Dhaka, July 4 (UNB) - ZEE5, the largest global streaming platform for South Asians and beyond, on Thursday announced its plan to take Bangladeshi entertainment content to the global audience.
The announcement was made at a joint press conference held here with Robi Axiata Limited.
Archana Anand, Chief Business Officer, ZEE5 Global shared the platform’s vision of establishing a deep partnership with Bangladesh by working closely with local talent and local production houses and giving them a global platform.
The announcement came at the formal launch of the service for Robi and Airtel subscribers in Bangladesh.
ZEE5 shared that it will be launching six projects in Bangla over the next one year. For these projects, it will work with some leading artistes from the local entertainment industry.
Besides, it will organise a talent-hunt programme for fresh new faces who will get a chance to work in these shows.
This talent hunt will be rolled out in association with Robi Axiata Limited. Details of the talent hunt programme will be shared in due course.
Commenting on the announcement, Amit Goenka, CEO, ZEE International and Z5 Global said as they move forward with their global expansion and deepen their presence in key markets, establishing meaningful conversations in these markets will be the key.
“We’re very pleased to be here in Bangladesh to formally announce our partnership with Robi-Airtel and share the various plans we’ve for this very important market.”
Archana Anand said Bangladesh is a hugely important market for them and they are thrilled by the tremendous response they have got already.
Commenting on the launch of ZEE5 for Robi and Airtel customers, Robi’s Managing Director and CEO, Mahtab Uddin Ahmed said they are confident that ZEE5 is going to be an absolute delight for Robi and Airtel customers looking for quality entertainment content.
“The richness and variety of its content that includes a wide range of Bangla content will surely satisfy our customers’ entertainment appetite,” he said adding that with the launch of ZEE5 in Bangladesh, they are also very proud to have created an opportunity for the local entertainment industry to collaborate with an international entertainment giant like, ZEE5, for taking local content to the global audience.
Robi’s Chief Commercial Officer, Pradeep Shrivastava and Chief Corporate and Regulatory Officer, Shahed Alam were also present at the programme.
Dhaka, July 4 (UNB) - Right till the end, the film's heart remains in the right place, whether it's the brief moments Peter can steal for MJ, the times he reaches out for someone to talk to, and the short sequence that shows he is ready to be what the film always intended him to be:Tony Stark, epots The Indian Express.
cast: Tom Holland, Jake Gyllenhaal, Zendaya, Samuel L Jackson, Jon Favreau, Jacob Batalon, Marisa Tomei, Cobie Smulders
Director: Jon Watts
Rating: 3.5 stars
Drone attacks, megalomaniacs, truth vs illusion in a post-truth world, and the overarching, omnipresent presence of Tony Stark, who hangs over the Avengers world now from the grave and is invoked here with the song “And I Will Always Love You”. It could all get a bit much. That it goes down as smoothly as it does is thanks to Holland and Gyllenhaal, two slightly-built, engagingly-amiable actors who can pass off as each other — which is all the more better for Far From Home.
We are in the post-Endgame era, where the burden of saving the world is on the deceptively delicate shoulders of Peter Parker aka Spider-Man (Holland). Much of Far From Home’s conflict is driven by whether the 16-year-old wants that burden at all, longing as he is for both father figure Stark and love interest MJ (Zendaya). A school trip to Europe for which Peter, MJ and Ned (Batalon) have all signed up is, he believes, his chance to confess to MJ his feelings. So when a monster given the name Elemental (for drawing his energy from the elements) turns up at Venice, their first stop, he tries as best as he can to dodge the persistent and gradually more furious Nick Fury (Jackson). The person who steers him to rise to the occasion is a superhero-like Mysterio (Gyllenhaal), who claims to have come from another Earth and has surprisingly found a place very quickly with Fury. Saving Venice, and later other European cities, Mysterio wows an impressionable Parker, particularly over a moon-lit heart-to-heart talk, sitting on the edge of a skyscraper. You know how that goes.
But do you, now? Director Watts, who also wrote and directed the 2017 Spider-Man: Homecoming, knows that he has a winner on his hands with the awkward Holland playing an even more awkward Peter-in-love, and with the charming Zendya as crusty MJ and the brilliant Batalon as his best friend Ned making a winsome threesome. Ned gets his own parallel adorable love story, and while he may be the overweight sidekick and she the straight-A, good girl, their relationship is not played just for laughs. Far From Home’s best moments come when it sticks to Peter’s school group, including two hapless teachers and many teenagers with different interests (plus one hunk with a crush on MJ).
Dhaka, July 4 (UNB) - Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli have finally got some time together in London. The Indian skipper took out time from his busy schedule for wife Anushka before he plays against Sri Lanka on July 6 in the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup, reports The Indian Express.
And, since they spent time together, their fans were treated with lovely photos. On Wednesday, Anushka, last seen in Zero, shared a photo of herself with Virat and captioned it, “Seal the silly moments ❣️” In the photo, the two lovebirds are seen gazing into each other’s eyes adorably while making goofy faces.
Virat Kohli who seems to be relaxed after Indian cricket team’s entry into the semifinals of the World Cup also posted a photo of himself with his beautiful wife Anushka.
The Indian skipper has been winning hearts with a recent Instagram post where he was seen with an 87-year-old cricket fan Charulata Patel who came to watch India vs Bangladesh match on Tuesday.
On the work front, Anushka Sharma is yet to announce her new project. She has clarified it is her choice to not sign any film as the last few years have taken a toll on her. She told Hindustan Times, “In the past three years, I have been working in a fashion which was very hectic, and have done roles which were extremely demanding. In one calendar year to do a film like Pari, Sui Dhaaga and Zero, it’s not easy and takes a toll on you. All are different, and required a lot of prep. You feel you want to sit back and take a call. I think I have reached that position and security as an actor in my career, where I don’t need to do things or sign films just because I have to fill up time.”
New York, Jul 4 (AP/UNB) — Eleven-time champion Joey Chestnut says he expects this year's Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest to be "a battle."
But the 35-year-old Chestnut said Wednesday that he'll "find a rhythm and do what it takes" to win the Fourth of July eat-off in Brooklyn's beachside Coney Island neighborhood.
Chestnut joined other competitors at the Empire State Building for the weigh-in for Thursday's contest.
Chestnut weighed in at 216.5 pounds (98 kilograms), while defending women's champion Miki Sudo weighed 114 pounds (52 kilograms).
Chestnut ate 74 wieners and buns to claim the 2018 title. Sudo ate 37 to triumph on the women's side.
Thursday's top five winners of each gender will split $40,000. The two first-place winners will each earn $10,000.
Los Angeles, Jul 4 (AP/UNB) — Actor Arte Johnson, who won an Emmy for comedy sketch work on the television show "Laugh-In," has died early Wednesday in Los Angeles. He was 90.
Johnson died of heart failure following a three-year battle with bladder and prostate cancer, family representative Harlan Boll said. No services have been planned, but his ashes will be spread in a private ceremony.
Johnson became known for his catchphrase "Verrry interesting" on "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In." The Michigan native won an Emmy in 1969 and was nominated two more times through his work on the hit show.
One of his characters was Wolfgang, a cigarette-smoking German soldier who thought World War II was still going on.
Johnson's other television appearances include "Bewitched," ''The Partridge Family," ''Lost in Space," ''Murder, She Wrote" and "The Donna Reed Show." He also nabbed roles in films as Dracula's sidekick in "Love at First Bite" and "The President's Analyst" as a federal agent.
Johnson appeared on several game shows such as "The Gong Show," ''The Match Game" and "Wheel of Fortune." He narrated more than 80 audiobooks and did voiceover work for "The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo," ''Justice League Unlimited" and "DuckTales."
In 1954, Johnson began performing in several New York nightclubs. He landed his first job in the industry when he was cast in "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes," and retired from acting in 2006.
Johnson was a non-Hodgkins lymphoma survivor after being diagnosed then successfully treated in 1997.