Rio De Janeiro, July 8 (AP/UNB) — Fans from around the world honored bossa nova pioneer João Gilberto, filing past his coffin at his funeral in Rio de Janeiro on Monday.
A small string orchestra and choir performed one of Gilberto's most famous songs, "Chega de saudade" as his body was displayed in an open casket at the entry of Rio's Municipal Theater.
Dozens of friends and family joined in and sang along, including Gilberto's daughter Bebel Gilberto, also a singer, who smiled and cried while turning to hug and kiss her younger sister Luisa.
Earlier Monday morning, his wife Maria do Ceu stood alongside the body as fans passed through to say their goodbyes. Gilberto's ex-wife Claudia Faissol was also present.
Huge funeral wreaths were lined up behind Gilberto's coffin with banners that read, "To the master of masters, João Gilberto," and "All the love for our genius, João." One fan stood on the steps to the theater holding up a homemade sign that read "Go with God, João Gilberto."
"His music reminds me of my teenage years," said Graciela de la Torre, a 67-year-old fan from Argentina. "That smooth, rhythmical tone to sing, it's so beautiful. ... We used to dance with our boyfriends to this music."
Josef Fitz of German said Gilberto's art "was exciting. It was a special kind of music, a new kind of music."
Jader Cruz, a 77-year-old from Rio de Janeiro, said he's been listening to Gilberto's music since he was 16.
"He will stay alive inside us, he will not die, his music will not disappear," Cruz said. "He left a mark with that strength he had, that sweetness and love he put while playing, that is unforgettable."
Gilberto, a two-time Grammy winner, also was honored at the final of the Copa America soccer tournament held in Rio de Janeiro. Tens of thousands of fans stopped for a minute of silence for Gilberto before the game started Sunday and pop star Anitta closed her opening performance by screaming, "Light to the master, João Gilberto!"
The Latin Recording Academy said in a statement on Monday that Gilberto was "an architect of bossa nova music" and that his "innovative style and master musicianship helped turn the genre into a worldwide phenomenon."
The 88-year-old Gilberto died of natural causes in his home in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday.
Dhaka, July 8 (UNB) – Fine arts department of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy arranged a tribute seminar program on Monday afternoon in its National Art Gallery auditorium, in remembrance of three of the country’s most notable and influential artists- ‘Potua’ Quamrul Hassan, S M Sultan and Qayyum Chowdhury.
Presided by country’s renowned dramatist and BSA director-general Liaquat Ali Lucky, the programme weas attended by artist Qayyum Chowdhury’s wife Tahera Khanam Chowdhury, country’s renowned artist Hashem Khan, eminent writer and researcher Mofidul Haque , DU fine arts’ Dean artist Nissar Hossain, eminent art critic Moinuddin Khaled, artist Mostafa Jaman and artist Shaon Akand. BSA’s fine arts director Ashraful Alam Poplu was the welcome speaker at the event.
Mofidul Haque, Mostafa Jaman and Shaon Akand respectively presented and read their treatises on the lives and creative works of artists Quamrul Hassan, S M Sultan and Qayyum Chowdhury. Each presentation was followed by discussion on the presentations.
Artist Hashem Khan discussed Mofidul Haques’s presentation on ‘Potua’ Quamrul Hassan, critic Moinuddin Khaled tackled Mostafa Jaman’s essay on S M Sultan and artist Nissar Hossain discussed on Shaon Akand’s presentation on Qayyum Chowdhury.
The speakers recalled their experiences about the legendary artists and shared their viewpoints about their majestic artworks, focusing on how those have portrayed and impacted the nation through times. They also conveyed their gratitude to BSA for arranging such event.
The seminar was a part of the ongoing seminar series titled ‘Smrity, Satta, Vabisshyat’ (Memory, Existence, Future). Several departments of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) are currently arranging this series of remembrance programs, in association with the Ministry of Cultural Affairs.
Dhaka, Jul 8 (UNB) - Legendary West Bengal singer-songwriter, film director, and actor Anjan Dutt reached Dhaka on Monday to stage his play “Salesman’er Shongshar” on July 11.
The information was confirmed in a Facebook post by Sajjad Hussain, the author of Anjan Dutt biography “Anjan Jatra" and coordinator of the stage show.
He said that the popular singer had reached Dhaka by air in the afternoon with his team for a stage performance.
He also told the press that the venue of the production will be the auditorium of the Mohila Somity Mancha at Baily Road.
Two stagings of the play will be held on the same day, at 5.30pm and 8pm at the same venue.
The play “Salesman’er Shongshar,” directed by and starring Anjan Dutt, is an adaptation of Arthur Miller's famous play “Death of a Salesman.”
Anjan Dutt plays the lead role of Willy Loman in the play. It was first staged in Kolkata in January this year.
The national award winning filmmaker directed the “Byomkesh Bakshi” film franchise. As an actor, his first film was “Chalachitro” (1981), directed by Mrinal Sen, for which he won the best new actor prize at the Venice Film Festival.
The prominent figure acted in Aparna Sen's hit film, “Mr. and Mrs. Iyer.” while in 2018 he featured in Swapnasandhani's new play “Taraye Taraye,” as Vincent van Gogh, under the direction of Kaushik Sen.
One of Bengal’s most accomplished cricketers, Dutt’s filmography also includes, as director, “The Bong Connection,” “Chalo-Let's Go,” and “Ranjana Ami Ar Ashbona".
Dhaka, Jul 8 (UNB)- The premise behind writer and director Lulu Wang's wonderful film "The Farewell " might be a little hard to accept for some audiences. A family collectively decides not to tell their grandmother back that she has been diagnosed with lung cancer and has only three months to live. But wanting a chance to say goodbye, they arrange an elaborate ruse — a wedding — to get everyone together one last time.
Far-fetched? For Americans it is. But as we learn in the first frame, the film is "Based on an actual lie."
Yes, Wang has mined her own family's wild true story to create a film that, despite its hyper-specific premise and setting, is a universally relatable and heart-rending portrait of how looming death affects a family. It's not emotionally manipulative or even necessarily a tear-jerker, although it's not a bad idea to bring along tissues. "The Farewell" is a stoic and honest representation of a flawed and lovely family coming to terms with the inevitable.
Awkwafina plays the stand-in for Wang. Her character, Billi, is a 31-year-old New Yorker whose financial and career instability is starting to become more than just a temporary state of youth. She's having trouble paying the rent, her parents are reaching the point where they don't really want to help anymore, and she's just been rejected for a fellowship she was counting on. She's rudderless and drifting.
Then her parents inform her that her beloved grandmother Nai Nai (Shuzhen Zhao, who will win your heart in an instant) is dying in China. They're not going to tell Nai Nai, and instead are going to China under the pretense of her cousin getting married, even though he's only been dating his girlfriend for a few months.
Billi, who has been raised in the United States since she was 6, is appalled they'd even think of keeping the diagnosis from Nai Nai. Her mother Jian (Diana Lin) flatly explains, "There's a saying in China: When you get cancer, you die." Part of what kills you, she believes, is the fear. Later, someone asks what the point would be in ruining Nai Nai's good mood with the truth. You might even find yourself buying into the idea at points. Maybe this is a more empathetic way.
And so a plane ride later, everyone is together at Nai Nai's, cooking, eating, quarreling and planning this very real fake wedding. Her sons both left China and have lived most of their adult lives elsewhere — Haiyan (Tzi Ma), Billi's father, in America, and the other in Japan. This family reunion is a long time coming. They haven't all been together in 25 years, and it's as comforting, fraught and melancholy as a reunion should be.
Awkwafina, who made a name for herself with larger-than-life comedic performances, is quiet, understated and heartbreaking as Billi, who is grappling with the idea of impermanence while her own life stands still. She has maintained a sweet and close relationship with Nai Nai despite their physical distance. She's also the most outwardly sentimental of the bunch, so much so that her parents don't even want her to come to China to say goodbye.
The film is a heady, gentle and emotional journey, but Wang also packs the frame with layered conversation and funny background action. She makes the family dynamics feel universally familiar while also presenting an authentic portrait of China and Chinese families.
This is Wang's second feature. Her first, "Posthumous," was never released theatrically. But that fate is unlikely to befall her again after such an assured statement as "The Farewell." She is a superb writer and director and a name worth knowing.
"The Farewell," an A24 release, is rated PG by the Motion Picture Association of America for "thematic material, brief language and some smoking." Running time: 98 minutes. Four stars out of four.
New York, Jul 8 (AP/UNB) — It pays to have one of the biggest lead-ins ever.
"Spider-Man: Far From Home," the first Marvel movie after "Avengers: Endgame," swung past any franchise fatigue to dominate the July Fourth holiday weekend, raking in an estimated $185.1 million since opening Tuesday and earning $93.6 million from Friday to Sunday in North American theaters.
The opening gave Sony Pictures one of its best weeks ever. "Far From Home," which opened overseas before landing in the U.S., has grossed $580 million worldwide in 10 days of release.
It also came with an assist from Disney's Marvel Studios, which has partnered with Sony on this and its last two "Spider-Man" releases: 2017's "Spider-Man: Homecoming" and last year's animated spinoff "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse."
Though "Far From Home" fell short of the $117 million Friday to Sunday domestic opening of "Homecoming," its unconventional Tuesday opening paid off. The film's $39.3 million opening day set a record for any movie on a Tuesday.
To help whet the appetites of Marvel fans — and to approach the record $2.79 billion gross of "Avatar" — Disney re-released "Endgame" in theaters the weekend ahead of "Far From Home."
Part of the draw of the film, starring Tom Holland as Spider-Man and Jake Gyllenhaal as Mysterio, was seeing the first installment in a new chapter of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. ("Endgame" still narrowly trails "Avatar," unadjusted for inflation, with $2.77 billion.)
The strong performance of "Far From Home," which cost approximately $160 million to produce, along with the sustained interest in holdovers like "Toy Story 4," ''Yesterday," ''Annabelle Comes Home" and "Aladdin," helped the industry knock down the deficit compared with this time last year about a percentage point.
Due in part to a number of underperforming sequels including "Godzilla: King of Monsters" and "Men in Black International," the year is running 8.4% behind last year. But Marvel has been immune to the ups and downs of sequel making — it's behind the year's top two films: "Endgame" and "Captain Marvel."
Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for Comscore, thinks "Far From Home" may have turned the tide.
"This movie was exactly the shot in the arm the summer needed, emotionally and spiritually if not financially," said Dergarabedian, who noted the weekend overall was roughly equal to the same timeframe last year. "The whole notion of franchise fatigue, while true in some cases, is not in all. When movies aren't great, that's when people get fatigued."
Perhaps just as cheering for the industry is how well a number of films are holding.
After two weeks atop the box office, "Toy Story 4" slid a modest 43% to second place, with $34.3 million. It has now taken in $650 million globally. Universal Pictures' Beatles-themed romantic comedy "Yesterday" dropped only 37 percent in its second weekend, with $10.8 million.
The Warner Bros. "Conjuring" spinoff sequel "Annabelle Comes Home" snagged $10.8 million in its second weekend. And Disney's "Aladdin," with $7.6 million in its seventh week of release, has accumulated $921.7 million worldwide.
Just behind those films was Ari Aster's sun-dappled horror tale "Midsommar," starring Florence Pugh, drawing $6.6 million over the weekend and $10.9 million since opening Wednesday. The debut was well shy of the $13.6 million opening of Aster's first-feature sensation "Hereditary," starring Toni Collette, which became A24's highest grossing film, with $79.3 million worldwide.
A24 nevertheless hailed the results for "Midsommar," saying "it firmly cements Aster as one of the most exciting new directors to come around in a long while."
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Comscore. Where available, the latest international numbers for Friday through Sunday are also included.
1. "Spider-Man: Far From Home," $93.6 million ($238 million international).
2. "Toy Story 4," $34.3 million ($43.1 million international).
3. "Yesterday," $10.8 million ($7.9 million international).
4. "Annabelle Comes Home," $10.8 million ($20.4 million international).
5. "Aladdin," $7.6 million ($16.2 million international).
6. "Midsommar," $6.6 million ($761,000 international).
7. "The Secret Life of Pets 2," $4.8 million ($22.4 million international).
8. "Men in Black International," $3.6 million ($3.7 million international).
9. "Avengers: Endgame," $3.1 million ($1.3 million international).
10. "Rocketman," $2.8 million ($1.5 million international)
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at international theaters (excluding the U.S. and Canada), according to Comscore.
1. "Spider-Man: Far From Home," $238 million.
2. "The White Storm 2: Drug Lords," $59.7 million.
3. "Toy Story 4," $43.1 million.
4. "The Secret Life of Pets 2," $22.4 million
5. "Annabelle Comes Home," $20.4 million.
6. "Aladdin," $16.2 million.
7. "Yesterday," $7.9 million.
8. "Spirited Away," $4.1 million.
9. "Men in Black International," $3.7 million.
10. "Pig Man: Happy Pig Year," $3.1 million.