Rabeya, Sadat receive Exim Bank-Anyadin Humayun Ahmed Literary Award
Dhaka, Nov 12 (UNB) - The 71st birth anniversary of legendary writer, author, dramatist, screenwriter, playwright and filmmaker Humayun Ahmed will be celebrated on Wednesday.
Humayun Ahmed (November 13, 1948 – July 19, 2012) who was often regarded as the best writer in Bengali literature after Rabindranath Tagore and Kazi Nazrul Islam got his major breakthrough with debut novel Nondito Noroke published in 1972.
He wrote over 200 fiction and non-fiction books, all of which were bestsellers in Bangladesh and are still popular among his readers. His books were the top sellers at the Ekushey Book Fair during the 1990s and 2000s.
For his majestic writing, he won many prestigious awards, including country’s highest honor Ekushey Padak (1994) award, and Bangla Academy Literary Award (1981), for his contribution to Bengali literature.
As a prolific filmmaker, he went on to make a total of eight films - each based on his own novels and won seven Bangladesh National Film Awards in different categories for the films Daruchini Dwip, Aguner Poroshmoni and Ghetuputra Komola.
Often credited with revitalising Bengali literature, Humayun Ahmed is best known for his ‘magic-realism’ based writing.
Family members and different cultural organisations along with TV channels, radio stations and print media have chalked out various programmes to celebrate the birthday of the prominent figure of Bengali literature.
A solo book fair featuring books of Humayun Ahmed will be inaugurated at Public Library on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, the Exim Bank-Anyadin Humayun Ahmed Literary Award was distributed among the recipients at Bangla Academy’s Abdul Karim Shattya Bisharad Auditorium on Tuesday.
Prominent writer Rabeya Khatun and emerging writer Sadat Hossain won this year’s award.
Presided by National Professor Anisuzzaman, the programme was attended by Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen as the chief guest. Actor and former Minister of Cultural Affairs Asaduzzaman Noor, Humayun Ahmed’s brother Muhammed Zafar Iqbal and wife and actress Meher Afroz Shaon spoke on the occasion.
"The Simpsons," ''Cinderella" and several movies from the Star Wars and Marvel universes will share a streaming home Tuesday as Disney Plus debuts.
Subscribers will initially get more than 500 movies and 7,500 TV episodes. That's expected to grow to 620 movies and 10,000 episodes in five years, as existing deals with rival streaming services expire.
The service will cost $7 a month, or $70 for the year if paid up front. Four people can stream simultaneously on a single subscription. Disney Plus is also offering downloads for offline viewing on up to 10 devices.
Here's a look at what will be available at launch:
"The Mandalorian" Star Wars series, about a bounty hunter from the same planet as Boba Fett. First episode on Tuesday, with a new episode every Friday.
"High School Musical: The Musical: The Series," a mockumentary about a high school musical, with episodes airing weekly.
Live-action version of the Disney animated classic "Lady and the Tramp."
"Noelle," a holiday movie starring Anna Kendrick and Bill Hader.
Documentary series "Encore!" reuniting high school musical casts to perform their shows again, featuring Kristen Bell.
Documentary series about Disney called "The Imagineering Story."
"The World According to Jeff Goldblum," in which the actor tackles different topics like sneakers and tattoos.
"Marvel's Hero Project" a nonfiction series about kids who perform community service.
Pixar animated short film series "Forky Asks a Question," about a character from "Toy Story 4," and SparkShorts, Pixar's animated short film program.
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Disney's movie classics such as "Cinderella," ''Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," ''Pinocchio," ''Swiss Family Robinson" and "Fantasia."
The majority of the 21 Pixar movies will be on the service. Disney Plus won't launch with a few, including "Coco," and "Toy Story 4," but all of them should be available within the first year.
Past 30 seasons of "The Simpsons."
Two X-Men movies, "X-Men: Evolution" and "Wolverine and the X-Men."
Other Fox movies such as "Avatar," ''Home Alone" and "Miracle on 34th Street."
Eight movies initially: "Avengers: Endgame," ''Avengers: Age of Ultron," ''Iron Man," ''Iron Man 3," ''Captain Marvel," ''Thor: The Dark World," ''Guardians of the Galaxy" and "Ant-Man"
The first two trilogies: "The Phantom Menace," ''Attack of the Clones," ''Revenge of the Sith," ''A New Hope," ''The Empire Strikes Back," ''Return of the Jedi."
Two newer entrants: "The Force Awakens" and "Rogue One."
The full library including shows such as "Wild Yellowstone," ''Kingdom of the White Wolf" and "Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted."
Some movies and shows will await expiration of existing streaming deals with rivals. The Pixar cartoon "Coco," the live-action "Beauty and the Beast" and the Star Wars movies "The Last Jedi" and "Solo" fall in this category.
Others like "Maleficent: Mistress of Evil" and "The Lion King" remake haven't been released for streaming yet. "Maleficent" is still in theaters.
Other original TV shows like Marvel's "Loki" are still in the works.
Veteran singer Lata Mangeshkar has been hospitalised after she complained of difficulty in breathing in the early hours of Monday.
Legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar complained of difficulty in breathing in the early hours of Monday, November 11, 2019, following which she was rushed to Breach Candy Hospital, in South Mumbai. Earlier reports suggested that the singer is critical and has been admitted in the ICU. The authorities of Breach Candy say that she is under observation and her condition is currently stable, reports INDIA TODAY.
Reports further claimed that Lata Mangeshkar was brought in around 2 am on Monday after she complained of chest congestion. "She was brought to the hospital at about 2 am. She is critical and in ICU," a hospital insider told PTI.
Speaking to India Today Television, Lata Mangeshkar's niece Rachana, while asking to respect the family's need for privacy, said that the singer was admitted due to chest infection, and is on the road to recovery. Mangeshkar is responding well to the medication, and they are hoping to take her home in a couple of days. Rachana said, "We have admitted Lata Ji to keep her comfortable and she is better than last night. In a matter of 3-4 days, she will be absolutely fine. Her condition is stable, and on the path to recovery."
A hospital representative also told India Today Television, "She was down with a little bit of chest viral infection. She is fine. She is definitely better since last night. And she will be absolutely fine in a matter of 3-4 days."
It was only yesterday that the veteran singer tweeted about Padmini Kolhapure's comeback to the big screen with Arjun Kapoor, Sanjay Dutt and Kriti Sanon's Panipat. She wrote, Namaskar. Meri bhaanji Padmini Kolhapure ek bahut acchi kalakar hai aur ab woh Panipat is film mein Gopika bai ka kirdaar nibha rahi hai. Main Padmini ko aashirwad deti hun aur Ashutosh aur unki team ko shubhkaamanayein deti hun.":
Lata Mangeshkar celebrated her 90th birthday on September 28. The whole of B-Town came out to wish the Nightingale of India on her special day. She was even conferred with the title of Daughter of the Nation, as a tribute to her contribution to Indian film music over seven decades.
Lata Mangeshkar, a recipient of the Bharat Ratna, Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Dadasaheb Phalke Awards, is an icon of Indian cinema, having sung playback for an extensive list of Hindi films. Mangeshkar, who belongs to a prominent musical family, has also composed music as well as produced a handful of films.
"Better Days," a Chinese film that puts the spotlight on school bullying, continued to lead the Chinese mainland box office Sunday, according to the China Movie Data Information Network Monday.
The film generated nearly 37.82 million yuan (about 5.4 million U.S. dollars) in the market on its 17th day of screening, bringing its total Chinese mainland box office to nearly 1.39 billion yuan.
It was followed by "Midway," an American war film centering on the 1942 Battle of Midway between the American fleet and the Imperial Japanese Navy, which marked a pivotal turning point in the Pacific Theater during World War II. It grossed 33.56 million yuan on Sunday.
Domestic drama film "My Dear Liar" took the third place with a daily box office revenue of about 26.83 million yuan on its third day of screening.
Chrissy Teigen said she felt honored to receive an award at the Baby2Baby Gala, but her acceptance speech wasn't all about her achievement: "No kid should go hungry. No kid should not go without the basics in their home."
Teigen — a model, television host and cookbook author — accepted the Giving Tree Award on Saturday night in Culver City, California. Her husband, singer John Legend, presented her with the award symbolizing her commitment to children in need.
"I feel honored to be honored," Teigen said.
Legend praised Teigen for being an advocate for children through Baby2Baby. The nonprofit organization looks for high-profile celebs to highlight their mission of helping provide basic necessities to children living in poverty.
Ellen DeGeneres, Kenan Thompson and Andy Cohen congratulated Teigen in a video message.
Teigen said she and Legend have tried to instill the importance of giving to the less fortunate in their young children, Luna and Miles.
"Luna is no stranger to packing up all of her toys and sending them off, and knowing that people are going to open them and love them more and be so excited by them," she said.
Saturday's event celebrated the organization and raised funds for children living in poverty. Attendees included singer Katy Perry and former basketball player Kobe Bryant, among the celebrities who donated thousands of dollars toward the cause. Actresses Gwyneth Paltrow and Jennifer Garner also attended.
Actress Nicole Richie and comedian Ali Wong encouraged attendees to "whip out" their phones to donate to the charity through an electronic system.
"Let's make it rain," Wong told the crowd, before yelling "Slam dunk!" to announce Kobe and Vanessa Bryant's $50,000 donation.
For nearly a decade, Baby2Baby has distributed more than 70 million items to children in homeless shelters, domestic violence programs and foster care, as well as to other children who have lost everything in the wake of disaster.
Paula Abdul closed the event by performing a few of her popular songs including "Cold Hearted" and "Opposites Attract."
Past honorees include Garner, Paltrow, Drew Barrymore, Kate Hudson, Kerry Washington and Jessica Alba.
At the start of the event, a video highlighted the ongoing homeless problem in Los Angeles. It featured a single mother and her two young daughters living in an old mobile home.
"In Los Angeles, you can be living good," Teigen said. "But then five miles away, it's a different story. People in those areas need help."