Antibes, May 24 (AP/UNB) — Kendall Jenner, Antonio Banderas and other stars attending the nearby Cannes Film Festival turned out Thursday for the 26th amfAR Gala to raise money for AIDS research.
Mariah Carey gave a special performance for the dinner guests along with Tom Jones and Dua Lipa during Thursday's event at the famed Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc. Charli XCX provided the live entertainment at the after-party.
The event is a fixture during the Cannes Film Festival with its sit-down black tie dinner, star-filled live auction and a designer fashion show curated by Carine Roitfeld. The looks were then auctioned off for one million euros ($1.12 million).
Along with Jenner and Banderas, Pamela Anderson, Patricia Arquette, Rebel Wilson and Adrien Brody were among the stars at the gala. Winnie Harlow, Adriana Lima and Natasha Poly lent some extra glamour to the red carpet. The gala also attracts Europe's elite, some of whom bid on opulent items for sale.
Auction lots included a seven-night stay on a private island in the Indian Ocean for eight guests, which went for 100,000 euros ($111,826) , a Myanmar adventure with renowned Swedish explorer Johan Ernst Nilson that was snapped up for 75,000 euros ($83,870).
Various pieces of modern art were also sold off, including an Andy Warhol screen print of Mick Jagger which raised 325,000 euros ($363,436) and a Takashi Murakami sculpture for 1,800,000 euros ($2 million).
Arquette said before the gala that she was attending to support the cause, and drive up prices a bit. "I'm just here to have fun," Arquette said on the red carpet. "And to make people drink so they, you know, spend money on the auction. 'Drink more.' 'Bid higher.'"
Jones said he was glad to perform because he knew the money raised at the event would go far. "It's a very good feeling because you know that it's a great cause that you're making money for going to the right place ... to try and get a cure for AIDS. The thing we need is money. And what better way to do it than something like this?"
AmfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research, is one of the world's leading non-profit organizations supporting research, prevention and education for AIDS, and has invested nearly $550 million in its programs worldwide.
Dhaka, May 22 (UNB) - Ekushey Padak-winning Nazrul Sangeet exponent Khalid Hossain passed away at a city hospital on Wednesday night. He was 78.
He breathed his last at the National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (NICVD) around 10:15pm, said his son Asif Hossain.
Khalid Hossain, who had long been suffering from cardiac problems, developed kidney and lung ailments recently.
He was taken to the NICVD on May 4 last and kept at the coronary care unit.
Khalid Hossain received the Ekushey Padak in 2000. He also won many other awards, including Nazrul Academy Award and Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy Award.
Cannes, May 22 (AP/UNB) — Twenty-five years after premiering "Pulp Fiction" in Cannes, Quentin Tarantino returned to the French film festival with neither great vengeance nor furious anger but a gentler fairy tale about 1960s Los Angeles.
"Once Upon a Time In ... Hollywood" made its much-anticipated debut Tuesday in Cannes, giving the festival its most concentrated splash of celebrity and frenzy. The film's two stars, Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio, brought a fittingly old-school Hollywood glamour to the Cannes red carpet, where throngs of onlookers swelled along the Croisette.
Much of the plot of "Once Upon a Time In ... Hollywood" had been carefully kept under wraps leading up to the premiere. DiCaprio plays a Westerns actor anxious that his notoriety is slipping. Pitt plays his stunt double, friend and, because of a drunk driving offense, his driver. Though set against the backdrop of the Manson Family murders, much of Tarantino's film is invested in recapturing the radiance of a bygone Hollywood.
For a filmmaker often associated with blistering dialogue and ecstatic explosions of violence, "One Upon a Time in ... Hollywood" finds the 56-year-old Tarantino working at a more relaxed pace, spending generous amounts of time in odes to spaghetti Westerns and '60s TV shows.
Ahead of the premiere, Tarantino, whose "Pulp Fiction" won the Palme d'Or in 1994, issued a statement to festival audiences imploring them not to spoil the film for future moviegoers — a request repeated before the film's press screening. Journalists lined up hours in advance.
"Once Upon a Time in ... Hollywood" is Tarantino's first movie not being released by Harvey Weinstein. After Tarantino cut ties with the disgraced mogul, the project attracted the interest of most studios. Sony Pictures landed the film and gave it a $95 million budget — a very rare gamble on a high-priced original movie.
Instead of superheroes or intellectual property, "Once Upon a Time in ... Hollywood" will instead bank on the draw of Tarantino and his two movie stars. Margot Robbie also co-stars as Sharon Tate.
"Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood" will be released in U.S. theaters July 26.
Los Angeles, May 21 (AP/UNB) — Fire rained down and heads came off. There was punishment, banishment and retribution. And that was just from the fans.
"Game of Thrones" aired its 73rd and final episode Sunday night, showing its gift for drawing record-setting numbers of viewers and for leaving those viewers deeply divided about the results, as they have been for finales from "Seinfeld" to "The Sopranos" to "Lost."
The final episode of "Game of Thrones" at least brought some clear winners, at least one clear loser and a major upset.
(MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD.)
Brandon Stark, who until recently appeared happy to remain a mystic philosopher forever, instead becomes philosopher-king, Bran the Broken.
Yet he doesn't get to sit on the Iron Throne (a dragon melted that) or rule the Seven Kingdoms (his sister Sansa broke one off to become queen of an independent North.)
And Daenerys Targaryen became the last of the show's many, many major character deaths, given a Shakespearean send-off by Jon Snow, who watched her burn thousands of innocents and believed she had become a mad tyrant.
"You are my queen, now and always," Jon says to Daenerys as he shoves a dagger into her, giving her what may have been the shortest reign of any monarch in Westeros.
It was the endgame of a heel-turn from a week earlier that brought more fan outrage than any other moment in the always provocative show.
Actress Emilia Clarke, who plays the role of Daenerys, told Entertainment Weekly that she cried when she first read the script in 2017 but defended the arc in the end, saying it was true to the character and she found her final moments "beautiful and touching."
"Hopefully, what you'll see in that last moment as she's dying is: There's the vulnerability — there's the little girl you met in season 1," Clarke said.
The negative reaction spilled into the finale, with fans on Twitter in particular expressing outrage about the outcome, even if many agreed it was reflective of the way the unjust real world works.
"Good morning to everybody except Bran," columnist Jemele Hill tweeted Monday, "who despite being a wack archer, sending Hodor and Theon to their deaths and chilling next to a fire while everybody was fighting, got to the king."
The episode's leaps from big event to big event to tie up its many plot threads did nothing to quiet criticism that the show that made its name on carefully meandering storytelling had given that up in the final two seasons in favor of attempts to please.
"Like most of Season 8, it felt like a Wikipedia summary more than a full story being told," Gina Carbone of CinemaBlend wrote.
Critics were genuinely divided. The episode had a 57 percent fresh score among reviewers on Rotten Tomatoes, and even positive reviews acknowledged the impossibility of pulling off an ending that would be broadly satisfying.
"It was everything nobody wanted, but it was still quite a thing: adequately just, narratively symmetrical and sufficiently poignant," Hank Stuever wrote in the Washington Post.
Regardless of how fans felt about the final season, they never stopped watching.
The finale brought in 19.3 million viewers across HBO's platforms, topping the previous episode's 18.4 million to make it the most-viewed episode of any kind in the channel's history.
Just after it aired on the East Coast, nine of Twitter's top 10 trending topics were related to the show.
Fans also noticed another gaffe, a plastic water bottle at the feet of Samwell Tarly, like the paper coffee cup clearly visible on a table next to Daenerys earlier in the season.
The show had a full-circle ending of sorts. Bran's surprise ascent to the throne would have been no shock at all to viewers just after the show's first episode — where he is clearly marked as a chosen figure, forced to witness a beheading by a father teaching him the ways of the world, and pushed from a high window only to survive, paralyzed.
He then over several seasons, while missing from the story for long stretches, became a mystical seer known as the Three-eyed Raven, with an essential role but distant presence and personality.
In the finale, a council of the remaining nobles of Westeros votes for Bran after a suggestion and major speech from Tyrion Lannister.
"People love stories," Tyrion says. "Who has a better story than Bran the Broken?"
(His sisters, just to name two, many fans thought.)
Bran actor Isaac Hempstead Wright was, unsurprisingly, thrilled with his characters ending.
"I find it an extraordinary character arc to see him go from a vulnerable character totally dependent on others to the one person who holds all the keys to understanding the world," he wrote Monday in The Hollywood Reporter.
Sansa's crowning as queen of the North was as predictable as the finale got — she'd clearly been headed for the role for a while.
While the night brought a big end for "Thrones" fans, its universe was far from over.
Author George R.R. Martin still intends to finish and release two more books in the series after the show passed him by years ago.
And spin-offs are in the planning stages. One pilot in production takes place in the same realm thousands of years earlier, and the finale might have hinted at another possibility.
Arya Stark, who saved humanity early in the season, decides to sail on to unknown lands, and her departure on a ship is among the series' final images.
"What's west of Westeros?" she asks her Stark siblings. "No one knows. It's where all the maps stop. It's where I'm going."
TV comedy writer Bess Kalb expressed a common response to this idea on Twitter: "Will watch Arya the Explorya."
Dhaka, May 18 (UNB) - Renowned singer Pothik Nobi, who became famous for his song ‘Amar Ekta Nodi Chilo’, is all set to get back on the scene after a gap of 13 years with a new song, said singer and songwriter Lutfor Hasan who has tuned the song.
Lutfor told UNB that the song was written by Someshwar Oli who is known for his great work- Ghuri Tumi Kar Akashe Uro - which was also sung by Lutfor Hasan himself.
“Can you imagine of a singer who was so popular once but has no new creation in 13 years! He had a debut like a prince in the music industry. He used to amuse young guys for a few years. He had given the new generation new songs and tune as their everyday slogan. However, he is now set to sing a new song written by me!” lyricist Oli wrote on his Facebook wall.
“Pothik Nobi worked on lyric-oriented songs from 2000 to 2006. But when the standard of Bengali lyrics fell, he stopped creating new songs, and it was a really tough time for the lovers of Bengali songs. However, he liked the lyrics and tune of Jora Shalik and agreed to work on it. We hope he’ll continue to create new songs in the coming days,” Lutfor said while talking to UNB.
He said the new song of Pothik was composed by Shahriar Alam Marcell. The new song - Jora Shalik- will be released during Eid by G Series.