Los Angeles, Jun 13 (AP/UNB) — A Los Angeles judge is set to consider Thursday whether to extend a temporary restraining order taken out in the name of Britney Spears against her former manager.
The hearing on the restraining order against Sam Lutfi is a resumption of one that began on May 28, with lawyers for Spears intending to show that tweets and texts from Lutfi to Spears and her family are doing her emotional damage.
When the last hearing ended, Spears' father Jamie Spears, who runs her affairs through a court-ordered conservatorship, was testifying, and is scheduled to resume on Thursday.
Judge Brenda Penny, who can give a lengthy extension to the restraining order she granted on May 8, has closed the hearing to media and the rest of the public. Britney Spears is not expected to appear.
Lutfi and his lawyer argue that the order, which prohibits him from making disparaging statements about Spears or her family, is a violation of his constitutional rights.
"There has been no psychological or other evidence offered by Ms. Spears that she has actually suffered any distress," Lutfi argued in court documents.
It's the second time the Spears family has taken out a restraining order against Lutfi. He alleges that he has not contacted Britney Spears directly since the last one was taken out in 2009.
That came shortly after Lutfi was a constant confidante and adviser to her, a phase where she also went through a series of very public mental struggles.
Dhaka, Jun 12 (UNB) – The 2nd Bangladesh Film Festival organised by the Embassy of Bangladesh was started at the Yongsan Art Hall of Seoul on Tuesday.
Chairman, Korea-Bangladesh Parliamentary Friendship Group Kim Kisun, MP and Mayor of Yongsan County Jang-Hyun Sung were Guests of Honour on the occasion. Besides, Ambassadors, diplomats from different embassies, Korean dignitaries, Korean nationals and expatriate Bangladeshis attended the event.
Welcoming the guests at the event, Ambassador Abida Islam said that these films selected for the Festival, depict the culture and social fabric of contemporary Bangladesh, said a press release. She also acknowledged the support and contribution of Eminent Film Director Morshedul Islam in organising the film festival who could not join the Festival due to his sudden illness.
On behalf of 300,000 residents, Mayor of Yongsan County Jang-Hyun Sung congratulated the Embassy for the opening of the 2nd Bangladesh Film Festival, said a press release.
He highlighted the striking similarity between Bangladesh and Korea in terms of defending their own language which is a common ground in their respective histories of independence. He also observed similar passion between the two nations while observing the Mother Language Day (21st February) by the Bangladeshis and celebrating the language and writing system on Hangul Day (October 9th) by the Koreans.
The Chairman, Korea-Bangladesh Parliamentary Friendship Group Kim Kisun, MP stated that this Festival will immensely contribute in strengthening the existing friendly relations between the countries.
Following the speeches, the Festival then opened in a grand manner by cutting of ribbons where the President of Korean Culture Association (KCA) and Secretary General of Korean National Commission for UNESCO (KNCU) were also present on the stage along with the officers of the Embassy.
After the inauguration, the sensational Bangladeshi film Debi (The Goddess) was screened as the opening film followed by the acclaimed film ‘Akhi and Her Friends’ directed by Morshedul Islam. Two more acclaimed films ‘Sincerely Yours, Dhaka’ directed by eleven young directors and ‘Under Construction’ directed by Rubaiyat Hossain will also be screened during the remaining days of the Festival.
For making the Korean people more familiar with Bangladeshi products, some handicraft items were also displayed at the entrance of the theatre hall. For the better understanding of the Korean audience, Korean subtitles have been added with all the films with the assistance of the Korean Culture Association. Korean movie goers along with the expatriate Bangladesh community are anticipated to enjoy this festival.
Los Angeles, Jun 12 (AP/UNB) — The Oscars will be headed back to late February after next year's show.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences says Tuesday that the 93rd and 94th ceremonies will be held on Feb. 28, 2021 and Feb. 27, 2022 respectively.
The 2020 show was moved up significantly on the calendar to Feb. 9, drastically truncating the awards season calendar.
But the organization that puts on the show says that the following two shows will remain on the last Sunday of February to account for events like the 2022 Olympics, the Super Bowl and national holidays.
The Oscars have in recent years faced declining viewership, but this year saw an uptick with a hostless show. They will air live on ABC at 8 p.m. Eastern.
Dhaka, Jun 11 (UNB) - Megastar Amitabh Bachchan's Twitter account was allegedly hacked on Monday night by Ayyildiz Tim, which claimed to be a Turkish hacker group, reports NDtv.
The group replaced Bachchan's profile picture with a photo of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan and also changed the bio, adding "Love Pakistan" and an emoji of the Turkish flag.
A spokesperson for Mumbai Police told PTI that they have informed the cyber unit and the matter is being investigated. The cover photo of Bachchan's account, which was subsequently deleted, showed the promo picture of the group with an eagle in flight.
"This is an important call to the whole world! We do condemn the irrespective behaviours of Iceland republic towards Turkish footballers. We speak softly but carry a big stick and inform you about the big Cyber attack here. As Ayyildiz Tim Turkish Cyber Army," read the first tweet after the cyber -attack, which occurred around 11.40pm on Monday. Minutes later another tweet followed on Muslims in India. The group also tweeted the link of its 'official' Instagram page, though unverified, writing "We are waiting for your support."
"We have informed our cyber unit and Maharashtra Cyber about *hacked* Twitter account of @SrBachchan. They are investigating the matter. Further updates awaited," the Mumbai Police spokesperson told PTI. The same group had previously hacked Twitter accounts of actors Shahid Kapoor and Anupam Kher among others. The Twitter account seemed to have been restored within half-an-hour.
Wellington, Jun 11 (AP/UNB) — The Pacific nation of Samoa has banned the Elton John biopic "Rocketman" because of its depictions of homosexuality.
About 97% of people in Samoa identify as Christian, and the society is generally considered conservative and traditional. Under Samoa's 2013 Crimes Act, sodomy is deemed an offense that is punishable by up to seven years in prison, even if both parties consent.
Samoa's principal censor Leiataua Niuapu Faaui told the Samoa Observer on Tuesday that the homosexual activity depicted on screen violated laws and didn't sit well with the country's cultural and Christian beliefs.
The censor did concede to the newspaper that "It's a good story, in that it's about an individual trying to move on in life."
Apollo Cinemas Samoa wrote on Facebook that "due to censoring issues we have had to cancel Rocketman."
The movie examines John's sexuality and relationship with then-manager John Reid. It stars Taron Egerton who does his own singing as John in the musical fantasy that aims to capture the essence of the musician's life.
A Russian distributor censored scenes from "Rocketman" that featured gay sex and drug use, and John wrote in a joint statement with the filmmakers that it was a "sad reflection of the divided world we still live in and how it can still be so cruelly unaccepting of the love between two people."
Russian gay rights activists and prominent figures denounced the move. Although homosexuality is not criminalized in Russia, animosity toward gay people remains strong.
Samoa, which is home to about 200,000 people, also banned the 2008 movie "Milk," in which actor Sean Penn portrayed American gay activist Harvey Milk.
Since opening 10 days ago, Rocketman has taken in about $101 million at theaters around the world.