Los Angeles, Sep 14 (AP/UNB) — Michael Che and Colin Jost, typically stuck behind a desk as "Saturday Night Live" news anchors, are moving to a grander setting Monday as Emmy Awards hosts.
The comedians got in the mood at Thursday's rollout of the traditional arrivals carpet — yellow-hued this time around, not red, as the ceremony marks its 70th year.
"This isn't as gold as I thought it would be. I was expecting a much tackier gold. But this is a reasonable gold," Che observed.
After carpet duty, he and Jost talked to The Associated Press about the high-profile job of hosting and what it's like to be tapped for it by Lorne Michaels, their "SNL" boss and this year's Emmys telecast producer.
The "Weekend Update" anchors were serious, sometimes. Remarks were edited for clarity and brevity.
AP: How does it feel to get this high-profile gig?
Jost: We love going to the Emmys. Anytime we're nominated, it feels like a big honor. And to go and get asked to host, and they trusted us, it's great. Am I right (to Che)?
Che: Your hair is gorgeous.
AP: What did Michaels say about how to approach it?
Che: It was something along the lines of, 'Have fun out there' and 'We trust you.' So that's exciting when maybe the greatest producer in TV trusts us with a show. So I think the (TV) academy is in good hands.
AP: Will you include political humor?
Jost: We don't totally know yet because we don't even know what's going to happen over the weekend politically. There might be some, and there might not.
Che: There's gonna be political jokes. And we're gonna come out on the wrong side of history, for sure. We're aiming toward it.
AP: Some awards hosts who have taken a different approach, such as David Letterman and his 'Oprah-Uma' bit at the 1995 Oscars, have fallen flat. Will you be more traditional hosts?
Jost: I don't even know really what a traditional host for it is.
Che: Ed McMahon. Ed McMahon is a traditional host.
Jost: Well, should we do that?
Che: If we could be half as good as Ed McMahon, we've nailed it. We're Ed McMahon-ing it.
AP: Given the Oscars envelop mix-up, are you concerned about mishaps?
Jost: We have lots of those planned.
AP: Best worst-case scenario for what could go wrong?
Che: All the winners will be announced via Jack-in-the-box (toy). So we're just going to have to crank and crank and crank till it pops out. And it will be a puppet of the winner's face.
Jost: That's a subtle change that you'll notice. And then the show's going to be five hours.
Q: Will the ceremony be very "SNL"-ish?
Jost: There will be a lot of people from the 'SNL' family involved. But also a lot of people that are just the stars of television now that have nothing to do with 'SNL,' because people want to see everyone who's on TV.
Q: Some nominees have said they hope that politics won't dominate the night. But you two tackle serious issues on "Weekend Update," so is it a tightrope for you?
Che: We're overthinking it if we're thinking about that. It's a celebration for a lot of people who worked really hard this year to be nominated and (for) a lot of shows that people really enjoy. We're just gonna have fun at the top and keep the show moving and make sure it's an enjoyable show to watch.
Jost: You want to make it celebratory. You want people to be laughing and you want people to have a fun time. You're lucky to be doing this job and you're lucky to get recognized in some way, so why not make it a fun night?
Nashville, Sep 13 (AP/UNB) — Folk singer-songwriter John Prine won artist of the year for the second time in a row at the Americana Music Honors and Awards on Wednesday, while Jason Isbell took home three awards, including album of the year.
Considered a leader of the Americana genre, Prine released "Tree of Forgiveness" this year, his first collection of new material in 13 years. He owns his own record label in Nashville and mails his records straight to fans.
"I want to thank all of you, all of you that bought the record, and all of you that didn't buy the record," Prine, 71, said. "We'll get you sooner or later."
Isbell, the leading nominee, won for song of the year for "If We Were Vampires," and as a duo/group for his band, the 400 Unit.
He was considered a favorite to win most of the categories he was nominated in thanks to his Grammy-winning record, "The Nashville Sound." In his acceptance speeches, he credited his bandmates and his wife, Amanda Shires, who plays fiddle in the band and sings with him.
Isbell joked that Shires was chastising him for wasting his time watching TV before he went to write "If We Were Vampires," a song about their relationship. "This song almost did not happen for me," he said. "I have to thank my wife Amanda. Beyond being the inspiration for the song as she often is, she was also the motivation for the song."
The band also performed "White Man's World," a song he wrote after Donald Trump's election. Isbell was the sole male nominee going up against Brandi Carlile, Mary Gauthier and Margo Price for album of the year, and also faced Carlile, Price and Lee Ann Womack in the song of the year category.
Despite the wealth of female nominees this year, the only woman to win an award was bluegrass banjo player Molly Tuttle for instrumentalist of the year.
Tyler Childers was named emerging artist of the year, but the Kentucky-bred singer, whose debut album was called "Purgatory," said he preferred to be called a country singer rather than an Americana artist.
"As a man who identifies as country music singer, I feel Americana ... is a distraction of the issues that we are facing on a bigger level as country music singers," Childers said. "It kind of feels like purgatory."
Soul singer Irma Thomas, bluesman Buddy Guy and k.d. lang all received lifetime achievement honors, while while Rosanne Cash received the "Spirit of Americana" Free Speech award.
Cash, daughter of country icon Johnny Cash, earned several standing ovations during her speech and performance in which she called for equal pay for women and stronger gun control.
"I believe that a single child's life is greater, more precious and more deserving of the protection of this nation and the adults in this room than the right to own a personal arsenal of military style weapons," Cash said.
Celebrating the 25-year anniversary of her album "Ingenue" lang talked about her love of country singers like Patsy Cline as she accepted the award on the stage of the famed Mother Church of Country Music, the Ryman Auditorium.
"I am so honored to be in this temple of great music," lang said. "The trailblazers have really left their sweat on this stage."
Thomas sang her classic, "Time Is On My Side," and joked that she felt too young to be receiving a lifetime achievement award. "And at 77, I am only 14," Thomas said.
Guy accepted his lifetime achievement award, while acknowledging the blues is rarely played on radio anymore. But he said while watching the performers during the show, he was inspired.
"If you think you're too old to learn, you better stay at home," Guy said.
Also honored with lifetime achievement honors were Judy Dlugacz and Cris Williamson, founders behind Olivia Records, an all-female record label that started in the 1970s.
New York, Sep 12 (AP/UNB) — Ann Sui opened a grand bazaar as she dreamt of an unspoiled paradise at New York Fashion Week.
She was inspired, in part, by the 1955 Vincente Minnelli film "Kismet."
"One of my favorite scenes in the movie is when she went shopping and she was walking through this beautiful marketplace and that is my favorite thing on earth to do," Sui told The Associated Press of Monday's show. "In every city I travel to, I want to find out where's the flea market."
The vibe, she said, was wanderlust, an escapist fantasy. Set designer Jerry Schwartz created her shopping experience for guests, including filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola, his filmmaker daughter Sofia Coppola and Naomi Campbell.
For her spring collection, Sui chose bright colors and bold patterns in silk dresses, shorts and loose-fitting pantsuits. Many looks had matching turbans or floppy hats. Models walked in bright colored sneakers and sandals with lace socks. The final look, worn by Gigi Hadid, was a gold glittery V-neck dress that was sheer from the waist to ankle.
"I was inspired by the way Tony Duquette did the sets in 'Kismet,' where he kept everything very neutral and gold, which is what we did with our set. And what popped were the color clothing and what people were wearing or objects they were finding in the market," Sui said.
Shapes were sporty in luxe metallic brocades. Glittery party dresses were paired with the aforementioned anklets and sneakers. She made use of Jacquard fisherman vests, oversized embellished biker jackets, pinup girl bathing suits, satin cowboy shirts and Polynesian jumpsuits.
Lots of looks were trimmed in fish scale sequins and ombre fringe.
"I just love the idea of first being artisanal, but also creating a fantasy," Sui said. "So that's what I was trying to do tonight, was to create this fantasy of idyllic shopping, of a dream world of shopping."
Sofia Coppola made a purchase, to be picked up after the show with other buyers.
"I love to see Anna's shows," she said. "She's a good friend of mine and I always love to see what she does. And this one is unique."
Los Angeles, Sep 11 (AP/UNB) — The horror pic "The Nun" scared off the competition and dominated the North American box office in its first weekend in theaters, grossing $53.8 million.
A spinoff of a character seen in "The Conjuring 2," ''The Nun" banked the most successful launch of the "Conjuring" universe, which also includes the "Annabelle" films.
Another newcomer, STX's "Peppermint," starring Jennifer Garner as a mother out for vengeance, moved up to second place with $13.4 million, and ahead of "Crazy Rich Asians," which fell to third place with $13.1 million.
Fourth place went to the shark thriller "The Meg," with $6.1 million, while the John Cho screen mystery "Searching" placed fifth with $4.6 million.
The top 20 movies at U.S. and Canadian theaters Friday through Sunday, followed by distribution studio, gross, number of theater locations, average receipts per location, total gross and number of weeks in release, as compiled Monday by comScore:
1. "The Nun," Warner Bros., $53,807,379, 3,876 locations, $13,882 average, $53,807,379, 1 Week.
2. "Peppermint," STX Entertainment, $13,423,255, 2,980 locations, $4,504 average, $13,423,255, 1 Week.
3. "Crazy Rich Asians," Warner Bros., $13,148,404, 3,865 locations, $3,402 average, $135,770,569, 4 Weeks.
4. "The Meg," Warner Bros., $6,094,327, 3,511 locations, $1,736 average, $131,637,101, 5 Weeks.
5. "Searching," Sony, $4,570,235, 2,009 locations, $2,275 average, $14,366,365, 3 Weeks.
6. "Mission: Impossible - Fallout," Paramount, $3,885,798, 2,334 locations, $1,665 average, $212,202,565, 7 Weeks.
7. "Disney's Christopher Robin," Disney, $3,404,931, 2,518 locations, $1,352 average, $91,934,021, 6 Weeks.
8. "Operation Finale," MGM, $2,871,184, 1,818 locations, $1,579 average, $13,935,630, 2 Weeks.
9. "BlacKkKlansman," Focus Features, $2,609,915, 1,547 locations, $1,687 average, $43,498,445, 5 Weeks.
10. "Alpha," Sony, $2,517,768, 2,521 locations, $999 average, $32,460,286, 4 Weeks.
11. "God Bless The Broken Road," Freestyle Releasing, $1,386,254, 1,272 locations, $1,090 average, $1,386,254, 1 Week.
12. "Incredibles 2," Disney, $1,352,194, 1,446 locations, $935 average, $604,465,699, 13 Weeks.
13. "Mile 22," STX Entertainment, $1,206,503, 1,802 locations, $670 average, $35,111,649, 4 Weeks.
14. "Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation," Sony, $1,121,921, 1,012 locations, $1,109 average, $164,233,534, 9 Weeks.
15. "The Happytime Murders," STX Entertainment, $1,082,377, 1,839 locations, $589 average, $20,027,804, 3 Weeks.
16. "Slender Man," Sony, $838,526, 983 locations, $853 average, $29,692,608, 5 Weeks.
17. "Kin," Lionsgate, $804,401, 2,141 locations, $376 average, $5,318,012, 2 Weeks.
18. "Ya Veremos," Lionsgate, $767,346, 369 locations, $2,080 average, $3,312,383, 2 Weeks.
19. "Juliet, Naked," Roadside Attractions, $642,022, 467 locations, $1,375 average, $2,429,485, 4 Weeks.
20. "The Wife," Sony Pictures Classics, $639,857, 153 locations, $4,182 average, $1,964,144, 4 Weeks.
Dhaka, Sept 10 (UNB) - A film based on the major historical event of British India, the Bhawal case which took place in today's Gazipur, "Ek j Chhilo Raja", got its first theatrical trailer released on Monday starring Jaya Ahsan.
The movie is entirely based on the lore of Bhawal Sannyashi, the controversies regarding the return of presumably dead prince of Bhawal estate Ramendra Narayan Roy who was presumed dead and was cremated in 1909.
However controversies arose when a mysterious Sannyashi visited Bhawal estate in 1921 and claimed that he is Ramendra, the King of Bhawal.
This phenomenal event shook the then British India and Ramendra was accused as an imposter.
Cases were filed for and against the accused and this feud went on for 16 years when Privy Council in London ruled in favour of Ramendra in 1946.
The 2 minute and 14 seconds long trailer opens in a gloomy courtroom where a pleader addresses the court seeking permission to present a man named Raja Mahendra Kumar Chowdhury. This character is based on Ramendra Narayan Roy.
In various shots afterwards flashbacks are shown in the trailer picturing the colourful life of Ramendra. Several other major characters are also either introduced or hinted.
The trailer ends by putting up the question is the claim of Mahendra alias Ramendra Narayan Roy legitimate or not.
'Ek Je Chhilo Raja' is directed by prominent Tollywood director Srijit Mukherjee.
Jisshu Sengupta is starring as Mahendra Kumar Chowdhury. The cast also includes Jaya Ahsan from Bangladesh who plays the sister of the Bhawal King.
Other cast members are Rajnandini Paul, Anjan Dutt, Aparna Sen Rudranil Ghosh and others.
The film is set to release in late October this year in India under the banner of Sree Venkatesh Films.