Nobel Literature Prize 2021: Abdulrazak Gurnah named winner

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(BBC): Tanzanian novelist Abdulrazak Gurnah has he was “surprised and humbled” to be awarded the 2021 Nobel Prize for Literature. The Swedish Academy praised Gurnah for his “uncompromising and compassionate penetration of the effects of colonialism”. The prize is awarded by the Swedish Academy and is worth 10 million Swedish crowns ($1.14m / £840,000). Gurnah,… Continue reading Nobel Literature Prize 2021: Abdulrazak Gurnah named winner

Bollywood team in Manang to shoot a movie

Manang (Rashtriya Samachar Samiti): A Bollywood film will be shot in the Himalayan district of Manang, which has been closed due to floods and landslides for the last few months. The film ‘Uchai’, which is being made under the banner of Bollywood’s famous Rajshree Productions, is being shot in Manang. Producer-director Suraj Badajatya’s team has… Continue reading Bollywood team in Manang to shoot a movie

Cinema box office takings at 50 pc of pre-pandemic levels

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BBC: UK cinema box office takings in the month since all Covid restrictions were lifted in England were half of their pre-pandemic level. Box office tracker Comscore said £65.7m was spent on seeing films like Black Widow and Fast & Furious 9 in the four weeks after “freedom day” on 19 July. The figure for… Continue reading Cinema box office takings at 50 pc of pre-pandemic levels

Oscars invite Steven Yeun, Issa Rae, others to join Academy

This combination photo shows some of the 395 artists who are invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, top row from left, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Jon Batiste, Kingsley Ben-Adir, Hugh Bonneville, Janicza Bravo, Lee Isaac Chung, Laverne Cox, Andra Day and Clea DuVall, middle row from left, Emerald Fennell, Henry Golding, Eiza González, H.E.R., Janet Jackson, Shaka King, Vanessa Kirby, Nathan Lane and Luis Gerardo Méndez and bottom row from left, Wagner Moura, Leslie Odom Jr., Robert Pattinson, Issa Rae, Jurnee Smollett, Tiara Thomas, George C. Wolfe, Steven Yeun and Yuh-Jung Youn. Photo Courtesy: AP

AP: Steven Yeun, Nathan Lane, Issa Rae, Robert Pattinson, Janet Jackson, Leslie Odom Jr. and Laverne Cox are among the artists being invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The organization that puts on the Oscars said Thursday that 395 film industry professionals, 46% of whom are women and 39% from… Continue reading Oscars invite Steven Yeun, Issa Rae, others to join Academy

Britney Spears’ public support may not mean much in court

A portrait of Britney Spears looms over supporters and media members outside a court hearing concerning the pop singer's conservatorship at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse, Wednesday, June 23, 2021, in Los Angeles. Photo Courtesy: AP

LOS ANGELES (AP): Britney Spears’ powerful plea to a judge to end the conservatorship that has controlled her life since 2008 brought sympathy and outrage from fans, famous supporters and even casual observers who say she deserves independence. Yet lawyers who deal in such matters say the speech itself may not have helped her in… Continue reading Britney Spears’ public support may not mean much in court

Metal fans mosh at 1st UK live music festival since pandemic

A festivalgoer crowd surfs on the first day of Download Festival at Donington Park at Castle Donington, England, Friday June 18, 2021. Photo Courtesy: AP

LONDON (AP): Thousands of heavy metal fans were camping, singing — and even moshing — on Saturday at Britain’s first full music festival since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. The three-day Download Festival, taking place at Donington Park in central England, is one of a series of test events to see whether mass gatherings… Continue reading Metal fans mosh at 1st UK live music festival since pandemic

Second edition of ‘Highest Altitude Fashion Show’ announced

Kathmandu: The second edition of the Mount Everest Fan Runway, which holds the record for the world’s highest altitude fashion show, is scheduled to take place in August / September. In the first edition of the program held in December, 2019, the title of world record was obtained from the Guinness Book of World Records.… Continue reading Second edition of ‘Highest Altitude Fashion Show’ announced

Andrea Meza wins the title ‘Miss Universe 2020’

Kathmandu: Mexican woman Andrea Meza has won the Miss Universe 2020 crown. Former Miss Universe Zozobini Tunzi has crowned her. The beauty, who has a degree in software engineering, won the title in a competition held in Florida, USA. Brazil’s Julia Gama is the first runner-up while Peru’s Janick Maceta is the second runner-up. Anshika… Continue reading Andrea Meza wins the title ‘Miss Universe 2020’

Gal Gadot spotlights women’s stories in new docuseries

File Photo Gal Gadot arrives at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, in Beverly Hills, Calif. Photo Courtesy: AP

NEW YORK (AP): Gal Gadot is using her Hollywood starpower to spotlight remarkable women from around the world. The “Wonder Woman” actor is host and executive producer of a new documentary series that follows six women who made a positive impact on their communities despite dealing with poverty, violence, discrimination and natural disasters. The 35-year-old… Continue reading Gal Gadot spotlights women’s stories in new docuseries