Dhaka, Jan 10 (UNB) - The nine-day 17th Dhaka International Film Festival (DIFF) began here on Thursday with the theme ‘Better Film, Better Audience and Better Society’.
Rainbow Film Society, which has been dedicated to the promotion of a healthy cine culture in Bangladesh and in celebrating the global mainstream in film and its social relevance since 1977, organised the festival.
Immediate past Finance Minister AMA Muhith was the chief guest at the inaugural ceremony held at the main auditorium of the National Museum.
State Minister for Foreign Affairs and chief patron of the DIFF Shahriar Alam presided over the session while festival director Ahmed Muztaba Zamal and Festival Executive Committee member M Hamid were also present on the occasion.
At the 17th DIFF, which will end on January 18, some 220 films from around 72 countries will be screened, say organisers.
The film screenings will be held at the Alliance Francaise de Dhaka, Blockbuster Cinemas at Jamuna Future Park, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Central Public Library Auditorium and National Museum Auditorium.
There are competitions named “Asian Cinema Section”, “Retrospective”, “Bangladesh Panorama Section”, “Cinema of the World Section”, “Children Films Section”, “Women Filmmakers Section”, “Short and Independent Films Section” and “Spiritual Films Section”.
Like previous years, Rainbow Film Society is also arranging a two-day ‘Fifth Dhaka International Conference on Women in Cinema 2019’ from Friday where woman filmmakers, actors and personalities from all over the world will take part.
Alongside, a two-day long International Film Critics Federation (FIPRESCI) Asian region conference will be held as part of 17th DIFF on January 13-14.
The aim of the conference is to motivate and introduce the Asian FIPRESCI members, who are less prioritised and are not getting the privileges properly.
Another very important segment that the 2019 DIFF is arranging in continuation of all the previous festivals is the Children’s Film Section.
Around 10 fiction films will be screened in this segment. These screenings are ideal family outings and will be open to all children and adults.
One film will be selected by audience vote for the Best Juvenile Film Audience Award. The award will be in the form of a certificate and a crest.
Alongside, a day-long programme ‘WEST MEETS EAST’ will be held at the Dhaka International Film Festival on January 14 at the Dhaka Club Samson Lounge.
An international film critic, a prominent festival official, a leading academic and an experienced producer will participate in the segment.
New York (AP/UNB) — "No," was his response when asked Wednesday on ABC's "Good Morning America." Hart says it's too late to prepare.
Hart added it's "hard to predict what can happen." But he doesn't want "people to think there's a thing about me and the Academy."
The motion picture academy has not named a replacement host for its Feb. 24 awards show since Hart backed away days after being named host last month when some anti-gay tweets he posted a decade ago resurfaced.
Earlier this week on his Sirius XM show "Straight from the Hart" program, he again apologized to the LGBTQ community.
He told "GMA" he's not giving any more explanations. Hart says, "I'm just done."
Los Angeles, Jan 9 (AP/UNB) — Mattel and Warner Bros. Pictures announced Tuesday that Robbie will star as the iconic doll in the franchise's first-ever live-action film. The 28-year-old "I, Tonya" actress will also co-produce the film under her LuckyChap Entertainment banner.
The Barbie film is the first announced deal to come out of toymaker's newly-established Mattel Films. The Barbie doll debuted at a New York toy fair in 1959.
Robbie said in a statement that she believes the film will have a "tremendously positive impact on children and audiences worldwide." The Oscar-nominated actress has also starred in "Mary Queen of Scots," and "Suicide Squad."
The film's title and release date have not been revealed.
Los Angzeles , Jan 8 (AP/UNB) — The scripts for "Black Panther" and "A Star Is Born" are among the five films that have been selected to compete for best adapted screenplay at the Writers Guild of America Awards. The two blockbusters will compete against "BlacKkKlansman," ''Can You Ever Forgive Me?" and "If Beale Street Could Talk."
The writers guild also on Monday announced its nominees for best original screenplay, including Bo Burnham for "Eighth Grade," Alfonso Cuaron for "Roma," Adam McKay for "Vice," as well as the scripts for "A Quiet Place," co-written by John Krasinski, and "Green Book."
Documentary scripts nominated include Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 11/9" and Lauren Greenfield's "Generation Wealth."
Winners will be announced at concurrent ceremonies in New York and Los Angeles on February 17.
New York, Jan 7 (AP/UNB) — Lady Gaga won for the song "Shallow" from "A Star Is Born," ''The Americans" won best drama series for its sixth and final season and co-host Sandra Oh spoke passionately about "faces of change" at a Golden Globes that shrugged off the seriousness of last year's black-draped ceremony for a more lighthearted show.
Oh and Andy Samberg opened the 76th Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, on a note of congeniality, including a mock roast of attendees and a string of jokes that playfully commented on critiques of Hollywood. Oh performed an impression of a sexist caveman film executive who casts like the title of Damien Chazelle's Neil Armstrong drama: "First ... man!" Noting the success of "Crazy Rich Asians," Oh alluded to films with white stars in Asian roles like "Ghost in the Shell" and "Aloha," the latter of which prompted Emma Stone, who starred in "Aloha," to shout out "I'm sorry!" from the crowd.
But Oh, who later also won for her performance on the BBC America drama series "Killing Eve," closed their opening monologue on a serious note explaining why she was hosting with Samberg.
"I said yes to the fear of being on this stage tonight because I wanted to be here to look out at this audience and witness this moment of change," said Oh, tearing up and gazing at minority nominees in attendance. "Right now, this moment is real. Trust me, this is real. Because I see you. And I see you. All of these faces of change. And now, so will everyone else."
Soon thereafter, the stars of "Black Panther" took the stage to introduce the best picture-nominated film by pronouncing, in unison: "Wakanda forever!" They, along with the casts of "Crazy Rich Asians," ''BlacKkKlansman," ''Roma" and others made for a diverse array of nominees.
As expected, Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando and Andrew Wyatt won best song for the signature tune from "A Star Is Born," the film most expected to dominate the Globes.
"Can I just say that as a woman in music, it's really hard to be taken seriously as a musician and as songwriter and these three incredible men, they lifted me up. They supported me."
Best supporting actress in a motion picture went to the Oscar frontrunner Regina King for her matriarch of Barry Jenkins' James Baldwin adaptation "If Beale Street Could Talk." King spoke about the Time's Up movement and vowed that the crews of everything she produces in the next two years will be half women. She challenged others to do likewise.
"Stand with us in solidarity and do the same," said King, who was also nominated for the TV series "Seven Seconds."
A year after the Globes were awash in a sea of black and #MeToo discussion replaced fashion chatter, the red carpet largely returned to more typical colors and conversation. Some attendees wore ribbons that read TIMESUPx2, to highlight the second year of the gender equality campaign that last year organized the Globes black-clad demonstration.
Alyssa Milano, the actress who was integral in making #MeToo go viral, said on the red carpet that in the past year a "really wonderful sisterhood has formed" and that they're "really finding our voice through our pain and our collective pain." But she added that she's more concerned with women in underseen industries — farmworkers, those in the military, hotel employees — than those walking the red carpet alongside her.
The night's first win went to Michael Douglas for the Netflix series "The Kominsky Method," besting Douglas dedicated the honor to his 102-year-old father. The second award went to the acclaimed "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" for best animated film.
For its sixth and final season, FX's "The Americans" took best drama series over shows like Amazon's conspiracy thriller "Homecoming" and Oh's own "Killing Eve." Richard Madden, the breakout star of the terrorism suspense series "Bodyguard," won best actor in a drama series. Ben Wishaw took best supporting actor in a limited series for "A Very English Scandal."
The press association typically likes to have first crack at series that weren't eligible for the 2018 Emmys. They did this year in not just "The Kominsky Method" and "Bodyguard" but also the Showtime prison drama "Escape at Dannemora." Its star, Patricia Arquette, won for best actress in a limited series.
The 2018 Globes were the first major televised awards in Hollywood following the downfall of Harvey Weinstein and the subsequent push for greater gender equality in the film industry. Usually the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's ceremony is known for its freewheeling frivolity and fun. The free-flowing booze helps.
Last year's show, like a lot of recent awards shows, saw ratings decline. Some 19 million tuned in to the Seth Meyers-hosted broadcast, an 11-percent decline in viewership. This year, NBC has one thing in its favor: an NFL lead in. Ahead of the Globes, NBC broadcast the late afternoon wild card game between the Chicago Bears and the Philadelphia Eagles, which proved to be a nail-bitingly close game — likely delivering the network a huge audience.
Nominees that have been in sizable box office hits may also potentially help the Globes, none more than Ryan Coogler's "Black Panther," up for best picture (drama) and score. "A Star is Born," which is expected to dominate the drama side of the movie awards, recently passed $200 million in domestic ticket sales.
Adam McKay's highly critical Dick Cheney portrait "Vice," starring Christian Bale, came in with a leading six nominations. While music-heavy films "A Star Is Born" and "Bohemian Rhapsody" opted to contend in the Globes' drama categories, "Vice" tops the comedy-musical nominees, though it's closely trailed by multiple nominees, including "The Favourite" and "Green Book," Peter Farrelly's interracial road trip tale starring Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali.
At stake are not just Golden Globes awards but Oscar momentum. Voting for the Academy Awards nominations begins Monday.
Jeff Bridges was to receive the Globes' honorary Cecil B. DeMille Award. A similar television achievement award is also being launched, dubbed the Carol Burnett Award. Its first honoree is Burnett, herself.