was raised in the US city Chicago. Kardashian West carried and gave birth to her older children but was advised against getting pregnant again because of possible medical complications. Her daughter North is now four years old and her son Saint is two. But she suffered from pre-eclampsia and placenta accreta on those occasions. Pre-eclampsia is ...

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‘Three Billboards’ biggest winner at SAG


MNA Entertainment Desk: Dark comedy “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” won three prizes at the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) awards on Sunday in a ceremony marked by women and their stories amid the sexual misconduct scandal that has swept Hollywood. The Fox Searchlight film about a furious woman seeking justice for the murder of her daughter was named best ensemble, the top SAG honor. Frances McDormand won best actress and Sam Rockwell took home the best supporting actor statuette for their roles in the film. Britain’s Gary Oldman won best actor for playing wartime leader Winston Churchill in Focus Features’ ...

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Singer Ed Sheeran announces engagement

Ed Sheeran

MNA Entertainment Desk: Ed Sheeran has become engaged to his girlfriend Cherry Seaborn, the British singer-songwriter announced Saturday. “Got myself a fiance just before new year. We are very happy and in love, and our cats are chuffed as well,” he told his 18 million followers on Instagram. Sheeran, 26, is one of the best-selling artists in the world and his latest album “Divide” smashed Spotify records, drawing 57 million listens on the first day of its release — nearly twice the previous highest. Sheeran and Seaborn, who are childhood friends, have reportedly been dating since 2015. “It’s awesome meeting ...

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Singer Shammi Akhtar dies


MNA Entertainment Desk: Famous singer Shammi Akhtar is no more. The singer breathed her last around 4:00pm on Tuesday afternoon. She was 60. Her first namaz-e-janaza will be held at the Shantinagar Aminbag Mosque after Zuhr prayers and then, she will be buried in Shahjahanpur graveyard. A playback singer of more than 300 films, Shammi won the hearts of music-aficionados with popular numbers like ‘Dhaka shahar aisha amar’, ‘Ami tomar badhu’, ‘Mone bara asha chhila’, ‘Ami jemoa achhi’, ‘Banglar maati’, ‘Bidesh giye’, ‘Soite pari na’, ‘Jhilmil’, ‘Amar maner bedona’, ‘Phuley phuley basa’ and ‘Ei raat bale’ and many others. She ...

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Shilpa Shinde wins Bigg Boss 11

Shilpa Shinde

MNA Entertainment Desk: Shilpa Shinde has been announced as the winner of Bigg Boss 11. The Babiji Ghar Par Hai fame has left behind television’s much-loved bahu Hina Khan who had a huge fan following much before she entered the house of Bigg Boss. Salman Khan declared Shilpa as the winner amidst much excitement of the fans and the studio audience. Much before the official announcement, the social media users picked Shilpa as their favourite contestant and expressed their wish of watching her lift the trophy of the winner. Shilpa had a tough competition from Hina because of her popularity. ...

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DiCaprio to star in Charles Manson


MNA Entertainment Desk: Leonardo DiCaprio is in talks to star in the currently untitled project about American criminal Charles Manson and the Manson Family murders directed by Quentin Tarantino. The untitled project is based on the 1969 murder spree conducted by four members of the Manson Family, a cult led by Charles Manson. The murders took place in the home of actress Sharon Tate, the wife of director Roman Polanski, who was killed when she was eight months pregnant, alongside four others. Charles and other members of his “family” were sentenced to life imprisonment in 1971. The 43-year-old has been ...

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Katrina Kaif And Aamir Khan’s Thug Life

Katrina Kaif

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Going by the photo shared by Katrina Kaif, she And Aamir Khan are preparing for a dance sequence choreographed by Prabhu Deva for Thugs Of Hindostan. Katrina Kaif and Aamir Khan are busy with the preparation of their upcoming film Thugs Of Hindostan. Katrina, 34, shared a picture on Instagram, featuring herself, Aamir Khan and choreographer Prabhu Deva from what appears to be a dance studio. Katrina, everyone knows is a fabulous dancer and a meticulous artiste and by adding Prabhu Deva’s tricky dance style to it, one can expected a Dhoom on the big ...

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‘Tareque Masud Film Week’ begins

Masud Film

MNA Entertainment Desk: The ‘Tareque Masud Film Week’ will begin from today at European Standard School in the city’s Dhanmondi, reported news agency. According to the organisers of the event, the opening ceremony of the festival will be held at 5:00pm. Muktir Gaan, Otorjatra, Runway, Noroshundor, Adam Surat and Matir Moina will be screened in the festival organised by Digital Life. The event will continue till 16 January and it will remain open for all. The filmmaker died in a road accident on 13 August in 2011 on the Dhaka-Aricha highway while returning to Dhaka from Manikganj. He was a ...

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Actor Siraj Haydar passes away

Siraj Haydar

MNA Entertainment Desk: Prominent actor Siraj Haydar passed away at his Kalyanpur residence in capital Dhaka on Thursday morning at the age of 71. Siraj’s son Lelin Haydar said his father felt chest pain at night. He had died around 6:14am before taken to hospital. The actor left behind his wife, two sons, a daughter, a host of relatives and admirers to mourn his death. Siraj’s body will be taken to Bangladesh Film Development Corporation (BFDC) where his first namaz-e-janaza will be held after Asr prayer. Siraj Haydar started his acting career on 14 August 1962 through a novel named ...

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‘300 cuts in Padmavat’ is untrue: CBFC


MNA Entertainment Desk:  India’s Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) chairperson Prasoon Joshi on Tuesday refuted a report that the “modifications” demanded by the censor board in the historical drama have resulted in 300 cuts. “The makers have submitted the final film with agreed five modifications. These modifications have tried to incorporate observations and suggestions given by the advisory panel and also in keeping with the sentiments of society. This has already been communicated by CBFC and a U/A certificate has been given to the film. “CBFC’s process is complete and any further news about cuts is absolutely untrue. Let’s ...

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Oprah declares ‘new day’ for women


MNA Entertainment Desk: Oprah Winfrey on Sunday declared a “new day” for women and girls facing down abusive men as she delivered a stirring speech at the Golden Globes. Accepting a lifetime achievement award at the Hollywood gala, the Oscar-nominated actress and daytime television trailblazer saluted the #MeToo movement that has quickly gained steam after revelations of rampant sexual misconduct by film mogul Harvey Weinstein. Paying tribute to Recy Taylor, an African American woman who daringly reported her 1944 gang rape by white men and died last month just short of her 98th birthday, Winfrey deplored “a culture broken by ...

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Sunny Leone to perform in Bahrain


MNA Entertainment Desk: Actress Sunny Leone has announced that she will be performing in Bahrain for the first time in April, reported news agency. “I have exciting news. For the first time ever, I will be performing in Bahrain on 27 April for the anniversary of Aura Arts Centre,” Sunny tweeted on Saturday. “This show is coordinated by Dadu Oshma and directed by Manoj Mayyannour. Hope to see you’ll there at Indian School Grounds,” she added. In December last year, Sunny was forced to cancel her New Year bash in Bengaluru after the police denied permission to the organisers. Sunny ...

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Sonam to reportedly marry in March


MNA Entertainment Desk: Sonam Kapoor is expected to tie the knot in 2018 with boyfriend, Anand Ahuja after Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma’s high profile wedding this month, reports news agency. The actor and fashionista has already booked Umair Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur for a week in March, a time auspicious for wedding nuptials. According to a source, ‘Sonam Kapoor has booked the palace for 5-6 days somewhere around March and it is suggestive that she might tie the knot here’. Sonam didn’t hide anything about her long-term relationship with Anand from partying together to personal skype chats and also ...

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Campaign to fight sexual harassment

sexual harassment

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: More than 300 actresses, writers and directors have launched a project to help fight sexual harassment in the film industry and other workplaces. The initiative, which is called Time’s Up, was announced via a full-page advert printed in the New York Times. The Hollywood project is described as a ‘unified call for change from women in entertainment for women everywhere’, news agency reported on Monday. It comes in the wake of sexual abuse allegations by high-profile actresses against film producer Harvey Weinstein. The campaign, which is backed by hundreds of actresses including Natalie Portman, Reese ...

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Global New Year parties

New Year

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Hong Kong saw in 2018 in spectacular style as the southern Chinese city staged a stunning fireworks display over its famous Victoria Harbour to welcome New Year. Thousands thronged the harbourside to see the show illuminate the famous skyline as revellers danced to Auld Lang Syne, reported news agency. “Shooting stars” were also fired from the rooftops of skyscrapers in a 10-minute musical fireworks display. In the Indonesian capital Jakarta, hundreds of couples attended a free mass wedding provided free by the authorities. Three hours earlier Australia rang in the New Year with a spectacular ...

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Philippine model named Most Beautiful Face


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: The results are out for the 100 Most Beautiful Faces of 2017. The annual list was released by TC Candler and has been around since 1990. Taking the top spot this year is renowned Philippine celebrity and model Liza Soberano. The young actress has been starring in multiple television shows and movies since her breakthrough success in a local television show back in 2014. Soberano was followed by Thylane Blondeau and Tzuyu who bagged the second and third spots respectively. The list comprises of the most beautiful women across the globe; some of them well-known ...

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Three-day Zainul Utsab begins

Zainul Utsab

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: A three-day ‘Zainul Utsab’ began on Friday on the premises of the Faculty of Fine Arts (FFA) of Dhaka University, marking the 103rd birth anniversary of Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin. The programme began with placing wreaths on the mausoleum of the renowned painter Zainul Abedin early in the morning. Cultural affairs minister Asaduzzaman Noor inaugurated the three-day festival. Vice-chancellor of Dhaka University Akhtaruzzaman presided over the function. The festival includes painting exhibition, musical event, screening of films, documentary and dance performance, reported news agency. The festival will remain open from 10:00am to 8:00pm every day until ...

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Singer Shafin to fight for DNCC mayor post

singer Shafin

MNA Entertainment Desk: Singer Shafin Ahmed will contest in the by-polls to the Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) mayoral post, said a press release. Chairman of Nationalist Democratic Movement, Bobby Hajjaj, announced singer Shafin’s name as candidate at a press conference at National Press Club in the capital. Sharing Shafin’s candidature, Boby Hajjaj on his Facebook page wrote, “We hope to see our dreams for Dhaka city realised. Shafin Ahmed will be a great representative of the people.” Shafin has been going through some difficulties with his band members. Members of popular musical band – Miles – Hamin Ahmed, Manam ...

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Tiger Zinda Hai makes Rs 114.9cr in 3 days

Tiger Zinda

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Salman Khan’s Christmas release Tiger Zinda Hai has not only broken records of 2017, it has also trampled some of Khan’s previous ones. The film also starring Katrina Kaif made over Rs 45 crore on Sunday, a single-day record for a Hindi film. The weekend total of Rs 114.93 crore is also one of the biggest debuts ever seen for a Hindi film. Before this, Khan’s Sultan earned Rs 105 crore in three days. The 2016 film, which released on Eid and was also directed by Ali Abbas Zafar, went on to earn Rs 180 ...

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‘Tiger Zinda Hai’ earns Rs 34cr on 1st day


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Salman Khan’s ‘Tiger Zinda Hai’ has raked in Rs 33.75 crore on its opening day, according to a press release by its makers. Directed by Ali Abbas Zafar, ‘Tiger Zinda Hai’ is a sequel to 2012 hit film ‘Ek Tha Tiger’ and also stars Katrina Kaif, Angad Bedi, Kumud Mishra, and Nawab Shah. The collection is the highest ever for a movie releasing on a non-holiday and broke the previous record held by Aamir Khan’s ‘Dhoom 3’, says the release by Yash Raj Films. ‘It is an overwhelming and a humbling moment. I thank the ...

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53rd anniv of BTV on Monday


MNA Culture Desk: Bangladesh Television will mark its 53rd founding anniversary organising a get-together of artistes and technicians on Monday, at Rampura TV Bhaban in the capital. Bangladesh Television, a state-owned Television network, started its journey on 25 December, 1964 in the name of Dhaka Television, first of its kind in the subcontinent. Dhaka Television launched its test transmission from a small floor of DIT Building. Later, it was renamed as Bangladesh Television in 1972, just after the independence of the country in 1971. Apart from broadcasting news, Bangladesh Television gained popularity among the people through airing different kinds of ...

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Salman tops Forbes India Celebrity list

Forbes India Celebrity

MNA Entertainment Desk: Salman Khan has once again maintained the top spot in Forbes India Celebrity 100 list for the second consecutive year. Shah Rukh Khan and India’s cricket captain Virat Kohli took the second and third spot respectively with actress Priyanka Chopra named as only female celebrity in top 10 list. The 2017 Forbes India Celebrity 100 List rankings are based on estimates of entertainment-related earnings of celebrities. The period under consideration is October 1, 2016 to September 30, 2017. The methodology for calculating the ranking may have changed this year (to exclude the ‘fame’ quotient), but the list’s ...

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Zee Cine Awards: ‘Golmaal Again’ wins best film

Best Film

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: ‘Golmaal Again’ won the Best Film award and Varun Dhawan took home the Best Actor award for ‘Badrinath Ki Dulhania’. The winners’ list, with one shocker after another and a few categories that seem to be really scratching barrel’s end, goes something like this: Extraordinary Impact Award: Toilet -Ek Prem Katha Extraordinary Legend Award: Amitabh Bachchan Best Actor in a Negative Role: Raj Rajun for Secret Superstar Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Female): Meher Vij for Secret Superstar Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Male): Anil Kapoor for Mubarakan Best Debut Director: Advait Chandan ...

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