‘Dunki’, one of the much-anticipated Bollywood films in 2023 starring superstar Shah Rukh Khan, finally hit 46 local theatres and cinemas across the country on Friday, a day after its international release on Thursday. The Rajkumar Hirani-directed film received its uncut censor certificate from the Bangladesh Film Censor Board on Thursday night. Immediately after its release, Joy Cinemas in Keraniganj, Dhaka screened its first show in Bangladesh at 9pm. Dhallywood superstar Shabnoor to make comeback with Chayanika Chowdhury's new film Even though Shah Rukh Khan fans eagerly anticipated that the film would be released across all theatres on the same date aligned with its international release, they immediately rushed to the theatres on Friday. Nonetheless, the cinema halls on Friday were festive as the moviegoers rushed to enjoy the last big Bollywood release of this year on big screens. So far, the film is receiving positive reactions globally. ‘Wonka’ review: Powered by the charisma of Timothée Chalamet Action Cut Entertainment, which has previously brought SRK-starrer blockbuster films ‘Pathaan’ and ‘Jawan’ to Bangladesh, is also the distributor of ‘Dunki’ in the country. Notably. ‘Jawan’ made history as it was released in Bangladesh on the same day of its global release. ‘Dunki’ is directed and edited by Rajkumar Hirani, also the co-screenplay writer of the film who is best known for delivering social messages by highlighting significant issues in his films including ‘Munna Bhai MBBS’, ‘3 Idiots’, ‘PK’ and ‘Sanju’. ‘I'm on medication’: Karan Johar The much-anticipated film from the SRK-Hirani duo, ‘Dunky’ is based on the eponymous illegal immigration strategy which is popular among many immigrant aspirants across India. The movie also features Taapsee Pannu, Vicky Kaushal and Boman Irani as other lead characters, produced under the brands of Red Chillies Entertainment, Jio Studios, and Rajkumar Hirani Films.
Dhallywood's iconic actress and one of the most successful superstars in mainstream commercial films Shabnoor is set to return to acting with Chayanika Chowdhury's brand new project 'Matal Hawa' alongside prominent actor Mahfuz Ahmed. Sunday marks the 45th birthday of the acclaimed actress, and director Chayanika Chowdhury announced the news regarding her upcoming film starring the superstar on Sunday night from her verified Facebook profile. "I have previously shared my desire to make a film with Shabnoor and Mahfuz Ahmed; never thought that this would become a reality this soon. Yes, this is happening. The film's name is 'Matal Hawa', a story by Mahfuz Ahmed and written by Raihan Khan," Chowdhury wrote. According to Chowdhury, the discussion of this new movie began as an aftermath of her interaction with the actress, followed by the screening of the director's film 'Prahelika' which marked the comeback of the popular television and silver screen actor Mahfuz Ahmed. The director mentioned that the scriptwriting team had been working on the film for the last four months; however, adding that the shooting will begin once the team is ready to roll, whenever the actors are ready. "We are not in a hurry since she (Shabnoor) will perform after such a long time!! There should be planning. Furthermore, we want this film to outperform 'Prahelika'. We'll go to the shooting when my artists are ready and our team is ready. There is no rush, not at all - because I always remember the tortoise and the hare narrative. Our goal is to make a great cinema," Chowdhury wrote. The movie will hit the theatres in any of the Eid festivities next year, according to various sources. Shabnoor had been living in Australia for more than a decade. The actress has recently returned to her motherland after three years. The actress made her acting debut in the 1993 film Chandni Raatey, directed by Ehtesham. Her performances alongside late heartthrob superstar Salman Shah made the pair a successful duo, and she is also best known for taking the country's commercial cinema to new heights with her films alongside Riaz, Shakil Khan, Ferdous Ahmed, Amin Khan, Shakib Khan and others.
The original 1971 "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" may have been a delicious dream, lined with trees of gumballs and fields of lollipops. But never has there been a more cautionary tale about the danger of too much of a good thing. Magical as that Roald Dahl-scripted film was, it remains lodged in our imaginations less for its sugary goodness than the way darkness, satire and even mania ebb around its edges — flowing down that nightmarish watery tunnel and pooling somewhere in the back of Gene Wilder's eyes. Charlie Bucket and Grandpa Joe may bubble with laughter all the way up the ceiling, but there's a spinning metal blade up there. Also read: 'Something Like an Autobiography’: Chorki’s ‘Ministry of Love’ premieres with Farooki’s acting debut "Wonka," the latest attempt to revisit Dahl's masterwork, bears no such danger. It's going more for the taste of an Everlasting Gobstopper — an ingenious confection that piles flavor on top of flavor. Tasty though that can be, you miss the daring of Dahl in the more wanly whimsical "Wonka." Still, the movie has two big things going for it: the charisma of its winning star, Timothée Chalamet, and the dazzling designs of its director, Paul King, the don of "Paddington." To a large degree, King has applied much of the formula that defined "Paddington" — and that "Godfather Part II" of sequels, "Paddington 2" — to a Wonka origin story that populates a delightfully detailed world with a delightful array of supporting characters (many of whom are "Paddington" veterans). Did I say it's delightful? Yet it's that strain to delight that keeps "Wonka" from achieving liftoff. King's film is lively but too neutered to do Dahl justice; congenial but not clever enough to match the giddy joy of "Paddington 2." If Tim Burton's 2005 film, with Johnny Depp giving Wonka a Michael Jackson spin, leaned into creepiness, "Wonka" goes the opposite direction. Also read: 10 Most Hyped Bollywood Films Releasing in December 2023 And you might fairly wonder: What's so wrong that? Who doesn't want a cynicism-free, candy-colored charm overload? "Wonka" may be too much of a good thing, but for many (particularly kids) it will surely, well, delight. Even for a movie predicated on retooling IP, "Wonka" comes across as remarkably sincere in its feel-good aspirations. In the film's opening scenes, Willy (Chalamet) breezes into a frigid, unnamed European-styled city, singing "I've got nothing to offer but my chocolate and a hatful of dreams." He arrives like a too-confident traveling salesman, eager to sell his chocolate to the world. Immediately fleeced of his few coins, Willy sets down on a bench for the night and pulls a candle out of his hat that he lights with a gentle blow. He's offered a bed for the night at inn. There, the innkeeper Mrs. Scrubit (Olivia Colman) and her henchman Bleacher (Tom Davis) trap needy drifters into years of indentured labor with elaborate contracts. This Wonka can't read, a twist that I doubt Dahl would have endorsed, given how much, for him, reading and imagination were intertwined. Before Willy has even gotten started, he finds himself imprisoned with a handful of other similarly misfortunate souls, including the young Noodle (a very natural Calah Lane). Also read: What's streaming now: 'Oppenheimer,' Adam Sandler as a lizard and celebs dancing to Taylor Swift But inspired by his late mother (Sally Hawkins, seen in tender childhood flashbacks), Willy isn't much daunted in his dream to open a shop alongside other candy makers in the Galeries Gourmet. He manages to escape repeatedly to dazzle customers with chocolates of exotic ingredients before slipping through manhole covers to make a getaway, like Harry Lime in "The Third Man." Sensing the potential power of Wonka's enchanting chocolates (some cause levitation), the monopolizing local chocolatiers — Slugworth (Paterson Joseph), Prodnose (Matt Lucas) and Fickelgruber (Mathew Baynton) — band together to squash Willy with the aid of a chocolate-addicted police chief (Keegan-Michael Key), whose waistline expands throughout the film. That bit, like most others in the film, doesn't quite land despite the good cheer it's delivered with. "Wonka" assembles a wide array of top-notch comic actors — not only Key and Colman but Hugh Grant as an Oompa Loompa; Simon Farnaby (who co-wrote the script with King) as a security guard, mirroring his "Paddington 2" cameo; and Rowan Atkinson as a corrupt priest. Also read: Farooki’s ‘Shonibar Bikel’ to be released on Indian OTT platform Sony LIV But most of the jokes in "Wonka" are as memorable as its songs. The gag of Grant, the "Paddington 2" MVP, smothered in orange makeup and green hair as a proudly debonair Oompa Loompa, is never quite as clever as the movie thinks it is. (On the press trail for the film, Grant has been 10 times funnier. ) Neil Hannon's songs are generic, but Chalamet sings them well. When a few notes from Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley's "Pure Imagination" float by, they only serve as a reminder to how much better the tunes were in the original. I may be being too hard on "Wonka." This is an eminently pleasant movie, propped up by its indefatigable good cheer and King's immaculately tidy craftsmanship. The costumes (Lindy Hemming), cinematography (Chung-hoon Chung) and, in particular, the ingenious production design (Nathan Crowley) craft a wonder-filled backdrop. A film doesn't need scenery this good for Chalamet to carry it. His Wonka is simpler and brighter than Wilder's, more a figure of pure optimism, like Paddington. But we've also had some exemplary Dahl adaptations lately that didn't forget that worlds of imagination come alive when the cruelties of life and of childhood aren't just paid lip service. (Veruca Salt or Mike Teavee, for instance, wouldn't fit anywhere in "Wonka.") I'm thinking of Wes Anderson's inventive Dahl-adapted shorts, released this fall on Netflix, and Matthew Warchus' terrific "Matilda the Musical," from last year. "Wonka" is a more mixed addition: More tailored for kids yet less about childhood. "Wonka," a Warner Bros. release, is rated PG by the Motion Picture Association for "some violence, mild language and thematic elements." Running time: 116 minutes. Two and a half stars out of four.
Bollywood producer, director Karan Johar, who has always been upfront about his mental health struggles, recently opened up about his experience with anxiety during a press conference for his programme “Koffee With Karan 8”. “What happens to me or anybody else, it can happen to anybody. It doesn't mean you need a trigger, sometimes it is a result of many things, sometimes there's a trigger. When I spoke about my anxiety, it was to share a part of life that exists. That exists today as well, while I speak. I've no fear in saying that I'm on medication,” PTI quoted Karan Johar as saying, reports NDTV. Also read: Bollywood filmmaker Karan Johar in the dock over 'drugs party at home' Karan Johar and actress Deepika Padukone discussed their mental health experiences on an earlier episode of “Koffee With Karan 8”. Karan Johar discussed his "legit (anxiety) attack" during the unveiling of the Nita Mukesh Ambani Cultural Centre (NMACC) earlier this year. “The legit attack I had was at the NMACC launch. I remember Varun Dhawan was staring at me. I was sweating. I didn't even realise my face was full of sweat. Varun came and he was like, 'Are you okay?' My hands were shaking. And then he took me to an empty room. I first thought it was a cardiac arrest. I didn't know what I was going through. I got out of my jacket, which was long and elaborate. I just left in half an hour. I went back home and I just went to my bed and I cried. I didn't know why I was crying,” Johar said recalling the incident. Also read: Karan Johar to turn Student of the Year into a web series? “Kuch Kuch Hota Hai”, “Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham”, “Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna”, “My Name Is Khan”, and “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil” are among the films Karan Johar directed. “Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahaani”, starring Alia Bhatt and Ranbir Kapoor, was his latest film which became a blockbuster. Karan Johar is also producing a film starring Kartik Aaryan and another project with Sidharth Malhotra, according to the report.
'Something Like an Autobiography’: Chorki’s ‘Ministry of Love’ premieres with Farooki’s acting debut
Popular Bangladeshi OTT platform Chorki’s much-anticipated film series ‘Ministry of Love’ premiered its first film, acclaimed filmmaker Mostofa Sarwar Farooki’s ‘Something Like an Autobiography’ on Thursday night. The star-studded premiere of the film was held at the Star Cineplex, SKS Tower, Mohakhali in the capital. This marks the acting debut of Mostofa Sarwar Farooki on the silver screen, alongside his wife and prominent actress Nusrat Imrose Tisha. The film is also Farooki’s first showcased on the country’s silver screen in six years. Also read: Farooki’s ‘Shonibar Bikel’ to be released on Indian OTT platform Sony LIV Celebrities and cultural personalities including eminent actor Afzal Hossain, National Award-winning actor Chanchal Chowdhury, Bangladeshi conglomerate and producer Anjan Chowdhury, Daily Prothom Alo Associate Editor Anisul Hoque, singer Elita Karim, young directors Adnan Al Rajeev and Syed Ahmed Shawki, popular actresses Mehazabien Chowdhury, Tasnia Farin, Sarika Sabrin, Shabnam Faria and others joined the cast and crew of the film including Iresh Zaker, Sharaf Ahmed Jibon and others. Besides, several directors of Chorki’s ‘Ministry of Love’ project including National Award-winning filmmaker Raihan Rafi, popular director Ashfaque Nipun, Shihab Shaheen, Abu Shaheed Emon, Arifur Rahman and Redoan Rony, also the CEO of Chorki, joined the premiere alongside the film’s lead duo, Mostofa Sarwar Farooki and Nusrat Imrose Tisha, who joined their only daughter Ilham. Also read: Bioscope Introduces Bangla dubbing of popular Korean drama "Mr. Queen" The 82-minute film, also simultaneously premiered on the Chorki app, showcases the eventful journey of a couple towards their parenthood, through which they had to face unwanted circumstances and tackle several roadblocks. Alongside the lead casts, eminent actors Dolly Zahoor and Monowar Hossain Dipjol also appeared in the film in special roles. “There is a vulnerability involved in creating stories based on personal experiences, but it is our responsibility as artists to get into the core of a person's feelings and pull out the suffering. I have worked in several facets of the film industry; however, I never saw myself as an actor. Grateful to Chorki for letting me tell this special story of parenthood,” Farooki said a the premiere. ‘Something Like an Autobiography’ is actress Nusrat Imrose Tisha's debut work as a screenplay writer, alongside her husband Farooki. “Not only that, this was my daughter Ilham’s first appearance in media as she appeared in the film’s music video; this is also my first on-screen work alongside Farooki. With all these firsts, this particular film became something forever special to me, and this film will remain as a token of love from the parent to all the children," she said at the event. Also read: 'Din-The Day' achieves massive viewership in just 3 days “Although this is the first time the mass audience will be watching Farooki bhai’s performance as an actor, this is not the first for us, as we have seen his acting during our time as part of his ‘Chabial’ team. However, the most important part is that this film marks his silver-screen comeback after six years, and we are excited about this film,” ‘Mohanagar’-famed popular director Ashfaque Nipun told UNB. Chorki CEO Redoan Rony said, “Today is a significant day in my life as Farooki bhai was my first producer, and now I am standing here as the producer of Farooki bhai’s film in which he debuts as an actor. The ‘Ministry of Love’ will also bring another film soon under his direction, and we believe that all our 12 film projects will enthral our audiences.” Back in August this year, Chorki announced the ‘Ministry of Love’ projects with 12 filmmakers, who are set to bring 12 films throughout the years 2023-2024.
As Christmas and year-end is approaching, the festive season has already started. Bollywood is planning to release a bunch of exciting movies in the last month of the year. Let’s take a look at the most awaited Bollywood movies being released in December 2023. 10 Most Anticipated Bollywood Films Coming in December 2023 Animal | Action Thriller | December 1, 2023 Co-written, edited and directed by Sandeep Reddy Vanga, this is a combo project of T-Series, Bhadrakali Pictures, and Cine1 Studios. Starring Ranbir Kapoor as a volatile man with a strained relationship with his father, the film features Anil Kapoor, Rashmika Mandanna, Bobby Deol, and Tripti Dimri. The narrative delves into the intricate dynamics between business magnate Balbir Singh and his son Arjun Singh. After a tragedy befalls Balbir, Arjun embarks on a quest for vengeance against his rival Viraj Surve, leading to a brutal gang war. With a runtime of 201 minutes, “Animal” stands as one of the longest Indian films. Harshavardhan Rameshwar composed this movie's score. Additionally, it is set to be released in Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam, and Kannada languages. Read more: 12 Must-watch South Indian Films Releasing in December 2023 Sam Bahadur | Biographical War Drama | December 1, 2023 Directed by Meghna Gulzar, this is a tremendous portrayal of the life of India's first field marshal, Sam Manekshaw. Co-written by Bhavani Iyer and Shantanu Srivastava, this film is produced by Ronnie Screwvala under RSVP Movies. Vicky Kaushal takes on the title role, supported by Fatima Sana Shaikh, Edward Sonnenblick, Sanya Malhotra, Neeraj Kabi, and Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub. Set against the 1971 Indo-Pakistan War, this movie highlights Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw's pivotal role in leading the Indian Army during Bangladesh's Liberation War. Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy composed the music, with Gulzar contributing the lyrics. Ketan Sodha handles the background score. Read more: Top Hyped Hollywood Films of 2024: The Blockbuster Bonanza The Archies | Teen Musical Comedy | December 7, 2023 Directed by Zoya Akhtar, this is a tale featuring a fictional music band connected to Archie Comics. The cast includes Agastya Nanda, Suhana Khan, Khushi Kapoor, Vedang Raina, Aditi Saigal, Mihir Ahuja, and Yuvraj Menda. Set in 1960s India, the film follows Archie and the gang as they navigate romance, friendship, and the future of Riverdale amidst the threat of a beloved park's destruction. The movie soundtrack is a collaboration between Ankur Tiwari, The Islanders, Dot., and Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, with lyrics penned by Javed Akhtar, Ankur Tiwari, and Dot. This Tiger Baby Productions creation is slated for release on Netflix. Read more: Netflix Originals Dec 2023 Lineup: List of Movies, Series, and Other Shows Kadak Singh | Mystery | December 8, 2023 This Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury-directed film stars Pankaj Tripathi, Sanjana Sanghi, and marks Bangladeshi actress Jaya Ahsan’s Bollywood debut. Written by Ritesh Shah, the project got Shantanu Moitra to compose its music. The film unravels the enigmatic lifestyle of AK Shrivastav, battling retrograde amnesia while uncovering conflicting narratives from his past. Following Srivastava, an officer in the Department of Financial Crimes, the story unfolds as he solves a Chit Fund Scam by piecing together different perspectives on his identity. Dilip Shankar, Paresh Pahuja, Varun Buddhadev also feature in this ZEE5 Original Film. Read more: Something Like An Autobiography: Real Story or Just a Film? Joram | Survival Thriller | December 8, 2023 This gripping craft of writer-director Devashish Makhija was made under the production of Zee Studios along with Makhijafilm. Starring the talented trio of Manoj Bajpayee, Smita Tambe, and Tannishtha Chatterjee, this movie weaves a tense survival thriller across a harsh landscape. The audience is thrust into the heart of a desperate man's journey including a relentless pursuit, and a mother's quest. Having premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam on February 1, 2023, "Joram" indulges viewers to get a different type of experience. Read more: Top 10 Highest Earning South Indian Films of All Time
The end of the year is already here. The cinematic realms of Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam, and Kannada promise to illuminate the silver screen. New directors and actors are also joining the ranks of the famous ones to add to this year-end movie season. This article presents a curated selection of 12 must-watch South Indian films releasing in December 2023. 12 Most Hyped South Indian Movies Coming in December 2023 Hi Nanna | Telugu | December 7, 2023 The debutant director Shouryuv is coming up with this romantic family drama written by himself. This co-production of Mohan Cherukuri (CVM), Murthy K. S. under Vyra Entertainments, and Dr. Vijender Reddy Teegala, stars Nani and Mrunal Thakur. The storyline follows Nana, a young woman struggling to find her place in the world, who discovers self-worth and love with the help of Nani. Hesham Abdul Wahab composed the music, Sanu Varghese handled the cinematography, and Praveen Anthony did all the edits. Gangs of Godavari | Telugu | December 8, 2023 Krishna Chaitanya directs the action and history film, with Sai Soujanya and Suryadevara Naga Vamsi producing. Fortune Four Cinemas, Sithara Entertainments, and Srikara Studios are behind the production. The cast includes Vishwak Sen, Anjali, Neha Shetty, Nassar from Baahubali, Sai Kumar, and Goparaju Ramana, with Nora Fatehi in a special appearance. Read more: 'Din-The Day' achieves massive viewership in just 3 days The storyline delves into the sand and water mafia in the 1980s Godavari region of Andhra Pradesh. Yuvan Shankar Raja handles the music, Anith Madhadi works on cinematography, and Navin Nooli takes charge of editing. Salaar: Part 1 – Ceasefire | Telugu | December 22, 2023 This much-anticipated action thriller is written and directed by Prashanth Neel, with Vijay Kiragandur as the producer. The film features Prabhas in the lead role, supported by Prithviraj Sukumaran, Shruti Haasan, Tinnu Anand, Jagapathi Babu, Easwari Rao, Ramachandra Raju, and Sriya Reddy. The story revolves around a gang leader fulfilling a promise to his dying friend by confronting other criminal gangs. Ravi Basrur took care of the sound and music, and Bhuvan Gowda handled the cinematography. Salaar will be released in Telugu, along with dubbed versions in Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil, and Hindi. Read more: Top Hyped Hollywood Films of 2024: The Blockbuster Bonanza Annapoorani: The Goddess of Food | Tamil | December 1, 2023 In his directorial debut, Nilesh Krishnaa brings forth this drama jointly bankrolled by Jatin Sethi and R. Ravindran under Zee Studios, Trident Arts, and Naad SStudios. The lead cast includes Nayanthara, Jai, Sathyaraj, K. S. Ravikumar, Redin Kingsley, and Renuka. The narrative revolves around a girl born into an orthodox family aspiring to become India's premier chef, challenging conventions to realize her dream. Thaman S composes the score, Sathyan Sooryan supervises the cinematography, and Praveen Anthony oversees editing. Parking | Tamil | December 1, 2023 Directed by Ramkumar Balakrishnan, "Parking" unravels the mystery of daily parking woes, depicting the search for parking spaces around apartments and streets. The cast features Harish Kalyan, Indhuja Ravichandran, Prathana Nathan, MS Baskar, Ilavarasu, and Rama Rajendra. Sam CS provides the music, and the film is a production of Passion Studios and Soldiers' Factory. Jiju Sunny manages cinematography, while Philomin Raj takes on the editing duties. Read more: Farooki’s ‘Shonibar Bikel’ to be released on Indian OTT platform Sony LIV Conjuring Kannappan | Tamil | December 8, 2023 Helmed by Selvinraj Xavier, this horror comedy features a star-studded cast, including Sathish, Regina Cassandra, Nasser, VTV Ganesh, Saranya Ponvannan, Anand Raj, Namo Narayana, Elli AvrRam, Redin Kingsley, Jason Shah, Benedict Garrett, and Adithya Kathir. Conjuring Kannappan narrates the story of a man experiencing visions of ghosts in the isolated bungalow he recently moved into with his family. The plot encompasses dreams, death, and the protagonist finding himself trapped in a ghostly dreamscape. The horror comedy is bankrolled by AGS productions. Yuvan Shankar Raja handles the music, and S Yuva is the cinematographer.
"Din-The Day," the highly anticipated action film starring Ananta Jalil and Barsha, has made its debut on the popular OTT platform Bongo, drawing a phenomenal response from audiences worldwide. The collaborative production with Iran, directed by renowned Iranian filmmaker Mortaza Atash Zamzam, brings an adrenaline-fueled narrative that follows Ananta Jalil as a fearless police officer engaged in international anti-terrorism operations. What's streaming now: 'Oppenheimer,' Adam Sandler as a lizard and celebs dancing to Taylor Swift In "Din-The Day," Ananta Jalil embodies the role of a valiant police officer representing an international organization, actively engaging in operations against various terrorist groups. The narrative unfolds as he embarks on a perilous mission to Afghanistan, confronting the formidable terrorist figure Abu Khalid in a gripping battle for survival. Farooki’s ‘Shonibar Bikel’ to be released on Indian OTT platform Sony LIV The film's captivating storyline is complemented by its global production, with shooting locations spanning Bangladesh, Iran, Türkiye, and Afghanistan. The cinematic spectacle was initially released on Eid ul Azha 2022 in 40 countries worldwide, showcasing the film's universal appeal. Expressing gratitude to the enthusiastic viewers, Bongo’s authority said, "Getting a good amount of response in just 3 days is a big thing for us in the world of OTT. 'Din-The Day' is not only one of Ananta Jalil's big-budget endeavors but also a testament to the global appreciation for high-quality cinema." Top Hyped Hollywood Films of 2024: The Blockbuster Bonanza Despite its success, "Din-The Day" has sparked discussions and criticisms since its release. Ananta Jalil, who plays a pivotal role in the film, has become a focal point of these conversations. The film's ability to captivate audiences and stimulate diverse opinions further underscores its impact on the cinematic landscape.
"Ted Lasso" star Hannah Waddingham's Christmas special and this week's edition of "Dancing With the Stars" promising celebrities swaying to the music of Taylor Swift are some of the new television, movies, music and games headed to a device near you. Also among the offerings worth your time as selected by The Associated Press' entertainment journalists is a collection of 55 Tina Turner singles from 1975-2023, Christopher Nolan's "Oppenheimer" is finally available to watch in your living room and Adam Sandler voices a 74-year-old lizard in Netflix's animated "Leo." Also read: Bioscope Introduces Bangla dubbing of popular Korean drama "Mr. Queen" NEW MOVIES TO STREAM Are you and your home entertainment system prepared? After making nearly $950 million at the box office, Christopher Nolan's three-hour "Oppenheimer" is finally be available to watch in your living room. There's a UHD streaming version available to purchase for $19.99, as well as 4K Ultra HD and Blu-Ray options with over 3 hours of extras, with everything overseen by Nolan. AP Film Writer Jake Coyle wrote in his review that, "There are times in Nolan's latest opus that flames fill the frame and visions of subatomic particles flitter across the screen — montages of Oppenheimer's own churning visions. But for all the immensity of 'Oppenheimer,' this is Nolan's most human-scaled film — and one of his greatest achievements." Adam Sandler plays a 74-year-old class lizard named "Leo" in the latest Netflix animation offering. Worried he's wasted his life in a cage, Leo tries to plot his escape when a kid in the school is assigned to take him home. But some mishaps ensue and he ends up befriending some of the elementary school kids when they learn he can talk. Sandler is joined by a strong comedic voice cast including Bill Burr, Cecily Strong, Jason Alexander, Jo Koy and, of course, Rob Schneider. Also read: Ananta Jalil‘s ‘Din: The Day' now on digital OTT platform Bongo Good golly, Miss Molly, is Little Richard the uncrowned king of rock 'n' roll? The documentary "Little Richard: I Am Everything," directed by Lisa Cortés and streaming on Max, makes a solid case. His flamboyant and boundary pushing lyrics, style and music had a direct influence on famous acts to follow, including the Beatles, David Bowie, Elton John, Mick Jagger and even filmmaker John Waters, who calls his own mustache a "twisted tribute" to Little Richard. In his review, AP critic Mark Kennedy wrote "Cortés' film is also the story of American rock itself, the way transistor radios allowed teens in the '50s to rebel against their parents' staid music and how Black music was appropriated by white bands." NEW MUSIC TO STREAM The music world lost a giant when Tina Turner, the undisputed "Queen of Rock 'n' Roll" died in May 2023. She left behind an incredible body of work, songs that only become more deeply felt with the passage of time. To celebrate the prolific artist, Rhino Records releases "Turner, Queen of Rock 'n' Roll (A Collection of All Her Singles From 1975-2023)" on Black Friday – a massive collection of 55 tracks across five vinyl records and three CDs. But if physical media isn't your thing – and this series is called "What to Stream," after all — the set will be available on streaming platforms, too. Also read: To Gaza from Dhaka’: Concert at Hatirjheel Amphitheater on Friday Take That, the gargantuan British boy band turned man-pop group that gave the world Robbie Williams, are releasing their ninth studio album. Titled "This Life," it is their first full-length album in seven years, a rare reunion for a band not on a break. It's also an exciting listen: there's a plucky warmth to these songs, like on the acoustic single "Windows" — no doubt the influence of Savannah, Georgia, where the band made most of the record. It's a lovely album from one of the most successful bands in British chart history – the result of getting the guys back together and finding a new sound with some old friends. NEW SERIES TO STREAM Since "Fargo" began airing on FX as an anthology series, each season has featured an impressive roster of talent including Billy Bob Thornton, Chris Rock and Kirsten Dunst stepping into its quirky world of folksy Midwesterners mixed up in the law. "Fargo: Year 5," is no different. Juno Temple stars as a woman whose strange behavior catches the attention of local authorities. Jon Hamm, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Richa Moorjani, Joe Keery, Lamorne Morris and Dave Foley also appear. Also read: Farooki’s ‘Shonibar Bikel’ to be released on Indian OTT platform Sony LIV Celebrities competing on season 32 of "Dancing with the Stars" have had to jive, waltz and foxtrot their way through a number of themed episodes including Disney music, music video night and a Whitney Houston tribute, but we'll find out whether they're "… Ready for It" on the Tuesday episode, dedicated to Taylor Swift. The show aired a video message from the superstar where she said she couldn't wait to watch the celebration of her "Eras." Who will be the "Fearless" performer of the night and swift-ly rise to the top of the leaderboard? Famed choreographer Mandy Moore helps decide when she sits in as a guest judge. When "Squid Game" premiered on Netflix in 2021, viewers were both captivated and terrified by the deadly child-like games featured in the story. On Wednesday, the streamer debuted a new 10-episode competition called "Squid Game: The Challenge." In this version, real people get the chance to take part in challenges inspired by the show — without the life-threatening consequences. Over 450 contestants from across the globe kick off the competition where the winner leaves with $4.56 million. Margery Williams' classic children's book "The Velveteen Rabbit" comes to Apple TV+ in a new special featuring the voices of Helena Bonham Carter and Nicola Coughlan of "Bridgerton." With a mix of live-action and animation, it tells the tale of a young boy who receives a new toy for Christmas that introduces him to a magical world with lessons of friendship. Besides her Emmy-winning role on "Ted Lasso," Hannah Waddingham has an extensive musical theater background. She showcases those talents in a Christmas special for Apple TV+ called "Hannah Waddingham: Home for Christmas." Available now, the concert was taped in front of a live audience at the London Coliseum and features special guests. 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Acclaimed filmmaker Mostofa Sarwar Farooki’s much-anticipated film ‘Shonibar Bikel (Saturday Afternoon)’ which has been stuck in a censorship dispute for more than four years is now finally getting released for global audiences via the Indian OTT platform Sony LIV. The director confirmed this on Wednesday in a post on his official Facebook profile. “Saturday Afternoon is coming to an OTT (platform), finally, on November 24, on Sony LIV. The film can be watched from any other country in the world, except from Bangladesh,” Farooki stated in the post. Although not getting its much-anticipated release in Bangladesh, local audiences got to watch the first glimpse of the film back in February this year when the trailer of the film was released. Read: Coldplay concert in Malaysia can be stopped by organizers if the band misbehaves, government says Featuring an ensemble cast of seasoned actors including Mamunur Rashid, Zahid Hasan, Intekhab Dinar, Parambrata Chattopadhyay, Iresh Zaker, and Nusrat Imrose Tisha, among others, the one-shot film was released in March in the USA and Canada, garnering critical acclaim. Read: Latest Release: Love, Laughter, and South Indian Charm Inspired by the 2016 Holey Artisan massacre in Gulshan, Farooki’s 8th directorial film ‘Saturday Afternoon’ (Shonibar Bikel), a Bangladeshi-German-Russian co-production, has been stuck and denied censorship for the past four years. Even after getting clearance from the Bangladesh Film Censor Board on January 21 this year, the film has been suffering from not receiving government censorship clearance for its theatrical release for local audiences.