Dhaka, Jul 22 (UNB) - HerNet TV, Asia’s first internet-based television channel solely focused on women’s wellbeing, was launched on Monday evening to help women share their stories with the world.
Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader MP opened the HerNet TV through a grand launching ceremony held at Gulshan Club in the city.
With the slogan ‘Holding Hands Together’, the television channel will give them an opportunity to be heard on issues that may not necessarily command coverage in the mainstream media.
The goal of HerNet TV is to break away from the one-dimensional representation of women by creating such documentaries, factual entertainment, and educational, informative and reality programmes for female audiences.
Dhaka North City Corporation Mayor Atiqul Islam, State Minister for Women and Children Affairs Begum Fazilatunnesa Indira and RAB Director General Dr Benazir Ahmed spoke at the launching event as special guests.
Besides, US Ambassador to Bangladesh Earl R Miller, Brazil Ambassador to Bangladesh Joao Tabajara Jr, HerNet TV chairman Hosna Pradhan and HerNet TV managing director Alisha Pradhan, herself an actress and model, spoke on the occasion.
Addressing the event, Obaidul Quader said Bangladesh attained huge progress in women’s empowerment. “The change maker (in the area) is a woman who is our leader,” he said referring to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
Quader, also the general secretary of ruling Awami League, said Sheikh Hasina steered Bangladesh to a new height. “In the last 44 years of history of Bangladesh, there was no efficient, bold and honest ruler like Sheikh Hasina, who is also a woman,” he added.
The Road Transport and Bridges Minister expected the newly launched HerNet TV will maintain decency avoiding propaganda, obscenity and vulgarism.
He urged the media to criticize the government in constructive ways so that mistakes can be corrected.
Dhaka North City Corporation Mayor Atiqul Islam said they want to make Dhaka city as a women-friendly one. “We want to build a women-friendly Dhaka city.”
He said the city corporation will install complaint boxes in 58 places so that women can lodge their complaints over various issues particularly sexual harassment seeking remedy.
San Diego, July 20 (AP/UNB) — "Game of Thrones" may be over but the cast can't seem to get away from stray coffee cups.
Maisie Williams, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Liam Cunningham, Isaac Hempstead Wright and others took the stage at San Diego Comic-Con Friday evening for a goodbye panel and found some waiting at their places.
It was a cheeky reference to the misplaced coffee cup that viewers spotted in an episode of the final season that subsequently went viral. Although the moderator didn't make them answer for the coffee, actor John Bradley did have to defend himself against the other out-of-place item in the finale: The water bottle by his foot.
"I am right handed. I've thought about this very strongly," Bradley said, making a case that he would have put the bottle on the other side if it was his. "I'm not trying to clear my name, but ... I think I've taken enough blame for this one."
The cast was in good spirits after years of attending Comic-Con and not being able to reveal anything at the panels. Finally they were allowed to talk about things.
The big Hall H audience cheered to find out some of their favorite lines: Williams chose her own character's battle cry, "Not today," while Conleth Hill went for his co-star Peter Dinklage's, "I drink and I know things."
They also indulged in some fan theories, cleared up some burning questions and speculated about what happens after the finale.
Wright said that he can't imagine Bran's new government is a "barrel of laughs."
"Westeros is probably a surveillance state," he said.
But perhaps there is more fun happening on the new small council, according to Bradley.
"It basically turns into 'The Office,'" he said.
Cunningham posited that a spinoff could be called "Better Call Davos."
As for Arya and her quest to go "west of Westeros," Williams said, "I'm sure she's having a wonderful time, like Dora the Explorer minus the bob."
And Jacob Anderson thinks Grey Worm is off starting a new society with "a Wakanda kind of vibe."
There was some discussion of the divisiveness of the eighth and final season, although likely not as much as there would have been had showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss been in attendance as originally scheduled.
"Look at the amount of people here," Hill said, gesturing to the 8,000-some people in Hall H. "We're very grateful to your fandom over the years ... this is the reality as opposed to the media-led hate campaign."
Coster-Waldau said every season of "Game of Thrones" has been divisive in its own way, from Ned Stark's fate to the "Red Wedding."
"Obviously when it comes to an end it's going to (expletive) you off no matter what because it's the end,"Coster-Waldau said. "Just don't call people names."
Benioff and Weiss dropped off the schedule at the last minute, as did actors Iain Glen and Nathalie Emmanuel and director Miquel Sapochnik. Their absence was not addressed during the panel.
But everyone at Hall H seemed to be enjoying the victory lap. Earlier this week, "Game of Thrones" scored 32 Emmy nominations. It was a single year Primetime Emmy nomination record.
In addition to a best drama series nod, which the show has won four times, there were a handful of acting nominations for Kit Harington and Emilia Clarke in leading performances, Dinklage, Coster-Waldau, Alfie Allen, Lena Headey, Williams, Sophie Turner and Gwendoline Christie in supporting performances, and Carice van Houten as a guest star.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Allen, Christie and van Houten all self-submitted for consideration, which involves paying a $225 entry fee,
"Game of Thrones" ended this past May after 8 seasons. Its finale brought in a series record 19.3 million viewers.
Dhaka, Jul 18 (UNB)- Ex-state minister for Home Affairs Tanzim Ahmed Sohel Taj is going to host a lifestyle reality show named ‘Hotline Commando’ for the first time on television.
The retired ruling party leader confirmed the matter in a press conference at a city hotel on Thursday.
The 12 episode programme will be screened on RTV from the month of September. It will be directed by Kawsar Mahmud and Gautam Koiri.
He said that the programme would focus on health awareness to change lifestyle including food habits of people.
The team Hotline Commando would knock on the doors of citizens to know their food habits and health related problems, said Sohel Taj, son of the country’s founding Prime Minister Tajuddin Ahmad.
New York, July 18 (AP/UNB)- Quentin Tarantino has already spoken about his plans to retire from direction once he completes his 10th feature film and it may or may not be an R-rated version of Star Trek.
Fans had some confusion whether Star Trek, which is not an original movie, can be a part of the limit that the director has set for himself but Tarantino said if he gets to direct the sci-fi drama, it would be the end of his filmmaking career.
The writer-director, whose ninth feature film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is slated for release, had spoken about his retirement plans to GQ Australia, saying, “I think when it comes to theatrical movies, I’ve come to the end of the road. I see myself writing film books and starting to write theatre, so I’ll still be creative. I just think I’ve given all I have to give to movies.”
Tarantino has successfully pitched an R-rated Star Trek to producer J.J. Abrams and Paramount and has written a script. The studio is yet to officially greenlight the project.
Elaborating on his career plan, Tarantino told CinemaBlend, “I guess I do have a loophole, (if) the idea was to throw a loophole into it. Which would be (to go), ‘Uhhh, I guess Star Trek doesn’t count. I can do ‘Star Trek’…but naturally I would end on an original’. But the idea of doing 10 isn’t to come up with a loophole.”
“I actually think, if I was going to do Star Trek, I should commit to it. It’s my last movie. There should be nothing left handed about it. I don’t know if I’m going to do that, but that might happen,” said the director, known for his films such as Kill Bill, Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs and Django Unchained”.
July 18 ( UNB) - Gossip Girl is getting a reboot on HBO Max. According to Entertainment Weekly, the iconic teen series, with 10-episode initial order, will stream on the network’s digital arm.
Original creative team of Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage are returning as executive producers.
Josh Safran, who penned and produced on the original series, will showrun the latest take.
Also attached to executive produce are Alloy’s Leslie Morgenstein and Gina Girolamo.
Gossip Girl, which aired on The CW from 2007-2012, was based on the book series by Cecily von Ziegesar. The show went to become a pop culture phenomenon, proving to be a breakout project for Blake Lively and Penn Badgley.
It is currently unclear whether any of the original cast members will return for the reboot.
The news comes exactly a week after Chace Crawford, who played Nate on the series, said he would not mind the show returning for another run as an eight-part season on a TV streaming service.
However, the actor said the potential show should come back as a reboot with new characters rather than original stars reprising their roles.