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Daughter of Elvis Presley, no more

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Lisa Marie Presley, the only child of rock’n’roll legend Elvis, has died aged 54, her mother has said.

“It is with a heavy heart that I must share the devastating news that my beautiful daughter Lisa Marie has left us,” Priscilla Presley said.

Lisa Marie, also a singer, was rushed to hospital earlier on Thursday. Media reports say she had cardiac arrest.

She was found unresponsive at her home in Calabasas, California, sources told US outlet TMZ.

“She was the most passionate, strong and loving woman I have ever known,” Priscilla Presley said in a statement.

“We ask for privacy as we try to deal with this profound loss,”

Her mother gave no details about the possible cause of death.

Citing a source close to Lisa Marie Presley, TMZ reported that the star was found unresponsive in her bedroom on Thursday morning. At about the same time her former husband Danny Keough, who also lives at the property, arrived and performed CPS.

The outlet said that she had suffered a “full arrest” before a bystander administered epinephrine – commonly known as adrenaline – to help her regain a pulse.

Paramedics arrived shortly afterwards, taking Presley to hospital.

Tributes started pouring in from across America soon after the star’s death was reported.

Grammy award winner Diane Warren expressed her sorrow at the “horrible news”. The singer added that “the entire world is sending love and prayers to Priscilla and Lisa Marie’s children right now”.

Beach Boys co-founder Brian Wilson said: “It’s hard to take when someone so young and full of life passes on.”

In a Twitter post, Oscar-winning actress Marlee Matlin wrote: “I had the chance to know Cilla Presley when I was on Dancing With the Stars and as a mother, I can’t imagine the pain she must be going through with the untimely passing of Lisa Marie.”

Born in 1968, Lisa Marie went on to follow in her father’s footsteps and forged a career in music. The star released three albums, with her 2003 debut studio album selling hundreds of thousands of copies and receiving generally positive reviews.

The star was also well known for a series of high-profile marriages to pop legend Michael Jackson, actor Nicholas Cage and musicians Danny Keough and Michael Lockwood.

She had three children, including the actress Riley Keough. Presley’s son, Benjamin Keough, killed himself in 2020.

Presley was last seen in public on Tuesday night at the Golden Globes Awards in Beverley Hills.

Accompanied by her mother, the pair were seen breaking down in tears as they watched Austin Butler win the Best Actor prize for his portrayal of her father.

During an emotional speech, the actor thanked the Presley family for their help during the film.

“Thank you guys, thank you for opening your hearts, your memories, your home to me,” Butler said. “Lisa Marie, Priscilla, I love you forever.”

(BBC News)

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‘Rhythm of Harmony’ rocks Colombo

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A rock band concert ‘Rhythm of Harmony’ was held at the BMICH, Colombo yesterday (24) in the run upto 74th Republic Day of India, reflecting the close links between the two countries in the field of art and culture.

Organized by the Indian High Commission in Colombo, the concert featured the Indian band UDX from Nagaland, led by Inakhu A Ayeh and the Sri Lankan heavy metal band Stigmata, led by Suresh de Silva.  

In the next few days, UDX will travel around the Island and give performances at Jaffna, Kandy and Hambantota.

This is the first time that UDX, which blends multiple genres such as rock, blues and funk, performed in Sri Lanka.

President Ranil Wickremesinghe graced the event as Chief Guest while several Sri Lankan Ministers, Members of Parliament, members of the diplomatic corps, Indian diaspora and other dignitaries were also present at the occasion.

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Avatar 2 grosses over $2 bn.!

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After being in theaters for just over a month, Avatar: The Way of Water – the long-awaited sequel to James Cameron’s 2009 hit – has officially grossed over $2.024 billion.

It took over Spider-Man: No Way Home’s spot as the sixth highest-grossing movie of all time last week; to move up to the No. 5 spot, currently held by Avengers: Infinity War, it needs to make over $2.05 billion.

Now it has become the first ever pandemic-era movie to hit the $2 billion mark and Cameron’s third movie to gross that much in box office receipts. He’s the only director in history to have three movies gross over $2 billion.

After 13 years in the making, all eyes were on the Avatar sequel to see if it would make its budget back and turn a profit for Disney. (Disney spent a reported $460 million to create and promote the movie, according to Variety.) Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the box office has experienced major struggles, causing widespread concern and even bankruptcies in the theater industry. Then last year’s Top Gun: Maverick seemed to re-energize moviegoers, proving that the theater industry was far from dead. The Tom Cruise-led film grossed over $1.489 billion in 2022 and seemed to be the uncontested, almost sole reason for movie-going’s resurgence—that was, until Avatar: The Way of Water swept in to make $1.5 billion at the end of 2022 and take its spot as the highest grossing movie of last year.

Now, as the movie reaches yet another milestone, the question becomes: How much money can it make before it loses steam? Here’s a breakdown of how and where the movie made its money, where it falls in the all-time box office, and how it speaks, yet again, to Cameron’s ability to make a riveting sequel that gets people back in theaters.

(time.com)

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3D movie Gajaman in theatres now! (Pics)

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Gajaman, the first ever 3D animation movie in Sri Lanka made using motion capture technology was launched in theatres across the country on January 20.

This film is based on the popular cartoon character ‘Gajaman’ of the seventies created by Camillus Perera .

Suneth and Gaminda (Chooti Malli and Podi Malli), Yureni Noshika, Sunil Perera and Rashi Prabodha have contributed as voice actors in this movie.

Gajaman was directed by Chanaka Perera.

In a conversation with the Sri Lanka Mirror, producer Chamika Jinadasa said the movie is a childhood dream that came true.

He said movie director Chanaka Perera and John Fonseka were his childhood friends in the 80s and it was their dream to create a cartoon film.

Mr. Jinadasa also recalled the support and contribution made by Mr. Camillus Perera in the movie which began filming in 2011, and wished him a long life.

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