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'SwarnaVeena': A story of many parts
By Susitha R. Fernando
An archaeologist, a girl yearning to be a professional singer, a journalist, musician and an underworld gang make the story of 'Swarna Veena" telecast every Sunday at 7.30 on ITN channel.

The performers in this play are Janaka Kumbukage, Nimanthi Porage, Gamini Hettiarachchi, Awanthi Aponso , Harry Wimalasena, Hasinika Karaliyadda, Priyanath Rathnayaka, Nimali Thakshila, Mick Fernando, Deepika Sandanayake, Anton Jude, Anuradha Udayangani, Ananda Athukorala , Gamini Jayalath and Sunil Premakumara.

Saliya is a young archaeologist. He is a calm and gentle person.

There is a girl who rattles his silent world. She is Madara, a playful socialised young woman planning to become his wife.

There is an underworld gang, on Saliya's tail, wanting to grab Archaeological treasures. This systematic and manipulative group uses two women Parwathi and Shanthi to tackle the archaeologist.

Meanwhile a foreign research team calls upon Saliya.

Chapa a journalist and Ganesh a musician team up to bring Madara to the spotlight as a professional singer. When a young man and a woman meet on common ground, off guard there is always something more than just a friendship on the plate.

Would this be a reality for Madara and Ganesh too?

With all this on the go, the gangster - Parwathi plans to kidnap Saliya on his arrival.

One day Madara meets Parwathi and this meeting takes a dramatic turn when they find that they look identical in all the features.

How did they become so identical? How will they respond to each other?

Where would they go from here? What effect would it have on Saliya… and the others?

The creators of Swarna Veena are, Sunanda Weerasingha in editing, Daya Suriyaarachchi with filming and Upachandra Tilakawardana with music direction.
To the direction of Sen Tilakawardana, G. Mampitiya produced the miniplay.

'Cinderella' at Russian Centre
Rudolf Nureyev's 'Cinderella' will be screened at the Russian Centre Auditorium on June 21 at 6.00 p.m.

Rudolf Nureyev's innovative production of "Cinderella", transports Perraut's classic tale into the Art Deco World that was Hollywood in the 1930's. The films produced in Hollywood as a means of escape from aftermath of the Great Depression form a poignant setting for Cinderella's escape from the unhappy circumstances of her family life.

The ballet will be in three acts from the story by Perrault. Most parts of the film was shot at the Paris Opera Ballet. Music by Sergei Prokoliev. Staring Sylvie Guillem (Cinderella), Charles Jude, Isabelle Guerin, Monique Loudiences and directed by Colin Nears.

For further details please contact Chandi on 685429/685440.

'Titanic' star Kate Winslet marries again

Actor Kate Winslet and director Sam Mendes have married, a spokeswoman for the couple said today.

A statement released on their behalf said they wed last month during a holiday in the West Indies.

Winslet's daughter and three close friends attended the private ceremony.
It is the second marriage for Titanic star Winslet and the first for Mendes, director of Road to Perdition.

The actress split from first husband Jim Threapleton in 2001 after three years of marriage. The couple have a two-year-old daughter, Mia.

Winslet, 27, has been nominated for three Academy Awards - as lead actress for Titanic and as supporting actress for Sense and Sensibility and for Iris.

Mendes, the former artistic director of London's Donmar Warehouse theatre, won an Oscar in 1999 for his first film, American Beauty.

Fast Track is back '2 Fast 2 Furious'
By Harinda Vidanage
'2 Fast 2 Furious' , which hit the screens few days back in USA has kept the critics and fans busy alike.

The most debated point of view is the absence of the former 'Fast and the Furious' star Vin Diesel, who himself was established in stardom after the success of the movie Fast and the Furious.

Written by Michael Brandt and Derek Haas, and as directed with characteristic crudeness by John Singleton, whose recent and most acclaimed work was the Shaft and he is credited with the work on Boyz N the Hood and Rosewood.

The movie premise goes when Corner blew his cover in the original Fast and the Furious the only badge he was awarded was the badge of disgrace in the sequel he returns to reclaim his dignity and his job.

As it seems the FBI in Miami have had a time collaring Carter Verone featuring Cole Hauser, a flashy businessman using his import and export business as cover for an international money laundering cartel. Customs have had Verone under intense surveillance for more than a year with nothing more to show for it than the kingpin's link to illegal street racing.

With their backs against the wall and time running out, officials contact O'Connor to do what he does best talk the talk and push the metal.

But the rule-breaking ex cop has his own demands before taking on the job that may restore him his badge. Unhappy with the list of sorry possibilities presented as potential partners, he insists on recruiting his childhood friend and now ex-con Roman Pearce played by Tyrese, an accomplished criminal with an aptitude for barrier-shattering speed

Pearce is the character that has been introduced by the producers to fill the huge vaccum created by Diesel who could not be bought back to the movie as the Universal studio stuck with a strict budget. With him not in the show David Cohen the director of Fast and the Furious refused to do the sequel.

It's the last chance for both, ex-con and ex-cop and their ticket out of disgrace is bringing down Verone. But lines become blurred once again for O'Connor with the appearance of undercover agent Monica Fuentes played by the sexy Eva Mendes the key to entering Verone's world lies on Feuentes.

O'Connor and Pearce team up to work undercover as drivers for Verone, and promised that their records will be cleaned up if the mission succeeds.

First they have to win their jobs. Verone assembles several teams of drivers and tells them he left a package in his red Ferrari at an auto pound 20 miles away. First team back with the package gets to work with Verone.

That sets off a high-speed race down Route 95 during which one car is crushed under the wheels of a truck, several more crash, and various racers these high speed scenes win the day for the movie which hasn't have much of a plot but the combination of man and machine and the outcome of speed is a virtue that 2 fast 2 Furious has not lost at a time when flashy cars and daredevil car chases have lost their say the rest is history.

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