Dhaka, Apr 19 (UNB) - A 10-day print art exhibition featuring works of noted Japanese artist Toshihiko Ikeda began on Friday at National Art Gallery of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) in the city.
The solo exhibition, titled 'Line of Ages', was jointly hosted by Cosmos Atelier-71 Studio and BSA.
The exhibition was inaugurated by Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy Director General (DG) Liaquat Ali Lucky.
"Japan is really a good friend of Bangladesh. We have cultural relations," Liaquat Ali Lucky said.
He wished that this relation will strengthen through increased cultural exchanges.
The BSA DG also mentioned Ikeda's works displayed in the 18th Asian Art Biennale Bangladesh in 2018 and invited him to join the 19th edition slated for 2020.
Artist Toshihiko Ikeda expressed his gratitude for giving him the opportunity to connect with the people of Bangladesh.
He also thanked Cosmos Atelier-71 Studio for their cooperation.
The exhibition will continue till April 29.
Dhaka, Apr 19 (UNB) – A three-day art exhibition will begin at Zainul Gallery of the Faculty of Fine Art at Dhaka University (DU) on Saturday.
The opening ceremony is scheduled to be held at 5pm. The exhibition will remain open from 11am to 8pm every day till Monday.
Artworks from “Art Festival 2019 Gazipur” which was held on March 27-30, 2019 at Bhawal Mirzapur Haji Jamir Uddin School and College, Gazipur will be displayed at the show for the art lovers.
The exhibition will feature art camp, artwork exhibition, folk art and craft fair, art talk, sightseeing, cultural programmes and more.
Former Cultural Affairs Minister Asduzzaman Noor will be present at the inaugural ceremony as the chief guest.
Eminent artist Prof Rafiqun Nabi, Dean of the DU Fine Art Faculty Prof Nisar Hossain, Country Director of UNDP Bangladesh Sudipto Mukerjee and Director of Astrotex Group Tahmina Tanji will attend the programme as special guests.
Advisor of Art Festival 2019 Gazipur and Additional Secretary of the Disaster Management and Relief Ministry Md Mohsin will preside over the programme.
Assistant Professor of Graphic Design Department of DU Harun-ar-Rashid Tutul and Professor of Graphic Design Department Mohammad Eunus were respectively curator and convener of the Art Festival 2019, Gazipur.
Boston, Apr 17 (AP/UNB) — The co-executor of Michael Jackson's estate said Tuesday that he's confident the late superstar's supporters will be able to protect his legacy in the wake of an HBO documentary featuring the disturbing stories of two men who say Jackson sexually abused them as boys.
Longtime entertainment attorney John Branca called the documentary a one-sided "made-for-TV-movie" and accused the film's subjects of being motivated by money. Branca acknowledged that Jackson's estate has faced "challenges" since the documentary's release, but said he doesn't believe there will be a long-term impact.
"People love Michael. They love Michael's music for sure. And if the investigation is effective, which I think it will be, in showing that there is severe doubt about what may or may not have happened, we will be back to people feeling 'It's OK to say I like Michael,'" Branca said on a panel hosted by the Harvard Institute of Politics.
It's the latest attack by Jackson's estate against "Leaving Neverland," featuring Wade Robson and James Safechuck. The estate has slammed filmmakers for not interviewing any of Jackson's family members or other defenders, who insist the singer never molested a child.
The film's director, Dan Reed, has repeatedly defended the film. Robson and Safechucks's accusations are not new, but have put Jackson's legacy under fresh scrutiny amid the #MeToo movement.
A lawyer for the men said Tuesday that Branca and lawyers for Jackson's estate are seeking to discredit the singer's accusers out of their own financial interest.
"Their recent comments are just part and parcel of the same thing they've been doing for years, which is protect the estate so they can continue to profit off of it," attorney Vince Finaldi said.
The men first came forward with their stories years earlier in lawsuits. Both of them had previously denied the singer sexually abused them, but said having their own children and Jackson's 2009 death forced them to face the truth. Their lawsuits were dismissed for technical reasons and their appeals are expected to be argued this summer.
Jackson, who was cleared in 2005 of charges that he molested another boy, acknowledged that he befriended numerous children, including some he invited into his bed, but denied molesting any.
New York, Apr 15 (AP/UNB) — A rush of newcomers couldn't shake "Shazam!" from the top spot, as the superhero comedy led the box office for the second straight weekend with $25.1 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates Sunday.
Lionsgate's "Hellboy" reboot, the animated Laika Studios release "Missing Link," the college romance "After" and even the long-delayed "Mary Magdalene," originally to be released by the Weinstein Co., all opened in theaters. But the strongest new release of them all was, predictably, the Will Packer-produced one: "Little."
The body-swap comedy "Little" came in second with $15.5 million for Universal Pictures. Made for just $20 million, "Little" is just the most recent profit-maker for Packer, the "Girls Trip" producer.
The film, directed by Tina Gordon Chism, stars 14-year-old Marsai Martin as the child an abusive tech executive (Regina Hall) reverts to after a magical spell is cast on her. Martin, the "black-ish" star, also executive produced the film, the youngest ever so credited in Hollywood history.
"Little" drew a largely female (65 and African American (43%) audience. Jim Orr, Universal Pictures distribution chief, credited the cast, Chism's direction and Packer's overall know-how.
"He's done it with different kinds of films. 'Breaking In' was a thriller, 'Girls Trip' was an R-rated comedy. 'Little' is kind of an all-ages film, PG-13 rated,'" said Orr, whose studio signed a first-look deal with Packer in 2013. "He's a brand. And he has a great idea of what is going to be successful at the box office."
It was an out-of-body weekend at the box office. The body-swap comic-book adaptation "Shazam!" — about a teenage boy (Asher Angel) who can turn into an adult-sized superhero (Zachary Levi) with a simple command — held solidly in its second week. Capitalizing on good reviews and word-of-mouth, "Shazam!" is Warner Bros.' New Line's latest DC Comics success. It has grossed $94.9 million through Sunday with a worldwide total of $258.8 million.
Lionsgate and Millennium's "Hellboy" had been expected by many to vie with "Shazam!" on the weekend. But on the heels of terrible reviews (just 15% "fresh" on Rotten Tomatoes), it flopped with $12 million against a $50 million budget.
That's significantly less than the debuts of the 2004 original ($23 million opening) and the 2008 sequel ($34.5 million opening). Those films were directed by Guillermo de Toro and starred Ron Perlman; the new "Hellboy" stars David Harbour ("Stranger Things") and is directed by Neil Marshall.
"Missing Link" also missed. It opened with a disappointing $5.8 million, marking a new low for Laika, the maker of eccentric animated tales such as "Coraline," ''ParaNorman" and "Kubo and the Two Strings." ''Missing Link," distributed by United Artists Releasing, is about the discovery of a creature in the Pacific Northwest. Its voice cast includes Zach Galifianakis, Hugh Jackman and Zoe Saldana.
Expectations had varied widely for Aviron Pictures' "After," an adaption of Anna Todd's 2014 best-seller. The young-adult drama fared well with $6.2 million in 2,138 theatres.
And "Mary Magdalene," starring Rooney Mara as Mary and Joaquin Phoenix as Jesus, finally opened, more than three years after production. Harvey Weinstein had once conceived of the film, directed by Garth Davis ("Lion") as his next Oscar contender.
After the fallout of Weinstein and the bankruptcy of the Weinstein Co., IFC Films acquired the biblical biopic. Critics dismissed it (44% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes) and audiences mostly did, too. It grossed about $62,000 on 62 screens.
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Comscore. Where available, the latest international numbers for Friday through Sunday are also included.
1. "Shazam!" $25.1 million ($35.9 million international).
2. "Little," $15.5 million ($1.9 million international).
3. "Hellboy," $12 million ($10.1 million international).
4. "Pet Sematary," $10 million ($12.6 million international).
5. "Dumbo," $9.2 million ($22 million international).
6. "Captain Marvel," $8.6 million ($8 million international).
7. "Us," $6.9 million ($4.4 million international).
8. "After," $6.2 million ($11.7 million international).
9. "Missing Link," $5.8 million ($8.9 million international).
10. "The Best of Enemies," $2 million.
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at international theaters (excluding the U.S. and Canada), according to Comscore:
1. "Shazam!" $35.9 million.
2. "Dumbo," $22 million.
3. "P Storm," $19.6 million.
4. "Pet Sematary," $12.6 million.
5. "After," $11.7 million.
6. "Wonder Park," $11.2 million.
7. "Andhadhun," $10.4 million.
8. "Hellboy," $10.1 million.
9. "Captain Marvel," $8 million.
10. "The Crimes That Bind," $4.4 million.
Dhaka, Apr 12 (UNB) - A discussion followed by a cultural programme was held in the city on Friday on the occasion of Iranian New Year Nowruz and Bangla New Year.
Iran Cultural Centre and Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy jointly organised the programme at the Shilpakala Academy.
State Minister for Shipping Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury was present at the event as the chief guest while Dr Kazem Kahdouei, Iranian visiting professor at the Persian Language and Literature department of Dhaka University, and Mamunur Rashid, eminent drama director and actor, were present as special guests.
Speakers said Nowruz is one of the oldest and most important festivals of Iranians, which has helped the Iranians build a society where different religions, colours and languages which exists for centuries.
Liaquat Ali Lucky, director general of Shilpakala Academy, presided over the programme.
Cultural performances were presented by students of the DU Persian Language and Literature department and performers of Shilpakala Academy.