• Wednesday, March 04, 2015

COVER STORY

Published Date: February 28, 2015
Shagota THE ALL ROUNDER

Shagota THE ALL ROUNDER

Shagota's roots of talent runs deep. Coming from a singing background and a musician herself, she entered the media after winning the 'You Got The Look' competition. Since then, she has acted in films that went on to become hits and her work in TV is well known as well. However, despite all...

LIVING WITH THE STARS

Published Date: February 28, 2015
Straightest Path to SUCCESS

Straightest Path to SUCCESS

The difference that lies between the world of television and cinema has been present for as long as one can remember. For one thing, audiences want actors in movies to seem larger than life whereas actors in television programs should seem more approachable, more relatable to real life. So naturally when the faces...

SHOWBIZ STYLE ICON

Published Date: February 28, 2015
Sweety

Sweety

    Sweety came from the modeling world but now we know her for her skills and beauty as an actor. She's been in the media for a while now but despite that, her flair isn't showing any signs of diminishing. That's because of her immense sense of style, makeup, hairstyles etc. Her style is also very adaptable and because of all these, she is this week's Showbiz Style Icon.

Published Date: February 28, 2015
GRAPE VINE

GRAPE VINE

    Manna Festival Manna's passing has been a sorrowful blow to the industry and his fans, regardless of how much time that has passed since his untimely death. Remembering this hero always brings about a lot of sorrow but there is an upcoming festival on 6th March called Manna Festival, where all of Manna's hit films will be showcased. When Manna's wife was asked about it, she responded, “Remembering Manna shouldn't be just a sad thing. We can also remember him through joy and happiness and that is the purpose of this festival”.         Kusum Shikder back in Films Kusum Shikder is the kind of actor who isn't only limited to TV but she...

Published Date: February 28, 2015
MOVIE REVIEW

MOVIE REVIEW

JUPITER ASCENDING Directors: The Wachowskis Writers: The Wachowskis Stars: Channing Tatum, Mila Kunis, Eddie Redmayne, Sean Bean Strength: Effects, action and story Weakness: Script, confusing presentation Runtime: 127 minutes Rating: 2.5/5 Plot: Jupiter dreams of the stars but wakes up to the cold reality of a job cleaning other people's houses and an endless run of bad breaks. Only when...

COMING SOON

Published Date: February 28, 2015
CHAPPIE

CHAPPIE

Chappie is the new film from District 9 and Elysium director Neil Blomkamp, and it fits in perfectly as a thematic sequel to his previous feature films, using the terrain and culture of his South Africa homeland as allegorical subtext to sci-fi parables brought to life through the filmmaker's signature visual effects palette....

STRIP NEWS

Published Date: February 28, 2015
MAHI APOLOGIZES

MAHI APOLOGIZES

  We recently heard that Mahiya Mahi, one of the popular actresses in the Bengali Film Industry, may be quitting the industry in order to continue her studies. While many may have been heart-broken, there were also those that didn't believe it and called it a hoax in order to boost popularity of her...

TELEVISION OF A LIFETIME

Published Date: February 28, 2015
POWER OF ONE

POWER OF ONE

Khaleda Fahmi also could add her name in producing bigger programs along with the prominent producers such as Jamil Chowdhury, Kalim Sharafi, Manirul Alam, Zaman Ali Khan, and Mustafa Monowar. She actually used to produce programs for children. She also gave the idea of making drama series for children. She was even the...

INTL FILM

Published Date: February 28, 2015
JAFAR PANAHI

JAFAR PANAHI

Born in Mianeh in Iran, Jafar Panahi spent his formative years under the reign of the Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi before joining the army. After the 1979 Revolution and the installation of the populist theocracy of the Ayatollah Khomeini, he enrolled in the directing course at the College of Cinema and TV in Tehran. Here he worked in the film archive, which afforded him access to Western and Hollywood films which were otherwise banned in the newly-zealous Iranian society. After a number of several television projects, Panahi worked as assistant director to Abbas Kiarostami on Through the Olive Trees (1994). The following year, Panahi directed The White Balloon which was...

DID YOU KNOW?

Published Date: February 28, 2015
The London Bengali Film Festival

The London Bengali Film Festival

The London Bengali Film Festival (LBFF) is an annual celebration of films from or about the Bengali Diaspora. The festival will be held in London with special guest and talks, followed by a red carpet film awards ceremony, thus making it the largest Bengali film festival in the world, outside of Bengal. The programme...

ACADEMY AWARDS 2015

Published Date: February 28, 2015
Complete List of Winners

Complete List of Winners

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)" won the Oscar for best picture at the 87th Academy Awards. "Birdman" was one of the top winners of the night, also winning for director, original screenplay and cinematography. Eddie Redmayne won the lead actor award for "The Theory of Everything," and the lead actress Oscar...

Published Date: February 28, 2015
TRIVIA & QUIZ

TRIVIA & QUIZ

 

Cove Story

Published Date: February 21, 2015
ARMEEN MUSA

ARMEEN MUSA

Right out of high school, she rose to fame with the hit single, 'Bhromor Koio', a remake of Radha Raman's classic. Over the years, Armeen Musa has grown into a magnificent singer-songwriter, being a recent graduate of the prestigious Berklee College of Music.  She had recently launched her second album, 'Simultaneously'. Star Showbiz...

LIVING WITH THE STARS

Published Date: February 21, 2015
NEW WAVE

NEW WAVE

    We have discussed the scenario of music in this country. The forms of Bengali music have changed a lot and the business of selling music through CD's is nothing but an economic pitfall. This has created quite a crisis for the music industry here in Bangladesh. However it seems the youth of our...

SHOWBIZ STYLE ICON

Published Date: February 21, 2015
Rezwana Choudhury Bannya

Rezwana Choudhury Bannya

    Everyone knows Rezwana Choudhury Bannya as one of the icons of Rabindra Sangeet all over the world. She also has her own style which is immensely well recognized by her audience, such as her glasses, her attire etc. She is also incredibly adaptable as she decided to change her outlook for us here at Star Showbiz when we covered her recently. Many did object to this new Bannya we portrayed, but there were also those who liked her new presence. Because of her own sense of style as well as her adaptability, she is this week's Showbiz Style Icon.

Published Date: February 21, 2015
GRAPE VINE

GRAPE VINE

Reese Witherspoon And Sofia Vergara Are Hilarious In Hot Pursuit Trailer! Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara wouldn't have been our first idea for a hilarious comedy duo… But they totally are and we absolutely love it!! The famous ladies are teaming up to bring the laughs in their new comedy film Hot Pursuit! The...

Published Date: February 21, 2015
MOVIE REVIEW

MOVIE REVIEW

BIG BROTHER (2015) Director: Shafi Uddin Shafi Story: Saikat Nasir Cast: Mahiya Mahi, Shipan Mitra, Ahmed Sharif, Danny Sidak Strength: Story Weakness: Action sequences, Acting, Special Effects Rating: 2/5 Plot: The story centers on the character Big Brother, a female gang enforcer, who tries to change her ways after some personal experiences. Review: The movie starts with underworld king Golden Gulzar...

TV REVIEW

Published Date: February 21, 2015
THE EXES

THE EXES

sCurrently on its fourth season, the Exes is an easygoing comedy about divorced men who share an apartment. The show was created by Mark Reisman. It starts with newly single Stuart (David Alan Basche) who needs a new place to live following his divorce so he moves into an apartment with two bachelors,...

COMING SOON

Published Date: February 21, 2015
THE LAZARUS EFFECT

THE LAZARUS EFFECT

Lazarus Effect stars Olivia Wilde and actor/filmmaker Mark Duplass (Togetherness) as members of a group of medical students, who are working on an experimental treatment for resurrecting the dead on deceased animals – a treatment that seems to work, at that. However, when one of their kind (Wilde) is killed in a lab...

DOWN MEMORY BY LANES….

Published Date: February 21, 2015
Hindi Romantic songs per excellence

Hindi Romantic songs per excellence

The old Hindi songs lovers of this country would remember some of the blockbuster films of Bombay of the '40s, '50s and '60s, like  Mahal, Daag, Andaz, Awara, Aan, Sree 420, Barsaat, Chori Chori, Deedar, Naya Daur, Baiju Bawra, Dulari, Babul, Aarti, Bahar, TajMahal, Anarkali, Insaniyat and so on. Though some of these...

TELEVISION OF A LIFETIME

Published Date: February 21, 2015
WINDS OF CHANGE

WINDS OF CHANGE

The television artists had made a huge bridge for a solo musical program of Runa Laila. At the time of song recording Runa Laila had synced her lips with the song standing at that 10 feet height bridge. There had been made sets of duplex building many times in the Rampura studio. The drama of Zahir Raihan “Shesh Bikeler Meye” had been produced by Abdullah Al Mamun and the director was Shamsul Islam Nantu. The unique scene of the entrance of the fire brigade after the building collapse is still remembered by many audiences. These bigger works would be impossible if they wouldn't have moved forward through team works. Not...

INTL FILM

Published Date: February 21, 2015
STEVEN SODERBERGH

STEVEN SODERBERGH

Born in January 14 1963, in Georgia and raised in Baton Rouge, Lousiana, Steve Soderbergh began making films when he was 13 and left for Hollywood as soon as he graduated from high school. After a stint as a freelance editor, he returned home to continue making short films and writing scripts. His...

DID YOU KNOW?

Published Date: February 21, 2015
Zahid Hasan's Uramon

Zahid Hasan's Uramon

    Zahid Hasan's new TV Serial “Uramon”, where he is directing as well as acting, is facing a little bit of an issue what with the recent political turmoil that's going on, as is almost everyone. Many of the locations are supposed to be far from the city but due to the current situation, the production is settling for Pubail, just outside of Dhaka. When asked about the project's progress, Zahid said, “We have to work even in this situation as we can't just quit.”

Published Date: February 21, 2015
TRIVIA & QUIZ

TRIVIA & QUIZ

 

Published Date: February 19, 2015
No one thought I was attractive: Julianne Moore

No one thought I was attractive: Julianne Moore

Actress Julianne Moore wasn't "perceived as pretty" until she swapped her glasses for contact lenses. The “Still Alice” actress still doesn't understand why her classmates didn't think she was "terribly pretty" until she ditched her specs when she was 16 years old, reports femalefirst.co.uk. "That's the thing about beauty, it's perceptual, not about what you...

Published Date: February 17, 2015
Lady Gaga gets engaged

Lady Gaga gets engaged

Pop diva Lady Gaga announced to the world that she is getting married -- to an actor she met making a video, in which she wore her mother's wedding dress. The 28-year-old superstar, who has become as known for her extravagant outfits as for her music, revealed the engagement by showing a simple, heart-shaped...

Published Date: February 15, 2015
'Aloha' trailer: Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone in Crowe's island romcom

'Aloha' trailer: Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone in Crowe's island romcom

 An all-star cast and a chance at romantic redemption for Hollywood's man of the moment, Bradley Cooper, are wrapped up in a two-minute trailer for May release "Aloha." Cooper, as defense contractor Brian Gilcrest, heads to Hawaii for what could be his way back into the Air Force's good graces, if he manages to...

Cover Story

Published Date: February 14, 2015
SHOKH Be My Valentine

SHOKH Be My Valentine

Anika Kabir Shokh is a bombshell of an actress who's been winning hearts ever since she appeared on screen back in 2002. In the last decade, she has gained a dedicated fan base and has proven her talents in the eyes of thousands. For this year's Valentines issue, we bring a special side of Shokh – going deeper into her life and what kind of a man she would consider to be the perfect valentine. How did you come into the media industry? My journey into the media realm started with dance. I was spotted through my dance performances. Originally, I didn't plan to work in the media. But things changed...

LIVING WITH THE STARS

Published Date: February 14, 2015
L.O.V.E

L.O.V.E

Why is celebrity news so attractive in the western worlds? It's because along with publishing facts, they also publish unconfirmed rumors or gossips. Sounds silly when you think about it but the readers love it. People are more concerned with celebrity love life and gossips than their own daily events. I guess, by...

Published Date: February 14, 2015
Showbiz Style Icon APURBO

Showbiz Style Icon APURBO

Apurbo has carved out quite a nice space for himself in the media. He came into the industry with the male talent hunt show “You Got The Look”, so he is very specialized in modeling and ramp modeling. This made him very fashion conscious and therefore, he is always looking fit and fashionable. When he started his acting career, he brought his fashionable traits into acting as well as all the character he portrays always look good. Because of this, he is worthy of being this week's Showbiz Style Icon.

Published Date: February 14, 2015
GRAPE VINE

GRAPE VINE

Hot Streak Pori Moni Pori Moni is already quite a hotly discussed topic in the media these days. As of now she has acted in around 24 movies, although none of her films have yet to be released, except “Bhalobashar Shimahin”, which might be released this February. Despite that her popularity is still on the rise, and to top that off, she also currently working on a TVC for Pran in the middle of all her movie madness. This should certainly help in etching her into the minds of more audiences. Shuvoo hitched One of the newer headline actors of Bangladesh, Arifin Shuvoo, just got married recently, much to the anguish...

Published Date: February 14, 2015
MOVIE REVIEW

MOVIE REVIEW

WILD CARD Director: Simon West Writers: William Goldman Stars: Jason Statham, Michael Angarano, Dominik García-Lorido Strength: Acting, action and fight choreography Weakness: Story and plot development Runtime: 92 minutes Rating: 3/5 Plot: When a Las Vegas bodyguard with lethal skills and a gambling problem gets in trouble with the mob, he has one last play...and it's all or nothing. Review: Nick Wild (Jason Statham) is a Las Vegas bodyguard with lethal professional skills and a personal gambling problem. When a friend is beaten by a sadistic thug, Nick strikes back, only to find out the thug is the son of a powerful mob boss. Suddenly Nick is plunged into the criminal underworld, chased by enforcers and wanted by...

KACCHE ASHAR

Published Date: February 14, 2015
SHAHOSHI GOLPO

SHAHOSHI GOLPO

Close-Up had started a very innovative concept a while back called “Close up Kacche Ashar Golpo”. The show is basically about love story dramas based on real stories from real people. The general public is asked to send in their stories on how they met and fell for their significant others. These stories...

WALK THE TALK

Published Date: February 14, 2015
STAGE HAS WINGS!!

STAGE HAS WINGS!!

Just like the bird, the stage too has "wings". A well-staged play can take you to world of imagination where you willingly suspend your disbelief. Say, on a stage there is no door through which you enter the room, yet when you enter the acting space you can always make the audience believe...

DOWN MEMORY BY LANES….

Published Date: February 14, 2015
Great movies, great Hindi songs

Great movies, great Hindi songs

As I said in my last week's piece, all great Hindi songs are basically from Hindi films. Even if a film failed to click, its songs lived everlastingly for their appeal to the listeners. But then again, many films did good business, despite poor story and acting, only for having some memorable songs sung by singers per excellence. Great lyricists, great composers and great singers of the day had gotten together to create some beautiful songs that make us play them again and again even today. I shall mention the names of some films of the '40s, '50s and '60s that had some soul-stirring songs in them.  'Anmol Ghadi' is...

INT'L FILM

Published Date: February 14, 2015
SHOHEI IMAMURA

SHOHEI IMAMURA

Born in 1926, in Tokyo, Imamura attended the elite elementary and middle schools that normally would have him aimed toward a prestigious university degree and a comfortable career in business or government. His love of theater and loathing of conformist presumptions, however, steered him away from a conventional lifestyle. When he failed the...

DID YOU KNOW?

Published Date: February 14, 2015
Bieber's shoes raise $62,000 at charity auction

Bieber's shoes raise $62,000 at charity auction

A pair of Justin Bieber's Nike basketball shoes has fetched more than $62,000 in an eBay auction to benefit a food bank in the pop star's hometown of Stratford, Ontario. Bieber's grandparents, Diane and Bruce Dale, donated some of Bieber's personal items to raise money for the Stratford House of Blessing food bank....

Published Date: February 14, 2015
TRIVIA & QUIZ

TRIVIA & QUIZ

 

Published Date: February 10, 2015
Michael Douglas on a man hunt in 'Beyond the Reach'

Michael Douglas on a man hunt in 'Beyond the Reach'

In the first trailer for Jean-Baptiste Leonetti's thriller, the actor plays a rich and entitled corporate shark engaged in the most dangerous game. In "Beyond the Reach," Michael Douglas plays a rich businessman who accidentally kills a man during a hunting trip in the Mojave desert. To protect his reputation and keep the murder...

Cover Story

Published Date: February 7, 2015
Zeroing in on ZERO DEGREE

Zeroing in on ZERO DEGREE

One of the most hyped films of this year - Zero Degree - was released yesterday. Anyone who has seen the trailer knows that this movie is a break from the typical flicks made in our country, that it is an ambitious and a good quality project. With a refreshingly brilliant storyline and...

  

LIVING WITH THE STARS

Published Date: February 7, 2015
Turning the tide

Turning the tide

We have already talked about the current scenario of the film industry so what I am about to say now will not be alien to the readers, and the current situation with FDC and the foreign films entering our market isn't helping. We have heard a lot of opinions regarding these issues from...

Published Date: February 7, 2015
Showibz FASHION ICON

Showibz FASHION ICON

        Tomalika has been a long standing icon in the media industry. What's even more amazing is the fact that she has managed to be this popular while still not falling into the typical stereotype that people have regarding media personalities. She has always managed to maintain her own image in her own unique ways. Regardless of what she wears and what characters she portrays, she is always an eye catcher. These and many other reasons gurantee her place here today as our Showbiz Fashion Icon.

Published Date: February 7, 2015
GRAPE VINE

GRAPE VINE

Toukir-Bipasha's Valentine plans Fans of Toukir and Bipasha rejoice. The popular onscreen and real life couple Toukir Ahmed and Bipasha Hayat is planning something great for their fans for this year's Valentine's Day. This valentine's day, they'll be staying at their own close to nature resort, Nokkhotro Bari. Those who will visit the resort...

Published Date: February 7, 2015
MOVIE REVIEW

MOVIE REVIEW

DESHA: THE LEADER Director: Saikat Nasir Story: Saikat Nasir Cast: Mahiya Mahi, Shipan Mit, Tariq Anam Khan Strength: Concept, Tariq's acting Weakness: Screenplay, Cinematography, Lack of Detailing Rating: 2/5 Plot: The winner of a political reality show turns a simple man into a national hero. Review: the story is about a political television Reality Show called “Who will be our Next...

Published Date: February 7, 2015
Elisha Cuthbert

Elisha Cuthbert

    Happy Endings may have been canceled, but Elisha Cuthbert is going to be happy once again, snagging the lead in One Big Happy, an upcoming sitcom pilot produced by Ellen DeGeneres. In the multi-camera project, Lizzy (played by Happy Endings alum Cuthbert) and her straight male best friend Luke (2 Broke Girls' Nick Zano) live together and finally succeed in having a baby via artificial insemination — just as Luke meets and impulsively marries the love of his life. Besides the lesbian angle, the plot of One Big Happy sounds kind of similar to Friends With Kids, a movie that featured Adam Scott and Jennifer Westfeldt playing two friends...

BEHIND THE SCENE

Published Date: February 7, 2015
MUNMUN AHMED Made in Bangladesh

MUNMUN AHMED Made in Bangladesh

She started to dance at about the same time she started to walk. From childhood till today, Munmun Ahmed has been an avid dancer, with a special interest on 'kathak'. She is one of the dancers of Helena Waldmann's Made in Bangladesh, a kathak dance performance about the workers in Bangladeshi garments factories,...

DOWN MEMORY BY LANES….

Published Date: February 7, 2015
Great Hindi songs of vintage era

Great Hindi songs of vintage era

All those romantic or soul-shredding Hindi songs of the yesteryears that make us nostalgic today were integral parts of Hindi films made those days. People used to go to watch Hindi films more number of times if they had good many melodious songs sung by famous singers of the time. Maestros like Chitalkar, Mohammad Rafi, Hemanta Mukherjee, Mukesh, Talat Mahmud, Manna Dey, Nurjahan, Shamsad Begum, Lata Mungeshkar, Asha Bhosle, Geeta Dutt were the popular singers of the time.   In fact good songs decided the fate of Hindi films those days and that is why each film used to boast of five to ten songs – solo, duet and chorus....

TELEVISION OF A LIFETIME

Published Date: February 7, 2015
Never ending responsibility

Never ending responsibility

Program producer of television means the head of the program. At that time when there was shortage of manpower the producer had to manage all kinds of stuffs. Contact with the artists, their transportations, payments – everything had to be managed by the producer. Besides that, producer had to reach the studio before...

INTL FILM

Published Date: February 7, 2015
Maurice Pialat

Maurice Pialat

Maurice Pialat, born 31st August 1925, is a French film director who created a body of work considered among the best of modern French cinema. His movies limned domestic desperation and were notable for their immediacy and difficulty. Many of the 10 feature films Pialat made were nominated for major film awards. À...

Special Feature

Published Date: February 7, 2015
Humayun Ahmed

Humayun Ahmed

Ekushe Boi Mela has just started, meaning wonderful news for all the booklovers amongst us. There will, as always, be fantastic selection of books and novels by brilliant writers of the country. However, it is safe to assume that the best seller will be Humayun Ahmed once again. It's no wonder why, as he was a fantastic storyteller, writer and visionary. We hope however that this year, a new writer manages to pick up the mantle left behind by the legend and take his place as the bestseller for this year's Boi Mela. We also hope that now that he is no longer amongst us, his works can be...