Culture & Entertainment

Sunny Leone to launch StarStruck


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Sunny Leone is ready to launch her own cosmetic brand called StarStruck. The range is expected to hit the Indian markets on March 1. Speaking about the brand, the actress said: ‘It’s something I have wanted for a very long time. It has taken a lot of care, effort and time to get to this point and I’m so happy StarStruck is in its final stage before it hits the consumer.’ ‘I work many hours and am always in front of a camera so I wanted to create something that is great quality and long ...

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‘Kick 2’ to hit screens on Christmas 2019

Christmas 2019

MNA Entertainment Desk: The makers of upcoming film ‘Kick 2’ starring superstar Salman Khan have locked Christmas 2019 for the release. The official account of the production company Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment on Wednesday announced the release date of the second installment of the ‘Kick’ franchise on Twitter. ‘The wait is over! Devil is back! Sajid Nadiadwala’s ‘Kick 2’ starring Salman Khan releases Christmas 2019,’ the tweet read. Other details of the film is still under wraps. ‘Kick’, which starred Salman, Randeep Hooda, Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Jacqueline Fenandez released in 2014. It was directed by Sajid Nadiadwala. The movie was an ...

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Kylie Jenner announces birth of baby girl

Kylie Jenner

MNA Entertainment Desk: US reality TV star Kylie Jenner announced on Sunday the birth of her child with rapper Travis Scott, after months of rumours surrounding her pregnancy. The 20-year-old Jenner said in a post on social media platform Instagram that her ‘beautiful, healthy baby girl’ arrived on February 1 and apologized to fans for keeping her pregnancy a secret. ‘I’m sorry for keeping you in the dark through all the assumptions,’ Jenner wrote. ‘I understand you’re used to me bringing you along on all my journeys. My pregnancy was one I chose not to do in front of the ...

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Month-long campaign ‘Nikhoj Shobder Khoje’ launched


MNA Culture Desk: A month-long campaign titled ‘Nikhoj Shobder Khoje’ to encourage the young generation to reconnect with those Bengali words that have been missing from the language for a long time was launched at Bishwo Shahitto Kendro. Coca-Cola Bangladesh launched the campaign on the occasion of the International Mother Language Day, said a press release. The main purpose of the campaign is to create awareness on the issue that many Bangla words that were once used to enrich and beautify the language are missing and encourage people to be part of this campaign to help popularise the idea of ...

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SRK, Katrina, Anushka take rickshaw ride

rickshaw ride

MNA Entertainment Desk: Superstar Shah Rukh Khan went on a rickshaw ride with his ‘Zero’ co-stars Anushka Sharma and Katrina Kaif on the set. Shah Rukh tweeted a photograph in which he is seen riding a rickshaw with Katrina and Anushka as passengers. They seem to be enjoying the ride. ‘Best memories begin with insane ideas. Girls taking me along for a ride called ‘Zero’. Aanand L. Rai, Katrina and Anushka Sharma,’ Shah Rukh captioned the image. The three stars are shooting for filmmaker Aanand L. Rai’s upcoming movie ‘Zero’. The film’s teaser showcased Shah Rukh as a vertically challenged ...

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Ekushey Book Fair begins Thursday

Ekushey Book Fair

MNA Culture Desk: The month-long Amar Ekushey Book Fair will begin on the Bangla Academy premises and at adjoining Suhrawardy Udyan in the capital on Thursday like every year. Prime minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate the book fair on the Bangla Academy premises at 3pm on the day. Cultural minister Asaduzzaman Noor will attend the opening ceremony as a special guest while the Bangla Academy director general Shamsuzzaman will deliver the welcome speech with its president emeritus professor Anisuzzaman in the chair. Like the previous years, the venue of the fair has been extended to nearby Suhrawardy Udyan with some ...

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Actress Penelope to get Cesar award


MNA Entertainment Desk: Actress Penelope Cruz will receive an honorary prize from Frances Academy of Arts and Techniques of Cinema during the 43rd Cesar Awards ceremony, Frances equivalent of the Oscars, on 2 March in Paris. “Penelope Cruz has the talent to shine in international productions as much as in (smaller) films, whether (she is working) for Ridley Scott, Rob Marshall, Kenneth Branagh, Sergio Castellitto, Fernando Trueba or Asghar Farhadi, with whom she has just wrapped ‘Everybody Knows’, which will come out in May,” Alain Terzian, the president of the Academy of Arts and Techniques of Cinema, said in a ...

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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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