Entertainment / Arts

Japanese Foreign Minister’s Commendation 2018 Award for Sumitra

Views - 37 Tuesday, 29 January 2019 01:12

The Japanese Foreign Minister’s Commendation was awarded to Kala Keerthi Sumitra Peries by Ambassador of Japan to Sri Lanka Akira Sugiyama, at a special ceremony held on 24 January 2019 at the Ambassador’s residence in Colombo. Sumitra Peries, a

Collectors look to invest in art as investment yields increase to 160% within one year

Views - 76 Friday, 25 January 2019 00:00

M Sequence, an exclusive showcase of artistic intent was recently conducted on 18 to 20 January by artist Kesara Ratnavibhushana in consultation with Genesis Global Consultancy, UK Founder and Asia Leisure’s Le Grand Galle Hospitality Consultant Ma

The De Lanerolle Brothers celebrate a decade in music

Views - 153 Friday, 25 January 2019 00:00

By Ruwandi Gamage Celebrating 10 years of music and entertainment, the De Lanerolle Brothers’, Rohan and Ishan announced plans to host 20 concerts in 2019 at a press conference yesterday. Marking the 10 year anniversary for performing music at loca

Colombo City Centre & Scope Cinema wow moviegoers with Sri Lanka’s first Dolby Atmos Multiplex

Views - 219 Friday, 25 January 2019 00:00

Multiplexes are more than just blockbusters and mainstream releases. Scope Cinema, Sri Lanka’s first and largest 6-screen multiplex, proves this point and more by offering a world-class cinematic experience for local cinema-goers. Equipped with the

British School showcases musical talent

Views - 42 Friday, 25 January 2019 00:00

The British School in Colombo conducted its annual talent show at the school auditorium recently. This year’s talent show, proved to be an excellent showcase for the world class talents present in the British School in Colombo.  All of the perform

ARFRO to stage popular drama to support RFCSS

Views - 36 Friday, 25 January 2019 00:00

The Association of Retired Flag Rank Officers of the Three Armed Forces (ARFRO) is to stage the popular Sinhala drama “Nethuwa Bari Minihek” for benefit of Ranaviru Family Counselling and Support Service (RFCSS) on 2 February at 3.30 pm and 6.30

‘Glass’ dominates MLK weekend with $ 47 m

Views - 32 Tuesday, 22 January 2019 00:03

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com): M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘Glass’ topped box office charts during the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, collecting $40 million over the weekend for a four-day sum of $47 million. If estimates hold, ‘Glass’ will come in b

Three Sarod maestros to perform on one stage

Views - 40 Tuesday, 22 January 2019 00:03

A special cultural event ‘Strings of Peace’ featuring legendary Sarod maestro Ustad Amjad Ali Khan along with sons Aman Ali Bangash and Ayaan Ali Bangash is being organised by High Commission of India, Colombo on the eve of 70th Republic Day of

Chinese Film Festival from 2 to 6 February

Views - 100 Tuesday, 22 January 2019 00:02

The Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Sri Lanka and the National Film Corporation of Sri Lanka will hold a fourth Chinese Film Festival at the Cinema Hall of the National Film Corporation will be open to the public free of charge from 2

Belvoir has turned Sydney Town Hall into a little slice of Sri Lanka for Sydney Festival

Views - 79 Friday, 18 January 2019 00:00

By Cassie Tongue It’s only January, but we have an early contender for the best play of the year in ‘Counting and Cracking’. And we certainly won’t see another play like it any time soon. Set in a recursion of town halls – a Sri Lankan-styl

PEO TV to launch “HELAWOOD POPCORN” Blog Space

Views - 490 Friday, 18 January 2019 00:00

It is the beginning of a new virtual place to discuss and connect equal minds to explore “now” and “then” of our cinema and its journey ahead at a click of your fingertips. A brand new cinema story ‘Helawood Popcorn’ on cyberspace will b

New entertainment channel STV launched

Views - 73 Friday, 18 January 2019 00:00

Launching of the new entertainment channel STV by Film, Teledrama and TV Program Director Sripali Hettiarachchi was held at the Cinnamon Lakeside with the participation of many well-wishers from the industry. Former Working Director of ITN TV channel

‘The Three Musketeers’ from 25-27 January at Lionel Wendt

Views - 95 Friday, 18 January 2019 00:00

The English Drama Society of Royal College in association with the Old Royalists’ Association of Dramatists will present ‘The Three Musketeers’, a timeless classic by Alexandre Dumas, on 25, 26 and 27 January at the Lionel Wendt Theatre – Col

Bollywood film on former PM Manmohan Singh stirs controversy before election

Views - 29 Friday, 11 January 2019 00:00

MUMBAI (Reuters): A film that casts opposition leader Rahul Gandhi and his family in an unflattering light ahead of a national election later this year has kicked up a controversy ahead of its release on Friday. Commentators on social media and telev

‘Bohemian Rhapsody’,‘Green Book’ win Golden Globes on night of upsets

Views - 59 Friday, 11 January 2019 00:00

LOS ANGELES (Reuters): The Golden Globes gave Queen musical “Bohemian Rhapsody” its top prize on Sunday in an unexpected victory over romance “A Star is Born,” and named 1960s segregation-era roadtrip“Green Book” the best comedy or musica

Lady Gaga, ‘Roma’ shine at nice over nasty Golden Globes

Views - 44 Friday, 11 January 2019 00:00

LOS ANGELES (Reuters): Lady Gaga won the first of what is expected to be several Golden Globe awards for “A Star is Born” on Sunday, for her original song “Shallow.” The pop superstar is also a favourite to take home the best actress Globe fo

Savoy Premier debuts in Rajagiriya with touching first screening for children from homes

Views - 70 Friday, 11 January 2019 00:00

Savoy Premier Rajagiriya opened its doors to the public on 20 December with a touching gesture that unveiled the magic of 3D cinema to children from institutionalised homes in the locality. In what was an emotional first screening at the cinema th

Margot Robbie to play Barbie in doll’s first live-action film

Views - 33 Friday, 11 January 2019 00:00

LOS ANGELES (Reuters): Australian actress Margot Robbie is to play Barbie in the first live-action feature movie about the iconic and controversial doll, who has enjoyed multiple careers in her 60-year lifetime. Toymaker Mattel and movie studio Warne

Dialog Axiata presents BnS celebratory concert ‘Oba Nisa’

Views - 1483 Friday, 11 January 2019 00:00

Premier connectivity provider, Dialog presents the ‘Oba Nisa’ concert, the 20th anniversary celebrative concert of Sri Lanka’s most loved singing duo, BnS (Bathiya & Santhush). The concert will go live at the iconic Nelum Pokuna Theatre from 10

American science fiction action film “Bumblebee” in 16 Lankan cinemas from today

Views - 42 Friday, 4 January 2019 00:00

American science fiction action film “Bumblebee” will be screened in 16 Sri Lankan cinemas from today (4 January). The theatres are Liberty by Scope Cinemas, Empire - Colombo, MC Cinemas – Colombo, Milano 2 – Kegalle, Scope Cinemas (CCC) ATMO

Certificate in Acting Program 2019

Views - 83 Friday, 4 January 2019 00:00

Are you keen to study drama? Are you hardworking and ambitious to become a competent actor on stage, television and cinema? Then the Certificate in Acting program conducted by Lanka Children’s and Youth Theatre Foundation (LCYTF) or popularly known

Dr. Asit Roy and Dr. Podminee Dey to perform Hindustani classical and semi-classical music

Views - 25 Friday, 4 January 2019 00:00

The Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre(Indian Cultural Centre), High Commission of India, Colombo will be organising an evening of Hindustani classical and semi-classical music concert by Dr. Asit Roy and by Dr. Podminee Dey from the Department of Mus

Kim and Kanye expecting fourth child

Views - 30 Friday, 4 January 2019 00:00

Los Angeles (Reuters); Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are expecting a fourth child - again using a surrogate, according to multiple media reports on Wednesday. Celebrity magazines Us Weekly and People quoted sources close to the couple as saying the s

Seylan Bank Annual Christmas Carols for 28th consecutive year

Views - 35 Friday, 4 January 2019 00:00

Seylan Bank recently held its annual Christmas Carols under the theme ‘Christmas Celebration from the Heart’ to usher in the festive season. A highly-anticipated annual event, which is now in its 28th year, the carols were held at the Seylan Towe

NDB ends 2018 on high note with Kiddies Party and Carols

Views - 28 Friday, 4 January 2019 00:00

The NDB Staff Recreational Club ended 2018 on a high note with the Kiddies Party and the annual NDB carol service. The Annual NDB Kid’s Party was held with the participation of the NDB staff and their children at the Thurstan College Grounds. The N

Savoy Cinemas opens Savoy Premiere in Rajagiriya

Views - 204 Friday, 28 December 2018 00:00

Savoy Premiere Rajagiriya, the latest addition to the Savoy Cinemas chain, opened for the public with ‘Mary Poppins Returns’. Bringing world-class entertainment in 3D and 2D closer to moviegoers in suburban Colombo, the launch of Savoy Premiere,

Hutch Customers join Aquaman’s journey across the seven seas

Views - 32 Friday, 28 December 2018 00:00

DC’s long-awaited live-action movie Aquaman is finally hitting theatres in Sri Lanka and Hutch brought exciting news by hosting another exclusive Hutch Movie Night for its loyal customers who had eagerly looked forward to this latest Hollywood bloc

Western Sydney playwright Shakhti on bringing Sri Lanka into Australian story

Views - 44 Friday, 28 December 2018 00:00

www.smh.com.au: Shakthi has always known that the stage is the kind of space on which complex truths could unfold. The artist and playwright, whose formal name is S. Shakthidharan, remembers watching his mother, a classical Indian dancer who moved to

‘Aquaman’ debuts at No. 1 with $72 million, ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ beats ‘Bumblebee’

Views - 34 Friday, 28 December 2018 00:00

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com): Jason Momoa’s“Aquaman” is the King of the Seven Seas – and now the box office. The DC adventure dominated in North America with a splashy $72 million debut, including previews. That’s a hefty start during a month

Head of Rothschild in Russia pens fairy tales between flights

Views - 38 Friday, 28 December 2018 00:00

MOSCOW, REUTERS: Giovanni Salvetti, the head of Rothschild in Russia and CIS, takes five flights a week in his job managing the bank’s operations from Kazakhstan to Ukraine. In-between time, he has written a book of fairy tales for his children.

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Timely measures are necessary to save the local industries

Thursday, 20 June 2019

The security situation in the country is gradually improving since the Easter Sunday bombing which brought social life and economic commitments to a standstill. The day-to-day life is getting back to normalcy. International travel adversaries have be

Disinformation is bad; wilful disinformation is worse

Thursday, 20 June 2019

Seya Sadewmi was a five-year-old girl who was abducted, raped and murdered. The body of this little girl, missing from her home for a little more than a day was found near a canal 200 m away. An autopsy revealed that Sadewmi had been sexually assault

A day in the life of a democracy

Thursday, 20 June 2019

When you listen to the news and observe views from the country of the mother of all parliaments, it is quite interesting, and I dare say there is so much to learn from it. I am not in any way referring to pursue subservient veneration nor behavioural

Sri Lankan companies: Be brilliant on basics

Thursday, 20 June 2019

The $ 87 billion Sri Lanka economy is registered a 3.5% GDP growth in Q1 2019 in the backdrop of South Asian growing at 6% which explains how far away we are in relation to our neighbouring countries – India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. I guess the Q2

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