New York, May 3 (AP/UNB) — Justin Bieber got his start posting cover songs on YouTube and now he's working with the platform on a "top secret project."
YouTube announced Thursday that it is planning a project with the Grammy-winning Canadian pop star, set to premiere next year. No more details about the Bieber special were revealed.
Before releasing his debut song in 2009, Bieber gained popularity from posting his performances on YouTube. He went on to top the pop charts with hits like "Sorry" and "Boyfriend," win a Grammy Award and tour the world.
YouTube announced a slate of new programming Thursday, including documentaries on Colombian singer Maluma and socialite Paris Hilton. They also said "Kevin Hart: What The Fit" would return for a third season next year.
Dhaka, May 2 (UNB) – The scorching sun might have all of its rays dominating the earth in this summer, but the 2nd day of May is particularly grateful to the mother earth for allowing it to be the birth date of a particular persona named ‘Ray’ in the diversified world of Indian cinema. Because 98 years ago today, in 1921, one of the legendary filmmakers in the world Satyajit Ray was born.
An artist from his core, he is remembered for so many remarkable creations. Perhaps he is best known as the profound creator of acclaimed detective series Feluda, science fiction series Professor Shonku, director of 36 remarkable films (including feature films, documentaries and shorts), a fiction writer and author, lyricist, publisher, illustrator, calligrapher, screenwriter, music composer, graphic designer and even- a visionary film critic.
Born in the city of Calcutta (now Kolkata) to a renowned Bengali family which is credited for its contributions from generation to generation in the world of literature, Ray grew up with the passion to create a visionary difference that we always noticed in his works.
His father Sukumar Ray was a prominent writer of children’s books, who is best known for his humorous and eccentric rhymes and literary presentations. From the prominent ancestors, Satyajit’s grandfather Upendrakishore Ray Chowdhury was a writer, illustrator, philosopher, publisher, amateur astronomer and one of the leaders of the Brahmo Samaj, a religious and social movement in nineteenth century Bengal.
Ray started his schooling in Ballygunge Government High School, Calcutta. Later, he achieved his BA in economics at Presidency College, Calcutta (which was then affiliated with the University of Calcutta), though his interest was always in fine arts. So he later went to Nobel laureate literary maestro Rabindranath Tagore’s Visva-Bharati University at Santiniketan, where he truly came to appreciate Oriental art. He later credited his learning from the famous painters Nandalal Bose and Benode Behari Mukherjee while he was studying at Santiniketan.
As a fan of oriental arts, Satyajit Ray started his career as an illustrator and graphic artist. He became interested in independent filmmaking after meeting French filmmaker Jean Renoir and viewing Vittorio De Sica's Italian neorealist film The Bicycle Thief(1948), during a visit to London starting his career as a commercial graphic artist.
The director Satyajit Ray’s career started with his remarkable cinema titled as Pather Panchali (1955), which won eleven international prizes including the inaugural Best Human Document award at the 1956 Cannes Film Festival. Soon after the success, he decided to shape a trilogy (an idea that was rarely used during his time) along with Aparajito (1956), and Apur Sansar (1959). All of those films in this Apu Trilogy emerged to win huge affection from the fans, and till date the essence continues.
From the massive success of his Apu Trilogy, the ever-growing ray of this rising sun continued in Indian cinema even after his death. He invented, mastered and experimented new cinematic language to present his stories which is still highly appreciated among the film lovers. His later films include Jalsaghar (1958), Devi (1960), Tin Kanya (1961), Kanchenjungha (1962), Charulata (1964), Nayak (1966), Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne (1968), Asani Sanket (1973), Sonar Kella(1974), Joi Baba Felunath (1979), Hirak Rajar Deshe (1980), Ghare Baire (1984), Ganashatru (1989), Shakha Prashakha (1991) and Agantuk (1991). His first venture in Bollywood’s mainstream cinema was Shatranj Ke Khiladi (1977) with veteran actors Amjad Khan, Sanjeev Kumar, Shabana Azmi and also Amitabh Bachchan as the film’s narrator.
As a prolific director who always wanted the best visual narrative in his films, Ray used to control many aspects as well such as writing the screenplays for all his films, designing the sets and costumes, operating the camera since Charulata (1964) and composing music for all his films since 1961, along with designing the promotional posters.
Satyajit Ray's influence has been widespread and deep in Bengali cinema. A number of Bengali directors, including Aparna Sen, Rituparno Ghosh and Gautam Ghose as well as Vishal Bhardwaj, Dibakar Banerjee, Shyam Benegal and Sujoy Ghosh from Hindi cinema in India, Tareq Masud and Tanvir Mokammel in Bangladesh, and Aneel Ahmad in England- have been influenced by his film craft. Across the spectrum, filmmakers such as Budhdhadeb Dasgupta, Mrinal Sen and Adoor Gopalakrishnan have acknowledged his influential contribution to Indian cinema. Beyond India, filmmakers such as Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, George Lucas, James Ivory, Abbas Kiarostami, Elia Kazan, William Wyler, François Truffaut, Carlos Saura, Isao Takahata, Wes Anderson, Danny Boyle, Christopher Nolan and many other noted filmmakers from all over the world have been influenced by his cinematic style, with many others such as Akira Kurosawa praising his work.
The legendary filmmaker was honored with so many awards and prizes, including 32 Indian National Film Awards, a Golden Lion, a Golden Bear, 2 Silver Bears, and a host of others, and the Honorary Academy Award in 1992. The Government of India honored him with the Bharat Ratna, its highest civilian award, in 1992 while he was awarded an honorary degree by Oxford University, only the second film personality after Chaplin to have been awarded this degree.
Satyajit Ray passed away at the age of 70, in 23 April, 1992 before translating several of his popular books into the screen. He canonized many characters from his books and brought them alive on the big screen. His son, Sandip Ray is now restoring and holding the rights of his old documents, original illustrations and scripts, as well as continuing the direction of his father’s literary creations such as the Feluda series.
Ranked 13th in BBC’s ‘Greatest Bengali of all time’ list, Ray is always respectively remembered as a pioneer in the cinema of the greater India and especially, in the world of Bengali literature and arts.
May 2 (AP/UNB) -Mother's Day is in a couple weeks, but Drake gave his mom an early gift with a heartfelt speech at the 2019 Billboard Music Awards, where the rap star also broke Taylor Swift's record for most wins.
Drake turned up the love for his mom when he picked up top artist, besting Cardi B, Ariana Grande, Post Malone and Travis Scott. He won 12 awards Wednesday in Las Vegas, making his career total 27 (Swift has 23 wins).
He looked up to the ceiling as he held the trophy, then said: "I just want to thank my mom for her relentless effort in my life.
"I want to thank my mom for all the times you drove me to piano. All the times you drove me to basketball and hockey — that clearly didn't work out. All the times you drove me to 'Degrassi.' No matter how long it took me to figure out what I wanted to do, you were always there to give me a ride, and now we're on one hell of ride," Drake said.
Family bonding was a theme at the three-hour show, which aired live on NBC and was hosted by Kelly Clarkson
Ciara's young son and husband, NFL player Russell Wilson, danced along while she worked the stage, and Nick and Joe Jonas gave kisses to Priyanka Chopra and Sophie Turner of "Game of Thrones" fame when they sang in the audience before hitting the stage. Brendon Urie of Panic! at the Disco looked to his parents as he accepted top rock song, quoting the name of his current hit: "Hey look Ma, I made it!"
Mariah Carey's twins cheered her on as she sang a medley of her hits and accepted the Icon award. She was in diva form before taking the award from Jennifer Hudson, throwing her napkin on the floor after dabbing her face with it.
"Without getting into all the drama, all the ups and downs of my career ... I guess I always felt like an outsider, someone who doesn't quite belong anywhere, and I still feel like that lost interracial child who had a lot of nerve to believe I could succeed at anything at all in this world. But, and this is the truth, I did believe because I had to," she said. "The truth is I dedicated my life to my music — my saving grace — and to my fans."
Cardi B, the night's top nominee with 21, locked lips with husband Offset on the red carpet and the couple sat closely inside the venue. She won six awards, including top Hot 100 song for "Girls Like You" with Maroon 5.
"I remember when Maroon 5 hit me up to do this song. I was like, 'Bro I'm five months pregnant. I can't even breathe.' But this record to me was so amazing. I was like, 'Oh this is going to be a hit.' And now I sing this song to my daughter because she's the girl that I need," she said.
Drake and Cardi B — who both won multiple awards during the live telecast — used their speeches to promote love and appreciation for their peers in the music industry.
Others, too, brought on the positive energy when onstage. Imagine Dragons' band leader Dan Reynolds used his speech to highlight the dangers of conversion therapy on LGBTQ youth. He earned rousing applause. Florida Georgia Line's Tyler Hubbard followed suit, telling the audience after winning top country song: "In the spirit of so much truth being spoken tonight by so many talented artists, I think we should speak some truth."
"As artists we all get to experience so many unbelievable things, but in our opinion, at the end of the day, it's all for nothing if you're not using your platform for better ... to spread love, to help those in needs, to be a light to your community," he said.
Swift kicked off the show when she brought her new music video to life with a colorful, eye-popping performance of her song "ME!" Dancers wearing bright, pastel colors spun in the air holding umbrellas and a marching band kicked off Swift's performance — like most of the world, maybe she was inspired by Beyonce's new Coachella film?
Madonna, wearing an eye-patch, teamed up with Colombian singer Maluma for a performance, but it was Grammy-winning Christian artist Lauren Daigle who had the night's best performance. She sang "You Say," giving the audience a calm, yet strong and powerful performance. She was backed by three awesome background singers and a pianist.
BTS, who performed alongside Halsey, also had a major night. At the Billboard Awards and American Music Awards, the K-pop band had only previously won "social" awards based off their fanatic fan base, but on Wednesday BTS picked up top duo/group, besting Grammy-winning groups like Maroon 5, Imagine Dragons and Dan + Shay.
"I still can't believe we're here on this stage with so many great artists," RM said as fans screamed loudly. "We're still the same boys from six years ago, we still have the same dreams ... we still have the same thoughts. Let us keep dreaming."
An unlikely winner at the Billboard Awards? "Game of Thrones" actress Maisie Williams, whose plays Arya Stark on the HBO series and shined brightly on last week's episode.
"Shout-out to Arya Stark for putting in that work last week," Drake said onstage after winning his first award of the evening.
London, May 2 (AP/UNB) — Prince William and his wife, Kate, have released three new photographs of Princess Charlotte ahead of her fourth birthday Thursday.
Kensington Palace said the photos were taken by Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, in April at Kensington Palace in London and at the family's country home in Norfolk.
Charlotte is the royal couple's middle child, between 5-year-old Prince George and 1-year-old Prince Louis.
She is fourth in the line of succession for the British throne, after her grandfather, Prince Charles; her father, William; and her brother George.
Los Angeles, May 1 (AP/UNB) — Kristen Stewart says she felt a "huge responsibility" to define her sexuality after finding fame in the "Twilight" movie franchise. But she's glad today's young stars don't have to do so.
The 29-year-old actress said she was "so gay" on "Saturday Night Live" two years ago. But she sees a shift in culture that's allowed young people - in and outside Hollywood - to accept fluidity in gender and sexuality.
"I felt this huge responsibility, like one that I was really genuinely worried about, if I wasn't able to say one way or the other, then was I sort of like forsaking a side," said Stewart, who also had a long-term relationship with "Twilight" co-star Robert Pattinson.
"The fact that you don't have to now is like so much more truthful," said Stewart.
The actress stars alongside Laura Dern in "J.T. LeRoy," a biopic about a young woman named Savannah Knoop whose sister-in-law Laura Albert created LeRoy as a literary persona. Knoop pretended to be a man in public appearances as the celebrated author, and now identifies as nonbinary.
Stewart celebrates that decision along with statements from younger Hollywood stars like Sophie Turner, 23, who have refused to label their sexuality.
"If you were to have this conversation with someone like in high school, they'd probably like roll their eyes and go, 'Why are you complicating everything so much?' ... Just sort of do what you want to do,'" she said. "It's really nice."
Stewart says contemporary culture is still struggling to define fluid gender and sexuality: "I just feel like we don't even have the words to describe the complexities of identity right now."
Stewart says she'll be putting that spirit into her feature film directorial debut, an adaptation of the memoir of a bisexual swimmer-turned-artist titled "The Chronology of Water."
"So much of that spirit is completely about finding new - finding a new language. And like really understanding that your word house, so to speak, is constructed by you," she said. "And you can also have a million definitions of any word you want. Like they are open for interpretation. ... So like words as solace -- because they really can be used as weapons or really like more saviors."