Movie Mentors

Movies are living proof that even the weakest, ugliest and most stupid of us can be transformed into swans who reach their potential or beat off the bad guys.
But to achieve this said potential you are going to need a helping hand along the way and some of cinema’s best characters have been mentors who have guided their young prodigies along.
FemaleFirst takes a look at some of the best.
1. Yoda
Lets face it it had to be a Jedi master that tops our chart and no Jedi master comes wiser than the little green dude known as Yoda who put Star Wars’ hero Luke Skywalker through his paces.
Yoda has the all the best traits that are required in a high calibre he is wise and capable of performing tasks that are seemingly impossible and with little effort. He also has previous training Qui-Gon Jinn, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Mace Windu.
It was his role in The Empire Strikes Back that really does cement him as the top dog and the blueprint for any other mentor that has come along

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Get Anne Hathaway’s Dewy Oscar Glow

Anne Hathaway may have walked away empty handed from Sunday night’s Oscar ceremony, but she won the beauty gong in our eyes.
The actress has adopted a Golden era of Hollywood look of late, and has always championed her pale skin, refusing to wear fake tan, which makes her the ideal choice for a beauty icon.
We loved her look at The Academy Awards, teaming her stunning oyster coloured mermaid gown with glowing skin, simple accessories and a elegant up-do.
For you to recreate Anne’s Oscar look, it’s all about getting a flawless complexion, and making your lips the main focal point.
Her brown eyes always stand out, but she rarely opts for dramatic eye make-up, preferring instead to stick to stick to a nude base.
Anne’s lips however always look bee stung and beautiful, usually coated in a dab of red lipstick, rather than sticky gloss.
Considering this is the girl who made her new in Disney flick, The Princess Diaries her look

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The Changing Style Of Angelina Jolie

When Angelina Jolie stepped out onto the red carpet on Sunday night, she was polished, sophisticated and well styled, even if her dress choice was a little on the safe side.
That said, it’s a far cry from her gothic wild child days, when she went all out to shock the Hollywood crowd. Since settling down with Brad Pitt, she is arguably more stable and with her growing brood of children, it’s undeniable that Ange’s number one priority these days is being a mother.
However, it wasn’t always that way as Angelina was once known as being something of a hellrasier, getting married when she was 21, divorcing three years later and then remarrying a year later.
She quickly became known for her weird rituals, which involved using human blood in a number of ways. For her first wedding to Johnny Lee Miller, Ange wore leather pants and a white shirt with his name on it, painted in blood.
Her second Marriage to Billy Bob Thornton was just as passionate, as the couple most famously

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Whitney Houston Gives Rihanna Advice

Whitney Houston has urged Rihanna not to take Chris Brown back.
The legendary singer reportedly warned Rihanna to cut all ties with Chris after the ‘Run It’ star was arrested for allegedly beating her up.
Whitney – who had a violent relationship with ex-husband Bobby Brown – is believed to have spoken to Rihanna, telling her: “Don’t make the same mistakes I did.”
A source told the National Enquirer magazine: “When Whitney heard what had happened to Rihanna, she was close to tears. Right then she knew she had to contact her and urge her to get out of the relationship while she can. She made it clear that Rihanna should dump Chris.
“Whitney told her, ‘Whenever you let your heart rule your head, you are bound to run into trouble.’ ”
Despite Whitney’s advice, 21-year-old Rihanna has reportedly forgiven Chris and the pair have been in constant contact via phone calls and text messages.
The source added: “Even

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Saif and Kareena feature in ‘Harper’s Bazaar’

This is something that was just waiting to happen and is happening now and how! We are indeed talking about the supremely superlative launch of the baap of all the magazines ‘Harper’s Bazaar’. And as any magazine would want it, Harper’s too wanted something really HOT from Bollywood to ‘harp’ about!
And what else could be more ‘harpy’ than featuring Bollywood’s IT couple Saif-Kareena in its launch edition. Even though the magazine’s launch is scheduled for next week, we just couldn’t resist or temptations as we came across the super-cool snap of the super-coolest jodi that is rocking Bollywood! The icy-minty-juicy story just doesn’t end there as

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BNS to host cricket WC opener

BFF apprehensive
Staff Correspondent

An aerial view of the Bangabandhu National Stadium. — New Age photo
An aerial view of the Bangabandhu National Stadium. — New Age photo

The state minister for sports, Ahad Ali Sarker, declared on Tuesday that Bangabandhu National Stadium will host the inaugural ceremony of ICC World Cup the 2011 on February 19, sparking a strong repercussion within

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Younus hits triple century as Pak-SL Test heads for draw

AFP, Karachi
Younus Khan broke several records on his way to a pugnacious maiden triple hundred as the first Test between Pakistan and Sri Lanka headed for a draw here on Tuesday.
The 31-year-old Pakistan captain foiled all Sri Lanka’s attempts to take his wicket, finishing with an unbeaten 306 as Pakistan closed the fourth day on 574-5, trailing the tourists’ first-innings score of 644-7 declared by 70 runs.
On 299, Younus reverse-swept Sri Lankan off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan towards third man to cross the 300-mark, becoming only the third Pakistani behind Hanif Mohammad and Inzamam-ul-Haq to achieve the feat in Tests.
The unflappable way in which Younus batted suggests that, on a dull fifth and final day, he may get past Mohammad’s highest

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SEC cancels two merchant banks’ licences

Approves Asia Insurance IPO
Staff Correspondent
The Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday approved the Asia Insurance Limited to raise Tk 9 crore through issuing initial public offering.
‘The insurance company will float 9 lakh shares of Tk 100 each,’ SEC executive officer Farhad Ahmed told reporters.
The existing paid-up capital of Asia Insurance is Tk 6 crore, the net asset value is Tk 242 and earning per share is Tk 52.16 as of May 31, 2008, he said.
The SEC on Tuesday cancelled licences of two merchant banks as they remained inoperative for long, Farhad said.
The two merchant banks are Pangaea Partners (BD) Ltd and Prime Securities and Financial Services Ltd, he said. With the cancellation of

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Book fair sees huge crowd on 24th day

Staff correspondent

Visitors crowd a bookstall at the Amar Ekushey Book Fair at the Bangla Academy in Dhaka on Tuesday. — New Age photo
Visitors crowd a bookstall at the Amar Ekushey Book Fair at the Bangla Academy in Dhaka on Tuesday. — New Age photo

Around 3,760 bags of blood, 30,000 signs in favour of the trial of war criminals were collected till Tuesday at the Amar Ekushey book fair while a campaign against household torture on women is also going on the fair

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Another feather in the cap

Ramendu Majumdar receives Ekushey Padak ‘09
Jamil Mahmud

Ramendu Majumdar (2nd from left) flanked by renowned cultural personalities at Shaheed Minar. Photo: Mumit M
Ramendu Majumdar (2nd from left) flanked by renowned cultural personalities at Shaheed Minar. Photo: Mumit M

International Theatre Institute (ITI), worldwide President and renowned cultural personality Ramendu Majumdar is among the 13, who received ‘Ekushey Padak’ this year. Majumdar, a seasoned theatre activist, received the

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Handcuffed JMB man blasts grenade at press meet

Cops, journos among 13 hurt in the attack at Gazipur SP office; Feb 21 attack plot suspected; grenades, bomb-making materials seized; 7 militants held
Kailash Sarkar

JMB militants Mamunur Rashid, Mina, Noor Jahan and Marzia at the press conference before the grenade was detonated. Right, the seized grenades, bomb-making materials and books on jihad. Photo: STAR
JMB militants Mamunur Rashid, Mina, Noor Jahan and Marzia at the press conference before the grenade was detonated. Right, the seized grenades, bomb-making materials and books on jihad. Photo: STAR

A Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) operative in handcuffs exploded an improvised grenade at the police superintendent’s office in Gazipur yesterday, injuring at least a dozen people, mostly policemen and journalists. The blast took

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Nation observes Amar Ekushey

Staff Correspondent

The president, Zillur Rahman, left, and the prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, stand in silence after placing wreaths at the altar of the Central Shaheed Minar in Dhaka midnight past Friday. — Sanaul Haque
The president, Zillur Rahman, left, and the prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, stand in silence after placing wreaths at the altar of the Central Shaheed Minar in Dhaka midnight past Friday. — Sanaul Haque

The nation paid homage to the martyrs of the language movement midnight past Friday, with thousand of people streaming barefooted along the roads towards shaheed minars with wreaths and flowers.
The president, Zillur Rahman, in Dhaka, first placed a wreath at the altar of the Central Shaheed Minar on the campus of Dhaka University

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Five of a Ctg family burnt to death

22 hurt in shopping mall fire in Dhaka; 25 shops gutted
Star Report
Five members of a family were burnt alive in a fire at a house in Sitakunda upazila early yesterday.
The deceased were identified as Abul Bashar, 45, son of Md Abdullah Mia, Bashar’s wife Selina Begum, 35, their three sons Shourav, 14, Sabuj, 10 and Sajib, 3.
Meanwhile, at least 20 garment workers and two firemen suffered injuries in a fire that gutted around 25 shops at a market on the Elephant Road in the capital.
Fire Service and police said the fire broke out at the tin-shed house of Bashar, a candle supplier, at Doajipara of Sitakunda upazila at around 1:20am.
Sources said the fire might have originated from an electrical short circuit and spread fast as lots of candles were stockpiled

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Govt yet to reply to HC rule on Chetia’s asylum

The government is yet to reply to a rule issued by the High Court on August 23, 2003 regarding United Liberation Front of Asom leader Anup Chetia’s application for asylum.
Anup Chetia and his two associates Laxmi Prasad Goswami and Babul Sharma have been in prison since 1996 being convicted in four cases and they sought political asylum from the Bangladesh government on August 3, 1998.
They sought asylum saying their lives would be at stake as they had been fighting for the independence of the people of Assam. Getting no response from the government, the three renewed their appeals on February 27, 2000, March 13, 2001 and August 14, 2003.
The High Court bench of Justice MA Aziz and Justice Syed Refaat Ahmed on August 23, 2003 asked the government to explain in four weeks why it would not be directed to dispose of the applications for political asylum of

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JU in doldrums: No permanent VC, no Pro-VC

JU Correspondent
The absence of permanent vice-chancellor has turned out to be a major stumbling block in the running the academic and administrative affairs of the Jahangirnagar University (JU)smoothly and efficiently.
Prof Muniruzzaman was appointed acting vice-chancellor of the JU about one year ago. He is still performing his responsibility as acting VC much to the detriment of the university.This has been hampering the proper running of the academic and administrative activities of the university, university sources said. A chaotic situation has been prevailing in this highest seat of learning. Many of the teachers are not taking

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Trained female JMB militants appear on scene for first time

Julfikar Ali Manik
Noor Jahan, one of the females, arrested at the JMB den at Ghortoil in Gazipur, took a SIM out of a cellphone and broke it into pieces with her teeth in the blink of an eye when police raided the place.
Sub-inspector (SI) of Tongi Police Station Sirajul Islam, who was present during the arrest, said, “I strongly believe Noor Jahan and the other two women arrestees are JMB members.”
The women acted like trained Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) members, Sirajul said, adding that they destroyed the papers and documents in their bags so that police can get little evidence.
SI Sirajul said the three women’s response to police questions during interrogation is very much identical to those of male

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PM for change in politics, economy

Hands Ekushey Padak to 13
Staff Correspondent
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said it has become imperative to bring changes to the country’s politics and economy, and to the outlook of the people as well, to ensure democracy.
“A change is necessary in politics and economy. People should have respect for all forms of work, and a change in people’s outlook is also a must for that to happen,” Sheikh Hasina said in the morning after distributing the Ekushey Padak 2009 to 13 distinguished individuals for their contributions in their fields of work.
“Those who contribute to the nation, must be rewarded. I welcome all of you. You keep on serving the nation and the country, and I promise you all out government assistance,” Hasina said as the chief guest of the award ceremony in

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2,500 languages threatened with extinction: UNESCO

Agence France-Presse . Paris
The world has lost Manx in the Isle of Man, Ubykh in Turkey and last year Alaska’s last native speaker of Eyak, Marie Smith Jones, died, taking the aboriginal language with her.
Of the 6,900 languages spoken in the world, some 2,500 are endangered, the UN’s cultural agency UNESCO said Thursday as it released its latest atlas of world languages.
That represents a multi-fold increase from the last atlas compiled in 2001 which listed 900 languages threatened with extinction.
But experts say this is more the result of better research tools than of an increasingly dire situation for the world’s many

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Govt to probe BTCL, Teletalk failure to woo clients . Dhaka
The government will investigate the failure of state-run fixed and mobile phone operators to woo new customers, the post and telecommunications minister has told
‘Land phone was out of reach of the people in the past. The people had to wait for two-three years after submitting application. They had to pay Tk 20,000 to 30,000,’ Raziuddin Ahmed Razu told on Thursday.
‘Now the situation has changed. The call tariff and connection fee have been cut. Customers can talk at Tk 0.10 to Tk 0.15 a minute.
‘The connection process has been made easy, as well. New technology has been introduced. However, the previous governments did not

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26 passengers still missing

Launch Tragedy
26 passengers still missing
Our Correspondent, Barisal
A day after launch ML Fahmida Happy Express went down in the Kirtonkhola near Barisal, at least 26 people are still missing.
Hundreds of relatives were seen waiting at the riverbank for missing people. Many of them were searching for their dear ones by boats, trawlers, and speedboats. They were even using nets of local fishermen to find the victims. Their attempts, however, were unsuccessful.
Port Officer of Barisal Rafikul Islam told The Daily Star that Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) has formed two enquiry committees that have three members each.
Barisal administration’s three-member enquiry committee led by Additional District Magistrate Abdullah Al Baki started its

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