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Demi Lovato vows to keep fighting addiction

Demi Lovato

MNA Entertainment Desk: In her first public comments since an overdose put her into the hospital, singer Demi Lovato says she remains committed to overcoming addiction, reported news agency. “I will keep fighting,” Lovato wrote Sunday in a post on Instagram. She also thanked her fans, family, team and staff at Cedars-Sinai hospital in Los Angeles. She reportedly overdosed on drugs at her Hollywood Hills home on 24 July. She said she’s learned that the illness of addiction doesn’t fade and is something she “must continue to overcome,” and needs time to heal and focus on her sobriety and recovery. ...

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Actress Nawshaba held for spreading rumours

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MNA National Desk: Members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) detained actress Quazi Nawshaba Ahmed from city’s Uttara area on Saturday night over spreading rumours on social media over attack on protesting students. A text message of RAB said that a team of elite force nabbed Nawshaba and took her to RAB-1 office for interrogation over his Facebook live. The actress went to Facebook live around 4:00pm and said that the attackers killed two students and gouged out the eyes of another at Jigatala intersection, reports news agency. In her Facebook live, the actress requested people to get united, take to ...

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Sonali Bendre stable, says husband

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MNA Entertainment Desk: Indian actress Sonali Bendre, who is fighting against cancer, is stable and following her treatment without any complications, says her husband filmmaker Goldie Behl, reported news agency. Goldie tweeted on Thursday night: “Thank you all for the love and support for Sonali. She is stable and is following her treatment without any complications. This is a long journey but we have begun positively.” Sonali, 43, is undergoing a metastatic cancer treatment in New York. In July, the actress shared that she has been diagnosed with a “high-grade cancer”. Post her diagnosis, the “Duplicate” actress is quite active ...

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Salman welcomes Katrina to Bharat

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MNA Entertainment Desk: Salman Khan welcomed Katrina Kaif to the cast of “Bharat” in style, by calling her “sundar” (beautiful) and “susheel” (virtuous). “Ek sundar aur susheel ladki jiska naam hai Katrina Kaif… Swagat hai aapka ‘Bharat’ ki zindagi mein (A beautiful and virtuous girl named Katrina… We welcome you the world of ‘Bharat’),” Salman tweeted on Monday. Katrina, who has given several hits with Salman at the box office, will play his love interest in “Bharat”, directed by Ali Abbas Zafar. Katrina has stepped into a role which was originally being played by Priyanka Chopra, who according to Zafar, ...

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Priyanka, Nick reportedly engaged

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MNA Entertainment Desk: Indian actress Priyanka Chopra and pop singer Nick Jonas are engaged after two months of dating, the US media has reported. People.com has quoted a source as saying the couple got engaged a week ago on Priyanka’s 36th birthday on 18 July while the two were in London. Jonas closed down a Tiffany store in New York City to buy an engagement ring, according to the insider. “They are so happy,” the source told people.com. A source close to Jonas said the singer is “very, very happy.” “His friends and family have never seen him like this, ...

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Stewart to star in new ‘Charlie’s Angels’

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MNA Entertainment Desk: Charlie’s Angels” are returning to the big screen next year for a third outing, this time with a female director and a multi-racial trio of women led by Kristen Stewart. “Twilight” star Stewart, along with rising British actresses Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska, will play the lead roles in the latest movie reboot of the 1970s crime caper, to be directed by Elizabeth Banks, Sony Pictures said on Thursday. The new “Charlie’s Angels” marks a trend in Hollywood to entrust more women with directing big budget fare, and towards ethnic diversity. Scott is of Indian descent, while ...

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Demi Lovato awake after suspected overdose

Demi Lovato

MNA Entertainment Desk: US pop singer Demi Lovato, who has spoken openly about her history of drug and alcohol abuse, is awake after she was taken to a Los Angeles hospital on Tuesday suffering from a suspected overdose, according to media reports. Lovato, 25, a Grammy-nominated recording artist, was “okay and stable, reported People magazine, quoting an unidentified source. “Demi is awake and with her family who want to express thanks to everyone for the love, prayers, and support,” Lovato’s representative told entertainment magazine in a statement. Representatives for Lovato did not respond to a request for comment. Entertainment news ...

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Coke Studio Pakistan’s new show will have transgender singers

Coke Studio

MNA Entertainment Desk: Coke Studio Pakistan’s eleventh edition has just taken a step towards inclusivity of the marginalised community. It’s quite a historic move. The show that features live studio-recorded music performances by established and emerging artists recently dropped a promo with Faiz Ahmed Faiz’s legendary nazm ‘Hum Dekhenge’—a rendition performed by a lineup of singers who will be taking the stage in the upcoming season, reports news agency. While the promo gave the audience a glimpse of well-known singers such as Momina Mustehsan, Ali Azmat, Abida Parveen, Jawad Ahmed, Ahad Raza Mir, it is the inclusion of transgender artistes ...

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Stormy Daniels and her husband are divorcing

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MNA Entertainment Desk: Adult film star Stormy Daniels, who is battling President Donald Trump in court over their alleged sexual encounter a decade ago, and her husband plan to divorce, her lawyer announced Monday. Daniels, 39, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, married Glendon Crain, 41, in 2010. Crain is a heavy metal musician and pornographic movie actor, featuring in adult films under the name Brendon Miller. Daniels, who was married twice previously, gave birth to a daughter in 2011. Daniels is suing Trump to invalidate a non-disclosure agreement that prevents her from discussing their alleged 2006 sexual encounter. Daniels ...

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Taylor Swift cast in film version of ‘Cats’

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MNA Entertainment Desk: Taylor Swift has been cast in a big screen version of the stage musical “Cats,” in what will be the pop singer’s biggest movie role so far, entertainment publications Variety and the Hollywood Reporter said. The 28-year-old “Look What You Made Me Do” singer will join Oscar-winning singer and actress Jennifer Hudson, talk show host James Corden and veteran British actor Ian McKellen in the movie, the publications said. Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Cats,” based on a book of poems by T.S. Eliot, was first staged in London in 1981 and has been produced around the world. ...

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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

Sonali Bendre

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

Sanju

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

Anjan Dutt

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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