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Published Date: January 31, 2015
TISHA A STORY OF LOVE

TISHA A STORY OF LOVE

Nusrat Imrose Tisha, better known simply as Tisha, is a model and actor who has won the hearts of millions through her wonderful performances. Her personal life also comes to limelight, being married to the renowned director Mostofa Sarwar Farooki. Star Showbiz recently met her in person. From recent projects, love life to...

  

LIVING WITH THE STARS

Published Date: January 31, 2015
Competitive Growth

Competitive Growth

What timeframe is considered the “Golden age” for Bangladeshi cinema? If you ask me, then I have to say it was almost 40 years ago. I know what you may be wondering. That was the time when there was no ban in cinemas being imported from India. This ban meant that people didn't...

Published Date: January 31, 2015
SHOWBIZ FASHION ICON

SHOWBIZ FASHION ICON

Shampa Reza is one of the established media personalities of Bangladesh. She is also one of more senior members of the industry. She's been working in the media world for more than a decade, and in that time, she has achieved an enormous success. Part of this success is down to the way she presents herself to the world. She's so in touch with all things fashion that she has managed to become an icon amongst women. This and the fact that whatever she wears, she pulls them off with absolute finesse is why she is this week's Showbiz Fashion Icon.

Published Date: January 31, 2015
GRAPE VINE

GRAPE VINE

Talk of the town Pori Moni It doesn't take a fortune teller to predict that Pori Moni is heading towards massive stardom. None of her films have been released yet and she is already the talk of the town. She has already acted in a dozen films with various different stars, all of which...

Published Date: January 31, 2015
MOVIE REVIEW

MOVIE REVIEW

AMERICAN SNIPER Director: Clint Eastwood Writers: Jason Hall, Chris Kyle Stars: Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Kyle Gallner Strength: Acting, story, character development Weakness: One sided portrayal of the Iraq war Runtime: 132 minutes Rating: 3/5 Plot: Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle's pinpoint accuracy saves countless lives on the battlefield and turns him into a legend. Back home to his wife and...

BEHIND THE SCENE

Published Date: January 31, 2015
NAGIB HAWK

NAGIB HAWK

Nagib Hawk is a relative newcomer to the music scene here but he is by no means an amateur. Hailing from the U.S.A., he is a talented music composer and artist who set his sights on Bangladesh with the aim of bringing something new to the audiences here and everywhere else with the...

Published Date: January 31, 2015
STRUCK BY TRAIN

STRUCK BY TRAIN

  Greg Plitt, a former model, actor and renowned fitness instructor, has died after being struck by a train in Burbank on January 17, 2015. Plitt appeared in a number of films. He acted alongside Robert DeNiro and Matt Damon in The Good Shepherd, and Terminator 4 with Christian Bale. He was also a body double in many films, including Watchmen (Dr. Manhattan) and Prometheus (Extraterrestrial Humanoids). Los Angeles County Sheriff's Transit Services Bureau said that he was struck by a Metrolink train at 4.10pm on Front Street, north of the Metrolink station. It was reported that the former Calvin Klein model was with some friends who may have been...

TELEVISION OF A LIFETIME

Published Date: January 31, 2015
Captain of the Ship

Captain of the Ship

The television producers were actually the “Captain of the Ship” as their works said so. A producer of television could easily reach the leading as well as the general people of the country. Those who had become the producers of television had no lack of creativity. One of the pioneers of television producers is...

Published Date: January 31, 2015
Ian-Nikki Engagement Confirmed!

Ian-Nikki Engagement Confirmed!

It's official! Nikki Reed has confirmed her engagement to the dashing Ian Somerhalder. The bride-to-be gushed about her fiance and called him the “most amazing man in the world”. Us Weekly reported that Nikki affirmed the big news while attending the Catdance Festival at Sundance on Saturday. Unfortunately, Nikki wouldn't dish on any...

INT’L FILM

Published Date: January 31, 2015
LARS VON TRIER

LARS VON TRIER

Born in Copenhagen, Lars von Trier's fascination with film began when he was 15, making Super 8 and 16mm films. He then studied film at the Danish Film School and directed over 40 commercials before attracting international attention with his very first feature, The Element of Crime (1984), which won prizes at Cannes,...

DID YOU KNOW?

Published Date: January 31, 2015
WINNERS DECLARED FOR Veet Channel i Top Model 2014

WINNERS DECLARED FOR Veet Channel i Top Model 2014

The Grand Finale of the 3rd season of Veet Channel i Top Model 2014 took place on 23 January 2015 at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre. The pageant has been very successful in churning out talent year after year for three years now. This year's gala was a grand arrangement with performances by the...

Published Date: January 31, 2015
TRIVIA & QUIZ

TRIVIA & QUIZ

 

Published Date: January 30, 2015
Penelope Cruz and Diane Kruger on board for Isabel Coixet's next feature

Penelope Cruz and Diane Kruger on board for Isabel Coixet's next feature

The two actresses will be directed by the Spanish filmmaker, whose drama "Nobody Wants the Night" with Juliette Binoche is set to open the Berlinale on February 5. For her next feature, director Isabel Coixet chose "This Man, This Woman," a script by "Eyes Wide Shut" scribe Frederic Raphael. The story centers on a...

Published Date: January 30, 2015
Rap mogul 'Suge' Knight in deadly hit-and-run: media

Rap mogul 'Suge' Knight in deadly hit-and-run: media

Notorious rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight was involved in a hit-and-run in Los Angeles that left one man dead and another person in the hospital, US media reported. The co-founder of Death Row Records ran over two bystanders as he tried to flee a fight on a film set in the city of Compton...

Published Date: January 29, 2015
Naomi Campbell displays superb stems in Paris Gaultier show

Naomi Campbell displays superb stems in Paris Gaultier show

Veteran supermodel Naomi Campbell made a toned and confident turn on the catwalk Wednesday as a walking bouquet for a bride in a wedding-themed Paris haute couture show by Jean Paul Gaultier. The 44-year-old British beauty showed off legs and buttocks still as shapely as in her heyday nearly two decades ago, sauntering out...

Published Date: January 29, 2015
Liam Hemsworth approached for a major role in 'Independence Day 2'

Liam Hemsworth approached for a major role in 'Independence Day 2'

The actor seen in "The Hunger Games" is eyed for a leading role in the sequel to Roland Emmerich's 1996 film, which starred Will Smith, Bill Pullman and Jeff Goldblum, TheWrap reports. Confirmed in late November by Roland Emmerich, who will return to the director's chair, the sequel to "Independence Day" has begun assembling...

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...