Mumbai, Feb 27 (IANS) Bollywood actors Sonakshi Sinha and Imran Khan have lent their voices for the dubbed Hindi version of "Rio 2", the sequel to 2011's hit animation flick "Rio". Sonakshi and Imran will feature as macaws Jewel and Blu. The characters in the English version were voiced by Anne Hathaway and Jesse Eisenberg. "I love watching animation films, so when they approached me to lend my voice to the sequel of one of the most loved animations - 'Rio', I didn't have to think twice. More »Sonakshi, Imran's voiceover for 'Rio 2'
Washington, Feb. 27 (ANI): Sales of 'Fifty Shades of Grey' trilogy copies have touched the 100 million mark, according to Vintage Books. More »'Fifty Shades of Grey' sales touch 100 mln copies mark
Washington, Feb. 27 (ANI): 'Friends' actress Lisa Kudrow has lost 1.6 million dollars in a lawsuit filed against her by her former manager Scott Howard. More »'Friends' star Lisa Kudrow loses $1.6 mln in lawsuit filed by ex-manager
Chennai, Feb 27 (IANS) Team "Baahubali" has started a campaign called 'Star of the Week' to reward those who have constantly shown their commitment towards the making of the film, which will come out in 2015. More »Team 'Baahubali' to honour hardworking artists
Mumbai, Feb 27 (IANS) Immediately after seeing her performance in Imtiaz Ali's "Highway" Shabana Azmi rushed to the Bhatts' residence to congratulate the parents and their daughter Alia for the 20-year-old's extraordinary performance. Interestingly, Alia's father Mahesh Bhatt has compared her performance in "Highway to" Shabana's sterling career-defining performance in 1982 film "Arth". Shabana, who won a National award for her work in "Arth", agreed with Mahesh Bhatt's assessment. "Javed (Akhtar) and I went straight to Alia's house after watching 'Highway'. More »Shabana Azmi lauds Alia Bhatt's work in 'Highway'
New Delhi, Feb 27 (IANS) Wouldn't you shudder at the thought that almost 2,000 women were raped daily over a period of nine months during the 1971 Bangladesh genocide? Director Mrityunjay Devvrat says the purpose of rape scenes in his controversial movie "The Children of War" is not for generating business, but for showing "how men can become animals for power". Actor Pavan Malhotra plays the role of a Pakistani Army officer assigned to duty in Dacca, now Dhaka. More »Rape scenes not for selling film: 'Children of War' director
Washington, Feb. 27 (ANI): Katy Perry and John Mayer have reportedly split up on good terms. More »Katy Perry and John Mayer call it quits 'amicably'
Washington, Feb 27 (ANI): Sandra Bullock will reportedly make 70 million dollars if not more for starring in Alfonso Cuaron-helmed 'Gravity'. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the Oscar-nominated space drama has earned over 700 million dollars till now and the actress' deal with Warner Bros calls for her to earn 20 million dollars upfront against 15 percent of first-dollar gross. First-dollar gross means once Bullock's advance is covered, she will collect 15 percent of the studios share of the box-office revenue negotiations with theatre owners and the movie's personnel. Assuming Warner Bros gets 45 percent of the studio's revenue negotiations, Bullock could earn more than 50 million dollars, including her upfront payment. More »Sandra Bullock will earn at least $70 mln for 'Gravity'
London, Feb 27 (ANI): Arctic Monkeys have won five trophies at 2014's NME awards, including best British band and best album. More »Arctic Monkeys dominate 2014's NME awards with five trophies
Film: "Shaadi Ke Side Effects"; Cast: Vidya Balan, Farhan Akhtar, Vir Das and Purab Kohli; Director: Saket Chaudhary; Rating: **** More »'Shaadi Ke Side Effects' - looking into a marriage, with a smile (IANS Movie Review, Rating: ****)
By Mary Milliken LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - To historian Brenda Stevenson, a scholar on American slavery, "12 Years a Slave" is a masterful cinematic work that achieves more than any other film on slavery, so worthy that she plans to screen it in classes at her university, UCLA. It's the kind of validation "12 Years a Slave" has been earning from experts, critics, audiences and the film industry for six months now. The film from British director Steve McQueen appears to be the frontrunner for film's highest honor at Sunday's ceremony but has at least three factors conspiring against it: another high-quality, groundbreaking movie called "Gravity," the tricky math of Oscar voting and the film's own brutal depiction of American slavery. "One of the things I think Steve McQueen does extremely well is capture the violence of the institution." That unflinching portrayal of a real American story, that of the free black man Solomon Northup who is tricked and sold into slavery, may win on the gravitas scale. More »Oscars pit gravitas of 'Slave' against pull of 'Gravity'
By Tim Ghianni NASHVILLE, Tennessee (Reuters) - Country singer Loretta Lynn suffered minor burns on her hands putting out a small fire at her ranch near Nashville, but the incident will not keep the coal miner's daughter from performing in Texas on Friday, a representative said. Lynn, 81, snuffed a small fire on Tuesday in the sun room of her home in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee, which is about an hour's drive west of Nashville, Will Rourk, manager at the Loretta Lynn Ranch, told the Tennessean newspaper. Rourk told The Tennessean Lynn was watching television when she heard a crackling sound and smelled smoke in another room. More »Singer Loretta Lynn puts out small house fire, prepares for tour
By Brian Leonal SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Pirates and imitators on the Internet are the bane of many aspiring artists. For Gavin Aung Than, creator of the popular Zen Pencils comic, the Web was where he started doing what he loves. After eight "miserable" years as a graphic artist at an Australian newspaper, he finally decided to go online with his creative depictions of poems such as William Ernest Henley's "Invictus" and Bruce Lee's famous quote "Be like water". More »Book Talk: Zen Pencils comic transcends Internet into book deal
By Barbara Goldberg NEW YORK (Reuters) - Young men wearing pork-pie hats, knitted snoods and stylishly drab clothing are crowding doctors' waiting rooms in a burgeoning trend: Brooklyn hipsters seeking beard transplants. Toting photos of perpetually scruffy-faced actors like Jake Gyllenhaal and Ryan Gosling, an increasing number of men in their late 20s to early 40s are undergoing the procedure that can cost up to $7,000, Yael Halaas, MD, a facial plastic surgeon based in Manhattan said on Wednesday. "The demand for it has definitely increased," agreed Jeffrey Epstein, MD, a New York facial plastic surgeon who said he did 175 beard transplant procedures in 2013. "One reason is that whole hipster, casual way people like to look." Demand for the out-patient procedure completed under local anesthesia, which involves transplanting hair from the top of the head to the face, is growing quickly among those living in Brooklyn's coolest neighborhoods. More »Beard transplants latest fad for Brooklyn's hip young men
By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The soundtrack for Disney's hit animated film "Frozen" reclaimed the top spot on the weekly Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday, becoming the first soundtrack in 15 years to notch more than five weeks at No. 1 on the chart. The last film soundtrack to spend more than five weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 was 1998's "Titanic," which featured Celine Dion's hit "My Heart Will Go On" and held the top spot for 16 consecutive weeks, Billboard said. Two new entries cracked the top 10 of the Billboard 200 chart this week. Overall album sales for the week ending February 23 totaled 4.8 million units, Billboard said, down 12 percent from the comparable week in 2013. More »'Frozen' album reclaims top spot for fifth time on Billboard 200
By Michael Roddy LONDON (Reuters) - Two of the biggest names in British musicals, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, will close their latest shows early at the end of March, in a blow to the former partners' efforts to succeed separately in London's West End. Lyricist Rice and composer Lloyd Webber, who collaborated on such hits as "Evita", "Jesus Christ Superstar" and "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat", have suffered mixed reviews for their latest productions. Lloyd Webber's "Stephen Ward", which takes its name from an osteopath who was a central figure in the Profumo sex scandal in Britain in the 1960s, has been playing to half-full houses for the last month according to some reports. "I think the West End is giving a very clear message, a rather vulgar, cynical sort of money-grubbing message, to Tim Rice and to Lloyd Webber that it's time these two singles got together again," Sunday Telegraph theatre critic Tim Walker told Reuters. More »Lloyd Webber, Rice lose their touch in London as musicals close early
By Raquel Castillo and Elisabeth O'Leary MADRID (Reuters) - Paco de Lucia, the influential Spanish guitarist who vastly expanded the international audience for flamenco and merged it with other musical styles, died suddenly of a heart attack on Tuesday evening in Mexico. The 66-year-old virtuoso, as happy playing seemingly impossible syncopated flamenco rhythms as he was improvising jazz or classical guitar, helped to legitimise flamenco in Spain itself at a time when it was shunned by the mainstream. Born Francisco Sanchez Gomez, he became famous in the 1970s after recording the bestselling album "Entre Dos Aguas", becoming the first flamenco musician to perform at Madrid's opera house Teatro Real in 1975. Paco's albums such as "El Duende Flamenco de Paco de Lucia" and "Almoraima" reinvented traditional flamenco. More »Renowned Spanish flamenco guitarist Paco de Lucia dies at 66
By Michael Holden LONDON (Reuters) - Rebekah Brooks, the former boss of Rupert Murdoch's British newspaper arm, told her trial on Wednesday she offered a journalist convicted of phone-hacking a job to avoid the "publicity nightmare" of him going to an employment tribunal. Clive Goodman, the former royal editor of the News of the World newspaper that Brooks edited until 2003, was jailed in January 2007 for illegally accessing voicemail messages of phones belonging to aides to Britain's royal family. On his release, Goodman was sacked but began unfair dismissal proceedings against News International, the British newspaper arm of News Corp. , alleging others at the company including the then editor, Andy Coulson, and managing editor Stuart Kuttner, knew all about phone-hacking. More »Ex-Murdoch editor Brooks offered convicted phone-hacker a job
By David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - One of pop singer Justin Bieber's bodyguards has been arrested and charged with stealing a photographer's $10,000 camera outside an arcade in an Atlanta suburb, police said on Wednesday. The 32-year-old guard, Hugo Hesny, was outside a children's play center and party business called the Funhouse late on Tuesday when he warned a photographer that he was too close to the teenage entertainer, the Sandy Springs Police Department said in a statement. "A confrontation ensued and the photographer attempted to leave the location, but at some point, the security guard caught up and took the camera," the police statement said. The incident was the latest in a string of legal problems involving 19-year-old Bieber, who last month was charged with driving under the influence, resisting arrest and using an expired license after Miami Beach police say they caught him drag racing. More »Bieber bodyguard charged with snatching camera at Georgia arcade
By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - When it comes to hosting an awards show, Patton Oswalt has a few tricks up his sleeve that include keeping a celebrity-filled crowd on edge. The Virginia-born Oswalt, 45, has forged a career in comedy, with roles in TV sitcoms "The King of Queens" and "Two and a Half Men," and films such as 2011's "Young Adult" and last year's "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty." With his comforting, friendly and often neighborly vocal tone, Oswalt is also a regular voice actor and stand-up comedian. On Saturday, he will host the Film Independent Spirit Awards, a laid-back luncheon held in a tent on the beach in Santa Monica, California, the day before Hollywood's Oscars night. Oswalt spoke to Reuters on hosting duties, the industry of independent film and how to break the ice with nominees. More »A Minute With: Patton Oswalt on Spirit Awards and playing host
Megastar Amitabh Bachchan, who is gearing up for the release of his upcoming film Bhoothnath Returns, feels that Ranbir Kapoor is more popular than him. Though Ranbir has a cameo appearance in the horror-comedy, he won't be sharing screen space with Big B in the film and at the trailer launch of the movie, Bachchan Senior expressed his desire to work with the young superstar. When the megastar was asked at the event, how was it working with Ranbir he said, ''Unfortunately I'm not in that scene. More »Amitabh Bachchan: 'Can't compare myself with Ranbir Kapoor, he is very popular'
Bolllywood actors Sonakshi Sinha and Imran Khan will lend their voices for the Hindi version of upcoming Hollywood animation film Rio 2. Imran and Sona will dub for the main characters of the film, Blu and Jewel respectively. Hollywood stars Anne Hathaway and Jesse Eisenberg, who had lent their voices for Rio, have also dubbed for the English version of the sequel to the 2011 release. Rio 2 which is one of the most anticipated Hollywood movie in India, is an adventure comedy set in the Brazilian city of Rio De Janeiro! The movie will feature the return of Blu, Jewel and their three kids, who leave their domesticated life for a journey to Amazon rainforest! More »Sonakshi Sinha, Imran Khan To Dub For 'Rio 2'
If reports are to be believed then, Ajaz Khan, who shot to limelight with his antics in Bigg Boss 7, has been offered a meaty role by filmmaker Rohit Shetty in his upcoming film Singham 2. Both Ajaz and Shetty are presently in Cape Town shooting for Khatron Ke Khiladi and while the former is a contestant in the show, Rohit is hosting it. Reportedly, Shetty has got so impressed with Khan's daredevilry and his sense of humour that he has offered him a role in the sequel to his superhit film Singham. More »Rohit Shetty Offers Ajaz Khan A Role In 'Singham 2'?