Dhaka, Sep 12 (UNB) - Hrithik Roshan and Salman Khan foundthemselves plonked on the trends list for reasons more than one. To begin with, let's consider Hrithik Roshan's interview to mid-day, in which he revealed something interesting about his debut film Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai.
Did you know Hrithik trained with one of the Bollywood Khans ahead of his Bollywood entry in 2000? Talking about his fitness journey, Hrithik told mid-day: "I would consider (the phase) before my debut film Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai a turning point when it comes to fitness, reports NDTV.
When I was selected for it, I trained diligently with Salman Khan and haven't looked back. Dance has been my passion since I was a kid, and that is primarily what I would do to stay fit (back then)."
Last year, Bobby Deol spoke at length about how Salman Khan motivated him to return to films. As Bobby Deol's chiselled physique for Race 3 became talk of the town, the actor revealed that he trained with Salman's trainer Rakesh Udiyar to get back in shape.
Salman Khan also supervised newcomer Zaheer Iqbal's training session before launching him in Bollywood. Salman has also introduced newbies in Bollywood, including star kids such as Athiya Shetty, Sooraj Pancholi and Pranutan.
In another news, Mumbai Mirror reports that Hrithik will reportedly replace Salman Khan in Inshallah. Contrasting reports suggest that Ranveer Singh is in consideration for the role.
Speculation about Salman's replacement began after a source told Times Of India that Sanjay Leela Bhansali will make Inshallah but minus Salman Khan. While there's never been no official confirmation that Inshallah has been shelved, rumours were rife that Mr Bhansali cancelled the film after Salman suggested changes in the script.
Dhaka, Sept 11 (UNB) – The Asian Pacific Resource and Research Centre for Women, or Arrow, a regional NGO with a feminist focus, is hosting this year’s Asia Regional Youth Festival under the theme ‘Building the Next Generation Movement for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)’ from Wednesday in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
With the vision towards empowering young people in Asia to hold governments accountable to international human rights commitments, the festival is scheduled to be joined by youth advocates and activists from eight countries, including four participants from Bangladesh.
The other participants are from India, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Malaysia, and Myanmar.
The three-day festival from September 11-September 13 is scheduled to be officially inaugurated by Malaysian Deputy Minister of Women Hannah Yeoh Tseow Suan on the second of those three days, that is Thursday, September 12. Malayasian Deputy Minister of Education Teo Nie Ching, and Sivananthi Thanenthiran, Executive Director of Arrow.
Initiated by Kuala Lumpur-based Arrow, which has consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (UN Ecosoc) of the United Nations, the festival will have trainings, workshops, group discussions and leadership training. It will also provide creative spaces for young people to express their ideas on SRHR (sexual and reproductive health and rights) through art exhibitions, poetry slams and music.
Toronto, Sept 11 (AP/UNB) —It looks like a flashy, glamorous movie about strippers — all sparkle and skin and high-heels. And it is that. But the fleshy, dazzling surface of "Hustlers," written and directed by Lorene Scafaria, cloaks an empowering feminist tale about a sisterhood of women who turn the tables on a male-controlled industry.
"People go into the movie expecting something because stripper is a word that has so many connotations and preconceived notions," says Scafaria. "That's the hustle. Hopefully we're subverting expectations but subverting them in a way that has some nuance to it."
"Hustlers," opening in theaters this week following its well-received premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, stars Jennifer Lopez as Ramona, a veteran stripper in New York who takes a young dancer (Constance Wu) under her wing. Ramona organizes a scam to drug Wall Street guys and max out their credit cards. It's loosely based on a true story, chronicled in a 2015 New York magazine article, and set in the years after the 2008 financial crisis — when far greater, white-collar swindles went largely unprosecuted.
The transactional world of strip clubs — so commonly depicted from a male viewpoint in movies — has seldom been viewed through a female gaze like it is in "Hustlers." It's a microcosm, Lopez says, of America.
"It's all a strip club," says Lopez. "You have people tossing the money and people doing the dance.
"This film says something about the inequality that we've been yelling and screaming about for a while now and kind of making some headway," she adds. "And I hate saying that so broadly because I love men and there are so many great, supportive beautiful men in the world. But there is this thing that exists that we can't deny."
"Hustlers" might be Lopez's most radiant and regal screen performance, too, since Steven Soderbergh's 1998 film "Out of Sight." As Ramona, she's the matriarchal ringleader of an improvised family of strippers-turned-hustlers. (Cardi B makes her big-screen debut, alongside a cast including Lili Reinhart and Keke Palmer.)
Lopez is, like Ramona, an entrepreneur from the Bronx. She instantly identified with the role, even if the stripping scenes gave her pause.
"It was scary. I saw the script and it wasn't like boobs everywhere. That wasn't (Scafaria's) thing," says Lopez. "But I also knew I was playing a stripper and I'm a mom and what does that all mean? But I felt good about how Lorene wanted to tell the story and that it was something I could be proud of it."
Scafaria, the 41-year-old writer of "Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist," observed how much training Lopez put into the part. As experienced a dancer as she is, pole-dancing was something else entirely. Lopez' resplendent entrance in the movie is a stage dance set to Fiona Apple's "Criminal" while being showered with bills.
"It was like acrobatics. I had to start lifting more weights. I had to change my body," says Lopez. "I told her, 'I have to change my body if I do this.'"
"And I was like, 'Please don't. I don't know what we're talking about,'" retorts Scafaria, laughing.
In just the past two years, Lopez has released new Spanish-language tracks, launched a cosmetic line, got engaged to former baseball player Alex Rodriguez and recently concluded a 38-concert tour. Time Magazine has ranked her among the 100 most influential people in the world. "Second Act," released in 2018, proved movie audiences still love her. It grossed $72.2 million worldwide. She's also a producer on "Hustlers."
"People think 'Oh, she's not a serious recording artist.' Or, 'she's not really a serious actress,' or 'She's not really a serious entrepreneur.' No, I'm very serious about all of them. That's why I've spent most of my life doing as many of those things as possible," says Lopez. "Because I do all those things, I don't get the credit at times — which is fine, I don't care. I love what I do. I have the most amazing life. I feel good about my life. I feel good about where I am.
"But I've had to kind of give myself that pat on my back: 'You're doing good,'" she says. "Once I started doing that, my whole life changed."
"Hustlers," however, already has a lot of people heaping praise on Lopez. Scafaria says the part of Ramona "fits her like a glove — even if it's not a glove she's tried on in the same way."
The performance has catapulted Lopez into the awards conversation this fall. "Hustlers" may be about a broken value system, but it's brought renewed appreciation for Lopez as an actor. Lopez, who turned 50 in July, says an Oscar would be "a tremendous moment in my life.
"You dedicate your whole life to doing what you love, and you do it because you love it. But it's also nice when somebody says, 'Hey, we think you do it great,'" says Lopez. "I don't even want to think about it. I usually get tears in my eyes."
New York, Sep 10 (AP/UNB) — There was a huge choir that veered from stirring, soaring gospel, then spit verses from Cardi B and sang lines from Queen Latifah's "U.N.I.T.Y."; a spoken word artist who reminded the audience that rock 'n' roll was born because of a black, queer woman ; and a stunning collection of clothes that ran the gamut from casual chic to red carpet gowns, all modeled by black or brown faces.
"Sister," Pyer Moss' latest production for New York Fashion Week, was a brilliant, irreverent and joyous celebration of black culture, specifically black women — a show where even the colorful, eye-catching garments proved to be just part of the story its designer, Kerby Jean-Raymond, masterfully weaved together on Sunday night.
"The whole thing is really to recognize our worth, and us as black people, what we've contributed to what pop society is in America," Jean-Raymond told The Associated Press after his show ended a little before midnight. "What I aim to do is to make disenfranchised people, black people, with this series and minorities and women, know and understand how important they are to this thing called America right now."
The first sign that the Pyer Moss was going to be something out of the ordinary was its location: Miles from Manhattan, the upstart fashion house held court on Flatbush Avenue, at the Kings Theatre, a venue sitting in one of the more culturally rich black neighborhoods in Brooklyn, New York.
Once inside the ornate and refurbished venue, a runway was fashioned in front of the stage, and in between stood a piano — another hint that clothes would be merely part of the story Jean-Raymond planned to tell.
What followed was a production that borrowed from black music, the black church and other aspects of the culture to pay loving tribute to what African Americans have achieved. Before the show began, spoken word artist Casey Gerald noted the grim anniversary currently being marked worldwide — 400 years since the first enslaved Africans arrived in the United States.
But instead of sorrow, Gerald emphasized freedom and noted "we have come here to say we ain't gonna grieve no more . we have come tonight to say you can't hurt us no more."
With that, The Pyer Moss Tabernacle Drip Choir Drenched in the Blood took to the stage and began to sing. Dressed in formal black against a white backdrop, it was the perfect complement to the designs that would grace the runway. Looks included a flowing white tunic with red trim and matching white pants; a brilliant yellow-gold gown with long, billowing sleeves, a skirt that flared at the bottom and a cut-out back; matching men's and women's leather outfits that recalled cowboy chic; and brilliant artwork emblazoned on casual outfits ("Stranger Things" star Caleb McLaughlin was one of the models, and wore one of the outfits from the new Reebok by Pyer Moss collection).
As captivating as the clothes were, they were hard to compete with the choir, which started slow and majestic, with a gospel song, then morphed to deliver snippets of popular works of contemporary black singers, from Anita Baker to Whitney Houston to Missy Elliott: the audience roared as the choir began to rap Elliott's "The Rain," and cheered when it later segued to Cardi B's "Money," and erupted as it went into Adina Howard's "Freak Like Me."
Jean-Raymond beamed about his choir afterward, and noted that he had wanted to have more than 100 members, but "the stage structure couldn't hold all of our swag."
Jean-Raymond said he chose the songs to pay tribute to the contributions of black women in culture, specifically music. He noted the often overlooked Sister Rosetta Tharpe, who is considered by many to be the rightful creator of rock 'n' roll.
"And I feel like black women are often erased from things, and I wanted to do this specifically for black women," he said.
It may have been specifically for black women, but the entire audience — which included celebrities ranging from Fantasia to former NBA star Chris Bosh, former NFL star Victor Cruz and actress girlfriend Karrueche Tran, and singer Normani — erupted in applause as it was ending.
In the end, it was far more than a fashion show, which is what Jean-Raymond — who declared fashion shows boring and elitist — hoped to achieve.
"I look at this as an art project, and I think the success of it is bringing people closer to me than trying to assimilate into whatever else people are doing," he said.
Dhaka, Sept 9 (UNB) - Kristen Stewart has given her seal of approval regarding the casting of Robert Pattinson as Batman. Stewart, who is promoting her movie Seberg at the Toronto International Film Festival, spoke to Variety about her former co-star getting the prestigious role, reports The Indian Express.
She said, “I feel like he’s the only guy that could play that part. I’m so happy for him. It’s crazy. I’m very, very happy about that. I heard that and I was like, ‘Oh man!’ It’s awesome.”
Stewart starred opposite Pattinson in The Twilight Saga film series. The duo also dated each other from 2009 to 2013.
Stewart added that Pattinson has the “perfect cheekbones” to play the role of iconic DC superhero.
Pattinson won the role in an audition earlier this year, beating competitor Nicholas Hoult. Reeves wanted a younger actor for the role after Ben Affleck quit as the Dark Knight in the DC Extended Universe after the disastrous box office performance of Justice League in 2017.
Reeves’ Batman is not confirmed to be related to the DCEU or any other DC film franchises yet. It will be an origin story and will focus on Batman’s detective skills.
Apart from Seberg, Stewart has action comedy Charlie’s Angels and science fiction horror film Underwater in her kitty. Charlie’s Angels will release on November 15 and Underwater will release on January 10, 2020.