Entertainment / Arts

Jolie in ‘Eternals’, Ali as ‘Blade’ highlight Marvel’s star-studded slate

Views - 37 Wednesday, 24 July 2019 00:00

SAN DIEGO (Reuters): Walt Disney Co.’s Marvel Studios on Saturday unveiled a star-packed slate of superhero films for the next two years that includes Angelina Jolie in ‘The Eternals’, Mahershala Ali in a remake of ‘Blade’ and Natalie Portm


Moratuwa YMCA conducts 7th United Christian Singing Concert 2019

Views - 47 Wednesday, 24 July 2019 00:00

The annual Christian singing concert, organised for the 7th time by the Moratuwa YMCA, was held at the Moratuwa YMCA main hall on 20 July. The objective of this religious concert was to foster amity among Christian youth of different denominations, a


ANBD welcomes exhibits from artists

Views - 32 Wednesday, 24 July 2019 00:00

Asia Network Beyond Design (ANBD) group was founded with design professors across Asia with the aim to promote many valuable exchanges and to perform Asian identity through networking over various boundaries. ANBD 2019 exhibitions and conferences hav


Chinese water colour exhibition by Master Wang Rong Mao from 29-31 July

Views - 84 Wednesday, 24 July 2019 00:00

The Sri Lanka China Trade and Investment Council (SLCTIC) in collaboration with the Department of Visual & Performing Arts has invited one of China’s famous masters in water colour painting to Sri Lanka. Master Wang Rong Mao will be in Sri Lanka w


Dialog Television’s ViU Hub Mini debuts Google Android TV in Sri Lanka

Views - 71 Friday, 19 July 2019 00:00

For the first time in Sri Lanka, Dialog Television, Sri Lanka’s premier pay television service provider, announced the launch of the next-generation television revolution with a smart device, powered by Android TV. This portable device powered by


The ‘SLMA Doctors’ Concert 2019’: A gala show with a difference

Views - 38 Friday, 19 July 2019 00:00

It is often said that doctors are a very serious group of people, with medicine being the be all and end all of their calling. It is of course definitely true to say that their vocational mission is of vital importance to the community at large. Doct


The Music Project: transforming lives of children with better opportunities

Views - 44 Friday, 19 July 2019 00:00

Twice a week students of Gunananda MV, Kurunegala and Palinagar MV, Mullaitivu gather in makeshift music rooms in their respective schools for lessons in orchestral and school band instruments. Today, the familiar strains of classical music emanate


HBO sets Emmy nominations record, tops Netflix

Views - 38 Friday, 19 July 2019 00:00

LOS ANGELES (Reuters): AT&T Inc’s premium cable network HBO scored a record 137 Emmy nominations on Tuesday, topping streaming service Netflix Inc. in what has become an annual battle for bragging rights in the contest for television’s biggest aw


Misty to rock the Margarita Blue

Views - 38 Friday, 19 July 2019 00:00

The Galadari Colombo’s popular Margarita Blue is abuzz readying for a one-of-a-kind show ‘Misty at Blue’. This special event will take place on 26 July from 7.30 p.m. onwards. Tickets are priced at Rs. 2,000 with Rs. 1,000 redeemable. Misty now


Decorative arts exhibition celebrates centenary of Geoffrey Bawa’s birth

Views - 41 Wednesday, 17 July 2019 00:00

A decorative arts exhibition titled ‘Objects from the Geoffrey Bawa Collection’ is being held in celebration of the centenary of Geoffrey Bawa’s birth. The first in a series of exhibitions and publications to introduce some of the extraordinary


West-End Theatre Camp by Cinnamon: Let your kid’s time away from school count this summer!

Views - 38 Wednesday, 17 July 2019 00:00

Camp in the city with the highly anticipated West-End Theatre Camp, in association with HSBC Premier, as it gears up to present an exceptional theatre initiative for children in Sri Lanka. Set to take place from the 4-8 August, the camp will be c


American comedy ‘Yesterday’ in Lankan cinemas from today

Views - 36 Friday, 12 July 2019 00:00

American comedy ‘Yesterday’ will be screened from today in select Sri Lankan cinemas at Colombo City Centre, Liberty and Majestic City from today. Yesterday, everyone knew The Beatles. Today, only Jack remembers their songs. He’s about to becom


Taylor Swift shakes off Kardashian clan as highest-paid celebrity

Views - 32 Friday, 12 July 2019 00:00

LOS ANGELES (Reuters): Singer Taylor Swift was named the world’s highest-paid entertainer on Wednesday but was closely followed by two members of the wider Kardashian clan – reality star turned cosmetics queen Kylie Jenner and rapper Kanye West.


Beyonce leads red carpet stars as ‘The Lion King’ roars back to life

Views - 33 Friday, 12 July 2019 00:00

LOS ANGELES (Reuters): Beyonce led the stars behind the voices of ‘The Lion King’ down the red carpet on Tuesday at the world premiere of the remake of the 1994 Disney movie which uses computer-generated imagery to bring a realistic look to Pride


French Spring Festival 2019 jazz concert tonight

Views - 28 Friday, 12 July 2019 00:00

As part of the French Spring Festival 2019, a jazz concert featuring Octave et Anatole, French and international jazz standards will be held tonight from 7 p.m. onwards at the Hilton Poolside, Il Ponte Restaurant. Free admission with registration at


Spanish court rules Julio Iglesias is father of 43-year old man

Views - 22 Friday, 12 July 2019 00:00

MADRID (Reuters): A Spanish court ruled on Wednesday that singer Julio Iglesias is the father of a 43-year old man, resolving a paternity dispute that had lasted three decades after the veteran star refused to take a DNA test. Javier Sanchez-Santos w


Evening of Carnatic Instrumental Music on 17 July

Views - 32 Friday, 12 July 2019 00:00

Pranav Swaroop, an accomplished musician from Bangalore, India will be presenting a Carnatic violin recital accompanied by Venilan Vairavapillai on Mirudangam and Shivaraj Nataraj on percussion on Wednesday, 17 July at 6 p.m. at SVCC auditorium 16/2,


Gig economy hijinks: Uber inspires buddy action comedy ‘Stuber’

Views - 31 Friday, 12 July 2019 00:00

LOS ANGELES (Reuters): Uber is already known for its global ride-hailing service, food delivery arm, and electric bike rentals. Now it has inspired a comedy action movie.‘Stuber,’ which begins its international roll-out on Wednesday, revolves aro


Talent of Sri Lankan migrant workers showcased in Cyprus

Views - 56 Friday, 5 July 2019 00:05

A group of Sri Lankan migrant workers added the multifaceted colours of Sri Lanka at a Cultural Festival of Traditional Dances held at the famous Ledra Square in Nicosia, the capital of Cyprus, on 30 June. Sri Lankan performers with traditional costu


Bollywood movie week in Colombo: Shah Rukh Khan Special on 8, 10 and 12 July

Views - 36 Friday, 5 July 2019 00:02

Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre, High Commission of India, Colombo will be holding Bollywood Movie Week: Shah Rukh Khan Special on 8, 10 and 12 July at 3.00 pm SVCC auditorium, 16/2, Gregory’s Road, Colombo 07. All are cordially invited. Entrance


Sri Lankan artist becomes finalist in international wildlife art contest

Views - 170 Friday, 5 July 2019 00:02

Wildlife artist Tharanga Herath reached finalist stage in Russia’s Golden Turtle 2019 International Art contest, and has been included in the 30 finalists comprising internationally acclaimed artists. Artworks from 1,261 artists worldwide were regi


9th SAARC Film Festival 2019

Views - 247 Friday, 5 July 2019 00:02

SAARC Film Festival has a long tradition of connecting cultures across South Asia through the language of cinematic storytelling. The SAARC Cultural Centre, Sri Lanka is hosting the SAARC Film Festival for the ninth


Mobitel rings for ICC organised musical concert in aid of 21/4 orphans

Views - 46 Friday, 5 July 2019 00:01

A concert is being organised to raise funds for the victims and families of the Easter Sunday bombings. Titled, ‘21/4 We Care Concert’, it will feature Sri Lanka’s leading musical artistes performing live at BMICH on 13 July at 6 p.m. onwards.


Piano concert by Shani Diluka with Sahana Banerjee and Prabhu Edouard

Views - 76 Friday, 28 June 2019 00:04

The French Spring Festival will celebrate music through an exceptional and original piano concert by Shani Diluka with Sahana Banerjee and Prabhu Edouard on 9 July at 7 p.m. at Bishop’s College.


Celebration of music at Le Garage

Views - 33 Friday, 28 June 2019 00:00

As part of the French Spring Festival organised by the Alliance Francaise De Kandy and French Embassy together with Amaya Hills, the International Music Day 2019 was held at the Le Garage on 22 June. French DJ Ludo Di Lucci was flown down from France


Galle Face Hotel Opera Evening to contribute to Kochchikade Church renovations

Views - 50 Friday, 28 June 2019 00:00

By Divya Thotawatte Galle Face Hotel recently announced a culinary and cultural evening to be held on 5 July, in which all proceeds of its silent auction will be donated to the Kochchikade Church. The dinner and opera evening is organised by Galle F


British comedy ‘Yes, Prime Minister’ in Colombo

Views - 136 Friday, 21 June 2019 00:00

Based on the classic British television comedy of the same name and written by the same authors, the stage play ‘Yes, Prime Minister’ takes familiar classic characters and places them in a modern setting, facing contemporary issues. Written by A


Kindness is contagious: S. Thomas’ Preparatory School choral interpretation

Views - 32 Friday, 21 June 2019 00:00

The S. Thomas’ Preparatory School Choir directed by Lihan Mendis, Sachi Gamage and Pasan Ranaweera is proud to present ‘Be More Kind’, a performance dedicated to everyone out there living and serving in the name of love, compassion and empathy.


English-language French action thriller Anna in 11 Lankan cinemas from today

Views - 33 Friday, 21 June 2019 00:00

Anna, an English-language French action thriller film, will be released today in 11 Sri Lankan cinemas. They are Colombo City Center, Liberty by Scope Cinemas, MC Cinemas, Empire, Aruna Kiribathgoda, Milano Gold – Kegalle, Savoy Colombo, Sky Lite


Sotheby’s snapped up by French tycoon Drahi for $ 3.7 b

Views - 26 Friday, 21 June 2019 00:00

PARIS/BOSTON (Reuters): Franco-Israeli cable magnate Patrick Drahi made a surprise move into the art world by snapping up Sotheby’s in a deal worth $ 3.7 billion, marking the art auction house’s return to private ownership after 31 years. The acq


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