Dhaka, Aug 8 (UNB) - The 71st edition of Primetime Emmy Awards will not have a host, Fox has confirmed, reports The Indian Express.
The network CEO Charlie Collier on Wednesday made the announcement at the Television Critics Association’s press tour, reported Entertainment Weekly.
The news follows in the steps of the Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences’ (AMPAS) decision for the Oscars to go hostless after planned host Kevin Hart dropped out amid controversy about his past homophobic jokes.
Interestingly, the ratings of Oscars 2019 ceremony improved without a host by roughly 12 per cent, along with critical acclaim.
Collier was asked if the rise in ratings inspired the network to make the move.
“Obviously, that was a piece of information and it did do very well but I think it’s a pretty unique year for some of America’s favourite shows and it was the right thing to do,” he said.
The senior executive was also asked if Fox had approached someone to host.
“We’ve had a lot of names on the board (internally) but the conclusion was reached this year that we’re highlighting so many shows going away that it was a better use of the time (to focus on the shows).
“There will be entertainment. There will be an opening number. If you look at the trade-offs in a show like the Emmys, so often its a trade-off between the opening acts and using the time elsewhere. There will be many surprises. It will be entertaining,” he said.
This will be the first time the Emmys will be going hostless since 2003; the ceremony also aired on Fox. The broadcast rotates each year among ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC.
The award show is scheduled to be held on September 22 at the MicrosoftTheater.
New York, Aug 7 (AP/UNB) — Taylor Swift is set to perform at the MTV Video Music Awards.
MTV announced Wednesday that the pop star will hit the stage on Aug. 26 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.
Swift and Ariana Grande are the most nominated acts, competing for 10 awards each. Swift's nominations include video of the year, song of the year, best visual effects and more.
The VMAs will be three days after Swift releases her seventh album, "Lover." Her gay pride anthem, "You Need to Calm Down," is nominated for video of the year along with Grande's "thank u, next," Billie Eilish's "Bad Guy," Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus' "Old Town Road," 21 Savage and J. Cole's "A Lot," and Jonas Brothers' "Sucker."
Dhaka, 08th August (UNB) – Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy arranged an inauguration ceremony of ‘Bangabandhu Memorial Lectures’ - an initiative to discuss the life and works of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, on Wednesday at its National Art Gallery.
Prime Minister’s political advisor H T Imam was present in the ceremony as its Chief Guest. The programme was inaugurated by Cultural Affairs Minister K M Khalid.
Chaired by BSA director Liaquat Ali Lucky, the event featured the first lecture by National Professor Dr Rafiqul Islam titled as ‘Political Leadership in Bengal and Bangabandhu’.
BSA will continue arranging such programmes with a total of hundred lectures, and this was the first among the hundred- Liaquat Ali Lucky announced in the ceremony.
The ceremony commenced with one minute of silence as homage to all the martyrs of the tragic 15th August. Shilpakala’s children troupe then performed two songs- “Dhannya Mujib Dhannya” and “Shono Ekti Mujiborer Theke”, dedicated to Bangabandhu. Academy’s dance performers also staged a dance performance with the song “Dukhini Bangla Janani Bangla”.
The event was a part of BSA’s month long remembrance programme schedule regarding the National Mourning Day and the 44th Death Anniversary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Dhaka, Aug 7 (UNB) – Bemoaning that people these days are not that much willing to read books, State Minister for Youth and Sports Zahid Ahsan Russel on Wednesday urged all to develop book-reading habit.
He made the call while unveiling the cover of a short story book titled ‘Kalo Meyer Kalo Choshma’ authored by Dr Nargis Akhter Kanak at the Jatiya Press Club.
The state minister also said he has the habit of reading at least a few pages of the book his choice every day.
UNB Editor Mahfuzur Rahman spoke at the event as the chief discussant held with Poet Rezauddin Stalin in the chair.
Eliza Binte Elahi, an assistant professor at the University of South Asia; Mahamdudul Hasan, an assistant professor at Begum Rokeya University; Humayun Kabir Dhali, a child litterateur, and Advocate Amran Ali, among others, spoke at the event.
Writer Dr Nargis Akhter Kanak is the daughter of Nazrul Islam and Akhtara Begum who were killed in the tragic US-Bangla aircraft crash in Nepal on March 12 last year.
Los Angeles, Aug 7 (AP/UNB) — Casting director David Rubin has been elected the new president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the organization that bestows the Oscars.
He is the first casting director to ascend to the film academy's presidency. He succeeds cinematographer John Bailey, who has served as the academy's president since August 2017.
Rubin has more than 100 credits, including films such as "The English Patient," ''Men in Black, "Four Weddings and a Funeral" and the hit HBO series "Big Little Lies."
He assumes the film academy's presidency as the organization continues its efforts to diversify its membership and improve viewership for the Academy Awards, which has the last two years dipped below 30 million viewers.
The film academy in 2016 pledged to double the number of female and minority ranks of its members by 2020. Then, just 25 percent of its members were female and 8 percent were non-white.
The Oscars will be presented Feb. 9 and broadcast on ABC.