Khaama Press (KP) | Afghan News Agency » Entertainment The largest news and information source in Afghanistan Tue, 27 Jan 2015 05:19:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 2nd International Women’s film festival kicks off in Afghanistan Sat, 08 Nov 2014 16:35:37 +0000 Read the full article...]]> 10628099_954556304610418_5814478409902468963_nThe second International Women’s film festival kicked off in western Herat province of Afghanistan on Saturday.

The three-day film festival will mainly focus on violence against women and women’s right in Afghanistan which will be attended by filmmakers both from Afghanistan and abroad.

A committee will select over 60 films produced by various international filmmakers and will be displayed during the film festival.

According to reports, around 500 films, including movies from Hollywood and Bollywood have been introduced to the film festival where 15 films produced in Afghanistan will be displayed while the remaining films will belong to foreign producers.

A jury consisting of jurors from England, Italy, United States, India and Iran will select the best short fiction film, best documentary film and best animation.

According to the organizers of the event, the festival has been organized in Herat province with an aim to campaign against growing violence on women in this province.

The festival will also be attended by famous filmmakers from India, Iran, Pakistan and Tajikistan.

A statement released by the film festival states that the event has been organized by Roya film, Arman Shahr foundation and with financial support of United Nations.

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Shahrukh Khan: No combination like sports and women Sun, 24 Feb 2013 06:24:06 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Shahrukh Khan has no time for cricketBollywood star and producer Shahrukh Khan on Saturday said he personally doesn’t have time to play cricket and the Cricket Championship League (CCL) doesn’t need a “smaller star” like him, The Times of India reported.

While speaking during the opening ceremony of a cricket championship Shahrukh Khan said, “I will be really honest… I am someone who believes professionalizing sports in this country is perhaps the most important aspect if I can any way get attached to it. I am happy that I am associated with it,” Shah Rukh told reporters at the opening ceremony of a cricket championship.

Khan said, “I personally won’t get time to play cricket so I don’t think I will be attached to anything else but if it requires me.. I think there are so many stars in CCL, I don’t think they need a smaller star like me.”

Another Indian film star Salman Khan was also cheering for Mumbai Heroes – the team owned by his brother Sohail Khan. He was the guest of honour at the opening ceremony of the third edition of Celebrity Cricket League (CCL).

In the meantime Shahrukh Khan insisted that sports is the greatest profession and one needs to create alternate professions for youstres in the country.

He said, “Sports is perhaps the greatest profession in this country. We hope with this, many more tournaments are created . This is just the beginning.”

Khan also added that he feels there is no combination like sports and women.

“You have to start somewhere and this is just the beginning slowly, it will spread to more places. Specifically if you ask me, then there is no combination like sports and women. I would be really happy if it went across and women participate in it,” he said.

The podium was shared by the Indian cricketer Rahul Dravid during the press conference.

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Shahrukh Khan romance Katrina and Preity on Valentines eve Mon, 18 Feb 2013 04:32:02 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Shahrukh Khan romance Katrina and Preity on Valentines eveShah Rukh Khan and Katrina Kaif rekindled their unmatched chemistry on stage during the ‘Temptation Reloaded’ tour in Muscat inn a full-fledged stage show which was the first time that the duo has performed together live.

The show was organised as part of the Muscat Festival. Officials from event Management Company Light and Shadow Enterprises LLC, which organised the concert, said they were delighted with the success of “Oman’s Biggest Live Concerts”.

King Khan made a breathtaking entry from a sky high crane and his ‘Don’ number being played in the background. After dancing to some of their biggest Bollywood hits, the stars all boarded an open bus and threw soft toys among the audience.

Preity Zinta, Ali Zafar, and singers Anushka Manchanda and Shalmali Kholgade also put up spirited performances. The gala, organised by Oman Automobile Association Club, had more than 25,000 spectators cheering and screaming themselves hoarse for the Bollywood stars.

“A big thank you all to the awesome crowd in Muscat for such a great response and for so much love ! Back home now, tucked into Bed & down with Fever,” Preity Zinta later wrote on Twitter.

The 47-year-old ‘Ra.One’ star made his grand entry in the jam-packed Oman Automobile Association Club in Azaiba in Muscat much to the delight of the rousing audience.

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Valentine’s Day 2013: Americans spend $18.6 Billion Thu, 14 Feb 2013 07:21:06 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Valentine's Day 2013 Americans spend $18.6 BillionValentine’s Day is a $18.6 billion event holiday with origins in a third-century beheading, stoning and ritualized beating of a recalcitrant priest.

Even amid a slow recovery, Americans are set to spend a record $18.6 billion this Valentine’s Day. Flower shops, jewelry stores and online dating sites are all expecting to cash in on the day of love.

“It’s a holiday with a lot of cash. It’s a lot of sales,” Ron Friedman, who leads Marcum Consulting’s retail business told Forbes Magazine. “Although, it’s pretty short-lived. The flowers die, the candy gets eaten up, and the lingerie gets destroyed in a couple minutes.”

According to the 2013 National Retail Federation Valentine’s Day spending survey, the average American is expected to spend $130.97 on gifts, a slight increase from last year.

Here are some of this year’s numbers according to Fiscal Times:

$18.6 billion
The amount of money Americans are expected to spend this Valentine’s Day.

$13.5 billion
The total cost of shipments for firms producing chocolate and cocoa products in 2011.

$4.4 billion
The amount of money Americans are expected to spend on diamonds, gold and silver this Valentine’s Day.

$1.9 billion
The amount of money Americans are expected to spend on flowers this Valentine’s Day.

$1.6 billion
The amount of money Americans are expected to spend on candy this Valentine’s Day.

$928 million
The amount of revenue brought in my Internet dating services in 2011

$815 million
The amount of money Americans are expected to spend on gifts for their pets this Valentine’s Day.

$365 million
The total value of fresh cut roses in 2011.

The average amount men will spend on gifts and a date this Valentine’s Day.

The average amount women will spend on gifts and a date this Valentine’s Day

The number of workers employed by floral shops in 2010.

Number of workers employed by chocolate, cocoa and candy manufactures in 2010. Bureau)

Valentine’s Day comes into light in Afghanistan:

Although the conservative Afghanistan majority are unaware of the Valentine’s Day, some youngsters do celebrate the day by sending flowers to their beloved ones and by sending messages via cell phone or the Internet.

In Afghanistan, the tradition is that having open relations between boys and girls is a taboo. Love marriage and court marriage seldom happen in the Muslim Afghan society as the families prefer arranged marriage for their sons and daughters in accordance with Sharia or Islamic laws.

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A Serbian Film is ‘most cut’ movie in 16 years Sun, 28 Nov 2010 11:11:41 +0000 Read the full article...]]> (BBC) – Controversial movie A Serbian Film has become the most cut film in 16 years, the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) has said.

The dark thriller, which features disturbing scenes of violence and sex, has had four minutes and 11 seconds of its original content removed.

The BBFC said that it “rarely cuts” cinema releases with an 18 certificate.

In 1994 the Indian movie Nammavar was cut by five minutes and eight seconds for violent content.

A BBFC spokeswoman said: “A number of cuts were required to remove elements of sexual violence that tend to eroticise or endorse sexual violence.”

‘Immensely indecent’

The film is scheduled for UK release on the 10 December, although distributors Revolver Entertainment said it does not yet know how many cinemas it will be shown in.

A spokesman from the company said: “Revolver remain committed to releasing the closest possible version of the film to the director’s original cut.

“The company recognises that the film is an uncompromising, artistic and political statement from a unique film-making vision and remains fully supportive to the director.

“Revolver believes this is a film that deserves to be seen by both a theatrical and home entertainment UK audience,” he added.

The movie was written by Serbian horror film critic Aleksandar Radivojevic and directed by Srdjan Spasojevic.

Radivojevic has defended the movie, calling it an “a diary of our molestation by the Serbian government”.

He said it was designed to show the “monolithic power of leaders who hypnotise you to do things you don’t want to do”.

Variety called the film a “well-crafted, immensely indecent smut-slasher”, while The Sun newspaper labelled it “sick”.

Film critic Scott Weinberg wrote: “I think the film is tragic, sickening, disturbing, twisted, absurd, infuriated, and actually quite intelligent.

“I admire and detest it at the same time. And I will never watch it again. Ever.”

In August Westminster Council refused to allow the movie to be shown during the annual Frightfest film festival.

Earlier this month trade magazine Variety reported that Spain had banned public screenings of the film at the Terror Film Week in San Sebastian.

A temporary injunction also prompted the Molins de Rei and Malaga film festival to cancel screenings.
Source: BBC

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Justin Bieber wins four American Music Awards Tue, 23 Nov 2010 09:24:30 +0000 Read the full article...]]> (BBC) – Teen star Justin Bieber dominated the American Music Awards winning four prizes from four nominations.

Bieber, 16, who beat Eminem, Usher, Katy Perry and Lady Gaga to artist of the year, also won best pop album, best pop male, and breakthrough artist.

He said he had “been singing Eminem since I was three and Usher is my mentor – so this is big”.

Eminem led the field with five nods alongside country band Lady Antebellum. He won two awards as did Usher.

Eminem, 38 – who did not attend the ceremony at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles – won best male hip-hop artist and the hip-hop album prize for Recovery.

Usher, 32, meanwhile, won best male R&B singer and the R&B album award for Raymond v Raymond while Lady Antebellum walked away with one award – for best country band.

British band Muse won the alternative rock prize.

Bizarre performance

Collecting his breakthrough artist award, Bieber – whose album My World 2.0 has sold almost 2 million copies in the US since its release in March – said: “I’m from the smallest town in the world of, like, 30,000 people.

“I never thought this was possible.”

Bieber, who was brought up in Stratford, Ontario, now lives in the US.

Picking up his best pop male prize later in the evening, he thanked Michael Jackson, who last year won four posthumous gongs at the awards.

“Without Michael Jackson, none of us would be here,” he said.

Other winners included best pop band the Black Eyed Peas – who performed new single The Time – and best country female Taylor Swift, who was last year’s big winner with five gongs.

Swift, 20, performed her new single, Back to December, and incorporated OneRepublic hit Apologize.

Other performers on the night included 1990s boy bands New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys who sang together.

Meanwhile, Rihanna – winner of best R&B female – performed a medley of songs from album Loud.

A pregnant Pink performed Raise Your Glass, Kid Rock gave an acoustic performance of Times Like These and Katy Perry used pyrotechnics to play her latest single Firework.

In the absence of Lady Gaga, who did not turn up to pick up her best pop female prize, Kesha gave perhaps the most bizarre performance of the night.

She sported a motorcycle helmet with light beams for eyes as she sang her hit Take It Off.

She then stripped off to reveal a mirrored outfit and was joined by a gang of male dancers dressed like her – complete with fishnet stocking and blonde wigs.

Other winners on the night included Michael Buble, who won best contemporary artist, and Shakira who picked up the Latin music gong.

Source: BBC

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Roy Lichtenstein painting fetches $42.6m at auction Fri, 12 Nov 2010 08:53:08 +0000 Read the full article...]]> (BBC) – A painting by Roy Lichtenstein has sold at auction for $42.6m (£26.4m) – a new record for the US ‘pop artist’.

The cartoon-style painting, sold to an anonymous telephone bidder at Christie’s in New York, features a woman on the phone with a speech bubble containing the title.

The sale of contemporary and post-war works fetched $272.8m (£169.1m) in all.

Yet an Andy Warhol piece expected to fetch up to $50m (£31m) went for less than half that amount.

Big Campbell’s Soup Can with Can Opener (Vegetable) was sold for $23.9m (£14.8m) at Wednesday’s auction.

On Tuesday, a Warhol canvas of a black-and-white Coke bottle sold for $35.4m (£21.9m) at rival New York auction house Sotheby’s.

The Lichtenstein sale smashed a previous record for the artist set in 2005, when his work In the Car fetched $16.2m (£10m).

In a statement, Christie’s said Ohhh…Alright… – painted in 1964 – “characterises Lichtenstein’s captivation and inspiration with techniques of commercial printing and reproduction.”

Other highlights of the sale included Jeff Koons’ sculpture Balloon Flower (Blue), which sold for $16.8m (£10.4m).

Records were also set by works from US sculptor Alexander Calder, Cuban artist Felix Gonzalez-Torres and Californian painter Mark Tansey.

Source: BBC

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Horror movie film Saw 3D tops US box office Tue, 02 Nov 2010 04:31:40 +0000 Read the full article...]]> The final instalment of the horror franchise Saw has topped the US box office in its debut weekend.

The last chapter in the series about the pyscho killer Jigsaw made $24.3m (£15.8m), according to studio estimates.

Saw VI, the last film in the series which was released last year, debuted with $10m (£6.2m) less.

The second, third, fourth and fifth Saw films all topped $30m over their opening weekends.

“Last year, a lot of people said, ‘Ok, that’s it. Put a fork in it, it’s done'”, said David Spitz, head of distribution for Lionsgate.

“The following week, we were all disappointed and thought, what can we do to reinvigorate the franchise? So we shot the movie in 3D and said this is the final chapter.”

Another horror film, Paranormal Activity 2, slipped to second place, with $16.5m (£10.2m).

Its low-budget predecessor became a word of mouth phenomenon last year, eventually making more than $100m in North America.

Action movie, Red, starring Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren and John Malkovich, took third place with takings of $10.8m (£6.7m).

Prank movie Jackass 3D, now in its third week on the chart, has now passed the $100m (£62.3m) mark.

Source: BBC

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