Dhaka, July 22 (UNB)- Actors Rooney Mara and Joaquin Phoenix are engaged three years after they started dating each other, reports The Indian Express.
According to Us Weekly, the news comes less than two months after Mara, 34, and Phoenix sparked speculation that they were ready to take the next step after the “Carol” actor was photographed sporting a large diamond ring on her left hand.
The couple met in 2016 on the sets of Mary Magdalene, in which Mara played the title role alongside Phoenix, 44, as Jesus.
They started dating soon after and made their red carpet debut at the closing ceremony of Cannes Film Festival 2017.
Months later, Phoenix confirmed in an interview that they were living together in the Hollywood Hills.
The couple is yet to make an official announcement.
Dhaka, July 22 (UNB) - Marvel Studios’s Avengers: Endgame has finally done it. The big MCU finale has crossed James Cameron’s Avatar at the worldwide box office. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the news was announced by Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige himself at the ongoing San Diego Comic-Con 2019, reports The Indian Express.
THR reports that the last time figures were available, Endgame was at 2.7892 billion dollars, behind Avatar by around 500,00 dollars. The gap is now closed and will be confirmed once the weekend numbers are in.
A statement from Disney Studios co-chairman and chief creative officer Alan Horn read, “A huge congratulations to the Marvel Studios and Walt Disney Studios teams, and thank you to the fans around the world who lifted Avengers: Endgame to these historic heights.”
Right from its gargantuan 1.2 billion dollar global weekend opening, it was predicted that the film will overtake Avatar soon, but its numbers dropped in the subsequent weekends. A re-release, however, has done the job.
Endgame was re-released in select markets by Marvel Studios to chiefly promote Spider-Man: Far From Home. It began first in the United States on June 28 and has been since then extended to some other select markets, including India. There was also six minutes worth of additional content bundled with the re-release, including a tribute to late Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee, a deleted scene featuring the Hulk with unfinished effects and the opening of Spider-Man: Far From Home
Avengers: Endgame is the best-reviewed film in the Avengers franchise. It earned a 94 per cent score at Rotten Tomatoes. The consensus reads, “Exciting, entertaining, and emotionally impactful, Avengers: Endgame does whatever it takes to deliver a satisfying finale to Marvel’s epic Infinity Saga.”
Dhaka, July 21 (UNB) – The 23rd edition of National Art Exhibition concluded at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Sunday, with a closing ceremony held at the venue, the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy or BSA’s National Art Gallery.
The concluding ceremony was chaired by BSA Director Liaquat Ali Lucky. Dhaka University’s Fine Arts faculty professor Mostafizul Haque was the keynote speaker.
Art critics and artists Mostafa Zaman and Shaon Akand shared and explained their critical overview on the overall exhibition and the artworks selected for the event. Prior to that, all the artists whose works were exhibited were awarded with certificates at the event.
The 23rd edition of this exhibition featured a total of 322 artworks by 310 artists, selected from 850 applicants. During the 20-day exhibition, total 159 paintings, 45 sculptures, 50 print illustrations, 17 craftworks, 8 pottery-crafts, 37 architectural and video arts and 7 performance art pieces were on display and received critical acclaim.
Started on 1st July, this three week- exhibition attracted a great number of crowds this year. This biennale had been a regular event arranged by BSA since 1975.
Berlin, Jul 21 (AP/UNB) — U.S. President Donald Trump said he spoke with Sweden's prime minister Saturday about jailed rapper A$AP Rocky and "offered to personally vouch for his bail," a hollow offer in a criminal justice system that doesn't include bail.
Trump tweeted that during "a very good call" with Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, he also "assured him that A$AP was not a flight risk." The platinum-selling, Grammy-nominated artist has been in custody since early this month over an alleged fight.
While not an option in Sweden, bail is common in the United States. A defendant is allowed to post an amount of money set by the court to guarantee the defendant will appear for trial if he or she is freed pending those proceedings.
Urged on by the first lady and celebrities including Kanye West and Kim Kardashian West, the president had said in a Friday tweet that he would intervene to try to free Rocky, whose real name is Rakim May.
"Our teams will be talking further, and we agreed to speak again in the next 48 hours!" Trump wrote Saturday after speaking with Lofven.
The prime minister's press secretary, Toni Eriksson, confirmed hours later that Lofven and Trump had a conversation that "was friendly and respectful and lasted about 20 minutes."
Lofven "made certain to emphasize the complete independence of the Swedish judicial system, prosecutors and courts," Eriksson said in a statement. "He underlined that in Sweden everyone is equal before the law and that the government cannot and will not attempt to influence the legal proceedings."
The two leaders may have a follow-up call, "but nothing has been booked or planned," she said.
Lofven had issued a statement earlier Saturday saying he would be glad to speak with Trump about A$AP Rocky's detention but giving the same warning about his government's unwillingness to interfere.
"I understand that President Trump has a personal interest in the case," the prime minister said before they spoke. "He has expressed the desire for a conversation with me, which is certainly positive."
Rocky has been behind bars while Swedish police investigate the fight in Stockholm he allegedly was in before appearing at a music festival. Videos published on social media appear to show a person being violently thrown onto the ground by Rocky. A defense lawyer has said it was self-defense.
Other recording artists have spoken on his behalf, including Sean "Diddy" Combs, Justin Bieber, Shawn Mendes, Nicki Minaj and Post Malone.
Los Angeles, Jul 21 (AP/UNB) — Universal says it will release two new "Halloween" films, including one with the ominous title "Halloween Ends."
The studio said Friday that the first of the films, "Halloween Kills," will be released in 2020 and the second film will come in 2021.
A teaser video includes the voice of Jamie Lee Curtis, who starred in the original 1978 film and last year's blockbuster sequel, "Halloween." The video states the saga of Curtis' character, Laurie Strode, and villain Michael Myers "isn't over."
Universal says "Halloween Kills" will be released on Oct. 16, 2020, and "Halloween Ends" will arrive Oct. 15, 2021.
Last year's film set records and earned $253.5 million worldwide.
Curtis is also serving as a producer on the films, which are being overseen by Blumhouse Productions.