Washington, March 1 (ANI): Lupita Nyong'o has admitted that she was teased and taunted about her skin complexion and as a young girl, she had wished her dark-hued skin would become lighter. The '12 Years A Slave' star said during Essence magazine's seventh annual Black Women in Hollywood luncheon that her one prayer to God was that she would wake up with a lighter skin tone, CBS NEWS reported. Nyong'o, who was born in Mexico but raised in Kenya, said that she would be very excited in the morning to see if her skin color had changed, but was disappointed for being just as dark as the day before. The Oscar nominee said that she even tried to bribe the Almighty by vowing to stop eating sugar cubes and to never lose her school sweater again to have her skin color changed. More »Lupita Nyong'o admits to being 'teased and taunted' over skin complexion
Washington, Mar. 1 (ANI): A judge has ordered Chris Brown to prolong his stay in a Malibu rehab for a further two months. More »Chris Brown's undiagnosed PTSD and bipolar disorder extends rehab stay for two months
Mumbai, March 1 (IANS) Actress Sonam Kapoor's daring bikini shot in "Bewakoofiyaan" may have raised some eyebrows, but her father Anil Kapoor was unfazed. He didn't say anything, he just said the film will get a good opening," Sonam said at a press conference for the film's promotion here Friday. More »Anil 'open-minded' about Sonam's bikini shot
New Delhi, March 1 (IANS) Celebrated fashion designer Manish Malhotra believes that innovative silhouettes with an essence of local craftsmanship, culture and a touch of modernity can work wonders for the globalisation of Indian crafts. "What works for our Indian crafts is the mix of craftsmanship, culture and a touch of modernity that does not just mean the westernisation of Indian silhouettes but about a thought that leads to several unusual and innovative silhouettes like the sari jacket, lehenga anarkali, long kurtas with palazzos," Malhotra, one of the country's leading designers, told IANS in an email interview from Mumbai. His work is a hit among Indian celebrities, who proudly flaunt them on national and international platforms. Since he believes that "no other country has a deep sense of culture, artistic value and rich history as India has", he says, "as a designer, it is my prerogative to preserve my heritage and create designs that reflect our contemporary India". More »Need to create designs reflecting contemporary India: Designer Manish Malhotra
Mumbai, March 1 (IANS) Actor-filmmaker Aamir Khan, who is geared up for the new season of his social issues-related TV show "Satyamev Jayate", says he wants to continue to take the right advantages of being a celebrity, who is so loved by his fans. The actor is tight-lipped about the topics that he will touch upon in the second season of "Satyamev Jayate", which goes on air Sunday with a simulcast in six languages across STAR Plus, STAR World, STAR Pravah, STAR Vijay, Asianet, STAR Utsav and Doordarshan. More »I'll take right advantage of the goodwill I've earned: Aamir
Washington, March 1 (ANI): The annual report of Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has revealed that the organisation made 93.7 million dollars in revenue during 2013's Oscars. According to the Hollywood Reporter, 2013's revenue was much higher that 2012's when the Academy earned 103.3 million dollars, while expenses were 88.6 million dollars. More »2013's Oscars raked in $93.7 mln in revenue
New York, March 1 (ANI): John Mayer was seen hitting up a jazz club in Soho just a day after breaking-up with Katy Perry. More »John Mayer goes 'clubbing' day after splitting from Katy Perry
London, March 1 (ANI): The business mogul, who paid 500,000 dollars to Kim Kardashian to be his date for Vienna's annual Opera Ball, has complained that she was "annoying him". According to Radar Online, Richard Lugner, said that Kardashian "stood him up to film scenes for 'Keeping Up with the Kardashians' at the ball", the Mirror reported. The 81-year-old Austrian businessman added that the 33-year-old reality star, who was accompanied by her mother Kris Jenner, was very annoying as she was not sticking to the programme. More »Austrian billionaire calls $500,000 'date' Kim K 'annoying'
London, March 1 (ANI): Lea Michele has revealed that she and her boyfriend Cory Monteith had planned to start a family and have children. More »Lea Michele planned to have kids with late beau Cory Monteith
Washington, March 1 (ANI): Ashton Kutcher was planning to pop the question to Mila Kunis, his girlfriend of nearly two years, all along, it has been revealed. More »Ashton Kutcher was planning to propose to Mila Kunis all along
Washington, March 1 (ANI): Mary-Kate Olsen is all set to walk down the aisle with her much older beau Olivier Sarkozy, who happens to be former French president Nicolas Sarkozy's half-brother. More »Mary-Kate Olsen engaged to Nicolas Sarkozy's half-brother
Washington, Mar. 1 (ANI): Philip Seymour Hoffman's death has been ruled out as accidental drug overdose. More »Philip Seymour Hoffman died due to accidental drug overdose
By Mike Davidson LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The most glamorous of all runways, the 500-foot-long Oscars red carpet, might be a fashion disaster on Sunday. A rare heavy rain storm on Friday in Southern California has soaked parts of the red carpet laid down on Hollywood Boulevard, where movie stars and Tinseltown powerbrokers will make their grand entrance to the Academy Awards, film's highest honors. Dozens of workers spent the morning securing the red carpet from the pelting rain and overflowing street gutters 48 hours before hundreds of attendees will parade designer gowns, extravagant jewels and tailored tuxedos. Workers cleared pools of water that had collected atop the tent built to shield stars from the rain while others hustled to plug any leaks and a team wielding squeegees pushed standing water out of the protective plastic over the red carpet. More »Fashion disaster? Downpour douses Oscars red carpet
By Phil Furey LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A recent Grammy winner, a legendary rock band, a Broadway star belting out a girl-power ballad and an impossibly cool indie rocker have found themselves at the juncture of one of the most compelling Oscar races of the year: best original song. "Let It Go," from Disney's blockbuster animated film "Frozen." "The song category is the most interesting category in my opinion, and it's drawn the biggest campaigning this year," said Matthew Belloni, executive editor of trade magazine The Hollywood Reporter. The remaining four contenders span a wide spectrum of genres: Grammy winner Pharrell Williams' upbeat R&B ditty "Happy" from "Despicable Me 2," Broadway star Idina Menzel's inspirational interpretation of "Let It Go," indie rocker Karen O's dreamy ballad "The Moon Song" from "Her," and U2's rock-infused "Ordinary Love" from "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom." All four acts will lend their star power on the Oscars stage on Sunday to sing the nominated tunes. More »'Frozen,' famous musicians in fierce fight for best song Oscar
By David Adams and David Quinones MIAMI (Reuters) - Almost 100 Cuban art works have apparently been stolen from the country's national art museum, and some are turning up in Miami, according to one of the city's leading gallery owners. Art dealer Ramon Cernuda, a prominent collector of Cuban art who in the past has identified stolen pieces, said he has uncovered 11 paintings in Miami that belong to Havana's National Museum of Fine Arts, believed to be part of a larger trove of purloined pieces. Cernuda said his calls to the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Havana prompted an investigation there three weeks ago, when officials confirmed more works are missing. More »Stolen Cuban art works in Miami, part of Havana museum heist?
By Patricia Reaney NEW YORK (Reuters) - Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, who was found in his New York apartment on February 2 with a needle in his arm, died of an accidental overdose of drugs, the New York City Chief Medical Examiner said on Friday. The cause of death was acute drug intoxication, including heroin, cocaine, benzodiazepines and amphetamine, according to Julie Bolcer, spokeswoman for the Medical Examiner's Office. She added that it is the final determination in Hoffman's death. A drug overdose had been suspected when Hoffman, 46, was discovered in his apartment along with dozens of small plastic bags containing a substance believed to be heroin. More »Philip Seymour Hoffman died of accidental overdose - official
By Alexandria Sage PARIS (Reuters) - Rainy skies did not deter the fashionistas from gathering this week in Paris - with singer Rihanna this season's front-row "It" girl - as the Fall/Winter ready-to-wear collections promised cold weather looks to warm the iciest of hearts. As winter refused to say goodbye in the City of Light, Dior head designer Raf Simons resuscitated his "flower woman" on Friday, this time sheathing her in doubled-breasted power suits with white laces up the sides. Still, the audacious fabric and colour combinations, such as emerald green and fuchsia, kept fans of the house of Dior buzzing, and Rihanna, who sipped champagne from the front row at Lanvin the night before, slipped backstage to schmooze with Simons. Designer ready-to-wear, or pret-a-porter in French, is an 85-billion-euro global business, according to Euromonitor, and the fashion week that runs from Tuesday through to March 3 is a major advertising weapon for brands. More »Grey skies don't deter Rihanna at Paris fashion week
By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The job of hosting the Academy Awards telecast, one of the most prestigious and demanding assignments in Hollywood, falls for a second time on Sunday to comedian and talk-show star Ellen DeGeneres, who made her debut as Oscar emcee in 2007. DeGeneres, only the second woman to fly solo as Oscar host - Whoopi Goldberg was the first - will be judged against a wide range of previous performances, including her first, when she drew mixed reviews for a low-key, breezy, daytime-TV style. Despite DeGeneres's flair for putting those around her at ease, some critics complained that her playfulness, including several routines in which she ventured into the audience to clown with the likes of Martin Scorsese and Clint Eastwood, was an unsuitable fit for the Oscars. The following are some notable high points and faux pas from years past: * Bob Hope, who hosted or co-hosted the Oscars a record 18 times between 1940 and 1978 but never took home a statuette for any of his film roles, opened the 1968 show by saying, "Welcome to the Academy Awards, or as they're known at my house, Passover." * Jerry Lewis, a co-host in 1959, did his manic best to keep the proceedings going when the show ran 20 minutes short. More »Memorable Oscar night high points and faux pas
We had recently reported that Neil Nitin Mukesh will be playing Salman Khan's younger step-brother in Sooraj Barjatya's upcoming film, which is tentatively titled Bade Bhaiya and now, we hear that Armaan Kohli too will be seen in the Rajhsri film. More »Armaan Kohli To Play Salman Khan's Second Brother In 'Bade Bhaiya'?
Shraddha Kapoor, who is presently shooting for Haider in Kashmir, recently got a chance to interact with an officer, who had fought the Kargil War. More »Shraddha Kapoor Gets Emotional As She Hears Kargil War Officer's Story
Karan Johar, who recently unveiled the trailer of his upcoming production venture 2 States, says that he loves watching kissing scenes and that they also help lure audiences to the theaters. The trailer of the film features some steamy scenes between the film's lead pair-Arjun Kapoor and Alia Bhatt including a kissing scene and when KJo was asked to comment on it, he said, ''I like to watch kissing scenes, it's wonderful. More »Karan Johar: 'Kissing scenes help a film get opening'
In December 2013, Hrithik Roshan announced in a statement that his wife Sussanne Roshan has decided to separate from him and since then, their family and friends have been trying their best to help them reconcile. Buzz has it that recently Hrithik's father Rakesh Roshan and Sussanne's dad Sanjay Khan met Sussanne in an attempt to reunite their kids. Ever since their separation, while Hrithik has been staying with his parents, Sussanne has rented an apartment in Versova, Mumbai. More »Rakesh Roshan, Sanjay Khan Trying To Save Hrithik-Sussanne's Marriage
By Michael Roddy LONDON (Reuters) - Russian soprano Anna Netrebko has pulled out of a mostly sold-out production in April of Gounod's opera "Faust" at the Royal Opera House in London, saying that "the role is not right for me". The opera house announced the move on Friday. Her publicist said there was no rift between the soprano and the opera house. Netrebko, one of the world's leading sopranos, was to have sung the lead female role of Marguerite with an all-start cast including Maltese tenor Joseph Calleja in the title role, Welsh bass-baritone Bryn Terfel as Mephistopheles and British baritone Simon Keenlyside as Valentin. More »Soprano Netrebko pulls out of "not right" London 'Faust'
REUTERS - Hollywood stars Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis are engaged to be married, according to US Weekly and the E! entertainment news website. The two, who have been dating for about two years, appeared together on the popular television sitcom "That '70s Show." Photographs on the US Weekly and E! websites taken of Kunis on Thursday in Los Angeles show her sporting a large diamond ring on her left hand. Kutcher, 36, is divorced from actress Demi Moore. He appears in the TV sitcom "Two and a Half Men" and starred last year in the movie "Jobs." Kunis, 30, appeared in the movies "Ted" in 2012, "Black Swan" in 2010 and "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" in 2008. More »Hollywood's Mila Kunis, Ashton Kutcher engaged - reports
REUTERS - A funeral director in Mississippi got a bit of a shock this week when a man, brought to him in a body bag, kicked to get out just before he was to be embalmed, a local TV station reported. "He was not dead, long story short," funeral director Byron Porter told broadcaster WAPT late on Thursday. The man, Walter Williams, had been pronounced dead on Wednesday after the coroner arrived at his home in Lexington and found no pulse. "I stood there and watched them put him in a body bag and zip it up," Williams' nephew, Eddie Hester, told the broadcaster. More »At funeral home, 'dead' Mississippi man kicks to escape body bag