The venerated Times Square concert venue The Town Hall has created a new award to honor arts and activism, a prize to be named after Lena Horne.
The Lena Horne Prize for Artists Creating Social Impact will recognize those who "promote awareness and create social change." The inaugural winner will be honored in February.
The prize's advisory board includes Horne's daughter, Gail Lumet Buckley, as well as Harry Belafonte, Billy Porter, Judy Collins, Deesha Dyer, Roxane Gay, Bob Santelli, Bruce Cohen, Jose Antonio Vargas.
Lumet Buckley says her Tony- and Grammy-winning mother didn't chase fame. "It was about advocating for equality and justice and I am so proud that her legacy will continue through the Lena Horne Prize."
Prize was created by Michael Matuza, Jeb Gutelius and The Town Hall.
The much anticipated Disney Plus streaming service of the House of Mouse crashed on its debut Tuesday as a large influx of subscribers tried to log in at once, to the disappointment of many Mouseketeers.
Priced at only 7 U.S. dollars per month or 70 dollars per year, Disney Plus proved to be a beast not a beauty on its launch day, with plenty of disappointed subscribers reporting glitches and delays in connection attempts.
Twitter users complained about problems with accessing the service or some of its features since Tuesday morning, and digital service monitoring site Downdetector found more than 7,000 reports of problems before the number dropped off.
Some mentioned difficulties in signing up, logging in and streaming, while others reported they couldn't log in at all, only seeing blank screens, "error" or "unable to connect" messages.
Seth Shapiro, CEO of Alpha Networks, who formerly ran Disney's game division and launched the early pioneering DVR service Tivo, told Xinhua that "you would have thought of all companies, that Disney could have pulled this off without a glitch."
But a spokesperson for Disney attributed the issues to excessive expectations caused by overwhelming consumer demand in a statement on Tuesday.
"While we are pleased by this incredible response, we are aware of the current user issues and are working to swiftly resolve them," said the spokesperson.
Data firm Jumpshot reported that Disney Plus already has 2 million U.S. subscribers prior to its launch, and Morgan Stanley analyst Benjamin Swinburne previously predicted that Disney Plus could attract as many as 20 million subscribers by the end of 2020.
In addition to the blockbuster "Star Wars" trilogies and the live-action Star Wars series "The Mandalorian," Disney Plus will also carry all of the popular Pixar movies, as well as 600 more movies and TV shows.
Apart from such an embarrassment of riches, Disney's chest of gold also includes 16 of the highest-grossing superhero movies of all time: the blockbuster Marvel Cinematic Universe franchise.
Although fans might be frustrated by the delays, "it's definitely worth the wait," Siri Stromsted, a long-time Disney fan and mother of three Next Gen Disney fans, told Xinhua.
R&B crooner John Legend has been named the Sexiest Man Alive by People magazine.
The Grammy-winning singer known for his silky-smooth vocals was revealed as this year's winner Tuesday night on NBC's "The Voice." He serves as a coach on the singing competition series with Gwen Stefani, Kelly Clarkson and Blake Shelton.
Shelton, who was named Sexiest Man Alive in 2017, announced Legend's honor on "The Voice." The country singer then handed Legend some short shorts with bedazzled letters "EGOTSMA" to signify the singer's many honors: an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony and now, Sexiest Man Alive.
Legend tells the magazine in an issue out Friday the honor comes with some pressure after following Idris Elba, who was last year's winner. He jokes it "is not fair and is not nice to me!"
The 40-year-old Legend is a 10-time Grammy winner. He scored an Oscar in 2015 for co-writing the song "Glory" from the film "Selma." He won a Tony Award for his co-producer work on "Jitney" and took home an Emmy as a producer on NBC's live version of "Jesus Christ Superstar," a project in which he also played the role of Jesus.
Legend has two children with model-television host-cookbook author Chrissy Teigen.
Other recent winners include Dwayne Johnson, Chris Hemsworth, Adam Levine, Channing Tatum and David Beckham.
"I want to thank Blake Shelton," Legend said. "I observed every move he made, every utterance that came from his mouth and I think some of it rubbed off on me."
Legend said his wife is proud of him.
"I've finally impressed her," he said.
The couple's children? Not so much. Teigen posted a video of the reveal of their daughter asking to turn off "The Voice" and go back to a movie. Teigen titled the post "The kids ... do not care."
Rabeya, Sadat receive Exim Bank-Anyadin Humayun Ahmed Literary Award
Dhaka, Nov 12 (UNB) - The 71st birth anniversary of legendary writer, author, dramatist, screenwriter, playwright and filmmaker Humayun Ahmed will be celebrated on Wednesday.
Humayun Ahmed (November 13, 1948 – July 19, 2012) who was often regarded as the best writer in Bengali literature after Rabindranath Tagore and Kazi Nazrul Islam got his major breakthrough with debut novel Nondito Noroke published in 1972.
He wrote over 200 fiction and non-fiction books, all of which were bestsellers in Bangladesh and are still popular among his readers. His books were the top sellers at the Ekushey Book Fair during the 1990s and 2000s.
For his majestic writing, he won many prestigious awards, including country’s highest honor Ekushey Padak (1994) award, and Bangla Academy Literary Award (1981), for his contribution to Bengali literature.
As a prolific filmmaker, he went on to make a total of eight films - each based on his own novels and won seven Bangladesh National Film Awards in different categories for the films Daruchini Dwip, Aguner Poroshmoni and Ghetuputra Komola.
Often credited with revitalising Bengali literature, Humayun Ahmed is best known for his ‘magic-realism’ based writing.
Family members and different cultural organisations along with TV channels, radio stations and print media have chalked out various programmes to celebrate the birthday of the prominent figure of Bengali literature.
A solo book fair featuring books of Humayun Ahmed will be inaugurated at Public Library on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, the Exim Bank-Anyadin Humayun Ahmed Literary Award was distributed among the recipients at Bangla Academy’s Abdul Karim Shattya Bisharad Auditorium on Tuesday.
Prominent writer Rabeya Khatun and emerging writer Sadat Hossain won this year’s award.
Presided by National Professor Anisuzzaman, the programme was attended by Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen as the chief guest. Actor and former Minister of Cultural Affairs Asaduzzaman Noor, Humayun Ahmed’s brother Muhammed Zafar Iqbal and wife and actress Meher Afroz Shaon spoke on the occasion.
"The Simpsons," ''Cinderella" and several movies from the Star Wars and Marvel universes will share a streaming home Tuesday as Disney Plus debuts.
Subscribers will initially get more than 500 movies and 7,500 TV episodes. That's expected to grow to 620 movies and 10,000 episodes in five years, as existing deals with rival streaming services expire.
The service will cost $7 a month, or $70 for the year if paid up front. Four people can stream simultaneously on a single subscription. Disney Plus is also offering downloads for offline viewing on up to 10 devices.
Here's a look at what will be available at launch:
"The Mandalorian" Star Wars series, about a bounty hunter from the same planet as Boba Fett. First episode on Tuesday, with a new episode every Friday.
"High School Musical: The Musical: The Series," a mockumentary about a high school musical, with episodes airing weekly.
Live-action version of the Disney animated classic "Lady and the Tramp."
"Noelle," a holiday movie starring Anna Kendrick and Bill Hader.
Documentary series "Encore!" reuniting high school musical casts to perform their shows again, featuring Kristen Bell.
Documentary series about Disney called "The Imagineering Story."
"The World According to Jeff Goldblum," in which the actor tackles different topics like sneakers and tattoos.
"Marvel's Hero Project" a nonfiction series about kids who perform community service.
Pixar animated short film series "Forky Asks a Question," about a character from "Toy Story 4," and SparkShorts, Pixar's animated short film program.
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Disney's movie classics such as "Cinderella," ''Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," ''Pinocchio," ''Swiss Family Robinson" and "Fantasia."
The majority of the 21 Pixar movies will be on the service. Disney Plus won't launch with a few, including "Coco," and "Toy Story 4," but all of them should be available within the first year.
Past 30 seasons of "The Simpsons."
Two X-Men movies, "X-Men: Evolution" and "Wolverine and the X-Men."
Other Fox movies such as "Avatar," ''Home Alone" and "Miracle on 34th Street."
Eight movies initially: "Avengers: Endgame," ''Avengers: Age of Ultron," ''Iron Man," ''Iron Man 3," ''Captain Marvel," ''Thor: The Dark World," ''Guardians of the Galaxy" and "Ant-Man"
The first two trilogies: "The Phantom Menace," ''Attack of the Clones," ''Revenge of the Sith," ''A New Hope," ''The Empire Strikes Back," ''Return of the Jedi."
Two newer entrants: "The Force Awakens" and "Rogue One."
The full library including shows such as "Wild Yellowstone," ''Kingdom of the White Wolf" and "Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted."
Some movies and shows will await expiration of existing streaming deals with rivals. The Pixar cartoon "Coco," the live-action "Beauty and the Beast" and the Star Wars movies "The Last Jedi" and "Solo" fall in this category.
Others like "Maleficent: Mistress of Evil" and "The Lion King" remake haven't been released for streaming yet. "Maleficent" is still in theaters.
Other original TV shows like Marvel's "Loki" are still in the works.