Los Angeles, Sep 18 (AP/UNB) — Claire Foy of "The Crown" and Matthew Rhys of "The Americans" won top drama acting Emmys as Monday's ceremony spread its wealth around to streaming and cable but largely snubbed broadcasting and, largely, diversity.
"The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel," Amazon's freshman sitcom about a 1950s homemaker turned edgy stand-up comedian, took an early lead at the Emmy Awards, which gently mocked itself for its own lack of diverse winners.
"Mrs. Maisel" star Rachel Brosnahan was honored as best comedy actress, Alex Borstein earned the supporting actress trophy and the series creator, Amy Sherman-Palladino, nabbed writing and directing awards.
The field bested by Foy included last year's winner Elisabeth Moss for "The Handmaid's Tale" and Sandra Oh of "Killing Eve," who could have been the first actor of Asian descent to get a top drama award.
"This wasn't supposed to happen," said Foy, honored for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II in the Netflix series.
In a ceremony that started out congratulating TV academy voters for the most ethnically diverse field of nominees ever, the early awards all went to whites.
"Let's get it trending: #EmmysSoWhite," presenter James Corden joked at the midway point, riffing off an earlier tribute to Betty White.
"I want to say six awards, all white winners, and nobody has thanked Jesus yet," co-host Michael Che said, referring back to his earlier joke that only African-American and Republican winners do.
Then Regina King broke the string, with a best actress trophy in a limited series or movie for "Seven Seconds," which tracks the fallout from a white police officer's traffic accident involving a black teenager.
She was followed by Darren Criss, who won the lead acting award for the miniseries "The Assassination of Gianni Versace" and who is of Filipino descent.
Thandie Newton won best supporting drama actress for "Westworld," and Peter Dinklage added a third trophy to his collection for "Game of Thrones."
The ceremony had a real-life drama moment when winning director Glenn Weiss, noting his mother had died two weeks ago, proposed to his girlfriend, Jan Svendsen.
"You wonder why I don't want to call you my girlfriend? It's because I want to call you my wife," Weiss said. She said yes, he put his mother's ring on her finger and the crowd whooped and cheered.
Brosnahan used her acceptance speech to give a shout-out to her comedy's celebration of women power.
"It's about a woman who's finding her voice anew, and it's one of the things that's happening all over the country now," she said. She urged the audience to exercise that power by voting.
Bill Hader collected the best comedy actor award for "Barry," a dark comedy about a hired killer who stumbles into a possible acting career.
Henry Winkler, aka "The Fonz," won a supporting actor award — his first Emmy — for "Barry," four decades after gaining fame for his role in "Happy Days."
"If you stay at the table long enough, the chips come to you. Tonight, I got to clear the table," an ebullient Winkler said, with an equally delighted auditorium audience rising to give him a standing ovation. To his children, he said: "You can go to bed now, daddy won!"
The biggest award so far won by a broadcast network was "Saturday Night Live" for best Variety Sketch Series.
The Emmys kicked off with a song, "We Solved It," a celebration to the diversity of nominees sung by stars including Kate McKinnon and Kenan Thompson. The tune included that Oh was could become the first woman of Asian descent to win an Emmy. "There were none, now there's one, so we're done," the comedians sang.
Oh played along from her seat: "Thank you, but it's an honor just to be Asian," said the Korean-Canadian actress.
While Emmy nominees nervously waited to hear their name called, or not, there's more on the line at the ceremony on NBC than personal glory.
"Saturday Night Live" creator Lorne Michaels, producing his second Emmy telecast in 30 years, is tasked with turning viewership around after the 2017 show's audience of 11.4 million narrowly avoided the embarrassment of setting a new low.
The ceremony clearly bears his stamp, with Che and Jost as hosts and familiar "SNL" faces, including Kate McKinnon and Alec Baldwin, as presenters and nominees. The long-running NBC sketch show, already the top Emmy winner ever with 71, could snare up to three more.
The pressure's on Michaels because NBC and other broadcasters are increasingly reliant on awards and other live events to draw viewers distracted by streaming and more 21st- century options. The networks, which air the Emmy telecast on a rotating basis, are so eager for the ad dollars it generates and its promotional value for fall shows that they endure online competitors sharing the stage.
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.
Dhaka, Sept 5 (UNB) – The 22nd death anniversary of actor Salman Shah will be observed on Thursday.
Different organizations have taken up elaborate programmes marking the death anniversary of the popular screen actor whose death at a very young age still remained shrouded in a mystery.
The young actor captured the hearts and minds of his fans through his stellar performances on screen.
Bangladesh Film Artistes' Association (BFAA) will offer prayers and recitation from Quran at the study room of BFAA after Asr prayer, General Secretary of BAFF Jayed Khan told UNB.
Boishakhi television will air an array of programme to mark the day. The television will air ‘Musical Album’ produced by Shah Alam at 9.10am while musical programme ‘Ebong Cinemar Gaan’ produced by Sharmin Dipti will be aired at 1.15pm.
Besides, Salman Shah-starred two films ‘Swapner Thikana’ and ‘Bichar Hobe’ will be aired at 2.45pm and 12 midnight respectively.
The popular hero passed away on this day in 1996.
Dhaka, Sept 2 (UNB) – The third screening of the 10th International Inter University Short Film Festival (IIUSFF)- 2018 at Dhaka University kicked off on Sunday.
Dhaka University Film Society (DUFS) organized the festival with the slogan "Take Your Camera, Frame Your Dream" Society in association with United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
During the three-day event, a total of 100 short films will be screened from 11am to 9pm.
On the second day, there will be special screening of the short films on Refugees, a new category introduced in the festival this year for the first time.
Speaking about the new category, DUFS President Mir Rezwan Mahmud said, DUFS has included the section titled “Short Film on Refugee” to speak about the forced displaced people through films with the intiative of UNHCR.
In the closing ceremony of the event on September 4, winning short films will be awarded.
State Minister of Information Tarana Halim is expected to address the closing ceremony as the Chief Guest.
The screenings are free for all.
The inaugural session of 10th IIUSFF was held at the Goethe Institute Bangladesh on 19th August, 2018 and the second screening session was held at the Alliance Française de Dhaka on 29 to 30th August last.
A special screening session of this festival is also scheduled on 18th September 2018 at Star Cineplex of Bashundhara City in Dhaka.
In 2007, IIUSFF started its journey with the goal to provide a platform for the young and talented student filmmakers in Bangladesh and abroad to showcase their talent.