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A.R. Rahman congratulates Ricky Kej on Grammy win

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A.R. Rahman congratulates Ricky Kej on Grammy win

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Music maestro A.R. Rahman, who bagged two Grammys in 2010, has congratulated Indian artist Ricky Kej for winning the prestigious golden gramophone in Los Angeles.'Congrats on the Grammy win Ricky Kej. You have proved yet again that music is a credible choice, no matter where you are born...Wishing you the best,' Rahman, who won two awards at the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards ceremony for his composition in Danny Boyle39s rags-to-riches film 'Slumdog Millionaire', tweeted Tuesday.Kej39s collaborated album with South African musician Wouter Kellerman "Winds Of Samsara" won the Best New Age Album trophy at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards, held Sunday night.
Angelina Jolie opens centre for women in war-zones

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Angelina Jolie opens centre for women in war-zones

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Actress-director Angelina Jolie has joined forces with Britain39s former foreign secretary William Hague to open a centre to help combat war-zone violence against women.Jolie and Hague joined forces to announce the new academic centre, titled the Centre on Women, Peace and Security, at the London School of Economics Tuesday, reports femalefirst.co.uk.The "Unbroken" director, who recently returned from Iraq, where she met some of the refugees left homeless in their millions following the Islamic State violence, said: "I am excited at the thought of all the students in years to come who will study in this new centre.
Varun Dhawan to try 'new stuff' in every film

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Varun Dhawan to try 'new stuff' in every film

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Actor Varun Dhawan, who is being appreciated for his aggressive and rugged look in soon-to-release "Badlapur", plans to try new things in every film in the future."I have some big plans, but I don39t want to talk about them right now. The idea is to do new stuff with every film," Varun said here Monday during a road show to promote "Badlapur".
Family film in offing: Karan Johar on Shakun Batra's next

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Family film in offing: Karan Johar on Shakun Batra's next

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Filmmaker Karan Johar took to micro-blogging site Twitter to announce his next untitled project, which will be helmed by Shakun Batra.The filmmaker, known for his glamourous family entertainers like 'Student of The Year', 'Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham...', also praised Batra39s ability to weave a story in 'two months'.'Rarely does a filmmaker write a super script in 2 months....@shakunbatra39s new family film just got greenlit and cast! Details coming up,' the filmmaker tweeted Wednesday. The tweet indicates that Karan39s Dharma Productions will back the project. Though there are reports that Batra39s project might bring actors Sidharth Malhotra and Fawad Khan together. Karan said that the speculations will end soon with an official announcement. Whereas Batra promised a surprise from the actual plot of the film.'Super excited! but let39s go easy on the speculations...it39s not the story everyone39s talking about! Will share more info soon,' tweeted Batra, whose previous directorial "Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu", featuring Imran Khan and Kareena Kapoor, failed to make a mark at the box office. "Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu" was also produced by Karan, who is gearing up for movie 'Bombay Velvet', in which he has shown his acting skills via a negative character.
Films being targeted to get publicity: Aamir Khan

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Films being targeted to get publicity: Aamir Khan

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Actor Aamir Khan, whose last movie "PK" got embroiled in multiple controversies before and after its release, feels that films have now become soft targets for publicity-hungry people."PK", which portrays Aamir Khan as an alien, raised questions about religion and people39s blind faith in godmen.Aamir was present at the 39Youth For Governance39 event here. He was asked to share his thoughts about controversial films that go on to become hits.He said: "When people like the film, then it becomes a hit. When we say 39hit39, we mean people like that film. The only reason behind a hit film is that how good you have made it. And if you have made a bad movie, no matter how well you market that film, it39s not going to do well."Sharing his "theory on films", Aamir said: "No matter what you do, you can39t make a bad film work. And no matter what you do, you can39t kill a good film. It works both ways," he added.Aamir further said that the film industry has now become a soft target for people who want cheap publicity."It is an unfortunate fact that nowadays, every film seems to have attracted some or the other controversy. There was a case of plagiarism filed against Rajkumar Hirani for 39PK39. The person filing the case got his name on the front page, which is what he wanted. So, it has now become easy to get publicity," the actor said.Aamir also appealed to the media to investigate such stories appropriately when they appear, instead of following them and fanning them blindly.
Camps, groups not for me: Mallika Sherawat

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Camps, groups not for me: Mallika Sherawat

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Most actors and filmmakers in tinsel town have a set group of people they often work with, but Mallika Sherawat says she prefers to be "independent"."These camps and groups are not important for me. I want to be an independent woman who can take care of herself. I have never been part of any group and I39m happy being who I am," Mallika said here.The actress, who has been part of movies like "Khwahish", "Murder" and "Hisss", will soon be seen in K.V. Bokadia39s "Dirty Politics.She says she39s not too choosy about her work, and that when she39s not acting, she is busy with her family."I like to spend time with my family when I am not working. I am also into fitness so I like to that," added the bold and beautiful Mallika.
Ranbir Kapoor doesn't shy away from risks

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Ranbir Kapoor doesn't shy away from risks

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"Roy" needed a "character" and not a "lead actor", says its director Vikramjit Singh, who feels that Ranbir Kapoor fit the bill for it due to his risk-taking ability.Singh said: "When you write a film, you have a wish list of actors ready. The role in 39Roy39 is not a typical lead role. It39s a character. I have seen Ranbir39s work. He doesn39t shy away from taking risks."We have seen him doing a film like 39Barfi!39 in which he didn39t have any dialogue. Also, his vision is different. He had faith in the film, and so he said yes to 39Roy39.""Roy" also features Arjun Rampal and Jacqueline Fernandez. And while the duo has been promoting the film widely ahead of its release Feb 13, Ranbir has been missing from the scene so far.Singh says it was a strategy.The director also clarified that "Roy" is not a full-fledged Ranbir Kapoor movie.
Adam Levine jokes about going shirtless at Oscars

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Adam Levine jokes about going shirtless at Oscars

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Singer Adam Levine has shared a shirtless selfie of himself and asked fans for advice if it works as an ensemble for the forthcoming Oscars ceremony.He took to Instagram to post the photograph.Flaunting his tattoos, the Maroon 5 singer is seen in a lavish fur coat, a multicoloured elephant necklace and a red sweatband and some dark shades. "Oscar ready...too over the top," "The Voice" coach captioned the selfie, reports eonline.com. Levine will be taking the stage at the upcoming Oscars for his first time to perform the nominated song "Lost stars" from his film "Begin Again".
Jaden asked dad Will Smith to hit gym before 'Focus'

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Jaden asked dad Will Smith to hit gym before 'Focus'

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Actor Will Smith says his 16-year-old son Jaden urged him to go to the gym before starring alongside Margot Robbie in the film 'Focus'.Jaden urged his 46-year-old father to tone-up after he was cast alongside the 24-year-old Australian beauty in the romantic comedy-drama, in which he plays a veteran con artist who takes Robbie39s on-screen character Jess under his wing, reports femalefirst.co.uk.Speaking on the British TV show 'Good Morning Britain', Smith said: 'When Margot got hired for the film, Jaden said: "Get in the gym - do not embarrass me."
I miss my old life: Varun Dhawan

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I miss my old life: Varun Dhawan

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He is someone who enjoys star status, but actor Varun Dhawan says there is one thing that he misses is privacy."I miss my old life as I don39t get privacy anymore. I can39t have the fun that I used to have. But I39m passionate about acting and I can do anything for that," the actor said. Varun will be seen in a whole new look accompanied by anger and a spirit of vengeance on the big screen with "Badlapur". The actor says portraying the role was not an easy task and film39s director Sriram Raghavan helped him get into the skin of his character."I have worked very hard for this film. Sriram helped me a lot with work shops, voice modulation and all. But it was not easy at all."The role was quite challenging for me because of the character39s maturity involved. But Sriram was very clear of what he wanted to convey through the role," he added."Badlapur", which also stars Yami Gautam, Huma Qureshi and Nawazuddin Siddiqui, will release Feb 20.
Jackie Chan's son released from prison

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Jackie Chan's son released from prison

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Chinese movie star Jackie Chan39s son Jaycee Chan was Friday released after serving a six-month jail term.On Aug 14, 2014, Beijing police arrested Jaycee and Taiwanese actor Ko Chen-tung, both tested positive for marijuana and admitted to have used the drug, Xinhua reported.Police discovered 117.7 grams of marijuana in Jaycee39s house.Ko was released after 14 days of detention.Jaycee was sentenced to six months in prison and fined 2,000 yuan 326 for drug offences by the Dongcheng District People39s Court in Beijing Jan 9. However, the time he had already served was taken into account.Jackie Chan had apologised in public for Jaycee39s offences. He said Jaycee will learn from his mistakes.China has detained a string of celebrities on drug-related and prostitution charges.On Thursday, Chinese singer Yin Xiangjie was prosecuted in Beijing for possession of drugs.
Has Pentagram called it quits?

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Has Pentagram called it quits?

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India's leading electro-rock quartet Pentagram have announced an indefinite hiatus via social media.Apparently the bandmates are unsure as to when will they get back together and perform due to differences-in-opinion. The outfit were supposed to perform in major cities as part of the Nh7 Weekender.Their post on a leading social networking site has gone viral. In which it is stated that, "Pentagram is on indefinite hiatus.There is great love and mutual respect amongst the guys, but certain "administrative issues" are a problem. As of now, all shows for this season stand cancelled. We will keep you informed about the future course of the band.Much love, and many thanks for the good times!" The band was formed in 1994 and comprised of Vishal Dadlani vocals, Randolph Correia guitars, Makarand Mane bass and Shiraz Bhattacharya drums.The band has released four albums and has toured extensively across the globe till date.
Huma Qureshi makes her brother proud

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Huma Qureshi makes her brother proud

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Actor Saqib Saleem went gaga over dark, intense revenge drama 'Badlapur', which also stars his sister and actress Huma Qureshi. Her portrayal as a layered character has filled him up with pride. Directed by Sriram Raghavan, "Badlapur", releasing Friday, also features Varun Dhawan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Yami Gautam.'Varun n nawaz give stellar performances. @humasqureshi you make me proud.Jhimli was nuanced n layered..go watch it this friday.Thnk me later,' he tweeted. Saqib, who was last seen in Amol Gupte39s "Hawaa Hawaai", also noted that the film delivers what it promised through the trailer and sneak-peek. 'Badlapur has been consumed n its delicious to the say d least!!Sriram Raghavan delivers everything the trailer promises n evn more,' the actor shared. Meanwhile, the star siblings may share screen space in the Hindi remake of Hollywood movie "Oculus".
Small budget films not promoted on huge scale: Nawazuddin

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Small budget films not promoted on huge scale: Nawazuddin

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Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui, who has proved his mettle in films such as "Paan Singh Tomar" and "Gangs of Wasseypur", says that small budget films are not promoted on a huge scale in India.When asked if he feels that small budget films are not promoted the way high budget films are done, he told IANS: "I agree. Small budget films are not promoted on huge scale in India. My film 39Miss Lovely39 was appreciated worldwide and made money outside India too but it didn39t run here.""It was a film made in Rs. 1.5 crore and there were hardly any promotions. I want the small films to be promoted so that people get to know about the film. People knew that the film has achieved a lot but they didn39t know that it has been released so that affects your film," he added.The actor is currently busy promoting his film "Badlapur". Directed by Sriram Raghavan the film also features Varun Dhawan, Yami Gautam, Huma Quereshi among others.
Disheartened to see many cases of swine flu: Kajol

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Disheartened to see many cases of swine flu: Kajol

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The upward spiral of swine flu cases in the country has left actress Kajol "disheartened". She says inculcating the basic habit of hand washing can prevent the spread of the disease."Disheartened to see many cases of swineflu. Protection is always better than cure.Handwashing w/soap regularly can help prevent infections," the actress tweeted. The actress advocates Lifebuoy39s "Help A Child Reach Five" movement and spreads awareness about hand washing habits around the world to save millions of lives. The mother of two also attended the United Nations General Assembly UNGA in September last year as the hand washing brand ambassador. Meanwhile, Kajol39s film "Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge", which gave new meaning to words like love and romance on the silver screen and touched many lives, ended its 20-year-run at the Maratha Mandir Thursday with the final show of the film. The film, which was first screened at Maratha Mandir in October 1995, was in its 20th year of uninterrupted run at the iconic cinema hall. It also holds the record for the longest running film in the history of Indian cinema.
Katrina Kaif reveals secrets behind her glowing skin

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Katrina Kaif reveals secrets behind her glowing skin

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Don39t take your skin for granted, says actress Katrina Kaif, who believes in the use of sunscreen, right intake of water and ensures that her makeup is removed well. The brand ambassador of the skincare range of L'Oreal Paris also says that women must take care of their body and skin according to their age."We shouldn39t take our skin for granted, especially since we are often exposed to dirt, heat and pollution daily. We should never underestimate the need for a sunscreen to protect your skin from strong UV rays," the 31-year-old told IANS in an email interview."Through the day I drink lots of fluids, especially water to have my face feel fresh and hydrated. I always remove my makeup once I39m home for the day/night and use a moisturiser to not let my skin dry, even when I39m at home," she added.L39Oreal Paris39s Skin Perfect range is backed by 10 years of research at the global and Indian L39Oreal Research and Innovation Labs. The new range from the brand addresses the skincare needs specific to that age.Talking about the need for a range that suits different age groups, she said: "Every decade in a woman39s life comes with a changing set of priorities. It also comes with a changing set of skincare needs. L39Oreal Paris is addressing these needs of every Indian woman who might be prone to skin problems at some point in her life."Katrina agrees that while women are asked to take care of their skin with home remedies and traditional beauty products in addition to maintaining healthy food habits, from a young age, she stresses on the need to use special products later in life."As we grow older, the demands of a hectic lifestyle take a toll on your body and your skin. This is why, it is essential to use products that replenish the vitality of your skin. Through its Skin Perfect range, L39Oreal Paris has personalised skincare for every age group, making it easy for Indian consumers to improve their skin tone leaving it with a healthy glow," she added.The Skin Perfect collection comprises three ranges to address skincare issues at every age -- 20+, 30+ and 40+.For the brand, Katrina has shot for a television commercial with Lisa Ray, who has been signed by L39Oreal Paris to endorse the new range. Katrina says Lisa is an absolute professional and full of life.
'Birdman' wins Oscar for best cinematography

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'Birdman' wins Oscar for best cinematography

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Emmanuel Lubezki was Sunday night honoured for his cinematography in "Birdman" at the 87th Academy Awards here, and Adam Stockhausen and Anna Pinnock received the Oscar for Production Design in "The Grand Budapest Hotel".Maria Djurkovic and Tatiana Macdonald for the film "The Imitation Game", Nathan Crowley and Gary Fettis for "Interstellar", Dennis Gassner and Anna Pinnock for "Into the Woods "and Suzie Davies and Charlotte Watts for "Mr. Turner" were the other nominations in the Production Design category.In the Best Cinematography category, the contenders included Robert Yeoman for "The Grand Budapest Hotel", Lukasz Zal and Ryszard Lenczewski for " Ida", Dick Pope for " Mr. Turner" and Roger Deakins for "Unbroken".
J. K. Simmons, Patricia Arquette wins Oscar best supporting actors

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J. K. Simmons, Patricia Arquette wins Oscar best supporting actors

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J. K. Simmons and Patricia Arquette won their first Academy Awards here Sunday night when they were bestowed with the Best Performance by an Actor and Actress in Supporting Role for their work in "Whiplash" and "Boyhood" respectively.In "Whiplash", Simmons plays a music teacher, who motivates his students through fear and humiliation. His performance was nominated alongside Robert Duvall "The Judge", Ethan Hawke "Boyhood", Edward Norton "Birdman" and Mark Ruffalo "Foxcatcher".Arquette39s portrayal of a divorced mother struggling to make a life for herself and her two children, pipped other nominees like Laura Dern for "Wild", Keira Knightley for "The Imitation Game", Emma Stone for "Birdman" and Meryl Streep for "Into the Woods".
Alejandro G. Inarritu wins Best Director Oscar for 'Birdman'

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Alejandro G. Inarritu wins Best Director Oscar for 'Birdman'

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Alejandro G. Inarritu walked away with his first ever Oscar award for his direction in "Birdman".The movie narrates the tale of Riggan Thomson, best known to the public as Birdman - the superhero he once played in a series of films. He hopes to re-establish himself as a serious actor by mounting his own dramatic production on Broadway. With self-doubt hindering the project, Thomson also finds himself threatened by the presence of a high-profile, egotistical movie star in his cast.Inarritu was nominated for the award alongside Richard Linklater "Boyhood", Bennett Miller "Foxcatcher", Wes Anderson "The Grand Budapest Hotel" and Morten Tyldum "The Imitation Game".
Edward Snowden documentary secures Oscar

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Edward Snowden documentary secures Oscar

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"Citizenfour", a documentary on former US intelligence expert Edward Snowden, Sunday night won an Oscar award in the Best Documentary Feature category.The movie, helmed by Laura Poitras, Mathilde Bonnefoy and Dirk Wilutzky, narrates how, in 2013, computer analyst Edward Snowden leaked classified documents he had obtained from the National Security Agency, detailing the extent of government surveillance on US citizens.Nominations in the Best Documentary Feature category also included "Finding Vivian Maier", "Last Days in Vietnam", "The Salt of the Earth" and "Virunga".In the Best Documentary Short Subject category, "Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1" turned out to be the winner that pipped "Joanna", "Our Curse", "The Reaper La Parka" and "White Earth".
The Grand Budapest Hotel wins Oscar in costume design category

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The Grand Budapest Hotel wins Oscar in costume design category

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'The Grand Budapest Hotel' began its winning streak at the 87th Academy Awards here Sunday night with Milena Canonero walking away with the golden statuette in the Best Costume Design category, and Frances Hannon and Mark Coulier receiving the honour in Best Makeup and Hairstyling category.'The Grand Budapest Hotel' , written and directed by Wes Anderson, is inspired by the writings of Stefan Zweig. It stars Ralph Fiennes as a concierge, who teams up with one of his employees played by Tony Revolori to prove his innocence after he is framed for murder.Other cast members include F. Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalric, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Harvey Keitel, Jude Law, Bill Murray and Edward Norton among others.The other nominations in the Best Costume Design category were Mark Bridges for 'Inherent Vice', Colleen Atwood for 'Into the Woods ', Anna B. Sheppard for 'Maleficent', Jacqueline Durran for 'Mr. Turner' and Canonero again for 'Hotel', The Best Makeup and Haistyling category had two other nominations - Bill Corso and Dennis Liddiard for 'Foxcatcher' and Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou and David White for 'Guardians of the Galaxy'.
'Whiplash', 'American Sniper' receive Oscars for sound

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'Whiplash', 'American Sniper' receive Oscars for sound

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While Craig Mann, Ben Wilkins and Thomas Curley received the Oscar for Best Sound Mixing for their film "Whiplash" at the 87th Academy Awards here Sunday Night, Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman won in the Best Sound Editing category for "American Sniper".The Academy Award for Best Sound Mixing recognises the finest or most euphonic sound mixing or recording and the other nominations in the category were John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff and Walt Martin for "American Sniper", Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montano and Thomas Varga for "Birdman", Gary A. Rizzo, Gregg Landaker and Mark Weingarten for "Interstellar", Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montano and David Lee for "Unbroken".In the Academy Award for Best Sound Editing category, where a film exhibiting the finest or most aesthetic sound editing or sound design is honoured, the other nominees were Martin Hernandez and Aaron Glascock for "Birdman", Brent Burge and Jason Canovas for "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies", Richard King for "Interstellar" and Becky Sullivan and Andrew DeCristofaro for "Unbroken".
Interstellar receives Oscar for Best Visual Effects

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Interstellar receives Oscar for Best Visual Effects

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Mat Kirkby and James Lucas were on cloud nine when they received their first Oscars for their film "The Phone Call" in Best Live Action Short Film category at the 87th Academy Awards here Sunday night.The other nominations in the category were Oded Binnun and Mihal Brezis for "Aya", Michael Lennox and Ronan Blaney for "Boogaloo and Graham", Hu Wei and Julien Feret for "Butter Lamp La Lampe au beurre de yak" and Talkhon Hamzavi and Stefan Eichenberger for "Parvaneh"."The Phone Call", a British short drama film, features Sally Hawkins, Jim Broadbent, Edward Hogg and Prunella Scales.
Best Picture Oscar awarded to 'Birdman'

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Best Picture Oscar awarded to 'Birdman'

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The Oscar award for the Best Picture was clinched by the team of "Birdman Or The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance" at the 87th Academy Awards here Sunday night.The movie tells the tale of Riggan Thomson, best known to the public as Birdman -- the superhero he once played in a series of films. He hopes to re-establish himself as a serious actor by mounting his own dramatic production on Broadway. With his self-doubt hindering the project, Thomson also finds himself threatened by the presence of a high-profile, egotistical movie star in his cast.The category saw tough competition from "American Sniper", "Boyhood", "The Grand Budapest Hotel", "The Imitation Game", "Selma", "The Theory of Everything" and "Whiplash".
Sofia Vergara's wedding postponed

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Sofia Vergara's wedding postponed

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Actress Sofia Vergara is forced to postpone her summer wedding with fiance Joe Manganiello as he will be busy promoting his latest film "Magic Mike XXL".The couple began dating last year and got engaged Dec 25, 2014. They had planned to tie the knot this summer, but the plan have been changed now."We wanted to get married this summer, but Joe will be busy working and promoting 39Magic Mike 239. We want to get married at a time when we can get away and make time for a honeymoon. So the wedding will probably be later this year," Vergara told pagesix.com.Mangaiello will be starring alongside Channing Tatum, Adam Rodriguez and Matt Bomer in the sequel to the 2012 comedy drama in which they star as male strippers.The actor added: "I would love to get married this summer, but I39m going to be too busy promoting my male stripper movie."
Fame isn't necessarily nice: Sam Smith

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Fame isn't necessarily nice: Sam Smith

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Singer Sam Smith had different expectations from stardom. Now that he39s popular, he says fame isn39t a "nice thing"."You think you39re going to have loads of money and that everything39s going to be great. And that everyone39s going to love you. And you39re never going to be sad. And you39re going to be performing all the time. And you39re going to be invincible."But going through it, becoming famous? It isn39t necessarily a nice thing," he told The Observer newspaper, reports femalefirst.co.uk.The 22-year-old singer, who picked up four Grammy Awards earlier this month, added there have been times when he has doubted whether he wants to continue living his life in the spotlight."It39s weird. Something you want so badly all your life happens. And then you think, 39Oh st39. I thought, 39Do I want this? Maybe I39ve misunderstood what this job entails39," Smith said.Now Smith is doing his best "not to go mental" because of his newfound fame."I39ve spent as much energy this past year trying not to go mental as I have plugging my record. You have to. It39s like your body39s trying to float away from you. And you39re hanging on for dear life," he said.
Chris Brown not 'jealous' of Leonardo DiCaprio

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Chris Brown not 'jealous' of Leonardo DiCaprio

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Singer Chris Brown says he is not 'jealous' of his former girlfriend Rihanna39s rumoured new boyfriend Leonardo DiCaprio and thinks she39s made a good choice with the actor.Speaking on a radio station, the 25-year-old gave Rihanna, 27, a back-handed compliment saying she39s gone 'up' by dating DiCaprio, 40, reports femalefirst.co.uk."I respect her enough to respect her privacy and her space, because I can39t believe everything I hear in the news. But what I see, I39ll be like, 39OK cool, there might be something else going on39.'I39m gonna have to give her that, because you know what? Ain39t nowhere else you could went though. High five. You can only go up, and that39s the upper, upper echelon... I39m not even a hater. I39ll give you a slap on the back, bty, everything, 39Hey, do your thing. Good game.39"In that situation, I just tip my hat. I39m not a hater. I39m not envious, I don39t feel jealous. Do your thing. I can39t have it all, brother.'Despite his comments, Brown has now vowed to stop speaking about his former partner.After the interview, he tweeted: 'I39ve given the world enough opinions. I39m not doing no more interviews unless it39s about my art or music. It39s nothing else anyone needs. Don39t ask me about Drake or Rihanna. Anything u need to hear is in all our music. 500 sic.'
Tyga denies romance rumours with Kylie Jenner

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Tyga denies romance rumours with Kylie Jenner

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Rapper Tyga has dismissed rumours of romance with reality TV star Kylie Jenner.Speaking on 92.3 AMP Radio Monday the 'Hookah' rapper was asked about his relationship with Kylie, after Kanye West seemingly confirmed it during a recent interview, reports eonline.com.Tyga recently took to photo-sharing website Instagram to post an image featuring Kylie, and captioned it: "Your beauty never goes unnoticed. One of the best/dopest person in my life."The host asked Tyga: "What do you want the people out there to know from that and make sense of it?" Tyga replied: "Whether if I tell the world that I love her or I don39t, it39s going to be me to dictate that, and how I want to keep my friendship and relationship with her. Because I feel like it doesn39t matter what the world thinks."If you love somebody and you love being around that person, that39s all that matters. I don39t feel like what anybody could say could change that, how I feel for her as a person. Being the great person she is, she39s just a good person, she39s got great energy."We39ve got a group of friends, we39ve been hanging out for the longest time... I39ve been knowing her and her family for six, seven years, so it39s all love there, and we39re going to continue to grow." The host went on to ask if the rapper loved Kylie, to which he replied: 'I love her as a person, for sure... I don39t think it really matters... If you love being around somebody, that39s all that matters."
Taylor Swift named Woman of the Year

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Taylor Swift named Woman of the Year

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Singer Taylor Swift was crowned Woman of the Year at the Elle Style Awards held here.The "Blank space" hitmaker was presented with the accolade by fellow singer Sam Smith during Tuesday night39s ceremony, reports femalefirst.co.uk.Also honoured at the 18th annual awards ceremony was Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, who picked up Model of the Year, while fellow beauty Cara Delevingne took home the Breakthrough Actress award after swapping the catwalk for the silver screen and starring in "Tulip Fever" and "Pan", which are due out this year."Troy" star Diane Kruger was named Best Actress, with Smith taking home Musician of the Year.Designers Christopher Bailey, Mary Katrantzou, Erdem and Manolo Blahnik were honoured with the Editor39s Choice, Red Carpet Designer, Designer of the Year and Lifetime Achievement Awards respectively."The X Factor" boss Simon Cowell also took home the Outstanding Contribution to Entertainment Award.
Angelina Jolie's father wants to work with her

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Angelina Jolie's father wants to work with her

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Actress-director Angelina Jolie39s film 'Unbroken' didn39t win any trophy at the 87th Academy Awards despite being nominated in three categories, but her father Jon Voight still believes his daughter is an 'extraordinary' director with whom he39d love to work someday.Speaking at Vanity Fair39s Oscars party, Voight said: 'I think her direction is extraordinary. I had my mouth open. I said, 'Holy smokes. This is really something.39 She39s a director that I39d say I want to work with her,' reports eonline.com.The 76-year-old, who has starred in films like 'Coming Home', 'Ali' and 'National Treasure', slammed the Oscars for snubbing Jolie39s name from the Best Director nominations list. 'I think the nominations were mostly right. They don39t get everybody. I39d like to have seen my daughter39s film get a few more nominations. But we were very well represented. I think Hollywood did very well with the films this year especially towards the last couple of months,' he added. "Unbroken" was nominated for Best Cinematography, Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing at the Oscars, which took place Sunday.
Kelly Clarkson unveils new song with John Legend

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Kelly Clarkson unveils new song with John Legend

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Singer Kelly Clarkson has launched a new song from her forthcoming album "Piece by Piece". Titled "Run run run", the cover of Swedish pop band Tokio Hotel, features John Legend.Prior to the duet, Clarkson worked with Legend as judges on the competition show "Duets" in 2012. The "American Idol" winner has expressed her admiration towards him."He39s super credible and talented. I feel very good about myself with that one," reports aceshowbiz.com. "Piece by Piece" is slated for releas March 3.In addition to "Invincible" and "Run run run", Clarkson had earlier released "Heartbeat song", the music video of which was debuted earlier this month.
'Kim Kardashian hasn't hired photograph editor'

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'Kim Kardashian hasn't hired photograph editor'

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Reality TV star Kim Kardashian39s representative has denied reports that she has hired a photoshop professional as an assistant, who works on her images before she uploads them over social networks.As per the reports, the 34-year-old hired a photoshop editor and paid him 100,000 a year for the job as most of her photographs have good lighting, great angles and helpful filters. However, Kardashian39s representative has said this is "absolutely false", reports eonline.com.She isn39t the only celebrity to be targeted for photoshopping her social media images. Her friend and singer Beyonce Knowles has constantly been under the microscope when it comes to whether or not she39s gone the extra mile in editing her photographs before sharing them on the web.
Ben Hardy joins 'X-Men: Apocalypse'

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Ben Hardy joins 'X-Men: Apocalypse'

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The upcoming superhero film 'X-Men: Apocalypse' will reportedly star actor Ben Hardy in a 'key, as-yet-undisclosed' role.According to TheWrap, Ben Hardy, who is best known for playing Peter Beale on the TV show "EastEnders", is in talks for the follow-up to 'X-Men: Days of Future Past', reports aceshowbiz.com.The film, which will be set in the 1980s, has already secured Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, Kodi Smit-McPhee and Alexandra Shipp to play younger Jean Grey, Cyclops, Nightcrawler and Storm respectively. James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence and Nicholas Hoult will also reprise their respective roles as Professor X, Magneto, Mystique and Beast. Directed by Bryan Singer, the film, which will go on the floor in April, is expected to release May 27, 2016.
Vanilla Ice 'in a mess'

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Vanilla Ice 'in a mess'

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Rapper Vanilla Ice, whose real name is Robert Matthew Van Winkle, says he has landed "in a little bit of a mess' following his arrest last week.The 47-year-old, who was charged with burglary residence and grand theft following an alleged crime which occurred adjacent to a Florida home he was renovating for his 39The Vanilla Ice Project39 show, is hopeful the situation will soon be forgotten about, reports femalefirst.co.uk.'I39m doing alright. Got in a little bit of a mess, but we39ll get through it. Yesterday39s history, tomorrow39s a mystery,' Florida Today newspaper quoted Ice as saying.Items including bicycles, a pool heater and furniture were taken from the property at some point between December and February, and some were later found at the 39Ice Ice Baby39 hitmaker39s home after police searched his house.However, the items have now been 'returned to their rightful owner'.Police Chief Sean Scheller later confirmed that Ice, who shot to fame in the 1990s, was working with police to try to locate some of the missing items and he is said to have been very cooperative.
Lady Gaga joins American Horror Story: Hotel

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Lady Gaga joins American Horror Story: Hotel

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Singer Lady Gaga will star in the fifth season of 'American Horror Story'.The newly-engaged singer posted a video on Twitter revealing the news and the new title for the anthology series -- 'American Horror Story: Hotel', reports aceshowbiz.com.'Make your reservation now. GagaAHSHotel,' the 28-year-old tweeted along with a short video that sees her removing her mask and whispering "hotel". "American Horror Story" is entering the fifth instalment after completing "Freak Show" in January. Details of Gaga39s role are not disclosed, but the next season is expected to premiere in October this year. So far no other cast member for 'American Horror Story: Hotel' has been revealed.Gaga, who gave show-stealing performance at the 87th Academy Awards over the weekend, has appeared in films like "Machete Kills", "Muppets Most Wanted", and "Sin City: A Dame to Kill for".
Go solo, but stay one: Simon Cowell to One Direction

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Go solo, but stay one: Simon Cowell to One Direction

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TV mogul Simon Cowell says he39s given One Direction bandmates Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Niall Horan and Louis Tomlinson permission to work on solo material as long as they stay together.Cowell told The Sun newspaper that he doesn39t mind if the boy39s band works on their own individual projects on the side, as long as they come back to the band, reports femalefirst.co.uk.'I hear Harry is going to go solo all the time. My advice is they should stay together. They can still do things whenever they want. They should stay together,' he said.The 'X Factor' judge signed One Direction to his Syco record label after mentoring them to third place on the British talent show.The boys have been working on their own music alongside their work as a band with Malik teaming up with Naughty Boy and Harry Styles recording a duet with singer Meghan Trainor.
Many actors today work for fame: Penn

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Many actors today work for fame: Penn

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Oscar-winning actor Sean Penn says nowadays acting is more about fame than anything else.The 54-year-old, who is currently romancing actress Charlize Theron, said in a statement: "Many actors today work for fame and have completely ignored their craft. Working in films today is more about earning a reputation than anything to do with acting."The star is currently gearing up for the release of his forthcoming film "The Gunman". Slated for March 20 release, the Pierre Morel directorial is about a former Special Forces soldier and military contractor suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder who tries to reconnect with his longtime love but first must go on the run across Europe in order to clear his name.The story is based on the novel "The Prone Gunman" by Jean-Patrick Manchette.
Benedict Cumberbatch writes letter to 'Sherlock' fan's family

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Benedict Cumberbatch writes letter to 'Sherlock' fan's family

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ctor Benedict Cumberbatch has sent a touching letter to the family of a 'Sherlock' fan named Eve Shepherd, who passed away at the age of 14 due to breathing difficulties.The 38-year-old39s letter was read in front of Shepherd39s family and friends at her funeral service at Padgate Methodist Church in Warrington Monday, reports aceshowbiz.com.'I send my deepest sympathies to Eve39s family. To lose someone so young who fought for her health all her life must be beyond endurance,' Cumberbatch wrote.'I hope they can take solace from the fact that she was clearly much loved and her support of our show is hugely appreciated and shall be remembered. I wish I could be there but sadly am filming the show she loved. God rest her soul. With all my love and sympathies, Benedict xxx,' he added.
Lupita Nyong'o's $1,50,000 Oscars dress stolen

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Lupita Nyong'o's $1,50,000 Oscars dress stolen

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'12 Years a Slave' actress Lupita Nyong39o has lost her pearl-decorated dress that she wore to the 87th annual Academy Awards.Police were called when the dress went missing from her room at the London West Hollywood hotel, reports aceshowbiz.com. The 31-year-old reportedly left her room Wednesday and when she returned, the gown was gone. It was a white Francisco Costa for Calvin Klein dress adorned with 6,000 Akoya pearls. The dress is estimated to be worth 1,50,000. Nyong39o was at the hotel with a large entourage that included friends, makeup, and hair stylist. Comments were not immediately available from the hotel. Police officials are still gathering evidence by reviewing surveillance video between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. Tuesday. Nyong39o hasn39t issued statement either, but Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Officer John Mitchell confirmed the theft. 'We got a call at about 11:30 last night from someone at the London Hotel about a high value dress that was stolen from a hotel room,' he said.
'Annoyed' Sam Smith still waiting for his Grammys

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'Annoyed' Sam Smith still waiting for his Grammys

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Singer Sam Smith, who won four awards at the 2015 Grammy Awards earlier this month, says he has still not received any of the trophies.'I haven39t got them yet. It takes, like, a month to get them and it39s annoying," said Smith during the BRIT Awards that took place Wednesday, reports aceshowbiz.com. Smith also bagged two BRIT Awards for British Breakthrough Act and Global Success.
Blake Lively bags 'All I See Is You'

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Blake Lively bags 'All I See Is You'

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Actress Blake Lively has joined the cast of Marc Forster39s upcoming romance drama film 'All I See Is You'.The story revolves around a couple who begin to discover previously unseen and disturbing details about themselves, their marriage and their lives. Lively will portray the female lead, a blind woman who regains her eyesight. She will share screen space in the film with actor Jason Clarke as her character39s husband, reports variety.com.Talking about the onscreen pair, Forster said: 'Blake is an amazing actress with a huge onscreen presence who I know will bring enormous talent to the role, and Jason is captivating, strong and fearless in his work. It is inspiring to me as a filmmaker to get the opportunity to work with the both of them.'It has not yet been announced when the film production will start. A release date has not been set either.
Television more popular than films: Huma Qureshi

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Television more popular than films: Huma Qureshi

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Actress Huma Qureshi, who has proved her mettle in films like "Gangs of Wasseypur", "Ek Thi Daayan", "Dedh Ishqiya" and recently released "Badlapur", is keen to explore the world of television.She already has one project up her sleeve. The 28-year-old will host a TV special, "Anmol Hai Tu - Nayi Soch Ko Salaam", which will felicitate women who have endured a hard life, risen from the ashes and made an impact on society.Asked if she39d do more work on TV, she said: "Of course I would love to do television... as an actor, you39re always looking for something exciting to do."TV is the biggest medium right now. We film stars come here to promote our films. I can do two or three films a year, but television is something you watch everyday. It39s an everyday ready audience for you."
Popularity comes with work, not via social media: Boman Irani

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Popularity comes with work, not via social media: Boman Irani

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He has 39followers39 galore--over 2,300,000 on Twitter and almost 42,000 on Facebook. But Bollywood39s endearing actor Boman Irani says that while social media presence is vital, it39s not a "yardstick" for an artiste39s popularity."I genuinely believe that popularity comes as a result of one39s work. I have never felt the need to be active on social media to stay popular. If it was so, I would be far more regular and regimental in the way I post online," the 55-year-old told IANS over phone from Mumbai.In a chat as freewheeling as he considers his "social media interactions" to be, the versatile actor opened up about his networking skills -- a skill, one must admit, has become an indispensable part of all actors39 life."I don39t write about my every step and move. It39s not a compulsion to stay connected, but I don39t consider it a duty. I tweet when I wish and when I feel like," said the actor, who uses the medium not just to share updates on his projects, but also "slice-of-life" moments from his everyday life, apart from sharing glimpses of his photography skills.One thing he steers clear from is sarcasm."Sarcasm doesn39t work for me. People don39t read between the lines," said Boman, whose comic timing in movies like "Main Hoon Na", "Lage Raho Munna Bhai", "Khosla Ka Ghosla" and "3 Idiots", as well as at live events, has been appreciated by Hindi film audiences over the years.Nevertheless, Boman says people must not cringe from sharing strong opinions on such platforms as long as it39s made "well and in a prudent" manner.Has he ever faced brickbats on social media?"People have generally been nice to me, they haven39t been tough on me. I do get a 39Bakwaas picture39 kind of a comment, or a 39Maybe you could have done better39. So, I listen. I don39t have to agree to them, but I do take feedback seriously," he added.Here are five tips from Boman on tweeting right:Be articulate and different.Make people value your opinion.Give your tweet an honest spin.Never state the obvious.Make sure you use your words well.
'Kuch Kuch Locha Hai' a sexy comedy

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'Kuch Kuch Locha Hai' a sexy comedy

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Sunny Leone and Ram Kapoor starrer comedy caper 'Kuch Kuch Locha Hai' will be a 'sexy comedy', but it will be devoid of vulgarity, says the film39s director Devang Dholakia.'My film is not a sex comedy, it is a sexy comedy and there is a vast difference between the two. The humour is very tongue-in-cheek and will cut across all age groups,' Dholakia said in a statement."Kuch Kuch Locha Hai", releasing in India May 8, will also feature Evelyn Sharma and debutant Navdeep Chhabra.Apart from "Kuch Kuch Locha Hai", Sunny and Dholakia have previously worked in the film "Tina and Lolo".
I play idolised version of Kejriwal in 'Dirty Politics': Naseeruddin

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I play idolised version of Kejriwal in 'Dirty Politics': Naseeruddin

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Veteran actor Naseeruddin Shah, who will be seen in K.C. Bokadia39s "Dirty Politics", says his character in the film is somewhat like Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal."I play an idolised version of Delhi39s Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal...like him, this character also stands for right things and succeeds thereafter," the actor said here Tuesday during a press conference to promote the film.Kejriwal, who has become Delhi39s chief minister for the second time, was a team member of Anna Hazare39s anti-corruption movement. He then took the political route and formed the Aam Aadmi Party. He first became the chief minister after the 2013 Delhi assembly polls but stepped down after 49 days. He made a historic comeback in the assembly polls this year.Like Kejriwal, Naseeruddin39s character in "Dirty Politics" is a "political activist and always believes in taking action against wrong doings"."Somewhere he is a witness of everything that happens in the story and at last he is the one who decides to take the positive action," he added."Dirty Politics" also features Mallika Sherawat, Jackky Shroff, Anupam Kher, Ashutosh Rana and Om Puri in key roles.
Anurag Basu to judge 'Nach Baliye 7'?

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Anurag Basu to judge 'Nach Baliye 7'?

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Filmmaker Anurag Basu is said to have been approached by the makers of dance-based reality show "Nach Baliye" to join the judges panel for the next season.If the deal is sealed, Basu will be replacing filmmaker Sajid Khan on the show.According to a source, the makers are approaching big names from the film fraternity to widen the frame of the show. "Sajid Khan as a judge will be replaced this season and the makers have approached Anurag Basu to judge the show," the source said. The seventh season of "Nach Baliye" is expected to be aired on Star Plus in May. Last season of the show was judged by Sajid, actress Shilpa Shetty and ace choreographer Terence Lewis.The "Barfi!" director has earlier judged an acting reality show "India39s Best Cinestars Ki Khoj" and made a fiction show named "Love Story" for the small screen.
My intention not to be a factory: Lucky Ali

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My intention not to be a factory: Lucky Ali

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Lucky Ali, known for his soulful music, says he has never intended to be a factory of songs and albums. He plays music when he likes to.The 'O sanam' hitmaker came up with his own venture Lucky Ali Entertainment a few years ago, but that didn't work out.'It's not a label. Just a thing I started that didn't take off. I didn't really do anything with it. For me, simpler the better like communication with people on social networking sites. That's enough for me. I don't need a website or to have a company. My intentions are not to be a factory. I like to play when I want to play. I am an artiste, not a businessman,' Ali told IANS.He was in the capital last week for Pepsi Big Indie Party, designed with the idea of celebrating alternative art forms by providing indie lovers a party all for themselves, organised by Pepsi MTV Indies.Talking about the current music scene in the country, he said: 'People are understanding that there are musicians outside the film industry too who are doing worthy work. So, wherever there is melody, people will follow that.'The singer says he loves playing music for his fans and when he playsm he doesn't look at where he is playing, but does it just because he loves to perform.As much as he loves entertaining his fans through his live shows, he says he is yet to plan a new album.'I am yet to begin working on my new album,' said the musician, who has treated his fans with melodious albums like 'Sunoh', 'Sifar' and 'Kabhi Aisa Lagta Hai'. Ali is also not alien to the world of acting. He won accolades for his performance in movies like 'Sur - The Melody of Life' and 'Kaante', but he is not too keen on coming back to the big screen. 'There is nothing exciting to me as far as movies are concerned,' said the son of late actor-filmmaker Mehmood.
Winning an Oscar is my dream: Darshan Kumar

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Winning an Oscar is my dream: Darshan Kumar

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Actor Darshan Kumar, who played Priyanka Chopra39s husband in "Mary Kom", will now be seen in "NH10". He hopes to win an Academy Award for his acting talent someday."As an actor I want to win all the awards. Winning an Oscar is my dream," Darshan told IANS.Alas, the actor did not bag any award for his debut venture "Mary Kom"."I was nominated for 39Mary Kom39, but I did not get an award. I failed to impress the jury with my debut film but, hope to impress them with 39NH1039."Naseeruddin Shah loved my performance in 39Mary Kom39, and as an actor, getting appreciated by him is very satisfying," he added.He says "NH10" is an "unusual film and my role is very different"."I39m extremely happy to be a part of this project," added Darshan, whose character in "NH10" will reportedly have shades of grey. He will be seen playing the love interest of Anushka Sharma.Directed by Navdeep Singh, "NH10" is a thriller which is co-produced by Phantom Productions and Eros International. This movie marks Anushka39s debut as a film producer.
Jackie Shroff would 'love' to work with son Tiger

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Jackie Shroff would 'love' to work with son Tiger

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Actor Jackie Shroff says he has been inundated with queries about when he39ll share the frame with his talented son Tiger. He says it will happen when the "right script" comes their way."As a father I am really proud of my son. He39s doing really well. People have been coming up to us and asking, 39When would we be seen sharing the screen?39, but it all depends on the script and if we come across a good one then I39d love to work with him," said Jackie.Jackie, who was last seen in Farah Khan39s "Happy New Year", is now caught up promoting the forthcoming "Dirty Politics", directed by K.C. Bokadia."I39m playing a powerful man in the film. As the title says, the film is all about politics. I hope the audience enjoys watching the movie as much as we enjoyed making it," he said."Dirty Politics" also features Mallika Sherwat and veteran actor Om Puri.
Not compromised with 'NH10' story for certification: Anushka Sharma

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Not compromised with 'NH10' story for certification: Anushka Sharma

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Actress-producer Anushka Sharma feels relieved that her co-production "NH10" didn39t have to suffer much over cuss words and has been cleared with few audio cuts and one visual cut by Censor Board.She asserts that despite an 39A39 certificate to the film, they have not compromised with the film39s story."We don39t want to compromise with our film. We have got an 39A39 certificate, one visual cut and few audio cuts, which we have accepted," Anushka said here Wednesday during the launch of Spring Summer collection inspired by the film "NH10"."As far as we could, we have not compromised with the story, with what we are trying to show to the audiences. Somewhere we are happy with whatever has happened," she added.Recently, CBFC Central Board of Film Certification issued a controversial diktat blacklisting 39offensive39 words from Indian films. The decision has left many Bollywood celebrities in shock and disagreement. However, this list has been taken back by Censor Board and the decision is being reviewed.The 26-year-old further feels the films should have only certifications because " it is upto individual discussion whether you want to watch the film or not".Directed by Navdeep Singh, "NH10" is about a couple39s roadtrip that gets transformed into a nightmare. It also features Neil Bhoopalam and Darshan Kumar.
Rani Mukerji proud 'Mardaani' transcended realm of filmmaking

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Rani Mukerji proud 'Mardaani' transcended realm of filmmaking

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Actress Rani Mukerji, who was felicitated by the National Institute of Gender Justice for creating awareness about child trafficking through her movie "Mardaani", says she39s glad her work has gone beyond just entertainment for audiences.Rani, who played a rough and tough police officer named Shivani Shivaji Roy, who tracks down a child trafficking racket in "Mardaani", was honoured in the capital on Tuesday.Talking about it in a statement, she said: "It is really heartening to see that not only has the film been loved by audiences worldwide but it has transcended the realm of filmmaking and become something that inspires the people who have been tirelessly working for years for the cause of child trafficking and are the real heroes."I feel humbled to meet these people and I39m glad that I39m able to contribute in a small way. This award is special as it recognises my contribution to cinema in a different manner," said the hazel-eyed Rani on receiving the award.Lauding Rani for her role in the movie, Sreerupa Mitra Chaudhury, chairperson, National Institute for Gender Justice, said: "The powerful and fearless performance of Rani Mukerji in 39Mardaani39 idealises the role of police in prevention of crime against women, especially trafficking of girl child for commercial sexual exploitation."I feel she symbolises the pride of uniform and inspire change. That39s the reason we decided to felicitate her for excellence in artistic performance."Rani has played strong roles off and on during her film career. These have included "Raja Ki Aayegi Baraat", "Mehendi" and "No One Killed Jessica".
Took 'Margarita With A Straw' as a test for myself: Kalki Koechlin

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Took 'Margarita With A Straw' as a test for myself: Kalki Koechlin

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Actress Kalki Koechlin, who essays the role of a cerebral palsy affected girl in Shonali Bose39s directorial "Margarita With A Straw", says the audition for this film was toughest for her and she took it as a test for herself."I loved the script. Shonali Bose e-mailed it to me and immediately I wrote back to her that I loved the script. It scared the hell out of me that she could even think that I could do this," Kalki told reporters here Wednesday at the trailer launch of the film."The audition for this film was toughest for me," she added."Margarita With A Straw" is a gentle coming-of-age story of a young Indian woman effected with cerebral palsy played by Kalki Koechlin and it also explores the sexuality of disabled people.Kalki39s performance was appreciated on the international arena and she bagged Best Actress Award for Kalki at Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival held last year.In India, "Margarita With A Straw" is expected to release on March 13.
Ready to go size zero if film demands it: Bhumi Pednekar

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Ready to go size zero if film demands it: Bhumi Pednekar

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In an industry where slim waists, six-packs and fit frames are the order of the day, here comes the unusual Bhumi Pednekar, embodying an overweight girl in her debut film "Dum Laga Ke Haisha". Weight issues are not an issue, says the actress, who is ready to reduce to size zero if the role demands it.She has already slimmed down after eating her way to the 89 kg that her role in "Dum Laga Ke Haisha" required her to be.Asked if she39s ready to be a size zero, she said: "Why not? But it all depends ...if the script really needs me to be a size zero girl, if the character of the girl needs to be size zero, I39m ready for it.""If in my next film they want me to be a model or so, I39ll certainly shed all the extra kg to justify my character," she added.The fact that she can go out of her way for a role is justified in "Dum Laga Ke Haisha". For her character Sandhya, Bhumi consumed a customised calorie-rich diet for around a year to weigh about 89 kg.She39s now 39slimmer39."I39ve lost weight now. The reason my weight loss has happened is because when I was preparing for the film, I gained a lot of weight. I was on a high-calorie diet for a year. The only thing is when the film was over, it was time to let go off Sandhya...I went back to my normal life."However, Bhumi has no qualms in saying that she found herself to look "pretty" when she gained oodles of weight for her movie, as "being beautiful is just a state of mind"."My weight has never been an issue in my life. I don39t think it is a big thing. I39m comfortable with the way I look. Even when I was almost 90 kg, I thought I looked beautiful. I feel if you think you are beautiful, it will show on your face. It is the state of mind. I39d say it is good to be healthy," she said.Bhumi, who worked behind the scenes of Yash Raj Films39 YRF projects as an assistant to the casting director for six years, before making a splash on the big screen herself, says she made no "deliberate effort" to get back to her normal frame.Acting is a profession Bhumi always eyed, but she felt she would never fit the "parameter" of being an actor."I always wanted to be an actor...being somebody who loved watching films, acting is the only aspect I was aware of as a general audience. When I was younger, I didn39t know how a film is made. I wasn39t sure there is a certain demand, the way an actor should look, and I knew that I don39t fit that parameter because I have always been an overweight girl."I guess this is the path that god chose for me I was lucky such a script came forward."
Aditya Pancholi nabbed for pub brawl, gets bail

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Aditya Pancholi nabbed for pub brawl, gets bail

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Bollywood actor Aditya Pancholi was arrested on Sunday for a brawl in a pub, officials here said adding that he was later granted bail by a Mumbai magistrate."Aditya Pancholi was arrested today Sunday morning... He had a fight with one of the bouncers at a pub in Hotel Sea Princess," an official told IANS.According to police, Pancholi, 50, assaulted a security guard bouncer at the pub. The incident occurred around Saturday midnight at the Trilogy Pub in Hotel Sea Princess, adjacent to Juhu Beach.An allegedly inebriated Pancholi asked the DJ to play some favourite Hindi movie songs since only western numbers were being played, but the DJ rejected his request.Pancholi had a loud argument with the DJ and even caused some damage to the pub counter, following which the hotel security staff intervened and asked the actor to leave the premises.Enraged by this, Pancholi abused and pushed the security guard, Mandar Patole, 28, and whacked him on the head with his mobile even as he was being excorted out of the hotel.The Santacruz police, who were summoned by the hotel, whisked him away and after conducting a medical test, placed him under arrest early on Sunday.He was charged under various sections pertaining to criminal intimidation, public nuisance and breach of peace, and assault charges by the Santacruz police.Later on Sunday afternoon, he was presented in a magistrate39s court at Bandra, which granted him bail after judicial remand.This is not the first time that Pancholi has found himself in trouble. In 2003, he was booked for attacking his neighbour following a parking brawl at his housing society in Versova.Last year, he again grabbed headline when he allegedly roughed up a woman journalist for asking uncomfortable questions about his son, Sooraj Pancholi.Sooraj, who was allegedly in a live-in relationship with actress-model Jiah Khan, was arrested on June 10, 2013 for abetting her suicide on June 3, 2013.The Bombay High Court granted him bail on July 2, 2013. Jiah39s mother, Rabia Khan, has held Sooraj responsible for her daughter39s suicide.
US filmmakers look at Bollywood with amused curiosity: Abhay Deol

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US filmmakers look at Bollywood with amused curiosity: Abhay Deol

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Actor Abhay Deol, who is stepping into Hollywood with his international film 'The Lovers', says American filmmakers slot Bollywood as a "genre", marked by colours, music, pretty women and well built men.'Filmmakers in the US see Bollywood with an amused curiosity. For them, musicals traditionally are rare in Hollywood, so that automatically puts all of Bollywood into one genre."The word brings up images of bright colours, music, beautiful women and muscular men. Funnily enough most of them haven39t seen any Bollywood film but the name is something they are aware of,' Abhay said. Directed by Roland Joffe, 'The Lovers" also features Alice Englert, Josh Hartnett, Bipasha Basu and Tamsin Egerton. It was earlier titled "Singularity".
Shraddha Kapoor exhorts women

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Shraddha Kapoor exhorts women

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Actress Shraddha Kapoor has slammed the concept of International Women39s Day, which is celebrated globally on March 8. She suggests people should stand up against abuse every day and not just on a single day.The 26-year-old, who has starred in films like 'Aashiqui 2', 'Ek Villain' and 'Haider', took to Twitter Sunday to express her views on the day-to-day life of women, saying they are 'objectified, abused and treated worse than garbage".In a series of tweets, Shraddha wrote: Every 20 mins or so, there is a rape happening in our country. And today we are "celebrating" womens day.'No single day can express the injustice that women have to go through everyday. To be objectified, abused and treated worse than garbage."She continued: 'Stand up against this abuse, not just today but every day. Women are NOT objects. They NEED to be respected. Women empowerment is the best change to make the world a better place.'Shraddha will be next seen in Remo D39Souza39s 'Any Body Can Dance 2'.
I want to keep working till I die: Anupam Kher

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I want to keep working till I die: Anupam Kher

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A working birthday is the best possible treat that veteran actor Anupam Kher could provide himself.As he turned 60 on Saturday, Anupam staged his new play "Mera Woh Matlab Nahin Tha". Exhilarated and excited, he said: "I planned it this way. I made sure that 39Mera Woh Matlab Nahin Tha' was premiered on my birthday. It was the best way I could bring in my birthday. I want to keep working until I live."On the eve of his birthday, Anupam hosted a show of the play for the students of his acting school. "It was a kind of rehearsal for the show on Saturday, and also my way of sharing my new play with my students who are so close to me."As for the cake-cutting ritual, the students of his school made sure Anupam blew the right number of candles."I don39t feel my age at all. One feels old only when the excitement runs out of one39s life," said Anupam.In a career spanning over three decades, the actor has been a part of iconic Hindi films like "Saaransh" when he was in his 20s. He played an elderly man who loses his son and struggles to collect his ashes to great acclaim.Looking back on his enormously successful life, Anupam said: "Things never happen to you. You have to make them happen. "I39ve always pushed to realise my dreams. People ask me why I take on such stressful aspirations. But it39s this stress that has kept me going. "I want to be known as somebody who broke the rules and created his own place in the creative field."Anupam wanted his wife Kirron Kher -- now a BJP MP -- to play the female lead alongside him in "Mera Woh Matlab Nahin Tha". "But she couldn39t join me on stage because of her political commitments. Neena Gupta is a wonderful actress. It39s a pleasure sharing the stage with her," he said.
Women are the stronger beings: Amitabh Bachchan

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Women are the stronger beings: Amitabh Bachchan

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Amid discussions on women39s safety in India, cinestar Amitabh Bachchan, who is the UN ambassador for the Girl Child, has demanded "respect of equality" for the "stronger beings"."Women power! Women must have the respect of equality...they are the stronger beings...when they prosper, society prospers, mankind and I use this word specifically to address the menfolk, as opposed to womenkind in other references can and shall only exist with them, not without," Big B posted on his blog on Friday.His words, penned on the night of the festival of Holi, flowed when he mentioned 39Lathmar Holi39, practiced in "many parts of the northern states"."In many parts of the Northern States - UP and Rajasthan - the day invites women to abuse and beat the men, in the special HOLI termed 39Lath Holi'. 'Lath' is a stick or a wooden column, or stave...a 'danda' that the women use to beat the men with, a flagellation of sorts...and the men must bear it all without any retaliation."It is the day reserved for the womenfolk...to pay back as it were, to secure themselves in the abandon of authority and sublimation," added the 72-year-old.
Want to do women-centric films: Dibakar Banerjee

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Want to do women-centric films: Dibakar Banerjee

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After a spate of films with men as central characters including the forthcoming "Detective Byomkesh Bakshy!", filmmaker Dibakar Banerjee is now planning to do some women-centric projects."Absolutely, definitely, I want to do it. Too much time spent with men now. There are many ideas but I am not ready to reveal them now," Banerjee commented when asked about possibilities of doing women-oriented ventures.For the time being, he is wrapped up in promoting "Detective Byomkesh Bakshy!" which stars Sushant Singh Rajput in the lead role and is slated to release April 3, 2015. It is based on the fictional detective Byomkesh Bakshi created by the Bengali writer Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay.The "Khosla Ka Ghosla" maker is known to rope in actors from the Bengali film industry, and "Detective Byomkesh Bakshy!" also has a clutch of actors including actress Swastika, a prominent face in regional movies, from here.National Award-winning actor Prosenjit Chatterjee was seen in "Shanghai".Banerjee hoped regional film industries in India could work together as it happens in Hollywood which pools in talent from Europe, Canada and Australia."I think there39s a need for all film industries in India to get closer, the way the American industry, the British and Australian film industry work together."Imagine the kind of talent pool that Hollywood has and some of them are drawn from Europe, Canada and Australia. The biggest stars are the Australians Hugh Jackman, Nicole Kidman," he said.Banerjee said Bollywood needs to do the same, especially foster collaborations with the prolific south Indian cinema."If Bollywood, which is the biggest film industry that represents Indian films for the lack of a better word... if Bollywood can tap the south film industry, not only in stealing stories or adapting stories but in terms of acting talent, cinematography, I think Indian cinema will go higher," he said.
I've learnt from my mistakes: Ayushmann Khurrana

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I've learnt from my mistakes: Ayushmann Khurrana

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Actor Ayushmann Khurrana, who is enjoying the success of his latest film "Dum Laga Ke Haisha", says he has learnt from his mistakes and would be more careful while choosing films."As an actor, I have learnt from my mistakes. Yes, my past few films have not worked and I take it as a learning experience. But now, post the success of the film there is pressure and I will be more careful while choosing films," Ayushmann stated.Directed by Sharat Katariya, "Dum Laga Ke Haisha" stars debutant Bhumi Pednekar as an overweight girl.Talking about "Dum Laga Ke Haisha", he said: "It was an unusual script and I was certain this film will work."
Salman Khan accident case: Court permits statements of dead bodyguard, medico

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Salman Khan accident case: Court permits statements of dead bodyguard, medico

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A Mumbai sessions court on Saturday permitted the prosecution in the Salman Khan hit-and-run case to rely on the statements of his deceased bodyguard Ravindra Patil, who was a witness to the 2002 accident, and a medico who performed the autopsy on the accident victim.Patil, a police bodyguard, died in October 2007 due to natural causes when the trial was underway before the magistrate court, while Sanap, the doctor who performed the autopsy, lives in the US.The late Patil had earlier recorded his statement before a magistrate, which the prosecution demanded should be taken on record in the ongoing fresh trial in the sessions court after the additional charge of culpable homicide not amounting to murder was slapped against Salman Khan.In his statement, Patil said he was sitting next to Salman Khan and warned him against rash-driving but the actor did not heed the advice.Later, he lodged the police complaint after the accident in which a pavement dweller was killed and four others were injured in Bandra in the early morning of September 28, 2002.Judge D.W. Deshpande allowed the prosecution and defence to file their replies on Patil39s statement and said Salman Khan would be granted an opportunity to have his say in the matter and cross-examine the investigation officer.Salman Khan39s lawyer Shrikant Shivade had opposed prosecutor Pradeep Gharat39s application, contending it would be prejudicial to his client.Judge Deshpande also allowed the prosecution to rely on the statement of Sanap, who had conducted the autopsy on the accident victim.However, Shivade said he accepted the autopsy report and would not claim it would cause prejudice to Salman Khan.The next hearing will be held on March 12.
Pepsi MTV Indies to throw indie party

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Pepsi MTV Indies to throw indie party

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Pepsi MTV Indies and Viacom 18 have come together to give an indie experience through 39SPIRO - An MTV Indies Takeover39 from April 1 to 4 to people here.Pepsi MTV Indies that launched in February last year, today reaches about 25 million homes and 10 million weekly viewers across the country through its TV channel, and has also launched a specially designed app and website that facilitates music discovery.39SPIRO - An MTV Indies Takeover39 promises to be an indie experience like never before where fans will now get to celebrate the world of subcultures through music, comedy and cinema. It will feature various indie musical acts including the Grammy-nominated electronica producer Pretty Lights."The first year has been so heartening that we are ready to take our next big leap with the announcement of our landmark live experience. Our goal is to connect all our platforms seamlessly and this is an opportunity for us to do just that. "The world of subcultures is exploding and we are excited to be right at the heart of it, firing up this revolution. Set Up. Discover," Aditya Swamy, Business Head, MTV and Indies, said in a statement.Pepsi MTV Indies seeks to bring alive experiences with the aim of bridging the gap between artists and the audience. Jaideep Singh, senior vice president and business head, Integrated Network Solutions said: "Live Viacom18 has over the last two years built iconic music properties in genres of EDM, rock, Bollywood, comedy, alternate music and always aimed to hit the right note amongst the youth"."With the launch of SPIRO, we have moved into the indie music space which is coming of age with huge interest amongst youth and it aims to connect our audience from across diverse music and cultural genres," he added.
Coke Studio returns with season 4

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Coke Studio returns with season 4

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"Coke Studio@ MTV", an experiment in fusion music, is returning with its fourth season in an 'always on' format, wherein one musical composition, as a video and audio, will be released every week and more live concerts will be organised for music aficianados across the country."Coke Studio@MTV Season 4" promises to be a year-long show of soulful music, curated and composed by artistes like Vishal-Shekhar, Amit Trivedi, Pritam, Clinton Cerejo, Sachin-Jingar, Ram Sampath, Sneha Khanwalkar, Papon, Badshah and Raftaar.Singers in the season include Rekha Bhardwaj, Jyoti Nooran and Harshdeep Kaur.Starting March 1, every first Sunday of the months till the season continues, "Coke Studio@MTV" will release a musical composition, both as a stylised video and audio, along with multiple elements that will capture the journey of making the music, including studio sessions, producer profiles and more.Each of these videos and audio will be simultaneously released on all MTV platforms and deployed across all audio and video platforms like YouTube, Saavn, Gaana and iTunes by Zee Music.MTV will also be re-releasing two audience favourites "Madari" and "Kattey" with new videos to kick off "Coke Studio@MTV Season 4". Additionally, live experiences through more than 50 concerts and outreach programs, reaching 100 colleges across 10 cities, will be a star attraction.Debabrata Mukherjee, vice president Marketing and Commercial, Coca-Cola India and South West Asia, said: '39Coke Studio39 is a platform, owned by a community of millions of music lovers. That makes it easy for us, because this community tells us what to do. But that also puts a huge responsibility on us because we have to ensure that we meet their expectations. "What they have asked of us, is to change the format and make it 'always on', 'yearlong' and as 'singles' rather than an album. We have made an honest attempt to deliver on these."After producing 140 songs with over 400 artistes, the hunger to delight music fans has driven MTV to give the "Coke Studio" format a whole new beat, says the channel39s executive vice president and business head Aditya Swamy."While music will always be at the very heart of this production, we have introduced new elements that build a deeper content experience. As classic meets contemporary, we are excited about starting a new chapter in the music bible of India," he said.
Evelyn turns rockstar for 'Kuch Kuch Locha Hai'

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Evelyn turns rockstar for 'Kuch Kuch Locha Hai'

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Actress Evelyn Sharma will be seen portraying an aspiring rockstar, Naina, in comedy caper film "Kuch Kuch Locha Hai"."I believe that all actors should work hard to look convincing. My role in 39Kuch Kuch Locha Hai39 gave me a lot of scope for performance and my director Devang Dholakia allowed me to experiment."My look has been carefully designed also keeping in mind the current fashion that young rockers sport," Evelyn, who has appeared in films like "Yaariyan" and "Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani", said in a statement.Dholakia said that it's always fun "working with actors who are hard working and have a fresh perspective"."Evelyn is like a gust of fresh air in my film and I'm really happy with how her character has shaped up. People are going to be in for a surprise when they see her in 39Kuch Kuch Locha Hai39," he added.The film, which also stars Sunny Leone, Ram Kapoor and debutant Navdeep Chhabra in pivotal roles, is slated to release on May 8.
Amyra a talented actor: Emraan Hashmi

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Amyra a talented actor: Emraan Hashmi

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Emraan Hashmi is all praise for his 'Mr X' co-star Amyra Dastur.The first song video 'Tu jo hain', featuring Emraan and Amyra, is out and the actor says the duo has created 'magic in the song', crooned and composed by Ankit Tiwari.'After a long time, my fans will get the best of me in 'Tu jo hain'. Amyra is a very talented actor and together we have created magic in the song. Ankit has sung it beautifully and it's on loop on my playlist. I hope my fans enjoy it as much too,' Emraan said in a statement.The music of 'Mr X' -- set to hit the screens on April 17 -- is released by Sony Music.
Farhan welcomes wife to Twitter world

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Farhan welcomes wife to Twitter world

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Actor-filmmaker Farhan Akhtar welcomed his wife and star hair-stylist Adhuna on micro-blogging site Twitter.'Please welcome @AdhunaAkhtar to Twitter...on her personal account, finally,' tweeted Farhan, who has always maintained that Adhuna has been his support system.Adhuna also took to social media platform to thank her family and friends for a 'warm welcome'.'Thank you to all for the warm welcome,' she shared.The couple have two daughters together.
'Hunterrr' director wanted today's Amol Palekar for film

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'Hunterrr' director wanted today's Amol Palekar for film

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Filmmaker Harshavardhan Kulkarni says that when he was casting the protagonist39s role for "Hunterrr", he wanted "today39s Amol Palekar", which he ultimately found in Gulshan Devaiah.Kulkarni told IANS: "I had approached many people for the role. I was looking for today39s Amol Palekar for 39Hunterrr39. When I met Gulshan, he seemed interesting. I gave him the script and he said, 39Should I play Mandar39s role like how Amol Palekar used to act?39. I told him you have got the script right."Gulshan has sported a shabby look for the role.The director says that the subject of "Hunterrr", which is about a sex addict, had been on his mind for long time. But the idea was not to make it into a sleazy film."When I wrote it, I shared it with many people, and the response was good. I have maintained a thin line...it39s neither too sleazy, nor too arty."
Ram Charan to send relief material to Nepal

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Ram Charan to send relief material to Nepal

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Telugu actor Ram Charan has extended a helping hand to the victims of the devastating earthquake in Nepal, offering relief material with the help of Apollo Hospital."Ram Charan with the help of Apollo Hospital will be shipping large quantity of ORS sachets, glucose bags and cough syrup to the quake-hit people in Nepal," the actor39s publicist told IANS.Members of Chiranjeevi Charitable Trust are expected to join hands with the actor in this endeavour to help people of the catastrophic calamity.The actor is currently busy getting ready for the shoot of his yet-untitled Telugu film with Srinu Vaitla.
My style is a lot like Piku: Deepika Padukone

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My style is a lot like Piku: Deepika Padukone

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Actress Deepika Padukone, who is gearing up for her upcoming film "Piku" with Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan and Irrfan Khan, says her personal style is a lot like her titular character Piku39s."I39m happy to leave the professionals to do my hair, makeup and styling -- this is required of me in my profession and they do a great job of it. However, personally, my style is a lot like Piku -- very flowy, breezy, functional and comfortable," the 29-year-old actress told IANS.The actress along with co-star Irrfan and director Shoojit Sircar recently unveiled the 39Piku Melange Collection39, an ethnic fusion collection from Melange by clothing brand Lifestyle.Speaking about her character39s style in the film, Deepika added: "I think Piku tries to keep her look stylish and functional at the same time. She believes in looking presentable, stylish and at the same time be comfortable at work. The style in the film is also like that -- Piku works during the day, runs the house and also takes care of her father. "The collection takes inspiration from Deepika39s 39modern meets ethnic39 styling in the upcoming family comedy drama, and aims at giving consumers access to the actress39 style as seen in the film.With a tag line 39Motion Se Hi Emotion39, the film promises to take the audience on an emotional road trip. Written by Juhi Chaturvedi, "Piku" is slated to release on May 8.
Gomez's friends worried she might date Bieber again

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Gomez's friends worried she might date Bieber again

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Friends of singer Selena Gomez are said to be worried she may fall back into "old bad habits" and start dating Justin Bieber again since her good friend Taylor Swift has found love with Calvin Harris.The "Heart wants what it wants" hitmaker is feeling left out since her friend started dating Calvin Harris and an insider claims she is considering reuniting with on/off boyfriend Bieber, reports femalefirst.co.uk."Taylor is totally consumed with Calvin right now and barely has time for Selena. Taylor was always on Selena about staying busy and staying away from Justin."Without Taylor39s influence Selena is more vulnerable to falling into some old bad habits. She doesn39t have a guy right now either and she hates being alone so it39s all adding up to a bad combination," a source said.
Metal band Inner Sanctum release debut album 'Legions Awake'

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Metal band Inner Sanctum release debut album 'Legions Awake'

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After five years of bringing their whirlwind live shows across Europe and India, Bangalore metal band INNER SANCTUM have released their much-awaited debut album Legions Awake, following an appearance at Inferno Metal Festival in Oslo, Norway and a homecoming launch gig at CounterCulture in Bangalore.Apart from eight unrelenting heavy hitters such as 'March of the Wounded', 'Realms of Oblivion' and their first single 'Wake of Destruction', Legions Awake features three legendary metal guitarists from the metal community, Christopher Amott Armageddon, Ex-ARCH ENEMY,Daniel Mongrain VOIVOD, MARTYR, Ex-GORGUTS, Ex- CRYPTOPSY, Capharnaum James Murphy Ex- DEATH, Ex-TESTAMENT, Ex-OBITUARY, Ex-Lazarus A.D. providing solos on the track 'Existence Denied'.The band has roped in producer/engineer Lasse Lammert, who also worked with the band on their 2009 debut EP Provenance, to fly down to Bangalore early last year to record the nine-track album. Lasse says about recording with the band, 'This album is definitely not going to sound polite. INNER SANCTUM's live performance is extremely energetic and their new songs are even better than the old ones so if we manage to capture that on the album, I'm sure people across the globe are going to bang their heads.'
Shiva Soundsystem's Nerm tours India

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Shiva Soundsystem's Nerm tours India

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UK based DJ, BBC broadcaster and founding member of Shiva Soundsystem, NERM is back in India this April for a four city tour. Having toured India regularly and help build, nurture and support the independent music scene here over a decade, Nerm comes back on a rare out-of-season visit to lay the groundwork for the end of 2015. This year sees the 10th anniversary of the iconic Shiva Soundsystem track 'Mumbai Cells', with a massive remix project, live show and tour in the works. April's tour kicks off with a late night set at China 1, Mumbai for another edition of the fabled Undercover nights followed by an appearance at High Spirits in Pune, Raasta in Delhi HKV and the Churchstreet Social in Bangalore.
Last Remaining Light debuts with single 'Fire Drill Gone Wild'

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Last Remaining Light debuts with single 'Fire Drill Gone Wild'

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Vocalist, composer and song-writer Siddharth Basur, a popular name in the Indian independent music circuit along with alt-rockers Adil Kurwa, Anurag Shanker and Vaibhav Wavikar are now releasing their maiden single titled 'Fire Drill Gone Wild' from their self titled debut album 39Last Remaining Light39.Former frontman of Mumbai39s progressive metal band Goddess Gagged, Basrur states that 39Last Remaining Light39 has energetic and intense new sounds which are a result of new breed of sonic ideas and a mix of personal journeys.The album is recorded and mixed by Tejas Narayan at Arbit Random Studio, Mumbai and mastered by Nagasaki Sound in Las Vegas.The band has started playing gigs since early 2014 and are expected to launch full throttle on a tour later in 2015.You can now listen to 'Fire Drill Gone Wild' on web radio channel Radio City Freedom:https://www.radiocity.in/internetradio/freedom-radio.php
Bangalore Open Air dates and line-up announced

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Bangalore Open Air dates and line-up announced

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Bangalore will witness seven days of madness as the greatest bands from across the country and International acts like Napalm Death, Belphegor and Inquisition will perform live at Bangalore Open Air.The line-up includes performances Orator, Kryptos, Unwhole, Dying Embrace, Gutslit, Undying Inc, Eschers Knot, Plague Throat, Mauseate, Slohawk, 1833 AD, Eccentric Pendulum, Albatross, Dark Desolation, Star Denial, Killers Breed, Abaddon, Hellwind, Grossty, Pisakas, Necrophilia, Scally, Piss, Grim Mage, Supermash, Dirge, Witchdoctor, Primitiv, Antakrit and Escharified.Spread across seven venues, the metal fest will commence on 31st May 2015.Their official statement reads, "Witness mayhem in all corners of Bangalore, leading to the Loudest Festival ever on the 6th of June 2015."People with Bangalore Open Air Tickets can access all the venues throughout the week for free. More information on the venues will be announced on their official website.
Elizabeth Olsen calls Scarlett Johansson 'coolest'

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Elizabeth Olsen calls Scarlett Johansson 'coolest'

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Actress Elizabeth Olsen, who stars as Scarlet Witch in "Avengers: Age of Ultron", finds co-star Scarlett Johansson, who plays Black Widow in the movie, to be "the coolest chick"."It39s the most talented group of people, I feel like a tag-along. Surprisingly, Scarlett and I weren39t on set that much together. But I am such a fan of Scarlett. She39s really cool. She39s the coolest chick," Olsen told bangshowbiz.com.In fact, Olsen said she would like to try her hand at Johansson39s role, which she thinks is the most desirable part in the film.She said: "I would like to know what it feels like to be such a bad-a like Black Widow."Olsen, who39s the younger sister of actresses and fashion designers Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen, also revealed that she thoroughly enjoyed reuniting with her "Godzilla" co-star Aaron Taylor-Johnson, who she considers to be her brother."He feels like a sibling to me. We39re actually very comfortable. I thought working with the cast would be more overwhelming than it was. But everyone was so gracious and kind and collaborative," she said.
Gurinder Chadha to direct Zayn Malik in film?

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Gurinder Chadha to direct Zayn Malik in film?

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British filmmaker of Indian origin Gurinder Chadha of "Bend It Like Beckham" fame may end up directing former One Direction band member Zayn Malik sometime in the future.'We've met and spoken. He trained as an actor first then became part of the band. So I think what he'll be doing is staying true to his heart - and that's all you can ever do," mirror.co.uk quoted Chadha as saying.The 55-year-old is currently occupied with the production of "Bend It Like Beckham: The Musical".Malik, who left One Direction only last month, may now be planning a career as a movie star.But Chadha, who was present last week at the Asian Awards, also attended by Malik, said: 'I don't have a part in mind for Zayn just yet but hopefully in the future.'
Jared Leto unrecognisable as Joker in 'Suicide Squad'

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Jared Leto unrecognisable as Joker in 'Suicide Squad'

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The first official look of actor Jared Leto39s incarnation of The Joker in "Suicide Squad" shows him shirtless, looking unrecognisable with green hair, crazed eyes, rotten teeth, and a body full of tattoos.A purple glove on Leto39s right hand completes his dramatic transformation, reports aceshowbiz.com.The photograph was uploaded by director David Ayer on Twitter to celebrate the iconic villain39s first appearance in the comic book. "The Suicide Squad wishes you a Happy Anniversary Mr. J! Joker75 SuicideSquad," the director captioned the image."Suicide Squad" is scheduled to release on August 5, 2016 in the US. The film stars Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flagg, Will Smith as Deadshot, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang, Cara Delevingne as Enchantress, and Viola Davis as Amanda Waller among others.They are joined by the likes of Scott Eastwood and Common. Ben Affleck and Jesse Eisenberg are also rumoured to make cameos as Batman and Lex Luthor. The storyline is still kept under tight wraps, but it will follow a team of DC Comic supervillains who are given a chance at redemption.
Kanye West's father didn't like North's name

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Kanye West's father didn't like North's name

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Kanye West39s father Ray thought the rapper was joking when he announced he was naming his daughter North.West stunned his father when he revealed the moniker he and wife Kim Kardashian had chosen for their baby girl, who is now 22 months old, but his family have since grown to love her name, reports femalefirst.co.uk.Brenda Bentley, who was previously engaged to Ray and is still a close friend of his, told Heat magazine: "The name North - he thought it was a joke at first. Ray likes it now, they all call her Nori."West and Ray, who walked out on the rapper39s late mother Donda when the 39All Day39 star was just three years old, have grown closer since North39s birth and Ray is now a doting grandfather.Brenda added: "Ray was over there for Christmas, he dotes on North. He bought her a bicycle, but she39s going to have to grow into that."
I am a woman: Bruce Jenner

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I am a woman: Bruce Jenner

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Former athlete and TV personality Bruce Jenner has revealed that he identifies himself as a woman - his 39true self39 and a childhood dream.The 65-year-old star sparked rumours about his gender identity last year after visibly altering his appearance. He confirmed that he is reinventing himself physically in an interview with Diane Sawyer an anchor of ABC news channel, in a bid to transition from male to female.Speaking in front of an audience, including his socialite stepdaughter Kim Kardashian and her family, Bruce tearfully revealed: 'For all intents and purposes, I am a woman. My brain is much more female than it is male. That39s what my soul is. Bruce lives a lie. She is not a lie. I can39t do it anymore." During the interview, Bruce also admitted that he has been regularly taking female hormones, and plans to completely transform into a woman, reports dailymail.co.uk.However, Bruce added that he still finds himself attracted to females. "I was never attracted to the guys,39 he told Sawyer, explaining how he has always enjoyed a good sex life.'I am not gay. I am, as far as I know, heterosexual. As far as I know, I39ve never been with a guy. I39ve always been married, raising kids,' Bruce said.He denied that his revelations were for publicity purposes. Instead, he made them due to his inability to continue to 39pull the curtain39," he said.Indeed, hiding his identity was so painful for Bruce that it once left him contemplating suicide to escape from the never-ending scrutiny, he revealed.Many viewers and celebrities were taking to social media last night to congratulate Bruce on making a giant leap for the transgender community.Lady Gaga tweeted: 39BruceJennerABC Now that is bravery39, before telling her fans to 'empower people like Bruce39 globally by 39being loving not mean."Meanwhile, Bruce39s 17-year-old daughter, Kylie, tweeted an emotional message to her father. 'Understandingly, this has been very hard for me. You will hear what I have to say when I39m ready to but this isn39t about me. I39m so proud of you, Dad. You are so brave. My beautiful Hero', she wrote.
Chris Evans big fan of romance

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Chris Evans big fan of romance

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Actor Chris Evans, who would be seen Justin Reardon39s upcoming romantic comedy "Playing It Cool" with Michelle Monaghan, says that he is a big fan of romance."I've always been a big fan of romance and I think this story kind of captures the idea of meeting somebody in an unexpected night, unfolding in a really pure manner. We have two characters that are damaged and each one of them was in need of an understanding of what love actually meant," Evans said in a statement. Widely known as Captain America, in "Playing It Cool', Evans will be seen essaying a writer, who loves to write about action and is forced to pen down a new romantic comedy novel. He struggles for it being a non-believer in love until he falls for Monaghan. The movie is set to release in Indian theatres on May 8.
Adam Lambert slept with male celebs

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Adam Lambert slept with male celebs

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"American Idol" star Adam Lambert has confessed that he has slept with male celebrities, who are not openly gay."I39ve been with a few of them," Lambert told Glamour magazine. However, he did not name who those male celebrities were, reports aceshowbiz.com. "Whether it39s music or acting, you39ve got to remember that those industries are primarily run by men, so maybe it39s about that," he said on the possible reason why those men refused to come out of the closet and confirm their sexuality. "But with women being the primary moviegoers and record-buyers, surely it shouldn39t matter so much," he added.Lambert, who came into limelight after he was chosen as the runner-up on the eight season of "American Idol", is having his new album "The Original High" hitting the stores on June 16. Earlier last week, he debuted the full lyric video of one of its singles titled "Ghost Town". In addition to the track, the upcoming record will include collaborations with Tove Lo and rock band Queen39s Brian May.
When Tom Cruise pampered lawyer with birthday cake

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When Tom Cruise pampered lawyer with birthday cake

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Actor Tom Cruise gifted a 'fabulous cake' to his lawyer Bert Fields on his 86th birthday.Cruise gifted the Greenberg Glusker law film partner with a "fabulous cake with numerous decorations depicting various aspects of my life", Fields told hollywoodreporter.com."He also gave me an extremely rare edition of Holinshed39s history of England. He knows I write about English history, and this is a fantastic prize," added Fields, who turned 86 on March 31.Fields earlier published his first historical novel, 'Destiny: A Novel of Napoleon Josephine'.
Ariana Grande wins big at 2015 Radio Disney Music Awards

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Ariana Grande wins big at 2015 Radio Disney Music Awards

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Singer Ariana Grande bagged the top honours at the 2015 Radio Disney Music Awards, including the trophy for Best Female Artist and Song Of The Year for her hit track "Problem".Hosted by singer-actress Zendaya, the awards show took place at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live here on Saturday night, reports eonline.com. The family-friendly show included performances by Fifth Harmony, Becky G, Tori Kelly amongst others. Apart from the Best Female Artist and Song Of The Year trophy, Grande also took home the Radio Disney39s Most Talked About Artist award, which took her award tally to three.Other big winners of the night were girl group Fifth Harmony and singer Becky G. while Fifth Harmony clinched the trophies for Best Music Group and Fiercest Fans awards, Becky G won the awards for Catchiest New Song for her single "Shower" and Artist With the Best Style.Meanwhile, British singer Ed Sheeran and singer-actress Jennifer Lopez were bestowed the trophies for Best Male Artist and Hero Award respectively."Can39t Blame a Girl for Trying" by Sabrina Carpenter was chosen as The Best Crush Song, and Taylor Swift39s 'Shake It Off' was declared as the Best Song To Dance To.Amongst other winners were -- Best New Artist to Charli XCX, Best Song That Makes You Smile to Maroon 5 for "Sugar", Best Song To Rock Out To With Your Best Friend to Bea Miller for 'Young Blood', Best Breakup Song to Selena Gomez for "The Heart Wants What It Wants" and Best Collaboration to Demi Lovato feat Cher Lloyd for "Really Don39t Care".
Paul McCartney announces first US arena show of 2015

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Paul McCartney announces first US arena show of 2015

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Singer Paul McCartney has announced that he will be playing his first US arena show of 2015 at Philadelphia39s Wells Fargo Center on June 21.The show, which will be a part of his 39Out There Tour39, will mark his first time stop in the city since his sold-out two-night concert back in 2010, reports aceshowbiz.com.McCartney is currently touring Japan and South Korea. In addition to the Philadelphia date, the 72-year-old is expected to return to US for appearances at Firefly Festival on June 19 and Lollapalooza on July 31. Between his busy schedule, McCartney has been helping younger artists with their respective projects. Earlier this year, he made contribution to Kanye West39s "Only One" and Rihanna39s "FourFiveSeconds". Tickets for his Philadelphia concert will go on sale on May 1.
Modesty attracts Chris Evans

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Modesty attracts Chris Evans

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Actor Chris Evans, who plays an unromantic scriptwriter in his forthcoming film 'Playing It Cool', says he wants an 'emotional' life partner in real life.'My perfect girl is someone who gets emotional about babies and puppies. I have met some incredibly cool women who are tough but the women you marry should have a really soft side,' Evans said in a statement.'On the flip side, I find genuine humility and modesty attractive,' he added.Previously called 'A Many Splintered Thing', 'Playing It Cool' revolves around Evans39 character - a scriptwriter who is forced to pen down a romantic script which for him is quite a task becase he is a non-love believer until he meets Michelle Monaghan39s character and settles down with her despite of all odds. 'Playing It Cool', which also stars Aubrey Plaza and Anthony Mackie, will be released by PVR Pictures in India on May 8.
Britney Spears' 'Pretty girls' arrives online

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Britney Spears' 'Pretty girls' arrives online

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Singer Britney Spears39 new single "Pretty Girls", featuring Iggy Azalea, has landed online.Spears and Azalea are scheduled to perform the song live at Billboard Music Awards on May 17 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, reports aceshowbiz.com. Spears and Azalea filmed a music video in California last month with the latter co-directing it. Spears wore a leopard-printed crop top and Azalea rocked a denim vest and daisy dukes. They drove an orange jeep and rode a red convertible.
Ram Kapoor to work with Sunny again in action thriller

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Ram Kapoor to work with Sunny again in action thriller

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Actor Ram Kapoor, who enjoyed working with Sunny Leone in "Kuch Kuch Locha Hai", and he will be working with her again in an action thriller.Ram told IANS: "It was an absolute pleasure and we had a blast working together. She is fun to work with and is very professional and hardworking. I will be working on one more project with Sunny soon which will not be a comedy."The actor says he will start shooting for the film by the end of 2015.It39s a black action thriller which will be helmed by "Kuch Kuch Locha Hai" director Devang Dholakia, said Ram.
Lara Dutta looks forward to team up with Akshay Kumar

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Lara Dutta looks forward to team up with Akshay Kumar

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Actress-producer Lara Dutta is excited to start working in "Singh Is Bliing" not only because of the script, but it39s lead actor Akshay Kumar. 'Super excited to start Singh is Bliing tomorrow with @akshaykumar! I39ve lost count of our movies together :. friendphilosopherguide,' Lara tweeted on Friday. Sharing screen space with Akshay holds a special place in Lara39s heart as she was paired with the 'Khiladi" Kumar in her debut film 'Andaaz' in 2003. Since then, the former beauty queen has teamed up with the actor in films like "Aan: Men at Work", "Insan", "Dosti: Friends Forever", "Bhagam Bhag", "Blue" and "Housefull".The sequel of the 2008 blockbuster 'Singh Is Kinng' will add to the long list. In the past, the actress mentioned that her fans and followers should expect a surprise from her as she will don a new look for the film, which also stars Amy Jackson.
Telugu actor Allari Naresh gets engaged

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Telugu actor Allari Naresh gets engaged

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Telugu actor Allari Naresh has got engaged to Viroopa here in a a very low-key ceremony.The engagement took place on Friday."It was an arranged alliance. The girl hails from Vijayawada and has completed her education in Chennai. The engagement ceremony was only attended by close friends and families of the bride and groom," a family source told IANS.The wedding is likely to take place on May 29 in Hyderabad.Apparently, Naresh plans to throw a lavish part for friends from the Telugu and Tamil film fraternities post marriage.On the film front, Naresh is currently busy shooting for Telugu comedy "James Bond".
Impossible for me to perform like my parents: Shruti Haasan

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Actress Shruti Haasan, daughter of legendary actors Kamal Haasan and Sarika, is fed up of comparisons with her parents and says it39s impossible for her to perform like them.Asked how she reacts to comparisons with the separated duo, Shruti said: "It39s impossible for me to perform like my parents. You can39t compare -- be it a father and daughter or anyone else. Everyone has their own quality."In the beginning of my career, it was not easy for me. People will come and easily sign you up because you are Kamal Haasan39s daughter, but if your film fail to work, nobody is going to stand with you. You have to struggle on your own," she added.On the big screen, Shruti is being seen in "Gabbar Is Back", which has hit the screens on Friday. Talking about the film, she said: "I am quite excited because the content of this film is different. It39s about corruption and the treatment of the characters is very different.""Gabbar Is Back" is directed by Krish and produced by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Viacom18 Motion Pictures.
It's difficult being a celebrity: Demi Lovato

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It's difficult being a celebrity: Demi Lovato

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Singer Demi Lovato has admitted she finds it "difficult" being famous because of the huge pressures on women to look a certain way.When asked for her opinion on celebrities photoshopping their images, the 'Neon lights' hitmaker said: "It39s not something I wish people would do, but for the celebrities that do it, I don39t blame them. And I don39t blame people for getting plastic surgery either if they are in the public eye."It39s difficult to be a celebrity and to have that many more people hating on your pictures ... I would like to see a future where people are able to accept themselves for who they are and what they have. But listen, I do photo shoots and they get Photoshopped, so I can39t hate on it."The 22-year-old singer has been using photo-sharing website Instagram to encourage women to ditch makeup by reviving the NoMakeupMonday trend, reports femalefirst.co.uk."Instagram has a way of making people39s lives feel super glamorous. But it gets to a point where all you39re seeing is posts that have so much makeup. I wanted to put it back out there that you don39t have to put on all that makeup to be beautiful," Lovato told The Kit magazine.
Priyanka Chopra shoots 'Bajirao Mastani' song, feels blissful

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Priyanka Chopra shoots 'Bajirao Mastani' song, feels blissful

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Actress Priyanka Chopra has loved shooting for a song for Sanjay Leela Bhansali39s "Bajirao Mastani" in which she shares the screen space with Deepika Padukone.'Finally done...The bliss of finishing a momentous task is so relieving. BajiraoMastani. Back to AyeshaMehra for DDD tomorrow. Kashi bids gn," Priyanka tweeted. Sanjay Leela Bhansali39s "Bajirao Mastani" marks actress Priyanka39s first period film, which is based on the love story between Maratha warrior Peshwa Bajirao I Ranveer Singh and his second wife Mastani Deepika Padukone. Priyanka plays Kashibai, the first wife of Peshwa Bajirao. The "Mary Kom" actress also thanked the team behind the song. 'Thank u Sanjay sir @remodsouza_1 @shampa_s Kruti @deepikapadukone and TeamBajiraoMastani for an awesome song shoot. See u on set next sched,' she shared.
When Anupam Kher got jealous of Hrithik Roshan

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When Anupam Kher got jealous of Hrithik Roshan

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Bollywood actor Hrithik Roshan39s chiselled body and looks of a Greek god has given veteran actor Anupam Kher a complex.'When you meet someone who looks like @iHrithik you suddenly discovered god has been a little unkind to you," Anupam tweeted. Anupam, who is back with second season of his TV show "The Anupam Kher Show...Kucch Bhi Ho Sakta Hai", also shared a photograph with Hrithik.In the image, both of them are looking sophisticated and classy in all-black outfits.
Pitt, Jolie put New Orleans mansion for sale

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Pitt, Jolie put New Orleans mansion for sale

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Hollywood couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have listed their three-story French Quarter mansion in New Orleans, Louisiana on the open market with an asking price of 6.5 million.The duo bought the mansion back in 2006 for 3.5 million, reports aceshowbiz.com.The 7,645 sq ft mansion, which has five bedrooms, five full and three half bathrooms, are finely finished with Venetian plaster walls, custom-designed marble mantels and fireplaces, a grand spiral staircase plus an elevator and a "gourmet kitchen with top of the line appliances".While no interior photographs are available online, the property also has two off-street parking spaces, on site laundry facility and a spacious, private central courtyard with a small swimming pool. After buying the mansion, Pitt started spending a lot of time in New Orleans to help revamp homes in the Lower 9th Ward through his Make It Right foundation. He has also filmed some movies in the city including the 1994 film "Interview with the Vampire" and the 2008 project "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button".
Blake Lively joins Woody Allen's next film

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Blake Lively joins Woody Allen's next film

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Actress Blake Lively has reportedly come on board to act in veteran filmmaker Woody Allen39s upcoming untitled film.The 27-year-old will join the cast ensemble, which includes Kristen Stewart, Bruce Willis and Jesse Eisenberg, reports deadline.com.The film, which is yet to be titled and the plot details of which have been kept under wraps, will be produced by Allen39s usual collaborators Letty Arsonson, Stephen Tenenbaum and Edward Walson.Allen is casting the film as he prepares for the Cannes premiere of his movie "Irrational Man", starring Emma Stone and Joaquin Phoenix. The comedy drama will be released in the US on July 17. Lively39s latest film "The Age of Adaline" has grossed 24 million domestically so far. The Lee Toland Krieger-directed film snagged the third place at this week39s box office with an estimated 6.2 million in its second weekend. Before joining Allen39s film, Lively is booked to star as a blind woman who regains her eyesight in upcoming romantic drama "All I See Is You" alongside Jason Clarke. The movie, which will be directed by Marc Foster, has no set release date yet.
I always loved makeup: Salma Hayek

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I always loved makeup: Salma Hayek

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Actress Salma Hayek says she "always loved makep" and was inspired to launch her own cosmetics line because she was not satisfied with other products in the market.The actress says that she had a passion for making herself and others look pretty since she was a youngster, and believes she is talented at it because of her artistic flair, reports femalefirst.co.uk."I always loved makeup. I guess I really liked to paint. I didn39t discover that until later, but I was doing makeup when I was 14.'I use to make people up, like older friends, or cousins, and I remember they use to come to my house for special occasions, and when I started out, I used to do the make-up of the girls in my acting class that were doing their head shots. I love it. I love make-up,' she said.
Lindsay Lohan not on track with community service

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Lindsay Lohan not on track with community service

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Actress Lindsay Lohan reportedly has fallen "woefully short" of completing her community service, logging less than 20 hours since February.The "Mean Girls" star was ordered by a court in February to complete a further 125 hours of voluntary work by the end of this month. This, after a Los Angeles judge criticised certain tasks she had counted as part of her punishment. A progress hearing was scheduled to take place on Thrusday, in which she should have confirmed the sentence is close to completion, reports tmz.com.However, a community service organisation here has told prosecutors Lohan has completed fewer than 20 hours.A prosecutor told the website that they will be asking for a warrant to be issued for the actress39 arrest.However, if Lohan stays in London, she won39t be arrested as there is no extradition for a misdemeanour offence.Lohan posted on Instagram, earlier this week, an image of her surrounded by files, claiming she was undertaking community service.However, even if she works hard from now until the deadline, she may find it tough to complete the sentence as a previous hearing stated she could only undertake four hours of voluntary work a day.Her probation stems from a reckless driving charge relating to an accident in June 2012, for which she was sentenced to community service, psychotherapy and lockdown rehabilitation.
Lawrence, Martin 'happier than ever'

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Lawrence, Martin 'happier than ever'

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Actress Jennifer Lawrence and signer Chris Martin are "happier than ever" and have been been spending lots of "quality time" together.The 24-year-old actress and the 38-year-old British rocker, who started dating last year, have reportedly been spending a lot of time together since the Oscar winner recently wrapped up filming her upcoming film "Joy"."Both have full plates and they like it that way. They see each other when they can, yet each continues to do their own thing. "They respect each other immeasurably. They are happier than ever. They have been spending a lot of time together," a source close to the couple, who were even spotted together in New York last month, told people.com.The Coldplay frontman, who is said to be "romantic and thoughtful", has also been getting to know Lawrence39s inner circle.The insider added: "He39s made an effort to get to know her friends."
Fifty Shades Of Grey sequel to be a thriller

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Fifty Shades Of Grey sequel to be a thriller

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The sequel of 2015 erotic film "Fifty Shades of Grey" will be "more of a thriller", says Universal Pictures39 chairman Donna Langley.The upcoming second instalment will be written by Niall Leonard, husband of "Fifty Shades" author E.L. James. Many see it as a "compromise" to appease James after she demanded more control over the movie and wanted to write it herself, but Langley defends their decision to hire Leonard.'He actually did a draft that wasn39t credited on the first movie, and he did a really good job," hollywoodreporter.com quoted Langley as saying.James clashed with director Sam Taylor-Johnson on many aspects of the first movie including the ending. The film ended up getting panned by critics despite its commercial success.'For the record, the movie we ended up making is exactly the movie I wanted to make and that the studio wanted to make and that our director wanted to make," Langley said."Fifty Shades Darker" will be released on February 10, 2017 and the third one "Fifty Shades Freed" will follow on February 9, 2018. Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson are expected to reprise their roles as Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele respectively. Taylor-Johnson won39t return as a director.
Sofia Vergara was 'forced' to date fiance Joe Manganiello

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Sofia Vergara was 'forced' to date fiance Joe Manganiello

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Hollywood actress Sofia Vergara says she was "forced" to date Joe Manganiello.The 42-year-old, who stars in the hit show "Modern Family", has revealed she was initially reluctant to date the "True Blood" hunk because Manganiello, now 38, is younger than she is and she39d recently separated from Nick Loeb, reports femalefirst.co.uk.Vergara said on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show": "At the beginning I didn39t want to go out with him. Because I had just finished a relationship.""He seemed like a lot of work because so handsome and younger than me and like so sexy and whatever best bachelor or whatever he was. And I39m like ugh. Just too much! But he convinced me. He flew to New Orleans and forced me on a date.""I39m like he39s a great guy, super fun, super normal and we have like - we click. Like it39s super easy to hang out with him."Vergara and Manganiello got engaged on Christmas day last year, and the actress recently admitted they39ve already hired a wedding planner to stop them from getting anxious ahead of their special day.She said: "We39re already planning. The good thing is that now-a-days you can hire someone to help you and I have a great planner that is taking a lot of the stress away."
Amy Adams marries Darren LeGallo

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Amy Adams marries Darren LeGallo

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Actress Amy Adams and artist Darren LeGallo exchanged vows in a ceremony with just a small number of guests in attendance.The duo married in California on Saturday, reports femalefirst.co.uk."Amy and Darren had always planned on getting married, but her career has been on such an amazing trajectory, it has been hard for her to take the time out. But now she has deliberately taken some time off work to be with her family and finally get married," said a source.The couple have been together for 14 years and got engaged in 2008.
Kit Harington feels like 'a dying dog'

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Kit Harington feels like 'a dying dog'

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"Game of Thrones" actor Kit Harington says he feels like a "dying dog" in front of photographers.The 28-year-old, who stars as Jon Snow in the HBO fantasy TV series, talks about how much he dislikes the promotional side of his job, reports femalefirst.co.uk.He told the Observer newspaper: "This is the work. The selling of it. People taking pictures of you in the street as if you were a rare bird of prey.""I understand when you39re in a big show and you look like you do, people want to show their mate on Instagram or whatever. But sometimes it feels like I39m a beautiful sunrise... or a dying dog."Harington recently revealed that the demand to keep his hair long and dark for his "Game of Thrones" role has made it tough to find work even when the show isn39t filming.He said: "You can get your haircut at the beginning of the year and it39s gonna grow back. But it39s tricky to do a project nearer the time of 39Thrones39."
One Direction to make first TV appearance since Malik's exit

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One Direction to make first TV appearance since Malik's exit

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British boyband One Direction will make their first television appearance after the departure of singer Zyan Malik on "The Late Late Show With James Corden" on May 14."We39re all so excited to be appearing on 39The Late Late Show With James Corden39. James is one of our best mates and we39re so proud of the massive success his show is having in America."We are currently working on a few surprises with James and his team that we hope our fans will enjoy. It39s going to be a great night," band member Liam Payne told people.com.Malik quit the band in March this year, and the group have vowed to continue as a four-piece, with Payne suggesting that the group will be better than ever."We39re gutted Zayn chose to leave.But now after a few performances as a four-piece, we feel confident and determined to carry on stronger than ever," Payne told The Sun Newspaper at the time.
Martin Freeman to join 'Captain America: Civil War'

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Martin Freeman to join 'Captain America: Civil War'

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The makers of the film "Captain America: Civil War", which is expected to feature a smack-down between Captain America and Iron Man, have announced that actor Martin Freeman will also be playing a role in the comic-book sequel.The film will hit theatres on May 6, next year, and is directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, who also helmed "Captain America: The Winter Soldier". The cast is expected to include Robert Downey Jr as Iron Man, Chris Evans as Captain America, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye and Anthony Mackie as Falcon, reports variety.comFreeman has appeared in "Sherlock", the "Fargo" TV series and the original British version of "The Office".
Anna Faris' bug collection helped find true love

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Anna Faris' bug collection helped find true love

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Actress Anna Faris says that she fell for actor Chris Pratt when she realised they both collect dead bugs.Speaking on an American late-night television talk show 'The Late Late Show', Faris said: "I had a bug collection and ... when Chris and I first started dating he invited me over to his apartment and he had, also, a dead bug collection."The host then said: "Wow. What are the chances?" to which Anna replied, "That39s how I felt! So much so that I started to cry. I was like, I39ve met the man of my dreams. We both have dead bug collections. 39Make out39 was a gentle way to put it."Meanwhile, Pratt said that it was "destiny" for them to be husband and wife, reports femalefirst.co.uk.Asked what drew them together, he said: "Anna and I are meant to be together. Our relationship has made me believe in divine intervention and destiny, just as much as my crazy career and the way I fell into this life."
Lady Gaga is not pregnant, says representative

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Lady Gaga is not pregnant, says representative

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Lady Gaga39s representative has denied reports that the singer is pregnant.The rumours were sparked after Gaga was seen sporting what appeared to be a baby bump last week. A magazine claimed in its latest issue that the 29-year-old had "baby on the way." However, the report was debunked by Gaga39s representative. The representative told Rumor Fix tabloid that Gaga is not expecting a child with her fiance Taylor Kinney, reports aceshowbiz.com.Fans who were in shock took to Twitter to post photographs of Gaga with "baby bump".Some images showed her hitting the beach with a tight, cream-coloured maxi dress, while in other photographs she was seen wearing a blue kaftan dress when hitting Malibu beach with Kinney. Gaga shared on Instagram a photograph of her with flat tummy on Wednesday. "Daddy39s Girl", she captioned it.However, this is not the first time the singer is rumoured to be pregnant. Earlier also there have been speculations on it.
Theron calls Penn 'love of my life'

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Theron calls Penn 'love of my life'

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A few months after actor-director Sean Penn referred to his girlfriend Charlize Theron as "the love of my life", she has said the same of him.Penn, 54, directed Theron, 39, in the upcoming film 'The Last Face'. Theron told Elle magazine in its June issue that in many ways it was a trying time, reports people.com."Putting aside that he39s my partner, he39s the love of my life... for the first time, I felt that my work was really bleeding into my life, and that made it hard," she said.'There were moments where I was incredibly unfair to him. And moments where I felt like ... he was incredibly unfair to me. But it makes you realize that no matter how complicated it gets, the priority is the relationship,' Theron added.The Oscar winners have been dating each other for more than a year.
Jamie Foxx releases new song

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Jamie Foxx releases new song

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Actor-singer Jamie Foxx has released his new song "Baby39s in love" featuring rapper Kid Ink.The collaboration is the latest song to have surfaced online from the actor39s new album "Hollywood: A Story of a Dozen Roses", which will be out on May 18, reports aceshowbiz.com.Foxx dropped the new track as a preview of his new album on Monday.The track is a feel-good funky dance floor anthem. Foxx sings lines like, "Forget about the plans that you got later. I kiss you like you can39t have too many," before Kid Ink joins him.
Chris Brown accused of casino brawl

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Chris Brown accused of casino brawl

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Singer Chris Brown allegedly attacked a man during a basketball game in Las Vegas.The crooner, who was in the city for the Floyd Mayweather Jr. versus Manny Pacquiao boxing bout, has been accused of becoming involved in a brawl at the Palms Casino Resort, reports tmz.com.Brown was playing with a group of men at 3:42 a.m. on Monday when an argument broke out with one of them and the "Loyal" hitmaker is alleged to have thrown a punch.Police officials were subsequently called to the scene, but did not speak to Brown.Later, they are reported to have offered the singer two options: allow the district attorney to decide what charges to press or sign a citation for misdemeanour battery and face the charge in court.
Drake opens nightclub in memory of grandparents

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Drake opens nightclub in memory of grandparents

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Canadian rapper Drake has opened a nightclub in the memory of his late grandparents Rueben and Evelyn Sher, in his hometown here.The rapper named it SherClub after them. He used the photo-sharing website Instagram as a platform to announce the details of the new club, reports aceshowbiz.com."Rest in peace to my grandparents Rueben and Evelyn Sher," Drake wrote alongside a photograph of him standing at the new club39s entrance. "My grandmother was the first person to ever play catch with me and my grandfather was the biggest sports fan in the world. I opened this club in the memory of both of grandparents. Thank you to the ACC, MLSE, and Ferris.SherClub 6Side fightNight," he added.
Niall Horan praises Olly Murs

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Niall Horan praises Olly Murs

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Singer Niall Horan has praised Olly Murs for being an "incredible performer", after showing up to support him at his third gig at the O2 Arena here."Went to watch one of my best friends at the O2 tonight Mr. @ollyofficial, the guy is an incredible performer. super craftsman sic," Horan, 21, wrote on his Twitter page to praise his friends39 energetic performance, reports femalefirst.co.uk.The duo posed for several photographs in the venue39s 39Twitter Mirror39 after the concert. The O2 is the first venue in the world to have the permanent feature installed backstage which enables celebrities to take "selfies" by simply tapping the screen.Murs also shared another image of them hanging out backstage, with the caption: "Still at the @TheO2 after the show with @NiallOfficial raving in the Arena! goodtimes"
No progress in Bobbi Kristina Brown's health

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No progress in Bobbi Kristina Brown's health

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Reality TV personality-singer Bobbi Kristina Brown, who has been in hospital for more than three months, has shown no signs of improvement, according to her grandmother Cissy Houston.Brown was found unresponsive in the bathtub at her home in Georgia when she was taken to hospital three months ago.Asked about the state of her granddaughter39s health, Cissy said: "It39s the same, she39s not progressing at all."However, Cissy insisted she39s prepared for whatever happens to Bobbi in the coming weeks and months."She39s not gone yet, but you know, whatever the lord decides, I39m ready for her... I have nothing to do with that. That39s his job. It39s his territory, you know? And I understand it," She told 39Entertainment Tonight, reports femalefirst.co.uk.Cissy also voiced her support for the recent decision to make Bobbi Kristina39s father Bobby Brown and aunt Pat Houston her co-guardians, thereby placing them in charge of her medical and care needs."It was fine. We39re a family ... that works together for the best. You want the best for whomever or everybody we can," she said.
Zayn Malik asks fans not to abuse

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Zayn Malik asks fans not to abuse

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Singer Zayn Malik has asked fans to stop abusing him online after he argued with his former One Direction bandmate Louis Tomlinson.The former One Direction star has faced a tirade of abuse since arguing with ex-bandmate Louis Tomlinson on Twitter, but has insisted he hasn39t done anything wrong and still loves his fans, reports femalefirst.co.uk.Malik wrote on micro-blogging website Twitter: "Don39t know why I39m being attacked for defending myself , people got it twisted! I love my fans ?! Every single one of you x sic."The tweet comes just a day after the 22-year-old singer publicly lashed out at Tomlinson for feuding with producer Naughty Boy, who is working with Malik on his solo material.Responding to negative comments made towards the producer by Tomlinson, Malik wrote: "remember when you had a life and stopped making bhy comments about mine?"Following Malik39s tweet, Naughty Boy, whose real name is Shahid Khan, added fuel to the fire by saying the 23-year-old singer has no vocal ability.Naughty Boy wrote: "And some people can39t even sing.. but who39s complaining when there39s auto tune eh."
Paris Hilton wants 'normal' boyfriend

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Paris Hilton wants 'normal' boyfriend

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Socialite Paris Hilton, who has previously dated a string of celebrities, now wants a "normal" boyfriend, who can be 'loyal' to her.The 34-year-old has been single since splitting from model River Viiperi last year and though she insists she39s currently too busy to date, when she is ready for love again, the socialite doesn39t want to romance anyone in the public eye, reports femalefirst.co.uk.'I39ve never been single in my life before but now I am and I love it. I feel so independent and so free,' Britain39s HELLO! Magazine quoted Hilton as saying."I39ve dated celebrities but that39s not my thing any more because you can39t trust them. I39d rather be with a normal, nice guy - someone with a big heart who is loyal and smart, someone who makes me laugh and is cute,' she added.
Gigi Hadid, Cody Simpson split for second time

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Gigi Hadid, Cody Simpson split for second time

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Supermodel Gigi Hadid and singer Cody Simpson have broken up after two years of dating, Hadid39s representative has announced in a statement.'Cody and Gigi want each other to be in a place right now that allows him to only focus on his music, fans, and new message, while she can focus and continue building her career,' the representative said, reports dailymail.co.uk.'They love each other dearly and have split up in hopes that growing on their own paths will bring them together in the future. They remain friends with no hard feelings and each other39s biggest supporters,' the representative added. It39s the second time the couple have parted ways. Hadid, 20, first parted ways with Simpson, 18, in May 2014 after around a year of dating. She also cited hectic schedule for her separation from the Australian singer back then.
I'm not passionate about modelling: Cara Delevingne

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I'm not passionate about modelling: Cara Delevingne

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Model-actress Cara Delevingne says she is not passionate about modelling and prefers acting instead.The 22-year-old is among the most sought after faces in the fashion industry, having fronted campaigns for several high-profile brands. But she has revealed she has always been more enthusiastic about acting, reports people.com.'I39ve always wanted to be an actress, more than anything in the world,' Delevingne said.Despite her enviable catwalk career, Delevingne confessed the job of a model fails to ignite her "fire".'Modelling was never a passion of mine. It wasn39t something that made my heart beat and built a fire inside of me,' she said.Delevingne has starred in films like 'Anna Karenina', 'Kids in Love' and 'Pan'. She will next be seen in 'Suicide Squad'.
Marijuana should be legalised: Morgan Freeman

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Marijuana should be legalised: Morgan Freeman

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Veteran actor Morgan Freeman doesn39t understand why the drug marijuana isn39t legal.In an interview with the news website Daily Beast, the 77-year-old detailed his support for the movement to legalise pot, reasoning that it has "many useful uses", unlike alcohol, reports hollywoodreporter.com.'They used to say, 39You smoke that stuff, boy, you get hooked!39 My first wife got me into it many years ago. How do I take it? However it comes! I39ll eat it, drink it, smoke it, snort it,' Freeman said.'I have fibromyalgia pain in this arm, and the only thing that offers any relief is marijuana. They39re talking about kids who have grand mal seizures, and they39ve discovered that marijuana eases that down to where these children can have a life. That right there, to me, says, 39Legalise it across the board39," he added.
Justin Bieber feels Gomez is his 'soulmate'

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Justin Bieber feels Gomez is his 'soulmate'

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Singer Justin Bieber feels Selena Gomez is his "soulmate", and he "hates" being apart from the actress since he split from her late last year."For him, they weren39t just in love, they were soulmates, and he hates when he can39t have her in his life," said a source.The "Baby" hitmaker has been spotted spending time with model Hailey Baldwin and reality TV star Kendall Jenner in recent months, sparking rumours of flings with both girls. However, the source insists Gomez is still the apple of Bieber39s eye."Despite things with Kendall Jenner and Hailey Baldwin, Justin has always held a torch for Selena," the source told HollywoodLife.com, reports femalefirst.co.uk.
Miley Cyrus buys $5 million vineyard

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Miley Cyrus buys $5 million vineyard

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Singer Miley Cyrus has reportedly bought a vineyard and ranch in California for 5 million.According to the Woodbridge Group, who previously bought the country home for 4,037,000, they were to demolish the vineyard and ranch that comes with 6,500-square-foot of land, seven bedrooms and panoramic views of the vines from all its windows."We bought it with the intention of ripping it down and building a 10 to 15,000-square-foot mansion there," the group told pagesix.com.The house is also surrounded by paddocks, 10 barns, a chicken hutch with a henhouse and 550 grapevines.The 22-year-old singer bought the property through her Sunshine Girl Trust and will find herself with neighbours like Kim Kardashian and Jennifer Lopez.
Marriage means equal partnership: Imran Khan

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Marriage means equal partnership: Imran Khan

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Actor Imran Khan believes that to make marriage work, couples need to share responsibilities.'In India, it is taken that washing clothes, and things like this is a woman39s job, and not what men do, which is an unhealthy attitude... a thought process which is not conducive for a healthy relationship. "Both need to take on equal responsibilities to make their relationship work,' the 'Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola' star, who is currently promoting detergent brand Ariel39s 39Share the Load39 movement, told IANS.The 32-year-old, also a father to daughter Imara Malik Khan, believes that "once you become a parent, so many of our priorities get re-aligned in life". "You start to realise that there are so many things that you used to earlier care about are completely unimportant now. Everything becomes about your relationship, your child, about your responsibilities towards your family," said the actor, who tied the knot with Avantika Malik in 2011.Any tips for first time fathers?"Whenever you change a diaper, make sure everybody sees you doing it and show what a father you are," he said.Talking about Mother39s Day, which is celebrated on second Sunday in May, Imran said: 'If you love your mother, tell her every day. I don39t believe in specific days that are followed these days.'
'KAPOOR and SONS' shoot begins

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'KAPOOR and SONS' shoot begins

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The shooting of Shakun Batra39s upcoming modern family drama film 'KAPOOR and SONS' began on Sunday.The film stars rumoured couple Alia Bhatt and Sidharth Malhotra, along with Pakistani actor Fawad Khan and veteran actor Rishi Kapoor.'@shakunbatra 39s kapoorandsons kickstarts today!! All the best to the cast and crew!! @S1dharthM @_fawadakhan_ @aliaa08 @chintskap,' Karan Johar, who is producing the film under his banner Dharma Productions, posted on Twitter.Batra's directorial debut 'Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu' was also produced by Karan, while Alia and Sidharth39s debut film "Student Of The Year" was produced and directed by Karan too.Sidharth expressed excitement over the new project and tweeted: 'Day 1 of kapoorandsons wish us luck people @shakunbatra @aliaa08 @iFawadKhan @chintskap @karanjohar.'Meanwhile, the multi-faceted Karan - actor, director, producer, screen writer, costume designer and TV personality - will next be seen as Kaizad Khambata in Anurag Kashyap39s period crime drama film 'Bombay Velvet'.The film, which stars Ranbir Kapoor and Anushka Sharma, is set to release on May 15.
'Piku' is career-best display from Deepika: Ranveer Singh

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'Piku' is career-best display from Deepika: Ranveer Singh

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Actor Ranveer Singh is going gaga over the "magical performances" by megastar Amitabh Bachchan, Irrfan and his rumoured ladylove Deepika Padukone in "Piku". He says it39s Deepika39s best performance so far."Pure magic in th performances by @SrBachchan @irrfan_k a career-best display from @deepikapadukone..Bravo!! And no, I39m not being biased," the actor posted on his Twitter page.Further, he is amazed at the sheer quality of the film and has found it endearing."PIKU...Absolutely marvelous!!! @ShoojitSircar @writeonj take a bow! RIP-ROARING ! heart-warming, endearing poignant...sheer quality!," he tweeted.Meanwhile, when Deepika was asked about her reaction to Ranveer39s tweet at an event recently, she laughed and said: "I think I take it in the same way as hundred other people have tweeted it, so you should ask me about those also.""Piku", directed by Shoojit Sircar, is a story of heart-warming relationship of a father and a daughter.
Sonam Kapoor set to surprise all at Cannes

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Sonam Kapoor set to surprise all at Cannes

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Actress Sonam Kapoor will be celebrating her fifth year at the 68th Cannes International Film Festival and says that she can39t wait to walk the red carpet and surprise everyone.The actress was signed as the face of L'Oral Paris in 2010 and has since gracefully carried off both traditional and modern attire with ease during all of her red carpet appearances.'I've always stood by the fact that fashion is forever changing but style is eternal. I can't believe this will be my fifth year already with L39Oral Paris at Cannes and it39s phenomenal. 'Now I can't wait to officially walk the red carpet at Cannes and surprise everyone with my plans for this year,' the actress said in a statement reminiscing about the last four years.In 2011, Sonam made her first impression by opting for Jean Paul Gaultier Spring 2009 Couture gown on her red carpet debut at Cannes. The fashionista kept it elegant and classy with smokey eyes, nude lips and no jewellery.In 2012, the "Khoobsurat" actress decided to don a strapless red velvet Dolce and Gabbana number.The next year, Sonam surprised everyone by wearing an Indian look for the opening ceremony of the festival. She slipped into Anamika Khanna Couture white lace sari featuring intricate gold embroidered through-out.Last year, the actress looked stunning in a black Elie Saab gown at the screening of 'The Homesman'.
Don't choose films for money: R. Madhavan

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Don't choose films for money: R. Madhavan

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Actor R. Madhavan who will be seen in "Tanu Weds Manu Returns" next, believes in putting himself in the audience39s shoes before accepting a role and not for the sake of money."That39s the only mantra I have... whether or not I want to see the film in the theatre. I don39t want to make a story that seems to be made just because it made a lot of money," Madhavan told the media here on Thursday.He will be seen opposite National Award winning actress Kangana Ranaut in "Tanu Weds Manu Returns", which releases on May 22. The film is a sequel to the 2011 romantic comedy "Tanu Weds Manu".Directed by Anand L. Rai, the film also features Deepak Dobriyal, Jimmy Shergill, Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub and Dhanush.Madhavan said he also like to opt for scripts which are ahead of the young generation in terms of intelligence."The approach is that intelligence of the stories should be more intelligent than the younger generation which already knows a lot about everything," he said.
Going to make sure men, women get paid equally in Bollywood: Kangana

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Going to make sure men, women get paid equally in Bollywood: Kangana

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National Award winning actress Kangana Ranaut on Thursday said she will "make sure" someday the divide between men and women in Bollywood in terms of paychecks is bridged."Few people are trying, like me. It is still a very, very male-dominated industry and yes hopefully, at some point, it will be equal and I am going to make sure that happens," she told the media here in response to a poser on her stance on the issue.The actress was in the city to promote "Tanu Weds Manu Returns", which releases on May 22. The film is a sequel to the 2011 romantic comedy "Tanu Weds Manu"."This is a love story on contemporary marriage. I don39t think such stories are made. The humour in the movie is Asubtle and relatable," she said.Kangana made her Bollywood debut with 2006 release hit "Gangster" and since then she has carved a special place by delivering exceptional performances in films like "Fashion" and "Queen".In "Tanu Weds Manu Returns", she will be seen in a double role of Tanu and Kusum. Kusum is a tomboy of sorts and for the character, the actress had to go rustic and speak Haryanvi.Kangana said shooting for the sequel was "stressful" due to the challenge of the double role.Directed by Anand L. Rai, the film also features R. Madhavan, Deepak Dobriyal, Jimmy Shergill, Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub and Dhanush.
Filmmakers changing hero of Indian cinema: Ranbir Kapoor

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Filmmakers changing hero of Indian cinema: Ranbir Kapoor

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A coming-of-age role in "Wake Up Sid", a troubled musician in "Rockstar", a deaf and mute prankster in "Barfi!" and an aggressive man of great ambitions in "Bombay Velvet" -- clearly, Bollywood39s quintessential 39heroism39 does not match actor Ranbir Kapoor39s sensibilities. He says it39s possible thanks to filmmakers who are out to redefine the 39hero39 of Indian cinema."Cinema is progressing...It is names like Anurag Kashyap, Anurag Basu, Imtiaz Ali and Ayan Mukerji, who are bringing these characters in. They are changing the hero of Indian cinema," Ranbir, who finds "heroism in the underhero", told IANS in a chat here while promoting "Bombay Velvet".He says the "space" is opening up for "other characters" even if "there will always be a 39Dabangg39, a 39Singham39 or a Raj from 39Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge39"."It39s not only about heroism. I feel very lucky that I can be part of these filmmakers39 characters because these are the parts which excite me and which I39d love watching. If I39d love watching something, I would do it with conviction and the audience will enjoy it too," said the 32-year-old charmer, who comes from a family of cinestars.Personally, he says -- "I can39t see myself as a hero." "I can39t see myself punching someone who flies 20 ft away. I always find heroism in the underhero. More than the achievement, the honest trying of a character and struggle to get it... I think that has a greater glory than being a winner."In that sense, the struggle is more important than the victory...in life also. So, I am more comfortable playing real and relatable characters. I tried playing a hero in 39Besharam39, and I fell flat on my face because it doesn39t come naturally to me," said the actor, whose unimpressive debut with "Saawariya" in 2007 didn39t deter him from choosing roles with a difference.In Anurag Kashyap39s "Bombay Velvet" too, Ranbir takes the unbeaten path of embodying a man on an unflinching quest for success, fame and power. His look seems to reflect a lot of his world famous grandfather Raj Kapoor.The actor admits that "there were references to the look of the character", but he is "not inspired as far as performance is concerned"."I look a certain way and people have a perception of my image, so it was important that I drastically change my look for the film. So yes, there39s a bit of Kishore Kumar from the 1950s, Raj Kapoor, Robert De Niro from "Raging Bull". But those were just superficial references," he said, adding that there39s "no 39Raj Kapoorness39 that I39ve put in 39Bombay Velvet39".Admitting that it39s hard to escape parallels with his grandfather, Ranbir said he has "so far been quite safe from being compared to my family as I have an individualistic approach to my work"."I think the only Raj Kapoor channelising I did was in 39Saawariya39. Post that, I was just trying to be me," he said.After "Bombay Velvet" releases on May 15, Ranbir will continue his journey of experimenting with roles."I have 39Tamasha39 with Deepika Padukone. And then 39Jagga Jasoos39, which is a detective film and I play an 18-year-old with a stammer. It39s a musical," he said.Then, he also has Karan Johar39s "Ae Dil Hai Mushkil" with Anushka Sharma and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan."It39s an urban love story and I39m really looking forward to that. Sometimes you need to do an urban, light film between intense films... it makes you feel free and go back to the basics," said the actor, who will also play a superhero in Ayan Mukerji39s film, which will start next year.
Lisa Haydon excited for 'India's Next Top Model'

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Lisa Haydon excited for 'India's Next Top Model'

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After exploring modelling and acting, Lisa Haydon will now be seen as a judge of a reality TV show "India39s Next Top Model". The actress says she is looking forward to the new role. "So excited to be judging the first season of India39s Next Top Model... Bring it on girls!!! @MTVIndia INTM," Lisa tweeted. The actress was noticed after her performance in films like "Queen" and "The Shaukeens".
Remake will be better than my 'Hero': Subhash Ghai

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Remake will be better than my 'Hero': Subhash Ghai

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Filmmaker Subhash Ghai is positive that the remake of his 1983 directorial 'Hero' will be better than the original.Produced by superstar Salman Khan, the remake is being directed by Nikhil Advani. It will mark the debut of Sooraj Pancholi and Athiya Shetty. What are Ghai's expectations from the remake?"The film is from Nikhil Advani39s vision under the supervision of Salman Khan. I am hoping and confident that this remake will be better than my 39Hero39,' said Ghai. Ghai also said that he is not contributing to the remake of "Hero"."When Salman asked me about the partnership for the remake of 39Hero39, I said 'I can give you the rights of that film. But, the vision will be yours and your director39s. Neither I will contribute to it nor I will interfere because you will make the film as today39s vision and if I will interfere in it I will put my old vision'," he said."I have not even seen a single still of the film,' he added.The film is set to release on July 3. It also stars Govinda, Anita Hassanandani, Vinod Khanna and Kader Khan.
Shabana Azmi off to Ahmedabad for 'Kaifi Aur Main'

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Shabana Azmi off to Ahmedabad for 'Kaifi Aur Main'

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Veteran actress-social activist Shabana Azmi jetted off to Ahmedabad on Saturday for a play "Kaifi Aur Main". The 64-year-old actress took to micro-blogging website Twitter to share the news with her fans and well-wishers."Off to Ahmedabad for show of Kaifi Aur Main this eve. Am going to stuff my face with yummy Gujju khana," Shabana tweeted on Saturday.Directed by Ramesh Talwar, "Kaifi Aur Main" is a play based on renowned Urdu poet and film lyricist Kaifi Azmi39s life and works, seen through the eyes of his wife - noted theatre and film actress, Shaukat Kaifi. It has been brought to life by Kaifi Azmi39s daughter Shabana Azmi and son-in-law Javed Akhtar.
Mohit Suri a music genius: Sidharth Malhotra

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Mohit Suri a music genius: Sidharth Malhotra

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Calling Mohit Suri a "music genius", actor Sidharth Malhotra has only good words for the "Ek Villain" director, the title track of whose forthcoming film "Hamari Adhuri Kahani" came out on Friday. "1YearOfGalliyan n now mohit11481 with another blockbuster song HAKTitleTrack a music genius you are bro, love this track," the 30-year-old actor tweeted on Friday.Directed by Suri, "Hamari Adhuri Kahani" is set for June 12 release.
Anupam Kher happy to part of American series 'Sense8'

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Anupam Kher happy to part of American series 'Sense8'

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Veteran actor Anupam Kher, who will feature in Netflix39s series 'Sense8' is elated over joining the team of the American fiction drama.'Presenting the sensational trailer of Wachowskys @sense8 for Netflix. Happy to part of this terrific project,' Anupam tweeted on late Sunday. The plot of the series revolves around eight strangers from eight different parts of the world, and how one thing connects them together in a very distinctive relationship. The trailer takes the viewers through ups and downs of these eight people. Though Anupam didn't feature in the trailer, the video was packed with action and thrill set against a griping mystery. The series also stars Tina Desai along with Joe Pantoliano, Doona Bae, Naveen Andrews and Daryl Hannah. The show is directed and produced by The Wachowskis brothers, who have worked on several Hollywood projects including the 'Matrix' trilogy and the upcoming Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis-starrer 'Jupiter Ascending'. All twelve episodes of the series will be available on Netflix on June 5. This is not Anupam39s first stint in an international project as he has garnered applause from the audience and makers of the West through projects like 'Silver Linings Playbook', 'Bend It Like Beckham', 'The Mistress of Spices' and 'The Other End of the Line'.
High Court suspends Salman Khan's five-year jail sentence

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High Court suspends Salman Khan's five-year jail sentence

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The Bombay High Court on Friday suspended the five-year jail sentence to Bollywood superstar Salman Khan paving the way for him to apply for and seek regular bail.Accordingly, Salman will not be taken into custody, proving a major relief for the actor who was granted two days interim bail after his sentencing last Wednesday May 6.
Rajkummar Rao finishes shooting 'Shimla Mirchi'

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Rajkummar Rao finishes shooting 'Shimla Mirchi'

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Actor Rajkummar Rao has finished shooting for filmmaker Ramesh Sippy39s upcoming film 'Shimla Mirchi" The 30-year-old actor took to micro-blogging website Twitter on Tuesday to share the news.'And it39s a wrap for ShimlaMirchi. What an amazing experience it was with the genius RameshSippy sir @dreamgirlhema @Rakulpreet ,' the 'CityLights' actor tweeted.'Shimla Mirchi' is a romantic comedy film, and if reports are to be believed, it is a story about how a single mother and her daughter fall in love with the same man."Shimla Mirchi" also stars veteran actress Hema Malini and Rakul Preet Singh in lead roles.Meanwhile, Rajkummar will next be seen in Mohit Suri39s forthcoming film 'Hamari Adhuri Kahani', which also features actor Emraan Hashmi and actress Vidya Balan in key roles.Produced by Vishesh Films and presented by Fox Star Studios, 'Hamari Adhuri Kahani' releases on June 12.
No wedding plans yet for Katrina Kaif

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No wedding plans yet for Katrina Kaif

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Katrina Kaif39s spokesperson has clarified that there39s no truth to rumours about the actress39 wedding plans. This has come in the wake of reports that Katrina39s rumoured beau Ranbir Kapoor has revealed that they will wed next year.Rumour mills are also abuzz with news that the duo may get engaged later in May.Katrina39s spokesperson said: "There is no truth to these wedding dates, there are no plans as yet."Meanwhile, Katrina, who has films like Abhishek Kapoor39s "Fitoor" and Anurag Basu39s "Jagga Jasoos" in her kitty, has gone to the French Riviera to make her debut at the 68th Cannes International Film Festival. Post that, she will dive into her film and brand commitments.
Salman Khan in Kashmir, resumes 'Bajrangi Bhaijaan' shoot

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Salman Khan in Kashmir, resumes 'Bajrangi Bhaijaan' shoot

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After getting relief from the Bombay High Court in the 2002 hit-and-run case, Bollywood superstar Salman Khan arrived here to resume shooting for his upcoming movie "Bajrangi Bhaijaan" in Sonamarg, Jammu and Kashmir39s picturesque hill station.Salman, 49, was sentenced to five years in prison for running over a man sleeping on a pavement in Mumbai. Just hours later, the Bombay High Court gave the actor two-day interim bail. Eventually, the high court suspended the sentence itself.Sources in the film unit that arrived in Sonamarg a day earlier said the superstar will shoot at the hill station for the next five days."If weather doesn39t behave, the shooting schedule can be extended beyond Sunday May 17", the source said.Meanwhile, the film39s director Kabir Khan tweeted: "@BeingSalmanKhan is back in Kashmir... last 5 days of shooting left for BajrangiBhaijaan."Salman last month shot sequences for the film in Pahalgam, 89 km south of here, before he was convicted in the hit and run case and sentenced by the court.Action-packed romantic drama film "Bajrangi Bhaijaan" also stars Kareena Kapoor Khan.State Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed is keen to have Bollywood back at its dream locations in the Kashmir Valley.Sayeed visited Mumbai and interacted with superstars, including Shah Rukh Khan, as part of his campaign to ensure the Bollywood acts as brand ambassador for Kashmir tourism.
Shah Rukh Khan, Juhi Chawla in legal trouble

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Shah Rukh Khan, Juhi Chawla in legal trouble

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Kolkata Knight Riders co-owners, Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, actress Juhi Chawla and her husband Jay Mehta, have been served Enforcement Directorate ED summons for allegedly violating FEMA norms, official sources said here on Wednesday.The ED move follows a notice sent in March this year and SRK and others would be required to appear before the agency by the May-end.An IPL franchisee, the Knight Riders Sports Pvt Ltd is suspected to have violated FEMA Foreign Exchange Management Act norms by undervaluing its shares in a transfer deal with Jay Mehta's overseas company, Sea Island Investments Ltd.However, none of the co-owners have officially reacted to the development.A co-owner of KKR - among the highest valued IPL franchisee brands - Mehta is the leading light of Mehta Group, a multi-business entity in control of assets worth over USD 400 million in India, Britain, Africa and North America.
It's flashback time for Anushka Sharma

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It's flashback time for Anushka Sharma

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Actress Anushka Sharma has shared a throwback photograph of herself along with her father Col. Ajay Kumar Sharma.The 27-year-old actress took to photo-sharing website Instagram to share the image with her fans and followers.The 'NH10' actress, then a toddler, sported a red frock along with her hair all pleated standing next to her father, donning an Indian Army uniform.Anushka captioned the image, which she shared on Wednesday,: 'ThrowbackTime little miss with papa'.The actress will next be seen in Anurag Kashyap39s forthcoming film 'Bombay Velvet'. The film is a romantic thriller, set against the backdrop of the 1960s Bombay. The film has Ranbir Kapoor playing the role of the angry, young lover Johnny Balraj and Anushka, essaying the role of the singer Rosie Noronha. It also stars Karan Johar as a villain.
Scribble day for Shraddha Kapoor

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Scribble day for Shraddha Kapoor

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Actress Shraddha Kapoor, who will next be seen in dance movie "ABCD 2", has shared a photograph of a 'doodle' that she made on her right foot.The 'Ek Villain' star took to photo-sharing website Instagram on Wednesday to share the photograph.Sporting a faux snake skin printed slipper with white nail paint, Shraddha scribbled on one side of her foot.The 26-year-old actress captioned the photograph: "Scribble doodle'.Directed by Remo D39Souza "ABCD 2", a sequel to 2013 dance-based 3D film "ABCD - Any Body Can Dance", also features Varun Dhawan, choreographer-director Prabhudheva and international dancer Lauren Gottlieb.It is slated to release on June 19.
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan to launch first look of 'Jazbaa' at Cannes

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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan to launch first look of 'Jazbaa' at Cannes

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Actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan will unveil the first look of her comeback film "Jazbaa" at the 68th Cannes International Film Festival at a closed door United Nations panel discussion on May 16, followed by a media event on May 19.Aishwarya along with the elite panellists including actresses Salma Hayek, Adele Exarchopoulos and forthcoming film Carol39s producers Christine Vachone and Elizabeth Kushel will deliver a speech on gender equality and the role of women in media.The "Jazbaa" trailer will be showcased at the event in the presence of Essel Vision39s business head Akash Chawla and the film39s writer, co-producer-director Sanjay Gupta."Most films define the man as the only hero but in this case all three actors, Aishwarya, Shabana Azmi and Irrfan Khan, have equally significant roles in taking the story forward. "And since the trio have a prominent international presence, an event at Cannes, which is the most prestigious film festival, was a welcome opportunity to get the international media together under one roof," Chawla said in a statement."Jazbaa" is produced by Essel Vision, White Feather Films and Vikings Entertainment and is set to release worldwide on October 9.
Bollywood proud of Priyanka Chopra in 'Quantico'

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Bollywood proud of Priyanka Chopra in 'Quantico'

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Bollywood celebrities like Varun Dhawan, Arjun Kapoor and Kriti Sanon are proud of Priyanka Chopra39s act in American television series "Quantico".The "Mary Kom" star shared a three-minute trailer of the new show on her micro-blogging website Twitter on Wednesday.The 32-year-old actress captioned the video: 'Here it is The trailer of Quantico! Say whaaaa? Me so nervous!!!'Once the 'Fashion' actress shared the trailer, tinsel town celebrities were seen congratulating Priyanka on the same platform.Actor Varun wrote: 'Just saw the trailer @priyankachopra can39t wait to watch super proud'.Arjun is looking forward to it. 'Give it up people...@priyankachopra marks her debut on American television in style...bring it on I say...Quantico," Arjun tweeted.'Heropanti' actress Kriti Sanon is bowled over by the trailer.'The Quantico trailer is just WOW! Only u could hav done this @priyankachopra so cool! ProudIndian More power to u," she tweeted. Sophie Choudry also described it as "frikkin Awesome" and added: "Proud of u girl @priyankachopra Quantico".Priyanka, who is the first Bollywood actress to star in a pilot at ABC will be seen essaying Alex Parrish, a half-Caucasian, half-Indian FBI trainee with a haunted past.The show centres on a diverse group of recruits who have arrived at the FBI Quantico Base for training. Being the best and brightest of the lot, it seems impossible that one of them is suspected of masterminding the biggest attack on New York City since 9/11, according to deadline.com."Quantico" also stars Dougray Scott as Liam, Jake McLaughlin as Ryan, Aunjanue Ellis as Miranda, Yasmine Al Massri as Nimah, Johanna Braddy as Shelby, Tate Ellington as Simon Asher and Graham Rogers as Caleb Haas.The series is written by Josh Safran. Executive producers are Josh Safran, Mark Gordon and Nick Pepper and it will air in the fall season.
Value Indian classical music: Shilpa Rao

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Value Indian classical music: Shilpa Rao

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Having been close to classical Indian music herself, singer Shilpa Rao says the youth of the country need to value and learn the musical heritage that India instils."We often tend to overlook our own Indian music and culture. It39s great that we39re very hospitable and welcome all forms of western music, but it39s also very important for our youth to value our own Indian music and learn Indian music," Rao stated."If you have to do something big then you have to be truly Indian from inside. Be yourself, that39s very important," she added.The award winning-singer says being from a small town doesn39t matter when it comes to being successful as long as one is focused towards their goal."There39s a myth that 39I39m from a small town, I don39t have that much exposure39. It doesn39t really matter where you39re coming from, be it a metropolitan or a small town, as long as you39re working hard and you have the patience to keep trying and chasing your dream," said the singer who hails from Jamshedpur.Rao is currently working for a film, directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Danis Tanovic with music composer Pritam Chakraborty.
What's Parineeti Chopra obsessed with?

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What's Parineeti Chopra obsessed with?

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It seems actress Parineeti Chopra has an obsession for footwear.The 26-year-old took to photo-sharing website Instagram on Thursday to share an image of her pink and black floral print running shoes."Shoe game today. Shoe obsession everyday," she captioned the photograph, in which she is seen sitting on a wooden floor.On the big screen, the actress was last seen in "Kill Dil".
If you haven't seen Kashmir, you have seen nothing: Salman Khan

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If you haven't seen Kashmir, you have seen nothing: Salman Khan

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If someone has not seen Kashmir, he or she has seen nothing at all, Bollywood superstar Salman Khan said on Sunday.Speaking to media persons in this north Kashmir tourist resort after completing his shooting schedule for "Bajrangi Bhaijaan", Salman said Switzerland has nothing better to offer by way of outdoor locales in comparison to Kashmir."If you haven39t seen Kashmir, you have seen nothing."This is my second trip to Kashmir this year. I have spent 40 days here. We will now be leaving the Valley after the successful shoot of our movie. We shot in Pahalgam and Sonamarg.The Bollywood star said the people of Kashmir were "extremely gentle, beautiful, simple and well-mannered"."I request others to come here. I had intended to come and shoot for 39Dabangg39, but that did not happen," Salman said.The star said he wanted cinema theatres to re-open in the Valley."Everyone watches movies here. Cinema theatres should be re-opened here. We would love to premiere a film here if theatres are re-opened," he said.Salman thanked everybody who had wished him well during the trial in the hit and run case, in which he has got relief from the high court that suspended the trial court39s sentence.Salman dodged a question on the Kashmir issue, saying "Ask that to your chief minister and the prime minister. I have come here to see tourism flourish in Kashmir."Asked if he was prepared to act as brand ambassador for Kashmir, he said: "I would rather act as brand ambassador for the entire country."Salman also disclosed that his family has a Kashmir connection."My maternal grandfather Baldev Singh Charak was from Jammu," he said.He said that in real life, he wants to acquire a few of the good points his reel characters depict."Every film I do, I try to follow those characters in my personal life," he said.Salman said that like most of his movies, "Bajrangi Bhaijaan" was also going to seen an Eid release.Director Kabir Khan, who sat alongside Salman Khan during the media interaction, said a teaser of "Bajrangi Bhaijaan" would soon be unveiled."It is a larger than life portrayal of the political backdrop of the subcontinent."There is no negative portrayal of Kashmir in the film. It deals with the negative politics all of us are victims of," Kabir said.
I firmly believe in 'Bombay Velvet': Anurag Kashyap

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I firmly believe in 'Bombay Velvet': Anurag Kashyap

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Anurag Kashyap39s latest offering 'Bombay Velvet' might have not received a great opening, but the filmmaker has no regrets making the period crime drama.According to trade analyst Taran Adarsh, the Ranbir Kapoor and Anushka Sharma-starrer has collected Rs.10.30 crore since its release on Friday.'It39s time to close the book and move on. It39s been a journey, as if one life is over with 39Bombay Velvet39. A lot of people do not connect with it and a small number of people did... Maybe our experimenting with the narrative didn39t work for most but I firmly believe in the film,' Kashyap posted on Facebook on Sunday.'This is the film I wanted to make and I am glad I got to make it. I am very happy that all those who have been part of this journey firmly stand with it. No, I am not depressed or hiding, this has taught us a lot and is my absolute personal favourite, there have been no regrets whatsoever,' he added.Kashyap also thanked all those who were associated with 'Bombay Velvet'.'Thank you for your pride and love in what we did together, the process was beautiful and we have all come back richer from it. I think I am very rich today for having so many friends and people in my life and their faith." While many compared Kashyap39s work in 'Bombay Velvet' to that of Ram Gopal Verma39s 'Aag', the filmmaker, however, did manage to receive some support from filmmakers Zoya Akhtar and Kunal Kohli.Kashyap, who has previously made critically acclaimed films like 'Gangs of Wasseypur', 'Dev.D' and 'Ugly', further added that leaving the criticism of 'Bombay Velvet' behind, he is now looking forward to his next project and has no intentions to leave his director39s chair.He posted: 'Now let39s get on to the next and let39s kick a. Films is what I breathe, what I live for, does not matter where I go and where I stay, I will only make films, and no I am not done with making films in and about my country, rest is just a little detour. '39Bombay Velvet39 has been worth all the heart ache and pain and a memory to cherish for life... The Applause or Brickbats do not matter, what matters is who is standing in the arena. I WILL BE BACK.'
I'm not ready to settle down: Deepika Padukone

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I'm not ready to settle down: Deepika Padukone

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Actress Deepika Padukone, allegedly in a relationship with actor Ranveer Singh, says she doesn39t want to rush into mariage."I don39t know about settling down. Your career is one thing but, settling down with one person for the rest of your life... that39s a completely different feeling, thought and idea. I don39t think I39m ready for that," Deepika told IANS."It39s not something that I want to rush in to. It happens once in your lifetime and when you do it you want to do it in a right way and with the right person. It39s extremely sacred and I don39t want to rush into it," added the 29-year-old.Deepika, currently enjoying the success of her latest film "Piku", is tied up with "Bajirao Mastani', which also stars Ranveer.
Vidya Balan visits Sonam Kapoor on the sets of Neerja

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Vidya Balan visits Sonam Kapoor on the sets of Neerja

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Sonam Kapoor was recently in for a pleasant surprise, when Vidya Balan visited her on the sets ,while shooting for the Neerja Bhanot biopic.Vidya who dropped in to meet the producers of the film and director Ram Madhvani, also met with Sonam to wish her luck, as the two spoke at length about the film.Says a source, "Sonam was really happy with Vidya's gesture and the fact that she travelled to the outskirts of Mumbai to wish the team luck. Vidya spent a considerable amount of time on the sets, watching the shoot and offering her feedback".
Taylor Swift leads 2015 Billboard Music Awards

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Taylor Swift leads 2015 Billboard Music Awards

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Singer Taylor Swift dominated the 2015 Billboard Music Awards with eight wins, including Top Artist and Top Female Artist awards, while debuting her star-packed music video 'Bad blood' to open the show.Co-hosted by Ludacris and Chrissy Teigen, the award show took place here at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday.Leading the nominees with 14 nods, Swift also took home the trophy for Top 200 Album, Top Digital Artist, Top Billboard 200 Artist, Top Streaming Song, Top Hot 100 Artist and Billboard Chart Achievement Award fan-voted, reports dailymail.co.uk. Another big winner of the evening was boyband One Direction, who clinched the trophy for Top Touring Artist and Top Duo/Group. But the moment was overshadowed by their friend and former bandmate Zayn Malik39s absence. Other singers who took home multiple awards included Sam Smith, Pharrell Williams and Iggy Azalea. Smith, who has been recovering from a throat surgery and was not able to attend the awards show, won the titles for Top Male Artist, Top New Artist and Top Radio Songs Artists.Meanwhile, Williams won the prize for Top RB Artist category which featured the likes of Beyonce Knowles and Chris Brown. His 2014 solo set "G I R L" won Top RB Album and his smashing hit "Happy" won Top RB Song.As for Australian rapper Azalea, she earned the Top Rap Artist, Top Streaming Artist and Top Rap Song. Singer Justin Bieber won the Top Social Artist award in a competition from Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez, Ariana Grande and Swift.The event ended with a performance by rapper Kanye West, who was introduced on stage by his sisters-in-law Kendall Jenner and Kylie Jenner.
I'm still alive: Jackie Chan on death hoax

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I'm still alive: Jackie Chan on death hoax

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International film star Jackie Chan, with roots in China, became a victim of an internet death hoax. But the martial arts expert has clarified he is very much alive.'I was shocked by two news reports when I got off the plane. First of all, don39t worry! I39m still alive. Second, don39t believe the scam on Weibo using my name about the Red Pockets," Chan said. 'This is my official Facebook page and I only have 1 official Weibo page. Love you all,' Chan, who attended the premiere of Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan's movie 'PK' in China last week, tweeted on Saturday.Chan is currently busy with the 68th Cannes International Film Festival.Chan and the Cannes Market have created 165,000 prize for the Chinese filmmakers taking part in the Cannes festival's 3rd New Chinese Film Talents Forum, reports variety.com.The money comes from Chan's Project A: Young Filmmaker Development Fund. The financial prize is specifically to be invested in the costs of the production of the winning director's new project. The forum is in its third year and this year is host to eight young directors.The eight get to pitch their projects at a session on Monday at the Olympia Cinema in Cannes. The winning project will be announced on Tuesday.
Rapper Chinx shot dead

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Rapper Chinx shot dead

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US rapper Lionel Pickens, better known as Chinx, died after being shot multiple times as he was driving in a vehicle in the New York City borough of Queens, Efe news agency reported.The 31-year-old rapper was shot early Sunday morning and died shortly thereafter at a city hospital, while a 27-year-old man who was riding with him survived the hail of bullets but is in critical condition.At least seven bullet holes could be seen in the rapper39s silver Porsche in photographs published by various media outlets.The shooting occurred about 4 a.m. when a car approached Pickens39 vehicle and the occupants opened fire on the rapper.A few hours earlier, Chinx had performed at a Brooklyn nightclub.Chinx was best known for his musical collaborations with more successful rappers such as Meek Mill and French Montana, with whom he worked on the Coke Boys Records label.Raised in a Queens housing project, Pickens spent several years in prison over the past decade for robbery and selling drugs, The New York Times reported.At present, New York authorities have not announced any arrests in the case.
Shah Rukh Khan in pain, but does 'garba' for 'Raees'

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Shah Rukh Khan in pain, but does 'garba' for 'Raees'

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Superstar Shah Rukh Khan was suffering pain in his knees, but stillstill chose to rehearse for a 39garba39 dance sequence for Rahul Dholakia39s "Raees"."Ok then. Finally called for the shot. Knee paining so have to go rehearse my Garbha....all ye beautiful ppl Khuda Hafiz. smile a lot," the actor posted on his Twitter page on Sunday night."Raees", an action thriller, will see Shah Rukh playing a gangster. Slated to release on Eid next year, it also features Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Pakistani actress Mahira Khan.Last year, the King Khan had suffered an injury while shooting Farah Khan39s "Happy New Year". Apart from getting a fractured shoulder, his left knee39s patellar tendon had got torn.
Sonam Kapoor unveils Vikas Khanna's book at Cannes

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Sonam Kapoor unveils Vikas Khanna's book at Cannes

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Actress Sonam Kapoor launched Michelin star chef Vikas Khanna's book titled "Utsav - A culinary epic of Indian festivals" here.Unveiled on Sunday during the 68th Cannes International Film Festival, the book is on cuisines for festivals and rituals of Indian communities.Before the launch, Sonam had tweeted: 'Pl join me as we celebrate India with UtsavatCannes with @thevikaskhanna today. Moment of pride for all of us in India.'It was a moment of pride for veteran actor Anupam Kher too.'Celebrating UTSAVatCannes- World39s largest compilation of Festivals by @TheVikasKhanna Moment of pride. JaiHoIndia,' he tweeted.The star chef, who owns the New York restaurant Junoon, which is widely popular, thanked the stars for their support.'Thank You @sonamakapoor @AnupamPkher for your love and support for UTSAV and love for Indian Culture. Best V,' tweeted Khanna.
Marriage shouldn't be due to social pressure: Kangana Ranaut

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Marriage shouldn't be due to social pressure: Kangana Ranaut

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She is 28, but marriage is not on Kangana Ranaut39s mind for now. The "Tanu Weds Manu Returns" actress says getting married is an individual39s choice and one should not enter into wedlock due to any social pressure.She believes "marrying without one39s choice spoils future"."It marriage is an individual choice... whether he or she wants to get married or not. I believe it should be a choice and not a compulsion. I think we should not pressurise girls or boys for their future, marriage or anything...what do you want to become in life...do you want to get married to how do you want to live."I think these things should not be forced upon due to society as future of both the parties is spoiled. So one should get married when one feels like and not due to social pressure," added the "Queen" actress.As of now, the National Award winner is busy promoting her soon-to-release film "Tanu Weds Manu Returns".
Anil Kapoor 'not ready' to start acting school

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Anil Kapoor 'not ready' to start acting school

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He has been in the film industry for almost four decades, but award winning actor-producer Anil Kapoor says he is not ready to open his own acting school yet.The National Film Award-winning actor believes that one needs to give up everything to run a school and he isn't up for it right now.'Anybody who wants to do something like that...education is something for which you need to leave everything else and focus on it. You can't do five things at a time. You are doing this and that and running a school too...I think that doesn't work. 'If you see globally, those who have got into education or philanthropy, they have left everything else. And I am not ready yet,' Anil told IANS. Meanwhile, the 58-year-old has his eyes set on the release of his next film 'Dil Dhadakne Do', which will also be screened in Kuala Lumpur during 16th edition of the International Indian Film Academy IIFA Weekend and Awards in June.Also starring Ranveer Singh, Priyanka Chopra, Shefali Shah, Farhan Akhtar and Anushka Sharma, Anil is looking forward to the screening of the Zoya Akhtar directorial at the film extravaganza.'This year, I think one of the high points of IIFA will be the screening of 'Dil Dhadakne Do'. The entire star cast will be there and it's a huge star cast. There will be surprises on the awards night which is on June 7. It will be great,' said the 'friend' of IIFA.Seen with salt and pepper look in the film, the father of actress Sonam Kapoor likes essaying the role of patriarch in movies.Talking about his character, he said: 'He is the patriarch. Patriarch is an exciting role to portray. In 'Virasat' 1997, I played a patriarch in the second half of the film. All the decisions are controlled by the patriarch, which makes the role exciting.'The 'Pukar' star is also eagerly waiting for the second season of his successful TV show '24'.
Sam 'State of Bengal' Zaman passes away

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Sam 'State of Bengal' Zaman passes away

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Sam Zaman popularly known as State of Bengal passes away. He was 43.The 39Hold It In My Heart39 hitmaker died of heart attack in United Kingdom on Wednesday, according to sources.Born in Bangladesh, Sam Zaman was a popular name in the 90s. He was a DJ at the influential Anokha club in London39 East End during the mid-90s. His tracks "Flight IC408" and "Chittagong Chill" were featured on Anokha Soundz of the Asian Underground compilation which helped him gain prominence in the fraternity. Renowned tabla player Talvin Singh tweeted, "Very Sad News for us all today-Sam Zaman is No Longer with us,all the Special Moments we spent making music and seeing a new Vision in Music". He was considered as one of the pioneers of the Asian Underground scene.
Space Behind The Yellow Room to perform in Singapore

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Space Behind The Yellow Room to perform in Singapore

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Space Behind The Yellow Room - a four member, post metal rock band from Bangalore will perform in Singapore at Music Matters Live 2015 - Asia's premiere independent music festival - on May 23.Pepsi UnBox, the beverage brand39s search for emerging music talent and part of the Global Pepsi Music Accelerator programme, which was conducted in association with Pepsi MTV Indies, announced the band as the winner of a nationwide hunt for the next big indie band. It managed to beat 450 other bands to be adjudged the winner. 'Pepsi UnBox was conceptualised with a vision to give true talent the right platform to be nurtured and grow exponentially. When the judges heard the variations that Space Behind The Yellow Room managed to bring to the table whether with their vocals or with their guitar and bass, they were truly impressed. 'This global platform at Music Matters will not only give them an opportunity to perform to an international audience, but equally for them to learn from some of the biggest music icons in the world,' Ruchira Jaitly, senior director marketing - social beverages, PepsiCo India, said in a statement. Space behind the Yellow Room consists of lead vocalist and drummer Shoumik Biswas, guitarists Devasheesh Sharma and Nihar Apte and Eshaan Sood on bass.
Zayn Malik left band for fiancee: Liam Payne

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Zayn Malik left band for fiancee: Liam Payne

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One Direction39s Liam Payne has said his former bandmate Zayn Malik left the British boyband because of his relationship with Perrie Edwards."He wanted to spend time with his family and his missus. That39s cool with us," Payne said on a radio show, reports femalefirst.co.uk.At the time of his departure, Malik said he was leaving to lead a "normal" life, but was surrounded by rumours he had cheated on his fiancee Edwards at the time, after he was photographed holding hands with another woman in a Thai nightclub.However, Payne insisted there are no hard feelings between Zayn and the remaining band members Niall Horan, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson, as they can understand his motives."Sometimes you have to move on because you39re not enjoying what you39re doing as much as you used to," he said.
John Legend blames wife for weight gain

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John Legend blames wife for weight gain

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Singer John Legend says his wife, Chrissy Teigen makes him gain weight because she is currently developing her first cookbook.The "All of Me" hitmaker says he puts on five pounds every time he goes home, thanks to his 29-year-old model wife."When she39s working on it and I39m home I gain five pounds guaranteed. So, I39m like, sometimes I need to travel so I can lose weight," the 36-year-old singer told people.com. Asked about her best creations, he said: "It39s kind of like when people do those artichoke dips but it39s got buffalo chicken and cheese and all these other things in it, too. It39s really, really delicious. Chrissy is obviously a great cook."The couple, who got married in Italy in 2013, enjoy hosting lavish dinner parties for their friends, but Legend believes having the right music is just as important as the food.He said: "We pride ourselves on having good get-togethers. Music is key. I always do our playlist and try to get a good mix of hip-hop and I39ll do some classic up-tempo soul music and throw in a little bit of rock."
Vergara, Manganiello plan baby

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Vergara, Manganiello plan baby

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Actress Sofia Vergara and her fiance Joe Manganiello are planning to have a baby soon."Joe is younger than me. He39s 38. He39s never had kids. How am I going to say no? I tell him if we39re going to do this, we have to do it, like, now, because I don39t want to be 50 with a baby," Vergara told Redbook magazine, reports eonline.com.Vergara hasn39t said whether she39ll get pregnant or use a surrogate, as she did with former beau Nick Loeb. The two are currently in a legal battle over their frozen embryos.She has, however, explained why life has never been better since she met Manganiello last year. "I finally realised that relationships don39t need to be so much work. Ever since we met, it39s been so easy. I39m very suspicious. I39m like, 39It39s not normal that we39ve been together for nine months and we haven39t had a big fight or anything39," she said.In January, the "Hot Pursuit" actress shared similar sentiments about having children with Mangianello. "It needs a lot of planning," she said. "But we have to leave it to god to see if it happens."
I don't sleep: Ludacris

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I don't sleep: Ludacris

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Rapper Ludacris has a new album titled "Ludaversal" out and he hosted the Billboard Music Awards. He39s everywhere, except his bed."I don39t sleep," Ludacris told people.com before hosting the Awards with Chrissy Teigen on Sunday. "I39m trying to get it in right now. I may take a nap five minutes before we go on, so we39ll see," he added. As if he39s not busy enough in his professional life, Ludacris, 37, is equally as busy in his personal life, after marrying Eudoxie Mbouguiengue in December 2014. They are also expecting a child together later this year.The rapper added: "I39m just blessed to be doing so many different things."
Sam Smith's surgery was a success

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Sam Smith's surgery was a success

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Singer Sam Smith39s operation on his haemorrhaged vocal cords was a success, according to an official of the Massachusetts General Hospital, the facility where he was treated.The "Stay with me" hitmaker, who was forced to cancel a string of Australian shows last month and put recording his upcoming album on hold, is expected to make a full recovery after undergoing surgery on his vocal cords in Boston on May 14, reports femalefirst.co.uk."Sam Smith underwent vocal cord microsurgery by Steven Zeitels, MD, to stop recurrent vocal cord haemorrhage bleeding. This condition is the result of unstable blood vessels in the vocal cord that can rupture and prevent vocal performance."Sam came to Boston to consult and undergo corrective voice surgery with Zeitels, the director of the Massachusetts General Hospital Voice Centre... Zeitels has performed this unique procedure for many vocalists -- including Steven Tyler, Lionel Richie, and Adele -- allowing them to return to full performance. "...Zeitels expects Sam to make a full recovery from his laser microsurgery," the spokesperson of Massachusetts General Hospital said in a statement.The "Lay me down" hitmaker, who celebrated his 23rd birthday on Tuesday, warned fans he would not be able to speak for three weeks following the procedure.In a post on Instagram, he wrote: "Enjoying my last day of speaking. After today no speaking for three weeks. So if you see me on the streets sorry if you think I39m a dhead and can39t say hello. Also gonna be silent for my birthday. Sounds fun aye? sic"
Taylor Swift is incredible: Rita Ora

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Taylor Swift is incredible: Rita Ora

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Singer Rita Ora has praised Taylor Swift. She is constantly in awe of the hit singles that the latter is able to write."I think she39s one of the most incredible songwriters of our generation. I39m not even just saying it. I absolutely adore her music and love what she stands for," speaking to website Noisey, Ora said, reports femalefirst.co.uk.Her support for the "Shake it off" singer may come as a surprise to some as Swift is now dating Rita39s ex-boyfriend and Scottish DJ Calvin Harris.But Ora believes all women in the music business should support each other and she makes it her mission to publicly praise her pop peers.
Kesha's beauty mistakes

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Kesha's beauty mistakes

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American singer Kesha had to stop rolling around in beer and glitter because it "irritated" her skin.The 'Tik Tok' hitmaker has confessed she can no longer go on stage covered head to toe in sparkles, because the beer, which she used as an adhesive to help the glitter stick, used to aggravate her skin issues, reports femalefirst.co.uk.Speaking about her biggest beauty mistakes, the singer said: "I look back lovingly because I was having so much fun with hair and makeup. There was a time I went on the red carpet with a Mohawk, but I39ll probably never do that again."And before I went on stage I used to pour beer on my body then roll in a bathtub full of glitter. I don39t do that anymore because it irritated my skin."The 28-year-old, who is known for her outrageous outfits and heavy makeup, recently toned down her look, shunning her over the top costumes and opting to show off her natural complexion.
Ryan Reynolds kisses a giraffe

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Ryan Reynolds kisses a giraffe

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Actor Ryan Reynolds, who is busy filming his latest movie "Deadpool" here, managed to have some fun by visiting a safari park, where he kissed a giraffe.On Sunday, Reynolds took to photo-sharing website Instagram to share two images taken during the outing.In one of the images, the 38-year-old could be seen getting close with a giraffe and then planting a kiss on its nose as the animal peeped inside his car to eat leaves, reports aceshowbiz.com. "I specifically said, 39No tongue39", he quipped in the caption39s image.The other photograph, meanwhile, featured Reynolds bonding with a tortoise. "This is Brutus. He39s over 110 years old. He39s telling me his life story. But in real time," read the accompanying caption.
Leonardo DiCaprio, Paris Hilton in bidding war

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Leonardo DiCaprio, Paris Hilton in bidding war

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Actor Leonardo DiCaprio reportedly got into a bidding war with Paris Hilton for a 10,000-pound Chanel handbag at a charity gala here.The "Wolf of Wall Street" star outbid Hilton and secured the blue Chanel Neoprene flap bag embroidered with flowers at the Heart Fund Gala at the Carlton Hotel here.The 40-year-old star "bought the bag for his mom", Irmelin Indenbirken, after fending off stiff competition from the former reality TV star and two other bidders, reports pagesix.com."Paris was great. She bid on many things, and Leo did too. Both her and Leo were so active during the entire auction. It was really nice to see," an insider told people.com.The star-studded gala raised 5.1 million pounds after a mystery donor pledged five million pounds to the charity, which aims to bring heart care to poor children.The money will be used to fund a private plane that will visit some of the world39s most remote areas to perform surgeries and screen children for heart disease.
Khloe Kardashian, Rick Fox spark dating rumours

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Khloe Kardashian, Rick Fox spark dating rumours

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Khloe Kardashian has sparked dating rumours after she was spotted enjoying dinner date together with television actor Rick Fox.Khloe and Fox were spotted arriving at a restaurant here on Thursday. They reportedly stayed at a Mexican restaurant until the early hours of Friday before exiting the venue together. However, the two left the site on different vehicles, reports aceshowbiz.com.During the dinner date, Khloe sported a black jacket and ripped black skin-tight jeans while wearing her tousled wavy blonde hair down. As for Fox, he kept it casual in black jeans while wearing a black t-shirt underneath a black leather jacket.Their late night outing has fuelled speculation that they are seemingly taking their friendship to the next level. However, when media asked if the two were dating, Fox simply said: "Khloe39s a good friend."
Kanye West's marriage will last 'forever', says stepmom

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Kanye West's marriage will last 'forever', says stepmom

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Rapper Kanye West39s stepmother Brenda thinks his marriage to Kim Kardashian West will last "forever".The "All Day" rapper39s stepmother has revealed that the couple, who has been married for a year, still act as though they39re on their honeymoon, reports femalefirst.co.uk."Kim and Kanye are still honeymooning in their minds. I think their marriage will last forever," Brenda told Heat magazine.Brenda, who is married to Kanye39s father Ray, claims she thought Kim was the "perfect" woman for him from the moment she found out they were dating."When I first found out they were going out, I thought, 39Finally, that39s the perfect person for him39. Kanye is an alpha male, but I think he likes that Kim is a strong person and can hold her own," she added.
I don't remember much of the 1970s: Al Pacino

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I don't remember much of the 1970s: Al Pacino

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Veteran Hollywood actor Al Pacino says he doesn39t "remember much" of the 1970s.The "Godfather" actor has opened up about struggling with the attention he received in the wake of the blockbuster39s release in 1972."I was having difficulty with all the attention," he explained."I was a drinker, for sure, my career was exploding in the Seventies and, I'm sorry, but I don't remember much of the Seventies,' mirror.co.uk quoted Pacino as saying."Now when I come to think about it, I don't remember much of the Eighties either," he added.The 75-year-old 'Scent of a Woman' star says he hasn39t had a drink in 30 years and credits his drama teacher Charlie Laughton -- who he calls "the most influential" person in his life -- for changing his ways."He was the one who said to me, 'Al, I'm not asking you to stop or do anything, but to be aware that you are actually drinking and taking stuff'. That awareness started and a year or so later, I decided to give this stuff up. It saved my life,' he told The Sun.
'Mission Impossible 6' already in developement

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'Mission Impossible 6' already in developement

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The sixth installment of "Mission: Impossible" franchise is under development.Paramount, Bad Robot and Skydance Productions are currently developing the movie which is tentatively titled "Mission: Impossible 6". According to Tracking Board website, Tom Cruise, David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and J.J. Abrams would be all returning to produce the movie.Don Granger and Matt Grimm, meanwhile, are set to serve as executive producers with Elizabeth Raposo set to oversee development on the upcoming action movie. Cast members and production date have not yet been set, and plot details for the film have also not been revealed, , reports aceshowbiz.com.Meanwhile, "Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation", the fifth installment, is slated to be released on July 31 this year in the US.The action-adventure-thriller sees Tom Cruise returning to reprise his role as Ethan Hunt. It also stars the likes of Simon Pegg, Alec Baldwin, as well as Jeremy Renner among others.
Dwayne Johnson titled World Selfie Champion

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Dwayne Johnson titled World Selfie Champion

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Actor Dwayne Johnson was titled World Selfie Champion at the world premiere of "San Andreas".The former wrestling champion attempted the most selfies to be taken in three minutes and smashed the previous attempt to make it into the Guinness Book of World Records, reports femalefirst.co.uk.Speaking before the challenge at the Odeon here at Leicester Square, he said: "I gotta tell you, I consider myself the selfie king and I39m going to break this record in London."After taking his final snap, he admitted he was in pain from the attempt, but later celebrated his victory with yet another selfie while holding his official certificate.He said: "My jaw hurts but I hope I39ve broken the record."The actor shared the news on Instagram, writing: "We just set a NEW GUINNESS WORLD RECORD for most self portraits selfies taken in record time yup, a selfie world record exists and your arm gets a helluva workout. WORLD PREMIERE of SAN ANDREAS and rewriting the record books all in one night. MicDropBoom NewSelfieKingLONDON SanAndreasWorldTour MAY 29th.
Jason Derulo 'tired of playing nice'

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Jason Derulo 'tired of playing nice'

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Singer-songwriter Jason Derulo, who ended his relationship with Jordin Sparks after three years of dating, believes he was "gentlemanly" about their breakup, even though she later accused him of leasing a BMW he gave her, instead of buying it."I do get tired of playing nice. Especially when people think I did something wrong, or that she broke up with me. But it39s so behind me," Derulo said.The 25-year-old star isn39t looking for a new girlfriend because he is "married" to his career, but says his love life is like a "a deck of cards" at the moment, reports femalefirst.co.uk."You can39t pull me out of the studio. Songwriting is a muscle. The more you do it, the better you get at it," he told Billboard magazine.While the 'Talk dirty to me' hitmaker is still happily single, Sparks recently confirmed she is dating 22-year-old rapper Sage the Gemini.Asked about photographs of them on her photo-sharing website Instagram feed, Sparks said: "I think they39re pretty obvious. We39re having fun. He39s a really good guy, and the pictures speak for themselves ... I don39t just kiss people!"
Anil, Ranveer and Farhan cheer for MI

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Anil, Ranveer and Farhan cheer for MI

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Actor-director Farhan Akhtar, who is in the city to cheer Mumbai Indians at the Indian Premier League final, hoped he could catch a sixer during the match."I always wanted to catch a sixer ball and I will stay out and cheer for Mumbai Indians in the balcony instead of sitting inside the air conditioned room," Farhan said.Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings battled it out at the IPL finale at the Eden Gardens here.Farhan was accompanied by actors Anil Kapoor and Ranveer Singh who all rooted for Mumbai Indians.The trio were in the city to promote their forthcoming film "Dil Dhadakne Do" set for a June 5 release.
Indian film 'Masaan' wins Fipresci Award at Cannes

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Indian film 'Masaan' wins Fipresci Award at Cannes

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Indian filmmaker Neeraj Ghaywan39s indie project "Masaan", centred around a group of people in Varanasi, was awarded the International Federation of Film Critics Fipresci award at the 68th Cannes International Film Festival on Saturday.Actress Richa Chadha, who features in a key role in the film, says the team feels "blessed"."MasaanAtCannes just got the Fipresci award, given by the international critics. blessed :- team, take a bow," Richa tweeted.Showcased in the UnCertain Regard section at the movie gala, "Masaan" received a five-minute standing ovation post its screening here, leaving Richa and Ghaywan in tears of joy.Ghaywan39s debut feature project, "Masaan" is set in Varanasi and follows the stories of four people from a small town and how they fit in to the moralities.It also features Shweta Tripathi, Sanjay Mishra and Vicky Kaushal.It is an Indian-French co-production with names like Manish Mundra of Drishyam Films, Macassar Productions, Phantom Films, Sikhya Entertainment, Arte France Cinema and Pathe productions.The top prizes for the main selection at the gala will be awarded on Sunday night during the closing ceremony at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes. Jury presidents Joel and Ethan Coen will announce the winners, reports hollywoodreporter.com.
Never thought I'd do a Mahesh Bhatt film: Vidya Balan

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Never thought I'd do a Mahesh Bhatt film: Vidya Balan

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Intense subjects intertwined with erotic elements are often at the core of movies from the Bhatts39 Vishesh Films stable. Actress Vidya Balan, who features in their upcoming production "Hamari Adhuri Kahani", says she never thought she would do a film under the banner."I never thought that in my career I would do a film with Vishesh Films because the kind of films the banner makes are very different from other films, for some reason. So I was thrilled when I got a call to be a part of this film," Vidya said here on Friday during the promotion of her film at radio station.Directed by Mohit Suri, the film also stars Emraan Hashmi and Rajkummar Rao. It is an intense love story which is inspired by the life of filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt39s parents. Vidya is happy that she got the chance to do a romantic film after a long time."I have not done a love story after 39Parineeta39, but this is a beautiful intense love story. I am glad that I am a part of this film because it is very special for me in many many ways. One of the reason is Mahesh Bhatt saab. He gave up direction before I became an actor."On this film, I have got the chance to work with him because he has written the film. Another reason is Mohit Suri as he has that ability to touch you, to stir you and to move you through all his films, and that is what this love story require. And of course Emraan Hashmi, with whom I got a chance to work with again," said Vidya, who had earlier teamed with Emraan for "The Dirty Picture" and "Ghanchakkar"."Hamari Adhuri Kahani" is slated to release on June 12.
I'm very conscious about my odour: Irrfan Khan

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I'm very conscious about my odour: Irrfan Khan

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Irrfan Khan has created an ever-lasting impression on the minds of film-goers with his impeccable performance, but for the critically-acclaimed actor, it is a person39s scent that leaves an imprint in his mind. Naturally so, he is 'very conscious about' his own odour.'I39m a deodorant person. It makes me feel fresh from inside throughout the day. Your fragrance is the first thing which makes an impression and I am very conscious about my odour,' Irrfan, the face of deodorant brand Envy 1000, said in a statement.The actor, who has created a route for himself to the west through films like 'The Namesake", 'A Mighty Heart', "Life of Pi", 'Slumdog Millionaire' and 'The Amazing Spider-Man', emphasises that he picks his fragrance for the day on the basis of his mood. 'It depends on my mood and environment as well. If I will be going for an event or function, then of course I would prefer a spicy note and if I want to refresh myself, I will go for sweet or fruity note,' he added. The actor says he is not promoting fallacious ideas like girls getting attracted towards boys after spraying deodorant. 'I have seen the spirit and the struggle of the brand39s team. They always come up with the requirements of their consumer. I just want to suggest to boys that a deodorant cannot bring girls to you, for that you have to discover your own style,' the 48-year-old said. The actor, who is still basking in appreciation for his latest film 'Piku' in which he shares screen space with Amitabh Bachchan and Deepika Padukone, mentions that he searches for positivity around him to work efficiently. 'This is the foremost thing in which I basically focus on. Positive aura lets your mind work sharply and you will be able to contemplate on whatever you are doing,' he said. On the professional front, he will be starting work on foreign venture 'Inferno', in which he will share screen space with Tom Hanks.
Badshah's new song 'Pinjra' on honour killings

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Badshah's new song 'Pinjra' on honour killings

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"Pinjra", a new song by rapper Badshah in collaboration with Dr.Zeus and Jasmine Sandlas for "MTV Spoken Word", revolves around the social evil of honour killings."39Pinjra39, in a subtle way, points towards honour killings that are quite prevalent in mainly the northern part of India," Badshah told IANS "MTV Spoken Word" is a monthly feature on channel MTV. It features singles or a collaboration of artists composing a soundtrack based on a thought. One video that runs for the whole month is released, giving out the message that it is woven around.The "Abhi toh party shuru hui hai" rapper says "Pinjra" is written beautifully."My father is from Haryana and my mother is from Punjabso I am aware of the situation of honour killings. Also, the song is beautifully written by Jasmine and I couldn39t help but be in it and do my part," Badshah said.This is the first time that Sandlas and the rapper have shared a platform. The "Chull" rapper says she has a "unique texture" to her voice. However, this is not the first time that the "Proper patola" crooner has associated with "MTV Spoken Word". He had already done a song titled "Bandook". He feels the show has allowed him to experiment. "It has been very special for me as it has allowed me to do something besides the commercial songs that I do. Also, the team is really amazing... I have a special bonding with them as they always allow me to be a part of something different," Badshah said.
Should do an action film together: Stallone tweets to Salman Khan

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Should do an action film together: Stallone tweets to Salman Khan

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Sylvester Stallone and Salman Khan have a mutual admiration society, it seems. The Hollywood star is all praise for the "super talented Indian superstar", and has thrown up a suggestion to the "Dabangg" star to do an action film together.On Friday, the "Bajrangi Bhaijaan" actor had called upon his 12 million fans on micro-blogging website Twitter to follow the legendary actor as he is their "hero ka hero".The 'Rambo' star replied to Salman, tweeting: 'Would like to thank the super talented Indian superstar SALMAN KHAN the Compliment he Tweeted! We should do an ACTION FILM together."Stallone has earlier had a Bollywood stint. He did a cameo in Sabbir Khan39s "Kambakkht Ishq" in 2009. On Friday, Salman posted on his Twitter page: "Agar kisi ko follow karna hai? Bahar ka... Inko follow karo @TheSlyStallone. Aapke Hero ka hero Sylvester Stallone If anyone has to follow a Hollywood star, then follow Sylvester Stallone. He is the hero of your hero."
Still in discussion: Ekta Kapoor on female lead of 'Azhar'

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Still in discussion: Ekta Kapoor on female lead of 'Azhar'

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Dodging questions about whether Nargis Fakhri has been roped in as the female lead for "Azhar", a biopic on former Indian skipper Mohammad Azharuddin, producer Ekta Kapoor has said the discussion is on with some names.The final name, she said, would only be revealed once "we sign on the dotted line"."I don39t know where these reports come from. I think some journalist has a dream and next day it gets printed," Ekta said here Thursday on being asked if Nargis is a part of the film.Talking about the "big wish list" for the movie, she added: "We have a couple of names, but like I said, we have just finished writing the film, and we have certain number of cast members to be discussed."The shooting will start from the next month and we are still in discussion with actors. I can39t disclose anything till we sign on the dotted line."It was reported that Nargis will be playing Azharuddin39s second wife Sangeeta Bijlani in the film. Meanwhile, actress Prachi Desai has been signed to play the cricketer39s first wife Naureen.Further, Ekta said: "It took whole one year to write this film as the story is so huge and I think that much time will be taken into cast as well."Directed by Tony D39Souza and produced by Balaji Motion Pictures and MSM Motion Pictures, "Azhar" the film is said to deal with Azharuddin39s entire life.The teaser of the film was launched here on Thursday in the presence of "Azhar", along with Mohammad Azharuddin and Emraan Hashmi, who plays Azhar in the film.
Thank you all for standing by me: Shah Rukh Khan

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Thank you all for standing by me: Shah Rukh Khan

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Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, who successfully underwent arthroscopic surgery on hisleft knee on Thursday at a hospital here, thanked his well-wishers for standing by him during his tough time.'Do they do Fequent Fliers Miles in Hospitals? If yes, I would own some of the hospitals! Thx all for standing by me as I pray on my knees,' tweeted the 49-year-old, who has been advised complete rest for three to four days.The actor underwent the surgery at the Breach Candy Hospital on Thursday.Sanjay Desai, who operated the superstar, said that the 'Baadshah' of Bollywood was suffering from repeated pain and swelling of left knee over the last several months and the surgery confirmed 'chondral wear of Patella, which is due to repeated injuries over the last few years.'But now the Shah Rukh, who was busy shooting for "Raees" until before the surgery, has been discharged and is taking rest at her residence here.
Varun Dhawan, Alia Bhatt to star in 'Shhuddhi': Karan Johar

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Varun Dhawan, Alia Bhatt to star in 'Shhuddhi': Karan Johar

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Karan Johar39s production "Shuddhi", which was to initially feature Hrithik Roshan and Kareena Kapoor, now stars "Student Of The Year" actors Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt, the filmmaker has announced.Karan Johar took to Twitter On Thursday night to make the announcement on the Karan Malhotra directorial."And finally..SHUDDHI starring VARUN DHAWAN and ALIA BHATT...directed by KARAN MALHOTRA..@Varun_dvn @aliaa08 @karanmalhotra21 @DharmaMovies," he tweeted.Just last year, Karan Johar had announced on Twitter that Salman Khan will feature in "Shuddhi". However, it seems Varun has been now locked in place of the "Dabangg" star.Salman congratulated the "Main Tera Hero" actor with a tweet: "Kamaal karte ho Varun Dhawan... Made your dad and me so proud of you... Happy Shuddhi."To that, Varun responded: "Thank you Bhai @BeingSalmanKhan I promise to make you proud shuddhi"."Alia, who "cannot wait" to be a part of "Shhuddhi", wrote: "Can39t wait to be a part of Karan Malhotra39s epic vision SHUDDHI @karanjohar @karanmalhotra21 @Varun_dvn @DharmaMovies"This will be Varun and Alia39s third film together after "Student of the Year" and "Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania".
Would love to do a film based on chess: Aamir Khan

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Would love to do a film based on chess: Aamir Khan

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Actor Aamir Khan, who has done a film around cricket and is now working on a movie on wrestling, hopes to feature in a project on chess, a game which he enjoys playing.The 50-year-old was present at the inauguration of the third edition of the Maharashtra Chess League here on Friday.On being asked if he39d like to do a film around chess, he said: "I would love to do a film on the game of chess if a script comes to me. But I don39t work towards scripts. I like the scripts to come to me organically. Let39s see if something comes up."Aamir added: "I love playing chess and play it whenever I gets the time. I play on a very amateur level but I love this game a lot."He finds his "Dhoom: 3" co-star Katrina Kaif to be a good competitor in chess."She is a good chess player. I almost lost when I played with her," he said.
Limelight is already 'normal' for Aaradhya Bachchan

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Limelight is already 'normal' for Aaradhya Bachchan

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She is all of three-and-half years old, but little Aaradhya Bachchan has already got used to the paparazzi, says her celebrity mother Aishwarya Rai Bachchan.Just before Aishwarya left for Cannes for her commitment as brand ambassador of L39Oreal Paris and to launch the first look of her forthcoming film "Jazbaa", Aishwarya was seen holding on tight to her bundle of joy at the airport. There were shutterbugs galore, like always."Every time we walk out of the airport, house, there are people around, camera is around. I guess, I think she was born to believe it is like this... this is normal to her," the actress said here Wednesday in a video chat with the media from Cannes."The mother in me will be protective. Media wants bytes, photos... So I am going to be protective about her. It is a natural instinct. From her end, there is no major chatter," she added.Aishwarya married actor Abhishek Bachchan in 2007 and they welcomed Aaradhya in 2011.
'Dangal' keeps Aamir away from working with Jackie Chan

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'Dangal' keeps Aamir away from working with Jackie Chan

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Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan has shot down reports that he will star opposite Chinese kung fu star Jackie Chan in upcoming Indo-Chinese action comedy film 'Kung Fu Yoga'. The actor says he would love to be part of the project but his commitment towards 'Dangal' has left him no time for another project.'39Kung Fu Yoga39 is a film that Jackie has been planning with director Stanley Tong, who has made a number of Jackie39s films. The film is not possible for me to do because they are shooting it this year,' Aamir said in an interview here. 'I would have liked to do it, but they are shooting it in September and October. During that time I39ll be working on 39Dangal39. My shooting is from September to December. 'After December, I39ll be waiting for five months. Then in June, I39ll be completing 39Dangal39 shooting. I can only start my next film in August or September next year. So, I can39t let them wait for so long as they are ready to start,' the 50-year-old added.'Kung Fu Yoga' is part of the three-film agreement signed between the two countries during Chinese President Xi Jinping39s visit to India last year. Looking at the growing popularity of Bollywood films in China, the agreement is meant to help both the countries. Asked whether he will co-produce the project, Aamir said: 'I can co-produce it, but I39ve not thought about that. I won39t be able to do that much work as my mind will divert from 39Dangal39. Right now I39m focusing on 39Dangal39. I39m learning wrestling daily. Right now, I39ve just started, but I will become a wrestler.'Talking about his love for Jackie Chan, Aamir, who went to China for the premiere of 'PK' earlier this month, said: 'Jackie is a lovely guy. I met him at the event where films were being launched and then he invited me for dinner that night. 'So, I spent the evening with him. I39ve been a big fan of him since 39Police Story 239. When I saw 39Police Story 239, I didn39t know who is the actor. But after watching the film, I liked it so much that I watched it again. Since then, I have been liking Jackie. Not only is he an action hero, but also his comic timing as a performer is really amazing. Directed by Rajkumar Hirani, 'PK' will release on Friday in China.
Anupam Kher 'admires honesty' of body shamers

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Anupam Kher 'admires honesty' of body shamers

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Veteran actor Anupam Kher, who has been sporting a bald look for many years, doesn39t mind being called "ganje" or "baldie", as he feels people are only being "honest".The 60-year-old took to micro-blogging website Twitter, and posted: 'When people on Twitter call me Ganje, Takle or Baldie. They think they are insulting me. But I admire their honesty for telling the truth.'Earlier this month, the actor visited the barber39s shop, and he was sporting enough to share an image of a tray of items that he avoids being used on his head because he39s bald.
Looking good allows better performance: Sunidhi on weight loss

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Looking good allows better performance: Sunidhi on weight loss

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She39s a livewire performer apart from being a versatile singer. Sunidhi Chauhan, who has lost oodles of weight lately and will soon be seen in her new avatar in forthcoming singing based reality show 'The Voice India', says her fitter self helps her to 'connect to the viewers in a better way'.'By losing weight, I've not done anything big. I was planning to lose a lot of weight as I did not like it. I just wanted to be more fit and healthy. I like glamorous outfits, so it was uncomfortable wearing them with too much weight,' the 31-year-old, who will be seen as a coach in the TV show along with Mika Singh, Shaan and Himesh Reshammiya, said here.'Looking good only makes you feel good and with that you get to perform better. Though it's not that I felt bad when I was bulky... I just feel more light and comfortable now. With this avatar, I'm able to connect with viewers in a better way,' she added.Asked whether she is planning to make her big screen debut with her lean avatar, Sunidhi said: 'Losing weight was not intentional. Neither was it for 'The Voice India'. It's just that one day I decided that I need to go to gym and eat a healthy diet. So, I just followed it and within one year, I managed to shed a lot of weight.'As far as acting is concerned, I was offered few roles, but I was not ready at that time. Also, I was asked to portray the life of a singer on screen, but I never wanted to do such type of roles because I'm already a singer. I have the acting bug in my genes because of my father. I want to do roles of normal people.''The Voice India' will see the coaches supporting their respective teams to the finale through three phases - Blinds, Battles and Live. The Indian edition of the internationally acclaimed TV show 'The Voice' will start from June 6.'I'll try my best to give support to the new talent in 'The Voice India'. I'm not a composer, but now I'm planning to step into the field. I'm thankful to be a part of this show as it only talks about voice. We coaches know each other very well. We have worked together for 19 years,' the 'Piku' hitmaker said.Has competition in the music industry increased due to the increase in demand for new singers? Sunidhi, known for songs like "Aaja nachle", "Ainvayi ainvayi" and "Dilliwali girlfriend", said: 'Competition in the industry allows singers to improve their talent and skills. Competition has always been a part of the industry. I love facing it. People look out for new tunes every day. I'm happy that I am a part of this constantly changing trend in Bollywood.'
I was called silly for doing 'Fashion': Priyanka Chopra

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I was called silly for doing 'Fashion': Priyanka Chopra

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With the success of content-driven films led by women like Anushka Sharma and Kangana Ranaut, one lady who is sitting back and smiling is Priyanka Chopra, who recalls how she was called "silly" for choosing to do a movie like "Fashion" back in 2008.Having watched Anushka39s production "NH10", Priyanka was all praise for the latter for keeping the flag of "girl power" flying high."Der aaye durust aaye. Just saw NH10 @AnushkaSharma! So proud of you... As a woman, an actor and a producer. Keep the flag flying high babe GirlPower," the National Award winning actress posted on Twitter on Friday.She added: "So good to see such amazing content driven films led by girls!it was so hard to get people 2 believe in us when I started. We were always 2nd."I was called silly for doing Fashion. As if it would harm my career! Hah! Look at us now! This movement will soon be a revolution! ProudFemale."So happy is Priyanka with this whiff of change in the film industry that she is now eager to watch Deepika Padukone-starrer "Piku" and Kangana Ranaut39s dual avatar in "Tanu Weds Manu Returns"."Can't wait to watch Piku n TanuWedsManu! GirlPower always,' the 'Gunday' actress tweeted.
Neha Sharma to romance John Abraham in 'Hera Pheri 3'

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Neha Sharma to romance John Abraham in 'Hera Pheri 3'

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Actress Neha Sharma has confirmed that she would be romancing actor John Abraham in the third instalment of the film 'Hera Pheri'."39Hera Pheri39 is one of my most favourite films of all times. Super excited to be part of this franchise and also about sharing screen space with John whose work I have always admired," Neha said in a statement.Neha ventured into Hindi cinema in 2010 in the film 'Crook: It39s Good To Be Bad", starring opposite actor Emraan Hashmi. She was last seen in 'Youngistaan' in 2014 opposite Jackky Bhagnani.The actress is not new to comedy and has done three films earlier in the same genre. These are 'Kyaa Super Kool Hain Hum', "Jayantabhai Ki Luv Story' and 'Yamla Pagla Deewana 2'."Hera Pheri 3" will also feature Kay Kay Menon, Suniel Shetty, Abhishek Bachchan and Paresh Rawal. The first instalment of the movie was directed by Priyadarshan. The second and third instalments are directed by Neeraj Vora.
Akshay Kumar to launch 'pocket friendly' clothing line

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Akshay Kumar to launch 'pocket friendly' clothing line

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Actor Akshay Kumar will soon be launching his own clothing range on an online home shopping TV channel he co-owns with Raj Kundra.The 'Namastey London' actor took to social networking website Facebook, micro-blogging website Twitter and photo-sharing website Instagram to announce the new line among his fans and followers."I39ll soon be launching my very own clothes line on Best Deal TV and wanted to make the range as affordable as possible," the actor wrote alongside a photograph of himself and some clothes from his range.The range seems affordable too.'So would you39ll be willing to pay Rs. 999 for a t-shirt like this? Reply with a yes or no, any other feedback welcome,' Akshay wrote.With his clothing line, Akshay has joined the likes of other tinsel town celebrities including Salman Khan, Shraddha Kapoor, Alia Bhatt and Sonam Kapoor, who have ventured into adding their creative inputs to fashion collections.
Anushka has evolved as an actor, person: Ranveer Singh

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Anushka has evolved as an actor, person: Ranveer Singh

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Bollywood actor Ranveer Singh on Sunday heaped praises on "Dil Dhadakne Do" DDD co-star and former flame Anushka Sharma for her growth as an actress and as a person."It was fantastic working with her in 39Dil Dhadakne Do39. She has evolved as an actor and person. It was wonderful to work with her after a few years. We did our first few films together. She taught me a lot," Ranveer said here during the film39s promotion.The duo were seen in "Ladies vs Ricky Bahl" and "Band Baaja Baaraat".In the Zoya Akhtar-directed DDD, Ranveer and Anushka form a part of the ensemble cast including Anil Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Shefali Shah, Farhan Akhtar and others.Anushka, who is currently dating Indian cricketer Virat Kohli, was however, missing from the Kolkata leg of the promotional.Quizzed on whether he was missing Anushka, Ranveer gave a guarded response."I am missing the entire starcasta Priyanka, Shefali and others. However, it39s a boys39 night out," he said referring to Anil and Farhan39s presence at the promotional.DDD is set to release on June 5.
Every single child is unique: Priyanka Chopra

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Every single child is unique: Priyanka Chopra

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Giving thumbs-up to video 'Dear Maa' with foreword narrated by actress Juhi Chawla on Down Syndrome awareness, "Mary Kom" star Priyanka Chopra says every child is 'special in their own unique way'.'It39s a disservice to categorise them. Every single child is special in their own unique way. Do watch this,' Priyanka, who supports Unicef39s adolescent work in the country, tweeted on Sunday.The 32-year-old also posted the link of the three-and-half-minute video, which features the day-to-day life of children suffering from the genetic disorder.The video, which was posted on YouTube on May 7, has received close to 13,000 views till now.In the opening of the video, Juhi says: 'Every year, in India, thousands of children afflicted with Down Syndrome are aborted in the womb. The ones fortunate enough to be born are considered a burden by family and society. When, in fact, they are no less capable than a regular child.'
My mom, wife worried about my health: Aamir Khan

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My mom, wife worried about my health: Aamir Khan

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Actor Aamir Khan, who keeps losing and gaining weight for his films according to the demand of the scripts, says it worries his mother and wife.The actor has now gained weight for "Dangal", in which he plays a wrestler, and weighs 95 kg at present."I am 95 kg right now and that39s enough for the character. My breathing has changed... when I tie my laces, my stomach comes in between. After 20 seconds, I have to take a long breath," Aamir told reporters here."My mom and my wife are very worried about my health as they feel I am playing with my health. Even I feel the same," he added.The actor says he will lose weight and will be back in shape once the project is over."By December 2015, we will finish the shooting, and in the next five months I will lose weight and then have one more schedule in the month of June, where my character is young. When the film will come to an end, I will be back to the 39PK39 look," said the 39Mr. Perfectionist39, who flaunted eight-pack abs in "Ghajini".
'Dil Dhadakne Do' a world-class film: Anil Kapoor

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'Dil Dhadakne Do' a world-class film: Anil Kapoor

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Bollywood actor Anil Kapoor, who will be seen in the role of a patriarch of a dysfunctional Punjabi family in the forthcoming film "Dil Dhadakne Do", said the movie is a world-class project.Also starring Ranveer Singh, Priyanka Chopra, Shefali Shah, Farhan Akhtar and Anushka Sharma, "Dil Dhadakne Do" DDD is a family film, said the 58-year-old veteran."It is a family film. It is a Zoya Akhtar film so it has a distinct style. It is a film which you can easily say is world-standard," Anil said here on Sunday while promoting the film.Set for a June 5 release, DDD also has another character - a dog named Pluto - which, according to Anil, is the real hero of the flick."Pluto is the real hero of the film. We all make up the ensemble around him. He is the real rockstar," said Anil, the father of actress Sonam.Talking about his role, the "Slumdog Millionaire" actor said people will notice a difference in his look."I am tired of people asking me about there being no difference over the ages. In this film you will notice the difference and this is why I did the film. You will see the difference faraq in Urdu and you will be proud of it faraq," said Anil who sports a salt and pepper hairstyle.
Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir promote Bajrangi Bhaijaan, Salman 'touched'

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Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir promote Bajrangi Bhaijaan, Salman 'touched'

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Superstar Shah Rukh Khan and Aamir Khan39s gesture of promoting 'Bajrangi Bhaijaan' has touched the 'Dabangg' actor Salman Khan, who has 'thanked' his colleagues for supporting his forthcoming film.Both Shah Rukh and Aamir shared the first look of "Bajrangi Bhaijaan" on their respective social media pages. The 'extremely happy' Salman took to micro-blogging website Twitter on Wednesday, and wrote: 'Thanking sharukh n amir for the 1st look of bajrangi bhaijaan. V touched n extremely happy. God39s give them n thr fans all the happiness.'The first look of 'Bajrangi Bhaijaan' focusses on only a peek-a-boo into Salman39s look. One can make out that he sports a rugged and intense look with a stubble. But it39s a silver locket dangling from his neck that has grabbed all the attention. The 49-year-old also shared that the teaser of his much anticipated film would be releasing on Thursday night. 'Bajrangi Bhaijaan ka namaste, aapko! BBTeaserTonight @BBThisEid,' he tweeted.Directed by Kabir Khan, "Bajrangi Bhaijaan" is extensively shot in Kashmir, Mandawa and Delhi. The movie narrates the tale of a Muslim boy and a Brahmin girl, essayed by Kareena Kapoor Khan.
Arjun Kapoor 'suits up'

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Arjun Kapoor 'suits up'

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Actor Arjun Kapoor, often seen on the big screen in a casual and scruffy look, treated his fans on social media to an image in which he looks suave in a three-piece suit. The 29-year-old actor took to photo-sharing website Instagram to share the black-and-white image. He leans on a wall and seems as if he was in deep thought. 'Playing with shadows as time stands still in black white suitup,' the 'Tevar' actor tweeted.The 'Ishaqzaade' actor keeps updating his fans and followers about his personal and professional achievements by frequently sharing photographs and news of himself on social media. On the big screen, Arjun was last seen in "Tevar" opposite actress Sonakshi Sinha.
Sarah Jane Dias 'inspired' by Vishal Dadlani

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Sarah Jane Dias 'inspired' by Vishal Dadlani

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Actress-singer Sarah Jane Dias, who made her singing debut with English single "Forgot to be me", says she is 'inspired' by musician Vishal Dadlani of Vishal-Shekhar duo.'Vishal is a dear friend and unarguably the most talented musicians I know. To say he inspires me is a gross understatement. Im so happy and humbled to have had his encouragement and support,' Sarah said in a statement.On the big screen, the 31-year-old actress will next be seen in Jeff Goldsberg39s 'Adhoori Dhun', in which she essays a singer.
Ranbir is a fantastic actor: Aamir

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Ranbir is a fantastic actor: Aamir

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Actor Ranbir Kapoor's latest film "Bombay Velvet" failed to strike a chord with the audience, but superstar Aamir Khan is all praise for the versatility of the 32-year-old and says "he can do any film'."Ranbir is a fantastic actor. He can do any film, he is that good," the 50-year-old, who is himself known for his ability to slip into myriad roles, said here in an interview.Both Aamir and Ranbir were seen together in "PK". While Aamir had a full-fledged role, Ranbir was seen in a cameo at the end of the entertainer.As of now, Aamir is busy with his film "Dangal", a biopic on the life of wrestler Mahavir Phogat.
Riteish Deshmukh shares son Riaan's image

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Riteish Deshmukh shares son Riaan's image

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Actor Riteish Deshmukh, who so far chose to keep his son away from the limelight, finally shared heart-melting photographs of his son Riaan on social media for the first time.Riteish's son with Genelia D'Souza was born in November 2014.The 'Masti' actor took to micro-blogging website Twitter to share the three photographs on the occasion of the actor39s late father Vilasrao Deshmukh39s 70th birth anniversary on Tuesday.The first photograph shows Riteish carrying Riaan in his arms."On my Father39s 70thBirthAnniversary Riaan turns 6 months old," the actor tweeted along with the image.The second photograph featured Riteish, Genelia and Riaan sharing an intimate moment. While Genelia hugs Riteish from behind and kisses him on his head, the 'Kyaa Kool Hai Hum' actor is seen cuddling their six-month old."Riaan completes us @geneliad," the 36-year-old "Grand Masti" star tweeted.The third photograph showed Riaan paying respect to former two-time chief minister of Maharashtra and his late grandfather Vilasrao Deshmukh."Riaan paying his respects to his grandfather VilasraoDeshmukh 70thBirthAnniversary," posted Riteish.The actor married Genelia in 2012.
Parineeti Chopa gets grumpy in morning

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Parineeti Chopa gets grumpy in morning

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It seems actress Parineeti Chopra is not a morning person, or so it seems from a latest image, where she was seen making a grumpy face for having to wake up early. In the image, the 26-year-old is seen sitting in a car, and sporting a no-makeup look, teamed with a pink full-sleeved T-shirt, which had the message 'Cheer up'.'Even my sweatshirt is telling me to cheer up. Dear sweatshirt, do you realise how early in the morning it is?? Grumpy MorningPersonNOT,' Parineeti tweeted.On the big screen, the actress was last seen in "Kill Dil".
Salman Khan to tweet in Hindi and Urdu for fans

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Salman Khan to tweet in Hindi and Urdu for fans

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Superstar Salman Khan, who is excited to reveal the teaser of his new movie "Bajrangi Bhaijaan", has promised his fans that he will soon start tweeting in Hindi and Urdu.The 'Dabangg' actor took to micro-blogging website Twitter to share his new commitment.'Also for all my fans, I will soon start tweeting in hindi and urdu also,' Salman tweeted.
Rihanna poses with spunky pink gun

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Rihanna poses with spunky pink gun

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Singer Rihanna has posted a daring photograph in which she is seen posing with a pink gun.The 'Diamonds' hitmaker shared the image on her photo-sharing website Instagram account on May 25, reports aceshowbiz.comIn the image, the singer is seen wearing a green oversized jacket, and she carries a black leather bag, while her red hair is worn down.The pink gun she carries in the photograph, looks like a drill as it has drill bits-like stuff on its muzzle.The 27-year-old singer captioned the picture: "Brainwashed."
Jordin Sparks laughs off breast implant rumour

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Jordin Sparks laughs off breast implant rumour

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Singer Jordin Sparks has rubbished rumours that she has gone under the knife for breast enhancement.Sparks took to micro-blogging website Twitter on Monday to address the rumour floated by MediaTakeOut website.A fan wrote to her: "@JordinSparks Not hating, but you didn39t need surgery. I know societal pressure sucks. Love your voice. Peace." To that, she replied: "@ghostwriterCas What sucks is people believing everything they read. Lol."The fan then responded: "Truth! And your reply is much appreciated. My wife might just get quite jealous now. Must really suck to have stuff like that constructed about yourself. Just dealt with rumours myself on a smaller scale. Thanks for setting the record straight, though. Most celebs wouldn39t even look at their mentions or bother replying."MediaTakeOut had reported that the 'No air' hitmaker had undergone a breast job, according to aceshowbiz.comThe site posted an article with headline "Pop Sensation JORDIN SPARKS Unveils Her NEW BREAST IMPLANTS... What Do Y39all Think ... Did She Go TOO BIG??? sic."The site included a before and after photograph of the "Battlefield" songstress. The after photographs were taken from her latest appearance at Indy 500 on Sunday. At that time, she wore a white blazer over a white crop tanktop and jeans. The site went on to write: "We like Jordin39s new bbs ... they were very TASTEFULLY DONE.
Spanish director Vicente Aranda dies at 88

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Spanish director Vicente Aranda dies at 88

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Spanish film director Vicente Aranda died at his home here on Tuesday, the Spanish Academy of Arts and Cinematographic Sciences AACCE has confirmed.Born in Barcelona on November 9, 1926 and the winner of two Goya Awards, the Spanish equivalent of the Oscars, Aranda is one of the most prominent Spanish film directors.According to the AACCE, his remains will be cremated on Wednesday, reports Efe.Aranda directed many films including "Fata Morgana" 1965, "Clara is the Price" 1974, "Sex Change" 1976, "Lovers" 1991, "The Turkish Passion" 1994, "Carmen" 2009, and "Mad Love" 2001, among others.In addition to his Goya accolades, the late director also won several awards in various international film festivals such as Berlin International Film Festival and San Sebastian Film Festival.
Diaz turned to Barrymore for marriage tips

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Diaz turned to Barrymore for marriage tips

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Actress Cameron Diaz reportedly sought marriage advice from her close friend Drew Barrymore when she went through a rough patch with husband Benji Madden.Diaz got married in January."Drew said Cam should let Benji know he39s the most important man in her life and keep his ego padded. She39s taking Drew39s advice seriously. She wants to stay happily married," a source told OK! magazine, reports femalefirst.co.uk.It appears that Diaz is sharing her newfound marriage tips with her brother-in-law Joel Madden, who is believed to be having trouble with wife Nicole Richie.An insider said previously: "Joel is determined to fight for Nicole. He39s been leaning on Cameron, saying he doesn39t want to give up on the marriage. He says he39ll do whatever he can to prove his devotion to her and their family."
Johnny Depp could face 10-year jail term over his dogs

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Johnny Depp could face 10-year jail term over his dogs

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Actor Johnny Depp might face jail time for bringing his two dogs into Australia illegally.An Australian Senate committee said if the matter goes to court and the 51-year-old is found guilty, he could face up to 10 years in jail or a maximum fine of 265,000, reports people.com.Depp landed in hot water earlier this month after flying into Australia in a private jet with his Yorkshire Terriers -- Pistol and Boo -- breaking the country39s strict quarantine laws. As per reports, an ongoing investigation found that Depp, his fellow passengers and the flight crew did not declare the dogs39 presence, and they were only discovered after the pups were taken to a local groomer and photos were posted on social media. Australian Minister for Agriculture Barnaby Joyce then threatened to have the Yorkies euthanised unless they were flown out of the country within 50 hours.
Charli XCX passed out in Katy Perry's toilet

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Charli XCX passed out in Katy Perry's toilet

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Singer Charli XCX passed out in Katy Perry39s toilet when she first met the "Roar" hitmaker."I passed out in her toilet. I39d been out the night before because we39d finished a video shoot and I rolled straight to this barbecue and it was a bit of a nightmare. I had one drink and was like, 39Oh god, game over39," Charli XCX told Fabulous magazine, reports femalefirst.co.uk.Asked if Perry found her in the bathroom, she said: "No, thank god, but she did say to me, 39You looked really terrible earlier.39 I was like, 39Thanks. You can count on me, Katy.39 It39s fair to say I made a great, solid impression."Despite not offering Perry a great first impression, the 22-year-old singer was invited to join the "Dark Horse" hitmaker on tour and the pair have since formed a great friendship.She shared: "I really like Katy, we39ve got on really well. She has an incredible eye for over-the-top props, which I really respect. She39s really fun."
Kate Winslet feels makeup is 'liberating'

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Kate Winslet feels makeup is 'liberating'

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Actress Kate Winslet finds makeup to be "liberating" and says it makes her feel "confident" and "feminine"."Wearing makeup can make a woman feel confident, feminine and celebrated -- and I think it also brings a sense of liberation," Winslet told the Stella magazine, reports femalefirst.co.uk. The 39-year-old actress also revealed the secret method she uses to keep her skin glowing and ready for the cameras.She said: "Fresh air does wonders for my skin so I keep a window open in my room at night for a little bit of breeze. I try to get as much sleep as possible, and drink plenty of water too."Meanwhile, Winslet said she is feeling much more confident in her own body and deals with the "judgement and scrutiny" by examining her career successes instead of focussing on her figure."I still dip in and out of feeling confident as much as the next person, but I can genuinely say, now more than ever, that I really do love the fact that I39m curvy. I39ve got bbs and a b and a man who loves me."When you go through the sort of scrutiny that I have, you have to choose a means of dealing with that level of judgement. My way has always been to take a good look at how my career is going. The way I see it, I have an incredibly fulfilling, rewarding career that has nothing to do with the size of my ae."
Noel Gallagher 'sick' of being called Liam

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Noel Gallagher 'sick' of being called Liam

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Musician Noel Gallagher gets mistaken for Liam Gallagher a lot, and he is "sick" of it.The 47-year-old says that he hates it when strangers think he39s Liam39s younger brother, reports femalefirst.co.uk.When asked during his US tour if he gets tired of his name being pronounced Noel by Americans, he replied: "Not as sick as I get of people calling me Liam. Particularly on the tube. People find it amazing that I get public transport in London, I get on the underground."I get the guy down the end of the carriage who is looking above the throng of people and you39re like, 39ohh no, he39s going to do it39. And he39ll just go... 39LIAM! Yes man! Liam!39 And it39s just like, fg hell."Oasis split in 2009 when Noel quit the band, which originally formed in Manchester in 1991, following an explosive row with Liam, 42, backstage at a show in Paris. But the 'Don39t look back in anger' hitmakers are planning a reunion without Noel.The original lineup featuring Liam, guitarist Paul 'Bonehead' Arthurs, bassist Paul 'Guigsy' McGuigan and drummer Tony McCarroll are now planning on getting back together.
Amanda Seyfried plans sister's wedding

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Amanda Seyfried plans sister's wedding

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Actress Amanda Seyfried is planning her elder sister39s wedding, which will take place at her farmhouse in Stone Ridge, New York.The 29-year-old actress, who is dating Justin Long, is very excited to host her sibling39s nuptials in August, reports femalefirst.co.uk.Seyfried told the June edition of Vogue magazine: "She39s with the best guy and it39s going to be great - better than my own party. All the attention is going to be on her, and I39m going to slip away and enjoy myself."Jenni, 32, added: "I never had a dream wedding in mind, but Amanda just got really excited about it and took the reins. It39s very touching."The 'Les Miserables' star adores the rural home, which she bought last October, but has confessed she will think twice before taking on demanding roles regardless of the pay packet.
Dwayne Johnson's 'Shazam' will release before 2019

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Dwayne Johnson's 'Shazam' will release before 2019

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Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has confirmed that the DC Comics adaptation "Shazam" will come earlier than was expected. The actor will play Black Adam, one of the villains in the movie.'No, I don39t think it is going to be that far away. It39s going to be earlier than that. I don39t think 2019,' the 43-year-old said when asked about the release date of "Shazam".Back in October 2014, Warner Bros set the movie to be released on April 5, 2019. But it39s not really surprising if the release date will be changed because Johnson had already teased about it in an interview at the 87th Academy Awards in February. 'You know, it may happen a little earlier than what has been predicted. The script is coming in, it39s great. The support from the studio has been great. 'And it is just a great opportunity especially with Black Adam where you can take a guy that starts off as bad guy turns into an anti-hero. We can make him vicious a little bit of winking charm,' he said. Produced by Johnson, Hiram Garcia, Michael Uslan, Peter Segal and Michael Ewing, "Shazam" centres on young Billy Batson who finds himself gifted with the power of the wizard Shazam to fight against the forces of evil. No director has been tapped for the movie yet.
Dharmendra may soon undergo shoulder surgery

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Dharmendra may soon undergo shoulder surgery

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Veteran actor Dharmendra may undergo shoulder surgery soon, his wife and actress Hema Malini said on Friday.Addressing Dharmendra39s health scare, Hema said he is recuperating well, but necessary medical treatment has to be ensured.'Just an update on Dharamji. He got admitted to Breach Candy to chk his blood count as he felt tired all the time to chk his shoulder pain,' Hema tweeted on Friday. 'His haemoglobin count was a bit low so he was anaemic. Under observation now he may have a shoulder surgery a lil later. Pray he is ok fast,' she added. According to reports, the actor was rushed to the hospital after he complained of pain in his shoulder, which he hurt while shooting for 'Second Hand Husband'.The couple have two daughters - Esha and Ahana -- together. Known as the Hindi cinema39s original He-Man, the actor is known for hits like 'Sholay', 'Dream Girl' and 'Seeta Aur Geeta'. Dharmendra has two sons from his first marriage -- Sunny and Bobby Deol. Dharmendra39s daughter Esha also took to the micro-blogging site Twitter to send out a message too. 'Thank u all for ur concern! My dad is fit and fine sic,' Esha tweeted on Thursday night. On the professional front, in the last few years, the actor has been appreciated for his acts in movies such as 'Yamla Pagla Deewana' and 'Apne", which also starred his sons.Dharmendra39s last film outing was Punjabi movie "Double Di Trouble".
Nawazuddin to play Pakistani journalist in 'Bajrangi Bhaijaan'

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Nawazuddin to play Pakistani journalist in 'Bajrangi Bhaijaan'

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Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui essays a Pakistani journalist in forthcoming Salman Khan starrer 'Bajrangi Bhaijaan', which is scheduled to release on July 17.'Nawazuddin plays an important role of a Pakistani journalist in the film,' a spokesperson of the film confirmed.Nawazuddin and Salman will be coming together for the second time after 'Kick'.'The makers are very excited about their coming together again and the duo share a very special relationship in the film," the source added.The film39s story revolves around a little girl from Pakistan lost in India and how she is reunited with her country and family with the help of a man named Bajrangi BhaijaanMeanwhile, Nawazuddin, also known for his role in 'Gangs of Wasseypur', is currently filming for 'Raees' which also features Shah Rukh Khan.
Alia Bhatt praises Kangana Ranaut

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Alia Bhatt praises Kangana Ranaut

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After Priyanka Chopra, Bollywood39s young powerhouse of talent Alia Bhatt has praised 39queen39 Kangana Ranaut after watching her latest movie 'Tanu Weds Manu: Returns'. She has also given the thumbs up for content-driven films led by women.The 22-year-old even called Kangana an 'inspiration'.'Such an inspiration, and the rare ability to just purely ENTERTAIN !!! Ufff loved Kangna in TWMR.. Wohoooo to girl power superbbbb,' the 'Highway' actress tweeted.Alia will next be seen in 'Udta Punjab' directed by Abhishek Chaubey. The film also features Kareena Kapoor Khan, Shahid Kapoor and Diljit Dosanjh.
Anil Kapoor is the coolest guy: Ranveer Singh

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Anil Kapoor is the coolest guy: Ranveer Singh

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Actor Ranveer Singh, whose energy and livewire vibes are admired by many in the Hindi film industry, is personally impressed with actor Anil Kapoor39s "friendly and jovial nature".In fact, Ranveer says the 58-year-old Anil was the coolest guy on the sets of their forthcoming film "Dil Dhadakne Do"."He is a living legend," Ranveer said here.In the film, directed by Zoya Akhtar, Anil plays Ranveer39s onscreen father."Anil Kapoor was the coolest guy. He is a living legend. I really bonded with him... which is wonderful. It is so good to see him. He is such a cool guy... like a bro brother," the 29-year-old said here in an interview."He didn39t behave like a senior personality. We used to workout together... go out together, visited places that neither of us had seen earlier. We had loads of fun," he added."Dil Dhadakne Do" is about a dysfunctional family39s cruise trip. Slated to release on June 5, the film also features Farhan Akhtar, Priyanka Chopra, Anushka Sharma and Shefali Shah.
'Wazir' second teaser to be tagged with 'Dil Dhadakne Do'

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'Wazir' second teaser to be tagged with 'Dil Dhadakne Do'

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When you go to watch "Dil Dhadakne Do" next week in the theatres, you can also catch a glimpse of the second teaser trailer of Amitabh Bachchan-starrer "Wazir".Directed by Bejoy Nambiar and produced by Vinod Chopra Films and Rajkumar Hirani Films, "Wazir" also stars Farhan Akhtar, who is also a part of the "Dil Dhadakne Do" ensemble cast.In "Wazir", Amitabh plays a paralysed grand chess master and Farhan plays the role of an ATS officer.The film39s first teaser had come out with "PK", leading to immense anticipation for the movie, and now the second one, which will release on June 5, is likely to further heighten the interest in it.
If you're 28, it doesn't mean you've to get married: Kangana Ranaut

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If you're 28, it doesn't mean you've to get married: Kangana Ranaut

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There39s no "right" age to get married, says actress Kangana Ranaut, who is currently enjoying the success of her latest hit "Tanu Weds Manu Returns" and is in no mood to "give away" her "position" in the film industry as of now."Marriage is hard work. I have worked hard for ten years and I don39t have time to build equations. I am in a place where I can secure my position and have a good future I don39t want to give it away," the National Award winning actress said here."When love happens, it happens just like that. Just because you are 28 years old, it doesn39t mean you have to get married and have kids," she said.Kangana, for whom "Tanu Weds Manu Returns" has turned out to be a double whammy post "Queen", says she feels that a new journey has started for her."There is a time when you struggle to prove yourself worthy of what you rightfully deserve, and then comes a time when that struggle is over. Then there is struggle to explore, transcend your limit and go to the next level. I am going to stage two now," she said.Produced by Eros International and Colour Yellow Productions, and directed by Anand L. Rai, "Tanu Weds Manu Returns" is a sequel to the 2011 entertainer "Tanu Weds Manu". The film also features R. Madhavan.
Blake Lively becomes fashion designer

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Blake Lively becomes fashion designer

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Blake Lively is a jack of many trades -- actress, spokesmodel, lifestyle guru, red carpet goddess, and now she can add fashion designer to her resume too.The 27-year-old shared her first-ever fashion design on Instagram -- a mod-feminine frock created with the help of Lively39s Preserve-approved Amourt Vert label, reports eonline.com.'I may not be able to draw worth a lick, but I am proud of this dress I co-designed with Amour Vert for @preserve_us. You better send me pics if you buy it! I want to share your photos!! PRSRV so I see it,' the proud new designer captioned the photograph.Made entirely of silk, the delicate dress features an ivory tie-top and billowing printed skirt. The "Champagne Dress" is available for pre-order for 230 on Lively39s website. Blake previously opened up about her new career as fashion designer, saying that she would keep doing it in the near future. "To be honest, I could really see myself opening a clothing label and might even do it one day," she told German magazine Jolie.
Deepika finds Ranveer Singh 'incredible' in 'Dil Dhadakne Do'

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Deepika finds Ranveer Singh 'incredible' in 'Dil Dhadakne Do'

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Deepika Padukone is "blown away" after watching Zoya Akhtar39s film "Dil Dhadakne Do", and she is especially impressed by rumoured beau Ranveer Singh39s performance in it."And you @RanveerOfficial ...YOU can do THIS ALSO!!?? incredible! Soo proud of you! and no...I39m not being biased...YY," Deepika tweeted after watching the film at a screening here on Thursday.After watching the film, Deepika couldn39t get over it and showered praises on the film."Can39t get over what I just saw!!! My most awaited film of the year!!!DilDhadakneDo 5thJune MustWatch," she tweeted further."Dil Dhadakne Do" is directed by Zoya Akhtar and it features an ensemble cast including Priyanka Chopra, Anil Kapoor, Anushka Sharma, Farhan Akhtar and Shefali Shah, apart from Ranveer. It is about a dysfunctional family on a cruise trip.
R. Madhavan one of the most wonderful actors: Hirani

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R. Madhavan one of the most wonderful actors: Hirani

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Filmmaker Rajkumar Hirani has lauded R. Madhavan's performance in 'Tanu Weds Manu Returns'.The director, who worked with Madhavan during '3 Idiots', feels that Madhavan is one of the most underrated actors.'Madhavan is one of the most wonderful actors we have. I am happy that he is getting his share of praise. To match up the performance of a fabulous actor like Kangana Ranaut, in a role that had to be so subdued, it is highly commendable,' Hirani said in a statement.'Tanu Weds Manu Returns', directed by Anand L. Rai, has been winning hearts of many since its release last week.
Perception is that I had it easy: Jackky Bhagnani

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Perception is that I had it easy: Jackky Bhagnani

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Actor Jackky Bagnani, son of film producer Vashu Bhagnani, says the perception about him has been that his entry into Bollywood has been easy. But he asserts that it has not been an easy ride.Jackky, who was appreciated for his performance in "Youngistaan", told IANS: "The perception is that I had it easy, but it has not been an easy ride for me. So, finally to reach a point where I am being praised in whatever small way for my performance in 39Youngistaan39 obviously feels good.""Honestly, 39Youngistaan39 opened a lot of doors for me and I am in talks with lot of people."The actor, who has mostly worked under his father39s banner Pooja Entertainment so far, says "fortunately or unfortunately, we are one of the top 15-20 film productions houses in India, so even if I leave this house it should be for something big."Jackky39s latest film is "Welcome 2 Karachi", in which he stars with Arshad Warsi, is directed by Ashish R Mohan and released on Friday.
Sonakshi Sinha to sing

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Sonakshi Sinha to sing

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'Dabangg' actress Sonakshi Sinha, who will soon be seen as a judge in "Indian Idol Junior", will entertain the audience in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with her voice and sing live at the 16th edition of the three-day International Indian Film Academy IIFA Weekend and Awards in June.Hosted by actors Ayushmann Khurrana and Parineeti Chopra, IIFA Rocks, an exclusive music extravaganza, will see a host of musical performances by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, Mika, Ankit Tiwari, Kanika Kapoor, Javed Ali and the Nooran sisters. Sonakshi will also exercise her vocal chords at IIFA Rocks on June 5.'There will be some exciting first-ever at the IIFA Weekend and Awards. Sonakshi Sinha is going to take the stage as a singer at IIFA Rocks,' Sabbas Joseph, director, Wizcraft International Entertainment, the organisers of IIFA, told IANS over phone from Mumbai.Actresses Jacqueline Fernandez, Aditi Rao Hydari, Lisa Haydon and Lauren Gottlieb will also perform at IIFA Rocks.Joseph shared that Sonakshi will perform on the awards night June 7 as well.'On the awards night, we will see performances by Hrithik Roshan, Anushka Sharma, Priyanka Chopra, Farhan Akhtar, Parineeti Chopra, Shraddha Kapoor, Sonakshi and Shahid Kapoor. It will be larger than life, big and spectacular,' he said. Established in 2000, the International Indian Film Academy was initiated with the aim of celebrating Indian cinema across the world.
'Brothers' trailer to release on June 10

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'Brothers' trailer to release on June 10

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The trailer of upcoming action-drama film 'Brothers', starring Akshay Kumar and Sidharth Malhotra, will be out next month.Directed by Karan Malhotra, the film, which also stars Jacqueline Fernandez and Jackie Shroff, is an official Hindi adaptation of the Hollywood film "Warriors" and tells the story of two estranged brothers.Karan Johar, who is co-producing the project under his Dharma Productions banner, took to Twitter on Sunday to announce the news.'BrothersTrailerOn10thJune @karanmalhotra21 @akshaykumar @S1dharthM @Asli_Jacqueline @bindasbhidu @DharmaMovies @apoorvamehta18,' Johar tweeted.'Brothers' is slated to release on August 14.
Alia Bhatt under the weather

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Alia Bhatt under the weather

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The scorching heat seems to have taken a toll on Alia Bhatt39s health. The unwell actress is just hating it.'Aaaaah under the weather and how!!!! Hate being sick photoshoooooot today Sunday. Eventually only the camera can cheer me up,' Alia posted on Twitter.The 22-year-old earlier told IANS that one should "drink a lot of water and stay hydrated' to beat the scorching heat in summer season."I have atleast five liters of water a day. I also eat a lot of fruits, it fills me up and gives me energy that I need. I have a lot of nimbu paani lime water. To keep the body cool, I have sabja seeds sweet basil seeds with milk," added the actress, who will be seen sharing screen space with her mother Soni Razdan for the first time in an ad campaign of Garnier Fructis Oil-In-Cream.Alia will next be seen in the upcoming film, "Shaandaar", which will release on September 4.
Ranveer is now calmer, less anxious: Anushka Sharma

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Ranveer is now calmer, less anxious: Anushka Sharma

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Actress Anushka Sharma, who worked with Ranveer Singh in the 2010 film "Band Baaja Baaraat", says he is now a calmer and less anxious person as compared to his earlier days."When we worked together for 39Band Baaja Baaraat39, Ranveer used to be very anxious and hyper on set. He used to do weird things, but now he is calmer, less anxious. He's a better actor now,' Anushka said during a chat show shot for mobile audiences to promote the forthcoming film "Dil Dhadakne Do".Apart from Ranveer and Anushka, the Zoya Akhtar directorial features Farhan Akhtar, Anil Kapoor, Shefali Shah and Priyanka Chopra.The chat show, "Cruising With Dil Dhadakne Do", has been shot exclusively for hotstar. It features the film39s actors in free-wheeling, entertaining conversations sprinkled with reminiscences, jokes, memorable experiences from both, life and the making of the film.Ranveer was seen joking with host Cyrus Sahukar, saying that since the episode is being shot exclusively for the digital medium, he can say anything he wants, use any words he wants, including swear words. To that, Anushka quickly reminded him of what had happened the last time he did that online -- hinting at the controversial AIB Knockout earlier this year."Dil Dhadakne Do" releases on June 5.
Why is Parineeti Chopra feeling privileged?

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Why is Parineeti Chopra feeling privileged?

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Actress Parineeti Chopra says she felt proud after having lunch with actor Varun Dhawan.The actress took to micro-blogging site Twitter to talk about the 39privileged39 moment. Filmmaker Karan Johar also joined them for the lunch. 'Karan and I honoured and privileged to have lunch with The Varun Dhawan. @karanjohar varundvn,' Parineeti tweeted. The 'Ishaqzaade' actress also shared a photograph with all the stars. While Parineeti is seen wearing a black dress, Varun sports a cool look with a denim jacket. Karan is in an all-black outfit. Meanwhile, Varun is all set for his dance-based film "ABCD 2". The sequel to the 2013 hit "ABCD - AnyBody Can Dance" features Shraddha Kapoor, choreographer-director Prabhudheva and international dancer Lauren Gottlieb.Directed by Remo D39Souza, the film is slated to release on June 19.
Emraan Hashmi's pre-kissing ritual

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Emraan Hashmi earned the title of Bollywood39s 39serial kisser39, but the actor says he sticks to a pre-kissing ritual to get a scene right -- he avoids berries!In an episode of 'Farah Ki Daawat', hosted by choreographer-filmmaker Farah Khan, the 'Jannat' actor shared that before a kissing scene in his movies, he avoids eating any kind of berries because he is allergic to them. But he recounted having garlic just before one such scene, just to get back at an actress. And no, he didn39t take any names!The actor also shared that his best kiss has been with a dog instead of any actress. 'Best kiss was when my dog licked my face," he quipped.Emraan also tried his hand at cooking by helping Farah cook her signature roast chicken. In "Farah Ki Daawat", which is aired on Colors channel, Bollywood celebrities showcase their culinary skills.
Focus on female audience, says Witherspoon

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Focus on female audience, says Witherspoon

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Actress Reese Witherspoon said that women "should make up 50 percent of the movies we see".Speaking at the Producers Guild of America's 7th annual 'Produced By' conference on the Paramount lot, the actress offered plenty of encouragement to producers by stressing the need to focus on the female audience - as demonstrated by her recent producing efforts, 'Wild,' 'Gone Girl' and 'Hot Pursuit', reports variety.com.'Women make up 50 percent of the population. We should make up 50 percent of the movies we see,' Witherspoon said.Witherspoon shared that she and partner Bruna Papandrea created Pacific Standard company out of frustration with a lack of interesting roles for actresses.She said: 'It is great to have specificity because people know what to send you. We are looking for great female parts.'
Channing Tatum in 'Two Kisses for Maddy'

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Channing Tatum in 'Two Kisses for Maddy'

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Actor Channing Tatum is set to produce and likely headline Sony Pictures' upcoming father-daughter drama 'Two Kisses for Maddy'.The film, based on Matthew Logelin's memoir 'Two Kisses for Maddy: A Memoir of Loss and Love', centers on his marriage, the death of his wife 27 hours after she gave birth to their daughter and his experiences of raising his daughter as a single parent, reports variety.com.'Two Kisses for Maddy', which took its title from the kisses Logelin gave his daughter each night, landed on the New York Times bestseller list when it was published in 2011.The project was set up in 2012 as a Lifetime movie with Marta Kaufman and Denise DiNovi as executive producers but did not go forward.Tatum will produce with partner Peter Kiernan through his Free Association production company. Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey will also produce under Temple Hill Entertainment.
Pharrell Williams buys $7 mn Hollywood home

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Pharrell Williams buys $7 mn Hollywood home

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Singer Pharrell Williams has purchased a new home in the Hollywood Hills for 7.14 million.It is designed by internationally-renowned architect Hagy Belzberg.The 11-time Grammy-Award winner snapped up the property towering over the Sunset Strip, a renowned area for music history, for almost 2 million less than the price tag. The property was listed in July for 9 million, reports femalefirst.co.uk.The listing read: "Designed by internationally-renowned architect Hagy Belzberg, Skyline Residence is a rare example of world class architecture representing one of the most important pieces of contemporary architecture built in LA in the last decade. "Published extensively and recipient of numerous architectural awards, this gated, modern compound has a 4 bedroom open-floor plan plus a 1 bedroom, detached guesthouse. Spectacular city views from every room with amazing infinity pool and outdoor theatre. "Floor to ceiling glass windows throughout. Large lot on over 1.5 acres. This home is one of a kind, characterised by its distinctive single-folded plate roof."The singer, who has collaborated on a sustainable fashion line for African retailer Woolworths and is concerned with "saving the planet", will be able to take advantage of the eco-friendly design, created with locally-sourced building materials.The 42-year-old star and his friends can even enjoy watching movies from a big projector screen on top of the motor court, apart from swimming in an infinity pool, which is the length of the property.
Mother's death led Bono to create music

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Mother's death led Bono to create music

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Singer Bono believes it was the death of his mother when he was just 14, which inspired him to form rock band U2 and become one of the biggest rock stars in the world.The U2 frontman39s mother Iris died from a brain aneurysm four days after collapsing at her father39s funeral in September 1974. Her death left a "hole" in his heart, reports femalefirst.co.uk."I realised aged 14, when my mother suddenly passed away at her own father39s graveside, that I had a hole in my heart," the 55-year-old musician told The Sun newspaper.To deal with his grief, Bono turned to music and that turned into his life.He said: "I didn39t know at the time, as I filled it with music. I became an artist through her absence and I owe her for that. I thought the rage I had was a part of rock 39n39 roll but the rage was grief."
Taylor Swift accepts she isn't 'overtly sexy'

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Taylor Swift accepts she isn't 'overtly sexy'

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Singer Taylor Swift says she has accepted that she39s not sexy and doesn39t mind her good girl image.The "Style" hitmaker, who is currently dating Scottish DJ Calvin Harris, says a lot of people think she is "not generally a sexy person", reports femalefirst.co.uk."It39s fine, I39ve accepted it. I39m a lot of things, overtly sexy is not one of them," Swift told accesshollywood.com.The 25-year-old singer was named one of the world39s most influential women after making it on the Forbes Power Women List for the first time and is very proud of the achievement.Asked if it could get any cooler, she said: "Probably not. In my definition of cool, probably not. They also said I am youngest person ever on the list, which I was really happy they were willing to put that kind of a title on a young person and say we believe in what you stand for."My parents were excited about it too. I got some text messages from my parents."
Emilia Clarke called 'Dragon Lady' in shops

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Emilia Clarke called 'Dragon Lady' in shops

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Actress Emilia Clarke is known as the 39Dragon Lady39 when she goes into her local shop here to buy groceries because of her "Game of Thrones" character.The 28-year-old actress is always recognised by the staff who are fans of the HBO series, in which she plays Daenerys Targaryen, and they affectionately refer to her as the blonde queen who controls three dragons, reports femalefirst.co.uk."When I go in they will say, 39Oh, hello, Dragon Lady39. It39s like, 39Oh, that39s my face on a magazine... Okay, morning, could I just have the milk, please39," Clarke said.Although she is very popular in her local shop, Clarke, who is believed to be dating her "Terminator Genisys" co-star Jai Courtney, doesn39t get any attention when she is out with her "Game of Thrones" co-star Kit Harington, who plays Jon Snow.She said: "I39ll be in the loo and hear these girls saying, 39I don39t know who she is but that39s Jon Snow.39 You can39t go anywhere without him being mobbed."
Khloe ready to finalise divorce from Lamar Odom

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Khloe ready to finalise divorce from Lamar Odom

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Reality TV star Khloe Kardashian is reportedly ready to finalise her divorce from her estranged husband Lamar Odom after filing the court documents in December 2013.The 30-year-old star, who filed for divorce from the former LA Lakers player amid rumours that he cheated on her and was addicted to cocaine, has "finally reached a breaking point" because he is allegedly back on drugs, reports femalefirst.co.uk."Lamar has fallen off the rails again. They were trying to work things out, but Lamar isn39t shaping up well at all. He recently left his home and he39s now staying with a cousin of his. He can39t handle his bills, his career, or his life," a source close to Khloe told Life Style magazine."Khloe39s now kicking herself for falling for his bullst lies. She knows she is totally in love with him, but she39s now realising it is time to move on and divorce him," the source added.The duo were recently rumoured to be holding secret talks in a bid to reconcile and even discussed filming another series of "Khloe Lamar" to prove to their fans they were meant to be.But the insider added: "The Khloe and Lamar show is on hold indefinitely."
Alia Bhatt teams up with mother for new ad

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Alia Bhatt teams up with mother for new ad

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Young and versatile film talent Alia Bhatt has teamed up with her mother Soni Razdan to feature in an advertisement to promote Garnier Fructis Oil-In-Cream, a haircare product.The "Highway" actress says she has fond memories of her mother giving her an oil massage.'Garnier is one of the first brands that I signed on. For the first time, I have got to team up with my mom, and do an ad along with her,' Alia told over phone from Mumbai.While she is glad that she got a rare chance to work on screen with her mother, Alia pointed out: "The reason I believe they thought of bringing my mom and me together is because you know, when you think of oiling your hair, it always takes you back to the days when you were young, and your mother would put oil in your hair."So, because this product is the new generation39s oil, this time the tables have turned, wherein I39m suggesting what product to use to my mom.'Her mother Soni Razdan, an actress and director, says the ad with her daughter is "the best comeback for me"."Being a mother to a leading actress and being an actor myself, I always wanted to work with Alia. We share a fun equation and shooting for Garnier Fructis Oil-In-Cream was a great and memorable experience," she said in a statement.It was Alia and Soni39s "chemistry" that drew the creative minds behind the ad to rope them in."Their chemistry was great as they bonded like any mother-daughter would when it comes to oiling one39s hair -- a practice that every mother teaches her daughter," said Rupika Raman, general manager, Garnier India, adding that the duo turned out to be a "perfect fit".
Madhuri Dixit in legal trouble

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Madhuri Dixit in legal trouble

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Bollywood actress Madhuri Dixit has been served a notice by Food and Drug Administration FDA for endorsing Maggi noodles, an official said on Friday.The film actress is seen endorsing the two-minute noodle as a healthy food for children in a television commercial.The FDA in Uttar Pradesh had sought recall of a March 2014 batch Maggi packets after tests revealed dangerous-level of zinc and breach of the allowed limits of monosodium glutamate in it. The actress has been asked to give in writing her promotion of the brand and its nutrients within a fortnight, failing which a case would be filed against her.Food Security official Mahimanand Joshi informed that in case the actress failed to furnish the information sought by the department, action would be initiated against her as per law.
'Tanu Weds Manu Returns' crosses Rs.100 crore mark

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'Tanu Weds Manu Returns' crosses Rs.100 crore mark

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Continuing its golden run at the box office, Kangana Ranaut and R. Madhavan starrer "Tanu Weds Manu Returns" has crossed the Rs.100 crore mark worldwide."TanuWedsManuReturns crosses a 100 cr mark! Worldwide India + Overseas total: a 101.67 cr. AWESOME," trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted on Saturday.Directed by Anand L. Rai, "Tanu Weds Manu Returns" is a sequel to the filmmaker39s 2011 hit film "Tanu Weds Manu". It focusses on the rediscovery of love between a married couple, and features Kangana in a double role and has a supporting cast of actors Jimmy Sheirgill, Deepak Dobriyal and Swara Bhaskar.The film got massive response not only from the critics and audience, but also from the film fraternity."Tanu Weds Manu Returns" is said to be the highest grossing film of 2015 in term of first week collections at the box office.Released on May 22, the film collected Rs.38.10 crore in its opening weekend.
Google doodle commemorates Nargis's 86th birth anniversary

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Google doodle commemorates Nargis's 86th birth anniversary

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Google on Monday paid a tribute to legendary actress Nargis Dutt with a commemorative doodle on her 86th birth anniversary.The doodle features an illustration of the 'Shree 420' actress holding her dupatta with both hands.The actress, whose original name was Fatima Rashid, was born on June 1, 1929. Married to actor Sunil Dutt, she had three children with him -- son Sanjay, and daughters Priya and Namrata.Widely acclaimed as one of India39s finest actresses, Nargis made her acting debut in 'Talashe Haq' in 1935 as a child actor, but her career began with the 1942 film 'Tamanna'.She became a household name in Indian cinema after her groundbreaking work in the Mehboob Khan-directed film 'Mother India', which was India39s first submission for the Academy Awards.Nargis won several awards during her illustrious career, including the coveted National Film Award. She was also conferred with Padma Shri. She succumbed to pancreatic cancer on May 3, 1981, in Mumbai.
Appearances before public are frightening: Amitabh Bachchan

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Appearances before public are frightening: Amitabh Bachchan

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Amitabh Bachchan has faced the camera with conviction for over four decades, but the megastar says he still experiences stage fright.'Appearances before the public are even more frightening. Particularly when asked to perform or present or speak on occasion. The thought of not being misjudged, of not making error, of wanting to engage and leave soon, is what creeps into the mind,' Big B posted on his blog srbachchan.tumblr.com. The cine icon, who regaled filmgoers as a Bengali father in 'Piku' also posted a family photograph with son Abhishek, daughter-in-law Aishwarya Rai and his grand daughter Aaradhya greeting the Sunday well wishers. The star went on to analyse the reason behind stage fright, saying that 'no books in the world could teach the art of speaking in public' as it seeps in with experience. 'Some thrive at the situation. Some are petrified of it. It is not an easy task to present yourself, and seem to come out an accomplished individual...the people are there to express love, and that should have been enough to give comfort to our mind and beings. But it does not always happen.'A preparation is gone into when making that step up. Impromptu works too, but then we must all be a well oiled and prepared machine that can at the drop of a hat begin to speak and never stop almost. That is difficult and tough. And no books in the world could teach us the art of speaking in public, or articulating points of sense,' he further shared. The actor, known for films like "Deewaar", "Agneepath", "Sholay", "Don" and "Black", pointed out that he still has goosebumps before coming in front of his audience. 'So just like Aaradhya, would I be scared to present myself before an audience...YESYES I would even at this age and datethere could be reasons for it, and they may never be disclosed...but there,' he said. Meanwhile, the actor is prepping up for 'Wazir', which also stars Farhan Akhtar.
Others' opinions don't matter to me: Kangana Ranaut

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Others' opinions don't matter to me: Kangana Ranaut

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Talented and outspoken actress Kangana Ranaut, who is riding high on the success of her latest film "Tanu Weds Manu Returns", says people39s opinion about her doesn39t make a difference to her.Asked if people39s outlook towards her has changed ever since she charmed the audiences and critics with "Queen" and now "Tanu Weds Manu Returns", she said: "Other people39s opinions do not matter to me...if they did matter, I wouldn39t have lasted till now.""If I would have got affected, I would be full of irrational doubts. I do have a strong sense of what can be achieved and what cannot."However, she minced no words when she said that "people39s perception towards me is a revelation after 39Queen39"."People felt I was talented. I was surprised because I thought everyone knew from before that I was talented... with films like 39Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai39, 39Woh Lamhe39, 39Life in a... Metro39, 39Tanu Weds Manu39, 39Queen39... I kept proving myself.""I thought there was no doubt about my acting abilities. So, the reaction after 39Queen39 was a revelation to me," she added.Kangana, who had earlier bagged a National Film Award for Best Supporting Actress for "Fashion", says she wasn39t expecting the Best Actress National Award for "Queen".
Sudheer Babu all set for Bollywood debut

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Sudheer Babu all set for Bollywood debut

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Telugu actor Sudheer Babu, who is known for his work in films such as "Prema Katha Chitram" and "Mosagallaku Mosagadu", has been reportedly signed on to play an important role in Sajid Nadiadwala39s "Baaghi"."Baaghi" features Tiger Shroff and Shraddha Kapoor in the lead."Sudheer has already started shooting for the project. While not much is known about his role, he does have lot of scenes with Tiger in the film," a source told IANS.An insider reveals that Sudheer may be playing the antagonist in the movie.A former badminton champion, Sudheer has also starred in film such as "Shiva Manasulo Shakti" and "Prema Katha Chitram".Sudheer is currently awaiting the release of Telugu romantic-drama "Krishnamma Kalipindi Iddarini".
'Hamari Adhuri Kahani' gets 'U' certificate

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'Hamari Adhuri Kahani' gets 'U' certificate

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Mohit Suri39s forthcoming directorial "Hamari Adhuri Kahani" has been given a 39U39 certificate by the Central Board of Film Certification.Starring Emraan Hashmi, Vidya Balan and Rajkummar Rao in lead roles, the movie is a love story that tries to define the true meaning of loving someone selflessly. "My film is a complete family movie. It is about love and longing. It questions the known meaning of what love between a man and woman should be because my film shows a married woman falling in love with a man after her husband disappears," Suri said in a statement. "Even though he returns to her life after many years, he stakes claim over her because they are married. It39s a story that makes you think if marriage is the true culmination of love or is there a deeper meaning to love someone selflessly," Suri said."Hamari Adhuri Kahani" releases on June 12.
Kim Kardashian pregnant with second child

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Kim Kardashian pregnant with second child

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Reality TV star Kim Kardashian West is pregnant with her second child with husband Kanye West.Kim made the revelation about her second pregnancy in the teaser following Sunday39s mid-season finale of her reality TV show "Keeping Up With the Kardashians", reports eonline.com.The clip shows Kim hearing the exciting news during a doctor39s appointment shortly before announcing the news to her sister Khlo Kardashian."I just got the blood test back, and I am pregnant," Kim, who is seen beaming ear-to-ear, exclaims to her stunned sister.Kim, who has 23-month-old daughter North with Kanye, has made no secret of the fact that she has been eager to grow her family of three despite her difficult first pregnancy, and she39s documented on the reality series how hard it39s been to get pregnant again.
Gwen Stefani loves sleeping

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Gwen Stefani loves sleeping

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Singer Gwen Stefani says she loves sleeping and would like to spend all day in bed if she could.Asked how she would spend her perfect day, Stefani, 45, told Elle magazine: "I39ve always loved sleeping. Even in my twenties, I would be like, 39Oh my God! We are playing at midnight?39 So my perfect day would be sleeping in and falling back asleep as many times as possible without an alarm."Stefani says her life is much more chaotic these days, as she is juggling her music career and fashion line with being a judge on the US show 'The Voice', and she dreams of fleeing to Morocco, reports femalefirst.co.uk.'I39m definitely a tea girl - PG Tips. I could drink tea all day long. As for breakfast, Gavin husband and I once travelled to Morocco and stayed in this little riad. "They would make these pancakes that were almost like crepes, but drizzled in honey. I fantasise about them, about having the children there, eating those pancakes surrounded by the trees and chameleons and other crazy-cool animals."
Chris Pine's friends wants him to settle down

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Chris Pine's friends wants him to settle down

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Actor Chris Pine39s friends want him to settle down after his lifestyle took a turn for the worse.The 'Star Trek' actor, who was arrested for driving under the influence in New Zealand in March 2014, has reportedly been partying a lot of late and his team is worried about him."Chris is in high demand as a leading man, but there are real worries that his behaviour could tarnish his reputation,' femalefirst.co.uk quoted a source as saying.Pine received a 79 fine and six-month ban on his licence for the incident, but the source said: "He acts like he got away with it."The 34-year-old actor was spotted kissing 'Vanderpump Rules' star Vail Bloom, 32, in Los Angeles, but his friends hope he finds a serious relationship."His team is worried that Chris39 partying will undo everything he39s worked so hard for. His team is just hoping that he39ll finally meet a girl so he can settle down and stay out of trouble,' said the source.
Enrique Iglesias injured on stage, continues performance

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Enrique Iglesias injured on stage, continues performance

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Singer Enrique Iglesias, who injured himself on stage, continued to perform for 30 minutes despite the pain.The 40-year-old singer sliced open two of his fingers as he attempted to grab a drone, which he sometimes uses to show the audience a point of view angle, during a performance at the Bull Fight Ring in Tijuana on Saturday. He left his white t-shirt stained with blood, but he carried on for half an hour despite being advised to end the show.Iglesias39s representative Joe Bonilla wrote on Instagram: "Last night Enrique had a show at a bullfight ring in Tijuana, Mexico for 12k+ people as part of his SexandLove world tour. During the show a drone is used to get crowd shots and some nights Enrique grabs the drone to give the audience a Point of View shot."Something went wrong and he had an accident. He was semi-treated by crew on the side of the stage to try and stop the bleeding. He was advised to stop the show. He decided to go on and continued playing for 30 minutes while the bleeding continued throughout the show. sic"The "Hero" hitmaker39s representative went on to thank fans for their "love and concern" and said that the singer was treated by an ambulance at the nearby airport after his show, and is now seeing a specialist here.Bonilla added: "He was rushed to the airport where an ambulance met him. He was then put on a plane to LA where he was then put on a plane to see a specialist. We will continue to update as we have more info. Thank you all for your love and concern."
Sylvester Stallone's daughter trying hard to become model

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Sylvester Stallone's daughter trying hard to become model

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Hollywood star Sylvester Stallone39s daughter Sistine is trying "very hard" to become a model, according to her famous father.The 'Expendables' actor has taken to his social media accounts to boast about his beautiful 16-year-old daughter Sistine and revealed she is desperate to begin her career in the fashion industry, reports femalefirst.co.uk.Alongside a photograph of him and his daughter, he wrote on Instagram: "Me with my daughter Sistine who wants to be a serious model. I believe you can do it. When my children were card which I39m grateful for. sic"The 68-year-old then posted a close-up of the same shot, in which his daughter can be seen wearing a corset-style gold dress with her hair tied back in a low bun, while her father looks at her with pride."My daughter modeling She39s trying very hard to attain her dreams sic,' he added.
Jean-Claude Van Damme not divorcing wife

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Jean-Claude Van Damme not divorcing wife

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Actor Jean-Claude Van Damme says he and his wife Gladys Portugues Van Varenberg are no longer getting divorced and their relationship is as "strong" as before.The couple, who have grown-up children Kristopher and Bianca together, filed a petition to end their 15-year marriage in March, but the 54-year-old actor insists they have now put their problems behind them."The JCVD family are still strong, the wife is strong, the kids are strong. There39s so much divorce around the world and it39s very bad for the children, that39s the problem. Couples have to work through their stuff together no matter what, they have to grow," Van Damme told tmz.com.The 54-year-old actor, who was previously married to Van Varenberg from 1987 to 1992 before remarrying her in 1999 after his marriage to Darcy LaPier broke down, claimed staying together would even benefit the US.He added: "I39ve divorced before and it39s not funny for the children or the parents or even the country. People have to stick together like in the old times, it will make America look very strong and the value will come back."
Sharon Stone wants men to 'throw themselves' at her

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Sharon Stone wants men to 'throw themselves' at her

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Actress Sharon Stone wishes more men would "throw themselves" at her and ask her out, but she thinks they don39t because most of them are intimidated by her "sexy" reputation.The 57-year-old actress became one of the most desirable women in Hollywood with her performances in erotic thrillers "Basic Instinct" and "Sliver" in the 1990s and subsequent stellar big screen career, but she insists her reputation as a confident and sexy woman has actually harmed her love life."I wish more guys would throw themselves at me. But not really. I think people believe the story that I39m sexy, and now people are afraid of me. I think people so buy into whatever you tell them that they bought the myth, they bought the story. "I think in reality I39m much more like the girl with the big clothes and the bag of books but people bought the story that I39m a sex symbol. So guys don39t throw themselves at me, they run away from me," she told bangshowbiz.com.Although Stone is still considered one of the movie industry39s biggest sex symbols, the blonde star claims there was a time when directors refused to cast her in racy roles because they didn39t think she could smoulder on screen and draw in male audiences.Stone said: "It39s funny because for the first part of my career I couldn39t get a job because no one thought I was sexy... I wore all of these big, black clothes and these big glasses and all my books and stuff and people would be like, 39She39s so not sexy.39 "Then finally this woman, the photo editor for Playboy, I told her, 39No one thinks I39m sexy. This is so stupid.39 And she was like, 39Hef Hugh Hefner wants to put you in the magazine.39 I39m like, 39In Playboy?39. "That seemed to me like the most absurd thing I had ever heard, and then I realised, I39m going to starve to death, I can39t pay my house payments, I don39t know what to do, I can39t get a job, this is ridiculous, maybe I should be in Playboy... "I would do these black and white pictures where I wouldn39t be naked on the bottom but I39d be naked on the top, and she would write the story, because she was my friend... I told people I was sexy, and then I got 39Basic Instinct39 and now people think I39m sexy."Stone has been unmarried since she divorced second husband Phil Bronstein in 2004. She has three adopted sons Roan, Laird and Quinn.
Vidya Balan to get honorary doctorate, feels 'honoured'

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Vidya Balan to get honorary doctorate, feels 'honoured'

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Actress Vidya Balan will be conferred with a Doctor of Arts Honoris Causa degree by an Ahmedabad-based institute Rai University to appreciate her contribution to Indian cinema and for her endeavour to bring out the strong side of a woman via the silver screen. Overwhelmed by the honour, the actress hopes to live up to the honour.'It is truly humbling and overwhelming to receive this honour. What makes this even more special is that I complete ten years in the film industry this year. 'There can be no bigger compliment for any actor than to have done work that has made a significant mark and also to be looked upon as a role model by young India. I hope to live up to the title,' Vidya said in a statement. The actress, who ventured into Bollywood with 'Parineeta' after her stint on the small screen through 'Hum Paanch', will be awarded the degree at a special convocation ceremony held here on Monday. The Rai University decided to award the actress with the degree for her exceptional contribution to the Indian film industry and for her contribution to empowering womanhood in the country, read a statement. Rai University provides education and empowering opportunities for all sections of society, especially for girls from the underprivileged sections of society.The university39s chancellor Harbeen Arora also mentions that Vidya39s films are synonymous with strong women in society. 'Among the league of iconic actors, Vidya is a pioneer in every way. Her films epitomise a distinct Indianness and a powerful womanhood,' Arora said. On the professional front, the actress will be seen in Mohit Suri39s forthcoming directorial "Hamari Adhuri Kahani". It also stars Emraan Hashmi and Rajkummar Rao in lead roles and is a love story that tries to define the true meaning of loving someone selflessly.
Priety Zinta has landed into legal trouble

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Priety Zinta has landed into legal trouble

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After Bollywood celebrities like Amitabh Bachchan and Madhuri Dixit who have received legal notice for endorsing Maggi noodles, actress Priety Zinta has landed into legal trouble.The "Salaam Namaste" actress who endorsed Maggi noodles 12 years ago seemed a little confused took to Twitter on Wednesday to express her disbelief over the issue."Reading the news about me being sued for doing the Maggi commercial over 12 years ago? 12 years ago? How does that happen?" Preity tweeted.A case has been registered against Nestle India in a local court in Barabanki in Uttar Pradesh by food regulator FSDA Food Safety and Drug Administration, after they found monosodium glutamate or MSG and lead in excess of the prescribed limit in Maggi samples they tested.
'Zaroori tha' will reach wider audience as Bollywood song: Rahat Fateh Ali Khan

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'Zaroori tha' will reach wider audience as Bollywood song: Rahat Fateh Ali Khan

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Elated with Mohit Suri39s decision to include hit single 'Zaroori tha' in his Vidya Balan and Emraan Hashmi starrer 'Hamari Adhuri Kahani', popular Pakistani singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan says the song will reach out to a much wider audience.'I'm overjoyed with the response my latest album 39Back 2 Love39 has received. And now to hear that the song 39Zaroori tha39 has been featured in Mohit Suri39s latest film 39Hamari Adhuri Kahani39 is truly the icing on the cake," the 41-year-old singer said in a statement. "The song will now get a new life as a Bollywood song and will reach out to a much wider audience," he added. The song, which is picturised on Vidya and Emraan, captures the central theme of the film.Suri, the film39s director, said: "I firmly believe that a song finds a film and shapes its destiny. In my experience with music in most of my films, I have always found one of my key songs last. 39Zaroori tha39 is one such song, and to me it feels like this song was always written for 39Hamari Adhuri Kahani39."Veteran film producer Mukesh Bhatt, under whose banner Vishesh Films the movie is being released, says he has "very rarely found a song that expresses the story between two people so strongly"."This heartbreaking song from Rahat has given great power to our love saga. Only a singer like him could capture the soul of this situation," Bhatt said.The Universal Music artist, whose album "Back 2 Love" was released in June 2014, enjoys massive popularity in India with successful Bollywood numbers like "Tere mast mast do nain", "O re piya" and "Jag soona soona lage".
I read scripts as cinegoer, not as a filmmaker: Karan Johar

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I read scripts as cinegoer, not as a filmmaker: Karan Johar

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Bollywood filmmaker Karan Johar, who has bought the theatrical rights of the Hindi version of southern filmmaker S.S. Rajamouli39s "Baahubali: The Beginning", says he backs only those movies which touch him as an audience.The trailer of "Baahubali" was unveiled here on Monday.Talking about the factors he considers before lending support for a film, he said: "I'm a crazy child of Hindi films... watching them several times and I laugh, cry, sing, dance and get touched with the situations in the film."So when I read a script, I look for these same emotions as an audience. If a script touches me or entertains as an audience, I produce such films. I react to scripts not as a filmmaker but as a cinegoer."Karan said he loved latest movies "Piku" and "Tanu Weds Manu Returns".
Radhika Apte applauds Aanand L. Rai

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Radhika Apte applauds Aanand L. Rai

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After watching "Tanu Weds Manu Returns", actress Radhika Apte, who is currently busy shooting for her Indo-British film 'Bombairiya', is all praise for director Aanand L. Rai and scriptwriter Himanshu Sharma.She felt the performances of all actors in the film were phenomenal, Radhika feels it cannot be ignored that a major share of the victory goes to the writer-director team.'Kangana was fabulous. Actually, the entire cast delivered phenomenal performances. But you have to give it to Aanand L. Rai and Himanshu Sharma for their powerful vision. The film would not have been so huge without that,' said Radhika.She even met the director after watching the film and shared her feedback with him.
Vidya trained with florist for 'Hamari Adhuri Kahani'

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Vidya trained with florist for 'Hamari Adhuri Kahani'

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Actress Vidya Balan trained with a florist for her role in "Hamari Adhuri Kahani".In the Mohit Suri directorial, Vidya plays the role of a florist who works at a hotel owned by Emraan Hashmi39s character -- a hotelier. Vidya wanted to be trained with a florist to look authentic on screen. Suri agreed and hired a trained florist from a five-star hotel in Mumbai. "Vidya is known to give her very best for the roles she gets sold on to, and she got deeply connected with her character Vasudha in 39Hamari Adhuri Kahani39. She wanted to give 200 percent for the film and as a director I was simply thrilled to have a talented actor like her investing so much for my film." "We hired a florist who trained her for the part. We were all amazed at her dedication to even get into such intricate things. No wonder audiences love what Vidya Balan has to offer in her movies," Suri said in a statement."Hamari Adhuri Kahani" is set for June 12 release.
There's a difference between non-actors, actors: Remo D'Souza

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There's a difference between non-actors, actors: Remo D'Souza

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Choreographer-filmmaker Remo D39Souza, who worked with professional dancers in "ABCD: AnyBody Can Dance" and has roped in stars like Varun Dhawan and Shraddha Kapoor in "ABCD 2", says there39s a difference between non-actors and actors.Remo told IANS: "People loved 39ABCD39. It was a hit, but not a huge hit on box office... but with these actors Varun and Shraddha, because they are stars, I can see that the buzz is nice. So, there is difference between non-actors and actors."He refrained from sharing the film39s budget, but he said "producers will make money out of this film"."ABCD 2" is a sequel to "ABCD", and it will release on June 19.Talking about the chemistry between Varun and Shraddha, he said: "Their chemistry is outstanding in the film as they are childhood friends. They both understand each other so well and you will see that on the screen. I am glad I roped in Varun and Shraddha for this film."
Making films is in my blood: Tanishaa Mukerji

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Making films is in my blood: Tanishaa Mukerji

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Tanishaa Mukerji says that filmmaking is in her blood and she wants to make movies that will entertain people, adding that she is planning "something big" with her mother, Tanuja.A special red carpet for Bollywood celebrities was organized by theIIFA team at ALDO store in Mumbai and Tanishaa graced the event in her pink avatar with curly pony tail. While interacting with media she told IANS: "I will not be going to IIFA this year, I have some special plan with my mother this year"."I have just launched my production house, so it39s a lot of hard work. Acting is lot more fun, so I am doing a lot of that as well, but yeah, opening a business and starting my own production is not easy at all" said Tanishaa."Film making is in my blood, so I just want to make movies that people will enjoy and be entertained with because that39s what movies are all about!" added Tanishaa.When asked about the details of the projects, she said that she will "not reveal anything more right now."
Prefer Indian fan following to foreign collaborations: Singer Mika

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Prefer Indian fan following to foreign collaborations: Singer Mika

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His worldwide concerts have always been a delight to his fans in overseas spots, but sensational singer Mika Singh says he has no intentions to collaborate with international artists and wants to increase his followers in India itself.'I follow the path that Mr. Bachchan Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan and Aamir Khan have chosen. They haven't collaborated with any international artistes to become what they are today," Mika, who will be next seen as a coach in singing-based reality show 'The Voice India', told IANS.'I prefer increasing my fan following in my own country and making it as strong as possible instead of collaborating with international artists,' he added. The 'Jumme ki raat' hitmaker says he is 'passionate about singing' and feels comfortable at every stage -- be it a live performance or singing in a recording studio.Asked where he has enjoyed performing the most in the world, the 37-year-old, who has sung hit numbers like 'Gandi baat', 'Subah hone na de' and 'Pyaar do, pyaar lo', said: 'I'm passionate about singing. So it doesn't matter where I am - live at a concert or recording inside a studio - as long as I am singing, I'm comfortable."Mika said: 'I totally love being on the stage and entertaining my fans. So I have loved performing practically everywhere. However, the concerts that I39ve done in US have been really fun-filled. I enjoy performing there because of the energy of the fans it's very contagious and pumps you up to perform even better."In 'The Voice India', which will start on Saturday on TV, Mika will be seen alongside Sunidhi Chauhan, Himesh Reshammiya and Shaan.Talking about the show, Mika said: 'There is no judging in 'The Voice India'. We as coaches will hone the talent of the aspiring singers. I will be looking for a voice that will strike an instant chord with me. I completely believe in versatility, so someone who can sing all the genres equally well will make a cut for me.'Although he has mainly sung peppy numbers, Mika, who considers himself 'lucky' to be in Bollywood, says he has been offered songs that suit his voice best.'I think I have been very lucky in Bollywood. I am offered the kind of songs that suit my voice and style. Composers make songs keeping my voice and style in mind - that the singer only has to be Mika for this song.'Is he planning to take on another acting role after 'Balwinder Singh Famous Ho Gaya'?Mika said: 'I don't have any specific plans for doing a movie. I would choose one only if time permits because if I give my time to a movie, I face losses in my shows."'I am approached for all kinds of roles - a hero, a singer, even a villain. I'm open to doing any kind. It's just that I don't find too much time to spare for a movie.'
42 years of marriage, Amitabh Bachchan gets nostalgic

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42 years of marriage, Amitabh Bachchan gets nostalgic

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It39s been 42 years since Amitabh Bachchan married his "Zanjeer" co-star Jaya but the megastar says that even after so many years of togetherness it all seems very "close and immediate".The 72-year-old, who tied the knot on June 3, 1973, with Jaya, took to micro-blogging website Twitter to express his gratitude towards his fans."To them that give me their wishes for the Anniversary, my sincere gratitude and love... 42 years of marriage," tweeted Big B on Wednesday.The duo has worked together in movies like "Abhimaan", "Chupke Chupke" and "Sholay". They had a small wedding affair back then with only close friends and family in attendance.Big B says though 42 years have passed, "it all seems so very close and immediate.""Self wishes are the order of the day... they serve both ways. They convey to you the Ef, of my marriage anniversary...and they inform the wife that she has not been forgotten even though she is not in the country at this moment...," he posted on his blog."After 42 years it all seems so very close and immediate... the decision to be together .. the information to the elders .. parents first and then .. Khwaja Ahmed Abbas, my first director and then Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Jaya's first director, and ours for many films thereafter...," he added.Amitabh and Jaya have two children - Shweta and Abhishek. Shweta is the elder one, and is married to businessman Nikhil Nanda. She got married in 1997 and is now based in Delhi. They have two children - Agastya and Navya Naveli.Abhishek, a Bollywood actor, is married to former beauty queen-turned-actress Aishwarya Rai. They have a daughter named Aaradhya.
Audience demand has improved film content: Priyanka Chopra

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Audience demand has improved film content: Priyanka Chopra

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Bollywood has grown over the years from just being a bank of masala films. Realistic films are being made, actresses are no longer mere eye-candies and roles are performance-oriented. National Award winning actress Priyanka Chopra says it39s a result of the demand and supply chain."I believe wherever there is demand, there will be supply. Our audience now has access to global cinema. We39re no longer living in a bubble. Demand has transformed the audience, they are demanding better content because they feel they39re educated and can understand various kinds of films," Priyanka told IANS."That is why content-driven films are made. The film industry is a mirror of what the audience wants to see," she said on the sidelines of a promotional event for her forthcoming film "Dil Dhadakne Do".The success of female-oriented films "Piku" and "Tanu Weds Manu Returns" are an example of the changing scene in Hindi cinema.
Jennifer Lawrence wants relationship to be secret

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Jennifer Lawrence wants relationship to be secret

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Actress Jennifer Lawrence is reportedly keen on keeping her relationship with Chris Martin "under wraps" after seeing the intense media attention surrounding his former wife Gwyneth Paltrow."She39s really into Chris -- she just wants to keep their relationship under wraps because she saw what happened with Gwyneth and she doesn39t want that kind of press," a source told X17 Online, reports femalefirst.co.uk.The pair was spotted leaving the U2 concert last week alongside the band39s frontman Bono as they headed to Chateau Marmont for an after-party, and they were keen to avoid being photographed.Meanwhile, Martin is still on good terms with Paltrow, with whom he has 10-year-old daughter Apple and nine-year-old son Moses.
Beauty of India keeps calling us back: Vengaboys band

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Beauty of India keeps calling us back: Vengaboys band

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Remember the 1990s dance anthems like "We like to party" or "Boom boom boom"? After crossing borders with their peppy music and creating a buzz in the party scene across the globe, Vengaboys, the Dutch pop band behind these musical gems, is "curious" to learn about Indian music and hopes to work with an Indian artist, saying the "beauty of India keeps calling us back"."We39re not very aware of the Indian music scene, but are very curious to learn more of it. It would be pretty exciting to collaborate with an Indian artist and make some good music," Vengaboys member Robin Pors told IANS in an e-mail interview on behalf of the band.The Eurodance group members showed off their musical pitch at an electrifying evening at The Courtyard, Phoenix Marketcity, Kurla in Mumbai last month. They performed here after over a decade as they had last visited India in 2001.Pors says it39s the "crowd" and "beauty of India" which make them come back."The people have always been so warm-hearted, kind and welcoming, which has left a big impression on us. When we toured here last time, fans went crazy and turned up in hounds. It absolutely delights us to see so many people enjoy our music. Also, the beauty of India keeps calling us back," he said.Vengaboys, formed in 1996, ushered in a new trend into the music world with flamboyant costumes, energetic beats and party numbers infused with animated videos. And now Indian rustic beats have captivated their attention.Bollywood uses musical notes to express myriad feelings - be it the romance, separation or happiness. Pors notes that if Bollywood comes calling for them, the band would be more than happy to feature on the Indian silver screen."We would love to feature in a Bollywood movie," said Pors, and added that they blended Indian beats and tunes into one of their singles."We don39t release all the music that we make. Yes, we have made a song that39s influenced by Indian music, but we never released it," he added.Bollywood stands for many things - its larger than life feel, the glitterati, melodious music and exuberant dance moves - all entwined into one for a perfect entertainment dose.For Pors, it is the "music , dance and crazy fans" that spells out Bollywood39s charisma.The band39s music is termed as the livewire at any party, and Vengaboys takes pride in that."We would love to be known as a party act rather than 199039s pop act," Pors said.The Vengaboys jukebox hit a roadblock when the group parted ways in the early 2000s, but the lull was soon overlapped with a bang as the band reunited in 2007. Apart from Pors, the band consists of Donny Latupeirissa, Denise Post-Van Rijswijk and Kim Sasabone.They came with "The Platinum Album" in early 2010. The "Rocket to Uranus" single marked their reunion. Another album "Xmas Party Album" came in 2014.A lot has changed since 1990 in the music industry. Accepting the fast forward mode in the music world, Pors says, they have infused the change in their music to catch up with the trend."Music today has evolved to a great extent since then. The beats have become complex. We have tried to incorporate as much of it in our latest album while remaining true to ourselves. We love the pop scene as it is today. A lot of great artists have joined the pop pool," he said.
Ryan Gosling, Eva Mendez in a 'tug-of-war' over pre-nup

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Ryan Gosling, Eva Mendez in a 'tug-of-war' over pre-nup

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Actor Ryan Gosling and wife Eva Mendes are reportedly in a "tug-of-war" over their pre-nuptial agreement.The couple, who have eight-month-old daughter Esmeralda together, are embroiled in a battle over how to split their fortunes if they ever called it quits on their relationship, reports femalefirst.co.uk."It39s just business, but it39s a real tug-of-war - she has more money than he does. Ryan just wants 50/50 all the way, end of story, but it39s not as simple as that," a source told OK! magazine.Friends of the pair, who have been dating since 2011, believe Gosling is using the pre-nuptial agreement as a delaying tactic to avoid tying the knot with the 41-year-old beauty.Meanwhile, an insider previously claimed that the pair have never felt marriage is a "huge priority" for them.The insider said: "Neither felt the need to get married, it39s just not a huge priority for either of them. They know what they have.""Ryan and Eva are super-super-private. The last thing they39d do is bring a baby... to a film set teeming with paparazzi. Ryan specifically wanted it like this -- with paparazzis following him in Atlanta, they39re mostly leaving Eva and the baby alone."
Iggy Azalea engaged to Nick Young

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Iggy Azalea engaged to Nick Young

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Singer Iggy Azalea has got engaged to Nick Young, who popped the question to her at his birthday party with a 500,000 ring.The 24-year-old pop star has agreed to marry Young, whom she has been dating since October 2013, after the Los Angeles Lakers player proposed at his 30th birthday party on Monday, reports femalefirst.co.uk.Video footage of the proposal has already surfaced online, and showed the sportsman get down on one knee to ask: "Would you marry me?"Azalea instantly said "yes", leading the guests at the party to cheer.Young presented the "Fancy" hitmaker with the ring, which features a 8.15 carat fancy intense yellow cushion cut centre stone with 2.28 carat of white diamonds set onto 18 carat white gold.The proposal came just a day after Young said "of course" marriage was on the cards for the couple at some point.
Taylor Swift not worried about perfection

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Taylor Swift not worried about perfection

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Singer Taylor Swift no longer feels the need to appear perfect because she knows her image won39t be destroyed.The 25-year-old admits she used to be scared of trying to maintain her sweet image, but now believes her success won39t disappear overnight if she does something wrong, reports femalefirst.co.uk."One thing I39ve gotten a little better at is the idea that I could do one thing wrong and all of this would completely disappear. Like, all of my work from my entire life, every album I39ve put out in the last 10 years, all of it would be wiped from the record and no one would appreciate what I39ve done that39s good. 'Because you watch celebrity culture, and it happens, you know? Someone says something crazy in an interview or is caught stumbling out of a club drunk too many times when they39re thought to be America39s sweetheart. People can feel betrayed very easily by celebrities. And one thing that used to really scare me a lot is making my fans feels like they don39t know me,' she said."I39m 25 now. So if they see me with a glass of wine in my hand, I think that39s okay. They know I have a drink, they39re cool with it, which is one of the really nice things about my fans. They39ve allowed me to grow up in a normal way without having to be this crazy, abnormal, terrified, packaged, plastic America39s sweetheart-type person,' added Swift.
Stop asking me about 'Shuddhi': Karan Johar

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Stop asking me about 'Shuddhi': Karan Johar

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Questions about the much-delayed "Shuddhi", said to be on reincarnation and mythology, has left filmmaker Karan Johar a bit tired and fed up.At the trailer launch of "Baahubali: The Beginning" here on Monday, Karan seemed miffed when he was asked about "Shuddhi"'Oh my god, oh my god, I am folding my hands and bowing down to you all, stop asking me questions about 39Shuddhi39. I don't know what kind of bad omen the movie is going through, I am not able to make it," Karan said here."Shuddhi" was to star Hrithik Roshan and Kareena Kapoor Khan, but later Salman Khan was roped in. However, Karan last month announced that he has finalised Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt for the movie.During the "Baahubali" trailer launch, Karan showed signs that he is fed up with being asked about "Shuddhi".'The day I launch and announce the poster of 39Shuddhi39, then only I will be able to tell you anything. I will get the poster made and release it, so everyone believes me that it is not a myth," he added.
Andrew Garfield wants to be a father

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Andrew Garfield wants to be a father

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Actor Andrew Garfield, who recently reunited with Emma Stone, says he has a "longing" to be a father.The "99 Homes" actor, who reunited with Stone following a brief split, admits he is keen to have a family of his own one day in the future, reports femalefirst.co.uk."I have a longing to be a father myself. Being a dad is something I39d to be at some point," Garfield said on TV show "Entertainment Tonight".When he isn39t working, the 31-year-old star enjoys crafting with wood."I do a little bit of carpentry. I make things out of wood with my hands, and it39s something that39s in my family history," he said.In "99 Homes" Garfield plays Dennis Nash, an American father who is trying to get his house back after his family are evicted, and the British star insists he had no problems getting to grips with his character39s accent.He said: "My father is American. I39ve had his accent in my ear all my life."
FKA Twigs 'in an amazing relationship' with Robert Pattinson

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FKA Twigs 'in an amazing relationship' with Robert Pattinson

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Singer FKA Twigs has called her relationship with actor Robert Pattinson "amazing" and insisted that she39s "fine" with rapper T-Pain announcing their engagement.The 27-year-old singer admits she gets more attention because of her union with the 29-year-old actor but doesn39t worry about it, even when she receives "horrible" racist slurs and threats on social media about her mixed-race heritage, because their romance makes everything worthwhile, reports femalefirst.co.uk."I wouldn39t say I39m completely numb to it now, but there39s definitely a numbness there. It is pretty horrible. But ultimately, I39m in an amazing relationship. So it doesn39t matter," she told Complex magazine.Back in April, T-Pain revealed that the "Two weeks" hitmaker is engaged to the "Twilight" star before the couple got a chance to announce it themselves.While Twigs, whose real name is Tahliah Barnett, said she didn39t want to talk about it much, she also said she39s "fine" with the rapper39s slip.She said: "I39d rather not talk about it. It39s fine, I39m a pretty chill person, do you know what I mean... If you can39t touch it, it39s not real."
Enrique's injury worse than it appeared

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Enrique's injury worse than it appeared

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Singer Enrique Iglesias39 hand operation took longer than anticipated as his injury was worse than it appeared.The "Hero" hitmaker sliced his fingers open after he caught a drone flying mid-air at his concert in Mexico,Tijuana, on May 30 and reconstructive surgery carried out earlier this week took longer than anticipated as it emerged during the operation that he had also fractured one of his fingers, reports femalefirst.co.uk.A posting on the crooner39s Instagram page read: "We wanted to give you a personal update about his condition. His recent surgery lasted longer than expected since the damage ended up being a bit worse than initially assessed. He suffered a fracture that needed to be corrected in addition to the reconstructive surgery."Despite the injury being worse than first thought, the "Tired of being lonely" singer is still expected to make a "full recovery".The post added: "He will be recovering during the next few weeks, but a full recovery is anticipated."
'Wazir' script took 5 years to complete: Vidhu Vinod Chopra

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'Wazir' script took 5 years to complete: Vidhu Vinod Chopra

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The script of "Wazir", directed by "Shaitaan" fame Bejoy Nambiar and starring megastar Amitabh Bachchan, Farhan Akhtar, and Aditi Rao Hydari with John Abraham and Neil Nitin Mukesh have cameo roles, took five years to complete, co-producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra said on Wednesday.Speaking at the unveiling its teaser for media, Chopra, who has produced the film with Rajkumar Hirani, said the script wasn39t an easy task for the makers. "We39ve spent five years to create the characters of Amitabh Bachchan and Farhan Akhtar. I39m extremely grateful to them for bringing these characters to life," said Chopra, who was also a co-writers of the film along with Abhijat Joshi. Asked about the extensive writing process, Chopra also said, "It takes us 4-5 years to write our scripts if you see our films. And that is the reason, our films are of a certain level. "We are not a studio and we don39t have to pay salaries to 400 people. We are not in any hurry. We are bit lazy too. Right from 39Parinda39 to 39PK39, all have taken time to write, as we only back those projects we believe in."
Amitabh Bachchan still a romantic at heart

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Amitabh Bachchan still a romantic at heart

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Bollywood legends Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya Bachchan marked their 42nd marriage anniversary on Wednesday. And to make the day special in her absence, Big B wore Jaya39s gifted shawl at "Wazir" trailer launch."My wife is not here in Mumbai. She is in foreign right now. And exactly at 12 o39clock, I wished her a happy marriage anniversary" said Amitabh, who still doesn39t forget to wish his wife."And before coming here I was talking to her on Face-time, and she wanted to wish me too, but I told her I was getting late for event, media is waiting for me, I have to go, and I quickly came here. And I will go back and talk to her again" says Big B, making almost everyone gush over the love he feels for his wife."I am wearing this Shawl, which Jaya gifted me, during the shooting of 39Piku39. This is something very special and only made in Bengal," said Amitabh, seen sporting a beautiful shawl to fill the presence of his wife.
Ajay Devgn playing a cable operator in 'Drishyam'

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Ajay Devgn playing a cable operator in 'Drishyam'

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Actor Ajay Devgn, who is one of the most versatile actors in the showbiz, will be seen playing a cable operator in the much-awaited film "Drishyam".A source close to the development revealed: "Ajay plays Vijay Salgaonkar, a fourth grade dropout who is a movie buff and therefore, a cable operator by profession. He is a common man who leads a happy life with his wife and two daughters in a quiet township of Goa. He will be seen eassaying an intense character in the film."Directed by Nishikant Kamat "Drishyam" also features Tabu, Shriya Saran, and Rajat Kapoor among others. The film is slated for a July 31 release and the trailer would be out on Thursday.
I don't endorse Maggi now: Amitabh Bachchan

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I don't endorse Maggi now: Amitabh Bachchan

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Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan, who landed into a soup for an earlier association with Maggi noodles, says he does not endorse the product anymore.Talking about the controversy surrounding the two-minute noodles, he told IANS: "I have read in the media of this and till date have not been served any notice. If it comes, my lawyers shall be consulted and we shall cooperate with the system and follow the law of the land.""I do not endorse Maggi now. I had stopped almost two years ago. My services to Nestle as per my contract are finished and over."Maggi noodles, a popular snack from the Nestle India 39kitchen39, has been in the news following a lab report that samples of the product contained more lead than the permissible limit.Other Bollywood celebrities like Madhuri Dixit and Preity Zinta have also landed into legal trouble for endorsing Maggi noodles.A case has been registered against Nestle India in a local court in Barabanki in Uttar Pradesh by food regulator FSDA Food Safety and Drug Administration, after they found monosodium glutamate or MSG and lead in excess of the prescribed limit in Maggi samples they tested. In the capital itself, Maggi was banned for 15 days starting Wednesday.
Stars flock at YRF Studio for 'Dil Dhadakne Do' screening

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Stars flock at YRF Studio for 'Dil Dhadakne Do' screening

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Yash Raj Films studio hosted a special screening of Zoya Akhtar's forthcoming family drama 'Dil Dhadakne Do' here, with celebrities like Deepika Padukone, Kanagana Ranaut, Preity Zinta, Vidhu Vinod Chopra and Madhur Bhandarkar gracing the occasion.The film, which stars Farhan, Anil Kapoor, Ranveer Singh, Priyanka Chopra, Anushka Sharma and Shefali Shah, is about a dysfunctional Punjabi family and how they discover love and friendship during a cruise across the Mediterranean.Many known faces from Bollywood, including actors, actress, directors and producers, attended the special screening.Besides Deepika, Kanagana, Preity, Chopra and Bhandarkar, there were also Imran Khan, Rahul Bose, Sheefali Shah, Chunkey Pandey, Ashutosh Gowarikar, Diya Mira, Imtiaz Ali, Kunal Kapoor, Homi Adjania, Anaita Adjania, Reema Kagti, Zoya Akhtar, Javed Akhtar, Nafisa Ali and Divya Kumar Khosla among many others.Everyone appreciated the movie and its concept, but Nafisa Ali was the only one who couldn't hold her excitement.She literally jumped out of her car window and said, 'Two thumbs up. It is a very good movie, it will do very good business.''Dil Dhadanke Do', opens in theater on June 5.
What's making Nawazuddin Siddiqui beam with joy?

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What's making Nawazuddin Siddiqui beam with joy?

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The positive response to the teaser of Salman Khan-starrer 'Bajrangi Bhaijaan' has given Nawazuddin Siddiqui, who essays role of a Pakistani journalist in the film, a reason to smile. The actor says he is 'thrilled and overjoyed' by the appreciation post the launch."I love the teaser which is a complete entertainer in itself. I am thrilled and overjoyed at the audience reaction", Nawazuddin, 41, said in a statement. The teaser gave a sneak peak of the storyline, which revolves around a young Pakistani girl who is mute and is lost in India. And Nawazuddin features in the teaser in one scene, but it has left an lasting impression on his near ones. The 'Gangs of Wasseypur' star has been inundated with calls from family and friends telling him that they are eager to watch him in a different role in the film, read a statement. Directed by Kabir Khan, the film also stars Kareena Kapoor Khan and will hit the screens on Eid this year. Meanwhile, the first song of the film titled "Le le le" will be released with Zoya Akhtar39s directorial 'Dil Dhadakne Do' on June 5.
'Jurassic Park' was a benchmark for Hollywood: Spielberg

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'Jurassic Park' was a benchmark for Hollywood: Spielberg

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Cinematic genius and visionary filmmaker Steven Spielberg says his 1993 released film 'Jurassic Park' was a benchmark for Hollywood.He even feels that upcoming venture 'Jurassic World', starring Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard and Bollywood actor Irrfan Khan, is the movie that has truly fulfilled his vision and the audiences39 dreams.Talking about his original 'Jurassic Park', he said in a statement: "It's not up to me to decide what a benchmark is. I just keep trying to tell stories. It's upto other people to figure out whether your stories are successfully told or not, but I know that technologically it was a benchmark for the entire industry. 'Here were characters that were digitally created on a computer that looked completely authentic in any form of lighting or even atmospheric condition. We even had the digital T. Rex in rain.'Originally released in 1993, Spielberg's 'Jurassic Park' provided moviegoers with a film that connected with global audiences of all ages and has since become an indelible part of their cultural collective memory. Talking about 'Jurassic World', he added that: "We wanted to fulfill this dream in 39Jurassic World39 to have a truly working theme park that is devoted to this miracle of creating dinosaurs from DNA.''This is the realisation of Michael Crichton's dream, which then transferred to John Hammond's dream. This, hopefully, becomes the dream that the audiences have always wanted to see."'Jurassic World' releases in Indian theaters on June 11.
Legalise drugs: Vince Vaughn

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Legalise drugs: Vince Vaughn

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Actor Vince Vaughn says that the world is in a "fing ridiculous" place because of the narcotic industry and doesn39t believe everyone who uses illicit substances is "dangerous"."I look at the drug wars and they are absolutely fing ridiculous. There is a black market and the prisons are overcrowded and it39s not preventing drug use. There39s a corruption that goes all the way to the top," Vaughn said."Would I decriminalise drugs? Yes of course. It39s insane. I39m not saying that drugs can39t be dangerous but not everyone that does drugs is going to go out and hurt somebody," he added.The 45-year-old actor believes "experimenting" with drugs is just a part of growing up, reports femalefirst.co.uk."I enjoy a few drinks and there was a stage back there where I realised I was going out and drinking until 2 a.m. five nights a week, but you grow out of that stuff."Just like experimenting with drugs, it39s part of growing up, a choice that everyone has to make or not make. You realise what works or what doesn39t work," speaking about the early days of his career, he told GQ magazine.
What does Dad mean to you, asks John Abraham

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What does Dad mean to you, asks John Abraham

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Bollywood actor-producer John Abraham features in a special video, in which he shares the value of his father in his life and asks his fans to share how special their bond with their dad is.The video is part of the second edition of Johnnie Walker Blue Label39s campaign for Father39s Day, which falls on June 21.The Johnie Walker Blue Label DATEWITHDAD campaign offers patrons a chance to share a memorable experience with the most important man in their life - their father. What is your most memorable story with your dad -- this simple question is the premise of this campaign, fronted by John.John shares a personal and warm memory of his own father and the difference it made to his life.Excited to be part of the DATEWITHDAD campaign, John said in a statement: 'The idea of giving a rare opportunity to those who want to thank their dad is so relatable and inspiring. My father has been a constant source of inspiration and support throughout my life. This is the perfect opportunity for me to tell him what he means to me.'Set across the digital and online space, the Johnnie Walker Blue Label DATEWITHDAD website will not only host these heartfelt moments, but also give consumers a chance to win a bespoke luxury experience with their father.Three winning participants who share the most interesting moments with their father, will get the chance to travel with their dad to Mumbai, for a one-day extravaganza.Besides a bespoke evening of bonding, the father and son/daughter will also get a chance to reminisce and share their most special moments with John and his father Abraham John.'This year we build upon last year's much admired DATEWITHDAD campaign that allows patrons to enjoy a rare experience with their father in a manner befitting their achievements,' said Bhavesh Somaya, head of luxury, United Spirits - a Diageo Group Company.
Rajkumar Hirani to start Sanjay Dutt biopic next year

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Rajkumar Hirani to start Sanjay Dutt biopic next year

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Blockbuster director Rajkumar Hirani, who delivered the successful "PK" last year, says he will begin the biopic on actor Sanjay Dutt next year.Clarifying news related to the project, Hirani told media persons here: 'I'm working on the script of Sanju's biopic. And we'll be starting the film next year.'About the casting, Hirani said: 'I haven't even thought about casting till now. We are writing the script and only once it finishes, we'll be able to see how the characters come across and who would be apt to play the characters.'There were reports that Ranbir Kapoor has been finalised to play Sanjay, but Hirani cleared: 'Ranbir is the only one I've spoken to about the film.'
Rapper Crazy King composes special number for Akshay Kumar

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Rapper Crazy King composes special number for Akshay Kumar

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Bharat Goswami, aka Crazy King, is a huge fan of Bollywood superstar Akshay Kumar and has composed a special number for him titled the "Akshay Kumar Anthem"."I can39t wait to meet Akshay Kumar. I39ve created a special number for him which isn39t exactly a song but a narration of Akshay Kumar39s story. This is just a small dedication to this massive star," Crazy King told IANS.He has attempted to pour out his feelings for Akshay with this song."Irrespective of his superstardom, he possesses such a good heart. Every second boy or girl gets excited and charged up if they can ever meet him or just catch a glimpse of him," he said."Akshay began his struggle as a waiter in a hotel in Bangkok. To the entire clan of strugglers, he is an enormous inspiration. I39m merely following his footsteps. And I personally am extremely inspired by him. He is an idol for innumerable people," he added.
Trailer of Ajay Devgn's 'Drishyam' unveiled

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Trailer of Ajay Devgn's 'Drishyam' unveiled

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The trailer of Ajay Devgn39s "Drishyam39, one of the most anticipated films of the year, was unveiled here on Thursday.Ajay39s only release in 2015 will witness him in an all new avatar as Vijay Salgaonkar, a common man working as a cable operator who challenges the system when his family is threatened.Tabu will be seen playing the role of Inspector General of Police IGP Meera Deshmukh in the film. A tough cop and known to be meticulous in her investigation, her prime suspect is Salgaonkar. "Drishyam" also features the stunning Shriya Saran as Vijay39s wife along with the talented Rajat Kapoor.Boasting an ensemble cast and crew of 10 National Award winners coming together for this thriller, the film will be releasing worldwide on July 31.A Panorama Studios and Viacom18 Motion Pictures production, "Drishyam" is directed by Nishikant Kamat and produced by Kumar Mangat Pathak, Ajit Andhare and Abhishek Pathak.
Won't be easy or harsh: Lisa Haydon on role as 'judge'

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Won't be easy or harsh: Lisa Haydon on role as 'judge'

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Model and actress Lisa Haydon, who will judge contestants of reality TV show "India39s Next Top Model", says that rather than being easy or harsh, she will be "realistic" in her verdicts.'I don39t intend on being easy or being harsh... I intend on being realistic. I think it really depends on whether the girls perform properly.'Unlike other shows, these girls have not modelled before. They have been scouted from cities and towns... they come from very different background, everyone comes from a different walk of life, so they have to be groomed,' Lisa told IANS.Based on the famous US reality show "America39s Next Top Model", the MTV show will feature multiple contestants from across the country who will vie for 39India39s Next Top Model39 title based on certain tasks.The 'Queen' actress informed that since she has been a part of the modelling industry long enough to offer something to them, 'it39s like probably time that they approach me for the show and I thought may be I have something to offer these girls in terms of advice, mentoring and judging and it39s an exciting thing".Explaining why modelling is a great career choice, the 28-year-old said: "It39s a 'great way to work with creative artists, brilliant minds, interesting people. You earn great money, and you become independent at a very young age."I know many girls look at the glamour of the industry with aspirational eyes, and I don39t blame them because it is a great life.'Lisa is also upbeat about the International Indian Film Academy IIFA Weekend and Awards, which will be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, starting Friday. She is nominated for the Best Actress Award for her role as the protagonist39s newfound friend in the Kangana Ranaut-starrer "Queen".
Fox Star Studios, Dharma Productions ink 9-film deal

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Fox Star Studios, Dharma Productions ink 9-film deal

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Filmmaker Karan Johar39s Dharma Productions has sealed a 'creative partnership' with Fox Star Studios by inking a deal to produce nine films over a period of three years.Under the partnership, Dharma and Fox Star Studios will co-produce and distribute films worldwide.With the deal, Fox Star Studios, which is a vertical of entertainment conglomerate Star India, has formed a unique creative and business partnership, read a statement. Fox Star Studios, a movie production and distribution company, is a joint venture between 20th Century Fox and Star India. Uday Shankar, CEO of Star India, feels that the union will pave way for a shift in 'content quality paradigm' and take Indian entertainment content to the world. 'The Indian film industry is an important market for us and this strategic partnership offers us an excellent opportunity to fundamentally change the content quality paradigm. This venture is the natural step in our progression to create entertaining and eclectic content for a global audience and to grow the business through game-changing innovation in content, marketing and distribution," Shankar said in a statement. Karan, who has made mass entertainers like 'My Name Is Khan' and 'Student of the Year', also notes that the partnership blends cinematic art and commercial aspect of filmmaking in an apt way. 'Movies for me have always been a blend of artistic and commercial resources. Dharma Productions has always endeavoured to attain the highest form of celluloid excellence and entertain simultaneously. I am glad we have found a partner in Star India and Fox Star Studios for a visionary nine films alliance,' said Karan.Apoorva Mehta, CEO of Dharma Productions, said: 'It is by far the biggest collaboration that the Indian film industry has ever seen. With this strategic deal, Dharma has entered into a new phase of movie business which will provide a disruptive growth model for all the parties involved'. Fox Star and Dharma will collaborate and work towards the entire slate of nine films which boasts of a stellar line up of titles, helmed by the country39s well known directors, including Karan.
Nawazuddin Siddiqui loves Salman's 'selfie' song

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Nawazuddin Siddiqui loves Salman's 'selfie' song

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Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui has expressed his "love" for the new song "Selfie le le re" from Salman Khan starrer "Bajrangi Bhaijaan".He also enjoyed the teaser of the song."Love the selfie song as I loved the teaser http://bit.ly/BB_SelfieLeLeRe BajrangiBhaijaan Enjoy!" Nawazuddin tweeted on Thursday.The "Gangs of Wasseypur" actor has worked with the "Dabangg" star in "Kick" in 2014, and now he will again be seen with Salman in "Bajrangi Bhaijaan".Nawazuddin will essay a Pakistani journalist in the film, which is directed by Kabir Khan, and also stars Kareena Kapoor Khan.
Kunal Kapoor has 'little' crush on Ranveer Singh

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Kunal Kapoor has 'little' crush on Ranveer Singh

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Actor Kunal Kapoor, who is married to megastar Amitabh Bachchan39s niece Naina, says he has developed a "crush" on Ranveer Singh.The "Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana" actor, who went for the preview of Ranveer39s forthcoming film "Dil Dhadakne Do", tweeted: "And forget the girls, I think I have a lil crush on @RanveerOfficial after DDD."Just after the 37-year-old tweeted, the "Lootera" actor thanked Kunal for complimenting him."@kapoorkkunal hahaha! Love you Kunnu! : <3," Ranveer tweeted.'Dil Dhadakne Do' is about a dysfunctional Punjabi family on a cruise across the Mediterranean and how they discover love during their voyage. The movie features Farhan, Anil Kapoor, Shefali Shah, Ranveer, Priyanka Chopra and Anushka Sharma.
Prabhudheva helped whenever we got stuck: Shraddha Kapoor

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Prabhudheva helped whenever we got stuck: Shraddha Kapoor

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Actress Shraddha Kapoor, who is gearing up for the release of 'ABCD 2', says whenever the film39s cast got stuck in a dance sequence, actor-director and dancer par excellence Prabhudheva came to their rescue."ABCD 2", releasing on June 19, is directed by Remo D39Souza and features Prabhudheva in a key role.'Prabhudheva sir would really help and explain how to do it whenever we got kind of stuck on a step. He is very humble, helpful and down to earth,' Shraddha told IANS over phone from Mumbai.The 'Aashiqui 2' actress shared that Remo wanted the cast to do around 18 to 20 dance styles in the dance-based movie. Some of the dance styles include lyrical hip-hop, crumping, house, contemporary, locking and popping.Shraddha will be seen playing the role of a girl named Vinni, a hair stylist by profession, but passionate about dancing.Describing her character, she said: 'I am the 39enthu-cutlet39 of the film. I want to see all our dreams come true, we the dance group in the film are from Nalasopara and we want to conquer the world."The 27-year-old enjoyed performing lyrical hip-hop with co-actor Varun Dhawan on 'Sun-sathiya'.Besides promoting "ABCD 2", a sequel to Remo39s "ABCD - AnyBody Can Dance", Shraddha is currently filming 'Baaghi', which also features actor Tiger Shroff.She will also be singing besides acting in the upcoming film 'Rock On 2'.
Ludacris welcomes daughter

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Ludacris welcomes daughter

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Rapper Ludacris and his wife Eudoxie Mbouguiengue have welcomed their first child together, a daughter.Mbouguiengue announced the happy news on photo-sharing website Instagram on Thursday by posting a photograph of her dog and a pink balloon with "baby girl" written on it."She is here. blessed grateful, along with heart emoticons," read the caption, reports aceshowbiz.com.Mbouguiengue also shared a photograph of a bucket of pink and white flowers sent by her husband39s "Furious 7" co-star Vin Diesel. "A special thank you to the @vindiesel family for her welcome home flowers," she wrote alongside the image.Ludacris, meanwhile, confirmed the happy news by posting a photograph of a mother holding her son along with caption, "tbt now @eudoxiee will be switching places. blessings love life."The "Stand up" rapper added a photograph of him and his wife. "unstoppable," he captioned it.While Ludacris and his wife didn39t give any details about their daughter on their postings, a source told E! News: "The baby39s name is Cadence Gaelle Bridges. She was 7 lbs, 4oz and beautiful like her mom. Her middle name means 39a father39s joy.39"The couple39s new bundle of joy will join the actor39s daughters from his previous relationship, 14-year-old Karma and 14-month-old Cai Bella.
Taylor Swift hikes backwards to avoid paparazzi

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Taylor Swift hikes backwards to avoid paparazzi

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Singer Taylor Swift says that she hiked the trail backwards to avoid getting clicked by the paparazzi.The "Bad Blood" singer39s fans posted the image where she is spotted in dark blue tanktop and green shorts walking the trail backwards with her bodyguard in a photograph, on Tumblr and asked for her confirmation.Curious with what actually happened in the photograph, one of Swift39s fan, thebentley13, wrote: "Taylor wtf is happening here im confused." Another fan, curiousswift, chimed in: "It39s like she is doing that test that police officers do to see if you39re drunk or not." Swift responded to her fans39 comments and said that she hiked the trail backwards, reports aceshowbiz.com.The 25-year-old explained that she did it to avoid getting photographed by paparazzi. She wrote: "I saw the guy with the camera and wasn39t in the mood so I hiked the whole trail backwards and my security told me when to make turns. Ah, the tranquility of the great outdoor TAYLORCANYOULOOKOVERHEREGIVEUSASMILEAREYOUDATINGJYC."Back in March, Swift was also seen walking backwards for the same purpose, to avoid paparazzi, as she was guided from her home in West Hollywood by a bodyguard.
Caitlyn Jenner okay being called dad

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Caitlyn Jenner okay being called dad

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Former Olympic champion and reality TV star Caitlyn Jenner is reportedly still allowing her children -- daughters Kendall, Kylie and Cassandra, sons Burt, Brody and Brandon and stepchildren Kim, Khloe, Kourtney and Rob Kardashian -- to call her "dad"."Caitlyn spoke to each of the kids separately and told them to take their time in getting used to this. She would prefer not to be called 39Bruce39, but told the kids that they could still call her 39Dad,39 at least for now," a source told people.com."Caitlyn has been really understanding that it doesn39t come naturally for anyone. No one expects this change to happen overnight. If one of the boys slips up, it39s not a big deal," the insider added.Meanwhile, Caitlyn39s mother has admitted she will find it "hard" at first to refer to the star by her new name.She said: "It takes some time getting used to. I39ve called Caitlyn Bruce since the day he was born. It39s going to take some time, but I will adjust."
India's indie music scene still at nascent stage: Dhruv Ghanekar

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India's indie music scene still at nascent stage: Dhruv Ghanekar

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Mumbai-based musician Dhruv Ghanekar, who would be seen performing with Ila Arun in the next episode of "Coke Studio@MTV Season 4", says the independent music scene in India is yet to develop fully."The indie music scene is still in a very nascent stage," Ghanekar, who is also the co-founder of Blue Frog -- a state of the art live performance venue with its presence in Mumbai and Pune, told IANS.Ghanekar, who has composed music for films such as "Bombay Boys", "Drona" and "White Noise", has created three exclusive tracks for the forthcoming episode of "Coke Studio@MTV Season 4", which will go on air on Sunday."39Coke Studio39 has, in a very short time, created a unique niche for itself. The sound has become almost a genre in itself," he said about the show, which is curated and composed by artists like Vishal-Shekhar, Amit Trivedi, Pritam and Ram Sampath among others this year. He has collaborated with Rajasthani folk singer Ila Arun for one of the tracks, titled "Nimoli".Said Ghanekar on the song and collaboration with Ila Arun: "39Nimoli39 is based on a Marwari folk poem that personifies love with a fruit of 39neem39. Like the fruit, love has two sides -- a touch of sweetness and if unfulfilled it has a hint of bitterness."Talking about working with Ila Arun, he said she is "a powerhouse performer and an invaluable source of Indian culture".Ghanekar would also be seen performing two other tracks titled "Ae rab", a song which talks about man39s quest for god, and "Birha", a song based on an ancient Bhojpuri tradition known as 39Khadi Birha39 on the show. He has collaborated with Bhojpuri singer Kalpana Patowary and jazz singer Sonia Saigal and Master Saleem for these two songs.The artist, who has performed with globally renowned musicians like Ustad Zakir Hussain, A.R. Rahman and Louis Banks, has a penchant for fusing Indian and western music."I39ve always been fascinated by music from other cultures. Not pop music, but indigenous and folk music from different parts of the world," he said.Ghanekar39s second album "Voyage" is a refreshing take on fusion with a rich and diverse pallet of musical styles which range from Indian folk to North and Western African music and even classic rock."The album is a metaphorical journey through various regions whose music has inspired me over the last few years. I have never travelled to Algeria or Mali, but have soaked myself in that music for a long time now," he said.
My mother is real hero in family: Deepika Padukone

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My mother is real hero in family: Deepika Padukone

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Actress Deepika Padukone, who was last seen as a caring and selfless daughter in this year39s hit movie "Piku", says it39s her mother who keeps the family together and inspires her.She is the daughter of former badminton ace Prakash Padukone and has a sister who is a golf player, but it39s her mother that she looks up to the most."We all inspire each other in different ways, but it39s my mother who inspires me the most. She is the backbone of our family. My father is a celebrity and my sister started her golf career, but my mother was never in the spotlight."She is happy taking a backseat. My mother is the real hero in my family," Deepika told reporters after being felicitated with Woman of the Year award at the International Indian Film Academy IIFA Weekend and Awards here on Sunday.The actress, who has given hits like "Happy New Year" and "Cocktail", says she has experienced different phases in her career."39Om Shanti Om39 wasn39t quintessential debut film. I played double role in the film. One was classic and the other one contemporary. I like to do films with challenging roles. I know I39ve made mistakes, but I am proud of those films as they taught me something. I don39t come from a film background and I didn39t even know how to deliver dialogues, so it has been a learning experience," said the "Piku" st ar."39Cocktail39 is the turning point of my career and t he most recent is 39Piku39," she added.
'Queen' wins top honours at IIFA

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'Queen' wins top honours at IIFA

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Vikas Bahl39s directorial "Queen" bagged the Best Picture, Best Story and Best Performance in a Leading Role - female awards at the three-day long 16th edition of the International Indian Film Academy IIFA Weekend and Awards here on Sunday.The Kangana Ranaut-starrer was up against "2 States", "PK", "Haider", "Highway" and "Mary Kom" for the Best Picture trophy.The actress didn39t turn up to collect her trophy for Best Performance in a Leading Role - female so, the film39s director received the award on her behalf.Bahl, however, lost the award in the Direction category to Rajkumar Hirani, who took home the trophy for "PK".In the Leading Role Male category, Shahid Kapoor, who also performed at the award ceremony, hosted by Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor, walked home with the award for his performance in "Haider".He had strong contenders including Aamir Khan "PK", Hrithik Roshan "Bang Bang!", and Shah Rukh Khan "Happy New Year".Hrithik might have lost the award to Shahid, but his "Bang Bang!" act with a Bhangra twist won hearts of many including Deepika Padukone, who was felicitated with Woman of the Year award.She was also nominated in the Best Performance in a Leading Role - Female.Riteish Deshmukh grabbed the award for Best Performance in a Supporting Role - male for his villainous act in "Ek Villain" by defeating Ronit Roy "2 States", Randeep Hooda "Kick", Inaamulhaq "Filmistaan", Naseeruddin Shah "Finding Fanny" and Kay Kay Menon "Haider".But Kay Kay wasn39t left disappointed as he received the award for Best Performance in a Negative Role for "Haider". His co-star Tabu won Best Performance in a Supporting Role - female.There was also an award for Best Regional Film, which went to Riteish-starrer Marathi film "Lai Bhaari", co-produced by his star wife Genelia D39Souza."Main Tera Hero" star Varun Dhawan won an award for the Best Performance in a Comic Role. The film39s director and his father David Dhawan received the sun-inspired trophy on his behalf.The Best Music Direction trophy went to the popular trio Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy for "2 States". Other contenders included Mithoon "Banjara", "Zaroorat" and "Hamdard" and Ankit Tiwari "Galliyan", for which he won Best Playback Singer - Male.In the female category of the award, the "Baby doll" singer Kanika Kapoor for the film "Ragini MMS 2" defeated Sultana and Jyoti Nooran for "Patakha guddi "Highway" and Shreya Ghoshal for "Samjhawan" "Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania".It was a big night for "Heropanti" actors Tiger Shroff and Kriti Sanon, who both won trophies for Best Debut. They were both handed over the trophies by their idols. While Tiger was given the award by Hrithik, Kriti looked thrilled to get the trophy from Anushka Sharma, whom she looks up to.Tiger and Hrithik also did a few moves together on the stage, while Ranveer and Arjun tried to follow them.National Award-winning director Omung Kumar got the Best Debut Direction award for "Mary Kom". He shared it with popular p roducer Sajid Nadiadwala, who made his directorial debut with "Kick".It was an emotional moment when the award for Outstanding Contribution to Indian Cinema was announced. The showman - Subhash Ghai got on stage to receive it from Anil Kapoor and Jackie Shroff, whom he worked with in the 1989 movie "Ram Lakhan" and more. Shraddha Kapoor also paid tribute to Ghai by performing on songs from his films like "Taal" and "Kisna"."I grew up dancing on 39Taal se taal mila39 in front of the mirror and today I got the opportunity to perform on the song on this platform," said the 26-year-old actress.Other performers included Parineeti Chopra, Anushka, who made everyone swing to her performance as she mostly danced on songs from her latest film "Dil Dhadakne Do". Sonakshi Sinha did a medley of Amitabh Bachchan and other superstars39 songs.A special tribute to Shah Rukh and Kajol-starrer "Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge", which completed 1,000 weeks of screening last year, was paid by the show39s hosts, who also cracked jokes on their controversial AIB Roast video for which they got into trouble earlier this year. There were also moments when Ranveer got "distracted" due to presence of Deepika, whom he is currently romantically linked with.Held at Putra Indoor Stadium, the award ceremony was attended by thousands of screaming fans, some of which had flown from different countries just to see their favourite stars at the gala, which celebrates Indian cinema in various foreign nations every year.
Tom Hanks' son wanted by police

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Tom Hanks' son wanted by police

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Hollywood star Tom Hanks39 son Chester 39Chet39 Hanks is wanted by British police for smashing up a hotel room.The 24-year-old rapper reportedly caused 1,200 pounds worth of damage to the four-star room at Gatwick Airport, just outside of London, after three women refused to sleep with him, reports mirror.co.uk.According to a source, after partying at a club,'he went back to the hotel with a British actor friend and three female promoters. He was sick in the car park and then went up to the room and got really loud."He asked the girls if they would join him in the bed, but they are not like that. So, he started screaming and making a right noise. He saw some sprinkled make-up called banana powder and started asking 39who39s got the coke?39 But nobody did drugs there."The source added: "Then he started shouting that he was not going to share it with another man.""Then all you could hear was this smashing and crashing. Next morning he was gone but the room was trashed. Everything was smashed and there was glass all over the floor."
Gulshan Devaiah moves us to tears: Mahesh Bhatt

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Gulshan Devaiah moves us to tears: Mahesh Bhatt

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Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt was moved by Gulshan Devaiah39s performance when the actor was shooting for Pooja Bhatt39s upcoming film "Cabaret".Bhatt says that he was moved "to tears" as the actor faced the camera.The 66-year-old shared a sneak peak of the shoot along with a photograph, in which Pooja is seen staring at the screen while Gulshan was seen enacting his character."CABARET: Day 2. Gulshan Devaiah faces the camera and moves us to tears," Bhatt tweeted on Friday. The film also features Richa Chadha.
Film fraternity soft target for political issues: Karan Johar

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Film fraternity soft target for political issues: Karan Johar

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Speaking about the dominance of the Central Board of Film Certification CBFC and the ministry of information and broadcasting MIB over passing film content, filmmaker Karan Johar says Bollywood can reach a higher level if such obstacles can be overcome.'We can't take on China and other such countries because they are technically way superior to us. We are combating several issues including ones requiring the intervention of information broadcasting ministry, Karan said here.'We are extremely crippled as we're either fighting censors, screens and we're fighting political issues. Everyday we are fighting against the FIRs filed against us. We're soft targets and if someone leaves the industry alone, we can prosper. With every release, I fear who is going to slap a case on me for something random and ridiculous," he added.The 43-year-old has bought the theatrical rights of the Hindi version of southern filmmaker S.S. Rajamouli39s "Baahubali: The Beginning".The two-part epic film narrates the story of two brothers who fight for a kingdom. "Baahubali: The Beginning", which stars Sudeep, Prabhas, Rana Daggubati, Anushka Shetty, Tamannaah and Ramya Krishnan, is slated to release on July 10.
Carrying multiple looks in one film interesting: Rajkummar Rao

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Carrying multiple looks in one film interesting: Rajkummar Rao

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Rajkummar Rao39s scruffy look in 'Hamari Adhuri Kahani' has become the talk of the town, but there is more to come. He says donning different avatars for one film was an 'interesting experience'.The actor will be seen walking through different stages of life in the forthcoming film for which he has segued through different looks.In the film, he plays the obsessed husband of actress Vidya Balan. His character believes his wife is his property and adopts violent methods to make her obey his orders. From a clean shaven young guy to a look with long untidy hair to an older character39s look, Rajkummar says he handled the transformations with ease. "As actors, we get to sport different looks in our films. But this was the first time I had the opportunity to carry multiple looks in one film. It was an interesting experience," Rajkummar said in a statement. The 'Shahid' actor will also flaunt a salt and pepper look in the film. The Mohit Suri directorial, which also stars Emraan Hashmi, narrates a complicated love story. As the title suggests, there is a vibe of incomplete love story throughout the film.Presented by Fox Star Studios and produced by Vishesh Films, 'Hamari Adhuri Kahani' will release on June 12.
I joined film industry because of Amitabh Bachchan: Farhan Akhtar

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I joined film industry because of Amitabh Bachchan: Farhan Akhtar

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Actor, singer, filmmaker Farhan Akhtar says the reason why he39s a part of showbiz is not because he comes from a film family, but due to megastar Amitabh Bachchan.Farhan will be sharing screen space with the Big B in 'Wazir', an upcoming political action drama thriller directed by Bejoy Nambiar.Talking about working with him, Farhan said: 'It is almost dream like to be sharing this kind of screen space with him. I have had the fortune of working with him once before, but this really is a whole other level.'I have said that over and over again that one of the predominant reasons for me to want to be in the world of movies was Amitabh Bachchan's work."Farhan39s latest movie "Dil Dhadakne Do" is meanwhile, getting eyeballs galore on the big screen.
Remo D'Souza banned non-vegetarian food on 'ABCD2' set

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Remo D'Souza banned non-vegetarian food on 'ABCD2' set

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Choreographer-filmmaker Remo D39Souza, who is anxiously awaiting the release of his forthcoming dance film 'ABCD 2', didn39t allow non-vegetarian food and shoes on the set while shooting for the song 'Hey ganaraya'.While shooting for the special Ganapati song, Remo's team of Dharmesh, Puneet, Raghav and Praveen along with actors Varun Dhawan and Shraddha Kapoor were working on a complicated dance sequence. When they weren39t getting the moves right, Remo quipped that perhaps it was so because he ate non-vegetarian food and returned to dance for Ganapati. This seemed to stay on his mind and Remo decided to shoot other scenes and postponed the Ganapati dance for later. The next day everyone was instructed not to eat non-vegetarian food during the Ganapati dance and the team readily agreed. 'This song is one that is close to all our hearts and it brings out a lot of emotions in each dancer. During the shoot, to keep the sanctity of our devotion, I felt it was best not to serve non-vegetarian food on the sets. My team welcomed the decision. Additionally, we also asked the troupes to remove their shoes on the set during this shoot of the song,' the director said in a statement.'ABCD 2' is a sequel to "ABCD - AnyBody Can Dance", which is releasing on June 19. The film also stars Prabhudheva and Lauren Gottlieb.
Not possible to hard sell film like 'Hamari Adhuri Kahaani: Vidya Balan

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Not possible to hard sell film like 'Hamari Adhuri Kahaani: Vidya Balan

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Vishesh Films' "Hamari Adhuri Kahani" is releasing next week, but the cast and crew is not on a frenetic promotional spree. Actress Vidya Balan, who plays the female lead in the film, says it is intentional.'It is not possible to hard sell a film like 39Hamari Adhuri Kahani39. We have intentionally done minimal promotions for this film. It is not that kind of film where we can go and tell everyone that 39Please go and watch it39. The tone of the film is extremely different," Vidya said here.Present on the set of Ekta Kapoor's TV show "Itna Karo Na Mujhe Pyar" to promote the film, she said: 'We are doing integrations with TV fiction shows and popular serials where the themes coincide. That's why we are not promoting the film on reality shows. We are welcoming the TV audience to our film with this integration.'"Hamari Adhuri Kahani", about unrequitted love, is directed by Mohit Suri and also stars Emraan Hashmi and Rajkumar Rao in lead roles.
Boman Irani having a blast on 'Dilwale' set

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Boman Irani having a blast on 'Dilwale' set

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Actor Boman Irani is having a gala time at the shoot of Rohit Shetty39s "Dilwale", which brings back Bollywood39s beloved on screen pair of Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol.Present at Anupam Kher's acting academy Actor Prepares to share acting tips, Boman shared his experience from the shoot and said: 'We're having a blast on the sets of Rohit Shetty's 39Dilwale39 with Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol and others.'Boman is enjoying his time with Shah Rukh, with whom he has acted in films like "Don" and "Happy New Year".He said: 'There is double enjoyment in every film with Shah Rukh.'About "Chennai Express" director Rohit Shetty, Boman said: 'Rohit is a wonderful guy to work with. I wasn't expecting so much fun. We're having a great time making 39Dilwale39.'"Dilwale" has made headlines right from the time its casting process started. Shetty has managed a casting coup by reuniting evergreen couple Shah Rukh and Kajol in the film after "My Name is Khan".He has also cast young sensation Varun Dhawan and one-film old beauty Kriti Sanon.The supporting cast is not any less prominent with the likes of Vinod Khanna, Varun Sharma, Kabir Bedi, Johnny Lever and Sanjay Mishra, apart from Boman.
Hrithik Roahn launches sister's book

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Hrithik Roahn launches sister's book

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Actor Hrithik Roshan unveiled his sister Sunaina Roshan39s book "To Dad with Love", based on their star father Rakesh Roshan39s journey, at the 16th edition of International Indian Film Academy IIFA Weekend and Awards here.Hrithik, looking dapper in a pair of shades and a monochrome outfit with a few top black buttons open, launched the book on an international platform for the first time."I am happy and proud to be here. Not everyone gets a chance to talk about how much a brother loves his sister, on an international platform," Hrithik told reporters here on Saturday."The book is about my father39s incredible journey. His life will inspire me till the day I die. He has shot in places with extreme climate and has experienced tragedies," added the actor, who has penned the foreword of the book.Rakesh Roshan, who has acted in multiple films like "Khatta Meetha" and "Khoobsurat", is known for directing films like "Khoon Bhari Maang", "Karan Arjun", Kaho Naaa Pyaar Hai" and the "Krrish" franchise.
I'll do full-fledged dance film with Madhuri: Remo D'Souza

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I'll do full-fledged dance film with Madhuri: Remo D'Souza

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Choreographer-director Remo D'Souza, the man behind Bollywood39s dance-based franchise "ABCD", says he is eyeing a full-fledged dance film with actress Madhuri Dixit.Remo, who has earlier shared a platform with the dancing diva in reality show "Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa", told IANS: 'I didn't approach Madhuri for 39ABCD 239, but if I do a film with her, it definitely has to be a Madhuri Dixit film. I don't want to cast her for a small role.""I will do a full-fledged dance film with her. There are some ideas in mind right now, but let's see how it shapes up," he added.After "ABCD - AnyBody Can Dance", Remo39s new directorial is its sequel "ABCD 2". Featuring Varun Dhawan and Shraddha Kapoor, the film is slated for release on June 19.While he said that he didn39t approach Madhuri for this film, he shared that "since last four years I am sitting with her and we chat and talk about it"."She has said 39Whenever you are ready with it, please let me know39,' Remo added.
Parents resisted when I joined filmdom: Priyanka Chopra

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Parents resisted when I joined filmdom: Priyanka Chopra

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She is one of the most sought-after Bollywood actresses today, but Priyanka Chopra says her "conservative Punjabi family" was not excited when she entered the film industry over a decade back.The 32-year-old shared that her family initially resisted."I come from a conservative Punjabi family. There was a lot of resistance when I joined the industry. But later my parents gave me wings and let me do what I wanted to," Priyanka said after the screening of "Dil Dhadakne Do" at the International Indian Film Academy IIFA Weekend and Awards here.She also shared that her onscreen character Ayesha in "Dil Dhadakne Do" represents most women in India."Girls are put in a box ... no matter what you are or what you want, " she said about her character, who doesn39t vocally give her opinion much.Her co-star Anushka Sharma is also happy to be a part of the Zoya Akhtar directorial."It feels good to be a part of good cinema. People are talking about gender equality shown in the film. My character wasn39t allowed to take up dancing as a profession as it isn39t considered to be ideal for girls from a good family, so she had to run away from her house to pursue her dream," Anushka said."You just need to follow your dream and be happy," she said, who plays "fearless Farah" in the film which released on Friday June 5.
Brother-sister ties not well represented on Indian screens: Zoya

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Brother-sister ties not well represented on Indian screens: Zoya

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Filmmaker Zoya Akhtar says the bond between brothers and sisters is not well represented on the big screen in India."I39ve always wanted to make a family drama. Drama is my favourite genre. Brother-sister relationship at the core hasn39t been well represented on Indian screens. It39s always wrapped in rituals ... never what it really is. Nobody else knows you better."I wanted to show that relationship in 39Dil Dhadakne Do39," Zoya told reporters after the screening of her film at the Indian International Film Academy IIFA Weekend and Awards here on Saturday.She hoped that the film, which revolves around a dysfunctional family with actors Priyanka Chopra and Ranveer Singh playing siblings, moves people."I hope it moves people and entertains them. I hope they think about the things that they don39t think about," she said about the film, which released on Friday."Dil Dhadakne Do" also stars Zoya39s brother Farhan Akhtar, who believes Zoya makes films that are universally applicable.She found working with her brother easy."He Farhan became a part of the film since its scripting process. He has written the dialogues of the film," she said.Zoya also feels blessed because superstar Aamir Khan accepted her request to be the voice of a dog named Pluto in the film."Aamir has been good to Farhan, Ritesh Sidhwani and me. He saw the film, liked it and he was on for Pluto," she said.
Sidharth Malhotra takes horse riding lessons

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Sidharth Malhotra takes horse riding lessons

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With films like 'Brothers' and 'KAPOOR and SONS' up his sleeves, Sidharth Malhotra is not only riding high on success, the actor has enrolled himself for horse riding lessons as well.The 30-year-old actor took to micro-blogging website Twitter to share the update with his fans and followers. He also shared a photograph of himself riding a horse.He captioned the image: "Horsing around taking riding lessons... Have time off!! Say hello to my horse Simran getoutdoors sic". Meanwhile, the trailer of his upcoming film 'Brothers', which also stars Akshay Kumar, will be launched on Wednesday. The film is an official Hindi adaptation of Hollywood film "Warriors" and it tells the story of two estranged brothers.
Aishwarya Rai will do justice to Dalbir Kaur's role: Omung Kumar

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Aishwarya Rai will do justice to Dalbir Kaur's role: Omung Kumar

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"Mary Kom" fame director Omung Kumar, who has roped in Aishwarya Rai Bachchan to essay a key role in his next project "Sarabjit" -- a biopic on late Indian death row prisoner in Pakistan, Sarabjit Singh -- is confident the former beauty queen is the perfect choice for the part.Aishwarya will be seen playing title character39s sister Dalbir Kaur.Kumar told IANS that when he went and narrated the role to Aishwarya, "she was in tears, and immediately said 39yes39"."She is a fabulous actress who can do jusice to this demanding role," he added.Aishwarya has earlier featured in intense roles in films like "Provoked" and "Guzaarish". In "Sarabjit", she fits the bill of a "strong character with a powerful aura", according to the film39s producer Sandeep Singh."She has given spectacular performances in all her previous movies and we are confident that she will do justice to this role," Singh added.He is sure the film will "create an impact and inspire the audience as well as the youth worldwide"."Sarabjit" will be shot over one schedule of 70 days in Punjab, starting October 2015.
I'm shy about my singing: Priyanka

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I'm shy about my singing: Priyanka

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Actress Priyanka Chopra has been lauded by many for her singing skills, but she feels shy about it and credits actor-filmmaker Farhan Akhtar for encouraging her to sing.She has collaborated with international musicians like Pitbull and Will.i.am in the past, but she is still shy about singing."I am shy about my singing. Farhan Akhtar has been encouraging me to sing since we were shooting 39Don39. He is one of the first to encourage me to sing. We used to jam together," Priyanka said after the screening of "Dil Dhadakne Do" here at the International Indian Film Academy IIFA Weekend and Awards here.The duo has even sung the title track of "Dil Dhadakne Do" together."I don39t compete with him. I wish I had the guts to do rock shows like him," she said.Farhan was also all praise for her."I39ve always told her that she has a great voice. Her voice has an expressive quality. Even if you just listen to the audio, you can see her performing it," said Farhan.
Demi Moore has 'given up on men'

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Demi Moore has 'given up on men'

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Actress Demi Moore has reportedly "given up on men" and is said to be regretting the split from her second husband Bruce Willis."Demi has pretty much given up on men. She is very single and very lonely right now. After Ashton Kutcher, Demi feels that she is not going to ever really find that connection again with another man."Part of her wishes that she never left Bruce Willis. People try to set her up on dates and such, but she is just kinda over it at this period of her life," a source told radaronline.com.Most recently, the 52-year-old actress has been linked to "Pirates of the Caribbean" star Orlando Bloom after the pair were spotted on a yoga date.An insider shared: "They are both deeply spiritual characters who love yoga, meditation and new age philosophies. They39ve both been initiated into spiritual practise Usui Reiki and have started to practise on each other."At this stage it39s a casual thing, nothing serious and it39s not yet exclusive. But they39ve enjoyed several low-key dates together and the potential is definitely there for something steadier."
Justin Bieber pleads guilty to assault charge

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Justin Bieber pleads guilty to assault charge

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Singer Justin Bieber has pleaded guilty to assault and careless driving charges for a run-in with a paparazzi in August 2014.Bieber was involved in a collision between a mini-van and all-terrain vehicle in Ontario, Canada, on August 29 last year, that eventually resulted in a physical altercation between him and the other driver.At that time, Bieber39s lawyer Brian Greenspan released a statement that said his client39s weekend "was unfortunately disrupted by the unwelcome presence of paparazzi"."This has regrettably resulted in charges of dangerous driving and assault," Greenspan had said.Bieber has now pleaded guilty, meaning he acknowledged responsibility, but it39s not a criminal conviction to common assault for a run-in with a paparazzi.He acknowledged that he made contact with the photographer, noting that it was a spontaneous and short-lived reaction, reports eonline.com.According to Ontario39s Ministry of the Attorney General, Bieber "pleaded guilty and received an absolute discharge" to the dangerous driving charge and "pleaded guilty and received a 750 fine" to the careless driving charge when he appeared before the judge via video as he was here while the judge was in Ontario on Thursday.The conclusion of this case brings a close to all legal matters for Bieber.
Clint Eastwood mocks Caitlyn Jenner

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Clint Eastwood mocks Caitlyn Jenner

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Veteran Hollywood actor Clint Eastwood poked fun at reality TV star Caitlyn Jenner at the Spike TV Guys39 Choice Awards, but the gag won39t be broadcast when the ceremony airs on TV later this month.The 85-year-old actor poked fun at the former Olympian -- who was known as Bruce Jenner before the gender transition -- while introducing Dwayne Johnson to the stage at the ceremony at California39s Sony Pictures Studio on June 6.Eastwood compared the wrestler-turned-actor to former athletes who have become actors "like Jim Brown and Caitlyn Somebody...."However, the network has confirmed the joke will not be aired when the ceremony is broadcast on June 18."We will remove the reference in the version that will air," David Schwarz, Spike TV senior vice president of communications, told usatoday.com.
I was born with two left feet: Tiger Shroff

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I was born with two left feet: Tiger Shroff

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Budding actor Tiger Shroff, known for his flawless dance moves, says he wasn39t born a dancer and had to work hard a lot.He has paid a tribute to late pop star Michael Jackson, but he shared that dancing doesn39t come easily to him."I was born with two left feet. I worked hard," Tiger told reporters after winning the Best Debut trophy at 16th edition of the International Indian Film Academy IIFA Weekend and Awards here on Sunday.He was feted by dancing star Hrithik Roshan, who said that the son of actor Jackie Shroff reminds him of his days when he started off in the film industry as an actor in 2000."We have one thing in common. We both have to fight genetics as our fathers are amazing dancers," Hrithik, son of actor-filmmaker Rakesh Roshan, joked before handing over the award to Tiger.The "Heropanti" star has always been vocal about how much h e respects Hrithik, but when it comes to dancing there are more actors who inspire the youngster."Shahid Kapoor is technical and his dance moves are clean. Govinda is the smoothest dancer. I don39t think I can dance like him," said Tiger, who was nervous about joining the film industry.Having made a successful Bollywood acting debut with "Heropantia" last year, he says he didn39t expect to be appreciated by the audience."There was so much pressure on me as I am a star39s kid. I didn39t want to join the industry. My father became an overnight star with 39Hero39 so, I was scared what if my debut film didn39t work," said the actor, who gives most of the credit to the film39s producer Sajid Nadiadwala.His father might be from the same industry, but Tiger says Jackie doesn39t interfere in his work."He has a different mind and I have a different mind. He doesn39t help me in choosing scripts," said Tiger, who is tied up with "Baaghi", another production of Nadiadwala.
Varun Dhawan keeps mum about 'Shuddhi'

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