Moscow, Sep 28 (AP/UNB) — Mark Zakharov, a renowned Russian theater and film director whose productions were widely acclaimed and loved by several generations of Russians, has died. He was 85.
Zakharov died in Moscow on Saturday, according to the Lenkom Theatre, which he had led for more than four decades. The theater's chief administrator, Mark Varshaver, said Zakharov died of pneumonia.
Born in Moscow, Zakharov graduated from the capital's leading theater school in 1955 and worked as an actor for a decade before he became a stage director. He served as the Lenkom Theatre's director from 1973 until his death.
Many of Zakharov's theater productions become iconic. He also gained fame as a film director.
In a condolence letter, Russian President Vladimir Putin hailed Zakharov as a "colossal personality" and praised the late director's "remarkable talent, freedom and dignity."
Plans call for Zakharov to be buried Tuesday at Moscow's Novodevichy Cemetery.
Los Angeles, Sep 27 (AP/UNB) — Spider-Man won't be leaving the Marvel Cinematic Universe anytime soon.
After a public fallout last month, Sony Pictures Entertainment and The Walt Disney Studios have found a way to work together. The studios said Friday that they would be teaming up once more to produce a third "Spider-Man" film starring Tom Holland.
Disputes over the profit-sharing structure put Spidey's future in the MCU in doubt, much to the chagrin of many fans who had enjoyed seeing Spider-Man fighting alongside The Avengers.
Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige said in a statement that he's thrilled that the character's journey in the MCU is continuing. Producer Amy Pascal added that it has been a "winning partnership" for both studios.
The next Spidey film will hit theaters on July 16, 2021.
New York, Sep 19 (AP/UNB) — Podcasts are exploding and the world of theater isn't immune. Now comes a digital hub that aggregates all that theater talk — the Broadway Podcast Network.
The network , unveiled Thursday, is the brainchild of Tony-winning producer and filmmaker Dori Berinstein and podcast host/producer Alan Seale.
Their new hub is home to 30 podcasts with hosts that include Donna McKechnie, Tonya Pinkins, Justin Guarini, Kerry Butler, Josh Lamon, Jennifer Ashley Tepper and Ilana Levine.
It will be the place to find episodes of "The Ensemblist," ''The Fabulous Invalid," ''Broadwaysted," ''Josh Swallows Broadway" and "The Theatre Podcast." Some 1,200 podcast episodes are available.
The podcasts range from interviews with Broadway stars to audition secrets. Berinstein says the goal is "to create a must-visit daily destination for anyone and everyone who loves theater."
Dhaka, Sept 19 (UNB) – Thursday remarks the 48th birth anniversary of country’s one of the most loved superstar, the iconic and stylish actor of Bangladeshi cinema Salman Shah.
To celebrate the late superstar’s 48th birth anniversary, a weeklong festival titled ‘Salman Shah Jonmo Utsab 2019’ (Salman Shah Birth Anniversary Festival- 2019) had been inaugurated at Modhumita Cinema Hall, one of the iconic cinema halls in the capital.
Zunaid Ahmed Palak, State Minister of Information and Communication Technology, was present as chief guest in the inauguration ceremony. Renowned and celebrated actor Shakib Khan inaugurated the event who mentioned Salman Shah as his inspiration.
Shakib Khan also addressed the long-running demand of the fans of Salman Shah to name a floor or road in the name of the iconic hero, saying he will convey the demand to BFDC authority.
Gaan Bangla TV and newly launched cinematic venture TM Films chairman Farzana Munni, Bangladesh Film Journalists’ Association president Falguni Hamid, film actress Bubli, film directors Sohanur Rahman Sohan, Arun Chowdhury, Chhotku Ahmed, Redowan Rony and many more attended the opening ceremony as special guests.
Private media house Dhooli Communication and TM is jointly organizing the festival in which seven popular films of Salman Shah will be screened at Modhumita from September 20 to 26.
Among the films, ‘Keyamat Thekey Keyamat’ will be screened on September 20, ‘Tomakey Chai’ on September 21, ‘Maa-er Odhikar’ on September 22, ‘Chaowa Theke Paowa’ on September 23, ‘Tumi Amar’ on September 24, ‘Antorey Antorey’ on September 25 and ‘Sotter Mrittu Nai’ on September 26 on the concluding day.
Modhumita Cinema Hall management informed that four shows of ‘Keyamat Thekey Keyamat’, including morning show, will be screened on Friday (10am-12pm, 12pm-3pm, 3pm-6pm, and 6pm-9pm). The rest of the films will have three shows every day (12pm-3pm, 3pm-6pm, and 6pm-9pm).
From his first film ‘Keyamat Thekey Keyamat’, Salman Shah cemented his legacy as one of the heartthrob heroes in Bangladesh film industry. With having a career of only 27 films before tragically passing away on September 6 in 1996, the actor was considered as the ‘style icon’ and ahead of his contemporaries in the subcontinent.
Dhaka, Sept 13 (UNB) - James Cameron says the amazing box office performance of Avengers: Endgame gives him hope about the future of cinema as it proves that people are still interested in going to theatres to watch movies.
The superhero film became the world’s highest grossing movie by earning USD 2.796 billion at the box office, breaking the long standing record set by Cameron’s films Titanic and Avatar.
“It gives me a lot of hope. Avengers: Endgame is demonstrable proof that people will still go to movie theaters. The thing that scared me most about making Avatar 2 and Avatar 3 was that the market might have shifted so much that it simply was no longer possible to get people that excited about going and sitting in a dark room with a bunch of strangers to watch something,” Cameron told the Deadline.
Cameron is hopeful that if Endgame could earn record-breaking money at the box office, his long-delayed Avatar sequels could to do the same.
“Will Avatar 2 and 3 be able to create that kind of success in the zeitgeist? Who knows. We’re trying. Maybe we do, maybe we don’t, but the point is, it’s still possible. I’m happy to see it, as opposed to an alternate scenario where, with the rapid availability (of) custom-designed experience(s) that everybody can create for themselves with streaming services and all the different platforms, that might not have existed anymore,” he said.
Avatar released in 2009 at the beginning of the 3D technology and became a box office sensation thanks to its visuals. But the major concern for the director, known for his trademark big budget spectacles, would be the delay in the first Avatar and its sequels.
The second Avatar film will be released by Disney on December 17, 2021, with Avatar 3 arriving on December 22, 2023. There are other sequels in the pipeline provided these two movies work at the box office.