New York, Sep 12 (AP/UNB) — Ann Sui opened a grand bazaar as she dreamt of an unspoiled paradise at New York Fashion Week.
She was inspired, in part, by the 1955 Vincente Minnelli film "Kismet."
"One of my favorite scenes in the movie is when she went shopping and she was walking through this beautiful marketplace and that is my favorite thing on earth to do," Sui told The Associated Press of Monday's show. "In every city I travel to, I want to find out where's the flea market."
The vibe, she said, was wanderlust, an escapist fantasy. Set designer Jerry Schwartz created her shopping experience for guests, including filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola, his filmmaker daughter Sofia Coppola and Naomi Campbell.
For her spring collection, Sui chose bright colors and bold patterns in silk dresses, shorts and loose-fitting pantsuits. Many looks had matching turbans or floppy hats. Models walked in bright colored sneakers and sandals with lace socks. The final look, worn by Gigi Hadid, was a gold glittery V-neck dress that was sheer from the waist to ankle.
"I was inspired by the way Tony Duquette did the sets in 'Kismet,' where he kept everything very neutral and gold, which is what we did with our set. And what popped were the color clothing and what people were wearing or objects they were finding in the market," Sui said.
Shapes were sporty in luxe metallic brocades. Glittery party dresses were paired with the aforementioned anklets and sneakers. She made use of Jacquard fisherman vests, oversized embellished biker jackets, pinup girl bathing suits, satin cowboy shirts and Polynesian jumpsuits.
Lots of looks were trimmed in fish scale sequins and ombre fringe.
"I just love the idea of first being artisanal, but also creating a fantasy," Sui said. "So that's what I was trying to do tonight, was to create this fantasy of idyllic shopping, of a dream world of shopping."
Sofia Coppola made a purchase, to be picked up after the show with other buyers.
"I love to see Anna's shows," she said. "She's a good friend of mine and I always love to see what she does. And this one is unique."
Los Angeles, Sep 11 (AP/UNB) — The horror pic "The Nun" scared off the competition and dominated the North American box office in its first weekend in theaters, grossing $53.8 million.
A spinoff of a character seen in "The Conjuring 2," ''The Nun" banked the most successful launch of the "Conjuring" universe, which also includes the "Annabelle" films.
Another newcomer, STX's "Peppermint," starring Jennifer Garner as a mother out for vengeance, moved up to second place with $13.4 million, and ahead of "Crazy Rich Asians," which fell to third place with $13.1 million.
Fourth place went to the shark thriller "The Meg," with $6.1 million, while the John Cho screen mystery "Searching" placed fifth with $4.6 million.
The top 20 movies at U.S. and Canadian theaters Friday through Sunday, followed by distribution studio, gross, number of theater locations, average receipts per location, total gross and number of weeks in release, as compiled Monday by comScore:
1. "The Nun," Warner Bros., $53,807,379, 3,876 locations, $13,882 average, $53,807,379, 1 Week.
2. "Peppermint," STX Entertainment, $13,423,255, 2,980 locations, $4,504 average, $13,423,255, 1 Week.
3. "Crazy Rich Asians," Warner Bros., $13,148,404, 3,865 locations, $3,402 average, $135,770,569, 4 Weeks.
4. "The Meg," Warner Bros., $6,094,327, 3,511 locations, $1,736 average, $131,637,101, 5 Weeks.
5. "Searching," Sony, $4,570,235, 2,009 locations, $2,275 average, $14,366,365, 3 Weeks.
6. "Mission: Impossible - Fallout," Paramount, $3,885,798, 2,334 locations, $1,665 average, $212,202,565, 7 Weeks.
7. "Disney's Christopher Robin," Disney, $3,404,931, 2,518 locations, $1,352 average, $91,934,021, 6 Weeks.
8. "Operation Finale," MGM, $2,871,184, 1,818 locations, $1,579 average, $13,935,630, 2 Weeks.
9. "BlacKkKlansman," Focus Features, $2,609,915, 1,547 locations, $1,687 average, $43,498,445, 5 Weeks.
10. "Alpha," Sony, $2,517,768, 2,521 locations, $999 average, $32,460,286, 4 Weeks.
11. "God Bless The Broken Road," Freestyle Releasing, $1,386,254, 1,272 locations, $1,090 average, $1,386,254, 1 Week.
12. "Incredibles 2," Disney, $1,352,194, 1,446 locations, $935 average, $604,465,699, 13 Weeks.
13. "Mile 22," STX Entertainment, $1,206,503, 1,802 locations, $670 average, $35,111,649, 4 Weeks.
14. "Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation," Sony, $1,121,921, 1,012 locations, $1,109 average, $164,233,534, 9 Weeks.
15. "The Happytime Murders," STX Entertainment, $1,082,377, 1,839 locations, $589 average, $20,027,804, 3 Weeks.
16. "Slender Man," Sony, $838,526, 983 locations, $853 average, $29,692,608, 5 Weeks.
17. "Kin," Lionsgate, $804,401, 2,141 locations, $376 average, $5,318,012, 2 Weeks.
18. "Ya Veremos," Lionsgate, $767,346, 369 locations, $2,080 average, $3,312,383, 2 Weeks.
19. "Juliet, Naked," Roadside Attractions, $642,022, 467 locations, $1,375 average, $2,429,485, 4 Weeks.
20. "The Wife," Sony Pictures Classics, $639,857, 153 locations, $4,182 average, $1,964,144, 4 Weeks.
Dhaka, Sept 10 (UNB) - A film based on the major historical event of British India, the Bhawal case which took place in today's Gazipur, "Ek j Chhilo Raja", got its first theatrical trailer released on Monday starring Jaya Ahsan.
The movie is entirely based on the lore of Bhawal Sannyashi, the controversies regarding the return of presumably dead prince of Bhawal estate Ramendra Narayan Roy who was presumed dead and was cremated in 1909.
However controversies arose when a mysterious Sannyashi visited Bhawal estate in 1921 and claimed that he is Ramendra, the King of Bhawal.
This phenomenal event shook the then British India and Ramendra was accused as an imposter.
Cases were filed for and against the accused and this feud went on for 16 years when Privy Council in London ruled in favour of Ramendra in 1946.
The 2 minute and 14 seconds long trailer opens in a gloomy courtroom where a pleader addresses the court seeking permission to present a man named Raja Mahendra Kumar Chowdhury. This character is based on Ramendra Narayan Roy.
In various shots afterwards flashbacks are shown in the trailer picturing the colourful life of Ramendra. Several other major characters are also either introduced or hinted.
The trailer ends by putting up the question is the claim of Mahendra alias Ramendra Narayan Roy legitimate or not.
'Ek Je Chhilo Raja' is directed by prominent Tollywood director Srijit Mukherjee.
Jisshu Sengupta is starring as Mahendra Kumar Chowdhury. The cast also includes Jaya Ahsan from Bangladesh who plays the sister of the Bhawal King.
Other cast members are Rajnandini Paul, Anjan Dutt, Aparna Sen Rudranil Ghosh and others.
The film is set to release in late October this year in India under the banner of Sree Venkatesh Films.
Atlantic City, Sep 10 (AP/UNB) — The first woman to win the Miss America crown without having to don a swimsuit says she's glad she didn't have to.
Nia Imani Franklin, who won the title Sunday night in Atlantic City while competing as Miss New York, said the changes in the 98-year-old are a welcome modernization.
Meeting reporters soon after winning the crown, Franklin said she's glad there was no swimsuit competition because it enabled her to eat a little more.
"These changes, I think, will be great for our organization," she said. "I've already seen so many young women reaching out to me personally as Miss New York asking how they can get involved because I think they feel more empowered that they don't have to do things such as walk in a swimsuit for a scholarship.
"And I'm happy that I didn't have to do so to win this title tonight because I'm more than just that," Franklin said. "And all these women onstage are more than just that."
Her victory Sunday night resurrected a string of successes the Empire State has had in the pageant in recent years. Mallory Hagan, Nina Davuluri and Kira Kazantsev won the title from 2013 to 2015 competing as Miss New York.
A classical vocalist whose pageant platform is "advocating for the arts," Franklin sang an operatic selection from the opera La Boheme on Sunday night.
She wrote her first song at age 5. It went "Love, love, love, love, is the only thing that matters to me, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey." At the prompting of an Associated Press reporter, she sang the song at her post-victory press conference as audience members snapped their fingers.
Franklin won a $50,000 scholarship along with the crown in the first Miss America pageant to be held without a swimsuit competition.
She said during her onstage interview that she was one of only a small number of minority students in school growing up, but used her love for music and the arts to grow and fit in.
The fourth runner up was Miss Massachusetts Gabriela Taveras; third runner up was Miss Florida Taylor Tyson; second runner up was Miss Louisiana Holli' Conway, and the first runner up was Miss Connecticut Bridget Oei.
The judges narrowed the field of 51 candidates during the pageant Sunday night from Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall.
The decision to drop the swimsuit competition created a good deal of controversy and criticism of current Miss America leadership. Minutes before the nationally televised broadcast began, a comedian warming up the crowd mentioned that there would be no swimsuit competition this year, and was met with loud boos in the hall.
The swimsuits were replaced by onstage interviews, which have generated attention-grabbing remarks from contestants regarding President Trump, and NFL player protests, among other topics.
Behind the scenes, a revolt is underway among most of the Miss America state organizations who demand that national chairwoman Gretchen Carlson and CEO Regina Hopper resign.
The former Miss America, Cara Mund, says the two have bullied and silenced her, claims that the women deny.
Upon taking over at the helm of the Miss America Organization last winter following an email scandal in which former top leaders denigrated the appearance, intellect and sex lives of former Miss Americas, Carlson and Hopper set out to transform the organization, dubbing it "Miss America 2.0."
Unhappy with how the swimsuit decision was reached, as well as with other aspects of Carlson and Hopper's performance, 46 of the 51 state pageant organizations (the District of Columbia is included) have called on the two to resign.
Mund only appeared at the very end of the pageant before the next winner was crowned. She was not allowed to speak live; instead a 30-second taped segment of her speaking was broadcast.
Los Angeles, Sep 9 (AP/UNB) — Tiffany Haddish is continuing her hot streak, winning an Emmy Award in her first try.
Haddish was honored as best guest actress in a comedy series for hosting "Saturday Night Live."
The award was announced at Saturday's creative arts Emmys, a precursor to the Sept. 17 main ceremony airing on NBC.
Since her breakout performance in the movie "Girls Trip," Haddish has been an Oscar presenter and MTV Movie & TV Awards host. She co-stars in the sitcom "The Last O.G."
The award for best guest comedy actor went to Katt Williams for "Atlanta." Neither Williams or Haddish were in attendance.
Ron Cephas Jones of "This Is Us" and Samira Wiley of "The Handmaid's Tale" accepted guest acting honors in the drama series categories.
The "Star Trek" television franchise received the Governors Award. William Shatner, star of the original 1960s series, and Sonequa Martin-Green of 2018's "Star Trek: Discovery" accepted the award, along with other actors with "Star Trek" credentials including Walter Koenig, Jeri Ryan and Levar Burton.
An edited version of the two-part creative arts ceremony, held Saturday and Sunday, will be telecast on FXX at 8 p.m. EDT Saturday, Sept. 15.
Among other awards presented Saturday:
—Character voice-over performance: Alex Borstein, "Family Guy."
— Animated program: "Rick and Morty."
— Short-form animated program: "Robot Chicken."
— Short-form comedy or drama series: "James Corden's Next James Corden."
— Actor in a short-form comedy or drama series: James Corden.
— Actress in a short-form comedy or drama series: Christina Pickles, "Break A Hip."
— Television movie: "USS Callister (Black Mirror)."
— Commercial: "The Talk," P&G.
- Music composition for a series (original dramatic score): Ramin Djawadi, "Game of Thrones: The Dragon and the Wolf."
- Music composition for a limited series, movie or special (original dramatic score): Cyrille Aufort, "March Of The Penguins 2: The Next Step."