Dhaka, Sept 13 (UNB) - James Cameron says the amazing box office performance of Avengers: Endgame gives him hope about the future of cinema as it proves that people are still interested in going to theatres to watch movies.
The superhero film became the world’s highest grossing movie by earning USD 2.796 billion at the box office, breaking the long standing record set by Cameron’s films Titanic and Avatar.
“It gives me a lot of hope. Avengers: Endgame is demonstrable proof that people will still go to movie theaters. The thing that scared me most about making Avatar 2 and Avatar 3 was that the market might have shifted so much that it simply was no longer possible to get people that excited about going and sitting in a dark room with a bunch of strangers to watch something,” Cameron told the Deadline.
Cameron is hopeful that if Endgame could earn record-breaking money at the box office, his long-delayed Avatar sequels could to do the same.
“Will Avatar 2 and 3 be able to create that kind of success in the zeitgeist? Who knows. We’re trying. Maybe we do, maybe we don’t, but the point is, it’s still possible. I’m happy to see it, as opposed to an alternate scenario where, with the rapid availability (of) custom-designed experience(s) that everybody can create for themselves with streaming services and all the different platforms, that might not have existed anymore,” he said.
Avatar released in 2009 at the beginning of the 3D technology and became a box office sensation thanks to its visuals. But the major concern for the director, known for his trademark big budget spectacles, would be the delay in the first Avatar and its sequels.
The second Avatar film will be released by Disney on December 17, 2021, with Avatar 3 arriving on December 22, 2023. There are other sequels in the pipeline provided these two movies work at the box office.
London, Sep 12, (AP/UNB) — Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has made a substantial donation for research into the treatment of multiple sclerosis at a center named after her late mother.
The 15.3 million-pound ($18.8 million) donation announced Thursday will be used for new facilities at a research center based at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. The author's mother suffered from the disease and died at the age of 45.
The new gift follows a major donation Rowling made in 2010 that started the Anne Rowling clinic at the university.
Rowling said she is encouraged by advances being made and proud that the clinic is not only doing important research but has also provided "practical, on the ground support and care for people with MS."
The Harry Potter books have been a global sensation.
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."