Bilbao, Nov 5 (AP/UNB) — Cuban-American singer Camila Cabello was the big winner at the MTV EMAs gala in Spain on Sunday, while Janet Jackson used her acceptance speech for a life-time achievement award to take a stand for women's rights.
Jackson was honored with the Global Icon Award for her four-decade, 11-album career that started when she was a child growing up in the family that also produced her music legend brother, Michael, and The Jackson Five.
The 52-year-old Jackson showed she still has her dance moves while performing a medley of "Made for Now," ''All for You" and "Rhythm Nation" while accompanied by African drummers and torchbearers. She later said her award came with a responsibility.
"Tonight I feel moved to speak for those women whose voices have been stifled," she said. "I am one of those voices, women who have been gagged, literally and emotionally, women who have been abused, women who have been intimidated, women who have lived in fear, I stand with you.
"Tonight I carry the hope that a new world is emerging. Women, our voices will be heard!"
Other than Jackson's call for gender equality, the show was all about the dazzle provided by the costumes, choreography and the elaborate light and video displays on the huge circular stage.
With pop star Ariana Grande shut out despite her five nominations, Cabello was the undisputed star of the night.
The 21-year-old Cabello beat out Grande, Drake, Dua Lipa and Post Malone for best artist, while her sultry hit "Havana" took the trophy for best song and best video. She also topped the category for best act.
Last year, Cabello won the award for best pop artist at the edition held in London. Born in Havana before her family left for Miami, Cabello was discovered on the U.S. version of X-Factor and formed a part of the group Fifth Harmony.
The 25th edition of the awards, formerly known as the as the MTV Europe Music Awards, was as usual loaded with eye-catching performances, as well as references to Bilbao's links to the art world, first and foremost thanks to the city's Guggenheim Museum.
Host Hailee Steinfeld opened the show with a video sketch featuring her breaking into an art gallery to "steal" one of the MTV trophies, only to then emerge on stage in a tiny silver dress. Several costume changes later, she became a "work of art," in her words, when she donned a long white dress and was sprayed with blue and yellow paint.
After Nicki Minaj and Little Mix got the music going, the singer of Panic! At The Disco made an action-movie entry. Frontman Brendon Urie was depicted in a video as climbing down the façade of the Bilbao Exhibition Centre before he was lowed from the hall's ceiling while singing the opening of "High Hopes."
When his group won the best alternative award, Urie announced "this is going in my bathroom."
Minaj won for best hip-hop artist and best look. 5 Seconds of Summer left with the best rock award, Marshmello was voted best electronic artist, and best new artist went to Cardi B.
Shawn Mendes won for best live performer, and British singer-songwriter Dua Lipa was best pop artist.
The spectators went wild singing along to "Malamente" by Spanish sensation Rosalia, but the most moving performance belonged to Halsey. She delivered her heart-torn "Without Me" while chained inside a large transparent cube. When the cube lifted, water poured down on her like rain.
Boy duo Jack & Jack lifted spirits singing "Rise" while being hoisted aloft on wires, spinning and twisting over a stage that depicted a whirlpool until a friendly bunch of fans rushed in to cushion their landing.
On Saturday night, Muse kicked off the weekend's festivities with guitar-driven rock concert at San Mames Stadium, home to local soccer club Athletic Bilbao.
The MTV EMAs is held in a different European city each year, with winners selected by fans across the continent.
Dhaka, Nov 4 (UNB) - A four-day Iranian film show is underway at national music and dance auditorium of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) in the city.
Iran Cultural Centre, Dhaka and BSA jointly orgnaised the film show at BSA premises.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s media adviser Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury was present at the inaugural ceremony on Saturday evening as the chief guest while charge d' Affaires of Iranian Embassy in Dhaka Ebrahim Shafiei Rezvani Nejad and eminent actress Lucky Enam were present as special guests.
Director, Film and Cinematography Department of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy Badrul Anam Bhuiyan presided over the meeting while acting cultural counsellour of Iranian Embassy Dr Seyed Mahdi Hosseini Faegh presented the inaugural speech.
A film titled ‘So far, so close’ was screened on the inaugural day while two more films will be screened from 11 am to 1 pm and from 3 pm to 5 pm every day.
‘Maritme Silkroad’ was screened at 11am while and ‘Trac Hundred Forty Three’ is scheduled to screen at 3pm on Sunday.
‘Zero to Podium’ and ‘Once upon a time love and betrayal’ are scheduled to be screened in the same time on November 5 while ‘Today’ and ‘Rana’s Silence’ will be screened on the final day of the festival at the same time.
Besides, another five-day Iranian film show is also going to be arranged in 3 different cities of the country from November 9.
The five-day exhibition will be organized at Shilpakala Academy auditoriums in Chittagong, Rajshahi and Khulna cities.
The exhibition will continue until November 13.
Dhaka, Nov 2 (UNB) - Marking 70 years of International Theatre Institute (ITI) Bangladesh, a three-day celebration programme featuring discussion and cultural presentation will end on Saturday at the National theatre hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA)
On the second day, a theatre lecture on ‘Ontorongo Kothon: Amar Natyapoth’ was held at the Seminar Room of BSA where noted director-actor Sri Bibhas Chakraborty was present as a discussant.
Later, Chintok Theatre of Gobindaganj in Gaibandha staged a folk dance-drama ‘Behula Bhasan’ at BSA main theatre hall.
Fakir Aziz Sarkar from Manikgonj will present ‘Gazir Gaan’ at BSA in the concluding day of the three-day celebration programme.
Cultural Affairs Minister Asaduzzaman Noor inaugurated the programme on Thursday on the BSA premises while honourary president of ITI Bangladesh Ramendu Majumdar, BSA director general Liaquat Ali Lucky were present as special guests.
After the inauguration, Pallavi Dance Centre, Dhaka and artistes of ethnic minority presented group dance performance.
Later, theatre collage by seven theatre troupes was staged. The participating troupes are Natyadhara, Padatik Natya Samgsad, Loko Natyadal, Theatre Art Unit, Natya Teertha, Mahakal Natya Sampraday and Bangladesh Theatre.
The International Theatre Institute - ITI Worldwide, World Organization for the Performing Arts is an international non-governmental organisation, established by UNESCO in Prague in 1948.
The main objective was to build an organisation oriented towards realising the goals of UNESCO in the field of culture, education and art.
2018 is a significant year for ITI as the organization was founded on July 1, 2018 and completing its significantly fruitful existence globally for long 70 years.
Bangladesh has had a long relationship with ITI. ITI Bangladesh centre was founded in the year 1982 with the lone initiative of Ramendu Majumdar.
Los Angeles, Nov 2 (AP/UNB) — Hey hey, my my, Neil Young is calling Daryl Hannah his wife.
The 72-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and the 57-year-old "Splash" actress had been utterly mum on the subject of their marriage since reports that they wed in California in August.
But Young said in a pro-gun-control post on his website Wednesday featuring a new performance of his 1970 song "Ohio" that "My wife Daryl and I put this video together."
The couple's representatives didn't reply to requests for comment.
It's the third marriage for Young and the first for Hannah, who had previous relationships with Jackson Browne and John F. Kennedy Jr.
She wrote and directed the Netflix movie "Paradox," starring Young, earlier this year.
Young's hits include "Hey Hey, My My" and "Heart of Gold."
Dhaka, Nov 2 (UNB) - While earlier, the honoured word 'star' was used only for a selected few, it is now thrown around like confetti. There were only a few who gained this title when it actually meant something and in this list of greats, is the name of Shah Rukh Khan.
Millions of us look up in the night sky to gaze at the stars and often, they make us feel small against the infinite universe. Watching them from a distance, we are enthralled by their unique place where everybody can see them. Film stars have a similar quality about them. You look at them from afar, think of the infinite opportunities they have, the power they exude as the world looks at every move they make and most importantly, the unique place they hold in our universe, reports The Indian Express.
While earlier the honoured word ‘star’ was used only for a selected few, it is now thrown around like confetti. There were only a few who gained this title when it actually meant something. In this list of greats, whose names are synonymous with Bollywood throughout the world, is the name of Shah Rukh Khan.
Shah Rukh Khan’s road to stardom
Shah Rukh Khan had been around the block for a while and was starting to carve a space for himself but the film that changed his life is, undeniably, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge. In Karan Johar’s book An Unsuitable Boy, he talks about Aditya Chopra’s understanding of the NRI lifestyle and the way DDLJ was designed to appeal to that audience. Capturing the attention of the overseas audience was still virgin territory back then but with DDLJ’s global appeal and success, Shah Rukh got a much bigger stage.
One film does not make a star
Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge was just a take-off point for SRK. Soon after the success of DDLJ, there was a massive shift in the way Shah Rukh was perceived. Though he worked in films like Ram Jaane, Trimurti, Koyla among others, none of them had a huge impact on the audience.
Shah Rukh Khan was in another league post-DDLJ.
SRK was liked in his pre-DDLJ days but post-DDLJ, he was loved
The lover boy image that we now associate with SRK rose from DDLJ but registered because soon after we saw him in films like Pardes, Yes Boss and Dil To Pagal Hai. With Kuch Kuch Hota Hai and Mohabbatein, this image was locked and loaded. By this time, Shah Rukh Khan was a bonafide superstar whose name was now in the same league as Dilip Kumar and Amitabh Bachchan.
It was probably this lover boy image that affected films like Baadshah, Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani and Asoka. Baadshah became quite popular in the later years, thanks to satellite television but the others never picked up quite as much.
The sustenance of stardom
A huge part of being a star is the unexplained magic that creates an aura of mystique around the celebrity. This aura has a certain sense of glamour, power, authority and godliness that lifts them up to a pedestal and this is perhaps what makes them a star.
Shah Rukh Khan has maintained star power for over two decades now and even when he does films like Ra. One, Raees and Fan, the star power doesn’t diminish. Clearly, star power has nothing to do with the movies he does because had that been the case, the illusion would have shattered a long time ago.
What helps him sustain his stardom is his personality and not the craft that he displays on the silver screen.
This was the crowd outside Shah Rukh Khan’s residence on his birthday in 2016.
What happens next?
Shah Rukh Khan turns 53 today and one day his era of superstardom will come to an end. Not just SRK, many other superstars will also witness a decline in their star power. The direct way to approach celebrities is now so easy that the mystique factor has simply disappeared with younger actors.
In the case of Shah Rukh Khan, he will always be the actor who rose from nothing and achieved it all but he will also be the ‘star’ who kept us all spellbound.