• Saturday, November 01, 2014

COVER STORY

SUPERSTARS of 2014

SUPERSTARS of 2014

The Lux-Channel i Superstar program is like a time machine. It catapults new talent into the heart of the media, straight into the limelight. Without this program, aspirants would have to work for years and slowly climb the ladder of popularity before being considered for acting roles. For young women of Bangladesh who dream about a career in the media, the Superstar program is a godsend. It's not just a talent hunt program or a beauty pageant, but also a reality show in Bangladesh and a showcase of creative entertainment centered on beauty and elegance. It's for women who believe in themselves and are ready to face a three-month...

LIVING WITH THE STARS

New Faces in the Showbiz Limelight!

New Faces in the Showbiz Limelight!

We've written quite a few times about Lux's talent hunt and grooming efforts. For the last two years, Emami, another FMCG brand which specializes in cosmetics, has been organizing a male talent hunt program. Although it is too soon to tell about the impact of Emami's efforts on the showbiz world, since they've been around for only two years, but we hope that “The Ultimate Man” contest will make a major contribution to encouraging bright and handsome youngsters to join the Bangladesh media, which is currently suffering from a lack of new male lead actors. This issue is a very special one, since we are not only presenting the...

INT'L FILM

MIKHAIL KALATOZOV

MIKHAIL KALATOZOV

Mikhail wasn't just another eastern European cinematographer and director but a much loved Soviet and Georgian people's artiste. He directed several documentaries along with highly political films, one of which was banned by the Stalinist censor board. Mikhail was born in 1903 in Tiflis (now Tbilisi) of the Russian Empire as Mikheil Kalatozishvili, and passed away on in 1973 in Moscow. At the age of 14, he started working as a driver and three years later he decided to study Economics, which didn't last very long, since his yearning to become a filmmaker/director overcame his education. In 1923, at the age of 20, he began his career in Georgian filmmaking....

DOWN MEMORY BY LANES…

THE DAYS OF THE GRAMOPHONE…

THE DAYS OF THE GRAMOPHONE…

In the mid 50s, electricity hadn't reached every corner of Dhaka, so gramophones were the only instruments on which people could play their favourite records. One or two shops in Islampur and Nawabpur used to import the latest Bangla records of great singers like KL Saigal, Pankaj Mullick, Kanon Devi, Juthika Roy, Shatinath...

TELEVISION OF A LIFETIME

VENTURING INTO THE WORLD OF TVCS

VENTURING INTO THE WORLD OF TVCS

While working at Impress Telefilm, Humayun Ahmed produced many kinds of television programs. He also produced television commercials of unique characteristics starring many of his drama characters. The house Humayun Ahmed rented at Gazipur to shoot 'Shabuj Sathi' was for fifteen days only but rain delayed the shooting. The house owner insisted that the shooting is complete in the stipulated time. Humayun Ahmed realized that he needs a house at Gazipur. Following this, he started building his own house Nuhash Palli, which is at present the largest shooting place in the country. The audience has seen Nuhash Palli in many of his dramas later on. Humayun Ahmed worked with many...

  

10 THINGS YOU DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT

BARAKAT HOSSAIN POLASH

BARAKAT HOSSAIN POLASH

Barakat Hossain Polash, an Economics graduate of Dhaka University, was interested in cameras from an early age; he joined the BBC to work with Rashed Zaman as an Assistant Camera Operator. Polash worked and learned all he could from Rashed over the span of two years while carrying out several projects of his...

INTRODUCING THIS YEAR'S ULTIMATE MAN

INTRODUCING THIS YEAR'S ULTIMATE MAN

Thanks to initiatives like Lux Channel I Superstar and other such pageants, very talented women are brought into the world of media; complete with proper training to survive the new world they will venture in. Unfortunately this kind of a platform didn't exist for men for quite a while now. Things changed with...

GRAPE VINE

GRAPE VINE

ANTI-DRINKING WARNING IN FILMS NOT CORRECT WAY: AAMIR KHAN After putting statutory warnings over smoking scenes, the Censor Board has now introduced anti-drinking warnings in scenes where actors are depicted consuming alcohol. However, actor Aamir Khan says there are other ways of conveying this message. "I feel the creativity of the film should not...

MOVIE REVIEW

MOVIE REVIEW

KICK Directors: Sajid Nadiadwala Writers: Vakkantham Vamsi, Rajat Arora Stars: Salman Khan, Jacqueline Fernandez, Nawazuddin Siddiqui Runtime: 146 minutes Strength: Action sequences, Salman Khan's acting Rating: 2.5/5 Plot: An adrenaline junkie walks away from a whirlwind romance and embraces a new life as a thief. Review: The first thing you should know about Kick is that it is an outrageously silly...

TV REVIEW

THE LAST SHIP

THE LAST SHIP

Among the mediocre range of the new shows that have been launched in 2014, The Last Ship brings the talented Rhona Mitra to a big role for the very first time. The show revolves around the crew of a naval destroyer who are forced to confront the reality of a new existence when,...

DID YOU KNOW?

WORST CAREER DECISIONS BY ACTORS

WORST CAREER DECISIONS BY ACTORS

Sean Connery cost himself $US450 million when he turned down the chance to play Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. The former James Bond actor was offered 15 per cent of the franchise's box office takings. Despite that, Connery turned down the role because of his concerns over the script and...

Cover Story

Published Date: October 25, 2014
HEERA'S MOVE INTO FILM

HEERA'S MOVE INTO FILM

Rukhsana Ali Heera, or simply Heera as she is known to her adoring fans, is a very successful ramp model, and actress. We already know her through her work as a ramp model, television advertisements and recently we have had a glimpse of her acting talent through television dramas. Heera now plans to enter the world of films and hopes to rekindle its magic! Star Showbiz recently caught up with her for a one on one chat. So how did your journey in the world of media begin? The journey began in 2007. My first work was for Banglalink, and the photographer for that particular work was Iqbal Ahmed. I was...

LIVING WITH THE STARS

Published Date: October 25, 2014
LOOKING for THE LEAP

LOOKING for THE LEAP

In the last one and a half years of Star Showbiz, there is one thing that has always worried me: the niddle-noodle state of Bangladesh's film sector. At points it seems that there are signs of the sector being revived, but soon enough, I talk to those working in the sector specially those who are intricately involved, and realize that the scenario has really not changed. To add to that, what really worries me even more now is the meteoric fall of Bangladeshi viewership of Bangladeshi television programmes. I also worry that people who still have the ability and authority to turn things around before we lose all the...

INT'L FILM

Published Date: October 25, 2014
WILLIAM WYLER

WILLIAM WYLER

William Wyler directed some of the most critically acclaimed movies of his time. Known for his sensitive direction of great actors, he worked with John Barrymore, Bette Davis, Humphry Bogart and Myrna Loy, amongst others. Today he is considered both a master director and a substantial influencer of American culture. Born in Germany in 1902 to Jewish parents, Wyler became interested in American culture at an early age. His cousin, Carl Laemmle, was the head of Universal Pictures, and in 1920 brought Wyler to America. Before long he was living in Hollywood and...

DOWN MEMORY BY LANES…

Published Date: October 25, 2014
SONGS FOR EVERY MOOD

SONGS FOR EVERY MOOD

Poetic and profound lyrics, evocative tunes and perfectly controlled and polished voices converge together to create wondrous music in the 50s and 60s. Songs of myriad mood corresponding to every human experience used to be sung with great devotion by a host of high quality singers of that era. The mellifluous tunes used...

Published Date: October 25, 2014
ALL THE WAY FROM BUSHAN

ALL THE WAY FROM BUSHAN

Once upon a time, the name of "Bushan International Film Festival" was "Pushan International Film Festival". Bushan is the largest sea port of South Korea and the second biggest city of the country. Now, Bushan is not only recognized as the sea port but also as the center of art and culture, and...

Published Date: October 25, 2014
SALMA HAYEK STARRING IN THREE NEW FILMS!

SALMA HAYEK STARRING IN THREE NEW FILMS!

Salma Hayek, the 47-year-old Latina actress famous for her roles in movies such as the 1996 Hollywood adaptation of Quentin Tarantino's dark screenplay, From Dusk Til Dawn, and, most recently, Grown Ups and Grown Ups 2. The Mexican-born leading lady has taken on three films in 2014: A Three Dog Life, The Septembers...

Published Date: October 25, 2014
DICAPRIO TO TAKE BREAK FROM ACTING, OUT OF JOBS BIOPIC!

DICAPRIO TO TAKE BREAK FROM ACTING, OUT OF JOBS BIOPIC!

Fans of Apple and its legendary co-founder Steve Jobs have already seen one biopic based on the late tech icon's life (last year's Jobs), but many agreed that the Ashton Kutcher vehicle left a little to be desired. The new Jobs biopic was penned by Oscar-winner Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network) and has...

10 THINGS YOU DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT

Published Date: October 25, 2014
BART NANDIT ARENG

BART NANDIT ARENG

Bart Nandit Areng took his first steps in the world of showbiz when he became the voice behind Sesame Street's Bhutoo in his early years. Since then, he's been heavily involved in audio media, as a musician, a radio RJ and music producer for Radio Shadhin's afternoon show - Boss Break. Star Showbiz...

Published Date: October 25, 2014
WHY MICHAEL KEATON TURNED DOWN $15 MILLION TO BE IN BATMAN 3

WHY MICHAEL KEATON TURNED DOWN $15 MILLION TO BE IN BATMAN 3

    Michael Keaton, who starred as the Caped Crusader in Batman (1989) and Batman Returns (1992) turned down a reported $15 million to play Batman in Tim Burton's third film in the series. According to ComicBookMovie, had Tim Burton not been removed from the project for refusing to ease up on the darkness, Michael Keaton would have starred alongside Rene Russo as his love interest, and Marlon Wayans as Robin! In an interview with CBS Sunday Morning, Keaton discussed his possible role in the Batman 3, Keaton explained simply, "It sucked...Yeah, it just was awful." Tim Burton was replaced by Joel Schumacher, and Keaton was replaced by Val Kilmer in...

Published Date: October 25, 2014
GRAPE VINE

GRAPE VINE

Christian Bale in Talks for Danny Boyle's Steve Jobs Biopic Sony's biopic of the late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs (not to be confused with 2013′s Jobs, which starred Ashton Kutcher as the tech icon) has had a pretty eventful pre-production stage. Danny Boyle (127 Hours) is signed on to direct after David Fincher departed, and he's currently on the hunt for his leading man. The Hollywood Reporter is stating that Sony is starting negotiations with Christian Bale, who coincidentally enough was Fincher's choice back when the Gone Girl director was in talks, to portray Jobs.     NEIL PATRICK HARRIS to host 2015 Oscars ceremony The 87th Academy Awards ceremony will be held at the...

Published Date: October 25, 2014
MOVIE REVIEW

MOVIE REVIEW

HAIDER Director: Vishal Bhardwaj Writers: Basharat Peer, Vishal Bhardwaj Cast: Shahid Kapoor, Shraddha Kapoor, Tabu, Kay Kay Menon Strengths: Story, direction and acting Runtime:  162 minutes Rating: 4.5/5 Plot: In an adaptation of William Shakespeare's 'Hamlet', Haider - a young man returns home to Kashmir on receiving news of his father's disappearance. Not only does he learn that security forces...

TV REVIEW

Published Date: October 25, 2014
GOTHAM

GOTHAM

Blockbuster comic book adaptations have been propping up Hollywood movie studios for years but TV, which had a brief involvement with superheroes in the Seventies, is now very much in on the act again. After Smallville's very successful run for about a decade, we now have Arrow, Marvel's Agents of SHIELD and most...

SPECIAL FEATURE

Published Date: October 25, 2014
THE ULTIMATE MAN

THE ULTIMATE MAN

Amongst the many talent hunts in Bangladesh, many of which open the doors to the media for the finalists, almost all are exclusively for women. Because of this, the talent in women in the media sector is high but there is much to be desired in the men's department. That may soon change with the initiative taken by Fair and Handsome, Channel i and the Bangladesh Navy. Last year, they introduced a new talent hunt programme targeting male talent called “The Ultimate Man”. The show is directed by Raihan Khan and presented by Nusrat Fariha. This year, after auditions in Khulna, Rajshahi, Chittagong and Dhaka and 23 episodes of...

Published Date: October 25, 2014
TRIVIA & QUIZ

TRIVIA & QUIZ

 

Cover Story

Published Date: October 18, 2014
A DIFFERENT SIDE of Satyajit Ray

A DIFFERENT SIDE of Satyajit Ray

Honestly, you would be hard-pressed to find anyone in this planet who doesn't know about Satyajit Ray. For those rare few who don't know, he was a bangali filmmaker, regarded as one of the greatest auteurs of world cinema. But, first and foremost, he was one of the most brilliant storytellers ever known, be it on paper or on the silver screen. Ray was born in the city of Calcutta into a Bengali family prominent in the world of arts and literature. Starting his career as a commercial artist, Ray was drawn into independent filmmaking after meeting French filmmaker Jean Renoir and viewing Vittorio De Sica's Italian neorealist 1948...

LIVING WITH THE STARS

Published Date: October 18, 2014
MEETING SATYAJIT RAY

MEETING SATYAJIT RAY

Bengali, as a culture and people, is almost indistinguishable from Satyajit Ray. The pride he has brought to us is beyond measure, and the position demanded by his name and legacy is beyond individual preferences, likes and dislikes. When I was very little, I met the brilliance of Satyajit Ray through Feluda, and...

INT'L FILM

Published Date: October 18, 2014
LOUIS MALLE

LOUIS MALLE

Louis Malle comes from a rare breed of French film directors who achieved unimaginable fame not just in France but also all over the world. He was not afraid to embrace a wide range of subjects, some notoriously controversial. Malle was born in 1932 in Thumeries, near to Lille in northern France, into a...

HOLLYWOOD HIVE

Published Date: October 18, 2014
10 Breakout Actors to Watch Out For

10 Breakout Actors to Watch Out For

Dane DeHaan: He's been under most directors' radar since late 2010, when he played Jesse D'Amato the part of In Treatment. DeHaan, who was just 23 years old at the time, was immediately pegged as an actor to watch, but his youth has almost been a barrier to his rare ability to display such psychological depth. His acting in Chronicle was phenomenal. There aren't a lot of emotionally challenging roles out there for a fresh-faced twenty something, but it's his role as Harry Osborn in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, that is sure to get DeHaan his most commercial attention to date.   Ansel Elgort:   Ansel's acting efforts at an early age have...

DOWN MEMORY BY LANES…

Published Date: October 18, 2014
GOLDEN SONGS OF YESTERYEARS

GOLDEN SONGS OF YESTERYEARS

There are many memory by lanes you have to go down in search of that tune that has been haunting you for months. Every time that sweet tune comes to your mind, something hazy flashes by your eyes…an old house…a blurred face…a vast field. You cannot rest until you find the song that...

Published Date: October 18, 2014
ADAM SANDLER

ADAM SANDLER

Netflix originally only streamed TV shows and movies created by other production studios. However, when House of Cards debuted in 2013, Netflix made a name for itself with its own original programming. Since then, the service has released the popular series Orange is the New Black as well as a fourth season of...

Published Date: October 18, 2014
ROBERT DOWNEY JR. WANTS MEL GIBSON TO DIRECT 'IRON MAN 4'

ROBERT DOWNEY JR. WANTS MEL GIBSON TO DIRECT 'IRON MAN 4'

If Robert Downey Jr. seriously has as much pull with Marvel as we've heard, Mel Gibson may get the chance to direct Iron Man 4. Marvel Studios would love another installment, but Downey Jr. will only do it if his pal Gibson calls the shots. During a recent interview with Deadline, Downey Jr....

TEN THINGS YOU DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT

Published Date: October 18, 2014
SHIBU KUMER SHILL

SHIBU KUMER SHILL

Shibu Kumer Shill is an independent filmmaker of Bangladesh. After completing his Masters of Fine Arts on Sculpting from Dhaka Fine Art Institute, he made films (such as Yatri, Autry) and also made a documentary named Eliaser Khoary. He won the Best Documentary Award of Celebrating Life 2008 for his work on Eliaser...

Published Date: October 18, 2014
GRAPE VINE

GRAPE VINE

Sunny Leone's 'Leela' a family drama! Filmmaker Bobby Khan has roped in Sunny Leone for his "Leela" and says his directorial debut is a clean family drama, but adds that the actress' glamour quotient will be high and he would try for an U/A certificate for the movie. "The script of the film is very strong and it's a clean family drama, but we do understand that since Sunny is part of the project, there is a lot of expectation from the audience, so I can't cheat my audience," Bobby told reporters.  The film has been widely shot in Rajasthan. Talking about Sunny's look in the film, Bobby said: "Sunny...

Published Date: October 18, 2014
MOVIE REVIEW

MOVIE REVIEW

22 JUMP STREET (2014) Directors: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller Writers:  Michael Bacall, Oren Uziel Stars: Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, Ice Cube Runtime: 112 minutes Strength: Easy comedy, good acting Weakness: Humour seemed a bit forced in some parts Rating: 3/5 Plot: After making their way through high school (twice), big changes are in store for officers Schmidt and Jenko when they...

TV REVIEW

Published Date: October 18, 2014
LEGENDS

LEGENDS

Television needs its comfort food even more so now that so many complex and difficult dramas are available. Sometimes you just need a show that feels familiar, keeps you entertained and end without someone being stoned to death or some sort of mysterious, ominous clue. That's where TNT's Legends comes in. It stars...

Published Date: October 18, 2014
Trivia & Quiz

Trivia & Quiz

 

FIVE ACTORS

Published Date: October 18, 2014
Who Almost Died on Set!

Who Almost Died on Set!

Actors and actresses have been known for pushing themselves to the limit for the art of the cinema. Many embark on doing their own beserk stunts. All we have to do is have a look at Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible 2 clambering between rocks, gorges and cliffs to get a sense of...

Cover Story

Published Date: October 11, 2014
OF BEAUTY AND GRACE JAYA AHSAN

OF BEAUTY AND GRACE JAYA AHSAN

Jaya Ahsan is a household name in Bangladeshi, and is probably the most easily recognized face of the Bangladesh media. As vivacious as she is beautiful, her heart-warming smile alone can turn a heart of stone to that of a poet. Fond of singing and dancing as a child, she earned a diploma...

LIVING WITH THE STARS

Published Date: October 11, 2014
Going International

Going International

Jaya has achieved everything that the world of television in Bangladesh has to offer. She was not a sudden strike to the industry either. Steady as a stream growing over time, she has been in the business for a while and has improved with each and every production she undertook. I think that...

INT'L FILM

Published Date: October 11, 2014
JACQUES COUSTEAU

JACQUES COUSTEAU

If there is one person who single-handedly fascinated millions of landlocked viewers to venture underwater into the unknown, through television, it is the Frenchman Jacques Cousteau. Jacques-Yves Cousteau was born on June 11, 1910, in the town of St.-Andre-de-Cubzac near Bordeaux, in France. As a child, he was quite sickly but learned to swim at the age of four. His initial dip led to his everlasting love for the sea. He was also very curious about machines. At the age of 13, Cousteau saved his pocket money to buy a movie camera. The first thing he did was to take it apart to see how it worked! He shot...

TELEVISION OF A LIFETIME

Published Date: October 11, 2014
The Brilliance of Humayun Ahmed

The Brilliance of Humayun Ahmed

One day, Humayun Ahmed called me and wanted to talk about working with Impress Telefilm. Khalid Mahmood Mithu and Jalal Ahmed used to work in most of our productions at that time. Humayun Ahmed wanted to work on package dramas, and he was already doing so with Inframe. Since Jalal Ahmed used to...

TV REVIEW

Published Date: October 11, 2014
SOUND TREK

SOUND TREK

What happens when you put great music along with breathtaking destinations across a very diverse country? A phenomenon is born! Sound Trek combines this very formula to create a one-of-a-kind cross-country journey, which merges two different music genres into a cohesive sound that works for viewers of all ages. The brand new music...

BEHIND THE SCENE

Published Date: October 11, 2014
Ten Things You Didn't Know About Shabnam Ferdousi

Ten Things You Didn't Know About Shabnam Ferdousi

Shabnam Ferdosi has is a woman of multiple talents; she has been involved in various kinds of work, from teaching to journalism. Once she was a model, but unlike many other models that usually turn into actresses, she took up an interest behind the camera and is now a documentary filmmaker. Till date...

Did You Know?

Published Date: October 11, 2014
Initial Shooting for Chitkini Complete

Initial Shooting for Chitkini Complete

Initial shooting for the government funded movie “Chitkini” finished in August 2014 near the Panchagar Railway Station. Story, screenplay and direction has been done by screenplay writer and filmmaking teacher Shajedul Auwal and this is his first full length feature film. The story is centered on a widowed stonebreaker near Panchagar and her sufferings and hardships. The lead actor for this film is Runa Khan. Also included in the cast are Bhasshoy Bondhopaddhay, Aminur Rahman Mukul, Manosh Bondhopaddhay, Mahmudul Islam Mithu, Sajedul Auwal and Mustagisur Rahman Babu. Information from the director points to the fact that this production is completely location based. There, he had first-hand experience on stone breaking...

HOLLYWOOD HIVE

Published Date: October 11, 2014
ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER: THE COMEBACK KING

ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER: THE COMEBACK KING

He did say he would be back! Arnold Schwarzenegger has returned to Hollywood in a major way, even at the age of 67! What has he not accomplished? An action superstar, bodybuilder, 7-time winner of Mr. Olympia, actor, filmmaker, activist, businessman, investor, writer, philanthropist, and politician: the man has lived quite a few...

Published Date: October 11, 2014
CATHERINE ZETA-JONES

CATHERINE ZETA-JONES

Catherine Zeta-Jones, nominated for a Golden Globe for her turn as the ruthless wife of a drug lord in 2000's Traffic, has landed an even juicier role in the true story crime biopic 'The Godmother'. In a new film directed by Norwegian helmer Eva Sørhaug (90 Minutes, Cold Lunch) Zeta-Jones will play real life kingpin Griselda Blanco, the first and only woman to rise to the higher echelons of Colombia's Medellin drug cartel. Blanco was a fearsome figure at the center of the Miami drug wars of the 1970s and '80s depicted in the 2006 HBO documentary Cocaine Cowboys. Her reign of terror, in which she's suspected to have...

Published Date: October 11, 2014
GRAPE VINE

GRAPE VINE

  Twilight Is BACK! And There Are 5 Movies on the Way! Lionsgate has announced that they're teaming up with Facebook, the Women In Film organization (which encourages emerging female talent in the entertainment industry), and crowdsourcing platform, Tonal - as well as Meyer herself - to put the Twilight series back in front of cameras! Five short movies will be made and posted to Facebook, where fans will select a grand prize-winning filmmaker who will get a whopping cash prize and some great career opportunities!         Lara Dutta planning a comeback Former Miss Universe Lara Dutta decided to turn her attention towards production with 'Chalo Dilli', a rather out of the box comedy...

Published Date: October 11, 2014
MOVIE REVIEW

MOVIE REVIEW

PLASTIC Director: Julian Gilbey Writer: Julian Gilbey, Will Gilbey Cast: Ed Speleers, Will Poulter, Alfie Allen, Emma Rigby Strength: Acting, story, casting Weakness: Predictable ending Runtime: 102 minutes Rating: 3.5/5 Plot: Sam & Fordy run a credit card fraud scheme, but when they steal from the wrong man, they find themselves threatened by sadistic gangsters. They need to raise £5m and...