Chinese romantic drama "Somewhere Winter" continued to lead the Chinese mainland box office on Saturday, according to the China Movie Data Information Network Sunday.
"Somewhere Winter," which tells a love story about two generations and three cities, generated about 34.69 million yuan (about 4.95 million U.S. dollars) in its second day of screening.
It was followed by the 4K version of the critically acclaimed Italian drama film "The Legend of 1900," which grossed nearly 27.03 million yuan.
The film follows a boy who was discovered in 1900 on an ocean liner, grows into a musical prodigy, never setting foot on land.
"Better Days," a Chinese film that focuses on campus bullying, took the third place with a box office revenue of nearly 24.76 million yuan.
Roles for older actors can fall into some predictable tropes, but Helen Mirren and Ian McKellen say their new film, “The Good Liar,” let them brush aside cliches and even their characters’ mortality for a good cat-and-mouse thriller.
“Elderly characters are sort of there to be the lovely old grandfather or granddad that the kids go and visit,” Mirren said. “As you get older and you realize, 'You know what? I still have agency in my life. Things are still happening in my life. It doesn't all stop when you're 50.”
The film, which opens in theaters Friday, brings Mirren, 74, and McKellen, 80, together on the big screen for the first time.
McKellen plays Roy, a man who has spent his life swindling others and sets his sights on Mirren's character, a lonely widow named Betty. Roy is hoping to cash in on Betty's life savings.
While Betty’s grandson, played by Russell Tovey, senses danger in the new suitor, the film’s focus stays squarely on Betty and Roy.
“This film could not happen unless these people were the age they were at,” McKellen said.
McKellen is keenly aware that audiences may balk at seeing a film with two older leads in it, but there are advantages.
“Although my heart sinks when I go, 'Oh, do I have to go see a film with two old actors in it.' What you do get ... on the whole is pretty good acting because they've been at it and they know what they're up to,” he said.
"There is nothing about mortality in this movie and that I love," director Bill Condon said. "Putting them into a very contemporary thriller, it's a good reminder of the fact that people should get to do everything."
Condon said he’d seen Mirren and McKellen act together on Broadway, so he knew what to expect.
“I knew they were great together, but it is — well, it's like what we always complain about, right? The paucity of parts for people of a certain age,” Condon said. “They should go on and do four movies now, and I hope they do because they have an incredible kind of rapport."
Both Mirren and McKellen have some blockbuster projects on the horizon. McKellen appears in Tom Hooper’s “Cats” adaptation, and Mirren is set to appear in the ninth installment of the “Fast and Furious” franchise in 2020.
Dhaka, Nov 14 (UNB)- There is perhaps no debate that folk songs are one of the most vital cornerstones of Bengali music. Similarly every nation in the world has its own folk heritage, each different and unique on the basis of history, geography and experience.
Seeking to highlight its significance to the people and revitalise Bangla folk music, like every year, this year Dhaka International Folk Fest (DIFF) kicked off where artists from not only Bangladesh but from around the world are rocking the stage, while enchanting Dhakaites with the wealth of the musical heritage they carry with them.
The opening day of the Fifth edition of DIFF saw a huge crowd waiting patiently only to get lost in the music of roots at Bangladesh Army Stadium Thursday. Spanning three days, the fest will be entertaining the public till November 16.
Fifth edition of Dhaka International Folk Fest (DIFF) was dedicated to six lost legends of Bangla music ---Fakir Abdur Rob Shah, Subir Nandi, Bari Siddiqui, Shahnaz Rahmatullah, Ahmed Imtiaz Bulbul and Ayub Bachchu.
Bhabna Nritya Dol led by Prema had the honour of opening the fest with their mesmerising dance moves with beats of Bengal.
With their soothing tune, Georgian folk band Chveneburebi took the stage later but first they surprised the audience by speaking in Bangla --- “Swagotom Dhaka! Tomra kemon acho?” (‘Welcome Dhaka! How are you?’) and the response was an eruption of applause.
Founded in 2001, the group has gained popularity by playing different types of folk. In addition to touring , members of the group are contributing to revitalise Georgian folk culture by collecting folk songs from different regions of Georgia.
Following their performance consisting of the folk tunes of Georgia, the official inauguration took place where Planning Minister MA Mannan inaugurated the festival as the chief guest.
He remarked that it is essential to get the new generation introduced to the tune of folk culture and loft the spirit and love for people. The crowd large in number had some enthusiastic faces scattered all over.
Ehsan, a student of a private university said his love for folk music and rich history of rural Bangladesh drives him every year to this jolly and refreshing show.
The excitement of the audience reached another level when phenomenal Shah Alam Sarkar, the unique artist, songwriter and composer of Bangla Baul songs took the stage and captivated those in attendance.
The artist famous for his contribution to folk literature and song of the country sang epic tracks like, ‘Ami Jaare Bashi Bhalo’, ‘Kalar Bashir Shure Mon Udashi’ and many more.
After his enigmatic performance, a more electrifying one was put on by Daler Singh, popularly known as Daler Mehndi of India who is widely known for putting Bhangra folk songs on map.
Touted as ‘The King of Bhangra’, year after year he gifted the audience of subcontinent melodious and pumping tracks like ‘Bolo ta ra ra ra’ and ‘Tunak Tunak’. Daler was recently awarded ‘Best Live Performer’ by Global Indian Music Awards (GIMA).
The first day of DIFF had such a bang to it that it is of no doubt the music loving folks will surely flock Friday to enjoy another session with performances of Bauliana singers Kamruzzaman Rabbi and Shafikul Islam, legendary Bangladeshi folk bard Kajol Dewan, Pakistani sufi singer Hina Nasrullah, popular Bangladeshi folk singer Fakir Shabuddin and Malian singer Habib Koité and his band Bamada.
Arranged by Sun Foundation, the co-hosts of DIFF 2019 include Meril, Dhaka Bank Limited and Radhuni.
The Country Music Association Awards almost fully honored and highlighted the women of country music — whose songs have been heavily dismissed on country radio over the years — until two words were uttered when they named its entertainer of the year: Garth Brooks.
Wednesday night’s show kicked off with a performance featuring country female acts across generations, included three female hosts and had Maren Morris as its top nominee. But in the final moments, Brooks won the top prize over Carrie Underwood, who many had hoped would be the first female to win entertainer of the year since 2011.
Brooks did highlight female acts during his acceptance speech at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee.
“If they gave this award for this show tonight, I’d have to give it to Reba McEntire’s performance,” Brooks said, while also praising Kelsea Ballerini and Luke Combs, who won two honors.
All eyes seemed to be on Underwood, who had a successful year with her album “Cry Pretty” and an all-female tour, for an entertainer of the year win. The last woman to win the prize was Taylor Swift, and Underwood was this year’s sole female nominee.
Underwood hosted the show alongside McEntire and Dolly Parton, and though she didn’t win any awards, Underwood did win over the audience: She was a vocal beast, hitting all the right notes and more during a smoky performance of “Drinking Alone.”
Morris also marked the big night for female country acts by taking home album of the year for “GIRL.” The award also went to her producer busbee, who died in September at age 43 from brain cancer.
“I would be really remiss if I didn’t mention a huge facet of why this album sounds the way it does, and we miss him so dearly. He texted me the morning that we got the nomination for album of the year this year, and we were so excited, and that’s our friend busbee,” a teary-eyed Morris said onstage. “His wife Jess is here tonight and she looks so beautiful. Thank you for sharing your husband with us once a month, and my heart just goes out to you and your beautiful daughters. I hope when they listen to this record or any of the songs that he made that made us all better, they know how amazing their father was.”
Kacey Musgraves, who won four Grammys this year, picked up female vocalist of the year and music video of the year for “Rainbow.”
“The female creative spirit, the female energy is really needed right now, it’s really important and I feel like it’s something that Earth needs. So whether it’s me that’s up here or any of the other women in this category, I just think that it’s a beautiful thing and I’m very appreciative,” Musgraves said.
Other women who won Wednesday included Ashley McBryde, who won new artist of the year, and fiddle player Jenee Fleenor, named musician of the year.
Musgraves, joined by Willie Nelson, gave a wonderful performance of “Rainbow Connection” from “The Muppet Movie,” even weaving in some of her own song “Rainbow.” Pink also shined, with Chris Stapleton by her side, as she performed the song “Love Me Anyway.” And Dan + Shay, who won vocal duo of the year, gave a beautiful, heartwarming performance of the hit “Speechless.”
In a white dress and standing on a stage donned with white flowers, Morris — who is pregnant — performed her hit song “GIRL,” touching her belly as she hit a high note at the end of her performance.
“GIRL” was also nominated for single of the year and song of the year, but it lost in both categories (the winners were Blake Shelton’s “God’s Country” and Combs’ “Beautiful Crazy”). Morris also lost musical event of the year to Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus’ ubiquitous No. 1 hit, “Old Town Road.”
Combs, who has dominated the country charts and streaming services with his songs and albums, also won male vocalist of the year, beating out Stapleton, Keith Urban, Thomas Rhett and Dierks Bentley.
“I remember sitting on my parents’ porch as a little kid and watching Vince Gill win this same award,” he said. “Country music means everything to me.”
The three-hour CMA Awards kicked off with a dose of girl-power: Parton, Underwood and McEntire were joined by Tanya Tucker, Terri Clark, Crystal Gayle, Sara Evans, Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild and Kimberly Schlapman, Maren Morris, Brandi Carlile, Gretchen Wilson, Martina McBride and more, singing classic country songs across two stages.
After the performance Parton asked, “What do you call three women hosting the CMAs?”
“Your lucky night,” she screamed.
McEntire added that they joined forces to host the show and perform the opening number to inspire young women watching the awards show from their TV screens.
Kris Kristofferson was also honored with a performance featuring Sheryl Crow, Bentley, John Osborne and Chris Janson. Other performers included Brooks & Dunn, Shelton, Combs, Urban, Rhett, and Lady Antebellum with Halsey.
The fifth edition of Dhaka International Folk Fest will begin Thursday evening at Bangladesh Army Stadium.
Two hundred artists from six countries will be performing everyday till 12am throughout the three-day festival till November 16.
Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen will inaugurate the festival as chief guest while Anjan Chowdhury, chairman of Sun Foundation and Sun Communications Limited, will be attending the ceremony.
Dhaka International Folk Fest is a celebration of sheer musical brilliance where myriads of folk artistes from home and abroad perform on a single platform, according to its website.
Shah Alam Sarkar, Fakir Shahabuddin, Chandana Majumdar, Kajol Dewan, Malek Kawal, Kamruzzaman Rabbi, Shafikul Islam and Bhabna Nritya Dol from Bangladesh will perform alongside Daler Mehndi from India, Junoon and Hina Nasrullah from Pakistan, Sattuma from Russia, Chveneburebi from Georgia, Habib Koité & Bamada from Mali to celebrate the spirit of folk music at the festival.
Sun Foundation started the festival. It will be broadcast live on Maasranga Television.