By Isla Binnie MILAN (Reuters) - Milan opera buffs who wanted a Verdi opera to open a La Scala season in the bicentenary year of his birth got their way this past weekend, but many were not pleased with the new production of "La Traviata" they paid premium prices to see. La Scala diehards were chagrined last year when the house opened its 2013 season with Wagner's "Lohengrin" instead of Verdi in the composers' joint bicentenary year, but that production was greeted with a 13-minute ovation. The final curtain for "La Traviata" on Saturday was followed by more than 13 minutes of applause, but boos rang out as some of the cast and crew, including Russian director Dmitri Tcherniakov and Polish tenor Piotr Beczala, took their bows. The modern-dress production of Verdi's tear-jerker about a courtesan who dies of consumption after sacrificing her love of a young man for the sake of his family had a starry cast - German soprano Diana Damrau as the doomed Violetta and Italian opera specialist Daniele Gatti conducting. More »Modern-dress "Traviata" upsets La Scala puristas
By David Dolan JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africans have flocked to see "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" since the death of the anti-apartheid hero at 95 last week, seizing what they see as a chance to reflect on his life. The 150-minute biopic starring British actor Idris Elba as Mandela opened in South Africa just days before the nation's first black president and Nobel Peace Prize laureate died at his Johannesburg home on Thursday. South Africa's main cinema chain suspended screening the day after Mandela's death, but has since put on additional showings to meet increased demand as the country girds for memorial ceremonies, with nearly 90 world leaders attending, that will fete Mandela as one of history's great peacemakers. More »For South Africans, Mandela movie offers chance to say goodbye
Mumbai, Dec 9 (IANS) Olympic medal-winning boxer M.C. Mary Kom has made innumerable contributions in breaking stereotypes about women, especially from the northeast, megastar Amitabh Bachchan said Monday. More »Big B unveils Mary Kom's autobiography
Kochi, Dec 9 (IANS) Ace comedian Kalabhavan Mani, who created a fuss at the customs counter in the airport here last week when officials pointed out he was carrying more than permissible quantity of gold, was Monday fined Rs.7,000, officials said. The incident occurred last week when Mani arrived from Kuwait. Customs officials spotted a heavy gold bangle on his hand and told him that he was carrying more than the quantity of gold that an incoming passenger can bring. As per law, only 20 grams of gold ornaments can be brought in by an international passenger and according to customs officials, the bangle weighed 181 grams. More »Actor Kalabhavan Mani fined for carrying extra gold
Mumbai, Dec 9 (IANS) Bollywood celebrities compare debutant Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), which has surprised everyone by winning 28 seats in the Delhi assembly elections, performance with an underdog movie and say that politics is as unpredictable as a film's fate at the box office. More »Best debut award goes to AAP, Kejriwala: Celebrities
New Delhi, Dec 9 (IANS) Pakistani designer Shehla Chatoor is set to visit India after almost two decades to showcase her fall winter collection in the capital. Chatoor will be here for two days and will launch her latest collection, consisting of bridal and western wear, Dec 14 at the PFDC - The Boulevard store, said a statement. Chatoor began her luxury label Shehla in 1995. Brand Shehla is known for its bridal and trousseau wear, prêt and edgy western wear. More »Pakistani designer to showcase in India
Mumbai, Dec 9 (IANS) As an actor Farhan Akhtar, who also directs and produces movies, had a fabulous year with biopic "Bhaag Milkha Bhaag" and now he is looking forward to Dev Benegal's film with Kareena Kapoor and his sister Zoya's next directorial venture which he says has nothing to do with their off screen relationship. More »Zoya's film has nothing to do with our real life: Farhan
Mumbai, Dec 9 (IANS) Veteran actress Hema Malini, who has been married to Dharmendra for over three decades, says he is still "child-like". One has to be child-like always, like Dharamji, who was so excited to receive a gift from me for his birthday last evening," tweeted Hema, who worked with him in hits like "Seeta Aur Geeta" and "Sholay". Hema and Dharmendra got married in 1979 and have two daughters - Esha and Ahana. Dharmendra is known for his work in movies like "Phool Aur Patthar", "Sholay", "Seeta Aur Geeta" and "Chupke Chupke". More »Dharamji, child-like always: Hema Malini
Melbourne, Dec 9 (ANI): Kanye West fans took to social networking site Twitter to express their low opinion on the rapper, after an interview saw him declaring to be "next Nelson Mandela". The Daily Currant reported West saying that he was the next Nelson Mandela and he liberates minds with his music, which is more important than liberating a few people from apartheid or whatever. Another fan wrote that if West thinks he is the next Nelson Mandela, then he should be tossed into a tiny prison cell for 27 years. More »Fans outraged after fake Kanye West declares 'I am next Nelson Mandela'
London, December 9 (ANI): Simon Cowell has confessed that he feels remorseful over his affair with Lauren Silverman. More »Simon Cowell admits guilt over 'letting down a friend'
London, December 9 (ANI): Boyzone has celebrated their 20 years of being at the top of the charts. More »Boyzone celebrates two decades at top of charts
Melbourne, Dec 9 (ANI): Justin Bieber reportedly abused a girl fan by calling her a "beached whale" during his stay at Perth's Hyatt Regency hotel. According to a hotel guest, the 19-year-old singer and his entourage were on the pool deck, when he asked a gorgeous girl, with long dark hair and size 14, if she was Hawaiian. The source said that when the girl replied that she wasn't, he called her a 'beached whale' and told her to go on 'The biggest loser' show, News.com.au reported. The source added that the girl, who was reportedly a Bieber fan, and her friends left the pool deck immediately after the incident. More »Justin Bieber calls girl fan 'beached whale'
New Delhi, Dec 9 (IANS) "Do Dil Ek Jaan" is set to take a leap of 22 years in mid December and a new character Vidhaan will enter the show. More »Who will play Vidhaan in 'Do Dil...' - Shakti or Kinshuk?
London, Dec 9 (ANI): Girl's Aloud star Kimberley Walsh has launched a range of skin-tight dresses, which she has designed in celebration of curvy girls. More »Kimberley Walsh launches own range of skin-tight dresses
London, Dec 9 (ANI): Kendall Jenner and Harry Styles were recently spotted leaving an exclusive hotel in New York together. More »Harry Styles goes on second date with Kardashian sis Kendall Jenner
New York, December 9 (ANI): Morgan Freeman and Idris Elba have spoken out in the wake of Nelson Mandela's death. Elba, who portrayed the South African leader in his recent film 'Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom', said that he was "stunned" to hear of his death and is in mourning with the rest of the world and Mandela's family. More »Morgan Freeman and Idris Elba express grief over death of Nelson Mandela
Mumbai, Dec 9 (IANS) Shah Rukh Khan, who started disliking himself for being unfit and weak, says that his New Year resolution is to be fit. I hope I don't get injured before that," the 48-year-old said here Sunday at the launch of Deanne Panday's fitness book "Shut Up and Train". Shah Rukh's shoulder injury has been troubling him for quite some time and a few months back he underwent a surgery to cure the problem. The 48-year-old is currently shooting for Farah Khan's "Happy New Year", but he is following a strict regime to ensure that he is fit and healthy. More »I want to be very fit: SRK's New Year resolution
Mumbai, Dec 9 (IANS) Having done all out negative roles at the start of his career in films like "Darr", "Anjaam" and "Baazigar" and making it big, superstar Shah Rukh Khan is keen to revisit negative roles again. When asked about turning anti-hero again, Shah Rukh said: "Yes, I am all for it, I would like to do it. But it's a role and yes, I would like to do it." Shah Rukh, however, says that it may not enter the Rs.100 crore or Rs.200 crore clubs. It's been a long time," Shah Rukh said here Sunday at the launch of Deanne Panday's fitness book "Shut Up and Train". More »Shah Rukh keen to play baddie, again
Mumbai, Dec 9 (IANS) Jaya Bachchan is set for her debut on the small screen with fiction show "Vasundhara" and her husband and Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan says he is "happy" with her decision. "Jaya is my wife and while talking to her we decided about it. She wants to work and I am very happy about it," Big B, who gave hit movies like "Mili", "Abhimaan" and "Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham" with Jaya, told reporters at an event here. More »Jaya set for TV debut, Big B happy
By Dorene Internicola NEW YORK (Reuters) - Women's fitness has come a long way since skinny defined the ideal body and a muscled arm was cause for alarm. From resistance training to power workouts such as barbell squats, medicine ball throws and kettlebell swings, a rigorous regime has become more popular with women. "We want women who want to turn it up a little bit," said Dean Hodgkin, a fitness writer and martial artist who co-authored the book "Better Body Workouts for Women" with fitness consultant and nutritionist Caroline Pearce. "We specifically included heavy resistance and weight training formats because if women don't train heavy, they'll miss the opportunity to gain strength," said Hodgkin, who is based in Leicestershire, England. More »Strong is the new sexy in workouts for women
Washington, Dec 9 (ANI): Justin Theroux is reportedly annoyed with Jennifer Aniston for moving her dad and his second wife to live with them in their Los Angeles mansion. According to a source, the 42-year-old actor is steaming over the 44-year-old actresses decision, and has told her that having her dad ambling about the house is a huge "buzz kill", Contactmusic reported. The insider said that Theroux is worried that it will destroy their love life before they have even tied the knot. The source added that Theroux tried to plead his case, but Aniston told him that she had made up her mind and that he had no right to even question her because of how much time he has been away. More »Is Justin Theroux unhappy with Jennifer Aniston moving her dad in?
New Delhi, Dec 9 (IANS) Anil Kapoor and his daughter Rhea have joined hands with Walt Disney Studios to co-produce "Khoobsurat", a remake of the 1980 Rekha starrer "Khubsoorat". Sonam Kapoor will be seen playing the happy-go-lucky girl, essayed by Rekha with elan in the earlier Hrishikesh Mukherjee directed family entertainer. It also stars Kirron Kher, Ratna Pathak Shah and Amir Raza Hussain. We are also looking forward to working with Anil Kapoor Film Company on this lovely film," Rucha Pathak, senior creative director - Studios, Disney UTV, said in a statement. More »Disney India to co-produce 'Khubsoorat' with Kapoors
Mumbai, Dec 9 (IANS) With four back to back hits this year, it is quite natural for Deepika Padukone to lead the nomination categories at award functions. The actress has been nominated in four categories at the BIG Star Entertainment Awards this year. The fourth edition of BIG Star Entertainment Awards is scheduled to take place Dec 18, said a statement. And Deepika's list of nominations includes - most entertaining actor in a thriller film for "Race 2"; More »Deepika gets four nominations at BIG Star awards