Los Angeles, Apr 6 (AP/UNB) — TV anchor Lauren Sanchez, who is in a relationship with Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, filed for divorce the day after Bezos' divorce was finalized.
Sanchez and talent agent Patrick Whitesell, her husband of 14 years, both filed divorce papers Friday. They're seeking joint custody of their two kids.
The divorce of Bezos and wife MacKenzie Bezos was finalized Thursday.
The billionaire pair announced they were getting divorced in January, shortly before the National Enquirer reported that Jeff Bezos and Sanchez were having an affair.
He later accused the tabloid's publisher of threatening to publish explicit photos of him unless he stopped investigating how the Enquirer obtained his private messages with Sanchez.
Sanchez has been a news anchor and sports reporter, and hosted Fox TV's "So You Think You Can Dance."
New Delhi, Apr 5 (AP/UNB) — The planned release of a Bollywood biopic on Prime Minister Narendra Modi days before the start of Indian elections has run into trouble with a court challenge pending and the censor board yet to clear its opening in theaters.
Opposition parties are protesting that the film's release would unfairly advantage Modi's Hindu nationalist party as it seeks reelection.
The Supreme Court set a Monday hearing date for a Congress party petition demanding the movie's release be deferred until voting concludes in mid-May.
The Hindi movie couldn't be screened as planned on Friday because the censor board hasn't certified it for release.
"This is to confirm, our film 'PM Narendra Modi' is not releasing on 5th April. Will update soon," film producer Sandip Ssingh tweeted late Thursday.
Vivek Oberoi, who plays the title role, said the Congress party was trying to block the movie's release because it was scared of Modi's popularity.
Oberoi, 42, said in an interview with the New Delhi Television news channel that the screening of the movie would not violate the code of conduct for national elections.
India's autonomous Election Commission is expected to rule next week on separate complaints filed by two opposition parties protesting the launch of a NaMo (Narendra Modi) television channel named after the prime minister.
The Congress party and the Aam Admi Party said the channel was started by the BJP and it violated the code of conduct that barred political parties from starting such channels after the announcement of the election schedule.
The channel started broadcasting Modi's election campaign and a compilation of speeches highlighting his government's achievements three weeks after the voting schedule was announced by the commission on March 10.
The voting for India's elections will be staggered over seven days, beginning April 11 and concluding May 19. Counting will begin May 23.
Las Vegas, April 5 (AP/UNB) — Lionsgate's motion picture group chairman Joe Drake says the sky is not falling in Hollywood and the feature film business is not dead. It's certainly a message that the audience of movie theater owners and exhibitors wanted to hear at the final Hollywood studio presentation at CinemaCon.
The studio on Thursday announced a multi-platform deal with Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's Point Grey Pictures and a new banner for faith-based films called Kingdom. It also offered a first look at Rian Johnson's crackling Agatha Christie-style whodunit "Knives Out," with Daniel Craig, Chris Evans and Ana de Armas.
The studio brought out stars like Halle Berry, of "John Wick 3," Jamie Lee Curtis of "Knives Out" and Charlize Theron of "Long Shot" to promote its slate.
Los Angeles, Apr 4 (AP/UNB) — Celine Dion is ending her Las Vegas residency soon, but the superstar singer will keep herself busy by releasing new music and embarking on a new world tour later this year.
Dion told a packed venue Wednesday that she will kick off her Courage World Tour in Quebec City, Canada, on Sept. 18, and will make stops in more than 50 cities, including Miami, Los Angeles, Montreal, Chicago and Brooklyn. The 51-year-old Canadian singer said she is expecting to release "Courage," her 12th studio album, in November.
"It's going to be the Celine that you know," she said of the upcoming album. "Celine at 51. The Celine that you know. The Celine with producers and writers she's worked with. It's the Celine with new producers and new songwriters. ... The sound will change a little bit, and music changes. But I will always remain who I am."
Dion performed a few songs including "I'm Alive" and the "Titanic" anthem song "My Heart Will Go On" after making the announcement during a special fan event at the Theatre at Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. She started the event with a video of her hitching a ride from Vegas to Los Angeles after her truck broke down.
The Grammy-winning singer said she felt motivated recently to get back on the road and create music for the first time since the death of her husband-manager René Angélil in 2016.
Dion said she feels more "centered, balanced and spiritually connected" these days.
After more than 15 years, Dion will finish her critically acclaimed Vegas residency at Caesars Palace in June. The singer has toured since starting her Vegas show, but the Courage tour will be her first North American tour since her Taking Chances World Tour in 2009.
Dion called Vegas her second home, but she is ready to take on her new venture. She said don't expect to see her typical Vegas show on the upcoming tour.
"I was supposed to be at Caesars for a few months and sixteen years later, I'm on the road and album coming out," she said. "I cannot feel stronger than I feel here. I'm finding passion, finding my team, in control, in charge, feeling strong and healthy. I take care of myself. I'm happy."
Dhaka, Apr 3 (UNB) – A seminar titled ‘The present scenario of Bangladeshi cinema and solutions to the problems’ was held at the Bangladesh Film Development Corporation (FDC) on Wednesday.
Industries Minister Nurul Majid Mahmud Humayun was the chief guest at the event organised as part of a two-day programme on the occasion of the National Film Day.
State Minister of Cultural Affairs KM Khalid and cultural activist Suborna Mustafa, MP, attended the programme as special guests while Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) Director General Benazir Ahmed, acting Managing Director of FDC Laxman Chandra Debnath and Bangladesh Film Directors’ Association president Mushfiqur Rahman Gulzar were also present.
Speakers discussed the present problems of the film industry and their possible solutions to revive its past glory.
Both the ministers and the Rab chief assured all concerned of providing all necessary support to the film industry.
They also called for focusing on the demand of the audience.