Dhaka, Nov 8 (UNB) – A five-day Iranian film show will begin in Chittagong, Rajshahi and Khulna cities on Friday.
Iran Cultural Centre, Dhaka and Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) will jointly orgnaise the film show at BSA premises of district unit.
Films will be screened at 11am and 3pm in Chattogram Shilpalaka Academy and at 5:30pm and 7pm in Golmoni Park of Khulna City.
Three films will be screened at 11pm, 3pm and 5 pm every day in Rajshahi Shilpalaka Academy.
The exhibition will continue until November 13 while audience will be able to enjoy the films without entry fee.
Dhaka, Nov 8 (AP/UNB)- Every Who down in Whoville gets a new Grinch this season. Why, you may ask? The idea defies reason. Does the classic need help from a hot Cumberbatch? Or is this strange union a bizarre mismatch?
The Grinch is the story you learned as an infant, starring a Christmas-hating heel and his doggie assistant. The fuzzy green villain hopes to make holiday gloom. Just like a wicked witch, but without the broom. He targets presents intended for tots. Oh, how horrific is this nasty crackpot.
Seuss never explained what prompted this act. Perhaps the Grinch wore shoes that were too compact? (Or maybe, just maybe, his head had been whacked?) Should he consult a cardiologist chart? The answer is clear: It's because of his heart.
In "Dr. Seuss' The Grinch ," liberties are taken. Some are just padding, some quite mistaken. It's suggested that our old friend the Grinch is an orphan, as though that excuses inflicting misfortune. There's a new sidekick, a plump reindeer named Fred, and the remaking of Cindy's mom as unwed. (Could she be a love for the small-hearted bad boy? Kind of, maybe, but look, this isn't Tolstoy).
Any-who, our Grinch decides to cancel the holiday, or make it as boring as, say, Groundhog Day. He hops inside chimneys to hoover up toys, certain to do it with an insouciant poise. Remember, this guy is the anti-merry — the same one played not long ago by Jim Carrey. Benedict Cumberbatch takes on the part, with an American accent — to give him less heart?
Our narrator here is Pharrell Williams, whose brief days at work likely paid him zillions. Kenan Thompson of "Saturday Night Live" fame, delivers a character who is kind of lame. But Angela Lansbury has a nice cameo (that woman's as priceless as an unearthed Van Gogh).
The Grinch, diabolically, dresses like Santy Claus, in an ultra-evil cloud of guffaws. He beats by a few hours the real Kris Kringle. (No wonder this loner creature never mingles.) But a run-in with Cindy, as sweet as chocolate liquor, makes something grow huge — that's right, it's his ticker.
The Whos down in Whoville don't mind that they're gift-less. They gather together, sing and bear witness. Christmas, they say, isn't about treasure: It's about family, friends and being together. Then they tuck into roast beast. You, on the other hand, may feel fleeced.
Credit goes to the film's visual effects folk, who made fur alive and gave texture to smoke. But retreading this story with a Cumberbatch, should send Hollywood bigwigs into the booby hatch. Before you buy tickets and plan a nice dinner, ask who exactly in Whoville thought this was a winner?
"Dr. Seuss' The Grinch," a Universal Pictures release, is rated PG with "brief rude humor." Running time: 79 minutes. One star out of four.
Dhaka, Nov 7 (UNB) - AR Kids Media, a South Asia based kids television journalism institute is looking to expand their reach to the entire SAARC Region.
Arif Rahman, chief executive of the media agency, asserted that AR Kids Media is the first media agency for children in Bangladesh and South Asia, said a press release on Wednesday.
The agency released a statement saying that it has taken several initiatives to train children in becoming media officials.
He also said that foreign media experts will provide training alongside those from Bangladesh.
After gaining massive success in its first four years in the country, AR Kids is ready to become a huge platform for children of South Asia to help them express their rights and wants to their respective national leaders, said the media chief.
New York, Nov 7 (AP/UNB) — The music industry is honoring Ariana Grande.Billboard on Tuesday named the 25-year-old award-winning singer its 2018 Woman of the Year. Grande will receive the award at Billboard's 13th annual Women in Music event on Dec. 6 in New York City.
Previous recipients include Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, Madonna and Selena Gomez.
In a statement Billboard's vice president of content Ross Scarano says Grande "consistently stands up for herself and her decisions in a world that often isn't hospitable to that sort of strength in young women."
In the past year, Grande has had Top 40 hits including "No Tears Left To Cry," ''Breathin'" and "God Is A Woman."
She helped organize the One Love Manchester concert last year, raising more than $23 million for victims of the Manchester bombing.
Kaohsiung, Nov 6 (AP/UNB) — A sprawling complex of four theaters billed as the biggest performing arts center in the world has opened in southern Taiwan.
The National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts houses a 1,981-seat concert hall, a 2,236-seat opera house, a play house and a recital hall under a single roof covering 3.3 hectares (8.2 acres).
The opening season offers a range of artistic performances. The debut installation opera "Paradise Interrupted" is an international co-production with New York's Lincoln Center Festival, the Spoleto Festival USA and the Singapore International Festival of Arts. The Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under Gustavo Dudamel, who conducts in Taiwan for the first time, will perform in the venue's vineyard-style concert hall.
The center, which opened last month, was built over eight years at a cost of NT$10.7 billion ($350 million) on the site of a former military barracks in Kaohsiung, a southern city of about 2.8 million people. Residents still call the new center by the name of the military camp, Weiwyuing.
Performers are seeing the new venue as an opportunity.
"Not many people can say that they have performed" at Weiwyuing, said Chloe Young, a member of the Sydney Dance Company. She said it was an honor to be dancing there. "And I think it's really gonna boost my career, saying I performed in Taiwan, in an amazing theater, amazing facility, and I feel super super lucky."
The design by Dutch architecture firm Mecanoo reflects the port city's tropical location and maritime links. It includes an undulating white roof and a large public space with hoists and other cargo ship features.
"I think what is really unique is this roof, what was inspired by the banyan trees with the crown," said Francine Houben, the creative director of Mecanoo. "I had to create a really new public space specifically for Taiwan, for Kaohsiung, that catches the wind of the ocean and the ventilation of the tropical space."
The concert hall has the biggest pipe organ in Asia with 9,085 pipes. Built by a German manufacturer, its asymmetric design recalls bamboo.
"I have played many organs both in Taiwan and abroad, but this one is the biggest and the best," said organist Liu Hsin-hung.
The center also includes an outdoor amphitheater.
He Wen-jhang, a 62-year-old retired physics and chemistry teacher who lives nearby, said he prefers to the art center to another real estate development.
"Coming here to exchange views greatly influences citizens' temperament," He said. "In the past, people only rushed to factories to make a living. But now, we have a place to relax and chat to each other. This has a big impact on Kaohsiung's cultural aspect. A positive impact."