Dhaka, Jun 11 (UNB) - Megastar Amitabh Bachchan's Twitter account was allegedly hacked on Monday night by Ayyildiz Tim, which claimed to be a Turkish hacker group, reports NDtv.
The group replaced Bachchan's profile picture with a photo of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan and also changed the bio, adding "Love Pakistan" and an emoji of the Turkish flag.
A spokesperson for Mumbai Police told PTI that they have informed the cyber unit and the matter is being investigated. The cover photo of Bachchan's account, which was subsequently deleted, showed the promo picture of the group with an eagle in flight.
"This is an important call to the whole world! We do condemn the irrespective behaviours of Iceland republic towards Turkish footballers. We speak softly but carry a big stick and inform you about the big Cyber attack here. As Ayyildiz Tim Turkish Cyber Army," read the first tweet after the cyber -attack, which occurred around 11.40pm on Monday. Minutes later another tweet followed on Muslims in India. The group also tweeted the link of its 'official' Instagram page, though unverified, writing "We are waiting for your support."
"We have informed our cyber unit and Maharashtra Cyber about *hacked* Twitter account of @SrBachchan. They are investigating the matter. Further updates awaited," the Mumbai Police spokesperson told PTI. The same group had previously hacked Twitter accounts of actors Shahid Kapoor and Anupam Kher among others. The Twitter account seemed to have been restored within half-an-hour.
Los Angeles, Jun 8 (AP/UNB) — Women dominate "Big Little Lies ," both on the screen and in the behind-the-scenes power of Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman, who are executive producers as well as stars of the HBO series.
But how does Adam Scott, who plays husband Ed to Witherspoon's Madeline, feel about flipping the gender dynamic with a male version of the supportive wife or girlfriend role to which actresses have long been relegated? Scott's answer is immediate, and minus any hint of annoyance.
"First of all, I think it's great that it ('Big Little Lies') exists, and that more and more projects are being made where women are the protagonists, the true protagonists, and not everything that they say and do is linked to a man, how they feel about a man, how the man is perceiving them," he said.
"Their lives are very full, and the characters are real people who have many other concerns," Scott said. To be part of the Emmy-winning hit drama, which returns 9 p.m. EDT Sunday with new addition Meryl Streep, is great, he said, "and I couldn't be happier."
Such selflessness could be suspect in an industry where the dictionary could, arguably, start at "e'' for ego. But factor in Scott's earlier, admiring remarks about his mother, retired teacher Anne Scott-Chambers, and cynicism seems shabby.
"She would bring me to any movie I wanted to see," said Scott, 46, including some three or four viewings of "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom." There was also a revival house in his hometown of Santa Cruz, California, where his mom introduced him to the films of Monty Python, Woody Allen and others and shared her thoughtful perspective on pop culture.
Scott-Chambers also backed his pursuit of the acting career he had dreamed of since he saw Harrison Ford swashbuckling his way through 1984's "Temple of Doom."
Living in a coastal town, even one as close to Los Angeles as Santa Cruz is, Scott said his aspirations seemed impossible. He finally voiced them as he watched the 1989 Oscar telecast that included young nominee River Phoenix (for "Running on Empty"), and his mom's reply was, "You can do that. You'll be great."
Scott drolly recalls the inevitable early bumps, starting with his arrival on the set of 1996's "Hellraiser: Bloodline," his debut movie role.
"This was it. This was the first day of my enormous career," he said. "This was, 'I'm so sorry, everyone I've known before, I may or may not be able to return your calls. I'm going to be incredibly busy and you're going to be nervous around me anyway.'"
Then he was guided to a chair marked with a strip of tape bearing his name, or close to it: Adam Craig. In retrospect, he says, his early optimism was critical.
"I'm so thankful for that delusion and that naiveté," he said. "Because if I could grasp the reality of my situation, then I don't know if I would have continued if I knew it would be another 15 years before I actually had a career to look at."
It's a solid and busy one, including dramas ranging from "Murder One" and "Party of Five" on TV to "The Aviator" on the big screen. When Scott landed in "Step Brothers," it kicked off a comedy run highlighted by his turn as socially awkward bureaucrat Ben Wyatt on "Parks and Recreation" and, more recently, his role as troublesome demon Trevor in "The Good Place."
He and his wife, Naomi, parents of two children, have a production company, with recent projects including "Fun Mom Dinner" with Toni Collette and Molly Shannon. Scott also makes time to co-host a podcast that reflects his devotion to rock group R.E.M.
"Big Little Lies" represents a return to drama for him, one Scott avidly pursued. It's based on the novel of the same name by best-selling author Liane Moriarty, who worked with series creator and writer David E. Kelley on the story.
"I was known for comedy, so didn't know if I could do this," said Scott, who auditioned for the part of Ed McKenzie, a devoted if thus far passive husband who was cuckolded last season by Madeline's extramarital fling. "I had to go in and sell them on it and, luckily, I got it."
Lucky for the series as well, according to Per Saari, a series executive producer. "Big Little Lies" challenges its uniformly top-notch cast, including Laura Dern, Zoë Kravitz and Shailene Woodley, with the bleakest of narratives, including murder, rape and abuse, along with a salting of dark humor.
"In terms of navigating tone, finding that blend of comedy and drama so unique to 'Big Little Lies,' Adam is a virtual acrobat, and the perfect sparring partner for Reese," Saari said.
While carefully avoiding spoilers in the seven new episodes, Scott signals a change ahead for his character.
"We're seeing Ed looking to define himself and his identity around things other than his marriage and his relationship with his wife," Scott said. "He's dressing a little differently, he's got a haircut. He's thinking about himself a bit more."
But it's still the women who count. "It's about time for men to keep playing these roles in female-driven shows. And I'm more than happy to be doing that," he said.
Los Angeles, June 7(AP/UNB) — Barack and Michelle Obama's production company is teaming up with Spotify to produce exclusive podcasts for the platform.
Under the Higher Ground partnership announced Thursday, the former president and first lady will develop and lend their voices to select podcasts.
The Obamas launched Higher Ground in 2018 with an initial partnership with Netflix. The idea was to raise new, diverse voices in the entertainment industry. The Spotify partnership seeks to expand the conversation.
In a statement, the former president says podcasts offer an opportunity to "foster productive dialogue, make people smile and make people think."
Michelle Obama says she hopes they can help people connect emotionally and open their hearts and minds.
Dhaka, June 7 (UNB)— Search engine giant Google is celebrating the 63rd birth anniversary of renowned Bangladeshi singer-composer Lucky Akhand.
It posted a doodle on its Bangladeshi homepage showing Akhand, donning a cap, playing guitar and singing.
Doodles are alterations made to the Google logo to celebrate holidays, anniversaries, and the lives of famous artists, pioneers, and scientists.
Lucky Akhand has composed and sang many popular songs over the years. He won the first prize in ‘Modern Bangla Songs’ category from the Pakistan Art Council in 1969.
Two years later, Akhand took up arms to liberate the country from Pakistan. The freedom fighter passed away on April 21, 2017 at the age of 61.
Born on 7 June, 1956 in old Dhaka, He started his career with self-titled solo album ‘Lucky Akhand’ in 1984 under the banner of Sargam. He was also associated with the musical band ‘Happy Touch’.
Akhand has also served as the music director of Bangladesh Betar.
Some of his notable songs are ‘Abar Elo Je Sondha’, ‘Agey Jodi Jantam’, ‘Amay Dekona’, ‘Mamonia’, ‘Ei Neel Monihar’ and ‘Hridoy Amar’.
Dhaka, Jun 3 (UNB) - Actress-singer Ruma Guha Thakurta passed away on Monday morning at her residence in Kolkata. She was 84.
Ruma was suffering from old age-related ailments, reports The Indian Express.
After making her silver screen debut with Hindi film Jwar Bhata in 1944, Ruma Guha Thakurta, a niece of filmmaker Satyajit Ray, went on to star in Bengali movies like Ganga, Abhijaan, Palatak, Antony Firingee, 80 Te Asio Na, Balika Badhu, Dadar Kirti, 36 Chowringhee Lane, Amrita Kumbher Sandhane, Bhalobasa Bhalobasa and Wheelchair. She was last seen in English film The Namesake.
Apart from acting, Ruma was a popular playback singer too.
Ruma Guha Thakurta also founded the Calcutta Youth Choir, a song and dance troupe, in 1958, which is known for its performance of folk and mass songs.
Ruma Guha was singer-actor Kishore Kumar’s first wife. The two got married in 1951. They have a son, Amit Kumar. The couple divorced in 1960, after which Ruma tied the knot with Arup Guha Thakurta. Ruma and Arup have two chilren, Sromona Guha Thakurta and Ayan Guha Thakurta.
Ayan said his mother had returned to Kolkata only a month back after a three-month stay with Amit Kumar in Mumbai.
“Dada (Amit) is coming here this evening. He will be taking all the decisions (about her last rites),” Ayan said.
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee shared her condolences on Twitter. She wrote, “Saddened at the passing away of Ruma Guha Thakurta. Her contribution to the field of cinema and music will always be remembered. My condolences to her family and her admirers.”