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Cover Story

Published Date: January 24, 2015
AFZAL HOSSAIN EXPRESSIONS UNBOUND

AFZAL HOSSAIN EXPRESSIONS UNBOUND

Afzal Hossain has been one of the most well-known faces in Bangladesh for decades. He is a prominent actor, director, writer, painter, poet and creative artist of Bangladesh. He was born in Parulia, Satkhira, on 30 July, 1954. He started his journey through theatre and joined BTV afterwards on his way to becoming...

LIVING WITH THE STARS

Published Date: January 24, 2015
VENTURING to new horizons

VENTURING to new horizons

Many in the media believe that any new actress that comes into the business will always have the opportunity to act beside Afzal Hossain. This belief can only have a base like this because of the fact that Afzal Hossain is such a timeless actor. You can look at it anyway you want to, but in my honest opinion, heroes are supposed to be ageless and Afzal Hossain has proved that time and again. What's more amazing is that his talent isn't only restricted to acting, something we have seen time and again. Through more detailed interactions with him, it is clear that he has another deep interest. He...

Published Date: January 24, 2015
GRAPE VINE

GRAPE VINE

Toma Mirza Toma Mirza isn't a very old name in the film industry yet, but despite that, she has managed to carve out quite a name for herself. She has been out of the spotlight for a while, but now she is back and very busy with her cinema career. She should also be commended for the fact that despite being a successful actress, she is also maintaining her studies. Star Showbiz recently caught up with her for to find out more about her wonderful feats. What was the first film you worked in? The first film I worked in was “Bolo Na Tumi Amar”. It was directed by M.B. Manik and...

TELEVISION OF A LIFETIME

Published Date: January 24, 2015
Behind the magic

Behind the magic

Basically a producer has to be the power of everything in making a program. A producer is called “Captain of The Ship”. In television jobs the producers, directors and cameramen are put in the same structure. But a director and a cameraman have to move under a producer's direction. A producer himself also can...

Published Date: January 24, 2015
Summer Wedding for EMMA STONE & ANDREW GARFIELD

Summer Wedding for EMMA STONE & ANDREW GARFIELD

  Actors Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield are reportedly planning to exchange wedding vows in Rome this summer. The couple, who started dating in 2011 and sparked rumours over their engagement May 2014, and are now said to be secretly scouting for a romantic venue. "Andrew would be happy with a city hall ceremony. But Emma wants something a little more dramatic and memorable," a source told OK! Magazine. The insider has also claimed that Stone already has a dress in mind for the nuptials and is eager to exchange vows in front of a select audience of just 25 friends and family members. Late 2013 saw the pair first...

Published Date: January 24, 2015
MOVIE REVIEW

MOVIE REVIEW

Directors: Rupert Wyatt Writers: William Monahan, James Toback Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Jessica Lange, Brie Larson, John Goodman Strength: Acting, story, character development Weakness: Forced conclusion Runtime: 111 minutes Rating: 3/5 Plot: Professor and gambler Jim Bennett's debt causes him to borrow money from his mother and a loan shark. The more he plays to pay his debts, the deeper he...

A CHAT WITH….

Published Date: January 24, 2015
Sonia Hossain For the sake of art

Sonia Hossain For the sake of art

In terms of audience capacity, number of performers in a single stage and duration of the event, Bengal Classical Music Festival is the world's largest of its kind. Sonia Hossain has been one of the singers of last year's music fest, performing in a stage where world renowned maestros of the classical genrehave...

Published Date: January 24, 2015
JENNIFER ANISTON is my lifelong goal: Billy Bob Thornton

JENNIFER ANISTON is my lifelong goal: Billy Bob Thornton

Actor Billy Bob Thornton has revealed his crush on Jennifer Aniston following the 2015 Golden Globe Awards. The 59-year-old actor was asked to play "Who Would You Rather?" on a chat show. When asked whom he would choose between Jennifer and Reese Witherspoon, Thornton chose Aniston, reported Ace Showbiz. "Lifelong goal... That's all...

Int'l Film

Published Date: January 24, 2015
NANNI MORETTI

NANNI MORETTI

An intelligent and witty filmmaker, Nanni Moretti has long been popular in Italy. In recent years, he's also become better known internationally thanks to films like La Stanza del Figlio (The Son's Room) and Caro Diario (Dear Diary). As well as making films, Moretti also takes an active part in leftwing politics and...

DID YOU KNOW?

Published Date: January 24, 2015
Shakib Khan

Shakib Khan

    Shakib Khan's work in the movie “Mental” is known to most by now as its been on everyone's lips since word broke out of its shooting last December. Shakib Khan, better known as the superhero of Bangladeshi cinema, has been very busy with the shooting nonetheless as many of the scenes involve various different places across the city. Some of the areas include Gulshan, Uttara Mandira Shooting House and Aftab Nagor. The majority of the shooting however took place at FDC.  Acting alongside Shakib Khan will also be Tisha.

Published Date: January 24, 2015
TRIVIA & QUIZ

TRIVIA & QUIZ

 

Published Date: January 23, 2015
Hema Malini to sing in Bengali

Hema Malini to sing in Bengali

Having captivated millions with her enchanting beauty, Bollywood 'dreamgirl' Hema Malini is all set to conquer the hearts of music lovers with "Mon Piyasi", a music album in which she has rendered Bengali songs. A brainchild of singer-turned-politician Babul Supriyo the album, to be released on Valentine's Day this year, will see BJP MP...

Published Date: January 22, 2015
'The Walking Dead' announces its return with a trailer

'The Walking Dead' announces its return with a trailer

  The Atlanta survivors will return to the small screen on February 8 in the second half of the fifth season. To tide fans over until then, AMC has unveiled a 30-second trailer with the vaguely hopeful title "Another Day." Judging by the new trailer, things are about to get even more dismal and violent for Rick and his fellow survivors. Having lost all their illusions after the events of the previous episodes, the armed survivors make their way through the forest, looking out for zombies at every turn. On hiatus since November 30, "The Walking Dead" will return to AMC on February 8 with the first of the eight remaining episodes...

Published Date: January 22, 2015
How not-good-looking Naseer got his first film 'Nishant'

How not-good-looking Naseer got his first film 'Nishant'

It was not merely for his acting prowess that the Bollywood actor Naseeruddin Shah got his first role in "Nishant". Not being a good-looking actor had instantly struck a chord with the film's director, Shyam Benegal, who cast him for a pivotal role. "I had lost a girl friend for not being a good...

Published Date: January 21, 2015
'PK' makers now face plagiarism charge

'PK' makers now face plagiarism charge

The Delhi High Court Wednesday issued notice to the makers of Aamir Khan-starrer film "PK" on a plea of novelist Kapil Isapuri accusing them of plagiarism. The Rajkumar Hirani-directorial, which raises questions about religion and people's blind faith in godmen, has been co-produced by Vidhu Vinod Chopra and Hirani. The movie also stars Anushka...

Published Date: January 21, 2015
'Fifth Element' director Besson honoured with top French award

'Fifth Element' director Besson honoured with top French award

Film director and producer Luc Besson has been honoured with a top award in his native France for a prolific career that produced "The Fifth Element", among other blockbusters. The organisers of the Cesars, France's equivalent to the Oscars, said Besson had been awarded a Gold Medal at a small ceremony Monday evening for...

Published Date: January 21, 2015
I never dared to sing in front of Ilaiyaraaja: Amitabh Bachchan

I never dared to sing in front of Ilaiyaraaja: Amitabh Bachchan

  IANS/AFP Megastar Amitabh Bachchan, who shared his experiences working with music composer Ilaiyaraaja, felicitated at a function in Mumbai Monday for completing the music of his 1,000th film, said he never dared to sing in front of the maestro. "I have never dared to sing in front of him because I found it very embarrassing....

Published Date: January 20, 2015
Sunny Leone finds Priyanka Chopra inspiring

Sunny Leone finds Priyanka Chopra inspiring

Actress Sunny Leone says she finds Priyanka Chopra the most inspiring woman in Bollywood. Sunny was present at the cover launch of a magazine here in Mumbai along with her husband Daniel Webber when she was asked to name her favorite actress in Hindi filmdom. She said: "Who do I think great actress? I always...

Published Date: January 20, 2015
Ranveer Singh reminds Amrita Rao of Kishore-da

Ranveer Singh reminds Amrita Rao of Kishore-da

Actress Amrita Rao, who has worked with superstars like Shah Rukh Khan and Amitabh Bachchan since her debut in 2002, says she is eagerly waiting to work with Ranveer Singh as he reminds her of legendary actor Kishore Kumar. Amrita was present at an event when she was asked about with whom she wanted...

Published Date: January 20, 2015
'Baby' openly talks about terrorism: Akshay Kumar

'Baby' openly talks about terrorism: Akshay Kumar

After impressing audiences and critics with his army officer act in "Holiday: A Soldier Is Never Off Duty" in 2014, Bollywood's action star Akshay Kumar is once again broaching the subject of terrorism in his forthcoming film "Baby". He says the intent is to discuss these issues "openly" to spread awareness. If "Holiday..." was...

Cover Story

Published Date: January 17, 2015
TANIA AKTAR BRISHTI

TANIA AKTAR BRISHTI

BEGINNINGS How did it all happen? I dreamt of seeing myself on television and in films since I was very little. That dream is what pushed me to give show business a shot. The Veet Channel i Top Model competition gave me the platform to enter the field. I watched the first season of this...

LIVING WITH THE STARS

Published Date: January 17, 2015
Waiting for rebirth of filmmaking

Waiting for rebirth of filmmaking

The New Year has started on a melancholy note with the passing of Chashi Nazrul Islam. Amongst the few good directors we had, he was one. We lost many such talents in the last few years as well, creating a gaping vacuum in the field of creative arts. Hopefully with time, the new...

DID YOU KNOW

Published Date: January 17, 2015
The Next Gambit

The Next Gambit

While we don't have any clue what it's going to be called, we do know that Channing Tatum was the man picked to replace Taylor Kitsch as Gambit in Fox's X-Men franchise. Not that Kitsch did a terrible job in the mostly-reviled X-Men Origins: Wolverine, but it was just time for Fox and producer Lauren Shuler Donner to take the character in another direction, especially with the success of the last two X-Men films. As we already know from media rumours, Tatum believed that he was right for the job, and Donner, a very wise and perceptive producer, agreed because the actor basically prints his own money right now!...

Published Date: January 17, 2015
GRAPE VINE

GRAPE VINE

Kusum Shikder in a new light We all know the beauty that is Kusum Shikder. Ever since she emerged as the winner from the Lux-Anandadhara Beatuy Pageant, she has acted in numourus TV dramas and gained a massive fan following. After her step into the world of film, she has gained even more popularity. The reason ofcourse, is very simple. Unlike many of her contemporaries, she chooses her work very carefully. Now though, we get to see her in a whole new way as she has just finished a poetry book which is slated to be published at the upcoming Ekushe Boi Mela. Lavlu back in TV Serials Salauddin Lavlu's importance...

Published Date: January 17, 2015
MOVIE REVIEW

MOVIE REVIEW

THE IMITATION GAME Directors:  Morten Tyldum Writers: Andrew Hodges, Graham Moore Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode Strength: Story, script, character development Weakness: Lack of conformity to the personality of Alan Turing Runtime: 114 minutes Rating: 4/5 Plot: During World War II, mathematician Alan Turing tries to crack the enigma code with help from fellow mathematicians. Review:  As Cumberbatch says near...

A CHAT WITH….

Published Date: January 17, 2015
SHAAN In love with Bengal

SHAAN In love with Bengal

It would be difficult to find even a handful of music or movie fans in South Asia who doesn't knowShaan. The namebrings into everybody's mind a very charming voice: romantic, melodious, but nevertheless versatile. For Star Showbiz, the playback singer squeezed out fifteen minutes of his time during one of his tours to Bangladesh. The maestro's parents hail from Kolkata. The Bengal connection is apparent from the conversation, his love reflected in his fascination for all things Bengali -- from hilsa dishes to of course, music. You have visited Bangladesh quite a few times. How do you find our country and its audience like? Whenever I come to Bangladesh, I do not...

TELEVISION OF A LIFETIME

Published Date: January 17, 2015
Cultural Extravaganza

Cultural Extravaganza

Still there are some programs running on many channels in Bangladesh based on telephone calls. But at that time, the idea of making programs on telephone calls by a producer in Bangladesh Television has been rejected taking it as a joke. The name of the producer was Belal Beg. Everyone used to say that BelalBeg moved forward with emotions and probably due to which he used to get this kind of weird ideas. If Mustafa Monwar was the initiator of children's program in Pakistan Television then obviouslyBelal Beg is the initiator of educative programs. Belal Beg is a person who searches for variation in his everyday life as well as...

Published Date: January 17, 2015
Ethan Hawke

Ethan Hawke

Actor Ethan Hawke is the latest celebrity who cemented his mark on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The 44-year-old actor's hand and foot prints were enshrined in cement last evening in front of TCL Chinese Theatre, reported Ace Showbiz. "To be a part of that legacy, to be a member of that community...

INT’L FILM

Published Date: January 17, 2015
ROLAND JOFFÉ

ROLAND JOFFÉ

Born in London in 1945, Joffé was educated at Lycee Francaise and Carmel College. While studying English and drama at Manchester University, he became interested in theatre and began working with Frank Dunlop after graduation. The two would become founding members of the Young Vic Theatre. He joined Britain's National Theatre and then...

DID YOU KNOW?

Published Date: January 17, 2015
ZERO DEGREE coming on February 6

ZERO DEGREE coming on February 6

Zero Degree has been quite a discussed film. And why should it not as this marks long time acting veteran Mahfuz Ahmed's debut as a producer. The film is directed by Animesh Ayiech. Discussion for this film has gone up even more now that the promo for the film has been released, giving audiences a sneak peak at what they can expect from it. The release date has been set at 6th February and marketing for the film has begun in earnest with billboards. Starring in the film will be Mahfuz Ahmed himself, Jaya Ahsan and Ruhi.

Published Date: January 17, 2015
TRIVIA & QUIZ

TRIVIA & QUIZ

 

Published Date: January 15, 2015
Things get even darker in new 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' trailer

Things get even darker in new 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' trailer

Marvel has unleashed a new trailer for one of the most anticipated movies of spring 2015. The video reveals plenty of unseen footage, along with a few new plot details. After the show-stopping battle depicted in the first film, released in 2012, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) sets out to establish a new planetary...

Published Date: January 15, 2015
'Birdman,' 'Grand Budapest Hotel" top Oscar nods

'Birdman,' 'Grand Budapest Hotel

Dark comedy "Birdman" and stylish crime caper "The Grand Budapest Hotel" topped the Oscars nominations list Thursday with nine each, firing the starting gun on the home stretch of Hollywood's awards race. In second place was World War II code-breaking thriller "The Imitation Game," with eight nominations. Clint Eastwood's "American Sniper" and coming-of-age drama...

Published Date: January 14, 2015
SC sets aside stay on Salman Khan's conviction

SC sets aside stay on Salman Khan's conviction

In a setback to film star Salman Khan, the Supreme Court Wednesday set aside the Rajasthan High Court order putting on hold his conviction in the blackbuck hunting case. An apex court bench headed by Justice S.J. Mukhopadhyay remanded the matter back to the high court for fresh consideration. Pronouncing the verdict, Justice Mukhopadhyay said...

Published Date: January 14, 2015
Sharing household chores secret of successful marriage: Shilpa Shetty

Sharing household chores secret of successful marriage: Shilpa Shetty

Why should only women cook and do the laundry, asks actress-entrepreneur Shilpa Shetty, who feels men should contribute equally to household chores to ease out a woman's responsibilities. She also feels this give and take goes a long way into a happily ever after. Shilpa, who is married to businessman Raj Kundra, credits her...

Published Date: January 14, 2015
'Transformers 4' nominated for seven Razzie Awards

'Transformers 4' nominated for seven Razzie Awards

The organizers of the Razzie Awards, who single out the worst of Hollywood with golden raspberry-shaped trophies, have revealed their selection of the low points of the past year in film. "Transformers: Age of Extinction," "Saving Christmas," "The Legend of Hercules" and "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" were all slammed with multiple nominations. "The Interview," which was on the Razzie's shortlist of finalists, ultimately escaped in the nominations round. "Transformers: Age of Extinction," on the other hand, was disgraced with a whopping seven nominations, including one for worst picture. The action film is followed by Kirk Cameron's "Saving Christmas" and "The Legend of Hercules" -- tied with six nominations each -- and...

Published Date: January 12, 2015
Key quotes from 72nd Golden Globes

Key quotes from 72nd Golden Globes

   Here is a selection of quotes from the 72nd annual Golden Globes, hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler for the third straight time. A number of stars voiced support for France after the deadly attacks against satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo and a kosher supermarket in Paris. Pyongyang's approval? "Tonight we celebrate all the great shows...

Published Date: January 12, 2015
Moby-Dick surfaces in the trailer for 'In the Heart of the Sea'

Moby-Dick surfaces in the trailer for 'In the Heart of the Sea'

Warner Bros has shared a new trailer for Ron Howard's next feature. "In the Heart of the Sea" depicts the attack of a giant sperm whale on a whaling ship in 1820 -- the same true events that inspired Herman Melville's classic novel "Moby-Dick." The new trailer turns the spotlight on the famous sea...

Published Date: January 11, 2015
'Everly' trailer: Salma Hayek comes out guns blazing

'Everly' trailer: Salma Hayek comes out guns blazing

Salma Hayek wields a fearsome armory as her rival, a powerful gangster, attempts to have her extinguished following a bad deal with the police. The 92-minute film is set in the apartment of Hayek's character, call girl Everly, who has snitched on her ex, a gang leader with the DEA under his thumb. So it's a revenge movie, but there's motivation on both sides -- Everly has only just survived the first excruciating onslaught when she starts to mount a formidable defense of her own. Turns out she knows a thing or two about guns. Joe Lynch, who helmed Peter Dinklage comedy "Knights of Badassdom" and Henry Rollins horror "Wrong Turn 2," directs...

Cover Story

Published Date: January 10, 2015
INDRANI HALDAR BENGAL AND BEYOND

INDRANI HALDAR BENGAL AND BEYOND

She made her acting debut as a teenager in the serial, Tero Parbon. The journey that began long ago eventually turned her into a star and gave Bengal one of its finest actors. She had rightfully been endowed with roles in films directed by legendary makers such as Rituparno Ghosh, for which she...

LIVING WITH THE STARS

Published Date: January 10, 2015
ON POSITIVE CRITICISM

ON POSITIVE CRITICISM

With the start of Star Showbiz, people from all sectors of the media have made a common request: to do more critical analysis and constructive criticism for any sort of production in Bangladesh; be it music, film or television or artists themselves. Recently, we even had a roundtable discussion with the leading men...

Published Date: January 10, 2015
PENNY DREADFUL

PENNY DREADFUL

For lovers of supernatural and horrors shows, Penny Dreadful has been the best production of 2014. Penny Dreadful is a British-American horror TV series created for Showtime and Sky by John Logan who also acts as executive producer alongside Sam Mendes. It first aired on television on Showtime in May 2014. The first...

Published Date: January 10, 2015
GRAPE VINE

GRAPE VINE

SHOKH PRESENTS Bangladeshi actress Shokh's credentials have now taken in yet another achievement as she has been chosen to anchor Eva Rahman's Musical Program which aired on ATN Bangla. This marks her first time as a presenter as she is more commonly known and appreciated for her acting. MAN OF MANY FACES Mosharraf Karim may...

Published Date: January 10, 2015
MOVIE REVIEW

MOVIE REVIEW

PREDESTINATION Directors:  Michael Spierig, Peter Spierig Writers: Michael Spierig, Peter Spierig Stars: Ethan Hawke, Sarah Snook, Noah Taylor Strength: Story, script and character development Weakness: The plot develops quite slow Runtime: 97 minutes Rating: 3.5/5 Plot: The life of a time-traveling Temporal Agent. On his final assignment, he must pursue the one criminal that has eluded him throughout time. Review:  This is...

Published Date: January 10, 2015
Aamir Khan's PK

Aamir Khan's PK

Aamir Khan and the team of PK have started 2015 with a bang, with the film's domestic box office collection touching Rs 300 crore. It marks a new high for Bollywood as the highest earning (domestic) movie ever, protests against Aamir Khan-Anushka Sharma-starrer notwithstanding. In fact, it seems like the controversies have only helped...

BEHIND THE SCENE

Published Date: January 10, 2015
Sukalyann Bhattacharya

Sukalyann Bhattacharya

The classical Manipuri dance is a sacred art form that had earned a lot of popularity in Bangladesh, India and many other parts of the world. But its survival is nowadays in question: audience's tastes and preferences have substantially changed. Star Showbiz asked Sukalyann Bhattacharya about the status of Manipuri dance in today's world and how blending can be helpful in holding on to the art. He is the first male Manipuri dancer from Kolkata who received national scholarship in Manipuri dance. How are you blending Manipuri dance with the contemporary? I have been learning Manipuri dance for many years. I have also come to learn that classical dance knows no...

Published Date: January 10, 2015
2014: A happening year

2014: A happening year

“Happy New Year" is on everybody's lips as the clock strikes 12 midnight, whether it's to the person next to you or a dear one half way around the world. We spend the eve of the New Year with family and friends; wishing each other good.   As the previous year closes its chapter...

TELEVISION OF A LIFETIME

Published Date: January 10, 2015
Television of Talents

Television of Talents

At this moment, talk shows are the most famous program almost in all the channels of Bangladesh. If we cut the word “famous” still the talk shows will keep spreading around the channels. One of the main causes is the budget of making a talk show is much lower. Dialogue program, criticizing program,...

INTL FILM

Published Date: January 10, 2015
EMIR KUSTURICA

EMIR KUSTURICA

Born on 24 November 1954 in Sarajevo, Emir Kusturica is a Serbian director, musician and producer. Author of nine films, several television and short films, he also plays guitar in a rock band. Among his many prizes, he has received two Golden Palms in Cannes for “When father Was Away on Business” and...

DID YOU KNOW?

Published Date: January 10, 2015
Dedication at its best

Dedication at its best

Bidya Sinha Mim seems to be heading down the path of a proper dedicated actress of Bangladesh. The past year has been very busy for Mim as she has acted in quite a number of films along with being signed up for more. One of her films, titled Good Morning London, required her...