Entertainment / Arts

Grande’s ‘thank u, next’ bests Adele to fastest 100 million views

Views - 30 Friday, 7 December 2018 00:00

LOS ANGELES (Reuters): Ariana Grande’s breakup anthem “thank u, next” has become the fastest music video to reach 100 million views, video hosting service Vevo said on Tuesday. The single, released after the 25-year-old singer’s much publicis


‘Black Panther,’ ‘Star is Born’ among AFI’s top films of 2018

Views - 22 Friday, 7 December 2018 00:00

LOS ANGELES (Reuters): Musical drama “A Star is Born”, superhero movie “Black Panther” and horror flick “A Quiet Place” were named as some of the 10 best films of 2018 by the American Film Institute this week. The top movies also included


Priyanka Chopra, Nick Jonas celebrate wedding at New Delhi reception

Views - 46 Friday, 7 December 2018 00:00

NEW DELHI (Reuters): Priyanka Chopra, star of Indian film and US television, and Jonas Brothers singer Nick Jonas celebrated their wedding at a glitzy reception in New Delhi on Tuesday, joined by celebrities ranging from India’s prime minister to H


3D computer-animated Christmas comedy ‘The Grinch’ in 7 Lankan cinemas

Views - 114 Tuesday, 4 December 2018 00:00

American 3D computer-animated Christmas comedy ‘The Grinch’ is being shown in seven Sri Lankan cinemas to spread more cheer this festive and holiday season. The theatres are Liberty by Scope Cinemas, Scope Cinemas CCC, Empire – Colombo, MC Cine


Priyanka Chopra, Nick Jonas marry in Indian royal palace

Views - 29 Tuesday, 4 December 2018 00:00

MUMBAI (Reuters): “Quantico” actor and Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra married US singer Nick Jonas on Saturday in a Christian ceremony attended by close family and friends at one of India’s most opulent royal palaces, People magazine reported.


Eminent Indian artists to perform in Colombo

Views - 37 Tuesday, 4 December 2018 00:00

The Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre, High Commission of India, Colombo will be presenting three well known Indian performing artistes, Tabla recital by Prof. Mukund Narayan Bhale on 13 December and Andhra Natyam by Chinmayi Arukula and her Guru Kal


2.0 is on record-breaking start with EAP Films & Theatres in Sri Lanka

Views - 87 Tuesday, 4 December 2018 00:00

South Indian legend Rajnikanth and Bollywood megastar Akshay Kumar starring, Lyca Productions Subaskaran presents 2.0, premiered worldwide in all its glory on 29 November. EAP Films & Theatres had their highest recorded advance bookings of 10,000 tic


Dance your way into the New Year with international superstar R.I.O at the TAJ

Views - 123 Friday, 30 November 2018 00:00

NEON theme, live music from international super star R.I.O. and Alba, exciting prizes, a scrumptious dinner with beverages, plus a breakfast buffet at the Grand Marquee of Taj Samudra, Colombo! Taj Samudra Colombo, reputed as one of Sri Lanka’s lu


Fairway National Literary Awards 2018 Final Awards next week

Views - 64 Friday, 30 November 2018 00:00

The Fairway National Literary Awards (FNLA) 2018 is scheduled to take place on 3 December in Colombo. This Awards Ceremony is being hosted by Fairway Holdings, one of the leading conglomerates in Sri Lanka, for the fourth consecutive year, in its con


Somalatha Subasinghe Theatre Festival for young audiences

Views - 166 Friday, 30 November 2018 00:00

Somalatha Subasinghe Play House presents its annual theatre festival for children from 7 to 9 December, at the Lionel Wendt Theatre. The festival will feature the following three plays produced by Somalatha Subasinghe Play House: Ratmalee (Red Ridi


The Chamber Music Society of Colombo to present ‘Season Finale’ on 5 December

Views - 50 Friday, 30 November 2018 00:00

The Chamber Music Society of Colombo (CMSC) along with its Premier Sponsor Fairway Holdings, presents the ‘Season Finale’ concert on 5 December, 7:30 p.m. at the Lionel Wendt Theatre. Featuring one of Sri Lanka’s top concert pianists, the US-b


American action-adventure film Robin Hood in 14 Lankan cinemas from today

Views - 72 Friday, 30 November 2018 00:00

American action-adventure film Robin Hood will be screened in 14 Sri Lankan cinemas from today. They are Liberty by Scope Cinemas; Empire - Colombo; MC Cinemas – Colombo; Milano – Kegalle; Scope Cinemas (CCC) – Colombo 3; Regal – Gampaha/Nuwa


Get Up, Stand Up! UNESCO declares reggae a global cultural treasure

Views - 21 Friday, 30 November 2018 00:00

PARIS, REUTERS: UNESCO has declared reggae, the Jamaican music that spread across the world with its calls for social justice, peace and love, to be a global treasure that must be safe-guarded. Born in the poor neighbourhoods of Kingston in the 1960


British film location managers scout for scenic spots in SL

Views - 64 Thursday, 29 November 2018 00:08

Reputed British film location experts including the location manager for the famous television series Game of Thrones were in Sri Lanka recently, scouting for the most scenic places for their next ventures.


2.0, 3D Sci-Fi Blockbuster set to break box-office records of 2018

Views - 36 Thursday, 29 November 2018 00:07

Lyca Production, Subaskaran presents, 2 point 0, the 3D Sci-Fi Blockbuster which is forecast to be the box office smash hit of 2018 and releasing in 3D and 2D in Sri Lanka on 29 November through EAP Films and Theatres Ltd. EAP is the only cinema chai


‘According to Matthew’ starring Jacqueline and Alston enthralls Lankan audience

Views - 11237 Thursday, 29 November 2018 00:07

Jacqueline Fernandez stars in her first English movie and cinematic appearance in a Sri Lankan made movie, ‘According to Matthew’ by renowned director/producer Chandran Rutnam. The movie which premiered at Regal Cinema, on 23 November, is poised


DFCC Bank partners Fairway Galle Literary Festival 2019 as Official Banking Partner

Views - 56 Friday, 16 November 2018 10:37

DFCC Bank will partner the Fairway Galle Literary Festival 2019 as the Official Banking Partner for the second consecutive year. Officials from DFCC Bank and the festival committee gathered at a press conference on 25 October,


Shortlist announced for DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2018

Views - 28 Friday, 16 November 2018 00:00

The much-anticipated shortlist for the $25,000 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2018 has been unveiled at a special event, which took place at the London School of Economics & Political Science. Now in its eighth year, the DSC Prize for South Asi


Carrie, Chris and Keith steal the show at the Country Music Awards

Views - 29 Friday, 16 November 2018 00:00

Reuters: Chris Stapleton was the big winner but Carrie Underwood and her unborn baby stole the limelight at the Country Music Association (CMA) awards on Wednesday. A heavily pregnant Underwood, one of country music’s biggest celebrities, chose the


Aretha Franklin’s ‘Amazing Grace’ concert film finally debuts

Views - 20 Friday, 16 November 2018 00:00

NEW YORK (Reuters): Three months after her death and 46 years after she first recorded it, Aretha Franklin’s live gospel concert is coming to the big screen. “Amazing Grace,” filmed in January 1972 when the Queen of Soul was just 29 years old,


Creative writing skills workshop to promote values

Views - 51 Friday, 16 November 2018 00:00

The Interact Club of Colombo School of Arts and Sciences together with the publication division of the Marga Institute is conducting a creative writing workshop to promote good citizenship and values among school children. The program, initiated by


Fairway English Creative Writing Workshop 2018: Just the kind of inspiration new writers need

Views - 43 Friday, 16 November 2018 00:00

The Fairway English Creative Writing Workshop for 2018 drew a large crowd of amateur writers and enthusiasts for a two-day workshop, conducted by an eminent resource panel focusing on novel writing, short story writing, poetry, script-writing, editin


‘Luxuriante Jungle’: French translation of John Still’s ‘Jungle Tide’ by Mahendra Pathirathne

Views - 67 Friday, 16 November 2018 00:00

Reviewed by Alfred Fernando ‘Jungle Tide’ is a book written by John Still, an Englishman who served in the colonial Ceylon as a planter then as an archaeological surveyor under H.C.P. Bell for nearly half a decade. He undertook the massive task


Natya Kala Mandhir artists perform ‘Sri Rama Kavya’ dance drama at Int’l Ramayana Festival, India

Views - 38 Friday, 16 November 2018 00:00

Artists of Natya Kala Mandhir presented a dance drama at the fourth International Ramayana festival which was organised by Indian Council for Cultural Relations of India. Natya Kala Mandhir senior artists performed at ‘Kamani Auditorium’, New Del


Owl and the Pussycat reaches out to aspiring young poets again

Views - 22 Friday, 16 November 2018 00:00

One of the highlights in the Galle Literary Festival is what has come to be the much awaited Edward Lear Poetry Competition. Open to all Sri Lankan citizens between 18-30 years of age, this is the third consecutive year it is being held – with amaz


American war action horror film ‘Overload’ in 14 Lankan cinemas from today

Views - 41 Friday, 9 November 2018 00:00

The American war action horror film ‘Overload’ will be screened from today in 14 Lankan cinemas. They are Liberty by Scope Cinemas; Empire - Colombo; MC Cinemas – Colombo; Milano – Kegalle; Scope Cinemas (CCC) – Colombo 3; Regal – Gampah


Singer Sri Lanka launches all-new Singer Epic AI TV range with Google Android

Views - 140 Friday, 9 November 2018 00:00

Singer (Sri Lanka) PLC, the country’s premier consumer durables retailer, has expanded its range of TVs with the introduction of its future TVs at a ceremonial event held at the Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo recently. During the colourful event, Singer


Chokolaate crowns new musical talent at Centrestage 2018

Views - 24 Friday, 9 November 2018 00:00

The most sought-after teen magazine in Sri Lanka, Chokolaate, for the third consecutive year created a platform for young musical talent to emerge through Centrestage 2018. After gruelling semi-finals in four categories, namely Solo Singing, Group Si


Excited Spice Girls say reunion tour will feel strange without “Posh”

Views - 21 Friday, 9 November 2018 00:00

LONDON (Reuters): British pop band the Spice Girls joked on Wednesday about their plans for a new album after announcing they would reunite for a UK tour next year but said it would feel strange performing without “Posh Spice” Victoria Beckham. F


Netflix plans to make 17 more original productions in Asia

Views - 18 Friday, 9 November 2018 00:00

SINGAPORE (Reuters): Netflix Inc plans to make 17 more original productions in Asia as it seeks to boost international subscriber numbers, Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos said on Thursday. The plan, announced at Netflix’s content showcase event


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Thursday, 18 April 2019

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Unholy trinity is unholy to Sri Lanka from all fronts

Thursday, 18 April 2019

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Is it the plane or the pilot?

Thursday, 18 April 2019

The two recent crashes involving Boeing 737 MAX twin-engine jetliners have brought flight safety into sharper focus than ever after many decades. This is in many ways a story of success breeding complacency. Airline safety has improved beyond belief


Is Sri Lanka capable of a course correction?

Thursday, 18 April 2019

The genesis of Sri Lanka’s current political and economic problems can very well be traced back to several structural issues of the country, both politically and culturally. It is no secret that from the outset of the war in Sri Lanka, the country


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